Life at Play

Good Sports

July 2021

Written by Bill Kopp  Intramural Sports Offer Opportunities for Exercise and Camaraderie Across WNC Recreational and competitive sports are part of the fabric of life. Providing exercise, fellowship, a sense…

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Taking the Reins

May 2021

Written by Lauren Stepp  WNC’s Deep History of Horseback Riding Provides Opportunities for Equestrians of All Ages  The history of equestrian sports in Western North Carolina starts not with a…

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Home Grown Roots

March 2021

Written by Lauren Stepp Local Experts Share Tips for Beginning Your Garden  When Jason Contreras was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010, just months after his thirtieth birthday,…

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Home Sweet Appalachia

February 2021

Written by Lauren Stepp  Our Guide to Buying and Selling Western North Carolina Residential Real Estate These mountains didn’t always have curb appeal. Steep and wild, Western North Carolina was…

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All in Good Taste

November 2020

Written by Marla Hardee Milling Catering Companies Are Cooking up Plates & Profits in Western North Carolina When you’re hosting a special event, whether it’s a big wedding with a…

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The Artist’s Way

October 2020

Written by Marla Hardee Milling Engaging with Asheville’s Downtown Arts Corridor During 2020’s summer months, a storefront on Broadway offered a glimmer of hope amid the uncertainty brought on by…

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A Mountain to Climb

September 2020

Written by Andrew Crosson |  Photos by Evan Anderson Western North Carolina’s Rock Climbing Scene Reaches New Heights People often ask if climbing is scary. The short answer is yes—but…

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Land of Plenty

August 2020

Written by Gina Smith Digging into Western North Carolina’s Robust Local Food System Apple seekers meandering the winding, rustic route toward Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard would do well to leave a…

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