Tarry at Tarry one more time


Back in the day at Tarry, Arkansas

Thomas Grocery - Tarry Arkansas

Still standing after a lot of years, Thomas Grocery and other scenes around Tarry, Arkansas were our target back in July 2012. Click on the store to see our original post.

Back in July of 2012, I paid a visit to Tarry, Arkansas. I was fortunate on the trip. Trey Gill, a resident of Tarry gave me the proverbial “two-bit” tour including of Tarry, including traipsing through his old barn. We also photographed Thomas Grocery, a still-standing arch-typical southern country store. We were not privy to the inside of the store, but we were able to shoot with reckless abandon on the outside.

See our original July 22, 2012 post and Corndancer story

Thomas Grocery Tarry Arkansas

Click on the store to see two additional store pix plus more at Tarry

See the aforementioned barn in our original July 2012 post. It is huge and more or less skeletal in its current appearance, but there is enough left to give you an idea of what it was in its glory days.

We also show you the old farm corn crib which is as big as some barns we see. A tree is growing just about sideways from under one corner of the crib. To see everything we shot and chronicled on this trip, go the the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com. You will see two additional pictures of the store.

To a large segment of our population, what you see in this and our original post — and the original Corndancer story — are three and more generations removed, which in my humble opinion makes it worth the time to take a look.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey,
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/
http://www.joedempseyphoto.com/
http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html

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Seeing the unexpected


Old pickup and roses

Click on the old truck to see our original post.

We go through life seeing what we expect to see and remaining safely in our comfort zone. Occasionally, however, we catch a quick glimpse of the unexpected.

When you stop and think about it, unlike tasting or touching, seeing something new and/or different is, for the most part, out of our control. I mean, er, ah, like … there it is, something totally unexpected, right there in front of your very eyes  just bigger’n Dallas — BAM!

Basset hound looking through gate

Click on Lillie the Basset to see the original story.

In our February 6, 2012 post we explored two such occurrences: One a loveable Basset hound on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com  and the other, a rode-hard-and-put-up-wet pickup framed by a brace of rose bushes at our original Weekly Grist post of Feb. 6, 2012. I believe you will enjoy both of these epistles. If not, you are due a refund.

The coupons for this refund are conveniently available for pickup at the top of Mount Ranier.

Thanks for dropping by,

Joe Dempsey,
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/
http://www.joedempseyphoto.com/
http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html

A look inside a Byrd house


nside-dogtrot-house-kitchen

Click the picture to see our original January 2012 post

The Byrds have been busy

The opportunity to have a free photo pass in a well-restored dog-trot house does not come often.

Hobart “Sonny” Byrd and his wife Betty afforded me that opportunity in January of 2012 in the old family home on the same property as the more modern digs where they reside. The Byrds put a lot of sweat into the old

dog-trot-house

Click the old house to see the original and more

house to restore it and continue their labors to maintain it. They have placed the artifacts of daily living throughout the structure, giving it an air of authenticity. It is as if you walked in one door as the residents walked out another.

We posted five interior pictures in our original Weekly Grist of January 16, 2012 with along with a link to a gallery with more pictures. We also posted three exterior pictures of the old home on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com. Take a look.

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

http://www.joedempseyphoto.com/
http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/
http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html

 

Tarnished panache


Saenger Theater Pine Bluff AR

Click on the old Saenger to see our original story.

Back in September of 2011, we gave some space to a worthy local campaign to save our largest old down town movie theater, The Saenger. Like many others, “progress” ate The Saenger’s economic lunch and the doors closed after the owners stripped it.

Local theater and historic enthusiasts and some professional volunteers mounted a campaign to save the old girl. The organization collected some money and wound up with more than 2,000 friends on its facebook page. After the dust settled, the theater was finally deeded to to city which is stabilizing it to slow down the inevitable. The appearance now is virtually the same as then.

The Lunchery in Pine Bluff AR

Click on “The Lunchery” to see more pix and info.

I shot the old theater as part of a swing through the oldest part of our downtown which is home to a plethora of interesting old buildings, some of which if not attended to are not long for this world.

Click here to see our original September 4, 2011 post. Also see the Corndancer dot-com Photo of the Week page where the story started.

Click here to see 31 pictures of the old buildings, most of which you will not see anywhere else.

Joe Dempsey
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind

http://www.joedempseyphoto.com/
http://www.joedempseycommunications.com/
http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photohome.html