West Asheville: Color Unleashed

I moved to Asheville earlier this year with my husband and I’ve spent many hours walking the streets, taking in the unique sights and sounds of the area. Often, when taking my pictures, I like to look beyond the obvious, past the initial flashiness of a scene, and find something small and hidden. In that vein, I recently walked down Haywood Street in West Asheville, capturing the many different ways store owners use color to display everything from their street numbers to their business names. Enjoy!

Deborah Akers McGrane is the owner of Facing the Lens, featuring fresh, chic wedding wedding photography. Visit facingthelens.com for more information.








Join the Asheville Community Content Team

We are putting together a Community Content Team for the new AskAsheville website and blog that we are launching in a few weeks. A team of 10 is already in place, but we are looking for more people who would like to contribute and share information about a variety of topics. Sections of the new site include News, Women, Beer, Food, Wine, Hotels, Photos, Videos, Business, Events, Music, Entertainment, Neighboring Towns and much more. We are interested in getting a great diversity of contributors that will share Asheville from their “point of view” on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

You may be a Writer or Blogger in the WNC area that would like to post a weekly story to AskAsheville. Maybe you are a Photographer or Videographer in the community that wants to share a photo or some videos each week with a quick description on the blog. You may be a marketer and have a few clients or business connections that you would like to write about on a monthly basis. Or maybe you just like to go out and eat, drink, tour, dance, shop and have a good time; and you want to start documenting the experiences, making them count more, and building a portfolio of your work. You post it… and we distribute it online through our social media audiences which reach so many focused on the Asheville area.

Team meetings (online & offline) and full support will be offered including educational opportunities for you to teach your area of expertise, and learn from other teammates. We are implementing a mentorship and internship program as well, so if there is an area of media that you would like to learn more about or improve on; we can help you with training. We can also assist you with credit and a certificate for the work you complete. This could mean extra-credit for you in College and this will give you more credibility to potential employers and clients.

Building a community takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Some of you, some of me, some of all of us. Can you write 200 words per month or per week about something that pertains to Asheville NC? Can you provide one featured photo per week or month with 25 word description? Can you draw a weekly or monthly cartoon? Maybe you want to do an Asheville Short Story series? We’ve got your back! We will feature you on our new website, link to you, promote you and your content, and the whole team will support you. We invite you to apply to be on our Asheville Community Content Team.

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The Well in Asheville announces guest speaker Mark Hare April 3rd

THE WELL, an informal worshipping community in West Asheville, is excited to announce special guest speaker Mark Hare on Sunday, April 3 at 6pm.

Mark Hare works in Haiti with the Farmer’s Movement of Papaye.  Thirty years ago, the FMP started out as a small farmer’s organization with a few members.  Today it is a grassroots movement of thousands of community groups located throughout Haiti and includes 20 farming cooperatives.  Using techniques he learned during six years of volunteer work in Nicaragua, Mark teaches diversification of farming and integration of animal production with vegetables and other crops.  In a nation struggling for survival, Mark shares the good news of God’s abundance found in nature.

Mark received his BA from Warren Wilson, before going on to receive is Masters in forestry from Michigan State University.  We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Asheville area to share the story of his ministry in Haiti.

THE WELL meets at 690 Haywood Rd, in the fellowship hall of West Asheville Presbyterian Church.  for more information about THE WELL or about this special event, contact Bill Buchanan at billbaym@gmail.com or call 828-231-4634.

THE WELL is a ministry of Asheville Youth Mission

Asheville’s All Go West Music Festival – April 23rd

West Asheville is a great micro-community in the AVL area. The walkability factor separates it from the North, South and East sides of town. Here is a festival that is happening for the 2nd year in a row. AskAsheville attended last year and look forward to going again!

All Go West Music festival to take on its Second installment, located in the streets west Asheville NC. On April 23rd, 2011, The Festival will uniquely offer an array of musical talent, fashion, BBQ, and local Brew. Festival Remains Free To Patrons.

In the second annual running of All Go West, anticipation builds for the integrating a great deal of local artistic talent to create a superior festival based upon community. The street party takes place on April 23rd, 2011 from 12 PM until 10 PM in west Asheville, in front of Harvest Records. All Go West is a festival embracing ideals of Asheville’s naturally creative progression, offering local art, fashion, food, beer vendors, and musicians. The festival’s admission remains free, hoping to enrich the cities ethos as an outstanding venue, gifted in a strong imaginative talent.

This year, All Go West is excited to introduce the newest installment, Beer and BBQ Tasting, featuring Luella’s Barbeque. The city of west Asheville has opened up the streets of Waynesville Road and Westwood Place to local vendors, fashion boutiques, and artists for the public to contribute their own artistic venture.

The most significant feature to the festival is the broad range of musical talent to take over the Pisgah Stage located on Waynesville Road. Spanning a vast range of different genres, All Goes West incorporates everything from hip-hop, blue-grass, electronic, and even rock.

This year’s installment includes the musical likes of:

Josh Phillips Folk Festival
Floating Action
Do It To Julia
Uncle Mountain
Sirius B
Secret B Sides
The Critters
Moses Atwood
Doc Aquatic
Common Foundation
10 Cent Poetry
For The Birds

The 2011 All Go West Festival is Sponsored by Pisgah Brewing, The Mountain Xpress, WNCW, The River, The Mountain & Sunny Point.

West Asheville Urban Plant Walk on Saturday April 30th

Come learn about the medicinal and edible plants growing in the sidewalks, gardens, and wild lots of downtown West Asheville! This event will be happening Saturday April 30th from 10:30 to 12:00, rain or shine. It will start at the Center and venture off into the immediate neighborhood. The walk will be co-hosted by Nancy Hyton, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist, and founder of the Center for Holistic Medicine, and Keri Evjy from Healing Roots Design, an edible and medicinal landscape design and consultation business.

The cost is $5 for adults and includes a useful handout of the plants we will be talking about on the walk. Kids are free! Sign up in advance at the Center or just come by on the day of the event. You can also call us at 505-3174 or email nancy@centerholistic.com and we’ll put you on the list.

About the Center for Holistic Medicine: We are located at 779 Haywood Road in downtown West Asheville, 28806. It has been open for three years and was voted #1 Alternative Healing Center in WNC in 2009 and 2010. The Center was founded by Nancy Hyton, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist who has a special interest in working with health care practitioners from other fields. In addition to Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine the Center also offers Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Counseling, and Therapeutic Massage. The Center’s website is http://www.centerholistic.com

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview with Nancy Hyton, please call (828) 505-3174 or email nancy@centerholistic.com