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June Garden Chores

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Don’t miss the link to BCTV’s Garden Chores video at the bottom of the page.


  • Maintain the mowing height for fescue lawns at 3 inches. Try to mow frequently enough to remove no more than 1/3 of the blade at a time.
  • Do not fertilize cool season lawns until September.
  • Regular rainy weather will produce good conditions for brown patch, a fungus disease. If brown patches begin to occur in the lawn do not irrigate and do not mow the lawn when wet.Landscaped Lawn


  • Irises and daylilies can be divided even while in bloom. This is useful if you need to keep flower colors separated. Remove any remaining flowers, cut leaves half way back and replant the divisions as soon as possible.
  • Container gardens will perform best with regular fertilizing and occasional trimming.
  • Early spring rains have encouraged many of us to do a lot of planting. Remember to check new plantings through the summer. Trees and shrubs will need a good soaking every week through the first growing season. Herbaceous perennials will need regular watering at least for the first couple of months.
  • You can still plant seeds for fast maturing annuals such as cosmos, zinnias, marigolds, and small sunflowers.
  • If you have moved house plants outside for the summer, this is a good time to repot if you have not done so. Also remember to monitor the soil moisture as plants will dry out faster outside.


  • Wet spring and early summer weather is especially bad for developing brown rot on peaches and plums, and black rot on grapes. Maintain regular fungicide sprays as a preventative as these diseases cannot be controlled once they have infected the fruit.
  • This is not a bad time to remove excess sucker and watersprout growth from apple trees. Removing the excessively vigorous growth now will allow more of the plant’s energy to go into fruit and desirable growth, and will result in less re-sprouting than winter pruning.
  • A healthy strawberry bed can be renovated after harvest. Beds more than 3 or 4 years old are often best removed and replanted in the fall or spring.


  • Vegetable crops generally need another dose of fertilizer about 5 to 6 weeks after planting, or when fruit starts to form.
  • Once cucumbers, squash and green beans begin to fruit, check them daily. The fruits mature quickly and are best harvested while young and tender.
  • Be careful when harvesting. Use 2 hands to pull beans, cucumbers, squash, etc. to avoid breaking the plant.
  • Through the month of June you can still plant tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, green beans, winter squash.
  • If you want more tomato plants, those suckers you remove now will root easily in moist potting soil.
  • Plant a tomato in a container for your patio or deck. Keep watered.

For more information, view BCTV’s June Garden Chores video, or call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Brevard Music Center Announces 2013 Season

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival and institute, will open its 2013 season on Friday, June 21, on its campus in Brevard, North Carolina. The 2013 season features seven weeks of classical masterworks including Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Beethoven’s beloved Fifth Symphony. The summer festival also includes an outstanding lineup of guest artists ranging from rising stars of the classical world, such as pianist Ji-Yong and violinist Bella Hristova, to two of today’s most celebrated soloists—pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Joshua Bell.

“We have a truly exciting season in store for summer 2013,” said Jason Posnock, BMC Artistic Administrator. “It is always inspiring to hear our gifted students and renowned faculty perform the masterpieces of the repertoire. This summer our roster of internationally celebrated conductors and guest artists will create an electric atmosphere for students and patrons alike.”
The 2013 season features over 80 performances, including 18 different orchestra programs, four opera productions, wind ensemble, chamber music, new music, recitals, and more. The season closes on Sunday afternoon, August 4, with BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart conducting the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Holst’s orchestral favorite The Planets and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with soloist Johannes Moser.
For more details and updates on 2013 festival performances, visit brevardmusic.org.
Orchestra forms the heart of Brevard’s festival. A cast of renowned conductors, both American and international, will lead three different orchestras through some of the most important and best-loved music in the repertoire. In addition to Mr. Lockhart, who will conduct five concerts during the season, conductors will include BMC Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta (who conducts programs on June 21 and 23), the legendary Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert, Jeff Tyzik (Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic and Seattle Symphony Orchestra), Grant Llewellyn (Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony), and BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam.
Orchestral repertoire includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Saint-Saens’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6, Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. Other guest soloists appearing this season include Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, classical guitar virtuoso Celil Refik Kaya performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranuez, and rising star pianist Conrad Tao making his Brevard debut with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
All of the orchestra programs occur in BMC’s open-sided Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, which creates a special “open air” experience for listeners while retaining the aural impact of a concert hall.
Opera has been a vital part of the Brevard Music Center for more than 40 years. In 2013 BMC will stage four operas at the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. Three mainstage opera productions will be presented in the Scott Concert Hall: Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff.
New for the 2013 festival, BMC will introduce “Opera in a Box.” Each summer, a composer and librettist will bring their work-in-progress to the Music Center, and BMC opera students will help them achieve their artistic vision. Sections of the opera will be staged and performed in the Morrison Playhouse black box theater at the Porter Center. The new work will be narrated by the creators and the stage director, guiding the audience through a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the creative process of developing a new work. This season, composer Michael Ching has been chosen to present his new work Speed Dating Tonight! created in partnership with BMC Director of Opera Dean Anthony.
BMC will present eleven chamber music concerts in the Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center and in Searcy Hall on the Music Center campus. Chamber performances feature the Music Center’s artist aaculty and visiting guest artists collaborating on works ranging from Baroque to modern. These intimate concert settings provide a truly up close and personal experience of classical masterpieces.
In addition to the full range of classical offerings, the 2013 season will include a number of concerts appealing to a range of tastes.
The annual Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops concert is a beloved Brevard tradition, and it goes off at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 4. Maestro Kraig Alan Williams will lead the Brevard Symphonic Winds, joined by the Brevard Community Band, in marches, patriotic songs, and other favorites, finishing up with the 1812 Overture, complete with live cannon.
On Saturday, June 22, BMC will present The Ultimate Doo-Wop show featuring performances of doo-wop favorites from the 1950s and 60s. Don your poodle skirts and satin jackets and bring the whole family for an evening celebrating the golden age of popular music.
Tuesday, July 23, the Music Center welcomes comedian and radio host Garrison Keillor for A Prairie Home Companion’s Radio Romance Tour. Keillor will be joined by singer Aoife O’Donovan, comedian Fred Newman, Rich Dworsky and The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn, for two hours of duet singing, absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
On Saturday, July 27, conductor and virtuoso trumpeter Jeff Tyzik returns to the Music Center to lead the Brevard Sinfonia in an evening of music from the movies. Film buffs and music lovers alike will enjoy hearing the themes from their favorite films such as Superman, Casablanca, and Star Wars performed live on stage.
Additional concerts are still being added to the 2013 schedule. Check brevardmusic.org for the most up-to-date listing of performances.
In its 2013 season, the Brevard Music Center offers more than thirty free events to the community.  These include concerts by the Brevard Symphonic Winds, opera scenes, student piano recitals, new music concerts, student chamber concerts and recitals, and other special events.
The Brevard Music Center offers pre-concert events free to ticketholders for all of its weekend performances. For each opera performance and for each performance of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, BMC offers an informal talk one hour before curtain. Conducted by a member of the artist faculty, these talks provide additional insights into the history and significance of works being performed, unique production aspects, and other information specific to each performance.
Ticketholders for concerts of the Brevard Sinfonia and the Brevard Concert Orchestra may attend special pre-concert performances featuring BMC’s students and artist faculty.  Programs will feature solo and chamber music and will occur in Thomas Hall one hour before the orchestra curtain time.
2013 subscription sales will begin on March 1 with single tickets scheduled to go on sale May 1. For more information on 2013 subscription packages and concert information please visit brevardmusic.org
The Brevard Music Center originated in 1936 as a summer music camp at Davidson College.  James Christian Pfohl, the Music Center’s founder and first Artistic Director, moved his operation to Queens College in Charlotte for the summer of 1943, then to the current location in 1944.  Pfohl added a festival of concerts at the end of the 1946 session. Over time the camp became an institute, and the festival came to run the full length of the summer season.
In 2013 Brevard Music Center will enroll more than 400 students from nearly every state in the US, plus students from Europe, Asia, and South America. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty.  Students, faculty, and staff all reside on the 180-acre wooded campus in western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians.

For more information on festival performances “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from the 2012 season.

Have a Hive of a Time This June

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Life is sweet in the Southern Appalachians, especially in June. The spring honey flow started in May, which means local honey harvested this year arrives at Appalachian Grown™ farmers tailgate markets, groceries, and eateries this month. What’s more, the Sourwood flow—our region is famous for its Sourwood honey; after all, the varietal is produced predominately in the Blue Ridge Mountains—usually begins around the summer solstice.

Several Asheville-area Get Local participating restaurants will whip up honey specials throughout the month. West End Bakery plans to create local strawberry cheesecakes and drizzle them with local caramelized honey. They’ll also bake up a variety of scones and serve with a local honey glaze. Neo Burrito has already started serving their Get Local special at all locations. They’re roasting local duck from Farside Farms with local honey and serving it up with slaw and a fried rice with local vegetables. The special also comes with a miso soup featuring local bok choy. Vegetarian or vegan? Substitute local tempeh for the duck and you’re good to go, they share. City Bakery is making sure even their beverages Get Local by creating a seasonal latte of Asheville’s Haw Creek Honey and Dynamite Roasting Co.’s black powder espresso—served hot or iced.

Of course, many area Appalachian Grown partner restaurants regularly use local honey in their dishes, just as area tailgate markets regularly feature honey vendors and partner groceries regularly stock the sweet stuff. Know that the honey on shelves is local by looking for the Appalachian Grown logo, ASAP’s certification for products grown or raised on family farms in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A specific Appalachian Grown honey logo is often used as well.

Browse a list of more than 60 WNC Appalachian Grown certified farms that include honey as one of their farm products + the businesses serving and carrying their honey at ASAP’s online Local Food Guide, appalachiangrown.org.

The Last of the Mohicans Returns to Chimney Rock

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s not often that movie fans get to watch their favorite flick where it was filmed. For the 2nd Annual Movie on the Meadows, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Ingles Markets will be presenting The Last of the Mohicans outdoors on a 35-foot screen on June 15, 2013, surrounded by the dramatic rock cliffs and 404-foot waterfall that appear in the epic 1992 blockbuster. The movie showing at 9 p.m. will be preceded by one-hour guided hikes at 3:15 and 4:45 p.m. to see the filming locations. Original wardrobe pieces worn by Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeline Stowe, on loan from 20thCentury Fox, are on display now in the Sky Lounge Gift Shop.

Special event parking on the Meadows begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $12 per car, $8 per car for Annual Passholders or is complimentary with same-day paid Park admission. Advance $9 parking tickets are on sale now through June 14 only at the Lake Lure Ingles Market. Capacity is limited to the first 250 cars. More event details are available at www.chimneyrockpark.com.

“Hundreds of people travel to Chimney Rock from around the world every year to see where The Last of the Mohicans was filmed. For many fans, watching their favorite movie at our park will be a dream come true,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Guided Hikes to See Film Locations. Movie fans are invited to come early for fun Mohican adventures—a guided hike to see multiple locations where movie scenes were filmed, including Groundhog Slide (seen from Exclamation Point) and the Huron Indian Village (seen from the Chimney). The last 17 minutes of the movie, including the final fight scene, were filmed in Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Gorge. The guided hike will be offered by park staff at 3:15 and 4:45 p.m. Sign-up is first-come, first-serve starting at 1 p.m. on the event day at the park’s Sky Lounge Gift Shop, where the hike begins. Each hike is limited to the first 20 people and is no additional cost with paid park admission. Brochures are also available to all visitors for self-guided hikes year-round.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive 7:30-8:30 p.m. for the movie screening from 9-11 p.m. Pre-show entertainment will be provided, and concessions and movie merchandise will be available for purchase. Newspaper clippings and photos about the 1992 movie release and filming at the park will be on display. Event sponsors Ingles Markets, Mast General Store and Southern Outdoor Cinema will be handing out promotional materials. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring flashlights to find their way after dark and blankets or camping chairs for casual seating on the grassy Meadows.

WCU Fine Art Museum Brings in David J. Brown to Lead

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – David J. Brown, a longtime arts professional experienced in many facets of arts and cultural organizations, has been named director of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University effective July 1.

“Mr. Brown brings unique experiences to our arts community at WCU and our regional partners,” said Robert Kehrberg, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, which oversees the museum. “David has worked in North Carolina a number of years in the arts and brings a localized perspective to a national outlook on arts in our communities. I am looking forward to working with David to advance the arts in our region and state.”

Brown, of Winston-Salem, has worked in the field of art and visual culture for more than 25 years. Since 2010, he has worked as an arts management consultant, lending his expertise to arts organizations on a project-by-project basis. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2010, he was deputy director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., where in addition to overseeing exhibitions and developing a quarterly lecture series he transitioned the 50-year-old institution into a new, 81,000 square-foot facility that included an art learning laboratory.

Brown also has served in leadership and administrative roles with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He has worked with artists including Pae White, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Willie Doherty, Lesley Dill, David Byrne, John Waters and Dan Perjovschi. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Old Dominion University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.

“I am honored and delighted to be chosen as the new director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum,” Brown said. “Some of the most rewarding times of my career have been in collaboratively creating unique and meaningful intersections with students, artists and the community, and I view the entire WCU campus and region as vibrant partners full of potential.”

Brown is married to Krystyna Puc, assistant dean of liberal arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Their son, Zak, is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brown also has a grown daughter, Thea, who resides in Richmond, Va., with her family.

WCU’s 122,000 square-foot Fine Art Museum opened in 2005 with a focus on education, community outreach and development of a permanent collection – now at more than 1,200 pieces – of high artistic merit.

Brown will fill a position left vacant by founding director and curator Martin DeWitt’s retirement in December 2010. Kehrberg extended his thanks to curatorial specialist Denise Drury, who has been serving as interim director of the museum for the past 2½ years. “She inspired our university to bring art into facilities across our campus and maintain initiatives within the Fine Art Museum,” he said.

WCU Fine Art Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is closed on university holidays and breaks. For more information about the museum, call 828-227-3591 or go online to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.