Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Ever felt as if you were zooming, full-tilt, down life’s highway while leaving behind your natural, “earthly” pace? Ever wish you had a place where you could just hang out and “set a spell’?
I know where you can find a slower pace, homemade peach cobbler, and the noble truth of just being! That place is Western North Carolina where small towns nestle comfortably in the Appalachians, some of the oldest mountains on Earth.
Take the small college town of Mars Hill, in Madison County North Carolina, for example.
Mars Hill is is just twenty minutes or so north of Asheville. There you will find the old-time white wood gazebo on Main Street. And "good old-fashioned" things are always happening in Mars Hill. Last Holiday Season, as I chatted with a couple from Michigan who are investing in a Land Trusts for their family, a parade with horse-drawn floats and a 20-piece marching band distracted us. I could see my clients’ eyes light up. “How often do you get to enjoy the homespun pleasure of simple elegance?” they asked.
Yes, you may come to know what Albert Camus meant when he said, “A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
Great and simple images. That’s what we have here! When you come to visit, you’ll find rotating exhibits paintings, photographs, sculpture, and other media from local and visiting artists in rotating displays at the College. And there is music in the air. Madison County has been home to some of the finest fiddlers of the Western North Carolina Appalachians. As the Madison County Chamber of Commerce says, “The mountains have nourished and sustained a musical heritage derived from the Celtic forbearers of present-day inhabitants.”
Traditional folk art is widely practiced here and in the many small towns of Madison County. Art. Music and let’s not forget Theater and Dance! The Folk Dance Company of Mars Hill College hosts the Southern Clogging Championships, and Mars Hill is well known throughout these parts for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater (SART).
What a great environment for a REALTOR to call home. I love finding unique properties for my clients around here, the great hiking on the nearby Appalachian Trail ;whitewater rafting and canoeing; mountain biking; horseback riding; fishing and more... It is a sweet place to call HOME.