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Asheville Summer Big Crafty July 16th, 2017

The Big Crafty

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Pack Square Park
12-6pm
Free & Fun for All!

The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featuring local food, music, and fine wares from a juried group of select indie artists and crafters.
 
We’re so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair in the annual Mountain Xpress readers’ poll for the 8th year in a row! (Thanks, Asheville!)
 
Our guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and our aim is to make doing so fun.
 
Our fun-for-all-ages events are held twice annually in the heart of beautiful Asheville, NC.
 
We extend warm welcome to Asheville’s rich pageant of basement and backyard artists, its juried prize-winners, and those who delight in them.
 
We’re grateful for the hearty support of the community, and in particular the Asheville Art Museum for their ongoing support of The Big Crafty and for their 60+ years of promoting a creative and culturally-vibrant Asheville.
 

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    Asheville and WNC 4th of July 2017 Celebrations

    From: www.romanticasheville.com

    There are so many 4th of July celebrations and firework shows in Asheville and in the Western North Carolina mountains! Check out some of the fun below - thanks to www.romanticasheville.com for creating such a great list!

    There are many 4th of July celebrations and firework shows in Asheville and many small towns in the western North Carolina mountains! Below is a big list of 2017 events and festivals - more than 30!

    4th of July

    Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration 2017: Join in the fun in Park Square Park starting at 2 PM on July 4th at the Ingles Independence Day Celebration. Children's activities and bouncy house 2-6 PM. Splashville Fountain will be on 2-6 PM. Live music starts at 5 PM ending with headliner Mark O'Connor. Ultimate Air Dogs at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 PM. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Fireworks at 9:30 PM can be best seen from the park (buildings will block the view in other parts of downtown). Bring your chair or blanket to picnic. Buy from food trucks or nearby restaurants. Parking is available in nearby parking decks, on the street or in private lots. No outside alcohol, coolers or pets in the park.

    Tourist Baseball Game July 4th: Watch a big fireworks show after the Asheville Tourists game. Get tickets in advance since this game will sell-out ahead of time.

    South Asheville Fireworks: At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark on the 4th, but come early. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and find a spot along the lake. The park offers picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, boat rental and a playground. Bring a picnic! Park at Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake. Daytime shuttle 8 AM-6 PM. No pets please due to crowds. From Asheville take I-26 East to Exit #37. Turn left at the light onto Long Shoals Road. Free

    4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks near Asheville in Western North Carolina Towns

    Bryson City: Freedom Fest is an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration and street festival (10 AM-10 PM) in downtown Bryson City with a 5K, crafts, food, contests, live music, watermelon eating race and the best fireworks show in the Smokies. Also, go rafting or tubing nearby! Read much more on their website.

    Bryson City: Freedom Train on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, July 4th excursion at 7:30 PM, returning to the Freedom Fest for the fireworks show. See our Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Guide.

    Lake Junaluska: Visit just for the day with the parade at 11 AM, BBQ picnic at 12-2 PM, Lake Junaluska Singers concert at 7:30 PM, and fireworks at 9:30 PM. Or book a 3-night package with lakefront lodging, buffet breakfasts, dinners, cookouts, three concerts, parade and fireworks VIP seating. Go to their Web site.

    Sylva: Enjoy live music and and dancing 4-9:30 PM, followed by fireworks at dark in the picturesque "all-American" small town nestled in the mountains. Stroll Main Street filled with shops, restaurants and breweries. Go to their Web site.

    Marion: See the parade at 6 PM, followed by the street dance and live music at 7 PM, food vendors and fireworks at 9:45 PM.

    4th of July

    Montreat: Montreat will host a the all Amercian small town parade on July 4 at 10:30 AM (pic above). It's a longtime local favorite. Get there early to see the short-but-fun parade. See photos and video.

    Lake Glenville: Watch fireworks from land or the lake on July 2nd, located near Cashiers. Rent a pontoon boat at Signal Ridge Marina!

    Lake Lure: July 3rd is Independence Day festival starting at Noon at Morse Park Meadows near the beach with ice cream, funnel cakes, kettle corn and more - until fireworks at dark over lake with seating at the pavilion. On the 4th, fireworks will be at Rumbling Bald Resort for their owners and guests, but others enjoy from boats on the lake. Expect traffic bottlenecks after fireworks!

    Banner Elk: Iconic small-town parade begins at 11 AM on the 4th, starting at Lees-McRae College at ending at the town park with lunch vendors, rubber duck race and lawn games at 1 PM. Part of Mile High 4th Weekend, June 30-July 4 with neighboring Beech Mtn. Other events include Art on the Greene, live music and theatre." Go to their Web site.

    Beech Mountain: Fireworks on July 1 following their annual roasting of the hog that starts at 6 PM. Events all day including scenic chairlift rides, wine tasting, Blues on the Beech, biking, blues and jazz. Part of Mile High 4th Weekend, June 30-July 4. Go to their Web site.

    Weaverville: "Fire on the Lake" at Lake Louise Park with food, vendors and live music 7-10 PM and fireworks at 10 PM. 

    Forest City: Rutherford County Freedom Fest is 10 AM-2 PM at McNair Stadium with Owls baseball game at 7:05 PM followed by fireworks. 

    Robbinsville: Graham County Heritage Festival on June 30-July 1, 2017 on the square with crafters, food, moonshiners, country and bluegrass music, exhibits, contests on Friday 5-10:30 PM and Saturday 10 AM-11 PM. On Saturday, parade at 1 PM and fireworks 9 PM.

    Columbus: Their Fabulous 4th features food, music, entertainment, family games and a variety of vendors 10 AM-10 PM, with fireworks concluding the day. 

    Cashiers: Fireworks On the Green with festival, food, music and dancing 6:30-10 PM. Ends with big fireworks show.

    Black Mountain will have family fun and fireworks beginning at 7 PM on July 4.

    Fireworks Hike: Come celebrate the Fourth of July with an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and view the Black Mountain fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain, presented by the Swannanoa Valley Museum. Meet at 6 PM. Museum transports chairs up the mountain. Moderate 45-minute hike to the mountaintop. Cost is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. To register, call 828-669-9566.

    Orchard at Altapass on Blue Ridge Parkway: July 4th, 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Covered dish picnic open to all. Live music all day is free! Admission for the meal is a dish to share OR $10 per meal. The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water, iced tea and paper goods.

    Brevard: Their 4th Celebration begins with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run at 8 AM. Downtown streets close for the Fine Arts & Craft Festival 9 AM-5 PM. The Classic Auto Show stretches for blocks. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for day-long musical entertainment. Evening fun moves a few blocks to Brevard College starting at 6 PM, with fireworks at 9:30 PM. Bicycle parade, hot dog eating contest and much more.

    Brevard Music Center Festival: Patriotic Pops Concert on July 4th at 2 PM with favorite marches and patriotic tunes, color guard, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannons. Arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn prior to the concert. More on the Festival.

    Cherokee: Fireworks at the Acquoni Expo Center on July 2nd at 10 PM. Part of the Pow Wow Weekend!

    Hendersonville: July 4th Fireworks display at dark, viewable from downtown Hendersonville, with free live outdoor music 7-9 PM downtown at 201 South Main (Visitors Center).

    Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes daytime celebration runs 11 AM to 3 PM along Main Street with music and sidewalk sales. Children's parade at 11. No fireworks in downtown Waynesville, but see them nearby in Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska.

    Maggie Valley: Backyard Fourth, gates open at 6 PM and fireworks at dark. Free admission. Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

    Franklin: 4th of July Parade at 10 AM with activities until 1 PM. Fireworks at dark at Macon County Rec Park on US Highway 441 South.

    Little Switzerland: Watch or participate in their July 4th Parade at 4 PM.

    Old Fort: Parade at 4 PM.

    Morganton: Red, White and Bluegrass Festival on July 1-3, 2017: One of the top bluegrass music festivals in the South with 20+ bands. Camping, food, crafts and more. ​Catawba Meadows Park (701 Sanford Dr). Daily admission starts at $25/advance and $30/gate. Four day pass is $60/advance and $75/gate. Go to their Website.

    Valdese: Celebrating on Friday, June 30, starting with live music at 7 PM. Also, Antique and Classic Car Show, food trucks, beer & wine, kids rides, and fireworks at 9:40. Live music and dancing ends around 11 PM. Located near Morganton and I-40.

    Cherokee: Pow Wow on June 30-July 2, 2017 with authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Fireworks July 1st. Read more about Cherokee Pow Wow.

    Tryon International Equestrian Center: Saturday Night Lights on July 1st. Watch international level riders compete in horse jumping at this world-class campus with multiple arenas, stadium, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Free admission. Read more about Saturday Night Lights.

    Antique Car Show in Asheville on June 30-July 1, 2017 with 18 acres of classic cars, trucks and street rods at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center near the Asheville Airport. $5/person. Visit their Web site for more.

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      June 10th-11th 2017 Asheville and Western NC Events and Festivals

      Summer brings so many great festivals and events to Asheville and Western North Carolina. Here are just a few coming up this weekend June 10th - 11th, 2017:

       

      Southern Highland Clay Fest at the Folk Art Center
      Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM
      Potters and other ceramic artists share a variety of techniques such as throwing, sculpture and coil-building. This event features the opportunity to glaze and watch the firing of raku pots.

      For six hours on Saturday, June 10, the hill behind the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be filled with more than twenty potters selling ceramic wares for both décor and function. Clay Fest is an annual Southern Highland Craft Guild event that celebrates the varied craft processes and techniques used with clay. The Guild’s makers are adding new elements to enhance the twenty plus-year-old event into a festival with exhibitor booths. Alongside the sixteen Guild potters will be a handful of invited guest potters from across the country.

      In addition to being able to shop on the hill, visitors will be able to watch the first annual Clay Olympics. Each exhibiting potter is invited to compete in two events, throwing the tallest vessel and throwing the widest bowl. Contestants are given a five-pound wedge of clay and five minutes. Prizes are given to the top three competitors with gift certificates to Highwater Clays, Southern Highland Craft Guild merchandise, and other local goods.

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      Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration

      Saturday June 10 - 10am-5pm

      Mountain heritage comes alive in downtown Waynesville for the Seventh Annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, Saturday, June 10 on Main Street. The event is a celebration of traditional mountain craft, food, and entertainment. Exhibits include vendors demonstrating and selling handmade Appalachian art and crafts such as blacksmithing, leatherworking, quilting, weaving, pottery, wood working/carving, painting, and more. In addition to craft vendors, the event showcases a variety of Appalachian life skills such as storytelling, native plants, beekeeping, and food preservation.

      Take a step back in time with us as we protect, preserve & develop our historic & cultural resources. From 10am-5pm you will enjoy traditional food, mountain music & dance, crafts, and demonstrations. Festivities take place rain or shine. A friendly reminder, by Town ordinance, no animals are allowed at downtown events.

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      Bluff Mountain Festival
      Saturday, June 10, 2017
      This free, family-friendly festival in Hot Springs (at the spa) features great old-time and bluegrass music, ballads, clogging and square dance, and a silent auction and raffle of regional artwork, local crafts, vacation packages, and more. 10 AM until 6 PM with an array of delicious foods too.
       
       
      Asheville Art in the Park 2017
      June 10, 17, 24 and October 7, 14, 21 | 10 AM-5 PM

      Stroll around the Vance Monument and fountain at Pack Square through an artistic garden of diversity. Visit with talented artists that exhibit their creations at this favorite art fair – including glass, ceramics, woodworking, metal smithing and the fabric arts. From pottery to jewelry to sculpture and two-dimensional art, the market promises a bouquet of contemporary and traditional mountain art and crafts. Plus, dozens of art galleries are a short walk away in downtown Asheville.
       
       

      Xpand Fest June 10th, 2017

      Xpand Fest is a free community event highlights music and the arts as innovative tools that are essential for inclusive development and supports the belief that the arts are a powerful platform for social change. We hope you will join us for the inaugural one day event to be held in the South Slope on June 10th, 2017.

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      Asheville VeganFest June 10th-11th, 2017

      Join us for a celebration of compassionate living in one of the top vegan-friendly cities in the country: Asheville, NC! June 10th – 11th, 2017. On Saturday, listen to speakers from around the country as they tackle the latest vegan issues. On Sunday, enjoy an outdoor festival with over 100 vendors showcasing vegan food, beer, lifestyle products and more!

      Asheville VeganFest is hosted by the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in North Carolina, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. As we continue to expand our circle of compassion, we’re spreading the love with our community and introducing folks to the joy of delicious, healthy, plant-based foods. Join us for what is quickly growing to be the largest vegan festival in the Southeast!

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      National Get Outdoors Day Saturday, June 10th, 2017
      Time: 11am-3pm; Hike and program times vary
      Cost: Included with Park admission

      Celebrate the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day by bringing your family to explore one of Western North Carolina’s most iconic places. Join Park Naturalist and other area partners to learn more about how to experience the great outdoors from many different angles. Guided hikes will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to Hickory Nut Falls. At 1 p.m. a special family guided hike will take place on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. At 2 p.m. an Animal Encounter Program will be held at the Animal Discovery Den. The Park’s climbing tower will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day for park guests to enjoy.

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      Veg-Out: A Bounty & Soul Benefit Fundraiser

      Outdoor Stage - Show: 1:00 pm at Pisgah Brewing Company 

      $10 Day of Show

      Treat yourself to: Food Tasting/Community Gathering
      Food Vendor: Local Partners of Bounty & Soul

      Bounty & Soul Gears Up for Second Annual VegOut Fundraiser

      Black Mountain, NC

      Bounty & Soul is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that serves Buncombe and McDowell counties, providing fresh, healthy foods, nutrition education and Health & Wellness resources to individuals and families in need through five weekly mobile markets.

      Bounty & Soul will be hosting their second annual VegOut fundraiser, Presented by Native Kitchen, at Pisgah Brewing Company on Saturday, June 10 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm to celebrate healthy food access and community partnership. The kid-friendly event is an opportunity for the community to enjoy live local music, local food and beverages while supporting Bounty & Soul in their fight against food insecurity and promotion of health education. Featured bands include Chalwa, Little Pisgah, and The Paper Crowns. There will also be face-painting, fairy hair and free yoga classes from the Yoga Service Movement.

      Pisgah Brewing Company will be donating funds from “Pisgah Pints” and guests will have the opportunity to join a brewery tour throughout the afternoon with a portion of the proceeds going to Bounty & Soul.

      Farm to Fender food truck will be onsite providing locally sourced foods with a portion of the proceeds going to Bounty & Soul.

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        Asheville and Western NC - Memorial Day 2017 Weekend Events

        Asheville and Western NC have events and fun for everyone this Memorial Day weekend! Here are just a few of the exciting festivals and more!

         

        Mountain Sports Festival - MAY 26-28, 2017 - FREE!

        The Mountain Sports Festival is a weekend music and sports festival that celebrates community, athletics and local business.

        The free festival showcases the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountains. The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well balanced series of events that encourages participation on all levels.

        Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, 2017 marks the 17th Annual Mountain Sports Festival. This year promises build on previous years and bring a wide variety of events in the mountains, throughout town, and on the river, an array of musical talent will perform each day, and local beer and food vendors will be available to fill your belly.

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        White Squirrel Festival - MAY 26-28, 2017 - FREE!

        Featuring two-and-a-half days of great live music, the White Squirrel Festival in Downtown Brevard, NC is the perfect way to experience everything this charming mountain community has to offer.  Best of all it’s FREE! Created to enhance and develop the business district of downtown, the event has evolved into one of the premier music festivals in the southeast featuring national and regional artists such as Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, George Porter, Jr., Scythian, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jupiter Coyote and many others.  It has also earned the reputation for showcasing many undiscovered artists and utilizing the abundant talent in the region.  Whether it is Jazz, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter or Rock and Roll, the eclectic music in this beautiful setting provides something for everyone.

        Experience two-and-a-half days of free concerts right on Main Street, plus over eight blocks of street vendors, food vendors, merchants, artists, craftsmen, potters, painters, games, kid’s activities and loads of plain old-fashioned fun!

        One of the highlights of the festival is the Squirrel Box Derby down Jailhouse Hill on Saturday featuring homemade derby cars! If you want to enter a car, registration can be found at squirrelboxderby.com, or you can just come as a spectator!

        Got a knack for photography? Then grab your camera and take a few snaps of our most famous residents… Brevard’s very own white squirrels. They scamper all over this area, and we’ll even show you where to see them! Already have a great shot of one of these fuzzy little critters? Then submit it in our White Squirrel Photo Contest.

        And speaking of scampering, be sure to check out the 5K and 10K White Squirrel races sponsored by the Brevard Rotary Club. Runners from the entire southeast love to go nuts in the cool morning mountain air at 2500 ft. It’s all happening in beautiful downtown Brevard, voted one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Budget Travel, and in 2013 Outdoor Magazine listed Brevard as one of the top 5 places to raise outdoorsy kids.  From festivals to waterfalls to hiking and biking, you can find it all this Memorial Day weekend in downtown Brevard, NC.

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        Kenilworth Art Studio Tour, Asheville - MAY 27-28, 2017 - FREE!


        More than 20 artists open their studios on Memorial Day Weekend at 11 locations in the Kenilworth neighborhood near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. The free, self-guided tour is fun for both the serious art buyer or the casual browser. Tour 10 AM-5 PM each day.

        Since its inception in 2008, the Kenilworth Artists Association tours have brought thousands of art lovers to the historic neighborhood. The tour includes artists working in a wide range of media, including five painters offering works in oil, watercolor and acrylic. Other media featured are jewelry, pottery, ceramic tile, glass beads, furniture, mixed- media, photography, paper, turned wooden bowls, wooden flutes, and collage. Artists’ ages range from 14 to 92.

        The Kenilworth Art Studio Tour is planned by participating artists and sponsored by local businesses.

        Studio maps are available at area art galleries, retail stores, hotels, and tourist information sites. A tour map and brochure can be downloaded at kenilworthartists.org.

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        2017 Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festivals - May 27-29, 2017 - FREE!


        80+ Artisans
        12 Food & Refreshment Vendors
        Continuous Entertainment
        Gorgeous Mountain Setting on Lake Lure

        Over 1,500 visitors per day...

        The Spring Festival opens every morning at 10am and closes at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday... 4pm on Monday

        Come and enjoy shopping for wonderful, art and hand-made crafts... great music, dancing and food.

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        Asheville Flea for Y'All - May 28th, 2017 - FREE!

        Last Sunday of each month April through October
        at the Asheville Outlets 800 Brevard Rd. Asheville, NC
        Open to the public 8am-3pm

        We are EXCITED to announce the Flea will be relocating to the Asheville Outlets in the tree lined lot next to Field and Stream (see map) this year from April – October and Pisgah Brewing in November for the FALL BONANZA!! With it comes LOWER rates, more parking (2800+ spaces) and a media scope reaching 20,000+ followers WITHIN A 100 MILE RADIUS FROM ASHEVILLE. The Outlets also have an average of 6,000+ customers on Sundays!

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        Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival - May 26th-28th, 2017 - $15-$45 Tickets

        What is ABSFest? The Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival is now in our ELEVENTH year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival here in Asheville. Three thousand people have reveled in the company of our satin and sparkle, our unicorn-feathered starlets and our fish-eyed zombie boys.

        Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards, ABSFest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the USA, as well as Scotland, Germany, and Japan. We offer fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!

        In a world now brimming with Burlesque Festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSFest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville and nurturing creativity and empowerment.

        The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. ABSFest has spawned a sister event, the Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in Richmond, VA, now in its third year, and festival Producer Lauren ‘Madame Onça’ O’Leary travels internationally teaching and performing bellydance, music and stagecraft.

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        Beer City Festival - May 27th, 2017 - $45-$50 Tickets

        WHAT: Beer City Festival 2017
        PRESENTED BY: GSCBA & Asheville Brewers Alliance
        PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT: Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
        WHEN: May 27th | 12pm-5pm
        WHERE: Roger McGuire Green in Downtown Asheville, NC
        MUSIC LINEUP: StrangeLady, Travers Brothership, Dynamo

        All General Admission Tickets Include:

        • One Beer City Festival Wristband
        • Official Beer City Festival Tasting Mug
        • Access to 30+ Breweries
        • Access Festival Food Court
        • Sponsor Attractions Around the Park
        • Access to FREE Water Stations, Cooling Areas and Shade Structures

        Asheville's premier downtown craft beer festival will take place on May 27th on Roger McGuire Green. Beer City Festival brings the best local and regional breweries from Asheville and surrounding areas together for a great day of beer and music. This year's event features over 32+ breweries and local music acts TBA soon.

        All of the 30+ breweries featured in Beer City Festival are members of the Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA). The ABA focuses on the growth of local and surrounding Asheville breweries through active partnership and support.

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        Garden Jubilee Festival - May 27-28, 2017 - FREE!

        Garden Jubilee has been the favorite festival for one-­â€stop shopping for garden lovers for over 20 years in Downtown Hendersonville. Garden Jubilee is Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in Western North Carolina. The two-­day Festival is held from 9am-5pm on both Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 of Memorial Day weekend.

        Learn tips and tricks from regional gardening experts located throughout the festival. Local and regional nurseries will be selling 1000’s of annuals,perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard to find plants on every block of the festival. Crafters create distinctive garden art to enhance the beauty of your yard. There will be handmade lawn furniture, jewelry, garden tools, yard art, planters, wind chimes, birdhouses, as well as soaps and pottery. Shoppers bring wagons to transport their many purchases.

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        Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony at Pack Square Park - May 29th, 2017 - FREE!

        The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs will host the annual Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green stage of Pack Square Park starting at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017.

        Featured will be the award winning North Carolina Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne Band with musical performances before and after as well as during the ceremony.  Asheville’s noted choral group, The Reuter Center Singers, will also perform at the ceremony.

        A Recognition of Service presentation to our Armed Forces and community first responders will be given by Buncombe County Commission Brownie Newman and Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. Other ceremony participants include Major General Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret.) and Chair of the Mayor’s Committee for Veteran Affairs, Carlos McNeil.

        A commemoration wreath will be presented in honor of members of the Armed Forces and Asheville and Buncombe County emergency responders, and in commemoration of those who have sacrificed their lives in service to this country and community.

        Matt Mittan - Longtime community broadcaster and business man. An 8-year active duty Air Force veteran, where he served as a medic and served with the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing during Gulf War I.

        The public is invited. For more information, please contact Carlos McNeil at 828-298-7911 ext. 5270 or Carlos.McNeil2@va.gov.

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          May 19th-21st 2017 - Fun-filled Weekend in Asheville

          Look no further for fun things to do in Asheville THIS WEEKEND May 19th - 21st, 2017!

          Downtown After 5 - Friday May 19th, 2017

          Head to North Lexington Avenue downtown for the very first free favorite of the season. Downtown After 5 kicks off summer with a pre-Memorial Day concert on May 19, featuring headliner High & Mighty Brass Band, which combines New Orleans funk and R&B with afro-beat and hip-hop influences. Opening up the evening at 5 p.m. is a local favorite, the Josh Phillips Big Band. The warm-weather concert series is held on a large stage set up near the I-240 overpass on North Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville, and it runs on the third Friday of each month, from May to September, with a new band on stage. Lining the streets during the event are a variety of food and drink vendors, including local, regional and national beer as well as wine and soda. Food trucks at the event include DOGS, Kernal Mike's Kettle Corn, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Grubbery, Scott's Knots, Smoky Mountain Corn Roasters and Sunshine Sammies. For more information, head to ashevilledowntown.org

           

          The 14th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival - Saturday May 20th, 2017

          Come, experience and enjoy Asheville’s largest, longest running, single day neighborhood street festival. See for yourself why so many visitors return each year to hear the music, dine on local cuisine, and shop from some of the finest artisans in the area.

          Located on the main street of the Historic Montford neighborhood, the festival has a new look with entertainment stages, artist and vendor booths, and central food court all now on one street, Montford Avenue. While visiting the neighborhood, you will walk the tree lined street, where trolley’s used to travel, marvel at unique architecture, from turn of the century “Victorian” to Arts and Craft designs and observe the diversity mix of its proud neighbors, who yearly volunteer to be your hosts for the festival.

          This same neighborhood boosts a connection to many great entertainers in the area which is where we draw the flavor of the festival. You will discover an extraordinary mix of music for all tastes, both young and old that begins at 10:00 AM and continues till 7:00 PM on both stages.

          The Montford Music and Arts Festival is known for its many quality craft persons and artists who return every year to offer their wares. Our special Juried Artists section exemplifies the degree of excellence you will find at the festival as those artists vie for ranking.

          Last but definitely not least is a taste of Asheville. Food trucks have become the rage as moving restaurants and we bring you an entire area devoted to them and every taste pallet. In addition, we have specialty foods perfect for snacking while enjoying the music or visiting the booths.

          Put the 2017 Montford Music and Arts Festival on your list of To Do events and join us on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on the main street of Montford Avenue just down from the Asheville Visitor’s Center in Historic Montford Neighborhood.

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          New Belgium Brewing Tour de Fat Festival Asheville - Saturday May 20th, 2017

          Grab your tickets and start planning for the Asheville Tour de Fat on May 20, 2017. Expect to experience the unexpected. We're bringing the party with Third Eye Blind and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Tour de Fat Asheville benefits *Asheville on Bikes, so be sure to grab your tix today.

          *Asheville on Bikes

          The mission of Asheville on Bikes is to cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy & celebration. We believe that cycling has a direct impact on the health of our community. More information can be found at http://ashevilleonbikes.com/

          Box Office will open at 12:00 pm on site the day of the show.

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          River Arts District Spring Studio Stroll - May 20th and 21st from 10am to 5pm

          The Artists of Asheville’s River Arts District open their doors for a full weekend in the Spring Studio Stroll, welcoming the public to see and collect amazing art in their studios and galleries. There is no better time to meet our artists and watch live demonstrations!

          We are a diverse group of more than 220 working artists in studios and galleries housed in 22 former factories and historical buildings nestled along a mile-long stretch of the French Broad River. Many studios, showrooms, and galleries are open every day, all year round. You can discover works in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, paper, glass, wax, and more!

          Getting to the River Arts District is easy (Here's a map!). Take advantage of ample parking and hop aboard one of our free trolleys running throughout the Studio Stroll Weekend.

          Come for the opportunity to take home that special artistic treasure made and sold by the artists you meet here. Start your collection today!

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          Spring Biltmore Blooms Until May 25th

          Read more about the Grand Gardens at Biltmore House. Here's a bloom timeline for a typical spring at Biltmore (March 2017 Update: All blooms running about 3 weeks early due to very warm weather):
          • Early May: It's peak time in the massive 20-acre azalea garden of a millon blossoms, ablaze in shades of pink, purple, orange, red and white. Take a hike on the walking trails to discover blooms throughout the estate.
          • Late May: The rose garden smells as wonderful as it looks. Home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials, see more than 200 varieties. Summer perennials and annuals take over the Walled Garden.

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            Asheville Volunteers Rebuild Historic Cabin In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

            When Work Isn't Work - Asheville Volunteers Rebuild Historic Cabin In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

            From: BPR | Blue Ridge Public Radio

            By MATT BUSH • MAY 8, 2017

            From www.bpr.org

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            Sometimes work doesn’t feel like work.  That was the case for an Asheville contractor and his employees last week as they rehabbed an historic cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

            It takes a while to find the Cook cabin in Little Cataloochee.  A long while. The roads go from asphalt to gravel and then finally dirt.  That last portion can only be accessed via a two-mile hike on foot along the Little Cataloochee Trail - or by vehicle but only if you have the key to the gate.  “My name is Sean Perry the president of the Hands of Sean Perry Company out of Asheville, North Carolina.”

            In addition to being a contractor, Perry also likes to bike and hike the Great Smokies.  During one of his excursions deep into the woods, Perry came across the historic Cook cabin. “I believe this was likely the first structure built in Little Cataloochee by Dan Cook in the 1850’s.  Dan and his wife came over from Big Cataloochee which was getting a little too populated at the time.”

            Essentially, this was that era’s equivalent of a two-level house in the suburbs.  It somehow survived when both Cataloochee’s disappeared as the area became part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1920’s and 30’s.  “That was part of the deal with the park taking over.  They ignited all of the structures in the Cataloochee’s just to destroy them.  Their goal was to turn this back to wilderness.”

            Trees have reclaimed the ground that was once farmland around the cabin, leaving it hard to imagine that this area was once entirely cleared of them.  Upon discovering the Cook cabin, Perry noticed a lot of rot, particularly in the wood that made up the expansive porch.  So, he volunteered his services to the Park.  “This is what I do for a living.  And I have such a passion for this place.  I so appreciate the people who had to leave this land.  And they left it for us.”

            Perry and his employees spent the week camping at the cabin, with the morning and early afternoon hours set aside to rehabbing it.  “We have gone around the three-sided porch and removed all the existing decking, removed all the rotten framing and one pretty significant locust beam.  And replaced all those elements.”

            Perry’s crew does have one advantage the Cook family did not. “They had to craft every one of these logs where we have to power tools to rip through everything.  I kept joking with the guys in the meeting leading up to this that we should hand saw all this.  And then I realized the Park was giving us three-by-six oak joists and I thought we would pass on that.”

            To keep the 1850’s appearance of the cabin, the Park Service provided Perry with period-looking nails.  His crew put 'character cuts' in each piece of wood to make them look like they were hewn with axes.  Work wrapped up each day in the early afternoon when lunch was served.  This day it was lamb stew prepared by Perry’s mother.  Asheville restaurants also donated food for the week, treating the workers to pork belly and noodles and beef brisket Bolognese and gnocchi – not your average camp food.  There was plenty of time after lunch to hike and explore the area, which includes the pristinely preserved Little Cataloochee Baptist Church, built in 1889.  Its bell still works.  Perry says it was rung for every birth in the town, and for every death too – once for each year the person lived.  For Dan Cook it was rung 73 times.  He’s buried in the cemetery in front of the church.

            It was a week where Sean Perry ‘worked’ rehabbing an historic cabin.  But he also got to camp outside, hike, eat well, bone up on the history of the Cataloochee’s, spend a lot of time with friends and family.  Doesn’t really sound like work. “For me it is 100% fun.  For me it’s all fun.”

            And hikers in America’s most visited national park can now reap the benefits of that fun.

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              Asheville and WNC Dining Out for Life - Thursday April 27, 2017

              Thursday April 27th, 2017 - Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s largest fundraiser!!

              Click Here for a List of Participating Asheville and WNC Restaurants

               

               Join The Mike Miller Team at Table!

               

               

               

               

               Join Kim Lovoy, REALTOR® at Curate!

               

               

               

               

              You are cordially invited to join your friends, clients, family and co-workers on Thursday, April 27th 2017, for the 15th annual Dining Out For Life® benefit to support the mission of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP).

              This year’s event is well under way and we again look for your continued support. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, tens of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States would lose access to life-sustaining medications and funding for preventive services could disappear.  This year, more than ever, we need our allies in the community to be involved in Dining Out For Life®.  Over 100 of the finest restaurants in WNC have generously agreed to donate 20% of their gross sales on April 27th to enable us to meet the expanding needs of WNCAP. You can do your part by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or all three.  We encourage you to visit our DOFL restaurants all year round and thank them for their kind support.  Please check back often for an updated list of restaurants for 2017.       

              A special thanks to all of our restaurants, sponsors and diners for making last year’s Dining Out For Life® benefit another success story. Over $160,000 was raised to support the mission of WNCAP and thanks to our generous sponsors, less than 7% of that total went to cover expenses. Because of your generosity we were able to add additional case managers to provide more services to rural areas of WNC, place more clients in housing & expand our Prevention and Education department.          

              Through the efforts of so many giving individuals much needed AIDS awareness and education has been sown throughout WNC, while providing case-managed care to those whose lives have already been affected by HIV/AIDS. Our sincere thanks to our 240 Ambassadors/volunteers for their incredible efforts.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

              If you would like to be a part of this year’s benefit as an Ambassador, please check the volunteer section of the menu. Volunteering has never been so much fun!

               

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                Asheville and WNC Community Appreciation Contest!

                Enter to WIN a $100 gift card to Gàn ShÄn Station!

                We are excited to announce we are having our first ever Community Appreciation Contest! Some of you probably already have some T&M swag (koozies, pint glasses, cups, bottle openers, key chains, etc.) from attending one of our parties or events. If you don’t, this is your chance to come check out our newly renovated office at 261 Asheland Ave. Suite 103 (on the South Slope) to pick some up for free!

                For Your Chance To WIN Follow the Steps Below:

                We challenge #Asheville & #WNC to get creative by posting a photo with our locally made (thanks Image 420 Screen Printing) Town and Mountain Realty swag! It doesn’t have to be swag – pose with ANYTHING that has a Town and Mountain Realty logo! Some ideas include: yard signs, print ads, t-shirts, hats, billboards, or even a Town and Mountain Realty agent (make sure to get the agent’s business card in the photo if you can)!

                GET CREATIVE!! Cool new restaurant in town? Pose with our swag and your lunch! New beer released? Snap a photo of the brew in a T&M koozie! Cool street art downtown? Get that in your swag shot! The possibilities are endless. MOST CREATIVE WINS!

                The Winner will be announced MAY 12th, 2017!

                *Be sure to tag Town and Mountain Realty and use #bestrealtorsintownandmtn

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                  Relationships & Real Estate

                  Bethany’s Buzz Issue 2

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  By: Bethany Acker, REALTOR

                  So You’re Buying a House. Bring On the Arguments.

                  Home Buying. Breaking and Rebuilding Hearts Since Inception.

                  You want the country. Your spouse wants the city. You want a decked out kitchen. Your kids want a decked out rec room.  All of you want a great deal on your dream home. But how do multiple people with different opinions of a dream home find that one great house to call home?

                  Here are 3 common arguments that happen for home buyers. Be OK with them. Play nice. Listen well. And take note of the advice from folks who have been there, done that, and lived to tell about it.

                  Argument #1

                  Can we really afford to buy right now?

                  Just because the pre-approving lender says that you CAN borrow the money, it doesn’t mean that you SHOULD.

                  Do you try to qualify for 100% financing or can you start eating rice and beans for the next 6 months to save up 10-20% of a down payment? How much are each of you willing to sacrifice to have a lower monthly payment? How can the “free spenders” of the group make adjustments until a goal is met? Are they willing to do that yet?

                  Then there’s your projected life plan. Are you thinking about changing jobs or going back to school or having a baby or adopting or becoming self-employed? If plans for a major life change involve large financial alterations, consider how this will affect your ability to pay your house payment and related expenses. What would you need to do in advance to prepare for the change?

                  Seasoned Home Buyers Advice

                  To know if you should proceed with buying a home discuss at length your financial situation. If you have differing opinions about buying now vs later, an argument may ensue. Remember-play nice. Listen well. Take a few days to consider the other person’s thoughts. Come together to talk about the issue again. Seek advice from a financial advisor. Talk some more. If neither person has budged on their opinion of whether or not you can really afford to buy at the moment-it is recommended that you wait to buy. If you have reached an agreement for home buying, congratulations! You’ve survived and are now ready for the next argument.

                  Argument #2

                  What type of house do we buy within our price range?  

                  You may have unrealistic expectations.

                  Disagreements come when you have different opinions about what are the most important features in a home. Your partner may want a “fixer upper” and you may want a new house. Your spouse may want to be in a specific suburb within a certain school district. But if you live there, the homeowners association won’t allow you to put your dwarf goats and free range chickens in the backyard.

                  If you purchase a bigger home farther outside of town that is cheaper, how much extra driving time has to happen for everyone? Is it worth it? One of you may not think so.

                  Unrealized and unverbalized opinions of the perfect house start coming up. You may be shocked to find out that the person who you thought you knew so well, suddenly becomes a stranger. It can leave you questioning whether or not you’ll ever come to an agreement.

                   

                  Seasoned Home Buyers Advice

                  Get a pre-approval letter from a lender to determine how much you can spend on a house. Use this figure as one of your home features. Each person sit down alone and make a list of 5-7 home features that you want, numerically prioritized highest to lowest. Come together and compare. Find the 3 most similar features and start there in your home search. Talk with a Real Estate Agent to see what he or she can tell you about housing market trends for that price and those features. Avoid having all the features based on location, price, AND size. For example, if you have to buy in a specific location, consider being flexible on the size or amenities of the home. Or if you have to buy in a specific price range, be flexible on the location or age of the house. It’s ok to be picky. But the more picky you are, the longer it takes to get moved. If you start to see that your relationship is going sour and one of you has started sleeping on the couch with the cat, remember: Play nice. Listen well. If it’s getting too intense, take a break and be ok with waiting to buy.

                  Argument #3

                  How far should we go with negotiations?   

                  So you finally found the house. You’ve made a reasonable offer but it was countered with something higher than what you were hoping to go. It’s your dream house in the perfect location with features everyone can agree on. You’ve been searching for several months and this is the first home in your price range that has suited your needs. But can you risk the larger payment? This is the highest level of intensity in the home buying process. A good real estate agent will help you work through this but it’s ultimately up to you in deciding how much you can negotiate. Grit your teeth and talk it out because a decision will have to be made.

                  Seasoned Home Buyers Advice

                  There’s nothing worse than losing a great house because you don’t know if you can afford a new washer and dryer since the seller is taking theirs. Know your financial range for negotiations. Don’t trade your financial security for a house that is outside of your budget. If you are house poor and will be unable to pay for repairs within the first few years (and they WILL happen), walk away from the deal. One rule of thumb is to keep your total house payment within â…“ to ½ of your monthly take home pay. It can be difficult to end up saying no to a great house. But staying within your financial means will keep you from having to choose between putting food on the table and paying your light bill. It can mean the difference between holding hands in the living room on the couch and heated discussions because you aren’t sure how you are going to be able to afford to sign your son up for baseball this season. Financial freedom breathes life.

                   

                  If you play fair and listen well, there’s no need to fear the inevitable disagreements that will come. If you choose to work through the disagreements and are patient, your relationship will stretch to a stronger level. If you do the next best right thing, the next best right thing will happen. And in home-buying, the next best right thing is finding a place where you and yours are unstressed, relaxed and happy!

                  We would love to help you, sign up today or call us to be connected with an agent to help you in your search!

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                    Asheville Home Garden and Green Living Show March 17 - 19, 2017!

                    We are very excited to be in the Home Garden and Green Living Show this year! We will be at booth #306, so make sure to stop by! We will have a giveaway each day of the event! We will be giving away a gift card to Green Sage Cafe, another gift card to Homegrown, and a $100 gift card to Asheville Salt Cave! Make sure to sign up for our newsletter at our booth for 1 entry and earn another entry to win by snapping a photo of our booth, our agents, or anything with our logo on it; then share and tag us @townandmountainrealty on Facebook, Instagram, and/or tag us @townandmountain on Twitter. Winners will be announced Monday March 20th!

                    We will have agents at our booth that specialize in our local Asheville & WNC area, green building, new construction, sustainable living, and so much more!

                    Here are some recently SOLD Green Built NC homes listed by Amanda Boren, Robbie McLucas, & Jody Whitehurst!

                     

                    Check out the beautiful green homes still available!

                    96 Bent Creek Preserve Road Asheville, NC 28806 Listed by Robbie McLucas

                    14 Sulphur Springs Road Asheville, NC 28806 Listed by Amanda Boren

                    From www.homegardenandgreenlivingshow.com

                    Get ready for the 42nd Annual WNC Home & Garden and Green Living Show!

                    March 17-19, 2017 @ the US Cellular Center, Downtown Asheville, NC

                    We are back and our show is BIGGER and BETTER than ever! The premier green living event in Asheville will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville March 17-19, 2017. As the longest running and most attended WNC Home Show, we will feature products and services for the home and garden as well as dozens of new seminars and workshops with topics ranging electric vehicles, solar energy, sustainable gardening and everything in between!

                    SHOW HOURS

                    March 17, 2017 3pm-8pm

                    March 18, 2017 10am-7pm

                    March 19, 2017 11am -5pm


                    Read More: https://homegardenandgreenlivingshow.com/

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