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Albino Skunk Festival

John Gillespie Photography LLC

A slight breeze awoke me from my slumber one recent Saturday morning. Swaying in the hammock, I looked upward while the first sunshine of the day sprinkled through the branches all tangled high above. more

Sweet Appalachia

Each fall brings another big, bountiful crop of tasty apples to the mountains. While the fruit can be found in many Western North Carolina communities, perhaps nowhere is it more celebrated than in Henderson County. more

Sweet Appalachia

Wooly Worm

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

For years, I refused to draft a bucket list. A few months ago, however, my perception was forever changed while attending a conference where speakers discussed local festival development in Western North Carolina. more

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What Big Ears

Scott Chris photo

A lute player, an Inuit throat singer, and a punk rocker walk into a bar in Knoxville, Tennessee … That’s not a joke. Actually, it’s the setup for Big Ears, a music and arts festival that is making global waves. more

Features

2014 Merlefest

Merlefest photo

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

Features

Damascus Trail Days

Town of Damascus photo

E.J. “Passover” Horrocks had never been backpacking in her life and had barely a shred of gear in her closet when she showed up at Trailfest in Hot Springs, N.C., a couple years ago. The festival’s culture of camaraderie and adventure called to her. more

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Highland Games

Helen Hopper photo

The Scots and Celts commandeer Western North Carolina with a several summer festivals celebrating all things kilt related. more

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Donated photo

Those who have thought about writing, wondered how to hook their children on reading, or are just interested in learning about writers and stories of all shapes and sizes should go to the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. more

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