As we put thankfulness into practice this month, please remember the many, many veterans in Western North Carolina—more than 53,000 alone in the counties within our readership area. The Asheville Area Arts Council will highlight its Arts & Wellness Program for Veterans, launched last year, with a one-day showcase of art, music and poetry, and a juried exhibition that lasts throughout the month. In Hendersonville, the Blue Ridge Orchestra’s season-opening performance commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and pays tribute to veterans for their service. And Black Mountain will host a weekend’s worth of remembrances.
With colder temperatures and shorter days, what better way to spend indoor hours than by gathering to listen to well-told tales and good music? We have details of three storytelling events this month: WORD! Storyteller’s Showcase, Tellabration! and the Hendersonville Storytelling Festival. There’s also a bonanza of musical performances scheduled, including the Center for Cultural Preservation’s Mountain Music Concert, community concerts in Brevard and the usual month of great sounds at Isis Music Hall.
Holidays are just around the corner, heralding plenty of tree lightings and holiday shopping events, including Waynesville’s A Night Before Christmas, Hendersonville’s Home for the Holidays and the Toe River Arts Council’s Holiday Studio Tour.
And let’s not forget food. Nanette Davidson, resident chef at John C. Campbell Folk School, is featured in On a Personal Note, and Emma Castleberry’s Spotlight On visits with the generous organizers and volunteers at Haywood Street Congregation’s Downtown Welcome Table, where twice-weekly bounteous feasts are prepared and shared.