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Lake Eden Arts Festival – LEAF – October 20-23, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – LEAF [Lake Eden Arts Festival] from October 20th-23rd 2011 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.
Ticket Info: theLEAF.org • 828/ 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
Advance tickets only. Under 10 FREE! Visit LEAF.org for variety of tickets|prices. Volunteering Available or you can join the LEAF memberSHIP for discounts & more.

LEAF restored my LOVE for festivals!” Luis Guerra, Texas

Thank you for hosting the most amazing festival! We had the BEST time and cannot believe it has taken us 16 years to get there. Every inch of LEAF was filled with positive energy, it was magical!”  Sarah & Russ, NC

LEAF is one of the treasured fall traditions for families and friends across the southeast and beyond the weekend of October 20th-23rd at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. LEAF appropriately will be falling on the “PEAK LEAF” weekend, and the fall colors complement the stunning beauty of Lake Eden with Mt. Mitchell standing tall in the distance. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey, which “recharges our batteries”. A few aspects that make LEAF “one of the best fests in the country” [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting, and the intimate size. Map out your weekend “travels” at theLEAF.org.


The LEAF crew is thrilled about the Fall LEAF line-up! Make sure your FUNKy dancing shoes are tied extra-tight for this fall. Discover the magic of LEAF and these performing artists at our 33rd festival with Sweet Honey In The Rock® • Galactic • Leo Kottke • Wanda Jackson • 7 Walkers [featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, George Porter Jr & Matt Hubbard] • Abigail Washburn • Toubab Krewe • The Infamous Stringdusters • The Infamous Krewe • Bassekou Kouyate [Mali] • Vishten [Prince Edward Island] • The Mighty Diamonds [Jamaica] • Contra with Perpetual e-Motion & Hot Point Stringband • Rising Appalachia • David Wax Museum • ArtOfficial • The Legendary JC’s • Bearfoot  • Songs of Water  •  Peter Mawanga [Malawi] • TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road & many more announced on our website. LEAF creates a performance lineup that introduces you to lots of new bands, represents many genres and cultures, and contributes to the positive community. Many of the artists will also participate in LEAF in Schools & Streets programs.


The stages keep up dancing, listening, and grooving and are complemented by a host of creative experiences: Unifire Theater • Contra Dancing • Poetry Slams• Puppetry Slam • Music Jams • Parade • Fiddle Contest • Circus Arts • 50+ Healing Arts Workshops & so much more to explore & experience!  LEAF’s music is but one thread that holds together the cloth of a weekend experience that includes art and culture from around the world, and right here, for the entire family.  NEW! Runners bring your shoes for the 4th Annual “Rock the Quarry” 4-Mile Trail Challenge during LEAF Saturday. The path is so beautiful as it goes through woods, along streams, and has one of the most stunning views in WNC when you reach the top peak.

LEAF in Schools & Streets at FESTIVAL & in the COMMUNITY!

perf_sweethoney_linkLEAF is honored to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock® as the finale’ and a special LEAF in Schools & Streets [LSS] community concert on Monday October 24th. This internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble is known for their powerful Civil Rights and African American culture work. Each concert is educational and includes cultural insights, call & response, and audience participation.  “The metaphor, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, captures these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.” The group stays “rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions.” Sweet Honey In The Rock® possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. It is said, “Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock® has come in song to communities around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.”

One of the key LEAF achievements is Empowering Youth in WNC through Festive Arts with LEAF in Schools & Streets programs. LSS is currently working weekly with 15 music and arts programs in local public housing communities and center for after-school programs. Surrounding the festival, over 20 of the LEAF artists will also be participating in LSS through arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. Over 25,000 YOUTH and community members have been involved in LSS!

LSS is making residencies, workshops and performances available to local schools and community centers ranging from Malawi, Hoop Dancing, Acadian Traditions, Spoken Word, Blues, a Cappella, Theater, Hip Hop & World Dance, Maritime Folk Song, Audio Production, Jazz, Breakdancing, New Orleans Drum Line, Youth Poetry Slam, Mural Project, and World Choral Traditions to West African Dance & Drumming.

LEAF in Schools & Streets Presents:
A family-friendly outreach performance and school field trip opportunity:
Sweet Honey In The Rock®, Internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble
Monday, October 24, 2011 | The Orange Peel downtown Asheville, NC
11:00 am. All Ages: $3 for children under18| $8 for adults
Q&A will immediately follow concert. Groups are encouraged to bring|submit questions early.
Tickets: Orange Peel Box office, theorangepeel.net, Ticket web (866) 468-7630
[email protected]This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) | theLEAF.org & click on Press, then on Events

NEALogoColorLSS provides this special low cost event to make this outreach performance accessible for schools, families & the community. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. LEAF finds the project “Sweet Honey In The Rock®” artistically important, as it is poignantly relevant to our mission of “creating communities and connecting cultures through music and arts”.

French Broad Fall Fest Features Area Breweries, Music, Outdoors

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – After 14 successful years hosting the French Broad River Festival, the organizers have planned a fall festival in the same incredible setting that will feature a few of the area’s best resources: craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery. Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking and more. With the festival grounds being located on the banks of the French Broad River and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festival- goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer, but while the spring festival features a whitewater raft race, mountain bike race and other activities, the fall festival will be all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included, which sets it apart from other “brew” festivals.

Date: Sept. 24 – 25, 2011

Beer: 12+ area breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from 4 pm – 11 pm on Sat. Sept 24.

Entertainment: The musical lineup is outstanding, featuring: The Lee Boys, whose sacred steel style is rooted in gospel, but is infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and world music genres in a powerful jamming mix. Yarn, back by popular demand from the spring festival, whose lead singer Blake Christiana mines his heavy Americana sound from lyrics shaped by the genteel sincerity of Gram Parsons. Josh Phillips Folk Festival, definitely one of the best live area bands whose music seamlessly bounces between folk, world, reggae, and R&B. Eyes of the Elders, voted “Best Band in Charlotte” (2009), another returning artist that has lit up the river fest stage as it spreads the hip-hop genre over a toasted piece of Southern Rock, sprinkles itself with a touch of Classical, puts on slice of jazz and tops it all off with a dash of psychedelic jam. Woody Wood, a legend in the making, this local famed musician delivers his music with all the soul, power, and energy that have made him renowned as a musician’s musician. Sons of Ralph, another outstanding live band featuring a bluegrass legend (Ralph Lewis) and his two sons. Voted “Best Band of WNC” 8 out of the last 10 years.

Environment: Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . .

Relax: No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds. Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town. In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks. If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival, go to www.nchotsprings.com.

Location: The festival takes place at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa, just 45 minutes north of Asheville, and sits on the edge of this historic town that is surrounded by national forest and is a crossroads of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.

Food vendors and more: Great food will be available at the festival or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs restaurants. From here you can hike the AT, paddle the French Broad, fish, shop, visit the adjacent spa, hot tubs . . . camping is included, sleeping is optional.

Good Cause: Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $75,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.  A portion of the Fall Fest proceeds will benefit the Hot Springs Community Learning Center.

Tickets are $75 and include a 5oz. commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings (from over 12 area breweries) between 4pm-11pm on Sept. 24 in the exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling).

www.FrenchBroadFallFest.com provides ticket purchase info, lineup, directions and more




Go to www.nchotsprings.com for information about campground, spa reservations, directions.

Annual Greek Festival Happening this Weekend

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – This weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Park will host Asheville’s 23rd annual Greek festival. The festivities will take place from Friday the 25th to Sunday the 27th and include everything Greek from food to dancing and music. On Friday and Saturday the festival will go from 11am until 9pm and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Members of the Asheville Greek community, particularly the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, will be directly involved in the food selections.

The celebration will be held in a festival style. Guests can attend for free and spend between $7 and $14 on food. The selection of food will include spanakopita and baklava in addition to a vast selection of other pastries and treats. Funds raised from the festival will go to the Holy Trinity Church as well as certain local charities.

The Greek Festival promises to bring traditional Greek foods, culture and hospitality to local residents and should deliver. Come down to Martin Luther King Jr. Park this weekend and help celebrate Greek culture in Asheville.

The Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival Scheduled for Spetember 6th

Monday, August 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Arts 2 People is excited to bring you the 8th annual FREE, Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival. Three blocks of N. Lexington Ave will be lined with all local art, food, beer and street performers on Sunday, September 6th from 11am – 10pm between College Street and the I 240 overpass. The street will be brimming with a celebration Asheville’s diverse and unique culture.

Three stages and two courtyards of music and performance include rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beats, singer songwriters, bluegrass, old time, drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, fire dancers, break dancers, and hula hoopers. The complete lineup will be available within the next couple of weeks; stay tuned to our emails find out more details of the day’s events.

LAAFF is great for the whole family. Kids will love making art, dancing, and having fun all day long. Many kids’ performance acts include kids’ hip hop, break dancing, modern dance, jump roping, jazz and more. The big “kids” will enjoy the ever popular bicycle jousting, local brews, an eclectic culinary and artistic experience, as well as a selection of Big People Games.

Each year the festival grows larger and gets even better. We are now considered by the City to be Asheville’s largest independent festival! We grew by 30% last year, and expect a similar increase this year. This is truly the festival that showcases all of Asheville’s creative juices. With an attendance of about 12,000 people, LAAFF relies on community support to ensure our success each year. LAAFF is a volunteer driven event put on by and for the community. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or as a sponsor please contact Festival Director, Frank Bloom at [email protected]

Your contribution of joining us and experiencing a fun day of creative expression will support local non-profit Arts 2 People and our many projects. Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. Arts 2 People’s many projects include The Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program, The REACH Educational series, The Asheville Mural Project, Moving Women, The Faces of Asheville and more. To find out more, visit www.arts2people.org.

Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival This September 26th and 27th

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

BAKERSVILLE, NC – The annual Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival – a juried, fine arts show – is hosted each September by the town of Bakersville, North Carolina to promote the arts and craft of the mountains.

This year’s show offers over 40 exhibitors of glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings, furniture, fiber, woodcraft and sculpture. The Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival has become known for showcasing some of the finest arts and crafts to be found in the Southeast.

The Festival takes place along the banks of Cane Creek, which winds through the center of this beautiful and historic small town.

Bakersville is just over an hour away from either Asheville, Boone or Johnson City, Tennessee. Penland School of Crafts, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Spruce Pine and Burnsville are all within 20 minutes of Bakersville and provide plenty of activities to see or do during the weekend.

This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, September 26, from 10 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday, September 27, Noon – 5 PM.

Come experience our local music, food, atmosphere and more. The festival is open to the public, free of charge and free parking is available nearby.

The Creek Walk Arts Festival started in 2005 to celebrate and utilize Bakersville’s new, half-mile, paved footpath. With generous support from organizations such as the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Bakersville and the Bakersville Improvement Group, the Creek Walk Arts Festival has become a local favorite with artists and visitors alike; many returning year after year. Proceeds from past festivals have addressed local needs such as stocking food banks, providing heating subsidies for the elderly and town beautification projects.

In addition, the Arts Festival bestows over $3000 in cash prizes. Artists compete for the following awards: Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, Third Place, Three Honorable Mentions, Best Booth, People’s Choice, Middleton Emerging Artist Award and Crimson Laurel Gallery’s Award for Excellence in Ceramics.

Start with the downtown businesses, add the support from town and county, mix in the large number of volunteers and top it off with loyal artisans and one can see that the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival is truly a community event to be experienced and appreciated.

If you haven’t been to Bakersville lately, you have missed the best kept secret in western North Carolina. Come discover our mountain paradise.

For more information about the Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival, please contact Anita Connelly at (828) 688-1717.