oN tHE fLipsiDE You don’t have to get into the Bele Chere ring to have a good time. This street fair has a perimeter, beyond which lies a whole carnival of activities that offers more than diversion. You’ll have such a good time you won’t even hear the street preachers. It’s OK — you came out from behind that lamppost. It wasn’t hiding you anyway. Think of Ferdinand the Bull, from the ca. 1936 children’s book the story of ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, as the patron saint of your Leave It weekend. “Once upon a time in Spain, there was a bull and his name was Ferdinand,” it begins. “All the other little bulls he lived with would run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He liked to just sit quietly and smell the flowers.” But this is Spain (and the ‘30s) — bulls are supposed to fight in the coliseums! As Ferdinand grows up and is so conscripted, he refuses, because he likes to have his fun away from the main event. How does this work out for him? “He is very happy,” the story finishes, and you can be happy too, smelling flowers or going to the movies. (Or, in case this sounds too soft, there are plenty of parties and hip-hop festival.) Read on for some enticing alternatives to add to your escape plan. We’ve got music and art events, outdoor excursions, films and mini-festivals that share a common trait — they are not Bele Chere. If you feel like you’re missing out as you float down the French Broad, think of Ferdinand. Life beyond Bele Chere is a field of flowers just waiting to be sniffed.
PHOTO BY jaKE fRaNKEL
Get In Touch With Your Inner Tube www.ZenTubing.com 1.855.Zen.Tube 1648 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
• Only 10 minutes from downtown Asheville (at the old Sandy Bottoms picnic area)
• Trips run from 10 am - 4 pm • Open Open 6 days a week 6 days a week (Closed (Closed Tuesdays) Tuesdays)
BELE CHERE LEAVE IT: WEEKEND GUIDE • mountainx.com
Published on Jul 25, 2012