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Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Light up your Holiday nights at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights.

The drive through show begins Lake Julian Festival of Lights ad.Friday, December 7 and is nightly from 6 – 9 p.m. through Sunday, December 23.

The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.

The cost for this drive through presentation is $5 for a car, $10 for a van and $25 for a motor coach. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics.

Lake Julian Park is located off Long Shoals Road. For information about this event, call 684-0376 or email [email protected].

Presented by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation.

Festival of Lights Walk Thru December 5 and 6

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Lake Julian Park presents “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”* at Lake Julian Park. The first two nights of the Lake Julian Festival of Lake Julian Festival of Lights ad.Lights are for walkers only.

Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6, Lake Julian Park will become a wonderland for pedestrians – no cars allowed! Enjoy the holiday lights from a new perspective as you stroll through the brightly lit woods.

Walkers will be serenaded with live holiday music by the band Graywolf. Take time to warm yourself by the fire and toast a couple of marshmallows with the kids.

Gates open from 6 – 8 p.m. Adults admission is $5 and children get in FREE!

Wonderland Walkers should wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing and be prepared to walk over half a mile on a paved walkway. The walkway is of moderate difficulty with some inclines. Parents with young children are welcome to bring strollers or wagons. No pets please.

Lake Julian Park is in Arden, just off Long Shoals Road. Parking for “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is at Family of Faith Fellowship Church, 212 Long Shoals Road, Arden.

For more information, call (828) 684-0376 or email [email protected].

*“Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is subject to weather conditions. Lake Julian Park reserves the right to cancel the event or close the event early without notice.

Reuter Center Singers Holiday Concert Set for December 10

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Reuter Center Singers, more than 50 voices strong, present their annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

This year’s program will include a choral medley of Irving Berlin’s most beloved Christmas songs, Douglas Wagner’s arrangement of traditional Christmas songs, the rhythmic “He Come from the Glory,” and the Jewish traditional song, “Ose Shalom” (the peacemaker).

The Reuter Center Singers, a community choir based at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, perform in many community venues and will sing holiday favorites at Biltmore House on Monday, Dec. 17. The Reuter Center Singers are directed by Chuck Taft, who also serves as music director for Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre.

For more information, visit olliasheville.com or call 828.251.6140.

“Remnants of Fleeting Moments” Painting Exhibition to Open at UNC Asheville

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – “Remnants of Fleeting Moments” – an exhibit of oil paintings by UNC Asheville senior Hanna Trussler, will open with a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, in Blowers Gallery, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library.

The exhibition presents a series of multi-canvas compositions, which, Trussler says, “emulate the breakdown of memory and process of recollection. By abstracting and fracturing the scenes, the paintings present moments suspended in a state of change.”

Trussler’s works will be on view during regular library hours through Dec. 14 in the Blowers Gallery. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, call 828.251.6436.Hanna Trussler's "Fragmented Memory"

“Winter Songs” at Diana Wortham Theatre Dec 7

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville presents “Winter Songs,” the third edition of the Intersections Sing Together Series, Friday, December 7 at 6:30 pm in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. Led by local educator and recording musician, Beth Magill, “Winter Songs” is designed for family and friends to celebrate the joy of music and singing, learning seasonal songs to share with the entire family to further enjoy the warm holiday season. Mulled apple cider and cookies are included, and parents are invited to help their children cut out a snowflake to take home.

The Sing Together Series are classes offered for parents and children in a relaxing, fun environment with other residents of the Asheville community. This series is for anyone of any age or skill level who loves to sing. No experience is required. Attendants will learn several new songs devoted to the theme of the night. The full Sing Together Series is available at www.dwtheatre.com.

About the Instructor: Beth Magill is a professional flute and tin whistle musician, playing mostly Celtic/light classical and contra dance music with various musicians & bands. She is a recording session musician, teaches tin whistle to adults and children, offers workshops for parents in how to create more musical home environments for children, has written a children’s book about musical children, and teaches Musicare, a preschool music program. Having reared three very musical children herself, she adores making music with little ones and their families, and has served hundreds of children over the last eleven years by operating one of the most successful private Kindermusik studios in the North Carolina/Tennessee region. She believes that without a doubt, we are all musical, and is delighted to be able to help bring those musical gifts both adults and children possess, out into the world.
For more information: www.magills.net / www.bethmagill.com.

Fee for Intersections “Winter Songs” is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Registration is not required, but highly recommended. Register by calling the Diana Wortham Theatre Box office at (828) 257-4530. For more information regarding this event, the Intersections Series, and Diana Wortham Theatre, please visit www.dwtheatre.com.

‘Sounds of the Season’ Concert Dec. 2 at WCU

Monday, November 26th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Student and faculty musicians from Western Carolina University’s School of Music will perform at the annual “Sounds of the Season” fundraising concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Benefitting the School of Music Scholarship Fund, the concert will feature performances by the University Chorus and Concert Choir accompanied by a brass ensemble playing sections from “Gloria” by John Rutter; William Martin, WCU voice professor, singing “O, Holy Night,” accompanied by the Wind Ensemble; the Jackson County Children’s Choir, a group made up of 38 local elementary school students; as well as a holiday greeting from Chancellor David Belcher, pianist, and his wife Susan Brummel Belcher, vocalist, with their performance of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

The WCU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Clarinet Choir, Saxophonic Quartet and Early Music Ensemble also will perform.

By special arrangement, the program will close with a holiday sing-along led by Santa Claus.

“This concert will provide the audience with a wonderful opportunity to hear traditional and brand new versions of their favorite holiday music,” said Will Peebles, director of the School of Music.  “And the funds raised will help the School of Music to attract more of the finest young musicians from around the state and the nation.”

Reserved-seat tickets are available in advance from the Bardo Arts Center box office at fapac.wcu.edu or 828-227-2479; they are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty/staff/seniors (60 and older), and $5 for students and children.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

Toy Drive At Asheville Holiday Parade to Benefit NY and NJ Children

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, the volunteer behind-the-scenes force which annually spearheads Asheville‘s Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces that it will host a toy drive for New York and New Jersey children affected by the devastating Hurricane Sandy. The drive will take place during the Asheville Holiday Parade along the parade route, Saturday, November 17 at 11:00am in downtown Asheville.

Parade spectators and participants are encouraged to bring new or gently used toys with them to the parade. Folk Heritage Committee volunteers walking alongside the Committee’s float, which is entry #19 in the parade line-up, will retrieve toys for donation from the crowd along the parade route and collect them on the Committee’s float. Look for the large “Shindig on the Green” banner preceding the Committee’s float. Toys for any age group, infants through teens, will be accepted.

The Folk Heritage Committee is researching organizations in NY and NJ that will distribute these toys for the holidays to families affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on October 29. Widespread flooding and damage to households, businesses and infrastructure, plus losses due to business interruption, make Superstorm Sandy one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.

The volunteer not-for-profit Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce 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. For more information or to contact the Folk Heritage Committee, e-mail [email protected], leave a message on the Folk Heritage Info Line at 828.258-6101 x345, or visit www.folkheritage.org.

Asheville is America’s First Green Dining Destination

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – For the first time ever, one of America’s cities, Asheville, North Carolina, has earned the official designation of being a Green Dining Destination.  This achievement means that locals, tourists, and businesspeople can dine at a plethora of Certified Green Restaurants throughout Asheville. This accomplishment was driven by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR), and the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute (BRSI), who formed a local Coalition to encourage more environmentally sustainable practices within the city’s restaurants.

This month, Asheville has met and exceeded its goal of having 15 Certified Green Restaurants throughout the city, all of which have met the GRA’s rigorous certification standards. As the 16th restaurant in Asheville recently earned its certification, the Coalition has now reached its goal of Asheville becoming the nation’s first Green Dining Destination.

Mayor Terry M. Bellamy Proudly States: 

“I am both proud and honored that the Green Restaurant Association has designated Asheville as America’s first Green Dining Destination™. Asheville’s 15 Certified Green Restaurants are leading the way toward zero waste, energy independence, and sustainable food… When you visit Asheville you will have an amazing selection of extraordinary green restaurants.”

“The Asheville area prides itself on a food culture that embraces fresh, innovative cuisine that integrates product from local growers and artisan food producers,” Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Stephanie Brown noted.  “The prestigious designation of “Green Dining Destination” is an accomplishment that adds to Asheville’s reputation as a distinctive culinary destination.”

All of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurant have met the GRA’s rigorous certification standards by earning at least 100 GreenPoints in the categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals, and disposables. Additionally, each Certified Green Restaurant has eliminated use of polystyrene foam, (aka StyroFoam), and has implemented a full-scale recycling program.

The 16 Certified Green Restaurants in the city are:

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge Homegrown
Laughing Seed Cafe, Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Plant Restaurant Neo Cantina
Posana Cafe Rosetta’s Kitchen
Strada Italiano The Corner Kitchen
The Green Sage The Green Sage South
Tupelo Honey Café Tupelo Honey Cafe South
Cedric’s Tavern on the Biltmore Estate Bouchon

“We are thrilled to be one of the Certified Green Restaurants that has helped Asheville become the nation’s first Green Dining Destination,” says Randy Tally from The Green Sage.

Leslie H. Armstrong from Plant Restaurant adds, “Our customers care greatly about the environmental impact of the restaurants they visit. Because our menu is exclusively plant-based, our ecological footprint is inherently light. As a Certified Green Restaurant, we’re pleased that we can provide transparent details about how we’ve become even more environmentally sustainable across our operations.”

Green-minded consumers can easily locate the continually expanding list of Certified Green Restaurants online by visiting DinegreenAsheville.com, which also features the detailed environmental accomplishments of each location. Further, on the website, diners can learn more about the environmental impact of the restaurant industry, and encourage even more local restaurants to go green.

For those with mobile devices, an Asheville Certified Green RestaurantFinder mobile app is available for download at the top of DinegreenAsheville.com and will soon be accessible in the Apple and Android app stores. The app was created by Squiggle IT and features map-based and cuisine-based green restaurant searches, allowing you to identify the perfect Certified Green Restaurant in Asheville to suit your culinary mood.

Online Features Include:

  • The first interactive map of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurants
  • Certified Green Restaurant listings
  • Green Label Transparency Tools showing each Asheville Certified Green Restaurant’s itemized environmental steps and GreenPoints
  • Downloadable Suggestion Cards to encourage more restaurants to go green
  • Education on the environmental impact of the restaurant industry
  • Media content about Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurants

“As a Green Dining Destination, Asheville truly satisfies the 79% of people who prefer to dine at Certified Green Restaurants,” says Michael Oshman, CEO and Founder of the Green Restaurant Association. “We are proud of Asheville’s Certified Green Restaurants, and we are proud to have worked with AIR and BRSI to help Asheville achieve this historic accomplishment.  Conventions, tourists, and locals can now know that Asheville is truly a Green Dining Destination.”

About the Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is a national non-profit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants mark in the country. For 22 years, the GRA has pioneered the Green Restaurant movement and has been the leading voice within the industry encouraging restaurants to listen to consumer demand and green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With their turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it easy for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in a profitable manner. The GRA is endorsed by scores of national environmental organizations such as NRDC, and esteemed trade organizations including the New York State Restaurant Association, Orange County Restaurant Association and America Public Garden Association. The GRA is also an Energy Star partner. In 2010, CitySearch announced the GRA as their official Green Restaurant® listing partner. The GRA has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR and in The new York Times and The Washington Post. For more information, visit www.dinegreen.com

About the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute

The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute is a Western North Carolina non-profit that applies scientific research and advanced systems approaches to encourage fresh ideas in government and industry as well as providing practical tools for policymakers, educators, community activists, and entrepreneurs. Embracing a mission of ‘Knowledge into Action’, BRSI focuses on education, advocacy and action in support of regional, national, and international sustainability initiatives. For more information about BRSI, please contact [email protected] or visit www.blueridgesustainability.org.

About the Asheville Independent Restaurant

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) has a mission to unite the independent restaurant community of Asheville NC as committed to local people, local philanthropies, local businesses, local food and the local economy, with a promise to preserve the authenticity of our mountain home through genuine food and signature hospitality. For more information about becoming a member restaurant or business partner of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association, please contact [email protected], or visit www.airasheville.org.

Holiday Book Giving Tree

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Give a book to a child.ASHEVILLE NC – Please help make a Fairview child’s holidays bright with the gift of reading. Beginning November 5, visit the Fairview Library and select a card with pertinent information about a child (gender, grade/reading level).

Purchase a book ($10 minimum retail value) for that child and return it to the Fairview Library by December 14. If you prefer, you can donate $10 and the Friends of the Fairview Library will do the shopping for you.

The Giving Tree will place books in the hands of children.  Please help us make this project a success.

For more information, contact the library at 250-6484 or email [email protected].

Celebrate the Holidays with Lighting of the Green at A-B Tech

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech will usher in the holidays with its third annual Lighting of the Green Dec 4-18, featuring historic homes on the Asheville campus, decorated for the season. Community members are invited to ride through campus and view the lights from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.

Fernihurst, an 1870s mansion once the center of social activity for the township of Victoria, will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 11, 14 and 18 for free tours, light refreshments and entertainment. This year’s entertainment will include the A-B Tech Drama Department, the A-B Tech Music Department, the A.C. Reynolds High School Madrigal Singers under the direction of Janis Dellinger Bryant and the Erwin High School choral group Glenalough under the direction of Bob Johnson.  Santa will pay a visit Dec. 18 along with other family-friendly activities.

Fernihurst was built in 1876 by Colonel John Kerr Connally and his wife, Alice Thomas Connally, and named after the Kerr ancestral castle in Scotland.  The Connallys enjoyed entertaining and would host as many as 500 guests at their parties. Legend has it that George Vanderbilt attended one of the parties and was so impressed with the views from the house, he asked to purchase the property to build his own house.  When the Connallys refused, Vanderbilt purchased all the land on either side of the two rivers.  He also purchased land adjacent to the Connally property and built six houses, including five rental properties – the remaining of which is Sunnicrest, which houses the Human Resources Department of A-B Tech. Sunnicrest will also be decorated and open to the public during the “Lighting of the Green.”