Fall is Almost Upon Us

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014

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It's mid-August and already beginning to feel a little like fall in Black Mountain. Hard to believe that there is only a month more of summer! 

This summer has been full of fun activities, including the 37th annual Sourwood Festival, Park Rhythms Summer Concert series, and a couple more weeks of Shindig on the Green. We've had plenty of sunshine this summer, with families traveling from storefront to storefront, stopping for a quick ice cream cone and marching up the countless hiking trails of our wonderful mountains. Asheville, yet again, received quite a bit a praise for being a top travel destination. Check out a full list of accolades.


So, with all of the wonder of summer, what does fall in the Asheville area have in store? Leaf season, for one. It's very possible to just stop the list there, as the month of October is an explosion of fiery color sure to delight locals and visitors alike - start checking in for local leaf forecasts in September if you're trying to find the perfect time to visit.

Here are a few other great activities for the fall:

Happy 4th!

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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It’s almost here! Mountain views, good food, and a pervading sense of community, make celebrating the 4th of July in the Asheville area a great choice.  How are you celebrating Independence Day?

If you are in Black Mountain, you may consider joining in for the Downtown Street Dance and Fireworks.  The 96.5 WOXL House Band will perform and food vendors such as Avery’s Hot Dogs, Hey HeyCupcake, MacDaddy’s Lemonade, and Norman’s Ice Cream will be on site. Not to mention games and activities for the kids! All of this will take place from 5-9 p.m., and will close with a flurry of fireworks. Pull out those lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family. See what Black Mountain has to offer this 4th.

If you’re heading to Asheville for the evening of the 4th, make a straight shot for Pack Square Park. Musicians ranging from the indie rock genre to blues will take the stage beginning at 4 p.m. And did I mention FOOD? No short supply on site. The fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Come back to the same place at 7:30 on July 5 for a free concert and long-time favorite, Shindig on the Green.

You may also be dreaming of an unconventional 4th of July celebration. No problem. Everything from firework hikes to art walks are available. Take a look at Asheville's event calendar, and make this 4th of July a memorable one. 

Summer is Here!

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Monday, June 02, 2014

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After a little vacation, Black Mountain Birdie is back in action in "the little town that rocks." It's good to be back!


It's early June right now, and if you're visiting town for the week or just looking for some fun in town... there's something for everyone during the summers in Black Mountain! Here's some of what you have to look forward to in June:

Black Mountain Center for the Arts will be hosting the 8th annual Art in Bloom. This is a great event that will feature art work on loan from area galleries, floral designers' displays, plein air painters and more. June 12-14. Get more details here

Park Rhythms is a town favorite and best of all, it's free. Concerts take place at Lake Tomahawk every Thursday evening, beginning June 26 from 7-9 p.m., and continue until August 14. Bring your picnic blanket and chairs. And by the way - there's food! Check out the full schedule and see which food vendors will be available each week. 

If you're looking for anything from a quick bite to some fresh flowers, the Black Mountain Tailgate Market started back up in May and will go until October from 9 a.m. to noon. Get more info about the vendors here.

Call for Artists from AnTHM/ Monte Vista

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

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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 info@AnTHMgallery.com.  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 www.AnTHMgallery.com or www.themontevistahotel.net.


Sourwood Festival Benefit Tuesday

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

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

SOURWOOD FESTIVAL MUSIC TENT BENEFIT
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 www.sourwoodfestival.com or www.exploreblackmountain.com.  Join the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackMountainSwannanoaNC.  Sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information, contact
Gretchen Howard at
Gretchen Howard Public Relations,
828-231-3594 or
gretchen@ghpr.net.



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 exploreblackmountain.com for more information.

Pottery Class at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

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

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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 clay...now is the time!
For more information and to register call Black Mountain Center for the Arts
225 West State Street
(828) 669-0930