McCormick Field has been around since 1924 and sits at the edge of downtown Asheville. | Photo courtesy of the Asheville Tourists
Asheville City Council has committed to funding $20 million worth of repairs and upgrades to McCormick Field over the next 20 years. This resolution was adopted unanimously at City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, March 14.
This arrangement has arrived just in the nick of time for the Asheville Tourists. As we reported in December 2022, the Major League Baseball organization has given the Asheville Tourists until Saturday, April 1 to secure a funding plan for McCormick Field. Without a plan, the MLB has stated it will make plans to relocate the team for the 2024 season.
So, how exactly will all this funding shake out? Here are the broad strokes of the city’s resolution:
Over the next 20 years, the city will pay up to $1 million annually to support facility renovations.
The Asheville Tourists will also commit to a 20-year lease, investing a minimum of $75,000 in capital improvements to the facility per year, plus $450,000 annually in lease payments. (In the current lease, the Asheville Tourists pay only $1 per year)
Once renovated, the facility will be multi-purpose and host events beyond Tourists baseball games.
The Asheville Tourists will also handle their own parking operations, rescind a request for additional fireworks nights, and continue to follow the city’s noise ordinance.
Why did the city choose to support these repairs?
Long story short, the economy. The city has cited that the Asheville Tourists bring in $9.8 million to Buncombe County annually and that the team’s presence also supports the vitality of South Slope businesses.
What are the next steps?
The city’s funding is just one piece of the puzzle, reportsAsheville Citizen-Times. On Tuesday, March 21, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote on a $250,000 annual commitment that would support renovations over the next 20 years.
Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl | Friday, Mar. 17-Saturday, Mar. 18 | 4 p.m.-12 a.m. | Catawba Brewing Co., 32 Banks Ave. | $20-25 | Drink from breweries all over the South Slope at this sixth annual bar crawl.
The Vagina Monologues | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $25-$35 | All of the proceeds of this iconic production’s ticket sales go to support local nonprofit Helpmate of Asheville.
St. Patty’s Makers Market | Friday, Mar. 17 | 3-7 p.m. | French Broad Brewing, 101 Fairview Rd., Asheville | Free | Celebrate St. Patty’s and shop from local artists and vendors.
Saturday, March 18
Intertribal Market | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 12-5 p.m. | 46 Aston St., Asheville | Free | Shop wares from Indigenous creators.
Spring Equinox – Reiki & Sound Event | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $18 | Ring in spring with a sound healing and reiki experience — tea and taro will follow the ceremony.
Red Clay Revival | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr., Asheville | $10-$12 | Enjoy an evening of Americana and roots-inspired original tunes from this local band.
Sunday, March 19
2023 UNC Asheville Annual Pi(e) Run | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 3:14 p.m. | UNC Asheville Quad, 1 University Heights, Asheville | $10-$20 | Run or walk (or skip or trot) 3.14-miles in honor of Pi Day at this annual fun run.
Monday, March 20
Settlers of Catan Tournament | Monday, Mar. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Well Played Board Game Cafe, 162 Coxe Ave. #101, Asheville | $7 | Put your strategy skills to the test at this board game tournament.
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Behind this door, you’ll find happiness + hydration. | Photo by AVLtoday
Whether you’re still recovering from the holidays or you’re a jet-setter with jet lag, you may need a rejuvenating pick-me-up. City Editor Brook here, and the personalized IV Hydration Drip at Hydrate Medical left me feeling revitalized and ready to take on the world. Read along to find out how you can Try This.
What we tried:
I arrived at Hydration Medical Asheville (190 Hendersonville Rd.) on a Saturday morning in February. I was already fighting a cold, and — after bidding adieu to Dry January the night before — I wasn’t feeling great. Their staff helped me choose the Myer’s Cocktail ($119) with antioxidant glutathione added. The cocktail’s magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, and Vitamin C boosted my immune system, and the added glutathione supported my liver.
I was set up in a cozy, private room for one. After having my blood pressure checked, my IV drip began. Pro tip: There are multiple rooms + some can accommodate up to seven people. The dim lights and soft music made the experience super relaxing, and I left feeling significantly better than I did when I arrived.*
Montford Deli reopened at its new and improved location yesterday, March 15. The counter-service and drive-thru joint is located at 1461 Merrimon Ave. and has expanded its selection of sandwiches, burgers, and desserts. It’s open every day besides Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
M & T Distilling, Hendersonville’s first moonshine distillery, will have its grand opening on Saturday, April 1. The business has actually been open since November, but hasn’t officially celebrated with the community yet. Stop by 711 Maple St. to sample seven different flavors + see the distillery process up close. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
There will be a job fair in Canton today, March 16 from 12 to 7 p.m. Companies including Harrah’s Cherokee, GE Aerospace, Premier Magnesia, and many others will attend — they hope to connect with folks who anticipate losing their job as a result of the paper mill closure. See more employers.
Looking for somewhere to watch UNC Asheville in the first round of the NCAA tournament? Bear’s Smokehouse is hosting a watch party today, March 16 at 135 Coxe Ave. The kitchen will be open until the 10 p.m. tip off and the bar will run specials until the final buzzer.
Highland Brewing is hosting the Aleblazers Beer Fest this Saturday, March 18. The festival celebrates trailblazers in North Carolina’s craft beer industry and will include appearances from 25+ breweries, as well as music and games. Tickets start at $55.
The Buncombe County Special Collections is celebrating Women’s History Month with a display of artifacts from WNC women, including photographs, diaries, letters, and books. The drop-in event happens next Tuesday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Asheville-based poet and doctor Celeste Lipkes has published her first book of poetry “Radium Girl.” As part of the release, she’ll appear at Malaprops on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. for a book signing and conversation with author Joanna Pearson. Congrats, Celeste.
The AC Reynolds High School Symphonic Band is preparing for the concert of a lifetime. On Monday, April 3, 51 students will perform at Carnegie Hall, opening for the Masterwork Festival Chorus and the New York City Chamber Orchestra. (Mountain Xpress)
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Hoseok Youn with his work. | Photo courtesy of NC Glass Center
Since mid-February, visiting glass artist Hoseok Youn has been stationed at the NC Glass Center in the River Arts District, transforming lava-hot melted glass into intricate, imaginative, and incredibly precise figures.
As part of the NC Glass Center‘s new artist in residence program, Youn will be in Asheville through Saturday, March 25. While he’s here, locals have at least two opportunities to learn more about Youn’s glassblowing:
On Tuesday, March 21, he will present an artist talk from 6-8 p.m. at the Wedge - Foundation. His glass art will be on display and he’ll share stories about his work, which is largely inspired by the Medieval period.
You can also see his glassblowing in action at a public hot shop demo on Friday, March 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Up to 12 guests will be allowed at a time — seating is first-come, first-serve.
Today’s issue was written by Laura.
Editor’s pick: This post from Haywood Common sums up exactly how I’m feeling about this resurgence of chilly weather. Fool’s Spring gets me everytime.
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