Wellness Center to Offer Free Info Session for New Diabetes Prevention Program, June 1
High Country Writers Meeting at Public Library Featuring Douglas Butler, June 8
Physician, photographer, author Douglas Butler will be the featured presenter at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00am.
The topic of Doug Butler’s program is Telling Stories: Memoir and History. Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of creative writing. Memoir and history, although non-fiction, are also based on sharing tales, albeit actual events. Dr. Doug Butler will relate some of the stories included in his two published books and share tips about writing non-fiction. This presentation will include images from Butler’s books, as well as research, journaling and documentation techniques that add interest while providing a scholarly foundation. History doesn’t have to be boring! Join us for this lively program.
Douglas Butler holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a doctorate in medicine from Ohio State University. An emergency family medicine physician, he has dedicated much of his career caring for underserved populations and currently works with the Indian Health Service and community clinics. Dr. Butler has traveled widely throughout the developing world climbing, photographing and visiting native cultures on five continents. His photos and writings have appeared nationally, and he has published Ashe County-Discovering the Lost Province (1992, out of print), a guidebook to his home county: A Walk Atop America: Fifty State Summits and a Dream to Reach Them All (Parkway, 2007), a chronicle of the people, scenery and experiences on his journey to reach each state’s highest geographic point; and North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History (McFarland, 2013), winner of a North Carolina Society of Historians Willie Parker Peace History Book Award.
High Country Writers has been “energizing” writers since 1995! Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored by the Library. HCW members present writing skills workshops on the first Thursday of the month and have recently partnered with the Watauga Arts Council in hosting these workshops. In the event of inclement weather which dictates the closure of the Library, the High Country Writers Program will be canceled. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website: http:/highcountrywriters.tripod,com. Guests are welcome.
First Lady Kristin Cooper to Host Open House at NC Governor’s Western Residence
ASHEVILLE– First Lady Kristin Cooper will welcome visitors to the Governor’s Western Residence for an Open House on Saturday, June 3, from 3-5 p.m.
The Western Residence is located at 45 Patton Mountain Rd, Asheville, NC 28804. Reservations are not needed to attend the Open House. The First Lady will greet guests inside and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (828) 225-0122.
The Western Residence features breath-taking views of Mt. Pisgah and downtown Asheville. Built in 1939, the home was donated to the state in 1964 by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. It has been used by 11 administrations and is one of only four official state second residences in the United States.
Note to Reporters and Editors
Members of the media can arrive early for a tour and should contact Samantha Cole at 919-814-2100 to schedule that.
Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Program, Dinosaurs and the Blue Ridge Mountains, June 3
Where?: Linville Falls Campground and Amphitheater, Milepost 316
When?: Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m.
What?: Dinosaurs and the Blue Ridge Mountains
Can you find dinosaur fossils in the mountains around here? This is a frequently asked question by our Park visitors. Learn the answer and more about dinosaurs, fossils, geology and paleontology of the mountains of Western North Carolina at this ranger led program.