“The teacher in the book, Ms. Bird, comes off as an old and ugly schoolmarm,” Trudrung says. “I wanted to play up her femininity.” Inspirations for the role included Kellyanne Conway and Jeffrey Dahmer.
In April, Cane Creek Valley Farm in Fletcher will open two of its organic fields to the community through a new garden-share program that’s aimed at bolstering the small, family-owned operation against the damaging effects of weather events.
The tracks on the CD comes from the recording of a live show Regan-Blake gave at Black Mountain Center for the Arts in 2017. The stories are a mix of traditional folk tales and personal stories, and they’re suitable for all ages.
This year’s parade theme is Wild, Wild Asheville. “It can refer to the wild spirit Ashevilleans embrace, the wild nature that surrounds our mountain town, or the wild ingredients found in our beers and food,” says Diane Curry, Asheville Mardis Gras’ executive committee chair.
Although WNC has deep love for its locally grown, independent businesses, many area restaurant and food franchises are owned and operated by proud Asheville residents.
A handful of Asheville-based podcasts showcase the area’s chefs, farmers and food culture.
“My greater goal was to give people access. To help people communicate,” says Dee James. Listening to other people’s stories promotes empathy and connection, she explains, helping us to understand parts of ourselves.
Turner believes the agrihood — a community built around a working farm — is a model that will help preserve farmland in Western North Carolina.
Six poets and prose writers — Christine Hale, Luke Hankins, Mackenzie Kozak, Thoreau Lovell, Mark MacNamara and former North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson — will kick off the first event of what will continue as a quarterly series.