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Open Hearts and Craft Beers

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Once upon a time, I had the pleasure of working with some of the best teachers in Asheville. I will spare you the long backstory (there are beers to be sipped). What I will tell you is that the school where we all worked closed shockingly and abruptly. The children we taught were left without a school. We, teachers, were left without our jobs and away from the children we loved so very much. Fast forward to now, 3 months later, and two of my former colleagues are in the beginning stages of opening up Open Hearts Village, a holistic and heart centered preschool, here in Asheville. There is no doubt that this school will make a huge and wonderful impact on the children of Asheville and on everyone involved. Ok, so what’s all this have to do with beer? We’re getting there. As you may know from past posts, I love the idea of mixing beers and making a positive difference. Well, children are our future, you know? What this school is attempting to create will be great for our future, for our kids. Be a part of that greatness. As we all know, schools cost money. And they …

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Studio A Invites You To Grand Opening

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Studio A Invites You To Grand Opening Imagine being surrounded only by things that are hand-made, created with love and inspired by spirit. Studio A is one such place where the vibrant artist, Andrea Kulish creates handmade lamps, pysanky eggs, mixed media art as well as silkscreened t-shirts. She invites you to Studio A Grand Opening: two days of celebration, creativity and live demos. Andrea creates the shades for her handmade lamps using an array of unique handmade paper, photographs as well as fabrics. She welcomes interior designers, businesses as well as individuals with a specific idea for interior decor to consult with her for custom-made lamps. For the lamp bases, Andrea collaborates with Asheville’s own metal artists Tina Councell of Iron Maiden Studios and Mark Schieferstein of Skrapmonkey turning each piece truly artisan-made. As for her inspiration, she says, “After making hundreds of colorful handmade lanterns for the annual lantern parade around Jamaica Pond in Massachusetts for two years in a row, I wanted to make something that would enable me to play with color and light and also be more permanent than lanterns.” She names her lamps too. For example, she created a pair of lamps inspired by the mother humpback whale and her calf, Salt and Zelle, which adds a …

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Barnaroo at Franny’s Farm 2013

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Asheville Barnaroo, established in 2009, is back this year and is being hosted at Franny's Farm in Leicester, North Carolina. Starting November 1st and going until November 3rd, this barn based camping festival is fun for all ages.

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10 Haunted Halloween Activities

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Eliada Home Corn Maze Haunted Edition

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Thirsty Fest Sept 2-8

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Let’s Get Wild!! Monday kicked off Thirsty Monk’s Fourth Annual Thirstyfest. Thirstyfest is a celebration of rare, wild, and obscure beers and they have some doozies. They have been stashing, hoarding and cellaring beers all year for this, some of them will never be available again! The full list of beers is available on the Thirsty Monk website. While they will be pouring these great beers all week, they will be spotlighting certain ones each night.
Here are the featured beers:

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Feast for FEAST and help children learn what’s good for them

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (8.21.13) – Feast for a good cause at the Grove Arcade on Sept. 12, 2013 by attending Feasting for FEAST, a fundraiser sponsored by Asheville Scene, the arts and culinary guide published by The Asheville Citizen-Times. More than a dozen area restaurants will provide tasty samples and Oskar Blues will donate the beer.  “This event provides an excellent opportunity to try a lot of Asheville’s top restaurants in one place,” FEAST Director Kate Justen said. “It’s always a great party.” Confirmed restaurants include Chorizo, MG Road, Everyday Gourmet, Farmers Daughter Catering, All Souls Pizza, Mayfel’s, Earth Fare, Laughing Seed Cafe, Sunny Point Cafe, The Junction, The Cantina, Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and True Confections. The FEAST Board of Directors will also be preparing bites while Slow Food Asheville will provide non alcoholic refreshments. Doubletree Catering will prepare tastings for the VIP area.  The Scene VIP Lounge, hosted by Private Mountain Communities, will also have craft brew from Burial Beer Co., a mixology contest and more. This is the third Annual Feasting for FEAST event. “Each year the restaurants get a bit competitive,” Justen said. “All of them create delicious food, but there will be at least one restaurant …

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An Interview with STEREOSPREAD

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We had a lovely chat with a local Asheville band, STEREOSPREAD. The band is comprised of James and Sarah, a couple local to Hazelwood, NC. Look for their upcoming local shows! Q:Why did you chose this particular genre of music? A: James’s background is in stuff like trip-hop, darkwave, and shoegaze, but he’s produced in all kinds of genres. We probably would have been a triphop band were it not for Sara’s pop sensibilities. Her vocals were influenced by rock and pop vocals (and jazz), so she gravitated towards pop structures and the sing-a-long chorus. So we ended up combining the atmospheric aspects of shoegaze and other darker electronic genres with pop songwriting. Most people consider us dreampop. Q:How long has the band been together? A: The band has been together about as long as we have been a couple. We met online (on Facebook) through a mutual production friend and we did a couple of collaborations long distance. Well, the attraction was not just musical, so James ended up moving to NC and we’ve been together ever since. Q:How did you come up with the name of your band – Stereospread? A: We decided to be “STEREOSPREAD” about three months after …

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ASHEVILLE MUSIC TODAY TO LAUNCH SUNDAY, JULY 21 AT 7PM

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ASHEVILLE, NC. – Chris Schieman Media and Marketing is excited to announce the launch of Asheville Music Today, which will be streamed live on www.ashevillemusictoday.com starting Sunday July 21st, 2013 at 7 p.m. The show’s first guests will be The Bread and Butter from Asheville and Terina Plyler from Brevard. Asheville Music Today is an innovative weekly one-hour live talk show featuring and promoting local music of all genres from Asheville, Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. The show is hosted by national broadcasting veteran Chris Schieman. “This show is going to generate buzz because it’s going to be unpredictable while giving musicians a real voice,” Schieman said. “It’s not a normal talk show where the usual questions are asked. It’s going to be deeper, funnier and edgier than a traditional talk show.” Asheville Music Today will feature two musical guests each week. “We’ll talk about a variety of topics. Things going on in the world, the music industry, whatever may be annoying me that particular day,” Schieman said. “I’m a student of Jack Paar and David Letterman. This show will reflect that brand of intelligent and fun, sometimes silly conversation.” Asheville Music Today will also include live performances of …

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The Asheville Annual Yarn Crawl

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Every year in May, Asheville’s diverse fiber arts community comes together to adventure through the city and enjoy all that our local yarn stores have to offer. This year was no exception, as we were treated to an even broader variety of shops, spanning all corners of the county, as we took part in the annual Asheville Yarn Crawl. In all, nine stores participated in this year’s crawl, each offering special promotions, raffles, and surprise giveaways. The crawl is held on Mother’s Day weekend, falling on May 10th, 11th, and 12th this year. There is no charge to participate in the yarn crawl, and each participant is entitled to one free raffle ticket from each shop they visit. Participants in the yarn crawl are encouraged to try to visit all the shops on the crawl, in order to be entered into a grand prize drawing. My ultimate goal was to visit all nine stores in one day…and so I set off on my quest. The first shop I visited was The Yarn Nook (1261 Smoky Park Highway, Candler NC). This was my first visit to The Yarn Nook and I was delighted with what I found inside. There were many …

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