Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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More of what’s going around:

-An original 1983 Atari Star Wars cockpit-style arcade game is now part of the permanent collection at the Asheville Pinball Museum.

-It is firefly watching season in the mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be jammed this week with tourists seeking a glimpse of the synchronous fireflies in the park. Folks are also hunting the blue ghost fireflies, which are also equally magical and fantastic.

The Costume Shoppe is looking for a new location. Susan Sertain, owner of the beloved shop that is located inside the Downtown Market on South French Broad Avenue and was formerly on Lexington Avenue, is asking folks to help her find an affordable new location by the end of the summer. The location should be “one that is not $25 a square foot and a location where everyone (loyal customers and tourists alike) can easily park” to appreciate what she calls a part of “true Asheville.” Email Susan @ ssertain@yahoo. She’s offering a prize for finding the right spot – a costume for the winner, made by Susan herself.

-The third annual WNC Battle of the Burger will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Aug. 21 at The Crowne Plaza Expo Center in Asheville. Here’s more:

Local restaurants can be nominated via social media on All American Food Fights Facebook page, or at via email to [email protected]

Restaurants will set up grills and griddles and cook up thousands of burger samples for the attendees while great local music keeps the crowd groovin’.Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be pouring ice cold beer to keep folks cool while the competition heats up! Tickets go on sale at 12pm on June 21. They can be purchased at

Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, this event will lead up to a much larger event: The World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL in November 2016. As an official qualifying round of the World Food Championships, the winner will move on to compete in the World Burger Championship.

The Asheville Darkroom is moving to the Refinery Creator Space (207 Coxe Avenue) and it is seeking the public’s help to remain open. Here’s more:

Come out to our fundraiser on SATURDAY JUNE 11 to see Bill Daniel’s pop-up photo exhibit of the TX punk scene over the last 30 years and listen to awesome local bands, Ellipser and Earth Collider! All donation based. No one turned away!

-The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, according to a press release. More:

Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family, the Award has been presented by the Western North carolina Historical Association since 1955. The Award is now a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board. The deadline for submission of nominated works is July 15, 2016.

To be considered, an entry must be a published work of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. It must be a first edition work; revised editions of published works will not be considered for the Award. The publication date must be in the calendar year 2015 or no later than July 1, 2016. The author must be a native of the western North Carolina region, or a resident of western North Carolina for at least twelve months prior to the closing date for the Award. Or, an author may also qualify if the work submitted has a focus on or setting in western North Carolina.

Western North Carolina includes the Qualla Boundary and the following 25 counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Letters of nomination should specify the eligibility criteria: date of publication, birthplace or residence of author, and setting of action. Applicants should submit a cover letter and three copies of the work postmarked no later than July 15, 2016 to:

Wolfe Award Committee
WNC Historical Association
283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801



Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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