Mountain call: Dalton Mills to play Yonder Community Market

Stepping up to a lone microphone on a side lawn in Franklin, Dalton Mills plucked a couple guitar chords and…
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Historical novels can take us to the past

The best historical novels mesmerize readers. They cast their spell and whisk us out of the present and into the…
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Mountain Heritage Day

A beloved long-time Western North Carolina tradition, the 49th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to…
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Franklin welcomes bluegrass legend

Americana/bluegrass artist Darren Nicholson will hit the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the gazebo in downtown Franklin.
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HART presents ‘Good Ol’ Girls’

There will be a stage production of “Good Ol’ Girls” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-23, 29-30, Oct. 5-7 and 2…
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Highlander ‘Salon Series’

An intimate performance by renowned Americana/indie act Hurray For The Riff Raff will be part of the “Salon Series” at…
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Edwards returns to Meadowlark

Americana/indie singer-songwriter A. Lee Edwards will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the Speakeasy Bar at the Meadowlark…
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Bryson City community jam

A community jam will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 
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Haywood art studio tour

The Haywood County Arts Council’s annual “Haywood County Studio Tour” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,…
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History of the Haywood banjo

William C. Allsbrook Jr., will present his new book, “Making Music: The Banjo in a Southern Appalachian County,” at 6…
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A taste of home: Haywood catering company celebrates 30 years

With a motto of “Your Taste is Our Desire,” Absolutely Yummy Catering has been a longtime mainstay in the Haywood…
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A hero is found in an unlikely place

A friend offered me a book recently, one that I found mildly intriguing.
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Can you escape the corn maze?

The annual corn maze and pumpkin patch will return through Oct. 31 at Darnell Farms in Bryson City.
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Mountain Layers feels the blues

Regional blues/folk singer-songwriter Heidi Holton will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Mountain Layers Brewing in Bryson City.
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Down home radio: WPTL celebrates 60 years on the air

In the winter of 1978, Terryll Evans was a ninth grader in Orlando, Florida. But, by March, she and her…
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A love story from a more innocent time

Every once in a while, a novel hits me with a punch I never saw coming, perhaps even one unintended…
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Coming down the mountain: A glimpse into the world of Southern Appalachian novelist David Joy

Sitting in the Innovation Brewing outpost taproom at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, writer David Joy takes a sip of…
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In search of natural beauty: Beloved Designs Woodworking

Woodworking newcomers Matt and Jessa Brantley have already made numerous statements with their eye-catching pieces.
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David Joy’s novel explores important issues

This one’s going to be interesting. I’ve got a book whose author lives right down the road. David Joy and…
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Ante up: High-stakes poker tournament brings thousands to Cherokee

Gone are the days of backroom poker tournaments where players peer through a haze of smoke just to see their…
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Sparks’ writing brings a measure of warmth

During the summer, dusk sometimes calls me to the front porch of the house where I live.
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Bryson City community jam
 

Bryson City community jam

A community jam will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.
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Gratitude is the attitude: Doug Gray of Marshall Tucker Band

Last Tuesday morning, Doug Gray was standing outside his hotel room in Jackson, Wyoming.
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Barn Quilts: Deborah Freedman mixes traditional with contemporary

Deborah Freedman has been painting barn quilts for five years, but she conveys a sense that she has been creating…
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A deep dive into life’s important mysteries

Aware of a presence behind her, an X-ray tech from the old days looks over her shoulder in the darkroom…
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Truths of the imagination are still needed

“The Novel, Who Needs It?” (Encounter Books, 2023, 152 pages) is the latest work by Joseph Epstein, master of the…
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The primitive naturalist: Jackson County artisan bridges nature, history

As an acclaimed naturalist, educator and craftsman, what Jackson County-based artist Jeff Gottlieb makes at any given time of the year…
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‘Spark of the Eagle Dancer’

The new exhibition “Spark of the Eagle Dancer: The Collecting Legacy of Lambert Wilson” will be showcased through Dec. 8…
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Inspiration in lineage: Cherokee art exhibit bridges generations, cultures

On any given trip to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, visitors can explore the corridors and see a beautiful…
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Exquisite writing and interesting stories

Imagine yourself at one of those jewelry counters that once adorned all American department stores.
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Finding your passion: WNC bead artist aims to share intricate art form

For Jackson County bead artist Maureen Hydaker, sharing her love for beading is a driving force in her making process.
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HART presents ‘Every Brilliant Thing’

A one-hour, one-person show, a production of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan MacMillan will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug.…
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Believe in me for who I am: Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer to play AVLfest

On Oct. 20, 1977, a plane carrying southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed into the woods near Gillsburg, Mississippi.
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An indigenous road map for all mankind

Sometimes a great book just falls into my lap, which is what happened recently with Sherri Mitchell’s “Sacred Instructions” (North…
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Bill Douglas: Passing down a bit of history

Heritage crafter Bill Douglas is continually gathering knowledge about the processes he uses to produce his work and takes great…
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Local rock, country act wins national award

With a hot sun slowly fading behind the Great Balsam Mountains cradling Waynesville, Outlaw Whiskey hopped onto the stage for…
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In search of the muse: Cashiers artisan finds purpose in painting

From fine-detailed still-lifes that resemble photographs to wispy mountain landscapes, artist David Berger’s approach to painting is one reaching every…
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How can the citizenry take back America?

Suppose you believe that climate change is a threat to humanity, but you oppose abortion or that you consider owning…
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Peeling back the layers: Couple shares Cherokee history, culture

With over 50 years of experience in each of their disciplines, award-winning artisan couple Butch and Louise Goings continuously garner…
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War history cites brotherhood, and bloodshed

Sometimes we read certain histories — Scott’s expedition to Antarctica, for example, or Washington’s troops at Valley Forge, or the…
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‘Unto These Hills’ outdoor drama

The “Unto These Hills” stage production will be held at 8 p.m. nightly throughout the summer at the Cherokee Mountainside…
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Love is enough: Andrew Scotchie shines on latest release

On his latest album, “Love is Enough,” Asheville indie-rocker Andrew Scotchie comes full circle with a bevy of things in…
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Fourth of July in the Smokies

Nothing says summer more than the Fourth of July, and in Western North Carolina, we celebrate Independence Day with gusto.…
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Grow together: Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass

Since its inception in 2000, Greensky Bluegrass has grown from a scrappy string ensemble to one of the premier live…
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All in the family: Riverwood Pottery

Artist family Brant, Karen and Zan Barnes make pottery a philosophical journey that encompasses every portion of their lives.
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Gabriel Crowe: Traditional Cherokee basket maker

Award-winning rivercane basket maker Gabriel Crowe is making history in more ways than one. 
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Woodland Muse: Reclaiming nature’s bounty

Artists Bill and Patricia Weinert channel their appreciation for the environment into collaborative works under the banner of Woodland Muse.
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Take me away: Darren Nicholson releases highly-anticipated solo album

Following his departure from cherished Haywood County bluegrass outfit Balsam Range last year, mandolinist Darren Nicholson has been meticulously traversing…
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Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

The Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 at…
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