Culture

True Ridge Serving the Blue Ridge

True Ridge Serving the Blue Ridge

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Lori Garcia-McCammon, Director of True Ridge, co-founded the organization in 2017 to help support the under-resourced Latinx community of Henderson County. The mission of True Ridge is guided by the three principal values of community, culture, and connection.

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The Right Call

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“I have a face for radio,” jokes Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake, whose distinctive, resonant voice is attracting an increasing number of listeners. Blake has been chief for 12 years, and on the air with “On Duty” since he launched his thoughtful podcasts in December 2018.

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Running So Others Get Ahead

Running So Others Get Ahead

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Seventeen-year-old Connor Mailander suddenly found his high school and cross-country training facilities closed due to COVID-19. Undaunted, he committed himself to keep running, but for a cause much greater that his own athletic achievement.

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Seizing a New Day

Seizing a New Day

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Over its more than 80-year history, Brevard Music Center has seen plenty of historic performances by some of the biggest names in classical, jazz, and Americana. Summers around the lake at the center’s campus have usually been soundtracked by arias, symphonies, and string quartets, as the stage has played host to such legendary performers at Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and Joshua Bell.

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The People Still Need a Poet

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The deep fryer is fertile ground for poetry. While tending to chicken thighs churning in hot vegetable oil, part-time deli worker, part-time dishwasher, and “people’s poet” Tony Robles writes. He writes about peach cobbler and green beans, about snapping turtles marooned on Greenville Highway. He writes about racism. But mostly, Robles writes about people.

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Raising Pals to be Protectors

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When it comes to raising animals humanely and naturally, Marisa Shaw, owner of Grünberg Shepherds in Saluda, has a lot of species covered. If she’s not busy tending to her Dexter cows, Khaki Campbell ducks, Icelandic horses, or her brood of chickens, she’s spending time with her German Shepherds.

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