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.
Join us at 10:30 a.m. on August 3 at The Orange Peel to celebrate one of our most popular shows! WCQS listeners have been buzzing about Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! since we announced the show’s August 1 live performance in Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The show sold out in just over a day and will once again bring national attention to our neck of the woods when it broadcasts over NPR stations on August 3. WCQS and The Orange Peel want you to be part of the excitement!
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.
The wet summer has our gardening expert Alison Arnold worried about one of her favorite vegetables. On the other hand Alison says the rain has been a blessing for some berries and a variety of road side attractions. She spoke with David Hurand.
Eleven bears are getting acclimated to their new home in Texas. The bears were moved from their home in Cherokee to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary following a 450-thousand dollar donation from an anonymous donor. David Hurand spoke with the Legal Counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which has been
working to improve living conditions for the bears for several years.
WCQS is hosting a community meeting July 30th at 6:30 at the Transylvania County Library. President and CEO, Jody Evans, will take questions and comments and discuss plans for the station and its Brevard frequency.
Western North Carolina Public Radio, WCQS, will host a community meeting July 30th at 6:30 pm in the Transylvania County Library. WCQS President and CEO, Jody Evans, wants to hear from residents in Transylvania County about how the station is doing and how it can reflect the concerns and issues facing residents in Transylvania County. Evans will talk about what’s going on at the station and share news about WCQS’s radio signal in Brevard.
A significant change maybe in store for Asheville voters. David Hurand spoke with Mt. Xpress reporter Jake Frankel about a bill being considered by state lawmakers in Raleigh that would impose district elections for seats on Asheville City Council.