–Eurisko Beer Company, Asheville’s newest craft brewery, opened quietly this past weekend. The brewery, located at 255 Short Coxe Ave., is open Thursdays through Sundays while it gets established. Eurisko specializes in Old World brews, writes reporter Scott Douglas for the Mountain Xpress.
–American Vinyl Co., which can produce short runs of vinyl records for clients, is opening soon in London District Studios just off Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville.
-Local playwright Honor Moor lampoons the Asheville political scene in her first play, set to open at Magnetic Theatre, Asheville Grit reports.
-The Asheville Creative Sector Summit is set for April 20 with Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert, as keynote speaker, Asheville Grit reports.
–Hi-Wire Brewing will host its second NC Small Batch Festival from 1-5 p.m. on March 10 at its Big Top Production Facility and Taproom in Biltmore Village, 2 Huntsman Place. The festival will feature 21 North Carolina craft breweries that have brewed a small, one-off-batch, that can not be found in the market, according to a press release. The line-up of participating breweries includes Archetype Brewing Company, Birdsong Brewing, Boojum Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co., Catawba Brewing, Crank Arm Brewing, Free Range Brewing, Homeplace Beer Co., Innovation Brewing, Lexington Avenue Brewery, New Anthem Beer Project, Newgrass Brewing Co., Pisgah Brewing Company, Resident Culture Brewing, Steel String Brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Thirsty Monk Brewery, Trophy Brewing Co., Wooden Robot, and Zillicoah Beer Company.
-The city of Asheville plans to hire an executive recruitment firm to conduct a national search and find its next city manager. Current City Manager Gary Jackson announced last week that he will retire at year’s end. From the city:
As we begin this search, the City will offer community engagement opportunities, both online and in meetings, where residents will be invited to give input into the qualifications and characteristics they would like to see in Asheville’s next city manager.
More opportunities for community involvement will be announced as we go through this process together. The Council will be as inclusive and transparent as possible throughout this process.
-Members of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove — one of a collection of seven luxury mountain and lake club communities in the Western Carolina mountains that make up The Cliffs — joined together to help the pediatric patients at Mission Children’s Hospital, elementary school students in Arden, local veterans, Asheville homeless, and Buncombe County athletes competing in the Special Olympics, according to a press release. More:
The Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA) is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of members of The Cliffs at Walnut Cove in Arden, North Carolina, committed to giving back to the Asheville and greater western North Carolina community.
Charitable donations in 2017 totaled nearly $1 million across all seven of The Cliffs communities in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.
WCMA’s annual “Weekend of Giving” — a four-day fundraising event that includes golf and tennis tournaments — raised more than $173,000. These funds, along with annual membership dues and donations, resulted in 32 grants to a diverse range of non-profit organizations across the region.
Grant recipients and funded initiatives included: Providing art tables for pediatric patients at Mission Children’s Hospital, supporting arts and wellness programs for veterans through the Asheville Area Arts Council, upgrading the Avery’s Creek Elementary School library, providing hot meals to homeless individuals through the Haywood Street Church Asheville Welcome Table, purchasing uniforms and equipment for Special Olympics of Buncombe County athletes, and more.
Since its inception in 2007, the WCMA has awarded 270 grants totaling nearly $1 million to local charities.