May 21st, 2012
Written by Wendy Innes in Feature Stories, Latest News with 1 Comment
Perhaps no group of people has a higher list of stereotypes than those who call the Appalachian Mountains home. When many people think of the Appalachian Mountain people, what normally comes to mind is Snuffy Smith smoking a corncob pipe, wearing overalls, and being lazy. Many of the stereotypes that people think of today originate from a single publication called "A Strange Land and Peculiar...
June 22nd, 2011
Written by Talia Page in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Is it true that the Scottish and Irish are distant cousins and share a common culture? They seem to have a lot in common — kilts, bagpipes, etc.~Curious In ComptonDear Curious,Due to the geographic proximity of Scotland and Ireland, and thanks to a string of over-laps and run-ins over the course of the past hundreds of years, the Scots and the Irish do exhibit many cultural...
June 15th, 2011
Written by Rita Cook in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
The first written record of Scotch whiskey was in 1494 and since that time, Scotch has seemingly never lost its popularity. Case in point, a recent issue of Wine Spectator magazine had two glasses of scotch on the cover and a lead story called “A Wine Lovers Guide to Scotch.”The Scotch Whisky Association notes that no one knows exactly when the art of distilling first occurred in Scotland, but it...
June 8th, 2011
Written by Terez Howard in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
What do a missionary doctor, inventor of the steam engine, and a prime minister all have in common?They make up three of the 16 marble-sculpted busts in the Hall of Heroes, located in the National Wallace Monument on top of Abbey Craig in Scotland. The presence of these 16 Scots reflect the views of the individuals and organizations of the 19th century who felt the 16 men’s contributions to...
June 1st, 2011
Written by Marlene Caroselli in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
Many years ago, my college roommate and I spent a year in England. As the New Year approached, we heard repeatedly, “You should spend the holiday in Scotland. They really know how to celebrate there. Everyone’s welcome.” They were talking of course, about “Hogmanay.”We never did make it to the land of bagpipes and kilts, shortbread, Andrew Carnegie and wassail, lads and lassiestartans, and haggis...
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