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I got mine at Sled Fest but it’s available online through Stackpole Books.

http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=0676

Will keep you posted about any book signings ad I hear of them!

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No, I did not get the Rope! (sausage)

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Come check out all the cool stuff happening at the Old Sledworks Sled Fest in Duncannon PA this Saturday – RetroRoadhusband and I will be there, and a whole bunch more Retro Roadpals are planning on attending as well!

Duncannon Lightning Glider Sled Factory

I’m psyched to see some old and new Retro Roadfriends there – Wendy Vee from Roadside Wonders, Spencer Stewart the Diner Hunter, photographer Michael Stewart, and fellow FOW and diner fan Kyle Weaver (who will be signing copies of the new edition of Diners of Pennsylvania!

You can read all about the Sledfest event here on our post (vintage cars, flea market, collectibles, pin-up photography, live music- yowza!)

We’ll be there on the early side as RetroRoadhusband has a gig in NJ that night, so we’re getting there early-¬† we’ll be having fun and doing some vintage retro shopping but if you see us please say hi!

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One of the best breakfasts we had on our Retro Road Trip was at The Silver Skillet in Atlanta GA. Homemade biscuits and country ham now, please!

The Silver Skillet Atlanta GA Restaurant Exterior

Opened in 1956 and purchased in 1967 by George Decker, the restaurant is still family owned and operated by his daughter Teresa and her husband Jeff. Here’s a photo of what the Silver Skillet looked like some years ago from Flickr pal Julie Wilson.

As you can see from our photo below they have not really changed the decor in all those years – which is a wise move! Not only because it’s RetroRoadmap Worthy but their “period decor” has made them a location for movies, commercials, videos, and print ads.

Dining Room Silver Skillet Atlanta GAWe had no idea we were in the midst of such fame when we sat down at our boomerang Formica table, but later learned that Diners Drive-ins and Dives had stopped by the Silver Skillet to sample their biscuits and country ham (two of my fave things!) –

You can even see glimpses of our seasoned and sassy waitress in the DDD video – I swear she called RetroRoadhusband hon, sweetie, darling more than I do! Ah, those Southern belles.

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Isn’t this just a gorgeous art deco theatre facade? TOTALLY worth the detour into downtown Talladega AL to see The Ritz Theatre.
Ritz Theatre Talladega AL Movie Theatre Exterior

Look at those great, shiny glass tiles- the geometric Aztec influence designs, fabulous neon facade and zigzag top? now THAT’s Art Deco!

According to their website:

Talladega’s Ritz Theatre (circa 1936) is considered one of the best surviving examples of the Art Deco mainstreet theatres of the 1930’s.

And I’m not about to argue that.

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Hope you got a big chocolate bunny like this in your basket! Retro Roadhusband Says Show Me The Bunny!!
From our visit to Hebert Candy Mansion last Easter. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

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Yes, it’s true- your favorite “don’t take my picture”¬†hostess has had to emerge from behind the lens- for not one but two exciting magazine features! Oh the things that must be done to get the word out about vintage, retro and cool old places :-)

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First off I have to thank photographer Laura Keen – who not only is an acclaimed photographer, but also lives just a few houses down from the Hacienda (we’re so lucky to live in a cool place where things like this just seem to happen.)

Being a photographer myself I am wicked picky about photos and even moreso pictures of me, and she did a fabulous job. And it was actually kinda fun!

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If you’re ever looking for a photographer for your event or project, contact her and tell her Mod Betty sent you!

Secondly I want to thank Charles of The Fisherman Restaurant in Phoenixville – for graciously allowing us to use their great vintage interior for the photos. (Just thinking of the place makes me hungry for chicken croquettes, mashed potatoes and beets!)

You may see more of these photos in the future (rumor has it it’s good for business to put a face with a name, so I guess I gotta) but in the meantime here are the two projects I’m excited about:

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