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Asheville-based band Zansa and friends have organized West African nights held every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving) at Bobo Gallery. Start time is 8 p.m. and the evening includes West African drumming and dancing by a variety of folks. Toward the end of the month, they hope to offer West African dinner as well.

The first one is tomorrow night, November 1.  Check them out!

“Zansa” is a street word from the Ivory Coast meaning “a blend” and newly-formed Asheville-based electric West African ensemble Zansa (featuring members of Afromotive) is just that. The group mixes modern and traditional styles, African and American sounds, folk and Afropop, rock and reggae. Adama Dembele, a 33rd-generation djembe player from the Ivory Coast leads the group.

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Saturday my husband, dogs and I drove 55 minutes to Travelers Rest, SC to hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail–a nearly 14 mile greenway that connects Travelers Rest and Greenville, SC.

Aside from being curious about the trail (having heard so much about it), I wanted to explore the trail because I’ve been working with Buncombe County to help with Connect Buncombe–a friends group to support the recently adopted 102 mile county-wide greenway plan.  I grew up near Pittsburgh, so I understand the Rails to Trails system and have seen how they benefit communities, but Greenville really has it goin on!  In fact, as we were leaving, we ran into some Asheville friends who had been in Greenville for the day exploring the trail as well.

Without further ado, here is what a developed greenway system can look like.  Here are the citizens who use the greenway system and here are the businesses that benefit from them.  After today, we REALLY want to Connect Buncombe with greenways and trails!  Also, here are some statistics about economic development impact on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.


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Both with a local bent, The Wedge Brewery is showing two films for the spirit of Halloween!!!   OOooooohhhhaaaaaaaa!

Thursday, 10/25/12 7:30 p.m. Night of the Living Dead

This is a re-release of the original movie with a new soundtrack by Asheville’s Silver Machine

Tuesday, 10/30/12, 7:30 p.m. Wander Lost

David Kabler’s film about a drifter crosses a mysterious old man while returning home to visit his fathers grave. He pursues a beautiful artist, convinced she will somehow free him from his family curse.

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…Eliada Home brings back their corn maze!!!

Eliada’s annual corn maze will offer twelve acres of maze trails and proceeds benefit Eliada Home, a residential home for children.

This year, they’ve added a 20 x 20 spider web climb-on, new giant pumpkin men for the corn cannon targets, and a storybook trail for younger children.  Other popular attractions include: the giant sandbox filled with corn kernels, haybale maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch, barrel train, and corn toss games.

Eliada has devoted one area of the corn maze to the Spookley the Square Pumpkin Storybook Trail. Based on the popular children’s book, Spookley is a pumpkin who is a little different, but he uses his unique shape to save the day.  The Storybook Trail is wonderful for field trips and school groups.

Operating Hours & Ticket Prices

Friday (4-8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.), and Sunday(11 a.m.-7 p.m.) through October 28.  Ticket prices are $9 for adults 12 and over and $6 for children ages 4-11. Group rates, field trip rates, and birthday party offerings are also available. As always, 100% of proceeds from the corn maze benefit children and families served by Eliada.

Many community business make this happen:  Earth Fare, Fairway Outdoor, Comprehensive Chiropractic, Asheville Pool & Patio, ING, Asheville Compounding Pharmacy, Parsec Financial, Brown & Brown Insurance, Buncombe County Sheriffs Department, Rhodes Glass Company, Dr. James Teague, Asheville Financial, HomeTrust Bank, Cintas, PFG Food Services, Bob Hunter, TD Bank, and Mazeplay.

They also need volunteers, so get in touch!


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From mural artist Molly Must

The concept of creating a mural in Triangle Park has been the basis of a new partnership between Just Folks, an organization dedicated to preserving local African-American culture & activity downtown, and the Asheville Design Center (ADC), a local non-profit dedicated to community-driven design. Painter and community-arts organizer Molly Must is project coordinator.

Triangle Park is located on South Market Street in the heart of “The Block,” Asheville’s historic black business district. Though situated just 100 feet behind the dense boutiques and storefronts of Biltmore Avenue, the park, and the Block itself, remain relatively unknown to many Asheville residents and visitors despite the area’s geographic significance.

From the late 1800s until the 1980s, the Block served as the economic center of Western North Carolina’s black community, housing hundreds of black-owned businesses. Yet today the Block holds little evidence of this past vitality.

Help get it there through their Kickstarter Campaign!  Make sure you watch the video–it’s wonderful!


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Everyone’s welcome!  Here’s how to get there.

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Greenways, Please video is a collaborative effort of Buncombe County and its municipalities and partners, as well as local businesses and organizations to provide information about the benefits of greenways in a fun format for viewing across the county.  Connect Buncombe is seeking partners to share this 5 minute public service video at theatres, events, and on websites.  Please get in touch to become a Greenways, Please video screening partner.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Asheville Track Club

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