This Place is Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground
May 22, 2019
This Place is Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground

Valle Crucis Conference CenterSitting on a wide wrap-around porch lined with rocking chairs, gazing out over open fields and gardens just beginning to be planted, a certain calm falls over you. A gentle breeze wafts hints of what’s for supper, and the general quiet provides ample opportunity for reflection or for spirited conversation. The Valle Crucis Conference Center is a long-time hub in the community and a place where individuals and groups seeking to reconnect, center, or grow from near and far find a sanctuary.

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We're Celebrating 16 years of Land Trust Day on June 1st!
May 15, 2019
We're Celebrating 16 years of Land Trust Day on June 1st!

John Muir said, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” That sentiment is even truer today in our fast-paced, stressed-out, move-move-move world. We need, we require, the healing touch of nature for mind, body, and soul. But not everyone has access to green spaces and undeveloped land.  

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Gifts for All Mom's Moods
May 8, 2019
Gifts for All Mom's Moods

It's time to pay special attention to the woman in your life who loves you unconditionally. No, not Mrs. Buttersworth. Mom! 

It's almost Mother's Day! I know, it's LAST-minute time on gifts, but we have you covered. Read on to see our gift ideas for mom in all her moods. 

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Put the Shoe on the Other's Foot
May 1, 2019
Put the Shoe on the Other's Foot

During the month of May, Mast asks that you join us as we reach out into our communities and fill a need: shoes.

 

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It's Festival Time!
April 24, 2019
It's Festival Time!

The hills, and mountains and towns, are alive with the sound of music ... and the beauty of blooms, the talents of local artists, and delicious wafts of delectable treats. From music to food, popular festivals are happening near you soon. We’re highlighting several in our communities that you won’t want to miss.

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All Day, Every Day, Earth Day
April 17, 2019
All Day, Every Day, Earth Day

With Earth Day approaching, we are turning our attention to what we need to be looking at every day. What can I do today to lessen my impact on the earth? After all, it is the only one we have AND the only place you can find chocolate. As it turns out, there’s a lot we all can do, and there are many considerations our vendors are working into their business practices too.

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We Are Not Alone
April 10, 2019
We Are Not Alone

“In nature, nothing exists alone.” — Rachel Carson, 1962
Our world is changing. Maybe there was a boat leaving Middle Earth that we missed. But you don’t need Galadriel to tell you that mankind is having an effect on the planet. And despite chilling warnings and obvious struggles around us as Nature fights to survive humanity, we continue to pollute and punish the earth and, as a direct result, ourselves.

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Old-Fashioned Spring Cleaning
April 3, 2019
Old Fashioned Spring Cleaning

No one deep-cleaned like my grandma. She would gather her good old reliables, her trusted cleaning supplies she’d used since they were invented probably, and with her patented elbow grease and will power, she’d refresh, restore, and renew the whole house in one day.

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Prepping Your Garden for Spring Planting
March 20, 2019
Prepping Your Garden for Spring Planting

I’ve been planning my 2019 garden “grow-list” since summer. Been mulling over varieties I loved, waffling on giving poor-show plants a second chance or not, and basically mapping out 2019 in my garden-crowded head … and dreaming.  Because that’s what we gardeners do. Dream. A lot. 

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Spring Cleaning, But Outside
March 6, 2019
Spring Cleaning, But Outside

Valle Crucis Park Work DayWarmer temperatures beckon us all to shake off the winter blues, put on a light jacket, and head outside. The call of spring is a primal urge to celebrate the end of the long nights and short days, to be outside again feeling the warmth of the sun, to begin anew. In this season of renewal, many of our local partners need your help to welcome residents and visitors who are also experiencing the whispers calling them to explore.

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Top 8 Things You'll Need for Perfect Front Porch Sittin'
February 27, 2019
Top 8 Things You'll Need for Perfect Front Porch Sittin'

Sitting on the front porch is as iconic as a white picket fence— and it’s just as much a part of the American dream too.  A dream we are lulled into by listening to the sounds of cicada and crickets, drowsily watching the night lit up by lightning bugs and filtered moonlight, and rocking back and forth to the rhythm of times gone by.

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Shake Off the Winter Blues!
February 20, 2019
Shake Off the Winter Blues!

Taking a break and focusing on what makes us happy every now and then is vital to our well-being, mentally and physically. And that can look like many things, but there are a few tried and true ways we know to beat the winter blues— taking time for self-care, enjoying some comfort food, and having a little bit of fun. 

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Enjoy a Snow Day!
February 13, 2019
Enjoy a Snow Day!

A ski outing in the early 1900sCold winter days don't mean you have to stay inside. There’s a whole new world dressed in glistening white to discover. There are winter activities for you to enjoy no matter your activity level or expertise. If you can walk, there’s something for you. So, head over to your closet and pull out those layers; we’re going to make a plan to make snow days the best days! But, you better hurry, there’s only about four or five more weeks to enjoy a good “snow day.” Read on for ways to enjoy a winter wonderland.

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Top 7 Valentine's Day Gifts!
February 6, 2019
Top 7 Valentine's Day Gifts!

Love is in the air! But unless you want it to be even colder this Valentine's Day, that love better be in a nice gift bag too. Don't worry, though, we got you. We've compiled our top 7 choices for treating your sweetheart to a special gift that's sure to please-- and keep the cold at bay.

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Sweet Hearts for Sweethearts Day: Mast Store's 2019 Hunger Campaign Enjoys 16th Year
January 30, 2019
Sweet Hearts for Sweethearts Day: Mast Store's 2019 Hunger Campaign Enjoys 16th Year

This year’s Be a Sweetheart campaign runs February 9th & 10th. All Mast Store locations will ask guests to open up their sweet hearts and help us make a sizeable donation to our food security partners. For each pound of candy purchased, Mast Store will donate a $1. Thus, we are encouraging guests to scoop up a traditional, sweet gift of candy for the sweethearts in their lives this Valentine’s Day and help us give back to our communities in heartwarming and meaningful ways.

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Leaving After 32 Years, But With Us Forever
January 23, 2019
Leaving After 32 Years, But With Us Forever

Ronnie in the shop today.Looking back at 1986, it was a year filled with notable events including the return of Halley’s Comet on its second 20th-century tour through the solar system, the national debut of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger just 73 seconds after liftoff. On a much more local level, an employee came to the Mast Store whose work can be seen in EVERY store today and whose influence will be around for a long time to come. Years of sanding, staining, designing, and building are drawing to a close for Ronnie with retirement on the horizon, but as we look around, we’ll see him every day!

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Chews Your Favorite Oldies . . .
January 9, 2019
Chews Your Favorite Oldies . . .

Daaaa-gum! They're baaaaack! Beeman's, Black Jack, Clove. Get 'em while we got 'em!

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New Year, New You, No Resolutions
January 2, 2019
New Year, New You, No Resolutions

Happy 2019Tabula Rasa. What a wonderful phrase. But it doesn't mean "no worries." It does, however, mean just what we often need-- a blank slate, a reset, a doorway we step through into a brighter, unmarred future. But are we really prepared to fill that slate with resolutions that, even as we make them, ring hollow and loom too large an undertaking?

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COOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR
December 26, 2018
COOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR

Collard GreensReblogging this classic for your culinary pleasure . . . 
Here we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? With the New Year just hours away, it's time to begin preparing to greet the New Year in a traditional way in order to have a full year of good luck. 

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Holiday Survival Training
December 19, 2018
Holiday Survival Training

Making Sure Your Holidays are PeacefulDo you know how many accidents happen around the holidays? I don’t either, but I’ve heard it’s a lot. Trees dry as dust, overloaded electrical doohickeys, dinner left unattended until the fire department shows up. The holidays can be dangerous for more reasons than eating too much cheese or hogging the bean dip. So, to keep you from burning more than ye olde Yule log, we’ve got the tips you need to stay safe this holiday season. 

 

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