This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Part Two: The Wedding As I adjusted my tie in the hotel mirror, I noticed more grey hairs in my beard.
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It’s good to be the queen: A conversation with Rhonda Vincent
 

It’s good to be the queen: A conversation with Rhonda Vincent

In art, as in life, what matters most is following your heart, never compromising your beliefs and holding steady to…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Part One: The Ride It had been eight years to the day. Putting the car into park, I emerged from the…
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If you build it, they will come: Franklin welcomes first craft brewery
 

If you build it, they will come: Franklin welcomes first craft brewery

Cruising through downtown Franklin, one begins to wonder where exactly is the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. You’ve been told it’s…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

They are my brothers. Well, in terms of genetics, they technically aren’t. But, when it comes to heart and soul,…
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From the street to the stage — Productive Paranoia
 

From the street to the stage — Productive Paranoia

Turning the corner at Church and Main streets in downtown Waynesville, I saw them out of the corner of my…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

So, what’s it like out there? That was a recent question posed to me by an older friend, one who…
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Over the hills and far away: Folk School bridges the essence of humanity
 

Over the hills and far away: Folk School bridges the essence of humanity

Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I don’t get it. I woke up this morning (April 28) and listened to the news. I heard of the…
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Bottling your dreams: Nantahala Brewing celebrates five years
 

Bottling your dreams: Nantahala Brewing celebrates five years

It’s a recent Saturday afternoon at Nantahala Brewing Company in downtown Bryson City. With bluebird skies overhead and the mountains…
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The act of words to paper
 

The act of words to paper

For Wiley Cash, being a writer is not about milestones in his career that define his passion. Rather, it’s the…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

She knows me better than anybody. She’s a little rough around the edges. Her beauty has seen better days. She’s…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It is the single most essential thing in my life. Running. The action of putting on jogging shorts, a comfortable…
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Soldiering on: Porch-n-soul act enters next chapter
 

Soldiering on: Porch-n-soul act enters next chapter

Caleb Burress sees a rebirth — in himself and his music. “2014 was an education for us on many levels…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

They fascinate me the most — in a way that is captivating and haunting, ancient and mysterious. Women. The opposite…
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Mountains to Sea: The quest for fresh seafood
 

Mountains to Sea: The quest for fresh seafood

Debbie Milner has a simple philosophy. “If I won’t eat it, I won’t sell it,” she said. Standing next to…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It’s my favorite place to sit. In a diner, tucked away in a booth, with a notebook, pen and endless…
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In search of the perfect word: Literary festival returns to WCU
 

In search of the perfect word: Literary festival returns to WCU

A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

My friend died yesterday. Way up in New York State, 1,000 miles or so away from me, my friend passed…
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One day at a time
 

One day at a time

Don’t hire C.J. Deering. “I don’t know why people hire me,” she laughed. “Maybe I’m just lucky, maybe they see…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

As I took the first sip of my second cup of coffee, my shoulders began to relax.
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All in the family
 

All in the family

Louis Perrone loves being part of an Italian family. “I come from a big family — always a reason to…
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Trademark dispute heats up between local, national breweries
 

Trademark dispute heats up between local, national breweries

Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen haven’t been able to sleep well lately. “I think all I’ve been feeling the last…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Great people. Beautiful music. Endless outdoors. Delicious beer. Simply put, those are the exact reasons I moved to Western North…
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Bless Your Heart: The state of women in bluegrass
 

Bless Your Heart: The state of women in bluegrass

Danielle Bishop only cries when she’s mad. “And was I mad,” she said. Sitting in a booth at the Papertown Grill…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

One of the beauties of music is that it is the gift that keeps on giving. When a band releases…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Just as I took my first sip of beer I was told to turn around. Outside the Tipping Point Brewing…
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The Joy of Self-Destruction: WNC writer releases debut novel
 

The Joy of Self-Destruction: WNC writer releases debut novel

David Joy doesn’t look like your typical writer. Then again, Joy isn’t your typical writer. Stepping into Innovation Brewing in…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I was a weird kid growing up. And, in many ways, I’m even weirder as an adult. Since day one,…
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Colonial Theatre enters third act
 

Colonial Theatre enters third act

When he thinks of the Colonial Theatre, Zeb Smathers sees untapped potential. “There are so many things it can used…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Face-to-face communication is a lost art. Besides the actual act of writing, my favorite part of being a journalist is…
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A brush with fate: Haywood artisan receives prestigious recognition
 

A brush with fate: Haywood artisan receives prestigious recognition

Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity.  With a steady stream…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

What are you thinking about? Staring out the window, the question asked shook me out of a trance. My gaze…
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Good for what ales you
 

Good for what ales you

A rising tide lifts all ships. It’s not only a motto for life, but also for the ever-evolving cultural ambiance…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

Wait, what?! Ah, crap. By the time you read this, I’ll have turned 30. It’s a number that seemed as…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

It is the single greatest influence on my life. The people, music and culture that encompasses the Grateful Dead is…
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State of the Arts — Haywood
 

State of the Arts — Haywood

As the crowd found their seats and got settled, all eyes were on Marty Sohovich. “I really believe 2014 was one of our…
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Fruits of their labor: Homebrewing in WNC
 

Fruits of their labor: Homebrewing in WNC

Greg Geiger looked at it as a way to save money. “I started brewing when I was a sophomore in…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The temperature was 20 degrees below zero with a howling wind. As I listened to the online stream of my…
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When it all clicks — the art of the angle
 

When it all clicks — the art of the angle

John MacLean will never forget his first photo shoot. “I was 19 years old and it was at a meat…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

They say all great art comes from conflict. It’s conflict of the soul, the heart and the mind, everything that…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

364 days down, one to go. Hurtling down Interstate 95 from Boston to New York City, I’m sitting on a…
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One Way Out — Gregg Allman
 

One Way Out — Gregg Allman

It’s the soundtrack of America. Forty-five years ago, The Allman Brothers Band burst onto the scene. With an intoxicating blend of…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

The stewardess handed me a cold Heineken.  The skyline of Boston in the distance, the beauty of a city I…
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2014: Arts & Entertainment in Review
 

2014: Arts & Entertainment in Review

Another one is in the books.  With each passing year, I find myself digging ever deeper into what it truly…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

In a beloved mountain town already filled with great restaurants, cafes, breweries and independent businesses, Sylva recently became home to…
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The best things come in the smallest packages
 

The best things come in the smallest packages

Looking up at the old chimney, William “Gene” Gibson still wonders how Santa Claus ever managed to fit in it.…
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Maggie Valley venue enters second act
 

Maggie Valley venue enters second act

With one flick of a light switch, Grier Lackey is illuminating a dream. “What do you think?” he said with…
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This must be the place
 

This must be the place

I’ve always felt the greatest gift is the gift of music. Though I’ve never been a huge fan of receiving…
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The world through her fingertips
 

The world through her fingertips

Maine is a long way from China. And for Amy Putansu, that distance is a testament to her life, passions and…
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