September/October 2018

September/October 2018
The latest from throughout Western North Carolina


Former FBI agent Jean Gray recalls his roaring start in 1950s Madison County

“Ravens really resonate with people. They’re complicated animals, just like us.”

Barry and Sandra Bearden’s sky-high Mountain Air retreat blends green construction with contemporary style

Distance: 20 miles round-trip - Difficulty: strenuous

Make your best jack-o’-lantern yet with pro tips from carving expert Scott Garland

Pisgah Thunder takes the dance floor by storm for a great cause

Asheville gallery owner Jordan Ahlers moves to elevate area art and artists

Pisgah Legal Service marks 40 years of advocacy and compassion

Blacksmith Elizabeth Brim forges an exceptional body of artwork with an unconventional approach

Relish apple orchards and vineyards in this enthralling town

Unleashing a beast, Marion hosts its first Bigfoot Fest

Shape-note singing’s deep mountain history resounds at a Canton celebration

On New Freedom Blues, Town Mountain reformats bluegrass

Two mountain festivals draw top literary talents

From an evening trail ride to a fall fox hunt to the excitement of a world-class competition, take a scenic ride through Tryon Horse Country

Father-daughter luthiers Wayne and Jayne Henderson make exquisite handcrafted instruments that hit all the right notes

The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations

Welcome autumn with a fall-flavored cocktail from The Brandy Bar

Local groups put the fun in fungi

Perfect for fall, whip up this lush pesto recipe from Chiesa

A WNC festival celebrates all things garlic