52 week's of Marie's Life

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21. It Happens Over Time (Week 32)

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Finally, our first scheduled “Maids on the Trace” meet up was for lunch at Mammy’s Cupboard.  We were to look for a 28-foot high structure on Highway 61, south of Natchez, Mississippi, that was of a smiling mammy wearing a red kerchief, white blouse, horseshoe earrings, and red skirt, holding a tray.

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Mammy’s Cupboard dates from 1940 when it was constructed for Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gaude.  A mammy character had been portrayed in the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind”, about the same time plans for the restaurant were being made.  Along with now being the embodiment of political incorrectness,  the building is also unusual in that its architect was a female, which was not the norm in 1940.  Mrs. Gaude operated the restaurant, which was built as a compliment to an existing service station.  Many tourists were drawn to the bright red skirt, as they came through the Natchez area for the antebellum mansion tours.

This roadside structure has been many things over time – a gas station, restaurant, gift shop, and craft center. It had gone through quite a bit of decay over the years, but it has had its periods of renovation and restoration.   The exterior bricks, which form the skirt, have been repaired many times and the red skirt is given a fresh coat of paint periodically.  During the Civil Rights period of the 1960’s, Mammy’s “skin” was repainted a lighter shade.

Currently the restaurant operates Tuesday through Saturdays, offering a lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and made-from-scratch desserts.  As you enter the restaurant through a door in her skirt, you will step into a gift shop and dining room.

~ Good friends.  Good food.  Good times. ~

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There was a feeling of nostalgia, as we were seated at one of the old fashion tables of varying sizes throughout the room.  Then we watched arrivals to see who was going to be doing this ride with us.  It was fun to see faces we knew and also to introduce ourselves to new friends.

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As more would come in, we’d finish eating so we could give up our tables and then congregate outside around our parked motorcycles and a picnic table.

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And of course pictures needed to be taken!

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(That’s me to the right, and Clara to the left, of Schelley from MS who put this all together.)

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A4. Night Shot (Week 30)

“Advice From A River” – by IIan Shamir

 
Go with the flow. Be thoughtful of those downstream. Slow down and meander. Follow the path of least resistance for rapid success.
Immerse yourself in nature, trickling streams, roaring waterfalls, sparkles of light dancing on water. Delight in life’s adventures around every bend. Let difficulties stream away.
 
Live simply and gratefully in your own true nature, moving, flowing, allowing, serene and on course.
It takes time to carve the beauty of the canyon-Rough waters become smooth
Go around obstacles
Stay current
 
The beauty is in the journey!

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This is a night shot of the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge taken from our hotel on the Mississippi side of the Mississippi River.  This twin bridge carries nearly 30,000 vehicles traveling on  US Routes 65, 84, and 425 across the Mississippi River from Vidalia, Louisiana, to Natchez, Mississippi, every day.  The twin bridges appear similar, but were built nearly 50 years apart.  The original span was built in 1940 and has two 8-foot lanes with no shoulders.  Over time the bridge became overwhelmed with traffic, so a parallel bridge was built just downstream of the original bridge to separate westbound and eastbound traffic.  Completed in 1988, the  eastbound bridge has two 11-foot lanes with shoulders.  This is actually the tallest bridge in Mississippi.

The City of Vidalia and the State of Mississippi collaborated to add lighting to the twin spans in hopes that it would become an area scenic attraction.  The Mississippi DOT agreed to pay for the $3-million project, providing that the city supplied the electrical power for the lights.  This project was completed in 2010.

You’ve seen on previous blogs that I am a member of the Motormaids.  This is a women’s motorcycling organization, established in 1940 with  over 1200 members across the United States and Canada.  As a Motormaid, you have an opportunity to ride, travel, and get to know great people all across North America.  Whenever I have gone to an event in Florida, I found it is not unusual to find women from many other states in attendance.  With this in mind, I pulled out my Motormaid calendar.  The idea was to find something that fell between May and October that was reachable in a 7 to 10 day vacation plan.  The Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi Motormaid District had just the thing May 22-25.  The event was called “Maids on the Trace.”  This was to be a “4 day adventure from Natchez to Nashville…444 miles along the famous Natchez Trace Parkway with many stops in between.”  So my husband, being the planner, began the e-mails and phone calls to secure reservations and map out routes so that we would arrive in Natchez in time to join in this adventure.  And this is how I found myself at this spot, our first night in Natchez,  to take this picture.

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