MAKERS MEET: Mia Hall, left, and Jerry Jackson have been selected to lead Penland School of Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School, respectively.

John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School of Crafts appoint new leadership

It’s the season of change for two of Western North Carolina’s craft institutions. In May, John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown named Jerry Jackson as its new executive director. A month later, Penland School of Crafts in Penland announced that Maria “Mia” Hall would take the reigns as director, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

THE ELEPHANT QUEEN: Eureka O’Hara, Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2011 and 2014, is the only two-time winner of the local pageant. Known for her unyielding body positivity, Eureka appeared on "RuPaul’s Drag Race."

Miss Blue Ridge Pride Pageant challenges gender norms

“It’s a platform that can be used to vocalize LGBTQ+ issues that our community is currently facing,” says Ginger Von Snap, Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2016. Since taking the title, Ginger (aka Kaleb Sisco) has used her position to raise awareness of underrepresented subdivisions on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, like transgender youth and those who are gender-fluid.