Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

The day began quite early.  I arrived and opened the shop by 7:30 yesterday morning.  You see, there was to be a parade on Main Street beginning around 9 am but rumors had it that the streets would be lined by eager residents much earlier.  I translated that to what we know from the Solanco Parade.  I figured I would have a hard time getting a parking spot and driving through the crowds to the shop.
Well, it wasn't quite like that.  At 7:30 there were a few people around but it definitely wasn't crowded.  They didn't end up closing Main Street until sometime after 9am.  However, I was there and it was so much fun to see neighbors gather on foot, coming from neighborhoods all around.

The parade moved me to tears.  I'm definitely a softie for all things patriotic but there was the added component that we were remembering those who willingly went into danger for us.  I'm simply not that brave.  But completely appreciate the sacrifices made by those men and women as well as the ongoing grief of families left behind.

Here are some photos from the morning.

This represented the Strasburg Railroad.
I saw the young man who had hosted us on our train ride
just the other day.
He was walking and handing out train brochures ahead of 
the antique Ford.

I didn't know there was a community band.
They were quite good.

The antique fire truck coming  before.....today's version.

One of seven John Deere Tractors.

And then the most embarrassing story of the day!

I didn't realize that the parade comes back!
It comes back to the memorial in front of our shop.

In the morning when I put my sign out I purposely put it behind the memorial
so that it wouldn't be in the way of the parade watchers.
However, in doing so I put it directly beside the flagpole.
Now, the flag was already up and I never thought about them
doing something to it.

My mistake!

Everyone returned to this spot and the flag, which was up came down.
It kept getting caught and the gentleman also had to deal with my 
sign at his elbow.
I was inside the shop watching with flaming cheeks.
How awful!!
And there was nothing I could do about it.

Finally the flag was replaced with a new one and the band burst out in song.
I sighed with relief that this happening was about to be over.

I have no idea why they wouldn't have simply moved the sign
or come to me so I could move it.
But I'll know better next year!!
No sign until AFTER the parade and ceremony.

The ceremony was pretty awesome!!

We had a bit of a rush after the parade and I enjoyed showing the 
shop to some acquaintances who hadn't been there yet.

Then we were off on another adventure.

We recently joined the Lancaster County Visitor's Bureau.
It is known as Discover Lancaster.
As it would happen there was an opening for us to have a retail
display at the Visitor Center.
Not an everyday happening....normally all of that space is filled.
We were offered an entire wall.
I was going to be conservative and take half of the wall
but I think they have convinced me to go for it
and I'll be looking for another display piece or two
and keep it all stocked.
Kind of like a baby shop that someone else staffs for us.
Hard to resist!

So, with Warren's help we picked up a new display piece from a 
consignment furniture store and went over to the Visitor Center.
I had packed an assortment of items not knowing how they would
all fit together on the new display piece.

Chelsea set it up and I think it looks pretty good 
for a quick turnaround.
We will continue to add, change and fluff.
It's what we do.

This gift shop is open to the public and has hours daily.
You are more than welcome to pop in here to make a purchase
if you can't make it to Strasburg on any given day!!
Of course, we won't carry many of our artisan items here
simply because of liability but in a pinch you would 
still be able to find cool stuff!!
Neat jewelry, etc.

Looking at this I already have ideas to make it even better. 
Can't wait to get on that!!
But for less than a week turnaround I'm very pleased.
My daughter is pretty stinkin good at display and we get 
daily comments on it.
Proud Mama moment.

I finished out the day at the shop...until 5.
When I went out to close I decided to take some 
photos of the flags in the ferns...placed there by someone from the borough.

And the Memorial.
Seeing the flowers on it 
really touched my heart.

I came home and found
Warren on his mom's porch with her so I 
headed there where we decided to see what restaurants
were open and pick one for dinner.

Mom was at a picnic with a ministry from her church.

The three of us ended up at Texas Roadhouse and enjoyed a 
very nice dinner together before I came home and made
a candle order which had to ship out today.

Finally, my head hit the pillow and I'm sure the snores
commenced within minutes.

What a wonderful and fulfilling day!

God Bless America!
Land that I truly LOVE!!


Theresa said...

What a beautiful day, love a good parade! I am sure the sign wasn't as big a deal to everyone as it was to you watching from your shop! That display is AWESOME! Great job Chelsea! Have a blessed day dear friend, BIG HUGS!

Harold Emery said...

So enjoyed the beautiful write of the holiday memorial celebration ... so wish we could have been there. The shop is looking better all the time Becky. You gals have the Midas touch. Love y'all.

Vee said...

Wonderful recounting of your day. You made me blush along with you, but I am certain that your sign was not a problem. All the best with the baby venture...cute display. Those lace baseball caps are cute!

Doris said...

Love hearing about your shop....having the parade go right by is so fun. I hope to bring my sister to your shop sometime, she will love it!

Linda Gross said...

I enjoyed reading the account of your day. We had a very nice Memorial Day as well. I didn't see any parades though :(