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The Competition’s On With Deck the Trees

Deck the Trees, the annual fundraising event for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (SVCM) Fuel Fund, takes place at businesses throughout Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley through January 2. “We really loved seeing the effort the decorators put into their trees,” says Carli Petit, who, along with Scott Roy and Maddie Michaud, judged the 2021 competition.

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From the Editor: December 2022

Literature has a common theme of redemption in which the simpler things in life are found to be more rewarding than things we strive for and hold up as valuable. As "The Hobbit’s Thorin says, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

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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.