|This shot helps to appreciate Rocky's massive size before unveiling against my apt building in the foreground.|
|Mayor Julia M. Meacham & Commissioners|
|NC Senator Ed Jones (left)|
|Mayor Julia M. Meacham & News reporter Lance Martin|
Market Day Vendors
Vendors from Roanoke Rapids, Littleton, Ahoskie, Franklin VA, Warrington, Raleigh and downtown local businesses filled Downtown Washington Ave with enthusiasm, excitement and arts and crafts.
|Ms. Nancy Eckert (left Blue coat) Riverside Mill Antique Mall Weldon NC|
|Sheila Green Creative Affairs 535-4067 Roanoke Rapids|
|Catering & More Sabrina Webb & Jermane Daley Weldon 252-536-4438 offered visitors free cuisine. Sabrina says, Market Day provides an opportunity to show people that her restaurant offers more."|
|Jermane Daly Catering & More assistant Weldon NC|
|DIRT Roanoke Rapids NC|
|Family & twin pups enjoying the festivies|
|Got it 4 Cheap Darlene & Demba of Warrington NC|
|Truly satisfied customers!|
|All the way from Raleigh, Mike's Grilled Foods sets up and says "Market Day is an opportunity to provide free food to the less fortunate and there's nothing like the smell of BBQ in the air to get people to come back to the next market day"|
|Classic Cars & Hot Rods lined Washington Ave|
|Classic Car enthusiast got jokes|
|Creative Affairs Sheila Green shows off handmade mesh wreaths for all occasions from Roanoke Rapids|
|"Everyday Expressions" Vendor Debra Williams lives in Weldon & runs her business in Roanoke Rapids says Market Day "gives people an opportunity to get to know where her shop is located."|
|Rocquina C. Vaughan "Face & Body" artist Ahoskie NC online Website "Happy Faces by Tudi" hosts Parties & Special Events. 252-862-5435|
|Tudi's Daughter makes it a family business|
|Tudi's daughter's artwork|
|3 Generations of Artists is really a cool way to keep business a family affair. Trinette above, Tudi below & her daughter|
Dangles & Dangles by Ms. Touche Weldon
Fred's Baits Littleton NC says, Market day is a time for festivities & getting together for fun."
Mojo's Funnel Cakes Roanoke Rapids says "Market Days helps Weldon to grow."
New local businesses:
- Jerry's Catering & Creative Cuisine 3rd St Weldon
- Azia's Beauty Supply Washington Ave Weldon
- Ben's Furniture Washington Ave
- Catering & More Washington Ave & 1st St Weldon
- A New Beginning Thrift & Consignment Washington Ave Weldon
- Well Kept Adult Daycare Washington Ave Weldon
- Downtown Clearance Center (scratch & dent furniture) Washington Ave Weldon
After 11 months into my project as an Independent Ethnographer and Social Entrepreneur seeking to understand why and how rural cultures “must change” as Mayor Meacham put it during one of my many interviews with her. She says, “We’ll be left behind if we don’t change.”
Weldon has become part of a new social movement that has begun to use social design methods to change their identity by implementing a revitalization plan and community development program in order to build sustainable economy partly based on tourism along with the rest of the world which is undeniably changing before our eyes.
Author John Emerson defines social design as projects that:
- are affordable and sustainable
- are made of renewable materials
- use energy from renewable sources and increase energy efficiency
- reduce consumption and waste, are reusable or recyclable
- are produced and developed locally
- are universally accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and physical conditions
- are developed at the initiative and with the participation of the communities they serve
- facilitate mobility, communication, and participation in civic life
- decentralize political power and facilitate transparency and accountability."
"A decentralized system is one which requires multiple parties to make their own independent decisions"
Why is this definition of social design so important? As a result of my field note analysis and multiple interviews with the mayor?
Mayor Meacham is motivated and empowered by her vision. She believes in what she has not seen, that which is in the minds eye or a hidden reality. This is a truly the mark of a social entrepreneur who envisions a reality and uses social design methods and processes in small responsible steps.
Despite the uncertainties that onlookers may or may not have, the mayor says, “we must move forward” and “build a future for the residents” and that is her vision and mission. Ms. Meacham believes “We are what we do” which promotes the idea that small and easy changes in our everyday lives can lead to significant large scale change.
In other words, the social design process contributes to peoples needs, their well being and not their wants.