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1997 Country Trivia and Valley Scene Questions


river ~ August ~

Country Trivia Question: Usually an accidental Valley catch and frequently an object of fear, this gourmet fish is rarely kept or eaten by area anglers. Answer

Appalachian Scene Question: A mecca for travelers since at least the 1800s, these attractions -- many of which have been preserved -- still entice patrons with pampered luxury, healthful exercise and relaxation. Answer

~ May ~

Country Trivia Question: Without U, there's no action. Answer

Valley Scene Question: How old geologically is the land that now comprises the Shenandoah Valley? Answer

~ April ~

Country Trivia Question: An ugly, pocketed creation, a pose to play, or a living legend"? Answer

mill Valley Scene Question: Most performances of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival are located in what historically fascinating town? What is the Music Festival? Answer

river ~ March ~

Country Trivia Question: This country blanket's beautiful, but it won't keep you warm. Answer

Valley Scene Question: Where is the Valley Pike and what is its historic significance? Answer

~ August ~ Valley Scene Answer

"resorts and spas"


from Shenandoah Seasons Country Kitchen Journal

Travel west and north from eastern Virginia, cross the fall line at Richmond, climb the Blue Ridge Mountains and you'll understand why hundreds of wealthy visitors trekked to Virginia's mountain resorts scattered across the greater Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny highlands in the 1800s. Resorts and spas such as Botetourt Springs, now the campus of Hollins College; the alum baths in Rockbridge County; Basic Lithia Springs in Waynesboro; Rawley Springs west of Broadway; Orkney Springs in Shenandoah County; Jordan White Sulphur Springs north of Winchester; and Berkeley Springs to the west were just a few of the health spas and resorts developed around the mineral enriched springs bubbling up through the region's limestone topography.

For the most part, the resort patrons were wealthy planters and their families from Virginia to Georgia who traded the oppressive heat and humidity of the coastal plain for the higher altitudes and cooler, drier temperatures of Virginia's mountain valley region. Others traveled from as far away as Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to meet and socialize with distant family and friends in a comfortable summer environment. Since these journeys involved such long distances, guests either spent the summer at one resort or traveled from one to another within the region.

The growth of the railroads increased the popularity and accessibility of such summer retreats. To compete, and mitigate their isolated locations, the resorts offered a full line of entertainment and recreation for visitors. The spacious white clapboard or brick buildings not only housed guests, but provided space for elegant dining, dancing, concerts, and even the theater. Other diversions available at different resorts included horse racing, riding and carriage drives, gambling, bowling, billiards and shooting galleries.

In addition to a whirlwind social life, a number of the spas also provided a resident physician since many of the patrons came seeking a medical cure for various ailments. Advertisements from the time promote the various springs as a cure for everything from arthritis to dyspepsia and more. Even the most avid pleasure-seekers walked to the elegant spring houses several times a day to drink the healing waters.

Those unable to visit the luxurious resorts could still purchase bottled water from the springs and partake of their curative powers. Today's boom in bottled water was easily matched by the interest in bottled waters in the 1800's although any medical success the resorts had probably came less from the minerals in their water than from their cooler and relatively mosquito and disease-free locations.

Today's vacationers who want to capture the spirit of those earlier years in a far more relaxed and casual setting have a number of resorts that offer summer get-aways. These include several resorts in the Berkeley Springs area of Morgan County, West Virginia; Bryce Mountain Resort in Shenandoah County, just east of Orkney Springs; Massanutten Resort east of Harrisonburg; and the lodge at the Peaks of Otter on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just west of the Shenandoah Valley, the Homestead at Hot Springs continues to offer all of the elegance of the resort spas at the height of their antebellum popularity.

Article courtesy of the Out and About section of Shenandoah Seasons
Country Kitchen Journal, a bi-monthly hardcopy publication of articles on Valley history, attractions, events, and traditional culinary magic. For a free sample copy, send request by email to elizcot@shentel.net or call 1-800-233-3836.
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~ August ~ Country Trivia Answer


Of the order Apodes, eel have long, slippery, snakelike bodies and no pelvic fins. For the American species, spawning occurs south and southwest of the Bermuda Islands at water depths of 600 to 900 feet. Through the first year the eel develops from egg through larval stage, then migrates inland to every accessible body of water. Eel may remain inland for many years before returning to deep water where the female produces between five and ten million eggs. Both male and female die after their first breeding season.

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~ May ~ Valley Scene Answer

A billion years or more.

Some valley rock dates back to the original "mother continent." About 300 million years ago, plates of the earth pushed together, slowly forming the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now diminished by erosion, 200 million years ago or so they were as high as today's Rockies. Retreating glaciers, some 14,000 years ago, left the seeds for precursors of our thick, deciduous forests. Around 10,000 years back, aboriginal peoples migrated to the area and, in 1669, the first European set foot in the Valley.

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~ April ~ Valley Scene Answer

Orkney Springs, VA. A non-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts.

Built in the 19th century, a rambling hotel and spacious homes line the quaint cul-de-sac of Orkney Springs. The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival presents there regular programs appealing to audiences of diverse ages and musical preferences throughout the warmer months. SVMF receives financial support from area individuals and businesses, private and government grants, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit their website at http://gpsolutions.com/shen-valley-music for performance details and map location. Or call 1-800-459-3396 for schedule and ticket information.

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~ May ~ Country Trivia Answer


Country auctions abound on warm weather weekends throughout the Valley. Frequently set on ancestral farmland, an auction at its best offers a scenic excursion, cultural history, a social gathering, precariously piled tables of trash and treasure, fields of furniture, and a chance to exercise gambling thrills and skills against the mystique of antique tools. A week or two in advance, local newspapers post scheduled dates and items available at area auctions.

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~ April ~ Country Trivia Answer


opossum ~ any of several American marsupials; esp., the American (or Virginian) opossum, a small, omnivorous, tree-dwelling mammal, with a rat-like, prehensile tail, the female of which carries its young in a pouch: it is active at night and pretends to be dead when trapped. opossum shrimp ~ a shrimplike crustacean, the female of which carries her eggs in a pouch between the legs.

play possum -- to pretend to be asleep, dead, ill, unaware, etc.

George Glenn Jones, baritone country singer nicknamed "The Possum" [and also "The Rolls Royce of Country Singers," "No-Show Jones," "Greatest Country Singer Alive," and "Thumper Jones"], was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Texas. He has had 13 number one songs, 79 top tens, 154 charted hits, and over 100 albums. Visit The Official George Jones Country Homepage at http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/1926/

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~ March ~ Valley Scene Answer

Between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains; as a trail first traversed by Native Americans, then European settlers; later used for commerce.

The Valley Pike in part follows the course of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. Originally an Indian hunting trail, it was later traversed from the North primarily by Germans and Brits determined to settle in the Valley. By the time of the Civil War, when the Pike had become a major battleground, toll gates had been built and the road was improved with crushed rock. With the advent of the automobile, the Pike was paved and renamed to its current appellation, Route 11. Today, it continues to wind with breath-taking mountain vistas through picturesque towns, by rustic farms and restored Civil War homes.

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~ March ~ Country Trivia Answer


Take me back.

Where the heck am I? -- Beam me back home


Original material A Country Rag April, 1996. All rights reserved.