A Blue Bottle Tree Grows in Appalachia

I admit to suffering from unjustified anxiety regarding the growing number of blue bottle trees peppered along dirt roads and adorning eclectic yards of West Asheville. One gust of wind, and someone will be mowing glass shards! more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Perspectives

Shake & Brake

Be careful what you wish for. In the early 1980s, Andrea Ludden simply wanted a pepper mill that carried out its stated purpose. Soon enough, a lineup of broken pepper mills decorated the windowsill of her kitchen. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Western Carolina in our Minds

Walk into any bookshop in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and you will almost certainly find an impressive array of books celebrating these life and times—from hiking guides to Cherokee folk tales. And the new titles keep coming. more »

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Book Reviews

Festival finder

As the weather warms, festival season gets underway. Whether one seeks music or crafts, heritage or craft brews, there’s a celebration for it somewhere across the region. more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Ode to the Odiferous

By late April, we trust you’ve tiptoed into the woods, maybe under cover of darkness, pinched your nose with one hand and, fast as a rabbit, harvested your secret ramp stash using the other. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Cuisine

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