10/4/13 Friday at Front Royal, VA (Skyline Ranch Resort-RPI)
Relaxing morning where I worked on the blog and trip planning while John watched TV while working at his spreadsheets.
In the afternoon we went to Costco, to see if John could get a hearing test. They’re scheduled way out, so she suggested he call a Costco that’s near a place where we’ll be staying for a while, getting it scheduled long before we arrive. We also had the Verizon kiosk look at my phone. I haven’t been getting my Hotmail email to come through. She deleted the account I had and added another that works. Yay!
On to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, where they have a special exhibit of Patsy Cline. I wasn’t allowed to take photos so I’ll try to relay what I remember. It was a really lovely exhibit and well worth paying for ($6/senior-60 yrs old). Patsy was born in Winchester, VA as Virginia (“Ginny”) Hensley to Hilda and Sam Hensley. Hilda was 15 and 9 months pregnant when she married Sam who was about 15 years older. When Ginny was 4, Hilda decided their life would be much better without Sam. They had no running water or electricity at the time. She found a place with water and power and worked as a seamstress. Hilda was very close to Ginny. Ginny/Patsy loved listening to the Big Band women singers of the day and dreamed of becoming one. By the time she was 15 she was working at a drugstore, trying to help support the family (there was a brother too). She was also singing for money, getting a permanent spot with a local band. Harold Peer wanted to become famous as her manager. He suggested she change her name to Patsy. Her fiance Peter Cline wanted to marry her and have her keep house for him. Neither dream fit hers! In time, she was on her own, singing for anyone who wanted her and divorcing Mr. Cline. Her really big break came when she won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show singing “Walking After Midnight”, telling him her mother was her agent. She was 24 at the time. Great hits followed, then, while flying to yet another gig, her plane crashed and everyone on it died. She was 30. We both think the world of her songs and her voice. Patsy would tell her mom what she envisioned for her outfits (from Western to sultry evening singer) and she would sew them. She made all of Patsy’s outfits.
Next we explored the Shenandoah Valley part:
The Still. Rangers discovered this still in the Shenandoah Valley National Park in 1937. People continue to find stills in secluded valley areas. Where “moonshiners” once operated them. Often the modern property owner is unaware the still even exists.
Life in the 1930’s.
I-Houses, a 2-story house form based on balance and symmetry. Usually 1 room deep. All the rage in the mid-1800’s. Many of the settlers building I-Houses moved to the “I” States: Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and that is the inspiration for this house form’s name!
A Chinese unicorn?
Glen Burnie, home of James Wood, the founder of Winchester. These are images of a miniature of the current home (the home was built by Robert, his son in 1794) which is currently undergoing a 4 year renovation. This and all upkeep are paid for by the trust set up by Robert. In 1952 Julian Glass Wood inherited the home and its grounds, renovating it all.
Off to home just as they were closing (and wedding preparations were underway), for supper and the usual TV. I went to bed early, while John watched Hawaii 5-0.