#54 The Ballad of Melky Miller & Rye Whiskey in Western Maryland

Greetings, Friends, and welcome to Episode #54, all about the whiskey loving ways of Western Maryland and one notable distiller in particular, by the name of Melky Miller. I’m Lisa Cole, your guide and host, and this is Wildfulness. Whiskey in the Colonies During the early Colonial Era, rum and applejack were America’s best-loved spirits. During the … Continue reading #54 The Ballad of Melky Miller & Rye Whiskey in Western Maryland

#52 Chautauqua Then & Now: “The Most American Thing in America,” July 5-7

Greetings Friends, and welcome to Wildfulness. This episode is all about the Mountain Chautauqua (pronounced “Shuh-TAW-Kwa”) movement here in Garrett County, and the 3-day re-enactment festival coming up July 5-7 in our very own Mountain Lake Park. It’s a celebration of this unique movement in our Nation’s and in Garrett county’s history, where you can experience … Continue reading #52 Chautauqua Then & Now: “The Most American Thing in America,” July 5-7

#44 And All the Woods Went Still . . .Wildfulness in the Winter

Greetings everyone and welcome to Episode #44: And All the Woods Went Still. If you’ve listened to a few of these podcast episodes, you’ve detected the occasional theme of mindfulness, sprinkled amidst the episodes about the history, culture, and things to see and do in these mountains. I’ve also sung the virtues of Minimalism to … Continue reading #44 And All the Woods Went Still . . .Wildfulness in the Winter

#36 The Garrett County Celtic Festival, Key to WMD Culture

Greetings and “Top ‘o the Mornin’ to you,” and welcome to our Wildfulness podcast episode on the Garrett County Celtic Festival. I'm Lisa Cole, your host and guide. So, what's this all about?! It's 30th Anniversary Season of the Garrett County Celtic Festival! Saturday, June 2 10:30am to 6:00pm Friendsville Community Park Friendsville, MD This … Continue reading #36 The Garrett County Celtic Festival, Key to WMD Culture

#35 Coal in Western MD Part Two: Whatever Happened to the Coal Towns? Guest Jim Rada

Greetings, and welcome to Episode #35, which is Part Two of our exploration of the legacy of coal in Western Maryland. In Part One, we learned about the lives of the people who actually worked in the mines back in their heyday, through the Oral History Project that was completed in the 1990s here in … Continue reading #35 Coal in Western MD Part Two: Whatever Happened to the Coal Towns? Guest Jim Rada

#34 The Legacy of Coal in Western MD, Part One

Greetings, and welcome to Episode #34: The Legacy of Coal in Appalachia, A tale of Dualities and Dichotomies. I’m Lisa Cole, no pun intended, and I’m your guide and host. Today’s topic, is both complex and controversial. Let’s begin our journey by hearing a little of the emotion about coal that’s been captured in song … Continue reading #34 The Legacy of Coal in Western MD, Part One

#32 Barn Quilt Pioneers

Welcome to Episode #32, Barn Quilt Pioneers. What happens when an age-old art form and a means of cultural expression morphs, and migrates, and transforms itself, at the hands of a new generation, into a new art form? Well, you have something pretty special. And that’s exactly what has happened with the concept and implementation … Continue reading #32 Barn Quilt Pioneers

#31 The Civil War & the Jones-Imboden Raid, with Guest Jim Rada

Hello, and welcome to Wildfulness Episode #31, I'm Lisa Cole, your guide and host, and today we're exploring the sights, the sounds, and the sympathies of Western Maryland during the Civil War. As we draw close to April, we remember the Jones-Imboden Raid that took place in Oakland on April 23, 1863, and what it meant … Continue reading #31 The Civil War & the Jones-Imboden Raid, with Guest Jim Rada

#28 HIDDEN GEM: Drive-Thru Geology at Sideling Hill or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Western MD

To most of us, the large v-shaped notch in the middle of the mountain that is called “Sideling Hill” in the middle of Interstate 68 on the way to Western Maryland represents the beginning of the “Ahhhhhhh. . .” That is, the deep exhale that accompanies the tremendous panoramic Appalachian mountain view that opens its … Continue reading #28 HIDDEN GEM: Drive-Thru Geology at Sideling Hill or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Western MD

#25 Best (Historical) Christmas Song Ever

Here is a spontaneous and unplanned podcast episode as my Christmas gift to you. It's the link to the YouTube video explaining a song by world renowned folk singer/songwriter John McCutcheon about a true and amazing event that happened on Christmas in 1914, near the end of World War I. Many others have covered it … Continue reading #25 Best (Historical) Christmas Song Ever