Buzzworm news briefs

A doggone good time Make no bones about it — whether you’ve got a Max or a Maggie, a Pooky or a Pepe, the Asheville Humane Society’s third annual Doggie Carnival will give him or her something to chew on. The event happens Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Phase IV of the French […]

Buzzworm news briefs

Trout saddles? Do mountain trout buck when you ride ’em? Well, RiverLink has sure raised the question, anyway. The local agency is hosting the Swannanoa Appreciation Day and Trout Rodeo at the Buncombe County Recreation Park, adjacent to the Nature Center, on Oct. 5 from 12-4 p.m. The free event will feature trout fishing from […]

What was tops, what were flops

Here are the Southeastern Film Critics Association’s picks for the best film work of 2002. This year, 42 SEFCA members representing nine states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia — voted on the awards. SEFCA’S Top 10 1. The Hours (Best Picture) 2. Far From Heaven 3. Chicago […]


At the cusp of a new year, most of us pause to reflect on the 12 months just past, in a spirit of celebration or regret, with an eye to improvement or, at least, making different mistakes as we roll on. In the pages that follow, Xpress has collected both the high points and the […]

A Day of Caring and Remembranc­e

One of the largest local gatherings to commemorate the events of last Sept. 11 will undoubtedly be the “Spirit of America Day of Caring and Remembrance.” United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (in partnership with the city of Asheville and Buncombe County) is coordinating activities aimed at paying tribute to the victims and rescuers […]

Rememberin­g 9-11

Sept. 11 can never be just another day in the hearts of many Americans. Many will be looking for a way to memorialize the anniversary of last year’s terrorist attack. Here are some local happenings that aim to do just that: Community Card of Remembrance To honor those who died on Sept. 11, and to […]

Apple Festival entertainm­ent

A full plate of music accompanies the 56th annual North Carolina Apple Festival, including a special concert sponsored by the High School Ministry of Hendersonville at Henderson High’s football stadium Sunday night. Coyly titled The Core, the free concert features the “encouraging and positive” music of young acts Skillet, Sonic Flood, Monday Morning and KJ-52, […]

A festival for every taste

There are more festivals in WNC this weekend than stamens in a flame azalea. Besides the opening of the Brevard Music Festival (see feature story in this issue), revelers can look forward to a new music festival in Cullowhee, the second annual Zendik Farm music festival, and two beloved local institutions — The Blue Ridge […]


For the love of public transportation During his 16 years as a board member for the Asheville Transit Authority (now the Asheville Transit Commission), Tom Tomlin — who served under four different mayors and assorted City Councils, as well as three transit-system managers — saw the bus fare go from 50 cents to 75 cents, […]


The little film that could Inbred Rednecks, the acclaimed indie “hillbilly” film that was written, produced, directed and filmed here in Asheville by local wunderkind Joshua P. Warren in 1997, scored yet another award recently, when it was named the 1999 Stoner Classic of the Year by Screaming Stoner Video Review. Associated with High Times […]

The Xpress poll

Rather than taking the traditional newspaper approach and letting an internal editorial board decide which candidate to endorse, we thought it would be more interesting — not to mention more democratic — to poll the whole Mountain Xpress staff about their favorites. These are not endorsements, but rather, a simple act of news reporting: Here’s […]

Political Institute participan­ts

Larry Blair — Prestige Dodge Don Clayton — Peppertree Resorts Ltd. Michelle Cox — chair, Buncombe County Republican Party James Ellis — Black Mountain Center David Miller — N.C. State Highway Patrol, 1st sergeant Michael Morgan — Total Home Maintenance, home builder Butch Patrick — Peppertree Resorts Ltd. Eugene Presley — Hayes and Lunsford Electrical […]

Happy Independen­ce Day!

Offering everything from fancy footwork to the requisite fireworks, local Independence Day celebrations kick off as early as July 1. Read on for a list of highlights. Independence Day in Asheville Festivities at City/County Plaza run 4-10 p.m. on July 4. Children’s activities, food vendors and highly danceable live music will be among the highlights. […]

What’s hot in Waynesvill­e

The Haywood County Summer Arts Festival is far from the only fun thing happening in Waynesville this summer. Below is but a small sampling of the festivities to be found on the streets of this quaint mountain town: • July 3: Stars and Stripes Celebration, a downtown festival featuring sidewalk sales, live music, refreshments and […]


Land of the sky-high rents As Asheville’s real-estate prices continue to rise, even renters are having to dig deeper into their pockets to keep a roof over their heads. If that’s your dilemma, a new rental guide published by the Affordable Housing Coalition may be of particular interest. Addressing such topics as what’s involved in […]

More haunted happenings

Halloween Fest in Transylvania County The U.S.A.’s only Transylvania County hosts this downtown-Brevard festival on Oct. 31, featuring a pumpkin-carving contest, a bicycle rodeo for kids, a costume parade and contest, mask-making workshops, a craft show, live music, and other activities for the whole family. Call 648-4523 for more info. The Haunt Factory This annual […]

Festival events

The Black Mountain Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2-4, at Flat Rock’s Camp Ton-A-Wandah. Advance-ticket holders will be admitted starting at 10 a.m. on Friday; gates open at noon for everyone else. Performers: Besides Keb’ Mo’ (Saturday, 8:15 p.m.) and Rick Danko (Saturday, 5:30 and 10 p.m.), other featured artists include: the willfully […]

Non-apple Festival activities

Sure, you can enjoy apple-pancake breakfasts and apple-orchard tours and apple-recipe contests and the King Apple Parade, but — in case you need a break from all those red edibles — there are plenty of Apple Festival events that have nothing to do with fruit. Check out these festival highlights: • Western North Carolina Air […]


State “Polluter Pack” list released The Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues, a national bipartisan, nonprofit organization working to increase the influence of state environmental leaders, recently released its first annual list of anti-environmental state legislators, known as the “Polluter Pack of 1998.” The list names 24 legislators from both parties, based on their voting […]