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Rural Academy Theater: Horse Pulled Theatre Troupe Tours the Mountains of North Carolina

Friday 10.25.2013 , Posted by

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“We wanted to tour at a more human pace and perform in small towns,“ says co-founder Gabriel Harrell. He explains that the typical experience of touring with theater companies involves bouncing between major cities. For him, this is “a way to celebrate the rural, and celebrate small-town life and culture.”

At the lumbering speed of 2.5 miles per hour, the Rural Academy Theater is making their second tour through Western North Carolina. The horse-drawn performance troupe loads all of its supplies, instruments and equipment into a wagon-trailer while a few bicyclists ride alongside the caravan to scout roads and rest stops. Part gypsy, part nouveau vagabond, the troop puts on quite the performance, both on stage and off. [Read more…]

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A Family That Time Forgot: Traditional Kentucky Living

Thursday 05.03.2012 , Posted by

Life in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky has changed a lot in the past 100 years. What was once a vibrant culture, filled with traditional ways of living, methods of supporting yourself and a reliance on community, is quickly disappearing, if not gone all together. In the early 1980’s, photographer Shelby Lee Adams stumbled upon a forested ‘holler’ called Beehive, the home of the Napier family. Their way of living stunned him. Chickens ran through the yard, hound dogs came running, small cobbled together homes had ceder smoke wafting out of their chimneys… with just one small line for electricity, it was truly like stepping back in time. [Read more…]

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