The Appalachians may never rival the Rockies, but outdoor enthusiasts say WNC offers more opportunities for winter adventures than many residents realize. This year local ski areas are celebrating a long list of improvements and forecasters are predicting a cold, snowy winter.
Known as Asheville’s village witch, Byron Ballard practices what she calls “hillfolk hoodoo,” a form of Appalachian folk magic. Ballard came by hoodoo naturally, growing up in a poor community in the mountains of Western North Carolina where hoodoo was practiced. She laments that the practice is disappearing: “Local hillfolk are no longer practicing hoodoo, […]
The first official day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, but Western North Carolina has already received an abundance of cold and snowy weather this year. And if a wealth of long-range predictions comes true, the early shots of snow could be harbingers of much more to come.
Are you packing on those extra pounds after gorging on office holiday cookies and sugared paraphernalia? Are you spending your evenings hiding under your blankets and waiting for spring? Then you may be missing out on the great outdoor events Western North Carolina has to offer. We’ve rounded up some options for activities and great-outdoors clubs that will keep you moving well into the early […]
WHAT: Mustacheville’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Holiday Party Fundraiser WHEN: Friday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m. WHERE: One Stop, 55 College St., Asheville WHY: Benefit organizer Nikki McClane and her Mustacheville friends wanted to throw themselves a holiday party, but for some reason this year felt different. “We really wanted to give people a chance to celebrate […]
This past weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the North Carolina Grand Prix cyclocross races. Lees McRae graduate — and Banner Elk native — Kerry Werner, took the win on both days in the professional men’s race, while BethAnn Orton doubled up in the women’s professional field.
This weekend is shaping up to be spectacular in terms of weather. I know a lot of you will be tying up traffic on Tunnel Road trying to snatch up a few Christmas gifts, but there are a few things happening worth checking out. For those who were proactive enough to get their Christmas shopping done early, or if […]
WHAT: 2nd Annual Food For Thought: The Slam Against Hunger WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. WHERE: Rainbow Community Auditorium, 60 State St., Asheville WHY: Inspired by the participation in and support for Food For Thought: The Slam Against Hunger benefit they produced for MANNA FoodBank last year, SOULSPEAK Asheville decided to make the event […]
Many practitioners of the healing energy arts — including reiki masters, sound healers and shamanic practitioners — say they can “send” healing energy to a client anywhere in the state, country or world. In fact, the nine practitioners interviewed by Xpress report sending out healing energy to such distant places as Kazakhstan, Syria, Russia, Japan, India, South Africa, Peru, Hong Kong and Singapore
Asheville native Amalia Rowan doesn’t know the first thing about dog sledding, but if her crowdsourcing plan works, she’ll be flown overseas to participate in a guided 300-kilometer expedition through Norway and Sweden next April. “I have to try new things, test myself, get dirt (or snow) under my fingernails,” reads her event application profile. Rowan’s […]
Here’s a list of the top 20 baby names for girls and boys born in Buncombe County so far in 2014, as recorded by the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office.
My twin sister gets cranky every time she visits Asheville. She is from the big hot city of Atlanta. When I say “hot,” I do not mean in the sophisticated cool sense; I mean in the literal sense. The blistering nonsensical heat is one of the things that pushed me out of the neighborhood we […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a dark fantasy film about combating abuse and an online listings network for reduced-cost mental health services.
Last year, Accelerating Appalachia orchestrated the transfer of about $505,000 in investment funds toward sustainable, nature-based ventures in Western North Carolina. This year, the Asheville-based nonprofit — the region’s first social-impact business accelerator — partnered with impact investor Reinventure Capital for 2015 and recently invited businesses to submit funding applications online. Submissions for 2015 are due by […]
Asheville tourism officials are counting on the cuteness of cats to help promote the town as a holiday tourism destination this year.
Taylor Taz Johnson trekked through the Himalayan mountains of South Asia with Dr. Hun Lye, the founder of Asheville’s Urban Dharma Buddhist Center. They were granted unprecedented permission to photograph inside some of the most isolated religious institutions in the world, braving military interrogations along the way.
Not much seems to shock Nancy Baumgarten. At about 2 1/2 years old, her daughter awoke in the middle of the night to report that there were two people standing in the doorway of their room — two people that Baumgarten herself could not see. So Baumgarten — a self-described “’60s flower child” — started an […]
The “More Than Just Parks” project aims to capture the beauty of all 50 National Parks in order to raise awareness for there value. This video marks “the culmination of two weeks exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” according to the project’s website. Brothers Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz, founders of Sea Raven Media, produced […]
To jumpstart this new program, Equinox Horse Foundation is presenting an evening of fun, frolic and fantasia based on the Mark Helprin novel Winter’s Tale.
News on indoor holiday markets, a winter community potluck, evaluations for amateur winemakers and a free tasting of Alpine cheeses.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a local independent film project and one hiker’s attempt to share his Blue Ridge experience with others through postcards.