-Demolition of the Norfolk Southern railroad roundhouse on Meadow Road has resumed. Demolition had started in November and was supposed to be finished in December, but the work stopped. Now the rest of the 90-year-old building, one of the few remaining roundhouses in the U.S., is coming down.
-The Magnetic Theatre in Asheville is soliciting material for a new project. Here are the details:
March 10-12, The Magnetic Theatre presents Asheville’s Reel Comedy: A Funny Film Extravaganza, featuring a collection of the most absurd, satirical, and hilarious short films by local filmmakers. Anyone interested in submitting a film for consideration should contact the curator, Toni Sherwood firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is February 7 (which also happens to be the deadline for submitting short plays for Brief Encounters to Lucia Del Vecchio email@example.com). Go here to submit material.
-There’s a Super Bowl bet between the WNC Nature Center and the Denver Zoo. From the Nature Center’s page on FB:
The bet is on between the WNC Nature Center and the Denver Zoo! If the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50, the Director of the Nature Center must proudly sport a Broncos jersey to greet visitors. If the Carolina Panthers win, the Director of the Denver Zoo must wear a Panthers jersey. Game on!
-Speaking of the WNC Nature Center, Tuesday is Ground Hog Day at the center. Go out and see what Nibbles the Groundhog predicts for the coming of spring.
-And speaking of the Super Bowl, how about a local spin on the annual Puppy Bowl? More:
Once again, Asheville Humane Society has puppies in the starting lineup for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XII! Join us in the Game Room at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon Avenue for all the fun.
Tailgate with us from 2 – 4 PM for the opportunity to adopt your very own M.V.P.(Most Valuable Puppy.) Thanks to our generous partner, each adopter at the event will receive a $20 gift card to Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.! Puppy Bowl XII begins at 3 PM. Grab a booth, order some pizza and get ready to cheer on the cutest teams to take the field.
-Green Man Brewery is preparing to open its new 20,000-square-foot packaging facility, retail shop and roof-top beer garden. But before the public sees it, Green Man will open the space up for a private charity event on March 5 for the nonprofit organization OpenDoors of Asheville, according to a press release.
-Asheville Gymnastics on Coxe Avenue in downtown is moving to Swannanoa River Road. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Buncombe County bought the space for $975,000 last year and is planning to use it as a training office for county employees.
-Asheville NORML and other activists who favor legalizing marijuana are planning to rally on Feb. 28. The event is called “Looking for America” and it calls for protecting the environment, reforming the justice system, cutting cost of college debt and “ending ignorant laws on cannabis.” The activists plan to meet at the New Mountain at 1 p.m. on that Sunday and march to Pack Square.
-Asheville Adventure Rentals has changed its name. From the press release:
Effective immediately Asheville Adventure Rentals will conduct business as French Broad Outfitters. In an effort to more accurately describe our services as Asheville’s largest river outfitter and retail paddleshop, we feel this is an important step. With the ability to identify ourselves with the third oldest river in the world and one of Asheville’s most promeninent natural features we believe French Broad Outfitters is a natural fit.
“Since opening in 2012, AAR has taken a different course. With the increased awareness and use of the French Broad River, our retail business has become an important part of the community. To greater reflect our retail partnerships and the addition of a second location this May, we feel French Broad Outfitters increases our connection to the river and our customers.”-Brennan Splain, Co-Owner.
French Broad Outfitters is owned and operated by the same Best of WNC staff you’ve awarded 3 years in a row. Opened in 2012, AAR has always strived to offer the best gear selection, knowledgeable staff, family friendly river trips, and shuttle services for the French Broad River.
In partnership with The Smokey Mountain Adventure Center, opening this Jan 30, French Broad Outfitters will be operating it’s second rental location in the Spring at 173 Amboy Road. A smattering of offerings will be available: an inflation station for local tubers, tube and SUP rentals, last minute sundries & tubes for purchase and shuttles back to our Outfitter location on Riverside Drive, four miles downstream.