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A Parade is such fun!  Here are a few scenes from Anderson’s Christmas Parade, held December 6, 2009…

Hope Defined

Anderson County Library

Marching Bands


TaTa Queens

Westside Rams for AIM


Lovely hot air balloons invaded our lovely city this weekend for Balloons Over Anderson.   I LOVE seeing our skys dotted with the fun and colorful balloons.   Please join me in thanking the organizers and the sponsors for bringing this festival to Anderson!

Here’s a sampling of what we saw this weekend when we looked skyward…








I’m afraid that today’s post truly lives up to the “eclecticism” part of this blog name.   Searching around for some inspiration for commentary to go with photo, I learned some rather interesting new bubble gum trivia.  I hope you don’t my sharing it with you here.

Did you know…

…that the energy Americans expend everyday chewing bubble gum could light a city of 10 million people for a day?

…that bubble gum was included in ration kits of soldiers serving in WWII?

…that studies have shown that chewing gum helps people to concentrate?  (Really?)

…that chewing gum helps improve memory?!  (If only I could REMEMBER to chew more gum!)

…that thousands of years before gum was invented, people of all cultures enjoyed chewing on gums, resins, and latex secretions of plants.   YUM 😛

Well, I’m sure that’s way more than you needed (or even wanted) to know about gum.  Today’s photo was taken outside of Gattytown in Greenville when we took Kellen and a friend recently.  It’s just one of the many fun and colorful things that I snapped that day.   afs

 Resources:  WikiAnswers;   All About Stuff;   GumAssociation

In a follow up to yesterday’s post, our busy week ended with an awards recognition and graduation ceremony on Thursday followed by class parties.  In addition to his certificate of completion, Kellen received recognition for being a part of the news team and the peer mediation team, and for receiving more A’s than B’s for the year (yes, he made the honor roll each nine weeks!)   The school really went all out in planning this program.  I only wish that I had taken some tissues with me!  Yes, I cried as my son and his class graduated fifth grade.  I imagine the floodgates will REALLY rise in 2016 when this same class graduates from high school.

Congratulations to all the students and MANY thanks to the administration, faculty and staff of Calhoun Academy of the Arts for all you have done to prepare them for the future.  Here are some photos from the graduation… 


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This past week was a busy one for the fifth graders at Calhoun Academy of the Arts.  The week began on Monday with field day festivities followed by a cookout and yearbook signing party.  I attended of course, because with Kellen beginning middle school next year, I feared that it may be my last opportunity to be so closely involved and welcome at such events.  It was fun watching the kids running and competing in the events and to share lunch with them afterwards.  Here are a few photos from the day…


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Great music & fathers dancing with daughters.


Best friends sharing ice cream.


Dandelions on the courthouse lawn.


Blown away by my playful Kellen and his friend John.










Downtown Sounds is held from 6-9 pm each Thursday evening on the courthouse square in Anderson.  It’s a really nice way to spend a few hours.  Come out next week and see for yourself!   afs

Leaving the carriage house to parade around town

Leaving the carriage house to parade around town.

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales have been in town for Anderson’s Annual Soiree.  These horses are massive AND magnificent!  They are best known for their height, their strength.  You get a good idea of how tall the horses are when you compare them to the adult man walking beside them in the photo above.  We went to the Soiree yesterday specifically to see them during a scheduled parade around several downtown blocks.  I’m glad we went!

Eight horses, all decked out in what appeared to be their fanciest harnesses, pulled a Budweiser beer wagon with several people and a cute dalmation on board.  The sound of their hooves as they thundered by was powerful, commanding the attention that these beauties deserved.  They all had red and white silk roses braided into their manes, which made them look even more festive.  I shot lots of frames of the horses while I had the chance, trying to capture all that enthralled the crowds of people who came out to see them.  I was especially fascinated by their distinctive and beautiful hooves.  afs


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 04-21-09On April 13th, Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) held it’s 3rd annual Golf Tournament at Thornblade in Greenville.  Perhaps you saw my post about it (below on April 14), or Denton’s  posts on April 14 & 15 at Greenville Daily Photo.  Well, on Sunday night, a sponsor’s party and Auction was held at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill in Anderson.  This event accompanies the golf tournament each year.  Lots of people came out to support Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) by bidding on items that were being sold during both silent and live auctions.  There were dozens and dozens of wonderful auction packages.  I even placed a bid or two and came away a winner of one item.   I’ve got to give a shout out on behalf of AIM to the commitee members for putting many, many hours of time and effort into the planning and implementation of this event.  Also, special thanks to our event sponsors and auction donors for making it possible through financial support and in-kind donations.  Hats off to the band, who was fantastic, and to Sullivans for providing such delicious food and for being such wonderful hosts for our event.  I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and will look forward with anticipation to next years event!   afs


Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) held it’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Thornblade yesterday.  Rain was forecast, so many who were anticipating this event were holding their breath and saying extra prayers.  Prayers were answered as the rain for the most part held back and allowed play on the beautiful course at Thornblade.  I came out for the morning to help where I could, and to take a few photos.
One of the teams in action

Hard at play!

Teams head out onto the course.

Teams head out onto the course.

Like many others, I follow the photo blogging of Denton Harryman from Greenville Daily Photo, and invited him to join us as a volunteer photographer.  I looked forward to meeting him and was thrilled when he responded that he would be happy to participate in our event.  In my opionion, it’s always great to have more than one photographic perspective at an event such as this.  I only regret that I had to leave rather early in the afternoon, so I missed spending any time getting to know him, as well as interacting with other AIM volunteers, staff and tournament players.

Special thanks to event sponsors, and the many others who contributed to the success of this event!  The time, effort, and funds you put into this will be paid back into the Anderson community through the programs of service that AIM offers to families in need.     afs

Thornblade is a beautiful course!

Thornblade is a beautiful course!



If you follow this blog, then you might know that I rambled around and took photographs last Saturday.  But what did James and Kellen (my husband and son) do?  They went to the “Monster Jam” in Greenville at the Bi-Lo center.  As I’m typing this they’ve both already gone to bed and I’m not sure which of them snapped this photo, so I’ll credit them both.

I was somewhat nervous about them going.  I wondered how strong the fumes would be and how loud the engines would be.  I was secretly glad that they were seated in the upper level, because I had read a news story online about a six year old having been killed in Tacoma Washington by flying debris.  A day or two after they went, we also heard about a promoter being killed at another location.  Thanks be to God that all was fine and that they enjoyed themselves during their father-son outing.

As I looked through their photos, I couldn’t help but wonder about the logistics of having an event such as this at the Bi-Lo Center?  HOW in the world do they move all of that dirt into and out of the building?   afs 

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