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  • Apple Times - June 2018
    Apple Times - June 2018
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    Dear Orchard Friends,

    As I write this our 2018 season is well underway. What a start it has been! The warm then cold then wet weather has ruined a large portion of our apple crop, flooded our trails and caused a landslide that closed our gravel road west of the store for 10 days. DOT from Mitchell County repaired it, with a big effort. Our appreciation to them!

    However, the good news outweighs the bad. I am proud to announce Christine King is our new Executive Director. Welcome Chris. Look for her on your orchard visits. You will soon see why I am pleased. We also have two new Board members, both friends and longtime Orchard supporters: Beth Hilton, a previous Orchard Executive Director, and Bob Ammann, previous Orchard Board member. Judy, dear Judy, has retired from the Board.

    We are very fortunate to have Board Members, employees and volunteers dedicating time, talent and frequently their spouses too! Based on a member’s suggestion, volunteer Denise Hoebeke organized dance lessons being held each weekend day between the two performances. The lessons, taught by volunteers, have been very well attended. Board members Jo Ann Harllee and Terry Hammond have revitalized our music program with careful scheduling and a new focus on soliciting music sponsorships. In 2017 we received only $4000 in donations for the music vs a total cost of $31,000. This year so far $22,000 has been donated for music with our expense reduced to $28,000. Costs for music add up in addition to sponsoring musicians, to include personnel, advertising, and other expenses. Jo Ann will be happy to receive your donations to this signature Orchard program. We thank Apple Advertising of Asheville for providing the Orchard with the handsome and striking Over Mountain Victory Trail Exhibit. On a personal note, I think the narrator is an older brother I did not know I had. Look at the in-store video and see what you think.

    Establishing a building and maintenance fund is an ongoing goal for this year. The previous Apple Times reported the expense spent repairing the roof, fixing both ends of the building, replacing the interior lighting. Still to do before May, 2019: repair front and back of the barn and fix a basement wall, at an estimated cost of $25,000. We have received an anonymous donation of $5000 for the Fund. A longer-term project would build an addition to house artifacts, exhibits and perhaps move the grill between Barn and Pavilion. Additionally, the recent land slide has caused us to review last year’s decision declining landslide insurance for the Barn. We will inquire about its availability and cost. Much remains to consider.

    We will have apples, ours for U Picking, and others to supplement our sales as needed. Most of all we will have each other. Thank you all for your strong support of OUR (yours too) Orchard with Time, Talent and Treasure.
    Bill Carson
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