A look inside our March/April, 2013 Issue
- Vote for the Best of Blue Ridge Country and WIN A FREE iPAD!
Got a favorite waterfall? Or small mountain town? We want to know! Plus, casting your votes will automatically enter you for a chance to win a FREE Apple iPad (latest model)! But the voting ends March 17, so act now before it’s too late!
- Searching the Heavens From the Heart of the Blue Ridge
Editor at Large Cara Ellen Modisett’s page-28 story on stargazing was so jampacked with great info that we simply couldn’t fit it all in this issue! Check out more breathtaking photos of the night sky, information about the approaching PanSTARRS Comet, and some great advice for beginning astronomers.
- Cookin’ With Wild Ramps, Morels & Asparagus
Click here for more recipes and cooking advice from Ginny Neal.
- Talkin’ ‘Bout “Beeconomy”
See more photos from Bill Rozday’s story and listen to author Tammy Horn talk about her most recent book, “Beeconomy.”
- Bird Watching With Award-Winning Photographer Rob Travis
Check out even more beautiful images from Rob Travis’ photo essay we didn't have room to show you in the magazine.
- Blue Ridge Living: Never a Better Time to Buy a Mountain Home
From $100,000 cabins to $2 million estates, prices are at or near their lowest in a decade. by Paul Clark
- Mountain Sparklers: Great Towns to Visit and Consider for Relocation
These eight towns share several traits: welcoming, vibrant and forward-looking.by Paul Clark
- Seeking the Stars: Great Dark Spots in the Mountains to Watch the Sky
Sky The Blue Ridge region is a great place for big telescopes, and for star parties. by Cara Ellen Modisett
- Great Chefs of the Mountains
Our three-part series on North Carolina chefs and their restaurants kicks off with Stan Chamberlain and Marriane Blazar. by John E. Batchelor
- Tammy Horn: Building a “New Kentucky” with Bees on Mountains
With the help of the coal company that mined them, sheared off Kentucky mountaintops are being reborn. by Bill Rozday
- Spring Bounty in a Skillet
The morels are back, and it’s time to mix in a few other ingredients and cook up a batch. by Ginny Neil
- Cabin in the Woods: Harman’s North Fork Cottages
You don’t have to fish, but think about it. by Joe Tennis
Model T, Model A; Fire Safety, Even on the Cover.
- From the Editor: Spring, 10 Signs
Signs that announce the new season. by Kurt Rheinheimer
- From the Farm: Becoming Aunt Jane
The passage of time carries the same set of slow-cooking surprises for all of us. by Elizabeth Hunter
- Mountain Report: Mussels Help Renew Powell River
The bi-valves can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. by Cathryn McCue
- The Hike: Harpers Ferry: Beauty, History
This mostly urban walk also has a few huff-’n’-puff climbs. by Leonard Atkins
- Creature Feature: Buzz Off
The noisy bumblebee is a valuable pollinator of many flowers and crops. by Nancy Henderson
- Festivals & Events: Spring Flings
New season, new ways to enjoy the mountain regions.
- Country Roads: What Killed George Washington?
A new museum may have the answer. Plus, a visit to Abingdon, Va.’s new Medical Museum, info on the Peters Hollow Egg Fight, a book review of “O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line," and a Blue Ridge Country reader that owns every single issue!
- Flavors: Killed Lettuce: The Taste of Spring
When the lettuce and green onions come in out in the garden, it’s time to add the vinegar and bacon grease. by Fred Sauceman
- Mountain Garden: 25 Gardening Tips Late Winter through Spring (March-June)
As with most any undertaking, you get out of a garden what you put into it. by Elizabeth Hunter
- Guest Column: Talking Appalachian
Amy Clark is co-editor (with Nancy Hayward) of “Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity and Community” (The University Press of Kentucky, 2013). The recipient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing, Clark teaches at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. by Amy Clark