New London Day 2013 at the old Church with Delores Nash Hicks

Mrs. Delores Nash Hicks

New London Day 2013 in the old village of New London, in Campbell County, Virginia was easy going this year.

Some gospel musicians sang on the back porch of the old Meades Tavern while several people dug for artifacts in the side of the yard.

Just down the street a short block east was my friend Delores Nash Hicks at the old church that she promotes african american history by telling about the days of her youth and showing various artifacts. Delores is quite a character and a wonderful person. It was quite fun to stay and visit with her. Later in the afternoon, her son and grandchildren came by to visit. I got Delores to sing and the grandchildren joined in with a spirit-filled rendition of “Down By The Riverside”. For a few minutes there was life back within the old church walls. I hope to get a copy of the cell phone video her son made of this singing so I can post here!


Clark Wedding – Salem, Virginia – Saturday October 20, 2012.


The wedding of Janice and Robert Clark was held at their new home on a beautiful hill perched above Salem, Virginia. The happy couple had their vows outdoors. A canoe was full of adult bottled beverages and one section with kids drinks. A delicious hot potato bar with grilled chicken and salad was served buffet style in the large downstairs room. The evening had the children dancing to some modern music and later some people, mostly the kids, got in the hot tub and the new heated outdoor pool. A wonderful time was had by all. Congratulations to the Clarks from Holt and Jake dog.

Bill Messerly’s 80th Birthday Party – Camping Out

Mr. Bill Messerly turned 80 years old this week and on Saturday a group of old Boy Scout troop 819 leaders camped out at a private location by a mountain stream in Amherst County, Virginia. Mr. Dave Long, aka “The Preacher” and Joe Dorton the chef, Pete Burke, the Wine Expert, Joseph Dorton, Kieth the fraternity music leader, Holt and Allen Messerly with Holt’s English Setter Dog named Jake. Jake ran around so fast and over the stream, up the hillsides and all over and back! Dinner was outstanding, Chef Joe outdid himself again with Venison, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn on the Cobb and Rolls. A candlelit dinner with only the finest plastic ware on picnic tables between a roaring fire and a nice outhouse building just down-hill.

A wonderful evening of merry enjoyment over dinner and dessert were had by all.

Happy Birthday to our Father. From Holt and Allen Messerly and Jake (white dog)