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WCU is Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s ‘Top Adventure College’

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University is the premiere outdoor adventure college in the region, according to a Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine online readers’ poll.

The monthly magazine for outdoor sports, health and adventure travel in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic announced the results in a recent article. It is the third straight year for WCU to gain the recognition.

“It’s not surprising that WCU has taken the Top Adventure College Contest honors for the third year in a row,” said Travis Hall, author of the feature article. “Amidst a backdrop of Appalachian peaks, crystal clear trout streams and rivers, and seemingly endless singletrack, WCU has cultivated an outdoor culture that only gets richer with each passing school year.”

On campus and off, numerous outdoor opportunities await students, faculty and staff. From a multi-use trail system behind the Health and Human Sciences Building on its West Campus to the neighboring Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, as well as scenic lakes and waterways like the nearby Tuckaseigee River, there is quick and easy access to some of the best landscapes in the Southern Appalachians.

“WCU truly embraces its rural mountain environment and ability to access natural resources by emphasizing outdoor recreation as a part of our university culture,” said Shauna Sleight, director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. “The university has facilities, programs, services and academic programs focused in the outdoor environment. When an opportunity presents itself to vote for WCU as the best outdoor adventure school, our university community is proud to do so for the place we call home.”

The university’s Base Camp Cullowhee, the outdoor programming unit at WCU, offers dozens of outdoor recreation trips to students annually, provides experiential education services and has an equipment rental service.

“Base Camp Cullowhee is seen as one of the premier outdoor programs in the University of North Carolina system,” said Jeremiah Haas, WCU assistant director of outdoor programs. “With student development being at the core of our foundation, we believe this is a home and community for developing outdoor adventure athletes, outdoor instructors and guides, and even those students just wanting to have a new adventure during their college experience. We have students that come to WCU because they have heard about the quality of the Base Camp Cullowhee program and the depth of programming opportunities, which students simply cannot pass up.”

One aspect of the Base Camp Cullowhee program that keeps things fresh and innovative are the various collaborations and partnerships that WCU students and staff seek. “Our connection with the Parks and Recreation Management Program is a natural fit and one that offers real-world experience for our trip leaders and also is an avenue for which students can gain valuable field experience and gain nationally recognized certifications,” Haas said. “A program that will launch in the fall is the outdoor guide development program, which is an avenue by which students, faculty and staff can gain foundational training in risk management, history and philosophy of outdoor education, and leadership and group dynamics. Students then get a chance to engage in a field-based apprenticeship where the student has control over their progression of training.”

Among the academic programs offered by WCU that are of interest to students pursuing careers in the outdoors are parks and recreation management, forest resources, hospitality and tourism and natural resource conservation and management, along with geology and environmental science.

“Having so many opportunities to recreate outside within close proximity to WCU is what we should call ‘at home recreation,’” said Debby Singleton, a parks and recreation management program instructor upon hearing the magazine’s poll results. Singleton had just spent a day on nearby Cedar Cliff Lake with students in a stand-up paddleboard class. “When recreation opportunities are this close, it becomes a daily part of life for students and the community. These types of connections build a community of like-minded individuals. Recreating together builds bonds, and these bonds extend past their time at WCU. Just ask some of our parks and recreation management alums who are still meeting up on a regular basis to paddle, snowboard, hike or bike together.”

The contest began with 32 schools in the running for the title. Following a “March Madness” theme, WCU progressed to the magazine’s online finals and faced Emory and Henry College of Emory, Virginia. Voting for the top spot began at 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, and concluded 9 a.m. Monday, April 25.

WCU Fine Art Museum Great Smoky Mountains Art Exhibit

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University is presenting an exhibition of images of the Great Smoky Mountains that in turn helped inspire the creation of the nation’s most visited national park.

Through June 30, the museum will display “Vision and Vistas: Great Smoky Mountains,” with collected photos from the pre-park period by a veritable who’s-who of early 20th-century regional photographers, such as professionals like George Masa, Jim Thompson and George Grant, and accomplished amateurs like Herbert Pelton and Nace Brock. Pencil drawings by Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees Irving Fromer, J.D. Chaffin and Alan Youngblood also are on display.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934 and formally dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. The 530,000-acre park is located in Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, receiving as many as 10 million visitors annually.

This is the centennial year for the National Park Service. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior to maintain parks and monuments. In celebration of that milestone, the National Park Service has launched an initiative to promote community connections to public lands, natural resources and cultural heritage.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Thursdays to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. To learn more, go to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or call 828-227-3591.

May 22 Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Asheville SymphonyASHEVILLE NC – Join the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) for an exciting spring concert, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville. The ASYO performance will feature works by Elgar, Brahms, Sibelius and guest artist Matt Townsend for the premiere of “For Now We Are Young” from the new album The Asheville Symphony Sessions.

The concert will also include the epic debut of the 90-piece ASYO Prelude Orchestra with guest conductor, Emily Schaad.

The concert is a free event, but donations are encouraged. The newly released album The Asheville Symphony Sessions is our gift to anyone making a minimum donation of $25 to the ASYO program.

Asheville’s Public Works Crews Hit the Streets, Get the Job Done

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Public-WorksASHEVILLE NC – They fix and sweep our streets, lay our sidewalks and plow our roads while the rest of us take a snow day. They collect our garbage, keep trees healthy and clean our public buildings of graffiti. They restore our streams, prepare the city when flooding is expected, and find ways to reduce the impacts of stormwater on our infrastructure.

Employees in the City of Asheville Public Works Department are very, very busy, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This week is National Public Works Week, and the City joins the nation in taking a moment to recognize the often-unsung heroes of our society — professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication. So quietly, in fact, that residents don’t always realize how much their communities depend on Public Works to build and maintain the infrastructure we use every day.

“The men and women of the profession are always there and always ready,” Public Works Director Greg Shuler said of the 120-plus employees in the department.

That became even more evident in the past month when, in anticipation of Public Works Week, staff visited schools to educate kids on the work they do. Business Manager Jakob Klodt and Sanitation Division employee Sonja Kun shared information about their work at Jones Elementary’s Career Day; meanwhile, Stormwater Division’s Justin Boll and Bobby Austin joined Street Division employee Mark Foster to bring a vacuum truck and a bucket truck to Haw Creek Elementary School. Above and beyond is just another day at the “office” for the City of Asheville’s committed Public Works team.

“Please join me in celebrating the hard-working men and women that do what it takes to make many of our City’s core services happen every day and night,” Shuler said. “During this nationally recognized week, the City is pleased to honor their dedicated work on behalf of our citizens.”

City Council officially recognized National Public Works Week with a proclamation at its May 10 meeting.

Create Summer Vacation Memories at Biltmore

Friday, May 20th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – George and Edith Vanderbilt encouraged their guests to explore the rolling hillsides, manicured gardens and verdant forests surrounding Biltmore House, especially in summertime. Thanks to careful preservation, guests today may experience the estate much as the Vanderbilts and their friends did 100 years ago.  Summer at Biltmore runs May 27 through Sept. 5.

In addition to hikes and strolls, today’s guests may ride horses along trails with views of Biltmore House. More modern modes are available for exploration at Biltmore’s Outdoor Adventure Center, which serves as the jumping-off point for guests interested in Segway tours, bike rentals, stand-up paddle boarding, rafting and kayaking. Land Rover off-road driving experiences are available, as are fly-fishing and sporting clays instruction.

Glorious garden strolls
No visit to the estate is complete without time spent in the gardens. Biltmore’s formal gardens flow from one to the next, offering guests varied scenery and places to stop and reflect. Garden and gardening lovers can lose themselves along meandering paths that lead down a gentle hillside to the Bass Pond. Along the way, guests can stop to say hello to the koi and goldfish that call the Italian Garden’s three pools home; marvel at the size of the elephant ears and tropical foliage plants that grow in the borders of the Walled Garden; and take in the heady scent of the historic rose garden.

Music in the evenings
Antler Hill Village & Winery comes alive in the summer, especially on weekend evenings when Live After Five takes place. Live music on the Village Green features jazz and pop, the Grape Stomp and casual food including cookout favorites.

Select nights this summer will bring stars to the South Terrace of Biltmore House with the Biltmore Concert Series presenting nationally- and internationally-known performers on the grand stage with views of America’s largest home.

Last chance to see Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film
Summer also offers the last opportunity to see the Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film exhibition, which ends July 4. Award-winning wedding dresses and costumes are showcased in Biltmore House, accented with elaborate floral displays. The exhibition continues in Antler Hill Village with a focus on the weddings of Biltmore founder George Vanderbilt and his descendants. The exhibition includes the first-ever display of the Lee family wedding veil worn by Mary Lee Ryan at her marriage to Vanderbilt’s grandson in 1957, which was also worn by her cousin Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at her 1953 marriage to future President John F. Kennedy. Another highlight is the re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt’s beautiful 1924 wedding gown and veil by renowned costume designers Cosprop Ltd., London.

Extend your day visit beyond sunset
Choose from two distinctive properties to reap exclusive benefits like waking up on George Vanderbilt’s mountain estate. Experience the gracious hospitality with a luxurious package celebrating summer holidays at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, or relax with a more casual stay at the new Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, located in the middle of Antler Hill Village’s activities.

Summer specials
Kids free:
  Summertime means kids 16 and younger are admitted to the estate for the day for free (with ticketed adult). Runs May 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Father’s Day: On Sunday, June 19, Dads are free with the purchase of an adult or youth ticket.

Save on admission: Receive $10 off ticket price if visit is booked seven or more days in advance. Save $5 if booked one to six days in advance. Next-day upgrade is $10.

More information is available at 866.336.1245, or by visiting www.biltmore.com. View suggested itineraries for more family travel ideas.

June and July events at Chimney Rock

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Chimney Rock EventsASHEVILLE NC – Greetings from Chimney Rock! It’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner. We have some very special events this June and July, including the return of The Last of the Mohicans for our 5th Annual Movie on the Meadows and an amazing centennial flag raising ceremony early in the morning on the 4th of July. For more details on these and other events throughout the year, visit chimneyrockpark.com.



Family Animal Encounters
Date/Time: June 1-30; daily at 2pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Afterward, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations!

Cost: Included with Park admission         


National Trails Day
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4; 11am-3pm. Program and hike times vary
Description: What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than to take a hike! Join a Park naturalist on adventurous guided hikes throughout the day. Check our website, chimneyrockpark.com, for specific trails and times.

Cost: Included with Park admission


National Get Outdoors Day
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11; 11am-3pm. Program and hike times vary
Description: Bring your family and friends and join us for a day of outdoor-themed activities, including guided hikes and a special French and Indian War reencampment with Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. Then pack a picnic and enjoy a special viewing of The Last of the Mohicans that evening. It’s a full day of outdoor fun!

Cost: National Get Outdoors Day activities included with Park admission; Movie parking is $10/car, $8/car for Annual Passholders or included with June 11 Park admission receipt. Save $3 on parking with special coupon available only at Lake Lure Ingles with your Advantage Card.


5th Annual Movie on the Meadows
: Saturday, June 11; Gate opens at 7:30pm, Movie begins at 9pm
Description: Join us for America’s favorite pastime to watch The Last of the Mohicans on a giant outdoor movie screen surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and under a canopy of stars. Presented by Ingles Markets. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or camping chair and a flashlight.

Cost: $10/car, $8/car for Annual Passholders or included with June 11 Park admission receipt. Save $3 on parking with special coupon available only at Lake Lure Ingles with your Advantage Card.


Naturalist Niche: Summer Birding
Date/Time: Saturday, June 18; 8:30-10:30am
Description: During the summer, dozens of species of warblers breed in Chimney Rock. A Park naturalist will lead a moderate hike to see and hear our summertime feathered friends, including Worm-eating, Swainson’s, Black-and-white, Hooded and Yellow-throated Warblers. The summer-resident Scarlet Tanagers and Wood Thrushes will likely be singing and establishing their territories. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot. Summer Birding is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

Cost: Includes Park admission: $22 Adult, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.


Father’s Day Weekend Special

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19

Description: Forget the tie! Give dad what he really wants: a getaway to the mountains at Chimney Rock for incredible views and scenic hiking with the family. We’ll even make it easy for you–buy one regularly-priced adult admission and dad’s or granddad’s admission is free with our online coupon. Download the coupon from chimneyrockpark.com and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid June 18-19, 2016 only.

Cost: Buy one regularly-priced adult admission and Dad or Grampa receives one free


National Pollinator Week

Date/Time: June 20 – June 26; daily 2pm programs

Description: We all know honeybees are pollinators, but how about bats? And did you know that birds are attracted to pollinate red flowers more than other kinds of colors? Take a walk through our pollinator garden at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den to learn why pollinators are so important to our world and what we can do to protect them.

Cost: Included with Park admission




Family Animal Encounters
Date/Time: July 1-31; daily at 2pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Animal Encounters meet at Grady’s Animal Discover Den Mon-Fri and at the Outdoor Classroom Sat & Sun. Afterward, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations!

Cost: Included with Park admission         


Beats, Burgers and Brews
: Fridays and Saturdays, July 1-2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8pm
Location: Old Rock Café
Description: Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats’ 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full menu includes grilled sandwiches, salads and fresh baked fruit cobbler. Get more band details at chimneyrockpark.com.

Cost: Free; no cover charge and no reservations required.


July 4th Weekend Family Fun
: Saturday-Monday, July 2-4; Climbing Tower open 11am-4pm; Family Animal Encounters 2pm.

Description: Meet some of Grady’s live woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident animal ambassadors are the stars of our Family Animal Encounters, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Meet at the Outdoor Classroom on Saturday & Sunday and at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den on Monday for our Animal Encounters. Defy gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, then grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Don’t forget your camera!
Cost: Included with Park admission


Centennial Flag Celebration

Date/Time: Monday, July 4; gate opens at 7:30am for 8:30am flag dedication

Description: The first American flag was raised atop Chimney Rock on July 4, 1916. Beginning at 7:30am, this 4th of July, enter the Park to view a special ceremony as the North Carolina state flag joins Old Glory on its centennial birthday. Admission fees will be waived for the first 100 cars during the early opening from 7:30 until 8:30 am; regular admission fees will apply to all others. No buses or RVs can be allowed for early entry. Flag dedication will begin at 8:30am.

Cost: No admission fee for first 100 vehicles during 7:30-8:30am. Included with Park admission for all others.


Naturalist Niche: Big Basswood Hike
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16; 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: Up and down a bit of slope, between a few boulders and shrubs and weaving beneath tall trees, hikers will be led into a hidden cove where the state’s largest basswood tree lives. Several other large trees are its neighbors, and wildflowers carpet the forest floor. This is a moderately-strenuous hike. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. Space is limited to 15, and advance registration is required, so call 800-277-9611 today to reserve your spot. Big Basswood Hike is part of our Naturalist Niche series. Join an expert naturalist on park trails once a month March – December to learn about birding, old growth trees, ancient geology and other fascinating outdoor topics.

Cost: Includes Park admission: $22 Adult, $7 Annual Passholder, $12 Youth (ages 5-15), $5 Grady’s Kids Club Member. Advance registration required.


World Ranger Day
Date/Time: Friday, July 31
Description: World Ranger Day commemorates rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect our resources. In honor of rangers worldwide, we’re offering special programs and activities all day on July 31. Kids will have the opportunity take part in Junior Ranger activities, and we’ll be showing The Thin Green Line throughout the day.

Cost: Included with Park admission

Saving Downtown Asheville’s Restaurants in the 70’s-80’s

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Asheville Downtown Restaurant Scene in the 80s

Pack Memorial Library’s North Carolina Room is putting on a six-part series on the last Wednesday of every month focusing on significant historical events that took place in downtown Asheville. These events all took place between the 60’s and 80’s, so if you want to take part in this interactive discussion series, you should definitely attend.

The next event is Wednesday, May 25th with the discussion Businesses, Restaurants, and Food Stores. The moderator will be Rob Pulleyn with panel member Pete Aposolopoulos. It will take place in the Lord Auditorium on the bottom floor of Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville.

In the late 60’s and 70’s all America’s downtown business districts dwindled as large, national chains headed towards “the mall.” Asheville was no different, but interesting things were going on downtown in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s. Lower rents and sagging property values lured entrepreneurial/pioneering small businesses and restaurants to join long-standing downtown small businesses and make downtown the vibrant and viable place we now see around us.

For more information about this event, or for more information about the rest of the series, visit buncombecounty.org/library. You can also call the library at 828.250.4700.

Asheville Crew Repairs River Access Point

Monday, May 9th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – High waters during winter washed away the better part of the river access stairs at Jean Webb Park, as will sometimes happen. This past week, Asheville Parks & Recreation staff went to work and restored the access stairs, using material from the French Broad River itself.

“We used rock that was on the site to block the larger holes in between the steps and then used river sand dredged from the French Broad River just upstream at Harrin’s Sand and Gravel Inc.,” said John Gavin, Parks Planning & Development Manager. In his role, Gavin oversees park maintenance

“We could have used other materials that would have been foreign to the river environment but chose to find a solution that included natural materials that already came from the same river,” he said.

The river access stairs at 30 Riverside Drive, near 12 Bones barbecue, serve kayakers and canoers, even tubers who want to get in the French Broad River for recreation.

It took a day to plan the repair, and $800 worth of materials for the fix. Three City staffers worked one day to render the river access stairs not only usable, but safe.

“This small but significant project is a great example of how caring and responsive City employees are regarding our citizen’s safety,” said Stephanie Monson Dahl, Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Director. “As part of a longer-term plan to redevelop the riverfront, the City’s Interdepartmental Riverfront Office team is partnering with the Wildlife Resources Commission to build or renovate two French Broad River access points — including a rebuild of the Jean Webb Park access — in the next year.”

Dahl also wanted everyone to know that the City recently completed a partnership with RiverLink to build a new river access point at Amboy Road River.

On May 20, the City will provide more information to the public about the next three years of Riverfront Redevelopment activities as part of the community’s celebration of Wilma Dykeman’s Birthday. Dykeman, a beloved local author of “The French Broad,” is the namesake of RiverLink’s comprehensive plan to balance environmental protection and economic development along an urban parkway along Asheville’s riverfront as part of the Wilma Dykeman Riverfront Master Plan.

Find information about the Wilma Dykeman Birthday Celebration here.

Biltmore’s 20th Annual Concert Series Heats up the Summer

Monday, May 9th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Celebrate the ultimate in summer sights and sounds at Biltmore when the estate’s 20th annual Concert Series begins Thursday, July 28. Ticket sales begin on May 18, 2016.

Rock band Daughtry kicks off the series on July 28 on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. The South Terrace venue features expansive sunset views of the 250-room Biltmore House in one direction, and Mount Pisgah and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the other.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

The 2016 Biltmore Concert Series line-up:

July 28      Daughtry

Aug. 12     Casting Crowns with special guest Jeremy Camp

Aug. 14     Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter

Aug. 23     Rick Springfield with special guests Night Ranger and The Romantics

All tickets may be purchased at www.biltmore.com/concerts by calling 866-336-1255; or in person at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticketing Sales Center.

A variety of ticket, dining and lodging packages will be available for the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change.

About the artists
7:30 p.m., July 28

Since forming, Daughtry has released four studio albums, garnered four Grammy nominations, and sold more than 8.2 million albums and 16 million singles worldwide. The band has also earned four No. 1 radio singles, including the multi-format No. 1 song “It’s Not Over.”

Casting Crowns with special guest Jeremy Camp
7:30 p.m., Aug. 12

Christian rock band Casting Crowns has won Grammy, Dove, and American Music Awards, along with multiple chart-topping radio singles. Casting Crowns’ focus remains on discipleship through music. Jeremy Camp is a contemporary Christian musician and songwriter with 12 years of accolades and accomplishments, including 4 million albums sold and a Grammy nomination. He has scored 32 No. 1 hits on Christian Radio, including the track “Let It Fade.”

Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter
7:30 p.m., Aug. 14

Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans more than 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums, and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Mary Chapin Carpenter is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. Hits include “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her.” Most recently, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, “Songs from the Movie.”

Rick Springfield with special guests Night Ranger and The Romantics
7:30 p.m., Aug. 23

Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter and musician Rick Springfield has sold 25 million albums with 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” Night Ranger is celebrating 34 years with more than 17 million albums sold, and more than 2,500 live shows. Hits include “Sister Christian,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “When You Close Your Eyes” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.” The Romantics are known for having scored hits with “That’s What I Like About You” and “When I Look In Your Eyes.”

ASAP’s 2016 Local Food Guide is Here!

Monday, May 9th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – The growing season has arrived in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians! Finding seasonal local farm products at farmers tailgate markets is certainly a sign of spring along with local food at restaurants and roadside stands. It is also the time of year to pick up the latest edition of ASAP’s Local Food Guide to find the best sources for Appalachian Grown™ food.

“The community asks for local food, and ASAP’s Local Food Guide is the best way to find it,” says Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director. “In the guide, you can find hundreds of  local family farms, farmers tailgate markets, restaurants, grocers, artisan foods, lodging, and travel destinations featuring  an astounding variety of local products.” ASAP renews and collects data each year so that the best, current information is available for consumers.

This year’s Local Food Guide offers stories of people making positive changes in the food system including parents and children cooking seasonally and adding the farmers tailgate market to their routines, farmers developing networks to meet increasing demand for local products, and more. Other features include area restaurants building community connections through local food, and details about ASAP’s programs such as the Growing Minds Farm to School Program and the Local Food Research Center.

Print copies will be distributed to locations in every county in Western North Carolina and other partners in the Southern Appalachians. A full list of distribution points can be found at asapconnections.org. Search by product or location at ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2016 Local Food Guide can always be picked up at ASAP’s office: 306 West Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

The 2016 Local Food Guide is made possible with support from Buncombe County Service Foundation, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Farm Aid, TVA Ag & Forestry Fund, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and Asheville Area Airport.


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, or call (828) 236-1282.