Saturday, July 31, 2010

Grandfather Mountain gets a Marketing Makeover

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has announced the launch of a new brochure with a new tagline.  The Brochure will be in visitor centers across the region, introducing travelers to the wonders waiting at Grandfather Mountain while explaining that all proceeds from ticket sales go toward preserving and protecting Grandfather for future generations.

"We had not completely redesigned our brochure in 15 years," said Marketing Director Catherine Morton. "It was time to give our brochure a new look to match the new message." Grandfather Mountain has a slightly new story to tell now that the company is a not-for-profit corporation. The new tagline, "wonders never cease”, accentuates the feeling of awe that accompanies a visit to Grandfather Mountain.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Folkmoot USA in Full "Swing" throughout the mountains

Folkmoot USA is an international folk festival, where over 350 dancers and musicians from countries throughout the world travel to western North Carolina for two weeks of traditional performances in a variety of mountain cities. The popular event continue through August 1 with a Candlelight Closing at Lake Junaluska.  Get a complete schedule of Folkmoot locations and events...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

North Carolina Log Cabin Raffle Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina announces the 1st Annual Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle. A limited number of raffle tickets will be available for purchase through the October 7, 2010 deadline on our specially created event website at   The Grand Prize Drawing will take place on October 14, 2010 and will be open to the public.

The Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle will also include bonus drawings throughout the three-month event. Buy your ticket(s) EARLY for a chance to win the bonus drawings which include a one-week stay at a cabin provided by Hidden Creek Cabins, a Whitewater Rafting trip for 4 down the legendary Nantahala River provided by Paddle Inn Rafting and a $1,000 cash prize drawing.

This beautiful Smoky Mountain Cabin, located in Bryson City North Carolina, is a fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Log Cabin with custom hardwood floors, granite countertops, hot tub, pool table and a rocked fireplace.

Raffle participants can give back while also having the exciting chance to win a beautiful custom log cabin in the Smoky Mountains. Proceeds from the 1st annual Smoky Mountain Cabin Raffle will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina in its continued effort to recruit, screen, train and support caring adults who want to make a difference in the life of a child.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Yes - there IS something worth watching on TV!

If you happen to be in an area served by UNC-TV (Direct Channel 33; Dish Channel 8190), that is. Debra Holt-Noel and her UNC-TV "North Carolina Weekend" crew came to Stecoah (Robbinsville) on June 26 to film the opening night of An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert Series. The segment will air this Thursday at 9:00 pm and again Friday at 8:30 pm. If you aren't in the area, consider two things: (1) why NOT??? isn't it time to head for the hills for a mountain getaway? (2) UNC-TV provides podcasts of local videos, so if this airing makes the July Archives, you can watch it online soon.

The Appalachian Evening Summer Concert Series has been selected by The Southeast Tourism Society as one of its "Top 20 Events" in the region. It is also a part of the 2010 75th Anniversary Celebration for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Winn a Four-day Smoky Mountain Golf Adventure!

Enter to win a spectacular four-day Smoky Mountain Golf Adventure, which includes a three-night stay and four rounds of golf at the Smoky Mountain Country Club, two spa treatments at the Lakeview at Fontana, a rafting trip for four on the Nantahala River, and two tickets for both the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and the zipline at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. Sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, the sweepstakes ends August 31, 2010.
Enter To Win!

Lake Junaluska Peace Conference Early registration deadline EXTENDED to July 31!

Bishop Kenneth CarderThe 2010 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, Peace for the World's Children takes place September 18 - 21. The conference includes a variety of workshops from Advocacy for Children to Children in Faith Traditions: Rearing Children of Faith in a Multi-cultural World. Each participant will be able to attend 3 different workshops. Register here.    

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Annual Asheville Antiques Fair

The Asheville Antiques Fair began in 1946 and is one of the oldest in the Southeast. The 2010 Fair features antiques dealers from across the East coast. These exhibitors bring together examples of period furniture, fine art, prints, ceramics, silver and jewelry. The Antiques Fair takes place at the Asheville Civic Center at 87 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, August 6 - 8. Parking is available next to the Civic Center in the Civic Center Parking Deck.  Use this discount coupon to enjoy the Antiques Fair before shopping or enjoying a delicious meal at the Grove Arcade, an Asheville antique in its own right. Buy tickets online...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wine and Dine in the Mountains

Enjoy a bit of the grape? Then head for the hills of Western North Carolina and wine dinners, wine tastings and wine events like these:

California Wine Dinner at The Back Room Restaurant at the Flat Rock Wine Shoppe. Taste the fine foods and wines of California on Tuesday July 27th starting at 6:30pm. 5 courses and 6 wines are provided Reservations required - please call 828-697-6828.

Papou's Wine Shop in Sylva, will be pouring wines from the Calaboose from 5:00 - 7:00 this coming Wednesday, July 28,  from 5:00PM - 7:00PM.

This Saturday's Wine tasting, July 24 3PM-8PM at the Appalachian Vintner  includes Starry Night Winery Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Château de la Durandière Saumur Vieilles Vignes, and Panarroz Jumilla.

Free Wine Tasting this Saturday July 24th 3-6pm at Hops and Vines, Wines of Sicily : Ajello Grillo-Catarratto, Ajello Nero D’Avola, Feudo Arancio Syrah.

Tonight, 5:00 - 7:00, Scott Stambaugh will be performing along with a free wine tasting at the "End 'O Week" Early Show at The Daily Grind and Wine in Andrews.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Weekend Events in the NC Mountains

Street dances, live concerts, art walks, fairs, festivals and more mark the height of the NC Mountains Summer Season this weekend:

July 22 - 25   FRANKLIN / NANTAHALA   Macon County Gemboree  
July 22 - 31   ASHEVILLE   Biltmore Summer Evening Concerts  
July 23   TRYON  Rogers Park Summer Tracks Concert Series  
July 23   BREVARD   Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks 
July 23   WAYNESVILLE   Mountain Street Dances  
July 23   BLOWING ROCK   Blowing Rock Symphony by the Lake
July 23    HENDERSONVILLE   Music On Main Street Concert Series  
July 23 - Aug 1   BRYSON CITY  Day Out With Thomas  
July 23   SPARTA   Quilters Guild Show  
July 23 - 24  SPARTA   Blue Ridge Mountain Fair  
July 23 - 24   TRYON  (Saluda, Columbus, Mill Spring and Green Creek Art Trek Tryon 
July 23 - 25   ASHEVILLE  32nd Annual Bele Chere Festival 
July 24   LITTLE SWITZERLAND   Geneva Hall Square Dances  
July 24   ROBBINSVILLE   An Appalachian Evening
July 24   WILKESBORO   Singing In The Foothills  
July 24   NEBO  MTA Triathlon at Lake James
July 24   BRYSON CITY   Music in the Mountains  
July 24   OLD FORT   Blue Ridge Traditions, Kruger Brothers Concert
July 25   SPARTA   Annual VFW Car Show   20 Classes of vehicles
July 25   BREVARD   Songcatchers Music Series  

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Have a Berry, Berry Good time in Ashe County

If you love berries, Ashe County is the place to be this Saturday, July 24. Whether you bake 'em, pick 'em or eat 'em - or even all three, you'll be in berry heaven!

Bring your homemade pies to be judged at the Ashe Farmers Market  between 9:30-10:30 AM. The contest is open to all Ashe County residents. Requirements: Berry, any berry grown in Ashe County; no store-bought pastry shells or fillings; copy of recipe must be submitted with entry; use disposable pie tins;  limit 2 pies per contestant. Refrigeration or heating will not be not available.  Entries will be judged on taste and appearance. The winner receives $20 Farmers' Market gift certificate and their recipe printed in the newspaper.

Join Old Orchard Creek Farm at the 3rd Annual Blueberry Festival, a benefit for Blue Ridge Conservancy  from noon-6PM (program at 2:30 PM). Festivities include blueberry picking, music, BBQ with all the fixin's (including vegetarian options), iced tea, and blueberry cobbler - all for a suggested donation of $30 per person. Located at 410 Swansie Shepherd Rd. in Lansing. Click HERE for more info and directions. or visit

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Get your veggies and more!

Tailgate and Farmers Markets have sprouted up throughout the mountains. No longer relagated to the back of a pick-up or an out-of-the-way street corner today's markets are in easily accessible urban areas where everyone can find the healthful fruits and veggies "city folks" are re-discovering.
Dozens of markets in virtually every mountain town  offer local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts from area artisans. Most markets are open one day per week for 3 to 6 hours.
Asheville City Market
Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April 18 - Dec 19, Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St. Asheville

French Broad Food Coop
Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April 12 - October 25, 76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville

Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May 3 - Oct 25, at Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave., Asheville

North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, April 18 - December 20, UNCA, take Weaver Blvd.,   Asheville

Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May 23 - Sept 19, parking lot of the Riceville Community Center  Asheville

Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April 29 - Dec 23, 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville

Friday  9AM - 1 PM, May 7 - October 29
You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market. Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City

Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May 9 - October 31, First Baptist Church, 130 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain

Web  2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April 29 - late October
Behind the community center at Lake Louise   Weaverville

Big Ivy Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - Oct 24, at the Old Fire Station, center of town  Barnardsville

Alleghany County Farmers' Market, Saturday 8:00am - 12:00PM, County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta

ANDREWS   Andrews Farmers Market   Saturday  8:00am — 12:00p, First Street, Andrews

Ashe Farmers Market
Wed and Sat   8:00am-1:00p, 108 Backstreet, West Jefferson

These photos are courtesy of the the Ashe Farmers Market website. Also on the site are a list of vendors with links and additional information.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Move over Hallmark - We have Postcards From the Smokies!

A couple of years ago our friends at the Swain County Chamber of Commerce came up with a unique idea: Postcards from the Smokies. Most of us have the usual  newsletters, updates or other forms of online communication to share information about current events. But Postcards from the Smokies is far from the "usual" in both content and concept. Postcards provides a weekly window into the life and times of the Great Smoky Mountains communities and echoes the old adage, "Having a great time, wish you were here!"

From adventures on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Get a Load of This Curvaceous 75 Year-old Beauty! The Blue Ridge Parkway turns 75 this year and it’s as gorgeous as ever, with unmatched views of Appalachia. “America’s Favorite Drive” stretches 470 miles ...

To finding treasures hiking the Smokies: A “Catbird Seat” for Smoky Mountain Backcountry Hikers When hiking deep into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the last thing you expect to find is a piece of office equipment. Yet that’s just what Sharon McCarthy discovered last Fall...

To insider tips on local points of interest: Love Waterfalls? Go For Deep Creek’s Trifecta Deep Creek offers a ‘perfect three’ waterfalls. And you can visit them all within an hour’s walk from the trailhead parking lot at the Deep Creek Recreation Area. Because they’re on the main trail, Tom Branch Falls (above) and Indian Creek Falls are the most-visited. But if you take the short side trail to Juneywhank Falls...

Get your weekly "fix" of the Smoky Mountains by signing up here - it's the next best thing to being there!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Float Your Boat with the Foothils Conservancy

July 24  from 10 AM - 1PM float along the John's River with David Benner, co-author of the book "Carolina Whitewater - A Paddlers Guide to the Western Carolina's".  PLEASE RSVP for this outing.

We will float from the NC Hwy18 WRC Johns River access and then downstream (and back) along the gameland, including sloughs of the river before it joins Lake Rhodhiss. This is about a 3 hour event. Bring your own canoes, kayaks, life-jackets, water and lunch/snacks. Requires intermediate paddling skills.

The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is a nonprofit organization and regional land trust, dedicated to working cooperatively with landowners and public and private conservation partners to preserve and protect important natural areas and open spaces of the Blue Ridge Foothills region, including  watersheds, environmentally significant habitats, forests and farmland, for this and future generations. The Conservancy serves eight counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell and Rutherford.

Asheville's Chef Challenge Continues

Asheville's fun and fabulous WNC Chefs Challenge 2010 continues with the quarter finals this Tuesday. The competing culinary wizards are Curras Nuevo Cuisine in Woodfin VS. Cucina 24 of Asheville. The event takes place at at The Flying Frog Café and reservations are required.

See what happens at the Challenges with this video by Jake Frankel from Mountain Xpress of July 6th's "Battle Bacon":

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Help the Elk in the Smokies

Elk 21 NPSThe Cataloochee Elk Bugle Corps first began assisting the public with learning about the elk herd in 2007. This volunteer group patrols the Cataloochee Valley, where the elk herd was released, giving short talks and displaying elk artifacts. Elk were re-introduced into the Smoky Mountains National Park in 2001.

Through the concern and advocacy of Friends of the Smokies' member and Cataloochee Elk Bugle Corps volunteer Chris Hibbard of a memorial was established for Elk #21  (killed by a poacher) which generated more than $3,000 in donations to help support the activities of the Bugle Corps volunteers and drafting of the new elk management plan for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Donations are still needed! Click here to give.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mountain Brews News

Brusin' Ales Beer Tasting tonight, July 16, from 5PM - 7PM.
What we're sampling from Fullsteam Brewery: 
Carver Sweet Potato Beer
: Local North Carolina sweet potatoes account for nearly one-third of the total fermentables in this surprisingly refreshing amber ale. This is NOT your grandma's sweet potato casserole - there are no pie spices in this beer!
Rocket Science IPA
: A more modest IPA than some of the more "West Coast" versions now out there. Though the hop profile is subdued, Rocket Science remains an American- and not an English-style IPA.
Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale
: The very first batch of beer we brewed on our 15-barrel brewhouse. It's a rustic farmhouse beer finished with a healthy dose of Coon Rock Farm basil. Like the sweet potato beer, don't anticipate being hit over the head with basil.

 Hops and Vines free beer tasting tonight, July 16th, 5PM-7PM
Olde Hickory Brewing Co. samplings:
Ruby Lager A deep amber hue invokes a refreshing taste in this smooth brew. Slightly nutty, Ruby Lager has a dry finish, leaving one with a satisfying, warm glow, reminiscent of Ruby’s color.
Table Rock Pale Ale is brewed using the finest two row barley malts, with generous amounts of crystal and caramel malts yielding a deep copper color and rich malt body. Table Rock is dominated by American Cascade hops, averaging a whopping 3 grams of hops per pint!
Hickory Stick Stout is a whole- lot-a beer full of malt. English pale and crystal malts start this beer quickly followed by big time chocolate and black patent malts. Tons of Cascade hops go into Hickory Stick Stout to round out the malt character. Hickory Stick Stout is a very robust stout, bursting with flavor!

2010 Baseball & Beers: The 2nd Annual Baseball & Beers Festival will take place August 7, 2010 from 4:00-8:00 pm at McCormick Field.
There will be over 40 different craft beers, including several from the Asheville Brewers Alliance. Admission gets you your very own souvenir beer stein, which you can take and sample all of the beer you want. The concession stands will also be open, and patrons are invited to sit in the seating bowl in addition to gathering on the concourse. Live music will also be playing throughout the festival. For tickets or more information, call the box office at (828)258-0428 or visit

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who Dunnit ? Bryson City

Bryson City, NC - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be shrouded with secrets and clues as “A New Mystery” presents an open case that is waiting to be closed!

On Saturday, July 17, enjoy an evening made for the best detectives as each train car will become its own detective agency and will put the passenger into investigation mode! In a perfect blend of fine food and theatricality, this mystery will surely be solved by the end of the night! Satisfy your tastes buds with an elegant three-course dinner on board a vintage dining car at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The train will depart from the Bryson City, NC depot at 7:00 pm and will feature the exquisite cuisine of Chef Deborah Douthit.

Let the experience begin the moment you step on board the Mystery Dinner Train with the romance and mystique from an era gone by. This special night’s menu offers your choice of unlimited soft drinks, freshly brewed tea or coffee, a bed of fresh mixed greens with your choice of dressing. Dinner entrees include, Prime Rib with Potatoes Au-Gratin and Roasted Vegetables, or a vegetarian choice of a Portabella Mushroom gilled to perfection seasoned with Garlic and accompanied by Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese. Save room for dessert! Complete your feast with a creamy Cheesecake in a graham cracker crust!

Adults 21 and over only. Dinner Train tickets are $104 (plus tax & gratuity). Three hour trip departs at 7:00 pm at the historic Bryson City Depot. Advanced reservations and72 hour cancellation notice are required. Please call for dress code information. For more information , tickets or reservations call 800-872-4681

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Asheville hosts the largest stand-up comedy event in the southeast - no joke!

In case you didn't Laugh Your Asheville Off the last 3 years, you'll get another chance this week. The 4th Annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival returns July 15 - 17 and will be anchored by HBO and Comedy Central veteran Jake Johanssen. The three-day event showcases over 40 stand-up comedians. Tickets for the Thursday - Saturday, July 15 - 17 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre are on sale at the Pack Place Box Office, and range from $10 to just $22 depending on the night and event. 828-257-4530  Get tickets or a detailed schedule...

New Specials at The Back Room Restaurant

The Back Room Restaurant at The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe has a special knack for pleasing both the tastebuds and the wallets. Here's their latest offerings:
Tuesday Dinner Specials:
Create your own local beef, chicken or vegetarian burger for just $7.00,
or Three course meal for just $20.00.
Menu: (choice of one from each category)
Appetizers: - Black Bean Dip- Gazpacho- Soup du Jour - Caesar Salad
Main Course:- Local Steak du Jour - Turkey Tenderloin - Homemade Lasagna -Vegetable Conundrum
Desserts:- Your Choice of Our Homemade Selection

Wednesday Dinner Specials:
Purchase a bottle of wine and enjoy it in The Back Room with no set up fee, also,
Bar-B-Que Night $11.99
Meats: (pick 3) - Lime Cilantro BBQ Chicken- Classic Pulled Pork - BBQ Salmon
- Chipotle Beef Brisket - Blueberry Beef Ribs
Sides: (pick 2) - Macaroni an’ Cheese - Coleslaw - Cucumber Salad - Garlic Spinach
- Mashed Potatoes - Cornbread - Tomato Pudding

Please let us take you for a tour of the Wine Shoppe and help you choose the perfect Wine or Champagne for your meal; remember no set up fee on Wednesday!

Local fisherman shows off whopper of a bass caught on French Broad

News from RiverLink - no "Fisherman's Tale
The French Broad River has long been known as a "world-class fishery" for smallmouth bass. The fishing reports show the great number if fish caught, but this picture of "Joel" from Asheville shows just how big they really are! Chris Manderson, a smallmouth bass fishing guide, describes the fish and the event thusly:
"I don't usually send you glory shots w/o a report, but this is a special fish: a really big one Joel from Asheville caught on Wednesday afternoon. When looking at the image keep in mind joel is 6' 6" the fish is a tad dwarfed by the large man. He caught it on the afternoon float, and it was the actual LAST cast of the day, as I was backing us into the takeout. He thought he was hung-up at first, until the fish swirled. Bigger than I have caught myself in years." Call Chris Manderson (828) 216-1336 or visit for more info on fishing the FBR.

It's Back!   Save the French Broad Raffle  sponsored by Asheville Adventure Guide offers six chances to win some amazing outdoor gear! A $5 ticket gives you a chance to win $4000+ worth of gear and prizes with 100% of ticket sales directly to RiverLink. Get details...

Monday, July 12, 2010

City Lights Bookstore Hosts Bestselling Novelist Sharyn McCrumb

Bestselling novelist Sharyn McCrumb returns to City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, July
13th at 7:00 p.m.
to read from the new book in her Ballad Series of novels,
entitled The Devil Amongst the Lawyers.

The book takes up the story of a young woman accused in 1934 of murdering her
father. Only one journalist really cares about the truth, and he gets help
from his cousin, whom readers come to know in her later life as the mysterious
Nora Bonesteel, who has "the sight."

McCrumb will read from the book and take questions from the audience. An
autographing will follow her remarks.
For more information, please call City Lights at 586-9499.

Latin Wine Tasting in Murphy

Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant is hosting a Latin Wine Tasting on July 15th at 6:30 PM on the Patio. The event includes live music by Hondo, 6 tastes and a delicious gourmet buffet provided by Chef Doyle; all for just $35! Don't miss it this Thursday, with a tapas style buffet, including a Spanish Seafood Paella!!  Call for reservations: 828 837-3400. Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant is located at 925 Andrews Rd, Murphy North Carolina

Rye Holler Boys Perform this Weekend at Fontana Village Resort

Fontana Village continues its summer music series with the return of the Rye Holler Boys this weekend, July 16-17, 2010. Dedicated to keeping Bluegrass and the roots of mountain Gospel music alive, this talented young band from Bryson City, North Carolina has recorded four CDs featuring mandolin, guitar, upright bass, banjo, fiddle, and vocals.

Friday evening some of the band members will be picking and singing on the porch of the Wildwood Grill. Chef Carl Ecklund and his staff will be at The Wildwood Grill featuring an old fashioned cookout menu with everything from fresh ground burgers to tender beef briskets and smoked, pulled pork platters. Saturday July 17th at 8pm all of the band members will be on stage with their signature toe-tapping music in the famous Village Recreation Hall.

On Friday, July 30th, the Liquid Ginger Band will be performing live on the deck of the Wildwood Grill from 7 PM to 10 PM. Voted the “Hottest Rock Band” and “Entertainers of the Year” in Savannah , Georgia , the band features local resident Ginger Edwards Fawcett who graduated from Robbinsville High School in 1989 before settling in Savannah , GA to pursue a career in entertainment.

Fontana Village Resort is a year-round vacation destination offering a wide range of accommodations  including Lodge rooms, suites, cabins, houseboats on Fontana Lake looking into the Smokies, as well as RV & tent camping. Convention space, restaurants, outfitter, a day spa, pools, marina & ship store, horseback riding, miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking and shopping round out the amenities at this truly unique vacation resort in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

West Jefferson Chalet for Sale

This charming chalet for sale will have you relaxed and enjoying your surroundings. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, open kitchen with lots of cabinet space. Beautiful heart pine flooring throughout, massive stone fireplace in living room, sliding glass door off the living room heading out to a large wrap-around deck that will have you enjoying family & friends on those weekend cookouts. Master bedroom has a full bath & his & her closets. Lots of windows everywhere to enjoy the beautiful views. Close to Mountain Aire Golf Course yet offers plenty of privacy. When you visit this one, you will not want to leave. 336-846-7325   PEAK MOUNTAIN PROPERTIES, INC

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event: Shindig on the Green tonight in Asheville

The celebrated mountain tradition, Shindig on the Green , which showcases the region’s rich heritage through its folk musicians and dancers enters its 44th annual season in 2010. The events takes place on Saturday evenings, "along about sundown" (7PM - 10PM)  in the heart of downtown Asheville at the new Pack Square Park's Roger McGuire Green. Between 3000 and 5000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 377, Asheville North Carolina

Friday, July 9, 2010

Weekend Events in the Mountains, July 9 - 11

9    WAYNESVILLE   Mountain Street Dances   Both local residents and tourists enjoy these FREE old-fashioned mountain hoedowns which began in the 1950s with live mountain music and dance demonstrations by local clogging teams. This year we are celebrating the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary. Dances are held in front of the Haywood County Courthouse and begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; limited bleacher seating is available. Professional mountain musicians perform along with a clogging team.   Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 443 

9   TRYON  Rogers Park Summer Tracks Concert Series   The Concert Series is back with a great line up of first class performances and a summer of wonderful evenings under the stars. Red Hot Sugar Babies, Marc Yaxley Trio

9-10   ROBBINSVILLE   Cherokee Days   We celebrate Cherokee heritage with storytelling, song, and dance, as well as instruction in Cherokee crafts presented by members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians

9   HENDERSONVILLE   Music On Main Street Concert Series  The 12th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June 11 through August 27, 2010. Music On Main Street featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free.

9 - 10   BOONE   MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove   Music to remember on the cool banks of Cove Creek in Sugar Grove, North Carolina. MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove is a chance to hear many talented artists, who are preserving our music heritage and celebrating the diversity it has inspired.  Blue Ridge Parkway 75,  Milepost 285

9 - 11   ASHEVILLE   Carolina Mountain Ribfest  World Class professional barbecue rib vendors from all over the country, live entertainment, amusement rides, arts & crafts and more. They will be serving mouth watering, award winning BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken, with all the traditional side dishes. WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher.

9-13   TRYON   82nd Annual Tryon Horse Show  Bring a picnic with your lawn chair and enjoy fresh summer breezes while watching some of the finest equestrian competition in the area.

10  ASHEVILLE   Shindig on the Green  The celebrated mountain tradition, Shindig on the Green, which showcases the region’s rich heritage through its folk musicians and dancers, kicks off its 44th annual season in 2010.  Between 3000 and 5000 people attend Shindig on the Green each evening for free throughout the summer. Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 377

10   ROBBINSVILLE   An Appalachian Evening   Experience award-winning bluegrass, folk, and old-time mountain music performances in the historic old school auditorium at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The concert series features live entertainment for the entire family every Saturday night from June 26 through August 28. The event includes an authentic Appalachian dinner, cooked up in the Stecoah kitchen and served family-style in two seatings, before each concert.   Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 480

10   OLD FORT   Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center - 2nd Saturdays   Trout Fishing Events will include fly fishing lessons and fly-tying demonstrations. Wildlife and animals in art will be featured.  Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Milepost 350

10   LITTLE SWITZERLAND   Geneva Hall Square Dances   This square dance has been going on in our little village for over 20 years. We welcome visitors and tourists to join us in a traditional square dance complete with a caller, live bluegrass band, and lots of local character. Cake walks, clogging demonstrations, soda pop, and good times await the Parkway traveler   Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Even  334

10     SALUDA  47th Annual Coon Dog Day Festival   Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year. Live music on stage begins in the morning around 9 and continues all day until the end of the street dance at 10:00 PM.

10-11 ASHEVILLE   American Bamboo Society SE Chapter 4th annual Bamboo Festival: The American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter hosts this extremely popular event which features bamboo nurseries offering living bamboo plants as well as artists and crafters demonstrating and selling their products. Visitors learn about the artistic value and functionality of this remarkable grass. The weekend includes lectures, demonstrations, crafts, and plant sales.

10 - 12   ASHEVILLE  The Grove Park Inn's 97th birthday  The Grove Park Inn opened its doors on Saturday, July 12, 1913. Join in the anniversary festivities with guided history tours, live music, cake, and a birthday toast for a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration.

10   ROBBINSVILLE   An Appalachian Evening Summer Concert   featuring the Lonesome River Band. 7:30 pm. It takes a lot of ambition for a band to stay together for over 25 years, but the award-winning LRB continues to amaze their loyal fans every step of the way

11   BREVARD   Songcatchers Music Series  In its seventh year, the Songcatcher Music Series showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. Concerts begin with a 30-minute opening act by local musicians. After a short break, the featured performer will begin.  Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Event, Milepost 410

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Asheville Tourists Baseball Live Broadcast

Fans, come out and support the Asheville Tourists on Saturday, July 10, and also be part of our only televised game of the year! If you can't make it out to the game, you can watch on WLOS channel 13 as Jack Connors and the Tourists' own Doug Maurer will be calling the game. If you are in attendance, you just might get your 15 minutes of fame as cameras will be showcasing our great crowd at points during the game. For tickets, call the Box Office at (828)258-0428 or visit us online at

Bobblehead Giveaway - The first 1,000 fans through the gates on Saturday, July 10, will receive a Stan Pamfilis Bobblehead compliments of Asheville Savings Bank. Be on the lookout because you just may get a chance to be on camera as Stan will be doing field reporting from the stands throughout the game!

Upcoming Homestand
Our next homestand will be from July 8-13, as the Tourists will play host to the Savannah Sand Nats. The homestand schedule is as follows:
Thursday: Thirsty Thursday- $1 Pepsi products and select draught beers
Friday: Community Heroes Night
Saturday: Live TV game and Stan Pamfilis Bobblehead Giveaway
Sunday: Christmas in July- Appearance by Santa, and he is bringing the snow from the North Pole with him. Children 12 and under will ge t a free pass to Santa's Land. Fans can receive one free general admission ticket to the game on the 11th only by donating a toy valued at $10 or more to Toys for Tots located at the ballpark that day.
Monday: Capital Bank Mega-Money Monday- The first 750 fans will be handed envelopes containing either cash or ticket vouchers to a future game.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Riverlink Volunteers needed for Cleanup

Volunteer Opportunity: Come help RiverLink clean up a future park for a dance event. In March of this year, RiverLink finally got the two old blue buildings at 121 Riverside Drive torn down, opening a beautiful winter-time view of the French Broad River. The remaining expanse of cement pad is just perfect for the Terpsicorps "Stars on the River" dance event at the site on August 7.

Before anyone can dance there, some housekeeping is in order. The July 10 cleanup will kick off at 9 AM. and go until noon. RiverLink has extended an invitation to the public to come out and bring as many "elements of floral destruction as possible: machetes, slingblades, old lawnmowers, etc. are welcomed." Call or e-mail Russell with questions or to RSVP: or 828-252-8474 ext. 18, or on the cell at (828) 545-9099.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Reward Yourself - Hike the Smokies Challenge

Join Great Smoky Mountains National Parks’ Reward Yourself - Hike the Smokies Challenge in 2010.  The challenge is to record your mileage, even if it is the same trail day after day. When you have “hiked” 100-miles, 250-miles, and 500-miles, bring your mileage record to one of the three visitor centers to receive your mileage pin and be recorded in the “Hike the Smokies” 2010 web records. Mileage record books will be distributed at Sugarlands, Cades Cove, and Oconaluftee visitor centers for $1.00 per booklet.

The project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks in cooperation with Great Smoky Mountains Association and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
With over 800 miles of scenic trails to choose from, the possibilities for day hikes are endless.

A video podcast, Day Hiking and Wildlife, associated with the recently launched program "Reward Yourself - Hike the Smokies Challenge", is now available for viewing. The podcasts are part of a series on hiking safety and inform the viewer of wildlife behaviorand regulations to be followed by Park visitors.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July in the Mountains: Asheville events and fireworks

Asheville's Independence Day Celebrations offer two different locations for fireworks and fun:

Ingles 6th of July Celebration - An event for the whole family, the festivities start at 1:00 PM. at Pack Square and along College Street in Downtown Asheville. The Sons of the American Revolution will return again this year to offer a patriotic tribute to our country. The fun will continue throughout the night, with music and games, and a grand finale fireworks display at 10:00PM

Lake Julian Fireworks in South Asheville -  Buncombe County hosts a spectacular fireworks display in Lake Julian Park. Parking is available at Estes Elementary School  across the lake  to Lake Julian’s Long Shoals Road entrance.


Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July in the NC Mountains:Last Minute Cabin Rentals

Last Minute Availability for North Carolina Mountains - you can still have a 4th of July getaway!

ASHEVILLE  -  CAROLINA MORNINGS "Last Minute Specials". June 29 - July 12 we offer several "Last Minute Specials". Book and Depart between June 29th-July 12th  Book online or call our Vacation Specialist @ 828.398.0712  to reserve a vacation rental: We handle over 80 Asheville Luxury Vacation Rentals and Asheville Cabins - ALL include  a FREE Mountain Discovery Pass

ASHEVILLE  -  BLAKE HOUSE INN BED AND BREAKFAST   Pet-friendly rooms, child-friendly, wheelchair accessible first floor room with whirlpool tub, off-street parking, wedding/reception facilities. $110 - $165 night $ Specials and Discount Offered

BLOWING ROCK AND BOONE At Your Wits End Vacation Rentals (35+ ) Find your perfect cabin between Blowing Rock and Boone - we offer mountain views, water views, fireplaces, WIFI, hot tubs, pool - ping pong - foosball tables, air hockey and more! All prices and sizes. $ Specials and Discounts Offered

WAYNESVILLE OAK HILL ON LOVE LANE offers high end beds and bedding, gourmet breakfast, wireless internet, flat screen TVs, fireplaces in every room, locally produced all-natural soaps and lotions. Terrific location in downtown Waynesville. $150-$235 per night

BREVARD BRADLEY CREEK LODGE AND VACATION RENTALS is a mountaintop retreat - 2 bd 2 bath lodge suites are AVAILABLE for 4th of July. Waterfalls, fire pit, screened gazebo, stone Celtic meditation area, large observation deck, porches, game room, conference area. $140 nt, $840 wk

CASHIERS HIGH HAMPTON INN AND COUNTRY CLUB An historic mountain resort on 1,400 scenic acres at 3,600 ft. Enjoy golf, tennis, hiking trails, world-class spa and 35-acre private lake. Cottages or Mountain Vacation Rental Homes.$125-$247nt, $1699-$3248wk.

CASHIERS MOUNTAIN VACATION RENTALS Trillium's 65+ homes offer access to Trillium's 18 hole 4.5 star golf course with 4,000' elevations, PLUS all club amenities. From 1-6 BD, 1-5.5 BA rentals, mountain views, water views, frplc, hot tubs, WIFI. 12+ rentals available for 4th of July $205-$858 nt, $900-$3920wk.

OLD FORT SkyIsland Retreat & Campground has both tent sites and cabins. They will be celebrating the 3rd. of July with a Fire Work Extravaganza ! Gates open 4 pm (General Public FREE ! )

BRYSON CITY Hidden Creek Cabins Vacation Cabin Rentals in the Great Smoky Mountains. Creekside and mountain view cabins and cottages. Call for last minute specials 1-888-333-5881
LAKE LURE Stoney Creek Farm LLC lets you vacation on picturesque "Stoney Creek Farm". Stay with us and you will over look beautiful farmland, mountains, and grazing horses from your decks.

WARNE (in between Murphy and Hayesville) Bedford Falls Cabin is located between the creek and the alpacas pastures. Enjoy the alpacas playing in the pastures and the babbling stream.

LAKE TOXAWAY Earthshine Mountain Lodge  has rustic elegance, 83 acres, and stunning views.

LAKE TOXAWAY The Cabins at Seven Foxes Our "Fox Hole" is available, 4 night minimum at this time, 1 bedroom with queen and double sleeper in LR, have a waiting list for 3 nights

BREVARD Woodlands Inn Includes a Full Breakfast each morning, PET FRIENDLY, All rooms come with private entrance, private bath, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and A/C

CEDAR MOUNTAIN (near Brevard) The Sassy Goose has a two bedroom /two bath cottage available for July 4th. We require a two night minimum.

BREVARD ASH GROVE Mountain Cabins & Camping We have a 3BR cabin available and are located on the mountaintop and about 8 degrees cooler than downtown Brevard.

BREVARD Annie's Ruselin' Leaves Cabin has 1 cabin and the 3BR house available for the 4th of July weekend. PET FRIENDLY

BREVARD Deer Ridge Vacation Rentals We have availability with a two night minimum, one couple per cabin, adults only, no pets. Hike the mountain here, hike our riverbank, fish, canoe in the lake. Enjoy Nature at Deerwoode

BRYSON CITY July 4 Close-out Sale at Watershed Cabins 25% off Last Minute Travel on nights in June

BRYSON CITY Snowbird Mountain Lodge Join us for our annual July 4th barbecue on the lawn with all the usual southern classic delights and live music. We still have availability for the July 4th weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nantahala Brewing Co. debut at Beer Tasting

The latest entrant on the Mountain Brew Scene is Nantahala Brewing Co., now officially selling beer. Their tasting room is still under construction, but they are selling kegs and growlers to go at the brewery. Restaurants and pubs in Bryson City, Asheville, Murphy, Sylva and Waynesville offer Nantahala Brewing Co. beer on draught.

Enjoy a free Beer Tasting this Friday, July 2nd, 5-7pm at Hops and Vines (797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 West in Asheville) of Nantahala's Pale Ale, Bryson City Brown, Eddy Out Stout, Noon Day IPA, Depot Street Wheat. Nantahala Brewing Co, is located on Depot Street across from the Depot in Bryson City North Carolina.