Introduce your holiday visitors to all that our city has to offer. | Photo by @justintclark
If you’ve got company coming to town for Thanksgiving, playing host can be an intimidating role. Besides preparation for the actual holiday, you’ve got to keep the crew entertained for their whole stay — and after a while, your house may start feeling more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey.
But before you break out the Monopoly board again or start a futile search for some movie that everyone can agree on, we’ve gathered just a few suggestions for showing Asheville off to your out-of-towners.
Share the culinary culture
Unless y’all are just huge fans of leftover sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, you and your guests will want to explore the city’s flavorful fare and delicious drinks. If you’ve got to please a crowd, a local pizza spot is an easy, tasty choice. And by the end of the trip, you’re sure to need some caffeine to keep you going — so take advantage of Asheville’s coffee scene.
Take in some live tunes
Even during the holidays, the city’s musical schedule stays strong. No matter the genre or vibe, you can find a live show at a nearby venue that all your guests will love and let them give a listen to the talent that takes the local stage.
See Asheville on the silver screen
Okay, so we did say earlier that finding a movie that everyone will enjoy is impossible — but when it’s Asheville on the screen, that search becomes a lot easier. You’ll get to rattle off film facts and point out familiar locations, and your guests will get to see the city from a new point of view. Look out for downtown in “Bull Durham” or scenery around Black Mountain in “The Hunger Games.” Plus, the Hallmark premiere of “A Biltmore Christmas” happens on Sunday, Nov. 26.
Whether you have a view that visitors always swoon over or a lunch spot that beats Thanksgiving leftovers, a show they can’t find anywhere else or a bar that will make them feel like a local — let us know your secrets for sharing Asheville with out-of-towners.
“Veteran’s Battlefield” Screening | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6 p.m. | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | Free | Watch the film that follows the lives and challenges of North Carolina’s veterans — hosted by Buncombe County Government.
Beaujolais Day Wine Tasting & Pairing | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30 p.m. | The Aventine, 25 Page Ave., Asheville | $50 | Celebrate Beaujolais Day in style with tastings and expert guidance, whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or just starting an exploration of the world of wines.
Friday, Nov. 17
Exhibitions Opening Reception | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St., Asheville | Free | Meet the artists and curators behind the three new exhibitions, Hammer and Hope, Connections in the Making, and Preservers, Innovators, and Rescuers of Culture in Chiapas.
Intro to Indoor Pickleball | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville | Free | No equipment (or skill) needed for this beginners’ pickleball clinic — advanced registration required.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Latte Art 101 Class | Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Coffee Curious Workshops, 45 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville | $75 | Learn how to take your morning coffee to the next level with the help of a latte art expert.
RAD Greenway Cleanup | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Second Gear, 99 Riverside Dr., Asheville | Free | Grab your walking shoes, running gear, bike, or skates for a day of outdoor activities and keeping the city clean.
Sunday, Nov. 19
The Hometown Show | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Asheville Pizza & Brewing, 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville | $7-$15 | Locals Neomi and Reuben Negron will tell some stories on stage, then three improv troupes will turn their hometown tales into hilarious scenes.
At the Tuesday, Nov. 14 meeting, Asheville City Council approved a contract with a security firm to provide 24/7 security for the downtown parking garages and surface lots owned by the City, following difficulty filling the guard positions. The start date for the contract has not yet been specified. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Tanger Outlets has acquired the Asheville Outlets in a $70 million deal, and the shopping center will be officially renamed “Tanger Outlets Asheville” come January 2024. Tanger is planning to add new retailers and update the dining offerings. (WLOS)
Gregg Colburn, associate professor at the University of Washington and author of “Homelessness is a Housing Problem,” will be the keynote speaker for the final session of the Asheville Downtown Association’s Building Our City Speaker Series. Reserve a spot for Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Masonic Temple.
Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families was among six NC organizations that received a total of $200,000 in grant funding from the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of North Carolina. The grants will help increase access to specialized treatment and services for children in foster care and young people aging out of care.
Is your holiday shopping list seriously lacking in lactose? Well, have we got some very specific news for you. WNC Cheese Trail shared a handy holiday shopping guide of local member shops and trail cheeses — plus, some products and beverages that pair perfectly with cheese.
We’re going on the record — after you finish your morning at the Black Friday sales, you might want to stop by the Pop-Up Record Shop at Salt Face Mule. The brewery and Earth River Records have teamed up to bring you bins of new and gently used vinyl, beer, food, and even free mini golf on Friday, Nov. 24 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Do you have a middle or high school student with musical talent? Mars Hill University has two opportunities for local grade school musicians to learn, grow, and show their stuff. Registration is now open for the Mars Hill University Honor Band + Summer Music Camp.*
We may not be to snow season quite yet, but winter is on its way. | Photo by AVLtoday
Although the warm air seems to be lingering, winter will be here before we know it — and the skyrocketing energy bills won’t be far behind. For eligible local families, though, there are two Buncombe County emergency energy assistance programs that can help you warm up without breaking the bank.
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program offers a one-time annual payment to eligible families to help with heating expenses. If someone in your household is 60 years or older or is disabled receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services, applications for the program open on Friday, Dec. 1. Any eligible household can apply starting Monday, Jan. 1, and all applications close on Sunday, Mar. 31.
The Crisis Intervention Program helps eligible locals who are in or might soon be in an energy-related emergency, like the health of someone in the household being affected by no heating source. You can apply for either program online.
I regularly have to talk myself out of adopting a sibling for my dog, Reginald (frankly, he’s enough of a handful all on his own). But my resolve might dissolve after a couple of beers at Mountain Pet Rescue’s Barks and Brews adoption event this Sunday, Nov. 19 at Sweeten Creek Brewing — I haven’t decided whether that means I should avoid the event or clear my schedule to be there.