O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America. The words are from a poem written by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed an attack on Fort McHenry in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during the War of 1812. It has been written that Key was inspired by the flag that flew above the fort during and after the American victory over the British.

Music was added later and was recognized by a congressional resolution in 1931.

Photo: Victoria Ramos in Yosemite National Park, October 2016


Asheville Instameet FAQ

We hosted our first Asheville Instameet on November 12, 2016. It’s hard to believe it was that long ago! Since then we’ve held four other events and have had a blast getting to know other photographers and creatives in the Asheville community! Come join us for the fifth! We’ll be partnering with the incredible Sam Kearney of Fox and Fir Design as well as a couple of other local businesses.

What is an Instameet?

An Instameet is a group of Instagrammers that meet up to take photos and videos together. They were happening in other cities and when we learned about them we decided we wanted to start one in Asheville! They’re a great opportunity to share tips and tricks with other community members in the area, and an excuse to get out and explore someplace new! One of the best parts is that we frequently partner with various local businesses. Past partners have included:

  • French Broad Chocolate Lounge
  • The Dry Goods Shop
  • 474 Gallery Studio – Spagnola
  • Vortex Doughnuts
  • Urban Orchard Cider Company
  • Catawba Brewing
  • Historic Cotton Mill Studios

How much does it cost?

It’s free and everyone is welcome! You don’t even need a fancy camera, your phone will do just fine. This is an event for both beginners and professional photographers. Occasionally we have giveaways from some of our partners, things like t-shirts, camera straps, snacks, etc.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Your friendly fur baby is invited too but please be aware that animals might not be able to go into some locations. And for everyone’s safety and enjoyment, please use a leash.

Do I need to RSVP or sign-up somewhere?

Nope, there is no official sign-up or requirement to RSVP but you can visit our Facebook page to get the most recent updates about our Instameet!

When is the next Asheville Instameet?

Sunday, May 6th @6:00 in the River Arts District. We’ll be meeting near 12Bones and the new Wedge.

To partner with us for future Instameets, please send an email to

For more information, please follow us on social media!

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