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June and July events at Chimney Rock

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.

JUNE EVENTS

 

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
Date/Time
: 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

 

JULY EVENTS

 

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
Date/Time
: 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
Date/Time
: 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

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

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

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
Daughtry
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!

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.

ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

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.


May and June Chimney Rock Events

May 9th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock announces events for May and June.

MAY EVENTS

Spring Photography Contest: 100 Years of Memories

Date/Time: April 1- May 31

Description: This year, NC State Parks is celebrating its centennial. Chimney Rock, privately owned for over 100 years, was acquired by the state of NC in 2007 and is a proud youngster in the state parks system. Many memories have been made at the Park, and we invite you to share images of your own in our “100 Years of Memories” photo contest. Upload up three photos to our Facebook page using the #100Memories hashtag or email them to us at [email protected] from April 1-May 31 for the chance to win one of three amazing prizes, including free tickets to Chimney Rock, an overnight stay at the Esmeralda Inn and more! For a complete list of contest rules, visit chimneyrockpark.com

Cost: Included with Park admission

 

AP Spring Breakfast_ChuckHillPhotoAnnual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast
Date/Time: Saturday May 7; gate opens 5am for 6:30am sunrise
Description: Few sights in Western North Carolina are as spectacular as watching the sun rise over Lake Lure. Weather permitting, the Park opens early for Annual Passholders with a tasty continental breakfast and the best seats in the area. Reservations are required; please call 800-277-9611. Check out area accommodations at chimneyrockpark.com if you plan to stay overnight. New Passholders are welcome! Call us today to sign up for an annual pass and enjoy unlimited visits to the Park for 12 months, plus discounts with area merchants and attractions. Visit http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/visit/rates/annualpass.php for more details on all the benefits our Annual Pass offers. Please note that due to the elevator being out of service, the breakfast will be held in the area in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts. You’ll still see the same stunning views over Lake Lure but at a slightly lower elevation.

Cost: $5 Annual Passholder, free for kids under 5. Advanced registration required.

 

Naturalist Niche: Treemendous
Date/Time: Saturday, May 7; 9:30–11:30am
Description: Explore a special area of Chimney Rock State Park’s old growth forest, otherwise inaccessible to the public, with canopy members over a century old, some likely 200 to 300 years of age. Improve your tree identification skills and see our largest known Chestnut Oak in the park on this moderate off the beaten path hike with a naturalist. 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! Treemendous 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.

 

Mother’s Day Weekend Special

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

Description: Moms work hard for their families. Return the love by treating her to a beautiful day at Chimney Rock enjoying spring wildflowers and stunning views. Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with online coupon. Coupon required; download from chimneyrockpark.com and present it (in print or on your mobile device) at the Ticket Plaza at time of purchase. Valid May 7-8, 2016. Annual Passholders can start the day out with a spectacular sunrise view at our Annual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast. Not a Passholder? Purchase one today for about the cost of two visits to the Park!

Cost: Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and Mom or Grandma receives one free

 

Spring Boy Scout Day & Campout
Date/Time
: Saturday May 14- Sunday May 15; 9:30am Saturday-9am Sunday
Description: For years, Boy Scouts of all ages have enjoyed their own special days at Chimney Rock State Park. Our nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun! Scouts will enjoy morning programs and have the chance to become a North Carolina State Parks Junior Ranger. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down—our 5-acre Meadows is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars. Programs details at http://chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional children, $8 per camper  Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required.

 

Homeschool DaySpring Homeschool Day
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18; 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: Have a field day at Chimney Rock! Join our education specialists for fun, interactive programs in a 1000-acre classroom where learning comes alive. All programs are designed to meet NC and SC curriculum standards. Optional afternoon activities will be offered. Registration required; call (828) 625-9611. For rates and program descriptions, visit http://chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $12 Adults (includes Park admission), no charge Annual Passholder; $13 Youth (ages 5-15), $7.50 Grady’s Kids Club Member

 

Spring Girl Scout Day & Campout
Date/Time: Saturday May 21-Sunday May 22; 9:30am Saturday-9am Sunday
Description: For years, Girl Scouts of all ages have enjoyed their own special days at Chimney Rock State Park. Our nearly 1,000 acres make an incredible backdrop to a variety of programs that are educational and fun! Scouts will also have the opportunity to become a North Carolina State Parks Junior Ranger. And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down—our 5-acre Meadows is the perfect place to spend a night under the stars. Call (828) 625-9611 to register. Advance registration required. Programs details at http://chimneyrockpark.com/education.

Cost: $15 per scout, $12 per adult, $5.50 additional children, $8 per camper

 

Writers on the Rock
Date/Time: Sunday, May 22; 1-4pm
Description: Our region offers some of the best outdoor opportunities in the world, from hikes up steep paths to see jaw-dropping views to meandering walks down footpaths that end at stunning waterfalls, challenging climbs on ancient rocks to observing the flora and fauna unique to Appalachia. On May 22, you can visit with and learn from a team of outdoor experts as you view the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge. Join authors Tim Barnwell, Danny Bernstein, Karen Chavez, Stephanie Jeffries, Ryan Lubbers, Jim Proctor, Marci Spencer, Timothy Spira and Neil Regan as they share their expertise and autograph copies of their books. A selection of titles by each author will be available for sale at the event through The Fountainhead Bookstore. Visit chimneyrockpark.com for a complete list of authors.

Cost: Included with Park admission

 

Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun
Date/Time
: Saturday-Monday, May 28-30; 11am-4pm
Description: Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2pm Family Animal Encounters, Saturday-Monday! 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. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations. Round out your day of family fun with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, open 11am-4pm Saturday & Sunday.

Cost: Included with Park admission

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JUNE EVENTS

 

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, which could include live animals and programs on how to enjoy the great outdoors responsibly. 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! Daytime activities and times will vary; check back closer to the event for more details. See Movie on the Meadows listing for movie times and details.

Cost: Most activities are included with Park admission; movie

 

Last of Mohicans_BlueRidgeHighlander5th Annual Movie on the Meadows
Date/Time
: Saturday, June 11; Gate opens at 7:30pm, Movie begins at 9pm
Description: Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a day of family-friendly outdoor activities, then 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


Drug Take Back Event April 30

April 8th, 2016
Drug take back even - April 25.ASHEVILLE NC – Help keep prescription drugs out of reach for kids in our community.Dispose of any unneeded medications safely at The Take Back event on Saturday April 30 from 10am – 2pm at ALL six Walgreens locations in Buncombe County.  Please bring unneeded medications to any Walgreens location in Buncombe County to safely dispose of them.Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer without even knowing it.

  • Overdose deaths involving prescription medications used to treat pain have increased to almost 17,000 deaths a year in the United States.
  • An estimated 493,000 people, age 12 or older used a prescription pain reliever nonmedically for the first time within the past 12 months. This averages to about 1,350 initiates (or first time users) per day.

Please follow these instructions:

  • remove identification from all medications.
  • seperate pill, liquids and inhalers.
  • use a different disposal paper or plastic bag for each type of medication.
  • empty dry pill medications into a bag
  • leave liquid medications in their original container and place in a separate bag
  • NO radioative medications such as cancer medications, needles or sharpes accepted.

The Partnership for Substance Free Youth of Buncombe County has collected over 2,000 lbs of unneeded medication in just the past year. Let’s keep it going!


City Invites River Recreation Plans and Ideas Discussion

April 8th, 2016

Asheville Paddlers-on-riverASHEVILLE NC – Each third Thursday of the month, the City of Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment Office hosts Open Office Hours at City Hall. On April 21, please join us from 3 to 5 p.m. to talk about plans and ideas to support river recreation. These meetings are informal in that you can drop in at any time.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • New and improved French Broad river access points;
  • A community-led proposal for a whitewater feature on the river;
  • Public gardens and urban forestry opportunities;
  • The City of Asheville’s application for a 2016 North Carolina’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant. If awarded, the grant would provide improved recreation facilities and public art opportunities for the RADTIP (RiverWay) project and 14 Riverside Drive renovation.

We’ll meet from 3-5pm on the 6th Floor of City Hall (notice, this is a change from the usual 5th floor location). Representatives from the following organizations may be in attendance: the French Broad River Whitewater Park organization; NC Wildlife Resources Commission; the Parks and Greenways Foundation;  Asheville Greenworks; Boy Scouts of America Daniel Boone Council and RiverLink.

For more information about Asheville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Office visit ashevillenc.gov/RiverfrontRedevelopment.


Pop-noir trio stephaniesid Plays DWT

April 8th, 2016

Diana Wortham Event AshevilleASHEVILLE NC – stephaniesid brings its irresistibly infectious performance to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage on Sunday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in a special benefit performance for area children through Diana Wortham Theatre’s Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund. This concert is a rescheduled event from the postponed March 19th show.

A brand new scholarship program, the new Emerging Artists program is a part of the Y.E.S. Fund and supports young performers by providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. There were 14 applicants to the inaugural Emerging Artist Fund scholarship in 2016, and this year’s two scholarship winners will be showcased during the stephaniesĭd performance on May 1st.

A stephaniesĭd performance has been described as a multi-faceted artistic experience that is always full of surprises. The show is connective, soulful, positive, and at times emotionally intense. Audience members are encouraged to not only watch the show, but also become an integral part.

stephaniesĭd vocalist Stephanie Morgan and pianist Chuck Lichtenberger are particularly interested in music education, beginning at the youngest level. In addition to their work with stephaniesĭd, the two have contributed to the musical careers of hundreds of young artists. Chuck Lichtenberger has taught piano lessons to children in the Asheville area since 1995. Many of his students have gone on to study music at renowned university music programs. Stephanie Morgan began her career in social work, helping emotionally traumatized kids through a wilderness therapy program, and later, counseling families through the process of fostering and adoption. She also teaches private lessons to students with an emphasis on helping them “find their voice.”

“Crowd Favorite” winner at the 2015 Music Video Asheville Awards, stephaniesĭd has been promoting its fifth full-length album, Excavator. Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and highly original tunes, stephaniesĭd’s music ranges from deftly focused, emotionally charged journeys to infectious dance tunes, reflecting the band’s ability to bounce from pop to rock, or even to ballad-like melodies, in one show.

Some of the stephaniesĭd’s most popular songs have appeared in episodes of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, the Weather Channel specials, and numerous films. “Hey Hey Hey” was featured in an Italian jewelry commercial and will appear in an upcoming Sony horror video game during a slasher scene. “Unmistakably Love” was featured by Paste Magazine and selected by Shirley Manson in a contest for Bust magazine.

About the band: Vocalist Stephanie Morgan is the charismatic lead singer and songwriter for stephaniesĭd. After spending nearly a decade as a jazz singer, she began pursuing her own original music, and now relishes touring with stephaniesĭd. Her dynamic voice and contagious stage performance make each show unique. Musical director Charles “Chuck” Lichtenberger is a seasoned jazz pianist with a B.A. in Classical Music from UNC-Asheville. His role on stage is to root the band in the rich blend of textures that spring from his broad musical background. When he’s not on the road with stephaniesĭd, he hosts a weekly jazz jam and teaches piano. Drummer Tim Haney is an American-born Irishman. His considerable chops for jazz and odd-metered styles act as overtones atop more accessible, deep-pocket grooves based in a heart of rock and roll. Joining the band for the May 1st performance at Diana Wortham Theatre are Georgia Sinko on cello and Sarah Hurd on violin.

About the Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund: The Y.E.S. Fund supports underserved children by providing tickets to Diana Wortham Theatre’s Matinee Series for Students and Families, the theatre’s school programming series. The Y.E.S. program expanded in 2015 to cover artist workshops in local schools and the Emerging Artists Fund. Donations to the Y.E.S. Fund and its programs are accepted any time; more information at www.dwtheatre.com/Y-E-S-Fund.

stephaniesĭd’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors George & Diana Bilbrey; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Joel & Deborah Berkowitz, Henry LaBrun, and the Omni Grove Park Inn; with additional support provided by Media Sponsors WCQS 88.1 FM and WNC magazine.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s main lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2015/2016 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.


Tailgate Market Season is Here

April 8th, 2016

ASHEVILLE NC – Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what Appalachian Grown™ farms are growing. At early spring markets, find fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm products like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. For a complete list of the tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2016 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

Central Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Asheville City Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Asheville City Market – South: April 6, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 7, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 6, Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm
French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 13, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Leicester Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oakley Farmers Market: May 5, Thursdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
River Arts District Farmers Market: May 4, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays on the Island: April 9, Sundays 12:00
Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 13, Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:30 pm
West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
WNC Farmers Market: May 5, Open Everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Yancey County Farmers Market: April 16, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Foothills Regional Tailgate Markets
Caldwell County Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hildebran Farmers Market: May 3, Tuesdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market: April 1, Wednesdays – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Morganton Farmers Market: May 7, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rutherford County Farmers Market: April 30, Tuesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursdays 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Sawmills Farmers Market: May 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:30 pm
Valdese Farmers Market: May 11, Wednesdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and Fridays 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Southern Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Columbus Tailgate Market: April 9, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flat Rock Farmers Market: May 5, Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Henderson County Curb Market: Year-round; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Henderson County Tailgate Market: March 14, Saturdays 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mills River Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saluda Tailgate Market: May 6, Fridays 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Transylvania Farmers’ Market: April 23, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tryon Tailgate Market: May 5, Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Near West Regional Tailgate Markets
Cashiers Tailgate Market: June 1, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Cowee Farmers Market: May 10, Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm
Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market: April 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jackson County Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 14, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Swain County Farmers Market: May 6, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
‘Whee Market: April 5, Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Far West Regional Tailgate Markets
Andrews Farmers Market: June 4, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brasstown’s Farmers Market: May 25, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cedar Valley Farmers Market: April 2, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Graham County Farmers Market: July 9, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hayesville Evening Market: May 5, Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Mountain Valley Farmers Market: May 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

High Country Regional Tailgate Markets
Alleghany County Farmers’ Market: May 2, Tuesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ashe County Farmers Market: April 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Avery County Farmers Market: April 21, Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Bakersville Farmers Market: March 26, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Blowing Rock Farmers Market: May 26, Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 4, Wednesdays 2:00 – 5:00 pm

ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

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, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.