Blue Ridge Pilgrimage: A Collection of Columns by Mary Ann Claud
When Mary Ann Claud set out to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains from her home in Tryon, NC, she knew she would find waterfalls, scenic overlooks and charming small towns. But would she have predicted a full scale, private observatory, a mynah bird in charge of a gas station or an alternative theory of where Abraham Lincoln was born? Probably not, yet there they were and she captured all of that, and more, in her weekly newspaper columns for the Hendersonville, N.C. Times-News. The columns collected here will inspire readers to embark on their own Blue Ridge pilgrimage.
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Mary Ann Claud's keen insight, her curiosity, her ability to get strangers to share their stories, her wit and her descriptive powers made her an ideal choice for a roving columnist charged with bringing fresh eyes to the people and places of the Carolina mountains and foothills. --Joy Franklin, retired executive editor, Hendersonville Times News and Asheville Citizen Times
In these columns, Mary Ann Claud celebrates our region and its people with finely crafted senses and sentences. --Kathy Ackerman, author of Coal River Road and other books of poetry