Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Floyd Fest ,and The Camps seem to be Merging…


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Men  Original 7″x10″ Hand colored Lithograph $150

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Floyd Fest

 

Floyd Fest is a great celebration of life !

The event began in 2002, and spans four days each year with on-site camping and multiple stages featuring rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, Yiddish, Cajun, and world music performers!

In addition to music, the festival features local arts and crafts, dance workshops, morning yoga lessons, story telling, poetry readings, and a Children’s Universe tent.

 

Here is a promo for the Floyd Fest website!  Be sure to check it out for more info on the artists that will be performing!        FLOYD FEST

 

At FloydFest, we believe in the WHOLE SUM Festival experience- which is what makes our event more than just a music festival- it’s a total vacation package. Our beautiful Appalachian Mountain venue lends itself to breaking away between sets for a hike, bike ride, even a nearby float trip.cypfloydfest2013-39

Our Children’s Universe features performances, workshops, play equipment, and basically enough FUN STUFF to keep the kids entertained (and educated!) for four entire days.

The Healing Arts area offers ‘hands-on’ healing ranging from traditional massage to the more nuanced alternatives, as well as morning yoga classes and other natural refreshers.

The Teen Scene provides a space and outlet for our ‘rising adults’ to both get space and make healthy connections, and our Workshops and Panels are educational, informative and  engaging platforms for the exchange of information and ideas.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

We are still fighting the ants with little success.  I put out the glucose drops that contains poison and they just seem to party down!  They looked sluggish the other day but now they are back to perfect circles around the stuff. 

Maybe they are playing cards. 

Until today the small species stayed clear of the large ones but I guess they either called a truce or they are good friends now.  Both types are everywhere in the kitchen and bathroom.

I’m sure a manufacturer will come up with another fool proof method for getting rid of them.  We are the fools that prove the pesticide works for a while and then the ants become immune to it!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Haunted School, and They Look so Different!


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Tea Time  Original 12″x16″ Oil Painting    $384

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TWO OF MY FAVORITE STILL LIFES!

 

Haunted School near Asheville, North Carolina

In the 1970’s The Clyde Irwin High School was built just outside Asheville, North Carolina. What was left of the Old County Home Graveyard was dug up to make room for the school.  The remains from the Potter’s Field were moved across the street and buried under wooden crosses.  The spirits must not have liked the move as there are strange goings on since the transfer. Janitors that work the night shift at the school refuse to relate the strange incidents they witness!

Unmarked graves are said to still be beneath the Potters Field overlooking the School.

I found this ghost story on Local Ghost Stories of Asheville, North Carolina website! Great website!

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

We continue to battle the big black ants and the small ones.  I guess they don’t like each other because the big black ones stay on the slips of paper in one part of the the counter and the small ones are in another section.  I guess they are worried about fist fights.

Anyway, when we first put out the slips of paper with the poison they  all sat around in a perfect circle, laughing and shooting the breeze.   Now there aren’t any perfect circles – just partial arcs and I have seen some ants look like they are about to fall of the paper on the ledges.  Could it be they are drunk with all that glucose and can’t find their way back to the nest?

Still, I don’t see them waltzing through the shelves and getting into the food supply so I can’t really complain that much, but I like writing about them!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Church Ghost ,and the Ants were just Sleeping In!


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sweetpeacopyrightSweet Pea Morning  Original 18″x24″ Oil Painting    $864

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Rocky Knob   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

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Cloud Dance   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting    $2425

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Three beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Vistas

Calvary Episcopal Church Ghost

An Episcopal church in Fletcher near Ashville is said to be the site for a ghost.  The church itself does not have a ghost but there are reports of a Phantom Rider of the Confederacy. The Phantom Rider is said to be the ghost of a woman on a palomino horse.  She pauses at the road by the church and then gallops by as if she were being chased!

I got this story from Local Asheville Ghost Stories website.

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Yesterday I was so excited to NOT see the big black ants sitting around the poison enjoying life!  I thought one of them had finally gone back to the nest and annihilated it!  No such luck.  They must have been sleeping in.  They came back full force around noon.

We live with ants in the summer and that is all there is to it.  We are not going to spray chemicals that are also harmful to us so I guess I will keep on feeding them.  As long as they stay in all the little cafes, they aren’t in our food, so I can’t complain too much!

Don’t forget about the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Events at Floyd Fest  on July 25- 27th!

In cooperation with the New River Land Trust, BRDC will host a series of educational booth activities throughout the week. Friday is iffy for BRDC, which also scheduled another farmers market day

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Ghost near Asheville and Our 24 Hour Ant Diner


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pawleyscormorantcopyrightPawleys Island Cormorant Morning   Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2430

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Before I married Clyde I didn’t know a cormorant from an osprey!  He has taught me a lot and I am proud of this latest shore painting!

 

cheerscopyrightCheers    Original 9″x12″ Oil Painting      $226

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A Cheerful Still life!

 

I found another great ghost story on  Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!

 

Battle Mansion is located near The Grove Park Inn.  Supposedly, it is haunted by a servant girl named Alice.

They say she either fell or was pushed down the stairs.  The mansion is also haunted by the former owner, Samuel Battle.  He has been seen wearing a top hat and formal attire.

When the mansion was the location of 13WLOSTV Alice was often seen by employees.  She wears a long, old fashioned dress.  Sarah Harrison, the writer of this report talked with two employees of Grove Park Inn and one of them swore that some wires hanging from the ceiling were swaying back and forth on their own.   The other worker said he was grabbed when he walked down the stairs. The man that grabbed him fit the description of Samuel Battle.  He was presented a picture of the doctor and is sure of his claim.  SPOOKY!

The mansion was demolished in 2006.

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

Kessler Ant Diner –  Open 24/7!

Every year when the weather gets warm we have hoard of ants in our kitchen.  We have tried everything to get rid of them without success.  Ant traps don’t work and we have tried a number of safe remedies that work at first and then the ants are back in full force.  One summer talcom powder did the trick for a while and then they were back.

This summer we have a remedy that consists of putting a few drops of a glucose solution with poison on small squares of paper.  The ants eat the solution and take the poison back to the nest.  This one was working great for a while!

Now they are all just sitting in a circle around the drops having a great time!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Falls Painting and Blue Ridge Discovery Center News!


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secludedwaterfallcopyrightSecluded Waterfall   Original 14″x11″ Oil Painting      $313

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fivemilemtcopyrightAnother Look at Five Mil Mountain   Original 25″x40″ Oil Painting   $2025

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I thought it would be fun to look at all the beautiful falls in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!  I have always been fascinated by falls and when I was in college I often hiked up to the Cascades in the Jefferson National Forest in Giles County.

The hike is two miles long and is an up hill climb.  It is great fun to watch the rushing water and the light coming through the trees.  I have one painting of what is called The Roman Road that I sold to a great patron in Martinsville.  I also sold a print to the creator of that section of the trail.

The water is extremely cold in the pool at the falls but I spent many summers at Rehoboth Beach where the water is also very cold so I liked swimming under the falls!  Some of my fondest memories are of that beautiful place!  I hope to go there again sometime soon.  It has been a while.

 

 

The Top 10 Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls

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 Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Upcoming Blue Ridge Discovery Center Happening!

 

July 27th, 2014: The Channels, Clinch Mountain

Leaders: Ronald Kirby and Fred Newcomb

One of southwest Virginia’s most spectacular and unusual natural preserves will be explored on this Blue Ridge Expeditions (BRE) hike which is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC). The part of Clinch Mountain known as The Channels is an area of huge sandstone rock outcroppings where ancient forces have created a maze of giant fissures, some of which now serve as passageways somewhat similar to slot canyons of the western states.

The hike will be a 5 mile round trip of moderate difficulty and will take place on Sunday, July 27. Geology expert Fred Newcomb and Ronald Kirby will lead the group. Participants should call (276) 579-4011 to register and for more information.

 

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Pink Lady, and Apple Turnover


 

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evepeacecopyrightEvening Peace    Original 18’X23″ Oil Painting     $843

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countrysunsetcopyrightCountry Sunset  Original 8″x10″ Oil Painting      $168

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The Pink Lady of the Grove Park Inn

Asheville’s Grove Park Inn has a reputation as one of North Carolina’s premiere hotels. First opened in 1913, the Grove Park was built by Edwin Wiley Grove and his friend and Son-In-Law Thomas Seely. Grove had made a fortune selling Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic throughout the South. Asheville and the nearby towns were popular health resorts at the time, and when grove visited Asheville on his doctor’s advice he decided to stay.

Soon, he and Seely began construction on the inn, designed to rival the finest hotels in America. George Gerhswin, Harry Houdini, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and even President Obama have all stayed at the Grove Park. Known for its elegance and comfort, the Grove Park hosts several world-class restaurants and a superior spa on site. It’s a beautiful, relaxing, romantic inn that you would never want to leave. And, according to legend, one guest never did.

The Pink Lady is the Grove Park Inn’s resident and much-loved phantom. This kindly spirit has been seen and felt in the halls of the Inn for nearly a hundred years. She is said to be the spirit of a young woman who fell to her death from a balcony on the fifth floor of the Inn in the 1920s. She is usually seen in the form of a pink mist, or sometimes as a full-fledged apparition of a young woman in a pink ball gown.

There are various stories about who this young lady was and how she met her end. Some say that she had come to the Inn for a clandestine evening with married lover, and who threw herself from the balcony when he called an end to their affair. Others say she was a young debutante who accidentally slipped and fell to her death.

Whatever her origins, The Pink Lady is agreed to be a good-natured, even a kind spirit. She seems to particularly enjoy the company of children, and seems a little more willing to reveal herself to them than to adults. She has been seen by the beds of children who were taken ill during a stay at the Inn, speaking softly to them and gently stroking their hands. In one famous case, a doctor who had been staying with his family at the Grove Park left a note when he checked out asking the staff to thank the lady in the pink ball gown, and that his children told him how much they enjoyed playing with her during their stay.

The Ghost of the Pink Lady is also said to enjoy playing small pranks. She’s been blamed for lights, air conditioners, and other electrical devices turning on and off by themselves. She seems to enjoy rearranging objects in the rooms. It’s also been said that she’ll occasionally wake up a sleeping guest with a good tickling on the feet.

While she has been seen all around the Inn, the spirit seems particularly attached to room 545. According to tradition it was from the balcony off of this room that the young woman fell to her death.

The Inn’s employees are used to the presence of The Pink Lady, and treat her as just another part of the tradition of the grand old hotel.

How to Get There

The Grove Park Inn is located at 290 Macon Avenue in Asheville. The Inn is open year-round, reservations are recommended.

 

I got this great story from Stories from the Mountains. I usually paraphrase what I find, but this time I printed the whole tale!  It is such a great one!

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

When you live with a writer, word play is the order of every day.  We were watching the news when a commercial came on about apple turnovers.  Of course, my husband couldn’t resist saying, “Why did the apple turn over?  That cracked me up and I wanted to include it in my blog but, as always, he checked the internet to see if this joke was already around.  It is and the answer is great!  The apple turned over to see the banana split!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Legend of Tom Dooley, and Careful with Those Sparklers!


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libertysmall (1)Liberty  Original 8″x10″ Oil Painting      $168

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The Legend of Tom Dooley

In 1866, a woman named Laura Foster was murdered in Wilkes County. A man named Tom Dula, pronounced “Dooley”, was convicted and hanged for the crime. That murder and the name Tom Dooley lives on in one of the most famous folk songs ever to come out of North Carolina.

The story of a dashing Tom Dula that returns home from the war to fall in love with a young woman that was being courted by a school teacher is not the accurate story.  If you would like to read the true story you can find it in Stories from The Mountains online publication.  I would rather stick to the fanciful, romantic one.  Laura Foster was being courted by Bob Grayson. Foster fell in love with Tom Dula, but so did another woman, Anne Melton. Melton was married, wealthy, beautiful, and insanely jealous. Learning that Dula was in love with Foster, not her, Anne Melton stabbed Laura Foster to death in a jealous rage.

Tom Dula was blamed for the murder. Tula fled, heading for Tennessee. Bob Grayson headed a posse to hunt down Tom Dula, and he was dragged back to Wilkes County. Dula, realizing that it was Anne Melton who committed the crime, confesses out of a chivalrous desire to save her from a death by hanging.

On May 1, 1868, Tom Dula was executed for the murder of Laura Foster. Grayson returned home to the North. Anne Melton went slowly insane from guilt.

It’s this version of the tale, a complicated story story that ends in the death of an innocent man, that became immortalized in a folk song that circulated in North Carolina for nearly 100 years before it was made nationally famous by the Kingston Trio in 1958. Their recording of the ballad Tom Dooley reached #1 on the Billboard R&B charts, and rose to the top of the country music charts.

THE REAL STORY IS SOMETHING ELSE!

I got this story from Stories from The Mountains online publication

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

My husband is a cautious man.  He is great about car up keep and is always advising me on the weather.  He is also very cautious with fireworks.  We only use sparklers due to all the accidents every year with the other ones.  What I didn’t know is sparklers are much more dangerous than most people think they are.

Sparklers remain one of the most dangerous fireworks in terms of accident statistics simply because they are taken for granted. Year after year people underestimate the dangers of these traditional items and get burnt.

Be sure to have a bucket of water nearby and only light one at a time.  Many accidents have occurred when two of these extremely hot sticks (several hundred degrees celsius) cross and cause a flare up.

 

So be Safe!

 

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