Stories by Constance E. Richards

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Constance is an author, journalist and art curator in Asheville. Her career began as a freelance correspondent in Moscow. She worked for ABC News and has written and reported for LIFE, Time, People, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast Traveler, Southern Living, The New York Times, BBC News, WNC Magazine and more.  

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Antiquing Asheville — Barns, Booths and Boutiques

Treasures to Take Home — Asheville Bursts with Antique Offerings Art and antiques are practically synonymous in Asheville and its environs. Whether it’s new antique-art markets sprouting up like Asheville Flea for Y’All at the Riverside Salvage Station (last Sunday monthly May-October,) or gargantuan storage depositories like the Antique Tobacco Barn , antiquing has never been

Weaverville

Wandering Weaverville: Main Street in the Countryside

Small-Town Shopping & Dining Awaits Just minutes from happening Asheville, small-town America is alive and well on Main Street, Weaverville . The pace of life remains slow and sweet here, surrounded by country roads, spacious farmlands, verdant forests and mountain coves. Arrival by interstate is quick, or you can meander the slow roads. Incorporated in 1909, Weaverville existed as a community

Broken Road Studio in RAD.

How to RAD - A Day in the River Arts District

Living and Learning with the Artists Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) is a destination that grew out of necessity. Artists needed cheap rent and large spaces. An industrial zone east of the railroad tracks had a glut of aging and empty warehouses. The area was ripe for change, and over two decades blossomed into a convergence of art, creativity, commerce, and entertainment fueled by the

Montford Park Players on Stage

The Play’s the Thing

N.C.’s Oldest Shakespeare Festival Draws Audiences Year-Round On a busy summer evening in downtown Asheville, it can certainly feel like all the world’s a stage. But stroll to the leafy historic Montford neighborhood steps from the city center and the play’s the thing at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Here, the Montford Park Players perform Shakespeare favorites to an audience

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Biltmore Estate's Vine to Wine Tour

Exploring Western North Carolina's Wine Country “Where ARE you? Are you in France?” squealed the comments on my new Facebook profile picture. I didn’t have to cross the pond to stand in a hillside vineyard, the horizon sprawled out behind me, puffy clouds languidly skimming across the gently-rounded mountain ridges. But it certainly looked like it. Rather, I was experiencing