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If you’re lucky enough to stay home this Labor Day weekend, revel in the fact you live somewhere other people…

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My kids have been in training all summer for the Haywood County Fair. They haven’t been raising giant pumpkins nor…

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The floor below me began to shake. For a moment, the idea of the structure collapsing seemed plausible. All around…

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A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet captivating, heightened by the…

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The scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts…

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This might get loud. I tend to say that to anyone who finds themselves in the passenger’s seat of my…

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Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said…

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About 30 people sat scattered around the 2,800-seat Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, watching the makings of something that has never…

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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…

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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,…

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It was the only thing he knew how to do. It was the only thing he wanted to do.  Marvin…

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Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers…

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It all started with an email.  Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a freelance writer for a few years,…

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Bringing together world culture and Southern Appalachia traditions, Folkmoot USA transcends any and all barriers. Whether it’s language, physical boundaries…

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Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13…

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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,…

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A hundred years of history and community will come together during the Centennial Homecoming Week at Lake Junaluska Conference and…

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Every year as summer approaches and the days begin to heat up, I marvel at the beautiful orange explosion that…

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This year’s PlottFest will give hound enthusiasts from the region, across the country and around the globe a chance to…

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In Western North Carolina, it seems the two most important things are tradition and family – and nothing incorporates those…

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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.…

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

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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…

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Well, hello there Western North Carolina. As the arts and entertainment writer at The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my…

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For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I…

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Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside. Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis…

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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…

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In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.  “Southern Appalachian…

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If the litmus test of a community’s health is how strong its art scene is, then, by the looks of…

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The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic…

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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…

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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…

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Showcasing the finest in Southern Appalachian and national writing talent, the Western Carolina University Spring Literary Festival comes into its…

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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…

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It was a decade in the making, but its origins are hundreds of years old. Partnering with the Blue Ridge…

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If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release…

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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…

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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…

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A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…

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With her hands fluttering like a hummingbird, Dana Claire loops skeins of colored yarn around a large pegboard. Claire has…

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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…

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Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture…

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“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…”– Grateful…

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John Driskell Hopkins was driving in his truck when it struck him. It was a song. Radiating from his satellite…

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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…

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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…

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He went east to discover the final frontier. In 1937, Californian Joseph S. Hall was a 30-year-old graduate student. Hired…

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If you have it, they will come. That’s the philosophy for the small facet of independent toy stores remaining in…

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