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Come on Out for A Great Shindig!

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – It sure has been a rainy week here in Asheville, but Shindig is still on for tonight! Come on down to Pack Squre Park in downtown Asheville Saturday, July 14th, for some top-notch bluegrass and old-time music, and the authentic dance of styles of Southern Appalachia.

Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, and instruments (for those that want to join a jam session) and join us “along about sundown” (or around 7pm for folks that wear a watch) for Shindig. See you there!

Dance line-up, Saturday July 14:

• Fines Creek Flat Footers

• Dixie Darlins

• Smokey Mountain Stompers

Scholarships for Displaced/Unemployed Workers

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Wells Fargo Project New Futures Scholarship is accepting applications until Aug. 3 from A-B Tech students who have been laid off and/or are unemployed and are enrolled in a curriculum program.

Applicants must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and demonstrate a financial need by completing the FAFSA. Apply online at https://abt.starsscholarshipsonline.com/stars/. The A-B Tech Foundation requires applicants to submit two recommendation forms.

For more information, contact Leronica Casey (828) 398-7562 or [email protected]


“Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid” at UNC Asheville

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Dave Erb, who has worked on developing electric and hybrid electric vehicles for more than two decades, will give a talk, “Making a Case for the DG PV EV: Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in Robinson Hall 125 on the UNC Asheville campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

“While a sustainable mobility future could take many forms,” said Erb, “most knowledgeable auto industry leaders now believe that energy supply and cost considerations make electric vehicles (EVs) a crucial and inevitable component of our future transportation system.”

Erb will discuss the advantages of energizing EVs using solar energy collected with photovoltaic (PV) panels in a distributed generation (DG) power grid. A member of the Mechatronics Engineering faculty at UNC Asheville, Erb is an experienced EV racer and has developed vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, alcohol and natural gas as well as electricity. He is also the vice chair of the City of Asheville Transit Commission.

Erb’s talk is presented by the WNC Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the UNC Asheville Mechatronics Engineering Program. The sponsoring organizations invite interested members of the public to join them for dinner at 5:30 p.m., July 19, in the Dining Hall at UNC Asheville’s University Hall. Diners are responsible to purchase their own meals.

For more information, contact Dave Erb at 828.258.7659 or [email protected].

Folk Heritage Committee Announces Sale of Historic Dulcimer

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces the sale of a historic “Sams” dulcimer, handcrafted by celebrated Western North Carolina woodworker, James David Sams, Jr. Mounted in a beautiful display frame, the dulcimer is accompanied by another historic item: a turkey quill used by renowned Western North Carolina balled singer and dulcimer player, Virgil Sturgill. Both the dulcimer and the turkey quill were donated by Glenn and Evelyn Bannerman of the Folk Heritage Committee. The price for this historic display has been set at $2,000.00 and interested parties may direct their inquiries to the Folk Heritage Committee by emailing: [email protected] or by calling the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x 345. Proceeds from the sale of the dulcimer benefit the Folk Heritage Committee and its programs.

The Sams dulcimer is a one-of-a-kind instrument. It features wooden tuning pegs and hand-carved scroll. The craftsman’s name, “Sams,” is carved into the wood of the headstock. Both the Sams dulcimer and Virgil Sturgill’s turkey quill are housed in an attractive display created by BlackBird Frame & Art. The cover of the display opens so that the dulcimer and quill can be removed for playing. The dulcimer will not be on display at Shindig on the Green, but it will be showcased in the gallery at BlackBird Frame & Art at 365 Merrimon Ave. in Asheville.

Dulcimer maker James (Jim) Sams, Jr. was a woodworker from Enka, North Carolina, a small community just west of Asheville. In 1965, his focus turned to the dulcimer craft. It is unknown how many dulcimers Jim Sams created before his death but many were originally sold at Heathside Crafts, a co-op located between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC where Appalachian artisans could market their wares.

Celebrated Appalachian balladeer and dulcimer player, Virgil Sturgill brought his acclaimed style of folk singing and lore to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 1946 when he relocated from Carter County, Kentucky. Sturgill performed at the Folk Heritage Committee’s own Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the Asheville Freedom Festival, the Swannanoa Valley Folk Festival, the Virginia Music Festival, and the Asheville Folk Festival. Sturgill performed on radio and television programs in the 1950’s, including national broadcasts on ABC and CBS networks. His musical folklore was often accompanied by dulcimer, which he played with a Turkey feather.

The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events each year in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

For more info about the Folk Heritage Committee, the Sams dulcimer, Shindig on the Green, or the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x 345.

Get Local Gets Berry Cool This July

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – One can’t-miss sign of summer? Bold berries – from nearly-black blackberries to blue-hued blueberries to rosy-red raspberries—which are popping up now at area farmers tailgate markets and on the menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants. Local wineberries and mulberries can be found, too. All get the spotlight in ASAP’s Get Local this month.

Mulberries are intriguing to Greg and Ashley Garrison of The Hop, who, along with Kevin and Lucia Barnes of Ultimate Ice Cream, are teaming up with ASAP to celebrate berries. The Garrisons are in the process of seeking out unique-tasting mulberries and blueberries from local farmers to incorporate into their ice cream. They already purchase black and red raspberries and blackberries from J Bee Farm (formerly Jordan Blackley Farm) in Candler.

The Barnes regularly purchase their berries from Imladris Farm in Fairview, but, like the Garrisons, are open to featuring more unusual local berries and almost any local ingredient in their ice creams. “We’re always game for trying something,” says Kevin. “We love buying from people we have relationships with, but also the quality of local product is so far superior.”

Ultimate will host Get Local berry ice cream socials at both of their Asheville locations on July 12, 12:30-8 pm. The Hop will host socials at both of their Asheville locations on July 19, 11 am-10 pm. The events will also be a chance to meet their farmers and purchase more farm-fresh treats. Laura Blackley of J Bee will set up at The Hop on Merrimon, while Walter Harrill of Imladris will vend at Ultimate on Tunnel Road. Both ice cream parlors will donate 10% of the days’ sales to ASAP.

Of course, other local Appalachian Grown restaurant partners around the region are also berry happy about the Get Local focus. Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock has created two summer berry salad specials for their July menu: a berry salad, which features local blackberries and blueberries, and a prune and prosciutto salad topped with local blueberries.


ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.