All Aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Over a half century ago, Charlie Brown’s creator Charles Schulz introduced an elusive Halloween mascot into one of his beloved Peanuts stories, allowing the characters to balk and bicker and wander around with curious eyes awaiting the Great Pumpkin. It’s one of Halloween’s most treasured tales, with fans from five to 55 years old. And…

Giving Gardens Help Communities Feed Themselves

As many of you know, I’ve been working with the wonderful folks at The Lord’s Acre over the past six months, assisting in administrative capacities, setting up and organizing their online platforms, helping to clarify their message, clean up important documents, pages of their website and more alongside their board and staff. These wonderful folks…

Three Men Thru-Hike, Remove 1,000+ Pounds of Trash Along the Way

26-year-old Georgia native and wilderness guide Seth Orme was out hiking in Franklin, NC one afternoon when he started picking up little pieces of trash along the way. The crew hiking alongside him followed suit and soon found themselves with a pound of trash collectively. Orme looked out as he stuffed the trash into his…

Artist Phil Cheney Kickstarts Coloring Book

As I walk through the Whole Foods checkout line with a to-go container from the hot bar, a slice of cornbread and two bottles of Buchi kombucha, a mass-produced coloring bookdubbed “A Soul Bird’s Journey” sits on the stand in front of me. I look over at artist Phil Cheney, who has been yo-yoing the idea…

In light of HB2, Terpsicorps focuses on transformation

“When I heard about [House Bill 2], my train of thought couldn’t seem to get away from it,” says Heather Maloy, artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. “Because HB2 focuses so much on transgender people, I felt it was important to create something that showed their transformation within a series of other transformations.” The…

WNC Brain Tumor Support celebrates 15 years

Suppose you’ve just gone to the doctor, who has looked in your eyes and told you there’s a malignant tumor the size of a baseball inside your head — and that you probably have only a year left to live. Such a verdict is unfathomable to most of us, but it’s reality for 7 million…

How Local Builders are Reimagining Tree Houses

Whether you’re 12 years old or 42, a place to play and escape from the hum and buzz of today’s digitized world is a must. And the green builders of today are certainly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in live and play structures. What was once a few 2x4s nailed to the backyard oak…

The Tortoise & The Hare Teach us how to Go Local

I really enjoyed collaborating with Jenny Fares of Sound Mind Creative on a recreation of the Tortoise & Hare tale for the Asheville Grown ‘Go Local Guide’. The story was a fun addition to help share the important work that Asheville Grown is doing in our community to keep Asheville ‘Unchained and Independent.’ Deep in…