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July 4 is Free Fishing Day

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – July 4 is designated as a free fishing day in North Carolina, meaning anyone – resident or non-resident – can fish for free in any public water, including coastal waters, without a license.

All other fishing regulations, including length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

To find a fishing spot near you, visit the Commission’s website for a list of more than 500 free fishing-access areas across the state.

Fireworks at Lake Julian!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – On Thursday, July 4, Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation presents the Annual Fireworks Display at Lake Julian Join us at Lake Julian for our fireworks display.Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join the fun. The fireworks display is one of the largest in the area and this year’s show promises to be the best yet. Fireworks start after dark but come early and enjoy your Buncombe County Park.

Parking for the fireworks display is at Estes Elementary School across Long Shoals Road from the Lake Julian Park entrance. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater or jacket. The evenings get cool at the lake. Remember, like all Buncombe County properties, Lake Julian Park is a Tobacco Free Facility.

For information about this event, call David Blynt at (828) 684-0376 or email him at [email protected].


Fireworks will also be held on July 4 at the Big Ivy Community Center, Downtown Weaverville and Downtown Asheville.

City Offices Closed Thursday July 4

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

All City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts recreation centers will be closed .  The following specialized recreation facilities will be open: city parks, the Asheville Golf Course, Food Lion Skate Park , Aston Park Tennis Center, Recreation Park Pool, and the Western North Carolina Nature Center.  For hours of operation and other information about the WNC Nature Center visit www.wncnaturecenter.com.

College Street will be closed during the fireworks display scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

ART will operate holiday bus service Thursday, July 4 on the following routes:

·      C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at  :40 past the hour.

·      S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

  ·      S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd.   Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.

·      E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd.  Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

  ·      W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area.  Departs  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

  ·      W3 – Patton – Goodwill.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

Additionally, the July 4Celebration in Pack Square Park will require the following detours:

·         E1 & E2 – from 11 a.m. –  7:30 p.m., E1 & E2 will:

o    use Patton Ave. to Broadway St. to Woodfin St./Oak St., both inbound and outbound.

o    resume their normal route starting with the bus stop on College St. @ South Charlotte St.

o    serve the bus-stops on Broadway St. @ College St. and Broadway St. @ Walnut St.

o    detour off of South Pack Square and Market St., unable to serve two bus-stops;

1.  Patton Ave. @ Biltmore Ave. and

2.  College @ Court Plaza.

For ART schedule information call (828)253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ridetheart.com.

Garbage and recycling collection schedules will continue as normal during the holiday.  All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Live Music at Chimney Rock’s July 4th Family Activities

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is offering more local “flavors” at its restaurant, the Old Rock Cafe, starting the 4th of July weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. throughout July, local artists will perform at Beats, Burgers & Brews with no cover charge at the Old Rock Café next to the park entrance. The music series kicks off July 5 with West End String Band and July 6 with Grits and Soul, two bluegrass/Americana bands. The Old Rock Café’s local flavors include WNC craft beers, best enjoyed while relaxing outdoors on their riverside deck, along with Hickory Nut Gap’s 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full lineup of bands is listed below and online at chimneyrockpark.com.

The park’s climbing tower will be open to kids for a free climb at noon-3 p.m. on Thursday to Sunday, July 4-7, and every following Saturday and Sunday in July with paid park admission, weather permitting. Try real rock climbing during a two-hour, half- or full-day lesson with Fox Mountain Guides anytime by booking in advance at (888) 284-8433.

Fuel your hiking and climbing with a family picnic at Chimney Rock with a $6 special (plus tax) for a grilled hot dog, bag of chips and 20-oz. soft drink or bottled water from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, July 4-6, next to Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Award-winning Mountain Music.  National storyteller and award-winning old-time musician John Fowler will perform authentic Appalachian storytelling and songs at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6 at Chimney Rock’s Meadows area. Park musician John Mason will be playing music from old time to ragtime on a hammered dulcimer daily in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts.

Additionally, Grady’s Wildlife of WNC family-friendly programs will be offered every day in July (except July 4-7) at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Classroom on the Meadows. Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the park closing at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and children under five are admitted free.

July Bands Lineup at the Old Rock Café:
July 5 – West End String Band, Bluegrass/Americana
July 6 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 12 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 13 – Grits and Soul, Bluegrass/Americana
July 19 – Dulci Ellenberger, Singer-songwriter
July 20 – Carrie Morrison & Steve Whiteside, Singer-songwriters
July 26-27 – Taylor Martin, Folk/Americana

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular international outdoor travel destinations and has been for more than 100 years. Known for its stunning 75-mile views overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock’s unique hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features attract visitors from around the world. It’s the only state park in the Southeast with an elevator inside a mountain. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.

About John Fowler

With family ties to the Southern Appalachians, John Fowler presents a rich anthology of Appalachian stories and songs collected from generations of Carolina old-timers, ballad singers and storytellers. He has shared his talents at festivals, classrooms and performance halls coast-to-coast for 25 years. On stage, John’s performances for all ages are hilarious, creative, energetic and historically informative. He is a master harmonica player and has won awards at national banjo and guitar competitions like the prestigious Mountain Dance Folk Festival in Asheville, N.C. He co-produces a very popular old-time music show, “This Old Porch” on NC public radio WNCW 88.7. Learn more at www.hairytoeproductions.com.