1) ASAP Business of Farming Conference
ASAP’s annual Business of Farming Conference returns in time for the 2014 growing season, Feb. 22 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. While the conference, which focuses on the business side of farming, covering topics from recordkeeping to marketing has always included workshops for both beginning and veteran farmers, this year’s event promises a heartier serving of options for experienced growers. Registration is now open. Attendance is $40 per person by Jan. 31 and $60 beginning Feb. 1, with a discount for multiple farm registrants. The conference is made possible with support from Katuah Market, Buncombe County, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
2) Conference to Feature Presentations on Growing and Selling Grapes
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Sustainable Appalachian Viriculture Institute, the French Broad Vignerons and the Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard will host the fourth annual Grape Growers Conference at the Madison County Cooperative Extension office in Marshall. Come learn how to participate in the fastest growing industry in North Carolina that provides over $1.5 billion economic impact in NC. The conference registration fee is $25 paid in advance or $30 walk in. Registration fee includes lunch, coffee break refreshments, handouts and free parking.
3) Annual Crossnore Christmas Bonfire
Check your calendars and plan to come to the Meeting House in Crossnore for the Annual Christmas Bonfire from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. Alex Clark has built a stone fire ring for his Eagle Scout project. He and the rest of the troop will light the fire and keep us warm outside or you can visit with the community members inside with hot cider and cookies. Spread the word and let’s gather for seasonal songs around the fire. Sponsored by the Town of Crossnore and Crossnore Community Enhancement.
4) Tweetsie Railroad Season Pass Giveaway
The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner. Tweetsie Railroad has closed its gates for the season, but as a thank you to everyone who visited North Carolina’s first theme park during the 2013 season, Tweetsie is giving away a pair of 2014 Golden Rail Season Passes. Visit Tweetsie on Facebook between now and Dec. 18 for details and to enter for your chance to win. And be thinking about your favorite memory, story or photo from the 2013 season. Season pass holders will enjoy a full season of adventure from Wild West train rides, amusement rides, live entertainment and the Deer Park Zoo, as well as free admission to all special events throughout the season and discounts at other High Country family attractions. Golden Rail Season Passes for next year are also available for purchase at a rate of $80 for adults and $55 for children ages 3-12. Visit Tweetsie.com to purchase.
5) Lowland Hum Concert
Lowland hum and Redleg Husky are playing at Bald Guy Brew at 585 West King Street in Boone on Friday, Jan. 17. Lowland Hum is the multi-sensory artistic collaboration of Daniel and Lauren Goans. Since releasing their first album Native Air in August, Lowland Hum has played before 45 audiences in 13 states. The due recently announced they’ll be touring their home state of North Carolina in January. Native Air was recently named one of NPR’s top albums of 2013.