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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Diana Wortham Theatre

Monday, February 1st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Diana Wortham Theatre is pleased to announce the highly anticipated return of New York- and London-based Aquila Theatre Company, a Mainstage Series favorite, with a re-imagined and invigorating staging of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

While the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers is arguably one of the best known of all of The Bard’s plays, Aquila’s striking and moving adaption of Romeo and Juliet takes the viewer’s breath away with a few special twists, thanks to the innovative direction of Artistic Director, Desiree Sanchez. The timeless words and the story remain the same, but instead of focusing purely on the relationship of Juliet and her Romeo, Sanchez highlights the interactions and nuances between Lady Capulet and her rebellious daughter, revealing a severe yet ardent theme of the play.

Rather than let the parental role be split between Juliet’s mother and father, Sanchez is bold enough to eliminate the paternal Capulet character altogether, allowing Lady Capulet, “a perfectly poised ice queen with her weeping heart of fire” (DC Metro Theater Arts), to speak her husband’s lines as well, including the infamously intense altercation between parent and child that ultimately comes to blows. Symbolizing the mother-daughter connection, a 30-foot-long gown links the two ladies as they navigate the treacherous waters of arranged marriages, teenage rebellion, and all that befalls this famous household.

A highly physical performance, the company utilizes costumes reminiscent of ballet, enabling quick, precise movements in scenes of sword fights and confrontation. Taking from the performance style that Shakespeare and his players would normally have adopted for the stage, Sanchez and the crew behind this production have reincorporated the physically challenging elements that often get subdued in modern Shakespearean shows, the energy that would be used to rile up the crowds from the balconies to the standing room by the stage. “We have here a remarkable fusion of design, text, and performance, of consciousness, scenery, sound, light, space, meaning, and movement,” said Sam Hall in a review for DC Metro Theater Arts out of Washington, D.C.

Pre-performance discussion: Aquila Theatre company members will lead a pre-performance discussion at 7:00 p.m. prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance, in The Forum off of the main lobby. Pre-show discussions are free to ticket holders. Seating is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. We regret that patrons may not be admitted to pre-show discussions after 7:10 p.m.

Aquila Theatre’s Asheville performances are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. Further support is provided by Performance Sponsors Michael & Catty Andry, Dr. Alan & Suzanne Escovitz, and Maureen & Frank Hantke; and by Mainstage Theatre Series Sponsors Bank of America and Merrill Lynch; with additional support provided by Media Sponsors WNC magazine and WCQS 88.1FM.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s main lobby and 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 2015/2016 Mainstage Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, the North Carolina Arts Council, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery & Catering, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

Violin Star Performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Asheville Symphony

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Asheville SymphonyASHEVILLE NC – Celebrated violinist Bella Hristova makes her Asheville Symphony Orchestra debut on Saturday, February 13, when she takes on Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto in an ASO Masterworks concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Asheville Symphony Music Director Daniel Meyer will conduct the 8 p.m. concert, which also includes Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Strauss’ Metamorphosen.

“We’re excited to have Bella Hristova make her ASO debut with Beethoven’s bold and brilliant Violin Concerto,” Meyer said. “A concerto of symphonic proportions, Beethoven’s single entry into the genre remains at the pinnacle of music ever written for the instrument, and this will be an opportunity to hear a great concerto performed by a shooting star.”

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, Hristova was recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone. The Washington Post’s The Classical Beat has stated she is “a player of impressive power and control.” Her engagements in 2015-16 include the Buffalo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Hristova is stepping into the ASO concert in place of Stefan Jackiw, who was originally scheduled to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Jackiw has had to withdraw, with regret, for personal reasons.

The Mendelssohn and Strauss works will be performed during the first half of the concert.

Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, subtitled “Fingal’s Cave,” musically captures the composer’s visit to and impressions of this special archipelago in Scotland.

Crushed by the demise of Germany and its storied cultural history, Strauss composed an elegiac and deeply stirring work for twenty-three solo musicians called Metamorphosen. With its arching, spun lines of intertwined strings and a wistful nod to the funeral march from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Metamorphosen aches for a bygone era of serious but deeply Romantic music.

Bella Hristova’s appearance is generously sponsored by Metro Wines.

Single tickets for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto are $22-$62 depending on seating section; reduced youth pricing is available. Single tickets and season ticket packages can be purchased at www.ashevillesymphony.org, by calling 828-254-7046, or in person at the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 87 Haywood Street.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talk and pre-concert lectures. 

Masterworks 4
February 13, 2016 • 8 p.m.
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Daniel Meyer, conductor
Bella Hristova, violin

Mendelssohn               Hebrides Overture
Strauss                         Metamorphosen
Beethoven                    Violin Concerto

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events Scheduled

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – The 35th Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday January 16 at the Crowne Plaza Resort–this is a ticketed event. There will be a Peace March & Rally on Monday, January 18 at 11:30 am starting at St. James AME Church and ending at Pack Square and a Candlelight Ceremony on Monday the 18th at 6 pm at Nazareth First Baptist Church.

At the candlelight ceremony the 2016 Community Service Honorees will be presented and the event will feature Rev. Clark Olsen as the speaker and Jaki Shelton Green as the evening’s poet.

A flyer for this event is attached below.

County Offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day, January 18.  The Landfill will operate on a normal schedule.

Love Stories Center of Biltmore’s Newest Exhibition

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Guests entering Biltmore House during the first half of 2016 may get the impression they’ve walked onto a movie set with a wedding at the center of its story. Dramatic draping and silk roses over the front door of Biltmore House and a 6-foot tall wedding cake in the Entry Hall will all but make that first impression true.

Starting Feb. 12, Biltmore will present a new exhibition, “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film.” Showcasing 40 award-winning wedding gowns and costumes throughout Biltmore House, the exhibition spans 300 years of wedding fashion from films set in the years 1645 to 1935. The iconic Jane Austen romances of “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” and “Pride and Prejudice” are included. The exhibition will run through July 4.

The costumes come to Biltmore from Cosprop Ltd., the same London-based company that furnished the costumes for Biltmore’s 2015 “Dressing Downton” exhibition of clothing from the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.”

Elaborate flower arrangements created by Biltmore’s floral team will accompany the costumes. Simplistic and over-the-top styles will coordinate with each wedding dress. Five costumes from “The Duchess,” featuring the wedding gown worn by actress Keira Knightly and the wedding suit worn by actor Ralph Fiennes, will reside in the Banquet Hall. Flowers and ribbons in hues of peach, cream, light blue and orange will cascade from the room’s chandeliers, reflecting the film’s English Rococo era. In the Library, dramatic red roses accented with hot pink will set off the wedding dress worn by actress Helena Bonham Carter in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”

Vanderbilt family wedding celebrations
The exhibition continues in Antler Hill Village in the Biltmore Legacy building with a focus on 60 years of Vanderbilt Family wedding fashion. Stories will be shared about George and Edith Vanderbilt’s courtship, plans for their wedding, guests and gifts, and their Biltmore homecoming after a four-month honeymoon.

The exhibition will include a closer look at Cornelia Vanderbilt’s wedding to John Cecil in 1924. Although Cornelia’s original wedding gown and veil worn by her mother Edith are not in Biltmore’s collection, John Bright, an Oscar-winning designer with Cosprop Ltd., recreated both from photographs and notes.

Another highlight of the exhibition is the wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan in her marriage to William A.V. Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt. This family heirloom was also worn by Mrs. Cecil’s cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy when she married future President John F. Kennedy. Also on display will be Mrs. Cecil’s wedding gown—a classic example of 1950s fashion with a tiny waist, bell-shaped skirt, and satin bows.

Admission to “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will be included in the general admission ticket price.

“Fashionable Romance” Events and special stay packages
In conjunction with the “Fashionable Romance” exhibition, special dining and stay experiences are planned.

Valentine’s Day Dinner in The Dining Room – Feb. 12, 13 and 14
Inn on Biltmore Estate will host a five-course Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Dining Room with wine pairing on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. Dinner is included as part of the Inn’s Valentine’s Day Package, or is $110 per non-package guest. Call 828-225-1699 to reserve. More about this package is available at www.biltmore.com/stay/inn/make-reservations/winter.

Wine & Roses Dinner Dance – Feb. 13
Deerpark will host a Wine & Roses Dinner Dance from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 13. The event includes a reception, followed by a four-course dinner, a bottle of wine for each couple and dessert. A live band will play favorite love songs until 11 p.m. Cost is $125 per person plus tax. Reservations required. Call 800 411-3812 to reserve.

“Fashionable Romance” stay package at Inn on Biltmore Estate – Feb. 15 through July 1
The Inn on Biltmore Estate will offer a special “Fashionable Romance” stay package Feb. 15 through July 1 that includes accommodations, chef’s breakfast buffet daily, nightly dinner in The Dining Room, Bistro or Cedric’s Tavern, Sec sparkling wine and confections upon arrival, and a wine seminar exploring Biltmore’s sparkling wines portfolio. Inn guests may also enjoy a “Flowers to Wear: A Boutonniere & Corsage Bar” seminar led by a Biltmore floral design expert if booking the package on the weekends of Feb. 13, March 26, May 7, and June 18. Reservations required. Book online or by calling 866-336-1245.

“Bed & Breakfast” stay package at Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate – Ongoing
Enjoy the charm of Biltmore’s newest hotel while taking in all Biltmore has to offer. Village Hotel’s Bed & Breakfast package includes accommodations; breakfast daily at Village Social; souvenir guide book; admission to Biltmore House and the “Fashionable Romance” exhibition for the length of stay; audio guide during Biltmore House tour; and complimentary estate shuttle service. Make reservations online or by calling 866-336-1245.

For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.

Photo Credit
Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in “Sense and Sensibility” will be on display in Biltmore House during “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” an exhibition set to open Feb. 12, 2016, at Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY ©1995 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

ASAP Receives Funding to Start Farm to School Program

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is pleased to announce that they have received a three-year, $107,154 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to initiate the Growing Minds in Burke County project.


The Growing Minds in Burke County project will improve the lives of Burke County residents through the implementation of multiple farm to school interventions: edible school gardens, cafeteria taste tests, farm field trips, and food sourced from local farms. Project activities will target and engage diverse audiences (teachers, students, cafeteria staff, families, farmers) to develop a culture of health that extends beyond the educational setting.


“We are thrilled to be working with the Burke County Public Schools and the Burke County community. ASAP has helped establish farm to school programs throughout Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians, and we look forward to learning how farm to school implementation can best be tailored to the unique nature of Burke County,” said ASAP Program Director Emily Jackson.


ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program has provided support and resources to schools and preschools since 2002. Through mini-grants, free seeds, an annual farm to school conference, lesson plans, website resources, and more, ASAP helps build the connection between local agriculture, economic development, and health.



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 in the region, visit asapconnections.org and growing-minds.org or call (828) 236-1282.

Burial Beer Expands Again with Second Asheville Location

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Burial Beer Co. announced today it will create 17 new jobs and invest $1.8 million for its second brewing facility and tasting room in Asheville.

Adding to Burial’s current 1,500 barrel annual production, the new 1.4 acre location near Biltmore Village will support 9,000 barrels with a phased expansion up to 16,000. Brewing could be underway by May 2016.

The expansion creates 17 full-time jobs and will enable Burial to begin limited distribution into new markets in Georgia and South Carolina, in addition to its current distribution to select markets across North Carolina. Improved packaging capability will expand its canned beer distribution with a greater variety of distinct styles, while Burial’s original location will focus on brewing wild fermented farmhouse beers. Its most popular flagship beers are Skillet Donut Stout and Scythe Rye IPA.

This is Burial’s second expansion within a year, which included adding a 10-barrel system, outdoor bar, beer garden, and urban garden at its South Slope location of 40 Collier Avenue. Burial Beer credits its rapid growth and success to its overwhelmingly loyal crowd of local support.

Consistent with the nature of its current brewhouse, Burial Beer owners Jess and Doug Reiser and Tim Gormley, part-owner and head brewer, selected the historically significant location at 16 Shady Oak Dr. near Biltmore Village for its opportunity to restore an important property in Asheville’s history that will once again contribute to the regional economy.

The brewery plans to refurbish the six early 20th century buildings that served as living and working quarters for members of the Civilian Conservation Corp during FDR’s New Deal Program. These young men were involved in the original construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which for decades has been a backbone of WNC’s tourism economy.

Future plans for the brewery’s new site include an urban farm, restaurant, an outdoor event space for concerts and festivals, and a taproom scheduled to open in fall 2016.

When Burial opened in June 2013 operating a one-barrel pilot system, it was Asheville’s 12th brewery. Today there are 21 in Buncombe County, an area that’s earned its reputation as the definitive east coast capital of craft beer. Asheville is said to have the most breweries per capita of any U.S. city.

“Building Burial’s community from the ground up has been a humbling experience for our family. We wouldn’t exist without the support and loyalty of our friends and patrons who choose to enjoy a pint with us, spread the word around town, and bring their families over for our Sunday jazz brunches and holiday dinners. Our expansion is a result of deeper community connections grounded in celebrating great craft beer,” said Jess Reiser, co-owner of Burial Beer.

“We applaud Burial’s sustainable approach to preserving an important piece of our city’s history and look forward to its vibrant future. Asheville’s brewing reputation is derived from successful local breweries like Burial that are esteemed for their quality craft beer,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Burial Beer’s expansion that adds good jobs to our community. Buncombe County is proud of its continued support for growing local businesses that form the foundation of our creative economy,” commented David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners.

“Burial Beer reflects the spirit of innovation and smart growth that drives our entrepreneurial community forward. We celebrate their contribution to one of our thriving industries in which Asheville is a major player at the national level,” said Taylor Foss, EDC Chair and SVP, Organizational Transformation at Mission Health.

Burial Beer Co., located on the South Slope in Asheville, N.C., is a community driven brewery. Much like the Jazz funerals in New Orleans’ culture, the Burial brand nods to the afterlife celebrating the cycle of life, of harvest and brewing. Its most popular flagship beers are Skillet Donut Stout and Scythe Rye IPA. Burial is expanding with limited distribution of canned beers into new markets in Georgia and South Carolina, in addition to its current select markets in North Carolina. For expanded taproom hours, beers on tap, and special events, check Burial’s website at www.burialbeer.com.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment. The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and about 70 private investors through AVL 5×5. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development. Learn more about AVL 5×5 at www.asheville5x5.com.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 208,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.

Southeast’s Largest Fly-Fishing Event Returns to Ag Center

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo is set for Dec. 4 and 5, 2015 at the WNC Agricultural Center. This two-day fly-fishing extravaganza provides anglers a forum to sharpen their skills and learn about the latest innovations in their sport. It’s become the Southeast’s largest event for fly-fishers, averaging more than 1,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

The expo will feature local fly shops, conservation organizations, professional fly-fishing instructors and guides as well as fly tying demonstrations during the event.

This year’s featured speakers will be renowned fly fishing experts addressing the distinctive tactics for fly-fishing, from fresh to salt water strategies. Speakers include: Orvis’s Tom Rosenbauer, former U.S. Fly Fishing team’s George Daniel, renowned fly tyer and angler Michael Schmidt, Musky fly fishing expert Chris Willen, Davidson River Outfitter’s Kevin Howell, Asheville’s own Tenkara fishing expert John Miko and Trout Unlimited’s Damon Hearne.

A 3,200 square-foot indoor casting pond will be available to participants to work with professional fly casting instructors to improve their casting skills. Hands on fly tying clinics will be available throughout the event for all attendees, sponsored by the Hilltop Fly Tyers.

Hours for the 7th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo will be Friday, Dec. 4 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 16 years of age and younger. Free Saturday admission with Friday ticket purchase.

For more information, visit www.wncflyfishingexpo.com.

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NC Natural Products Association Hosts Ginseng Expo at UNCA

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On December 4 and 5, 2015 the North Carolina Natural Products Association will host an all-star gathering of ginseng experts at the second International American Ginseng Expo to discuss the impact of wild and wild-simulated American Ginseng on the economy, health, and culture of Western North Carolina, Appalachia, and the nation.

The Expo on the “king of herbs” is open to the public and tickets for one or both days are available in advance, and if space allows, at the door on the days of the event. The event will be hosted at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Union and includes vending and poster presentations from the scientific and research community.

Local and national celebrity, “Junkyard” Sam, area resident and one of the stars of the History Channel’s Appalachian Outlaws, will be attending to talk about his family’s tradition of digging, why he joined the show, why he hates poachers as much as anyone, and what he is doing to preserve the plant in the wild for future generations.

Scott Persons, renowned Ginseng grower and author and Bob Beyfuss, retired Ginseng specialist from Cornell University will share their comprehensive knowledge of the opportunities and challenges with the cultivation of “wild-simulated ginseng” in a special Friday afternoon intensive for beginning growers. Both will return on Saturday for presentations. Dr. Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor of Horticultural Science, NC State University and herbalist Phyllis Light will present on Other Forest Botanicals in demand, while Chip Carroll of United Plant Savers and Wallace Souther will speak about creating sanctuaries for plants of concern. All presenters as growers, authors, educators, herbalists, conservationists, and researchers, have devoted their careers to developing ginseng as a profitable crop for forest landowners, to using and preserving it as a traditional medicine, and to conserving the plant for future generations.

Of serious concern is security and protection of wild and wild-simulated plots of American Ginseng on public and private lands.  This will be a major topic of both days and expected to be a hot topic of the roundtable discussions to be held on Friday where attendees and speakers can sit together to discuss issues surrounding the industry. Other panelists include representatives of state and national government agencies tasked with the growth and regulation of the ginseng industry, export specialists, researchers and herbalists. The program includes in-depth and time-sensitive information for anyone interested in the conservation or horticulture of Panax quinquefolius (American Ginseng), or how entrepreneurs are blending value-added products made with ginseng.
“We’re so excited to host the 2015 International Ginseng Expo. It’s been exactly 300 years since ginseng was discovered in America by European settlers although Native Americans already used leaf and root medicinally. In 2012, the US exported 45,000 lbs of wild ginseng and 342,000 lbs cultivated ginseng. As wild stands diminish, we are so moved to see those that have been harvesting for generations continue to be land stewards, putting a lot more ginseng seed back in the wild, hoping it will not be stolen. These stewards have saved American ginseng, as our beautiful Appalachia experiences more deforestation due to development. The expo will create an environment for serious discussions and a great time to network and swap techniques for wild simulation and cultivation. Anyone can help save American ginseng populations by growing a little in their small or large woodland plots, even in the city,” says Jeannie Dunn, NCNPA President and Owner of Red Moon Herbs.

To register and for more information, go to http://www.tinyurl.com/2015GinsengExpo.
For color photos and/or additional information about the 2015 International American Ginseng Expo please contact Jennifer Flynn, Brand Manager, Blue Ridge Naturally ™ and former NCNPA Board Member, 828-380-9541, seal@blueridgenaturally.org

Roots Rock for Get Local in November!

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s time to move underground with ASAP’s Get Local Feature. You guessed it, roots. This month chefs at Appalachian Grown partner restaurants have special plans for beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips—any vegetable that grows underground.

Cúrate is partnering with ASAP for another fabulous meal and fundraiser to help support local food, strong farms, and healthy communities. “Get Local, Get Rooted!” will take place at Cúrate on Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-9:30 pm. Highlights of the meal will include local turnips, beets, squash, cheese, meats, and much more. Visit asapconnections for tickets and more information.

Park Ridge Health’s Café is offering:

  • Roast butternut squash, carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas in a house made seasoning as a side item.
  • Kale and apple salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted rutabaga and a maple vinaigrette.
  • Roasted beets with orange supremes and a vinaigrette on the salad bar
  • Roasted red and yellow beets with feta cheese, fresh arugula and citrus vinaigrette
  • Roasted red potatoes with fresh garlic, grainy Dijon mustard and a drizzle of truffle oil.

The Market Place is also featuring several dishes with roots:

  • Beets, fennel, radish, turnips, etc. on their house-made pickles
  • Roasted beet and goat cheese agnolotti, butternut squash, trumpet mushrooms, shaved root and herb salad
  • Roasted Indian cauliflower, black quinoa, green curry sauce, shaved fennel and cashew salad
  • Pan roasted quail, bacon cheddar cornbread, Swiss chard, confit garlic, celery root, red wine demi
  • Wood grilled flat iron steak, house made thyme ketchup, sweet potato hash, local farms eggs

Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org/getlocal 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.


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.

Celebrate the Season Asheville Symphony’s “Simply Sinatra Christmas”

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – World-renowned Frank Sinatra interpreter Steve Lippia joins the Asheville Symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 11, for “Simply Sinatra Christmas,” an enchanting evening filled with Sinatra’s classic holiday songs and the legendary crooner’s signature works at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. Maestro James Fellenbaum, the resident conductor of the Knoxville Symphony, will conduct the concert, which falls on the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth.

The program for “Simply Sinatra Christmas,” includes “Let it Snow,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Ave Maria,” “Winter Wonderland,“ and “Moonlight in Vermont.” Other Sinatra standards on the program include “Come Fly with Me,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “My Way.”

Steve Lippia is considered one of the world’s finest interpreters of timeless standards and traditional pop music. He has headlined successful, extended engagements in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and has performed with nearly one hundred symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada. In addition to Asheville, Lippia’s 2015-16 season includes appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Charlotte and Detroit symphonies, and the Cleveland Pops.

He has also headlined concerts at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, performed in a highly successful European Jazz Festival Tour that resulted in a nationally televised special on Finnish TV2, and has made television appearances on “Extra,” Fox’s “Good Day New York,” CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” ABC, and the BBC.

Maestro James Fellenbaum is celebrating his ninth season with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO). In recent years, he has made his Masterwork and Chamber Classics conducting debuts with the KSO, while continuing to serve as an assistant for all other concerts in those series. He conducts Outreach, Pops, and Educational concerts, the latter of which include the KSO’s annual Young People’s Concerts. Fellenbaum is also Director of Orchestras at the University of Tennessee.

Single tickets for “Simply Sinatra Christmas” are $22 – $74 depending on seating section; reduced youth pricing is available. Single tickets and season ticket packages can be purchased at www.ashevillesymphony.org, by calling 828-254-7046, or in person at the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 87 Haywood Street.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talk and pre-concert lectures.

Holiday Concert


December 11, 2015 • 8 p.m.

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

James Fellenbaum, conductor

Steve Lippia, vocalist


Arr. Calvin Custer                                     Music from Guys and Dolls

Arlen                                                                         I’ve Got the World on a String

Leigh & Coleman                                     The Best is Yet to Come

Cahn & Van Heusen                                     All the Way

Cahn & Van Heusen                                     Come Fly With Me

Drake                                                                         It Was a Very Good Year

Porter                                                                         I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Howard                                                       Fly Me to the Moon

Blackburn & Suessdorf                                     Moonlight in Vermont

Cahn & Styne                                                       Let it Snow

Anderson                                                       Sleigh Ride Jerry McClellan, special guest conductor

Leroy Anderson                                     Belle of the Ball

Rodgers & Hart                                     The Lady is a Tramp

Rodgers & Hammerstein                   I Have Dreamed

Coots & Gillespie                                     Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Berlin                                                                         White Christmas

Tormé & Wells                                                       The Christmas Song

Schubert, Franz                                     Ave Maria

Smith & Bernard                                     Winter Wonderland

Anka & Francois & Revaux                   My Way