The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina. Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements. Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War.
This year’s CONDOM COUTURE is all about YOU!
For the first time, you will get to vote on your favorite design for a chance to win Audience Favorite. We will also honor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd runners up. The prizes will be followed by a silent auction where you have a chance to purchase the designs!
My vision started many years ago and came to fruition when my partner, Andrew, bought his farm, Ashe’ Spring. We live together on the farm and are in the process of creating a homesteading environment.
UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP) has added new workshops with new faculty to its spring semester lineup of workshops for local writers of all levels. Joining Tommy Hays, Megan Shepherd, Heather Newton, Katherine Soniat and other popular GSWP faculty, will be newcomers Meta Commerse of Story Medicine Asheville, and Dale Neal, formerly of Asheville Citizen-Times. Classes in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and more will be offered in community locations in Asheville, Hendersonville and Burnsville. Classes range from five to 15 weeks.
It’s such an exciting time! We are moving to the Refinery Creator Space at 207 Coxe Avenue. It’s 15,000 square feet and creates a home to ten individual artist entrepreneurs and five community organizations.
The Museum is undergoing an exciting transformation, with major construction about to begin on the New Asheville Art Museum! The Museum’s 2 S. Pack Square location will temporarily close beginning October 31 to allow for major construction and to keep our Permanent Collection safe and secure.
We’ll be busy packing up during the month of November, and in December we are opening a small Pop-Up Museum, which will house our gift shop, a rotating intimate exhibition gallery and an education studio, at 175 Biltmore Avenue: The Asheville Art Museum On the Slope. It will also serve as the temporary offices for our staff.
As we enter this time of transition, we are excited to continue an active schedule of programming for all ages off-site with community partners across WNC. We’ll keep you updated on all the activity in our e-newsletters, online calendar, Facebook and Instagram.
As we Make It New, you will have plenty of opportunities to Make It Yours!
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Members are vital to our continued success during this historic time in the Museum’s history! Just as our Museum will be transforming, so will our Membership Program. We have exciting “Make It Yours” discount opportunities available to current members and new members who sign up in the next few months. Questions about membership during our transition? Click here to learn more, or contact Joanna Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.253.3227, ext. 117.
Asheville’s artists and entertainers shape the soul of this community. Our stage is expansive, spilling out the stage doors and onto sidewalks, into verdant parks and summer meadows, and large enough to accommodate a regular cast of all ages all year long. No matter what sparks your interest—be it Shakespeare or Sketch Comedy, Gershwin or Garage Rock, Ballet or Bluegrass—our spotlights and streetlamps will ignite your passion no matter what form it takes. There’s a show about to start. Discover the power of performance. Let LiveWire light the way.
2 Hour Walking Tour of the River Arts District, Asheville – Get the behind the scenes experience! This tour visits a variety of studios, some of which have multiple artists working out of them. Get the insider look into the River Arts District. Your tour will be led by an artist who works inside the River Arts District, to give you a more personal experience. These are small intimate tours with a maximum of 6 adults and a minimum of 2 adults.
Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, founded in 1985, is a volunteer-based community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region. HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most active theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals from its home, The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal. Click here for seasonal shows Haywood Arts Regional Theater
Since 2000, cellist Yo-Yo Ma has brought together musicians from all over the world with his Silk Road project.
Video of the performance after the screening by part of The Silk Road Ensemble. The concert on YouTube The Trailer for the Music of Strangers Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott – Ave Maria (J.S. Bach/ Gounod)
Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm
CHARLIE LOVETT presents LOST BOOK OF THE GRAIL
Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the oldest and largest club for bibliophiles in North America. His latest novel combines a love of books, mystery and history. Set in a fictional English cathedral City, the protagonist, Arthur Prescott, buries himself in studying the Holy Grail until a woman upends his solitary life and, together, they begin their own quest for the truth.
Duo Vela’s goal is to transport audiences to distant lands by playing music from many cultures, displaying the beauty of diversity that exists in the world.
Do You Seek the Grail?
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What Are Grateful Steps?
The name “Grateful Steps” emerges from a life of witnessing miracles and experiencing great love of family and friends. As the world evolves, people are increasingly aware of the power of gratitude. It is a way of being in the world, a way that reminds us to take things “one step at a time” and to be grateful for every step we are able to take, even through the most challenging landscape.
Who Are We?
Grateful Steps is a nonprofit publisher of all voices, all faiths, all cultures. We have a Christian philosophy but we are not a religious publisher. We are here to help others tell their stories, rather than get other people to live ours. The first title we published, in fact, was a novel about the troubled romance between a Jewish woman and Muslim man, The Other Half of My Soulby Bahia Abrams. Being an independent publisher means carrying the responsibility of amplifying as many voices as we can. For this reason, Grateful Steps considers all writers (provided a work is not rooted in hatred toward any one group of people) and helps them bring their book in excellent form into the world. Some books come to us ready to go. Others take years to find their fully imagined state. Grateful Steps editors work with authors until the books are the best possible reflection of the creative spirit in the author and in the living world. Visit our online store to see our wonderful books. Visit our Website: Grateful Steps
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MISSION of THE BLOCK off biltmore
To be a place for people to converge in order to build community and inclusive friendships between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing magic happens.
Radical magic is created through a compassionate, comfortable, cruelty-free atmosphere, along with music, art, spoken word, film and other conscious, value-driven events. Fun, laughter, friendship, unity, empowerment and action are the ultimate byproducts.
We have a lot of exciting & enjoyable types of events at THE BLOCK off biltmore. Stay tuned to our website and please sign up for our e-newsletter (see bottom of webpage) to stay up to date. See you soon!
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MAGNETIC THEATRE is a not-for-profit production company that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with enthusiastic audiences. We are proud to be the only professional theatre in the southeast (that we know of) dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country.
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