If you’re unfamiliar with how to eat a muscadine grape, here’s a quick rundown: • Don’t treat them like common vinifera grapes (a.k.a. table grapes, or European grapes) — they are likely seeded and have much thicker skins. • Seeds and skins are edible (and nutritionally robust), but can be tough or bitter. • It’s recommended to bite into a muscadine like you would a plum. The fruit will explode from the skin, making it easier to separate and eat. Discard the skin and spit out the seeds if you wish. • If you just can’t deal with the seeds, check out two newly cultivated varieties called the RazzMatazz and the Oh My! You could also just cut them out like I do. • You can find NC-grown muscadines at area markets including the WNC Farmers Market. To pick the best ones, look for dry-stem scars (without tears in the skin). • Can’t find them? Ask your local market’s produce manager to stock them August to October.
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Open ○ Baa’d Sheep Burritos is now slinging burritos from their second location inside Eluvium Brewing(11 Florida Ave., Weaverville). They also have a spot in Mars Hill (14 S. Main St., Mars Hill). The eatery serves up creative Tex Mex fare, including vegetarian options, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch and 4-9 p.m.for dinner Weds.-Sun. 🌮
Civic ○ The city’s public-facing government offices — including City Hall (70 Court Plz.), the Municipal Building (100 Court Plz.), Asheville Public Works and Development Services (161 S. Charlotte St.), and all fire stations — will reopen to the public Oct. 12. Meetings of appointed boards + elected officials will remain remote.Modified services, including drop boxes to limit in-person interactions, will still be offered. 🏢 (Asheville Citizen-Times) ○ In the latest installment of Vote AVL’s video series on engaging local voters, Asheville entrepreneur + influencer Aisha Adams explains how to become a power voter – including how to vote early + on Election Day, how to see and understand your sample ballot (which includes 30 offices for Buncombe County voters) + more. 🗳
Biz ○ A Georgia development company wants to build 852 apartments + single-family units in South Asheville. The 331-acre site is across from the Carolina Day School athletic fields on Sweeten Creek Rd. A traffic study says the project won’t create significant traffic problems in the area. If approved, the project is expected to be built out by 2024. 🏠 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Community ○ On Tues., Oct. 13, most Buncombe County Public Library brancheswill reopenat 50% capacity with limited hours + services. Seating will be available for folks using the computers only. Study spaces + meeting rooms will remain off limits, and in-person library programs will not be offered, but virtual programs will continue. Learn more here. 📚
Trending ○ Michelle Sutton, a relative of the late + legendary moonshinerPopcorn Sutton, is fighting to preserve his remaining jugs of moonshine after a Haywood County court ruled the homemade liquor must be destroyed. Michelle says the moonshine not only holds personal meaning, but is a significant part of the area’s culture + heritage. For more info on Popcorn + his legacy in WNC, check out our history piece here. 🥃 (WLOS)
Active ○ Registration is open for UNC Asheville’s inaugural Turning of the Maples Virtual 5KOct. 23-25. Complete your 3.1-mile run or walk that weekend, and the team with the most participants will win prizes including a recipe for maple cookies, cookie cutter + hot cider mix. Registration includes swag, like a commemorative beanie, and helps support the UNC Asheville fund, which supports students and programs across campus. 👟
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Thursday afternoon, 3,439 cases and 90 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. ○ Applications for the new Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Program from the NC Department of Commerce are now being accepted. Designed to help certain for-profit businesses like gyms, movie theaters + museums, the grant will cover four months of fixed costs like rent, mortgage interest + utilities during April-Aug. of this year. Applications are received on a first-come, first-served basis.
Correction ○ In yesterday’s newsletter, we incorrectly said that Bikes and Beers was happening this Saturday at Highland Brewing Company. The event has been rescheduled for 2021.
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Remember that feeling of exhilaration when you made your first hole-in-one? Yeah, us neither… but we imagine that winning our new Golfer’s Dream Giveaway Package would feel pretty similar. ⛳
In honor of The Masters’ new November tee time, we’re going to fill one lucky winner’s golf bag with $3,500+ in prizes. Will it make you a better player? Maybe not, but you’ll look like a pro. Here’s what you’ll get: ○ Brand new set of clubs or irons (up to $2,000 value) ○ $500 towards your favorite golf shop or brand to upgrade your swag game ○ A round of golf for you and 3 buddies at a public course of your choice (up to $500 value) ○ 5 hours of lessons from your preferred local golf pro (up to $500 value)
How to enter: 1. Anyone living in Asheville and surrounding areas can enter through Oct. 27, 2020 11:59 p.m. Tee one upby visiting our website here and entering your email address, name, and zip code for a chance at winning. You can enter once every 24 hours. 2. Bonus (+3):Share our giveaway with all of your local friends, family, or colleagues using your unique link (found on the entry confirmation page). Every person that enters the giveaway using your link will count as an additional 3 entries into the giveaway, increasing your chances to win. 3. Bonus (+1 per channel): If you’re not already, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by clicking the links found on the entry confirmation page. You’ll score an additional entry into the giveaway just for following us on socials.
One winner will be chosen at random and announced in our newsletter on Thurs., Oct. 29.
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Holiday ○ North Carolina Haunted Farm | Various dates from Oct. 9-Nov. 1 | Various times, see schedule here | 624 Townsend Rd., Hendersonville | $30+ | Protip: Grab tickets in advance to skip waiting in the queue. 👻 ○ Haunted Trail | Various dates from Oct. 9-30 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Adventure Center of Asheville, 85 Expo Dr. | $15+ | Walk the haunted trail, then check out the Sweet Peak Tour + the glow trail. ✨
ForFamilies ○ Claying Around: Family Halloween Workshop | Fri., Oct. 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. or 7-8 p.m. | Black Mountain Center of the Arts, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain | $75+ | Make a spooky ghost or grinning jack-o-lantern. Rates include all supplies + firing. 🎃
Saturday ○Fall Foliage Public Hike | Sat., Oct. 10 | 1 p.m. | Bearwallow Mountain Trail, Gerton (map here) | $49 | 🍂 ○ Saturday Morning Yoga with Down Dog at Rabbit Rabbit | Sat., Oct. 10 | 10-11 a.m. | 75 Coxe Ave., Asheville | $10 | Down Dog will lead a 50-minute Sculpt class outside at Rabbit Rabbit. Sculpt is a low impact, high intensity beat-based class rooted in yoga. Stick around after class and grab a drink or some tacos while enjoying some Saturday morning cartoons. Ⓟ ○ Hi-Wire Brewing’s Oktoberfest| Sat., Oct. 10 | 12-4 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top, 2a Huntsman Pl. | $15| Grab your friends + play festive games – like Keg Overhead + Bavarian Bingo – at your table as you compete against each other + against other tables. Bonus: Snack on Oktoberfest favorites such as bratwurst + pretzels. 🍻 ○ Papadosio Drive-In Concert | Sat., Oct. 10 | 6:45 p.m. | Smoky Mountain Event Center, 758 Crabtree Rd., Waynesville | $150+ | A socially distant show with the locally-based electro-psychedelic jam band. 🎸
Sunday ○ Outdoor Cardio Dance Class| Sun., Oct. 11 | 11 a.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $10 | Dance instructor + famous Ashevillian Lisa Zahiya’s last class before she bids adieu to Asheville. Stay for brunch at Asheville’s newest outdoor venue. 💃 ○ Kind, Clean Gentlemen| Sun., Oct. 11 | 4-7 p.m. | French Broad Outfitters at Hominy Creek, 230 Hominy Creek Rd. | Free | Live music by the water from Andrew Scotchie + Keith Harry. 🎵
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.
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