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Shindig on the Green Fundraising Concert Saturday December 1

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on the Green presents its annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and mountain dulcimer music, Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features headliner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts plus mountain dulcimer virtuoso Don Pedi. The fundraising concert is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Headliner – David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Legendary musician, storyteller and four-time Grammy award winner David Holt performs with his five-piece band the Lightning Bolts, featuring an all-local line-up of instrumental superstars: Laura Boosinger on guitar, Josh Goforth on fiddle, Jeff Hersk on bass, and Byron Hedgepeth on percussion. The wide diversity of ages, styles and dynamic personalities gives David Holt and the Lightning Bolts the spark that keeps their music fresh, fun and fired up. “The musicianship is impeccable. Their concerts resonate with energy from start to finish,” says Singout! Magazine. For over thirty years, David Holt has been living in the Blue Ridge Mountains collecting and performing the songs and stories of the old-time mountaineers. His passion for traditional music and culture has fueled his successful performing and recording career. David Holt performs solo, with the Lightning Bolts, with Josh Goforth, and for over fourteen years he performed with the late legendary Doc Watson on their “Hills of Home” tour.

The exceptional line-up of the Lightning Bolts offers experience and excellent musicianship. Laura Boosinger (guitar) has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of North Carolina’s most talented singers and interpreters of the music of the Southern Appalachians through her concert performances, recordings, and Arts In Education programs. Boosinger is the Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. Josh Goforth (fiddle) is a rising star of acoustic music, the youngest three-time Fiddler of the Festival winner at Fiddler’s Grove, and a Grammy nominee. Goforth has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles, and his playing can be heard in the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. Jeff Hersk (bass) is a fixture on the local music scene, playing with several bands in local venues, at large festivals such as Merlefest, and with the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Hersk serves on staff each year for The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. And Byron Hedgepeth (percussion) is among the most versatile percussionists in the southeast, performing and recording regularly with a wide variety of artists across genres from jazz to classical to old-time music. A devoted educator, Hedgepeth implemented and developed the percussion program at UNC-Asheville in 1981 and served as Director of Percussion Studies there until 2005.

Don Pedi: For over forty years Don Pedi has amazed and delighted audiences with his unique “Fiddle-Pick” style of playing the dulcimer. Drawing on decades of association with many of the best musicians in the southern mountains, as well as his deep commitment to preserving the old music, Pedi carries on the tradition in an exciting and innovative fashion. Pedi won first place in the first contest he ever entered at the 1974 Fiddler’s Grove Festival, in Union Grove, North Carolina. Before retiring from festival competitions in 1982, he garnered over thirty first place trophies and awards. Pedi currently performs solo, as a duo with Bruce Greene or in a group with Bruce. In 2003 Don represented Appalachia at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Pedi and his music appear in the motion pictures Songcatcher and The Journey of August King. Since 1985 Don Pedi has served as an on air host at NPR affiliate station WCQS-FM in Asheville on the program, “Close to Home,” which features traditional, old-time, and classic folk music. Pedi teaches at events ranging from those with hundreds of participants, such as The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and Mountain Dulcimer Week at Western Carolina University, to his own Tao of Dulcimer Retreat, which is limited to fifteen participants.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. The December concert has a $6000 monetary goal, with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 47th summer season in 2013 is scheduled for June 29; July 6, 13, 20; and August 10, 17, 24, and 31.

The Upper Anderson Auditorium: The December 1st fundraiser takes place in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, the 300-seat theatre at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, in Montreat, NC (Exit #64 off of I-40). Parking for the event is located next to the Upper Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets: Adults $20; Children 12 and younger $10; Group Rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person.  For tickets, call Folk Heritage Committee member Judy Miller at 828-685-8313, or to reserve tickets e-mail [email protected] For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Asheville Fire Department Wants Citizen Info about Fires

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Fire Department, along with the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force, is asking citizens to please call them with any information regarding a series of fires on October 17, 2012.  There were six separate fires set that morning between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. involving newspaper boxes.  These boxes were located on Coxe Ave. near the post office, two boxes in the 81 block of Patton Ave., one near Wells Fargo Bank, one at the intersection of Haywood St. and Battery Park and one off Wall St. near the Laughing Seed Restaurant.  Video footage shows a male subject in which we need your help in identifying. Anyone remembering suspicious activity around the mentioned locations the morning of October 17th can call the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force at 828-255-5321 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050 with information.

Haunted Pool Lagoon October 27

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s time for the 11th Annual Haunted Lagoon at the Zeugner Center. Admission is a can of food to be given to the Manna Food Bank plus $2 for those who would like to swim.

If you think your costume is the best, take a shot at winning our costume contest! The costume contest begins Come on out to the Zeugie Center on October 30 for a spooky good time!at 1:30 p.m. Contestants are divided into three age categories:

  • 2 – 4 years
  • 5 – 8 years
  • 9 years and older

Prizes will be awarded in each age group. First prize awards will be given in two categories, “Scary Costumes” and “Not Scary Costumes.”

Face painting and crafts will be available from 1 until 3 p.m. For those who want to swim, the indoor pool will be open from 2 – 4 p.m. Don’t forget your swim suit, and remember to bring a bag to carry home your Halloween goodies!

For more information call The Zeugner Center at 684-5072. The Zeugner Center is located behind TC Roberson High School.

LaZoom Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos November 1

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Join LaZoom for their first annual Day of the Dead celebration on the bus. Festivities will be led by Howard Hanger and a mariachi band, on the bus. The tour is 60 minutes long, stopping at Short Street Cakes to decorate sugar skulls, a pass through Riverside Cemetery, ending at Mayfels Dia de los Muertos Celebration. All proceeds go to Asheville COLA, The Coalición de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas,  fighting for Latino immigrants rights in Western North Carolina!

Space is Limited so BOOK HERE now!!

Pumpkin Trivia

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Pumpkins seem to be everywhere in October! Here is a little pumpkin trivia for you:

  • The top pumpkin productions states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
  • Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A and can be used to make soups, pies and breads.
  • Pumpkins originated in Central America and are members of the cucurbit family.
  • The largest pumpkin grown, so far, weighed 1,818 pounds and was grown in Ormstown, Quebec, Canada.

Go PINK This Friday

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 200 thousand people will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This Friday, October 26, Buncombe County Government employees are raising awareness by wearing pink.

Please joins and put on your pink (men – this means you, too), and help us spread breast cancer awareness!

Did you know…

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) at the Buncombe County Department of Health helps to save lives of women through early detection.  The program provides free breast exams, PAP tests for cervical cancer, and mammograms for women who:

  • are between the ages of 40 to 64
  • have little or no insurance and
  • meet certain eligibility requirements (Other women ages 18 to 39 may also be eligible)

For more information about the BCCCP, call (828) 250-6006.

Fall Colors Peak at Chimney Rock, Lower Elevations Peak Next Week

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Peak fall colors are on the horizon in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Leaf peepers aiming their sights on the best color should plan a visit to see the area’s higher elevations over the next week. Lower elevations are expected to reach peak during the first week of November and could last into the second week if weather conditions are ideal. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, five scenic hiking trails with vistas like Exclamation Point and the Opera Box, rocking climbing and an annual fall photography workshop. Park admission is only $15 adult, $7 youth (ages 6-15) and free for kids under six. Weekly fall color and wildflower reports are available to help you plan your visit at chimneyrockpark.com.

Fall Color Report, 10-24-2012:

The higher elevations of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure have exploded with vibrant leaf colors, displaying remarkable color around the Chimney level.  Hiking the Skyline trail from the Chimney to Exclamation Point is quite spectacular! Golden yellows have appeared in the buckeyes, birch, beech and walnut trees.  The hickories are also starting to turn yellow. Sourwoods and some dogwoods are still bright red, and the maples are adding red to the mountains.

Some fall wildflowers, such as goldenrod and asters, continue to dot the Park’s colorful landscape. The remaining areas of green in lower elevations should benefit from an ideal 10-day forecast of sunny days and cool nights, causing a beautiful transformation of autumn colors to spread down the mountainsides. Leaf peepers visiting Chimney Rock over the next week will be rewarded with peak color at the higher elevations, with lower elevations reaching peak around the first week of November.

New Belgium’s Clips of Faith Beer and Film Festival

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Clips of Faith, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling philanthropic beer and film festival, recently wrapped up its third successful season, raising $117,656 for local nonprofits (see the city breakdowns below). Approximately 16,400 people came out for homemade films and handmade beers as the tour visited 18 cities across the country. All proceeds from beer sales benefit local nonprofit partners and over its three-year run, Clips of Faith has raised approximately $208,650.

During each event, people were able to watch amateur films, try New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beers and enjoy food from local vendors. Alternative transportation was encouraged and an average of 20 percent of attendees rode bikes to the show. In addition, each event had a zero waste goal, diverting, on average, 83 percent of the waste from landfills.

“We appreciate the hospitality we experienced in each city on the tour,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager-at-Large. “We had a fantastic lineup of films, awesome partners and we feel fortunate getting to share our nights alongside friends across the country. Our favorite part is working with our local nonprofit partners, to help them raise money for causes that better the local community.”

The creative team at New Belgium Brewing reviewed and chose the films that went on tour. All selected filmmakers received a custom New Belgium gift and had their films screened in all 18 cities.

If you are a filmmaker, or an aspiring filmmaker, and would like to be part of New Belgium’s 2013 Clips of Faith tour, entries will be accepted January 1 – April 15 at www.clipsoffaith.com.

Clips of Faith City-by-City Breakdown Grand Totals

  • $117,656 raised for nonprofits
  • Approximately 16,400 attendees
  • 20% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 83% average waste diversion rate

St. Louis, MO – May 18

  • $3,866 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 500 attendees
  • 14% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 88% average waste diversion rate

Kansas City, MO – May 31

  • $8,864 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,000 attendees
  • 12% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 82% average waste diversion rate

Bloomington, IN – June 8

  • $6,762 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,200 attendees
  • 13% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 97% average waste diversion rate

Des Moines, IA – June 15

  • $4,022 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 500 attendees
  • 7% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 91% average waste diversion rate

Madison, WI – June 21

  • $10,582 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,300 attendees
  • 47% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 95% average waste diversion rate

Boulder, CO – June 29

  • $10,421 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,600 attendees
  • 27% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 95% average waste diversion rate

Flagstaff, AZ – July 12

  • $5,149 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 500 attendees
  • 47% attendees arrived on a bike

Santa Cruz, CA – July 20

  • $7,059 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 800 attendees
  • 37% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 95% average waste diversion rate

Seattle, WA – July 27

  • $7,648 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,200 attendees
  • 11% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 79% average waste diversion rate

Portland, OR – August 3

  • $2,261 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 700 attendees
  • 25% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 81% average waste diversion rate

Davis, CA – August 10

  • $8,519 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,300 attendees
  • 25% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 89% average waste diversion rate

Missoula, MT – August 17

  • $4,670 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 750 attendees
  • 29% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 87% average waste diversion rate

Asheville, NC – September 7

  • $7,413 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1,250 attendees
  • 19% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 85% average waste diversion rate

Atlanta, GA – September 14

  • $6,189 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 900 attendees
  • 18% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 89% average waste diversion rate

Athens, GA – September 21

  • $2,455 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 500 attendees
  • 17% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 78% average waste diversion rate

Charleston, SC – September 27

  • $5,721 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 850 attendees
  • 8% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 92% average waste diversion rate

Charlotte, NC – October 5

  • $3,461 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 550 attendees
  • 6% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 84% average waste diversion rate

Knoxville, TN – October 12

  • $12,587 raised for local nonprofits
  • Approximately 1000 attendees
  • 6% attendees arrived on a bike
  • 95% average waste diversion rate

Spooky Asheville Halloween Party for Kids!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Come out to the East Asheville Library for the spooky Asheville Halloween party for kids! Saturday, October 27 at 3:30-4:30pm
East Asheville Library 902 Tunnel Road 250-4738.

Put on your best costume and bring a pumpkin or Jack-o-Lantern to enter in our Pumpkin Beauty Contest! Free. All ages welcome.

For more information, contact the library at 250-4738 or email [email protected].

Find more things to do for Halloween in Asheville.

Sign Up Now for Halloween Blood Drive

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Feeling a little dark and dismal this Halloween? Discover the joy of giving and saving lives. Have a ghoulishly good time at Pack Library’s 7th annual Halloween Blood Drive on Monday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Our need for blood is constant – and when Dracula comes to your door on Halloween; you can say you gave at the library! Please go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code buncombecounty or contact Carla at [email protected] to schedule your appointment.

All presenting donors are automatically entered into a monthly drawing for a $1000 gift card provided by the American Red Cross – and will have a chance to win one of many door prizes provided by Target, Sams Club, Malaprops Bookstore and Sensibilities Day Spa. All donors will also receive a free bag of treats to sweeten their day, while supplies last.