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Tips for Cleaning Up After a Big Storm

Cleaning Up Your Yard After the Big Storm

Huge storms can wreck havoc on your beautiful yard. The months spent getting your lawn into perfect shape can be destroyed by just a few minutes of a terrible storm.

Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can take to clean up your yard after the storm has died down. Here are easy ways to assess your yard in the days following an extreme weather event.

What can you do in the aftermath of a big storm? Plenty. Check out these Top 5 Tips for Post-Hurricane Yard Clean Up. Easy ways to assess your yard in the days following an extreme weather event.

Tip No. 1. Check your trees, lawn and shrubs for storm damage. Note fallen trees, limbs and branches in a notebook so that you can easily report these items to your tree surgeon, arborist, landscape specialist or insurance carrier, as needed. Pay particular attention to which trees or shrubs were adversely affected. It may be that you’ll need to rethink the placement of these trees and shrubs in the future, or enhance your wind barriers and drainage systems in the future. In my yard, we’re fortunate to have several outbuildings and storm fencing which shield our trees from damaging wind, rain and hail. But, we recently consulted a Master Gardener from our County to provide advice on falling limbs that may be the combined result of summer drought and hurricane force winds.

Tip No. 2. Check your drainage systems, curbs, gutters, and storm drains for water, leaves, mud and other lawn debris. These systems can sustain damage as well during a big storm. Ask yourself several questions. Where does water tend to pool or puddle? Where do leaves collect? What’s working and what’s not? Follow up with flood and drainage specialists as needed. Or, get the shovel ready to redirect water flow or clear drains as warranted. The experts at HGTV provide easy DIY tips for installing a French Drain in your yard. But, keep in mind, no system is foolproof and most require regular maintenance, particularly after a storm.

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Tip No. 3. Remove sticks, stones, and leaves from lawn and garden. The days following a storm are excellent times to remove all debris that’s collected or fallen during the course of a tropical storm or hurricane. Clearing your yard will help the sun and wind dry your water clogged lawn and garden areas a little faster than if you let the elements take care of this debris on their own. Remember to put what you can in your compost pile, separating out oak leaves and other material that may not decompose. The rest can be disposed of, keeping in mind that your local authorities may have specific regulations on proper handling of this material.

Tip No. 4. Steer clear of damaged trees. These can pose dangerous conditions prior to and during removal. Call a tree specialist to figure out your options for your damaged trees. Some are salvageable with a little trimming. Others will need to be removed by the experts. Trees down in common areas? Across yards? For community as well as private tree advice and assistance, contact a certified arborist or Master Gardener at your local Extension office. These experts can help you develop a plan to address your damaged trees, usually at no cost to you. Extension services can also provide important tips on chain saw safety, crucial advice if you choose to clear these specimens yourself. In the meantime, best to keep you and your family a distance away from these post-storm hazards.

 

Tip No. 5. Stay away from standing water. If there is significant flooding or water collection in your yard, this can pose significant dangers to you and your family. It may be that a storm drain has dislodged or overflowed. Or, a stream has risen substantially higher than its banks. In any event, it will be important for you to alert family members and neighbors of this standing water, and to report this water hazard to your local authorities. It may be that you’ll need to wait for water to subside. Or, in the case of creeks, streams and other waterways, authorities may need to check things out. The Centers for Disease Control provide an excellent fact sheet on what to do in the case of standing water. At a minimum, CDC cautions homeowners to wash their hands after contact with flooding or standing water. In the meantime, best to keep you and your family a safe distance away from these post-storm hazards.

 

Smart, Safe Storm Cleanup Tips

Getting your home back into shape after big weather may require more than a broom and a mop. Here's a collection of our best pro advice for managing the aftermath

From:  www.thisoldhouse.com

By the editors of ThisOldHouse.com

 

Dealing with the Aftermath

For many people, when a terrible storm hits, it's the aftermath that is the worst. Debris, flood waters, power outages, broken tree limbs, shattered glass, piles of snow— these are all dangerous risks once a hurricane, tornado, or nor'easter makes its way through a town or community.

The editors of This Old House have compiled our best and safest advice for how to deal with the cleanup after a storm. Follow along to see how you can save your house from more harm—and keep yourself and your family safe as you do it.

 

Stop a Flood

With a heavy storm comes heavy rains, and inevitably flooding. If waters come into your home, be careful about getting it out. Turn off the power—but only if the water hasn't reached as high as any electrical outlets in the room where the main breaker lives. Otherwise you could be wading into an electrified pond.

 

Dry Out Your House

Once the storm subsides, hiring a professional service might be your best bet for a thorough cleanup, because they will know how to eradicate water in places you didn't even realize it had seeped.

 

Stave Off Mold

Even if you think you've gotten all of your goods dried out and cleaned up, dirty and contaminated floodwaters may have already laid the groundwork for mold—not just on the walls, but inside them and in floors and furniture.

Clean Up Damaged Trees

With high winds and heavy rains or snows come downed trees, one of the most dangerous and damaging outcomes of a powerful storm.

First figure out how bad the situation is by following the advice in Assessing Tree Damage. If you find you'll need to remove a tree, call in a certified arborist to do any major removal; taking down trees is a scary job that can cause terrible injury if not done right.

 

Fix Broken Glass

High winds and flying debris might have shattered a pane or two. Follow TOH general contractor Tom Silva's advice for repairing broken glass, whether it's on a door, in a window, or only accessible from inside.

Clear Leaves

Those on the peripheries of a terrible storm may not have had downed trees or flooded basements, but they're likely to have found themselves with a house and yard covered in leaves and twigs.

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How to Help Hurricane Irma Victims

As Hurricane Irma roars over the Florida Keys after causing destruction in the Caribbean, here is a guide to how you can help the people it affects.

First, some general guidelines: The Center for International Disaster Information, a part of the United States Agency for International Development, offers useful tips on giving in the wake of disasters. Sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help, it emphasizes.

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    Asheville and Western NC Fall Foliage Outlook for 2017!

    Fall Foliage Forecast 2017, Asheville & NC Mountains

    From: www.romanticasheville.com

     

    The fall leaf color show in the North Carolina mountains attracts visitors from around the world. With the 5,000-foot elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, our lush Blue Ridge Mountain range puts on one of the longest-running autumn leaf color displays in the country. 

    Blue Ridge Parkway & Mountains Fall Foliage Forecast 2017

    Linn Cove Viaduct
    See our Top 20 Fall Spots Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Limited time: Enter to win a fall getaway through Sept 10th.

    Forecast: The number one question is: “When is the peak color?” No matter when you plan an autumn visit, in October or early November, you can take a short drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway or other mountain roads to find the best fall leaves color. Elevation and weather are the biggest factors in the color show. Leaves begin their color change at the highest peaks and gradually work down to the lowest elevations. An early frost speeds up the show and warm weather prolongs it.

    Where to Find Color Week-by-Week 2017

    Fall Events
    There are many festivals and events tor enjoy in September and October. See our 40 Favorite Fall Festivals.

    Find the best photo spots with our Fall Photo Journal 2016 and Fall Photo Journal 2015. Also see our favorite Scenic Drives, Motorcycle Drives, Mountain Views and Pet-Friendly guides.

    Dry Falls
    Pic: Dry Falls

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    Are you planning a trip to the mountains of Western North Carolina to view fall foliage this autumn?  If so, this map, put out by the department of biology at Appalachian State University, could be an incredibly helpful planning tool.

    Maps claiming to predict the arrival of fall foliage come a dime a dozen this time of year, but the App State map incorporates multiple variables such as elevation change and latitude, making it more accurate than similar leaf peeping predictions.

    “We constructed the map using the following assumptions,” writes Michael Denslow of the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University who created the graphic.”First, we assumed that fall color would start earlier at higher elevations. We then figured (guessed!) that for each 1,000′ increase in elevation, peak fall colors would occur about one week earlier, with the exception of those areas near the coast, where we divided the elevation into 500′ sections.”

    According to the map, fall will come first to areas like Boone, Mount Mitchell, and Grandfather Mountain, with peak season arriving around October 1, while Asheville won’t experience peak viewing conditions until mid-October.

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    From: www.smokymountains.com

    The 2017 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

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      Solar Eclipse 2017 - Where to Watch in Western NC

      From: www.romanticasheville.com

      Don't miss the opportunity to experience a rare total solar eclipse in western North Carolina near Asheville on Monday, August 21, 2017. Jackson County, Swain County and Graham County - all located about 50-70 miles west of Asheville - are the few areas in our state where you can totally experience the extremely rare celestial phenomenon. Towns in the direct path include Sylva, Dillsboro, Cashiers, Bryson City, Cherokee, Franklin, Highlands and Robbinsville, with one to two minutes of complete darkness as the moon moves in front of the sun. Even the city of Asheville will see a 99% eclipse - but not total darkness.

      People will be traveling to this area from around the world to experience this amazing event. At 2:36 PM, the Carolina blue sky will turn pitch black. Temperatures will drop, and stars will come out as the sun disappears. While the total eclipse is just a couple of minutes, the transition will begin about 1 PM and end around 4 PM. Since we expect many visitors, you should be at your viewing location well before noon. Other tips: Gas up and have food and water with you in case you are stuck in traffic for a while. Traffic will be heavy especially right after the eclipse. See places to watch below!

      Weather forecast: As of 8/17, the weather forecast for Monday is looking much better with mostly sunny skies with temps in 80s (dropping 10 degrees during the eclipse)! Don't forget sunscreen and water. Even if it is cloudy, you will experience the total darkness.

      Monday afternoon traffic: Be ready for very heavy traffic right after the eclipse, since expected sunny weather will bring larger crowds and everyone will be leaving at the same time (like one huge concert). It will be especially bad around the city of Asheville, since many will be passing through during the 5 PM rush. 

      Across the United States, cities from Oregon to South Carolina are inside the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse. This is the first time in 26 years that America has seen a total solar eclipse (last one in our area was in 1506, next one in 2153), and it is one of the few that will travel the nation from Atlantic to Pacific coasts. See viewing safety tips at bottom of this page.

      Solar Eclipse NC Mountains

      Best WNC Spots to Watch the Eclipse near Asheville

      There are many places to witness the entire sun eclipse in western North Carolina, including small towns, mountaintops and lakes. Since we expect big crowds, arrive very early to get your spot! Expect heavy traffic, especially midday. If you hope to watch at a place with limited parking (like most spots in National Forests and Parks), you should arrive by 8 AM! Rangers will start closing areas as they fill up. The towns with events will have much more parking.

      Sylva: Live music, food trucks and eclipse experts at Bridge Park (76 Railroad Avenue) downtown 11 AM-3 PM. Total time of darkness will be 1 minute 47 seconds. They are geared up for large crowds, so you'll find parking, food trucks and plenty of other things to do - including educational and children activities. Planetary walk on Main St. Go to the Jackson Website for more events and viewing locations. Dogs permitted on leashes. Park opens at 10 AM. $1 shuttle rides from extra parking at Jackson County Justice Center (401 Grindstaff Cove Rd, Sylva)

      Cashiers: The Village Green will host food trucks, live music 12-4 PM and experts with equipment for viewing. Protective glasses available. Totality of darkness will be 2 minutes and 23 seconds. Go to the Jackson Website for more events and viewing locations. Also, the US Post Office will be on site to cancel their special solar eclipse thermal stamp, a great souvenir of the big day! Park opens at 9 AM. Bring water, chair, blanket and sunscreen. 35 Highway 64 West, Cashiers

      Cherohala Skyway: Our top pick for roadside viewing is this National Scenic Byway near Robbinsville since it will experience the longest period of darkness (about 2.5 minutes) and there are many overlooks to park. Or hike up to Huckleberry Knob - limited parking, so you need to arrive very early morning. Bring a picnic (no food, drinks or gas on the Skyway) to enjoy the entire afternoon of mountain views. Due to expected crowds, many areas will probably close early in the day. Read more about the Cherohala Skyway.

      Blue Ridge Parkway: The southern section of the Parkway will be in the path of total darkness (about 20-60 seconds of totality around 2:36 PM) - from around Looking Glass Rock overlook (Milepost 417) south to the end at Cherokee. While there are numerous overlooks to stop, most will fill up quickly. Portable toilets will be placed at many overlooks. Popular hiking spots to summits like Black Balsam, Devil's Courthouse and Waterrock Knob will be packed. So go early to claim a parking spot! Rangers will allow roadside parking in any grass areas - you just need to be completely off the road. Sections of the Parkway will close if it becomes too crowded. Waterrock Knob has the largest parking area with prime viewing from the lot (44 seconds of total darkness) with picnic area and restrooms. See our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide for stops along this section, Milepost 417-469.

      Stecoah: The top spot for viewing in Graham County on Monday is the wonderful Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, located near Robbinsville and Fontana Lake. Enjoy plenty of art, picnics, special activities, food and music 11 AM until 3 PM with plenty of parking.

      Bryson City: Join the block party downtown on Frye Street, 11-3, with music and special offerings at local shops. Food trucks and music at Swain County Event Park. Total darkness for 1 minute 57 seconds. Go to their website for details.

      Solar Eclipse Train: Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad from Bryson City, leaving at noon, to Dillsboro with a two-hour layover to explore the artsy town and watch eclipse. Returns at 5 PM. Tickets from $59/person. SOLD OUT. Go to their Website.

      Lakes: Rent a pontoon or kayak/canoe (reserve well in advance) to watch from the middle of one of the scenic lakes in the area (Santeetlah, Glenville and Fontana Lakes). Watch from the top of Fontana Dam!

      Nantahala Outdoor Center: Experience the eclipse while enjoying outdoor adventures in the Nantahala Gorge. Rental kayaks or stand-up paddleboards to watch from Fontana Lake. Take a guided rafting trip down the river. Zip line with panoramic views, stopping for moments of darkness. All trips include viewing glasses. Read more!

      Gorges State Park: A 3-day celebration with free activities. August 19 is Nature Day with a series of guided hikes 10 AM-4 PM. August 20 is Fun Day with programs, exhibits, food and music 10 AM-4 PM. On Eclipse Day (21st), gates will open at 5 AM with activities 10 AM-4 PM with free solar glasses, food and music. They will close the gate when they reach capacity (1,600 automobiles). Hike to Rainbow Falls before the eclipse. They are located in the direct path (2 minutes of darkness), west of Brevard. Read more about the park.

      Mountaintops: Hiking to a mountaintop with a view will be a very popular destination. However, most of these hikes are in the Nantahala National Forests with limited parking. Many will probably close. If you want to hike, arrive early in the morning and plan to spend the day. John Rock in Pisgah National Forest should have about 30 seconds of totality and it has a large parking area. More top spots for total darkness: Looking Glass Rock, Wayah Bald, Wesser Bald, and Devil's Courthouse.

      Cherokee Cultural Eclipse Celebration (August 20 2-9 PM & August 21 9 AM-7 PM): The Cherokee have observed eclipses for millennia and have several names for them. The oldest is “Nvdo walosi ugisgo” with translation “The frog eats the sun/moon.” The traditional belief is the eclipse is caused by a giant frog swallowing the sun or moon. To scare the frog away, people made loud noises. Learn more at the Fairgrounds and the Museum of the Cherokee with warrior dancers, drumming, storytellers and craft demonstrators. 1 minute, 25 seconds of totality. Admission is $25/day and includes viewing glasses. 545 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee

      Dillsboro: Park at Monteith Park (Old Home Town Road) for $2 and take a free shuttle 11 AM-4 PM into this artsy village with galleries, studios, shops and restaurants along the river. Also find extra vendors and a kid's recreation! Eclipse glasses available for a small donation to the local Merchants Association. 1 minute, 50 seconds of total darkness.

      Brevard: West Jordan Street will be closed to traffic since it's the prime viewing spot - about a minute of darkness. Stop by the "Heart of Brevard" booth for a free moon pie! The public is also invited to Brevard College to watch near Porter Center - with viewing glasses available. The event at Brevard Music Center is sold out.

      DuPont State Forest: We recommend staying away from this area since it's crowded already and facilities are limited. 

      Franklin: Block Party downtown on Iotla Street, 1-6 PM, with 3 PM concert on the square. Total darkness 2 minutes 30 seconds. Free viewing glasses to first 1,000 people. Free moon pie and RC Cola to first 100 people! Try their EclipSmart binoculars in front of Town Hall. Kid's zone too. Many downtown merchants will open at 8 AM.

      Downtown Asheville: Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square Park downtown on August 21, 12-3 PM, with the Museum of Science and UNC Asheville with music, food, and fun hands-on eclipse related activities led by local organizations. The eclipse will be 99% total here. Free

      NC Arboretum: The first 250 cars will receive free eclipse glasses to watch from their gardens. They have plenty of parking, trails, exhibits and more to keep you busy before and after. 99% eclipse here. See our Arboretum Guide.

      Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute: NASA scientists and hundreds of astronomers from around the world will come to this leading space research facility. Visitors can watch them at work. PARI is located deep in Pisgah National Forest and will be in total darkness for 1 minute and 47 seconds. General visitor tickets ($100/person) are SOLD OUT. They have some VIP event tickets at $750/person, a fundraiser for their outreach programs. Call Sarah at 828-862-5554. Go to their website for other star gazing events throughout the year. On August 11, 7 PM, PARI presents "Eclipse of a Lifetime" with a great overview of what to expect, campus tour and star gazing with telescopes, registration required, $20/adult. The campus will be open the Saturday before the eclipse with guided tours at 10:30 AM & 2 PM. Read more.

      Great Smoky Mountains National Park: The road to Clingmans Dome will be closed both Sunday and Monday to all motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The park's event at Clingmans sold out in five minutes and ticket holders will take shuttles in. Newfound Gap Road (US 441) will close when traffic becomes too congested (so we recommend staying away from that area). Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains has a large field for viewing, with rangers answering questions. Expect a big crowd there. Cataloochee Valley will have a 99.7% eclipse, so the elk may come out to graze like they do at sunset.

      Eclipse Online: Watch the NASA 360 Live Stream from Clingmans Dome on Aug 21, beginning at 12:15 PM.

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        Downtown Asheville LEAF Festival August 4th and 5th, 2017

        From: www.theleaf.org

        3rd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL
        in Pack Square Park

        Friday & Saturday, August 4th-5th, 2017

        LEAF Downtown celebrates communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown Asheville!
        LEAF Downtown will further the goals of inclusivity, community partnership and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area, while driving the greater LEAF Community Arts mission to connect cultures & create community through music & arts.

        Get ready to Turn It Up at the 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL, taking place August 4-5, 2017 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. Join the LEAF community to experience funk at its finest – pulsing through stages, conversations, connections and more! Visit theLEAF.org/downtown for more info on this inclusive, family-friendly, FREE event!

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        Town and Mountain Realty is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual LEAF Festival in downtown Asheville! Many of our agents have worked with and volunteered for LEAF for years and we are excited to get another opportunity to support our incredible community by participating in this event!

        LEAF Downtown Asheville- Photo Credit Madison Link

        LEAF Downtown Asheville 2016 - Photo & Video Credits Madison Link

        Check out the video below with some clips from last year's downtown Asheville LEAF festival. Get inspired to come out and join in all the fun this weekend August 4th & 5th, 2017!

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          Downtown Asheville Summer Fun

          Summer in Asheville and Western NC is always a blast. There are so many fun events and festivals happening every weekend, and Downtown After 5 is a great way to start the weekend off right!

           

          From: http://www.ashevilledowntown.org

          July 21

          Headliner: Asheville All-Stars

          Bringing together some of Asheville’s best musicians, the All-Stars show has quickly become a favorite of the summer. Audiences will be treated to a mix of original songs and fun covers.

          Opener: Rock Academy

          Students from Asheville’s Rock Academy will open the July show. Rock Academy gives young musicians the opportunity to meet and play together while learning from professional musicians. They may be young, but these kids rock!

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          It was a great show and an amazing turn out - as usual! Some of our agents volunteered and had a great time despite the heat!

          Some locally made Town and Mountain Realty koozies were handed out and they were a hit! One of those koozies was even spotted on the Dig Local Beer Pong Table!

          Town and Mountain Realty agents that volunteered in the photos above include:

          Sue Riles, Susan Young, Bethany Acker, Robin Cape, Gretchen Lewis, & Eric Workman!

          It is definitely worth the short stroll over to Pritchard Park from Downtown After 5 to catch the Friday night drum circle too!

          The last two Downtown After 5 events of this year are coming up in August and September, don't miss out!

          From: http://www.ashevilledowntown.org

          August 18

          Headliner: Cedric Burnside

          With the blues running through his blood, Cedric Burnside has been playing music all his life and is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, Cedric grew up on tour and has shared the stage with Jimmy Buffet, Black Joe Lewis and Widespread Panic

          Openers Lyric and The Stump Mutts:

          They’ll have two local openers for the August show. First up, The Stump Mutts playing all original alternative rock. Following, Asheville native, Lyric, takes the stage with her blend of pop, soul and funk.

          September 15

          Headliner: Billy Strings and Special Guests TBA

          Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets, Billy Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition.

          Opener: Whiskey Shivers

          Hailing from Austin, Whiskey Shivers’ bluegrass-fueled Americana infused with punk rock energy, is infectious and joyful.

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            Asheville Summer Big Crafty July 16th, 2017

            The Big Crafty

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

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

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              Asheville and WNC 4th of July 2017 Celebrations

              From: www.romanticasheville.com

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

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

              4th of July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              4th of July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Old Fort: Parade at 4 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                 

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

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

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

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                Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration

                Saturday June 10 - 10am-5pm

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

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

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

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

                Xpand Fest June 10th, 2017

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

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                Asheville VeganFest June 10th-11th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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                Veg-Out: A Bounty & Soul Benefit Fundraiser

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

                $10 Day of Show

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

                Bounty & Soul Gears Up for Second Annual VegOut Fundraiser

                Black Mountain, NC

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

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

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

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

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                  Asheville and Western NC - Memorial Day 2017 Weekend Events

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

                   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

                  Over 1,500 visitors per day...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  All General Admission Tickets Include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    Downtown After 5 - Friday May 19th, 2017

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

                     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                    *Asheville on Bikes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                    Spring Biltmore Blooms Until May 25th

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

                    Roses at Biltmore
                    May Roses

                    Antler Hill Village & Winery Events

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