Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiking Linville Falls. The Lower Trail.

I honestly can't tell you the name of the trail that Erica and took on out hike.  You go to the Linville Falls Visitors Center,  turn left, and take the path down.  After doing a bit of research, I think it is the Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail.  It is a more challenging trail then the hike to the right of the visitor center, although that one is lovely.

I have done this hike a couple of times.  Always fun.  Just in case it is Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail here is some info on that hike found on Asheville Trails

Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail
"The hike departs from the Linville Falls visitor center, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 316 (view maps and driving directions), hanging a left in front of the visitor center. The trail splits almost immediately at a signed junction: the Dugger Falls Trail veers left, and the Plunge Basin Overlook and Gorge Floor Trail turns right. The hike follows signs to the overlook, trailing eastbound through a forest filled with leathery-leafed rhododendron."

Erica be careful!
Below is some info from Hike Western NC.  Here is what they had to say....

Linville Falls - Plunge Basin Hike

"A short but rugged trail takes you to the base of this impressive falls; the roughness is mitigated somewhat since it's short. Stare up at the gorge walls and marvel at the water churning through a narrow chasm before plunging into the deep pool at the bottom. A side spur to a classic overlook is also included."

There was some challenging aspect to this trail.  It was steep, and there was little to grab hold of for support during the descent or the climb back up.  I would recommend a walking stick for this trail.

 The stairs were a nice touch....

We made it to the base of the falls...
 We brought along a picnic lunch from Subway...



Great day hiking in the NC mountains with Erica.  Can't wait to go again.
Get out and explore!
KathieyV:-)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Paper Hand Puppet Intervention show in Wake Forest NC at the Renaissance Center

I decided to do one of the weekend options on one of my earlier posts,

Plan your Weekend. Things to do in NC March 3rd-5th, 2017
I studied my list and chose the ...Paper Hand Puppet Intervention event in Wake Forest.
It was held at the Renaissance Center in Wake Forest NC.  I asked someone where the intervention comes in.  She explained, based on her knowledge, that it is an intervention to inform folks that there is more to puppets then hand puppets, although they are great too.  Believe me, they are amazing works of art.

Here is what they say on their site,
"Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are deeply rewarding for all involved. These styles include: giant puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppetry, masks, stilt dancing and anything under the sky that strikes our fancy."


"Each year we write, create, build and perform a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. Our summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people!"

Definitely not a hand puppet:-)



It was a very enjoyable show.  The artists would venture through the audience.  It was interactive and fun.  If you get a chance, I suggest you check out their site for future performances.  It is well worth it.
Go on an adventure.  
Experience The Paper Hand Puppet Intervention.
KathieyV:-)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fearrington's 15th Annual Folk Art Show in Pittsboro NC

As I was researching things to do this past weekend I came across Fearrington's 15th Annual Folk Art Show in Pittsboro NC.  It was not all that far away so Cindy and I took off on the adventure.  Here is how they describe the show....

"Our annual Folk Art Show features the work of self-taught artists who are deeply influenced by the spirit of folk art, na├»ve art, primitivism and outsider art. You’ll see whimsical paintings, fantastical robots, sculptures, pottery and more. Fearrington has garnered a reputation for bringing together an eclectic group of outsider artists who represent some of the most interesting work to be found in the outsider art world. We hope you’ll experience it for yourself! All sales proceeds benefit the artists directly; Fearrington takes no commission from the artists, nor does Fearrington charge a booth fee to the artists selected for the show. Entry is $5 at the door."

The photos below are from the outside of the show.  We did not go into the actual event.  We had enough to enjoy outside:-)















The bird sculpture above was my favorite.  So much detail and he looks happy.

This owl was painted on an artists truck.

Brodie liked the idea of me being the person your dog thinks you are.  I will have to make it a quote of the day:-)
Get out and explore.  I suggest you try a local event this weekend.  
Enjoy Your World 
KathieyV:-)

The Goat Deli, Coffee and Wine Shop in Pittsboro NC

Cindy and I were in Pittsboro NC last week.  Our intention was to visit the Folk Art event they were having at Fearrington Village, have lunch at the Granary and then stop off for a glass of wine at The Goat Deli, Coffee, and Wine Shop.

Here is a description from their website...
"Offering our Fearrington blend coffee roasted on-site, fresh morning pastries, housemade gelato, artisan soups, salads, sandwiches and signatures, and over 150 selections of wine stocked by our sommeliers — The Goat is the perfect way to start your morning, enjoy your lunch and relax at the end of the day."

They have a Facebook page.where you can find specials and events.  I wish I lived a bit closer so I could take advantage of all they have to offer.

Enjoy my photos and some quotes about their shop from their website, they will be in parentheses.

What will you find?

  • A revolving selection of over 150 wines from all over the world, all under $35
  • Monthly hand-picked favorites from our three in-house sommeliers
  • A wall dedicated to enjoyable, value wines and beers for everyday drinking
  • Wines by the bottle and glass that can be enjoyed at The Goat with no corkage fee
  • Crystal wine glasses for optimal drinking
  • 5% off when you purchase any combination of six bottles of beer and wine
  • 10% off when you purchase any combination of 12 bottles of wine
  • Regular featured wine and beer specials
  • Ability to special order wines (three bottle minimum) and create custom cases
  • New wines arriving every other week
  • Free weekly wine tastings
  • Ability to purchase wine for events, such as weddings, celebrations, holidays, in half or full cases for a great price

"Fearrington offers a decaf, regular and espresso coffee, all roasted on-site by our coffee 
roaster.  We roast approximately 150 pounds of coffee on-site each week with our coffee roaster named Melina."

 



I love the photo of the goat.  It depicts the good life.  Wake up to a good cup of coffee and enjoy wine throughout the day:-)
They have pastries too...
"Each morning the pastry team at The Fearrington House Restaurant bakes fresh croissants, scones, muffins and other delicious treats that pair perfectly with coffee. In the afternoon, you’ll find we offer specialty desserts, such as lemon bars, tarts and pies, all seasonal and with a Fearrington twist."
I had a glass of the Chardonnay and it was lovely!
Here is the address
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC 27312
If you go give yourself some time to enjoy the village.  There are shops, restaurants, a spa, and of course the belted cows and yes goats.
Get out and go on an adventure.  I suggest you try a new restaurant.  How about The Goat in Pittsboro?  You will love it:-)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dr. Frank's Winery Hammondsport, New York

While traveling with the Road Scholars in NY I had the opportunity to see several wonderful wineries.  Among them was Dr. Frank's Winery.
(Quotes from their website will be in italics)

"Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States."

First off, what is Vinifera?  I consulted Google and found this definition...a common European grape (Vitis vinifera) that is the chief source of Old World wine and table grape varieties
"In 1962, merely a decade after arriving in America, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars. The winery quickly earned a reputation for spectacular Rieslings and its original planting of vines formed the backbone of New York’s world-class wines and champagnes."


The drive that day was lovely.  Blue skies and grape vines.  Nothing could make it better then a good glass of wine.  And believe me, I did indulge in a good glass of wine and was not disappointed:-)





"Overlooking the crystal clear waters of Keuka Lake, our winery offers breath-taking views year round. Situated in the former home of Dr. Konstantin Frank, our main tasting room is both cozy and welcoming."  

The tasting room was very nice.  We spent a lot of time learning about and tasting the wines.


Dr. Frank Wines
9749 Middle Road Hammondsport, NY 14840 
Phone: 800-320-0735

If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes region of NY I suggest you visit Dr. Franks.  
You will love it!
Happy Travels and Wine Tastings.
KathieyV:-)