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As our state’s first seat of government, William Tryon, North Carolina’s first Colonial Governor and architect John Hawks designed an exquisite Georgian mansion and capitol building. When the main building burned in 1798, the grounds fell into ruin as New Bern development encroached over the site. But after WWII, the Tryon Palace Commission and a garden committee formed to research the possibility of reconstructing the site. Join us to discover how they uncovered history’s fascinating footprint to reconstruct a treasured attraction.
Scenes of Colonial life are courtesy of UNC-TV's dramatic production, Alamance.
David Holt is familiar to UNC-TV viewers as host of FOLKWAYS but in this segment the tables are turned to interview this four-time Grammy winner who’s been performing and recording music for over thirty years. He’ll tell us about his passion for traditional American music and storytelling and treat us to some tunes with his band the Lightning Bolts. We also get a brief visit with another multi-Grammy winner, Doc Watson, with whom he’s performed for more than ten years.
At the foot of the Black Mountain Range in Burnsville, a landfill gas-to-energy project is fueling the creative work of artists and horticulturists at the Energy Xchange. Wells situated over the landfill pull methane to a central collection station sending it to boilers and craft studios. The gas also heats the greenhouses where native ornamental shrubbery is raised and sold wholesale locally. The two-fold aim of this enterprising organization is promoting responsible energy use as well as expanding economic development in the area.
Visitors are often treated to the amazing site of watching a work of art being created right before their eyes and can purchase some of them in the on-site gallery.
Note: Heather Dawes appears as the former Executive Director of the Energy XChange.