A Twitter chronicle of how Asheville brought in the new year

Here’s a sampling of New Year’s Eve-related tweets from folks in Asheville:

In the days leading up to New Year’s Eve
• RT @AskAsheville: Asheville Peeps & visitors: Use hashtag #avlxmas for holiday tweets, & #avlnye for NewYearsEve tweets
• RT @ursulagullow: A blue moon only happens once every 20 years, this year its on NYE! http://bit.ly/6RQ6sk
• RT @paganmom: Thanks!; the 20 yrs is blue moon comes on New Year’s Eve. Let’s clarify that Blue Moons occur every 2-3 years, not 20!
• RT @avleats: Which restaurants are open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Here’s the list! http://j.mp/6hdf4T
• Mountainx.com has the scoop on New Year in Asheville! the full roundup here http://bit.ly/5H14eA
• Shoot. RT @avlstreetstyle: Just called Llexington Avenue Brewery: *not* opening for #avlnye. Soft opening next week; official opening to follow.
• New Year’s Eve street closures in downtown Asheville for Avetts show http://bit.ly/6p37Uz
• For the kids: RT @thatguyinAVL: downtown AVL has fireworks at 7pm on New Years Eve.
• RT @MissEmmaLee:  Tarwheels is open until 1 am, NYE Kid Heaven!
• RT @tracyhyorth: Serendipity in action with fireworks getting moved to New Year’s Eve. Something good came out of the storm.
• RT @tomatojamcafe: Hoppin’ John, Braised Greens & Cracklin’ Cornbread served tomorrow for lunch. Call & reserve some!
• RT @AskAsheville: RT @asheville AVL churches offer Watch Night services: Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church.. http://bit.ly/6SAYR0

The Eve arrives
• RT @ART_Asheville: Happy NYE! What are your New Year Resolutions? Send them in to @AskAsheville http://linkbee.com/EW0LM
• RT @ayanaberry: There is a Megamosa in my near future
• RT @themadtea: More like, f-yeah, it’s nye! RT @bruisinales: Could @themadtea work up a rendition of “Oh, Sh*t, It’s New Year’s Eve”
• RT @phetched: The sun is out again! @theavettbros must have just rolled into town…
• RT @robinplemmons: Our 1 yr old just got chastised for ganking her Daddy’s YuengLing…[maybe] a head start on tonite’s festivities.
• RT @asapconnections: If you are buying collards & black eyed peas for #avlnye, Ingles has a local option http://bit.ly/5Om0kT (FB link)
• RT @smallFtprints: I hear music … things are getting started in Asheville!  Happy New Year Everyone!
• RT @sav1028: 2009 brought me to #asheville, a town that I immediately fell in love with, and am proud to call my home. Thanks, ‘09.
• yes! and if yer boozin, don’t be drivin! RT @luxifurr: RT @ayanaberry: ABC stores open until 9pm for my fellow boozy compatriots
• Whats the best place to watch the fireworks?
• RT @Fyshstyx6: Orange Peel has new downstairs club opening this weekend, Pulp. Check it out: http://bit.ly/5dCgQp
• Veracruz on patton .99 cent beers.  Come drink with us
• RT @jensaylor: RT @michaelfmuller: The final sunset of 2009, Asheville NC: http://bit.ly/8Yl5HN /GORGEOUS…
• RT @mmphotos: Last sunset of 2009 in West Asheville right now…and it’s a beautiful pink & purple :)
• RT @SazeracAVL: Our amazing staff worked diligently all day to clear the snow and ice so you could enjoy some NYE rooftop revelry.
• RT @elizzlebizzle: well, avl’s getting bombed allright really?  Asheville isn’t getting bombed?  @mountainx explosions are fireworks
• Magnificent!! RT @tracyhyorth The moon is GORGEOUS tonight!!!
• RT phetched: http://twitpic.com/w47lr – In line for #avett bros show! Brrrr.

New Year’s Day
• RT @ashevillein: various stray bottle caps; found around house… survivors? victims? why do my head hurt? http://flic.kr/p/7s5H7P
• RT @marlamilling: Oh yeah, @dhatfield my hand is up. Wouldn’t be New Year’s Day without blackeyed peas and collard greens. :)
• fireworks at 7pm were a super sendup for #avlnye in a town that finally learned how to celebrate.Thx to Seasonal Sizzle for lighting the sky
• RT @auroch55: Check @KostasKitchen for trad New Years day fare.
• http://twitpic.com/w8du5 – The @avettbrothers rock @asheville on #avlnye.
• http://twitpic.com/w8fy7 – Langhorne Slim taking names at #avlnye. Yes, sound in the Civic Center sucks. Tweets gathered by the following Twitterati: mountainxpress, rsulock, BlogAsheville, avlstreetstyle, allimarshall, fobes, topfloorstudio, bmccall17, edgymama. For a look at the complete Xpress’ #avlnye feed, see: http://www.mountainx.com/media/twitter/xpressville/avlnye/400

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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