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.
Strive Not to Drive continues through Friday May 24. The annual event encourages active and sustainable transportation in Asheville and Buncombe County. Residents are urged to reconsider how they get from place to place, whether it be by walking, taking public transportation, or riding a bicycle. Part of Strive Not to Drive is The Ride of Silence. The ride honors those who have been injured or killed while riding a bicycle.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina held its tenth annual Power of the Purse luncheon today. The event celebrates women in philanthropy by raising funds for Women for Women, a part of CFWNC.
Part of today’s presentation was to recognize four organizations receiving grants from the women’s fund this year, groups that help improve the lives of women and girls in Western North Carolina.
Through the Women’s Fund, more than $2 million has been given to non-profits and organization that support that mission over the last ten years.
Attorney Todd Williams’ resounding victory in the Democratic Party primary will end Ron Moore’s run of nearly 24 years as Buncombe County’s District Attorney. At this point, Williams name is the only name that will appear on the November ballot. David Hurand spoke with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about what Moore’s defeat means for the yet to be released audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence room.
The Short Session of the North Carolina General Assembly gets underway Wednesday in Raleigh. The session is used to tweek the state budget. Carolina Public Press Capital Bureau reporter Kirk Ross told David Hurand the short session may live up to its name.
Asheville Voice for Animals wants City Council to ban circuses that feature exotic animals. Ringling Bros. closed its’ recent run in Asheville Sunday. Those attending performances at the civic center walked past protesters critical of the circus and its treatment of elephants. Asheville Voice for Animals says Ringling Bros. uses cruel and abusive training methods and should not be allowed to stage its productions in the city. A spokes-woman for the protesters says her members are planning to meet with Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer next week to urge her to support the ban.
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 popular Asheville based restaurant Tupelo Honey recently announced it will open new restaurants in Raleigh and Atlanta. The restaurant also has published its' second cookbook. David Hurand spoke with the authors of Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains, Elizabeth Sims and Executive Chef Brain Sonoskus about the restaurants second cookbook and the growing popularity of Asheville as a destination for tourists looking for a memorable meal.