The 35th and final Bele Chere street festival has come and gone. The City of Asheville has decided it can no longer afford to fund the event. Asheville Citizen Times reporter and columnist John Boyle spoke with David Hurand about the end of what has been billed as the largest free street festival in the southeast.
Sandra Travis, festival program supervisor for the city of Asheville, says it’s hard to picture, but downtown Asheville was essentially deserted when the city had its first Bele Chere in 1979. “It started out really small. It was a way to revitalize downtown Asheville,” she said.
Tony Kiss previews the Fourth of July holiday entertainment scene. There's quite a range of options. Joshua Bell Brevard Music Center, Ice Cube at the Orange Peel, Story-Telling, and Shindig on the Green to mention just a few of the many great things to do.
The Brevard Music Festival has begun it's 2013 season and once again WCQS is there to bring you the excitement and artistry of live concerts from this nationally known center of music performance and education.
Listen throughout the summer as WCQS and our colleagues from WDAV Davidson bring you concerts of orchestral and chamber music performed by internationally known artists such as Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta and Matthias Bamert, as well as Brevard's own artist-faculty from across the United States.
The North Carolina General Assembly is expected to adopt some form of tax code reform during its present session. Among the proposals, changes to the way the state collects sales taxes, including charging sales tax on some professional services. Also under consideration, tightening or eliminating exemptions that benefit most not-for-profits. David Hurand spoke with the Managing Director of Diana Wortham Theater about one proposal that could lead to higher ticket prices.
The first Asheville Autism Pride Week runs June 16th-through June 22nd. David Hurand spoke with one of the events participants Dave Spicer. To see the full schedule of Autism Pride Week events visit their web site. http://autismprideweek.org