This has been a most unusual and thoroughly
enjoyable summer for us and we hope it has been for you also.
For the first time in 35 years, we have come home in the evening
and been able to sit down and have a meal together— at dinner
time! Of course, there was a down side to that. It meant we had
to get back in the swing of things and learn to cook something
besides fish and hushpuppies.
Of course, the weather hasn’t been
conducive to sitting outside much this summer; but with the less
humid weather the last week or so our porch has been getting
some heavy use. It’s so delightful to eat breakfast outside
while enjoying the flowers in our yard and in our hanging
baskets. Occasionally we are graced with a visit from one of our
hummingbirds. The lantana, verbena and trailing geranium baskets
seem to be the favorite filling stations. They will flit from
one to the other sampling the nectar and trying to decide on
Our cats often will decide to keep us company
while we relax in our lawn chairs in the evening. Since we have
one extra chair on the porch, they seem to race to see who can
appropriate it first — and they do not share well! In case you
haven’t gotten the message, we are enjoying our
semi-retirement very much. We are still staying busy—some days
too busy, but we surely are enjoying our free time.
Bob has kept the roses and other flower
gardens in full bloom this summer as well as helping with
raising the trout and campground maintenance. Anthony Smith has
done a great job keeping up with the mowing and trimming that
needed to be done. Since classes have started at Roane State
this fall, Tyler Guldan and Andy Bean will be helping him on
Saturdays and the three of them will keep “The Cricket”
looking as beautiful as ever.
There is so much to look forward to in
October. The trees with their spectacular display of gold, red,
and purple leaves seem to be in competition for most
outstanding. They provide a performance that is almost unmatched
in nature. On a calm day, when the color filled trees are
reflected in the smooth surface of the catfish lake and the
ducks are gliding over the surface of the water like wind blown
pieces of fluff , it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place
than East Tennessee and “The Crosseyed Cricket” in the fall.
October also brings our annual Knapp-In. This
year will be the 6th annual Clinch River Knapp-In and it will
again take place here at “The Cricket” the weekend of Oct.
14th, 15th and 16th. For those of you who might have somehow
missed this event in the past and are wondering what in the
world it is we will try to enlighten you. Knapping is the art of
making arrowheads. Although the Knapp-In is built around this
art there are plenty of other primitive crafts demonstrated and
displayed. People come from around the country to share their
knowledge, enjoyment and proficiency and are happy to welcome
you into their world. As well as crafting arrowheads, there are
demonstrations on many Native American crafts including Bow and
Arrows, Cordage, Blow Guns , primitive fire-making and a pottery
demonstration . Some my favorite pieces of handwork are the
dream catchers, stone-crafted knives and animals, and jewelry
made with beautiful and colorful stones.
Vendors at the Knapp-In aren’t limited to
crafts — they put out some mighty good food too! Last year the
bar-b-cue sandwich was one of the all-time favorites. There are
cold drinks, snacks and of course sweets of some kind. The
Knapp-In is open Fri. and Sat. Oct. 14th and 15th 9:00 A.M. till
dark , and Sun. Oct. 16th 9: A.M. till approximately 4:00 P.M.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be
the International Altal-Altal spear throwing contest which will
be taking place all day on Saturday. The entire weekend is
filled with an array of fascinating and new sights and
experiences and is a time of learning as well as just plain old
fun. For more information go to their website at www.knology.net/~clinchriver
For that one weekend there will not be any
campsites open to the public.
Speaking of the campground — it remains
open year-round. Although with our semi-retirement we closed the
restaurant and fishing we have kept the campground open. People
continue to enjoy the peace and beauty that surrounds them here.
There are plenty of activities with the horseshoes, tetherball,
swings, climbing cabin, canoes and paddle-boats. If you want
some more exercise, you can always take a walk around the lakes.
Fall is a perfect time to go camping. The
cooler crisp air in the morning and evening coupled with the
warm afternoons makes for a fantastic get-a-way. The smell of
the wood fire and the crackle of the flames is a good background
for the laughter and conversation of family and friends. Roasted
hot dogs and nicely browned marshmallows taste so much better
when shared with people we love.
Although our hayride and the accompanying
festivities that our Christmas Tree Plantation involved will not
be available this year , our Christmas Tree Plantation will
still be open to the public. We will have saws available and you
will be able to drive up and choose and cut your tree. We have
some beautiful trees ready this year — White Pine, Scotch Pine
and some Spruce. Toward the end of Nov. we will put a special
message on our voice mailbox giving you more information on
dates and times the plantation will be open. That number is
We miss seeing all of the many friends that
we have made the last 34 years at the restaurant and fish out;
however, we are enjoying this period of our life very much. We
hope and pray that your lives are full and joyful and that your
memories are and will be happy and treasured. Remember —–keep
making those memories. They are precious!
“May grace (which is God’s unmerited
favor) and spiritual peace (which means peace with God and
harmony, unity and undisturbedness) be yours from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2 Amplified Bible