Back in July of 2014, 895 folks gathered at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort dressed in white jumpsuits, wigs, glasses, and belts. The crowd delivered a rousing cover of the King’s classic hit, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” before being presented with the official Guinness World Record.
Achieved by Smoky Mountain High School in nearby Sylva on Valentine’s Day 2020, this record-breaking event saw 835 people people hug stuffed animals at once as a way to boost morale and collect toy donations.
Due to pituitary gland damage, by adulthood Hendersonville natives Billy and Benny McCrary weighed 743 lbs. and 723 lbs., respectively. The twins went on to become wrestlers that performed under the name the McGuire Twins. See them in action.
St. Patrick’s Nightmare | Friday, Mar. 17-Saturday, Mar. 18 | Times vary | DSSOLVR, 63 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville | Free | Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with sour apple jello shots, shamrock slushies, Gunther’s Nightmare craft beer, scary movies, and food truck eats.
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.
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.
Saturday, March 18
Therapeutic Slow Flow Yoga | Saturday, March 18 | 10-11 a.m. | Mount Inspiration Apparel, 444 Haywood St., Asheville | $0-$15 suggested donation | All bodies are welcome at this class, which explores meditation, breathwork, and movement.
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.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake Haywood County | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Sky Lanes, 1477 Patton Ave., Asheville | $50-$250 | Have a blast bowling and raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County.
Sunday, March 19
French Cooking | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E. Sondley Dr., Asheville | $85 | Experience culinary joie de vivre while learning to make onion soup, coq au vin, buttered green beans, and crepe Suzette.
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
Totally Rad Trivia | Monday, March 20-Monday, April 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Taproom At Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Ste. 200, Asheville | Free | Impress your friends with your pop culture knowledge for the chance to win Highland Brewing gift cards.
Congaree National Park is just one of the reasons Columbia, SC makes for a great outdoor getaway. | Photo by Forrest Clonts
Here comes the sun, AVL. With winter in our rearview, we’re ready for outdoor adventures filled with fresh air, vitamin D, and good vibes. Feeling a bit of wanderlust as well? A ~2-hour drive from Asheville, Columbia, SC has a lot to offer. Think:
Gourmand opens its doors inside the S&W Market tomorrow. The cheese, charcuterie, and wine shop will replace the Highland Brewing Co. kiosk on the first floor. Tres bien, indeed.
The City of Asheville has several vacancies for its Boards & Commissions, including: Audit Committee, Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee, and Neighborhood Advisory. Applications for this month are due Sunday, April 2. Heads up: after April, applications will deviate from the traditional monthly deadline.
The City of Asheville is seeking input on its Nasty Branch Greenway history and sign project. The city is gathering first-person memories of the neighborhood through a survey that will close Saturday, April 1. Folks can also give input by phone at (828) 232-4564 or email. (WLOS)
Jettie Rae’s will host a Crawfish Boil Sunday, April 2. Occurring at two different times — 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. — the ticketed event includes an unlimited Louisiana-style crawfish boil with andouille sausage, okra, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Beer + wine will be available a la carte.
The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce + Haywood County government are surveying Haywood Co. businesses possibly impacted by the Canton paper mill’s closure. The six-question survey, conducted by local economist Tom Tveidt, aims to determine how far-reaching the impact will be. Complete the survey. (Smoky Mountain News)
Pisgah Legal Services’ An Evening for Kids Deserve Justice event returns to the Salvage Station on Wednesday, May 31 from 4:30-7 p.m. The second annual event will include live music, local bites + drinks, and a silent auction. Proceeds will support children in the community. Get tickets.
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Unfortunately, it looks like we don’t have an official USGAA hurling club… yet. That means the sliotar is in our court (so to speak) and the best way to get your hands on a hurley is by starting your own club. Scope out the future competition, as well as other Gaelic sports, with the USGAA’s interactive map.
Today’s issue was written by Brook.
Editor’s pick: Special thanks to reader Kelly S., who wrote in to tell me about the latest weird pizza creation from Asheville Pizza South: an everything bagel pizza with cream cheese, capers, red onions and smoked salmon. Wowza, does that sound spectacular.
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