Hiking with adoptable dogs

Wednesday in Chimney Rock
Sep. 29, 2013 @ 08:14 AM

Chimney Rock is hosting Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s Outward Hounds Hiking Club 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2. Volunteers will hike with adoptable dogs on Chimney Rock’s pet-friendly trails, including the Four Seasons and the Great Woodland Adventure.  Outward Hounds connects dog lovers with adoptable four-legged companions for weekly hikes on scenic trails throughout Western North Carolina.

Brother Wolf, an Asheville-based, no-kill animal shelter, welcomes volunteers to its Outward Hounds Hiking Club, which meets every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at its adoption center year-round. The club provides opportunities for social interaction and exercise for both dogs and hikers while raising the awareness of pets looking for loving homes. Visit www.bwar.org or call (828) 505-3440 for more details on Brother Wolf and how to get involved.

Chimney Rock was voted the “Best Hike to Take the Dog Along” by readers of Blue Ridge Country in their 2013 Best of the Mountains poll, which covers seven southern states in the Appalachian Mountains. For pet-friendly trails and information, visit chimneyrockpark.com.


“Chimney Rock has incredible views and a variety of easy-to-moderately-difficult trails for dogs and their owners. A trip to Chimney Rock wouldn’t be complete without bringing your furry family members! We’re delighted the Park is so welcoming as a pet-friendly outdoor destination,” said Denise Bitz, executive director ofBrother Wolf Animal Rescue.


While the Hickory Nut Falls trail is closed for cleanup from a recent major rockslide, Park admission is reduced to $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and free for kids under 5. Chimney Rock’s website also lists nearby pet-friendly accommodations.



w/art of Michael Kitchens

Lost plantation will be discussed at historical society meeting



    RUTHERFORDTON —  Preserving the stories and photos of historic structures has been the lifelong work of author and historian, Mike Kitchens, of Georgia. Kitchens will discuss his passion for preservation and history with the Rutherford County Historical Society on Thursday, October 3, at 7: p.m. at St. John's Church, 316 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton. The public is invited.

     Kitchens is the author of "Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgia's Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations", published in late 2012. The book highlights 94 antebellum properties that have been lost to time. Featured homes include properties lost as a casualty of Gen. Sherman's famous, "March to the Sea," in 1865, during the Civil War. Kitchens will bring copies of his book for sale.

     Kitchens is an attorney and historian. He is researching lost antebellum properties in other southern states, including Alabama and North Carolina. He is reviewing properties once standing in Rutherford County for possible inclusion in his next book.

     Since publishing "Ghosts of Grandeur", Kitchens has been the recipient of several high honors for his work. He won the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Best New Voice in Non-Fiction as awarded by the National Independent Book Publishers Association in March 2013. He was also awarded the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Silver Medal in History.

     For more information contact Robin S. Lattimore at (828) 447-1474, or by email at rlattimore@tjca.org.