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Tailgate Tents Going Up

Monday, March 31st, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Yes, it is spring. One way to know for sure, even with the confusing cold and snow? Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the harvest season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what is growing in your community at local tailgate markets. At early spring markets, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm items like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. Markets listed are all members of the Mountain Tailgate Market Association (MTMA), a collaborative group of farmer- and vendor-only area markets. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgates in the region, including their season start dates (a new feature for 2014!), visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2014 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

MTMA Opening Dates

Asheville City Market: April 5, Saturdays

8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 2, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: May 31, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 3, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 9, Fridays 3-6 pm

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: April 17, Thursdays 3-6 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 2, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 26, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: March 15, Saturdays 7 am-12 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 6, Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: March 29, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 5, Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 3, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: April 23, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 8, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 7, Wednesdays 2-5 pm

Transylvania Tailgate Market: April 19, Saturdays 8 am-12:00 pm

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 14, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 9, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 8, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 19, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm


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.

Biltmore Village Beer, Bites, and Bands

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Restaurants and breweries in Historic Biltmore Village have come together to create a new and unique event. Two local breweries and 8 local restaurants have joined together to promote ”Beer, Bites, and Bands” to be held April 4 & 5 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the two brewery locations.

On both evenings, customers will have the opportunity to sample craft beers from Catawba Brewing Company located at 19 Brook Street and French Broad Brewery located at 101 Fairview Street.  In addition to the beer, food from eight different Biltmore Village restaurants will be provided along with live music.

On Friday night, at both brewery locations, food will be featured by:  Moe’s Original BarBQue, Village Wayside, Corner Kitchen and Fig’s Bistro.

Friday night’s entertainment at French Broad will be Todd Cecil & Black South and

Eleanor Underhill & Friendsat Catawba Brewing Company.

Saturday night’s fare will be provided by The Cantina, Katuah Marketplace, Ruth’s Chris and Rezaz.  Performing at French Broad on Saturday will be Tina and Her Pony, while John Henry’s Jazz Band will be performing at  Catawaba Brewing.

The ticket price of $25 per person, per night includes 3 flights of beer, food, commemorative T-shirt and music at both breweries.  Tickets are limited to 100 for each night.

Tickets will be available at www.eventbrite.com and at the breweries.  For more information, please go to www.historicbiltmorevillage.com.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging. It’s the perfect night out for foodies, brews and friends.  It’s a must see site for history buffs and architecture aficionados.  In short, it’s a destination like no other.

Highlands Wildflower Whimsy 2014

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The annual emergence of spring wildflowers in the woodlands is a remarkable event. Thousands of plants awaken from their winter slumber and decorate the forest with a riot of color and fragrance. Soon, the leaves of the trees will fill in the canopy and rob the wildflowers of sunlight. Many of these plants, known as ephemerals for their short season of productive growth, will disappear back into dormancy, not to be seen again until next spring.

To celebrate this occasion the Highlands Biological Foundation will host Wildflower Whimsy on May 2nd and 3rd at the Highlands Biological Station. On Friday, May 2nd at 5:00pm, join us for guided tours of the Highlands Botanical Garden to see and learn more about these fleeting spring wildflowers. At 6:00pm Peter Loewer will present “Wildflowers and Native Perennials-and Even a Few Exotics–for the Southeast” at the Highlands Nature Center. Afterwards, stay for a native plant auction and reception with live music.  On Saturday, May 3rd, choose your favorite of four guided wildflower walks.

Registration is now open. Your donation ensures that we can continue to maintain and improve the Botanical Garden for everyone to enjoy. It includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine & beer, garden tours, an auction number, and a seat during the lecture on Friday. On Saturday your donation includes lunch and a wildflower walk.  Tickets are $40 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation and $50 for non-members. If you wish to attend Friday evening’s activities only, tickets for $25 will be available at the door.  All proceeds benefit the Highlands Botanical Garden.  For more information, call (828) 526-2221 or visit highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy.  The Highlands Biological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Park Ridge Health Carpal Tunnel Presentation

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – About one in 10 adults develops carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in life. Park Ridge Health will present the free event, “Carpal Tunnel: Fact vs. Fiction,” on Thursday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Presenter James Phelps, M.D., M.P.T., board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand & upper extremity specialist with Southeastern Sports Medicine, will cover carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that affects the hand and wrist, often starts with numbness, and can lead to difficulty performing everyday, fine-motor tasks. A light dinner will be provided for guests at this event. Space is limited, so please RSVP for this event at 855.PRH.LIFE.

About Park Ridge Health: Founded in 1910, Park Ridge Health is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing leading-edge, compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health is a member of Adventist Health System, a family of 45 exceptional, faith-based hospitals across the country that operate independently to deliver care and services that best meet the needs of their communities. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health provides personalized care at more than 30 locations, offering a dedicated network of more than 140 physicians and providers, cardiac care & rehabilitation, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, a boutique labor & delivery experience, a full range of imaging services and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).


Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival WCU

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival will return to Western Carolina University on May 16th and 17th. The event is sponsored by the Southeastern Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  This fun-filled weekend of programs, presenters and exhibitors is the Southeast’s premier fly fishing educational event.

The Festival is expected to attract at least forty local fly shops, non-profits and other exhibitors as well as forty demonstration tiers from throughout the Southeast.  Steve Rajeff and Leslie Holmes will headline our talented group of casting instructors.  In addition to two days of casting instruction by some of the best instructors in the country, the Federation will offer its casting instructor certification tests. The Cullowhee area also offers non-fishing activities for the entire family.

On Friday, May 16th, the Southeastern Council will once again partner with Little River TU to host the Back the Brookie BBQ.  All profits will support the restoration of brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  On Saturday, May 17th, the Southeastern Council will host its annual awards dinner and auction.

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to support the establishment of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians by donating exhibition items or financial support. The Museum, located in Cherokee, North Carolina, will become the home of the rich heritage of fly fishing from Maryland to Georgia and will provide a base of education related to fly fishing with workshops, exhibits and presentations.  Donated funds will be used to secure fly fishing artifacts before they are lost to future generations.

Hours for the Festival will be Friday, May 16th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 17th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tickets are $5 for adults and $10 for families.  Scouts in uniform and disabled veterans are free.  Online registration will open mid-March on the Council website.

For more information, visit www.southeastfff.org.

Spring Fire Season is Here

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The spring fire season has arrived, and federal officials are asking visitors to the national forests and neighbors to help prevent the next wildfire. The USDA Forest Service (USFS) National Forests in North Carolina urges residents throughout the state to keep safety in mind and exercise caution during the spring fire season that typically lasts until late April to mid-May.

Nine out of 10 wildfires in North Carolina are started by humans. Residents and visitors to the state are urged to be extremely careful during this time period that is often characterized by dry and/or windy conditions.

In the spring, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. In North Carolina, more than 40 percent of all wildfires are caused by careless debris burning – the number one cause of wildfires in the state. Private landowners who cause wildfires may be liable for fire suppression costs on state and national forest land if a fire originates on their property.

For people who choose to burn debris, the N.C. Forest Service offers the following tips to protect property and prevent wildfires:

  • Always consider alternatives to burning.
  • Obtain a burning permit at an NCFS office or online at http://ncforestservice.gov/burn_permits/burn_permits_main.htm
  • Check the weather – don’t burn on dry, windy days.
  • Know your local burning laws.
  • Be prepared with water, a shovel and phone.
  • Stay with your fire until it is completely out.

Studies have shown that taking these and other measures can greatly reduce wildfires and the loss of property associated with them. Also, take time now to prepare your home against wildfires. Tips on protecting your property can be found at www.firewise.org.

Additionally, campfires can be a source of wildfires. Follow these guidelines to help prevent wildfires:

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  • Pour until hissing sound stops
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  • Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  • If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers.

Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Learn more about fire safety at www.smokeybear.com. Remember….only YOU can prevent wildfires.

Calling All Film Makers April 1 Deadline New Belgium Brewing’s Film Tour

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium is still accepting original, creative movie clips through April 1 to have their work showcased in New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer and Film Tour. Clips will travel to more than 20 cities from May to November. This marks the fifth year for the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that travels coast-to-coast.

The films should be less than five minutes and touch on (but aren’t limited to) these topics:

  • Craft beer
  • Advocacy or activism
  • Humor
  • Culture
  • Adventure
  • Art
  • Fun.
Selected films and their respective artists are subject to fame and beer-fortune, with audiences from coast–to–coast seeing the chosen films. New this year, New Belgium will create a trophy-worthy beer, in custom-screen printed bottles, made exclusively for ALL selected film artists.Clips is a national beer and film festival that invites guests to try New Belgium’s unique Lips of Faith series alongside popular classics, while watching short films by New Belgium friends and fans. Attendees get to enjoy a night under the stars with proceeds going to local nonprofits in each city. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $366,893 for nonprofits nationwide.

To submit your film, click here and to watch a video about the Clips Beer and Film Tour and learn more go to http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/clips-beer-and-film.aspx.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

WCU Green Energy Park “Iron Pour” April 5

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Artists from Western Carolina University and throughout Western North Carolina will give new meaning to the term “fired up” as WCU’s Fine Art Museum hosts an “iron pour” Saturday, April 5, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

An iron pour is an artistic activity in which iron is heated, melted and poured into molds to create sculpture. The goal of the event is to invite the community to learn about the art of casting iron while also allowing students to create unique cast iron artwork, said Denise Drury, curator at the Fine Art Museum.

“The Green Energy Park is a perfect location for this event,” Drury said. “Western Carolina students and the community already use the facility for glass blowing, firing ceramics and casing bronze and aluminum. This iron pour is an excellent opportunity to add iron casing to the energy park’s roster of activities.

The pour will be led by artists Tripp Jarvis and Melissa Van Sandt from Tri-State Sculptors, a group of artists from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Morgan Kennedy, who teaches sculpture at WCU, will also take part along with his students.

The iron pour, to be held from 5 until 8 p.m., is open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Jackson County Green Energy Park, the event is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Iron Maidens” that was on view at the Fine Art Museum earlier in the year.

For more information on the iron pour, contact Drury at 828-227-2550.

Take Charge of Your Health with These Workshops

Monday, March 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Now is the perfect time to take charge of your health.

Whether you are living with a chronic health condition or have a loved on who does – this 6-week program can help you turn the corner of self-management. Topics covered include:

  • Manage pain, fatigue depression and frustration
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Prevent Falls
  • Improve and maintain health with exercise
  • Use medications wisely
  • Communicate effectively with family, friends and professionals
  • Eat for health
  • Set goals that are doable
  • Solve everyday problems
  • Evaluate treatments
  • Relax and manage stress
  • Work in partnership with your healthcare team

Get involved!  Upcoming workshops:

  • Living Healthy with Diabetes
    Woodfin YMCA, 40 N. Merrimon, Asheville, NC 28804
    Mondays, March 17 – April 21, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    HCPRD Athletics and Activity Center, 308 South Grove Street, Hendersonville
    Tuesdays, May 20 – June 24 , 4:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    Jewish Family Services, 2 Doctors Park Suite E, Asheville, NC 28801 (located at 417 Biltmore Avenue)
    Mondays, March 24 – April 28, 10:00 – 12:30 pm
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    Osher Lifelong Learning Center, 1 Campus View Rd, Asheville, 28804
    Fridays, March 28 – May 2, 9:00 – 11:30 am
  • Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition
    Silvermont Opportunity Center, 364 East Main Street, Brevard
    Fridays, March 28 – May 2, 9:00 – 11:30 am
  • Tomando Control de Su Salud leader training (CDSMP for Spanish Speakers, leader training)
    YWCA of Asheville, 185 South French Broad, Asheville
    Thursday & Friday, May 15, 16, 22 and 23

Registration information or class details are available  at www.livinghealthywnc.org.

City of Asheville to Host Second Annual Reverse Vendor Fair and Training

Monday, March 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is excited to invite regional vendors interested in doing business with the city to participate in the second annual Reverse Vendor Fair on April 9. This is a great opportunity for vendors to speak directly with city department representatives and to find out more about what contract and bid opportunities the City of Asheville offers.  Departments will also provide information about upcoming projects and bidding opportunities. The vendor fair is a “free” walk through event that will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Additionally, on April 9, City staff members from the Office of Economic Development and the Purchasing Department will conduct a workshop on “The Business of Public Contracting.” The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Banquet Hall, U.S. Cellular Center. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required by Monday, April 7th, as space is limited.

Workshop will include the following:

·         Being an Active Vendor

·         Contracting Thresholds & Types

·         How Contracts are Bid and Awarded

·         How to Find City of Asheville Bidding Opportunities & the City’s Outreach for Minorities & Women Vendors

For more information about the vendor fair and how you can participate and RSVP for the training opportunities on event day, please contact or Brenda Mills at (828) 259-8050 or [email protected] or Amy Patterson at (828) 259-5953 or [email protected]. Information and updates can be found at the city’s website at www.ashevillenc.gov/bids.