Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Friday, November 27, 2020
2020 Harvest Conference Recordings Available
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Harvest
                                                          Conference
                                                          Recordings
We’re thrilled to announce that the six incredible workshops from our 7th Annual Harvest Conference are now available for purchase!
Cherokee
                                                          Foods
                                                          Speakers
Cherokee Foods: Gathering & Wildcrafting
with Amy Walker, Mary Crowe, Tyson Sampson and Charles E. Taylor

Cherokee Foods: Cultivating Traditional Food
with Amy Walker, Mary Crowe, Tyson Sampson and Charles E. Taylor

Farm Business: The NC Hemp Industry
with Cee Stanley of Green Heffa Farms

Farm Business: Brand Your Small Farm for Fundraising Success
with Cee Stanley of Green Heffa Farms

Herbal Tonics: Spring & Summer Seasonal Tonics
with Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Herbal Tonics: Fall & Winter Seasonal Tonics
with Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Asheville Art Museum Calling Families for Survey
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Calling all families! If you visit the Museum with children and/or participate in the Museum’s family programs (or plan to in the future), we want to hear from you. As we continue with virtual and small-group, in-person family programs, we need your feedback to create a model that will work for you this winter and spring. We’re giving away a FREE guest pass to one of the first 50 people to fill out the survey.
Free Webinar: Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Want to catch up on your Native knowledge? As of Monday, November 1st, SVM’s online discussion of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, with a special presenation by Catawba teacher and artist Roo George-Warren, will be public on YouTube. In this discussion, Roo explains some foundational ways of understanding the long history of Indigenous culture, explores the complexities of Native citizenship and blood quantum, and talks about how Native voices can be supported today.  Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDt2CdrChYE&t=84s&mc_cid=18aca97aae&mc_eid=ee3f47ab42
November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing w/ Buncombe County Libraries
Nov 27 all-day
Buncombe Public Libraries

The Perfect Turkey

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.  Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, the Buncombe County Public Library wants to support you in your endeavors. Join us for the following events to keep you invigorated and motivated.

All events are free, but you do need to register. To sign up, visit the Library’s event calendar and click on the event on the calendar.

You Wrote a Novel, So Now What?
Thursday November 5 at 5pm

What will you do on December 1 when you finish NaNoWriMo and have a book that’s ready to get out into the world? In this webinar BiblioLabs Community Engagement Manager, Emily Gooding, will show you how to format your novel by using the PressBooks resource available to you for FREE from the library.  You will also learn how you can submit your novel to the Indie Author Project and have a digital version of your novel available to readers in the  Library!

Celebrate Indie Author Day
November 7

More info available on the Buncombe County events calendar soon.

Come Write In Virtually with BCPL Librarians Who are Also Writing Novels This Month!
Friday November 13 at 4 pm and Wednesday November 18 at 7 pm

We’ll have two virtual Write Ins and would love to write with you in a Zoom Room while our cats meow in the background.  We’ll have some prompts but mostly this will be a time to awkwardly write in front of your camera while strangers on the call do the same.  Just kidding – we’ll have a blast!

Join the library’s Creative Writing Group Online
Friday November 20 at 3 pm

This monthly group meets on Zoom where we do several rounds of writing and reading our writing to each other. Our focus is creating a supportive and fun environment through writing exercises and discussions.  You are welcome but not required to bring a 300-500 word piece of original writing.

Be Inspired by Local and National Authors
Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm

Join us via Zoom on November 19  to celebrate the release of The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas as she’s joined in conversation by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate. Sarah and Lisa will chat about inspiration, writing, and their latest stories. The event hosted by Sassafras on Sutton and the Black Mountain Library will include giveaways and time for Q&A. Join us for a great evening of historical fiction! Registration is Limited!

Join Our NaNoWriMo Message board
Anytime

Join our BCPL_Nanowrimo Message Board on the NaNoWriMo Forums. https://forums.nanowrimo.org/

Any questions? Contact your friendly neighborhood library or email [email protected]

Smith-McDowell Museum: Visit Virtually
Nov 27 all-day
Online
Deep Dive into Archives is a living exhibit shining a light on the individuals who were once enslaved at the Smith-McDowell House through primary documentation.
View the Deep Dive Living Exhibit
Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect presents a look at Ellington’s iconic Asheville creations along with other buildings he completed throughout his career in other cities.
HillBilly Land explores the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day.
In 1918 vs 2020, we take an in-depth look at the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western North Carolina through newspaper clippings, advertisements, ephemera, photographs, and oral history and place the events of 1918 into context with our present-day response to the coronavirus pandemic.
View the Exhibits
Stories of Ordinary Objects w/ Smith-McDowell Museum
Nov 27 all-day
Online

Wooden Shoe Lasts

The last is the soul of a shoe. Apart from selecting the leather, there are few elements of the shoemaking process that are more impactful on the end result than the crafting of a last. Originally hand carved by cordwainers, i.e. bespoke shoemakers, using hardwoods like maple or beech, most lasts today are made up of a high-density plastic that is 100% recyclable and more suited for mass production.

For several hundred years – if not longer – the foot-shaped last has been an essential tool of the shoemaker’s trade. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the word ‘last’ is derived from the Old English ‘læste’, meaning ‘to follow’.

Today, we are used to seeing a pair of lasts, closely resembling a left and right foot. However, as late as the 1850s, most shoes were made on absolutely straight lasts, with no recognizable difference between the two shoes.

Read more about the life of a shoemaker named George Morris, who was enslaved by the Smith family, in our Deep Dive into Archives virtual exhibit.

George, Louisa, and William Morris

YWCA Enrolling Full-time School Age Remote Learners
Nov 27 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
YWCA Justice Center

Since the onset of the pandemic in March, the YWCA of Asheville has been flexible and sensitive to the needs of our families as they arise. We closed our doors to the public from March–June to provide children of medical professionals and other essential workers with no-cost child care; now we continue to adapt.

We have opened a school-age classroom and are now enrolling children in grades Kindergarten-5th who are learning virtually. They will have access to a safe, learning environment, with WiFi access, meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack), outdoor activities, and crafts while guardians work. We accept vouchers for this program.

Fees are $433 per month, Priority will be given to families that qualify for
vouchers and subsidies OR who have no alternative childcare options.
We accept Child Care vouchers.
*At this time we are only enrolling full-time attendance.

2021 Mission Accelerator Program
Nov 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Blue Ridge Community College
Registration is Open for the 2021 Mission Accelerator Program
Mission Acceleration is designed by entrepreneurs to help for-profit, family owned, and nonprofit businesses innovate and increase profitability in 2021. If you approach the business the same way as you did in 2020, it will limit future profit growth. Now is the time to innovate with cutting edge best practices in business management, leadership, planning, branding, marketing, sales, accounting, purchasing, raising capital, information technology, human resources, time management, new business development, operations and distribution. The Program will help you identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in each department of your company to track, monitor and accelerate the success of your business. Peter Drucker said, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.”
The January 6 – May 19, 2021 program will begin at 8 A.M. at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and will end at 12:30 P.M. The Tuition is $295. Deadline for registration is January 4, 2021.
For more information, e-mail M.C. Gaylord at [email protected].
Smith-McDowell House Museum Open for Reserved Tours
Nov 27 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Smith-McDowell House Museum
VISIT US! To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, we will reopen for timed, private, self-guided, pre-booked tours of the historic Smith-McDowell House and Western North Carolina exhibit rooms.

Tours are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis:

Wednesday – Saturday
10:30 AM
12:00 PM
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

Tour reservations last for 1 hour to allow time for cleaning between groups.

All visitors, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks while inside the building.

Act Out: Aesop’s Fables Ages 8-9
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm
Online

Act Out: Aesop's Fables

Have you ever wanted to use your voice, body, and imagination to say something you believe in?! Then this is the class for you! Each day we will warm up our bodies, voices, and imagination and work together to create an original skit with movement based on one of Aesop’s Fables! Our final class session will be recorded and shared with friends and families.

Act Out: Original Fairy Tales For ages 10-12
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm
Online

Act Out: Original Fairy Tales

For ages 10-12 * Taught by Amanda Klinikowski

Over the course of seven weeks, students will use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to come up with their own characters and create a short, original Fairy Tale. We will use class time to warm up, play theatre games, and collaboratively create our dialogue for our story which will be recorded on the final day of class and shared with families before the holidays.

 

Improv I: The Basics of Inspired Improvisation
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 14 @ 7:45 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

This class will be offered in person on the ACT Mainstage, following all the recommended protocols for safety and sanitation. Limited to 8 students. In person classes are 50 minutes with an added 10 minutes for temperature checks. For ages 18+.

Incorporating aspects of the top improv programs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, this course covers the fundamentals of improvisational acting with an emphasis on comedy; such as listening, commitment, adding information, agreement, intuitive reaction over desperate invention, as well as recognizing and capitalizing on emerging patterns. The class is crafted in such a way to have participants gradually gain their improv instincts through enjoyable and achievable exercises rather than teaching them the taste of disappointment and frustration. Students will gain experience and confidence in unscripted comedic performance through a series of improvised stories, scenes, and group structures; all done from a safe distance.

Improv II: Beyond the Basics – Learning to Fly Adult Theatre Class
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 15 @ 7:45 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

This class will be offered in person on the ACT Mainstage, following all the recommended protocols for safety and sanitation. Limited to 8 students. In person classes are 50 minutes with an added 10 minutes for temperature checks. For ages 18+.

Improv II reinforces all of the skills learned in Improv I by applying those skills to advanced scene work, character creation structures, and at times intentionally conflict-filled scenarios. Beyond Basic will encourage students to no longer be bound by the rules of improv but to swing freely and see that the strategies are not restricting but sound instincts. A sense of play is as important as proper technique. Students will gain further experience and confidence in unscripted comedic performance through more-involved improvised stories, scenes, and group structures; again all done from a safe distance.

PREREQUISITE: Improv I or extensive improv experience (*must be pre-approved by instructor)

Saturday, November 28, 2020
2020 Harvest Conference Recordings Available
Nov 28 all-day
Online
Harvest
                                                          Conference
                                                          Recordings
We’re thrilled to announce that the six incredible workshops from our 7th Annual Harvest Conference are now available for purchase!
Cherokee
                                                          Foods
                                                          Speakers
Cherokee Foods: Gathering & Wildcrafting
with Amy Walker, Mary Crowe, Tyson Sampson and Charles E. Taylor

Cherokee Foods: Cultivating Traditional Food
with Amy Walker, Mary Crowe, Tyson Sampson and Charles E. Taylor

Farm Business: The NC Hemp Industry
with Cee Stanley of Green Heffa Farms

Farm Business: Brand Your Small Farm for Fundraising Success
with Cee Stanley of Green Heffa Farms

Herbal Tonics: Spring & Summer Seasonal Tonics
with Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Herbal Tonics: Fall & Winter Seasonal Tonics
with Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Asheville Art Museum Calling Families for Survey
Nov 28 all-day
Online

Calling all families! If you visit the Museum with children and/or participate in the Museum’s family programs (or plan to in the future), we want to hear from you. As we continue with virtual and small-group, in-person family programs, we need your feedback to create a model that will work for you this winter and spring. We’re giving away a FREE guest pass to one of the first 50 people to fill out the survey.
Farm Beginnings Journey Person Program
Nov 28 all-day
Online

When you are a beginning farmer, there are so many new things you are learning and managing each day, from crops, pests, markets and equipment.
The Journeyperson program will offer additional trainings on enterprise analysis, marketing and improving farm communication among team members and owners. Invest in the long term success and viability of your farm business. Applications open now, deadline November 15th, 2020. 
Free Webinar: Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Nov 28 all-day
Online
Want to catch up on your Native knowledge? As of Monday, November 1st, SVM’s online discussion of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, with a special presenation by Catawba teacher and artist Roo George-Warren, will be public on YouTube. In this discussion, Roo explains some foundational ways of understanding the long history of Indigenous culture, explores the complexities of Native citizenship and blood quantum, and talks about how Native voices can be supported today.  Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDt2CdrChYE&t=84s&mc_cid=18aca97aae&mc_eid=ee3f47ab42
November is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing w/ Buncombe County Libraries
Nov 28 all-day
Buncombe Public Libraries

The Perfect Turkey

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.  Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, the Buncombe County Public Library wants to support you in your endeavors. Join us for the following events to keep you invigorated and motivated.

All events are free, but you do need to register. To sign up, visit the Library’s event calendar and click on the event on the calendar.

You Wrote a Novel, So Now What?
Thursday November 5 at 5pm

What will you do on December 1 when you finish NaNoWriMo and have a book that’s ready to get out into the world? In this webinar BiblioLabs Community Engagement Manager, Emily Gooding, will show you how to format your novel by using the PressBooks resource available to you for FREE from the library.  You will also learn how you can submit your novel to the Indie Author Project and have a digital version of your novel available to readers in the  Library!

Celebrate Indie Author Day
November 7

More info available on the Buncombe County events calendar soon.

Come Write In Virtually with BCPL Librarians Who are Also Writing Novels This Month!
Friday November 13 at 4 pm and Wednesday November 18 at 7 pm

We’ll have two virtual Write Ins and would love to write with you in a Zoom Room while our cats meow in the background.  We’ll have some prompts but mostly this will be a time to awkwardly write in front of your camera while strangers on the call do the same.  Just kidding – we’ll have a blast!

Join the library’s Creative Writing Group Online
Friday November 20 at 3 pm

This monthly group meets on Zoom where we do several rounds of writing and reading our writing to each other. Our focus is creating a supportive and fun environment through writing exercises and discussions.  You are welcome but not required to bring a 300-500 word piece of original writing.

Be Inspired by Local and National Authors
Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm

Join us via Zoom on November 19  to celebrate the release of The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas as she’s joined in conversation by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Wingate. Sarah and Lisa will chat about inspiration, writing, and their latest stories. The event hosted by Sassafras on Sutton and the Black Mountain Library will include giveaways and time for Q&A. Join us for a great evening of historical fiction! Registration is Limited!

Join Our NaNoWriMo Message board
Anytime

Join our BCPL_Nanowrimo Message Board on the NaNoWriMo Forums. https://forums.nanowrimo.org/

Any questions? Contact your friendly neighborhood library or email [email protected]

Smith-McDowell Museum: Visit Virtually
Nov 28 all-day
Online
Deep Dive into Archives is a living exhibit shining a light on the individuals who were once enslaved at the Smith-McDowell House through primary documentation.
View the Deep Dive Living Exhibit
Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect presents a look at Ellington’s iconic Asheville creations along with other buildings he completed throughout his career in other cities.
HillBilly Land explores the power, prevalence, and persistence of the hillbilly stereotype from the days of its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day.
In 1918 vs 2020, we take an in-depth look at the 1918 influenza epidemic in Western North Carolina through newspaper clippings, advertisements, ephemera, photographs, and oral history and place the events of 1918 into context with our present-day response to the coronavirus pandemic.
View the Exhibits
Stories of Ordinary Objects w/ Smith-McDowell Museum
Nov 28 all-day
Online

Wooden Shoe Lasts

The last is the soul of a shoe. Apart from selecting the leather, there are few elements of the shoemaking process that are more impactful on the end result than the crafting of a last. Originally hand carved by cordwainers, i.e. bespoke shoemakers, using hardwoods like maple or beech, most lasts today are made up of a high-density plastic that is 100% recyclable and more suited for mass production.

For several hundred years – if not longer – the foot-shaped last has been an essential tool of the shoemaker’s trade. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the word ‘last’ is derived from the Old English ‘læste’, meaning ‘to follow’.

Today, we are used to seeing a pair of lasts, closely resembling a left and right foot. However, as late as the 1850s, most shoes were made on absolutely straight lasts, with no recognizable difference between the two shoes.

Read more about the life of a shoemaker named George Morris, who was enslaved by the Smith family, in our Deep Dive into Archives virtual exhibit.

George, Louisa, and William Morris