BLAINESWORLD #752, Section 12A

1. A DREAM OF CAMELOT, a world premiere musical, runs from March 11, 12 and 13 at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville at the corner of Woodfin St. and Broadway Avenue. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.

It features 24 original new songs written by local composer (and international recording artist) Richard Shulman. A DREAM OF CAMELOT will be directed by Asheville’s Jerry Crouch. This production promises to be an unforgettable healing experience for all that attend. I personally know two of the performers, Lawrence Hines and Gary Gaines, and am looking forward to seeing them on stage.

A. General admission tickets are available in advance for $20 at 828-658-9604 and and at the door for $25. Group rates are also available for groups of 20 or more.

NOTE: Cynthia and I will be going on the 13th and probably catch dinner after the show. We’d love to have you join us. Email me if interested.

B. SPECIAL OPEN REHEARSAL (of the above production) on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Clubhouse for Biltmore Lake residents from 3-5 p.m. You won’t see the entire show, but you’ll see several of the best scenes and musical numbers, and you’ll find it an interesting experience. If you’re a resident, please sign-up via the Intranet; if you are not a Biltmore Lake resident and would like to come as my guest, send me an email to that effect.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission is FREE, but please bring non-perishable food items for the Manna Food Bank.

C. A second OPEN REHEARSAL has just been added. This will take place on Sunday, March 6 at the Owen Theatre at Mars Hill College from 3-5 p.m. Again, you won’t see the entire show, but you’ll see bits and pieces of it. You’ll also find out details about SART’s upcoming summer season. You must sign-up for FREE tickets since there only a limited number of seats. You can request up to 6. If interested, indicated how many seats you want and contact information. Send this in an email to You will only be contacted if all the seats have been sold out.

2. Upcoming Asheville SCORE seminars:

How to Start A Business in Tough Times
Saturday, Feb. 26
8:30 AM-2:30 PM (lunch included)

Business Plan
Saturday, Maruch 5  
8:30 a.m.-12 PM

For more information and/or to register, please click:

3. Please HOLD THE DATE (a note from Cynthia):

Because your presence is important to me, please do add this enlivening event happening on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, both nights at 7:30 p.m.: Hand Me Down, Bestowing Our True Inheritance Through Life, Lessons and Legacy. As always, these projects connect artistry, community and entertainment with civic giving. Proceeds from the performance will support CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Center whose funding has been cut drastically in the past couple of years.

A. Hand Me Down will feature two choreographed works: There’s No Place Like Home and Legacy. Both pieces examine the ordinary moments and memories of our sense of place and how our we view our contributions to this life. The show will also offer music, comedy and a poignant story about place, loss and legacy written by Colson Whitehead and performed by Frank Marshall. You will walk away from the show having been entertained, possibly moved and hopefully inspired.

B. Go ahead now and mark this date in your calendar or planner. I look forward to seeing you at the Diana Wortham Theatre along with 45 community cast members. Tickets go on sale mid-March at Enchanted Forrest on Merrimon Ave and Hendersonville Road, Malaprop’s Bookstore and Diana Wortham Theatre.

For more information, please click:

NOTE: I’ll be going on both nights and probably grabbing a bite to eat before the show on each night. Email me if you’d like to join me.

4. A Concert 4 Hope
To benefit the Downtown Welcome Table
Mark Knollman with Tuxedo Junction and Special Guest Christina Maxwell

Diana Wortham Theatre
Sunday, March 6, 2011
4-6 p.m.

Tickets: $50 Main Floor, $25 Upper Balcony

For tickets, contact: Dieter Buehler, 665.7290;

Tickets are also available through Diana Wortham Theatre
828.257.4530 or

Every $50 tickets sold will feed over 50 people!

For more information on the Downtown Welcome Table, visit:


The Asheville Chamber Music Series, celebrating its 58th season, will be presenting
the following concerts:
March 4 – Audubon Quartet
Betthoven: Op. 18, No. 2
Serebrier: Fantasia for String Quartet
Wolf: “Italian Serenade”
Schickele: Quartet No. 1, “American Dreams”

The Audubon Quartet has won acclaim throughout the world for more than 30 years.
Founded in 1974, the ensemble quickly achieved international recognition by winning top
prizes in three major competitions in their first four years together. In 1981, the Quartet
made a groundbreaking three-week tour of Mainland China, the first American quartet
ever to visit the People’s Republic of China. “They listen to one another and adjust
instinctively to produce a sound of strikingly beautiful luminescent quality that invariably
serves the music with grace, sophistication and vibrancy. (The New York Times).

March 25 – Miro Quartet
Schubert: “Quartetsatz”
Brahms: Quartet No. 1
Philip Glass: Quartet No. 5

Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miro were winners of the Fischoff,
Banff and Coleman competitions, as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music
Award and the Cleveland Quartet Award. It was the first chamber ensemble ever to be
awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. As Quartet-in Residence at the University of
Texas School of Music, the ensemble members teach private students and coach chamber
music groups.

The concerts take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin
Place at Charlotte Street, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available for $35 at the door on a
first come, first served basis. Students under 25 are admitted free of charge (space
permitting). To pre-order tickets please call (828) 259-3626.

On the Thursday
preceding each concert a “Pre-Concert Talk” by Charles McKnight will be held at
the Reuter Center at UNCA. The program will begin at 4:15 pm and is free and
open to the public.

For more information please call (828) 259-3626 or go to

6. Wednesday, March 2nd, from 4-7pm: A Free Children’s Book Exchange! Have some children’s books that could use a new home (donations are welcome any time prior to the event)? Have some children that are looking for something new to read? In honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birfday, we invite you all to a “Give a Book, Take a Book” event for kids and families at The Hop on Merrimon. In addition, all remaining books will be donated to Helpmate, a very worthy domestic violence agency/shelter in Asheville.

(If you are interested in further donations, like paper towels and toilet paper, to Helpmate, online is their Wish List.)

Also, from 6-7pm, we will open up the space in our store for a Dr. Seuss themed open-mic session. Anything Seuss-related goes! Prepare a reading, costumes, skits created by your family, et cetera. This will be an occasion for all Seuss lovers to shine! Hosted by Barbie Angell!

Hope to see you there!

Much Love,
Greg and Ashley Garrison

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe
640 Merrimon Ave
828 254 2224


7. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite the public to attend the spring 2011 Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy. The academy is designed to provide an overview of daily operations and each topic will be presented by Sheriff’s Office staff. Space is limited to the first 30 Buncombe County residents who are approved to attend, so don’t delay – class will fill up quickly.

A. Application deadline is March 07, 2011

B. The academy is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on April 5 and ending on May 5 during the hours of 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

C. If interested, and you are a Buncombe County resident who is at least 18 years of age, please submit the following information:
Full name (first, middle, last)
Date of birth
Current address (no PO Box)
Driver license number/State
Phone number(s)
Email address

Please correspond by email to Sgt. Ben Parker no later than March 07, 2011. If accepted, you will receive further instructions regarding class times, locations, subjects, etc.

Sgt. Ben Parker
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Prevention Unit

NOTE: I’ve heard (from a past participant) that this program is excellent and am hoping to get in this year’s class. It would be great if you could join me! Let me know via email if you’re applying, too.


8. The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy.

A. This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions.

B. Classes begin on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at 100 Court Plaza, Asheville.

C. The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Tuesdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.

D. The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics. Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.

E. Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or e-mail him at

NOTE. I participated in this program last year and STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT. It was fantastic!


9. BUSINESS MENTORS NEEDED. You can help small
businesses achieve success. Give back and have fun doing it.
Asheville SCORE is part of a nationwide organization that
helps small business get started–and then flourish.

Volunteer your time and use your business acumen in
a productive way. Volunteers needed in all business
areas and especially those with Marketing, Finance
and/or Accounting backgrounds. Minorities and women
are encouraged to apply, as are individuals in Buncombe,
Swain and McDowell Counties.

Call Dane at 828-367-1446 or email him

NOTE: As always, I’m available to provide FREE COUNSELING for your business or organization through Asheville SCORE. (Or I could find you some other counselor who could help you.) If interested, send an email to and put COUNSELING in subject line.

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