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.

Long Man Fest on the French Broad River Saturday October 13

This Saturday, October 13th, a brand new, family-friendly, music and fun festival comes to Asheville called Long Man Fest, this one-day, outdoor event is promising to be as unique as its name.

Enjoy a day of family-friendly entertainment, local Highland beer, artists and crafters, two music stages, river entertainment tours and beautiful autumn foliage on the French Broad River at the Asheville Outdoor Center on Saturday, October 13. Long Man Fest River Entertainment Tour one-hour rafting trips feature musicians and plenty of surprises waiting along the riverbanks.

“It’s not just a celebration of the river, or autumn, or our amazing local community; but rather this festival is an amalgamation of all of these things combined together, forming the perfect excuse to spend the day outside in a uniquely Asheville kind of way,” says Jason Mencer, festival co-organizer.

The Hop Kids Zone features face painters, performers, gem-mining and plenty more to keep kids of all ages entertained. For the adults, there’s a Highland Brewery sponsored corn-hole tournament with plenty of great prizes for the winners.

Blue Moon Water is providing pure local spring water from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Plus, the Hop Ice Cream Cafe will offer vegan options while Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Lowdown, Avery’s Hotdogs, Ursa Minor Coffee and Beulah’s Bavarian Pretzels serve up vegetarian, organic and local options.

The Western North Carolina Alliance and Asheville Beyond Coal will be on hand providing information about the French Broad River and how you can get involved.

“It is important on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act to remember how far we have come in cleaning up the French Broad River, but there is still a long way to go to truly meet the goals of the act to have all waters be fishable and swimmable,” says Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper.

Event greening efforts include solar power by Solar Powered Sound, recycling and composting stations provided by Danny’s Dumpster, recycling and composting assistance by Warren Wilson College students, recyclable wrist-bands, recycled posters and materials, 100% recycled T-shirts by Nature Moment Products and assistance from Plant Restaurant.

Long Man Fest is a uniquely-Asheville way for families and friends to spend a beautiful fall Saturday during peak leaf season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The festival will go all day Saturday, from 12pm to 8pm, and the weather forecast is predicting a beautiful day.  More information and tickets are available on the festival’s website at www.longmanfest.com.

Music Schedule:

12:00-12:30pm @ SIDESTAGE
Linda Mitchell & The Electric Cabaret

12:40-1:20pm @ MAINSTAGE

1:30-2:00pm @ SIDESTAGE

2:10-2:50pm @ MAINSTAGE
John Wilkes Boothe & the Black Toothe

3:00-3:30pm @ SIDESTAGE
Jim Avett

3:40-4:20pm @ MAINSTAGE
Skunk Ruckus

4:30-5:00pm @ SIDESTAGE
Pierce Edens

5:10-5:50pm @ MAINSTAGE
Common Foundation

6:00-6:40pm @ SIDESTAGE
The Judy Chops
***Martial Arts Demonstration

7:00-8:00pm @ MAINSTAGE
Secret B-Sides

One of the names that The Cherokee People called the French Broad River was ‘Agiqua’. Translated to English, Agiqua (pronounced Ah-geeg-wah) means Long Man. This river has flowed through Asheville and the ancient Appalachian Mountains for centuries. This weekend, celebrate the river that connects us all with a Long Man Fest pre-party and #AVLTweetup on Friday, Long Man Fest on Saturday and Float Beyond Coal on Sunday.

Do Not Miss the Asheville Burlesque Fest May 25-27!

Welcome to the 6th Annual ABSfest: Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in Asheville North Carolina, May 25-27, 2012.


“The recent radical assaults on women’s sovereignty and civil rights by both politicians and zealots has made Burlesque more relevant than EVER. It gives us a voice and platform to shape and control the discourse about our bodies, the media, and our personal POWER.” ~Onça O’Leary

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ABSfest is now in its sixth year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival. Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards; the allure of ABSfest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the USA, as well as Germany, Scotland and a surprise jewel from Tokyo.

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We promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease! ABSfest offers a full weekend of empowerment, education, shopping, and entertainment that no lover of the performing arts can bear to miss. This year, we also have a delicious SWORD-SWALLOWER.

Burlesque Festivals have become an international trend, from Vegas to Amsterdam; and in in that circle, ABSfest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville, offering a fantastic opportunity for driven artists to network, and for a community that nurtures raw, boundary-pushing, creativity. The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. Executive Producer Lauren Onça O’Leary travels internationally teaching and performing dance, music and stagecraft.

2012 Festival Headliners:




May 25-27, 2012 at locations Around Asheville, NC

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Friday Night: Shades of Classic Burlesque Show, hosted by Mark Slomski

This is just the beginning of a three-run of debauchery and high art… a teaser, if you will.Our annual Artist Recognition Award this year is given in honor of the late Phil Pollard of the Slomski Brothers, whom we lost this year. Enjoy classic performance, live music, vaudeville style, and more.

$15.00 or $25 for both Friday shows8pm. Club Metropolis.

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Friday Night: Sultry Sideshow Saloon, hosted by Mab Just Mab, DC’s Own Sideshow Girl

The theater bus pulls up, the glittering artists disembark, tumbling along the Red Carpet in a swirl of laughter, and the party starts. This is just the beginning of a three-run of debauchery and high art… a teaser, if you will. The Opening Ceremonies are followed by awards,  performance, live music and more.

$15.00 or $25 for both Friday shows10:30pm (and 8pm) Club Metropolis.

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Saturday Night Spectacular, hosted by Tyler Fyre and starring the Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Indigo Blue

The newly expanded Orange Peel gives the festival more footage for festivity, as the hottest show of the year explodes within its walls. Phenomenal talent, a Burlesque Bazaar, and the sidewalk sideshow will be followed by live music and an afterparty. This is the show to NEVER, ever miss in Asheville.

$25.00. 8-11 pm. The Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue, Asheville.

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Saturday & Sunday Burlesque, Circus and Arts Business Workshops in the ABSfest Seminary ~ $25 each. At the Movement & Learning Center above FBFC, 90 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville.  Train with Tyler Fyre, Indigo Blue, and artists from around the country in stagecraft, circus arts, fire performance, burlesque and more.

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Sunday: Brunch Cabaret, hosted by New Orleans own Ben Wisdom

An idyllic cure for the post-ABS Fest hangover; food, drinks and more entertainment.

$5.00. The LAB.


All tickets & reservations, & more information: Visit ABSFest.com

Saturday Night Spectacular Tickets Available at The Orange Peel website or through the box office.

Email: futureoftradition@gmail.com

Press Contact: Onca O’Leary (828) 232-2980

Press Release by Onca, Blog Post by G Social Media