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Learn all you need to know to run these streets.|“Downtown After Dark” by Lisa S.
Whether you’re an Asheville native or relative newcomer, the Land of the Sky has its own set of rules that locals understand to be second nature. Think: specific city knowledge, trends, colloquialisms, or a strong opinion about swimming in the French Broad River.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the 828, here are a few unwritten rules (submitted by our readers) you may know to be true — and if you’re not from Asheville, these might be a little difficult to explain.

Support local

“Buy local, drink local, and tip, tip, tip.” — @lrowlandfinecontemporaryart

“Tip the bartenders and servers that run this city.” — @nikboda

Keep it casual

“Chacos are dressy as long as they’re your town Chacos and not your trail Chacos.” — @postwaffles

“Going on a hike, then going downtown to eat after in said dusty hiking gear is absolutely acceptable!” — @lila_rn

Stay right on the roads

“Don’t tell anyone about your secret free street parking spot.” — @rdbarto

“I NEVER go anywhere without using GPS because you never know where traffic is going to back up (well, except for I-26 and Sweeten Creek, and, and, and… ).” — @marina.cora

Embrace authenticity (and your neighbors)

“It’s normal to see a nun with a mustache riding a bike downtown, squirting tourists with a water gun.” — Kelly H.

“Treat the homeless with respect. A lot of us are friends with them, and people don’t forget.” — @contrangea

“You’re allowed to cry in Chicken Alley.” — @bsundheim

Explore the outdoors responsibly

“Friends don’t let friends swim in the French Broad River.” — @j_jurassic33

“Don’t touch the bears.” — @havenhealingcenter

Dos and don’ts of dining

“Pay attention to ABV% at the brewery. Three local IPA’s hit different than three Miller Lites…” — @chelsbenay

“Try out any hole-in-the-wall restaurants. There are some really good ones!” — @stephpye1
Have you ever been swimming in the French Broad River?

A. Yes, the river is just fine.
B. Yes, but I don’t really want to admit it.
C. No, I would never step foot in there.
D. No, but now I’m going to because you said I shouldn’t.
Friday, June 21
  • Summer Splash | Friday, June 21-Tuesday, Aug. 6 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Malvern Hills Park, 75 Rumbough Pl., Asheville | Free | Take your kids on an aquatic adventure with an array of water-themed activities.
  • Reckless Kelly | Friday, June 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr., Asheville | $35-$40 | Experience a meeting of Austin rock and cowboy poetry as the band winds down its days on the road with “The Last Frontier” tour.
  • “Richard II” | Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St., Asheville | Free | Don’t miss the last weekend of Shakespeare’s play depicting the fall of the king and the rise of Henry Bolingbroke.
Saturday, June 22
  • Blue Ridge Roller Derby Double Header | Saturday, June 22 | 2-7 p.m. | Smoky Mountain Event Center, 758 Crabtree Rd., Waynesville | $0-$10 | Cheer on your favorite skaters as they hit, whip, and pass their way through the last bout of the travel team season.
  • Annual Benefit Gala | Saturday, June 22 | 6-10 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville | $250-$300 | Get glamorous as you support the Asheville Art Museum with cocktails, dinners, and a live auction.
  • The Family Block Party | Saturday, June 22 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Haw Creek Commons, 315 Old Haw Creek Rd., Asheville | Free | Start the morning with an interactive music and movement party with The Family Music Class, then head outside for a market, clothing swap + more.*
Sunday, June 23
  • Hops, Pop + Shop It | Sunday, June 23 | 12-4 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewery - RAD Beer Garden, 284 Lyman St., Asheville | Free | Jam out to pop music while you browse craft vendors, dine at food trucks, and enjoy family entertainment during this weekly market.
  • Run for Resilience 5K | Sunday, June 23 | 2:30-5:30 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville | $5-$20 | Run, walk, roll, and reset to support the work of nonprofit Resources for Resilience.
  • Deep Asheville Lore | Sunday, June 23 | 4-6 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St., Asheville | Free | Prove your knowledge of local history, lore, and public radio in this summer trivia series hosted by Blue Ridge Public Radio + Robert’s Totally Rad Trivia.
Monday, June 24
  • Summer Hand Pies | Monday, June 24 | 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Conjure Craft Chocolate, 16 Glenn Willow Dr., Unit 36, Arden | $95 | Perfect your pastry skills as The Crunchy Baker teaches the techniques of creating flaky pie crusts + delicious filling.
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News Notes
  • See yourself on the silver screen. “Whistle Down Wind,” an indie film from executive producers Solis Films and Justice Film Collective and director Andie Morgenlander, begins filming in the area on Monday, June 24. The crew is seeking background actors for the story of love, friendship, and sexual identity. See dates + apply.
Coming Soon
  • It’s a two-in-one celebration — raise a glass to storming the Bastille and help launch Metro Wines’ new space, Quench. The wine bar, which will be located at 41 N. Merrimon Ave., will host Asheville Sister Cities Saumur Committee’s annual Bastille Day with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and an art auction on Sunday, July 14. Get tickets.
  • At the Tuesday, June 18 meeting, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners approved reallocating $1,935,286 in COVID Recovery Funding. The fund reallocations were proposed for the Community Paramedic Collaborative and the new Capital Outlay Equipment project, which will offset some expenses from the general fund.
  • The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Leadership Awards to local businesses and individuals who made outstanding contributions to the community. Meet the winners, including Kudzu Brands, which received the President’s Award, and Wyatt Stevens, who posthumously received the Excellence in Public Service Award.
  • Our Voice, the organization, supporting survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking, put out an open call for new board members. The board oversees policy, funding, and program direction, among other duties. Apply by Friday, July 19.
  • The Community Reparations Commission approved 38 policy recommendations for the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The suggested policies + programs include grants, health initiatives, and elimination of environmental inequalities. The commission hopes to receive a timeline extension before the final presentation. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)
  • The tides have turned. Jones Cove Branch and Richland creeks as well as the connected portion of the Pigeon River have been deemed clean enough for recreation after a diesel fuel spill in May. The Haywood County waterways were tested and pollutants were “nondetectable” in the affected areas. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • Discover the latest trends in building and design during the WNC Build & Remodel Expo, happening tomorrow, June 22 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) + Sunday, June 23 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) at Davis Event Center. Attendees will connect with the pros, attend education sessions + more. Ignite your inspiration.*
Real Estate
  • What happens when your local furniture store needs to make room for new inventory? They throw one heck of a clearance sale. Stop by Enza Home Furnishings and see the savings for yourself.*
  • Renewal by Andersen® windows combine stunning beauty with energy-efficient design. Buy one, get one 40% off + get $200 off your order for a limited time.*
In the architectural annals of history
The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is a striking sight.|Photo by Joshua O.
Earlier this week, we asked you which Asheville buildings were the most beautiful. There are some stellar structures in our skyline, so we gathered a few of your favorites — and we’re sharing a bit about what makes these spaces unique.

Basilica of Saint Lawrence

As far as our poll’s multiple choices went, WNC’s only basilica came out on top. The Spanish Renaissance Revival-style church was designed by architect duo Rafael Guastavino + Richard Sharp Smith and completed in 1909.

Asheville City Hall

Multiple readers loved local government administration — or at least the Douglas Ellington-designed place where it happens. Completed in 1928, the art deco space was inspired by the mountains and Native American motifs.

The S&W Market

Another Ellington design, the market still features the details, like marble steps and arched windows, that made it such a masterpiece when it opened as a cafeteria in 1929.

We’ll build on the history of more of your favorites in upcoming newsletters. In the meantime, check out a few other iconic local landmarks at the button below.
The Buy
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The Wrap
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There are some things in life that just go together — peanut butter and jelly, rock and roll, Mulder and Scully, breakfast and pizza. Okay, maybe that last one is less intuitive. But once you visit Bad Manners Coffee this weekend, you’ll never doubt the duo again. This Sunday, June 23, Imposter Pizza will be popping up at the coffee shop to give the pies a morning meal makeover. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to snag a breakfast slice.
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