98.1 the RIVER and the Asheville Downtown Association are proud to announce that Homegrown in Pritchard returns to Pritchard Park on Thursdays June 6 through August 29. Homegrown in Pritchard is a free summer concert series featuring local singer-songwriters performing from 6-8pm. Artists performing in the concert series will also be featured on the Homegrown radio program Sunday nights on 98.1 the RIVER.
Cleanliness has become a bigger and bigger issue in Downtown Asheville. We hear it from tourists, residents and business owners alike, but there’s no sustainable solution in place. So, we’re taking to the streets on Monday, July 1 with our brooms, dustpans, lots of trash bags and even a few power washers to show what Downtown Asheville can be.
Shifts: 8-11am, 11am-2pm, 2-5pm
From The FlipKey Blog:
FlipKey.com, a leading vacation rental marketplace, today revealed the top ten summer beer festivals for thirsty travelers. From drinking beer in the outfield of Raley Field in Sacramento to hopping on a LaZoom bus comedy and beer tour during Asheville Beer Week, these festivals offer good beer and good times to the locals and tourists who travel to sample regional offerings and nation-wide favorite brews.
The top ten summer beer festivals include:
The Tuesday evening Hoop Jam, presented by Mission Health with Asheville Hoops, returns to Pritchard Park on May 28 from 5:30-7:30pm. Hoop Jam continues every Tuesday until August 27. Instruction is provided by Melanie MacNeil, widely recognized as one of Asheville’s and the Southeast’s finest fire and hoop performers. Music is provided by George Pond of Snake Oil Medicine Show.
Free trolley service through Gray Line Trolley (the red trolley) will be available from downtown Asheville to the RiverMusic series in the River Arts District this summer.
“RiverMusic is going to be the best ever this year. We have always said that the river and downtown are wonderful partners, and provide so many exciting options for our citizens and visitors. Yes, Asheville has something for everyone, and the pie just keeps getting bigger,” noted Karen Cragnolin, executive director of RiverLink.
The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee on Veterans Affairs will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green of Pack Square Park at 3 p.m. on May 27, 2013.
The Dowtown After 5 fun doesn’t end when the music stops. After May’s event Asheville On Bikes will host “Bright Light Biker,” a moonlight ride through downtown. Participants are encouraged to “light up” both their bikes and themselves and prizes will be awarded for best decoration and best costume. Plus, it’s the perfect way to wrap up Strive Not to Drive Week.
May 17 - Big Sam's Funky Nation with Empire Strikes Brass
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk straight out of New Orleans. Between the band’s solos and Big Sam’s signature dance moves and trombone rifts, the energy level is sky high. This stellar group of world-class musicians masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style jazz and a horn-heavy sound. Big Sam has shared the stage with Widespread Panic, Elvis Costello, U2 and Green Day. bigsamsfunkynation.com
North Carolina is honored to host the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) for the 2013 SASHTO conference in Asheville, NC from August 24-28th. SASHTO consists of departments of transportation from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.