Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the Soiree for me — or of any 24-hour period, honestly — was eating at a cool restaurant. Angie and her hubby, James, seen above peering intently at the menu, took me Saturday to Matty’s on Main Street. We had the most delightful treat when the Clydesdales stopped right in front of Matty’s large roll-up doors. I love the lights and tree limbs that the restaurant uses to decorate.
I wonder if it’s too much to hope the Clydesdales could come next year, too? Anderson Soiree 2010? They were super fun, right down to the red around their white wagon wheels.
I was delighted to see M.J.’s pics of the Clydesdales “off duty.” The horses resided in a stable downtown, so their exercising and even washing was on view to the public. To wash the horses’ faces, a groom stood on a ladder. 🙂 Here, this baby is all clean. Thanks so much for the pic, M.J.!
The Clydesdales stayed in a rennovated stable on the corner of McDuffie and East Benson — a building constructed in the early 1900’s that originally sold horse and riding equipment. Pretty cool, huh? You can read more about the building and its owners here.
Isn’t Barley adorable? They say Dalmatians originally rode with the wagons to protect the contents while the driver climbed down to deliver the merchandise. Today Barley doesn’t have to guard — but he’s still an important part of the Budweiser wagon. M.J. must have taken this photo from the upstairs of her Main Street office, I’m guessing, based on the perspective of the photo. Many thanks, M.J., for sharing this pic with us!
This past weekend Anderson held its downtown festival, the Soiree — and the Budweiser Clydesdales made a most appreciated appearance. Even though I knew they are large horses — to view them at close range, dwarfing the tall men handling them, was quite awe-inspiring. They are just beautiful animals. As you might guess, my favorite was the animal on top of the Budweiser wagon. I’ll show him tomorrow. 🙂
Especially at neighborhood corners, private yards merge seamlessly with public rights-of-way. How to landscape a stop sign? The neighbors above planted Irises around the sign (note the grey pole?), making it part of a splendid flower bed in the Spring.
Walking out of Los Bravos, we saw this sunset. It’s so hard to get a good sunrise, sunset picture in the city — too many things are in the way. The cell tower doesn’t bother me too much in this one. They are EVERWHERE, so it’s a slice of reality, I guess.
Andersonians — have you experienced Taco Tuesday at Los Bravos, on Hwy 81? Definitely worth it. Tacos are 99 cents, and the salsa is good. Check it out!
One of my personal secrets? I’m not a big lover of Mexican food. Now, don’t get me wrong. I eat it — and I like it. In fact, I eat it probably 2-3 times a week, every week! But it doesn’t inspire my food lust. What I do love: it is consistently fast, hot, and salty; the waiters are kind and friendly; and I can snack while I wait for my meal. 🙂 Oh, and my friends and family LOVE it. 🙂
Since moving to Anderson 9 years ago, I’ve been intrigued and fascinated by this statue. I think the “shoes” are so cute! Even the face has some warmth, a la R2D2. After taking this picture, it struck me that Eddy must be an individual — even the shop’s sign is unique and custom made. Check out the Vac Shack, newly relocated, on Murray Avenue.
I snapped the above photo on a walk a few days ago, just before dark — the posts extending from the telephone pole inviting me to climb. Most poles don’t have such posts — I wonder why this one is so blessed.