Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Events: Art on the Green in Banner Elk NC

September 3 - 4, 2016 in BANNER ELK  NC – Shoppers can add to their collections of art and support historic preservation at the same time during the Art on the Greene show.

The show takes place on the green in front of the Historic Banner Elk School, with proceeds from booth rentals going directly to renovation efforts for the 1930s-era school.

“We consider ourselves a master craft event. We’re geared toward artists who are involved in any medium in the Appalachian tradition of hand crafters,” says show director Kimberly Tufts. “We actually have a gentleman from Boone who builds sculptures out of stone. We have metal artists, glass artists, potters, and high-quality jewelry from all types of makers. We have wood workers of all varieties from furniture to home decor wood items, as well as painters in a variety of mediums – watercolor, acrylic and oil.”

The Labor Day weekend event is the last of three Art on the Greene events that take place yearly during the three summer holiday weekends – Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day.

photo by Todd Bush
The shows have been held for more than a decade. This is the second year the Town of Banner Elk has operated Art on the Greene to benefit the historic school built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression.

Proceeds from the three shows last year were used to repaint the interior of the former school and install a new heating system.

“This is our jewel property in downtown Banner Elk and what we’re trying to do is revitalize the property and the building itself,” Tufts says. “The purpose is for community use and life-long learning.”

There is no admission charge for the show, which runs from 10 AM. to 5 PM. both days. Food will be available from The Real Food Truck of Asheville.

“We’re focused on embracing our Appalachian heritage with local and regional artists – really highlighting things in the hand-crafted Appalachian tradition,” says Tufts.

For information, visit www.townofbannerelk.org/beshows or call 828-387-0581.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Events: Nantahala Outdoor Center "Hang on to Summer" Adventures

September 3 - 5, 2016 at NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center), 13077 Highway 19 West in Bryson City NC"Hang on to Summer" Adventures.  Enjoy Whitewater Rafting, Zip Lining and other Outdoor Adventures while the weather is still warm and the fun continues at NOC.

photos courtesy of NOC
Select from a range of intensity levels or take a look at all of the guided trips available. For more excitement, mix and match multiple adventures for a full-day of fun.

Soar and climb on NOC's thrilling ziplines. Take on the adrenaline-pumping Mountaintop Zip Line Tour with its heart-stopping Half-Mile Mega Zip or Tackle ZLAP's 16 challenging mid-air obstacles and fly down the 550' Wesser Zip.

Enjoy the Smoky Mountains with NOC's Outdoor Adventures. Choose from mountain biking, train excursion, Fontana Lake paddling and more.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Railroad Heritage this Weekend at Tweetsie

August 27 - 28, 2016    Railroad Heritage 2016 at Tweetsie Railroad     A ONCE PER YEAR event for railroad enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy a very special weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET & WNC Railroad and mountain culture. Traditional dance and craft demonstrations by the Cherokee Tsalagi Program will also be featured on Saturday. 

Tweetsie Railroad was North Carolina's first theme park and today still manages to blend fantasy, nature technology into a fun and educational experience for kids of ALL ages. Hop aboard the train and let good ol' number 12 take you on an unforgettable three-mile journey through the scenic mountains. You'll arrive transported back into the days of the Old West.

Even in today's high-tech world, we all still have a need for old-fashioned fun and pretend. Tweetsie Railroad is a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations and a whole lot more. Be a cowboy, Indian or an engineer on an historic steam locomotive, Number 12, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The attraction is pen April through October.  


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grandfather Mountain 100 Years State Park Celebration this Weekend

August 26 - 27, 2016    Exploring 100 Years of Grandfather Mountain - A State Park Centennial Celebration    This two-day celebration offers you several ways to explore Grandfather Mountain. On Friday, the host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan will present a moving and inspiring lecture about the 5,946-foot mountain, which is home to more than 70 threatened or endangered species.

On Saturday there will be special expeditions on Grandfather Mountain, guided hikes on the Nuwati and Cragway Trails. Naturalists, scientists and environmental educators will be stationed along the way to enliven your hike with spirited presentations. This is a free event.

Grandfather Mountain is the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at an elevation of 5,964 feet.  The Mile High Swinging Bridge gives visitors easy access to the breath-taking view from Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak. Grandfather Mountain is a Nature Lovers' favorite offering Wildlife habitats, Nature Walks and Trails, Nature Programs, and a Nature Museum.  The complex natural terrain includes 16 different classifications of natural communities with backcountry trails providing access to all.

Old North State Winery Hosts Wine Pairing Dinner

August 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Wine and Dine at Old North State Winery, 308 N Main Street in  Mount Airy NC.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cashiers NC Live Concert Groovin' On The Green

August 26, 2016     Groovin' On The Green   This concert features " Rockell Scott " .  Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated.

Find links for lodging, restaurants and attractions on our Cashiers NC Visitor Guide 


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Forest City NC Hosts One of the largest Car, Truck and Motorcycle Shows in the Southeast

August 20, 2016   Hot Nights, Cool Rides   More than 350 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles line downtown Forest City NC, drawing both engine enthusiasts and the curious. 

The events includes food, dancing, and music. One of the largest car, truck and motorcycle shows in the Southeast, Forest City's 25th annual "Hot Nights, Cool Rides" event attracts thousands of spectators and hundreds of dynamite vehicles. 

photo courtesy Hot Nights, Cool Rides
The eclectic display of antique and modern vehicles, combined with the authentic, 1930s buildings of Forest City's Main Street, leaves people feeling like the decades have collided. The event runs from 11 AM. - 9 PM. and features live music, vendors, prizes and more. 

Registration is $25 per vehicle and the event is free for spectators.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mountain Spirits: Wine and Beer Tastings for the Week of 8-18-16

Heinzelmannchen Brewery, 545 Mill Street in Sylva NC - WUNDERBAR WEDNESDAYS - Every Wednesday they offer Traditional Growler fills in our Gnomler (1/2 gallon) or German Growlers for only $10 (Save $2 per fill) – it's Wunderbar!

August 18, 2016 at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville NC    Fullsteam Brewery Beer Tasting.  This Thursday Brusin' Ales will be joined by Stuart Shefter from Fullsteam Brewery out of Durham, North Carolina. Established in 2008, Fullsteam was one of the first breweries in North Carolina to focus on brewing with local and regional products. Today they continue source the ingredients for their ingenious beers from farmers and manufacturers right here in North Carolina.

Cack-a-lacky: Brewed in partnership with Page Skelton, president of Cackalacky in Chapel Hill, N.C. A zippy, hoppy ginger pale ale that's enjoyable on its own and a perfect complement to spicy food.
Southern Basil:  Bright, lively farmhouse ale with ever-changing local basil and N.C. wheat.
Rocket Science:  Rocket Science is a true-to-style American IPA inspired by the quest for harmony. We longed for an IPA that exuded confidence in its restraint, that paired well with any meal, and that wouldn't destroy your palate.
Fearrington India Tea Ale:  This beer is a new twist on a traditional IPA. Made with 18% local malt this beer has the flavors and aromas of an IPA but with a toned down ABV that makes it more palatable for the hotter months.
Fearrington Apple ESB:  Fearrington A[pple ESB is our take on an English style Extra Special Bitter (ESB). What makes this beer stand out from other English bitters is the addition of 100 lbs of Foggy Ridge's apple pomace to each batch. 

August 19, 2016 from 5:30 - 8 PM at Maggie B's Wine and Specialty Store, 10 C South Main Street in Weaverville NC:   Back to School Bash Wine Tasting.  College students are leaving and kids will be starting school in about a week. Come celebrate the last hurrah of the summer. Bring in your teacher ID during the tasting and receive 10% off your purchase. .

Maggie B's will be at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival this Saturday at the US Cellular Center and teaming up with The Red Stag Grill pairing wines with different food courses. Then later on in the day sign up for our fun and informative wine and flavor profile pairings with Shelton Vineyards.

August19 - 25, 2016 at various times - Asheville Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC: Asheville Brewing Company will release "Licence to Swill Session IPA" on Friday, August 19, at 5 PM at both the Merrimon Ave and Coxe Ave brewpubs. This 5.2 percenter is brewed with 007 Idaho, Galaxy, and Cascade hops, and includes an intriguing malt bill of flaked oats, light crystal, plus a fair amount of wheat. “We’d been wanting to play with the 007 Idaho and to brew a session IPA,” says Pete Langheinrich, head brewer. “The hops give this easy-drinking beer a fantastic aroma and fruity flavors of tangerine, apricot, and pineapple.” Also known as “The Golden Hop,” 007 Idaho gives this summer beer a crisp, complex character. It’s your "License to Swill".  

Movies - BFG, The Legend of Tarzan, Brazil. Come enjoy Asheville's Favorite Dine-In Theater.  All tickets are just 3 bucks for all shows. The theater section is equipped with all the fancy digital sound and picture quality you've come to expect from the full price theaters...even 3d! As you can imagine, tickets go quickly. Please come early for tickets (you can even buy them one day in advance). You can come yourself, send your favorite uncle Buck, or your dear old grandma, but tickets must be purchased in person. If you are planning a group of more than 2 people, we suggest arriving at least 30 minutes before movie time to ensure you can find seats together.  Monday pizza special and Thursdays $10 growlers.

August 18, 2016 from 5 - 7 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 in West Asheville NC:  FREE Beer Tasting -
August 19, 2016 from 3 - 6 PM:  FREE Wine Tasting -  10% off wines tasted.

August 20, 2016 from 4 - 7 PM at Appalachian Vintner, 
745 Biltmore Avenue Suite 121 in Asheville NC -   FREE WINE TASTING with a purchase of $10 (per person) or more every Saturday. The patio is now open. Beat the crowds on the slope, grab a drink (draft or wine) at the bar and hit the relax button in one of the comfy chairs. Every Sunday and Monday is $1 off full pours of draft beer DAY. Choose from 20 taps pouring the best craft beer available.

Wine Wednesday - $1 off wine by the glass and no corkage on bottles over $20.

August 18 - 25, 2016  at  Shelton Vineyards
, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC:  No special events scheduled. Regular tour and hours in effect. Reserve Tastings Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

include a guided tour of the 33,000 square foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process, a tasting of six reserve wines, chocolate, and a souvenir crystal wine glass. $25 per person.

August 19, 2016 at Old North State Winery, 308 N Main St in Mount Airy NC - Jim Mayberry performs 8 PM - 11 PM.   August 20 - The Mulligans perform 8 PM - 11 PM. 

August 19, 2016  7 PM at  Classic Wine Cellar, 20 Church Street, Waynesville NC - Joe Cruz with piano and vocals performing music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel.
August 20, 2016 at 7 PMThe Jazz Cats perform -  Bonnie Rossa, Flute, Vocals;
Brad Keller, Jazz Piano; Jean Bolduc, Drums; Kevin Kherberg, Bass
WOW: Wine on Wednesdays - Every Wednesday enjoy FREE tasting with DINNER purchase. The kitchen is open from 5-8pm. Reservations accepted by calling 828-452-6000.

August 19, 2016 from 2 - 7 PM at Table Wine,
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville NC- A free wine tasting
featuring some new, delicious and affordable California wines.  Get your weekend off to a good start with the best free wine tasting in Asheville.  This week Sara Helmkamp of Advintage Distributing will be behind the bar pouring a great lineup of great values from sunny California.  Rich and creamy Chardonnay from the Central Coast, a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon deal from Paso Robles, and a bold and spicy old vine Zinfandel.  

August 20, 2016 from 2 PM - 5 PM: Try Three For Free Wine Tasting showcasing New Italian WinesDaniel Lukin-Beck of Asheville's own Sour Grapes Distributing will be pouring a trio of truly incredible Italian wines.  A rich and textured Pinot Grigio, a fresh and juicy Tuscan blend based on Rhone varietals, and 2011 Tenuta Monteti Caburnio

August 19, 2016 from  4 - 6 PM at  LaBouteille,
10 N Trade St, Suite A Tyon NC - Complimentary Wine Tastings  every Friday.   Last Saturday of the month , 4 6 PM 10 beers for $10 beer tasting.

August 19, 2016 from 6 PM - 8 PM at Brushy Mountain Winery, 125 West Main Street in Elkin NC - Live Performance by Keith Rea.
August 20, 2016 - Caroline Noel Beverly performs live from 6 to 8 PM. 
Tasting Rooms:

Biltmore Winery, located on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC. Daily tasting and tours with Estate admission. Special events and tastings throughout the year.

Old North State Winery, 308 North Main Street, Mount Airy NC. Tasting room open seven days a week.
Reservations are recommended for tastings and tours.  Sample wines and browse the gift shop featuring wine related and gourmet gift items. Thursdays live music at 8 PM. 

RagApple Lassie, 3724 Ragapple Lassie Lane Boonville NC.  Tours are "on demand" noon to six PM daily.
Tastings are available noon to six PM daily and include up to 11 varieties of wine.

Calaboose Cellars, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews NC.  Tasting room summer hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon to 8:00. 

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery,  170 Heritage Vines Way in Elkin NC - Open to the public for Tours and Tastings on Saturdays and Sundays
from 1 PM to 6 PM and at other times by appointment – call (336) 366-3301 to schedule a time.

Elkin Creek Winery, 318 Elkin Creek Mill Road in Elkin NC,  Open for tastings Thursday through Sunday,
11 AM - 5 PM and other times by appointment. 

Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, Tasting Room Drive off of Klondike Road, 235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, NC -  Tasting Room open Wednesday through Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. June through September: Saturdays open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks,   315 Thurmond PO Road in Thurmond NC - Tasting Room Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM.

Round Peak Vineyard,   765 Round Peak Church Road in Mount Airy NC - Tasting Room Open Daily: Sun–Thurs 12 pm–5 pm;  Fri 12 pm–8 pm;  Sat 11 am–6 pm (and until Sunset Jun–Aug); By appt. other times. The Tasting Room is also a cozy place to host your private event. With space for 20-40 people depending on seating, and the ability to cater any type of food or appetizers desired, we can create the atmosphere you'd like. Available any time except the normal business hours that the Tasting Room is open.
Shelton Vineyards, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC. Regular tour and tasting is offered daily departing every half hour.
This includes a guided tour of the 33,000 square-foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process, a tasting of five wines, and a souvenir wine glass. $5 per person.  Retail hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AN.-6 PM., and Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM (Daylight Savings Time); Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12 PM-5 PM (Standard Time). Tours and tastings are offered daily. The winery is open every day of the year except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A variety of additional special tours are available - reservations are required, see the website for details.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC  Open Wednesdays through Saturdays
from 11 AM to 5 PM, Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM through the year until January 1st. Tastings include the glass & are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. Music events are rain or shine and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event.

Wedge Brewing Company, 125 B Roberts St. in the River Arts District, Asheville NC. Micro-brewery regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday 4:00 PM till 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 PM till 10:00 PM. Live music on select dates and outdoor cinema. 

Greenman Brewery, 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville NC. The tasting room is open seven days a week
at 4 o'clock, or maybe earlier.

Slightly Askew Winery, 913 North Bridge Street in  Elkin NC - Hours of operation: Thursday - Friday 1 PM - 6 PM; Saturday 12 PM - 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM

Stoney Knoll Vineyards, 1143 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson NC -  Tasting Room Hours:
Regular hours March through December - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Winter hours in January and February - Fridays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Wine tasting: $7.00, Wine by the glass: $5.00. 10% Case Discount on Regular Prices (includes free wine tasting and glass)

Other Wineries and Vineyards:
Olde Mill Winery and Vineyards,  2742 Simpson Mill Road in Mount Airy NC

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Asheville Wine and Food Festival this Weekend

 August 19 - 20, 2016   Asheville Wine and Food Festival   The festival begins with "Sweet" on the 19th, a decadent evening of desserts, sparkling wines, and beer at The Historic Grove Arcade. 

The Grand Tasting  is held at the US Cellular Center. Experience a remarkable variety of local and international wineries, local Beer City and area breweries, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan beverage makers, as well as regional crafters. 

images courtesy of Asheville WIne & Food Festival
Culinary events will take place throughout the day including Blind Wine & Beer Tasting and Winery Competitions. At this festival you will see why Asheville NC is rated among the best food and wine experiences in the country. 

The Asheville Wine and Food Festival helps fund the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mountain Music: Live Concerts in the Mountains this Weekend

Date:       August 18, 2016
Event:     Rhythm & Brews Concert Series  
Held in the Azalea Parking Lot along King Street the music starts at 5 PM with headline acts from 7 PM - 9 PM.  FREE event but seating space is limited.  Beer, wine and food will be available.

Date:       August 18 - 20, 2016
    41st Annual NC State Bluegrass Festival   Featuring dozens of bluegrass musicians.. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance by calling 706-864-7203. The event is held  "rain or shine" with performances under covered pavilion. The cafe will be serving breakfast and lunch, with hot food and other concessions also available. Bring your lawn chairs - no alcohol, smoking or pets in the performance area.

Date:      August 19, 2016
Brevard Music Center Presents:  An Evening with Gillian Welch. Gillian Welch, along with partner and collaborator Dave Rawlings, blends bluegrass, Americana, and Appalachian roots music to create a singular and unforgettable sound. Produced in collaboration with Mountain Song Productions.

Date:      August 19, 2016
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Julie Gribble " .  Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated. 

Date:      August 19 and 20, 2016
Music on the River   Open-air musical performances by the river Friday and Saturday evenings in downtown Cherokee. Performances include rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and are staged near local eateries, shopping, and downtown water features with room to dance along.

Date:      August 19, 2016
Event:     Downtown After Five  
Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville.  The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers.  The event is located on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass). Food and beer vendors will be available

Date:      August 19, 2016
Event:     Backstreet Park Summer Concert Series in West Jefferson 
 Free annual summer concert series held every 3rd and 4th Friday at the Ashe County Farmers Market. The best homegrown, homemade and handmade items in the High Country can be found at the Market, open every Saturday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  May through October.  

Date:      August 19, 2016
Event:     Groovin' On The Green  
This concert features " Porch 40 "   Live summer music concert with great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. The summer concert series is held on Friday at 6:30 pm at the Village Commons. (Frank Allen Road – Next to the Post Office). FREE event, but tips appreciated. 

Date:      August 19 - 20, 2016
Event:    Dirty Dancing Festival  A dance and music festival for all ages celebrating the classic American movie filmed in Lake Lure, NC. Fans can relive their favorite "Dirty Dancing" moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, special guests, games and more. Fans from more than 24 states and two foreign countries have attended previous festivals.

Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  TODD
Event:     Todd's Free Summer Music Concert Series  
6 - 8 PM The Tiller performs. A FREE summer music series in historic Todd, NC. The series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres from blues to bluegrass to country. Bring a blanket, a chair and your family and friends.

Date:      August 20, 2016
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA

Event:     Blue Ridge Music Center Concert - The Church Sisters & Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer    The Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series is performed rain or shine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please) and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Phone ticket sales through BRPF Office end at Noon on Friday and are available online up to 12 hours before the concert. The Galax Smokehouse serves BBQ, sides and drinks at each concert. Check the website for details about the performers and concerts
The Church Sisters & Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
 Date:      August 20, 2016
Event:     An Appalachian Evening - Jeff Little Trio   
This annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, An Appalachian Evening continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. 

Date:      August 20, 2016
Shindig on the Green
   Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays. Performances include Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands, Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Smooth Dancers, Ballad Singers and Storytellers. If you love old time Mountain music and Bluegrass this is the place to be


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Children's Trout Derby this Weekend in Cherokee NC

August  6, 2016    Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby   A free fishing event for children. On day one there will be pre-registering available and guests can enjoy a full day of fun with many attractions and eligibility for prizes at the end of the day. 

On day two there will be four hours available to fish, free breakfast, and lunch will be provided for registered children. Prizes will also be given away worth up to $20,000.00 on the second day (only to registered children) 

Also on the second day (Saturday) children will be able to enjoy listening to music, celebrity guests, live animal exhibits, free food and more.

Learn more about local lodging, restaurants and attractions on our Cherokee NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tweetsie Railroad Presents Award-winning Riders in the Sky

August  6 - 7, 2016    Riders in the Sky Perform at Tweetsie Railroad   Come hear America's Favorite Cowboys and Grammy award-winning singers. The shows are included in the Park admission but seating is on a first come basis. Showtimes are at noon and 3 PM. 

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