Spring 2014 Contents

Real and Unrehearsed

Real and Unrehearsed

Click here to view this article as a PDF Northeast Alabama native Sandra Lafferty often portrays rural women on stage and on the big screen. by N.L. MCANELLY I have no personal experience with acting. Unless you count the time in kindergarten I spent sweating on the cafeteria stage with plastic rabbit ears clamped to
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Feature: Local Collections

Feature: Local Collections

The Lookout Mountain region’s many small museums display a knack for unique exhibits. by RANDY GRIDER Modern museums in large cities usually boast grand, spacious interiors, but often the buildings themselves could be part of an office complex if you removed the exhibits and changed the names on the signs. Smaller regional museums, on the
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Take a Trip to Yesteryear

Take a Trip to Yesteryear

Drive-in theaters offer a social and cultural experience wrapped in nostalgia. by JOHN DERSAHM and RANDY GRIDER The first warm winds of spring are blowing in, and you can’t wait to get out and enjoy the outdoors again after the cold, wet, dreary winter months. So… I have an idea for you. How about a
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Doing business Here: Customized Quality

Doing business Here: Customized Quality

Pioneer Bridges builds specialized pedestrian and light-vehicular spans to fit any setting. by OLIVIA GRIDER At Pioneer Bridges, no project is standard.   The Fort Payne, Ala. company prefabricates bridges ranging from small backyard and driveway crossings to passages spanning broad wetlands in parks.   “We appreciate a challenge,” says Skip Wilson, vice president of
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Folklore: Mountain Memories

Folklore: Mountain Memories

Click here to view this article as a PDF by DEDRA TUTEN Illustration by ANNE HAMILTON Kathy drew in a heavy breath as she daydreamed by the rushing waterfall. Desoto Falls and its torrent of water flooded her mind with memories of the day Eric stole her heart. She smiled as she thought about her
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Inn for the Night: Historic Elegance

Inn for the Night: Historic Elegance

Step into a bygone era with a stay at one of the South’s grandest antebellum  mansions, nestled in a peaceful rural setting. by DREW HOOVER It is 10 p.m. and raining in the tiny town of valley head, Ala., when my wife and I pull across the railroad tracks to Winston Place. Backlit by moonlight,
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Life on Lookout Mountain (Spring 2014)

Life on Lookout Mountain (Spring 2014)

text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM The Lookout Mountain region possesses just about the perfect climate if you solidly insist on four seasons, like I do. We have the beauty of the mountains without the extreme cold associated with points farther north. Our spring comes a little earlier and our fall lasts a little later.
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Mountain Melodies: The New Rock ‘n’ Roll

Mountain Melodies: The New Rock ‘n’ Roll

The young musicians of Pickett’s Charge draw on rich Appalachian roots and their  own unique inspirations to create an original, increasingly popular  bluegrass sound. by Anita Stiefel  |  photography by Steven Stiefel It’s no secret the hills and valleys of northeast Alabama echo with an abundance of musical talent. Perched atop Sand Mountain, the small
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Take Flight

Take Flight

Seasoned hang-gliding pilots and beginners alike soar over the valley at Lookout Mountain Flight Park. by Steven Stiefel Jumping off the side of a mountain might be considered a long-term solution to short-term problems for most of us, but for the men and women of the Lookout Mountain Flight Park, hurling their bodies off the
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Nature’s Path: Timeless Treasure

Nature’s Path: Timeless Treasure

Built during the Depression on land that has drawn visitors for centuries, DeSoto State Park embraces a proud past while enhancing its scenic wonders with ever-expanding recreational opportunities and interpretive programs. by OLIVIA GRIDER Ken Thomas waxes philosophical fairly often, but he always apologizes for it, as if these contemplative forays might be a sign
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What’s Cookin’: Pub Perfection

What’s Cookin’: Pub Perfection

With a reputation for great food, fun and plenty of brew, the Blackstone Pub and Eatery creates a welcoming atmosphere for locals and tourists alike. story and photos by RANDY GRIDER What makes a good pub is open for debate. Our friends across the pond might give you a long list of amenities that can
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Kid’s View: Rock City

Kid’s View: Rock City

You can explore an underground fairyland, walk through stone passageways and see seven states from this amazing place. by ANSLEY GRIDER, age 14, and CADEN GRIDER, age 11 Ansley Grider: The spectacular waterfall and overlook on the edge of Lookout Mountain Ansley Grider: Rock City is a great place for all ages. They have so
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Tying the Knot: A Well-Kept Secret

Tying the Knot: A Well-Kept Secret

Chattokee Lodge, a retreat for hunting and fishing parties, is an increasingly popular spot for couples to say their vows. story by BRETT BRALLEY JAILLET photos by BRIGHTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY When Tristin and Lance derrick were looking for a place to tie the knot, they knew they wanted a location that was unique, fit their budget
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The Homestead: Cherokee Plantation

The Homestead: Cherokee Plantation

  One of the oldest standing houses in Alabama is still thriving, thanks in part to preservation efforts by its current owner. by ELIZABETH MANNING   Northeast Alabama is home to a rich cultural history, and much of it lies within the city limits of Fort Payne. The Andrew Ross Home, currently owned and inhabited
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Editor’s Note (Spring 2014)

Editor’s Note (Spring 2014)

 Click here to view this article as a PDF Sociology holds that when individuals or groups of people come together, they will do one of two things: cooperate or compete. at different times, different societies have placed varying values on cooperation and competition. while the merits of both can be – and often are –
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History Book: Castle in the Clouds

History Book: Castle in the Clouds

  Built to impress the leisured set, the Lookout Mountain Hotel reflects changes in 20th century America and the roots of tourism in Southern Appalachia. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN   I suspect all children are fascinated by castles. Truth to tell, many adults find them irresistible as well. As we travel Europe, we dutifully march
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Artist Spotlight: Kid at Heart

Artist Spotlight: Kid at Heart

With the energy and eagerness of a child, Mark Issenberg crafts unique, ash-glazed pottery full of charm and function. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN  |  photos by RANDY GRIDER Every kid on earth loves playing in the dirt, but few find ways to make art out of it. Mark Issenberg, officially an adult for many of
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