Christmas tree

A Christmas tree has always been the cornerstone of my holiday experience. My family had a tradition of purchasing our tree from the local Optimist Club who set up a camper in the parking lot of Bi-Lo. Read more


The entry fee throughout the 10-day event is donation of a canned food item to be delivered to the local food bank. Read more


Rooted in History

John Wear photo

In the remote community of Boogertown, a narrow gravel road threads its way to the end of Wilson Hollow and a farm cradled in seclusion a few miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Read more


12 Days of Christmas

Donated photo

Partridges and pear trees need not apply: These 12 holiday destinations around Southern Appalachia offer mountain merry-makers a bit of everything—from homespun traditions to festive glamour and glitz. Read more


Tom Sawyer photo

In late fall and early winter, families find their way to the steep slopes of Southern Appalachian farms to choose and cut the most favored of trees—the Fraser fir. Read more

A vine to remember

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

A fellow I know welcomes the holiday season by decking the halls, and the walls, and a few of the yard’s ornamental bushes with hundreds of lights that won’t come down until Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Read more


There. Could that be the one? Robust, evenly distributed branches—but a little too portly. “Like a little fat man,” the boy, about 11 or 12, thought to himself. That won’t work. Breathing through his checkered scarf, he hoofed it over to another. Read more


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Since moving to Asheville a little over a year ago, it has become clear to me that I have relocated to the sustainability capital of the universe. Here I am an eco-amateur. I should be raising my own cow and feeding her indigenous grasses. Read more