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We All Say Local Tomatoes!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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

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


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


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


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


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

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, or call (828) 236-1282.



Chimney Rock Events

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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


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Wild Mushroom Walks

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


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Grady’s Friends: Camp Out at Chimney Rock!

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

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

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


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Naturalist Niche: Wild Edibles

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


Save the Date in September

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

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

Park naturalist with a bird of prey


Around the Gorge: Lake Lure Olympiad and Music Thursdays

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

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


Medicare Choices Made Easy

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asheville’s Water Supply is Stable, Conservation Appreciated

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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

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

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

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diana Wortham Theatre Events

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina announces the schedule of performances for the 2015/2016 Mainstage Series. The Mainstage Series presents a wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performing arts in an intimate, 500-seat hall. To start the season off, talented vocalist and one of the stars of the critically acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom Lisa Fischer takes the stage September 18 at 8:00 p.m. Setting the tone for Lisa Fischer’s performance is the Opening Night Reception, sponsored and catered by Pack’s Tavern at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for all performances are on sale at 10:00 a.m. on August 20th and are available at as well as from the box office at (828) 257-4530. The theatre offers flexible multi-show discount packages starting with as few as three performances. Savings range from 10% to 20% off Regular prices depending on the number of performances; multi-show packages are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box only at 828-257-4530.


Lisa Fischer — Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Lisa Fischer’s remarkable voice has landed her countless roles on stage, including spots with the Nine Inch Nails, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, and Aretha Franklin, as well as a role in the award-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Now she’s on to a new leg of the journey, with a not-to-miss one-night tour stop in Asheville to open the Mainstage Season.

Red Moon Road — Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

An endearing folk trio hailing from Canada, Red Moon Road combines banjo, guitar, and mandolin to bring energetic sounds to its modern roots tunes, complete with exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories.

The Passing Zone: The Passing Zone Saves the World — Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

America’s Got Talent finalists and recipients of eighteen gold medals from the International Jugglers’ Association Teams Competition, The Passing Zone’s act is full of good-natured ribbing, juggling chainsaws, and witty improvisation.

Tom Paxton — Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Share one last live performance in Asheville with the folk icon as he says farewell to life on the road with folk classics such as “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Ramblin’ Boy,” and more of Paxton’s silly songs, romantic tales, and protest anthems.

Alison Brown Quartet— Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Returning with ever-popular tunes as well as new hits, the Alison Brown Quartet brings traditional banjo picking together with jazz and Irish music, transforming toe-tapping bluegrass songs into sonically smooth combinations.

MOMIX Botanica — Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

A Swannanoa Solstice — Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with this holiday tradition, featuring award-winning recording artists and multi-instrumentalists Al Petteway, Amy White, Robin Bullock, and special guests as they create a mix of seasonal music, masterful storytelling, and poetry.

Koresh Dance Company: evŸoŸluŸtion — Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 2016,

8:00 p.m.

The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company, a favorite among Mainstage audiences.

The Hot Sardines — Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Hot jazz returns to the forefront of music in a night filled with big band enthusiasm and new-time energy as the Hot Sardines capture the raucous speakeasy sounds of the pre-World War II jazz era.

Aquila Theatre Company in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

A night of mystery and intrigue awaits all those who attend this masterful portrayal of one of the most brilliant detectives in all of literary history. Join Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other colorful characters as the Aquila Theatre brings them back to life in a witty, fast-paced adaptation.

Aquila Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMENSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence — Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks, appropriate for all ages.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan — Thursday & Friday, February 18 & 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage on its world tour, “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

Lucky Plush Productions Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip — Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Part comic strip and part silent film, dancers, superheroes, and graphic novel characters collide in this richly layered dance production that bounces effortlessly from the dancers, to projected video, and back.

Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’BrienSunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Lúnasa joins its fresh Irish melodies with the beloved music of Appalachia in a performance with master folk and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien.

The Cashore Marionettes — Saturday, March 5, 2016: Simple Gifts, 2:00 p.m.; Life in Motion, 8:00 p.m.

The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland in two shows, a matinee for families of all ages and an evening performance for older children and adults.

Altan – Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Join this traditional Irish band as it weaves an evening of jigs and reels, touching melodies, and even explores the ancient bonds between Irish music and bluegrass roots.

stephaniesĭd— Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and irresistibly infectious live performances, this pop-noir trio combines jazz, rock and pop to churn out wondrous and highly original tunes.

Dervish Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

From jam sessions at neighborhood pubs in Ireland to performing for the Chinese government, Dervish is on a mission to spread traditional Irish music to every corner with a myriad of ballads, reels and melodies.

Rhythmic Circus — Thursday & Friday, March 31 & April 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Groove to the beat with genre-hopping music and percussive dance highlighted by taps, shuffles and stomps and punctuated by the refrains of the seven-piece brass band, not to mention a human beat-box.

Jesse Cook Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook intertwines flamenco and jazz rhythms with styles from around the globe, with songs from his newest project, One World.

Aaron Goldberg Trio — Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

From Brazilian ballads to roaring bebop, this trio’s ability to bring wit and explosive chops to every song makes for a wild night of masterful jazz.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill — Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Indulge in the music of American guitarist Dennis Cahill and Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes as they explore the rising and falling melodies that become fiery, spellbinding performances.


Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series provides professional, curriculum-related shows at affordable costs, each season providing around 9,000 children the opportunity to experience the theatre, works by professional dance companies, comedic acts, and the musical talents of renowned performers. The series is extremely popular with children, families, and teachers throughout Western North Carolina.

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What, Theatreworks USA – Tuesday, October 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones (the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua) heads off to his closet for the real adventure of Snow White with the help of the Seven Chimichangos.

Hamlet, Warehouse Theatre – Wednesday & Thursday, October 28 & 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Follow the thrilling tale of the prince of Denmark in one of Shakespeare’s most well known quests for identity, love and justice.

The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks USA – Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Experience the adventures of Percy Jackson in this hour-long musical adapted from the book by Rick Riordan.

MOMIX Botanica – Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

Koresh Dance Company – Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this earthy show with intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company.

Aquila Theatre Company in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – Monday, February 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life in a full-length production by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMUNSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence – Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan – Friday, February 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage: “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

The Cashore Marionettes, Simple Gifts, Friday, March 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland.

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School, Theatreworks USA – Thursday & Friday, April 14 & 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Junie B. Jones lays down the ultimate tips to surviving school (and gets into a bit of trouble too!) in this production by Theatreworks, USA.


Henry and Mudge, Theatreworks USA – Wednesday & Thursday, May 4 & 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Follow the adventures of Henry and Mudge as they navigate new neighborhoods and the fun of being a pet owner, based on the best-selling book series by Cynthia Rylant.



Sing Together celebrates the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions with musicians Jim and Beth Magill. All skill levels are welcome; no experience required. In The Forum off the main lobby.


Celebrating The Kingston Trio – Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Come reminisce over the ‘60s folk hits of the legendary Kingston Trio; matching striped shirts optional.

Winter Songs – Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

This family-friendly hour of singing, apple cider, cookies, and crafts warmly welcomes the holiday season.

Freedom Songs & Spirituals – Friday, February 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Special guest Becky Stone explores the Freedom Train through song, with inspirational music that brought strength to people on the journey from slavery, all the way up to the Civil Rights Movement.

Circle & Improvisational Songs – Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Sing into spring with special guest Susan Lachmann in a round of spontaneous vocal inventions and creative expression.

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 which lead to the theatre’s lower 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 Mainstage Series 2015/2016 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery & Catering, 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

Watch for Me Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville‘s multimodal mindset is one of its assets. But as we move toward environmentally and healthy practices of bicycling and walking to our destinations people sometimes find themselves in the crosshairs at motorist intersections.

Add to that equation the brisk tourist traffic and a vibrant busking scene in downtown Asheville. Sometimes our sidewalks appear to be spilling over.

Ensuring the safety of all parties moving around the City is why Asheville has joined the NCDOT’s Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicyclist safety campaign. From August through November, the City will launch an intensive public education campaign that will then be paired with vigorous enforcement of pedestrian safety laws.

In a five-year period from 2008-2012, the City of Asheville had the highest pedestrian accident rate among the largest ten metro areas in the state, according to an NCDOT report. Our participation in Watch for Me NC is designed to reverse that trend.

The City’s Transportation and Police Departments plan to do that through a public education campaign and targeted law enforcement to educate and reinforce compliance with the laws.

The City’s Watch for Me campaign will kick off during National Night out, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, at Pack Square Park. We will have a table at the event with informational materials.

The campaign coincides with the start of school in August so student pedestrian safety messages will be incorporated in the campaign.

How it will work
Tiered law enforcement will include a brief warning period, followed by active ticketing. In advance of the campaign launch, area traffic units received targeted training this month at A-B Tech. Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams is aware of the campaign and the charges it may bring.

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Know the laws

When you’re driving:

  • Yield to people in crosswalks.
  • Be prepared for bicyclists to take the whole lane – it’s their right if they need it.
  • Pass bicyclists only when it is safe to do so and be sure to give them plenty of room.

When you’re walking:

  • Obey all pedestrian traffic signals.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the roadway as you can.
  • Look for cars in all directions before crossing a street or parking lot.

When you’re bicycling:

  • Obey all traffic signals and come to a full stop at “stop” signs and red lights.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic.
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night.
  • Use hand signals to indicate when turning.

Find more safety tips at Look for additional safety educational materials in coming weeks from the City of Asheville. Most importantly, slow down and pay attention for safety, whether you are walking, bicycling or driving.

Experience Food, Wine and Fall Foliage at Biltmore

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A mix of colorful outdoor beauty, wine appreciation and sumptuous culinary offerings populate Biltmore’s fall calendar starting in September.

Biltmore’s autumn landscape presents a prime opportunity for fans of changing leaf color. In addition to tours through the 250-room Biltmore House, “leaf-peepers” can explore the estate’s mum-filled gardens; miles of hiking and biking trails; craft demonstrations and friendly farm animals at Antler Hill Farm. Guided outdoor experiences include horseback riding, Segway tours, sporting clays, fly fishing, the Land Rover Driving School and river float trips. No matter your selection of activities, Biltmore’s panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes for an ideal immersion in vivid fall color.

“Taste of Biltmore” in September

This September, food and wine takes center stage as we celebrate NC Wine Month with “Taste of Biltmore.” Interactive culinary events showcasing the estate’s winemakers, chefs and farmers  include tours, demos, tasting events and grand dinners. Beginning August 1, find the complete event schedule online and make advance reservations.

• Tours
Go behind-the-vine with complimentary and exclusive winery experiences, such as the Vineyard Tour which takes guests to the estate’s vineyard to sample wines and learn about Biltmore’s North Carolina grape-growing and winemaking program. Also available is the Winery Production Tour for a behind-the-scenes peek at production areas, including fermentation and barrel rooms, along with the bottling line. Guests will discover how our award-winning wines make the journey from the grape into the glass. Reservations required for select events.

• Demos
Guests can stop by an Artisan Food Tent in Antler Hill Village for tips, insights and quick demos of the season’s bounty. Complimentary, hands-on chef’s workshops are being offered on various topics such as handmade pasta and fresh sauces using estate tomatoes, and professional grilling techniques with tips on marinades and grilling meats and vegetables, highlighting estate-raised beef, lamb and freshly harvested produce. Reservations required for select events.

• Tastes
Savor Biltmore’s handcrafted wines with multiple complimentary or a la carte tastings. Enjoy regular Village Wine Strolls including estate wine paired with small plates. Taste and compare different oyster varieties from coast-to-coast along with sparkling and white wine during a special Oysters, Sparkling & White Wine event with Chef Mark DeMarco and Winemaker Sharon Fenchak. Reservations required for select events.

• Feasts
Signature feasts are being hosted in beautiful outdoor locations throughout the estate in many sites where guests have never visited. On Sept. 12, Biltmore will host a Moveable Feast wine dinner on Dry Cow Hill. Estate Chefs Kirk Fiore and Paul Klaassen, along with Winemaker Bernard Delille, will prepare a multicourse dinner including wine pairings. A Beermaker’s Dinner on Sept. 19 features a collaboration between Biltmore Chef Mark DeMarco and Master Brewer Oscar Wong of Highland Brewing Company. On Sept. 25, meet and greet with Biltmore’s winemakers, chefs and farmers at the Taste of Biltmore Grand Finale: A Roaming Tasting, featuring chef-manned stations with Biltmore wines and Biltmore Cedric’s beer pairings, as well as live music. Reservations required.

Live After Five

On Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5 p.m., Biltmore hosts Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with live music on the Village bandstand. Families will enjoy the nearby farm, where kids can run off energy, play at Pisgah Playground and visit with the farm’s friendly resident goats, chickens, horses, sheep and other small animals.

Fall and Halloween at Inn on Biltmore Estate

The Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering specials throughout the fall season. Call 866-336-1245 or book online at

Labor Day Celebration Package (Sept. 5-7): Includes celebration dinner at Antler Hill Barn with live music, games, a bonfire and fireworks.

Fall Celebration Package (Oct. 30-Nov. 1): Coinciding with the Inn’s Halloween Weekend, this package includes dinner at Antler Hill Barn with live music, games and a bonfire on Oct. 31. Additional Halloween activities during the weekend include a pumpkin carving contest (the winner receives a two-night stay next year on the same weekend) and the “lighting of the pumpkins” on the Grand Terrace. A candy bar in the Inn’s lobby will offer Halloween treats.

Fall travel deals at Biltmore

Save $10 on daytime admission if tickets are purchased online seven days or more prior to visiting. Book within six days of visiting and save $5. Children ages nine and younger are FREE. Youth ages 10 to 16 are half-off the adult admission price beginning Sept. 8. Visit for more information.

WCU Mainstage Season Tickets

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Two plays and two musicals comprise the 2015-16 Mainstage season to be presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, and season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the box office in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

“The 2015-16 Mainstage season is enormously exciting, diverse and challenging for both our students and our audience,” said Jayme McGhan, director of the School of Stage and Screen. “Split between two classics of the stage and two brand new works, this season will tell the stories of iconic American artists, hysterical ghostly encounters, the power of Shakespeare’s words and the nature of show business itself.”

The season opens with “Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol?,” a musical comedy mystery possibly inspired by an actual event and written/composed by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs. Every character is a suspect, including the iconic pop art icon himself and all his “Factory” denizens, as they sort out the answer to the subtitle’s question through a score infused with popular music grooves and punctuated by the sound that a gun makes.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Hoey Auditorium.

The classic Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” describes the conflict when mystery writer Charles Condomine accidently brings his dead wife back into an earthly sphere while researching a new book. Then his ghostly wife attempts to lure him away from his new wife and into the afterlife with her.

“Blithe Spirit” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, and at a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 22, in Hoey Auditorium.

In a women’s juvenile detention center in Tennessee, the inmates are staging a production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in “Macbeth is the New Black.”  What’s happening in the detention center begins to mirror the secrecy and violence in the play, and the results are vicious.

With original material by Linda Parsons Marion, this updating of “Macbeth” will take the stage of Hoey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 20.

“Gypsy,” a musical loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, will be presented in the Bardo Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, and at a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 17.

This musical fable about family and show business depicts Mama Rose propelling her younger daughter June toward a successful vaudeville career. After June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise. As the vaudeville era fades, Louise ends up blossoming in its seedier version: burlesque.

In addition to the Mainstage season, the School of Stage and Screen hosts special events during the academic year, including a new series named in honor of an accomplished playwright and screen writer who taught at WCU for 20 years.

“The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University is committed to helping develop new works for the American stage,” McGhan said. “We’re proud to announce the launch of the Josefina Niggli New Works Reading Series, which will feature musicals and plays from both our own faculty members and regional and national playwrights. We’ll begin the Josefina Niggli Series with an award-winning new musical, ‘Resident Alien,’ by Katya Stanislavskya, musical theatre program director. Students will have the wonderful opportunity to work with the playwright, helping them to develop these scripts for future full production.”

The Josefina Niggli New Works Series will present two events, “Resident Alien,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, and another, which will be announced later, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13, both in the Niggli Theatre of the Stillwell Building. There will be no admission charge, but a $5 donation at the door will be welcome.

The annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival will screen the best movies created by the year’s Film and Television Production Program students on Friday, April 29, in the Bardo Arts Center. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Season tickets for the two musicals and two dramas are $50 for adults; $40 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and $20 for students – a 30 percent savings on individual event prices.

Single event tickets for the musicals are $21 for adults; $15 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and for students, $10 day of show or $7 in advance. Single event tickets for “Blithe Spirit” and “Macbeth is the New Black” will be $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens, faculty and staff; and for students, $10 day of show or $7 in advance.

For more information about the Mainstage season and special events, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. To order season subscriptions and individual tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to


88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 88th year of highlighting mountain culture, returns this summer for three full evenings: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 6, 7 and 8 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

With introductions beginning at 6:50 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, August 6 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.


Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the cream-of-the-crop musicians, ballad singers and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band, the Stoney Creek Boys, returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.


Proceeds from ticket sales for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival help to cover the costs of the eight Shindig on the Green events each summer, including goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. These operating costs average several thousand dollars per Shindig evening. The Folk Heritage CommitteeTM produces Shindig on the GreenTM and the Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalTM in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

2015 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule

(Line-up subject to change. Check for updated line-up.)

Thursday, August 6: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Fines Creek Cloggers; Betty Smith; Buncombe Turnpike; Roger Howell and Friends; Sons of Ralph; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers; Dance Team: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen & John Fowler; The Peg Twisters; Spirit Fiddle; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; Clearwater Connection; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

Friday, August 7: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; Richard Hurley; Spirit Fiddle; Appalachian Consort; Joe Penland; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins Cloggers; Denise O’Sullivan; Bobby Hicks; Maggie Lauterer and Zack Allen; Gabriel’s Creek; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers Cloggers; Laura Boosinger; The Buckner Family; Dance Team: Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers; New Broad River Band.

Saturday, August 8: Glenn Bannerman and Richard Hurley, Masters of Ceremonies; Introduction by Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; The Ross Brothers; Bryce Parham and Kathryn Brickey; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Smooth Dancers; Phil and Gaye Johnson; Crooked Pine; Dance Team: Bannerman Family and Friends; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; The Griggs; Southern Highlanders; Bobby Anderson and Blue Ridge Tradition; The Trantham Family; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Cloggers; The Waymasters; Spirit Fiddle; Bearwallow.

Parking:  Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue – which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival – or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, the 49th Annual Shindig on the GreenTM, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – remaining Shindig events in 2015 are on August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers, as well as the all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee and corporate and individual donors.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2015 Shindig season are: a historic dulcimer handcrafted by celebrated Western North Carolina woodworker, James David Sams, mounted in a beautiful display frame by Blackbird Frame & Art and accompanied by an antique turkey quill used by renowned balladeer and dulcimer player, Virgil Sturgill – both dulcimer and quill may be removed for playing – valued at $1,500; and a 66” x 86” handmade twin-size quilt, featuring Sheepfold blocks set on point in a variety of red and cream fabrics and finished with heirloom-quality machine quilting, created by local quilting collaborative, Mountain Jam Circle – valued at $850. Raffle tickets are available at each Mountain Dance and Folk Festival evening and all eight Shindig on the Green evenings, and the winning tickets are pulled during the final Shindig on the Green on Saturday, September 5.

Sponsors: The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green’s 49th Summer Season and the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Acoustic Corner; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Americare Pharmacy Consultants; Asheville Citizen-Times; Biltmore®; Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A.; City Bakery; CWS – Consolidated Waste Services; Deutsch & Gottschalk, PA; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Greybeard Realty; Henco Reprographics; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mast General Store; Mission Health; Mountain Jam Circle; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Pack’s Tavern; Parsec Financial; Vacation Guide; Shay Brown Events; Skyland Auto Group; State Farm Insurance – Diane Bauknight; Telco Community Credit Union; Togar Rugs; Town Hardware & General Store; and Yesterday Spaces. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; Mountain Xpress; News Radio 570 WWNC; Rapid River Magazine; Smoky Mountain Living; Smoky Mountain News; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $22; Children 12 and under $12; Groups of 10 or more $17 per person; 3-night package $54 for adults and $24 for children) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at  For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.