Look no further than two special community events as testament that the High Country’s mountains have withstood the tests of time.

Life in our mountains was radically different a century ago from what we experience today, but during those hundred years much as was then has endured. A pair of recent examples come from Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock.

A week ago, hundreds of worshippers ascended Grandfather to partake in the 95th edition of Singing on the Mountain in MacRae Meadows. That large-scale experience began as a family picnic gathering and has expanded exponentially ever since.

Also a week ago, one of the High Country’s oldest residential neighborhoods, Mayview Park, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a similar community get-together. Many were the stories there about the neighborhood once known as the wonderfully descriptive Cloudland.

The more things change the more they stay they same, according to the epigram attributed to the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, and that is certainly true when it comes to the community spirit of the High Country.

Yes, the communities themselves may change — sometimes, even the name — but the people behind those communities, our neighbors, friends and family, are everlasting. Just like our mountains.

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