In an ongoing effort to connect those dispersed communities, the Appalachian Studies Association held its 38th annual conference last month in Johnson City, Tenn. The one-of-a-kind event unites scholars and musicians, activists and academics, to celebrate the often misunderstood region’s distinctive heritage, culture and physical landscape.
Can a community initiative rise from the ground up, with no leaders and no set agenda? The answer is yes, and it’s apparent in newly affixed “Ole Town Candler” bumper stickers and a CleanUp Candler campaign that’s taking off via a Facebook page. And on Thursday, April 9, the initiative takes another step forward with a community meeting at Enka Middle School.
In the Aug. 27 issue, we looked back at Mountain Xpress in the ’90s — the paper’s first years. Who produced it? Why did they do it? What difference did it make? For answers, we turned both to former staffers and to civic activists.
Tupelo Honey Cafe is partnering with the Shiloh neighborhood to build an amphitheater and outdoor kitchen for the South Asheville community.
More than great food is cooking in the kitchens of local eateries — there’s a spirit of collaboration afoot.
Would you walk 100 miles in the July heat of Washington, D.C., to make a point about issues important to you? A group of grandparents say “yes.” (Photo at Pritchard Park in Asheville — during cooler days — by Richard Fireman)
Over the last four Saturdays, the Hillcrest Resident Association partnered with the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation to serve a free breakfast open to all, offering speakers and community announcements along with time for togetherness. (pictured: Angie Young and a volunteer; photos courtesy of WWDF).
Summer’s bounty may seem far away, but Beaverdam Community Garden is gearing up for the spring season. Team up with students, volunteers and YMCA staff at a community meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Photos by Abby Smith.
“As we approached a corner, a man came around it and drew from a bag a very large chainsaw.”
In yellows, reds and oranges, fall has arrived in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Here are a few of the Instagram photos that people have taken and shared throughout the week. (Featured image courtesy of @Jennifer Sadler on Instagram)
Annual National Night Out Crime Prevention Kick-Off Rally set for Aug. 7 – ‘A good night to get to know your neighbors’
Wild for Life, a local organization dedicated to returning injured birds of prey to the wild, brought some of their feathered friends out for some ice cream
On the radio airwaves, clashes between financial and broadly defined educational interests are common. But local public-affairs broadcasters don’t allow a lack of deep pockets to prevent their messages from getting out. (image by John Zara, photos by Max Cooper)
In 1982, under the auspices of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and UNCA, a group of people looking to become more engaged in the community joined forces to found Leadership Asheville. The series of classes and projects helped them learn and network, and helped set the stage for the city’s evolution.
Local activists met in the Laurel Forum at UNC Asheville today to encourage students to find their passions and get involved. “The cries of the people who are oppressed are loud if you’re sensitive,” said Clare Hanrahan, founder of the New South Network of War Resisters and legal adviser to the Occupy Asheville movement.
From terrariums to honey, this weekend has something for everyone.
Where to go? What to do? There are plenty of options this weekend. Let CalCast lead the way to a fun, community-minded weekend.
Local photographer Bill Rhodes tracks down residents who are helping feed Occupy Asheville. photos by Bill Rhodes
Friends and neighbors came together to fold 1,000 paper cranes to celebrate Judith Hallock and her lifetime of peace work.
The Mountain Xpress and AFM News Hour Community Calendar sort through hundreds of events so you don’t have to. Tune in every week to hear what’s going on in Asheville and beyond.
The West End Bakery arrived six years ago today — complete with a recipe for creating a community.