Podcast Appalachia: Podcast Appalachia: “Appalachian Music”

Another source of information for this months Bluegrass celibration…

You’re listening to Podcast Appalachia. I’m John Norris Brown.
Today’s episode is based on a suggestion I received from a listener known as the Vol Abroad, who maintains an interesting blog about her life in England at thevolabroad.blogspot.com. She requested an episode on Appalachian music, and the influence it has had on various genres. Well, I hope you enjoy this episode!

Podcast Appalachia: Podcast Appalachia: “Appalachian Music”

Podcast Appalachia: Podcast Appalachia: “Appalachian Music”

Another source of information for this months Bluegrass celibration…

You’re listening to Podcast Appalachia. I’m John Norris Brown.
Today’s episode is based on a suggestion I received from a listener known as the Vol Abroad, who maintains an interesting blog about her life in England at thevolabroad.blogspot.com. She requested an episode on Appalachian music, and the influence it has had on various genres. Well, I hope you enjoy this episode!

Podcast Appalachia: Podcast Appalachia: “Appalachian Music”

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

VISITORS CENTER NEAR ASHEVILLE

New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

RICHARD MASCHAL
rmaschal@charlotteobserver.com

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center

VICKI DAMERON

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center.

ASHEVILLE —

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and you see them from the road, the cabins, barns and sheds distinctive to southern Appalachian Mountains.

Drawing on such local features — sheltering overhangs, peaked roofs, wooden trusses — architects charged with designing a new visitors center for the parkway came up with a large, open structure that seems at home in the mountains.

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

VISITORS CENTER NEAR ASHEVILLE

New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

RICHARD MASCHAL
rmaschal@charlotteobserver.com

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center

VICKI DAMERON

Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center.

ASHEVILLE —

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and you see them from the road, the cabins, barns and sheds distinctive to southern Appalachian Mountains.

Drawing on such local features — sheltering overhangs, peaked roofs, wooden trusses — architects charged with designing a new visitors center for the parkway came up with a large, open structure that seems at home in the mountains.

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

The Barn

The Barn behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Taken on November 13, 2007. Processed with Photomatix Pro.

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Mast General Store – Since 1883

This is where I wish I was right now. A bottle of ginger beer and a rocker on the back porch of the Mast in Valle Crucis…

Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, you’ll discover spectacular foliage, rustic countryside and a place Charles Kuralt calls, “… a destination.” That place is the Mast General Store in the rural historic district of Valle Crucis. Since 1883, we’ve been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. When in the North Carolina High Country, we invite you to warm up by the potbellied stove, mail a letter at the corner post office, and discover for yourself why…..

Mast General Store – Since 1883

Waiting for fall

Reading the muse from South Carolina has me holding out hope. There is a chance yet that our drive up the Blue Ridge in November might have a bit of color left…

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been searching for signs of fall — with no luck.

Where the heck is autumn?

I need some crisp air, crunching leaves, shivery nights.

I need to dig sweaters out of the back of the closet. Take a walk for no reason other than the weather is especially fine. Breathe air that smells of wood smoke and ripe apples.

During the 25 years I lived in Florida, I got used to having no fall to speak of. Signs of autumn there are so subtle, they’re pretty much lost amid the traffic jams at the beach, the blaze of sun on white sand. Oak trees in the Sunshine State don’t lose their leaves until January.

Here, it’s different. These are the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place that could be called Fall Foliage Central. Autumn is practically a sacrament here. People make pilgrimages to the mountains year after year, so they can stand amid blue spires and inhale the beauty.

They lean against the railing at Parkway overlooks and try to put it all into words.

It will definitely be a different kind of drive. Going from the remnants of summer on the Gulf Coast into what should be the beginnings of winter in the mountains of Virginia. We will be running north up half the length of the Blue Ridge. Catching it in Georgia and leaving it somewhere in Virginia.

We aren’t planning to stay in any one place this time. Just wandering along the Blue Ridge for a week or so before wandering back to Texas.

Wish us luck in our search for Autumn.

Waiting for fall to bathe us in color : Columns : Anderson Independent-Mail

Fall is in the air for the North Carolina Mountains around Valle Crucis

Ray is promising a fall weekend for the northwestern corner of North Carolina. Forecasted low for tonight is 40 degrees. Fire up the wood stove, throw some logs in the fireplace, it’s time for some chili simmering on the stove.

After the refreshment of Humberto’s leftover rains, now its time to enjoy the good side of a departing remnant tropical system. Improving skies today will bring abundant sunshine and a feel of fall throughout the High Country this entire weekend. We hope this leads to high points on the Mountaineer side in today’s game against a tough Northern Arizona squad. Brisk breezes will usher this airmass into the region, setting the stage for a cold overnight with some of the mountain valleys flirting with a slight frost potential in a few sheltered spots by Sunday morning. An overnight breeze should prohibit that in most locations but the need for knits (as in sweaters or your grandma’s comfy afghan she lovingly passed down) will be in full order. ENJOY!

I’ll second that sentiment sitting as I do at sea level on the Gulf Coast of Texas where the low tonight will barely make the low 70’s…Enjoy the fall weather North Carolina.

Source: Ray’s Weather Center – Valle Crucis – booneweather.com