Conscious Party: Golden Garden Party

Eventgoers sit outside during a past Golden  Garden Party. This year's party will feature live music, a raffle and an art sale. Photo courtesy of the Prem Rawat Foundation.
Eventgoers sit outside during a past Golden Garden Party. This year's party will feature live music, a raffle and an art sale. Photo courtesy of the Prem Rawat Foundation.

WHAT: An outdoor party to benefit the Food for People program

WHEN: Sunday, June 4, 2-6 p.m.

WHERE: 21 Clearwater Creek Road, Leicester

WHY: For the last decade, local artists Ron and Rachel Clearfield have opened their home to Asheville residents for the annual Golden Garden Party, an outdoor celebration with live music, handcrafted art and local food. This year will mark the event’s 10th anniversary.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Prem Rawat Foundation’s Food for People program, which provides nutritious meals for children in India, Nepal and Ghana. Last year, the event raised $9,300.

Jake Frankel, a representative of the Prem Rawat Foundation, says he is incredibly grateful for the Clearfield’s support over the years. “What Ron and Rachel have done by throwing this party is really unique and special,” Frankel said. “They have raised over $50,000 over 10 years, which is a huge amount.”

This year’s party will feature dinner from Kathmandu Café and live music from Bryan Scar; Melissa Gordon Rhine & New Territory; Brian and Katie Ernst; and Mary Jo Finsterwalder and Dave Wendelin. Additionally, there will be a cash bar, a raffle and a fine art and jewelry sale.

The event will take place at the Clearfields’ home at 21 Clearwater Creek Road, Leicester. The event is outside, and attendees are advised to wear closed-toed shoes, bring blankets or folding chairs and carpool when possible. There is a suggested donation of $20/adults and $10/children 12 and younger. For more information, contact Ron and Rachel Clearfield at Clearfieldstudios@earthlink.net or call 828-683- 4425.

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Molly is a sophomore Journalism and Political Science student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is spending her summer working with the Mountain Xpress, exploring in the mountains, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

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