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Dont Forget Flag Day, June 14th

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Don’t forget to show your patriotism by flying your flag for Flag Day!

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.

BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes) as “Flag Birthday.”

In numerous magazines, newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as “Flag Birthday,” or “Flag Day.” Others from around the nation joined to establish this event.

Find out who they were and what they did in order to make this recognized around the nation.

Southern Higland Craft Guild Celebrates Clay Day!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Celebrate Clay Day at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center on June 4 from 10am to 4pm. This free event features craft demonstrations and hands on activities for children and adults.

Clay Day has been a favorite happening at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center for over 20 years. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate throwing on the potter’s wheel, hand building and surface design on clay, among other techniques.

A highlight of the day is the Make and Take Raku Firing. Buy a $10 pot, glaze it and watch as expert potters, Gary Clontz and Steven Forbes-deSoule raku fire it for you. Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.

Jan Morris and Sandra Rowland will host a children’s table where kids will be invited to play with clay and make something to take home.

Other Clay Day participants include:  Haywood Community College Professional Craft Dept students, Steve and Becky Lloyd (wheel throwing),  Ann Gleason (hand building with clay), Tamela Wells (polymer clay), and Cindy Billingsley (clay sculpture).  Glass artists have also been invited to participate in Clay Day.  Jeff McKinley will be demonstrate flame-worked glass and Marc Tickle will be making kaleidescopes.

Clay for demonstrations has been generously donated by Highwater Clays of Asheville, NC.

While at the Folk Art Center, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Allanstand Craft Shop, the Eastern National bookstore and Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, as well as three exhibition galleries. Outside the Folk Art Center, there are hiking trails, picnic tables, grassy areas for a picnic and plenty of free parking.

For more information, call 828-298-7928.

Clay Day 2011 Participants

Haywood Community College – Professional Craft Department
Gary Clontz (raku firing)
Steve and Becky Lloyd (wheel throwing)
Steven Forbes-deSoule (raku firing)
Sandra Rowland (children’s activities)
Jan Morris (children’s activities)
Ann Gleason (hand building with clay)
Tamela Wells (polymer clay)
Cindy Billingsley (clay sculpture)
Jeff McKinley (flame-worked glass)
Marc Tickle (kaleidoscopes)
Rose Mueller (clay roses)
Marcia Bugg (wheel throwing)
Rodney Leftwich (folk pottery)
Leah Leitson (wheel throwing)
Harriet Smith (polymer clay)
Lynn Jenkins (raku pottery)
Mike Lalone (wheel throwing)
Holden McCurry (clay sculpture)
Maud Boleman (wheel throwing)
Mary Mikkelsen and Henry Pope (hand building and surface design)

Eight in the 8th the Difference in Tourists Win

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – For most of Monday evening’s game against the Greenville Drive, it looked as if the Tourists were a step behind. That all changed in the eighth inning when the Tourists put up eight runs in the frame. Asheville held on in the ninth to pick up a much needed 9-7 victory.

The Tourists did score the game’s first run when Corey Dickerson doubled home Brett Tanos in the top of the first. The Drive answered right back with a run in the bottom of the first on three infield singles. Greenville scored three more in the second by sending nine men to the plate, but Tourists starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 7.92) forced Greenville to leave the bases loaded.

Drive first baseman Drew Hedman made it 5-1 Greenville with an RBI single in the fourth. Asheville continued to struggle at the plate until they came to bat in the eighth. Trailing by four, Kyle Parker led off with a single to right. Dickerson followed with a single to left and the Tourists did not stop there.

After Avery Barnes moved the runners up with a groundout, Dustin Garneau singled to left scoring both Parker and Dickerson. Joey Wong wasted no time with a bunt single up the third base line and Cristhian Adames came to the plate with runners at first and second. Adames hit a ball to left field and it cleared the green monster for a three-run blast. The Home Run was Adames’ second of the season and it put the Tourists in front 6-5.

Chandler Laurent was next and he was hit by a pitch. Laurent immediately stole second and went to third on an overthrow by Drive catcher Christian Vazquez. Tanos walked to put runners at the corners, but Bryce Massanari went down swinging for out number two.

Parker came to the plate for the second time in the inning and doubled to right-center scoring both Laurent and Tanos. Dickerson again followed with a single and Parker raced home from second capping off the eight-run inning and catapulting the Tourists in front 9-5.

Greenville went scoreless in the eighth, but did score two in the bottom of the ninth before bringing the tying run to the plate against Juan Perez. The Tourists reliever buckled down and forced Greenville’s left-fielder Brandon Jacobs to fly out to Dickerson for the final out of the game.

With the win, the Tourists snapped a three-game skid and have a chance to take the series from the Drive with a win on Tuesday night. The eight-run inning by Asheville tied a season high for the most runs scored in one inning as the Tourists put up an eight spot on May 13 in the first inning at Lexington.

Pan Harmonia Offers Series of Concerts at UNC Asheville June 15-18

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Pan Harmonia, featuring small ensembles of top-flight professional performers, will present a series of concerts at UNC Asheville – one for children, one for adults who’ve kept their sense of musical adventure, and one featuring adult students who have spent a week studying with Pan Harmonia. Classical Voice North Carolina described one of the group’s recent performances as “spellbinding,” with “joy-filled abandon.”

Kate SteinbeckThe highlight of the concert series, “A Mixed Bag of Winds,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. The program, featuring flute, trumpet, French horn, bassoon and cello, and spanning six centuries of music, embodies music director Kate Steinbeck’s desire to branch beyond typical chamber music repertoire and instrumentation.

The performance will begin with a madrigal by early English composer Thomas Morley, and ends with Christopher Gunning’s lush but dark theme for the TV series, “Agatha Christie’s Poirot.” The concert will also feature the world premier of “Variations on a Lullabye” by contemporary composer Bryan Burkett, the jazz-tinged “Bipperies” by Lowell Shaw, music by Heitor Villa-Lobos of Brazil, and works by Americans Steve Reich and Stanley Friedman.

The musicians will be Steinbeck, flute; Elizabeth Austin, cello; Eric Dircksen, bassoon; John Bryant, trumpet; and Jennifer Merrell, French horn. Tickets for the June 16 concert are $20 for the public, $12 for UNC Asheville faculty and staff, and free for UNC Asheville students. Tickets are available at the door, online at uncatickets.com, and at Highsmith University Union’s front desk. For information about tickets, call 828.232.5000.

The children’s concert, an informal and interactive show, will be free and open to the public at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Grotto at UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union.

The musicians of Pan Harmonia are also serving as faculty for the Asheville Chamber Music Institute, a week-long institute at UNC Asheville for adult amateur woodwind and brass players from all over the country. The participants in the institute will offer a culminating recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, also free and open to the public.

For more information, visit pan-harmonia.org, call Kate Steinbeck at 828.254.7123, or the UNC Asheville Office of Cultural Events at 828.251.6991.

City Council Community Meeting to be held in West Asheville

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC _ Asheville City Council will hold a community meeting in West Asheville this Tuesday, May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Vance Elementary School located at 98 Sulphur Springs Road.  Area residents and city staff will share presentations on city initiatives in West Asheville. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.  City Council and the presenters will be available to answer questions and take comments.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Marsha Stickford, City of Asheville Neighborhood/Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 259-5506.

Asheville Tourists Begin Road Trip with 4-1 Victory

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC -The Tourists put one in the win column Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns. Asheville used four pitchers to hold the dangerous Suns to only one run on seven hits.

In the first inning, Kyle Parker singled to center with Rafael Ortega at second base. Ortega went flying around third towards the plate as Suns center-fielder Bryce Harper came up with the ball. Harper’s throw was perfect, but Ortega’s speed combined with an excellent head first slide gave Asheville an early 1-0 lead.

The Tourists made it 2-0 in the second when Chandler Laurent doubled to begin the inning and advanced to third on a fielding error by Michael Taylor. Joey Wong hit a fly ball to Harper in center and Laurent tagged up on the play and came in to score.

The Suns loaded the bases with no outs in both the first and third innings against Tourists starter Josh Slaats (1-1, 8.39). However, Slaats buckled down in both innings and limited Hagerstown to nothing in the first and just one run in the third.

Asheville put men at the corners in the fourth and Wong slapped a single into left that scored Laurent. Leading 3-1, Tourists catcher Bryce Massanari led off the fifth inning with a monstrous Home Run over the center-field wall. The bomb was Massanari’s 12th of the season and was one of the longest balls hit a Municipal Stadium all year.

Slaats left the game after five innings and turned things over to the bullpen. Asheville’s relievers were up to the challenge and held Hagerstown scoreless the rest of the way. Brad McAtee worked two innings before turning it over to Bruce Kern in the eighth. Kern induced an inning ending double play and gave Juan Perez the ball for the ninth. Perez worked a perfect inning and earned his ninth save of the year.

Offensively for Asheville, Wong finished 3-for-3 with 2 RBI’s and Russell Wilson contributed with a two-hit game. The Tourists and Suns play game two Thursday night beginning at 6:35pm.

The Asheville Art Museum Hosts Summer Art Camp 2011

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum offers its renowned Summer Art Camp to rising kindergarten through 12th grade students in weekly sessions beginning the week of June 13, 2011 and ending the week of August 1. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration opens March 1, 2011. Registration includes admission to the Museum and all materials necessary for each class. Classes are held in the bright and spacious studio of the Museum’s WNC Art Resource Center. Each class will visit the Museum’s galleries to inspire creativity. Students may sign up for morning, afternoon or all-day sessions. All-day students will have a supervised lunch break.

For information, call 828.253.3227, ext. 122 or e-mail [email protected]

The North Carolina Arboretum Hosts Speaking of Gardening Symposium

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum proudly hosts the Speaking of Gardening symposium on August 26 and 27, bringing the world’s gardens to Asheville. The annual symposium is a popular event for horticulture professionals and enthusiasts, providing an unparalleled experience for participants. This year’s event is no exception, featuring speakers from the United States and the United Kingdom presenting lectures on creative design and cutting-edge plants. Program topics will explore a Dublin urban garden and the great American garden, Chanticleer, through their gardener creators.

Other lectures will include insight into plant exploration and development of the new Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in North Carolina, as well as gardening trends including small shrubs in the perennial border. There will be book signings and—new this year—live and silent plant auctions showcasing rare and unusual plants and a plant giveaway.

Speakers scheduled to appear at the Speaking of Gardening symposium include: Helen Dillon, Keynote Speaker Helen Dillon is a gardener, author, broadcaster, and traveler. The Dillon Garden in Dublin, Ireland, where she has gardened for 38 years, is open to the public and has been featured in magazines worldwide. Not one to be daunted by a plant that doesn’t perform in the garden, Helen challenges gardeners with her presentation, “Dig it Up and Throw it Away.” Helen will be signing copies of her most recent book, “Down to Earth with Helen Dillon.” Bill Thomas, Executive Director and Head Gardener, Chanticleer Bill Thomas will lead participants on a visual tour and behind-the-scenes look at what the Washington Post calls “one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America.”

Covering 35 acres, Chanticleer was the estate of the Rosengarten family. Open to the public only since 1993, the garden is known for its homemade furniture, plant combinations, containers, textures, and colors, often relying on foliage more than flowers. Stephanie Cohen, Author, Lecturer and Designer Stephanie Cohen taught herbaceous plants and perennial design at Temple University for over 20 years and is the former founder and director of the Landscape Arboretum at Temple University. She is a contributing editor for Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and American Beauties.

In 2010, she was named Garden Communicator of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.
Todd Lasseigne, Executive Director, Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden, former Executive Director, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden Dr. Lasseigne will discuss the creative energies and synergies involved in planning a new public garden and stocking it with interesting plants. The Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, located in Kernersville, NC, is celebrating its Grand Opening Year in 2011. From botanical exploits in Japan to home-found natives here in North Carolina, many exciting new plants are finding their way into the garden displays at Ciener Botanical Garden.

Mr. Lasseigne recently accepted the Executive Director position at the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden in Tulsa. Speaking of Gardening is supported in part by our Community Partners, Asheville Hilton Biltmore Park and B.B. Barns, The Garden Company. Registration for the symposium is $145 for Arboretum members and $170 for non-members. The fee includes lectures, book signings, lunches and snacks for both days. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, or to register, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Overnight Construction to Occur at City Parking Garage/Aloft Hotel Site at 51 Biltmore Avenue

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Thursday, June 2, the construction of the Aloft Hotel/City Parking Garage at 51 Biltmore Avenue will meet a major milestone.  The first pour for the foundation of the building will occur from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.  The scale of the project requires a continuous flow of cement trucks through downtown Asheville which will affect portions of the following streets:

Meadow Road
Short McDowell
Southside Avenue
Coxe Avenue
Aston Street
South Lexington Avenue
Charlotte/South Charlotte Street
Patton Avenue
Northern section of Biltmore Avenue

A detailed map of the truck routes is available at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/uploadedFiles/News_and_Events/Progress/51BiltmoreCementTruckRouteMap.pdf.

An average of at least 20 trucks per hour can be expected throughout the various routes.  Trucks will be staged on Aston Avenue between Church Street and South Lexington Avenue to allow for concrete testing.   Site lighting will be necessary to conduct the testing but will be limited to this block.  After testing, all trucks will proceed from the staging area on Aston Avenue to the job site which will be accessed by South Lexington Avenue.

South Lexington Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.  Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists are asked to use caution when traveling along the streets that are part of the cement truck routes.

The scale of the project requires the cement to be poured continuously.  An overnight-pour is necessary to eliminate the traffic congestion the concrete trucks would cause during the day.  Every effort was taken to minimize noise, light and traffic impacts in the work area when planning for this stage of the project.  However, some level of disruption in these impact areas should be expected.

A second pour will take place at the end of June.  Notice will be given when a date has been confirmed.

For general questions about the project contact City of Asheville Public Works Director Cathy Ball at 259-5939.  For specific concerns that occur on the night of the pour, contact the Public Works Duty Officer at 828-707-7578.

This release and additional project details can be found at:  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/news/default.aspx?id=26178.

Good Old Time Camp to be offered June 20-24

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

CULLOWHEE, NC – Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, arts programs and Hunter Library are joining forces to offer a summer day camp for children beginning Monday, June 20, and continuing through Friday, June 24.

The Good Old Time Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“This new all-day camp builds on the success of our previous half-day camps like Eco-Adventures and Mountain Mysteries,” said Peter Koch, educational associate at the Mountain Heritage Center. “Now that it’s a full day, kids will have more time to explore cultural topics, and thanks to the cooperation of WCU’s arts programs, they also will be able to do some really interesting and fun hands-on crafts in the afternoon.”

The program will focus on the culture of the region, including the Cherokee and pioneer experience. Children will spend time investigating and creating crafts such as mask-making, quilting, candle-making, open-hearth cooking and pottery-making. They also will experience a performance of old-time music and go on fieldtrips to local sites of natural and historic interest.

The camp will end with a day of show-and-tell during which the children will present their activities and creations to their families.

Sponsored in part by the Jackson County Arts Council, the camp is designed for rising fourth- through sixth-graders.

Tuition is $80 per child, with lunch provided at the WCU dining hall. Registration is limited to the first 16 children and the deadline to register is Friday, June 3.

To register or for more information, contact WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397 or go online to www.wcu.edu/28903.asp.