Amy spends time with Glenda Miller, owner of 1827 Red Bone Willy’s, an old country store in Lawndale, NC, and who has survived two tornadoes, one on May 5, 1989, and another in 2010. A graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, Glenda has proved to be one who always rises above the problems that have engulfed her life. In this interview, she draws us into that life and then shares the story of flying through the air in a F5 tornado as it wiped out her home.
Here is David Ammons, chair caner, who tells the story of how as a child he learned chair caning while watching his grandpa, Tom Ammons. In his words: “I watched in awe as he wove his magic piece by piece, bottoming the chair in a herringbone weave from white oak splints. I had no idea I would one day take up the craft also. Now as I weave, I can feel his presence.”
David also mentions his memories of Decoration Day.
Born in 1940, Roy Owenby grew up in Nantahala, NC. With a childhood lived in the richness of the forest, Roy learned to depend on nature and himself. This type of childhood gave him a creative foundation on which to rely for the rest of his life. A prolific writer, he draws his stories and characters from experiences and people he has known from his many different lifestyles. Listen now to an interview with a mountain man who has actually traveled the world, and in doing so, embraced home.
University’s Mountain Heritage Award, was a legend in her own time. Born in a long line of pioneers in Western North Carolina, this lady touched thousands of lives with her “cornhusk dolls”—dolls who have found their way all over the world. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA) is fortunate to have known and worked with Annie Lee.The following interviews are Annie Lee (February, 2009), and an interview with her daughters Norma, Anna and Carolyn (September 25, 2010).