Telling Appalachia’s Story
I’m Michael Barrick of Lenoir, N.C. A West Virginia native, I’ve spent my whole life (well, not yet) in Appalachia – except for being trapped in Charlotte, N.C. for six years until I found I-77 and headed north, back home, and then back to Western North Carolina. It’s a long story after that. Which leads me to … if you are interested in stories about Appalachian people working in the creative and performing arts, environmental activism, historical preservation and generally working to preserve our sacred mountains, keep reading!
I have not abandoned hope that we can return our region to one that is at peace, not divided by partisan fanaticism. It is my experience that the best way for that to happen is for the performance and creative arts to thrive. Indeed, they “Ignite the Spirit of Peace.” The arts are the universal language.
There are others as well – those working to preserve some of the region’s most precious resources – the people, the mountains, air, streams, and rich collection of historical buildings such as those in the Springs areas of the Virginias.
We operate out of Lenoir and Sweet Springs Resort Park in Monroe County, W.Va, near the Virginia line (above is the resort, designed by Thomas Jefferson). We also operate out of Lewis County, W.Va. so that we can provide coverage for Southern and Central Appalachia, in particular on the fossil fuel industry.