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Celebrate the Lovely Reed Creek Greenway in Early October

September 28th, 2014 by abedofroses

One of the entrances to the Reed Creek Greenway

One of the entrances to the Reed Creek Greenway

The Reed Creek Greenway, just a few blocks from A Bed of Roses is having a ribbon cutting on October 9th as part of University of North Carolina Asheville’s biggest ever Fall 2014 Greenfest running from October 1st through the 11th. The latest stretch of the Greenway now connects the Montford Historic District to the corner of Broadway and W.T. Weaver Boulevard where the UNC Botanical Garden lies and the entrance to UNC’s lovely wooded campus.

As part of Greenfest, the global Ecomusics and Ecomusicologies 2014 conference and performance series will be taking place Oct 2-6.

Grammy winning composer Paul Winter

Grammy winning composer Paul Winter

Paul Winter, the seven-time Grammy-winner, composer and saxophonist will be performing “In Celebration of the Earth” at Isis Music Hall on Friday Oct 3rd at 8:00pm. He will also be leading a workshop, “Adventures in SoundPlay at the conference. Richard Shulman’s Earth and Sky Trio will be performing from 6:00-8:00pm.

Fry Street Quartet

Fry Street Quartet

Other performers include Fry Street Quartet who will join with physicist Dr. Robert Davies on Oct 2nd in a performance combining music, information, imagery and a “dash of theater”. The resulting event includes the works of composer Laura Kaminsky, painter Rebecca Allen, environmental photographer Garth Lenz and Utah sculptor Lymann Whitaker. “Inusksuit” composed by John Luther Adams, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner will be performed on the UNCA Quad on Oct. 4th featuring 99 percussionists. Performances, workshops, panel discussions and installations continue until Oct 6th.

A newly available portion of Reed Creek

A newly available portion of Reed Creek

Other events in the Greenfest include “Lunch with a Farmer” serving up seasonal items from North Carolina farms with the farmers on hand to chat as well as the Bulldog Bike Bonanza. Carnival booths with games and lessons in bike maintenance and safety will be presented by UNCA Campus Recreation, UNC Bike Shop and Asheville on Bikes. The Greenfest Bike Ride will take place on Oct 9th as well, from 2:45-4:15pm, ending up at the Reed Creek Greenway in time for the official dedication of the Greenway.

Everybody’s Environmental Conference will take place Oct 9-10, presented by UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education and Oct 11th is Alumni and Community Service Day. Volunteers will pitch in to continue the work of enhancing the green spaces along the Reed Creek Greenway.

Bridge over Reed Creek

Bridge over Reed Creek

For more photos of the Reed Creek Greenway visit our Photo Gallery.

Earth Day- A Bed of Roses Partners with Clean the World Soap Recycling Program

April 21st, 2011 by abedofroses

Clean the World Logo

Clean the World Soap Recycling Partner

It may be Earth Day but people here in Asheville don’t need an excuse to think Green. Conservation, sustainable farming, organic gardening, CSAs, (community supported agriculture), recycling, biodegradable products, green construction and a heightened awareness of our place on the planet are evident everywhere. Eat locally, think globally is the mantra expressed on bumper stickers and shops throughout the Asheville area. It’s one of the things we love about Asheville. As a business we think about how we impact the environment. As many hotels and inns do, we ask our guests to choose whether they need their towels laundered every day or not.  We also have partnered with Clean the World and we’re excited about that. When you go to a hotel or a B&B, of course you’re going to expect your room to be supplied with amenities like soaps, shampoo and lotions. But what happens to all those products after you’ve used them once and most of the soap is left in the room? Many of us in the B&B industry have tried to think of ways to mitigate this waste, such as providing plastic bags so guests can bring their soap home with them. But then, there you go using more plastic and most guests don’t really want to deal with wet little soap bars in their suitcases! Clean the World has come up the ideal solution. They are a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2009 that aims to reduce waste caused by discarded soap while preventing deaths from hygiene-related illnesses world-wide. They collect, sort and sanitize the soaps and lotions, then recycle these products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high mortality rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. The hospitality partners, like A Bed of Roses, pay a yearly fee to participate in this program as well as paying to collect and mail our used soaps and lotions to Clean the World. The organization is also supported by cash donations, fundraising events and the work of countless volunteers.

Recycling Soap. Saving Lives.

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