Barbara Zaretsky has had a lifelong love affair with all things textile.

Cover Artist

Barbara Zaretsky has had a lifelong love affair with all things textile.
"I love color and try making my pots as colorful as I can," says Robbie Bell.

Feature Artist

"I love color and try making my pots as colorful as I can," says Robbie Bell.
Land trusts SAHC and CMLC partner to create a new trail system in Hickory Nut Gorge.

Sustainability

Land trusts SAHC and CMLC partner to create a new trail system in Hickory Nut Gorge.
The buses of LaZoom Comedy Tours are big, purple, and make you laugh.

In Motion

The buses of LaZoom Comedy Tours are big, purple, and make you laugh.
Located in downtown Asheville, Kathmandu Cafe offers authentic Himalayan cuisine.

Restaurant

Located in downtown Asheville, Kathmandu Cafe offers authentic Himalayan cuisine.
Mark Sinsky and wife Elizabeth Arrington decided that simplicity would be key for their next home.

At Home

Mark Sinsky and wife Elizabeth Arrington decided that simplicity would be key for their next home.

 

Seed Lending Library Grows Gardening Tradition

At the Haywood County Library, Kathy Olsen will lead you into the Seed Lending Library of Waynesville or what she calls "the room where the seeds live." Anyone who has a Cardinal Library Card can "borrow" seeds to plant.

Artists Collaborate for MOTION Dance Theatre

"We want people to be actively inspired by our artists and to use that inspiration as a starting place for their own lives and projects," says Nick Kepley, MOTION's artistic director and founder. Performances run July 11 & 12 at Diana Wortham Theatre.

Sport Stacker Brings Home Gold

Josh Hainsel was only six years old when he saw a TV commercial for a sport stacking set. He asked for, and received, a set for Christmas and began practicing the sport. Now, a rising eighth grade student, he is the World Sport Stacking Champion.

Bubbleland Album Features Area Musicians

A modern-day Aesop's Fables, Denton the Dragon in Tales of Bubbleland is a collection of clever stories for children written by Black Mountain resident Jeff Hutchins. The recently released album features a variety of musical styles.


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Guild's Craft Fair Draws Visitors from Across the Country

The 67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will take place at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville July 17–20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. This popular event (repeated in October) attracts thousands of people from across the state and the nation.

Heads Up ~ Malted Grain

Beer is not a complicated beverage. Certainly there are complexities of flavor through the countless varieties of styles that emerge when the ingredients are in the hands of a creative brewer. Ultimately though, beer is a product with four basic components: water, hops, yeast, and malted grain.

Folkmoot USA ~ Celebrating Cultures From Around the World

Since 1984, Folkmoot USA has helped people celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultures. The annual Folkmoot festival features performances, a parade, and workshops by about 250 colorfully costumed traditional dancers and musicians from around the world. This year’s Folkmoot will take place July 18–27 at 14 venues in seven counties of Western North Carolina.

On a Personal Note: Tim Arem

Tim Arem sits in his cramped radio studio and, between interruptions to announce the upcoming tunes, he recounts a résumé as diverse as his imagination.

History Feature ~ The Mountain Man on Tunnel Road

There is no shortage of iconic structures in Asheville. Some take your breath away, while others impress through their sheer size. And then there are ones that appeal to the whimsy in all of us.

In Bloom ~ Nodding Onion

At the suggestion of Jay Kranyik, our garden manager, I began researching Nodding Onion (also known as Lady’s Leek), thinking it likely this is just another onion that invades your lawn and is impossible to completely remove. I knew Jay had been excited about this plant for several years, even propagating it to sell at our plant sale. My research, however, has made me a fan of this plant.

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