Art, Action…. and Rejuvenation
It’s time to get away and use our artistic energy to preserve our amazing natural landscape.
WNC Fall P.A.P.A. Artist Retreat
The PAPA group has been all over America seeking the places that the original adventure artist captured in the 1800s. Now this Fall they are returning to the chapter from Picturesque America that inspired the entire project. Back to the French Broad to locate, capture and promote the conservation of this amazing place.
Remember, we are working to re- create the original locations and publish updated chapters of how the vantage points look 146 years later. We need contributors to the revised addition and there will be an exhibition of the unique artistic voices of Western North Carolina.
So grab your art supplies, notebook and hiking boots because you are invited to join us to enjoy a weekend of artistic exploration, re-discovery and fellowship. Artist, poets, photographers and any souls with the desire to renew their spirit and share their gifts, are welcome!
The P.A.P.A. founder Scott “Doc” Varn will be leading the retreat where we will find the special places along the French Broad River based on art from the 1800s. As creative lovers of the natural world you will have the opportunity to find out how the early adventure artists shaped the conservation movement and what can be done TODAY to continue their legacy.
There is no cost except your own food and accommodations. Donations are welcome to our organization but not required. We have reserving camp sites in Hot Springs NC, so contact us soon to reserve your spot. There are lots of other accommodations, B&Bs, etc close by if tenting it is not your thing.
5:00 – 11:00 Check in & Fellowship ( hot spring campsites 409 & 411 ) 315 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743
7:00 Dinner & Campfire ( Fajitas!)
9:00 Highlighted readings of Picturesque America and the French Broad chapter. Also more in depth information about the preservation through art project.
8:30 Meet at ArtiSun Gallery on 16 S Andrews Ave, in Hot Springs
9:00 Short hike to create Interpretations of Lovers leap
1:30 Short drive to create interpretations of Paint Rock
5:30 Fun dip in the Hot Springs- reserve your spot
7:30- until Camp dinner ( Jambalaya ! ), art, sharing & fellowship around the campfire
8:30 Meet at ArtiSun Gallery on 16 South Andrews Ave ( downtown Hot springs)
9:00 Hike to the top of Lovers Leap on part of the AT and get an opportunity to create from this amazing vantage point!
Lunch in town then farewells
* If you can not be there for the entire weekend please let us know your intentions so we can plan accordingly for the hot tube and breakfast and dinner headcount. Cell reception is very limited so planning and PRE- communication is essential.
Look forward to seeing you there!
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Scouts and Adult Leaders from Troop 91 along with students from Christ School in Asheville cleaned debris and tires from a segment of the Hominy Creek, a tributary to the French Broad River.
A total of 90 young men and adults came out to get wet and muddy that fruitful day, along with RiverLink’s Dave Russell and Justin Young, and awesome volunteer Bob Ruddy.
Altogether, 283 man hours were put into cleaning up our environment. Hominy Creek along the Buncombe County Sports Complex hasn’t been that clean in a while.
The “good news” is that most all of the tires could be identified as coming from decades past. It appears these have been in the stream a long time and there is no new tire-dumping going on.
The project has been listed on the World Scouting Website and Scouts have earned the Messengers of Peace award and patch for participating.
I am very proud of Scout of Troop 91 and am honored to be a leader in the troop.
I had the honor of spending time with Lee Stetson, the actor who has portrayed a hero to so many, John Muir. He was in town performing
The Tramp & The Roughrider. A brilliant interpretation of the camping trip Muir had with President Roosevelt had that, by Muir’s influence led to the early preservation of our natural wild places. I have imagined what that meeting and conversation must have been like so often in my mind, it was wonderful to see it brought to life. Do to obvious time line issues I can not take a hike with Muir himself, but Lee Stetson portrays the icon with such gentle integrity that it is hard not believe you are in his presence. Our conversation and his interest in our project strengthened my resolve to continue beyond measure.
Don’t miss an opportunity to see him perform one more time tonight at ACT theater. It is more than entertaining, it is a fund raiser for Mountain True, a newly formed group composed of three different long-standing conservation groups. They are poised to do good work through the combined efforts here in Western NC.
Fifty years ago, on September 3, 1964, PresidentLyndon Baines Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System and
setting aside 9.1 million acres of wild lands for the use and enjoyment of the American people. As a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has since added nearly 100 million more acres to this unique land preservation system. The Sierra Club and the Smithsonian Institution have collaborated on a short 8-minute film that is now showing at the entrance to the National Museum of Natural History’s new Wilderness Forever exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Interesting article from my home state- and impacting us all.
Dan Chu, director of the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign, spent a few days with his family in a small South Carolina coastal town this summer. Enjoying the catch of the day at a local crab shack, they noticed a sign on a grocery store across the road that read, “Don’t ruin our ocean with sonic cannons.” It turns out the waters off the Atlantic coast have recently been opened up to seismic testing — the first step toward offshore drilling.
Photo by Alaska Resource Library and Information Resources
Art of the natural and historic world:
Other great resources:
Sierra Club Magazine