Monday, March 28, 2016

Frog Holler Organiks Kicks Off Spring Gardening with Organic Composted Garden Soil

April is customer Appreciation Days at Frog Holler Organiks. Get your Frog Holler Helper Organic Composted Garden Soil with organic Biochar and Biodynamic preps 500-508 for a healthy garden, available on Saturdays 10 AM - 2 PM or by appointment. A limited supply is available this year, so get yours early.

photos courtesy Frog Holler Organiks
This Specially Blended Composted Garden Soil has a very large array of fully-composted ingredients from nature so you get a nutrient-dense growing medium to give your plants and vegetables a broad mineral and nutrient spectrum, for the biggest, healthiest and fastest growing plants possible. Now with ORGANIC BIOCHAR and RUDOLPH STEINER'S BIODYNAMIC PREPARATIONS 500-508 you'll have the best soil ever. The healthier your soil, the healthier you will be.

You won't find bags of soil like this in garden centers. This soil is alive--rich, black and moist and contains earthworms, healthy soil microbes, hyphae fungi, beneficial nematodes and all the good stuff to make your plants healthy. All our ingredients are in their natural state as nature intended good soil to be. Frog Holler never adds ANY ingredients from dumpsters, unknown yard waste, mushroom compost, GMO vegetable waste, non-organic restaurants, garbage, or medical facility waste which may contain toxins, diseases, chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, cardboard or compostable containers which have no nutritional value and may contain processing chemicals.

Every batch is tested for seed-starting and growing on. The finished product is a 100% nutrient-dense growing medium, not top soil. You can plant straight into it without burn and near 100% germination rate for starting seeds. It is not diluted with other soil or topsoil. For tomatoes that require no spraying or covering and resist diseases, use straight Biodynamic Garden Soil in a 12 inch by 12 inch base for each plant. This composted soil is also great for starting seeds and container gardening.

Price List: Large Bag (about 70 lbs.)-$15 (tax included) Super Scoop (980 lbs) $155 (tax included) BEST DEAL! Half Super Scoop (490 lbs) $80 (tax included) ONE 980 LB SUPER SCOOP IS EQUAL TO ABOUT 14 BAGS FOR $55 LESS One 70 lb bag is equal to 1.5 - 1.75 cubic feet (compacted or fluffed up). Cash only.

Delivery is also available: LARGE PICKUP TRUCK Delivery to Most of Haywood County--$65 1-2 Super Scoops SMALL DUMPTRUCK 3-6 Super Scoop Delivery LARGE DUMPTRUCK Delivery to Most of Haywood County--$100 7-20 Super Scoops or More For Delivery Quotes, Just email and ask for the Delivery Info Form.

 If you need help determining how much soil you need use this Easy Soil Calculatoror email with your garden dimensions. Get FREE directions about how to use your composted soil.

Biodynamic Planting Calendar (Maria and Matthias Thun's "The North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar"):
  • Flower Crops: 4/4 4/13 4/21 til 3 pm 4/22 after 4 pm 4/23 
  • Leaf Crops: 4/5 after 6 pm 4/6 4/12 until 7 pm 4/14 after 7 pm 4/15 4/24-26 6 pm 
  • Root Crops: 4/2 4/3 until 7 pm 4/9 after 4 pm 4/10-11 4/18 after 7 pm 4/19-20 4/21 after 4 pm 4/22 til 3 pm 4/29-30 
  • Fruit Crops: 4/1 til 7 pm 4/8 4/9 til 3 pm 4/14 til 6 pm 4/16-17 4/26 after 7 pm 
  • Southern Transplant Time: 3/30 - 4/11 4/27 - 5/9 
The soil warms up 4/5  - Control slugs 4/14 - 15

April Gardening To-Do List For Zone 6:
  • Clean up the garden in preparation for the season ahead: Remove last year's dead plants, rake back winter mulches, and top-dress beds with compost. 
  • After you've finished preparing your beds, plant potatoes, peas, spinach, and other leafy greens as well as beets, turnips, and carrots. 
  • Put up a trellis for tall varieties of peas as soon as they sprout. 
  • Dig, divide, and replant perennials, such as helenium, fall asters, Shasta daisies, chrysanthemums, and phlox. 
  • As soon as the weather settles, plant transplants of pansies, forget-me-nots (Myosotis spp.), foxglove (Digitalis spp.), and other cool-weather flowers. 
  • Sow seeds of sweet peas, bachelor's buttons (Centaurea cyanus), and larkspur (Consolida ajacis) in flowerbeds. 
Frog Holler also offers Organic Feed for Less. They carry COUNTRYSIDE ORGANICS FEED Horse Feed, Chicken Feed, Rabbit Feed, Calf And Cattle, Goat, Llama and Alpaca, Sheep, Swine, Turkey, Dog and Cat Food. FEEDS ARE STORED IN DRY/COOL/INSECT AND VERMIN-PROOF AREAS to ensure that your poultry/livestock receive all the nutrients you are paying for. All prices include tax.  Chicken Layer Feed $34 (soy and corn-free now available) Chicken Scratch: $30 Starter or Grower/Broiler: $36 Rabbit Feed: $37 Horse: $38.

How to get to Frog Holler Organiks:
From Waynesville NC: From 23-74, take Exit 104, Go North on 209 for 3.5 miles to the first gas station Turn Left onto Ironduff Road Go about one mile to the fork Turn Left at the fork onto Tommy Boyd Road Go straight onto Gardening Frog Trail Past the Yellow and Blue House to the Parking Area in back through the gate.

From Asheville NC: Take I-40 West to Exit 24 Go South/Left on 209 to the first gas station (about 1/8 mile) Turn Right onto Ironduff Road Go about one mile to the fork Turn Left at the fork onto Tommy Boyd Road Go straight onto Gardening Frog Trail Past the Yellow and Blue House to the Parking Area in back through the gate. For GPS: Use 234 Tommy Boyd Road, Waynesville

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Flat Rock Cinema Announces 2016 Magnolia Concert Series Schedule

The Flat Rock Cinema is more than just a Movie House and Bistro Cinema (featuring great food, wine and local brews). It also offers Live local music through its Magnolia Concert Series, May through September.

The 2016 Schedule is all set and tickets are on sale now. 
  • May 1:  Hiroya Tsukamoto, guitar phenom 
  • May 15:  Tom Fisch, singer-songwriter 
  • June 5:  Al Petteway and Amy White, Grammy winners 
  • June 26:  Katie Cilluffo and Bill Altman, Jazz standards and Bossa Nova 
  • July 10:  Terry Wetton, singer-songwriter 
  • August 14:  Underhill Rose, Americana trio 
  • August 21:  Michael Reno Harrell, singer-songwriter, storyteller 
  • September 4:  Eric Brace and Peter Cooper, Grammy nominees 
  • September 18:  The Carburetors, Chicken-Fried-Country-Rock-Grass

Additional sponsors for the concert series are Morris Broadband, Hampton Inn of Hendersonville, Carolina Investment Brokers, and WTZQ FM 95.3 and AM 1600. Please show your support  for them.

The Flat Rock Cinema is located at  2700 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock NC. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 starts Friday, March 25, 2016.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Weekend Events in the Mountains: Meltdown Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain

March 26 - 27, 2016     Meltdown Games / Neff Beech Bash   Appalachian Ski Mountain's classic end of the season celebration. Enjoy a full weekend of crazy events you won’t see any other time of the year, with lots of snow, sun, and skin.  

All events are free with your ski ticket purchase. Take your best shot at tons of prize categories.  Registration will be going on all day in the Alpine Ski Shop.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is located in Blowing Rock NC

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Events in the Mountains: Asheville's Easter on the Green a Popular Annual Event

March 26, 2016   Easter on the Green    This is the 7th annual Easter on the Green taking place again on Saturday,  from 2-5 PM in  Asheville's Pack Square Park. There will be Easter fun for children of all ages including age-specific Easter egg hunts, Kids Karaoke, free arts and crafts provided by Asheville Macaroni Kid and the LEAF Easel Rider, giant inflatable slides and obstacle courses, a mini-bounce for toddlers and much more. 

Get complete information online. Children will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and Icon Media Asheville will be on hand all day to take pictures of kids with the Easter Bunny which parents can download for free or purchase a print.

Egg Hunt Schedule:
photo courtesy of Downtown Asheville Association
  • 2:15pm – ages 5-6
  • 2:30pm – ages 7-8
  • 2:45pm – ages 4 and under
  • 3pm – ages 9-12
  • 3:15pm – ages 5-6
  • 3:30pm – ages 7-8
  • 3:45pm – ages 4 and under
  • 4pm – ages 9-12
  • 4:15pm – ages 5-6
  • 4:30pm – ages 7-8
  • 4:45pm – ages 4 and under
Photos with the Easter Bunny
  • 2:20-3pm
  • 3:20-4pm
  • 4:20-5pm
This event is sponsored by Ingles. Other sponsors include: WNC Parent, City of Asheville, The Brite Agency, Mix 96.5, 98.1 The River, 105.9 The Mountain, Icon Media Asheville and Asheville Color and Imaging.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Senior Sale Day today at the Jackson County Library Bookstore

March 18, 2016 - Today and the third Friday of every month, it's SENIOR SALE DAY at the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. Shoppers 60+ may take a 20% discount off all purchases. 

Also happening with the Senior Day: Mixed Media Sale - VHS and Cassette Tapes are 5 for $1; and back issues of popular magazines are $.25 apiece or 10 for $1. 

courtesy Friends of Jackson County Library
All materials are donated.
All workers are volunteers.
All profits support the Library.

The Friends of the Library Used Bookstore is open 7 days a week at 536 West Main Street in Downtown Sylva NC. 828-586-1221

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Davidson's Fort Historical Park in Old Fort Brings NC History to life

March 21 - 22, 2016    March Colonial Event weekend and Militia Muster   at Davidson's Fort   This event showcases the reconstructed militia fort of 1776 that guarded North Carolina's frontier during the American War for Independence. Civilians, merchants and militia demonstrate life in the colonial era.

photo courtesy Davidson's Fort
 Each third Saturday Davidson's Fort will present a Colonial Living History with hands on demonstrations of the 18th Century. This event will have a gate admission of $2.00 per person 6 and older.

Major events will be presented 4 times a year, with more details on the website. As always the fort is available for viewing and photographing 7 days a week. For group tours or to book the Fort for your special event,  call (828) 925-2095.

Davidson’s Fort was built in 1776 by North Carolina Militia soldiers for the defense of settlers against the Cherokees.  Now a private non profit history project, the Historical Park is located off Water Street in Old Fort NC.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Hendersonville Symphony Presents A Classic Collaboration Concert

March 19, 2016    A Classic Collaboration concert    The HSO partners again with the Carolina Concert Choir, performing Handel’s "Zadok the Priest," "Water Music," and choral highlights from "Messiah" Part II and III. The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra also performs Haydn’s delightful "Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major."

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra is a 70 member all-professional orchestra performing an annual 5 concert season, serving nearly 4000 patrons per year. Admission: $35 Adult $5 Student.

The concert will be performed at the Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall,  49 East Campus Drive in Flat Rock NC

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Brevard Music Center 80th Anniversary Season

Tickets are now on sale for Brevard Music Center's (BMC) 80th Anniversary season. From Symphony to Opera to Chamber, Pops, Jazz and Bluegrass music BMC has been delighting audiences for 80 years.

BMC scenic grounds, photo courtesy Brevard Music Center
After eight great decades, BMC is ready to celebrate. Single tickets - and subscriptions too - are now on sale to one of the country's premier summer music festivals, Enjoy an inspired season filled with over 80 performances. Witness symphony masterpieces, BMC's first Dvořák in America Festival, a world premiere opera, jazz, chamber, pops, and bluegrass by some of the most celebrated names in music including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Amy Grant, Béla Fleck, and many more.

Experience the music and magic of Brevard Music Center. On the lawn, under the stars, or in an intimate hall, this is the place to witness performances as captivating as the remarkable mountain views.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet Opening night (photo courtesy BMC)
Opening Night is June 24, 2016 with a performance of  An American in Paris, a French-inspired evening of music, featuring "gentleman, poet and pianist" Jean-Yves Thibaudet.    BUY TICKETS NOW

On June 25 experience  the 80th Anniversary Spectacular with special guest artist Amy Grant. This will be a  joyous celebration of BMC's anniversary, showcasing six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant in the most elaborate, fully staged concert production ever seen on the WPA stage.   BUY TICKETS NOW

The Brevard Music Center is located at 349 Andante Lane in Brevard NC.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

National Park Foundation Announces A Virtual Opportunity to SAVE THE PARKS

If you're a park lover, wouldn't it be great to have the ability to help your national parks from the palm of your hand? Now you do – and be among the first to hear about it.

The National Park Foundation and American Express, the official volunteer partner of the National Park Service centennial celebration, launched SAVE THE PARK – a new mobile game where you can virtually volunteer in America's national parks.

Launched as part of the campaign to celebrate the 2016 National Park Service Centennial, SAVE THE PARK seeks to inspire and encourage a new generation of park lovers to take an active role in helping preserve these important natural and historic resources for future generations.

In SAVE THE PARK, you can experience how volunteers help conserve and preserve America's national parks. Play all four volunteer characters – Environment Champion, Wildlife Lover, Citizen Scientist and Culture Concierge – each representing a different type of volunteer. By successfully accomplishing volunteer tasks, you earn points to unlock additional levels across three park environments.

To highlight the critical role volunteers play as caretakers of our national parks, American Express partnered with Games for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve humanitarian, social, and educational efforts. "To inspire and mobilize the next generation of volunteers we need a new set of tools," says Meredith Hahn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express. "We believe SAVE THE PARK is a 'virtual' first step to converting game players into real-world volunteers."

To drive additional resources to help protect and preserve parks, each time SAVE THE PARK is downloaded on or before December 31, 2016, the American Express Foundation will donate $1 to NPF, up to $50,000.

Do you think you have what it takes to SAVE THE PARK? If yes, download, play, and share the game with your park-loving friends.

Get details and DOWNLOAD NOW

Game Features:
In this runner-style game, players control two characters – a national park volunteer and a Junior Ranger, who work together in three park environments to complete a range of tasks
  • Run through forest, desert and coastal park environments to: protect animal habitats, plant trees, maintain trails, collect research specimens, help park visitors, and more!
  • Play all four volunteer characters – Environment Champion, Wildlife Lover, Citizen Scientist and Culture Concierge – each representing a different type of volunteer.
  • Learn about the national parks through in-game fun facts.
  • Connect to the site to explore volunteer opportunities in your area.
  • Unlock a collection of socially sharable national park postcards by finding special Easter Eggs
  • Share your game accomplishments with your friends.
 This game is family-friendly, and suitable for all ages.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Brevard ’ s Old Time Street Dances Call for Help

The street dances have been a staple of entertainment in downtown Brevard for many years, and the organizers are now struggling to keep the tradition alive. 

This year, the event is at serious risk of being discontinued, mostly due to a lack of people willing to step up to the plate and take charge of it. On February 22nd , those who have previously been involved in the leadership of the dances met with the Heart of Brevard members at Jaime’s Creole Brasserie. The purpose was to brainstorm an approach for maintaining th is fun community event series. 

Joe Smith, who’s been a major organizer, as well as Treasurer and Caller for the Old Time Street Dances, is at a point where he needs to retire from being involved . He’s hoping to find someone to pass the baton to. Hammond George has also played an important role in the leadership of the dances, and she too is needing to transition out. 

photo courtesy
“Our greatest challenge in moving forward is manpower, ” says George. “The street dances desperately need leadership to guide the processes of permitting, set - up and break down , fundraising, marketing, and even in coordinating experienced dancers to assist the events - not to mention folks to fill those other roles, ” she adds.

While there is funding in place to guide this non - profit series through this coming summer, the finances will need to be renewed if the event is to continue in the future

The Heart of Brevard agreed to assist in transitioning the management of the Old Time Street Dances if someone comes forward to lead the program. HOB is offering assistance in publicizing the event through their network, and will help with insurance and a pool of volunteers. The TDA and City have also been supporting this event, and it is likely that this support will continue. 

The hope is to find interested persons to fulfill the needed roles for the dances to continue. Anyone interested in contributing their time to see the street dances continue, please contact the HeartofBrevard at or 828 - 884 - 3278

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Southern Conference Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments Find a Home in Asheville NC

March 3 - 7, 2016 - The City of Asheville NC is once again the host for the Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Wrestling Tournaments. This year, all of the men’s and women’s games will be played at the U.S. Cellular Center, while Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville will host the Conference Wrestling Championship.

Asheville welcomed the Southern Conference Basketball Championships back to the area in 2012 for the first time since 1995, when the city’s run as tournament host ended after 12 years. The League extended its hosting agreement with Asheville through 2021, which will also be the Southern Conference’s 100-year celebration.

Men's tournament schedule (all times Eastern)

First round // Friday, March 4 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 1 No. 8 Samford vs. No. 9 VMI 5 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 2 No. 7 Mercer vs. No. 10 The Citadel 7:30 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Quarterfinals // Saturday, March 5 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 3 No. 1 Chattanooga vs. Game 1 winner 12 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 4 No. 4 Wofford vs. No. 5 Western Carolina 2:30 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 5 No. 2 ETSU vs. Game 2 winner 6 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 6 No. 3 Furman vs. No. 6 UNCG 8:30 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Semifinals // Sunday, March 6 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 5 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 7:30 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Championship Final // Monday, March 7 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 9 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 9 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN2/WatchESPN // Highlights

Women's tournament schedule (all times Eastern)

Quarterfinals // Thursday, March 3 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 1 No. 1 Mercer vs. No. 8 UNCG 11:30 a.m.* Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 2 No. 4 ETSU vs. No. 5 Furman 1:45 p.m.^ Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 3 No. 2 Chattanooga vs. No. 7 Western Carolina 4 p.m.^ Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 4 No. 3 Samford vs. No. 6 Wofford 6:15 p.m.^ Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
* - Tip-off as part of Education Day program on March 3 and March 4
^ - Denotes approximate game time. The first game on March 3 will have a firm start time. Each game thereafter will start 30 minutes following the conclusion of the preceding game but will not start prior to the listed time.
Semifinals // Friday, March 4 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner 11 a.m.* Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
Game 6 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 1:15 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
* - Tip-off as part of Education Day program on March 3 and March 4
Championship Final // Sunday, March 6 // U.S. Cellular Center // Asheville, N.C.
GameMatchupTimeStats // Press ConferenceVideo // Highlights
Game 7 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 1 p.m. Box Score // Press Conference ESPN3 // Highlights
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Get more information and details on the official SoCon website