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Foothills Craft Fair at Blue Ridge BBQ Festival
The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival, held this year on June 12 and 13 at Harmon Field in Tryon, NC, will once again be the site of the annual Foothills Craft Fair. Now in its 19th year, the Fair is one of many contributing factors that make this BBQ Festival one of the most highly acclaimed in the country. Selection of crafters for the fair is done by jury, ensuring the finest range and quality of items for sale to Festival guests. The best in contemporary and traditional crafts as well as fine art will be available.
Julie McIntyre, Crafts Fair chair, said that this year the Fair will include potters, metalworkers, jewelers, wood and leatherworkers, fabric and clothing artists, glass artists, recycled object artists, a twig furniture maker, and a puppet maker. “I am personally looking forward to seeing all the heirloom quality work created by many returning artists as well as many new artists,” she said.
Since each item must be hand made by the exhibiting artisan, the Foothills Craft Fair presents a great opportunity for visitors to talk to exhibitors and learn about the artistic process. Some crafters demonstrate their skills while at the Fair, and many are willing accept special orders. McIntyre indicated that many Festival-goers get a head-start on their Christmas shopping at the Craft Fair each year.
Though the Foothills Craft Fair is a relatively small show, it has established a reputation for quality, variety, and accessibility. Visitors wander in and out of the exhibitor booths set under huge trees along the Pacolet River and find excellent pieces at affordable prices. Artists and craftsmen understand that their works should be priced to sell and, as a result, this Fair tends to please both exhibitors and attendees.
The Festival also includes a fantastic lineup of music on two stages, a Kids Fun Park with carnival rides and games and, of course, outstanding barbecue with all the trimmings. On Saturday there will be a huge Classic Car Show sponsored by the Dusenbury Nationwide Insurance Agency. The Nationwide NASCAR Show Car and Simulator will be on the field Saturday. This year’s show car will be Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s famed #88. Also on Saturday the grand finale fireworks show will delight the crowd after dark.
Gates open at 10 am and close at 11 pm both Friday and Saturday. EVERYBODY gets in FREE on Friday from 10 am until 2 pm (and stay as long as they wish)! All other times, admission is $8.00 for adults with children 12 and under always free with a paying adult. Active duty service men and women also always free with military ID. Admission includes shuttle parking and all live entertainment.
Visit www.BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com for more information
THE SUSPECT'S PHOTO IS IN THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO
An Armed Robbery was reported at the Mountain Inn and Suites earlier today, located on Naples Road near I-26 in Henderson County.
At approximately 10:56 a.m. Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Mountain Inn and Suites and met with the clerk shortly after the reported robbery. Deputies learned that the suspect entered the hotel and requested to use the bathroom, at which time he walked behind the counter, approached the clerk and said, “I am sorry I have to do this” and pulled a handgun from his waistband. The clerk relinquished all cash to the robber and then the robber fled on foot with less than $300.00 cash.
There were no injuries and it appears that there was only one suspect and no other accomplices. The robber is described as a white male between 5’8” and 6’00” in height, wearing khaki shorts, a grey in color hooded sweatshirt with camouflage sleeves, white socks, and a dark/light striped billed toboggan with sunglasses. A nearby witness has described the robbery suspect and that the witness observed him getting into a small single cab green in color truck (unknown make and model) and drive away, direction of travel unknown.
A surveillance photo from Mountain Inn and Suites depicts the robber at the time of the incident. Anyone with information on this armed robbery or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828.696.4912 or to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 828.697.STOP.
The Historic Seventh Avenue District is holding their annual Farmer’s Market on Sunday, September 6, 2015.
This market is a Special Event of the Hendersonville Apple Festival. Historic Seventh Avenue is currently accepting vendor applications for the Market. If you are a farmer, small grower, or an artist whose work has its foundation in nature - you are invited to participate!
Booth fees for this event are $15.00. If electrical service is required, there is an additional $10.00 fee. Booths are allotted on a “first come” “first serve” basis. For additional information, call Velma at 828-692-2883. Vendor Applications can be found on the HSAD website.
The website for Historic Seventh Avenue is www.historic7thave.com.
ADVICE: KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED
The Hendersonville Police Department has been experiencing an increase in the number of reported vehicle break-ins during the past couple of weeks.
The majority of the reports of vehicle break-ins have shown that the cars were left unlocked.
The police are reminding residents to lock their car doors and to secure valuables that are in their cars by removing them from view or by taking them out of the car.
THE PROSPECT OF A NEW REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY, TO BE OPERATED IN CONJUCTION WITH THE METROPOLITAN SEWAGE DISTRICT (MSD), INVOLVES NOT ONLY THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE AND ITS WATER SYSTEM. (PHOTO IS OF ASHEVILLE'S NORTH FORK WATER RESERVOIR.) NORTHERN PARTS OF HENDERSON COUNTY, AS WELL AS THE COUNTY ITSELF AND THE TOWN OF MILLS RIVER, ALSO HAVE A STAKE IN THE NEW AUTHORITY MANADATED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY LAST YEAR. A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE HAS RULED AGAINST THE NEW AUTHORITY, BUT THE STATE APPEALED...AND THE APPEAL WAS HEARD THIS WEEK. CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS HAS PUBLISHED THESE DETAILS ON THE APPEAL AND ON THE STATUS OF THE AUTHORITY:
Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said Wednesday that she remains cautiously optimistic that one of the state’s highest courts will again vindicate the city in its fight against the N.C. General Assembly over control of the city’s water system.
After attending oral arguments at the N.C. Court of Appeals in Raleigh yesterday, Manheimer said that if the state’s appeal is successful, it would have sweeping consequences for cities and towns across North Carolina.
“I think there’s a concern that, if the state prevails, it means that cities don’t own their proprietary assets,” she told Carolina Public Press. That, she said, would impact the financing of projects and improvements. “I think banks would be very interested to learn we don’t have all the collateral we think we have.”
Despite a malfunctioning A/C unit and the high-stakes venue, court arguments over the fate of the Asheville water system appeared to be at their coolest and calmest in years, as both sides made their case over The Water Act, as the bill is known. The law — and the lawsuit that followed — is the latest episode in an almost century-long battle over control and direction of the water system.
In slightly more than an hour of presentations interspersed with questions from a trio of justices, the court reviewed the state’s appeal of Judge Howard Manning’s June 2014 decision. In that decision, Manning had sided with the city of Asheville in its challenge to a 2013 session law that transferred the city-owned system to a new regional water and sewer authority. In addition to finding that the bill violated constitutional restrictions, Manning ruled that the legislation would amount to an unlawful taking of the water system without just compensation.
Even though the legislature was successful in passing the 2013 law, the ensuing lawsuit wasn’t the only reaction. The bill’s two main sponsors, former Buncombe County Reps. Tim Moffitt and Nathan Ramsey, both Republicans, were defeated in their bids for reelection last November after their opponents, Reps. Brian Turner and John Ager, both Democrats, accused them of, among other things, running roughshod over the city.
But in court, most of the discussion focused on who really owns the water system in the first place, a point that formed a key part of the state’s appeal.
I. Faison Hicks, a special deputy attorney general arguing for the state, asserted that since the water system and the city itself are charted by the state, the water system doesn’t belong just to Asheville and its citizens.
“Municipal public water systems belong to the state,” he said.
He also argued that the city would not be harmed in the utility’s transfer because the system would go on as it is, continuing to serve “exactly the same people in exactly the same way.”
Because the city would not have to replace the system, he said, it can’t claim it is a loss.
“The state does not see that as a loss,” he said, “but rather the achievement of a greater good.”
That brought a strong rebuttal from Asheville’s attorney, Dan Clodfelter, who is now the mayor of Charlotte and who was a state senator when the bill was passed.
Clodfelter called the state’s argument that the city doesn’t actually own its water system a “peculiar contention.”
He said the other local governments represented on the new authority set up under the direction of the Water Act would not necessarily run the system in the way the state asserted. It was clear, he said, that Asheville would lose a valuable asset as a result.
Hicks also responded to Judge Manning’s ruling asserting that the act was unconstitutional because it was really a local bill disguised as a statewide act. The constitution prevents the state legislature from approving local bills that relate to “health, sanitation and the abatement of nuisances” and non-navigable streams.
Hicks said the transfer related to improving the governance structure of the system and did not directly impact health and sanitation. He said that if the court interpreted the effect of the bill too broadly, the legislature would be unable to write any law influencing water and sewer systems.
“Yes, this will affect non-navigable streams. Yes, this will affect health, sanitation and the abatement of nuisances,” Hicks said. “But that effect is incidental. It’s not the primary concern of the law. The primary concern of the law is governance, good governance.”
In an interview with Carolina Public Press after the hearing, Clodfelter said he also remains positive on the potential outcome.
“But you never know until they rule,” he said.
Clodfelter’s co-counsel, Ron Payne, of Asheville, added that if the court sides with state, it would have a chilling effect.
“Any city this would apply to would have second thoughts about spending large amount of funds for any proprietary function’” he said, such as parking deck or water infrastructure. Payne said local governments could find it difficult, or at least more expensive, to secure bonds for projects.
Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, one of several members of the local legislative delegation in attendance at the hearing, said he’s unsure how the case will end up.
“Some of it seemed to be on point on one side, some on the other,” he said. “I’m glad I’m not a judge having to decide it.”
Apodaca said there has not been a lot of discussion on what might happen on the water system issue going forward.
“There is some communication,” he said, “but, after the last election, that kind of got put that to the side.”
A decision on the case is expected to take 90 days or longer, according to Asheville’s attorneys.
Leading up to Wednesday’s arguments, Manheimer said that she has heard from a number of towns that are monitoring the case because of how it might affect investments like the expansion of water and sewer services.
“I know Boone is watching this case carefully as it looks at some significant upgrades,” she said. “Towns want to understand (that) if they build something they can hold on to it.”
Growers in the area have been concerned about the lack of “general” rainfall for weeks...and the actual rainfall totals so far the year back them up.
While scattered showers and storms have brought needed rain to some areas, the weather reporting station at the Asheville Regional Airport closed out May on a dry note and extended an overall dry pattern that started over the winter.
The airport recorded only 1.35 inches of rain for May, which was 2.31 inches below normal for the month, according to National Weather Service records.
Since Jan. 1, the airport area has received 14.25 inches of rain, which is 4 inches below normal, according to the Weather Service.
Starting in December, the airport has recorded only one month — April — with above-average rainfall.
Hendersonville’s rainfall deficit at WHKP, Hendersonville’s official weather observation station is closer to 6 inches for the year.
Fifty-five of the state's 100 counties — essentially the western half of the state extending as far east as Greensboro — are listed as abnormally dry by the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.
Some relief may be on the way, as a 40-60 percent chance of showers and storms is in the forecast every day this week, according to the Weather Service.
Popular Concert Series Returns to Downtown Hendersonville
Music on Main concert series offers free music, car show at the Visitors Center
Music on Main Classic Car Shows
June 5-August 14 June 5, 19
Every Friday Night July 3, 17, 31 & Aug 14 July 10, 24 & Aug 7
Visitor Center Visitor Center block Visitor Center block
Audiences will once again be treated to one of Hendersonville’s favorite summertime events at the 17th Annual Music On Main concert series. Music on Main is the premier outdoor concert series held every Friday evening from June 5 through August 14 at the Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street in Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Concerts begin at 7pm, and admission if free.
Music on Main provides a quality, family-oriented event showcasing regional musical talents. The diverse line-up ranges from pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music- there’s something to please everyone! These concerts are consistently one of the most popular summer events in Hendersonville, drawing thousands of people to downtown. You won’t want to miss it.
Two special Saturday concerts will be held on May 16 and July 4th. The concert on Saturday, May 16, will be a fundraiser for HonorAir, featuring the music of Simple Folk. The Special Fireworks Celebration Concert on Saturday, July 4th, features a Patriotic Tribute by 96.5 House Band. Enjoy the concert and Jackson Park fireworks (at dusk) from the comfort of your chair,
The Hendersonville Antique Car Club hosts several classic car shows in conjunction with Music on Main during the season. A variety of antique cars will be featured on June 5, 19,
July 3, 17, 31, and Aug 14. Classic Corvettes will be shown June 12, 26, July 10, 24 and Aug 7. The car show is located in front of the Visitor Center, between Allen Street and Caswell Street, which will be closed to traffic. For more information about the classic car shows or the Hendersonville Antique Car Club call (828) 697-8344.
Bring a chair and enjoy an evening of live music and beautifully restored cars from 7pm-pm. The audience seating area opens after 5:30pm, early admission is prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Admission is free. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks, or coolers allowed.
In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8pm. If the weather does not improve by 8pm the performance will be cancelled.
For additional information, a concert schedule or lodging and travel information call the Visitor Center at (828) 693-9708, or 800-828-4244, or visit our website at www.historichendersonville.org
Concert Series Sponsors:
Burger King, Firehouse Subs, Fastmed Urgent Care & Henderson County Tourism Development Authority
St. James Episcopal School for Little Folks has implemented a new program called LifeCubby. LifeCubby is a highly-organized online portfolio that offers parents and teachers a simple and new way to electronically chronicle all aspects of a child’s life, from birth through the teen years.
LifeCubby is a parent planning tool and early childhood teacher journaling tool different from any other online portfolio, child’s historical record book or social networking site because of its breadth of capabilities and ease of use.
“LifeCubby is all about leveraging the Internet and the electronic age to simplify the lives of parents and teachers,” said LifeCubby founder Sue Testaguzza. “Parents crave opportunities to capture special moments in the lives of their children. Teachers are looking for easy and convenient ways to document the progress of students. We bring all these elements together in real time.”
Parents become “cubby managers” by creating a private and secure "cubby" to organize and store information electronically for their children. Parents store everything from journal entries, medical records, keepsakes and school papers to videos and photos. With mobile apps, LifeCubby can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Parents can restrict their child’s cubby to themselves, or they can grant others access to share in creating the child’s biographies through inviting "cubby pals."
“We are so excited about having Life Cubby and our parents are, too,” said Denise Purcell, Executive Director of St. James School for Little Folks. “It’s a great organizational tool for us and a convenient way for parents to stay tuned in to their children’s progress.”
St. James Episcopal School for Little Folks, an outreach ministry of St. James Episcopal Church, is a Christian pre school, child care and day care for ages 12 months to 5 years for St. James Parish and the greater Hendersonville, NC, area. The program has been awarded a 5-star rating by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. The academic preschool program prepares children for the future by building a solid foundation of Christian values and school readiness skills.
TO EASE CONGESTION AROUND WEST HENDERSON HIGH AND RUGBY MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Steve Cannon, who is the District Engineer for NC DOT in Henderson County, tells WHKP News that some major improvements are coming to Highway 191 in the vicinity of West High and Rugby Middle Schools to ease the traffic back-ups especially in the hours just before and after school each day.
Cannon said the traffic back-ups are obvious and have resulted in numerous rear-end collisions.
So NC DOT plans to construct a third lane in 2016 that will stretch from Mountain Road to the intersection with North and South Rugby Roads. Cannon said bids for the project will likely be let in January of 2016, and the whole project may take a year to a year and a half to complete.
In addition to the third lane, Cannon said longer turn lanes into both schools will be constructed, along with a walking trail along Highway 191 that will connect the two schools.
Traffic typically backs up along that stretch of Highway 191 between 7 and 8am and between 3 and 4pm on school days.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman