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Welcome to Black Mountain
and the surrounding Swannanoa Valley. Regardless of what brings you here relaxation, shopping, dining, or outdoor activities - you will be greeted with beautiful scenery, peaceful days, and friendly people. This special publication of the Black Mountain News was created to assist you while you are in town. A calendar of events for the fall and winter seasons will help you plan your activities. We encourage you to visit the local businesses that have advertised in this tour guide. They offer one-of-a-kind treasures that are unique to this area. Be sure and visit the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce while in town, located at 201 East State Street in Black Mountain, (828) 669-2300. And for a complete and updated listing of this week’s events and happenings, pick up a copy of the Black Mountain News. Enjoy your stay!
3. Calendar of events 4. get outside 6. arts in downtown 8. Presbyterian Heritage center 10. famous people of the swannanoa valley 12. Include the arts in your fall colors 14. Greenways 18. local wildlife 20. discover holiday merriment 22. Hop’n blueberry farm Jennifer Fitzgerald, General Manager/Editor Barbara Hootman, Staff Writer Joel Burgess, Staff Writer
Gordon Schuit, Gaphic Artist Becky Andrade, Account Executive
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DATES TO REMEMBER Sept. 16 - Swannanoa RiverFest
Oct. 13 to Oct. 14 - East of Asheville Studio Tour
Sept. 22 - 5th Annual Mill Around the Village
Oct. 18 to Oct. 21 - L.E.A.F
5:30-8 p.m. at Owen Park. Bring a chair & dessert to share. BBQ dinner w/vegetarian option, mountain music, and the 30-minute play “Swannanoa River.” (828) 581-9848, www.swannanoafans.org
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Swannanoa. Music, vendors, food, games, and more. (828) 581-9222, www.millaroundthevillage.com
Oct. 06 - Fall by the Tracks Festival and 5K Fun Run
Family event, face painting, pumpkin painting, cake walk, apple press, & more. For info. or to register for 5KContact: The Old Depot Association firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theolddepot.org
The red house The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League invites you to visit their Red House Studios and Gallery, located at 310 W. State Street, next to the Monte Vista Hotel. Upcoming gallery exhibits include: Through Sept. 23 “The Figure in Art” Sept. 27 - Oct. 28 “Autumn Inspirations” Oct. 19 - Nov. 21 Juried Exhibit for Members at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Nov. 1 - Jan. 6 “Simultaneous Shows: Fabulous Fakes and 3D” Jan. 10 - Feb. 24 “ Experimental Art & Mixed Media” Feb. 28 - April 28 “The Limited Palette” GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Wednesday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday - Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit svfalarts.org
Self-guide tour of local art & craft studios. Artist will have items for sale in all price ranges. Visit website for more info & map of studio locations. (828) 686-1011, www.EastStudioTour.com
Lake Eden Arts Festival at Camp Rockmont. Tickets available on-line in advance. www.theleaf.org
Dec. 07 - Holly Jolly Christmas
5-9 p.m. in downtown. Stores open late, refreshments, Santa, & more. Contact: Black Mountain Business to Business (828) 669-0707, www.visitblackmountain.com
Dec. 08 - Christmas Parade
Starting at 4 p.m. Runs down State Street from Flat Creek Rd. to Cragmont Rd. Contact: Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, (828) 669-2300 www.exploreblackmountain.com
Dec. 08 - Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk
Starts after parade. Contact: Black Mountain Recreation & Park (828) 669-2052, www.bmrecreation.com
Dec. 15 & Dec. 16 - Christmas Cookie Tour
Noon – 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. Tour Black Mountain’s beautifully decorated B&Bs and inns and enjoy their homemade cookies. Contact Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce for more info. (828) 669-2300
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he Swannanoa Valley has been blessed with scenic beauty, and that inspires many residents and visitors to get outside. The wide variety of recreation opportunities in the area will suit people of all ages and ﬁtness levels, too. Here are a few suggestions: Hiking
The mountains surrounding the Swannanoa Valley belong almost exclusively to private property owners, but some opportunities do exist for the general public. The Valley’s four major conference centers – Montreat, Ridgecrest, Christmont, and Blue Ridge Assembly never seek publicity for their hiking trails, but will allow the public to use them. At Montreat, visitors can obtain information during the summer at the Nature Center by Lake Susan. At the three others, check in with visitor information to obtain permission.
Black Mountain has golf covered, from the ten-foot putts at Shadowbrook Mini Golf to the 747-yard, par-six 17th hole, which at one time was the longest hole in the world. Shadowbrook sits nestled on a forested hillside and has an artiﬁcial stream and waterfalls to add to the woodland feel. Located next door to Phil’s Barbecue at 701 N.C. Highway 9, across from Ingles supermarket. 669-5499. The Black Mountain Golf Course lies nestled in a valley with fantastic views of the mountains.
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The addition of a disc golf course at Owen High School gave the Valley two courses. The one at Owen plays through the campus, alongside buildings, with big, open views of the mountains. The one at Black Mountain’s Recreation Park has a more natural setting, playing through woods, along the river, and by the community garden. The Rec Park course is open from sunrise to sunset; Owen’s course is open during the daytime after school, on weekends, or whenever class is not in session.
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n w o t n w o Arts in D By Rita Vermillion
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mong the towns of North Carolina, Black Mountain stands as an enclave for the arts. Around the world, that reputation came about largely through Black Mountain College, which existed here from 1933 to 1956. Within the region, that distinction is now due, in part, to a local institution, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, located in the renovated former city hall at 225 W. State Street. The mission of BMCA is “to bring arts to the people and people to the arts.” Through theatre, concerts, exhibits, festivals, workshops, classes, and outreach, the Center offers to both visitors and residents opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts. Incorporated in 1995, the Center is well into its second decade as a non-proﬁt arts organization serving the eastern part of Buncombe County and the communities of Black Mountain, Swannanoa, Montreat, and Ridgecrest. It is not an afﬁliate of county or town governments, but is a stand-alone organization responsible for raising its own funds and promoting its own programs. The residents of our community pull together each year to support the Black Mountain Center for the Arts through arts events and fundraisers, class tuition, donations, grants, and more. When a group of local residents found that the original city hall, c. 1920s, was to be torn down, they chose to rally around the stately brick building at the west end of downtown, to raise money to save and renovate it, and to turn it into a center for community arts that everyone could use with pride and excitement. Once the funds were raised, the orange shag carpet, pine paneling, and truck entrance were removed, the former holding cell jail was turned into an arts classroom, the former town library was refurbished into a gallery, the town council chambers were restored into an acoustic concert/theater room, the ﬁremen’s sleeping quarters became a reception room/dance classroom, and the city garage was recycled into a functional clay studio. Today, classes and workshops open to the public are held every weekday in one of the various areas of the ﬁne arts - music, visual arts, pottery, writing, and dance. Arts events including concerts, theater productions, summer camps, gallery openings, and exhibits are scheduled on a regular basis. A garden with sculpture by local artists in the back yard is adjacent to the clay studio, which has murals installed by regional artists on both the east and west walls- public art that enhances Black Mountain’s downtown.
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Each year the Black Mountain Center for the Arts sponsors annual events that bring people in to hear live music, see visual art, view theatrical performances, take home locally produced art, visit local gardens, and meet others in the community. From an Auction for the Arts to Art in Bloom to the Acoustic Corner Instructors Concert to the Emerging Artists art exhibit, there is something for everyone to enjoy at BMCA.
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or 85 years, the local Presbyterian Heritage Center and its predecessors have offered unique displays covering the history of Montreat, the North Fork Valley, missions to countries around the world, and much more! A blend of Appalachian folk art sculptures, paintings, artifacts, photographs, and state-of-theart touch screen kiosks, the free-admission Heritage Center provides a wealth of rotating and topical exhibits at its museum located at 318 Georgia Terrace in Montreat – just three miles from downtown Black Mountain. Currently on display are oil lamps from 333 B.C.E. to 640 C.E., communion tokens from the 18th and 19th centuries, and rare photos of local mountain settlers and farmsteads circa 1900. This fall, you also can learn about chaplains during the American Civil War (until early November), missions to Mexico and 500 years of church music from the Reformation through today (beginning in midNovember). When Civil War soldiers marched off to war 150 years ago, they were served by up to 3,700 chaplains. “Answering the Call: Religion & Chaplains during the Civil War” is a 1,100-plus sq. ft. display (open until early November) of diaries, letters, and military artifacts - uniforms, buttons and buckles, swords, phoToS provided by phc riﬂes, pistols, and camp accessories - as well as From Isaac Watts’ Hymnals of the early 1700s to rare photos of Black Mountain/Montreat rare photos, books, and more! The exhibit features circa 1900 to the Civil War chaplain display, the Presbyterian Heritage Center offers photos and information on scores of chaplains from engaging museum displays. all denominations - Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and others - as they rare hymn books from the 16th - 19th centuries will be previewed this fall worked in military camps and battleﬁelds, hospitals, and prisons. beginning in October, along with audio selections on the touch-screen “Missions to Mexico: Presbyterian missions from 1850 – present” exhibit kiosks from the Genevan Psalter (1550s) to the Southern Harmony shapedcovers the ﬁrst Presbyterian missionaries (independent, PCUSA, PCUS, note hymnals of the early 19th century to the earliest known recording ARP, etc.) from the mid-1800s to today. of “Amazing Grace” at the beginning of the 20th century. Come see Rare artifacts and photos are displayed, including a 19th century antique musical instruments, as well as early psalm books and hymnals side saddle owned by Melinda Rankin, the ﬁrst Presbyterian supported, from Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, and other independent missionary to Mexico. denominations. “Joyful, Joyful: We Adore Thee” exhibit opens in winter 2013, however,
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famous By Jill Jones
he Swannanoa Valley has been both home and retreat for numerous famous people whose lives and businesses have impacted the people and the Valley for nearly two centuries. One of the most famous of all Valley residents is the Rev. Billy Graham, who married Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of missionary Dr. L. Nelson Bell, of Montreat, in 1943. The Grahams ﬁrst lived in a modest cottage across from Ruth’s parents, but in 1954 they purchased 200 acres on a mountaintop in Montreat on which they built an informal country-style house that has served as a place of retreat as well as home for the evangelist and his family. Frontiersman and hero of the Alamo Davy Crockett visited Elizabeth Patton, the widow of a friend, in Swannanoa in 1815. He was also recently widowed. Having ﬁve children between them, they decided to wed and join their families. Three more children were born to them during their years in Tennessee and Texas. Descendants of Davy and Elizabeth reside today in the Swannanoa Valley. A pioneer in the ﬁeld of electricity, Franklin Terry was a contemporary and a competitor of Thomas Edison and eventually became a vice-president of Edison’s company, General Electric. In 1921, he bought land in Black Knitting, Mountain and built “In The Oaks,” a 24,755 square foot summer home for his second wife, Lilliam Slocumb Emerson. The home is second in size only to Crocheting, Biltmore House in the state and is styled as an English manor house. Spinning, “In The Oaks” is now owned by Montreat College and serves as its Black Mountain campus. Weaving & Singer Roberta Flack was born in Swannanoa in 1939. She is perhaps Felting best known for her hit song, “Killing Me Softly.” The Martin family of musicians is famous among fans of mountain music, and are also known for their wood carvings and dulcimers. Billy Edd Wheeler, of Swannanoa, is the author of numerous songs that have been recorded by such stars as Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Nancy Sinatra, and Lee Greenwood. Local & international yarns, Two sports ﬁgures of renown are from the Swannanoa Valley. Football classes, supplies & accessories. great Brad Johnson, a graduate of Owen High School, led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory in 2004. He recently retired from the NFL. Brad Daugherty, former University of North Carolina and Cleveland Cavalier basketball star, is also from Black Mountain. For more information on these individuals and the history of the Swannanoa Valley, visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum, located at 223 203-A West State Street Black Mountain, NC 28711 West State Street in Black Mountain. 828-669-7570 For more information about the museum, call (828) 669-9655 or visit www.blackmountainyarnshop.com www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org.
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in your fall color
By Rita Vermillion
f you’re one of the thousands who ﬂock to Black Mountain to see the fall color or enjoy the holidays, or if you live here year-round and have guests who visit and entertainment is needed, check out the fall schedule at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Concerts, theater productions, one-day workshops, a 5K run, art shows, and much more are on the agenda from September - December. The Center is located in the renovated old city hall at 225 W. State Street, between the Swannanoa Valley Museum and Thai Basil restaurant, with parking available in the municipal lot behind BMCA. In the Upper Gallery, three fall shows Photos Provided by bMCA Internationallyknown jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens will perform a beneﬁt concert, ìBy Request,î at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts on Friday, October 5. In addition, the U.S. Air Force Heritage Ramblers, and the Acoustic Corner Instructors are on tap to present concerts at BMCA this fall.
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are planned. The ﬁrst is a two-person installation of sculpture and photography entitled “Streaming: David Young and Julia Burr,” sponsored by WildSouth. The exhibit continues through October 12. The second show is the juried exhibit by the members of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League, which will open on October 19 with a reception from 6-8 p.m., and will continue up through Wednesday, November 21. The third exhibit is an annual event from the teachers and students of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio, on display from November 30 – January 2013, with an opening on Friday, December 7, during Holly Jolly Christmas. Concerts for the season at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Main Room Stage will begin with a “By Request” Beneﬁt Concert by internationally known jazz pianist and composer Michael Jefry Stevens on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $15, and reservations are highly recommended. Stevens, a newcomer to Western North Carolina who was most recently on the music faculty of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., will also be teaching a workshop from late October through December on improvisation that is open to all levels and all instruments. Other concerts by him with additional combo instrumentalists will be held November 29, and other dates TBA. The U.S. Air Force Dixieland Jazz combo,
The Heritage Ramblers, will present a free concert on Monday, vignettes from a comedic tale of two blue collar shepherds who are October 15, at 7:30 p.m. On tour across North in the right place at the right time on Christmas Carolina, these professional musicians and eve to a tender funny story about ice ﬁshing, full-time military will present a full concert to or a true story of a single mom in need of a Valley listeners. On November 10 at 7:30 p.m., Christmas miracle - this show is a theatrical Black Mountain Center the instructors of Acoustic Corner will present holiday treat. Tickets will be on sale after for the Arts their 5th Annual Concert – also an annual sellThanksgiving. out. Cost is a $15 donation at the door with no Two visual arts workshops are scheduled reserved seats, so being early is imperative. this fall. “Watercolor on Canvas” is set for 225 W. State Street These six or seven professional musicians Thursday, September 20, from 10 a.m. – 4 Black Mountain get together only once a year to perform in a p.m. taught by Jennine Hough. “Painting the variety of duos, trios, and more to play several Appalachian Mountains,” an acrylic workshop (828) 669-0930 genres of music throughout the evening. is set for Wednesday, October 17, from 10 BlackMountainartS.org Theater productions this fall include new and a.m. – 5 p.m. with teacher Nora Mosrie. returning favorites. The Front Porch Community Registration is open through the Center at (828) Theater, working under the auspices of BMCA, The Upper Gallery at the Black 669-0930 or more information through www. is planning two evenings of a Murder Mystery blackmountainarts.org. Mountain Center for the Arts Dinner Theater at Madison’s of Ridgecrest. Finally, a fall kick-off fundraiser is the ﬁrst will open three exhibits this Started this past year, this is the group’s ﬁrst 5K Run For Your Art fun run scheduled on fall with receptions on production, and these initial performances, on Saturday, September 29, at the Black Mountain Thursday, October 25, and Tuesday, October 30, Recreation Park, which will end with barbecue Fridays from 6-8 pm on will be fundraisers for them. and more. Runners can register at IMATHLETE. September 7, October 19, The annual holiday favorite, “Rediscovering com. and December 7. Christmas,” with Acts of Renewal’s Carol Be sure to include the Arts in your fall color and Jim Shores, will be presented at BMCA schedule as you enjoy Black Mountain’s all December 21-22. An evening of original around beauty.
Throwing on the pottery wheel becomes a relaxing, yet creative hobby for many area residents as they discover the classes at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio.
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Black Mountain by Foot! By Julie White Contributing Writer
reenways are popping up in cities and towns all across the country. Greenways are trails and paved or unpaved pathways that enable us to connect with and access places and people without using a vehicle. Black Mountain Greenways offer opportunities for locals and visitors to explore our town and enjoy the mountain views while biking, walking, running, skipping, galloping, and dog walking. All of our greenways are accessible by foot from downtown. A Black Mountain Greenways map is available at the Chamber of Commerce and in many local stores. Enjoy Black Mountain by foot!
Garden Greenway: Community Garden and a Leisurely Walk to Town
½ mile Flat Creek Greenway is a local favorite. The greenway starts behind Black Mountain Primary School and runs north for a 1/2 mile, meandering along picturesque Flat Creek, home to wildﬂowers, birds, and beautiful old trees. You’ll encounter mountain views from the north end of the greenway. To get there: Take Charlotte Street off of State Street to the back of the primary school
Depot to Depot Greenway: Bike or run to Old Fort
Flat Creek Greenway: Mountain views, wildﬂowers and a meandering creek
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1 mile Garden Greenway: The Garden Greenway is located off Blue Ridge Road at the Grey Eagle Arena. It circles our community garden and is lined with native plants and trees. The boardwalk takes you under the Interstate and connects you to the Oaks Greenway and Recreation Park where you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the river. The Oaks Greenway connects Recreation Park and Vance Avenue. By combining these trails you can walk over and then follow quiet streets and sidewalks into downtown Black Mountain for lunch, coffee, or some shopping.
10 miles If you are seeking a longer adventure, try riding the Depot to Depot route. This bicycle route starts at the Depot in Black Mountain and follows a 10-mile signed route to the Depot in Old Fort. This route follows lightly used roads and the highly popular Point Lookout Greenway, the path of the Old Highway through Pisgah Forest and on down the mountain.
Lake Tomahawk and Dog Park Trail: Short, scenic trails
Two other short scenic trails are the path around Lake Tomahawk and the path following the river near the dog park which is behind BiLo on Highway 9. To get to the Lake Tomahawk trail follow Craigmont Road and then Rhododendron Avenue off of Highway 70 across from the CVS. The Buncombe County Connect Buncombe initiativeâ€™s goal in to connect existing greenways to each other. Imagine renting a bike in Black Mountain and cycling to Asheville! What a lovely day that would be!
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By Barbara Hootman
The Swannanoa Valley literally teems with wildlife. More than 60 species call Western North Carolina home, and more than a dozen of these are in residence in local backyards and woods. Some of the more obvious wild creates in the Valley include bears, deer, opossum, red fox, coyote, beaver, grey squirrels, and ﬂying squirrels, which are nocturnal, raccoons, and bobcats. Encountering wildlife in the Valley is an everyday occurrence for residents, and can be for visitors. Squirrels sit and chatter at you from tree branches, opossums lumber up a trail or across a road, eyeing you with beady little eyes, raccoons pilfer food from outside dog and cat dishes, and black bears wander in and out of local communities from spring through fall. The red fox is making a return to the Valley. It has to compete with coyotes that have migrated into the area for food and shelter. Coyotes have won in pushing their way into the wildlife habitats, and are increasing in numbers yearly. They are no longer as fearful of people as they once were. Raccoons are cute with their permanent masked eyes, but remember they are one of the wild species most susceptible to rabies. Never pick up a baby raccoon, and do not feed the panhandling adults. They do not understand the word “no.” Also, they do not understand that you have run out of peanut butter cookies. Keep wildlife wild.
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Watch but do not touch. Whitetail deer munch on apples in local orchards, azaleas and hosta, landscaping many mountain homes to the horror of the owners. Most wild creatures are afraid of humans, and that is the way it is suppose to be. Keeping wildlife wild is a way to assure the safety of not only wild creatures but people as well. It is imperative to be careful and never approach, feed, or try to touch any wild creature. Always stay away from animals that act strangely. They may be too accustomed to humans, or even worse, rabid. Bear attacks are rare, but death can result from carelessness humans. Birding in the Appalachian Mountains and especially in the Swannanoa Valley is second to none. There are over 80 species of migratory birds to observe and at least over 200 that live, permanently or at least part-time, within the area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Appalachian Mountains are a record of Earth’s history. The beginning of these mountains is dated to approximately 60 million years ago. The mountains that we know today began to take shape then. It is an honor to live among these ancient rocks that provide habitats for the abundant wild creatures that also call this area home. Always observe wildlife from a safe distance and give it the respect that it deserves. The mountains, creeks, waterfalls, trees, and animals tell an ancient story in the Swannanoa Valley. Listen and watch and you’ll hear the story.
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Discover holiday merriment T
he joy of the season comes alive in downtown Black Mountain each year during December with the annual Holly Jolly Christmas (Friday, December 7) and the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade (Saturday, December 8). Holly Jolly Christmas is an opportunity to get shopping done early in the quaint village-like town of historic Black Mountain. Holly Jolly features sparkling lights and sights, smells of hot chocolate and cider, Christmas cheer and music, and much more. There are street festivities and the shops stay open late. Many stores offer refreshments like hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and cookies and have special sales for one night only. Luminaries line the street, and Santa and his sleigh kick off the event with a parade down Cherry Street followed by a photo opportunity for children of all ages at Santaâ€™s wonderland. Holly Jolly is a wonderful opportunity to get in the holiday spirit, share in community festivities, and get started on Christmas shopping. Sponsored by Business to Business, 828-669-0707. The 2012 Christmas Parade by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce takes place on Saturday, December 8 at 4 p.m. in downtown Black Mountain. The parade begins at Flat Creek Road and proceeds through town to Cragmont Road. This is an
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2012 Christmas Parade For more information, contact the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce at 669-2300 or visit www.exploreblackmountain.com
2012 Circle of Lights For more information, call 828-419-9300 ext. 687, or visit www.bmrecreation.com
annual family event designed to bring the community together and celebrate the spirit of Christmas. Viewers may watch the parade from the side of the road along this route. Expect to see unique holiday ﬂoats and entries from folks across the Valley including Owen High School Marching Band, churches, schools and civic groups, plus ﬁre trucks and police cars, music, animals, children, costumes and more… with Santa and Mrs. Claus pulling up the rear. Kids always enjoy the candy tossed from the ﬂoats. Prizes awarded to the ﬁrst, second and third place ﬂoats. Prior to the parade, the Chamber will host an open house from 12-3 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 201 E. State Street. Pictures with Santa will be available for purchase. Immediately after the parade, the annual “Circle of Lights” takes place at Lake Tomahawk, sponsored by Black Mountain Recreation & Parks. Celebrate the season with Santa, music, performing groups and talent, food, hay rides, and a bon ﬁre. A festive occasion for all ages. 5-7 p.m.
While you’re in Town ~ Check out our Gallery, Clay Studio, Events & Historic Building!
Monthly Art Exhibits, Pottery Showcase, Classes, Workshops, Live Music & Theatre OPEN Mon thru Fri 11am to 5pm at 225 W. State St. (in the old City Hall) Call for more info!
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lueberries, butterﬂies, & hops, oh my! By Van Burnette
s your family looking for an outdoor activity that is not only scenic but entertaining, educational, historic, and is full of ﬂowers, butterﬂies, blueberries, medicinal herbs, and hops? Then you should consider Black Mountain’s only agritourism farm located just eight minutes from downtown. Nestled under the 6,000 foot ranges of the Craggy Mountains and Eastern Americas highest mountain, Mt. Mitchell, Van Burnette’s Hop’n Blueberry Farm is a seventh generation family farm steeped in local history and pioneer sustainability. Today the farm is a leader in exploring alternative crops, pollination habitat creations, and niche markets and is involved with several universities and organizations with research and development of these crops and ideas. Tours of the farm are not just limited to exploring the science of today’s new agricultural markets. There is a great deal of natural and native beauty to enjoy while visiting the farm. Butterﬂies are one. They are naturally attracted to the farm because of extensive plantings of ﬂowering nectar plants. Because of this, a butterﬂy ﬂight house was created. The butterﬂy ﬂight house contains many native species of butterﬂies inside the facility which is saturated with a kaleidoscope of brilliantly colored ﬂowers. There is even a waterfall and moss garden inside. At any one point during the summer, many of the butterﬂies will be in the various states of metamorphosis from the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult. It is a great place for children and adults to learn about the life cycles of insects and butterﬂies as well as growing crops and ﬂowers at your home or farm that will attract them. A lot of their work with butterﬂies also deals with monarch butterﬂy and growing milkweed to sustain the monarchs fragile existence. The farm also offers a U-Pick blueberry operation during the months of June and July. Several hundred bushes of sweet
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Hop’n Blueberry Farm
24 Middle Mountain rd. • blaCk Mountain (828) 664-1166 • hopnblueberryfarM.CoM
mountain grown blueberries will keep families together not only at the farm, but at the dinner table as the family enjoys blueberry pancakes, mufﬁns, or pies. Finally there are the hops. The Hop’n Blueberry hop yard was the ﬁrst commercial hop yard in the state and continues to draw a great deal of interest as many adults see, taste, and learn about this ﬂavor ingredient of beer that coincides with Western North Carolina’s growing Craft Brewing Industry. Hops tours are scheduled exclusively for those that want to learn more. Tour hours are Saturdays at noon and 2 p.m. A monarch festival will be September 29 at 1:30 p.m. They will be tagging and releasing Monarchs to ﬂy back to Mexico. The event is free, but donations are sure welcomed. They will be closing for the year on October 7.
VERANDA CAFE Come join us in a unique atmosphere for a delicious assortment of daily specials, 6 or more housemade soups, sandwiches, wraps, panninis, salads, decadent desserts and more.
Full menu available for take-out. Open for Lunch - Monday - Saturday 11am - 3pm 119 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NCâ€˘ 828-669-8864 CertiďŹ cate of Excellence 2012
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