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Master Gardener Plant Clinic Scheduled at WNC Farmers Market

Friday, July 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Need help with gardening? Come to the WNC Farmers’ Market for assistance.

The NCSU Master Gardeners Program will be held on Saturday, August 8 & 22: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will offer plant clinics to assist the public in diagnosing and solving gardening questions. All clinics are free, and the public is encouraged to bring samples from problem plants or insects that need to be diagnosed and/or identified.

The Master Gardener Program provides research-based information on home horticulture. Trained Volunteers are prepared to help with advice on growing plants, insect identification and managing disease problems.

Western Carolina University Professor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, July 31st, 2009

CULLOWHEE, NC – Robert J. Conley, the Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University, is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas.

A novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist, Conley is the author of more than 50 books. They include “Back to Malachi,” “Ned Christie’s War,” “Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears,” “The Dark Way,” “War Woman” and “Cherokee Dragon.”

Conley has won the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for the novels Nickajack and The Dark Island, and for his short story “Yellow Bird: An Imaginary Autobiography.” Earlier this year, he received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Conley assumed his duties as an endowed professor at Western Carolina University in 2008, prior to which he was a professional writer and served as programs director of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The endowed professorship was established in 1998 and is dedicated to the preservation of Cherokee and Native American culture, heritage and values.

A registered tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, Conley taught throughout the Midwest and was attracted to the mountains of Western North Carolina by the opportunity to connect with ancient Cherokee history. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Conley will be honored, along with the winners of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas’ First Book Awards for Poetry and Prose, during the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Festival at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in late October.

For more information about Cherokee studies, contact the program office at (828) 227-3841.

Nature’s Art on Display at The North Carolina Arboretum

Friday, July 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Nature’s art comes to life at the NC Arboretum during a special exhibit featuring works by members of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, opening August 14 at the Education Center’s second-floor gallery.

The exhibit, which runs through November 15, promotes an appreciation of our natural gifts and treasures.

The Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) has an ongoing effort to preserve the environment of the Carolinas through photography. The association sponsors and is involved in many projects that promote protection and understanding of the environment.

Members learn and share their skills through networking, workshops, field outings and meetings.

For more information about CNPA, visit websites, www.cnpa.org and www.cnpa-asheville.org

New Dance Event Happening at Grove Park Inn

Friday, July 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – As part of the 2010 Musical Adventure Weekend series, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the addition of a new concert and dance event to its already formidable line-up. “Swing Dance Sunday” will make its debut on January 24, 2010, and will feature music from The Russ Wilson Orchestra and the DJ talent of Michael Gamble.

Dancers and music lovers have the option of buying general admission tickets for $15 each or of taking advantage of great rates and purchasing a package. One-night packages are available starting at $179 for double occupancy and include a two-hour dance workshop, reserved preferred seating at the concert, resort accommodations and breakfast overlooking the mountains in The Blue Ridge Dining Room.

“This new event is the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy the Grove Park Inn experience at its finest and at a great rate,” states Susan Phillips, Director of Marketing & Communications. “Whether you want to kick up your heels on the dance floor or simply listen to the music and enjoy our great food and legendary service, this event opens the door to a multitude of opportunities.”

In addition to Swing Dance Sunday tickets, a limited number of general admission tickets to the Resort’s other Musical Adventure Weekends also go on sale on Saturday, August 1, 2009. Concerts include The Glenn Miller Orchestra, David Sanborn, Gaelic Storm and more.

For concert and package information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800-438-5800 or visit www.groveparkinn.com/Happenings.

Save the Date – Asheville Tourists Chili Cookoff and Fall Festival

Friday, July 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The baseball equipment may be back in storage by October, but the change of seasons will not keep the Asheville Tourists from welcoming a crowd. On Saturday, October 3, the team will host the Asheville Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off at McCormick Field, featuring more than 30 different styles of chili, live music from three bands, and affordable fun for every member of the family.

Tickets for the Tourists Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off will go on sale, Monday, August 3, at 10 a.m. at the McCormick Field box office as well as ticketmaster.com. Cost for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children age 5-12, and free for youngsters age four and under.

Entry fees for the chili cook-off are $35 for individuals and $50 for restaurants. There will be three cash prizes of $300 each for the individual winner, the restaurant winner and the fans’ choice award. Vendor booths are also available for $50.

Music will be provided throughout the event, beginning with the Jamie Pelfrey Band playing country hits at noon. The Sharkadelics will take the stage at 1:45 p.m. with their popular set of classic rock hits before Mighty McFly starts playing top 40 hits from the 1980s and 1990s at 3:30 p.m. Numerous other events will also be held, including a pumpkin drawing contest and an ice cream eating contest.

“Fall is the most popular time of the year in Asheville and we’re adding to the beautiful weather and colorful leaves with an incredible fun-filled day at the ballpark,” said Mike Bauer, executive director of the Tourists and Palace Baseball. “Chili is one of the world’s great comfort foods, and we’ll have contestants offering nearly every type for even the most devoted chili connessiouers.”

The Tourists return to McCormick Field on Tuesday, August 4, for a four-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. For more information, call the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

UNC Asheville Board of Trustees Elects New Officers

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees elected new officers at its July meeting on the UNC Asheville campus. James R. Buckner, regional vice president of CompassLearning Inc. and a 1971 alumnus of UNC Asheville, was elected chair. Joseph F. Damore, president and CEO of Mission Health and Hospitals, was elected vice chair, and Audrey Byrd Moseley, deputy general counsel for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and a 1974 alumna of UNC Asheville, was elected secretary.

The board also welcomed new trustees Bruce Peterson, retired district director for Congressman Heath Shuler and former teacher and coach; Nathan Ramsey, dairy farmer and former chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners; and Pat Smith, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Buckner, the first alumnus to serve as UNC Asheville Board of Trustees chair, has also served on the University’s Foundation Board and National Alumni Council, which he helped establish. In 2008, he received UNC Asheville’s Thomas D. Reynolds Award for Service to the University. In addition, Buckner and his wife Mary Elizabeth (Class of ’68), have been generous supporters of the University. The couple established an endowed scholarship and regularly host alumni gatherings near their home in Atlanta.

Prior to being named Mission Hospital’s CEO, Damore was president and chief executive officer of Sparrow Hospital and Health System in Lansing, Mich.. He also has served as executive vice president of Mercy Health Services in Farmington Hills, Mich., and Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio. He is currently a member of the Board of United Way of Buncombe County and the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Following graduation from UNC Asheville, Byrd Mosley attended Harvard Law School. The Asheville native began her legal career as an attorney with the U. S. Department of Army Materiel and Readiness Command and since 1980 has worked in the office of the general counsel of the National Academy of Sciences. Byrd Mosley has also served on UNC Asheville’s National Alumni Advisory Council.

,p>The UNC Asheville Board of Trustees has 13 members; eight are appointed by the UNC Board of Governors and four are appointed by the governor. The UNC Asheville Student Government Association president, who is elected by the student body, also sits on the board.

Asheville Antiques Fair Comes to Civic Center This Weekend

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Asheville Antiques Fair

ASHEVILLE, NC – The sixty-third Asheville Antiques Fair, one of the oldest Antiques Fairs in the Southeast, has been held every year with the exception of 1947, when it was cancelled due to a polio epidemic in Asheville. This year the fair will be held from July 31 – August 2, 2009 at the Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The event proceeds benefit area historic and cultural landmarks. Monies go toward restoration, conservation and preservation of projects supporting the architectural gems of Asheville. The proceeds from the very first Antiques Fair in 1945 to present day, represents over $170,000 donated to numerous community charities as well as more than $325,000 awarded to local restoration, preservation projects.

The Asheville Antiques Fair is a non-profit organization and is hosted under the auspices of The Vetust Study Club of Asheville, North Carolina, Inc. The name Vetust comes from the Latin root word meaning “of the ancient”. The object of the club is the study of antiques and subjects on historical interest and to aid the community’s charitable, civic and cultural advancements. The Vetust Study Club is a volunteer organization of 24 women dedicating their time toward the support of the Asheville Antiques Fair. The Vetust Study Club meets monthly to present individual research papers dealing with antiques.

The Fair will feature nearly 55 Exhibitors from many States, offering a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, architectural elements, oriental rugs, rare books, heirloom linens and lace and garden accouterments. All items will be available for purchase. The Fair itself will be accompanied by a variety of special events designed to appeal to both new and seasoned collectors of antiquities including; Expert Lectures, an Heirloom Road Show offering verbal evaluations by three certified appraisers and a gourmet Summer Garden Café catered by the Every Day Gourmet.

Biltmore Unveils Second Annual Flower Carpet

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Biltmore Estate Flower Carpet

ASHEVILLE, NC – Biltmore will celebrate its renowned landscape history with its second annual Flower Carpet August 14 through 30. On the South Terrace of Biltmore House, more than 100,000 live plants will be installed to create a design inspired from architectural elements found in America’s largest home. The 14,400 square foot carpet display represents months of planning and engineering, and offers guests a unique late summer garden experience.

This year’s design was created by a Biltmore employee and was interpreted from stone carvings and intricate details from around Biltmore House. Most notably, the design reflects a fleur-de-lis motif found on a stone pillar outside the house. These pillars were one of the architectural designs inspired by the Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley of France. The plants used for the carpet will be Scaevola Top Pot Blue, Salvia farinacea Evolution, Begonia Prelude Rose, Marigold Janie Bright Yellow, Zinnia Profusion Fire, Iresine Purple Lady and Dusty Miller New Look.

“Flower carpets are popular in India. They’re part of a yearly spring celebration on the island of Madeira and they have been perfected in Belgium. We are very excited to be bringing this natural art to our region for the second year in a row,” said Parker Andes, director of horticulture for Biltmore.

A daytime visit to Biltmore’s Flower Carpet is included with the cost of regular admission. Seating will be available on the South Terrace and Library Terrace of Biltmore House, where the view is spectacular. The gardens are open to day guests until dusk.

On select evenings, the estate will open for Flower Carpet Evenings – August 14, 16, 21, 22, 28 and 29. On these special nights, the carpet will be surrounded by the glow of soft lighting, beautiful sunset views and live jazz. Evening tickets are $65, or guests may upgrade from their daytime ticket for an additional charge. These tickets also include a self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Guests with evening tickets may enter the estate after 4:30 p.m. Picnic options are available by reservation online or by phone when purchasing tickets. A wine bar featuring wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase will be available on site as well as a dining concierge that will be able to assist with dinner reservations at an estate restaurant. Restaurants will also be taking dinner reservations in advance.

For additional information on the Flower Carpet event, please call 877-BILTMORE.

Riverlink Hosts "Rockin’ RiverFest" on Saturday

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – RiverLink hosts its annual Rockin’ RiverFest Saturday, including a Raft Race, Kids’ Parade, Music Showcase & Competition, local food and beer, vendors, arts performances and recreational activities.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. at the French Broad River Park with a Kids Parade for ages 12 and younger who can decorate their bikes, rollerblades or skateboards.

Surprise judges will award prizes to kids for their creativity and green means of transportation. After the parade, there will be fun activities including face painting and hula hooping.

The Music Showcase & Competition sponsored by 98.1 the River and the Musician’s Workshop starts at noon with local area bands competing for Best Band and Wild Wing’s Choice.

For more information including raft race registration, parking information and free shuttles and schedule of events, please visit www.riverlink.org.

YWCA Expands Hours of Operation

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – In response to member requests, the YWCA is expanding their hours. Starting August 2, the YWCA will be open on Sundays year-round. In addition, the building will now open at 5:30 am Monday through Friday.