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:

-A Mexican restaurant called Mountain Madre Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar is opening in the former Scully’s bar and grill location on Walnut Street. There’s a new sign up in the window.

The Montford rooftop bar at the new Hyatt Place Hotel on the corner of Montford Avenue and Haywood Street opened this week.

Blair Johnston, a fourth-grade teacher at Vance Elementary, writes to tell me she has organized an online fundraiser for her students. Details:

Objective: My students need their own, individual Chromebook to enable a personalized learning environment that allows them to engage in a deeper, immersive, future-oriented school experience.

The auction will run from August 22-28. I’ve acquired some pretty cool items that you can see in the attached flyer. A few highlights:
-2 tickets and a signed poster for The Avett Brother’s sold out show in Boone, NC on September 8th.
-2 Sunday tickets(Oct. 23) for the Fall LEAF Festival
-Voucher for 8 people for Conundrum Escape Room experience
-Wine Tasting for 8 at RayLen Vineyard in Mocksville, NC
-2 tickets for Brandi Carlile concert at Highland Brewing on September 10th
-4 tickets and a Goody Bag for an Asheville Tourists game

-The Overland Expo East will be held at the Biltmore Estate this year, Oct. 7-9. The event, which had been held at Taylor Ranch the past couple of years, is “the premier overlanding event in the world—no other event offers the scope of classes taught by the world’s leading experts, alongside a professional-level trade show that brings together in one place all the camping and vehicle and motorcycle equipment and services you need to get outfitted and get going,” says the event’s website.

BaconFest Asheville is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Highland Brewing. The festival is produced by 105.9 The Mountain.

Canio Costanzo broadcasts Reynolds High School football games via the website, where fans of the team can go to listen. Advertising monies go toward the booster club, and yes they are looking for sponsors. Email Costanzo at [email protected] for more info.

-The electronic band STS9 is scheduled to play Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Nov. 5. Back in 2014, the band cut short its concert at the Thomas Wolfe after emergency responders were called in to treat several concert-goers who had apparently overdosed on drugs.

-The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County is hosting a talk about the history of Charlotte Street at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at St. Mary’s Church Parrish Hall, 337 Charlotte Street. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 to support local preservation. More:

Two long-time PSABC members, Kim Leatherwood and Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, team up for a timely presentation that travels from the Civil War to civil engineering to how preservation tools can impact tomorrow. Kim is an avid preservationist, lifelong student of local history, and member of the PSABC Education Committee. Kieta is Chair of same committee, PSABC board member, retired college administrator, preservation activist, and a native of the Charlotte Street area. Both women have deep roots over generations in their beloved western North Carolina.

“Few people know that the closing of UNC in the Civil War directly affected how Charlotte Street evolved and grew,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair. “Now, as Charlotte Street may further develop as a modern corridor, preservation can impact how things change.”

-The 5Point Adventure Film Festival has announced details for its concert-style film festival in Asheville October 6-8. Here’s more:

The leading adventure film festival, which was founded in 2008 by former Climbing Magazine owner, Julie Kennedy, and founder of outdoor brand Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, offers audiences a taste of adventure through the lens, with a compelling program of more than 50 short films, panel discussions, community events, parties and more during the three-day event. The regional festival has become a highlight on the adventure film industry calendar and this year’s film program will include Ace and The Desert Dog by Brendon Leonard and Forest Woodward, Uni-Saders, When We Were Knights by Anson Fogel, Trail to Kazbegi, Role Reversal among others.

During the three-day event visiting guest speakers and panelists will include author and professional adventurer, Brendan Leonard; Jimmy Agnew, unicycle guru, spoken word performer Wade Newsom, Editor-in-Chief of Bike Mag, Brice Minnigh, 5Point founder, Julie Kennedy, In Between Swims podcast host, Jeff McIntyre, and filmmakers Thomas Woodson, Joey Schusler, and Jon Glassberg. Local female legends will join a panel and live podcast recording, including Ky Delaney, Shanna Powell, Anne Riddle, and Anna Levesque.

Also in the lineup of local special guests, filmmaker, Brett McCall, yoga instructor, Joe Taft, pro kayaker and speaker, Chris Gragtmans, and former City Councilman, Marc Hunt. Other festival highlights include starting the weekend with the signature Van Life rally and kick-off party Thursday, October 6, 2016, 4-10 pm at the Salvage Station. Also on the preliminary schedule of events is a group trail run, yoga class, tours of Sierra Nevada Brewery, VIP parties, poetry readings, live music, demos, clinics, and workshops, and presentations with special guests. New for 2016 at 5Point Asheville will be discounted tickets and passes for attendees of the Overland Expo East and Beer City Beatdown events happening in Asheville for the weekend.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Murphy August 25, 2016

    “Permits have been filed for a restaurant at 15 Walnut St. called Pete’s Pies. The owner of that eatery is reportedly also planning an English pub.”

    This from Mackensy Lunsford of the CT…. is this the same address?

  2. EJ August 25, 2016

    Blair Johnston is a dude!

    1. Barry Summers August 26, 2016 (drag & drop)

    2. Big Al August 27, 2016

      Are you sure? Better check his ID before he goes to the bathroom.

    3. Nate August 27, 2016

      Don’t expect a correction. It’s not something that they seem to bother with, around here . . .


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