Glencoe Photos

The buildings out at Glencoe have inspired some amazing photographs.  Photographer Brad Farlow was kind enough to post this link to his Glencoe photos.  Enjoy!  And if you’ve taken some photos or know someone how has, I hope you will share them with us.

Napper House, Photograph by Brad Farlow

It’s been a long time!

I can’t believe that it’s been nearly three months since I last posted.  Oh my.  We are in the midst of the Cotton Warehouse rehab, and even with a small building like that, it’s been an adventure!  I walked around the building yesterday, inspecting the work that’s been done.  The walls have been framed, spiral duct runs along the exposed roof decking, and pipes and conduit travel along the brick walls.  Next stop: final finishes!

Yard sale, music, and poetry–sounds good to me!

I continue to receive updates and interesting tidbits, and as always, I’m happy to share them.

First, if you like yard sales, make note:  On April 4, 2009, 10:00 a.m., the Textile Heritage Museum and various Glencoe Village homeowners will be having a big yard sale!  We may also jump in and pull some things out of the Mill buildings and set up our own tables to help out with the Museum fundraiser.

Second, if you like bluegrass music, head out to Glencoe this Saturday, March 21, 2pm-6pm, for the Front Porch Pickin’.  If you miss it this month, don’t worry!  Folks gather every third Saturday of the month.

Finally, Frank forwarded this month’s poem from the Piedmont Laureate and suggested that it might be a nice to share it on our blog.  The Piedmont Laureate Program is new this year and is a collaborative effort by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the Durham Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

i go into rooms with rumi

by Jaki Shelton Green

i wear new faces into rooms
i’ve never gone into before; faces
stitched by hands of grandmothers
whose skin is clay
whose clan is wind
awakening from earth’s sleep

i wear new faces into a
pitch of circles
a sky of dervishes
a dance of holy

i sit with river tears
that have stained the throats of elders
burned the soles of
wandering infants
and laced the tea of thirsty virgins

i sit with the wide leaves of palm trees
leaves hurled from the recesses
of their color, their markings
i wear new faces into rooms
where i’ve never gone before

i wear new faces
crawling into southern veins
screaming veins
owing into southern creeks
along side rail tracks choking with wisteria
tracks that refuse
to give back black bones
to black mothers
whose sons’ skin is now the fabric of steel

we wash kinky babies in dew drops
gathered in secret
muscadine smells
send trails of rapture and salvation
into woods
full of hushed song
juneteenth hugging and dancing
reclaim bootlegging warriors
reclaim hootchie kootchie damsels
straightening their backs
while stretching their legs
clad with red fox
primrose pomade
starched mouths
rinsing out red clay stains
for a baptism that will not cleanse

Blue flags and snow

I’ve had a few calls recently about the appearance of new survey flags out on the Mill property, so I thought I’d give everyone the update.  We hired a surveyor a couple weeks ago to go out and gather some more site information for us.  They put up the blue flags as markers for themselves while they were gathering some topography (topographical?) data.

I also received some gorgeous photos of Glencoe in the recent snowfall from Ann Hobgood.  I had to share my favorite one.  I believe she took this from her front porch.  The light is just amazing!  Thanks for sending this in, Ann!

Glencoe in the snow

Props for Prop Tarts

The other day, I got a newsletter from one of our Glencoe Mill tenants–Prop Tarts— and I realized that I’ve neglected to introduce them on our blog.  Prop Tarts, run by Sarah Costello and Sophia Martinez , is a full service set/prop house, and they operate out of the lower level of the Main Mill.  They do work for films, television, special events, theater, commercials, and museum displays.  It’s quite an amazing production!
We are pleased to have Sarah and Sophia working out of the Mill.  It keeps things lively! In fact, the other day, I was chatting with someone as we were walking around the Mill, and he asked me if we were putting a seafood restaurant in the Mill.  I told him we weren’t, and I was scratching my head about his question until I noticed a grouping of posts that look like sea pier or dock posts sitting outside one of the Mill doors.  A ha!  I realized that these belonged to Prop Tarts.  I have to admit, had I not known about the Prop Tarts, I would have wondered about a seafood restaurant too!

Mark your calendars!

I’ve just heard about two cool events, and I thought I’d pass them along.

1A Tribute to the Piedmont Textile Industry:  An assemblage of weavings by Lynn Pownell with the helping hands of more than 250 local residents and area visitorsMarch 5-14, 2009.

Details: Reception on Saturday, March 7, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Captain White House, Sun Trust Gallery

213 S. Main Street, Graham, NC 27253


*I’d just like to make note that I am one of those helping hands, unless, that is, Lynn had to tear out my work as part of quality control…  Oh, who am I kidding?  I bet my rows were outstanding!*

2. Haw River Clean Up, March 14, 2009, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Every year, volunteers come out to clean up the garbage along the banks of the Haw River.  There will be a team of folks out at Glencoe, so hopefully, we’ll see you out there!  There’s more info at the Haw River Assembly website, or you can contact me for more info.

Then and now – a view from the island

Frank and I were out at Glencoe on Saturday (hooray for gorgeous North Carolina weather!), and I had the time to walk around and get take some photos.  I was able to get back on the island behind the Mill buildings.  Since the foliage hasn’t yet grown in, I could see the backs of the Picker House, the Cotton Warehouse, the Cotton Sheds, and the Napper House.  I remembered that I’d seen an old photo of the back of the Napper House taken from the island, so I tried to take a photo from a similar angle.  Based on Sanborn and other fire insurance maps, I date the photo close to 1949 (if you know better, please correct me).  How neat to have a new photo 60 years later!

Here are a couple other photos you might enjoy.  The other photos were taken while I was on the island.  I took a photo up the race toward the Napper House, down the race as it runs into the Hyrdoelectric Plant, and down past the Hydro where the race goes to rejoin the Haw River.