Have you ever considered hiking the whole state of NC? Did you even know it was possible? The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is a footpath that goes for 1,200 miles across NC from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.
DYK this is the most heavily used part of the MST in the mountains? You’re liable to meet trail runners, hikers + dog walkers here throughout the year. And it’s lovely year round, with azalea + rhododendrons at Craggy Gardens and fiery leaves in the fall.
Segment 4: Gorges, Peaks & Waterfalls Distance: 75.3 miles Type: 73 miles are on trails or abandoned logging roads, and less than three miles are on gravel roads Difficulty: moderate to strenuous
This remote section of trail goes through Pisgah National Forest and offers dramatic scenic vistas as well as picturesque rivers, waterfalls + whitewater. Take in stunning views of Linville Gorge and Bald + Dobson Knobs, as well as Lakes Tahoma + James.
The Friends of the MST are celebrating the trail’s 43rd birthday this month with some fun challenges to complete on the segment closest to you. Check out what they have in store for the rest of September here.
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Vote ○ Have you checked out our comprehensive guide to the 2020 election yet? Click here for information on important election dates, district maps, a glossary of election year terms, and introductions to all the candidates you could see on your ballot. And apologies if you were directed to the primary guide yesterday; we were experiencing a technical glitch. 🗳 ○ Have questions about whether your mail-in ballot has been printed, mailed, or received? You can track it all here. 📩
Civic ○ On Sept. 15, Buncombe County’s Board of Commissionersvoted unanimously to require all new county buildings over 10,000 square feet meet environmental standards established by the US Green Building Council. In addition to helping reduce greenhouse gases, the new rule will also help conserve natural resources, improve air + water quality, protect biodiversity, reduce waste streams, and increase buildings’ life cycle. The standard also applies to buildings undergoing renovations of more than 50% of their area. 🏗️ (Asheville Citizen-Times)
State ○ Gov. Roy Cooper has declaredSeptember 2020International Underground Railroad Month. He did so to highlight its historical significance + the importance of remembering the stories of those who were a part of the network of people who helped folks escaping slavery. Learn more here.
Number ○ $100,000. The amount aninitiative fromThrive Asheville + the city has allocated from the Housing Trust Fund to support the new Landlord-Tenant Partnership, developed to increase the number of landlords that accept vouchers for housing + decreases landlord risk. This initiative gives tenants more options + less uncertainty, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 📝 (WLOS)
TheBuy ○Calling all music + book lovers. There’s a new coffee table book to read + display: Patch & Tweak with Moog looks at Bob Moog’s synthesizers and features 30 in-depth interviews with artists + engineers, including Stranger Thingscomposers Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon and Moog synthesizer co-inventor Herb Deutsch. The book will be released Nov. 6 and is available for pre-order now. 📘
Community ○ This Sat. from 2-6 p.m., Kenilworth Presbyterian Church (123 Kenilworth Rd.) is hosting Every Vote Counts, a nonpartisan event with registration information for new voters. Attendees will receive info on absentee ballots + forms will be available. Bonus: free pizza, drinks, music + more. Bring a mask + a chair or blanket. 🍕 (Mountain Xpress)
Trending ○ For a limited time, participating Chick-fil-As in town will roll out a new sandwich. The Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich features an original Chick-fil-A filet topped with pimento cheese + pickled jalapeños and drizzled with honey. It’s only around as long as supplies last, so make haste if you want to try one. 🐔 (WIS News)
Event ○ Jackson Grimm Band Lawn Concert | Thurs., Sept. 17 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Isis Restaurant + Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Pay homage to the tradition of Southern Appalachian folk + experience a blend into new age folk with Asheville native Jackson Grimm Band. Reservations strongly recommended. 🎤
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.
Mark your calendars: Sun., Sept. 20, you have the opportunity to nosh on some incredible Latin-inspired eats and also help support some local food industry pros who’ve lost their livelihoods to the COVID-19 pandemic for Hi-Wire Brewing’s socially-distant Save the Sous Chefs Brunch.
Head to The Event Space at Hi-Wire (2B Huntsman Pl.), where your $50 ticket will get you two courses(options include dishes like chili-rubbed suckling pig and fried plantains, fried masa, and chilis + chocolate) and two drinks, plus gratuity and tunes from a local DJ. Even better?40% of the proceeds will go directly to the chefs. Get your tickets here. 🥘
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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, 2,796 cases and 75 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ NC will begin to receive more rapid coronavirus tests after Governor Roy Cooper signed a letter of intent to get 500,000 rapid tests. These tests will yield results in a matter of minutes rather than a few days + will first be distributed to people living or working in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or healthcare agencies. (WRAL)
○ More assistance may be coming for folks affected economically by the pandemic after a new $1 billion aid package was approved by the state legislature this month. Funding comes from the federal CARES Act and will go toward helping the state with the economic effects of COVID-19, as well as with tracking and treating the disease. State agencies are currently setting up programs + systems to distribute the funds.(Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ Restaurateurs in Asheville + NC are taking issue with a recent study from the CDC linking eating out to increased COVID-19 cases. The study has been criticized for its relatively small sample size and the fact that patients were not asked what state they dined in or whether they had eaten inside or outside. No outbreaks have been traced to restaurants in Buncombe County.(Asheville Citizen-Times)
○ If you’ve been to the Asheville Mall lately, you might have noticed that many store entrances are closed. Stores are using closed doors as a way of directing shopper traffic to abide with social distancing. Many stores are also displaying arrows + signs to help shoppers navigate the most socially distant paths. (WLOS)
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Answered: Props to y’all for being so civically engaged. Out of almost 200 people who responded to our voting poll yesterday, 98% of you are already registered to vote and 100% of you are planning to vote this year. And, 48.5% of you are planning on early voting, while 37.9% are opting for mail-in. 👏
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