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Meet the Author Event at Glencoe Studios


Glencoe Studios is proud to host a very special event on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Author and avid hiker Danny Bernstein will be on hand to speak about her most recent book, The Mountains-To-Sea Trail Across North Carolina. Danny will have copies of her book available for purchase and personalized signing. 

Danny’s book chronicles her trek and the people she met along the way as she traversed the Mountains-To-Sea Trail (“MST”), which stretches some 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park along the Outer Banks.  The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stops at many of North Carolina’s most beautiful places along the way. 

 At the signing, Danny will share a slide show presentation that highlights the most spectacular, historic, and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape that she encountered.   Here’s a preview of what you can expect to hear:

“Walking the backroads in the Piedmont was fascinating.  In fact, walking the road on the MST (Piedmont and Coastal Plains) is what makes the trail different from most other hiking experiences.  I love talking to people.  How could I have met Lynn, Debra of Emily’s Cookies, and countless others if the trail had been all between two sets of trees?  I’ve completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in the Smokies and many other hiking challenges and the MST is on par with all these experiences.  It’s just different.  The trail is finished; it’s just not all on footpaths.”

 Glencoe Studios will open at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 7, 2013; we will welcome Danny at 2:00 PM.  Glencoe Studios is located in the old machine shop at Glencoe Mill Village, 2320 River Road, Burlington, NC.  Make plans to stop by to meet the author, and learn a little something new about our great state!    


Photographers out at Glencoe Mill


Textile Heritage Museum at Glencoe

Glencoe is often photographed, and I’ve seen both professional and amateur photographs of the mill that have knocked my socks off.  (The photo above is by Rafe Martin and shows the Textile Heritage Museum in the village.)  It’s always fun to see Glencoe from different perspectives, and the photos serve to introduce us to the work of wonderfully talented photographers too.   Here are a couple of my latest favorites:

Lane Watson:  View of the Dye House at Glencoe Mill

View of the Mill Race at Glencoe Mill Village by Rafe Martin

Rafe Martin: View of the Mill Race at Glencoe Mill Village

The Napper House at Glencoe Mill by Monique de Latour

Monique de Latour:  View of the Napper House at Glencoe Mill

Glencoe Mill Street by Dan RouthDan Routh: View up Glencoe Street

Do you know of other photographers who have shot scenes at Glencoe?  We’d love to hear!

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Yard sale, music, and poetry–sounds good to me!

I continue to receive updates and interesting tidbits, and as always, I’m happy to share them.

First, if you like yard sales, make note:  On April 4, 2009, 10:00 a.m., the Textile Heritage Museum and various Glencoe Village homeowners will be having a big yard sale!  We may also jump in and pull some things out of the Mill buildings and set up our own tables to help out with the Museum fundraiser.

Second, if you like bluegrass music, head out to Glencoe this Saturday, March 21, 2pm-6pm, for the Front Porch Pickin’.  If you miss it this month, don’t worry!  Folks gather every third Saturday of the month.

Finally, Frank forwarded this month’s poem from the Piedmont Laureate and suggested that it might be a nice to share it on our blog.  The Piedmont Laureate Program is new this year and is a collaborative effort by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, the Durham Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

i go into rooms with rumi

by Jaki Shelton Green

i wear new faces into rooms
i’ve never gone into before; faces
stitched by hands of grandmothers
whose skin is clay
whose clan is wind
awakening from earth’s sleep

i wear new faces into a
pitch of circles
a sky of dervishes
a dance of holy

i sit with river tears
that have stained the throats of elders
burned the soles of
wandering infants
and laced the tea of thirsty virgins

i sit with the wide leaves of palm trees
leaves hurled from the recesses
of their color, their markings
i wear new faces into rooms
where i’ve never gone before

i wear new faces
crawling into southern veins
screaming veins
owing into southern creeks
along side rail tracks choking with wisteria
tracks that refuse
to give back black bones
to black mothers
whose sons’ skin is now the fabric of steel

we wash kinky babies in dew drops
gathered in secret
muscadine smells
send trails of rapture and salvation
into woods
full of hushed song
juneteenth hugging and dancing
reclaim bootlegging warriors
reclaim hootchie kootchie damsels
straightening their backs
while stretching their legs
clad with red fox
primrose pomade
starched mouths
rinsing out red clay stains
for a baptism that will not cleanse

Elon students bring big ideas

I mentioned a while back that Frank and I had the pleasure of hearing presentations given by Elon University students about feasible uses for Glencoe Mill.  It was a good night, and the students’ enthusiasm was infectious.  We brainstormed and chatted about their ideas and other all the way back to Raleigh.  Those are always fun nights!

Dr. Janet MacFall was kind enough to send us the reports that the students generated, and I thought it might be fun to share some of the highlights here.  Four groups presented that night, and three of these groups focused specifically on a possible use for one of the Glencoe Mill buildings.  The fourth group presented a study they had completed on floatables caught up at the dam.  They discovered that much of the trash in the Haw River at Glencoe has traveled downstream from the Greensboro area.  Next time we do a Haw River clean-up, I’m tempted to drive that garbage right back over there.  But I digress…

Group 1: Claire Campbell, Bennett Hart, Colleen Higgins, Alicia Krawczak, Kyle Pelligra, Ashley Steele

“Glencoe’s Main Mill Building Proposal”

This group conducted a Needs Assesment for the area and concluded that, in the area around Glencoe Mill, a market exists for rental units, a fitness center, and a community market.  They suggest that these facilities could be housed in the Main Mill and Mill Addition comfortably, and that these uses, both private and public would fit quite well together and would be amenities for the surrounding community as well.

Group 2: Christina Orangio, Evan Ross, Margaret Zimmerman, Katherine Lee, Breanna Detwiler, and Rachael Rider

“Establishing an Environmental Education Center at Glencoe”

This group conducted a needs assesment for the area and concluded that Alamance County is in need for an environmental education center (EEC), having none, and that Glencoe Mill would provide an appropriate and exciting location.  The creation of an EEC would benefit the surrounding community and the local school systems.  Glencoe Mill, they found, would be a good location due to its proximity to the Haw River and Great Bend Park, its distinctive history, its designation as a Brownfields site, and its hydroelectric plant.

Group 3: Diana Ennis, Chris Farnsworth, Jim Frisch, Emily Henderson, Chris Miller, Rebecca von dem Hagen

“Proposal for the Glencoe Art Factory”

This group proposed The Glencoe Art Factory, an artist collaborative housed in the Napper House with rentable studio spaces, shared gallery space, and a classroom area.  They looked at several different examples of artist collaboratives (like Pottery Northwest, Lyndson Street Art Works, and Golden Belt Arts), surveyed local artists, and studied the importance of art in local communities.  They concluded that the creation of a Glencoe Art Factory would “provide a centralized hub for artists across the area to meet and work and by doing so advanc[e] their profession, thus strengthening Alamance County.”

As you can see, these are all exciting ideas, and we’d love to hear what you think about them.  If you’d like, share your comments below and read what others are thinking!

Come and get it – we’re clearing out the Machine Shop!

On Saturday, October 18, from 12:30pm-4:00pm, we are going to open up the Machine Shop to the public. We’ll be cleaning out the Machine Shop in the coming weeks, and we’ve had multiple requests from people who want to get in and go through what’s there before we haul the contents away. So we’re opening up the building, and inviting you to come and take away anything that’s not nailed down.

The Machine Shop today

Pay $2 to get in, and once you’re inside, you can take away as little or as much as you want. If you can get it down the steps and out the door, it’s yours! First come, first serve.

Here are some things to note:

The Machine Shop’s second floor walls are lined with rows and rows of bins. Some of the bins are empty, some of them have old machine and loom parts in them. The shop hasn’t really been cleaned out since Glencoe Mill closed, so it’s quite a collection. At the very least, it’s fun to paw through and see what’s there. Here are some pictures I took that might give you an idea of what it’ll be like up there:

As you can see, it’s a mess up there – dirt, dust, and boxes of who knows what! I suggest you bring some gardening or work gloves and wear some sturdy shoes. A flashlight might also come in handy as the walls are lined with bins which get a little dark.

If you’re handy or a crafter or a scrounger, this might be a fun afternoon for you! Click below to see other photos of the Machine Shop.

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Kicking off Textile Heritage Week!

On Saturday, Dave, my fiance, and I made our way to Glencoe for the Textile Heritage Week festivities. The weather was just right — sunny and not too hot. We were pleased to see that many other families had come to Glencoe to enjoy the activities in the Village. Musicians were out in force for Front Porch Pick’n, and by the time Dave and I left, there were two bands playing on porches on either side of Glencoe Street. I saw a couple groups setting up, getting ready to jump in. What a scene! There were people sitting out in the yard, and in rocking chairs on porches listening and talking. I couldn’t help thinking that, at least in spirit, this must have been how Glencoe mill workers spent some finer fall days.

Click below to see pictures and read more!

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