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This section gives you information about the uniqueness of Western North Carolina whether you’re a tourist, a newcomer, or simply someone breaking out of habitual patterns to do something different. If we can help please contact us. info@sheville.org
Live Arts and Entertainment Calendar     Livewire Asheville     Outdoor Adventures     Hot Springs Natural Hot Mineral Waters     Chimney Rock Park    Rapid River Review: Arts & Culture Magazine

When I Think About Giving Up Writing

Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author

by Teri Vlassopoulos in Catapult Magazine

I was happy raising my kid, living my life without worrying about writing.
 

We’re two years into my daughter’s life and we still don’t quite have a bedtime routine. It skips around depending on so many variables, and while she’s a good sleeper once she’s actually asleep, getting there is more of a process than a routine. Often by the time she’s out, I am too, having drifted off in the dark along with her.  


#Explore Historic Western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains 

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina.  Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements.  Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War.


Grateful Steps Foundation & Publishing House

What Are Grateful Steps?

The name “Grateful Steps” emerges from a life of witnessing miracles and experiencing great love of family and friends. As the world evolves, people are increasingly aware of the power of gratitude. It is a way of being in the world, a way that reminds us to take things “one step at a time” and to be grateful for every step we are able to take, even through the most challenging landscape.

Who Are We?

Grateful Steps is a nonprofit publisher of all voices, all faiths, all cultures. We have a Christian philosophy but we are not a religious publisher. We are here to help others tell their stories, rather than get other people to live ours. The first title we published, in fact, was a novel about the troubled romance between a Jewish woman and Muslim man, The Other Half of My Soulby Bahia Abrams. Being an independent publisher means carrying the responsibility of amplifying as many voices as we can. For this reason, Grateful Steps considers all writers (provided a work is not rooted in hatred toward any one group of people) and helps them bring their book in excellent form into the world. Some books come to us ready to go. Others take years to find their fully imagined state. Grateful Steps editors work with authors until the books are the best possible reflection of the creative spirit in the author and in the living world. Visit our online store to see our wonderful books.  Visit our Website:  Grateful Steps

 


*The Block Off Biltmore – restaurant, social club, gathering place

MISSION of THE BLOCK off biltmore

To be a place for people to converge in order to build community and inclusive friendships between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing magic happens.

Radical magic is created through a compassionate, comfortable, cruelty-free atmosphere, along with music, art, spoken word, film and other conscious, value-driven events. Fun, laughter, friendship, unity, empowerment and action are the ultimate byproducts.

We have a lot of exciting & enjoyable types of events at THE BLOCK off biltmore. Stay tuned to our website and please sign up for our e-newsletter (see bottom of webpage) to stay up to date. See you soon!


A Reading List For The Spirit

Spirituality and Health magazine has assembled its picks for the Best Books of the past year. Among them you will find reflections on mortality, explorations of depression, and insights from authors from a wide range of traditions. Some of the books examine the mind body connection for better mental health. One suggests that creating your own spiritual biography may help you recognize the times you’ve already brushed up against grace in your life. Check out the diverse selection here. { read more }


LIVEWIRE – Performing Arts Asheville

Asheville’s artists and entertainers shape the soul of this community. Our stage is expansive, spilling out the stage doors and onto sidewalks, into verdant parks and summer meadows, and large enough to accommodate a regular cast of all ages all year long. No matter what sparks your interest—be it Shakespeare or Sketch Comedy, Gershwin or Garage Rock, Ballet or Bluegrass—our spotlights and streetlamps will ignite your passion no matter what form it takes. There’s a show about to start. Discover the power of performance. Let LiveWire light the way.

Find out who’s playing and what’s playing where and when at LiveWire,Asheville’s source for performing arts schedules and information.  Click here for performing arts schedule and times

 


ASHEVILLE AREA ART

 

 Innovative programming utilizing an outstanding collection of American art of the 20th and 21st centuries has established the Asheville Art Museum as a leader in the arts for Western North Carolina and the Southeast. It is the only organization of its kind providing cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors to the 24 county region.Established by artists and incorporated in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is committed to being a vital force in community and individual development and to providing life-long opportunities for education and enrichment through the visual arts.


HART Haywood Arts Regional Theater

 Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal.   Click here for seasonal shows Haywood Arts Regional Theater


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