Tails and Trails 5k Adventure Run

September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Do you and your dog like to run together? Join us on Saturday, October 3 for the 8th Annual Tails & Trails 5K Adventure Run at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. and is open to adults, children and dogs of all ages. Put your paws to the pavement and come join us for this unique fun run!

You can register online today.

Register in advance with the mail-in registration form attached below (if you register by September 18 you’ll receive an event T-Shirt), or register the day of the race.

Check in and late registration is at 9 a.m. on October 3. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 – 12, and 2 cans of dog food, which will be donated to the Asheville Humane Society. A portion of the proceeds from the event will also be donated to Asheville Humane Society.

Dogs must remain on leashes at all times. The run will be on the Buncombe County Sports Park track.

For more information, call Jay Nelson at 250-4269.


Medicare Choices Made Easy

September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Council on Aging of Buncombe County in conjunction with Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) announces the Medicare class schedule for Medicare Choices Made Easy.

The information session explains how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways that beneficiaries can save money.

The information sessions are free and open to the public. People new to Medicare, caregivers, people leaving employer health insurance for Medicare and others who help Medicare beneficiaries with their insurance should consider attending this informative class. The information presented is unbiased as no products are sold, recommended or endorsed.

Register online at www.coabc.org or call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at (828)  277-8288. For the Pardee classes, register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600.

For more information, contact John Wingerter, Director of Insurance at the Council on Aging of Buncombe County; [email protected] or (828) 277-8288 Ext. 310.

September 21  1:00- 3:00 PM   Asheville YMCA
30 Woodfin Street, Asheville
September 22 1:00- 3:00 PM   Reuter Family YMCA
3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville
September 23  1:00- 3:00 PM   Fletcher YMCA
2775 Hendersonville Road, Asheville
September 24 5:30- 7:30 PM   Woodfin YMCA
40 North Merrimon Avenue, Asheville
September 25 10:00- 12:00 PM  Hendersonville Family YMCA
810 West 6th Street, Hendersonville
October 7  2:00- 4:00 PM   Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1024 West Main Street, Forest City


Help West Asheville Residents ‘Name that Creek’

September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – An anonymous creek that runs through West Asheville’s Falconhurst community has been claimed and could get a name in coming months. Residents are working with RiverLink and the City of Asheville on a formal process to name the creek that runs roughly parallel to Louisiana Avenue through to Patton Avenue.

Falconhurst is a community in West Asheville, bounded by Haywood Road and Louisiana, Mitchell and Patton avenues.

The creek begins along Dunwell Street, squarely between Pruitt and Tryon streets. It runs parallel to Dunwell, crossing Tanglewood as it flows through the neighborhood Smith Mill Creek, a tributary of the French Broad River.

While it doesn’t have a name, the creek has not escaped the notice of the people who live by it. For months, neighbors have been working with RiverLink and the City on the naming process, one that has now led to a survey. So help us “name that creek.”

 

Take the survey

Here are the three creek names under consideration and the history behind them.

 

  • Hayes Creek – named after Rutherford P. Hayes, son of former president Rutherford B. Hayes. He purchased a 1,200-acre farm in West Asheville in 1897, including the Falconhurst farm. The property was used as an experimental agricultural station and the basis for many projects instrumental to the area’s and Asheville’s overall development. His home still stands in the heart of the Falconhurst neighborhood at 93 Blue Ridge Ave.

 

  • Falcon Springs Creek – The creek itself is fed by a number of springs in the backyards of a few local residents. Falcon Springs Creek is a nod to the natural habitat of the creek path, a reference to the neighborhood’s name Falconhurst and a tribute to the big population of falcons that used to fly the skies of Western North Carolina.

 

  • Fox Creek – The natural habitat surrounding the creek will soon be developed into Craggy Park, a tract of 45 houses. Many neighbors have spotted at least one fox who still lives in the woods around the creek and wanted a name that honors the animals that still live in our midst.

 

Which name do you favor? Take the RiverLink creek-naming survey.

 

Naming of creeks

After a name is chosen it must be approved by Asheville City Council; then it is submitted to the United States Geological Survey and eventually becomes the official name for the creek. Since the project’s inception, RiverLink has sponsored three successful creek name changes with the help of community volunteers:

  • Buttermilk Creek, a tributary of Hominy Creek in West Asheville.
  • Penland Creek, which runs along Waynesville Avenue in West Asheville, through the New Belgium Brewing site and into the French Broad River.
  • Big Branch, a tributary of Reems Creek in Weaverville.

New Biltmore Exhibition Opening in 2016

September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AUG. 17, 2015) – Biltmore has been a location for weddings and romantic getaways since George and Edith Vanderbilt married in 1898. To celebrate this history, the estate will host “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” a costume exhibition of wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures. The exhibition opens in Biltmore House on Feb. 12, 2016, and will run through July 4, 2016.

Biltmore will share mementos from Vanderbilt and Cecil family weddings and special occasions in a new exhibit at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village.

Costumes in Biltmore House
Displayed throughout Biltmore House, the award-winning costumes span 300 years of wedding fashion from films set in the years 1645 to 1935. The exhibition features 19 classic films, including the iconic Jane Austen romances of “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

For each costume display, Biltmore’s renowned floral design team will create elaborate arrangements complementing each film’s era.

Vanderbilt and Cecil Family Memories at Legacy
The exhibition continues in Antler Hill Village with stories of Vanderbilt and Cecil Family weddings, along with the first-ever display of the wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan Cecil and her cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy. Mrs. Cecil is married to William A.V. Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt.

To recognize the artistry of costume design, renowned costumiers Cosprop, Ltd., London will recreate the wedding gown worn by Cornelia Vanderbilt in her marriage to John Cecil in 1924. The gown will be on display.

Admission to “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will be included in the general admission ticket price. For more information about Biltmore, visit Biltmore.com/visit.


Historic Biltmore Village Brochure Cover Design Contest

September 1st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Calling All Artists Historic Biltmore Village is looking for a new cover design for our brochure.  The winning design will be used on the cover of our next brochure along with our Facebook and twitter pages.  Credit and a brief bio of the winning artist will also be included.

Historic Biltmore Village prints 60,000 brochures a year and is distributed throughout Western NC.  This opportunity will allow the winning artist to have their painting seen by locals and tourists alike.

The painting needs to be a reflection of Historic Biltmore Village and the HBV logo will be added to the winning painting prior to brochure printing.

Rules for the contest are:

  1. Paintings must be created in physical media (no digital “paintings”)
    (i.e. Oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, etc. Note – we have nothing against digital mediums – but we don’t want to judge them against physical paintings.)
  2. Paintings sizes are not important. You may upload whatever image size you are comfortable sharing.
    (We suggest a minimum of 600-1000 pixels on the longest side so the judge has enough resolution to discern details) jpeg format only please.
  3.  Your painting must be your own original concept and not a copy of anyone else’s copyrighted material.
  4. ALL entries (not just winners) will be displayed on the Historic Biltmore Village website. Each entry becomes part of the public, historical online contest catalog and will not be removed at a later date.
  5. All submissions must be made using the following email address.  [email protected] See Website for more contact information. Physical submission cannot be accepted.
  6. By entering this art competition, you are granting us a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of your artwork
    (on this website, brochure, social media and in our newsletters…with credit and links to you, of course). No other use will be applied without your consent.
  7. Artworks may be submitted until midnight, September 15, 2015

The winning artist will receive:

A $250 cash award

1 night stay at the DoubleTree Biltmore Hilton Hotel

Gift Certificates from:  The Cantina, Village Wayside, Corner Kitchen

Gifts from Lilly Pulitzer, Jos A. Bank, Talbots and MTN. Merch.

In addition to this, the winning artist’s work will be hung and made available for sale at Southern Highland Craft Guild, if you so desire.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging. It’s the perfect night out for foodies, brews and friends.  It’s a must see site for history buffs and architecture aficionados.  In short, it’s a destination like no other.


We All Say Local Tomatoes!

August 12th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Oh, the month we’ve all been waiting for – tomato month! Salads, sauces, soups, pies, jams, salsa, roasted, grilled and simply fresh sliced—so many great ways to serve up tomatoes. Shop for these great tasting fruits in all sorts of varieties and colors at area farmers tailgate markets and look for summer specials on menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurant and dining rooms around the region.

  • UNC Asheville will be featuring Appalachian Grown tomatoes on salad bars this month, as well as in cooking class for incoming freshman orientation. Saturday, August 29th join UNC Asheville’s Registered Dietitian, Laura Sexton, for a tomato tasting at the North Asheville Tailgate Market.
  • The Marketplace is using tomatoes everywhere this summer: in an heirloom tomato salad; a mixed, confit tomato vinaigrette will accompany pan-seared trout from Sunburst Trout Farms; and included in a watermelon panzanella the will accompany a pan-roasted wild snapper. The Marketplace even makes their own homemade thyme ketchup using local tomatoes. They source tomatoes primarily from Gaining Ground Farm and Synchronicity Farms.

 

  • Rosetta’s Kitchen has partnered with Franny’s Farm in Leicester to feature their beefsteak slicing tomatoes in August in honor of tomato month.

 

  • Guadalupe Cafe is using cherry and grape tomatoes in salads, heirloom tomatoes on special sandwiches, and both heirlooms and beefsteak in all of their salsas. Guadalupe primarily sources tomatoes from Shelton Family Farm in Jackson County, as well as Twisted Ridge Farms, Berry Farm, and Dawson Green.

 

  • ASAP’s Local Summer Cookout will include local tomatoes from Ivy Creek Family Farm, as well as Hickory Nut Gap Farms pork ribs, and many more delicious veggie sides prepared by Chef Philip Bollhoefer of the OMNI Grove Park Inn. The cookout will take place Thursday, August 13 at Catawba Brewing on the South Slope, Asheville. Tickets are available at asapconnections.org.

 

Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org, and find Get Local under the “find” tab to find details on what’s happening this month. You can also Get Local at home: Find each month’s featured food—and other seasonal products—at your neighborhood farmers tailgate market, roadside stand, or grocery store. Browse for markets, stands, and stores via ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.


ABOUT ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

 

 


Chimney Rock Events

August 12th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – It won’t be long until summer reaches its official end, but we’re not letting that slow us down at Chimney Rock. Find out fascinating facts about wild mushrooms, learn about the animals that inhabit Western NC and sign up to run or bike up the road to Chimney Rock all while seeing incredible views you won’t find anywhere else. Keep reading for all the details on these and other amazing happenings at the Rock this month!

 

Picture of Wild Mushrooms Walks

Wild Mushroom Walks

Join “mushroom maniac” Karen Johnson, a member of the Chimney Rock State Park team and the Asheville Mushroom Club, on Friday, August 14 or Friday, August 28 from 11am-12pm to learn about the variety of fascinating fungi growing in our area during our Wild Mushroom Walks. The walks are included with Park admission, but space is limited, so get here early! Meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den.

 

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Grady’s Friends: Camp Out at Chimney Rock!

Don’t miss the chance to camp beneath the stars in Chimney Rock during the Take a Child Outside Family Campout on Saturday, September 26! Just $8 per person in addition to Park admission; call today to register for this unique opportunity to enjoy the Park at night! Special family activities will be offered throughout the day, including Writers on the Rock for Kids, where local authors Janie DeVos and Marci Spencer will present interactive programs. Daytime activities are included with Park admission.

Meet live animal ambassadors daily at 2pm through August 31 during our Family Discovery Programs, where you can meet our animal ambassadors. Join us at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den for these informative programs, which are included with Park admission.

For more information on the fun family programs and events, like Grady’s Facebook page!

 

Picture of Wild Edibles

Naturalist Niche: Wild Edibles

Can you eat that? Learn what local plants you could turn into a tasty dish at our Naturalist Niche: Wild Edibles hike on Sat, Aug. 22, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cost includes Park admission: $22 adults, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth ages 5-15; $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Call 828-625-9611 *810 to pre-register for this informative hike today. Registration closes Wed, Aug. 19.

 

Save the Date in September

Health & Wellness Fair: September 11, 10am-2pm at the Lake Lure Community Hall. Free to the public! Offering services such as cholesterol and glucose screening, Affordable Health Care Act information, reflexology, carbon monoxide prevention and more.

7th Annual Flock to the Rock: September 19. See live birds, including an amazing Birds in Flight show!

Park naturalist with a bird of prey

 

Around the Gorge: Lake Lure Olympiad and Music Thursdays

Are you up for the challenge? The 11th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad and the 9th Annual Race to the Rock happens August 14-16. Compete in up to four races in three days, including a 10 K Dam Run, the Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock — the ONLY time you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock. This family-friendly event also offers plenty of activities for kids. Find out more and register for racing events online at lakelureolympiad.com.

Music Thursdays continues at The Gathering Place on August 27 from 6-8pm with the West End String Band. Music, food and fun for the whole family!

 


Medicare Choices Made Easy

August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Council on Aging of Buncombe County in conjunction with Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) announces the Medicare class schedule for Medicare Choices Made Easy.

The information session explains how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways that beneficiaries can save money.

The information sessions are free and open to the public. People new to Medicare, caregivers, people leaving employer health insurance for Medicare and others who help Medicare beneficiaries with their insurance should consider attending this informative class. The information presented is unbiased as no products are sold, recommended or endorsed.

Register online at www.coabc.org or call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at (828)  277-8288. For the Pardee classes, register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600.

For more information, contact John Wingerter, Director of Insurance at the Council on Aging of Buncombe County; [email protected] or (828) 277-8288 Ext. 310.

August 13 5:00 – 7:00 PM  Wild Wings Café
65 Long Shoals Road, Asheville
August 20 3:00- 5:00 PM  Pardee Signature Care Center
1800 Four Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville
August 25 2:00- 4:00 PM  Saint Eugene Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street, Asheville
August 26  2:00- 4:00 PM  Basilica of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
97 Haywood Street, Asheville
August 27 5:00- 7:00 PM   Twisted Laurel
10 A South Main Street, Weaverville
September 1 6:00- 8:00 PM   Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
728  West Union Street, Morganton
September 2 2:00- 4:00 PM   Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
208 Seventh Avenue, West Hendersonville
September 21  1:00- 3:00 PM   Asheville YMCA
30 Woodfin Street, Asheville
September 22 1:00- 3:00 PM   Reuter Family YMCA
3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville
September 23  1:00- 3:00 PM   Fletcher YMCA
2775 Hendersonville Road, Asheville
September 24 5:30- 7:30 PM   Woodfin YMCA
40 North Merrimon Avenue, Asheville
September 25 10:00- 12:00 PM  Hendersonville Family YMCA
810 West 6th Street, Hendersonville
October 7  2:00- 4:00 PM   Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1024 West Main Street, Forest City


Asheville’s Water Supply is Stable, Conservation Appreciated

August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Water Resources Department would like to thank customers for their continued efforts to conserve water and use this valuable resource wisely. Although neighboring counties are experiencing conditions which require additional water restrictions, the City of Asheville water supply volumes remain at a level that allow customers to continue normal water use.

The City uses a detailed water model and operating procedure to forecast water availability. Currently, the forecast indicates that there is adequate water supply and no need for water restrictions for City of Asheville customers.  Water availability will continue to be monitored very closely and if conditions change the public will received additional information on the topic.


It’s here! The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Join the celebration and discover the nation’s longest running folk festival!

The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is back with three full evenings of the best in Southern Appalachian music and dance, tonight through Saturday, August 6, 7 & 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Buy your tickets now.

Come one night or all three! There’s a different show each night. Click for the 2015 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule

The festival features the cream-of-the-crop, invitation-only mountain performers — old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, cloggers, and big circle mountain dancers — who showcase songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage.

Each night’s ticket revenues are important; sales help pay for eight Saturday night Shindigs each summer downtown.

“In the wildly creative world of Asheville, the historic legacy of mountain music and dance is an ever-important connection to newcomers and natives alike.”
-from “Asheville’s Mountain Dance & Folk Festival Opens Aug. 6″ -Asheville Citizen-Times, Sun. August 1, 2015