|The Mystical Arts of Tibet performing at LEAF Festival|
Article by Jeremy Chrzan
Once again, the Fall 2014 LEAF Festival came and left with a bang. October’s event once again featured the best in family entertainment and culture in Western North Carolina. Located in Black Mountain, NC, about 15 minutes from the cultural mecca of Asheville, the LEAF Festival is nestled beside the serene Lake Eden at Camp Rockmont. Since its inception in 1995, LEAF has become well known for its diverse cultural atmosphere with family friendly vibes. LEAF has been voted the best music festival for camping and kids two years running in the local periodical Mountain Xpress. The event occurs in the spring and fall of every year and typically sells out every time. Fall LEAF really lives up to its name, with the leaves on the trees on their way to changing into a beautiful palette of reds, golds, and yellows. Despite the cold, the fall LEAF packed a solid punch of exceptionally good times for all in attendance.
|Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn performing at LEAF Festival|
There is always something happening for every age group at LEAF. The LEAF Festival features outdoor activities such as boating, a zip line, games, and sports. Numerous family friendly tents and installations keep the youth entertained with games, stories, workshops, and plays. LEAF is also full of fun and healthy talks and workshops including yoga, qi gong, meditations, contra dance, and educational workshops.
|Talib Kweli Performing at LEAF Festival|
Every single LEAF Festival is a powerful cultural experience and never fails to live up to the high standard that its organizers perpetually strive for. Between the music, arts, creativity, and inspiring activities, LEAF always attracts the most positive and beautiful people that come together to create this positive community in a tradition that will be upheld for many years to come.
|Fall 2014 LEAF Festival|
|Sunrise at LEAF Festival|
|Mac Arnold performing at LEAF Festival|
|MarchFourth Marching Band performing at LEAF Festival|
|Nigel Hall performing with The Nth Power at LEAF Festival|
|Bela Fleck performing at LEAF Festival|
|Robert Randolph Performing at LEAF Festival|
|Zip lining at LEAF Festival|
|Contra dancing at LEAF Festival|
|Nick Cassarino performing with The Nth Power at LEAF Festival|