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Asheville area home sales mixed

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12/23/2010 - Asheville area home sales mixed
by Mark Barrett

ASHEVILLE -- The number of existing homes sold in Buncombe County this year continues to stay just ahead of sales from a year ago despite a precipitous drop in November. The 136 homes sold in Buncombe last month was exactly one-third less than the total for November 2009. But the comparison is skewed by strong sales a year ago related to the federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Sales for the first 11 months of this year were 1 percent higher than a year ago. However, June was the last month of 2010 when sales were higher than the same month a year ago. The lure of tax credits for buyers boosted sales in fall 2009 and the first part of this year. The credit for first-time buyers was scheduled to expire at the end of November 2009 but was extended, and another credit for other buyers was added. However, the timing of the extension in early November last year meant many buyers already had purchases in the works, which artificially increased November 2009 sales, people in the industry said at the time. The changes make it hard to know just what is normal in the local housing market these days. There were 254 sales of existing homes in Buncombe County in November 2007. Sales dropped by a bit more than half to 126 in November 2008. The number of buyers moving here from elsewhere has fallen sharply, with negative consequences for those trying to sell homes in higher price ranges, two local real estate officials said. "If your home is listed at $250,000 or under or if you're buying in that price range, that's what moving right now," said Heather Judge, broker in charge at Town and Mountain Realty. Many of the sales that Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles Realty's Arden office is handling are for homes selling between $175,000 and $225,000, said Skip Dillingham, owner and broker in charge. "It's more of the local buyer, but we are still getting some of that outside flavor," he said. Dillingham and Judge both said they are seeing large numbers of foreclosure sales and short sales. The latter are cases in which an owner sells a house for less than he owes on it, often to avoid foreclosure. Judge said Town and Mountain agents sometimes advise owners to wait before listing a house for sale because their house would be unlikely to command a price higher than the amount of their mortgage. The median value of a home sold in Buncombe County rose from $208,750 in November 2009 to $214,500 last month. Home sales were mixed in three neighboring counties: They rose in Transylvania County, stayed even in Haywood County and dropped in Henderson County. There were 169 home sales in Buncombe County in October 2010.

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Christmas Jam brings big-league brew experience to Asheville

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12/8/2010 - Christmas Jam brings big-league brew experience to Asheville
by Tony Kiss

 

Tony Kiss o TKiss@CITIZEN-TIMES.com o published December 8, 2010 12:15 am

 

Ever want to make a beer with a big-league brewer? Here's that rare chance, and it will also benefit a very worthy cause.

 

Terrence Sullivan, brewmaster with Sierra Nevada, will be here this weekend to attend the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, and during his visit, he'll host a very cool event called the Little Iron Man Ale Benefit starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Asheville Brewing, 77 Coxe Ave.

Sullivan will be making a small, 1.5-barrel batch of a special brew called Little Iron Male Ale, and you can come down and learn some brewing tricks from a master. This event is open to everyone, no matter how much or little brewing experience you might have.

The cost is $50, with all proceeds going to the medical expenses of an ill youngster, Marough Gardner, who is fighting cancer.

Admission will also include a tasting of rare and special-release brews, food and the chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday's Christmas Jam. Learn more at Asheville Brewing or at Asheville Pizza and Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave.

Beer Divas meeting

The new Asheville Beer Divas women's brew group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria, 42 Biltmore Ave. The group is open to all women who love beer.

Infused brew

Asheville Brewing continues to meld new flavors into its brews. Each Thursday night, the staff uses an infusion device to blend some unexpected ingredients into beer at the Coxe Avenue location.

This week will feature an infusion of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into Asheville Amber Ale. Here's the rest of the lineup, through January is: Dec. 16: Star Mints and Christmas Jam Ale; Dec 23: mint, lemon, ginger and Shiva IPA; Dec. 30: fresh strawberries and Ninja Porter; Jan. 6: banana, espresso beans and Rocket Girl; Jan. 13: roasted marshmallow, cocoa and Scout Stout;. Jan. 20: honeycomb, dried apricot and Stuntman Ale; Jan. 27: fresh roasted peppers and Escape Artist Ale. That one's called a Fire Escape.

More holiday fun

o Oysterhouse Brewing and the Lobster Trap restaurant will chase away some of this cold weather with their second annual Christmas luau at 10 p.m. Friday. Hank Bones and Kon Tiki will do Christmas carols Polynesian style. Brew specials are offered all day, and there's an appetizer buffet after 10 p.m. Wear those loud tropical shirts.

o Barley's has an early Christmas treat Friday night. The Biltmore Avenue pub is serving a cask of barrel-aged Total Eclipse stout with cocao and cayenne pepper from Foothills Brewery, of Winston-Salem. Come by after work and have some.

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Asheville area holiday events: Parades, Christmas lightings and more

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12/8/2010 - Asheville area holiday events: Parades, Christmas lightings and more
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Asheville area holiday events: Parades, Christmas lightings and more

STAFF REPORTS o December 8, 2010

 "A Christmas Story," 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. 254-1320. Visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries, Friday-Saturday, downtown Dillsboro. Live music, carolers, holiday treats and Santa. Free. Call 800-962-1911 or visit www.visitdillsboro.org.

Old Fashioned Christmas, luminaries and unique gift items, The Old Mill 1886, 3082 U.S. 441 North, Cherokee. Open until 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call 497-6536.

"Return to Bethlehem," 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 2-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Recreates Bethlehem marketplace during Christ's birth. Donations requested. Call 259-5300.

Christmas Candlelight Stroll, 6-9 p.m. Friday, downtown Weaverville. Luminaries, entertainment, carriage rides, refreshments and Santa. Visit www.visitweaverville.com/candlelight.

HCC Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Student Center Auditorium, Haywood Community College. 627-4672.

16th Annual Christmas Guitar Concert, with Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize. 8 p.m. Friday, Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. $18 at Malaprops and Jubilee. Call 252-5335.

"Heart and Hearth: Songs for the Season," 8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, Asheville Choral Society performs at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. Visit www.ashevillechoralsociety.org or call 232-2060.

Asheville Ballet's "The Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Call 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.org or www.ashevilleballet.com.

 

Appalachian Christmas, Lake Junaluska. Friday: Lake Junaluska Singers' concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Craft show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Singers' concert at 2:30 p.m.; Ricky Skaggs concert at 8 p.m. Sunday: "A Service of Carols and Scriptures," 9 a.m. Call 800-222-4930.

Christmas in the Mountains, an arts and crafts and gallery show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. A children's craft room for ages 4 and older starts at 11 a.m. Stecoah Valley Cultural Center, Robbinsville. Call 479-3364.

Toy drive, through Saturday, at Parkers Karat Patch, 311 Weaverville Highway, Asheville. Bring in a $10 or more, new unwrapped toy and receive a free freshwater pearl bracelet. Call 645-7111.

Santa on the Chimney, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Chimney Rock Park. Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock. Regular admission.

Breakfast with Santa at Fun Depot, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, 7 Roberts Road, Asheville. Bring a $10 toy for Toys for Tots and get a $5 playcard. (Donation not required.) Visit ashevillesfundepot.com or call 277-2FUN.

Old-Fashioned Appalachian Christmas, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Traditional mountain music, storytelling, more. Call 456-6000 or visit www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

A Night Before Christmas, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, downtown Waynesville. Caroling, a live nativity, storytelling, wagon rides and more. Visit www.downtownwaynesville.com.

Spirit of Ch ristmas, 7 p.m. Saturday, downtown Bryson City. Luminaries, living nativity, carolers, musical artists. Photos available with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Christmas at Connemara, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock. Celebrate Christmas with the traditions of the Sandburgs with holiday decorations and music; free with house tour admission. Call 693-4178 or visit www.nps.gov/carl.

 

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m. Saturday, Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 County Road 1166, Hendersonville. Carolina Christmas concert. $35, students $5. Visit www.hendersonvillesymphony.org.

7th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Owen Middle School. Free children's area includes crafts and Santa. Call 686-7917.

Photos with Santa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 18, Grove Arcade, Page Avenue, Asheville.

Advent Garden Walk, Sunday. Asheville Waldorf Community hosts a walk in the Advent garden spiral, turning inward toward winter darkness and emerging into brighter days. Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Doors open for children's walk at 5:15 p.m.; festival begins at 5:30. Adult walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 298-4655.

Asheville Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. With orchestra, chorus and children's chorus. Call 254-7046 or visit www.ashevillesymphony.org.

Reynolds-Miller Chorale, Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville. Free.

Holiday Tour of Inns and Cookie Caper, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Hendersonville. Seven inns are open for touring and guests can up a Christmas treat at each inn. Tickets may be purchased at the Heritage Museum in the Historic Courthouse, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, or at the Planning Office in City Hall, 145 5th Ave. East. No tickets available on the day of tour. Call 697-3088.

Asheville Community Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, Asheville High School, McDowell St. $8. Call 254-2234.

Voices in the Laurel, 3 p.m. Sunday, Long's Chapel United Methodist Church, Lake Junaluska. Concert and story music, including special reading by author Gloria Houston. $10, $6 children younger than 12. 335-2849 or www.voicesinthelaurel.org.

 

A Carburetor Christmas, 8 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Flat Rock Playhouse. $20. Call 693-0731.

 

Season long events

YWCA MotherLove Giving Tree, runs through Dec. 15, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville. Call 254-7206, ext. 116.

Red Velvet Christmas, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Dec. 18, YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville. Trees decorated by local businesses and displayed for viewing, before being donated to families on Dec. 18. $10 for a family pass. 252-4614.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights, after dusk, through Dec. 19, off Long Shoals Road at Overlook Road. Drive through Lake Julian Park, lit with thousands of colored lights and animated and stationary displays. $5 per car, $10 per van and $20 per bus. Benefits Buncombe County Special Olympics.

"Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 19, Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., Asheville. Montford Park Players' 34th annual production. Call 254-5146 or visit montforparkplayers.org.

Lighting of the Green, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 22, A-B Tech's Asheville campus. Free tours of Fernihurst and the Smith-McDowell House 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14.

"The 27th annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular," 7:30 p.m. Friday through Dec. 16 and Dec. 21-22 and at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St., $10 students and seniors with ID and groups of 10 or more. www.themagneticfield.com. For mature audiences, not suitable for children. "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 23, 8 p. m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2551 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. A revised version of Charles Dickens' classic. Visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org or call 693-0731.

"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," through Dec. 23, Historic Henderson County Courthouse, downtown Hendersonville. Visit www.flatrockplayhouse.com or www.ncstage.org.

 

"The Polar Express," through Dec. 23, Bryson City. Read along with the story "The Polar Express" and enjoy a trip on Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Meet Santa, enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and a treat. Times and dates vary. $39 for adults, $26 for ages 2-12. Visit gsmr.com or call 800-872-4681.

Presents of Art, through Dec. 24, Upstairs Artspace, 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Call 859-2828.

Holiday Fest, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 24, at Tom Sawyer's Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village, Glenville/Cashiers. Free admission.

Festival of Trees, through Dec. 27. Asheville Mall hosts the CarePartners Festival of Trees and Memorial Trees Garden outside Dillard's Men's Store and Hallmark. Ornaments can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one, with proceeds going to CarePartners Hospice. Call 277-4815.

19th Century Carolina Christmas, through Jan. 2, Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Call 253-9231. Children's Christmas readings and carols at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. $5 adults.

Christmas at Biltmore, through Jan. 2, Biltmore Estate, Asheville. Regular admission applies until dusk. Additional charge for Candlelight Christmas Evenings, through Jan. 1, which includes a self-guided tour of the house and next-day visit to the gardens and the winery. Visit www.biltmore.com.

National Gingerbread House Competition, displays through Jan. 2. The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville, hosts its 18th annual National Gingerbread House Competition. Public viewing open Monday-Thursday. Call 800-438-0050, ext. 1281.

Events & performances: Monday and Dec. 15-16

"The Nutcracker," with Emma and Johnston chorus students, 11 a.m. Monday and Dec. 15, in the Great Hall at The Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville. Free.

Cookies with Santa, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 17, Department on Aging Building, behind DSS, in Sylva. Age 12 and younger receive free cookies and cocoa.

 

Ballet Conservatory's "The Nutcracker," 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Call 257-4530 or visit balletconservatoryofasheville.com.

"A Christmas Carol," by Parkway Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18, Mountain Heritage High School Auditorium, Burnsville. $10-$15. www.parkwayplayhouse.com.

"The Santaland Diaries," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-18 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Asheville Community Theatre. $15. 254-1320.

Dec. 17-24

Carolina Concert Choir Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. James Episcopal Church, 766 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Visit www.carolinaconcertchoir.org.

Home for the Holidays at FENCE, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Great Room at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tyron. Caroling, refreshments, more. Call 859-9021 or visit www.fence.org.

"Rediscovering Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Theater presentation by Acts of Renewal. $15. 669-0930.

"Christmas on the Mountain." Stories, ballads and music with Sheila Kay Adams, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St., Asheville. $10. 253-8304.

Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m., Dec. 18, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robbinsville. Visit www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

Make Merrier, Dec. 18, Grove Arcade, Page Avenue, Asheville. Noon: free reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." 4-7 p.m.: musi c from the Lew Gelfond Trio.

Family Fun Day, Dec. 19 at Fired Up! Creative Lounge in Asheville and Hendersonville. Paint four flat holiday ornaments for $20. Call 253-8181 (Asheville) or 698-9960 (Hendersonville) for information.

A Swannanoa Solstice, 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville. Regular $35; senior $33; student $30; children 12 and younger $12; student rush day-of-the-show (with valid I.D.) $10. Call 257-4530. Blue Ridge Orchestra's Holiday Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 19, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. All tickets are $10 at Wine Guy, 555 Merrimon Ave. Call 254-6500.

Christmas Pageant, 1 p.m. Dec. 19, Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Presented by the children of Unity and followed by a potluck lunch. Call 891-8700.

Christmas Carols Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 19, St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville. Free.

"A Classical Christmas," Brio Concert Series, 2 p.m. Dec. 19, First Presbyterian Church, 30 Alabama Ave., Weaverville. $10 suggested donation. 319-7077 or 645-7344.

Flat Rock Playhouse's Family Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 19-20, Flat Rock Playhouse. $20. 693-0731.

"The Gift of Christmas," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. $5. Call 866-273-4615.

Winter Solstice Night Hike, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21, DuPont State Forest, Hendersonville. Meet at Hooker Falls parking area. Bring flashlights and a warm drink. Call 692-0385.

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets, starting at $26.50.

Ornament Workshop, Dec. 23 at Hands On! A Child's Gallery, 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Call 697-8333 or visit handsonwnc.org. Free with admission.

Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Rev. Chad O'Shea, music by Lytingale and others. Child care provided. Call 891-8700.

Dec. 25-31

Bounty of Bethlehem Dinner, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 25, Immaculata Catholic School, 711 Buncombe St., Hendersonville. A free community Christmas dinner that includes entertainment, gifts and a visit from Santa. Call 693-5115 or visit bountyofbethlehem.org.

Burning Bowl Service, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Rev. Chad O'Shea. Potluck supper at 6 p.m. Child care provided. Call 891-8700.

Fontana New Year's Celebration, Dec. 31, Fontana Village. Live entertainment with Caribbean Cowboys, dinner party in the Mountview Bistro and fireworks at midnight with champagne toast.

New Year's Eve Fireworks, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.

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Ingles to add grocery distribution center, 160 jobs in Asheville area

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12/8/2010 - Ingles to add grocery distribution center, 160 jobs in Asheville area
by Joel Burgess

Ingles to add grocery distribution center, 160 jobs in Asheville area

By Joel Burgess o December 8, 2010

BLACK MOUNTAIN -- Buncombe County is on track to be the home of a major grocery distribution center following a Tuesday vote by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

 

Commissioners voted unanimously to support Ingles Markets Inc. in obtaining $100 million in low-interest federal Recovery Zone Facility Bonds.

Ingles wants to use the bonds to build an 830,000-square-foot cold storage distribution center at the company's Black Mountain corporate office off U.S. 70.

"The project will in essence double the size of the current distribution facility," said Ron Freeman, Ingles chief financial officer.

The facility will employ an additional 160 people and, if approved, should be done by the end of 2012. The existing warehouse employs 750 people.

Ingles now uses a company from outside the county to do its distribution, so moving that process in-house will not cost local jobs, the CFO said.

Final hurdles include approval by top state officials.

The tax-free bonds were part of the federal stimulus and must be paid back by Ingles.

Company praised

Commissioners praised Ingles for making the investment and asked that local contractors be given priority in choosing who will do the construction -- something Freeman said the company would do.

Ingles worked on the deal with local officials, such as the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County.

County Commissioner K. Ray Bailey, who is also the EDC chairman, called the center a "landmark investment in the future of our region and the livelihood of our citizens."

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WNC's largest rooftop solar array goes online

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11/1/2010 - WNCs largest rooftop solar array goes online
by Michael Muller

Western North Carolina's largest rooftop solar array went online this afternoon on the rooftop of Conrad Industries' A-B Emblem facility in Weaverville. The system is expected to generate 325,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity this year alone -- roughly the energy demand of 22 homes -- reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 230 tons.

SunEnergy1 owns and operates the array and Progress Energy Carolina has signed an agreement to purchase the system's entire output and use it to provide power to its customers through its SunSense program. The photovoltaic array, now the largest in Western North Carolina, will be one of the largest in the country when Phase II of the project is completed sometime next year.

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First ever Hemp House in the U.S. built in N.C.

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8/26/2010 - First ever Hemp House in the U.S. built in N.C.
by Portfolio Weekly

Push Designs has completed constructing the first Hemp House in the U.S. Built in Asheville, NC, the sustainable house, which has been created from a renewable hemp-based material, called Hemcrete, features several green and energy-saving materials on the inside as well. Hemcrete is a sustainable material that has been made from hemp, water and lime. The breathable material purifies air and helps insulate the house.

On the inside, the 3400sqf house features walls and doors made from recycled paper, which like the Hemcrete, has good insulating properties and adds to the eco-credentials of the house. The home owners, Russ Martin and his wife Karen Korp have installed energy saving lighting fixtures to further reduce the use of grid electricity.

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It's Roadless Recreation Week in NC

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8/12/2010 - It's Roadless Recreation Week in NC
by Margaret Williams, Mountain Xpress

FROM THE NC NEWS SERVICE

The country's first-ever "Roadless Recreation Week" kicks off in North Carolina and other states this week. There are hikes and bike rides planned across the state as part of the campaign, including several organized by the Asheville-based Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Its director, Mark Shelley, explains why roadless areas are invaluable to conservation efforts.

"The experience harkens back to earlier times when forests were healthy and vibrant and so, we like to try and hold on to these places, and the best opportunity to do that is the Roadless Rule."

Roadless Recreation Week takes place as a federal court ponders a case that could affect the fate of the 2001 national Roadless Rule that protects roughly one-third of undeveloped Forest Service lands. The rule has been the subject of conflicting court decisions in the past decade. Last summer, a federal judge upheld the rule; another, similar case is pending. Opponents of continued roadless area protection argue that limiting growth in those areas hinders mining, ranching and timber efforts, thereby limiting opportunities for vital job creation.

According to Shelley, there are 172,000 roadless acres in the Tarheel State, making it home to some of the largest pristine areas on the East Coast.

"Roadless areas are the last wild places in the country; and by 'roadless,' they mean there are no, or very little, roads in these areas. Those areas are especially rare in the east."

North Carolina joins the states of Oregon, Washington, New Mexico and Colorado in commemorating Roadless Recreation Week. For a list of this week's activities, see http://www.ourforests.org or http://www.safc.org.

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ocal artist and traveling exhibits open Saturday

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8/4/2010 - Local artist and traveling exhibits open Saturday
by The Andrews Journal

Regional artists will have their artwork spotlighted in a locals-only exhibit opening at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Valleytown Cultural Arts and Historical Society.

The Valley River Arts Guild offered artists from the area the opportunity to display their work. The chosen pieces will be for sale, with a percentage of the commission benefiting the cultural arts society.

An exhibit recreating the inside of an Appalachian home featuring the work of five western North Carolina artists is being featured at the cultural arts center with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

HandMade in America, an organization dedicated to establishing western North Carolina as the destination for handmade goods, is taking the exhibition around the state and has chosen Andrews to temporarily house it.

The installation originally was featured in HandMade in America's Craft, Architecture and Design Expo in June at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville.

The craftsman created the exhibit called a "Hearth" to showcase furniture from Asheville artist Chris Spoerer, metal work of William Rogers, stoneware pottery from Travis Berning and Blairsville, Ga., quilter Barbara Webster under the team leadership of Western Carolina University professor Anna Fariello of Cullowhee.

Members of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, a Cherokee crafts organization, participated in the original installation.

The installation will be on display until Aug. 31. Fariello will be available to answer questions on the exhibit following the reception.

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ew food & environmental film fest announced for Asheville

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8/2/2010 - New food & environmental film fest announced for Asheville
by Kickstart

 Based in lovely Asheville, NC, Fresh Asheville is a grassroots organization focused on educating and inspiring people to action through film and community participation. Fresh Asheville focuses on solutions and the importance that daily choices have on the health, environment, and sustainability of our community and the world. Fresh Asheville has teamed with the Dutch Environmental Film Festival to bring the latest and top quality related documentaries to the Asheville Food & Environmental Film Festival September 22-25, 2010. Fresh Asheville was inspired by the movie FRESH, making it the headliner of this year's festival.

Participating restaurants will host an Opening Dinner at Eyes of Blue Farm featuring locally produced delights with proceeds to benefit this year's community project. This will be followed by three days of citywide screenings, lectures and workshops, and a closing dinner at Eyes of Blue Farm catered by Food Experience. This will be an opportunity to have a local farm fresh meal with the attending Directors and Producers of the festival film selection. Collaborative efforts are being made with the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and Slow Food Asheville to include students in the festival program, and to launch UNCA's own chapter of Slow Food International during the festival, which will empower students to become more involved in solutions. There is further effort with other community organizations to implement new programs for students' service learning through hands-on experience of fresh local food as this year's community project. Although the community project is serving the community of Asheville, the festival will serve all who attend, and everyone is welcome from anywhere in the world.

As with any film festival, there are screening rights and fees, lecture fees, venue costs, advertising, and such. Pledges will assist with these costs and every dollar helps spread the knowledge about important issues affecting our health and the planet. The more the pledges, the more films will be shown, which means more people will be reached and inspired to action!

 

 

 

 

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