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Volume 27 Issue #24
!"#$%&'()*+*,%$$*-%$$%./&*0*12%34)*+*5')%&36*7(.8'*0*9:;8(*<.=.>()*+*7"8%*?.3( Cover Design - Bill May • Graphic Arts Director - Don Sprinkle • Photography - Mark Marquette Advertising - Dave Carter, Akey Kincaid, Lisa Lyons, Tabitha Lambert, Terry Patterson Contributing Staff - Jim Kelly, Andy Ross, Ken Silvers, Mark Marquette, Pat Bussard Published by Creative Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 3596, Johnson City, TN 37602 Phone: 423/283-4324 FAX - 423/283-4369 www.theloaferonline.com • firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail: email@example.com (editorial) firstname.lastname@example.org (advertising All advertisements are accepted and published by the publisher upon the representation that the agency and/or advertiser is authorized to publish the entire contents and subject matter thereof.The agency and/or advertiser will indemnify and save the publisher harmless from any loss of expense resulting from claims or suits based upon contents of any advertisement,including claims or suits for defamation,libel,right of privacy,plagiarism,and copyright infringement.
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Kingsport Aquatic Center Celebrates Opening With A Splash
Indoor Facility Now Open, Outdoor Water Park Opens Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. and equipment are designed for all levels of competitive sports. “We will offer swimming classes year‐ !"#$%&'(&)*++&'(&,*%&-!"((./*!0121*%&)'0*!& safety and lifeguarding instruction,” said Matheney. “Our programming offers a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, from kids and teens to seniors and people with disabilities, and just maybe a future Olympian.” The outdoor water park features a large pool with a water playground and lily pad crossing, two water slides, a 900‐ foot lazy river and a concession area. “We want this to be the go‐to place for year‐round, family‐centered fun and 210$*((34&('1%&5'06*$*78 The center will offer special seasonal and annual membership rates for Tri‐ Cities residents as well as daily rates for tourists and visitors. Event room rentals are available for private events such as birthday parties, meetings and other occasions. “We invite everyone to visit us on Facebook,” Matheney said. “Then get ready to jump in, make a splash, and have some fun at the Kingsport Aquatic Center.” Continued on page 5
Anticipation is building for the mid‐May opening of the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and the region’s residents and visitors can now keep up with the latest developments and news via the center’s new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ swimkingsport. “Every day people tell me how excited they are about the opening of the Kingsport Aquatic Center and that they look forward to taking advantage of all we’ll have to offer,” said Kari Matheney, the center’s director. “So we encourage everyone to ‘like’ the new Facebook page to keep up‐ to‐date on the center’s progress, opening date, membership information and other news.” Located at the foot of scenic Bays Mountain in Kingsport’s Meadowview district, the state‐of‐the‐art facility features both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and activities. The 46,000‐square‐foot inside area includes the region’s only indoor Olympic‐size eight‐lane, 50‐meter pool; a four‐lane, 25‐meter, zero‐entry pool specially designed for instruction and therapy; and a leisure pool with water slide. Also inside are one‐meter and three‐meter diving platforms. The center’s world‐class pools
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About the Kingsport Aquatic Center The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region’s newest and most comprehensive indoor/outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport’s Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, 210$*((&'$%&!*/!*'01"$&9*'0#!*(&1$&'&('9*07.9"/#(*%& environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area’s only indoor Olympic‐size pool plus year‐ !"#$%& ()1:& /"#!(*(& '$%& ,*%& -!"((./*!0121*%& water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. For more information, call 423‐440‐9841 or visit http://www.facebook.com/swimkingsport.
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“Euphor” Highlights Memorial Day Weekend Contra Dance in Jonesborough The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will host the next Contra Dance of the season on Saturday May 25, 2013 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street at 7:30 PM. The featured band is “Euphor” from Urbana, IL. Jesse Edgerton and Connie Carringer will share the calling. Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A special family package for members is now offered for a total of $15. Parents and all of their own children under age 18 can gain admission for one price. Euphor brings a powerful current of high‐energy contra dance music from the Midwest. Euphor (U4) will send a shiver down your spine! They perform both traditional and new music, and they write much of their own material. Get ready to hear a mix of kickin’ old‐time and new music, including a bunch of gorgeous, swelling, minor tunes with a chuggin feel. Euphor consistently surprises dancers with the beauty and power of their music. They feature Tom Turino on banjo, vocals, and 21%%+*3& 5'00& ;#!1$"& "$& 21%%+*3& Michael Valliant on bass, and Sam
Payne on guitar. Tom and Matt Turino write much of the band’s music. The callers will teach a class for beginners at 7:00 PM and the dance will run from 7:30‐ 10:30 PM with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00 PM. Come to dance or come to listen. No partner is necessary. It is customary at contra dances to change partners after each dance. As always, our dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. Families, students and singles are welcome. All dances are taught by the caller. No previous dance experience is necessary. For more information, contact David Wiley at 423‐534‐8879, visit the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK, or send an email to david@ historicjonesborough dancesociety.org.
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Denny as Kenny
Full Moon Jam Tribute Series May 23rd, 7pm “Denny as Kenny” show began. <=6*$&10&21!(0&(0'!0*%3&>&)'(&+1?*& they recognize me being with the Kingdom Heirs," says Dennis. "Then, they would approach me and say are you Kenny Chesney. I'd blow it off and say no, no, no." Dennis had to see it for himself. "I went to the store and looked at that cd and I said, 'OK, I see where people are getting
Dennis Murphy is the drummer for the gospel group, The Kingdom Heirs. However, with the tip of a hat, he transforms from Dennis to Denny, Kenny Chesney's look‐ a‐like. Dennis is taking his act on the road again this summer and is heading back to Bristol’s Downtown Center for the Full Moon Jam Tribute Series. The "Denny as Kenny” show is set for 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 23. “The concert is free of charge, but get there early because last year was packed.
Dennis Murphy came in at the +'(0& :1$#0*& 0"& 21++& 1$& 9"!& '$"06*!& band that had to cancel. That band was a rock and roll and we were concerned about how the crowd would react. Boy were we surprised, the 1800+ people had a great time and stayed throughout the evening,” said Darlene Cole, Venues Manager. “He is being brought back this year by popular demand. We are expecting a larger crowd since word spread about his performance last year.” In a recent conversation with Dennis he recalled how the
this,'" says Dennis. "I thought ok there's something I can turn this into and have a lot of fun with, but part time." "Denny as Kenny" was born. His fans even include Kenny's own father who is a regular at the Kingdom Heirs Show. "I put my hat on and he was like, 'Oh wow,'" says Dennis recalling 06*& 21!(0& 01:*& @*$$7A(& 9'06*!& noticed the resemblance. "If I can convince his dad, I guess I can convince anybody." "There's only one Kenny Chesney though, I totally respect that," says Dennis. "Kingdom Heirs is me... the drummer. This is where I'll retire." Still, Dennis will play off his looks as he can. After all, "Denny
as Kenny" is better than no Kenny at all. "Sometimes, it's ok to settle," smiles Dennis. The Full Moon Jam Concert Series is in its 16th season and is the longest continous running live music series in downtown Bristol. It is free to the public, with restroom facilities on site along with concessions that are economically priced for the family. Over 500 seats are available on site, however, concert patrons are welcome to bring their own chairs, but please refrain from bringing blankets due to limited space. For more information contact, Darlene Cole, Venues Manager at 423‐764‐4171 or e‐mail dcole@ bristoltn.org
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Plumb Alley Day 2013 to Feature Four Music Groups Abingdon, May 25th The Mudbugs
The crowd that packs Plumb Alley in Abingdon for the 31st annual Plumb Alley Day on Saturday, May 25 will hear four different kinds of music on the Alley. The Mudbugs (Cajunspeak 9"!& /!')21(6B& )1++& C+'7& D*)& Orleans rhythm and blues and jazz on Court Street. The Jeters will play traditional bluegrass on College Street. The Rose Sisters will do a medley of folk music midway down the Alley. And the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums will march down the Alley at 9:30 a.m. with bagpipes E+'!1$F&'$%&%!#:(&'&2+"#!1(61$F8 The popular festival in Abingdon’s downtown historic district invariably draws a sea of residents and visitors, who come for the yard sales, vendor booths, children’s activities and arts and crafts. With attendance estimated from 8,000 to 10,000, Plumb Alley Day is rated one of the largest one‐day festivals in the Southeast. A new sponsor this year is Eastman Credit Union, sponsor of the music and the Crooked Road Cloggers, who will alternate with the Jeters at College Street and Plumb Alley. Returning as sponsor of all children’s activities is Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU), which 1(& 9#$%1$F& 0)"& +'!F*& 1$2+'0'E+*(& and Zappo the Clown, plus a high speed WiFi hotspot on the Alley. There will also be free pony rides for younger children. For the third year in a row, Bank of Abingdon and TruPoint Bank have made generous 21$'$/1'+&/"$0!1E#01"$(8 The Town of Abingdon (#CC"!0(& 06*& *G*$0& )106& 0!'921/& control, publicity, trash pick‐ up, and in numerous other ways. Town employees are also contributing to a large yard sale behind the Town’s administration building to E*$*210&06*&H$10*%&='78 “Plumb Alley Day works because so many people contribute,” PAD Chairman J.W. Hornsby said. “Businesses and Continued on page 9
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residents contribute the use of their parking lots and yards. Many local organizations and businesses donate the prizes for the children’s FUN ZONE. WABN 1230 AM ‐ 103.3 FM Radio contributes hours of air time to tell listeners about the event.” There will be as many as
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180 vendor booths selling arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, yard sale goods, food and drink. Vendor applications are available at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, on the club’s web site www.abingdonkiwanis.org, or by calling George Strong at (276) 608‐0285. Proceeds from Plumb Alley Day support organizations
in Abingdon and Washington County that serve the educational, developmental and health needs of children, including the Summer Reading Program at the Washington County Public Library, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Feeding America and the Wonderkids Therapeutic Riding Center.
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Grand Opening Set for LampLight Theatre on Broad Street Kingsport, May 28th
;6*& %'7& 6'(& 21$'++7& /":*I& LampLight Theatre will be ready and open for business at the end of this month at the brand new Kingsport Location, the historic Strand Theatre at 140 Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. LampLight Theatre will hold its Grand Opening Festivities on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The Theatre will be available to the public for an Open House from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm to see the newly renovated vintage building. The day will be in drop‐in fashion, beginning with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at noon followed by a Building Dedication Ceremony and special presentations throughout the day. For the schedule of the day’s events, look online at www.
lamplighttheatre.com. The Grand Opening is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. ;6*& 21!(0& (6")& '0& 06*& J!"'%& Street Location will be the Grand Opening Variety Show debuting the weekend of May 31st. You will not want to miss this fantastic show kicking off a New Season in the brand new Kingsport location! A talented cast of actors, singers, dancers and comedians will provide you with a show that you’ll be talking about for years to come! The Grand Opening Variety Show will display the versatility of LampLight Theatre’s repertoire, giving the audience a taste of everything that LampLight has to offer! The show will consist of a “Year in Review”, bringing in numbers
from shows such as Shenanigans, Yuletide, the Patriotic Tribute, as well as a glimpses of scenes from the Easter Musical, No Ordinary Man, the Victorian Christmas Musical, The Indescribable Gift, and the Alternative Halloween Show, Mortality Room. The Foggy Valley Gang will keep you in stitches throughout the show with their crazy antics and slap‐ stick comedic timing. This is a show for the entire family. The production will be held two consecutive weekends, May 31‐June 2 and May 7‐9 with evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. Saturday matinees will be held at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to performances.
The cost of admission for all performances is a suggested donation of $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for students, and FREE for children 6 and under. A love offering will be taken at each performance. ;6*& 21$'+& (6")& '0& 06*& Fall Branch Location is the Springtime Jubilee, a conclusion to the Sing It! Concert Series. 75 local singers and musicians will converge on this musical evening, reminiscent of “The Old Time Gospel Singings” and the Gaither Homecoming series. Soloists, Trios, and Quartets will croon your favorite Gospel classics.
You will enjoy the harmonious sing‐a‐long with talented artists leading in cherished, beloved hymns. This show will conclude LampLight Theatre’s run at the Fall Branch location on May 25th at 7:00 pm, with a special suggested donation of $8.00 adults, $5.00 students, and FREE for children 6 and under. For questions, more information, or to make Show reservations, please contact the K':CK1F60& ;6*'0!*& E"L& "921/*& '0& (423) 348‐7610, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.lamplighttheatre. com.
National EMS Week May 19th-25th In celebration of National EMS Week, Washington County / Johnson City EMS will be hosting a community awareness event on Saturday May 25th @ Lowe’s in Johnson City from 9:00am‐2:00pm. EMS will be proudly displaying our vehicles, equipment & showcasing our services with dynamic demonstrations of vehicle extrications & rope rescue techniques. EMS will also be handing out Emergency Information Packets to the community. This packet will contain useful information for you to present to EMS during any emergency situation to help aid us in your care. So please come out & bring the family to see what your local EMS can do for you.
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“Gathering in the Gap” Songwriting Contest Finalists Announced
The “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival, which takes place on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park on Saturday, 5'7&MN063&1(&C+*'(*%&0"&'$$"#$/*&06*&21$'+1(0(&1$&06*& annual Songwriting Contest. The contest represents the spirit and traditions of Appalachian culture, showcasing outstanding, but under‐recognized, performing songwriters. Songs submitted for the contest included genres that have roots in Appalachian culture: Old‐time, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Blues, or Rockabilly. Songwriting Contest entries were judged by :#(1/& 1$%#(0!7& C!"9*((1"$'+(3& '$%& 21$'+1(0(& )*!*& chosen to compete on the Main Stage at the OP'06*!1$F& 1$& 06*& P'C84& ;6"(*& 21$'+1(0(& '$%& 06*1!& songs are: Cindy Baliles – “He Called Me By My Name” Dwight Bishop – “You Might Be A Critter” Q*!*:7&R+%*!&S&O,'00+*&T1(&-"921$4 Jim Graybeal – “Jesus & June Carter” Cyndee Harr – “A Heart Might Break”; “I Don’t Need To Look Good When I’m Gone” Keylas Quesenberry Jr. – “One Last Ride” Walter Shell – “Sycamore Hollow” Darris Stanley – “Little Silver Cross” Manuel Street – “Still Waters” ;6*& 21$'+1(0(& 1$& 06*& U"$F)!101$F& -"$0*(0& )1++& perform their song live on the festival Main Stage beginning at 2:00pm. A new panel of judges, also comprised of music professionals, will make 06*& 21$'+& %*0*!:1$'01"$& "9& 21!(0.3& (*/"$%.3& '$%& third‐place winners. The songs will be judged on originality, lyrics, melody, and relevance to the /"$0*(0& 06*:*& '$%& :#(1/'+& /!10*!1'8& R'/6& 21$'+1(0& will be given a free‐access ticket to the festival,
along with a festival t‐shirt. ;6*& 21!(0.C+'/*& )1$$*!& )1++& !*/*1G*& '& N.6"#!& recording session courtesy of the Grammy‐award‐ winning recording studio Maggard Sound of Big Stone Gap, and the top three winners will also receive cash prizes and plaques. In addition to the annual Songwriting Contest, the festival will include an excellent lineup of musicians, including John Carter Cash, Mountain Heart, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, and Dave Eggar & Deoro with Amber Rubarth, workshops, demonstrations, crafters, musical competitions, a children’s area, the “Stitch in Time” Quilt Show, and more. Tickets for the Gathering in the Gap Music Festival and its workshops are available through the Southwest Virginia Museum. Festival admission for adults ages 13 and over is $10.00 in advance or $15.00 if purchased the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets, please call the park at 276‐523‐1322. You may also purchase tickets in person at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park during regular operating hours. For additional information and a full schedule of events, please visit the festival website at www.gatheringinthegapmusicfestival. com. The award‐winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate‐controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800‐933‐PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.
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Gathering in the Gap Features John Carter Cash The Seventh Annual Gathering in the Gap Music Festival celebrates the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s 65th Anniversary with a one‐of‐a‐ kind evening of performances by performer and author John Carter Cash, Mountain Heart, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, and Dave Eggar & Deoro with Amber Rubarth. Gathering in the Gap, which will be held on Saturday, May 25th on the park’s grounds, is a music festival celebrating the rich tradition of old‐time, Americana, and bluegrass music found in Southwest Virginia. The grandchild of Maybelle Carter and the only son to John R Cash and June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash preserves his family’s legacy and is caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors. Q"6$& -'!0*!V(& 21!(0& -W3& *$010+*%& Bitter Harvest, was released to the international market in 2003. His latest CD, The Family Secret, is widely available and received a three starred review in Rolling Stone. John Carter Cash began his walk as a music producer with his mother, June Carter Cash, on her Grammy‐Award‐winning albums Press On and Wildwood Flower. He also worked with Rick Rubin as Associate Producer on Johnny Cash’s Grammy‐winning records American III: Solitary Man and American IV: The Man Comes Around, the latter receiving three CMA awards. His 2004 production, Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family, received three Grammy nominations. John Carter is co‐Producer on Marty Stuart’s CD, Badlands, and his production on Billy Joe Shaver’s Everybody’s Brother helped earn a Grammy nomination in 2007. John Carter has produced material for Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner, Brooks & Dunn, Elvis Costello, Wylie and the Wild West, Dr. Ralph Stanley, George Jones, Mavis Staples, Lynda Carter, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheryl Crow, John Randal and Jessi Alexander, Norman and Nancy Blake, Tim O’ Brien, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris,
Willie Nelson, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Rosanne Cash, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Tony Rice, and John Prine. In total, he has been a producer "$& 21G*& P!'::7.X)'!%.)1$$1$F& records. John Carter is a founding member of the musical group Carter Family III with cousin Dale Jett and wife Laura Cash. ;6*1!& 21!(0& -W& 1(& 21001$F+7& /'++*%& Past and Present. Cash and Jett will perform separate sets at this year’s Gathering as well as a combined set of music not currently available anywhere else. John Carter Cash is the author of three children’s books, Momma Loves Her Little Son, Daddy Loves His Little Girl, and his latest release, The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit. He authored a biography of his mother,
Anchored in Love&Y"$&)61/6&'&21+:& is currently in production) and one on his personal relationship with his father, House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash. In addition to the featured Main Stage performances, Gathering in the Gap will include an induction ceremony for the Southwest Virginia Walk of Fame, a book signing with John Carter Cash, an annual songwriting competition, workshops, musical competitions, jams, a children’s area, and the “Stitch in Time” Quilt Show. Antique, food, and craft vendors will also be on hand. For additional information and a full schedule of events, please visit the festival website at www. gatheringinthegapmusicfestival. com or call the Museum at 276‐ 523‐1322.
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Run For the Wall a Military Memorial Day Tradition: Riders Stop At Bristol for Lunch and Family-style Send-Off
By Mark D. Marquette A cross‐country motorcycle trip by thousands of Vietnam War veterans has become a triumphant, yet emotional journey from California to the “Wall” at Washington, DC. Called the Run for the Wall (RTFW), this is the 25th year of the event that not only celebrates freedom, but heals some of the mental scars left on the veterans of America’s unpopular war of
the 1960s. With two groups of riders taking a north and south route across the United States from Rancho Cucamonga, California starting on May 16th and gathering bikers along the way, more than 600 riders will be welcomed for a lunch break at Bristol, Virginia’s Black Wolf Harley‐Davidson this Wednesday afternoon. Just a day away from their
destination at the National Mall in our nation’s Capitol, the well‐ organized bikers of “Rolling Thunder” have made the 1:30 pm lunch stop at the local Harley‐Davidson at Exit 5 off Interstate‐81 for the past four years. This year there will be fun for the whole family as the National Guard will have trucks, equipment and games to play. The event start at noon. “It’s a powerful experience,” said Black Wolfe H‐D general manager John Ward, whose business feeds the bikers for free. “All those bikes dedicated to the memory of the Vietnam War gives you goose bumps.” Indeed, the RTFW is a week‐long mission of awareness of all military veterans as the Rolling Thunder honors the
memory of those killed in action of any war, as well as a call for the accounting of soldiers Missing in Action or Prisoners of War. “What a great cause,” said Bristol’s Ward. “All for the
recognition of those soldiers that have provided our blanket of freedom in America.” After lunch in Bristol, the well‐organized caravan of motorcyclists is led by the Virginia Highway Patrol to their overnight stay in Wytheville. There, Mayor Trenton Crewe, an RTFW participant, says the city welcomes the bikers with open arms. “They arrive in town to a parade‐like crowd lining the streets, and some camp at the park,” said Mayor Crewe. “Friday morning we bus school kids to hear the veterans share their testimony, and then the Rolling Thunder embarks to their destination in Washington with a rousing send‐off from our citizens lining the streets.” The entire trek is a well‐oiled machine. Unlike public poker runs and rallies, RFTW riders roll in tight formation with platoons, advance teams and Continued on page 15
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medical emergency personnel. At the head of the seemingly unending column is the position of highest honor. It is the “Missing Man” formation. The 21G*.:'$&(*F:*$0&6'(&0)"&!1%*!(& in front and two in the rear. The 21906&!1%*!&1$&06*&:1%%+*&!1%*(&"$& one side, leaving an open spot for a missing rider, symbolizing
May 21, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 15 those who have fallen. “It’s amazing to watch a fuel stop,” said Mayor Crewe, who started this year’s ride from California. “At the Davey Crockett Truck Stop (in Rogersville), the bikes will be gassed up with military precision, all 600 motorcycles within an hour.” The RFTW can be an emotional roller coaster for many of the veterans. And when
they arrive at the Vietnam Wall Memorial that has etched in it more than 40,000 names of killed and missing soldiers, the feelings can be overwhelming even after 40 years from the /"$2+1/0&1$&U"#06*'(0&X(1'8 “I’ve seen some bikers ride the whole distance and get so overcome that they can’t approach the Wall,” said Mayor Crewe. “It’s an amazing
experience full of laughter, hugs and tears.” Run For The Wall recognizes 06*& ('/!121/*(& '$%& /"$0!1E#01"$(& made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans "9& !*/*$0& /"$2+1/0(& '$%& 06"(*& currently on active duty are especially welcome to join us as we ride for those who cannot. Mission Statement: To promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all
wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world. Philosophy: We strive to maintain a safe, supportive and private atmosphere in which all C'!01/1C'$0(&/'$&!*2+*/0&'$%&6*'+& on their journey to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. in the hope that they can return home to a new beginning. Goals: To guide the participants across America. To educate future generations as to the importance of accountability in wartime actions emphasizing that no one should be left behind. For more information, see www.rftw.org.
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JamesBen: Studio and Gallery Art Center Settles Into New Historic Location
Within this season of growth and renewal, Greeneville’s regional art center is ready to 2+1$F& "C*$& 10(& %""!(8& Q':*(J*$Z& Studio and Gallery Art Center is already enjoying its new home: #201 Crescent School, located at 615 West Main Street in Greeneville’s downtown historic %1(0!1/08& ;6*& "921/1'+& "C*$1$F& is the month of May, when the public may drop by enjoy the artistic works of 150 Tennessee’s most creative residents, many of them part of the Greeneville/ Greene County community. Come, celebrate with us Monday through Friday usually from 10:30 until 5:00. One of the most appealing features of the space is the natural light coming from high windows on the north, west, and south sides. “There is a good reason artists prefer natural light for creating their work,” says Stockton. “It has the more complete spectrum, and is better for seeing color and detail. So the best way to see art is also in natural light, which our space has in abundance. I couldn’t be more pleased with our new home in the Crescent School. As
Reproduction historical desk (made WITHOUT power tools) by Greeneville’s Jimmy Hankins, and 5 original oils (from different periods of his work) displayed above the desk by renowned Tennessee Primitive Artist Paul Lancaster
you climb the steps and turn at the landing, you can see the light from our doorway, beckoning you in. That’s how it strikes me every day. I hope our guests will 21$%&06*&(':*&1(&0!#*&9"!&*'/6&"9& them.” X& 21L0#!*& "$& 5'1$& U0!**0& since 2002, the Art Center is now setting up displays and arranging the marvelous works of the 150 Tennessee artists and artisans allied with the gallery. A particular point of pride with gallery director, JamesBen Stockton, is that more than two dozen of those artists are from Greeneville and Greene County. “After more than 10 years as part of this community, my affection for Greeneville is greater than it has ever been,” says Stockton. “Knowing the great effort that went into saving Crescent School on the part of this community and of Kent Bewley, I could not be more pleased to join the family in this historic location on West Main Street.” “I am so pleased and excited 0"&/"$01$#*&"#!&!"+*&'(&'&21L0#!*& on Greeneville’s Main Street, in the building that symbolizes the effort to preserve and renew the downtown Historic District,” says gallery director Stockton. “I have long believed that the arts have a vital part to play in Main Street communities across our state as well as nationwide.” Since moving to Northeast Tennessee and the home of the 17th president more than a decade ago, Stockton has focused his efforts not only on promoting local artists and artisans but on inspiring creative efforts that emphasize the rich history of the region. In keeping with this theme, the choices for the initial gallery displays honors Greene County Heritage Month. Subjects are presented as artistic expressions, in the form of painting, sculpture, functional and decorative pottery, including Andrew Johnson, John Sevier, Davy Crockett, the Trail of Tears, John Hunt Morgan, and the Overmountain Men . “This focus on historic theme art was our way of connecting 0"&06*&/"::#$107&)6*$&)*&21!(0& opened in Greeneville,” says Stockton. “That expression has expanded to include many of the traditions of the mountain Continued on page 17
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region; the creative talent that is a birthright in the Appalachians, and the fact that artistry goes back so many generations makes it a part of history itself.” For anxious patrons seeking the new location of Greeneville’s !*F1"$'+&'!0&/*$0*!3&06*7&)1++&21$%& it in Suite 201, on the second 2+""!& "9& 06*& -!*(/*$0& U/6""+3& located at 615 West Main Street in the downtown historic district. For JamesBen Stockton, who has worked within the arts for more than 40 years, it is often his creative and intuitive urges that guide his decisions. “In talking with Kent Bewley about locating within Crescent School, he shared with me that the space he had in mind was the old band room. Art is all about creative energy and there is something wonderful about setting up the gallery in a space where generations of young C*"C+*& )*!*& 21!(0& (6")$& 06*& power of the music they could
May 21, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 17 make together.” High ceilings promote the feeling of open space while the generous wall space will provide excellent viewing for the gallery’s larger and more %!':'01/& )"!?(8& ;6*& 2+""!& '!*'& will showcase the gallery’s eclectic offerings in sculpture, woodwork, and pottery. And, to symbolize the creative energy from which the Art Center arose, a studio/gallery of more than twenty years longevity, JamesBen’s jeweler’s bench will occupy a prominent place. Visitors can expect to hear the ringing sound of his hammer shaping precious metals and observe the crafting of wearable art from a man whose individually designed creations in gold, silver, and platinum are in private collections in thirty different states and eight foreign countries. Now that JamesBen: Studio and Gallery Art Center is fully settled into the Crescent School,
Pottery by Phil Homes, (beginning top left ) watercolors of Historic Greeneville by Michael Doty; watercolors by Tim Frain; Story Portraits in watercolor by Lynn Olka; quilted squares in historic patterns by Jane Hughes; and “Iris”, acrylic on canvas by Roseanne Aubrey.
hours of operation will be Monday through Friday usually from 10:30 AM to 5 PM and by appointment. The phone number has remained the same, (423) 787‐0195. Because of the location on the second 2+""!3& '$& *+*G'0"!& 1(& 'G'1+'E+*& by appointment‐ PLEASE‐ for 06"(*& )6"& :'7& 6'G*& %1921/#+07&
climbing the stairs. But old friends, patrons, and visitors need not wait until the grand re‐opening to come by and visit. “I am thrilled to continue to be a part of Greeneville’s historic and cultural community,” says JamesBen. “Please feel free to come by and see the work in progress and share my great
joy and satisfaction in our new gallery home.” The address for JamesBen: Studio and Gallery Art Center is #201 Historic Crescent School, 615 West Main Street, Greeneville, TN 37743. The phone number has remained the same, (423) 787‐0195.
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A Mindful Journey Through Grief Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center May 27th, 10 weeks
In a small but brightly lit room, a half dozen people meet in a circle. They drink hot tea and sometimes take advantage of the boxes of tissues positioned strategically. This is the “Mindful Journey through Grief” group which meets at the Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center (ADMC) in downtown Johnson City. The free weekly sessions are facilitated by Debra Brewer, M.Div., a clinically trained chaplain with six years of experience leading grief groups
in different settings. The group has come together because they all feel the pain of loss. Most often this pain is associated with death or dying, but sometimes it comes through other means such as divorce, 1++$*((3& 21$'$/*(3& "!& F*"F!'C678&& According to Brewer, “In the best situations, a person has had grief modeled for them by their families and communities. But sometimes, this hasn’t happened and there are not skills to make the journey. Additionally, some folks have circumstances which can complicate their grief like a veteran with PTSD, an addict in recovery, members of the LGBT community, or someone who has been abused by family or others in his or her community.
Having the support of a group during the grief journey can make a huge difference.” Regardless of the mechanism, there are a myriad of emotions which, early on, come in waves and seem to drown us. “When people ask, ‘How are you doing?’ the tendency 1(& 0"& '$()*!3& [>V:& 21$*V& without even thinking,” Brewer says. “But we :1F60& $"0& E*& 21$*8& & =*& might be angry and sad and lonely and possibly relieved but feeling guilty about feeling relieved. All of these are normal responses to grief, but not always accepted in our society. If we are sad, we are considered broken and 1$& $**%& "9& 21L1$F8& & \#!& 9!1*$%(& and families want us to return to ‘normal’ but often our loss will sometimes change our lives so (1F$121/'$0+7& 06'0& )*& /'$& $*G*!& return to that normal—there will be a ‘new normal.’” Brewer explained that the groups are kept small, by design,
to promote the level of intimacy necessary for this kind of work. And grief is work—hard work. Sometimes it’s easier to show this kind of emotional vulnerability to comparative strangers. And there are times when our families and friends grieve differently or at different paces than we do and the group
becomes a safe place 0"& C!"/*((& 06*& %1921/#+0& feelings encountered. While the 10‐week group structure is aimed primarily at people who have lost someone through death, the program is open, )*+/":*3& '$%& '921!:1$F& to all who have suffered loss of any kind or those who wish to learn more. While spirituality and religion are addressed in the course of teaching and discussion, no particular philosophy is promoted or required for attendance. Each session provides valuable information about grief, as well as tools for the journey and a chance for group discussion and support. The next group begins May 27th and meets for 10 weeks from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the ADMC at 108 West 10th Avenue, Suite 3, in Johnson City. For more information, see the Center’s website, www.dharma4et.org or call Chaplain Brewer at 423‐737‐ 5162.
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Doldrums of Spectacle
Kingsport Renaissance Center Through June 30th The public is invited to view an exhibit by local artist Amanda J. Richardson titled Doldrums of Spectacle at the Renaissance Center Atrium Gallery through June 30, 2013. This body of work is from 2010 to 2013. The Renaissance Center Atrium Gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. The Renaissance Center Atrium Gallery is located on the second 2+""!& "9& 06*& ,*$'1(('$/*& -*$0*!& at 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport TN 37660. Amanda currently resides in Tazewell, Virginia. Amanda received a BFA in painting from ETSU in 2008. She primarily paints with Acrylic and Watercolor. She participated in painting one of the rounding boards for the Kingsport Carousel Project. Statement by the artist: The work is spontaneous and !"#$%&'()*+,%- *"&- .- /'0!$%- 1!)what it is trying to say later. It has a vague gist of general ranting with some Wizard of OZ thrown in. The portraits of beautiful mental states, walking through a window '"2)%*&- 13- /'"&'"0- *- &11$45Hope is scattered throughout the dim thunderstorms. Lightly...Everything is alive with psychedelic vibrancy and )%(6"'(1,1$%&-7*8"'"04 Amanda can be contacted at www.facebook.com/ Amanda718 or Starla1_@ hotmail.com The artist also has a blog at www.amandajrichardsonart. wordpress.com For more information and a price list of available work, contact the City of Kingsport \921/*& "9& -#+0#!'+& X!0(& '0& Y]M^B& 392‐8414. About the City of Kingsport 93/'(%-13-:!,)!$*,-;$)2-<-="0*0%Kingsport: City of Kingsport Mission: The mission of the City of Kingsport is to provide economic, educational and quality of life opportunities that create a safe, vibrant and diverse Community.
;6*&-107&"9&@1$F(C"!0&\921/*&"9& Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. It operates a public art program, concert and theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, '& C!1G'0*& N_`Y/B^& $"$.C!"210& organization, in order to facilitate their objectives. J*/":*& '& 21$'$/1'+& (#CC"!0*!& of PUBLIC ART in Kingsport–
supporters at all levels are needed. Tax‐deductible donations should be made payable to Engage Kingsport, Renaissance Center, Suite 224, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660. Engage Kingsport is '& !*F1(0*!*%& N_`Y/B^& D"$.a!"210& organization. Donations can be made through PayPal at www. EngageKingsport.com or by phone at (423) 392‐8414. Donations of any amount welcomed.
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Mountain Park Old Time Band Carter Family Fold May 25th, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 25th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free. Over the past several years, the Mountain Park Old Time Band has been creating a stir in old time music circles. The F!"#C& 6'(& 21G*& :*:E*!(3& '++& "9& whom are versatile and talented musicians. Johnny Gentry plays F#10'!3&%"E!"3&'$%&21%%+*&'(&)*++&'(& doing vocals for the band. Nancy
Gentry plays upright bass and sings. The only thing better than "$*&21%%+*!3&1(&0)"&21%%+*!(8&&,"F*!& U0':C*!&'+("&C+'7(&06*&21%%+*8&&-8& T. Janney plays the washboard – an “instrument” rarely played today. Dr. Mark Handy plays banjo and does vocals. When he’s not playing old time, Dr. Handy practices medicine in Abingdon, Virginia. The Mountain Park Old Time Band has played at the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Mountain Music Jamboree, and at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Festival. They
have also been featured on National Public Radio. The group has released two CDs – Fire on the Dance Floor and Dancing with Sally Goodin. Mountain Park recently performed at the annual Carter Family Festival. Fans of groups like the Whiteop Mountain Band will love the Mountain Park Old Time Band. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, and be ready for a night of down home fun. Nothing gets you out of your seat and "$& 06*& %'$/*& 2+""!& 9'(0*!& 06'$& a rousing old time band. Don’t miss the Mountain Park Old Time Band at the Carter Family Fold! For more information on the group, go to: www.myspace. com/mtnparkoldetimeband. Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a $"$C!"2103&!#!'+&'!0(&"!F'$1b'01"$& established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www. carterfamilyfold.org. Shows
from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276‐386‐6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @ carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276‐594‐0676.
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Final Student Art Gallery of the Year Historic Downtown Bristol is truly amazing. I feel very privileged to be able to work with these kids and continue my lifetime love of teaching art,” says Mimi Kind, owner of One of a Kind Gallery. Artwork by the students from One of a Kind children’s art classes will be on display through the State of the Arts Weekend on June 14–16, 2013. For more information, please contact René Rodgers at Believe in Bristol on 276‐644‐9700, email@example.com, or visit the website at www. believeinbristol.org. The Arts and Entertainment District is hosting the 2nd Annual Student Art Display in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street. “We are really pleased with the success of the Student Art Gallery this year – we’ve had a wide range of artwork on display from schools and students throughout Bristol, TN/VA and we’ve received a lot of great feedback from the students and viewers,” says René Rodgers, Associate Director of Believe in Bristol. “It’s been a wonderful way to highlight the creativity of children in the community, and to encourage them to pursue and enjoy the arts.” Each school or group that participates has a month‐long display period to present their students’ art in the space. The eighth gallery of art went up on May 9, showcasing works by students from the children’s art classes held at One of a Kind Gallery on State Street. The works are in pencil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and batik, and the students range from Grade 1 to Grade 7. “The talent and creativity that these young students exhibit
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Moon Age Daydream of Memories and Myth “Hey diddle diddle -------)6%-(*)-*"&-)6%-/'&&,%> the cow jumped over the Moon. The little dog laughed to see such a sport and the dish ran away with the spoon.” author unknown, 21!(0&C!1$0*%&`cdN The Moon makes its monthly waltz through our night sky this week from First Quarter to full phase on Saturday, and warm
Spring evenings have many of us outside and looking up. Though really not big in the sky—you can cover it with a thumb at arm’s length—the Moon is enormous in the mind of man. The statistics are unassuming compared to the impact on the human mind. Just 240,000 miles ')'73& 10& 0'?*(& +1F60& !*2+*/0*%& "99& the surface a full second to travel to our eyes on Earth. The Moon is 2,160 miles wide, making it
06*& 21906& +'!F*(0& $'0#!'+& ('0*++10*& orbiting a planet—and larger than dwarf planet Pluto! And the 1:4 ratio of the Moon to the Earth’s diameter of 7,926 miles is the largest in the Solar System, making us uniquely a “binary”
planetary system. And at no time was there more attention given to the silvery orb in the sky than 44 years ago, when the hype was beginning to build for the long anticipated Apollo 11 landing on July 20,
1969. =6"& )"#+%& 6'G*& 06"#F60& 21G*& decades ago during the 1960s Moon Race between America vs. Soviet Union that it would be at least 50 years before man returned to the lunar surface? -61$'& %*21$10*+7& 6'(& C+'$(& 0"& go back to the Moon by 2030, but the USA and Russia have moon missions on the drawing board and no funding, and Europe wants a role in a lunar G"7'F*8& =6'0& $'01"$V(& 2+'F& )1++& join the six American Stars and Stripes on the Moon? e"#&/'$V0&*(/'C*&06*&1$2+#*$/*& of our Moon—even without looking up! Examples: the latest vampire movie sequel, and how about dozens of songs written about our Moon. What would Pink Floyd be without the album Dark Side of the Moon? Or Credence Clearwater Revival without a Bad Moon Rising? Van Morrison’s song Moon Dance and Neil Young’s album Harvest Moon made them superstars. Inspired by the six Apollo moon landings from 1969‐ 1972, The Police were Walking on the Moon… “Giant steps are what you take...hope my leg don’t break;” the Grateful Dead sang about a Picasso Moon... “boiling ball, shining bright, I see the magic, I see the light.” And Jerry Garcia loved to sing that he was Standing on the Moon... “with nothing left to do, a lovely view of Heaven, but I’d rather be with you.” Maybe he was on the Moon! Continued on page 23
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The Moon is called many names by the hundreds of civilizations that have roamed the Earth. Lunar deities include Selene, Phoebe, Artemis, Luna, Nana, Thoth, Diana...and dozens of others in Asian and African dialects. And of course, there are hundreds of myths and legends surrounding the Moon. Werewolves and vampires are always associated with the Moon, and we have the full Moon as a central character in hundreds of works in literature. Don’t forget the lunacy factor of la Luna. Though crime and crazy human acts are thought to rise during the Full Moon, the statistics just don’t support that notion. It makes more sense that nefarious acts would be planned during the dark phases of the Moon, not when alleys, backyards and parking lots are illuminated by moonlight. Science and the Moon didn’t meet each other until 400 years ago when Galileo turned his crude telescope to the Moon in his backyard in Pisa, Italy in the
May 21, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 23 November 1609. Galileo discovered that the Moon had mountains, was scarred with holes (craters), and appeared to have smooth, dark seas (solid lava). Suddenly, the Moon became a world of its own. And that revelation by Galileo threatened the foundation of centuries of teachings by the Catholic Church. In the 21st Century, a child’s toy telescope can be more powerful than Galileo’s crude instrument. Those department store telescopes that Santa Claus dropped off a year or so are perfect for moon gazing. Binoculars are also great for looking at the Moon, and they can be held steady against a fence post or with a tripod adapter. Their low power gives a sharp, clear image that allows you to pinpoint the patterns of mountains and craters against the dark, ancient seas of ("+1%121*%&+'G'8&& Dig out that telescope from under the bed or in the closet— or maybe it’s a spider playground in the garage! Use the highest number eyepiece (like 32 mm) for low power (80x‐100x), train
the telescope on the Moon and be amazed. You are looking at the Moon 10‐times better than Galileo ever saw it, and with a Moon map you can become familiar with the lunar landscape in an intimate way. To get a good Moon map, one place to look is the local library. There will be several books with maps you could copy. There are also software for your computer, even the popular smart phone has an “app,” and most of these downloads are free. The Virtual Moon atlas is one of the best available for free. And Google Moon is also excellent. Four centuries ago, man’s eyes were opened by the discoveries of Galileo, who wondered what made up the Moon. Just four decades ago, mankind found out for sure, as 12 Apollo astronauts held Moon rocks in their own hands. Take some time to look up at the Moon, whether with your naked eyes, binoculars or a telescope. Feel the moonlight on your face, and hold the thoughts of those Moon age daydreams. And, enjoy a little lunacy in your night!
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www.theloaferonline.com Celestial events in the skies for the week of May 21‐27, 2013, as compiled for The Loafer by Mark D. Marquette. Finally! Warm nights have returned to the Appalachian Region, and that brings all of us outside for a welcome change from the cooped up Winter. Spring is four weeks old, and sure took a while to shake off that cold spell! This is a Full Moon week, so all but the brightest stars are blotted out by the moonshine. But three planets play celestial tag in the evening twilight, while the night is being dominated by the ringed world, Saturn. Get outside, sit in a lawn chair and enjoy the natural sounds of spring as you gaze about the starry sights overhead. Tues. May 21 @**C&7"#!&'00*$01"$&0"&06*&)*(0*!$&6"!1b"$&'E"#0&f&C:&'$%&21$%&*+#(1G*&21!(0&C+'$*0& 5*!/#!78&&;6'0&E!1F603&)610*&O(0'!4&'E"G*&06*&21!(0&C+'$*0&1(&g*$#(8&&;6*$&61F6*!&#C& 1$&'&+1$*&'+"$F&06*&*/+1C01/&1(&Q#C10*!8&&;6*&06!**&C+'$*0(&'!*&(6#92+1$F&'E"#0&9"!&'& (C*/0'/#+'!&/"$h#$/01"$&$*L0&)**?&)6*$&06*7V++&'++&210&1$&'&21G*&%*F!**&/1!/+*3&'E"#0&06*& distance of the outside “pointer” stars of the Big Dipper. Wed. May 22 Tonight and tomorrow the gibbous Moon will rise in spectacular fashion over our eastern mountain ranges. The landscape will still be bright, making for a challenging photograph to balance the exposure to include the dark maria of the Moon. The brightest star in Virgo, Spica, is extremely close to the Moon tonight, and Saturn will be near the Moon tomorrow night. Thurs. May 23 The Big Dipper is certainly at its best, high above the north. The two outside stars of the bowl, Dubhe and Merak, point to the North Pole star, Polaris. Draw a line the opposite direction and you intersect Leo the Lion, high overhead when facing south. Follow the arc of the three stars of the Big Dipper’s handle and you’ll “arc to Arcturus, and speed on to Spica.”
May 21, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 25 Fri. May 24 Arcturus is the third brightest star in the sky and anchors the ice cream cone in the sky asterism that is Bootes the ancient Herdsman. Spica is the brightest star in the large, sprawling constellation Virgo the Virgin. Below Spica is a bright yellowish star, the planet Saturn. Sat. May 25 Full Moon is today precisely at 12:35 am, so Friday will look like full phase as well. This late May Full Moon would be called several things by the Native American tribes, including Grass Moon, Rose Moon and Planting Moon. Sun. May 26 Saturn is well above the southeastern horizon by 10 pm, and as the Earth travels around the Sun, the ringed world will take center stage high in the south during June. Any telescope will show a hint of the rings, and with patience and the help of a good amateur astronomy observing book (many are free at the library), one can master the techniques for seeing Saturn as best as you can this season. Mon. May 27 Check out the western horizon again and see how quickly Mercury has risen higher in just a few days, while Venus, too has gotten closer to Jupiter. This is celestial mechanics in motion, the exact nature of which puzzled mankind until just over 400 years ago.
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Look Out, Honey, Cuz We’re Using Technology! I found myself in the market for a new computer. Why? Because when your current computer acts slow, freezes up, and does things that annoy you to the point of pondering jumping off your roof—it’s time for a change. I don’t ask for much out of my computer. I need a good computer, but I don’t need a “super computer” with a mind of its own. The last thing I need is to be coming home late one night, try to open my garage door, and a computer say “I’m sorry, Andy, but I’m afraid I can not do that.”
I’m no technical luddite by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m also not nearly competent enough to be in charge of any serious super powered bit of technology. I can’t program in binary code, and if Pixar would let me in to do some work for them, I might be able to make a blob that kinda, sorta, looks like Hong Kong Phooey. The biggest pull for me with a new computer, is one that can handle all my media without hesitation. My current computer has a little %1921/#+07&)106&1;#$*(8&R'/6&01:*&
I go to play a track, whilst web browsing or using Word, it starts to freeze and stutter. In today’s digital landscape, there’s two questions you have
to ask yourself before buying a new computer. Mac or PC? Those who swear by a Mac, will tell you that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. There’s a few little
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who hold the openness of their brand of computer up in high regard like it’s a scene from The Lion King. They say things to you like “Don’t be wack! Don’t get a mac!”, it also seems these PC fans are unaware that it’s not longer 1993 outside. A quick jaunt around YouTube will yield a load of videos from people all passionately telling you why you’d best stick to that PC, dagnabbit! One video I saw had a man sitting at his desk, calmly explaining why you could get the PC of your dreams if you tried. There was one problem with this video, the camera work was rather shaky. A little into the video, a tiny text banner appeared at the bottom of the screen that read: “Sorry for the shaky picture, my son was holding the camera.” Seems he knows everything there is to know about a PC, but /"#+%$V0&21F#!*&"#0&6")&0"&:'?*& a makeshift tripod. I’m not knocking anyone on either side of this spectrum. If you like your PC, great. If you
May 21, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 27 like your, Mac; Great as well. Once I knew I was pretty much set on what to look for, I decided to do the thing that I always do before making a purchase over $100. Research, and over‐ analyze the crap out of it—it’s an Andy Ross speciality! I’ll read all the writings from the people who say it’s the best computer ever, and then I’ll read the ones who criticize the computer in question within an inch of its life. I’ll poll all my tech savvy friends. Soon after bugging the crap out of them with my questions, it soon became clear to me what kind of computer I would really enjoy, and get the :"(0&E*$*210&"#0&"98&X$&15'/8&e*C8& I decided to make that big switch over to a Mac. The oddest thing was the number of friends who were shocked that I DIDN’T have a Mac. “But you’re a writer!” they exclaimed, “Macs are designed for creative people!!” Now I’m sure those of you who are hell bent on having a PC are shaking your heads right now that I went happily down Apple lane. Granted, they are on the um, higher scale of
things. So anxious was I over 06*& h#(0121/'01"$(& "9& (C*$%1$F& ("& much on a computer, I thought I might need to be admitted into a nursing home for a few weeks of rest, old people smell, and bland Jell‐O. A kindly nurse would inform me that it was time for my sponge bath, and I would just point at the wall with my mouth open like it was the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Amazingly, I kept control of my senses all during the purchasing process. Granted, I had to be hooked up to an oxygen tank once I got in the car, but still, I made it without any loss in the extremities. So here we are! A new computer, and quite possibly 06*& 21!(0& /":C#0*!& `__i& 210& 9"!& my needs since my much beloved 1997 Packard Bell PC, back in the days when Dial Up was revolutionary. So friends, I hope you enjoy whatever techy device you use most, my old PC went to my folks, who have been secretly wanting a “learners model”. Still, they phone me about nine times a day with questions. See you next week, follow me on Twitter @ThatAndyRoss.
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The Great Gatsby Australian director Baz Luhrmann sure knows how to make a colorful splash on the big screen. Luhrmann’s past directorial efforts have included the musical “Moulin Rouge!” and the epic “Australia”. Luhrmann adds to his collection the latest screen adaptation of the classic American novel “The Great Gatsby”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was featured in his 21+:&O,":*"&j&Q#+1*048& The new version follows P'0(E7& 21+:(& 9!":& `fMk3& `f]f& and 1974. There was even a television version produced in 2000. For me, Luhrmann was the perfect choice to bring the subject of Gatsby to theaters, as his aforementioned colorful 0"#/6*(& '!*& h#(0& )6'0& 061(& 21+:& needed. If you read the novel in high school, or any other time, you ?$*)& 06*& 21+:& G*!(1"$& 6'%& 06*& potential to be visually stunning. Luhrmann brings his special 0"#/6&0"&06*&21+:3&'$%&06*&9'/0&061(& version is being shown is 3‐D, only adds to the beauty of the 21+:8& ;6*& 21+:3& (*0& 1$& 06*& `fM_V(3& 1(& the tale of mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), who resides in a huge mansion in '& 21/01"$'+& '!*'& "9& K"$F& >(+'$%3& NY, called West Egg. Residing beside the mammoth estate is newcomer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a Yale University graduate and bond salesman, who quickly becomes involved in the world of Gatsby. Nick actually meets Gatsby at one of the lavish parties the millionaire frequently throws, but never seems to attend. No one knows if he attends his own parties, because few, if any, have actually met him. During one of his spectacular parties, Gatsby introduces himself to his new neighbor Nick, and the two become fast friends. Gatsby calls his new friend “old sport”, and eventually confesses his love for Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan
(Carey Mulligan), who lives across the bay in East Egg. As it happens, Gatsby and Daisy were once romantically involved in 1917, and Gatsby has never gotten over his love for the blonde temptress. Gatsby convinces Nick he will eventually reunite with Daisy and they will be together forever. The only problem with said reunion, is the fact Daisy has married Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton), a college acquaintance of Nicks’. This does not deter Gatsby, as he still makes plans to win Daisy back, even though Tom becomes increasingly suspicious of the connection between the two. Everything quickly goes sour for Gatsby when he joins Tom, Daisy, Nick, and a mutual friend on a trip into New York City, and he realizes he may have lost his love forever. Further complicating Gatsby’s life is the tragic death of Tom’s secret lover, who is killed in an accident in the “valley of ashes”, a poor area between West Egg and New York City. ;6*& 21+:& *$%(& )106& !*G*$F*& and death happening to the wrong person. The story, though set in the 1920’s, is timely for 2013, and conveys how decadent money can make a person. ;6*&21+:&1(&/":C+*0*&*7*&/'$%73& and the New York City of the 1920’s is vibrant and alive with promise. The party scenes are a wonder, and are spectacular in the 3‐D format. The actors, led by DiCaprio, are marvelous, and the screen chemistry between Milligan and DiCaprio practically ignites the screen. DiCpario was perfectly cast as Gatsby, and his performance is ready made for the award podium. The only problem I had with the 21+:3&)'(&06*&:"%*!$&("#$%0!'/?3& which never impressed me, and was often distracting. Otherwise, “The Great Gatsby” is a lavish screen experience, and needs to be enjoyed at a theater in 3‐D. (Rated PG‐13) A‐
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Is Boredom the New Excitement? In a culture that produces constant sensory overload and gives us a seemingly‐permanent /'(*& "9& '00*$01"$& %*21/10& syndrome, there has emerged an interest in a psychological condition called autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), which is a fancy p re te n t i o u s ‐ s o u n d i n g term for the excitement of being bored. The title of Orion Jones’ blog on the Big Think website pretty much sums things up: “In the 21st Century, Boredom is the New Excitement.” According to Jones, ASMR “is emerging to describe people who become fascinated with otherwise boring activities, e.g. watching videos of people folding towels or running hair dryers.” I suppose we could add watching paint drying, a familiar euphemism for boredom, to the list; however, drying paint probably doesn’t produce a sound, and ASMR is triggered by sounds and tactile experience (if we include the sounds the brush makes while applying paint, or if we actually !#$&"#!&21$F*!(&'/!"((&06*&(+")+7. drying paint, then I suppose it would count). Needless to say, there is a Wikipedia entry for ASMR that describes the phenomenon, which was supposedly coined by a Facebook group on February 25, 2010, as “a neologism for an alleged biological phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli.” Don’t know about you, but I became very bored just by reading 061(& %*21$101"$8& =61+*& :'$7& scientists dismiss the reality of
this phenomenon, or admit that scant research exists to support it, there is a growing interest in exploring the reasons why people are becoming attracted to seeking out the sounds and feel of activities that many would consider boring.
Like most real or imagined phenomenon, there are several less‐technical alternate names for ASMR, such as “brain orgasm” (or “braingasm”), “brain massage,” “head tingle,” “brain tingles,” “attention induced euphoria,” and “that unnamed feeling.” Regardless of what you might call it, ASMR is raising boredom to a whole new level of excitement, providing an alternative to other forms of perhaps more sensational sensory stimuli—there, I’ve coined a term (SSS). The aforementioned terms, particularly those referring to head and brain tingles, brings to mind the 1959 B‐Movie classic, “The Tingler,” starring Vincent Price as a pathologist who makes a startling discovery. It seems the spine‐tingling fear we all experience at various points in our lives is caused by a creature living inside our bodies. When we scream, we appease this creature (which is a ridiculous‐looking rubber slug/centipede in the movie), but when we don’t, the creature kills us. William Castle, the infamous king of B‐Movies
from the 1950s and Director of this Saturday afternoon shocker, urged theatre owners to install electric devices under the seats of selected patrons so their butts could be shocked during key scenes. No doubt Castle, were he still alive, would be fascinated by all this interest in ASMR, and would make a very boring movie extolling its virtues while making our brains and butts tingle. The Wikipedia entry contains a fascinating, yet ultimately boring, section about whispering and role‐playing as ASMR inducers. Apparently, the sound of whispering or people speaking in very soft, nearly inaudible tones causes our heads to tingle, as does various role‐ playing activities. “Examples include pretend haircuts, visits 0"&06*&%"/0"!V(&"921/*&'$%&06*!'C7& sessions.” Although these are acted out in role‐playing scenarios on videos, “viewers and listeners report an ASMR effect that relieves insomnia, anxiety or panic attacks.” While conducting my own research into this boredom‐ induced phenomenon, I came across a website, “ASMR Videos,” that gives us a tour of various ASMR triggers. I must admit, however, that none of them produced braingasms or other tingly sensations. However, I was momentarily distracted by some of them and was lulled into tranquility by others. Boredom has never felt more euphoric. This collection of videos includes the sounds of antiques (someone running their hands across a group of dangling keys), the sounds made by back leg massage, pencil writing (thank goodness there were no videos of chalk on a blackboard), chewing gum sounds, what it sounds like
when someone eats chicken and rice (not very pleasant), scissors cutting fabric, and various plastic and paper sounds. If you don’t receive the proper levels of boredom from watching these videos, I suggest you look up ASMR on YouTube—the video tagged “ASMR Caring Friend Role Play For Panic Attack” is particularly sleep‐inducing, extremely irritating, and nearly brought on a panic attack while I watched it. Another one, “ASMR Relaxation SPA Facial and Makeup” is just plain mind‐ numbing and makes you long for the sound of paint drying. My take on all this is that
we long for an escape from the sensory overload I mentioned at the beginning of this column. X90*!&'&%'7&'0&06*&"921/*&0!71$F&0"& combat the seemingly‐endless barrage of emails and dealing with the absurdities of Microsoft, not to mention the harrowing drive to and from work, I guess it’s okay to retreat to an oasis where whispering role‐players and the sounds of towels being folded cause our brains to tingle from boredom. Boredom could very well be the new excitement for the 21st century—and don’t you wish we would stop using that over‐used term “21st century”? We’ve already been here for thirteen years, so the novelty should have worn off by now. And I don’t get a tingly sensation every time I hear it. Before you stop reading this column, pause for a moment to run your hands across the paper. Pay close attention to the sounds 7"#!& 21$F*!$'1+(& :'?*& )6*$& passing over the printed words and the pictures. Find someone to read this column to you using a barely audible whisper. Is your brain getting tingly? If it is you better scream before The Tingler gets you. See you next week with something a little less boring.
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