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May 21 - Asheville NC native Caleb Johnson proves that persistence AND talent counts as he won the 2014 American Idol designation. Johnson's consistent performances were key to moving up through this year's weeks of competition. With a voice and style that combine the best of rock and pop his genuine and caring nature (well, he IS from Asheville) shine through to make him a favorite with young and old.

American Idol took a step up this year with the addition of Harry Connick Jr., one of the best musicians and musical artists this country has ever produced. Not to mention his acting, song-writing, support of family and hometown (New Orleans), humor and - OK - in the looks department it doesn't get much better. But hopefully his influence has brought more emphasis to the previously tedious show to musical skills, artistry and maybe even a little originality. Like Caleb Johnson. ...read more

Quote of the month for May:
Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun"...Kahlil Gibran

 
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Annual National Gingerbread House Competition
November 20 - January 2, 2014   The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display    Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. 

There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread display, see the beautiful holiday decorations throughout the Grove Park Inn and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the gingerbread entries are   read more...
 
Saluda NC a Perfect Example of Small Business Saturday
November 30 - The 4th Annual Saluda Small Business Saturday. This year's event, falls between black Friday and cyber Monday on Thanksgiving weekend. Created in 2009 to recognize small businesses as the heart of the American economy, Small Business Saturday has become a boon to independent retailers. Last year over 100 million consumers came together in cities across the country to "shop small" and celebrate all that small local businesses do for their communities. Saluda NC perfectly represents "small town USA" with a Main Street comprised entirely of small independent businesses. "Just like good wine reflects the flavor of the grapes in the region where they are grown, local small businesses reflect the beauty and character of their communities. By supporting our individual entrepreneurs, we maintain and enhance the beauty and unique characteristics of our community and our quality of life. When we choose to   read more...
 
  2013 Fall Leaf Color Report
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The Week of November 3, 2013:
Asheville and the Mid-elevations:  11/3/13   The leaf color peak has arrived and this will be the LAST WEEKEND to see fall mountain color.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
10/31/13   Colors in lower elevations are now glorious. High elevations are past peak, but there are still patches of vibrant color here and there. Now that many of the leaves have fallen in the high elevations, overlooks there are providing clear views of the color change in the valleys below as fall continues to advance down the mountainsides.. Check out the park's webcams to see how fall colors are progressing: Purchase Knob (high elevation) Look Rock (middle elevation) . Read the full report

Western Mountains in Nantahala and the Smokies: 11/3/13  Peak color is past in the Highlands and Cashiers areas and throughout the far western mountains at mid elevations. Patches of color remain in the lower elevations.

The High Country: This week peak fall leaf color is past but patches of color remain in lower elevations and along the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially at 3,000 and below. ......see photos and read more from local expert Howie Neufeld, Ph.D. Professor of Plant Physiology Appalachian State University

Where to find color this week: 11/3/13  Along the Blue Ridge Parkway below 3,000 feet; in the Smokies at lower elevations,  Chimney Rock Park, Lake Lure and lower elevations throughout the mountains.

The Week of October 7, 2013:

The High Country: Color is increasing, but still not close to peak.  Its about 40% colored up with 60% to go. At higher elevations, like at Tynecastle on Rt. 105, and on the upper slopes of Grandfather Mt., it is more like 60-75% colored. This coming week will be good for leaf looking, but next weekend will be one you should not miss, and I think the same can be said for the weekend after that. The rains on Sunday night did not do too much damage, with most of the leaves still on the trees and favorable weather forecast for the upcoming list.....
.see photos and read more from local expert Howie Neufeld, Ph.D. Professor of Plant Physiology Appalachian State University

Asheville and the Mid-elevations: Still mostly green with small patches of color starting to appear. Dogwoods, sourwoods and Virginia creeper are all beautiful red. There is some color in some maples and yellow in other trees like birch and tulip poplar.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park: No reports because of Federal Shut-downs.

Western Mountains in Nantahala and the Smokies: Still mostly green with some colors appearing in Highlands and Sylva.

Where to find color this week: Along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Mitchell, Craggy Pinnacle, Black Balsam Knob and the highest elevations. Grandfather Mountain along the ridgeline. Elk Knob State Park in Todd. The higher-elevation corridor around Winding-Stair Gap near Franklin. Beech Mountain.

The Week of September 29, 2013:

The High Country: This is the first weekend of autumn and also the first time I can report that fall leaf color in the mountains is beginning to show in earnest, especially above 4,000 elevation. In the higher elevations such as Banner Elk and Grandfather Mountain the sugar and red maples are coming out and should peak at the highest elevations by next weekend. American ash is turning also (a dull purplish color), and the mountain ash fruits are like red beacons against the background of spruce and still green oaks.  They are quite spectacular this year...see photos and read more from local expert Howie Neufeld, Ph.D. Professor of Plant Physiology Appalachian State University

Asheville and the Mid-elevations: Still mostly green with small patches of color starting to appear. Dogwoods, sourwoods and Virginia creeper are all beautiful red. There is some color in some maples and yellow in other trees like birch and tulip poplar.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park: No reports because of Federal Shut-downs.


Western Mountains in Nantahala and the Smokies: Very little color with deep greens still predominant.

Where to find color this week:
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Mitchell, Craggy Pinnacle, Black Balsam Knob and the highest elevations. Grandfather Mountain along the ridgeline. Elk Knob State Park in Todd.
 
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