It’s a sunny, crisp afternoon in the high hills of Tuckasegee and Thomas Rain Crowe throws another log into the…
Darkness enveloped the vehicle as soon as it exited Interstate 40. Cruising around sharp S-curves in the mountain community of…
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…
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…
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…
Pulling into a row of unimposing metal garage-sized storage units on Frazier Street in Waynesville, the sound of buzzing is…
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…
Each day, James Bandy and Clifton Coleman hangout with soldiers, princesses, dinosaurs and aliens. Their domain is Blast From The…
For Clark Williams, it’s all about giving back. Owner of Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville, Williams is celebrating not only…
Downtown Franklin is all sunshine, but it’s the calm before the storm. Drifting through an array of stores and restaurants…
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…
At first glance toward her work, you think Sara Alexander is a great photographer. At second glance, you realize that’s…
We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s…
Though the weather is getting colder and winter is emerging on the horizon, Doug Weaver is all smiles. It’s open…
Sliding into the parking lot of the Cold Mountain Corn Maze, the smell of campfire and old, fallen leaves fills…
Amid the blinking lights and stuffed animal prizes at the Cherokee Indian Fair, a scream echoes from behind the trees.…
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…
For a man who has just won the North Carolina Literature Award, writer Gary Carden is quite somber. At his…
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…
By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Wood carver Cliff Hannah is deeply rooted in Western North Carolina. The internationally renowned…
The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, quintet-in-residence at Western Carolina University, made a seven-day educational tour of Jamaica this summer to…
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…
From cornhole tournaments to a homemade raft race, from a fireworks train ride to kids-only parade, mountain communities are pulling…
  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will…
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…
Whether it’s called pickin’, groovin’ or jammin’ — every summer, Western North Carolina blends its majestic mountain views with its heritage…
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…
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…
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