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“An Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival”

Monday, November 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – This is a newly formed event combining our Christmas tree lighting and our Dickens Festival into one grand holiday event.  We invite you to step back in time and enjoy Christmas as it once was.

Friday night:  6:00 PM   Over 1000 luminaries will line the streets of Historic Biltmore Village to celebrate the lighting of our 25′ Christmas Tree.  The event will feature the AC Reynolds Madrigal Choir. There will be freshly made Christmas Wreaths for sale, in addition to horse drawn carriage rides through the Village and other festive treats.

Register to win one of the many gifts to be given away the night of the event on our website at www.historicbiltmorevillage.com/events or that night during the tree lighting.  We will also be taking monetary donations for Manna Food Bank at the registration table that night and at our stores during the month of December, as part of our “Hungry for the Holidays” promotion, in conjunction with Talbots.

Saturday: 1:00 – 7:00   Located throughout the Village will be strolling carolers dressed in period costumes, musicians, and other lively holiday entertainment. The Montford Park players will also be on hand to entertain. There will be freshly roasted chestnuts for sale and the horse drawn carriage will be there during the day to complete the holiday experience.

Some stores will observe extended holiday hours and will be serving festive treats throughout the weekend.   An “Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival” is sponsored by Catawba Brewing Company, Olde World Christmas Shoppe, and Budweiser of Asheville, in addition to the merchant members of Historic Biltmore Village Partnership.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging.

 

Buy Your Christmas Tree from Soil and Water Order Now!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

NC Christmas trees.ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for a limited number of Christmas trees. The trees are 6 and 7 foot #1 Fraser Firs from Madison County.

Cost is $30 per tree, and the proceeds from the sale go to fund the District’s environmental education programs. All trees will be sold in advance and you can pick them up at the District office from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on November 21.

Order a tree and help our educational programs! To order, call the District office at 250-4785 by November 14.

Christmas at Biltmore Nov. 7 through Jan. 11, 2015

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours begin on Nov. 7, 2014, and will run through Jan. 11, 2015. Candlelight Christmas Evenings, offering evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House, take place Nov. 7, 2014 through Jan. 3, 2015.

This year’s Christmas displays throughout the estate will draw inspiration from the theme “A Vanderbilt Christmas Celebration.” Décor will trend toward the opulent to create a sense of the Gilded Age, while incorporating elements that nod to George Vanderbilt’s legacy in Western North Carolina.

Having made an impression on the locals upon his arrival to the area in the 1880s, Vanderbilt hosted his first family Christmas celebration in Biltmore House in 1895. The event attracted media attention. According to the Asheville News and Hotel Reporter, “Tastefully draped garlands of evergreen and mistletoe, interspersed with the shining leaves and red berries of holly, created a scene beautiful to look upon.”

Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas – and this year, that newspaper description influenced the design scheme. The Banquet Hall’s look will mix vintage and opulent accents with burgundy, red, gold and blue ornaments tucked into the centerpiece 34-foot tall Fraser fir Christmas tree. Two 14-foot trees will flank the triple fireplace, each bestowing the same colors for uniform effect. A deep red velvet runner edged with holly and red berries will accent the Hall’s dining table, with potted poinsettias and fresh cut flower arrangements completing the look.

Guests will see 60 trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore’s floral team. Miles of fresh garland and wreaths draped throughout the house yield a nostalgic yuletide scent.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, 2015

A 55-foot Norway spruce tree, lit by 45,000 tiny white lights, displayed on Biltmore’s front lawn welcomes guests who visit Biltmore House for Candlelight Christmas Evenings. This unique holiday experience features local choirs and small musical ensembles stationed in the Winter Garden and throughout the house, performing music of the season. Candlelight Christmas Evenings includes an evening reservation to tour Biltmore House as well as daytime admission to Biltmore’s gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery.

Around the estate

In Antler Hill Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 8 through Dec. 21, and also on Friday, Nov. 29. Cedric’s Tavern will host live music nightly. The village links to the Winery where visitors may take guided tours, enjoy free wine tastings and purchase wines from Biltmore’s diverse portfolio, including the limited release Christmas at Biltmore blend. Special wine seminars are available by reservation.

Biltmore’s floral arranging and gardening experts will conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place retail gift shop from Oct. 17 through Jan. 11. Seminars are “Winter Wreaths” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and “Front Door Swags” at 1 and 3 p.m.

Holiday dining and lodging on the estate

Guests may enjoy a festive holiday meal at the estate prepared by award-winning chefs. Select from the Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate.  The Inn will offer its annual Gingerbread House Tea on Dec. 18, 19, and 20.  Guests can assemble a gingerbread house with the help of a pastry chef while enjoying afternoon tea.

For guests looking to extend their stay at Biltmore, the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate offers several packages for holidays, including special Thanksgiving, Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve packages: Biltmore.com/stay/inn/packages-specials/holiday-packages.

Biltmore boasts retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping. Other activities include taking a horse and carriage ride; exploring acres of walking and biking trails and more.

For more information about Christmas at Biltmore, visit Biltmore.com/visit.

About Biltmore

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt.  Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques.  Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.  Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

Keep Your Christmas Tree Beautiful All Season

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – You’ve picked the perfect tree – now how do you keep it looking beautiful all through the Keep your cut tree looking beautiful!Christmas season?

  1. Purchase a fresh tree with needles that do not fall off when shaken.
  2. Recut the base of the stem and stand it in water as soon as you get it home.
  3. Store the tree outdoors, standing in a bucket of water, until it is brought inside.
  4. Avoid exposing the tree to heat sources and warm drafts. Use an antitranspirant spray to help slow the drying out of needles.
  5. Be sure your tree stand is large enough to hold adequate water. Check the water level daily and keep the cut surface covered with water at all times. A cut Christmas tree will absorb between 2 pints and one gallon of water per day. Use plain water, no additives.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Christmas Wishes for Kids in Buncombe County this Season

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Each year, children in foster care (ages 5-18), need sponsors to help fulfill their Christmas wish lists. Give a gift that really counts this holiday season – sponsor a wish Lift the spirit of a child!list for a child, a teen, or a sibling group of children in foster care! By making the small choice to provide a foster child with their Christmas wish list, you can lift their spirits and give back to the community in a big way.

All gifts should be purchased and returned to the Buncombe County Health & Human Services by December 10.

Please contact Lisa Melton at 250-5881 for more information.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting, please contact Families for Kids at 828-250-5868 or [email protected].

Christmas at Biltmore through Jan. 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore is set to begin on Nov. 2, 2013, and will run through Jan. 12, 2014. Candlelight Christmas Evenings, offering evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House, take place Nov. 9 through Jan. 4, 2014.

This year’s Christmas displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will draw inspiration from nature, with designs that evoke thoughts of forests, birds and other woodsy elements.

On Christmas Eve 1895, George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family.  In subsequent years, he and his wife, Edith, welcomed family, friends and the estate’s employees and their families into the Banquet Hall for the annual Christmas party.

Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas, with an elaborately decorated, 35-foot tall Fraser fir dominating the Banquet Hall.  Guests will see 56 trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore’s floral team. Miles of fresh garland and wreaths create a yuletide scent throughout the House, with around 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 9 through Jan. 4, 2014

Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, creating a unique holiday experience.  Local choirs and small musical ensembles stationed in the Winter Garden perform music of the season as guests enter Biltmore House.  Soloists perform traditional Christmas music throughout the house while guests wander among the decorated rooms.  The front lawn will glow with a 55-foot Norway spruce, lit by 45,000-plus tiny white lights. Guests may also visit Antler Hill Village when they attend Candlelight Christmas Evenings.

Additional holiday activities

In Antler Hill Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 9 through Dec. 22, and also on Friday, Nov. 29. Antler Hill Village links to the Winery, where visitors may take guided tours, enjoy free wine tastings and purchase wines from Biltmore’s diverse portfolio. Special wine seminars are also available.

Biltmore’s floral arranging and gardening experts will conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place retail gift shop from Oct. 28 through Jan. 12. Seminars are “Caring for Christmas Plants,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and “Decorating with Christmas Wreaths,” 1 and 3 p.m.

Holiday dining and lodging on the estate

Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate.  For guests looking to extend their stay at Biltmore, the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate offers several packages for holidays, including special New Year’s Eve packages.  Biltmore boasts retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping.  Other activities include taking a horse and carriage ride and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.

For more information about Christmas at Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com.

Shindig on the Green “Christmas in Appalachia”

Monday, November 18th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on the Green presents its annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and seasonal holiday music, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features headliner Whitewater Bluegrass Company plus The Griggs, and Master of Ceremonies Glenn Bannerman. The fundraising concert is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Headliner – Whitewater Bluegrass Company: The Whitewater Bluegrass Company features “Uncle Ted” White on bass, Bill Byerly on guitar, David Pendley on mandolin, Steve Sutton on banjo, and Danielle Bishop on fiddle. Whitewater Bluegrass has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast for over 30 years with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing, good old foot stomping and down-home humor. The band has been the featured entertainers for Folkmoot USA, the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Kanuga Conference Centers, the Historic Horse Barn on the Biltmore Estate, the Carter Family Fold, the North Carolina Bar Association, The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University, and the Grove Park Inn.

The Griggs:  From their hometown of Stanley, NC, The Griggs brings their award-winning bluegrass gospel throughout the region with a sound akin to The Lewis Family and the Paul Williams Trio. The Griggs is Pete Grigg on vocals, Terry Grigg on guitar, Wayne Billings on mandolin, Arnold Clayton on banjo, and Zolia Clayton on bass.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. The December concert has a $6000 monetary goal, with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 48th summer season in 2014 is scheduled for June 28; July 5, 12, 19; and August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

The Upper Anderson Auditorium: The December 7th fundraiser takes place in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, the 300-seat theatre at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, in Montreat, NC (Exit #64 off of I-40). Parking for the event is located next to the Upper Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets: Adults $20; Children 12 and younger $10; Group Rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person.  To reserve tickets, e-mail [email protected] or call the Folk Heritage Info Line and leave a message: 828-258-6101 x345. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org.

 

Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

Monday, December 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Christmas trees will be collected by the City according to the regular brush collection schedule. Residents are asked to remove lights, tinsel, ornaments, and stands prior to placing the trees to the curb for collection.

Residents can also drop off Christmas trees for recycling at the Buncombe County Landfill located at 81 Panther Branch Road and at private yard waste facilties.

Residents wishing to dispose of artificial Christmas trees should call (828) 251-1122 to request collection.

Light Up the Holidays with LED Lights!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – We all look forward to the glow of holiday lights – on the tree, around the house, or lining each roof ridge and gable outside. With this added illumination, some households resign themselves to a higher holiday utility Using LEDs in place of traditional Christmas lights can save you up to 80% on your energy bill.bill. That doesn’t have to be the case.

Advances in lighting technology are making holiday lights considerably more energy efficient. LED (light-emitting diode) lights are becoming increasingly popular and are readily available. Like compact fluorescents, LED lights are cool to the touch.

Development of LED lights has been ongoing since the 1960s, but LED lights have only recently begun to produce the amount of light output and power to make them competitive with incandescent lights and fluorescents.

Currently, white LED lights produce a cooler, bluish glow, as compared to the warmer glow of an incandescent with yellow undertones. Warmer-toned LED lights are available, but they offer less light per watt of energy consumed.

LED lights provide a variety of benefits: energy efficiency, savings on maintenance, durability, and impact resistance, to name a few. Many LED lights are advertised to last 50,000 to 100,000 hours.

LEDs cost around 45¢ for 30 days when used for 6 hours per day, traditional holiday lights cost $31.30 for 30 days when used for 6 hours per day. The initial investment in LED lights may be greater than traditional holiday lights; however, over time, a sizable savings will be seen on your power bill.

For more energy conservation tips for your home, contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Fun Depot Fun With Santa December 17

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Breakfast with Santa at Asheville‘s Fun Depot on Dec 17th from 9am-11am – FREE!! Bring your cameras for FUN pics!