Plus, a $385,000 grant for the Museum of the Cherokee People.
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Commemorating Juneteenth in Asheville
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This month’s Downtown After 5 is a Juneteenth celebration.|Photo by @stephanpruittphotography
On Wednesday, June 19, Juneteenth will commemorate the day the abolition of slavery was enforced in the US, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021 and was the first national holiday to be signed into law since MLK Day was established in 1983.

Around Asheville, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in both educational and celebratory events, so let’s make a plan.

Beginning Monday, June 17, the MLK Association of Asheville and Buncombe County is hosting a series of four lunch and learn sessions. The events will include a catered lunch followed by local leaders speaking on topics like the “First African American Families of Asheville and Buncombe County” and “Early African American Health Care & Today’s African American Inequities.” Lunch and learns are free and open to the public — find the full schedule.

“Leah & the Rabbit": A Juneteenth Play | Saturday, June 15 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Vance Birthplace Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville | Free | See the play that tells the story of Leah Erwin, an enslaved woman who lived on the Vance plantation, followed by a moderated discussion.

"Leah and the Rabbit" being performed

“Leah & the Rabbit” was also performed at The Fringe Arts Festival.


Photo via NC Historical Sites

Juneteenth on the Block | Wednesday, June 19 | 11 a.m. | YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville | Free | The day will begin with pop-in events from LEAF Global Arts, PennyCup Coffee, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Noir Collective, Asheville Crafted Edge, JD Ellison & Company, and more, before the evening ends at The Foundry Hotel’s Workshop Lounge for light food + drinks and fellowship.

Juneteenth at Downtown After 5 | Friday, June 21 | 5-9 p.m. | North Lexington Avenue, Asheville | Free | Enjoy music from Lyric and Sierra Green & The Giants, explore crafts and goods from BIPOC vendors, enjoy food from Black-owned food trucks, and learn about community nonprofits.
Friday, June 14
  • “Shirley Valentine” | Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 16 | Times vary | 35 Below at Asheville Community Theater, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville | $20 | Sit in for the first play at the venue in four years, an amusing and moving story capturing the desires and struggles of a woman’s journey to find happiness.
  • Good Luck Club - An Unapologetic Dance Party | Friday, June 14 | 8 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr., Asheville | $25 | Let loose at this DJ dance party with tunes from Chappell Roan and other artists, like Reneé Rapp, Lorde, and MUNA.
Saturday, June 15
  • Grown-Up Book Fair | Saturday, June 15 | 1-5 p.m. | The Whale West Asheville, 507 Haywood Rd., #10, Asheville | Free | Take it back to the days of the Scholastic Book Fair with tomes and trinkets for sale — plus, a table of local authors will sign books.
  • Anno XI | Saturday, June 15 | 1-6 p.m. | Eulogy, 10 Buxton Ave., Asheville | $60 | Celebrate Burial’s 11th anniversary with performances from clipping., Yaya Bey, Domo Genesis, and more (and with beer, of course).
  • A Fae Summer Solstice | Saturday, June 15 | 5-10 p.m. | Sweeten Creek Brewing, 1127 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | Free | Come dressed as a fae to sip faerie wine, indulge in themed bites, shop from the magical vendor market, and bring a book to swap.
Sunday, June 16
  • Sunday Scrabble Club | Sunday, June 16 | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville | Free | Test your linguistic skills with the classic word game at this weekly meetup — it’s okay to come late or leave early.
  • Reasonably Priced Babies: The Mother of All Father’s Day Shows | Sunday, June 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville | $8-$15 | Grab dinner and a drink for the show from the longtime improv comedy group.
Monday, June 17
  • Rainbow Color Bash | Monday, June 17 | 2-4 p.m. | Grove Street Community Center, 36 Grove St., Asheville | Free | Bring two clothing items (like socks, shirts, towels, or hats) to tie dye.
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News Notes
  • FishBrains Inline and Roller Skate Shop has moved to a new location at 95 Paynes Way, in the downstairs level of the Radical Hotel. Stop by Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. to shop or rent inline + roller skates.
  • The city and county’s collaborative Food Scraps Drop-Off Pilot Program received recognition from the Carolina Recycling Association for its “creative and innovative approach to recycling.” Want to get in on the action? Learn how you can participate in the program and drop off your food scraps at one of the eight sites.
  • The Museum of the Cherokee People was awarded a $385,000 grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation to support an update to the museum’s public facility, including architectural drawings for the offsite collections facility and a mini redesign of the museum’s lobby.
  • CenterWell Senior Primary Care is hosting a grand opening for its new center on Thursday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with tours, food, bingo, and more. The center at 105 River Hills Rd., Ste. A opened in April and is currently accepting new patients.
Plan Ahead
  • Planning your big day? Rhubarb is hosting the Asheville Wedding Vendor Showcase on Sunday, July 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. Explore a variety of vendors under one roof, with everyone from florists to photographers. Grab tickets for $15, which include light bites, desserts, and beer + wine.
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“Wherefore art thou, Romeo?”
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Our friends at CLTtoday can confirm — Romeo’s is the real deal.|Photo by CLTtoday
Romeo’s Vegan Burgers is preparing to open at 640 Merrimon Ave., Ste. 203. The burger biz already has popular locations in Charlotte and Greensboro but will start slinging its plant-based patties in Asheville, with a tentative opening date of Monday, June 17. Now you’re probably wondering what’s on the menu. Let’s dig in.

The made-to-order smash burgers are crafted with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods products, Follow Your Heart cheese, and homemade vegan sauces. We have our eye on the Tobacco Road Burger, piled with coleslaw, vegan chili, onions, and pickles. Or, you can opt for a vegan buffalo chicken sandwich or chicken nuggets — whatever you choose, we bet it’ll pair well with the tater tots or chili cheese fries.

To top it all off, you can end your meal on a sweet note with one of the burger joint’s shakes made with soy ice cream. Are you drooling yet?
The Buy
Do you have a bourbon lover in your life? Gift this Box Of Bourbon from Adams Apple Co. for National Bourbon day. The set includes a marinade and grilling sauce, made ready for a barbecue.
The Wrap
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Remember reading about local band Ashes & Arrows appearing on “America’s Got Talent” earlier this week? Well, Salvage Station has a treat for you. On Saturday, July 6, the band will play the indoor stage with support from the equally awesome blues rock band Mama and the Ruckus. Grab tickets now.
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