October 31, 2014

Remembering Ted Hicks

Ted Hicks

  by Tom McGowan The death of Ted Hicks last Friday deprives our community and the community of scholars and storytelling artists of an extraordinary bearer of family and local traditions. Born in 1954 in Avery County, the son of Ray and Rosa Hicks, Ted stayed at home in their iconic weathered house on the lower slopes of Beech Mountain, tended his family’s herb gathering and gardening, listened to the … [Read more...]

Cherokee Heritage Trails


Winner, 2004 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award, North Carolina Society of Historians 2004 Preserve America Presidential Award for Heritage Tourism Enriched by Cherokee voices, this guidebook offers a unique journey into the lands and culture of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Every year millions of tourists visit these mountains, drawn by the … [Read more...]

Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle


The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia are the heart of a region where traditional music and dance are celebrated as nowhere else in America. This book is a comprehensive traveler's guide to discovering the many places where this unique music-making legacy thrives. The book leads readers to more than 160 venues and events filled with bluegrass and string band music, ballad singing, fiddling, … [Read more...]