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FREESEPTEMBER 2019 COVERING THE MOUNTAIN TOWNS OF EAST TN, SOUTHWEST VA, & WESTERN NC,Scots-Irish FestivalANNIVERSARYHeritage Days will celebrate its 40th anniversary on October 11, 12, and 13, 2019, in Historic downtown Rogersville, Tennessee. Grand Presenters of this year’s celebration include The Town of Rogersville, US Bank, TVA – John Sevier Combine, Ballad Health – Hawkins County Memorial Hospital, The Rogersville Review, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Please stop by the grand presenter booths on Main Street to look at the informational displays and say thanks to these contributors. This year, Holston Electric Cooperative will sponsor the Art and Photography Show and Hawkins County Gas Utility will sponsor the Quilt Show. The Art and Photography Show offers categories for children, youth and adults. Seven categories of art will be judged, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, needlework, photographs, enhanced photographs, and other three dimensional art. The Art Show will be exhibited in the community room of US Bank on Main Street. The Quilt Show entries will be exhibited in the Hawkins County Courthouse on Main Street. The First Community Bank Great Chili Cook-off, will be held in conjunction with the Cruise-In on Friday evening. This tasty contest of local cooks and characters will be held in the courtyard of the Hale Springs Inn on Main Street on Friday, October 12. Cooking begins at 3p.m and judging at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment with a beer garden in the Gazebo beginning at 5p.m. Entry forms - Art and Photography Show, Quilt Show and First Community Bank Great Chili Cook-Off is available at following locations: RHA Depot Museum, the Hale Springs Inn, U-Save Pharmacy, the Rogersville Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce office, Mountain Star Mall, the Local Artist Gallery, The Rogersville Review, First Community Bank (West Main Street) and online at Registration for the annual children’s costume contest and parade will begin at 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot in front of First Baptist Church; judging will begin at 5p.m., followed by the parade at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is The People of Our Heritage. The parade is sponsored by US Bank, the Rogersville Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce, and Wal-Mart. For information, contact the Rogersville Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce office at 423-272-2186. Free family entertainment celebrating our heritage, October 11, 12, and 13, 2019. There is something for everyone! Escapes MagazineSEPTEMBER 2019 |MOUNTAIN ESCAPES | 3The 41st Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling “Welcome Home” Sat. & Sun., Oct. 12th & 13thINSIDE THIS ISSUECOVER FEATURE STORY – Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival............................................6-7 PBS – Song Catching...........................................................................................................5 MILITARY – VETERANS – Compassion Fatigue: A New PTSD.......................................20Kevin Prater Band Whitetop Mountain Band Bagpipes & More... Crafts, Music 5K Race & Kid’s Corner! www.wisefallfling.comCelebrate Veterans on Oct. 3rd, Bridgewater Place Event CenterNestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, along the Crooked Road, and Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, Wise is “the place to be” during the second weekend each October. The event features over 125 vendors selling crafts, food, jewelry, and more. Live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes is played continuously from two stages on Main Street. The theme is “Welcome Home”! We’re bringing back all your favorite events including the 5K Race, Senior Citizen Lunch, Community Yard Sale, and the wonderful newer event, “Anything Apples”, a contest (with prizes) to determine the best apple pie, butter, or dish near and far. The Kevin Prater Band will headline the Saturday evening concert on the main stage at Big Glades Amphitheatre. Kevin Prater himself has been a fixture in Bluegrass for many years, and he has surrounded himself with the finest musicians from Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, all having immersed themselves in traditional bluegrass. White Top Mountain Band will also be performing on Saturday, hailing from the highest mountains of Virginia. The 41st Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling kicks off in downtown Wise, Virginia on Saturday, October 12th from 9AM until 6PM. On Sunday the 13th, we’ll come together from 9AM to 5PM. For more information, and to see a full list of our contests, events, and pre-fling happenings, please visit . We’ll see you at the Fling!4 | MOUNTAIN ESCAPES| SEPTEMBER 2019Your Ticket Will Sponsor A Veteran to Attend at No CostLearn More & Get Tickets Today at Bookmarks 15th Annual Festival of Books & Authors Downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Sept.5-8 Tina Turner Heritage Days Sept, 27-28 Brownsville, TN 731-779-9000 Hola Festival Sept. 28-29 Knoxville, TN 865-335-3358 Tri-City Beverage Story - A History of Dr.Enuf & Mountain Dew REECE MUSEUM Now thru Sept. Escapes MagazineSong Catching East Tennessee PBS’ celebration of Over 100 Years of Country Music highlights some of the little known stories of the people, places, and events from East Tennessee that shape the early days of country music. This month we look at art of Song Catching. Song catching is the process of collecting played an essential part in the early days of country music in Appalachia. It is seen as a key way to preserve early folk music. In some cases, these borrowed melodies, lyrics, and song progressions were turned into brand new songs. This practice continues today in hip hop and rap music and now referred to as “sampling,” but the same principle applies. But in the early days, groups like the Carter Family helped ensure these songs would live on and not be forgotten. Cecil Sharp, a music teacher from London, was an acclaimed song catcher from the early 19th century. Sharp self-financed trips to the Appalachian mountains to follow his passion for writing down the traditional songs of the people to preserve their history. Sharp understood the connection of these songs and ballads and how they connected back to the old world to the British Isles. During his trips, he collected almost 1600 songs from over 280 singers from this area and produced a book about it – preserving songs that may have otherwise been lost forever. The Carter family also has a long history of song catching. When the Carter family began, they sang and recorded songs they already knew to them or their family. The Carter family was fearful of running out of songs to record during the days of the depression. As their recordings were how they made their livelihood. AP Carter, the founding member of the famous Carter family, used his job as a traveling salesman to wander around and discover music. During these trips he would frequently ask people to sing for him the ballads and ethnic folk songs, looking for songs he had never heard. Carter met up with Leslie Riddle, a black musician from Kingsport. Riddle was able to bring Carter into the black churches and gathering places at the time – something that was considered taboo at the time. Exposing Carter to a brand new kind of Christian music he had never heard before. Together they would write down the songs, or segments of songs down and bring them back home. Sara, Maybelle, and AP would work the songs, lyrics, segments up and turn them into a song that they recorded on a 78 and distributed for people to hear.Scots-Irish Festival Historic Main Street Dandridge, TennesseeFounded in 1783, the Town of Dandridge was settled predominantly by Scots-Irish emigrants. They ventured into King George’s ‘Indian Territory’ even before the end of the American Revolutionary War. Among the earliest structures were the first Presbyterian (Church of Scotland) church. Located on the spring behind the church was the first whisky still in what would later become Jefferson County. What better way to celebrate the Town’s heritage than a Scots-Irish Festival? Founded in 2007, the festival celebrates it’s 13th annual birthday on the last Saturday in September. 6 | MOUNTAIN ESCAPES| SEPTEMBER 2019Visitors are invited with Free Admission to enjoy Scottish / Irish / Celtic music & dancing, eat & shop with a wide variety of vendors. One can find out where your family name originates, and perhaps even connect with one or more of the famous Highland Clans. More than a dozen Clans and Heritage Organizations will be participating this year. Clan Graham has been designated as the Honored Clan for the event and their modern tartan, Graham of Montrose, is pictured above. Richard Graham, Chieftain of Clan Graham North America will attend the 2019 Festival.The Celtic Martins return again to bring ustheir incredible Appalachian Mountain ScotsIrish music, fiddling & dancing with a family band that spans three generations and is one of our most popular bands. MacGilliossa is a a high energy Celtic 'Fusion,' band. Their music style is a fusion between Celtic Contemporary,Traditional and Rock and includes music played on bagpipes, guitar, drums, fiddle and whistles. MacGilliossa plays original music as well as Celtic favorites. Trip Rogers (& friends) from Charlotte, NC. Trip Rogers delivers the beauty and tradition of Irish music, new and old, with the guts, Escapes MagazineKnoxville Pipe & DrumsAtholl Highlanders Pipe & DrumsChattanooga Pipe BandPipe Band ChallengeThe Annual Pipe & Drum Band Challenge Playoff Competitions begins at 9:30 am at the Highland Stage area on downtown Main Street Dandridge, with 30 minute performances by each band noted below. The bands will each play a second round beginning at 1:30pm following the Mass Bands March down Main Street at 12 Noon. Finally, at 4:00pm, they will all play together in a Mass Band performance on top of the Lake Douglas Dike in full view of all visitors on Main Street. Judging will be divided between a panel of judges and the vote of public visitors in attendance during their performances. The three bands will be competing for cash prizes to support their travel and expenses.showmanship, and attitude of an arena rock band. Robert Valentine is a professor at Murray St. Univ. in Kentucky. He may be better known as a Scots ’Emcee Extraordiare’. Enjoy his stories, jokes & oh, aye, an occasional attempt at song while serving as Master of Ceremonies at the Highland Stage and later at the Ceilidh (Concert) by the Loch. Kathryn Powell, Singer, songwriter, fiddler & story teller, brings her sock puppets for the delight of children to the Lowland Stage. She will also perform in the Ceilidh by the Loch. Good Thymes Ceilidh Band plays fiddles and guitar, often changing up the sounds with whistle, bodhràn, mandolin, vocals, and bagpipes. They perform a repertoire that includes the influences from the old time traditional music often enjoyed in Appalachia and beyond. Irish Step Dancer Katie Carver will perform at the Ceilidh by the Loch on the Highland Stage. Katie will also bring some of her very talented young students to perform on the Lowland Stage during the day. Phil Lakin will bring his Border Collies to perform Sheep Dog Trial demos on the Dandridge Dike; Kelly Shipe will perform with her Celtic Harp & Bagpipes on the Lowland Stage. Kelly will also likely join @Mountain Escapes MagazineKathryn Powell, & perhaps others for a musical frolic on the shady stage by the creekside. Additional entertainers include: The Maury Middle School Singers Choral Group under the direction of Michelle Johnson; Ramdy Gratz performing Highland Athletics demonstrations; Roger Kelley with his Civil War uniforms & books exhibit; Phil Lakin with his Highland Cattle & Black Faced Sheep exhibits; and Days Gone By, old time kids playground. The Saturday evening Ceilidh by the Loch will come to a dramatic close with Kelly Shipe performing her annual awe-inspiring serenade as the LonePiper on the Dike.SEPTEMBER 2019 |MOUNTAIN ESCAPES | 7waynesville, hot springs, nc Bringing Art & Photos to LifeTreat yourself to dinner before the show in the new Fangmeyer Theatre atTHE SMASH HIT MUSICALTHE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT THE SHELTON HOUSEWeekendsWeekendson the Performing Arts Center Main Stagein the Daniel & Belle Fangmeyer TheatreAugust 23 - September 15 September 27 - October 13250 Pigeon Street on Highway 276 South in Waynesville, NCVillage FramerWaynesville’s Premier Custom Framing Studio And Gallery 56 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-0823FOR RESERVATIONS: 828-456-6322 or 114571 6787 Waynesville Inn 18 08 29Kuhl, Teva, Chaco Natural Foods Toys, Maps, Books & Local InformationChristmas Party Planning? Let Us Do The Planning For You!We specialize in helping Thru-hikers get the right gear to finish their trip on the AT. Appalachian Trail Mile Marker 271Venues to accommodate any size group NO venue FEE for Christmas Parties Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Menus Available Reservations for our Christmas Day Buffet Now Available Golf and Spa Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift152 Bridges St Hot Springs, NC Sunday-Thursday 9am-5pm Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville, NC | 828-456-35518 | MOUNTAIN ESCAPES| SEPTEMBER Escapes Magazinenewland, nc 36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival Saturday, October 12th, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Marion - Where Main Street Meets the MountainsSaturday & Sunday- All You Can Eat Breakfast BuffetMon - Tue 8am - 2pm • Thu - Sat 8am - 2pm • Sun - 9am - 1pm 503 Pineola Street • Newland, NC 28657 • 828-737-0314Countdown to Carolina in the Fall 2019Marion, North Carolina celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during their annual Mountain Glory Festival. For 36 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this popular celebration on the 2nd Saturday in October. This year, make plans to visit on October 12th between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Celebrate small-town life in the mountains. Visitors looking for original handicrafts will find plenty of choices shopping with three jam packed blocks, featuring 150 craft, food, non-profit and sponsor booths of locally made arts and crafts; festival foods and local wines and beers. Plus, two stages presenting Marion’s finest musicians. Don't miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council. The quilt show is the gallery's featured, October exhibit. The kids will have fun in the "Children's Arena" with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever popular best-dressed pet contest. Shuttle services will run from Rose’s parking lot to the Festival site every half hour. Shuttle service is free. Handicap Parking will be available behind State Farm Insurance. You might even see Bigfoot, Marion’s Official Animal! The festival is sponsored by the City of Marion. For festival information visit 828-652-2215. To find additional area events, attractions and lodging information, visit or call toll free (888-2336111) to receive a free visitor guide and map.The 5th Annual Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival, hosted by The Kruger Brothers, takes place on September 20-21 in historic Wilkesboro, N.C. Balsam Range, Chatham County Line, The Black Lillies, EmiSunshine, Hawktail and other distinguished talent will deliver the best in Americana, folk, traditional and progressive bluegrass. The festival is a pilgrimage for music and food lovers from around the nation. It celebrates the rich musical history of Wilkes County. Winner of the 2017 IBMA Momentum Event of the Year Award, the festival engages audiences with the best of entertainment, including food, local craft brews and wines, heritage crafts, a trail run, the Food Truck Championship, The Jamming Tent, shopping and children’s activities, including a cool splash pad. The street festival area-free & open to the public. Ticket required to enter the performance stage areas and the Beer and Wine Garden. Children 12 and under -free with paying adult. Purchase tickets, see performance lineup, or more information about the festival. visit or call 336-990-0747. Escapes MagazineSEPTEMBER 2019 |MOUNTAIN ESCAPES | 9spruce pine, nc Fall at the I-26 West NC Welcome Center is a Magical TimeSince we have both soft wood trees and hard woods, we really have two peaks. The sourwoods, poplars and dogwoods give pops of color early in the season, while the oaks and maples are in full splendor in late October, early November. We also have a couple of unique bushes here that draw a lot of attention. The maroon with yellow spots of the Smoke Tree is very beautiful, but the star of the show are our Winterberry bushes. This Holly loses its leaves in the fall to display its bright red berries. Nearly everyday we have visitors ask what it is, and will it grow in their area. Of course, the view from our center is the best on I-26 with the Blue Ridge Mountains ever changing colors. We are also the only spot on the interstate to see the tippy top of Mount Mitchell. If you are in the area, stop by and take it in. You’ll be glad you did!All Outdoor Poly Furniture10% OFF IN STOCK ONLY Not on Special OrdersHome of the Finest in Rustic Furniture828 689 4257RIO DÓCE ... THE GEM OF THE BLUE RIDGELooking for great family fun? Now is perfect weather in the Gem City for panning & shopping with us! 14622 Hwy. 226, South Spruce Pine, NC (828)765-2099 • www.riodoce.com10 | MOUNTAIN ESCAPES |SEPTEMBER 2019828.765.8261 • • 279 Oak Ave • Spruce Pine, NC Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pmARocks and Thingst Rocks and Things in Downtown Spruce Pine you will find really nice Sterling gemstone jewelry. We have over 1,500 rings for you to choose from including 200 Native American turquoise rings. We have 4 Squash Blossom necklace/earring signed sets, 6 large silver and turquoise necklaces, 20 turquoise and gemstone necklaces, 50 earring sets, 300 gemstone pendants, and lots more silver and gemstone jewelry. Our inventory includes thousands of crystals, from tiny single points to 90 pound single points and clusters up to 80 pounds. We also carry crystal balls, skulls, pendulums, and pendants. We just finished going to the big gem shows in Franklin and Spruce Pine so we have LOTS of NEW STOCK for you to see.SHOP WITH US 7 DAYS A WEEKIN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN SPRUCE PINE, NC our virtual tour at Click on North Carolina, Spruce Pine, and Rocks and Things. We are located in the historical downtown Spruce Pine @ 114 Oak Ave. Contact us at 828-765-1667@Mountain Escapes Magazinespruce pine, nc Hours Monday–Saturday 8:30-5:30 Closed Sunday Spruce Pine, NC (828) 765-9133Mums, Asters and Pumpkins Arriving Now! Spring 2020- Now is time to Plant Shrubs, Trees and Bulbs for spring!Outdoor furniture Garden Decor Garden and Landscaping MaterialGreat Gift Selection for any occasion!CARSON LEGACYBAT THE ORCHARD AT ALTAPASSill and Judy Carson are being honored at the Toe River Arts sponsored Music in the Mountains Folk Festival, on September 21, at the Burnsville Town Center. It’s true that Bill has two left feet, but if you’re at the Orchard in the afternoon, you’ll probably see him on the dance floor shuffling through the thin layer of cornmeal. Judy, a great dancer, pushed him into taking dance lessons—three times. That didn’t work, but he’s out there almost every day. Until five years ago, Judy was there. Now, suffering from Alzheimer’s, she attends only special events but still
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