Thursday, June 26, 2014

Asheville Riverside Party Benefits Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Don't miss one of THE Asheville parties of the summer: Stir Crazy. Held on July 24, 2014 beginning at 6 PM what's being called the "hottest party in town" will feature food, fun, craft beer, wine and cocktails. The live music includes a vibrant mixture of upbeat gypsy jazz, Latin, swing and original jazz compositions from the band One Leg Up. If that's not enough to get you excited there will also be fantastic silent auction items and plenty of surprises.

Stir Crazy will take place at The Boathouse Riverside Pavilion, located at 318 Riverside Drive in Asheville NC. Tickets may be purchased online  for $20 or at the door for $25  and cover all food, beverages, and entertainment. Due to limited parking, carpooling is strongly encouraged. Proceeds from this terrific event benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures. 

Blue Ridge Food Ventures is a nonprofit, shared-use food and natural products manufacturing facility in Buncombe County, where artisan food entrepreneurs, farmers, chefs, bakers, caterers, mobile and food cart operators, and natural products manufacturers can find the equipment and resources they need to make and market their products. The first facility of its kind in North Carolina, Blue Ridge Food Ventures has helped launch more than 250 businesses, many of which distribute products to retailers nationwide. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival Begins Tomorrow

June 21, 2014   Opening Night at Brevard Music Center   for the 2014 season Summer Festival offers a special performance by one of the world's most acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman. Perlman will join BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra for an evening of his most well-loved works from film, television and classical repertoire.  Pre-concert Talk at 5 PM.

The 78th season kicks off tomorrow with the BMC debut of Itzhak Perlman. The landmark concert is followed by nearly 80 different performances including Garrick Ohlsson, the Shanghai Quartet, Conrad Tao, four operas, twelve chamber music concerts, and dozens of free music events throughout the community as the Festival continues.
As students, faculty, and staff dine together in the cafeteria and the sounds of orchestra rehearsals echo through the hills there is no mistaking the excitement over what the next seven weeks have to offer. With  intensive study, practice and performance, and, after nearly 80 years, excellence continues by musicians and audiences experience the thrill of a summer at Brevard Music Center.

While everyone is excited about this opening event, having over 2,000 guests on the campus also requires some special considerations to ensure that everyone has a good time. Here are some options recommended to help make your evening at the Music Center as enjoyable as possible.
Arrive Early:
In order to allow time for all guests to park and be seated, arrive early. Feel free to pack a picnic dinner, or order one of the Picnics by Mayberry’s, and enjoy your dinner on our picturesque campus before the show begins. Concessions will open at 4:00 pm for this event.

While this is simply not possible for all guests, anyone who can is encouraged to share rides to the event. If you have purchased reserved parking, please consider inviting guests who do not have reserved spaces to ride to the event with you.

Plan to Stay for the Entire Concert:
Cars parked in the rear of the auditorium parking lot will be parked closely together in order to accommodate the large number of anticipated guests. This means that there is a real possibility that your car will will be “parked in” and you will be unable to leave in your vehicle until the end of the performance. If you know that special circumstances will require you to leave before the end of the concert, please let a parking attendant know before your vehicle is parked.

Other Considerations:
If you are using a GPS, please enter the address 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712.
While Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium has three times the number of designated handicapped parking spaces required by law, there is also a growing number of patrons who require handicapped parking. Unfortunately the only fair way to address the demand for these spaces is to make them available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to arrive early if you require handicapped parking.

Andante Lane will be closed to traffic prior to the concert, except for Maestro Society Season Parking Pass holders. All other traffic will be directed through the BMC main entrance on Music Camp Road and to the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium parking lot. Parking attendants will be on site to direct you to a parking space.
Maestro Society members should enter campus via Andante Lane off Probart Street, and then follow the Maestro Society signage and instructions of our parking staff. Please display your 2014 Season Parking Pass from your rear view mirror to identify yourself as a Maestro Society member.

Just as it will take time to get everyone parked before the concert, it will also take some time for the parking lot to clear afterwards. Please be patient, and follow the instructions of the parking staff as they help direct traffic out of the lot as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The concert will go on, rain or shine. In the event of rain, we are happy to upgrade lawn seats to seats under the roof if any are available. However, it is anticipated that very few seats will be available inside the auditorium on the night of the event. If you have a lawn ticket for this concert, please check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

Tune your radio to 1240AM WSQL for live traffic updates from the Music Center in the hour preceding the concert. There will be periodic announcements regarding parking starting at 5:00 PM on the evening of the concert.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

RiverLink Needs Volunteers for the Annual Anything That Floats Parade

RiverLink is looking for volunteers to help distribute our beautiful new posters -  as far and wide as possible. Ideally, they would like to see one in every shop window, on every bulletin board, and every information kiosk within a 100-mile radius! That's a little grandiose, so let's just aim for as pervasive a local presence as possible.

Anything That Floats is Saturday   August 9

If you are a business owner and would like some of these snazzy posters to hang in your place, let RiverLink know. There are plenty available.  If you can help  out by visiting local businesses to hang a poster, that'd be great too.

Contact RiverLink's Dave Russell at or 252-8474, ext. 11 and let's spread the word.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wheels Through Time Museum Honors Veterans with FREE Admission

June 20 - 22, 2014   Inaugural VETogether at Wheels Through Time Museum   in Maggie Valley NC. A special event recognizing Veterans of the US Armed Forces is offered by Wheels Through Time. The Museum will offer FREE admission to all military

Active, reserve, and retired members will receive complimentary admission to the museum throughout the weekend. Over a dozen military motorcycles will be on display, and countless demonstrations and exhibitions of numerous military machines will be held throughout the weekend, including demos of two 1940s Harley-Davidson issued to the Air Force in1947. 

The North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association will also be on hand displaying two of their Vietnam era helicopters

Learn more about Maggie Valley NC HERE. 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rugby Creek Animal Rescue Spring News

Spring Greetings!

Warm hello to all of our supporters and fans! Though its been rather chilly here on the farm in VA lately, we are glad to see the grass is growing and the sun is shining! Time for spring cleaning projects, fence line repair/spraying, and a lot of shaggy winter hair to be brushed off, trash days and Keisha (Husky available 4 Adoption) was glad to observe and approve of the happenings here at RCAR!

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Just this week we shipped off 6 dogs whose lives were saved at the last minute by Partners!Canines  Those 6 came to RCAR for their quarantine and treatments (vaccines, deworming etc) before they left this week on transport for new adoptive homes! YAY!   We LOVE networking with other people to SAVE LIVES!

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 Mother/Daughter Rescue

Just this Sunday, RCAR went on a trip down to Caldwell County on a Plea to save a couple of horses in need - we need you to help this Mother/Daughter pair on their road to recovery. RCAR was contacted by a senior lady who has owned this pair for the past 20 years. This winter she became sick and has barely been able to leave her bedside unassisted and had someone lined up to care for her horses. She ventured out of the house and down to the barn this weekend and found they were in desperate need, contacted us and pleaded for help - We went down immediately and brought these two ole' gals home!

Kate is a 28 y/o, Appaloosa mare that is suffering from a major strongyles parasite infestation as well as needing some good nutrition and farrier care but is otherwise happy and alert. Her 21 y/o daughter, Sparky (a Morgan cross) is in worse condition. Sparky has previously been foundered and needs some corrective farrier care as well as some good nutrition.

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Their Immediate Needs: $160/each$75/each - Panacure PowerPac (deworming)$35/each - Farrier Care $25/each - Coggins$25/each - Updated Vaccines
Their Monthly Needs:  $124/month
$29/each - Omegatin Supplement (helps them gain weight)
$57/each - Senior Feed
$38/each - Hay (when not grazing)
Possible Other Needs:  $50-75 Each
$50-75/each - Bloodwork
We are asking for your support to offer these girls the rehab they need so they will be able to go into foster and/or adoptive care.
Sparky has never been away fromher mom Kate, these are a bonded pair - we will strive to keep them together!  Please DONATE!

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Horses Ready For New Homes Now! 
You can find more info on each at our website
Submit an applciation HERE

"Penny"  paint mare, 3-4 yrs, 14.2 hh Ready to Train!
  "Belle"  buckskin mare, 4-5 yrs, 14.2 hh
 Companion only but easy keeper!

"Roary" Palomino TWH Mare
"Elmo" Cremello Mini Gelding 
"Tessah"  OTTB Mare
"Mo" Senior WB Gelding, VERY sweet, GREAT companion,
LIGHT Riding, Past Dressage Mount

Awesome Dogs 4 Adoption!  

To see more about them visit our website!
To submit an adoption application click HERE

"Keisha" SWEET Laid Back Husky with 1 Eye
"Ringo" ADORABLE Loving & Playful Mountain Cur Mix

YOU are a VITAL part of our RESCUE!

Without the support of our fans and friends, without your positive energy, encouragement and prayers.... We could not do all that we do!  THANK YOU!
Please share this with as many people as you can!  The more that hear about what we are doing at RCAR, the more we CAN DO!  
Please help spread the word about the horses and dogs that are needing new homes - if we can get these placed into lifetime loving homes we can then accept more!!


Reg'd 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit Organization
1314 Rugby Road ~ Mouth of Wilson ~ VA ~ 24363

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stories of Mountain Folk for 6-7-14

Stories of Mountain Folk is a weekly podcast produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia and archived at Western Carolina University.

June 7, 2014:
Storytelling:  Amy’s story, “Professor Charles Tinkham” begins a three-part story about how Amy began to record her family’s WNC history and became a storyteller.  Music: “Here Comes the Sun” an Acoustic Guitar selection.
Creative Corner:  Doreyl's guest is Jack Sholder, Director of WCU’s Film & Television Production in Cullowhee. They talk about how he came to be in Cullowhee, about his classes and his part of the 125th year of WCU.  Music: “Wildwood Flower”  by Henry Queen.
Stories of Mountain Folk: Amy’s guest is Irene Bishop Hooper, who was born and raised in Cullowhee. She  talks about living in the early ‘30s where the WCU campus is now  (a special attributed to the 125th Anniversary of the university).  Music: “Chasin’ Grayson”  by Home Delivery.
Black Roots of Appalachia: Victoria continues her talk with Reverend Wanda Jean Howell Moore from Sylva who compares her youthful experiences in school up north to going to school in the south and other experiences.  Music: “Dueling Banjos” by the Ross Brothers.
Going Down Another Road: Judy talks with Ann Hayes McDonald from Mills River in Henderson County, who shares stories of her youth.   Music: “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” by Ron Smith.
Closing Song: “Lonesome Polly Ann” by the Blue Ridge Rounders.

CLICK HERE to listen to Stories of Mountain Folk

Sunday, June 8, 2014

RiverLink Offers Final Session of Friday Salon this Week

June 20 at 3 PM. at the RiverLink office (170 Lyman Street across the street from 12 Bones) the Friday Salon with Dr. Frank Kalinowski concludes. During the 2014 series entitled "The American Constitution: The Logic of Law and the Consequences for the Nation",  Dr. Kalinowski has been sharing excerpts from his upcoming  book with attendees for the past two years.  According to executive director, Karen Cragnolin, "he makes history come alive and the current polarity in our society more understandable and in fact predictable".

The purpose of these interactive lectures is to explore a deeper understanding of environmental issues and to attempt the placement of these issues in a larger social, political and historic context.

The final topic is "Two Dreams and a Nightmare: The Environmental Thought of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison".

The Friday Salon series is free and open to the public.

Frank Kalinowski is a retired and popular professor from Warren Wilson College and the author of numerous articles and treatises that are thought-provoking and informative about the complex world in which we live today. Parking is available in the Wedge parking lot.

Located in Asheville's River Arts District, RiverLink is a regional organization spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone can work, live and play.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Offers Special June Events

June 1-16   The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble
Join staff naturalists daily at 1 PM. for short guided strolls showcasing and describing the beauty and significance of the Catawba rhododendron, one of Grandfather Mountain's showiest shrubs. Learn about the plant's history, characteristics and ecological roles. Programs included with admission.

June 7   The Critter Crawl
This third annual 5K race starts in MacRae Meadows and gains more than 900 feet in elevation before ending in the parking lot beside the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Prizes awarded to top finishers. Online registration has now closed, but same-day registration will be available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 with cash or check only.

June 18   Birthday Party At Grandfather's Animal Habitats
Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of all the animals in the park with games, contests, crafts and surprises. Grandfather's habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests as well as programming to celebrate its furry inhabitants.

June 22   90th Annual Singing On The Mountain
All-day gospel sing and fellowship held in MacRae Meadows. A dozen top gospel groups and sermon from a well-known speaker. Free admission. Camping (without hookups) available on the field.

Grandfather mountain is the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at an elevation of 5,964 feet. The Mile High Swinging Bridge gives visitors easy access to the breath-taking view from Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak. Grandfather Mountain is a Nature Lovers' favorite offering Wildlife habitats, Nature Walks and Trails, Nature Programs, and a Nature Museum. The complex natural terrain includes 16 different classifications of natural communities with backcountry trails providing access to all. Located between Blowing Rock and Linville NC