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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

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I was afraid of getting caught. As a teenager, I found myself sneaking into the back door of my grandfather’s…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Mountain momma

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Living within walking distance of the farmers market has lots of perks. For starters, it’s a great excuse when asked,…
It was the only thing he knew how to do. It was the only thing he wanted to do.  Marvin…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…
It all started with an email.  Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a freelance writer for a few years,…
Bringing together world culture and Southern Appalachia traditions, Folkmoot USA transcends any and all barriers. Whether it’s language, physical boundaries…
Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:46

Finding inspiration in Appalachia

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Standing in an empty field, Martin Cook has a vision.  Founder of the renowned Western North Carolina gospel group The Inspirations,…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

Lake Junaluska celebrates 100 years

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A hundred years of history and community will come together during the Centennial Homecoming Week at Lake Junaluska Conference and…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:52

A milkweed by any other name

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Every year as summer approaches and the days begin to heat up, I marvel at the beautiful orange explosion that…
This year’s PlottFest will give hound enthusiasts from the region, across the country and around the globe a chance to…
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

In search of the sound

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In Western North Carolina, it seems the two most important things are tradition and family – and nothing incorporates those…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Finding your roots in Appalachia

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Ronan MacGregor didn’t know where he came from. He knew he was of Scottish decent, but that was about it.…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 14:22

Mountain Momma

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I have faint but fond memories of picking strawberries as a kid: the twisty, dusty gravel roads leading to the…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Making the connection, one melody at a time

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You’ve sung it in the shower, in the car with the windows rolled down, at weddings, in karaoke bars, and…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

This Must Be the Place

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Well, hello there Western North Carolina. As the arts and entertainment writer at The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my…
For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I…
Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside. Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

Heart of the matter

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It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart. Filled…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Making crafts of the past come alive

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In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.  “Southern Appalachian…
If the litmus test of a community’s health is how strong its art scene is, then, by the looks of…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:19

Spring up at Greening Up

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The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:28

The luck of the draw

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All bets are on in Cherokee. The first major poker tournament held at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort has lured…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 12:39

Serving up a taste of Appalachia

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When Doug Weaver looks around Haywood County, he sees potential.  “We’re on the fence, right in the middle of where…
Showcasing the finest in Southern Appalachian and national writing talent, the Western Carolina University Spring Literary Festival comes into its…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

Taking matters into his own hands

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When he didn’t have the money to purchase a banjo, Joshua Grant took matters into his own hands. “I couldn’t…
It was a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:15

Magic in a bottle

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If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:00

Getting the 'word' out

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It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Age is but a number on your dance card

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Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:48

Jungle king swings into WCU

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A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…
With her hands fluttering like a hummingbird, Dana Claire loops skeins of colored yarn around a large pegboard. Claire has…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Innovation through tradition

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Rhiannon Giddens is an old soul, but one that embraces modernity. Vocalist/fiddler of renowned Americana string band the Carolina Chocolate…
Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture…
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…”– Grateful…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

All friends were strangers at one time

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John Driskell Hopkins was driving in his truck when it struck him. It was a song. Radiating from his satellite…
Haywood County Rev. Lamont Foster still remembers the day he learned what it meant to be black. It was the…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

If you build it, they will come (and play)

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Pulling into a row of unimposing metal garage-sized storage units on Frazier Street in Waynesville, the sound of buzzing is…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

The source of the sound

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It’s the greatest show in town, but the location is a secret. With the tall smokestacks of the Canton paper…
He went east to discover the final frontier. In 1937, Californian Joseph S. Hall was a 30-year-old graduate student. Hired…
If you have it, they will come. That’s the philosophy for the small facet of independent toy stores remaining in…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Rediscovering your inner child

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Each day, James Bandy and Clifton Coleman hangout with soldiers, princesses, dinosaurs and aliens. Their domain is Blast From The…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:12

Christmas, craft beer & charity

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For Clark Williams, it’s all about giving back. Owner of Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville, Williams is celebrating not only…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Quality over quantity in Appalachia

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Downtown Franklin is all sunshine, but it’s the calm before the storm. Drifting through an array of stores and restaurants…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:33

Christmas parades roll into WNC

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Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in…
What sounded like a jet engine echoed out of the building tucked away on the hill. Peering into the large…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Art and aspiration in Appalachia

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At first glance toward her work, you think Sara Alexander is a great photographer. At second glance, you realize that’s…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Come on, let's twist — again

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We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Spicing up Southern Appalachia

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Though the weather is getting colder and winter is emerging on the horizon, Doug Weaver is all smiles. It’s open…