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Preserve the Summer’s Produce Bounty from Asheville’s Local Markets

Asheville has a huge variety of markets featuring local, organic and fresh produce. Summer is the perfect time to put away these beautiful treats from nature through dehydration, canning, freezing, and cooking. But to start, you need to pick the best of the produce offerings. 

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Asheville Sessions: Michael McFarland

Asheville Sessions meets up with local singer/songwriter Michael McFarland for an acoustic set off of his new album, A Sarcastic TangoUnleaded rhythmic alt-pop fuels singer/songwriter and two-wheel troubadour Michael McFarland’s engine. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock groups such as Matchbox 20 & The Fray to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon & Elton John, the Asheville, NC based performer mixes an intensity with a sensitivity wrapped in effective contradictions. Astride his motorcycle, with a guitar strapped to his back – making references to quantum mechanics or science fiction – McFarland embraces and explores his wide spectrum of knowledge, interests, experiences, and hobbies in his music and writing. Michael McFarland in the simplest summary? Writer, Rocker, Biker, Geek.

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Beer Week 2014: AnimaL

Three more days left of beer week 2014 folks! As a continuation of our beer week series, we are going to introduce you to a drinking game called AnimaL. This fast paced thinking game requires you to be quick on your feet and with your words. This is an ideal drinking game to be played as an icebreaker with a group of new friends. Grab some growlers, shot glasses, and your beer of choice and let's play AnimaL!

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Author and Poet Maya Angelou Dead at 86

Well loved Maya Angelou, author and poet, has passed away in her home in Winston Salem North Carolina at 86 years of age. One of her most beloved books, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is an autobiography that has been described as "a work of art that eludes description." Angelou was an avid seeker of knowledge, and she held over 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Flip Cup

Another oldie but goodie, the classic Flip Cup is a game that people (even tipsy) take seriously. Don't take my word for it - on my internet travels I found a website dedicated to the Major League Flip Cup, and the World Series Flip Cup Event. Perhaps beer week isn't an official drinking game event, but it is still a good period of time to practice for your team - maybe you can take the gold in the 2014 World Series Flip Cup Event (time and date to be announced). 

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Baseball

Learn how to play this drinking game modeled after the classic athletic feat. This game requires two teams of people, and maybe someone with a hollow leg. Celebrate Asheville Beer Week and score a home run while chugging down a brew from Catawba Brewing Company. Remember any purchase of a Catawba brew gets you a free Catawba growler!

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Quarters

Asheville Beer Week continues, and so does our 'drinking game a day' series. Following FUBAR, we present to you another classic - quarters. While there are many variations on the original gameplay, we decided to stick with the bare bones. Feel free to add more rules or unexpected twists and turns to make the gameplay more fun.

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: FUBAR

Continuing our Beer Week drinking game series, we follow up Beer Pong with FUBAR. Never heard of this game before? Neither had I, until recently. This particular drinking game is kind of like a mash up between 'Never Have I Ever' and 'Questions'. Its a good game for a larger group of people, and makes a great icebreaker. So grab some friends from the bar - and maybe some strangers too, and let's play FUBAR!

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Beer Pong

The 3rd annual Asheville Beer Week is happening right now, May 23rd - 31st. Didn't know it was going on? Don't worry, there is plenty of time for you to get in on all the boozy action! We'll post daily events, and to put a fun spin on things, daily drinking games! There's never a better time or excuse to play a drinking game than Beer Week - am I right? You know I am!

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Asheville Sessions: PigPen Theatre Company

In the second installment of Asheville Sessions, we bring to you a unique collective of young men that are from New York. This group of 7 are singers, songwriters, dreamers, film artists, and a theatre company. Who are they? PigPen Theatre Company. Started in 2008 by freshman of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, PigPen has been quickly escalating into popularity due to their diverse range of artistic abilities. They've produced original off Broadway productions, are debuting a children's novel, and have toured nationally as a band. Is there anything these guys can't do?

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