Asheville has constructed about 18 miles of new sidewalks since 2006, but that’s a far cry from what advocates say is needed to improve pedestrian safety in the city’s neighborhoods. A new report released by city government shows that it’s fallen well short of its goal of building 108 miles of sidewalk. A 5-year $132 […]
Here’s your weekly dose of outdoors adventures — short and sweet this week. Save The Trails Challenge, hosted by the Pisgah Area SORBA, will be taking place at DuPont forest on Saturday. This is one of the best trail networks on the East coast. Join mountain bikers from around the region in a semi-competitive event with 25 […]
“Our goal and passion is to make sure older adults have equal access to the opportunity to age with independence, health, well-being and choice,” says Wendy Marsh, executive director of the Council on Aging.
Charlie’s Angels is an animal shelter and adoption network based in Fletcher. Kimberly Smith, president of the organization, tells us more about the volunteering opportunities.
In a July 16 letter ["New Mural at Orbit DVD is Offensive," July 16, Xpress], David Lynch criticized public art at Orbit DVD by applying the discerning website knowyourmeme.com. Lynch referenced a sad and offensive Internet meme featuring a sloth (the same creature depicted in Orbit’s mural) and claimed this meme, which advocates violence toward women, […]
Thanks to a recent event at Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, many of us can now say we’ve been to “bourbon school.” Monday night, over 70 thirsty patrons poured into the Bourbon & Larder for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Old Fashioned University, a night of Southern food and whiskey enlightenment.
The U.S. Supreme Court responded today, Aug. 20, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last month to strike down a same-sex marriage ban by issuing a stay that bars the practice pending further action by the court. The move is a disappointment to equality advocates who hoped that today’s deadline would pass without […]
Standing knee-deep in the Little Tennessee River, Haley Williams wears a broad smile as she and her classmates fill a bucket with temporarily stunned fish. “We’ve been waiting for this all year,” says Williams, sporting hip waders and a camouflage T-shirt. Amid the verdant north Georgia mountains, she and about two dozen other Franklin High […]
Many gardens in Asheville rest on public property that was once overgrown and unused. These spaces have been transformed but the methods that brought the transformation sometimes differ. Some gardeners in Asheville have taken their spots through guerrilla gardening. In some ways it’s comparable to being a graffiti artist or even a squatter, but some say it’s preferable to jumping through the hoops of bureaucracy.
It perplexed me to see diversity voted as the third-best reason to live in Asheville ["Best of WNC, Part One," Aug. 6, Xpress]. This is not because I believe it is inaccurate nor that I lack an abiding love for the general weirdness of our city that the word was likely meant to encapsulate when […]
After an hour and a half of deliberation, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved funding for Pack Place for the new fiscal year, 2014-2015, though many questions linger. “From the beginning, every nickel of county money was to support the nonprofits [in Pack Place],” said Board Chair David Gantt. “We want to make sure these institutions […]
Ashevilleans, more so than residents of many other cities, know where their food is raised, grown or picked and can often participate in the process with little effort. This reverence for cuisine afforded Asheville the honor of hosting Food Blog Forum’s 2014 conference, a three-day networking and educational event for 120 food bloggers from across the nation.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries: everyone has their favorite U-pick treat. However, Van Burnette of the Hop’n Blueberry Farm wants folks in the Asheville area to remember there is another crop in season: hops. “Last year we had 6-1/2 feet of rain, it was a bad year for downy mildew, and we had root problems,” says Burnett. […]
Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival returns on Sunday, Aug. 31 with a full day’s worth of music, art street theater, local vendors, food and drink and more. Festival planners just released the lineup, which includes more than a dozen bands on two stages, with an additional stage programmed by Lex 18 moonshine bar. The […]
The Colorado-based jam-grass nomads of Yonder Mountain String Band log more than 100 live shows per year, so the musicians have to keep performances eclectic if only to preserve their own sanity. The band has an extensive catalog of rock-infused bluegrass to draw from, and rest assured that string-laden Hendrix covers are not off-limits. A […]
Mojo Kitchen hosts a new dinner-and-music series, Universal Joint raises money for the Hominy Creek Greenway, the Asheville Food Swap gets ready to trade and Food Truck Fridays continues in North Asheville.
Fans of Asheville quintet Town Mountain will be familiar with the concept of podorythmie — not because they are well-versed in French Canadian percussive techniques, but because it’s nearly impossible to listen to the band’s jaunty bluegrass without adding your own toe-tapping beat. The self-described “hard-drivin’ Carolina string band” is in the running for an […]
In Theaters. This week we have one art title and three mainstream ones. The art title is a choice one. One of the mainstream ones might be. The other two smell strongly of the late August doldrums. Easily the most likely candidate for the best thing going this weekend is John Michael McDonagh’s […]
Through the organization’s Water Quality Internship Program, six interns are learning how to test water quality in local streams. But that’s only the beginning, as the interns will also work as educators and advocates, raising awareness of environmental concerns in the public housing developments near the streams.
Downtown Independent Groove Festival (DIG to its friends) is making its third appearance on the Asheville music scene this weekend. It boasts two days of performances, eight downtown music venues and more than 40 local and regional acts. Styles range from rock and soul to hip-hop and experimental, with some brave new collaborations for good […]