October 24, 2016
Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in the High Country

FFK-2016-BANNER.jpgIf you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

Tags: Boone, Valle Crucis, Inspiration, Mast Family Favorites
October 19, 2016
Fall Foliage Primer - October 19, 2016

FFPHeader-Week4-20161019.jpgWeek four of the Fall Foliage Primer has lots of color in the North Carolina mountains and a smidgen more beginning to appear in the Greenville, SC area. The weather has been unseasonably warm, but this weekend all areas will have decidedly fallish temperatures, which will further hasten the color change. There are still lots of fall events to enjoy and hikes to be experienced. See what our reporters recommend this week.

Tags: Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, Fall Foliage Primer
October 17, 2016
Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016

FFK-2016-BANNER.jpgIf you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Inspiration, Behind the Scenes, Mast Family Favorites
October 12, 2016
Fire Prevention Week & Valle Love

fire-5.jpgDid you know that October 9th through 15th is Fire Prevention Week? This week, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) is educating the public about basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. Their theme for 2016 is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Below you’ll find valuable information about checking your smoke alarms, fire safety preparedness for your family, and information about the upcoming Valle Love event in honor of our friends affected by the Valle Landing Fire.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, At Home
October 12, 2016
Fall Foliage Primer - October 12, 2016

Header-Week3-20161012.jpgHere we are at the third week of October and more color is beginning to show, but we still have not had a frost. Some areas have had temperatures that dipped down into the 30s, which will get the fall color engine going. This weekend is a great weekend for those looking for Fairs, Festivals, Music, and Arts & Crafts with large festivals happening in all reporting communities. Get out and enjoy!

Tags: Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, Fall Foliage Primer
October 5, 2016
Fall Foliage Primer - October 5, 2016

HeaderSecondWeek20161005.jpgThe second week of the 2016 Fall Foliage Primer has lots of green prevalent in all reporting areas. But that isn't stopping the colorful fall events to be enjoyed. Reporters have suggested several hikes along the Parkway, a waterfall tour near Hendersonville, and an Albino Skunk Festival. Take a look inside for more details and photos.

Tags: Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, Fall Foliage Primer
October 5, 2016
Stanley – Loved By Generations

stanley.jpgThough it’s made great strides in mass appeal over the past decade, the vacuum steel bottle is not a new product. Well over 100 years ago, a Massachusetts man, William Stanley, invented this ingenious bottle. With over 100 patents to his name, Stanley was a major inventor during the golden age of electric development. Thanks to this prolific engineer, we have the pleasure of enjoying our cold drinks staying cold and our hot beverages remaining piping hot due to Stanley’s ingenious all-steel vacuum bottles.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Mast Family Favorites, Customer Stories, Adventure
September 28, 2016
Fall Foliage Primer - September 28, 2016

FirstWeekHeader.jpgThis is the first report for the 2016 Fall Foliage Primer. All reporting locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are reporting spotty color. It's still early, but some moderating and more seasonal temperatures will help begin the journey. Several events of note this week included Tweetsie's Ghost Train, an App State football game, Art in the Park in Asheville, the Pumpkin Patch Express near Waynesville, Art on Main in Hendersonville, and OktoberFest in Greenville.Of course, there are many opportunities for hiking and exploring everywhere!

Tags: Knoxville, Greenville, Hendersonville, Asheville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, Fall Foliage Primer
September 28, 2016
Upcoming Fall Events in Area State & National Parks

AVL-FFP-1-Sep-27-a.jpgThe Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing in the southeast is slowly coming to an end. As we continue to celebrate this Centennial Year of the National Parks, we offer a few suggestions for fall events for the whole family in these beautiful places. Our State and National Parks offer much to enjoy and explore the first weekend in October.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Local Flavor, Adventure
September 21, 2016
Easy Fall Crafts with Kids

a-fall-crafts-5.JPGSummer is slowly giving way to fall, and as the days grow shorter and the weather begins to change, my family enjoys creating homemade decorations to welcome the new season. Each year, we pull out our daughters’ fall-themed creations to decorate the house. The girls love seeing what they’ve made in years past and we all look forward to our tradition of adding a few new decorations to our collection. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your own autumn crafting tradition:

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Inspiration
September 14, 2016
24 Hours In Asheville, NC

We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see right outside our doors. We’re excited to share a selection of our favorites with you!

 

Tags: Travel, Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Adventure, Asheville
September 8, 2016
Join Us For Friends' Day with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Friends-Day-BRPF-1.JPGThe Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

Tags: Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, Valle Crucis, Inspiration, Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Adventure
September 7, 2016
Join Us For Friends' Day with Friends of the Smokies

friends-day-smokies-2.jpgThe Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

Tags: Waynesville, Knoxville, Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Inspiration, Adventure
September 6, 2016
Join Us For Friends' Day with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation

friends-day-palmetto-3.jpgThe Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

Tags: Columbia, Local Flavor, Mast Family Favorites, Behind the Scenes, Adventure
September 5, 2016
Join Us For Friends' Day with Friends of the Reedy River

Friends-Day-Reedy-3.jpgThe Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

Tags: Greenville, Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Inspiration, Adventure
September 5, 2016
Join Us For Friends' Day with Old Salem

friends-day-salem-1.jpgThe Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Inspiration, Adventure
September 4, 2016
Friends' Day is September 10

friends-day-smokies-2.jpgThe Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Inspiration, Adventure
August 31, 2016
NPS Centennial: Fun for the Whole Family at Connemara

connemara-alaina-1.jpgMy first visit to Connemara was a breezy, blue-skied, late summer day last year. This unique and beautiful National Park offers an astonishing array of activities to enjoy: The opportunity to explore the home of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the sweet splendor of a laze-about in open fields with a herd of milking goats, and a gentle trail to Big Glassy with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of National Parks over the years, Connemara has easily become a favorite for its diverse offerings that every member of my family will enjoy.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Adventure
August 30, 2016
NPS Centennial: Snowy Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

GSMNP-2-Scott-1.jpgWe had entered the park under clouds and wet, frozen fog. My partner, Turbo, and I left Cosby Knob Shelter around 9:30 a.m., which not exactly an alpine start, and set off into the chilly damp. As we gained in elevation, the snow got deeper and made for slow going. Often, we would fall through the crunchy top layer and sink into deeper soft snow beneath. Then things got interesting…

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Adventure
August 29, 2016
NPS Centennial: Black Bear Encounters in Shenandoah

shenandoah-2-mary-3.jpgAfter my husband and I retired from our careers, we lived full time in our RV for two and a half years. During that time, we traveled around the country working in different campgrounds. We worked several summers in Shenandoah National Park as campground hosts for the National Park Service.

Tags: Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Adventure