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We open today’s show with guest author John VanArsdall. His Canjoeco Restorations of Blountville, TN specializes in meticulous, historically correct restorations of antique late 18th & early 19th century log structures. “Each building,” he says, “has its unique nuances and complexities of difficulties to overcome. What I do requires a whole lot of adaptation in order to overcome these and involves, most of the time, a lot of patience and thought, but most of all, experience.”
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.
We’ll wrap things up with a look at the Textile Strike of 1934 in Huntsville, AL. “At the height of the Depression and in the midst of New Deal economic experimentation,” says guest author Taylor M. Polites, “more than 4,000 textile mill workers in Huntsville, AL, walked off their jobs, beginning a strike that eventually spread from Alabama to Maine. It was one of the largest national labor demonstrations in history—and the largest ever in the South.”
And thanks to the good folks at Smithsonian Folkways—from the 2002 album “Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways” — we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Marion Sumner in a 1996 recording of Lost Indian.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.