Most of you might not know but I am definately from North Carolina, a true southern girl. I grew up along the eastern part of the state from Greenville, Farmville, Ayden and a small time in Wilmington. I love the outer banks of North Carolina better than any beach I have ever been to. So why did I move to Asheville and more importantly why did I stay?
First off my husband and I both love the mountains. I am artistic in nature, as I have done art and crafts since I can remember and my grandmother was very much like me, or I like her. There is hardly anything crafty that I touch that I don’t love to work with. My husband loves the mountains, areas to just walk, and the four distinct seasons. Asheville is so artsy for me. I have truly found a wonderful group of friends that have the same passions I do, from friends who do painting, scrapbooking, cardmaking, photography, beading and polymer clay.
I am a member of the Blue Ridge Polymer Clay Guild which meets monthly at the Avery’s Creek Community Center in Arden. This group has some of the most sharing, caring, and talented artists around. I am truly in awe to be in their presence and the fact that they share so willingly. We have several members who are famous and teach classes all around the United States and some outside. Many of our members have been in print many times. Some of our famous artists are Julie Eakes, Sharon Solly, Suzanne Ivester, Barbara McGuire, Barbara Dolcimascolo, Barb Verni-Lau, & Marilyn Davenport to name a few.
Another of my passions is photography and for a few years I owned a small studio. I love taking photos and appreciating the beauty this area has to offer. How can you live here and not take photographs from the clouds rising between mountain ranges to sunsets, waterfalls, streams, lakes, snow, flowers and landscapes? It is all so beautiful and one of the greatest ways to continue to enjoy it is to photograph it and preserve it for all to enjoy. And who can forget the “Leaf Season” in October -November of each year?
You can choose to do many things in Asheville, from hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway or cycling, visiting the different art studios in the area, the acclaimed Biltmore House, or you can just enjoy being outside where you live. The festivals we have are so diverse, and I am sure you can find one that fits what you are looking for, from Bele Cher to the Greek Festival. That is what makes it so great. You can do lots of different things or nothing at all. It fits all types of personalities. Asheville is very eclectic, we have diversity from personalities to nationalities and it makes it such a wonderful and fun place to live.
You can also live from a simple one bedroom mountain cabin with a stream, to a downtown “chic” condo to a luxury home in one of many gated communities. It’s up to you. A full-time residence, or a vacation home, or second residence.
Some of the most beautiful homes are in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and as we know beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
If you like to learn, as I do, you can always find a class in something that peaks your interest. With UNCA, Asheville Buncombe Technical College, Montreat Anderson College, Mars Hill College and many different specialty schools you are sure to be able to find a teacher. Many of these classes are free through the colleges, or through businesses who sell products and have “free” classes to learn to use their products.
There are also many volunteer opportunities from local animal humane societies, to work at area hospitals and hospice. You name it and you can find a volunteer organization that you can fit in with.
Asheville truly HAS IT ALL!!!
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This blog was written by Sandra LoCastro (www.sandra.exitasheville.com)