Stop by the N.C. Apple Festival or hear some traditional music at the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival. Podcast hosted by Theresa Amandi of Bombshell-ter Radio.
Fun with fungi It's been a stellar year for mushrooms. Even as waterlogged tomatoes and squishy zucchini took over our region's gardens, the noble fungi thrived. But don't go picking just any old mushrooms — learn from the best at the Asheville Mushroom Club's Fungi Fest on Saturday, Sept. 7. Curious about the mushrooms blossoming […]
Children First/Communities in Schools’ summer camp gives low-income students a chance to ride horses, raft, zipline and hike each summer. Photos by Jodi Ford.
The bright hues and varied greenery of fresh flowers bring a special kind of joy — a chance to take the outside in and celebrate nature’s palette. Picking up blooms at a florist or grocery store can be a beautiful experience, but thinking about the chemicals and preservatives that are required to keep those flowers […]
Friends of Panthertown will host a picnic and concert to celebrate its members and encourage new volunteers on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Celebrate the filming of Dirty Dancing and Laugh Your Asheville Off this weekend. Podcast hosted by Ms. Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio.
A summer market meal If you're not sure what to do with this summer's abundance of peppers or peaches, let the Montford Farmers Market be your guide. The tailgate will host a community feast on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 7-9 p.m. Chefs and owners Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 and Jacob Sessoms of Table will […]
As Western North Carolina growers gear up for our region’s farm tour, the High Country Farm Tour is winding down from a weekend of produce, livestock and brews.
Enjoy music and circus arts at RiverFest, see a social justice film or go for a hike this weekend. Podcast presented by Ms. Amandi, host of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio.
The Cataloochee Ranch is on a mission: to rescue the American chestnut. These trees once populated dense forests across North America, including our region, but now even a single tree is a rare commodity. The trouble started in 1904, when a Chinese chestnut tree was shipped to New York City, bringing blight along with it. […]
Celebrate the mighty tomato at festivals near and far. Photo courtesy of ASAP.
Learn about topbar beekeeping, tour a hops yard and see local art this weekend. Podcast hosted by Ms. Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio.
Marvelous 'maters Tomatoes are one of summer's many delights. One bite of these juicy fruits with their tangy skins and sweet insides is enough to make a veggie-lover swoon. Celebrate this incredible fruit at two free festivals in early August. ASAP will put the fruits front and center at its annual tomato festival, Saturday, Aug. […]
Our region is full of hidden gardens in unusual places. From a bamboo forest in Hendersonville to funky sculpture gardens in West Asheville, Xpress has the key to WNC’s most mysterious groves. Photos by Rich Orris and Max Cooper
The North American Fruit Explorers are coming to Asheville for a weekend of discussion and informal presentations, beginning Thursday, Aug. 8.
There’s more to do around the region than Bele Chere. Find out about this weekend’s festivals, classical music and theater. Podcast by Ms. Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio.
Journey as destination If you wanted to travel across the Rocky Broad River back in 1925, you had to use the Lake Lure Bridge, the fastest way between Chimney Rock Village and Lake Lure. This historic triple-arched passageway was replaced in 2011, but the original crossing remains. Soon the old bridge will have a new […]
Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited owners will present a travelogue of their recent trip to Alaska on Sunday, July 28. Photo by Simon Thompson.
Cycle through Black Mountain farms, attend the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands or catch a Spanish-language film this weekend. Podcast hosted by Ms. Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio.
Swapping the surplus If last season's jars of prized tomatoes are burning a hole on your canning shelf, the West Asheville Food Swap wants to make sure your carefully preserved goods don't go to waste. This new local initiative picks up on a national trend of neighbors exchanging homegrown goods with other aspiring and accomplished […]
Learn about bamboo, celebrate cartoon art and catch some music at the Bywater this weekend. Podcast hosted by Asheville Free Media’s Theresa Amandi.