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Calligraphy Conference
Jun 25 – Jul 2 all-day

Warren Wilson College Presents: Calligraphy Conference

Sponsored by Black Mountain Center for the Arts

The 35th international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands, alludes to the hands-on craftsmanship that makes the art of calligraphy so special. These conferences bring together an international collection of fine instructors and suppliers to the trade. Most importantly they are open to people from every skill level, from beginner to master, who have a passion for the lettering arts. If you are a beginner, you will be taking classes from some of the best teachers available, who will give you a wonderful foundation for learning this craft. And if you have more experience, there are many classes that will teach you new hands, new media, and focus on creating great design. Attending is a great way to renew old friendships and start new ones, while building and honing your calligraphy skills.

This conference will be held in the heart of North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. This walkable campus has great classrooms and a cafeteria focused on nutritious, healthy foods. Our temperatures in June are typically a bit cooler than lower altitudes, and nearby Asheville, NC is a favored destination for many travelers.

Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day

It-ology Columbia SC Presents:




Participants will create projects focused on T (technology) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  This camp will use the mBot and Hummingbird with Arduino and Scratch programs.

1301 Gervais St #200, Columbia, SC 29201

Green Space Preview
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all-day
Haywood Street visioning process to kick off with two open houses

The Asheville Design Center will host two open houses on the Haywood Street visioning process this month, creating a creative space focused on function rather than form. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28 on the lobby level of One West Pack Square (former BB&T Building), participants will be asked: What do you want to DO there, not what do you want to SEE there.


At the open houses, people can view a 3D model of the property and other visual aids. They can put sticky notes with their ideas on them up on a wall. They can also go out to the property and play a “Place Game”where they will be asked to evaluate the site in the present, and to conjure future uses, as well.

So come on down. Get creative, share your ideas. Let’s think about how to turn this spot into a great place with lots of uses, inviting for a wide range of people.

Following the two open houses, the City of Asheville and the Asheville Design Center will launch online tools to continue the conversation with more public engagement. And if you can’t make either of these open houses but still want to participate in the process, get in touch with Chris Joyell; he’ll set up a time you can come down to the center and give your feedback. He can be reached at 828-782-7894 or

Well Walkers – Come Join Us
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am

Bon Secours Wellness Arena Presents:

Well Walkers

Well Walkers 2

Step in and escape that South Carolina summer heat and walk the ¼ mile track around the concourse. Parking and admission are free to the public. Whether you’re on your lunch break, a senior, or exercising with a toddler in tow, stop in at your convenience to walk your way to wellness!

Times are 9:00 am – 1:00 pm except when noted otherwise.

A Summer Celebration and the Photographs of Ralph Burns
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am

A Summer Celebration and the Photographs of Ralph Burns

The Asheville Art Museum is thrilled to have one of its travelling exhibitions, Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision, on view at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum through July 24, 2016. The celebration is free and open to the public, and guests will enjoy live music, refreshments and beverages, as well as six different exhibitions currently on view at BRAHM.

Burns has long been recognized as a documentary photographer whose images have captured the diverse and enigmatic nature of ritual and religion, and who has explored the subjective and often defining nature of belief, worship and culture. Like his predecessors — such as Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Frank — Burns uses his cameras to probe a constantly shifting human landscape and to document the public and private aspects of culture and religion in transition, often working at the unclear and overlapping intersection of both. Throughout his career Burns has displayed a continuous and persistent interest in the motivations for worship and ritual while maintaining a compassionate and non-judgmental intimacy with his subjects. He has photographed both collective and individualized manifestations of what he sees as a seemingly irrepressible human need to ritualize loss, love and death, and to formally externalize and codify hope and the desire for transcendence.

The photographs in A Persistence of Vision, which was organized by the Asheville Art Museum in 2014, illuminate Burns’s concerns and interactions: an Elvis fan seemingly keeping vigil over a blanketcovered, bed-ridden Elvis icon in Memphis; a penitent in Mexico carrying the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, strapped awkwardly to his back; a man staring hard into the distance while being prayed over for healing at a Marion apparition site in Georgia; a woman in agonized ecstasy struggling with being baptized in the Jordan River in Israel.

A native of Louisiana and a resident of Asheville since 1975, Burns has travelled great distances to photograph a specific event or religious festival. He has photographed in New Orleans, Asheville and Western North Carolina, the American South, Mexico, Cuba, Israel, England, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan and Europe. Burns is recognized both nationally and internationally, exhibiting his photographs in museums worldwide.

Monday – Saturday    10 am – 5 pm
Sunday*                 1 pm – 5 pm
*(June – October)

Closed most major holidays (including New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day), and Sundays (November-May).

Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am

NEW EXHIBITION! Fashionable Romance:  Wedding Gowns in Film

Cornelia in her wedding dress

Biltmore welcomes a new exhibition exploring centuries of wedding fashion through movie costumes and Vanderbilt family heirlooms. More than 40 award-winning costumes from films set in the years 1645 to 1935 will be displayed in Biltmore House. Wedding gowns from iconic movies including “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Out of Africa” will be featured, paired with floral designs complementing each film’s era. Guests will also see a display featuring stories and objects from 60 years of Vanderbilt-Cecil family weddings, along with the first-ever display of the wedding veil worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan in her marriage to William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt.

Showing Up for Racial Justice
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am

Firestorm Cafe & Books

Showing Up for Racial Justice, Every Tuesday mornings at 10 am

Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome!

Firestorm Cafe & Books
610 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806


White Horse : IRISH JAM followed by OPEN MIC @ White Horse
Jun 28 @ 2:30 pm

White Horse Black Mountain

White Horse :


followed by

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30pm


Our weekly gathering of musicians playing the songs and tunes of Ireland followed by our Open Mic where all are invited to share their musical talents.  The Irish music starts at 6:30pm followed by Open Mic at 8:45pm

White Horse

105c Montreat Road

Black Mountain NC



Mindful Mealtime Support Group
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm

Nutritious Thoughts

Mindful Mealtime Support Group: Ongoing

. This group will be held Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm

. We invite all clients struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating patterns to join our WEEKLY DIETITIAN LED MEALTIME SUPPORT GROUP. This group is designed to assist participants in finding a balanced relationship with food.
$35 per 60 min group

819 Haywood Road / Asheville, NC 28806

Strange Gardens: Julia Barello
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm

Strange Gardens: Julia Barello  

ARTIST BIOJulia Barello is Professor of Art at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. She has exhibited widely across the United States, at such institutions as the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, Museum of Art and Design, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Museum of Contemporary Craft. Her work can be found in multiple permanent collections, including those of the Museum of Art and Design, Mesa Arts Center, Isle Royale Natural History Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Echoview Fiber Mill Tours
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm

Echoview Fiber Mill Tours

Every Tuesday, starting at 1pm, we give free tours of our state-of-the-art fiber processing facility. Come hear our story and see the process of how we take raw fibers and turn them into the high quality yarns and products our customers know and love.

Gaffney Station Farmers’ Market
Jun 28 @ 3:00 pm

Gaffney Station Farmers’ Market

The Gaffney Station Farmers Market is  a great place to shop for locally grown produce.  Located at 500 North Granard Street (directly across the street from the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery), the Gaffney Station Farmers Market will be open from May 30 to October 31 during the following days and times:
• Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
• Saturday mornings from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Children’s Art with Alisa
Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Children’s Art with Alisa

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– Tuesday & Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000,


West Asheville Farmers’ Market
Jun 28 @ 3:30 pm
Live at Aloft
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm

Live at Aloft Hotels

Swing by Air Level throughout the summer, from 4-8 PM for our Live at Aloft Hotels music moments.

Enjoy live music, signature sips, and snacks while taking in spectacular Asheville mountain views.

Each live performance will feature local musicians and will benefit Asheville area charitable organizations.

Evening Elk Tours
Jun 28 @ 5:45 pm

Evening Elk Tours

Evening Elk Eco-Tours
June 1 to 30     5:45 PM to 9:45 PM
$80 per person, 2 person minimum

You can combine our Evening Elk Eco-Tour with our Firefly Night Walk.
Combo Tour 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM
$120 per person, 2 person minimum

Tour times subject to change.
Tours operate rain or shine.* 
*In the event of severe weather that we would deem hazardous, we may cancel your tour.
If tour cancellation is necessary, we endeavor to make notifications by 1:00 PM the day of your tour.

Greenville DOWNTOWN Line Dancing
Jun 28 @ 6:15 pm

Greenville DOWNTOWN Line Dancing

Every Tuesday from 6:15 to 8 pm at Sears Rec Center in McPherson Park (corner of N Main & E Park). Dances are taught in a fun and easy way with a variety of music – Hip Hop, R&B, Rock & Roll, Latin, Country, Shag, Swing. Party dances include Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Bikers Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide. Second hour moves into mainstream dances -Good Time, Tush Push, R&B Boogie and more. No partner or dance knowledge required. Two left feet are fine. Bring your friends and have some fun. Cost – $5 (Greenville City Residents -$4)

Sears Rec Center, 100 E Park Ave, Greenville SC 29601

Old Timey Jam at The Good Stuff
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm

Good Stuff Presents: Old Timey Jam

38 Baileys Branch Rd, Marshall, NC 28753

Kipper’s Totally Rad Trivia
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

Buffalo Nickel Presents:

Kipper Trivia