Hurricane Florence: How to Help

From: NASA


If you're looking to help following the devastation in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, here are some organizations helping victims of the storm -

A Just Florence Recovery - Resources and support for frontline-to-frontline relief and mobilization in Eastern NC

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund - Operated through the office of the governor

American Red Cross 

Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets, NBA Cares - Set up by the owner of the Hornets and North Carolina native

North Carolina United Way 

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

North Carolina Community Foundation

SPCA of Wake County - Supporting displaced animals

Diaper Bank of North Carolina - For personal care items like diapers, feminine hygiene products & adult incontinence pills.  You can also purchase items through their Amazon wishlist here

SBP - Group founded after Hurricane Katrina that will send volunteers once flooding has receded to rebuild areas affected by Florence

Save The Children

National Center For Disaster Fraud - Site offering tips to ensure donations are going to organizations helping with disaster relief

Read More - News United States Department of Defense Coast Guardsmen and members of the North Carolina National Guard assist residents affected by flooding following

Here are even more ways to help those in need:

WCK founder José Andrés and our Chef Relief team have already prepared 80,000 meals for victims of Hurricane Florence,

which devastated the Carolinas. Donations are urgently needed to purchase ingredients, fuel, and delivery supplies essential

to our operations, which are serving 20,000 evacuees and first responders daily.

Give now to support our critical meal relief operations!

International donors/Paypal Users: donate via Paypal by clicking here!

To mail a contribution, please address to: World Central Kitchen, Inc. P.O. Box 392289, Pittsburgh PA 15251-9289. 

(Note: FedEx or overnight mail cannot be accepted at this address and will need to be sent to World Central Kitchen,

1875 Connecticut Ave NW 10th Floor, Washington DC 20009).

 Sep 20, 2018 0 SWANSBORO, N.C. - A boat is beached on land due to the effects of Hurricane Florence in Swansboro, N.C. Sept. 17, 2018. Florence, with its heavy rain and strong winds of over 100 miles per hour, is the biggest storm to hit the Carolinas since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Private meteorologists estimate the economic loss to be $10-$60 billion in damages. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nello Miele)

Photo By: Pfc. Nello Miele

In Brief

  • Direct Relief has committed an initial $200,000 in cash and made available its current inventory of more than $100 million in medications and other medical products in response to the unfolding emergency on the U.S. East Coast caused by Hurricane Florence.
  • Direct Relief has offered support to more than 200 healthcare partners that are currently in the storm’s projected path to coordinate potential relief efforts.
  • At the start of hurricane season, hurricane-specific medicines and supplies were also prepositioned in locations serving high-risk areas along the coast and can be opened by health centers should they be needed.

Second Harvest Food Bank

What can you do NOW to help the people and communities that may be impacted by the storm?

Food and Water is the name of our game. Second Harvest and our sister food banks work diligently to cover these basics for families in the wake of the disaster. We work in close coordination with other organizations that provide for other needs.

Financial donations for recovery efforts. Your financial support of our efforts is critical as they allow us to pinpoint the community needs and respond accordingly. When needed, we will activate a special giving page for donations to support our networks response efforts, including securing, staging and distributing water and food for impacted families.

Along with everyone else, food bankers are carefully watching the forecasts regarding Florence, and we will be actively engaged in supporting any necessary relief efforts for our service area working with our local, on-the-ground partner agencies.


How to Help the Animals!

From: Brother Wolf

Our work for the animals affected by Hurricane Florence began well before the storm made landfall, as we evacuated nearly 100 coastal Carolina animals to the safety of partnered shelters in New York and Florida.

The hurricane itself is over, but our work to save animals stranded by the floodwaters hasn’t slowed down. Rapid Response teams have deployed to eastern North Carolina to aid in animal care and search and rescue efforts for those animals left to fend for themselves.

Our team in Wallace, NC has been rescuing dogs and cats from floodwaters filled with debris, chemicals, and bacteria. Some dogs have been found tied to trees or structures, with no way to escape rising waters. Many cats have been found in trees or on rooftops, stranded with no food, water, or weather protection.

Another team has been called to assist in the rescue of pigs and chickens who were living in factory farms at the time the storm hit. Sadly, millions of farmed animals have perished in this storm and the contamination and environmental devastation from breached lagoons will be hard for North Carolina to recover from.

 (See today's Guardian article here, featuring our Field Operations Manager, Eric.)

We have been working around the clock to save as many animals as possible in the short window of time we have before they begin to die from exposure, starvation, dehydration, illness, or injury.

 These animals urgently need your support! Please make a donation today so we can continue to rescue as many as we can before time runs out.



I have been blown away by the love and compassion these animals have been shown by our incredible staff, volunteers, fosters, and donors. We would never be able to do this work without your support.

Thank you!

Denise Bitz




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    Asheville Featured on National Geographic Channel


    The National Geographic Channel will feature Asheville in a 30-minute documentary set to air in September 2018! The documentary will explore the magic of the Asheville experience, explaining how the enchantment and relaxation travelers find here in the mountains is “by design." The title of the program is "Asheville By Design."


    Here's a sneak peek:

    You can watch the program on the National Geographic Channel September 20th at 6:30 p.m. and September 27th at 9:30 a.m. The times are the same for those on the east and west coast. The air time is an hour earlier for those in the Central Time Zone. The documentary will also be available on demand (depending on your cable provider) beginning September 21st.

    A crew from National Geographic was in town in May 2018 capturing video for the program.

    The documentary will highlight everything from Asheville's stunning mountain vistas to the farm-to-table dining culture, from the booming live music scene to cool breweries, from the creativity of the arts scene to the area’s top attractions. Intermixed is Asheville history and how the magical Asheville experience has become what it is today.  

    Among the iconic Asheville locations featured are the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe River Arts DistrictBiltmoreThe Omni Grove Park InnThe Asheville Drum CircleHighland BrewingAsheville Bee Charmer, The Dog DoorChai Pani and Rhubarb.


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      Asheville and Western NC Community Support Those in Need

      BeLoved Community Plans Tiny Home Village



      John Bosicjkanovic hasn’t had a place to call home for more than a decade.

      Now, though, he’s thinking about what he might want in a new tiny home.

      “I think I’d like a colonial style, with some recycled wood, maybe 300 to 400 square feet. I mean, how much space does one person need? And I’d like to have a solar panel or some other kind of alternative energy.”

      Bosicjkanovic’s dream may be coming true, as BeLoved Asheville ( develops its plan to build a community of tiny homes on about an acre of land in East Asheville.

      About 550 people in Asheville are homeless, according to the most recent point-in-time count; many, like Bosicjkanovic, are chronically so.

      “I can’t pass a credit check to get an apartment,” he explains. “I don’t have any assets; I can’t get any credit. I don’t even have a driver’s license.”

      But that doesn’t mean Bosicjkanovic and others should have to live on the street, Cantrell maintains.

      Tiny houses can be built for just a few thousand dollars, especially when someone is willing to provide the labor, as Bosicjkanovic is, and some or most of the material is recycled — barn wood, corrugated metal, old doors and windows and more. “I’ve been working in construction since I went to work with my father when I was 10,” says the 57-year-old. “I can do pretty much all of it.”

      Getting people off the street is important, and not just to protect them from the elements, says Tracey Childers of the Asheville Homeless Coalition.

      “A lot of homeless people have a really hard time taking medications as they’re supposed to,” she points out. “If the medication needs to be taken with food, they may have to skip a dose or take it without food. They get serious infections from simple things like an insect bite. Building tiny houses, building a community like this, well, I love it.”

      Bosicjkanovic hopes to help others build their homes, too. Folks earning the minimum wage, he points out, “work hard, and they deserve a decent place to live. I know how to build something, and I can’t wait to help.”

      How do you spell ‘affordable’?

      Building tiny home villages for people who are homeless is a growing trend. More than a dozen such developments have sprung up in places like Detroit; Seattle; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Nashville, Tenn. Some are entirely privately funded via grants and donations; others get some of their support from government agencies.

      The city of Asheville has a number of affordable housing initiatives, communications specialist Polly McDaniel reports.

      The Community Development Division, for example, provides funds for public-private partnerships with groups such as Mountain Housing Opportunities and Habitat for Humanity. The city agency also offers land-use incentive grants and participates in the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

      In addition, the $74 million bond package approved by Asheville voters in November 2016 included a $25 million bond referendum for affordable housing, and City Council is planning to allocate some of that money to developments on city-owned property.

      But those programs, notes Cantrell, target people with moderate incomes, not those in poverty. What’s needed, she believes, is housing that’s “deeply affordable,” meaning it’s within reach for someone who makes the minimum wage or who lives on Social Security or disability benefits.

      BeLoved’s homeless initiative, which launched a street medic program in 2017 and, earlier this year, persuaded City Council to keep a downtown restroom open 24 hours a day, began talking about tiny homes several months ago. Cantrell posted the idea on social media on Dec. 28, 2017, and a few weeks later, on Jan. 15, she got a call from the Rev. Sara Wilcox of Land of the Sky United Church of Christ, who offered an acre of the church’s land for the village.

      “I saw the post and I thought, maybe we are called for something like this,” Wilcox explains. “I have a gift for connecting all the dots, and I thought this was something we could do.”

      Wilcox met with a civil engineer to ensure that the site was appropriate. After the engineer said a tiny house village could be built there, Wilcox met with the church leadership and then called a meeting of the full congregation to consider donating the land. The vote was unanimous: 89-0.

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      Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call HOME.

      This year we have experienced first-hand the difficulties of navigating the system in a time of need as a very close friend fell into crisis. This brought into focus how quickly this issue can strike close to home. We are very excited to help the organizations that are doing such important work to help those in need in our community. Our goals continue to concentrate on the homeless population and those in crisis in our Asheville and WNC community.

      Beloved Asheville, Homeward Bound of WNCHelpmateEliada Home, & ABCCM's Steadfast House are the five LOCAL nonprofit organizations that we will be raising funds for during our 7th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser on Friday, Nov. 30th at the Orange Peel! Our goal is to raise $20,000 and we will be matching ALL donations up to $10,000!

      Please save the date and join us - admission is by donation at the door! For more information visit: and/or call us at 828.232.2879 or email


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        Fun Asheville and Western NC Events August 3rd - 5th 2018

        This weekend is going to be a busy one in and around Asheville! With so many great events happening; it will be a challenge to pick what you want to do the most. Don't worry though, we have compiled a great list to help you make the best decision!


        Friday, Aug. 3rd & Saturday, Aug. 4th


        We at Town and Mountain Realty are so excited to sponsor this great event!

        Get ready to Get Down at the 4th Annual LEAF Downtown AVL, taking place August 3-4, 2018 in the heart of Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. LEAF Downtown AVL showcases dynamic musical talent, immersive cultural arts performances, and local handcraft & culinary artists. Visit for more info on this inclusive, family-friendly, FREE event!

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        Friday, Aug. 3rd

        Nahko and Medicine for the People at The Meadow - Highland Brewing

        We at Town and Mountain Realty are thrilled to be a sponsor for The Orange Peel & Highland Brewing Company's Summer Concert Series!

        Orange Peel Events & AC Entertainment presents
        Nahko and Medicine for the People
        plus Raye Zaragoza
        OUTDOOR SHOW at The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
        Show: 7 pm
        Doors : 5:30pm
        $25 - $30
        All Ages

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        Saturday, Aug. 4th

        Beneficial Pollinators; Beyond the Bee

        Many insects other than the bee contribute to pollination and also provide other needed benefits to the ecosystem. Explore ants, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, and other beneficial insects and discover how important they are to your garden and the environment. Learn to tell the difference between bees, wasps, and flies, make insect antennae to wear home, and create your own caterpillar that turns into a butterfly before your eyes!

        2 PM - 4 PM 

        Asheville Museum of Science (43 Patton Ave., Asheville, North Carolina 28801)

        Event Included with Admission

        Adult: $7 | Children: $6 | Military: $6 | Senior: $6 | Student: $6 | 2 & Under FREE

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        Saturday, August 4th & Sunday, August 5th

        46th Annual Village Art & Craft Fair

        This year’s Art & Craft Fair in Biltmore Village is sure to inspire and delight! With over 100 vendors in clay, wood, metal, fine art and beyond, our craft fair draws visitors from near and far.

        Join us at the Cathedral of All Souls

        Saturday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 
        Sunday:  Noon to 5:00 pm

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        Saturday, Aug. 4th

        Bikes and Beers New Belgium 2018


        9 AM - 2:30 PM New Belgium Brewing (21 Craven Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28806)

        Bikes and Beers NEW BELGIUM features a 15-mile and 30-mile ride departing from New Belgium Brewery and traveling through the beautiful region of Asheville, NC. Both rides will feature a half-way rest stop with refreshments.

        Upon return to New Belgium, riders will receive an official pint glass (and koozie!) with 2 FREE BEERS of your choice. At New Belgium, there will be LIVE MUSIC, local food trucks and lots of outdoor games to play! A Celebration of Cycling and Craft Beer!

        A portion of proceeds from the event will go to Asheville on Bikes to help improve the cycling conditions in Asheville, NC. Have fun, and give back!

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        Saturday, Aug. 4th & Sunday, Aug. 5th

        NC Mineral and Gem Festival

        (Location: 12121 Hwy 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC 28777)

        Ticket Prices & Hours
        Friday - Saturday
        10am - 6pm (General Admission $3)
        12:30pm - 5pm - (Mitchell County Day $1.00)
        Kids 10 & under FREE!

        For over 50 years the NC Mineral and Gem Festival has welcomed thousands of visitors each year to Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Widely known as the most important mining district in the world, Spruce Pine has a strong mining history and heritage. The Festival welcomes dealers from around the country selling fine jewelry, gemstones, minerals, fossils and more! During the four day Festival, attendees enjoy shopping, mine tours, lectures, book signings as well as enjoying the beautiful attractions and activities offered in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

        Free Concert - Friday, August 5th 6 PM Downtown Spruce Pine

        Grassy Creek Gem Show at Parkway Fire Department, Hwy 226 South just a couple of miles from the NC Gem Fest.

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        Friday, Aug. 3rd & Saturday, Aug. 4th

        ( *Cancelled Due to Rain* )

        Summer Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

        North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

        8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

        After sunset, the North Carolina Arboretum presents a projected light show synchronized to a live music performance of Blue Ridge Orchestra’s Symphonic Winds. New this year, the Arboretum will offer reserved premium seating for $30 (includes a free drink). Lawn seating is $18 for adults and $12 for children. Proceeds from this summer concert series will help support the Arboretum’s programs, exhibits and facilities year-round. 

        Check out this video from just last month filmed by our own Susan Young!

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        Saturday, August 4th

        14th Annual Tomato Festival

        WHERE: Henderson County Tailgate Market, 100 N. King St., Hendersonville.
        WHEN: 8 a.m.-noon


        The Henderson County Tailgate Market is ready to once again celebrate the beloved tomato for the 14th annual Tomato Festival. North Carolina ranks seventh nationally in the production of tomatoes destined for fresh market. Every year nearly 3,000 acres of this tasty favorite are grown across the Tar Heel state with many of them harvested in Henderson County.

        Saturday, August 4th vendors will offer a variety of Henderson County fresh tomatoes and more. Come grab a free tomato sandwich, listen to some tunes and shop at our various booths for all kinds of North Carolina goodness including fresh produce, eggs, chicken, flowers, plantings, honey, baked goods, natural beauty products and more.


        The Henderson County Tailgate Market opened in 1979 featuring fresh county grown produce. It is one of the oldest and successful open air markets in Western North Carolina.


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          Asheville and Western NC Fun Events and Happenings!

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


          Thursday June 14th 6pm - 9pm

          5th Annual Under the Stars Fundraiser for AMOS

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

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

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

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

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          Friday June 15th 5pm - 9pm

          Downtown After 5

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

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

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

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

          All Go West Festival

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

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

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

          Rhododendron Festival

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

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

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          Thursday June 21st 6pm - 8:30pm

          Fermented Pairings Series Vol. 4: Summer of Fermentation

          Featuring FERMENTI foods and White Labs Kitchen & Tap.

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

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          Saturday June 23rd, 2018 12pm - 9pm

          Hola Asheville

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

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

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

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          Saturday June 23rd 4pm - 9pm

          Weaverville's Music on Main

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

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

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          Sunday June 24th 8am - 3pm

          Asheville Flea for Y'all

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

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

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

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

          43rd Annual Cherokee 4th of July Powwow

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

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          Ongoing May-October 2018

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

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

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

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

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            Rainy Days - but still so much FUN in Asheville!





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              Asheville Happenings and Things to do in April 2018

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

              1st Friday Art Walk in the Downtown Asheville Arts District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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              Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing and Folkways

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

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

              What to Do:

              During our Opening Day celebration you can:

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

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

              Details about old time plowing:

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

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

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

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

              Full schedule of events is now available.

              Saturday, April 7

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

              Additional Festival on the Quad Activities Include:

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

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

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

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              Glass & Metal Day at the Folk Art Center

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


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


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

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

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              Nantahala Outdoor Center's Outdoor Elements Festival

              Date: April 13 - 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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              Earth Day Kid’s Festival

              Saturday April 21st 2018 | 10AM – 2PM

              Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Dr. Asheville, NC

              Free admission for all! 

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

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              WNC for the Planet - April Events

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

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              Weaverville Art Safari

              Spring Studio Tour

              Sat – Sun | April 28-29, 10 – 5

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

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

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

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              Mother Earth News Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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              Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

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

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

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

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

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                St Patrick's Day 2018 in Asheville and Western NC

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

                Bike of the Irish


                Time to get your green clothes washed!

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

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

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

                Follow our up to the minute details on Facebook.

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

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

                3pm-5pm // Station 7 of Atlanta, Georgia // Guitar heavy alternative multi-genre band. Good Old Fashioned Galactic Jam Rock.

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

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


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

                March 17th, 2018

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

                6-10 LIVE MUSIC from Bardic Alchemy!!

                Join the fun and drinks until late evening!

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                Sham Rocked!


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

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                The Werks w/ The Snozzberries

                From: Pisgah Brewing

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

                $15 in Advance, $18 Day of Show

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

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                St Patrick’s Day at Ben’s Tune Up

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

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


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

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

                An authentic celebration of Irish music + song


                St. Party’s Day at Banks Ave.

                Starting at 9 p.m. | Free

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


                St. Patty’s Day Jam

                The Barrelhouse AVL | 1459 Merrimon

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


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                  Asheville Is the Coolest City You've Never Been To




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

                  Take the Air

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

                  Buy My Books

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

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



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

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


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

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



                    It's finally Fed Cup week in Asheville. 

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

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

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

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

                    What is the Fed Cup?

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

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

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

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

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

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



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