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Tri Cities Bridal Show September 8th Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center
suppliers Â from Â East Â Tennessee Â and Â Southwest Â Virginia Â who Â are Â available Â to Â assist Â in Â planning Â and Â executing Â every Â aspect Â of Â their Â wedding Â -Ââ€? Â from Â ceremony Â sites Â to Â photographers Â to Â masters Â of Â ceremonies Â and Â more Â -Ââ€? Â with Â a Â local, Â personal Â touch Â and Â the Â regionâ€™s Â Best Â Destination Â Wedding Â Travel Â Specialists Â will Â be Â on Â hand Â to Â help Â you Â put Â together Â that Â amazing Â wedding Â anywhere Â in Â the Â world Â or Â your Â dream Â honeymoon! Â The Â ÂƒÂ”Â‡ÂƒÂ• ÂƒÂ?Â†ÂƒÂŽÂ• Â‡Â”Â–Â‹Ď?Â‹Â‡Â† Weddingmoon Â Specialist Â will Â be Â there Â to Â answer Â your Â questions Â about Â a Â Sandals Â wedding Â and/or Â Honeymoon. Â Â
Join Â us Â for Â the Â kickoff Â of Â the Â 29th Â Season Â of Â the Â Tri Â Cities Â Bridal Â Show Â and Â the Â FIRST Â TIME Â EVER Â in Â Bristol, Â Virginia! Â Our Â bridal Â show Â features Â the Â top Â wedding Â professionals Â including Â photographers, Â caterers, Â DJs, Â venues, Â entertainment, Â travel, Â gowns, Â formal Â wear Â and Â more! Itâ€™s Â time Â to Â shine Â up Â those Â rings Â and Â gather Â your Â bridal Â entourage. Â Itâ€™s Â time Â again; Â the Â Tri Â Cities Â Bridal Â Show Â is Â this Â Sunday, Â September Â 8! Â This Â will Â be Â the Â best Â opportunity Â youâ€™ll Â have Â to Â plan, Â dream Â and Â chat Â it Â up Â with Â Regional Â wedding Â industry Â professionals, Â this Â is Â a Â must-Ââ€? attend Â event! Â Pre-Ââ€?Registered Â brides Â and Â grooms Â can Â purchase Â HALF Â PRICE Â TICKETS Â and Â are Â
eligible Â to Â win Â ONE Â of Â TWO Â Grand Â Prize Â Cruises Â provided Â by Â Summit Â Travel Â and Â Cruise Â Planners! Â Â Â You Â MUST Â be Â present Â to Â win! Our Â mannequin Â modeling Â and Â runway Â fashion Â shows Â will Â feature Â the Â latest Â in Â Bridal Â Gowns Â and Â Mens Â Formal Â Wear Â provided Â by Â LaLondeâ€™s Â Bridal Â Boutique Â and Â Princess Â Diaries. Â The Â fashion Â shows Â will Â be Â at Â 2:30PM Â and Â 3:30PM Â on Â the Â Main Â Stage Â of Â the Â Holiday Â Inn Â Ballroom Â E! Â Â Mannequin Â models Â will Â be Â featured Â throughout Â the Â show Â and Â entry Â area! The Â show Â will Â provide Â brides, Â grooms Â and Â their Â families Â with Â an Â opportunity Â to Â meet Â with Â THE Â premier Â professional Â
Parking Â is Â free Â for Â all Â and Â half Â price Â admission Â is Â available Â to Â pre-Ââ€?registered Â couples, Â otherwise Â admission Â is Â $8 Â in Â advance Â at Â www. TriCitiesBridalShow.com Â or Â $10 Â at Â the Â door. There Â will Â be Â food Â & Â cake Â Â•ÂƒÂ?Â’ÂŽÂ‡Â•ÇĄ Â”ÂƒÂˆĎ?ÂŽÂ‡Â• ÂƒÂ?Â† ÂƒÂ–Â–Â‡Â?Â†Â‡Â‡ bags. Â There Â will Â be Â many Â hourly Â door Â prizes Â and Â more! Â Â Itâ€™s Â a Â special Â day Â designed Â to Â help Â make Â your Â wedding Â day Â positively Â perfect. Meet Â the Â areaâ€™s Â top Â bridal Â professionals Â at Â the Â Tri Â Cities Â Bridal Â Show, Â over Â 50 Â professional Â businesses Â will Â be Â on Â hand. Â We Â are Â the Â Tri Â Cities Â original, Â Longest Â Running Â and Â Best Â Bridal Â Shows Â every Â year! For Â more Â information Â call Â 423.612.3758 Â or Â visit Â www. TriCitiesBridalShow.com
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NC Transportation Museum Offers Fall Day Trip Excursions to Charlottesville, VA, and Asheville, NC The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum are again sponsoring Autumn Train Excursions, day trips by rail to two great destinations. This year’s excursions will return to some of the most popular past destinations. The “Virginia Autumn Special” departs for Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Oct. 12. The “Blue Ridge Special” will head to Asheville, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 13. Providing amazing views of the changing leaves and a rare journey by rail, getting there is truly half the fun. Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., Saturday’s “Virginia
Autumn Special” will offer a second passenger pick-‐up at the Greensboro Amtrak Station at 8 a.m., allowing those living in the Triad a more convenient boarding opportunity. Passing through the North Carolina cities of Thomasville, High Point and Reidsville, and the Virginia cities of Danville, Lynchburg and Oak Ridge, passengers will experience beautiful views of the Piedmont and rolling hills of North Carolina and the western part of Central Virginia. In Charlottesville, travelers will have nearly three hours to explore the historic downtown area. It is a short walk to the downtown outdoor mall, considered one of the ϐ country. Unique shopping and dining opportunities can be found in boutiques, specialty Continued on page 7
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wine, coffee and tea shops and outdoor dining spots. Travelers may also enjoy relaxing walks under a lush, leafy tree canopy. Departing Charlottesville at 3 p.m., the train will arrive back in Greensboro at 7 p.m. and in Spencer at 8 p.m. The “Blue Ridge Special” will travel through the western North Carolina Piedmont, into the foothills and on to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Departing Spencer at 7 a.m., the train will roll through the cities of Statesville, Hickory, Morganton, Marion, Black Mountain and Swannanoa before climbing the famed “loops” of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The train will pass through several tunnels and pass by the Andrews Geyser, a spectacular sight, before arriving in Asheville at noon. Passengers will have nearly three hours for an outing at Biltmore Village. Established in the late 1890s as a planned community near the entrance of the Biltmore estate, Biltmore Village offers shopping in unique, locally-‐owned boutiques.
September 3, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 7 Passengers can dine in restaurants and walk along brick sidewalks that parallel tree-‐lined streets. All of this will be enjoyed alongside spectacular views of the North Carolina mountains. Departing Asheville at 3 p.m., the “Blue Ridge Special” will return to Spencer at 8 p.m. Four seating classes are offered for these Autumn Train Excursions. Tourist class features the convenience and comforts of modern Amtrak cars. Each car has a center aisle with two adjustable seats and a wide window on each side. This seating area provides convenient access to the souvenir and cafe cars. Tourist class seating is $150 per person. Deluxe coach seating will be offered in vintage and Amtrak cars, featuring spacious seating with adjustable seat backs and leg rests, as well as large windows for better viewing. Lunch will be served in classic table and dining cars. Light snacks and beverages are also provided. Deluxe coach seating is $190 per person First class passengers will
be seated in restored, vintage lounge or parlor cars. Each car ϐ a variety of seating options. Compartment seating may be requested for small groups but is not guaranteed. Fare includes continental breakfast, newspapers, light snacks and dinner. First Class seating is $265 per person. Dome cars, featuring two levels, offer the best views of the passing scenery. Windows stretch across the walls and ceiling on the second level, providing a panoramic view of the entire ride. A continental breakfast and newspapers are included on the journey to our destination, plus dinner on the return trip in vintage table and dining cars. Dome car seating is $295 per person. Additional amenities available to travelers include a gourmet boxed lunch. Delivered to your seat, passengers can save time for shopping and sightseeing. Served in a souvenir tote, the meal includes a half turkey wrap, pasta salad, tortilla chips and
salsa, a cookie and drink. This option is $15 per person and available only in advance with ticket purchase. Travelers can also take home a souvenir T-‐shirt. Featuring the “Autumn Rails” logo, these T-‐shirts will be distributed with passenger boarding passes. T-‐shirts are $20 each and are available in green or rust. Photos of the T-‐shirt design are available at www.nctrans.org. Travelers wishing to expand their journey into an entire weekend can also take advantage of packages that include the Autumn Train Excursion and Historic Salisbury Foundation’s Annual OctoberTour of Historic Homes. OctoberTour, taking place in Salisbury, just three miles from the N.C. Transportation Museum, provides a close up look at Salisbury’s private, historic buildings and allows visitors to experience the city’s charm in a few of the ten districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Trolley rides, living history encampments, food, artists
and music make this an event not to miss. As an added ǡ ϐ ʹͲͲ to purchase OctoberTour and Excursion tickets will receive free Downtown Dollars to spend at participating downtown Salisbury stores. Excursion passengers can experience OctoberTour at a special rate of $18 per person, when adding OctoberTour to their Excursion ticket purchase. OctoberTour and the Autumn Train Excursions, due to scheduling, cannot be experienced on the same day. Those traveling on the Charlottesville excursion can purchase tickets to the Sunday, Oct 13 OctoberTour, while those traveling on the Asheville excursion will purchase tickets to the Saturday, Oct. 12 OctoberTour. Please note that those buying ticket packages will be responsible for their own overnight accommodations. Tickets are on sale and now can be purchased by calling 704-‐ 636-‐2889 ext. 237 or visiting online at www.nctrans.org.
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Slippery When Wet
The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Bristol Downtown Center September 5th, 7pm
Slippery When Wet -‐ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute is coming to Bristol’s Downtown Center on Thursday, September 5, 2013. The show will begin at 7:00PM and as always it is free to the public. Slippery When Wet was formed in 2003 by Jason Morey after answering many inquiries of “Are you Jon Bon Jovi?”. Most notably comedian Dave Chappelle invited Jason backstage following one of his comedy shows thinking that he was the New Jersey icon. It was then that Jason knew he had to take advantage of the resemblance. Slippery When Wet has played to many packed houses throughout the Southeast and has quickly become the top draw at many of their regularly scheduled shows. The band’s shows are the most attended and highest grossing of any Bon Jovi Tribute in the country. In 2007 the band was ϐ Jovi to perform their highly entertaining show. “Their drive, musical ability, showmanship
and dedication to duplicating the Bon Jovi live experience simply cannot be outdone,” said Darlene Cole, Venue Manager for the city. The Downtown Center is located at 810 State Street, in the heart of historic downtown Bristol. “Over 1,000 chairs are available for seating, but if you want to bring your own chair you can. Just get there early. We are expecting a full house. We had people showing up at the last tribute series at 4:30,” continued Cole. Vendors will be on site along with the usual concessions as well as bathroom accommodations. The Slippery When Wet show is the last of the Full Moon Jam Tribute Series for the season. The Jam will continue through the end of October. For more information contact Darlene Cole at 423-‐764-‐4171 or e-‐mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Full Moon Jam Concert series hosts over 40 shows a year at the Downtown Center ϐǤ series runs from May through October.
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General Shale Natural History Museum September 7th & 8th The Â Mid-Ââ€?Appalachian Â Bonsai Â Kai Â (MABK) Â Invitational Â Bonsai Â Exhibit Â will Â again Â be Â displayed Â at Â the Â East Â Tennessee Â State Â University Â and Â General Â Shale Â Natural Â History Â Museum Â and Â Visitor Â Center Â at Â the Â Gray Â Fossil Â Site. Â The Â ninth Â annual Â exhibition Â will Â be Â shown Â Saturday Â and Â Sunday, Â Sept. Â 7-Ââ€?8, Â from Â 9 Â a.m.-Ââ€?5 Â p.m. Â in Â the Â museumâ€™s Â Education Â Center. Â Â On Â Saturday, Â Sept. Â 7, Â at Â 10 Â a.m., Â bonsai Â artist Â Owens Â Reich Â will Â lead Â a Â workshop Â for Â experienced Â bonsai Â workers. Â Attendees Â must Â bring Â their Â own Â trees. Â The Â cost Â of Â the Â workshop Â is Â $75. Â At Â 2 Â p.m., Â he Â will Â demonstrate Â the Â art Â of Â bonsai Â styling. Â Â Reich Â completed Â a Â formal, Â two-Ââ€?year Â apprenticeship Â in Â Japan Â at Â the Â Fujikawa Â Kouka-Ââ€? en Â Nursery Â in Â Ikeda Â City. Â
Reich Â will Â critique Â entriesand Â present Â awards Â on Â Sunday, Â Sept. Â 8. Â Â Awards Â include Â â€œBest Â in Â Show,â€? Â â€œBest Â Shohinâ€? Â (small), Â â€œBest Â Chuuhinâ€? Â (medium) Â and Â â€œBest Â Ogataâ€? Â (large). Â Â Visitors Â to Â the Â gallery Â will Â have Â the Â opportunity Â to Â vote Â for Â their Â favorite Â tree Â to Â win Â the Â â€œPeopleâ€™s Â Choiceâ€? Â award. Â Â A Â â€œPeersâ€™ Â Choiceâ€? Â award, Â voted Â upon Â by Â show Â participants, Â will Â also Â be Â given. Dr. Â Karl Â Joplin, Â associate Â professor Â in Â ETSUâ€™s Â Department Â of Â Biological Â Sciences Â and Â bonsai Â event Â organizer, Â encourages Â the Â community Â to Â come Â out Â for Â this Â special Â weekend Â exhibition. Â Â â€œThe Â MABK Â bonsai Â show Â is Â one Â of Â several Â held Â in Â the Â region, Â but Â due Â to Â the Â museumâ€™s Â excellent Â facilities Â and Â the Â quality Â of Â the Â trees, Â the Â public Â has Â the Â
opportunity Â to Â see Â some Â truly Â outstanding Â examples Â of Â the Â many Â facets Â involved Â in Â the Â art Â of Â bonsai,â€? Â Joplin Â said. Â Essential Â bonsai Â supplies, Â trees Â and Â pottery Â will Â be Â offered Â by Â vendors Â for Â those Â who Â wish Â to Â begin Â pursuing Â the Â hobby. Â Â A Â silent Â auction Â that Â includes Â various Â bonsai Â and Â garden-Ââ€?related Â items Â will Â be Â held Â during Â the Â exhibit Â and Â will Â close Â on Â Sunday Â at Â 2 Â p.m. Â Â Â”Â‘Â…Â‡Â‡Â†Â• Â™Â‹ÂŽÂŽ Â„Â‡Â?Â‡Ď?Â‹Â– Â–ÂŠÂ‡ ÇĄ and Â all Â winners Â must Â be Â present. Admission Â is Â $6 Â for Â adults Â and Â $3 Â for Â children. Â The Â museum Â is Â located Â 1.8 Â miles Â from Â exit Â 13 Â on Â Interstate Â 26. Â Â The Â museum Â will Â return Â to Â a Â winter Â schedule Â after Â Labor Â Day, Â 9 Â a.m. Â to Â 5 Â p.m., Â Tuesday Â through Â Saturday. Â Â For Â more Â information, Â or Â special Â assistance Â for Â those Â with Â disabilities, Â call Â toll-Ââ€?free Â at Â (866) Â 202-Ââ€?6223 Â or Â visit Â www.etsu.edu/ naturalhistorymuseum. Additional Â information Â on Â the Â exhibit Â or Â local Â bonsai Â groups Â is Â available Â by Â contacting Â Joplin Â at Â (423) Â 439-Ââ€?6921 Â or Â joplin@etsu. edu.
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How to Make Movies at Home Mary B. Martin School of the Arts September 9th, 7pm Your Â New Â Favorite Â Movie Â is Â the One Â Youâ€™re Â About Â to Â Make Ď”Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â”Â• ÂˆÂƒÂ…Â‡ Â‘ÂˆÂˆ Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠ Â‘ÂŽÂŽÂ›Â™Â‘Â‘Â†Â‹Â?ÂˆÂ”Â‡Â‡Â‹Â?Â†Â‹Â‡Ď”Â‹ÂŽÂ? Mary Â B. Â Martin Â School Â of Â the Â Â”Â–Â• Â’Â”Â‡Â•Â‡Â?Â–Â• Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ? Â‘Â™ Â–Â‘ ÂƒÂ?Â‡ Â‘Â˜Â‹Â‡Â• ÂƒÂ– Â‘Â?Â‡ Â Monday, Â Â‡Â’Â–Ç¤ÍťÂƒÂ–ÍšÂ’Ç¤Â?Ç¤Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠĎ?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â” Morgan Â Nichols Â as Â part Â of Â the Â South Â Arts Â Southern Â Circuit Â Tour Â of Â Independent Â Filmmakers. Â Â‘Â™ Â–Â‘ ÂƒÂ?Â‡ Â‘Â˜Â‹Â‡Â• ÂƒÂ– Â‘Â?Â‡ Â is Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹Â”Â•Â– Â‹Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â…ÂŠÂ‘Â‘ÂŽÇŻÂ• Í´Í˛ÍłÍľÇŚ 14 Â series Â of Â six Â South Â Arts Â Â‹Â?Â†Â‡Â’Â‡Â?Â†Â‡Â?Â– Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â•ÇĄ Â–ÂŠÂ”Â‡Â‡ Â‹Â? ÂˆÂƒÂŽÂŽ and Â three Â in Â spring. After Â the Â free Â screening Â of Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â‹Â?ÇŻÂ•ÂƒÂ”Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ–Â”Â‡Â‡Â– Culp Â Auditorium, Â Nichols Â and Â the Â audience Â will Â engage Â in Â a Â Â†Â‹Â•Â…Â—Â•Â•Â‹Â‘Â?ÂƒÂ„Â‘Â—Â–Â–ÂŠÂ‡Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÂƒÂ?Â†ÂŠÂ‹Â• Â™Â‘Â”Â?ÂƒÂ•ÂƒĎ?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â”Ç¤Â”Â‡Â…Â‡Â’Â–Â‹Â‘Â? will Â follow. Â Film Â and Â reception Â are Â free Â and Â open Â to Â the Â public. â€œIt Â sounds Â like Â itâ€™s Â an Â instructional Â movie Â but Â itâ€™s Â actually Â a Â narrative,â€? Â says Â Mary Â
B. Â Martin Â School Â of Â the Â Arts Â Director Â Anita Â DeAngelis. Â â€œItâ€™s Â kind Â of Â a Â lighthearted, Â more Â comic Â approach.â€? The Â â€œmicro-Ââ€?budget, Â crowd-Ââ€?funded Â DIY Â cinematic Â event Â of Â a Â generationâ€? Â pits Â a Â group Â of Â Â†Â‘ÇŚÂ‹Â–ÇŚÂ›Â‘Â—Â”Â•Â‡ÂŽÂˆ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â”Â• against Â the Â professionals Â of Â Hollywood Â with Â dramatic Â and Â humorous Â results. Â â€œThe Â wall Â between Â â€˜proâ€™ Â and Â â€˜amâ€™ Â has Â crumbled Â to Â the Â ground Â and Â a Â new Â wave Â of Â folk Â cinema Â is Â rolling Â in,â€? Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â™Â‡Â„Â•Â‹Â–Â‡Â•ÂƒÂ›Â•Ç¤
Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‡Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÇĄ Â‘Â?ÂƒÂŠÂƒÂ?Â†ÂŠÂ‡Â” Â„ÂƒÂ?Â†Â‘ÂˆÂŽÂ‘Â…ÂƒÂŽ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â”Â• are Â threatened Â when Â a Â Hollywood Â team Â comes Â to Â sign Â Hillport, Â Maine, Â as Â a Â location Â for Â a Â big Â TV Â show. Â Jonah Â goes Â to Â war Â with Â Hollywood, Â but Â her Â real Â problem Â might Â be Â with Â her Â best Â friend, Â who Â has Â designs Â on Â the Â Hollywood Â producerâ€™s Â girlfriend. Â With Â practical Â lessons Â on Â cinema Â craft Â woven Â throughout, Â Â‘Â™Â–Â‘ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â‘Â˜Â‹Â‡Â•ÂƒÂ–Â‘Â?Â‡ Â is Â a Â wild, Â infectious Â celebration Â of Â the Â DIY Â world Â and Â a Â proud Â instigator Â of Â a Â new Â value Â system Â in Â the Â world Â of Â movies. Ç˛Â‘Â™Â–Â‘ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â‘Â˜Â‹Â‡Â•ÂƒÂ–Â‘Â?Â‡ Â was Â shot Â in Â the Â part Â of Â Maine Â many Â of Â us Â grew Â up Â in, Â and Â is Â about Â the Â incredible Â rewards Â of Â being Â part Â of Â an Â underground Â creative Â tribe. Â A Â story Â very Â close Â to Â home,â€? Â the Â website Â says.
Filmmaker Â Morgan Â Nicholsâ€™ Â Ď?Â‹Â”Â•Â– ÂˆÂ‡ÂƒÂ–Â—Â”Â‡ÇĄ Â‡Â•Â—Â• Â”Â‡ÂƒÂ?, Â premiered Â at Â The Â Los Â Angeles Â Film Â Festival Â in Â 2003, Â and Â won Â the Â Milagro Â Award Â -Ââ€? Â Best Â Southwest Â Film Â at Â the Â Santa Â Fe Â Film Â Festival. Â ÂŠÂ‡ Â‹Â–Â–ÂŽÂ‡ Â‡ÂƒÂ–ÂŠ Â followed Â in Â 2006, Â premiering Â as Â Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â…ÂŽÂ‘Â•Â‹Â?Â‰Â?Â‹Â‰ÂŠÂ–Â‰ÂƒÂŽÂƒ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÂƒÂ– Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Atlanta Â Film Â Festival Â and Â going Â on Â to Â garner Â awards Â for Â best Â actor, Â best Â actress, Â best Â screenplay Â and Â best Â cinematography Â as Â it Â traveled Â the Â festival Â circuit. Â In Â addition Â to Â his Â large Â body Â of Â work Â ÂƒÂ•ÂƒÂ–Â”Â—Â‡Â‹Â?Â†Â‡Â’Â‡Â?Â†Â‡Â?Â–Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â”ÇĄ Nichols Â has Â worked Â for Â various Â subsidiaries Â of Â Viacom, Â Warner Â Bros. Â and Â Disney. Â He Â holds Â an Â M.F.A. Â in Â Cinema Â from Â The Â
University Â of Â Southern Â California Â and Â a Â bachelorâ€™s Â degree Â in Â Theater Â Arts Â from Â Brandeis Â University. For Â more Â information Â Â‘Â? Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂ?ÇĄ Â˜Â‹Â•Â‹Â– Â™Â™Â™Ç¤ ÂŠÂ‘Â™Â–Â‘Â?ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â?Â‘Â˜Â‹Â‡Â•ÂƒÂ–ÂŠÂ‘Â?Â‡Ç¤ Â…Â‘Â?Ç¤ The Â Southern Â Circuit Â Tour Â of Â Independent Â Filmmakers Â is Â a Â program Â of Â South Â Arts. Â Southern Â Circuit Â screenings Â are Â funded Â in Â part Â by Â a Â grant Â from Â South Â Arts Â in Â partnership Â with Â the Â National Â Endowment Â for Â the Â Arts. Â Â‘Â—Â–ÂŠ Â”Â–Â•ÇĄ Âƒ Â?Â‘Â?Â’Â”Â‘Ď?Â‹Â– regional Â arts Â organization, Â was Â founded Â in Â 1975 Â to Â build Â on Â the Â Southâ€™s Â unique Â heritage Â and Â enhance Â the Â public Â value Â of Â the Â arts. Â South Â Artsâ€™ Â work Â responds Â to Â the Â arts Â environment Â and Â cultural Â trends Â with Â a Â regional Â perspective. Â South Â Arts Â offers Â an Â annual Â portfolio Â of Â activities Â designed Â to Â address Â the Â role Â of Â the Â arts Â in Â impacting Â the Â issues Â important Â to Â our Â region Â and Â to Â link Â the Â South Â with Â the Â nation Â and Â the Â world Â through Â the Â arts. Â For Â more Â information, Â visit Â www.southarts.org For Â information Â about Â the Â ETSU Â Mary Â B. Â Martin Â School Â of Â the Â Arts, Â call Â 423-Ââ€?439-Ââ€?TKTS Â (8587) Â or Â visit Â www.etsu.edu/ martin. Â â€œLikeâ€? Â ETSU Â Mary Â B. Â Martin Â School Â of Â the Â Arts Â on Â Facebook Â and Â follow Â it Â on Â Twitter Â at Â TheArtsAtETSU.
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Great and Small: The Tradition of Diminutive Furniture in Our Region Opening Celebration Sept. 5th 6pm William King Museum is excited to announce its newest exhibition ǣ in Our Region opened on Friday, August 30. This exhibition is sponsored by Highlands Union Bank. The tradition of making diminutive furniture, or miniature furniture, has origins in Europe and was brought to this region through our early American ancestors. This exhibition brings together a sampling of nineteenth-‐century diminutive furniture primarily from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Commonplace furnishings such as desks, chests, pie safes, and chairs were made on occasion – some with simple materials and ingenuity while others ϐ skill. Today, these diminutive pieces are considered rare, and therefore greatly admired when discovered. Other pieces such as pottery, baskets, and small portraits will offer a full view of
historic life on a miniature scale. The exhibition opened to the public in the Price-‐Strongwell Galleries on August 30 and runs through January 12, 2014. William King Museum will celebrate the opening of this exhibition on September 5, 2013
from 6-‐8 p.m. in conjunction with the opening reception for ǣ . Select lenders to this exhibition will be present at the opening. For more information on this and all other exhibitions, please visit us on the web at www. williamkingmuseum.org or call 276-‐628-‐5005. William King Museum is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon. The Museum ϐǡ artist studios and outdoor sculpture garden. Educational programs in the visual arts are offered year-‐round for both children and adults, and school audiences are served by in-‐house and outreach programs. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the William King Museum is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the Virginia Association of Museums and is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Song of the Mountains September 7th, 7pm
Â˜Â‡Â”Â› Â†Â‹Â˜Â‡Â”Â•Â‹Ď?Â‹Â‡Â† ÂŽÂ‹Â?Â‡Â—Â’ Â‘Âˆ musicians Â will Â take Â the Â stage Â at Â the Â Lincoln Â Theatre Â in Â Marion, Â Virginia Â on Â Saturday, Â September Â 7th Â at Â 7:00 Â pm Â for Â another Â public Â television Â taping Â of Â the Â award Â winning Â â€œSong Â of Â the Â Mountainsâ€? Â concert Â series. Bluegrass Â enthusiasts Â will Â
enjoy Â the Â music Â of Â Lorraine Â Jordan Â and Â Carolina Â Road Â as Â well Â as Â the Â music Â of Â Randy Â Waller. Â Randy Â is Â the Â son Â of Â the Â late Â and Â legendary Â Charlie Â Waller Â who Â was Â an Â icon Â in Â bluegrass Â music Â for Â decades Â with Â the Â Country Â Gentlemen Â band. Â Randy Â continues Â his Â fatherâ€™s Â legacy Â with Â
his Â own Â unique Â style Â and Â voice. Â Randy Â himself Â is Â a Â veteran Â in Â the Â bluegrass Â world. Lorraine Â Jordan Â and Â Carolina Â Road Â are Â favorites Â on Â the Â national Â bluegrass Â circuit Â also Â and Â will Â provide Â traditional Â as Â well Â as Â original Â tunes Â at Â the Â Song Â of Â the Â Mountains Â taping Â on Â September Â
7th. The Â concert Â will Â also Â feature Â some Â Americana Â artists Â also. Â Clinton Â Collins Â and Â the Â Creekboys Â present Â a Â unique Â blend Â of Â Americana Â music, Â using Â traditional Â musical Â instruments, Â along Â with Â original, Â creative Â songwriting. Â Their Â musical Â journey Â guides Â us Â through Â places Â and Â to Â people Â that Â seem Â familiar Â and Â stories Â that Â resonate Â with Â us Â all. Â From Â the Â rural Â backroads, Â to Â the Â places Â of Â the Â heart; Â melodies Â ÂƒÂ”Â‡ Ď?Â‹ÂŽÂŽÂ‡Â† Â™Â‹Â–ÂŠ ÂŠÂ—Â?Â‘Â” ÂƒÂ„Â‘Â—Â– relationships, Â faith Â and Â everyday Â living.
of Â the Â Mountains Â on Â September Â 7th. This Â Song Â of Â the Â Mountains Â concert Â on Â September Â 7th Â begins Â at Â 7:00 Â pm. Â Tickets Â and Â information Â is Â available Â at Â www. songofthemountains.org Â or Â by Â calling Â 276-Ââ€?783-Ââ€?6093. Song Â of Â the Â Mountains Â is Â underwritten Â for Â public Â television Â by Â TEDS, Â the Â General Â Francis Â Marion Â Hotel Â in Â Marion, Â VA, Â The Â Appalachian Â Cultural Â Music Â Association Â and Â the Â Mountain Â Music Â Museum Â in Â Bristol, Â TN, Â Blue Â Ridge Â Country Â 98.1 Â fm, Â The Â Bank Â of Â Marion, Â
Young Â â€œrootsgrassâ€? Â band Â Lindsay Â Lou Â & Â The Â Flatbellys Â has Â jumped Â into Â the Â forefront Â of Â todayâ€™s Â progressive Â roots Â music Â movement. Â Distinct Â vocals, Â tight Â harmonies, Â instrumental Â expertise, Â and Â creative Â arrangements Â are Â all Â essential Â characteristics Â of Â their Â unique Â sound. Â Instrumentally, Â they Â can Â turn Â on Â a Â dime, Â their Â arrangements Â showing Â a Â well-Ââ€? developed Â taste Â in Â music Â -Ââ€? Â based Â on Â bluegrass Â traditions Â but Â frequently Â dipping Â into Â swing Â jazz Â and Â popular Â song Â craft Â â€“ Â and Â their Â sound Â is Â deftly Â guided Â by Â the Â clarion Â vocals Â of Â lead Â singer Â Lindsay Â Lou. Â Â The Â Swing Â Shieks Â will Â also Â provide Â some Â â€œswing-Ââ€? Americanaâ€? Â sounds Â to Â round Â out Â this Â wonderful Â concert Â for Â Song Â
Morehead Â State Â University, Â Bryant Â Label Â Co. Â of Â Blountville, Â TN. Â Special Â support Â from Â the Â Town Â of Â Marion, Â VA. Â Also Â Song Â of Â the Â Mountains Â appreciates Â all Â the Â support Â received Â from Â their Â faithful Â supporters Â who Â contribute Â dollars Â to Â keep Â this Â concert Â series Â funded Â and Â on Â public Â television Â across Â America. Memberships Â and Â Song Â of Â the Â Mountains Â merchandise Â are Â available Â at Â the Â website Â and Â your Â purchases Â help Â support Â the Â concert Â series. Â Donations Â are Â accepted Â at Â the Â website Â as Â well. Â Underwriting Â opportunities Â are Â available Â by Â contacting Â Song Â of Â the Â Mountains Â through Â our Â website. Song Â of Â the Â Mountains/The Â Â‹Â?Â…Â‘ÂŽÂ? ÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ–Â”Â‡ Â‹Â• Âƒ Â?Â‘Â?ÇŚÂ’Â”Â‘Ď?Â‹Â– organization.
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“Velocipede” Performs Jonesborough Contra Dance September 7th
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A family package allows parents to bring all of their own children for a total of $15. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome! A 30-‐minute class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm. The dance will run from 7:30-‐10:30pm. At the 9:00pm waltz break, again Klondike Ice Cream Bars, ϐ Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, will be offered to all dancers courtesy of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society. Performing for this event will be duo, Velocipede, from Maine. The caller will be Hank Morris from Asheville. ȋϐǡǡ percussion) and Baron Collins-‐ Hill (mandolin, tenor guitar) ϐ 2008. Once they began playing ǡ ϐ uncontrollably out of their ϐǤ together ever since. Hailing from Maine, Velocipede plays original and traditional tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia and the British Isles. They play with a tight, close sound staying true to the tunes and bolstering them with driving dance rhythms and sweet harmonies. Julia and Baron are capable of delivering a ripping set of reels for contra dance and will be sure to catch listener’s ears and set toes tapping. For more information, visit www.velocipedemusic.com. The WETS-‐FM listening audience will be able to hear interviews and music from Velocipede on Studio One live on Saturday September 7th. “I asked Dave Carter, Studio One host, if we could invite them on
the air that day and he got very excited to feature these New England musicians” offered HJDS President David Wiley. The program airs at 1:00pm on Saturday. Many returning students from area colleges such as Virginia Intermont, Milligan, King and ETSU and Immanuel have rejoined our dance community. In addition, “We are seeing
more high school students and early teens come to learn how to contra dance”, states event organizer, David Wiley. For more information, contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-‐534-‐8879 or visit w w w. h i s to r i c j o n e s b o ro u gh dancesociety.org or the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.
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Citizen Kane Caponeâ€™s September 7th
Citizen Â Kane Â will Â play Â at Â Caponeâ€™s, Â 227 Â E. Â Main Â Street, Â on Â Saturday, Â September Â 7th. Â Tickets Â are Â $5 Â at Â the Â door. Â Doors Â open Â at Â 8pm Â and Â show Â starts Â at Â 10:30pm. Â Ages Â are Â 18 Â and Â up. Â Citizen Â Kane Â is Â a Â local Â rock Â band Â from Â Johnson Â City Â that Â was Â formed Â in Â the Â summer Â of Â 1998 Â by Â lead Â singer, Â James Â Salyers Â and Â drummer Â Myron Â Steffey. Â After Â a Â two-Ââ€?year Â break Â to Â work Â on Â side Â projects, Â the Â band Â has Â been Â reformed Â with Â two Â new Â members Â and Â is Â out Â on Â the Â road Â doing Â a Â â€œ13 Â for Â 13â€? Â
tour, Â where Â they Â are Â playing Â 13 Â shows Â in Â 2013 Â in Â honor Â of Â the Â bandâ€™s Â 15-Ââ€?year Â anniversary. Â‹Â–Â‹ÂœÂ‡Â? ÂƒÂ?Â‡ Â…ÂŽÂƒÂ•Â•Â‹Ď?Â‹Â‡Â• Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â‹Â” Â•Â‘Â—Â?Â† ÂƒÂ• Â’Â”Â‘Â‰Â”Â‡Â•Â•Â‹Â˜Â‡ Â?Â‡Â–ÂƒÂŽ ÂŠÂƒÂ”Â† Â”Â‘Â…Â? ÂƒÂ?Â† Â™ÂƒÂ• Â‹Â?Ď?ÂŽÂ—Â‡Â?Â…Â‡Â† by Â great Â bands Â such Â as Â Metallica Â and Â Soundgarden. Â They Â originally Â started Â out Â as Â a Â cover Â band Â but Â after Â much Â success Â they Â eventually Â started Â Â™Â”Â‹Â–Â‹Â?Â‰Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â‹Â”Â‘Â™Â?Â?Â—Â•Â‹Â…ÂƒÂ?Â†Â”Â‡ÂŽÂ‡ÂƒÂ•Â‡Â†Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â‹Â”Ď?Â‹Â”Â•Â– full-Ââ€?length Â album Â in Â 2005. Â The Â bands Â set Â list Â still Â includes Â cover Â songs Â but Â now Â has Â a Â mixture Â of Â original Â rock Â tunes Â they Â can Â call Â their Â own. Â Something Â that Â sets Â this Â band Â apart Â from Â others Â Â‹Â•Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÂˆÂƒÂ…Â–Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â›Â’ÂŽÂƒÂ›Â…Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”Â•Â‘Â?Â‰Â•Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ–ÂƒÂ”Â‡Â†Â‹ÂˆĎ?Â‹Â…Â—ÂŽÂ– to Â duplicate; Â songs Â from Â bands Â like Â Avenged Â Sevenfold Â that Â not Â everyone Â can Â do. Â Lead Â singer, Â James Â Salyers Â says, Â â€œWe Â push Â ourselves Â to Â the Â limits Â to Â play Â something Â that Â no Â one Â else Â can, Â something Â that Â will Â bring Â the Â best Â out Â of Â us.â€? Over Â the Â years Â Citizen Â Kane Â has Â developed Â a Â huge Â fan Â base Â called Â the Â â€œKanecrew.â€? Â These Â fans Â come Â from Â a Â wide Â variety Â of Â places Â and Â range Â from Â basic Â music Â lovers, Â hard Â core Â metal Â fans, Â bikers, Â and Â anyone Â that Â loves Â rock Â music. Â This Â loyal Â following Â is Â a Â big Â reason Â the Â band Â reformed; Â after Â receiving Â many Â requests Â from Â fans Â and Â clubs Â the Â guys Â decided Â it Â was Â time Â to Â bring Â Citizen Â Kane Â back Â to Â life. Â Salyers Â says Â â€œWe Â love Â people Â who Â love Â live Â entertainment. Â And Â the Â one Â thing Â we Â want Â our Â fans Â to Â take Â away Â from Â one Â of Â our Â shows Â is Â that Â they Â come Â Ď?Â‹Â”Â•Â–Ç¤Çł Â‡ Â•ÂƒÂ›Â•ÇĄ Ç˛ Â”Â‹Â†ÂƒÂ› Â?Â‹Â‰ÂŠÂ– Â‹Â•Â?ÇŻÂ– Âƒ Â„ÂƒÂ” Â?Â‹Â‰ÂŠÂ–ÇĄ itâ€™s Â a Â party. Â We Â want Â people Â to Â feel Â like Â theyâ€™re Â coming Â to Â a Â party Â and Â their Â ticket Â is Â their Â personal Â invitation.â€? Â Â Exclusive Â news Â that Â James Â Salyers Â shared Â only Â with Â us; Â the Â band Â will Â record Â their Â second Â full-Ââ€?length Â album Â in Â January Â 2014 Â and Â it Â will Â be Â released Â later Â that Â fall. Band Â members Â are: Â James Â Salyers: Â Lead Â vocals Â & Â Rhythm Â guitar, Â Myron Â Steffey: Â Drums Â & Â vocals, Â and Â new Â members Â Don Â Alexander Â on Â Lead Â guitar Â and Â Tim Â McKinney Â on Â Bass Â guitar.
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Seniors In Action Offering Area Musicians Celebrate University of Tennessee Women Composers Football Games Tickets St. John’s Episcopal Church Its football time in Tennessee! What better way to celebrate the fall season than seeing a Tennessee football game with friends? There’s only one way— to be chauffeured to the game, park right beside the stadium, and participate in an arrival tailgate party. Well, Bristol’s Parks and Recreation’s Seniors in Action program has you covered! Anyone 50 years old or older may participate. Six games are scheduled for seniors in the area, but seating is limited to only 24. You can choose to attend one game or all six. The cost is $53 per game, including transportation or you may choose the season pass that will
include all games except the October 5th Georgia game which is already sold out. At each game there is exclusive parking available for the group right beside the stadium and there is always a free tailgate party for everyone upon arrival. How exciting is that? Bring a jacket or light throw and bring a friend, it is the most fun you will have all fall long. Ladies bring your pom-‐poms and “scream for the team” the Tennessee Volunteers! For more information please contact Mallory Cross at 423-‐764-‐4023 or email@example.com.
September 8th, 3pm
Area musicians Elisa Wardeska and Joy ϐ featuring women composers on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 N. Roan Street, Johnson City, TN. Included in the program will be works by Cecile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Katherine Hoover, and the Tri-‐ Cities’ own Evelyn Pursley-‐Kopitzke. ϐ freelance performer who lives in her native Johnson City, Tennessee. She is a current member of Cambia Flute Ensemble and The Civic Chorale and is a Staff Sergeant in the Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains, based in Knoxville, TN. Nagy is a freelance musician in the Tri-‐ Cities area, and is active
in many local theatres, most recently in ǯ at Johnson City Community Theatre, and with Glasgow Theatre Company. She is a member of The Civic Chorale, and has served as a studio and recital accompanist at East Tennessee State University and for other concert events throughout the region. The recital is free and open to the public.
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“In The House”
Arts Array Film Series Abingdon Cinemall September 9th & 10th
The Arts Array Film Series presented by Virginia Highlands Community College is in its 43rd Ǥ ϐ at the Abingdon Cinemall on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 pm. “In the House” (September 9 and 10) A sixteen-‐year-‐old boy
ingratiates himself into the home of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusive behavior unleashes a series of uncontrollable events. Based on the play “The Boy in the Last ǳ ǡ ϐ features award-‐winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas. The Arts Array Film Series is part of the comprehensive cultural outreach program of Virginia Highlands Community
College. The series is co-‐ sponsored by the Abingdon Cinemall, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Emory& Henry College, Virginia Intermont College, and King University. ϐ for the faculties and students at the supporting institutions. Member s of the general community may attend for $7.50. For a brochure on the series or more information, please contact Tommy Bryant at 276-‐739-‐2451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics
Abingdon Market Pavilion September 5th, 6:30pm On September 5, 2013, Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics will take the stage at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Their roots are embedded in the rich sound and history of Georgia soul, beginning with the early 50’s and 60’s R&B that became so well known around the world. Having performed countless gigs since 2005, and with a slew of 45rpm singles already under their belts, the band has already contributed heavily to the steadily increasing awareness of genuine rhythm and blues music that exists today. They pack clubs and festivals with their original brand of soul, all of which is written and recorded in Atlanta. “It’s About Time,” the full-‐ length debut album from Atlanta’s Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics, has quickly made waves around the globe since its recent September 2012 release. Billboard has recently ranked the album in the top 30 on the Heatseeker charts, a chart devoted to emerging artists. The Town of Abingdon has
created a Thursday Jams concert series for the summer as part of the Abingdon Music Experience. Starting May 16th until September 19th, there will be nationally recognized bands showcased at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday. Each concert will start at 6:30pm and will be FREE to the public. Attendees can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. There will be food and beverage vendors serving BBQ, Hamburgers and Pizza. No coolers are allowed. The events will be held rain or shine. For more information on the concerts, please call 276-‐676-‐2282 or visitwww. abingdonmusicexperience.com. This event is made possible because of its sponsors: Walling Distributing Company, BVU Authority, Capo’s Music Store, Charter Media, Comfort Inn of Abingdon, Eastman Credit Union, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Steel Fab, Thompson and Litton and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
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Exploring the Roan
Jeffery Stoner Photography
Johnson City Area Arts Council Gallery September 6th, 6pm The Johnson City Area Arts Council welcomes all to the art opening and reception of “ ǡ” photography by Jeffrey Stoner on First Friday, September 6th from 6 to 8p.m. The artist will also give a talk entitled, “ ,” prior to the reception from 5-‐6p.m. sharing the stories behind the images. Jeffrey Stoner is known for making photographs that capture the essence . His passion lies in capturing images of the beauty and wonder that surrounds us. From the mystery of a trail leading through the fog, to the beauty of rhododendron ϐ ϐ rays of dawn, his images tell
a story that touch the spirit. In 2012, he released his book titled “The Meaning in Trees” which showcases his favorite tree images from the Highland mountains to the low country of South Carolina. He is especially known for his Goats of Roan series and his landscape and wildlife images have been featured in international, national, and regional publications. It will be impossible for viewers of the exhibit to escape overwhelming “warm fuzzies” and a deep appreciation for our nearby Roan Mountain Highlands when engaged by this body of work. All are invited to attend the opening held at the Johnson City
Area Arts Council Gallery at 300 East Main Street in downtown Johnson City. The JCAAC gallery is also regularly open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays. The Johnson City Area Arts Council is a designated local arts agency supported in part by grants from
the Tennessee Arts Commission and others, and contributions by members and businesses. For more information about this organization
events, please call 423-‐928-‐ 8229 or visit www.arts.org.
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Native American Lecture Series
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Begins September 5th
A month-‐long lecture series on Native American life and culture in the central Appalachian area during the colonial era will begin Thursday, September 5, with a lecture, “11,500 years of Native American Occupation,” delivered by Williamsburg historian Wallace Gusler. The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Wallace Gusler in an illustrated lecture will give an overview of the “Indian” in Southwest Virginia from when the area was grasslands between snow-‐capped mountains to when the Indians came in contact with Europeans. He will trace the earliest hunters of mammoth, mastadon and other extinct species through millennia of evolving hunter-‐gatherer cultures to the climax of settled villages of the corn culture. Some of the effects on Southwest Virginia populations of large cultural developments in the central and southern parts of North America will be discussed and illustrated. Gusler is an American historian, best known as the retired Master Gunsmith at Colonial Williamsburg. The second lecture on Sept. 12 will be on ǲ ϐ with Europeans on the Southewest Virginia
Frontier, 1567-‐1781.” Warfare, ϐǡ commonplace throughout the colonial period in Southwest Virginia. This illustrated lecture by area historian Jim Glanville will survey events across two-‐and-‐a-‐quarter centuries ϐ Spanish soldiers in the region in 1567 and the 1781 campaigns by Colonel Arthur Campbell of Marion against the Cherokee Indian towns in the Tennessee River Valley. Gold, deerskins, and eventually land were the principal objectives of the European Americans. In the end, superior weaponry and the sheer weight of numbers forced most American Indians from the region. The presentation will take as its theme colonial Southwest Virginia as ϐ and describe some of the more notable and lamentable episodes from the period.
The third lecture on September 19 will be “Walking in Balance: Roles of Men and Women in 18th Century Cherokee Society,” presented by Mark and Sherry Finchum. These Cherokee educators will use numerous artifacts and photos to describe the roles of Cherokee women and men in 18th century Cherokee society. This was a time when men were known as the hunters and warriors, both occupations involving death; women were responsible for the gardens and families, two aspects of society associated with life. Among the items they will display and discuss will be rivercane baskets, pottery, ϐǦ ǡ buffalo hides, tomahawks, and a blowgun. The Finchums travel the United States, presenting p r o g r a m s for teacher workshops, schools, historic sites and museums.
ϐ September 26, Robert Rambo will portray “The Life of Attakullakulla—Cherokee Peace Chief” and discuss 18th-‐century Cherokee history and culture. Attakullakulla (also known as “Little Carpenter) was the Peace Chief of the powerful Cherokee nation for decades during many of its most pivotal events. He went to London to meet King George II and was called “the most important Indian of his day” during his lifetime in the 18th century. Rambo has researched, studied, and portrayed Attakullakulla for over twenty years and has presented hundreds of performances to teach about Attakullakulla as he led the largest tribe in North America while they struggled to survive in a changing world. This lecture series is sponsored by the Arts Array cultural outreach series at Virginia Highlands Community College and is free of charge. For more information, contact Ben Jennings at 276-‐ 628-‐5960.
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Sol Driven Train Damascus Inn September 6th
Sol Driven Train heads back out on the road for a mix of city festival and club show dates across the East Coast this
summer. The 5-‐piece horn-‐ infused ‘Low Country Roots Rock Band’ had a busy spring with a heavy touring schedule
and the release of Underdog, an album that has spent many weeks at the top of the Jambands radio chart. While on tour, vocalist/ saxophonist Russell Clarke used his rich baritone and magnanimous beard to sway a group of American Idol judges and qualify for a succeeding round, however, Idol dreams were crushed when Clarke found out he was ‘too old’ for the show. ϐ rest of Sol Driven Train on July 19th and 20th hosting their 3rd annual Sol Slam event at the Windjammer on Isle of Palms, SC. The event will feature nine bands performing on two stages including an outdoor stage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The 2013 musical lineup includes a cast of Charleston based talent with p e r f o r m a n c e s by hosts Sol Driven Train, ϐ , YARN, Fowler’s Mustache, Royal Tinfoil and more. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the ϐ and online at www. soldriventrain.com/ solslam or www.the-‐ windjammer.com. I hope all is going well with you both, I wanted to reach
out about Sol Driven Train’s upcoming show, September 6th, at Old Mill Inn. Any way you can give the show a calendar listing and spotlight? I’m happy to set up an interview with the band or send a high res photo. The live version of their song “Watermelon” just got added at Sirius XM’s show Jam On, and ϐ video for the song this week. Sol Driven Train’s performances combine upbeat melodies and afro-‐caribbean rhythms with observational humor and a smokin’ horn section. Featuring rotating lead vocalists and multi-‐ instrumentalists, Sol Driven Train enjoy a unique musical identity. In 2011, they were
named “Rock Band of the Year” by , and earlier this year, called them an artist “On The Verge.” One of the band members ϐ American Idol this spring ... then got ϐǣȌ ϐ “Watermelon” -‐ http://www. jambase.com/Articles/119229/ Exclusive-‐Premiere-‐Sol-‐Driven-‐ Train-‐Unveil-‐Watermelon-‐Video Here’s a Studio B performance at WNCW for their song “Orangeburg” -‐ http://www. yo u t u b e . c o m / wa tc h ? v = y C 0 6h5JquTw&list=UUJeT00_ RUsCyJgFIRqpnvxg And more info here -‐ http:// soldriventrain.com/
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My Brother the Bear Acoustic Coffeehouse September 4th, 10pm
My Brother the Bear’s music ϐϐ and touch of whimsy. Songwriter Daniel Bayer takes the carousel of adventures that is his life story and shapes them into memorable, melody driven songs at home both in large auditoriums and country
back porches. After the release ϐ 2003, Bayer took his music to the streets of his home town Cincinnati, Ohio. After two years of varied success, Bayer became ϐ and opted to create major change in his writing.
ring around the moon
In 2005 Bayer embarked on one of the most unusual cures for writer’s block ever fashioned, he joined the US Army. Inspired by his favorite authors in literature, Bayer left his home and saw the world from the eyes of a soldier. After six years of service, Bayer ϐ ǡ Alabama and began to write songs about his experiences during his time in the south and parts overseas. Emotionally driven lyrics and low-‐country inspired melodies drive Bayer’s songwriting to new heights of interest and accessibility. Currently based out of Cincinnati, OH, Bayer presents his music as a “one man show.” He performs his songs on guitar, while pounding out rhythms on ͳͺᦢԣǤ with his eloquent and honest vocals and roaring harmonica, Bayer’s new direction is both riveting and intimate. In 2012 My Brother the Bear released his 6 song self-‐titled EP to great response and is ϐ entitled “Ring Around the Moon” due for release in August 2013.
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Autumn Comes Early After Rainy Summer ϐ us just a couple weeks away from the ϐ ʹʹnd— but the animal and plant world are already way ahead of us. Sometimes the plant and animal world seems more in tune to the rhythm of the earthly seasons—and they are. Notice the falling leaves in your driveway and yard? And the sound of insects in the night air and web-‐weaving spiders covering the bushes? Meteorologists tell us that the extra rainy Summer has deprived the vegetation from sunlight, and the now diminishing minutes of the Sun’s rays have tricked plant life into thinking it’s the end of September, not the beginning. And my browning Maple trees and leaves already piling up on the yard are proof of that! ϐ proof that our most precious star—the Sun—has a profound effect in today’s modern world just as it has for hundreds of millions of years. Starlight is the source of life on this, and certainly any planet in the Universe. And behind it is the photosynthetic process that makes vegetation go through its annual cycle from lushness to dormancy. In photosynthesis, the Sun’s energy, in the form of wavelengths of light, is captured and turned into food. Plants use carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to produce oxygen, water and sugar. All of which is consumable to humans, animals and insects for energy. Not limited to just plant life, photosynthesis also includes some bacteria, algae and a select group of single celled animals called protists. Sunlight is absorbed in plants by chlorophyll, a green pigment located in plant cell structures called chloroplasts, where photosynthesis occurs. There is a complex chemical equation that explains what is going on. Putting it simply: six molecules of carbon dioxide and 12
molecules of water are consumed, while glucose (sugar), six molecules of oxygen and six molecules of water are produced. Increasing sunlight in Spring and Summer makes trees and other plant life thrive as they manufacture the air we breathe, store the sugar and add small amounts of moisture to the air. In the fall, when there is less sunlight, there is less chlorophyll produced, and a leaf’s green color begins to fade. The chemical process changes and that plays a part in the colors of the leaves. A season of lots of sunlight can make leaves vibrant and colorful. When there are overcast days, it can lead to more yellows and browns— and the early dropping of leaves from the supporting plant branches. We’ve had a very wet year with lots of rain in the Summer of 2013 creating the gray skies of June, July and August. At the end of August, the total rainfall at the Tri-‐Cities Airport totaled 45 inches—an amazing 15 inches above normal. And ϐ of September has triggered an early shutdown of the photosynthesis process and leaves are turning brown and covering the ground a little earlier than normal. If the Earth were not tilted on its spinning axis and instead rotated straight up and down, our global weather would be much different. Instead of a distinctive difference in four seasons, where you live would pretty much be the same type of weather all year long. That’s why the closer you are to the equator the more the weather stays the same as sunlight over, say, northern South America and North Africa stays the same year-‐round. When you get closer to the poles, the amount of sunlight begins to vary drastically, and that creates different climate conditions. One fact that is hard for Joe and Jane America to grasp is that the heat energy on the Earth has nothing to do with our distance from the Sun. In fact, Earth is closest to the Sun in January (about 91 Continued on page 23
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million miles) and farthest in June (about 95 million miles). What does make a difference is the angle sunlight is striking the Earth’s surface. The more direct, or up and down, the rays of sunlight, the hotter. The more angled those sunrays, the less intense the heat. ϐ yourself when sunbathing. At 10 am, or 5 pm, when the Sun is low in the sky, you don’t feel the warmth of the Sun on your skin. But when our favorite star is directly overhead from noon to 3 pm, you feel the heat, and can even get burned by the more intense heat from the direct rays of light. The same principle applies to the Earth’s globe. And because ǯ ϐ but curved, the closer to the poles sunlight strikes, the less intense the heat—no matter what season. That’s why 90 degree heat is very common in the Florida summertime, but rare in Canada. Here’s where the Earth’s 24.5 degree tilt from straight up and down comes in. In the summertime, Earth is in its part of its 300-‐million-‐mile elliptical orbit around the Sun that has our Northern Hemisphere tilted toward our star, while in the winter months, we are tilted
away. The more direct sunlight in the summer is hotter than the indirect rays of winter. Keep in mind that just the opposite happens in the Southern Hemisphere, where Summer in Australia is in January and Winter in June. Just how hot or cold the seasons are depends on your latitude on Earth. Just a matter of 500 miles can make a huge difference. Have you ever heard of friends in Florida saying they miss the change of seasons? Meanwhile in our Mountain Empire just a few states ϐ difference in seasonal changes. Our everyday lives heed little notice to the Sun, but if you take time to observe, you’ll see how that solar arc across the daytime sky changes position. In the summertime, the Sun moves higher overhead than in the Winter. Actually, Earth’s eastward rotation is moving the Sun from east to west, but our hemisphere is leaning forward into the Sun’s rays. The Summer Solstice is the date, around June 21st, when the Sun reaches its highest point in the daytime sky—the longest days of the year. Sunrise was at 5:52 am and sunset at 8:11 pm on that date for almost 16 hours
of daylight, counting twilight. But by August, the Sun’s motion has moved farther south, and days are shorter. Sunrise on Sept.1 was 6:34 am and sunset at 7:26 pm for less than 14 hours of sunlight. You might notice the change as sun catchers and prisms in southward windows begin to throw rainbows in our rooms in September, when the Sun was too high to throw direct light into those windows in the summer months. The Autumn or Spring equinoxes have our Earth in a position of its orbit where sunlight equals darkness, thus the term “equinox,” for equal day and night. That arc of the Sun reaches its furthest point south on the Winter Solstice around December 21st when we have the shortest periods of daylight, and longest nights. And the cycle repeats over and over, just like it has hundreds of millions of years. So we are in the midst of an early fall season. Which could lead to a harsher Winter—at least that’s what the classic Farmer’s Almanac is predicting. Let’s hope that prediction is wrong. Meanwhile, anybody know a good deal on a leaf blower?
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www.theloaferonline.com Â‡ÂŽÂ‡Â•Â–Â‹ÂƒÂŽÂ‡Â˜Â‡Â?Â–Â•Â‹Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â•Â?Â‹Â‡Â•ÂˆÂ‘Â”Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â™Â‡Â‡Â?Â‘ÂˆÂ‡Â’Â–Ç¤ÍšÇŚÍżÇĄÍ¸ÍśÍˇÍšÇĄÂƒÂ•Â…Â‘Â?Â’Â‹ÂŽÂ‡Â†ÂˆÂ‘Â”ÂŠÂ‡Â‘ÂƒÂˆÂ‡Â” Â„Â›ÂƒÂ”Â?Ç¤ÂƒÂ”Â“Â—Â‡Â–Â–Â‡Ç¤ Tues. Â Sept. Â 3 Â On Â this Â 1976 Â date Â in Â space Â history, Â Americaâ€™s Â Viking Â 2 Â spacecraft Â soft Â landed Â on Â the Â planet Â Mars, Â following Â its Â twin, Â Viking Â 1, Â which Â landed Â July Â 4th. Â These Â large, Â immo-Ââ€? Â„Â‹ÂŽÂ‡ÂŽÂƒÂ?Â†Â‡Â”Â•ÂŠÂƒÂ†ÂƒÂ•Â…Â‹Â‡Â?Â–Â‹Ď?Â‹Â…ÂŽÂƒÂ„Â–Â‘ÂŽÂ‘Â‘Â?ÂˆÂ‘Â”ÂŽÂ‹ÂˆÂ‡Â‹Â?Â•Â…Â‘Â‘Â’Â•Â‘ÂˆÂƒÂ”Â–Â‹ÂƒÂ?Â•Â‘Â‹ÂŽÇĄÂƒÂ?Â†Â‰Â‘Â–Âƒ positive Â reading Â that Â was Â determined Â to Â be Â a Â chemical, Â not Â biological Â analysis. Â Today Â scurrying Â about Â the Â surface Â of Â Mars Â and Â Â searching Â for Â signs Â of Â life Â are Â two Â NASA Â spacecraft: Â Curiosity, Â in Â its Â second Â year, Â and Â Opportunity, Â in Â its Â 10th. Â Check Â out Â their Â astonishing Â images Â and Â progress Â at Â www.nasa.gov. Â
September 3, 2013 â€˘ The Loafer, Page 25 Wed. Â Sept. Â 4 Â The Â Milky Â Way Â is Â directly Â overhead, Â with Â the Â three Â bright Â stars Â of Â the Â â€œSummer Â Triangleâ€? Â asterism Â straddling Â the Â starry Â realm. Â Â Cygnus Â the Â Swan Â is Â also Â called Â the Â â€œNorthern Â Crossâ€?, Â with Â Deneb Â at Â the Â top. Â Â Vega Â is Â the Â brightest Â of Â the Â trio, Â in Â Lyra Â the Â Harp, Â with Â its Â parallelogram Â of Â four Â brightest Â stars. Â Â And Â Altair Â is Â to Â the Â south, Â at Â the Â head Â of Â another Â min-Ââ€?cross Â in Â Aquila Â the Â Eagle. Thurs. Â Sept. Â 5 Â New Â Moon Â is Â today Â at Â 7:38 Â am, Â our Â natural Â satellite Â invisible Â in Â the Â daytime Â sky Â below Â the Â Sun. Â Â Look Â for Â the Â thin Â crescent Â after Â sunset Â on Â Saturday. Â Looking Â in Â the Â western Â twilight, Â the Â bright Â planet Â Venus Â is Â right Â beside Â the Â bright Â star Â Spica Â in Â Virgo Â the Â Virgin. Fri. Â Sept. Â 6 Â Moonlight Â isnâ€™t Â bright Â enough Â to Â wash Â out Â the Â Milky Â Way Â until Â next Â week, Â so Â look Â to Â the Â south Â and Â see Â the Â dense Â concentration Â of Â stars Â in Â the Â center Â of Â our Â Galaxy. Â This Â is Â the Â region Â of Â Sagittarius Â the Â Archer, Â which Â looks Â exactly Â like Â a Â dot-Ââ€?to-Ââ€?dot Â teapot. Sat. Â Sept. Â 7 Â The Â constellation Â Scorpius Â the Â Scorpion Â is Â directly Â south Â at Â dark, Â looking Â like Â a Â giant Â Ď?Â‹Â•ÂŠÂŠÂ‘Â‘Â?Â•Â?ÂƒÂ‰Â‰Â‹Â?Â‰Â–Â”Â‡Â‡Â•ÂƒÂŽÂ‘Â?Â‰Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÂŠÂ‘Â”Â‹ÂœÂ‘Â?Ç¤ÂŠÂ‡ÂŠÂ‡ÂƒÂ”Â–Â‘ÂˆÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â•Â…Â‘Â”Â’Â‹Â‘Â?Â‹Â•Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â”Â‡Â†Â•Â–ÂƒÂ” Antares. Â Â Â Sun. Â Sept. Â 8 Â A Â beautifully Â dramatic Â scene Â in Â the Â western Â twi-Ââ€? ÂŽÂ‹Â‰ÂŠÂ–ÂƒÂ•Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â…Â”Â‡Â•Â…Â‡Â?Â–Â‘Â‘Â?Â‹Â•Ď?ÂŽÂƒÂ?Â?Â‡Â†Â„Â›Â‡Â?Â—Â•Â‘Â? the Â right Â and Â Spica Â on Â the Â right. Â Itâ€™s Â a Â great Â photo Â opportunity Â with Â a Â camera Â on Â a Â tripod Â and Â long Â exposures Â capturing Â this Â conjunction Â of Â celestial Â objects. Â Mon. Â Sept. Â 9 Â It Â is Â planet Â Saturnâ€™s Â turn Â to Â be Â next Â to Â the Â cres-Ââ€? cent Â Moon Â tonight Â in Â Virgo. Â Â Any Â telescope Â will Â show Â the Â rings. Â And Â the Â craters Â on Â the Â Moon Â bathed Â in Â morning Â shadows Â are Â a Â dramatic Â scene Â and Â worth Â the Â effort Â to Â haul Â out Â that Â long-Ââ€?ne-Ââ€? glected Â telescope. ÂŠÂ‡ÂŽÂ‘Â™Â‡Â”Â•ÂŽÂ‘Â’Â‡Â•Â‘ÂˆÂ‘Â—Â?Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ”Â’ÂƒÂ’Â’Â‡ÂƒÂ”ÂƒÂ–Â–ÂŠÂ‡ Â–Â‘Â’Â‘ÂˆÂ–ÂŠÂ‹Â•Â‹Â?ÂƒÂ‰Â‡Â–ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â?Â„Â›Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â”Â‹Â‰ÂŠÂ–ÂƒÂ˜Â‹Â‰ÂƒÂ–Â‹Â‘Â? ÂƒÂ?Â‡Â”ÂƒČ‹ÂƒÂ˜Â…ÂƒÂ?ČŒÂ‘ÂˆÇŻÂ•ÂƒÂ”Â•Â”Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”Â—Â”Â‹Â‘Â•Â‹Â–Â› Â†Â—Â”Â‹Â?Â‰Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÍšÍ¸ÍżÂ–ÂŠÂƒÂ”Â–Â‹ÂƒÂ?Â†ÂƒÂ›ÇĄÂ‘Â”Â•Â‘ÂŽÇĄÂ‘ÂˆÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â”Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• Â™Â‘Â”Â?Â‘Â?ÂƒÂ”Â•Č‹ Â—ÂŽÂ›ÍżÇĄÍ¸ÍśÍˇÍšČŒÇ¤ ÂŠÂ‡Â–Â—Â”Â”Â‡Â–Â‘ÂˆÂ–Â‘Â‘ÂŽÂ•ÂƒÂ–Â–ÂŠÂ‡Â‡Â?Â†Â‘ÂˆÂ—Â”Â‹Â‘Â•Â‹Â–Â›ÇŻÂ•Â”Â‘Â„Â‘Â–Â‹Â… ÂƒÂ”Â?Â‹Â•Â‹Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÂˆÂ‘Â”Â‡Â‰Â”Â‘Â—Â?Â†ÇĄÂ™Â‹Â–ÂŠÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â”Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ•Â”Â‘Â…Â?ÇŚ Â•ÂƒÂ?Â’ÂŽÂ‹Â?Â‰Â†Â”Â‹ÂŽÂŽÂ‹Â?Â–ÂŠÂ‡ÂŽÂ‘Â™Â‡Â”ÂŽÂ‡ÂˆÂ–Â…Â‘Â”Â?Â‡Â”Â‘ÂˆÂ–ÂŠÂ‡Â‹Â?ÂƒÂ‰Â‡Ç¤
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I really don’t care for the title of the movie I will be discussing this week: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”. The title seems a little busy, but I suppose since a popular novel is the source ǡϐ Ǥ For a movie based on a hit novel, I saw precious little ϐǡ ǲǳ ϐ Ǥ ϐ features half-‐angels, vampires, werewolves, and demons among other creatures. You know, just another day in New York City, the ϐǤ ϐ we are introduced to Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a teen in NYC who strange symbols which eventually connect to her mother Jocelyn (Lena Headey), and
her mom’s friend Luke (Aidan Turner). The symbols lead Clary and her friend Simon(Robert Sheehan) into a nightclub that has the symbol she is seeing on a sign outside the entrance. Once they enter the goth club, Jocelyn sees a murder committed. What she is actually seeing is half-‐angel Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) slaying a demon in human form. Eventually Jace and Clary meet after Clary is attacked by a demon and rescued by the half-‐angel. Jace is actually a “Shadowhunter”, a warrior trained to slay demons hidden on Earth. Jace reveals to Clary the existence of a huge castle-‐style house were the Shadowhunters and their leader live. After a horrible accident involving
Clary’s mom, she moves into the Shadowhunter house. Clary, who discovers her mom was a Shadowhunter as well, has inherited her abilities in addition to being able to read runes (an ancient alphabet). Despite her newly discovered talents, Clary is dealing with her lovelorn friend Simon, the disappearance of her mom, and the battle between the Shadowhunters, and those who covet the Mortal Cup, one of three mortal instruments given to the ϐ Angel Raziel. The cup and instruments allow humans to become half-‐angel, so you can see why the cup is popular. Adding to Clary’s problem’s is the sudden appearance of Valentine Morgenstern(Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who wants the cup so he can completely control demons and the Shadowhunters. Valentine also reveals a secret to Clary that turns her budding romance with Jace upside-‐down. After many battles between all of the aforementioned ǡ ϐ
the hopes of a continuation of the story featuring Clary and the Shadowhunters (great name for a rock band!). ϐ ϐǡ ϐ Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker ǲ ǳ ϐǤ special effects are wonderful and all the creatures look great. The ϐ ϐ ǡ and Rhys Meyers appears to be using the role as a warm up for
his new role as Dracula in the forthcoming television series. I have never read any the novels in “The Mortal Instruments” ǡ ϐ zero knowledge on the subject and no expectations of what to expect. Thus, I sat back with my popcorn and entered the world as presented by “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, and ϐ the series. (Rated PG-‐13) B
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Ten Years Later
The other day I received an invitation to my ten year high school reunion, and I have no desire to go. I didn’t enjoy high school, though there were good times during that four year period, overall when I think back to that time I’m reminded of huge waves of awkwardness, depression, and anxiety that I see no reason to revisit or celebrate. People who knew me then are usually surprised to learn that I was unhappy during that four year period, that’s because I became good at hiding my emotions (Also, driving to school in the mornings blasting “The Best of The Who” helped as well).
Most people thought of me as ǡ ϐǤ I wasn’t really anti-‐social, but I was rarely invited to anything. Football games didn’t strike my fancy as an idea of a good time, so I usually spent of my Friday nights in watching Alfred Hitchcock movies and British comedies on BBC America. Looking back on it now, I’m OK with the fact that I was that way. I’m an introvert anyway, though I didn’t know it at the time. So much of high school is being pressured to go along with this conception of “the norm”. You go THESE games, you listen to THIS music, you see THESE movies. Add on top of this the horror stories of “oh, you’re a Freshman, the Seniors are gonna treat you like crap!” or the constant reminder from some of “These are the best four years of your life, cherish them!” That last statement really led me to become even more inside myself during my Sophomore
year, when I was at my most miserable. Freshman year was actually ǡ ϐ time overall, and was hanging with some of the Seniors which was a big deal to others for some reason. Not to mention the day a rather attractive female Senior kissed me in the hallway, which was nice. Sophomore? Ugh, I barely recall any of it. I do recall that I was a rabid fan of Monty Python, and my friends and I were desperately trying to write things that came close to being as good as they were. Even then, I always had this urge to be creative. Come Junior year I was beginning to become more ϐǤ Senior year I was just angry and ready to move on, though I did have some great teachers during those four years that made it worthwhile—I’m still in touch with most of them. There’s also the fact that Senior year I was on the school paper, writing a VERY rudimentary version of this column. How did I survive? You ϐǤ was endless episodes of ͶͶͶ. Why that?
Because to this day it makes me laugh incredibly hard, and back then I would watch it thinking to myself “I get this. Other people get this. I can’t be alone in the way my brain works.” Come Senior year when my tastes in music were really starting to boom, I had a lot of friends, and even one teacher giving me suggestions for what to listen to. I was discovering Jazz, and Frank Sinatra. Then one day a friends hands you a CD with nothing but a pop art banana on the cover and you discover “The Velvet Underground and Nico”. One day you’re talking with an English teacher, and they ask you “Have you ever heard anything by Frank Zappa?” The day I left high school I actually drove off campus blasting “I’m Free” by The Who, because I thought that’s what you do when you’re 18. I hope those who go to the reunion do have a good time, and
I wish no ill will towards anyone. But will I be going? No. Because, I honestly don’t care. It’s ten years later, and I don’t need to worry about a four year period of my life. If you’re someone reading this who is in high school, and ϐǡǯ ϐǤ will discover that being a weirdo is like having a super awesome secret power that will take you to amazing places later on in life. So if anyone tells you high school is the four best years of your life, it means it was for them, and that does not apply to you. Also, maybe you should start listening to The Ramones, because they’re The Ramones. Ten years later, I still march to the beat of my own drum, and live in my own lovely weird world. I wouldn’t have it any other way. See you next week, follow me on Twitter @ThatAndyRoss.
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As I write this column I have the lyrics of the very sappy 1968 Bee Gees’ song “Words” bouncing around in my head like some sort of infection (“It’s only words, and words are all I have to take you heart away”). That’s because the subject of this week’s column is words. Without words, of course, this column wouldn’t exist, so I’m sure this is quite an important topic. Each year at this time, I eagerly await the Oxford Online Dictionary’s (formerly The Oxford English Dictionary’s) list of newly-‐adopted words. These lists function as a cultural barometer, speaking volumes about our place in space and time. And this year’s list, the most interesting one in quite a while, is no exception. So let’s begin our etymological tour. So many interesting and revealing words. It’s hard to know where to start, so let’s take a look at “BYOD.” This is a new buzzword used in education and indicating the current and very controversial trend of having students “bringing their own devices” to the classroom instead of the school having to fork over thousands of dollars for new computers. I heartedly endorse this trend and regularly
encourage my students to use their smartphones in class. After all, their devices are often more powerful than the computers found in their classrooms, and I refuse to demonize these devices (along with the so-‐called Devil’s Dictionary, aka Wikipedia). It is no surprise that “buzzworthy” appears on the list, signifying something “likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.” Of course, this could describe almost anything in the twitterverse we live in. Keep in mind that when everything is buzzworthy, nothing is buzzworthy. This term, along with the aforementioned BYOD, might ϐ ǲ ǡǳ ǲ dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.” One linguistic trend as ϐ words, such as guac (for guacamole), srsly (for seriously), apols (for apologies), grats (for, you guessed it, congratulations), and vom (for vomit). Be on the lookout for other examples in months to come—such as lis (for listen), wa (for walk), and even using one letter to stand for a
whole word, as in s (for see) and e (for eat). Appears that text-‐speak is beginning to have an impact on our language system, doesn’t it? Not that we didn’t know that already. Two D words are news to me, since I have never seen them before. “Dappy” means “silly, disorganized, or lacking concentration” and “Derp” refers to speech being “meaningless or stupid” (surely this was invented as a description of most lawmakers. Wonder if we can combine the two to create the phrase “dappy derp”? Sounds good, regardless of how it might be used. I have written recent columns about “digital detox” (a therapeutic vacation away from digital devices), “emoji” (a digital icon that expresses an emotion or idea—my column was about the appearance of a version of written using only emoji language), “omnishambles” (“a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations,” the “Internet of things” (“a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing
them to send and receive data”). So, I feel like I’m ahead of the curve on these hot new items. “Alphabet soup” describes the category for our next new word inclusions. “A/W” stands for autumn/winter and is used by the fashion industry to denote new seasonal offerings. I’ve already mentioned BYOD, but we can add “FIL” to the list (father-‐ in-‐law), “LDR” (long distance relationship), “TL; DR” (“too long, didn’t read,” a description I hope doesn’t apply to my weekly columns), “MOOC” (massive open online course), which I will mention again before this column comes to an end, and my personal favorite, “FOMO” (fear of missing out, the uncomfortable feeling that you might not be aware of yet another trivial and largely meaningless trend, update, posting, or friend request on social media). For all the many self-‐absorbed individuals out there, there is “me time,” described in the dictionary as “time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.” Nothing like a little narcissism to make the world a better place. Right? One of the most over-‐done new
ǡǲϐǡǳ the irritating trend of taking your own picture and posting it, and it is closely related to the concept of “me time,” in that both of these terms envision a universe where the most important value is “Me.” I believe the folks at Oxford should add a related new term “WC” for “Who cares?” to apply to individuals who believe they are important and/or special. My nominees for the two most ϐ in the new dictionary are the already-‐noted term “MOOC” and “twerk.” For many enthusiasts, MOOCs hold the promise of revolutioning education, although I suspect they are just another name for the outdated lecture method that has bored students out of their mind for years—with MOOCs, however, we have the exciting potential of boring tens of thousands of students out of their minds at the same time. The jury is still out on this updated version of 1920s correspondence courses, so we will wait until this time next year to make an updated assessment. If you didn’t know ǡ ϐ know by now what “twerking” is, thanks in large part to Miley Cyrus’ virtuoso (and very clumsy) demonstration during last week’s music video awards. To paraphrase the Bard himself, “To twerk, or not to twerk, that is the question.” Perhaps Miley shouldn’t have asked the question last week, because I am certain very few members of her audience wanted to know the answer. I wonder how many of these new ODO words can be used in a single sentence? Here’s a start: “Call me dappy and in need of digital detox, but I would srsly rather be twerking than doing my MOOC homework on my phablet (a mobile device that has a screen too large for a smartphone but smaller than a tablet); however, my FOMO ϐ my homework, lest I get sick and vom, because my life has been an onmishambles lately despite the hundreds of ϐ I snapped last week.” Many apols for presenting you with a much-‐too-‐lengthy column today, and one that is probably too full of derp. See you next week for another word-‐infested yet buzzworthy column.
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