In a joint meeting short on controversy but long on mutual back-slapping, the Asheville City Council and Buncombe County Board of Commissioners celebrated common projects, resources and initiatives.
That year, a sudden funding crisis threw the long-running nonprofit Mountain BizWorks into a tailspin. An expected grant failed to come through, and just like that, the organization found itself struggling to survive.
Although Asheville City Council members and Buncombe County commissioners frequently attend the same meetings and community events, it’s been at least two years since the two bodies met in an official joint session. Finding a meeting time that works for all elected officials is challenging, explains City Clerk Maggie Burleson, but she believes that most officials will be present for the joint meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, now in its 88th year, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6 to 8. Entertainers at this year’s three-night gathering include ballad singers, bluegrass and old-time bands, gospel groups, solo and duet instrumentalists and vocalists, clogging teams, buck dancers, flat-footers and traditional Appalachian smooth dancers.