Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 51

IF YOU GO
Visitcarnegiehallwv.com or
mountainmusictrail.com.
If you don't stay at General Lewis
Inn, consider the Laing House,
known as Church Street B&B,
home of the man who persuaded
Andrew Carnegie to
endow Carnegie Hall Lewisburg.
Elegantly appointed rooms a
short walk from the Carnegie.
213 Church St
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304-645-7014
Churchstreetbandb.com
Stardust Café specializes in fresh
ingredients with a
Mediterranean flair.
102 E. Washington St
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304-647-3663. Stardustcafewv.
com
-Su Clauson-Wicker
WEST VIRGINIA
NEW RIVER BIRDING AND
NATURE FESTIVAL, APRIL
26-MAY 2.
Guided birding and nature
excursions and world-class
speakers create a fun birding
experience for all levels of
interest. Lansing.
304-640-3778.
PIONEER DAYS, JULY 8-12.
Wagon rides, pioneer
demonstrations, history contest
and museum tours are just a
few activities to enjoy at this
event. Marlinton.
304-799-4452.
BRAMWELL CHRISTMAS
TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES,
DEC. 12.
Costumed guides tell stories of
yesteryear as you visit coal
baron homes of the 1890s.
Bramwell.
304-248-8381.
-Compiled by Jessica Wright
essentially golf played with a
#5 soccer ball and the feet
rather than with golf balls
and clubs. To its advantage,
the sport is less expensive at
$6 a game ($3 for youth and
college students) and doesn't
demand swing coaches or
hours at the driving range to
make it through a round. It
requires nothing more than
the ability to kick a soccer
ball. But unlike the under-40
folks who grew up playing
soccer, I need a little instruction
in that skill.
"Kick the ball with the
center inside of your foot,"
advises Hawkins. "You'll
place it better."
Like traditional golf, this
can be an emotional game.
One where every missed shot
(and there are a lot of them at
first) feels like I should have
done better. I power my way
to the first hole in an
anguishing eight kicks,
before realizing that the topof-the
foot Rockette dancer
kick I love so much wasn't
giving me much control over
whether my ball flew into the
pond or sidled up to the cup.
Finesse is key.
The athletic Hawkins has
Footgolf: Pipestem's Kim
Hawkins (top) instructs and Su
Clauson-Wicker (bottom)
puts her best foot forward.
FOOTGOLF AT
PIPESTEM RESORT
STATE PARK, WEST
VIRGINIA
I send a straight, bouncing
drive down the fairway at
Pipestem Resort State Park's
par-3 golf course. Only one
well-placed putt would nail
the next hole. But, even from
eight feet away, I manage to
miss the cup by a yard - the
21-inch diameter cup!
I'm playing the new sport
of footgolf with Kim
Hawkins, Pipestem's activities
coordinator, at the West
Virginia's resort's brand-new
footgolf course. FootGolf is
thought this game out. She's
worked with Concord
University soccer coaches to
site new, shortened holes on
Pipestem's golf course to
accommodate a kicking
game. Footgolfers play
through the course at the
same speed as regular golfers,
but they strike the ball more
times. Pipestem's 9-hole
course is typically a par 27;
for footgolf, it's a par 35.
"I had to ask the coaches,
'Can someone kick a ball up
that hill, at that angle, that
far?' Hawkins said. "We had
to change a hole or two."
Since the first course
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015 | 51
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015

Letters
From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Mill Creek Stories
Creature Feature
The Hike
Great Buys
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Creature Feature
Festivals & Events
The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Why We Travel: The Photoessay
The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
The Old Stone Chimney
Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Mountain Garden
Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Letters
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - From the Editor & Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 18
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Curios: Our Annual Compendium of the Strange
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - North Georgia: A Foodie Haven
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Why We Travel: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The 2015 Blue Ridge Country Travel Guide: A Year of Experiences
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 43
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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Weekend: Harpers Ferry and Western Maryland
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - The Old Stone Chimney
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cabin in the Woods: Fiddler’s Roost
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 62
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Guest Column: Author Stephanie Jeffries
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2015 - Cover4
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