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Lake Eden Arts Festival – LEAF – October 20-23, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – LEAF [Lake Eden Arts Festival] from October 20th-23rd 2011 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.
Ticket Info: theLEAF.org • 828/ 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
Advance tickets only. Under 10 FREE! Visit LEAF.org for variety of tickets|prices. Volunteering Available or you can join the LEAF memberSHIP for discounts & more.

LEAF restored my LOVE for festivals!” Luis Guerra, Texas

Thank you for hosting the most amazing festival! We had the BEST time and cannot believe it has taken us 16 years to get there. Every inch of LEAF was filled with positive energy, it was magical!”  Sarah & Russ, NC

LEAF is one of the treasured fall traditions for families and friends across the southeast and beyond the weekend of October 20th-23rd at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. LEAF appropriately will be falling on the “PEAK LEAF” weekend, and the fall colors complement the stunning beauty of Lake Eden with Mt. Mitchell standing tall in the distance. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey, which “recharges our batteries”. A few aspects that make LEAF “one of the best fests in the country” [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting, and the intimate size. Map out your weekend “travels” at theLEAF.org.


The LEAF crew is thrilled about the Fall LEAF line-up! Make sure your FUNKy dancing shoes are tied extra-tight for this fall. Discover the magic of LEAF and these performing artists at our 33rd festival with Sweet Honey In The Rock® • Galactic • Leo Kottke • Wanda Jackson • 7 Walkers [featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, George Porter Jr & Matt Hubbard] • Abigail Washburn • Toubab Krewe • The Infamous Stringdusters • The Infamous Krewe • Bassekou Kouyate [Mali] • Vishten [Prince Edward Island] • The Mighty Diamonds [Jamaica] • Contra with Perpetual e-Motion & Hot Point Stringband • Rising Appalachia • David Wax Museum • ArtOfficial • The Legendary JC’s • Bearfoot  • Songs of Water  •  Peter Mawanga [Malawi] • TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road & many more announced on our website. LEAF creates a performance lineup that introduces you to lots of new bands, represents many genres and cultures, and contributes to the positive community. Many of the artists will also participate in LEAF in Schools & Streets programs.


The stages keep up dancing, listening, and grooving and are complemented by a host of creative experiences: Unifire Theater • Contra Dancing • Poetry Slams• Puppetry Slam • Music Jams • Parade • Fiddle Contest • Circus Arts • 50+ Healing Arts Workshops & so much more to explore & experience!  LEAF’s music is but one thread that holds together the cloth of a weekend experience that includes art and culture from around the world, and right here, for the entire family.  NEW! Runners bring your shoes for the 4th Annual “Rock the Quarry” 4-Mile Trail Challenge during LEAF Saturday. The path is so beautiful as it goes through woods, along streams, and has one of the most stunning views in WNC when you reach the top peak.

LEAF in Schools & Streets at FESTIVAL & in the COMMUNITY!

perf_sweethoney_linkLEAF is honored to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock® as the finale’ and a special LEAF in Schools & Streets [LSS] community concert on Monday October 24th. This internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble is known for their powerful Civil Rights and African American culture work. Each concert is educational and includes cultural insights, call & response, and audience participation.  “The metaphor, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, captures these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.” The group stays “rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions.” Sweet Honey In The Rock® possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. It is said, “Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock® has come in song to communities around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.”

One of the key LEAF achievements is Empowering Youth in WNC through Festive Arts with LEAF in Schools & Streets programs. LSS is currently working weekly with 15 music and arts programs in local public housing communities and center for after-school programs. Surrounding the festival, over 20 of the LEAF artists will also be participating in LSS through arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. Over 25,000 YOUTH and community members have been involved in LSS!

LSS is making residencies, workshops and performances available to local schools and community centers ranging from Malawi, Hoop Dancing, Acadian Traditions, Spoken Word, Blues, a Cappella, Theater, Hip Hop & World Dance, Maritime Folk Song, Audio Production, Jazz, Breakdancing, New Orleans Drum Line, Youth Poetry Slam, Mural Project, and World Choral Traditions to West African Dance & Drumming.

LEAF in Schools & Streets Presents:
A family-friendly outreach performance and school field trip opportunity:
Sweet Honey In The Rock®, Internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble
Monday, October 24, 2011 | The Orange Peel downtown Asheville, NC
11:00 am. All Ages: $3 for children under18| $8 for adults
Q&A will immediately follow concert. Groups are encouraged to bring|submit questions early.
Tickets: Orange Peel Box office, theorangepeel.net, Ticket web (866) 468-7630
[email protected]This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) | theLEAF.org & click on Press, then on Events

NEALogoColorLSS provides this special low cost event to make this outreach performance accessible for schools, families & the community. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. LEAF finds the project “Sweet Honey In The Rock®” artistically important, as it is poignantly relevant to our mission of “creating communities and connecting cultures through music and arts”.

French Broad Fall Fest Features Area Breweries, Music, Outdoors

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – After 14 successful years hosting the French Broad River Festival, the organizers have planned a fall festival in the same incredible setting that will feature a few of the area’s best resources: craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery. Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking and more. With the festival grounds being located on the banks of the French Broad River and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festival- goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer, but while the spring festival features a whitewater raft race, mountain bike race and other activities, the fall festival will be all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included, which sets it apart from other “brew” festivals.

Date: Sept. 24 – 25, 2011

Beer: 12+ area breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from 4 pm – 11 pm on Sat. Sept 24.

Entertainment: The musical lineup is outstanding, featuring: The Lee Boys, whose sacred steel style is rooted in gospel, but is infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and world music genres in a powerful jamming mix. Yarn, back by popular demand from the spring festival, whose lead singer Blake Christiana mines his heavy Americana sound from lyrics shaped by the genteel sincerity of Gram Parsons. Josh Phillips Folk Festival, definitely one of the best live area bands whose music seamlessly bounces between folk, world, reggae, and R&B. Eyes of the Elders, voted “Best Band in Charlotte” (2009), another returning artist that has lit up the river fest stage as it spreads the hip-hop genre over a toasted piece of Southern Rock, sprinkles itself with a touch of Classical, puts on slice of jazz and tops it all off with a dash of psychedelic jam. Woody Wood, a legend in the making, this local famed musician delivers his music with all the soul, power, and energy that have made him renowned as a musician’s musician. Sons of Ralph, another outstanding live band featuring a bluegrass legend (Ralph Lewis) and his two sons. Voted “Best Band of WNC” 8 out of the last 10 years.

Environment: Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . .

Relax: No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds. Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town. In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks. If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival, go to www.nchotsprings.com.

Location: The festival takes place at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa, just 45 minutes north of Asheville, and sits on the edge of this historic town that is surrounded by national forest and is a crossroads of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.

Food vendors and more: Great food will be available at the festival or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs restaurants. From here you can hike the AT, paddle the French Broad, fish, shop, visit the adjacent spa, hot tubs . . . camping is included, sleeping is optional.

Good Cause: Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $75,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.  A portion of the Fall Fest proceeds will benefit the Hot Springs Community Learning Center.

Tickets are $75 and include a 5oz. commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings (from over 12 area breweries) between 4pm-11pm on Sept. 24 in the exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling).

www.FrenchBroadFallFest.com provides ticket purchase info, lineup, directions and more




Go to www.nchotsprings.com for information about campground, spa reservations, directions.

Moda Opens at Biltmore Park in Time for the Holidays

Monday, November 30th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – From bangles and bags to classic tops and chic denim, the fashionistas among us understand the thrill of discovering the perfect addition to our closets. The search can oftentimes be exhausting, so when we find a gem of a dress or an inspired pair of shoes, we know how to appreciate them. And if we are the admirers of all things stylish, then Moda, the newest locally-owned boutique to open in Biltmore Park Town Square, is the artist that brings our favorite pieces together in a collage of sophisticated and modern apparel and accessories.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Moda, located on Town Square Boulevard next to children’s boutique Bon Bébé, opened on Friday, November 20th much to the delight of Asheville’s fashion-forward women. Whether dining downtown or working at the office, anyone can see that the region is brimming with unique styles, and Moda promises to be a great place for discovering your new favorite article of clothing to warm up with during winter.

Of course, we don’t want to leave the men out as there are plenty of options for holiday gifts that the women in your life will love. From jewelry and perfume to elegant outfits that are sure to flatter, Moda ensures that there isn’t room for error when selecting the perfect present. So, consider Town Square for your holiday excursions, and say “Thank You” to Asheville this Thanksgiving by supporting local retailers.

Other gift ideas include gift certificates to Sparrow Spa or Sensibilities, new furnishings for your home from Dwellings, handcrafted art from Echo Gallery, and more. Visit Moda Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Leaf collection begins Nov. 3, 2008

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Unfortunately, the beautiful fall leaf season will soon be in its final days. The City of Asheville will be conducting bagged leaf collection twice a month during the season (length TBD).

Asheville city residents wishing for their leaves to be picked up should bag or contain all leaves and place them curbside by 7AM on the Monday morning of their scheduled collection week. The City asks residents to please not put leaves in storm drains or near storm grates.

Note: Asheville City ordinance bans the burning of leaves within the city limits. A popular alternative to bagging leaves is to use a mulching mower, which will provide your lawn with a mild compost. Also, leaves can be raked into piles and left to provide a good compost for Spring gardens!

Residents with questions can contact the sanitation department at (828) 251-1122.

Autumn is here in the mountains!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Okay folks, now’s the time to begin traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting our local Blue Ridge Mountains forests, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. It’s leaf season in Asheville.

Today, September 22, 2008, marks the first day of the fall season. Long been the eye of the prize in the south, Asheville is home to gorgeous trees marked by millenia of growth in the Appalachian mountains. When the trees begin to go into remission and the leaves turn various colors, we are in for quite a treat here.

Many local area experts have cited the fact that recent rainfall and cooling temperatures are perfect conditions for a long-lasting and colorful leaf season. Rainfall helps to keep leaves on trees longer, while rapidly cooling temperatures contribute to the change in the color of the leaves.

People from all-around the United States come to visit the Appalachian mountain ranges during the autumn season for their renowned beauty. What better way to spend a vacation during the fall months, than to be in Asheville, NC? From late September through early November, leaf-lookers and outdoor enthusiasts will be enamored by the kaleidoscope of leaf colors upon the trees, scattered among the mountainside, and hanging out around downtown.

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