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86º | 15% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:23 a.m. | Sunset 8:47 p.m.

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Postcard of Basilica of Saint Lawrence by Asheville Postcard Company
Check out this vintage snapshot of Basilica Saint Lawrence.|Photo by AVLtoday
Founded in the early 1910s, the Asheville Postcard Company occupied a small building on Carolina Lane, between Broadway Street and North Lexington Avenue. According to J.L. Mashburn’s “Asheville & Buncombe County… Once Upon a Time,” the building held about 10 million linen postcards dating from 1912 to 1950.

We got our hands on some of these old postcards thanks to Sweeten Creek Antiques, so let’s turn back time and discuss the past and present of some of these vintage snapshots.


A souvenir for your stay.


Photo by AVLtoday

The Langren Hotel

In November of 1910, John H. Lange and Gay Green purchased the site at the corner of North Main (now Broadway Street) and College Street. At that time, it was the uncompleted Miller Hotel — but the space was finished, and by July 4, 1912, the Langren Hotel opened in its place.

The hotel was frequented by businessmen and had a rooftop garden, soda fountain, and drug store. The Langren Hotel remained until 1964 when it was razed to make way for a parking building. Today, the AC Hotel Downtown Asheville sits on the site.

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Capturing college life in a postcard.


Photo by AVLtoday

Asheville-Biltmore College

Founded in 1927 as Buncombe County Junior College, the school changed its name to Biltmore Junior College and later Asheville-Biltmore College — before it became the University of North Carolina Asheville in 1969. Attendance was free until 1930, and in 1957, it became the first school to qualify as a state-supported community college. The public funds allowed the school to move to its current North Asheville home in 1961.

Notable alumni include author and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman, who also served as co-editor of “Bluets,” the school’s literary magazine.
Asheville City Soccer Club
Wednesday, July 10
  • Beginner Ballroom Classes | Wednesday, July 10 | 6-6:50 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville | $12 | Put on your dancing shoes to learn the fundamentals of styles like waltz, tango, foxtrot, and more — no partner necessary.
Thursday, July 11
  • “Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros” | Thursday, July 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 120 College St., Asheville | Free | See a screening of the documentary film project following the life and work of the electronic music pioneer.
Friday, July 12
  • Pack Square Artisan Market | Friday, July 12 | 3-9 p.m. | North Pack Square, 1 N. Pack Square, Asheville | Free | The weekly street party returns with an array of handmade goods from independent artists, makers, and creatives.
  • “Bridgerton” Paint Night | Friday, July 12 | 6-8 p.m. | Fired Up Creative Lounge, 26 Wall St., Asheville | $8 | Paint a piece inspired by the show while you unpack season three — ticket price doesn’t include pottery.
Saturday, July 13
  • Second Saturday Art Stroll | Saturday, July 13 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | River Arts District, 344 Depot St., Asheville | Free | Explore artist galleries and find one-of-a-kind works at this monthly art celebration — then hop on the free ArtsAVL trolley to explore more galleries downtown.
  • Cultivating Mushrooms at Home | Saturday, July 13 | 12-2 p.m. | Fifth Season Gardening, 4 S. Tunnel Rd., #450, Asheville | $45 | Learn what it takes to grow your own mushrooms at home in a hands-on class from Jesse and Sweet Dee of Resting Point Farms.
Friday, July 19
  • Founder’s Gala | Friday, July 19, Tuesday, July 23 | Times vary | The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville | $250+ | Support The North Carolina Arboretum during this special one-night celebration honoring the 37-year legacy of Founder George Briggs.*
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News Notes
  • Mamma Mia! Café recently opened downtown, offering Mediterranean breakfast, lunch, and snacks made with family recipes. Stop by the cafe at 46 Haywood St., Ste. 11, inside the Haywood Park Atrium. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • Soccer fans from across the globe will be heading to Charlotte for tonight’s and Saturday’s CONMEBOL Copa América 2024 matches. Copa América is South America’s premier championship, and the US is hosting it for the first time. If you’re up for a two-hour drive, you can find tickets for Saturday’s semifinal.
  • Following Jim Barrett’s retirement after a 41-year career with Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), Jaclyn “Jackie” Kiger will assume the role of the nonprofit’s executive director. Kiger, who has served as an attorney with PLS since 2010 and as COO since 2019, will begin the role in August. Learn more about the nonprofit’s mission.
  • After selling out its inaugural season, Asheville Musical Theatre begins its 2024 season with three musicals. The first, “Songs for a New World,” runs Tuesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 21 at Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, examining life, love, and choice. Find info about the other two upcoming shows.
Try This
  • This Sunday, July 14, Ashley English will teach you how to make udderly delicious butter, yogurt, and mozzarella cheese during a DIY home dairy class at Fifth Season Gardening Co. Your $35 ticket includes hands-on instruction and handouts and, of course, samples of what you make in class.
  • On Saturday, July 20, Buncombe County will provide an update on the Racial Equity Action Plan at the Leading with Race Summit. The event will feature local music, activities, a talk, and dance lessons, but the plaque dedication ceremony has been moved to an undecided later date.
  • Slow down + soak up the season with live music, food, and drink during the NC Aboretum’s ArborEvenings. Filling the garden most Thursdays and Fridays through September, these laid-back summer nights will remind you why we all love this time of year.
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
🔋 Talk about a power move
A person using Appalachian Offset's individual carbon offset calculator on a laptop.
The initiative can help you offset your carbon footprint.|Photo via Green Built Alliance
This year, the Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency recognized Green Built Alliance with the Clean Air Excellence Award for its Appalachian Offsets program.

The program helps individuals and businesses calculate their carbon emissions and purchase carbon offsets, which fund renewable energy projects for local schools, churches, nonprofits, and affordable housing providers.

Appalachian Offsets has installed solar panels at Isaac Dickson Elementary, St. Paul Missionary Church, and most recently, United Way. These three projects combined reduce 365 tons of carbon dioxide, 0.11 tons of sulfur dioxide, and 0.17 tons of nitrogen oxide per year.

Beyond solar arrays, the program also completes energy-efficient lighting and mechanical projects to help local organizations save money and put those funds back into programming.

Appalachian Offsets is just one of the initiatives from Green Built Alliance helping the environmental nonprofit’s plan to transition Buncombe County to 100% renewable energy by 2042 — check out the rest of the work.
The Buy
Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set, so you can enjoy soft, luxurious sheets that also keep you cool. How you know they’re good: The sheets were featured on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list.
The Wrap
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If you happen to see two people dressed in Regency-era clothing wandering downtown this weekend, no, they’re not time travelers, and no, they didn’t escape from the “Bridgerton” set. They’re simply hand-delivering wax-sealed invitations for a night of string music, fine art, games, and experience stations — aka, The Foundry Hotel’s Evening Soirée happening Saturday, Aug. 10.
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