Outdoors – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:08:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 First Girls Join Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina http://ashevilleblog.com/first-girls-join-cub-scouts-western-north-carolina/ http://ashevilleblog.com/first-girls-join-cub-scouts-western-north-carolina/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:34:37 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11477 Today also marks the 108th anniversary of Scouting in America

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Today also marks the 108th anniversary of Scouting in America

The Daniel Boone Council, BSA is excited to welcome the first girls as Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina. Five girls joined Pack 26 which is sponsored by Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church. Asa Smith, the six year old daughter of Melissa and David Smith of Avery’s Creek, was the first young lady to join Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina. Her parents are also leaders in the Pack.

Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing.  Recent surveys of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts.  Education experts also evaluated the Scouting curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.

“The BSA’s record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA’s national board chairman. “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization.  It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.” 

Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the Boy Scouts of America has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through its Exploring and the Venturing programs, and a new STEM Scout pilot program. Today, on the 108th anniversary of Scouting in America, we are excited to announce this expansion to the Cub Scout program.

For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting/.

 

About the Daniel Boone Council, BSA

The Daniel Boone Council, BSA provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life”. The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 4,000 youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 1,000 volunteers. The Council service area covers fourteen counties in Western North Carolina, including Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.  For more information on the Daniel Boone Council, BSA, please visit www.DanielBooneCouncil.org 

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Gladiator Polo at TIEC Starting September 1st http://ashevilleblog.com/gladiator-polo-tiec-starting-september-1st/ http://ashevilleblog.com/gladiator-polo-tiec-starting-september-1st/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:47:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11185 Gladiator Polo™ has taken the equestrian world by storm, bringing together troves of fans from around the country to experience this new high-growth horse sport. With a successful inaugural season in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2017 and an immensely popular showcase game at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in late June, worldwide interest and awareness of the game has increased significantly setting the table for a number of national and international initiatives that will be announced in the next month.

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Gladiator Polo™ Draws Record Crowds and Prepares for Fall Series at TIEC Starting September 1st

Gladiator Polo™ has taken the equestrian world by storm, bringing together troves of fans from around the country to experience this new high-growth horse sport. With a successful inaugural season in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2017 and an immensely popular showcase game at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in late June, worldwide interest and awareness of the game has increased significantly setting the table for a number of national and international initiatives that will be announced in the next month.

The Gladiator Polo™ $120,000 “Battle for the Carolinas” Fall Series, featuring four teams battling to claim the championship title and $120,000 in prize money throughout the series, will begin on Friday, September 1 and continue through the end of the month. Two teams from each of the Carolinas will battle for their respective states and finish the series with a North Carolina versus South Carolina clash not to be missed on Saturday, September 30.

Mark Bellissimo is preparing to announce the launch of new Gladiator Polo™ initiatives at the end of the month in conjunction with the “Battle for the Carolinas” Fall Series at TIEC.

“I’m thrilled to bring new energy to the world’s oldest team sport and revitalize polo on a global scale,” said Bellissimo. “The players and the league are already seeing increased enthusiasm for polo because of this modern approach. We look forward to dramatically expanding interest for players, fans, and sponsors.”

The series kicks off with the “Battle for South Carolina” with Team Greenville against Team Spartanburg on Friday, September 1. Carlucho Arellano, Mariano Obregon, and Pelon Escapite will wear black for Team Greenville, while Juan Martin Obregon, Jeff Hall, and Alan Martinez will wear red for Spartanburg.

The “Battle for North Carolina” will feature Team Charlotte against Team Asheville and take place on Saturday, September 9, as an installment of TIEC’s signature “Saturday Night Lights” (SNL) events. Team Charlotte, in teal, will see the return of Santi Torres, Jared Zenni, and Facundo Obregon, while Team Asheville will be represented by Geronimo Obregon, Jason Crowder, and Costi Caset in purple. The “Battle for the Carolinas” series championship will see the clash of the two winning teams on Saturday, September 30.

In September, Bellissimo will provide details for an enhanced Professional Gladiator Polo™ League, which will launch in Wellington, FL, during the winter of 2018. The Professional Gladiator Polo™ League will include a highly publicized player draft and feature team owners, similar to the most popular major league sports in North America. Eight teams will test their skills throughout the season in hopes of collecting a percentage of the minimum $500,000 of prize money offered through the duration of the series.

The Gladiator Polo™ “Battle of the Carolinas” Fall Series will begin Friday, September 1, and feature three weeks of top play at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Gladiator Polo™ Manager Gates Gridley is looking forward to an action-packed fall series at Tryon Resort and the transition of Gladiator Polo™ back to Wellington, FL, later this year.

“Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from fans and players at Tryon’s debut Gladiator Polo™ match in June, it was clear that we needed to expand the sport and give fans more of this modern spin on traditional polo,” said Gridley. “We are excited to bring back the two teams and expand into a full fall series this September, as well as looking forward to the future of Gladiator Polo™ in Wellington.”

Argentine Asado Buffet, Friday, September 1

Did you miss out on the Asado buffet the last time Gladiator Polo™ was in town? Don’t worry, because it’s coming back on September 1st! Kick-off the evening with an authentic fire-grilled Argentine Asado buffet on the Legends Club Porch overlooking the ring starting at 6:00pm. The all-you-can-eat buffet features tri-tip of beef with chimichurri, garlic parmesan corn, roasted potatoes, Russian potato salad, smoked trout, chicken with rice, and more! A cash bar will be available. For pricing and to purchase your Argentine Asado buffet tickets click here!

Find game information and updates on major announcements regarding Gladiator Polo™ and the Professional Gladiator Polo™ League by following us on Facebook! Click here to view the official Gladiator Polo™ Facebook Page!

The Gladiator Polo™ Fall Series is held in conjunction with the six-week Tryon Fall Show Series presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, which will begin on Friday, September 22, and continue through Sunday, October 29.

If interested in team sponsorship or team ownership, please contact Gates Gridley at jgridley@equestriansport.com.

For more information on Gladiator Polo™, please visit www.gladiatorpolo.com.

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Science Pub: 2017 Carolina Total Solar Eclipse http://ashevilleblog.com/science-pub-2017-carolina-total-solar-eclipse/ http://ashevilleblog.com/science-pub-2017-carolina-total-solar-eclipse/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:58:43 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11155 The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and The Collider announce their next co-hosted installment of the Science Pub, a free Friday night guest speaker series. “2017 Carolina Total Solar Eclipse” will be presented by Christi Whitworth, Director of Learning Experiences with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI).

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Free AMOS lecture series continues on July 21st, exploring the upcoming solar eclipse that will be visible across the United States on August 21st

The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) and The Collider announce their next co-hosted installment of the Science Pub, a free Friday night guest speaker series. “2017 Carolina Total Solar Eclipse” will be presented by Christi Whitworth, Director of Learning Experiences with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI).

On August 21st, residents and visitors to the United States will have an opportunity to witness a solar eclipse as the moon traverses across the sun, casting a shadow on the earth’s surface and obscuring portions of the sun. Many will have the incredible opportunity to see a full solar eclipse as the moon obscures 100% of the sun for a few minutes. Asheville lies in a unique location, as 99% of the sun will be obscured. During the Science Pub presentation, Christi will educate attendees on how eclipses occur, what to expect during the day of the eclipse, and how to take proper precautions when viewing this celestial event.

In Asheville, NC observers will witness a 99% total solar eclipse. To celebrate on August 21st, AMOS will be co-hosting the Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square from 12pm-3pm with Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, UNC Asheville, the828.com, and Mix 96.5. Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival goers will be able to witness this incredible celestial event while cooling off in the Splashville fountain, enjoying great food, listening to fun music, and participating in hands-on activities led by local organizations, including The Collider. Eye wear for safe eclipse viewing will be available and distributed, until supplies run out. For those living outside of downtown, Buncombe County Schools will be hosting three satellite viewing locations- Owen High School, North Buncombe High School, and TC Roberson High School.

Armed with the knowledge presented by Christi, Science Pub attendees will be prepared to share this incredible scientific phenomenon with friends, co-workers, and family. The program takes place at The Collider in downtown Asheville, on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building at 1 Haywood St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for lite bites provided by Ingles Markets, and beverages provided by Asheville Brewing Alliance; the program begins at 6:30p.m.

This is the fourth year AMOS has collaborated with local scientists and breweries to present the Science Pub series. The Collider, an innovation center for climate solutions, is partnering with the museum to co-host the 2017 series. The two nonprofit organizations are located in the same building; AMOS on the ground floor at 43 Patton Ave., and The Collider on the top floor, overlooking Pritchard Park.

For more information about AMOS, the AMOS Science Pub, or The Collider contact Cory Van Auken, cvanauken@ashevillescience.org or (828) 254-7162×3.

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Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival at Pack Square Park http://ashevilleblog.com/ashevilles-solar-eclipse-festival-pack-square-park/ http://ashevilleblog.com/ashevilles-solar-eclipse-festival-pack-square-park/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:39:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11152 The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, UNC Asheville, Mix 96.5, and the828.com are pleased to announce they will be co-hosting Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival on August 21st. From 12pm-3pm the community is invited to join in the festivities at Pack Square Park with music, food, and fun hands-on eclipse related activities led by local organizations. Be sure to visit ashevillescience.org/solar-eclipse for more detail!

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Asheville Museum of Science, Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, UNC Asheville, Mix 96.5, and the828.com co-host Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival in Pack Square on August 21st from 12pm-3pm.

The Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS), Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, UNC Asheville, Mix 96.5, and the828.com are pleased to announce they will be co-hosting Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival on August 21st. From 12pm-3pm the community is invited to join in the festivities at Pack Square Park with music, food, and fun hands-on eclipse related activities led by local organizations. Be sure to visit ashevillescience.org/solar-eclipse for more detail!

On August 21st, residents and visitors to the United States will have an opportunity to witness a solar eclipse as the moon traverses across the sun casting a shadow on the earth’s surface and obscuring portions of the sun. Many will have the incredible opportunity to see a full solar eclipse as the moon obscures 100% of the sun for a few minutes. Asheville lies in a unique location as 99% of the sun will be obscured.

Asheville Solar Eclipse Festival goers will be able to witness this incredible celestial event while cooling off in the Splashville fountain, enjoying great food, listening to fun music, and participating in hands-on activities. Eyewear for safe eclipse viewing will be available and distributed until supplies run out. For those living outside of downtown, Buncombe County Schools will be hosting three satellite viewing locations- Owen High School, North Buncombe High School, and TC Roberson High School.

Beginning at 1pm Asheville will darken as the first sliver of the moon begins its traverse across the sun. At 2:37pm the moon will cover 99% of the sun making Asheville significantly darker. Finally, by 4pm the last sliver of the moon will pass across the sun, bathing Asheville in full sunlight once again.

Leading up to this event, AMOS will be hosting educational eclipse programming throughout the summer in their STEM lab. These programs will explain why solar eclipses occur and what to expect on August 21st.

We invite all to attend as we celebrate the end of summer and the solar eclipse. Join the festivities in Pack Square Park and witness this once in a lifetime celestial event. For more information contact Cory Van Auken, cvanauken@ashevillescience.org or 828-254-7162×3.

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TRI LOCAL at the Annual Asheville Triathlon http://ashevilleblog.com/tri-local-annual-asheville-triathlon/ http://ashevilleblog.com/tri-local-annual-asheville-triathlon/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:05:43 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11131 The Annual Asheville Triathlon is a local favorite, multi-sport event for the entire community to participate in on July 23rd at  Asheville Recreation Park, 65 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805.  This is a popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC for all levels and abilities of athletes! Athletes can choose to participate as individuals or part of a two or three person relay team.

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The Annual Asheville Triathlon is a local favorite, multi-sport event for the entire community to participate in on July 23rd at  Asheville Recreation Park, 65 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805.  This is a popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC for all levels and abilities of athletes! Athletes can choose to participate as individuals or part of a two or three person relay team.

The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50-meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course which is super event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The pool swim is easy to navigate for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites. 

“I participated in my FIRST triathlon last year at your event.  Thank you for putting on this incredible event and helping my first tri experience be positive! It was an amazing morning and crossing that finish line was exhilarating!” -Kandi Newkirk

What’s New in 2017: Announcing TRI LOCAL! 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 or to come back and participate in a triathlon again.  We believe supporting your local triathlon events builds a better swim, bike and run community and fuels the growth of all levels of athletes in our community. We have spent years putting on exceptional, memorable triathlon events. Now it is time for you to come out for the first time or come back;  a homecoming of some sorts, and relive the memories of your favorite local triathlon or try one in our community.  Support local, TRI LOCAL!

Course Information- The event will begin with a 400-meter outdoor swim in the Asheville Rec Park pool. After the 400-meter swim, participants will exit the pool and quickly enter the transition area to prep for the bike stage. The 11.6-mile bike course will feature some rolling and challenging hills and some flat roads, turning into rolling landscape before returning to the Rec Park for a very fast run. (The roads for this ride will be open to the public so all participants are urged to be alert to traffic). The run is an out and back style course and is one of the flattest 5k’s you will find in the area. Runners had better work on their running form, even if for no other reason than to look spectacular in race photos as they blaze through the finish line claiming new PRs!

For more event information, check out our webpage HERE, or contact support@idaph.net. To volunteer contact website@idaph.net.  Inquiries into sponsorship opportunities should be addressed to sponsorships@idaph.net.

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7 Local Stores that have All the Outdoor Gear You Need for Father’s Day http://ashevilleblog.com/7-local-stores-outdoor-gear-need-fathers-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/7-local-stores-outdoor-gear-need-fathers-day/#respond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:37:47 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11104 The French Broad River, along with its tributaries, is an ecological lifeline pulsing through our region. This year for Father’s Day, why not give dear ol’ dad what he needs to tap into that resource and have a great afternoon.

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The French Broad River, along with its tributaries, is an ecological lifeline pulsing through our region. This year for Father’s Day, why not give dear ol’ dad what he needs to tap into that resource and have a great afternoon.

Is your dad the type who prefers the quiet of local rocky streams for early morning trout fishing? Is he a thrill-seeker, riding the whitewater in a custom kayak? Or would he rather band with friends and family for an intense mountain hike, floating down the river afterwards to cool off and enjoy a local brew?

However dad prefers to enjoy the river, he’ll need the right gear. Here are 7 locally-owned outdoor gear stores that have what dad needs.

Black Dome Mountain Sports

Asheville’s original full-service outdoor outfitter, Black Dome carries all the major brands, plus gear from smaller brands and local suppliers. Their CONSPIRACY bar is a great place to watch action films while enjoying a pint and popcorn.

140 Tunnel Road, Asheville | (828) 251-2001

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Diamond Brand Outdoors

Opened in 1964, Diamond Brand is WNC’s first outdoor gear shop. What began as a factory seconds warehouse has grown to a Top 100 outdoor specialty retailer with two locations dedicated to quality brands and high service.

Parkway Center: 1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville | (828) 684-6262

Downtown Asheville: 53 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 771-4761

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French Broad Outfitters

Located right on the French Broad River, French Broad Outfitters is Asheville’s largest and only full-service, locally-owned paddle shop. They also offer full camping gear rentals, the city’s largest selection of disc golf supplies, and host a variety of river trips.

704 Riverside Drive, Asheville | (828) 505-7371

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Frugal Backpacker

Frugal Backpacker utilizes decades-old relationships to get samples and first-run gear at unbelievable prices—and pass on that savings to you! Their experts help offer tips and advice to help you find the gear that you really need.

52 Westgate Parkway, Asheville | (828) 209-1530

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Hunter Banks Fly Fishing

Learn, fish, and shop at Hunter Banks. In addition to offering apparel, tackle, gear storage, and accessories, their two locations offer a variety of classes and guided trips. Whether you’re a fly fishing novice or a pro who’s picky about his gear, they have exactly what you need.

29 Montford Avenue, Asheville | (828) 252-3005

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Mast General Store

“From cradles to caskets,” the original Mast General Store opened in 1883 to serve a wide variety of community needs. Now with nine locations in three states, they offer outdoor gear, clothing, home items and accessories, food, toys, and iconic barrels of classic candies.

15 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 232-1883

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Second Gear

Second Gear is Asheville’s answer for affordable outdoor gear and clothing. In addition to offering used gear and dealer samples, the store also carries a selection of new items, including guidebooks and maps.

444 Haywood Road, Asheville | (828) 258-0757

secondgearwnc.com

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5 Places to Experience Local Art and Music in Marshall, NC http://ashevilleblog.com/5-places-experience-local-art-music-marshall-nc/ http://ashevilleblog.com/5-places-experience-local-art-music-marshall-nc/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:18:08 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11015 Asheville is arguably the largest hub for local arts in WNC, but by far it is not the only one. Just a short drive north, the small Madison County town of Marshall has made the most of riverside living. There are dozens of local galleries and studios, forming an enclave of artists in the midst of a renaissance.

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Asheville is arguably the largest hub for local arts in WNC, but by far it is not the only one. Just a short drive north, the small Madison County town of Marshall has made the most of riverside living. There are dozens of local galleries and studios, forming an enclave of artists in the midst of a renaissance.

If you haven’t been recently, we recommend making some time to experience the many things that this historic way station has to offer. Here are five places to see local art and music in Marshall.

Marshall High Studios

The epicenter of local arts in town are the Marshall High Studios, a former high school on Blannahassett Island in the middle of the river that’s connected to downtown by a bridge. The building, which dates to 1925, was renovated and reopened in 2007 as a home for 28 artist studios. In addition to hosting working artists who specialize in numerous different media, the 28,000-square-foot facility hosts regular classes, exhibitions, and performances.

The Depot & Zuma Coffee

One Main Street mainstay in Marshall is The Depot, an old-timey general store. It’s a great community shopping spot that doubles as a performance venue on Friday nights, when local musicians strike up a soundtrack of traditional bluegrass and country music. Music can also be heard at Zuma Coffee’s regular Thursday night Zuma Jam.

Madison County Arts Center

Several other local institutions keep Marshall’s art scene humming. Since 1978, the Madison County Arts Center, also on Main Street, has presented regular exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary arts and music. The MCAC also presents classes for kids and adults on a revolving basis, including First Stage Youth Theatre, Junior Appalachian Musicians, and Junior Appalachian Visual Artists.

French Broad Institute

A couple of blocks away is the volunteer-run French Broad Institute (Of Time and The River). “The FBI,” which was opened in 2007 in a former Methodist church (built in 1912), serves the community “by providing a forum for curated collaborations, multidisciplinary performances,” and “an investigative think tank for reimagining the relationship between traditional and avant-garde arts, and between the time-based arts and the natural sciences.”

Learn More about Marshall

Marshall, population 800, is the Madison County seat and sits on the banks of the French Broad River some 20 miles north of Asheville. Read more about Marshall, see more photos, or search for homes in the area from the Beverly-Hanks Marshall community page.

 

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Bee City USA Asheville Program Now Led By Asheville GreenWorks http://ashevilleblog.com/bee-city-usa-asheville-program-now-led-asheville-greenworks/ http://ashevilleblog.com/bee-city-usa-asheville-program-now-led-asheville-greenworks/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:08:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11008 Asheville GreenWorks is pleased to announce that it is now the organizational home of the Bee City USA Asheville affiliate.

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Asheville GreenWorks is pleased to announce that it is now the organizational home of the Bee City USA Asheville affiliate.

Bee City USA is a national nonprofit launched in 2012 that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. It fosters ongoing dialogue in urban and suburban areas to raise awareness of the role and importance of pollinators.

“Bringing Bee City USA Asheville under our umbrella of programs is a natural fit for Asheville GreenWorks,” says GreenWorks Executive Director Dawn Chávez. “Our Green Communities program focus includes things like our Food Tree Project, which wouldn’t be possible without bees and other pollinators. We are proud to carry forward this important initiative in our community.”

Asheville was the nation’s inaugural Bee City, with its chapter established in 2012 by Bee City USA founder and director Phyllis Stiles. Today, there are sixty city and campus affiliates in 26 states.

“From the beginning, Asheville GreenWorks lent Bee City USA a hand, loaning us equipment for our launch party and meeting space for our steering committee,” says Stiles. “During their annual garden tour they let us highlight pollinator-friendly gardening principles. No other organization is better suited to facilitate Asheville’s Bee City USA program, in coordination with the Asheville Tree Commission, than GreenWorks. They are adept at mobilizing volunteers, including kids, to get their hands dirty for a great cause.”

While pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat and the reproduction of 90% of the world’s wild plant species, many pollinator species are at risk due to habitat loss and misuse of pesticides.

Among many pollinator installation projects, GreenWorks/Bee City USA Asheville will be working this spring with Glen Arden Elementary School’s Eco Readers club to install a pollinator garden at the school with funding from a Project Learning Tree grant. Students learn as they work, with a series of outdoor programs and extensions that keep them engaged for long after the first planting. This year’s annual Pollination Celebration! will span the month of June with a series of events to celebrate pollinators, the benefits they provide, and the importance of protecting and creating pollinator-friendly habitat in Asheville. Partners from around the community will lead educational and interactive events to learn about bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Asheville GreenWorks welcomes past volunteers of local Bee City USA activities to continue working with the group in its new organizational home. To learn more or to get involved with Bee City USA Asheville, visit the chapter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/beecityasheville/. For more information about Bee City USA’s national efforts, visit beecityusa.org.

Established in 1973, Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. With thousands of volunteers, Asheville GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects including tree plantings, urban agriculture, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation of green spaces, and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

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Sustainable Development Training Takes a Village http://ashevilleblog.com/sustainable-development-training-takes-village/ http://ashevilleblog.com/sustainable-development-training-takes-village/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:35:33 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10939 School of Integrated Living (SOIL) has been certified by Gaia Education to provide the Ecovillage Design Education credential through its Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion at Earthaven Ecovillage, June 10–August 11. SOIL is now one of only two organizations in the US to offer this internationally recognized certificate, part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

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School of Integrated Living certified to offer UNESCO-recognized Ecovillage Design Education credential by Gaia Education

School of Integrated Living (SOIL) has been certified by Gaia Education to provide the Ecovillage Design Education credential through its Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion at Earthaven Ecovillage, June 10–August 11. SOIL is now one of only two organizations in the US to offer this internationally recognized certificate, part of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

Participants in an Ecovillage Design Education program study four core dimensions of sustainability—social, worldview, ecological, and economic—through hands-on exploration of a sustainable settlement. This training prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to design societies that use energy more efficiently, distribute wealth more fairly, and produce less waste.

“The program helps passionate people understand their impact on society and forge real connections with themselves and others,” says SOIL co-founder Lee Walker Warren. “People who are deeply engaged in their local and global communities make the biggest impact, both on other individuals and the planet.”

UNESCO has designated Ecovillage Design Education as an important component in accelerating sustainable solutions at the local level. Gaia Education, a Key Partner of the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, certifies organizations across the world that offer training in support of this goal.

Upon completion of SOIL’s Permaculture and Ecovillage Immersion, students will receive both an Ecovillage Design Education Certificate and a Permaculture Design Certificate that matches and exceeds the standard curriculum content laid out by the Permaculture Institute of North America. More information is available at www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/programs/permaculture-and-ecovillage-immersion/ or from SOIL Director NikiAnne Feinberg at nikianne@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF INTEGRATED LIVING
School of Integrated Living (SOIL) inspires people to live responsible and creative lives by providing experiential education in integrated living and regenerative systems. Its programs educate empowered, skilled, and conscious leaders dedicated to creating radical change and healthy reciprocal relationships.

SOIL has provided whole-life education to over 500 students since its founding in 2013. In addition to offering its own classes, the school has partnered with the College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina University, and Furman University to give a real-world complement to college courses. Work by SOIL instructors has been featured in Permaculture, Home Power, and Mountain Xpress.

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Grove Park is a Neighborhood with a Past, Present, and Future http://ashevilleblog.com/grove-park-neighborhood-past-present-future/ http://ashevilleblog.com/grove-park-neighborhood-past-present-future/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:23:09 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10845 The inviting Grove Park historic district, just northeast of downtown, is considered to be one of the finest neighborhoods in Asheville. Built primary a century ago, the community has its heart in the past, its spirit in the present, and its focus on the future.

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The inviting Grove Park historic district, just northeast of downtown, is considered to be one of the finest neighborhoods in Asheville. Built primary a century ago, the community has its heart in the past, its spirit in the present, and its focus on the future.

A Short History of Grove Park

Grove Park was the vision of Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate from St. Louis. It’s widely regarded as North Carolina’s first suburban neighborhood. The first lots were sold in 1909 in an area of curved streets, parks, and natural landscaping—an atmosphere still present today.

“This is pretty much the neighborhood as it was about a hundred years ago,” says Suzanne Escovitz, a Grove Park neighborhood resident. “The layout, the streets, a lot of the housing stock—it’s a good example of one of the first car suburbs in the United States.”

Like so many other historic Asheville residents, including another well-known “tourist”, Biltmore Estate owner George W. Vanderbilt, Grove was at once impressed with the scenery and the climate. The Vanderbilt’s estate, built in the late 1800’s on what was then the south end of town, led the way for Grove and others with similar visions to develop more areas. Along with other well-knowns like architect Richard Sharp Smith, Grove’s architectural planning shaped much of the look of north Asheville.

The Grove Park neighborhood achieved national status after being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

In the Shadow of the Omni Grove Park Inn

Grove Park is tucked off of Charlotte Street in north Asheville. Much of the community sits just below the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, from which guests and visitors can look out to the city skyline.

Erected in 1913 by Grove’s son-in-law, Fred Seely, the Grove Park Inn on Sunset Mountain was another of Grove’s visions and instantly became the cornerstone of the neighborhood’s identity. The stunning building has played host to a number of American presidents, diplomats, and celebrities over the last century. Today, it has retained its status and is the epicenter for an annual national gingerbread house competition featured in press all across the United States.

“For me it’s a great place to go up and grab a bite, grab a glass of wine on the terrace,” says Suzanne about the Grove Park Inn. “I think it’s wonderful to have a place of prominence on the National Register in the heart of the neighborhood with the homes surrounding it.”

Historic Homes with a Vision of the Future

Photo Courtesy Beverly-Hanks
Photo Courtesy Beverly-Hanks

The Grove Park Historic District is significant to Western North Carolina for its collection of single-family homes that represent the design and construction practices of early twentieth century architecture.

“What makes it, I think, so unique among historic neighborhoods is [that] this is what it looked like pretty much 80 years ago. And in another 80 years—this is the important part—it’s still going to look like this,” says Suzanne.

Most of the development of the neighborhood occurred between 1908 and 1938, illustrating a number of styles including: Georgian, Colonial, Tudor, Bungalow, and Shingle. Many of the homes are sited on wooded parcels averaging half an acre, with occasional size variance where some owners having smartly assembled plots over time. Time-honored deed restrictions concerning setback and building costs have allowed the properties to relate well to each other and maintain a high degree of integrity.

According to Suzanne, “This is a neighborhood that we like to feel has a past, present, and a future to it.”

Learn More about Grove Park

Grove Park is a vibrant historic neighborhood. Read more about the Grove Park neighborhood, see more photos, or search for homes in the area from the Beverly-Hanks Grove Park community page

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