Author: Stan Weatherby

Vance Monument: A Brief History

If you have ever been to Downtown Asheville, you can’t help but notice the huge stone obelisk just west of the Buncombe County Courthouse, in Pack Square. It’s been the center of controversy, and seems to be the location of choice for protests. It’s the Vance monument, it was built as a monument to Zebulon Baird Vance, former Confederate Army officer, two-time North Carolina governor, and US Senator. The idea for the monument was proposed in 1896, when George Willis Pack, (whom Pack Square is named after) offered to donate some land for a new courthouse, with the stipulation...

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Triple Falls At DuPont Forest

If you’re looking for a good spot to hike you should head to DuPont Forest. Just in between Hendersonville and Brevard, North Carolina, DuPont State Forest has acres upon acres of natural land and quite a few miles of trail. Speaking of trails, my roommates and I took a hike on the Triple Falls Trail, which is only about a one mile section of the entire waterfalls tour but, it’s a great trail if you just want a short easy hike with a beautiful reward at the end. I would advise you not to go barefoot as the trails...

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Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company

With over 20 years serving the Asheville area, and it’s 16th year winning the Mountain Xpress vote for best pizza in WNC, Asheville Pizza is one of the best know pizza joints in Asheville. They were one of the first microbreweries in the area, with 9 year-round brews sold at all three locations. The original ABC was opened in 1995 on Merrimon Ave. in North Asheville. Over the last 20 years they have opened two more locations on Hendersonville Rd. in South Asheville and on Coxe Ave. just outside of downtown. Image by MountainX The Merrimon location, is know...

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Carrier Park

So, it’s summer, and that means getting up and doing stuff outside.  But where? The kids want to play at the park, and ride bikes, but you want to walk the dog, how are you going to make everyone happy? Well as it turns out, I have a solution. Just off I-26, next to the French Broad River, is a beautiful place called Carrier Park, a retired NASCAR track turned into a place that is both people and dog-friendly. You may hear people refer to it as Amboy Park, as its located on Amboy Rd.  It’s one of the...

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Victory Blvd Tattoo

  Tattoos have always been a controversial part of society, but let’s be honest; it’s pretty much normal now, especially in the Asheville area. Its an integral part of the culture here and as a resident myself, I think it’s beautiful. Beautiful art, beautiful people. Speaking of which, there’s a little tattoo shop with a big reputation and some amazing people on Haywood Rd. in West Asheville. My friend and spiritual sister, Emily Morel, is a tattoo artist there, and we had a little conversation about her and the shop, and the community of West Asheville. She’s a huge...

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ASO Auditions May 2016

The Asheville Symphony announces auditions to fill the following vacancies: ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER ($115.50 per service Plus mileage when applicable – approximately 50 services) PRINCIPAL CELLO ($90.64 per service Plus mileage when applicable – approximately 50 services) Audition Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 Auditions will be held at the First Baptist Church – AFTA entrance The […] The Asheville Symphony announces auditions to fill the following vacancies: ASSOCIATE CONCERTMASTER ($115.50 per service Plus mileage when applicable – approximately 50 services) PRINCIPAL CELLO ($90.64 per service Plus mileage when applicable – approximately 50 services) Audition Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016 Auditions...

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Soundtrack for the City: Asheville Symphony and Musicians from Western North Carolina Unite On New Recording

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Symphony and leading musicians from Asheville’s music scene—including Lizz Wright, Free Planet Radio, Rising Appalachia and Steep Canyon Rangers—have collaborated on an innovative new album to be released in May 2016. Celebrating the diversity of music in Western North Carolina, The Asheville Symphony Sessions features songs that combine the unique […] Source from.. Asheville...

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Star Soprano Angela Brown Joins Asheville Symphony for Verdi’s Requiem April 16

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – One of the stars of the opera world makes her Asheville Symphony debut Saturday, April 16 in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, the highlight of the ASO’s sixth Masterworks concert of the season. Angela Brown, who has received rave reviews for her performances on the Metropolitan Opera stage, joins the ASO, Asheville Symphony Chorus, and Music Director Daniel Meyer for the concert, which begins at 8 p.m. in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Brown was originally scheduled to make her Asheville debut on the symphony’s opening night in September 2015, but was forced to cancel due to illness....

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