Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tweetsie Railroad Halloween Ghost Train Festival Weekends in October

October 2 - 3, 2015    Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad   Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this very popular event. 

Fun for the whole family, this ghastly special event admission includes: all the nighttime activities in the park - the ride on the Ghost Train, trick-or-treating for the kids, Haunted House, Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular, the rides in the Creepy Carnival, and the attractions in "The Boneyard” section, featuring the Black Hole, 3-D maze, and the “Freaky Forest.” 

Enjoy all the "ghastly" attractions:

  • Ghost Train Rides 
  • Exciting Haunted House 
  • Halloween Shows 
  • 3-D Maze 
  • Black Hole™ 
  • Trick-or-treating 
  • Freaky Forest 
  • Warp Tunnel

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pump Boys and Dinettes opens This Week at The Flat Rock Playhouse

October 1 -  25, 2015    The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Pump Boys and Dinettes    Pump Boys and Dinettes is one of the most frequently requested shows by Flat Rock Playhouse audiences. It’s a countrified musical packed with original and highly entertaining, toe-tappin’ tunes, presented as a love song to family and friends, both old and new.  

Somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, way down on Highway 57, the ‘Pump Boys’ sell high-octane gasoline, while the ‘Dinettes’ serve up plenty of pie and sass at the Double Cupp diner next door. Come sit a spell as the Pump Boys and Dinettes share their stories of heartache and hilarity with songs, live-instruments, and even a kitchen utensil or two.

Tickets are $15 - $40, with group sales available.

Get links for local lodging, dining and attractions on our Flat Rock NC Visitor Guide.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) Hosts Guest Appreciation Festival this Weekend in Bryson City NC

September 25 - 27, 2015    Guest Appreciation Festival at NOC   Enjoy GAF events all weekend long at NOC's Wesser Campus. It's NOC's way of saying thanks for another great year. There will be a great line-up of live music, beer tastings with Nantahala Brewing Company and fun hands-on activities throughout the day as well as good-natured boating competitions. 

Families will appreciate multiple educational presentations featuring animals and stories with crowd participation. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Chimney Rock State Park Offers Special Weekend of Kids Programs for National Take a Child Outside Week

September 25 - 27, 2015    Take a Child Outside Programs and Hikes  at Chimney Rock State Park.  Take a Child Outside Week is a national movement started in North Carolina that features special ranger-led programs at NC State Parks. 

Fun hikes and/or nature education programs introduce children and families to the outdoors and healthy activities. All activities offered daily and open to the public. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to camp beneath the stars of Chimney Rock on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

September 26, 2015   Writers on the Rock for Kids    This event is part of Take a Child Outside Week, Writers on the Rock for Kids will feature children’s books about the natural world and special, interactive presentations by children’s authors Janie DeVos (How High Can You Fly?, Barthello’s Wing and more) and Marci Spencer (Potluck: Message Delivered). 

Janie will lead kids in the discovery of what makes them special during “Your Special Gift” beginning at 1 PM. At 2 PM, Marci will teach kids how to track a bear and her cub during a “Junior Bear Biologist” program. Both authors will be available to chat with fans and autograph their books, which will be available for purchase through The Fountainhead Bookstore.

Learn more about Chimney Rock NC on our Visitor Information Guide.  


Monday, September 21, 2015

Art on the Island Festival this Weekend in Marshall NC

September 26, 2015    Art on the Island Festival   The new and improved arts and music (used to be MAD on Main held in May) has moved the month to September and the location to Blannahassett Island and changed the name to Art on the Island Festival. 

The Festival is still FREE! The new venue allows the festival to put musicians on the new stage and to combine with the Farmer’s Market to offer many more opportunities to enjoy the day. 

Come out to browse through arts booths, sample local food and buy local produce while listening to musicians perform throughout the day. For questions, contact the Madison County Arts Council at 828 649-1301.

Get links for local information on The Mars Hill and Marshall NC Visitor Guide.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

De Temps Antan Lead a Workshop and Perform this Saturday at the Blue RIdge Music Center

September 19 at The Blue Ridge Music Center - De Temps Antan plus Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Alice Gerrard and Kay Justice. Workshop at 3 PM, Concert begins at 4 PM.

Concertgoers are invited to arrive at 3 PM for a workshop on the fascinating history of music and dance in Quebec led by De Temps Antan. Afterward, renowned regional musicians Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Alice Gerrard, and Kay Justice will kick off the afternoon performance with a healthy mix of old-time, folk, bluegrass, and more.

De Temps Antan, photo courtesy Blue Ridge Music Center
With fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, and bouzouki, the Québécois folk music trio DeTemps Antan (Éric Beaudry, André Brunet, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis) blends boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional French-Canadian music. Their sound, anchored by the "tac-tic-a-tac" of les pieds (a form of seated clogging found only in French Canada), explores time-honored melodies from Quebec's musical past.

The group's workshop will focus on the music of Quebec, including instrumentation (fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, foot percussion) and dance. Longtime members of the folk, bluegrass, and Americana music scenes, Brown, McMurray, Gerrard, and Justice will take turns performing together and in duets. Paul Brown spent years collecting and documenting traditional music in Southwest Virginia and the Round Peak region near Mount Airy, North Carolina. As a performer, record producer, and former NPR host, Brown has introduced millions to Appalachian music, and helped ensure its preservation and vitality for future generations.

Terri McMurray started playing banjo uke and banjo when she was pint-size. She cofounded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and dug into clawhammer banjo with Tommy Jarrell in North Carolina. Spanning some 50 years, Alice Gerrard's superb recordings showcase the artist's many talents: compelling, eclectic songwriting; powerful, hard-edged vocals; and instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Her most recent album, Follow the Music, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. West Virginia's Kay Justice is a noted singer and guitarist known for her work with Ginny Hawker in the 1990s and Gerrard and Gail Gillespie in the Southern traditional music trio, The Herald Angels.

The Blue Ridge Music Center features the award-winning, interactive Roots of American Music exhibit, open daily from 10 AM. to 5 PM, and Midday Mountain Music performances by local and regional musicians, daily from noon to 4 PM. Both activities are FREE.

While you're there, be sure to trek the trails on the grounds. The Fisher Peak Loop Trail is a moderate 2.25-mile hike and the High Meadow Trail is an easy, family-friendly 1.35-mile jaunt (one way) in and along the edge of the woods. High Meadow is also a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail which features brochures with fun activities for children and families.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is located just north of Boone NC at Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway,  700 Foothills Road in Galax, VA. For tickets and concert information, visit or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Bird is the Word this Weekend at Chimney Rock State Park with the Annual Flock to the Rock and guided Early Birdwalk

September 19, 2015    Naturalist Niche: Early Bird Walk at Chimney Rock Park    Kick off the Flock to the Rock event with an early birdwalk led by a Park naturalist to see which of our feathered friends are out on trails before the Park opens. Then stick around for Flock to the Rock, the region’s premier fall migration birding event featuring live Birds of Prey programs (a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl), birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds, plus family nature walks. Event coincides with the annual hawk migration. Meet at tunnel entrance; advance registration is required by calling 800-277-9611. 
Birding at Chimney Rock State Park

September 19, 2015   7th Annual Flock to the Rock at Chimney Rock Park    The region’s premier fall migration birding event is held at Chimney Rock, an official site on the NC Birding Trail. It features live Birds of Prey programs with a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl, birdwalks led by local experts, workshops like bird photography and hummingbirds plus family nature walks. Chimney Rock is home to over 130 species of birds throughout the year, including warblers, vireos, tanagers, woodpeckers, thrushes, owls and other birds of prey, including the Peregrine Falcon. This prime birding weekend coincides with the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen winging their way south.  

Get links for complete local information on the Chimney Rock NC Visitor Guide.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Asheville's Annual Brewgrass Festival Combines Live Music and American Craft Beer

September 19, 2015  Brewgrass Festival   50 American breweries gather to showcase a diverse assortment of national and regional craft beers. The live entertainment this year includes a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that includes Jeff Austin Band, Truth & Salvage Co., Big Daddy Love, and Packway Handle Band.

The Brewgrass Festival began in 1996 and is Western North Carolina’s original craft beer festival. Today, North Carolina  boasts over 100 breweries and brewpubs, and Asheville NC has become a  beer-lovers destination selected as  “Beer City USA” four years in a row.

Brewgrass  has always showcased some of the most in-demand and exciting brewers in the region. The event also features a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. 

The beer festival is held from 1 - 7 PM at Asheville's Memorial Stadium. Get advance tickets online  HERE.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Macon County Fair This Weekend in Franklin NC

September 16 - 19, 2015     Annual Macon County Fair   An authentic agricultural fair featuring crafts, farm animals and festival foods. Held on the Macon County Fair Grounds in Franklin NC.

Schedule of 2015 Events
September 14  - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.....Enter all Educational Booths

September 15 -  9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ..Enter all Individual Exhibits including livestock/  No exhibits accepted after Tuesday

September 16  -  9:00 a.m. - Noon...............Judging (Doors Closed to Public) 1:00 p.m.      
Opening Ceremony, Pavilion 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Doors Open for Public 6:00 p.m.
Market Hog Show, Show Arena 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Pet Show Registration, Pavilion 7:00 p.m.
Pet Show, Pavilion 9:00 p.m.\
Doors Close to Public

September 17  - 9:00 a.m. ........Doors Open to Public 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fiber Fair, Field 10:30 a.m.
Special Needs Livestock Show, Show Arena 5:00 p.m.
Dairy Cattle Show, Show Arena 6:00 p.m.
Cross-Cut Saw Demonstration, Field 6:00 p.m.
Market Lambs, Junior Show, Show Arena 6:00 p.m.
Entertainment, Pavilion 7:00 p.m.
Rabbit Show, Rabbit Area 7:30 p.m
Goat Show, Show Arena 9:00 p.m.
Doors Close to Public

September 18  - 9:00 a.m. ......Doors Open to Public 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Preschool Kids Fun Day at the Fair, Field 3:00 p.m. - until
BBQ Supper, Pavilion 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kids Pedal Tractor Registration, entrance to Livestock Barn 4:30 p.m.
Entertainment, Pavilion 6:00 p.m.
Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, enterance to Livestock Barn 6:30 p.m.
Market Lamb (Costume Contest & Obstacle Course), Show Arena 9:00 p.m.
Doors Close to Public

September 19 -  9:00 a.m. .......Doors Open to Public 10:00 a.m
Market Steer Show, Show Arena Following Steer Show
Market Steer, Born & Bred Show, Show Arena 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
“Best Cake Contest” Registration, Pavilion 11:00 - 12:00 noon
"Best Cake Contest" Judging, Pavilion 12:00 noon
"Best Cake Contest" Auction, Pavilion 1:00 p.m.
Beef Heifer Show, Show Arena Following Heifer Show
Feeder Calf Show, Show Arena 2:00 p.m.
Tractor Driving Contest, Field 6:00 p.m
Entertainment, Pavilion 7:00 p.m. Market Steer Sale, Show Arena 8:00 p.m.
Market Hog Sale, Show Arena 9:00 p.m.
Doors Close to Public

September 20 -  12:00 p.m. ....Horse Show, Horse Ring 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibits Check Out *Note: Sunday's events will be Horse Show Only.

September 21 -  9:00 a.m. - Noon......Exhibits Check Out 7:00 p.m.
Harvest Sale, D Building

photo by Vickie Carpenter courtesy of The Macon County News

Sunday, September 13, 2015

West Jefferson Hosts Literary Festival this Week Featuring North Carolina People, Places and Heritage

September 15 - 19, 2015   On The Same Page Literary Festival   High Country locals and visitors are both invited to celebrate the literary arts in Ashe County. The fourth annual literacy festival will focus on writing about North Carolina people, places and traditions. Events planned for this festival are informative and fun with readings, workshops, a film showing and lots of question-and-answer sessions with the authors. 

Festival event venues include the Ashe County Public Library, the Ashe Arts Center and various local restaurants In West Jefferson NC. At these locations, you will enjoy book discussions, readings, the Book Fair, writing workshops, a chance to interact with the authors, and so much more.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mountain Spirits: Wine and Beer Tastings and Events for the week of 9-10-15

September 11, 2015 from 5:30 - 8 PM at Maggie B's Wine and Specialty Store, 10 C South Main Street in Weaverville NC: California Wine Tasting. September is California wine month. This is a great time to visit while the winemakers are harvesting and tasting the bounty of the season. If you can't make it to California this month, head to Weaverville NC where Maggie B's will be pouring some California classics this Friday: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel.

Special Friday and Saturday Only: Dreambird Moscato, Romania "Lots of peach, apricot, and stone fruit flavors." WAS: $9.99 FRIDAY & SATURDAY: $5.99

September 11-17, 2015 - Asheville Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC: Movies at 675 Merrimon - Amy; Home; The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Ground Score Saison ABV: 5.6 IBU: 25 SRM: 5 Malts: Pale, Pilsner, Flaked Wheat and Oats and CaraRed Hops: Aramis and Strisselspalt.

September 11, 2015 from 5 - 7 PM at Hops and Vines, 797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 in West Asheville NC: FREE Beer Tasting - German Fest Bier. It’s time to start enjoying the best fest style beers from Germany. These are some of the best oktoberfest and marzen style lagers you can find, straight from classic German breweries :
Ayinger - If you’ve been in the shop recently, you’ve probably already heard us sing praises for this phenomenal beer. One of the highest awarded beers in the world, this complex yet stunningly drinkable lager encompasses everything a proper fest beer should be. Rich with munich malts and German hops, this beer is a standout favorite year after year.
Hofbrau Oktoberfest - As one of Germany’s oldest breweries, Hofbrau embodies classic German style. Prepared for the season, Hofbrau brews this full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. It is an absolutely natural product; brewed from pure water, the best quality malt and exquisite hops. Offering 6.3% alcohol by volume and a clean, crisp edge, it is a vital part of the Oktoberfest.  
Weihenstephaner Festbier - A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. Crisp, dry and full of the delicate craft we’ve come to expect from this highly regarded German brew house. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor.

September 12, 2015 from 3 - 6 PM:  FREE Wine Tasting - Carolina Heritage Wines. Combining their knowledge and passions, the husband-and-wife team completed degrees in Viticulture and Enology from Surry Community College, established the first USDA-Certified Organic vineyard and winery in North Carolina, now known as Carolina Heritage. Carefully selecting varietals of grapes that work with the climate and altitude instead of fighting against it, these wines show a medium body, full flavor and dry finish that drink wonderfully on their own or pair with a variety of southern foods  10% off all featured bottles on Saturday.

September 12, 2015 from 3 - 7 PM at Appalachian Vintner, Wine Tasting,
free with the purchase of $10 or more. September 14 - $1 off all draft beer noon to 7:30 PM.  September 16 - Wine Wednesday. $1 off wines by the glass.  Almost twenty wines by the glass most of which are organic, sustainable or biodynamic. More flavor, less chemicals, try it your body will thank you.  

September 16, 4 - 7 PM Asheville Beer Devil's Backbone Release Party. The award winning DEVIL’S BACKBONE Brewery from Virgina stops by for some limited release beers and a meet a greet with the brewery team.

September1 - 30, 2015 at Shelton Vineyards
, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC:  September is North Carolina Wine Month. Celebrate at Shelton Vineyards with a variety of special events, wine and dinner specials. Winery tours and tastings happening daily. Can’t make it to the vineyard? Shelton's website will feature wine specials throughout the month– so be sure to check back.

All September Long - Enjoy contests in the Retail Shop. Stop by the tasting room and enter to win a Case of Wine of your choice (excludes reserve wines) - with a winner selected each week. At the end of September,  one lucky winner will be selected for an Overnight Getaway Package that includes dinner for two at the Harvest Grill, 25% off one bottle of wine, two glasses of wine at the Hampton Inn Wine Bar and a tour and tasting for two at the winery. Also, enter the Facebook and Instagram Contest - show how you enjoy your favorite Shelton Vineyards wine for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate.

September 11, 18, 25, October 2 - Dinner in the Cellar.  Four Friday Nights of special dinners in the wine cellar, featuring a different 3 course meal each night. Cocktails from 6:30 - 7 PM, dinner served at 7 PM.

September 12 - Wine Showdown at Harvest Grill. 
6:30 PM Come out and enjoy a "friendly competition"... Two teams will make wine pairing suggestions to a Vintner's Dinner created by Chef Paul. You will help out and vote for the winning pairings: 

Cast Iron Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet Corn Coulis, 
Salsa Verde and Tomato Cucumber Salad Roasted Almond and Raspberry Salad 
Brown Sugar, Chipotle & Bacon Wrapped, Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Lime Butter 
and Black Pepper Aioli Blackberry and Dark Chocolate Tart with Macadamia Brittle and Chantilly Cream. 

$60.00 per person. Make your reservations by calling (336) 366-3590 or email Seating is Limited So Call Now.

September 15, 2015  7 PM at  Classic Wine Cellar,
20 Church Street, Waynesville NC - Grapes of Spain Wine Dinner.  Discover the romance of Spanish wines with Javier Boquero of Grapes of Spain Imports.  $45 per person, reservations required  

September 11 at 7 PM - Kevin Lorenz live guitar playing jazz, pop and Latin music.  
September 12 at 7 PM - Joe Cruz piano and vocals performing music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel.   
Wine on Wednesdays - stop by every Wednesday from 4 PM to 8 PM to enjoy unique varietals, regional tastings and more. Free tastings with the purchase of $15 of food or $16 per person.


September 11, 2015 from 2 - 7 PM at Table Wine,
1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 102, Asheville NC - FREE Tasting - Classic Wines of Spain.
A free, informative, and money saving wine tasting this Friday featuring some classic wines of Spain.  From Cava and Rioja to 95 point rated Priorat, you’ll have the chance to familiarize yourself with the traditional regions and grapes of Spain.

September 12, 2015 from 2 PM - 5 PM: Free Wine Tasting – Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignons.
Want Napa Cab flavor at a fraction of the price? It’s time to try Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignons and this is the place to do it. We’ve noticed a serious uptick in the quality of Cabs we’ve been tasting from Argentina recently, and we’re excited to pour three of our favorites for you.

September 11, 2015 from  4 - 6 PM at  LaBouteille,
10 N Trade St, Suite A Tyon NC - Complimentary Wine Tastings  every Friday.   The last Saturday of each month 4-8 pm is a 10 beers for $10 beer tasting. Bring a dish of food to share.

September 12, 2015 from  2 PM - 5 PM at The Wine Guy, 555 Merimon Ave and 1200 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC - FREE Saturday tastings
are a great way to sample new favorites in a casual setting. Sample 4 to 6 new wines. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served and all wines poured will be specially priced

September 11, 2015 from 6 PM - 8 PM at Brushy Mountain Winery, 125 West Main Street in Elkin NC - Live Performance by Michael Scott Carpenter.  
September 12 - Little Stevie Blue Shoes performs live from 6 to 8 PM. 
September 13 - Listening Room Concert with Rae Hering. Meet and greet with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 followed by the show. $10 donation to the artist.

September 10, 2015 at Brusin' Ales, 66 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville NC  Regular service this week. 

Tasting Rooms:

Biltmore Winery, located on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC. Daily tasting and tours with Estate admission. Special events and tastings throughout the year.

Old North State Winery, 308 North Main Street, Mount Airy NC. Tasting room open seven days a week.
Reservations are recommended for tastings and tours.  Sample wines and browse the gift shop featuring wine related and gourmet gift items. Thursdays live music at 8 PM. 

RagApple Lassie, 3724 Ragapple Lassie Lane Boonville NC.  Tours are "on demand" noon to six PM daily.
Tastings are available noon to six PM daily and include up to 11 varieties of wine.

Calaboose Cellars, 565 Aquone Road, Andrews NC.  Tasting room summer hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon to 8:00. 

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery,  170 Heritage Vines Way in Elkin NC - Open to the public for Tours and Tastings on Saturdays and Sundays
from 1 PM to 6 PM and at other times by appointment – call (336) 366-3301 to schedule a time.

Elkin Creek Winery, 318 Elkin Creek Mill Road in Elkin NC,  Open for tastings Thursday through Sunday,
11 AM - 5 PM and other times by appointment. 

Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, Tasting Room Drive off of Klondike Road, 235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, NC -  Tasting Room open Wednesday through Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. June through September: Saturdays open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks,   315 Thurmond PO Road in Thurmond NC - Tasting Room Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM.

Round Peak Vineyard,   765 Round Peak Church Road in Mount Airy NC - Tasting Room Open Daily: Sun–Thurs 12 pm–5 pm;  Fri 12 pm–8 pm;  Sat 11 am–6 pm (and until Sunset Jun–Aug); By appt. other times. The Tasting Room is also a cozy place to host your private event. With space for 20-40 people depending on seating, and the ability to cater any type of food or appetizers desired, we can create the atmosphere you'd like. Available any time except the normal business hours that the Tasting Room is open.
Shelton Vineyards, 286 Cabernet Lane in Dobson NC. Regular tour and tasting is offered daily departing every half hour.
This includes a guided tour of the 33,000 square-foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process, a tasting of five wines, and a souvenir wine glass. $5 per person.  Retail hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AN.-6 PM., and Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM (Daylight Savings Time); Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12 PM-5 PM (Standard Time). Tours and tastings are offered daily. The winery is open every day of the year except New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A variety of additional special tours are available - reservations are required, see the website for details.

South Creek Vineyard and Winery, 2240 South Creek Road, Nebo, NC  Open Wednesdays through Saturdays
from 11 AM to 5 PM, Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM through the year until January 1st. Tastings include the glass & are $6, $7 or $10 depending on the wines you choose. Music events are rain or shine and provided to South Creek Customers at no admission fee, unless it is a stated ticketed event.

Wedge Brewing Company, 125 B Roberts St. in the River Arts District, Asheville NC. Micro-brewery regular Hours:
Monday to Thursday 4:00 PM till 10:00 PM, Friday 3:00 PM till 10:00 PM. Live music on select dates and outdoor cinema. 

Greenman Brewery, 23 Buxton Ave., Asheville NC. The tasting room is open seven days a week
at 4 o'clock, or maybe earlier.

Slightly Askew Winery, 913 North Bridge Street in  Elkin NC - Hours of operation: Thursday - Friday 1 PM - 6 PM; Saturday 12 PM - 6 PM; Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM

Stoney Knoll Vineyards, 1143 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson NC -  Tasting Room Hours:
Regular hours March through December - Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Winter hours in January and February - Fridays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Wine tasting: $7.00, Wine by the glass: $5.00. 10% Case Discount on Regular Prices (includes free wine tasting and glass)

Other Wineries and Vineyards:
Olde Mill Winery and Vineyards,  2742 Simpson Mill Road in Mount Airy NC

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Fly" Opens this Week at the Flat Rock Playhouse Telling the Story of the Tuskegee Airmen

September 10 - 27, 2015 The Flat Rock Playhouse   presents "Fly".  An important and inspiring story about the experiences  and challenges of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American flyers in the U.S. military during World War II. 

Hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa, and the Caribbean each arrive at boot camp with a dream to serve their country as combat fighter pilots. But they find that they must first combat racism and prejudice in the very military they have volunteered to serve.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy in Flat Rock NC
The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 S. Main Street in. Hendersonville NC  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival This Weekend in Burnsville NC

September  10-12, 2015     Carolina Mountains Literary Festival   This two day festival, held at several venues in downtown Burnsville, provides a unique, intimate setting for readers and regional authors to mingle.

Enjoy a fascinating array of talks and workshops that include everything from listening to readings of recently published books to learning how to pen a memorable memoir. 

Pre-registration, along with a $25 fee is required for the following workshops: Story from Thin Air (fiction), Making Meaning from our Memories, From Concept to Publishing: Learning the steps for Writing a Memoir, and to Dwell in Possibility (poetry). 

Admission: General sessions free, 3-hour workshops $25 and banquet on Friday September 5 is $30 

Get links for complete local information on the Burnsville NC Visitor Guide.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Events: Trout Fishing Tournament in Cherokee

September 4 - 6, 2015   The Qualla Country Trout Tournament  Compete for  a share of the $20,000 in prizes.  Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Redemption location and times to be announced. 

This fishing tournament is open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. $11 entry fee. 

Learn more about local events and attractions on the Cherokee NC Visitor Guide.


Labor Day Weekend Events: Omni Grove Park Inn Celebration

September 4 - 7, 2015       Labor Day Weekend at The Omni Grove Park Inn  Celebrate the holiday and the last of summer with a dive-in movie at the outdoor pool, daily live music throughout the resort, history tours to learn more about this remarkable mountain inn and a variety of family friendly activities all with minutes of downtown Asheville NC

Grove Park Inn nestled in the mountains minutes from downtown Asheville

Throughout the weekend, register to win a special Labor day Weekend gift basket and you do not need to be present to win. 

Omni Grove Park Inn offer extensive Spa Services

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa - Renowned spa, scenic golf course,  sports complex with pool, tennis, racquetball, training. Onsite restaurants, lounge, bars. A large variety of rooms and suites, varying stages of updates with some original Inn antiques. A landmark Inn in the WNC mountain area. 

Check for current best rates and availability HERE.