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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.…
Most things in life start out small — acorns grow into oak trees, babies are reared into adulthood, small patches of…
Finnegans Wake took James Joyce 17 years to write, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel consumed four years of Michelangelo’s…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:26

Bringing improv to the traditional

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With tunes that rush quickly along and take unexpected twists and turns, Sylva-based The Dan River Drifters are anything but…
An artistic marriage of fine gardens and fine art is on display now at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86,…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:30

The Bascom puts a twist on art, craft exhibits

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Hearing The Bascom being called a world-class facility might seem a stretch until you pay a firsthand visit to the…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 19:32

8th annual Mélange returns to Haywood

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Rather than spending months crossing Haywood County’s choice eateries off their list of places to go, culinary enthusiasts can get…
There is a refinement to Catherine Carter’s poetry, a sense that each poem is finished, polished and complete, worked exactly…
Gary Carden didn’t realize he had an audience. He was coaching Lara Chew through a rehearsal of “Mother Jones,” a…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 20:05

Reading James Joyce proves an odyssey for this group

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Reading Finnegans Wake on the best of days and in the easiest sections can challenge the most erudite of readers.…
When it comes to fundraising, there are a lot of different methods employed to get attention and raise critical dollars…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:21

Serena headed to the big screen

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Ron Rash’s novel, Serena, was birthed in an image: his mind’s eye pictured a woman on horseback. From the woman’s…
Molly McCurdy is rare. Specifically, she is one of a small number of female luthiers in the U.S. A dulcimer…
Chocolate is not simply a tasty treat; for some, it is the main ingredient for creating masterpieces, and developing the…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:56

Turning new life into wood

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Allen Davis’ office is cluttered with planks and blocks of wood in various sizes and a handful of circular saws…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:15

The story behind the storyteller

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Lloyd Arneach likes to make people cry. “That means they understand the stories I am telling,” said Arneach, a 68-year-old…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 19:46

Learning the craft

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In a classic case of the student becoming the teacher, Brock Martin signed up for his first blacksmithing class at…
Want to see, for free, one of the best examples of folk art to be found in Western North Carolina?…
Brian Kane used to teach someone else’s curriculum in someone else’s department at some other college. Unsatisfied with his situation,…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 19:09

Lights, cameras, jubilation!

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Communities in Western North Carolina are gathering to spread holiday cheer with plays, parades and art shows. Check out the…
Individuals with an interest in the region’s past can now search two new online archives devoted to Cherokee culture and…
Set in the Haywood Arts Regional Theater, the cast of “Ah, Wilderness!” spent a rainy evening preparing for its impending…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 20:03

Frightober festivities

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Halloween officially falls on Monday, Oct. 31, but that means even more fun because celebrations are taking place throughout the…
The author of the newly released second edition of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom admits that his…
The 23rd annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in…
Never tell people how to do things, said the indefatigable General George S. Patton. Instead, he said, tell them what…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:10

Celebrate history at Mountain Heritage Day

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The traditional folk ways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will take center stage as Western Carolina University presents the 37th…
There is a core of energy to Thomas Rain Crowe, a get-in-there and get-it-done spirit, evident both in his writings…
After Sept. 11, the nation gave millions in donations to support recovery. America’s kids, meanwhile, gave in the way that…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 20:40

So this comedian walks into a bar in Sylva ...

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Terrifying, exciting and kind-of liberating. That’s how Tom Scheve describes the inaugural experience of telling jokes on stage. And usually,…
Summer is slowly turning to fall, school doors are opening for another year, and another hallmark of the season is…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:46

Tribes share cultures at Cherokee festival

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Dancing has been a part of Native American culture for centuries, as celebration or grief or worship or even warning.…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:26

Nashville's finest to light up Fontana

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Shinefest, a two-day showcase held at Fontana Village Resort, will bring together acts from across the country world, veterans to…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:11

Heeding the call of the drumbeat

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In the tradition of good old American music, it’s not usually women you’ll find manning the drums. Dozens of bands…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 13:55

Creativity: An international affair

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In one gallery in Waynesville this month, the nations of the world will gather. While the international dance and song…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:29

Franklin features mountain culture July 16

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The Franklin Folk Festival will celebrate its 8th year on July 16, continuing the tradition of craft, song, dance and…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:36

A gypsy at HART

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This summer in Waynesville, it’s an unconventional rags-to-riches tale that will light up the Haywood Arts Regional Theater mainstage with…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:11

Feelin' like the Fourth

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There is no shortage of festivals and special events planned for the extended July 4 weekend. Mountain communities are going…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:43

LIFESPAN opens up the world of art to everyone

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When asked to paint a picture of a dream vacation she would like to take, 68-year-old Hazel Wells began conjuring…
It all started with an offer, a bar — or restaurant, depending on who you talk to — and a…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:15

Appalachian lifestyle takes center stage

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If there’s one thing that runs deep in Appalachia, it’s roots. Whether it’s the roots of its ancient pines or…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 18:33

The secret of silk

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For 3,000 years, the source of silk — shimmering, luxurious and terribly expensive — was a closely guarded secret. Silk…
Most people snip flowers, drop them into a jam jar with some water, call it an arrangement and place them…
You know it’s summer in Sylva when Concerts on the Creek gets going, bringing local and regional music and family…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:03

Late Bloomer: Local bassist in full flower

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“This song was written before the USDA got their hands on organic standards,” announces the booming voice from the stage.…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:17

Davis at the top of his game as a storyteller

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Storytellers draw inspiration from sources as varied as Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and the Bible; however, the tales that immediately…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:33

Big Stakes at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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Of the many games that grace the floors at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, poker might be the most universal. From casino…
If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is rooted in, it’s music. The rolling Appalachians were the birthplace of bluegrass,…
Of the many forms of entertainment readily at our fingertips, from television and movies to YouTube and the many vast…