by Madison V. Fisler
April 11, 2014. After a nice winter hibernation, we, like the rest of the High Country, are enjoying the spring thaw. And what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than with our first High Country Magazine issue of 2014?
We welcome in the spring time with our spring-themed issue fresh off the presses. In this issue, we bring you the great reading you have come to expect from High Country Magazine and we have a whole crop of new stories to tell.
First up, learn about the High Country’s art councils and all the things they do for our area. For more than 30 years, the High Country had three arts councils. While now only two remain, they serve the community through art in more ways than you can count.
Next, take a peek into the troubled and triumphant life of the late Wiili Armstrong whose artwork is currently on display at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Though most famous for his beautiful paintings and poetry, there is so much more to this outsider artist than meets the eye.
Then, meet master craftsman David Finck and let him tell you about his passion for crafting beautiful violins. His love of music and devotion to his family turned what was once his father’s dream into a reality, and led him to create beautiful, musical works of art.
Finally, inspired by observations of his grandson, Charlie, who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and his career in special education Dr. Jim Taylor and his wife Sue started a truly special camp that serves children with autism. KAMPN gives children with autism a safe place to be themselves in nature.
Don’t forget to take a look at our special gardening section to help get your lawns ready for the warmer weather. Let us introduce you to the local gardening and landscaping businesses that area ready and waiting to assist you with making your house and lawns look as beautiful as they can be.
Copies of the magazine are available at your favorite High Country businesses, and if you just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, check out our online version here.