Yesterday, on a birthday lunch in Mullica Hill, I was showing my oldest friend (we've been pals since junior high school) my favoirite places in Mullica Hill. We visited the Red Mill Antiques and did some Christmas shopping, then had lunch at the Blue Plate - very good! They had many seasonal goodies to offer there. It was crowded, popular, and warm and cosy. Finally, on our way out of town, we dropped by Murphy's Book Loft only to find it closed, sold and empty. I had so much affection for that old book barn. For many years it was my first place to go when I was looking for a book. They had tried new management, but the new owner said it was mostly "a transition period." It is too hard for old book stores to compete in a market with Barnes and Nobles and amazon.com. I suppose if they do a brisk and clever on-line sales, they can keep their heads above water, but what do I know about business!
Anyhow, on a happier note, if you, too, love Mullica Hill, you may be interested in their 39th Annual Christmas House Tour which will be held Saturday, December 14th from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. It features historic houses and churches. Tikets are $8 in advance, $10 day of the tour. for more info go to www.mullicahill.com or call 856-223-5440. There will be carolers and live music all through town.
Happy Trails! Jo Ann