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April 17, 2012 Volume 26, Issue 19

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E*74"<3)B*!.3'* %<*>.3(*FD)%<= The path of mossy ground nestled In between maternal hedgerows, That overgrew atop, dimming down The brilliance of the day. Embosomed, a calm-cool vision – Abstract takes of nature, in Leaf-spattered green shades; Stem-speckled brown hues; Shards of sunlight percolating !"#$%&"'(")'#*+,$-'.*/0'($ Up glittering sprites upon the leaves. And avian chatter bounced along the burrow, Smattered by the crosstalk Of busybody insects; But outside the green comfort zone, Other worlds of other sounds of other life

Otherwise gave a hint of Other dozy goings on. 1*/("$#+'233),'(")'*4#5 Filled the nose, Filled the head – Pungency had overpowered all – Gave the late-spring-early-summer haze. Here and there a break of colour: Odd bluebells – escapees from nearby woods – Blue-blushing bell faces glancing down, Aware of their erectness in the stem; !")'.*-4+&'/4+&'$6'#),'*,-4#*30 Broke through a hedge hole to Break up the calm backdrop, 7"43)'.4((4+&'83%)'(4(0'&*9) To greater-bodied animation. Nature’s warm narration – The undertones of life.

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?'(*8$2*8.6*[(&3%@.$ The Old Oak Festival will return to the Tusculum College campus April 19-22, and will include artists from a variety of genres, as well as live music ranging from blues to blue grass. The arts and music festival will span four days and will feature something for everyone, including music, art, theater and poetry, as well as gallery and museum exhibits on the campus of Tusculum College. The festival runs from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22. Activities will be going on all four days; however, vendors, artisans and musicians will be performing and have their wares available for sale Friday and Saturday. For complete schedule of events please see the website at www.oldoakfestival. org. Music begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and continues until 8 p.m. with a closing performance by The Mudbugs, performing classic New Orleans music. Music begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with Michael Cable and the Hot Mountain Caravan, and runs throughout the day. Closing out the music portion of the festival will be hillbilly rock band Bootleg Turn. Other music acts include Stephen Winslow and Ben Kirk, Zach Wampler, Tusculum College rock band Shiloh Road, Wayne and Jean Bean, Lonesome Pine, Mike Joy, The Kevin Wilder Group, The Scat Kats, The Mudbugs, Sandy Ray and the Cold Shoulders, The Foundations, The Madisons, the Threetles, Joyce Carroll, Greeneville Middle School choirs, Charles and Susan Tunstall and Ben Sneyd. Art vendors vary from glass and metal jewelry from Jewelry by Gloria (Lenon) to ink prints from Ben Clark and crochet rugs from the Crafty Lady. The Evergreen Woodcarvers will demonstrate the art of woodcarving and provide lessons for those who wish to learn the skill. Other vendors are Tusculum College art students; Richard and Freda Donoho, artists in glass; Jimmy and Judy Rader, artists in wood; Buckthorn Artistic Originals, painted feathers; Joan Beaver, pencil and oil prints; Broyles Oak Rockers; Josh Swatzell, photography; Betty Goudy, oil paintings and bird houses; W.T. Hines, woodwork; Light Images, photography; Channa Payne, jewelry; Nick Hankins, mixed media paintings; Walnut Ridge Llamas, spinning and weaving; Collins Lane Art, wheel-thrown pottery; Rew Art, acrylic painting, and Mike Willis, wood items. There will be three performances during the festival of The Diary of Anne Frank, presented by Theatre-at-Tusculum. Show times are Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 423-789-1620. The college’s Allison Gallery at the Rankin House will be open throughout the weekend,

featuring top student work in a “best of” show for student painting, sculpture and photography. Food vendors will be on campus and will include the Pioneer Perk; John Price, hotdogs and Polish sausage; Ella Price, strawberry shortcake and hot fudge cake; Debbie Haney, gyros and Philly cheese steak sandwiches; Rural Resources, health food including veggie wraps; the Smoking Pig BBQ, Karly’s Kettlecorn, and the Creamy Cup offering coffee and ice cream. The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to bring the historical event back as a major arts and music event in the East Tennessee region. On Thursday, April 19, a launch party will be held for the “Tusculum Review,” the literary journal produced by faculty and students. The journal features works of top creative 2:(4$+5'+$+;2:(4$+5'*#('*+,'<$)(#='6#$-'/#4()#0' across the country. Special guest readers are essayist Katie Fallon and poet Gary McDowell. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Shulman Atrium. Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children. A special Civil War exhibit, “Scholars then Soldiers” will be featured during the weekend of the Old Oak Festival at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. Exhibit hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Also at the museums, internationally known balladeer and storyteller Shelia Kay Adams and accomplished local musician Judy Rhodes will perform Friday, April 20. The duo will bring one of the pillars of Appalachian music to the stage – ballads that have been used to tell stories and impart emotions in a distinctive sound born of the mountains. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Perk in the Niswonger Commons. Tickets are $10 and seats are limited for the performance, which is part of the Old Oak Festival. On Saturday, Adams and Rhodes will be conducting a ballad singing and performance coaching workshop at the Doak House Museum on campus. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for the class is $45, which includes materials and instruction. Workshop attendees can attend the Friday night performance for $5. Following the workshop on Saturday, attendees can participate in an open mic time, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Pioneer Perk. For more information, to reserve tickets for Friday’s performance or to make reservations for the workshop, please contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or email lwalker@tusculum. edu. There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, contact Susan Vance at 423636-7303. Parking will be available off Shiloh Road and across the Erwin Highway. No alcohol will be sold or permitted on campus. No pets allowed on campus during the festival, however, service animals are welcome.


E*B(.)*]%3'*[)4=*.<2*?4.2 King Theatre closes out its season with its annual Dogwood Playhouse production as part of King College’s 86th annual Dogwood Weekend. This year’s Dogwood play features the family-friendly musical A Year with Frog and Toad, book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale, based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Younger audiences and the young at heart will love the heartwarming and toe-tapping adventures of Frog, Toad, and all their friends. Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A Year with Frog and Toad. The musical remains true to the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through 6$%#'6%+;233),'0)*0$+0>''7*?4+&'6#$-'"48)#+*(4$+'4+'(")'0<#4+&5' they proceed to plant gardens. As the seasons pass, they swim, rake leaves, and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. King Theatre’s Dogwood Playhouse seeks to engage and entertain audiences through the performance of literary works, classic plays, and musicals. “A Year with Frog and Toad” is

directed by Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the Performing & Visual Arts department and director of the Theatre program at King College. “I have the best memories of reading the Frog and Toad books with my brother when I was a little girl, and now I am reading the stories to my own kids,” commented Dollar. “Having the opportunity to bring Frog and Toad to life on the stage to an even greater audience is an incredible gift. I hope it encourages more folks to read these awesome 0($#4)0'*+,'($'2+,':#)*(49)' ways to bring them to life.” The cast for the production features Jenson Lavallee, junior Theatre major, as Frog; Mykal Miller, senior Theatre major, as Toad; Ian Charles, senior Theatre and English major, as Snail/Lizard; Stephanie Haun, freshman theatre major, as Lady Bird/ Young Frog; Tyler Kistner, sophomore Music major, as Man Bird/Father Frog; Tinsley Long, sophomore Theatre major, as Lady Bird/Mother Frog; Sarah Rachel, junior Business major, as Mouse; and Morgan Williams, senior Theatre major, as Turtle. Set design is by Christopher Slaughter, associate professor of theatre for King; lighting design by Michael Levi Tignor, senior Theatre major; and costume design by Adriel Slaughter. Stage managers are Dee-Anda 1*(2)3,5'@%+4$#'!")*(#)'-*@$#5' and Trung Phan, sophomore Theatre major. A Year with Frog and Toad will run at the historic Paramount Center for the Arts. Dates and times are Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 pm, Friday, April 20 at 8:00 pm, and Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizens, $5 for students, and free with King College ID. Tickets are available at the A*#*-$%+('B$C'D62:)'8=':*33ing 423.274.8920, or by going to



5%$$%=.<*H.aa*&D)%<=*;4<;()3 The Milligan College Jazz Ensemble will present a spring concert on Monday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium in Seeger Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. The 23-piece ensemble is under the direction of Rick Simerly, associate professor of music at Milligan. “This concert will showcase our ensemble and its members on solo improvisations,” Simerly said. “Many of our concerts feature guest artists, and I thought this concert would be a good (4-)'($')C:3%049)3='6)*(%#)'$%#'&#$%<'*+,'(")'2+)'-%04:4*+0'4+' it.” The ensemble consists of Milligan students, as well as students and adults from throughout the region. They will be performing a variety of songs from the libraries of some of the great jazz composers of our time. “Our selections encompass a variety of styles from New Orleans traditional to modal jazz,” Simerly said. “It’s impossible to list all the featured soloists because we have a quite a few of them in this concert.” Selections will include “North Africa” by Chick Corea, Duke Ellington’s “Cottontail,” the Woody Herman version of “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and Jimmy Heath’s “Gingerbread Boy.” Tenor saxophonist Kyle Bothof is featured on Slide Hampton’s “Frame for the Blues,” and a special arrangement of “Makin’ Whoopee” will feature bass trombonist John Hyatt. Drummer Eddie Dalton arranged the Miles Davis classic “So What” especially for the ensemble. “These are arrangements of classic jazz selections that are 04&+42:*+(':$-<$04(4$+0'*0'/)33'*0'&#)*('9)"4:3)0'$6'4-<#$940*(4$+5E'F4-)#3='0*4,>'G7)'*3/*=0'3$$?'6$#/*#,'($' performing for the very supportive crowds from Milligan and our community.” H$#'-$#)'4+6$#-*(4$+5':*33'(")'-%04:'$62:)'*('IJK>ILM>NOJK>'!$'3)*#+'-$#)'*8$%('*#(0')9)+(0'*('P4334&*+5'9404('

Photo above: Rick Simerly

Garden Fair The 28th Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair will be held Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, from 12 - 5 p.m. at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. Thousands of plants will be for sale with an emphasis on natives, herbs, perennials, and heirloom plants, along with garden accessories and related crafts. The Fair will also feature garden talks, children’s activities, ol’ timey music and traditional foods, as well as demonstrations of springtime activities on an 1850s farm. For more information, call 423288-6071.


E/()%;.<*A).=*K.;%<=*>(.="(* #)%<=&*2(#"3*).;(*34*,)%&34$ Adding to Bristol Dragway’s reputation of being one of the country’s elite drag racing facilities, the American Drag Racing League is set for its debut race, the Spring Drags III, an event which will rock Thunder Valley April 20-21 with an all-out display of unmatched doorslammer action. ADRL competition is largely considered to be the premier showcase for eighth-mile drag racing in the world, and Bristol Dragway certainly is no stranger to hosting the most unique and innovative drag racing events around. Jerry Caldwell, Executive VicePresident and General Manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, said Spring Drags III is the perfect complement for the Thunder Valley

season. “There is no doubt that we have created a schedule of events at Bristol Dragway that would make any dragstrip in this country envious,” he said. “By adding the ADRL to our calendar, we have only strengthened our position as the ultimate destination for drag racing fans. We expect our debut ADRL event to be a great show with unpredictable racing action.” John Montecalvo, a longtime competitor and standout Extreme Pro Stock racer, said the ADRL event will highlight Bristol’s roots in doorslammer action. “We’re really excited to go to Bristol,” he said. “The history of Mountain P$($#'A#$'F($:?'*+,'A#$'P$,42),'#*:ing runs deep there. It’s a big Pro Mod

and Pro Stock area and this race will be great for both classes there. That’s where it all began. The tradition at that track and in that area is incredible. “It’s a real racing town. There’s a ()##42:'6*+'8*0)'4+'("*('*#)*>E Fellow Extreme Pro Stock driver Cary Goforth said the Bristol race had been on his wish list for quite some time. “It’s going to be incredible,” Goforth acknowledged. “I’m really excited about Bristol. I had been hoping they would get Bristol on the schedule. I’m thrilled to death with that. If the ADRL is going to grow, which I believe we are, we’ve got to get to those bigger places and bigger venues.” Racing will take place in several categories including the popular Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and the ultimate class, Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world. Other categories at the inaugural Bristol ADRL event include Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman, Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro P$,42),5'QC(#)-)'A#$'F($:?'*+,'A#$' Extreme Motorcycle. The event also will feature the radical new SuperCar Showdown. That class will showcase the latest factory-produced, dealership-available automobiles racing with no handicap starts or performance restrictions. Gates open at 10 a.m. both Friday *+,'F*(%#,*=5'/4("'2#0('#$%+,'R%*346=ing slated for Friday at noon. Two more qualifying rounds will follow that afternoon with jet car exhibitions 0)('6$#'STKU'<>->'!")'2+*3'R%*346=4+&' round is set to begin at noon Saturday. First round eliminations start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Special jet car exhibition runs are scheduled for 9 p.m. Final round action will begin at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults each day, while children 12 and under are free. A full adult event pass is available for $25. Tickets may be purchased in advance for just $10 at all area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. All tickets include an ADRL VIP pit pass. General parking is available for $10. For more information about the ADRL Spring Drags III, please visit or call (423) BRISTOL. For more information about the ADRL, please visit



The William King Museum: Center for Art and Cultural Heritage is pleased to announce its newest exhibition Circles in the Sand: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Central Desert in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. Circles in the Sand: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Central Desert in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection includes work from three desert communities – Papunya, Yuendumu and Balgo – each with their own distinct history and style of painting. In putting together this exhibition, Kluge-Ruhe focused on the art centers associated with these communities, which not only market art on behalf of the artists, but also serve community interests and empower Aboriginal people to achieve their own goals. Related events include the opening reception on Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to join the Museum for free light refreshments and preview this exhibition before it opens on Friday, April 27. The week of the opening, there also will be a related Arts V##*='23-'G!)+'W*+$)0E'*('(")' Abingdon Cinemall on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Aus(#*34*+'V8$#4&4+*3'23-',)<4:(0' a young man on a hunting trip with tribal elders who tell him an ancestral tale about a youth who covets one of his brother’s three wives. The exhibition will run from April 27 through September 9 and is available to view during Museum hours. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Members, students and children are free. For more information on this exhibition, related events, and all other Museum on-goings, please visit us on the web at William King Museum is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon. The P%0)%-'6)*(%#)0'29)')C"484(4$+' galleries, resident artist studios, a museum store and outdoor

I%<=*D)(&(<3&* 7%);$(&*%<*3'(*F.<2 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 Association of Museums, the William King Museum is

a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and 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.


FB/D'4<B*49*3'(*54"<3.%<&* [%93'*E<<".$*C.$. D+'V<#43'JM5'F=-<"$+='$6'(")'P$%+(*4+0'/433'<#)0)+('4(0'26("'*++%*3'GQ9)+4+&'$6'P%04:*3'*+,'Q<4:%#)*+'X)34&"(0E'&*3*'*(' !")'W3%8'*('Y4,&)2)3,0'5'Z4+&0<$#(5'!)++)00))>'!")'8)+)2('6$#'(")'0=-<"$+=5'/"4:"'40'*'+$+;<#$2('$#&*+4[*(4$+5'"*0'8):$-)' a highly anticipated event, not only by the supporters of the symphony, but also by area food and wine lovers. The evening features a six course dinner prepared by guest chefs, wine pairings selected by the Troutdale Kitchens, music between courses, live and silent auctions and a cash bar. During the reception hour, which begins at 6:00PM, members of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra will provide the music. During the dinner courses, the guests artists who will perform are: Vicki Fey(pianist);Mark Owen Davis (baritone); Sean Clair (violinist): Dr. Sun Joo Oh (soprano). !")'&%)0(':")60'#)<#)0)+('(")'2+)0('4+':%34+*#='(*3)+('*+,'4+:3%,)T Executive Chef Stan Chamberlain from Crippen’s Restaurant, Blowing Rock, NC Executive Chef Jeremiah Jackson from the University of North Carolina at Asheville,NC Executive Chef Ben Carroll from Rain Restaurant, Abingdon, VA Executive Chef Jimmy Ellis from McKinney’s by Troutdale, Hale Springs Inn, Rogersville,TN Executive Chef Nathan Breeding from the House on Main, Abingdon, VA Executive Chef Barry Reitenga, Café Jubilee, Rogersville, TN Mr. Bart Long, Register of Deeds, will be the auctioneer for the live auction, which will begin at 7:00PM The silent auction takes place throughout the evening. A sampling of the live auction items: one week in Palm Springs, California: vacation at the Wintergreen Resort; Harbor Club golf package (2 night) in Greensboro,GA; one week at a Mariner’s Point condo in Costa Rica; two-night stay at the Umstead Resort and Spa, Cary,NC;overnight at Primland in Meadows of Dan,VA;overnight in a magical tree house on the Creeper Trail……and so much more!!! !")':$0('$6'("40'%+6$#&)((*83)')9)+4+&'"*0'#)-*4+),'(")'0*-)'6$#'29)=)*#0\>]MJ^'<)#'<)#0$+\>]SUU'6$#'*':$#<$#*()'(*83)' for eight. The Rsvp deadline in April 11,2012. Symphony of the Mountains is a regional orchestra which offers outreach programs for the underserved, for children and for young adults (YWCA initiative). The symphony has been asked by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce to perform for the third time at “Symphony by the Lake” at the Chetola Resort on July 27,2012. Please mark the date on your calendar and help us “keep the music playing”. As Plato stated;”Music gives a soul to the %+49)#0)5'/4+&0'($'(")'-4+,5'.4&"('($'(")'4-*&4+*(4$+'*+,'346)'($')9)#=("4+&E\>> Reservations can be made by calling (423)392-8423. Additional



S1*F3.3(*34*'4&3* 'BD<43%&3*K%;'*E%/(& Prepare to be mesmerized when hypnotist and mentalist Rich Aimes brings his riotous “Hypnopalooza!” show to Northeast State Community College on Tuesday, April 18, for two free performances scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts on the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Aimes makes audience members the stars of the show by putting them into funny situations *0'"=<+$(4:'0%8@):(0>''!")'<)#6$#-*+:)'0"),0'0$-)'34&"('$+'(")'<$/)#'$6'0%&&)0(4$+'*+,'4+.%)+:)'("*(':*+'8)')C)#(),'$+'(")'"%-*+'("$%&"('/4("'(")'#4&"('<#$-<(4+&>'140',#*-*(4:'.*4#'*+,' uncanny abilities has won over audiences across the country. V4-)0'40'*'8$*#,':)#(42),'"=<+$(40('/4("'(")'_*(4$+*3'B$*#,'$6'1=<+$(40('Q,%:*(4$+'*+,' W)#(42:*(4$+'`_B1QWa'*+,'0(%,4),'<0=:"$3$&='*+,'(")*()#'*0'*+'%+,)#&#*,%*()>'V0'*'0(%,)+('$6' hypnosis, he trained in Los Angeles and Florida with some of the top hypnotists in the country. P*#4)33)5'"40'/46)'*+,'0(*&)'<*#(+)#5'40'*30$'*'8$*#,':)#(42),'"=<+$(40('/4("'_B1QW>'!")':$%<3)' has wowed corporate clients, fairs, and theme parks. This is the perfect event for relieving end-of-semester strains and stresses, and you are invited to bring your students, family, friends, and colleagues. Students of psychology, performing arts, and speech should especially enjoy this program (as well as anyone who needs a relaxing “escape”). Aimes’ performances are being sponsored by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. The performances are being staged in the Northeast State Auditorium on the College’s main campus at Blountville. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail

Left: Rich Aimes and one of his subjects


E)3*.3*S!E7**1N'%#%3* 9(.3")(&*D'434=).D'%;*D4(/* 34*C)((<(@%$$( Talent can be thought of as a personal spotlight that can be directed at more than one passion. Many in the Greeneville community are familiar with Chris Small through his work as our Abraham Lincoln presenter. It would be hard to forget his efforts in hosting last year’s national convention of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, an event that brought more than 50 dedicated embodiments of the 16th president to town, culminating in a memorable evening of music from the 113th U.S. Army Band; recitations by 4 Lincoln Presenters and Andrew Johnson. Perhaps less well-known is Chris’s work with the Lincoln Project, which broadens his outreach through videography. In this capacity, it is not surprising that his talent *30$')C()+,0'($'(")':#)*(4$+'$6'2+)'*#('<"$($&#*<"=>'D<)+ing Wednesday, April 11th at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is Chris Small’s GREENEVILLE: A Photographic Poem, the latest in the series ART at NPAC curated by James-Ben: Studio and Gallery Art Center. “I had seen Chris perform and went to the screening of his two Lincoln video programs at NPAC,” says James-Ben Stockton, director of Greeneville’s regional art center. “He began sharing his photographic images with me more than a =)*#'*&$>'P='2#0('#)*:(4$+'/*0'("*('(")='/)#)'233),'/4("'0%:"' a love for Greene County that I couldn’t wait for them to be seen.” The twenty images that comprise GREENEVILLE A Photographic Poem have been presented to their best effect *0'2+)'*#('<"$($&#*<"=>'G!")'<#$:)00'W"#40'"*0'%0),'+$('$+3=' shows the images in large format,” says Stockton, “but also uses the latest technology transforming them into giclees on canvas. The effect combines the detail quality of a photographic image with the visual impact of a painting.” For the *#(40(5'(")'/$#?'"*,'(")'*,,),'8)+)2('$6'8)4+&'*'-%:";+)),),' departure from an intense focus that occupied him for much of 2010 and into 2011. “The national convention of the Association of Lincoln Presenters always meets during the week marking the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination,” says Chris Small. “One of the members acts as the host and has the responsibility for organizing it. Among other things, it was

77789)$2+",$-+:21:$8;+< delightful to host this group in Greeneville, the home of Lincoln’s vice-president, Andrew Johnson, but also to have a facility like Niswonger Performing Arts Center to 4+:3%,)'(")'2+*3'($%:"'$6'(")' 113th U.S. Army Band performance. The images included in the Photographic Poem came from the quiet time I enjoyed in the year following the convention.” Chris Small’s biography provides insight into the depth found in his creative ventures. Educated in Michigan, his undergraduate work combined communication and Biblical Studies for his B.A. in Religion. At the postgraduate level he was awarded a M.A. in communications with a concentration in interpretation and performance studies. He has worked both in academia and the “real” world in both teaching and performance. As a pastor in the Seventh Day Adventist Church he has also lived through the full gamut of human experience, which has been particularly useful in his interpretation of

%/0-12%34'%&53&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%36 V8#*"*-'b4+:$3+>'1)'2#0('*<peared as the 16th president in 1997 and founded “The Lincoln Project” six years later, and is the recipient of the “Best Lincoln of 2010” honor from the Association of Lincoln Presenters. Working with his brother Loren, he wrote, co-produced, and *<<)*#),'4+'(/$'23-0',%#4+&' the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009. He is married to Karin Small, an ob/gyn with the Women’s Center of Greeneville, associated with Takoma Hospital. His two sons, Elijah (5) and Joshua (1 1/2) accompanied him on many of the outings that resulted in the images for GREENEVILLE: A Photographic Poem. JamesBen Stockton immediately recognized the depth of life experience behind each of the photographs. “The expression of the life you’ve lived through art is an intangible that people can feel when they view what an artist has created,” he notes. “Talent, hard work, and technique are -*@$#'6*:($#0'4+'2+)'*#('8%('4(' is the individual experience of the artist that makes the

difference between good and exceptional. In case it isn’t obvious, I think Chris’s work falls into the exceptional category. He puts great love into everything he does. The images in GREENEVILLE: A Photographic Poem capture these loving moments.” Now on display through

May 15th in the lobby of Niswonger Performing Arts Center, the 20 images in GREENEVILLE: A Photographic Poem represent another side of a man who knows quite well the transformational power of art. The pieces are available for acquisition and can be viewed free

($'(")'<%834:',%#4+&'8$C'$62:)' hours at NPAC, 9:30 AM to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performances at NPAC itself. For further information, please contact James-Ben Stockton at (423) 787-0195.


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1)c0'+$('@%0('*'2,,3)#5'*3("$%&"'")'40'<#$%,'($'8)'$+)>' He is not just a classical guitarist and violin virtuoso. He’s not just a composer, and he’s not just a teacher and coach or just an expert on American music. Mark O’Connor – who started playing guitar at 5 and violin at 11 and was a national champion and recording *#(40('8='*&)'MK'd'40'+$(':$+()+('8)4+&',)2+),'8='$#':$+2+),'($'$+)'$6'("$0)'*9$:*(4$+05'*+,'/"43)'4+'e$"+0$+' City April 18-21, he will be sharing all of those talents and his musical secrets with ETSU students and faculty and the community. “I do have a lot of music secrets,” O’Connor says. “But I have always wanted to share them, as much as I could. I am not a full-time teacher, but rather I share that job description with being a recording artist, a composer and a concert performer (soloist with orchestra and bandleader) and now an author. I think all of these experiences and these settings I have succeeded in, give me a very good vantage point in training the next generation of 21st century string players over the previous methods.” Sponsored by ETSU’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies, O’Connor’s skills will be used in a wide spectrum of ways. On Wednesday, April 18, O’Connor will spend some time coaching ETSU’s Bluegrass Pride Band, then gather on The Down Home stage for a faculty all-star jam with the guest musician. Faculty and graduates of the ETSU program expected at the jam include Adam Steffey,

77789)$2+",$-+:21:$8;+< Brandon Green, Danny Stewart, Jeremy Fritts, Dave Yates and Hunter Berry. “That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?” says O’Connor, who now also runs his own boutique record label, OMAC. “I remember playing The Down Home when I was trying out my solo show ... I believe it was my second performance of it, this being about 22 years ago.” In the evening on Wednesday, O’Connor will present a 90-minute (#*4+4+&'/$#?0"$<'6$#'*#)*'2,,3)'*+,' violin teachers. The teacher training workshop, which is free and open to the public, will run 6-7:30 p.m. in ETSU’s Brown Hall, room 112. He will focus on the students, rather than the teachers on Thursday, April 19, in a Fiddler’s Master Class, 9:45-11:05 a.m. in ETSU’s Nicks Hall, room 225. Students are preparing a number of O’Connor’s arrangements, but the public is welcome to act as audience and peripheral learners, says Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Director Anita DeAngelis. The general public is also invited to absorb the music education on Thursday afternoon, from 2:15-3:45 p.m., when O’Connor presents a lecture and demonstration on American music in ETSU’s Brown

%/0-12%34'%&53&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%3> Hall, room 206. “I will speak about American music as a music system that was ‘developed’ by its practitioners through individual expression and experimentation,” says O’Connor, who is a Seattle native, but a Tennessee transplant who lived in Tennessee for 15 years around the 1990s. “Musical culture was established uniting communities and racial groups through sharing repertoire, techniques, styles and cultural backgrounds.” Then on Saturday, April 21, O’Connor and fellow violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins will expand the musical cultural landscape as guest artists for the Annual Mary B. Martin Memorial Concert by the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in Mary B. Martin Auditorium, Seeger Chapel, Milligan College. The concert will include a mix of Appalachian, jazz and bluegrass music, as well as a

performance of O’Connor’s newest violin work, the Double Violin Concerto. O’Connor’s compositions are in a genre he calls “new American

classical music,” which includes a seven-movement commissioned symphony, he told Crossover radio host Jill Pasternak last year. “The Double

Violin Concerto is in three different movements with fantastic cadenzas that have the two violins playing off each other,” he says. “The music has *'3$('$6'V-)#4:*+*'4+.%ences -– jazz and blues especially. The names of the movements are ‘Swing’ ‘Midnight on the Dance Room Floor’ and ‘New Orleans.’” Whether he is 0(*+,4+&'$+'(")'2,,3)' side, the violin side, or the composer’s or bandleader’s side of the music stand or podium, O’Connor has his own style and perspective and even his own method – The O’Connor Method, which he is now marketing as a violin curriculum. “The O’Connor Method uses American music and the concepts of what I call the American Music System is at its core …” the Grammy winner says. “I authored the ‘O’Connor Method’ based on my own experiences as a string student, as well as the my experiences of

teaching and putting on 40 string camps … I began to get the idea for a method 20 years ago, and began to physically author it six years ago. It will be rolled out over the next four years. I just released Violin Book III this month. Orchestra Book II will come out late summer.” Part of the mission of Mary B. Martin School of the Arts is to bring and/ or support a diverse spectrum of arts events for the Northeast Tennessee region, says DeAngelis, so O’Connor’s wide array of skills, interests and knowledge are an exciting addition to an already diverse season. “With Mark O’Connor’s palette of abilities, we can entertain, educate and engage so many people in so many ways in a relatively short time. He is almost a season-worth of events in one person and week. We are so thrilled to be able to bring him back to East Tennessee and keep him here a short while.” To reserve tickets for the JCSO concert, call 423.926.8742. For information about the O’Connor events, contact the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at 423-439-TKTS (8587) or the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program at 423.928.8742. For more about MBMSOTA, please visit


74//"<%3B*;4<3).*2.<;(*%<*H,8 The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a community contra and family dance on Sunday, April 22 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Class for beginning contra dancers will happen at 2 p.m. The dance will run from 2:30-5:30 p.m. with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 4 p.m. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be the Dancing Bears from Asheville. Calling for the dance will be Ken Gall from Indianapolis, Indiana. The afternoon will begin with a family dance from 1:00-2 p.m. led by caller/teacher and caller, Noah Grunzweig. The family dance is truly a family event where parents or grandparents and children ages four and up learn traditional dances. The dance will consist of easy steps for participants of all ages. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of dancing with a focus on having fun and placing less of an emphasis on dance techniques. Types of dances include circles, long-ways sets, squares, and odd number sets. All dances will be taught and called with high-energy recorded tunes. Family dances promote community, inter-generational interaction, and bring traditional dance to a new generation, making the dance community stronger and enduring. This is the fourth event in the family dance series. Admission to the family dance is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Family package costs $15 for parents and all their children. Neighbors and friends cannot be part of the family package. If the participants wish to stay for the regular dance, their Family Dance admission can be applied to the regular admission costs. Snacks and treats will be provided throughout the evening by the local Earth Fare store in Johnson City, thanks to Kate Van Huss. Now that contra dance has become so popular all over this coun-

try, there are many step-by-step guides on how to do contra dance on the internet. “Even though we teach a brief workshop prior to the dance, there are other resources including contra dance videos, essays and other instruction available all over the web” states event organizer David Wiley. “We also encourage newcomers to partner with experienced ,*+:)#0'6$#'(")'2#0('6)/',*+:)0'($' 8%43,'(")4#':$+2,)+:)'*+,'0"$/' them how easy and fun contra dancing is”. You can bring the whole family to dance. The Dancing Bears consists $6'b)/'f)36$+,'$+'2,,3)5'P*#?' Langner on guitar, John Culp mandolin and banjo. Lew Gelfond "*0'8))+'<3*=4+&'(")'2,,3)'04+:)' long before the cows came home. He is a solo performer of old (4-)'2,,3)'*+,'8*+@$'-%04:'*+,' also plays swing, ragtime, Celtic, gypsy, country, Klezmer, tangos, and other traditional music. Lew performs at schools, concerts, workshops and festivals and has 8))+'*'94$34+5'94$3*'*+,'2,,3)'

teacher for over 20 years. Mark Langner started playing keyboards and guitar in a garage rock band in high school. In college, he played coffeehouses as part of a duo which did an eclectic mix of music ranging from Merle Haggard to Grateful Dead to Frank Zappa. Mark’s current interest is in swing and jazz, which colors most things the Bears do. Mark 40'*30$'*':)#(42),'"=<+$(")#*<40(' and builds acoustic arch top &%4(*#0>'e$"+'W%3<'&$('"40'2#0(' real guitar on his 16th birthday and has been picking’ strings ever since. Since meeting his bride and favorite caller, Barbara Groh, and becoming submerged in the contra dance community, he has concentrated on mandolin and tenor banjo. g+'"40'26("'=)*#'$6':*334+&5'Z)+' Gall has gained a lot of experience in various settings and with diverse groups. His high spirits *+,'*62#-4+&'*<<#$*:"'($',*+:)' and to life creates a lot of smiles and happy memories. Considered a good teacher, Gall has in several

cases worked dances where the new folks far outnumbered the more experienced dancers. Gall calls a variety of (mostly contra) dances that are often compared to weekend programs called by more experienced callers. He has called with old timey music, New England chestnuts, swing tunes, Appalachian, Celtic, Quebecois, jigs and reels, and other traditional music. He has called with oncea-month volunteer bands, and with a good number of nationally known musicians. This will be his 2#0('9404('($'e$+)08$#$%&"> Come as you are; wear soft .)C483)'0"$)0'6$#',*+:4+&>'W$-)' to dance or just to listen and watch. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. Families with their own children are all admitted for only $15 for all members. For further information call event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www. historicjonesboroughdancesociety. org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.



,F*d*?*^*S!E7 Blood, Sweat and Tears is coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. during Iris Festival weekend. Blood, Sweat and Tears, a musical institution, has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968. According to Darrell Bryan, Executive Director of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, “One of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, BS&T’s alumni roster reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s greatest jazz and rock musicians.” The band started out in Greenwich Village in New York and has won world/4,)'*::3*4-5'8):$-4+&'(")'2#0('4+'-*+=' :*()&$#4)0T'2#0('8*+,'($'($%#'8)"4+,'(")' g#$+'W%#(*4+5'2#0('8*+,'($'"*9)'("#))'"4(' 04+&3)0'6#$-'(")'0*-)'#):$#,5'*+,'2#0(' band to combine rock with jazz . BS&T has earned multiple gold albums, 10 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy Awards, including the most prestigious of them all, Album of the Year. Hits include You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel, And When I Die, God Bless The Child, and many more. BS&T cares about local communities.

For instance, after the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, BS&T donated money to replace musical instruments and had the entire high school marching band join them on stage for a jam session – a night those kids and some very proud parents will never forget. Current members of BS&T include Teddy Mulet, from Puerto Rico, who plays several instruments; Glenn McClelland, since 1987; Jason Paige, vocalist, who sings 100 plus jingles annually; Ken Gioffre, saxophonist; Gary Foote, bass chair for 21 years; Steve Jankowski, musical director and trumpet player; Jens Wendelboe, trombone; Andrea Valentini, drums for 11 years; and Dave Gellis, lead guitarist since 1985 and vocalist. For ticketing information, call the _AVW'B$C'D62:)'*('`IJKa'LKN;MLOS'`D<)+' from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). NPAC is located adjacent to Greeneville High School at 212 Tusculum Blvd. in Greeneville, Tennessee. For other information, visit the website at


?'(*#%=*)(@(.$W*,)%&34$*K'B3'/*.<2*K443&*$%<("D Booking for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion can be likened to "$%#0'0<)+('#4.4+&'("#$%&"'94+=305' rewinding and fast-forwarding cassettes, in painstaking creation of the ultimate mix tape. Be it a magnum opus, fraught with 04&+42:*+:)5'$#'*':$33):(4$+'$6'&3$#4ous, feel-good refrains best enjoyed at maximum volume, a truly great mix (tape, or CD, or digital playlist) is, in essence, a labor of love. Very often it’s the unfamiliar gems, intertwined with venerable favorites, that make the compilation so epic that that it must be shared. Each year Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion embodies the perfect mix tape, live, without Memorex. It showcases the artists we know and love, and turns us on to fresh new talent. It’s the roots festival with an independent spirit, and this year’s line-up is unprecedented in its originality. “Bristol Rhythm & Roots

Reunion strives to be unique,” says festival Executive Director Leah Ross. “Our Music Committee is comprised of individuals who bring a lot of knowledge of traditional and modern genres of roots music. They also have great respect for The Birthplace of Country Music and the heritage of our region. This year’s line-up is unexpected, and will appeal to a wide range of audiences.” Headliners include Robert Earl Z))+5'$+)'$6'V-)#4:*c0'2+)0(' storytellers, and internationallly acclaimed singer/songwriter City and Colour, who once sold out Britain’s Royal Albert Hall in a matter of hours. Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush, Grammy nominee Billy Joe Shaver and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Pam Tillis also get top billing. Fans of indie and alternative roots heart Delta Spirit, maybe you’ve seen them on Conan or Carson Daly; the band can also cross

Coachella and Lollapalooza off its bucket list. Festival favorite Dr. Dog returns, chaperoning some of the country’s hottest up-and-coming acts, including Zach Deputy, Hey Rossetta!, and Rolling Stone’s “Best New Artist” Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. Sol Driven Train, Slaid Cleeves, and the Deep Dark Woods get honorable mention in this arena. The Dex Romweber Duo, formerly of iconic seminal rockabilly/ garage punk bad Flat DuoJets, has been cited by Jack White, Cat Power and Neko Case as a major 4+.%)+:)>'!"40'/433'8)'Y$-/)8)#c0' debut in The Birthplace of Country Music and, beyond a doubt, be a show-stopper. In the bluegrass world, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Gibson Brothers, The SteelDrivers and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are applauded as precision instrumentalists who’s achievements are too many to mention. IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann

Bradley, Ann & Pete Sibley and #)+$/+),'2,,3)#'*+,'0()<,*+:)#' April Verch are food for the genre’s soul. Critically acclaimed alt-country/ Americana chanteuse Tift Merritt has landed on Top 10 lists in Time Magazine and The New Yorker, an exciting addition to the Bristol Rhythm line-up. Last year Carrie Rodgriguez lent her talents to our Carter/Rodgers Revival, this year she commands the stage on her own. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2012 takes place September 14-16 on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA, The Birthplace of Country Music. The festival houses 5 outdoor stages, a dance tent and 16 indoor venues with nearly 150 artists. Weekend Passes to the event are $40 through August 31st. The complete Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2012 line-up is as follows, artist line-up is sub-

ject to change without notice: Robert Earl Keen, City and Colour, Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Delta Spirit, Dr. Dog, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, The SteelDrivers, Carrie Rodgriguez, Dale Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dex Romweber Duo, Red Molly, The Gibson Brothers, The Black Lillies, Zach Deputy, Chris Thomas King, Hey Rosetta!, X*94,'P*=2)3,'A*#*,)5'W$#=' Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Bearfoot, Sol Driven Train, Slaid Cleeves, Dale Ann Bradley, Kenny Vaughn, David Wax Museum, Deep Dark Woods, Boxcars, Ann & Pete Sibley, Hot Club of Cowtown, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, April Verch, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Elephant Revival, Pert Near Sandstone, Balsam Range, Dale Jett & Hello Stran-

77789)$2+",$-+:21:$8;+< ger, Zoe Muth, Grass Cats, Ha Ha Tonka, Folk Soul Revival, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Della Mae, The ETSU Old Time, Celtic & Bluegrass Bands, Shovels & Rope, Girls, Guns and Glory, Spirit Family Reunion, Johnny Corndawg, Sam Lewis Band, James Justin & Co., Delta Reign, JP Harris & Tough Choices, MilkDrive, Lydia Loveless, Megan McCormick, Buxton, Angel Snow, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Onward, Soldiers, Josh Oliver, Todd Grebe & Cold Country, Whiskey Gentry, VW Boys, Ed Snodderly, Uncle Lucius, If Birds Could Fly, These Undowners, Wise Old River Alli Epperson, Amazed by Grace, Amythyst Kiah, Annabelle’s Curse, Anthony Keys & Chris Rose, April Taylor, Beth Snapp, Bill MIze & Beth Bramhall, Blakley Leonard, Box Set, Breaking Tradition, Cahalen & Eli, Calico Moon, Carl Anderson, Corklickers, Crooked Road Sinners, Daisi


Rain, Dale Watson, Dave Eggar, Dismembered Tennesseans, Duty Free, Earth by Train, Eric Brace & Last Train Home, Erin McDermott,

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, Fifthstring, Gerald Sheppard, Girls with Guitars, Good Rockin’ Sam, Hard Times, Harlow Experience,

Harris Brothers, Hey Boys, Holston Mountain Boys, Humming House, Hundred Acres, Impeach Dixon, JP Parsons, JP Stallard & Neal Huff, Karen Poston & Poor Valley, Kim Lyons, Kristen Minor, Leigh Beamer, Lore, Matt Flinner, Matt Osborne Band featuring Darrell Webb, Meghan Jean & the KFB, The Milk Carton Kids, Mountain Music School, Mt. Park Old Time Band, My New Favorites, NuBlu, Paper Bird, Possum Creek Playboys, Rambling Rose, Rebekah Jean, Red June, Relacksachian, Republik Steele,

Rex Montgomery w/Side Two, Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Roger Rasnake, Ron Short & The Possum Playboys, Sapling Grove, The Shadow Drifters, Sigean, Skeeter & The Skidmarks, Slow Motion Trio, Susan Brown & Friends, Tara Mills with Strings Attached, These Undowners, This Mountain, Time Sawyer, Underhill Rose, Virginia Whirlwind, William Walter & Tucker Rogers





e%&34)B*.<2*&D.;( This is an interesting week of triumph and near tragedy in the history of America’s manned space program and the race to the Moon with Russia. While the Apollo 13 near-death saga ended safely on April 17, 1970, the Moon landings were ending with the next-to-last mission, Apollo 16, touching down for three days 40 years ago beginning April 20, 1972. Also this week on April 19, 1967, NASA’s unmanned Surveyor 3 -*,)'V-)#4:*c0'2#0('0%::)006%3' 3*+,4+&'0$6(;3*+,4+&5'*'04&+42:*+(' breakthrough. In November 1969, the second manned Moon mission, Apollo 12 and its two moonwalkers made a pinpoint landing within *'6$$(8*33'2)3,'$6'F%#9)=$#'K'*+,' brought back its soil scoop and

other parts for analysis. The rocket necessary to reach the Moon, the gigantic Saturn V, had 4(0'29);)+&4+)'2#0('0(*&)'()0('2#),' 6$#'(")'2#0('(4-)'$+'V<#43'ML5'MSL^>' !"*(',*()'$6'V<#43'ML'40'(")'2#0(' (4-)'V-)#4:*+'0:4)+(40(0'()0(;2#),' a captured V-2 rocket in 1946; and this is the date that the mighty Saturn V blasted three men in Apollo 16 off the Earth. But it is the near-tragedy of Apollo 13 that most people remember about April and NASA. Half-way to the Moon, an oxygen tank exploded in the Command Module, crippling its life 0%<<$#('0=0()-0>''H$#'29)',*=05' the Lunar Module lander designed for two men on the surface for two days suddenly became the lifeboat for the three, brave astronauts.

Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, 84. and Fred Haise, 78, were cheated out of walking on the Moon. They and Command Module pilot, Jack Swigert, deceased, gutted it out and improvised their 0<*:).4&"('():"+4R%)0'($'0*9)'(")4#' lives. Key in the success was the teamwork by the literally thousands of NASA employees across America. No doubt Lovell, and Haise will think of their crewmate Jack Swigert and their close call with death 42 years ago. Also thinking of the Moon will be American space hero John Young and his Apollo 16 crewmates of Ken Mattingly and fellow moonwalker Charlie Duke. They were embarking on NASA’s seventh mission to the Moon, and the 26("'3*+,4+&> Ironically, Mattingly was slated to pilot the Command Module of Apollo 13, but was exposed to measles. Fearing an outbreak of measles aboard the moonship, Mattingly was pulled just days before and Swigert was put in his seat. It was a controversial decision for crew cohesiveness, but all worked out as Mattingly (who never got the measles) was a key <3*=)#'4+'2&%#4+&'$%('4+'*'0<*:)ship simulator how to conserve energy to get Apollo 13 safely home. V<$33$'ML'/*0'(")'26("'0%::)00ful Moon landing, and moonship Orion made a tricky maneuver to sit down in the lunar mountains. Young and Duke drove the second Lunar Rover for more than seventeen miles during three outside excursions that last a total of 20 hours. 40 years ago, the Apollo 16 lander Orion operated perfectly for three days on the Moon, and the astronauts enjoyed being lunar

77789)$2+",$-+:21:$8;+< Celestial events in the skies for the week of April 17-23, 2012, as compiled for The Loafer by Mark D. Marquette. The night skies are moonless, with the crescent in the predawn twilight this week. That’s good news for the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Earth is approach4+&'(")',)8#40'2)3,'$6'*+:4)+('W$-)(' Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 21-22; a nearly-new moon on those dates will provide perfect dark-sky conditions for meteor watching. Usually the shower is a respectable 10-20 meteors <)#'"$%#5'8%('%+-*<<),'23*-)+(0' of dust in the comet’s tail sometimes trigger outbursts 10 times stronger. ?"(&M*ED)%$*fT On this 1970 date in space history, the three-man crew of Apollo 13 splashlanded safely after a harrowing six days crippled between the Earth and Moon. The Hollywood movie is a worthy adaption of the crisis that turned into one of NASA’s greatest moments. Jim Lovell, 84, Fred Haise, 78, and Jack Swigert, deceased. -(2M*ED)%$*fZ Mercury is well above the morning horizon the rest of the month, and it 40')*0='($'2+,'($,*='/4("'(")':#)0:)+(' Moon nearby before sunrise. ?'")&M*ED)%$*fQ On this 1963 date in space history, NASA’s Surveyor 3 spacecraft soft 3*+,),'$+'(")'P$$+5'*'04&+42:*+(' achievement in the Moon Race with the Soviet Union. Also on this date in 1971, Russia launched the world’s 2#0('0<*:)'0(*(4$+5'F*3=%('M5':3*4-ing the Moon was not the aim of the Russian space program, but earthorbiting space stations were their main goal. [)%M*ED)%$*VU On this 1972 date in space history, Apollo 16 landed on the highlands of the Moon. Moonwalkers John Young, 81, and Charlie Duke, 76, were joined by lunar orbiting Ken Mattingly, 76. F.3M*ED)%$*Vf New Moon is at 3:18 a.m. The Moon is invisible in the daytime sky, below the Sun. The Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks after midnight this evening. The best time is 2-4 a.m., when Earth is facing into the storm of cosmic debris it is plowing through. F"<M*ED)%$*VV Jupiter is just two degrees below the Moon in the evening twilight—a hard sight to see but worth the effort. 54<M*ED)%$*VO Tonight the Moon has become “two days old,” and its thin crescent will be gorgeous against the orange hues of twilight. Venus is way above the Moon, but catching up to the planet next week.

%/0-12%34'%&53&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%&3 geologists while deploying science experiments and conducting experiments. But the Moon mission of NASA were losing their mystique as the 2#0('<"*0)'$6'(")':$+R%)#4+&'"$/' to live on the Moon was coming to an end. Next was supposed to be Apollos 17, 18, 19 and 20, that would take up to a week on the lunar surface. Astronauts would advance the techniques needed to create an Antarctica-style base camp for 20 or so Moon pioneers. But politics and public apathy as well as the expense and end of the Vietnam War - dealt NASA a blow to its moon base plans. Attention was turned to the proposed Space Transportation System, aka, Space Shuttle. President Richard Nixon cancelled the last three Apollo missions in favor of jump-starting the Space Shuttle program. That left six men heartbroken to see their training to walk on the Moon all for naught. Astronaut Young had to abandon plans for maybe his second Moon landing (and third lunar trip as he orbited in the test-run of Apollo 10). Instead, he was tapped

to lead the astronaut corps into outer space aboard the world’s only reusable spacecraft that would glide back to Earth and a runway landing. Young was a rookie when he rode to space beside veteran Gus Grissom aboard the cramped Gemini III spacecraft in 1965. He commanded his own Gemini 10 in 1966, and then went to the Moon just to orbit with Apollo 10 in 1969. After becoming the 9th human on the Moon, he did something maybe even braver. On April 12th, 1981, Young and Bob Crippen were strapped into the huge Space Shuttle Columbia, and blasted into history. It was (")'2#0('(4-)'_VFV'"*,'3*%+:"),' *'+)/'0<*:):#*6('/4("$%('2#0(' sending an unmanned version into space to test all the systems. The launch of Shuttle Orbiter Columbia and the Space Transportation System of Solid Rocket Boosters and the huge External Tank of fuel was truly a risky, yet brilliantly engineered event. h$%+&'.)/'$+)'-$#)'F"%((3)' mission, and was assigned to a desk job, some say to silence his criticism of Space Shuttle problems. Like the ones that blew up


Challenger and brought Columbia down during reentry. Today at age 81, Young is a shell of the man who was one of NASA’s bravest. His autograph commands the second highest price at $500, only to Neil Armstrong’s $1,000. The rest of the total 12 moonwalkers can be brought for a $100 or so - far below the price of some movie actors or famous musicians. And the other Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, 76, is a happy promoter of space and his born-again Christian experiences. Duke puts his only NASA mission at around 5th of his life experiences, with his faith, marriage and children ahead of walking on the Moon. And Mattingly, 76, who was so disappointed when he was medically scrubbed from Apollo 13, oversaw a very successful Apollo 16 mission as he photographed the Moon while orbiting for three days completely alone in outer space. Looking back on the exciting Moon Race with the Communist Soviet Union is to witness mankind’s technological prowess multiply tremendously in just 10

years. The progress of the Red Star in orbit was secretly held from the world while Russia only revealed their usually dramatic success as a propaganda tool. America’s space program was

an open book as it progressed in a steep learning curve from the oneman Mercury, the two-man Gemini and three-man Apollo spacecraft. This lopsided view created a perception in the watching world that the Soviets were ahead of the

United States. In reality, Russia was behind after a few key failures of their one-man moon lander, and a major catastrophe with the Soviet moon rocket, called N-1. If not for these failures, a single cosmonaut might have landed for a few hours, grabbed some lunar rocks and headed home in May or June 1969. Once Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in July 1969, the Soviets claimed they weren’t interested in the Moon, but instead their goal was to establish permanent space stations in Earth orbit.

Indeed, on April 19, 1971, the F$94)(0'$#84(),'(")'/$#3,c0'2#0(' space station, Salyut 1. After being manned for three weeks, the crew of three returned to Earth only to die during reentry when a stuck valve allowed all the air to escape, suffocating them. Also on April 19, 1982, Salyut 7, the last and most successful space station, was placed in orbit. It preceded the famous Mir Space F(*(4$+5'*+,'4+'6*:('$+)':#)/'.)/' between the two spacecraft, living in both space stations! While very little about the Apollo moonwalks has been applied to the International Space Station, it is the Russian’s shared experiences about the Salyut and Mir space stations that have helped pioneer the International Space Station. April is full of men in space and triumphs of the Moon. The days of NASA lunar exploration have yet to build upon. But someday in future Aprils, there will be more footprints on the lunar surface.

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%/0-12%34'%&53&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%&6 The second play of the 100th Season of the Johnson City Community Theatre will be D. W. Gregory’s The Radium Girls. The comedy-drama directed by Lindy Ley tells the true story of an incident in the 1920’s that 0(433'#)0$+*()0'4+'($,*=c0'/$#3,>'!")'<3*='#).):(0'V-)#4:*c0':$33):(49)' denial and a young girl’s courage to stand against it. The young woman, Grace Frayer, is a dial painter at the US Radium Corporation in New Jersey. She is a typical young woman of the time who is funny, energetic, and in love. She has dreams of having a home and family, not aware of what is happening around her. The role is played by Kacy Tiller. Arthur Roeder is the President of the US Radium Corporation. The play captures him as his career starts to grow. He is shown as a husband, father, idealist, and business leader. He has a moral center that suddenly faces challenging questions. Bill Campbell plays him. The nine other performers in the cast portray forty assorted characters who weave in out of Grace’s and Arthur’s lives. This theatrical convention was recently seen in Barter Theatre’s 39 STEPS. It creates a great challenge and wonderful choices for the cast, Steve Baskett, Angela Dannhardt, Becky Harrison, Sabra Hayden, John Kaywood, Caitlyn Morelock, Richard Nave, and Mackenzie Schaffner. Assistant Director/Stage Manager is Paulina Ley. The performances will be April 20, 21, 27, 28, May 4, and 5 at 8 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The play is suitable for those over 12. For reservations, you may call (423) 926-2542 or online at www.jcct. org. Support JCCT, serving the public for one hundred years.





The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre presents it’s next wacky murder mystery, Murder at the Tony Lou Awards, April 20, 21, 27 and 28. It’s the biggest event of the year! A star-studded night, featuring the most famous stars and studs from Broadway. There’s no telling what an actor might do to win this coveted award! You’ll meet some of the biggest names in the industry, including Celia B. DeMilo, CEO of PMS Studios, searching for her next big star; Monty Carlo, Latin superstar trying to break into the American market; !"#$%&'()*'+,-./%$"0(%1"+,%2"(%,1.%.3.#4#56%'#)%,1.%0#2"(5.,,'7-.%8'#)%'-9'$+%4#.7(4',.):%;"(#'%;0+1/%1'+<7..#%'*,(.++%'#)%'%=>,0(.% at every awards show. But all is not as it seems. Behind the scenes, there’s plenty of jealousy, greed, and good old fashioned backstabbing going on. For dinner, dessert and at least one murder, call 423-232-1350 for tickets or visit

!"#$%&?'%()$%*+",$-%.%/0-12%34'%&53& This week I will be discussing a movie where Julia Roberts is the Queen of Hollywood, and rules Tinseltown from a castle in Beverly Hills where she keeps young actresses locked in rooms so they won’t steal movie roles from her. Actually, the aforementioned life of Julia is fabricated by me, but the plot of the +)/'23-'Mirror Mirror is certainly similar to the scenario I just presented. Julia does star as a queen, but not of Hollywood. Julia is featured as Queen Clementianna, in a comedy fantasy based on Snow White. Clementianna became R%))+'$6'(")'2:(4$+*3'?4+&,$-'4+'("40' movie after she married Snow White’s (Lily Collins) father (Sean Bean), who was king of the land. V('(")'8)&4++4+&'$6'(")'23-'4('40' revealed Snow lost her mother during childbirth, leaving her father alone to raise her until Clem (what I will call her going forward) came along and got her hooks into the king. It was said Clem was the most beautiful woman in the land, and as we know in the legend of Snow White, *3/*=0'"*,'*'-4##$#'*#$%+,'($':$+2#-' the fact. Clem is soon left alone with her mirror, and Snow White, when the king rides off into the forest to battle a great evil that has invaded the land, and never returns. Poor Snow is left to deal with her wicked step-mother (the only kind in fairy tales), and her constant demands. Queen



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money woes. What Clem doesn’t know is the fact Prince Alcott had met Snow earlier in the forest when she had sneaked from the castle to visit the citizens of the kingdom. The two met after the prince and his servant were robbed by bandits that turn out to be the seven dwarfs. In a unique turn, the seven dwarfs attack using stilts that make them appear as giants. Of course we know the dwarfs from the story of Snow White as whistling while they work, not whistling while they rob, but times have changed. After the prince returns to Clem’s castle for an extravagant party with costumes provided by Lady Gaga, he meets up again

with Snow, who has crashed the party, despite every effort by Clem to keep her out. After the jealous queen discovers Snow at the party, she banishes her to the forest, and orders Brighton to kill her. Thankfully, Brighton has a heart, and releases Snow, where she is soon taken in by the dwarfs. Meanwhile, back at the castle, Clem has used a magic love potion to snare the prince once and for all, but a “puppy love” potion was used in by mistake, leaving the queen with a prince behaving like a new puppy. What happens from this point 6$#/*#,'4+'(")'23-5'40'F+$/'7"4()c0')66$#(0' to overthrow the queen and take the kingdom back and save the starving people. !")'23-'"*0'*'(#%)'6*4#='(*3)'"*<<='

ending, and Snow bursts into song at the :$+:3%04$+'$6'(")'23->'W$+:)#+4+&'(")' actors, Julia leaves no scene unchewed, and behaves like she is in an ancient production of Mommie Dearest. At times I actually wished she had gone more over-the-top, but she never once screamed “bring me the axe Snow”! Julia often overshadows co-star Collins, who plays her Snow with an extremely quiet demeanor. At least Collins has a 0/$#,'2&"('/4("'(")'<#4+:)5'*+,'*',#*&$+; like creature, transforming her into a Snow White to recon with. The actors who played the dwarfs were all wonderful, and were a highlight of the 23->'1*--)#5'-$0('#):)+(3='0))+'4+'J. Edgar, was a perfect choice for the well u meaning prince, and held his own with t Ms. Roberts. J Speaking of Roberts, as all my friends a know, I have never been a big fan of the t actress, but I must admit, she was a good u pick to play an evil queen, and I will leave w it at that. Meanwhile, Nathan Lane, al- w /*=0'*'8#4&"('0<$('4+'*+='23-5'/*0'*'83*0(' o as the hapless manservant. n !"40'23-5'233),'/4("')C$(4:':$0(%-4+&5' t and eccentric sets, is whimsical at best, p and predictable at worst. “Mirror Mirror” o -*='+$('8)'(")'6*4#)0('23-'$6'(")-'*335'8%(' m not for lack of effort. r

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The signs have been all around us for a while, teenage girls fretting over which dress to wear. Jocks all bragging to one another about which lady they got to be their prom date. Yep, prom is upon us gang, and it takes me back to when I went to prom. Prom was... well... awkward - but what part of high school wasn’t? Prom was never that exciting to me. I never thought of it as some great “rite of passage” or as a memorable night of my life. Instead, to me prom meant awkward dancing to some really awful music. When I think back to prom, what sticks out most in my mind was the prom prep that they gave us the day before. The Friday before we were all hauled off in the great yellow busses to an auditorium, to see a presentation about the dangers of drinking and driving on prom night. Please don’t think for one second that I’m poking fun at that. I’m not. Drinking and driving is always a dumb idea, and I know it was all good intentions to make sure none of us were hurt the following night. But what I’ll never forget about that afternoon, was the speech that was given to us, by a certain lady. To this day, I’m not entirely sure who the lady was, who or what she was associated with, and why 0")'/*0'R%*342),'($'&49)'(")'(*3?>' For you see, her speech wasn’t a gentle reminder on how prom can be fun without the booze and the drugs, instead, her speech was all about how - not matter what come tomorrow night, we were all gonna die. It was, quite simply, the most insane speech I’ve ever seen in my life. “I want you to look at the person sitting next to you” she began with, “because that person is going to be DEAD tomorrow!” The words that came out of

her mouth were amazing: “When you go home tonight, I want you and your parents to go over what you want to be buried in, because come Sunday morning, you’re gonna be DEAD! Oh, I know what you’re thinking ‘it won’t be me, I’ve got a full life to lead, graduation is coming up’, well, you’re not going to graduate, and you know why? Because CORPSES DON’T GRADUATE!” “Look at you, you smart alec Yankee troublemakers. Walking around with your high-falootin’ education. Why, I ought to come right on out there and kill each and every one of you, but I don’t have to, come tomorrow, you’ll all be DEAD! Dead, do you hear? Six feet under, stiff as a board, plant food!” At this point I looked at some friends who were nearby, we all had a look on our faces that said

“What is going on, are we in danger right now?” Right then she pointed to my friend and yelled, “You! You are the one I have seen in my dreams of blood! Death comes for you!” F")'2+40"),5'*+,'3$$?),' worked up into a frenzy, a bit disheveled. We left the auditorium, confused, a little scared, and wor#4),'("*('/)'/)#)'*8$%('($'2+,' ourselves in a female killer version of Halloween. Luckily, no one wound up dead the morning after prom. No one dropped a bucket of blood on the prom queen, and crazy death woman was nowhere near the school. I survived, and I’m sure you will too. Happy Prom all, and if you see a crazy woman near the school, call the cops. Follow me on Twitter @ThatAndyRoss




fZ*F4"3'*'(.2(2*34*I%<=&D4)3c&*K(<.%&&.<;(*7(<3() Cultural Arts Division and Engage Kingsport present 18 South in concert at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Thursday, April 26. The concert is at 7 p.m. and reserved seats are $12 each. Call 423-392-8417. 18 South’s music is created by *'/4,)'*##*='$6'4+.%)+:)0>'!")' organic and earthy quality of their sound rings with overtones of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz and Gospel that lends itself perfectly to their stripped down acoustic approach that is truly “Americana”. The Band members resume’s read like a Encyclopedia of Musical History and once you see them live you’ll know why they are individually some the most well respected musicians on the scene today. Larry Atamanuik [Drums] and Mike Bub [Doghouse Bass] hold down a deep and unmovable groove behind Jimmi Wallace’s rich vocals and slamming New Orleans Style Piano that in turn gives Guthrie Trapp the oppor(%+4(='($'6#))3=')C<#)00'"40'.%4,' and versatile guitar soloing style. Along with Jon Randall’s mournful high tenor vocals and solid rhythm guitar playing the band provides a perfect venue for Jessi Alexander to nail the audience to the wall with her Smokey and heart wrenching vocals. 18 South was born on the front porch and dining room of a house on the quiet Nashville Street, 18 Ave. South. The band is a coming together of six musicians whose one common desire is to create *'8*+,',)2+),'8='+$("4+&'$(")#' than its music. 18 South’s music #).):(0'(")',49)#&)+('-%04:4*+0"4<' and experiences of its individual members. Texas native Jon Randall Stewart got his start playing bluegrass around the Dallas area. Having moved to Nashville over 20 years ago, he has become one Music City’s top session players, singers and producers. A Grammy and CMA award winner, Jon’s career has run the gamut of touring the world with Emmylou Harris and Sam Bush, to releasing several major label albums, to writing the smash hit Whiskey Lullaby with country legend and Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson. In 18 South, Jon brings all of his talents to the front, his pure tenor lead

and harmony voice, distinctive acoustic guitar and mandolin and his songwriting. Half way between Memphis and Nashville, Jessi Alexander was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. The argument could be made that Jackson lies at the crossroads of American Roots music and her style represents the best of both towns. Jessi made the country charts with the critically acclaimed Sony/BMG album, Honeysuckle Sweet. Additionally, she has become an in demand session vocalist and songwriter. Her song The Climb, co-written with John Mabe and recorded by Miley Cyrus, had a run of 15 weeks at 1 on the Billboard Pop Chart. Jessi brings to 18 South not only great songs but, she delivers them with a voice, as one might imagine, country and bluesy drenched in southern soul. Keyboardist Jimmi Wallace is a road veteran as well as an ace studio player. He is equally at home on Piano and B-3 Organ. Additionally, Jimmi is a soulful vocalist and songwriter. He spent years touring with Kenny Wayne Shepard as well as Cole Deggs and The Lone0$-)>'e4--4c0'<3*=4+&'40'*',)2+4()' refection of his Louisiana roots. 18 South performs several of Jimmi’s compositions including one from a series of songs he is currently writing based on the characters of the Peanuts comic strip and anima-

tions. Guthrie Trapp came to Nashville from the north Gulf Coast in and around Pensacola, Florida. Guthrie is one of the most in demand guitarists in Nashville with the ability not only play many different acoustic and electric styles but is at ease in any genre of music from Bluegrass to the Blues, Rock, Jazz and Country. Having toured with a virtual who’s who of Nashville artists, the last few years have seen Guthrie continuing to perform with Patty Loveless on her Mountain Soul II tour as well as the challenging dynamics and genre bending sounds of the Jerry

Douglas Band. b*##='V(*-*+%4?'40'(")'$62:4*3' groove master of 18 South. Cutting his teeth in the Toronto club scene *0'*'())+5'b*##='2#0('#)*:"),'(")' national spotlight as a member of the seminal rock band, Seatrain. A drummer sensitive to the dynamics of acoustic instruments, Larry "*0'8))+'(")'2#0(;:*33'6$#'-*+=' Nashville artists including Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss and Union Station and the Alison Brown Quintet. Bassist Mike Bub is a 20-year veteran of the music scene in Nashville Moving to Music City in 1989, Mike has had the rare opportunity to work

and record with many of bluegrass -%04:c0'2#0('&)+)#*(4$+'*#(40(0' in addition to spending 13 years with the renowned Del McCoury Band. The past few years have seen Mike stretching his boundaries on the upright bass having toured with the likes of Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Shawn Camp and Danny Barnes. The Kingsport Renaissance Center is located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport.

!"#$%65'%()$%*+",$-%.%/0-12%34'%&53& Last week, in his blog for MM: The Millions, Kevin Hartnett relates ("*('G!"40')00*='40'(")'2#0('<4):)'$6' writing I’ve done by hand, start to 2+40"5'04+:)'^("'&#*,)5'MSSJ>E'1)' then goes on to tell us it was written “using a Uniball Signo pen and black notebook while sitting at my desk.” I found this immediately interest4+&'*+,'8)&*+'($'#).):('$+'-=' experiences with writing by hand, as opposed to using some sort of word processing program. So, let’s take a little trip down memory lane. Way back in 1989, when I started writing this column, I seldom wrote it out by hand, but :$-<$0),'4('$+'-='2#0('G:$-<%()#E' - a Smith-Corona word processor. That wondrous little device had a very tiny olive-green screen that revealed the words I was typing a couple of lines at a time. Needless to say, editing was very rudimentary, but awe-inspiring to me at the time, having never experienced anything like this when using a conventional (=<)/#4()#>'7")+'g'/*0'0*(402),'("*(' g'"*,'2+40"),'),4(4+&'-='-*0()#piece, I inserted a piece of paper, pushed the print button, and my document was literally typed by the typewriter mechanism, clickety-clack keys and all. A couple of years after I acquired this little hybrid machine, SmithCorona came out with a version that attached a computer monitor to the typewriter, but I never acquired one of those. My weekly Kelly’s Place :$3%-+0'/)#)'0($#),'$+'(4+='.$<<=' disks that are now totally obsolete and useless. So, I have a pile of these little disks containing my early columns that can never be retrieved un3)00'g':*+'2+,'*+$(")#'F-4(";W$#$+*' word processor. Thank goodness I have saved the paper copies. For nearly 10 years (1989-1998) I relied on my trusty Smith-Corona, hanging on to it as much from nostalgia as anything else; it brought back memories of the little green manual Smith-Corona I used to type out menus for our restaurant when I was growing up at Kelly’s Motel (the namesake of this column). Actually, I owned two word processors during those 10 years /")+'-='2#0('$+)'&*9)'%0'(")'&"$0(5' I purchased a newer one from a customer of mine, but not one with a separate monitor. As wonderful as these word processors were, I still had to hand-deliver my neatly typed manuscripts to the Loafer'$62:)')*:"' week, where they were then re-typed by the Loafer staff and literally pasted into lay-out pages for the fol-



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The Write Way lowing week’s issue. The modern world arrived at our household at long last in 1998, /")+'/)'&$('$%#'2#0('#)*3':$-<%()#5' :$-<3)()'/4("'*'3*#&)#'.$<<=',40:' drive and something called a dial-up modem. Now I could compose my columns in style each week, and /")+'2+40"),':$%3,')-*43'(")-'($' Mike Clark, who is still our fearless editor. No more driving across town to the Loafer'$62:)5'(=<),'<*<)#' column in hand. These days, I still use a computer (a more updated one, of course) to produce my weekly columns, but my dial-up modem has been replaced by a wireless router, and I no longer use .$<<=',40?0'($'0($#)'(")'6#%4(0'$6'-=' 3*8$#0>'g+'6*:(5'g',$+c('%0)'.*0"',#49)0' much anymore either, preferring the cloud-based as my

method of storage. And I sometimes 2+,'-=0)36'%04+&'-='4A*,'$#'3*<($<' to write my columns instead of sitting down to my more inconvenient and in-the-other-room desktop. But, regardless of how much the technology has changed in the past 23 years, the means have not. I still use some sort of keyboard to write. In fact, I can only think of three of four columns I’ve written by hand - one of them, fondly remembered, in a composition book while my daughter played at the wooden playground at Andrew Johnson Elementary School in Kingsport (ironically, the same school where she would do her student teaching several years later). Kevin Hartnett’s blog gave me occasion to think about hand writing as a process. While I agree that writing by hand does have its charms,

I disagree with his belief that “I’ve noticed that the writing I compose in -='")*,'%0%*33='6))30'-$#)'.%4,'*+,' articulate than what comes out when I sit down at my computer and try to translate those thoughts into typed words.” I actually feel freer when I (=<)'("*+'/")+'g'/#4()5'*+,'2+,'("*(' -='("$%&"(0'.$/'-%:"')*04)#'*(' the keyboard than in the pages of a composition book. I do occasionally sketch out things by hand, however, but now that I’ve gotten a stylus for my iPad, I do a lot of sketching there. V+,5'8)34)9)'-)5'g'*-',)2+4()3='+$('*' techno-geek (witness my holding on to my cherished Smith-Corona word processor for so long). And I did go through my fountain pen infatuation phase, and still enjoy the feel of a 2+)'/#4(4+&'4+0(#%-)+(5'<*#(4:%3*#3=' A*#?)#'<)+0>'B%('g'2+,'("*('/")+'g'

*:R%4#)'*'+)*('+)/'<)+5'g'0)3,$-'2+,' myself actually writing with it. One of Harnett’s observations, however, rings very true: “When I write by hand I almost always form a complete sentence in my head before I write it down. When I write on the computer I tend to start typing at the onset of an idea or a sentence that g'(")+'2&%#)'$%('"$/'($':$-<3)()' during the process of recording it. Put another way, my process for writing sentences by hand looks like this: THINK THINK THINK THINK WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE. Whereas my process for writing sentences on the computer looks like this: THINK WRITE THINK DELETE THINK WRITE THINK DELETE !1g_Z'7Yg!Q>E'D6':$%#0)5'g'2+,' this latter process to be very creative. Being a fan of jazz (as a listener and as a performer), I like the idea of starting something not knowing how it will end. I guess that’s why I seldom write outlines, preferring instead to let the piece “write itself” *0'-='2+&)#0'.='*:#$00'(")'?)=8$*#,>' Handwriting for me is much too slow and just can’t keep up with my thoughts. Now you know how my weekly forays into Kelly’s Place happen - I am generally as surprised at how my columns turn out as you are. Don’t worry - I do proofread and tinker with lots of passages before I hit the Gmail Send command. I ?+$/'("40'<#$:)00'.4)0'4+'(")'6*:)'$6' conventional literary wisdom, but so be it. It certainly works for me. Although I am a fan of word processing, I do plan to pay close attention to Harnett’s idea that typing often produces more pretentious language than does writing by hand. “When I write by hand I use shorter, simpler words,” says Harnett. For instance, “I’ve typed essays that have included the words ‘garrulous,’ ‘neophyte,’ and ‘bivouacked.’ When I’m walking and thinking I never use those words.” And I guess that’s true - writing by computer, because of its high-tech and sophisticated nature, does tend to bring out the wordiness in us. So, please note that I’ve not used any of the words mentioned by Harnett in this week’s column. This week I encourage you to )+&*&)'4+'=$%#'$/+'#).):(4$+0' about how handwriting and word processing differ in both quality and quantity. See you next week with another word-processed column that didn’t start out on paper (unless, of course, I happen to be with my daughter at the Andrew Johnson playground).




April 17, 2012 Issue  
April 17, 2012 Issue  

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