New Belgium Brewery Tour Schedule

April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing announced its 2014 national schedule for Clips Beer & Film Tour; the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show that will stop in twenty-one cities this year. From May to November the tour will travel coast-to-coast for its fifth season. Clips is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised nearly $370,000 for nonprofits nationwide.

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s more esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 18 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith sereis, as well as brewery classics.

New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples or a 12-ounce pour. Served up by local beneficiary volunteers, there’s plenty of fun to be had alongside a host of traveling tricks and contests. Food from local vendors will also be available.

“Clips inspires an atmosphere that celebrates creativity and gives people a fun way to enjoy an evening out,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “We set the stage for people to come together, enjoy some beer, friends, films and donate to their community – all under the stars in a local park. It’s a great time for all.”

New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season from an online film competition. During each stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental footprint as possible. Since its inception, Clips has diverted 85 percent of event waste from landfills, and partners with local organizations in each city to keep the events clean and green.

2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll through each of the following cities:

Kansas City, MO                     May 22                      Theis Park
Bloomington, IN                     May 30                      Bryan Park
Chicago, IL                               June 6                       Eckhart Park

Milwaukee, WI                       June 12                     Veteran’s Park
Madison, WI                           June 19                     Olin Park
Grand Rapids, MI                  June 27                     Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Boulder, CO                            July 11                      29th Street Mall
Colorado Springs, CO           July 17                      America the Beautiful Park
Seattle, WA                            July 25                      Gas Works Park
Davis, CA                                August 1                   Community Park
Berkeley, CA                          August 9                   Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Santa Barbara, CA                August 15                  Chase Palm Park
Asheville, NC                         September 5              Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green
Charlottesville, VA               September 12            Washington Park: Lower Field
Atlanta, GA                            September 19            Fourth Ward Skatepark Field
Charleston, SC                      September 25            Marion Square
Charlotte, NC                        October 3                  Independence Park
Nashville, TN                        October 9                  Centennial Park
Tampa, FL                             October 17                 Curtis Hixon Park
Miami, FL                              October 24                 TBD
Austin, TX                             November 6               Republic Square ParkFor the latest information on Clips, go to www.newbelgium.com/clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Asheville’s Albemarle Park

April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Asheville‘s Albemarle Park from local authors Stacy A. Merten and Robert O. Sauer. The book contains 200 vintage images and text that capture the community’s history.

Albemarle Park was envisioned as a picturesque mountainside resort in north Asheville. It was a great success due to the collaborative efforts of railroad executive William Greene Raoul and his son Thomas; Bradford Gilbert, architect of New York City’s first skyscraper; and Samuel Parsons Jr., landscape architect for the City of New York. The Manor and its surrounding cottages served as an alternative to standard late-19th-century Asheville hotels and boardinghouses.

Dances, plays, bowling, archery, golf, motoring, and equestrian events were available for guests to enjoy, and meals were sourced from The Manor’s own farm. Notable guests of The Manor included Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Kelly. It was also a film set for The Last of the Mohicans. Consisting of enchanting architecture and romantic landscaping, Albemarle Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and as a local historic district in 1989. Through family archives, private collections, and ephemera, Asheville’s Albemarle Park showcases the history of this significant Asheville neighborhood.

Highlights of Asheville’s Albemarle Park include:

  • The Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County partnered with Pack Memorial Library to publish the images from the North Carolina Collection.
  • Emory University provided the images from the Raoul Family Papers and Jane Raoul Bingham Papers gratis to benefit the Historic Resources Commission.
  • The Albemarle Park Manor Grounds Association loaned the Historic Resources Commission all of their archival material.

*A portion of the profits will be donated to the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County.*

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.


Seasonal Cheese Tasting

April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Join the Cheese Store of Asheville and Spinning Spider Creamery for a tasty and educational foray into seasonal cheese led by Cullen Owen from our local Spinning Spider Creamery. Cullen grew up making cheese and continues to be an integral part of his family’s business. He’ll educate the group on what is meant by “seasonal” cheese as well as help us understand more about the work of our local cheese makers and dairy farmers. At this tasting event we will enjoy seasonal cheese paired with wines that are wonderful for spring and summer.

The tastings last approximately 90 minutes and we encourage all guests to arrive on time so you don’t miss a bite and we can keep the group moving through all four tastes.

Tickets for the event are $15/each. Spaces are limited so reservations are encouraged.

The Cheese Store of Asheville @ the Weinhaus is located at – 86 Patton Ave, Downtown Asheville.
Street Parking or the Wall Street Public Parking lot is close by.

Please call 828-484-1586 if you need more information.

The tasting will include four cheese and wine pairings at the price of $15/person.

SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Reserve your space now at: Cheese Store of Asheville Events. We hope to see you there!


Mandolin Prodigy Sierra Hull at Diana Wortham Theatre

April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – With formidable mandolin skills that rival long standing pros, Sierra Hull shines as a leading light in a new generation of bluegrass musicians, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. A player with clarity and fleet-fingered precision, Hull attacks her performances with spontaneity and depth of feeling—as she puts it “playing with a point to prove.” As her audiences quickly discover, boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra Hull.

As a child, Sierra Hull was disappointed when she discovered that the first string instrument that she received as a Christmas gift, a full-sized fiddle, was too large for her arms. When her father gave her his mandolin as consolation, no one could have known that she would become one of the foremost mandolin players in the nation.

Sierra Hull has blazed onto the bluegrass scene and already possesses an impressive résumé. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut at age 11, cut her first album Secrets by age 16, and is the first bluegrass musician to receive the Berklee School of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship.  She has been nominated for numerous International Bluegrass Music Association Awards including a 2013 nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year—her sixth nomination for that title. She remains the first female mandolin player, and the youngest musician ever, to be nominated for this award.

Hull has performed with bluegrass legends including Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, and Ricky Skaggs. Performance venues have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and at the National Prayer Breakfast, alongside Krauss, who says of her, “Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person.” For her two solo albums, Hull’s studio bands have featured the cream of the contemporary bluegrass crop including Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan and Randy Kohrs.

As she continues to lead the way for a new generation of bluegrass musicians, you can’t help but feel that this is just the beginning for Sierra Hull.

Sierra Hull’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsor BB&T; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun and Arby’s; with additional support from Media Sponsors WNCW 88.7 FM and The Laurel of Asheville.

The new entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s new marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway next to Marble Slab Creamery, and into a large interior courtyard for Pack Place with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and new box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2013/2014 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.


WCU Students Asheville Symphony Musicians

April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University music students and Asheville Symphony Orchestra string musicians will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event is the final concert of the academic year through WCU’s Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings professional musicians to campus to join WCU students and faculty members in concert. The series is completing its second year.

Michael Lancaster, director of the WCU Concert Choir and University Chorus, will conduct the concert. Both the Concert Choir and University Chorus will be featured in the performance, along with the Western Carolina Community Chorus, directed by Robert Holquist, retired member of the WCU music faculty.

The program will consist of “Te Deum” and “Lord Nelson Mass,” both by Franz Joseph Haydn.

A reception will be held in the lobby of the Bardo Arts Center immediately following the concert, with special recognition for recipients of the School of Music Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service awards.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for all adults, and $5 for students and children. Proceeds go to support the Artist-in-Residence Program.

The program represents a unique partnership between the School of Music and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, providing important educational opportunities for School of Music students and more employment opportunities for the musicians of the orchestra, said Will Peebles, director of the WCU School of Music.

For tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479.


Brevard Music Center Concert Series with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mark Cohn

April 15th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center (BMC) is excited to announce the launch of a new concert series during its 2014 summer festival. The four-concert BMC Presents series will welcome guest artists to Music Center stages to present performances outside of the Music Center’s traditionally classical offerings. These family-friendly concerts will not only welcome new audiences to the Brevard Music Center, but will also support the Music Center’s educational mission.
The 2014 BMC Presents series will feature the first annual Brevard Blues Festival, beloved folk singers Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) on June 24, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn on July 10, and country songstress Mary Chapin Carpenter performing with Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Festival Orchestra on July 22.
TICKETS
Tickets for Brevard Blues Festival are on sale now. Tickets for all other BMC Presents concerts go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 1. For more information on the BMC Presents series, please visit brevardmusic.org or call (828) 862-2100.
BREVARD BLUES FESTIVAL – SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 3:00 PM
185 King Street and the Brevard Music Center (BMC) are excited to announce the first annual Brevard Blues Festival at Brevard Music Center on June 7, 2014. The family-friendly event will include eight hours of blues, barbecue, and brews with on-site food from Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue. The 2014 Brevard Blues Festival lineup features bands from throughout the region, including Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and The Jewel Tones, Anson Funderburgh, the Shane Pruitt Band, Dangerous Gentlemen, The Dubber, Riyen Roots, and more.
PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY – TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 7:30 PM
For over fifty years, Peter, Paul and Mary have helped define folk music. As we open the 2014 BMC Presents series we are thrilled to have Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey performing the hits that made them famous. Fans of all ages can sing along with “Puff (the Magic Dragon),” “Lemon Tree,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and other favorites that helped define a generation.
MARC COHN – THURSDAY, JULY 10, 7:30 PM
Best known for his 1990 hit “Walking In Memphis,” GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has enjoyed a career distinguished by soulful original tunes, and brilliant re-imaginings of popular hits. Hailed as a natural storyteller and brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn has thrilled audiences for over two decades. His current album, Listening Booth: 1970, features Cohn’s distinctive covers of the great music of 1970.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER – TUESDAY, JULY 22, 7:30 PM
Country music superstar Mary Chapin Carpenter’s career includes five GRAMMY awards, two years as the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to several platinum albums, her songs have been covered by artists including Joan Baez, Cyndi Lauper, and Trisha Yearwood. Her current project, Songs From The Movie, reprises her songs with the distinctly beautiful and cinematic orchestrations of film composer Vince Mendoza. Carpenter will perform her hits with the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the direction of BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart.
HISTORY
The Brevard Music Center originated in 1936 as a summer music camp at Davidson College. James Christian Pfohl, the Music Center’s founder and first Artistic Director, moved his operation to Queens College in Charlotte for the summer of 1943, then to the current location in 1944. Pfohl added a festival of concerts at the end of the 1946 session. Over time the camp became an institute, and the festival came to run the entire summer season.
In 2014 Brevard Music Center will enroll more than 400 students from nearly every state in the U.S., plus students from Europe, Asia, and South America. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty. Students, faculty and staff all reside on the 180-acre wooded campus in Western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians.
For more information on festival performances visit brevardmusic.org, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.
For more information on festival performances visit brevardmusic.org, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

April 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. In 2013 there were 814 confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in Safe sleep for baby prevents SIDS.Buncombe County and over half of these cases involved children under the age of six.  Maltreatment of children happens across all cultural, racial and economic lines.

Children growing up in safe and nurturing environments have a leg up on those that don’t.  In fact, the research shows that children who grow up exposed to stress and violence are more likely to develop serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Buncombe County Health and Human Services continues to build community–wide supports that help make the safe and healthy choice the easy choice.
This month, we are focusing on four key areas that can save a child’s life:

  1. Choose your caregiver carefully… and then think again
  2. Never shake a baby
  3. Ask for help – Good Parents are made – not born
  4. Preventing SIDS – Practice Safe Sleep

CHOOSE YOUR CAREGIVER CAREFULLY & THEN THINK AGAIN…

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s chance of dying as a result of abuse is 6 to 8 times higher when living with a non-related caregiver in the home (e.g., mom’s boyfriend). Knowing and trusting who you leave a child with is one of the single most important safety measures you can take to prevent abuse and neglect especially for children under six.  Often times this requires a single mom to realize that a boyfriend may not have the ability to care for a baby that is fussy or hard to handle. Sometimes single parents can be put in a difficult position about who is going to care for their child as they scramble to make it to work on time.  Who you leave your child with is one of the most important decisions you make as a caregiver.  If you have a concern as a neighbor or a family member, speak up about the importance of choosing the right caregiver.

NEVER EVER SHAKE A BABY

It is normal for a baby to cry, even for long periods at a time. This can cause anxiety for caregivers but under no circumstances should you ever shake a baby. It only takes a second of shaking a crying baby to cause brain damage or death. A baby left alone in a crib with a bedroom door closed is a safe choice.

Buncombe County Health and Human Services partnered with Mission Health to ensure that all new parents watch the Purple Crying Period – an instructional video on newborns and crying. If you think someone close to you is having a hard time with a baby, reach out to let them know that help is available. Please call our prevention line at (828-250-6000) to access support.

ASK FOR HELP WITH PARENTING – GOOD PARENTS ARE MADE, NOT BORN

We all need a little help sometimes. Parents and kids thrive in nurturing environments that are supportive and safe.  You can take steps today that can make all the difference in the life of your child.

  • Get help and learn skills to be a more effective and nurturing caregiver for your child.  Buncombe County Health and Human Services is supporting a community-wide effort to make it easier for parents – all parents – to ask for and find support. Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a proven method to help individuals deal with parenting issues. Visit www.triplep-parenting.net for more information.
  • Talk to your child.  Use every opportunity to explain to your child the world around them – point out colors, count their toes.  Go for a walk outside, visit one of our county parks, or read a book with the kids in your life. This type of bonding helps kids build healthy brains. Call 211 to find out what activities are available in our community (many of these don’t cost a dime).
  • If you are a caregiver, take care of yourself. Be sure to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself so that you can care for the people that you love to the best of your ability. Fostering healthy relationships with friends and family are a big part of making sure that you and your children are protected.
  • In addition, Health and Human Services is working to provide supports for new parents and families.  Programs like the Nurse Family Partnership, school-based teams of nurses and social workers, Community Service Navigators, and trauma and resiliency screening are all part of an effort to build resilient families in our community.

PREVENT SIDS: PRACTICE SAFE SLEEP

Safe sleep practices can prevent SIDS. Babies should sleep alone in a crib on their back with only a fitted crib sheet. Also be sure that toys, bumpers, and extra blankets are removed.  Getting the word out into the community through partnerships that serve young mothers such as Nurse Family Partnership, Community Service Navigators, and social workers can help to remind new parents of the importance of safe sleep.  All of us can help to get the word out.

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE – YOU CAN HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE IN OUR COMMUNITY

  • Concerned about the safety of a child?  Call (828) 250-5900 to report suspected abuse or neglect.  One call can connect children and parents to the supports they need to keep their child safe.  Protect those that can’t speak up for themselves!
  • Good Parents are made not born.  We all need a little parenting help sometimes. Visit www.triplep-parenting.net to find parenting help in Buncombe County.
  • Need to connect yourself or someone you know to resources for parents? Call (828) 250-6000 to speak confidentially with someone that can help.
  • Children’s health issues? www.youfindservices.org is an easy to use website that can connect you to special health care services for your child.
  • Materials for Buncombe County: The rack cards below are designed to help our community take action on these 4 basic child safety measures.

City of Asheville Annual Water Quality Report

April 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville’s Water Resources Department continues to deliver water that meets or exceeds federal water quality regulations, and an annual report currently being delivered to water customers displays the results of water quality testing.

Each year, the City of Asheville distributes its annual water quality report in water customers’ bills and posts it to the City of Asheville website. The report, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, presents the types and concentrations of substances found in samples taken from both the water plant and locations throughout the service area. That level of transparency is especially valuable considering the importance of water quality to the community. The 2013 report going out during March and April shows that Asheville’s water supply is cleaner in all categories than required by EPA standards.

“We are always proud to share the water quality report with the community. We are fortunate to have Asheville’s pristine water resources as well as the employees who work hard to ensure that our customers receive excellent water quality every day,” said Stephen Shoaf, Director of the Water Resources Department.

The City of Asheville Water Resources Department operates three water treatment plants, 37 pump stations, and 32 reservoirs, and protects and manages a 22,000 acre watershed. The North Fork water treatment facility processes an average of 15 million gallons of water a day, while the Mills River and William DeBruhl plants produce about 3 million gallons a day. System wide, the City of Asheville Water Resources facilities process 20.5 gallons of water per day and service more than 123,000 customers.

The City of Asheville’s water quality is closely monitored on a daily basis by laboratory technicians who collect and analyze water both at the plant facilities and throughout the distribution system. Lab technicians collect roughly 120 samples per month from sample sites throughout Asheville and areas served by City of Asheville water.   Asheville has a large distribution system, therefore Water Resources staff regularly monitor, sample and flush portions of the system to ensure high quality drinking water.

Each plant routinely analyzes the raw and finished water for temperature, turbidity, pH, chlorine, total and fecal coliform bacteria.  Routine distribution sampling and analysis consists of: pH, alkalinity, temperature, chlorine, total and fecal coliforms.    The EPA requires the analysis of various other constituents and all of those results were below limits set by the EPA.

This informative report provides details about the quality of the water provided to the city’s customers as well as the water sources and how it is treated.  Customers can find the report in their next water bills or see it online at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/Water.aspx, and may expect an update of this report each year.

For further information or additional copies of the City of Asheville’s 2013 Annual Water Quality Report, call the City of Asheville Customer Services Division at (828) 251-1122.


Reuter Center Singers Perform Rat Pack Favorites at UNC Asheville

April 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Reuter Center Singers will perform favorite tunes by The Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – in “Come Fly With Me,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

Illustration by UNC Asheville alumna Meghan LaFave

The Reuter Center Singers, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s community chorus directed by Chuck Taft, will treat audiences to renditions of “High Hopes,” “Just One of Those Things” and “New York, New York,” among others. Their performance will also include an audience singalong opportunity.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit olliasheville.com or call 828.251.6140.


Irish Female Vocalist at Diana Wortham Theatre

April 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – With a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing Irish and American traditional music gems, Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band enchant and inspire audiences, 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Cathie Ryan’s performances are renowned for their intimacy and power, as well as her witty banter. Jim Magill, Director of The Swannanoa Gathering where Ryan is on staff during Celtic Week, says, “Cathie Ryan has one of those voices that only comes along once in a generation … It’s a voice than can transport you to another time, another place, and then gently bring you back, tingling from the experience, and wanting more.”

In 2010 Irish American News in Chicago awarded Ryan with the “Concert of the Year Award,” saying that Ryan “is quite simply the best. She and her talented, versatile band give the definitive live Irish music performance.”

For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, a seven-year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, and numerous awards, Cathie Ryan has been among the vanguard of Irish music. Irish America Magazine has twice named her one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans” and in 2000 and 2010 Chicago’s Irish American News honored her as “Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.” Radio highlights include NPR’s Mountain Stage and Thistle and Shamrock, Public Radio International’s The World, BBC in England and Northern Ireland, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland. She has been featured on more than forty compilations, including the famous Irish music collection, A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On. It was the first time Americans were featured in the series and Ryan shares the honor with Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris.

Cathie Ryan has built a loyal following throughout Europe and North America by touring steadily and singing songs of the heart. “There is nothing like a live show, being with an audience, sharing the music. That is the best part of being a singer and writing songs,” she says. At a live performance, The Irish Echo observed, “Cathie Ryan certainly knows how to communicate with her audience. And what she communicates through song are the enduring values of home, family, memory, and spirit….”

For her Asheville performance, Ryan’s band is comprised of top-notch musicians: Patsy O’Brien (guitar, vocals), an award-winning songwriter whose acclaimed genre-hopping, blues and jazz influenced originals have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered; Matt Mancuso (fiddle, octave mandolin, vocals), a former star fiddle player for Lord of the Dance whose broad musical horizons include jazz influences alongside Irish traditional; and Patrick Mangan (fiddle), a two-time winner of the coveted All-Ireland Fiddle Championship who at age sixteen was invited to appear in Riverdance on Broadway—the youngest fiddle player in the show’s history.

Cathie Ryan’s Asheville performance is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, and is made possible by Celtic Series Sponsors Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole, First Citizens Bank, and Ward & Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7 FM.

The new entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s new marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway next to Marble Slab Creamery, and into a large interior courtyard for Pack Place with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and new box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2013/2014 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.