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Blind Pig
I’m excited about a few things that are upcoming on the Blind Pig-and thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you about them.

JCCFS Cloggers
First up-the John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival is just around the corner-the first weekend in October. The girls will be clogging both days-and the Blind Pig Gang will be performing too. I’ll be giving away 2 sets of free passes between then and now-so if you live close enough to come-be watching for the giveaway.

Have you noticed the new graphic over on the top right of this page-the one that says “Come Cook With Me?” I still can’t believe it myself-but I’ll be Co-teaching an Appalachian Cooking Class next Spring at the Folk School. I’d love for you to come if you could-you can click on the photo for more details.

The week of the crow
Second: Do you have a favorite bird? I do-its a Crow. Don’t ask me why-but for some reason I have always liked them (don’t tell my older brother Steve-he’d never understand). Earlier this summer I heard 2 delightful stories-true stories about crows. I decided I had to share them with you-but why stop at 2 there has to be more crow stories out there. Got one? Send it to me. spooky october
Third: If you’ve been a Blind Pig reader for a while-you may remember a few years ago I hosted a Spooky October Series-I’m bringing the spooky series back for this October. So if you’ve got a spooky story-and would like to be part of the series send it to me.

Blind pig and the acorn a month of giveaways


Fourth: Last but not least-actually the most important to me. It’s all about you. Several weeks ago my number of subscribers went above the 1,000 mark. I still can’t believe that many folks are interested in what I have to say. But I can believe that many people-and more care about Celebrating and Preserving the Rich Culture and Heritage of Appalachia-and that makes me very happy!! Since we typically think of the month of November as being the month of Thanksgiving-the entire month will be full of giveaways-for you the readers of the Blind Pig. To enter any-and all of them-all you have to do is be a Subscriber and leave a comment-thats it. What will they be? Well hmmm. I’m sure they’ll be some cds, a little folkart, and some other great items. And hey-if you want to donate something or sign on as a sponsor for the giveaway month-that would be super!

Whew-sounds like I’m going to be busy for the next few months-I sure hope you all will stick around for the ride.



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  • Reply
    Chip D.
    September 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

    So looking forward to all you have planned! Congrats on 1000 followers, counting myself as one is a privilege!! How about a Christmas series for December? Or is that politically correct anymore? lol It will always be Christmas to me! Love your stories cd

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    Wayne Newton
    September 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Tipper, I rekin yore th fust un I met whut clams the crow fer a favrit enythang.
    Out back, uh the barn I seen one uv them critters pekin the eys out uv a arsh tater.
    Maw says it’s bout time fer me ta eat som Crow; rekin whut does she mean?
    Don rekin yore critters cums this fer, mus be anuther bunch down hyar.

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    September 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Whooo Hooo 1000! Good for you! Wish I had planned our Asheville vacation around the Folk Art festival, but alas we were there last week and will miss it. 🙁 And I wish I could take your cooking class as I bet it will be so interesting.
    I love the fact that a group of crows is called A Murder of Crows. While I am a big fan of birds of prey, one of my fave birds is actually the Turkey Vulture which we have in abundance here in my part of NJ. Yes they are ugly, but I consider them God’s garbage men, cleaning up roadkill for us.

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    teresa atkinson
    September 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Wow – that is amazing. And we are goint to try and make the festival again this year.
    I do have a favorite bird – the Hawk.
    Hope to see you very soon.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Tipper, 1000 subscribers…that is slap out wonderful!!!!
    I agree, a celebration is called for.
    I love crows, have lots of them in my back woods. I talk to them and they talk to me.
    I’ll donate a prize, but I’ll have to figure out what. I made a lovely apple pie this morning for a friend. I’d love to donate one of them but I don’t think it would ship too well. LOL
    I’m looking forward to the Fall Festival. Love to see you all perform…a little grandmotherly pride there!

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    September 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

    well we know you have no chance of being bored anytime soon. congrats on the cooking at the fold school. and i know you are all happy about the clogging starting up. Crow is a little strange for favorite bird i must say. my favorite is a pelican, because they are ugly

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    August 31, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Wow, you are definitely gonna be busy! Good luck!!!

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    SandyCarlson (USA)
    August 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I would love to visit a folk festival like the ones you describe. I hope the girls have a grand time!
    I love crows, too. They are so saucy and up front.

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    Uncle Al
    August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    A 1000….WOW….all I can say is “Thanks”. You’ve been an inspiration in many ways. I’ll bet that cooking class will be awesome. Looking forward to many, many more posts from you and the Blind Pig gang! May God continue to richly bless you and yours…and your Blog.

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    Janet Smart
    August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Sounds like you are going to be very busy. Congratulations on your cooking class.

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    August 31, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Love the paranormal. Can’t wait for Halloween.
    God bless.

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    August 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Would love to come see your family perform. Wish it wasn’t sooo far. Congratulations on the 1000 viewers. Am sure they all love your site as much as i do. Good luck on the cooking.

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    Jim Casada
    August 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Tipper–I simply cannot believe those mean, theivin’, nest-robbing, devilish creatures known as crows are your favorite bird. Of course, they are reckoned to be the smartest of all avian creatures, and maybe that’s the explanation. After hearing you admit this I’m surprised you are evenin going to use my crow story, but I guess you are all for “fair and balanced.”
    That’s all I’ll reveal, other than to say she’s already got my crow story and they ain’t exactly my favorite birds.
    Jim Casada

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    Rooney Floyd
    August 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Congratulations! I will donate a POCKET KNIFE, #146 : ), to be given away.

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    B. Ruth
    August 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Congratulations on reaching the 1000 mark..I am sure there are many more reading everyday…
    You are going to be very busy this Fall…and it will pass quicker than you think…I am looking forward to the ghost stories and Crow stories…as long as I don’t have to eat any! Get it? Eat crow? ha…Oh Well!
    You know we love your adventures, pictures, stories, etc., etc..
    Thanks Tipper,

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    August 31, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds like some great stuff coming up! I wish I could see The Blind Pig Family perform and sign up for your cooking class, but that’d be an awfully long ride.
    Crows are my favorites too, looking forward to crow stories and spooky October!
    You’re doing a wonderful thing, and here’s to your second thousand subscribers!

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    August 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I’ll happily donate something for your November giveaways. We’ll talk soon.

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    Sheils Bergeron
    August 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    A lot of good things fixin’ to happenhere! You’ve been hard at this blog for a while and you’ve done sooooo good.

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    August 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Sounds like an enjoyable time
    coming up and real busy for you
    and the Blind Pig Gang.
    Congradulations on topping the
    1000 suscribers, you’re just getting started!
    Thanks for dedicating so much of
    your life to this enjoyable blog.

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    August 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    God willin’, I will be here Tipper! I love your blog! I will have to work on the two stories about the ghosts for your spooky October. One in our house, I’ve seen her, and the other in a house my daughter lived in wh moved my granddaughters bed into another room

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    Sheryl Paul
    August 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    How exciting! YOu have a busy Fall coming up. I hope you and your family take some time for yourselves as well!

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