COFFEE TALK: Friends Mary Scarborough, left, and Alex Perry, right, visited and ranked 30 Asheville coffee shops last summer. Here, the two share a laugh outside of Odds Café in West Asheville.

Asheville Coffee Crawl project showcases local brews

Summer vacation can create more free time than some college students know what to do with. But last summer, Alex Perry and Mary Scarborough, 19-year-old sophomores at Berry College in Georgia, turned their downtime into an opportunity. The pair decided to visit and rank 30 coffee shops in the Asheville area and created a website with their results — “I […]

Barnaroo 2016

In Photos: Barnaroo Music Festival 2016

Andrew Scotchie is a steady force in the local music scene. Frontman of Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats, Scotchie is one of the most active touring musicians in town and the founder and coordinator of Asheville Barnaroo Music Festival, a three-day event held at Franny’s Farm in Leicester. “First and foremost, it’s a big […]

COFFEE CONNECTIONS: Dynamite Roasting Co. owners Josh Gibbs and Andy Gibbon, second and fourth from left, respectively, are hosting Honduran coffee suppliers Liliana Cardona and Oscar Omar Alonzo, pictured, for a Q&A and tasting event. The local roasters hope to foster a conversation between both ends of their supply chain. Plus, Gibbon says, "They get to see their coffee on the grocery store shelves. That's pretty cool.”

Small bites: Dynamite Roasting Co. hosts Honduran coffee suppliers in Asheville

A tasting event hosted by Dynamite Roasting Co., will bring together two Honduran coffee purveyors with the locals who drink their harvests; Chelsea Wakstein leads a workshop on fermented condiments at Villagers; Firestorm Books and Coffee hosts a vegan pressure cooking demonstration; and ASAP is awarded a $45,000 grants to assist farmers and markets.

BORDERING CHAOS: Hadaya Toys founders Vanessa Bell and Jennifer MacDonald, pictured, recently traveled to a refugee camp on the border of Syria, where they met a 6-year-old Shaima. The youth arrived in Lebanon with her mother and siblings after her father was killed in Syria. Bell says Shaima "was especially cute, fearless and adorable. She followed us everywhere and just wanted to be carried and held much of the time."

Conscious party: Free Planet Radio to perform at Hadaya Toys’ fundraiser for Syrian refugee children

The candlelit evening will also feature photos, spoken word and several short video presentations depicting previous aid trips taken by Hadaya’s founders; a silent auction of gift cards to local businesses; and Habibi baklava, Roots hummus and other refreshments.