ASHEVILLE NC – ASAP’s annual Business of Farming Conference returns in time for the 2014 growing season, February 22 from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. While the conference—which focuses on the business side of farming, covering topics from recordkeeping to marketing—has always included workshops for both beginning and veteran farmers, this year’s event promises a heartier serving of options for experienced growers.
“ASAP takes great pride in seeing farmers come back to our conference year after year,” says Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign program director. “We make sure to offer new and engaging content every event. This year, that includes an advanced track of workshops for seasoned farmers, many of whom have been transforming WNC’s food system with ASAP for more than a decade.” Advanced topics include building community capital through farms and advanced QuickBooks™.
Of course, new farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession will have plenty of workshops to attend. The popular offerings Beginning QuickBooks and Selling More at Farmers Markets remain on the docket, joined by new classes about land access issues and more. One-on-one opportunities return as well, including chances for farmers to meet with potential restaurant and retail buyers and to meet briefly with professional consultants like attorneys and marketing experts.
Michael Miller, an attorney with Ward and Smith, P.A., participated in last year’s quick consulting sessions. “It’s amazing how much gets covered,” he says, noting that farmers ask specific questions and seek general, big-picture advice. “We bring a team of three lawyers, with different skills and practice concentrations, and leave feeling like we’ve been of real help on important issues. These farmers work hard and are valuable to our community. It’s a privilege to have this time with them.”
Registration is now open at asapconnections.org/conference; attendance is $40 per person by January 31 and $60 beginning February 1, with a discount for multiple farm registrants. The conference is made possible with support from Katuah Market, Buncombe County, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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 – Named a Top 5 Pick at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales transports audiences back to the best (and the hardest) moments of childhood with three performances in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, January 23-25, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The show is part of the theatre’s Intersections Series and is a special event in conjunction with the 2014 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. In Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales, author/actor Denise Stewart examines the secret lives of girls, the way we play, and the unsupervised side of childhood in a show full of humor and depth.
In 1978, a mother, newly widowed, moved her family from the wide, open spaces of Wyoming to a tiny town in North Carolina. Misbehaving ensued. Over thirty years later, DeeDee Stewart began writing about her childhood – and her mother.
Putting the “fun” back in “dysfunctional,” spinning tales on scarlet fever, scotch over ice and girls gone wild, this all-American girl takes audiences on an unforgettable ride through the 70s, 80s and 90s with a performance that is at once wonderfully authentic and effortlessly honest.
Denise “DeeDee” Stewart received her theatre degree from Catawba College in North Carolina before earning a Master’s in Playwriting from the University of Virginia. In addition to her playwriting and performance work, she is also a wellness coach. Stewart honed her theatre performance skills through giving honest and often theatrical motivational talks on weight loss and body image. Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales is adapted from Stewart’s blog of childhood experiences, which she kept while working as a wellness coach with teenage girls.
Featuring a full season of classes, discussions, and performances, Intersections is an opportunity for patrons to connect more deeply with the arts, artists, and each other. The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre, a large multi-purpose space adjacent to the theatre and accessible from the theatre’s main lobby, is the venue for all Intersections events unless otherwise announced. Tickets are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box office at www.dwtheatre.com and (828) 257-4530.
ASHEVILLE NC – Lake Julian Park presents “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” at Lake Julian Park. The first two nights of the Lake Julian Festival of Lights are for walkers only.
Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5, Lake Julian Park will become a wonderland for pedestrians - no cars allowed! Enjoy the holiday lights from a new perspective as you stroll through the brightly lit woods.
Walkers will be serenaded with live holiday music by the band Graywolf. Take time to warm yourself by the fire and toast a couple of marshmallows with the kids.
Gates open from 6 – 8 p.m. Adults admission is $5 and children get in FREE!
Wonderland Walkers should wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing and be prepared to walk over half a mile on a paved walkway. The walkway is of moderate difficulty with some inclines. Parents with young children are welcome to bring strollers or wagons. No pets please.
Lake Julian Park is in Arden, just off Long Shoals Road. Parking for “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is at Family of Faith Fellowship Church, 212 Long Shoals Road, Arden.
ASHEVILLE NC – Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean the fish aren’t biting. North Carolina, with its relatively mild climate, has plenty of opportunities to fish year-round. In fact, fishing for striped bass and blue catfish in reservoirs can be excellent during the fall and winter.
Click here for a list of more than 500 places where bank and boating anglers can cast a line.
ASHEVILLE NC – Sugar Mountain Resort’s eleventh annual SugarFest is scheduled for December 13th through the 15th.
Weekend festivities begin Friday, December 13th when the twentieth Annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of skiers taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to serious ski racing enthusiasts. It includes video analysis, a ski tuning seminar, lift/slope tickets, a Saturday night banquet and the camaraderie of old and new friends.
Later that evening at 7:30p.m., 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie performs his signature skate routines free of charge for the public. The approachable Wylie is a great showman who eagerly interacts with anyone on or off the ice after the show. If you’ve never seen or held a real Olympic gold or silver medal, stop by the ice rink. Paul and Diann will share their medals and Olympic experiences with you.
Delight in the beginning of the three-day SugarFEAST during the evening’s skate show on Sugar’s 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink. To keep you warm and well-hydrated a hot chocolate and whip cream bar will flow creamy, smooth chocolate pleasures.
All day Saturday and Sunday ski and snowboard manufacturers roll out their newest equipment for an unmatched demo inventory. Any valid lift ticket holder with a driver’s license is welcome to sample the latest ski and snowboard equipment.
Participating brands include Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Rossignol, Ride and Line. Just bring your boots, register, and test drive the goods from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The SugarFest demo is brought to you by Ski Country Sports.
SugarFEAST continues throughout the weekend. Browse through the cafeteria line each day and experience the “Soup Safari”. Or later at 5 p.m. North Carolina BBQ and Sweet Tea should satisfy your appetite after a productive and rewarding day demoing the season’s new equipment.
At SugarFest, Après ski isn’t a thing of the past. A fireworks display will take place just before 6 p.m. The deck at the base lodge is a great place to take it all in. Kick off your boots and enjoy great food, warm drinks and live bluegrass music from favorite local music group, BOSS HAWG. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew’s award winning “best in show” Thomas Creek Brewery’s, Up the Creek Extreme IPA brewed in Greenville, SC. Of course, the good ole German beer, Spaten will be on tap among others. No shortage of beverage selection here.
Not to forget, tubing is always fun and doesn’t require much of anything. Snowshoeing on the other hand is a healthy workout in an environment you won’t experience on a treadmill.
To enjoy the total SugarFest experience, you’ll want to spend the weekend on the mountain. Participating lodging agencies within the Village of Sugar Mountain offer discounted rates for slope-side and on-mountain accommodations. Sugar Mountain Resort’s Winter Value Packages are available too.
To learn more about SugarFest go to www.skisugar.com/sugarfest or call 1-800-SUGAR-MT and become a part of Sugar Mountain’s fun-filled winter kick off.
ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Seventh Annual Gifts That Give Marketplace: Where your purchase can help change the world will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, December 6 in the Coman Student Center on the College’s Asheville campus.
Forget Black Friday and join the A-B Tech Diversity Committee for the Seventh Annual Gifts That Give Marketplace. Socially responsible vendors who give back to the community, sell fair trade items, and work with local and global communities of need will be selling their products at the event.
Vendors include: Beads for Life, French Broad Food Co-Op, Blue Ridge Bags, Animal Compassion Network/Asheville Humane Society, Outreach Uganda, Home Free Bagels, Prosperity Candles, Used Book Sale to benefit the Student Emergency Fund, dental care items from A-B Tech Student Dental Hygiene Association, holiday wreaths from Phi Beta Lambda, and a therapy dog kissing booth!
Join us in doing some alternative shopping this holiday season – purchase a great gift and improve the world around you! Most items are priced under $25.The market is free and open to the public.
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of special events January 20-24. Although classes will not be in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, student volunteers will turn their day off into “A Day On,” by contributing a day of service to community organizations on January 20, and the week includes films, workshops and other special activities.
The week’s keynote address will be delivered by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, creator of Youth Speaks and co-founder of Life is Living. His talk is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Lipinsky Auditorium.
Joseph has been named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences, and was an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists.” He has been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin. In his work with Youth Speaks, Joseph mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He serves as artistic director of Life is Living, a series of festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and environmental action.
UNC Asheville also offers these additional events, free and open to the public, as part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week:
Social Justice: What Does It Mean to You?: A lunch and learn workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union Intercultural Center.
“American Promise” documentary screening: A documentary chronicling the lives of two young boys making their separate ways through one of the nation’s most prestigious private schools will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. This intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle with issues of race, class and opportunity.
Spoken Word and Poetry: The week will conclude with a poetry slam at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union, Grotto.
For more information, contact Lamar Hylton, director of UNC Asheville’s Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs, at 828.251.6585 or msp.unca.edu.
ASHEVILLE NC – Tervo-maniacs in Asheville asked for their own Tervis store and Tervis listened. The insulated drinkware leader has taken its ‘Always Full of Fun’ tagline to new heights with their 26th company store.
“The stores are fresh, contemporary and – most of all – fun,” says Tervis VP of Stores, Lynn Kisser. “Tervis is just as eclectic as the city of Asheville– we have something for everyone, including artists, sports and college fans, outdoor and fitness enthusiasts, and more!”
Inspired by the new multi-color logo that Tervis launched in early 2011, the store design embraces the same fun and energetic look and feel. The use of bright lighting, vibrant pops of color and whimsical elements of decor allow shoppers a unique and memorable experience. The brand and its products are known for having an expressive personality – which the retail stores personify to a “T”.
The Asheville location will feature various size tumblers, mugs, water bottles and accessories. Tervis offers thousands of designs, including professional sports teams NFL®, MLB®, NHL® , NBA®, hundreds of colleges and other license agreements from some of the world’s best-known brands like Marvel®, Harley-Davidson, Hello Kitty®, Guy Harvey, Fiesta®, Duck Commander, and Margaritaville®, just to name a few.
All drinkware is made in America since 1946 and offers a lifetime guarantee. In addition to Tervis store locations, Tervis drinkware and accessories are also sold at tervis.com and in 8,000-plus retailers nationwide.
Look for more store locations as Tervis continues to expand across the country. You can visit this charming store at the Asheville Historic Biltmore Village at 3 Swan St. For more information call 828-277-4012.
ASHEVILLE NC – The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, a performance featuring faculty and students in small chamber groups and larger ensembles, on Sunday, Dec. 8.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.
This year’s program will include performances by the University Chorus and Concert Choir, accompanied by members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra and student and faculty musicians playing sections from Antonia Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”
The WCU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Jazz Guitar Sextet, Percussion Ensemble, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Saxophonic Quartet, Gamelan Angklung, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Early Music Ensemble also will perform.
WCU student Garrett Pace will make a special appearance as he sings “My Grown Up Christmas List” accompanied by the Wind Ensemble, and Susan Belcher, wife of Chancellor David O. Belcher, will perform “Christmas Medley a la Mozart” with the WCU Concert Choir.
The Jackson County Children’s Choir, a group made up of 50 students from Fairview, Cullowhee Valley, Scotts Creek, Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountain elementary schools, also will take part in the show.
Santa will visit the Bardo Arts Center and lead everyone in a sing-a-long to close the program.
Reserved seat tickets are on sale now. Prices are $15 for adults; $10 for WCU faculty, staff and those aged 60 and older; and $5 for students and children. All proceeds benefit the School of Music Scholarship Fund.