ON HUNTING AND FISHING: A CULTURAL VIGNETTE FROM OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER
In case you can’t read the photo captions from the newspaper:
RAINBOW TROUT – Tim Peterson caught a 6 ¼ lb, 25-inch Rainbow Trout on South Toe (River) Wednesday evening, December 9. (Yancey Common Times Journal – December 16, 2009 – Page 16)
AVERY GETS FIRST DEER – Avery Black killed his first deer on Friday, November 27, 2009. He is 9 years old and shot a 9-point. Avery is the son of Mike and Mary Beth Black of Bakers Creek Road. (Yancey Common Times Journal – December 16, 2009 – Page 16)
JOHN’S FIRST MOUSE OF SEASON – John D. Richards of Burnsville kills his first mouse of the season, a one ounce no count rodent, using peanut butter and a Victor trap. Wife, Claudia, is most proud. Oscar, the cat, is embarrassed. Visitors to TRAC’s Studio Tour this weekend can talk to John about his trophy mouse at Yummy Mud Puddle studio in Burnsville. (Yancey Common Times Journal – December 2, 2009 – Page 5)
Fishing and Hunting are two of the favorite sports enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts in our area – by all age groups. It is a rite of passage in this mountain heritage for young boys to kill their first deer. Driving along our back roads, it is not uncommon to see an ornamental deer sculpture in the yard made out of a resinous material with numerous gouges in the ornament. This is not yard decoration but bow and arrow target practice for the young boys of the family in preparation for this time of multi-generational male bonding – akin to that from Robert Bly's book, Iron John. There are seasons on deer for bow and arrow hunting as well as gun kills. Read our blog about Mountain Heritage High School, "A Brotherhood of Players", to understand more of our accomplished youth and their local culture.
Among our many acclaimed artists and craftsmen is local icon, John D. Richards. He is pictured with his first mouse of the season. This sort of thoughtful humor informs his art as well. This is from his website, “ You may have seen his work in Tiffany & Co., Bonwit Teller, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, The Museum of Contemporary Crafts NYC, The Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville FL & various publications: House & Garden, American Home, Playboy, Asheville Citizen Times, Yancey Common Times Journal, Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, The London Times, Folio & the prestigious Saint Augustine Record to name a few.He has also subjected the unsuspecting public to his art in his various gallery stores: Impressions in Long Branch NJ, The Temple of Great Art No Spitting in Saint Augustine FL, and Yummy Mud Puddle in Provincetown MA, Nyack NY & now Burnsville NC. Enjoy the madness!"
John and his wife, Claudia Dunaway – also an artist, are part of a local band, Hot Duck Soup. They also have a vacation rental with the same name as the studio, Yummy Mud Puddle,
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