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his weekend on a shoestring



7/8/2011 - This weekend on a shoestring
by Dane Smith - Mountain XPress

THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE in WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA and Asheville this weekend!!  Get out and enjoy!!


Friday, July 8

o Take in the lush greens of summer on a moderate three-mile hike along the Mountains-to-Sea trail, led by a Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger. Trip departs from the Glassmine Falls overlook, MP 361. Bring lunch and be prepared for inclement weather. 10 a.m. Info: 298-5330.

o According to a Facebook page for the event, "Barnaroo is Asheville's only music event run entirely by youth. Happening between spring and fall, it is a home for local bands interested in networking with other musicians and fans. It's a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere with good food, friends and great music." Held at 839 Old Marshall Highway in Asheville. See link for more info. 4-11 p.m. Free/$5 for food.

o Carolina Mountain Ribfest "features world-class professional barbecue competition chefs from all over the country," reads the event's website. "They will be serving mouth watering, award winning BBQ ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork with all the traditional side dishes. A variety of scrumptious desserts and specialty comfort foods will also be available. The festival is packed with fun for the whole family, including a full schedule of top-name live entertainment daily, featuring national, regional and local acts." Performers include Bayou Diesel, The Broadcast, The David Mayfield Parade, Sons Ralph, Underhill Rose and Sanctum Sully. 4-11 p.m. $7. Festival runs through Sunday.

o One-time local Morgan Christopher Greer (formerly of The Merle) may have relocated to Portland, but that doesn't stop him from making a yearly trek back east for a series of July performances in Asheville. Catch his dark, country-flavored rock 'n' roll at Broadway's (113 Broadway St., 285-0400) when Drunken Prayer (Greer's adopted moniker) performs with The Unholy Trio. 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 9

o The Asheville-Buncombe Aeromodelers Flying Club hosts the 4th annual Model Airplane Show, featuring "various types of aircraft ranging from small electric to gasoline powered 33 percent size airplanes," according to a release for the event. "Many of the members are master aircraft builders and have built their own model planes from balsa wood and plywood. The Club, collectively, has hundreds of years of flying and building experience. Helicopter, free flight and control line pilots are all represented at this show." In addition, children and adults will have the opportunity to fly their own planes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info: 250-4269 or .

o Local artist Jonas Gerard paints everything from still lifes and landscapes to pottery and abstract pieces, but all his work shares a common theme: bright and dazzling color schemes. This weekend, Gerard invites the public to watch the art unfold when he holds a live painting demonstration at his studio (240 Clingman Ave., 350-7711). 2 p.m. Free.

o Most people, even those who prefer to be outdoors, don't spend much tim e in the woods after dark. Unfortunately, many of the forest's most interesting creatures only come out when the sun goes down. Explore the unseen creatures of the night as the Cradle of Forestry (Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest) presents "Winged Creatures of the Night," a discussion and slow-paced walk focusing on nocturnal life in the summer woods. "Bring a flashlight and a sense of wonder." Meet at the amphitheater. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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