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HOME, FARM, & GARDEN p.8 * OUT & ABOUT p.18 * 8 The Vintage Southern

Homemaker: Gloria Brown shares memories and helpful tips


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16 Sarah Southard, DVM:

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Rose Ayers

Gloria Brown

Gin Denton

Sheri Wren Haymore

The proverbial teacher and life-long learner, Rose dedicated 40 years to teaching music in Christian and public education. She taught in multiple locations in NC and TN. She grew up at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA with loving parents and grandparents who instilled the value of learning, appreciation of mountain culture, and preservation of our past. Rose currently owns Memories on Main Antiques and Collectibles in downtown Mount Airy, NC.

Gloria is co-owner of The Nest & Hive Shoppe, a home décor business in Fancy Gap, VA, as well as the co-host of The Vintage Southern Homemaker television show. Her musings on life growing up and living in the South have appeared in publications and on TV throughout the region. She is an expert antiques collector who grew up in the business and worked many years as a dealer in the Yadkin Valley area, where she currently resides.

Gin is the owner of Ginger Horse Studio. Her focus is lifestyle photography, covering horse shows, weddings, concerts, and doing on location portraits. Gin graduated from the University of Findlay with an Equine Business Management degree, where she also studied music and photography. She is a member of the Mount Airy Ukulele Invasion (MAUI) and the Granite City Rock Orchestra (GRO). Gin resides in Lowgap, NC with her family on their small horse farm.

Sheri grew up in Mt. Airy, NC, and lives thereabouts with her husband. Together they run a couple of small businesses and plan their next vacation. A graduate of High Point University, her first job was as a writer at a marketing firm—and she’s been scribbling ever since. Sheri has several suspense novels in publication and Surry Living is proud to include sequential excerpts from one of her books in each issue.

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Carmen Long

Kristen Owen

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Rynn is a writer and designer based in the Yadkin Valley region of North Carolina. She loves to share her ideas for adding simple beauty into hectic lifestyles. More than mere recipes, her mission is to offer practical shortcuts for food preparation along with visual tips for presentation. Rynn began her career in Aiken, SC, as a newspaper reporter writing feature articles about food, living, and the arts.

Carmen is an NC Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. Making quick, easy, healthy food that tastes great on a budget is a challenge. Carmen and her husband have two grown children, both of which were involved in sports from grade school thru college. With busy careers and lots of time at sporting events, coming up with quick, healthy meals was a necessity. Carmen shares ideas and recipes to make this tough job a bit easier.

Kristen Owen is a Digital Content Producer for Lowe’s Home Improvement. She grew up on a small family farm in Buncombe County and graduated from N.C. State University with undergraduate degrees in Agriculture Extension and Communication, and a masters degree in Communication. She has a passion for agriculture and teaching. She loves the mountains, reading, meeting people and going new places. She lives in Salisbury with husband Matt, an agriculture teacher at a local high school.

Joanna Radford is the Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent for the NC Cooperative Extension in Surry County with expertise in entomology, gardening, and pesticide education. She began her career with NC Cooperative Extension in Stokes County in 1995 as a 4-H Agent, later switching to Field Crops and Pesticide Education in Surry County. In 2012, she assumed the role of Horticulture Agent for Surry County. She lives on a farm with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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Larry is the Executive Editor of Surry Living Magazine and the Creative Director at Vivid Graphics in Galax, VA. With over 25 years experience as a writer, graphic designer, and commercial photographer. Larry and wife, Trina, have four wonderful, grown children, one awesome grandchild, and live in Fancy Gap, VA.

Gary resides in Pilot Mountain with his wife Charlotte at Vintage Rose Wedding Estate. A 1965 graduate of Guilford College, he received his MBA from Bucknell in ’68. His early career included service at York Oil Company and Neighbors Stores. His passion for celebrating community servants led him to begin producing People Doing Good For Others on WPAQ in 1998, which fueled his interest in local broadcasting and ultimately his purchase of 100.9 WIFM in February 2004. Gary’s dedication to the community extends beyond the walls of WIFM to include a photo ministry, a monthly newsletter, “The Communicator,” and prior service as a Surry County Commissioner, member of the Mount Airy City Schools Board of Education, and service as a UNC-TV Trustee. He’s a member of the Surry County Educational Foundation and Board Member of the Elkin Rescue Squad. SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue • 7

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September Song

I say it about every season, but I really mean it this time. September ushers in autumn, and that is my very favorite season. Call it fall if you must, but I prefer autumn. The days grow shorter, the air is crisper, and once again I am reminded of my bygone school days. I can still hear the roar of the school bus and smell the newly waxed wooden floors, the wooden shavings in the trimmer, and the dust of the chalkboard erasers. As I recall, some school years were better than others. There were years that I held dear and years that I endured. Each afternoon I got off the bus at my grandmother’s house and stayed with her until my momma came home from work. Second grade must have been one of those endured years, because I decided that I no longer needed an education, preferring instead to stay with Grandmother all day. But how to make that happen? Around that time, a particular soap opera with a brain tumor story line had everyone on edge as to whether or not the patient would pull through. I had seen enough to know that there were all kinds of tests and machines for the brain. I reasoned that feigning terrible headaches would have me found out in no time. But, I hadn’t heard a thing about stomach tests, so I determined that my tummy was what would bother me. It was on. I even convinced myself that I had horrible stomachaches. I was certain there were no tests to prove otherwise. I went to school one morning and as soon as Mrs. Pass started talking about verbs and adjectives, I burst into tears and boy did my tummy hurt something fierce. It didn’t take but a couple of these attacks before I was hauled into the doctor’s office. Low and behold, there was a cure for me. A brown bottle of green medicine and I should be good to go. Dang! I didn’t see that one coming. For all the ways I dreamed of not being confined to a classroom all day, I actually didn’t mind the homework. I loved the challenge of a perfect score on the weekly spelling test, and I insisted that Momma drill me constantly on multiplication tables and state capitals. I was all about the end, but the means to the end didn’t interest me much. I don’t really know how I made it through elementary school. I got a paddling (or a few) every single year through the sixth grade. Never for being mean, but always for talking and being disruptive in class. I meant no harm but there were nearly 30 kids in my class, and I usually had something to tell every one of them. I never received a satisfactory in citizenship and that has perplexed me to this day. I was one of the best goodcitizen types you would ever want to meet. But there was evidently nowhere else on that report card to address the problems such a social butterfly could cause in a classroom. I still keep in touch with some of my former teachers. I loved them then and always will. I have apologized to many of them in the years since my early education. Bless their hearts, I wouldn’t have wanted to educate me either. 8 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

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Advanced Treatment for Stroke: When Minutes Save Lives! “Every minute counts when dealing with a potential stroke situation – so if you think you’re having a stroke, call 911 immediately so you are taken to the nearest hospital with the advanced training and resources needed to provide the most appropriate care!” says Debbie Moser, RN, BSN, Coordinator for the nationally-certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Northern Hospital of Surry County. “Our certification means that we have a dedicated response, available 24/7, who work in a carefully orchestrated manner to swiftly evaluate, diagnose and treat a patient who may be having a stroke,” adds Moser, who also serves as the hospital’s Staff Development Coordinator. “As soon as we’re notified that a stroke patient is en-route or has arrived, a “Code Stroke” is called in the hospital signaling our stroke team into action. We meet the patient at the door and quickly transport him or her to the Imaging Center for a CT head scan so we can determine the cause of the stroke – which will then dictate the treatment to be given,” explains Karen Hagen, RN, CEN, Director of Emergency Services. “Our [laboratory] staff also responds to the Code Stroke and quickly obtains blood samples. At the same time, we are arranging for a telemedicine consult with a neurologist, who is able to speak directly with the patient and/or family members about the patient’s condition and recommend course of treatment. “All of our initial evaluation efforts are performed quickly and seamlessly so we are able to initiate treatment as soon as possible to reduce or eliminate neurological deficits that may result from the interruption of blood to the brain,” adds Hagen, who notes that Northern treats approximately 20-30 patients as a Code Stroke per month.

Speed is essential—both in recognizing the signs of a stroke and then getting medical attention. The most common symptoms of a stroke are facial drooping, arm weakness and slurred speech. [See “Act FAST – Call 911” sidebar.] The Golden Hour “When we say that every minute counts, we mean it,” says Jason Edsall, MD, Chief of Staff for Northern Hospital and Medical Director of the Stroke Center. “The sooner we provide appropriate treatment to a stroke patient, the less chance they will suffer significant or long-term neurological deficits. “Our goal is to get patients to the functional status they had before the onset of symptoms,” he continues. To achieve the optimal outcome, patients should try to get to the hospital within 60 to 90 minutes (or less) of when symptoms first appear. “We’ll take it from there,” says Dr. Edsall, adding that “our procedures are so streamlined that our typical door-to-needle time is under 60 minutes.”

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Since joining the Emergency Medicine physician staff for Northern Hospital in 2002, Dr. Edsall had been a strong advocate for establishing a stroke program that would be recognized by national peers for its commitment to excellence in patient-care. Buoyed by his enthusiasm and determination, the hospital’s other clinicians and administrators worked collaboratively to design Depending on the severity of symptoms and cause of the stroke and implement the crucial clinical pathways and protocols – be it a blood clot (87% probability) or a bleed in the brain needed to achieve such independent certification for excellence. (13% probability) – the patient may be given a highly-effective clot-busting drug on-the-spot and admitted to the hospital or Karen Hagen, who has directed the ED operations for the past given appropriate medications and quickly transported to one of four years, remembers well the long hours and hard work put two Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Winston-Salem, where a into creating a nationally-ranked stroke program. “One of the delicate clot-retrieval procedure is performed in a Catheterization most rewarding things for me has been to help drive the processLab. Similar to a heart catheterization, the procedure involves change needed to achieve certification of our Stroke Program,” threading a catheter through a major artery in order to grab and she said. The time and effort paid off! Since February 2016, remove the clot in the brain. Northern Hospital’s program has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s The Silent Killer leading accreditation organization for hospitals. “Today, there’s According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not a single person on staff who doesn’t understand and know (CDC), stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans – how their role fits into ensuring high-quality care for stroke killing about 140,000 individuals each year. More than 795,000 patients.” people in the U.S. have a stroke every year; with about 610,000 of those cases being first or new strokes. Stroke is also the leading For more information about Northern Hospital’s certified cause of serious long-term disability, with strokes reducing Advanced Primary Stroke Program, visit our website at www. northernhospital.com/stroke. mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over. Notice: This is a paid advertorial for Northern Hospital, Mt. Airy, NC 10 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

home, farm, & garden Since the days of cavemen, humans have invented utilitarian objects. The melting of iron enabled the French iron workers of the 1700s to create cast iron used for the French cooks of that day. These heritage artisans created cookware that was both hot as they constructed it, as well as hot when women cooked over open flames outside or in the kitchen fireplace.

Cast Iron Pots

by Rose Ayers

The sweltering dog days of August are gone, and signs of autumn fill the crisp, blue sky. Soon, brightly colored leaves will swirl to the ground. When fall approaches in the mountains, the local folks dig out the large black cauldron of yesteryear, often called the witch’s pot, to prepare apple butter or Brunswick stew over an open fire. One of my favorite childhood memories is riding the stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs across Surry County into Patrick County, VA. My parents loved the mountains, and I fondly remember the country roads and stopping to watch folks cooking down apple butter in those large cast-iron pots that contain more history than you can possibly imagine.

The US history of cast iron began with the local blacksmith re-creating much of what had been learned in Europe. As the US became more industrialized during the 1800s, cast iron production moved to locales such as Birmingham, AL, and Pittsburgh, PA. Out of these foundries came some of the bestknown skillets or frying pans ever made. The earliest skillets had neither markings nor a metal ridge across the back, and usually sat atop a cast iron cookstove heated by firewood. As with most durable, relatively inexpensive items, the mass marketing of cast iron skillets began. Griswold started manufacturing cookware in 1865. Wagner Ware began in 1881 and Lodge Manufacturing (Blacklock Foundry) in 1896. When thinking of cast iron, remember forges came first followed by furnaces and then foundries. I have always been told since I first started collecting and dealing with antiques that a Griswold cast iron skillet was the best skillet that money could buy. At this point of my life, I can only hope to inherit the cast iron frying pan than has no name or mark that Mom has baked cornbread in since I was a toddler.

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Overwintering Summer and Fall Flowering Bulbs Fall is around the corner and with it goes much of the beautiful summer color of our flowering plants. Do not get discouraged because many of these plants will overwinter and we will enjoy them again next year. In North Carolina, hardy bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, and lilies overwinter in the ground. But most of the tender bulbs like gladiolus, caladiums, and tuberous begonias should be either dug up after the first frost or their containers brought indoors. In the spring, they can be replanted, and many of them can be divided and shared with a neighbor. I have selected five of the most popular summer and fall flowering bulbs and want to share overwinter storage hints to help you preserve them for your future enjoyment. Caladiums have beautiful leaves with unique patterns and vibrant colors. They typically thrive in shady areas, but many newer cultivars tolerate sunlight. They must be dug up in Photo Credit: University of Florida the fall and stored somewhere dry at 70 to 75 degrees. Replant the tubers in the spring after the last chance of frost. Their color is more vibrant when they are planted in the shade. Cannas are a good choice if you want to make a statement or use as a temporary screen or background planting in borders. The flowers can be yellow, orange, pink, and even red, while the large, bananaPhoto Credit: University of like foliage may be green, Massachusetts Extension bronze, or burgundy. Once frost has killed the foliage, dig the rhizomes up, remove the shoots (along with any soil), and dry for a few days. Store cannas in bushel baskets or burlap bags covered with dry peat or vermiculite at 41 to 50 degrees. Dahlias are my all-time favorite. They remind me of my grandma and the hundreds she used to plant on a hillside. These sunlightloving plants bring a variety of color to any landscape. They Photo Credit: Dr. Roy Winkelman also bring varying heights of one to six feet depending on the cultivar. Generally, dig dahlia clumps in the fall after the first frost 12 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

and store at 35 to 45 degrees in dry vermiculite or sand. In the spring, divide clumps with each section having at least one shoot. Gladiolus are popular in cut flower arrangements. They come in numerous colors and have a wide range of flower sizes. Gladiolus do not overwinter. After the foliage dries, dig the corms up, remove the soil, and cut off the dead tops. Dry the corms for three or four days in an Photo Credit: JC Raulston Arboretum, NCSU open area and dust with an insecticide and fungicide. Store dry, in mesh bags or trays, at 35 to 41 degrees. Daylilies are the backbone of any perennial garden. Just like the name implies, daylily flowers last only one day. But, hold on tight. One flower stalk can have up to 20 buds, making the color last for weeks. Daylilies do not require winter storage. Divide these hardy plants into clumps in the fall or early spring using plantings that are two to three years old. Make sure each clump has three shoots with an adequate number of fibrous roots. What are you waiting for? Get outdoors and preserve those gorgeous flowers!

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On the Wrong Track “What do we do now?” she asked.

by Larry VanHoose

There we sat. We’d followed our GPS directions exactly, but that didn’t help a bit. We arrived on the wrong day at the wrong place. “What do we do now?” What a great question! It reminded me of a trip I took just after I’d bought my first GPS. I was on a bus with guys from church heading to a conference in South Carolina. We were using my new “toy” to navigate to our destination. Everyone was amazed at how the GPS kept us on track, even finding rest areas, lodging, and restaurants along the way. As we traveled along, one of the gentlemen asked me question after question about the functions and features of the thing. During the conversation, I stated, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have something like this built into your mind, something to guide you through the choices, chances, doorways, and pitfalls of life?” I smiled at my clever comment as several of the guys nodded. It was just then that I heard a voice – no, not quite a voice – yet still the words rose up inside of me, “My sheep know my voice.” For those of you who don’t know what that might mean, read the tenth chapter of the book of John in the Bible. In the meantime, I can give you a quick personal reference point. I don’t have sheep, but I used to have ducks. Lots of mallard ducks. I brought them home from the feed store when they were only a few days old. I fed them, I cleaned them, and I protected them. When it got warm enough, I moved them outside. When they were nearly grown, I took down their coop and cage and set them free in our pond. Now in the winter I’d go out and feed those ducks. I didn’t give them a lot of food because I wanted them to remember how to forage, but with the ground often snow covered, I wanted to be sure they didn’t starve. Anyway, as soon as I walked out the basement door, the ducks would start chattering, quacking, and beeping. They watched me carefully at first, waiting to be certain I wasn’t a predator. But once I spoke to them, they came waddling as fast as their little legs could carry them, quacking and beeping all the way. By habit, I counted them. It was parental instinct; I needed to know that they were all there and safe and sound. I checked to see if any were hurt, limping, or distressed in any way. When they got close, they gathered around and waited for me to spread out their meal. I talked softly to them and encouraged them as I backed away. My wife pointed out that the ducks only allowed me to approach. Anyone else and they’d fly off across the pond, keeping their distance. They waited for me to speak – the voice that they knew and trusted – and only then would they follow me to where I’d feed them. I seldom fed them in the same place but moved around the yard from one day to the next, teaching them to look for food in different places and in different ways. They followed me as I talked to them and guided them. They trusted me. We also follow voices we know and trust. I trusted my friend that the tickets he gave me were for the concert in Roanoke on Friday night. He got the tickets from someone who told him they were for the concert in Roanoke on Friday. It didn’t occur to either of us to check the tickets. It wasn’t until we had arrived at our destination that my wife got out the tickets and noticed they were for Charlottesville on Saturday night. I’ll tell you right now, the point of this story isn’t “Don’t trust your friends.” The lesson here is that you should make sure you are on the right track – for yourself! Obviously I’m not talking about concerts or ducks or GPS units anymore – I’m talking about life. I’ll say it again, when it comes to life, you make sure you are on the right track. Don’t blindly follow the crowd or your professor or your friends – and definitely don’t believe everything you read on the internet. If you think you’re heading in the wrong direction, it’s not too late to change. If necessary, find someone to help you. If you are unsure of how to go about it, connect with a church that has leadership that speaks your language. The most important thing – knowing HIS voice for yourself. Preachers are translators and Bibles are just pages with words on them – unless you hear his voice speaking those words to you. My ducks didn’t respond to someone else telling them, “It’s me, don’t be afraid, it’s safe.” It was my voice they listened for, my voice they knew and trusted. Trust him to do the same. He will be your ever faithful and trusty GPS (God’s Positioning System). Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue • 15

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Virus May Threaten Horses

As I write this article, we have just ended a week of heavy rain. The ground is saturated; any and all reservoirs that might hold water are full and running over. Mosquitoes must be multiplying by the thousands with the sultry humid conditions following such a deluge. Increased mosquito populations bring an increased risk for diseases to be transmitted to our domestic animals. In a July 7, 2018 news release from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer by Sarah Southard, DVM Services’ Veterinary Division, Dr. Mike Neault, Director of Livestock Health Programs reported the state’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis for the year. A four-year old quarter horse in Richmond County was euthanized after developing the disease subsequent to being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) is caused by a virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Various species of wild birds are the natural reservoir for the virus, while mosquitoes are the vector by which it is transmitted. All species of equines can be affected, as can humans in rare cases. It is important to note that infected horses cannot infect other horses or humans directly. The virus is only transmitted when a mosquito bites a bird carrying the virus and subsequently bites an equine or human. Because the virus attacks the brain and spinal cord, the symptoms of disease are neurologic in nature, but vary widely depending on which specific areas of the central nervous system are affected in a particular animal. Affected horses are very often depressed or lethargic, have a decreased appetite, and run a fever. They may become generally weak, unsteady on their feet, and uncoordinated in their movements. The muscles of the head and neck may be affected leading to weakness of the tongue, inability to swallow, tremors or twitching of the muscles of the neck, a head tilt to one side, and/or asymmetry in the appearance of the two sides of the face. Two other mosquito-borne viral diseases of horses can also present with similar clinical signs: Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (WEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). While EEE is found primarily in the eastern US, and WEE is found predominately west of the Mississippi River, WNV has been diagnosed throughout the US. None of these diseases have any specific treatments or cures available. Your veterinarian can provide supportive care targeting the symptoms, but chances of recovery vary. EEE is the most severe of the three, with 75-95 percent of infected horses developing disease, and up to 90 percent of horses that develop disease progressing to death, usually within two or three days of showing clinical signs, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The good news is that very effective vaccines are available to offer protection against the development of the disease. It is recommended that all equines (horses, donkeys, mules, zebras) be vaccinated against these diseases, as the vaccines are both safe and highly effective. NCDA&CS State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes recommends boostering these vaccines every six months due to the state’s extended mosquito season. Decrease your equines’ exposure risk by controlling mosquito populations. Remove any sources of standing, stagnant water. Clean water buckets and tubs regularly. Keep your animals stalled at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes tend to be more active. Consult your veterinarian regularly and heed their recommendations regarding the preventive healthcare that is best for your individual situation. Disclaimer: Surry Living does not provide medical or behavioral advice. The contents of this magazine, including text, graphics, images and other material, are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified animal healthcare provider with any questions that you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read in Surry Living Magazine. 16 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

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3D Mammography is now available at the Hugh Chatham Imaging Center. Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is excited to provide our community with the latest in mammography technology. 3D mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection, with a reduced chance of callbacks. In addition, we offer C-view technology which provides less compression time and reduced radiation exposure. Evening appointments available.

For more information or to schedule your 3D mammogram, contact the Hugh Chatham Imaging Center at 336-527-7116. HughChatham.org SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue • 17

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SOMETHING NEW: RHYTHM & BREWS Something different is coming to town! The first Granite City Rhythm & Brews festival will take place on October 6, 2018, from 1:00-8:00 PM, at Veterans Memorial Park in Mt. Airy. Taylor Clark, the festival coordinator, hopes this will become an annual event. United Fund of Surry is a partner in bringing Rhythm and Brews to our area. What does that mean for the community? Money going back into helping Surry County in a variety of ways. The United Fund of Surry works through 26 member agencies such as the Red Cross, local fire and rescue squads, the Salvation Army, and more to provide services and meet needs in the county.

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General admission tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $75, and include access to the lounge area, complimentary food and beverages, special parking, preferred seating, and a Granite City Rhythm & Brews stainless steel pint cup. To purchase tickets and get more information on the event, visit the website www.GCRhythmandbrews.com, You can also follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram.

The Granite City Rhythm and Brews event will help you get all the feel-good bases covered – live music, craft beer, food, and fun – while also supporting United Fund. Breweries participating include Skull Camp Brewing, White Elephant Beer Company, Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company, and Foothills Craft Brew. Food vendors will offer other drink options such as sodas and water, so you can still enjoy this event if you do not drink beer. Clark says the festival will also have fun activities for the kids.

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Drumroll, please … the music! The organizers have a wonderful line up of musicians to entertain you while you enjoy libations and food. Headlining the event and hailing from Tulsa, OK, is John Moreland with his fresh Americana music. Local favorites Lacy Green, who has left the area to grow roots in Nashville, and Time Sawyer will also be gracing the stage. Others on the list include Chatham Rabbits, Luke Mears, and Damon Atkins & Rylie Bourne. 18 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

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Fall is Festival Season! Every fall the hills and valleys between Pilot Mountain and Galax fill with the sights, sounds, and aromas of some our area’s best annual festivals. The weather is great, and the roads are calling, so take a drive and experience the authentic culture of our beautiful little corner of the world. To help, we’ve highlighted some of the festivals we think might warm your heart or satisfy a craving. It isn’t exhaustive, so be sure to contact the various town offices, tourist centers, and chambers to learn all there is to enjoy this time on year in the delightful small towns we call home.

MOUNT AIRY Mayberry Days, September 24-30 The Surry Arts Council’s Mayberry Days is an annual wonder to behold, and this year will be no different. Six days. Seven venues. Plenty of live shows and special events. There will be games, contests, shopping, a parade, and special guests including comedian Henry Cho and singer Collin Raye. If you are a Mayberry fan, this is a must-stop. For one week each September, the town of Mount Airy is transformed as its population swells from 10,000 to well over 30,000. For all the news and information, visit www.surryarts.org/mayberrydays .

Autumn Leaves Festival, October 12-14 Begun as a way to celebrate the end of tobacco and apple harvesting season, the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy is now one of the Southeast’s oldest, largest, and best-loved events. It showcases the region’s food, art, and music If this year is anything like the past, expect nearly 200,000 visitors to find their way to this charming town of 10,000 residents. If you like food, crafts, and the stylings of bluegrass, gospel, and old time traditional music, Autumn Leaves is for you. Go to autumnleavesfestival.com for complete information. There is a SEPT. 8 – SEPT. 31 Saturday 10 am – 9 pm Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm *Last Day is Nov. 12

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ELKIN Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival, September 22 From 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, historic downtown Elkin will once again stage its annual Pumpkin Festival. Join 3,000 other pumpkin enthusiasts for the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off then spend the day strolling along Main Street to enjoy antiques, pottery, pumpkin painting, and more! For the full scoop on all there is to do and see, call the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce at 336.526.1111.

The Big Elkin BrewFest, October 27 If you enjoy a good beer or cider (or even if you don’t), head over to the Elkin Municipal Park to take in the 3rd Annual Big Elkin BrewFest. From 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., there will be live music, food trucks, and tastings from many of the best breweries in western North Carolina. For all the delicious details, including VIP passes, visit bigelkinbrewfest.com or call the Elkin Chamber of Commerce at 336.526.1111.

DOBSON Latin Festival, September 22 Question: Where can you go to enjoy our local Hispanic culture while dancing, playing games, listening to music, eating till you pop, and watching (or competing in) the area’s only pool-ball tournament? Answer: The 4th Annual Latin Festival at Dobson Square Park in Dobson. If you’re unfamiliar with pool-ball, imagine a large, rectangular, inflatable swimming pool designed to look like a pool table and filled not with water but with kickable pool balls. If this sounds like your cup of horchata, then give Town Hall a call at 336.356.8962 and get the details.

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SPOTLIGHT ON If you are looking for family dining with a laid-back, hometown feel, then check out locally owned 13 Bones restaurant. One step inside and the aroma will mesmerize you! You may even be lucky enough to have one of the owners’ children show you to your seat where the friendly and attentive wait staff will introduce you to a menu that will satisfy any appetite. Nine years ago, five friends came together to establish 13 Bones. Angie Venable, Ellie Needham, Freddy Hudson, Andy Reece, and Johnny “Opie” Newman opened the Mt. Airy restaurant in March 2009. The unusual name comes from the 13 bones found in a full rack of ribs.


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13 Bones serves the very best Mount Airy has to offer. In addition to their “Soon to Be Famous” baby back ribs, they serve seafood, steaks, and chicken. The menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, children’s selections, and desserts. Local beer and wine are available. One would think the demands of running a 170-180 seat restaurant, plus take-out orders, would be more than enough to keep the staff busy, but 13 Bones also offers catering. They have catered events with 1,000 guests and they provide food at regional music, food, and wine festivals, even participating in Elkin’s Food Truck Fridays. 13 Bones is a faith-based business and they give back to the community. Every year at Thanksgiving, 13 Bones partners with Mt. Airy Meat Center to feed 1,200-1,400 local families in need. An assembly line of volunteers helps prepare and serve the boxed dinners through the take-out window.

Whatever the occasion, choose 13 Bones Catering for your next event. Our catering is designed to fit your needs, at your convenience and within your budget. We offer pick-up, delivery, or full service catering. Other menu items and entrées are available upon request. Here are some samples:

Additionally, the restaurant gives back to the community through fund raising opportunities. Up to twice a year, local groups can reserve a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night for a fund-raising “Spirit Night.” Patrons simply tell the server they are dining in support of the organization and 10 percent of the net sales are then donated back to the group.

13 Bones Soon-To-Be Famous Baby Back Ribs New Orleans Chicken Pasta or Chopped BBQ Grilled, Teriyaki Chicken, or BBQ Chicken (half) 1/4 Rack of Ribs and 1/4 Chicken Combo Ribeye Steak, Prime Rib or 6oz Filet 8oz Filet Mignon 1/2 Rack and Chicken Combo 1/2 Rack and Ribeye Or Prime Rib Combo

Another fund-raising option is for local groups to host a BBQ chicken or chopped BBQ plate dinner. The organization sells tickets and provides volunteers to serve the food at their group location. The staff at 13 Bones helps with the planning and provides the tickets, the to-go containers, utensils, and bags—and of course, the barbeque, slaw, beans, and rolls.

All items served with two of our delicious, homemade sides. Choose from: Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Apples, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, House Salad, Oven Roasted Potatoes, or Sweet Potato Casserole.

Co-owners Venable and Needham admit that at times, the work is overwhelming, and without the loyal employees, they wouldn’t be where they are today. In fact, they credit their success to their loyal customers and dedicated employees.

- At Your Location or Ours Enjoy the delicious taste of 13 Bones wherever you are: home, office or church.

What might the future have in store for 13 Bones? They hope to continue to serve our community and create jobs in the process.

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Located at 502 S. Andy Griffith Parkway in Mt. Airy, 13 Bones is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Customers can even order online at www.eat13bones.com. Check the webpage for details on downloading the free VIP Birthday Club app for your phone--and receive a treat on your special day. 20 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

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by Gary York

The NC Cooperative Extension

The Surry County office of the NC Cooperative Extension, an outreach of NC State University and NC A&T University, is located at 210 N Main Street, Dobson. The original extension office, established in 1916, was housed in the old courthouse until the present office opened in 1953. Later this year, the offices will move to 911 East Atkins Street in Dobson. Federal, state, and Surry County stipends and grants fund the NC Cooperative’s outreach. Extension agents are dedicated to helping us learn more about subjects that affect our homes, businesses, farms, families, and communities. Current staff includes Director and Agent Bryan L-R Nicole Vernon, Seydel Cropps, Joanna Radford, Bryan Cave, Whitney Collins, Cave, Agents Joanna Amanda Royall Radford and Tim Hembrick, 4-H Youth Development Agent Whitney Collins, Extension Associate Wythe Morris, Family and Consumer Science Agent Carmen Long, Administrative Assistant Sally Southard, Support Specialist Nicole Hall, Extension Nutritionist Seydel Cropps, and Healthy Kids Assistant Amanda Royall. Founded in 1902, 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization. The local 4-H Club was formed in 1912. Their four-leaf clover pledge is: “I pledge my head to cleaner thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” There are now five 4-H Clubs in Surry County and popular training includes public speaking, life skills, etiquette seminars, youth camps, health and human safety, sewing, and baking. The Family and Consumer Services department provides an array of learning opportunities for all family members and consumers in clothing and textiles, housing, food and nutrition, food safety, resource management, and human development. Ag agents also provide expertise in animal/forage production, horticulture, insect and disease management, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), bee keeping, soil and water conservation, and tobacco, corn, small grain, and soybean production. 22 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

Extension Agents from Wilkes, Yadkin, and Surry Counties and 100.9 WIFM’s Danny Hall facilitate “Extension Today” airing Wednesday mornings at 9:05 and Saturday mornings at 10:05. This popular radio feature originated in 2005 and brings valuable and interesting information on current and relevant community issues and challenges. In 2005, Surry County implemented the Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD), a state-sponsored program that enhances public awareness of active farm operations. There are currently 23,000 acres so designated. VAD’s red square logo, standing on a corner, cautions drivers that farm machinery is actively using open highways in rural areas. The initiative also promotes the preservation of farmland, protects the area from non-farm development, and recognizes Voluntary Agricultural District Sign the importance of agriculture. In 1955 my mother, Marian York, was an active Home Demonstration Club member and we attended a cake decorating class at the Extension Building. A Black Twig apple tree remains on my parents’ land in White Plains that was purchased through a 4-H program in 1956. My first experience in public speaking occurred at a county-wide 4-H contest. In 1956 I purchased a Hereford steer from the Crossingham farm in Mount Airy and the next year entered him in the 4-H show in Elkin.

L-R Fred Patterson, R.O. Lanier, Bryan Cave

Fast forward to 2015 when dear senior friends R.O. Lanier (now 97), Fred Patterson (deceased), Pete Carroll (deceased), and I attended Extension’s Celebrating Agriculture event in September at Fisher River Park near Dobson. We enjoyed seeing antique farm equipment, hearing a bluegrass band, eating a steak sandwich, talking to the late Dr. Grey Hall about raising mushrooms, seeing a 2,000 lb. steer, an old-time blacksmith, FFA and 4-H exhibits, and a petting zoo. This heralded gathering, which will celebrate its 13th year on September 8 from 2-7 p.m., is attended by over 3,000 grateful guests. We applaud our Extension staff for staging this incredible opportunity to celebrate agriculture and its relationship to the local economy. Pete Carroll, Joanna Radford

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Best Bet: Francisco FarmFest is a Fall Fair with Old-fashioned Flair In a sea of funnel cake and powdered lemonade, one fall festival stands out from the rest as a true country fair, replete with homemade local food, local music, regional craftsmen and of course, tractors. The Francisco FarmFest takes place this month on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in the tiny hamlet of Francisco, a Stokes County community in the heart of Westfield, North Carolina. A walk through Francisco FarmFest will be a trip down memory lane for Northwestern North Carolinians, back to a time when handwritten tags on baked goods also included the baker’s name, antique fire engines still roar and agricultural history is everywhere. Against the backdrop of old time music, tobacco heritage and fiber artisans, the Francisco FarmFest bridges generations and preserves age-old traditions. About the Festival

Organized by Our Communities of Northwest Stokes and co-hosted by Chestnut Street Investment, Francisco FarmFest will also include tractor parades throughout the day and a farm equipment show. Vendors will display and sell traditional crafts while home cooks and local chefs can shop at the charming farmers market. There will be games for the kids and tobacco tying demonstrations. The homemade baked goods corner will be brimming with goodies and nosh on lunch items like hot dogs with homemade toppings and barbeque to the tunes of local musicians like Sons of Abraham and others. The slogan for the Francisco FarmFest is “homegrown and handmade” and that extends to a vibrant fiber arts display and an oral history of the rich culture of Francisco residents organizers produced as part of a documentary video, including residents in their eighties and nineties. The focus this year is music, since the Francisco Fiddlers Convention was a popular event that took place for many years in the area. Photo Contest

Also new this year is the tractor photo contest. Anyone with a great photo of a tractor or tractors is invited to submit entries for consideration in the planned 2019 FarmFest calendar. There is a small entry fee of $5 payable to Our Communities of NW Stokes Foundation. There are two categories, the 24 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

adult category for people 18 or older and the youth category for all shutterbugs under 18. Interested participants can visit FranciscoFarmFest.com to enter and upload photos for submission.

The History

The first Francisco FarmFest was organized in 2016 by neighbors pulling together to create something in response to the closing of The Francisco School, which had been the heart of the region for almost a century. Locals who so loved their community decided to honor it with the festival, which has grown to welcome people from surrounding counties and beyond. Attending the festival helps support projects that benefit the rural communities of Northwestern Stokes County. There are still sponsorships available for businesses who want to reach residents in this area of the county and become more involved in this growing community. Event Details

Francisco FarmFest is located on the grounds of the Old Francisco School at 7165 NC Hwy. 89 West, Westfield, NC 27053. Francisco FarmFest is 15 minutes from Mount Airy along Hwy. 89 and an easy drive from Elkin, Dobson and Galax as a fun way for the whole family to spend the day. For more information and event details as they unfold, visit FranciscoFarmFest.com .

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by Carmen Long

An Apple a Day

When I think of fall, I think of apples. From the delicious aromas of fresh baked apple cakes, pies, apple butter, applesauce, dried apples, and cooked apples, I love them all. We are fortunate to have plenty of apples growers in this part of North Carolina, including neighboring Wilkes County. The North Carolina Apple Growers Association shares that North Carolina ranks seventh nationally in apple production, producing up to four million bushels of apples each year. The 200 NC commercial apple operations, comprised of 9,000 bearing acres of apple orchards, sell most of their crop to production and juice markets. A fully producing apple tree may yield up to twenty bushels of apples a year. The primary NC apple varieties are Golden and Red Delicious, Rome, and Gala. Some newer varieties that are becoming more popular include Fuji, Gold Rush, Honeycrisp, Jonagold and my favorite, Pink Lady. Pink Lady has a crisp sweet/tart flavor and seems to not turn dark as quickly after being cut. Different varieties are suited for different uses. Golden Delicious and Rome are great for baking. Red Delicious doesn’t work well for cooking and Romes are not very tasty to eat raw. Make sure you do some research before you purchase large quantities of apples to select those most appropriate for your needs.

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Growing up, I often heard, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There is some truth in that statement. Apples are a great source of dietary fiber and have many nutritional benefits. Some claim that eating apples even reduces headaches, colds, and upper respiratory infections. Another benefit of apples is the long storage life compared to many other fruits. Select apples that are firm to hard and have been kept refrigerated. Apples will ripen, and therefore turn mushy, ten times faster at room temperature and nearly five times faster at 40 degrees F. To keep your apples fresh longer, place them in a plastic bag and store in the crisper of your refrigerator for up to six weeks. Check the bags frequently and remove any apples that have started to decay. For longer storage, apples can be canned, dried, or frozen. For more information on any of these techniques, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension at https://nchfp.uga.edu/ publications/publications_uga.html. Wash all produce, including apples that are eaten with or without peeling. Rub the produce thoroughly, not using soap, under cool running water. Soap is formulated for dishes, not food, where it may leave a residue. For a quick and easy snack, sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon. The Scalloped Apple recipe is one of my family’s favorites for cooked apples made in the microwave. Enjoy some apples prepared your preferred way today.


Ingredients • 10 cups sliced peeled tart apples (about 8 medium) • 1/3 cup sugar • 2 tablespoons cornstarch • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed (optional) Directions 1. Place apples in a 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe bowl. 2. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg; sprinkle over apples and toss to coat. 3. Dot with butter. 4. Cover and microwave on high for 11-12 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring every 5 minutes. Nutrition information 1/2 cup: 116 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit. Sources The Wellness Encyclopedia of Foods and Nutrition and the NC Apple Growers Association

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The Sweet

with Rynn Hennings



all festivals are an American tradition and the exclamation mark to punctuate the end of summertime fun and frolic. There seem to be two kinds of people who go to these festivals: those who love to roam the booths in search of handmade goods and those who go for the festival food. For many, there is nothing more exciting than walking down a street set up with festival booths and dodging plumes of smoke whipped around by the breeze. We hear the sizzle of grilling onions, peppers, and meats, smell the sweet aroma wafting from fried elephant ears and funnel cakes, and stop to watch cotton candy being spun onto sticks. Classic red candy apples are plentiful as well as apples dipped in caramels and chocolates and covered with candies and nuts. Burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob dipped in butter, and things we didn’t know could be deep fried are being freshly made as we walk around trying to decide what we should eat. It is festival, food, and fun all rolled into one. And we love it!

2. In another bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined. 3. Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture a little at a time and beat on medium speed, until all is combined and smooth. 4. In a large frying pan with enough oil to deep fry, heat the oil until hot. Test to see if it is ready by dropping one drop of batter into the oil. If the batter bubbles immediately, the oil is ready. 5. Using a funnel, measuring cup with spout, or a bottle with nozzle, pour the batter into the hot oil to make a cake about 8 inches in diameter. When pouring the batter use a circular motion to form the cake and leave a few holes. 6. Fry the cake approximately 2 minutes a side or until the cake is golden brown. Flip the cake using tongs and a spatula. When cooked, take the cake out of the oil, and let the excess oil drain. 7. Sprinkle powdered sugar on the cake. Other ideas for garnish include fruit, brown sugar and butter, nuts, maple syrup, honey, chocolate ganache, and jams. Use your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind funnel cake.

GRILLED CORN WITH BACON (Servings: 6) Ingredients for Grilled Corn • 6 medium to large fresh ears of corn • 6 slices of bacon • Chili powder (or paprika for a milder taste) • 6 sheets of aluminum foil Directions for Grilled Corn 1. Shuck and rinse corn. 2. Cut 6 sheets of aluminum foil longer than the ears of corn (so you have enough to twist on each end). 3. Wrap each ear of corn with bacon in a spiral pattern so bacon doesn’t overlap. Sprinkle with chili powder. 4. Roll up the corn in the aluminum foil and twist the ends like a candy wrapper. 5. Grill on a medium hot grill for 30 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked. Use tongs or the aluminum foil ends to turn the corn 3 to 4 times during cooking.

FUNNEL CAKE (Servings: 7) Ingredients for Cake • 2 eggs • 2 cups whole milk • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 3 cups all-purpose flour • ¼ cup sugar • 2 teaspoons baking powder • ½ teaspoon salt • Vegetable oil • Powdered sugar • Fresh fruit or pie filling, brown sugar and butter, jam, maple syrup, chocolate ganache, honey, etc. (optional) Directions for Cake 1. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and then add the milk and vanilla and beat for a few seconds until well mixed.

Rynn Hennings has a blog called the House of Elyn Ryn and it’s a great place for SLM readers to see more photos and details about the recipes she does each month – and more! heck it out at www. thehouseofelynryn.com SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue • 27

all the rest Find out how a harmless prank entangles two college kids with a serial killer as we move to the next installment of A DEEPER CUT, a novel of suspense and forgiveness by Mt. Airy author Sheri Wren Haymore. lowers? You brought me flowers?” Miki hooted.


“Look what you’ve done. You made one of them droop,” Hunter said with mock petulance.

“Which one? I don’t see any droopers.” She inspected the huge bouquet Hunter held, hands behind her back. “That purple one there. And it was my favorite, too,” Hunter replied quite seriously. “If I’m not mistaken, that rare iris is one of Mrs. Spencer’s favorites, also,” put in Granny Jen from her chair. “You stole flowers?” she laughed again. “You’ll have the garden club hot on your trail now, Hunter.” “I was very careful to swipe only one from each yard, thank you. Aren’t you going to take them?” “Well, of course. A hot bouquet has always been my idea of romance.” She eyed him slyly from behind the flowers. “What’s up, Hunter? Have you been bad or are you wanting to be bad?” “I’m wooing you, for your information.” This sent Miki into peals of laughter. Granny Jen looked up from her book. “You kids take this conversation outside before I have to give you wooing lessons.”

“Are you working the waterfront this year, Hunter?” the owner asked as Hunter plunked the candles down on their table. “Yes, sir. On board the Pirate’s Lady again.” “I’ve stayed completely away. It’s a bizarre place these days.” “Yeah, it’s a trip. Every tourist is an expert on the murder of the day.” “Is your business still good?” “Oh, yeah. Better than ever. ‘Forget the ponies,’” he mimicked. “‘Show us where those three guys croaked.’” “And now every stray cat is a suspect.” “Yeah, really. I’d hate to be a kitty these days.” Hunter settled in to study his menu. After a bit, he peered at Miki through the flowers and asked pleasantly, “Are you feeling romantic over there in the bushes?” “If I can manage not to set fire to my menu with all these candles, I’ll try to work on the romantic part.” “Let me order for you,” he said, taking her menu with drama. “And what do you recommend?” she asked formally. “We will have . . .” And then he froze. “Hunter Kittrell,” a Down East voice said. “It’s good to have you back in town, son.”

“Good to be back, Mr. Tucker,” Hunter said, shaking the big hand “I am an expert at wooing,” said Hunter with exaggerated offense as of the Beaufort police chief. He looked past Grayson and stared he opened the screen door and bowed for Miki to pass. into the eyes of Jack Franklin. “Wooing?” she whispered, taking his hand as they walked toward “So they sent the cops after you, did they, Hunter?” said Miki, and his Jeep. then she, too, locked eyes with Franklin. “Yes, wooing.” He opened her door for her. “This officially begins “Ah, Miki, this isn’t just a cop. This is the Grayson Tucker who will a real date. Just you and me and the moon, a little food, a little soon crack Beaufort’s most famous murder case.” Jack Franklin’s music. Whadaya say?” voice was not Southern, and it carried distinctly across the room “You’re hard to resist, Hunter,” she said as she settled into the seat. as he stepped into their space. “And this must be your not-exactly boyfriend?” There were times when Miki looked like any other college kid, blonde hair down, youthful figure, pretty face. When she chose “Exactly,” said Hunter, subtly refusing the extended right hand. to, however, Miki could turn heads, and she chose to today. She “Ha! You’re quick. Almost as quick as my Miki here.” Jack put his walked into the restaurant with the grace and purpose of a woman hand on the back of Miki’s neck, a possessive gesture. who had experienced the world and liked what she found, her chin Hunter kept his gaze on Jack, not a flicker of interest, not a glance lifted to just the angle that said she had the room under control. at Miki’s face. To a man watching, she looked like a woman who had never been surprised but whose lips held many surprises, just a hint of a smile. Jack leaned forward, deliberately too close to Hunter’s face, his Her eyes were less bright than usual, mysterious, hiding secrets a voice lowered. “And what have you done, boy, to warrant having man desired to know. And a woman might watch her with envy, for the cops sent after you?” Miki embodied the mystique of womanhood. “Not a damn thing. It’s just a kid’s joke,” And with that, Grayson The restaurant owner greeted Hunter as an old friend, touched Tucker took over and steered Franklin away with a quick look of Miki’s hand as he took the flowers from her, and led the couple to apology into Hunter’s eyes. a back table, carrying the flowers aloft in a glass. Miki walked her purposeful walk, and Hunter sauntered behind, swiping a couple of Hunter closed his menu and set it on the table. His eyes held Miki’s for a moment. candles from tables as he went. 28 • SURRY LIVING Sept. 2018 Issue

all the rest “What is the matter with you?” Miki’s whisper was sharp with fury. “Why couldn’t you at least shake his hand?” Hunter stood slowly from the table, six feet of lanky young man, and extended his right hand to Miki, palm up. “Let’s go,” he said. She took his hand and stood also, lifted her chin, and they walked hand-in-hand out the door, leaving the flowers and candles for the next patrons. As soon as the restaurant door closed behind them, Miki punched Hunter on the arm and started up the sidewalk at a quick walk. He caught up with her and took her by the arm. She shrugged him away and kept walking. This time, he stepped in front of her and stopped her, both hands on her arms, and kissed her fiercely.

my lady, Miki.” “Hell, Hunter, you mean you know this one’s name?” someone called. Hunter laughed easily and coaxed Miki onto the hood of the car. Music was blasting from someone’s car stereo, the noise banged about by the wind. Kids stopped by to talk, leaning on the Jeep. Suddenly, Hunter pounded on the hood, calling, “Hey, you! Amy! Come over here!” Somebody dragged the petite redhead from another group and shoved her over to the Jeep. There was expectant laughter all around.

“Are you insane?” she demanded, punching him again. “Let me go.”

“Where have you been?” demanded Hunter. “I’ve been looking for you all summer.”

“We’re still on our date, Miki,” he answered, drawing her more closely into his arms. He kissed her again, this time long and warm.

Amy’s blue eyes searched his before giving him her dimpled smile. “Oh, around. Working. You know how it is,” she said.

She broke away from the kiss. “I don’t understand you, Hunter. I told you Jack is my friend.”

Hunter encircled Miki with his arm. “Amy, meet Miki Stone. Miki, this is Amy Goodwin. She used to be hell on a tricycle.”

He let her go and stepped back, studying her face intently. “Miki,” he finally said, and his voice was matter-of-fact, “one of us is your friend. One of us is your worst nightmare. You choose.”

“Now they’ve turned me loose with a Camaro.” Amy brushed impatiently at the jaunty curls dancing away from an attempted ponytail. “Good to meet you, Miki.” She gave Hunter’s sneaker a squeeze and started away.

She looked away. “I don’t believe you, Hunter.” When he didn’t respond, she said, “Say, is our date still on?” “It’s just beginning. Wanna go for a burger?” “Yes, thank you,” she answered politely, and she took his arm and walked with him to the Jeep. The summer crowd was in full party mode by the time they drove down the little spit of land the locals called “the beach.” “This is not a beach,” Miki pointed out. “There’s water. There’s sand. A beach,” Hunter stated. “There are no waves.” “We give the waves to the tourists in the summer.” “The beach” was a wind-swept bank of dunes jutting into the sound with little to recommend itself except that it did not appeal to the tourists. Parking was at a premium, and Hunter maneuvered his battered Jeep, rag-top down, between parked cars. People waved and thumped the side of the vehicle in recognition as he passed. He did not stop until he was in the center of the action.

“Wait a minute. I’m trying to make a date with you, here.” Hunter pulled her back by the ponytail, grinning wickedly. Her eyes were hidden as the wind tossed the curls around her face. “I thought you two were, like, tight,” she said. “Technically, this is our first date,” said Miki. “Technically, you sleep until noon,” responded Hunter. “So,” he turned back to Amy, “will you?” “Will I what?” “You know, come over in the mornings like you used to. Go fishing and stuff?” When she hesitated, he added, “It’s only half a summer without you, Amy.” Amy glanced at Miki before answering, “I know what you mean.” Before she could say anything else, some guy had her by the hand, pulling her toward the music. “See ya,” she called over her shoulder. Hunter looked at Miki. “Technically, you’re a liar,” he said. “Nuh-uh. You never actually asked me out on a date. We just sorta

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all the rest happened.” He smiled his easy smile. “Yeah, we did. And we happened to be great.” “And are we great now, Hunter?”

him go. Her kiss was long and inviting, her young body pressed insistently against his. He whistled low and shook his head. “You’re too tempting, Miki. I’ve gotta go, like, right now.” “I don’t understand you, Hunter,” she said, stepping back reluctantly.

“You tell me.” “Hey, you’re the one who’s changed, Hunter.” “Me? Nah. I’m still my same bad self, Babe.” “You left your bad self at school—the one who was always ready to make love and who would have been getting high with me about now instead of barely tasting his beer. Remember him?” “This is my summer self, I guess,” he answered with a shrug. “And your summer Hunter is as crazy about you as ever.” He touched her hair. “Crazy enough to woo you. And I’m having a great time on our date.” She laughed. “Well, I should say so. You made a date with a redhead right in front of my eyes.” She gave him an affectionate hug. “I’m having a good time, too, Summer Hunter.” He grinned and jumped down from the hood, reaching up to help her down. They walked through the crowd, stopping to talk with the groups they passed, until they were closer to the music. Finding a spot where the sand was packed hard, they danced, the breeze catching Miki’s skirt and tossing it seductively around her legs. Hunter had an easy way of moving, unhurried and smooth; together, they appeared to be the perfect couple. If he noticed the appraising stares his buddies gave him and his girl as they danced, Hunter did not acknowledge them. If he cared that Amy left early with another guy, he didn’t show it. The party broke up just after midnight when flashes of lightning warned of an approaching storm, and Hunter and Miki said their good-byes and drove straight home. On Granny Jen’s back stoop, Hunter kissed Miki sweetly, tasting her. “I had a nice time,” he said politely. “Can I see you again?” “Depends on how many flowers you swipe,” she said, not letting

He released her quickly and bounded up the steps to his apartment, turned at the landing, and waved gallantly. She waved back from the stoop just as great splatters of rain hit him in the face. With a whoop and a slam of the door, he was inside. No, he couldn’t explain himself to her. He didn’t have the words to say that it had nothing to do with wanting to be good but everything to do with home. Home meant that when he came to this place, the sickening feeling that he wasn’t worth a damn to anyone left him. And only here did he feel a hope—maybe an expectancy—that the gnawing hole in his chest could be filled. He could not have put that into words, but he knew one thing: Home was worth any sacrifice. * * * Granny Jen sipped her coffee and studied Hunter’s back as he poured juice and clattered cereal bowls. Rain still pattered outside, promising a gray, lazy day. “You’re too quiet, Granny Jen,” he said, slicing a peach. “I told you to stop thinking so much. It’ll stunt your growth.” She chuckled. “Okay, so tell me how your wooing went.” “It went.” He set the bowls on the table, peach slices over granola. “Do you love her?” “I don’t know, Granny Jen.” He sounded impatient. Perhaps he was impatient with himself; perhaps he did not yet know how to define love. “Why is it so important to you?” She looked away. The silence felt awkward. “Look, I’m sorry. Things are just weird right now, okay?” When she

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all the rest didn’t speak, he said, “Granny Jen, aren’t you talking to me?” “I have some things to tell you, and I don’t quite know where to begin.” When she sipped her coffee, her hand shook. “Well, start with the good stuff. Make it easier on both of us.” A quick frown of concern, then his face was impassive as he waited for her to speak. After another silence, she said quietly, “I’m giving you the apartment, Hunter.” “What?” “You heard me.” “Don’t do that.” “It’s done.” “But why? I mean . . .” He looked away, unable to face her or the truth. “This is my last summer in this house, Hunter. You know it, and I know it.” “No, Granny Jen.” His voice strangled over his anguish. “Yes, it’s time,” she said. “We’re each coming into a new season in life. When you’re young, you think you have life and love and time in your grasp, and you can do with it as you please. You get a little older, and you think life’s got you, pulling you along too fast. But that’s okay, too, for the ride can be sweet, even if the scenery is a little blurred by the speed.” She paused. “And the sorrows . . . well. Maybe you’re too young to want to hear about those.” She looked him in the eye. “There comes a time when the ride slows down and you have to turn it all loose, if you ever held it in the first place.” “Not yet.” She patted his arm. “Hey, I’m going to live as long as I can. But probably not much longer in this house. It’s too big. And I’m afraid I’ll soon need help just getting around. You love it here nearly as much as I do. I want you to have a home here, and I want it settled now. So just say ‘thank you’ and enjoy it.” He didn’t say thank you or anything else. Jaw clenched, he stirred his cereal into mush. “You know, Hunter, now that the apartment is yours, you can make your own rules.”

“That doesn’t have a damn thing to do with me.” “Hunter.” “Excuse me. A darn thing. Granny Jen, you see way too much in me. You seem to think I’m going to turn into this . . . this amazing person, when all I’m trying to do is just hang loose. You know, see where the wind blows. See if life turns out to be worth the trouble.” “You are amazing. And you will never know what life is worth until you have given it your heart and soul to the end. Then you can look back and say what it was worth.” Her voice had risen with unaccustomed passion, and he waited to speak until she was no longer shaking. “Thank you for the apartment, Granny Jen. In my mind, it will always be yours, and that’s enough said on that subject.” He pushed away from the table. “Was there anything else you wanted to tell me?” “Yes. My reason for wanting to know whether you love Miki. She didn’t come home again last night.” “She—well, of course, she did. I brought her home myself.” He stood and strode quickly to her door. “Miki!” He yanked open the door without knocking. She was not there. When he walked back into the kitchen, Granny Jen asked, “Are you all right?” “Sure. So I’m lousy at wooing. It’s no big deal.”

He looked up from his stirring.

But it was a big deal. She knew it, and he knew it.

“It’s not my property, and I can’t ask you to live by my rules.”

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