Saturday, June 23, 2012

Asheville NC - Shindig on the Green 2012, 46th Season, Pack Square Park

Shindig on the Green 2012 begins it's 46th summer season June 30th from 7-10 pm, continuing through the summer on just about every Saturday - same time, same place - July 7, 14, 21, August 11, 18, 25 and September 1 - at Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, NC.

Looking back over Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville
What is Shindig on the Green?  Well, it's free (!) and produced by The Folk Heritage Committee "to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains."

Shindig on the Green is really just a wonderful time for all - bring blankets, lawn chairs, instruments and the whole family - for a relaxing atmosphere in which to watch, listen, mingle, dance and jam with other dancers and musicians in the traditional southern Appalachian and Western NC mountain style.  As it has since it's 1967 founding 46 years ago, local volunteer entertainers and entertainment will include The Stoney Creek Boys, bluegrass and old-timey string bands, big circle mountain dancers, clog dancers, smooth dancers, ballad singers and story tellers.

Don't miss the Raffle - this year's locally made raffle items are a handmade guitar by luthier Caleb Smith and a hand-made 90X90" quilt created by Mountain Jam [quilting] Circle (Alice Helms, Ann Bordeau and Cheryl Kotecki).

Food will be available and provided by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe.

Parking is free at metered parking spots on the street after 6pm (bring your quarters if you are parking before 6pm) and various parking garages may be found throughout downtown.

Call Oakland Cottage B&B and Vacation In Asheville for your lodging needs, 828 994-2627,  Oakland Cottage B&B is located 2 miles from Pack Square Park.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Smith McDowell House and Museum - Asheville's Oldest Home

The Smith-McDowell House Museum is Asheville's oldest surviving home.  Now a museum, it sits on the campus of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical College (AB-Tech), centrally located about 1 mile from the Biltmore Estate entrance, River Arts District and downtown Asheville, just off Biltmore Avenue on Victoria Road.  The entrance fee is $8 for the guided tour with short & informative movie.  The Docents are an incredible wealth of information and the history of the house tells the story of Asheville in many and varied ways.  The tour will take you from the mid-19th century to the present in about 1 hour.

Not a lot of hoopla or advertising, so easy to miss this little gem.  You won't likely find crowds here - The Smith-McDowell House Museum is a quiet and uncrowded place to take in Asheville's history.  Be sure and be on the look out for special events and lectures that are held at the Smith McDowell House Museum, particularly around Civil War history.  Within walking distance - on top of the hill and also on the AB-Tech campus, is the Fernihurst Mansion and although used as offices, it is free and parts are open to the public for viewing.  Many special events are held there, such as the Christmas Lighting on the Green, annual Asheville Bread Festival and more.

If you are looking for a convenient place to stay, Oakland Cottage B&B is just around the corner, so an easy walk to the AB-Tech campus, Smith McDowell House museum, and the Fernihurst Mansion.

Parlour at The Smith-McDowell House Museum
Dining Room at The Smith-McDowell House Museum
Depiction of a mid-19th century kitchen at the Smith-McDowell House Museum