REMAX Hot Air Balloon Pilots Treat Andrews Elementary School Students to an Exciting Flight Demonstration

When it comes to learning about hot air balloons, the kids at Andrews Elementary School have gained some valuable firsthand experience. In mid-November 2017, two REMAX Hot Air Balloon Pilots visited the school’s Andrews, NC campus, and gave an impressive demonstration on the principles of hot air balloon flight. The pilots’ easy-to-grasp slide show, presented in the school’s gymnasium, provided great background information geared to the students’ grade levels.

To bring this entertaining science lesson to life, one REMAX pilot inflated a colorful, lightweight balloon with hot air from a hair dryer. Right on schedule, the balloon lazily rose to the gym’s high ceiling. Naturally, the second pilot had to top that performance, using the same technique to send a plain black garbage bag soaring up as well.

Before the students’ demonstration, the Andrews Elementary School administrators were delighted to get a ride in the real-life REMAX balloon, tethered just outside the building in a spacious open spot. Looking back, you might say a great time was had by all – including the pilots and The Poltrock Team!

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The Newest and Cutest Addition to The Poltrock Team in Murphy NC!

Our newest member to The Poltrock Team is by far the cutest! Collin Poltrock is a great addition to the family, and now that he’s over a year old, he’s getting in to everything! Who knows, before its all over with he could be selling real estate with the best of ’em! 😆

John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy NC – – –Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

The Mountains of Murphy NC Never Become Normal

We just arrived home yesterday from a very short vacation trip to Pensacola FL. Jessica has some family down there, so we snuck away to go visit them and take some R&R time 🙂

While we were visiting, one of Jessica’s family members made the comment that they rarely go to the beach – maybe a few times a year. It amazes me they’ve lived their for decades, yet they rarely go to the most coveted land mark in their area.

I’ve heard this same comment from our clients in the past who say they live a short drive to the beach yet never go. It’s almost as if it grows old and normal. I must admit I’m glad that living in the mountains of Murphy NC never grows old.

The mountains and the gorgeous scenery they create becomes part of you. You simply don’t grow tired of them! Their beauty is something you constantly can enjoy – your mountain view, your creek, your lake, the mountains as you drive home – you name it. It’s inspiring and I’m proud to know we live where you never grow weary of your greatest surroundings.

John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team at REMAX of Murphy NC – – – Call us toll free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496

Halloween in Murphy NC – headed to Duke Street!

These are the two scariest girls in Murphy NC – Jessica and Katie! As Halloween is being celebrated on the eve of, we are getting ready to head to Duke Street in downtown Murphy.

Duke Street is the most popular place for kids and families to go on Halloween. It’ll be packed with ghouls, goblins, skeletons, withes, and any other stretch of the imagination!

If you’ve never been, come join us! We hope to see you at Duke Street this year!

John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX Mountain Properties – 866-687-7496

John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival 2010

The Banner for the 2010 Folk School Fall Festival

Every year, The John C. Campbell Folk School hosts one of my personal favorite Fall Festivals in Murphy, NC. Thousands of people flock to the small town of Brasstown, NC to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

This year was no different. It was great! There were lots of people and some really good vendors this year. Everything from paintings, photography, prints, glass work, iron work, chairs, you-name-it was represented this year. All the vendors were great to speak with and where more than open to sharing their experiences and how they accomplished their craft.

Music and dancing is always a large part of the celebration. My

I love hearing the violins every year!

personal favorite is watching the younger kids play violins – they’re amazingly talented. Not only that, our church choir even sings at the barn which is always neat to watch.

If you’ve never been to a Fall Festival, you certainly need to! There’s nothing like it – just be sure to come hungry and ready to walk! 🙂

John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team – RE/MAX Mountain Properties – Murphy, NC – – – Call us Toll-Free Today at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496

2013 Folk School Fall Festival

2009 John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

2008 John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival

The Big Sweep – A Lake Hiwassee Cleanup in Murphy NC

Lake Hiwassee is a gorgeous resource here in Murphy, and I find myself writing about it often in many different articles. A week ago today was the annual Big Sweep. It’s an arranged group of folks who spend at least half their Saturday on Lake Hiwassee cleaning up trash in different coves. Jessica and I did it, and I have to admit, it was a lot of fun! We even did it on our canoe, so we paddled the whole way! It was a bit more work, but I have to admit, it got us to places where larger boats would’ve had trouble and was fun.

It was organized by Silas Allen, our very own head of the Cherokee Building Department, and Susan Hersh (who I might add is the “face” of the Building Department as you always see her running the show when you go in 🙂 ) It takes ton of preparation and organization, and thanks to them, the turnout was great. There were roughly 130 volunteers, 20 boats, and an estimated 20,000 pounds of trash taken from the shores of the lake. This year’s focus was right around Bear Paw. It was such a great event – it was on the front Page of this week’s Cherokee Scout newspaper.

The majority of the trash come from the rivers, creeks, and streams that are tributaries to Lake Hiwassee. It’ll come from someone’s yard and eventually end up in Lake Hiwassee. We found lots of things in the lake such as tennis balls, countless plastic bottles, Skoal cans, tires, coolers, televisions, and tons more. It’s amazing how many things end up in the lake, and it was nice to know we were able to make a difference.

Scholarships Are Being Given in Murphy NC and Surrounding Areas

At this time of year, I have the privilege of sitting on several scholarship committees where we get to interview many of the areas High School Seniors and award them with scholarships. The best part is, many of the scholarships cover not only the Cherokee County/Murphy NC area, but Robbinsville, Hayesville, and beyond. It’s an amazing opportunity. Every year there are some outstanding graduates who have accomplished unparalleled feats – all before they even go to college. The talent, skill, and genuine-ness (is that even a word!?) is something to be admired. Not only that, our local teachers need to be commended for helping them grow to be the person they are and the future that lays before them.

Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors Scholarship this one is provided by our local Board of Realtors to a graduating Senior. Many area Realtors contribute this fund to give to a worthy graduate in the area covered by the Board of Realtors. This is always the one I contribute to as I get to have active roll in the process and get to meet the recipients.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina – this is a non-profit group that manages not only one scholarship, but many that cover all of Western North Carolina. They issued several to Cherokee County Students, and an astounding  106 awards to 101 students with a grand total of $284,500 scholarships – for 2010 alone. I’ve worked and/or met with many of the staff here and they are an amazing group of professionals who help make higher education possible for many of WNC’s best and brightest. Thank you for all your help and hard work!

With all this said, Congratulations to all graduating Seniors.

We’re rooting for you!

Read the 2013 and 2014 article showing the winners for that year.

John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – – Call us Toll Free 1-866-687-7496 – skype: johnpoltrock

Veteran’s Day in Murphy NC

american-flag-pow-miaHappy Veteran’s Day! As the son of a career military man, I have a huge respect for our Veteran’s and those in active duty. We thank you more than any words could ever express and salute you for your contibution to our country. Because of the work and sacrifice you have made, we have the freedom we that affords us the ability to sell real estate in the mountains of North Carolina.

May God bless every one of you and keep you safe who are on tour serving our nation. Your service is one that deserves far more than one day of recognition. Thank you all and we hope to see you in the Murphy NC!

John Poltrock – The POLTROCK TEAM – RE/MAX Mountain Properties – – Call us Toll Free 1-866-687-7496

John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival was a Blast in Murphy / Brasstown NC!!

Every year, the Folk School Designs a Banner - this is 2009's!
Every year, the Folk School Designs a Banner - this is 2009's!

Every year, the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC welcomes thousands of people from all over the United States to their annual Fall Festival – and this year’s was great! There were lots of vendors and artists who brought their talent and crafts for sale at the hundreds of vendor tents.


Not only that, there was authentic local music, dancing, and so much more. They hold all the music at the large barn and its always packed slam full of folks who are there to enjoy all the local talent. This year had choirs, bluegrass music, tap dancing, and everything else you can think of in between.

Just a Few Vendors and Artists
Just a Few Vendors and Artists

This Festival is not only for the adult – kids love it too! There are all sorts of things for the children to do – horse back riding, alpacas to pet, toys to find and buy, friends to see, and so much more!


Last year’s Folk School Festival was a lot of fun too, and as always, we can’t wait to enjoy the upcoming one in 2010!

Written by John Poltrock, Certified Residential Specialist – The POLTROCK TEAM at RE/MAX Mountain Properties – – Call us Toll Free – 1-866-687-7496 –


Katie & Friend Pet the Alpacas
Katie & Friend Pet the Alpacas

Scott Hogsed Memorial Youth Day a Blast for the Children in Murphy NC

Learning to Shoot Bow and Arrows in Murphy NC
Learning to Shoot Bow and Arrows in Murphy NC

This Saturday was an absolute blast! More than 600 kids in the Murphy, North Carolina area met in the Martins Creek / Brasstown area to enjoy one major event – the Scott Hogsed Memorial Youth Day.

Katie Practicing Fly Fishing
Katie Practicing Fly Fishing

Every year for the past four or five years, Scott Hogsed Memorial Day has been orchestrated in August by Mr. Sam Hogsed for the sole purpose of educating kids on the outdoor sports. There were groups of classes on everything from fly fishing, rope bridges, bow and arrow shooting, BB gun shooting, and so much more.

Boy Scouts in Murphy Sponsored Rope Bridge
Boy Scouts in Murphy Sponsored Rope Bridge

To top it off, every kid that comes gets a gift bag full of goodies and a FREE fishing rod! At the end, they even give away more things such as a bow, gun, all sorts of things with the sole purpose to entice children to get outside and enjoy all the thing nature offers here in Murphy NC.

If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to come! The kids always have a good time and word of advice: bring yard chairs and some water so you can sit down and enjoy the shade while the children are out running around. See you next year!

John Poltrock – The POLTROCK TEAM at RE/MAX Mountain Properties – – Call us toll-free 1-866-687-7496