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ASAP Posts Fall/Holiday Tailgate Market Schedule

Friday, October 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s that time of year again when some area farmers tailgate markets wrap up their season. Don’t worry too much, though; many remain open into November and December for all of your holiday cooking and shopping needs! Select ‘Read more’ for details.

Final Market Dates (and Holiday Market Details)


Asheville City Market: South: October 27 (Produce, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, home goods, and more; 2-6 p.m.); Downtown: December 18 (Holiday markets November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18; holiday market hours will change from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Big Ivy Tailgate Market: October 30
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: October 30 (Holiday market, 2nd annual, November 20; regular food vendors plus a wide variety of craft and artisan vendors for gift shopping. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Greenlife Sunday Market: October 31
Mission Hospital Tailgate Market: October 1
North Asheville Tailgate Market: December 18 (The 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held December 4, 11, and 18 at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. The market will feature produce, crafts, gifts, meats, cheeses, backed goods, chocolate, cider, coffee, and more.)
Riceville Tailgate Market: September 18
Victory Tailgate Market: September 29
Wednesday Co-op Market:  November 24
West Asheville Tailgate Market: November 9 (Holiday event Tuesday, December 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
Weaverville Tailgate Market: October 27 (Season finale celebration; cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, and pumpkin decorating from 3-5:30 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged.)


Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: October 30 (Fall Harvest Party on October 30; details soon. Special winter markets November 20 and 24 and December 8 and 11 from 9 a.m. until noon; markets will offer fall and winter vegetables, apples and cider, farm-raised eggs, meat, cheese, NC seafood, baked goods, preserves, and heritage crafts.)


Flat Rock Tailgate Market: October 28 (Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 28 from 3-6 p.m; produce, homemade treats, handmade crafts, scarecrow making event, wool spinning demonstration, and petting zoo.)
Hendersonville Community Co-op Tailgate Market: October 18


Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: November 20 (Special winter markets held inside at Fiddlestix the Saturday after Thanksgiving until the Saturday before Christmas.)


Historic Marion Tailgate Market: October 26
Information above is incomplete, and dates are subject to change; check back often for updates as markets determine closing dates and holiday market details. For a complete list of area tailgates and their contact information, click here.

Information provided by the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project (ASAP)

City of Asheville Recieves Sustainable Community Grant

Friday, October 29th, 2010
ASHEVILLE, NC – The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that the City of Asheville is among 62 nationwide recipients of sustainable community grant funding stemming from a collaboration between the DOT and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  DOT and HUD announced a total of $68 million in Challenge Grant/TIGER II funds for innovative sustainable development planning projects that integrate transportation, housing and urban development.

The original DOT announcement can be found at: http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2010/dot18810.html.  The City of Asheville will receive $850,000 toward its plans for its East of the Riverway Sustainable Multimodal Neighborhood initiative, part of a push for comprehensive housing, economic development and multi-modal transportation in the city’s river district.

“This grant award demonstrates that the City of Asheville’s sustainability initiative is in step with a larger national push for collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable development planning,” said Community Development Director Jeff Staudinger. “More and more, much like the partnership established by the DOT, HUD and EPA, Federal agencies are going to want to see multi-pronged strategies and regional cooperation in housing and transportation innovation.”

The challenge grant funding provides another step toward the East of the Riverway plan, one part of a larger plan for riverfront redevelopment that will leverage public/private partnerships and funding from multiple agencies. The award comes on the heels of the October 15 announcement of a $1.6 million HUD Sustainable Housing and Community Planning grant awarded to the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, of which the City of Asheville was a co-applicant.

The $850,000 award is less than the city’s initial request of $3 million, and the City of Asheville will next work with the DOT and its partners to prioritize the most appropriate use for the grant funding.

“We look forward to furthering our relationship with the U.S. Department of Transportation and working with them to identify the best ways this money can advance the East of the Riverway initiative,” Staudinger said.

For more on the City of Asheville Riverway Redevelopment initiative, go to http://ashevillenc.gov/business/business_in/economic_dev/default.aspx?id=18016&ekmensel=18_submenu_0_link_8.

UNC Asheville Dance Program Hosts Benefit Performance, “Everybody Can-Can”

Friday, October 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will hold its 13th annual benefit performance “Everybody Can-Can” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission is $5 or four cans of food at the door. All canned goods will be donated to Manna Food Bank and cash proceeds will benefit UNC Asheville’s Dance Program.

The event will feature more than 100 dancers from the University and the community performing a wide variety of genres, including contemporary, hip hop, step, Bhangra, jazz, African, tap, ballroom, and Middle Eastern. Works were created by students and faculty. The performance is suitable for all ages.

For more information, call Connie Schrader, UNC Asheville’s Dance Program director, at 828.232.5652.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When You Vote

Friday, October 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Make sure your vote counts – when you vote, don’t make any of these common mistakes:

  1. Completely Fill in the Oval. Please take time to fill in the complete oval.  Don’t check it or X it or your vote may not count.
  2. There’s More on the Back. Don’t forget, there is a second page of candidates to vote for this year.
  3. Voting Straight Party? You’re Not Finished Voting. Voting a straight party ticket will NOT cast a vote for non-partisan races. Voters must fill in their choices for those races separately.
  4. Voting on November 2 Must be Done at Your Assigned Precinct. Not all of the sites used for Early Voting will be open on Election Day, and the ones that are can only be used by people who live in that precinct.
  5. Know Your Assigned Voting Precinct Prior to November 2. Find your precinct by calling 250-4200 (press 4, press 1, enter your 6 digit birthdate, house number, and 5 digit zip code) or by visiting buncombecounty.org/vote. Keep in mind that if you have moved, you may have a different voting precinct.

And don’t forget… You can vote early (map to Early Voting locations) until Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m. or you can vote in your precinct on November 2.

Absentee Ballot Deadline Approaching

Friday, October 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you are voting by absentee ballot, your deadline is fast approaching.

All absentee ballots must be:

  • received in the Board of Elections office at 35 Woodfin Street in downtown Asheville no later than 5 p.m. on November 1


  • postmarked by November 2 and received by 5 p.m. on November 5

in order to be counted.

For more information about elections, contact the Election Services Office at 250-4200 or online at buncombecounty.org/vote.

Enter the Moogfest 2010 Costume Contest

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Moogfest is less than 24 hours away! We hope you’ve been working on your Halloween costumes because all your hard work is going to pay off with the first Moogfest 2010 Costume Contest! Stop by the U.S. Cellular Recharge Lounge at the Moogaplex from Friday, October 29  – Sunday, October 31, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. and snap a photo in your über-creative costume. You can then enter to win some moog-tasitc prizes. We’ll have five different categories for entries:

• Scariest – we think that’s self-explanatory // Winner will receive a Limited Edition Moogfest poster

• Funniest – again. // Winner will receive a Limited Edition Moogfest poster

• Most Moogie – Don your most Moog-themed costume for a chance at this one // Winner will receive a Moog Music Inc. Merch Pack

• Teams/Pairs – Got a group or pair of themed ghouls? Bring everyone down to enter // Winning group will receive matching Moogfest festival T-shirts

• Best in Show – We’ll transcend genres in the category and choose the best costume overall // Winner will receive VIP tickets to Moogfest 2011

Need one more reason to pose for a costume photo? We’ll be posting these photos on screens in the Asheville Civic Center for all to enjoy! Finalists will be selected after the festival via the Moogfest Facebook Page, where we’ll let fans choose their favorites!

Rules: In order to participate contestants must enter at the U.S. Cellular® Recharge Lounge located at the Moogaplex (Haywood Park Complex) Friday, October 29  – Sunday, October 31, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Contestants can enter once per day. Pictures containing nudity or obscene language/gestures will be automatically disqualified.

7th Annual ‘Doors of Asheville’ Art Show Coming Nov. 5th

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Save the date! MHO, or Mountain Housing Opportunities is preparing for for the 7th Annual Doors of Asheville, right around the corner on November 5th, 2010. MHO is committed to building homes and communities in the Asheville area through affordable home ownership, community rental investments, emergency home repair, and rural home rehabilitation.

The 2010 Doors of Asheville is a community art show and fundraiser, featuring a live auction of over 25 works of art by regional artists, with homes and homes and housing as it’s theme. All proceeds benefit the services of Mountain Housing Opportunities. The event is being held at The Venue on 21 North Market Street. Tickets are on sales now. $55 per person or $100 per couple, which includes wine, beer and hors d’oevres. Reservation are required. Go to http://www.mtnhousing.org/doors/ for more information

Grand Bohemian Hotel Art Gallery Now on Display

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Grand Bohemian Hotel located in Biltmore Village invites you to tour their original gallery – The Grand Bohemian Art Gallery.  Located within the luxury hotel and resorts of the Kessler Collection, the art gallery features international and locally renowned artists. Now until November 22, come out see work by Jean Claude Roy, which includes over 100 new original paintings by this French Expressionist-colorist.

Also on display New Reflections an art exhibition by local artists Vadim Bora, Linda Mccane, Colleen Webster, Lee Monahan. In addition, work by sculptor Eric Serritella is exhibited until November 30th. Art gallery is open to the public every day, visit http://www.grandbohemiangallery.com for more information, hours, and upcoming artists exhibits.

Asheville Vaudeville Offers Something for Everyone

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Want a night out on the town, with flamboyant characters such as Speaky McFly and Seven Ball Jim? Asheville Vaudville puts on a spooky, electrifying and celebratory variety show this weekend.  For theatre and performance lovers, Asheville Vaudville is the place to be! It’s the largest variety show in the area and promises to deliver an exciting and entertaining weekend.

The act includes aerial arts, juggling, dance comedy, marionettes, bellydancing and more. Show is for all ages and will be a family affair. In addition, one third of the proceeds from ticket sales go to MANNA foodbank, a food distributing non-profit servicing Western NC. Asheville Vaudville takes place at the Asheville Community Theatre Friday October 29th and Saturday October 30th.  Tickets ate $12. Join the fun beginning at 6.30pm for a costume party, and the show begins at 7.30 pm. Visit  http://www.ashevillevaudeville.com/

Group Art Show Inspired by Bob Moog

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Tickets for MoogFest are still on sale, but if you’re not planning on attending, you can still participate in the Moog-inspired art show, Synth, a group art show inspired by Bob Moog going on inside the Moogaplex this weekend. The Moogaplex is located inside the Haywood Park complex.

Bob Moog changed the world with his devotion to music technology, and to show appreciation, 14 artists from around the county are donating art pieces which will be on sale.  All proceeds will go to support the Bob Moog Foundation. Synth will be held Saturday and Sunday October 30th and 31st from 12noon until 6pm.  Come look at incredible pieces by artists and graphic designers and support a great cause. Open to the public.