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Asheville Top 10 City for Earth Day

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – If you’re looking for the ultimate Earth Day celebration this year, you’ve come to the right place. SaveOnEnergy.com has scoured the country in search for the best cities to visit this year for Earth Day. When it comes to celebrating all that’s green, these cities are going above and beyond all the rest.

1. Austin, TX
Austin is known for being an all-around green city so it should come as no surprise that the city does it up right for Earth Day. The free Austin Earth Day Festival, which takes place April 26, will have more than 75 booths, a handful of environmental speakers, sustainable demonstrations, countless kids’ activities and entertainment including Bollywood and Flamenco dancers.

Even Austin businesses take part in Earth Day celebrations. On April 22, dozens of business will contribute to the Give 5% To Mother Earth campaign. Participating business will donate 5 percent of their profits on Earth Day to seven environmental nonprofits in the area.

2. St. Louis, MO
St. Louis offer’s one of the nation’s largest Earth Day events, with 30,000 to 40,000 attendees each year. The city kicks off the party April 26 with food and live music. And on April 27 the celebration continues with a festival, which features sustainable products from local businesses as well as local musicians and performance artists. Part of the event’s draw is its recycling program, dubbed REX. Through the program, attendees can bring their hard-to-recycle items, such as bicycles, household fixtures and mattresses to recycle for free.

3. Philadelphia, PA
Philly will be teeming with Earth Day events for you to attend. The city’s largest Earth Day activity, the 5K for Clean Air, will take place April 19. The Penn Institute for Urban Research will host a free lecture “Mapping Our Global Future” on Earth Day. And the National Constitution Center will host its own Earth Day celebration. Eco-friendly organizations will be at the event to teach attendees about locally grown foods, preserving the park systems, protecting homes from toxins and what being green has to do with the Constitution.

4. Houston, TX
Houston isn’t waiting for Earth Day to start celebrating the planet. The city will host its Earth Day Houston festival on April 12 this year. The free event, sponsored by Waste Management, will focus on entertaining and educating families on the importance of sustainable living. Activities for children and adults will revolve around environmental awareness highlighting healthy living, wildlife, habitat, air, land, water and sustainability.

5. Asheville, NC
This small city, tucked in the mountainous region of North Carolina, is always a fun place for eco-enthusiasts to hang out. Not only does Asheville offer an abundance of outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking, the city is vegetarian-friendly and places significance on carbon reduction. So it should come as no surprise that the city stretches its Earth Day activities over an entire week.

Asheville Earth Week is a 10-day event with a number of activities designed to promote sustainability, green living and environmental awareness. The festivities begin April 12 with a River Clean Up hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and a number of earth-friendly activities will continue throughout the week. The city’s annual festival will take place April 19, complete with music, crafts and food vendors.

6. San Francisco, CA
When it comes to celebrating the planet, San Francisco won’t be left in the dust. The city is planning its fourth annual Earth Day event on April 19 and expects about 10,000 people to attend. Event-goers will hear from internationally recognized environmental speakers and can browse more than 80 booths featuring eco-friendly products. There will also be fashion shows displaying the latest eco-friendly fashions, organic food and beer served throughout the day, children’s activities and more.

7. Chicago, IL
If you’re looking for a variety of eco-friendly activities this Earth Day, the Windy City is the place to be. Those looking to volunteer might enjoy the city’s 25th annual Earth Day Parks and Preserves Clean-Up on April 26th. Just outside the city in Carol Stream, you’ll find a free Earth Day festival and farmers market, which will feature eco-friendly food, ideas, project and products on April 26. And along the lines of Earth Day, the Morton Arboretum will celebrate Arbor Day from April 13 to 27. Events include an Arbor Day 10K, costume contests, tree plantings and tram tours.

8. Baltimore, MD
There are just too many Earth Day options in Baltimore to fit in one day so the city has dedicated an entire week, April 18-26, to celebrate the planet. Throughout the week, you can take in a number of presentations on the environment, enjoy a family farm day, take part in a scavenger hunt or view a live cooking demonstration. The main event, Baltimore’s EcoFest, will cap the week’s celebration on April 26. Participants will get to taste local food and beer, tour green homes and take part in free yoga classes. Children will have plenty to do at the Kid’s Corner including crafts, reading circle and eco-friendly play space.

9. Santa Barbara, CA
If you’re already ready for some beach time, head to Santa Barbara for Earth Day. In addition to enjoying the area’s natural beauty you can attend the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on April 26-27. The city was actually the inspiration for the very first Earth Day in 1970–following a large oil spill off it’s coast in 1969–and takes pride in its heritage at its annual Earth Day celebration. The event will feature local artists, designers, crafters and small businesses with plenty of booths for you to learn about living the green life. There will be a marketplace where you can pick up earth-friendly gifts for all of your friends, a green car show displaying the latest green automotive technology, and plenty of locally grown grub for you to snack on all day. For the little eco-enthusiasts in your life, make sure you check out the event’s kid’s corner.

10. Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati is throwing a rocking Earth Day celebration too. The city’s festival, scheduled for April 19, will have more than a dozen events to help residents celebrate the planet. Some of the highlights include an Earth Day scavenger hunt, live music, an animal showcase and recycling games. Students in grades three through eight are invited to participate in a recycled costume contest. The student with the best costume, made out of recyclable materials, will win $100.

Biltmore Village Beer, Bites, and Bands

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Restaurants and breweries in Historic Biltmore Village have come together to create a new and unique event. Two local breweries and 8 local restaurants have joined together to promote ”Beer, Bites, and Bands” to be held April 4 & 5 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the two brewery locations.

On both evenings, customers will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from Catawba Brewing Company located at 19 Brook Street and French Broad Brewery located at 101 Fairview Street.  In addition to the beer, food from eight different Biltmore Village restaurants will be provided along with live music.

On Friday night, at both brewery locations, food will be featured by:  Moe’s Original BarBQue, Village Wayside, Corner Kitchen and Fig’s Bistro.

Friday night’s entertainment at French Broad will be Todd Cecil & Black South and

Eleanor Underhill & Friendsat Catawba Brewing Company.

Saturday night’s fare will be provided by The Cantina, Katuah Marketplace, Ruth’s Chris and Rezaz.  Performing at French Broad on Saturday will be Tina and Her Pony, while John Henry’s Jazz Band will be performing at  Catawaba Brewing.

The ticket price of $25 per person, per night includes 3 flights of beer, food, commemorative T-shirt and music at both breweries.  Tickets are limited to 100 for each night.

Tickets will be available at www.eventbrite.com and at the breweries.  For more information, please go to www.historicbiltmorevillage.com.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging. It’s the perfect night out for foodies, brews and friends.  It’s a must see site for history buffs and architecture aficionados.  In short, it’s a destination like no other.

Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival WCU

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival will return to Western Carolina University on May 16th and 17th. The event is sponsored by the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  This fun-filled weekend of programs, presenters and exhibitors is the Southeast’s premier fly fishing educational event.

The Festival is expected to attract at least forty local fly shops, non-profits and other exhibitors as well as forty demonstration tiers from throughout the Southeast.  Steve Rajeff and Leslie Holmes will headline our talented group of casting instructors.  In addition to two days of casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the country, the Federation will offer its casting instructor certification tests. The Cullowhee area also offers non-fishing activities for the entire family.

On Friday, May 16th, the Southeastern Council will once again partner with Little River TU to host the Back the Brookie BBQ.  All profits will support the restoration of brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  On Saturday, May 17th, the Southeastern Council will host its annual awards dinner and auction.

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to support the establishment of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians by donating exhibition items or financial support. The Museum, located in Cherokee, North Carolina, will become the home of the rich heritage of fly fishing from Maryland to Georgia and will provide a base of education related to fly fishing with workshops, exhibits and presentations.  Donated funds will be used to secure fly fishing artifacts before they are lost to future generations.

Hours for the Festival will be Friday, May 16th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 17th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for adults and $10 for families.  Scouts in uniform and disabled veterans are free.  Online registration will open mid-March on the Council website.

For more information, visit www.southeastfff.org.

WCU Green Energy Park “Iron Pour” April 5

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Artists from Western Carolina University and throughout Western North Carolina will give new meaning to the term “fired up” as WCU’s Fine Art Museum hosts an “iron pour” Saturday, April 5, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

An iron pour is an artistic activity in which iron is heated, melted and poured into molds to create sculpture. The goal of the event is to invite the community to learn about the art of casting iron while also allowing students to create unique cast iron artwork, said Denise Drury, curator at the Fine Art Museum.

“The Green Energy Park is a perfect location for this event,” Drury said. “Western Carolina students and the community already use the facility for glass blowing, firing ceramics and casing bronze and aluminum. This iron pour is an excellent opportunity to add iron casing to the energy park’s roster of activities.

The pour will be led by artists Tripp Jarvis and Melissa Van Sandt from Tri-State Sculptors, a group of artists from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Morgan Kennedy, who teaches sculpture at WCU, will also take part along with his students.

The iron pour, to be held from 5 until 8 p.m., is open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Jackson County Green Energy Park, the event is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Iron Maidens” that was on view at the Fine Art Museum earlier in the year.

For more information on the iron pour, contact Drury at 828-227-2550.

Spring ushers in Biltmore Blooms

Monday, March 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Biltmore Blooms offers a variety of activities for all ages in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Flowers take center stage with lavish orchid displays and thousands of spring bulbs in bloom in magnificent gardens designed at the turn of the century by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Flower bloom schedule

Spring bloom provides constant changes in Biltmore’s gardens. The progression of blooms dictated by Mother Nature constantly unveils different flowers and new color combinations, resulting in a unique show for visitors to enjoy each week during Biltmore Blooms.

2014 Bloom Reports
To stay up-to-date about what’s in bloom throughout the season, sign up for weekly bloom reports from Director of Horticulture Parker Andes and notifications of Biltmore’s featured ‘flower of the week’ at Biltmore.com/WhatsBlooming.

Orchids
The earliest spring days kick off the celebration with two opulent orchid displays – one in the Winter Garden inside Biltmore House, the other, a year-round orchid display located in the tropical Conservatory. At Biltmore House and the Conservatory, visitors can expect to see close to 1,000 orchids in bloom.

For a limited time March 20 through April 6, guests will be given the rare opportunity to step into the Winter Garden in Biltmore House to admire the sights and fragrances of a special orchid collection. This light-filled, glass-domed garden room was once used by the Vanderbilts to relax and entertain in their home while surrounded by lush exotic plants. The room is typically roped-off to guests during tours of Biltmore House, but will be open for a limited time.  “Some of these orchids will experience their peak bloom in March and early April, so we like to give our guests a chance to see these unusual and colorful blooms up-close in the same way the Vanderbilts enjoyed them – in the Winter Garden,” said Cathy Barnhardt, Biltmore’s Floral Displays Manager.

Outdoor gardens
Among the first plants to bloom across the estate will be the sunny glow of daffodils and forsythia. The spring blooming schedule continues with the widespread tulip bloom throughout the estate, while later in the season will see many other flowers such as azaleas, rhododendron, roses and vibrant annuals and perennials take hold.

Gardening tips & design inspiration

To get the most out of the gardens at this wonderful time of year, join Biltmore’s gardening and design experts as they offer tips and techniques, all included with the price of estate admission. Weekend Ask a Gardener stations in the Walled Garden allow guests to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. Daily free demonstrations on creating beautiful spring arrangements are offered at “A Gardener’s Place” at the Conservatory: Designing Spring Wreaths takes place daily at 1 p.m. and Creating Elegant Centerpieces daily at 2 p.m.

Food, wine & entertainment

On May 23, a special outdoor dinner party, the Moveable Feast, will take place in the historic Walled Garden surrounded by exquisite spring blooms. Tickets are $160 per person and include tax and gratuity. For reservations call 828.257.5995.

Included with the price of estate admission, Biltmore Winery will offer daily tastings of its limited release spring seasonal wine in addition to other complimentary tastings and a production tour. Specialty tours like the NEW Vine to Wine Tour, Biltmore Bubbles Tour, and the Red Wine and Chocolate Tour are available at an additional cost. Kids will enjoy the Grape Stomp outside the winery Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Barnyard at Antler Hill Farm, open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., comes alive with spring’s baby goats, lambs, chicks and bunnies for families to pet and photograph.

Enjoy live music daily in the Conservatory, during tours of Biltmore House and on the bandstand in Antler Hill Village.

Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of Biltmore’s mountain surroundings with outdoor activities such as sporting clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.

Easter egg hunt & Easter brunch

The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages two to nine takes place on Easter Sunday, April 20, on the front lawn of Biltmore House.  Special children’s entertainment includes music, storytelling, magic shows, games, crafts and taking photos with the Easter Rabbit. Hunts begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Registration begins two hours before each hunt and closes 15 minutes prior to the hunt. Parents should bring their own baskets for children to collect eggs.

Reservations are recommended for Easter brunch at estate restaurants, Deerpark or the Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Call 800.411.3812 for more information.

Spring savings

Purchase estate admission tickets at least seven days in advance of your visit and receive $15 off. Moms get free admission with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering a special “Spring Celebration Package.” Call 866.336.1245 or book online. Find out about additional special offers and packages.

Clips Beer and Film Tour Raised Nearly $11,000 in Asheville

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – On Friday, September 6, New Belgium Brewing’s Clips Beer and Film Tour came through town, raising nearly $11,000 for Asheville on Bikes, which is supported by the Asheville Downtown Association. Approximately 1,700 people came out to Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green to sample beers and enjoy films.

Clips Beer & Film Tour is now in its fourth year and will travel to 21 cities this season. The event showcases amateur films while pouring hard-to-find Lips of Faith beers and popular New Belgium classics. Each stop features a screening of selected films, a tasting of New Belgium’s beers, food from local vendors and other fun activities.

Details from the Asheville event:

WHERE: Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green

WHEN: Friday, September 6

ATTENDANCE: 1,700, up 36% from last year

MONEY RAISED: $10,926, up 47% from 2012WASTE DIVERSION RATE: 92%

PROCEEDS GOING TO:
Asheville on Bikes, supported by the Asheville Downtown Association
Asheville on Bikes is a nonprofit organization that cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within Asheville through celebration and advocacy.

For the latest information on Clips, go to www.newbelgiumclips.com. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Birders “Flock to the Rock” Sept 21-22 for Fall Migration

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock is well known for its colorful fall and stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, but fewer visitors and locals know the State Park as a destination for year-round birding. The region’s premier fall migration birding event, Flock to the Rock, hosted by Chimney Rock for the past four years, has brought more attention to the Park’s abundant birding opportunities. Flock to the Rock will be held 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22. 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 local experts and workshops ranging from bird photography, taught by renowned bird photographer Todd Arcos, to bird-friendly gardening, taught by Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville staff. Special to the event are live birds of prey programs both days and an “Early Bird” Migration Watch led by Simon Thompson, a world-traveled birding expert, at 7:30-10 a.m. on Sunday. Flock also includes family nature walks and kids’ activities to appeal to the whole family.

Flock to the Rock is included with paid Park admission, which is $12 adults, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and free for 4 years and under. An extra fee applies only to the “Early Bird” Migration Watch Sunday, 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 chimneyrockpark.com.

“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 Simon Thompson, co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville and owner of Ventures Birding Tours.

The live birds of prey programs, which are held in Chimney Rock throughout the year, feature a non-releasable Red-tailed Hawk and a Great Horned Owl. Presented by Emily Walker, park naturalist and education manager, the half-hour educational programs will be held at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Park’s Birdhouse. One of the largest North American owls, Great Horned Owls are called “tigers of the sky.” Their talons have an average gripping strength of twice that of a human adult male, and their heads can rotate 270 degrees. Though their most common prey includes rabbits and skunks, they have been known to eat hawks and smaller owl species. The bird programs will be followed by a guided family nature walk at 1:30-2:15 p.m. starting at Grady the Groundhog’s Animal Discovery Den on the Meadows.

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. Last summer, a pair of mating adults hatched two fledgling Peregrine Falcons that were confirmed to be residing in Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.

Simon Thompson and Chris Jaquette have owned Wild Birds Unlimited Asheville for the past three years. In addition to selling excellent quality bird seed and feeders, they also offer a great selection of bird houses, bird books, nature-related gifts and much more. Simon, Chris and the rest of the WBU staff can help you with any of your bird questions. Check out their website at www.asheville.wbu.com.

Ventures Birding Tours is based in Asheville, NC, and is owned and guided by world-traveled expert Simon Thompson. Ventures offers local bird watching trips to many local WNC birding hotspots, as well as tours throughout the US and overseas. From looking at warblers in the Blue Ridge to big game safaris in Africa, Ventures offers a wide range of bird watching and nature activities. Learn more or book a tour at www.birdventures.com.

Competitions at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

Monday, August 26th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Horace Kephart had a bushy mustache. So did Robert Lee Madison. Yet it’s hard to know how either the patron of Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the first president of Western Carolina University would fare in the mustache and beard competition at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 28 on the WCU campus.

Aspiring competitors have just about enough time to begin growing those whiskers now – as well as preparing entries for the old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods contests, practicing skills for the chainsaw competition and training for the Mountain Heritage Day 5K.

There is no entry fee for any of the contests except the 5K, and admission and parking is free at WCU’s daylong celebration of Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song.

Planned and coordinated by students in WCU’s Sport Management Association, the 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and winds its way through the campus, recalling a time when one of the fastest ways to get around in the mountains was on foot. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Full race details, pre-registration forms and costs will be posted online at http://claws.wcu.edu/sma/5K/.

Baked goods as well as home-canned and preserved foods will be jury-weighted in the annual “A Gathering In” traditional foods competition. An adult and a youth winner also will be declared for the “Best in the West Apple Recipe Contest.” Winners will be given ribbons in a number of categories, all described in the booklet linked to the “Contests” page at www.mountainheritageday.com. For more information, contact Peter Koch at pkoch@email.wcu.edu or 828-227-7129.

Children and adults are welcome to compete in the traditional clothing contest, sporting the fashions of pioneer days through the turn-of-the-19th-to-20th century. Audience members participate in the judging after competitors model their outfits on stage.

Trophies will be awarded in the different classes of the chainsaw contest to be held the morning of Mountain Heritage Day.

Owners of antique and classic automobiles also are invited to compete for awards by participating in the festival’s all-day car show.

Mountain Heritage Day and its many competitions are only weeks away – always the last Saturday in September.

It’s time to start growing, sewing, canning, chopping and jogging.

For more general information about Mountain Heritage Day contests, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. You can also keep up with developments leading up to the festival on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MountainHeritageDay or by following @WCU on Twitter.

Run for Shindig on the Green 5K Race Fundraiser June 22

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the second annual “Run For Shindig on the Green,” a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk/Run beginning at 8:45 a.m. The “Run For Shindig on the Green” kicks off the 47th season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year’s first Shindig on the Green, on the evening of June 29th, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. Post-race snacks and water provided courtesy of Sam’s Club.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. All proceeds from the June 22nd 5K and Fun Walk/Run will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 47th summer season is scheduled for June 29; July 6, 13, 20; August 10, 17, 24, and 31. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run online at www.active.com. Online registration closes Thursday June 20th. T-Shirts will be available for pre-registered participants only. T-shirts available for purchase on day of race while supplies last.

Carrier Park: The June 22nd 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.

From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.

From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto I-240 East.  Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.

Sensational Celtic Band Performs April 25 at Diana Wortham Theatre

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Known for its intense drive and top-notch technical skill, Comas performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:00p.m. With a name meaning “power” in Gaelic and a sound influenced by its members’ diverse musical backgrounds, the band forges a unique blend of traditional Irish music and lively original compositions. Eleanor Robinson of the Celtic Roots Festival attests, “There are many great musicians and then there are Masters of their instrument. Comas are Masters.” Comas’s performance at Diana Wortham Theatre is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.

Hailed by The Irish Post as “one of Europe’s most sensational Celtic bands,” Comas’s four members come from diverse cultural backgrounds (Ireland, Brittany, United States, and Belgium), some of the most exciting musicians of their generation and each having toured individually before coming together in 2003. Within months of Comas’ formation, the group was playing major festivals across Europe. Irish writer and singer Tom Acton describes Comas as “a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow in original compositions. [Being] Open to new influences but with a respectful eye on the past is what brings Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today.”

Comas’s Asheville performance is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and is made possible by Celtic Series Sponsors Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole, with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7FM.

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Asheville Renaissance 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 www.dwtheatre.com.