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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events Scheduled

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – The 35th Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday January 16 at the Crowne Plaza Resort–this is a ticketed event. There will be a Peace March & Rally on Monday, January 18 at 11:30 am starting at St. James AME Church and ending at Pack Square and a Candlelight Ceremony on Monday the 18th at 6 pm at Nazareth First Baptist Church.

At the candlelight ceremony the 2016 Community Service Honorees will be presented and the event will feature Rev. Clark Olsen as the speaker and Jaki Shelton Green as the evening’s poet.

A flyer for this event is attached below.

County Offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day, January 18.  The Landfill will operate on a normal schedule.

Love Stories Center of Biltmore’s Newest Exhibition

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Guests entering Biltmore House during the first half of 2016 may get the impression they’ve walked onto a movie set with a wedding at the center of its story. Dramatic draping and silk roses over the front door of Biltmore House and a 6-foot tall wedding cake in the Entry Hall will all but make that first impression true.

Starting Feb. 12, Biltmore will present a new exhibition, “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film.” Showcasing 40 award-winning wedding gowns and costumes throughout Biltmore House, the exhibition spans 300 years of wedding fashion from films set in the years 1645 to 1935. The iconic Jane Austen romances of “Sense and Sensibility,” “Emma,” and “Pride and Prejudice” are included. The exhibition will run through July 4.

The costumes come to Biltmore from Cosprop Ltd., the same London-based company that furnished the costumes for Biltmore’s 2015 “Dressing Downton” exhibition of clothing from the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.”

Elaborate flower arrangements created by Biltmore’s floral team will accompany the costumes. Simplistic and over-the-top styles will coordinate with each wedding dress. Five costumes from “The Duchess,” featuring the wedding gown worn by actress Keira Knightly and the wedding suit worn by actor Ralph Fiennes, will reside in the Banquet Hall. Flowers and ribbons in hues of peach, cream, light blue and orange will cascade from the room’s chandeliers, reflecting the film’s English Rococo era. In the Library, dramatic red roses accented with hot pink will set off the wedding dress worn by actress Helena Bonham Carter in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”

Vanderbilt family wedding celebrations
The exhibition continues in Antler Hill Village in the Biltmore Legacy building with a focus on 60 years of Vanderbilt Family wedding fashion. Stories will be shared about George and Edith Vanderbilt’s courtship, plans for their wedding, guests and gifts, and their Biltmore homecoming after a four-month honeymoon.

The exhibition will include a closer look at Cornelia Vanderbilt’s wedding to John Cecil in 1924. Although Cornelia’s original wedding gown and veil worn by her mother Edith are not in Biltmore’s collection, John Bright, an Oscar-winning designer with Cosprop Ltd., recreated both from photographs and notes.

Another highlight of the exhibition is the wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan in her marriage to William A.V. Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt. This family heirloom was also worn by Mrs. Cecil’s cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy when she married future President John F. Kennedy. Also on display will be Mrs. Cecil’s wedding gown—a classic example of 1950s fashion with a tiny waist, bell-shaped skirt, and satin bows.

Admission to “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will be included in the general admission ticket price.

“Fashionable Romance” Events and special stay packages
In conjunction with the “Fashionable Romance” exhibition, special dining and stay experiences are planned.

Valentine’s Day Dinner in The Dining Room – Feb. 12, 13 and 14
Inn on Biltmore Estate will host a five-course Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Dining Room with wine pairing on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. Dinner is included as part of the Inn’s Valentine’s Day Package, or is $110 per non-package guest. Call 828-225-1699 to reserve. More about this package is available at www.biltmore.com/stay/inn/make-reservations/winter.

Wine & Roses Dinner Dance – Feb. 13
Deerpark will host a Wine & Roses Dinner Dance from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 13. The event includes a reception, followed by a four-course dinner, a bottle of wine for each couple and dessert. A live band will play favorite love songs until 11 p.m. Cost is $125 per person plus tax. Reservations required. Call 800 411-3812 to reserve.

“Fashionable Romance” stay package at Inn on Biltmore Estate – Feb. 15 through July 1
The Inn on Biltmore Estate will offer a special “Fashionable Romance” stay package Feb. 15 through July 1 that includes accommodations, chef’s breakfast buffet daily, nightly dinner in The Dining Room, Bistro or Cedric’s Tavern, Sec sparkling wine and confections upon arrival, and a wine seminar exploring Biltmore’s sparkling wines portfolio. Inn guests may also enjoy a “Flowers to Wear: A Boutonniere & Corsage Bar” seminar led by a Biltmore floral design expert if booking the package on the weekends of Feb. 13, March 26, May 7, and June 18. Reservations required. Book online or by calling 866-336-1245.

“Bed & Breakfast” stay package at Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate – Ongoing
Enjoy the charm of Biltmore’s newest hotel while taking in all Biltmore has to offer. Village Hotel’s Bed & Breakfast package includes accommodations; breakfast daily at Village Social; souvenir guide book; admission to Biltmore House and the “Fashionable Romance” exhibition for the length of stay; audio guide during Biltmore House tour; and complimentary estate shuttle service. Make reservations online or by calling 866-336-1245.

For more information, visit www.biltmore.com.

Photo Credit
Costumes worn by actors Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in “Sense and Sensibility” will be on display in Biltmore House during “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film,” an exhibition set to open Feb. 12, 2016, at Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY ©1995 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

ASAP Receives Funding to Start Farm to School Program

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is pleased to announce that they have received a three-year, $107,154 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to initiate the Growing Minds in Burke County project.


The Growing Minds in Burke County project will improve the lives of Burke County residents through the implementation of multiple farm to school interventions: edible school gardens, cafeteria taste tests, farm field trips, and food sourced from local farms. Project activities will target and engage diverse audiences (teachers, students, cafeteria staff, families, farmers) to develop a culture of health that extends beyond the educational setting.


“We are thrilled to be working with the Burke County Public Schools and the Burke County community. ASAP has helped establish farm to school programs throughout Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians, and we look forward to learning how farm to school implementation can best be tailored to the unique nature of Burke County,” said ASAP Program Director Emily Jackson.


ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program has provided support and resources to schools and preschools since 2002. Through mini-grants, free seeds, an annual farm to school conference, lesson plans, website resources, and more, ASAP helps build the connection between local agriculture, economic development, and health.



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 in the region, visit asapconnections.org and growing-minds.org or call (828) 236-1282.

Burial Beer Expands Again with Second Asheville Location

Friday, January 15th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – In conjunction with the Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council, and the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County (EDC), Burial Beer Co. announced today it will create 17 new jobs and invest $1.8 million for its second brewing facility and tasting room in Asheville.

Adding to Burial’s current 1,500 barrel annual production, the new 1.4 acre location near Biltmore Village will support 9,000 barrels with a phased expansion up to 16,000. Brewing could be underway by May 2016.

The expansion creates 17 full-time jobs and will enable Burial to begin limited distribution into new markets in Georgia and South Carolina, in addition to its current distribution to select markets across North Carolina. Improved packaging capability will expand its canned beer distribution with a greater variety of distinct styles, while Burial’s original location will focus on brewing wild fermented farmhouse beers. Its most popular flagship beers are Skillet Donut Stout and Scythe Rye IPA.

This is Burial’s second expansion within a year, which included adding a 10-barrel system, outdoor bar, beer garden, and urban garden at its South Slope location of 40 Collier Avenue. Burial Beer credits its rapid growth and success to its overwhelmingly loyal crowd of local support.

Consistent with the nature of its current brewhouse, Burial Beer owners Jess and Doug Reiser and Tim Gormley, part-owner and head brewer, selected the historically significant location at 16 Shady Oak Dr. near Biltmore Village for its opportunity to restore an important property in Asheville’s history that will once again contribute to the regional economy.

The brewery plans to refurbish the six early 20th century buildings that served as living and working quarters for members of the Civilian Conservation Corp during FDR’s New Deal Program. These young men were involved in the original construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which for decades has been a backbone of WNC’s tourism economy.

Future plans for the brewery’s new site include an urban farm, restaurant, an outdoor event space for concerts and festivals, and a taproom scheduled to open in fall 2016.

When Burial opened in June 2013 operating a one-barrel pilot system, it was Asheville’s 12th brewery. Today there are 21 in Buncombe County, an area that’s earned its reputation as the definitive east coast capital of craft beer. Asheville is said to have the most breweries per capita of any U.S. city.

“Building Burial’s community from the ground up has been a humbling experience for our family. We wouldn’t exist without the support and loyalty of our friends and patrons who choose to enjoy a pint with us, spread the word around town, and bring their families over for our Sunday jazz brunches and holiday dinners. Our expansion is a result of deeper community connections grounded in celebrating great craft beer,” said Jess Reiser, co-owner of Burial Beer.

“We applaud Burial’s sustainable approach to preserving an important piece of our city’s history and look forward to its vibrant future. Asheville’s brewing reputation is derived from successful local breweries like Burial that are esteemed for their quality craft beer,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Burial Beer’s expansion that adds good jobs to our community. Buncombe County is proud of its continued support for growing local businesses that form the foundation of our creative economy,” commented David Gantt, Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners.

“Burial Beer reflects the spirit of innovation and smart growth that drives our entrepreneurial community forward. We celebrate their contribution to one of our thriving industries in which Asheville is a major player at the national level,” said Taylor Foss, EDC Chair and SVP, Organizational Transformation at Mission Health.

Burial Beer Co., located on the South Slope in Asheville, N.C., is a community driven brewery. Much like the Jazz funerals in New Orleans’ culture, the Burial brand nods to the afterlife celebrating the cycle of life, of harvest and brewing. Its most popular flagship beers are Skillet Donut Stout and Scythe Rye IPA. Burial is expanding with limited distribution of canned beers into new markets in Georgia and South Carolina, in addition to its current select markets in North Carolina. For expanded taproom hours, beers on tap, and special events, check Burial’s website at www.burialbeer.com.

The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions.  The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment. The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and about 70 private investors through AVL 5×5. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development. Learn more about AVL 5×5 at www.asheville5x5.com.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 208,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit www.ashevillechamber.org.