What goes better with those brisk, bluebird days of October than the tang of apple cider or the crisp crunch of an apple not long from the tree? Western North Carolina, especially Henderson County but all along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge, is apple country rivaling New York and Washington.
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The goal of the program is to engage students with local waterways by giving them the opportunity to act as stream ecologists in a hands-on learning environment. Thanks to charitable donations from Pigeon River Fund and Walnut Cove Members Association, all lessons are offered free of charge.
If Shirley Jackson had published “The Lottery” at Halloween and warned her readers to expect a chilling tale, she might have spared herself the hundreds of outraged letters she received during the weeks following the story’s actual appearance in June, 1948.
“I personally thread the needle,” she says. “I’m more involved in the details, and that makes my work more unique.” The term designer doesn’t seem to encompass all that LaBlue does for her clients. “I’m an artist as well as a designer,” she says. “Each pillow or window treatment is a piece of art and my workroom experience really helps me put all of that together.”
Julia Child once said, “Wine is meant to be with food— that’s the point of it.” I agree, Julia! We should enjoy all of it, to the last bite and the last drop.
There are no dues, paperwork or other formalities. The artists choose a scenic spot every week and meet there on Tuesday mornings, paint boxes in tow.
Over the years I have mapped out alternate drives—such as the one detailed here—that allow me to find good color while avoiding the worst of the congestion from the influx of leaf-lookers.
On Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., the Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center presents The River, a cross-cultural concert experience featuring dynamic string quartet ETHEL and GRAMMY-winning Native American musician Robert Mirabal.