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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:15

Magic in a bottle

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If you build it, they will come.  If you brew it, they will come and party. Celebrating the fourth release…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 16:00

Getting the 'word' out

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It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 00:00

Age is but a number on your dance card

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Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:48

Jungle king swings into WCU

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A cold wind howls through the campus of Western Carolina University as the screams of a young woman echo from…
With her hands fluttering like a hummingbird, Dana Claire loops skeins of colored yarn around a large pegboard. Claire has…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00

Innovation through tradition

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Rhiannon Giddens is an old soul, but one that embraces modernity. Vocalist/fiddler of renowned Americana string band the Carolina Chocolate…
Times may change, but stereotypes tend to linger. Venturing into the off-color humor and often offensive images of Southern culture…
“Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right…”– Grateful…
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 00:00

All friends were strangers at one time

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John Driskell Hopkins was driving in his truck when it struck him. It was a song. Radiating from his satellite…
Haywood County Rev. Lamont Foster still remembers the day he learned what it meant to be black. It was the…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

If you build it, they will come (and play)

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Pulling into a row of unimposing metal garage-sized storage units on Frazier Street in Waynesville, the sound of buzzing is…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 00:00

The source of the sound

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It’s the greatest show in town, but the location is a secret. With the tall smokestacks of the Canton paper…
He went east to discover the final frontier. In 1937, Californian Joseph S. Hall was a 30-year-old graduate student. Hired…
If you have it, they will come. That’s the philosophy for the small facet of independent toy stores remaining in…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00

Rediscovering your inner child

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Each day, James Bandy and Clifton Coleman hangout with soldiers, princesses, dinosaurs and aliens. Their domain is Blast From The…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 14:12

Christmas, craft beer & charity

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For Clark Williams, it’s all about giving back. Owner of Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville, Williams is celebrating not only…
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:00

Quality over quantity in Appalachia

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Downtown Franklin is all sunshine, but it’s the calm before the storm. Drifting through an array of stores and restaurants…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 15:33

Christmas parades roll into WNC

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Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in…
What sounded like a jet engine echoed out of the building tucked away on the hill. Peering into the large…
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00

Art and aspiration in Appalachia

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At first glance toward her work, you think Sara Alexander is a great photographer. At second glance, you realize that’s…
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 00:00

Come on, let's twist — again

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We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s…
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Spicing up Southern Appalachia

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Though the weather is getting colder and winter is emerging on the horizon, Doug Weaver is all smiles. It’s open…
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:05

Children of the corn

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Sliding into the parking lot of the Cold Mountain Corn Maze, the smell of campfire and old, fallen leaves fills…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:57

Cherokee find tradition, respect through sport

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Amid the blinking lights and stuffed animal prizes at the Cherokee Indian Fair, a scream echoes from behind the trees.…
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:31

Haywood theatre enters second act

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It may look like a grassy field to some, but to Steven Lloyd, it’s a window of opportunity. Lloyd, executive…
It’s noon on a Wednesday and Scott Peterson already has beer on the mind.
What could’ve been a lifelong haunting moment for most turned out to be an epiphany for Josh Merrell. “I farted…
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 00:00

No shortage of critics as Kephart play comes home

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For a man who has just won the North Carolina Literature Award, writer Gary Carden is quite somber. At his…
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 02:25

Open Air Indian Art Market celebrates 10 years

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Bringing together Cherokee artisans and tourists from every corner of the globe, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual celebrated a…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display once again on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the…
When Doug Trantham was a kid, he wanted to impress his father. “I was 10-years-old when my dad made a…
The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open),…
By Peggy Manning • Correspondent Two Western North Carolina preachers were chosen for an episode of the new Picked Off…
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

The rich history of an award-winning wood carver

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Wood carver Cliff Hannah is deeply rooted in Western North Carolina. The internationally renowned…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:33

WCU brass quintet takes music to Jamaican schoolchildren

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, made a seven-day educational tour of Jamaica this summer to…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

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The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s…
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will bring the French Rivera to life with…
For the first time in its 62-year history, the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee has added a new play to its…
Artists from around the Southeast will set up their easels and ready their colors in an outdoor painting spree around…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:43

WNC lights it up for the Fourth

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From cornhole tournaments to a homemade raft race, from a fireworks train ride to kids-only parade, mountain communities are pulling…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:27

Drum, song and dance highlight Powwow

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  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:18

Sing-A-Long-A-Sound of Music

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By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Singing, lonely goat herders, nuns, and Julie Andrews are just a few things Western…
Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about…
By Paul Clark • Contributing Writer A village that attracts residents because of its spectacular beauty has attracted a film…
Noreen Gay doesn’t have a moment to spare these days. She’s busily finishing the final stitches of a quilt she…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:07

Listen to the music

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Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 12:53

We still deliver quality health care west of Asheville

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By Gwang S. Han • Guest Columnist Simply put, I question if there is a problem with the current system…
After years of sideline painting and photography as a pastime, a now retired Sue Weathers is finding an abundance of…
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 18:37

A gathering of artists

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Two new art galleries are opening in Bryson City this May only about a street’s width away from each other.…