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HERE'S A SAMPLE - SIMPLY A SAMPLE, MIND YOU

- of the many gatherings across the mountains:
from Maryland to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky,
the Carolinas and the Virginias. Have a glance at
a few familiar favorites plus maybe some that you
have yet to find:
Not long after the New Year dawns, the town
of Blowing Rock, N.C., awakens with a theme "Don't Hibernate ... Celebrate" - for its annual
Blowing Rock WinterFest, running Jan. 23-26
(blowingrockwinterfest.com), with events that
include a Chili Challenge, Pancake Breakfast,
Polar Plunge and Bonfire.
Also in January, get to the Great Smoky
Mountains for the Winter Heritage Festival (800525-6834), Jan. 30-Feb. 2, in Townsend, Tenn.,
with a multi-day showcase of storytellers, musicians and a celebration of history.
Down in Georgia, the Dahlonega Trail Fest,
March 14-16, notes the mountain community's
close proximity to the southern gateway to the
Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. Trail
Fest features lectures, hikes, canoeing and kids
activities (dahlonega.org).

Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes
place in September on the Virginia/
Tennessee state line.

In southwest Virginia, hikers usually don't show up
on the Appalachian Trail until March - just about
the time that the mile-high peaks of Mount Rogers
and Whitetop have thawed from snow. That month,
too, marks the Whitetop Mountain Maple Syrup
Festival, held each year on the last weekend of March
at the Mount Rogers School (mtrogersvfd-rs.com),
with servings of pancakes topped with handcrafted
syrup made from the sugar maples on the mountain.
Oh, surely, it's sweet - about as sweet as all that's
found in Lewisburg, W.Va., during another spring
ritual: the annual Chocolate Festival, held on April
12 (lewisburgchocolatefestival.com).
The Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
(townsendfiberarts.com/865-448-0044) kicks off
April 11-12 in Townsend, Tenn., highlighting oneof-a-kind fiber arts. This festival includes Border
collie sheep-herding, workshops, weaving and
needlecraft. Also: Look for Townsend's Spring
Festival and Old Timers Day on May 2-3.
Near the Clinch River, the hamlet of Honaker, Va.,
calls itself the "Redbud Capital of the World" and
puts on a weekend-long festival (honakerredbudfest.
com/276-889-1778) on April 11-13 with canoeing
and contests. Further north, on April 25-May 4, the
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival blooms all over
Winchester with a series of more than 30 events in
Virginia's Shenandoah Valley (thebloom.com),
including the world's largest fire fighters' parade, a
variety of crafters, a carnival and fireworks.
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REESE

... SAILING INTO SPRING ...


http://www.blowingrockwinterfest.com http://www.dahlonega.org http://www.mtrogersvfd-rs.com http://www.lewisburgchocolatefestival.com http://www.townsendfiberarts.com http://www.honakerredbudfest.com http://www.honakerredbudfest.com http://www.thebloom.com

Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Creature Feature
From the Farm
Great Home Buys
Digital Help Guide
Mountain Report
The Hike
Festivals & Events
Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Letters/Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Great Home Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover4
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