Photographer: Jess Williamson

Jess Williamson is a sophomore Mass Communication major and Dance minor at UNC Asheville. She calls Mount Airy, NC home when she has to leave the mountains she loves. She takes pictures constantly and is excited to participate on the site.

18th Annual Asheville Orchid Festival

18th Annual Asheville Orchid Festival

This weekend the N.C. Arboretum will host it’s annual Asheville Orchid Festival, hosted by the Western North Carolina Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society, according to their website. This is the 18th year of the show. Graham Ramsey, former president of WNCOS and co-chair of the Festival said the event has gotten larger each […]

Asheville farmers markets reopen for spring

Asheville farmers markets reopen for spring

Local farmers markets reopen as warm spring weather returns to western North Carolina, according to Romantic Asheville, a popular website for tourists. Mike McCreary, market manager of Asheville City Market, has been overseeing the market for eight years in it’s location downtown and in Biltmore Park. McCreary said a couple hundred people normally shop the […]

Trade and Lore Welcomed Downtown

Trade and Lore Welcomed Downtown

​Approximately 300 people walked through the door of a new coffee shop in downtown Asheville this Wednesday, as Trade and Lore hosted their soft opening of the shop. Brock Kehoe, one-of-three owners of Trade and Lore, said this kind of unadvertised opening allows the staff to practice everything they had been working on before busy tourist-filled weekends. […]

29th Annual Ballroom Dance Competition

29th Annual Ballroom Dance Competition

The Heritage Classic Dancesport Championship dance competition was hosted by the Grove Park Inn from March 1 through 5. According to the event’s website, the competition has been held at the Grove Park for 29 years. The week included multiple dinner dances, competitions for all levels of ballroom dancing, both American and International styles, and […]

“Granny D” for Bernie Sanders

“Granny D” for Bernie Sanders

On Monday, WNC for Bernie Sanders hosted “Go Granny D!” at New Mountain in downtown Asheville. The show is performed by Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens, and is about the late Granny D, a 90-year-old woman who walked across America to protest campaign reform, according to WNC for Bernie Sanders’ website. Carole Schaefer, the […]

Winter Closings on the Parkway

Winter Closings on the Parkway

In the months from May to October, the many Blue Ridge Parkway access points in Buncombe County are crowded with people eager to enjoy all it has to offer. However in the winter months, a precaution is in place. During the coldest part of the year, many stretches of the road will be closed to […]

More than a snowstorm for local homeless shelters

More than a snowstorm for local homeless shelters

       Approximately 9.3 inches of snow covered Asheville this past week from winter storm “Jonas,” according to the National Weather Service. Winter weather presents serious problems for Asheville’s homeless population, as well as the shelters that seek to help them. Tilman Jackson, director of men’s rescue at Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Downtown, said […]