Fontana Village 2018 – What Are Those Bears Up To?


This picture hangs in the front lobby of the lodge in Fontana Village. It has always amused me. I call it Appalachian Gothic because it is an obvious spoof of America Gothic, and black bears are common in the Appalachian Mountains. This could provide a writing prompt for a humorous short story.

  • Start by establishing where the bears are. They are on a lake shore in the mountains. I will assume they are in the Smokies. Choose any lake in those mountains where people go camping.
  • How did the bears acquire the oar? A tent is visible behind them. Did they kill the campers and steal the oar after eating their food? Maybe the campers are exploring nearby and will have an unpleasant surprise when they return.
  • Why are the bears pretending to be human? Maybe they are the campers, and the tent belongs to them. That would be strange for bears, but it could be a fun story.

While I was a the lodge this afternoon I looked outside at the mountains and thought about Louie. The Cherokee Indians are the native tribe here. I wonder if their legends have anything to contribute. That would be worth researching if I decided to develop this idea further. It would add a nice element of local interest.

About henrywm

I am a graduate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. I am interested in Christian theology and church history. I also enjoy science fiction and stories which wrestle with deep questions.
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