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Most Trails and Roads Reopened in Trace Ridge Area Pisgah

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The U.S. Forest Service has reopened most of the trails and roads in the Trace Ridge and Wash Creek areas of Henderson County in the Pisgah Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest.

The closures were necessary to implement portions of the Brushy Ridge project, an ecosystem improvement project that will provide a number of environmental benefits. Visitors will see evidence of the project where timber harvesting activities took place in the Trace Ridge Trailhead area and a portion of Trace Ridge and Wash Creek Trails.

The following areas are reopened to non-motorized use:

  • Hendersonville Reservoir Road (FS 142);
  • Fletcher Creek Road (FS 5097);
  • Wash Creek (Trail 606);
  • Trace Ridge (Trail 354);
  • North Mills River (Trail 353) and
  • Yellow Gap Trail (Trail 611).

Wash Creek Road remains closed to motor vehicle traffic to protect public safety and facilitate implementation of the project. The road remains open to non-motorized use with caution advised for logging truck traffic on the road. Seniard Mountain Road and Bear Branch Trail remain closed to all use. The Forest Service will reopen all roads and trails once timber harvesting and hauling are completed, which will most likely be late fall.

 

Master Gardener Rhythm of Watering Presentation June 24

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Get tips on watering your plants more efficiently.ASHEVILLE NC – Join Master Gardener Jill Prior on Tuesday, June 24 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Swannanoa Library as she teaches us the “Rhythm of Watering.”

Watering your plants and grass seem to be basic practices, but you can be more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly with a few simple changes. Understanding the why, how, where, when, and what of watering will make all the difference in either enjoying your beautiful garden, or wearing yourself out just trying to keep your plants alive.

This free program is brought to you by the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension and the Friends of Swannanoa Library. For more information, contact the library at 250-6486 or email [email protected]

Free Morningstar Webinar Dividend Paying Stocks

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On June 19 Josh Peters, the editor of the popular newsletter Morningstar Dividend Investor, will help you build your portfolios with dividend paying stocks.  He will discuss his time-tested process for finding high-quality investments, and how to avoid dividend cuts. He’ll close the workshop by answering questions from the audience.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a comprehensive online investing database. It provides independent opinion and data on more than 30,000 stocks and mutual funds.

Join us for an enlightening training session that will provide you with the skills you need to make the most of this online investing database.  This class is provided free of charge from Buncombe County Public Libraries.

When:

Thursday, June 19 at 6 pm or 7:30 pm (EST)

Where:

Anywhere with phone and Internet access

How to Register:

Use this link:   www.nclive.org/blog/newsroom/upcoming-morningstar-webinar-dividend-paying-stocks

Open House Spotlights Growth on Asheville’s Riverfront

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville’s riverfront is experiencing some of the most energetic growth and economic renewal in the city, and it’s not just limited to the River Arts District. New businesses in Biltmore Station and Biltmore Village, new homes in Kenilworth, Oakley and Tunnel Road, and the city’s infrastructure and flood mitigation improvement project at Azalea Road are indicators of growth in the Swannanoa River Corridor. Each month, the City of Asheville holds an open house at City Hall to encourage the sharing of information on riverfront developments between the city, residents, and private businesses. This month, staff will focus on the Swannanoa River Corridor.

The open houses are held every third Thursday on the 5th floor of City Hall, and residents, property owners, entrepreneurs or anyone interested in the future of the river corridor are invited to attend. City staff and members of the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission are on hand to answer questions and also to hear from members of the public. Each month has a special focus area, but conversation is not limited to that topic.

“These open houses are an excellent time to hear from the community about what they think is important to pay attention to as this area moves forward,” said Urban Planner Steph Monson Dahl. “This kind of interaction really helps us, residents, and the private sector visualize the kind of change that is going on in the corridor.”

The next Riverfront Open house will be held Thursday, June 19 from 3-5 p.m. For more information, contact Steph Monson Dahl at [email protected] or (828) 232-4502.

Cradle of Forestry Celebrates Bug Day

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America invites all ages to learn about insects and their relatives on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event will be held in and around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center and commemorates National Pollinator Week, June 16-23.

Activities include pond explorations at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., bug hunts at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., a guided walk titled “Mysteries on Forest Leaves” at 3 p.m. looking evidence of plant/insect interrelationships, and ongoing games and crafts.

Meet monarch butterfly caterpillars and learn about their lifecycle and conservation. Beekeepers Mike and Matt Elliot from Pure Pisgah Honey will display their enclosed  observation hive containing thousands of live honeybees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the fascinating lifecycle of these social insects, how honey is made and how to get started as a beekeeper.

At 1:30 p.m., Cradle of Forestry interpreter Devin Gentry will present a program “Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow?” addressing a continuing project to convert selected lawn areas around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center to native landscaping. This effort to sustain the interdependence between plants and pollinators, including monarchs, can be duplicated by homeowners.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes. Admission includes the film There’s Magic at the Cradle, 15 hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com

“Downton Abbey” Costumes on View at Biltmore

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Biltmore announces a new exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” opening February 5 and continuing through Memorial Day, May 25, 2015. Designed by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, the exhibition features more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.”  The clothing will be showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, the grand Vanderbilt estate of the same era.

Although “Downton Abbey” is fictional, the show depicts an era of great change. The period costumes in the exhibition act as a window into history beginning in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic, moving into the tumultuous years of World War I, and finally through the dawn of the Jazz Age in the early 1920s. The waves of social change felt abroad also had lasting impact on the Vanderbilts, their servants, and Biltmore as a whole. New stories will be shared about George Vanderbilt, his wife Edith, and their daughter Cornelia, who lived in the 250-room Biltmore House.

The Vanderbilts’ home bears striking visual resemblance to the show’s setting at Highclere Castle, making it easy for visitors to blur storylines and experience for themselves a bit of life a hundred years ago.  “The day-to-day running of the house was surprisingly similar to that of Downton Abbey,” says Biltmore’s Director of Museum Services Ellen Rickman. “Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to delve into Biltmore’s stories.”

Themes in the exhibition include the evolution of fashion, nuances of etiquette and the changing roles of women.  The life of service staff will also be explored, including the role of British citizens who worked at Biltmore.  Costumes on display will range from country tweeds, to servants’ uniforms, to lavish gowns and evening attire cut from fine fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading.  The award-winning costumes, created by renowned London costume house Cosprop Ltd., were designed with inspiration from old photographs and historic patterns. Some are original pieces from the time period, while others incorporate antique decorative elements that inspired the overall costume design.

Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of regular estate ticket purchases. Tickets will be on sale to the public in early July. Complementing the exhibition will be a series of estate-wide special events at Biltmore to be announced at a later date.

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 Biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

ABOUT EXHIBITS DEVELOPMENT GROUP (EDG)

EDG is dedicated to the development, production, marketing and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions and cultural projects. EDG also serves as a partner to other exhibition organizers, museums, foundations and collection owners in the U.S. and abroad, in the care and stewardship of their exhibitions and collections. EDG’s mission is to initiate and promote international cultural and intellectual exchange by bringing high-quality traveling exhibitions of art, science and history to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, please visit ExhibitsDevelopment.com.

ABOUT COSPROP

The amazing costumes in this exhibition are custom made or come from a stock of more than 100,000 costumes and accessories made by the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd.  Founded in 1965 by John Bright, an award-winning costume designer in his own right, Cosprop specializes in creating costumes for film, television and theater pieces set from the 15th century to the swinging 60s. Cosprop has a staff of forty experts in designing, tailoring, cutting, fitting, millinery, jewelry making and repair, and dyeing and printing.  Reference for their work comes from an extensive library and a collection of original garments — thus ensuring that any production undertaken by Cosprop is “correctly dressed”.

UNC Asheville Department of Education Earns Reaccreditation

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Department of Education has earned reaccreditation for its teacher preparation program.

The reaccreditation was awarded by the Continuous Improvement Commission of the Council for Educator Preparation (CAEP), which wrote that the university’s education programs “meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

UNC Asheville’s education program combines the university’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum with a focus on pedagogy and professionalism for future teachers. Students in the program have opportunities for undergraduate research and study abroad, and each semester are able to observe, assist and teach in local classrooms.

“We are proud of the quality of our teaching programs,” said Kim Brown, chair and assistant professor of education. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for all of their great work as teachers of future educators and in the processes necessary for the reaccreditation.

“Students in UNC Asheville’s Teacher Education Program graduate as well-trained teachers and with deep knowledge of their content areas. Our students major in the subject of their choice and additionally, take the education and other courses needed to learn pedagogy and gain licensure. More than 600 graduates have gained certification through our program in the past five years.”

The next reaccreditation visit is scheduled for the fall of 2020. UNC Asheville is one of 37 North Carolina education programs accredited by CAEP. For more information, visit education.unca.edu.

Fish Foray with the Highlands Biological Station

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – You do not have to go to the tropics to see beautiful, diverse fish! On Friday, June 27 from 10am until 2pm, the Highlands Biological Station is combining forces with friends from the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) for a Fish Foray. This program will be led by Jason Meador, Citizen Science Program Manager at LTLT. Using electro-shock sampling techniques, we will explore the abundant, and often unseen fish within a swift moving mountain river. Please be sure to bring a bag lunch, drinking water, and both rain and sun protection. Cost is $15 for members or $20 for non-members. To register, visit http://www.highlandsbiological.org/forays/.

The Fish Foray is part of the Highlands Biological Foundation’s 2014 Foray Series, which offers opportunities to explore the biological and cultural diversity of the Highlands Plateau. These Forays are designed to complement the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series and explore the topics in much more depth, so if you want to learn more then join us for a Foray!  Each Foray is led either by Biological Station staff or by professionals from local conservation organizations.

Shindig on the Green 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The celebrated mountain tradition Shindig on the Green, which showcases the regions rich heritage through its traditional musicians and dancers, kicks off its 48th annual season when it returns to the heart of downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. With its first gathering of the summer on Saturday June 28th, this year’s Shindig on the Green will be held on June 28; July 5, 12, 19; August 9, 16, 23, and 30. Shindig on the Green is free.

Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, to enjoy the stage show and informal jam sessions throughout the park. The stage shows take place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville. Highlights include performances by The Stoney Creek Boys, the long-standing house band for Shindig on the Green; newly formed and long-standing bands from throughout the mountains; and an extensive line-up of dance teams.

Prior to the first Shindig on June 28th, the Folk Heritage Committee presents the third annual “Run For Shindig on the Green,” a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place the morning of Saturday, June 28 at Carrier Park with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk/Run beginning at 8:35 a.m. The “Run For Shindig on the Green” is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville. The two overall male and female winners of the 5K will be recognized at the first Shindig of the season later that evening. Registration is available online until June 26th at www.active.com.

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evenings for free throughout the summer. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.

Shindig on the Green is made possible thanks to the talent and generosity of its volunteer musicians and dancers who span several generations much to the delight of those in attendance. From young children perfecting their square dance steps to great-grandmothers singing ballads passed down through the years, the region’s wealth of traditional talent takes center stage.  Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2014 Shindig season are: a D-16 Adirondack acoustic guitar by C.F. Martin & Co.; and a 75” x 75” handmade quilt from a 19th century quilt pattern, created by local quilting collaborative Mountain Jam Circle. Raffle tickets are available at each Shindig evening and the winning tickets are pulled at the end of the summer Shindig season.

Food: Concessions are offered by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Café.

Rules: By city ordinance, dogs, alcohol, and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park.

Parking: The College Street Parking Deck is conveniently located next to Shindig, directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse, and is $1.00 per hour. Parking is also available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary).

Public Transit: There is a major transfer point on College Street for public transit. Check www.ridetheart.com for maps and schedules, or call 828-253-5691.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival: Shindig on the Green takes a break from its regular Saturday schedule just twice during July and August: once on July 26th; and again on August 2nd when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The 87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre, takes place nightly at 7:00pm Thursday through Saturday, July 31, August 1 & 2. Tickets are available now through the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office at 828-257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com

The Last of the Mohicans Returns to Chimney Rock

Friday, June 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s not often that movie fans get to watch their favorite flick where it was filmed. For the 3rd Annual Movie on the Meadows, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Ingles Markets will be presenting The Last of the Mohicansoutdoors on a 35-foot screen on June 21, 2014, 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 French and Indian War reenactments and musket firings at 11a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and a special French and Indian War display on the Meadows presented by volunteers from state historical site Fort Dobbs.

Special event parking on the Meadows begins at 6:00 p.m. and is $12 per car or $8 per car for Annual Passholders. $3 discount coupons for parking are available now through June 21 exclusively at the Lake Lure Ingles Market. Guests who show their same day Park admission receipt will receive complimentary parking.  More event details are available at www.chimneyrockpark.com.

“Watching The Last of the Mohicans surrounded by the soaring cliffs and magnificent, panoramic views of Chimney Rock is a truly unique experience,” said Shannon Quinn-Tucker, PR & Promotions Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “The movie does an incredible job of showcasing the beauty of WNC and Chimney Rock. Hundreds of people travel to Chimney Rock from around the world every year to see where The Last of the Mohicans was filmed. We’re looking forward to welcoming fans to this year’s movie and special daytime presentations.”

French and Indian War Reenactments: Movie fans are invited to come early for fun Mohican adventures—Costumed interpreters from Fort Dobbs will provide living history programming to illustrate what life was like on the NC frontier during the war. Soldiers will interpret period military camp life and cooking and will also demonstrate the use of black powder flintlock muskets. The French and Indian War was fought between the colonies of England and France, as well as dozens of American Indian tribes, from 1754-1763 and was part of a global war for empire. English settlement in western NC had reached as far as the Catawba River. The colonial frontier was defended by Fort Dobbs, located in present-day Statesville. Fort Dobbs is operated as a State Historic Site by the Department of Cultural Resources.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the movie screening that will run from 9-11 p.m. Pre-show entertainment will be provided, and concessions will be available. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring flashlights to find their way after dark and blankets or camping chairs for casual seating on the grassy Meadows. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

WNC on the Big Screen. Western North Carolina’s natural beauty has attracted the filming of countless international blockbuster movies, from The Hunger Games, which was released in 2012 and was shown at Chimney Rock’s Movie on the Meadows on September 7, 2013, to Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze. The annual Dirty Dancing festival will be held August 15-16, 2014 near where it was filmed in Lake Lure, N.C. Additionally, Chimney Rock was featured in A Breed Apart starring Powers Booth and the 1984 movie Firestarter, based on the book by Stephen King, starring Drew Barrymore and George C. Scott.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. Beyond its stunning 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock offers scenic hiking, rock climbing, Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and educational events year-round. The Park was featured in The Last of the Mohicans’ final 17 minutes. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

About Ingles Markets Since Robert P. Ingle opened his first store in 1963, Ingles Markets has been committed to the communities in which we serve.  This tradition of giving continues at Ingles today. Visit www.ingles-markets.com.

About Mast General The Original Mast General Store in the rural community of Valle Crucis, North Carolina is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as “one of the best remaining examples of an old country store.” From Valle Crucis, the Mast Store has grown into a family of stores along historic Main Streets in Boone, Waynesville, Hendersonville, and Asheville in North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee, and Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina. Each building has a history all its own and features most everything you’ll need for life. Learn more or plan your visit at www.MastStore.com.