East Asheville: sites, history & future
Read this tour of East Asheville sites, from the top of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the commercial edge of Tunnel Road. It's also a story about community. Photo is of Bethesda Cemetery cleaning.
In 1732, the Schucks left war-torn and impoverished Alsace-Lorraine, and made to Pennsylvania. Family members then went down the wagon road to the Catawba River Valley; and Jacob Shook (he changed the spelling) pioneered Clyde. Read about all the history in which the Shooks got embroiled.
Appalachian food memory
Novel of apple heritage
In Rose Senehi's new novel, Carolina Belle, Belle McKenzie says, “We’re living in the last days of the Southern apple...Maybe ninety percent are now extinct.” Following her business passion—an orchard revival movement—alongside her romantic problems provides a long overdue treatment of Western North Carolina apple history in fiction. Read more.
1942: hunters in Haywood County get ready to go chase bear. Read more.
Job Barnard's Civil War portrait
At age 26, Job Dillingham Barnard enlisted in the Black Mountain Guards at Democrat on July 23, 1861, and was elected 1st Lieutenant. Job’s maternal grandfather, Absalom Dillingham, had been a first settler of the Big Ivy area. Read more.
Snake handling, 1985
Charles Prince explained his faith and practice in a 1985 story when the Haywood County sheriff confiscated snakes. Read more.
An 1877 diary reveals what it was like to come to Asheville for early treatment at Dr. Gleitsmann's sanitarium. His pamphlet displayed the view of Asheville to the left. Read more.
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David Joy presents his second novel, The Weight of This World, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library, in an event co-hosted by City Lights Bookstore, Fri., March 3rd, 6:30 p.m. More.
Michael Knight (above left) presents Eveningland his book of stories and a novella, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 6 p.m., Thurs., Mar. 8. Read about it.
Walter Ziffer (above right), author of Confronting the Silence, his Holocaust memoir and meditation, is at Congregation Beth Israel 2 p.m., March 5. The 1 p.m. reception is sold out. He will also be at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Tues., Mar. 14.
Nancy Werking Poling launches her book, Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987), at Black Mountain Library, 105 N Dougherty St., March 6, 7p.m.
March 17, 6 p.m., at Spellbound Bookshop, Allan Wolf reads from his new young adult novel, Who Killed Christopher Goodman?, based on a crime that had occurred when the author had been in high school
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