Ashvegas Hot Sheet: The Awesome Foundation opens Asheville chapter

Jason Sandford

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

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Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.Some of what’s going around:

-ABC has given the go-ahead for a Dirty Dancing remake that will star Abigail Breslin has the new “Baby,” according to The remake was to be shot in Western North Carolina this summer, but the production company making the musical put off filming. The original Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey was made in Lake Lure in the mid 1980s.

-An Asheville chapter of The Awesome Foundation is getting established and plans to award its first grants in January, according to a press release. Here’s the press release:

The Awesome Foundation, an international organization with over 75 chapters around the globe, awards micro-grants to projects supporting the arts, technology, community development, and anything else the local chapter wants to support. The Awesome Foundation has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, and Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The Asheville Chapter will focus on projects in Western North Carolina that can make a contribution to our community. Applicants don’t have to be affiliated with a not-for-profit, but do need to be advancing the interests of awesome in the universe. There are currently six members of our chapter who will award grants of $1000 on a regular basis. We expect our first grant to be awarded in January.

-Hi-Wire Brewing is set to release a new beer, according to a press release. It is “a fruit-forward 11.3 percent ABV beer, this American style Golden Strong Ale was made using fresh guava, papaya and mango.”

-The American Advertising Federation of Asheville has announced a call for entries for the 2015-2016 American Advertising Awards. Here’s the press release:

Western North Carolina has long been known for its creative industries including quilt making, woodcarving, pottery and other useful crafts but it is also home to a busy and talented advertising and marketing community. The American Advertising Federation of Asheville (AAFA) has announced its call for entries for the 2015-2016 American Advertising Awards and is looking for members of that community who would like to be recognized, both here as well as nationally.

“People think of advertising and they think of Madison Avenue, New York,” said AAFA president Marty Steinberg. “But we have hundreds, actually thousands, of people working in a thriving advertising and marketing industry right here and this is their chance to be recognized.”

The deadline for entries to the first round of the American Advertising Awards is Friday, January 8, 2016. Gold Award Winning entries will automatically be entered in the regional awards round and winners from the regional competition will go on to compete in the national awards. More information on how to enter the competition can be found online at Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala, to be held on February 16, 2016.

-The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has announced that it is one of 74 projects spanning 39 states receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers, according to a press release. More:

ASAP, a nonprofit organization, received a $26,150 training grant to provide a farm to school (F2S) conference for the eight Southeastern states (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi). The conference will be held in Greenville, South Carolina in late fall 2016.

-The One Stop is hosting a Holiday Craft Bazaar featuring all local Asheville vendors, according to a press release. More:

Paintings, Pottery, Pillows, Clothing for Adults and Children, Glass Art, Jewelry, Knitted Wares, Hemp Goods, and much more!
LIVE MUSIC from the Bald Mountain Porch Pickers and BLOODY MARY BAR!

The Holiday Craft Bazaar will take place on Saturday, December 19th- 12pm to 6pm.
Bring Family and Friends- Admission is FREE- browse through a variety of Asheville artist’s creations and take home handmade and affordable gifts to share with your loved ones this holiday season! Support Local!

The Mojo Kitchen & Lounge will be open to provide tasty eats.
The One Stop bar will be open and providing a Bloody Mary Bar!


HoneyCreekPottery creates artistic clay vessels with a purpose and function. Ceramic Lacto-Fermenation Vessels, Egg Trays, Garlic Jars, Mugs, Cups, Bowls, Spoonrests and much much more.LOOM Imports:
Traditional Textiles, Accessories and Jewelry from Indigenous Communities in the Andes and Atlas mountains combined with local Appalachian roots.

Offering handmade pillows! All pillows are made with love from the family! Throw pillows perfect for you couch, bed, or bus.

Fox and Beaux:
Fox and Beaux is a one of a kind handcrafted bohemian jewelry line focusing on rough cut diamonds, gemstones, antiques, and artifacts.

Tim Archer Glass:
Locally made glass marbles, pendants, and ornaments.

Rhythm Threads:
Hand dyed hemps and up cycled clothing for women and children. Arm warmers, hats, non traditional Christmas stockings, dolls and other whimsical creations.

Kathryn Crawford Art:
Oil and Acrylic original paintings- also offering high quality giclee prints!

NiQue’s Batiks:
NiQue’s Batiks offers beautiful handmade batik clothing, hand painted jeans, and beaded necklaces.

Fryer on the Mountain:
Grateful Dead and Music related flasks, water bottles, license plate covers, and much more!

-IndyWeek has a nice follow-up piece on Moogfest 2016. It comes after Tuesday’s announcement of the first batch of Moogfest 2016 performances. Moogfest organizers decided to move the event from Asheville after the 2014 iteration of the festival lost more than $1 million. IndyWeek says Moogfest faces a couple of big challenges. First:

This, of course, goes several steps beyond the general music festival or creativity conference approach, where events seem like convocations for the preexisting choir rather than chances to explore interstitial ideas and audiences and find new connections. The concept of combining the two is en vogue right now, evidenced locally by the Art of Cool Festival’s “Innovate Your Cool” addition or the Hopscotch Design Festival, which ends just before the Hopscotch Music Festival begins.

But these sideshows feel tenuous and tacked-on, limited by budgets and the need to, first and foremost, satiate the music crowds they’ve built over many years. Moogfest hopes to remove those self-imposed boundaries—to put the systems, system designers and system operators in play all at once. The acts themselves—many of which have played Hopscotch, Moogfest or Knoxville’s Big Ears in recent years, anyway—seem less important than that difficult, expensive mission. It is Moogfest’s cri de cœur.

And this:

And the worry that Moogfest’s arrival in late May—that is, two weeks after the third iteration of Durham’s jazz-and-soul-centric Art of Cool—will galvanize the preexisting image of “two Durhams” looms large. After all, a Moogfest pass will run you $249, with VIP access doubling the price; though Art of Cool tickets cost about half that sum, it’s difficult to imagine many people affording both. Instead, the festivals’ near-consecutive runs will likely necessitate a telling choice. …

The hard choice of area fans could carry over to financial support, too. Though Moogfest will only begin to announce its full slate of partners and sponsors in February, it’s already enlisted major help from Research Triangle Park, American Underground and Capitol Broadcasting Company after moving to town in part for pledges of assistance from the Durham Chamber of Commerce. The festival has asked for $125,000 of support and $25,000 of in-kind services from its adopted city and county.

Meanwhile, Art of Cool’s fight for festival dollars has only escalated, according to co-founder Cicely Mitchell. In 2016, Art of Cool will receive $5,000 from the city, down from $8,000 in 2015. And this year, Art of Cool’s former title sponsors at American Tobacco Campus, a Capitol Broadcasting property, will underwrite only a portion of the “Innovate Your Cool” conference, not the music festival itself.

Jason Sandford

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

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