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Patton and Lexington Ave Repaving Begins Oct 12

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Get ready for some traffic construction in downtown Asheville during the next two weeks.

Patton Avenue is slated for resurfacing from the west side of Pritchard Park to Biltmore Avenue. A shorter portion of Lexington Avenue will be resurfaced, from College Street to Patton Avenue.

The work begins Oct. 12.

The milling, patching, paving and striping will be done at night, according to Capital Projects Management Divisions’ Robert Kun. The concrete work, sidewalks and ADA ramps, will be done during the day.

“It should take about two weeks to complete everything,” said Kun. “The proposed schedule would have us milling up the existing road surface the night of the 12th (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.), then patching the street the following night.  We will be working on sidewalks and handicap ramps for approximately one week, during the day (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and finally, paving and striping the following two nights (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.). ”

This is all weather dependent of course.

How will this affect traffic?

The contractor, Rogers Group, said that traffic will be flagged through the work zone. The night work hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There is to be no parking in the work zone from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the duration of the project.

The City of Asheville contracted 4.47 miles of street resurfacing this year. City Council appropriated $2 million in the budget for street and sidewalk maintenance.

Experience Gilded Age Elegance During Christmas at Biltmore 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – A holiday tradition born more than a century ago, Christmas at Biltmore will enchant those who visit George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House during the estate’s annual holiday celebration, set for Nov. 6, 2015, through Jan. 10, 2016.

Every year, Biltmore transforms into an unforgettable yuletide vacation destination like few others. Biltmore’s design team will weave this year’s theme – “A Gilded Age Christmas” – throughout every element created for the season, incorporating grand and elegant details that are rooted in authentic Vanderbilt Christmas stories.

Inside the 250-room Biltmore House, which bears a striking resemblance to Highclere Castle on the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey,” guests will see more than two dozen elaborate hand-decorated Christmas trees. A towering 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir tree laden with toddler-high ornaments and wrapped packages tucked into its branches serves as the seasonal centerpiece in the home’s immense Banquet Hall.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings
The holiday spirit lives within the hallways and rooms of Biltmore House even more so under cover of nighttime. During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, thousands of ornaments and over-the-top wreaths and garlands sparkle with the reflections of candlelight and cozy fires in the home’s fireplaces. Despite the home’s enormous size, sounds of choirs and musicians create an intimate atmosphere. Outside, a 55-foot Norway spruce tree, lit by 45,000 tiny white lights and surrounded by hundreds of hand-lit luminaries, welcomes guests for evening tours. Offered Nov. 6 through Jan. 2, Candlelight Christmas Evenings are the only time of year when the home is open for evening tours.

Christmas at Biltmore 2015 Events
Christmas at Biltmore features the following holiday activities and events:

Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily:  Christmas at Biltmore daytime experience

• Nov. 6 through Jan. 2:  Candlelight Christmas Evenings

• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily:  A Gardener’s Place Holiday Seminars. “Decorate with Christmas Wreaths” is offered at noon and “Create Holiday Tablescapes” is offered at 1 p.m.

• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily: The Conservatory’s annual poinsettia and tropical plant display.

• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, daily:  Complimentary wine tasting at the Winery. The “Red Wine and Chocolate” seminar is offered, as well as the “Biltmore Bubbles” tour. Additional price and reservations required.

• Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, evenings: Live music in Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village.

• Nov. 7 through Dec. 20, Saturdays and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., and on Friday, Nov. 27: Visits with Santa in Antler Hill Village.

• Nov. 7 through Jan. 10, Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m., and on Friday, Nov. 27: Roving Holiday Carolers in Antler Hill Village.

• Dec. 17, 18 and 19: Inn on Biltmore Estate’s Annual Gingerbread House Tea. Guests assemble gingerbread homes with the help of a pastry chef while enjoying afternoon tea. Additional price and reservations required.

• Ongoing: Festive holiday meals prepared by award-winning chefs will be served in all of the estate’s restaurants.

Lodging options at Biltmore increase in 2015
Guests looking to extend their holiday stay at Biltmore will have several options. Those seeking a retreat with personalized service, Inn on Biltmore Estate offers four-star accommodations with sweeping views in a private hilltop setting. Special holiday packages starting with Thanksgiving will be available during Christmas at Biltmore.

Biltmore’s newest lodging offering, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, opens in December 2015. Designed for the guest looking for a casual overnight stay, Village Hotel is located in the lively setting of Antler Hill Village. It offers a convenient home base steps away from shopping, dining, the Winery, live music and outdoor activities. Special holiday packages will be available during Christmas at Biltmore.

For ticket and more information about Biltmore, visit Biltmore.com/visit.

Neighborhood Urban Gardens in Barcelona UNCA

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Making Neighborhood through Urban Gardens in Barcelona – An Evening with Filmmaker Wil Weldon, will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, in the Mission Health Center Mountain View Conference Room 417. This event is free and open to the public.

Weldon will present ethnographic observations and clips from films completed as part of his artist residency in Barcelona, followed by a discussion of urban gardens as a means of community building and economic resiliency. Weldon observed urban gardening emerge in Spain as a response to that nation’s economic crisis.

Weldon, who was interviewed on public radio’s The State of Things earlier this year, is a member of the board of directors of Seeds, a Durham-based organization promoting sustainable agriculture, organic gardening and food security. His feature-length films include the documentaries My Brother a Muslim and Pass It On. He also blogs at the Huffington Post. He has a master’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English from Duke University.

For more information, contact Leah Mathews, UNC Asheville Interdisciplinary Distinguished Professor of the Mountain South, at [email protected] or 828.251.6551.


Get Local Gets in the Fall Spirit

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Local apples are at the core of our region’s agricultural economy. So what better way to celebrate fall in the Southern Appalachians than with local apples? Area farmers grow them all – Arkansas Black, Cameo, Fuji, Mutsu, Pink Lady, and the list goes on. Chefs at Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants take advantage of the abundance of local apples for sweet and savory dishes all month for ASAP’s Get Local campaign.

  • Season’s at Highland Lake is utilizing roasted local apples as an accompaniment to its North Carolina flounder special with freekeh pilaf, wilted estate chard, shaved garden vegetable slaw, and lime beurre blanc.
  • Guadalupe Café uses local apples every day, featuring them in special pancakes for brunch, various salsas and tarts, crisp slaws to accompany tacos, and cobblers for dessert.
  • UNC Asheville Dining Services displays whole apples for sale throughout the month. Local apples from Apple Wedge Packers and Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard are used in pies and crisps and are featured in fresh made juices and smoothies, such as the “detox smoothie,” with kale and apples as the main ingredients.

Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org/getlocal 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.


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 Offers the Best of Fall

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock’s panoramic 75-mile views capture the full spectrum of Western North Carolina’s legendary fall foliage, and it’s getting easier to know when to catch it at its peak. Weekly fall color and wildflower reports are available at chimneyrockpark.comto help you know where and when to find the best color. Peak fall colors are expected to appear in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure between mid-October and early November. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers a variety of favorite ways to admire autumn colors this year, from expert- and self-guided hikes to rock climbing and a photography workshop.

“The Blue Ridge Mountains feature one of most vibrant and longest fall color displays in America, attracting visitors from around the world. In late September to early November, from popular destinations along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, Western North Carolina is among the most beautiful places to go leaf peeping, hiking and driving,” said Emily Walker, Naturalist

Catching Peak Colors.  Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains rewards leaf peepers with brilliant displays of leaf colors, from deep red and maroon to fiery yellow and orange. Chimney Rock and Lake Lure have a large range of colorful tree species and an elevation ranging from 1,100 to 2,500 feet, which are ideal conditions to create a long window for optimal viewing. Peak colors typically arrive at the Park’s higher elevations around mid-October and spread down to the lower elevations through early to mid-November.


Weekly Fall Color Report. Experts predict that this fall will be one of the best for color that we’ve had in quite some time. Early leaf colors are just beginning to show on the higher-elevation roads leading to Chimney Rock State Park and will dot the ridges and upper trails in the Park. Splashes of red will appear in the dogwood and sourwood trees, along with yellows in the poplars. Already, fall wildflowers such as goldenrod, snakeroot, turtlehead, a variety of asters and foamflowers are popping up along the Park’s trails.

Below is a list of Chimney Rock’s favorite outings that will reward leaf peepers with an eyeful of autumn foliage.

See Chimney Rock Differently

  • Grab your binoculars and field guide and join world-traveled birding expert Simon Thompson at our Naturalist Niche: Simon Says Fall Bird Walk on Sunday, October 18, from 8:30-10:30am. Discover which of our feathered friends will be sticking around during the cooler season and view the first fall color to arrive at the Park. Fee includes Park admission: $22 Adults, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Pre-registration is required; call 800-277-9611 or email [email protected].
  • Experience the Park after hours at Park in the Dark on Saturday, October 24 from 7:30-10pm. This family-friendly event will feature self-guided hikes along the Outcroppings trail to the Chimney, live nocturnal animal programs, campfire storytelling and stargazing with the Asheville Astronomy Club. A percentage of the admission fee of $5 per person and sales from the evening will benefit Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support Chimney Rock; currently their primary goal is to raise money and to find volunteers to help reopen the Park’s popular Skyline trail which leads to the top of Hickory Nut Falls. Space is limited and registration is required. Call today to reserve your spot to this special event.
  • Join local naturalist Clint Calhoun for one of the last chances to see fall color and embark on an adventure into Chimney Rock’s Old Growth Forest during our Naturalist Niche: Survival Skills hike. You’ll learn about helpful survival tips and techniques and essential gear, plus you’ll discover what makes this forest ecologically remarkable. Fee includes Park admission: $22 Adults, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Pre-registration is required; call 800-277-9611 or email [email protected].
  • View stunning fall colors from the cliff face high above the gorge. Sign up for a rock climbing adventure with Fox Mountain Guides on two-hour, half- and full-day clinics for beginner to advanced climbers. Bring friends to save money with a group rate.

Experience Local Flavor

  • Soak up 75-mile panoramic views on top of the Chimney via a rewarding 20-25 minute hike on our Outcroppings trail. This is the most dramatic and popular way to get your fall color fix! On your way to or from the Chimney, be sure to stop by the Grotto, Subway and Pulpit Rock. These popular features were recently reopened and offer amazing views of the Carolina Piedmont, Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. Take some water, wear comfy walking shoes and take your time. The elevator may be out of service, but you’ll be well rewarded for the extra effort when you get to the top.
  • Chimney Rock offers a colorful variety of fall wildflowers. Pick up a local wildflower guidebook from the Park’s gift shop to identify many blooming beauties along Chimney Rock’s trails, including asters, goldenrod and Pink Turtlehead, to name a few.
  • Beats, Burgers & Brews adds a local soundtrack to the colorful autumn scene with live folk, bluegrass, blues and Americana music at the Old Rock Café at 6-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October beginning October 9. Located at the Park’s entrance, the restaurant offers regional craft beer and local burgers from Hickory Nut Gap Meats. Relax on the riverside deck with a great view of the Chimney framed by fall foliage.

Capture Colors on Camera

  • Shutterbugs looking for expert tips and tricks to frame peak fall colors will find them at the Park’s Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop on November 1, 8:30am-4pm. Award-winning photographer Chuck Hill leads one of the region’s most affordable workshops. $100 fee includes an annual pass to the Park and lunch; $75 fee for annual passholders includes lunch. Space is limited, so call 800-277-9611 or email [email protected] to register today.
  • Submit your fall photos of the Park by November 27 for a chance to win great prizes in the “Chimney Rock: What’s Your View” photo contest. Prizes include a two-day getaway with a stay at the historic Esmeralda Inn, Park annual passes, Lake Lure boat tours and more. Contest rules and entry instructions can be found at chimneyrockpark.com.


Due to the elevator being out of service, park admission is reduced to $13 for adults and $6 youth ages 5-15; kids under five are always free. For more information on fall color, scenic drives and events throughout Western North Carolina, visit fallinthemountains.com





About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a still-developing international outdoor destination located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It is recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic sites and popular travel destinations. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock can be accessed via a 499-step Outcroppings Trail and offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. Hickory Nut Gorge, one of the state’s most significant centers of biodiversity, is home to 36 rare plant species and 14 rare animal species. The Rumbling Bald section of the greater State Park off of Boys Camp Road in Chimney Rock is the only other area of the Park that is currently open to the public. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Chimney Rock section of the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.

A Celebration of Nerdy Performing Arts

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Entertainment System is the Unofficial After-Party of the Asheville Comic Expo. We will be bringing together a variety of creative bands, DJ’s, and dancers on two stages for an unforgettable party. There will be live acts upstairs and video and board gaming downstairs.


Bit Brigade: Video Game Music – Rock – Performing NES Metroid

Poor Unfortunate Souls – Cover’s Disney Songs In  A Rock/Punk Style

Eight Bit Disaster: Video Game Music – Funk/Jazz

Last WordBenders – Local Nerdcore Hip Hop

DJ MidiBoss – Nerdcore and Chip Pop DJ

Browncoat Bellydance – Performing Four Themed Bellydances

The Droids You’re Looking For – Star Wars Interpretive Dance

When: Saturday October 24th. Doors at 7:00. Music and More From 8:00pm – 1:30am



18 and Up – $9


The Asheville Music Hall and One Stop Bar and Deli

31 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC

Event Coordinator:

Allison Jenkins – [email protected]