History & Culture

Inside the Maple Sugar Camps: Sweet Winter Harvest

Inside the Maple Sugar Camps: Sweet Winter Harvest

*This article was posted on March 21, 2014 by Beauty Along the Road* Just when you think that winter has frayed your last nerve and spring still seems a distant dream, Mother Nature is quietly working her magic. When the nights are still freezing but the days are...

Stories Hidden in Plain Sight

Stories Hidden in Plain Sight

Conley Colaw is over 80 years old and has lived in Blue Grass, Virginia, his whole life. He has stories to share, and some of them can be read in the quilt squares nailed to the old sugar shack along his driveway.  It all started with one he bought from Margie Boesch...

Monterey Livestock: A Highland Icon Reawakened

Monterey Livestock: A Highland Icon Reawakened

What do you think of when you think of Highland County?  Some of you may say an enthusiastic, “Maple!” And, while sugar-making is important to our little, mountain community, I always think of our wide-open spaces and mild climate - perfect for raising livestock. ...

Morning Porch Report: Blessed are the Santa Clauses

Morning Porch Report: Blessed are the Santa Clauses

I know there are families all around the globe that have and/or know a man, who has eyes full of love and a smile that touches your very soul. We were blessed to have such a man amongst our family. For he, at Christmas, dear readers, was our Santa Claus.

On A Rainy Year, “Fair” is Spelled “Mud”

On A Rainy Year, “Fair” is Spelled “Mud”

Writing pieces like “... Gimme A Quarter” and “A Year Without the Highland County Fair” brings so many good memories of the Highland County Fair to mind.   Four days of FUN for everyone. Rides, games, shows, contests, performances … some hometown folks work on...

Putting a Face to Highland Fair History

Putting a Face to Highland Fair History

Every year, many of us attend the Highland County Fair. We pay for our Season Ticket. We treat ourselves to ribeye steak sandwiches, ice cream, cotton candy, milkshakes, onion rings, funnel cakes, and fried Oreos. We pass over a quarter for a game of Bingo, or we yell...

Honor (And Anxiety) at the Highland County Horse Show

Honor (And Anxiety) at the Highland County Horse Show

In 1997, I received one of the greatest honors of my life. I carried the United States Flag on horseback to open the Highland County Fair Horse Show. As a child, I would stand next to the fence to watch veteran horsemen Mack Ratcliffe - adorned in formal United States...