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Asheville's Historic Homes

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2/18/2010 - Asheville's Historic Homes
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In 1927, Homewood was built as Dr. Robert Carroll's private residence after  the construction of Highland Hospital was completed. Dr. Carroll  moved to Asheville in 1904 after his tenure at Duke University. Homewood is one of the most prominent buildings in Montford, Asheville's historic district. The English stone-manor was designed to reflect the architecture at Duke.  Additions were made over time including a 1,500 square foot piano room featuring cherry walls for his second wife, Grace Potter Carroll. Bela Bartok, the famous classical compser and pianist, visited Asheville and gave private performances at Homewood where he entertained the Vanderbuilts and the Fitzgeralds among others. Mrs. Carroll, who toured Europe as a concert pianist, taught piano lessons at Homewood. In the 1940's Nina Simone, the notable Jazz musician and activist, was one of her students. She was driven from South Carolina by her mother just for the occasion. Homewood was part of the Highland Hospital complex where Zelda Fitzgerald was treated and died in the 1948 fire that burned down the hospital. Today, Homewood is maintained as a banquet facility and is the only structure original to the Highland complex still standing.

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Asheville's Micro-Brewing Community

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2/18/2010 - Asheville's Micro-Brewing Community
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Asheville boasts one of the nation's premiere micro-brewing communities. With thirteen local breweries offering the finest quality brews and ales, Asheville is sure to please even the most discerning connoisseur. New breweries are opening, like The Lexington Avenue Brewery (The LAB), and more established breweries are thriving, like Highland Brewing, celebrating their fifteenth anniversary. All of the breweries feature tap rooms on site, and some, like Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, offer a full menu as well as entertainment such as live music and film viewings. There are many popular seasonal brews offered by various companies like Black Mountain Bitter (Highland Brewing), and Irish Red Ale (Pisgah Brewing). Pisgah was the Southeast's first certified organic brewery. LEAF Amber, another seasonal ale by Pisgah, is brewed in collaboration with the Lake Eden Arts Festival, an annual camping and music festival held in nearby Black Mountain. With the ever growing interest the craft-brewing community has garnered, Asheville is sure to remain among America's most dynamic brewing cities.

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WAR Send a Puppy-gram for Valentines Day this year

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2/4/2010 - BWAR Send a Puppy-gram for Valentines Day this year
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Sure, you can say it with candy, flowers, or jewelry. But this Valentine's Day, say it with puppy breath!

Granted, a snuggly, adorable puppy tied with a big red bow would get you some serious points with the significant other, but if you're not ready for the morning after chewed-up shoe, you can still have a furbaby deliver your Valentine's Day love - no strings attached. For a donation of $45 a cute-as-can-be Brother Wolf rescued puppy will stop by for a visit at your honey's workplace (within 15 miles of Asheville) on Friday, February 12th bearing a flower and personalized card, balloon, and sweet treat. Show your sensitive side (women love that!) and help save a life. Go to www.bwar.org to sign up. Deadline Thursday, Feb. 11th.

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sheville Restaurants Support Haiti Relief

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2/4/2010 - Asheville Restaurants Support Haiti Relief
by Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE More than 20 Asheville restaurants are donating 10 percent of their sales on Feb. 11 to the American Red Cross to support the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti following the earthquake that devastated that nation.

Taking part in the Dine Out for Haiti program are 12 Bones Smokehouses (both locations), Artisan Catering and Deli, Barleys Taproom and Pizzeria, Blue Ridge Dining Room, Burgermesters Kitchen and Tap, Chai-Pani, The Corner Kitchen, Doc Cheys Noodle House, Fig, Horizons, the Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luellas Barbecue, Mamacitas Mexican Grill, Piazza, Rise n Shine Café, Sunny Point Café, Sunset Terrace, Table and Tupelo Honey Café (both locations).

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