August 2017 Around Town 1

Dark Night Revue Annual Fundraiser

One of Flat Rock Playhouse’s wonderfully unique traditions, iconic and timeless, Dark Night Revue is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Each summer, the grand tradition of live theater and arts education in Western North Carolina is celebrated with Playhouse patrons, community theatre enthusiasts and the Playhouse Vagabonds. Planned and executed by the volunteer gild, FRP’s Supporting Players work for months to orchestrate all the components of this elite fundraising soiree. The evening is highlighted with special performances, gourmet fare and live and silent auctions. Check out for tickets and details.

Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is gearing up for their annual fundraiser, the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala, to be held September 23rd at the Asheville Event Centre. Linda Gritta’s 36” x 36” abstract, mixed media on canvas entitled “Red is Feeling Brave” was chosen as the 2017 Signature Piece winner in the juried competition. “Red is Feeling Brave” is a dance of reds and it speaks to the chance each of us has to become more and more our true selves with each day we are given. Gritta is a longtime supporter of WNCAP, donating to the Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala for many years, and she was even named the 1st Runner Up in the Signature Piece Competition of 2016. Tickets for the 2017 Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala are $150 and can be purchased at or by calling 828-252-7489. To donate an item to the auction or to be a cash sponsor of the event, please contact Ayana at the number above.

East Side Social Ride

Nothing tastes better after a long, sweaty bike ride than a cold beer. Highland Brewing Company makes your dreams come true with their East Side Social Ride. Combining brews with exercise has been trending for years, from yoga to running, but this Social Ride is special. Decked in helmets and lights, bikers gather at Highland Brewing at 6 p.m. for a no-drop, easy paced 12 to 15 mile road ride, followed by fresh brews. If running’s your sport, visit the brewery on Wednesdays.

Speaking of Gardening Symposium

On August 11 and 12, the Southern Highland Folk Art Center plants a garden of plenty for the year to come at the Speaking of Gardening Symposium. Now in its 19th year, this annual symposium for horticultural professionals and garden enthusiasts features inspiring lectures, book signings, plant auctions and more. This year’s speakers include landscape architect and author Thomas Rainer, Director of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens Patrick McMillan and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm Roy Diblik. Register at

Tim Barnwell at Grovewood Gallery

Grovewood Gallery will be hosting a book signing with renowned Appalachian photographer and author Tim Barnwell on Friday, August 4 from 11 am to 4 pm. Barnwell’s career has spanned more than 30 years as a professional photographer and photography instructor, including eight years as Executive Director of the nationally recognized Appalachian Photographic Workshops. He is one of the most published photographers in the South and has been a principal or contributing photographer to dozens of books and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, National Parks and House Beautiful. Tim’s work can also be found in the permanent collections of major art museums, notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, the High Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art.