Loving the Arts in Asheville

September 15, 2011

Loving the arts in AshevilleHere in Western North Carolina, we love nature, we love apples (the North Carolina Apple Festival was just a few days ago, in fact) and we love art of all kinds.  So, I’m happy to let you know that you’ll have the opportunity to start loving the arts in Asheville over the next couple of weekends with the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Heritage Weekend, Art in Autumn street festival, Heritage Craft Weekend at the NC Arboretum and the Pisgah Mountain Craft Show.

Heritage Weekend – September 17-18, 2011
Folk Art Center (Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway), 11am to 5pm.  Cost: FREE.  In addition to the many heritage craft demonstrations, there will be live traditional mountain music and dancing, including clogging.  Local experts will be on hand to teach you how to whittle, create pottery, beekeeping techniques, basket weaving, wood carving, quilting, blacksmithing and much more.  There are plenty of nice grassy areas to have a beautiful family picnic.  You definitely don’t want to miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition being held on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm.  The Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle is an Appalachian stick toy.  Parking is free, too.  For more information, please call 828-298-7928.

Art in Autumn – September 17, 2011
Main Street, Downtown Weaverville, 10am to 5pm.  Cost: FREE.  For the fifth year in a row, downtown Weaverville plays host to more than 100 local artisans showing off their talents.  But that’s not all!  There will be live bluegrass music (traditional to the great Smoky Mountains) as well as fantastic food to enjoy.  For more info on this event, please email artinautumn@visitweaverville.com.

Heritage Craft Weekend – September 24, 2011
North Carolina Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way), 11am to 4pm.  Arts and crafts created from a wide variety of mediums will be available to view, including those made from local, natural materials as well as recycled materials.  Learn the art of basket making, spinning and weaving as well as enjoy live music.

Pisgah Mountain Craft Show – September 24-25, 2011
Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 410), Pisgah Inn, 10am to 6pm.  Cost: FREE.  Live glassblowing demos, painting and jewelry are just some of what you can expect from 70 of the area’s best and brightest artists and crafts people. 

So, if you enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains and all they have to offer, learn more about what inspires local artists and even become one yourself by attending one of these fun arts and crafts events.  Pretty soon, you’ll be loving the arts in Asheville, too!

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Active Rain blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2507480/loving-the-arts-in-asheville.

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Not yet sure what to do this Sunday, May 9th to honor the mom in your life?  Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate Mother’s Day in Asheville:

25th Anniversary Festival of Flowers – Biltmore House, 9am.  Visit the beautiful Biltmore gardens and see the colors of Spring in all their glory.  Tickets are $60 for adults and $28 for children.

Sunset Terrace Mother’s Day Brunch – The Grove Park Inn & Spa, 10am-3pm.  The brunch includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.  Cost is only $30 plus tax and service charge.  To make a reservation, please call 800-438-5800.

Mother’s Day Grand Buffet – The Grove Park Inn & Spa’s Grand Ballroom and Blue Ridge Dining Room, Grand Ballroom 11am-2:30pm, Blue Ridge Dining Room 11:30am-2:30pm.  Cost is only $36.95 plus tax and service charge.  Please call 800-438-5800 to make your reservation today.

Mother’s Day Buffet – The Grove Park Inn & Spa’s Horizons Dining Room, 11am-3pm.  Cost is $39 per person.  To make your reservation, please call 80-438-5800.

Asheville Community Theatre’s Readers Theater – University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Reuter Center-Manheimer Room, 2:30pm.  The Autumn Players perform readings of great literature that simply cannot be missed.  Tickets are only $5 at the door.  For more info, please call 828-251-6140.

These are just a few suggestions of how to celebrate Mother’s Day in Asheville.  No matter how you do it, make sure that you let that special mother in your life know how great she is this Sunday, May 8th.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist

The Asheville Rotary Club is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 6-10pm at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel (31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC).  Their beach themed “Makin’ Waves” fundraiser will include a live and silent auction, with music and a seafood buffet.  Some of the items available for bidding are concert tickets, tickets for sporting events, vacation packages, golf packages, spa visits, art, wine and food baskets and much, much more.  Tickets are only $50 per person and $95 per couple.  Home Trust Bank, SunTrust, Asheville Savings Bank and Pisgah Community Bank are sponsors of this wonderful event.  Proceeds from the event will help fund Asheville Rotary Club programs, which include giving dictionaries to Buncombe County 3rd graders, paying for WWII vets to fly to Washington DC and, this year, will include packaging 1 million meals for victims of the disaster in Haiti through Stop Hunger Now in April.

For more information about this event, including purchasing tickets, please call 254-3035 or visit the Asheville Rotary Club website.  If you have an item or items you wish to donate to the fundraiser, please email Cindy Causby at cindy.causby@suntrust.com.

If you are able, please consider attending the Asheville Rotary Club Fundraiser this Saturday to help raise money for this fantastic organization.

You will not be bored trying to find things to do in the Hendersonville area this week that include fun for the entire family:

October 16-19: Craft Fair of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  Visit Asheville’s Civic Center from 10am-6pm on Thursday through Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday to peruse the handcrafted items for sale, listen to local musicians play live music and take any of the number of craft classes available for adults and children.

October 17-18: 2nd Annual Raymond Fairchild Mountain Music Jamboree.  Stop by the Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley, NC to enjoy this indoor bluegrass music festival.  With over 800+ comfy seats, it is easy to get up close and personal with the wonderful performers.  Free parking is available and prices range from $25-$65.  For more info, call 828-926-9658.

October 17-18: Carp Fishing Tournament at the Adventure Village.  Each day, the tournament goes from 6pm-midnight.  There is a $40 entry fee with a 75% payback.  Prizes will be awarded for hourly big and small pots as well as the big and small fish for each night.  For more info, please call 828-884-5411.

October 17-18: Blue Ridge Corn Maze “Shock in the Corn” Haunted Maze.  Available on first-come, first-served basis.  For more info, please call 828-884-4415.

October 18-19: 2008 Shepherd’s Care Autumn Festival.  Downtown Lake Lure is hosting over 70 local artists and crafters for this fun crafts fair from 10am-5pm.

October 18-19: Festival of Traditions.  Learn more about the myths and legends of the North Carolina mountains through the tales of Appalachian Storytellers.  There will also be arts, crafts, a picnic lunch and entertainment.  Admission is absolutely FREE!

There are plenty more things to do in the Hendersonville area this weekend.  To find out what else is available, please visit the Hendersonville Calendar of Events.

Asheville is a shining example of the natural beauty that Western North Carolina real estate has to offer.  Its combination of beauty, community pride and friendliness are what have put it on the top of many “Best” lists around the country.  Asheville real estate has been named one of the “top art destinations”, a “New Age Mecca”, one of the “most alive places to be” and the “happiest place for women”, just to name a few.  With over 30 fine art, mountain crafts and folk art galleries in the city as well as several performing arts centers and theaters, it is easy to see why Asheville is a mecca for art and cultural enthusiasts.  People also flock here to enjoy the miles of hiking, fishing, hunting, hot air ballooning and bicycling around God’s green earth.  Asheville is also home to the largest home in America: the Biltmore Estate, hosting visits from a million people every year.  One visit and you will see why so many people called Asheville home.