Holidays in Appalachia Music

Easter Wishes

Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus’ cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. “Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.

“In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember.”

—Taken from an old postcard that was in Miss Cindy’s Grandmother’s collection.

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I’ve known the legend of the Dogwood since I was a small child, whether I learned it in Sunday school or from Pap and Granny I couldn’t tell you. But I can tell you, I never look at a Dogwood bloom that I don’t remember.

Here’s links to two of my favorite Easter themed songs:

Thirty Pieces of Silver

Walking My Lord Up Calvary’s Hill

Wishing each of you a blessed Easter. He is risen.

Tipper

Appalachian Cooking Class details

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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12 Comments

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    Quinn
    April 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I hope all the Blind Pig Gang are having a lovely and peaceful Easter Sunday!

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    betty stephenson
    April 21, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    hi tipper have a beautiful dogwood tree in my backyard and just love it there is a beautiful song about the dogwood tre it would be perfect for you r family to sing have a great easter

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    aw griff
    April 21, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I guess I have heard the dogwood story all my life but it doesn’t make any difference what type of tree He was nailed to. We believers know in our hearts that He arose.
    I was reading the other day what a preacher said yrs. ago. Everbody wants to be saved but they don’t want the Savior. I thought how true. Human nature doesn’t want to give up anything and be in subjection to the Lord.
    We had a good Easter service today with the singing, testimonies, and preaching and the kids had an Easter egg hunt. Easter eggs hunts is something we didn’t have at church when I was a child.

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    Wanda Devers
    April 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for The Blind Pig–I always enjoy it. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter!

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    Ken Roper
    April 21, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Tipper,
    Daddy and Mama taught us boys that story from the Bible, I still remember about the Dogwood Tree.

    Chitter, Chatter, and Paul did well on those two songs. Chitter did well leading “Walkin’ My Lord Up Calvary’s Hill”, and of course Paul and Chatter joined in on the Course. I could hear Your Bass too. Nice playing and singing! …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    April 21, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Katie Ann’s go it goin on in that one!

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    Shirl
    April 21, 2019 at 9:10 am

    A plaque with pink Dogwood blossoms and the printed legend hung on our wall when I was a child. It always amazed me and still does.

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    Dee
    April 21, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I serve a risen Savior and what a difference He has made in my life. Both songs were sung beautifully! I hadn’t heard “Walking My Lord Up Calvary Hill” and which ever twin sung the lead, she did a great job!! God Bless you all and may you have a beautiful Easter.

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    William P Dotson
    April 21, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Happy Easter to you and all of your family Tipper.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 21, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Tip, I’ve known that legend it seems like all my life, with no memory of where I first heard it. It hurts my heart every time I hear it or look at a dogwood tree.

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    Ron Stephens
    April 21, 2019 at 6:17 am

    As the song says, “The grave became a place of hope. The heart that sin and sorrow broke, is beating once again.” And “such trust we have through Christ to God-ward.”

    I was thinking yesterday about how often in human endeavor the outcome is not worth the cost and how poorly equipped we are sometimes to judge beforehand. But God judged that the redemption of humankind was worth the awful cost. Yet scarcely any of us would so consider it if it were our personal choice to make.

    And all for His enemies.

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    Sherri Moore
    April 21, 2019 at 5:24 am

    He is risen, indeed!

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