Appalachian Summer Festival Video

I discovered this video on the Valle Crucis, NC facebook page…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-odWBBXVFM&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

Appalachian Summer Festival Video

I discovered this video on the Valle Crucis, NC facebook page…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-odWBBXVFM&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1]

A View to Hugh

Hugh Morton was a master at the art of photography. His image collection has been donated to the University of North Carolina where they are all being cataloged and digitalized. The good folks working on the project have a blog called “A View to Hugh”. Amber Couch was one of the archivists…She has posted a piece on some of the lessons she learned in the process of scanning and working with the images about the tricks and tips of Hugh Morton’s photography.

I’ve learned a lot over the last ten months working on this collection. I’ve learned about archival procedure, making many mistakes along the way the method for organizing the slides changed probably four or five times before I found one that worked. I have found homes for hundreds of “orphan” slides, and processed more than 72,000 slides in total. I’ve also been able to travel to amazing places: Grandfather Mountain, the Fern Grottoes of Hawaii, the McNeil River in Alaska, Galilee at Sunrise, Puerto Rican beaches, and Milford Sound in New Zealand.

via A View to Hugh.

If you enjoy the photos of Hugh Morton, this is a great website to explore…

Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report from Virtual Blue Ridge

From the web…

This is the Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report for the week of June 18. An abundance of rain in the region here in late spring has given us full creeks and nice waterfalls tumbling down to the piedmont along with prolific wildflower bloom.

In North Carolina, Doughton Park staff reports the Catawba Rhododendron is fading but nice Mountain Laurel displays are coming on along with Ox Eyed Daisy, Cardinal Flower and Buttercup. Hawkweed and Golden Rod are showy in the adjacent meadows.

Around the Moses Cone Estate walk the trails to find good examples of Spiderwort, Wild Geranium, Ox Eyed Daisy, Flame Azalea, Jack in the Pulpit and the Catawba Rhododendron. Take in the hike across Rough Ridge you’re likely to find Goat’s Beard and Galax, Laurel, some Mountain Ash and Yarrow. Much of the same can be found at the Linn Cove Visitors Center and the Tanawha Trail. Laurel and rhododendron, Little Brown Jug are nice at Beacon Heights.

Further south in the Pisgah District, south of Asheville, Flame Azalea is vibrant, Mountain Laurel are nicely on display. Fire Pink and Buttercup and Yellow Ragwort, Goat’s Beard, Mountain Krigia are making nice splashes of color as you make this drive. Indian paintbrush is on nice display in fields at milepost 437 and Mountain Spiderwort at Milepost 443 at the end of the Parkway, it’s certainly worth the drive.

via Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflower Report for June 19, 2009.

WordPress Upgrade Blues

Sometime in the past week this site went buggy.

I am not sure what went wrong, but there have been a large number of upgrades rolling out…Plugins, WordPress Engine…Something just caused all of the dropdown menus used throughout WordPress to quit working.

I have already tried using a different, new install with the exact same results. The place this problem really shows up though is when you try to do anything with the sidebars of this site. You can’t do any thing at all on the widgets page…nada. No drag and drop, no open the second sidebar, nothing.

I have managed to cludge together a semi-fix by editing the actual sidebar files. So, until I manage to figure a way to fix the site, that will have to do.

So, for the time being, please pardon the dust…I hope to fix all of this soon.

WordPress Upgrade Blues

Sometime in the past week this site went buggy.

I am not sure what went wrong, but there have been a large number of upgrades rolling out…Plugins, WordPress Engine…Something just caused all of the dropdown menus used throughout WordPress to quit working.

I have already tried using a different, new install with the exact same results. The place this problem really shows up though is when you try to do anything with the sidebars of this site. You can’t do any thing at all on the widgets page…nada. No drag and drop, no open the second sidebar, nothing.

I have managed to cludge together a semi-fix by editing the actual sidebar files. So, until I manage to figure a way to fix the site, that will have to do.

So, for the time being, please pardon the dust…I hope to fix all of this soon.

June 13. 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market

Tomorrow should be a good day to visit the market…And the featured product brings back spring memories of my Grandma’s house. Fresh peas just barely cooked with fresh butter…Such a lunch side dish…less than an hour from pea patch along the front fence to the dinner table…Go have a mess of peas for me…

This Saturday morning’s market and also the Wednesday evening market from 4 – 7 will feature sugar snaps, squash, lettuce, strawberries and onions from Zydeco Moon Farm. Donald and Roger Owens will also be at both markets with herb plants, tomatoes, squash both yellow and zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, sugar snap peas and broccoli.

This Saturday’s special event is Spring Greens Day and musical entertainment will be provided by The Forget Me Nots. You will find a nice variety of greens at the market this weekend, and in addition Deb Lowe will have Limbertwig and Fuji apples, onions, blueberries. raspberries, dill, touch-me-nots and columbine. Matt Cooper will have fresh cut thyme, oregano and chives. Fog Likely Farm will be providing cut flowers in painted cans, burlwood planters, and red rhubarb.

Wednesday’s afternoon market will also have live music with Southern Exposure starting at 4pm. Along with the great spring vegetables you will find plenty of meal ideas such as fresh handmade pasta including spinach cavatelli, four-cheese ravioli, walnut pesto ravioli and hand cut fettucini from Andrea Morrell, the Pasta Wench. James Wilkes will offer honey, granola, eggs, whole grain breads, cranberry pecan scones and various muffins.

More… June 13. 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market – Weekly Update

I can’t say it often enough, if you are in the area and like locally grown food, swing into the “Market”. Whenever we are in the high country it ranks at the top of our list of must do stops. In fact, I have been known to schedule our visits to coincide with market days to allow us to stock the kitchen with great food at the beginning of our stay.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market has been enjoying quite a successful 35th season this far. There is a new row of vendors between the Horn in the West main office and ticket office, offering everything from garden plants to veggies to prepared foods. There are still plenty of open parking spots for shoppers, so if you have not been to the market in a while you will be in for quite a few pleasant surprises.

The times of the Wednesday markets are also changed for this year’s market. The market will be open from 4-7 starting June 17 instead of the morning times of past years. We hope you will find the new hours more convenient and enjoy the additional events we have planned for the Wednesday markets. The first attraction will be the music of Southern Exposure on the 17th. There will be plenty of fresh edibles for your mid week meals, so do plan to stop by.

One of the things that always made me a bit sad was that I didn’t have a garden in the mountains to allow me to bring home some of the live plants for sale at each market I’ve attended over the years.

via May 30, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

Orchard at Altapass to reopen

News from the web…

The Historic Orchard at Altapass will host a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with free live music, activities for children and giveaways.

The music starts at 1 p.m. with Jann Welch and Alan Tinney and their upbeat mix of folk, country and surprises. Then at 2:30 p.m., join Terry McKinney with his mountain “Opry” show featuring heaps of musical talent. While you tap your toes to the authentic mountain music, the talented staff will serve up ice cream and famous Orchard fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can enjoy free face painting and stories. The Orchard Lunch Wagon will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Orchard shop has undergone many changes over the winter. The sales floor has been fully renovated, making way for new merchandise and a new coffee bar offering fine espresso, lattes and cappuccinos.

via Orchard at Altapass to reopen.

Orchard at Altapass to reopen

News from the web…

The Historic Orchard at Altapass will host a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with free live music, activities for children and giveaways.

The music starts at 1 p.m. with Jann Welch and Alan Tinney and their upbeat mix of folk, country and surprises. Then at 2:30 p.m., join Terry McKinney with his mountain “Opry” show featuring heaps of musical talent. While you tap your toes to the authentic mountain music, the talented staff will serve up ice cream and famous Orchard fudge, made fresh by Miss Charlotte right in the Orchard shop. Children can enjoy free face painting and stories. The Orchard Lunch Wagon will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Orchard shop has undergone many changes over the winter. The sales floor has been fully renovated, making way for new merchandise and a new coffee bar offering fine espresso, lattes and cappuccinos.

via Orchard at Altapass to reopen.