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What is an Art Walk? Asheville Downtown Art Walks Explained

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What is an Asheville Art Walk?

What is an Art Walk?

Just about any size city, town or hamlet, nowadays has an art walk of some kind. And the Asheville Downtown Art Walk is no different.

An Art Walk is self-guided and self-paced tour of small businesses or organizations that specialize in local arts and crafts.

An Art Walk can be held monthly, annually or quarterly. It can be run by organized local galleries, by a chamber of commerce or with just a handful of merchants banding together.

What is an Art Walk?

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The SoCon Basketball Tourney is Here in Asheville!

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Things to do during the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament

The SoCon Basketball Tourney

The Southern Conference Basketball Conference starts Friday here in Asheville NC.  If you live out of town and haven’t made arrangements, it might be too late to catch a game!

But don’t worry, you can always go shopping!

For the many SoCon basketball fans who will be visiting our little “haven in the hills”, we here at Mountain Made invite you to drop by our gallery during breaks between games and see what our local artisans have to offer.

The SoCon Basketball Tourney

 

 

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Basket Weaving Artists – Asheville’s Matt Tommey Transforms Kudzu

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Basket Art & Kudzu Weaving by Asheville artist Matt Tommey

To most Southerners the kudzu plant is an ecological nightmare. Kudzu is a group of climbing, perennial vines that are native to much of Southeast Asia, and some Pacific islands.

Transplanted here in North Carolina during the 1930s and 40s as way for farmers to stop soil erosion, this coiling, trailing vine quickly spread out of control.

Since then this powerful and pervasive vine, well hated for its relentless growth rate (nicknamed “foot-a-night”) has been a huge problem.

Also called “The Vine that Ate the South” since kudzu vines have been known to cover up and choke hillsides, native shrubs, trees, empty buildings and derlict cars with equal abandon.

Which why the Kudzu baskets created by artist Matt Tommey seem so appealing to many people who have seen the destructive power of these vines. (more…)

Asheville Native American Cooking Expert Johnnie Sue Myer’s Dried Bean Recipe

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Cherokee Indian Elder and Cookbook Author Johnnie Sue Myer offers several great recipes in her new cookbook (2011) “The Gathering Place”

According to Johnnie Sue, “Dried beans have been a staple of the Cherokee and mountain people for a long, long time. Not only are the beans and excellent source of protein but are also quite tasty and quite inexpensive, of course adding pork has its own tradition.”

dried bean soup

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Snowpocalypse Asheville – “The Weather Wimp’s Guide to Winter Survival”

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Hey Guys, Snowpocalypse in Asheville?

It’s going to going to be very interesting over the next couple of days. Parts of Asheville are expected to have 10 inches of the fluffy white stuff on the ground by the end of the weekend. Snowpocalypse in Asheville!

Which is really scary since Asheville has an eclectic mix of Northern transplants (who apparently aren’t afraid of any kind of bad weather) , native born Western North Carolinians (who know that snow storms and post-melt black ice are killers here in the mountains), and people who are from other warmer regions (who think both of the other groups are crazy and/or paranoid).

So just to help keep us all safe here is a guide I found online. Stay warm, stay safe and enjoy! (Oh, and by the way, we’re closed until Monday!)

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