Honoring Masa and the making of our National Park

Honoring Masa and the making of our National Park

Volume
22
/ Issue
39

Cover Design Credit:

Alane Mason

Cover Photography Credit:

N.C. Collection, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville
More than 10 million people flocked to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2014. But how many know about the park’s origins and its enigmatic promoter, Masahara Izuka, aka George Masa? Xpress takes a look.

arts

  • Two new art spaces ready to open in Asheville

    -by Thomas Calder
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  • Smart bets: Yes Fest the Second

    -by Kat McReynolds
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  • Celebrating Earth Day in and around Asheville

    -by Bill Kopp
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food

living

movies

  • Screen scene: Local film news

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
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