Last Chance

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Dogwood park is closing tomorrow with the announcement of the stay at home order for the state of North Carolina. Only essential movement is permitted.  We decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day and meet our Son and family at the park for the first time on over three weeks. We picnicked using two tables and spread out making no physical contact with them. How odd not to greet with hugs!  It was a beautiful day and the dogwoods for which the park was named were in full bloom.

A beautiful day

Park will be closed from now on…

Dogwoods still blooming

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Other families were enjoying the park….

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Pig Pickin’ Time

EER_0090One of the traditions of Eastern North Carolina is a Pig Pickin’ ! The hog is split in half and laid on the grill in a cooker. The cooker is often made from an old oil storage tank cut in half, on wheels, with a grill welded in one half and the other half hinged for the lid. Charcoal is put in the bottom and chimney vents are welded into the lid. The pig is cooked slowly for about five hours. During that time as special sauce, made from  oil, red pepper, vinegar, a touch of sugar and Tabasco sauce, is brushed over the hog as it cooks.

When the hog is well done, the lid is opened and folks come by with there plate and pick whatever part of the pig they desire. It is usually served with coleslaw, boiled potatoes, green beans, potato salad, corn bread hush puppies,  and followed up with banana puddin’ (made with vanilla pudding.  And of course, there is always plenty of sweet iced tea.

Best Pork Bar-B-Que

Whole-hog siz’zling on the grill

It’s Pig Pickin’ time

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Nothing much better anywhere!!

Painting : Dwight L. Roth

I made this painting for a man who had a small Bar-B-Que restaurant in Waxhaw, NC. I used to stop by and get a taste of his great bar-b-que.

Below is our church Labor Day Picnic from a few years ago.

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth