“Handmade for the Holiday,” Weaverville, Celebrates 6th Annual Season to Benefit Arts for Life on Sunday

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Consider taking part in Weaverville’s “Handmade for the Holidays” Sunday, Nov. 24. For more information, click on the flier above.

 WEAVERVILLE – The 6th annual handmade for the holidays will be Sunday, Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m., at Weaverville Town Hall. This year, 10 percent of all sales are designated to benefit Arts for Life. 

A partner with Mission Hospital and other North Carolina hospitals serving children, Arts For Life builds bridges and makes lasting connections between the art and healthcare communities of North Carolina. AFL programs offer young patients and their families visual arts, music, and creative writing for more than 250 hours each week, creating successful pediatric clinic art programs, patient and family art support groups, and inpatient art programs.

The best of handmade available during the event includes art prints, candles, clothing and accessories, home goods, jewelry, note cards, ornaments,  paintings, pottery, a raffle with prizes, and more.

Handmade for the Holidays is Sunday, Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m. at Weaverville Town Hall, 30 South Min Street. Checks and cash will be accepted at the event, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to Arts For Life. For more information, visit www.aflnc.org. 

Purchase Holiday Wreaths and Baskets While Supporting Asheville Kids

Beautiful Frazier Fir Wreaths and Fruit Baskets are now available for order from Hearts With Hands, Inc. in Asheville, NC.  Help support the Western North Carolina BakPak Program and Christmas from the Heart by making your Holiday purchases from this Asheville Non-Profit Group.

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Merry Christmas from Asheville

Driving through North Asheville, it’s easy to tell which homes have children in residence and which don’t. Some yards are still pristine, snow covering the grass as perfectly as if they had been airbrushed. Others are pocked with footprints, mud and grass showing through, toppled snowmen looking longingly at their carrot noses tossed to the side by a naughty tyke.

Mine is one of the latter, and on Christmas Eve morning, while nearby houses sleep, mine is alive with noise and joy. Bob Dylan sings “Must be Santa” while little ones munch on toast with homemade pear butter, waiting on peppermint tea to be done. Small, sweet voices rise over Dylan’s scratchy one, and even his namesake, eighteen this year, seems caught up in the excitement. Normally one to grunt in response to questions, the King of Aloof, he laughs with his siblings and teases them about what a long day this will be.

Plans for the holiday are simple: no fancy parties, no trudging from home to home to visit with people we’d just as soon not see. Today will be baking cookies, wrapping the last of the gifts, all-day holiday movie marathons and lots and lots of “Is it time for Santa yet?” There is no room in our holiday for religion, only a passing nod to the changing seasons and a smile, knowing that the days are getting longer and the sun will soon come back. Our faith is in each other, in knowing that we will be together in the morning, in the scent of Sebastian’s wassail on the stove and the taste of chocolate chips melting on our tongues. Our faith is in knowing that Christmas is different for every heart, yet the same for every one: I will celebrate with my Baptist friends, my Pagan ones, the atheists, and none of those labels matter. We are, to each other, family, differences overshadowed by common bonds: love, humor, a sense of knowing we have been through this before and will survive it again.

Asheville is a family like mine, made up of people belonging simply because they don’t belong anywhere else; people who are here because they want to be, not simply because they must be. Some have been here for generations, others wandered through just now and decided to stay. But regardless of how or why or how long, everyone is welcome, as long as you welcome someone else.

Whether you are just up the road or halfway across the world, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and may every day hold for you the same sense of joy and of belonging that this day does.

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Some Asheville Events during December 2009

Fireworks in Downtown Asheville North Carolina on December 12th and 19th at 7pm.

Asheville Holiday Party at Elaine’s Piano Bar at the Grove Park Inn on December 19th 2009 from 8pm – 1am. Music, fun, dancing, and more! Wear Your Santa Hat!! This is part of the Asheville Seasonal Sizzle.

Highland Brewing Company & Barley’s Taproom’s 15th Anniversary Bash – Ain’t no party like a Highland Party!!! House Party on Friday, December 18, 2009 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville North Carolina

Toubab Krewe in Asheville! (Special 2 Night NYE Run!) Concert on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 from 8:00pm till 1:00am at the Orange Peel in Asheville

Contrawr – A Wild New Year’s Eve with the OFB. Tickets Are Limited – You Don’t Want to Miss This!! Old Farmer’s Ball Holiday Party on Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 8:30pm till 12:30am at the Bryson Gym – Warren Wilson College

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service – Honoring those who died this year while homeless. Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1 Edwin Place in Asheville NC

Faerie Made Open Studio on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 1:00pm – 6:00pm at 57 Oakwood Street, Asheville NC

SHOP WEST ASHEVILLE at over 50 businesses on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Haywood Rd. in West Asheville

AshevilleFM.org Presents The Anti-Jam Jamboree Holiday Party on Friday, December 11, 2009 from 8:00pm till 1:00am at the Rocket Club in West Asheville NC

New Years Eve w/ Larry Keel and Natural Bridge “Bawn in the Mash” Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 8:30pm till 2:00am at The Grey Eagle Music Hall, Asheville NC

Warren Haynes’ Xmas Comedy Jam feat. Pat Godwin and Vertigo Jazz Project. Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm at the Funny Business Comedy Club in the S&W Building 56 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC. Also the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam on 12/12 at the Asheville Civic Center!

Jack Of The Wood with Open Windows. Join Erika Jane and Remember The Bees on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 9:00pm till midnight at the Jack Of The Wood

The Women’s Wellness and Education Center presents the First Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm on 24 Arlington Street, Asheville NC 28801

New Years Eve with the Broomstars !!! Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 9:30pm till Friday, January 1, 2010 at 2:35am at The Rocket Club in West Asheville

Impromptu”… a Musical and Oral tradition journey… Music/Arts – Performance on Sunday December 13, 2009 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Jubilee on 36 Wall Street Asheville, North Carolina

The Bright Light Biker Asheville Roadtrip. Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. A community ride throughout downtown Asheville starting at 3:30pm @ Pack Square Park by City County Plaza.

Salseros 828 Holiday Party and Anniversary Celebration – Friday, December 18, 2009 from10:00pm – 2:00am at Club Eleven on Grove Street in Asheville NC

Paul’s Creek Band – Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 8:00pm – 11:00pm at the White Horse Black Mountain

THIS Saturday! NIKKI TALLEY @ FRENCH BROAD BREWERY. Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 6:00am – 8:00am at the French Broad Brewery

Malaprop’s Book Signing & Carmel’s After Signing Event with Novelist Cynn Chadwick. Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:00pm at Malaprop’s Bookstore & then Carmel’s Restaurant for the after-party

The Beacon Pub hosts Craggie for a special tasting of our Swannanoa Sunset! Tuesday, December 15, 2009 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Beacon Pub ~ 204 Whitson Avenue, Swannanoa

The Grey Eagle Presents: Galen Kipar Project and Jen and the Juice. Don’t miss GKP’s last show of the winter! Thursday, December 17, 2009 from 8:00pm till midnight at the Grey Eagle on Clingman Ave. in Asheville, NC

Holiday Party Supporting Manna Food Bank. Buncombe County Young Democrats host a Fundraiser. Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm at the Manor Inn Ballroom at 265 Charlotte Street in Asheville, NC

FARMGIRL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOPPE GRAND OPENING!!! on Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on 227 HAYWOOD ROAD-NEXT TO SHORT STREET CAKES

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Christmas Tree Hunting in Jupiter

Here in Asheville, we seem made for Christmastime. The distant mountains are capped with snow from November to March, and downtown is alive with foot traffic, friendly pedestrians trading hellos under bright wreaths and strands of garland decorating the storefronts. It almost seems a sin to drag out a plastic tree for the holiday, and Asheville has no shortage of places to find a real, fresh Christmas tree. You can’t get any fresher than a tree you cut yourself, and so last Friday- a rare day when all the kids, social creatures that they are, were home-we headed out to our favorite little tree farm to find the perfect one.

Hope Hollow farm is out in Jupiter, a few miles off 19-23, just north of Weaverville. It’s a small place, unpretentious and comfortable, run by an older guy who seems genuinely happy to talk to you and to have your business. We called ahead to let him know we were coming, and soon we were making the trek up the hill to where the sheared white pines sit in neat rows, waiting for homes. The trees are lovely, slightly imperfect and perfect for that very reason. They sit high atop a hill with a view way into Tennessee, and the way the sun hits it almost makes you believe in religion.

I don’t care how durable and lifelike your plastic tree may be- nothing compares to the sight of a passel of bundled-up kidlets running from one tree to the next, touching needles and peering deep into the branches for a glimpse of a bird or a bug, chattering about how this is going to be the best Christmas ever. And yeah, you may save a few bucks by using the same artificial tree year after year, but the $15 for a white pine (or $30 for a Norway spruce) is worth the joy in watching your little man make the first cut in the trunk all by himself. Later, of course, they’ll decorate it with trinkets from when they were younger, memories hung on memories, and the commercialism and greed that seem to seep into the holiday a bit deeper every year dissipate like the steam from your cocoa. That, loves, is what Christmas is about, and I wish you all a most joyous holiday.

Hope Hollow Farms can be reached at (828) 645-4621; call ahead for hours and directions.

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