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We open today’s show with Joyce Pinson’s book review of the recently published Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia, by renowned seed saver Bill Best. Pinson is herself a seed saver, heirloom vegetable gardener, home cook, food preservationist and local television host in Pikeville, KY.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Next, guest author Dean King weighs in on the Hatfields & McCoys with an excerpt from his newly published history Feud. “One day in the fall of 1854, when he was fifteen, Anse Hatfield went out in the forest to bag some squirrels for the stew pot, something he had done many times before,” King begins his telling of the story. “Gangly, on his way to six feet, Anse, whose mother called him Ansie, was always on the move, slipping adroitly through the trees, already with the signature Hatfield slouch in his gait.”
“At first, it was expected that only rich people could afford to own a car, and grumbling was loud and persistent about keeping roads in order for a chosen few,” says a 1930 Alabama Historical Quarterly article titled ‘The Good Old Days in Marshall County.’ “Teams were frightened and many accidents made the auto very unpopular, until the model ‘T’ put them in reach of all.
We’ll wrap things up with a charming little newspaper sidebar piece from Woodstock, VA’s Shenandoah Herald on how to find your affinity. “Your affinity is your mate,” the article explains, “but unless you know the six types of happy married folks on Olympus, up to date, you may miss yours.”
And, thanks to the good folks at the Tennessee Archives of Moving Images and Sound, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Wise String Orchestra in a 1929-30 recording of Yellow Dog Blues.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.