July 2018 Around Town

Colorado Rockies Extend Player Development Contract with Asheville Tourists The Colorado Rockies have extended their Player Development Contract with the Asheville Tourists for another two years. This new agreement marks the longest active affiliation between any South Atlantic League team and their Major League affiliate. At the current time, 18 out of the 40 Colorado … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Flat Rock Playhouse Summer Shows The Flat Rock Playhouse’s summer shows promise laughs, mystery, and more for theater-goers of all ages. Clue: The Musical offers a new take on the popular board game, bringing the world’s best-known suspects to life and inviting the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Chihuly at Biltmore Opening May 17, Chihuly at Biltmore will feature the immense glass sculptures of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly. Scattered across the gardens and grounds and inside the Biltmore House itself, the colorful, fantastical pieces will surprise and delight visitors. For the first time Biltmore will host an evening experience in the gardens that … Continued

April 2018 Around Town

On April 7 through 23, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host Spring Awakening, a pediatric patients’ exhibition to benefit Arts For Life, an Asheville-based nonprofit that provides pediatric patients and their families with arts education and engagement opportunities. An opening reception, sponsored by The Hop Ice Cream Café, will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 2-5pm and feature live…

March 2018 Around Town

OpenDoors of Asheville proudly announces its 9th Annual Art Affair to be held Saturday, March 10, at the Event Center at Highland Brewing. The festive evening offers art lovers a unique opportunity to extend their collections while expanding the horizons of young people challenged by poverty. All proceeds directly support OpenDoors’ mission to break the cycle of poverty with local…

February 2018 Around Town

Grovewood Gallery’s annual Holiday Sip & Shop event brought artists and their crafts to the public last December. Local patrons shopped unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists, as well as a large collection of American-made art and craft. Holiday shoppers enjoyed complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies. Local artists Patricia Cotterill (painting) and Karen Kennedy (needle felting) also…

January 2018 Around Town

Blue Spiral 1 has recently facilitated the purchase of April Flanders’ piece Advance, through an anonymous donor, to be given to the Asheville Museum of Science. Advance is comprised of 300 individually designed, printed, and hand-cut pieces. There are 77 invasive species of North America and Hawaii represented. It took approximately 1.5 years for Flanders to complete the work. April was…

December 2017 Around Town

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December every year, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Though there have been advances in the treatment of AIDS and laws put in place to protect…

November 2017 Around Town

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…

October 2017 Around Town

In celebration of American Craft Week, which takes place October 6 through 15, Grovewood Village will offer artist demonstrations by Windsor chairmaker Elia Bizzarri and fiber artist Susan Lenz and will also host open studio art tours on two Saturdays in October. On Saturday, October 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM, Hillsborough Elia Bizzarri, known for his impeccable craftsmanship,…

September 2017 Around Town

Last month marked the opening of the much awaited AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, which McKibbon Hospitality celebrated with previews of Capella on 9 and a ribbon cutting. This new lifestyle hotel features 132 guestrooms, public spaces for informal meetings and collaboration with free Wi-Fi, 2,000 square feet of meeting space that can be divided into two separate rooms and a…

August 2017 Around Town

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…

July 2017 Around Town

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design unveiled a special summer show last month, a collection of weavings that explore the creative process and finding the right way through the wrong avenues. “Many contemporary art exhibitions explore the metaphor of thread and textile,” say curators Carissa Carman and Natalie Campbell. “We wanted to think about weaving in a way that…

June 2017 Around Town

In Asheville, we’re particularly cognizant of what we put in our mouths, which is why the annual ASAP Farm Tour is so popular. This annual event provides an opportunity for the community to explore a host of regional farms, including vineyards like Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, creameries like Spinning Spider Creamery, berry farms like Zimmerman Berry Farm and more traditional…

May 2017 Around Town

BlackBird Frame & Art will host a new exhibition, “Big Little Paintings,” featuring works from the Appalachian Pastel Society. The exhibition takes place May 4 through June 17 with an Opening Reception on May 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Some of the region's best pastel artists will offer up mini-works, all around 9” x 12”, making them both more…

April 2017 Around Town

It’s worth the drive out to Mills River to sample Sierra Nevada’s brews. Now imagine hearty beers from over 50 breweries there too; that’s what we call a festival. The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild has partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. for the second Burly Beer Festival. With Strong brews with bite and bang, from stouts to barleywines to…

March 2017 Around Town

The oddly unique orchid flower is equal parts beautiful and tricky, a notoriously picky plant that makes it all the more lovable. Asheville’s orchid enthusiasts will gather once again at the North Carolina Arboretum’s Education Center March 25 and 26, where world-class orchid growers and breeders and regional societies will exhibit hundreds of beautiful orchids. The Western North Carolina Orchid…

February 2017 Around Town

Biltmore loves to wow us with drama, but never before like in their new exhibition, Designed for Drama! Running February 10 through July 4, 2017, this new exhibition brings together history and Hollywood in Appalachia's most hallowed halls. Designed for Drama displays dozens of beautiful garments and costumes from your favorite literary masterpieces brought to life on the silver screen.…

January 2017 Around Town

Since 2002, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival has brought a different kind of art to Asheville. The event celebrates the peripheries—of art, performance and culture. The annual performing arts festival is held across multiple venues and offers over 30 local and regional artists the opportunity to collaborate across genres and mediums. This year’s festival—the 15th annual celebration of all sorts…

December 2016 Around Town


One decade ago, Talloni opened its doors in Biltmore Park Town Square as a women’s shoe boutique for the fashionably inclined. To celebrate their anniversary, Talloni hosted a Hobo bags “truck show,” where guests could shop the extended collection of Hobo accessories inside the Mobile Hobo Truck, including all the iconic brand’s accessories found at Talloni. As a token of…

November 2016 Around Town


It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year, and in the Blue Ridge that means one thing: Christmas at Biltmore. Visiting the historic and handsome home is always a joy, but never does it look so elegant as during the Christmas season. Beginning November 4th, visit Biltmore and celebrate the beloved traditions of the season with more than 70…

October 2016 Around Town


Back for its eighth year, Asheville’s Art in the Park returned to Pack Square Park for three consecutive Saturdays this June. The marketplace, which features a bevy of local artists and makers, offers a chance for Ashevillians and tourists to take home a piece of handcrafted art. And if you missed the summertime show, fear not; Asheville Art in the…

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Founded in 1975 in Asheville, NC, Earth Fare is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country, with 37 locations across 9 states in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and superior shopping experience. It’s a philosophy that…

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Now in its 50th year, Shindig on the Green is a lasting celebration of mountain music and summertime! For decades, musicians, dancers and enthusiasts from across the Carolina mountains have gathered to enjoy the sounds of bluegrass on Saturdays throughout the summer, basking in warm mountain air and the sound of fiddles and banjos. The shindig itself takes place on…

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During the weekend of May 12-15th, an intergenerational family of 12,000 people joined together upon the beautiful Lake Eden land to experience the power music, art and culture has to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity. The LEAF Festival took place on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College with a stunning mix of rolling hills, lakes,…

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Skillful craftsmen (and women!) gathered at the brand-new Tool Library in Asheville’s South Slope district to formally kick off this exciting new venture. The Tool Library’s mission is to provide tools at low or no cost to citizens and local community organizations; they also opportunities for members to become more deeply engaged in home maintenance bike and automotive repair, garden…

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On March 24th, local organization Open Space Asheville invited friends and neighbors to take a peek around their new building while enjoying delicious food, beverages, and top-notch company. Open Space Asheville is a co-working, education and innovation hub that offers a number of resources to artists, entrepreneurs, techies and nonprofits in the area. Originally located on Haywood Street in West…