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36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival

Celebrating 36 years of downtown Marion's Mountain Glory Festival on October 12th between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Festival-goers will find three blocks of Main Street filled with arts and crafts vendors, festival foods, and inside the McDowell Arts Council is the Mountain Glory Quilt Guild ...

September 30th - Fall Leaf Report

I never tire of these splendid Blue Ridge Mountain views.They are spectacular year-round. But, you're here because of the changing leaves!  Over the weekend, we continued to see temperatures in the 80s without any significant rainfall.  Nights are cooler, and as we enter the first week ...

Sept. 22nd - Fall Leaf Report

Today's trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway focused on the region between the Linville Falls Visitor Center and the Orchard at Altapass (Mileposts 316 to 328).  As you can see, we have lots of green leaves remaining on the trees.  Between last Friday and today, I did notice trees ...

36th Annual Mountain Glory Festival

October 12th join the fall celebration in downtown Marion, NC. Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm look for original arts and crafts, festival foods, regional musicians performing ole time mountain music, the Best Dressed Pet Contest, and more.  Stop by the McDowell Arts Council to see the ...

45th Annual NC Bluegrass Festival

Wow! The Adams family has hosted this incomparable celebration of traditional bluegrass music for the past forty-five years.Their experience shows!  This year's headliners include Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the King James Boys and many more. 

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