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‘Horn in the West’ receives anonymous $200 donation

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Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 28, 2012
‘Horn in the West’ receives anonymous $200 donation

When 'Horn in the West' cast members collected donations following their June 23 performance, they were surprised to find two $100 bills from an anonymous donor.
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An anonymous donor gave $200 following the “Horn in the West” outdoor drama’s performance last Saturday night.

After each show, Darrell King, who plays the Rev. Isaiah Sims and has been with Boone’s “Horn in the West” for 25 years, asks the audience to contribute any “pocket change or spare $100 bills” on the way out.

On Saturday night, an anonymous donor placed two spare $100 bills in the hat of actor Taylor Hauck, who had been thanking audience members as they left the amphitheater.

Hauck and her fellow cast members agreed that it was a tremendous joy to have such a generous donation from someone who saw the value in the history of Watauga County as presented by the play.

The donation will benefit the Southern Appalachian Historical Association. SAHA is the nonprofit responsible for the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum and “Horn in the West.” The Hickory Ridge Homestead offers guests a glimpse into Appalachian history. Visitors are able to walk through historic log cabins and visit with interpreters in traditional clothing as they perform tasks typical of the mountain settlers.

This charitable contribution will allow for repairs to be made to both the museum and the amphitheater that will help to preserve these Appalachian treasures, SAHA officials said. “I’m overwhelmed that people are so generous,” Hauck said.

For more information about the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum or “Horn in the West,” call (828) 264-2120 or visit and

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