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LOCAL SUMMER FESTIVAL GUIDE…

Source:  Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, May 2018 After reading pages and pages of this great magazine & guide to everything Appalachian, I winnowed out details on a few festivals and events of interests in the WNC area – through the end of this summer.  There will be more later. Asheville – Mountain Sports Festival —…

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STRAWBERRY PICKING – A RITE OF SPRING!

SOURCE:  Tammy Algood -Special to Nashville Tennessean/USA Today Network.  Thanks, Tammy! ” Some things are worth the wait.  I ate my first homegrown strawberry yesterday, and it was beyond delicious.  It was small, but packed a barrelful of flavor and juice.  A strawberry shouldn´t just look good, it should taste memorable. Sweet Charlies are usually…

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STOP & LISTEN TO THE BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS OF NATURE

SOURCE:  Nature Journal – George Ellison – Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Through the years, I have admonished readers to slow down and take a closer look. ¨ This time around, I would suggest that you ¨Close your eyes and listen!¨  That´s right – just  listen. The wind sighs as it passes through the leaf canopy overhead.  Rain…

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THE BEST SHRUB TO GROW HERE IN WNC

Source:  Nature Journal by George Ellison/Asheville Citizen-Times ¨I´m sometimes asked to recommend easily grown yet attractive native plants suitable for use in an ornamental setting.  In that regard, I´m locked and loaded.  For a fern, it´s cinnamon (Osmunda cinnamonmea); for a small tree, it´s sweet pepperbush (Clethra acuminata); and for a shrub, it´s highland doghobble…

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PLEASE!! – ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS SAFELY!

SOURCE:  YOUR TURN – Jonas Karlson, Guest Columnist/Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls.  Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls (actually, Transylvania County alone has close to that number), with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor every year. Unfortunately waterfalls…

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TAKE A HIKE – NEW GUIDEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS WNC WILDFLOWER HIKES

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Spring might be coming up in fits and starts across WNC, but now that the sun, rain and warmth have collided, it´s the perfect recipe for wildflower time.  Some of the blooms are so showy and famous, like the fluffy pinkish-purple Catawba Rhododendron, that peak in the high elevations around…

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WIDENING THE VIEW OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Renew The Views¨ project coming soon to the Blue Ridge Parkway… Imagine not getting a haircut for 80 years! That´s how the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking in some spots these days — a little hairy and ragged around the edges.  But in the first major project of its kind…

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I-26 WORK TO AFFECT TRAFFIC ON LAND & WATER

  SOURCE:  Mark Bennett/Asheville Citizen Times/USA Today Network ARDEN:  State engineers are considering canoes and kayaks as well as cars and trucks as they draw up plans to widen Interstate 26 from outside Asheville to near Flat Rock.  The NC Dept. of Transportation is designing a new bridge over the French Broad River between the…

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ASHEVILLE AIRPORT RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION TAKING FOREVER?

Excerpted from an article by John Boyle of the Asheville Citizen-Times – ¨Answer Man¨ ¨Question:  Why isn´t the Asheville Regional Airport runway complete?  Construction has been going on forever…?¨ Real answer:  per Tina Kinsey.  ¨Constructing a new runway and taxiway on an operable airfield is a years-long process.  The airport planned for a four-phase, five-year…

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“SPRING IS HERE IN BREVARD, NC…

…and we are all happy about that!  The trails and roads are filled with mountain bikers, cyclists, runners, hikers and waterfall hunters.  As the weather warms up, the days start to get longer.  When you  hit the trails, roads, rocks and rivers, make sure you are prepared for everything!  Layers, shades, hat, extra socks, shoes,…

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