Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Sunshine Sammies opening shop in downtown Asheville


Some of what’s going around:

Sunshine Sammies, the local independent maker of delicious ice cream sandwiches that started as a food cart around town, is planning to open a retail shop and production facility on South Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. The location is 99 S. Lexington Ave., the former location of the Motovicious motorcycle shop.

Word on the street: A new seafood restaurant is being planned for the new Cambria hotel under construction on Page Avenue downtown, with a new Cuban restaurant planned for space next door to the new hotel and along Page Ave.

-The new Star Diner restaurant on Main Street in downtown Marshall, with a kitchen led by ChefBrian Sonoskus, the founding and former executive chef at Tupelo Honey Cafe, is set to open Wednesday.

-A Southside Town Hall meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Arthur R. Edington Center, 133 Livingston St. Topics to be discussed include the following: The location of a new pool for the Southside community; a more attractive Walton Street Park; and the next phase for the Grant Southside Center.

-There’s a new brochure developed by the city of Asheville to help guide street performers. It includes a guide to new regulations for buskers, as well as a guide to etiquette by the Asheville Buskers Collective.

-The next Walkable Wall Street is set for 4-9 p.m. on Feb. 11. During that time, the city street will be closed to cars so that pedestrians can have a “festive pedestrian experience,” according to the city of Asheville. The street will be lined with luminaries, and businesses will be open for extended hours. There are Walkable Wall Street events scheduled for May 13 and Aug. 12, as well.

-The velodrome at Asheville’s Carrier Park will be remade this fall. The velodrome project will include re-grading and resurfacing the track that’s popular with local bicyclists, as well as the installation of new lighting, new fencing and new signs. The velodrome is on what used to be Asheville Speedway race track, the city notes. More:

The track was built in 1960 and was in operation until 1999. Before it was a speedway, it was used as a horse race track The park’s namesake, Edwin Carrier, built Carrier Race Track and Fair Grounds between the Sulphur Springs Railway and French Broad River around 1900.

-The Montford Park Players are in search of anyone who has been involved with the Shakespeare company anytime between its inception and today for a Memorial Project to be held on May 6. The plan is to take a “family” photo in honor of the MPP’s beloved matriarch, Hazel Robinson, who died last year. The May photo would be taken on the same day as a planned memorial service for Robinson.
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The Flatiron Writers Room has an interesting workshop coming up. Here are the details:

Do you want to write character monologues, commercial parody or political satire? Are you in a comedy group and need to learn how to turn an inspired improv into a written scene? If so, this class is for you!

There’s a reason SNL, The Tonight Show, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee staff their writing rooms with Second City, Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade alums. The skills learned at those comedy institutions are invaluable.

Maryedith Burrell (Second City, Groundlings, SNL, Fridays, Seinfeld ) and Tom Chalmers ( Artistic Director Groundlings East, Staff Writer: Showtime TV, Director Asheville School of Improv) bring their comedy pedigrees to this 8-session writing course.

Through games, writing prompts and collaboration exercises, students will learn how to develop comedy material; how to take an idea and shape it, how to recognize a character with legs, and how to avoid crippling blocks to creative flow.

Classes run Saturdays, Feb.18-April 8th, 10AM-12:30PM. Enrollment is limited.

Cost: $250 if you register before Feb. 11, 2017, $275 after.

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Santa January 31, 2017 - 10:35 am

Between being Carrier Race Track & Fairgrounds and becoming Asheville Speedway, the long flat section of Carrier Park was a small airport. At first it was called Carrier Field, then Owen Field. It had a 3000′ turf runway with at least one hangar. (The hangar is now where Harrin’s Sand & Gravel is and the runway ran right through where the picnic pavillion now stands.) The airport began operating between 1946-48 and was functioning until 1961-1963 according to this site:

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