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Old 07-24-2007, 02:58 PM
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Day 2 Tuesday July 24, 2007

I forgot my camera! Anyway, there were five of us working today, including Mayor Dawsey. It's his birthday, and he's out here painting. The scaffolding was assembled and I got up there (way up there!) to paint the very highest part. (See the first picture in the "before" photos in first post.) We couldn't put the last section of scaffolding up because of a live electric wire which would have touched it. I was just able to reach the tops of the letters, which read "Little Golden Town of Aynor" in the top left part of the mural. I painted the very top sky portion with a long-handled roller. The volunteers stayed safely on the ground and got a lot of work done. One brought chocolate-chip cookies to share. The proprietor of the store inside this building brought us a rolling table to put paint on. Two newspaper reporters came and took pictures and asked questions. Several people waved and called from their cars to say "good job." We all joked and talked together, making new friends. The weather was delightfully cool again, and no bugs. The time seemed to fly, and before I knew it, the shade was gone and it was time to clean up. I will remember my camera tomorrow and will have some more progress pictures to post.

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Ruth, it sounds like you're having alot of fun on this project. Can't wait to see more pics.
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Ruth I had to go back and look, that was really high! Can't wait to see the photos tomorrow. Do you know how long this is going to take? Seems like it's going fast.
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Thanks, y'all! Deb, I really don't know. I'm allowing two weeks, since we're only working about 4-5 hours during the mornings. I don't know from day to day how many people are going to show up. There were four volunteers and me working yesterday, and we got a lot done. Nobody else wants to get up on that scaffold so that's where I'll be for the next couple of days. If the volunteers can get most of it covered with a base coat, I will probably be able to do the finishing touches in a few more days. We'll see! An interesting thing about this kind of job is the uncertainty of it, and the necessity to have faith and take it one day at a time.

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Don't forget your camera today. Looking forward to see the progress, and hearing all the great stories.

Is anyone cronicling the stories of the restoration? Participents names? Or even the stories you are hearing from passer-bys about their personal experience with the mural?
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Ruth,

what a great project you have! You do an amazing job as always, and you're wonderful attitude shines as always.
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How fun for you and for the volunters, Ruth! I wish I could be there too. I love lots of people working together! Can't wait to see more! IS the original artist too old too recreate this or does he live far away now?
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Day 3 Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Well, I remembered my camera today. It was cool and cloudy this morning. I couldn't sleep, so I got up and started early, about 6:30. It sprinkled rain a little, but didn't really rain so we kept working. It got muggy by 11:00 so I enjoyed the cool breeze all by myself up there on top of the scaffold.

Becky, I don't know. The mayor contacted him, and I got the impression he's retired.

Here are some pictures of the wonderful people helping with this project:

Mayor Dawsey, native of Aynor. His wife Sherry joined us later.


Jay Johnson, transplant from New Jersey


Gale Moore, transplant from Canada


People come from far and near to work on this project!


Me upstairs wearing my "Xena, Warrior Princess" hat, photo by Gale


Today there was a film crew, students doing a historical documentary about Horry County for the local TV station. They were delighted to find us working on the mural, and had questions about how things were in the old days.

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Tomorrow I'll be back up top, still working on the lettering and sky.

Thanks for looking in, and thanks for your encouraging words!

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Oooo I agree with Becky! I wish I could stop by and help the Warrior Princess, too!
I PM'd you about the paint.
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Day 4 Thursday, July 26, 2007

Beautiful clear day today, still cool in the morning shade. Mr. Dawsey had to go do mayoral things but he left us a bunch of homegrown ripe tomatoes. The regulars, Anita, Gale and Jay, were all there again, bless them. They're getting so good at this already, I hardly have to tell them what to do, they just grab a brush, mix colors, and start painting.

About midmorning this nice gentleman came by with a watermelon from his garden, all chilled and cut up for us! Even brought forks!


Some Aynor residents came by and brought pictures and told us stories about when the train first came to Aynor in 1907. Mr. Skipper said he had an old photo of the celebration that was held that day, and it shows people all dressed up in their fine clothes and felt hats. He said they must have all been from Conway, he didn't think the Aynor folks would have dressed up for that. He came back later and brought me some copies of old photos and the original drawing of the mural. He said the Aynor Lions Club commissioned Mr. Goforth to paint the mural in 1984, and there was a celebration and mural-signing ceremony in August that year. In the folder also were some accounts of how Aynor got started. There was an interview of an original resident of Aynor whose grandfather sold the land in exchange for a horse after the Civil War, because there was no money and they couldn't pay taxes.

More stories later.

I'll be back with pictures of today's progress.

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Day 4, progress pictures...







Some folks are a little worried about that pink road to the right of the train. I've been asked several times if it's finished! Of course it's not, we're doing a base coat which will have details added later, but people sometimes don't understand the process. Same with the train and the barn. There's a lot more to do with it, we're just getting the bricks and old paint covered first, so it will last another 25 years!

Most of the comments have been good, though, and people seem to be happy that we're doing this. I'm happy too, I'm having a good time. We got our picture in the paper today, on the back page of the Aynor Journal. I'll get it scanned and post it here later.

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What a fun project Ruth- love the bits of history too.How nice of the watermelon man !
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This is so interesting Ruth. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us
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What a transformation you see taking place. Mmmm, watermelon!
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