Clips: Beer and Film Tour returns to Pack Place Park this Friday September 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Families welcome.  Free to watch, beer proceeds benefit Asheville On Bikes.

Clips is a beer-toting, films-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that travels to 21 cities coast to coast.  Clips has been making a stop in Asheville and partnering with bicycle advocacy non-profit, Asheville On Bikes since 2010, raising more than $15,000 for AOB, according to a guest post on New Belgium’s Asheville blog.

If you like handmade films, New Belgium craft beer, bicycles and building Asheville’s bicycle infrastructure, you should check out this event!  Volunteer by emailing rachel@ashevilleonbikes.com 


Also, on Thursday, September 5, New Belgium is  hosting a Pre-Clips Tap Take Over at Pack’s Tavern. 7 p.m. start time. They will tap 10 beers (some never before offered in Asheville).  A New Belgium Cruiser Raffle with all proceeds going to Asheville On Bikes will take place at 9:30 p.m. (must be present to win)




The City of Asheville is working with form-based code consultant Code Studio to gather input from the community about the future of Haywood Road in West Asheville.  Their first public meeting was last month.  Other opportunities to give input are coming up and you’re invited to attend–please mark your calendars for the dates shared on the project website or below:



Saturday, September 14, Public Workshop


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Hub event Space 278 Haywood Road


Monday, September 16, Open House

6-8 p.m. at West Asheville Community Center, 970 Haywood Rd.


Wednesday, September 18, Final Presentation

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hall Feltcher Elementary School 60 Ridgelawn Rd.

Haywood Road Form-based Code Facebook page is here, sign up to stay posted.

Tell your friends!  If your’e on Facebook, sign up for the Saturday, September 14 Workshop Event Page and share it with your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/events/201879309981286/

Handy-dandy Charrette Schedule is here with details about the week-long schedule.


West Asheville Business Association is holding a community potluck at Carrier Park this Thursday, rain or shine.  Please RSVP so they can through a burger or dog on the grill for you! And, bring a dish to share if you can.

From WABA:

What: WABA End of Summer Community Picnic
Where: Carrier Park Picnic Shelter
When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 • 5:00-8:00pm

  • WABA will be grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie options and will provide paper plates, napkins, plasticware, lemonade and soda.
    An RSVP is appreciated so we can ensure having enough food for all. RSVP to Secretary@west-asheville.com
  • Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
  • If any businesses want to provide additional food items, please let our Secretary (secretary@west-asheville.com) or Treasurer (treasurer@west-asheville.com) know.

ImagePollinate Collaborations is honored to support the Grove Park Inn’s stellar marketing team with planning, outreach, partnerships and media around the opening of EDISON craft ales + kitchen—the newest of the resorts culinary fleet opening today, July 31.

As we say, it takes a hive to raise a restaurant! And we want to send out some very special thank yous to the entire team that made the opening events a success!


Roost in the photo booth

Roost Interior Design designed and developed the “glamping” photo booth design with structural support from WSM Craft

Oscar Wong and the Highland Brewing team have been great partners brewing EDISON’s Centennial Ale




Melissa, Susanne + Joanna

Freelancers Melissa Reardon and Joanna Baker provided strong support with writing, outreach, event preparation and partnerships.

EDISON artists Nancy Joyce, Akira Satake, Gabriel Schaffer and George Peterson, as well as Rob Kleber are exhibiting their work in the space, bringing a bigger taste of Asheville to the dining room, great hall and other areas.




EDISON serving and culinary teams rocked it out with their serving prowess, hospitality and amazing local food and craft beverages.

Crybaby set the musical mood with their irreverent jazz standards. 

Micah Mackenzie Photography captured the excitement of the EDISON preview parties.


Wedge and Asheville Ale Trail crew

Thanks to Mountain Xpress, Asheville Scene, Asheville Ale Trail, Carolina Epicurean, and other media outlets for helping to spread the word.

And, to those of you from the community who enlivened the preview events with your presence, your sass, your general Asheville flare—many thanks!



West Asheville, today (Zen Sutherland)

COMMUNITY MEETING, AUGUST 13 at Hall Fletcher Elementary School

Form based codes are a planning tool that can replace traditional zoning with a focus on land uses, building setbacks and heights— including more effective development tools designed to enliven the streetscape and make neighborhoods more walkable and economically viable. This is an important tradeoff where additional density is anticipated and desired. 


The City of Asheville will kick-off the form based code process for Haywood Road in West Asheville, with a community meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 13 at Hall Fletcher Elementary School in the Little Theater, 60 Ridgelawn Avenue at 6:30 pm. 

Form-based code will affect how Haywood Rd. functions and looks for pedestrians, businesses, motorized vehicles, human-powered vehicles and relationships of buildings to each other.  Want to give some input on that or hear how to?  Go to this meeting.

 See the full run down.

Learn more about form-based code. (bad, bad name for something pretty cool)


The Experimental Theatre Ensemblegreatly influenced by the Neo-Futurists of NYC and Chicago–is a sketch group where the “sketches” are personal and honest, but still theatrical, entertaining, funny, etc – like sketch comedy meets storytelling. There is a non-illusory aesthetic, meaning the cast doesn’t play characters or pretend to be somewhere they aren’t. No suspension of disbelief.

The ensemble creates short (sketch length) original pieces and rehearsals serve to workshop/develop these original pieces. Collaboration, openness and keeping a sense of play are all important qualities in the process.

How to audition for the ensemble:Sun 7/14 1-3pm and Mon 7/15 7:30-9:30pm at Anam Cara, audition reservations are necessary. Auditions: perform a 2-5 minute solo piece about your life. Feel free to incorporate talking, silence, movement, stillness or any combination. It can be about a specific aspect of you/your life or a broad sweep of your whole life. Your piece should show a little about yourself and reflect your understanding of the Neo-Futurist aesthetic. Email experimentalensemble@gmail.com to reserve your audition slot and for more info.

Anam Cara Theatre Company, located at 203 Haywood St. in West Asheville, aims to produce progressive work that provides audiences and company members alike with an experience that makes evident the eternal connection of all humanity, promoting social change and the equality of all people. 


Asheville’s first hard cider company, Noble Cider, hosts a public release of its inaugural small batch at the Wedge Brewing Company, on Wednesday June 5, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The Noble crew will be onsite to meet and greet, answer questions, and enjoy Noble Cider with Asheville. 

Party goers can help Noble Cider raise funds for their fall batch by purchasing t-shirts, pint glasses, and stickers at the event.

“Noble Cider has brought together Western North Carolina’s rich history of agriculture with its exciting craft beverage industry,” said co-founder and cider maker Trevor Baker. “We think Asheville is going to love our product. It’s not too sweet and it’s a great warm weather beverage.”  

The Wedge, Noble Cider’s first “Core Partner”, announced via social media earlier this month that they’ll be putting Noble on tap through the summer.  Both companies are happy to announce that Asheville can enjoy Noble Cider at the Wedge’s dockside serving window starting on Saturday May 25, the first official day of Asheville Beer Week.  

“The Wedge Brewing Company and Noble Cider partnership makes great sense for both businesses,” said Wedge Brewing owner, Tim Schaller. “We’re happy to add another local craft beverage to our lineup.


Noble Cider is a semi-dry hard cider made from local apples and hand-crafted in Asheville, North Carolina.  Founded in the apple country region of our state, Noble is WNC’s first hard cider.  Noble Cider’s inaugural batch starts with local, hand-pressed apple juice that’s fermented like wine. The result is a 7.5% ABV cider that’s crisp, lightly effervescent, and just sweet enough for a balanced, long finish.  Noble Cider is in business because of an Advantage Opportunity Fund loan from AdvantageWest Economic Development Group. “True to the Core” – Noble Cider    www.noblecider.com 


Noble Cider will be available only on tap at select WNC bars and restaurants.  Noble will enter the market Memorial Day weekend in parallel with Asheville Beer Week, starting with Wedge Brewing Company and BoBo Gallery.  The full list of bars and restaurants that will carry Noble Cider will be available online at http://noblecider.com/on-tap/bars-restaurants/


Noble Cider enters a market that may only share 1% of the alcoholic beverage market, but the hard cider market saw more than an 75% growth in retail sales in 2012, according to the most recent industry analysis by Neilson.  The Northwest, Northeast, and Michigan areas – which are all known for their apple regions – have seen a boom in hard cider over the last years.  Global beverage conglomerates like Anheuser-Busch InBev and C&C Group have all recently purchased established American hard cider companies.  Vermont Hard Cider Company, which has been crafting the Woodchuck brand since the early ‘90s, announced its sale to C&C Group for $305 Million in October 2012.  


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