59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock’s annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year. This free non-denominational celebration features live instrumental music, spiritual songs and breathtaking scenery. Guests are invited to eat breakfast at the Old Rock Café and stay to enjoy the Park all day.

Dates: Apr 20th

Time: Gate opens 5am-6am for 6:30am service

Cost: Free admission for entry to Sunrise Service

 

See photos from a past year’s Easter Sunrise Service on Facebook.

10th Annual Tour De Lure Bike Ride

Two rides one for the “hard core” cyclist and a fun ride. The Dewey Hughes Memorial Ride is a challenging one beginning at Marion’s YMCA traveling through rolling farmlands, up Stone Mountain, around Lake Lure, through Chimney Rock and returning to Marion for a total of 67 miles. The Fun Ride begins at the same time and place (same fees), but takes you on an exciting 25 mile course through rolling hillsides and farmlands. Applications available online or at the Corpening YMCA in Marion. Free Spaghetti meal for participants after the ride. http://www.ymcawnc.org

Ages: All ages welcome!

When: April 5th, 2014 – Both rides begin at 9:00am

Where: Ride begins and ends at the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion, NC.

$40 now until March 7th $45 after March 8th until April 3rd *Day-Of Registration: $50

FRP “Charlotte’s Web”

This beautiful story about friendship is filled with enchanting characters: Wilbur, the rambunctious young pig who loves life; Fern, the girl who can understand animals; Templeton, the gluttonous rat; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte. The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.” The whole family will love the timeless tale of “some pig” and his word-spinning friend who launches a campaign to save him from the butcher.

March 13 – 23

Playhouse Downtown

Tickets:  $10 Students  $18 Adults

 

FRP “Music on the Rock: A Tribute to the hit music Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young”

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents “Music on the Rock: A Tribute to the hit music Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young”

It’s a celebration of one of the greatest folk rock supergroups ever assembled when Music on the Rock continues with The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Experience the intricate vocal harmonies of classic songs like “Teach Your Children” and “Southern Cross” live at Playhouse Downtown.

Thu., May. 15 – Sun., May. 18

Playhouse Downtown

Starting at 8:00 pm – Ending at 9:30 pm

Price: $24

FRP “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”

” Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is considered one of Neil Simon’s most enduring comic masterpieces.

Inspired by Neil Simon’s early career experience as a junior writer (along with his brother Danny) for Your Show of Shows, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his staff, including Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers’ room. The harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince” in what is often considered one of Simon’s most enduring comic masterpieces. Adult Language.

Admission: $40

Starting at 8:00 pm – Ending at 10:00 pm

Evenings Wed-Sat 8:00PM, Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 2:00PM

FRP “Music on the Rock: A Tribute to the Music of Journey and Air Supply

Step back in time as you relive the music of “Journey and Air Supply”.

 This concert features powerhouse vocals and some of the most best-loved pop songs ever written. Don’t miss amazing performances of “Open Arms,” “Faithfully,” “Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” “Don’t Stop Believing” and all of your favorites.

March 27 – 30

Playhouse Downtown

 

Admission: $24

 

Garden Jubilee Festival

Winner – Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society

Garden Jubilee features more than 200 vendors selling thousands of plants, arts & crafts, garden talks & clinics, garden accessories, and food. This downtown festival covers 8 blocks of Main Street from Sixth Avenue-Caswell Street. Local and regional nurseries will be selling 1000s of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard-to-find plants on every block of the festival. A great way to enhance the beauty of a garden is to add ornamentation.

The festival is always held during the Memorial Day weekend.

Moogfest 2014

The Synthesis of Technology, Art & Music – April 23 – 27th – U.S. Cellular Center – Asheville NC

Moogfest 2014 is proud to announce a landmark lineup of musical acts led by Kraftwerk, German electro visionaries, and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. Kraftwerk will play three performances across two separate nights. The Kraftwerk live experience is a perfectly synchronized audio-visual spectacle complete with pristine digital sound and breathtaking 3-D projections. It is a pure electronic art-rave that epitomizes Kraftwerk’s musical and technical innovation, and embodies the spirit—and new direction—of Moogfest 2014. The other legendary headliner, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, is recognized as one of the most influential bands of the disco era and has been nominated eight times for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This announcement also confirms that previously revealed daytime headliners, Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder, will perform as part of the nighttime music program: Anderson with her one-woman live show, “The Language of the Future” and Moroder with one of his famous DJ sets. Only talent of this caliber could lead a long list of performers that include some of the most important DJs and musicians influenced by Moog and dedicated to musical innovation. Over seventy additional acts are still to be announced in the coming months.

Day
Five days of mind-expanding conversation, experimentation, and collaboration for creative and technology professionals across seven venues in downtown Asheville. The conference is guided by pioneers of music and technology, and co-curated by some of the most important thinkers of today.

  • 5 days, 8 venues, over 60 talks, panels, discussion, presentations, and film screenings with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, and musicians. See all Speakers HERE
  • New Media art installations and interactive technology experiences and exhibitions
  • Film screenings
  • Experimental performances
  • Workshops and other interactive educational forums
  • Open-source hardware hackathon
  • Day programming Hours: Wednesday 3pm-7pm, Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Night
Five evenings of landmark musical performances by new trailblazers, early pioneers of electronic music, and major headliners.

  • 5 Days, 10 venues, over 100 artists including concerts, experimental performances, and new music showcases.
  • Headliners announced in December, 2013
  • Night programming hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 7pm – 2am, Sunday 3pm – 6pm.

Moogfest also hosts free events open to the public:

  • 4 day street festival, including new media art installations and live music
  • 2 day North Carolina Tech Expo & Interactive Job Fair
  • 5 day new electronic instrument pop-up shop
  • Interested in learning more, read other press releases to date:
  • Inaugural Five Day Expansion Announcement
  • Call To Artists PR
  • Circuit Bending Challenge
  • Daytime Presenters Including Futurists, Musicians, Scientists, Authors, Filmmakers, and Pioneers of Electronic Music Instrument Design

Three Musketeers at Flat Rock Playhouse Beginning Nov. 7

muskheaderFlat Rock Playhouse presents the action-packed adventure play, The Three Musketeers, from November 7 – 24 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. The Three Musketeers is written by Ken Ludwig and adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

This adaptation, based on Alexandre Dumas’ timeless swashbuckling story, is a humorous tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan setting off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, who poses as a young mnan and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s escapades. Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the famous musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. He joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. But along the way he must confront the most feared man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu his henchman Rochefort, and the most dangerous foe of all, the infamous Countess de Winter who will stop at nothing to exact her revenge. This is an exciting and daring adventure for the whole family. 

Fall is Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

This the time of year to visit our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy the height of fall color. This past weekend was peak color in the highest elevations (4500+ ft).  At mid-elevation from 2500-4500 feet, the colors are just as brilliant although the individual species change. Prominent trees include tulip poplar (yellow), black birch (yellow), hickory species (red), sourwood (red), flowering dogwood (red), blackgum (scarlet) and numerous oaks (reds, yellow, scarlet). Evergreen trees such as pitch pine, table mountain pine and white pine as well as the abundant great rhododendron provide a green carpet interspersed with the deciduous trees. Prominent flowering species include many aster and goldenrod species, grass-leaved golden-aster, as well as a few sunflowers. Recent Fall Color Photos   | More Fall Photos of Asheville  & Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville Area Profiled in Top Five Places to See Fall Foliage featured on the Today Show (see video below at 1:58)




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