Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss takes a look at the the post  Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend and reports there's plenty of music, theater,  movies, and  some traditional musical performances to consider.  Singer songwriter David Wilcox performs tonight (11/27) at the Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall.  David's performance in Western North Carolina has become a seasonal tradition.  Acoustic Syndicate takes the Grey Eagle stage Saturday night (11/28). 

Wake County State Senator Josh Stein recently paid a visit to Western North Carolina.   Stein, a Democrat is seeking his party's nomination for Attorney General.   Stein has served in the North Carolina General Assembly since 2009.  Stein earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Harvard. He served as Senior NC Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection between 2001 and 2008.  His boss, Attorney General Roy Cooper, has announced he will challenge Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

During this season of giving WCQS is serving as collection station for Homeward Bound's "Welcome Home for the Holidays Supply Drive."

Rep. McGrady of Henderson County Will Run Again

Nov 25, 2015
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North Carolina State Rep. Chuck McGrady, Republican of Henderson County, has ended speculation in announcing he will seek another term in the House.  McGrady had hedged on whether to run again in an interview with WCQS shortly after the session ended.  But he said his growing clout in the legislature had given him the opportunity to fight for issues he cares about – the environment being a big one.

November 27, 2015 marks the 7th National Day of Listening. The Day of Listening is a national holiday started by StoryCorps in 2008. On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks everyone to take a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one.

Tune in as WCQS celebrates this festive time of year. From Thanksgiving through New Year, Holiday Programming is our gift to you. We'll post highlights throughout the season, so be sure to check back often for updates.

Holiday programming is sponsored by: 

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Asheville mayor Esther Manheimer is taking the helm of a coalition of mayors across the state.  Manheimer was elected chairwoman of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition.  She was previously vice-chair.  The coalition of dozens of mayors from the state's larger municipalities works to be an advocate for the interest of cities in the legislature.  The coalition will be busy during the legislative session beginning in April of next year.  A number of bills could affect cities and towns.  She noted examples of successes in the

NC Stage: All is Calm

Nov 23, 2015

WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal in the studio with NC Stage's Charlie Flynn-McIver and poet, playwright and Cantaria member David Hopes. The three just talked about NC Stage production of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, featuring  Cantaria, the Gay Men's Chorus of Asheville. Coming up December 9th.

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Three new Asheville City Council members, Keith Young, Brian Haynes, and Julie Mayfield will be sworn in next month.  Asheviille  Citizen Times reporter Joel Burgess has been crunching the numbers, analyzing campaign spending and precinct voting.  He spoke with David Hurand about Keith Young's surprising first place finish.