(photo by John Coutlakis)

The ‘power of 3′ joins Moral March to the polls

Local residents heralded the start of North Carolina’s early-voting period with a rally in downtown Asheville today, Oct. 23. The event combined the “Power of 3” initiative with the spirit of the Moral Monday rallies, complete with signs calling on people to vote. See below for the full press release from organizers, who are also […]


In the Spirit: Celebrating Samhain with Coven Oldenwilde

WHAT: The 20th annual Public Witch Ritual, organized by Asheville-based Coven Oldenwilde WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. WHERE: French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive, West Asheville. WHY: Since 1995, Coven Oldenwilde has held its Public Witch Ritual on Halloween night (Samhain) in various Asheville locations. Annual themes have ranged from “Creatures of […]

COMPETITIVE EDGE: Sheila Tillman, associate dean of hospitality at A-B Tech, says the school's history of participation and success in culinary competitions has boosted Asheville's visibility in the national food scene. Photo by Stewart O'Shields

Asheville’s food pioneers: A-B Tech trains tomorrow’s chefs

A-B Tech’s culinary and hospitality curricula, started in 1968 and accredited by the American Culinary Federation, were the first such programs in North Carolina. Of course, there were far fewer lodging options and high-end food destinations in Asheville back then. But some folks saw the area’s potential and felt that culinary education and tourism were […]

Tourism Authority awards nearly $5 million to community projects

Press Release from Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority: Tourism awards nearly $5 million to community projects ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 22, 2014) — The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) provided a record amount of dollars from its Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF) to five community projects today. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) voted […]