5 Things Appalachia

5 Things

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1. A few months back I told you about Chitter’s mountain necklaces, well now the girl is making mountain rings. The mountain theme seems to have been a good choice for her as the orders have been coming in by the dozens. Go here to see the mountain rings.

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2. Lately I’ve been enjoying the “Skaggs and Rice” album by Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice. I used to have an office of my own so it didn’t really matter what I listened to. These days I share an office with a dear sweet girl. Knowing she may not enjoy my choice of music I wear ear buds. Sometimes I get carried away and realize I’m tapping my foot entirely too loud. One of my recent favorites from the set is: “Memories of Mother and Father.” You can hear the song here.

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3. Speaking of tapping my foot. Paul had to get my attention during one of our recent performances to tell me to quit tapping my foot. He thought it was causing the sound system to feed back. Since we were in the middle of a song it took me a minute to fully understand what he was saying. Once I did I got the biggest smile on my face. Manys the time he stopped Pap from enthusiastically tapping his foot while we were trying to record.

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4. Speaking of Pap. I still don’t dream about him much even though I wish I did. The other night I did dream I was driving his 1973 white Impala with a maroon top. It was the car I learned to drive in, so I guess there’s some memories buried deep inside my brain that let me feel as though I was really driving that big boat of a car in my dream. I could even hear the hum of the engine as I backed down the driveway.

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5. The Deer Hunter recently made himself a neck sheath for his knife. He’s made regular stitched knife sheaths in the past. This time he went the easy route and made the neck sheath from one piece of leather with no sewing required. Pretty cool if you ask me!

Tipper

Appalachian-Cooking-Class

Come cook with me!

MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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8 Comments

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    Don
    February 1, 2019 at 11:33 am

    My friend, super talented Gove Scrivenor, doesn’t just tap his foot..he stomps! We did somethings together years ago at The Freight Room and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur years ago and more recently at The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Gulf Shores/Pensacola. Check Gove out on Youtune picking with Doc Watson on Austin City Limits 1980’s. Watch that foot.!!!

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    Quinn
    February 1, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Please tell Deer Hunter I admire that sheath – when something functional looks that good, it’s just the best thing!

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    Karen
    January 31, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Those rings are GORGEOUS. Jose is so excited at the prospect of your cooking class coming up – we may have to make a trip back to Brasstown for it!

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    Sherry Whitaker
    January 31, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Y’all are the coolest bunch of folks. You enrich our lives in so many ways and I just love you. I just get one of those mountain rings!

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    Gigi
    January 31, 2019 at 11:18 am

    The rings are so pretty. Im going to have to get me one. Just having a piece of the mt. It’s hard to chose.

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    Cynthia
    January 31, 2019 at 9:28 am

    If you need a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special, go over to Chitter’s Etsy shop and look around. Her work is beautiful. I have three of her pieces, and I gave each of my daughters a piece for Christmas. They were thrilled! I like to support small businesses wherever they are, and knowing who made it makes it extra special. Tipper, I know you miss your dad a lot. I miss Mama too. The wonderful memories still keep them alive in our hearts.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 31, 2019 at 8:47 am

    You all are quite a talented family and inventive as well. I don’t do so well in either area but I recognize the trait.

    As for toe tapping – I don’t have enough rhythm to do it. Seems like there ought to be a musical opportunity of some kind in there for those who can.

    No-sewing sheath, I’d like to understand that better. I can sorta think how that could work but not entirely.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 31, 2019 at 7:24 am

    I’ve been seeing those Mountain Rings, they are absolutely beautiful, the girls got talent and imagination!
    Your whole family is talented, the Deer Hunter is always making something or planning the next thing he’s going to make. That sheath with no stitching is pretty cool!

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