This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, June 14

• The Pan Harmonia classical music series presents Baroque Vibes, “Elizabethan-era tunes, ravishing works by Baroque masters J.S. Bach and G.P. Telemann, a vintage gem from mid-20th century songwriter Alec Wilder and tango master Astor Piazzola.” Performed at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/free for students. Info: 251-6991.

• From the group’s Facebook page, “Occupy Hendersonville will be hosting its second Occupy the Weekend information event June 14 through June 17 … This time, we’ve expanded the schedule to include eight guest speakers, three movies after dark and three nights of camping in downtown Hendersonville, all aimed at educating, informing and providing a public space for open discussion in search of real solutions.” The organization will set up camp in the vacant lot across from Wells Fargo at 300 South Main St., Hendersonville. See website for more info. Free.

Friday, June 15

• Bask in the summer sun and swim below a secluded waterfall as Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers lead a two-mile hike along the Graveyard Fields Loop Trail. Trip departs from MP 418.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bring water, a snack and hiking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather. Info and registration: 298-5330.

• The Art in Bloom Cottage Garden Tour will feature six gardens and a variety of plein air painters. Tour benefits Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Map and tickets available at 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. Admission to the Art in Bloom floral interpretations exhibit included in the price. $5 for both days.

• The Asheville Downtown Association presents the second in its monthly Downtown After Five concerts, a series of free performances held on N. Lexington Ave. in front of the I-240 overpass. This month’s installment will feature Nashville funk purveyors Space Capone and Asheville’s own R&B/neo-soul outfit The Secret B-Sides. 5 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 16

• “The Main Street Antique Show is an annual event normally held in June in the historic downtown Hendersonville North Carolina,” according to a website for the event. “This antiques and collectibles show attracts many dealers and hundreds of visitors from the Mid Atlantic region. The Main Street Antique Show features furniture, antique country furniture, sterling, pottery, china and porcelain, as well as art glass, vintage jewelry and other collectibles.” The event will host more than 100 dealers. Held throughout Main Street in downtown. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Info: 692-9057.

• The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest will host a twilight firefly tour, lead by a naturalist from the staff. From the organization’s website, “A sure sign of summertime is the blinking of fireflies or what some call lightning bugs. Enjoy the magical evening forest and learn about the natural history of these fascinating insects. Park and meet at the Pink Beds Picnic Area on Highway 276, located next to the Cradle of Forestry. … The group will meet to discuss the life cycle and special features of fireflies and then take an easy, slow-paced walk looking for them and exploring the surrounding forest. Please bring along a flashlight and your sense of wonder.” $6/$3 children. 7:30 p.m.

• From The Decent Lovers’ Facebook, “Hey. My name is Elijah Wyman and I make music as The Decent Lovers. Lovers is fun pop music with witty lyrics, folk instruments and a computer. I love autoharps, samplers, NMH, pop radio, slinky bass, Sufjan, marimba and Missy Elliot. I often collaborate with my good friend Jason Rozen.” Wyman and Co. celebrate the release of the band’s latest record with a release party at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. Alligator Indian and Doc Aquatic open. 9 p.m. $7.


• “The Asheville Darkroom will serve as our city’s only public space to use black-and-white and color film developing and printing facilities,” according to a Kickstarter page. “Located in the Phil Mechanic Studios in the nationally-acclaimed River Arts District, the darkroom has served as the studio of Matt Brown and Phaedra Call-Himwich … With their coming departure from Asheville, much of the equipment in the studio will be removed, and the space will cease to exist as a darkroom. We are … attempting to invent a new darkroom collaborative in this space that will be member supported and fully open to the public — allowing access and facilities previously unavailable. We plan to offer classes and workshops to the general public in all varieties of traditional wet processes and techniques to both experienced photographers and to beginners.  Anyone with basic experience can become a member for a monthly fee, which will contribute to upkeep and improvements in the space.” Help get the community-minded space up and running with a benefit performance at The LAB, 39 N. Lexington Ave., featuring Kovacs and the Polar Bear, Hello Hugo and more. The event will also include a silent auction and raffle for local items. 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info:


Kovacs & the Polar Bear for My Side of the Mountain from Jesse Hamm on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 17

• “Each summer, Community Enrichment offers monthly concerts beside the College lake as a gift to the community,” according a Blue Ridge Community College website. “These free Sunday evening concerts feature a wide range of musical and vocal groups. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the music by the lake.” This month’s performance features Americana songstress Jill Andrews. 7 p.m.


Jill Andrews – A Little Less from Live & Breathing on Vimeo.



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