Call for Artists from AnTHM/ Monte Vista

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Guests Discover Artful Lodging at The Monte Vista Hotel
Art Director Seeks Local Artwork for Black Mountain’s Historic Hotel
Black Mountain, NC (July 2011) – The recently renovated Monte Vista Hotel now features work by local artists- showcasing the area’s rich culture and heritage.  Owners Sue Conlon and Barney Fitzpatrick named Cappi Macsherry, owner of AnTHM Gallery in Black Mountain, as their art director.  Macsherry has used her talents and eye for vibrant art to adorn the walls of Black Mountain’s historic hotel with works of local and regional artists.  Macsherry is currently seeking additional paintings, photography and mixed media from local and regional artists. 
“Cappi has created a fresh and innovative look for the hotel, and the walls now reflect the talent of our region,” says Conlon.  “Our goal is to maintain the flavor of the past when the hotel was at the heart of what was happening in Black Mountain, while supporting today’s local artist community and enhancing our guests’ experience.”
Macsherry says the art design will change frequently and she’ll seek new artists on an ongoing basis.  Currently featured are the works of Ellen Langford, Keith Spencer, Alicia Chatham and Susan Hanning. 
“There are so many amazing artists in our region and many are relatively unknown,” comments Cappi.  “It’s an honor to bring recognition to this creative region, and I look forward to discovering new works.”
The Monte Vista Hotel has partnered with the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League in offering “First Fridays” – monthly receptions focused around new artists’ debuts.  Each event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and features “Artini” drink specials, appetizers and live music.  The dates for the rest of the year are August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4 and December 2.
Those who have been to AnTHM know that Macsherry has a unique gift of transforming a space.  AnTHM is a contemporary meets folk-rock art gallery with a mix of paintings, folk-art handcrafts, rough-hewn clothing and hand-crafted jewelry pieces --- all entwined together to make the gallery a showpiece of itself.
Conlon and Fitzpatrick recently renovated the Monte Vista Hotel, originally built in 1919 and a jumping off point for those wanting to explore the Swannanoa Valley.  The hotel offers comfortable modern accommodations, dining and a wide variety of thirst-quenchers --- boasting the title of Black Mountain’s only restaurant serving liquor by the glass.  Throughout its history, the hotel has had a special place in the social and civic life of Black Mountain, and Conlon and Fitzpatrick believe that incorporating local and regional artwork will keep true to the hotel’s spirit. 
Artists interested in displaying work at the Monte Vista should contact Cappi Macsherry at 828-419-0049 or  AnTHM Gallery is located at 100.5 West State Street; the Monte Vista Hotel is located at 308 W. State Street.  For more information, visit or

Sourwood Festival Benefit Tuesday

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011


Check out this fun event for Tuesday night at the Monte Vista Hotel!

Tuesday, July 19 at the Monte Vista Hotel
             Black Mountain, NC (July 2011) – The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the 2011 Sourwood Festival with a music tent benefit and gathering at the Monte Vista Hotel, 308 West State St.  Guests will enjoy great hors d'oeuvres, wonderful music, cash bar and raffle prizes.  The event takes place on Tuesday, July 19, 5:30- 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance ($8 for chamber members) and $12 at the door and may be purchased at the Chamber Visitor Center, 201 East State St. and at the Monte Vista Hotel.  All proceeds from the event will be used to offset the costs of the Sourwood Festival music lineup.  Sourwood Festival music is a traditional favorite with many locals and tourists alike.
The Monte Vista Hotel has graciously provided an exciting raffle prize:  an evening out in downtown Black Mountain starting with dinner for two at Palate and one night deluxe accommodations at the hotel.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The drawing will be held on August 14th after the Sourwood Festival. Raffle tickets will be sold at the July 19 event and later at the Chamber, the Monte Vista Hotel, and the Chamber booth at the Sourwood Festival. 
            This year’s thirty-fourth annual festival is Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 and features over 200 booths of arts and crafts, food of all kinds, rides and games for children, and musical acts performing every half hour.  For more information, visit or  Join the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber on Facebook at  Sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information, contact
Gretchen Howard at
Gretchen Howard Public Relations,
828-231-3594 or

Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce to Host
Eleventh Annual “Taste of Black Mountain

            BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC (April 27, 2011)-- The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce will host the eleventh annual “Taste of Black Mountain” on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30- 7 p.m. at White Horse Black Mountain.  The festive atmosphere of the event is a great place to enjoy food, chocolate, wine, beer, goat cheese, yogurt and more -- and even take home a homemade treat for your pet.  Tickets sales will be limited to 200.  They are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. 
            “We’re really excited about this year’s Taste of Black Mountain.  A number of our new restaurants are participating as well as some of the local favorites. ‘Taste’ promises to be very tasty indeed!” says Bob McMurray of the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.  “Come and join us for a wonderful evening of socializing and tasting.”
This year’s participants to date include the Artisan Gourmet Market and Wine Bar, Black Mountain Bistro, Black Mountain Chocolate, Black Mountain Health Food Store, Bone-A-Fide Bakery & Pet Boutique, FRESH Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta, Johnnie’s Catering Company, Highland Brewing Company, Lucky Bamboo CafĂ©, the Madison Inn, Oak House, Okie Dokies Smokehouse, Palate at the Monte Vista, Pisgah Brewing Company, Red Rocker Inn, Round Mountain Creamery, and Thai Basil.
Tickets are available at the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.  White Horse Black Mountain is located at 105-C Montreat Road.  Call 828-669-2300 or visit for more information.

Pottery Class at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Beginning April 19th (and running until May 24th) from 6-8pm the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is hosting a Pottery Class taught by  Annie Singletary

This is an exciting opportunity here in Black Mountain, and all though it is last minute, there is still room to sign up today.
It is a beginning wheel and handbuilding class and will introduce the basics of clay as well as further the skills of  those that have a background working in it. The class will primarily focus on mug, bowl and vase forms.

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at is the time!
For more information and to register call Black Mountain Center for the Arts
225 West State Street
(828) 669-0930

Black Mountain Greenway Challenge at Pisgah

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Pisgah Brewing Company, a local favorite, is hosting the Fourth Annual Black Mountain Greenway Challenge 5k and 10k race this Saturday, April 2nd.  I love this race (and by that I mean I love watching this race) because all of the proceeds go to the Black Mountain Greenways...and I love knowing that one day Black Mountain will be one of those walkable towns connected by beautiful little trails busy with runners, bikers, those going somewhere and others just on a stroll.  It really will exemplify the heart of our little town...connecting people by connecting places (slogan maybe?).

The Greenway will connect and add to existing sections of trails such as the Oaks Trail, Lake Tomahawk, Riverwalk Park Trail (behind Bi-Lo), a portion already along Flat Creek, and a small section joining the Primary and Elementary schools.  The Greenway Commission has already been hard at work this really must see what they are up to.

I was at the race last year cheering on my hubby and many other friends as they crossed the finish line.  It was a blast.   Over 300 runners will be racing but it's not too late for early registration.  You have until Wed. night to register here for the early discount.  Hope to see you...I'll be cheering for ya!!

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Ice Cream Anyone?

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | Posted in , | Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Do you want "the scoop" on the best ice cream scoops in Black Mountain?  I have to say for a small town we have some good options for ice cream, shakes, and gelato...something for everyone.  But no matter how old you get or how refined your palate, there is just nothing better than sitting on a bench smiling at the world with an ice cream cone in your hand.  It makes you feel 5 years old again.

So, here are some places you may find me this spring sitting on a bench dangling my feet and catching the drips of ice cream before they hit the ground...

Dairy King in Black Mountain, or as all the locals call it "The Blue Cone" (why they don't just change their name I don't know) - here you will find a bit of everything you remember from your childhood.  Nothing fancy but  just a wide array of all the goods...a few of our favorites - vanilla dipped in the raspberry (nothing raspberry about it though), an Arctic swirl with whoppers and snickers, and the good ole stand by chocolate with sprinkles.  Bring CASH though...otherwise it's a trip to the ATM.  

Kilwin's Chocolate, Fudge, and Ice Cream - this is the new kid on the block.  I swear the smell of the homemade fudge beckons you from across the street.  Here you will find a bit more premium ice cream as well as loads of other decadent treats.

Chocolate Gems has my personal favorite...Gelato!  It is divine...and they always have surprising flavors.    A perfect afternoon treat...and just healthy enough to justify taking a truffle for the road (they are amazing!)

Duke's Hot Dogs - really good ice cream shakes...just like I remember from that 50's diner I used to go to as a kid (not the real 1950's diners...I'm not that old...not that that is old - insert smiley face)

I'd love to hear your favorites...

Nanci's Top 5 Things to do in Black Mountain

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | Posted in , | Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011


Purse Pixie
Nanci, the creator/writer of the great Purse Pixie blog, gave me her top 5 in Black Mountain....

1. Chicken Flautas or a Quesadilla Al Gusto at Ole's Guacamoles - One of my very favorite restaurants also...we went there this weekend and it was perfection!

2. Getting a beer and sitting around the fire at Pisgah Brewing Company with my friends and my dog. NYWCXMRZ3MFN

3. Playing disc golf at the Black Mountain Rec Park  - This weekend was the perfect weather too for a little playing in the park.

4. Checking out the unbelievable condiment section at Amazing Savings. Anything a normal grocery store doesn't have, Amazing Savings probably will! - The store just got a fresh new look must go check it out!

5. Making my car a spa date at the Detail Shop. Cleaning, oil change, inspection-they do it all. George and his crew do a wonderful job and my car always looks great!
Nice ones Nanci...thank you!  And what a great time of year to get your car looks like after Tuesday the weather will be nice and sunny for a while which means a beautiful detail job won't go to waste!