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Southeast’s Largest Fly-Fishing Event Returns to Ag Center

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo is set for Dec. 4 and 5, 2015 at the WNC Agricultural Center. This two-day fly-fishing extravaganza provides anglers a forum to sharpen their skills and learn about the latest innovations in their sport. It’s become the Southeast’s largest event for fly-fishers, averaging more than 1,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

The expo will feature local fly shops, conservation organizations, professional fly-fishing instructors and guides as well as fly tying demonstrations during the event.

This year’s featured speakers will be renowned fly fishing experts addressing the distinctive tactics for fly-fishing, from fresh to salt water strategies. Speakers include: Orvis’s Tom Rosenbauer, former U.S. Fly Fishing team’s George Daniel, renowned fly tyer and angler Michael Schmidt, Musky fly fishing expert Chris Willen, Davidson River Outfitter’s Kevin Howell, Asheville’s own Tenkara fishing expert John Miko and Trout Unlimited’s Damon Hearne.

A 3,200 square-foot indoor casting pond will be available to participants to work with professional fly casting instructors to improve their casting skills. Hands on fly tying clinics will be available throughout the event for all attendees, sponsored by the Hilltop Fly Tyers.

Hours for the 7th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo will be Friday, Dec. 4 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 16 years of age and younger. Free Saturday admission with Friday ticket purchase.

For more information, visit www.wncflyfishingexpo.com.

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NC Natural Products Association Hosts Ginseng Expo at UNCA

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On December 4 and 5, 2015 the North Carolina Natural Products Association will host an all-star gathering of ginseng experts at the second International American Ginseng Expo to discuss the impact of wild and wild-simulated American Ginseng on the economy, health, and culture of Western North Carolina, Appalachia, and the nation.

The Expo on the “king of herbs” is open to the public and tickets for one or both days are available in advance, and if space allows, at the door on the days of the event. The event will be hosted at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith Union and includes vending and poster presentations from the scientific and research community.

Local and national celebrity, “Junkyard” Sam, area resident and one of the stars of the History Channel’s Appalachian Outlaws, will be attending to talk about his family’s tradition of digging, why he joined the show, why he hates poachers as much as anyone, and what he is doing to preserve the plant in the wild for future generations.

Scott Persons, renowned Ginseng grower and author and Bob Beyfuss, retired Ginseng specialist from Cornell University will share their comprehensive knowledge of the opportunities and challenges with the cultivation of “wild-simulated ginseng” in a special Friday afternoon intensive for beginning growers. Both will return on Saturday for presentations. Dr. Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor of Horticultural Science, NC State University and herbalist Phyllis Light will present on Other Forest Botanicals in demand, while Chip Carroll of United Plant Savers and Wallace Souther will speak about creating sanctuaries for plants of concern. All presenters as growers, authors, educators, herbalists, conservationists, and researchers, have devoted their careers to developing ginseng as a profitable crop for forest landowners, to using and preserving it as a traditional medicine, and to conserving the plant for future generations.

Of serious concern is security and protection of wild and wild-simulated plots of American Ginseng on public and private lands.  This will be a major topic of both days and expected to be a hot topic of the roundtable discussions to be held on Friday where attendees and speakers can sit together to discuss issues surrounding the industry. Other panelists include representatives of state and national government agencies tasked with the growth and regulation of the ginseng industry, export specialists, researchers and herbalists. The program includes in-depth and time-sensitive information for anyone interested in the conservation or horticulture of Panax quinquefolius (American Ginseng), or how entrepreneurs are blending value-added products made with ginseng.
“We’re so excited to host the 2015 International Ginseng Expo. It’s been exactly 300 years since ginseng was discovered in America by European settlers although Native Americans already used leaf and root medicinally. In 2012, the US exported 45,000 lbs of wild ginseng and 342,000 lbs cultivated ginseng. As wild stands diminish, we are so moved to see those that have been harvesting for generations continue to be land stewards, putting a lot more ginseng seed back in the wild, hoping it will not be stolen. These stewards have saved American ginseng, as our beautiful Appalachia experiences more deforestation due to development. The expo will create an environment for serious discussions and a great time to network and swap techniques for wild simulation and cultivation. Anyone can help save American ginseng populations by growing a little in their small or large woodland plots, even in the city,” says Jeannie Dunn, NCNPA President and Owner of Red Moon Herbs.

To register and for more information, go to http://www.tinyurl.com/2015GinsengExpo.
For color photos and/or additional information about the 2015 International American Ginseng Expo please contact Jennifer Flynn, Brand Manager, Blue Ridge Naturally ™ and former NCNPA Board Member, 828-380-9541, [email protected]

Roots Rock for Get Local in November!

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s time to move underground with ASAP’s Get Local Feature. You guessed it, roots. This month chefs at Appalachian Grown partner restaurants have special plans for beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips—any vegetable that grows underground.

Cúrate is partnering with ASAP for another fabulous meal and fundraiser to help support local food, strong farms, and healthy communities. “Get Local, Get Rooted!” will take place at Cúrate on Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-9:30 pm. Highlights of the meal will include local turnips, beets, squash, cheese, meats, and much more. Visit asapconnections for tickets and more information.

Park Ridge Health’s Café is offering:

  • Roast butternut squash, carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas in a house made seasoning as a side item.
  • Kale and apple salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted rutabaga and a maple vinaigrette.
  • Roasted beets with orange supremes and a vinaigrette on the salad bar
  • Roasted red and yellow beets with feta cheese, fresh arugula and citrus vinaigrette
  • Roasted red potatoes with fresh garlic, grainy Dijon mustard and a drizzle of truffle oil.

The Market Place is also featuring several dishes with roots:

  • Beets, fennel, radish, turnips, etc. on their house-made pickles
  • Roasted beet and goat cheese agnolotti, butternut squash, trumpet mushrooms, shaved root and herb salad
  • Roasted Indian cauliflower, black quinoa, green curry sauce, shaved fennel and cashew salad
  • Pan roasted quail, bacon cheddar cornbread, Swiss chard, confit garlic, celery root, red wine demi
  • Wood grilled flat iron steak, house made thyme ketchup, sweet potato hash, local farms eggs

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.

Celebrate the Season Asheville Symphony’s “Simply Sinatra Christmas”

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – World-renowned Frank Sinatra interpreter Steve Lippia joins the Asheville Symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 11, for “Simply Sinatra Christmas,” an enchanting evening filled with Sinatra’s classic holiday songs and the legendary crooner’s signature works at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. Maestro James Fellenbaum, the resident conductor of the Knoxville Symphony, will conduct the concert, which falls on the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth.

The program for “Simply Sinatra Christmas,” includes “Let it Snow,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Ave Maria,” “Winter Wonderland,“ and “Moonlight in Vermont.” Other Sinatra standards on the program include “Come Fly with Me,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “My Way.”

Steve Lippia is considered one of the world’s finest interpreters of timeless standards and traditional pop music. He has headlined successful, extended engagements in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and has performed with nearly one hundred symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada. In addition to Asheville, Lippia’s 2015-16 season includes appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Charlotte and Detroit symphonies, and the Cleveland Pops.

He has also headlined concerts at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, performed in a highly successful European Jazz Festival Tour that resulted in a nationally televised special on Finnish TV2, and has made television appearances on “Extra,” Fox’s “Good Day New York,” CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” ABC, and the BBC.

Maestro James Fellenbaum is celebrating his ninth season with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO). In recent years, he has made his Masterwork and Chamber Classics conducting debuts with the KSO, while continuing to serve as an assistant for all other concerts in those series. He conducts Outreach, Pops, and Educational concerts, the latter of which include the KSO’s annual Young People’s Concerts. Fellenbaum is also Director of Orchestras at the University of Tennessee.

Single tickets for “Simply Sinatra Christmas” are $22 – $74 depending on seating section; reduced youth pricing is available. Single tickets and season ticket packages can be purchased at www.ashevillesymphony.org, by calling 828-254-7046, or in person at the U.S. Cellular Center box office at 87 Haywood Street.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs and promotes symphonic music for the benefit, enjoyment and education of the people of Western North Carolina. The ASO presents concerts in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Related organizations include the Asheville Symphony Guild, Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Symphonettes, and education initiatives such as the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra, Music in the Schools, MusicWorks!, Spotlight on Young Musicians, Symphony Talk and pre-concert lectures.

Holiday Concert


December 11, 2015 • 8 p.m.

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

James Fellenbaum, conductor

Steve Lippia, vocalist


Arr. Calvin Custer                                     Music from Guys and Dolls

Arlen                                                                         I’ve Got the World on a String

Leigh & Coleman                                     The Best is Yet to Come

Cahn & Van Heusen                                     All the Way

Cahn & Van Heusen                                     Come Fly With Me

Drake                                                                         It Was a Very Good Year

Porter                                                                         I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Howard                                                       Fly Me to the Moon

Blackburn & Suessdorf                                     Moonlight in Vermont

Cahn & Styne                                                       Let it Snow

Anderson                                                       Sleigh Ride Jerry McClellan, special guest conductor

Leroy Anderson                                     Belle of the Ball

Rodgers & Hart                                     The Lady is a Tramp

Rodgers & Hammerstein                   I Have Dreamed

Coots & Gillespie                                     Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Berlin                                                                         White Christmas

Tormé & Wells                                                       The Christmas Song

Schubert, Franz                                     Ave Maria

Smith & Bernard                                     Winter Wonderland

Anka & Francois & Revaux                   My Way

Unwind Your Nerves December 5, 2015 at One Center Yoga

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – One Center Yoga will host a 2-hour class entitled” Unwind Your Nerves” on Saturday December 5, 2015 from 1-3pm with Letitia Walker & Mili Perez.

Every organ, muscle and cell in our body needs to spend time in parasympathetic mode to regenerate and heal. The brain and nervous system need a break as well.

Whether we lead busy lives full of physical exertion, spend too many hours at a desk job, or have too much stress in our life, this workshop will give you the tools to deal with fatigue and exhaustion quickly and effectively, even if you only have a little time to spare.

This workshop is the perfect opportunity to give your nervous system the soothing rest, rejuvenation and regeneration it craves. Take this two-hour opportunity with two teachers to give your kidneys, adrenals and entire nervous system a much needed boost from the busyness of daily living.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

• poses to restore the body after too much physical exertion

• poses to rejuvenate the nervous system after long days sitting at work

• how to combat adrenal fatigue

Join Mili and Letitia for a soothing afternoon of almost magical techniques to get a lot of relaxation in a short period of time.

COST: $30 in advance, $35 day of. You may register online through our website www.onecenteryoga.com or call us at 828-225-1904.

One Center Yoga is located at 120 Coxe Avenue, Suite 3B, in downtown Asheville. For more details visit us online at http://www.onecenteryoga.com

Handmade Holidays Market November 22

Friday, November 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – On Sunday, November 22, from noon until 5 pm, around a dozen local artists and crafters will come together at New Mountain Asheville (38 N. French Broad Ave.) for a special holiday market to benefit Arts For Life. Their offerings will range from baby gifts to jewelry and clothing to pottery. A portion of the day’s sales will help fund the Asheville nonprofit’s pediatric arts education programs for Western North Carolina’s children and families facing serious illness and disability.

Slated vendors include The High Fiber Co. (printed textiles); Hip-Remix (upcycled skirts, scarves, and hats); ElloLovey (art prints and cards); Essential Journeys (soaps, candles, lip balms, and lotions); Donna Hollinshead (inspirational shirts, journals, and cards); Andrea Freeman (pottery); Cara Mae Skin Care (skin butter); Caroline Yarborough (jewelry); and more.

“We’re so thankful to operate in such a supportive arts community,” says Arts For Life’s executive director, Rachel Zink. “We’re beyond fortunate that Asheville-area artists and crafters not only volunteer their time and skills in our educational hospital programs but also generously give of their sales to support our work with the region’s children and families in need.”

The 2015 Handmade Holidays Market is sponsored by New Mountain Asheville. For more information, including a complete vendor list, visit artsforlifenc.org/handmadeholidays and the event page at facebook.com/artsforlifenc.

Arts For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting people facing serious illness through educational art programs. The organization helps kids, teens, and families in four children’s hospitals and communities across North Carolina. For more information about their work, visit artsforlifenc.org, or call (828) 712-8120.

Veterans Amnesty Day Announced

Saturday, November 7th, 2015
ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams announced the first ever Buncombe County Veterans Amnesty Day

On Friday, November 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buncombe County Courthouse, the Veterans Amnesty Day will provide veterans with an opportunity to make a fresh start in undisposed traffic and non-violent misdemeanor cases without fear of arrest.

All current and former members of the military will be eligible to reset court dates, remit unpaid fines, and resolve and/or reschedule minor traffic matters and non-violent misdemeanors without fear of arrest.

To be eligible veterans should bring proof of discharge such as a DD214 form on November 13.  For more information about Veteran’s Treatment Court and Veteran’s Amnesty Day call Eric Howard at (828) 259-6601 or District Attorney Todd Williams at (828) 259-3410.

There are over 100 operational Veterans Treatment Courts in the United States today and three are presently operational across North Carolina. Veterans Treatment Courts strive to support veterans in sobriety, recovery and mental health stability through a coordinated response of court personnel, veteran support groups and the resources of the Veteran’s Administration.

Buncombe County Veteran’s Treatment Court Coordinator Eric Howard said, “Vets often return home with serious mental and emotional problems. In response, the Buncombe County justice system has established both a Veteran’s Treatment Court and now a Veterans’ Amnesty Day. These efforts are focused on addressing the profound stress many veterans have experienced when returning home. We hope vets who have undisposed nonviolent matters will take advantage of these programs to clear their records and get appropriate treatment.”

Buncombe County Veteran’s Treatment Court supports military personnel by addressing the underlying causes of criminality and focusing on treatment and rehabilitation. Participants are closely monitored as they engage in treatment, search for employment or educational opportunities, find stable housing and complete a minimum of an 18 month probationary program.

“Supporting Veterans whether it be by giving them a second chance in Veterans Treatment Court or a fresh start in Veterans Amnesty Day is the right thing to do,” said District Attorney Todd Williams.

“We are pleased that Clerk of Court Steve Cogburn and his staff, Chief District Court Judge Calvin Hill, and Superior Court Judge Marvin Pope have all lent their skills and resources in support of Veterans in creating both Amnesty Day and Treatment Court,” said District Attorney Williams.

For more information about Veteran’s Treatment Court and Veteran’s Amnesty Day call Eric Howard at (828) 259-6601 or District Attorney Todd Williams at (828) 259-3410.

NCDOT Engages Public on Updated I-26 Connector Alternatives

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – In late October, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) released the results of a draft environmental impact study (DEIS) and recommended alternatives to their highly-anticipated I-26 Connector project.

The project

The I-26 Connector Project is an approximately 7-mile interstate freeway project proposed to connect I-26 in southwest Asheville to US 19-23-70 in northwest Asheville. According to the NCDOT, the proposed I-26 Connector in Asheville includes three sections:

  • Section A: Includes upgrading existing I-240 from the I-26/I-240 interchange with I-40 to the I-240 interchange with Patton Avenue, west of the French Broad River. This includes upgrades to the Brevard Road, Amboy Road and Haywood Road interchanges.
  • Section B: Includes construction of the interstate on new a location from the Patton Avenue interchange north across the French Broad River, tying into US 19-23-70 south of Broadway.
  • Section C: Includes improvements to the I-40 interchanges with Smokey Park Highway, I-26/I-240 and Brevard Road.

The NCDOT is scheduled to select a preferred alternative for the connector the winter of 2015-16.

The estimated cost of the connector project would be $600 million to $800 million, depending on alternative chosen. Property acquisition would begin in 2019 with a construction start date in 2021.

Where to get more information

The NCDOT has launched an I-26 Connector Asheville page.

Project maps


I-26 Connector Draft Environmental Impact Statement

I-26 Connector project information packet

Public meeting and input

The NCDOT will take public comment at a Nov. 16 open house and public hearing. The meeting at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin St., will begin with an open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a formal presentation and public hearing beginning at 7 p.m.

The public can also submit public comment a variety of other ways through Dec. 16, including through the DOT’s website.

Other ways to give input

  • Public involvement overview
  • NCDOT online engagement tool, EngageNCDOT
  • Live webinar: Will be offered during the Nov. 16 public hearing for people who wish to participate but cannot be there in person.
  • Written comments: Will be received through Dec. 16. Send them to Drew Joyner, [email protected] or NCDOT Human Environment Section, 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699. Or call 1-800-233-6315.

City of Asheville’s role

Asheville Transportation Director Ken Putnam and his staff are studying the proposals closely with an eye particularly on multimodal transportation aspects that could be incorporated into the connector project.

Asheville City Council is scheduled to hear comments from staff and the Multimodal Transportation Commission regarding the multimodal components of the proposal and alternatives at its Dec. 8 meeting. Council will determine the City’s official comments to NCDOT on the project at that time.

The NCDOT site notes that the City of Asheville has multiple plans to address bicycle and pedestrian accommodations throughout the City:

“In harmony with these plans, a greenway is proposed along Section A and all of the Section B alternatives. The greenway begins at Haywood Road and will follow the I-26 improvements in Section B, where it merges with Patton Avenue to cross the French Broad River and ties to the nearby streets, providing access to downtown Asheville.

In addition, the proposed designs include multiple connections throughout the project area to existing sidewalks, bike paths or transit routes.”

City staff and leaders are studying these latest NCDOT plans to ensure opportunities for multimodal enhancements are brought to the attention of the DOT in this project.

Time stamps for I-26 Connector video

1:45 Overview of the I-26 connector project
4:40 Description of the three sections of the project

4:46 Section C, alternative F1: adding 2 connections to I-40 at the I-26/I-40/I-240 interchange
(there are 4 alternatives being considered for this section, but only F1 is shown in the video)

5:57 Section A: widening 240 and three interchange upgrades from west of Brevard Rd to just North of Haywood Rd. (only alternative being considered).

Section B: extends I-240 across French Broad River
7:33 Alternative 3: Separates I-240 and I-26
9:16 Alternative 3C: Modification of Alt 3 to reduce footprint
11:14 Alternative 4: Separates I-240 from local traffic
13:55 Alternative 4B: another option to separate I-240 from local traffic

Veterans Ride Free on ART for Veterans Day

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – To honor the service of our veterans, the City of Asheville invites veterans to ride all Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) routes FREE for Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. When boarding a bus, a veteran simply will be asked to show a valid military identification (ex. V.A.I.D. card, active military I.D., retired military I.D. or D.D. 214 form) to the bus driver.

For more information about all Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) routes, call 828-253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ridetheart.com.

UNC Asheville Annual Holiday Art Sale Nov. 20-21

Saturday, November 7th, 2015
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale, featuring student work in ceramics and many other media, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative pottery, drawings, prints, photography, glass and sculpture crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices starting at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the university’s Department of Art and Art History.

For more information, visit art.unca.edu or call 828.251.6559.