Where’ve you been: Horsewoman’s golden rule

Published 11:22 am Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Travel changes our worldview and strengthens the bonds between loved ones. I don’t believe it’s a luxury, but a necessity.

Taking a successful adventure to other countries involves trusting the group, yet making good choices.

My latest interview was refreshing because this horsewoman’s travels around the world are as exciting to her today as they were 80 years ago.

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She is 91, but she could be called new-aged. Fox hunting and horseback riding have been her monikers, and she has been a strong advocate of the humane style.

Like the Golden Rule, she is the opposite of those who treat others with bitter entitlement. She believes in positive news, without prejudice, and looking at life with the glass half full.

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Where’ve You Been

Who: Peggy Carter, Tryon, N.C., originally from Baltimore, married George Carter and settled in Tryon in the 1960s.
Where’ve You Been? Panama Canal, 1926, with her mother and father. They traveled through and onto California, coming back east by train.
Her grandfather was Howard McClintic whose steel company, McLintic Marshall, built the locks of the Panama Canal. She was 6 years old, and remembers being shocked to see children onshore in Panama with no clothes on.
Bermuda 1930: She traveled by ship with her uncle to meet her parents, who needed to spend the winter in Nassau, during which time Peggy was cared for by a nanny whom she liked very well.
Loved: Being greeted by her parents by horse and buggy. At that time, there was not even one car in Bermuda. They stayed at the Princess Hotel, which is now the Fairmont Princess, still one of the finest hotels in Bermuda.
Disliked: Getting seasick! Today’s cruise ships have stabilizers, which act on sensors to minimize the roll of the ship, which is the action that causes nausea. But in those days, ships did not have that technology!
Saguenay River, Quebec, 1935: At age 15, she took a luxury boat ride through Canada’s magical cliffs of the Saguenay, the deepest river in the world, 2 miles deep.
Loved: The scenery was gorgeous, and they had music every night. Disliked: There were no boys to dance with!
Scotland 1931: They visited the ruins of her family castle of Dairsie, originally D’Arcy, from France, a family who came to Scotland with Mary Queen of Scots.
After she married George Carter, she travelled all over the world and could write a book. One place she never went to was New Zealand, and now she and two of her sons have a solar-powered lodge and home on South Island.
The story of finding the home was amusing, the farmer/ builder was too polite to tell them it was not for sale, so they jumped into a sheep cage with him to see it, and rode in it up a 45 degree slope-the Tasman Sea foreboding below.
With the Pacific on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other, their place on Farewell Split, called “Land of the White Cloud,” is truly a sanctuary to the legacy of a golden haired mother- valiant who rides with the wind in her hair to bring tolerance and sustainability to the world, after having the opportunity to see it for herself.

About Lucianne Evans

An accomplished jazz singer who sings under the name Lucianne Evans, developed the business idea for Jazz Music Travel, took a two year Travel and Tourism course study with the legendary Ben Streets at Blue Ridge Community College, and recently embarked on her own journey to bring more and more people to the experience of travel.

She performed her first professional gig at the age of 17 in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Jazz and R & B became an interest early in her career. She studied music at Carnegie-Mellon University and mentored with members of the group, Oregon at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. By age 24 she had rave reviews for a performance at the International Festival du Jazz de Montreal, appeared on French TV and radio, and in night clubs in New York and Montreal as a solo performer and lead vocalist. Several of her recordings have received acclaim, her pop song “Dear Lonely One” - a BMI Workshop award winner and her CD, Flamingo—Blue Chip status as “Top Vocal CD’s of 2002” in the Jazz Education Journal, by Dr. Herb Wong, on a short list with Diana Krall and Bobby McFerrin. It was also the #2 download in Belgium for six months. Moving to Asheville to follow a spouse, she has proved herself as a powerhouse vocalist among both “blue collar” and “white shoe” society. Performances include WNC Jazz Society, the Jazz Society of Far Western NC, Hilton Head Jazz Society, and a successful tour of California including Carmel, where The Jazz and Blues Company featured her on KRML, the original station of Clint Eastwood's “Play Misty For Me.”

Jazz Music Travel specializes in selling status and security for cruises that visit land-based jazz festivals each year in places like Anguilla, Barbados, Martinique, Riviera Maya, Bermuda and more. Imagine arriving aboard a yacht and experiencing world class performances from artists such as Herbie Hancock, Esmerelda Spaulding, Lynne Ariale, Dianne Reeves; all in the spirit of legacies like Hank Jones and Nina Simone. Sit back and re-connect with songs that are part of your life as these towns burst into life to the strains of trumpets, sax and drums.

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