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The Lake Glenville Dam releases whitewater into the west fork of the Tuckasegee River, briefly creating class IV rapids over a 5.5-mile stretch. Read more

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A large cast brings the Dickens classic tale of an orphaned waif to the stage with performers and musicians perched up and behind the action. Read more

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Spruce Pine Potters Market Invitational

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Any North Carolina business that could spur a tourist visit will be considered for the listing, which could include potteries, events, specialty activities, etc. Read more

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Grandfather's keeper

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WalletHub, a website known for providing basic financial guidance, has ranked the best states for road trips. Read more

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The range of elevation on Grandfather Mountain — a nearly 1,000-foot change from base to peak — provides visitors with a longer window of opportunity to see rhododendron in bloom. Read more

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Guests can enjoy stargazing with the Astronomy Club of Asheville from the top of the Rock, eat s’mores while listening to campfire stories, and check out multiple nocturnal animal encounters. Read more

Beginning June 1, campers must reserve campsites using the Reserve America Reservation System via the internet or a toll-free number. Read more

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Pioneer Day features Southern Appalachian crafts, live bands, food trucks, vintage farm tools and equipment, Civil War re-enactors, special exhibits, authors, animals, children’s games and much more. Read more

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Author Diana Gabaldon will attend events sponsored by the N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources. Read more

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The expo, now in its fourth year, takes place at Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, Feb. 16. Read more

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Fashions of the gilded age recreated by Oscar-winning designer. Read more

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Their latest work for chamber orchestra, The Roan Mountain Suite, was inspired by the raw beauty and history surrounding Roan Mountain. Read more

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The audience erupted in cheers as Ms. Self read the announcement proclaiming HART the recipient of this year’s honor. Read more

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Blue Ridge Parkway in the snow

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The vehicle crossed into the other lane in a curve and hit a vehicle coming the other direction. Read more

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The North Carolina park system began in 1916 when the summit of Mount Mitchell - the tallest peak east of the Rockies - became first state park in the Southeastern United States. Read more

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Now is an ideal time for a drive or hike through the Smokies as a golden haze has taken over the higher and mid elevations. Read more

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The 1998 comedy ran for 800 performances in the old John Houseman Theater off-Broadway. Read more

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Cheers

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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is a scenic spot to explore alone. Read more

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The festival, hosted by Burnsville brewery Homeplace Beer Co., will take place September 29 at the Nu Wray Inn and along South Main Street. Read more

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I have joked that if my journalism got someone in the region angry enough to spit, a DNA swab could prove beyond any doubt that we were cousins. That's the way it is when you count eight generations tying you to these mountains. Read more

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