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Saxapahaw, where have you been all my life? + truck ridin’ music

It was a good day for a ride in a truck in the country. So westward we drove, about 15 miles to Saxapahaw, NC. Yes, there was an agenda … lunch at the Saxapahaw General Store (Your Local Five-Star Gas Station) before checking out the area’s newest venue (and undoubtedly, one of it’s more interesting), the Haw River Ballroom.

Saxapahaw Grocery Blackboard Specials, 9/21/11

Saxapahaw Grocery Blackboard Specials, 9/21/11

LUNCH!  Local beef short rib Sandwich on homemade foccaccia with manchego, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onion and lemon-garlic aioli.  I was so busy enjoying how each ingredient played nice with the others that I let the two guys I was with just prattle on about this or that without speaking or interupting  … for those of you who know me, silence is a rare occasion that typically only happens when I’m enjoying what I’m eating, reading, or sleeping.

 
Haw River Ballroom

Haw River Ballroom

“If you build it, they will come” …  “build a house of quality in the woods, and the world will beat a path to your door” … yada, yada.   Owners Tom & Heather LaGarde hope that’s true.  Their version of the American dream appeared in the form of an old mill/dye house way-the-heck out in the country. Cobbled together by a respect for the area and it’s history, along with a playful repurposing of eclective salvage from all around the state, the Haw River Ballroom is a testament to creative visioning.  Since I couldn’t say it any better, I’m shamelessly just quoting their own description here: “three levels, a riverside deck, a concessions bar and coffee shop, a full service stage and sound system, gorgeous historic detail, solar and geothermal power and an idyllic rural setting” … really, the only thing missing is a place to sleep so you don’t have to drive home after.  I got goosebumps when I walked in the front door. 
 
Go this weekend for the Sunday performance of Spirit Family Reunion.  Doors open at 6:30. Music starts at 8pm (opening act Dark Water Rising).  That’s all I can say. Go.  And see.  And hear. And be blown away. Go.
 
Truck ridin’ music in anticipation of hearing these guys this weekend:
Spirit Family Reunion – When the Girls are Dancing
Spirit Family Reunion – I’ll Find a Way
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