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The Montford Music & Arts Festival is Here Again! May 18th.

May 17th, 2013 by abedofroses

An Eclectic Selection of Vendors at the Festival

An Eclectic Selection of Vendors at the Festival

For the 10th year in a row our Historic Montford District is hosting the best and largest one-day festival just a block from A Bed of Roses. Asheville is home to many great arts and music festivals but this is our favorite. The local art and crafts displayed by over 100 vendors is eclectic and of the highest quality. The music is fantastic and runs continuously on two stages, one on Montford Avenue and one on Soco Street from 10:15 in the morning to 6:15 in the evening. Several bands will be returning this year including WestSound which has been a great hit for the past four years, Ira Bernstein, a world-class percussive step dancer who is one of the founders of the festival and Free Flow Band playing “Old skool R&B and Funk”. There will be everything from “Global Americana” music from The Billy Sea to Paul’s Creek acoustic string band and the garage pop duo, The Mad Tea. The artwork displayed is always a wonderful mix of fine arts, jewelry, wearable art, sculpture, wood crafts, glass and pottery. There will even be body art this year.

Tribal beads of africa  from Gem on a Wire

Tribal beads of africa from Gem on a Wire

And of course there will be food. Nine Mile, a favorite neighborhood restaurant with Jamaican food is in the heart of the festival but there will also be a wide range of food trucks, from El Kimchi to Gypsy Queen Cuisine as well as MacDaddy’s Lemonade and lots of icecream and gelato. It’s looking to be a great day in the neighborhood!

A Bed of Roses is a proud sponsor of the Montford Music & Arts Festival again this year. See picutres of last years festival in our photo gallery!

History of A Bed of Roses

March 4th, 2011 by abedofroses

Black and White photo of A Bed of Roses

A Bed of Roses, an historic Victorian inn

A Bed of Roses was built around 1897 by Oliver Davis Revell as an investment property for Mrs J.B. Gray. O.D. Revell, a successful developer and self made man, was fatherless as an infant and an orphan by the age of 16, but grew from a talented carpenter to a shrewd businessman, building many variants of the Queen Anne style in Asheville. Shortly after Mrs. Gray was widowed, in 1897 O.D. Revel and Carolyn Gray were married, combining their fortunes and expanding his success into the former Indian Territories of Oklahoma. The Oliver Davis Room, the Revell Room and the Carolyn Gray Room are all named after this couple.

The Historic Register of Asheville lists the house as the Marvin B. Wilkinson House. Mr. Wilkinson purchased the house in 1904 and was its first long-term occupant. The Wilkinson room is named in his honor.

Architecturally, the home is a Queen Anne Victorian featuring a large second story polygonal corner projection or turret with a broad ogee roof. The Turret Suite occupies this corner projection and stretches across the front façade of the house, opening to the right hand balcony through a broad glass paned door. The front porch is characterized by stylized Doric columns sitting on stone pedestals.
Situated to the back of a long narrow expanse of lawn, flowering trees and gardens, the building beckons you to follow the long path in and explore this peaceful remnant of Victorian history.

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