~ The pieces are all sewn together, stitched with love.........and a quilt tells a story and the story is our past ~

The Arrowood family immigrated from England to Maryland in the 1700's. They went south, eventually settling in the mountains of North Carolina. Later , some went further south, into the Piedmont of North Carolina, in search of work and a better way of life.

I am in search of my family.

I search for those that came before me, and lived their lives as best they could. I am in search of their stories, how they lived, and how they loved.

I shared this love of seeking the past with my Dad, sharing each new finding with him, the thrill in his heart intermingling with mine. I continue this search in his honor, and hope to know these people of ours when I join up with them all in heaven.

~ Steve Lewis Arrowood 1932-2008 ~

Come with me, back to a simpler time and place. A place far removed from the hectic pace of today. To a time when life was hard, but the rewards were great. When your quality of life was determined by your own sweat, your own toil, and your own ingenuity.

Would you like a glass of sweet tea? Let's sit out on the porch where we will catch the sweetly scented breeze of summertime. Maybe Grandma will fry up some of her wonderful chicken... Time slows here.


"We shape our lives not by what we carry with us, but what we leave behind."

~You live as long as you are remembered.~

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. " Author: Unknown

"But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations."


Arrowood Family

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year ~ 2011

May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be...
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you...

May you be content knowing you are a child of God...

Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to

sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you...

--Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Carmine Coletta ~ Ice Cream Man

This is the man that saved my father, Steve Arrowood, by placing him on his ice wagon and taking him home after a bicycle accident in Lineberger's Park, Gastonia, N.C.

(Picture also appears on Tony's Icecream website).
The original horse drawn wagon is on display at the Gaston County Museum in Dallas, N.C.

The following  article ran on Thursday, May 22, 1941 in the Gastonia Daily Gazette.

Carmine (Charlie) Coletta, erstwhile subject of  "His Imperial Majesty", Victor Emmanuel, 3rd, has been trading ice cream cones for the pennies and nickels of children and adults ever since he shook the dust of Italy from his heels 54 years ago, when he was 15 years old.

He hails from the little mountain town of Viticuso in Central Italy, situated 111 miles from Naples and about 150 miles from Rome. He still owns half interest in the family farm in Viticuso- that is if the farm is still there, which he doesn't know- along with a brother, whom he hopes is still living.

Mr. Coletta was born in Viticuso on Nov. 8, 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonina Coletta and is now 69 years old.  His father was a farmer.  At the age of 15, young Coletta decided to leave Italy to seek his fortune in the fabled countries to the north. He first went to France and after a short while there, journeyed on to England and then after a short while, to Glasgow, Scotland where he used to sell the palate pleasing flavors to Glasgow factory workers.

All in all, he remained in England and Scotland for 18 years.
He went back home to Italy once, during that time but did not stay.

More about Tony's~

What began in the 1920's as a push cart business, owned and operated by Carmine Coletta, has stood the test of time and remains one of the landmarks of Gaston County. In search of a better life for his family, Carmine came to America in 1911 from Glasgow, Scotland. He made and sold ice cream from carts and horse-drawn wagons. One of the wagon's has been restored and is located in the Gaston County Museum of Art and History in Dallas.

Ice cream was produced at two locations, Tony's Ice Cream on Willow Street and City Ice Cream on Morehead. Tony's was run by Antonia Janetta, the husband of Maria Coletta. They would take horse-drawn wagons to mill villages, ball games, carnivals and camp meetings. Their presence became a part of everyday life in Gaston.

In the early 1930's, trucks replaced wagons and in 1947 Antonia Janetta built the present location on East Franklin Boulevard and another one on West Franklin. Anthony Coletta, or Tony as he is known, was the youngest son of Carmine Coletta. He managed the two locations until the death of Antonia Janetta and his wife Maria in 1971. Tony passed away in 1976, and ownership passed to his two sons, Robert and Louis.

Carmine Coletta is buried at Belmont Abbey Cemetery, Belmont, North Carolina.
Rest in Peace, kind man.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Town, USA ~ McAdenville

The whole town is aglow with the spirit of Christmas.
Tonight was the last night of the 2010 season.

Going to see the lights was a big part of our Christmas growing up.
Still get excited everytime I go.

Christmas Magic.

White Christmas in the Carolinas ~

Our first White Christmas in many years.

It frosted the trees in white sugar icing.
Snow can magically transform everyday things, into things of wondrous, enchanting beauty.

Christmas of Yester Year ~

Back Row, L -R, Stevette, Lewis, Leonard,
Front Row, L-R, Becky , Donna, Robin