Enchanted Animal Affaire Unveils “Light of the Phoenix,” Benefits Lake Louise Community Center

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. – The third annual Enchanted Animal Affaire, the “Light of the Phoenix,” kicks off May 24, and runs June 1-26, with a Gala and Auction on June 28.

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Annual fundraiser to benefit renovation of Lake Louise Community Center, Weaverville

Get your copy of the downloadable 2013 EAA Poster here.The Phoenix represents the future renovation of the Weaverville Community Center at Lake Louise.

“The Weaverville Business Association has already pledged $5000 to this future effort,” says Liz Lewis, event chairman. “This fundraiser supports the Weaverville Business Association.”

The local, non-profit organization of businesses of businesses which support and promote Weaverville as an outstanding place to visit, do business, live, and work.

For the Enchanted Animal Affaire, the Weaverville Business Association partners with local artists and businesses. The artists create one-of-a-kind works of art, and merchants display the illuminated multi-media works to the delight of townspeople and guests.

Participating artists include Joan Atwood, Phil Atwood, Mark Bettis, Verge Design Studio, Sharon Bailey, Leah Baker, Randi Milofsky, Rob Durham, Gwen Komala Durham, Jackie Williams, Ray Mann, Mark Peyton, Barbara McGuire, and Pamela Paddock.

This year’s affaire will kick-off on May 24th with an unveiling at Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store, where the public will see the sculptures for the first time. Sponsoring businesses will each house a phoenix through June 25, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and drawing to win one of the works.

Entry forms may be obtained at Aabani Salon & Spa, Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub, Edward Jones Financial Advisors, Maggie B’s Wine & Specialty Store, Mangum Pottery, Miya Gallery, Optix Eye Care, the Tarrants Agency Inc., Tierney and Company Real Estate, Weaverville Home Trust Bank, Weaverville Pet Pantry, and Well Bred Bakery & Cafe.

The local art collectors and scavenger hunt hopefuls will gather on the evening of the 2013 Enchanted Animal Affaire Gala and Auction, now one of Weaverville’s most anticipated summer events, to see the phoenixes as a flock one last time before the good-natured bidding begins. In addition to the widely anticipated auction, the evening fundraiser held at the community center includes live music, an array of hors d’oevres from local restaurants and a cash bar.

“In addition to sponsoring community events, such as the Enchanted Animal Affaire, the association works with town management to ensure businesses have a voice in local matters,” says Lewis.

“The support member businesses receive for their ventures is exceptional, and we look forward to an exceptional event,” she says.

 Scavenger hunt forms and informational brochures may be obtained from area businesses. The 2013 Animal Affaire Gala and Auction will be at the Weaverville Community Center at Lake Louise, 60 Lakeshore Drive, 6-8 p.m. Admission $10. For more information, profiles of the participating artists and businesses, visit the Weaverville Business Association online at www.visitweaverville.com. Sherri L. McLendon is a freelance writer in Weaverville.




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Christmas at the Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville

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