The night began with the Comma and Outreach Center staff greeting the crowd.
What a stellar night for this event sitting outside on the grounds. Though I am vaccinated was grateful for this seating as North Carolina has a 50% vaccination rate.
The Outreach Center staffer has a side gig as a singer and song writer. He sang for the group a song which is currently being broadcast nationally. Remember his name, Todd Greene, as am sure we’ll hear more from him.
Then the fun began with comedians from Charlotte, North Carolina. Starting with Tara Brown, whose jokes centered on life after 50. What a hoot…
Jason Allen King was the second comedian who focused on short man jokes. He was equally funny, however, somehow I forgot to take his picture. Guess it was the Hillary Clinton joke. Leave her alone….
What a lovely evening. Think they’ll be more blogs from Comma till my North Carolina departure.
,Attended Comma in Morganton, North Carolina, for an Outreach Center fundraiser. This group assists those needing food and provides tutoring as well as cultural events for children in need. What a great organization. Over $1000. was donated to the group.
On this visit found the famous Comma Fresco inside the building. What a beautiful creation and tribute to the Muses done by Benjamin F. Long, IV. This privately funded Fresco portrays the Muses of Love, Sacred, Lyric, and Epic Poetry, as well as the Muse of History and Astronomy. They are said to have a mission to entertain humanity with their singing. Some pictures of Mr. Long’s work.
On the Blue Ridge Parkway is the country estate of the Cone Textile Mills owner, Moses Cone, and his wife Bertha. Here the king of denim lived for 7 years prior to his early demise. As the couple had no children the Estate was eventually donated to the National Park Service. It is currently undergoing a 2 million dollar renovation by the Park Service.
Let’s take a peek:
The view from the porch – priceless..
A must see – renovated home will be available Spring 2022
On the way to Boone there are many farm stands along the way. They have everything from fruits and vegetables, to bird houses, and Amish furniture. Even if these items don’t tickle your fancy it is a fun and interesting stop.
Here are two other places you might wish to check out, especially if you have young children or teens who hate to be seen with their parents.
This amusement park is rated 5 stars on many sites. It is a family oriented theme park with a steam engine ride, carousel rides, zoo, and, live entertainment. Locals who I work with have visited with their families, and it was memorable. Check it out. http://www.tweetsie.com
This venue boasts 8 attractions for the price of one ticket. It has a gravity and bubbles venue, a history museum, gem mining, and did I mention ax throwing??? Something for everyone, more pictures..
Boone certainly has some fun attractions for all ages.
While visiting the farmer’s market and seeking out a loo came across this venue in practice.
Upon further inquiry found there is an annual play conducted on the grounds of the history museum.
The Horn In The West is the third longest running outdoor drama in the United States. It is set during around the time of the Revolutionary War portraying a settler family who lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Many locals are involved in this production which runs from June 25th through early August, Tuesday-Sunday. Gates open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 pm performance.
The Watauga Farmer’s Market was a delight. There were many organic farmers selling at this site along with a variety of other products. A vendor even sold orchids at this market – beautiful, and how I wish I could grow them… anyone out there have any ideas for me??
Let’s take a look, and if in the area, every Saturday from 8 a.m.
Near the Farmer’s Market is the Daniel Boone Gardens. This natural garden is a loving tribute with short walks, spots to rest, meditate, or simply soak in the beauty.
Squire Boone’s Cabin – This authentic cabin was reconstructed on the Gardens after two mountain boys dragged the cabin logs through snake infested underbrush. It is typical of what Blue Ridge settlers used in the 1700’s.
And what a view in front of the cabin..
Walk the Fern Garden while visiting as it is quite unique.
Across the street from the grounds are a picnic area with a playground for children. Great spot for a get together.
Next: Hickory Ridge History Museum and the Horn in the West Play
This mountainous town lies in Watauga County, North Carolina. While unsure if Daniel Boone lived in this actual town, according to Auntie Google he used Western North Carolina as his home base and this is where hundreds of his descendants still reside. Born to Quaker parents in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he lived in Western North Carolina longer than any other state.
As an explorer he led family and settlers across the Mississippi into Indian lands. He was known for his hunting and trailblazing abilities and said to be educated and good natured. Interesting fact – he knew George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
This fascinating pioneer left us at 85 years of age becoming one of America’s greatest folk heroes. Let’s end this passage with a laugh from one of his quotes reflecting his honesty..
I can’t say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.