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Move Over Irish – The Coves Italian Cook-Off is Next

Coves Cook-Off Competitions

At The Coves, we embrace many aspects of fine living, and lucky for all of us who have found our spectacular Carolina mountain properties, a region makes this all so easy.  With many seasonal Cook-Offs annually, there are plenty of delicious opportunities to come together with friends, family and neighbors with one simple goal—to enjoy the food you adore most, and while you’re at it—let others come to appreciate your culinary skills.

If you are feeling a bit of spring fever and find yourself looking for things to do in Lenoir NC, The Coves Italian Cook-Off, a Taste of Italy, is right around the corner on March 18 at 1pm in the afternoon.  If you haven’t experienced an old-fashioned Cook-Off, it’s an incredible way to gather and share conversation and amazing food—whether you want to show off your own talents in the kitchen, or you simply long to taste what others create.  There’s nothing like a little bit of sweet competition to bring out the best culinary creations.  Who knows…you may leave not only with a satiated appetite but with a prize.

Those of us who have settled down after choosing the perfect parcel of NC mountain land for sale already have a good idea of the welcoming community at The Coves. Our Italian Cook-Off provides even more joy and togetherness.  Italians believe in sharing their meals and taking their time while doing so—a pace of relaxation we share at The Coves.  Mark the date on your calendar and forget about your other obligations for the afternoon.  As soon as you take in the aromas of fresh bread and marina sauce, you won’t have a care in the world. 

Is a trip to Italy is on your bucket list?  Perhaps you’ve already experienced an amazing Italian vacation, traveling through Florence, Venice or Rome, basking in the rich culture–the art, architecture and food and wine. There’s such diversity in Italian cuisine–from the north, the hearty polenta, risotto, fish, potatoes, rice sausages, pork and cheeses, pasta with tomatoes, or stuffed pasta.  In the south, they also blend in capers, peppers, olives, artichokes, eggplant and fresh ricotta cheese.  There’s no surprise that those of us who celebrate life every day on our Carolina mountain properties, also love to celebrate the art of Italian food.  Come and celebrate life at The Coves over your favorite Italian creation, main dish, side dish or dessert while live music creates an even richer environment for all of those who gather. 

No matter the region of our country or the world, food bring us together as communities, as families or close-knit friends.  Upcoming culinary events, cook-offs and things to do in Lenoir NC to celebrate life—food, and the precious time we spend together:  

A Taste of Italy—March 18, 2017, 1-4 pm, The Coves Mountain River Club; Lenoir, NC; Pisgah Mountain Lodge with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Hawks Bill, and the Wilson Creek Gorge.  Please RSVP to jacqueline@thecovesnc.com or 828-754-0700 and prepare your most raved-about Italian dish 

Annual Rib Cook-Off—June 17, 2017, 1-4 pm, The Coves Mountain River Club; Lenoir, NC;

 Pisgah Mountain Lodge is the backdrop for our infamous Rib Cook-Off. The competition gets more fierce every year.  Bring the ribs that make your family flock home or create an awesome side dish for all to share. 

• Side Dish Cook-Off—August 19, 1-4 pm, The Coves Mountain River Club; Lenoir, NC; Pisgah Mountain Lodge; this is the time and place to bring in your Grandmother’s secret dressing, or your own creative side in a friendly competition that will make your mouth water before you’ve tasted a bite.  We’re never too old to develop a new fondness for a side dish prepared a fresh way, and this is your chance to sample the best.

Fall Colors Celebration & Chowder Cook-Off—October 14, 2017; 1-4 pm; The Coves Mountain River Club; Lenoir, NC; Pisgah Mountain Lodge. There is no better way to celebrate fall than to cook up a big batch of hearty chowder for your friends and neighbors.  Live Music accompanies this annual affair, and of course prizes for the most delicious chowder.

Annual Chili and Apple Pie Cook-Off—December 2017–to be announced…

Comfort food at its best—hearty chili followed by sweet apple pie.  Live music and prizes to make the celebration more festive.  Cook up your best batch of chili and bake those apple pies to compete and share.

Our neighborhood cook-offs and culinary events are among the fabulous ways we find things to do in Lenoir NC.  Spend an afternoon with other friendly folks who live on their Carolina mountain properties, share a glass of wine, or your precious family recipes passed down through the generations–all while sharing mountain tales and laughter.

Come and visit The Coves Mountain River Club, perfectly located in the Blue Ridge Mountain’s scenic foothills.  If you are searching for NC mountain land for sale, you’ll find it here. The events and celebrations that take place at Pisgah Mountain Lodge, like our fabulous cook-offs, offer a warm glimpse into how incredible life could be living in Lenoir, NC. Our Pisgah Mountain Lodge clubhouse provides stunning and elevated views of mountain ranges in every direction. While you’re visiting, be sure to take in all the other amenities at The Coves—the equestrian center, the well-tended community gardens, stroll the hiking trails and make sure you plan to view one of the four private waterfalls and parks. 

We have a variety of property available in a range of accommodating prices–with homesites that would be the ideal spot to build a mountain cabin, mountaintop parcels for those who want to feel they are on top of the world, and larger properties for those who plan to spend their days riding on the extensive and secluded trails.  Property prices begin in the low $30k range. The Coves blends community friendliness with nature, and is in close proximity to four quaint mountain towns where you can explore, treasure hunt and explore the rich history.

Clear your calendar and let our celebrations make your search for NC mountain land for sale more fun!

Call us to RSVP and visit at 828.754.0700.

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2017 Cook-Off Competitions at The Coves NC

Chili Cook-Off Competition

Are you looking to live in a place with continuous good ol’fashioned family fun? Look no further than The Coves Mountain River Club, located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Every year at Pisgah Mountain Lodge, our stunning 6000-square-foot clubhouse, we host a variety of exciting Lenoir NC events including cook-offs that provide a lot of fun along with a little friendly competition. Save the dates, clear your calendar and make travel plans now. These events give you an inside chance to see what southern living life is like at The Coves.

This spring, enjoy homemade Italian cuisine at A Taste of Italy. The event will take place on Saturday March 18th from 1 pm – 4 pm. Do you make a mean Stromboli or delicious eggplant lasagna? Prepare your favorite Italian dish and join in the competition. Side dishes and desserts are welcome. There will be live music and prizes.

In the summer, the Pisgah Mountain Lodge will host its Annual Rib Cook-Off on Saturday June 17th from 1 PM – 4 PM. If you’re up for the challenge, bring your favorite rib entrée. If not, bring a delicious side dish for everyone to share. Get ready for live music and great prizes. You won’t find any NC mountain communities like us.

Don’t forget the side dishes. Watch sweet potato casserole and grilled asparagus go head-to-head at the Side Dish Cook-Off. The event will take place on Saturday August 19th from 1 PM – 4 PM. No bets are allowed, but be sure to come with a big appetite.

Nothing beats a crisp, beautiful fall in Western NC. Head over to the Pisgah Mountain Lodge for the 2017 Fall Colors Celebration and Chowder Cook-Off. The event will take place on Saturday October 14th from 1 PM – 4 PM. Prizes will be awarded for the most mouth-watering chowder recipes, and all entries are welcome.

In the wintertime, nothing sounds better than a cozy sweater and a warm bowl of chili. Bring your best recipes to the Annual Chili and Apple Pie Cook-Off. One of the most fun Lenoir NC events will take place December 2nd from 1pm – 4pm. There will be live music, special pricing on select homesites, and prizes awarded for the most delicious apple pie and chili recipes.

The origin of the cook-off started in Texas, as the first one was held in 1967 as a means to settle a feud between two journalists over who could make the meanest bowl of chili. Since then, cook-offs have evolved into big events, typically held at local parks, for food lovers and competitors alike, and has become a vital part of southern living. Cook-offs bring communities together for good food and friendly competition. It’s a great opportunity to make friends, trade cooking secrets, and even acquire famous family recipes.

The Coves Mountain River Club Resort, known by many as one of the most charming NC mountain communities, puts a different spin on cook-off competitions by holding them at our own Pisgah Mountain Lodge. The 6,000 square foot lodge has an 8,000 square foot wrap-around veranda, an infinity-view saline swimming pool, a hot tub, and an outdoor living room that faces Grandfather Mountain. Because it was built at an elevation of 1,700 feet, participants can enjoy spectacular views of Table Rock, Adams Knob, and Brown Mountain while celebrating good food and good company.

Pisgah Mountain Lodge is just one of the lifestyle amenities at The Coves. Residents have access to Round Mountain Ranch, a full service equestrian center, two community gardens, four private waterfalls and parks, five miles of frontage on the Johns River and over 39 miles of hiking and walking trails.

Property available at The Coves is extensive too. Buyers can choose from a mountaintop homesite, lots for a cozy mountain cabin, larger equestrian parcels or property near the mountain-fed Johns River. Prices begin as low as the high $30’s.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Pisgah Mountain Lodge – Close to Heaven, Down to Earth

Pisgah Mountain Lodge

Retirees and others looking at Smoky Mountain land for sale give a lot of thought to how their daily lives will be:  what activities there are to enjoy, convenience of access to shopping and other necessities, and whether they’ll form the kind of lasting friendships they’ve made where they’re living now.  A little research can resolve the first two concerns.  And the response to the third one is an easy “yes”.

In the planning stages of The Coves Mountain River Club, we reserved the best parcel of land for the sole purpose of bringing people together.  And that’s where, at a towering 1700-foot elevation, we built Pisgah Mountain Lodge – a magnificent, rustic, 6000-square-foot clubhouse with an infinity-view saline pool, hot tub and outdoor living room that overlook Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock, Adams Knob and Brown Mountain.  If you’re like most people, the views from the lodge will steal your breath away.

Our year-round mild Lenoir North Carolina weather encourages residents to spend time outside, whether alone or in small groups, taking advantage of all there is to do here.  And sooner or later, everyone discovers the cozy and grand appeal of the Lodge, with its spectacular views across miles of unspoiled natural forest, its unparalleled sunset panoramas and, at night, the blanket of stars that appear close enough to touch.

Inside, there are hewn timber beams and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture breathtaking mountain vistas in every direction.  Upstairs, you’ll discover a comfortable place to sit and talk in front of a stone fireplace, a kitchen and a lending library.  And the lower level features a state-of-the art fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, locker room, showers, fitness class area and a game room equipped with Foosball, pool and Ping-Pong tables.

Mountain towns in North Carolina are known to be friendly places, and Pisgah Mountain Lodge is very much in keeping with that tradition.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that there’s always something going on that brings people together.  Five times a year, we have themed Cook-off Competitions.  Our monthly Guest Lecture Series brings in local chefs, artists, musicians, hiking guides and educational speakers. The first Wednesday of the month is Game Night, and every Monday morning our yoga instructor leads a wellness class on the mountain’s edge.  And of course our residents can use the Lodge for their own family functions.

Buyers are happy when they discover there are still some great homesites available near the clubhouse, and our innovative floor plans are designed to make the most of this remarkable property and its breathtaking features.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how affordable Smoky Mountain land for sale really is.  Of course, at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’re buying far more than just real estate.  It’s a lifestyle – one that suits you and your family perfectly, whether you want to be very active or just spend time enjoying new friendships and all the many benefits of living where the sky is clear, the air is fresh and each day offers new adventures and discoveries.  The mild Lenoir North Carolina weather is just what the folks relocating from the snow laden northeast appreciate.

The Coves Mountain River Club encompasses 3600 wooded acres, so you can be as secluded as you want to be but still take advantage of a vibrant social community centered around Pisgah Mountain Lodge and all it has to offer.  That, plus our close proximity to four unique mountain towns in North Carolina, makes us the ideal choice for anyone thinking of living in the foothills area.

We hope you’ll stop by and take a tour.  Watch the sunset from the balcony at Pisgah Mountain Lodge…and enjoy the incredible experience that your family can have every single day of the year.

That’s what mountain living’s about, and it’s all waiting for you at The Coves Mountain River Club.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Prime Time – Fall Foliage Social Events at The Coves

Fall Foliage Events at The Coves

Who doesn’t love the fall foliage season? The time of the year when pumpkins arrive and everything smells of sweet apples and cinnamon. Perfect Lenoir North Carolina weather, when the air becomes crisp and refreshing.

At The Coves, fall foliage season becomes ‘prime time’ as the mountain ranges change into a kaleidoscope of color visible through floor to ceiling glass or on the wrap around veranda at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge. It’s a wonderful time to explore hiking trails in Western NC, community gardens at The Coves and NC mountain land. Meet friendly neighbors while you’re here during one of the many monthly social events at the lodge. Here’s what’s coming up in September and October:

Lenoir Downtown Farmer’s Market Visits The Coves

Hosted by Jeff Crane and Linda Holland West

Wednesday, September 14th 6:30-8:30pm

Attendees will be treated with Lenoir-style chicken wings, frog legs, twice baked sweet potatoes, jalapeno peanut butter poppers and apple crumble. The Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market motto is Buy Local, Buy Fresh, Buy Quality. Many of our farmers are Appalachian Grown certified through ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).

Annual Coves Chowda Cook-off Competition

Sponsored by Blossman Gas

Saturday October 15th 1:00-4:00pm

Homeowners and guests will cook up their special chowder recipes and be judged by three local friends of the community. Property owner, Patti Brandenburg, is graciously providing the winning prizes (colorful aprons or towels). Blossman Gas is sponsoring food for the event and is the largest family-owned propane business in America. They have been providing propane gas and appliance services to The Coves and owners of NC mountain land for years.

Are you a golfer? Don’t miss playing in The Coves 6th Annual Golf Tournament happening that weekend. Friendly competitions during the day will include closest to the pin, longest drive, and longest putt near some of the finest hiking trails in Western NC.

Chef Corey Hooks Cooking School

Guest Lecture Series

Wednesday October 26th 6:30-8:30pm

Chef Hooks will demonstrate preparing southern comfort foods with an Asian twist. His menu this month includes meatloaf, potatoes and asparagus. Guests will be treated to a “sweet’ surprise while enjoying the mild Lenoir North Carolina weather.

Last month, we had a wonderful audience when Chef Corey Hooks demonstrated cooking seared salmon and citrus fennel salad. About a dozen Coves’ residents attended for the first time. Chef Hooks started the evening with plating the dishes, an art of entertaining. Attendees enjoyed seared salmon with savory white beach puree, arugula, shaved fennel, orange supreme, and a citrus vinaigrette. It was delicious!

Hooks explained the importance of letting the pan heat up before adding your oil/fat. He continued by skillfully searing the salmon and sharing with everyone the best local shop in Morganton where he purchases his fish. He then revealed each of the tasty herbs in his vinaigrette. Chef Hooks is a great teacher and attendees asked a lot of questions.

The Annual Side Dish Cook-off on August 20 was a smashing success with almost 60 attendees! Competitors brought their most delicious dish from their collection of secret family recipes to battle against the other dishes in this high stakes competition. No wagering is allowed, but everyone is encouraged to attend with a hearty appetite to taste all the scrumptious side dishes.

Attendees were treated to BBQ by Hannah’s BBQ in Lenoir serving up the best barbecue in the foothills NC since 1982. Acoustic guitarist and pianist, Holden Bare, serenaded attendees with soft rock and music from the 60’s & 70’s. The first place side dish prize went to Paul Brandenburg, 2nd to Lori Gibeau and 3rd to Barbara Russell.

Other events at The Coves include Social Sunday NFL football, Monday Morning Yoga, Thursday Ladies Golf and Friday Movie Night. 

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, be sure ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides information about living in the foothills and life at The Coves. You’re always welcome at any of our social club events.

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Yoga Classes – Health and Wellbeing at The Coves

Fitness Classes at The Coves

Body like a mountain.

Heart like an ocean.

Mind like the sky.

Yoga lovers the world over use this verse in meditation. It calms the mind by evoking beautiful images of mountains, water, and sky. If you’re a yoga devotee, your studio probably dims the lights and plays recorded sounds to replicate a natural environment. Your yoga teacher may prompt you to close your eyes and picture soft blue skies as you listen to recorded sounds of birds or breezes, or rain trickling down a mountainside. 

Now imagine taking your yoga outdoors into a blissful setting like the Blue Ridge Mountains where nature is your studio. Where blue skies and calm waters sooth minds and lift spirits. Imagine greeting each morning with sun salutations as dawn breaks over Grandfather Mountain, lighting up sapphire skies, bringing your body, heart, and mind into harmony with nature. Imagine aligning your vinyasa flow with the natural flow of the Johns River cascading down the mountain toward Wilson Creek, while a family of Carolina chickadees sing softly from a nearby beech tree.

You can imagine it, or you can live it – at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir, NC, where residents take their downward dog to new heights! Yoga classes are offered every Monday at 9:30 a.m. by Jenny Beane at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge in the center of this beautifully designed community of North Carolina mountain properties. Keane has 200 Hrs E­ RYT with Yoga Alliance, is Thai Yoga Bodywork certified, Pilates Matwork certified, Master Trainer with Athletic and Fitness Association of America. She has amassed over 1000 teaching hours since 2010 when she completed her 240 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Neighborhood Yoga in Boone, NC.  

Folks who know us know we provide an oasis of mountain living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. It’s a favorite among Baby Boomers and retirees looking for mountain homes North Carolina. And the abundance of outdoor activities at The Coves – including hiking, fishing, gardening, and yoga – are just a few of the reasons why. 

There’s no shortage of Lenoir NC events related to health and fitness. And yoga is a favorite among many of our Boomers. More than 24 million people currently practice yoga in the United States, and 78% say they took their first yoga class to work on their flexibility. It’s no surprise then that Baby Boomers are the fastest growing group of yoga devotees.

That’s why The Coves Mountain River Club is bending over backwards to make sure yoga lovers in the neighborhood are able to get all of the health advantages, energy boosts, and mind-body benefits that come with the yoga lifestyle. Not only does The Coves offer transcendent views for a one-of-a-kind, one-with-nature yoga experience, this community maintains state-of-the-art fitness amenities, including a fully loaded workout room, outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and 39 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails all within the gates of The Coves and mountain homes North Carolina.

No matter which beautiful corner of the neighborhood you’re coming from, you’ll get a nice pre-yoga (or pre-workout) cardio warm-up on your way up to the lodge. The hike to the clubhouse is both invigorating and challenging, with elevations ranging from 1,000 to 1,700 feet. As you make your way up the paved roads, you’ll enjoy every second of the spectacular views.

Up here the air is clean and crisp. Feel it flow through you as you prepare to practice your pranayama breathing exercises when you reach your yoga mat and begin those sun salutations and forward bends. We won’t blame you if you want to end your session in mountain pose (What’s more fitting?) before slipping into the cool waters of the waiting swimming pool, and ending your morning with sweet iced tea on the wrap-around porch of Pisgah Mountain Lodge.

At The Coves Mountain River Club, Mondays are for yoga. But there’s a full schedule of year-round health and wellness activities for residents to enjoy. It’s what makes The Coves so attractive to retirees looking for the highest quality of life and Lenoir NC events. Features of our fitness center include expansive windows facing the mountains with cardio and weight equipment, locker room, showers, and fitness class area. 

There are many North Carolina mountain properties to choose from when planning a retirement, but folks are choosing The Coves for year round living. It’s where they find that perfect mountain home in a community that puts stock in healthy living and offers a variety of indoor and outdoor fitness activities in a peaceful, relaxing mountain setting. Come on out to The Coves Mountain River Club and see what we mean. Namaste.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit. If you come early on Monday, why not take a class with Jenny Beane.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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2016 Summer Lenoir NC Events at The Coves

Artist in Residence Charlie Frye

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – Charlie Frye

Wine & Design Art Class – June 17, 2016

Attendees had a wonderful night with local artist Charlie Frye of Frye Art Studios in Lenoir, one of the best mountain towns in the Carolinas. There were a total of 11 ladies who attended the event. Frye loves to teach and set up his easel in the kitchen, while the students gathered around the bar. He provided everyone with a wood board about 12×12 inches in size. This became everyone’s painting canvas. Frye started the evening by taking everyone out onto the back veranda to take in the views from our Carolina mountain community.

The class was about painting a mountain scene, so what better inspiration than the views off the veranda from the Pisgah Mountain Lodge. Classes by Frye teach you to paint in steps. Frye would paint one section of the piece and the students were instructed to follow suit. He wouldn’t give out paint until he was finished demonstrating a particular step, then he provided the colors the students needed. Once everyone was was finished, attendees oohed and ahhed over each other’s painting. Frye is so much fun, and keeps folks laughing as he teaches. If we’re lucky, Frye might return in August. You can find Fyre at most Lenoir NC events.

COVES COOK OFF COMPETITIONS

Rib Cook-Off – June 18, 2016

Saturday, June 18, we had our annual Rib Cook-Off. This is one of residents most favorite events of the year. We have many Northern home owners, and they enjoy competing against a Southern who thinks he is the rib master. People started to rush in right before 1:00pm bringing their ‘right of the grill’ ribs. We had 13 entries along with lots of delicious sides and desserts.

The day stated with judging. Rib samples are collected from each plate for the judges to taste. The judges taste, talk, and decide which rib will be the winner.  The Director of Communications, Jacqueline Delk, announces the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

This year, Paul Brandenburg, property owner, won 1st place, Mona Houston, Equestrian Director, won 2nd, and Joe Poli, Real Estate Consultant for The Coves, won 3rd place. The rest of the day consisted of everyone eating, laughing, and listening to music from our guest musician, Sarah Tucker, local talent frequently seen at Lenoir NC events. It was a gorgeous Saturday, and most ended up out at the outdoor living room with a the fire pit to savor the evening sunset. We had around 50 people attend. It was a great event! The next cook-off competition is scheduled for August 20, 2016 at our Carolina mountain community.

Side Dish Cook-Off – August 20, 2016

Join us at the Pisgah Mountain Lodge for our annual Side Dish Cook-Off. Bring your most delicious dish from your collection of secret family recipes to battle the other dishes in this high stakes competition. No wagering allowed, but be sure to come with a hearty appetite to taste all the scrumptious side dishes.

The Side Dish Cook-Off will be held at our lodge from 1-4pm on Saturday, August 20th.

GUEST LECTURE SERIES – Don Gardner

Adventures in Hiking in Western North Carolina –  August 2016

Resident of Lenoir since early 2000, Gardner travels the globe in search of the next hiking trail and has a special interest in Western North Carolina. He actively hikes with Smoky Scout’s Hiking Adventures. His guest lecture series presentations include:

  • The Grand Canyon – Rim to Rim to Rim
  • The Grand Tetons – The Teton Crest Trail
  • Lookout Towers of Western North Carolina
  • Adventures in Hiking in Western North Carolina
  • Alaska – The Last Frontier
  • Waterfalls of the Carolinas
  • Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains

There’s always something going at The Coves. You’ll quickly find we are some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet in Western North Carolina (and we’re great cooks too!)

Call us directly at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.

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