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The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC.  There will also be music by local…See More
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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Presenting new Sam Blackman mystery A SPECTER OF JUSTICESee More
Oct 3
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
Oct 3
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Specter of Justice Preview

A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
Oct 1
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
Sep 27
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Sep 27
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
Sep 21
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The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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Ann Miller Woodford replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains
"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day.   … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
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Swannanoa Valley Museum Hike Series for 2013

The Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain presents a new hiking series for 2013: The Waterfalls of the Valley Hike Series.

The Waterfalls of the Valley Hike Series will lead hikers to five of the area’s most secluded and breathtaking waterfalls. They will begin on the first Saturday in February and continue on the first Saturdays in April, June, September, and November. The entire series can be experienced by museum members for $125, or separately as shown below.

#1: Falls Branch and Grove Stone Quarry – Sat., Feb. 2, 9 a.m. $20 for members or $30 for non-members.

#2: Blue Sea Falls – Sat., Apr. 6, 9 a.m. $30 for members or $50 for non-members.

#3: Mitchell Falls Hike – Sat., Jun. 2, 8:30 a.m. $50 for members and $75 for non-members.

#4 – Sat., Sept. 7.

#5 – Sat., Nov. 2.

To participate, make a reservation with hike leader, John Buckner, by calling 828-669-4300 or emailing

The Swannanoa Rim Hike Series, praised as “one thing all North Carolinians should do” by Our State Magazine, is also continuing this year with eleven breathtaking hikes through the Swannanoa Valley held on each third Saturday. Hikes include:

#1: Weatherford Heights segment – Sat., Feb. 16, 8 a.m.

#2: Rhododendron Rim segment – Sat., Mar. 16, 8 a.m.

#3: Cherokee Boundary segment – Sat., Apr. 20, 8 a.m.

#4: Montreat East Ridge segment – Sat., May 19, 8 a.m.

#5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge segment – Sat., Jun. 15, 8 a.m.

#6: Grey Eagle Rock segment – Sat., Jul. 20, 8 a.m.

#7: Mountain to Sea Trail segment – Sat., Aug. 17, 8 a.m.

#8: Walker Knob segment – Sat., Sept. 23, 8 a.m.

#9: Buckner’s Knob segment – Sat., Oct. 19, 8 a.m.

#10: Top of Brushy and High Top of Bee Tree segment – Sat., Nov. 16, 8 a.m.

#11: Finisher’s Celebration – Sat., Dec. 14, 5 p.m.

Each hike costs $25 for museum members or $45 for non-members. Each hike is limited to 30 participants; reservations must be made to John Buckner at 828-669-4300 or by emailing


There will be a Rim Hike Series Interest Meeting on Tues., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Black Mountain Savings Bank. It will be an orientation for those interested in the series.

For more information on these hiking series, visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum website.

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