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Carriage Ride @ The Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion
Causby Parker - May 17, 2015
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Sunday, 5/17/2015, 1:45 p.m. we began to gather at the Pavilion gateway, cameras in hand, anxiously awaiting the
arrival of Mary Swim & & Norma Bowyer. There was a threat of thunderstorms , but it was sunny at the time, a nice warm
breeze blowing, with black clouds heading our way. Ward & Causby Parker, & members of the Friends of the Blue
Committee ; Margaret Hambrick, Irma Smith- Cadle, & Skip Deegans were on hand to welcome our guests of honor.
Leaving the McLaughlin's "Diamond House" (where they all dressed & hooked the horses to the carriage) They traveled
the Jarrett cutoff road to the Pavilion. Alex's daughter, Mary Elizabeth brought Chip, the caretaker for the horses, to the
site of the pavilion. Chip took a very firm hand on the horses, to keep them calm, during the demonstrations of the horn
and the information shared on the horses & the carriage.
Mary Swim, guest of honor and her friend Norma Bowyer, arrived in their period dress hats, Mary in her red velvet gown
with black trim, and her matching black parasol, trimmed in red roses, looking very festive.
Raymond & Lynn Tuckwiller owners of the horses & carriage looked very dapper in their livery. The beautiful sounds
echoed over the valley , as Raymond blew the coach horn , announcing danger warnings and arrivals along the way as
the coachmen did in days of yore. They made quite the elegant arrival.
Mary & Norma were overjoyed with the wonderful ride. Mary said she had been on a mule ride in New Orleans 2 years
ago. One weekend last year , they were just driving around here in W.V. and happened up on the Blue and thought it
was so neat. Then when she started seeing ads for the Kickstarter campaign, for its' restoration, she became very
interested in winning the carriage ride.
As they left the Pavilion, they drove out past Cathy Lineberry-Bolts' house, just beyond the Pavilion, then turned and
went back to the "Diamond " House by way of Blue Sulphur Rd. and turned onto Spring Valley Rd.
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Keep all this in mind as you enjoy the pictures I have taken for your enjoyment. It was indeed a day to remember, for all
who witnessed it.
For more information on the carriages, click here