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Julie and I went for a walk/hike around our house yesterday. We live on a ridge at the end of a country road and there are lots of trails up behind our house. After the ice storm on Friday, the weather was crisp and beautiful. We walked past a family of cows. We think the huge cow on the right is pregnant, and the little baby calf was so cute!
We also ran into this weird contraption in the woods. Moonshine still? Redneck rocketship? Make-shift meth lab? Trapping device? This city girl sure didn’t know, but after some local consultation, now I do! It’s a feeder used by hunters to lure animals into a particular area, so they get used to coming to that area. Kinda seems like cheating.
The porch is a favorite place of my house. It is vast, wooden, and has a lovely views of the surrounding woods. Great for coffee drinking, banjo playing, crafting, or just sitting, our porch welcomes us and bids us farewell everyday. Charlotte cuts all the wood for our wood stove with her “toy” chainsaw and lines the porch with logs. The wood has been depleting rapidly lately – time for some collecting in the woods!
Doyle’s is hosting a Face Mug party with Rob. I made the flyer and you should sign up and make a mug!
I signed up for two community class at Tri-County today! The first is a 6 week class on Shoemaking taught by Peggy Patrick. Peggy also teaches shoemaking at the Folk School. Her classes are wildly popular and she is one of my favorite teachers. Peggy is also a wonderful old time musician, so I always hope that if I am in her vicinity maybe some musicality will magically rub off on me.
The second is called Chickens 101 – an intro to to Americas favorite bird with an emphasis on starting your own coop.
There is also a class on Bee Keeping that looks pretty tempting, but I thought 2 choices would be a good start! Stay tuned for class updates starting in February!
I was looking through old drafts and I found this unpublished gem from Spring 2011. My mom visited me and we went on a road trip to Charleston and Savannah. We spent a day outside of Charleston touring a plantation called Middleton. Nice memories & we got some great shots…
(This story was originally published on the Folk School Blog on January 10, 2013)
Clay’s Corner is an essential stop for many a Brasstown visitor. Sitting at the gateway to the Folk School, Clay’s is a country store that sells gas, ice cream, treats, toiletries, possum merchandise, and more. Every nook and cranny is filled with interesting curios and artifacts. Gas customers pump the gas first and then pay, setting the tone for the attitude that prevails at Clay’s: country hospitality, good faith, and community. Clay’s provides an authentic slice of down-home country living. As much of a community hub as a store, it is home to many a porch-sit, get together, music jam, and of course, the famous Brasstown Possum Drop.
Clay’s Corner has been in existence 23 years. Back in the 40s, the Caldwell family had a produce stand on the corner. In the 50s, they turned it into a service and convenience store. In the 1970s, the Caldwells sold it to Boyd Scroggs. Over the years, it passed through several hands until Clay saw that it was available. He went for it and struck a deal: Clay’s Corner was born!
The Possum Drop has inducted Clay’s Corner and Brasstown into the pantheon of incredible and offbeat community celebrations. The Possum Drop started in 1990 with just Clay, his family and some friends. Every year the numbers grew and soon it became a beloved community event promoting “good clean family fun.” Clay explains that there’s not much you can take you kids to on NYE because of the alcohol. The Possum Drop is a family affair – no alcohol allowed.
NY Times Reporter, Jeffrey Gettleman met Clay in 2003 and discovered the Possum Drop. On Dec. 31 2003, he wrote an article for the NY Times, “Keep Your Ball. We’ve Got the Possum.” After such widespread coverage, how could anyone resist the temptation of the Possum Drop? Thousands started to flock to Brasstown every year for NYE. National attention brought popularity, but it also brought the attention of animal activist group PETA.
With ongoing legal battles, Clay Logan kept folks wondering whether or not a live possum would be dropped this year. I visited Clay’s Corner the week before the 2013 Possum Drop and and the question on everyone’s mind was “What’s going on with the Possum Drop? Are you going to drop a possum this year?” I heard at least 3 customers ask this during the hour I hung out at Clay’s corner on a Wednesday afternoon. I didn’t even have to ask Clay directly, I just overheard his response, that he’s “not quite sure.”
Clay made a well-played move by dropping a box concealed by paintings of possums. It was impossible to tell what was in the box. Was there a possum in there? Who knows? Clay recited the famous line from Hamlet’s soliloquy “To Be or Not To Be?” We will never know what was in that box, but I think the point he made is that it doesn’t matter what’s in the box. What matters is that the community gets together and celebrates New Year’s. Even if a real possum didn’t drop, what you have left is a big family-friendly community party with great music and entertainment. The possum was the symbol that brought everyone together – a weird tradition – a reason, but the real gold of the Possum Drop is the gathering and the community.
I spotted Clay’s black Chevy in the place where the possum drops and pulled over to ask Clay a few questions. We had a nice sit-down and he cooked up lunch for me and a few other folks. Here’s what I found out…
Cory Marie: What happens on Friday Nights? There’s a jam, right?
Clay Logan: Folks get together. They bring instruments, we’ve been doing it for years.
CM: Are spectators welcome?
CL: Sure! We start around 7:30 or 8pm. We got chairs too.
CM: Do you play any instruments?
CL: My most musical part is my nose! I can pick it or blow it!
CM: What’s your favorite tune?
CL: “I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home” and “Sail Away Ladies”
CM: Have you ever taken a class at the Folk School?
CL: I’ve been involved in the Folk School my whole life. I milked cows at the Folk School and attended Little/Middle when I was young. When I was a teenager we would always go to the Friday night dances. I haven’t taken a class as an adult.
CM: What would you take?
I’d take blacksmithing or wood turning – you know, the “manly” classes. Photography sounds good too.
CM: How did you learn to dance?
CL: I’d dance every Friday at the Folk School from the time I was 16-18 before I went into the service. We’d show up with our shirttails out and Marguerite Bidstrup demands shirttails tucked in! Boy did she crack the whip. She called me out a lot of times, but she liked me.
CM: What are you thoughts on swinging your partner?
CL: When I dance, honey, I dance hard. You gotta learn to swing and get up on the balls of your feet. This is basic stuff!
CM: What is your most popular possum merchandise item?
CL: The Glow-in-the-Dark Possum Shirt.
Be sure to stop by Clay’s Corner next time you come to the Folk School where you too can pick up a cold refreshing Cheerwine, a scoop of delicious ice cream, your very own Glow-In-the-Dark-Possum Shirt, and most importantly a dose of Southern hospitality. Visit the Clay’s Corner website for interesting Possum trivia, photos, and information.
Disclaimer: No live possums were hurt or traumatized in the acquisition of this article.
Today is my two year anniversary at the Folk School! I came here as a Work/Study student in January 2011. I now work part time in the Marketing Department doing art and graphics. My main responsibilities are the eNewsletters, writing blogs, and keeping up with the social media like Pinterest, Flickr, and Facebook. I’ve been working on the Folk School Pinterest Boards today! It’s looking good; I made a big update to the Clay Board today. If you are interested in reading my newsletters, you can sign up for the list on the Folk School site (Just look for the box in the left side bar).
I had a blast at CrossFit Chatsworth. I worked out here almost every morning while I was in Los Angeles for the holidays. Tom is an awesome coach and everyone was friendly and supportive. I highly recommend them and will go back whenever I am in Chatsworth. Yay CrossFit Chatsworth – you ROCK!
If you search for comics on Amazon, only 3 listings exist in the specific category of “Comic Books”and they are all sold by resellers. Booo!!! The category of “Graphic Novels” on the other hand has 10,430 lisitings. Yay!!! It makes me happy that there are so many available and graphic novels are HOT right now. Many are linked to TV shows.
After watching the Season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey last night, I am hankering for more. Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey by Camaren Subhiyah and Kyle Hilton sounds a big serving of hot fan fiction that would hit the spot. Bates/Gates plays a Nazi killer? Yes please!
Also my roomie Julie and I are hooked on The Walking Dead. We binge watch the DVDs because we don’t have cable. I couldn’t wait till Season 3 came out, so Walking Dead is the first iTunes TV show I have ever bought (so yes I am caught up ) I love that a TV show that has lasted three seasons is A.) about zombies and B.) based on a graphic novel.
Old time pal, Kelly Marie, guitar player for Triple Chicken Foot, had me drooling over this at a dinner party last Sunday:
“The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is not only a unique illustrated biography, but a moving account that reveals the family’s rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, its dynamic narrative is pure Americana. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the power of music and love” (Abrams ComicArts)
I ordered it and hopefully it will be waiting for me in PO BOX 31 when I arrive home to North Carolina tomorrow. I am obsessed with the Carter Family, they have had a huge influence on my life, and this book looks just beautiful!!! I’m excited!
Happy 2013 everyone! I went to a David Lynch NYE themed party at Xochitl and Mabell’s house. I wore a letterman jacket even though Laura didn’t wear one in Twin Peaks. It is my dad’s jacket from Santa Clara University in the 60s. I think you could make an argument for or against whether Laura Palmer would have worn a varsity jacket. It fits with the homecoming queen side of her personality. People kept mistaking me as Audrey – what the heck?! She definitely would not have worn one.
Auriana and I started watched the Twin Peaks pilot and second episode while we were getting ready. Now I have the craving to watch the series all over again.