More of what’s going around:
-New Biltmore hotel taking reservations: Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, a new 209-room hotel under construction on the Biltmore Estate grounds, is scheduled to be open in November and will start taking reservations on March 2. Reservations may be made by calling 866-851-4668, or visiting www.biltmore.com, according to a press release.
–Young Frankenstein at Asheville Community Theatre: Asheville Community Theatre will open its 70th season this October with Young Frankenstein. Last year’s performance of The Addams Family was a big hit, and it looks like this year’s Frankenstein follows in the same vein.
-A “twerkshop”: That’s what awesome Asheville dance instructor Lisa Zahiya calls her “sass class” from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 28. “More workout, more twerking, – all for a bigger, badder booty.” Cost is 20 bucks. Can’t beat that. Get it.
-Bike Love 2015: From the press release:
Asheville on Bikes (AoB), the advocacy organization focused on advancing Asheville’s urban and commuter bicycle culture and infrastructure, hosts the eighth annual Bike Love, presented by New Belgium Brewing, at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall located on 743 Haywood Rd on Saturday, February 21st.
Bike Love is a celebration of Asheville’s urban cycling community. This year’s event incorporates a VIP experience, bicycle gear and local treats silent auction, Pecha Kucha presentations, a chance to win a $500.00 bicycle voucher redeemable at all Western North Carolina Bike Dealer Association (WNCBDA) shops, and live music by The Free Flow band, and DJ Marley. The event is also an opportunity for supporters to activate or renew their annual AoB membership with a chance to win an Industry Nine wheel set. New Belgium Brew will donate a portion of all New Belgium beer sales to Asheville on Bikes at Bike Love. …
Bike Love doors open at 6 pm with silent auction, membership drive, WNCBDA $500.00 bicycle voucher, and VIP experience. Presentations start at 8pm and music begins at 9pm. Advance Bike Love tickets are available at Youngblood Bicycles, Ski Country Sports, Liberty Bicycles , Epic Cycles West, Motion Makers, Sycamore Cycles, and Second Gear. VIP tickets are $50.00 and general admission tickets are $20. With the purchase of a ticket, participants can activate or renew their annual AoB membership for the discounted rate of $15 and are entered to win an Industry Nine wheel set. Day of tickets are $25.
-Homeward Bound announces new home for veteran: From a press release:
Homeward Bound announces its first move-in of a formerly homeless veteran through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant project. The 2.7 million dollar grant was awarded to Homeward Bound last year as part of a $207 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to end veteran homelessness nation-wide. On Feb. 6, Homeward Bound moved its first veteran, Desiree’ Murphy into housing through this program.
-New Honeycutters record: From the press release:
The Honeycutters, an Asheville, NC-based original country roots band, is set to release their third studio album, Me Oh My, on April 21, 2015 with Organic Records®. Led by songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, The Honeycutters include Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith rounds out the band on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro. Pre-sales for the album start Tuesday, Feb. 17 on iTunes and includes two immediate tracks to download. …They’ll celebrate Me Oh My with an album release tour which is soon to be announced as well as a hometown album release party at Isis Music Hall in Asheville on April 17. They are also set to perform at MerleFest in Wilkesboro the weekend of the release date.
The Biltmore Theme Park & Resorts just got bigger. I have a feeling we are going to see more animal/farm and Antler Village action. There might be Biltmore Stores around the country like Disney Stores.
A mono-rail or a miniature historic train around the Estate property could be the first “ride” at Biltmore, though I guess the horse-rides/Segway tours already count. Opening up the second entrance on Brevard Rd and Vineyards will be a game-changer, but the family may want to keep it to themselves which I don’t blame them.
There we are in agreement, LVR, though I think of it as “Six Flags Over Biltmore”. Maybe they can get the people who did the talking cow at BillyGrahamWood in Charlotte?