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ASHEVILLE – The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area announced 19 grants totaling more than $250,000 in funding designed to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage.

Funded by the federal dollars the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area receives, the grant awards will help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions, and the region’s legacy in agriculture.

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Go Enjoy The Valle Country Fair Today


October 18, 2008

(always the 3rd Saturday in October)

FairgroundsThe Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. All monies raised go to fund High Country organizations which serve people in need. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed:

Valle Country Fair.

Email from the mountains…

I received this the other day and decided to just go ahead and post it in it’s entirety…

Hey Gary,

This is Daniel Massoglia, and I’m working on a congressional campaign in North Carolina’s fifth district, which includes those mountains that you dream about. There is a bluegrass event in Asheville that we’re trying to publicize, and I’d love to see it up on your mountaindreams blog. I’ve written up a short description, which is below, but basically it’s a meet and greet with T Bone Burnett in conjunction with the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss concert. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me back or call me at 336 499 4140 Just so you know, the link at the bottom of the release is a link to an image of an email address and should be embedded as an image in the post to avoid his email getting poached by spam web crawlers.

In just a few short weeks, there’s an amazing music opportunity coming to Asheville. As some of you are probably aware, Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, and T Bone Burnett are performing June 14th as part of their Raising Sand concert tour. With over twenty Grammys and a platinum album to boast of, these performers are selling out venues across the country, and tickets for the Asheville event are going fast. What’s more, in a special offer, T Bone Burnett is hosting a special meet and greet prior to the concert at the Biltmore Doubletree Hotel. This event is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to talk with a Grammy Award winning music legend who has worked with countless artists, including Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, and Counting Crows as well as film stars like Reece Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix. A pair of tickets to this event is available at the special price of $250 in the form of a donation to the congressional campaign of Roy Carter, who also will be available at the reception. Only 100 of these tickets are available, so visit quickly to reserve yours. Also available is are ten limited edition packages that pair access to T Bone’s reception with special, artist provided tickets to the concert. For information about the special VIP offer, which runs $2300, contact John Rhineburger at . These packages provide unique opportunities to experience bluegrass music unlike ever before.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Daniel Massoglia

Deputy Finance Director

Roy Carter For Congress

336 499 4140

So if you are interested in meeting a few interesting people or just making a change in the political climate this year and happen to be in the Asheville area on June 14th take a run over to the gig and let me know how it turned out…If anyone should get the chance, I would love a couple of autographs since I’m a big Alison Krauss fan and I love the CD (bought it pre-release).

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Podcast Appalachia: Podcast Appalachia: "Appalachian Music"

Another source of information for this months Bluegrass celibration…

You’re listening to Podcast Appalachia. I’m John Norris Brown.
Today’s episode is based on a suggestion I received from a listener known as the Vol Abroad, who maintains an interesting blog about her life in England at She requested an episode on Appalachian music, and the influence it has had on various genres. Well, I hope you enjoy this episode!

Podcast Appalachia: Podcast Appalachia: “Appalachian Music”

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway


New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway


Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center


Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center.


Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and you see them from the road, the cabins, barns and sheds distinctive to southern Appalachian Mountains.

Drawing on such local features — sheltering overhangs, peaked roofs, wooden trusses — architects charged with designing a new visitors center for the parkway came up with a large, open structure that seems at home in the mountains.

Charlotte Observer | 04/30/2008 | New, green gem by Blue Ridge Parkway

The Barn

The Barn behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Taken on November 13, 2007. Processed with Photomatix Pro.

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Mast General Store – Since 1883

This is where I wish I was right now. A bottle of ginger beer and a rocker on the back porch of the Mast in Valle Crucis…

Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, you’ll discover spectacular foliage, rustic countryside and a place Charles Kuralt calls, “… a destination.” That place is the Mast General Store in the rural historic district of Valle Crucis. Since 1883, we’ve been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. When in the North Carolina High Country, we invite you to warm up by the potbellied stove, mail a letter at the corner post office, and discover for yourself why…..

Mast General Store – Since 1883

Waiting for fall

Reading the muse from South Carolina has me holding out hope. There is a chance yet that our drive up the Blue Ridge in November might have a bit of color left…

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been searching for signs of fall — with no luck.

Where the heck is autumn?

I need some crisp air, crunching leaves, shivery nights.

I need to dig sweaters out of the back of the closet. Take a walk for no reason other than the weather is especially fine. Breathe air that smells of wood smoke and ripe apples.

During the 25 years I lived in Florida, I got used to having no fall to speak of. Signs of autumn there are so subtle, they’re pretty much lost amid the traffic jams at the beach, the blaze of sun on white sand. Oak trees in the Sunshine State don’t lose their leaves until January.

Here, it’s different. These are the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place that could be called Fall Foliage Central. Autumn is practically a sacrament here. People make pilgrimages to the mountains year after year, so they can stand amid blue spires and inhale the beauty.

They lean against the railing at Parkway overlooks and try to put it all into words.

It will definitely be a different kind of drive. Going from the remnants of summer on the Gulf Coast into what should be the beginnings of winter in the mountains of Virginia. We will be running north up half the length of the Blue Ridge. Catching it in Georgia and leaving it somewhere in Virginia.

We aren’t planning to stay in any one place this time. Just wandering along the Blue Ridge for a week or so before wandering back to Texas.

Wish us luck in our search for Autumn.

Waiting for fall to bathe us in color : Columns : Anderson Independent-Mail