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Appalachia Through My Eyes – It’s Prom Season In Appalachia

My life in appalachia prom season

Now through early May is prom season in Appalachia. Most high schools in my area have senior proms-although a few of the smaller schools may have junior/senior proms.

Proms have changed since I was in high school-we had them in the gym. These days high schools rent fancy locations for their proms. Over the years some graduating classes from Murphy have chosen to hold their prom in the historic Cherokee County Courthouse (the courthouse is made of blue marble in case you didn’t know).

One thing that hasn’t changed about prom-the pretty dresses; elegant hairdos; sharp looking suits; and heightened excitement.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    Joe Penland
    April 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    How did they get so good looking in so few years. I have been working at it for 80 years and still am not there!

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    Teresa Atkinson
    April 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    how pretty our girls are.

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    April 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Tipper,Beautiful young ladys and handsome young men,oh to be young,to be young once again. God Bless!Jean

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    April 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Thinking of Sheryl Paul’s remark about renting limos: A few years back I read about a couple that went to the Prom on (or in) his Dad’s nearly new John Deere tractor. It was huge, had an air-conditioned cab and they had planned it well in advance (she was OK with it)so he cleaned it up really good. With a price, new, of about $185,000 it was the most expensive ride at the prom.
    Oh, the ladies in the pic are really stunning…

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    April 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    those young ladies are beautiful and their pron gowns are lovely.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    April 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Tipper, what beautiful young ladies and their prom gowns are lovely. They look like our minister’s daughters here in Mo.I know how proud you must be of those young ladies.
    We sure are.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Your Princesses sure don’t look like Indians today!!

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    April 2, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    tipper the girls are gorgeous in their beautiful gowns.. i love the pictures.. and it will be something to have memories of … in years to come.. they have grown to be beautiful talented young ladies.. inside and out.. and i know it is because of their wonderful parents.. and especially you.. i cant thank you enough for brightening my life.. im so thankful for finding your corner of the world…
    sending big ladybug hugs and love

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    Sue Crane
    April 2, 2014 at 11:38 am

    the girls look lovely!

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    b Ruth
    April 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful girls and dresses, too!
    They all look like princesses!
    The boys are quite handsome also.
    Memories forever!
    Thanks for posting the pictures Tipper…

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    Ken Roper
    April 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

    The Girls look fabulous! I know you and
    the Deer Hunter are so proud. We are all
    proud and happy for Chitter and Chatter
    and watching them grow up has been a
    pleasure. Enjoy this Lifetime event.

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    Patti Tappel
    April 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Chitter and Chatter look adorable. What memories, Prom!!!

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    Gina S
    April 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Your daughters sure are especially beautiful in their finery. Now I am curious about the origin of the school prom.

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    April 2, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Lovely daughters. I have two grandsons who will be attending prom in a few weeks with their girls and know what you mean.

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    April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Such an exciting time!

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    Susan C
    April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    The girls are beautiful! Hope they made some wonderful memories to cherish forever.

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    The girls are beautiful Tipper. Around here groups get together and rent Limo’s for the evening too. Very expensive night for all.

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    April 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of the girls. They look absolutely fabulous. I hope their evening was wonderful and memorable. I really looked forward to this family posting from you!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 2, 2014 at 8:07 am

    How beautiful Chitter and Chatter look, all “decked out” for their Senior Prom! I remember, having taught in high school for years and being one of the faculty chaperones for the big social event of the year at our school, how exciting it was to see the “Grand March” and the students dressed in their finest. May this year’s prom be a memorable occasion for them!

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    April 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

    They are beautiful. Know you are very proud of them.

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    April 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

    The dresses are beautiful and so are the models! I happened to be thumbing through a magazine at the doctor’s office that showed this years styles. They honestly looked like something a fancy bartender would wear – short, very short and not what we know as formal. Glad to see your girls know what a prom dress should look like.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 2, 2014 at 7:09 am

    The girls are totally gorgeous and Alex is sharp too!

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