Most Southwest Virginia natives have tasted the sweetness of apple butter, or maybe watched a carver whittle a block of wood into a work of art.
Those are just a couple of examples of Blue Ridge culture.
This week's "Time Off" segment profiles an institute that specializes in helping local residents trace their roots.
Here's Kimberly McBroom.
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The Blue Ridge Institute Museums are located on the Ferrum College campus, just a 45- minute drive down Route 220 from Roanoke.
Inside, you'll find an exhibit you can really sink your teeth into--
More than 100 varieties of apples used to be produced in western Virginia-- many with interesting names.
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTIT. DIR.: SO, WHERE IN ONE AREA IT MIGHT BE KNOWN AS A RAMBO, MAYBE DOWN IN CARROLL COUNTY, IT WAS AN IMPERIAL RAMBO. BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF DIFFERENT APPLES GROWN HERE.))
Moore is the director of the Blue Ridge Institute.
He says the apple exhibit was harvested from numerous requests of Virginia residents to bring back some of the old apples.
The other exhibit at the museum is titled, "Playing with Knives-- Folk Carvings from Western Virginia".
The works are creations by self- taught carvers, depicting stories about the region.
This one was done by a retired machinist from Craig County.
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTIT. DIR.: A NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE IN HIS CARVINGS ARE-- THERE ARE SOME WITH HIS SONS AND I THINK THIS IS HIS WIFE'S MOTHER AND A GROUP OF FRIENDS IN THE QUILTING, BUT ALL THESE CARVING ARE PEOPLE HE KNOWS.))
Moore says the institute is the state's center for Blue Ridge folklore and folk life--
It not only houses exhibits, but a gift shop and complete music library.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: ONE OF THE BIGGEST ATTRACTIONS HERE IS THE FARM MUSEUM. IT'S NOT OPEN RIGHT NOW, BUT IT'LL RE- OPEN IN MAY AND STAY OPEN UNTIL MID- AUGUST. IT TOO TRANSPORTS VISITORS BACK IN TIME, WITH GARDENS, FURNITURE, AND LIVESTOCK TYPICAL OF THE 1800S. ))
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTIT. DIR.: YOU HAVE TO BE WANTING TO COME HERE TO SEE SOMETHING. WE JUST DON'T HAVE THAT DRIVE-BY, DROP-IN TRAFFIC, BEING OUT HERE AT FERRUM. BUT WE FIND MORE AND MORE THAT PEOPLE DO MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND OUR EXHIBITS. WE'RE ALREADY GETTING CALLS ON THE FESTIVAL THIS FALL.))
Each fall, 15 to 20- thousand visitors flock to the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival to celebrate the region's rich heritage.
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTIT. DIR.: WE'RE WORKING ON EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW FROM DOCUMENTARY THE HISTORY OF THE OLD STARKEY DRAG STRIP IN ROANOKE TO WORKING ON AN EXHIBIT ON NATIVE VIRGINIA BALLADS AND SONGS THAT'LL GO ON THE INTERNET. OUR NEXT EXHIBIT IN HERE WILL BE ON BASKETS AND THEIR USE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, SO WE HAVE A LOT OF ONGOING PROJECTS AND RESEARCH THAT JUST CONTINUES TO GO ON.))
The lessons in Blue Ridge culture come fairly cheaply--
Admission is free to the exhibit galleries.
And once the farm museum re- opens this spring, adults can get in for three- dollars, children and senior citizens for two- dollars.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Ferrum.
[TAPE# morning sports]
ACC teams played for a spot in today's final four.
And a crash put a damper on yesterday's qualifying for the Atlanta Primestar 500.
Here's Mike Stevens with more.
Good Morning Mike.
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Finally this morning Did You See That?
You might say this dog likes to blow her own horn.
Champ and her owner, Karen Eisel (Ice-el), are inseperable.
For Champ, a trip to the supermarket is an adventure, but that seperation is just too much to bear.
And when whimpering doesn't work, Champ pulls out the big guns.
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