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OCTOBER 2009 APPALACHIAN JOURNAL APUBLICATION OF MOUNTAIN MESSENGER MEDIA PAGE 7 Take a drive around this 900-square mile paradisiacal expanse and you'll see how quickly fall has come to the Allegheny Mountains and in particular, Pocahontas Coun- ty, home to Snowshoe Moun- tain and Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Colors of fall come first to the west side of the Allegh- enies because several August mornings temps dipped down to mid and high forties. While around the region people kicked off covers during the hot and humid nights, peo- ple here were sleeping under blankets and taking the chill off with fires in their fireplac- es. Here they know winter can sneak up on them. Indian Legend has it that celestial hunters slew the Great Bear autunm and the spilled blood turned the leaves red. Other legends pet'- sist as well but we know to- day that the changes are the result of chemical processes taking place in the tree as the -growing season ends. In addition to green chlo- rophyll, leaves also contain yellow or orange carotenoids. For most of the year, the little bit of yeUow/orange carot- enoid color is hidden by the huge amounts of green chlo- rophyll. But, in the fall, the food factories shut down for the winter. The chlorophyll breaks down and the green fades away, letting the yellow and orange carotenoids blaze forth, giving autumn its erup- tion of brilliant color. At the same time, other chemical changes occur, giv- ing rise to more pigments which vary from yellow to red to blue. It is to these changes we owe the reds and purples of sumac, the brilliant or- ange or fiery red and yellow of sugar maples, and the golden bronze of beech. Some excellent driving vantage points to take in the breathtaking color in Poca- hontas County include: the Highland Scenic Highway, Route 39 from the Virginia line west to Richwood, Route 219 south to Hillsboro out Rt. 29 (Lobelia Road) which crosses Caesars' Mountain and end- ing up on Droop Mountain. Forest Service Road 14 off State Route 28 going east from Bartow offers drivers a kaleidoscope of color. Bicycling or walking points are best along the Greenbrier River Trail - access in Marlinton and go either north towards Cass or south towards Caldwell. Trails along the Scenic Highway also offer riders and hikers a visual col- or palette. According to the WV De- partrnent of Forestry, a late spring or severe summer drought can delay the onset of fall color by a few weeks. A warm fall will also lower the intensity of autumn colors. A warm, wet spring, favorable summer weather and warm, sunny fall days with cool nights produce the most bril- WVSO presents 'Regally Romantic' with Van Cliburn liant autumn colors. According to Abbey With- row, President and CEO of the Pocahontas County Tourism office, people begin planning their trip to see the leaves in early to mid August. "We get dozens of calls from people wanting to know what the best time is to come here and view the beautiful color, "said Withrow. "We suggest any- time from Sept. 20 to Oct. 10 would be good, but also warn that the rain and cold weather could affect those dates." For more information about color changes in the high mountains of the AI- leghenies - contact the Poca- hontas County CVB at 1-800- 336-7009. Many of you will remember the 10 years or so local pot- ters Diana Hunt and Caroline Smith offered stoneware pot- tery with yummy vegetarian fare at the annual T.O.O.T. festival. The former opera- tors of Clayworks are once again preparing durable, dishwasher safe stoneware to serve up tastes at T.O.O.T. They are making tea and rice bowls and will be serving up organic tea, Asian salad, and rice with peanut sauce. "We are offering non- disposable beautiful ware for enjoying vegetarian op- tions at this year's T.OOT festival. You could even re- fill your bowl at the next stop!" commented Caroline Smith. Their booth will be located near the east stage on Washington Street near The Open Book. Diana Hunt also reminded us, "There is a long history of pottery for sale at the T.O.O.T. festival." For many, many years the pottery Studio at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Paul Cook sold donated pot- tery at the festival. It was the only craft ever sold outright there. Local potters, includ- ing Lynn Brody, Ann Tamea, Jeff Diehl, Diana Hunt and many others contrib- uted pottery for this benefit. The T.O.O.T festival will make its 25th appear- ance in downtown Lew- isburg on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ATIONAL BANK SINCe 1888 Only $100 ope " All the Interest + Checkin- '- FREE Debit Card FREE Online Banking FREE Bill Pay Earn Interest No monthly fee No point of sale fees FREE Distinction Plus Checks Bonus CD rates with multiple account types This account for Individuals 50 + First National Bank won t charge ) ou to use your FNB Debit Card when and where you need it!* winning pianist Jon Nakamatsu, featuring works by Bruckner, Rachmaninoff and von Suppe The West Virginia Sym- phony Orchestra's 2009- 2010 symphonic series continues with "Regally Ro- mantic," featuring Jon Na- kamatsu on Friday and Sat- urday, Oct. 16 and 17. Both performances will take place at 8 p.m. at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston. The program will fea- ture Franz yon Suppe's Light Calvary Overture, Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 and Sergei Rachmaninoffs Rhapsody on a Theme of Pa- ganini performed by the Van Clibum award-winning pia- nist, Jon Nakamatsu. Maestro Grant Cooper, Artistic Director and Con- ductor of the WVSO, will con- duct the concerts, which are sponsored in part by Walker Machinery and McJunkin Red Man Corporation. Tickets for the Oct. 16- 17 concerts start at $9 for adults and $5 for students and children and are avail- able through the Clay Center Box Office, 304-561-3570. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.wvsymphony. org.