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Moogfest 2014 is Here!

April 25th, 2014 by abedofroses

The Moog Store and Factory on Broadway

The Moog Store and Factory on Broadway

You can tell that Moogfest has arrived in Asheville by all the young people walking around downtown dressed in black with their heads tilted down reading their phones. It’s the dressed in black part that’s different from every day in downtown Asheville! Just kidding. The occasional strange looking head gear (see the video below)  may give it away too! Moogfest describes itself as The Synthesis of Technology, Art & Music. For 5 days, at locations scattered around the city lectures, workshops, interviews and visual/musical installations and performances are taking place with some of it free to the public. A look at the schedule is astounding in terms of the breadth and range of the experiences being offered. Experimental music, art and technology is a perfect match for Asheville.

Electronic music pioneer Bob Moog

Electronic music pioneer Bob Moog

It all started with Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer and founder of Moog Music. A pioneer in electronic music, Moog spent the early 1990s as a research professor of music at the University of North Carolina here in Asheville and died here in 2005. The Bob Moog Foundation is based here as is the Moog Store and Factory. Moog Music brought Moogfest to Asheville in 2008 as a 3 day multi-stage electronic music festival featuring contemporary bands that exemplified the innovative spirit of Moog. This year the festival has exploded to become so much more!


Just one example of the dynamic new focus of the festival is an installation that allows you to compose music through the electrical activity of your brain using the head gear referred to earlier. Participants are invited to wander around the city creating an audio-visual  experience in response to the environment. Very cool.

The Masonic Temple is one Moogfest venue

The Masonic Temple is one Moogfest venue

There’s an area with Theramins that you can experiment with, new media art installations and a “Modular Marketplace” that are all open to the public, as well as many of the concerts.  I checked out a “Durational Performance” at the Center for Creative Design that was a continuous multimedia electronic music experience, one of several taking place over the 5 days.

The panels, films and work shops include conversations with music pioneers, philosophers, technology leaders and more. Economic development and just plain networking is going on along with the cool music and art. It’s definitely an event!

Romantic Springtime Getaway Package

April 1st, 2014 by abedofroses

Biltmore Booms!

Biltmore Booms!

The mountains are alive with spring flowers everywhere and the gardens here in the Montford Historic District are bursting with color. Come soak up the spirit of spring on our cozy front porch and stroll through the gardens at the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Blooms Festival runs from through May 23rd this year. Start off with a fresh bouquet of flowers, chocolate truffles and a sparkling beverage waiting for you in your room. Then enjoy dinner at your choice of outstanding independent local restaurants. Two tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Gardens as well as Antler Village and the Biltmore Winery are included and they are good for two consecutive days, so you will have lots of time to tour the mansion and enjoy the beautiful gardens. This package can be added to a two night stay at any of our rooms for $230.  Good through June 10th.

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Asheville’s Mardi Gras Parade is the Culmination of Months of Serious Partying!

March 1st, 2014 by abedofroses

King Tony Rogers and Queen Michella Bella Roche!

King Tony Rogers and Queen Michella Bella Roche!

The Mardi Gras Parade is Sunday March 2nd and the weather is going to be perfect for the zany and hilarious party. The costumes and floats are always fantastically creative and with a theme of “Where the Wild Things Are” we are really looking forward to a great show!

What you may not realize is that the planning and celebratory events leading up to the grand parade and Queen’s Ball began many months ago. The Mardi Gras season was officially kicked off on 12th night, January 6th, 12 days after Christmas. On this magical evening the King and Queen of the 2014 Mardi Gras were crowned. Asheville’s own Short Street Cakes hands out slices of King Cake to all supporting members vying for a chance at Royalty. Whoever gets the slice with the Mardi Gras Baby in it gets to choose their “royal consort” and lead the parade. But long before that the fun began. Last Easter, March 31st, on the eve of April Fool’s Day, while last year’s parade was fresh in everyone’s mind, the volunteer members of Asheville Mardi Gras hosted the Fool’s Ball.

A Float from the 2012 Parade

A Float from the 2012 Parade

The theme was cross-dressing and it was free to 2013 Mardi Gras members. The next party was May 19th with the annual Mardi Gras Picnic. Then there was “a Mid-Summer’s Night Mardi Gras”, a 2 day party in Black Mountain at the Whitehorse and the Grey Eagle in Asheville presented by the Bayou Diesel Band. Finally on November 8th the Mardi Gras Theme Reveal Party was held and the Krewes knew what they had to do! After the official 12th night kickoff there was one more event before the Parade, the 6th Annual Cajun Cook Off on Feb. 9th with an art and oddities auction. You can see, membership in this group is a fun year round activity with three different levels of membership, Beads for a single membership, Doubloon level for up to 8 members and Golden Coconut, dubbed “The VIP shizzle” for up to 30 members.

The Parade Route

The Parade Route

The Parade starts a 3PM on Wall Street. The route takes a right on Battery Park, a left on Haywood to Page and back around to Battery Park. The Queen’s Ball takes place after the parade at Pack’s Tavern featuring Empire Strikes Brass.

Join the fun and get inspired to form your own Krewe for next year!

Check back for photos of this year’s parade in our photo gallery.

The Paris of the South; A Taste of Asheville’s Cultural Events

November 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

The River Arts District

The River Arts District

Asheville has been called the Paris of the South and with good reason. The sidewalk cafés, the abundant art and music as well as theater and cultural events throughout the year make it a very special gem nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Asheville Cinema Festival   just recently successfully demonstrated this, showing 40 full length and short films at various downtown venues.

Asheville celebrates cinema

Asheville celebrates cinema

Filmmakers from around the world answered questions after the screenings and industry professionals held discussion sessions. Opening and closing parties gave film buffs a chance to mingle with filmmakers.

More art was on display at the semiannual River Arts District Artists Studio Stroll. Two weekends a year over 180 artists open their studios to the public. The district is located along the French Broad River 5 minutes from downtown in historic industrial buildings. This internationally known event features demonstrations in a wide range of media as well as live painting performance art and hands-on activities. Throughout the year 2nd Saturdays offer more opportunities to view artists at work in the River Arts District.

Great concerts are always going on in Asheville from Nine Inch Nails and Wide Spread Panic earlier this month to Amy Grant at UNC Asheville. The Mountain Oasis Festival that took place at the end of October is a new electronic music festival in Asheville that everyone is very excited about. It was a great success and is sure to return to Asheville.

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Bob Moog, inventor and innovator

Asheville has always been known for electronic music thanks to Bob Moog, the inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. Moogfest, the annual music festival to honor Moog has been moved this year from October to April and promises to be much more than just electronic music. The daytime sessions have just been announced and tickets are on sale now for 5 days of Technology, Art and Music. There will be a wide array of workshops and speakers, a tech expo and job fair, media artists, engineers, designers, architects, philosophers, futurists and innovators of all kinds, not just musicians contributing. What will the future be like? Come to Asheville to find out!

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

A Taste of Asheville Culinary Event

And then, what would Paris be without food? Asheville’s reputation for outstanding restaurants is growing exponentially  and an event coming up November 20th is showcasing the best of Asheville’s Independent Restaurants. A Taste of Asheville celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and showcases 40 of the city’s most talented and celebrated chefs. Find out why Asheville has the distinction of becoming one of the Southeast’s top culinary destinations.

 

 

Asheville Beer Week is May 25th -June 1st. Come Join the Fun!

April 15th, 2013 by abedofroses

Beer week logo

Official logo of the 2013 Asheville Beer Week

If you haven’t heard, Asheville is Beer City USA again this year and it is a true destination for lovers of craft brewing. Our local paper even has it’s own “beer guy” column. And now for the second year in a row the Asheville Brewers Alliance is hosting a week of tastings, dinners, seminars and beer related fun, ending in the Beer City Festival on June 1st on Roger McGuire Green. Live music and dozens of craft breweries will be at the Festival. The week kicks off with a party, of course, on May 24th in the new Mill Room, Asheville Brewing Company’s new special events space, with live music, catered beer and wine as well as the cornhole tournament signup. Yes there will be a cornhole tournament! I have to admit I had never heard of cornhole, but the American Cornhole Organization posts official tournament rules if you would like to learn more. Sounds like fun. There will be a Homebrew Festival featuring 50 home brewers on May 25th. LaZoom will have a special Beer Run on May 26th.

Beer tourbus

The LaZoom Beer Tour

LaZoom is a hilarious tour bus comedy group that takes people on their big purple bus around Asheville. The Feral Chihuahuas comedy group’s special take on Asheville history will focus on our beer history on this tour and include at least one brewery stop. There will be lots of special tastings at the Thirsty Monk, and Bruisin’ Ales and a Sierra Nevada Southern Hospitality Beer Dinner at the Sunny Point Café. On May 31st there will be a Rare & Wild Beer Tasting that will be a benefit for Pints for Prostates. The culmination of the week, the Beer City Festival, is a team effort between the Asheville Brewer’s Alliance and the folks who put on the Brewgrass Festival here every September. Asheville hosts at least 4 Beer Festivals during the year, starting in January with the Winter Warmer Beer Fest and ending with the Asheville Oktoberfest. There are also brewery tours all year round and I’ve counted at least 20 craft breweries in the area. Our beer culture has attracted some big names like New Belgium and Sierra Nevada to locate here. A visit to just about any restaurant in town will present you with a huge variety of local beers on tap so you don’t have to wait for a beer festival to be part of the fun!

LAAFF: The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is Back This Weekend Sept 1st and 2nd!

August 30th, 2012 by abedofroses

Girl with face painted

Face Painting and Hoola Hoops

If any event personifies the Spirit of Asheville in all of its quirkiness it’s the LAAFFfestival. This weekend Lexington Avenue will be full of interactive art, costumed characters galore, great music and food, as well as vendors showing off their incredibly creative wares and services. There will be 8 soundstages each with its own unique vibe and events like the bike circus and the Hoola Hoop Jam. There’s even a Pre-LAAFF-A-Thon Pub Crawl on Saturday.

Costumed woman

The vendors are colorful.

Look for Faeries on stilts, puppetry and kids making Tutus. This event features all local talent and art and there are sure to be plenty of surprises.

Street performer

All sorts of creatives come out for LAAFF

This is the 11th year that Arts 2 People, a non-profit group, has been promoting local creative entrepreneurship through this annual end of summer festival. Their “manifesto” is to support and protect alternative culture and foster arts and culture as a “viable economic industry”. Asheville is known for it’s art scene and attracts a huge number of talented artists of all types so this festival showcases some highly creative people. Bill and I wouldn’t miss it. We had a great time last year as you can see from our pictures. You can see more photos of last year’s LAAFF in our photo gallery.

This year the Mountain Xpress is providing live LAAF coverage on your smartphone! Just go to Mountain Xpress’ AvlLive.com. You can Tweet your own updates using #avllive and #laaf. See the great music that will be onstage during the festival and when and where they’re playing.

A Relaxing Day Trip to Black Mountain- The Front Porch of Western North Carolina

March 5th, 2012 by abedofroses

Black Mountain General Store

Downtown Black Mountain nestled in the mountains

Just 15 miles from Asheville is the quaint town of Black Mountain, nestled in the mountains and overflowing with charm. That small town feeling makes for a relaxing day trip of hiking, shopping or enjoying a leisurely lunch at one of their restaurants or cafés. We did just that the other day and took in the beautiful mountain views on the quick drive into town. With a history steeped in the arts, Black Mountain has lots of art & craft galleries to browse through as well as artists studios and unique gift stores. From the 1930s until the 1950s Black Mountain College brought the focus of American culture and arts to the mountains of North Carolina with a dazzling array of artists and thinkers associated with the college. John Cage and Buckminster Fuller taught there and Albert Einstein served on the board of directors to mention just a few. Fuller’s Geodesic Dome was created there.

Mountain Dulcimer Players

Instruction on the Mountain Dulcimer at Song of the Wood

Black Mountain is still a hub of creativity in a peaceful, slow paced way. I could have stayed all afternoon in the dulcimer showroom and workshop where Terry Read Smith crafts beautiful instruments. I particularly loved his richly toned and intricately carved hammered dulcimers. His sister was demonstrating and instructing a customer on a mountain dulcimer at the time and I couldn’t leave without buying one of Terry’s own CDs. Their shop is aptly called Song of the Wood.

Antique stores and gift shops drew us in as well, and we couldn’t miss the old fashioned general store. It was almost warm enough to eat on the lovely patio at the Black Mountain Bistro. Instead we lingered over lunch within a glassed-in area of the restaurant that gave us the views and feel of the patio.

Black Mountain's Lake Tomahawk

The Fountain at Lake Tomahawk

After lunch we explored the neighborhoods, admiring some of the older homes, (our weakness!). We’ve always been hooked on Victorian and Arts & Crafts architecture. We took a lovely stroll around Lake Tomahawk before heading home. All in all, a relaxing getaway for a few hours.

If you go, don’t forget the Black Mountain Music Scene as well. In addition to outdoor festivals such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival, Groovin on Grovemont, Park Rythyms at Lake Tomahawk, the local clubs offer a wide range of live music drawing fans from around the area.

You can find more photos of Black Mountain in our photo gallery.

 

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.

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.

 

Upcoming Asheville Festivals and Events- Big Love Fest May 1st Weaverville Art Safari May 7-8.

April 29th, 2011 by abedofroses

Asheville Big Love Fest May 1st

Asheville Big Love Fest May 1st

Spring in Asheville means great festivals and events. This weekend Asheville is throwing itself a party – the first Big Love Fest located downtown in Pack Square. It promises to be a celebration of all that is uniquely Asheville- independently owned businesses, artists, craftspeople, restaurants and local breweries as well as non-profits. On earth day we talked about how supportive Asheville is of locally grown foods, sustainable farming and conservation. Support of all things local- restaurants, businesses and artists is very important to Ashevillians. You’ll see that on May 1st with local musicians, a home-brew competition sponsored by Just Economics and half hour comedy tours offered by The LaZoom Bus Tours running throughout the day. There will be two music stages, local beer and food, fun family activities and lots of the arts and crafts that western North Carolina is known for. This is a free event, but Just Brew It, the home-brewed beer portion of the festival, requires a $16 membership to Just Economics. More information at http://loveasheville.org.

Weaverville Art Safari Logo

Weaverville Art Safari Studio Tour May 7-8

Next weekend is the 10th anniversary of the Weaverville Art Safari. Weaverville is a very cool little town with lots of working artists just 15 minutes north of Asheville. Twice a year they open their studios for the Art Safari free self guided studio tour. This weekend there will be 46 artists! The tour is from 10AM to 6PM Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th with a special Preview Party & Silent Auction held Friday, May 6th. More information and a down-loadable brochure at www.weavervilleartsafari.com.

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