Conversation with Aileen Kilgore Henderson

        In honor of Mrs. Aileen Henderson's birthday on April 10th, we shared the first in The Creek Conversations podcast series with those having the proclivity to sit a spell and listen to stories about life around Hurricane Creek.
        Alina sat down to chat with Mrs. Henderson on her front porch in late March, while Tiffany photographed the signs of spring and the the native plants outside the Henderson home. Accompanied by birdsongs, children playing, and the occasional screen-door opening, the conversation meandered through riffles and baptisms and even a little rabbit tobacco. 

The mountain laurel blooms 
on the creek banks.

Anne led us down to the creek. Max, Ellie, and 
Alina enjoy the view, as photographed by Tiffany Stanton.


An article about the Johnny Shines Blues Festival
Johnny Shines' daughter, Carroll Shines, currently lives in Holt and continues to educate the public about her father's musical gift.
 Mrs. Aileen Kilgore Henderson photographed at her home 
by Tiffany Stanton, March 2012.

Creek Conversation #1

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        Our deepest thanks to Mrs. Henderson and her daughter, Anne Watson, who took the time to share their memories and show us around their own enchanting woodlands and slice of creek. We are grateful to Johnny Shines for "I Make You Happy" and to web of marvels opened in this time spent on Mrs. Henderson's front porch. 
We will not soon forget Mrs. Henderson's reference to a special poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson- a poem which lingers alongside many beautiful pieces of our country's rich natural heritage.