Barn Cats…

…of Aiken.

Yes, we are an “All American City”..for sure. This is a reminder of “Horseplay” from a few years back

There is always something going on in Aiken….one does not have to search far for a project to get involved in…they find you. This has been an unusually busy week for “events” and Alicia and I have really enjoyed participating in many of these.

“Hitchcock Woods”

This morning, just across Park Ave. from the funeral home, twenty-seven “Barn Cats” were introduced to roughly a thousand residents and visitors who simply followed the crowd, heading for The Alley at 11am.

“The Alley” provided the perfect venue for this event.

The weather was perfect….what I would call a “Chamber of Commerce Day”. The crowd was bigger than anticipated and the cameras were clicking non-stop.

I believe this one is named, “Catfish”

The Barn Cats are the creative plan to raise funds for the historic Gaston Livery Stable, one of only five, all brick barns in South Carolina and one of the oldest, being constructed in 1893. (click on the link above for more history).

With the sun shining behind us, I pose with artist, Nan Langner and “Magnolia Manx”

The brochure

After the introduction, the cats were placed in down-town businesses, including George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, which sponsored “Magnolia Manx”, (nicknamed, Maggie), painted by local artist, Nan Langer. I selected the design as we use a magnolia blossom as part of our logo. “Maggie” will spend the next few months, siting on the porch of the funeral home (unless someone buys her) until the next event, which will be the auction in March.

“Maggie” will spend the next three months on the porch of the funeral home, greeting all our visitors.

Aiken is a special community to live and work and I consider myself lucky to have been here for the last thirteen years.

As former Chamber of Commerce president, June Murff was known to say (and still does) “If you are lucky enough to live in Aiken…You are lucky enough”

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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1 Response to Barn Cats…

  1. Cheri says:

    Nice mention of Chamber of Commerce, Ray. We also use the term Chamber of Commerce Day when the weather is perfect.


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