This is Pop Jones in 1954 right after Hurricane Hazel destroyed much of “Pop’s Pavilion.” Pop had been a merchant marine in the 1940s and when he came to NC he liked it and stayed in the area. His Pavilion was a gathering spot for the local youth and every Saturday night he held a square dance with live music. During the summer months the place came alive with tourists and fisherman who came to enjoy the Atlantic. Pop sold hamburgers and hot dogs and rented rafts and umbrellas. Now days the old WWII building meets and greets tourists too, but now, it opens its doors as the Surf City Welcome Center.

Sept. 28th I will begin teaching a creative writing class at the new Cape Fear Community College on Hwy. 210. Creative Foundations should be an exciting and interesting class and I look forward to all the fun we’ll have as we explore writing memoirs, short stories, essays or even the great American novel. Come try your hand at expressing and exploring. Please come join us. The phone number is 910-362-7930.

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