Warren Haynes' epic annual music marathon, Christmas Jam, returned with more riffs and rock than ever before in 2017. The Jam has raised more than $2 million for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and helped 36 families in need of affordable housing.
Western Carolina Rescue Ministries in association with Judd Builders held the first annual nonprofit Christmas Gala. The Gala featured New York Times best-selling author, Ron Hall, author of the book Same Kind of Different As Me, which tells the life-changing experiences in a Rescue Mission.
Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call home. The 6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser focused on the homeless population and those in crisis in our community, supporting five local nonprofits (Homeward Bound of WNC, Caring for Children, Helpmate, Eliada Home, and ABCCM's Transformation Village).
The Inaugural Beaverdam Studio Tour included 24 artists who demonstrated their crafts and chatted with visitors. Visit BeaverDamStudioTour.com for a list of sponsors and info about the artists. Mark your calendar for next year: October 27 + 28, 2018.
Congregation Beth HaTephila held their annual festival with over 30 Jewish organizations and vendors. An amazing assortment of Jewish food was sold (over 500 pounds of pastrami and corned beef alone!) to the 5,000 attendees, who also enjoyed Jewish music and dancing.
Named best Oktoberfest in America by Conde Nast Traveler, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is one of the brewery’s most beloved events. Thousands of revelers gathered beneath the big tent at the brewery for steins of beer, a Bavarian feast, live music, dancing, costumes, contests, and more.
Asheville Lifestyle Magazine Inaugural Fall Fashion Show took place at Capella on Nine. Attendees, decked in their chicest whites, wiled the night away with champagne and fantastic fashion. The event raised nearly $8,000 for Children First of Buncombe County.
With our partners at the AHBA, Asheville Lifestyle hosted the Second Annual Curated Home Tour. Six lucky readers won the grand prize day tour and afterwords celebrated at the reception with great food, live music and amazing beer, all at the gorgeous Southcliff reception area!
48 people rappelled down a downtown highrise with Over the Edge in support of the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, which serves older adults and their caregivers in Buncombe County with the mission to help adults age with choice. Edgers raised $49,697.
The 19th Big Crafty featured 165 select artists, an indigo-dying activity hosted by the Asheville Area Arts Council, kid's activities hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, music from Chikomo Marimba and a visit from Street Creature Puppets.
In partnership with long-time collaborator Alan Muskat of Asheville's No Taste Like Home foraging tours, Katie Button and her Nightbell team prepared a five-course meal + welcome cocktail for up 16 guests using wild foods gathered locally.
The annual ASAP Farm Tour returned in 2017 with new experiences! Participants were able to visit a number of new farms that have never been on the Tour before, and favorite farms offered new opportunities for kids of all ages.
This international dance festival returned with more acts than ever and dancers from across the globe, including Russia, the Netherlands, Argentina and Taiwan. The 10 days festival took over venues across Waynesville and the region for performances of all types.
The Annual Asheville Triathlon is a local favorite, multi-sport event for the entire community! The Asheville Triathlon is part of the TRI LOCAL effort to encourage our local community to support and try a triathlon for the first time.
More than 275 arts supporters joined the Asheville Art Museum for its 2017 Benefit Gala, TIME WARP, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, which raised more than $190,000, supporting the Museum’s ability to inspire individuals through dynamic experiences in American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Wild horses couldn't drag us away from our Second Annual Derby Party! The shindig, which raised over $8,000 for Our Voice, took place on the rooftop of the Capital Club with breathtaking views, delectable hors d'oeuvres from Travinia, a rousing auction and a viewing of the Kentucky Derby.
The newly founded Greater West Asheville Centennial Lions Charter gathered for Charter Night. The group of varied professionals is excited about the opportunity to serve our community through the Lions' traditions of service and expanding to meet emerging global needs, including Vision, Hunger, Environment, Pediatric Cancer and Diabetes.
The Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter hosted its Inaugural Memory Gala this spring. The organization raised nearly $110,000 to fuel Alzheimer's Association mission-related initiatives of care, support and research! For more information on the Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina.
The 7th Annual Run for the Paws welcomed 500 participants and over 200 dogs to New Belgium Brewing! The event included a 5K, one mile walk and a lawn festival with activities for the whole family. All proceeds benefitted the animals of Brother Wolf.
Oskar Blues' Loaded Up and Truckin' Food Truck-off + Aural Pleasure Fest rang in spring with hot eats and sweet sounds. The food truck festival and competition came with plenty of live music, including indie favorite Dr. Dog.
cIt's the time of year when vacation gets on the brain. The inescapable urge to get out of town and out of the routine for a little while. This issue, we wanted to focus on two other towns in the Southeast, one of which has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to visit, while the other is quickly developing…
The biannual festival inspired by the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart included more than 60 events in 40 venues. Organized by the Asheville Symphony, the 2017 festival featured musical comedians, a signature beer from Highland, a community sing-along, top-notch orchestral and chamber performances, and internationally renowned violinist Midori.
The Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate is a wonderful opportunity for people to run in America's largest backyard and experience beautiful views that are not usually accessible. This year the Asheville Marathon brought in nearly 2250 participant from 47 states and five countries. Photography by Paul Jackson Photography
Drag Queen Bingo, which benefits the animals of Brother Wolf, expanded this year to include two nights—bingo and trivia—and was hosted by New York's Lady Bunny. This uniquely Asheville event was attended by over 1500 people, many of whom came dressed in their own colorful costumes to match the entertainers!
The 25th Annual Lelia Patterson Center Frostbite Races had a wonderful turnout. Bringing in over 400 participants, this event never fails to give the community an opportunity to be active and connect with others through a family-friendly run! Photography by John Neff Photography
The 15th annual Our Voice Survivors’ art show was wonderfully attended this year. As featured artist, Anne Heck displayed her healing dolls and told her arduous journey of healing. Inspirational song, dance and poetry filled the night, which ended with the St. John Baptist choir's sweet and uplifting melodies.
Brother Wolf's annual fundraiser, Paws to Give, celebrates the accomplishments of the year and presents opportunities for donors to support the animals with a live auction and silent auction. This year's event featured a plated dinner catered by The Venue and live entertainment by Rococo Ballroom dancers Meghan and Jake.
RiverLink held the third annual Of Time and the River art show and benefit at the historic Zealandia mansion, high atop Beaucatcher Mountain. Asheville's premier landscape painters showcased work focusing on the French Broad to celebrate the river’s rise from polluted obscurity to the defining element of our town.
During the River Arts District Studio Stroll, Jonas Gerard painted an abstract, 8’ x 24’ mural. The public was invited to watch the expressive artist at work and there was a full house at Jonas’ gallery and studio at Riverview Station. Jonas has donated the artwork to CarePartners of Asheville.
The River Arts District Farmers Market held their annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser at All Souls Pizza with the end of the season this fall. The meal was prepared by All Souls Chef Brendan Reusing and Farm and Sparrow Master Baker David Bauer. Live music was provided by Leo Johnson.
Every state park is holding a special event during 2016 as part of the Centennial of State Parks, but this one seemed special as park rangers and guests from across the state made their way to the 6,684-foot summit where it all began at Mount Mitchell.
WCU's Annual Mountain Heritage Day celebrated the traditions of the mountains with mountain music, clogging, storytelling, living-history demonstrations like blacksmithing and banjo-making, Cherokee cultural activities like popular stickball games and fun competitions like chainsaw contests.
Brewgrass Festival 2016 culminated twenty years of celebrating great craft beer from local, regional and national breweries as well as amazing bluegrass music. Each year, the festival is proud to donate a portion of proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.
Asheville Lifestyle Magazine hosted a fabulous affair at the Anoff's house this fall to celebrate their cover feature in our Matters of the Home Issue. Asheville's finest came out for hors d'oeuvre, local beer and wine and live music. PHOTOGRAPHY Michelle Jackson
For almost 30 years, the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala has been a mainstay in WNC, an evening of good wine, fine food and great art to benefit Case Management Services, care, education and outreach needed to manage and prevent new HIV/AIDS infections locally.
The 35th Annual Parade of Homes was celebrated at the Asheville Home Builders Association's Fall Awards Galal. With 40 Homes open during the Parade of Homes, 13 Builder Companies took home 22 awards presented in a variety of categories. For information on all the award-winning builders and companies, visit ParadeofHomesAsheville.com.
McKibbon Hospitality announced the conversion of the BB&T building into the Arras, a new luxury hotel. A crowd gathered at Posana, whose owners will partner with McKibbon on two new restaurants within the hotel.
Asheville Eye Associates’ 4th Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk is a community wellness event which benefits IronGirls, a nonprofit designed to help girls navigate the complex transitions of adolescence by utilizing a physical fitness program to teach life skills in a safe and supportive environment.
On August 11th, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design celebrated its 20th Anniversary with over 350 guests. It was a fantastic evening with interactive art installations, music and local food and drink collaborations that raised nearly $100,000 to support CCCD's national grants, contemporary exhibitions and free public programs.
The Ruffed Grouse Society, a devoted group of grouse and woodcock hunters who support national conservation efforts to ensure the future of the species, held their 30th Annual Southern Appalachian Chapter Banquet at the Crest Center and Pavilion. A beautiful rainbow stood spectator over this spectacular event!
The Family Justice Center of Buncombe County celebrated their grand opening this August with inspirational speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Center offers a safe space for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
Highland Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual Night Flight race raised over $15,000 for the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. Over 600 runners came out for the 4.5-mile race and the post-race party, which included an awards ceremony on Highland’s new Rooftop Patio and a DJ dance party.