By Mickey Howley
I think at one time there were 15 people banging or clicking or rubbing or clacking or thumping some kind of object to make a percussive sound last week at the Farmers Market. Kevin Guyer put two heavy engraved cigar shaped sticks in my hands and when I hit them together they made a delightful “click”. I tried to keep up with the rhythm. I don’t know what those click sticks were called, Kevin said they came from Africa.
There were lots of different instruments in this drum circle. Instruments like Na-tive American deer skinned hoop drums, Persian Tonbak drums (they are shaped like a large goblet), also something very similar to the Tonbak, the West African Djembe. There was one Peruvian Cajon drum box (you sit on it). And there were several tambourines, bongos, and some assorted shakers and rattles. You think it all might sound a bit cacophonous, but with John Forsyth and Susannah Furr as the lead instrumentalists in this, setting the bottom line beat, it all sounded good. But this drum circle was not only in Water Valley last Saturday, I read there were a thousand drum circles drumming in summer across the world. And it was that much fun that maybe we’ll do it again.
Prior to the drum circle, there was stampede. A Herring-Tomato Stampede. The Herrings sold out of their tomatoes, all 70 pounds in the first 30 minutes of the market. Tomatoes are in, but they don’t last long.
There have been a few changes in Main Street businesses in the last month. Both Julia Ray of Julia Ray Designs and Leigh Rounsa-ville of Defining Moments Photography have left Main Street. But it is not a bad thing in both cases. Both Julia and Leigh are still in business and doing well. Very well. Julia has done so well she has set up a small production facility nearby to meet the demands of the 20 shops that now carry her clothes. And Leigh is busier than every, but with most photography shooting on location–that the storefront on Main seemed little used.
But both storefronts served their purpose. They worked like business incubators to get both businesses up and going. And that’s good, as that is partially what rental Main Street properties are supposed to do, be an entryway for young business people. And the best news is that these places, 205 and 301 North Main, were filled right away with others wanting to be in business on Water Valley’s Main Street. A shop is opening soon at 301.
And open now and this Friday evening at 6 p.m. celebrating their grand opening at 205 N. Main are two combined shops run by sisters Tracy Marberry and Tammy Tedford. Tracy’s side is b.Gran Designs and Tam-my’s half is The Caboose Boutique. Tammy’s store motto is “Everybody loves a cute caboose.” Truer words were never spoken. Stop in and shop, their stores are creatively delightful and a great addition to Main Street.