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The 2014 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalLast time around, we told you about Asheville’s 48th Annual Shindig On The Green. Now it’s time to talk about the 2014 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, from whence Shindig On The Green sprang from.

Asheville’s 87th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is scheduled for July 31st through August 2nd and promises to bring a host of mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, cloggers, and balladeers to the area once again.

A world famous event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival – the first folk festival! – was started in 1928 by Bascom Lamar Lunsford who wanted to share the beauty and dignity he saw in the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down, generation after generation, in western North Carolina.

The 2014 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is set to take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville beginning each evening of the festival at 7pm – below is the full list of the scheduled performances.

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Asheville’s 48th Annual Shindig On The Green

June 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Shindig On The Green

2014 Shindig On The Green
Free – Summer Saturdays

Fans of folk music will not want to miss Asheville’s 48th Annual Shindig On The Green: a summer long set of free, Saturday night concerts presenting authentic, traditional music and dance!

Shindig On The Green is an offshoot of the world famous Mountain Dance and Folk Festival – the oldest, continuously running folk festival in the nation. Formed in 1967, Shindig On The Green was founded as a place for folk musicians to gather and play on summer Saturday nights. As you can imagine, this sort of get together acquired not only musicians but also audiences – and so it has continued to this day with tens of thousands of people from all over the world coming to attend each year.

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Celebrate Summer at the 18th Annual Biltmore Concert Series

June 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

ZZ-Top kick off the 18th annual Biltmore Concert Series, 2014

ZZ-Top kick off this year’s Biltmore Concert Series on July 30th, 2014

The Biltmore Estate is heating up Asheville’s summer with the 18th Annual Biltmore Concert Series!

Every year the Biltmore Estate hosts a series of high profile concerts featuring some of the biggest names in music today. Hosted on the southern terrace of “America’s Largest Home,” this unique venue offers a chance to see your favorite artists perform under a canopy of stars with the stunning Blue Ridge Mountain sunset as a backdrop.

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Broaden Your Horizons at the Asheville Art Museum

May 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Asheville Art MuseumWhenever someone asks for suggestions of what to see in Asheville, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Asheville Art Museum.

Asheville, NC and the surrounding region of 24 counties has a lively art community and a rich art history. The Asheville Art Museum has permanent and rotating exhibits that detail and display this Western North Carolina art heritage as well as that of artists from outside the region.

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Tour Biltmore Winery – and more!

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Biltmore Winery TourThe Biltmore Winery is the most toured winery in the US – and with good reason: it’s located on George W. Vanderbilt’s historic and beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

The Biltmore Estate was founded by George Washington Vanderbilt II in the late 1800′s when he moved from New York to the southern Appalachian mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore Farms on the estate was once the southeast’s largest independent dairy producer.

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The 14th Annual Asheville Mountain Sports Festival

April 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Asheville Mountain Sports Festival

The 2014 Asheville Mountain Sports Festival is a weekend music and sports extravaganza that celebrates athletics, outdoors, and community that you will not want to miss!

Back for its fourteenth year and bigger than ever, the Asheville Mountain Sports Festival has a lineup of athletic events and entertainments designed to challenge and delight both spectator and contestant, pro or amateur.

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Things To Do in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

April 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The historic Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville, NC

The historic Grove Arcade in Downtown Asheville, NC

We hear it all of the time: what’s there to do in downtown Asheville? The answer is: how much time have you got to hear our list?

When visiting, Asheville, there’s so much to do it can be daunting. We have a lively art community, rich history, active nightlife, thriving community, hiking trails, biking trails, museums, churches, theaters, breweries … like I said, there’s quite the list. For the moment, we’d probably be better off to just focus on some downtown Asheville highlights:

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Have A Ball at the Asheville Pinball Museum

March 27th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Asheville Pinball Museum

If you want to have a ball – and I mean really have a ball – then you should come to Asheville and visit the Asheville Pinball Museum!

The basic concept of the pinball machine has been around for a while, now – a LONG while if you’re willing to count games like bagatelle, which appeared in the mid 1700′s. Most agree that the first real pinball machines appeared in 1871 but even if you insist on flippers as being the determining characteristic of a pinball machine, you’ve got to go back to 1947.

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Visit Filming Locations for The Hunger Games in Asheville, NC

March 18th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Hooker Falls was used in filming The Hunger Games in Asheville, NC

Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest is just one of many NC locations used in The Hunger Games

You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the films, now go behind the scenes and explore the locations filmed for The Hunger Games in Asheville, NC!

Shot on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” opened in theatres in spring of 2012 to wild reviews.

If you’re a fan of the series – books, film, or both – you owe it to yourself to visit “District 12″ – the Blue Ridge mountain region of Appalachia, just outside Asheville!

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Trolley Tours of Asheville

February 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Trolley Tours of AshevilleAsheville, North Carolina is such a diverse and fascinating place that it can be difficult to get around to see it all – but Trolley Tours of Asheville can help!

Asheville is known for its trolleys, being the second city in the US (Richmond was the first) to have an all electric, overhead trolley system installed in the 1880′s. Though the electric, overhead system was dismantled in the 1930′s, the trolley’s are still here and ready to tour – are you?

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