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Folkmoot USA Announces the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Fun Run

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009


WAYNESVILLE, NC – The Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Fun Run (co-sponsored with Haywood County Parks & Recreation and Waynesville Parks & Recreation) announces improvements to this year’s race, held each year at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, North Carolina. For the first time, the race will utilize chip-timing for all runners through Set Up Events, a scoring and timing company. "We have reached a level of participation in the race that warrants the need for a computerized timing system for more accurate and timely results," says Scot Worley, Race Director. "Set Up Events is not only providing scoring and timing, but will also handle online registration and construct a more professional looking finish line."

5K Run/Walk Adult Registration and Fees: Adults: $20 in advance, $25 on Race Day. Participants can register before July 18th at Folkmoot USA. Every registered runner will receive a race t-shirt.

Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration: Packet Pick Up and Registration will start at 6:30am at the Start/Finish area.

Awards: Top 3 male/female overall and top male/female Masters will be awarded trophies. The first 3 male and female finishers in the 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+ age groups will receive awards.

Kids Fun Run: $8 advance, $10 on Race Day. 1-Mile Fun Run for Ages 15 and under. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt and finishers medal.

Course: USATF Certification # NC06050PH. The Folkmoot 5K is a loop course beginning in front of the Folkmoot Center on Virginia Ave. It will run through the town of Hazelwood on Hazelwood Avenue before turning right on Elysinia Avenue and right on Sulphur Springs Road. After this long gradual downhill, the course will turn right on Boyd Avenue and right on Brown Avenue. After a short climb up Brown Avenue the course turns left on Georgia Avenue and climbs gradually through the residential area. It finishes up back on Hazelwood Avenue providing a downhill return to the start/finish on Virginia Avenue. There will be water on the course at the 1.8 mile point. Each mile marker will be clearly marked with split times called out at every mile. The 2009 Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk is managed by Set-Up Events. Registration is available on-line at www.setupevents.com, or contact Race Manager Scot Worley, 828-452-6789, or the Folkmoot Offices, 877-FOLKUSA (877-365-5872).

The Folkmoot 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Fun Run is part of the two-week-long Folkmoot USA Festival, held on July 16 – 26 in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Folkmoot is one of only three international folk festivals in the United States, where over 300 dancers and musicians from countries throughout the world travel to Waynesville, North Carolina for a two-week show. Traditional and authentic folk performances are scheduled with performers from Serbia, Romania, India, Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Kenya, Mexico and Israel. Performances will take place throughout nine counties during the festival. Held for 25 consecutive years, Folkmoot is North Carolina’s Official International Festival and has been designated "One of the Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. Folkmoot USA attracts 100,000 visitors to Western North Carolina and pumps more than $4 million into the local economy each year.

Asheville Makes Top 10 List for Being Dog Friendly

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – DogFriendly.com released its Top 10 dog-friendly resort regions in the United States for 2009. Asheville came in at 9th place and was noted for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Biltmore Estate.

The rankings are determined by the DogFriendly.com staff and take into account the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, things to do with your dog, beaches, parks and dog-friendly patio dining.

Below is the complete list;

1. Carmel / Monterey, CA – Many pet-friendly accommodations. Off-leash
Carmel City Beach. Many walking and hiking options. Shop and dine in

2. Bar Harbor / Acadia, ME – Pet-friendly Acadia National Park. Shop in the
historic downtown. Take a ferry or boat cruise.

3. Black Hills, SD – Lots of dog-friendly attractions and campgrounds. Mt
Rushmore worth visiting with a dog. See Badlands National Park.

4. St Augustine, FL – See the historic downtown. Lots of dog-friendly
shopping and dining. Take a harbor boat cruise and a ghost tour.

5. Cape Cod, MA – Visit Cape Cod National Seashore. Many cruises and
ferries. Also take in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

6. Key West, FL – Quaint B&B’s and outdoor dining. Dog-friendly
attractions, boating and stores. See the Southernmost Point Monument.

7. Charlottesville, VA – Visit estates of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick
Henry. Shop at the downtown mall. Visit dog-friendly Shenandoah Park

8. Mendocino, CA – Stay in a pet-friendly B&B or resort. Walk the
seaside town. Go to the beach and dine outdoors.

9. Asheville / Blue Ridge, NC – Tour the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit the
Biltmore Estate grounds and shop at Biltmore Village.

10. Amarillo, TX – Visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. Spend a day or camp at
Palo Duro Canyon. Stay at the Big Texan Steak Ranch Motel.

Asheville Parks and Recreation to Host ‘Men’s Health Night’

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts will host Men’s Health Night 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 28 at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Street.

Held in collaboration with Asheville Buncombe Institute for Parity Achievement, a local group working to equalize health access for African Americans, this free event will cover diabetes, cardiovascular and prostate health with a video and presentations. Free healthy snacks provided.

For information, contact Maureen Jablinske at (828) 350-2058 or [email protected].

Asheville Parks and Recreation Hosts Easter Eggstravaganza

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Pack up the family, grab your baskets, and join Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

The day will be full of Easter fun with giant inflatables, crafts, face painting, balloon twists, a magician, and a performance by the Mountain Thunder Cloggers, on Saturday, April 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Carrier Park, located along the French Broad River on Amboy Road.

Egg hunts for ages 4-10 will be held at 2 p.m., with a special egg area set up for ages 3 and under. All children will receive a free Easter goody bag. Bring your camera for a family photo with the Easter Bunny, who will be on hand to entertain and visit. Do the chicken dance with Bo, the Bojangles’ Chicken, and enjoy a free Bo-Berry biscuit! And stop by the Star 104.3 or the 99.9 Kiss Country booths for giveaways and to meet the DJs.

All festivities are produced by Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department, and sponsored by Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, Star 104.3, and 99.9 Kiss Country. For information call (828) 253-3714.

Pack Square to receive new trees

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Pack Square

Asheville’s Pack Square Park will get new trees today. Selected for inclusion in the Park are six London Plane trees and eight European Hornbeams. They will be placed in the space between Asheville City Hall, the Courthouse and Vance Monument, according to the Pack Square Conservancy.

London Plane trees are a hybrid that is similar in appearance to a sycamore, but have superior disease resistance. European Hornbeams are a medium-sized tree with bright green leaves that turn a beautiful yellow in autumn.

More trees and shrubs will be planted as work in various areas is completed. The park itself is scheduled for completion in April of 2009; work will begin on the 4,200ft2 pavilion in early 2008.

For more information, visit the Pack Square Conservancy web-site, or call (828) 252-2300.