Asheville Symphony Opens 16-17 Season with Tchaikovsky Celebration and Star Violinist Jennifer Koh September 17

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 season opens on Saturday, September 17 with “Tchasing Tchaikovsky,” a celebration of the great Russian composer. Audience members are in for a special treat as Jennifer Koh, one of America’s finest young soloists, returns to Asheville to join the ASO for Tchaikovsky’s impressive Violin Concerto in D major. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville under the direction of ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. Tickets/Info: (828) 254-7046 or

Lake James State Park Grows as Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina Donates Historic Whippoorwill Farm Property

Lake James State Park has grown by 41 acres with Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina’s donation today of the historic Whippoorwill Farm property to the State of North Carolina.

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina Receives $1M Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant for Conservation of Wildacres Retreat

A $1 million grant from North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund recently awarded to Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina brings the 1,100-acre Wildacres Retreat one step closer to permanent protection. The critical tract lies along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, N.C.

Grammy Award-Winner Kathy Mattea and guitarist Bill Cooley Open DWT’s 16/17 Mainstage Series, Sat. Sept. 24 at 8pm

One of the most respected country stars of her era, Kathy Mattea and guitarist/arranger Bill Cooley join Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series with The Acoustic Living Room, a unique show arranged by these two musicians to offer fans a different take on old favorites, creatively coordinated covers, and new originals – Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or

Asheville Symphony Announces 2016-2017 Season Program

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra announces its 2016-2017 season. The lineup includes a seven-concert Masterworks Series featuring favorite works and composers of Music Director Daniel Meyer; an all-new New Year’s Eve celebration with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; and the return of the highly popular Asheville Amadeus festival in March 2017 with famed violinist Midori as its headliner and artist-in-residence. Tickets/Info: (828) 254-7046 or

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina Earns National Recognition

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has achieved renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the nation-wide Land Trust Alliance. This accreditation is a mark of distinction in land conservation and signifies the Commission’s confidence that Foothills Conservancy’s lands will be protected forever. Foothills Conservancy was among 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in August.

Diana Wortham Theatre Announces 2016/2017 Mainstage Season

The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina announces the schedule of performances for the 2016/2017 Mainstage Series. The Mainstage Series presents a wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performing arts in an intimate, 500-seat hall. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or

Foothills Conservancy Hosts Erase the Waste on Johns River Outing August 26

On Friday, August 26, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina hosts Erase the Waste on Johns River, a river float and cleanup outing. The public is invited to join this fun annual event and help clean up the river while floating a beautiful five-mile stretch of its waters in Caldwell and Burke counties. The float begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until approximately 4:30 p.m.