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Mountain Heritage Day Arts and Crafts Vendor

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Artists and craftspeople are being sought to participate in the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee – always the last Saturday of the month. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy three stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and a variety of festival food.

This year, the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in conjunction with the university’s 125th year.

The festival arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. Cash awards will be presented to the vendors with the best works. All applicants are juried except the previous year’s winners of the arts and crafts awards.

Applications and instructions for arts and crafts vendors are available on the festival website, www.mountainheritageday.com<http://www.mountainheritageday.com>. Arts and crafts applications must be postmarked by May 9; later applications are not advisable because of the expected response, and the entry fee is greater.

To learn more about Mountain Heritage Day, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

Measure Up: How Much Do You Eat?

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Deck of CardsASHEVILLE NC – Here is a handy way to measure portion sizes:

  • 3 ounces of meat = deck of cards
  • 1 teaspoon of oil = quarter in diameter
  • 1 cup of raw vegetables = light bulb
  • 1 medium fresh fruit = tennis ball
  • 1 bagel or roll = 6 ounce can of tuna

Vote Early Thru May 3

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Early voting has started in Buncombe County. Some key local races are for Buncombe County Commissioners, the District Attorney, and District Judge.

For more details about voting and voting sites, go to Buncombe County’s Election Services website.

Lookup your voter registration information and find out which sample ballot to use on the NC State Board of Elections Voter Lookup page.

Early Voting: April 24 – May 3, 2014

William H. Stanley Building
35 Woodfin Street, Asheville 28801

  • April 24 – 25 from 8 am – 6 pm
  • April 26 from 10 am – 6 pm
  • April 28 – 30 from 8 am – 6 pm
  • May 1 & 2 from 8 am – 7 pm
  • May 3 from 8 am – 1 pm

All Remote Early Voting Sites

  • April 24 through May 2 (excluding Sunday) from 10 am – 6 pm
  • May 3 from 8 am – 1 pm

Remote sites:

  • North Asheville Library
    1030 Merrimon Ave. 28804
  • Girl Scout Office – Upper Building (Blue Awning)
    64 WT Weaver Blvd. 28804
  • South Buncombe Library
    260 Overlook Rd. 28803
  • Skyland Fire Department
    9 Miller Rd. 28803
  • West Asheville Library
    942 Haywood Rd. 28806
  • Heaven’s Cloud Retreat – Old Union Hall Bldg.
    130 Sardis Rd. 28806
  • Black Mountain Library
    105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain 28711

Primary Election Day

  • May 6, 2014 from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Biltmore Summer Vacations are a Thing of the Past, Literally

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – More than 100 years ago, young George Vanderbilt was an adventurous man who embarked on building a home for his family and friends far away from the hustle and bustle of city life in New York.  All these years later, visitors to Vanderbilt’s creation in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains may vacate their own everyday lives with a summer trip to that exact same place:  Biltmore.

Summer at Biltmore officially begins on May 24 and runs through Sept. 1, 2014. The season’s slower pace sets the tone for adventures along the estate’s 8,000 acres, a space that has been preserved and perfected over time. The castle-like, 250-room Biltmore House is open for exploration by all ages, enhanced this year by a NEW kid’s audio tour for ages 7 to 13. Specialty tours go all the way up to the home’s rooftop for breathtaking birds-eye views; and down into the basement where a swimming pool and bowling alley reside.

Summer 2014 vacation deals at Biltmore

• Kids 16 and younger receive FREE admission Memorial Day Weekend (starting May 23) through Labor Day, Sept. 1.
• Dads receive FREE admission on Father’s Day, June 15, with purchase of an adult or youth ticket.
• Seniors receive $15 off admission on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
• Save $15 off ticket price by purchasing tickets at least 7 days in advance of visit; save $10 by booking online 1 to 6 days in advance of visit (www.biltmore.com).

Biltmore’s great outdoors

Meander through the colorful and ever-changing manicured gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, or explore the miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through wooded areas and open fields. Take in mountain and Biltmore House views from a bike, on the back of a horse, while floating down a lazy river, on a Segway, or on a carriage ride. Try your hand at fly-fishing, sporting clays or get behind the wheel of a Land Rover.

Fun in Antler Hill Village and Farm

Admission to Biltmore includes access to Antler Hill Village Farm and Barnyard, both of which harken back to the 1890s when families lived on the estate raising crops and livestock, and tending to milk and ice cream production at Biltmore Dairy. The Barnyard area is home to blacksmiths, woodworkers and other craft demonstrations. Kids can also explore Pisgah Playground, a Children’s Maze and the Land Rover Course for Kids. The Winery hosts a Kids Grape Stomp in the village from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Winery

Admission offers entry to Biltmore Winery, with complimentary tastings and a production tour.  Specialty tours like the Vine to Wine Tour, Biltmore Bubbles Tour and the Red Wine and Chocolate seminar are available at an additional cost. An exhibition, “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad,” is just a few steps away from the Winery and sheds light on the time the Vanderbilt family made Biltmore House their home, and their world travels.

Music under the stars

Dance under the stars on select summer nights during Biltmore’s Concert Series, staged on the South Terrace next to Biltmore House.  The 2014 line-up will be announced on May 1, 2014, on www.biltmore.com, with series kick-off scheduled for July. Past performers have included Sheryl Crow, Heart, The Beach Boys, Bruce Hornsby, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss and more!

Evening weekends will feature Live After Five in Antler Hill Village with musical performances by area musicians on the bandstand at the Village Green. A variety of culinary options will be available, and Cedric’s Tavern, the Bistro, the Creamery will all be open.

Make Biltmore your home away from home at Inn on Biltmore Estate

Extend your visit with an overnight stay at the award-winning Inn on Biltmore Estate or with our local accommodations partners and take advantage of packages on select dates this summer.

Information on Biltmore’s summer offerings is available by calling 866.336.1245, or by visiting Biltmore.com. View suggested itineraries for more family travel ideas.

Asheville Wins Award for Firefighter Distance Training System

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – When people need help quickly, it is critical to make sure all the right pieces are in place. That’s why the City of Asheville developed a video training tool that allows firefighters to remain at their posts as they hone their skills, technology that earned the city recognition for its innovative approach to training its fire fighters.

On Wednesday, April 9th, the UNC School of Government announced the winners of their annual Government Information Grant Awards. The City of Asheville was selected runner up for their Firefighter Distance Training Program, a joint effort between the City’s Fire Department and Information Technology Services department that allows fire staff to receive critical training while remaining on duty at neighborhood fire stations. The result is a better prepared fire fighting team and an overall safer city.

“Our geography is very unique in that the mountain ranges divide the City’s fire coverage areas and require most fire crews to travel through downtown to reach other fire districts,” says Division Chief Barry Hendren. “We run about 16,000 calls a year, and we have to be creative in keeping primary fire companies available and in their assigned areas.”

The City of Asheville worked with a startup company called Vidyo to provide cost effective remote video conferencing between 11 fire stations and the main training facility downtown. Using the new system, firefighters connect with the downtown classroom to participate in training lectures and demonstrations using their existing computers and network connections. By allowing fire crews to remain on duty in their assigned areas, the Asheville Fire Department reduced costs associated with relocating firefighting equipment during classroom training events and kept firefighters where they were needed most.

“We’re always trying to think two and three moves ahead with the finite number of fire stations, fire engines and ladder trucks we have,” says Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette. “It’s critical that those resources are strategically placed throughout the city. The distance training system allows us to keep those pieces in place when people need help.”

IT Services Project Manager, Jeff Reble noted, “With an installation cost of about $25,000, the distance training system has yielded annual savings of $12,000 in fuels costs, truck maintenance and reductions in instructional time required to serve individual fire stations.”

The runner-up award comes with a $2,500 prize that will be used for other Fire Department training technologies.

See a video describing the Firefighter Distance Training System here.

Long Lines and Short Fuses No Match for Therapy Dogs

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The stampede in Student Services April 1 for registration on a first come, first serve basis for special programs was quieted by four-footed helpers beginning at 8 a.m. That’s when the first therapy dog appeared on the scene do some emotional calming, coined “stress relief” by much of the A-B Tech staff. Rebecca Howell, Director of Counseling and Advising Services, requested the dogs for this registration day because she knew how the staff would be overextended and how the registrants’ patience would be taxed.

As lines snaked through corridors and lobbies, potential students understood they were in for a long wait and, at that, class size was limited. Then the therapy dogs accomplished the improbable – they managed to put smiles on hundreds of faces and even babysat young children whose parents ran out of ideas to keep them content.

Me2We Luncheon at UNC Asheville

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville will host a fundraising luncheon for the “Me2We” summer youth leadership program, from 12-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, in the Sherrill Center on campus. This event will be held in recognition of young adult leaders in the community who have worked collaboratively on the Me2We program.

Me2We is modeled on the work of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality (ASCORE), which was developed by Stephens-Lee High School students to desegregate Asheville‘s movie theaters, lunch counters, libraries and more in the 1960s. The program is a collaboration between the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Asheville, AVID Summer Bridge at UNC Asheville, and the YMI Cultural Center.

Me2We works to build the social justice leadership skills of Asheville youth during a two-day summer conference with follow up events throughout the year, in the belief that building a community of young adult leaders strengthens a more equitable community for tomorrow. The conference is co-sponsored by Mission Health and the Perry Rudnick Endowment.

Featured luncheon speakers will be students who have participated in Me2We, including UNC Asheville students Nicole Barnes and Giovanni Figaro. Tickets to the luncheon are $50, and the registration deadline is May 1. For more information, to register or to make a donation, visit diversityed.org, or contact Deborah Miles, executive director of the Center for Diversity Education, at [email protected].

New Belgium Brewery Tour Schedule

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New Belgium Brewing announced its 2014 national schedule for Clips Beer & Film Tour; the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show that will stop in twenty-one cities this year. From May to November the tour will travel coast-to-coast for its fifth season. Clips is a free event, with all proceeds from beer sales going to local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, Clips Beer & Film Tour has raised nearly $370,000 for nonprofits nationwide.

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s more esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 18 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith sereis, as well as brewery classics.

New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples or a 12-ounce pour. Served up by local beneficiary volunteers, there’s plenty of fun to be had alongside a host of traveling tricks and contests. Food from local vendors will also be available.

“Clips inspires an atmosphere that celebrates creativity and gives people a fun way to enjoy an evening out,” said Christie Catania, Clips National Special Events Manager. “We set the stage for people to come together, enjoy some beer, friends, films and donate to their community – all under the stars in a local park. It’s a great time for all.”

New Belgium selects approximately 20 short films for the tour each season from an online film competition. During each stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental footprint as possible. Since its inception, Clips has diverted 85 percent of event waste from landfills, and partners with local organizations in each city to keep the events clean and green.

2014 Clips Beer & Film Tour will roll through each of the following cities:

Kansas City, MO                     May 22                      Theis Park
Bloomington, IN                     May 30                      Bryan Park
Chicago, IL                               June 6                       Eckhart Park

Milwaukee, WI                       June 12                     Veteran’s Park
Madison, WI                           June 19                     Olin Park
Grand Rapids, MI                  June 27                     Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Boulder, CO                            July 11                      29th Street Mall
Colorado Springs, CO           July 17                      America the Beautiful Park
Seattle, WA                            July 25                      Gas Works Park
Davis, CA                                August 1                   Community Park
Berkeley, CA                          August 9                   Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Santa Barbara, CA                August 15                  Chase Palm Park
Asheville, NC                         September 5              Pack Square Park: Roger McGuire Green
Charlottesville, VA               September 12            Washington Park: Lower Field
Atlanta, GA                            September 19            Fourth Ward Skatepark Field
Charleston, SC                      September 25            Marion Square
Charlotte, NC                        October 3                  Independence Park
Nashville, TN                        October 9                  Centennial Park
Tampa, FL                             October 17                 Curtis Hixon Park
Miami, FL                              October 24                 TBD
Austin, TX                             November 6               Republic Square ParkFor the latest information on Clips, go to www.newbelgium.com/clips. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

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.

Asheville’s Albemarle Park

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Asheville‘s Albemarle Park from local authors Stacy A. Merten and Robert O. Sauer. The book contains 200 vintage images and text that capture the community’s history.

Albemarle Park was envisioned as a picturesque mountainside resort in north Asheville. It was a great success due to the collaborative efforts of railroad executive William Greene Raoul and his son Thomas; Bradford Gilbert, architect of New York City’s first skyscraper; and Samuel Parsons Jr., landscape architect for the City of New York. The Manor and its surrounding cottages served as an alternative to standard late-19th-century Asheville hotels and boardinghouses.

Dances, plays, bowling, archery, golf, motoring, and equestrian events were available for guests to enjoy, and meals were sourced from The Manor’s own farm. Notable guests of The Manor included Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Kelly. It was also a film set for The Last of the Mohicans. Consisting of enchanting architecture and romantic landscaping, Albemarle Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and as a local historic district in 1989. Through family archives, private collections, and ephemera, Asheville’s Albemarle Park showcases the history of this significant Asheville neighborhood.

Highlights of Asheville’s Albemarle Park include:

  • The Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County partnered with Pack Memorial Library to publish the images from the North Carolina Collection.
  • Emory University provided the images from the Raoul Family Papers and Jane Raoul Bingham Papers gratis to benefit the Historic Resources Commission.
  • The Albemarle Park Manor Grounds Association loaned the Historic Resources Commission all of their archival material.

*A portion of the profits will be donated to the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County.*

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Seasonal Cheese Tasting

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Join the Cheese Store of Asheville and Spinning Spider Creamery for a tasty and educational foray into seasonal cheese led by Cullen Owen from our local Spinning Spider Creamery. Cullen grew up making cheese and continues to be an integral part of his family’s business. He’ll educate the group on what is meant by “seasonal” cheese as well as help us understand more about the work of our local cheese makers and dairy farmers. At this tasting event we will enjoy seasonal cheese paired with wines that are wonderful for spring and summer.

The tastings last approximately 90 minutes and we encourage all guests to arrive on time so you don’t miss a bite and we can keep the group moving through all four tastes.

Tickets for the event are $15/each. Spaces are limited so reservations are encouraged.

The Cheese Store of Asheville @ the Weinhaus is located at – 86 Patton Ave, Downtown Asheville.
Street Parking or the Wall Street Public Parking lot is close by.

Please call 828-484-1586 if you need more information.

The tasting will include four cheese and wine pairings at the price of $15/person.


Reserve your space now at: Cheese Store of Asheville Events. We hope to see you there!