Published Sunday, September 30, 2012
This past weekend, my lifelong friend and I decided to go back to our hometown of Grantville to its festival.
As we got out of the car, we were greeted by the sounds of music that was played all during the day by different bands. As we approached Main Street, we saw the Grantville police officers patrolling the area. Since the policemen were loaded down with every possible piece of equipment they could have, we felt well protected.
As we looked down Main Street toward the old Colley Castle, it brought back memories of how the street had changed and how it also had stayed the same.
Since we had to visit all the booths, we found that all of the exhibitors there were some of the friendliest we had ever seen. Of course, we got to see friends we had not seen in years to share old memories. We even got to see Grantville Councilwoman Rochelle Jabaley, who was sporting a pair of large purple sunglasses.
As we sat down for lunch, we found we were sharing a table with two LaGrange Shriners who were here for the parade. As we sat there talking to them, we found out one of the Shriners was one of my sister’s old boyfriends.
After the lunch, we got to enjoy the parade with Grand Marshals Mrs. McCambry and Mr. Glanton, the band, the horses, LaGrange Shriners and the motorcycle riders paying tribute to veterans from all military branches and all wars with the special observance of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The only thing that we regretted was the parade was not long enough. As we were leaving, we remembered that, in Sound Off comments the Newnan paper, it said that Grantville needed a Barney Fife. We didn’t see him, but we thought we found his car. Sitting all by itself was a running police car with the driver’s door open.
I would like to thank Grantville for letting us have a wonderful day that we could leave all our troubles behind. I recommend that everyone return to their old hometown and enjoy it.
Nancy Pike, Newnan