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his Fall issue is special to all of us at the High Country Home Magazine. It is our eighth magazine and our 2nd year anniversary. I want to take this moment to thank everyone who has made this possible. Our staff is small but hardworking, so thank you to Chris Rabon, Katie Strasser, Jonathan Triplett, Robert Coble and Stefan Olson, our photographer. Thank you to all of our contributors past and present from Judi Beck, Judy Hotchkiss, Colleen Luntzel, Breton Frazier, Jamie Weyer, Mitzi Wallace, Dave and Leah Parks, Staci Norris, Elizabeth Shukis, and all the other writers who make the content in our magazine so wonderful. Thank you to all of our advertisers. Without your sponsorship we would not exist. For all of you advertisers that have been with us from the beginning we are truly grateful for your trust and loyalty. Lastly, I would like to show my appreciation to our thousands of readers. We promise that the third year will be just as great as the first two and hope you continue to pick our magazine up off the shelves or continue to subscribe so we may keep delivering you the best content and photos of homes, communities, and people in our area. On now to the Fall issue. For most of us, the screams, fear, and fright of Halloween falls on October 31st but for us, here at the High Country Home Magazine office, a Halloween scare as well as a feeling of thanksgiving came early. Our scare came in the third week of September. I was finalizing the magazine and preparing to upload when an unexpected monster, malware, attacked my computer and caused it to crash. For three days, all was lost including this anniversary issue, and the feeling amongst the staff was one of failure. Then a feeling of relief came as all of our content was miraculously recovered by several geniuses in the high country. So, in the spirit of our anniversary issue and the upcoming holiday season, a special thank you to Doug Troutman and crew for saving this magazine. We highly recommend him for any of your computer repair needs and without him we would still be in disarray. With that said, I would like to remind you to always back up your computer, to enjoy Halloween and all the FUN scares, to give thanks for all that you have, and to enjoy this Fall issue, which is one of our best yet! Hope you enjoy the issue and the season!

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Home Guide 42 Fall In Love With Your Home 46 Time To Turn Over A New Leaf 50 Keep The Home Fires Burning 54 Transitioning Your Landscape From Summer To Fall 56 Performing Arts Series 62 Boone Home Goes Platinum

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Contributors

Breton Frazier, the DeClutter Diva, lives in St. Augustine, Florida where she works privately with individuals and corporate clients. Breton began tackling closets as a wardrobe consultant more than thirty years ago and evolved into a personal organizer. Write her with your questions on decluttering at: thedeclutterdiva@gmail. com

Judi Beck is a facilitator, art consultant, and freelance writer living in the High Country. She’s been published in Pastel Artist International, Philanthropy International and the Inner Edge, as well as numerous regional publications. She and her husband, Kevin, were owners of the Upstairs Gallery in Blowing Rock. She is the author of “The Ecology of Conversation.”

Katie Strasser is a Creative Writing major at Appalachian State University. She also has a minor in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology with hopes to someday write books and create a magazine of her own. Katie loves food, snowboarding, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Stefan Olson studied aviation but was more inspired by the vistas he viewed then the technicalities of piloting. After finishing his aviation degree Stefan pursued his true love, and graduated from App State with a degree in photography. We’re happy to have Stefan as our contributing photographer.

Jamie Weyer grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University in May 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design. She currently lives in Boone. Jamie completed her internship at Custom Mica in Banner Elk and has been their kitchen designer for three years.


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TheIntroductions Get to know the businesses we applaud and people we admire in the High Country

Jamie loves the home industry and has an unparalleled enthusiasm for each day where something new can be learned.

Whether working on residential or commercial projects, consistent quality, honesty, and reasonable pricing is always top priority when it comes to the Ridgeline standard of work.

Despite all the challenges, a full day of work is worth it for Christie every time as she exclaims, “I love people. I love sales too!”

“Penick Construction prides itself on their consistent hard work and the absolutely excellent character of the men employed within the company.”

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Introductions :: People We Admire

Jamie Weyer Custom Mica & Wood

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s part of the phenomenal team at Custom Mica and Wood Products, Jamie Weyer is one of the High Country’s top interior specialists. With four year’s industry experience in this area, Jamie began working for Alex at Custom Mica and Wood during her senior year of college in 2006. Starting as an intern and working her way to full time employee, Jamie works within the company offering top quality services ranging from cabinetry for anywhere in the home to custom rustic furniture. Built-ins, entertainment centers, and kitchen and bath cabinet work are the most popular of the businesses’ talents. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Jamie moved to Mooresville, North Carolina when she was fourteen years old. When it came time to start college in 2003, she traveled to Boone in order to attend Appalachian State University pursuing a passion for design. Graduating in 2007, she boasts a Bachelors Degree in 22 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

Interior Design and a minor in Business. Since then, she has only increased her knowledge of the interior industry and especially loves working with homeowners on their kitchens. As the heart of every home, she stresses that a kitchen should give the house a distinct personality. Jamie loves the home industry and has an unparalleled enthusiasm for each day where something new can be learned. When asked about what she is most proud of as a home professional of the High Country, Jamie marvels at the amount of information she has learned in a mere four years since graduation. As a designer, she received no formal training outside of school and learned everything about the business from Alex. Looking towards the future, Jamie has many exciting plans to look forward to: an upcoming marriage to a High Country contractor and strong aspirations to one day start her own design business.


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Introductions :: People We Admire

Christie Heaton Mountain High Realty

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right and enthusiastic, Christie Heaton Greenaway is no novice when it comes to the real estate industry. With over five years of experience in real estate, Christie now works at Mountain High Realty Inc. in local sales. Services provided by Greenaway and the company include listing homes, selling, contracts, and full brokerage options. She applies the right work ethic and determination in order to be more than just a typical bottom-line oriented saleswoman. Her drive ensures that she will do whatever it takes to successfully close a sale for a client. When it comes to how she found her career, Greenaway attributes prayer as what led her to real estate. She has worked in sales for most of her adult career and once she realized that she wanted her own company, the timing was perfect and she was able to make her dream into a reality. Although Christie now owns her dream-come-true real estate agency, she still faces 24 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

many day to day challenges that she is ready to meet for you. Getting all inspections completed and meeting every deadline is a definite obstacle in this industry, but Christie thrives at accomplishing these aspects that help close a sell. Despite all the challenges, a full day of work is worth it for Christie every time as she exclaims, “I love people. I love sales too!” Concerning the future, Greenaway plans to remain dedicated to service, ethics, and honesty and to her many clients. She absolutely loves the High Country region where she lives and sells, and wants all of her clients to appreciate the beauty that this area and its homes have to offer. Aside from her flourishing real estate career, Christie is a proud mother who loves to sing, dance, and enjoy life to the fullest. Her personal inspiration comes from searching for the good things in life and focusing on those thoughts, “peace is key,” she advises.


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Introductions :: Businesses We Applaud

Ridgeline Properties Jody Harrington

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ith twenty years prior experience in the construction industry, Jody Harrington of Ridgeline Properties knew what he wanted to provide within a business before he even took on his first client. Ridgeline, based locally, provides a broad variety of services within the home industry. From yard work to carpentry to house cleaning and carpeting, the company is a one-stop operation for any homeowner’s needs and wants. Harrington’s business is the type of provider that once it has been used by a client, they don’t feel the need to look any further. Whether working on residential or commercial projects, consistent quality, honesty, and reasonable pricing is always top priority when it comes to the Ridgeline standard of work. Personally, Harrington has been in the High Country for ten years, working for local building and grading companies as he expanded his knowledge and skill of the industry and its local 26 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

facets. He stands by the philosophy, “No job is too big or small,” when it comes to taking on clients, as he stands behind each simple house cleaning with as much pride as he would display after finishing an extensive tile job. While Ridgeline is a fresh face in this area, plenty of prior experience along with a passion to not just “get the job done” is swiftly putting this company on the map. Plans for the future include growing and expanding to larger client bases, as well as strengthening current ties with loyal customers. Qualified for virtually any job: septic, carpentry, equipment operating, emergency services… you name it, Ridgeline Construction is a dynamic business dedicated to serving the High Country’s homeowners with “craftsmanship, quality, artistry, and perfection.”


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Penick Construction Maurice Penick

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enick Construction is a powerhouse company of efficient, high-quality, grading, masonry, and general construction. Since the businesses’ initial start in 1978, Boone native and head of the company, Maurice Penick has provided the counties of Watauga, Ashe, and Avery with superior services ranging from clearing and hauling to stonework, ponds, and general contracting. A commitment to excellence paired with diligent labor are what set Penick Construction apart from the rest of the local industry, 90% of each project is performed “in house.” This allows the company to be a turn-key operation, increasing scheduling efficiency and boosting the overall worth of each project. Penick Construction offers many construction chouces: septic system installation, road building, and brick and block work. Additionally, the company is also an Insulated Concrete Forms dealer and installer as well as a StoneMaker dealer and installer. 28 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

Penick attributes his initial inspiration for starting his business to his innate entrepreneurial spirit and a preference to be his own boss as opposed to working under someone else. He credits much of the success of Penick Construction to the incredible work ethic instilled in him by his parents, but most importantly he adds, “to the gift that God has given me to look at a potential problem associated with a project and figure out the solution.” As a business owner, Penick is constantly considering what is best for the client and workers at any given time under any type of circumstance. The construction industry requires a certain degree of attentiveness that Penick exemplifies in every project he completes, as anyone who has seen his work will testify. Penick Construction prides itself on their consistent hard work and the absolutely excellent character of the men employed within the company. Penick Construction is true to its word and turn out a high-quality product every time.


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For The Table

Foreman’s

TOP FOUR Chef Michael Foreman of Bistro Roca and Restaurant G shares with us his favorite dishes for Fall. If you would like to taste them for yourself visit Bistro Roca at 143 Wonderland Trail in Blowing Rock or www.bistroroca.com or stop by Restaurant G at the Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock or visit www.www.gideonridge.com

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“From local farms like Charlotte’s Greenhouse and Ripshin Farms Dairy to your plate, Chef Michael Foreman is very particular about the ingredients.”


Foreman’s

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Foreman’s

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Carolina Shrimp


Foreman’s

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Roasted Vegetable Pizza


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Arugula Salad with Chevre and Blueberries


one table Two ways

Table setting advice from two of the High Country’s best sources

“The colors and smells that come with each season, should be enjoyed, shared and remembered. This is a time to be thankful.”

“One of your main goals for table settings in the Fall should be to bring the beauty of the outside in.”


photo by Stefan Olson


Shelley and Bruce Sobleski, Wolf Creek Traders What is your favorite aspect of autumn to incorporate in the kitchen during this season? I enjoy exploring with color and scents. These great smells and wonderful colors can be done with candles, potttery,flowers, napkins. Fall is for using your imagination when decorating and accessorizing your kitchen and dining area What is your favorite piece in Wolf Creek Traders for fall and why? We really don’t play favorites! Bruce and I love our shop to reflect the seasons. We always want to be there for you, but we also want to always change it up to keep it fun. The craftsmen we use will make anything and any size and that’s why its hard to have favorites. What are the first things you consider

when beginning to set a table? Don’t Just set the table set the time. I believe one of the most important things that sometimes people let fall low on their list is FUN! Its easy to get caught up in getting everything done and perfect, that we let the fun get away. If you make it fun your guest will feel that and enjoy the process. Getting together with family and friends should be fun not a chore. Remember laughter is the best medicine. Get them involved, that makes wonderful memories, help them set memories along with setting your table. Bring in the out door colors of the season. What is the most important thing to remember when it comes to decorating for any time of year? Don’t for get the 4 F’s. 1. Fun , make sure you keep it fun for yourself along with

your guest. 2. Feelings, Decorate to bring back childhood memories. Good Times, Good family and friends and good food. 3. Family and Friends, Remember family and friends come first. Decorate to make fond memories for the future. 4. Food, Don’t forget to decorate with food. That always brings Fun, Feeling, Family and Friends. What are you looking forward to most now that we are moving into fall? That each and every season here in the High Country is a Great Change. The colors and smells that come with each season, should be enjoyed, shared and remembered. You can always give your friends and family memories to keep for a life time, make them great! This is a time to be Thankful!

“If you really want your guests to feel connected to your home


Betsy Murrelle, The Country Gourmet What is your favorite aspect of autumn to incorporate in the kitchen during this season? I love incorporating seasonal foods and colors. Fall is a great time to showcase yellows, oranges, and reds. You can always find gourds, pumpkins, mums, pansies, and all kinds of other wonderful and colorful plants and vegetables in my centerpiece. What are some things that you would suggest hostesses to keep in mind when decorating a fall table? When you are setting the table at your home for the fall season, colors are

important. One of your main goals should be to bring the beauty of the outside in. Don’t go overboard though. It is very important to keep your place setting simple. How long does it usually take to come up with arrangements and place settings for a full table? If you have help it can done in as little as an hour‌ or as much as three hours depending on how elaborate. What is the most important thing to remember when it comes to decorating for any time of year?

When you are decorating anything, your home or your table your goal should be to make people feel comfortable at home. Use what you like and what is seasonal, and if you really want your guests to feel connected to your home, and your table use decorations and foods that are local. What are you looking forward to most now that we are moving into fall? I love the colors of the leaves and the mountains. I really get excited about the comfort food, and after a hot summer I look forward to the cool, crisp weather.

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HomeGuide Discussions on and resources for the kitchen and bath, design and decor, outdoor living, and landscaping.

Fall in love with your home written by Jamie Weyer, Custom Mica & Wood Products

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he first traces of morning frost have made their appearance, the days are gradually growing shorter, the trees have begun to change colors and as their leaves fall they envelop the ground in a fiery blanket of golden orange and red. As the livelihood of summer dissipates, the brisk chill of fall weaves its way through the air. The season of nesting and gathering for the winter months has begun. The outdoor activities of the fall season will soon call for a warm retreat where your loved ones can congregate and spend their free time. There is no better season than fall to reestablish the ambience in your home. Especially since the snowy months to follow will surely keep you within its walls. These inexpensive decorating

tips will guarantee that your home is the ultimate cozy refuge this winter and a place your friends and family are sure to fall in love with. The invitation should begin at your front step. Using natural, seasonal dÊcor such as pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales and pots of mums, it’ll be easy to set the scene for the new season. Make your front door the focal point of the house by displaying a vibrant, oversized wreath adorned with miniature gourds, silk leaves and flowers, and raffia ribbons. A festive welcome mat and dry stack of firewood are sure signs to hint that a comfy interior awaits you! The best way to start your home makeover is by de-cluttering. Some people feel that the best time for


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“spring” cleaning is after winter, but a good fall cleaning will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the shorter, colder days indoors. It’ll also make the chore of putting up Christmas décor less of a hassle since everything has already been cleaned! Give all surfaces a thorough cleaning; wipe down windows, blinds and trim moldings, mop the floors, and wash all bed linens. Once you have a clean slate to work with, redecorating will seem effortless. Now for the fun part! It’s easy to decorate for fall because there are so many charming items to choose from. However, it isn’t difficult to get carried away and end up re-cluttering! To help disperse your décor and simultaneously achieve a “put-together” look, pick your favorite item in each room, start there, and work your way outward. The entry way is a guest’s first impression of your home, so make it a good one! Vines or handmade garlands of dried fruit are a good way to give rustic character to a large mirror or wall hanging. Put a small table near the front door where you can set tall, ornamental candlesticks, picture frames and a shallow tray for keys. A basket helps keep shoes organized and a moveable coat rack ensures you have a safe spot to hang things. Soften the appeal of hardwood or tile floors and give direction to hallways with woven area rugs. In the living room, begin with your couch or your favorite overstuffed chair. Add color and texture to your furniture with playfully patterned throw pillows and chunky soft-knit throws. Anything you can cuddle with will certainly generate a feeling of warmth and comfort in a space. Use a giant, bold colored area rug in the center to ground the room. Beautify tables, shelves and mantels with books, pottery, dried flower arrangements and tasteful knick-knacks (don’t get carried away!). If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home, start a fire in it! The center point of your dining room

should be the table where your family gathers to enjoy meals. Give each seat its own cheerful place setting complete with a placemat, wooden charger, cloth napkin and homemade napkin ring. Create a centerpiece out of flowers or fruit and set votive candles in tiny, clear glasses filled with unshelled nuts around the table. A garland of bittersweet is a warming touch to compliment an over-the-table light fixture. Finally, the lighting in a space is the most influential aspect when creating a mood. The best lighting for the season is candlelight and dim light from lamp fixtures. Place a candle on every table even if it’s just a tea light in a glass. The glow from several flames will instantly calm your senses. The sweet, spicy aromas of fall will help contribute to a “homey” atmosphere, too. Try simmering a sauce pan of peeled apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and vanilla extract on the stove over low heat. This is highly effective way of circulating these magnificent scents throughout your living space.


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Inspiration

TIME TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF

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written by DeClutter Diva Breton Frazier

hese days it seems changes are being crammed down our throats by outside forces rather than from us inwardly desiring and making changes. A lost job results in belt-tightening, career reassessment, paying down debt. A pay cut or investment income loss spawns cocooning, staycations and coupon clipping. We find ourselves dancing to an unfamiliar new song on a floor that tilts and twirls as we try to hold on to our partners and stay vertical. So how do we adapt, cope and embrace the new? Darwin wrote, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” So as the season changes, it’s time to turn over a new leaf. We need to change to keep up. On a personal level, how do we think differently and act differently? How do we change? (Obviously if we’re in denial that a problem exists, we don’t recognize the behavior as

undesirable. If it’s not a problem to me, it’s not a problem.) First, we have to want the change. The simple truth is we need to be more miserable letting the situation continue than we would be putting a halt to it. I love the Chinese proverb, “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.“ We’ll just go on going on. This is the back-story of the failed New Year’s resolutions. We just gave lip service to the idea of change. The hope of a better, new way has to be greater than the trouble of jettisoning the old way. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, people change not because of what they know but because of how they feel. With clutter, for example, we have to want the order and clarity more than we want all the stuff. Take heart. Dr. James Prochaska writes in his book Changing for Good that we need awareness to admit the problem and contemplate it. It takes time for us to get


ready for change before we take action. In fact, if we skip the mulling over and preparation stages, we lessen our chances of succeeding. “Behavior change equals progress, not immediate action.” For many of us it takes an epiphany: that moment we cry “Enough!” Then change becomes possible. Then our resolve will see us through the bumpy road ahead. We know it won’t be easy, that it’ll take repetition to break old habits, not to mention energy and time. We can’t just kinda sorta want the new behavior or attitude. We have to come to a definite decision; we commit to making it happen. We set the intention to do it. We have the clarity, the vision of how it can occur and the belief that it will. The self-helpers tell us to set a definite goal and a due date or deadline. “Someday I’m going to get organized” is too nebulous to get our hooks into. Say instead, “I’m going to spend 10 minutes

every day putting things away” or “I’ll tackle one mini-task each day until I finish the kitchen.” Even a few minutes are enough to make a small dent. Doing something daily helps to make the new behavior a habit. A slight shift in direction can begin changing your life. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” The hardest part is beginning. But the really good news is that you can start where you are right now. You don’t have to do anything to get ready. You don’t have to be where you’d like to begin. Step up, take a small risk. But be on guard, a cunning culprit lies in wait: procrastination. It is born of doubt. “What if I can’t do it? What if I totally mess it up?” Okay, so worse case scenario is even if you are hopeless at __________________ (fill in the blank), you are still the wonderful person you always were. This undertaking is totally separate from who you are.


Watch out, too, for that sneaky delayer: planning. Don’t be deceived that you are moving forward. Plowing a field in your mind doesn’t get the seeds into the ground. So keep your aims modest and achievable. No matter how many elephants you plan to eat, you still have to do it one bite at a time. For now, just choose one elephant. Focus your thinking on beginning and doing rather than how far you are from finishing. And, if you fall completely off the wagon, you’re normal! Figure out what went awry. John Lehrer, author of How We Decide, writes that our brains figure out how to get things right by analyzing what they got wrong. Climb back on. Don’t wait. Begin again. Believe that you have the resources to help you deal with even the most difficult challenges. Remember, this is a work in progress; it doesn’t have to be perfect.

“You have to want to do it,” says Donna Jeffe, director of health behavior and outreach at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. “It’s hard to put aside the short-term, feel-good thing for the long-term benefits.” To succeed, we commit to ongoing behavior versus one-time events. We’ve got to be able to maintain it over the long haul; to stick with it. Once we begin to see progress, it will spur us on. We gain momentum and often that can inspire us to raise the bar and devote a little more time or more effort so the project can be completed sooner.

Once the task or the behavior is tamed, you will have reinforced it enough to maintain it. It has become habitual. And the payoff is: you’ll feel better about yourself. You will have a sense of accomplishment and achievement that hopefully will inspire you to tackle that next change with vim and vigor!

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in the weather, there’s

a change in the sea, So

from now on, there’ll be a

change in me. My walk will be different, my talk and

my name, Nothing about

me is going to be the same.” - Billy Higgins & W. Benton Overstreet


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written by Mitzi Wallace, Wallace Propane, Boone, NC

s hot summer days give way to crisp autumn mornings, it’s time to prepare for the upcoming heating season. Many weather forecasters are predicting another cold winter along with lots of snow and potential ice storms. Along with wintry weather comes the possibility of hazardous road conditions and power outages, meaning more time at home literally keeping the home fires burning. Here are a few tips from local propane provider Mitzi Wallace of Wallace Propane in Boone. First, prepare for winter by having your fuel tank filled early, before the cold weather begins. Fuel prices typically rise as winter’s chill sets in. Filling your tank early saves you money and gives the local fuel provider safer road conditions to deliver their product. Sometimes driveways and roads are just too hazardous to make deliveries possible. Having a full tank at the beginning of winter will allow you peace of mind knowing that you are ready for the elements. Keep a check on your fuel supply and call for additional deliveries before you run out. Don’t wait until a winter storm watch is in effect before calling your provider. Check with your provider if you need to know how to gauge your supply of fuel on hand. Second, make sure you have a backup plan should your primary heat system go off during a power outage. Propane heaters are an excellent supplemental heat source and many heaters do not require electricity to operate. Vent free gas logs installed into an existing wood burning fireplace are 99% efficient and can heat an area up to 1000 square feet. Many models can be operated with a hand held remote control, a handy feature for seniors and those with handicaps. Peterson’s G10 vent free gas logs incorporate the newest in electronic technology. This system lights the pilot with the hand held remote making the logs totally operational from your easy chair. When the logs are turned off, the pilot is off as well, saving fuel normally consumed by the standing pilot. If your home does not have a fireplace, complete fireplace systems are available and can be installed in a matter of a few hours. Wall heaters are 50 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

also available for smaller rooms such as bathrooms, utility rooms, and kitchens. North Carolina building code requires vented heaters to be installed in sleeping areas such as bedrooms and cabin lofts. Not a problem. Vented systems can be vented through a small vent pipe through the roof or horizontally through an exterior wall in back of a heater. There are a wide range of vented heaters and fireplaces available to fit any budget ranging from wall mounted heaters to freestanding cast iron or porcelain coated stoves, traditional fireplaces, and the trendy “picture frame” style fireplaces available in many sizes. Third, now that you are prepared to keep warm during the winter, prepare your kitchen with non perishables, bottled water, and other foods to keep you going for an unexpected “staycation”. A gas range allows you to prepare hot food as usual, electricity or not. Don’t have a gas range? Head outside to the grill for a cookout! Today’s gas grills can cook convection style allowing you to prepare a breakfast of sausage and biscuits outdoors. Fry up some eggs on the side burner of your grill. Visit www.hollandgrill.com for some great grilling recipes. Don’t have enough room in your oven for that big Thanksgiving turkey? Prepare it outdoors on a Holland grill. Just make sure to have your grill cylinder filled before the big day. Even better, have an extra cylinder on hand so you don’t run out in the middle of preparing your meal. Other propane cooking alternatives include outdoor hot plate style burners and tripod style burners. Remember to use in a well ventilated area and never indoors. A generator is also convenient to have on hand should you need to keep lights burning, freezers operating, or other necessities. Propane generators are fueled directly from your main propane tank eliminating the need for storing gasoline or diesel fuel. By planning ahead for the upcoming season your family can safely weather any storms that rage this winter. Stop in by Wallace Propane for a free estimate on a supplemental heat source, grill, or any propane related product. For other tips on preparing your home for a High Country winter visit www.usepropane.com.


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Landscaping

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s the nights get cooler and the faintest color of the leaves begin to change, the people of the High Country know that fall is just around the corner. We look at our yards that have been so beautiful for the summer and begin thinking about the transitions that will soon take place. What are the needs of a garden that is going from summer to fall? Will I need to totally redo my yard? How can I make the most of my yard and continue enjoying my outside space all throughout the changes that fall brings? When we walk through our yards we may notice that some of the annual and perennial flowers that were so pretty a few weeks ago are beginning to fade, change foliage colors, or appear to be finished blooming. There may be unattractive stalks sticking up, especially in lillies and hostas and sometimes the plant will look as if it is dying. Well, the truth is, as fall comes around these plants are each making their own transitions. To keep the garden looking beautiful and to continue enjoying your yard there are some simple steps we can take to keep the space looking fresh. With perennials, it is important to trim back the stalks and finished blooms so we can continue enjoying the foliage until the first frost. With annuals, they should last until the first frost, but if they begin looking dead or just finished, pull them out and either cover the space with mulch or add some beautiful fall mums or pansies in their place. One way we can add beauty and celebrate the fall season is to do some fall plantings and decorations. As some of the annual flowers begin to fade in late September, why not trade them out for some of the great flowers that are available for fall? Chrysanthemums, pansies, and cabbage roses are only a few of the annual plants that will give a burst of color and life to your fall garden. There are also some impressive perennials that make a big show for any fall yard. Asters, Autumn Joy Seedum, 54 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

and Anemones are some of the later blooming perennials that prosper in the High Country. Additionally, if you enjoy decorating, why not add some pumpkins or cornstalks to either your garden or to the entrance of your house? The rich orange color of the pumpkins make a delightful accent to the backdrop of our glorious mountains as they parade their colors. Pumpkins, cornstalks and Indian corn are all relatively inexpensive and can really brighten up any outdoor space for autumn. Many outdoor lovers are now exploring the idea of a fire pit or exterior fireplace to expand their usable living space to the yard. If you are looking into an outdoor space to build a fire, there are some considerations to be made before hiring someone or taking on the project yourself. Do you want a sunken pit or a raised area to build the fire? Do you want a formal fireplace, which can be fairly expensive or do you just want a stone patio with a pit where a fire can be built? Many of my customers are currently enjoying fire pits that are surrounded by flag stone and boulders. This way, chairs can be used around the pit or folks can sit on the boulders as well… what a fun way to enjoy the crisp nights of fall! A warm sweater, a fire, and marshmallows on a stick to roast under our fantastic October skies… I can hardly wait! S’mores anyone? Sometimes we dread the changing of the season from summer to fall. The cold weather is coming, the flowers are dying, and with all those leaves changing colors (as pretty as they are), they are a lot of clean up! Well, I say let’s make the transition a joyful one and embrace the changing of the season, as so many of our unfortunate friends do who do not live here miss out on doing. Take some time to do a little trimming, touch up the mulch and plant some mums! Place some pumpkins and cornstalks at your front door, throw on a sweater and say, “Happy Fall Y’all!”


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Art

Appalachian State University’s 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series

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Tickets on Sale for Red Clay Ramblers, Del McCoury & Preservation Hall, Acoustic Africa and More!

ppalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs announces its 20102011 Performing Arts Series schedule. This season offers seven major cultural events representing the arts from all over the world throughout the academic year. All shows take place at 8pm at Farthing Auditorium on the campus of Appalachian State University. Tickets are on sale now at the Farthing Auditorium Box Office, 800-814-ARTS (2787) or 828-262-4046 and online at www.pas.appstate.edu. Individual tickets are $20 for the general public, $18 for seniors and staff and faculty at Appalachian and $10 for university students. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. Subscriptions are available to all, and offer a 10% discount and priority seating, and are available through September 17, 2010. The popular “Student Flex 4” pass is available again this year to Appalachian students, allowing a 10% discount as well as the convenience to choose events and seats up until show time. The Farthing Auditorium Box Office is open MondayFriday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. About the Performances Red Clay Ramblers Friday, September 17, 2010 8pm Farthing Auditorium Now in their 38th year, the Tony Awardwinning Red Clay Ramblers are a North Carolina string band with international acclaim. The band’s repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain music, as well as bluegrass, country, rock, New 56 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

Orleans jazz, gospel and the American musical. The New York Times calls their music-making “perfection,” and they have earned numerous awards for their work on Broadway, including two Drama Desk nominations, most recently for the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Fool Moon. The Ramblers have been frequent guests on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and over the years they have performed with such figures as Grammywinner Shawn Colvin, (a former member of the Ramblers), Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, and Michele Shocked. *This is a Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration Event American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band & Preservation Hall Jazz Band Friday, October 29, 2010 8pm Farthing Auditorium Del McCoury got his start playing banjo over 50 years ago, making his big break with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963 and eventually forming The Del McCoury Band. Winning countless awards for their innovative sound, the band propelled to the top of the bluegrass charts in the 90s. The band now includes his sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), Alan Bartram (bass) and Jason Carter (fiddle), and recently celebrated a 50-year legacy of brilliant, heartfelt music with the release Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury. With their name deriving from the ven-

erable music venue Preservation Hall in the heart of New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Some of the founding members performed with jazz pioneers like Louis Armstrong, who says of the group, “Now that’s where you’ll find all of the greats.” North Carolina Symphony From Brahms to Bach- and Back Again Thursday, November 11, 2010 8pm Farthing Auditorium Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Under the gifted artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra has grown in stature and sophistication. The orchestra has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Orchestra Hall in Chicago. This performance is devoted to great classical masterworks, and showcases the full creative life of a hallmark of the Romantic canon: Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn. A timeless sample of the Brahms style -Third Symphony- with an influential rarity by Haydn and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe, make for an unforgettable concert experience. LA Theatre Works: The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb Saturday, January 22, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium The Real Dr. Strangelove explores the


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fractionated relationship between Edward Teller, one of America’s most respected scientists who advocated for developing the H-Bomb, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atom bomb who became the chief obstacle for Eisenhower and the Pentagon in the creation of a more destructive weapon. In this fully-staged production of a radio play, we witness the plan to widen America’s nuclear armory, which ultimately set our country on the path to becoming the strongest military nation on the planet - and living with the consequences. LA Theatre Works last appeared at Appalachian in 2009 performing The Great Tennessee Monkey Trials, and returns by popular demand. The foremost radio theater company in the United States for more than two decades, they have single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions on NPR, the BBC, CBC and online at www.latw.org. Balé Folclórico da Bahia Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahia was formed in 1988 and has achieved considerable success in its short history. Under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba, the company’s many national and international tours have earned them a prestigious reputation that is reflected in the response of the public and critics alike. Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, the 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers perform a repertory based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin that includes slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba and those that celebrate Carnival. The company presents the region’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins.

Russian National Ballet: Romeo & Juliet and Chopiniana Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium The Russian National Ballet was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. Today, the Russian National Ballet is its own institution, with over 50 dancers, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. The company will perform Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tragic story of struggle between love and the binding circumstances of family ties, and Chopiniana, which grew out of Chopin’s Seventh Waltz and premièred in 1907. The favorite composition of its creator, Mikhail Fokine, this work has now become standard repertoire for many of the world’s leading theatres. Acoustic Africa Habib Koité, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum Friday, April 8, 2011 8pm Farthing Auditorium Experience a fascinating musical journey focused on the richness of the African guitar tradition with Habib Koité, the Malian superstar whose exhilarating concerts have endeared him to audiences worldwide, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, best-selling Zimbabwean artist known for his soulful, husky voice and noted Malian guitarist, singer and composer Afel Bocoum, whose songs provide thoughtful commentary on the evolution of traditional Malian society. Together, these artists bring their own flavor and rhythm to traditional African guitar music. Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi began recording in the mid-1970s as a mem-


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ber of Wagon Wheels. His music is undeniably contagious with songs addressing social and economic issues of his Zimbabwean homeland. With remarkable subtlety and a sure talent, Afel Bocoum is a member of the group Alkibar, which means “messenger of the great river” in his native language of Sonrai, and he has proven that he is true to this namesake, actively keeping Malian music at the forefront of the international scene. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Habib Koité has a strong following in America, with his music reflecting the diverse musical traditions of his Malian homeland, mixed with a distinct, modern Western influence. Koité has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and has been featured in People and Rolling Stone magazines. His last performance at Appalachian was in 2005, when he received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd. Curricular Connections The Performing Arts Series makes it a priority to create curricular connections between the classroom and the stage. Every year, the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs works with the artists to create additional special events to enhance the cultural experience of students. “In recent years, a major goal has been to bring classroom learning alive for students, by presenting artists that complement and breathe life into the classroom curriculum,” says Denise Ringler, Director of Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. Professors are encouraged to integrate these offerings into their syllabi and bring their students to the performances and any additional events put on by the artist. About the Performing Arts Series The 2010-11 Performing Arts Series is a presentation of Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. The mission of the series is to support the teaching mission of Appalachian State University by presenting a diverse array of music,

dance, and theatre events designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the campus and surrounding region. By creating memorable performance experiences and related educational and outreach activities, the series promotes the power and excitement of the live performance experience; provides a “window to the world” through the artistry of nationally and internationally renowned artists; and showcases some of the finest artists of Appalachian State University’s campus community and the surrounding region. Sponsors The Performing Arts Series would be unable to present and publicize its wide range of extraordinary programming programming without critical private funding sources, including a group of outstanding sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including: McDonald’s of Boone, Nationwide Insurance—The Park Terrell Agency, Charter Media, The Mountain Times, All About Women magazine, WNC Magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal, the High Country Press, Oldies 100.7, Mix 102.3, Mountain Television Network, WDAV 89.9, WFDD 88.5, WETS 89.5, WNCW 88.7 and WASU 90.5FM. Hotel and restaurant sponsors include Westglow Resort and Spa and Rowland’s Restaurant, Chetola Resort, the Bob Timberlake Inn and the Manor House at Chetola, The Broyhill Inn and Conference Center and the Jackson Dining Room, the La Quinta Inn & Suites of Boone, The Best Cellar, Louisiana Purchase, Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Pepper’s and the Red Onion Café. Contact Information For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or 828-2624046, or visit www.pas.appstate.edu. You can also follow the Performing Arts Series on Facebook and Twitter, @AppalachianArts.


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Green Building

Boone home goes

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The Marland Residence near downtown Boone, NC, was designed and built following the requirements of the LEED for Homes Program and will earn Platinum honors, the highest level of performance in this green building rating system. Points are awarded in categories that promote a whole-building approach to sustainability through site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Site selection was crucial in planning their new home, as the Marland family wanted a location that was walking and bike friendly for work, school and recreation. The lot they found earned LEED points by being close to town, being in an infill location, and having nearby open/green space. Another requirement for the Marlands’ was that the site have great solar access allowing for both passive solar design and active solar systems. The house was intended to be as energy efficient as the budget would allow. The starting point was to keep the total finished/conditioned size as small as practical for this family of four, and then find the best materials, methods and systems to insulate, heat, cool, ventilate, and light the spaces. Energy efficient features that helped earn LEED points include the solar hot water system, Icynene insulation, air-source heat pump system, triple-pane windows with fiberglass frames, CFL and LED lighting and Energy Star HOUSE FACTS: House size: 2,375 square feet (conditioned) with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a home office plus a detached garage Construction: July to December 2009 Owners: Eric and Kimberly Marland Architect: Kimberly Marland, AIA, LEED AP of Marland Architecture, Boone, NC Builder: Chase Ambler of Headwaters Enterprises, Inc, Boone, NC Energy Consultant: Quint David, Building Performance Engineering, Boone, NC

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The Marlands’ love their new home and hope it inspires other people to design and build green HERS baseline of 100). For comparison purposes, an Energy Star Home has to have a HERS score of 85 or lower.

appliances. Computer modeling was done of the designed house and systems to get a preliminary rating of the efficiency and an estimate of $1,093 for Annual Energy Costs. The home is performing better than expected with the first six months of occupied energy costs (February to July

2010) coming in at a total of $515. The testing of the completed building yielded a HERS Index of 47, which means that the home should use about 47% of the energy that a conventional home of the same size would use that is designed to the current building code minimums (a

An important part of green building is the selection of all the materials that go into the construction. The Marlands’ selected locally sourced materials like southern yellow pine for framing and local maple for interior flooring. They used zero VOC interior paints, an ERV air exchanger, a central vacuum system, and a sealed crawl space to improve the indoor air quality. Durable materials like cement fiber siding were selected to extend the life of the structure and reduce maintenance costs. Recyclable materials like metal roofing and materials with recycled content like gypsum board and LDF trim reduce landfill waste now and in the future. All of these materials helped earn LEED points to get to the Platinum level. Of course all of these careful design decisions and selections would not result in a great house without a knowledgeable and attentive builder/contractor. Chase Ambler of Headwaters Enterprises, Inc. was involved early in the planning stages and was responsible for the construction of this house. His experience with green building and desire to do only the best craftsmanship made both a beautiful and well constructed home. The Marlands’ love their new home and hope it inspires other people to design and build green as much as possible.

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DesignProfiles Showcasing the High Country’s beautiful homes and communities

Fall in love with the view Nestled atop Laurel Ridge, the Cleary House, constructed by Mike Smith Builders, is a true custom home and haven for friends, family, and panoramic views. written by Katie Strasser

Sandy Cleary sitting on her favorite rustic porch chair enjoying the view. Photos by Eric Morely


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icture a panoramic view of dozens of ridges tinted with dusty blue, taking note that Grandfather Mountain peacefully rests in the distance. Imagine the slight breeze of fresh air against your skin, and a slow-burning sunset smoldering just on the horizon ahead. Welcome to the unparalleled view straight off of the deck, a locale so magnificent that one would never want to go down the mountain again. Tucked off of a scenic route in Vilas, this Laurel Ridge home epitomizes the ease and true comfort of mountain living. Completed in December 2009 by Mike Smith Builders, this house took one year and five months to artfully construct. A genuine haven for family and friends, the space truly exemplifies the wants and needs that the Cleary family considered when building a “trueâ€? custom home. Owners Pat and Sandy utilized as many local services and labor as possible, and the result of these collaborations was an instant High Country gem. Settled comfortably on 1.97 acres of prime mountaintop real estate, the four bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home covers two stories and boasts a multi-leveled deck perched upon the elevated lot. With 4,575 total heated square feet, the space offers absolute southern hospitality in a mountain atmosphere, without crossing the line over to tired lodge-style living or dated kitschy cabin atmospheres. The main inspiration for the home was incorporating the use of natural elements into a modern-day family lifestyle. Sandy envisioned a look for the home that made it seem like it had visually risen up from the ground, featuring neutral earth tones and textures and shapes found throughout nature. This general theme is reflected continually all throughout the house, from a carved branch chandelier in the main foyer to handscraped hickory floors to petrified wood sink basins in the master bathroom. A custom sink in the main floor powder room is comprised of a locust timber pedestal, individually chosen by Sandy and topped with a sink basin carved into a thick stone slab. Unique faucets and hardware are featured within each and every room, giving the individual spaces specific looks that are all tied together by the universal atmosphere of the house. Quite possibly the most challenging aspect of the construction of the home was the issue of weather. Framing for the structure occurred during the harsh High Country winter, causing workers to endure subzero temperatures maxing out at negative 7 degrees Fahrenheit. High winds added to the chill and complicated the task of balancing scaffolding against the walls, making the task even more treacherous than usual. Another trial that arose during construction was the concern of scaling within the home and its rooms. www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com • 69


“The expansiveness of the space posed questions about how large key furniture pieces would be in order to fill the room and look proportional to the floor plan. The problem was solved with a considerable antique coffee table, plump couches and stools, all while large area rugs were invested in to warm up the space and add dimension to the seating areas.�


Oversized doors, ceilings, and windows offer plenty of room for a spacious, friendly floor plan and supply plenty of natural light. However, the expansiveness of the space posed questions about how large key furniture pieces would be in order to fill the room and look proportional to the floor plan. The problem was solved with a considerable antique coffee table, plump couches and stools, all while large area rugs were invested in to warm up the space and add dimension to the seating areas.

what can only be described as an utterly breathtaking view off the side of the mountain. One-of-a-kind pieces such as the great room chandelier add to the home’s multifaceted atmosphere; the fixture was constructed of antiqued reclaimed wine barrels from Italy. An equestrian theme is also present throughout the floor plan, from small iron horses resting on side tables to framed ribbons from shows lining the stairway, showcasing Sandy’s passion and dedication for the sport.

Decorating-wise, Sandy did almost all of the shopping and styling for the house on her own, scouring local antique dealers, flea markets, and countless other merchants. With artistic help from Carlton Gallery especially, Sandy was able to incorporate meaningful pieces throughout the walls of the house that resonate personality and family pride. Portraits of family equestrians by Toni Carlton, as well as some original pieces from the local gallery become the main focal point more than once as one moves through the home. A massive stacked stone fireplace and mantle would be the primary feature of the great room, if not for the widespread, unadorned windows that frame

Off of the great room, the master bedroom surrounds visitors in neutral honey-colored walls. Creamy textiles spread throughout the space add tangible warmth without the bulky darkness of mountain-typical red and brown shades. Floor-toceiling windows are sprinkled throughout the room, and oversized drapery done in the same soft beige pattern of the rest of the room border un-obscured views of Grandfather Mountain in the distance. A seating area is completed by a built-in library, creating an idyllic place to read and relax within this welcoming suite. Through a towering door into the master bathroom, matching petrified wood sink basins are perched upon side by side hiswww.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com • 71


and-hers countertops. A spherical lighting fixture is suspended above the generously sized spa tub, and sleek stonework covers the walls. A walk-in closet and combination glass-and-stone shower complete the room, making it a perfect oasis to relax in seclusion or get ready for a big night out. The entire owner’s suite reflects the rest of the home as well as working to bring a quieter element in juxtaposition to the grand demeanor of the other impressive spaces. The open, gourmet kitchen, following the trend with the rest of the home, is flawless. Chiseled granite countertops on the full island add a sense roughness to the room, and features of hammered stainless steel and an antique onyx backsplash are present. A built-in bar/butler’s pantry and plenty of seating and counter space make the area conducive for plenty of entertaining and gatherings big and small. The family worked with Mike Smith specifically to add personal features to the plan… underneath the countertop alongside of the bar, the “Rhino-pit” was constructed as a cubby for the family dog, Rhino. Unique changes to a conventional floor plan such as this addition are what set apart the Cleary home from other mountain houses, characterizing 72 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

it as a home absolutely tailored to the owner’s specific wants and needs. Additional utilitarian needs were met in the form of a full laundry room with office space, and an orderly walk-in pantry whose window provides enough light to facilitate the occasional orchid that Sandy may be tending to. Downstairs, extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and a full bar and kitchen allow guests to be entirely selfsufficient if they so chose to be. Extra details like the Tiffany lamps hung above the bar and the wrought iron “gate” doors leading to the wine storage room all add charm and appeal to this level of the home. However, the main focus of the floor is to be a getaway from work and the daily stress of life. Affectionately referred to as the “man cave,” football paraphernalia, leisurely couches, and a poker table make this the ideal destination for the man of the house and his friends during game day or after a long week of work. Builder Mike Smith worked closely with the family to create a home that not only fit the lot in the best way possible, but allowed the homeowners to live their dream of crafting a custom home, filled with only the types of elements most personal and important to them.


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Dream It, Build It, Live It.

his motto came true with the completion of a beautiful Jim Barna Log & Timber frame Home for the Greene Family in 2007. Located in the southern mountains of Ashe County, this custom built home sits at 3100 feet elevation with great views of the High Country’s ever-changing seasons. This nearly 3300 square foot home rests on 3.6 acres in the Fleetwood area close to the amenities of Ashe and Watauga Counties. The location of the home gives the impression of a private getaway retreat, but offers the convenience of “quick trips” for necessities.

Winding up the rare gravel country road to the home, visitors might feel the release of the everyday rat-race and relax into the nurturing natural feel of the area. When Randal and Sandra Greene married both had their own homes, but wanted one to call their “own” together. And with 16 grandchildren between the two, they needed the extra room! Having dealt with the Jim Barna Log Home craftsmanship in the past they knew their new home would be a tailor-made haven for their entire family to enjoy. From the open design to attention in the details of


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Design Profile :: Dream It, Build It, Live It the woodwork, this home has been a joy for the Greene Family. The Greene’s knew they both had different ideas and tastes for their new home and wanted to stray from the standard Barna floor plan to create a casual yet elegant presentation. Luckily, the Jim Barna Eastern USA dealership was located in the Greene’s home town and was able to assist them in the creative process. Beginning with a standard model from JBLTH, several changes were made to fit the needs of the owner such as the need for their grandchildren to have their own space. The outside of the home is as welcoming as the inside featuring the custom-made Barna pine, pre-cut, hewn logs and Virginia Fieldstone stack rock foundation. Expansive decking yields room for plenty of seating and outdoor entertaining. The musical stream on the property and the woodland wildlife creates an almost “magical” feeling from this area of the property. There’s even a charming gazebo with a hot tub for those much needed relaxing moments. As one enters the custom designed door to the home, the foyer greets you with a rustic, elegant atmosphere with vaulted ceiling and lots of natural light from the custom designed windows. The great room/kitchen was designed especially for the “cook” to be involved with the family as they enjoyed the cozy fireplace and TV viewing area. Custom wormy maple cabinets and granite countertops help make the kitchen the heart of the home. The latest in appliances with a pop-up fan for down draft helps Mrs. Greene create those kid-friendly snacks. With hand-scraped Hickory floors and lots of windows to allow natural light to flow, the kitchen is always the hub of activity. Off the dining area is one of Mrs. Greene’s favorite spots – a secluded breezeway. She says this is a great place to get the day started with a cup of coffee. 76 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com


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This casual yet refined home offers 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The master suite is spacious and elegant but exudes a mountain style. A large walk-in closet and bathroom help to shape the coziness of the master suite. Located outside the suite is a hot tub to enjoy for a relaxing evening after a hard day’s work. When you enter the master bathroom, a walk-in shower will immediately catch your attention. The master bath features a vanity that was designed from pictures out of magazines that the Greene’s admired. Visitors will feel like part of the family with the spacious guest rooms and separate bathrooms for their convenience. Situated in the upstairs balcony is a stylish, yet comfortable sitting area-the perfect place to lose yourself in the pages of a good book.

The need for the Greene grandchildren to have their own space was created by finishing the basement with a full kitchen, family room, a bedroom and bath. All the amenities of the main living area were added only scaled down. To finish their masterpiece, the Greene’s added an office area located above the two-car garage. It is ideal for the person who runs a business from home. Mr. and Mrs. Greene attribute their dream home to the creative help from Hess Construction Company and Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes. JBLTH has been redefining people’s lifestyles for over 35 years. Let us help you make all your dreams come true of owning a log home in the High Country. For more information contact Tim Parsons at 336-246-7002. www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com • 79


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ily and Grace have been friends most of their lives. From the bond they immediately formed at The Mountain Pathways School, it was evident that the two would be inseparable. Though young in age, the friendship of the two girls became the basis of several more friendships through the school and among their parents. I can remember the day I found out about the unexpected passing of Lily’s father. While my concern went out to the whole family, I found that my main focus of concern was Lily. I found it difficult to explain to Grace what had happened but found peace in her response, “Daddy can we give them the new house I was building so they could live closer to us?” The innocence of children even in times of tragedy gets straight to the point. In Grace’s mind the only thing that mattered was that we bring friends closer when they are in need. As it turned out, there was a need to find a new house for Lily’s family and this is a story of how all her friends helped turn it into their home.

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On the corner of Grand Blvd and Grand Blvd in downtown Boone a house was found that had plenty of potential despite being an older home that needed some fixing up. This home had originally been built as a summer home to the Kaupunan’s in the early 90’s. At 1,500 square feet, the space needed to be a little bigger for the family of three and it had to be updated to facilitate the needs of a modern lifestyle within a tight schedule and budget. With a collaborative effort Lily’s mother, along with Bill Dixon of Appalachian Architecture and Grace’s father of Tynecastle Builders, a new design was created and the home grew just enough to meet their needs. Demolition started in May in hopes of completing the project in time for Lily’s older sister Carly to start her senior year at Watauga High from their new home. Community is highly important to both Renee and Brett and with the demolition beginning, it was decided 82 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

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that everything that could be used by others should be saved and donated. The kitchen cabinets were given to the local Hunger Coalition to be used in the kitchen they were constructing. The interior doors, appliances, fixtures, windows and everything else of use were donated to Hebron Colony and the ReStore in Boone. The home’s previous owner was quite the artist and he had adorned his yard with numerous sculptures. ASU gladly accepted all of his works but one that Renee kept: the Tin Man on his bike still sits in its original place as a nod to the home’s history and its place on Grand. With construction beginning, copious amounts of help started arriving on Grand almost immediately. In addition to Bill Dixon’s design help, many others from The Mountain Pathways community came to assist, including Jay Miller of Miller Grading, and landscape plans from teacher Christy


“Community is highly important to both Renee and Brett and with the demolition beginning, it was decided that everything that could be used by others should be saved and donated.�


Design Profile :: Lily & Grace On Grand Weston. Perry Yates of New River Building Supply and New River Design Center assured us that he would do everything he could in order to help speed up the building process. Additionally, sub contractors who worked for Brett at Tynecastle Builders including Jeff Allison, Rob Russ, Rick Coldiron, VJ Storie, Stacy and Michael Stines and Roger Guilford pitched in to assist. Other local businesses generously lent their hand in the effort including Design on Tap, Gary Trivette Electric, Boone Heating and Air, Joe Newton Plumbing, Rexal Electric, Triplett and Coffey and Sears. As the rebuild started, the main focus of the project became how to make this home a reflection of its future family and the friends that would enjoy it with them. Collaboration began between Lily’s mother Rene and Grace’s father Brett to think outside the box and take the knowledge both possessed from building homes and merge them into something out of the ordinary. Out went all the preconceived notions of what was right or wrong in homebuilding and instead the simple philosophy of “why not?” was promptly adopted. It was decided that the team would take bits and pieces of things that brought joy and comfort to the family and highlight them in their new home. With the ideas evolving it became necessary to just buy key pieces for inspiration and work the design around them. In came a window from an old church; out came a back-lit headboard for the master bedroom. A visit to a junk yard brought old metal railing panels perfect to make unique railings, and a drive to West Jefferson yielded an old claw foot tub that needed to be painted… why not cobalt blue? With the help and patience from Karen of English Antique Importers in Foscoe, four antique furniture pieces from the 1800’s became the basis for the new look of an old-world kitchen. Dark green granite tops from High Country Stone added to the lived-in feel of the space and incorporating a copper backsplash and mantle from their previous kitchen allowed the cooking area to feel like their own. An amazing brick fireplace became a source of inspiration and the old brick left over from their previous home was mixed with rock and iron railings for the front of the house along with planters. Renee found an old reclaimed front door with hinged sidelights circa 1900 that inspired the use of pineapple lights. The question arose, “what about mixing wood and sheetrock with design textures and patterns? Would white washed wainscot and stained wood doors look good with painted jambs? Why not.” With all these finishes and textures mixed with historical pieces and whimsical choices it was decided that color should be the common thread to weave every aspect of the project together. No one loves color more than little girls. Lily loved polka dots with greens and yellows, and Carly wanted beach tones of green and blue; both wanted soft white carpet. Renee wanted cobalt blue and white, and compromise was made through muted white wash and dark rich stains that contrasted these colors and pulled the whole look together. Turning to the family and friends again mined great ideas for the remaining 84 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

space in the home. Grace thought Lily should have a fort (how about under the stairs), Lily wanted a bay window, and everyone loves trampolines (outside of course). What’s more, Renee wanted brick floors, Brett said they should be heated; Renee also wanted open cabinets, Carly said why not shelves. Lily liked a front porch, Renee wanted to enter the house from both sides; Brett thought it would add a cool nook to Carly’s room if the porch roof was taller. Grace loves to play and so does Lily, so what was really a job site became a playground once Lily got off the bus from school and Grace was home waiting for her. “Why not?” continued to prevail and the philosophy carried to the exterior of the home. How about


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mixing hardy lap strake, cedar shingles, wide wood trim with brick, stone and boulders? Can we paint it chocolate brown, trim it in white and accent in cranberry but leave the wood stained natural? Is it possible to cut the wood shingles into diamond shapes and make panels above and below the windows in different patterns? How about a fence that never closes? Why can’t a trellis become a carport with a clear roof? Do we have to

paint metal railings a rust color or can we just let them rust? Instead of downspouts, would it be possible to find rain chains that look like flowers? How about lilies, perfect! What was accomplished in a few short months could not have been done without all the friends that helped. The warmth and comfort of this home can’t be built, it can only be earned. Through the pain and loss

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of the two most important men in her life, love is the path Renee chose to embrace. The physical absence of my husband and father did not leave us without love; it only reinforced it to us. They say home is where the heart is and I can think of no better statement concerning this home. Move in day came right on schedule and Carly spent her senior year on Grand. All the families’ friends, old and new, have come by to visit and the healing continues under the watchful eye of the Tin Man sculpture and in the wings of their two guardian angels. Through it all, Lily and Grace are still a matched set. Different schools may cut into their daily routines a bit but they still invent ways to see each other as often as possible. Whether it is afternoon play dates or sleepovers, they are a constant pair. Supporting each other through hardships and happiness, they showed us that friends can make anything fun. However, when it comes to really having a good time, Lily and Grace prefer to play on Grand. 86 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com


“Supporting each other through hardships and happiness, Lily and Grace showed us that friends can make anything fun.�


Out House of the

Your seasonal guide to the wonderful places of our area and the amazing things to do in the High Country.

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Gold Reds, yellows and oranges permeate our mountaintops in the Fall but during Homecoming weekend in Boone black and gold rule. written by Katie Strasser

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here are few things in life that are as steeped in tradition as homecoming week every fall at a state university. Here in Boone, Appalachian State’s campus lies at the heart of the town, beating life into every corner of the High Country as spectators filter in, the marching band starts to play, and the stadium lights blaze on. Its an almost indescribable feeling when you take your place in the stands and become part of the cheering crowd around you, eyes glued to the field, your pulse lurching at every drive of those black and gold jerseys. Proud alumni travel from the far reaches of North Carolina and out of state to gather once again at a place that they all called home at one of the most exciting points in their lives. No matter how long one has been gone from App State, they still feel the same pull in their hearts to stand up and cheer when they hear the telltale bells of a third down, or the beginning notes of the Mountaineer’s traditional fight song, Hi Hi Yikas. Originally opened on September 15, 1962, ASU’s beloved “Rock” was initially named Conrad Stadium and offered fans a total of 10,000 seats. The venue’s popularity grew as revolutionary artificial turf was soon installed, and the stadium served as the scene for the second college football game to ever be televised on ESPN. Steady additions have accumulated over the years, but nothing transformed Appalachian’s crowning glory of athletics like its most recent makeover. From the conclusion of its construction, Kidd Brewer Stadium has been regarded amongst the college football world as one of the toughest home venues for challenging visiting teams to succeed in.

With the extensive expansion of Kidd Brewer stadium, more well-known as “The Rock,” during the past few years, the venue now seats 21,650 fans and visitors. An impressive seven-story stadium complex was added to the field’s original structure and spans an area of 120,000 square feet. Boasting facilities for training and conditioning, as well as academic space for all twenty of Appalachian’s varsity sports, the complex is truly a gem of the campus. Giving back to the loyal donators of the school’s booster organization, the complex was additionally appointed with 500 club seats and 18 luxury suites, reserved exclusively for the Mountaineer faithful, the Yosef Club. The Chancellor’s box is the best seat in the house, offering the big man on campus breathtaking views of ASU’s grounds and a flawless view of game play on the field. For this year’s homecoming game, the black and gold Mountaineers will take on the Elon Pheonix, a conference match-up that always ensures a spectacular game. Last year, the Apps defeated Elon 27-10, and there will surely be an intimidating turn out by the Mountaineers on game day. While the game will be televised on local channel Sport South, all High Country fans are encouraged to grab a ticket and come out and support one of the winningest college football programs in the state. An essential for any High Country homeowner: come sit in the crisp fall air, watch the sun set over the surrounding mountains, listen to the Marching Mountaineers well up from the crowd, and appreciate a true Boone tradition: Appalachian State game day. It’s an experience that truly cannot be found anywhere else in North Carolina.


Fall’s Bounty Find the best local foods and products at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market

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t’s the smell of plump, vine ripened tomatoes. It’s the warm sun on pavement and the High Country breeze sifting through handfuls of flowers and bunches of herbs. It’s the taste of soft, fresh goat cheese on a cracker. It’s the sound of families, friends, and neighbors as they greet each other with a good morning. It’s the essence of a community coming together to support local produce and products, and since 1974 it’s been referred to as the Watauga County Farmers’ Market. Located on Horn in the West drive in Boone, NC the Watauga County Farmers’ Market boasts dozens of vendors in all areas of fresh produce and unique crafts. From vibrant quilting materials to crisp shining apples to homemade preserves straight from the farm, one always finds something new within the variation of goods offered. Products are categorized into four groups: produce, prepared foods, plants, and crafts. Each Saturday shows no shortage of an excellent representation of everything that the productive people of the area have to offer. The market is up and running every Saturday from mornings until noon until its last open weekend on October 30, 2010. Additionally, vendors are also open and available on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm until September 29, 2010. In small-town areas like Boone, it is important to support local growers and crafters in order to keep a strong tie between the land and its people. There is so much more of an experience in personally communicating with vendors at the Market for the freshest goods than in handing over a frequent customer card in a check-out line. Strolling through booths bursting with fresh produce on a Saturday feels like worlds away from filing down grocery store aisles amongst other cart pushers, looking for the

only peach in the display that isn’t horribly bruised. Helpful hints and tips are offered on the Market’s website for buyers to take into consideration before they begin their local shopping experience. Due to the fact that cash is the currency norm for most vendors, it is suggested that customers bring mostly small bills in order to avoid needing too much change during transactions. While service animals are always welcome, pets are highly discouraged as the space can get crowded and so vendors do not have to worry about “guarding” their food. On top of the plentiful goods for sale each Saturday, some weekends at the Horn in the West offer live musical amusement. This summer, visitors will enjoy the sounds of the Forget Me Nots and Galen Wilkes, to name a couple of the entertainment appearances on the current calendar. Mountain Alliance also holds a pancake breakfast for markergoers on the first Saturday of July and August as a fundraiser for the organization. Known as “Pancakes in the Park,” hot, fluffy stacks of flapjacks are paired with local organic eggs, sausage, and coffee for the small price of $6 per person. Events such as this are what make the Farmers’ Market more multi-faceted and a dynamic experience. This venue takes the mediocrity out of navigating through freezing aisles of frozen foods and boxes, and lets one enjoy both the unparalleled fall weather of Boone and the friendly neighbors that we otherwise might not come in contact with due to our busy weekday schedules. When allowed the opportunity to shop and buy locally, we should always take it, especially since Boone is such a beautiful and diverse place to live, offering countless ways to feel like a part of the unique mountain community.


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Final Thoughts

Coming Home—Again written by Judi Beck, M.A

.The high country is sprinkled with family graveyards—most out in the middle of nowhere—signifying homesteads from eras past. Sometimes a chimney or stone steps remain, giving you an idea of how the families lives were configured; house here, cropland there, barn there, road here. Other times all that’s left is the graveyard, oftentimes on the edge of a clearing, giving the observer much less orientation. My dog, Mindy, and I were walking a leg of the Tanawha Trail this summer in search of blackberries—about a week or two before their peak. When I gave up on finding more than what I could pop in my mouth, I put my bag in my pocket and concentrated on the long-range scenery, rather than the shortrange ambition of berry bushes. Off of Holloway Mountain road, the Tanawha traverses pastures, thickets and forests. Hikers cross fields of flowing grasses and wildflowers with sweeping mountains vistas. Shortly one is engulfed in rhododendron thickets followed by pine or hardwood forests. Emerging from a thicket I clearly saw the parkway trail but was distracted by a gate on a distant hillside, and a barely discernable trail—perhaps one left by a deer—veering off at a 60-degree angle from the well-worn path. Having given up on blackberries, I followed the trail less traveled through high grasses. After a few hundred feet, I encountered the old gate, providing entry into a small cemetery, no more than 25 x 25 feet in diameter. Overgrown with thorn bushes, wildflowers, grasses and poison ivy, I was glad I’d worn long pants and wellies—in anticipation of treading through berry thickets—because the space drew me like the scent of freshly baked bread wafting from a bakery. A deer scampered off as we entered the sanctuary. Inside the gate, I became acquainted with several families which I can only assume, rightly or wrongly, were extended from one original—by marriage. Of the tombstones I could decipher, it appears their births ranged from 1824 to 1924, their deaths from 1824 to 1979. There are two service men—both of whom may have died in battle ((Dillard died in 1972 (Vietnam?) at the age of 50, Raleigh in 1942 (WWII?) at the age of 21)). There are three couples: Edna and James, William and Adaline, and James and Edna Laura who lived to ripe old ages—I assume following long marriages. Alas, as in all old cemeteries, ripe aging is not the rule but the exception. Many children lived only a few days, months or years. Women of childbearing age died young—one (Norah) I assumed of a broken heart—after the death of three children between 1909 and 1916. Indeed, from 1915 to 1916, this burial ground embraced a devastating 6 members of this besieged family. My research shows a substantial rise in flu and pneumonia deaths in the U.S. during this period due to the onset of a major respiratory disease. The Spanish Flu pandemic in the 1918-19-time period, which killed 50 million people worldwide 106 • www.HighCountryHomeMagazine.com

(500,000 in the U.S.), followed this. William died in 1919. The average years of life for those in my burial ground were 33.5 and yet, for those who made it past childhood it was a whopping 74 years—this figure including the two who may have died in wars. Grief and Reflection The day was one that—in Ireland—they would call “soft.” The sky was clear but not brilliant. The breeze was gentle and cool on the skin. The rustling of the leaves was background music—a heartbeat of sensation, the sun a tender companion. My senses were enlivened, yet I wasn’t prepared for the emotions that overcame me. They arrived without preamble. Tears fell. For some reason, they felt welcome. While I certainly grieved for a family’s extraordinary losses—upon reflection, I believe I was also grieving for the lives of simple people, departed from their land—their homesteads vanished—seemingly from the face of the Earth. I imagined extended family members who may or may not walk this land and others, who are likely sprinkled all over the world. How many are even aware of their Appalachian ancestors, let alone the existence of this sweet and soulful resting place? Do family members ever visit? Will anyone else be buried here or will it just eventually disintegrate into the earth? Dust to dust. Why did the farm vanish? Was there loss of livelihood or interest in the land? Were there dreams of a better life in Atlanta, Charlotte or Hickory? Were hearts broken or uplifted when a way of life ceased? These questions remain with me today. Healing and Wholeness I emerged from the sacred ground—cheeks still wet—and scanned the pasture, seeking clues to the lives of my new acquaintances. On a bit higher ground, there was a solitary rock in the open field, close to an ash, two cypress trees and a cluster of rocks in their shadows. I targeted them and traversed the field. Perching yogi-style on the single rock, I noticed that it appeared to have been squared off on two sides. A cornerstone of their home or barn? Perhaps! Mindy settled under the ash to watch the world go by. I closed my eyes and presently merged with the day: the breeze, the rustle, the bees, and the sun’s warmth filling my pores. Freed from thoughts of the past and the future, I blissfully welcomed the present—in all its freedom from care. Following a brief, but grounding meditation, I roused myself and reluctantly began my trek homeward. Across the grasses, through the copses of hardwoods and pines, through the rhododendron thickets and across dusty Holloway Mountain Rd., thoughts of my new “family” persisted. They gave me new appreciation of the recent push by promoters of ancestry websites and the T.V. program “Who Do You Think You Are?” Hmmm. Who do I think I am?


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Final Thoughts My own mother is 93 years young. Only one member of my new “family” matched this; Edna Laura lived an amazing 93 years, dying in 1945. Cordie Caroline came next consuming 83 years and William and James followed dying at 82 and 81, respectively. My goodness, I’ve acquired some good genes! But, alas, I am woefully ignorant of my own biological family tree—perhaps because I convinced myself as a child that I was adopted or was somehow plopped down from the sky into the middle of this already established family. I know better now; I was just an unplanned, late in life child that no one knew quite what to do with! Regardless, at this point, I may know more about Edna Laura and James’ family tree than my own. Being so much younger than my siblings, my grandparents were gone before I was old enough to know or learn from them. The only history I’ve known worth mentioning is my great paternal grandmother was the first woman doctor in Detroit; she was considered scandalous because, like Scarlet O’Hara, she would ride her buggy around Detroit by herself making house calls. The only reason I’m privy to this family story is whenever I was my willful, rebellious self, it was said that I took after my willful, rebellious great grandmother. Coincidentally, a couple days before I found the Tanawha cemetery, I received a free month-long introductory membership to one of those ancestry websites. The day I found it I took a call from an 83-year old art student of my husband’s who casually mentioned that she grew up on a tiny island in the Detroit River

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called Grosse Ile—which serendipitously—is where my mother was raised! We had a rousing dialogue connecting a few dots and establishing several common acquaintances not the least of which was that her first fiancee was one of my uncle’s best friends! When I called and reported this concurrence to my Mom, she launched into some family memorabilia, which I hadn’t heard before; her grandfather Williams began his life with the surname of “Northeast” and chose to change it to Williams after he came to the U.S. He subsequently wasn’t able to collect on his share of a sizeable inheritance for the Northeast brothers because he couldn’t prove that he was actually a Northeast. Egad! What other juicy little tidbits am I missing not knowing my family history? My taste buds are primed and my hunger is far from sated. I’m going to accept that free month-long trial, head North to my Mom’s and—together—get acquainted with my rebellious paternal great grandmother and my name-changing maternal great grandfather. My home state of Michigan hasn’t felt like home for a long, long time. As much as I’ve enjoyed joining the North Carolina clan of Edna Laura (1852-1945) and James (1852-1933), I think it’s time to revisit my own roots. Fifty-five and 77 years after their deaths, my new family-friends have influenced the life of a woman they never knew or dreamed of. Thanks for the memories you two. You’re voices have risen and they have been heard.


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Index A Flooring Outlet......................... .48 A1 Vacuum Solution.................. 65,100 App & Associates....................... 40 Appalachian Custom Builders ........16 Appalachian Electric .......................94 Appalachian Manufactured Stone..... 52 AS Construction .............................18 Bargain Barn .................................107 Baxter Norris Construction............ 66 Burchell Construction ...................101 Carrington Designs .........................46 Classic Stone Works.......................... 8 Closet Design Center ....................43 Critcher’s Auto Parts ......................44 Custom Mica & Wood................. 17 Dachille Construction ...................111 Distinctive Kitchens and Baths ..........1 Doc’s Gem Mine ..........................91 Doe Ridge Pottery ..........................15 Doug McGuire Construction .............4 Dougnet ...........................................94 Ed Spivey Construction .............102 Firethorn ..........................................13 Foscoe Fishing ................................91 Gamkeeper, The .............................93 Glidewells .......................................93 H & H Drywall .............................108 Harry Stroud Roofing .....................40 Hawk Mountain Garden Center .......107 Headwaters Enterprises ....................10 Heather Buchanan Electric ............107 Heritage Propane ..........................103 High Country Cabinets ......................6 High Country Renovators ...............47 High Country Stone.......................25 Horn In The West ..........................60 Hunters Tree Service .......................61 Jeff Smith Construction ...................23

Kevin Beck Studio ..........................59 Kibo Group ......................................9 Knox Group ..................................105 Laurel Ridge Builders .................98 Lehmann Construction ....................11 Logs America ...................................5 Main Street Discount ....................107 Mastercraft ....................................109 McKee Tree Service .......................53 Mountain High Realty ....................99 New River Concrete Countertops..... 19 Oak Hill Iron ..................................20 Orkin ...............................................55 Outdoor Lighting Perspectives ......110 Penick Construction .......................29 Precision Cabinets ..........................42 Purveyors Of Art ............................10 Randy Blake Carpentry ................105 RCD Construction .............................2 Restaurant G .................................93 Retractable Screen Doors ...............27 Ridgeline Construction ..................111 Roof Master ..................................105 Skybest .........................................112 Sugar Top Resort Sales.................. 90 Superior Spas .................................57 Tatum Galleries .........................57,58 The Cabin Store .............................45 The Country Gourmet .....................17 Tom Eggers Construction ...................7 Turchin Center .................................61 Turtle Creek Residence Club ............3 Walker & Divenere .........................91 Wallace Propane .............................51 Waters Edge Builders .....................88 Wolf Creek Traders ......................49 Xtreme Construction ...................105

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