Staff Writer – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:32:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 The 22nd Annual Brewgrass Festival Postponed Due to Hurricane Florence http://ashevilleblog.com/22nd-annual-brewgrass-festival-postponed-due-hurricane-florence/ http://ashevilleblog.com/22nd-annual-brewgrass-festival-postponed-due-hurricane-florence/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 13:18:36 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11791 The Annual Event is Rescheduled for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station

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The Annual Event is Rescheduled for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station

After several hours of deliberation, the producers of the 22nd annual Brewgrass Festival officially rescheduled the event due to the current forecast regarding Hurricane Florence. This decision — the result of consulting Asheville city officials and the ever changing weather reports — was made not only to ensure the safety of those potentially traveling to the event from out of town but also to give brewery partners in harm’s way the chance to focus on preparing for the approaching storm. Co-founder of the event Eddie Dewey, owner of Dewey Property Advisors, said that after 21 years of this festival, it is of utmost importance that safety take precedence in this situation.

“Brewgrass is the longest running beer festival in Western North Carolina. We love that once-a-year we get to come together and celebrate North Carolina’s ever growing beer scene. But it is difficult to think that we may be celebrating with beer and music while some of our brewery partners are in harm’s way. We have breweries in Charleston telling us they need to stay home and prepare. We also have breweries in Raleigh wondering if they are going to get a foot of rain or more. A category 4 hurricane that hits Wilmington is only two hours south of Raleigh. How do we ask these people to travel through that weather?  Even if Asheville is spared high winds and heavy rains, most of our state won’t be so lucky.”

Instead of canceling the event, the festival producers decided to reschedule Brewgrass for October 27th, 2018 at the Salvage Station along the French Broad River in Asheville. Although a smaller venue, the space will provide for a more intimate event. The event producers are in contact with the bands to determine if they are able to reschedule as well.

“We haven’t been able to confirm with all of the bands if they can join us for the new date,” said Dewey. “But we should know in the next day or two and a band who can’t join us will be replaced with another, similar act.”

On Tuesday, September 11th, an email will be sent out to those who already bought tickets and  media outlets will be alerted about the change in plans. Any ticket purchased for the 22nd annual Brewgrass on September 15th will automatically be transferred to the new date in October. Anyone unable to make the new October 27th date should reach out to the organization for a full refund. Brewgrass Festival apologies for any inconvenience this change in plans causes. For more information, please visit www.brewgrassfestival.com

 

About Brewgrass Festival

About Brewgrass Festival Founded in 1996, Brewgrass Festival is Asheville’s original craft beer event promoting local, regional, and national breweries while raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. North Carolina is now home to over 100 breweries and brewpubs, and since those early days, Asheville, NC has formed a burgeoning beer scene — even reigning as “Beer City USA” four years in a row. Brewgrass Festival is proud to donate a portion of all proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, a United Way Organization.

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New Front Entrance Opens at WNC Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/new-front-entrance-opens-wnc-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-front-entrance-opens-wnc-nature-center/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:26:02 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11799 The WNC Nature Center will welcome guests into their new front entrance beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The Center will be closed to guests on Tuesday, September 11th in preparation.

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The WNC Nature Center will welcome guests into their new front entrance beginning Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The Center will be closed to guests on Tuesday, September 11th in preparation.

“We’re excited to offer this enhanced guest experience to our visitors,” said Chris Gentile, Director of the WNC Nature Center. “The new front entrance will allow us to better serve our growing number of guests with smoother check in, enhanced parking, a separate entrance for school groups and the use of the Festiva Event Plaza for events.”

The WNC Nature Center broke ground on the front entrance project in 2017. Improvements include handicapped parking and ramp, sidewalks through parking for safety, new guest restrooms, an events plaza, and new exhibits. Guests will now be able to enter the Center’s main grounds through the barn area where they can visit the new chicken habitat, Virginia the opossum, and more.

The Center will be open for normal business hours, 10am-5pm, on Wednesday, September 12th. The first 50 families in the door will receive a free water bottle from the Friends of the WNC Nature Center to celebrate the opening of the new front entrance. A ribbon cutting event will follow on Saturday,

December 1st at 11am during the Nature Center’s popular Winter’s Tail event. This project was funded in part by the City of Asheville, and by the Friends of the WNC Nature Center with support from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s Tourism Product Development Fund, and from Festiva. Other contributors to the project include charitable foundations, businesses, and many generous individual donors.

Friends of the WNC Nature Center 

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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Celebrating 10 Years of Taste: Taste of Asheville returns Nov. 15 http://ashevilleblog.com/celebrating-10-years-taste-taste-asheville-returns-nov-15/ http://ashevilleblog.com/celebrating-10-years-taste-taste-asheville-returns-nov-15/#respond Mon, 10 Sep 2018 13:22:15 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11796 Asheville’s biggest culinary event celebrates its 10th Anniversary of bold flavors and palate pleasers.

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Asheville’s biggest culinary event celebrates its 10th Anniversary of bold flavors and palate pleasers.

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) hosts the 2018 Taste of Asheville: Taste & Tunes Thursday, Nov. 15 at The Venue in downtown Asheville.

“We are always excited to celebrate the culinary diversity and ‘flavor’ of Asheville’s independent restaurants,” said Jane Anderson, AIR executive director. “We like to say that AIR is food in Asheville, and this event is our signature appetizer.”

 From award-winning southern cuisine to bold new worldly flavors, the Taste of Asheville brings over 40 of Asheville’s famed independent restaurants together for an unforgettable evening of sampling small bites, craft beverages, spirits and vintners.

“One of AIR’s most distinguishing features is the collaboration between local chefs, farmers, distillers and brewers,” Anderson said. “This collaboration of Asheville’s culinary spirit is truly brought to life at the Taste of Asheville in the selection of our local foods that pair well with local beverages.”

For the 10th Anniversary, AIR teamed up with the Asheville Buskers Collective to highlight the city’s celebrated street musicians.

“Attendees not only have the opportunity to taste 40 different restaurants and beverage makers, but now can enjoy the local sounds of our city’s incredible music scene in our partnership with the Asheville Buskers Collective,” Anderson said.

This event is also one of the largest fundraisers of the year to support the work of the AIR, which in turn supports the 120 members of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association.

VIP tickets (early admission at 6 p.m.) are $100; general admission tickets ( admission at 7 p.m.) are $75. Find out more information and purchase tickets at https://airasheville.org/air-events/taste-of-asheville/

ABOUT AIR

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association is a group of over 120 locally owned, independent restaurants that serve the flourishing food scene of the Asheville, NC. As the largest organization of independent restaurants in the country, AIR is dedicated to keeping Asheville’s food scene eclectic, authentic and flavorful. This diverse community of restaurants and restaurateurs range from large to small and fine to casual dining, each bringing their own personality and talents to our vibrant mountain city.

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Must-Visit Places on the East Coast http://ashevilleblog.com/must-visit-places-east-coast/ http://ashevilleblog.com/must-visit-places-east-coast/#respond Tue, 28 Aug 2018 20:47:14 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11767 Stretching all the way from the icy, snow capped peaks of Canada to the breezy beaches of Florida, the American East Coast is one of the most diverse places on earth that you can visit. Here are some of the sites that you absolutely cannot miss when traveling on the East Coast: 

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Stretching all the way from the icy, snow capped peaks of Canada to the breezy beaches of Florida, the American East Coast is one of the most diverse places on earth that you can visit. Here are some of the sites that you absolutely cannot miss when traveling on the East Coast: 

Virginia

Virginia is perhaps surprisingly incredibly diverse and unique. It has something to offer everyone, from majestic mountain ranges and breathtaking views to serene and family-friendly beaches. It is also one of the oldest states in the United States, and the birthplace of the most number of American presidents, making it a must-visit place for any history buff.

Colonial Williamsburg is one of the top places to visit in Virginia for those who want to learn more about the history of the United states. The living history museum is a popular tourist destination and sees thousands of visitors annually. There is much to see and do here, from observing blacksmiths, apothecaries and weavers at work, to participating in an 18th century style court session. The historic district offers plenty to explore, even at night, which you can do when you book at tour with https://colonialghosts.com/. 

Colonial Williamsburg is known for being a key location during the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, but what not many people may know is that it is also one of the most haunted historical sites in the United States. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, it has seen its fair share of violence and tragedy. Colonial Ghosts, widely considered the top ghost tour of Colonial Williamsburg, explores the district’s tragic past, and familiarizes guests with the mysteries that surround it to this day.

New York

One of the most famous and busiest cities in the entire world, New York is full to the brim of sights, sounds, smells and tastes. It is a melting pot of culture, and a vibrant, perpetually buzzing city, earning it the nickname the “City that Never Sleeps.” 

Everyone is familiar with its internationally-recognized landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn bridge, and Central Park, but there are so many more places of interest you cannot miss when you visit New York. No visit is complete without dropping by Times Square, a major commercial intersection and entertainment center dubbed the “Center of the Universe.” It is the hub of the Broadway District, where you can catch award-winning shows and moving performances you won’t easily forget. 

New York is also home to several acclaimed museums, including the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art (fondly known as the Met,) Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA,) and the American Museum of Natural History. Each one of these museums has been featured in movies and are renowned in their own right. Browsing their hundreds of galleries and exhibits alone will take up a day or two of your visit, and will likely give you a deeper sense of appreciation for art and learning 

Florida

Miami, much like New York, is rich in history and culture, and is extremely lively and dynamic. It combines the busyness and activity of New York with wonderful, warm weather and gorgeous, white sand beaches. Miami hosts some of the hottest parties and a sizzling nightlife. 

Despite this, Florida is also very kid-friendly. It is home to three of the most famous amusement parks in the United States, namely Universal Orlando, Magic Kingdom and of course, Walt Disney World. These popular tourist destinations will give you and your family hours of entertainment and keep you occupied for days.

 Even if you visit Florida primarily for the theme parks, don’t forget to make time for some “quieter” activities, such as snorkeling or exploring one of the many art museums in the area. Florida is a center for beauty, both natural and manmade, and it is a must to take some time to appreciate it when you go to visit.

These are just three of the states that make up the varied East Coast. There are plenty of locales in between that can offer you memorable sights and experiences. Everyone should travel to the East Coast at least once in their lives; don’t miss out and plan your trip today.

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Asheville BARNAROO 2018 at Franny’s Farm September 28-30 http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-barnaroo-2018-frannys-farm-september-28-30/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-barnaroo-2018-frannys-farm-september-28-30/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 21:16:38 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11777 Asheville BARNAROO is celebrating 6 years at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC September 28th-30th, featuring non-stop music over 38 acres for 3 days. AVL BARNAROO was started by Asheville Native Andrew Scotchie and friends in 2009 in Weaverville NC.

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Asheville BARNAROO is celebrating 6 years at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC September 28th-30th, featuring non-stop music over 38 acres for 3 days. AVL BARNAROO was started by Asheville Native Andrew Scotchie and friends in 2009 in Weaverville NC.  Teenagers then, Scotchie built AVL Barnaroo out of a necessity to perform in front of their peers and support the Asheville music scene.  Since then, the festival has grown into an eclectic staple of the NC festival scene, been ranked into the top 3 camping festivals in WNC by Mountain Xpress Magazine readers and featured nationally touring acts as well as grammy nominated artists.  Barnaroo’s goal is to give back to the youth music community through Asheville Music School. The Festival is an ALL WEEKEND event with optional camping. New to this year will be Sunday “Youth Music Day” featuring Asheville Music School ensembles of all ages and “rise and shine open mic” hosted by Odyssey High School starting at 10 am. 

The music lineup this year features bands from all over the nation.  From blues,  funk and soul to experimental Appalachian roots music, this years lineup proves to be the most musically diverse yet.  Saturday Sept 29th headliner Eric Gales is perhaps one of the most admired rock/fusion guitar players in the industry today.  Modern blues icon Joe Bonamassa has even said “he is one of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”.  It’s well documented that Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of his latest,  Middle of the Road and a host of other collaborations, one of which led him to work with producer Fabrizio Grossi (Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Ice T, Leslie West, Slash, Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Paul Stanley, Supersonic Blues Machine).  

Friday Sept 28th 

Gates open at 1pm.  Music begins at 6 pm 

Bands performing on Friday September 28th include: 

Saturday Sept 29th 

Gates open at 10 am.  Music from noon to 11 pm 

Bands performing on Saturday Sept 29th include: 

*Late night DJ set on the ridge line following the River Rats’ set. *  

Sunday Sept 30- 

  • Sunday is “Youth Music Day” featuring ….
  • Rise and Shine Open Mic hosted by Odyssey High School  (starting at 10 am) 
  • After open, the day features a variety of Asheville music School ensembles and special guest performers. From festival founder Andrew Scotchie- 

“Asheville Barnaroo was built out of necessity. A necessity to perform, share the communities burgeoning art scene with one another and to inspire more musicians to step onto the stage with confidence.   Asheville Barnaroo turns 10 this year and I’m proud to say the festival has grown but still supports all things local and the next generation of musicians in WNC”  

“The atmosphere is welcoming to people of all ages and musical tastes.  At the end of the weekend, people leave having more friends and are aware of bands they may have never been exposed to.  Attendees are welcomed in like family.  Franny’s Farm is such a beautiful place in the fall and I feel a lot of the festival goers feel at peace when they come to the farm.  Nobody is on top of each or feels like they are just another face in the crowd; people have enough space and can also genuinely connect with one another” 

  

 *A variety of local vendors, food by Farm to Fender food truck, beer from Hi Wire Brewing, and wine will be available all weekend.   

*individual day passes, weekend day passes, weekend camping passes and VIP passes are available at www.ashevillebarnaroo.com

*discounted weekend camping passes “Barn Burner” weekend passes are on sale now for just $65 !  

Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/2M02OhA

Official Website-   www.ashevillebarnaroo.com

This years stage sponsors are Musicians Workshop and General Equipment Rental .   Sound/Staging graciously provided by Salvage Station AVL 

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Mercy Urgent Care Announces New Location in Burnsville http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-announces-new-location-burnsville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-announces-new-location-burnsville/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:34:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11736 Yancey County Will Be Home to 6th Mercy Urgent Care Location in WNC

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Yancey County Will Be Home to 6th Mercy Urgent Care Location in WNC

Mercy Urgent Care is pleased to announce its newest location in Burnsville, opening on Friday, August 31, at 9 am. For residents and visitors of Yancey County and the surrounding area, this new facility means that high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries will be just minutes (instead of an hour) away. Patients in Yancey County will now have access to walk-in care at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit. 

Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring healthcare and support to the community by partnering with Yancey County who received a $50,000 economic development grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority. To officially mark the opening of Mercy’s new Burnsville location, the Burnsville/Yancey County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 11, from 4 to 6 pm.

“As a longtime native and resident of Yancey County, I am very grateful and take great pride in the opportunity to serve the community that has meant so much to me throughout the years,” said Sara Greer, a Mercy nurse practitioner joining the Burnsville team. “The opening of the new Mercy Urgent Care facility in Burnsville will be a great asset and resource for our town. I am truly excited to be able to work with and for the wonderful people, employers and families of Burnsville and surrounding areas.”

Mercy Urgent Care Burnsville, at 41 Charlie Brown Road, will be the sixth Western North Carolina location for the nonprofit organization headquartered in Asheville. “Because Burnsville is such a small community nestled in the mountains, people have not had options for a full range of healthcare,” said Sister Peggy Verstege, the Mercy Urgent Care Mission Effectiveness Coordinator and Burnsville native. “But as small as it may be, we are planning to bring compassionate, affordable care and new growth to the people of Yancey County.”

In addition to services for individuals and families, Mercy Urgent Care Burnsville will offer workplace-related healthcare services through its Mercy Occupational Medicine division. Employers in or near Yancey County can take advantage of a wide array services, from workplace screening and testing to workplace incident management. Mercy Occupational Medicine offers board-certified physicians and licensed, highly-trained personnel to meet the needs of businesses and their employees. 

“Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring our long history of excellence in healthcare to Burnsville,” noted Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth McCarty. “We look forward to serving the community for all their urgent care and occupational medicine needs.” 

Known for its compassionate and affordable care, Mercy helps your family, friends and neighbors recover from injury and illness and get back to a healthy life. A committed community partner in the areas it serves, Mercy is a certified North Carolina Best Employer and a proud living wage employer.

Mercy Urgent Care was founded in Asheville in 1985 as an outreach of the Sisters of Mercy, an international religious institute of Roman Catholic women, begun in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Committed to sacredness of life, human dignity, mercy, justice, service and excellence, Mercy Urgent Care believes everyone should have access to convenient, affordable and high-quality healthcare. The Sisters of Mercy have served WNC since 1900, operating the former St. Joseph’s Hospital for nearly 100 years before its sale to Mission in 1998.

Supporting the residents and visitors of Western North Carolina is a top priority, and to do this effectively, Mercy Urgent Care, as an independent provider, accepts most major insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina; offers a self-pay option for those without insurance, with simple, tiered “fee for service” pricing; and has a Compassionate Care financial assistance program for qualifying patients.

Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in Western North Carolina. Donations to not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care’s Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation enable care throughout WNC in Brevard, Weaverville, three Asheville locations, and now Burnsville – providing more than a half-million dollars in charity care locally as well as sending medical teams and supplies internationally. More information about the organization and all locations can be found at www.mercyurgentcare.org.

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Revival of Entire Amy Winehouse’s BACK TO BLACK album with 15-Piece Orchestra http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/ http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:49:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11695 National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

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National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

 

Featuring 17 songs including the hit singles “Rehab”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Love is a Losing Game”, and the title track, “Back to Black”, Remember Jones and company recreate the critically-acclaimed album with a horn section, strings, a backing choir, and other guests. This is a ONE OF A KIND EVENT celebrating the music that will not be heard live and lush anywhere else. It has sold out all previous engagements in Asbury Park, NJ, where the group has a stronghold on their thriving music community, and has packed venues in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. Their sold-out Chicago show at Lincoln Hall in July 2016 was streamed live via Audiotree, including several official video releases that followed.

Remember Jones, listed as one of Paste Magazine/Daytrotter’s Top Soul of 2017, is a notorious and bombastic soul vocalist and persona, performing for enormous crowds throughout the country, and called “fiercely passionate frontman… one for the ages…” by Live for Live Music, “…remarkable vocalist… uncanny magic… Remember Jones is heading for big things…” by Popdose, “New Jersey’s most ambitious song interpreter” by NJ Arts, and “truly captivates audiences every time he performs” by BroadwayWorld. KEF Audio says, “Remember Jones is at the vanguard of the rebirth of soul music as an immersive experience that begs to be felt as well as heard.” Collaboratively supported by a double-digit band, their debut album,Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! (recorded with a 25-piece soul orchestra in front of a live studio audience that raised $19,000 in it’s funding), and subsequent EP, Tranquilizer!, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, are available on all digital outlets. The band will play an encore set of their original music following back to BACK TO BLACK. For more information on Remember Jones, http://www.rememberjones.com/.

Tickets are $15/$18, 7:00PM doors, 8:00PM show, all ages, Wednesday, June 27th. 

 

Wednesday, June 27th

The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave Extention, Asheville, NC

Ticket Link: https://ticketf.ly/2Mha98I

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Wayfinding banners help support River Arts District vitality during RADTIP construction http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/ http://ashevilleblog.com/wayfinding-banners-help-support-river-arts-district-vitality-radtip-construction/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:05:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11705 With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

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With the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) underway, the City of Asheville is helping to support businesses near RADTIP construction in a variety of ways.

One way to support the vitality of this business district is a $25,000 City-designated fund to help keep businesses open during RADTIP construction. The RAD Vitality Partnership is between the City of Asheville, the River Arts District Business Association and the River Arts District Artists Association. Explore Asheville is also hosting a website at www.explorerad.com as part of this partnership.

This work is being done as a collaboration. Members of the River Arts District Artists Association (RADA), the River Arts District Business Association (RADBA) and the City of Asheville meet monthly to review the needs of the district during construction.

The first priority for the district is installation of RAD wayfinding pole banner signs. Some 114 pole banner signs are being installed throughout the district as part of the collaboration. Area businesses raised more than $24,000 to support this initiative. The banners are designed to last through the construction project.

“The banners are helping with not only wayfinding but also beautification,” said Studio A artist Andrea Kulish, who designed the pole banners. “The banners show the breadth of artists in the district.”

The partnership will also fund a trolley for Second Saturdays and staff 14 Riverside Drive Arts and Culture Center every Saturday during the community-wide Summer of Glass extravaganza happening from now until mid-October.

“The traffic these efforts are generating has been really positive,” said 310 Art studio owner Nadine Charlsen. “We’ve had a lot more local people in the RAD.”

The collaboration between partners for this project is making an impact.

“This collaboration during RADTIP sends the message that we are open for business during construction,” said RADBA President Dave Campbell. “The community engagement has been fabulous for this project and everyone from artists, business owners, the City and other partners have all worked together.”

Designed as a business district development exercise, both RADBA and RADA are working together for the benefit of the district.

“In the past, the district hasn’t always come together. But this has been a great opportunity to use this partnership to bring everyone together for the greater good for the River Arts District,” said River Arts District Artist Association (RADA) President Chalkley Matlack.

The pole banner initiative has the potential to evolve as a method to support businesses past RADTIP construction.

“The opportunity to build the wayfinding component for the RAD at a time that will influence the permanent wayfinding is really exciting,” said Curve Studio owner Pattiy Torno.

About RADTIP

The River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP) is a City of Asheville multi-modal transportation project that includes the installation of sidewalks, street trees, public art, bike lanes and greenways in the River Arts District, adjacent to the French Broad River.

For more information about the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project visit the RADTIP project webpage on the City of Asheville website.

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Uber & Lyft Resume Service At Asheville Airport http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/ http://ashevilleblog.com/uber-lyft-return-asheville-airport/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:48:18 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11688 Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

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Announcement from the Asheville Regional Airport:

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to return rideshare services to the airport.  The airport is in the process of amending its ground transportation operating procedures to allow rideshare companies to pick up in a designated pick up area.  Uber and Lyft have agreed to this operating requirement and have resumed operations in the interim until the final changes have been made.

“We have been working diligently with rideshare organizations to establish a mutually agreeable solution at the airport that would be equitable for all,” said Lew Bleiweis, GARAA Executive Director.  “Travelers prefer ground transportation choices, and the Authority is pleased that a solution has been established that is returning more choice of ground transportation providers at the airport.”

“We are pleased to announce with the Asheville Regional Airport that we have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement and are thrilled to be resuming operations. We are looking forward to building off this partnership to provide great service to all of those looking for affordable, reliable transportation options to or from the airport,” said Michael Black, Uber Technologies, Inc. General Manager. 

“As our airport continues to grow, it is our obligation to manage ground transportation in a responsible manner,” said Bleiweis.  “Our goal is to remove vehicular traffic from the front curb to improve safety for all travelers; and we are required to administer equitable procedures with all ground transportation providers – whether they are taxis, shuttles, limos or rideshare.  The new changes to our procedures will help us accomplish this safety measure, and also provide a suitable pick-up area for rideshare drivers.”

The rideshare pick-up area is located past the north end of the airport terminal. The pick-up area for all other ground transportation (taxis, for-hire and shuttles) is located at the south end of the airport terminal, near baggage claim.  All ground transportation providers pay operating fees.

Further info: https://flyavl.com/article/uber-lyft-have-resumed-service-avl

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Your Guide to (Responsibly) Renting Your First Apartment http://ashevilleblog.com/guide-responsibly-renting-first-apartment/ http://ashevilleblog.com/guide-responsibly-renting-first-apartment/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 21:35:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11679 Hunting for your first apartment is a big task; equal parts exciting, equal parts scary. While the prospect of living without parents, siblings, or dorm-moms may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that there’s a lot of responsibility involved. Enter: your guide to responsibly renting your first apartment. Read on for everything you need in order to be a responsible, respectable renter.  

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Hunting for your first apartment is a big task; equal parts exciting, equal parts scary. While the prospect of living without parents, siblings, or dorm-moms may sound like a dream come true, the reality is that there’s a lot of responsibility involved. Enter: your guide to responsibly renting your first apartment. Read on for everything you need in order to be a responsible, respectable renter.  

Monthly “Budget” isn’t just about the rental price

While the majority of your monthly budget will surely go to paying the monthly rental cost, there are a lot of other factors involved. In most cases, you’ll need to pay your own utilities, including water, gas, and electric. Will you want internet? Cable? It’s going to cost you.

Start determining your budget range by using a rent calculator like this one. Get a better idea of additional monthly expenses by asking property managers what residents often pay on utilities. Find out which internet providers service your area and what they charge. Even seemingly small things like laundry will add up over the course of a year, and the last thing you want is to get stuck with a monthly total you can’t afford.

Need to have or nice to have?

While granite countertops and hardwood floors are many a renter’s dream, their price tag isn’t always doable for your first apartment. Think about the features you really need in your first apartment, and set aside the ones you don’t. Consider your lifestyle: do you cook a lot? Suitable counter space may be a need to have; stainless steel appliances are nice to have. Do you work from home? An office sure would be nice, but room for a desk and chair is definitely necessary. While it may be tough to turn down a community pool or an on-site gym, that just may be the choice you need to make.

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Get down to the nitty-gritty

Lease-wise, that is. Legalese is boring, yes, but it’s incredibly important. Your lease is a binding contract and contains vital information that you, as a renter, need to understand. Make sure to take your time when reading the lease and understand every element. You may want to ask a family member to look over it with you, and call your landlord if there’s anything you don’t understand. While we are all guilty of clicking “I accept the terms and conditions” without reading a single sentence, your lease is the wrong contract to pass up.

Check yourself before you rent yourself

Perhaps the most intimidating element of renting an apartment is the often-dreaded rental credit check. Your landlord needs to verify that you’re trustworthy with your money, and they’ll likely do so with a comprehensive screening of your background. It sounds scary, but don’t stress. Be honest about anything in your past that may come up on the background report, and you’ll be fine.

Sit down, relax, and stay a while

Wherever you choose, you’re going to be spending a lot of time there. While a midday viewing of an apartment may portray a tranquil haven, once rush-hour hits, you may find yourself gridlocked in a loud, busy nightmare. Stop by the apartment multiple times, during the week and on the weekends, and at different times of day. Get an idea of what it’s like on a Saturday morning or a Wednesday night. Spend some time hanging around to discern whether your upstairs neighbor hosts a lot of guests or the dog two doors down has a barking problem. You’ll thank yourself later.

Finding your first apartment can be a daunting task. By following this guide, you can turn “daunting” into “doable” and rent responsibly.

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