-Asheville Small Business Week features a number of events. Here’s the list via the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
-There’s a new program in Asheville that lets entrepreneurs test out their products by selling them at city events, festivals, etc. The city and the nonprofit Mountain Bizworks teamed up on the Test Drive program.
-Asheville Grown is inviting makers, artists, service providers and more to participate in the Venture Local Fair summer series the fourth Saturday of each month from May through October of this year. Vendors can apply here. The Venture Local Fair cultivates a community of localists who come together to create a supportive environment where small businesses grow, according to a press release. “Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically turn 68 Haywood downtown into a bustling, family-friendly, mini-village of discovery.” The first event is set for noon to 7 p.m. on May 26.
-AshevilleFM is holding its annual spring fund drive.
-The U.S. Patent and Trade Office is convening with inventors, entrepreneurs, and other experts from the intellectual property field to discuss patents and more on Wednesday at Western Carolina University. U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows will open the forum, which runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., as well as discuss local resources available to attendees. Here’s the registration link.
–Sly Grog Lounge on Haywood Street is hosting a new music festival on May 20. The Legacy of Dreamers Arts & Music Fest will run from noon to 2 a.m. and will include artists and a full line-up of musical acts, including: Mike Anderson, Madelyn Lavender’s Dream, Brandon Quinn Trio, Nick von Oehsen, Vaden Landers, Itchy Biscuits, Teso McDonald, Alex Travers, Big Dawg Slingshots, Alex Blum, The Daydream Creatures, Thee Sidewalk Surfers, Voice of the Sidhe & Hope Huntington. Admission for an all day pass is $10 for adults, $8 for students and children 12 and under get in free.
-The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy recently purchased 170 acres in two adjoining properties at Strawberry Gap and Stony Point, near the Eastern Continental Divide, according to a press release. The Asheville-based nonprofit land trust plans to own and manage the adjoining properties to protect water resources, plant and animal habitat, and scenic views from trails and scenic byways. Here’s more:
Strawberry Gap has been a high conservation priority for SAHC and other conservation partners for more than a decade. It lies along the regional Hickory Nut Gorge Trail System, a cooperative effort headed by Conserving Carolina, which will eventually link public hiking trails in the Hickory Nut Gorge to the Fairview area. The existing Trombatore Trail joins the southern boundary of Strawberry Gap, while another proposed trail is planned along the eastern ridgeline boundary on the way to Ferguson Peak.
Stony Point forms a rocky bluff with an incredible view of the fertile Fairview valley. Nestled between SAHC’s acquisition at Strawberry Gap and other conservation lands, this triangular slice of land in southern Buncombe County contains stands of Carolina hemlock. SAHC purchased the 15-acre tract to fill a gap within the contiguous network of conservation lands they have worked to protect in this scenic region along the Eastern Continental Divide.
The bulbous nose of Stony Point can be seen by travelers along the Drovers Road Scenic Byway (NC Highway 74A) between Fairview and Chimney Rock. However, the climb to the top of the bluff reveals a more spectacular vantage point — with sweeping long-range views of Fairview Valley, Cane Creek Valley, the Brush Creek area and distant mountain ranges.