Monday, December 21, 2015
We went to see Star Wars, the movie event of the year (decade?) at the Yancey Theater on Friday of the smash-all-movie-records opening weekend. We thought they might sell out so we went a few hours early and bought advance tickets. This is what they looked like (sitting on the bar at Snap Dragon).
I do love living here.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Matt sent this picture of Randy during a training session with the Google Trekker, which is a trail version of the technology used to create Google Street View. It has 15 cameras, each collecting an image every 2.5 seconds. Randy, Tal, Micah, Shane, and Matt were one of three crews who carried the unit along the length of the Black Mountain Crest Trail a couple of weeks ago. This was a project of The Conservation Fund of North Carolina, which is working to protect several chunks of land in the Blacks. The pictures will be used to help potential donors understand the importance of this remarkable landform.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Apparently it was Porsche 914 Day in Spruce Pine on Friday. There were seven all lined up and two more than weren't able to park with their little friends. They were so cute.
Through the weirdness that is the Internet, I was able to determine that the owners of these cars must have been participants in Okteenerfest, a Porsche 914 gathering in Banner Elk. The "teen" in the event name must refer to the "fourteen" in 914, but I can't figure out why they spelled it with a "k." Maybe because they were having an "Oct" event in September?
SEVERAL DAYs LATER: someone has obliquely pointed out in the comments that Octoberfest is spelled with a "k" in Germany where it (and Porsche) comes from.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
We had such a good festival at the Pred/Sword Amphitheatre last weekend. This year the festival was named MilesFest, because the sad anniversary was this past week and Miles was part of almost every festival we've had in Celo since the beginning (almost 20 years ago). Here's Emma with a newly-created toast-faced puppet. There was a lot more going on than I've got pictures of, but here are a few samples.
Jason Cade and Rob McMacken, a.k.a. Hog-Eyed Man.
Polly and Bob, onstage together again.
The Bob Early Jazz/Funk Bank tearing it up.
I don't have pictures of the play, because I was in the play, but this is what it looked like from stage when Margot's dance crew was doing the hustle as an offering to the toast gods.
Mitch and Bobby pumpin' the jam.
Jody and friends played live rock and roll to inspire live dancing (which is always best).
Late-night dancing with puppets.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The wonderful Raskin family (with a few friends) at Nancy's high-altitude birthday party. Randy made a spectacular chocolate cake with ganche and mocha butter cream frosting -- and then carefully packed it a long way up Woody's Ridge. There was even hot coffee to go with it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
So this wood class at Penland spent last week making canoes from plywood (ribs), split bamboo (shell), and plastic bags and spray adhesive (skin). They are meant to be somewhat ephemeral, but when they launched them in the North Toe on Friday, they behaved just like canoes.
Yeah, plastic bags.
Here's one during the skinning process. A student commented that this canoe has the Ingles advantage.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
This is the life-sized, anatomically accurate, inflatable blue whale that made a brief appearance at the soccer field on Saturday.
The whale belongs to the Great Whale Conservancy, co-founded and directed by our neighbor Michael Fisbach.
Michael commissioned the inflatable whale from Big Ideas, which makes many of the inflated characters that float above big parades. They worked from Michael's photographs and from biologists' descriptions of blue whales. Michael helped them refine a series of clay models, and consulted on details with blue whale experts around the world.
The result, Michael says, is "the most accurate blue whale representation the planet has ever seen." The conservancy takes the inflatable whale to public events as a dramatic way of attracting attention to their work and to the plight of the great whales.
Michael and George Brasington (who has worked on the public-event inflations), set up the whale in the soccer field so they could figure out some refinements in their strategy for smoothly inflating it in public places.
It's a beautiful thing.