I started this blog intending to never fill it with cheesy family vacation shots. I certainly didn’t intend to write about places that are already commercially popular, as I try to highlight simple living that’s off the beaten path. Then a duck posed for me at Dollywood, beside a large fountain brightened with tulips. I had […]
Architecture set on the beautiful green meadow at Children’s Defense Fund – Alex Haley Farm: Langston Hughes library: This cantilever barn found traditionally in Appalachia was thoughtfully redesigned for use as a library in 1999. The design is by the award-winning creator of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Maya Lin. Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel: Five years after the library opened, a […]
Fall Student Heritage Day offered several opportunities to sample the culture at the Museum of Appalachia this October. Two resident mules took turns doing the heavy work of squeezing juice out of sorghum cane. Then, Mark Guenther and his crew from Muddy Pond Sorghum (Monterey, Tennessee) showed how the cooking process turns the juice into thick, sweet sorghum syrup.
I had the privilege of meeting a third-generation handweaver this morning at the Museum of Appalachia in East Tennessee. Stella Lamon had her loom set up in order to demonstrate the artform to schoolchildren and parents. She had a variety of woven placemats, tablerunners, and more that she’ll continue to sell this weekend at the […]
I recently dropped in for “Hand-Sewing Day with the Quilting Department” at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center. Heading south from Kentucky, it’s a mile east of Interstate 75, off the exit to historic Norris Dam, in the heart of East Tennessee. When I approached the cedar-sided building with the painting of a quilt block on […]