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Shindig on the Green

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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.

 

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Asheville by the Water

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Want to go where the locals go, here in Asheville?  Check out The Bywater, quite literally a couple of minutes away from Applewood Manor Inn.

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.

along the banks of the French Broad River

along the banks of the French Broad River

 

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Opera at Applewood

Montford Park Players Amphitheater

Montford Park Players Amphitheater

I must be the luckiest innkeeper in the world!  Right now, as our fresh breakfast breads are baking, I’m listening to live opera wafting from the kitchen and melding with the rich hints of cinnamon and chocolate goodness escaping from the oven.

You see, one of my staff members, Mr. Dwight Chiles just also happens to be quite an accomplished vocalist and thespian.  He acquired a BA in Music with a concentration in opera, from our local Brevard College.  Turns out, Brevard is not only the renowned “Land of Waterfalls” (as our guests regularly confirm, after hikes through its spectacular trails), but it’s also the land of Don Giovanni and Carmen… at least, as far as Dwight is concerned.

In addition to being a member of the Asheville Lyric Opera, you can also see Dwight perform with the Montford Park Players, at their outdoor, Shakespearean amphitheater which is just blocks away from Applewood.  We highly recommend booking a reservation at the Caribbean fusion restaurant Nine Mile and, then, heading over the to amphitheater for their current show.

When you visit us, feel free to ask me or Larry for tickets.  Also, if you can catch him in the halls (or, better yet, in our piano parlor) Dwight gladly takes song requests!

 

Montford Park Players Amphitheater

 

Dwight Chiles (far right) in the current production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

Dwight Chiles (far right) in the current production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

 

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