Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Back home in New Market

by Cam Miller. 0 Comments

(Click any photo to enlarge)   A Great New Makeover! Sign of spring Although I am glad to be home, today is a cold, wet, fairly yucky day.  It's the kind of day that makes you want to sit curled up with a book by the fireplace and drink something warm, wrapped up in an afghan.  The temperature is 37, just on the cusp of snow, the rain is falling steadily, but not hard, and a steady breeze blows it into your face and down your neck.  However, I know that there are a lot of people who are unable to walk outdoors in any type of weather, so I am not complaining.  Well, yes I was, but I'm being honest.  It is still pretty yucky. However, with all that said, I suited up in rain gear and decided to stick close to home in the little town of New Market. Live music on Thursdays   New Market used to be known as the Antiques Capital of Maryland, and the sign along Rt. 70 claims that there are 30 antiques shops.  There has been recent debate about whether to remove the sign, since it is clearly false advertising, but there is change in the wind for New Market, so for now, it is staying put. Town officials and residents are wrestling with matters such as annexation, expansion, the amount of signage a business is allowed to have outside for advertising, and other similar matters. General Store Window On a Tuesday afternoon, the busiest places in New Market are the two schools, the middle and elementary, where parents regularly line up their cars in anticipation of school letting out for the day.  Aside from those two places, almost every business or restaurant was closed today.  Some businesses, like the New Market General Store, seem to have closed for good, despite a sign that has been in the window for months, claiming it will reopen soon.  The five or six antiques shops are open mostly Wednesday through Sunday, and the two places to eat, Mealey's and Milo's, are either open later in the day or Thursday through Sunday.  There are also some shops other than antiques, selling primarily jewelry and floral arts. New kid on the block There was a new business, called Artway, that has been preparing to open for about a year now.  They relocated to New Market from Damascus.  Finally, they have stocked their building and are open to the public.  They carry art supplies for polymer clay work, jewelry, paper crafting, and more.  I parked my car there, went inside to look around, and then walked from Artway to the end of town and back. The fire department is undergoing a major renovation, and it is looking spiffy with its shiny red doors.  I am glad it decided to stay right in town and not move out to the edge.  Fire departments so often are the hub of social activity for a small town. So, other than the Artway shop and the newly renovated fire department, not much is new in New Market.      ****************** Visit my photography show, "My Maryland," at the public library in Urbana, Maryland, on the lower level of the building.  It is there until the end of April. Hurricane Sandy Relief: Donate to the Red Cross, and I will mail you a 5 x 7 print from any of the photos I have posted on my blog OR any photo on my website. Forward to me via email a receipt for donating to the Red Cross. Tell me whether the photo is from the blog or the website, and Include its title along with a mailing address. The name on the receipt to the Red Cross must match the name of the mailing recipient. Send the receipt and the photo request to camscamerashots@gmail.com . Click on any photo to enlarge it. ************************************************* Visit my web site: camscamerashots.zenfolio.com Follow me on Twitter: @camscamerashots Email:  cam.miller@comcast.net Cam's rules for the Daily Photo Walk: walk every day the walk must be in addition to any other planned activity for the day post a photo every day use my Nikon P7100 (it is a very convenient size and weight) no weather excuses walk only where it is safe to do so

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