Our photo essays documenting the recent travels of Mr. and Mrs. PopCulteer continue as we visit a cool store in Senoia, Georgia, that’s just relocated to a new spot on Main Street, right in the middle of everything. Established in 2012, the Georgia Mercantile Company provides locally made, locally grown, locally produced gifts, foods, art, and more.They specialize in Georgia-based gifts including jams, jellies, sauces, rubs, books, art, stationary, postcards, shirts, and more.
Originally, Georgia Mercanitle Company was the host of the Georgia Tour Company, the folks who handle the fun and informative Walking Dead Walking Tour in Senoia. With both companies growing, the “general store” moved up the street while the tour stayed behind in their old location. It’s a fun, friendly atmosphere and in the new location, though there is a little zombie-related stuff for sale, the focus is more on their other fine products. So I thought I’d bring you a few photos of what they have to offer.
Their products can be also ordered through their online store, and you can check them out on Facebook. Ongoing technical issues here at the blog mean limited captions again, but you can still take in the wonderfulness, and shot them a Facebook message if you see anything you’d like to order.
Our cavalcade of Christmas Video continues all week long. Tonight we look at Radio Free Charleston’s 116th episode, “Christmas With CYAC,” was a last-minute substitution for a show where all of the tapings fell through. The original plan was that this episode of the show would feature songs from two local favorites, plus a song or two from the 2010 Contemporary Youth Arts Company production of the original rock opera, “Mary.” with everything being tied together with host segments shot the Monday before Christmas while caroling with Dan and Penny Kehde and the gang from CYAC.
The taping for the other songs didn’t happen (through no fault of the artists) and I was left with the possibility of skipping the holiday show this year, when it occurred to me that I could record some of the Christmas carols, toss in some of the tunes from “Mary” and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
In 2014 we brought you holiday music sung by lovely female voices. You will hear Melanie Larch accompanied by Mark Scarpelli, Marium Bria, Lady D-Doris Fields and The Laser Beams, plus we had an epic cartoon about the war on Christmas by Jacob Fertig. This became one of our most beoved holiday episodes.
We’re going to continue to bring you Christmas treats from the Radio Free Charleston vaults all week long as we march to the celebration of the Nativity this Sunday. Next up is our 2009 Christmas episode of Radio Free Charleston. Being a Christmas show, there was only one thing we could call this edition of RFC–”Terry Funk Shirt.”
This extra-long episode is packed with music from Molly Means, Joseph Hale, Todd Burge, and Melanie Larch with The Diablo Blues Band. There’s also some classic animation from the British studio Halas and Batchelor, plus a news flash about a visit from Saint Sputnik.
Joseph and Todd’s songs were recorded at The Boulevard Tavern. We returned to the Tavern for the 2012 Christmas show, with two festive songs from The Bob Thompson Unit. You can see RFC 194 below. The show also has a great holiday tune from Frenchy and the Punk and animation from Jake Fertig.
Remember that you can stay in the holiday spirit all week long on The AIR.
We’ve loaded our little internet radio station to the hilt with special Christmas programming, including an hour-long edition of The Third Shift that premieres Friday at 9 PM, with special guest, Eugene Landau Murphy.
Listen to the AIR website, or unwrap this peppermint-flavored embedded radio player right here…
Contining our tour of shooting locations of The Walking Dead…
We made it to Grantville on Thanksgiving Day, when all the businesses were closed for the holiday and the town had a really cool, eerie vibe to it. Being nearly deserted, we really got the feel of the “Clear” episode of The Walking Dead, from season three, that was shot largely in Grantville. Because we went to Grantville on a holiday, we couldn’t indulge in the Grantville Walking Dead Tour.
Our week-long lead-up to Christmas continues with two classic Christmas episodes of Radio Free Charleston:
Above it’s our first Radio Free Charleston Christmas show, episode eleven from 2006, with music from Clownhole and Melanie Larch and lots of animation and weird stuff, hosted from the original location of The Purple Moon.
Below it’s Christmas 2012, hosted from the Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville, with music from The Charleston Gay Mens Chorale, the cast of MARY, Prank Monkey and the duo of Pepper Fandango and Lee Harrah. There’s also animation and a holiday message from Razor Sharp Studios.
You can also bask in the holiday spirit over on our internet radio station, The AIR, as we bombard you with holiday music from now until a couple of days after Christmas. Check out the most bizarre mix of holiday music ever gathered in once place, plus all kinds of great themed shows:You can hear local Christmas music on Radio Free Charleston; Progressive Yule toons on Prognosis; New Wave XMas on Sydney’s Big Electric Cat; Swinging Big Band jams on The Swing Shift and holiday showtunes on Curtain Call. On top of that we have The AIR XMAS Mess, with an insane assortment of the wildest holiday music ever.
Check it out at The AIR website, or on this neatly-wrapped little embedded radio present…
All week long, leading up to the holiday, we’re going to bring you a Christmas video treat from the Radio Free Charleston vaults. Tonight we have a special Christmas edition of The RFC MINI SHOW starring The Laser Beams, recorded at their Charleston Holiday Show early in December, last year. You will hear the band perform “Run, Run, Rudolph,” plus two original tunes, “The Krampus Song” and “I Built A Snowman.”
The original plan was for the band to release a Christmas EP in time for the holiday, but the hectic pace of planning shows in three cities meant that we will have to wait for the proper release of the holiday tunes. This was a blast, and sadly I have not heard of any special Christmas shows by the Laser Beams this year, though admittedly, your PopCulteer has been somewhat out of the loop of late.
Anyway, please enjoy this last-minute holiday treat from The Laser Beams and Radio Free Charleston. Check back tomorrow evening for another Chrimmasy treat from RFC.
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