Photo courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Two additional dates announced for the MacNeill Uncorked Wine Excursion

If the idea of dining on a three-course meal and tasting wines from the area while seated in a 1940s-era first-class dining car that’s rolling past green hills and through rugged gorges tickles your fancy, then you’re in luck. The French Broad Vignerons have announce that the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad has added two additional trips of the […]

City Council candidate Jonathan Wainscott makes unusual political statement via YouTube video

A YouTube video posted by City Council candidate Jonathan Wainscott is sparking discussion and varied reactions on at least two social media sites: the Asheville Politics and West Asheville Exchange Facebook pages. In the YouTube video, Wainscott identifies himself as a City Council candidate, talks about New Belgium brewery from his yard in West Asheville (with the New […]

Kat Taylor divas

Four local divas to perform on Crest Mountain

The Crest Mountain Dinner Show will kick off its Summer Concert series with FORTE: A CABARET on Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m. at Crest Mountain Pavillion (30 Ben Lippen School Road) in Woodfin. The cabaret performance will feature a 3-piece band and four well-known WNC theatrical divas: Liz Aiello, Carol Duermit, Katherine Sandoval Taylor, and Beverly Todd. FORTE had a […]


New lunch option for downtown

If you work downtown you don’t always have the time or the budget to eat at one of the many eateries that are within walking distance. You set the good intention of bringing in your own lunch every day but that doesn’t always happen either. So as a downtown worker bee myself, I was happy to learn of […]


Website showcases planned Beaucatcher Greenway in detail

The City of Asheville’s Beaucatcher Greenway project now has an informative website with maps, drawings and images providing a general overview of the project as well as going into more detail on the  greenway’s various sections, trailheads and design. It also offers a projected timeline for the project as well as the history of Beaucatcher Mountain. The projected timeline for the project […]

Under Hill Rose

Under Hill Rose among acts to perform at the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Fest

Under Hill Rose, master slide-guitarist John Emil and the 42nd Street Jazz Band are among the musicians converging at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site on Memorial Day, May 25 for the 29th annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival. The site is located three miles south of Hendersonville, NC on 1800 Little River Road off of the Greenville Highway/Rt. […]

Stoney Creek Boys with Loretta Freeman of Appalachian Mountaineer Cloggers. Photo by Wendy Olsen.

Dates announced for this year’s Shindig on the Green and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

For those of you who are already planning your summer activities, good news! Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee has just announced the dates to two long-standing mountain summer events: the 49th season of Shindig on the Green and the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Kicking off on Saturday, June 27, Shindig on the Green — a free […]

Timothy Sadler speaks with Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer at a City Council meeting.

Hemp History Week on the horizon

Last year City Council made it official when Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer proclaimed June 2-8, 2014, as Hemp History Week (see our story, “Hemp History Week seeks to alter your perceptions”). This year the 6th annual celebration will take place from June 1-7, with a second proclamation from the city planned. “We’re hoping this year will […]


A celebration of Mexico

If you’re looking for an opportunity to break out the fiesta attire, then Ocho de Mayo: A Celebration of Mexico might be just your ticket. The event will be held on Friday, May 8, from 7-9:30 p.m at the Asheville Sister Cities headquarters (33 Page Ave.) and will feature Mexican guitar music by Michael Luchtan, a Mexican  folk dance demo, […]


Magnetic Theatre debuts its new location with Brief Encounters 2015

Magnetic Theatre’s website proclaims that the production company ‘has a new lease on life—a 10-year lease!’ The theatre, which focuses on producing original works, will once again have a year-round home of its own: Magnetic 375, at 375 Depot Street, directly across from its former River Arts District digs, which it had to vacate in early […]


Country’s first year-round dedicated downhill bike park to open in WNC

While Bailey Mountain Bike Park is aiming for a soft opening in June with five trails including a jump line, its long-term plans are much more ambitious. Located near Mars Hill, the park hopes to eventually incorporate more than 30 trails (including a lighted dual-slalom track for night riding); a chairlift; a full service retail bike shop offering repairs, rentals and sales; concession […]