November 2017 Around Town 1

Craft in Toyland

Craft in Toyland opens on Saturday, November 18 at Grovewood Gallery, just in time for the holidays. This group exhibition will showcase handcrafted toys and games—all American made! Also on display will be a collection of antique wooden toys from the heyday of Tryon Toy Makers & Wood Carvers, on loan from Tryon, North Carolina resident Rick Dunn. An opening reception will take place on November
18 from 2 to 5 PM, free and open to the public. This show will remain on view through December 31, 2017.

Craft in Toyland will feature works by 10 artists and craftspeople from across the country, including toys by local makers Paul Frehe, Greg Krolick, Sarah Owen, and Alicia Williams of Heartwood Rocking Horses. This exhibit will also showcase works by Julia Calhoun, Elizabeth Swing of Emergolde, Joe Godfrey, Delilah Iris, Lumpy Buttons, and Wolfum. All handcrafted toys and games will be available for sale, with the exception of Rick Dunn’s collection of antique toys.

Christmas at Biltmore

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Asheville, especially at our most palatial estate. The 43rd Christmas at Biltmore, which begins November 3rd, returns with more glitz, Gilded Age glamor and lights than ever before for A Vanderbilt Christmas. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt chose the holiday season as the time to unveil his new home to family and friends. This year’s Christmas at Biltmore promises another extravagant celebration, complete with dozens of Christmas trees and miles of ribbon, garland and lights. Festive menus in the restaurants and holiday wine tastings make for a memorable visit.

Candlelight, firelight and live music bring holiday warmth to Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday décor during their holiday nighttime tours. Now in its 34th cycle, Candlelight Christmas Evenings include a self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens, Antler Hill Village and Biltmore Winery. Evening guests can also take advantage of Antler Hill Village & Winery to enjoy free wine tastings. Advanced reservations are required for evening visits.

Taste of Asheville

This year’s Taste of Asheville, hosted annually by Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), will be on Thursday, November 16th at The Venue. This annual fundraiser features food from 40 local restaurants, as well as wine tasting and beer tasting from local breweries and others from around the world. Since its inception, Taste of Asheville has become the premier tasting event, a place for local restaurants to test new creations and popularize ideas. Tickets can be purchased online at