Man makes holy what he believes, as he makes beautiful what he loves.
--Ernest Renan (1823-1892) French philosopher and writer
The 63rd Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival is this weekend, celebrating what organizers call "the most gorgeous display of natural beauty on the North American continent." However, there aren't as many buds blooming this year due to the weather and the natural cycle of the plants, so don't expect the rhododendron gardens to be quite as spectacular as in year's past. But there's still much to see and do on Roan Mountain (click here for information). And the festival itself offers food, music, arts and crafts - click here for a schedule of events for today and tomorrow. Construction will close the road leading to the top of the mountain after July 7th, so now is the perfect time to visit the Roan.