Town pride: Growth revives WNC’s small towns (Best of WNC – Part 1)
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Many of WNC’s small towns are booming — even as they strive to maintain their identities. Plus, check out our special insert for part one of the 2016 Best of WNC “X Awards.
Local studios offer aerial arts lessons for all skill levelsPerforming aerial arts — aka aerials — such as silks, trapeze and hoop may seem to require an almost superhuman amount of strength. But as new circus-arts studios and collectives…
GeekOut festival finds its nicheThe theme of this year’s GeekOut is “Indie, Meet Tech.” It will showcase art that has a technological flair to its aesthetic. GeekOut begins Friday, Aug. 12, with a promenade…
Smart bets: Adam O’Fallon PricePrice's free reading takes place at Malaprop's Bookstore and Café on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
A place for ideas: BMCM+AC opens a second location“We want people to know this is a place to gather,” says Jeff Arnal, executive director of BMCM+AC. “ A place to think and to study and to exchange ideas.…
Smart bets: Sourwood FestivalThe Sourwood Idol competition starts the weekend event on Friday, Aug. 12, and the festival continues on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14.
Smart bets: Elizabeth CookDerek Hoke opens for the seasoned performer at the Altamont Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 13.
Smart bets: Anything That Floats Parade and RiverFestParticipants in RiverLink's Anything That Floats Parade put in at Hominy Creek Park on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m., and the nonprofit's larger RiverFest event lasts from 1-7 p.m.,…
Conscious party: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design celebrates 20 yearsThe Center of Craft, Creativity & Design's upcoming fundraiser offers four floors of art, live music, food and drinks, and other entertainment on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Asheville al fresco: Local diners embrace outdoor eatingA growing number of outdoor dining options allows diners to take advantage of both Asheville's vibrant food scene and its beautiful vistas.
Small bites: A Taste of HempHemp cheese ravioli, a vegan cheesecake with hemp crust and a dreamsicle—a kind of Creamsicle with a hemp twist—are all on this year's menu for A Taste of Hemp.
Beer Scout: A-B Tech and BRCC brewing programs begin new yearTwo of North Carolina's three community colleges with degree-based brewing programs are in the Asheville area.
The Hop highlights local nonprofits in memory of Steve LiebenhautWith a new event series at The Hop, owner Greg Garrison hopes to raise awareness of and funds for local nonprofits while carrying on the memory of beloved community organizer…
Local experts say getting organized can lead to better healthLocal professional organizers talk about how creating more organized spaces in your home and office can lead to better health, a calmer mind and higher productivity.
Screen scene: Local film newsAn Asheville resident fields questions about his time in a cult, Asheville School of Film offers a Film Production Design Weekend Workshop and Asheville Grit sponsors a music video contest…
Horse power: Using draft animals in the 21st centuryWhile tractors and mechanized farm equipment have now largely replaced draft animals, a small but passionate contingent of farmers in Western North Carolina continues to rely on them to help…
Main Street renaissance: WNC’s small towns confront growth, changeAsheville may be a top dream destination for many folks, but for an increasing number of newcomers and old-timers alike, the No. 1 dream destination may be just down the…
Eagle Market dis-place-ment
Letter writer: Vanderbilt Apartments has a story to tell, too"You didn't mention anything about us over here a block away at Vanderbilt Apartments, which also has its own story and is home to many wonderful persons as well."
Letter writer: Bothwell echoes Sanders’ plan to leave Democratic Party"Cecil Bothwell's leaving the Democratic Party because he is a Bernie Sanders supporter seems to echo his candidate's behavior."
Letter writer: Time and demographics are on the Democrats’ side"To old friend Cecil Bothwell, I’d like to suggest heeding some lines from the country tune 'The Gambler.'"