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The Potato Project

"It’s wonderful to know that we have made a difference and enriched a life. It’s just a great way to help those in need.”

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Annie Dillard’s Winter Vision

It is February. Snow covers the ground in a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is Virginia’s Roanoke Valley. The writer Annie Dillard is tiptoeing along the banks of a creek near her house, attempting rather comically to hide behind the naked trees of winter.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.