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Dahlia show for everyone
The Carolinas Dahlia Society held
its annual show Sept. 9 - 10 at the
North Carolina Arboretum.
“Dahlias are relatively easy to
grow,” said Jim Ford, president of
the Carolinas Dahlia Society. “If
you want cut flowers around the
house or to give to the neighbors,
they will be impressed with the
beauty of your dahlias.”
The featured blooms showcased
several varieties of dahlias with open
and amateur tables for competi
It is the beauty of the dahlias that
attracts so many people, according
The dahlias on display ranged from
small round pompons with tight
clusters of blooms to giant varieties
that can grow to 12 inches in diam
“The flowers go from very small
to huge, from one and a half inches
up to over 12 inches,” said Ford.
The dahlia grows well in the tem
perate terrain of Western, which
makes it popular for gardeners in
this region, according Ford.
“Some people say they are easy to
grow,” said Ford. “They take a lot
of attention, and you have to spend
a lot of time if you are going to do
a show like this. They take sun, lots
of water and fertilizer, but other
wise, they are not too hard to grow.”
There are three levels for the dahlia
PHOTO BY JUSTIN MECKES
The Carolina Dahlia Society show at the North Carolina
Arboretum highlighted the easy-to-grow varieties.
competition. The novice is the lowest
entry level, and is reserved for begin
ners. The next level is for the amateur,
which is for those who have gradu
ated from the novice category. Open,
as the word implies, means anyone
can enter and compete, but it is usu-
ally reserved for amateur level or
higher, according to Ford.
“Ifyou’ve never won a ribbon and
you are a novice, the judges do
not judge as sternly,” said Ford.
“After you win a ribbon, you
graduate to amateur, and depend
ing upon the rules, you can show
as an amateur until you start be
ing good. You can show an open
anyti me you wan t. A novice can show
an open, and sometimes they can
bring a flower and win,” said Ford.
The dahlia show is not only for
hobbyists, but also for professionals
to show their work.
“There are some professionals
here but most of us are hobbyists
because it takes time,” said Ford.
“You are in your garden every day if
you want to grow show-type flowers.
Many of the participants in the
dahlia show are retired, and one of the
society’s goals is to increase interest
among young people, according to
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Mandorico at Stella Blue
An outstanding and upbeat band,
Mandorico, played at Stella Blue
on Sept. 8. They pulled out all the
stop for an energizing show.
“The release of their much-antici
pated full-length CD,
finds Mandorico touring nonstop in
support of the disc’s powerful sound,
an accurate depiction of their explo
sive stage show,” according to the
Mandorico Web site.
Mandorico played as part of the
three-day festival downtown.
Belle Chere, this past July. They
drew a large crowd with their high-
energy performance, which
prompted UNCA Fall Fling pro
moters to book the band for Fall
I'heir sound is a distinctive blend
of Latin, hip-hop, rock and Car
ibbean traditions to form one
stunning harmony, according to
the band’s Web site.
“Mandorico’s reputation for un
paralleled live concerts precedes
them, and their studio work speaks
for itself over the airwaves of some
50 stations from New York to
Miami and Puerto Rico to
Mexico,” according to the
Mandorico’s Web site.
Every member of the band plays
an integral part in making the
show more than just music. They
try to create an experience. Only
a dead person could sit through a
Mandorico show without getting
up to dance.
“The people were extremely ener
getic, and I was thoroughly im
pressed by the amount of energy
that was in every song and the way
that the energy remained intense
throughout the entire set,” said
Ryan Southern, a senior political
This was one concert that al
though the audience was not sing
ing along with every word, they
were still part of the show. Every
one in the place was moving in
some way because the music was
This band may not be main
stream , but they have participated
in many concerts with famous
acts such as UB40, Bio Ritmo,
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Tito
Puente, Jump Little Children,
Toots & The Maytals, The
Skatalites and Smashmouth, ac
cording to the Mandorico Web
Although the band is relatively
new, they have had extensive tour
ing experience and have devel
oped a devoted group of fans.
“Since Mandorico’s inception in
January 1997, the band has assaulted
the eastern United States with over
400 live perforrhances at countless
concert halls and dozens of nation
ally recognized festivals,” according
to the band’s Web site.
The band will appear next on the
UNCA quad on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. as
the finale to Fall Fling.
“Mandorico found a new level of
national exposure when MTV chose
two of the EP’s [Familiar Places]
five tracks to air on Road Rules and
The Real World. In addition, the
band has made a number of televi
sion appearances on various major
network talk shows across the South
east,” according to the band’s Web
This band is not likely to be washed
up in a few moths. Mandorico’s
rich tunes and Mambo-like rhythms
are sure to attract more fans as they
continue their intense tourir
potpouri of pieces
so surprising and
Netv York Times
Sept. 15 & 16 • 8 p.m. • Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
$5 UNCA students, (one ticket per student ID) • Children $10
$18 UNCA Faculty/Staff/Alumni/College for Seniors members
UNCA Ticket Office, 27 Highsnrith Center
For information and to charge tickets by phone, call 828/251-6584.
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