Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New indoor rowing studio to open in Asheville River Arts District

Jason Sandford

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

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Some of what’s going around:

-A new indoor rowing studio is opening in Asheville’s River Arts District. Rebel Strength and Row House is planning to open at the end of May. Owner Adam Smith says Rebel Strength will offer group indoor rowing classes, as well as small group and private personal training sessions.

Venture Asheville’s Elevate program, which provides high level executive mentorship to entrepreneurs and nurtures skills for them to become CEOs, is expanding, according to a press release. Here’s more:

The program launched with 10 high-growth startups in January and just opened applications for the next 10 for July. (The application deadline is June 3). There will be 30 by fall and 50 by next summer. This round, the program is focused on tech companies, including Internet, mobile software, etc. and low-carbon industries like renewable energy, energy efficiency, EV transportation, etc. Venture Asheville sees these as emerging sectors in Asheville that have the potential to scale regionally and nationally.

Asheville Percussion Festival is set for 8 p.m. on June 18.

The Asheville Art Museum will present “A Community Quilt,” a weekend group quiltmaking workshop, according to a press release. More:

In this intensive group experience, participants will explore the quiltmaking process using simple sewing tools, improvisational techniques and diverse fabrics. Together, the group will create a bed-sized quilt while learning hand-piecing, straight and curved seams, use of non-traditional patterns, weave structure and more. …
Leading the group is seasoned quilter Richard Caro who began sewing quilts in 1999. Using improvisational techniques, Caro creates abstract and pictorial quilts by hand and machine. His quilts are held in public and private collections across the country. When not making quilts, he thinks about how quilts are made, their materials and how people use and exchange them. He teaches quiltmaking to help others gain meaning and value from this culturally driven art form. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Interested participants may contact the Asheville Art Museum at 828.253.3227, ext. 122 or visit

The National Charrette Institute will offer training and certification sessions in Asheville from May 16-20, according to a press release. More:

In addition to Harvard University and its headquarters in Portland, OR, the National Charrette Institute (NCI) has chosen Asheville for one of three upcoming trainings. The Institute expects participants from the Asheville area and from around the nation, May 16-20, 2016.

The City of Asheville’s Planning and Urban Design and Community and Economic Development Departments are supporting the training by offering a City venue, the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street in Downtown Asheville. Attendees will receive certification in planning, facilitating and managing collaborative planning processes called “charrettes.”

Originating in art and architecture schools as a way to speed projects from idea stages to finished work, the charrette method has been adapted and refined for highly collaborative planning efforts — especially those that are challenging because of their complexity and potential controversy.

“This is an incredible training opportunity,” says Asheville project manager Sage Turner. “I hope to see participants from boards and commissions, neighborhood leaders, planners, developers, city staff, and elected officials. The community is ripe for well-organized engagement and it would be ideal if many area leaders can join together on this.”

The NCI is marketing the training opportunity internationally. Local organizers hope to fill as many seats as possible with planning and design professionals and with citizen leaders from Asheville and nearby communities. Fees for the training begin at $895, however some full and partial scholarships may be available thanks to contributions of local groups and individuals who see advantages in having a core group trained in organizing inclusive planning processes.

Read more about the NCI and its programs here:

-For the eighth year, Posana, a contemporary American restaurant located in downtown Asheville, will host its annual benefit to support the ASAP’s Growing Minds Program on May 19, according to a press release. More:

The restaurant, which, in 2015, doubled its donation record from the previous year, hopes to break that record again this year.

Posana will again be giving 100 percent of the proceeds from the special one night only menu to the ASAP to support the Growing Minds Program. Throughout the evening, guests have the option of ordering off the special 100 percent local menu, alongside Posana’s regular menu. By ordering from the featured menu, diners will be able to support the ASAP with one hundred percent of the proceeds from each menu item going to the Growing Minds Program.

The ‘Growing Minds’ menu will feature ingredients from area farms and purveyors and will highlight ingredients that are at their peak in Western North Carolina this May, such as beets, eggs, local cheeses and local greens. Many of Posana’s regular purveyors are donating ingredients to show their support of the cause; and some will be on hand that evening to greet customers and talk about their farms.

ASAP’s Growing Minds Program enriches the education of younger generations by connecting students with local farms. Developing strong relationship with local food and teaching kids the benefit of supporting local growers and producers will help maintain a sustainable, healthy community.

Posana regularly sources from over 64 local purveyors and farmers along with its own West Asheville urban garden, which saw a massive expansion over the winter to include hooped beds to lengthen the growing season. Posana has always been dedicated to sourcing local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 828-505-3969.

Jason Sandford

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

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