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

-University of Arkansas football coach Bret A. Bielema and his wife Jennifer just bought a home in Arden, according to Buncombe County property transfers posted at the Asheville Citizen-Times. The couple purchased a unit at the Village at Bradley Branch for $148,000, according to the property transfer.

-Buxton Hall on the South Slope is hosting another big dance party similar to the one they hosted at Halloween.There will be three bars set up – two in the dining hall and one upstairs. Greg Cartwright will be DJing. The party goes from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Dec. 12.

-Leicester Highway is getting some new sidewalks, according to a story by Joel Burgess of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

-Boojum Brewing just signed a big distribution deal, reports the Smoky Mountain News. From the story by Garrett K. Woodward:

And though their beers are beloved by locals and tourists alike, the biggest smile on Kelsie’s face these days is due to Boojum signing what is, quite possibly, one of the largest regional distribution contracts in recent memory. Teaming up with Budweiser of Asheville (an independent, family-owned company who sells Anheuser-Busch products, and is not owned by them), Boojum will now be sold around 12 Western North Carolina counties, as well as in Ingles grocery stores.

Riverside Studios will host a show and sale at 174 West Haywood St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. Here’s more from a press release:

Join the artists for a holiday celebration, and see the latest small paintings and mixed media works from the studio. Eight artists are represented in the show: David Berry, Deanna Chilian, Patricia Cotterill, Nat Dickinson, Kenn Kotara, Julie Miles, Britt Small-Oie, and Lucretia Speas. Homebrew beer and appetizers will be served, and the artists will be in attendance.

The paintings and mixed media works in the Small Works show range from 20” square and smaller. You’ll find items ranging from realistic streetscapes and mountain landscapes to non-representational abstraction, providing something for every taste. “Small works are an excellent, affordable way for someone to begin collecting original art”, according to David Berry. “Small pieces can really make a big impact in someone’s home” added Brit Small-Oie. For someone thinking outside of the big box store options, a small, handmade piece of fine art is a one of a kind alternative.

-Press release here about another holiday sale, the third annual holiday tradition at Addison Farms Vineyard on Saturday, Dec. 5th from noon to 5 p.m.:

Several local Sandy Mush & Leicester artists will be there with their beautiful handmade items. Kevin will have leather ornaments, Marlow with his brooms, Amy and Mindy with wreaths and other herbal products and many more. For those who want to support Sandy Mush farmland preservation projects, you can donate $10 to SAHC at the event, and receive a complimentary wine tasting and Addison Farms Vineyard wine glass. Bonus! Jeff and Dianne Frisbee have agreed to match up to $500 in donations to SAHC for the Sandy Mush farmland preservation efforts; let’s max out their potential donation. Yeah! Such a fun, feel good day that is totally supporting our local farms and artists.

-A new publication hits the stands. It’s called the Asheville Beer and Music Guide. Press release here:

The Asheville Beer and Music Guide™ first edition has hit the stands – connecting visitors to the best breweries, bars and music venues in Asheville.

With maps, color photos and feature articles, the Asheville Beer and Music Guide is the best source to find an unforgettable Asheville experience.

“We are so excited to announce our latest publication and owe many thanks for the overwhelming community support,” said Rick Bradham, Edgewater Media Group president. “As more visitors discover our city, this will provide another great source to help guide their way.”

This bi-annual publication features all visitors need to know to travel like a local in Beer City, USA. Inside the guide, visitors will learn the history behind the craft brewing industry and the venues that helped turn Asheville into the musical mecca we see today.

The Asheville Beer and Music Guide is available at hotels, B&Bs, the Asheville Visitor Center, the Asheville Regional Airport and many more locations in and around Asheville. You can also check out a digital version online at edgewatermediagroup.com

About Edgewater Media Group

Edgewater Media Group has one mission in mind – to be your personal guide to Asheville and beyond. Our current publications include the popular Asheville Dining Guide™, the Asheville Beer and Music Guide, Wedding Bliss™, the Map on the Go™, as well as the websites EatsDrinks.com and BuyLocalList.com. EMG is customer-based, community-driven and dedicated to linking new customers to our local restaurants and businesses. Thanks for letting us be your guide!

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4 Comments

  1. Boojum is so damn good beer!

  2. Former Reporter at WYPN says:

    Bret Bielema’s brother lives in the Asheville area, or did at one time recently.

    • Yeah- Bielema makes $3 million a year so I can’t imagine that’s even a vacation home for him, likely is for a friend or family member.

      • Former Reporter at WYPN says:

        Good point. He’s very close to his mother, who is a breast cancer survivor and who has helped raise money in support of the fighting the disease. Maybe it’s for her.

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