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Halloween Park in the Dark at Chimney Rock Park

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of Chimney Rock State Park will host Park in the Dark, an after-hours event on Halloween night Friday, October 31, from 7:30-10pm. Fun for the whole family, Park in the Dark will feature storytelling, campfires, night hiking, wildlife encounters, costumed characters and more. The 491-step Outcroppings trail and the elevator, both of which lead to the top of Chimney Rock, will be open, providing the opportunity to experience the beauty of Chimney Rock State Park under the stars. Membership in Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is required, and guests must pre-register; folks who are not currently members of the Friends should sign up to join in the fun!

Park in the Dark will launch this year’s membership drive for the Friends of CRSP and will also appreciate the individuals, families and corporations who have already joined the Friends to support their efforts. Friends of CSRP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the state park to sustain and cultivate the rich diversity of the Hickory Nut Gorge region for generations to share and enjoy. Its primary goal is to support the reopening of Chimney Rock State Park’s Skyline trail, which leads to a view of the top of the Hickory Nut Falls. Membership to the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park is $35/year for an individual, $60/year for a family. Additional corporate and other sponsorship levels are also available.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will open its gates at 7pm to admit event-goers. Gates will remain open for 30 minutes, after which no admittance will be permitted. Activities and hiking will take place at the Chimney from 7:30-10pm. Call 800-277-9611 to pre-register; Friends pay just $5 per car parking fee to attend. This event is available to the first 70 registrants only.

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 offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. 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, and the second highest waterfall of its kind in the eastern United States. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.

 

Leaf-peeping and Wine Go Together at Biltmore this Fall

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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 mums-filled gardens; miles of hiking and biking trails; crafts 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.

“Taste the Estate” in September

Perfect for wine and food lovers, Biltmore kicks off the season with “Taste the Estate” to celebrate North Carolina Wine Month and the estate’s long history of winemaking. Guests may take part in free tastings, luxurious wine-focused meals and specialty tours across the estate.

Among the complimentary wine experiences, the Winery tour and Grand Tasting gives guests an opportunity to sample two dozen Biltmore wines, including an exclusive tasting of Biltmore’s Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina 2010.

Premium wine experiences include Biltmore Bubbles, a look at how Biltmore makes its sparkling varieties with tastings; Red Wine & Chocolate seminar, featuring a wine host guiding you through a series of sips that pair Biltmore’s reds to various types of chocolate; and the Vine to Wine Tour, which visits areas on the estate typically not open for tours, including a trip to the vineyards. Sample wines throughout the tour and conclude with a grand tasting. Estate restaurants will offer special Wine Flights. The Inn on Biltmore Estate will offer Sip & Savor in the Library Lounge daily after 5 p.m., pairing Biltmore Wines with small plate offerings.

“Taste the Estate” maps will be available on site as well as online, and will detail the locations of free and premium wine tasting experiences across the estate.

Wine Dinners

Biltmore’s winemakers have teamed up with the estate’s award-winning chefs to create four special dining experiences:

  • Cottage Dinners, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12: Biltmore’s historic Market Gardener’s Cottage is the site of two special wine dinners created by Inn on Biltmore Estate’s Chef David Ryba. Enjoy a six-course dinner in a charming outdoor setting, accompanied by live music. Each course is paired with a Biltmore Wine by the Inn’s Certified Sommelier, Artur Loli. $174 per person, including tax and gratuity. Call 877-890-9096 to reserve, or visit www.biltmore.com.
  • Moveable Feast at Winery Courtyard, Sept. 19:  Dine al fresco in the Winery Courtyard, starting with an hors d’oeuvres reception and followed by a menu designed by Executive Chef Kirk Fiore. Dine on six courses featuring seasonal, estate-raised ingredients paired with Biltmore’s finest wines. $165 per person, including tax and gratuity. Call 828-257-5995 to reserve, or visit www.biltmore.com.
  • Winemaker’s Dinner in the Champagne Cellar, Sept. 26:  Biltmore’s Winemaker Bernard Delille will pair Biltmore wines with a menu using local North Carolina ingredients designed by Bistro’s Executive Chef Paul Klaassen. The Winery’s Champagne Cellar is the site for this intimate four-course wine dinner.  $160 per person, including tax and gratuities. This dinner is limited to 30. Call 800-411-3812 to reserve, or visit www.biltmore.com.

Live After Five in the Village

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. The Grape Stomp takes place right outside the entrance to the Winery. 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. Antique tractors and wagons are there to climb, and blacksmith Doc Cudd demonstrates his craft.

Celebrate Labor Day, Fall and Halloween at Inn on Biltmore Estate

Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering several specials through the season:

  • The Labor Day Celebration Package (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) includes two nights, access to Biltmore House and estate through length of stay, a Celebration Dinner at Antler Hill Barn, fireworks and more.
  • A Fall Celebration Package (Oct. 24-26) will coincide with the inn’s Halloween Weekend. The package includes accommodations for two, dinner at Antler Hill Barn with live music and games on Oct. 25. Additional Halloween activities during the weekend include a Guest 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 Station in the lobby will offer Halloween treats for all. Call 866-336-1245 or book online at www.biltmore.com/stay.
  • The Inn is also offering the Our State Package (Oct. 31-Nov. 2), which highlights Biltmore’s agricultural history. The package includes two nights; a Legacy of the Land Tour; a West Side presentation by Ted Katsigianis, Biltmore’s vice president of agricultural sciences; a three-course dinner with wine in Antler Hill Barn and more. Call 866-336-1245 or book online at www.biltmore.com/stay.

Fall travel deals at Biltmore

From Sept. 2 through October, save $12 on daytime admission if tickets are purchased online seven days or more prior to visiting at www.biltmore.com. Book within six days of visiting and save $7. Children age 9 and younger are FREE. Youth ages 10 to 16 are half off the adult admission price. Seniors receive $12 off daytime admission price on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 2.

More information about fall at Biltmore is available at www.biltmore.com.

Haunted Pool Lagoon

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26 and be at the Zeugner Center in Arden. It’s time for the 12th Annual Haunted Pool Lagoon, the most fun costumed Halloween event in Buncombe County.

The event lasts from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for those Prizes for the best costumes!who would like to swim. Be sure and register for the costume contest! At 1:30 p.m. the Costume Contest begins. Contestants are divided into three age categories and prizes are awarded to the best costume in the following categories:

  • 2 – 4 year old
  • 5 – 8 year old
  • 9 years and above

Entrance is one can of food for MANNA Food Bank and $2 for all swimmers. The pool opens at 2 p.m. Face painting and crafts will be available from 1 – 3 p.m.

Don’t forget to bring a trick or treat bag to carry home some Halloween goodies!

The Haunted Lagoon is a great day for family fun. The Zeugner Center is located behind TC Roberson High School. This in an indoor event. For more information and
directions, call the Zeugner Center at 684-5072 or email
[email protected]

Cradle of Forestry Presents “The Legend of Tommy Hodges”

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry will entertain audiences with an outdoor drama titled “The Legend of Tommy Hodges” on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 with shows at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

During the outdoor performance, visitors will hear the story of Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School, who disappeared Halloween night in 1907. A guide will lead the audience around the paved Biltmore Campus Trail at the Cradle of Forestry to find out what happened that night.

As audience members approach each historic cabin in the forest, they will meet characters who lived in the Pink Beds area at that time. For instance they may meet Mr. Jenny, storekeeper for the Biltmore Forest School’s commissary, or the school’s carpenter, Judson Meece, or students from the forestry school.

Characters are based on Biltmore Forest School student diaries that families donated to the USDA Forest Service for the Cradle of Forestry. Students recorded their experiences in these diaries between the years 1903 and 1907. As the audience meets each group of characters, they will leave with a sense of what life was like a century ago.

This is the 18th year the Cradle has offered the play, with each year presenting a different twist to the tale. The show is one-mile long, meaning the audience walks one mile to see the entire play. It is most suitable for ages six and up. Audience members are asked to dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Diamond Brand Outdoors is the presenting sponsor.

Admission to the show is $6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth 15 and under and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age Passports. Hot cider and cookies will be served after each show. Ponchos and other raingear are welcome if the weather is showery, but please leave umbrellas at home. Please call the Cradle at 828-877-3130 if the weather is severe as the show may be cancelled. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, N.C. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org

Haunted Pool Lagoon October 27

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s time for the 11th Annual Haunted Lagoon at the Zeugner Center. Admission is a can of food to be given to the Manna Food Bank plus $2 for those who would like to swim.

If you think your costume is the best, take a shot at winning our costume contest! The costume contest begins Come on out to the Zeugie Center on October 30 for a spooky good time!at 1:30 p.m. Contestants are divided into three age categories:

  • 2 – 4 years
  • 5 – 8 years
  • 9 years and older

Prizes will be awarded in each age group. First prize awards will be given in two categories, “Scary Costumes” and “Not Scary Costumes.”

Face painting and crafts will be available from 1 until 3 p.m. For those who want to swim, the indoor pool will be open from 2 – 4 p.m. Don’t forget your swim suit, and remember to bring a bag to carry home your Halloween goodies!

For more information call The Zeugner Center at 684-5072. The Zeugner Center is located behind TC Roberson High School.

Pumpkin Trivia

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Pumpkins seem to be everywhere in October! Here is a little pumpkin trivia for you:

  • The top pumpkin productions states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
  • Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A and can be used to make soups, pies and breads.
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America and are members of the cucurbit family.
  • The largest pumpkin grown, so far, weighed 1,818 pounds and was grown in Ormstown, Quebec, Canada.

Spooky Asheville Halloween Party for Kids!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Come out to the East Asheville Library for the spooky Asheville Halloween party for kids! Saturday, October 27 at 3:30-4:30pm
East Asheville Library 902 Tunnel Road 250-4738.

Put on your best costume and bring a pumpkin or Jack-o-Lantern to enter in our Pumpkin Beauty Contest! Free. All ages welcome.

For more information, contact the library at 250-4738 or email [email protected].

Find more things to do for Halloween in Asheville.

Sign Up Now for Halloween Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Feeling a little dark and dismal this Halloween? Discover the joy of giving and saving lives. Have a ghoulishly good time at Pack Library’s 7th annual Halloween Blood Drive on Monday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Our need for blood is constant – and when Dracula comes to your door on Halloween; you can say you gave at the library! Please go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code buncombecounty or contact Carla at [email protected] to schedule your appointment.

All presenting donors are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for a $1000 gift card provided by the American Red Cross – and will have a chance to win one of many door prizes provided by Target, Sams Club, Malaprops Bookstore and Sensibilities Day Spa. All donors will also receive a free bag of treats to sweeten their day, while supplies last.

Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

From scary patterns, traditional pumpkin faces, or monogram templates, eHow has a pumpkin pattern for you.ASHEVILLE NC – Looking for free pumpkin carving templates? Here’s a link to easy patterns and stencils for carving regular pumpkins or fancy jack-o-lanterns.

From scary patterns, traditional pumpkin faces, or monogram templates, eHow has a pumpkin pattern for you.

Find out more about Halloween in Asheville and Asheville pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

WCU Production of ‘Dracula’ to Air Halloween Night

Friday, October 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will hit the Western North Carolina airwaves in a special Halloween night program on WWNC-AM/570.

The 60-minute show, originally staged in front of a live audience of nearly 1,000 people at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in January, will air beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The “Dracula” cast featured students, faculty, staff and professional actors from across the university and the region. The 40-piece orchestra for the production was composed of WCU music faculty and students and string players from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

“Dracula” was the fourth in a series of “academic-based entertainment” projects mounted by WCU under the leadership of director Steve Carlisle, music director Bruce Frazier, research director Brian Gastle and producer Don Connelly. Each of the shows in the series hearkens back to the golden age of radio, featuring a live orchestra and sound effects.

In 2008, the group produced “The War of the Worlds,” and in 2009 the team put on a Veterans Day tribute titled “On the Home Front, Nov. ’44,” which won two top honors in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. A 2010 re-creation of the 1938 Campbell’s Playhouse radio classic “A Christmas Carol” garnered a 2011 Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, as well as an award of excellence at the national Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

Brian Hall, director of programming for Clear Channel Asheville, said he is looking forward to sharing the production of “Dracula” with listeners across the region.

“We love to support the students and faculty at Western Carolina, which has produced several key employees here at Clear Channel Asheville over the years,” said Hall. “We have broadcasted WCU’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’  ‘The War of the Worlds’ and ‘On the Home Front’ in the past and I’ve been very impressed with the quality of the work that the university has produced. We look forward to a scary Halloween night.”

WWNC-AM is at 570 on the radio dial and also is available for streaming online at www.wwnc.com.