Ashvegas Hot Sheet, West Asheville edition: New food truck lot; Vermont Avenue Halloween tips; more


Just some of what’s going around:

-Asheville police officer dies: Asheville Police Department Officer Rob Bingaman died in a freak accident on Tuesday when the police cruiser he was driving west across the Bowen Bridge slammed into a guardrail, flipped over it and fell about 50 feet straight down. The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating. Witnesses have told WLOS and the Asheville Citizen-Times that the officer was not running with lights and a siren. This is the first time I can ever remember a vehicle driving off that bridge.

-New Haywood Road food truck lot? That’s the word from this facebook post from Tamara Puffer:

My husband stopped at the food truck in the gas station. The owner told him he just leased the run down gas station next to Lucky Otter for 10 years. He’s going to bring in several food trucks and have some outdoor games there as well. The food trucks will be available morning, noon and night. It seems this will be an improvement. I guess he’s going to start in a couple of weeks.

Following up on this.

-Word on the street: Word is that Rebecca Sulock, former arts and entertainment editor at the Mountain Xpress, has landed at Planet Zeus Media, the company that produces Bold Life, Verve and a couple of other print magazines. They also own Hendersonville Scoop. Sulock will work as an editor, but not sure in what capacity.

-Halloween in West Asheville: Folks, be aware that traffic is going to be crazy along Haywood Road in West Asheville on Thursday. Residents have received permission to blockade Vermont Avenue for trick-or-treaters, and they are expecting 1,000 or more Halloween funsters. The best place to park would be down at the West Asheville Park, via Brevard Road and Davenport. The Brew Pump on the corner will be hosting a food truck, costume contest and zombie walkers.

-Brevard and biking: Big biking honors for Brevard here in getting named a top 10 mountain bike destination in North America.

-More Halloween: Still looking for Halloween fun? Check these events:

The Mothlight in West Asheville is hosting a free Halloween party at their music club, featuring The Down Strokes, The Tills and The Beat Kids. Music starts at 9 p.m.

And there’s this:

Multiverse Asheville will host Sirius.B and Leigh Glass & The Hazards at Asheville Music Hall on November 2 for its 3rd annual costumed gala to celebrate the end of Daylight Savings Time with a Victorian flair. The Time Travelers’ Masquerade will also celebrate the rolling-back of the clocks with a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest-running science fiction television character- Dr. Who.

Guests at The Time Travelers’ Masquerade will don fashions inspired by the Doctor’s career (or those of other time travelers), or period clothing ranging from Victorian steampunk to Renaissance, Medieval to post-modern. Asheville Face & Body Art will provide their distinctive, hand-painted body art masks for cash donations, and full-size TARDIS and Dalek props will appear courtesy of Cosplay Kasterborous!

-Christmas at Biltmore: Christmas arrives at Biltmore Estate on Friday. Here’s the press release:

On Friday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., Santa Claus will escort a horse-drawn carriage delivering Biltmore’s holiday centerpiece, a 40-foot Fraser fir, to the front doors of Biltmore House to kick off Christmas at Biltmore. The tree will spend the holidays in the 72-foot-high Banquet Hall, adorned with lights, gifts and ornaments.

The tree raising and decorations set the stage for Christmas at Biltmore, Nov. 2, 2013, through Jan. 12, 2014.

-Watch the World Series: The Cinebarre movie house will screen the World Series tonight at 8:07. Boston can win it all in Fenway, a feat fans haven’t seen in nearly a century.

-Reznor on the town: In case you missed this: Rocker Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails bought a big piece of artwork at ZaPow! gallery while he was in Asheville for the Mountain Oasis music festival. He also stopped by the Asheville Pinball Museum. Fun!

-Asheville Affiliates and Montford Park Players: Here’s the press release:

The Asheville Affiliates, a non-profit group made up of young professionals in Asheville who plan fundraiser parties that raise upwards of $20K a year for local non-profits, will be partnering with the Montford Park Players to host a the Affiliates’ fourth event of the year. The party will be a Renaissance-themed masquerade ball called “A Renaissance Masked Ball for All” and will be held on Thursday, November 7th from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Venue located at 21 North Market Street downtown.

The Masked Ball will feature music by Asheville favorite, Hank West and the Smoking Hots, dancing, and skits by the Montford Park Players. The ticket price also includes wine by Skyland Distributing and beer provided by Catawba Brewing, plus great food donated by local Asheville restaurants.

-Studio Stroll: Save the date for the next Asheville River Arts District Studio Stroll: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 9, 10.

-Asheville Tree Map: From the city of Asheville: The Asheville Tree Map is an online crowd-sourced tool that seeks to identify and map trees in city and provide easily searchable info on the city’s tree stock. Customized by the city’s Information Technology Services and the Tree Commission from open source software, the online map is designed to increase knowledge of trees in the area, highlight their benefits to the community and enhance the way we think about trees.

-Brush and bagged leaf collection in Asheville: Here’s the schedule.

-Write with Reinhardt: Press release:

Susan Reinhardt, who won a loyal following during her many years as columnist with the Asheville Citizen-Times, will lead a comedic writing workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum, on the UNC Asheville campus. “Writing Funny,” is a one-day, non-credit workshop from the university’s Great Smokies Writing Program.

Cost for the workshop is $25. For more information or to register, contact Nancy Williams at or 828.250.2353.

-Brother Wolf events: Press release:

Come out for Back in Black at Carmel’s in the Grove Arcade, downtown Asheville, on Saturday, November 16th. Meet adoptable black dogs and cats on the patio (weather permitting) and enjoy drinks and food from 11:30am to 5:30pm with 10% of sales benefiting Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Call 828-707-2872 or visit for more information. *Back in Black is a national campaign dedicated to increasing awareness and adoption of black and mostly black cats and dogs.

Join us on Wednesday, November 13th for Pints to the Rescue! at Hi-Wire Brewing in downtown Asheville. From 4pm to midnight, 15% of tasting room sales will be donated to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and adoptable dogs will be on hand from 4pm to 7pm. Call 828-707-2872 or visit for more information.