A Guide to Hendersonville, NC
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Chihuly at Biltmore
May 17 – Oct 7 all-day

Event Type: Local Event
Event Category: Art & Culture,Family
Contact: Biltmore
Contact Phone: 800-411-3812
Link: http://www.biltmore.com/

Chihuly at Biltmore represents the first art exhibition in Biltmore’s historic gardens, and the first garden exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s works in North Carolina. The world-renowned American artist’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, and now, for a limited time only, they can be seen at Biltmore. Immerse yourself in this unique visual experience, an absolute must-see presentation of unparalleled artistic expression.

Dazzling in daylight, the exhibition takes on an entirely new dimension when viewed after nightfall; experience the brilliance and beauty of these awe-inspiring marvels of color, form, and light.

Included with daytime admission, Chihuly at Biltmore showcases breathtaking large-scale glass sculptures in an equally breathtaking setting: the historic gardens of America’s Largest Home®. The vibrant colors and organic shapes that distinguish Chihuly’s creations are captivating presented within Biltmore’s artfully designed landscapes; the sculptures’ placement offers an intriguing juxtaposition of the master works of two consummate artists—premier American artist Dale Chihuly and revered Biltmore landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted.

Plaster Masters Lab with Alex Irvine and Nick Moen @ Odyssey ClayWorks
May 21 – May 25 all-day

5-Day Workshop
May 21-25
Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm

This workshop will be co-taught by two of Asheville most exciting mold-makers, Alex Irvine and Nick Moen. Alex specializes in solid clay forming methods while Nick primarily uses hollow masters as the basis for his molds. Together these two dynamic personalities bring a wide range of ceramic molding and casting experience to the table. Projects and demonstrations will begin with the basics, from weighing and mixing plaster to simple one-piece molds. Building on this knowledge, you will learn to create multi-part molds for casting complex forms. With plenty of studio time throughout the week, you will leave will several molds that you can use for years to come and the ability to cast nearly any object in clay.

Level: All Levels
Tuition $595 + $50 Lab Fee

Biltmore Blooms
May 24 all-day

Event Type: Local Event
Event Category: Family
Contact: Biltmore
Contact Phone: (800) 411- 3812
Link: http://www.biltmore.com/

Biltmore’s gardens are alive with color as spring arrives. Stunning floral displays – featuring nearly 100,000 tulips – across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering wine seminars.  Admire the progression of blossoms throughout all the gardens this spring, ranging from daffodils and stunning tulips to beautiful azaleas and fragrant roses.

Earth Skin by Trish Salmon and Crystal Allen @ NC Arboretum
May 24 all-day

arth Skin is based upon the forms and textures of the earth using inspiration from aerial photography of Western North Carolina and topographical maps of local areas, including Pisgah National Forest and Balsam Range. Created by ceramic artists Trish Salmon and Crystal Allen, Earth Skin includes wall structures and pieces designed for mantles, shelves and tables. All works are available for purchase and a portion of the sales will be donated to The North Carolina Arboretum Society.

About the Artists

Trish Salmon

Trish has been studying clay for many years through the various classes available to her when she lived in the Atlanta area. Taking classes at Penland was a life changing experience and a turning point in her desire to become a studio ceramicist. She and her husband moved to Western North Carolina in 2007, and she has pursued her claywork full time after her career as a kitchen designer. Immediately after retirement, she enrolled in Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program in clay where she received her Associate’s Degree in 2014. She currently is a member of the Odyssey Coop Gallery in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC. She is also a founding member of Artisans on Main in downtown Weaverville where her studio is and where her work is primarily displayed.

Crystal Allen

Before discovering ceramics, Crystal earned a degree in Graphic Art and Design. She has also taught calligraphy, dabbled in watercolors and and learned how to felt, dye and spin natural fibers from her own llamas and sheep. Most recently, Crystal completed the Professional Crafts: Clay Associates degree at Haywood Community College.  Her pottery is primarily functional, with altered or hand built additions. Her pieces are produced in her studio, one of her favorite places on earth!

Interactions: Porcelain Sculptures & Teapots by Taylor Robenalt
May 24 all-day

Event Type: Local Event
Event Category: Art & Culture
Contact: Grovewood Village
Contact Phone: (828) 253-7651
Link: https://www.grovewood.com/

Grovewood Gallery presents Interactions, an exhibition featuring figurative sculptures and teapots by contemporary ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt, who has drawn attention for her innovative narrative style, using flora and fauna to illustrate emotion. Robenalt’s latest body of work is influenced by her daily interactions between humans, animals and nature. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 5 from 2 – 5pm, with the artist in attendance. Admission is free.

Robenalt received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia in 2011. Since then she has completed artist residencies at Odyssey Clayworks in North Carolina and at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. Aside from her personal work, she has taught ceramics at Auburn University, Columbus State University, and State College of Florida. She is also a co-founder of Ceramic Sculpture Culture, an artists’ collective which works to promote the art of emerging sculptors creating narrative and figurative works in clay.

Smiles of Spring Photo Contest @ Chimney Rock Park
May 24 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

It’s hard not to crack a smile while enjoying amazing views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge from on top of the Chimney. Capture photos of your family and friends enjoying the Park and enter them into our spring photo contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes.  We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
First Place – An overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to Chimney Rock, brunch for two at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours
Second Place – A Chimney Rock prize package including two passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.
People’s Choice – Selected by our Facebook fans, the winning photo will be featured as the cover photo of our Facebook page for two weeks and the cover of our Pinterest board of winning photos. Prize includes two Park admission tickets, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and a $20 gift certificate for Old Time Photo in Chimney Rock Village.

There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken inside Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between March 20, 2018- June 20, 2018. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:

Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page and share our photo contest post on your wall. Then post your photo to our wall with the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words) through your personal Facebook account. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
Pinterest: First, re-pin our photo contest pin to one of your boards and follow our 2017 The Different Seasons of Chimney Rock Spring Photo Contest Board so we can easily contact you. Then pin your photo with the hashtags #chimneyrock AND #photocontest with your personal account, and include the photographer’s name and a brief caption (25-75 words).
Twitter: First, follow Chimney Rock Park and retweet our tweet about the photo contest. Then tweet your photo to @ChimneyRockPark with the photographer’s name and the hashtag #photocontest. Next, send us private messages with your brief photo caption.
E-mail: If you don’t have access to any social media sites listed above, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected]
Snail Mail: Send your print photo with the clearly marked photographer’s name, city & state, a brief typed photo caption and a phone number to: Photo Contest, Chimney Rock Management LLC, PO Box 39, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.

Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption your photo of the Seasons of Chimney Rock, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of a face of Chimney Rock. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be notified and announced  at chimneyrockpark.com and on Chimney Rock’s social media channels.
For more information, call 1-800-277-9611 or email us at [email protected]

Tryon Spring 4 – CSI 3*/Hunter AA/Level 5
May 24 @ 8:00 am – May 27 @ 5:00 pm
Introduction to Golf @ Omni Grove Park Inn
May 24 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Property: Omni Grove Park Inn
Event Type: Hotel Event
Event Category: Family,Recreation,Wellness & Fitness
Contact: Golf Pro Shop ext. 1034
Contact Phone: (800) 438-5800
Link: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/golf

Let our golf professionals open the world of golf to you. This introduction to the game of golf is a clinic that covers the basic rules, etiquette, and the PGA’s of golf (posture, grip, and alignment). Clubs will be provided. Proper golf attire is required. Please sign-up at least one (1) day in advance by calling (800) 438-5800 ext. 1034.

History Tour at Grovewood Village
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Event Type: Local Event
Event Category: Family
Contact: Grovewood Village
Contact Phone: 828.253.7651
Link: https://www.grovewood.com/

Grovewood Village is housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, a noteworthy enterprise in the history of American Craft and textiles, founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. At the height of its success in the late 1920s, Biltmore Industries had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the finest handwoven wool fabric in the country. Orders were shipped as far as China and Uruguay, and customers included the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Helen Keller, and several U.S. presidents and first ladies.

Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a guided history tour, offered Wednesday – Saturday at 1pm during April – November.  The tour includes a visit to our historic Dye House (usually closed to the public), where you’ll peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum next door to Grovewood Gallery.

TOURS ARE FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Private Group Tours
We gladly offer private group tours for a fee. These tours offer the exact same experience as the public tours, only in a private setting. Contact us for rates, and please schedule your group tour at least one week in advance.

Please Note: Our historic Dye House (Biltmore Industries’ production facility) is not handicap accessible or heated. Warm attire on cold days and comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.

Pint Nights at UpCountry Brewing @ Upcountry Brewing
May 24 @ 2:00 pm

Every Thursday in May stop by UpCountry Brewing Company in Asheville for live music and a pint to support the Smokies! You’ll get to keep your pint glass with a cool mountain design, and 10% of sales for each night benefits Friends of the Smokies and the park!

Smokies Social at The Wine & Oyster
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a Smokies Social at The Wine & Oyster in Asheville! The evening is a benefit for Friends of the Smokies and 15% of sales will support projects and programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gentle Yoga @ Omni Grove Park Inn
May 24 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Property: Omni Grove Park Inn
Event Type: Hotel Event
Event Category: Recreation,Wellness & Fitness
Contact: Sports Complex
Contact Phone: (800) 438-5800
Link: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/wellness/fitness-center

This 60 minute class is offered at the Sports Complex. Restorative, progressive stretching and strengthening that helps eliminate chronic pain and tension. This is a safe class for all abilities.

Slippery Slope: Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Tyler-James Anderson @ Odyssey ClayWorks
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Summer Session #1
Thursdays 6:30-9pm
May 24- June 21

Do you feel comfortable with centering and forming pots on the wheel? Do you feel ready to learn more about the possibilities for designing unique surfaces? Tyler will demonstrate many ways of using slip to enhance your pottery forms. The class will feature slip-making basics, slip trailing, and decorating both on the wheel and off.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Tuition: $195 + $30 Lab Fee

True Home Open Mic at Flood Gallery @ Flood Gallery
May 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Uncensored expression: anyone is invited to step up to share song, music, poetry, comedy, rants & raves!

The most eclectic open mic around, in a welcoming gallery setting! 6 pm signup, perform 6:30-8:30 pm.

Addams Family
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Asheville Tourists vs. Greenville Drive @ McCormick Field
May 24 @ 7:05 pm

Come cheer on the Tourists!

City Dance @ Landmark Hal
May 24 @ 7:30 pm

Beginner’s workshop lesson at 7:30 P.M., then 8-11 P.M. Contra Dance with Country Waltzing at the break and the final dance. This is a partner dance but it’s not necessary to come with a partner. We have different live bands and callers.

Contra Dance At The OFB @ Warren Wilson College
May 24 @ 8:00 pm

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

May 24 @ 8:00 pm – May 25 @ 12:00 am

The DESCENDENTS invented pop punk. Overstatement? Perhaps, but spend ten minutes scanning FM or the idiot box and you’re bound to witness a ditty or video that tips its hat to a musical genre that was refined to a high art — if not created outright — by the ‘Dents. Formed in 1978 against the fertile musical backdrop of Los Angeles’ South Bay scene (see: Black Flag, Minutemen, SST Records, etc.), the caffeine-addled crew released their first 7″ single “Ride The Wild” as a trio in 1979. Not long after, the boys recruited one Milo Aukerman (microbiology Ph.D. in waiting and poster boy for adolescent ne’er-do-well alienation) for vocal duties.
Milo’s fervent mic delivery coupled with his knack for hitting the lyrical nail on its heartrending head plunged him headfirst into the band’s fold, and together they released the “FAT” EP in 1981. 1982 saw the release of the stellar “Milo Goes To College,” a penultimate fusion of hooks and heartache which inspired the LA Times to write, “perfect for the little guy who was ever called a nerd and never got the girl… (its) earthy humor conveys what is often an inarticulate rage”. And Milo really did go to college, leaving the practice room for the hallowed halls of higher education. Drummer Bill Stevenson went on to beat the skins for Black Flag while the guys temporarily hung up the DESCENDENTS moniker, only to reunite with Aukerman for 1985’s “I Don’t Want To Grow Up” and 1986’s “Enjoy!”
The two releases comprise the perfect case study in the dualistic, yin/yang nature of the band’s output. While the former is a veritable user’s manual for post-pubescent angst, sizing up the themes of life, love, and uncertainty with infectious wit and dizzying energy, the latter is perhaps most notable for its testaments to the, umm… follies of flatulence. Their cover of the Beach Boy’s “Wendy” on “Enjoy!” is at once familiar and revelatory, the perfect amalgam of pop sensibilities and punk execution that would earn them fans the world over.
With the introduction of new members Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton on bass and guitar respectively, the release of 1987’s “ALL” full-length saw a band that had truly come into its own. While the tongue in cheek delivery remained intact, the music had become at once visceral and from the gut, a complex balance of straightforward delivery (“Clean Sheets”, “Coolidge”) and fringe-y, free jam inflections (“Schizophrenia”, “Uranus”). The band toured incessantly throughout the mid and late ’80s; all that time on the road paid off in spades in the form of two live albums, “Liveage!” and “Hallraker.” And then Milo went back to college. The extant members went on to form the band ALL with ex-Dag Nasty vocalist Dave Smalley, continuing their prodigious musical output while maintaining a hectic tour schedule. It was not until 1996 that we’d see another DESCENDENTS release with “Everything Sucks,” a perfect return to the pop punk form that the band had become known for.
Fast forward to 2003, and lo and behold, the DESCENDENTS are back in the saddle with two new efforts slated for the release in 2004: a four song EP entitled “‘Merican,” and a bona fide full-length LP’s worth of new material that goes by the name “Cool To Be You.” Seeing as how punk is now a household name, and the ubiquitous “girl song” milieu infests the airwaves, will the DESCENDENTS reclaim their title as Kings of the Lovelorn Anthem? Only time will tell, but this much is certain: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the DESCENDENTS must go to sleep with flushed cheeks every night of the week.

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar @ Omni Grove Park Inn
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – May 25 @ 1:00 am

Property: Omni Grove Park Inn
Event Type: Hotel Event
Event Category: Couples,Entertainment
Contact: (800) 438-5800
Contact Phone: (800) 438-5800
Link: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/dining/elaines-dueling-piano-bar

Join the non-stop, rock n’ roll, sing-along party show at Elaine’s! Doors open at 8:00 pm, show starts at 9:00 pm.