Dahlias may not be the first flower that comes to mind when one thinks of Western North Carolina. However, Carolina Flowers, a three-acre specialty cut flower farm in Marshall, is challenging the reputation of dahlias in the mountains.
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The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine hosts its Eighth Annual Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Friday, July 19, from 4–10 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Riverside Park. The event features live music by local and regional musicians, award-winning barbecue, clogging performances, craft vendors and children’s activities.
The 36th annual Folkmoot International Festival will take place from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 28. There will be 24 separate events held across the WNC region during the eleven-day festival, including international folk dance performances, live music, parades, and events celebrating food trucks, craft beer and artisans.
Hosted by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the fair will feature work from almost 160 makers, including contemporary and traditional work in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media and jewelry.
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.... Fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful at farmers markets and in our own little gardens.
The Penland Gallery’s newest exhibition, Further Evidence: The Art of Natural Dyes, will run through July 14. The exhibition was conceived by Penland Gallery director Kathryn Gremley and curator Catharine Ellis.
Asheville’s River Arts District artists continue to dazzle during Second Saturday festivities on July 13, with most studios open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Saturday, July 20, RiverLink will host the Anything That Floats Parade along the French Broad River. The parade will culminate with RiverFest at New Belgium Brewery. All proceeds from the two events go directly back to RiverLink to support programs that serve the local community.