June 12, 2014
The arrival of summer beckons both locals and visitors to gather in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park to enjoy an old-fashioned, Appalachian “Shindig on the Green“. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, and dance under the stars to the best blue grass that the region has to offer. The party will start around sundown, at 7:00pm and it is free!
The evening will include traditional music and dance, some planned performances and some informal jams. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in the festivities. It usually ends around 10pm.
This season’s Shindig series start on Saturday, June 28 and continues for most Saturdays in the summer (July 5, 12, 19; August 9, 16, 23, & 30). The only time it does not occur is if it is pouring down rain. Check the “Shindig on the Green” homepage or www.folkheritage.org for scheduling.
Best of all, it’s a short and beautiful walk through the historic district of Montford, to get from Applewood Manor to the Shindig (about a mile takes about 25 to 30 minutes). Perhaps, stop downtown for dinner along the way! You can always ask Larry or me for restaurant ideas and reservations, if possible. In fact they are now selling food at Pack Square Park.
June 6, 2014
Upon first entering The Bywater, you might mistake it for your average bar; however, step out back, and you’ll discover over an acre of sprawling land right next to the French Broad River. Locals often bring along their “best friends” (The Bywater is doggie-friendly) and simple, organic fare to prepare on the Bywater’s plentiful outdoor grills.
So, kick back with some of the best brew that Asheville has to offer and wave to passing kayakers and “tubers” along the river, as you take in a live band (often playing at The Bywater – check their calendar) and a slice of the laid-back locals’ scene. Disclaimer: This experience may lead to sleeping in, wearing flowers in your hair and trading in your former ambitions for a pair of birkenstocks!… lol.