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Ellington in Asheville--a survey

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Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Jan 17
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Dom Flemons legendary musician at BRCC Jan 25

Dom Flemons, Grammy Award Winning Banjo Player, Jan. 25Dom Flemons, legendary banjo player and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs 7 p.m., January 25th, at Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.The show is the latest “Keeping the Fires Burning” series, produced by The Center for Cultural Preservation to celebrates the heroes of Southern Appalachian culture.Dom awakened Americans to the rich African-American roots tradition that informed old-time and bluegrass…See More
Jan 17
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

African-American music in Asheville

Asheville's African-American music meccaby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike Steele, saxophonist;…See More
Jan 15
Frank Thompson posted events
Jan 15
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 6 Weekly Sessions at Lenoir Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies Asheville

January 24, 2018 at 10am to February 28, 2018 at 12pm
Explore the Landscapes of Story & Telling in 6 SessionsIt’s winter and Connie Regan-Blake is excited to offer a new learning opportunity to warm-up your storytelling voice and creativity!  Join her in Asheville at Lenoir-Rhyne University (36 Montford Ave) on Wednesday mornings 10:00 am – 12:00pm for six story-work sessions.  This weekly format allows for your…See More
Jan 8
Susan Weinberg posted an event

Reading by Poet Anne Waldman at Table Rock Room 201B, Plemmons Student Union, AppState

March 22, 2018 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series presents a reading by Poet ANNE WALDMAN. The author will also present a craft talk from 3:30-4:45 in the same location. Admission is free, and book sales and signing will follow each event. Parking is free on campus after 5 pm, with the parking deck at College & Howard streets recommended. For further details, check www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.    Anne Waldman is a poet, performer,…See More
Jan 4
Julia Nunnally Duncan updated their profile
Dec 15, 2017
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Lyndsay Eli with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA Novel) at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

January 20, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
Are you a fan of The Hunger Games?  Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun.  That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound Children's Bookshop with Gunslinger Girl.  She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids).  Her shooting skills make her a star of the Theater…See More
Nov 20, 2017
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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville.  Tickets for that event are…See More
Nov 15, 2017
Spellbound posted events
Nov 9, 2017
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Battery Park Hill through the ages

Battery Park through the Years by Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTIONS: 1) Present-day view of Battery Park Apartments from…See More
Nov 6, 2017
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post
Oct 13, 2017
Rob Neufeld's discussion was featured

Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Oct 8, 2017
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan at MACA Authors' Booth

October 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
Oct 7, 2017
Rob Neufeld posted a blog post

Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. ·        Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. ·        Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
Oct 6, 2017
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Oct 6, 2017

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Flemons brings the roots

Banjo player and story-teller Dom Flemons performs at Blue Ridge Community College, Jan. 25 as part of The Center for Cultural Preservation's celebration of Southern Appalachian culture.

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The Ellington in Asheville tour

Read how Art Deco trailblazer came to Asheville and what he did here (map included)

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Heroic stories of the homeless

Read about Dave Minneman and a lifelong sense of justice

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Heroic struggles of the homeless

Read the stories of Viola, Jim, and Kirk, told with great spirit and candor

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Asheville tourism past and future

Can we learn from the past and ask the best questions about the future regarding what is perhaps the No. 1 present historical force in our region?

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New George Ellison book

Elizabeth and George Ellison have collaborated on a book, Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands, that offers a naturalist view of WNC. Read review by clicking on the image. .

Ron Rash's The Risen

Ron Rash's new novel explores buried guilt from the Summer of Love. He's in Asheville Sept. 21; and Sylva, Oct. 1. Read review and interview by clicking on the image. Photo by Kate Vukovich. .

Pre-Civic Center downtown

The Asheville Auditorium, pictured here, opened in 1940, constructed with WPA funding...see what followed by clicking on the image.

Treasures from archives

Pauline Johnson and Roman Blevins present "North Carolina History: From the Archives to the Classroom,” at Mars Hill University, Thurs., February 18, 3 p.m.

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Looking homeward with John Parris

John Parris, the late, beloved "Roaming the Mountains" author, often looked back to his home in Jackson County.

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Getting to know Firestorm

Firestorm Books and Coffee, the only full-service bookstore in West Asheville, is a cooperative that provides insight into anarchism.

Take the tour by clicking on photo.

Legendary turkey hunters

Read about outdoorsman/writer Jim Casada's new book, and see chapter about one legendary hunter and renaissance man.

Read by clicking on photo.

See the timeline of Asheville and WNC historic events by clicking on photo.

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Vegan Studies Project

Laura Wright, WCU professor, authors a wide-ranging, clear survey of a subject of increasing significance..

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Historic photo

There were whiskey busts after Prohibition in the Thunder Road era, with distillers avoiding exorbitant taxes.

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RT Smith presence at App State

The legendary writer and editor has been placed in a Distinguished Chair at App State. He'll be making his presence known.

Click on photo for history of country club since Swannanoa hunt days.

Former slaves recall slavery

Asheville, 1937: four former slaves recall a past that hurts. Click on photo for more info.

Historic photo

A crowd gathered outside the Asheville Citizen building to follow the scoreboard during the 1923 World Series. Click photo to read background story, see larger image.

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Asheville's African-American music mecca

Before integration, Asheville's black neighborhood and business centers nurtured gospel, jazz and classical music.  Read the full story.

Godwin's kind of ghost

Gail Godwin's latest novel, Grief Cottage, involves a boy for whom the link between the real and the subconscious worlds splits.  Read special interview with author.

 

Plott of the Plotts

Bob Plott, Plott Hound expert, and author of "Plott Hound Tales," speaks Thurs., Jan. 25th, 6:30 p.m. at Jackson County Public Library in Sylva (586-2016). Check out photo and history

Who,who picks the dog out?

(Image of sculpted rabbit is "El Arairah" by Plott Hound finalist Todd Frahm)

The Plott Hound is very important to Waynesville and a family has provided space and money for a statue in its honor there.  It's down to 3 artists.  See the process. 

Hope of citizen science

Mary Ellen Hannibal is author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.  Read about her book and read her essay.

WNC sacred site in Hawk

Dellinger's Mill is the longest operating, family-owned, water-powered grist mill in the state.  The mill began operation in 1867 with 1850s machinery carted across the mountains.  Read what Jack Dellinger says.

Region and world

  • The Center for Cultural Preservation presents 3 WNC music and dance programs in Dec. 2017 and Jan. 2018.  See about the headliners.

Archive of Features

Community and Local History

James Vestus Miller

African-American leader Miller formed Miller & Sons Construction, specializing in churches and commercial buildings.  Read more.

Plott hounds on board

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.

See more Community and Local History features.

Events

October 1, 2 p.m., Jackson County  Library, NCWN and NCWN-West honors the late Poet Laureate, Kathryn Stripling ByerMore

Also see Jack Prather's blog; and NCWN remembrance; and look forward to more to enlarge the posterity of Kay, poet and voice of conscience.


                                  

Blog Posts

Dom Flemons legendary musician at BRCC Jan 25

Posted by Rob Neufeld on January 17, 2018 at 3:00pm

Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Posted by Rob Neufeld on November 15, 2017 at 3:00pm

How To Kill Your Reader

Posted by Mark de Castrique on October 5, 2017 at 12:40pm

Aim for Beauty

Posted by Kathryn Hall on September 11, 2017 at 4:33pm

First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

Posted by Jack J. Prather on June 9, 2017 at 12:41pm

I Have a Coin

Posted by Short-short Stories & Riddles on May 12, 2017 at 8:00am

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