When we wanted to get a gift for some extended family in Buffalo New York, the first thing we did was hit Google to see what was available in the area. Recently, one of our affiliates had gotten in touch with her Dad, who she has not seen in 8 years. She was looking for the perfect gift where she could create a great Christmas memory for her loved ones. After about 10 minutes, we kept reading great things about this restaurant called "Olivers" in Buffalo New York. So we called, and the phone courtesy and arrangements by Chris was just as good as their website face. Yes! I was many States away and it just may work out perfect!
And it did. We just got the call today of how wonderful a place Olivers really was. They said the food, drinks, music, and atmosphere was superb. They bragged about many things at Olivers, but the best compliment we got out of it was "Everything was Great!". That is exactly what we needed to hear. They told us that it was the best Christmas gift they have gotten in a long time. Thank you Oliver's for making dinner and the whole evening great. We will definitely stop by some time in the future to see this great place on our own. www.OliversCuisine.com
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Many Asheville and Buncombe County residents are without power and internet at the moment as high winds have crept up on the area knocking down trees and damaging several properties. Workers from several utility companies are now on dispatch and working to make the necessary repairs to revive power in some parts of Asheville.
Posted by Ask Asheville North Carolina at 12:25 PM
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Battery Park Apartments in Asheville had undergone some serious exterior renovation in the past several years and now is attracting lots of business and clientel. Hector & Bonnie own the Havana Cuban Cuisine, which is a cuban/spanish restaurant with some really tasty options. Now, on the other side of the building, a new Champagne Bar in Asheville along with a Bookstore. Can't wait to see it!
When cruising around downtown Asheville, Broadway Avenue turns into Merrimon Avenue when heading North. Here is the intersection where I-240 runs through Broadway Avenue. Businesses have it somewhat hard here because there is not much foot traffic on this side of the street. There is a guitar shop, the rear entrance to Broadway's bar and pool hall, the entrance to Rosetta's Kitchen, and the Asheville Mural Project below under the highway.
ASHEVILLE – If you’ve ever thought you’d like to volunteer for RiverLink, the organization has expanded its volunteer information sessions.
Sessions will now be offered at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Volunteers will help make the French Broad River watershed a healthier place to live, work and play. The first volunteer information session of 2009 will be Jan. 14.
Learn how to participate in a river cleanup, mark storm drains and take part in other outdoor volunteer opportunities. Or learn how to assist or lead an environmental education indoor program. RiverLink has a variety of volunteer programs indoors and out.
To attend one of the sessions or to learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-8474, ext. 118. Article taken from the Asheville Citizen Times. Also, check out their website at www.RiverLink.org
Monday, December 29, 2008
I have to blog on this... finally... after months of frustration, forgetting about it, and hoping for a better vacation next year. Every year, thousands of people from Asheville & Western North Carolina vacation at Wyndham Resorts and have good and bad experiences. Ask Asheville went to Cypress Palms this past summmer, and spent most of the time trying to get comfortable in the place. The internet, that you had to pay additional for, would work for several minutes, click off, and we would spend another 30 minutes trying to reconnect. The staff said they were having problems, but other people at the resort said it has always been bad.
One of the things that amazed me is that when we brought anything to their attention, they quickly bragged on the "other two" places in and around Orlando. One was only 5 minutes away, but you could not use the amenities that they had. So our overall rating of Wyndham's Cypress Palms is a 5 on a scale of 1 - 10. Of course simple little things could be done like getting new sheets that could actually fit the beds, or using new microwaves that work instead of the leftovers from the "better" resorts. We were evauating 3 condo suites in which us or our friends occupied, so we did not unfairly judge by only using one.
Here are some other items:
1. No sheets for pullout couches, 2. Ceiling fan lighting old and inadequate, 3. DVD player not working in one room, 4. Stove burner problems in 2 out of 3 rooms, 5. Had to call front desk at least 3 times to make something happen, 6. Doors into other suites to the side were unlocked in 2 of the 3 rooms, 7. Showers did not have any grips so child fell pretty hard 3 times, 8. Lobby, elevators, and reception personnel were great, especially Beverly.
Buddha Bagels, which recently changed names and owners from New York Bagels is better than ever before. You can order your lunch which is made usually of premium "Boars Head" meats and cheeses, visit Mystic Journeys through an inside entrance and find some inspiration, options, and direction while your sandwich is being custom built. My favorite is "The Monster" sub wth Muenster cheese.
But the lounge is really cool. I asked one of the owners for details and he mentioned the free wifi, getting some bands on the weekends, great seating, and awesome people! Very nice work guys! Thanks you for making a hot spot on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville North Carolina.
Hours are Fri & Sat till 11pm, other days till 10pm. Opens at 7am every morn. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snack, quick bite... and with these hours... a great place to grab my midnight snack on the way home, lol.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I Stopped by the Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC on Christmas Eve with the family and had a great time. Santa Claus for the kids, live band, food, drinks, great people, such a nice place... need I say more? Everything we needed for a quick Christmas celebration. Thank you GPI! Here is some video that we took. For more videos of the Grove Park Inn, please visit www.YouTube.com/AskAsheville. Thank you.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Regal, Carmike, EPIC, and Beaucatcher. To you, I beg this favor. I REEEEEEEEALLY wanna see "The Wrestler" starring Mickey Rourke. It's out now in limited release, and it's directed by Darren Aronofsky. Apparently, it's pretty awesome. Mickey Rourke made his first threat of a comeback when Sin City came out, but he has seemingly kicked down the door with this flick and I personally....am glad he's back :)
Posted by Red_Devil at 7:57 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Posted By: Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge
No cover - free champagne toast at midnight... but remember, if you want to be there when the ball drops, come early and stay (our capacity is 49). Party in the new year like you should!
Here is a photo of the "bus stop" right in front of K-Mart on Tunnel Road and across from the Asheville Mall. There are only a few days each year that this corner is packed like this. Some are standing right on the curb edge and even stepping into the street as we watched, waiting for the bus to arrive.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Time and Place Time: Wed Dec 24 from 9:30 pm to 3:00 am Venue: Z-Lounge 41 N. Lexington Ave Contact Info 828-216-1452 email@example.com
Description Come and celebrate our last christmas at Z-Lounge for the Red Salsa Night. This will be the last Salsa Night at Z-Lounge because we will be moving on Wednesdays Nights to the Club Nashwa. Start your year right and catch the Salsa Fever on January 14th. Get ready for the New Year's White Salsa Party at Oriental Pavilion with free Champagne at Midnight, Dec 31st. Must call or RSVP!
Photo taken from www.oldeuropeasheville.com/zlounge.html
From the Asheville Citizen Times: ASHEVILLE – Two men were arrested Sunday on charges of obtaining property under false pretense due to illegally towing vehicles.
The Asheville Police Department set up decoy vehicles that were legally parked, according to police warrants, and they were towed, “claiming the vehicle had not paid, when it fact it had.”
Both men are employed by All Safe Towing, the warrants said. Trevor Kyle Ballinger, 25, of Nebraska Avenue, and Leonard Tobias Best, 32, of Buffalo Street, were both charged and held on bonds of $500 each. ***End of ACT Story***
I wrote a blog a few weeks ago how some tow truck drivers in big cities (and many other places) are being used for car thefts, if there is no other way to get the car. These Asheville guys may have just been illegally accruing charges, and not actually stealing the vehicles. Let's look at some of your security options for a vehicle:
1. The Club - It came out and everyone loved it, until thieves simply started taking a hacksaw, sawing the steering wheel, and removing the club in 30 seconds.
2. The Column Lock - The column lock is great unless the thief has bolt cutters or any type of cordless drill with some type of metal cutting attachment. In that case, the lock is cut and the car is gone.
3. The Alarm System - The old "alarm system" is probably the most popular but there are many ways to disarm. For one, thieves know they could go under your car, reach up and disconnect your siren wire. Then when your doors are open, just the lights start blinking, they pop your hood, disconnect the full alarm system, steal the car, and have a nice security system to sell for a bonus.
Out of everything, the two main ways to steal a vehicle is by towing it or by having the keys. Watch those tow trucks and watch where you leave your keys, and never leave your house keys on the ring with them. (Even at dealerships!). It only takes a few seconds to make a copy of any key and then simply match it with your home address on your "work order". Be careful! If you have been burglarized and there was not any forced entry (and you actually lock your doors), please think of where was the last few places you had left your full set of keys. The culprit should not be too far from there. Don't get all paranoid. Just keep your eyes open a pay attention a little more.
Edmunds also has a list of the "Top 10 Ways to Steal a Car, and How to Prevent it". You can read more on this by clicking HERE.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
You probably have already seen the movie and found this out for yourself, but the TWILIGHT movie SUCKS, so instead, I offer to you an alternative with a near-identical story-line and more "vampiric" vampires to boot. It's called "Let The Right One In" and it's playing at the Regal Hollywood Cinemas RIGHT NOW !!! It's about a little girl and her father who move in next door to a young boy somewhere in Sweden and as soon as they do, dead bodies, drained of their blood, start popping up all over the place. Boy meets girl, they fall in puppy-love, and what follows is one of the sweetest love stories i've ever seen :) If u spiralled into a suicidal depression when the TWILIGHT movie came out, put the gun down and get over to REGAL on Hendersonville rd. right by ZAXBY'S and BOSTON MARKET. Your faith in the world will be restored :)
Posted by Red_Devil at 9:55 AM
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Saw three APD police cars next to GreenLife off of Merrimon Avenue. This street is the "shortcut" when walking from Merrimon Ave to Broadway Ave. This strip right here used to be one of the worst streets in Asheville. Prostitution on this sidewalk and in the bushes, drugs, robberies, and anything else you can think of. GreenLife grocery came in and produced a lot of traffic, the Asheville Police regularly patrolled, and this block cleaned up. Then on the right, a little behind me, is the new Pioneer Building which is building #1 of the new 5 Points Village that Mr. Kevin Kerr and his inspired team have been planning on for years. Now, the history of this street is exactly that... History. The future of this street is very bright. This place is exploding and every inch will soon be accounted for. At least 6 more nice development spots right around this little village in Downtown Asheville, and that is besides the 5 Points property. www.GreenlifeGrocery.com and www.5PointsVillage.com
Student charged with making bomb threat
ASHEVILLE - On Dec. 15 at about 2:45 p.m., a false bomb threat was called into Asheville High School. This incident caused a distruption that resulted in a brief evacuation of the school. APD Master Police Officer Mike Godwin, of the School Resource Officer Unit, has charged one juvenile male in the incident. The investigation is continuing and may result in further charges. Asheville City Schools and the APD collaborated fully on this matter, for which both entities have a zero-tolerance policy.
6 charged in prostitution sting
ASHEVILLE - Vice officers in the APD's Drug Suppression Unit conducted a Street Level Prostitution Operation on Dec. 18, in which six people were charged with soliciting undercover officers for prostitution. The operation was conducted in the areas of South French Broad Avenue, Haywood Road and Coxe Avenue. Charges are still pending on two other people for prostitution and drug related charges. DSU conducts these operations periodically and at random times in an effort to suppress and deter prostitution activity. Those arrested in Thursday's operation were: Ronald Worley, of Asheville: Solicit for Crimes Against Nature Kevin Eugene Smith, of Alexander: Solicit for Crimes Against Nature Stacie Ramsey, of Asheville: Solicit for Prostitution Kashif Grant, of Swannanoa: Solicit for Crimes Against Nature Boyce Layton, Jr., of Asheville: Solicit for Crimes Against Nature Mary Myrick, of Asheville: Solicit for Crimes Against Nature Teri Gentry, of Asheville, was served during the operation with a warrant for Second-Degree Trespass.
APD charges man with multiple B&Es
ASHEVILLE – APD Detectives this morning arrested Jamaal Antwan Connelly, birth date 5/25/1981, of Charlotte, on five felony Breaking and Entering charges and one charge of Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Mr. Connelly is charged in multiple incidents of breaking into businesses and vehicles to steal property and credit cards that he used to obtain gift cards and merchandise. He has a history of such incidents and he is currently wanted in South Carolina. Criminal Investigations Division Detectives have information linking Mr. Connelly to other incidents in Asheville and in Winston-Salem, and additional charges are pending. He is in the Buncombe County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond related to the following cases: • Dec. 15, 2008: UNC Asheville. A victim reported that someone stole her wallet from her office in the Justice Center. The wallet contained a credit card belonging to the women's basketball team. The suspect tried to use the card to buy American Express gift cards at a local CVS.• Dec. 13, 2008: 79 Woodfin Place. The exterior door to the business office suite at this location was open and an interior door had been kicked in, causing damage to the door and doorframe. The suspect stole cash and a tool bag from the business.• Dec. 10, 2008: 64 Peachtree Road. The suspect broke a window, entered, and stole a pressure washer and construction tools. The suspect stole a vehicle that was parked in the basement and was still in possession of the vehicle at the time of his arrest. • Dec. 9, 2008: 64 Peachtree Road. The suspect entered a business, possibly with the use of a key card, and once inside pried open desk drawers, stole keys from two wall-mounted key boxes, as well as a small amount of cash.• Dec. 5, 2008: 84 Peachtree Road. The subject broke into a business by unknown means, kicked in an office door and stole cash and credit and debit cards from the office.
Man pleads guilty in July 4th homicide
ASHEVILLE – The man Asheville police arrested this year in the July 4th homicide of another man has today pleaded guilty in Superior Court. Steven Gordon Shultz, birth date 6/16/1960, pleaded guilty to the Second-Degree Murder and Robbery With a Dangerous Weapon of Fredrick Garfield McLeod, birth date 8/21/1975. Shultz received a 12-year minimum sentence. The stabbing happened in the parking lot outside the Beaucatcher Cinemas at 321 New Haw Creek Lane. Mr. McLeod was stabbed multiple times while seated in his vehicle and later died at the hospital. During the course of the investigation, APD detectives discovered that Mr. McLeod was a crack cocaine dealer and that the stabbing took place during a drug sale to Mr. Shultz. At least 17 APD detectives, detective supervisors, and forensic services technicians worked that entire holiday weekend, interviewing more than a dozen people and expending more than 465 man-hours to bring the case to a successful conclusion.
Posted by Ask Asheville North Carolina at 10:43 AM
Friday, December 19, 2008
T-Mobile had a nice stronghold in the nearby Greenville South Carolina and have moved some operations to Asheville to join in on the great market after buying SunCom out. If you use T-Mobile in the Asheville WNC area, let us know how the service is, do they pick up everywhere, and what are their plans like? http://www.t-mobile.com/. I know how SunCom's service is, but is it still the same?
The rain has been coming for the past week, and many accidents have been reported in Asheville. Here is a small accident that happened under I-240 where Merrimon Avenue and Broadway Avenue connect in downtown Asheville.
I remember walking into this place and seeing a red pendant on a silver chain and it was beautiful. I immediately told the lady I would take it and she told me "the pendant is $17,000 and the chain is $6000". She then explained that that was a Ruby of rare form and the chain was Platinum. I had $500 to spend, so they pointed me to the normal gold. Very nice selection in here with some crafting and jewelry making going on while I was in there. http://www.overstrom.com/
Passed by and saw that Thirsty Monk has some seating out front like College Street and Jack of the Wood, both of which are right across the street. So add Athena's, which is about 300 feet up the street, and The Yacht Club, and you have 5 really cool bars and places to chill within 2 minutes of each other. Lots of action going on in Downtown Asheville. Come check it out! 828-254-5470
Downtown Asheville is booming and parking can be difficult to find. We have several spaces adjacent to the theatre that are available on a first come, first served basis. The closest street parking is found on Spruce, Walnut and Market streets (meters run until 6:00 pm Monday-Saturday, but are free on Sundays). The closest parking garage is located on Biltmore Avenue, approximately 2 blocks from the theatre."
Asheville Community Theatre will mount several full productions each season in the new intimate performance space, with the intention of building and nurturing a more adventurous audience. Our inaugural production is David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” opening November 29, 2002. 35below will offer more affordable ticket prices and later show times, often running multiple performances on the same evening.
35below is available for rental by performance groups, classes, and other community organizations."
Mellow Mushroom Pizza has been the main pizza establishment in Downtown Asheville for a long time now. I remember trying their "non-traditional" pizza and wondering why pizza has been around for so long and no place I have been to has been so creative. They run a simple operation with a mixed group of clients. When I went to eat there a few weeks ago, they had 3 large groups eating outside, the bar inside to the left was packed, and there were only 4 booths/tables available. Pretty relaxed environment and very enjoyable. Right in the heart of Downtown Asheville on Broadway Ave, just one street away from Pack Square Monument and the BB&T building. www.MellowMushroom.com
Here is a little bit of the Asheville streetlife right across from Pritchard Park and Wachovia Bank in downtown Asheville. CVS has just recently moved out and this store remains vacant with nothing covering the windows. Some musicians are playing in the entryway and some others talking on the side, one dressed as Santa. I have seen people sleeping in this hole, peddling, and much more. It is a free platform and they are quick to make use of it. I wonder if you have to reserve it, is it first come first serve, can you pay someone to use it, or is there a time limit? Maybe it is a "free for all" and you have to fight for the spot? This is Asheville, who knows. These two men were into in, and as I waited for this long light, I watched them jam out together!
Magnolia's has been one of the main nightlife scenes in downtown Asheville North Carolina for some time now. We used to go, hang out, eat, and dance at Mag's. Then we would crash Cynjades, hip hop for a few, and afterwards we would wind down back at Magnolia's. I remember on one occasion when I went with a friend to eat at Magnolia's and somehow got drafted as one of the test dummies in this bachlorette party for this nice lady who used to work at Old Europe. I guess one of her "orders" at this party was to pick a man in the building and kiss him. They were about 20 of them and they were having an awesome time. I was embarrased, but could not resist.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Following this guy around Ross Clothing on Tunnel Road. He looked kind of suspicious. I think he is the store decoy while the undercovers pick up the thieves keeping an eye on this guy, lol. Saw him also walking in front of Books-A-Million.
Donate only $10 to Manna Food Bank and provide 25 meals! Most of us are lucky to get 1 out of that $10, and sometimes that is 3 times a day. $10 is nothing. Go ahead and give $100 if you have it. Maybe you cannot afford thousands of dollars of gifts for everyone, but you can feed 8 people 3 meals for a full day with that $10. Stop by the Asheville Mall and give a little!
Manna Food Bank's cart is overflowing, but the people that need help is really overwhelming sometimes. Let's give together and fight hunger with the Manna Food Bank!
***Got this information from http://www.obcgs.com/. Have it as some of my permanent "Great Asheville Info" and wanted to share it.***
Asheville is located at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers. Buncombe County rests in a central area of a high plateau bordered by the Blue Ridge, Great Craggies and Black Mountains on the east and the Great Smokies chain of the Appalachians on the west. Recorded history began with the visit of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto to Western North Carolina In 1540. Trade was first established with the Cherokee Indians In 1643. Early trading paths followed established Indian routes which crossed at Asheville's present location. At the time of the revolution, the English had established the limits of colonial expansion westward to the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This assurance of territorial Integrity aligned the Cherokee with the British. Cherokee raids on colonial settlements brought a force of colonists headed by General Griffith Rutherford Into Western North
Carolina In 1776, He destroyed Cherokee villages and broke the power of the nation.
Early settlers were largely Scotch-Irish Immigrants from Ulster in Northern Ireland, where restrictive British tariffs had ruined the wool and weaving industries. Samuel W. Davidson and his family were the first to settle in Buncombe County on Christian Creek In the Swannanoa Valley in 1784. He was later killed by Indians. He is buried on Jones Mountain. A permanent settlement was established there in 1785 in what was then known as 'Eden Land.' In later years Davy Crockett courted and wed Elizabeth Patton, a member of a leading Swannanoa family.
The County of Buncombe was established on December 5. 1791 by an act of the legislature, initiated by William Davidson and Colonel David Vance. A log courthouse was constructed in 1793 at a point which is now Pack Square. A year later John Burton obtained state grants of land for the establishment of a settlement he called Morristown. He laid out 42 half-acre lots which sold for roughly $2.50. Three years later, In 1797, it was incorporated and renamed Asheville In honor of Governor Samuel Ashe.
Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian circuit riders brought religion to the settlers of the Southern Appalachians In the early 1800s. Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury was the most noted of these. In 1840 Asheville's population was 500; to 1860 - 1,100; 1880 - 2,610; 1890 - 10,237; 1900 - 14,694; 1930 - 50,193; 1970 - 57,681. The 1980 U.S. Census showed Asheville's population to be 60,500. and the population of Buncombe County to be 162,000. In 1828 a road following the French Broad River was completed to East Tennessee. With It wagons of settlers moving west began coming through Asheville, while droves from Tennessee and Kentucky moved herds of cattle, sheep, hogs and turkeys through to the population centers of South Carolina.
The town's growth was further stimulated by the completion of the "Asheville and Greenville Plank Road' in 1851. The wealthy and favored began to come ~o Asheville aboard four and six horse stages. The city's reputation as a health resort began to grow. When the War Between the States broke out. Asheville became a major Confederate military center. The Buncombe Rifles, first company organized west of the Blue Ridge, marched forth on April 18, 1861, with a flag made of silk dresses of the belles of the town. Captain Zebulon Vance organized shortly thereafter the Rough and Ready Guards. Of the ten companies of the 6Oth North Carolina Regiment, seven of them were Buncombe County men. An early and flourishing industry was the making of Enfield Rifles, prized by Confederate soldiers for their accuracy.
In 1878, Asheville and Western North Carolina acquired the descriptive phrase "The Land Of The Sky" which derived from a well known book by Mrs. Frances Tiernan of Salisbury, writing under the name of Christian Reid. The nickname quickly caught the attention of thousands and spread Buncombe's fame more widely than ever. When the railroad broke through the Eastern continental divide in 1880, a new era was launched for Asheville and Western North Carolina. Elaborate hotels were built, including the Battery Park In 1889. From its vantage point on "Stoney Hill," George W. Vanderbilt discovered what he described as the most beautiful spot in the world. He purchased 145,000 acres and began building one of the great country houses of the world, Biltmore House. Great religious assemblies were established In the area. A grand opera house was built, and a convention auditorium followed.
In 1900, a newly organized chamber of commerce, the "Asheville Board of Trade," launched national advertising, and proclaimed the city to be one of the "leading convention cities In the country." A new wave of luxury hotel construction began: the Langren in 1912, the unbelievable Grove Park Inn In 1913, the new Kenilworth Inn in 1918 ... and with Battery Park. The break of the land boom, followed by the great depression of the early 1930s brought financial ruin to Asheville, from which It was slow to recover. However, during this period two great natural attractions were in the making: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which were to make the Asheville area the most visited recreational area in the country.
At the present time Asheville enjoys a broadly based economy supported by a thriving travel industry, conventions, widely diversified Industry, forestry and agriculture. In 1980, Buncombe County's industries Include BASF, Square D., Gerber, Ball Corporation, Beacon end Sybron/Taylor. Asheville is the junction point of two Interstate highways, 26 and 40. It is the hub of five federal highways, two Appalachian development highways, five state highways and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Southern Railway serves Asheville. The modern Asheville Airport is served by Piedmont Airlines, plus commuter airlines. The Asheville-Buncombe Consolidated Water District reservoir holds 6 billion gallons, and is centered In a remote timbered watershed covering 24 square miles. Buncombe County was served by a new $10,400.00 sewage disposal system. In 1970, Asheville earned the designation "All American City." A
new Civic Center was completed In early 1974. Asheville's most famous native son is author Thomas Wolfe, whose boyhood home is open to the public as a memorial. Evangelist Billy Graham is Asheville's most world renown citizen. - The Historic News, Feb. 1999
LOL... I have talked to people that really got upset when I told them that "Southern" is not a nationality, but some locals knew their history and family tree for a hundreds of years. Nice! I think... Maybe the older I get, the more interested in history I become? The photo above is by Ben Pierce on Flickr.com.
*To see the future of Asheville, please see http://www.askasheville.com/
Last night, the Southern Fried Blues Society sponsored a fundraiser for the bands to help them travel to Memphis, TN in February to attend the International Blues Challenge. WSNB won the local SFBS competition to be in the competition, Skinny Legs and All is the nominated band to attend the Youth Showcase. The Westville Pub was filled with music lovers, friends, and family - and they enjoyed a fantastic show put on by both the bands. The silent auction displayed beautiful art, clothing, and jewelry. Those who donated money to the fund were given raffle tickets and took home t-shirts, Cd's, gift certificates, and even a bucket of Moon Pies! Everyone who came out to support the bands had a great time - and the servers and bartenders at the Westville Pub kept the beer and food flowing. Thanks to Peggy Ratusz and everyone at the Blues Society for planning the event! There will be another fundraiser in January - so keep posted and please come out and see these fantastic bands!
Quick pic of workers in the Chik-Fil-A on Tunnel Road in Asheville North Carolina. This place always looks clean and workers at this establishment have always been great. I believe the same owners have the Chik-Fil-A in the Biltmore Square Mall and also on Hendersonville Road in South Asheville. www.chick-fil-a.com