2019 Summer Series

2019 Summer Series

This year our summer programs began with revisiting Sherwood Forest’s early days by hosting a naturalist-in-residence. With a comfortable base ay our headquarters, The Cove. Michael Kuo, the “mushroom expert”, led walks and gave a talk on mushroom identification. He spent five days here and will share the results of his research with us later this year. SFF members at the patron and benefactor levels enjoyed an intimate gathering with Michael and Melissa Kuo at the home of Virginia Bedford that featured mushroom-themed small bites.Preceding our big fund raising event Patty Stahl and her uncle, Doug Pace, demonstrated how distilled beverages are made followed by a history of moonshine making right here in our hills.

Our first ever “Moonshine Cabaret” was the highlight of our summer programs. What started as a dream raised $2500 for scholarships to our local communities. It also demonstrated that we can produce ambitious events limited only by our imagination. SFF member donations designated for stage lighting enabled us to purchase state-of-the-art, cool, energy-efficient LED lighting for our performers and gave near-professional results. John Peterson began the evening’s festivities with a demonstration of traditional Appalachian musical instruments. Following John, our very own Carol McCullough became “The Marvelous Mrs. McCullough” and had the audience rolling in the aisles with her witty observations on aging. The headline act featured the lively music of Asheville band, Queen Bee and the Honeylovers. They played many songs from their latest CD which tell stories of old Asheville.

The last program we offered was on Appalachian quilts. Peter Koch and Pam Meister brought a collection of fifteen heirloom quilts to Robing Hood Barn and explained how quilts served to preserve the history of early mountain residents as well as keep the bed warm. We thank the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University for sharing their treasures with us.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the season possible and especially, to our excellent speakers and entertainers!


Mushroom walk with Michael Kuo. LtoR: Gwenne Hastings-Hayes, Ray Ward, Melissa Kuo, Linda Vandervoort, Michael kuo, Carol Dugger, Bebbie MacCary. Front: Margaret Napier, Susan Goldsworthy.  {photo © Greg Allikas}

Robin Hood Barn was transformed into a Prohibition era speakeasy. Queen Bee and the Honeylovers played their own brand of swing. {photo © Chuck O’Rear}>
Many attendees at the cabaret dressed in period costume. Here is SFF board member, the flapper Lelia Duncan. {photo © Chuck O’Rear}

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