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Each day, James Bandy and Clifton Coleman hangout with soldiers, princesses, dinosaurs and aliens. Their domain is Blast From The…

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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…

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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…

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Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in…

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What sounded like a jet engine echoed out of the building tucked away on the hill. Peering into the large…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sliding into the parking lot of the Cold Mountain Corn Maze, the smell of campfire and old, fallen leaves fills…

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Amid the blinking lights and stuffed animal prizes at the Cherokee Indian Fair, a scream echoes from behind the trees.…

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It may look like a grassy field to some, but to Steven Lloyd, it’s a window of opportunity. Lloyd, executive…

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What could’ve been a lifelong haunting moment for most turned out to be an epiphany for Josh Merrell. “I farted…

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For a man who has just won the North Carolina Literature Award, writer Gary Carden is quite somber. At his…

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Bringing together Cherokee artisans and tourists from every corner of the globe, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual celebrated a…

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Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the…

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When Doug Trantham was a kid, he wanted to impress his father. “I was 10-years-old when my dad made a…

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The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…

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By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Two Western North Carolina preachers were chosen for an episode of the new Picked Off…

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Wood carver Cliff Hannah is deeply rooted in Western North Carolina. The internationally renowned…

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, made a seven-day educational tour of Jamaica this summer to…

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The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s…

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will bring the French Rivera to life with…

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For the first time in its 62-year history, the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee has added a new play to its…

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Artists from around the Southeast will set up their easels and ready their colors in an outdoor painting spree around…

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From cornhole tournaments to a homemade raft race, from a fireworks train ride to kids-only parade, mountain communities are pulling…

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  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will…

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Singing, lonely goat herders, nuns, and Julie Andrews are just a few things Western…

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Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about…

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Noreen Gay doesn’t have a moment to spare these days. She’s busily finishing the final stitches of a quilt she…

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Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage…

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system…

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After years of sideline painting and photography as a pastime, a now retired Sue Weathers is finding an abundance of…

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Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other.…

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Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of…

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Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s…

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With tunes that rush quickly along and take unexpected twists and turns, Sylva-based The Dan River Drifters are anything but…

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An artistic marriage of fine gardens and fine art is on display now at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86,…

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Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the…

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Rather than spending months crossing Haywood County’s choice eateries off their list of places to go, culinary enthusiasts can get…

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There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly…

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Gary Carden didn’t realize he had an audience. He was coaching Lara Chew through a rehearsal of “Mother Jones,” a…

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Reading Finnegans Wake on the best of days and in the easiest sections can challenge the most erudite of readers.…

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When it comes to fundraising, there are a lot of different methods employed to get attention and raise critical dollars…

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Ron Rash’s novel, Serena, was birthed in an image: his mind’s eye pictured a woman on horseback. From the woman’s…

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Molly McCurdy is rare. Specifically, she is one of a small number of female luthiers in the U.S. A dulcimer…

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Chocolate is not simply a tasty treat; for some, it is the main ingredient for creating masterpieces, and developing the…

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Allen Davis’ office is cluttered with planks and blocks of wood in various sizes and a handful of circular saws…

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Lloyd Arneach likes to make people cry. “That means they understand the stories I am telling,” said Arneach, a 68-year-old…

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