November, 2015 – All the Colors of November

November’s colors abound in garnets and golds, the most beautiful month of the year here in this editor’s humble opinion.

The colors of all four seasons are what “North Carolina’s artist,” William Mangum, brings to life upon many a canvas. We sit down for a Carolina Conversation with the painter and now furniture designer to learn about the Honor Card program, his latest furniture designs and growing up in the state he deems “an artist’s paradise.”

North Carolina’s mountains appear this time of year to be dabbed in paint as the autumn season peaks. This beautiful sight and the mountain climate are just two of the reasons Asheville and the immediate area are ranking No. 1 for retirees. We’ll meet two couples who have made the move from in-state and out-of-state to call the mountains home as our N.C. Destination Retirement series continues.

A nationwide nonprofit, Music and Memory, seeks to improve the quality of life of our elders by matching up iPods with personalized playlists with residents in senior living communities. The program is making sweet music and progress where utilized. We talk with Carmelita Karhoff, long-term care ombudsman for Durham County, to learn about her experiences and the positive impact in our state.

In the northeastern corner of Chatham County approaching the Durham County line, O’Kelly Chapel resides among towering trees in a clearing where believers have gathered since 1794. As our historic church series continues, we learn how this Christian Church bearing its founder’s name remains in special use today without electricity or plumbing, yet still shining in its simplicity of yesteryear.

One annual celebration, A Dickens Holiday, held the Friday after Thanksgiving in Fayetteville pays tribute to the past and author Charles Dickens. The aromas of freshly baked breads and cider put festivalgoers in the holiday spirit as horse-drawn carriages stroll along Hay Street as in days gone by.

Trimming the hoof and shaping a perfect-fitting horseshoe may seem like a trade of the past, but the arts of farriering and blacksmithing remain a necessity. We’ll meet one farrier who travels from New Hill throughout the region molding hot steel, shoeing horses, blacksmithing knives and thankful to be doing what he loves every day.

In this season of Thanksgiving, Jeeves the co-editor and I would like to say thank you to our loyal readers and advertisers for the support you offer us all year long. Thank you for turning these pages with us! Until next month…

– Carrie Frye