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Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

From scary patterns, traditional pumpkin faces, or monogram templates, eHow has a pumpkin pattern for you.ASHEVILLE NC – Looking for free pumpkin carving templates? Here’s a link to easy patterns and stencils for carving regular pumpkins or fancy jack-o-lanterns.

From scary patterns, traditional pumpkin faces, or monogram templates, eHow has a pumpkin pattern for you.

Find out more about Halloween in Asheville and Asheville pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

Congressional Candidates Debate Oct 23 at WCU

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and the Public Policy Institute will host a debate between the two candidates seeking election in November for the opportunity to represent North Carolina’s 11thCongressional District.

The debate, to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, will feature Republican Mark Meadows, a businessman and entrepreneur, and Democrat Hayden Rogers, chief of staff for current U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler. It will be held in the Grandroom, located on the third floor of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Russ Bowen, news anchor and reporter for Asheville-based television stations WLOS-TV and WMYA (My40), will serve as debate moderator. The debate will be streamed live on the WLOS-TV website, www.wlos.com.

The debate is open to the public free of charge, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending should reserve a seat by sending an email to the Public Policy Institute at [email protected] by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. There is a limit of two tickets per request.

Those who request tickets will receive a confirmation number. Ticket holders are asked to be seated by 6:50 p.m. By 6:55 p.m., any remaining seats in the Grandroom will be released on a first-come, first-served basis to people who show up without tickets. Anyone not seated by 6:50 p.m. cannot be guaranteed a seat.

The event was originally scheduled to be held in the University Center theater, with overflow seating in the conference room of Blue Ridge Hall, where viewers could watch a live streaming video of the debate. It is being relocated to the larger venue of the Grandroom to accommodate public demand for tickets. In the event that all seats in the Grandroom are claimed, overflow seating with access to the live video stream will be available in the University Center theater.

Hosting a congressional debate on campus is in keeping with this year’s interdisciplinary theme of “Citizenship and Civility,” a yearlong exploration of what it means to be a citizen and what it means to be civil, said Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and public affairs and director of the PPI.

“Concepts of citizenship and civility certainly are brought into sharp focus during a time of national elections. We want our students to understand and appreciate what it means to be a citizen and to discuss issues in a civil manner, even though we may have widely different opinions,” Collins said. “We are very excited to have our congressional candidates on campus. This should be a great event for the community and for our students.”

For more information, contact WCU’s Public Policy Institute at 828-227-3898.

AIR/Taste of Asheville Event November 14

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) will celebrate a big evening of what makes Asheville a culinary destination beginning at 7 p.m. November 14th at The Venue. Not only will 40 talented chefs ,the most ever in the event’s history-dazzle attendees at AIR’s Taste of Asheville event, there are also plans to announce an exciting new marketing initiative for the organization that will be launched in early 2013.

On sale Oct. 1st, ticket entry to the event includes small plate tastings of 40 local, independent restaurants as well as beer and wine samplings. In addition,  AIR’s new Taste of Asheville Passport for the year 2013 will be available for purchase on-site, a coupon booklet representing over $1000 in dining savings at AIR restaurants, for the cost of $50. Fans of Asheville’s many independent restaurants will want to purchase a Taste of Asheville Passport, regardless of their ability to attend the November 14 event since the $1000 in savings – a tremendous value — is good for one year. Passports will also available for sale after the event at www.airasheville.org.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening ticket sales every year benefit various programming and outreach efforts, some of which include AIR’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships for culinary students at AB-Tech, as well as the GO! Kitchen Ready Training Program- an initiative started by AIR and past AIR board members.

“We have a lot to be excited about with the event this year,” said AIR President Anthony Cerrato, “this is the largest participation of member restaurants we have ever had for Taste Of Asheville and we are proud of our momentum as an organization – there are good things happening in our community as Asheville continues to be recognized as a great place to eat, drink and enjoy.”

Participating restaurants for the 2012 Taste of Asheville event are Acropolis Pizza, Avenue M, Blue Water Seafood Co., Boca, Bouchon, Burgerworx,  Carmels, Chai Pani, City Bakery Café, Corner Kitchen, Creperie Bouchon, D.I. Hospitality, Edna’s Of Asheville, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Green Sage, Homegrown , Jack of Hearts, Jack of the Wood, Jerusalem Garden Café, Karen Donatelli Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luella’s BBQ, Mamacitas Baja Kitchen, Mela, Neo Burrito, Neo Cantina, Pack’s Tavern, Plant, Pomodoros, Sazerac, Scully’s, Strada, Sunny Point Café, The Local Joint, The Glass Onion, Tupelo Honey Café, Ultimate Ice Cream, Vincenzos and Vinnies Neighborhood Italian. The event also features wines and beer from AIR industry partners.

For Taste of Asheville tickets and 2013 Passports, visit www.airasheville.org.

Fall Colors Surge – Peak Foliage Coming Soon To Asheville, NC

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The latest fall leaf report shows peak color beginning to descend on the mountains around Asheville. Biologists, attractions and climate experts are reporting a crescendo of color on the way as fall leaves move toward prime conditions.

“There is strong color now in and around Asheville, which is increasing every day toward peak conditions. We should see great color through late October,” said Parker Andes , director of horticulture at Biltmore. “Red maples, sourwoods and gum trees are beautiful right now with birches, hickories and sugar maples beginning to join the autumn array.”

“The highest elevations in Western North Carolina experienced their optimal color during the first week of October,” said Jake Crouch , climate scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. “Over the next two weeks, peak fall color will continue to migrate down the mountain slopes into the Asheville area at 2,100 feet. Peak leaf color tends to move into the middle and lower elevations at a rate of about 1,000 feet of elevation every five days.”

Weekly Fall Color Reports

To help visitors locate where the autumn color is peaking from week to week, the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is working with fall foliage experts to compile weekly color reports for the mountains of Western North Carolina. Foliage updates, fall events and travel booking information is available at FallintheMountains.com.

Chimney Rock Offers Six Ways to View Peak Fall Colors

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Leaf peepers aiming to catch fall colors during their peak won’t have to look far to find it now. Weekly fall color and wildflower reports are available to help you plan your visit to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure at chimneyrockpark.com (see the latest below). Peak fall colors are expected to appear in Chimney Rock for up to a couple weeks between mid-October and early November. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers six spectacular ways to view autumn foliage this year, from expert- and self-guided hikes to rock climbing and a photography workshop. The Park has been voted one of the top three Readers’ Choice “Best Scenic Views” by Southern Living magazine.

“The Blue Ridge Mountains feature one of most vibrant and longest fall color displays in America, attracting visitors from around the world. In late September to early November, from popular destinations along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, Western North Carolina is among the most beautiful places to go leaf peeping, hiking and auto touring,” said Emily Walker, Park Naturalist & Education Manager.

Fall Color Report, 10-9-2012: Fall colors are appearing at the highest elevations and creeping down into Hickory Nut Gorge. Highway 74A from Asheville, Hwy 64 from Hendersonville and Hwy 9 from Black Mountain to the Park offer beautiful drives sprinkled with reds and yellows right now. In Chimney Rock some leaves are already starting to change, including the poplars, dogwoods, buckeyes, birch, beech, walnuts, sourwoods and sassafras. Meanwhile, the most vibrant colors are in our blooming fall wildflowers, including goldenrod, Pink Turtlehead, Small Wood Sunflower, snakeroot, gerardia, jumpseed and several types of asters. See Chimney Rock’s leaf and wildflower colors, current and last year’s, in our online photo gallery. Follow our Facebook page for up-to-date fall photos.

Catching Peak Colors.  Fall in the mountains rewards leaf peepers with brilliant displays of leaf color, and Chimney Rock shows the full spectrum—from deep red and maroon to fiery yellow and orange. Thanks to its range in elevation from 1,100 to 2,500 feet and a large variety of deciduous trees in Hickory Nut Gorge, peak colors can last up to a couple weeks. Below are six of Chimney Rock’s favorite outings that will reward guests with an eyeful of fall color.  Advance registration is required for guided hikes and workshops; register online at chimneyrockpark.com/events.

Get an Expert Guide

  1. Head Off the Beaten Path and take a guided Fall Color Ridge Hike on Chimney Rock Mountain with internationally renowned naturalist Ron Lance on Saturday, October 20 from 1-3 p.m. This is the Park’s most scenic guided hike of the entire year!
  2. View stunning fall colors from the end of a rope high above the Gorge. Sign up for a rock climbing adventure with Fox Mountain Guides, and bring your friends to save money with a group rate.
    No prior experience is necessary. Two-hour, half- and full-day clinics are available.

Take a Hike

  1. Soak up 75-mile panoramic views on top of the Chimney some 900 feet above the valley floor.  Get there by the modernized elevator or upgraded Outcroppings trail. This is the most dramatic and popular way to get your fall color fix!
  2. Fall wildflowers add bright splashes of color along our trails. This season brings blooming beauties from goldenrod and Pink Turtlehead to several types of asters.
  3. Immerse yourself in the vibrant leaf colors by hiking along the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Study the diverse range of leaf colors from oak and hickory to red maple and enjoy marveling at the 404-foot waterfall, one of the highest of its kind east of the Mississippi River, at the trail’s end.

Capture Colors on Camera

  1. Shutterbugs looking for expert tips and tricks to frame peak fall colors will find them at Chimney Rock’s one- or two-day Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshops on Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.. Award-winning photographer Jeff Miller leads one of the most affordable workshops held in one of the most beautiful parks in Western N.C.

Park admission is $15 adult, $7 youth ages 6-15 and free for under six. Guided hikes, rock climbing and workshops cost extra. For more information on fall color, scenic drives and events throughout Western North Carolina, visit fallinthemountains.com

Fall into Live Local Music. The Old Rock Café is rocking on fall weekend nights with Beats, Burgers & Brews, featuring live music performances by local artists. Live music will be held Fridays and Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. from October 12 through November 4; go to chimneyrockpark.com for a list of upcoming bands. After a few hours of leaf peeping in the Park, come enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine while relaxing outdoors on our riverside deck with views of the Rock. While we recommend the Old Rock’s delicious burgers, soups and local brews, we’ll be serving the full menu. The Café is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through November 4. Call (828) 625-2329 for weekly specials or view the online menu.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. The 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. In 2012 the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which features Chimney Rock’s 404-foot waterfall and mountain scenery during the film’s final 17 minutes. The Park is located 30 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

October Gardening Chores

Monday, October 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Gardening Chores for October:

Lawns:

  • Don't be stingy when planing pansies.This is a good time to core aerate compacted soils. (See September Mountain Gardener).
  • If you have reseeded the lawn, it will be important to keep the tree leaves from accumulating. A leaf blower would be gentler on the seedling grass than the rake.
  • This is a good time to fertilize the cool season lawn (fescue, bluegrass) if you did not do it last month.

Ornamentals:

  • If you have Hemlock trees, inspect them for signs of Hemlock Woolly Adelgids. This is a good time of year to treat smaller trees with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Fall is also a good time to apply a systemic soil drench treatment on larger trees. See Recommendations for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control or view BCTV 2’s Hemlock Woolly Adelgid video, hosted by Linda Blue of Buncombe County Cooperative Extension.
  • Plant pansies and ornamental cabbage.
  • Clean up house plants before moving back indoors. Take the time to cut them back and remove dead leaves and flowers. While you are at it, inspect carefully for insect infestations and treat before bringing the plants indoors.
  • Do not fertilize anything other than the lawn.

Fruits:

  • There have been a lot of diseases in the gardens and orchards this year, making good sanitation especially important. As you rake leaves, also remove any fruit left in the trees and pick up all fruit from the ground.
  • Most blackberries and raspberries produce fruit on second year canes. An exception is Heritage red raspberry, which produce two crops each season if pruned in the traditional manner. But they can also be managed by simply cutting all of the canes to the ground in late fall to produce one larger crop in late summer.

Vegetables:

  • Good sanitation is important in the vegetable garden as well. Remove spent plants to the compost pile or turn them into the soil to rot.
  • Spray all cabbage family crops with organic B.t. (Bacillus thruingiensis) every 7 to 10 days to control the various caterpillars. Also check plants regularly for aphids, which can be controlled with insecticidal soap.
  • Pick green tomatoes before frost. Set them on the kitchen counter to ripen or use them green.
  • Harvest sweetpotatoes, pumpkins and winter squashes before frost.

Other:

  • Leave hummingbird feeders out for late migrating birds.
  • Clean out bird houses. Songbirds will often use them on cold winter nights.
  • Fall is a great time to start a new compost pile. You can build a bin or just pile all that yard waste in the corner. More information on back yard composting.

For more information, watch BCTV 2’s “October Garden Chores with Linda Blue” video or call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Snag Your Moogfest Travel Package Now!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Moogfest announces: CID Entertainment is excited to offer travel packages for Moogfest 2012 in Asheville, NC. The travel packages include your choice of GA or VIP Moogfest passes, two nights at the Marriott Renaissance Asheville Hotel (only a couple of minutes from all of the Moogfest venues), Moogfest t-shirts, and Moogfest posters. CID event staff will be onsite for any questions or assistance you may need.

GA Travel Packages are $1,009 and VIP Travel Packages are $1,209. Both travel packages can be purchased on CIDʼs website by clicking here.

Let us simplify your Moogfest planning with a Travel Package!

Renowned Nutritionist, Researcher and Health Advocate at UNCA

Monday, October 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – T. Colin Campbell, nutrition expert, researcher, and author of the award-winning bestseller, “The China Study,” will return to Asheville to discuss his groundbreaking research at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Campbell became a leading advocate for the health benefits of an entirely plant-based diet after examining correlations between diet, lifestyle and health outcomes over many years among large numbers of people. Former President Clinton cited “The China Study” in explaining how he lost 24 pounds by switching to a plant-based diet in hopes of improving his heart health.

“The China Study,” is based on Campbell’s role in and conclusions from the 20-year research partnership between the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine, Oxford University, and Cornell University which studied dietary, lifestyle and disease mortality characteristics in 65 rural Chinese counties. Rural China was chosen because it has been home to millions of people who share a similar genetic make-up and have relatively few changes in diet over time. The study, described by the New York Times as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology,” compared the health consequences of diets rich in animal-based foods with those of diets rich in plant-based foods. Campbell uses the findings to make the case that a plant-based diet lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Campbell’s October 16 talk, “The Great Food Secret,” promises to be a major event for healthy eaters locally and for people who are curious about using dietary choices to protect against chronic disease. His visit is co-sponsored by Mission Health, UNC Asheville’s N.C. Center for Health & Wellness, and the UNC Asheville Department of Health and Wellness. Campbell had come to Asheville in February but was forced to cancel his scheduled appearance due to the death of a close friend and colleague.

Campbell, who received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University, is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell. He has also served as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s department of biochemistry.

Old Rock Cafe Gets Rockin’ with Beats, Burgers and Brews

Monday, October 8th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Old Rock is rockin’ again on fall weekend nights. Beats, Burgers & Brews on Fridays and Saturdays, 7-9pm, features live musical performances by local artists in Chimney Rock Village after a day of leaf peeping at the Park. While we recommend the Old Rock’s delicious burgers and local brews, the full menu is available. Enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine while relaxing outdoors on the riverside deck. Planning your fall visit to Chimney Rock? Check out the Park’s weekly Fall Color Reports online at chimneyrockpark.com.

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 12-13 at 7-9pm

Ginnie Waite, singer-songwriter for 35+ years

With more than 100 original songs, Ginnie’s music has a Celtic flavor, combined with her Native American spirituality. She was a finalist in the 2011 Great Blue Ridge talent search at White Horse in Black Mountain, N.C. Her style has a highly personable Americana Folk flavor, which children and adults often respond to with spontaneous dance.

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 19-20 at 7-9pm
Ken Potter – old rock, blues, jazz, funk & bagpipes

A local musician in the Hickory Nut Gorge for 22 years, Ken was opening act for Chimney Rock’s Music on the Mountain 2012 concert series. Ken has been refining his talent for some 40 years and comes from a musical family. With 3 bands and 6 different playing partners, Ken’s style is fun and is sure to bring back some great memories. Sit back and enjoy, or dance to your heart’s content.

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26-27 at 7-9pm

Diana Reid Band – 1950s through today, various genres

The Diana Reid Band is best known for their unique blend of vocal harmonies across a repertoire of music from the 1950’s through today. Vocalist Diana Reid, winner of the Angel Award, has been entertaining audiences across the United States since age three. Kirk Randleman, a multi-instrumentalist and recipient of the Bascombe Lamar Lunsford Award, has performed with numerous musical groups across the U.S. and in Europe.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. The 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. In 2012 the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which features Chimney Rock’s 404-foot waterfall and mountain scenery during the film’s final 17 minutes. The Park is located 30 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

AIR/Taste of Asheville Event November 4

Friday, October 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) will celebrate a big evening of what makes Asheville a culinary destination beginning at 7 p.m. November 14th at The Venue. Not only will 40 talented chefs ,the most ever in the event’s history-dazzle attendees at AIR’s Taste of Asheville event, there are also plans to announce an exciting new marketing initiative for the organization that will be launched in early 2013.

On sale Oct. 1st, ticket entry to the event includes small plate tastings of 40 local, independent restaurants as well as beer and wine samplings. In addition,  AIR’s new Taste of Asheville Passport for the year 2013 will be available for purchase on-site, a coupon booklet representing over $1000 in dining savings at AIR restaurants, for the cost of $50. Fans of Asheville’s many independent restaurants will want to purchase a Taste of Asheville Passport, regardless of their ability to attend the November 14 event since the $1000 in savings – a tremendous value — is good for one year. Passports will also available for sale after the event at www.airasheville.org.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening ticket sales every year benefit various programming and outreach efforts, some of which include AIR’s Chefs of Tomorrow Scholarships for culinary students at AB-Tech, as well as the GO! Kitchen Ready Training Program- an initiative started by AIR and past AIR board members.

“We have a lot to be excited about with the event this year,” said AIR President Anthony Cerrato, “this is the largest participation of member restaurants we have ever had for Taste Of Asheville and we are proud of our momentum as an organization – there are good things happening in our community as Asheville continues to be recognized as a great place to eat, drink and enjoy.”

Participating restaurants for the 2012 Taste of Asheville event are Acropolis Pizza, Avenue M, Blue Water Seafood Co., Boca, Bouchon, Burgerworx,  Carmels, Chai Pani, City Bakery Café, Corner Kitchen, Creperie Bouchon, D.I. Hospitality, Edna’s Of Asheville, Frankie Bones, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, The Green Sage, Homegrown , Jack of Hearts, Jack of the Wood, Jerusalem Garden Café, Karen Donatelli Café, Laughing Seed, Lexington Avenue Brewery, Luella’s BBQ, Mamacitas Baja Kitchen, Mela, Neo Burrito, Neo Cantina, Pack’s Tavern, Plant, Pomodoros, Sazerac, Scully’s, Strada, Sunny Point Café, The Local Joint, The Glass Onion, Tupelo Honey Café, Ultimate Ice Cream, Vincenzos and Vinnies Neighborhood Italian. The event also features wines and beer from AIR industry partners.

For Taste of Asheville tickets and 2013 Passports, visit www.airasheville.org.