A recent assignment brought me to South Georgia, up US1, through the Okefenokee – Waycross, Jesup, Blackshear.
I shot Georgia’s oldest operating Drive-In, the twin screen Jesup Drive-In. This is the mural along the fence as you drive up to the ticket booth:
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It’s definitely your old-timey drive-in (sans the speakers you hook up to your car – the sound is broadcast over FM stations). Even the food is prepared old school; real grilled burgers.
Blackshear was a very quaint town, though I was there before dawn to catch the early morning light on its heritage Train Station.
Across the tracks the old town center was still sleeping.
I didn’t get to spend much time there as another location was scheduled to be shot that morning, but with the antique shops, friendly people (at least the runners who braved the dawn), it’s a place worth returning to.
The best part of assignments, though, are the people that you meet.
My last stop was a locally owned hardware and industrial supply company. The term “salt of the earth” is often used to describe people who are genuine, friendly; if you look it up, you read basic, fundamental goodness. I would categorize Richard, Denise, and Bruce that way. It’s a thriving family owned business – something we need more of.
This is Bruce (their banker) and Denise (an owner). My understanding is that they attended Sunday School together.
Friends as business associates is always a winning combination in my book. The bank, the client of the marketing firm I was shooting for, is another locally grown business known for helping the community. This is a part of America that needs to grow. And thrive.