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LEAF Announces 2nd Annual LEAF Downtown Theme & Lineup

Leaf Downtown Asheville

Come Get Downtown for SoulTown at the 2nd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL, taking place July 30-31, 2016 in the heart of Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park.  Join LEAF for soul at its finest – infused throughout stages, conversations, connections, roaming art and then some!  LEAF Downtown AVL seeks to be an inclusive, family-friendly, FREE event that showcases talent in a wide variety of musical genres and backgrounds with artists such as WAR playing hit songs on the main Pack Square stage; the eclectic Big Sam’s Funky Nation; and Bill Myers & The Monitors, world-class ensemble musicians; and many others from national and regional stages.  Visit theLEAF.org/downtown for more info!

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YMCA of Western North Carolina Dedicates YMCA Camp Watia

Camp Watia

The YMCA of Western North Carolina will be holding a dedication ceremony for its new overnight summer camp, YMCA Camp Watia, on June 8, 2016, on the grounds of the camp, located outside Bryson City, N.C. Attendees will include YMCA executive leadership, its board of directors, donors, and other supporters of YMCA Camp Watia. 

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B Corp Hackathon to Put Local Businesses on Certification Fast Track

b corp certification

The owners of area certified B Corporations (B Corps) and Mountain BizWorks have joined forces as the Asheville B Corp Network with one goal in mind: to make Western North Carolina a B Corp hub. To that end, they invite companies currently working toward certification or others interested in learning more about becoming a B Corp to their Fast Track Hackathon on June 21 at Deltec Homes from 3 to 5 pm. Attendees will work toward completing the B Impact Assessment—central to the certification process—and will be able to share and learn best practices with existing B Corps and representatives from the B Lab certifying agency. Deltec, WNC’s newest certified B Corp, will offer an optional tour of their facility from 2:30-3 pm before the event begins. A networking social will immediately follow the hackathon from 5:30 until 7 pm at New Belgium Brewing, also a proud B Corp engaged both locally and globally in the cause.

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Salvage Station set to open its doors on June 1st in Asheville, NC

salvage station

The Salvage Station is proud to announce that its doors will officially open on June 1st at 2pm. The full service bar and restaurant venue located along the French Broad River will be open to the public five days a week and available for rent to private parties and events. The venue will also serve as a hub for live music featuring local, regional, and national artists. Upcoming events include The Hip Abduction with Les Amis on Friday, June 3rd (free show), and an official Grand Opening Party on June 10th.

The new venture, developed by Danny McClinton and co-owned with Jimi Rentz, Patrick Huss, and Matt Ragaller, will incorporate many of the food service and outdoor traits that make Asheville great. "We will have the ability to serve delicious food and drink options and also provide a family-friendly outdoor experience for all of our guests. Plus, live music will play a huge role in our upcoming events calendar.", said McClinton. 

The food menu will feature a range of small, shareable Asheville street food items and full plate offerings including tacos, sliders, and house-smoked Appalachian BBQ served with Southern sides. The kitchen will be led by Josh Heald, formerly of Barley’s Taproom, and Gwendolyn Hageman from Artisan Cafe. The full-service bar will have liquor, can beer, wine, and hand-crafted cocktails.

The venue will be open to the public unless otherwise posted Wednesday-Thursday from 2pm - 12am, Friday-Saturday from 12pm-2am, and Sunday from 12pm-10pm. Only certified service animals are allowed. The live music calendar can be found SalvageStation.com/events.

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“Hold Your Horses” Fundraiser to Benefit Heart of Horse Sense

heart of horse sense

 

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ABSFest Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival Turns Ten

absfest

 

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FOOD CHOICES To Make North Carolina Debut at Sanctuary Brewing Company

food choices documentary

Food Choices – The New Documentary the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to See to premiere at Sanctuary Brewing Company on June 15th.  The evening will begin with a meet and greet, followed by the screening, and ending with a Q&A with local experts on food, health, agriculture and environmental issues.

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Asheville’s Thirsty Monk Pub & Brewery Acquires Asheville’s French Broad Brewery

thirsty monk french broad

In a refreshing twist to the many recent brand acquisitions by macro beer, Thirsty Monk would like to announce we have worked out a deal with our Asheville neighbors and friends at French Broad Brewery to purchase their brand and operations. The transaction is scheduled to close this summer. Both breweries will be pouring at the Not So Big BIG Beer Festival on June 1st during Asheville Beer Week, and invite you to come celebrate this big announcement.

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New Cookbook To Highlight Asheville’s Culinary Community

asheville cookbook

The cookbook you’ve been craving is coming to Asheville.

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Notable Pastry Chef Kaley Laird Brings Her Talents To Rhubarb

Rhubarb hires new chef

John FleerExecutive Chef and owner of Asheville’s Rhubarb announces accomplished Pastry Chef Kaley Laird has joined the team, bringing her unique style and non-traditional culinary methods to the kitchen at the acclaimed restaurant.

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