Donation items needed for Swannanoa Valley Museum rummage sale, Aug. 1

The Swannanoa Valley Museum will host its annual rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. While that date is still a while away, the nonprofit asks residents, in the meantime, to collect any gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, toys or furniture to donate for the sale. If there’s something you’d like to donate, […]

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Madison County Arts Council announces Mars Hill summer music series

What: Musical Concert Series Where: Ebbs Chapel Auditorium, 271 Laurel Valley Road, Mars Hill When: Sundays, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. Who: June: Clay Lunsford & Wayne Henderson ($15) July: Sheila Kay Adams ($15) August: The Kruger Brothers ($35/$30 advance) For More information: (828) 649-1301 Or www.madisoncountyarts.com From Madison County Arts Council: The Madison […]

Hemlock trees are disappearing from the Appalachian Mountains due to the non-native invasive species, the hemlock wooly adelgid. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners agreed unanimously at the May 19 meeting to move forward with a project to preserve the hemlocks from further eradication.

Buncombe Commission­ers approve hemlock preservati­on project

At the Tuesday, May 19 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a project to protect the region’s disappearing hemlock population. They also heard budget requests from Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, A-B Tech and District Attorney Todd Williams, as well as the proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year — all of which will come to a public hearing at the next regular meeting, on June 2.

French Broad Vignerons announces new-member wineries

From French Broad Vignerons: Marshall, NC – May 11, 2015 – Marshall, NC Today the French Broad Vignerons, a service and support organization for Western North Carolina vineyards, orchards, wine and cider makers and their products, welcomed three additional members – Biltmore Wines, Lake James Cellars and WoodMill Winery. This increases the number of its […]

The Junction celebrates four years with a Dr. Seuss-themed beer dinner

What: Dr. Seuss-themed 5-course beer dinner Where: The Junction, 348 Depot St. #190, Asheville Who: Chef David Van Tassel menu paired with Green Man Brewery beers Why: The Junction celebrates its 4th birthday Cost: $55 per person, call 225-3497 for reservations From The Junction: Asheville, NC, May 12, 2015  — The Junction Restaurant & Bar in Asheville’s River […]

Solarize WNC builds momentum, holds public forum series

From The Canary Coalition: Public Forum Series Continues in Canton, Thursday, May 28, 7 PM The first solar contract has been signed, with two more pending.  Thirty-six people have enrolled in the Solarize WNC program. Eight comprehensive energy audits have been completed.  The Solarize WNC campaign is up and running and gathering steam. About 130 people […]

ADDING IT UP: According to the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, Buncombe County is home to 449 nonprofit organizations. To fund their work, each organization must come up with creative solutions that helps them stand out from the crowd.

Nonprofits seek creative funding in Buncombe County

On April 14, representatives from 43 nonprofits requested funding from Buncombe County, as part of the county’s community development grant program. But these organizations make up only 9.6 percent of the total nonprofits in the county. Others rely on privately funded grants and donations, as well as individual donations — both small and large. Each organization must constantly work to grab and hold the public’s attention. And in a city like Asheville, it seems there’s never a shortage of worthy causes.

Firefly Gathering teaches ‘earth skills’ in mountains of Barnardsville, ticket price increases May 15

The largest primitive skills event in the southeast, Firefly Gathering will be held June 25-28 in the mountains of Barnardsville. Participants will camp and learn skills during the day like wilderness survival, contemporary homesteading, traditional and primitive crafts, herbalism and more. Early ticket pricing ends May 15 — so, if you’re interested, visit fireflygathering.org soon for tickets […]

At the May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted 7-0 to heighten development restrictions to protect the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway zoning overlay.

Buncombe Commission­ers approve new art, culture and history projects, parkway preservati­on

At the Tuesday, May 5, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting, three projects supporting the arts were approved 7-0 — including the go-ahead to plan a new monument outside the Buncombe County Courthouse. A resolution to protect the viewshed of the Blue Ridge Parkway passed 7-0, and a letter asking the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency to align with EPA standards was approved 4-3.

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Buncombe Commission­ers to discuss parkway preservati­on, historical art project, air quality concerns

The Tuesday, May 5 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meeting might be one for the books, as the board will discuss a new art, culture and history project that may result in the addition of a new landmark on the horizon. The board will discuss this, as well as a few environmental interests.

COUNTY LANDS: Following the March 17 Buncombe County Board of Commissioners retreat, word spread that the county may consider lifting restrictions on mobile homes in R-1 and R-2 districts. Graphic by Anna Whitley & Kyle Kirkpatrick

Boon or bane: Buncombe residents speak out against manufactur­ed housing

A steady stream of Buncombe County residents queued up April 7 to voice opposition to loosening restrictions on mobile homes. The concern stemmed from local media reports that the county may consider allowing manufactured housing in all residential districts, prompting discussion on whether mobile homes are actually affordable.

‘Mama Mia!’ in Marshall celebrates Mothers Day with music and arts festival, May 9

From Downtown Marshall Association and Madison County Arts Council: Grab your Mama and come on down to Downtown Marshall on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00am-5:00pm! Bring her to Mama Mia!, a street festival and collaboration between the Downtown Marshall Association and the Madison County Arts Council. “We are peppering the town with demonstrating artists, music and the […]