After a long, monochromatic winter (or just day), it thrills my soul to look around and see that from the Parkway to Patton Ave., Asheville is bursting with brilliant blooms. Wanna bring some of that beauty into your own abode? Forget your garden shears and hit up some of these area flower farms.
Civic ○ The BCTDA is projecting a banner year for tourism, estimating that occupancy tax revenue will exceed $27 million for the 2021-22 fiscal year. At its annual retreat, the org unveiled four strategic pillars which will guide its approach: balanced recovery + sustainable growth, safe travel, diverse marketing + creativity. 🧳 (Mountain Xpress) ○The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote toauthorize $35,000 in county funds to determine what’s next for the Vance Monument space following its removal. Hiring a consultant for this process will cost $70,000 overall. The vote will take place at today’s meeting. 💸 (Mountain Xpress)
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Monday afternoon, 16,596 cases and 308 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. See more Buncombe County-specific info, including waitlist numbers and vaccines distributed, here.
TryThis ○WNC for the Planet has created a virtualbingo card to celebrate Earth Month. From collecting litter, to learning how to compost and more, there are a slew ofactivities + events to give back to the planet. Those who submit a bingo row will be entered to win a prize package. 🌎 (WLOS)
Outdoors ○ Are you familiar with sochan?The spring green, also known as green-headed coneflower, plays an important role in the cultural heritage of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Read more about its history + meaning here. 🌼 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Number ○ 100. That’s howmany years MB HAYNES has been serving the AVL community, offering a range of services from electrical to plumbing to heating and cooling. Ⓟ
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Volunteers will trek along the cleanup site (up to 4 miles) before heading over to the Riveter to enjoy networking, food + music at their outside community event. Honoring our shared planet and chillaxing with like-minded others? That sounds like good, clean fun to us. 🗑️
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Event ○ WestAsheville Tailgate Market| Tues., Apr. 6 | 3:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | The locally sourced farmers market reopens for the spring. 🍓
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
River Rat Brewery in Columbia, SC offers a family-friendly environment with ample outdoor space and games, locally-brewed beer, and a rooftop patio with 360-degree views | Photo by Sean Rayford for Experience Columbia SC
A short 2.5-hr. drive away, Columbia, SC has that ideal mix of city sights + outdoor adventures, and now’s the best time of year (read: not too cold, not too hot, not too humid) to see it all:
• Sip locally-brewed pints on the family-friendly greenspace at River Rat Brewery 🍺 • Shop local artisans along bustling Main Street at Soda City Market every Saturday 🛍️ • See 2,000+ critters and explore expansive botanicalgardens at Riverbanks Zoo 🦒Ⓟ