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Current mountain news feature:
Swanannoa Gathering Continues with Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week 
July 26 - August 1, 2015     Swanannoa Gathering - Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week  One of the finest programs of its kind anywhere, staffed by some of the world’s best players and instructors. New instructors this year include Clive Carroll, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Cooley, Allen Shadd, Jonathan Brown and Josh Goforth. Classes will be offered in a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic and bossa nova to jazz and blues.

Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 24th Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands. Returning instructors include: Grammy-winners Kathy Mattea, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Vezner, and Don Henry, folk stalwarts Ellis Paul, Peter Mulvey, Sara Hickman, and Amy Speace, vocal coaches Siobhan Quinn and Danny Ellis, and music theory guru Ray Chesna.

The final week of the Swanannoa Gathering will be August 2 - 8, Mando and Banjo Week.

Founded in 1991 by Warren Wilson College President Emeritus Douglas M. Orr, Jr., The Swannanoa Gathering is an educational program of the college, consisting of a series of week-long workshops in various folk arts held in July and August on the campus of Warren Wilson College just east of Asheville. With a limited enrollment and an 'open' format which allows each student to select their own curriculum from a variety of courses, the experience is intimate and supportive for students of all abilities, featuring a staff of some of the finest performers and teachers in the world.

Warren Wilson College is located at 701 Warren Wilson Rd. in Swannanoa, NC (between Black Mountain and Asheville NC. . Read more...  
Quote of the month for July:
"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world." - Ada Louise Huxtable
 
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LTL Receives Grants from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation  
LTLT (Little Tennessee Land Trust) was among the recipients of 23 grants from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation totaling over $2.4 million dollars. One grant to LTLT was awarded to continue the restoration of river cane and other resources on the historic Welch Farm and fund management of artisan resources on the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. A second CPF grant was also awarded to LTLT to enhance the bird monitoring, research, and education programs tied to the national MAPS program. Read more...  
 
Outside Magazine Names North Carolina Best Domestic Adventure Hub   
North Carolina has been named Best Domestic Adventure Hub in Outside Magazine's 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015. "Take California, make the mountains greener and the beaches and restaurants less crowded, and replace all the digital millionaires with hospitable southerners, and you get North Carolina." - Outside Magazine.

Specific mountain area points of interest cited in the article include Asheville's farm-to-table restaurants, local breweries, and great music venues; mountain biking from world-class singletrack and road riding in the Blue Ridge mountains to the Big Avery Loop, a challenging 13-mile romp through rhododendron tunnels and way-off-the-back rock steps; 96 miles of Appalachian Trail with some of the most pristine hiking in the world; the Nantahala Outdoor Center with some of the country’s best whitewater and both national competitions and family-friendly activities.

A few of the other Outside Magazine "Top 30" trips to take in 2015 were:
Best Island: Bermuda
Best Street Food: Austin, Texas
Best Place to Tie One On: Portland, Maine (although we would remind readers that Asheville has beat out Portland for #1 Beer City USA several years running)
Best Way to Get Strong Quads: San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Best Beaches: South Carolina (we assume Outside Mag didn't get the opportunity to visit NE Florida and the incredible pristine beach parks, Little Talbot and Big Talbot Island - Florida beaches the way they were before people arrived...)
Best Road Biking: California
Best Urban Upgrade: Philadelphia
Best Place to Eat and Drink Yourself Silly: Scotland
Best Safari: Kenya
Best Airbnb Property: Mary May’s
Best Surf Trip: Baja, Mexico  
 
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Opens 2015 Season  
March 13 - 29, 2015 The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. The season kicks off with this Wizard of Oz performance over the rainbow into the merry old land of Oz with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto too as they jitterbug through the haunted forest, tangle with winged monkeys and confront the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour adaption for Young Performers.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, a venue for the Flat Rock Playhouse with live performances of staged productions and music revues, is located at125 South Main Street in historic downtown Hendersonville NC 
 
2015 Southern Conference
Basketball Tournament in Asheville
Downtown will be filled with 50,000+ basketball fans, all enjoying Asheville's shopping, dining and drinking during the course of the tournament.  Men and women's games to be played at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena and Kimmel Arena on the UNCA campus. Visit the website or call for game days and times.
 
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Life in the Carolinas  Each Life in the Carolinas episode features a unique Carolinas destination. The program airs Saturdays at noon on Charlotte's WCCB.
 

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