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:

The LEAF Cocktail Crawl is back. A group of participating restaurants/bars are competing to create the best cocktail in town. Just visit, buy their LEAF Cocktail to sample, and then go online to vote here.

Mike Lewis, founder of the Growing Warriors nonprofit and the first farmer legally permitted to grow industrial hemp in the US since 1934, will be at Fifth Season Gardening Co. on Tunnel Road from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, for a party in advance of the HempX Asheville event at Highland Brewing in August. Here’s the Facebook event page for the Mike Lewis appearance in Asheville. Here’s the Facebook event page for the Mike Lewis appearance in Ashevilleere’s more from a press release:

There will be a special screening of the short film, “Harvesting Liberty, “produced by Patagonia. The public is invited to come out, get inspired, and learn how to get involved with the movement. One lucky attendee will receive a pair of tickets to the “Taste of Hemp” dinner with Plant at HempX Asheville. Lite bites will be provided and beer & wine will be available for purchase. Fifth Season Gardening Co. has been Asheville and WNC’s source for organic and alternative gardening supplies since 1999.Fifth Season is a proud sponsor of HempX Asheville and supporter of industrial hemp legalization.

The Asheville housing market is hot. Here are a few relevant stats from Mosaic Realty’s newsletter that just popped into the in-box:

-The median home sale price climbed to a new quarterly record of $260,000 in Asheville, 7.2% higher than the median price of $242,500 in 2015.
-Average Days on Market (DOM) in Asheville decreased to 56 days in the 2nd quarter of 2016, the lowest on record since 2003.
-As of July 2016, inventory in Asheville was under 6 months in the price ranges below $700,000. This represents lower inventory levels in Asheville in the middle/upper price ranges compared to previous years.
-There were 436 homes sold in Asheville and 742 homes sold in Buncombe County in the 2nd quarter of 2016.

The Burger Bar has some fun music coming up. Here’s a quick look:

7/19 cinematographers party (AVL Country/rock)
7/24 The Maggy Valley Band (Appalachian/60’s)
7/26 J.C. Tokes (Honky Tonk)
7/29 Bryan Marshall and the Payday Knights (Honky Tonk)
7/30 Totally RAD 80’s Dance Party
7/31 The Mud Bottoms

Listen to This returns to The Orange Peel for another summer installment of the successful spoken-word series, according to a press release. Here’s more:

The long days of summer just give many of us more time to talk about our dogs. And talk and talk and talk. Cats may own the internet but dogs still dominate the animal anecdote arena. From how they came into our lives, to the trouble they always seem to find, to the things they eat that they shouldn’t, to how hard it is to say goodbye. Listen to This, now in its ninth season, celebrates man and woman’s best friend by featuring stories by some of Asheville’s best tellers of tales and singers of songs. Stories by Jim Julien, Grayson Morris, Betsy Puckett, and Sarah Spooner. Also a song and video short from Rod Murphy and a pupcentric PSA appeal from the mind of Mondy Carter. Hosted by Tom Chalmers. Plus a performance that promises to unite the polarized pet community, music from Jeff Santaiago & Los Gatos Negros. Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 PM at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Brother Wolf.Animal Rescue. For tickets, go to, call (828) 398-1837, or visit The Orange Peel box office. Go on, get those tickets. get ’em. That’s a good buyer.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County has launched a beautiful new website at that debuts a powerful video by Emmy award-winning director and writer Katie Damien. Check out the new site and the slick video.

Jason Sandford

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

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