This morning I took the Blue Ridge Parkway from Linville to Blowing Rock to take pictures and experience walking around the Prayer Tree on Main Street at Take Heart. Owner Sheri Furman followed a spiritual prompt to let those in need of prayer do just that – place their words on paper and tie them to her tree. Now the tree and little garden outside her small unique shop are laden with requests for healing, offers of thanksgiving and even notes from little children.
Blowing Rock was already a buzz of activity on this Sunday morning on the Labor Day weekend, but there was a quiet calm around the garden. I stepped inside and was surrounded by hand-written messages asking for healing from cancer and peace in a home and then hanging just beside it was a note of thanksgiving and a message of hope.
I think no matter who you are or where you are in life – we all need a quiet place to cast our fears, gather our thoughts, ask for help, give thanks and simply relish the gifts God has given us. Thank you, Sheri and Take Heart, for this quiet space on a busy street. I left my note on the tree and walked away feeling, “It is well.”
Just walking around Blowing Rock I could sense that fall was in the air. It is undoubtedly my favorite time of year. Enjoying a drive over the Viaduct with the fall leaf spectacle alone makes it special, but then add in Appalachian football games, tailgating, and cool crisp days for hiking and cycling and you have a recipe for great times. I especially look forward to working the sausage booth at the Valle Country Fair and helping at the Woolly Worm festival with worm race registration the third weekend in October each year.
It just happens that while folks enjoy great art, crafts, music, watching apple butter cooking, racing woolly worms (yes, I mean racing) and amazing food – that thousands of dollars are raised from both fairs that are given back to local children and non-profits in our area. It is truly an amazing weekend in the High Country. In fact, the entire fall season is packed with even more festivals, music, theatre, art exhibits, and happenings to entertain and delight just about any age. We hope that you will take CML magazine with you as a guide to all the great offerings and we would love to hear from you. Most of our features come from folks suggesting story ideas to us.
Be careful on our busy roads, take your time enjoying the sights and enjoy these days before the snow flies and opens even more adventures to explore.
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