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We All Say Local Tomatoes!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Oh, the month we’ve all been waiting for – tomato month! Salads, sauces, soups, pies, jams, salsa, roasted, grilled and simply fresh sliced—so many great ways to serve up tomatoes. Shop for these great tasting fruits in all sorts of varieties and colors at area farmers tailgate markets and look for summer specials on menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurant and dining rooms around the region.

  • UNC Asheville will be featuring Appalachian Grown tomatoes on salad bars this month, as well as in cooking class for incoming freshman orientation. Saturday, August 29th join UNC Asheville’s Registered Dietitian, Laura Sexton, for a tomato tasting at the North Asheville Tailgate Market.
  • The Marketplace is using tomatoes everywhere this summer: in an heirloom tomato salad; a mixed, confit tomato vinaigrette will accompany pan-seared trout from Sunburst Trout Farms; and included in a watermelon panzanella the will accompany a pan-roasted wild snapper. The Marketplace even makes their own homemade thyme ketchup using local tomatoes. They source tomatoes primarily from Gaining Ground Farm and Synchronicity Farms.


  • Rosetta’s Kitchen has partnered with Franny’s Farm in Leicester to feature their beefsteak slicing tomatoes in August in honor of tomato month.


  • Guadalupe Cafe is using cherry and grape tomatoes in salads, heirloom tomatoes on special sandwiches, and both heirlooms and beefsteak in all of their salsas. Guadalupe primarily sources tomatoes from Shelton Family Farm in Jackson County, as well as Twisted Ridge Farms, Berry Farm, and Dawson Green.


  • ASAP’s Local Summer Cookout will include local tomatoes from Ivy Creek Family Farm, as well as Hickory Nut Gap Farms pork ribs, and many more delicious veggie sides prepared by Chef Philip Bollhoefer of the OMNI Grove Park Inn. The cookout will take place Thursday, August 13 at Catawba Brewing on the South Slope, Asheville. Tickets are available at asapconnections.org.


Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org, and find Get Local under the “find” tab to find details on what’s happening this month. You can also Get Local at home: Find each month’s featured food—and other seasonal products—at your neighborhood farmers tailgate market, roadside stand, or grocery store. Browse for markets, stands, and stores via ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.

ABOUT ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

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.



Chimney Rock Events

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – It won’t be long until summer reaches its official end, but we’re not letting that slow us down at Chimney Rock. Find out fascinating facts about wild mushrooms, learn about the animals that inhabit Western NC and sign up to run or bike up the road to Chimney Rock all while seeing incredible views you won’t find anywhere else. Keep reading for all the details on these and other amazing happenings at the Rock this month!


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Wild Mushroom Walks

Join “mushroom maniac” Karen Johnson, a member of the Chimney Rock State Park team and the Asheville Mushroom Club, on Friday, August 14 or Friday, August 28 from 11am-12pm to learn about the variety of fascinating fungi growing in our area during our Wild Mushroom Walks. The walks are included with Park admission, but space is limited, so get here early! Meet at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den.


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Grady’s Friends: Camp Out at Chimney Rock!

Don’t miss the chance to camp beneath the stars in Chimney Rock during the Take a Child Outside Family Campout on Saturday, September 26! Just $8 per person in addition to Park admission; call today to register for this unique opportunity to enjoy the Park at night! Special family activities will be offered throughout the day, including Writers on the Rock for Kids, where local authors Janie DeVos and Marci Spencer will present interactive programs. Daytime activities are included with Park admission.

Meet live animal ambassadors daily at 2pm through August 31 during our Family Discovery Programs, where you can meet our animal ambassadors. Join us at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den for these informative programs, which are included with Park admission.

For more information on the fun family programs and events, like Grady’s Facebook page!


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Naturalist Niche: Wild Edibles

Can you eat that? Learn what local plants you could turn into a tasty dish at our Naturalist Niche: Wild Edibles hike on Sat, Aug. 22, 9:30am-12:30pm. Cost includes Park admission: $22 adults, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth ages 5-15; $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Call 828-625-9611 *810 to pre-register for this informative hike today. Registration closes Wed, Aug. 19.


Save the Date in September

Health & Wellness Fair: September 11, 10am-2pm at the Lake Lure Community Hall. Free to the public! Offering services such as cholesterol and glucose screening, Affordable Health Care Act information, reflexology, carbon monoxide prevention and more.

7th Annual Flock to the Rock: September 19. See live birds, including an amazing Birds in Flight show!

Park naturalist with a bird of prey


Around the Gorge: Lake Lure Olympiad and Music Thursdays

Are you up for the challenge? The 11th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad and the 9th Annual Race to the Rock happens August 14-16. Compete in up to four races in three days, including a 10 K Dam Run, the Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock — the ONLY time you can run or bike up to Chimney Rock. This family-friendly event also offers plenty of activities for kids. Find out more and register for racing events online at lakelureolympiad.com.

Music Thursdays continues at The Gathering Place on August 27 from 6-8pm with the West End String Band. Music, food and fun for the whole family!


Medicare Choices Made Easy

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Council on Aging of Buncombe County in conjunction with Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) announces the Medicare class schedule for Medicare Choices Made Easy.

The information session explains how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties and ways that beneficiaries can save money.

The information sessions are free and open to the public. People new to Medicare, caregivers, people leaving employer health insurance for Medicare and others who help Medicare beneficiaries with their insurance should consider attending this informative class. The information presented is unbiased as no products are sold, recommended or endorsed.

Register online at www.coabc.org or call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at (828)  277-8288. For the Pardee classes, register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600.

For more information, contact John Wingerter, Director of Insurance at the Council on Aging of Buncombe County; [email protected] or (828) 277-8288 Ext. 310.

August 13 5:00 – 7:00 PM  Wild Wings Café
65 Long Shoals Road, Asheville
August 20 3:00- 5:00 PM  Pardee Signature Care Center
1800 Four Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville
August 25 2:00- 4:00 PM  Saint Eugene Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street, Asheville
August 26  2:00- 4:00 PM  Basilica of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
97 Haywood Street, Asheville
August 27 5:00- 7:00 PM   Twisted Laurel
10 A South Main Street, Weaverville
September 1 6:00- 8:00 PM   Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
728  West Union Street, Morganton
September 2 2:00- 4:00 PM   Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
208 Seventh Avenue, West Hendersonville
September 21  1:00- 3:00 PM   Asheville YMCA
30 Woodfin Street, Asheville
September 22 1:00- 3:00 PM   Reuter Family YMCA
3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville
September 23  1:00- 3:00 PM   Fletcher YMCA
2775 Hendersonville Road, Asheville
September 24 5:30- 7:30 PM   Woodfin YMCA
40 North Merrimon Avenue, Asheville
September 25 10:00- 12:00 PM  Hendersonville Family YMCA
810 West 6th Street, Hendersonville
October 7  2:00- 4:00 PM   Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
1024 West Main Street, Forest City

Asheville’s Water Supply is Stable, Conservation Appreciated

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Water Resources Department would like to thank customers for their continued efforts to conserve water and use this valuable resource wisely. Although neighboring counties are experiencing conditions which require additional water restrictions, the City of Asheville water supply volumes remain at a level that allow customers to continue normal water use.

The City uses a detailed water model and operating procedure to forecast water availability. Currently, the forecast indicates that there is adequate water supply and no need for water restrictions for City of Asheville customers.  Water availability will continue to be monitored very closely and if conditions change the public will received additional information on the topic.

It’s here! The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Join the celebration and discover the nation’s longest running folk festival!

The 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is back with three full evenings of the best in Southern Appalachian music and dance, tonight through Saturday, August 6, 7 & 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Buy your tickets now.

Come one night or all three! There’s a different show each night. Click for the 2015 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule

The festival features the cream-of-the-crop, invitation-only mountain performers — old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, cloggers, and big circle mountain dancers — who showcase songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage.

Each night’s ticket revenues are important; sales help pay for eight Saturday night Shindigs each summer downtown.

“In the wildly creative world of Asheville, the historic legacy of mountain music and dance is an ever-important connection to newcomers and natives alike.”
-from “Asheville’s Mountain Dance & Folk Festival Opens Aug. 6” –Asheville Citizen-Times, Sun. August 1, 2015

Diana Wortham Theatre Events

Friday, August 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina announces the schedule of performances for the 2015/2016 Mainstage Series. The Mainstage Series presents a wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performing arts in an intimate, 500-seat hall. To start the season off, talented vocalist and one of the stars of the critically acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom Lisa Fischer takes the stage September 18 at 8:00 p.m. Setting the tone for Lisa Fischer’s performance is the Opening Night Reception, sponsored and catered by Pack’s Tavern at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for all performances are on sale at 10:00 a.m. on August 20th and are available at www.dwtheatre.com as well as from the box office at (828) 257-4530. The theatre offers flexible multi-show discount packages starting with as few as three performances. Savings range from 10% to 20% off Regular prices depending on the number of performances; multi-show packages are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box only at 828-257-4530.


Lisa Fischer — Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Lisa Fischer’s remarkable voice has landed her countless roles on stage, including spots with the Nine Inch Nails, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, and Aretha Franklin, as well as a role in the award-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Now she’s on to a new leg of the journey, with a not-to-miss one-night tour stop in Asheville to open the Mainstage Season.

Red Moon Road — Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

An endearing folk trio hailing from Canada, Red Moon Road combines banjo, guitar, and mandolin to bring energetic sounds to its modern roots tunes, complete with exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories.

The Passing Zone: The Passing Zone Saves the World — Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

America’s Got Talent finalists and recipients of eighteen gold medals from the International Jugglers’ Association Teams Competition, The Passing Zone’s act is full of good-natured ribbing, juggling chainsaws, and witty improvisation.

Tom Paxton — Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Share one last live performance in Asheville with the folk icon as he says farewell to life on the road with folk classics such as “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Ramblin’ Boy,” and more of Paxton’s silly songs, romantic tales, and protest anthems.

Alison Brown Quartet— Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Returning with ever-popular tunes as well as new hits, the Alison Brown Quartet brings traditional banjo picking together with jazz and Irish music, transforming toe-tapping bluegrass songs into sonically smooth combinations.

MOMIX Botanica — Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

A Swannanoa Solstice — Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with this holiday tradition, featuring award-winning recording artists and multi-instrumentalists Al Petteway, Amy White, Robin Bullock, and special guests as they create a mix of seasonal music, masterful storytelling, and poetry.

Koresh Dance Company: evŸoŸluŸtion — Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 2016,

8:00 p.m.

The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company, a favorite among Mainstage audiences.

The Hot Sardines — Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Hot jazz returns to the forefront of music in a night filled with big band enthusiasm and new-time energy as the Hot Sardines capture the raucous speakeasy sounds of the pre-World War II jazz era.

Aquila Theatre Company in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

A night of mystery and intrigue awaits all those who attend this masterful portrayal of one of the most brilliant detectives in all of literary history. Join Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other colorful characters as the Aquila Theatre brings them back to life in a witty, fast-paced adaptation.

Aquila Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMENSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence — Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks, appropriate for all ages.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan — Thursday & Friday, February 18 & 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage on its world tour, “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

Lucky Plush Productions Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip — Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Part comic strip and part silent film, dancers, superheroes, and graphic novel characters collide in this richly layered dance production that bounces effortlessly from the dancers, to projected video, and back.

Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’BrienSunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Lúnasa joins its fresh Irish melodies with the beloved music of Appalachia in a performance with master folk and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien.

The Cashore Marionettes — Saturday, March 5, 2016: Simple Gifts, 2:00 p.m.; Life in Motion, 8:00 p.m.

The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland in two shows, a matinee for families of all ages and an evening performance for older children and adults.

Altan – Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Join this traditional Irish band as it weaves an evening of jigs and reels, touching melodies, and even explores the ancient bonds between Irish music and bluegrass roots.

stephaniesĭd— Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and irresistibly infectious live performances, this pop-noir trio combines jazz, rock and pop to churn out wondrous and highly original tunes.

Dervish Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

From jam sessions at neighborhood pubs in Ireland to performing for the Chinese government, Dervish is on a mission to spread traditional Irish music to every corner with a myriad of ballads, reels and melodies.

Rhythmic Circus — Thursday & Friday, March 31 & April 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Groove to the beat with genre-hopping music and percussive dance highlighted by taps, shuffles and stomps and punctuated by the refrains of the seven-piece brass band, not to mention a human beat-box.

Jesse Cook Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook intertwines flamenco and jazz rhythms with styles from around the globe, with songs from his newest project, One World.

Aaron Goldberg Trio — Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

From Brazilian ballads to roaring bebop, this trio’s ability to bring wit and explosive chops to every song makes for a wild night of masterful jazz.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill — Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Indulge in the music of American guitarist Dennis Cahill and Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes as they explore the rising and falling melodies that become fiery, spellbinding performances.


Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series provides professional, curriculum-related shows at affordable costs, each season providing around 9,000 children the opportunity to experience the theatre, works by professional dance companies, comedic acts, and the musical talents of renowned performers. The series is extremely popular with children, families, and teachers throughout Western North Carolina.

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What, Theatreworks USA – Tuesday, October 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones (the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua) heads off to his closet for the real adventure of Snow White with the help of the Seven Chimichangos.

Hamlet, Warehouse Theatre – Wednesday & Thursday, October 28 & 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Follow the thrilling tale of the prince of Denmark in one of Shakespeare’s most well known quests for identity, love and justice.

The Lightning Thief, Theatreworks USA – Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Experience the adventures of Percy Jackson in this hour-long musical adapted from the book by Rick Riordan.

MOMIX Botanica – Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

Koresh Dance Company – Friday, January 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this earthy show with intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company.

Aquila Theatre Company in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – Monday, February 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life in a full-length production by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMUNSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence – Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan – Friday, February 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage: “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

The Cashore Marionettes, Simple Gifts, Friday, March 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland.

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School, Theatreworks USA – Thursday & Friday, April 14 & 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Junie B. Jones lays down the ultimate tips to surviving school (and gets into a bit of trouble too!) in this production by Theatreworks, USA.


Henry and Mudge, Theatreworks USA – Wednesday & Thursday, May 4 & 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Follow the adventures of Henry and Mudge as they navigate new neighborhoods and the fun of being a pet owner, based on the best-selling book series by Cynthia Rylant.



Sing Together celebrates the joy of music and singing in spirited sessions with musicians Jim and Beth Magill. All skill levels are welcome; no experience required. In The Forum off the main lobby.


Celebrating The Kingston Trio – Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Come reminisce over the ‘60s folk hits of the legendary Kingston Trio; matching striped shirts optional.

Winter Songs – Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

This family-friendly hour of singing, apple cider, cookies, and crafts warmly welcomes the holiday season.

Freedom Songs & Spirituals – Friday, February 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Special guest Becky Stone explores the Freedom Train through song, with inspirational music that brought strength to people on the journey from slavery, all the way up to the Civil Rights Movement.

Circle & Improvisational Songs – Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Sing into spring with special guest Susan Lachmann in a round of spontaneous vocal inventions and creative expression.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors which lead to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2015/2016 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery & Catering, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville 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.