<![CDATA[ErikOlsenPictures - Blog]]>Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:19:25 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Green Creek Hounds 2017 Opening Meet]]>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 15:16:33 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/green-creek-hounds-2017-opening-meet]]><![CDATA[Tryon NC - "Come for a visit and stay for a lifetime."]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:59:43 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/tryon-nc-come-for-a-visit-and-stay-for-a-lifetime

The quaint Village of Tryon is located on the first rise of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Tryon is known for its wonderful people, outdoor activities, mild climate, small town shops, great restaurants and a rich equestrian history.

Refreshingly different. Tryon is historic, hospitable, horsy and artsy. Centrally positioned near the cities of Asheville & Charlotte (NC) and Spartanburg & Greenville (SC), Tryon is the perfect destination for an urbane experience in a small town setting.

Come visit and stay for a lifetime!

<![CDATA[The Magical Monte]]>Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:19:10 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/the-magical-monte
Eric Dierks was invited to ride the first ever horse on TIEC's new AEC cross country course on August 11, 2016 and this is what he had to say about the his experience:
"Yesterday (August 11, 2016) I had the opportunity to gallop a track for the first time on what felt like world class footing at #tryoninternationalequestriancenter. More coverage will be out soon but I thought I'd beat them to the punch so you can hear it straight from the horses mouth. After galloping a portion of the track I could honestly say Mark has figured out the formula for beautiful footing. I was skeptical that the footing was either going to be too premature where I'd be slipping everywhere, or too bouncy with the talk of synthetic ground. It was neither. The grass was super thick, the root system is deep and the footing is firm. I galloped at various speeds and through turns to test the stability of the footing. There was no slipping nor did I ever punch in deep or saw grass flying up behind me. This is going to be a Championships course, so buckle up and be prepared. My horse Monte was wonderful with the drone flying about so there will be some video out soon as well so you can see for yourself. The future for Eventing at TIEC is really bright and expanding. These guys not only work fast, they work smart."
<![CDATA[Noah Guthrie Visits Tryon, NC]]>Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:22:05 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/noah-guthrie-visits-tryon-nc
The one and only world-touring, record-breaking, house-filling Noah Guthrie is in Tryon, NC playing under the stars  at the Tryon Fine Arts Peterson Amphitheater.
You might call Noah a YouTube Sensation with over 70 million  views and nearly 1/2 a million channel subscribers but to leave it at that does not even scratch the surface. His is a brilliant singer/songwriter whose first album “Among the Wildest Things” received critical acclaim. He has been busy working on his second album with the debut music video for his original song “Pardon Me” just released. 
Tryon is so fortunate to have Noah at the Fine Arts Center on this leg of his US tour! Thank you Tryon Fine Arts Center for continuing to bring great music to town! Lichty Guitars is a proud sponsor for this event. Thank you Jay and Corrie!!! 
<![CDATA[Foothills Humane Society Animal Fair]]>Sun, 01 May 2016 23:47:50 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/foothills-humane-society-animal-fair
An awesome place to visit, Sue Spiegel's Chateau du Cheval Farm for the Foothills Humane Society's Animal Fair. With an elegant meal with open bar selections of wine, beer and limited liquors, along with scrumptious desserts, all of which are donated by various restaurants from the community. This is an informal event where people are free to enjoy the grounds of this lovely venue, view the various animal exhibits and demonstrations, socialize and enjoy the buffet lunch, all at your leisure. New this year will be donated art pieces to be raffled throughout the afternoon. This event is made possible by our generous sponsors, patrons and benefactors. Here's the link for early birds to register: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/AnimalFair
<![CDATA[March 22nd, 2016]]>Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:04:38 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/march-22nd-2016
 Biltmore Estate is a large (8,000 acre) private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States.

Vanderbilt commissioned prominent New York architect 
Richard Morris Hunt, who had previously designed houses for various Vanderbilt family members, to design the house in the Châteauesque style, using French Renaissance chateaus that Vanderbilt and Hunt had visited in early 1889, including Château de BloisChenonceau and Chambord in France and Waddesdon Manor in England, as inspiration with their steeply pitched roofs, turrets and sculptural ornamentation. Hunt sited the four-story Indiana limestone-built home to face east with a 375-foot facade to fit into the mountainous topography behind. The facade is asymmetrically balanced with two projecting wings connecting to the entrance tower with an open loggia to the left side and a windowed arcade to the right which held the Winter Garden that was fashionable during the Victorian era. The entrance tower contains a series of windows with decorated jambs that extend from the front door to the most decorated dormer at Biltmore on the fourth floor. The carved decorations include trefoils, flowing tracery, rosettes and at prominent lookouts, gargoyles. The large gargoyles are purely for decoration instead of their normal use to direct water away from a building. The staircase is one of the more prominent features of the east facade, with its three-story, highly decorated winding balustrade with carved statues of St. Louis and Joan of Arc by the Austrian-born architectural sculptor Karl Bitter.
<![CDATA[Super Saturday 2016]]>Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:17:22 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/super-saturday-2016
Super Saturday is produced annually by the Children's Theater Festival, an all-volunteer organization in Tryon, NC with the purpose of enriching the lives of children and their families by introducing, promoting and encouraging the lively arts in the communities centered in and around Polk County, NC.   

Super Saturday is presented every March and includes the best in children's theater and entertainment. World class acts perform in indoor venues, with entertainment continuing all day on the street as well as the Community Stage. The mid-day Parade is an event not to be missed by children of any age.
<![CDATA[Chase Away The Blues 2016]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:14:53 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/chase-away-the-blues-2016Click Image below to access the rest of photos.
The 5th Annual Chase Away the Blues (Saturday, February 20, 2016), to benefit the Tryon Fine Arts Center.  Funds raised will be used for operational expenses supporting arts in the foothills throughout the year.  Music will start in the lobby when the doors open at 5:30 pm. Concerts on the Main Stage start at 6:00 pm with a History of the Blues (by Brandon Turner), and will end with around 10:30 pm.  Headlining the event this year are Stolen Hearts, and the Chuck Beattie Band.  Both are highly acclaimed Blues groups.  Stolen Hearts (a fantastic Carolina based multi-award-winning Duo formed in 2014) demonstrate their passion for Blues and Soul with what they describe as “Southern Soul” music – their own jazzy kind of Folk Rock.  Pam Taylor has been recognized with many recent Charlotte, Carolina and national Music Awards, including best Local Song Writer (2013), best Blues Band (2012), best Female Rock Artist (2014) and Female Vocalist of the Year (2014).  Robert Johnson Jr. also has numerous music awards, including Best Male Rock Artist (2015) and Best Singer/Songwriter (2014).  Chuck Beattie (aka Dr. Blues) – is well known for his wonderful Chicago style Blues music.
<![CDATA[3DR SOLO Flight Over Ranovatio Farm]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:23:46 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/3dr-solo-flight-over-ranovatio-farm
<![CDATA[A Ken Cook Remembrance & Hospice of The Carolina Foothills Fundraiser]]>Sat, 08 Aug 2015 23:33:15 GMThttp://erikolsenpictures.com/blog/a-ken-cook-remembrance-hospice-of-the-carolina-foothills-fundraiser
A Ken Cook Remembrance & Hospice of The Carolina Foothills Fundraiser was held on June 28th, Ken's 85th Birthday, at Overmountain Vineyards, Tryon, NC. 

Overmountain Vineyards hosted a very special fundraiser for Hospice of the Carolina Foothills as a Remembrance Celebration for Ken Cook. The fundraiser, held on June 28, was to have been his 85th birthday.

About 150 people came together that day. Many were family and close friends of Ken’s who came to eulogize him but many also showed up in support of our wonderful local Hospice group. Ticket sales and a silent auction of some of Ken’s personal items plus a large array of gifts donated from local businesses earned over $7,000 which was presented to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills last week by Ken’s daughter and fundraising organizer, Link Cook Cross.

During the celebration, guests gathered on Overmountain Vineyard’s new patio to partake in a very special dove release by LJ Meyers. Eighty-five doves were released to signify the (almost) number of years Ken was alive. 

Following the dove release, guests were lulled by the music of Gigi Dover & the Big Love who began with One Heart . Shortly after music started, BBQ from Asheville’s own Doc Brown’s Food Truck was served and then the music continued. Birthday cake was served as we sang to Ken and many of the others who shared his June birthday. The evening ended with a spectacular sunset and Gigi singing Chasing Sunshine.

Overmountain Vineyards and Link Cross wish to express deep thanks and gratitude to all who came out in support of Hospice and shared in the laughter and tears as we celebrated a life that was lived fully!