appalachian appreciation

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This is the New River Gorge. The New River is arguably the 2nd oldest river in the world after the Nile, situated in the oldest mountain range in the world, the Appalachians. I’d say that she is wise and beautiful and sacred beyond our human (and societal) comprehension. An experience and energy that no camera could ever fully capture. But i’ll try and try until I can’t try anymore. 

It seems appropriate that I finally got prints in last week from my trip to the area last month as the entire region of Southern West Virginia has flooded to a devestating degree. The people of the region are picking up the pieces of their lives and homes, covered in mud and poison. Some have lost all of their material possessions, but they haven’t lost their sense of community and empathy. As always, I am proud of West Virginians for holding up their people even when it seems that no one else is. 

If you are able, consider donating a few dollars to relief efforts or donating necessary items to a collection site. http://www.wvflood.com

This Is Not Fire Wood

Marker II (Arrow), 2015

“Manufactured by
J. E. Thomas
March 31, 1915
Bath, KY”

This dulcimer was built exactly 100 years ago today by Kentucky’s own James Edward Thomas. A wonderful piece of history that I am very proud to own. It’s a unique experience playing an instrument the day it hits the century mark. I like to imagine that it sounds just as nice as it did when Mr. Thomas strung it up and played it for the first time on March 31, 1915. Here’s to another hundred!

-Will Sizemore
March 31, 2015
Lexington, KY

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Have you visited the Kenova, West Virginia Pumpkin House this year? It’s a local fixture of 21 years, owned by the mayor of Kenova, and displays over 3000 carved pumpkins in a musical arrangement and light display. The pumpkins are hand-carved by members of the community, and it’s growing every year! 

If you haven’t seen it, put it on your bucket list, Appalachians.