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The Hunger Games and Other Movies Shot in the Asheville Area- A B&B Owner’s Perspective

March 19th, 2012 by abedofroses

Hunger Games Logo

The Hunger Games Logo

Shot entirely in North Carolina, The Hunger Games premiers in theaters this Friday, March 23rd and the local buzz about this blockbuster movie has reached a roar! It’s a little overwhelming as everybody tries to get in on the huge publicity surrounding this movie. So with all this frenzy I’m asking myself “What does a Victorian B&B have to do with a futuristic tale based on a best selling trilogy of young adult books that takes place after the destruction of North America and features teenagers fighting each other for survival?” Absolutely nothing!

What does interest me, though, is the stunning terrain and natural beauty that attracts movie-makers and fans alike to the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Asheville area. Long before Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson discovered the thrill of Navitat Canopy Adventures ziplines or Woody Harrelson enjoyed the vegetarian fare at The Laughing Seed downtown, the Asheville area has been the perfect setting for movies as well as for visitors.

Being There movie Poster

The Movie Poster for Being There

Beginning in the 1920s with Conquest of Canaan filmed where Pack Square now sits in downtown Asheville, 55 movies (see list below) have been shot in Western North Carolina. Some are pretty obscure but others you may know well, like Forest Gump or Last of the Mohicans. Dirty Dancing was shot at Lake Lure, a quick and scenic drive from here. Dupont Forest was a natural draw to the Hunger Games cameras as Chimney Rock was to Last of the Mohicans. The Biltmore Estate, of course, offers a one of a kind setting. My favorite movie shot in the area was shot at the Biltmore Estate and released in 1979. Being There starred Peter Sellers as a sheltered and simple-minded gardener for a wealthy benefactor who is mistaken for a great thinker and economic guru. This hilarious comedy/drama was based on a novella written by Jerzy Kosinski and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor in A Leading Role for his work in the film, his last to be released while he was alive.

Star of The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games

The Capitol scenes in The Hunger Games were shot in Charlotte, but scenes of Katniss’ home in District 12 were shot in the ghost town of Henry River located in Hildebran, about an hour east of Asheville. Other scenes were shot in Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Concord and Shelby. Forest scenes were shot at beautiful DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. There are even fan tours being offered to see where the scenes shot at Dupont State Forest were filmed!

The film is being premiered at several local movie theaters and ZaPow, a downtown gallery, is hosting a Hunger Games premier party, that extras in the movie are sure to attend. Survival Workshops are being offered at Chimney Rock in conjuction with the movie. There’s no end to The Hunger Games Frenzy!

It’s all in good fun, though. You won’t see us here at A Bed of Roses hawking free Hunger Games t-shirts or giving away Peeta tote bags, but you will find a great home base for exploring Western North Carolina’s gorgeous mountains, waterfalls and trails as well as friendly guides to the best Asheville has to offer.

See the Trailer for The Hunger Games.

Films Shot in Western North Carolina:

  • 28 Days
  • A Good Baby
  • All the Real Girls
  • Alone Yet Not Alone
  • Anywhere USA
  • Being There
  • Bull Durham
  • Cold Mountain
  • Conquest of Canaan
  • Coupe deVille
  • D.A.R.Y.L.
  • Digging to China
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Don’t Fade Away
  • Firestarter
  • Fluke
  • Forces of Nature
  • Forest Gump
  • Hannibal
  • Happy Campers
  • Heavy Weights
  • In Dreams
  • King Kong Lives
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Loggerheads
  • Loose Cannons
  • Mating Season
  • Moving On
  • Mr. Destiny
  • My Fellow Americans
  • Nell
  • Paradise Falls
  • Patch Adams
  • Private Eyes
  • Raven Fork
  • Red Dirt Rising
  • Richie Rich
  • Road to Nowhere
  • Side by Side
  • Simple Things
  • SongCatcher
  • Southern Belles
  • Tainted
  • The Boneyard
  • The Clearing
  • The Fugitive
  • The Green Mile
  • The Healer
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Journey of August King
  • The Swan
  • Trapper County
  • Waffles
  • Winter People

From the Western North Carolina Film Commission

Famous residents of Asheville:

  • Harry Anderson
  • Steve Martin
  • Andie MacDowell

Factoid:

NC has more sound stages and production houses than any other state outside of California

 

Mardis Gras Came to Asheville on Sunday

February 20th, 2012 by abedofroses

Mardis Gras Reveler

A happy Reveler in full headdress

Asheville got a jump on Fat Tuesday yesterday with a fabulous Mardis Gras Parade featuring wild glittery, feathery costumes, funky floats and a real Royal Wedding! King Hobbit and Queen Tamra, the king and queen of the procession actually did get married at a ceremony at Pack’s Tavern right before the parade and rode in full glory atop a wedding cake float through the streets of Asheville. A chilly drizzle didn’t put a damper on the party. Spirits were high and the colorful crazy costumes really highlighted how creative folks in Asheville are.

The Wedding Float

The King and Queen on their wedding float kiss to the crowd's delight

Many revelers formed “krewes” ahead of time along themes that inspired their costumes and several “krewes” participated, with everything from the Gypsy Bar Krewe and the Oo La La’s Bawdy Bridesmaids to the Wicked Geishas. The word krewe (pronounced “crew”) dates to the early 19th century according to the organizers’ website and has become the most common term for a New Orleans Carnival organization.

The Asheville Mardis Grasis an annual event hosted by an all volunteer “social aid and pleasure club”. Their aim is to be the southeast’s premier costuming event and they are well on their way. Several thousand spectators lined the parade route and the exuberance was contagious! The music and dancing wound from Wall Street to Battery Park, up Haywood and down Page Ave back to Battery Park and afterwards ended at the Pack Tavern for the Mardis Gras Ball featuring music by Snake Oil Medicine Show.

Costumed people gather for the parade

All sort of costumed people and creative props gathered to join the parade

Asheville definitely knows how to have good clean, irreverent fun! Join us next year for Mardis Gras in the Mountains!

See our gallery for more photos.

The River Arts District Studio Stroll is November 12th & 13th. A Rare Opportunity to See Asheville’s Artists at Work

November 7th, 2011 by abedofroses

Ceramic Sculpture by Jenny Mastin

Ceramic Sculpture by Jenny Mastin

Asheville is a mecca for artists and creatives of all types and the River Arts District  (RAD) is the place to find them. RAD is a hotbed of creative activity with at least 150 artists living and working just 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Warehouses and historic buildings along the French Broad River have been converted to studios and galleries intermingled with restaurants and cafés and even a microbrewery! This weekend is a rare opportunity to see the artists at work. All 150+ studios are open to the public at the same time! It only happens twice a year and lots of artists’ demonstrations and festivities are expected, including hands-on activities. You’ll get a chance to talk to the artists and see a huge variety of art with everything from sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glasswork, jewelry and furniture to paintings in every medium you can imagine.

Artist at Curve Gallery

Constance Williams doing encaustic painting at Curve Gallery

The event is free and so is parking. A free trolley is available as well that you can hop on at any of it’s 8 stops. An information booth will be set up at the five-points intersection across from the Clingman Café. This is the perfect time to find that holiday gift that is one of a kind and will come with the story of how you met the artist who created it! Take a break from shopping and have lunch at 12 Bones Smokehouse on Saturday- another rare opportunity since the studio stroll weekends are the only 2 times a year that 12 Bones opens on Saturday!

Directions:

From Downtown Asheville-

  • Take Patton Avenue West
  • Merge right into traffic circle to cross Patton and take a left onto Clingman Ave.
  • Turn left to stay on Clingman Ave. until you reach the 5 points intersection.

From Biltmore Village-

  • Take Biltmore Avenue North
  • Left on Meadow Road
  • Meadow will turn into Lyman which runs into the 5 points intersection

From North-

  • Take 19/23 South to Patton Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Clingman Ave.

From South-

  • Take I-26 West to I-240
  • Take Exit 1C, Amboy Rd.
  • Turn left onto Lyman Street

From East-

  • Take I-240 West to Exit 4-C, Montford Ave
  • Turn right on Montford Ave.
  • Turn left on Hill Street (before the visitors center)
  • Take a left on Riverside Drive

From West-

  • Take I240 East to Exit 4-B, Patton Ave
  • Turn right onto Clingman Ave.

 

 

Upcoming Asheville Festivals and Events- Weaverville Art Safari May 7-8 and Montford’s Annual Music and Arts Festival May 21st.

May 6th, 2011 by abedofroses

 

Artwork by William Asman at the Art Safari

Artwork by William Asman at the Art Safari Studio Tour

The Art Safari free self guided studio tour is this weekend. Forty-six artists will be there and so will we!  Weaverville is just 15 minutes north of Asheville and it’s a quaint little town, well worth visiting, that many artists have chosen for their home. There are so many great artists in the Asheville area. The studio tours give us an opportunity to see them at work as well as shop for that one of a kind gift. It is mother’s day weekend, after all! This is the Art Safari’s 10th year and it’s their biggest tour to date. You can take a peak at the artists that will be on the tour at their website www.weavervilleartsafari.com as well as download a brochure with map. The tour is self guided and goes from 10AM to 6PM Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th with a special Preview Party & Silent Auction held Friday, May 6th.

Montford Annual Music and Arts Festival Poster

Montford District Music and Arts Festival

A little closer to home, look for the upcoming Montford Annual Music and Arts Festival on May 21st . The Montford Historic District is where we, at A Bed of Roses, are proud to be located. It’s a unique community filled with historic Victorian and Arts & Crafts homes and an eclectic mix of interesting folks. Their Big Spring party will have two performance stages, food, arts & crafts as well as plant booths. You’ll see everything from Chinese Dragon Dancers to Shakespearian actors from the Montford Park Players strolling through the fair! Check out the Festival video done by Montford resident Susan Stone of Stone Digital Media at http://vimeo.com/susanstone/montford-music-and-arts-festival.

For more formation about this great local event go to http://montford.org/festival.

 

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