SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS: Apple stack cakes made with locally accessible ingredients like sorghum, buttermilk and dried apples were among simple but delicious dishes traditionally served on Appalachian holiday tables. Photo by Tim Robison

Preserving tradition: Appalachian Food Storybank collects tales of mountain meals

Lester and Marietta Crayton of Asheville have been married for 70 years and grew up on farmland that is now the Oakley community in East Asheville. Marietta recalls going barefoot all summer and that when fall came, she gathered chestnuts to sell to the grocery man so she could buy shoes in Mars Hill for school. The Appalachian Food Storybank has been collecting stories like these since 2011. (photo by Tim Robison)

FEAST YOUR EARS: Acoustic Syndicate's Thanksgiving shows are an annual tradition, but how does Steve "Big Daddy" McMurry, center, celebrate the holiday at home? For the past six years, he and his wife, Jerrianne, have hosted 50-60 cousins and friends in what he calls a “misfit Thanksgiving.” Photo by Lynne Harty

Acoustic Syndicate gives thanks at Grey Eagle with annual homecoming show

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry has plenty to be thankful for this year. High on the list for the Acoustic Syndicate singer/guitarist are his wife, Jerrianne, his family and his Cleveland County farm, in which he and his cousin/bandmate Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) are partners. And then there are Acoustic Syndicate’s loyal fans, without whom […]