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ASAP's 2017 CSA Fair Set for March 16
On Thursday, March 16, the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project (ASAP), will hold its 2017 CSA Fair from 3-6 pm at Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Asheville.
The CSA Fair is an opportunity to meet farmers face-to-face and learn more about their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and products. CSA subscribers receive a weekly box (or share) of fresh, locally grown produce and/or meats and other farm-fresh items. There will be an opportunity to sign up to learn more from farmers or subscribe on the spot. Groups from workplaces and religious congregations are encouraged to attend—many farms will deliver directly to these locations if there is sufficient demand. All participating farms have pick-up locations in Asheville and Buncombe County.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The fair will also feature family-friendly activities and a local food tasting to inspire your CSA dishes.

Click here for more event information and a list of this year's participating farms.
Hometown History Workshop Slated
The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies will present a "Hometown History" workshop on Monday, June 5, at the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Western Office, 176 Riceville Road, Asheville.
The topic for the day is  “difficult history.” Speakers will delve into ways to present tough topics to audiences in your community. The program will feature slide presentations, group break-out sessions, and a roundtable discussion with regional experts who have worked with the Cherokee Tribe, Gaston County Museum, and Western Carolina University.
Space is limited and registration is now open. Click here  for more information and to register.
Ensemble Stage Theater Group Moves to Banner Elk
Ensemble Stage has moved its professional theater productions to downtown Banner Elk, relocating from Blowing Rock to the Historic Banner Elk School.
The group, founded in 2009, will set up permanent residence at the historic school and give performances throughout the year. Its previous location at the Blowing Rock School auditorium limited performances to summer break and other school holidays. 
“We’ve always wanted to do things year-round,” says Gary Smith, artistic director for Ensemble Stage. “We want people anytime of year to say, ‘Ensemble Stage has something going on in Banner Elk. Let’s go there.’”
In partnership with the Town of Banner Elk, Ensemble Stage will lease both performance and practice space. The group’s presence at the school, as well as funds from its lease agreement, will help to continue renovations at the Historic Banner Elk School.
The group opens its Mainstage season June 16.  Ensemble Stage’s plays will complement Lees-McRae College’s Summer Theatre series, which consists of musicals.
Stecoah Center Receives $100,000 Grant
The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is the recipient of the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts. The $100,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation was awarded for the completion of the Center’s Courtyard of the Cherokee Project, a permanent installation occupying the open space between the two wings of the U-shaped building.
The Courtyard is an outdoor arts-based exhibit that authentically represents the seven clans of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The Courtyard project will provide awareness of the EBCI’s role in the Stecoah community and experiential learning opportunities for students and visitors in the area.
Foothills Conservancy Adds Henry Fork River Acreage
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has added 26 acres along the Henry Fork River in Burke County to its Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve.
The acquisition, made possible by a generous contribution of $100,000 from conservationist Tim Sweeney, brings the preserve’s size to 116 acres and connects the preserve lands to River Road, giving the conservancy better access for management. 
“Protecting this property means that Foothills Conservancy now owns the access point to our preserve, and the preserve itself is protected from directly adjacent development,” said Andrew Kota, associate director for Foothills Conservancy. “This land is also an important puzzle piece that brings us closer to connecting two of our conservancy preserves: the Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve and South Mountains Headwaters Preserve. One of our goals is to create corridors of preserved public and private lands to benefit wildlife. Adding puzzle pieces between the two preserves works toward that goal.”
Notable: News and Opportunities
  • The new season of David Holt’s State of Music premieres on the UNC-TV’s NC Channel on Saturday, April 8 at 9 pm and airs in that time slot for 8 weeks. Also, a 30-minute episode from Season 1 will air just afterward in the 9:30pm slot for the first three weeks of the Season 2 run. Season 2 will then air on UNC-TV’s main channel in early summer.
  • Free 2017 Calendar listings for all family events. Here’s another opportunity for our partners who want to publicize their 2017 events. Click here to list your events on Festival News.
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