Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Whiteside Mountain, Kidder Cole, Gus Baty and Spearfinger
Dear hearts, I spent last Saturday in Whiteside Cove at the Kidder Cole Festival. That mountain that you see in this photo is frequently the scene of memorable events. The Cherokee witch, Spearfinger, used to stand on the top of Whiteside and shake her fist (and finger) at the sky. She was frequently hit by a lightening bolt, but it didn't do her any serious harm. This is also the mountain that Gus Baty accidentally jumped from (circa 1911). He was trying to impress a girl by jumping close to the edge and miscalculated. Charlie Wright, a noted local hero (who was sparking Kidder Cole, the "most beautiful woman in Cashiers Valley," received the Carnegie medal for going down and retrieving Baty from a ledge where he was hanging with his foot in the fork of a bush. This region is filled with history and legend. The musical group is the famous Queen family who entertained the large crowd with classic pieces like "Mountain Dew" and "Goin' Down That Road Feelin' Bad." I was also on hand to recount some local tall tales. Great food, music and gorgeous scenery.