On Saturday, two days after the Thanksgiving holiday twenty visitors showed up at the gate to take the last tour of the Tara façade for 2014. As usual, it was a mixed group of men and women, young and old and locals mixed with those who had traveled hundreds of miles to “take a look in the barn”. We also had a producer from NBC preparing for an upcoming episode by interviewing those who braved the morning chill to take the tour (they hope to have it on Brian Williams program in a few weeks).
If I never get back to the barn and do one more tour or dust off one more piece of the Tara facade…. I will still say it has been worth my time and energy for I got to share the stories with a new group of visitors, work alongside a great bunch of volunteers (who I count as friends) and see the story brought to the forefront. The restoration of the Tara façade, the book and the tours have been a success and while there is much more to do….it has proven that the Tara façade deserves to be restored and displayed so its many, many fans around the world can get a glimpse of her and share in her story. It’s also fun to do something that your wife finds fun so that she spends time helping you dig for relics in a dusty old barn.
Today I post a story produced early on in the restoration. Whether you care for the media outlet or not, the point that should be made is that the story of the Tara façade transcends beliefs, geographical boundaries and language….as it is truly an international icon. Enjoy……