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  • Photo Essay, December 2022

    Photo Essay, December 2022

    Our readers share their winter photos Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Stories

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    In Praise of the Humble Onion

    Onions make regular appearances in a wide variety of dishes such as soups, stews, and casseroles. Yet I would argue that this humble though popular vegetable deserves wider recognition as a mainstay of high country food. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Food+Drink

  • The Travelin’ McCourys

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    Keep movin’ on down the line

    The charm and allure of bluegrass music resides in its seamless ability to have one foot in the sacred, traditional “high, lonesome sound” and the other in whatever progressive endeavors its musicians find themselves in—by chance or on purpose. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Art+Music

  • Winter Whiplash

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    Winter Whiplash

    The calendar said the Christmas season had begun, but it sure didn’t feel like it. My winter coats and knit hats mostly lay where I’d left them at the start of spring, the mercury remaining unnaturally high as December wore on. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

  • Smokemont Loop

    On the Trail in the Smokies

    Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers many options for enjoyable loop hikes, most of them are quite strenuous if hiked as a day trip. An exception is Smokemont Loop, a moderate hike of about six miles. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

  • Smokies Trail Rehab Supervisor

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    A Conversation with the Smokies Trail Rehab Supervisor

    Josh Shapiro came to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2009 as a Trails Forever crew member, swiftly earning a promotion to crew leader. Since 2015, he’s supervised the whole program. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

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    David Cohen illustration

    Hansel and Gretel

    I saw the Hansel and Gretel dolls in the Sears Christmas 1963 catalog. The page showed the dolls standing side by side, and explained they were imported from Germany and designed by master craftsmen. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Stories

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    When Candy Rains Down

    It is 1974, I am seven years old and parades are my favorite thing in the whole wide world. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Stories

  • Blizzard At Big Firescald

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    Tales From The Trail

    January 23, 2016. A winter storm is coming and is going to slam into the Western North Carolina mountains along the North Carolina–Tennessee border. Having been three years off my thru-hike, I had a serious itch for some adventure. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

  • A Stroke of Faith

    City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium photo

    A Stroke of Faith

    Half a century ago, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was in desperate need of divine intervention. Tucked into the bucolic countryside of West Jefferson, North Carolina, the tiny chapel had long struggled to keep its congregation engaged. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Art+Music

  • Ghost Lights

    Ghost Lights

    Near Marion, North Carolina, there is a gravel track that makes an unlikely claim of being a state highway. If you are brave enough to bump along to the end of the narrow ridge, you will dead end at the beginning of a ghost story. Read more

    Dec 1, 2022

    12:00 AM

    Stories