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Paint4theCure Paintings to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – From Army green to painting pink, Adrienne van Dooren did an “about face” from Intelligence officer to Philanthropic Artist in support of breast cancer awareness.

At first one notices only a beautiful painting, but upon closer study, it becomes apparent that each oil painting includes a subtly crossed pink ribbon representing the deeper purpose and meaning of the art.

The paintings draw the strong parallel between the femininity and strength required for dance, and that which is required to battle breast cancer.

“I’ve been touched very personally by breast cancer and wanted to use my art to make a difference.”  Says artist, Adrienne van Dooren. “The art raises awareness for mammograms and self-checks as well as the need to donate to breast cancer research.” A portion of profits are also donated to breast cancer research.

One patron explains that she bought the art in memory of her mother who she wanted to honor in her home décor. “I looked on-line, but all that was available was the breast cancer symbol and I wanted something more subtle.” Others, like Asheville Ballet’s Founder, Ann Dunn, love the paintings because they depict ballet shoes and dancers. All agree the paintings are beautiful.

Adrienne began painting at 42 after completing a 20-year Army career. Within 5 years she was inducted into the prestigious International Salon of Artists. Her work has been shown from Denmark to Dubai and is very popular among collectors. Adrienne has been featured on NBC House Smarts, HGTV Ideas, Costco Connection, The Washington Post, Romantic Homes, Decorating Solutions, More Magazine and dozens of other media.

Adrienne’s past art projects and book, The House that Faux Built” have helped raise over $100,000 dollars for multiple charities over the last 10 years. Paint4the cure is expected to raise several thousand for breast cancer awareness projects and buyers may designate either a national or local breast cancer charity.

Adrienne’s art can be previewed on www.paint4thecure.com  or on the 2d floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Meet the Artist at the opening reception of the Solo Art Exhibition: “Painting for the Cure,” which will be held Friday, October 5th from 6-8pm at The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC, 28803.

Biltmore’s Big Cool-Off

Monday, September 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – After the warmest 12-month period ever recorded in U.S. history since modern record-keeping began in 1895, we’re all ready for a big cool down… and Biltmore’s a great place to experience the changes of the season.

When Biltmore’s trees shift from summertime deep greens to hues of yellow, bronze and red, the air grows crisper and temperatures dip. And from what we’ve seen this year in terms of rainfall, 2012 should not disappoint leaf peepers who love a colorful show, says Parker Andes, Biltmore’s director of horticulture.

“We’ve had plenty of moisture through mid-summer. That means healthy trees,” says Andes.

Biltmore’s Walled Garden transitions from a riot of tropical plants to chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones, laid out in symmetrical patterns. The estate’s forests become a tapestry of ruby, amber, gold and amethyst.

Starting in mid-September, Biltmore website visitors can check for weekly updates from Andes on how things are coloring up on the estate at www.biltmore.com.

Music, food, history

In addition to taking in nature’s colorful show, Biltmore offers several special events during fall.

The annual Biltmore Concert Series

The series kicked off in August and continues with live performances by The Lettermen (Sept. 28), David Cassidy (Oct. 5), Mary Wilson (Oct. 12) and the Gatlin Brothers (Oct. 19).  The shows take place at Diana at Biltmore.  www.biltmore.com/concerts

Music and Wine Weekends

Join us as we celebrate NC Wine month with live music, grape stomps, culinary demonstrations and barrel tastings at Antler Hill Village & Winery. This event is included in estate admission. Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 7-30. www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/wine-weekends.as

A Moveable Feast

Enjoy an outdoor feast inspired by the bounty of the land on Oct. 13. Our Hunter’s Harvest Dinner will be held on the lawn of the Rampe Douce, with spectacular views of Biltmore House. Tickets are $185 per person and include tax and gratuity. Rain date is Oct. 14. www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/moveable-feast.asp

For reservations, call (828) 257-5995.

“The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

Experience an intimate look at historic Biltmore and the family who created it in our exhibition, “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad.” Included in your Biltmore admission, this exhibition in the Legacy building at Antler Hill Village sheds light on the time the Vanderbilts spent together as a family at Biltmore and beyond. www.biltmore.com/visit/calendar/legacy-exhibition.asp

Inn on Biltmore Estate

Indulge in special Labor Day Weekend packages and Concert Series packages in which you “stay over” after a day on the estate. www.biltmore.com/stay/

Ticket specials

Value for Two: Save 20 percent when you buy two admission tickets to Biltmore, two audio tour guides and a lunch dining voucher for $145 Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. The dining voucher is for a meal at The Stable Cafe and covers two lunch entrees, two non-alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity. This is a $38 savings based on original retail value of $183.

Ticket specials are available for early bookings via the Biltmore website at www.biltmore.com.

Tickets may also be purchased on-site at the Welcome Center.

Seniors receive $10 off gate pricing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. www.biltmore.com/buy_tickets/admission.asp


City Meeting about Municipal Golf Course

Monday, September 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville staff and representatives from Pope Golf will host an informational meeting on Monday, September 17 at the Public Works Building located at 161 South Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville.  The meeting will run from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

An introduction will be given by Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Director Roderick Simmons after which the public will be invited to visit stations and speak to representatives concerning the transition of Municipal Golf Course management from the City of Asheville to Pope Golf.

The public is invited to drop-in any time between 6 – 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the decision-making process related to the management of the Municipal Golf Course, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/projects and navigate to Municipal Golf Course.

Moogfest Presents Invisible The New Obsolete

Monday, September 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Moogfest announces Moogfest and the Asheville Art Museum are pleased to present Invisible: The New Obsolete. Amidst a sprawling landscape of invented instruments, repurposed thrift shop electronics and six channels of video, Invisible presents their 2012 work, The New Obsolete. In the performance, both typewriter and typist are reimagined via the Selectric Piano—an IBM typewriter that mechanically controls a piano—allowing the skills of a professional typist to become the talent of a lead instrumentalist.

Formed in Greensboro in 2006, Invisible is artist and instrument maker Mark Dixon, musician and video producer Bart Trotman, professional typist Jodi Staley, multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Henderson and electronics wizard Fred Snider. Invisible’s unique combination of installation art with musical performance has found warm reception at southeastern venues including the NC Museum of Art, the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, SECCA, The Ackland Museum of Art, CAM Raleigh and the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington.

Join us on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 for performances from 1 – 2 PM and 3 – 4 PM.

Moogfest passholders can enjoy a reduced ticket price of $6 ($10 for the general public). For full ticketing details click here.

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day Sept 29

Monday, September 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The theme of “journeys” will be one often repeated this year as Western Carolina University’s 38thannual festival of traditional mountain culture, Mountain Heritage Day, gets under way on campus Saturday, Sept. 29.

Straight from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the exhibit “Journey Stories” will be open for public viewing at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center as the festival begins at 10 a.m. Two other journey-related activities will take place at the festival’s Circle Tent – a musical jam session featuring train songs and a program focusing on local journey stories, presented by the Jackson County Historical Society and WCU public history students.

Those activities just add to the rich variety of arts and crafts, music, clogging, folk arts, contests and other activities that make Mountain Heritage Day an all-encompassing event when it comes to traditional mountain culture, said festival coordinator Trina Royar of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Speaking of journeys, a local band has been traveling across the nation and making a name for itself as one of America’s top bluegrass ensembles. Western North Carolina’s own Balsam Range will present two shows at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day. The group will perform at 10:45 a.m. on the Balsam Stage and 3:15 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage.

Mountain Heritage Day activities, including stage performances, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of the 5-K race, which begins at 8 a.m., and registration for the chain saw contest, which starts at 9 a.m. All festival events are held on fields around the Cordelia Camp Building, in parking lots and grassy areas around the Camp Building, and in the nearby Mountain Heritage Center, which is located on the ground floor of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.


Visitors at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day will find more than100 booths of juried arts and crafts, providing a perfect opportunity for local residents to get in some early holiday shopping, Royar said. Items for sale will include basketry, ceramics, corn-shuck art, fiber arts, furniture, glasswork, gourd art, jewelry, leather work, metalwork, painting and photography.

More than 25 food vendors will be offering temping dishes such as Cherokee fry bread, barbecue, ice cream, homemade fried pies, kettle corn, fried grits balls, turkey legs, pork rinds in multiple flavors and other treats.


The traditional Cherokee game of stickball always draws a big crowd at the festival, and the Snowbird Stickball Team from Graham County will make its third appearance at Mountain Heritage Day to demonstrate that ancient sport at 11 a.m.

Another Native American tradition will be featured at 1 p.m., when team members will join with their female associates in playing the courtship game of “Fish.” The team also will demonstrate the use of Cherokee blowguns at 3 p.m.


For diehard fans of traditional music and clogging, the Balsam and Blue Ridge stages at Mountain Heritage Day present somewhat of a dilemma because both stages present the region’s best traditional music pickers and singers in free performances all day. In addition to the previously mentioned Balsam Range, performers will include the Queen Family, the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Mountain Faith, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, the Tried Stone Gospel Choir, the Deitz Family, Phil and Gaye Johnson, and the Jeff Little Trio, among others. This will be the first appearance at the festival for the Jeff Little Trio, which will perform two times – at 12:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. – on the Blue Ridge Stage. Little has received widespread acclaim for his distinctive two-hand style of piano playing that has been heavily influenced by the flat-picking guitar tradition of the Southern Appalachians and his work with the late Doc Watson.

Clogging fans will want to check out performances throughout the day by the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Cole Mountain Cloggers and J Creek Cloggers.

Mountain Heritage Day’s musical lineup won’t be limited to the two stages. Visitors also will have an opportunity to see some rapid-fire picking up close and personal at the Circle Tent, where musicians trade tunes and tales in a more intimate setting. In addition to a jam session featuring train songs, area musicians will be showcased in gatherings focusing on the fiddle and banjo.

Other musical performances that have been a part of every Mountain Heritage Day will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., when singers from around the region will gather to demonstrate the sacred mountain tradition of shaped-note singing. The singing will take place in the gymnasium adjacent to the Cordelia Camp Building, with participants singing from the “Sacred Harp” and “Christian Harmony” hymnals.


WCU’s museum of Appalachian culture, the Mountain Heritage Center, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mountain Heritage Day to allow festival visitors to view the Smithsonian’s “Journey Stories” exhibit, another new exhibit focusing on Horace Kephart, and other exhibits and displays.

The museum also will host a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 1:30 p.m. “The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010.  The inspiration for the show came from Carden’s own childhood in Sylva, when he was one of many children who was entertained by listening to the town elders’ tall tales and jokes at the local “liars bench.” The show cast will present “Osley Saunooke: Colorful Chief of the Cherokees,” featuring Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach, singer-songwriter Barbara Duncan, claw-hammer guitarist Paul Iarussi and the Boys from Tuckasegee.


Mountain Heritage Day organizers continue their emphasis on providing activities for children, and the festival Children’s Tent will provide fun and educational sessions throughout the day thanks to the sponsorship of F. Patrick McGuire Dentistry.

Youngsters can learn to make old-fashioned toys and take part in other heritage activities beginning at 10 a.m. Lloyd Arneach will share Cherokee stories at noon. Other activities geared toward children will be held throughout the afternoon featuring Marc Pruett, banjo player for Balsam Range; participants from the Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians Program; and the Cole Mountain Cloggers. More heritage activities will be offered at 3 p.m.


Throughout its history, Mountain Heritage Day always has been a showcase for the authentic folk arts and skills of the mountain region. This year will be no exception, with demonstrations such as Cherokee basket-making, coppersmithing, broom-making, chair-making, corn-shuck crafts and wood carving from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of festival activities, Peter Koch, educational associate at the Mountain Heritage Center, will demonstrate the loading and firing of a black powder flintlock rifle at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Living history demonstrations at the festival, all sponsored by Frontier Communications, will include the presentation of an 18th-century hunter’s camp with hide-tanning, 18th-century knives, powder horn carving, a gunsmith, Windsor chair-making, and a demonstration of draft horses and mules at work with free wagon rides for kids.


Area residents who own vintage automobiles will be driving them to Mountain Heritage Day to show them off in the festival auto show, which will begin at 10 a.m. Top winners will receive a plaque and a free oil change and tire rotation package from Andy Shaw Ford.

Some festival attendees will arrive on the WCU campus dressed in their best traditional mountain outfits with plans to enter traditional attire contests held for both children and adults, while some of the male visitors who have been dodging the razor for a while will want to enter the beard and moustache competition. Those contests will begin about 12:15 p.m. on the Balsam Stage.

Always a spectator favorite at Mountain Heritage Day, the woodcutting contest, with chain saws and crosscut saws, will begin at 10 a.m. in a grassy area at the corner of Centennial Drive and University Way. Entries from the festival traditional foods contest will be on display all day, with the winners recognized about 12:15 p.m. on the Balsam Stage, and several hundred runners are expected to gather for the 5-K, which will begin and end at WCU’s McKee Building.

Also, as is the custom at every Mountain Heritage Day, WCU will present its Mountain Heritage Awards for 2012 to one individual and one organization in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the preservation or interpretation of the history and culture of Southern Appalachia. That presentation will take place at 1 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage, along with recognition of arts and crafts award winners and the recipient of the Eva Adcock Award.


Mountain Heritage Day goes on, rain or shine, and admission and parking are free. Pets are not allowed on festival grounds, but service animals are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating during stage presentations. Shuttles operate throughout the day, with stops at designated locations.

For more information about Mountain Heritage Day, go to MountainHeritageDay.com on the Web or call 828-227-7129.

WCU Holding MBA Sessions in Asheville

Monday, September 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in business administration will hold information sessions for prospective students at WCU’s new instructional site in Biltmore Park Town Square in south Asheville during September and October.

Information sessions will be held at the new facility, located at 28 Schenck Parkway, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Room 336, and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Room 337.

Program director Steve Ha and program coordinator Kelly McIntyre will lead the information sessions and discuss the advantages of WCU’s “hands-on” MBA, which focuses on the unique challenges facing the region and its economy.

The program accepts both full-time and part-time students, and the degree can be completed in 34 months on a part-time track, or 16 months on a full-time track. Courses are taught at the Biltmore Park Town Square location.

There are no prerequisites aside from two weeks of intensive review sessions. WCU’s program is designed to be integrative and interdisciplinary with a goal of creating independent, lifelong learners who are “business ready” to assume leadership positions, Ha said.

Each event will include a presentation and question-and-answer session. Individuals who plan to attend a session are asked to register by emailing [email protected]. Prospective students who want to schedule an individual appointment should send an email to the same address.

For more information, contact McIntyre at 828-654-6533 or the WCU Programs at Biltmore Park office at 828-654-6498.

Diana Wortham Theatre Announces Performance of The Giver

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Who: The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Stage Presentation of The Giver by Lois Lowry

When: October 23, 2012 • 8:00pm

Where: Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place

Ticket Prices: Regular $25; Students $20; Child $15

Student Rush day-of-the-show (with valid ID) $10

Info/Tickets: Box Office (828) 257-4530 · www.dwtheatre.com

Tickets on sale August 21st


Beloved for its ability to spark the imagination of audiences of all ages, The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Series presents Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning novel The Giver in a compelling stage production at Diana Wortham Theatre on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. This relevant, deeply moving and beautifully directed stage adaptation performed by veteran New York actor Mara Stephens hits home as it brings The Giver to life in an atmosphere of discovery. The evening presentation of The Giver on Tuesday October 23 is in addition to three Mainstage Matinee Series performances on October 23 and 24, which are all sold out with waiting lists.

Lois Lowry’s groundbreaking tale The Giver introduces audiences to Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy living in a dystopian world where all is the same, who is selected to receive the memories of a far different life. As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the audience. Featuring a popular thought-provoking interactive discussion session pre- and post-performance, The Giver challenges audience members to explore themes including individuality, ethics and social constructs.

The book, originally published in 1993, was the recipient of the 1994 Newbery Medal for Literature and is due for release as a major motion picture in 2013. A Literature to Life® Award winner, The Giver was adapted in 2009 and marked the first young adult novel on the Literature to Life® roster.  Newly adapted by Associate Artistic Director Elise Thoron, this piece features sixty minutes of solo-performance and focuses on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.

Mara Stephens is a graduate of University of Vermont and has been performing on Broadway, off Broadway and regionally for the past 15 years. Her first professional show in 1995 was “Coming Through” with The American Place Theater, directed by Wynn Handman. She was in the original cast of the Broadway musical, Titanic. Her stage career has included performances in venues and workshops across the country, and she has appeared in film and television in Law & Order, Slings & Arrows, Cold Feet, and King of the Corner.

The American Place Theatre, now in its fiftieth season, is one of the nation’s first non-commercial, Off-Broadway theaters. Conceived in 1963, the theatre has received over 30 Village Voice OBIE Awards for Off-Broadway theatrical productions and 16 Audience Development Committee (AUDELCO) Awards, which recognize excellence in black theatre. It is critically acclaimed as a birthing place for artistic endeavors at the crossroads of literature and live performance. Literature to Life®, The American Place Theatre’s performance-based literacy program that premiered in 1992, presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works. This educational program gives audiences a new form of access to literature by bringing to life the world of books with compelling stage performances. Says acclaimed actress Meryl Streep of the program, “A generation of Americans is leaving reading behind. The American Place Theatre has an extraordinary program that is doing something about it.”

Intersections Book Club: The first meeting of the Intersections Book Club is October 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre to discuss The Giver. The discussion is casual and provides an opportunity for book lovers to talk about the concepts of the novel and to meet fellow patrons and book lovers. The only requirement is to read the book before arriving. The discussion is open and provided free of charge to the public. Please RSVP by calling 828-210-9837 or e-mailing [email protected]

Pre-show discussions: For insight and increased enjoyment of the presentation, ticket holders can attend a free pre-performance discussion in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre at 7:00 p.m. before the 8:00 p.m. performance

The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life®Asheville performance of The Giver is made possible by Performance Sponsors Carol & Bob Deutsch, and by Mainstage Theatre Series Sponsors First Citizens Bank and Ward and Smith, P.A., with additional support from Media Sponsors WCQS 88.1 FM and WNC magazine.

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.

New Belgium Brewing’s Asheville Clips of Faith Stop Raised $7,500

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Clips of Faith, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling beer and film festival, raised $7,500 at its Asheville stop on September 7, up more than $5,000 from last year. The evening could not have been more perfectly suited for a movie under the stars with about 1,250 people coming out to enjoy the films. All proceeds from the stop will go to Asheville on Bikes, which cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within Asheville through celebration and advocacy.

This was the 13th stop for the 2012 national tour, now in its third year. The tour will travel to 18 cities this year, showcasing amateur films while pouring beer from the hard-to-find Lips of Faith series, as well as a few popular New Belgium classics. Each stop along the tour features an outdoor screening of the collected films, a tasting of New Belgium’s beers and food from local vendors.

Details from the Asheville, North Carolina, event:

WHERE: Pack Square Park

WHEN: Friday, September 7

ATTENDANCE: 1,250 film and beer enthusiasts, up more than 500 attendees from last year

MONEY RAISED: $7,500, up more than $5,000 from last year

PROCEEDS GOING TO: Asheville on Bikes, www.ashevilleonbikes.com


Visit www.clipsoffaith.com to learn more about Clips of Faith and www.newbelgium.com for more information on New Belgium Brewing.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.

Early Voting Sites Announced

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Early voting begins Thursday, October 18 and ends Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. During Early Voting, voters in Buncombe County may cast their ballots for the 2012 General Election at any of the sites listed on the attached below.

New residents of Buncombe County can register and vote the same day if they can provide proof of residence with their correct name and address in Buncombe County.  Existing voters may update their current registration with name and/or address changes.

Early voting is a great way to avoid the long lines of Election Day.  Remember, voters can vote at any Early Voting site in the county.  This is very different than Election Day in which voters must vote in their assigned precinct.

The hours for Early Voting will be as follows:

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Oct. 20 & 27: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Nov. 3:  8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Four libraries will also offer Sunday voting on Octobert 21 & 28 from 1 to 6 p.m.  They are:

  • North Asheville Library
  • South Asheville Library
  • West Asheville Library
  • Black Mountain Library

If you have any questions, please visit us on the web at voter.buncombecounty.org or call Election Services at 828-250-4200.

Reed Creek Greenway Ribbon Cutting Celebration Sept. 8

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Greenway Commission and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club invite the media and public to celebrate the opening of a new section of the Reed Creek Greenway on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 11:00 a.m. near the corner of Cauble and Broadway Streets.  The Reed Creek Greenway runs parallel to Broadway from Cauble Street to Catawba Street and offers a non-motorized transportation and recreation option to connect North Asheville and Montford to downtown Asheville.

The celebration will include a ribbon cutting by Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, an appearance by cyclist and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Tamayo and a guided walking tour of the greenway by the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.

Following the ceremony, Lauren and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club will host a community ride along the greenway. Bicycle enthusiasts can also enjoy an earlier ride with the club from Carrier Park to the greenway opening. For information about those rides, go to club Facebook page, www.facebook.com/blueridge.bicycleclub or to their events calendar, http://plus.calendars.net/blueridgebikes

Attendees who are able to walk, ride in a stroller, bicycle, carpool or take ART Transit to the greenway are encouraged to share how they arrived using multimodal transportation options.  Parking will be available at the Eblen Short Stop at 425 Broadway.

While approximate 4.5 miles of greenway trails are currently open to residents, a 15 mile greenway system composed of 12 interconnected corridors is outlined in the City’s Greenway master Plan. The City of Asheville’s expanded greenway, bike lane, sidewalk, and ART transit system are all efforts underway as part of City’s multimodal transportation efforts and as well as the City Council’s 2012 Strategic Goals.