ASHEVILLE NC – Get ready for some traffic construction in downtown Asheville during the next two weeks.
Patton Avenue is slated for resurfacing from the west side of Pritchard Park to Biltmore Avenue. A shorter portion of Lexington Avenue will be resurfaced, from College Street to Patton Avenue.
The work begins Oct. 12.
The milling, patching, paving and striping will be done at night, according to Capital Projects Management Divisions’ Robert Kun. The concrete work, sidewalks and ADA ramps, will be done during the day.
“It should take about two weeks to complete everything,” said Kun. “The proposed schedule would have us milling up the existing road surface the night of the 12th (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.), then patching the street the following night. We will be working on sidewalks and handicap ramps for approximately one week, during the day (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and finally, paving and striping the following two nights (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.). ”
This is all weather dependent of course.
How will this affect traffic?
The contractor, Rogers Group, said that traffic will be flagged through the work zone. The night work hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There is to be no parking in the work zone from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the duration of the project.
The City of Asheville contracted 4.47 miles of street resurfacing this year. City Council appropriated $2 million in the budget for street and sidewalk maintenance.
ASHEVILLE NC – A holiday tradition born more than a century ago, Christmas at Biltmore will enchant those who visit George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House during the estate’s annual holiday celebration, set for Nov. 6, 2015, through Jan. 10, 2016.
Every year, Biltmore transforms into an unforgettable yuletide vacation destination like few others. Biltmore’s design team will weave this year’s theme – “A Gilded Age Christmas” – throughout every element created for the season, incorporating grand and elegant details that are rooted in authentic Vanderbilt Christmas stories.
Inside the 250-room Biltmore House, which bears a striking resemblance to Highclere Castle on the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey,” guests will see more than two dozen elaborate hand-decorated Christmas trees. A towering 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir tree laden with toddler-high ornaments and wrapped packages tucked into its branches serves as the seasonal centerpiece in the home’s immense Banquet Hall.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
The holiday spirit lives within the hallways and rooms of Biltmore House even more so under cover of nighttime. During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, thousands of ornaments and over-the-top wreaths and garlands sparkle with the reflections of candlelight and cozy fires in the home’s fireplaces. Despite the home’s enormous size, sounds of choirs and musicians create an intimate atmosphere. Outside, a 55-foot Norway spruce tree, lit by 45,000 tiny white lights and surrounded by hundreds of hand-lit luminaries, welcomes guests for evening tours. Offered Nov. 6 through Jan. 2, Candlelight Christmas Evenings are the only time of year when the home is open for evening tours.
Christmas at Biltmore 2015 Events
Christmas at Biltmore features the following holiday activities and events:
•Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily: Christmas at Biltmore daytime experience
• Nov. 6 through Jan. 2: Candlelight Christmas Evenings
• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily: A Gardener’s Place Holiday Seminars. “Decorate with Christmas Wreaths” is offered at noon and “Create Holiday Tablescapes” is offered at 1 p.m.
• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily: The Conservatory’s annual poinsettia and tropical plant display.
• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily: Complimentary wine tasting at the Winery. The “Red Wine and Chocolate” seminar is offered, as well as the “Biltmore Bubbles” tour. Additional price and reservations required.
• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, evenings: Live music in Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village.
• Nov. 7 through Dec. 20, Saturdays and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., and on Friday, Nov. 27: Visits with Santa in Antler Hill Village.
• Nov. 7 through Jan. 10, Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m., and on Friday, Nov. 27: Roving Holiday Carolers in Antler Hill Village.
• Dec. 17, 18 and 19: Inn on Biltmore Estate’s Annual Gingerbread House Tea. Guests assemble gingerbread homes with the help of a pastry chef while enjoying afternoon tea. Additional price and reservations required.
• Ongoing: Festive holiday meals prepared by award-winning chefs will be served in all of the estate’s restaurants.
Lodging options at Biltmore increase in 2015
Guests looking to extend their holiday stay at Biltmore will have several options. Those seeking a retreat with personalized service, Inn on Biltmore Estate offers four-star accommodations with sweeping views in a private hilltop setting. Special holiday packages starting with Thanksgiving will be available during Christmas at Biltmore.
Biltmore’s newest lodging offering, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, opens in December 2015. Designed for the guest looking for a casual overnight stay, Village Hotel is located in the lively setting of Antler Hill Village. It offers a convenient home base steps away from shopping, dining, the Winery, live music and outdoor activities. Special holiday packages will be available during Christmas at Biltmore.
ASHEVILLE NC – Making Neighborhood through Urban Gardens in Barcelona – An Evening with Filmmaker Wil Weldon, will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, in the Mission Health Center Mountain View Conference Room 417. This event is free and open to the public.
Weldon will present ethnographic observations and clips from films completed as part of his artist residency in Barcelona, followed by a discussion of urban gardens as a means of community building and economic resiliency. Weldon observed urban gardening emerge in Spain as a response to that nation’s economic crisis.
Weldon, who was interviewed on public radio’s The State of Things earlier this year, is a member of the board of directors of Seeds, a Durham-based organization promoting sustainable agriculture, organic gardening and food security. His feature-length films include the documentaries My Brother a Muslim and Pass It On. He also blogs at the Huffington Post. He has a master’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English from Duke University.
For more information, contact Leah Mathews, UNC Asheville Interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor of the Mountain South, at [email protected] or 828.251.6551.
ASHEVILLE NC – Local apples are at the core of our region’s agricultural economy. So what better way to celebrate fall in the Southern Appalachians than with local apples? Area farmers grow them all – Arkansas Black, Cameo, Fuji, Mutsu, Pink Lady, and the list goes on. Chefs at Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants take advantage of the abundance of local apples for sweet and savory dishes all month for ASAP’s Get Local campaign.
Season’s at Highland Lake is utilizing roasted local apples as an accompaniment to its North Carolina flounder special with freekeh pilaf, wilted estate chard, shaved garden vegetable slaw, and lime beurre blanc.
Guadalupe Café uses local apples every day, featuring them in special pancakes for brunch, various salsas and tarts, crisp slaws to accompany tacos, and cobblers for dessert.
UNC Asheville Dining Services displays whole apples for sale throughout the month. Local apples from Apple Wedge Packers and Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard are used in pies and crisps and are featured in fresh made juices and smoothies, such as the “detox smoothie,” with kale and apples as the main ingredients.
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.
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.
ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock’s panoramic 75-mile views capture the full spectrum of Western North Carolina’s legendary fall foliage, and it’s getting easier to know when to catch it at its peak. Weekly fall color and wildflower reports are available at chimneyrockpark.comto help you know where and when to find the best color. Peak fall colors are expected to appear in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure between mid-October and early November. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers a variety of favorite ways to admire autumn colors this year, from expert- and self-guided hikes to rock climbing and a photography workshop.
“The Blue Ridge Mountains feature one of most vibrant and longest fall color displays in America, attracting visitors from around the world. In late September to early November, from popular destinations along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, Western North Carolina is among the most beautiful places to go leaf peeping, hiking and driving,” said Emily Walker, Naturalist
Catching Peak Colors. Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains rewards leaf peepers with brilliant displays of leafcolors, from deep red and maroon to fiery yellow and orange. Chimney Rock and Lake Lure have a large range of colorful tree species and an elevation ranging from 1,100 to 2,500 feet, which are ideal conditions to create a long window for optimal viewing. Peak colors typically arrive at the Park’s higher elevations around mid-October and spread down to the lower elevations through early to mid-November.
Weekly Fall Color Report. Experts predict that this fall will be one of the best for color that we’ve had in quite some time. Early leaf colors are just beginning to show on the higher-elevation roads leading to Chimney Rock State Park and will dot the ridges and upper trails in the Park. Splashes of red will appear in the dogwood and sourwood trees, along with yellows in the poplars. Already, fall wildflowers such as goldenrod, snakeroot, turtlehead, a variety of asters and foamflowers are popping up along the Park’s trails.
Below is a list of Chimney Rock’s favorite outings that will reward leaf peepers with an eyeful of autumn foliage.
See Chimney Rock Differently
Grab your binoculars and field guide and join world-traveled birding expert Simon Thompson at our Naturalist Niche: Simon Says Fall Bird Walk on Sunday, October 18, from 8:30-10:30am. Discover which of our feathered friends will be sticking around during the cooler season and view the first fall color to arrive at the Park. Fee includes Park admission: $22 Adults, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Pre-registration is required; call 800-277-9611 or email [email protected].
Experience the Park after hours at Park in the Dark on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30-10pm. This family-friendly event will feature self-guided hikes along the Outcroppings trail to the Chimney, live nocturnal animal programs, campfire storytelling and stargazing with the Asheville Astronomy Club. A percentage of the admission fee of $5 per person and sales from the evening will benefit Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support Chimney Rock; currently their primary goal is to raise money and to find volunteers to help reopen the Park’s popular Skyline trail which leads to the top of Hickory Nut Falls. Space is limited and registration is required. Call today to reserve your spot to this special event.
Join local naturalist Clint Calhoun for one of the last chances to see fall color and embark on an adventure into Chimney Rock’s Old Growth Forest during our Naturalist Niche: Survival Skills hike. You’ll learn about helpful survival tips and techniques and essential gear, plus you’ll discover what makes this forest ecologically remarkable. Fee includes Park admission: $22 Adults, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Pre-registration is required; call 800-277-9611 or email [email protected].
View stunning fall colors from the cliff face high above the gorge. Sign up for a rock climbing adventurewithFox Mountain Guidesontwo-hour, half- and full-day clinics for beginner to advanced climbers. Bring friends to save money with a group rate.
Experience Local Flavor
Soak up 75-mile panoramic viewson top of the Chimney via a rewarding 20-25 minute hike on our Outcroppings trail. This is the most dramatic and popular way to get your fall color fix! On your way to or from the Chimney, be sure to stop by the Grotto, Subway and Pulpit Rock. These popular features were recently reopened and offer amazing views of the Carolina Piedmont, Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. Take some water, wear comfy walking shoes and take your time. The elevator may be out of service, but you’ll be well rewarded for the extra effort when you get to the top.
Chimney Rock offers a colorful variety of fall wildflowers. Pick up a local wildflower guidebook from the Park’s gift shop to identify many blooming beauties along Chimney Rock’s trails, including asters, goldenrod and Pink Turtlehead, to name a few.
Beats, Burgers & Brews adds a local soundtrack to the colorful autumn scene with live folk, bluegrass, blues and Americana music at the Old Rock Café at 6-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning October 9. Located at the Park’s entrance, the restaurant offers regional craft beer and local burgers from Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Relax on the riverside deck with a great view of the Chimney framed by fall foliage.
Capture Colors on Camera
Shutterbugs looking for expert tips and tricks to frame peak fall colors will find them at the Park’s Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshopon November 1, 8:30am-4pm. Award-winning photographer Chuck Hill leads one of the region’s most affordable workshops. $100 fee includes an annual pass to the Park and lunch; $75 fee for annual passholders includes lunch. Space is limited, so call 800-277-9611 or email [email protected] to register today.
Submit your fall photos of the Park by November 27 for a chance to win great prizes in the “Chimney Rock: What’s Your View” photo contest. Prizes include a two-day getaway with a stay at the historic Esmeralda Inn, Park annual passes, Lake Lure boat tours and more. Contest rules and entry instructions can be found at chimneyrockpark.com.
Due to the elevator being out of service, park admission is reduced to $13 for adults and $6 youth ages 5-15; kids under five are always free. For more information on fall color, scenic drives and events throughout Western North Carolina, visit fallinthemountains.com.
About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a still-developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 499-step Outcroppings Trail and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.
ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Entertainment System is the Unofficial After-Party of the Asheville Comic Expo. We will be bringing together a variety of creative bands, DJ’s, and dancers on two stages for an unforgettable party. There will be live acts upstairs and video and board gaming downstairs.
Bit Brigade: Video Game Music – Rock – Performing NES Metroid
Poor Unfortunate Souls – Cover’s Disney Songs In A Rock/Punk Style
Eight Bit Disaster: Video Game Music – Funk/Jazz
Last WordBenders – Local Nerdcore Hip Hop
DJ MidiBoss – Nerdcore and Chip Pop DJ
Browncoat Bellydance – Performing Four Themed Bellydances
The Droids You’re Looking For – Star Wars Interpretive Dance
When: Saturday October 24th. Doors at 7:00. Music and More From 8:00pm – 1:30am
ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville and Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS announce the 2015 Asheville Housing Fair to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 19 at the Stephens Lee Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. The event is free and open to the public and will guide consumers and homeowners through a myriad of questions surrounding credit, renting, vacation rentals and more.
Representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations and associations will be on site to provide information and one-on-one assistance to persons seeking to learn more about affordable housing options.
A series of workshops will be held throughout the event. The workshop schedule includes:
– Living in 120 Square Feet – Life in a Tiny Home
– Learn Your Rights as a Renter
– Credit: Get It. Keep It. Improve It
– The ABCs of Home Buying
– What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
– Landlords are Part of the Solution
– Everything You Wanted to Know About Affordable Housing
A tiny home exhibition will be on display in the Stephens Lee Center parking lot. Two Tiny Homes will be on display.
The Asheville Housing Fair will be family friendly with a playground and toddler bouncy house on site. There will be a free hot dog lunch provided by the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®.
A complete list of participating organizations and a full workshop schedule can be found on the event website, ashevillehousingfair.com. Event information is also available by phone, at 828-259-5728, or by emailing [email protected]
About the City of Asheville:
The City of Asheville strives to provide the highest quality and most efficient municipal services possible. The City serves a population of 87,000 people with services ranging from public safety to economic development, parks & recreation, water resources and more. Find detailed information at ashevillenc.gov.
About the Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS®
The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® (LOTSAR) is the longest running REALTOR® association in North Carolina. LOTSAR’s mission is to enhance our members to exceed, to foster high ethical standards, to promote private property rights, and to be the voice of home ownership. The Land of the Sky Association of REALTORS® is located at 37 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.
ASHEVILLE NC – Wiley Cash, UNC Asheville graduate and author of two best-selling novels, will return to his alma mater to teach courses and mentor students as writer-in-residence for the 2016-17 academic year.
“Since graduating in 2000, I’ve taken every opportunity to return to UNC Asheville, whether it be as a member of the National Alumni Council or as the speaker at the 2015 May Commencement, but I never imagined that I’d be able to return as writer-in-residence,” said Cash. “It’s an honor to have the chance to work with such intelligent, creative students alongside literature and language faculty members I’ve so long admired.”
“We look forward to bringing Wiley back to the classroom, where he’ll work and write side-by-side with our students, encouraging them to find their voices as writers and as community citizens,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary K. Grant. “His ability to capture the character of Western North Carolina – an ability which stems from his own undergraduate study of literature and Appalachian history here – will also offer meaningful opportunities for the community to engage in the literature that tells our shared story.”
Cash’s first novel, A Land More Kind than Home (William Morrow, 2012), set in Madison County, reached The New York Times best-seller list in hardcover, paperback and e-book. It won the Western North Carolina Historical Association’s Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, the Appalachian Writers’ Association’s Book of the Year award, and was named a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
He followed that success with This Dark Road to Mercy (William Morrow, 2014), a national best-seller which was optioned for film and became a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. The novel was an Indie Next Pick, an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance, a LibraryReads selection and an Amazon Book of the Month.
Cash earned a master’s degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Ph.D. at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from UNC Asheville at the university’s May 2015 Commencement. He also returned to campus in 2013 to offer a reading as the Goodman Endowed Visiting Artist.
Cash says he will use the writer-in-residence position to help introduce other high-profile authors to students and the community. “One aspect of the position I’m really excited about is the responsibility of organizing a reading series that will bring best-selling and award-winning poets and prose writers to campus,” said Cash. “I’m devoted to introducing students to successful authors who are talented, accessible, collegial and kind.”
“Wiley Cash is among the strongest voices in a new generation of American writers to emerge from the rich literary landscape of the South,” said UNC Asheville Provost Joe Urgo. “He is also the product of a UNC Asheville education, and we are pleased to welcome him home. Wiley will invigorate an already superb creative writing program at Asheville, adding to the resources we offer our students whose creative lives are now in the process of taking shape and direction.”
Cash will take his position as UNC Asheville writer-in-residence at the start of the fall 2016 semester.
ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock is known for its colorful fall and stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, but the Park is also a well-known destination for year-round birding. Birding enthusiasts often visit the Park to look for birds such as warblers, vireos and Peregrine Falcons. The region’s premier fall migration birding event, Flock to the Rock, hosted by Chimney Rock for the past six years, has brought more attention to the Park’s abundant birding opportunities. Flock to the Rock will be held on Saturday, September 19. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen during their flight south.
The weekend is packed full of bird walks guided by Park naturalists, including a Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk from 7:30-9:30am and educational birding activities for families, live bird programs and a hawk count at the top of Chimney Rock. Special to the event are Wings to Soar Birds in Flight shows in the Indoor Classroom on the Meadows.
“Chimney Rock is one of the most spectacular locations in Western North Carolina to spot a wide range of birds throughout the year, from countless warblers and vireos to tanagers and birds of prey. Flock to the Rock is held during the peak of fall migration and draws enthusiastic birders of all levels to the Park,” said Emily Walker, Chimney Rock Management, LLC Education Manager.
Flock to the Rock is included with paid Park admission, which is $13 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 5-15) and free for kids 4 years and under. An additional fee applies only to the Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk, which requires advance registration. Chimney Rock is an official site on the N.C. Birding Trail. For more details and a schedule of birding activities, visit http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/events/event_detail.php?EVENT_ID=394.
A Premier Birding Destination
From its winding riverbanks to its dramatic cliffs, Chimney Rock is a haven for North Carolina resident birds, migrating birds and, of course, bird lovers. From beginner to experienced, people have long been flocking to the Rock to catch glimpses of their favorite birds. Chimney Rock is home to more than 130 species of birds throughout the year, including over 25 warbler species, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and a wide selection of birds of prey, including Peregrine Falcons. For more information on birding at the Park, visit chimneyrockpark.com/park/nature/northcarolinabirds.php.
Home to World’s Fastest Bird of Prey
While at Chimney Rock, train your binoculars along the Park’s soaring cliffs and up into the surrounding sky for a chance to see the amazing acrobatics of a Peregrine Falcon high above Hickory Nut Gorge. Peregrine Falcons (Falco Peregrinus) may slice through the air at more than 60mph or dive on smaller birds in flight at speeds up to 200mph. By the early 1960s, no Peregrines were found in this area, but these magnificent birds have made a comeback thanks to captive-breeding programs. Since 1990 when three of these young birds fledged in the Park, Peregrines have been sighted here almost every year.
About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 499-step Outcroppings Trail and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.
About Wings to Soar
Wings to Soar is a nonprofit organization based in Trenton, GA. Their mission is to create awarenessabout the vital role birds of prey play in the naturalworld. Their free-flyingraptor program gives audiences a unique opportunity to view and interact with birds of prey up close. Their goals are to facilitate a connection to the natural world, to spark curiosity and to create a sense of value for all forms of life.