Ready for some good news? The childhood home of iconic musician, performer + activist Nina Simone, located just down the road from Asheville in Tryon (about 50 minutes from Asheville), will be preserved indefinitely as part of a preservation easement.
Here’s what to know about Nina’s childhood – • Nina was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933 to mother Mary Kate (a Methodist preacher) and father John Divine (an entrepreneur). The Waymon family moved into the home in 1929. She was the youngest of six children. • She taught herself to play piano at three years old and eventually took classical lessons. She performed in her first recital at age 11 in 1943 at the Tryon Library. Because the South was segregated, her parents had to give up their front row seats for her performance to white audience members. She refused to play until her parents were back in their original seats. • She also played organ at St. Luke C.M.E. Church. • One of her piano teachers created the Eunice Waymon Fund to help Nina continue her training after she left for Allen High School – a boarding school in Asheville where she graduated valedictorian before moving to NYC to study at Julliard. She would eventually return to Tryon late in her life, though she died in 2003 in her adopted home, France.
Nina’s childhood home is a 660-square-foot, three-room clapboard house at 30 E. Livingston St., in the heart of Tryon’s historic African-American district, that features original objects and furniture, including her piano + sheet music.
Preservation efforts are scheduled to continue this fall. While you can’t visit the house yet in person, you can take a virtual tour here.
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Open ○ South of Philly, which opened its first location in Sylva and specializes in classic + creative Philly cheesesteaks, just held the soft opening of their Asheville location at 4 S. Tunnel Rd. Ste. 600. You can place an order onlineor head there from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. to get your Philly fix. (Ashvegas) 🥖
DYK ○ Need a WIFI connection? You can get online outside of any library in Buncombe County. Just look for the LibraryGuest network and use password readmore. The WIFI is available 24/7 – even when the library is closed. 📱
Civic ○Requested your mail-in ballots yet? You should be receiving them soon, because NC was the first state to send them out. To help meet the demand for mail-in ballots — which are at an all-time high due to the pandemic — ballot requests can be made until Oct. 27. 🗳️ (BPR News)
WaterCooler ○ TheNorth Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has announced its playoff plans. All team sports (excluding football) will be allowed to have conference tournaments as well as 32 team brackets for state. The number of postseason bids (or playoff spots) conferences will receive will be based on the number of participating teams. NC football teams will play seven games + start Feb. 26. 🏀 (WLOS)
State ○ Despite the pandemic, many coastal NC vacation rental companies have stayed busy, and they don’t anticipate a slowdown when autumn comes. Company reps say long-term rental reservations for the fall are going strong, and trends could continue because both parents + students are working and learning remotely. ⛱️ (WLOS)
Dish ○ Star Diner(115 N. Main St., Marshall) will reopen for carryout service on Sept. 17 – the next new moon. The restaurant closed in June while owner Brian Sonoskus went to Silver Ridge Recovery, where he recovered from alcohol abuse and created new menus + plans for the restaurant. Brian and his wife both realized they were relying on alcohol more to deal with stress due to the pandemic – they share their personal story here. ⭐️ (Asheville Citizen-Times)
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Edu ○ Families who are virtual-learning or working can live, work + learn on Kiawah Island this fall.Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering several outdoor learning opportunities now through Nov. 25. Opportunities include fun, hands-on experiences, nature tours in native habitats, recreational activities + educational programs – all designed to improve brains, bodies + moods (while maintaining safe social distancing). 🐬Ⓟ
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Wednesday afternoon, 2,667 cases and 72 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ Buncombe County school officials are in talks with local health officials to determine when students can safely return to schoolfor in-person instruction. Officials say there is currently no set date on when a decision will be made, but the board plans to discuss the issue during its Sept. 10 meeting. (WLOS)
Conferences with one to six teams will get one postseason automatic bid, and conferences with seven to eight teams will receive two automatic bids. Leagues with nine or more teams will get three postseason bids. NC football teams will play seven games + start Feb. 26.(WLOS)
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