Eclipse entertains in spite of lack of darkness


By Beanie Taylor - beanietaylor@elkintribune.com



Dorsett Technologies in Yadkin County holds an Eclipse party for its employees Monday. The company served its employees pizza, dessert and beverages. Employees played cards and corn hole board while awaiting the event. All employees were provided with approved “Safe Viewing Glasses.”


Photo courtesy of Veda L. Norman

Residents share eclipse glasses at the Elkin Public Library during the eclipse.


Photo courtesy of the Elkin Public Library

Madison and Isaiah Vangordon play it cool in their eclipse glasses while their grandfather Dan Whelan actually uses them.


Photo courtesy of Vicki Whelan

Roger Key uses a welding helmet to view the solar eclipse Monday afternoon in downtown Elkin.


Photo courtesy of Teresa Howell

Mike Howell, using a welding helmet, checks out the progress of the solar eclipse Monday afternoon in downtown Elkin.


Photo courtesy of Teresa Howell

Roger and Janet Key of Sample Store attend an eclipse viewing party in the parking lot beside their downtown location Monday afternoon.


Photo courtesy of Teresa Howell

A crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.


Photo courtesy of Susan Baker

A crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.


Photo courtesy of Susan Baker

A crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.


Photo courtesy of Susan Baker

A crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.


Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

A crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.


Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

Katie Rodgers, assistant tasting room manager at RayLen Vineyards, celebrates Monday’s solar eclipse.


Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

A crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.


Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

Crescents of sunlight shine through the trees at RayLen Vineyards Monday during the solar eclipse event.


Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

The moon moves across the sun in eclipse Monday afternoon as can be seen behind eclipse viewing glasses.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

The moon moves across the sun in eclipse Monday afternoon as can be seen behind eclipse viewing glasses.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Darkness cloaks Brevard College's academic quad Monday afternoon as the total solar eclipse takes over the town and campus, causing crickets to chirp, lights to come on and cheers from those watching for the brief time of totality.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

The moon moves in front of the sun creating a total solar eclipse in Brevard Monday afternoon.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Dorsett Technologies in Yadkin County holds an Eclipse party for its employees Monday. The company served its employees pizza, dessert and beverages. Employees played cards and corn hole board while awaiting the event. All employees were provided with approved “Safe Viewing Glasses.”


Photo courtesy of Veda L. Norman

The sun begins to peak out from behind the moon as it comes out of total solar eclipse in Brevard Monday afternoon. The clouds didn’t dampen the event.


Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Excitement prevailed in spite of expectations during the eclipse on Monday.

Not in the path of totality, the Yadkin Valley expected to experience about 95 percent totality, which did not make much of a difference for many residents, although they were still excited to experience the moment.

“It was cool. It was something different,” said Adam French. “We were out in the street like a bunch of crazy people.”

Watching such behavior was part of the entertainment for some.

“I enjoyed the excitement that other people had,” said Larry Irwin, who joined a gathering on Main Street in Elkin.

“Janet Key of the Sample Store put it together. She was like a kid at Christmas,” said Irwin, who decided he couldn’t wait for the next eclipse. “We just really enjoyed the camaraderie.”

For many people, the appreciation was more for the rarity of the event than the actual experience.

“I think [as you mature] you appreciate the little things,” said French, who had seen an eclipse in his youth. “You see things differently as you get older and you value things a little bit more.”

These values caused some people to chose to travel for the opportunity to be in the path of totality.

Elkin Mayor Sam Bishop traveled a little more than he anticipated to see the total eclipse. “I went to far western North Carolina to experience it and eventually ended up in South Carolina,” said the mayor, who claimed to experience no traffic problems as he shifted his position due to clouds.

“I knew this was an opportunity,” said Bishop, who experienced total darkness for about two minutes. “I plan to travel to the midwest in 2024 for the next one.”

For some people, it was more inspiring to view electronically than in person.

“It was beautiful seeing the pictures,” said Maureen Postle, who particularly liked a few presented by NASA. “I said Candy [Brown of Wanderlust] should paint a picture of them because they were really pretty.”

Others joined viewing parties coordinated at places like the Elkin Public Library, RagApple Lassie Vineyard, JOLO Vineyard and RayLen Vineyard, just to name a few.

Those who couldn’t get off work at some locations were treated with a party hosted by their place of employment like the one hosted by Dorsett Technologies in Yadkin County, who allowed employees to play games and treated them with lunch and snacks.

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.

Dorsett Technologies in Yadkin County holds an Eclipse party for its employees Monday. The company served its employees pizza, dessert and beverages. Employees played cards and corn hole board while awaiting the event. All employees were provided with approved “Safe Viewing Glasses.”
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_025.jpgDorsett Technologies in Yadkin County holds an Eclipse party for its employees Monday. The company served its employees pizza, dessert and beverages. Employees played cards and corn hole board while awaiting the event. All employees were provided with approved “Safe Viewing Glasses.” Photo courtesy of Veda L. Norman

Residents share eclipse glasses at the Elkin Public Library during the eclipse.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_LibraryEclipse.jpgResidents share eclipse glasses at the Elkin Public Library during the eclipse.Photo courtesy of the Elkin Public Library

Madison and Isaiah Vangordon play it cool in their eclipse glasses while their grandfather Dan Whelan actually uses them.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_WhalenEclipse.jpgMadison and Isaiah Vangordon play it cool in their eclipse glasses while their grandfather Dan Whelan actually uses them.Photo courtesy of Vicki Whelan

Roger Key uses a welding helmet to view the solar eclipse Monday afternoon in downtown Elkin.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse-elkin-3.jpgRoger Key uses a welding helmet to view the solar eclipse Monday afternoon in downtown Elkin.Photo courtesy of Teresa Howell

Mike Howell, using a welding helmet, checks out the progress of the solar eclipse Monday afternoon in downtown Elkin.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse-elkin-1.jpgMike Howell, using a welding helmet, checks out the progress of the solar eclipse Monday afternoon in downtown Elkin.Photo courtesy of Teresa Howell

Roger and Janet Key of Sample Store attend an eclipse viewing party in the parking lot beside their downtown location Monday afternoon.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse-elkin-2.jpgRoger and Janet Key of Sample Store attend an eclipse viewing party in the parking lot beside their downtown location Monday afternoon.Photo courtesy of Teresa Howell

A crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse-elkin-4.jpgA crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips. Photo courtesy of Susan Baker

A crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse-elkin-5.jpgA crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.Photo courtesy of Susan Baker

A crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_eclipse-elkin-6.jpgA crowd of downtown employees and visitors watch the solar eclipse in the parking lot beside the Sample Store, where welding shields and eclipse glasses were on hand to safely view the partial eclipse. The party included celestial-themed treats including moon pies, Sun-Maid raisins, Milky Way bars, sunflower seeds, Sunkist orange juice, Eclipse gum and Sun Chips.Photo courtesy of Susan Baker

A crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_raylen-eclipse-5.jpgA crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

A crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_raylen-eclipse-4.jpgA crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

Katie Rodgers, assistant tasting room manager at RayLen Vineyards, celebrates Monday’s solar eclipse.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_raylen-eclipse-3.jpgKatie Rodgers, assistant tasting room manager at RayLen Vineyards, celebrates Monday’s solar eclipse. Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

A crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_raylen-eclipse-2.jpgA crowd gathers at RayLen Vineyards Monday afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party. Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

Crescents of sunlight shine through the trees at RayLen Vineyards Monday during the solar eclipse event.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_raylen-eclipse-1.jpgCrescents of sunlight shine through the trees at RayLen Vineyards Monday during the solar eclipse event.Fran Venable | Yadkin Ripple

The moon moves across the sun in eclipse Monday afternoon as can be seen behind eclipse viewing glasses.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_partial-eclipse-1.jpgThe moon moves across the sun in eclipse Monday afternoon as can be seen behind eclipse viewing glasses.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

The moon moves across the sun in eclipse Monday afternoon as can be seen behind eclipse viewing glasses.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_partial-eclipse-2.jpgThe moon moves across the sun in eclipse Monday afternoon as can be seen behind eclipse viewing glasses. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Darkness cloaks Brevard College’s academic quad Monday afternoon as the total solar eclipse takes over the town and campus, causing crickets to chirp, lights to come on and cheers from those watching for the brief time of totality.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_total-eclipse-3.jpgDarkness cloaks Brevard College’s academic quad Monday afternoon as the total solar eclipse takes over the town and campus, causing crickets to chirp, lights to come on and cheers from those watching for the brief time of totality.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

The moon moves in front of the sun creating a total solar eclipse in Brevard Monday afternoon.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_total-eclipse-2.jpgThe moon moves in front of the sun creating a total solar eclipse in Brevard Monday afternoon.Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

Dorsett Technologies in Yadkin County holds an Eclipse party for its employees Monday. The company served its employees pizza, dessert and beverages. Employees played cards and corn hole board while awaiting the event. All employees were provided with approved “Safe Viewing Glasses.”
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_SEP-8-21-17-002.jpgDorsett Technologies in Yadkin County holds an Eclipse party for its employees Monday. The company served its employees pizza, dessert and beverages. Employees played cards and corn hole board while awaiting the event. All employees were provided with approved “Safe Viewing Glasses.” Photo courtesy of Veda L. Norman

The sun begins to peak out from behind the moon as it comes out of total solar eclipse in Brevard Monday afternoon. The clouds didn’t dampen the event.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_total-eclipse-1.jpgThe sun begins to peak out from behind the moon as it comes out of total solar eclipse in Brevard Monday afternoon. The clouds didn’t dampen the event. Wendy Byerly Wood | The Tribune

By Beanie Taylor

beanietaylor@elkintribune.com

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