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Asheville and Western NC Fun Events and Happenings!

Asheville and Western North Carolina have so much going on this Summer! Check out some great upcoming events and happenings in June 2018!

 

Thursday June 14th 6pm - 9pm

5th Annual Under the Stars Fundraiser for AMOS

WHAT: An evening of refreshments, activities and live music to benefit Asheville Museum of Science

WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200

WHY: Five years ago, Under the Stars began as an Asheville Affiliates fundraiser for the Colburn Earth Science Museum. As the museum has grown into a full science museum under the name Asheville Museum of Science, the event has likewise expanded and now moves from the Smoky Park Supper Club, its home for the past two years, to Highland Brewing Co.’s Event Center on Thursday, June 14.

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Friday June 15th 5pm - 9pm

Downtown After 5

( Join Town and Mountain Realty agents while they volunteer at the beer tent for this one! )

We're celebrating our 30th anniversary this year! Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, takes place the 3rd Friday of the month May-September on North Lexington Avenue near I240. Produced by the Asheville Downtown Association, it's free and features great music, local and regional brews, a kids area and food from local vendors.

June's event features local favorites, Town Mountain. Their unique bluegrass sound is spiced with country, old school rock and boogie-woogie. It's what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage. With influences ranging from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon and Merle, the band has shared the stage with Greensky Bluegrass, Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale and Asheville’s own The Steep Canyon Rangers.

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Saturday June 16th - Sunday June 17th 12pm - 2am

All Go West Festival

All Go West Music Festival is a FREE multi-stage event located in West Asheville, NC on Saturday June 16th & Sunday June 17th, 2018.

AGW will bring together community, arts & music in a weekend celebration. There will be activities for kids, beer, vendors & a little something for everyone’s music palette across five sound stages. Check out the Community Roots Main Stage in the parking lot of the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall. Head inside the ISIS for the Asheville Screenprinting Stage. The One World Brewing Stage at The Brewpump and The PBR Stage at The Mothlight will be 21+. Check out the new Asheville FM Songwriters Stage in the Bledsoe Building parking lot, as well as the stage inside the Black Cloud at 723 Haywood Rd. A percentage of All Go West proceeds go to benefit COMMUNITY ROOTS.

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Saturday June 16th - Sunday June 17 2018 10am - 5pm

Rhododendron Festival

The festival is held in Roan Mountain State Park (Between Asheville, NC, and Johnson City, TN on US HWY 19-E, and only 40 miles from Boone/Blowing Rock, NC, and 20 miles from Banner Elk/Beech Mountain/Linville, NC), located at the foot of Roan Mountain and features handmade crafts, food, and a variety of traditional music, plus an array of old-time folkway demonstrations.

Parking by donation to local civic group, admission, demonstrations, and entertainment all day both days. Over 100 arts and crafts vendors. A variety of food available. Visit the world’s largest natural rhododendron gardens atop 6000-ft Roan Mountain. Hike the Appalachian Trail as it runs along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. Learn about our nation’s history as you relax beside cool streams. Camp or stay in a rustic cabin. Swim. Play tennis. Roan Mountain Citizens Club has presented the annual Rhododendron Festival since 1947.

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Thursday June 21st 6pm - 8:30pm

Fermented Pairings Series Vol. 4: Summer of Fermentation

Featuring FERMENTI foods and White Labs Kitchen & Tap.

Join White Labs for a first day of summer celebration! White Labs Asheville’s Education & Engagement Curator Jo Doyle and is teaming up with Meg Chamberlain “Fermentrix” of FERMENTI for an hour and a half pairing session. The event will feature small batch ferments from FERMENTI (including a special ferment created exclusively for this event) and delicious small bites from White Labs Kitchen & Tap paired with five White Labs beers.

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Saturday June 23rd, 2018 12pm - 9pm

Hola Asheville

Location: Downtown Asheville (Pack Square / Roger McGuire Green)

Hola Asheville possesses the key ingredients of good food, family participation, and first-rate Latin music. Local and regional Latin acts take the stage and unite festival-goers with the rhythms of Salsa, Bachata, Zamba, Tropical, Tango and Merengue.

Experience the sights, sounds, music, pageantry, colorful costumes, food, art and extraordinary talent of Latin America. Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville. Free admission. 

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Saturday June 23rd 4pm - 9pm

Weaverville's Music on Main

Music on Main is a free concert, open to the public that will be held on Main Street in Downtown Weaverville in front of Town Hall. There will be vendors, kids activities and great music!

The opening act is Lyric (Leeds Jones) and her band, who'll kick things off with their powerful and dynamic r&b and soul! In the middle slot is Jesse Barry, a local soul & blues vocalist with a powerful voice and a great band; headliner is Kat Wright, a Vermont-based rock 'n' soul singer whose music is garnering national attention for its gritty groove. This is gonna be an awesome concert -- don't miss a second!

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Sunday June 24th 8am - 3pm

Asheville Flea for Y'all

Mark your calendars for the last Sunday of each month April through October and special events in November and December.

June 24 - Asheville Outlets Mall
Sunday morning 8am - 3pm ($2 adult entry)
Vintage, art and handmade FLEA MARKET

A must-do for antiquers, vintage collectors, art seekers and sellers. The finest vintage picking around, local handmade art and objects, people watching, collecting, discovering and connecting with 100 local and regional vendors and artists.

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Friday June 29th 5pm - 10:30pm, Saturday June 30th 12pm - 10pm,  Sunday July 1st 12pm - 6pm

43rd Annual Cherokee 4th of July Powwow

This event features fireworks of another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $100,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $12 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.

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Ongoing May-October 2018

Summer of Glass Celebration, Beer Painting Tour + Group Glass Blowing

In conjunction with the Chihuly exhibition, Asheville glass artists and studios are coming together for the Summer of Glass, a celebration of the historical and contemporary context of glass and its talented artists with tours and demonstrations of glass blowing, jewelry making and stained glass May-October. The quartz-rich mountains and Asheville’s passion for creativity give the region a prolific glass art history.

Painting with Beer joins the palette of uniquely Asheville art immersion experiences via Asheville Art Studio Tours. Explore studios across the Asheville art scene and end with a beer painting lesson at one of 38 local breweries. Groups can book by request for tours of up to 12 people.

The NC Glass Center offers customized glass blowing group workshops and each participant is able to make a paperweight, ornament or drinking glass.

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    Rainy Days - but still so much FUN in Asheville!

    From: www.smokymountains.com

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      Asheville Happenings and Things to do in April 2018

      Asheville and Western NC has so much to offer especially when Spring arrives! There is so much to do and see, it is hard to choose where to begin. Below are just a few of the many exciting things going on in April 2018.

      1st Friday Art Walk in the Downtown Asheville Arts District

      The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than twenty galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as a vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South."

      Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists. 

      Along the way, you'll discover three museums, the Southeast's only gallery focusing exclusively on illustration art, the city's largest artist gallery, contemporary glass sculpture from around the world, and traditional crafts by nationally-acclaimed artists, many of whom live in Western North Carolina. You'll discover why Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired artists for generations, and in the process, you'll make memories of your own.

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      Glassworks Concert Series: Hot Glass, Live Music, Craft Beer

      Lexington Glassworks serves as the backdrop for the ultimate local music, art, and beer experience. Join us the 1st Friday of each month from 5-8pm, April through December for a fun-filled evening of glassblowing, craft beer, and bluegrass.

      This event is a part of the 1st Friday Art Walk in the Downtown Asheville Arts District and the Summer of Glass.

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      Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing and Folkways

      Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      (General Admission $6)
       
      Opening Day at the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Appalachian heritage during the days of the Biltmore Forest School as well as early springtime in Pisgah National Forest.
       

      What to Do:

      During our Opening Day celebration you can:

      • Get hands-on with old time horse plowing
      • Mingle with living history volunteers who bring the Blue Ridge mountain culture to life
      • Listen to some old-timey music
      • Enjoy the paved and wheelchair accessible trails, discovery center, film, scavenger hunts, and more

      Crafters and Demonstrators represented in 2018: corn husk doll making, chair bottom weaving, tatting, quilting, mountain mandolin music, sweet potato carving, spring pole lathe, wood burning, and open hearth cooking.

      Details about old time plowing:

      David and Diane Burnette and their Percheron draft horses have been plowing our heritage vegetable garden for many years now, weather permitting. The Burnettes are skilled heritage agriculturalists who can be seen around western N.C. giving blacksmithing demonstrations, banjo playing, or making molasses. All ages will enjoy the chance to plow the old way with them!

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      Arts Fest 2018 at UNCA  - April 5th - 7th, 2018

      This year, Arts Fest will explore intersections through the arts.

      Intersections can be seen as dividing or crossing two or more things, or bringing them together in a common location. The meanings we make with these intersections, as in life, are a matter of perspective and interpretation. Come and join us for this exploration through the arts, and participate in Arts Fest 2018!

      Full schedule of events is now available.

      Saturday, April 7

      Festival on the Quad
      12:00-5:00 PM
      Events on UNCA’s Main Quad

      Additional Festival on the Quad Activities Include:

      • Look out for musical flash mobs, led by Christine Boone’s Music Theory Club, and Matthew Richmond’s Percussion Ensembles
      • Arts & Crafts Vendors are expected to fill the main quad with their tents and tables
      • Interactive arts & crafts activities are offered by several arts vendors
      • UNITY & SOAR public art installations are open during specific hours for interaction
      • Anagama kiln firing and demonstrations

      Food and beverages will be available at Argo Tea in Ramsey Library during Festival on the Quad

      Arts Fest is made possible by the contributions for time, talent and finances from the following departments and programs of UNC Asheville: Art and Art History, Arts & Ideas, Dining Services, Dance, Education, English, International/Interdisciplinary Studies, Events and Conferences, Facilities Management, Marketing, Mass Communication, Music, New Media, Ramsey Library Staff, and Student Activities and Organizations.

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      Glass & Metal Day at the Folk Art Center

      April 7th, 2018  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

      Free

      Check out some video footage from the 2016 Glass & Metal Day!

       

      Gearing up for the season’s educational series of events - the Southern Highland Craft Guild is excited to showcase the elements of metal and glass on April 7. A range of techniques will be demonstrated in both of the media, as the artists each have their distinct touch and style.

      From 10am to 4pm, these master craftspeople will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and soldering metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, assembling stained glass, forging and many other artistic processes. Visitors have the opportunity to watch and learn more about two of the original craft media.

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      Nantahala Outdoor Center's Outdoor Elements Festival

      Date: April 13 - 14, 2018

      Celebrate SPRING in the Smoky Mountains with a family-friendly event in the Nantahala Gorge. This event focuses on celebrating the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and features our Flint Ridge 5k, along with a ton of free activities including the outdoor film premiere of The Great Alone, Riverside Yoga with Anna Levesque, live music with The Log Noggins, giveaways, meals, and sweet deals at the Outfitter's Store. This event is a must-add for your Spring calendar. 

      Check out the Oboz One More Tree Event in the Outfitter's Store! Every customer that tries on Oboz hiking shoes gets to take home a sapling to plant or choose to have a tree planted elsewhere.

      We will also have multiple reps and vendors on-site to discuss products and offer demos. Including Osprey, Vasque, Cascade Designs, Smartwool, Big Agnes (with repair truck on-site), Salomon, Nemo, Salewa, TNF, and KEEN.

      Raffle items that benefit the ATC:
      • 6 Pairs of Chacos 
      • 5 ENO Doublenest Hammocks
      • 1 Nemo Cosmo 25" sleeping pad
      • 1 Nemo Astro 20" sleeping pad
      • 1 Deuter ACT Trail Pack 24L
      • 1 Pair of Leki Legacy Ultralite Trekking Poles
      • 1 The North Face Basecamp Duffel
      • 2 Pairs of Vasque shoes
      • 1 Pair of Oboz boots
      • 1 Osprey pack
      • Smartwool socks


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      Earth Day Kid’s Festival

      Saturday April 21st 2018 | 10AM – 2PM

      Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC

      Free admission for all! 

      RiverLink is excited to hold its fourth annual Earth Day Kids Festival! This event is an opportunity for families and people of all ages to come together for a day of environmental education, arts and crafts, performances, and celebration of the natural world. Entries from RiverLink’s annual Voices of the River: Art and Poetry contest will also be displayed at the festival and winners announced! This event will be held as part of WNC for the Planet’s “Earth Month.” This new collective of local environmental non-profits has come together to celebrate Earth Day with a month of environmental service opportunities and events in Asheville and surrounding communities. This event is FREE to the public! RiverLink is grateful to Salvage Station and Prestige Subaru for sponsoring this event!

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      WNC for the Planet - April Events

      WNC for the Planet is a collective made up of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational, and recreational opportunities throughout the month of April. We strive to unify our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region.

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      Weaverville Art Safari

      Spring Studio Tour

      Sat – Sun | April 28-29, 10 – 5

      Preview Party: Friday, April 27, 6 – 8pm

      The Weaverville Art Safari is one of the original studio tours in the Asheville Area. It is a self guided free event that offers a unique look at the artist’s work in their working environment, featuring artists who specialize in handmade pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing, fiber art, wood art and more.

      The Preview Party provides an opportunity to see all of the artists work together the Friday evening before the tour. There is a silent auction and raffle/door prizes of artists work as well as beer, wine and snacks.

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      Mother Earth News Fair

      Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
      1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. Fletcher, N.C. 28732

      Saturday April 28th, 2018 : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      Sunday April 29th, 2018 : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

      Each MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR features:
      • More than 150 workshops from the leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading and livestock, green building, and natural health.
      • Great deals from more than 200 regional and national exhibitors that feature ustainable products and services.
      • Off-Stage Demos – With topics ranging from hands-on seed saving to building mud houses to heritage breed livestock, there is a lot to see!
      • Inspirational keynotes, great food, and kids programming.

      The Mother Earth News Fair is your passport to money-saving hacks, health-boosting remedies, and environmental strategies from leading experts and entrepreneurs around the country. In addition to presentations and hands-on workshops, you’ll encounter a vast marketplace abounding with innovative resources and products to enrich your life. Admission for children is free, and there are plenty of youth-oriented activities – including live animals!

      With our growing emphasis on interactive programming, you can learn new skillsets live and on-site. More than ever before, the Mother Earth News Fair is truly an immersive experience where the magazine comes to life.

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      Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

      Sunday, April 29, 2018, at Highland Brewing Company, Asheville NC

      Join us, rain or shine, for our fourth annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest to benefit the WNC Cheese Trail.  Meet the makers and the milkers, explore the craft of cheesemaking, sample product, and buy lots of local cheese! 

      We invite you to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina on April 29th, 2018, when we'll be on the grounds of Highland Brewing Company to celebrate southern cheese and support the WNC Cheese Trail. This year, we're offering an early entrance ticket, "The Big Cheese", with access 12 pm to 5 pm as well as General Admission with access 1 pm to - 5 pm.  

      We'll be updating our festival website regularly with information about the day's activities.  We'll have a wide variety of family-fun activities, vendors from across the region, demos, workshops, competitions, farm animals and more!

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        St Patrick's Day 2018 in Asheville and Western NC

        St. Patrick's Day is always fun, but in Asheville and Western NC it is a whole new level of entertainment! Check out all of the fun happening March 17th, 2018!

        Bike of the Irish

        From: www.ashevilleonbikes.com

        Time to get your green clothes washed!

        What: Fun ride and hangout after
        When: March 17th, 2018  1:30 – 5:30 PM
        Where: Wedge Foundation

        1:30pm – Gather at Wedge and ready yourself for ride
        2:00pm – Ride leaves Wedge
        5:00pm – Ride concludes.

        Wedge hosts and all day St. Patrick’s Day celebration on 3/17. Besides, great beer, music, and food, Asheville Screen Printing will live screen print AoB Bike of Irish of Irish t-shirts.

        Follow our up to the minute details on Facebook.

        Bike of the Irish is AoB’s annual spring ride, featuring hundreds of green-bedecked riders and routes that showcase the best of Asheville’s bike infrastructure and greenways. All of AoB’s community rides are family friendly and free (although donations are appreciated).

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        Come join Hillman Beer for some good ol’ Irish Times and Tunes this St. Patty’s Day! Two musical acts will be performing starting at 3pm on Saturday, March 17th!

        Lineup:
        3pm-5pm // Station 7 of Atlanta, Georgia // Guitar heavy alternative multi-genre band. Good Old Fashioned Galactic Jam Rock. http://www.station7music.com/the-band

        5:30pm-7:30pm // Asheville Firefighters Pipes and Drums // The Asheville Firefighters Pipes & Drums was formed in 2010 to help honor our fallen brothers and sisters, instill pride and ownership in the Asheville Fire Department, and continue a long-standing fire service tradition. https://www.facebook.com/affpd/

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        Conundrum Speakeasy 2nd Annual St. Paddy's Ballyhoo!

        From: www.facebook.com/theconundrumavl

        It's an Irish Ballyhoo! Come enjoy delicious cocktails, fine local ales, and plenty of St. Patrick's Day shenanigans.

        March 17th, 2018

        Starts at 4pm with DJ CHILLIGAN spinning the best St. Paddy's day party songs!

        6-10 LIVE MUSIC from Bardic Alchemy!!

        Join the fun and drinks until late evening!
        21+

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        Sham Rocked!

        From: www.diglocal.com

        Come join us at UpCountry Brewing for our first ever St. Patrick’s day party. We have a special ASSC pint glass, loads of beer, great food and a special LIVE Karaoke Band! That’s right, a live band to sing with! If you’ve been to any of our social events before you KNOW how much fun this one is going to be!

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        The Werks w/ The Snozzberries

        From: Pisgah Brewing

        Inside the Taproom
        Door:8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
        Food Vendor: DOGS

        $15 in Advance, $18 Day of Show

        On their forthcoming LP Magic, melodic visionaries The Werks transcend their funk rock roots while never losing their identity. Poignant songwriting and engaging improvisation come together on a record that showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians. The Snozzberries are Asheville’s freakiest new supergroup, combining psychedelia, funk and fusion. $15 advance / $18 day of show: Doors 8pm / Show 9pm

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        From: www.avltoday.6amcity.com

         

        St Patrick’s Day at Ben’s Tune Up

        Presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey | Starting at 2 p.m. | Free

        Jameson Irish Whiskey specials all day. Free music from DJ Oso Rey, a local songwriters/producer/DJ starting at 10 p.m.

         

        St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Four Leaf Peat (traditional Irish band)

        The Grey Eagle | 185 Clingman Ave | 9 p.m. | $12

        An authentic celebration of Irish music + song

         

        St. Party’s Day at Banks Ave.

        Starting at 9 p.m. | Free

        Live music by DJ Kipper, photo booth + Shamrock costume contest.

         

        St. Patty’s Day Jam

        The Barrelhouse AVL | 1459 Merrimon

        Music by the paper crowns starting at 9 p.m., $5 banana-infused Jameson + $4 green beers

         

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          Asheville Is the Coolest City You've Never Been To

          From: www.gq.com

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          Or maybe you have! But we still like the city a whole lot. Asheville native Charles Frazier, author of Cold Mountain and the Civil War epic Varina (April), tells us where to go.

          Take the Air

          There are many people who have been in Asheville, North Carolina, awhile who complain constantly about the tourists, but it was a tourist town in 1795. The location and altitude drew a lot of people from the lowland South in the summer for cooler temperatures. For me the draw will always be the mountains. If you drive just outside of Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway is views all along. Up near Craggy Gardens, you can see that layering of the ridgelines and mountain peaks. Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the adjoining North Carolina Arboretum occupy almost 6,000 acres of southern Appalachian cove and ridgeline. For many of us, this is our everyday hike, run, or mountain-bike route. The guy at the bike store where I go said, “Oh man, I bet that's where you go to think about your books.” No, Jason, that's where I go not to think about my books.

          Buy My Books

          There are a lot of writers in Asheville these days, and a lot of bookstores. For a quiet, bookish couple of hours, start downtown at The Captain's Bookshelf, which is into its fifth decade as an Asheville feature. Afterward, cross the street and walk down the main hallway of Grove Arcade to Battery Park Book Exchange, where you can pick up a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne and wander two floors of used books and reading nooks.

          The Cold Mountain author loves cold mountains–the Blue Ridge Mountains, to be exact.

           

          Drink

          If you want real local beer—not the stuff that looks craft but is owned by a giant international corporation—try Wedge Brewing Company. They do a whole lot of small-batch things. The granddaddy of Asheville beer is Highland Brewing Company, also indie but with a big mountain-view deck. (Even though I wrote Cold Mountain, I make zero money off their popular Cold Mountain Winter Ale. Not even from the leather pint-glass koozies.)

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            LOCAL Kids Participate in the 2018 Fed Cup in Asheville NC!

             

            We're delighted that the children of two of our agents earned a spot along with 17 other amazing young people to be the ball boys and ball girls that will be working the courts at the Fed Cup matches this weekend featuring the USA vs. the Netherlands! These young men and women survived two rounds of cuts with over forty kids from the area trying out. They are junior high and high school students from over a dozen schools in Buncombe, Henderson, and Haywood Counties. These young people have been training hard for 5 weeks to represent their community and the USA in this international event. The training for this has been intense to say the least, these kids are incredible!

             
            Left to Right.  
             
            Front Row: Drake Gallian, Dominique Grant, Julia Reed, Kirina Shah, Andrew Tashie, Henry Kelso
             
            Second Row: Carli Stiles, Kennedi Green ( Daughter of our own Kishaun Green, REALTOR!), Rylan Tuten ( Son of our own Chris Tuten, REALTOR!), Hamrick Perry, Ella Lewis, Caleb Owen
             
            Third Row: Lola Lee, Addi Moyers, Sid Shah, Emilee Mosso, McCullough Perry, Xander Barber, Jay Wright.
             

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            It's finally Fed Cup week in Asheville. 

            The women's international tennis tournament gets underway Feb. 10-11 at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The weekend's tennis action pits the Fed Cup defending-champion U.S. team, featuring all-time tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams, against the Netherlands. 

            The United States Tennis Association announced Asheville as a Fed Cup venue in November, just days after the U.S. team defeated Belarus to win its first title since 2000. Tickets went on sale in November and event sold out late last month, shortly after the Williams sisters signed on to participate.

            It is expected to generate more than $3.5 million in economic impact for the city, the USTA said last week. 

            Here are a few things to know before this week's tennis action:

            What is the Fed Cup?

            The Fed Cup dubs itself the "The World Cup of Tennis." Formerly known as The Federation Cup, it is the largest annual women's international team sports competition, similar to the Davis Cup for men's tennis. 

            The Fed Cup, the Davis Cup and the mixed-team Hopman Cup are organized by the London-based International Tennis Federation, which governs the sport.

            This weekend's action between the defending-champion U.S. team and the Netherlands kicks off the nearly yearlong Fed Cup tournament as part of World Group I. Besides Asheville, other World Group I play this weekend includes Belarus and Germany in Minsk, Belarus; Czech Republic and Switzerland in Prague in the Czech Republic; and Belgium and France in La Roche-sur-Yon, France.

            Nobody has more Fed Cup titles than the U.S. The team collectively has won 18 titles including the most recent in 2017, under Captain Kathy Rinaldi. It was the U.S.'s first title in the tournament since 2000.

            Behind the U.S. is the Czech Republic with 10 Fed Cup titles. The country was a three-time defending Fed Cup champion before being knocked out by the U.S. last year in the semifinals in Tampa....

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            Kennedi Green was just chosen Friday Feb. 9th, 2018 to do the first round draw for the Fed Cup in Asheville, NC!! She was so excited to meet everyone and even had the chance for Serena Williams to sign her shoes that she will be wearing during the match!!

             

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              When Art Is A Force But Also A Saving Grace

              From: www.ashevillemade.com

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              Adding even more color to Depot Street, the mural is splashed across Pink Dog Creative’s stacked shipping containers. A brightly dressed woman leans gently forward as she works. She stitches a quilt that bears the blues and greens of Earth, seen from space.

              The mural is hard to miss but most people don’t know the artist behind it, even though Irene “Jenny” Pickens has spent her life tirelessly making art in and for Asheville, including designing T-shirts for the Goombay festival. Now, the high-visibility public artwork is putting her in the spotlight. Pickens strikes up conversations with viewers of Zolas Embrace (peaceful earth) both on site and online. They voice their support, or ask the meaning behind the artwork.

              This connection between artist and viewer, as well as between art-makers, drives her. In her earliest memories — when she was no older than three — she is alone, drawing on walls and paper, using old soda- and shoeboxes to make dollhouses, and making doll clothes from old fabric. In those years, when her parents went to prison and her grandmother took custody of her and her siblings, she says her “escape was to make things.” Throughout her life, art has brought her peace, and she strongly believes that it can do the same thing for anyone.

              The artist’s emotionally expressive dolls, a popular item at biannual event The Big Crafty, are made using recycled materials.

              Pickens makes art where she is and shares it with her neighbors. This includes drawing behind the counter at Greens Mini Mart, and making quilts for babies and the elderly with homeless Ashevilleans. Though she may not be able to save the world like the figure in her mural, she’s adamant about using art to make others’ lives better.

              Now that the mural is completed, Pickens is excited to turn back to acrylics. Her large-format portraits, which she’s done for years, usually depict women and often feature family members. One is her niece, Candace Pickens, who was killed in 2016 in a domestic-violence case that received national attention. (Candace’s toddler son Zachaeus survived the close-range shooting.)

              Pickens says she hopes to spend more time painting male subjects, and also wants to explore other media, including a series of small dolls she recently began. Inspired by her niece, “they’re made with used, recycled, and new materials,” she says. “It’s a way to remember love ones who have passed by using some of their clothing.”

              She says she challenges herself constantly — “if someone tells me I can’t do something, I’m going to see if I can” — and she’s beginning to envision a craft book for other artists and “anyone, really, who has an idea of things they want to do, but not a place to put it or do it,” she explains. People like her younger self...

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                6 Misconceptions Millennials Have About Home Buying

                From: www.liveavl.com

                By: Grace Barron-Martinez, REALTOR®

                Buying your first home can seem intimidating. Many Millennials are under the false assumption that it isn't even possible for them to become homeowners. Sure, our generation hasn't been handed the easiest deck when it comes to the economy, but home ownership is well within reach for many. In this post, we'll look at 6 common reasons Millennials believe they can't buy. As a Millennial home owner, I tackle each misconception and show you home ownership is possible for you!

                6. “I don’t know the first thing about buying a house!”

                One of the biggest failures of our education system in the country is the lack of basic personal financial education we receive in school. I graduated high school and college having received no formal education on anything from credit scores, to the process of buying a home, or even how to write a check. Fortunately, I am extremely passionate about home ownership for my generation and can help you with every step of the way. The process may seem daunting at first, but with the right education and support, you too can learn this important life skill.

                 

                5. “Home ownership will tie me down!”

                Our generation loves to travel and explore the world. Many of us hate the idea of being tied down and stuck in one location. Home ownership doesn’t have to mean you stop your dreams of exploration! In fact, it can help along the way. You can always rent out your home or a room or two while you’re out fulfilling your need for wanderlust. If I were to rent my home out now, I could actually have money in my pocket to spend on travel because my mortgage payment is lower than what I could charge short-term renters.

                 

                4. “My credit sucks! / I don't even know my credit score!”

                Having good credit definitely helps when you’re buying your first place. Maybe you had medical bills that you fell behind on or a credit card you opened years ago that you neglected to pay and have avoided thinking about. You may even have no credit at all, as was the case with my husband when we first got married. The first step to addressing your credit is to know where you stand. I recommend downloading the CreditKarma app or getting your free monthly score from your bank, which many are offering these days. You can also run a completely free credit report once per year through annualcreditreport.com. Once you know your score, you can begin to work on improving it. I am happy to help with guiding you on how to build and improve your credit!

                 

                3. “Renting is cheaper.”

                This is just downright false. Asheville has high rents and low vacancy. A mortgage on a $175,000 can easily be less than $1,000 per month*. The average 2 bedroom unit in Asheville is averaging $1,180 per month, which is the highest rent in the entire state! Worse yet, rent prices continue to rise. Every month you give rent to your landlord, you’re helping them build equity on your dime!

                *Many factors go into determining mortgage payments. I can connect you with a mortgage professional to find out your true cost of monthly payments and how much you can afford.

                 

                2. “I’m not married.”

                Millennials are saying “no” to marriage in record numbers. If we do decide to tie the knot, we are doing so later in life. Recent studies suggest that as many as 25% of Millennials will never marry at all. Maybe you haven’t found that special someone just yet, or the idea of marriage just isn’t for you! Either way, your relationship status doesn’t need to impact your financial future. Having two incomes certainly helps on a home mortgage application, but there are no rules that say you have to be married to someone to buy a house with them. I have several friends who have purchased homes with their long-time partners. You can even buy a house with a close friend! Obviously, there are lots of things to consider regarding your relationship when you make such a big decision. Single people can certainly buy houses too. I was single when I purchased my first home. It’s just a matter of finding a home that fits within your budget!

                 

                1. “I can’t afford a down payment!”

                It’s hard enough paying the bills to get by in a town where wages are way out of line with living expenses. Saving $10,000 or more is a daunting task that causes many Millennials to assume home ownership is out of reach. The truth is, the proper education about available financing is what has been out of reach for our generation. In 2018, there are many creative lending options available with down payments from 3.5% all the way down to nothing! With options like FHA and USDA loans along with down payment assistance programs, Millennials have plenty of options to choose from to make buying a home a reality. Closing costs are negotiable and can sometimes even be financed by the seller. Buying a home could mean putting out less cash than first and last month’s rents and security deposits that you’re already spending to move into a rental!

                 

                Now that you know YOU CAN buy your first home, why not reach out to learn more about how you can prepare yourself for that next big step?

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                Grace Barron-Martinez, REALTOR®

                Town and Mountain Realty

                grace@townandmountain.com

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                  TONIGHT December 21st, 2017 - Asheville Community FUNdraiser in Support of 5 Local Non-profits!

                  Join us and share the love as we celebrate the season by supporting local non-profits that concentrate on the homeless population and those in crisis throughout our Asheville and WNC community. Your gift will go a long way to help members of our community have a place to call HOME.

                  We have chosen 5 local non-profits to work with this year. We feel these five make efforts to help those homeless and in crisis in our community: Homeward Bound of WNC, Helpmate, Caring for Children, Eliada, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry's Transformation Village

                  We have set our goal to raise $20,000 and we will be matching all donations up to $10,000!
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                  We are thrilled to have kids activities, 2 wonderful LOCAL bands, a DJ, photo booth, drinks, incredible silent auction & raffle + more!

                  *Your donation is your admission, you choose what you want to give!

                  Once inside, enjoy free buffet style dinner and $3 beer and cider!

                  100% of ALL proceeds go to the 5 LOCAL non-profit organizations!

                  Schedule:

                  5pm - 7pm - Kids' activities including photos with Smokey Mountain Santa & Mrs. Claus, games, face painting with Asheville face and body art and more!

                  Photo booth (ShutterBooth Asheville) for fun photo opportunities - goof off with your family & friends!

                  7pm - Food will be served & Live Music Begins!

                  (Amazing LOCAL food donated from all over Asheville & Western NC - PLUS Catering By Corey, LLC & MORE!)

                  7pm - 8pm - Swing Step

                  8pm - 9pm - DJ Mad Sci

                   

                  Silent Auction & Raffle with incredible finds from all over Asheville & WNC!


                  9pm - 10pm - Leeda Lyric Jones



                  DONATE NOW AND/OR FIND MORE INFO HERE:
                  https://www.townandmountain.com/ashevillefundraiser/

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                    Asheville and WNC Thanksgiving Guide 2017

                    From: www.romanticasheville.com

                    The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (November 23-26, 2017) in Asheville is a feast of fun. Here are our Top 10 things to do. Of course, eating is number one! Also see our Top Holiday Outings. For Christmas Day Restaurants open in Asheville, see our Christmas Guide.

                    Thanksgiving Day Asheville Restaurants

                    While many restaurants are closed, there are still many great local choices for a brunch, lunch or dinner. Click on the names to go to their web sites.

                    • Biltmore Estate Restaurants. Requires estate admission ticket or 12-month pass to dine.
                      • Deerpark 11 AM-5 PM: Extravagant Thanksgiving buffet, $56/adult, $19/youth 10-16, reservations required (and books up fast). 
                      • Bistro (at Winery) 11:30 AM-9 PM: Gourmet three-course prix fixe menu, $55/person. 
                      • Stable Café (by House) 11 AM-4 PM: Menu with most popular lunch items, plus a number of holiday offerings. Phone: 828-225-6370. 
                      • Cedric’s Tavern (Antler Village) 11 AM-9 PM: Regular lunch and dinner menus, plus three-course menu $40/adult. Phone: 828-225-1320. 
                    • Omni Grove Park Inn Restaurants (Reserve online or call 1-800-438-5800)
                      • Blue Ridge Dining Room: 12-8 PM Buffet feast with views of the mountains, Adults $62, children 2-12 $25
                      • EDISON, craft ales + kitchen: 11 AM–11 PM with special menu, $26/entree, $10/dessert
                      • Grand Ballroom Buffet: 11 AM-6:45 PM, Phenomenal Buffet, Adults $62, children 2-12 $25
                      • Vue 1913: 5-10 PM, Gourmet Thanksgiving 3-course menu, $70/person
                      • Read more about Grove Park Inn and the Gingerbread House Competition Display
                    • Grand Bohemian Hotel: (Biltmore Village) Two choices: The Red Stag Grill presents an elegant, four-course dinner, 11:30 AM-9 PM, $75adult. The grand Kessler Ballroom has an elegant buffet, reservations times between 12-2:30 PM, $70/adult.
                    • Roux: (South Asheville) Traditional Thanksgiving buffet including delicious selections of roasted all-natural NC turkey with orange-cranberry relish, baked ham with maple-bourbon glaze. 1–7 PM. Adults $38/person, $17/child 12 and under. Located in the Hilton Hotel Biltmore Park. Reservations at 828-209-2715.
                    • DoubleTree Hotel's Thanksgiving Buffet features seasonal classics with an elegant twist. Biltmore Village. 1:30-6 PM. Adults $42; Children $16 (12 & under). Reservations at 828-274-1800
                    • The Blackbird: Modern Southern 3-course menu at $65/adult, $15/children under 12, 11 AM-10 PM, downtown.
                    • The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, buffet with seatings at 11:30, 2 and 4:30 PM. Reservations required. $40/adults, $20/children.
                    • Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, downtown, 3-course prix fixe menu $45/person with choice of heritage breed turkey, beef, pork or fish. They serve from 2-8 PM and the bar will be open until midnight.
                    • Isa’s Bistro, 12-5 PM, 3-course prix fixe menu $55, downtown.
                    • Strada Italiano, 11 AM-8 PM, Italian family recipes a la carte, reservations and walk-ins. Social Lounge next door open 3 PM-Midnight, downtown
                    • Carmels, a la carte Southern inspired menu, Grove Arcade downtown, 12 Noon-8 PM
                    • Pack's Tavern, two Thanksgiving Buffets with turkey, ham, trimmings and plenty of beer choices on Pack Square Park downtown, 11 AM-8 PM. $34.99/adults, $17.99/children under 12. Good option for large groups. Reservations and walk-ins.
                    • Mountain Magnolia Inn in Hot Springs, Thanksgiving Harvest Dinner served from 11 AM-5:30 PM inside historic inn. 3-Course Prix Fixe $60, 5-Course Prix Fixe $70, Children Under 12 with 3-Course Prix Fixe $25; Under 6 free.
                    • Season's at Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock, big Thanksgiving Buffet 10:30 AM-7 PM, $50 Adults, $25 Child, 5 and under free. Live music. Local's favorite. Reservations required.
                    • Tryon International Equestrian Center, buffet at Legends Grill, 11 AM-4 PM, $29.95/person. Call 828-863-1000 for reservations.
                    • Cornerstone (102 Tunnel Road, Asheville) is our favorite diner in town. They will have several specials with choice of sides. 7:30 AM-9 PM. No reservations accepted. 
                    • Old Europe Pastries downtown at 13 Broadway is open from 7 AM-4 PM on Thanksgiving.

                    Asheville Outlets: The 70-store Asheville Outlets Center will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 PM until 2 AM, Friday & Saturday 8-9 and Sunday 11-6. Free pics with Santa. Read more.

                    Pick your Christmas Tree: Go to a "choose and cut" Tree Farm to pick the perfect one for your home on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many farms offer hayrides and other activities. See our Asheville Christmas Tree Farms Guide.

                    Downtown Asheville: Most all downtown stores are closed on Thanksgiving. But there's plenty of holiday shopping on Friday and Saturday to find those special gifts. Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores. Free parking on streets and city parking decks on Thanksgiving Day and Friday. See our Downtown Asheville Guide.

                    More Shopping: Biltmore Village is home to more than 40 shops in historic cottages and buildings. Asheville is a mecca for artists, so this is the place to find one-of-a-kind gifts. Head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. See our Gallery Guide. Also see our Antique Shopping Guide. Most all local stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

                    Small Towns: If you prefer the quaint small towns and friendly "Mayberry" Main Streets, explore our cool small towns throughout our mountains.

                    Get Outdoors: #optoutside! Take a late fall hike and enjoy views through with leafless trees, cool temperatures, and few fellow hikers. See our hiking guide for top picks. All trails and waterfalls in the National Forests and Parks are open every day.

                    • Green Friday at Adventure Center of Asheville (near downtown): Ages 4+ zip at KidZip or climb at Treetops Park. Ages 10+ ride Zipline Canopy Tours as well as advanced challenges in the Treetops Park. 50% of all revenue donated for environmental causes in WNC.
                    • Some ski resorts will open. Cataloochee opened Nov 20th and Beech Mtn opens Nov 24th.
                    • Ranger Guided Hike, Friday at 10 AM to Mingus Creek Cemetery in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 4.2 miles roundtrip hike. Meet in the Mingus Mill parking area, less than a mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, along Newfound Gap Road. For more information, call the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at 828-497-1904.

                    National Parks: Both Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are open on Thanksgiving Day, weather permitting. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smokies is open on Thanksgiving Day.

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