Blue Ridge Books will host author Marci Spencer at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16. She will discuss her book, “Potluck — Message Delivered: ‘The Smoky Mountains are Saved!’” and bring two of her homing pigeons.
In 1929, newspapermen from North Carolina and Tennessee hiked from opposite sides of Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain in the Great Smokies, for an important celebration. Although the country was entering the Great Depression, citizens from both states raised enough money to help create a new national park.
J.R. Horne loaned his homing pigeon, Potluck, for the expedition. After the journalists shook hands across the state line on Clingmans Dome, they released Potluck to carry their goodwill message home. Both states had come together in a spirit of friendship to protect their precious forests.
Inspired by true events, Spencer records Potluck's historic flight announcing the good news to waiting crowds, "The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”
Spencer is a retired nurse practitioner. As a certified N.C. environmental educator, she offers presentations in natural history for classrooms and community events. Raising ceremonial white doves (homing pigeons) to release at special events is a favorite hobby.
Spencer is author of “Clingmans Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies” and “Pisgah National Forest: A History,” both published by History Press.
Tim Worsham, son of the author, is a free-lance artist who provided the pen-and-ink illustrations for the 2013 History Press publication of Clingmans Dome and the 2014 publication of Pisgah National Forest.