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What Your Dog Wants You to Know About Hiking
July 25, 2016
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What Your Dog Wants You to Know About Hiking

I decided to take Putter the Great Pyrenees for a hike over the weekend. Keep in mind – I’m not really a hiker. I enjoy driving the Blue Ridge Parkway and seeing the sights from the comfort of my air conditioned vehicle. But I got a wild hair and decided we both needed some adventure. So off we went. Keep in mind...

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More Rock! Mitchell County Is Gem of a Destination
July 25, 2016
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More Rock! Mitchell County Is Gem of a Destination

There’s no Palladium. Def Leppard has never played here. Spruce Pine, however, is a town that knows how to rock. For more than 50 years, the Mitchell County hamlet has hosted the North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival. From August 4 through 7, nearly ten-thousand people are expected to visit, discovering gems mined locally...

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Summertime Blues: Roots & Dore Release
July 24, 2016
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Summertime Blues: Roots & Dore Release

Blues guitarist and singer Riyen Roots met harmonica player Kenny Dore at the Asheville Blues Show in 2009 and was immediately impressed with Dore’s playing. “He is one of the best harmonica players in the world in my book and it was love at first notes,” Roots said. After playing together from time to time over the next...

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Swannanoa Gathering Turns 25
July 23, 2016
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Swannanoa Gathering Turns 25

The summer session at Warren Wilson is a bit different from other colleges. You may just as likely see a student who’s 17 as one who’s 71. Students are also prone to carry banjos in place of books and clogging shoes instead of chem notes. For 25 summers now, Warren Wilson College has been home to the Swannanoa...

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Let’s Bounce!
July 19, 2016
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Let’s Bounce!

I’m quite well known on the South Asheville birthday party circuit. I’ve spent many a Saturday at soirees with themes including “Dora and Diego”, “Beauty and the Beast”, even “Homemade Honey and Hummus” (FYI-NOT a hit among the kids, and who are those hipster parents trying to...

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Jane Kramer Brings Americana Stylings to Altamont
July 18, 2016
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Jane Kramer Brings Americana Stylings to Altamont

Jane Kramer still resided in Portland when she recorded an album in Asheville early last year. The music that came from the sessions became “Carnival of Hopes,” which she released in February. “I wanted to make a record that sounded more like home,” she said earlier this year. “It felt right to record here.” She...

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On A ‘Whym’: CD Release Set For Mothlight
July 16, 2016
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On A ‘Whym’: CD Release Set For Mothlight

The four members of Whym have been around the Asheville music scene for several years, but the band name is new. For a while, though, the foursome of singer-keyboardist Sarah McCoy, guitarist Nathan Culberson, bassist Andrew Little and drummer Joshua Linhart went by the name The Friendly Beasts. A different sound (more ambient...

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Musician Throwing Tea Party For CD Release
July 13, 2016
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Musician Throwing Tea Party For CD Release

Noah Proudfoot isn’t simply having a CD release show. The Asheville-based singer-songwriter is throwing a party, complete with tea, cacao and poetry. “The intention behind the event is to create an interactive evening that engages people on a variety of levels, hence the poetry, tea, and cacao,” Proudfoot said. “I want...

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A Humble Keen Plays Pisgah
July 10, 2016
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A Humble Keen Plays Pisgah

In preparation for interviewing Robert Earl Keen last year I pursued several other articles about him. One story said that the highly popular Texas troubadour, who released a bluegrass record last year, planned to write with some Nashville heavyweights in order to write a hit song. That stopped me cold. Keen, who plays at 7:30...

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Living In Harmony: Man Settles Musical Spot With Multiple Wives
July 07, 2016
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Living In Harmony: Man Settles Musical Spot With Multiple Wives

Even though it’s no longer an apple processing plant, you can still find jam at the Orchard at Altapass. It just doesn’t come in jar. “These jam sessions just happen,” explained Bill Carson, one of the family members operating the orchard. “People are free to come at any point and play. Anytime...

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Perfect Place To Practice Your Passion
July 05, 2016
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Perfect Place To Practice Your Passion

The land of make believe is in North Asheville. It’s a place where I can be an explorer, biologist, painter, photographer, and a tea party guest. Simultaneously. The Botanical Gardens on the campus of UNC-Asheville is a fast and free getaway to practice your pastime. One a recent Wednesday afternoon, I found an intrepid young...

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Sky Walkers
July 04, 2016
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Sky Walkers

When it’s sunny and 82 in Asheville, there’s something seriously wrong with with bundling up in the cubicle to get work done, looking like Waldo because the office a/c is set on “Princess Elsa”. I needed to elevate my mood, and my body temperature. I sent an Outlook meeting request to my buddy Chris to...

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Dawes brings rock music to Pisgah Brewing
July 03, 2016
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Dawes brings rock music to Pisgah Brewing

The NBA was late to this game. Dawes released “North Hills” in 2009 and the record contained several memorable tracks, including “When My Time Comes,” which the hoops league determined was the perfect song to promote its draft. To ready fans for the June 23rd event, the basketball league overlaid the song on top of...

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Asheville native brings Irish fiddle music back home
July 03, 2016
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Asheville native brings Irish fiddle music back home

Andrew Finn Magill, a 29-year-old Irish fiddler who graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School, has two albums ready for listeners. He will showcase music from “Roots,” his recently released record of traditional Irish tunes that he learned to play as he grew up in Asheville, and “Branches,” which is a collection of his...

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Diggin’ Up Bling
June 30, 2016
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Diggin’ Up Bling

I liked it, and I did put a ring on it. Then I went back to where I came from to look for more bling. The town of Spruce Pine, “the Mineral City”, is nature’s jewelry box, and my wife and kids and I traveled there in search of treasure. Gem Mountain offers visitors a chance to sift through buckets of earth dug from area...

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Making Memories at Max Patch
June 29, 2016
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Making Memories at Max Patch

The first time I attempted to go to Max Patch, my (now) husband took me as part of a romantic evening he had put together to celebrate our first Valentine’s Day. We got on the wrong road and ended up stranded on a mountain top, from which his truck had to be towed. Be forewarned: using Mapquest or Google Maps to get to...

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Waterfall Washes Away Daddy Guilt
June 28, 2016
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Waterfall Washes Away Daddy Guilt

When Hollywood makes the movie of my life, I hope I’m played by Chuck Norris, or at least Jack Black. In reality, I’ll probably be portrayed by 1980’s Melanie Griffith, and not just because I, too, have a head for business and a bod for sin. After my time as a stay-at-home dad, it’s a tough transition becoming a...

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Little Zippers
June 24, 2016
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Little Zippers

Check your zippers. Are they old enough? North Carolina has more ziplines than any other state, but few of them are designed for the youngest adventurers. That just doesn’t fly with the four- and seven-year-old daredevils in my house. That’s why the Adventure Center of Asheville has Kidzip, a canopy tour designed...

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A Newbie’s Guide to Surviving a Music Festival
June 23, 2016
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A Newbie’s Guide to Surviving a Music Festival

Hey, all! Whitley from the River here. As some of you may know, I went to my first ever Bonnaroo last week. Maybe you’re like me, and have never experienced a music festival before. Or, maybe you’re like me in a different way and have never camped. This is how I...

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The Broadcast: The Band Asheville Needs!
June 22, 2016
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The Broadcast: The Band Asheville Needs!

If music fans are waiting for something big to come out of the Asheville scene and make a jaw-dropping entrance into the American music conscious, please stop waiting. The Broadcast is that band and their new release, ‘From The Horizon,’ should garner national attention. The album, which was produced by Grammy winner Jim...

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