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For those of us who have come home to North Carolina, exhaling the "fumes" from zooming, full-tilt, down life’s highway while forfeiting a more natural, “earthly” pace, this Appalachian wonder, where you can just hang outand “set a spell, " is a miracle. A slower pace, homemade peach cobbler, and just "BE-ING" here in Western North Carolina, where the French Broad River runs boldly and small towns nestle comfortably beneath the sheltering wealth of the oldest mountains on Earth, is home to a particular breed of REALTOR .You may find such a person standing on the corner chatting about the benefits for horse lovers,organic farmers, and life in a small town.
Take the small college town of Mars Hill,in Madison County North Carolina, for example. Mars Hill, just twenty minutes or so north of Asheville-with its old-time white wood gazebo on Main Street is a place to find "good old-fashioned" things happening.
Last Holiday Season, as I chatted (on the corner ) with a couple from Michigan who are investing in a land trust for their family, a parade with horse-drawn floats and a 20-piece marching band distracted us. I could see my clients’ eyes light up. “How often do you get such homespun pleasure?” they asked. I explained that life as an art form is present in our lives almost every day!
Yes, you may come to know what the poet Albert Camus , one of my all-time favorite poets meant when he said,
“A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
Great and simple images.
Great and simple images, that’s what we have in Mars Hill, N.C. When you come to visit, you’ll find rotating exhibits paintings, photographs, sculpture, and other media from local and visiting artists in rotating displays at the College.
And there is music in the air. Madison County has been home to some of the finest fiddlers of the Western North Carolina Appalachians. As the Madison County Chamber of Commerce says, “The mountains have nourished and sustained a musical heritage derived from the Celtic forbearers of present-day inhabitants.”
Traditional folk art is widely practiced here and in the many small towns of Madison County. Art. Music and let’s not forget Theater and Dance!
The Folk DanceCompany of Mars Hill College hosts the Southern Clogging Championships, and Mars Hill is well known throughout these parts for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater (SART).
Walk up this path on the Mars Hill College campus.
In case you haven't already guessed it, I love listing and finding unique properties for my clients around here, where great hiking on the nearby Appalachian Trail,whitewater rafting and canoing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and more are not that far from downtown Asheville (an easy 20-minute drive).
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