While they noted that COVID-19 played a part, other factors – including their transition into parenthood + other career interests – also affected the decision. They also shared that they had been thinking about selling the biz, but that economic challenges caused by the pandemic made that option unrealistic.
Traveling + local musicians, storytellers, circus acts, and many others graced The Mothlight’s intimate stage during the time it was open. The venue was known for its Free Mondays, which often highlighted performers just coming onto the scene but occasionally featured much bigger names, including Moses Sumney back in January. And, it was also a community hub, hosting holiday pop-ups, local fundraisers, and even hip-hop + wrestling nights.
The Hencys encouraging their fans to continue to support their favorite musicians + venues in whatever ways they can, including potentially paying more for tickets and drinks when things do reopen.
We want to know – what’s your favorite memory of The Mothlight? I (Editor Ali) have had so many wonderful experiences in the audience and onstage – including sharing a story at last year’s Woods & Wilds Storytelling Event for Dogwood Alliance and supporting the Asheville Beat Tape Collective at one of our many BEAT LIFE shows there over the years.
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○ NC’s Department of Health and Human Services reported atotal of 52,801 cases of coronavirus in North Carolina as of Sunday afternoon. 501 cases and 35 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. Check stats for other counties, total tests, and more in NChere. While daily coronavirus case confirmations have risen, the number of hospitalizationsdropped slightly on Sun.
○ Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a second bill that would have allowed bars + gyms to reopen at a 50% capacity. The governor noted that passing legislation was the wrong way to address the health crisis caused by the pandemic. A decision on whether Phase 2 of reopening will be extended or modified will come early this week. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper + DHHS secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said they’re considering introducing a statewide orderrequiring people to wear face masks. This comes after the state’s number of reported lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases + patients hospitalized continued to increase dramatically. The second phase of Cooper’s three-stage reopening plan is set to expire June 26, and he is expected to address this issue next week. (News & Observer)
○ After closing some of its most popular areas in earlier this year due to the pandemic, more recreation areas are now open in Pisgah National Forest. These include Looking Glass Falls + Picnic Area. Visitors are encouraged to adhere to the CDC’s safety guidelines, and not to climb on or around waterfalls or barriers. See the full list of openings here. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ Health officials say there is community spread of COVID-19 in Macon County, which has the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the region. They attribute this to the county’s partial reopening, a high percentage of testing, and the fact that the county borders SC + GA, which loosened pandemic restrictions early. Officials stress the need for continued safety measures, including rigorous sanitation, social distancing + wearing face coverings. (BPR News)
○ Mandy Frazier, a Hendersonville wedding designer, has launched a line of wedding-appropriate face masks. The creations include styles for brides + grooms, as well as the bridal party and guests. The bridal masks can be ordered to match the dress or tuxedo, and the bride + groom masks come in a special keepsake box. (WLOS)
○ Forty percent of the lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Buncombe County are among those ages 25 to 49. Cases continue to spread after folks continue to interact with other people — even without a certain source of exposure. Officials statewide continue to highlight the importance Wearing a mask, Waiting six feet apart, and Washing your hands frequently. (WLOS)
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Rustic Grape Wine Bar(14 Aston St.) announced last Thurs. they will not be reopening after two years in business. The owners cited the impact of COVID-19 as their primary reason for closing.
The wine bar is currently for sale, and the owners expressed their hope that someone else could bring their vision to the space and build on what Rustic Grape has created so far. They thanked the community, including their loyal customers and the other businesses that supported them over the years. Check out all of the love they’re getting from fans – and add your own – here. 🍷
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Opening ○ The Grey Eagle Taqueriaannounced three new locations for its restaurant, which opened its original spot at The Grey Eagle in the RAD, across WNC.BearWaters Brewingin Canton (101 Park St.)and Maggie Valley (4352 Soco Rd.) + Big Pillow Brewing in Hot Springs (27 North Andrews Ave.) will be serving Grey Eagle Taqueria menu items. BearWaters Riverside in Canton will reopen tomorrow with an all day celebration + crawfish boil. 🦞
Announced ○ A fire last week at the intersection of Hilliard and Clingman Ave. destroyed a multi-level affordable apartment building underconstruction. The fire caused damage to some nearby buildings + vehicles as well as power outages, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (WLOS)
State ○ Thurs. was the start of Democracy Summer, a series of concerts, speakers + virtual events. The goal of the movement is to register and mobilize 200,000 new voters over the summer. Led by Rock the Vote in partnership with the state group NCPIRG Students, events feature speakers like Katy Perry, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck D + more. 🇺🇸
Cause ○ Ready to support local radio? Asheville FM just launched their summer fund drive. Their goal is to raise $30,000 this week. Bonus: Anyone who gives a one-time donation of $60 or $5 a month will receive a hand-made mask sewn by Masks of Love and printed by Image 420. 😷
Legacy ○ Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County Director and longtime community leader Dianne Trammel died earlier this month. She worked with Meals on Wheels for three decades in multiple positions and was very involved with fundraising efforts for the nonprofit, including the annual Polar Plunge. Meals on Wheels is accepting donations in Dianne’s memory. Our hearts go out to her friends and family. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Arts ○ Different Wrld founder Honey Simone will join Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center’s Instagram Live this Wednesday at 5 p.m. She’ll discuss how Asheville’s art community can take authentic steps towards racial equity + remain accountable for the long term. This discussion will spark future conversations on how the community can uplift + amplify artists of color. 🎨
WaterCooler ○ UNC Asheville right-handed pitcher Blake Brownsigned a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He is the first UNC Asheville baseball player to sign a contract with an MLB franchise since Ryan Dull was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2012. Brown hopes to become the fourth baseball player from UNC Asheville ever to play in a MLB game. ⚾️
Edu ○ Life Tutors announced their Collegiate Recovery +Student Resiliency Program to provide support for students preparing for or re-entering the college experience who face behavioral and emotional challenges. Their team of coaches will support students as they transition back into classrooms, dorm life + more.
DYK ○ July isBlue Ridge Craft Trails Month in Henderson County. Three trails – Touring the Heart of Hendersonville, Wandering Flat Rock + Finding Wonders in the Outskirts – will allow visitors to see craft process up close and personal, includinga potter pulling a vase and designers creating jewelry. 💎
PlanAhead ○ Ready to flex your brain with some trivia? Emcee Seth Kellam is hosting 5 rounds of online trivia with the goal of helping Jewish Family Services of WNC reach $20,000 to help support their programs and services through COVID-19. Join in on Thurs., June 25, from 7-9 p.m..Ⓟ