The best of times ***UPDATED WITH VIDEO***

Sunday night, hundreds of Xpress readers gathered at the Orange Peel for our first Best of WNC Showcase. The event featured winning musical acts from our Best of WNC poll — including stephaniesid, The Trainwreks and DJ Bowie — a gravity-defying fashion installation by designer R. Brooke Priddy and Renee Graziano of Asheville Aerial Arts, a performance by Asheville’s Santaland Diaries star Tom Chalmers and food from more than a dozen of our area’s best restaurants.

We were grateful for all the fun and fellowship — and for all who helped us raise funds for MANNA FoodBank. A hearty “Thank You” to everyone who helped make it happen. If you were there, thanks for coming. If you missed it, please join us next year. And either way, you can take in scenes from the night in our photo galleries here.

***UPDATE: Click on the image below to see video of stephaniesid performing “Big Gray Peepers.”***

— Jon Elliston, managing editor

Photos by Anne Fitten Glenn and Jon Elliston

 

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About Jon Elliston
An Asheville-based mountain journalist: Former Mountain Xpress managing editor. Investigations and open government editor at Carolina Public Press. Senior contributing editor at WNC magazine.

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One thought on “The best of times ***UPDATED WITH VIDEO***

  1. zen

    I had a total blast and it was a big big success! I took photos too but forgot to put film in my digital camera… sheesh.

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