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8 Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 THE JOURNAL Tragic death from page 1 Dyer said. "He was a bona fide perfectionist when it came to his music and pretty much everything else he cared about. He didn't know how to be any other way. If I had to describe him in a sentence, this is what I would say, 'Meeting Gig Michaels is a lot like hearing your fa- vorite song for the very first time" Dyer talked about his home and things he loved to do when not on tour with the band. "Gig lived on a spread he referred to as The Ponderosa. It's roughly 18 acres on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina. Although he liked the city, he preferred country living and everything that came along with that:' Michaels loved being home and his music reflected his life. Dyer said, "He loved grilling and such out back, have you heard the song "Backporch?" bonfires, being able to see the stars at night, partying with his friends, being as loud as all get-out and not having anyone around them who cared ... all of that:' Michaels sister Lori, 10 years his junior and one of six kids, recalled stories of them growing up. Lori said Gig Michaels was born Michael Giggey. In time that was turned around to Gig Michaels for his stage name. "Growing up in the house, there were six kids, mom and dad. We had to learn to bargain with each other, fight for what you wanted. Michael was very com- passionate. He loved his family, his son and he loved life:' Loft said Michaels was always into music. She would be walking home from school and hear him playing gui- tar a block away. Lori picked up playing the flute when she was young. Michaels would often tease her by playing guitar while she was trying to practice. The family are holding their own, "Gig wouldn't want us to sit around and be sad" Lori said. Family and friends were sharing stories during this interview. Lori recalled the funniest involved a red kimono. Lori said her parents came home from a trip, "I don't recall where they went but they brought home a red kimono for me:' Lori said Michaels would steal her kimono and wear it in different ways during performances. Every time they see old con- cert photos of Michaels wearing the kimono they laugh. Dyer said, 'gdthough he found something to like about all four seasons I think autumn was his favorite. It ush- ered in the cooler temperatures and Carolina Panthers football games that he loved so much. It brought him game-day festivities every Sunday with band mates; friends and whoever else happened to walk through the revolving door that was his place:' Michaels felt that hot dogs should be in their own, specially designated food group according to Dyer. "Gig liked horror movies, romantic comedies, Fox News and ["Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"]. He was some- times quick to anger, but he was also quick to forgive. He was drawn to water of any kind, but preferred mountain lakes and streams to beaches:' Dyer said, "Gig wasn't perfect, but he was a good man, a very, very good man. He did the best he could, in ev- erything, always. He worked hard every single day. He knew that the success of the band rested on him and the often-times hard, gut-wrenching decisions he was forced to make. Gig took care of us as best as he could and it was a burden that weighed heavily on him at all times:' According to a press release, "Michaels, with his band Swamp da Wamp recently released their CD, "That Easy:' Plans for the music video for his next single, "Changes" were in pre-production with a company in Nashville, with the video slated to be shot in McMinnville, Tennes- see in the spring. It would be a dream come true or last wish of Gig's for that video and single to be released. He Gig Michaels, center, plays Bikefest last year. The popular local entertainer died Jan. 3. had such high hopes for "Changes:' with a memorial in the warmer weather being consid- Michaels is survived by his brothers, sisters, mother, ered. Lori said they plan to try to arrange memorials for father and son. Loft, Michaels sister and spokesperson fans across the country in many localities including Co- for the family has determined that Gig will be cremated lonial Beach. Port Royal Tradin Post brin The owners, Bob and Linda Green, call their new business, the Port Royal Trading Post. But the eclectic swap shop on U.S. 301, which buys and sells everything from a 1924 LaFrance fire truck to vintage cash registers and 1-gallon oyster cans, looks more like heaven to collectors and antiquers. The store, the newest business to open during historic Port Royal's so deligh(ful to have a landlord with a vision and the energy to make it happen. The folks that man campaign of renewal, is located just the trading post a few blocks south from the site on the Rappahannock River where couldn't be nicer. steamboats unloaded trade goods Port o-,,at is a in the 18th century. "It seemed like the logical name" said owner Linda lucky little town- Green. "The words 'trading post' just worked:' sure to become a The Greens, who live in St. Mary's premier destination County, MD, have traveled through Port Royal for many years on theirantiques. way to and from from their vaca- tion home in North Carolina. "We -Trading PostVendor Becky have always admired the history of Nelson the town and the friendliness of the people here" Linda Green said. he Greens also own Bob Green Siding in Mechanicsville, MD which "He likes to trade. His nickname specializes in remodeling, so they for many years has been 'the horse were not deterred by restoring Port trader:" The astonishing variety of Royal's old Chrysler-Plymouth merchandise in the new business is dealership at 25638 Main St., which obviously a reflection of Bob Green's opened in the 1940s but has been fondness for trading. closed and deteriorating for many The spacious building, which of- years, fers space to vendors from through- Their efforts led to the grand open- out the area, features quilts, candy, ing of the Port Royal Trading Post candles and jewelry. There is a 1935 on Nov. 26th, an important event Plymouth, Esso, and Gulf gasoline for the town as it seeks to rebuild its pumps, beautiful antique furniture downtown historic area. "Mr. and and historical license plates, signs Mrs. Green have done a wonderful and posters. Vendors seeking to job bringing life back to a wonder- display at the new store, or potential ful old business site" said Caroline customers seeking information, can County Supervisor Nancy Long, a contact Linda Green at 804-742-555. former Port Royal mayor, "It's a building full of creativity "The building looks wonder- and fun energy;' said Becky Nelson, ful both inside and out" said Long. who along with her husband, Tony, "Improved properties and new busi- operated Eagle's Catch Antiques in nesses are good for both the county Montross for many years and now and the town. I wish them the best of are vendors at the Port Royal Trasing luck in their ventures:' The Greens Post. are no strangers to the world oftrad- "It's so delightful to have a land- ing, collecting and antiques. They lord with a vision and the energy have owned the Glory Days collect- to make it happen" Becky Nelson ibles store across the 301 Bridge in said. "The folks that man the trading Maryland for several years, post couldn't be nicer. Port Royal is "Bob has always been into swap- a lucky little town-sure to become a ping and trading" said Linda Green. premier destination for antiques:' Kings Highway Journal Complex Fashion, fame from page 1 fashion industry" And from the looks of the stunning photos done at Belle Grove for My Dress Bridal and Prom, Priester is well on her way to that big goal. Darnell said photo and film loca- tion shoots like the one down with Miss United States are a growing phase of activities at the historic plantation. "Beautiful and historic Belle Grove is becoming a highly sought after setting for film and pho- tography" "We have been able to attract more exciting opportunities such as the photo session with Miss United States last week as well as a new pard- normal event on March 18th and 19th with Brian 1. Cano of the SyFy Channel's 'The Haunted Collector7 said DarneU. "It is our hope that we can continue to grow Belle Grove Plantations brand and create a true destination location for people all over the world:' In addition to photo and film shoots the plantation, where the na- tion's fourth president was born on March 16, 1751, hosts public events including Civil War Days, a Titantic Tea and a James Madison Birthday celebration in addition to being a luxurious bed and breakfast and the site of wee sings to corporate meet- ings. And, there appears to be mutual admiration between the town of Port Royal and the Port Royal Trad- ing Post. "The people of Port Royal have been so welcoming" said Linda Green. "We could not have he a bet- ter opening, everyone ha been so supportive:' to the Photo by Richard Liggett Port Royal Trading Post is open selling antiques and collectibles. Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has begun. Our In-Person Assister can help you apply for health insurance through Call for an appointment. Looking For Office Space? 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