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Bele Chere 2011 Closes In On Asheville Streets

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Bele Chere 2011 FlyerHold onto your hats Asheville. If you think that the summer has been hot so far—you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

In less than two weeks, the City of Asheville, the Bele Chere Board of Directors, and an eclectic army of supporters dedicated to continuing the tradition of “beautiful living” here in North Carolina, will descend on the downtown area to launch the 33rd Annual Bele Chere Festival. The Festival, which was first held back in 1979 on a patch of land that spanned about three city blocks, has now grown into the largest street festival of its kind in the southeast, drawing well over a quarter million visitors each summer—and consuming every available inch of Asheville’s central business district for the better part of three days.

Over the course of the event—which will officially kick-off at 12pm on Friday, July 29th and wrap-up at 6pm on Sunday, July 31st—a wide variety of musicians, artists, vendors, and “home folk” will gather to celebrate the special ingredient that has helped to make Asheville great: its people. And true to the spirit of southern hospitality, Bele Chere’s organizers will ensure that there is something fun for everyone:

Children and Youth. For the littles, the Arena Level of the Asheville Civic Center will be transformed into an alcohol-free Children’s Area featuring free crafts, children’s performances, and ticketed rides.

Music Aficionados. Love music? No problem. The Festival will host more than 40 bands representing diverse lyrical traditions including Rock & Roll, R & B, Bluegrass, Top 40, and Gospel.

The Artistic. Consider yourself crafty? Great! Visit Bele Chere and greet some of the most skilled artisans from across the nation as they show and sell high-quality works in metal, fabric, paint, and other popular mediums.

Silver Foxes. Who says that young people should have all the fun? Join Asheville’s “young at heart” at the Bele Chere Senior Oasis as they enjoy all of the same fun as the younger set—and maybe more—in a cozy, air-conditioned venue.

So whether you’re a swinging single, married with children, a forward-thinking elder, or somewhere in between, plan to join the fun at this year’s Bele Chere Festival. After all, you’ve only got one life to live. Why not make it beautiful?

Asheville’s River Arts District Welcomes Walk Ins

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

River Arts DistrictAsheville’s River Arts District houses the studio’s of more than 140 artists. Each June and November they open nearly every door to allow strollers to look around at their leisure enjoying not only the art but the process by which it’s created.

This coming weekend marks this year’s second Asheville River Arts District Studio Stroll. Patrons can walk along the sidewalks of the charming area, entering the studios and asking questions of the artist who works within. From 10 am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday (November 13th and 14th) Asheville’s historic Trolley will transport walkers between the studio’s of every kind of artist imaginable.

Several restaurants in the area are excited for the weekend of passionate people able to really observe the inner workings of this unique collection. Be sure to visit the 12Bones Smokehouse, Clingman Cafe, Wedge Brewery, and the Roots Cafe while you’re in the area!

The days are sure to be fun and educational as the plethora of art available will include, pottery, painting, woodworking, photography, sculptors, weavers,, jewelers, and more! Bring your family and friends to the River Arts District located along the French Broad River and discover a small piece of Asheville that will astonish you.

For those who may not be available during those hours, there will be a preview of some of the studios on Friday night. The list is coming soon to the Studio Stroll website.

Asheville Hosts 1st Annual “Moog Fest”

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Our great city of Asheville North Carolina consistantly puts together some of the best festivals ever. This year is no different. For the first time the annual Moog Fest will move from New York City to Asheville!

Dr. Robert Arthur Moog was born and raised in New York City, although the last thirty years of his life were lived in Asheville, and attended Queen’s College. After college he invented the Moog Synthesizer. Bob Moog went on to contribute many more instruments to the music world in general.

Due to all of the above, people around the world come together once a year to celebrate the life of this great man.

This year’s musical guests will include Big Boi, Alex B., Bonobo, Claire and the Reasons, and many many more. Although artists will often use the instruments and items invented by Bob Moog, the list was not compiled of people who use these items most often. Instead the guests were chosen because they “…embody the essence of Bob Moog’s visionary and creative spirit”.

The entire experience promises to be an amazing spot for education, via workshops, muscial inspration and entertainment, via concerts, and an excellent time spent with friends. Also, many venues in the downtown Asheville area will provide food and drinks during the three day event.

So if you live close or are able to travel far, come to Asheville on October 29th – 31st and celebrate Bob Moog and life lived in passionate pursuit of musical expression.