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Inside 11........Boone Country Dancers .................. By Bob Oelberg

15........A Life of Dance—Teresa Shadoin .................. By Beth Tally

20........The Legacy of Camp Yonahlossee .................. By LouAnn Morehouse

29........Doc Watson Remembered in Sugar Grove .................. Special to CML

31........Sundays at Fred’s .................. By Jerry Shinn

32........Real Secrets to College Success .................. By Elizabeth Baird Hardy

40........Trails and Libations: A Wine Tour .................. By Julie Farthing

42........Get Off the Couch—Explore the Great Outdoors .................. By Randy Johnson

46........Treasure Hunting in the High Country .................. By L.L. Belle

47........Your Primer to Southwest Virginia .................. By Beth Tally

49........Barter Theatre Thrives in Abingdon Front Cover: Shane Doby is a portrait photographer who loves blending her passion for portraiture with the gorgeous natural backdrop of our landscapes. She has been a High Country resident for the past six years and always enjoys finding new places to explore and photograph. Shane and her husband have three children and love calling Ashe County home. Contact Shane on or call at 336-529-4024

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56........Finally, Peace in the Valley at Red Tail Mountain .................. By Tom McAuliffe

64........Answering the Call of the High Country .................. Elizabeth Baird Hardy

76........The Architect and the AppalCart .................. By Steve York

78........The Home that Locals Built

Summer .................. By Steve York

86........Jay Leutze Stands Up for the Mountains .................. By LouAnn Morehouse

88........Bees Keeping the World Going Round .................. By Jane Richardson

90........The DayLily: Not Just Another Pretty Face .................. By Jane Richardson

94........High Country Farm Tour: Grow Local .................. By Zenda Douglas

98........Learning from the Salamander .................. By Clare Fieseler

101......Habitat: Helping Hands in the Name of Humanity


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Summer Memories

I’m certain that we all have memories of summer fun, food favorites or family gatherings. The sight of fireflies last night during the Super Moon reminded me of a time back years ago when family and friends gathered for a summer grill-out, croquet on the lawn and a friendly match of catch and release of fireflies. I remember the sheer joy I felt running barefoot in the dew laden grass managing any small potholes due to the darkness of the night and hearing my children screech with wonder that they too had caught yet another lighting bug. After admiring them in the Mason jar that had been carefully prepared with numerous holes in the lid, we set them

free. We discussed of course the wonder of how they do the thing they do and once huddled on the porch decided that they must be visitors from another planet. How cool it was to hear each child announce an analysis of that interesting little bug. My memories of that night are clear and magnificent—the fleeting moments of that dark night illuminated by a host of tiny lights will forever be blazed in my mind. Each one of my children had a different memory of the catch and release game; the oldest admits to smearing lighting juice on his arm as a way of being conqueror of the fields. Well, I may not be the proudest of that rendition, but I realize each activity with family and friends in the wonder of the great outdoors is to be treasured. The other day, when I asked my children about their favorite summer memories, I was delighted to hear that the cook-outs, camp-outs, hikes, water sports, looking for salamanders in the creek out back and firefly catching were among the many times cataloged as memorable to them. They remember asking me to admire the salamander on the little rock in the creek and to pick him up and I remember asking them to be gentle and just watch him slither around. Our perspectives are a bit different, but the same magical moment in time is carved for all of us. I love the memories created around a campfire and the taste of burnt s ‘mores telling stories and tales. The younger ones

are the first tired souls to retire to bed - while the embers crackle into dawn. The memories though will last a lifetime. The season is here and a vast array of activities is calling us to come have fun. The produce stands and farmer’s markets are brimming with local fare, the trails and rivers are beckoning that memory making is available. Toss in the cultural spices this area has to offer and bam, you are set to write home about the magnificent Summer of 2013. So if you have this copy in hand, don’t lose it. It is your guide to a tremendous amount of fun, music, art and outdoor activities. Or it can just be a reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures, like picnics off the Blue Ridge Parkway. An Appalachian Summer Festival, Lees McRae Summer Theatre, Barter Theatre, Symphony at Chetola, Music on the Lawn and in the Park. Our area is host to some of the best horseback riding, white-water rafting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, zipping or simply skipping rocks. Have you been to Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk or taken a tour of the Banner House Museum or to the Heartwood in Southwest Virginia for their heritage music and crafts? We look forward to hearing from you about the summer memories you create. Write us at and share your experiences. We hope they blaze an imprint in your mind for years and years to come.

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alance and swing. Ever heard that before? If you haven’t, you may be missing something that might energize your lifestyle. You can find out the night of July 13 at the next Apple Barn Contra Dance on the grounds of the Episcopal Conference Center in Valle Crucis. The music starts at 7:30 and ends at 11. The intent is for barn dancers to move their feet while featured musicians provide a feast for the ear. As the story goes, community dances have been held at the Valle Crucis Apple Barn for some 75 years. In the early days, the dances were traditional Appalachian circle, or square and step dances with four or five local callers, according to Cecil Gurganus of Todd. Cecil started attending dances at the Apple Barn in the 70’s and now plays regularly for dances with the local Laurel Creek String Band. ‘Regularly’ here means no more than once or twice a year, since the organizers strive to showcase the talents of numerous bands as well as callers. The ‘organizers’ are the Steering Committee of the Boone Country Dancers, who have been hosting contra dances at the Apple Barn continuously since the late 1980’s. If you’re not familiar with the genre, you will find that Contra dances are held all over the US and throughout much of the world. Having evolved from English Country Dancing, Contra dance antecedents were brought to the US by English settlers along with their fiddles and assorted other European instruments. The music is typically traditional, although

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some of the bands are quite progressive. Since the traditional melodies are deeply ingrained in our culture, even if you’ve never been to a contra dance before, the music will be immediately familiar. “Analytically, a contra dance takes place in sets of two lines, with partners across from each other in the lines,” explains dance aficionado John Pertalion, who has been helping to organize and host the dances for over fifteen years and regularly works the sound system. “This set,” he continues, “is subdivided into minor sets of two couples, who dance and then move on to dance with another couple, creating a new minor set. Each major and minor set’s dance is fairly simple at a community contra dance, and each is explained before the live music begins.” The word contra means against. In contra dancing, the odd couples are moving up the set and the even couples are moving down the set, so that odds and evens are moving up and down the set ‘against’ each other, hence the name ‘Contra dance.’ Music and calling at the Apple Barn contra dances are always live, with bands and callers coming to play and call from Asheville, Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, and a myriad of points in between. That includes local bands and callers, and part of the mission of the Boone Country Dancers is to nurture local talent by welcoming and providing a venue for local bands and callers. On July13th dancers will move to the music of the local band, Hands Four, and the caller will be Connie Carringer of Ra-

leigh. A couple of the big name traditional music bands that have performed at the Apple Barn Contra dance in the past include The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Kruger Brothers. If you want to give contra dancing a try, don’t be shy. There is instruction for beginners from 7:30 to 8:00, there is instruction prior to each dance, and of course the dance is called. Also, more experienced dancers are plentiful and easy to find. They will help you through each dance if you need it. Experienced dancers are encouraged to ask newcomers to dance to help them find their feet. When you come to the dance, bring comfortable, soft-soled shoes like sneakers or dance shoes, along with comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. It can be a workout for some, so you might want to bring an extra shirt. And of course, ‘sitting one out’ is always an option. You won’t really know what Contra Dancing is about until you try. You’ll find that it’s an invigorating way to spend an evening. The Boone Country Dancers host contra dances at the Apple Barn from April to November for eight monthly dances. Then they move to the Old Cove Creek School gym from December to March. To see the schedule of upcoming Boone Country Dancers contra dances, and to see a schedule of other local traditional dances, visit the website at So get ready to ‘square your sets’ for a really fun time.

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ohn and Judy Wofford never anticipated that answering an ad for ballroom lessons six years ago would turn into a consuming passion. All they wanted to do was brush up on some steps to enjoy at their upcoming wedding. Now, along with fellow ballroom enthusiasts Val and Jerry Looney, Monty and Wendy Burnham, and Vel Moss and Scott Hopkins, they are part of a group at the Linville Land Harbor community center that combines regular activities like monthly dances and excursions to Marion. These events are often tied to fundraising efforts for local charities such as the Crossnore Fire Department, Yellow Mountain Enterprises, and the YMCA. “Val and Jerry Looney started this whole thing,” John explains. “They had been taking lessons at The Villages (Florida) and already knew how to dance.” Jerry Looney adds, “Val and I came to Land Harbor in 2006. We found there was no ballroom dancing nearby, although Robin Lane operated a ballroom dance studio in Boone and there was a ballroom dance in Blowing Rock once a month. We attended lessons with Robin in Boone, but also wanted something closer, right here at Land Harbor. We began with four couples including Vel Moss and Scott Hopkins and Monty and Wendy Burnham.” Wofford says, “At first, we’d go over to Boone for lessons. Then the program grew large enough to hire our own instructor.” Their first teacher was Karin Globus, a retired ballroom teacher from Florida. Although they aren’t instructors, the Looneys had the benefit of years of lessons and shared their knowledge with their fellow dancers as well. Then

a chance encounter put them in touch with Teresa Shadoin. Looney recalls the lucky circumstances that connected the group with Shadoin:… “Around that time, we were having dinner at a restaurant in Newland and a young girl walked by with a dancer on her tee shirt. Val asked if she was a dancer. At that point her mother came over to talk. We found that the mother was a former ballroom teacher and competitor some 20 years earlier, and was teaching smooth dancing and clogging to kids. She told us she was too busy to start teaching ballroom.” A year later Teresa Shadoin found the time and became the ballroom instructor at Land Harbor, where she continues to this day. The Woffords are quick to acknowledge that dancing offers more benefits than just fun. The exercise they get helps keep them in shape and able to stay active. As a duo, they have become partial to the “smooth dancing” varieties of Waltz and Tango. John has taken it one step further. John and Teresa contended in the Pro-Am Competition at the Heritage Dance Classic in Asheville in 2012 where he won medals in the Waltz, Foxtrot, and Tango. “They were more like children’s stickies than medals,” he jokes. “However, I’m very proud to have earned them.” One subtle yet pleasant aspect for John and Judy is the whole process of mastering a particular dance variety. With such mastery comes true appreciation. “I liked dancing before,” John confesses. “But learning the intricacies makes it so much more enjoyable. Anytime you have knowledge of something, an understanding of it, you get so much more out of it—even if it’s watching

someone else’s performance.” Jerry Looney shares a similar perspective: “Val has always liked dancing. I was a reluctant participant after I retired, but I came to really enjoy dancing after I learned to be comfortable with the steps.” Speaking of the dedication that has sustained the group, fellow members Vel Moss and Scott Hopkins add, “We seemed to share a love for ballroom dancing and wanted to learn more.” Thanks to the dedication of the Land Harbor group, ballroom dance is still available in the High Country. Looney says, “Blowing Rock no longer has a dance. We have the only ballroom dance in the Avery-Watauga County area.” In fact, he adds, “Because of the scarcity of ballroom, dancers drive from as far away as Clemmons and Marion to attend our dances.” The Land Harbor program is open to everyone who would like to join in the fun. Classes are held every Monday at 3:00 PM in the ballroom of the Land Harbor Recreation Center. For information about Monday class fees and all general questions about the program, contact John Wofford at 828-737-6957. Fridays are reserved for practice. Private lessons are available by appointment with Teresa Shadoin. Monthly dances are slated for July 13, August 24, September 14 and October 5. These start at 6:45 with a short lesson and then dancing from 7:15 until 10:00. The cost is $5.00 per person. Bring your own beverage and singles are welcomed. All proceeds go to the charities mentioned above. Here’s your chance to dance for fun and health while helping others in your community as you dance the night away. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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Dancing Queen, Teresa Shadoin By Beth Tally


t the age of 5, Teresa Shadoin’s mother drove her through the coalfields of West Virginia to Bluefield some 40 miles away so that she could take ballet lessons. The family moved to Avery County when she was 12. Through all her adolescent years, she immersed herself in dancing, studying tap with Lisa Range, a former Radio City Hall Rockette, and teaching as an assistant herself with Jane Jeudimen, retired member of the Missouri Ballet. “Miss Kay” Wilkins, instructor from 1948 – 1982 of big circle Appalachian square dancing in Cranberry, mentored Shadoin. By the time Teresa attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol and joined the repertory company, it was a foregone conclusion dance would be her chosen profession. But something happened on the way to the footlights. Teresa decided to take a break. By the time she enrolled in and graduated from UNC Charlotte in 1982 with a BS degree in History and Government, she truly thought she had left the world of dance behind. “I moved to South Florida and started teaching school,” she explains. “I was single and my world revolved around the students and curriculum.” One day, she saw an ad in the paper seeking people who were interested in training as ballroom dancers. The pros-

pect awakened a latent desire that she had long forgotten. “When I showed up to the sessions, I was by far the worst one there. But after six months of persistence, nobody was left but me. You could say the dancing part of me was reborn.” During the 80’s and 90’s, Teresa spent much of her free time in the ballroom. She became certified by the National Dance Teachers Association and the National Dance Council of America. Teresa traveled around the country and competed at the national level with her partner, Lee Fox. Mary Murphy of “So You Think You Can Dance” fame was one of her regular competitors. All the while, she continued to teach and even earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Curriculum Development from Florida Atlantic University. “I readily admit that my teaching supported my dance habit,” she laughs. “But, you have to understand. Dancing was much more than an avocation for me – it was my first passion.” Teresa retired from competition in 1995. By the last time she took the ballroom floor, she had married her husband, Rick, and was pregnant with her son Cody. “It meant so much to me and was such an integral part of my life, I knew I had to leave the arena cold turkey. I couldn’t even watch it again.”

The Shadoins moved back to Avery County to take care of her parents. Quickly establishing herself in educational circles, Teresa was appointed the principal of Beech Mountain Elementary School. Teaching, rather than competing, also became the guiding direction for her dance. She opened the Heritage Dance Studio in Newland and took up the coaching mantle of “Miss Kay” Wilkins in developing nationally renowned square dancing teams. Today, Teresa Shadoin’s influence on the local community can be felt in all corners and with all ages. She teaches Civics at Avery High School and sponsors the K-Club, instilling in its members the positive impact of civic volunteerism. Her dance instruction and coaching take her as far away as Winston-Salem and Hickory. She devotes hours to the senior ballroom program at Land Harbor and advocates that dance is beneficial for any age and a social skill that can be used at any stage of life. “I’ve always known and believed that dance was an essential tool for happiness” she reflects. “But, one of my students at Land Harbor, Monty Burnham, has shown me just how critical the will to dance can be as a therapy.” Over a year ago, driving back from a meeting in Blowing Rock, the 77-yearold Burnham had a car accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The force thrust his car off the road and down an embankment. He climbed up to the road before realizing that his dance shoes and tapes were still in the car. When help arrived, they found him back at the car. From his hospital bed and on a ventilator, Burnham vowed to recover and dance again. He spent six months in a rehabilitation center and upgraded to a walker. Now, through careful instruction, he manages his dance steps once again. It is a fitting tribute to Teresa Shadoin that Monty Burnham accomplished his goal. Through her enthusiasm, she inspired him to learn to dance. Once he did, it became something worth living for. “I firmly believe that for those to whom much is given, much is required,” she says. “My life is blessed. Giving back to my community is a privilege and pleasure.” Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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The Crossnore Gallery: Fine Art above the Weaving Room For years, a stop at the Crossnore School’s famous Weaving Room and Gift Shop has been the highlight of many a shopping expedition. And no wonder—the pretty cottage set amidst landscaped flowerbeds offers a full range of fine hand woven items made on the premises. They are complemented by a stunning selection of jewelry, clay work, and functional art pieces from the most skilled craftspeople in the area. There are so many beautiful things in the gift shop that some people forget to take the stairs up to the gallery, and that’s a shame. The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery is to the visual arts what the Crossnore Weaving Room and Gift Shop is for all the rest—a collection of art work of the highest caliber. It is evident from the quality and variety in the gallery that Gallery Director Heidi Fisher is completely at ease with art, regardless of genre, medium, or style. Perhaps that’s because Fisher is an artist herself, although she admits with a smile that her paintings have taken a back seat since she became gallery director three years ago. Heidi says “I love art and believe that everyone should be able to own it, so I make sure we offer original work in a range of prices and a variety of styles and media.” More than thirty artists are represented—a distinguished group selected from across the region. Director Fisher speaks of each artist with warmth and admiration: Pam Baldwin is a pet portraitist of exceptional style, she has also painted for Limoges China; John Dempsey was a protégé of the famed fresco artist, Ben Long; Daniel Ambrose’s evocative landscapes showcase his skill in the difficult medium of egg-tempera. Their work and the many others on display create a veritable house of wonders in the inviting rooms of the Crossnore Gallery. The Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00, just like the Gift Shop downstairs. A schedule of exhibitions and receptions is noted in the Calendar section of this magazine, or call 733-3144 for more information. And remember, the next time you drop into the Weaving Room and Gift Shop, there’s a world of fine art waiting to be seen at the top of the stairs.

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he Centennial summer of the Crossnore School will be one to remember. The celebration begins June 21st, the first day of summer, with the Plein Air Art Show and Reception to be held at the magnificent Hugh Chapman Center on the campus of the Avery County YMCA and Cannon Hospital. The show and auction will feature regional artists whose works portray the beauty and serenity of our majestic landscapes. Visitors to the Chapman Center will be treated to a real live panorama that is the unparalleled view of Grandfather Mountain from the banquet area. Plein Air is a term used to describe outdoor painting techniques and refers to landscape and other natural scenes. Roy Krege, well-known local personality, will serve as the auctioneer. Brett Loftis, CEO of The Crossnore School will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with the silent auction followed by the live auction at 6:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be used to

support The Crossnore School’s Stepping Stones Program which helps students transition from childhood to adulthood. A month later, The Centennial Family Fair takes place on July 20 at the Riggins Sports Complex on The Crossnore School campus. The Family Fair is from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The afternoon promises to be filled with fun and games as resident students and people from the community romp in the bouncy house/slide, hop in the sack races, run in the threelegged race and chow down on hot dogs and hamburgers. Music will be provided by local musicians, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, voted the 2011 Emerging Artists of the Year by the The International Bluegrass Music Association., They have also been featured on Country Music Television. While the children are playing, Alumni returnees will be feted in the Mary Irwin Belk Dining Hall from 12:00-2:00 p.m. with a plated Southern lunch and entertainment provided by several of our students. Last year, 75 alumni returned to see the amazing changes in their school and to get reunited with loved ones. Early response for this homecoming indicates that attendance will be better than ever before. Taste with a Twist will be held at the fabulous Grandfather Golf and Country Club on August 5 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. This year we celebrate 16 years hosting this unforgettable event. Brett Loftis

hosts an evening of fine food and philanthropy as diners are treated to a lavish cocktail buffet artfully prepared by The Grandfather Golf and Country Club culinary staff with special dishes crafted by our own Mary Irwin Belk Dining Hall staff and featuring fine wines from local distributors. The diners’ wine and food experience will be enhanced by a marvelous selection of cheeses from Erick’s Cheese & Wine. Michael, Elisa and Carla Nicholson will entertain the guests with their superb vocal and instrumental skills. Ray Edwards, longtime Trustee and supporter of The Crossnore School, will serve as auctioneer as he encourages guests to bid on items needed by our students for the new school year. Last year, auction items included bales of hay for the horses used in the EGLALA therapy for abused children, uniforms for a child, warm winter coat and gloves, vaccinations for a cottage dog and even a full one-year sponsorship that will allow a child to live and learn at The Crossnore School . Tickets cost $125 per person and a portion may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please contact Phyllis Arnett ( or 828-733-4305, ext. 23) at The Crossnore School to reserve your tickets. Tables of 8 may be reserved. All net proceeds will support our students as they begin another ‘Life Changing’ school year.

Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery 2013 Daniel Ambrose: Landmarks, July 2* - 31 Robert Martin: Inspired Metal Works, July 25* - Aug. 23 Dru Scott Warmath: A Color Story, Aug. 2* - 31 Kim Abernathy: Lasting Impressions, Sept 19* - Oct 18 Brian Koontz: Mountain Musings..., Oct 26* - Nov 26 Tour de Art: 10am-5pm every 4th Saturday thru Oct.

Sitting in the Sun by Daniel Ambrose

*Artist’s Receptions are on the opening day of their exhibit, 4-6pm.

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Camp Yonahlossee: 1922-1985


ack before everyone and his brother had a summer house, these mountains were home to dozens of camps where children could spend their holidays away from the heat and torpor of the rest of the South. The oldest of these, Camp Yonahlossee, was founded in 1922 by a dynamic young couple, Dr. and Mrs. A.P. Kephart. Dr. and Mrs. Kephart were educators; Dr. Kephart was described as “the director of training at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina” in the camp’s circa 1936 brochure. The Kephart’s camp was for girls and girls only. “Kep” and “Keppie,” as they were known by generations of campers, maintained a clear and straightforward mission for their girls: At Yonahlossee are found the very things which form the basis of a good life: Regular hours of work, play and rest, prayers, worship, wholesome diet, cleanliness, and comradeship. At Yonahlossee, young ladies enjoyed a schedule that included the usual camp pastimes of swimming, canoeing and hiking. The camp also offered horseback riding, a very popular activity. The girls worked at crafts; the rustic cabin that housed the weaving looms was a source of much creativity, and many a set of placemats went home at the end of camp. The Kephart’s regimen of work, play and rest proved so successful that Camp Yonahlossee lasted for 63 years. Kep and Keppie eventually retired, and equally beloved directors such as Agnes Jeter and Skeeter Blassingame kept the standards high. Campers grew up and were replaced by their younger sisters, then their daughters and granddaughters. Lucy Henry remembers wanting to go to Camp Yonahlossee when she was only five years old and her first cousin was a camper there. She says, “It was calling my name early on.” Henry finally achieved her goal as a ten-year old, eventually becoming a camp counselor when she turned seventeen and continuing in that role until the camp closed in 1985.

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Henry’s fond memories of Yonahlossee are shared by literally hundreds of other former campers. Like her, they loved the outdoors, and the mountains, and most especially the other girls with whom they shared rites of passage during those long summer days. Suzy Kimel says that one day back in the 90’s, she got to “feeling homesick for camp,” so she created a website,, to be an archive of photos and memories. Suzy’s website has “grown like Topsy over the years and brings me great joy, not to mention endless letters from girls I do not know but with whom I share an endless bond.” The website serves as a notice board for information about the reunions that have been held through the years, and is a virtual photo album of the women who were once Yonahlossee girls. There are now more than 500 Yonahlossee alumnae who are linked via Facebook. Suzy says that the friendships that have been rekindled and the ones that have endured are all the legacy of “our wonderful founders and directors, who changed thousands of lives over the decades.” After Camp Yonahlossee closed, the property was sold and eventually became the Yonahlossee Club and Resort. Now there are homes, an inn, racquet club and a saddle club situated on the beautiful grounds. The Kepharts’ former home has become the Gamekeeper Restaurant, well regarded for its excellent menu and hospitality. But even now, ninety years after Camp Yonahlossee welcomed the first group of girls, these are hallowed grounds. The Yonahlossee Club homeowners association maintains a warm relationship with camp alumnae and proudly displays vintage photographs of the early days of the camp. Club members keep a welcome mat out for the campers at all times; the reunion “powwows” are held there, and alumnae are free to stroll the grounds and visit the sites of their youthful adventures. Most of the landmarks are gone, but the girls remember where they were. The club association has maintained one par-

ticular spot, the stone circle seat, where campers would gather to await visitors or meet one another. They still do. A few weeks ago Lucy Henry convened the reunion powwow that celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Yonahlossee Camp for Girls. Henry reports, “We had about 75 women who had been at Camp Yonahlossee from 1944 through 1985.” The spirit of the camp lives on. Henry says, “There were campers who had not seen one another in over 50 years and coming back together it was like a day had never passed. The same is true for those who had never met. There is certainly a sisterhood among Yonahlossee girls.” One of Henry’s favorite memories of the reunion weekend is the reception hosted by the Yonahlossee Racquet Club and the Homeowners Association, where camp alumnae and current residents shared stories. It is clear that the people who live there now love the land as much as those who came before. Henry says, “The Yonahlossee Homeowners Association has done a wonderful job preserving the camp land. They recently had to take down the old “weaving shack” because it was in such bad shape but they were able to preserve the rock fireplace which warmed the cabin. They have created a beautiful sitting area surrounding this fireplace.” Camp reunions take place on an irregular basis, but Henry knows for sure that there will be one in 2023. That’s when Camp Yonahlossee turns 100. The stone circle seat will still be there, and the weaving room’s rock fireplace, and the path called “Memory’s Trail.” All it will take to rekindle the flame will be a few Yonahlossee girls. They will be there. About the illustrations: Martha Daniel, who was a camper in the 50’s and then a counselor in the early 60’s, drew these images of the stable barn, the main cabin, and the office when she took her own daughters to Yonahlossee in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They are available for purchase online at YonahlosseePrints

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Fresh Face, Same Amazing Art Space! After many years as a fixture along Hwy 184, you might be surprised at the new look of The Art Cellar Gallery. It all started last Fall, when owners Pam and Michael McKay began renovation work on the project they had been looking forward to tackling since purchasing the building. They sought out the talents of Clint & Simone Hendricks of Hendricks Construction to help them create a completely new exterior and gallery entry. The results are spectacular; the gallery is beautifully renewed in a contemporary/rustic style. A handsome timber framed front entry welcomes visitors into a new gallery that opens onto the main exhibition space. On the second level, a new deck pulls light into the upstairs galleries.  All three levels look fresh and inviting filled with the usual wide range of artwork, and a few more artists on the roster.  Thanks to landscaper Matt Herdklotz, the gardens are up to their usual riotous and colorful best. And Pam’s mother, Susan Hardin, still has her jewelry store, Hardin Fine Jewelry, on one end of the main floor. Photographer Dot Griffith showed the building off to its best advantage in the new promotional shots. Some may recall her Art Cellar show two years ago featuring her “Avian Series” large format photographs—Dot received the Second Place Award in the 2011 Halpert Biennial for those photos.   The gallery is open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, but be sure to join them at their opening receptions or other gallery events.  The Art Cellar Gallery is located on Hwy. 184, 920 Shawneehaw Avenue in Banner Elk between the Best Western Hotel and the Mill Pond. Call 828-898-5175 or visit the website,

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New River Brass Ensemble compliments of ASU / Jeanne Jolly, Photo by Celeste Young

Summer Concerts Resume at Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church by Lynne Thomson


ith its distinctive white clapboard and shingle siding, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church is one of the most photographed locations in Valle Crucis. Built in the first years of the Civil War, the little church served parishioners for many years before the larger Church of the Holy Cross was built in 1925. Now open only in the summer, St. John’s holds 9:00am Sunday services in the mountain tradition from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, as an outreach project of Holy Cross Church, concerts are presented in St. John’s on the first Sunday evening of June, July, August, and September at 5:00pm. This charming wooden structure is acoustically perfect, making it an ideal setting for music. Following each concert, attendees gather on the lawn for a shared picnic and an opportunity to meet and chat with guest musicians. Traditionally, cost for the concerts has been $10.00 and children under 10 were free. However, for the 2013 season, thanks to

a generous benefactor, the concerts are FREE TO ALL. The 2013 season kicked off in June with the annual presentation of “Sing’n In The Valle” by the vocal and hand bell choirs of Church of the Holy Cross and also featured the talents of several of its members as well. All who attended joined in to sing familiar mountain gospel hymns. The July 7th concert will find awardwinning North Carolina native singer/ songwriter Jeanne Jolly taking time from her current national tour to grace the stage with her distinctive lyrical voice. Out of her classical training and folk sensibility, Jeanne has developed her own style and phrasing that is pleasing audiences everywhere. Her newly released album, “Angels,” debuted in the top fifteen on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. The New River Brass Ensemble, a quartet of faculty members of Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University will take us on a musical journey on August 4th through four centuries of the classics such as Bach, Gabrieli, and

Ewald, to Gershwin, Ellington, and on to the era of the Beatles. Performances at ASU and at schools throughout Western North Carolina are designed to promote the importance of music to today’s young people. Later this year, the Ensemble performs a Cathedral Concert in Columbus, Ohio, with special guest Dr. Joby Bell. September 1st, the final concert of the season, can now be called a tradition at St. John’s with the third appearance of the principal choir from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Columbia, South Carolina. The twelve-voice ensemble, singing glorious selections a cappella, display incredible range and control. For the last two seasons, this amazing group of voices, led by Cannon Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral, Jared Johnson, has enthralled a packed house and will no doubt do it again this year. It is a concert that is surely not to be missed. St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church is located at 645 Herb Thomas Road, off of Mast Gap Road, in Valle Crucis. For more information, call 828-963-4609. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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16th Annual Musicfest In Sugar Grove Honors Doc & Rosa Lee Watson


celebration of Appalachian music and cultural heritage, the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove will take place July 12 and 13, 2013 on the grounds of the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, N.C. Following the loss of both Doc and Rosa Lee Watson in 2012, the organizers of MusicFest sought to honor them by renaming the festival the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove. MusicFest has had a close association with Deep Gap native Doc Watson since its inception in 1997. The much-admired flat-picking guitarist performed at the inaugural MusicFest and headlined many times in following years. Doc’s wife Rosa Lee was often in the audience.

“The whole reason we changed the name of the festival was to show appreciation for not just Doc, but also for Rosa Lee and all the hard work she did,” Willard Watson, festival coordinator, said. “She really was the rock of the Watson family. They were a very tight-knit and loving family.” Willard Watson said the MusicFest family espouses many of the same values that Doc and Rosa Lee possessed, such as giving back to the community and placing a high value on local resources. MusicFest was created as a fundraiser for community development projects in economically-distressed areas in Watauga County. Organizers eventually funded the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship for students studying sustainable development at Appalachian State Uni-

versity. “Through receiving the blessing of Doc and Rosa Lee’s daughter Nancy, we will carry on their legacy of strong Appalachian values,” Willard Watson said. MusicFest will continue to showcase the bluegrass and Appalachian music Doc popularized. Performers will show their appreciation for the late musician, whose influence and contributions to traditional and cultural expression are known worldwide. The 2013 headlining performer is bluegrass and gospel group, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Lawson was a 2012 inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and, along with his group Quicksilver, has been awarded multiple IBMA awards. They will be joined by previous MusicFest favorites such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Krüger Brothers, and Doc’s longtime friend Charles Welch and grandson Richard Watson. MusicFest remains an intimate, family-friendly event in a beautiful mountain setting. In addition to the main stage, the festival features a solar-powered stage with up-and-coming performers, musician workshops, a pickin’ parlor, the Doc & Merle Watson Folk Art Museum, and local food and vendors. Many audience members have attended the festival multiple times to experience its unique celebration of community, music and Appalachian culture. Willard Watson said it has become a tradition, “It’s like a family reunion. We have such a constituency that comes back year after year.” MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove is presented by Cove Creek Preservation and Development and Appalachian State University’s Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department. All proceeds generated by the event are recycled back into the community, benefiting the restoration of Historic Cove Creek School and sustaining the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson Scholarship Fund. Tickets and more information are available at and Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


Visually check and turn breakers back on starting with your water heater, kitchen appliances, etc. so that everything isn’t coming on at one time and overloading the main circuit.

Assuming you shut the water off the previous fall, turn your water on. Let the water run through the pipes for a few minutes; this is especially important if you poured antifreeze down the pipes as an added preventative measure.

Check for any pipe leakage to insure any necessary water pipe repair is prompt.

If it’s been several years, have a qualified HVAC contractor check your system(s). This will avoid unpleasant surprises on hot days.

Visually inspect accessible electrical wiring to ensure everything is in order; damaged wiring represents a fire hazard.

Clean any debris out of gutters and rainspouts.

Visually check your roof for possible damage. Check especially around the chimney. If anything is amiss, hire a roofing contractor to replace damaged and missing tiles, and perform any roof leak repair work necessary.

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Sundays at Fred’s By Jerry Shinn


he inspiration came from all directions. More specifically, from north and south. On visits to New England, Fred and Marge Pfohl saw the gazebos in small-town squares, gathering places for the community. So Fred, who had opened Fred’s General Mercantile on Beech Mountain four years earlier, built a gazebo in 1983 on a lot adjacent to the store, hoping it would be a sort of focal point for the Beech Mountain community. Then, during family gatherings at Easter on Hilton Head Island, on the South Carolina coast, he enjoyed local and regional musicians performing at the Liberty Oak tree. He realized the gazebo could provide the same sort of venue. “We wanted to plan something to thank our customers, and to promote local talent and help preserve mountain music,” he says. With the help of his friend, dulcimer player and band leader Joe Shannon, he launched the first season of Beech Mountain Summer Sunday Sunset Concerts in July of 1985, establishing a tradition that will continue this summer.

The concerts are free and begin after July 4th, continuing every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. until about 8 p.m. into mid-August. To attend one is to experience a piece of Americana as elemental as a Norman Rockwell painting. Fred and friends set up 150 or so chairs, but the crowds, from nearby Banner Elk, Newland, Linville and Boone as well as Beech Mountain, number in the hundreds, and most people bring folding lawn chairs and blankets. It is a meeting place for friends who come from different directions, and many bring picnics. Coolers are permitted. Children play on an adjacent lawn and sometimes have to be asked not to drown out the music. The music is usually bluegrass or country, with musicians from Avery and Watauga counties, but the concerts have also featured the late Stanley Hicks of the legendary storytelling family, and the eclectic offerings of the Giannini Brass and the Clef Hangers, an all-male a cappella singing group from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We always take pride in the fact that it’s non-commercial,” says Pfohl. Performers may occasionally put in a gra-

tuitous plug for the store or the deli, but there are no “commercial interruptions” in the concerts. “People say, ‘Why don’t you pass the hat?’ But our desire is to keep it going and not pass the hat or ask for donations,” Pfohl says. But he acknowledges, with gratitude, that “as things have gotten tight” in recent years, he has had some help from other Beech Mountain businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to keep the free concerts going. The 2013 schedule is typical and keeps the 28-year tradition alive: July 14 – Joe Shannon and the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys. July 21—The Cockman Family. July 28 – Rebecca Eggers-Gryder with Amantha Hill. Aug 4 – The Sheets Family Band. Aug 11 – Watauga Community Band. See you at the Gazebo.

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What College Admissions Counselors Won’t Tell You: The Real Secrets to College Success By Elizabeth Baird Hardy


he back-to-school-stockthe-dorm sales are weeks away, the ink is hardly dry on high school diplomas, and the fall semester seems like a speck on the horizon. Yet, in the coming weeks, new college students will be attending orientations, finalizing class schedules, and preparing for the journey to higher education. Meanwhile, parents will be nervously, or perhaps eagerly, awaiting the day their child leaves the nest. Unfortunately, for many students, that promise-filled journey will become a short and painful one. Of the hordes of students who begin their studies at Appalachian State University, Lees-McRae College, Caldwell Community College, Mayland Community College, or institutions further afield, many will not complete their first semester, or will be far less successful than they had once dreamed. Even students who have been out of high school for a few years or a few decades can find that first semester a daunting one. For twenty years, I have taught students at all of the area’s institutions of higher learning, shepherding them through everything from developmental English to literature and humanities courses, and everything in-between. I love teaching and delight in working with students, but I am often saddened to see them fail to meet their goals and expectations from college. Although we teach an excellent College Student Success course at Mayland Community College, where I’ve been since 2003, I sometimes wonder if it might be a good idea to run the parents through the course as well, or if it might not be better if the first semester of college came with a warning label. So, for all those folks who are getting ready to send students off on the grand college adventure, and for all those students who might be sitting in my class, or one like it a few weeks from now, here are some words of advice.

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To the loving Parents 1. There are no parent-teacher conferences in college. College can be a family affair, but that can either work to a student’s gain or loss. Unlike earlier levels of education, college is not an experience in which parents are expected or encouraged to engage. In fact, Federal law prohibits instructors from telling anyone, even a parent, about a student’s academic progress. This means that instructors cannot tell parents if their children are passing, failing, or even showing up for class. If you think your student is having trouble, talk to the student, not the teacher. If you want to talk to the instructor, you’ll need to arrange to do so with the student’s written permission or in the student’s presence (maybe both). 2. Don’t believe everything you hear.I’ve often wondered if the fearsome reputation I have attained over the years is connected to the regulations prohibiting me from spilling all the students’ secrets to their families. Since I cannot tell a parent that the bright young student has not turned in work, or has missed a third of the class meetings, the parent generally believes the student who reports that those rotten grades were because of the unreasonable teacher. Students may or may not intentionally misrepresent a class, teacher, or college policy, but sometimes the frustrations of college make a student look for blame everywhere but in the mirror. While a teacher cannot divulge information about the student, the syllabus and college policies are available, so parents, if they like, can check on issues like the drop dates and attendance policies. 3.The School Must Go On. Those dates might also come in handy if your family has plans that conflict with the school year. Every semester, I have students who miss large chunks of class to go on family trips, to be with visiting relatives, or to transport family members from place to place. Though there will be times when family responsibilities need to take prece-

dence, it is important not to make those times more frequent than they have to be. After all, an unexpected medical emergency is one thing; missing a week of class because a family member planned a cruise that week is another. 4. Being a Student is a Full-Time Job. Even when students are not on campus or in class, they have a number of responsibilities, from reading to writing papers. In addition, if a student is taking an online class, there will be hours of time that the student must block off each week in order to be successful. You can help your student succeed by respecting that most college classes require at least twice the time outside the classroom as they do in it. 5.Stay on the Sidelines, because You are a Cheerleader. Although you should not contact the student’s instructor, or come with the student to classes and meetings, family support is critical to success. Students who have the enthusiastic support of their families tend to be more successful than those who regard the student’s experience with indifference or hostility. Keep on cheering. Just stay off the field. And to the students So, students, if your families are going to support you, you have responsibilities on your end, too. Here are some “insider tips” from the other side of the lectern. 1. We like you, we really like you, but...It’s fascinating how many students actually think that their grades have something to do with whether or not they are liked by their professors. Perhaps warm memories of fun, engaged teachers in earlier years are the source of this misunderstanding, or perhaps it is a result of our personality-centered culture. But here’s the scoop. Your grades are not based on how nice you are, or how much an instructor likes you. Grades are based on the work you put into a course. I have had countless pleasant students whom I like very much, but who nonetheless did not succeed in one of my classes. I have

of many are less likely to have unrealistic expectations: “Hey, I emailed the teacher fourteen times this morning, and he still hasn’t gotten back to me!” If you really do have an important question, and you haven’t heard back from a faculty or staff member in a reasonable amount of time (usually a full business day, unless the individual has a specific policy), then it is appropriate to make contact again. 5. Read the Directions. If you don’t understand the directions, do ask for clarification, but don’t try to rewrite them.

No amount of advice is a complete suit of armor to protect a student from a disappointing academic experience, but if students and their parents keep these tips in mind, they will have a greater chance of celebrating instead of sighing when the upcoming semester is being viewed in the rearview mirror instead of the windshield. Elizabeth Baird Hardy is a Senior Instructor of English at Mayland Community College, where, despite rumors, she does not have students chained to the office wall.

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Trails and Libations


here are trails in the High Country that climb up million-year-old rocky cliffs and down steep gorges, challenging even the most

skilled hikers Then there are trails that are more genteel in nature: strolling through grapeladen vineyards and meandering around ponds and trout-filled rivers, all while sipping on wines with names such as Terraced Gold, Trillium, Victoria’s Vale, and Marechal Foch. Those trails lead to the award-winning wineries of the High Country, where grapevines feel at home in snowy, cold winters, and grapes thrive in warm summer days and cool evening breezes. Here, winemakers have blazed a trail of their own by creating wines that have gained regard not only across the state, but the country as well. I’m referring to the Wine Trail of the High Country, a newly created route of Western North Carolina wineries and vineyards where hiking boots aren’t required and a leisurely pace is encouraged. I recently took a trial run on the Wine Trail, and here’s what I found… Starting the trail on Hwy 105 near Foscoe brought me to the first producing

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winery in Watauga County, Grandfather Vineyards and Winery. On the day I visited, the weather was gorgeous and many patrons were taking advantage of the Adirondack chairs that line the banks of the Watauga River. While folks were enjoying wine by the bottle or glass outside, the wine tasting inside was in full swing. I happened to catch owners Steve and Sally Tatum busy inside. Steve had just come in from working in the vineyard, and Sally was booking a future wedding. Their son, Dylan, who is also the wine maker, was busy back and forth between the tasting and barrel rooms. The winery has over fifteen wines in production, and I had a hard time picking a favorite of the many that were being poured. On this warm summer day, the Watauga River White stood out, starting a tad sweet and finishing dry and crisp. This wine and the Cabernet Franc Rosé, with hints of peaches and strawberries, are perfect picnic partners. For guests who prefer their wines predominately sweet, the Sunset Rosé Muscadine wine fits the bill. “We like to have something for everyone to enjoy,” said Steve of this Southern specialty. As I left the winery, wedding chairs were being set out beside the shade trees

along the riverside. I spied Dylan Tatum away from the winery for a moment, weed-eating around the vine laden bridge over the Watauga River. Everything is in the details with this family-operated winery. Following the Wine Trail into Avery County toward Linville Falls, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, brought me to Linville Falls Winery. The newest winery in the High Country, Linville Falls Winery has already made its mark with award winning wines and a beautiful setting. Owner Jack Wiseman realized his dream of a lifetime when he opened the winery in October 2012. Already a well-known name in the Christmas tree industry, Wiseman purchased a 40-acre farm with the perfect south facing slopes for a vineyard. About half of the acreage is still in Christmas tree production, and the portion that is blessed with sunshine all day long for optimal grape ripening is devoted to the winery’s vineyard and fruit production. Wiseman partnered with wine maker Rick Donley, former director of Appalachian State University’s Enology and Viticulture Department, to create new and exciting wines. Donley emphasized the importance of wineries to the tourism industry: “People want to

take something home to remind them of a wonderful experience.” Looking around the Tuscan-inspired tasting room, his perspective was abundantly clear as guests tasted wines produced from local mountain grapes while enjoying live music. An interesting wine that stood out and was certainly popular at the tasting was Cherry Bounce, a bright red wine inspired by the wine Martha Washington made that was one of George’s favorite beverages. This fortified cherry wine is a masterful blend of Avery County cherries mingled with Apple Brandy and the perfect hint of cinnamon. Already boasting a silver medal, this wine is a must for your collection. Heading back to Banner Elk, and just past the town limits on Highway 194, I came to the turn off to The Banner Elk Winery and Villa. A quick drive down the lane and the landscape opens up to where, in 2001, Dick Wolfe envisioned vineyards dotting the mountain slopes. After obtaining a grant from NC State University to learn which wine grapes would stand up to harsh mountain winters, Wolfe was instrumental in convincing local farmers that wine grapes could take the place of tobacco and cabbage, and produce a product that would create agri-

tourism in a way never imagined before. He soon began building the foundation for the High Country’s first winery. Banner Elk Winery has poured countless award-winning glasses of wine since it opened in 2006. Cold-hearty grapes such as the deep-blue, tight-clustered Marechal Foch or the honey golden Seyval Blanc have become synonymous to the Appalachian wine region, and to some of the first wines created at Banner Elk Winery. The handsome villa located ust steps from the winery is rated by Trip Advisor as one of the top places to stay in Banner Elk. The evening I stopped by, the immaculate grounds which include a fish-stocked pond and mountain vistas were the backdrop for wedding festivities. Following the winding and scenic Hwy 194 down to historic Valle Crucis led me to the 1861 Farmhouse and Winery. The farmhouse, built by Henry Taylor, one of the founding families of Valle Crucis, is also one of the earliest homes built in the Valle. The original two-room house was built of foot-thick brick walls that Henry made himself from his own brickyard. These rooms now provide the setting for the “Old World” wine room where tastings take place. Though open

only two years, 1861 Farmhouse offers wines that have reached high acclaim in recent competitions, including two double golds. One winner is named for the former matriarch of the house, Victoria Taylor—“Victoria’s Vale”—and the other for the 1861 Farmhouse itself – “The House”— a fabulous white wine that also earned “Best in Category, Vinifera,” at last year’s North Carolina State Fair. Owners Alison and Steve Garret ensure that each wine is made to perfection by purchasing top quality grapes, mostly all grown in North Carolina vineyards. The best seat in the house for sipping wine is a rocker on the farmhouse’s large front porch, with views of the expansive valley and the historic Mast General Store. No matter where you choose to start on the Wine Trail, each stop along the way will be a new viticulture experience. And now you won’t even have to do the driving! Make plans to catch a ride on the Wine Trolley, and optimize your enjoyment without any of the hassle of driving. For more information about the Wine Trolley and to reserve a seat, contact the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, , 800-972-2183.

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You’re Invited —To Get Off The Couch By Randy Johnson


he High Country almost has too much to offer an outdoor enthusiast. There are so many choices—we apologize if you feel paralyzed by the possibilities! If you just need a fast review to focus the mind—here it is. Breeze through this easy “mini-motivator” and just do it. Hop on a Web site, make a phone call, get off the couch, and you will have a High Country adventure that you, your friends, even your kids will be talking about all summer—maybe even all their lives.

Take A Walk: Not a hiker? No prob. The famous Blue Ridge Parkway concept of “the leg-stretcher trail” has dotted the local section of the Parkway with short, easy walks that almost anyone can do. These easy trails have awesome views, splashing waterfalls, and even educational plaques to learn about nature. Even folks in wheelchairs or walkers, toddlers, and the least athletic will love the Boone Greenway. Take a Hike: The truly adventurous will be wowed by the rugged, spectacular character of the High Country’s best hiking trails. Climb ladders up cliff faces? Check (Grandfather Mountain). Wander “Sound of Music” alpine meadows? Check (the Appalachian Trail near Roan Mountain). Delve into the Grand Canyon of the East? Check (Linville Gorge Wilderness). Crag hop across the flank of a major mountain with views of the Parkway’s famous viaduct? Check (Mountains-to-Sea Trail). And that’s just the start.

Take a Zipline ride: Speaking of adventure, strap yourself into a harness and glide through the trees, down the mountain, and whiz through the air! The High Country has Plumtree Canopy Tours and Hawksnest Zipline, both located in areas of outstanding scenery. Make a Climb Climb Up the Wall: Fo o t s l o g gers has a world-class climbing wall with instruction and climbs suitable for everyone, including kids’ groups and birthday parties. Climb Up a Cliff: Rock Dimensions at Footsloggers and other area outfits will give you directions and resources and even lead guided climbs. Climb Down a Cliff: Yes, even rappelling, that thrilling way to go down a cliff, is an activity that’s available. Ride a Horse: Got a horse? Take a ride on the 25 miles of nationally famous equestrian trails at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Moses Cone Park. Or rent a horse and take a guided ride though scenic woods at any of a number of great horseback riding locations such as Leatherwood Mountain, VX3 Trail Rides and Dutch Creek Trails. Play Tennis: There are great resorts in the High Country, and if you check-in at the right one, tennis courts and facilities are part of the package. Local towns have their municipal courts, too, such as the Village of Sugar Mountain. And

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up here, you can play “in the cool of the afternoon” instead of focusing on dawn and dusk like people have to in the baking lowlands. Boat a Lake: Price Lake at Milepost 297 is the largest lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a scenic gem—and canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available for rent. Talk about an easy, exciting family adventure! In Banner Elk, Wildcat Lake and the adjacent Edgar Tufts Park are a mountain memory waiting to happen. Boat a Stream: Want to canoe or kayak the wonderful placid water of a National Wild & Scenic River? The renowned New River, and New River State Park, are waiting. Want to scream till you’re hoarse on a whitewater rafting trip? We’ve got you covered—with water, and goosebumps! The High Country has a long list of high quality, experienced, expert outfitters who rent boats and guide trips such as High Country Expeditions and Wahoo’s Adventures. Talk to our advertisers! Float a Tube: Low tech is easy and fun. Local streams gurgle along at a family pace and the old-fashioned inner tube is a great way to while away a warm day. Get out there! Check with a local outfitter or outdoor shop for tubes, directions, and guided floats.

Biking: The High Country has nationally significant cycling. Of all kinds. Bring your road or mountain bike—or rent one at a local bike shop. Ride the Road: High Country back roads wind through some of the best scenery you’ll ever ride. Ride a Greenway: Or take your bikes—or even trikes—to the Boone Greenway and have a wonderful easy ride along a tumbling stream, through grassy meadows, past historic sites and even picnic tables. It’s all paved, but there are also some easy dirt trail tours for beginner mountain bikers. Ride a Trail: Rocky Knob Park is national news. This top-notch brand-new mountain biking park in Boone has intermediate to advanced rides on professionally built trails—and a rustic family playground to entertain the tikes while older folks ride bikes. Hikers welcome, too. Ride More Trails: Make a day trip! Mountain bike the Kerr Scott Reservoir trails in Wilkesboro. Or head to the Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus, Virginia (a famous Appalachian Trail town). On the Creeper, you can rent a bike, ride the shuttle to the top, and ride downhill all the way back to your car with the family. Don’t miss ice cream or apple pie at a little dining spot along the way. Both destinations are about 45 minutes from Boone.

Ride a Slope: What goes up, must come down—especially if going up is as easy as a scenic chairlift ride to the top of a High Country ski mountain! Hop on the lift with your bike at Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain and take your choice of slopes or trails for the ride down. Extensive rides explore both mountains. Go Fish: You can’t cast a line without hitting a fishing outfitter in the High Country, including best bets Appalachian Angler and Foscoe Fishing Company. These shops rent and sell gear, suggest where to go or take you in tow. And they teach the skills from the shore or afloat. You’re among the East’s highest mountains—rivers definitely run through it! Play Golf: Count ’em—at least twelve golf courses populate our general area. Some are private, but you can make friends, right? (Or you can also play at some private courses by staying at the affiliated lodge—as at the Eseeola Lodge in Linville and at Hound Ears). And the public courses such as Linville Falls Golf, Mount Mitchell Club, Redtail Mountain, and Sugar Mountain Golf are truly great. Dig deeper into all these activities at— under the “Places to Play” menu on the homepage.

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Banner House Museum Opens for 2013 Season When the Banner House Museum opened in mid-June this year, it marked the seventh year of operation for the facility, a restored mid-19th century farmhouse that was the home of a member of one of Banner Elk’s founding families. The Banner House, an initiative of the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation, remains a project that is constantly being improved and refined. Last year the Foundation completed restoration of the last room in the museum to appear as it would have in the 1800’s.They removed wallboard and took up rotted flooring set precariously on two rocks. Now respectfully refurbished, the room serves as the display area for kitchen implements. Board member Ciny Brown mentions with pride that the antique cornhusk broom leaning in one corner still sweeps quite well, providing the cornhusks are replaced regularly. To enhance the visit, there are guided tours by docents who are trained in telling visitors the fascinating story of pioneer times in these mountains. Dressed appropriately in their long aprons and bonnets, museum guides take visitors on a stroll through rooms furnished with period pieces, many of which are unfamiliar to modern eyes but were once essential for housekeeping and farming. The story telling continues upstairs, where some of the furnishings have never left the old house. The bedrooms hold period clothing and quilts as well, adding to the feeling that this was once a busy household of seven children. When the tour is over, guests are welcome to browse in the exhibition room downstairs. There are genealogy charts and items from other historic Banner Elk structures, along with a Civil War display and antique tool. This season, a special photographic display honors the centennial of the Grandfather Home for Children. Banner Elk is a small town with a big history. At the Banner House Museum, it is possible to learn about the earliest days of a place where people still love to be. The Banner House Museum is located at 7990 Hickory Nut Gap Rd in Banner Elk. The museum is open from mid-June to mid-October, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00AM-4:00PM. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free, as are members of the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation. For info: 828-898-3634 or visit

Kuester Opens Executive Suites at Boone Point One of the smartest innovations for small business support services is the Executive Office Suite concept. One such operation has opened at Boone Point at the intersection of Hwy 421/King St and Hwy 321. It operates under Kuester Company direction— a real estate, property development and management company that also occupies part of the Boone Point facility. The Executive Suite idea was actually launched back in the 80’s about the same time that personal computers became cost-effective for small businesses and the Internet began to connect businesses with their customers as well as the rest of the world. Today small, smart and mobile communications devices have transformed the office into a go-anywhere experience. You can literally start and run a business from anywhere from the palm of your hand. That said, the need for some kind of brick and mortar location will never go away. People still need to meet in person—collectively use office equipment or conference rooms--have a live person accept packages or greet visitors—and simply add a physical office to help legitimize their operation. They also have to keep overhead low and flexibility high. That’s where the Executive Office concept comes in. Recognizing this demand, Kuester Companies decided to fulfill the need. “The Executive Suite plan is great because we have many start-ups and/or once-retired people beginning new ventures that need professional office space and amenities”, noted Shaw Kuester. The new and attractive office suites are all on one floor and will offer various office sizes with 6 or 12-month lease packages. Common areas, Wi-Fi, furniture, front desk and all basic office equipment will be provided--and tenants can utilize administrative services on a “pay-as-you-use” basis. As the operation evolves, other support amenities may also be added. With the face and function of business on a fast-track of constant transformation today, the Executive Suite concept at Boone Point makes it possible for local small enterprises to adapt to changes quickly, run a lean & mean operation, yet still maintain a FAT performance profile. For details, call Shaw Kuester at 828-262-3434 or 704-9969996.

Avery County Public Library welcomes Friends “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” ­—Andrew Carnegie The Avery County/Morrison Library is pleased to announce the re-opening of its Friends group. Library Friends are people who recognize the value of their library as a social and intellectual center of the community. The Avery Friends of the Library are planning to organize a book discussion group and to sponsor used book sales. All ages and stages of the public are invited to join the Friends; a one year membership is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Members will receive regular email updates on library programs and volunteer opportunities. Funds raised from membership and book sales will be used to enhance the library’s programs. Membership forms available at the main desk of the Avery/Morrison Library in Newland.

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Treasure Hunting in the High Country By L.L.Belle


wo style icons have exerted way more influence on me than I would admit if I were using my own name here, which I am not. Tammy Faye Bakker, televangelist and mascara addict, showed she had at least some of her priorities straight: “I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” And dear Bo Derek, winner of multiple “worst actress” awards, displayed a lick of sense when she admitted, “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” It’s unlikely those girls shopped the sales racks, but at least their hearts were in the right place. Too bad they had to settle for Rodeo Drive. I myself think that the combination of shopping and bargain hunting is the best plan ever. For those of us seeking happiness hereabouts there are treasures to be found at practically every bend in the road. And considering that the roads have a lot of bends… well, you get my drift. Today, my friends, I present for you a list of a few of my favorite places to shop for furniture, accessories, and all the stuff that catches the eye. Consignment stores: This type of store has become more prevalent everywhere, but I doubt there are many that carry the quality and quantity found here. People who are downsizing, remodeling, or simply finally getting around to clearing out the storage unit bring items to a shop, and then split the proceeds with the store owner when the items sell. Consider for a moment the abundance of retirement homes in the area and you will understand why our consignment shops are loaded with high-end furnishings, antiques, tableware, art, and decorative items. And the prices have to be seen to be believed. Banner Elk Consignment Shop, 414 Shawneehaw Ave., Banner Elk, 8985733. The Consignment Warehouse, 66 Pershing St., Newland, 733-8148. 9 Lives Consignment Shop, 10244 NC Hwy105, Banner Elk, 963-9109

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Antique shops: For a place with so much history, you would expect to see some pretty interesting antiques—and you do. Wonderful handmade chairs and cupboards still abound, along with old farming implements and hand tools, fancy dishes, and parlor pieces. There’s a large inventory of “newly antique” items as well such as kitchenware from the 50’s and records and groovy décor from the 60’s. Some stores have gone the route of adding special finishes such as Chalk Paint® to certain vintage pieces. Shabby chic has hit the big time, and these shops are in style. Main Street Antiques, 115 Main St., Elk Park ,737-9070. Hidden Treasure Antiques, 137 Main St., Elk Park, 733-0081. Heritage Hunters Variety Store, 131 Main St., Elk Park, 733-5004. Thelma’s Things, 2710 Tynecastle Hwy, Banner Elk, 898-3808. Hidden Valley Antique Mall, 8795 NC Hwy 105, Foscoe, 963-7450. The Shoppe 256, 115 East Union St., Morganton, 430-7467. A bit of everything: When you are in the mood to look at it all, there’s a store for that, too. Think military surplus, knives, toys, hardware, original art, rock collections and all the kitsch you have never imagined existed. But really, where else are you going to find a decent camo tent and a set of curlers for your hot roller plus a candy bar that combines chocolate with bourbon? The great thing about these stores is you won’t even know you need a certain item until you see it there, under that table with the old Monopoly set and the bicycle tires. Talk about thrilling! Pack Rats, 150 Linville St., Newland, 733-3600. Hatchet Jack’s Trading Post, 109 Aho Rd., Blowing Rock, 295-6433. L.L. Belle is a reporter with a roving eye and a penchant for alligator bags. Her next article in this series explores thrift stores and consignment clothing shops.

Your Primer to Southwest Virginia


hile staying in the highlands of North Carolina, you should take the time to discover Washington County, Virginia. The easy two-hour drive to our neighboring state offers quite a variety of things to do. In Abingdon, there is plenty for the history buff, antique junkie, entertainment aficionado, or demanding gourmand. Of particular interest every year is the Virginia Highlands Festival which occurs during the first two weeks of August. A few miles away, the small community of Damascus serves as the gateway to The Virginia Creeper Trail. Here are some suggestions from Carolina Mountain Life Magazine of where to go and what to do in Washington County.

Barter Theatre

Founded in 1933 by Robert Porterfield, this Abingdon theatre began as a way for actors to perform for food and goods produced by farmers in the area who couldn’t afford live entertainment otherwise. Today, Barter boasts the title of State Theatre of Virginia and is the largest year-round residential acting company in the United States. Two performance venues allow for multiple thespian offerings at any time of the year. • For information on the current schedule and ticket prices, go to http://www.

Virginia Highlands Festival

August 2 through 11, 2013. Originally started in 1948 by Robert Porterfield, founder of the Barter Theatre, as a simple one-week festival in Abingdon to showcase Appalachian arts and crafts, this celebration has blossomed into a ten-day exposé that highlights arts, crafts, entertainment, and historical reenactments. • For a full schedule of events, go to

Virginia Creeper Trail and Love: by Jason Barnette Photography

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway

Heartwood is your gateway to Southwest Virginia. The 27,000 sq. ft. “barn” is a great place to experience the arts and crafts, heritage music and the best local food and wine of the SWVA region. You can browse their shops and galleries then grab a farm to fork lunch at their full service restaurant or a locally roasted coffee at the Coffee & Wine Bar. Don’t forget that you can join them on Thursday nights for BBQ and free live music and on Sunday’s for live music and the Farm Fresh Sunday brunch. Heartwood is also the perfect place to plan your next SWVA weekend trip. • Visit them online at

The Martha Washington Inn and Spa

Built in 1835 as a residence, this Abingdon inn now infuses today’s most modern comforts with elements of its storied past. The Sisters at the Martha Restaurant provides elegant dining for the most discerning taste. • Go to for additional information.

The William King Museum

A center for Art and Cultural Heritage, the William King Museum serves as both an architectural and historical landmark. The museum hosts cultural arts exhibits and special displays year-round. • For current exhibits and programs, visit

The Virginia Creeper Trail

For those who enjoy biking, hiking, or horseback riding, this recycled historic railroad bed provides a refreshing tour through some of the county’s most beautiful scenery. Bicycle rentals and transportation are readily available at shops in both Abingdon and Damascus. • The official site can be found by clicking

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Image by Jason Barnette Photography

A Serendipitous Happenstance

O By Beth Tally

ne might ask how a basketball playing, track running fellow from Wisconsin ended up as the Producing Artistic Director of Barter Theatre in Abingdon VA. Richard Rose answers with one word – serendipity. “First of all, you have to understand that Midwest schools emphasize the arts,” he explains. “There is no division between arts and athletics. You’re as likely to see a football player on the stage as on the field. But that doesn’t explain how theater became my life’s work.” When Rose was a freshman in college, his art teacher from high school called up to ask if he’d be interested in coming back to direct “Pinocchio.” “My immediate reaction was ‘Why?’ he recalls. “She said ‘Because I think you’d be a good director.’ I took her up on it and, at the age of 19, directed my first play.” At the time he was attending a Catholic Seminary. After experiencing the pleasure that directing brings, he left to pursue a formal education in theater. “I’d pretty much determined that celibacy was a bad idea for me,” he jokes. “But, seriously, the theater bug bit pretty hard. I couldn’t ignore it.” Rose ultimately received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Cali-

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fornia at Davis with emphases in directing and design in all areas of sound, lighting, costumes, and sets. His career started as a scene designer in Indiana. From there he went to New York City where he worked at the Julliard School and New York University in musical theater. “Ultimately, I didn’t like the Broadway track,” he says. “It’s sort of like the Vegas of the east ……but you have bras rather than pasties!” Rose trekked farther north where he worked with the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell, Massachusetts before settling in Milford, New Hampshire as the Managing Director of the American Stage Festival. At the same time, he began a consulting business helping communities to come together and make their local theaters financially viable. At this time, Rex Partington, only the second Producing Artistic Director in the history of Barter Theatre, and an alumnus of the company, announced his retirement. A selection committee was named to find a replacement. “I had a friend, an actor from the Peterborough Players in Peterborough NH, who called to tell me about the position,” Rose explains. “He encouraged me that I would be just right, even though the criteria from the committee stated that they were looking for my exact opposite, a Barter alum and a Southerner.” Rose submitted his resumé along with 275 other applicants from every English speaking country in the world. According to Rose, the committee thankfully put aside the fact that he was an “explicative” Yankee who had no former ties to the Barter. That was 20 years ago and he likes to say, “the rest is history.” Assimilating into the southern culture proved easy, and he has grown to for the southern audience. “They are so polite, even in criticism,” Rose notes. “They’ll say something like ‘I didn’t particularly like that play, but even the preacher gives a bad sermon every now and then.’ As the Producing Artistic Director, Rose is responsible for both the financial and creative aspects of the Barter Theatre. Over 163,000 patrons come through the doors annually and it’s his job to make sure the repertoire stays fresh and varied to accommodate the artistic tastes of a diverse audience.

Barter Theatre boasts the largest year round resident acting company in the U.S. with 26 full time union actors. It also provides opportunities for 7 or 8 non-union actors who are young and just starting out, many of whom are coming out of MFA programs. With two performance venues and multiple plays staged on overlapping schedules, Barter Theatre demands a versatile, and large group of performers. With his eye always to the new material, Rose oversees a festival for original plays by Appalachian playwrights. Eight submissions are chosen from the entries for staged readings. One or two of those go into minimum production. After that, one is selected for full production. “Unless you’re Tennessee Williams, the New York Broadway establishment ignores Appalachia,” he frets. “This festival gives some very talented people a pathway to recognition.” Never far from any of these initiatives is Rose’s devotion to the original mission of Barter Theatre launched 80 years ago by founder Bob Porterfield – unifying the audience with the actors. The theatre derived its name from a tradition that began during the Great Depression. Local farmers used home grown produce to buy a seat at a play. The actors performed for the food they couldn’t otherwise afford. That philosophy lives on to this day. “We still barter with some folks,” Rose says. “I’ve seen honey, cakes, even a leather bound volume of Shakespeare given as the price of admission. We have “pay what you can nights” and three Barter Days a year when we collect anywhere from 4 to 6 tons of food for the food bank. Bob Porterfield’s spirit is alive and well here.” Richard Rose is the leading ambassador for Barter Theatre and all it represents for Abingdon, but his passion for his work elevates him to a broader platform that advocates the essential importance of live theatre in our culture. “We provide a bridge, especially in bad times, to laughter or sorrow, or any of the emotions people feel. When people can just for a while get outside of themselves, it helps.” Years ago Rose’s destiny was set in motion by a high school teacher who recognized his promise long before he would see it for himself. Serendipity or not, Abingdon’s Barter Theatre is all the better for it.

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The Birth of Abingdon’s Barter Theatre

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?


he founder of Barter Theatre, Robert Porterfield, grew up in the farming community of Glade Springs near Abingdon. He struck out for New York City to pursue an acting career, but the Great Depression hit and shattered his dream. He returned to his native Southwest Virginia and came up with an enterprising proposition that kept his acting hopes alive and started what has become one of the last year-round professional residential acting companies in the United States. His idea: Bartering produce from the farmers of the region to gain admission to see a play. The strategy: Feed the actors and lighten the burden of the audience. It would prove a good tonic for dire times. The slogan: “With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh.” Named for this unique method of payment, Barter Theatre opened its doors for the first time on June 10, 1933. If patrons couldn’t afford the 40 cents for a ticket, they could pay with an equivalent amount in vegetables, dairy products, or livestock. The building, originally constructed in 1831 as the new sanctuary for Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church, had been used once before in 1876 for a theatrical production to raise money for improvements to the building. In 1890, the Sons

By Beth Tally of Temperance transferred the title to the town of Abingdon with instructions that the building was to be used for the town’s benefit. When the curtains opened on that very first Barter Theatre play, the actors found themselves reciting their lines above the city jail. The town also used the building as a fire hall with a fire alarm on the roof that sounded as needed at any time, day or night. If the fire siren sounded during a Barter Theatre performance, the actors froze their positions on stage and only resumed the action when the alarm concluded. The alarm remained on the building until 1994 when the fire department went to a system of electronic communications to alert fire fighters. Over time, government functions moved to other facilities and the Barter Theatre became the sole occupant and proprietor. When Porterfield learned that the Empire Theatre in New York City, constructed in 1875, was to be destroyed to make way for more modern skyscrapers, he negotiated a deal to carry away furnishings and equipment to install at Barter. He collected seats, lighting, fixtures, carpeting, paintings, and tapestries worth $75,000. Included in the theatrical treasure was a lighting system designed and installed at the Empire by Thomas Edison. Barter Theatre used this system until the mid 1970’s.

In 1961, Stage II was added as an additional performance venue. Across the street from the main theatre, this unique space creates an intimate setting for both actors and audiences because of the close proximity of patrons to the performers. It features 167 seats around a ‘thrust’ stage and allows Barter Theatre to offer its audience a wider variety of theatrical choices each season. Additions to Stage II in 1985 included the lobby and the Jessie Ball DuPont Memorial Theatre Garden. Now in its 80th year, the theatre has grown from Robert Porterfield’s simple concept of bartering an actor’s trade for food to become the State Theatre of Virginia and a fulltime repertory theatre with the largest year-round resident acting company in the Unites States. Actors who have launched their careers here include Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine, and Hume Cronyn. Only three men have served as Producing Artistic Directors in the theatre’s history – Porterfield, Rex Partington, and currently, Richard Rose. All three have stayed true to the core belief that the vitality of the theatre is sustained only when it is accessible and responsive to the audience. If you haven’t experienced Barter Theatre its time you did. And if you have, maybe it’s time to return to an iconic institution of live theatre. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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Where Does All The Garbage Go?

County Convenience Centers Guidelines, Sites, and Hours Watauga County Glass: Clear, brown, and green containers (No windows, baking dishes, or drinking glasses) Metal: Tin cans, aluminum cans, tin foil and all metal lids. (No paint, pesticide, or aerosol cans, metal strapping, or propane cylinders). Plastics: Includes all plastic bottles and all plastics #1 and #2. Plastic bottles are banned from NC landfills. (No plastic bags, plastic wrap, or Styrofoam.) Corrugated Cardboard: Please break boxes down flat. (No waxcoated cardboard or pasteboard such as juice and milk containers.) Paper and Pasteboard: Newspaper and inserts, magazines, office paper, junk mail, books, paper bags, cereal/soda/beer/dry food boxes, paper towel rolls. (No wax-coated pasteboard such as juice and milk containers) Batteries: Only dry cell household rechargeable or one-time use batteries. (Lead-acid car type batteries accepted at the Transfer Station only.) Compact Fluorescent: Compact bulbs only. (Tube-like bulbs accepted at the Transfer Station only.) Rigid Plastics (Transfer Station Only): Plastic toys, buckets, crates, lawn furniture, yogurt cups, plant pots, coolers, trashcans. (No PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding, plastic bags/wrap. Electronics (Transfer Station only): computers, televisions, VCR/ DVD players, phones, etc. TV’s and computers are banned from landfills in NC and must be recycled. Wood Pallets (Transfer Station only): Wood Pallets are banned from landfills in NC and must be recycled. White Goods (Transfer Station only): Refrigerators, washers/ dryers, stoves, AC units, etc. Used Motor Oil and Filters (Transfer Station only) Sites: Aho, *Bethel, Deep Gap, Green Valley, Valle Crucis, Cove Creek/Zionville, 221 South, **Old Landfill/Transfer Station, Triplett, Foscoe. Hours: (centers close at 6pm after Daylight Savings Time ends) 6:30am–7pm (M, W, F) 8am–7pm (Sat) *6:30am–7pm (M, T, TH) 8am–7pm (Sat) **6:30am–7pm (M–F) 8am–7pm (Sat) 1pm–5pm (Sun) Avery County Glass: Clear and brown. (No windows, baking dishes, or drinking glasses) Metal: Aluminum and scrap metal Plastic: Includes all plastic bottles and all plastics #1 and #2. Plastic bottles are banned from NC landfills. Cardboard: Corrugated and single-ply Mixed Paper: Color paper, newspaper, magazine (non glossy only) Sites: Elk Park, Banner Elk, Altamont, Linville, Plumtree, Beech Mountain, Three Mile, *Avery County Transfer Station/Landfill Hours: 6:30am–6:30pm (M, T, TH, F) 8am–6pm (Sat) * 8am–4:30pm (M–F) 9:00 am–1pm (Sat)

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Ashe County Glass: Clear, brown, and green containers (No windows, baking dishes, or drinking glasses) Metal: Tin cans, aluminum cans, tin foil and all metal lids. (No paint, pesticide, or aerosol cans, metal strapping, or propane cylinders). Plastics: Includes all plastic bottles and all plastics #1-#7. Plastic bottles are banned from NC landfills. (No food wrap.) Corrugated Cardboard: Please break boxes down flat. (No waxcoated cardboard or pasteboard such as juice and milk containers.) Paper: Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, hard back cover books (cover must be torn off). Wood Pallets: Wood Pallets are banned from landfills in NC and must be recycled. Electronics: computers, televisions, VCR/DVD players, phones, etc. TV’s and computers are banned from landfills in NC and must be recycled. Batteries: Dry cell household rechargeable or one-time use batteries. White Goods: Refrigerators, washers/dryers, stoves, AC units, etc. Used Tires: Please remove rims Used Oil Filters Sites: Baldwin, HWY 16N, Bear Creek, Riverview, Bina Hours: convenience centers open at 6am on Mondays 7am–7pm (M–Sat) Burke County Take all newspapers, aluminum and steel food and drink cans, #1 and #2 plastic containers, and glass bottles to the Transfer Station Sites: US 64 South, East Burke, NC 18 South, NC 126, Jonas Ridge, Transfer Station Hours: 6:30am–6pm (M, T, TH, F) 8am–4pm (Sat)

Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund Recycling Trailers

According to Boone Fire Captain, Mike Teague, “The Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund has been a successful program that collects aluminum cans to raise funds for burned children victims. In addition, the funds are also used for education and prevention events”. The aluminum can collection trailers can be found at the following sites: Linville Volunteer Fire Department in Avery County Deep Gap Fire Department K-Mart parking lot in Boone A & S Plumbing in Vilas Note: Composting your food scraps is a great way to divert waste from landfills (as well as keeping your indoor trash bin from stinking) while creating rich nutrients for your soil.

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Recycling in the High Country By Judah Goheen


ere in the High Country, where our natural assets are highly prized, it is not surprising that ecologically smart trends are thriving. Maybe it’s because people who live here have a more vivid appreciation for the natural gifts that define the region. Or perhaps it is because businesses that operate here recognize the importance of sustaining the environmental elements that attract residents and visitors alike. Anyway you look at it, the High Country is a natural breeding ground for forward environmental thinking. As just a few indicators of this trend, we find that most of our successful and valued industries fall under the category of “eco-tourism,” Appalachian State University hosts some of the most progressive concentrations of environmental studies in the country, and our municipalities have adopted smart growth plans to preserve and promote the region’s natural assets. Another example that marks the High Country’s proficiency in ecomindedness is the success of recycling efforts. As natural resources rapidly dwindle and landfills overflow, the benefits of recycling are more clear and evident than ever. Not only is it the responsible thing to do, it is the smart and necessary thing to do. In the past, recycling was more of an optional trend usually practiced by environmentally conscious people, whereas now it is a global imperative that is recognized as mere common sense. While there is still much work to do in the department of efficient resource use, the current state of affairs has sparked much needed progress towards making the most of our few and precious resources; and the High County excels in this area.

Every year, the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources collects data on recycling recovery rates for all 100 counties; each county is ranked by the total tonnage of recycled materials per capita. In its most recent report for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Watauga county was ranked 8th at 260.5 lbs. per capita. This significant achievement exemplifies the High Country’s commitment to protecting and conserving the natural resources that are essential to its character. As Watauga county leads the way in setting the example of responsible stewardship, Ashe County trails at 34th, Burke at 45th, and Avery at 58th. Recycling is one of the best ways that individuals and businesses can contribute towards the overall goals of sustainability. In addition to conserving resources and reducing costly waste streams, it also boosts local economies via the sale of recovered materials. Thanks to the dedication of local municipalities, recycling has never been easier as each county offers multiple recycling sites and services. Remember, while these services are making great strides in diverting landfill, recycling doesn’t stop at filling your blue bins or taking cans and bottles to your local convenience center. The first two R’s of the old triple R aphorism “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” are sometimes forgotten as the last R is usually the easiest to accomplish. Reducing consumption and reusing non-biodegradable materials are the most vital steps towards more efficient resource use, recycling should be a last resort. As an added benefit, reducing and reusing often comes with a sense of reward as it usually offsets needless spending and inspires innovation.

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A New Peace In The Valley At Red Tail Golf Club By Tom McAuliffe

Sugar Mountain’s Tom McAuliffe with Golf Director Sam Adams of Red Tail Mountain, who is overjoyed with new ownership group led by Lyle Havermehl.


t was only a question of when and by whom. But for four uncertain years, for the holders of the defaulted note left behind by a Georgia consortium that in 2005 bought out Paul Brown’s Roan Valley Golf Estates in Mountain City, the search for the right ownership group for the re-branded Red Tail Mountain was agonizingly long. Oh, there were plenty of suitors looking to “steal” the Ellis and Dan Maples-designed golf course that had opened to such great fanfare in 1981. But the bankers could afford to be patient and insisted any buyer would also take the 700 acres of ancillary properties bundled with the golf course and the palatial, if underutilized, clubhouse building. Yet the key component holding the spectacular property together was Sam Adams, who for more than three decades

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and three owners managed to steer “his baby” through good times and bad. For four years Adams answered to the bankers, providing them a bare bones budget to keep the grass green and the popular golf course open until the right owner came along. “Our golf course has been in good shape along,” Adams said. “The bank had always given us what we needed to keep the course open.” Adams, an iconic figure in the High Country golf scene, first visited the property in the late seventies at the invitation of Brown, a road-builder of note who decided he’d build a championship golf course. With Adams’ career on the PGA Tour winding down, it was perfect timing for both men. Adams was there with the first turn of the spade and oversaw the creation of the sensational public layout. And he’s been the man out front ever since. Late last autumn a buyer for Red Tail Mountain emerged. And as with the ill-fated Georgia group, Adams would remain in charge of golf operations. But that’s where any similarities between the two owners end. Lyle Havermehl was a Canadian-based manufacturer of the Quick Drive screw gun who later moved his plant to Gallatin, Tennessee, near Nashville. After selling the successful company, he looked to other opportunities. He visited the Red Tail Mountain property the third week of October, 2012. Havermehl liked what he saw and called his sister Lynn and her husband, Vernon Brady, who owned and operated the Burke Manor Inn in Gibsonville, North Carolina, between Greensboro and Burlington. “Lyle had heard about Red Tail and was there when he called us and asked us to come take a look when we had time,” Brady remembered. “But you could tell from his voice he meant ‘tonight.’ We met Sam the next day and drove around the golf course. It was just a beautiful spot.” The Bradys knew something about reclamation projects. “In Gibsonville we bought a building that everybody said should be bulldozed, and we completely refurbished and opened it as the Burke Manor,” said Brady, Red Tail’s new marketing director. “We learned how important it was to play an active part in the community. We want to do that here in Mountain City, too.” Lynn Brady is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality trade and has already overseen the reclamation of the clubhouse dining facilities. The kitchen has been completely renovated. New dining tables and chairs are in place and lunch is served seven days a week, sending Adams’ pro shop hot dog machine into retirement. “It was a beautiful place before and it’s even more so now,” Adams said of the 15,000-square-foot clubhouse. “I am so pleased that a gentleman like Mr. Havermehl bought the club. I was worried that someone would buy the club on a shoestring and be unable to operate things right. I just want to see us reach our full potential. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.” Fact is, Red Tail has never been in better shape financially than it is today. “The key will be to focus on what we already have in place here and what we want to offer in the future,” Vernon Brady said.

On the golf course side, that means a complete overhaul of the sand traps. “We regret we couldn’t have finished them over the winter, but the weather was against us and we went straight into mowing the grass,” he explained. “It’s more than just dumping sand into the bunker. There’s drainage work, too. The money’s appropriated for the work and we’ll finish by next spring.” “We’re taking it one bunker at a time,” Adams added. “It’s been a slow recovery and it’s been tough to recognize that we have to change the ways that we do business and spend money. But I’m very optimistic.” The new ownership group is revamping the failed strategies of the past. Condominiums once planned for second homeowners are being converted into lodge-style accommodations for short-term guests. “All of the condominiums are being reconfigured so that every room has a private bath,” Brady said. “The furnishings are very nice and upscale to make Red Tail an attractive destination resort. Everyone in management here are visionaries and have proven they can build business. They have done it before.” To that end, he is employing the latest tools to introduce Red Tail to more people. There’s a new mobile app to make tee times, order food at the turn, keep score, or even watch a golf tip from Adams and his long-time assistant pro, Josh McWhorter. And Brady has a message for everyone in the hospitality and lodging trade in the High Country: “If you don’t have a golf course of your own, we want your guests to call Red Tail home,” he said. “We’ll make your guests feel welcome here.”

Already, two new houses are under construction with a third on the way. “We have great plans for the future,” Brady added. “We’ve already hosted two weddings with more than 250 guests. We’re discussing the addition of a sixty-room mountain lodge and a separate building for special events.” But for now, the plan is for slow and steady improvements for Red Tail Mountain. “I think we’ll need some improvement in the economy, “Adams said. “There’s been a correction and hopefully we’re coming out of it, but I am very optimistic.” One thing is for sure, and that’s the Havermehl and Brady families are “all in” with Adams. “We learned right away what he means to the people of the region,” Brady said of the 67-year-old legend. Last month, the new owners hosted the inaugural Sam Adams Invitational, a friendly competition followed by dinner and a ‘roast’ in the newly refurbished clubhouse. “They told some stories that had an element of truth to them,” Adams said in his typical self-effacing manner. “And there were plenty of stories they could have left unsaid.” Spoken or not, prospects have never been brighter for Boone’s favorite son, Sam Adams, and the golf course he has reared and nurtured from the beginning.

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Courses You Can Play

Resort Clubs w/lodging, or restricted public access to golf Linville Golf Club Linville, NC Tom Dale, PGA Architect Donald Ross Eseeola Lodge Qualified Lodging 828-733-4311

Red Tail Mountain Mountain City, TN Sam Adams, PGA Architect Dan/Ellis Maples 423-727-7931

Beech Mountain Club Beech Mountain, NC John Carrin, PGA Architect Willard Byrd Diverse Qualified Lodging Chamber of Commerce 800-464-5506

Sugar Mountain Golf Club Sugar Mountain, NC Tom McAuliffe, Golf Director Architect Frank Duane 828-898-6464

Jefferson Landing Jefferson, NC Dean Spainhour, PGA Architect Larry Nelson On-course qualified lodging, and public access 1-888-292-2310

Linville Falls Golf Club North Cove, NC Doug Hollifield, Golf Director Architect Lee Trevino, —Revision Lloyd Clifton 828-756-4653 Mt. Mitchell Golf Club Burnsville, NC Jim Floyd, Golf Director Architect Fred Hawtree 828-675-5454 Willow Valley—Boone, NC John Chome, Golf Director Architect Tom Jackson Nine hole par three 828-963-6865 MountainAire Golf Club West Jefferson, NC Mark Hagel, Golf Director Archtitect/Committee, ­—Revisions Dennis Lehmann 336-877-4716

Linville Land Harbor Linville, NC Bruce Abbott-Golf Director Architects Tom Jackson: (A9) Ernest Hayes Restricted public access 828-733-8325 Hound Ears Club Blowing Rock, NC Peter Rucker, PGA Architect George Cobb —Revisions Tom Jackson Access through qualified lodging 828-963-4321


Mountain Glen Newland, NC Sam Foster, PGA Architect George Cobb 828-733-5804

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Boone Golf Club Boone, NC Tom Adams, PGA Architect Ellis Maples —Revision Rick Robbins. Call for twilight rates and tee times 828-264-8760

Grassy Creek Golf Club Spruce Pine, NC Bruce Leverette, PGA Architect/Committee 828-765-7436

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SugarBrew: August 3, 12-6pm Shag at Sugar: August 10, 4:30-9pm Band: Jim Quick and Coastline Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


22nd Annual

Kudos to Sunset Tees and Hattery

On the lawn of historic downtown Banner Elk Elementary School

July 19, 20 & 21

Friday 4-8, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

August 16, 17 & 18

Friday 4-8, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

This is one art festival you won’t want to miss. 85 artisans presenting their handcrafted Fine Art and Masterfully Crafted mediums for those with discriminating taste, and art for the whimsical in all of us! — Free Family Event | Food & Music — Sponsored by The Avery County Chamber of Commerce 828-898-5605 |

ASHE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL Promoting West Jefferson’s Arts District

2nd Friday every month, Second Friday ofofevery month, June June-Oct thru October West Carolina WestJefferson, Jefferson, North North Carolina

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A tip of the hat to Jack and Becky Hall, owners of Sunset Tees and Hattery, awarded “2013 Business of the Year” at the recent Blowing Rock Chamber awards luncheon. Described as “the perfect representatives of Blowing Rock,” the Halls have long been active supporters of the town and were the driving force behind the formation of a merchant association. Sunset Tees and Hattery opened in 1982, and has become a fixture in downtown Blowing Rock. As the chamber newsletter notes, “When the night calls for a stroll down Main Street after dinner, you know with certainty that Sunset Tee’s will be open.” A new addition, the Sweets and Treats Shop, is tucked down the stairs just below the main store. Jack and Becky Hall’s other business, Hatchet Jack’s Trading Post, is located between Boone and Blowing Rock at Aho Road.

Abingdon, VA Sponsors the ‘Rooted in Appalachia’ Farm-to-Table Campaign In August 2012, Appalachian Sustainable Development and the Town of Abingdon unveiled the ‘Rooted In Appalachia’ farmto-table campaign. This joint effort helped brand area restaurants and bed and breakfasts that use local food, wine and beer. The campaign identified the establishments that are using locally produced items for people who want to support these efforts. With a rich heritage of agriculture in Appalachia, the branding campaign fits the culture. Fruits and vegetables are grown in fertile mountain soil and harvested with care. Exceptionally high-quality meat, poultry and dairy items are produced on family farms all across the region. This wholesome Appalachian bounty is always delivered to restaurants and farmers markets at the peak of freshness—fresh from the farm to you. With the ‘Rooted In Appalachia’ campaign a series of “Tastes of the Town” Trolley Tours have been hosted to give people the opportunity to experience local dining in a unique way. Trolley Tours take participants to different restaurants for small tastes at each stop. The restaurants featured on these tours are part of the ‘Rooted in Appalachia’ campaign. “This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to sample the very best these restaurants or establishments have to offer,” says tour organizer, Sara Cardinale. Establishments identified as Rooted in Appalachia partners are dedicated to featuring locally purchased food in their menus, serving local wine or beer and making a good faith effort to purchase local food year round. Cardinale explains that “at each stop, diners get to hear directly from the chef or owners about the efforts they are making to utilize local products. Even better, diners get a taste of the specialties made with these items.” Past tours have been met with great enthusiasm, and sold out quickly. For more info on the ‘Rooted In Appalachia’ campaign and the “Taste of the Town” Trolley Tours, please visit or email at

Southern Folk Art 828.737.0420 • PO Box 945 • Linville • North Carolina • 28646

New Winery is a first for Johnson County, TN Watauga Lake Winery opened in November, 2012, and is the first winery in Johnson County, TN. It all started eight years ago, when owners Wayne and Linda Gay of Butler planted more than 3,500 grape vines on their property. As the grape vines thrived, the Butlers found an ideal location for their winery—the historic Big Dry Run School at 6952 Big Dry Run Road, Butler, TN. 37640. The school was open to first thru eighth grade students from 1948 until 1988. Five classrooms and the gymnasium have been lovingly restored, including an image of the Golden Eagle Mascot in the gym. Photographs of school days gone by decorate the main hallway. The winery currently produces ten varieties of wine, including their Silver Medal winning “Laurel Creek Surprise”, a raspberry/chocolate dessert wine. The tasting room is open Thursday thru Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Come by and sample some Tennessee Wine. “Rhythm and Wine” events are held at the winery, as well as many special events. A wedding and event pavilion is also available. Check out the winery webpage at or call 423-768-0345 for additional information.

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Maria Santomasso-Hyde Answering The Call of the High Country By Elizabeth Baird Hardy


n his iconic poem, “Heritage,” Kentucky’s late poet laureate James Still writes, “I shall not leave these prisoning hills...Being of these hills, I cannot pass beyond.” With those poignant lines, he perfectly captures the way in which our beautiful Appalachian mountains captivate us and never truly release us. Like many students at ASU, Maria Santomasso was already familiar with the region from previous visits. Long before she owned the Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery, now in its twenty-third year, Maria was a teenager who was drawn to Appalachian State by frequent High Country trips with friends and her older sister, an ASU graduate and the first college student in the family. Maria’s hometown of Concord was close enough for frequent visits, but pursuing her English degree at Appalachian allowed her to be immersed in the mountains she loved. Her choice to attend ASU was a call upon her heart: she belonged in the mountains. That call was also felt by Lee Hyde, Maria’s childhood friend who became her boyfriend while she was a college student, although he was attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When he came up to visit in Boone, Lee, too felt the tug upon his heart, and the couple knew they wanted to live here. Unfortunately, the appeal of a steady job was also powerful, and Maria, who landed a position as a newspaper reporter back in Concord, was again re-

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duced to coming to the mountains only for short jaunts. Over the next fourteen years, she worked for a number of trade associations, primarily as a public relations writer, but also putting her ASU business minor to work in marketing. As she and Lee built their professional lives in Charlotte, they still felt the call of the mountains, a pull so incessant that Maria often shed tears when it was time to leave at the end of each trip here. “The only time I was truly at peace was when we came to the mountains on weekends,” she says. Though they enjoyed their work in the Charlotte area and the advantage of being close to family, the mountains would not be silenced. In 1994, they surrendered to the call: “We bought a dilapidated farmhouse in historic Valle Crucis [and]... poured all of our hearts (and our money) into the two-year renovation.” They knew that it is often necessary for area residents to create their own job opportunities, so they opened a bed and breakfast for travelers, many of whom had come to answer their own call to the mountains. In 1996, the property underwent a new transformation. When Maria and Lee heard of an art gallery for sale, they were very interested, even though they had never really set out to own a gallery. It was another decision of the heart, and it proved to be pivotal. The bed and breakfast needed them on site, so they moved the gallery into the building as well. Guests delighted in the experience of staying in a place that was also a home for art, and many of them became customers. In fact, a number of the gallery’s customers still feel right at home: returning several times before deciding on a piece, sometimes taking a piece for a “test drive” before making a choice, and coming back for additional pieces. Even after the Hydes retired the bed and breakfast section of the business, gallery guests still feel comfortable staying awhile; they rock on the porch, drinking in the view, and taking in the beauty both inside and outside. Sometimes people stay for hours.

As visitors walk past the work of the Gallery’s more than 100 artists, Maria hopes that some of pieces they see will call to them. In fact, many of those pieces feature the mountains in a variety of media. The terrain, flora, fauna, and every season are lovingly captured in the work that is on display. Walking past those paintings every day became an inspiration for Maria, who had once loved oil painting but had not picked up a brush since she was 14. She began to wonder, “Could I do this, too?” She answered that question by building a relationship with the late painter Jim Crompton, who became her mentor, meeting with her weekly for encouragement and critique. He also introduced her to Joan Sporn, now the Alta Vista Gallery’s number-one selling artist. Maria has continued to hone her skills, and though she does admit having one favorite painting that she rather hoped wouldn’t sell so that she could keep it, she understands that part of being a professional artist is letting go of a piece so that it can bless someone else. “I hope that what people buy here brings them joy, so that every time they walk by it at home, it brings them that same feeling,” she explains. Since painting can be terribly solitary, Maria is encouraged by the sentiment of one artist who told her, “When I am alone at home painting, I’ve realized, all these customers will someday walk by my work thinking, ‘I am so glad I bought this.’ Then I can continue my solitary pursuit.” That sense of connection to others is at the heart of Maria’s passion for the Alta Vista Gallery. She feels that she learns from her customers, who relish the warm, soothing atmosphere. Sometimes, she even feels a bit like a counselor, as frequent customers share their joys and their concerns. “I am about the people, even more than the images,” Maria says. “I love talking to my customers and artists.” She feels blessed to be able to own her own business where people feel comfortable asking for prayer or encouragement, whether or not they buy a work of art. “I get to be myself here,” she says.

One of the greatest blessings of the gallery is its location. Located between Valle Crucis landmarks Mast Farm Inn and Mast General Store, the gallery is ideally situated for customers, but has something more, a sense of place that draws visitors just as it did the Hydes. “When you live here, it’s a part of your soul,” she says. The property also includes an historic barn, which is home to a number of barn cats. These occasional residents provided the title for the book Maria is writing, Barn Cats, which celebrates the region in all its glory. “There is a good feeling in this place,” Maria believes, and her work captures that feeling beautifully. If Maria has any regrets, it’s that sometimes she doesn’t get enough time to devote to her own writing and painting, and that sometimes writing takes time from her painting and vice versa. Yet, she still manages to craft both beautiful words and beautiful paintings. Her paintings sell well, an achievement for any artist. Unfortunately, that sometimes means she doesn’t have many of her own pieces to show in the gallery. As she looks for feature artists, Maria looks for talent and those who treat their art as a profession. She recruits artists whose work will appeal to her many customers, some of whom request pieces on commission. If a customer wants a painting in a particular size or color scheme, or similar to a painting that has already sold, Maria and her artists can create a work of art to fit the customer’s needs. Those paintings, like the mountains, touch people’s souls, and connect them to a remarkable place and the remarkable woman living in the place that called to her heart and will not let her go. Throughout the summer, the Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery hosts a number of events for the public. Here you can meet the artists, view the art, and visit with Maria, Lee, and their “barn cat,” Roma. From June to October, the Gallery invites visitors every fourth Saturday receptions from 11am to 5pm.  


Maria with her painting, Summer Cabins

To learn more about the Gallery, and about what Maria and Lee are up to, visit and the Alta Vista Gallery page on Facebook.

Summer Cabins by Joan

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GABRIEL OFIESH Trunk Shows: July 25 - 28 & Aug 29 - 31, 2013

10-5 Monday-Saturday 920 Shawneehaw Ave, Hwy 184, Banner Elk NC 828.898.4653

Alta Vista Gallery

Oils by J. Sporn

Over 100 artists: including Joan Sporn, Tonya Bottomley, Jean Baird and Will Moses, heir to Grandma Moses In Our 22nd Year: Oils, Watercolors, Pastels, Prints, Custom Framing, Handmade Jewelry, Kaleidoscopes, Stained-Glass, Mangum Pottery Opening Receptions: Every 4th Saturday, June through November

O n the N ational R egister of H istoric P laces 2839 Broadstone Road, Valle Crucis • 828.963.5247 Near Mast Store Annex • 15 minutes from Boone or Banner Elk

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The High Country’s Book Store!

BLACK BEAR BOOKS BOOKS • YARN • GIFTS ...In the Boone Mall 1180 Blowing Rock Road 828-264-4636 M-S 10am-9pm Sun 12:30-5pm

Sally Nooney ARTISTS STUDIO GALLERY Fine Art Paintings Glass Creations and Heirloom Jewelry


Scenic Hwy 194 South Midway between Valle Crucis & Banner Elk Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5 828-963-7347 • • Commissions Invited! Frank Nooney Furniture Restoration, and Antiques at the Gallery, next door

Custom Metalworks in Traditional & Contemporary Styles

Ornamental Metal Railings, Gates, Fire Screens, Unique Furniture & Fix tures

567 Main Street East in Banner Elk • 828-898-8582

Celebrating 26 years in the High Country


Gallery By Bob Meier DAVID BIRMINGHAM Nothing Could Be Finer July 4 - 27 Reception July 6th, 4-6pm

TONY GRIFFIN Drawing From Life July 18 - August 10 Reception July 20th, 4-6pm

NORMA MURPHY Woman In The Works August 1 - 24 Reception Aug 3rd, 6-8pm

The finest collection of handmade pottery from 15 local high country artists

828.264.1127 New Location!

Suite D, Below the Bead Box 585 West King St, Boone NC 28607 10am-6pm, mon-sun

gallery & framemakers

828-898-5175 / Mon-Sat 10-5 / 920 Shawneehaw Ave (Hwy 184), Banner Elk NC 28604

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Casa Rustica Charity Golf Tournament at Boone Golf Club August 15th

Approaching the Edge of Color: continues through July 21 By Andrew Braitman Outside In and Inside Out – Soul Expressions: July 27 – August 21 By Toni Carlton and Michael Grady Opening Reception July 27 – 2-5 Mid-Summer Group Exhibition: July 27 – September 24 Opening Reception July 27 – 2-5 Savoring Moments in Time: August 24 – September 24 Kevin Beck and Egi Antonaccio Opening Reception August 24 – 2-5 paintings | clay | glass | sculture | wood | Fiberart | Jewelry | workshops

CarltonGallery Celebrating 31 Years! New Web Address!:

10 miles south of Boone, 10360 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk | Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5 828.963.4288 | New email:

The 7th Annual Casa Rustica Charity Golf Tournament will take place at the beautiful Boone Golf Club on August 15th for a 4-man Captain’s Choice. It’s held each year as a fundraiser for the High Country Caregiver Foundation and the Blowing Rock “Children Are Really Extra Special” (C.A.R.E.S.) group. Shotgun starts at 8:30am and 1:30pm kick off the games, and there will be “amazing” prizes for closest to the pins and hole-in-one, plus an all-day raffle. The entry fee of $125.00 per player covers greens and cart fee, Mulligans, and lunch and dinner. Casa Rustica Restaurant is doing the honors for a delicious dinner at the clubhouse after the tournament The tournament is known for the great food and great prizes and helping a great cause here in the High Country. Hole sponsorships are still available and like the entry fee, are tax deductible. To learn more about Casa Rustica’s golf tournament contact Rick Pedroni at 828406-7085 or Art Adams at 828-264-8760. Entry forms can be downloaded at or from You can also download a entry form from the High Country Caregiver Foundation Facebook page or pick one up at the Boone Golf Club.

Community Service, Libby Style

Kevin Beck Represented by: Carlton Gallery 10360 Hwy 105 S Banner Elk, NC 28604 828/963-4288 Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5

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Libby’s women’s clothing store in Jefferson is not only known for offering the latest in fashion but also for community service. Every year, Libby sells a monthly discount card to her customers for $10 and donates the proceeds to a nonprofit organization. The cards are limited to the first 150 people who request one. For ten years, Hospice received the donation totalling more than $15,000. This year the $1,500 donation went to the American Heart Assoc. and in 2014, the gift will go to a charity in Ashe called Shoes for Kids. Libby’s is always willing to do something special for groups that support the community and the region, and on August 10, she is presenting a fashion show for the spouses of members of the Military Officers Association of America chapters in North Carolina. Other events this summer include the annual Olde Beau Fashion Show August 17 in Alleghany County with proceeds going to the Alleghany Hospital. On August 24, a show will be held in conjunction with the Men’s Member Guest Golf Tournament at Jefferson Landing in Ashe County. For more information and tickets, call the store at 336-846-9551.

things to do As the following events may change, please confirm all details with the event organizer.


YMCA Children’s Programs at the Williams YMCA of Avery County. (828) 737-5500 Dance Classes for Kids May 25-Aug 10 Pre-k-5th grade Summer Day Camp June 10-Aug 9th K-5th grade Weekly or Daily Rates Pre-k Day Camp June and July Speed and Agility Clinic June 15 grades 1-8 British Soccer Camp June 24-28 Multiple age groups Football Camp July 11-13 K-5, and grades 6-8 Volleyball Camp July 13 Grades 5–8 Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball Camps July 17-19 Grades K-5, 6-8 Baseball and Softball Camps July 29-Aug 2 Grades K-5, 6-8 Strength and Explosiveness Aug 17 Grades 1-8 Swimming lessons Ongoing All Ages Zumbatonic, Kids Zumba Classes Wednesdays at 11 , Fridays at 4:30 Begin June 14th

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) on the campus at Appalachian State University. Advance registration and payment is required. Enrollment is limited. . Children’s Camp-Explore imaginative worlds through art using paper mache, etching, drawing, painting, mixed media collage and mask-making. July 15- 19, 10am-3pm, Ages 7-12. Workshops for Older Teens and Adults Multimedia Stretch Combining painting, sculpture, collage and photography in densely imbricated installations. July 1-3, 10am-4pm. What’s Up With Yupo? Create bright colorful abstract and impressionistic watercolors on yupo, a synthetic substrate. July 8- 9, 9am-Noon. Contemporary Figure Layering: Watercolor and Gouache Explore different ways of applying watercolor and gouache to paper creating beautiful figure paintings working with a nude model. July 10-12, 10am4pm. Creative Freedom Through Intuitive Painting Using acrylic paints and pouring techniques to expand and strengthen participants’ intuition and creativity. July 22- 26, 10am-4pm. Inkalicious: Creating with Alcohol Inks Discover what happens when Ranger Alcohol Inks are mixed with a paintbrush and plastic paper. No painting experience needed! July 29-31, 10am-4pm. Mixing it Up- Mixed Media Explore different mediums such as paper, brushes, gesso and watercolor plus a variety of found objects from around the house. Aug 1,10 am- 4pm. Flag books - Contents in Motion Create flag books and learn to present content, both images and text, while incorporating your personal photos, drawings, writings and more! Aug 2, 9:30am-4pm Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) Ongoing programs for children. Contact Ethan Brooks-Livingston at 295-9099 ext. 3004. Doodlebug Club-Fun art activities and story time for your preschoolaged “doodlebug!” Saturday Art Club-Art projects for the “older” kids, age K-3.

Town of Beech Mountain Buckeye Recreation Center Summer Day Camp for kids ages 5-12. All Sessions are held Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm. Fees. Advance registration required: 387-3003, or e-mail Carlie Pudney at cpudney@ July 1-5: Red, White, & Blue Week (no camp on July 4) July 8-12: Around the World in Five Days July 15-19: Hunger Games July 22-26: Wild Beech July 29-Aug 2: Spirit Week

ART The Art Cellar Gallery, Banner Elk – 898-5175 July 6: 4-6:pm Reception for David Birmingham, “Nothing Could Be Finer” July 12: 10am Artist Talk with Gregory Smith July 20: 4-6pm Reception for Tony Griffin, “Drawing from Life” July 27: All Day TOUR DE ART; 10-Noon Coffee Talk w/ stone sculptor Jane Jaskevich Aug 3, 6-8pm Reception for Norma Murphy, “Woman in the Works” Aug 24, All Day TOUR DE ART; 10-Noon Coffee Talk w/Gallery Artist  Carlton Gallery, Foscoe 963-4288 July 27 2-5pm Reception for Toni Carlton and Michael Grady, “Outside In & Out-Soul Expressions” and TOUR DE ART all day Aug 24 2-5pm Reception for Kevin Beck and Egidio Antonaccio, “Savoring Moments in Time” and TOUR DE ART all day Altavista Gallery, Valle Crucis 963-5247 July 27 11am-5pm Reception for Bennette Rowan, “Becoming One with Nature.” TOUR DE ART all day. Aug 24 11am-5pm Reception for Sheila Hancock, traditional mountain landscapes and abstract figures in landscapes. TOUR DE ART all day Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery, Crossnore, 733-3144 July 2
4-6pm Reception for Daniel Ambrose, “Landmarks.”
 July 25
4-6pm Reception Robert Martin, “Inspired Metal Works”
 Aug 2
4-6pm Reception for Dru Scott Warmath, “A Color Story” 21st Annual Fine Arts & Master Crafts Festival, Banner Elk at the old Banner Elk School yard. July 19-21 and Aug 16-18 An Appalachian Summer Fest – Art events For a full schedule of events, visit or call the Box Office, (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. July 27 10am-Noon 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition Sculpture Walk July 28 1pm Rosen-Schaffer Competition for Young and Emerging Artists. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


As the following events may change, please confirm all details with the event organizer.

Potters of the Roan Opening reception of group show, “New Traditions.” Toe River Arts Council Gallery, Spruce Pine. (828) 467-1414, Aug 17, 5-7pm. Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage-Exhibitions, Season Four Corner of Chestnut and Main Street, Blowing Rock. Hours are 10am-6pm M, T, Th, Fri, Sat; Noon-6pm Sun. Closed Wednesday. June 27-July 2 Alumni artists from 2012 season (watercolor, acrylics, oils, pottery and mixed media) July 4-9 Susan Powers-watercolor, oils, acrylics and collage July 11-16 Ann Abgott-watercolor July 18-23 Pat Grant-acrylics July 25-30 Jim Ruff-photography Aug 1-6 Kathy Reece-oils Aug 8-13 Karen Havighurst-watercolor and collage Aug 15-20 Kim Abernethy-oils and Barbara Ballesty-pottery

MUSIC Town of Newland – Riverwalk Concert Series -Hosted by the Newland Business Association, at the Riverwalk Town Park across from Lowe’s Foods in Newland. All shows take place 6-9 PM rain or shine. Rain locations are listed at July 5 - The Tam’s (beach music) July 12 – The Johnson Brothers (Bluegrass) July 19 – The Mighty, Mighty Bullfrogs (classic rock & roll) July 26 – Night Eagle (rockin’ country) Aug 2 – Mac Arnold Blues Band (Blues) Aug 9 – Bill Wharton’s Sauce Boss (Louisiana swamp boogie) Aug 16 – Tone Blazers (rockin’ Bluegrass) Aug 23 – Ramajay (Island music) Symphony by the Lake – A tradition in Blowing Rock; an elegant evening of music and moonlight. Chetola Resort 828-295-7851 July 26, 7 PM An Appalachian Summer Fest – Concerts or call the Box Office, (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. July 6- Outdoor Fireworks Concert: The Band Perry 7:30pm July 8-Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Reflections, Part One 8pm July 10-Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Reflections, Part Two 8pm July 14-The EMF Young Artists Orchestra: Peter and the Wolf 4pm July 18-Idina Menzel with the Easter Festival Orchestra 8pm July 20-Boz Scaggs 8pm July 21-Eastern Festival Orchestra 8pm July 22-Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Reflections, Part Three 8pm July 24-Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: Reflections, Part Four 8pm July 27-An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group 8pm Aug 1-an Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin featuring special guest Suzanne Vega

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Banner Elk Café – Live music on the patio every Saturday from 6-10pm. (828) 898-4040 July 6 – Keith Stroud July 13-Sound Traveler July 20-The Kimmels July 27-TBA Aug 3-Sound Traveler Aug 10-Keith Stroud Aug 17-Soud Traveler Aug 24-The Kimmels Aug 31-TBA Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) (828) 295-9099 July 14-Sunday Music Series, Fire Pink Trio; 5:30 pm Aug 25-Sunday Music Series, Carolina Chamber Symphony Players, 5:30pm Sunday Summer Concerts at Fred’s on Beech Mountain www. (828) 387-4838 July 14 Joe Shannon and the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys 6:30pm July 21 The Cockman Family 6:30pm July 28 Rebecca Eggers-Gryder with Amantha Mill 6:30pm Aug 4 The Sheets Family Band 6:30pm Aug 11 Watauga Community Band 6:30pm Summer Concerts in the Park, Banner Elk hosted by the Town of Banner Elk and the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Tate Evans Town Park stage off Highway 194 behind the Bank of America. July 4 The Neighbors (southern rock and country) July 11 Wolf Creek (country rock) July 18 Party Prophets with Cindy Floyd (beach, boogie, blues and oldies) July 25 Soul Benefactor (classic soul and Mo-town) Aug 1 Johnson Brothers (pop rock and dance) Aug 8 The Extraordinaires (Mo-town and dance) Aug 15 The Flying Saucers (rockabilly and oldies) Aug 22 Red June (Bluegrass, folk and country) Aug 29 Whip Daddies (Dance and classic) The Best Cellar in Blowing Rock-Live Music on the Lawn every Friday weather permitting 5:30-8. Please no coolers, outside beverages or dogs. (828) 295-9703. July 5 - Harris Brothers July 12 - Worthless Son in Laws July 19 - Harris Brothers July 26 - Soul Benefactor Aug 2 - Harris Brothers Aug 9 - Eric Baker Aug 16 - Rama Jay Aug 23 - Soul Benefactor Aug 30 - Harris Brothers


things to do

Western Square & Round Dances at Linville Land Harbor Experienced western square and round dancers are invited to dance through Sept. For complete information & directions: or (828) 260-5665 or (828) 737-9523 Sundays: Plus, A2, Rounds, 1:30-4:30. Mondays: A2, 7:30-9:30 pm Intermediate Rounds 10-12 am, Beginning Rounds 12:30-2 pm.. Fridays: Mainstream 7:30-9:30 pm. An Appalachian Summer Fest – Ballet For a full schedule of events, visit or call the Box Office, (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. July 25-Carolina Ballet: A Balanchine Celebration featuring Rubies 8pm Shag at Sugar – Shag dance lessons, kids’ play area, food vendors, live music from Jim Quick and Coastline at the Sugar Mountain Golf and Tennis Clubhouse. 898-9292 Aug 10 4:30-9pm.

THEATER Ensemble Stage Productions of Blowing Rock – All performances take place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. Admission. Show times vary. (828) 414-1844 July 6-14 Mindgame - a thriller July 20 & Aug 3 Marmalade Gumdrops - kid show July 27 - Aug 4 A Bench in the Sun -Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you’re dead. Comedy. Aug 17 & Sept14 Isabella Propeller & the Magic Beanie, kid show. Aug 24-Sept 1 Bedside Manners - When a brother reluctantly agrees to look after his sister’s country inn while she’s away, he does not anticipate all the wild comings-and-goings! Comedy. An Appalachian Summer Fest – Theater To reserve seats and for a full schedule of events, visit or call the Box Office, (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. July 12 & 13 8pm Tennessee Playboy: A Redneck Romance Lees-McRae Summer Theater Box Office: July 1, 3, 5 and 6 at 7 pm, July 3, 6 and 7 at 2 pm Chicago July 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 7 pm July 20 and 21 at 2 pm The 39 Steps Aug 5, 7, 8, 9 at 7 pm, Aug 4, 8 and 10 at 2 pm Singin’ in the Rain Barter Theater – The legendary state theater of Virginia, a short drive from the High Country, with a full schedule of performances throughout the summer. Abingdon, VA. (276) 628.3991


American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED Course designed for people who want to learn CPR for adults, children, and infants; how to help a choking victim, and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Participants earn a certification card which is valid for 2 years. Cost $40. No refunds. Registration deadline is Friday, July 12. You must call to pre-register and prepay.
Contact:Candy Jones
ARHS Community Outreach (828) 268-8960
  July 16, 6-9 pm
 Watauga Medical Center
 American Heart Association BLS for HCP Part II- Skills Check - for Healthcare Providers seeking an initial or renewal Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course completion card.
Part I online (go to www. can be completed in approximately 1-2 hours.  You must bring your Part I completion certificate to the skills check.
Part II – the skills check will take approximately 1 hour. Cost $15 No refunds. Registration deadline is Friday, July 12. You must call to pre-register and prepay.
Candy Jones
ARHS Community Outreach
(828) 268-8960
July 16, 5-6 pm
 Watauga Medical Center

American Heart Association First Aid Course - for people who want to learn basic first aid skills- how to recognize and respond to different emergencies- heart attack, stroke, choking, bleeding, seizures, diabetic reactions, breathing problems, shock, and environmental emergencies. Participants receive a certification card which is valid for 2 years. Cost $30. No refunds. Registration deadline is Friday, July 26. You must call to pre-register and prepay.  Contact:
Candy Jones
ARHS Community Outreach
(828) 268-8960
 July 30, 6-9 pm
 Watauga Medical Center,
Adams Classroom.

GAMES & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 58th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games- 800-468-7325 July 11-14 The Bear: Assault on Grandfather 5mile run. Participants must preregister, no on-site registration. July 11 7pm Grandfather Mountain Marathon Since 1969. The grueling race starts in Boone and ends at the top of the mountain. Participants must pre-register, no on-site registration. July 13 6:30am

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Fourth of July Parade in Banner Elk Hosted by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, (828) 898-8395 11 am parade starts, Noon-2 Town picnic at Tate-Evans Park. Newland Centennial Celebration- Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 100th county in North Carolina. Parade, civil War re-enactment, Avery Museum heritage events, fireworks. July 5 on the Riverwalk, 6pm-Dark July 6 on the Courthouse Square, 10am-‘til 47th Roasting of the Hog on Beech Mountain The way they celebrate Independence Day on Beech. Roasted pig, games, fireworks, fun for the family. (828) 387-9283 July 6 6pm An Appalachian Summer Fest – Films, Workshops, and Guest Lectures For a full schedule of events, visit or call the Box Office, (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. July 7 8pm Independent Films from around the World: The Other Son July 11 3:30pm Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture: Joseph Bathanti July 15 8pm Independent Films from Around the World: No July 25 8pm Independent Films from Around the World: 11 Flowers July 29 8pm Independent Films from Around the World: La Rafle

The Farm Feast Wellness Dinner hosted by Chetola Resort to benefit the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). A plant-based, multicourse buffet featuring locally grown produce. Limited seating; Reservations required. $39.95 per person includes tax and gratuity. Chetola Resort, 500 Main Street, Blowing Rock. (828) 295-5535 July 11 6-10pm. Toe River Storytelling Festival - National Tellers and Regional Tellers take turns telling tall tales. Sponsored in partnership with Asheville Storytelling Circle. Admission. Bakersville Creek Walk, Bakersville, (828) 467-9955; July 13, 10am-4pm Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show - See amateur and high performance competitors at Saddlebred Divisions July 23-18 and Hunter Jumper I Divisions July 30-Aug 4.Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve, Admission. (828) 295-4700 July 23-28 & July 30-Aug 4. St. Mary Tour of Homes - 55th Annual fundraiser tour of outstanding Blowing Rock homes benefits the programs of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church. Featured this year are the homes of Ala Sue Wyke, Judge Preston and Marcia Cornelius, Jennie Temple, Sandra and Doug Warner, Susan and Jim Lindenberger, and Vardell and Joan Smyth. Shuttle bus available. Admission. (828) 295-7323 July 26 9am-5pm

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Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) – Lectures and events (828) 295-9099 July 18 Third Thursday Lecture: Dr. Elliot Engel on Winston Churchill, 4:30pm July 19 Coffee Talk: “The Art of Makeup” with Yesi Casado of Estee Lauder New York, 10am Aug 1-4 Art & Antiques Weekend Event-View hundreds of beautiful antiques and art pieces at this annual exhibition and sale. Preview party Aug. 1, 6-8. Show hours Friday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 11-5 Aug 16 Coffee Talk, 10am SugarBrew – beer and wine tastings, live music, and food. Ski-lift rides to Sugar’s 5,300 ft. peak. Admission. 1-800-SUGAR-MT. Aug 3, Noon-6pm. Art in the Park Weekend- The town of Blowing Rock comes alive with a Sunset Stroll on Friday, Art in the Park on Saturday, and Concert in the Park on Sunday with the Grandfather Mountain Highland Pipe Band! All free. (828) 295-7851 Aug 9-11 High Country Trolley Wine Tour-Visiting 1861 Farmhouse, Banner Elk Winery, Erick’s Cheese and Wine Shop, Grandfather Vineyards, Linville Falls Winery, Plumtree Vineyards, and Blind Squirrel Brewery. Limited seating. Ticket price includes seating on the trolley, all tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Sponsored by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, (828) 898-5605. July 25 and Aug 22; trolley departs at noon.

Avery County Humane Society Events and fundraisers (828) 733-2333 July 26-27 High Country Pet Expo and Dog Show, Banner Elk Aug 10- The Diamond Creek Event hosted by the “Friends of Avery County Humane Society” Sept 7 - Hoe Down at the Chapman Center 6-11pm


JULY 5-AUGUST 1 The Band Perry: Outdoor Fireworks Concert JULY 6 Triad Stage: Tennessee Playboy JULY 12 & 13 Idina Menzel with the Eastern Festival Orchestra JULY 18 Boz Scaggs JULY 20 EFO: André Watts, piano and Julian Schwarz, cello JULY 21 Carolina Ballet: A Balanchine Celebration featuring Rubies JULY 25 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk JULY 27 An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group JULY 27 An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin featuring special guest Suzanne Vega AUGUST 1 plus visual arts exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a film series and more!

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Businesses & Artists educating pet owners on the care of their pets Purina Incredible Dog Team! Three agility shows throughout the day Win great prizes! Dog show categories include smallest, largest, ear-ristible, best tail wagger. Music by The Whip Daddies, Fri, July 26 at 6pm For info on being a vendor, or attending, call 828-898-5625 Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —



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DeWoolfson Celebrates 30th Anniversary It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time not so long ago when the term “duvet” was practically unknown in the States. Meanwhile in Europe, duvets were the bedding of choice. Comprised of a quilt with a removable cover, a duvet was practical, luxurious, and much simpler to manage than the typical North American bed covering of top sheet, blanket and bedspread. The duvet’s popularity in Europe may have been due to the prevalence of down comforters there; duvet is the French word for “down.” At any rate, American tourists loved them. One such American visitor was Richard Schaffer, who encountered duvets when he took a group of ASU students on a studyabroad junket over thirty years ago. Schaffer, then a professor in the business school, decided the time was ripe to bring the duvet to America. And the rest, as they say… became DeWoolfson Down...which reflects an old family name. From the start, DeWoolfson Down did things the right way. They imported the finest downproof textiles from Europe and to this day continue to make comforters to their own high standards in their North Carolina factory. As demand for DeWoolfson comforters and pillows increased, they added a range of product lines that includes the finest linens and accessories. Operations manager Susan Bracewell says, “we are proud to bring the world’s finest linens from Switzerland, Italy, France, and Portugal to the High Country. There is something here for everyone’s style” DeWoolfson Down still operates out of the original store, on Hwy 105 S. in Foscoe. The handsome shingle, clapboard, and stone structure is a regular stop for people who appreciate fine bedding. Their websites, and, reflect one of the largest selections of bed and bath linens found anywhere in America. And whether in their store or online, you can choose the comforter, featherbed or custom pillow that is just perfect for your sleeping needs. To celebrate thirty years of business, the DeWoolfson team has Open House festivities planned throughout the summer and fall. Be on hand at the Foscoe store July 11-13 and August 22-24 and take part in the fun, with door prizes, refreshments, and special savings on one of their featured brands of luxury linens.

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The Architect & The AppalCart


By Steve York rchitects play an essential and dynamic role within the local building economy. Some of their projects are used only by a select few, such as families and small businesses. Others are high-traffic facilities for commerce, major attractions or community-wide services. Each project one is an edifice of sorts, representing the times, the culture and the aspirations of a community. Of all these structures, the ones that support a major community service are often less glorified and taken for granted. The AppalCart bus system is one of those community-wide services that people may not automatically salute, but it has far-reaching value for everyone, every day. It moves people to and from work, school, shopping, medical care or play. As a mass transit system, it helps conserve fuel, reduce wear and tear on our roads and limit air pollution. And, if you’ve ever used it, you can really appreciate the care that has gone into all those strategically located AppalCART shelters along the way. They help protect you from bad weather and traffic hazards, whether waiting to board or departing. The newest and arguably most attractive AppalCART shelter, approximately 24,000 square feet, is located on Highway 105 Bypass at the Highway 421 intersection. The project was a cooperative initiative by the Town of Boone, Watau-

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ga County, Appalachian State University and the State Public Transportation Division. As AppalCART Transportation Director Christopher Turner noted, “It is a vital asset for the whole community to use and enjoy for years to come.” The design and construction was a collaboration between local architect David Patrick Moses (DPMA), CGL Associates of Columbia, S.C., Municipal Engineering, landscape architect Fred Halback, expert in green building certification, Patrick Beville, PE, and, of course, AppalCART management. David Moses was involved from the beginning of the project in early 2005 as design and construction architect, and his team continued through its grand opening this past June 10th. “The owners wanted the design to exhibit not only an energy efficient theme but also reflect its natural surroundings by use of real stone, wood and timbers for siding and throughout. They also wanted to leave as many trees around the perimeter of the property as a natural buffer for the surrounding properties,” said Moses. Since the design concept called for a lot of “green” energy emphasis, the building was oriented on the property to allow for optimum sun exposure. Active solar panels were installed to produce floor heat for the maintenance building and heat all of the facility’s hot water. A rainwater collection system was created

for all grey water use—including a recirculation system for bus wash water. And more solar panels will be added to the bus canopies to generate power for the entire building—with excess power being directed back to the electrical utility power grid. “We worked very closely with Patrick Beville, PE, the project’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) expert, to incorporate as many LEED design features as possible,” Moses added. Moses and his DPMA team have served many similar projects over the past few years. Some include Boone’s Hospitality House homeless shelter, the new Avery Humane Society facility in Newland, the Hugh Chapman YMCA pavilion in Linville, Blowing Rock’s American Legion building, and numerous other area commercial and resort projects. They also did the drawings for Avery’s Economic Development Council’s AC PRIDE small business incubator at the old Banner Elk Elementary School. All those projects are shining examples of how local architects like David Moses interface with communities to provide better services and at the same time help drive the building economy. Ultimately they also contribute to the area’s overall economic strength and resurgence by employing a work force, adding to the revenue base and stimulating the flow of more consumer dollars throughout the High Country.

By Steve York


able energy building is a hot topic with their customers. “We built a green home in 2009 and the entire average utility bill is only $1.00 per day,” said Brent Simmons. “So, actually, it comes as no surprise that building green has become even more important to average homeowners in tougher economic times. They aren’t looking to waste money, but rather conserve it, and conservation is what green building is about,” he added. Looking at the elegant side of building, Classic Stone Works in Linville continues to craft those beautiful custom marble, stone, concrete and travertine counter tops, tiles, sink basins and accent pieces all across the High Country. Both homeowners and builders demand that touch because it makes such a dramatic statement for a home or business design. But it’s also practical. “Our products require both careful artistry and very hard work. But the end result is something that not only adds lasting beauty—it legitimately and immediately adds value. And, it’s still in great shape years after other materials have either worn out or gone out of style. So there’s less need for repair or replacement costs. And that saves homeowners a lot of money down the road,” notes Classic Stone. These folks are just a couple examples of locals who make our building industry professionals exceptional and accessible. They’re here and they care about their local customers. As promised, in this issue, we’re spotlighting actual High Country building projects using actual architects, building contractors, engineers, subs, remodelers and suppliers. These projects and people span everything from a complete new home construction job to commercial projects, residential remodeling and the general housing trends emerging across our highland homelands. Our local building professionals are telling some positive stories. And we’re happy to share some of them with you.


y all accounts, our local, regional and national housing/building industry is re-emerging and bringing back dollars, buyers and hope to the economic picture. It’s nothing to get giddy about and there are still some bumps and uncertainties ahead. But the folks who measure this kind of data seem to be largely unanimous in their “cautious optimism.” Locally, that’s good news, and important data. We need new construction, remodeling and renovation to help sustain and build our economy. But to have that we also need demand. And that’s part of the good news. Demand is slowly and steadily coming back. In sampling local building industry professionals, almost all of them are seeing and feeling the recovery in their workloads and their wallets. Home construction loans are beginning to trickle back into the game. Real estate brokers are experiencing serious walk-in traffic again. And the timeless desire for “a magical mountain getaway” is still very much alive. People still want rustic elegance and amenities like bark siding, strong stone, marble and tile accents plus gracious kitchens and bathrooms. But the traditional building patterns and practices have been somewhat augmented by the demands of getting more for less and increasing energy efficiency to save real money on utilities—especially when mountain winters are “wintry” and even summer nights can spark a heat pump or gas fireplace. On that note, green building demand has shifted from the so-called tree-hugging elite to mainstream homeowners. The Simmons family of Mountain Lumber in Foscoe took the lead in LEEDcertified building with a visionary and courageous strategy during the last housing crash. They jumped aggressively into marketing and mentoring on the products and practices of green building even before it got “cool.” Today, sustain-


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The Home That Locals Built By Steve York, with Photogaphs by Todd Bush


f you missed our last issue, we looked at the value of using “locals” to assure getting the best pricing, service and accountability when it comes to building construction. Then we checked off a list of building resources required to take a hypothetical new home from concept to completion. We also noted the typical challenges that builders face here in these wet and forested mountains. In this issue, we’re using an actual new home construction project to illustrate how the hypothetical becomes a “home.” The homeowners live in Grandfather Golf & Country Club and have a lot by the second hole of the golf course. The architect was Robert Mann of A.T.T.I.C. Design PLLC in Banner Elk. The building contractors were Chick and Vickie Fuller of Fuller & Fuller Contracting & Design, in Banner Elk. Interior and exterior building materials came from Mountain Lumber of Foscoe. Landscaping design was by Sonya Garland of Hawk Mountain Nursery, also in Foscoe. Glen Walker was the civil engineer who handled the site planning. Interior and general concept design were directed by Vickie Fuller, and the project manager was Erich Rosen-

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busch, also of Fuller & Fuller. This was the core team who had the challenge of turning some very specific architectural plans into our homeowners’ little patch of heaven. Their vision was that unique rugged elegance that works so well in these mountains. Grand, yet cozy. Dramatic, yet warm and livable. Luxurious, yet never overstated. Spontaneously creative, yet perfectly functional. The kind of home that warmly embraces day-to-day family or home-office activity, yet easily opens itself up for spacious and elaborate social entertaining. That was the

vision and the task. So, strap on your tool belt and let’s get to work. “My goal was to integrate the house into the property so that it looked like a part of the site, not ‘perched’ upon it,” Mann noted. “Because the setting sat below the road and you look down onto the house, the massing and the roof line became a major consideration. It needed to be broken up and interest added to create curb appeal. My design used a lot of heavy timber and vernacular details to create a unique character,” he added.

Vickie Fuller worked closely with Mann to achieve the right balance of generous wood use, wide-open spaces and lots of windows to bring in natural sunlight from all sides of the house. Between the two of them, the home incorporates a lot of individual room-to-room personality within an overall coherent design theme. Because the property had two active small streams running through it year-round, the engineer, Glen Walker, had to find a way to showcase the flow-

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ing waters without them washing out or compromising the structural integrity of the foundation and septic system. A deep, grate-covered catch basin at the edge of the driveway along with extensive water pipes, French drains and special guttering were designed to capture and channel the streams under the house and carry them to the creeks on the other side. Those streams also gave landscaper Sonya Garland a great natural water feature around which to layout her design plan. “We wanted a landscape befitting the style of the home…something that emphasized the natural elements of the

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property and house, but with an air of elegance. For example, we set out boxwoods to frame up the formal brick walkway to the front door, yet it still feels like a natural setting. The stacked stone retaining walls give the effect of being surrounded by raised gardens. We even took some leftover hemlock trunks and arranged them almost like a garden sculpture. Then Vickie Fuller topped them with rustic wooden bird houses. That is one of my favorite projects because there is something different around every corner, but it all flows so beautifully,” said Sonya. Speaking of trees and wood use, sev-

eral of the larger trees on the property had to be taken down by Sean McKee and excavator, Wesley Aldridge, in order to make way for the house. In turn, many were re-incorporated back into the actual home construction. Some of them were stripped and stained to become giant, dramatic posts that help support both the front entryway and the back covered deck. They also serve to compliment and accent all the other woodwork and siding. And that’s where Steven Fox of R.F.L. Construction played a major role. He brought an imaginative touch to all the wood features both inside and outside the home. From the siding to those signature beams and artful staircase balusters, he often found himself challenged by Vickie Fuller to make creative use of several oddshaped pieces of leftover tree limbs and stumps. The unique powder room vanity supports are just one example of how that collaboration played out. Having honed his craft at many of the High Country’s major residential resort communities, Fox is accustomed to creating wooden features that are truly distinctive. While we’re thinking “distinctive,” all the elegant cabinetry was the work of Distinctive Cabinetry Design (DCD) in Foscoe. The kitchen is a showplace that sits in the central hub of the home and looks out into the dining room, deck and other living areas. With the strong emphasis on natural wood elements throughout the home, Dave and Pat Parks of DCD had to custom design all kitchen, master bathroom and laundry room cabinetry in such a way as to blend seamlessly with the rest of the building theme and décor—yet still make bold and attractive statements of style and functionality. “That’s really our specialty. Our projects are typically custom design from start to finish,” noted Pat Parks. “Fortunately, we’ve done a lot of work with Fuller & Fuller, so we have a good feel for the quality of cabinetry design Chick and Vickie desire,” added Dave Parks. Stone and tile design also played a significant role in the home’s construction. Steven Silver and Crew Critcher of 01 Masonry in Boone tackled all of the exterior and interior stone work, including the home’s impressive fireplaces, stone features of the master bedroom and even the stunning stone backsplash in the kitchen. John Buford of Stone Cavern turned their

skills toward all the carefully chosen bath and floor tile. Meanwhile, the leathered granite counter tops in the kitchen, master bath and laundry room from Classic Stone Works further contributed to the strong and beautiful textural richness of the home’s overall design theme. Turning to more practical considerations, McMahon Plumbing designed and installed all the necessary plumbing throughout the home, while Wright’s Sheet Metal, Heating and Air Conditioning took care of the essential HVAC system and operational features. Although these items are generally hidden within the structural skeleton and utilitarian sections of a home, they are obviously critical to the comforts of daily living—and require careful planning and scrutiny. And, of course, none of that stuff works if all those on/off switches don’t. Avery Electric not only had to make sure the electric lines, generator and fixtures functioned, but also be responsible for the complex creative lighting both inside and outside the home. As we noted in our previous building feature, it is the special lighting plan that can “bring a home and its landscaping to life.” Building a 4500- square-foot, rustic luxury and energy-efficient home from scratch on a wet, heavily wooded lot is a mammoth undertaking by any measure. But building it for these homeowners required some extra patience, creativity and attention to detail. They were, after all, very definite about what they wanted and closely monitored the progress at each step. Fortunately, Fuller & Fuller had their expert project manager, Erich Rosenbusch, on hand and on top of everything. “He is very creative in his own right and doesn’t miss a thing,” Vickie noted. Plus, as Erich would attest, Chick Fuller’s philosophy about assembling a great local building crew starts at giving them clear directions and honest feedback, then sincerely inviting them to contribute their own unique ideas. “That’s how you inspire everyone to really pull together and bring their best craftsmanship to the job. In this case—and every project we do—when it’s all done, every person involved can take pride and ownership in the final product and honestly feel great about what they accomplished together.” Oh, one other bit of good fortune for the Fullers: Chick and Vickie weren’t just the building contractors. They are also the homeowners.

AFFORDABLE DREAMS One Man’s&Dread DESIGN CONSTRUCTION —Another Man’s Dream By Steve York


ne of the hot trends during the building boon involved speculators buying up foreclosed or run-down properties for a song, then renovating them and putting them back on the market for a sizeable profit. Unfortunately, a lot of those speculators didn’t know anything about construction much less market demand. So they would often flood the market with too much product—and of questionable quality. Then, one day—“POP!”—and you know the rest of the story. On a positive note, the basic business model of turning one man’s disaster into another man’s dream was and still is viable. Successful remodeling and flipping is usually a sign of a healthy housing economy. One good example of this sign is the story of James Boyd of Affordable Dreams home builders in Elk Park. James has been an independent builder for several years. Like many other small businesses in the area, he felt the sting of the housing bubble burst and has had to be creative to survive while the industry slowly recovers. But in the past year or so, he’s seen demand increase, money loosen and has been poised to take advantage of buyers wanting something attractive yet affordable. Although he also does larger luxury new home construction, he has positioned Affordable Dreams as transforming problem properties into attractive homes with key amenities, great curb appeal and strong market value. With business partner and architect, Marcelo Moino, Affordable Dreams has been able to target smart buys and then invest in major reconstruction and architectural improvements. And here’s more good news…even after considerable investment and hard work, they are still able to offer a quality home at or below average local selling prices. So…everybody wins! Run-down properties are repaired and upgraded, overall property values in the neighborhood are increased, local subs are reemployed, local building suppliers are supplying, lenders are lending, James is making a reasonable profit AND…the new homeowner ends up with a great home at a great price. To make it even better, because James is an actual builder--not just a speculator—and, because Marcelo Moino is an architect, the end product is less likely to have problems down the road and more likely to hold and increase its value over time. And that’s the way THIS remodeling business model is supposed to go. Guess that’s why he calls his company Affordable Dreams.


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Wahoo’s: 35 Years of Adventure Viewing scenery is a popular High Country pastime, and not just by motoring on the Parkway. For the more adventurous, paddling on a river offers an alternative to driving. The New River, the Watauga River, Wilson Creek, the Nolichucky; these waterways are avenues to the beauty of the High Country. Wahoo’s Outfitters offer a variety of exciting water adventures for visiting individuals and families.   Wahoo’s Adventures is a local outfitter with national acclaim. Celebrating 35 years in business this year, Wahoo’s has twice been named Outfitter of the Year by the Professional Paddlesports Association.  Owner Jeff Stanley describes opportunities for all levels of daredevils, from tubing to canoeing to kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding to rafting. And Wahoo’s is the only outfitter to have an outpost on each river. “They call me the grandfather of outdoor adventures in these parts,” said Stanley.    Stanley says the founding principles of the business, having professional guides and maintaining a continuing focus on safety, are as important today as they were in the beginning. He also takes pride in Wahoo’s state of the art equipment, topnotch cuisine on full day trips, and recent expansion to the outpost on the New River.  “Our New River outpost has a large picnic shelter, food, changing area, hot showers, flush toilets, and gated parking lot,” says Stanley.  “It is especially ideal for families.”  It’s easy to book a trip. Call 1-800-444-RAFT or visit them online at


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Jay Leutze Stands Up For Mountains By LouAnn Morehouse


ay Leutze strides through tall grass as if it’s a city sidewalk. He knows where he’s going. On this pristine morning, Jay is leading me up a steep hillside where a path will soon wind to a jaw-dropping, miles-wide view of mountain tops, near and far. The only house in sight is the little red cabin just below us. The only sound, birdsong. For a moment, I feel like I’m in the opening scenes of The Sound of Music…the hills are alive! This is Jay in his element. Although he grew up in Chapel Hill, Jay has from his childhood felt a deep regard for the plants and animals in the wild. He remembers with fondness the quail-hunting trips he and his Dad took, across fields within walking distance of his Piedmont home. And he remembers, too, the regret his parents displayed when those fields went the way of so many, transformed into housing tracts for a burgeoning suburban population. Jay’s family found land beyond suburbia at the top of Yellow Mountain, and in the seventies they and some like-minded friends purchased property there for a summer retreat. It was that high and rugged place, virtually untouched by the hand of man, where Jay Leutze’s sensibilities took root. He grew into a dedicated out-

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doorsman and amateur naturalist, fishing, climbing and hiking in remote areas of the Southern Appalachians. In 1993, shortly after completing his law degree, Jay returned to the mountains with an electric typewriter. His plan was to settle in and write a novel. Never intending to be a lawyer, he had taken up the study of law to hone his persuasive skills, an ability as vital for authors as it is for those in the legal profession. Not long after, Jay received a phone call that altered the course of his literary aspirations in a way that he could not have foreseen, but for which he was uniquely prepared. Some neighbors needed help; a mining company had started up a big project that was going to blast the top off of a nearby mountain. It seemed the company was proceeding illegally, and some of the local residents, people who had been on the land for generations, feared their protests would be ignored. Despite carefully explaining that he was not an attorney, and therefore not the person they needed to navigate the appropriate legal channels, he felt an obligation to help his friends, and he was also concerned about the impact a large mining project would have on the environment in that ecologically diverse and unspoiled area. Jay says that, as he looked

further into the “terrain” of the matter, he “recognized the arc of a story,” a story that could travel far and perhaps inspire others. He was hooked. The full account of the struggle to save Belview Mountain is contained in Jay’s book, Stand Up That Mountain, which was published in 2012 by Simon and Schuster. It took years and a lot of help, but the “Dog Town Bunch” from rural Avery County won their fight, and the laws that govern mining are now stricter and harder to break. To Jay, it’s a potent reminder that “we are our government,” and that each of us has the obligation to be responsible for the wellbeing of our environment. In a world of rapid industrialization “these kinds of threats are commonplace,” he says. It’s often the case that “people who are embattled live on the fringes of modern development,” and do not have the resources necessary to defend themselves. He has written this story in the hope that it will serve as a field guide for others who find themselves in the midst of mounting an opposition. Jay is back to writing fiction again; editing a novel he says he wrote to distract himself during the height of the proceedings against the mining company. But it’s his work as a Trustee of the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy

(SAHC) that most clearly fuels his passion. SAHC is an independent land trust created in 1974 to conserve the plant and animal life in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Since its inception, SAHC has protected 62,000 acres of delicate eco-systems that stretch from the Roan Highlands to the Great Smoky Mountains. Jay has been involved with the group for a decade, leading hikes and advising the lands program; he’s served on the SAHC board for the past six years. I’ve come up on this ridge to talk to Jay about his accomplishments, and he’s showing me the results of thirty years of effort by SAHC to acquire a two hundred acre tract of high wilderness. For a man who devotes himself to advocating for land conservation, this is a great triumph. It is a slow and painstaking path from identifying the conservation value of the land, to acquiring it—the most complicated part of the process—to its eventual care and management. In most cases, the final step entails transferring it to the U.S. Forest Service or the North Carolina Division of Parks, agencies that work in close alliance with SAHC to maximize the benefit of the conserved land. SAHC also works with landowners who choose to put their property in a conservation easement, a special arrangement that provides tax benefit while assuring the land will be preserved. We’re joined in a few moments by members of the SAHC team who are to build the trail to this spot. It’s ideal for bird watching; the Audubon people have already been up to observe and are raring to return. The SAHC workers spent yesterday on Little Hump Mountain checking on the forest clearings they made last year. It seems counterproductive to cut trees on conserved land, but they explain that they have been working to create the type of nest habitat favored by Golden-winged Warblers. The birds have suffered severe population declines in recent years. There is good news today: nests have been sighted and the photographs prove they are Golden-winged Warblers. As we come down from the mountain I ask Jay what his priorities are now that his book has been published and the work with SAHC is going well. He says the work cannot stop. The issue of adequate water supply is quickly becoming a matter of grave concern, and he believes people have to understand that “protecting forests is the first line of defense against the degradation of the water supply.” The problem is that taking action before things get critical requires advance planning. It is difficult to persuade legislators to spend money solving future problems when it takes years to realize the benefit. When I suggest that Jay must have a stubborn streak to pursue such a goal, he smiles and says he prefers to think of himself as “dogged.” Dogged determination and a big helping of friendly persuasion, that’s the ticket. Jay is off to mow and I’m heading home, but before we part he says, “I used to think the world had us surrounded,” gesturing to the green hills all around, “but now we have surrounded the world.” Thanks to Jay and the many others who work so doggedly to protect the land, we might just be able to keep it all in balance. The paperback edition of Stand Up that Mountain is set for release in mid July. Jay Leutze will speak and sign books at the AveryMorrison Library in Newland in early August. Call the library, 828-733-9393, for more details. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


Bees Keeping the World Going Round By Jane Richardson


he history of bees and honey goes far back in time and culture. Bees have been found in fossils dating from 40 million years ago. In ancient times, honey was considered a divine substance having sacred and magical properties, and was commonly used in marriage and funeral rituals. The Greeks believed that if a bee touched a baby’s lips, that child would become a great poet or speaker. And it was an ancient Germanic belief that the moon represented a huge cup, filled with honey and mead, and the stars were swarms of bees. The Western Hemisphere is the second oldest region to have honeybees, although they are not native to it. Honeybees were brought to the new world with the Spanish and English colonists, and they soon escaped to the wild and began populating the entire hemisphere. American Indians called the honeybee “white man’s flies.” Fast forward to 2012: In the United States, 3.5 million acres of crops depended on honeybee pollination, which was worth about $15 billion to the food industry. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, honeybees contribute $70 million plus to our state’s agricultural economy annually through the pollination of such revenue crops as apples, blueberries, cucumbers and other vine crops. North Carolina has more beekeepers than any other state (over 10,000), and they produce 5 to 6 million pounds of honey valued at approximately $10 million annually as well as over 120,000 pounds of beeswax. So is it any wonder our state insect is the honeybee? Like many local beekeepers, Al Snipes of Heaton started keeping bees as

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a hobby, after his wife, Alice Sitton, attended a beekeeping course at Mayland Community College. Starting with two hives in 2005, today Snipes’ operation has grown to nine hives and he hopes to keep expanding to have as many as 20 hives in the near future. Snipes is pretty much a self-taught beekeeper who, like so many others, has found it to be a fascinating and rewarding hobby. “And there’s always something more to be learned,” Snipes says. His hives produce poplar, basswood and sourwood honey under the brand name “Beehoppers,” and you can find it at the Banner Elk Farmers Market. According to Snipes, bees in our area come out from the hives at the onset of warmer weather, when the temperature is above 45 degrees on calm, sunny days. They begin to work the maple tree pollen in February and March, as well as chickweed and witch hazel in the cooler months. They especially enjoy dandelions, clovers and milkweed, most of which are considered nuisance plants by homeowners but are essential food for the bees. Bees need weeds and flowers and trees of all sorts to survive, Snipes says. But they are limited by their anatomy and their tastes. For example, the bee’s tongue is not suitable to probe into a deep daylily bloom but is perfectly constructed to savor a clover blossom. Bees tend to gravitate to their preferred plants and to large patches of the same plant. Some plants produce only pollen and others produce both pollen and nectar, both of which the bees use. Honeybees are attracted to flowers that are purple and blue, and also to yellow flowers, which to the bees appear blue. The bees keep their hives warm—in the 90-degree range—and work hard to limit the moisture content in the hive by fanning their wings across the honey-

comb, keeping air circulating. The honey is ready to harvest (beekeepers call it “robbing the bees”) from around the beginning of June through the middle of August. The honey is extracted from the comb and then strained before going directly into the jars. Raw honey that has not been pasteurized or clarified retains more phytochemicals, the healthful biologically significant compounds that occur in plants. Pasteurization can also be detrimental to honey’s vitamin and mineral content, which includes manganese, riboflavin, B6 and more. How can we know that the honey we are buying is pure? According to Sam Storey, owner of Beech Mountain Beekeeping Supplies and Honey, the best way to be sure is to buy directly from the producer. When you buy from other sources, it can be hard to tell whether the honey is pure or if it contains syrups, molasses, extenders, water or other additives. Locally produced honey should be labeled with the name and specific location of the producer. Honey is generally classified by the floral source of the nectar from which it was made, such as wildflower, clover, sourwood, etc and that may be on the label as well. The typical supermarket label doesn’t provide much information beyond the store’s name or the distributor. Local raw honey is often sought after by allergy sufferers in the area because the pollen impurities it contains are thought to ease the sensitivity to hay fever. Honey is another important example of why we should “buy local,” so check out your nearest beekeeper or farmer’s market to find pure honey from our area. You will see and taste the difference.

Update on Colony Collapse Disorder

What to do when you get stung Bee and wasp stings are nobody’s idea of a good time. According to experienced beekeepers, the best way to deal with a sting is to avoid it in the first place. Bees are not normally aggressive, and only sting when they feel they, or their hive, are being threatened. So if a bee flies by or lands on you, don’t swat at it or wave it away. That could put the bee into defense mode and you may get a sting. Only the female bee has a stinger, and when she stings, she leaves that behind and dies soon afterward (hornets and wasps don’t leave their stingers and so they can sting you multiple times). If a bee lands on your arm, blow on it gently and most likely, it will fly away. Avoid wearing bright floral colors—in other words, don’t look like a flower— when outdoors. There is a reason most beekeepers wear white, so stick to neutrals and light colors. At cookouts, stay away from sugary drinks that may be attractive to bees. And don’t wear heavy perfumes or colognes. And if you do get a sting, what’s the best treatment? A small percentage of the population suffers from a severe al-

lergic reaction to insect venom and can go into anaphylactic shock if stung. If you have not suffered from this allergy in the past, keep in mind that you might next time you’re stung since our allergic response characteristics can change over time. If you have a known allergy to bees, then you know you should avoid exposure to them and carry an epinephrine pen (EpiPen) with you at all times. If you suspect someone is reacting to a sting with symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, throat and mouth, rapid pulse, dizziness or any other unusual condition, get them medical attention right away. Generally speaking, if you’ve been stung more than ten times (and especially around the eyes, nose or mouth) you should seek medical treatment. The experts agree that first thing to do for a bee sting is to remove the stinger, if present, as soon as possible. Do not pull the stinger out as this may result in more venom being squeezed into the site. Instead, use a dull knife or credit card to scrape it away. Applying ice to the area will relieve the sting and help reduce any swelling, and alcohol or witch hazel can relieve the itching.

Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which adult worker honeybees suddenly disappear from the hive, sometimes in a matter of days. First reported on the east coast of the United States in 2006, this disorder is under study by scientists and beekeepers alike to determine its cause and potential remedy. To date, there are many theories regarding cause, including parasites, certain pesticides, transportation of honeybees across long distances (stress), and poor nutrition, to name a few. Most experts agree it is most likely a combination of factors, both identified and unidentified, acting alone or in conjunction with others, that is causing this disorder. Many factors affect a bee colony’s health, according to Dr. David Tarpy, Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University and a leading researcher of CCD, and it is often difficult to tell if a colony has lost its members because of CCD or one of many other syndromes and/or diseases. Sam Storey of Beech Mountain Beekeeping agrees. Fortunately, the High Country has not suffered significantly from the effects of this disorder, and Storey says this is most likely due to our area being favored with so many sources of pollen and nectar, the absence of row crops using broad-spectrum pesticides, and most importantly, the knowledge and concern of our local “bee group.”

One commonly used remedy is the application of a paste of vinegar, baking soda and meat tenderizer to the site. After about 20 minutes, an enzyme in the meat tenderizer (papain) should break down the toxins in the venom. Toothpaste is another popular treatment; the glycerin in it dries out the venom and relieves the itching. Calamine lotion is also helpful for soothing the sting and relieving itching. You can also buy over the counter external wipes that contain analgesics to relieve pain and itching. More colorful lore suggests using the cut side of a potato or chewed tobacco to rub over the site. Perhaps the most appropriate remedy is to apply honey to the sting; a little hair of the bee, anyone? Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


Parkway Foundation Builds Trails for Kids at Price Park

In partnership with the Blowing Rock Historical Society, Blowing Rock Rotary Club and augmented by a grant from the National Park Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will install 2 TRACK trails at beautiful Julian Price Park this summer. Today the nationally acclaimed Kids in Parks program, started 4 years ago by the Foundation, has more than 50 TRACK trails in 5 states and Washington, DC.  One will also open in July at Presidents’ Park at the White House.  The trails are designed to introduce children and families to the love of hiking and discovering the richness of nature. One trail will be located at the popular Boone Fork Trailhead at the picnic area of Julian Price Memorial Park and the other at the well-used lake loop trail. Because some significant work is required  on the Price Lake trail loop it seemed there would be a delay until two generous donors stepped up and contributed enough money to build a boardwalk and repair the trail. As soon as the improvements are complete the TRACK trail will be installed.  “We knew we were doing a project at Julian Price Memorial Park this year, but discovering the level of interest and need, and working with Parkway staff, we will be doing even more than we originally anticipated,” said Carolyn Ward, CEO of the Foundation. “These upgrades will dramatically improve this Park and while we still have more on our list of improvements for Julian Price Memorial Park, I feel confident that the momentum we have garnered will motivate even more people who love and use this beautiful Park to contribute. People love this area because of the Parkway and its assets and I hope others will follow the example of our generous friends such as the Blowing Rock Historical Society and Rotary Club and local private donors. I am so thankful for their investment in our collective future. ” To learn more about Track Trails, and how you can help:, or go to  

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Daylilies: Not Just Another Pretty Face By Jane Richardson


uthouse lily. Ditch lily. Railroad lily. All these are common names for the flower we know as the daylily, which is actually not a lily at all. It belongs to the genus Hemerocallis, which translates from the Greek to “beautiful for a day.” It is hard to notice that the flowers are so short-lived because as one flower fades, the next one on the stalk opens, keeping a bed of daylilies in bloom for weeks. Daylilies arrived in Europe from China, Japan, Korea and Eastern Siberia during the 16th century. By the 17th century, they had crossed the Atlantic with the colonists to North America. These pioneers had no time to fuss with delicate plants and came to cherish these hardy perennials, which at that time consisted of only three varieties: the common orange daylily, the yellow tuberose daylily; and a copper colored daylily. The daylily’s ease of propagation and vigorous growth resulted in the plant eventually being referred to in Eastern America as “roadside weeds,” in addition to the more ignominious nicknames listed above. Those early cultivars were a far cry from today’s hybridized versions. The older cultivars tended to send roots out several feet in different directions, resulting in a plant here and a plant there, while modern growers prefer predictable, ordered beds with controllable color plantings. To locate “heirloom” daylilies, you must find a grower who specializes in the original varieties, or look around old home sites, cemeteries and churchyards of North America and Europe where they have been growing wild for generations. But daylilies are not just another pretty face on the landscape. In 2012, North Carolina floriculture placed fifth in the nation with $264 million in sales, up 13% from 2011. Herbaceous perennials, the category that includes daylilies, grossed $43.6 million, up 5% from 2011. As familiar as this flower might be, did you know that practically every part of the daylily is edible? Daylilies are actually higher in protein and vitamin C than most of our vegetables. Their fresh buds and blossoms can be added to salads, and the blossoms can be fried like squash blossoms. In Chinese cook-

ing, dried daylily petals, called “golden needles,” are found in soups and many other recipes. A word of caution: never eat plants that might have been sprayed with pesticides. Be sure to consult an expert or use an accredited field guide to verify the suitability of any plant before consumption. But if you would rather just enjoy their riotous beauty, The American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) website lists 26 display gardens in North and South Carolina. And even closer to home, you can find fields of colorful daylilies in Montezuma between Newland and Linville at the Summer Breeze Daylily Farm. Owners Tim and Cynthia Henderson discovered in 1998 that they had too many daylilies that needed to be divided in their yard. Thinking they might be able to sell a few, they placed a small sign out at Highway 181. Within two days, every plant they had for sale was sold and a business was born. Today, the Hendersons’ Summer Breeze Daylily Farm has nine sprawling sale beds with an incredible selection of over 12,000 daylilies, including 1800 different cultivars and featuring all the most recent AHS award winners. The AHS Pop Poll shows that customers in North and South Carolina chose “All American Chief,” “Carnival in Mexico,” “Peggy Jeffcoat” and “Primal Scream” as their top four favorites last year. Summer Breeze provides an extensive catalog of its plants each year listing the name, color, hybridizer, season, and other specifics of each cultivar. This catalog is helpful for customers who already know which varieties they want as well as for those who prefer to study and compare the particulars of each type. Opening each year around the end of June when the blooms are peaking, the farm welcomes customers to meander through the free-form display beds at the front, and then on to the spectacular colors of the sale beds below, where each daylily is labeled in its perfectly ordered row. Here you will find customers pondering the critical nuances of color, bloom size, and fragrance as they look to select the perfect additions to their garden. And after you have chosen your favorite daylily, you can sit back and enjoy the stunning panorama of blooms from the breezy, shaded gazebo over-

looking the brilliant patchwork of fields and beds. As with most fashions, customer preferences seem to change each year. Cynthia makes certain she has plenty of selections in every color, including those of the double-bloomers and spider varieties, since most customers make their selections primarily based on their favorite colors. Many prefer to have a mixed garden with splashes of color, while others want a solid mass of samecolor plantings. The daylily is often the choice of homebuilders, since the plants lend an instant “I belong here” look to the landscape, giving the new site an established look. The daylily is often called the “perfect perennial” because of its vigor and hardiness. It is insect resistant, grows in almost any soil and thrives in our area. “It is a very forgiving plant,” Cynthia says, “but if you want daylilies to do well you need to fertilize them once a year. Big and beautiful blooms need a lot of water. They do love attention. “ Unlike many flowers, growing daylilies from seed will not necessarily produce an exact duplicate of the original; instead, you might get a throwback from somewhere in the distant lineage of the plant. The only way to ensure a precise copy is to cut and plant a piece of the parent plant’s crown – the small white core located between the leaves and roots. The blooms at Summer Breeze are usually at their peak by the fourth weekend in June. Then the farm will put its signs out at the Newland Highway, and will be open from Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The farm will close by the end of July. Plants are available for shipment twice a year, in spring and late summer, depending on the weather. You can reach Tim and Cynthia for more information at (828)7335295.


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High Country Farm Tour Grows Enthusiasm For Local, Healthy Food By Zenda Douglas


oe-may-toe/toe-mah-toe, Poe-tay-toe/poe-tah-toe what does pronunciation matter? But do you and your family know the difference between a tomato plant and a potato plant? A corn stalk and a stand of okra? A bean bush and a watermelon patch? Sadly, for most city dwellers, the answer is no. We tend, today, to be quite removed from the source of our foods, rarely thinking past the bins and shelves and coolers in our local grocery stores to consider where the food comes from and how it got there. Sadder still, this lack of awareness comes with a cost—to the quality and freshness of the foods we eat, in health and nutrition, and towards our overall understanding of our local farmers, sustainable agriculture, land conservation, energy consumption, and their impact on our economies. The High Country Farm Tour, scheduled for Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, will give High Country locals and visitors the opportunity to see small, family farms up close, change their relationships to food and food resources and, of course, to discover the delicious meat and poultry, dairy, fruits, beer, wine, veggies, honey, and other treats produced right here in the High Country. Organized by Blue Ridge Women in Agricul-

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ture (BRWIA), the tour covers 29 stops over four North Carolina counties: Watauga, Caldwell, Ashe and Avery. “It’s one level to visit the farmer’s market and see farmers face-to-face. It’s another level to see the land and all the hard work that goes into it,” says Courtney Baines, Director of BRWIA Programs and Tour Coordinator. “We feel that once people see local farms and the food they produce, as well as the impact they can have on their communities, they will want to see their food dollars go to these local farms.” The 2013 self-guided Tour will emphasize farms that are growing produce or livestock or some type of animal products such as Alpaca fiber and will include area breweries and vineyards. Innovative farm concepts on display include a student and faculty-powered operation, forestry with draft horses, organic transition, farm incubator, high tunnel growing, seed-saving techniques, community farms and gardens, and equine rescue. “The best way to learn about farming methods is to go see them for yourself. It’s especially important for children to understand where their food comes from,” says Baines. “Plus, we really want to bring back the perception that farmers are cool. For the past fifty years, people have been encouraged to get away from the dirt but it’s essential that we, as a

people, remember how to grow our own food,” she adds. “Our goal is to cultivate appreciation.” Each farm on the Tour that has kid appeal is called a “L’il Locavore” stop. Children will be greeted with activity books and can learn about plants and helpful bugs and collect recipes. Children can also participate in the L’il Locavore photo contest using photos taken while on the Tour. There is also a photo contest for older youth and adults. Entries are to be submitted online to Five winning photos will be displayed in the Looking Glass Gallery on the Appalachian State University campus. Ten additional photos will also be collected and matted for display as well. Weekend passes go on sale on July 6 and will be available online as well as at several physical locations. Visit for hours, prices, purchase locations, a list and descriptions of participating farms and an interactive map of the farms. On average, people can manage four farm visits per day. Visitors are encouraged to read the online descriptions ahead of time and prioritize based on their interests. Bring a cooler as most farms are selling fresh products on the days of the Tour. A separate, guided tour for new and beginning farmers, growers, and produc-

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ers will take place on Sunday, August 4. The group will meet at the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Office at 971 W. King Street in Boone at 1 p.m. and will be led by Richard Boylan. BRWIA, established in 2003, operates within a nine-county region and is dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. “Our short term goals are to raise awareness of our organization and to make sure that we are responding to the needs of the constituencies,” says Sarah Myers, BRWIA’s executive director. “Long term, we want to see a vibrant and equitable food system—people buying and eating more local food and farmers having economically viable operations without having to maintain part-time jobs to survive.” Started by a group of women farmers, BRWIA continues to focus on supporting women farmers by connecting them to resources and breaking down barriers, according to Myers. “Although our programs touch every age and gender, the organization was founded by women who felt they needed more support and networking.” Women have become a vital part of the farming community, both regionally

and nationally. The number of farms operated by women has doubled since 1982 and has begun to change the stereotypical image of farmers, according to Myers. In 2011, the BRWIA established the Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant which offers a small grant to local female farmers, ranchers or processors who are planning to create an innovative sustainable solution to producing or marketing obstacles in the High Country. This year’s awards will be used to build a minimal handling facility for Highland cattle (Kae Arrington, Mitchell County) and to demonstrate the feasibility of no-till organic farming (Shiloh Avery, Wilkes County). Myers stresses the economic impact of viable local farms. “The dollars we keep in our local economy when we grow our own food and buy locally produced food have triple impact as they circulate and support our neighbors,” she explains, adding there has been a shift with major food store chains beginning to call on local farmers for products and that there is demand from consumers for local products. “This cause is so easy to get behind because everybody eats,” says Myers.

It was an idea that came from the chef of the F.A.R.M. cafe, and like a good seed, it has taken root and flourished under loving care. The idea was to plant a vegetable garden that could supply the restaurant—that’s the “Feed All Regardless of Means” restaurant in Boone—so that the cooks would have access to high quality foodstuffs. As you might have heard, the F.A.R.M. cafe is a pay-what-you-can establishment, one of 26 around the country where everybody can eat regardless of their ability to pay. The Boone restaurant opened in April 2012; it is located at 617 West King Street and serves meals MonSat from 11:00am-2:00pm. But back to the garden… Some good people got behind the idea, and they wrote a grant and were able to hire Susan Owen, a Master Gardener who is certified in organic gardening. Then the Mast Store folks stepped forward with a generous donation of a lovely plot of land and lots and lots of seeds. And more good fortune followed with the donation of a solar pump irrigation system from the Fully Belly Project ( in Wilmington. Owen and her team of volunteers from ASU’s Sustainable Development program and elsewhere have been transferring seedlings to the new garden, which Owen designed in the shape of a butterfly wing. The Garden Spot has already seen some interested visitors; Dartmouth College students who are promoting sustainability around the country in their bio-diesel-fueled bus dropped by on June 27. By the time The Garden Spot opens for Farm Tour visitors August 3-4, there will be a full-fledged garden to behold, and the F.A.R.M. Café will be reaping the benefits.

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Grandfather Mountain’s popular Summer Saunter guided hike series continues in July and August with:

A walk with Carl Linnaeus Saturday July 06 , 11:00 am - 12:30 pm One of the most acclaimed scientists in Europe at the time of his death in 1778, Linnaeus is known as the father of modern taxonomy and a major contributor to modern ecology. Explore how he might have observed the natural world looking at connections and relationships between living organisms as well as how they might be related to one another. A native of Sweden, Linnaeus was well known as a botanist, physician, and zoologist. This saunter along the Woods Walk trail will be focused on seeking out connections between living organisms and understanding how they relate to one another. Cost per person: free with admission Program starts at 11:00am and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours  Meet at the Woods Walk Picnic area. 

A stroll with Aldo Leopold Saturday August 24, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Considered to be the father of wildlife management, Aldo Leopold inspired the world through his essays that were later published in A Sand County Almanac. In 1935, Leopold purchased a degraded farm along the Wisconsin River and began trying to build it back to its natural glory. The farm was the inspiration for many of his essays and journal entries we enjoy today. The way ecologists and foresters alike view modern land management is largely thanks to Leopold’s contribution to land ethic. As an educator, he had one main objective: “To teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.” This walk will be along the Bridge Trail to explore how the land has been used at Grandfather Mountain and what insight Aldo Leopold might have suggested for this place. Cost per person: free with admission  Program starts at 11:00am  Meet at the base of the Bridge Trail across the road from the Black Rock Parking area.

Breaking news from the Mountain…

On June 19, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation received an exciting new arrival! A seven-weekold male skunk was brought to Grandfather Mountain after having been confiscated from an individual in Charlotte. It is illegal to have a skunk as a pet in the state of North Carolina.  The yet-to-be named animal will become a member of the educational team at the Mountain, joining the ranks of three owls, one opossum and four snakes. The educational animals participate in programs for groups. They also are sometimes brought out on busy days to meet visitors, who get to see real wild animals up close and learn more about them from Stewardship Foundation Naturalists and Habitat staff members.   The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources.  For more information, visit or call 800-468-7325.

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Learning From The Salamander By Clare Fieseler


ot ten yards downslope to where I crouch, flipping logs, a pick-up truck speeds along the narrow mountain road. Jessie Pope, Director of Education and Natural Resources at Grandfather Mountain, my only companion on today’s salamander search, shakes his head knowingly. “Have you ever noticed that before? If you’re off to the side of a trail, like even five feet, and you’re sitting quietly, people will just pass by you, totally unaware. They’re looking down at their feet—and they miss everything. Like that guy in the truck. He didn’t even look ourt way.” Pope’s lighthearted tone grows somber. “In many ways, I think that’s the problem with our understanding of climate change: changes are so subtle, so slow. If we’re not spending a lot of time observing, we’ll miss some of these subtleties until they are slapping us in the face.”

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Pope is not particularly political. He is a naturalist, educator, and proud father of newborn twins and a toddler. For him, climate change permeates each changing season on Grandfather Mountain with things both novel and worrisome. Take the Grey-cheeked Salamander, for example. When Pope first started working at Grandfather Mountain in 2002, he would rarely see the colloquially called “grey-cheeks” above 4700 feet. Today, he regularly notes this species at 5300 feet. Grey-cheeks now encroach on the high-elevation logs of their cousins, the Weller’s Salamander. The movements and pressures on these two salamander species represent something larger. The making of competitors from neighbors is concerning, even at this small and slimey level. As Pope explains, “It’s all connected.” Each day, when he looks up at the clouds, taking weather readings for an Appalachian State University (ASU) and NASA affiliated climate-monitoring project, he’s also thinking about the slow, creeping shifts of salamanders. Salamanders are extremely sensitive to temperature and moisture. That’s one of the reasons we find so many species in the nooks, crannies, and elevation rungs

along a mountain slope. In one afternoon of flipping rocks and logs, Jessie and I uncovered eight of the mountain’s 22 species. Each breed carves out its own salamander kingdom among the microenvironments we find from valley to peak. At the top of Grandfather Mountain, in the foggy, snowy spruce-fir forest, the rare Weller’s Salamander is king. The Weller’s reign is now being threatened from both directions: invaders from down below and the loss of cool air from above. “They’ve been able to adapt to this really harsh environment, which no other salamander has been able to do,” says Pope. “The Weller’s has been relegated to these high elevations because, as herpetologists now believe, they just can’t compete with more widespread species at lower elevations.” With bullying cousins making in- roads from lower forests, likely a side effect of warming, the Weller’s must retreat to colder reaches. The question is: retreat to where? In a sense, all the cold-loving critters on Grandfather Mountain are stranded. Their island home is the cool spruce-fir forest, glacial remnants from the last ice age, now scattered on a handful of Southern Appalachian peaks that reach 5,000 feet—Roan Mountain, Sugar Mountain,

and Beech Mountain, to name a few. According to Pope, a two-degree increase in temperature could shift this forest zone upwards of 1,000 feet. Climate models reveal this is not an unlikely scenario. The result is Fraser fir and red spruce trees being pushed off the top of the mountain. With their mountaintop island gone, and no corridors to guide them to colder latitudes, the Weller’s salamanders could soon be extirpated from Grandfather Mountain—meaning: local extinction. “By losing these island forests from Southern Appalachian mountaintops, we’re losing species, we’re not just losing a tree, or a salamander,” explains Pope. “With climate change, we have the possibility of not just losing a component of the spruce-fir forest, but losing all of it. It’s devastating for the mountains and for biodiversity in North Carolina.” This was not the story I had expected to find. I had originally contacted Jessie to learn about a storied, gold-flecked, and snow-loving salamander. This species is so rare that it wasn’t discovered until 1930, when a teenager collected one from the Grandfather Mountain ridge. I wanted to tell the story of the Weller’s through video, portraying it as mascot for the one-of-kind critters found only in the Southern Appalachians. On our first hike together, Jessie held a Weller’s in his hand and shrugged, “I think they’re cuddly enough to be a mascot for climate change.” International climate scientists have reached consensus: the earth’s temperature is rising; climate-related impacts are happening now and will likely increase; and there is high certainty that humans are responsible. To communicate this hard-to-swallow message, recruiting a mascot is a good idea. Pope says, “People come to Grandfather Mountain on vacation. Do they really want to hear about climate change? The answer is that they probably don’t want to hear about climate change, but they do want to hear about the salamander.” Pope guides hikes but he is also an educational opportunist—“rogue interpretation” is his term. Any passing hiker becomes hisan audience, gettingbeing pulled into the world of this cold-blooded critter, right there in Jessie’s hand, who sports no lungs and eats earthworms twice its length. It prefers to do its courtship dances in the snow. Imagine that! Then, of course, the strategic followup: did you know that over the past decade, we’ve had less snow up here than ever before? Pope is working toward a Masters degree in education, developing curricula that include character-driven, digestible stories that bring global messages to home. “Climate education—that’s where my passion has been. I feel like climate literacy is just very low.” But a good story, even with a cast of longed-tailed characters, isn’t always enough. There are 250,000 people who pull through the park gates each year to get outside and, to enjoy themselves. , and hopefully, in the words of John Muir, “keep close to Nature’s heart”One thing Pope wants visitors to remember is the smell of the ancient yet endangered spruce-fir forest that line the park’s iconic outcrops; a musky, rich, organic smell. Stopping, smelling, observing the small things—Jessie Pope preaches this ethic on his nature hikes: “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” This careful observing, and the curiosity and discovery it engenders, may lead to a new appreciation. At the very least, it leads to a better understanding of the slow changes threatening our environment. “This world is changing,” says Pope. “And that is reality. Those who believe we can stop climate change are kidding themselves. But we can still live in a sustainable environment if we are mindful of it. We have got to reduce CO2 emissions. It’s the first thing we must do. And can you tell that story through a salamander? I think so.”

Chimney Swifts in your Chimney?

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They sound like a jets swooping into your chimney, followed by the chant of “chica-chicachica-chicka.” They are amazing little aerial acrobatic birds who look like flying cigars when flitting and darting through the air at dusk and dawn. They are chimney swifts, so-called because they are nesting in your chimney. You’re lucky to serve as their host because each bird consumes thousands of insect, especially mosquitoes, each day. With the passing of summer, these amazing neo-tropical birds migrate in huge groups all the way to Peru in the fall. Chimney sweeps are the guys you hire to clean out the chimneys of soot and creosote in preparation for winter’s fires. They know that it is illegal to remove the Swift nests, so don’t even ask them. The best way to deal with this situation if you really do not want them nesting in your chimney, is to wait until mid-October to start a fire so if they are still swifts roosting they have the chance to leave. Then put a cap on the top of your chimney to prevent them and other animals from claiming your chimney as their new nesting site. Otherwise, they are protected by The Migratory Bird Act (US Fish & Wildlife). The newborn nestlings cannot fly out to get away from the fire or smoke and they will perish in a mid-summer fire. It is illegal to start a fire to remove the nests. The maximum fine is up to $10,000 and jail time is not an impossibility. Just remember the good they do, eliminating flying insects from your outdoor patio. These fascinating birds make their nests on the sides of chimneys and other vertical cavities from their spit and sticks, which they glue to the sides of the chimney in a cup shape. Sometimes when it storms the rain flushes the nest down into the fireplace and people sometimes get nestling swifts in their living room. This is the time to call the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute (BRWI) at LeesMcRae College who can either raise the young orphans, or coach you how to re-nest them back into the chimney. BRWI raises between 75-100 swifts annually. Nestlings must be fed every 30 minutes all day long, and every hour for fledglings until they are released into the flock that roosts in the Lees-McRae College Campus chimneys. If chimney swifts call your chimney home, remember, you are in luck. So let them be.

For more information call the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at LeesMcRae College at (828) 898-2568. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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High Country United Way’s Vision for the Future The mission of the High Country United Way is to unite people and resources to improve lives in the High Country. We are on a journey to do this by identifying “impact” issues and by creating a process to improve community conditions. The High Country United Way’s basic premise is that a quality education leads to a stable job with adequate income to support a family through retirement, provide for good health, and secure basic needs. These goals create a foundation for a strong community and individual independence. Our intention is to identify important issues and create a language, a framework, and a process to improve community conditions. To that end, we are: Assisting local organizations in identifying measurable program outcomes; Identifying reliable data sources and establishing baselines, targets and time frames for improvement; Investing United Way resources in organizations that are helping achieve measurable outcomes in the priority areas. A good example of the type of organizations that receive funding from High Country United Way is the Avery County Habitat for Humanity.

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ne of the most coveted volunteer positions in the High Country is with Avery County Habitat for Humanity. What could be better than actually helping to build a new home for a family with your own hands? Some of the Avery County summer residents plan their summer stay around the building schedule for a new home. There are also groups from churches, civic organizations and businesses who often arrive in caravans and R.V.s ready to volunteer and work with the construction crew building the homes. This incredible program truly benefits families in need while proving how powerful community support can be. Avery County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Families chosen to partner with Avery County HFH are in need of safe and affordable housing. The families come from overcrowded or substandard homes. The organization counsels them through a nine-week course in financial management, home maintenance, neighborhood relations and Habitat mortgages and closing procedures. The adults must agree to partner with HFH in “sweat equity” ­—two adults at 500 hours and one adult at 250 hours. It is always an honor for

the families to participate in building their own homes, as well as helping other families build theirs. The program is designed to keep the housing expenses less than 30% of their earnings. They must be earning 40-60% of the Avery County annual median income of $50,634 (HUD 2013 estimate). To be considered for the partnership, the applicant must have worked or lived in Avery County for one year and be a U.S. citizen or documented legal resident. Cost for an HFH home is $87,000, with zero profit, and the mortgage, held by ACHFH, is interest free. Mortgage payments made by that family go toward the expenses of the next home. There are two homes under construction on a new ridge in the Milford Meadows Community near Elk Park this year. Twelve homes have been built to date in this community and 14 lots are still available. There is also a home under construction off of Squirrel Creek on the couples’ own land and is funded by donations from local Presbyterian Churches and a congregation in Charlotte. The fourth home of 2013 is being built on donated land on Old Beech Mountain and is mainly sponsored by women’s groups. The average home is 1100 square feet, with 3 or 4 bedrooms. The homes are energy efficient, with an average monthly expense of $29 to heat and cool.

By Cheri Glover Funding for the housing program is provided by donations, sponsorships and planned giving. Fundraising events have contributed greatly to the donations category for ACHFH. To add a twist to the fundraising this year, ACHFH will be holding a friendly competition among prominent community members in various categories, including the school system, the private business sector and nonprofits, to see which can raise the most money within a five-week period. CML’s own Babette McAuliffe will be joining in the fun as an advocate for Avery County Habitat. In mid-August the ACHFH will tally the kitty and deem a “Big Cheese” winner, and the public is invited to attend. The website – www. – will be posting events as the season rolls along, including the Home and Garden Tour of The Farm in Banner Elk on September 14, 2013. An additional resource for Habitat is the Re-Store where you can find affordable home items that are being recycled by local residents. The Re-Store is located at 2170 Millers Gap Highway, Newland, NC 28657, (828) 733-2025. For more information, the current newsletter and a schedule of events, please visit the website for Avery Country Habitat for Humanity. The administrative office is located at 151 Friendship Lane, Elk Park, NC 28622, 828-733-1909. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


APPEL Serves Up Help and Hope for the Elderly By Nancy Stroupe Morrison


or most people, the thought of growing old and having no choice available to them other than being institutionalized is quite frightening. On Saturday, August 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the “Stay in Your Own Home” Fair will offer other options, helpful information, and much reassurance. The fair is sponsored by Avery Partnership for People at the End of Life (APPEL), together with the Avery Senior Center and the Williams YMCA and will bring together area agencies, professionals, and providers who can enable people to remain in their own homes as they age. This free event, held at the Chapman Center on the campus of Cannon Memorial Hospital, is open to all interested area residents. APPEL was formed in June of 2009, but the organization grew out of Hospice of Avery County, which has been serving this area for many years. When the Board of Directors of Hospice and Palliative Care decided to turn the clinical care of hospice patients over to Medi-Home Hospice, they committed themselves to continue using the knowledge and experience they had gained directing hospice to support and strengthen end-of-life care for the people of Avery County. It was with this intent that the Board members formed a new entity, Avery Partnership for People at the End of Life. APPEL’s Director of Outreach, Kay Deschard, says, “Avery County is our focus and providing the people of Avery

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Carmen Lacey, President of Cannon Hospital and Ashley Crenshaw, Social Worker/Care-Coordinator, receive a check from Kay Decherd of APPEL for the O’Dell Smith Chaplaincy Fund, which will be used to purchase Lifeline/Emergency Alert systems for 20 Avery citizens.

County with support as they face aging and end-of-life issues is our mission. Our goal is to strengthen and increase the resources that are available for people in our area at the point in their lives when they are faced with life-changing decisions. We reach out to people as they age in place and to caregivers, family members, neighbors, and the healthcare professionals who serve them.” Kay, who was the executive director for Hospice of Avery County, quickly became the guiding force behind the newly formed APPEL. In 2003, she was awarded the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. This past November, the Avery County Chamber of Commerce named Kay Woman of the Year. APPEL often partners with other community groups – such as churches civic organizations, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and others – to provide people with support as they face aging and the end of life. The High Country Caregiver Foundation provides $500 vouchers for respite relief to weary caregivers. With APPEL’s help, 30 vouchers will be given this year. The O’dell Smith Chaplaincy Fund will provide Avery County residents with Lifeline/Emergency Alert systems for one year. Recipients must be 70 years of age or older, live alone, have certain medical conditions, and be at risk of falling. With APPEL’s help, approximately 20 systems will be provided this year. The APPEL Family Support Library

was created by grants from both APPEL and the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk. It is the only such support library in the High Country specifically created to help people cope with end-of-life issues, caregiving concerns, chronic and terminal illness, Alzheimer’s disease, and dealing with loss. The goal of the Family Support Library is to provide materials that will have a significant impact on coping, grief, and healing. Family Support Library books are available from the APPEL office (call 828-733-1413 for hours), located near Mountain Jewelers in Newland, and from Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland. APPEL also offers an “End of Life” workshop featuring Five Wishes, presented by John Wilson. APPEL partners with area churches and other local organizations to provide an outreach program designed to educate the general public about both end-of-life issues and available area resources. The Five Wishes document lets people voice their preferences on end-of-life decisions. Wish One designates the health care agent. Wish Two lists the preferred type of care when a person can no longer speak for himself. When notarized, these two wishes become legal documents. APPEL offers free Five Wishes workshops on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Avery Senior Center in Newland. APPEL offers an end-of-life resource and referral website at

There’s a New Guy in Town . . .

Come Meet Avery Senior Center’s New Director By Cheri Glover


hilip Adams has stepped into his role as the Director of the Avery County Senior Center in Newland behind the beat of his own drummer. With an open door policy that exudes enthusiasm, he has established an “always willing to hear new ideas” motto that suits his natural warmth and grace. Upon the retirement of R.D. Daniels earlier this year, Adams came to direct the Avery County Senior Center after a 13-year tenure with the Burke County Senior Center. He has embraced his new charge with true passion and devotion as an advocate for seniors wanting “to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.” When asked if he would be making any changes in the Center, Adams said there would be “tweaking” but no significant changes to an already well run organization. Adams, also serves as a part-time lay pastor at the Oakwood Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, a place he’s called home for the past eight years. He has been in the Senior Service industry for about 21 years, with a background history in gerontology at Cherry and Broughton Hospitals. The mission for the Avery County Senior Center is to promote the wellbeing of Avery County’s older adults by supporting services and activities which are intended to support their health and independence, enhance their dignity and encourage their involvement in and with the community. To fulfill that mission, there are numerous programs offered to seniors to help both homebound and mobile citizens. In-Home Aide Service is broken into two levels. Level 1 gives support with household chores, such as cleaning, cooking and correspondence. Level 2 gives support with personal care, such as bathing, as well as the household chores. Level 2 care is given by a Certified Nursing Assistant. The Meals on Wheels program at the Avery Senior Center feeds up to 80 clients per day, Monday thru Friday. This program is one of the longest running programs of the Senior Center. Men and

women of the community volunteer to deliver meals to seniors who are shut in their homes. Many times the meals on wheels volunteer is the only other person the homebound senior will see for days at a time. There are always opportunities for volunteers to deliver meals on wheels. Simply contact the Avery County Senior Center if you are interested. The Caregiver’s Haven is a program developed for the caregivers of adults. Every Friday from 10 am until 3 pm, a caregiver can take their adult dependent to the Avery County Senior Center for a day of activities at the Center. It is a small group where participants can enjoy a day of friendship while their Caregiver can have the opportunity to tend to his or her own personal matters. There is a full activities schedule for classes posted on the Center’s facebook page at Avery County Senior Center. The schedule includes activities such as, Zumba, Tai Chi, Music, Weight Watchers, Pottery Class, Computer Class, Bingo, Dance Class, Bible Study, Aerobics and Wii Bowling. You’ll find support groups, including an active group addressing Alzheimer’s care. There are field trips, such as bowling and museum tours, and Men’s and Women’s coffees and teas for socializing. On Fridays there is even a Brain Trivia competition. To learn more, just call the Senior Center at 828-733-8220 to sign up for classes. The most popular of all programs is the meal program at the Center. Monday thru Friday the Center provides lunch beginning at 11:45. Reservations are required for everyone. Seniors 60 years old or over are served first and free of charge. Those wanting to dine and are less than 60 years old are asked for a $3.00 donation per meal. The menu is posted on the facebook page each week. The Center has a loan closet with medical equipment that is open to the seniors. The only provision is that the items be returned when they are no longer needed. Donations to this closet are welcome. Walkers, canes, and shower chairs are much needed items. There is a library in the Center with

books on sale. Donations are welcome. Volunteer Avery provides food, oil, kerosene and cash to seniors in need. The Center has a greenhouse and is currently selling plants. The Center also offers computer classes in the computer lab that are often full to capacity. Adams says he feels the best computer for a senior is actually a tablet device, such as an iPad. As well as being user friendly, tablets are portable and convenient for our visitors traveling from the other parts of the country to spend the summer in the mountains. The Center provides support and counseling for dealing with insurance and Medicare. And there is a direct network on the computer at the Center for seniors who need to work with Social Security. Currently the Senior Center is getting a makeover at the front entrance. There will be a Veteran’s plaque installed at the flagpole and new landscaping. The improvements should be completed soon and the dedication details will be posted on the facebook page. Adams also wants to incorporate more programs for men, including a new pool table. The poolroom, he confirms, is a longer term plan. To learn how you can help, donors and volunteer inquiries can be directed to The Avery County Senior Center at 165 Shultz Circle in Newland, NC 28657, or call 828-737-8220 any Mon-Fri, 8:00-4:30 pm.

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Avery Pregnancy And Resource Center Offering hope, love, and help to young pregnant women By Kathryn Gatewood


ourteen year-old Emily was in the 8th grade, an A student, and a star player on her basketball team when she made a choice that changed her life forever. Today, Emily is the mother of a beautiful 18-month old daughter named Brooklynn. When she learned she was pregnant, she longed to be a typical 9th grade teenager at Avery High and a good mother too. She found it was practically impossible to be both. Emily lost so much school time that she had to drop out. But all was not lost; Emily was able to return to school at the Challenge Academy, the Avery School System’s alternative learning program. She’s back on track and thriving. Through it all, Emily has had support and aid from the staff and mentors at the Avery Pregnancy and Resource Center located on Millers Gap Highway in Newland. “They’re like my family,” Emily says of her friends at the center. The

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non-profit agency is a Christ centered ministry located in a warm and beautifully refurbished building. It is a place where anyone who is pregnant, whether planned or unplanned, can find help and a listening ear. Now in its second year of operation, Avery Pregnancy and Resource Center opened its doors thanks to the collaborative efforts of area churches that helped to renovate a house owned by Oak Grove Baptist Church. Rev.Wade Huntsinger, former head of the Avery County Baptist Association, spearheaded the project that features two counseling rooms, a resource room, and a gathering area. Dedicated, trained staff members offer a person-to-person approach of loving assistance to any pregnant woman regardless of age, marital status, religion, or income. The volunteers provide a genuine welcome for women in need of compassion, understanding, and support. All pregnancy centers in North Carolina are autonomous and have their own flavor. The mentors at Avery Pregnancy and Resource Center received their 6 weeks of training at the Tri-County Pregnancy Center in Burnsville, which has been operating for more than 17 years. The Avery Center does not provide medical services, but refers clients to the Baby Love program of the Avery County Health Department for medical services. However, clients receive a variety of other critical and helpful services from the women at the Center. At the top of the list is the encouragement and long-term support that women mentors seek to offer pregnant women and new moms like Emily. “It was wonderful to be able to come someplace local to find support,” she says. The Center also offers an abundance of educational and practical resources for clients. “Our center is based on the Earn While You Learn educational program where clients earn ‘baby bucks’ for participation,” says client services director Jo-Anne Allison. By watching a videobased educational course, staying in

school, or attending a pre natal appointment, a woman can earn baby bucks to be used to purchase an assortment of items from the Center’s resource room ranging from clothes to diapers to bottles. “This is not a handout,” assures Allison. “We desire to teach our clients, to build their self esteem, and hopefully to break the cycle which has brought them to us originally.” In addition, Allison says the Center recently implemented a new program called Surrendering the Secret, which she describes as “a scripturalbased healing pathway for women who are post-abortive.” The program, based on the book by Pat Layton, required intensive training for two of the Center’s mentors. Emily now attends parenting classes at the Center, often bringing her toddler with her. She’s doing well in her high school classes and has career plans to become an ultrasound technician when she graduates. She wants to be a voice for teen moms and young women, and as she grows up, be the friend along the way like those at the Avery Pregnancy and Resource Center have been to her.

For more information, you can phone 828-733-2400. The center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-5 pm and located at 1808 Millers Gap Highway. The center is completely reliant on private donations and in the future plans to provide more services and support for young women and their families as resources allow. Their goal is to get the word out into the community that they are there for them today and with everyone’s help will be here tomorrow helping those who need them most.

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Big Step To Better Health Care In Avery County Moves Forward A new 10,000 square feet facility for medical, dental and behavioral health just took another step toward becoming a reality for Avery County. High Country Community Health, the new Community Health Center currently based in the health department in Newland, has now signed a long-term lease with owners Tom and Jerry Phillips for the site that was previously occupied by Sherman’s Clothing. Once renovations are completed the new space will feature 9 medical exam rooms, 6 dental exam rooms, 2 behavioral health offices, an in house pharmacy for HCCH patients, separate waiting areas, and a board room that will be available for community use. Avery County ranks last in clinical care among North Carolina’s 100 counties and this effort is intended to improve this situation according to Bryan Belcher, Chief Information Officer. The new space will allow for a physician, nurse practitioner, dentist, dental hygienist, two behavioral health specialists, and support staff. Residents of Avery and surrounding areas will now be able to get all this care under one roof and with a sliding fee

scale for those who are low-income, according to Alice Salthouse, CEO of High Country Community Health. Salthouse says HCCH will also gladly accept private insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. People who are interested in learning more about the upcoming health exchange and government insurance options will also be able to get assistance and sign up for insurance on the healthcare exchange at the new facility. Mrs. Salthouse states that renovation costs are estimated to be around $750,000 with equipment costs adding another $250,000. The money will be raised through a combination of community fundraising and grants. HCCH hopes to move its operations to the new space in early 2014. Currently HCCH operates a primary care practice 3 days a week in shared space at the Avery County Health Department. Mrs. Salthouse says she believes that opening this new center will positively impact the lives of many Avery County residents and the surrounding counties. For more information about the project contact Bryan Belcher at 828-264-6635 or email

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race Yosefs! And in this case you might take it literally - as the High Country welcomes its newest medical practice, Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center. Getting ready for a July debut, the new clinic is located at 870 State Farm Road, Suite 100, in Boone. “Our practice will be able to help a broad spectrum of patients from an elderly person with a broken hip to an adolescent or young person with a variety of sports related injuries,” says Kim Bianca, Senior VP for Clinical and Outpatient Service Lines. “Our primary goals are related to timely access and outstanding quality of care. The physicians and staff we have recruited are of the highest caliber. Our physicians have a proven track record, no pun intended, of success.” The team of practitioners includes Evan Ekman, M.D., Bill DeVault, M.D., and Gavin Vaughn, M.D. They will offer general orthopaedic consults, physical medicine and rehabilitation consults, sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery, ultrasound diagnostics, platelet rich plasma therapy, gait assessment, and x-rays. In many instances, the practice believes Dr. Vaughn, a Physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation physician), will be able to medically manage orthopaedic patients and treat their condition without surgery. Should surgery be required, the practice is well-equipped to handle a wide variety of needs. As a part of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center will be able to better assist patients with a Patient Navigator. This role serves to assist and direct the patient and their family as they move through the continuum of care. The navigator will identify and remove barriers to treatment as the patient moves through the various stages of orthopaedic care and recovery. In an area that is known to host many athletes of varying sports, as well as a retired senior population, the demand for orthopaedic care is statistically high. Thus, the establishment of this new practice will increase access to orthopaedic services for all residents. “ARHS chose to establish a practice at this time to ensure that our commu-

nity has access to orthopaedic services here at home. We were made aware by members of our community that many were having to travel ‘off the mountain’ for orthopaedic services, and as our mission is focused on providing care for our community, our Board of Trustees authorized the research regarding the needs and opportunities around orthopaedic services,” Bianca explains. Anyone who marvels at the advancement of modern medicine (or at least appreciates the conveniences it yields) will be pleased to know this practice includes the latest cutting edge orthopaedic technologies available. The radiology technology works around the patient versus the patient working around the equipment, as seen in previous x-ray machines. The use of the newest ultrasound technology will also be used at this facility. This advanced equipment reduces the excessive ordering of certain imaging studies and provides the physician with more details of the select site. With the accuracy of this diagnostic method, the physician is able to diagnose and treat the patient more efficiently and with better outcomes. In conjunction with this technology, the practice is able to provide Ultrasound Guided Injections. This method is a precise way to identify and administer treatment to the exact site of pain. The practice will also provide Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, which is a nonsurgical procedure with the goal of healing chronic pain associated with tendon injuries. The Physiatry element of this practice incorporates the most advanced skills and tools available to treat patients suffering from painful conditions through medication and/or physical rehabilitation without resorting to surgery. Living with orthopaedic related injuries or conditions can be extremely painful. You can improve your quality of life through orthopaedic services available at Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center.

Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center By: Koren Huskins

The office is located at 870 State Farm Road, Suite 100 in Boone with operational hours between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On select days, extended hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information about Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center call, (828) 386-BONE (2663) or visit www.

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A Third Era of Medicine--Medicine Re-invented? By Clay Skarda, M.D.


fter 23 years working in the Emergency Department, I am amazed at what has been achieved by advances in medical care, in what I will call in this article the first two eras of medicine. Yet, as a physician I relate to the Apollo 13 astronauts: “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13 did make it back to earth, and it is my hope that medicine will too. Although, the economic, social, and technologic challenges seem insurmountable, I believe the answers can be found in the heart of every community. Apollo needed Houston navigationally, but it was the astronauts’ ingenuity that allowed them to survive the trip home. The first two eras of medicine have seen unprecedented increases in human longevity and in our quality of life. Medicine in the first era actually contributed very little. Advancements were due to better plumbing, increases in food supply, and improved overall sanitation fostered by the Industrial Revolution. A doctor went through life events with us but only occasionally was able to make a concrete difference. It was in the second era of medicine, with the advent of antibiotics, vaccinations, and high tech medicine that our care began to impact the length and quality of life. But with these advances serious problems have arisen. One concern is the cost. The cost of medical care is growing more rapidly than the economy and already occupies a high percentage of the nation’s GDP. The second is access to care. Currently, the USA is facing a potentially severe Physician deficit, especially in the area of Primary Care just as the baby boomers are becoming major consumers of medical care. Then the Affordable Care Act is offering insurance coverage to millions of people who are currently uninsured. In the meantime, fewer graduates are choosing Primary Care, and many Primary Care Physicians are leaving their practices. Why is that? Traditional medical practices are built on a simple financial model:

(Number of patients seen x reimbursement) minus overhead equals income. With rising overhead and diminishing reimbursements, private practitioners often have to see more than twenty patients a day before they earn a dime. This creates an assembly line approach to health care, which is dissatisfying to both physician and patient. It is unsustainable. So, most practices are now being bought by organizations that are usually tied to hospitals or multiple physician groups. The physicians and physician extenders are now employees of large health care organizations. In this context, the same math still holds. Productivity is king. Physicians are driven to see more and more patients, with shorter and shorter appointments. Who is happy with this arrangement? Patients often wait a long time to get an appointment. They face long waits in the waiting room for a brief appointment. They often feel their care is fragmented. The care is disease focused, not health focused. There is not enough time to deal with the thornier issues like health and wellbeing. This is very unsatisfying for physicians who care about their patients. Finally, during this closing chapter of the second era of medicine we are faced with another daunting problem. Blame it on the fast food industry, computers and media, whatever. In any case, we have two epidemics raging now that all but guarantee today’s young people will be the first generation in decades who will live shorter lives than their parents. These are the epidemics of obesity and sedentary lifestyles. So what is the answer? Will the third era of medicine be a depressing tale of the fall from the blessings of modernity, or will we reinvent medicine and in doing so reinvent America? I believe the answer belongs to the consumers of health care, which we all are. Together we need to reinvent medicine. How will medicine look a generation from now? I do not want to regress. I want to keep the benefits gained in the first and second era and even the ben-

efits of the assembly line. It works well for highly competent surgeons in centers of excellence. Yet in Primary Care, patients need someone who can integrate their fragmented disease care and even more, they need someone to coach them towards optimal health. This cannot be done in an assembly line clinic. I have lots of ideas, and these ideas vary according to the target population. How can a limited number of practitioners bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people? I would like to propose two things. First, there is still a place for the old fashioned physical exam, even though most quality health care will not and cannot occur via this approach alone. Second, we need innovative ways for the health care provider to reach a bigger target audience, and have more time to get personal with the patients needing major life interventions. Let’s quit just treating diseases, and begin addressing the root causes of those diseases. Unfortunately, only third party payers pay for the structured exam, an inadequate venue for addressing lifestyle issues. So, I now challenge the reader for a response. This is my “town hall meeting”. What would you like to see from your Physician? What would you change in your care? How? Would you meet your Physician at the YMCA for a workout session? Would you go to a community health screening and follow up with health coaching if needed? Are you interested in setting up health goals with your Physician? How could your Physician help you to choose health? How would you reinvent medicine? Dr. Clay Skarda is a board-certified family physician and owner of Triseasons Medical Care Service. He welcomes your response to this article; call 733-8998 or email CSkardaMD@

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Chew on This By Caroline Stahlschmidt


t’s confession time. I have a few bad habits when it comes to eating and I’m guessing I’m not alone. I eat too fast, I don’t chew my food enough and I tend to “graze” while preparing my meals. Even though I’m a health coach and I know that chewing is important, I kept telling myself that it wasn’t really a big deal. I would make half-hearted attempts to change, but always reverted back to my old habits. That is, right up until I started a course called Full Body Systems and took a deep dive into the digestive track. Don’t worry, I won’t overwhelm with every last detail about your insides, but there are a few really important things you should know, especially if you struggle with digestive issues like heartburn, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Trust me, I know it’s not pleasant to talk about all of this, but based on the number of over-the-counter medicines available, it’s safe to say that most of us are suffering from one of the above issues. Changing your eating habits can make a huge difference. The first fact for you to know is that digestion starts in your brain. Yes, your brain. You know when you start thinking about what you’ll eat and your mouth starts to water. That’s the start of digestion and it’s very important. Your saliva has enzymes that begin to break down your food. That’s why grazing before the meal is a bad habit. When you start munching on food before you sit down to eat the meal, you’re short cutting this process and that makes it much harder for your body to fully digest the food. Let your mouth water, it’s what your body needs to fully break down food. The next very important step is chewing. Chewing a lot, probably more then feels comfortable to most of us. How much should you chew? There’s no set number of chews since that will vary depending on what you are eating, but your food should be nearly liquid when it leaves your mouth. You need to chew enough to make that hap-

pen. Try making raw kale salad liquid before it leaves your mouth. It’s not easy! When things are working right, you chew your food and then your stomach does its job (churning and digesting) and then the food heads down to your small intestine where the nutrients from the food get absorbed into your blood. Here’s the thing, your stomach and small intestines don’t have teeth, so when you don’t chew enough, this leads to a cascade of problems. The big issue is that certain foods don’t break down all the way and instead of the nutrients going into your blood, the peptides (partially broken-down protein) end up in your blood. Gluten (from wheat, rye, and barley) and casein (from dairy) are the two big peptide culprits that are getting a lot of attention these days. Your immune system thinks those peptides are invaders and it begins a fullfledged war. Day in and day out of this war leads to an inflamed, sick, exhausted, overweight body and, in many cases, autoimmune diseases. Isn’t it amazing to think that the simple act of chewing your food can make such a difference? This is a change you can make that will have a huge impact on your health. No special pills or potions. Just chewing more and being mindful of how you are eating.   I say “simple” but I know from experience that changing these habits can be challenging. Think of it like self-care and make it a priority. If you are a fastchewer or mindless eater and want to make some changes, try these three tips to get started: 1. No eating or grazing until you sit down at the table with your full meal. The only exception is to take a small bite of food while you’re cooking to taste the seasonings. Beyond that, the fork doesn’t hit your mouth until you’re ready to eat the full meal. 2. Chew, chew and more chew. You don’t need to count your chews, just try to be very mindful about how much you are chewing. Not only does it help you better digest the food you’re eating, it also gives your stomach a lot more time

to tell your brain that it’s full. This means you’ll feel full earlier and avoid that overstuffed feeling. 3. No distractions while you eat. Turn off the TV, put down your iPad, close your book. If you’re eating with other people, enjoy their company and talk but stay mindful about what and how you are eating. If this feels like a challenge, start small with one meal a day that is free from distractions. Remember to be patient with yourself. Changing habits isn’t easy so don’t beat yourself up if your old habits creep back in at times. Just take a breath, tune in to your body and mind, and slow down as best you can. I’m willing to bet you’ll see changes in your digestion and feel better in no time. Caroline Stahlschmidt is passionate about helping people improve their health by upgrading their food choices and managing stress. She inspires clients to meet their health goals through private and group health coaching at Boone Healing Arts Center, leads cooking classes, and teaches yoga at Neighborhood Yoga. / Learn more at or email Caroline at

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Ericks Expands Beer Selections Small-production craft beers are the fastest growing segment of retail beer sales, and Erick’s Cheese and Wine in Grandfather Center has built a chilled beer cave and stocked up to meet this demand. “Beer lovers and curiosity seekers alike are flocking to store shelves to explore the trend in micro-beers,” said owner Randall Ray. “People are looking for new experiences, and each foreign and craft beer offers a new aroma and flavor, opening up the beer world to exploration in unchartered territory. These are beers to savor, to appreciate for their unique flavors and to sip like you would a fine wine, ” he noted. When Erick’s leased the space adjoining its store, it provided needed space for expansion in addition to creating a comfortable and roomy space for wine classes and presentations and other special events. The space was already being used for its gluten-free products and is now the location for its L’Arrigo extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegars and other specialty foods. By enclosing the rear portion and building in a chilling unit, the owners were finally able to realize a dream to doubling the selection of craft beers to better serve their customers. New labels are being added all the time, and when fully stocked, the beer cave will contain 200 separate specialty beers, many highly allocated, hard to find and critically acclaimed. Many small North Carolina micro-breweries will find their beers in Erick’s cave this summer, along with others from around the country and abroad.

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A Family Tradition: The Iconic Wines Of The Palacios Family By Ren Manning, Erick’s Cheese and Wine


he story of the Mondavis is good drama – empirebuilding, international alliances, ego trips, fist fights, clandestine affairs, familial sabotage, corporate takeovers, lost empires and more. The patriarch, Robert, also played a large role in putting Napa on the global wine map. With far less drama but no less perseverance, a Spanish family you may never have heard about has also put its indelible mark on winemaking­—the family of Palacios Remondo in Rioja. For 350 years, they have been making wine in Rioja, but it’s only been in the past 20 years that Alvaro Palacios started setting the Spanish wine world on fire. This family, led by Alvaro, is now making some of the world’s best wines that you should know about. One of nine children, Alvaro Palacios aspired to follow his father into winemaking and followed his dream to study oenology in Bordeaux. He left school to work for the Moueix family at Pétrus, who knew a thing or two about winemaking. After two years, the prodigal son returned home to show his father how to change things at Bodegas Palacios Remondo to produce world-class wines comparable to those to which he had been exposed. Given the cold shoulder by his tradition-bound father, Alvaro set out on his own. He traveled all over Spain selling barrels and scoping out places where he thought he could make Spain’s best wine. He finally found the region where he knew he could pursue his dream—Priorat. In 1990 he bought the “Finca Dofi” vineyard, and in 1993 perhaps Spain’s best vineyard, “L’Ermita”, a vineyard of hundred-year old Garnacha vines clinging precariously to a 60-degree slope that must be worked with mules and on foot. Applying his best knowledge and experience, he soon produced outstanding wines from Finca Dofi and extraor-

dinary, and exorbitantly expensive wines at L’Ermita. With purchased fruit, he began making “Les Terrasses”, which was to be his entry-level wine but which has become so good, and popular, that its price crept up to the point where he had to create another cuvée, “Camins” to be the low-priced entry-level wine. Not content to rest on his Priorat laurels, Alvaro next teamed up with his nephew, Ricardo Perez (another Bordeaux graduate) to establish Descendientes de J. Palacios, named in honor of his then-deceased father. Located in a tiny region in northwestern Spain, Bierzo offers breathtakingly steep slopes plunging down to the River Sil on which single row terraces sit precariously, daring man or beast to venture forth to cultivate and gather. From here comes some of the world’s best wine from one of the most obscure grapes—the Mencia. Like the Sagrantino from Umbria, this is a little-known grape that makes a profound wine that is gradually gaining fans and elbowing its way onto wine shop shelves and restaurant wine lists. In the hands of Alvaro and Ricardo, the Mencia produces fresh, fruity wines with raspberry and currant nuances and a minerality that gives the wines an unmistakable sense of place. “Petalos” is their delicious entry-level wine; the quality and price ascend quickly with their “Corillon” from around the Bierzo town of the same name and with their wine from the single-vineyard “Moncerbal”. A little upstream from Bierzo lies the beautiful region Valdeorras, whose name literally means “Valley of Gold” after the Roman mining trade

many centuries ago. The leading grape here is another non-household name— the Godello. The extreme topography and low yields from the rocky soil do not make for prolific, profitable winemaking, but the Palacios family cares more about coaxing world-class wines from indigenous grape varieties, and here Alvaro’s brother, Rafael Palacios, has been making fantastic Godello since 2004. While several more expensive cuvées are made, the entry-level energetic “Sabrego” is hard to beat with its aromatic profile and flavors offering citrus, pear, and spices in abundance. Upon the passing of his father in 2000, Alvaro assumed responsibility for the family’s property and winery in Rioja. There, following his experience and perfectionist drive, he has in short order done what he begged his father to do—dramatically lowered yields in the vineyards and modernized the production facilities to create wines of astounding depth and personality. The headliner is the satin-textured Garnacha “Propiedad”, and the supple and bright Tempranillo/Garnacha “La Vendimia” and the aromatic and vibrant “Plácet” from the white wine grape Viura offer outstanding quality and sell for a song. Don’t let the Petrusesque price tag of “L’Ermita” put you off. All of the wines I call “entry-level” are terrific, highly-rated and acclaimed by wine critics and offer tremendous value, selling for under $20 and in some cases, under $15. They are not to be missed.

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From CML’s Kitchen Okay, so our summer days aren’t as hot as they are off the mountain, but sometimes a cook just isn’t up for turning on the stove. Especially when it’s a perfect 68 degrees with Carolina Blue skies and flowers everywhere… And what would summer be without a nice cool batch of Gazpacho, anyway? Here’s a meal meant for folks who are chillin’…

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Brennan Fords’ Cool Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Pickled Watermelon Rind Gazpacho

Gazpacho has many variations, so feel free to modify this recipe to suit your tastes. It can be pureed in a food processor if you prefer a smooth texture. The quantity of tomato juice can be altered for a thicker or soupier mixture. Serve with parmesan crisps, fresh rounds cut from a baquette, or little cheese gougeres if you can’t resist heating up the kitchen to make those delectable savory cream puffs.

...the Pickled watermelon rind

Charred Peach and Grilled Shrimp Salad

An interesting twist on the famous Spanish dish, this Gazpacho requires a wee bit of advance planning. You will need to pickle some watermelon rind first. It’s simply a matter of making a vinaigrette and allowing the rind to mellow in it for a day. Think of it this way: how often do you ever get to use that part of the watermelon?

Combine about 2 cups of coarsely chopped watermelon rind (only the white part - not red or green) in a quart sized jar with.... 1 cup water 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup white sugar 3 Tablespoon salt 4 Garlic cloves peeled 10 -12 whole peppercorns large pinch red pepper flakes Allow mixture to meld and settle to room temperature. Refrigerate for 24 hours before combining with gazpacho.

...the Gazpacho 5-6 big flavorful tomatoes—use the Heirloom varieties, they might look funny but they taste divine 2-3 fresh jalapeno peppers 4-5 garlic cloves 1 bunch fresh cilantro 2 medium sweet onions—such as Vidalias or the sweet North Carolina-grown varieties 1 24-oz can or jar of plain tomato juice 2-3 Tablespoons brown or Demerara sugar (or Sugar in the Raw) Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup fresh watermelon 2 cups pickled watermelon rind, drained 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pinch of red pepper flakes to taste Chop the tomatoes and onions coarsely. This is a chunky gazpacho, so use your judgment on how finely you want them chopped. Finely dice the garlic cloves and jalapenos, and mince the fresh cilantro leaves. Combine all ingredients and allow it to chill for at least 3 hours; 6 hours is better because the flavors will mature.

2 fresh peaches 1 1/2 pounds of Jumbo Shrimp peeled and deveined 4-5 oz fresh spinach 4-5 oz arugula or (frisee if available) 2 1/2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Juice of 1 lemon (Meyer if available) 1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh minced cilantro Halve peaches, remove pit. Pre-heat grill. When grill is hot, brush it with oil. Salt and pepper shrimp and place on grill; cook until done. Place peach halves face down on grill. Grill peach till browned on the flesh side. Slice peaches and wrap around the fully cooked shrimp. Toss spinach and lettuce with olive oil, lemon juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Top salad with shrimp and peach combo and garnish with a sprig of parsley.

Raspberry Sorbet Martini

If a bowl of cold soup and grilled peach and shrimp salad doesn’t seem like enough of a meal, why not start with a cocktail? Here’s one with raspberries to make it more, ah, nutritious. Gin Raspberry Sorbet, your choice of brand (even sherbet will be fine, trust us) Bunch of fresh mint Fresh raspberries In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 Tablespoons of raspberry sorbet, 3 Ounces Gin, and 3-4 leaves of mint. Shake vigorously, then strain into martini glass and garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves. If you store your Gin in the freeze as the Dutch do, it will be all the better for this drink. But room temperature is fine too, of course. The vigorous shaking of the ingredients blends them, an essential step. And since the sorbet is frozen, the drink will be nice and cold even without the use of ice in the shaker.

“Earl the Squirrel” hops up to bring Lower Avery to new heights in the High Country Many aren’t aware, but Earl was born to a poor family of flying squirrels in the quaint valley of Plumtree, NC, in the lower regions of Avery County. He was born with a defect that kept him from soaring through the trees with the rest of his family so he decided to try to make a potion from acorns that would enable him to fly high with his family. This ultimately failed, and through his endeavors of making potion after potion from various wood based products, he slowly began to lose his eyesight. After a visit to the family doctor, he discovered that he had been making various types of wood alcohol that were contributing to his loss of sight and creating a number of other health issues. His doctor advised him that he had to stop this madness and give up on this crazy notion of a potion that would make him fly. Earl was not one to give up easily, and decided it was his ingredients for the potion that were causing all of the problems. Earl spent years researching what he could use to make the best flight potion, and began creating some of the tastiest brew in the high country. He teamed up with the crew at the Toe River Lodge in his hometown of Plumtree, where the art of brewing was honed to deliver some of the greatest beer in the high country. Although Earl is technically grounded for life, you can find him flying high in Plumtree with a cold pint from the Blind Squirrel Brewery. We all hope you can make it down soon to celebrate the life of Earl the Squirrel. Open Wed 11:00am-3:00pm, Thurs-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm. 828-765-BREW(2739) or

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A Sampler to Sample CML’s foodie friend, “JR,” has spent the last few weeks roaming the High Country in search of some good eats. She will be cruisin’ the area before each issue to give a ‘shout out’ to other fine establishments. Stay tuned for more of her discoveries.

Alpen Restaurant and Bar: Beech Mountain

of this historic property. The Divide Tavern offers its signature cocktail, the “Greentini,” and other beverage and wine selections plus bar food each evening. Dinner reservations requested but not required; make them at the Inn’s website or call 828-414-9230.

This newly remodeled restaurant at the top of Beech Mountain, part of the Beech Alpen Inn, offers fine dining and spectacular views from its new addition, the Mountain View Room. The cozy full-service bar offers spirits and wines chosen to complement the restaurant’s updated menu, which features entrees such as Asian salmon marinated then grilled with a brule crust; traditional filet of beef Oscar; sesame pork chops; and the most requested entrée, pecan-crusted trout. Don’t miss the crab cake appetizer or you can sample the spinach/artichoke dip with homemade chips while you enjoy the European décor and welcoming fireplace. On warm mountain evenings, you can choose to dine on the patio and deck. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 pm nightly, and lunch will be offered starting in late June. Check out the history of this inn at Reservations suggested; call 828-387-2252.

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Stonewalls Restaurant: Banner Elk

CoBo Sushi Bistro & Bar: Boone

In downtown Banner Elk, Stonewalls has redesigned its menu and added several imaginative choices and dining packages to its traditional favorites. New this season is the Extreme Value Dinner, which features a changing selection of entrée choices, plus vegetable and soup or the inclusive salad bar, dessert and soft beverage, all for $25.00 per person. Steak lovers will find that their favorite cuts can take flight when served with a choice of four distinctive house-made sauces. In addition to the best sellers such as salmon piccata, the frenched center-cut pork chop, and the surf and turf, don’t miss the crab-stuffed mushrooms or the spinach and artichoke dip. Stonewalls offers daily wine and drink specials as well as house pours and a full bar. The restaurant has banquet facilities for large or small groups and special occasions. Stonewalls opens daily at 5pm; reservations are not required. 344 Shawneehaw Avenue South. 828-898- 5550. Check out the new website design features and specials at www.

“Southern fried sushi with a modern spin” describes Boone’s newest restaurant, which enjoyed a successful grand opening in May. Owner Joseph Miller, a North Carolina native, partnered with friends Jordan West and Mike DeKosce to develop a fusion-style Asian bistro with a mountain lifestyle, offering the highest quality sushi experience in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The professionally designed and decorated restaurant features a 40-seat full service bar, serving beer and wine and mixing up popular specialty drinks such as “The Last Word” and “The Old Cuban.” The dinner menu presents an array of house and specialty rolls as well as nigiri and sashimi and specialty sashimi. And there’s a lot more to the menu than sushi: check out the teriyaki chicken, seared duck or the ginger beer-battered fish and chips. The late night menu (after 11pm) offers sushi rolls at half price. Reservations not required. 161 Howard Street, Suite B. Open Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, and Friday-Saturday 5pm-1am. 828-386-1201

The Chestnut Grille: Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock

Nick’s Restaurant and Pub: Banner Elk

The former ballroom of the grande dame Green Park Inn has been completely renovated to feature The Chestnut Grille. “Comfort cooking with a touch of gourmet,” the recently opened restaurant features an exciting menu with entrees such as fresh Atlantic salmon with a chipotle glaze and North Carolina porterhouse pork chops with apple/bourbon sauce, prepared by award-winning chef James Welch, two-time winner of the Fire on the Rock competition. Enjoy dinner nightly from 6-9pm weekdays (closed Mondays), and 6-9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Private parties will enjoy the tiered dining room areas and especially the sunny Tea Room, which can also accommodate small groups for special occasions. Dine inside or, weather permitting, out on the stone terrace with views

In the heart of Newland on Pineola Street, this barbeque restaurant has consistently been ranked in the top 100 barbeque restaurants in the South. The menu features all the choices you would expect: pork, smoked chicken, house-made baked beans, chicken strips, fried catfish and a complete selection of sides. New on the menu are the deep-fried pork rinds, which can be served by the bag as an appetizer or as a side dish, with or without barbeque seasoning. On Friday and Saturday evenings, local blue grass bands provide live music. Check out the complete menu and entertainment schedule at www.carolinabbqnewland. com. Come enjoy the barbeque, smoked chicken and pork ribs catered at the Summer Concerts in the Park series in Banner Elk on Thursday evenings. The restaurant caters all your special events and welcomes groups. Call 828-737-0700 for info.

Located at 4527 Tynecastle Highway, Nick’s offers lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu features daily lunch and dinner specials, with highlights such as fresh summer salads, chili, and a French dip in addition to the children’s menu. The blackened salmon is a popular dinner choice, along with the prime rib dinner offered on Saturday nights. And of course, there are always fabulous wings and “the best burgers in Banner Elk.” The full-service bar rocks with karaoke on Friday nights and you can enjoy your favorite game on the big TVs. Dining on the patio is now available (pets are welcome) and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout. Nick’s welcomes you seven days a week from 11am (Sundays at 12pm). 828-898-9613

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Fishing Access: The Good & the Bad By Andrew Corpening


he High Country is blessed with hundreds of miles of quality streams and rivers that support trout. Even the streams that are not designated mountain trout waters by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) usually contain trout. Last year a visiting angler even caught a 20inch brown trout in the stream that runs behind the Burger King in Boone. With all this quality water the High Country should be a Mecca for trout fishing. The trout streams are plentiful here. So why aren’t more people fishing? The biggest reason is a lack of stream access. Over the years more and more people have posted their property against trespassing. New developments have been built that limit access. If an angler cannot get to the stream without trespassing on someone’s property there is no access. Some people have the misconception that if they can get in the water where it is legal then they can wade through private property. This is not necessarily true. The North Carolina riparian rights laws state that if a river is not navigable and a property owner owns one side of the river, they own to the middle of the stream. If they own both sides then they own the riverbed. If it is a navigable river, like the New River in Ashe County, they only own to the high water mark. These laws had nothing to do with fishing, but were put into place when the rivers were avenues for transportation and trade. In other words no one could charge a toll for traveling a river. For many years several miles of both the Linville and the Elk rivers have been private. Not many years ago, Boone’s Fork Creek was designated as fly-fishing only, catch and release. As property owners and developments engulfed it, the NCWRC dropped it from the mountain trout water designation. It is now considered undesignated. Twenty years ago the Watauga River was a hatchery supported stream from Church Road in Foscoe to Dewitt Barnett Road in Valle Crucis. Now there are only two fairly short sections designated as delayed harvest waters.

And anglers cannot blame just the developments and fishing clubs. All it takes is one property owner posting their land and the NCWRC may drop the stream out of the program. This happened with the Watauga River when one property owner posted his land off of Broadstone Road. The State then dropped the whole section from the Hwy. 105 bridge to the Dewitt Barnett Road bridge. Last fall, a delayed harvest section of the Watauga River where it runs along Old Shull’s Mill Road was pulled from the program when the property owners put up no parking signs at all of the pullouts. The property owners did not do this because of people fishing. In fact they had encouraged fishing. The signs went up after large numbers of young people were congregating along this section to swim, sunbathe, and party last summer. The traffic, trash, and probably liability concerns, forced the owners to put up the signs. As this shows it is not only the property owners fault that the area is losing fishable water. It is also the fault of inconsiderate people, fishermen included. When people leave trash, walk through back yards, and block driveways and gates with their vehicles, who can blame the property owners for posting their land. If fishermen were more considerate there would be more understanding landowners. Now to the good news. The NCWRC has proposed adding approximately one mile of the Watauga River to the delayed harvest program. This section, located in the western part of Watauga County, would start along the Old Watauga River Road, go under Hwy. 321, and continue for a shot distance along the highway. If all goes well it would be stocked in the fall of 2014. Another fairly recent addition to our designated trout water is Wildcat Lake near Banner Elk. This lake, owned by the Edgar Tufts Memorial Association (ETMA), has long been a favorite place for locals and visitors alike to swim and picnic. The lake even has lifeguards when open for swimming. A couple of years ago Chris Wood with the NCWRC was instrumental in getting Wildcat Lake


added to the hatchery supported program and it is now regularly stocked during the spring and summer. Due to its abundant and open shoreline, Wildcat Lake is a great place for families to take children fishing. And now it is going to get even better for another segment of the angling family. The ETMA and the NCWRC have added a handicap accessible fishing pier to the lake. This floating pier and paved walkway will allow individuals in wheelchairs to safely access the lake and fish. Funding for the pier was provided by the NCWRC. The pier officially opened on Memorial Day weekend. This new pier will be a great asset for disabled fishermen, but it is not the only handicap accessible option for fishing in the High Country. Coffee Lake and Buckeye Lake on Beech Mountain have accessible areas. Buckeye Lake is designated hatchery supported and Coffee Lake is delayed harvest. Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway has a handicap accessible fishing pier and is hatchery supported. In Ashe County Trout Lake located at the Ashe Wildlife Club on Big Peak Creek Road has an area that is accessible and it is designated delayed harvest. Even though it might not be technically considered handicap accessible, the Valle Crucis Community Park, which borders the delayed harvest section of the Watauga River, has one section of shoreline that is a very gradual slope to the water. So there’s the good and not so good news for High Country anglers. As stated at the beginning, nearly all of the area’s rivers and streams hold some trout so if it looks like good water and the land is not posted give it a try. You might be surprised at what you catch. And always remember to be considerate. Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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Who Can You Trust? By Katherine S. Newton, CFP®, ChFC


n my business as in most successful businesses, trust matters. And not only does it matter, but it is essential if one is to enter into a relationship and a position of giving advice to another person. So what is trust? Trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. You may hear something or read something about another person which suggests that you trust them. But ultimately it is what you feel, what your emotions are telling you that matters. These feelings and emotions are based on your own observations of the other’s action, speech, and body language. These “signs” determine whether or not you trust another person—whether you are hearing the truth. Examples of what you might hear from someone who is verbally trying to get your trust are things like the following: “May I be completely honest with you?” “I have a CFA, and I have passed the series 7.” “I have 20 years of hands-on experience.” “I have worked successfully with all of your friends.” “My references are impeccable.” “I am a regular on Squawk Box.” “My average rate-of-return on my accounts beat the market for 10 years running.” The truth is, there is nothing in the words above that will engender trust enough for you to transfer over your life savings to that person to manage. The problem is that everyone says these same types of things. They are predictable, and they are not distinctive. Building trust is a matter of earning trust. It takes great effort, does not grow quickly, and once attained can easily be lost. It cannot be hurried. It is not gained through entertainment, well-prepared proposals, or performance-based rational and statistical charts. Trust boils down to one thing: Building trust has to do with a complete focus on you, the other person or potential client, not on the advisor who is trying to manufacture a relationship of trust with you and not on what he says about himself. To prove the point, I ask you to look simply at the sales collateral of most financial advisors, and you may see that much of the rhetoric is about the advisor and his or her skills, not about you the potential client. And rarely is it distinctive. A book by David Maister called The Trusted Advisor has taught me this principal well. Maister’s work points out that an advisor must be credible, reliable, and willing to create a degree of intimacy in a relationship of trust. And most importantly, the less self-orientation on the part of the advisor, the more likely a relationship of trust is to begin and to continue. So you might wonder how I can build credibility, reliability, and intimacy with a referred prospective client I’ve never even met. First, I must do my homework and learn as much as I can about you. I then must be willing and ready to honor you by demonstrating through a gift—a presentation which I have crafted with a complete focus on you, the other person—a preliminary knowledge of your situation and concerns.

Furthermore, I must build confidence with you based on actions such as listening 70% of the time, affirming and clarifying what I hear 20% of the time, and talking only about 10% of the time. I must understand your concerns and be able to “frame” them, not just rationally, but also emotionally, and then I must demonstrate that understanding perhaps graphically but definitely in a way that shows you I do understand. Bottom Line: There must be something different from the norm when seeking to enter into and build a relationship of trust with another human being, especially if it involves your life savings. The views are those of Katherine Newton and should not be considered as investment advice or to predict future performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representations as to its completeness or accuracy. Please note that neither Cetera Advisor Networks nor any of its agents or representatives gives legal or tax advice. For complete details, consult with your tax advisor or attorney. Katherine Newton, a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry and Certified Financial Planner™, crafts protectorates for her clients’ wealth so they have peace of mind to pursue what’s most important in their lives. You can reach Katherine at her company Waite Financial in Hickory at 828.322.9595 or by email at katherine@ Her registered branch address is P.O. Box 1177, 428 4th Ave., NW, Hickory, NC 28603, 28601. Securities and Investment Advisory Services are offered through Cetera Advisor Networks, Member FINRA/SIPC. Cetera Advisor Networks and Waite Financial are unaffiliated.

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Don’t Let Computer Failure Break Your Heart By Alex Kohler


n a world driven by technology, it’s more important than ever to protect your data. The risk of loss or corruption of vital computer files cannot be taken lightly. Whether they are business records, family photos, or just that rockin’ library of your favorite tunes, every person’s data is important. Almost all of us have heard horror stories of data loss, or suffered losses of our own, but how can you safeguard yourself from that cataclysmic event? Backing up is one of the most important tasks a computer user can do to ensure that data is safe in case of a data emergency. A backup can be as simple as copying and pasting files onto a USB flash drive or having an automated backup system do it for you. There are two ways to store your backup: local storage or remote storage. Local storage is probably the most popular and requires that the user purchase a media storage device of some sort. Some local backup options are external hard drives, USB flash drives, and sometimes, but not recommended, DVD or CD backups. Remote storage or “The Cloud”, as it is commonly called today, is basically just a place to store your data that is not local, but instead is stored in a remote location that requires an internet connection to access. There are many different methods of backing up; which one works best for you is a question only you can answer. You can just backup a single folder or a group of folders containing important files, i.e. documents, pictures, videos, or music, or you can make a backup of an entire computer to an “image” file to be restored at a later date. The good part about an image backup is that the restore process will bring back all the programs installed on the computer, not just the files. With a file-only backup, should a failure occur, the programs and operating system would have to be re-installed from scratch. Having a backup in both image form and a file backup is not a bad idea, and with “Microsoft Windows Vista”, “Windows 7”, or “Windows 8” the process can be automated.

Users who are running Windows Vista, 7 or 8 as their main operating system already have an automated backup system that just requires a little setup. First you must connect a media type, preferably an external hard drive that will ALWAYS be connected. Next go to the “Control Panel” and choose “Backup & Restore”. In this menu you can set up your backup preferences, i.e. which files to backup, when to back them up, and where to back them up to. The “Backup & Restore” feature in Windows also has the option to make a system restore images which can be stored on the same external hard drive allowing a user to restore the entire computer, programs, personal settings, everything, just like it was when the image was created. The image backup is a great feature but it has its shortcomings! If your computer had a bug or virus of which you weren’t aware, it can be brought back in the image restore process. For this reason alone, having both the file and image backup systems are best. In addition to a good local backup, cloud storage is becoming a very popular method of backing up data. There are many options available for cloud storage, more than we can talk about here, but two great ones that you can set up for free and start using today are “Dropbox” and “Google Drive.” Both of these services are totally free for the basic user. With Dropbox you get 5 GigaBytes of free storage space just for signing up, and with Google drive you can get up to 15 GigaBytes of free storage. With both services installed you can have a total of 20GB of FREE online cloud storage. If this sounds complicated, it is not. Simply go to and sign up for their free service. After signing up you have to install the DropboxTool which will synchronize your Dropbox with a folder on your computer. Once you have it installed, just copy and paste files into your Dropbox Folder, which was


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created when the Dropbox Tool was installed, and the files will begin to move in sync with your Dropbox. Google Drive is very similar. Just go to, sign-up for the service and install the tool that creates a Google Drive folder on your computer. Choose the files and or folders you want and move them into the Google Drive folder; the files will sync with your Google Drive and you’re successfully backing up your data. Once you have files stored on either of these services your files are literally accessible anywhere in the world, or on any computer that has internet access. You can share your files with business partners, share pictures with family, or just log in to your Dropbox to download that document you forgot to bring. While Dropbox and Google Drive are not fully automated, in that the users must choose what files to put in their “Cloud” folders, the services allow users to put their data in a safe off site location that can be accessed anytime, even if the computer on which they were originally stored is destroyed. If you have a Smart Phone, Google Drive and Dropbox offer applications that allow users to view files stored in the “Cloud” right in in the palm of your hand. With a combination of these two types of backup and a little work on the user’s end all data that is important can be preserved, safe and sound, providing the peace of mind that comes with knowing your information is safe. The “Cloud” services also allow data to be shared and stored on multiple devices with ease. Having a good local backup is important so that bouncing back after data loss is quick and easy. It’s a scary thought that our whole lives are stored in small boxes which can fail at the drop of a hat. Keeping a good backup and knowing what is being backed-up is an easy way to alleviate the stress living in the digital world.

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Ah, summer! Green leaves, blue skies—wait, are those rain clouds? Here in the mid-level rain forest we know as the High Country, showers and thunderstorms are frequent. All the better to keep the greens…green, right? And a built-in excuse for you to find a comfy dry corner and catch up on your summer reading. Here are two novels and a collection of historical anecdotes worth a look. To purchase The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and Devil’s Mark visit our local independent bookstore, Black Bear Books, in Boone. The Avery County Heritage Centennial Edition is available only at the Avery Historical Museum in Newland.

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Devils Mark Noyes Capehart A story that starts with the discovery of an ancient manuscript behind a wall in the Vatican can go anywhere, and this one does. From the heinous crimes of Nazi leaders to the rarefied interiors of the Uffizi Gallery, Devils Mark moves back and forth in time and place, stitching together a tale of greed, priceless art, and passion. American professor Porter Blue is smitten by two things: a Medici diary and the beautiful granddaughter of Holocaust victims. The plot has twists and turns worthy of a Renaissance staircase. Written and published by the noted artist Noyes Capehart, the novel’s meticulously detailed scenes and historical references are ample demonstration that Capehart’s expertise extends well beyond his skills in the visual arts. Can’t make it to Italy this summer? Capehart has been there on your behalf, and his story will give you all the details.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Anton Disclafani Riverhead Books When fifteen-year old Thea Atwell arrives at the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls weeks after camp has begun, she has the difficult task of fitting in with the other campers. Adding to the problem is that Thea, from faraway Florida, has been raised in the midst of her family’s orange grove, isolated from her peers except for her twin brother Sam and their cousin George. Although dimly aware that her upbringing was sheltered, she has loved the privileges it permitted: a tight-knit family, her beloved horse, and the beauty and vastness of the family property. But Thea has brought shame to that idyllic life, and her parents have sent her to Yonahlossee “until the mess blows over.” Were it not for the horses, Thea’s life would be miserable. Her awkwardness with the other girls fades away when she rides at the camp stables. As the months go by, Thea’s close observations of the other girls, the staff, and the handsome camp director teach her what she needs to know to make her way in a world that is not home. This first novel by Anton Disclafani uses the name and setting of a muchloved nearby girl’s camp, but the resemblance stops there. And don’t let the age of the main character mislead you; this story deals with mature issues. Disclafani’s tale of bad choices fueled by youthful impetuousness is an entertaining, rather naughty read that fills the bill if a break from propriety is what you need. Isn’t that what vacations are all about?

RANDOM THOUGHTS Two Stories about Boats Avery County Heritage Centennial Edition Edited by Jimmie Daniels Avery County Historical Museum 828-733-7111 The state’s 100th county observed its 100th anniversary in 2011 with many celebrations, large and small. This collection of essays chronicling the life and times of Avery County is a particularly nice keepsake of those first 100 years. The list of people who helped make the book a reality reads like a big friendly neighborhood of the fine folks who make Avery a nice place to live. Many of them are descended from the people who first settled the land; some were called to serve here, and others—as the saying goes—got here as soon as they could. There are 88 stories in the book, surely not enough to satisfy everyone, but a wonderful assortment that tells many a tale worth telling. It’s a given that if your family story and photo are included, you must have a copy. But the book is an essential addition to every collection of Avery County memorabilia.The writers who transcribed the oral histories and those who wrote their own accounts have captured a way of life that has practically disappeared while we were watching. The writers’ unadorned sentences preserve the cadence of mountain speech and the manners of mountain people in a way that a more scholarly work cannot. The value of this book is that it is an authentic record of history written by the people who lived it. It’s a bona fide good read. LouAnn Smith Morehouse is a believer in the librarian’s credo: For every book, a reader.

Summer may be the crown jewel of the year. It’s the season of sunlight, long lovely days and starlit nights. It’s also a great time for the people who wait for that magical moment when they can release their craft from its moorings. Release means movement toward open water, an event which approaches the sacramental in the minds of many who live for this time of year. My father had spent a good part of his adult life in the navy. After his years in the service, during which he had seen most of the world, he had to settle for a rowboat on Lake Erie, which he enjoyed because he could go fishing in it. One day, he decided to build a new boat. He had a workshop in the basement of our house and a substantial collection of tools. My mother, two sisters and I spent many weekends hearing him pound nails into place. He finished the boat just in time for the new fishing season. One of his friends came to help him get the boat up the basement stairs. My father had devised a rather elaborate system which would facilitate the boat’s glide out into the backyard where a trailer was in place. Sounds of great effort emanated from the basement. Suddenly, I heard my father using words I had never heard before. Later, I realized how frustrating that day must have been for him. He had discovered that his dreams exceded his efforts. He couldn’t get the boat out of the basement. It was too big. That was a dark day but to his credit, after week or so, he took the boat apart and began work on a smaller one. When it was finished, it moved up the basement stairs with the grace of a dancer. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a celebration. My mother set the picnic table which was under the large maple tree in the yard and friends came to congratulate my father. He was a happy man. He was about to go to “sea” again. Years later, I married Jack, who also loved boats and fishing. A coincidence? Perhaps, although I didn’t know what his interests were when I met him. We liked each other immediately and it didn’t take us long to figure out that we were going to be traveling the road of life together. As an added attraction, the road often led to a boat on Lake Erie. Jack loved any kind of boat as long as he could fish from it. Over the years, we had various kinds and sizes and had tales to tell. Lake Erie is a little like a tempermental soprano. It can change quickly from sun sparkling on the water to rain hitting the windshild so hard that visibility is impossible. Moving away from the safety of the dock and the harbor and heading out into open water was always a moment of some excitement. It was a combination of water, wind and the unknown.There was an afternoon when the wind suddenly changed, the sky darkened and rain poured down and we were a good distance away from shore. The boat was rocking like a child in the arms of its mother. When we could see land again, we rejoiced and the dock looked like a gift from heaven as we slipped back into place. It was like coming home. I never thought of it before but living is a little like boating. Every day we move out into the open water of our lives. May this summer have more sunlight than shadow for all of us, and at the end of each ‘release’ into the waters of the day, may there be a safe haven which we can all return. Jean Gellin is a wordsmith who lives and writes on the edge of a glacial canyon in northern Ohio.

Carolina Mountain Life Summer 2013 —


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thank you! The End — Summer 2013 Carolina Mountain Life

Carolina Mountain Life: Summer2013  

The Heart & Soul of North Carolina's High Country.

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