Posted by Bill Leslie on August 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

It is one of the most beautiful mountain settings in America.  Blowing Rock in western North Carolina is hosting the 5th International Mitford Homecoming on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14th.  The event is a celebration of author Jan Karon and her best selling book series inspired by Blowing Rock.  I am delighted to be a part of this year's event.  I'll be performing Saturday night at T

he Meadowbook Inn in Blowing Rock. Here is a link for tickets to the event:

It began with a Christmas gift from my sister Stephanie: a boxed set of Jan Karon books. I immediately fell in love with Jan's writing about Mitford. The mythical mountain village reminded me of Morganton where I grew up. The stories triggered memories of the beautiful Episcopal Church that served as the center of my family's life in Western North Carolina. A few years later I met Jan during a live broadcast interview on WRAL Television in Raleigh. Everyone in our studio was impressed by her warmth, wit, grace and elegance. As Jan was leaving WRAL I slipped her a copy of my CD "Peaceful Journey." A few years later Jan called me and asked if she could play my music on her web site because it seemed like a good fit. I was thrilled! This association helped me greatly by putting me in touch with Jan's legend of loyal fans. A few years ago I put together a special Christmas album honoring Jan Karon.  It's called "A Midnight Clear - Christmas in Mitford." 

Join us in September as we celebrate an early taste of autumn in Mitford.  I will have all of my CDs on sale for the event plus my book Blue Ridge Reunion

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