The local News comes in my mailbox and the front page feature story from Oct. 2nd, was: Jamestown sidewalk project dedication slated for Saturday.
I have out-of-town guests, I like to take them to Jamestown because
they have wonderful antique stores, a great ice cream stand, and a
couple good restaurants. And, during the summer tourist season, the
townsfolk put on a parade and other events. I've been there many, many
times and never gave the lack of complete sidewalks a second thought.
Part boardwalk, part asphalt, part sidewalk, some areas on the edge of
town are dusty ground in front of buildings that you can walk on, drive
on-to, or even park willy-nilly. When I saw the headline I realized how
quaint we still are. A little bit of Maybury, USA.
to be the same way. We once had an old dusty barn right in the middle of
town with a blacksmith shop in it. And, horses shoving noses over the
fence on the corner of Church St. and Main. Some vacant lots have been
marvelously transformed. The businesses have taken great pains to clean
things up, modernize a lot. But it isn't a big improvement. Now,
businesses come and go. The wine people have taken over the town and
there isn't much of interest anymore until a parade or event takes
place. Well, I'm being harsh. The Park with a creek running through it,
is still unique and attractive. I'm sure the business association would
disagree with me.
The Jamestown Area Planning Committee connected
Railtown with Main St. with a guided walk displaying medallions of all the
movies filmed in Jamestown. And a new mural will be up soon. Very
fashionable. It may be a huge success.
I think I'm turning into a
crabby old codger. I liked both towns better the way they were.