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Preservation Program on Historic Service Stations

On Thursday, June 27, the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) will host a lecture by executive director Jack Thomson, following a brief annual meeting update. The lecture, Historic Automobile Service Stations, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

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Food Locally Made

ASAP Farm Tour Showcases WNC Farmers and Producers

On Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, farmers across the region will welcome guests for the annual ASAP Farm Tour, hosted by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). The weekend event, which runs from 12–5 p.m. both days, offers guests a chance to sample farm-fresh fare, meet local farmers and learn how food is grown and raised in the mountains.

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Locally Made Visual Arts

Shaker and Salt Debut New Line at Mica Gallery

“Our artistic aspiration is to make technically proficient, well-designed objects that people covet.” Glassware by Shaker and Salt, a collaborative production line created by artists Courtney Dodd and Nick Fruin, will be on display at Mica in downtown Bakersville from Thursday, June 20, through August 19.

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Craft Arts

Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend

The Blue Ridge Craft Trails, which link 75 craft sites across 25 WNC counties to promote craft businesses and brand the region as a leading craft destination, recently awarded an anchor position to the Historic Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in Haywood County.

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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.