Red Clay Hills

Paul Gore

Sign painter and muralist Paul Gore received his first set of paintbrushes from his father when he was 14 years old. His father was an artist and a college art professor, who painted signs for extra money. He drove Paul to his first job, hand-lettering the logo on the window of the New York Life

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Alan Kolodny

Alan Kolodny learned to crochet at a young age from his grandmother. As an Orthodox Jew, she would make his kippah (head covering) and tried to teach crocheting to Kolodny’s mother, but it never took. “My mother could not do it to save her life, so [my grandmother] figured she better teach me,” says Kolodny.

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Sparta Opry

For nearly 20 years folks looking for good music and good food have gravitated towards Sparta, a small town in Chickasaw County in north-central Mississippi. In the early 1990s, a small group of men met in an abandoned house to play music. Now known as the Sparta Opry, with a nod towards country music variety

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Sebastopol Opry

The Sebastopol Opry is a locally produced, bimonthly country and bluegrass show. It is presented on the second and fourth Friday of each month in a building in “downtown” Sebastopol (a town of 200 in far northeastern Scott County) and is managed by Joe and Brenda Fairchild. The show is very informal, primarily featuring musicians

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