It’s not every community that can boast of an outstanding llama population among its fine citizenry — but Lewisville can!
When traveling west on Yadkinville Road from Winston-Salem, you’ll eventually drive by the home of some prestigious llamas on your right, just shortly before crossing the Yadkin River. Their home is actually Rivermont Llamas, which is located at the original home place of Sattsgate Farm.
As I mentioned in Lessons from a Llama, my first encounter with the llamas occurred one day in February when I spotted several of them being backlit by a gorgeous sunset. I managed to click off a few good shots of them before the sun dipped out of sight. But to round out my photo coverage, I knew I’d need to return on another day.
A few days later, I pulled off the road at Rivermont Llamas, where some of the llamas were standing at the front fence basking in the morning light.
As I approached the llamas, to my disappointment, they scurried off toward the middle of the field. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a long enough lens to cover the considerable distance, so it appeared doubtful that I’d get any decent shots of the timid llamas.
On a hunch, though, I decided to hang around for a bit, and I began walking the perimeter of the property. Every time I glanced at the llamas, they were all watching me intently. I just kept walking. Time passed, and the llamas remained huddled in the center of the field — still watching me.
Meanwhile, I happened upon some beautiful low-hanging tree blooms, and I spent some time photographing them. (Those photos were featured in the Springing Forth post.) When I finished photographing the tree blooms, I resumed my walk around the edge of the property.
I was on the verge of calling it quits, when — all of a sudden — three of the llamas began making their way toward me. It was as though — after much deliberation on their part — a consensus had been reached among the “head honchos,” and they had finally decided that I was “safe.” So here they came!
Looking for a Good Time?
I sense that my blog audience includes some real swingers. (I’m not sure why I think that — it’s just a vibe I have!) So I wanted to let you know about a good time you might be missing out on.
For this particular opportunity, you’re likely not too young or too old. You won’t have to wear special duds or be concerned about bouncers or bodyguards. Plus, there’s no cover charge. This gig is completely free.
Yes, it’s the swings at Shallowford Square that are beckoning all true swingers to come soar to their heart’s content. It’s a sure way to alleviate some stress and to put a big smile on your face.
The only requirement I’m aware of is that you simply have to make your way to the Square and find an empty seat. Right now, they’re all empty. But you’d better not wait too long. You see, you’re not the only one who’s looking for a good time!
Remember young Ralphie Parker in the movie, A Christmas Story? All he wanted for Christmas was a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. The problem was that none of the adults in his life wanted him to have one — not even Santa.
Despite all odds, did Ralphie get his wish? If you’d like to see for yourself, just set aside an evening to drive by the home of John and Barbara Huffman at 1010 Conrad Road in Lewisville and take a look at their lit-up front yard.
With the help of their grandsons, Andrew and Ivan, the Huffmans have set up a very creative multi-scene display of some of the more memorable moments of A Christmas Story. This is the Huffmans’ third year at this, and they’re already thinking of three or four additional scenes they may introduce next Christmas. Wow — it’ll only get better!
If you’d like to see some photos of the Huffmans’ depictions of Ralphie and key moments of A Christmas Story — including more of the famous lamp shown above — just click to visit the Huffman Decorations photo gallery.
Mary Alice Warren
Jack Warren Park
In 2005 Mary Alice Warren donated 15 acres to the Town of Lewisville for a park in honor of her late husband, Jack Warren. Yesterday, Mary Alice and members of her family joined Lewisville town leaders and citizens to break ground for Jack Warren Park.
The park is located along Lewisville-Clemmons Road, about a mile from downtown Lewisville. The first phase of the park includes a half-mile walking trail, a large multi-purpose field , two bocce ball courts, restroom facilities, two age-appropriate playgrounds and a large pavilion.
Thanks to Mary Alice’s visionary spirit, where there might have been a sprawling housing development, there will instead remain a place of natural beauty that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come. Jack Warren Park — what a wonderful gift.
Photos from the September 20, 2008 dedication ceremony can be viewed in the Jack Warren Park photo gallery.