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JULY 2019 PUBLISHER

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The Livin's Easy

Rachel Beebe CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Stephan Pruitt, Steve Yocom, River Echeverri, Evan Anderson

AHHH, SWEET SUMMERTIME. Inspiration hangs heavy in the air, and everyone is breathing just a little easier. For this issue, we took a look at many of the summer activities we can enjoy in the Asheville mountains. From floating down the river with friends to hanging out in trees reading a book or practicing your balance, there's something for everyone when we can all appreciate the outdoors together. As you're planning your summer soirées, skip out on baking a dessert and let Baked Pie Co. take care of it for you. Are you going for a new look? Call Kelli at Asheville Ayes and let her give you the brows you've always dreamt of but never quite achieved. Need some adventure inspiration? Check out Steve Yocom's photography and try to get some beautiful shots of nature yourself. Soak it all in, because the sun is shining and eager to kiss your skin. (But don't forgo the sunscreen!) I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I enjoyed working on it. Until next time, Asheville! Cheers,

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JULY 2019

FEATURES 14 Miss Asheville Pie Adding Flavor to Asheville with Baked Pie Co.

18 Kick It into Gear The Cliffs' Cycling Guides Offer Tips for the Best Summer Rides

24 Doula Rising The Shift from Luxury to Necessity in Proper Birth Care

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28 Asheville's Hot Spots of Summer The Brew Tub and Tree Weaves Bring New Fun to the City

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Lifestyle Letter

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Around Town

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Water & Woods

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Culinary Creations

24 Giving Back 28 Hot Spot 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Local’s Choice



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UNITED WAY SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE Every year, United Way hosts a school supply drive to put fully stocked backpacks in the hands of students in need. Last year, 2,401 students received a backpack, meaning Asheville raised $84,000, setting a new record. United Way will be looking for donors and sponsors once again so that students in the community are equipped for school. Visit UnitedWayABC.org to find out how to get involved.

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WATER & WOODS

THROUGH THE EYES OF STEVE YOCOM INSPIRING EXPLORATION

ARTICLE TRISTA PRUITT | PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE YOCOM

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SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS ADMIRING OTHERS’ VIEW OF THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR CAMERA LENS. But for Steve Yocom, exploring landscapes, cities and moments with a camera is a fulltime job, and he’s thankful for it. His portfolio boasts some huge brands, including the state of North Carolina, and it’s easy to see why: he’s passionate about his art. Growing up in Philadelphia, Steve says he was amazed when he got out of the concrete jungle and realized how beautiful the world is. A desire to capture the magic of his surroundings was born, and he taught himself how to take photos that show off Earth’s beauty. “Being outside in nature is very fulfilling,” Steve says. “I try to put a focus on my work to inspire people to get outside more. We live 45 minutes from some of the prettiest places on the entire East Coast, and maybe you can’t get away from your job, but you can wake up an hour earlier to experience a sunrise and

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start your day incredibly different.” He also stays true to the form, hardly ever using Photoshop or heavy editing so the viewer can see what he’s seen. From the Appalachian Mountains to exotic beaches and sunsets on the West Coast, his photography has the power to inspire people from every lifestyle.

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If you’d like to know more about Steve,

his

photography

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philosophy on life, you can check out SteveYocomPhotography.com or @steveyocomphotography on Instagram. He’s also writing a book about a solo journey he took across the country, living outdoors along the way. It will hold stories, lessons and inspiration along with journal entries and, of course, photos. So, what are you waiting for? Get outside and explore these beautiful mountains. Take a hike, find a swimming hole, learn about the regional fauna and flora, and share what you see along the way.

To capture color-rich photos, try shooting a couple of hours after sunrise or before sunset, just before and after the golden hours of the day. The light will be soft and consistent, the perfect recipe for stunning portraits.

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CULINARY CREATIONS

Miss Asheville Pie ARTICLE TRISTA PRUITT PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHAN PRUITT

ADDING FLAVOR TO ASHEVILLE WITH BAKED PIE CO.

AS WITH MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES, BAKED PIE CO. STARTED WITH A DREAM—AND A CRAVING FOR PIE. While out looking for a slice of pie and a cup of coffee, Kirsten Fuchs and her daughter realized Asheville was lacking in a good place to sit and enjoy a baked treat. Kirsten used her background in business management and found a baker, supplies and a space to manifest the dream, and thus Baked Pie Co. was born. “I just want everyone to feel at home here,” Kirsten says. “I want you to feel like you’re walking into your mom or grandma’s house.” Both locations are richly decorated with warm colors, knick-knacks and nostalgic memorabilia. The menu is extensive, and for those who can’t pick just one flavor, Kirsten offers a pie flight with three slices and a scoop of ice cream. There’s something for everyone: gluten-free, vegan and those who just love chocolate. Baked Pie Co. is a place to relax with a good book, plug in and work, meet a friend, and of course, enjoy a piece of pie and a cup of coffee. Check out Kirsten’s recipe for apple galette, the perfect addition to a summer soirée or intimate dinner.

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Apple Galette Ingredients Crust: + 2 1/2 cups shortening, room temperature + 7 1/2 cups flour + 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar + 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt + 1 1/4 cups cold water

Apple Filling: + 8 cups apples, peeled, sliced and cored + 2/3 cups brown sugar + 2 tablespoons flour + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping: + 5 tablespoons unsalted butter + 1 egg + 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Streusel: + 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed + 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 1/2 cup flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Apple Galette

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Directions Make the Galette Dough: 1. Beat shortening for 1 minute on medium speed. 2. Add flour, sugar, salt and water. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, until combined. Do not over-mix. 3. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Flatten into a disk, and wrap completely in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Make the Fruit Filling: 1. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add apples and toss to coat. Set aside.

Make the Streusel: 1. In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon. 2. Add the pieces of cold butter into the bowl. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut the butter into the mixture until it is the texture of coarse meal and looks crumbly.

Heat the Oven: Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350 F.

Roll the Dough: 1. Unwrap the dough, and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Divide into 5 even balls. Roll each dough into a 12-inch round, about 1/8-inch thick—no need for neat edges. Slide the parchment and the 5 galette doughs onto two baking sheets.

Assemble: 1. Divide and pile the fruit filling onto the doughs, slightly mounding it in the centers and leaving a 2-inch border around the edges. 2. Fold the rim of the doughs up and over the edge of the filling, overlapping the dough as you go around and pleating the dough, making sure to leave a large hole over the fruit so any steam can escape. 3. Distribute cubes of cold butter across the top of the fruit (1 tablespoon per galette). 4. Top apple filling/butter with streusel. 5. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the crusts with the egg wash, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Bake: Bake until the crusts are a deep golden-brown and the fruit is bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the parchment with the galettes on it to a wire rack and cool completely. 16

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ARTICLE TRISTA PRUITT | PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHAN PRUITT

Kick It into Gear IT’S NO SECRET THAT ASHEVILLE IS HOME TO SOME AWESOME ROADS AND TRAILS, AND THE CYCLING GUIDES FROM THE CLIFFS KNOW THEIR WAY AROUND THESE MOUNTAINS BETTER THAN MOST. Legends Christian Van Velde, Bobby Julrich and George Hincapie have been cycling for 30-plus years, and they’re currently the cycling guides for members of The Cliffs. The three experts know all the best trails, both road and mountain, for peak summer enjoyment. Break out the cycling gear, sunscreen and water bottles, and check out their suggestions for the best summer rides in WNC. ROAD RIDES For many, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of tires on asphalt. The ease of the ride mixed with the difficult elevation of the mountains is the combination many cyclists are seeking. Luckily, Asheville has many road rides that have become popular in the cycling community, and they’re safe to share with motorists. Perhaps the most popular of these is the Blue Ridge Parkway. The route from the French Broad River Park to the Pisgah Inn is a great ride, especially during the parkway’s low-traffic times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The views during this ride are breathtaking, so plan a sunrise venture and stop for some lasting memories of mountain scenery. It’s also important to remember a brake light and handlebar light for tunnels, and it’s always important to have tools in case of roadside repairs. Cycling up to the parkway is another enjoyable route, and it has gained popularity with cyclists in The Cliffs at Walnut Cove community. The two most popular routes for this endeavor are the Elk Mountain Scenic Highway and Town Mountain Road. For cyclists looking for an adventure that’s not quite “on the map,” Bearwallow Mountain is perfect for a nice ride toward Fairview.

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THE CLIFFS' CYCLING GUIDES OFFER TIPS FOR THE BEST SUMMER RIDES


“Don’t wor ry a bou t going t oo h a r d on t he clim b, or you could go in t o t h e r ed zone a n d lose your energy.”

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“If you’r e not e at ing a n d dr ink ing, you ca n lose your endur a nce ca paci t y v ery quick ly, especi a lly in t h e h e at t h at w e h av e.” TRAIL RIDES For those who don’t enjoy road rides or like to mix it up, there are numerous trails in the area for all levels of cyclists. Bent Creek is a popular ride for beginners and would be a great place to start exploring the art of mountain biking. The North Mills Recreation Area is another beginner-friendly trail, and both are located in the Pisgah National Forest. These trails are well-maintained and extremely scenic; they’re definitely not to be missed. DuPont State Forest lies to the south and is known widely as one of the best places to ride on the East Coast. For the beginner, Ridgeline Trail is a great place to start. For more advanced loops, cyclists can explore Burnt Mountain and Big Rock. These trails are close to the border, so they’re ideal for riders from Upstate South Carolina. For advanced cyclists, the guides highly recommended Green River Cove for all the switchbacks. “Not many people in the U.S. ever get to experience a trail like that, but it is for more extreme riders,” George says.

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CYCLING TIPS In mountainous areas, cycling doesn’t always make for an easy ride. The guides were adamant about cyclists knowing their limits. “Don’t worry about going too hard on the climb, or you could go into the red zone and lose your energy. If you’re not eating and drinking, you can lose your endurance capacity very quickly, especially in the heat that we have,” Bobby says. In order to ensure a good ride, staying active day-today, especially with a cardio-focused regimen, will help any cyclist have a successful journey. It’s also extremely important to stay fueled with water and nutrients, so pack healthy snacks and stop along your trip to have a bite to eat and hydrate. It’s also vital to be sure the gearing is correct for the climb ahead. Many cyclists from out of town don’t have the proper gearing, so cyclists should be vigilant about their equipment. “Some of these rides are so steep that you’ll end up going harder than you planned on going just to get up it, so you want your gearing to be fit for climbing,” Bobby says. Christian adds that cyclists, especially those just starting out, should ride in groups with those in a similar skill level. “It’s always nice to have a group that can support you on your ride,” Christian says. “For beginners and advanced riders alike, early morning is the best time to hit the road or the trail, and it’s always best to go with at least one other cyclist, if not a group. And as with any strenuous physical activity, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and have fun!” With the many trails surrounding and within the gates of The Cliffs, now is the time to check out their beautiful homes and amenities and begin a new chapter in our beautiful mountains.

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GIVING BACK ARTICLE TRISTA PRUITT | PHOTOGRAPHY EVAN ANDERSON Cindy McMillan, Sistas Caring for Sistas

Doula Rising The Shift from Luxury to Necessity in Proper Birth Care

BIRTH IS COMPLICATED. Motherhood is difficult. Welcoming a new life into the family is challenging yet richly rewarding. As a culture, we’ve known these simple facts for a long time. So why are we just now viewing emotional birth support as a necessity to the process and not just a luxury? Chama Woydak of Homegrown Babies and Cindy McMillan of Sistas Caring for Sistas are on a mission to normalize the role of the doula, a woman who provides guidance and support throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum. They’re working hard to provide this service to every mother they can by building relationships through communication and unconditional support. Chama says it was a gradual interest in lifestyle and women’s health that led her down this road. “I’ve always been a farmer, so I’m really passionate about food sustainability and access to food. Not having access to food is a big form of oppression. I spent many years farming—I still do—so from growing vegetables and raising animals I got into herbalism, and from herbalism, I got into medicinal plants, then women’s reproductive health and reproductive justice. I got interested in things of that nature.” From there, Chama ended up in a two-year program focused on her new interests, but instead of doing clinicals at the end of the program, she decided to teach instead.

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Chama Woydak, Homegrown Babies

“I realized I loved teaching and that it was something I was good

breastfeeding rates. Generally speaking, we increase satisfaction

at. I knew to be a good teacher I needed to be on the ground and

for someone going through the birthing process. Because of this,

attending births.”

there are more opportunities for doulas, but there’s no third party

She attended her first birth in 1999, started teaching classes in 2002 and became a certified doula a year or two later.

reimbursement that’s standardized across the country. We’re starting to see some states jump on it, but we’re seeing a varying

“The training was amazing. It was probably the most diverse class we’ve

degree of people who can have better birthing outcomes to those

had. ... There were people from different countries, it was multilingual, it was

who can’t. If there’s anything that’s really changing, it’s the spot-

just a really beautiful training,” Chama says of a recent doula class she led.

lighting on these inequities between white people giving birth

At the time Chama began her journey as a doula, the idea of includ-

in the States and people of color, specifically black and African-

ing a doula during birth was considered a luxury, and it wasn’t a well-

American people. The barriers to access are huge because if you

known service at that.

have the money to pay for a doula, then you can get these better

“I found the niche of how vitally important that physical and emotional

outcomes. And if you don’t, well, too bad.”

connection was for our healthcare system. There are plenty of people to

These statistics are leading to a lot of conversations surrounding

do the clinical aspect, but our healthcare system doesn’t create a lot of

the important role of the doula, however, many doulas are not seeing

base for that emotional support. Doulas really do fill that niche.”

appropriate pay for their work. Rather than treating the role as one

Unlike the zeitgeist 20-plus years ago, there has been a shift recently in the world of birth.

would the role of a clinician, doulas have not yet been deemed necessary, even when the numbers say otherwise.

“The research has come out showing how impactful having

“I don’t know exactly what the reimbursement rate is for doulas,

a doula at your birth is,” Chama says. “But the biggest statistic

but I think it’s somewhere between $300 and $600. We might be on

is that doulas have caused a 28 percent reduction in the pri-

our feet, at the birth, not including pre- and postpartum care, any-

mary Cesarean. There’s less machine intervention. We increase

where between 15 and 24 hours,” Chama says.

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“Build relationships first. Wherever you are on your path, building relationships will take you far. Build relationships with your healthcare provider, your partner, other mothers, and build a relationship with your body.” –Chama Woydak

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“All women should have access to doula services, especially due to the infant mortality rate,” Cindy says. “There’s so much shaming with women, we just need to normalize being an advocate for yourself and knowing your body.” In order to normalize this practice, though, more women need to be informed of its importance—and its very existence. “When we started back in 2016, we didn’t know what a doula was, but Chama came to us and offered to teach us how to become doulas,” Cindy says. “I personally almost died during childbirth, and I lost a child during childbirth, and I was like, ‘where was this service when I was giving birth?’ So now we have a group, and we meet every month. It’s called Mother to Mother, and we get together, we bring our kids, and we touch on a lot of different things. We can vent, we can cry, and we get the word out by going out in the city and starting these conversations. We’re housed in MAHEC, and as far as I know, we’re the only doula-based program in Asheville housed in a clinic facility, so that gives us a lot of access to pregnant women who couldn’t normally afford these services. We are making a lot of strides to get the word out.” In order to make its services affordable, Sistas Caring for Sistas is backed by a grant, partners with the nonprofit Mothering Asheville and is in the process to get Medicaid reimbursement. To

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vided or becoming a doula yourself, visit HomegrownBabies.com.

“We carry these women with us. It’s a journey. Not only have we been their doula, but we continue to build relationships with them. There’s a lot of trust and a lot of vulnerability. It’s a beautiful thing. Women come together, and we rock it out. We have each other’s backs.” –Cindy McMillan

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HOT SPOT

Asheville's Hot Spots of Summer THE BREW TUB AND TREE WEAVES BRING NEW FUN TO THE CITY

ARTICLE RACHEL BEEBE AND TRISTA PRUITT PHOTOGRAPHY STEPHAN PRUITT AND RIVER ECHEVERRIA

A NEW WAY TO FLOAT

interacted with the French Broad River in typ-

behind The Brew Tub, Asheville’s newest addition

ical ways. A year later, the duo brought the idea

to the river community. With summer in full session,

to life, engaging individuals beyond the typical

people are headed to seek relief from the heat in

ways of a tube or a kayak.

local swimming holes and waterfalls, and these two

Stephan and Hamlin, now a part of this story of

entrepreneurs have a new twist on tubing down

rebirth on the French Broad River, offer custom-

the French Broad River. Both spent their child-

izable, year-round river tours on The Brew Tub.

hoods in the mountains of the Carolinas. Stephan,

These tours are led by certified river tour guides

a self-described “river kid,” remembers growing up

who are experts in the history of the French Broad.

and spending whole summers in local rivers and

During the two-hour Brew Tub tour, you can learn

creeks but never the French Broad River.

the French Broad’s history and ecology—and have

“The French Broad had a reputation,” Stephan says.

plenty of laughs, too.

But it’s cleaner than it’s ever been with help

The Brew Tub offers a unique experience as

from local nonprofits and small business owners

you never actually get in the water. It embraces

bringing attention to clean-up efforts. What was

the wide range of experiences being sought out

once livestock auction grounds and scrap yards

in Asheville.

are now LEED-certified breweries and restored riverfront parks.

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this idea of engaging individuals who haven’t

Stephan Pruitt and Hamlin Beattie are the brains

“Asheville is a melting pot, and we want to be able to cater to a wide range of needs. We want

Last year at the Lake Eden Arts Festival

you to be able to enjoy the river how you want by

(LEAF) in Black Mountain, North Carolina,

offering a diversity of experiences,” Stephan says.

Hamlin observed a man floating in a lawn chair

These 10-seat rafts have the potential to be

drinking a beer, patiently waiting for the live

customized for any group. Do you want a din-

music to start. Hamlin was especially struck by

ner catered by one of Asheville’s fine dining

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establishments during sunset? A wine and cheese experience while you float? The Brew Tub can make it happen and wants you to enjoy the river in whatever way that you choose. In addition to local food and craft drinks (they can pick you up from any Asheville brewery), the Brew Tub has teamed up with Asheville Greenworks, a nonprofit organization that focuses on enhancing the quality of life for Asheville residents through environmental conservation projects and education. Through informing floaters on the history and importance of the third oldest river in the world, Stephan and Hamlin plan to engage the community in a more meaningful way with the French Broad. Greenworks helped the duo plan the best path down the river and offers the opportunity for floaters to give back to the river clean-up efforts. The Brew Tub team values the locals who are vital to the success of a tourist town like Asheville: the service industry. Folks in the service industry are the lifeblood of Asheville. The Brew Tub would love to be an oasis on the river for them by customizing team building days for bartenders, baristas and servers. For a one-of-a-kind French Broad experience, The Brew Tub is a safe bet. CONTINUED >

WHO: Stephan Pruitt and Hamlin Beattie WHERE: The French Broad River WHAT TO ORDER: Gather a group of friends, do a brewery crawl around Asheville, and pick up some of your favorite brews, grab a pizza or two, and make a reservation for an afternoon on the river. There’s no better way to learn the river’s rich history and make some lifelong memories.

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A NEW WAY TO HANG OUT For many Asheville residents, climbing trees and spending the warm summer days in nature is nothing strange; it’s a great way to feel like a carefree child again. For River Echeverria, spending time in the trees isn’t just a way to feel like a kid again, though; it’s a way of life. River planted roots in Asheville two years ago and began his business with Alex Patton creating tree weaves, a type of eco-friendly netting that’s sturdy, durable and tons of fun. Picture a treehouse, but instead of walls and floors, there is open air and connectedness to the tree’s surroundings. Picture a backyard paradise. River’s yard is a multilevel network of tree nets, an ongoing work in progress with crows nests, swings, color-coordinated nets for games of Twister in the trees and slacklines. Not only is it a great place to practice balance, whether that be with a slackline or through yoga, but it’s also a peaceful way to kick back, read a book and get to know the trees inhabiting a yard or forest. “The mission is to bring people closer to the trees. We have a very intimate relationship with these trees,” River says. “We know each tree distinctly and are very aware of its cycles. Before we made this, though, they were just nondescript trees in the yard. My goal is for people to understand how valuable tree spaces are. We can use the space in trees to amplify the livable space that we have, and I see a lot of waste of trees in the world. I can build a six-story mansion in an oak tree that someone else would just cut down.” Good news, Asheville: River and Alex don’t plan on moving their home base anytime soon, and while they travel a lot for their clients in other states, they’re excited to grow Tree Weaves in the WNC mountains. “We love having more local clients. We love being here. This is our home,” Alex says. “We love traveling and seeing the world, but we’d love to spend more time at home.” Whether you’re looking for a space net to take to festivals or on road trips or an elaborate multilevel weave in your backyard, River and Alex are the area experts on hanging out in trees. “We want to connect people to nature and give them a reason to go outside every day,” River says. To learn more, visit TreeWeaves.com. Multilevel Weave 30

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WHO: River Echeverria and Alex Patton WHERE: Your Backyard (Not yet; you have to call them.) WHAT TO ORDER: Take a look at your yard—is it missing a multilevel treehouse? Chances are, it probably is. Give River and Alex a call, and let them build you a little paradise in the trees. And stock up on books, because you’re about to have a new favorite reading nook.

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JULY

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INGLES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

BEACON BLANKETS: THE MILL, A NEW EXHIBIT

ASHEVILLE YOGA FESTIVAL

Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center

The Sixth Annual Asheville Yoga Festival

Head downtown on the Fourth for

A multimedia exhibit exploring the story

will take place in various venues through-

Asheville's biggest celebration. There will

of the textile industry in Western North

out the city. Event is rain or shine, and

be plenty of activities for kids, including

Carolina. The exhibit delves into the his-

you must purchase tickets to attend.

Splashville, live music at 5 p.m., fireworks

tory of Beacon Blankets, a New England

at 9:30 p.m., and beer and wine for pur-

textile company that migrated to the town

chase. Get ready to have a blast!

of Swannanoa, near Asheville, during the

Pack Square Park

Depression. The Beacon Manufacturing

6 DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Pack Square Park

Peruse the offerings of 100-plus regional, local and national artists and craft artisans all weekend. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Company was once the largest blanket manufacturer in the world. Today, many Beacon blankets are collector’s items.

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25 23RD ANNUAL BILTMORE CONCERT SERIES The Biltmore Estate

The 23rd Annual Biltmore Concert Series

20 OPEN STUDIO ART TOUR Grovewood Village

On Saturday, July 20, the resident artists at Grovewood Village will open up their

kicks off this year with The Beach Boys, an iconic band that's been performing for more than 50 years.

28 POWER SYMBOLS, HENNA TATTOOS AND TEA

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studios to the public, allowing visitors to

SHINDIG ON THE GREEN

makers who work in a variety of media,

Join artist Sarah Jordan for an exciting

Pack Square Park

and browse original works of art rang-

new workshop to discover: The Power of

Bring the whole family, a blanket and your

ing from jewelry to pottery to sculpture.

Symbols to reach your goals faster and with

dancing shoes and enjoy some of the city's

Tours are free and self-guided.

far less effort. Includes delicious tea to sip

gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Meet

Asheville Raven & Crone

best bluegrass musicians and performers

on and a gorgeous natural henna tattoo (by

as they take the stage. Concessions will

Sarah Jordan) to act as a visual anchor. How

be available, and admission is free.

much? $25 for the workshop, a henna tat, tea. Sign up at HennaPower.com.

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

The Art of Eyebrows ASHEVILLE'S FINEST MICROBLADING SERVICE KELLI DELPERDANG HAS BEEN AN ARTIST HER WHOLE LIFE, AND THIS DIDN’T CHANGE WHEN SHE BECAME INTERESTED IN THE ART OF MICROBLADING. This practice has gained popularity over the past few years, and Kelli is ahead of the game. She’s been giving women and men eyebrows they love for two-plus years, and above all else, she’s an artist dedicated to her craft.

ARTICLE TRISTA PRUITT Microblading is a semi-permanent makeup procedure in which realistic hair strokes are drawn onto the brow line, much like a tattoo. However, the pigment is only inserted into the dermis layer of the skin, making this a semi-permanent solution that can last up to three years. It’s perfect for anyone who has over-plucked, has light brows or suffers from hair loss. Kelli is the best in Asheville, and she’s excited to create your perfect brow. For more information, visit AshevilleAyes.com. 34

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