Monday, July 10, 2017 – We have traveled to Mountain View, Arkansas in 2013, 2015 and again in 2017 we are not far from Mountain View. We would be staying in Mountain View but they didn’t have any openings so we are in Shirley, about 30 minutes away. What draws us here is the towns musicians gathering in the town park square, the courtyard front yard and several other places around the town. It is the friendliest, happiest environment you can imagine! I could easily, easily live here and as long as we continue RVing we will keep coming back here when we can.
Saturday evening we drove the 30 miles from Shirley to Mountain View where we had a wonderful time! We strolled the streets in downtown and hid several rocks there!! We listened to the picking at the courthouse and I sat on the giant chair on the main street!
This is the courthouse where pickers play. We listened to the lady who was playing for a while. The lady singing was broadcast and is very different than the pickin in the town square. We then went to Kin Folks BBQ across the street from the town square where the musicians sit around picking songs and singing along with banjos, guitars, ukulele and other various instruments. We both had jumbo hamburgers with fries and cokes. We learned about this place from our sweet friend Elizabeth Halpin Smith and keep coming back. Elizabeth’s husband Freddie’s dad Donnie Smith use to pick in the square and when he died his photo was hung on the wall in Kin Folks. We have been able to sit right next to the photo each time we eat there!
While we were there we met a really nice couple Lynn and Kay who are from Crowville, Louisiana. We saw on Kay’s t shirt that they are members of a Baptist Church in Crowville. We heard them talking to another man (you can’t help but hear other conversations the tables are quite close!) Them being Louisiana Baptists like us gave us a great place to start talking! Come to think of it I don’t think we even mentioned we are Baptists! Anyway we found out that they have visited Mountain View for many years and love it like we do! They also have really cute grandchildren that we enjoyed getting to see pictures of!! I’m hoping their trip home on Sunday was a safe one! When you read this Kay and Lynn I didn’t mention it when we were talking but I write another blog called Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays. A link to that one is at the bottom of this blog post. I think it’s something ya’ll might enjoy!
Outside of Kin Folks BBQ a group of musicians had gathered and were playing. After eating we all walked over to the town square to listen to the musicians there. People come with their chairs or sit on the benches there around several gazebos. I hid a bunch of rocks when we first got there. We sat our chairs out and listened to one of the groups gathered under one gazebo. This is where the amazing feeling of friends and family just shines! People from all around the country join locals at any one of the several groups to listen to all sorts of music. Any musician can join the others or start their own group. Very informal but special! A little girl saw me holding some of my painted rocks and said she had found a couple of other ones from around town. She got so excited that I was the lady that painted them so I gave her the two I was holding. She may look like she’s eating the rocks, but she’s not! When we left she was still looking for more!
Near the end of our time listening to music we got some Ice Cream from another place across the street from the town square.
On our way back to Golden Pond RV Park we pulled over and I got a photo looking down on Mountain View from up a mountain.In case you haven’t read them in the past, here are some previous posts about our time in Mountain View. We seem to come here in odd numbered years 2013, 2015 and 2017!
I’m pretty sure you can tell we love it here! One of the places we are looking forward to going to this week is to Cherokee Village, Arkansas to visit some very dear, long time family John and Barbara Tate. We’ve always know them as Barbie and Johnny but somehow they grew up and like being called John and Barbara. We’ve shared many many memories with these guys until they moved to Arkansas. We are really looking to getting together with them on Thursday!
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