Blog :: 04-2013

Carriage rides begin around downtown

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4/30/2013 - Carriage rides begin around downtown
by Jason Sandford - Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE -- There's a new star performer on the streets of Asheville, and his name is Silver.

His full name is Silver Lining, and he's a 15-year-old Percheron who stands 18 hands tall. His 2,000-pound body is literally providing the horse power behind the city's latest tourist attraction, Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours. Catherine Hunter, who lives on a Canton farm with Silver and a handful of other horses, owns the business.

Hunter rolled out her horse and carriage Friday night. She has a carriage stand at Pritchard Park, and her roughly 20-minute tours take riders through the heart of downtown past some of the city's most well-known architectural landmarks and beloved businesses.

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Art openings, receptions, and tours

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4/22/2013 - Art openings, receptions, and tours
by Asheville Citizen Times

'Vivacity,' a photograph by Mars Hill student Olivia Buckner, is included in a group show at the Weizenblatt Gallery in the Moore Building of Mars Hill College, through May 9. Other artists in the exhibit are Joel Dempsey, Emma Hoffman, Kristen Landers and James 'Jamie' Raezer.

'Vivacity,' a photograph by Mars Hill student Olivia Buckner, is included in a group show at the Weizenblatt Gallery in the Moore Building of Mars Hill College, through May 9. Other artists in the exhibit are Joel Dempsey, Emma Hoffman, Kristen Landers and James 'Jamie' Raezer. / Olivia Buckner/Special to the Citizen-Times

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 ART'S ALIVE AT FIG! 4 p.m. today, FIG, Biltmore Village, Sweeten Creek Road. Creative edibles and art, meet local professional artists of Southern Highland Craft Guild and see their spring creations available for purchase. $5. Call 277-0889.

ART QUILT SHOW: "Strings and Threads: Art Quilts by Stephanie Wilds, Musical Themes and More" 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Friday, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Call 669-0930.

SPRING CERAMICS & ART SALE: 4-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, UNC Asheville's Owen Hall, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Pottery, prints, photography, glass, metal and sculpture. Visit www.art.unca.edu.

OLLI ART BAZAAR: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. OLLI members present painting, photography, jewelry, textiles and more for display and sale. Call 251-6140 or visitwww.olliasheville.com.

"DOG ON IT" ART SHOW: April 26-27 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 26, Kathleen's Gallery, Main Street, Saluda. Fundraiser for Foothills Humane Society. Pictures of sculptures can be seen on Facebook/Susie Welsh. Call 749-3900.

WIN A QUILT: "Bear Went Over The Mountain" quilt on display alternatively at the Jackson County Public Library and FOL Used Book Store in downtown Sylva. Donations are $1 or six tickets for $5. Also on display April 27 at the FOL booth at Greening Up The Mountains festival. Call 586-1221.

WORLDWIDE PINHOLE CAMERA DAY: 1-4 p.m. April 28, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Promotes the fantasy, art, fun and experience of lens-less photography. Pinhole cameras available to borrow. Free. Call 669-0930. Visit www.pinholeday.org.

APPALCHIAN PASTEL SOCIETY EXHIBIT: Opens May 1 with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 3, BlackBird Frame & Art, 365 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. To May 31. Call 252-3117.

 

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ActionFest returns to Asheville with Homeward Bound benefit

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4/17/2013 - ActionFest returns to Asheville with Homeward Bound benefit
by Ken Hanke - Mountain XPress

Beginning April 19, ActionFest will once again bring the best in world action cinema to Asheville -- this time with a monthly ActionFest Film Series, the first of which will benefit Homeward Bound. 

The opening fight card of the world's first all-action theatrical film series is a double feature of epic proportions. From action star and visionary director Takeshi Kitano, we have the U.S. theatrical premiere of Beyond Outrage. (Plus an encore screening of its predecessor, Outrage, which made its U.S. debut at the 2011 ActionFest Film Festival.)

Join ActionFest at The Carolina Asheville, 1640 Hendersonville Road, on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. for two great action films plus complimentary pints of Ninja Porter donated by Asheville Brewing, plus complimentary soft drinks from Carolina Cinemas. All of the proceeds from the screenings will be donated to Homeward Bound, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year of providing pathways to housing for the homeless in Asheville. Suggested donation for admission is $10. Tickets are available now at Carolina Cinemas' box office or online at www.carolinacinemas.com.

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Adventure of the Week: Cradle of Forestry opens

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4/11/2013 - Adventure of the Week: Cradle of Forestry opens
by Karen Chavez - Asheville Citizen Times

What: Cradle of Forestry season opening day with "Old-Time Plowing and Folkways" program.

When: Site will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Saturday through Nov. 10.

Where: U.S. 276 in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Entry fee: Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 15 and younger and those with Federal Recreation passes and Golden Passports. Entry is free on Tuesdays.

Details: You know spring has finally arrived when the Cradle of Forestry opens for the season. The site, which true to its name really is where the study of forestry in America was born, is a great educational and recreational resource.

Stroll the paved trails through the forest or check out the indoor interactive exhibits and watch the 30-minute film, "There's Magic at the Cradle" in the Forest Discovery Center.

 

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sheville's South Slope on the rise

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4/8/2013 - Asheville's South Slope on the rise
by Jason Sandford Mackensy Lunsford - Asheville Citizen Times

ASHEVILLE -- The pioneers are pioneering again, and the new frontier is a couple of city blocks just south of the city's already booming downtown.

Consider John and Julie Stehling, owners of Early Girl Eatery, which opened in downtown 2001, just as the central business district began its comeback.

Now the downtown stockholders for 11 years have placed themselves among the pioneers of a new neighborhood. Work will soon begin on their new King Daddy's Chicken and Waffle, a new restaurant concept coming to Collier Street. The turn toward soul on the South Slope is not entirely new to Asheville. It's what the Stehlings have done for years with Early Girl, which focuses on scratch-made Southern food with local flavor.

"What we do is very Asheville," John said. "People have been curing their meats and preserving their vegetables for years up here in the mountains. We're just an extension of that scene."

What a scene the South Slope is shaping up to be. Nine new projects, all fall within a stone's throw of one another in an area known as the South Slope, have been announced or are already well underway. The area roughly bounded by Asheland, Biltmore and Southside avenues. Five of the ventures are restaurant and brewery operations aimed directly at building on Asheville's reputation and a destination for craft beer and local food.

Taken together, the enterprises represent millions of dollars of new investment in an area that, while it has seen some new development in recent years, has been largely overlooked.Business owners and real estate experts say the area is ripe for new activity because of its close-knit feel, lower real estate prices and the fact that the rest of the central business district is largely built out. The growth boom has sparked a few concerns, as well, from some downtown proponents who are worried about the mix of businesses coming to the area, as well as its aging infrastructure.

 

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rossFit entrepreneurs have vision for healthy Asheville

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4/8/2013 - CrossFit entrepreneurs have vision for healthy Asheville
by Jason Sandford - Asheville Citizen Times

Shanna Duvall, one of the CrossFit co-owners, works on her back squat lift.

Shanna Duvall, one of the CrossFit co-owners, works on her back squat lift. / Jason Sandford/jsandford@citizen-times.com

ASHEVILLE -- Shanna and Corey Duvall didn't know a soul when they pulled into town in the winter of 2009, their 1996 Nissan Quest minivan loaded with their two dogs and all their worldly possessions.

 

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