ICYMI, the Asheville Tourists have a new manager. On Monday, it was announced that Nate Shaver will lead the Tourists in the 2021 season and beyond as part of the Houston Astros’Advanced Class A affiliate program. This will be Nate’s first season as the Tourists’ manager and his third as the High-A manager for the Astros farm system— plus the third time he’s flexed his managerial muscles in the Tar Heel State.
The Woodpeckers’ loss is the Tourists’ gain, and officials are excited to see what Nate will bring to the table. DYK he has a PhD in Sports Psychology + Kinesiology with an emphasis on education and research related to skill acquisition and retention in athletics?
Joining Asheville’s first-year manager on staff this season are pitching coach Eric Nielsen, development coach Kyle Brennan, trainer Brandon Zumbach, and strength coach Zach Reding. The hitting coach has not yet been announced.
The Tourists open up the 2021 season on Tues., May 4 with a home game against the Brooklyn Cyclones, which is especially exciting considering their 2020 season was canceled before they even played an inning. In 2019, the Tourists finished the season 68-72 and missed out on the postseason by only two games.
Want a baseball history fix before the 2021 season opens? Read all about the Tourists’ storied past here.
Nate Shaver is the latest in an illustrious line of managers in the Tourists’ history. What number is he?
Community ○ The national moratorium on renter evictions has been extended through June 30. Pisgah Legal Services, a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid in WNC, is offering assistance to anyone with questions. Find contact information here.
Outdoors ○ Catawba Falls Trail will be off-limits through April 2 while US Forest Service contractors perform “geotechnical investigations.” The end goal? To implement retaining structures that will help stabilize the trail, which regularly draws huge crowds. 🚧 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Number ○ $3.5 million. The cost of Gorges State Park’s first campground, which includes RV sites, tent space + 5 small cabins. The project hopes to meet increased outdoor recreation needs. In addition to primitive campsites, the 7,500 acre parkholds river gorges, hiking trails, waterfalls + more. 🏕️ (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Tuesday afternoon, 16,409 cases and 301 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. See more Buncombe County-specific info, including waitlist numbers and vaccines distributed, here. ○ Still trying to get a vaccination appointment? Sona Pharmacy and Clinic(805 Fairview Rd.) is scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Check out their scheduling + eligibility info here.
Biz ○ Can employers make their employees get a COVID-19 vaccine? Legal scholars aren’t certain, as the new vaccines were authorized by the FDA through an emergency use authorization — plus, public or private employment is also a factor. Dig into the issue here. (Carolina Public Press)
Ashevillian ○ UNC Asheville student-athlete Grace Volk has been named a recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Each year, this national award is awarded to only 410 sophomores + juniors across the country. This is the third time a UNC Asheville student has earned this award in the past three years.
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Event planning maven Shay Brown will manage an event space below the main level. Called Circa 29, it will have a speak-easy vibe and hold up to 150 folks. A trendy event space situated in Asheville’s first food hall? That sounds like fun just waiting to be had. 🥂
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Show ○ Guitarist DJ Williams Shots Fired| Wed., Mar. 31 | 5 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $12 | Catch the notorious Denver funk party from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist. 🎸
TryThis ○ Fermenting Fruits and Veggies| Wed., Mar. 31 | 6-8 p.m. | Virtual | $50 | Grow probiotic cultures to aid digestion, preserve foods, and add flavor + nutrition to food. 🥬
Trivia ○ ‘80s Themed Trivia Night| Wed., Mar. 31 | 7-10 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Co., 32 Banks Ave. | Free | Grab your leg warmers, hair spray + neon. ✨ ○ Witty Wednesday Trivia Night| Wed., Mar. 31 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Sweeten Creek Brewery, 1127 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Free | Grab a brew + rattle off whatever trivial knowledge you’ve got. 🎙️
Job ○ Game Day Job Fair| Wed., Mar. 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Asheville Tourists Baseball Club, 30 Buchanan Pl. | Free, Applications | Interview on the spot to join the team in 2021. Masks + social distancing required. ⚾
PlanAhead ○ Educator Career Fair | Thurs., April 1 | 2 p.m. | Virtual, Register | Free | Learn + ask questions about staffing opportunities with Buncombe County Schools.
Find more of this week’s local events in our April PlanAhead.
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.
Floral installations are taking over the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC this April with Art Blossoms — a new, four-day exhibition + fundraiser, featuring local designers and garden clubs interpreting art on view, plus immersive programs from art classes to brunch on Boyd Plaza.
The opening celebration kicks things off on Wed., April 14, with the exhibition running from Apr. 15-18.