August 2016

Welcome to September with On the Same Page Literary Festival!

On the Same Page

Calling all lovers of reading and writing! As summer slowly fades into fall, welcome the new season with On the Same Page Literary Festival, to be held on September 13th-17th in West Jefferson. An impressive line-up of authors includes Georgann Eubanks, Jeremy Hawkins, Charlie Lovett, Diane Chamberlain, Sarah Shaber, and Darnell Arnout, Kevin Morgan Watson, to name a few.

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Go Take a Hike! Visit Mount Jefferson State Natural Area

Mountain Forest

One of the first things you’ll notice as you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway toward West Jefferson is arresting Mount Jefferson. Towering more than 1,600 feet above the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountain landscape, this iconic mountain reaches 4700 feet in elevation.

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Lovingly Restored Riverfront Farmhouse in Southern Ashe County

Riverfront Farmhouse

If you are looking for charm and character, look no further than this gorgeous Southern Ashe County listing: a meticulously restored circa 1921 landmark farmhouse that boasts 850 feet of frontage on the South Fork of the New River. The property’s stunning 8.5 park-like acres are perfect for relaxing and living the good life in rustic yet luxurious High Country style.

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The Downtown Murals of West Jefferson

Downtown Murals

One of the best ways to explore West Jefferson is to take a walking tour of its 15 murals interspersed throughout the downtown area. Designed and painted by local artists, the murals celebrate the region’s colorful mountain history.

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New River Flows through Ashe County

Our video of Summer on the New River in Ashe County.

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The Barn Quilts of Ashe County

Barn Quilts

According to the Ashe County Arts Council, “The quilt is a symbol of comfort and family. Barns are a symbol of our heritage and community. What would be better than combining the two and creating a visual image of who we are and where we come from?” Thus the Ashe Arts Quilt Project was born. Today there are currently more than 160 colorfully patterned quilt block paintings that decorate charming old barns in Ashe County.

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Renowned Nature Photographer Joshua White Exhibit at Ashe County Library

Joshua White Photography

Throughout the month of August, renowned photographer, Joshua White of West Jefferson, will feature his ongoing project, "A Photographic Survey of the American Yard," in the upstairs gallery of the Ashe County Public Library. This photo series of plants, insects and animals highlights the biodiversity of backyards and has been featured in "Proof: National Geographic’s Online Photography Journal," "Scientific American," and "Mother Nature Network."

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The Blowing Rock: A North Carolina Attraction Since 1933

Blowing Rock

One of Ashe County’s most iconic attractions, the Blowing Rock is a huge cliff 4,000 feet above sea level, overhanging Johns River Gorge that lies 3,000 feet below. If you are unfamiliar with this natural landmark, “The Blowing Rock,” gets its name because the rocky walls of the gorge form a flume through which the wind sweeps upward. This current of air inspired a Ripley’s “Believe-It-Or-Not” cartoon about the Rock that is captioned, “The only place in the world where snow falls upside down.” Not only is the Rock itself an interesting natural wonder, but the site also offers gorgeous panoramic mountain views.

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Summer Fun Continues in Ashe County!

>Summer Fun

For those you of who love the summer, it may seem as if the season is slipping by too quickly, but not to worry. There’s still plenty of time to check out these cool happenings in Ashe County.
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