Boone, N.C.

John McEuen, founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and his band The String Wizards will perform a concert titled, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” Read more


The nation’s top Scottish athletes clash in traditional heavyweight events, such as “turning the caber” and “tossing the sheaf.” Read more


Going gets rough


It’s not uncommon to find church, or at least sanctuary, in the mountains. On a Sunday morning hike early last spring, I also came face to face—or foot to slippery rock, in this case—with a trail of metaphors for new parenthood. Read more


Boone Downtown

Margaret Hester photo

Named for Daniel Boone, the American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman born in 1734, Boone is tucked into a mountain valley in Watagua County, so named for the Watauga River, which takes its name from an Indian word meaning “beautiful water.” Read more

Getting to the highlands of Avery County requires an appreciation for curvy mountain roads that rise and fall, twist and turn their way through rocky crevices, past gnarled trees stunted by cold and wind, over the Eastern Continental Divide. Read more

It’s difficult to make it in the restaurant business for two years—let alone 30. But that’s exactly what Casa Rustica, an Italian- American restaurant in Boone, N.C., owned by Rick and Elizabeth Pedroni, has accomplished. Read more



Donated photo

Chris King brings green living to the courier transportation market in Knoxville, Tenn., with a fleet of 100 percent hybrid or bio-fueled vehicles. King’s Green Car and Courier company offers a variety of services. Read more


Tweetsie Railroad engine

Donated photo

A smartly dressed Tweetsie Railroad conductor doffs his hat to the ladies waiting in line. Friendly cowboys help visitors on board passenger trains standing ready to start their journey. Read more

Hands Gallery

Julia Merchant photo

Stroll into the Hands Gallery in Boone, North Carolina on any day of the week, and you’ll never know just what, or whom, you’ll find. Sixteen area artists ranging from potters to painters to weavers help run the gallery. Read more


Three’s a charm

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Jerry Moore still remembers when he finally got the chance to suit up to play the game he loves more than anything. He had wanted to play football ever since 3rd grade but didn’t make it onto a team until 7th grade. Read more