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:

-Local craft beer fans are awaiting the opening of Burial Beer’s second location over off London Road is planning to open? The location for Burial’s Forestry Camp Brewhouse, a 1.4-acre tract with six buildings at 16 Shady Oak Drive, was announced in January 2016. Permits for construction work were pulled in March 2016, and an ABC commercial brewing application was pulled in June of last year. The $1.8 million project, as announced, would created 17 new jobs and included a taproom and the ability for Burial to dramatically increase brewing, with future plans calling for an urban farm, restaurant and outdoor event venue. Burial Beer received taxpayer dollars for its project: $30,000 from the city of Asheville and $16,795 from Buncombe County government. The incentives are based on performance metrics of job creation at specified wages and capital investment. (Incentive payments will not begin until metrics are met and verified.)

-Speaking of Burial Beer, the brewery’s first Moonlit Art Market arrives on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The work of a variety of local artists will be on display and for sale.

-Scorch Fitness is a new gym planning to open at 408 Depot Street in the River Arts District near another new gym, Rebel Strength Rowhouse.

-Underground Fitness is coming to 144 Biltmore Avenue, Suite 002, a location that’s in the same building as Beer City Bicycles.

-Craft Centric, a new bottle shop and taproom is coming 257 Long Shoals Road later this year. The bottle shop plans to stock craft beer, cider, wine and more.

-Local musician Austin Haynes, the son of Asheville City Councilman Brian Haynes, gave City Council candidate Dee Williams the stage on Sunday night at the Xpand Fest afterparty. Watch here.

-The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is hosting a day of free, guided hikes in the blooming Highlands of Roan on June 17. Experience gorgeous views and colorful native flowering plants and shrubs during a variety of outings, suitable for different age, interest, and ability levels.

-A new exhibit in the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies on the campus of Mars Hill College honors the center’s namesake, according to a press release. More:

The exhibit is called “Mr. Speaker: The Life and Career of Liston B. Ramsey.” Ramsey was a native of Madison County and a longtime member of the North Carolina legislature, including several terms as speaker of the state house of representatives. The exhibit contains papers and other artifacts which were donated to Mars Hill University in the early 2000s.

“The impact Mr. Ramsey had, not only on Mars Hill’s campus but also throughout western North Carolina, is unprecedented,” said Patrick Cash, Southern Appalachian Archives Associate and Public History Program Coordinator for the university. “It is easy to believe that this region might look completely different if Mr. Ramsey had not risen to the office he had during his time in the North Carolina General Assembly.”

The exhibit will remain on permanent display in the Ramsey Center, located on the main level of Renfro Library on the Mars Hill campus. Summer hours are Monday-Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.; and by appointment. For more information, contact Patrick Cash at (828) 689-1581 or [email protected].

Jason Sandford

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

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