Articles by: Jason Sandford

The Asheville band Chilltonic, playing recently at The Foundation in the Asheville River Arts District./ photo by Jason Sandford

The Asheville band Chilltonic is having a moment

Wherever Chilltonic shows up, they bring with them smiles, laughter and, dare I say it, a little hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Fireside Collective is, from left, Alex Genova, Joe Cicero, Jesse Iaquinto, Carson White and Tommy Maher./ Photo courtesy of Mountain Home Music Company

Asheville musicians featured in virtual July Fourth party

The bands include BoogiTherapi with Ryan RNB Barber, Jane Kramer and Matt Smith, Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs, Lyric, Joe Lasher, Funk Jam House Band, Fireside Collective and Empire Strikes Brass.

Tracking Asheville business closures during Covid spring, summer 2020

Tracking Asheville business closures during Covid spring, summer 2020

There are a number of new businesses that have just opened, or are opening, and I’m tracking those, too.

by July 1, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville doctor’s office seeks pandemic stories as part of narrative-based medicine project

Asheville doctor’s office seeks pandemic stories as part of narrative-based medicine project

Narrative-based medicine is about training patients and health-care providers to listen “radically,” and to apply the concepts of storytelling and writing to the practice of giving and receiving healthcare.

by June 17, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
The Vance Monument in downtown Asheville, June 2020./ photo by Jason Sandford

Proposal: Cover entire Vance Monument in downtown Asheville

The entire Vance Monument should be covered up to reflect “the death and eventual erasure of this racist landmark from our public realm,” according to a proposal from a local professor of architecture and a photographer.

by June 17, 2020 1 comment Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Eco Depot Marketplace closing, CrossFit gyms disavow founder, more

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Eco Depot Marketplace closing, CrossFit gyms disavow founder, more

Also, Asheville Catholic School wants to build an 11,650-square-foot addition to its existing school building, and more.

by June 8, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Mural artists Kathryn Crawford and Gus Cutty led a group of local artists that created Black Lives Matter murals downtown, like this one on the front of the Patton Avenue Pet Company./ Photo courtesy of Jenna Wilson

Downtown Asheville merchants show support for protesters

The downtown Asheville business owners condemned the violence that Asheville Police used against protesters.

by June 8, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
The normally bustling Grove Arcade Outdoor Maker’s Market is quiet without the usual array of artist vendors and the pedestrian shoppers they attract./ Photo by Ed Rowles

Pandemic threatens livelihoods of Asheville artists, musicians

The pandemic’s longterm impact on Asheville artists and musicians could alter the fabric of Asheville, which has long prided itself as an arts hub.

by June 1, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New Stock meal delivery, The Bagel Farmer, J Chong’s dumplings, more

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: New Stock meal delivery, The Bagel Farmer, J Chong’s dumplings, more

Also, AVL Food Fan Stu Helm has launched a new Stoobie Snacks taste of Asheville, and more.

by June 1, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
COVID-19 ravages Asheville nursing home; 4 dead in 11 days

COVID-19 ravages Asheville nursing home; 4 dead in 11 days

Coronavirus is sweeping through North Carolina nursing homes, claiming an astonishing toll of more than 375 dead.

by May 22, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
The owners of Rise 'n Shine Cafe in Asheville defied local orders requiring restaurants to remain closed to dine-in customers this past weekend as the coronavirus crisis continues. Monday morning (May 18), two Asheville police officers visited the Merrimon Avenue restaurant to warm proprietors that they were violating the public health order./ photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville restaurant defies public health orders, opens for dine-in customers

Asheville police issued Rise ‘n Shine Cafe a citation Monday morning for defying local public health orders aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

by May 18, 2020 2 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Bull & Beggar, The Admiral feature online menus, more

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Bull & Beggar, The Admiral feature online menus, more

Also, Asheville pastry chef Ashley Capps has launched a new meal delivery service, and more.

by May 16, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville small biz owners promote wearing of masks with new public awareness campaign

Asheville small biz owners promote wearing of masks with new public awareness campaign

The group’s slogan: “Pro Mask = Pro Asheville.”

by May 15, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
The Asheville Regional Airport, which has seen airport activity drop by 95 percent, is considering making several changes to address concerns about the spread of COVID-19./ photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville Regional Airport considers new safety measures in wake of coronavirus

One change under consideration: pumping hydrogen peroxide molecules into the air of the airport terminal to act as a disinfectant.

by May 13, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Drive-thru food giveaway and music concert Saturday in Asheville, Swannanoa

Drive-thru food giveaway and music concert Saturday in Asheville, Swannanoa

The Asheville nonprofit Food Connection is partnering with Wicked Weed Brewing and its Cultura restaurant, the YMCA of Western North Carolina, and Red Wing Enterprises for the event aimed at helping service industry workers.

by May 8, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville songstress Jane Kramer, the first guest of the Music on the Fly pop-up concert series at the Asheville Regional Airport back in 2016, will represent the airport in the JetStream Music Festival on Wednesday, May 6.

U.S. airport music programs, including Asheville Music on the Fly, featured in virtual JetStream Music Festival

The JetStream Music Festival will feature Asheville songstress Jane Kramer, the first musician featured in the four-year-old Music on the Fly program at the Asheville Regional Airport.

Flori Pate, founder of the nonprofit Food Connection, talks with folks who drove up to a recent meal give-away staged at the Asheville Masonic Temple. With meals prepared by a team from Cultura restaurant, and with help from Shay Brown and her events crew, they handed out meals to out-of-work service industry folks./ photo by Jason Sandford

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Dining In for Life, Food Connection collab donation, more Asheville food news

Also, the Freez (formerly Tastee Freez) on Patton Avenue has announced plans to reopen on Friday, May 1, and more.

Series of online Asheville town hall meetings will focus on coronavirus recovery, reopening

Series of online Asheville town hall meetings will focus on coronavirus recovery, reopening

If you’re unable to attend but still want to offer input, email business@buncombecounty.org

by April 27, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Campaign season and COVID-19 in Western North Carolina: Political candidates are staying home, too

Campaign season and COVID-19 in Western North Carolina: Political candidates are staying home, too

Social media outlets and virtual town halls meetings have become critical communication tools for candidates navigating the 2020 election season.

by April 27, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
A team from House of Raeford, a North Carolina-based, family owned poultry producer, sold 40-pound boxes of chicken breasts, wings, thighs and tenders directly to consumers on April 21 at the WNC Ag Center. The crew sold two tractor-trailer loads of chicken products in 90 minutes as area residents in their cars lined up to wait for nearly two hours. More area House of Raeford chicken sales are coming up./ photo by Jason Sandford

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Canton chicken sale, Daddy Ds in West Asheville, more

Also, Sunshine Sammies is open and serving ice cream sandwiches and other treats curbside from their ice cream truck, which is parked in front of their South Lexington Avenue shop, and more.

Pupuseria Patty's on Leicester Highway./ photo by Jason Sandford

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Pupuseria Patty’s, Tortilleria Molina now open, more Asheville food news

Silverball Subs has opened on New Leicester Highway and are slinging to-go sandwiches, and much more.

by April 25, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
$5 million in Asheville area hotel room tax money to go toward coronavirus relief under proposed legislation

$5 million in Asheville area hotel room tax money to go toward coronavirus relief under proposed legislation

The proposed legislation, titled the “Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Act,” must be approved by the N.C. General Assembly.

by April 24, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer. /photo courtesy of Morgan Geer

Listen: Asheville musician Morgan Geer’s melancholy meditation on coronavirus isolation, ‘Crazy Alone (Quarantine)’

Listen to “Crazy Alonge (Quarantine)”, Asheville musician Morgan Geer’s melancholy meditation on isolation during the novel coronavirus.

Asheville chef Katie Button, of Cúrate and Button & Co. Bagels restaurants. Katie Button says that, during this ongoing coronavirus outbreak, "everything that we have built and created is basically all thrown out."/ Photo by Evan Sung Photography

Scared of Losing Everything: Asheville chef Katie Button on surviving the coronavirus crisis

Spending too much time thinking about the worst case scenario can become crippling, says Button, who adds that she’s just doing her best to react and adjust day by day.

by April 22, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville, a darling of "best of" list makers, has been silenced by a deadly new coronavirus, and nearly two dozen leaders in the arts, small business owners and elected officials predict a daunting, slow recovery./ photo by Jason Sandford

The Long Road Back: A post-pandemic Asheville faces daunting return

From budding artists to the tapas bars, here are predictions for how the pillars of Asheville’s once-thriving economy could fare.

by April 20, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Photo courtesy of East Fork Pottery in Asheville.

East Fork Pottery launches pandemic pottery raffle series to aid hardest hit

The beneficiary of the first raffle will be Haywood Street Congregation. The fundraising goal: $20,000.

by April 19, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Smoky Park Dunkin’ shop remodeled, Bottle Riot offers online ordering, more Asheville food news

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Smoky Park Dunkin’ shop remodeled, Bottle Riot offers online ordering, more Asheville food news

Also, Asheville Chef Katie Button continues to call for federal aid specifically targeting independent restaurants, and more.

by April 19, 2020 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Mission Hospital to hold coronavirus public forum Monday

Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Mission Hospital to hold coronavirus public forum Monday

Also, the One Buncombe emergency relief fund for Asheville and Buncombe County has topped $1 million in donations, and more.

by April 18, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
An empty downtown Asheville, midmorning, late March./ photo by Jason Sandford

McCall: It’s time to face the reality of an Asheville without tourists

With the city’s tourism industry in stasis, local small business owners must start getting creative, while local residents should consider doubling down on the “buy local” movement, McCall writes.

by April 14, 2020 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Curbside ice cream at The Hop, Sunny Point Cafe reopens with to-go menu

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Curbside ice cream at The Hop, Sunny Point Cafe reopens with to-go menu

Also, in case you missed it, the James Beard Award nominations have been postponed (there are several Asheville chefs in the running) and more.

by April 11, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Second COVID-19 death in Buncombe County reported

Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Second COVID-19 death in Buncombe County reported

Also, the Asheville Ballet has announced it is canceling a concert during its main season for the first time in its 60-year history.

by April 11, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Hot Sheet: WLOS television news anchorwoman Darcel Grimes is OK

Ashvegas Hot Sheet: WLOS television news anchorwoman Darcel Grimes is OK

Also, Asheville area photographer Mike Belleme documents Western North Carolina residents’ response to the coronavirus outbreak for Rolling Stone magazine, and more.

by April 10, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Buncombe County ‘stay home, stay safe’ order extended indefinitely

Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Buncombe County ‘stay home, stay safe’ order extended indefinitely

Also, a list of more great COVID-19 resources from Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville, Asheville Grown Business Alliance and the local law firm Allen Stahl + Kilborne.

by April 10, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Asheville stores install Plexiglass shields

Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Asheville stores install Plexiglass shields

Also, greeting card and gift shop Whist has a bunch of fun puzzle for sale this weekend, as does local toy store Dancing Bear.

by April 9, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Updated: The best list for Asheville restaurant takeout, delivery

Updated: The best list for Asheville restaurant takeout, delivery

The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s updated google doc of restaurant takeout, delivery and more.

by April 9, 2020 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville converted to homeless shelter

Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville converted to homeless shelter

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by April 9, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: N.C. hotels authorized to provide housing alternatives during COVID-19 outbreak

Ashvegas Virus Hot Sheet: N.C. hotels authorized to provide housing alternatives during COVID-19 outbreak

Also, ASAP has an interim farmers market up and running every Thursday and Saturday on the campus of A-B Tech, complete with fresh produce and fresh rules for social distancing.

by April 8, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
A collection of portraits taken by Asheville photographer Rachael McIntosh in recent weeks as part of a project where she's shooting family portraits on people's porches during this season of pandemic. She calls the project Asheville 6ft Apart./ photo courtesy of Rachel McIntosh

Asheville photographer captures pandemic in porch portraits from 6 feet away

Rachel McIntosh hopes to photograph 500 families as part of her portraiture series, which she is called Asheville 6ft Apart.

by April 2, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Earth Fare grocery store at Westgate Shopping Center./ photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville organic grocer Earth Fare is returning

If the plans come to fruition, it would be a stunning resurrection of an Asheville-born brand that suddenly announced the closure of all 50 of its stores in February.

by March 26, 2020 2 comments Asheville News
Antony Chiang, CEO of Dogwood Health Trust, the foundation that was created out of the sale of Mission Health to HCA Healthcare.

Dogwood Health Trust CEO: We’re fighting to flatten the curve; stay home

Dogwood Health Trust’s investment to battle COVID-19 so far: $10 million.

by March 25, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Haywood Street, downtown Asheville, March 2020./ photo by Jason Sandford

Hanrahan: In downtown Asheville, so much has changed so quickly during coronavirus outbreak

The streets belonged to the unhoused poor, gathered in clusters here and there or walking alone, burdened with heavy bundles and unmet needs.

by March 19, 2020 0 comments Asheville News, Opinion
Christy Lynn

Christy Lynn Band in Asheville set to celebrate ‘Sweetheart of the Radio’ album release

The Christy Lynn Band will celebrate the release of their debut album, “Sweetheart of the Radio,” on Thursday at The Mothlight in West Asheville, along with Brody Hunt & The Handfulls.

by March 10, 2020 0 comments Asheville Music
A group of Mission Hospital nurses and their supporters rallied in downtown Asheville on Sunday afternoon to show their support of the nurses effort to unionize./ photo by Jason Sandford

Mission Hospital nurses rally as unionization vote nears

Mission Hospital registered nurses will vote by secret ballot in the next 20 days or so on whether to join the National Nurses United union.

by March 8, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Songs From the Road Band: Mark Schimick, James Schlender, Charles R. Humphrey III and Sam Wharton.

Songcraft centers Songs From the Road Band

Songs From the Road Band will play a rare Asheville show at the The Funkatorium on March 14. The Wooks, a hot band out of Lexington, Ky., will open the 8 p.m. show.

by March 3, 2020 0 comments Asheville Music
Bernie Sanders: Mission Health nurses are unionizing, and I applaud them

Bernie Sanders: Mission Health nurses are unionizing, and I applaud them

Word of the unionization effort at Mission Health follows a recent public outcry over deteriorating work conditions at the hospital, which was recently purchased by HCA Healthcare.

by February 28, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
From ‘pit of despair’ to ‘civic plaza’; concepts presented for Haywood-Page lot development

From ‘pit of despair’ to ‘civic plaza’; concepts presented for Haywood-Page lot development

Development on the property may include housing, a restaurant or office space to help cover the annual cost of maintaining the park components, according to plans presented.

by February 20, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
News obit: Bruce Elliston, founder of Asheville Family Health Centers, dies

News obit: Bruce Elliston, founder of Asheville Family Health Centers, dies

Bruce Elliston was the first faculty member at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, a center that has helped train countless health professionals in the mountains.

by February 19, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Asheville River Arts District mixed-use project, including hotel, gets moving

Asheville River Arts District mixed-use project, including hotel, gets moving

The project calls for a mix of uses, includes space for artists, two restaurants and a 70-room hotel.

by February 18, 2020 0 comments Asheville News
Your Feet’s Too Big! Cabaret show set for Feb. 29 in Hendersonville

Your Feet’s Too Big! Cabaret show set for Feb. 29 in Hendersonville

The one-night-only show will be staged in the recently renovated Center for Art & Entertainment in Hendersonville.

by February 17, 2020 0 comments Asheville events
LEAF Community Arts marks milestone with new home, new name

LEAF Community Arts marks milestone with new home, new name

The new LEAF Global Arts Center is set for a Feb. 14 opening.

by January 18, 2020 0 comments Asheville News