Who : Mark Durand and friends
What: Old-timey fiddle
Where: Maryville, Blount County
Venue: Private residence
As a specialist in public health systems in the South Pacific, Mark Durand spends a lot of his time in places far removed from, and a lot flatter than, the Southern Appalachians. For instance, in the mid-2000s he was director of health services for Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia, where he spearheaded the rebuilding of a medical library destroyed in 2004 by Typhoon Sudal. But Mark’s heart has always been in the foothills of east Tennessee, where he spent countless weekends from high school through medical school backpacking in the Smokies, fishing in the mountain streams and sampling botanical edibles. So it’s fitting that over the years and across the miles, he has stayed in touch with his Tennessee self by learning to play a pretty impressive old-timey fiddle. He and some friends will play for the Pickin’ Up team at the farm he now lives on with daughters Zoe and Alex and wife Beverly Green; the team will spend this one night of the tour not in a state park.