Sunday, October 10, 2010

At Home in Biscoe

We have spent the last two days visiting my niece, Kjersti DeVries, at her home in Biscoe, NC.  She is a very busy lady because she is the pastor of two United Methodist churches, but she carved out some time on Saturday afternoon to show us around.
The first place we visited was the town of Seagrove.  According to this website, the Seagrove area is one of the largest communities of potters with the longest continual history of pottery making in the United States.  We met potters Wyndham and Melanie Dennison and shopped in their gallery.  Wyndham shared many facts about pottery: firing, the crystalizing process, and how colors are added to glazes by adding natural components such as nickel or zinc.  I bought a beautiful mixing bowl with a blend of blues and grays and purples.  I love bowls because they speak to the hospitality and comfort they allow us to share with our families and friends.

My new bowl.

The town of Biscoe sits at the edge of the Uwharrie National Forest and yesterday was the Uwharrie Mountain Festival.  This free festival was a one-day affair offered primarily to families with young children.  Naomi and Aidan had fun painting pumpkins.  Evan learned about archaeology, tied some knots, and made trail mix.  We watched some canoe races and lumberjacks and practiced orienteering.  Vendors were selling everything from Alpaca-wool mittens to smoked turkey legs to earrings and necklaces.  I was impressed by an 11-year-old named Hollie who was selling necklaces.
These cute necklaces are made from none other than.....
.......Scrabble Tiles!
Today we worshipped at Page Memorial UMC with about 35 other church members.  The small gathering was a clear example of community and family.  I’m very proud of my niece and what she is doing to lead her flocks.

I’ve learned a few things about the people in North Carolina.  They love to drink sweet tea, they say y’all a lot, and their roads rarely run straight.  The most important thing is this: they are good people!  So, Kjersti, thank you for your hospitality.  We really enjoyed our stay.

Trivia Time!

10.  The slogan "First in Flight" is seen on many North Carolina license plates.  On December 3, 1903 what brothers flew a "lighter-than-air airplane" and where did they do so?  (2 points)

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