We moved to Fountain in 2001, with our infant son, Silas. Fountain has been a great place for him to grow up, and for us to become part of a special small town community of friends and neighbors. Alex retired from East Carolina University’s English department in 2018. Elizabeth continues work at Brody School of Medicine.
Silas is a May 2021 graduate of App State, where he worked for two years as sports editor of The Appalachian. He’s looking for sportswriting work after a first job as sports editor of Waynesville’s The Mountaineer.
We still very much enjoy the slow and quiet life that Fountain offers, as well as the contrast our busy weekends often brings to it, when sometimes, for a couple of hours, our downtown block is full of cars, and folks joke about the need for a parking deck.
We were honored with the 2012 Brown-Hudson Award from the NC Folklore Society, for our work preserving the music and folk cultures of our region.
For more about us, read Leanne Smith’s article in the North Carolina Folklore Journal.
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