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Story,' which was a no budget sleeper," and which now is a repeatedly played holiday classic, "or 'It's a Wonderful Life,'" he adds.But there were a couple of hitches.The Christmas Tree Association went ahead with the use of "the perfect" Christmas tree banner and the tree topping red ribbon that is illustrated in the book without investing money in the film project.Houston got no response from Avery County regarding an expanded vision, involving a network of industries, programs and promotions that would create jobs and educate children.In 2003, Spruce Pine, across the line in Mitchell County, stepped to the plate.Big hurrah"The Spruce Pine Merchants' Association was Polo Ralph Lauren Red Shoes

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It was a busy time for her. Her picture book, "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree," featuring her mother, Ruthie Greene Houston, as a child, had hit the bestseller list. (It topped "The Little Engine that Could.")And Gloria, traveling through numerous former villages north of Tampa, was noting how those communities "had simply disappeared," she relates.Looking at Cross Creek, similar to the other places except for being the setting of "The Yearling" and for having a thriving economy, she came to the conclusion that it was possible for Lacoste Slip On Sneakers

a town to be saved by a book.Fast forward to 1994. Gloria's father, J. Myron Houston, had died, leaving a legacy of local story collecting and music producing, and leaving behind his wife, Ruthie, who would end up running the Sunny Brook store that he and she had started. It would serve a new function as a historic museum and Gloria Houston bookstore.Also, in 1994, CBS sent a film company to town to make a movie out of "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree."Reinventing an economyPart 4 of this series related how the North Toe area's small farm economy had made the transition to industry in the 20th century and how the industries began to leave, first because of international competition with materials, and then with labor.Tourism fared well in places especially Grandfather Mountain, which founded the Highland Games in 1956 and picked up the tradition of "Singing on the Mountain," started in 1924.The Fraser fir Christmas tree industry burgeoned in the 1960s, gaining fame in 1970 when Kermit Johnson of Crossnore won the National Christmas Tree contest and had one of his beauties placed in the White House.But that was not enough. Mitchell and Avery counties were losing jobs, tax revenue and their young people. The region needed to reinvent itself. CBS pulled out after discovering that Gloria Houston's agent and the film director had moved ahead without paying Gloria for the option rights, Houston recounts.Other film offers followed. Hanna Barbera wanted to do a cartoon version; Disney wanted to make it contemporary, putting Houston's WWI father character in Desert Storm. Both projects were rejected. By 1998, he'd written an authentic two hour screenplay adaptation of "Christmas Tree."The ball was rolling again."All you have to do," Dennis explains, "is look at the success of films like 'A Christmas Palladium Pallaville Hi

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wondering what to use as the theme for the town's Christmas Parade in 2003," Houston recalls, and "Beverly Carroll (owner of the Blue Moon Bookstore then) suggested 'The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.'"David Lindsey (a Spruce Pine business leader) called me and said, 'We're getting such a great response to this. We'll have more floats than we've ever had, and wouldn't it be wonderful if we could just keep this going?'"Gina Phillips (an area developer and philanthropist), years ago, had said, 'Why don't we call Spruce Pine 'The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree'? So that popped out of my mouth, and I could almost hear David Philipp Plein Sneakers Online jumping up and down with joy."The enthusiasm and activity that followed was quick, strong, and broad based.On Nov. 3, 2003, the Spruce Pine Town Council proclaimed the town and Mitchell County "The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree." The Mitchell County Development Foundation was formed to receive grants and open a store with the proclaimed name.Robert Bailey, owner of Buck Stove, created a lantern that matched the one in Gloria's book. Billie Ruth Sudduth created a handwoven snowflake ornament made of dyed reeds, and Luther Stroup made an ornament box containing a hand blown glass ornament, both of which First Lady Laura Bush put on a White House Christmas tree in 2006.

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