Friday, April 18, 2014

See Biltmore in Bloom for Easter Weekend

 Spring has dressed the Biltmore grounds in bright colors ready for the Easter Weekend. The featured flower is the tulip, at peak this week. Their bright, nodding heads blanket Biltmore's gardens in yellows, pinks, reds, oranges, and more. Plan your spring visit today and get the current BEST PRICES on Biltmore tickets.

See everything that's blooming at Biltmore with their  Weekly Bloom Report.  You can also brighten up your computer's desktop by downloading our digital wallpaper, featuring the flower of the week.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Asheville's Easter on the Green FREE for Visitors and Locals

April 19   Easter on the Green    An annual FREE family-friendly event in the heart of downtown Asheville. Traditional activities include age-specific Easter egg hunts, races, giant inflatables, Bounce house, music, entertainment, giveaways and more. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and receive a golden egg filled with a prize. A professional photographer will take a family photo that can be downloaded for free.

Find more Easter events on the NC Events Calendar.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Asheville Wild and Scenic Film Festival

April 15   Asheville Wild and Scenic Film Festival   The Western North Carolina Alliance invites the community to the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. For nearly a decade, the festival has been touring the country and this year the festival will make its third annual appearance in Western North Carolina featuring a selection of short films that put our world and yourself into the broader environmental and social context and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

Free raffle ticket with entry, door prizes, food and drinks available for purchase, speakers. Raffle prizes include rafting trips, 6 - 9 PM.

Find more Asheville events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.  


Friday, April 11, 2014

Diana Wortham Theatre Dinner Deals

Before or after enjoying a performance or event at The Diana Wortham Theatre, make a complete evening of it with DWT's Dinner Deals:

Pack's Tavern: 15% off your meal

Posana Café: 3 courses for $30

STORM Rhum Bar & Bistro: 15% off your meal

Writer's Bistro at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel: 15% off your meal

Learn more about DWT's Dinner Deals HERE

The Diana Wortham Theatre is located at 2 South Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Pedrito Martinez Group Performs at the Diana Wortham Theatre

April 11, 8 PM at The Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square in downtown Asheville NC : The Pedrito Martinez Group. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind Afro-Cuban ensemble whose shows have ignited a devoted fan base including Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, and Wynton Marsalis. Some tickets remain for this sizzlin' hot band that The New York Times describes as "…complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk."

The Pedrito Martinez Group in review: "International shipping — Meet the Latin music revitalizers of New York" -Raleigh's INDY Week

"Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguanc√≥ into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing and writing are the focus — as is the case in his new band which plays complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk — he’s an incomparable performer." -The New York Times

NC Beer Month Event: Hop’n Blueberry Farm Tours

April 12    Beer Month Event: Hop’n Blueberry Farm Tours   Learn about a variety of hops and how they are grown and managed. Then enjoy a sample of beer made with these varieties from Lookout Brewery, just three miles from the farm.

After the Hops farm tour, tour Lookout Brewery and see how beer is made and enjoy their tasting room in Black Mountain. Tours will be offered every Saturday in April starting at 2 PM at the farm. For tickets, call 828-664-1166.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt at the Fletcher Community Park this Weekend

April 12   Fletcher Easter Egg Hunt   This annual Easter Egg Hunt is held at the Fletcher Community Park for children ages walker to 11. The event is filled with eggs and fun with the Easter Bunny and sponsored by Fletcher Parks & Recreation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Asheville Open Air Market this Weekend

April 12  The Asheville City Open Air Market will be open at the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville NC and Town Square Blvd in Biltmore Park Town Square (Wednesdays, 1 PM - 5 PM) . Find the the freshest, best-tasting food around and local artisan products in two locations for your convenience, downtown and South Asheville.EBT, credit, and debit cards are accepted.

Additional activities include live music, cooking demonstrations and food tastings from local chefs. The little ones will enjoy the
Growing Minds @ Market (June, July, August), and more. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

UNC Asheville Hosts 30th Annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar

April 17 at at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium: Economic Crystal Ball Seminar. Noted economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the business and financial outlook for the coming year.

The seminar, sponsored by the UNC Asheville Economics Department and Parsec Financial, begins with a 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by the speakers at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer period at 8 p.m. The seminar takes place at Lipinsky Auditorium on campus and is free and open to the public.

The economic outlook portion of the program will focus on inflation, employment, interest rates, the strength of the dollar and housing market. The financial outlook presentation will explore the implications of Federal Reserve policy for financial markets. Various investments will be addressed, with an emphasis on interest rates and the bond market.  Read more...

This information is provided by Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit online news service, providing Western North Carolina with unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting as well as educational opportunities to journalists, students and others. Make a Donation HERE.

Highland Brewing Company Community Night

April 3, 4 PM - 8 PM at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC: Community Night. The Brewing Company will donate $1.00 of every pint sold to Loving Food Resources.

LFR started in Asheville by three individuals in 1991 to address the food insecurity issues faced by people living with HIV/AIDS. In 1996, they expanded their services to any person receiving home Hospice care regardless of diagnosis. LFR is the only "self select" food pantry addressing the issue of food security or hunger in the HIV/AIDS or home Hospice communities in Western North Carolina. LFR continues to do this work as a 100% volunteer non-profit organization.

Highland Brewing Company opened in December 1994, using almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment. The original brewery in downtown Asheville could produce up to 6,500 barrels of beer per year. Now located at a new location on the outskirts of Asheville, they have capacity to brew over 50,000 barrels annually with room to grow. Until 1998,  beer was available only in kegs and hand-filled 22-oz. bottles.  That year a four-head bottling machine was added, which enabled packaging in 12-oz. bottles. In 2002, a used Krones bottling line was installed, capable of filling 7,200 12-oz. bottles per hour. Today beer is brewed twice daily, four days per week, and demand continues to exceed supply.