Robin Reeves is the sixth generation to grow up on her family’s Madison County farm — a lineage that dates back to before the Civil War. Reeves spent much of her youth helping her parents raise cattle, burley tobacco and tomatoes as well as her extended family in Sandy Mush. As an adolescent, she sold […]
BY HEATHER WOOD BUZZARD November marks the tail end of “’sang” season, but relics of the harvest time remain: hand-scrawled signs declaring “Will Buy Ginseng – No License Needed” and reports of recent poaching on both private and public lands. Ginseng hunters and buyers have been everywhere this autumn, but where’s the ginseng? People reach […]
The memoir Approaching Ali is a collection of vignettes covering 27 years of friendship and even further back. Author Davis Miller will launch his book at Malaprop’s Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The Golden Fleece: Slow Earth Kitchen brings Greek cuisine to Asheville this winter. Meanwhile, Rhubarb’s chef John Fleer is planning a collaborative holiday dinner;
For Western North Carolina residents with chronic health problems, help is nearby. Mars Hill resident Peggy McConnell has several chronic conditions, including atrial fibrillation, which wakes her up in the night. Although she is receiving regular medical care, last May, McConnell decided to get extra help: She enrolled in Living Healthy, a six-week workshop sponsored by the Land of Sky Regional Council, a multicounty agency […]
The murky French Broad River flows due east as it passes by Carrier Park before it turns north at Lyman Street and eventually meanders through the mountains to the state of Tennessee where it combines with the Holston River to become the Tennessee River, which eventually feeds the mighty Mississippi by way of the Ohio River. […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a mural artist’s visual ode to bees, a local kayaking group’s instructional film and the sophomore album of country duo Letters to Abigail.
“There are many people looking for things to do that day for whom Black Friday is completely out of the question,” says RiverLink’s Dave Russell. “For them, fresh air, exhilaration and supporting causes such as RiverLink are a win-win-win.”
Asheville and environs have seen considerable change in the 77 years since Wolfe’s death, yet many of the aspects he wrote (and sometimes fumed) about seem uncannily familiar. And as current residents ponder the challenges the city faces today, a look at several of the celebrated author’s key themes might prove instructive.
The North Carolina Arboretum’s second annual Winter Lights holiday exhibit officially kicks off Nov. 20 and runs through Jan. 2. Visitors can walk through a 3-acre tour of the arboretum’s nationally-known gardens dressed in uniquely-lit displays and landscapes.
A gastroenterologist, a naturopath, and an herbalist show us why and how to thank goodness for the trillions of bacteria who busy themselves with our body-mind well-being.
The American chestnut tree’s flavorful nuts were once a vital part of the diets of humans and wildlife alike in Western North Carolina. Its importance is remembered in the traditional foods of the Cherokee, and the nearly extinct tree is slowly making a comeback with the help of some dedicated locals.
Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation is seeking competitive talents for its chili cook-off in Brevard. Meanwhile, FEAST and Asheville Middle School team up for a pie fundraiser; MetroWines’ Anita Riley invites two women behind Hi-Wire Brewing’s branding to the shop; Smiling Hara Tempeh’s Hempeh makes its way to grocery shelves; and Lex 18 hosts an Appalachian-themed evening.
Standing on top of Mt. Katahdin, with more than 2,000 miles of trail behind him, local Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Gary Sizer already knew his journey wasn’t yet over. A little over a year after his return from Maine, his reflective novel Where’s the Next Shelter? is now available.
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. An indoor studio […]
North Carolina reached a milestone this year as a national and regional leader in solar energy, but the expiration of a key state tax credit threatens to undermine that success. Solar power installations in the state surpassed a combined 1 gigawatt in capacity for the first time recently, according to a clean energy census by […]
A diagnosis of cancer is a terrifying prospect for anyone. The long, arduous process of treatment and recovery not only physically drains a patient, but also takes an immense emotional toll. For children who’ve just begun their life’s journey, the experience can be especially difficult. In an effort to show compassion for young people battling […]
What happens when we die? Maybe you have an answer, or maybe the question elicits bewilderment and uncertainty. Or perhaps both. Most agree at the very least that we won’t be bringing along any possessions or posterity, fame or fortune, people or places. And, though the details differ, many spiritual traditions concur that—at most—it’s only one’s consciousness or soul that will continue the journey […]
Grief rituals are a safeguard against accumulated trauma, on both personal and collective levels, according to West African healer Sobonfu Somé, who will lead a grief ritual in Arden Nov. 14-15.
“We pamper our models and give them a chance to celebrate their beauty regardless of where they are in their cancer treatment,” says Sara Laws, event organizer and executive director of The Hope Chest for Women.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features two local stylists’ mission to conserve water while keeping hair fresh plus a female-fronted rock group’s new recording project.