Michelle Keenan

Membership Director

Ways To Connect

Garrison Keillor told stories and sang songs to an enthusiastic crowd at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium March 10th. "An Evening With Garrison Keillor" was presented by WCQS and Innovations Arts Entertainment. WCQS treated VIP ticket holders to a pre-show reception, at which Mr. Keillor charmed guests, spoke with darn near everyone in the room and graciously posed for lots of pictures. We thought you'd enjoy seeing a few snaps that were shared with WCQS.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought you might enjoy this romantic selection of favorites from Brevard Music Center's Principal Guest Conductor, JoAnn Falletta.  Happy Valentine's Day

1. You are So Beautiful
Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher - sung by Joe Cocker

Whether you are looking at an adorable puppy or kitten, or your own sweetheart, this is the music of love.

John Poole / NPR

We've received great feedback from listeners about Invisibilia, a new limited-run series co-hosted by NPR's Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American Life. Invisibilia delves into a wide array of human behavior, interweaving narrative storytelling with fascinating new psychological and brain science. Listen and research will come to life in a way that will make you see your own life differently.

Downton Abbey-style splendor continues to come alive every Sunday night at Lex 18's Downton Abbey Dinner and Viewing parties. The restaurant began hosting the vintage dinner banquets on January 4 and will continue through Downton Abbey's season finale March 1 on PBS. A portion of the proceeds from each night benefits WCQS. Due to the overwhelming response to the dinners, Lex 18 has added additional dinner parties in February, which are also quickly selling out.

In celebration of the 259th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, WCQS is playing all-Mozart, all day.

Chip Kaufmann is keeping it all in the family so-to-speak and will also include a piece by Mozart's father and Mozart's son during Morning Classical Music. This afternoon Josh Jourdan will kick things off after the State of Things with the "Marriage of Figaro".

You can see full playlist here

Styling food for Downton Abbey is like catering, except one meal has to last all day. Meticulous chef and food stylist Lisa Heathcote creates the grandeur on Downton Abbey down to the last bonbon. Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks to Heathcote about her Downton adventures and creations.

State of Things host Frank Stasio talks with Grammy Award winning Musician David Holt about his life and Holt demonstrates the instruments he learned from the people of the Appalachia.
Holt was in recorded in the WCQS studios for the interview. Hear their conversation and learn more about Holt here. 

We may not yet have the ability to time travel, but Lex 18, Appalachian Fine Dining Supper Club and Moonshine Bar, gave a close approximation recently. On January 4, Lex 18 hosted the first of 9 Asheville Downton Abbey Vintage Costume Banquet and Viewing Parties. A portion of the proceeds will benefit WCQS. This past Sunday WCQS All Things Considered host Helen Chickering did the honors.

BRRR! It looks like most of the nation is taking polar plunge this New Year. WNC will experience sub zero temperatures in the next day or two. Please be sure to bring outdoor pets inside. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept indoors. Snuggle up!

For cold weather pet safety tips, read more from the American Veterinary Medical Association

Last year Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal asked listeners to share what their economy feels like on a personal level. Local business owner Jen Swearington of Jennythreads in West Asheville responded. She was featured on the program recently. You can listen to the audio featured below.

After the program aired Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Caitlin Byrd interviewed Swearington about her response and the experience.