Event ~ HASM and Fort Bragg Chapels’ Community Choir 11/30/2018 Concert [media]

Now, for DVDs…


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Cold Moon Rising [over Glenville Lake, Fayetteville, North Carolina], 12/22

The first moonrise 4 hours & 34 minutes after full moon.

Waiting for the Cold Moon

This would have been my most anticipated shoot in a long time. I was excited about it. Moonrise was at 5:23 pm; but, it did not show at my location until about 30 minutes later. This because of the elevation at the lake. Nonetheless, signs are posted at the Mazarick Park that visitors are allowed access to the park from 8:00 am until dusk–5:36 pm yesterday. I looked it up.

Not wanting to break the rules, I packed up and went to my van about 5:40 or so. As I walked there I could see the moon rising through the trees. Oh my–the shots I could have had. I need a location without a curfew. White Lake in Bladen County is a posibility. If so, I’d likely await the January full moon- the Wolf Moon.

To do this right, I need to go early and find a place directly across from the azimuth of the moonrise. That may be a challenge.

As I look at the map, the area I need is residential. The night of the full moon is also the night of the next Total Lunar Eclipse–photographing it over water would be interesting.

Stay tuned…

History ~ Prince Charles Hotel, One of Two Early 20th Century Hotels in Fayetteville, North Carolina

The other was Hotel Lafayette–built in 1725 and destroyed by fire February 8, 1995.

Our country has quite a history as reflected by its buildings, its people, and their cultures. We must never forget the Native Americans whose land this was before being taken by European settlers.

We look at structures and admire their beauty.  They have a storied history reflective of where they are. In this case, the two hotels I point out thrived in Fayetteville, North Carolina–the south. They were not places where Colored-Negros-African Americans-Blacks were welcomed or permitted to stay or to dine until more modern times–the official end of the Jim Crow era.

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Prince Charles Hotel Being Restored to Majestic Glory

A structure with a storied history…

Prince Charles Hotel is a historic hotel building located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It was built by James Addison Jones between 1923 and 1925 and is a seven-story, Colonial Revival style steel frame building sheathed in brick and concrete.

It features an Italian Renaissance-style palazzo. The original section housed 125 rooms. A 60-room addition was built in 1942. Jordan Jones, the project manager for the new owners of the hotel, is the great-great-grandson of the builder. The structure is being converted into apartments and commercial spaces [see the video {link below} for details]. 

More history… The photographs below are from the Fayetteville Observer March 3, 2017, Archives.

My recent photographs and a December 14, 2018, 39-minute tour through the building by Jordan Jones showing renovation progress.

Tour of the Progress Made at the Prince Charles, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 12/14


The apartments and restaurants are to be ready for occupancy and patrons March 2019. The video has lots of details–pictures, 12/16. Thanks to the Fayetteville Observer for the Live Tour. I saw it as it happened.

Are you excited yet???