Apples and Fiddles

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, October 10, 1997

Go with me? Harvest time calls from the Fairmount Orchard on Walden Ridge, where we can stock up on Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Winesaps and what's left of the Jonathons.

And to keep winter and the doctor far, far away, we'll buy apple butter, apple jelly, apple cinnamon bread, applesauce muffins, and apple pie. If we go on Saturday we can watch them make apple cider; though we can buy a steaming hot mugfull any day of the week.

Searching for the Great Pumpkin? He might be hiding in the pile of them we'll find at the Orchard. Buy for October; they have cornhusks and cookbooks and even cinnamon sprinkles for your chilly-morning toast. The Orchard offers tours for school groups too; a fun way to learn it takes more than Johnny Appleseed to bring in a good crop.

As there is no smell sweeter than a basket of apples fresh off the tree, there is no sound sweeter than authentic mountain music, fiddled with a smiling heart.

Mountain Opry, the treasure of Walden Ridge, has been drawing crowds every Friday night since 1979. "We usually have about five bands," says Ray Fox. "But it's not a big staged event. The format is informal - people show up, and they play."

The music is bluegrass, country, and folk; made with banjos, mandolins, guitars, and of course, the fiddle. It's called Old Time music because it's all acoustic - no drums and no electric. According to Ray, one night the power went out but the show continued by candlelight!

During this family-fun time toes will tap, hands will clap, and children will wander to the stage and dance to the real-time tunes. Refreshments are sold in the hall, near the collection of photos and Opry memorabilia.

Donations are used to maintain the building, which is the auditorium of the Old Fairmount School. It was given to the community by the County Board of Education and is administered by the Walden Ridge Civic League.

Known around the world, the Mountain Opry has received such national and international media coverage as CNN, Sunday Today, and the BBC. You have a chance to enjoy it tonight. See you there.

Fairmount Orchard and Mountain Opry, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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