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Picture-Perfect Family Theme Park

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 […]

Continue Reading By on April 3, 2011 in Appalachia, family, outdoors

Famed Architecture at Alex Haley Farm

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 […]

Continue Reading By on February 22, 2011 in Appalachia, children, parenting

Appalachian Heritage on Display at Heritage Day

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.

Continue Reading By on October 16, 2010 in Appalachia, historic, with our own hands