1988 was the year that I moved to the beautiful mountains of Alleghany County, NC. I was 26. My first job was working at Marion’s Old Homeplace, run by Bud Marion and his wife Watana. The homeplace had been Bud’s childhood home, a rambling early 20th century farmhouse, surrounded by giant trees and nestled just off Glade Valley Road. And a terrific place to work! Bud gave me a chance. He usually hired local kids to either cook or wait tables, his way of giving back to the community. Bud had a great laugh. He was always telling the clientele stories of his youth, of the homeplace, and of local characters. Bud was a great Host, he had such a wonderful way with people. All ladies were called Honey or Darlin’. I don’t think that I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like Bud. He was just such a great guy.
Two weeks ago, I was in town, just picking up a few things for the house. I came out of Dollar General and noticed Bud sitting in his car. I walked over to say Hello. He was having a hard time. Trying to find his keys and his oxygen line was getting in the way of completing that goal. But he still had a smile for me and a story. He didn’t know what he was going to do with Watana, the doctors had told her time and again to take it easy – and every-time he would look for her at home, he’d always find her out working in the yard, pulling weeds. He told me that it was a bitch getting old, he didn’t like it at all, and he told me he was ready to go whenever God decided that it was his time. I got a little teary eyed when he said that, because I would miss him And he said, “Now Allan, don’t be doing that, I’ll be alright, God’s going to take care of me.”
Rest in Peace Bud Marion
Good Morning All – it is a beautiful SUNNY day in Air Bellows Gap, 64* with a wonderful cool breeze.
We had about 30-40 folks yesterday and 50-60 today. Thank you all for coming, we enjoy getting to know each and everyone of you.
Thanks to Scott & Kathy, Mike & Dee, Lee & Mary Pat, Jennifer, Candy, Seal, Rebecca, Edward & Pamela, Marilyn, Pat & Elizabeth, Gay, Susan, Marybeth, and Cathy M. and all the others who paid us a visit.
Two days into the tour and the weather has been fairly good, we had a little bit of rain yesterday about 4:45, and today we had a morning shower and another in the afternoon. I believe that Sunday will be our best weather day.
Wow! what a winter we had in Air Bellows Gap. As spring slowly crawls up the mountain, we’re getting ready for June. Summertime ! When the living is easy. Remember, the Studio Tour is the 3rd weekend.
June 20, 21 and 22.
Thank You to all our customers and future customers who made our studio tour and wonderful success!
2 days to go until the Studio Tour, lots of last minute to-do’s, Gary is soldiering stars almost finished with these 50.
Have gotten “Air Bellows Sunrise” in it’s wormy chestnut frame this morning. Hope to get “choose & cut” in it’s zinc frame this evening.
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Amazingly, of the 20 stars that we made up a few days back, 36 hours after I posted photo’s of them on Facebook all but 2 sold. So yesterday we cut out 45 more, today we will grind and foil, and maybe finish a few.
It’s Fall in Air Bellows Gap. The Maples are showing their colors, along with the Poplars and Sarvice trees. Its a beautiful time of year.
A few years back a fella from around here gave us a box of glass that had been removed from an old Baptist church. The colors were very neutral, not the bright colors I like to use – so I really didn’t know what to do with the glass, it sort of got pushed into a corner and forgotten.
As we were coming upon time for the fall studio tour, I was trying to think of an item that could be “quick & easy” to assemble for the Christmas season. What about a simple star for the top of the tree? That worked for me. 5 pieces, about a yard of copper, and a few other things.
Just finishing up the first 20 today – 5 are already sold.