It's a holiday weekend. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May to honor those who died serving the nation in the United States military. It's also seen as the launching pad for the summer season. On Memorial Day, in the early afternoon, a ceremony honoring those who died while serving will take place in downtown Asheville at Roger McGuire Green.
It's a sell out! LEAF dominates the local music scene this weekend but there's lots more going on around Western North Carolina. The Asheville Symphony takes the stage, there's magic in the air, lots of theater offerings, and several new movies. Tony has it all.
Author Francine prose has written seven nonfiction books, three short story collections, and 17 novels. But she says her most recent book, Lovers at the Chameleon Club Paris 1932, was one of the most difficult stories she's ever written.
“The book really began when I saw a photograph by the great Hungarian French photographer Brassai," Prose said. "It was a picture of two women in a bar. I had seen this photo before-- it’s an iconic photo, but I had never known anything about it.”
The five-day event includes more than 100 musicians. But this year, the festival also features 90 panelists, numerous interactive art exhibits, and sound installations throughout town, from the Orange Peel to Pack Place to the Moog Music factory itself.
Brand Director Emmy Parker says Moogfest 2014 will be unique not just for Asheville, but also for the event industry in general.
Tony is looking ahead to next Wednesday and the opening of MoogFest, April 23-27 in Asheville. But this weekend Earth Day will be celebrated on Lexington Avenue and Highland Brewing marks its' 20th anniversary. This weekend also serves to recognize independent "Record" stores and there are lots of new movies in area theaters and the Asheville Tourists are back at McCormick field for a big weekend of baseball.