More of what’s going around, including a bomb scare at the Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning.
-A bomb scare at the Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning shut down the facility and now has police searching for a person of interest, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. A suspicious package that an airport spokesperson initially said was made to look like an explosive device actually did contain explosive material, an FBI spokesman later said. Asheville police are looking for a white man with graying hair who has been seen along Airport Road recently.
-Warren Wilson archeologist Dr. David Moore is offering a unique tour of Cherokee sites on the campus of Warren Wilson, in addition to an exclusive visit of the college archeology laboratory, from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 28, according to a press release. More:
The event includes an easy 90-minute stroll along the Swannanoa River to visit several Cherokee sites, discuss history and culture of the Cherokees, and discover techniques used in archeological research. This tour is a potentially one-time opportunity provided through the collaboration of Dr. Moore and Land & Lore Ecotours.
The event is part of an affordable and family-friendly Fall Guided Hike Series, catering to Asheville locals. Besides the archeology tour, families and friends can join ecologist Dr. Jeff Beacham on Saturday, Oct. 21, to discover the history and natural wonders of our famous Rattlesnake Lodge, home to conservationist Dr. Ambler. Guests will learn about Dr. Ambler’s critical contributions to the establishment of Pisgah National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On Saturday, Nov. 4, geologist Mark Hostetter shares untold stories of gold, rubies, and sapphires along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The guide is a professional geologist with over 40 years of field geology and mining experience, and he loves revealing how mines and minerals impacted local history forever!
The Fall Guided Hike Series is FREE for kids, $30/adult, and dog-friendly (minus the archeology lab!) For more information and registration, visit the Fall Guided Hike Series of Land & Lore Ecotours, call 828-476-TOUR, or contact email@example.com.
-Speaking of Warren Wilson College, check out this story from InsideHigherEd.com, headlined: College With Liberal Reputation Wants to Recruit Conservative Students.
– Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County has announced an upcoming fundraiser presented by Asheville Lifestyle and United Federal Credit Union and hosted by McKibbon Hospitality to benefit area children and their families, according to a press release. More:
Asheville Lifestyle’s Fall Fashion Show featuring United Federal Credit Union’s Diamond Drop Signature Event will take place at McKibbon Hospitality’s AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, 10 Broadway Street, Asheville, North Carolina, on Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 6 until 9 p.m.
Children First/CIS is a non-profit organization that has been empowering and advocating for children and their families in Buncombe County for over forty years. Proceeds from the benefit will be used to provide services and resources to make sure vulnerable elementary students have the tools they need to succeed in school and thrive in life.
The fashion show will feature fashions from local boutiques and designers in the new space on the ninth floor of McKibbon Hospitality’s AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. Guests are encouraged to wear their freshest white outfits.
For information on tickets to attend Asheville Lifestyle’s Fall Fashion Show featuring United Federal Credit Union’s Diamond Drop Signature Event go here.
-Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville is hosting the inaugural Evergreen Adventure Demo Day, a family-friendly event that is open to the public, on Saturday, Oct. 7, according to a press release. Here’s more:
We will be showcasing our adventure programs, and we invite everyone to come have fun climbing our climbing wall, exploring the trees on our high ropes course, shredding on our mountain bike trails, enjoying food and gear from local vendors, and enjoying music on our beautiful campus!
Prices per activity vary between $7 and $9 depending on the length and intensity of activities. This is a benefit to help grow and sustain the adventure programs at Evergreen, providing scholarships for students, and supporting the costs of future adventure trips. Come get a taste of our adventure-friendly campus, and try out some activities we love to enjoy at Evergreen, not only in our Adventure Program, but also in our after-school program, EverAfter, which is open to the greater Asheville community.
“Parents should come with their kids, their neighbors, their friends, their neighbors’ kids, their soccer friends, church friends, yoga class friends. Most of anything in this world involves just showing up, then it’s what we make of it,” said Evergreen Adventure Coordinator Doug White.
People can register for the event online the Evergreen website (www.evergreenccs.org) to participate on the indoor climbing wall (which has nine different pitches), participate on the high ropes course (which has nine challenge elements), ride Specialized brand mountain bikes on a newly installed pump track and campus mountain bike trail. The event will have team-building activities for all ages and also wilderness skills courses focused on primitive shelters, knot tying and tarp shelters.
-Asheville playwright David Brenden Hopes’ historical fantasy, Uranium235, will have its world premiere production at The Magnetic Theatre with a three week run from Nov. 2-18, according to a press release. Here’s more:
Hopes is an accomplished playwright with numerous awards for his plays and poetry. The Magnetic Theatre presented the world premiere of another play by Hopes in 2015. Washington Place was a critically lauded production. Uranium235 delves into a tense moment in American history, in the waning days of World War II, as President Harry S. Truman struggles to come to grips with the whether or not to drop the Atomic Bomb on Japan.
David Brendan Hopes is a well-known Asheville-based poet and actor as well as playwright. His plays Abbott’s Dance, 7 Reece Mews, Edward the King, and, most recently, The Loves of Mr Lincoln have been produced in New York. Another play, Night Music was the recipient of the 2017 North Carolina New Play Project Award (an award that Hopes also recieved for his play Saint Patrick’s Well.) His memoir, A Childhood in the Milky Way was a National Book Award and Pulitzer nominee. He teaches creative writing at UNC-Asheville.
The cast for Uraniun235 includes Asheville area actors Mike Yow, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Jim Weyhenmeyer, Bettina Holmes, Hannah Williams-Beaver, Kiran Bursenos, and Eugene Jones. The creative team includes Kayren McKnight (Scenic and Costume Design), Abby Auman (Lighting Design), Mary Zogzas (Sound Design), Kristi DeVille (choreography), and Ginger Haselden (music and vocal coach). The play will be directed by Andrew Gall, a prolific regional theatre veteran with extensive local and national credits. (Gall is also currently serving as Interim Managing Artistic Director for the Magnetic Theatre). Marissa Mello is the production stage manager.
Uranium235 will be presented at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District) Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, November 2-November 18, at The Magnetic’s newly announced popular prices, $12 for previews, $16 for all other performances.