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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

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

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

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM 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

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM 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

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Highland Games

Helen Hopper photo

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

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Departments

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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

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM Good Reads