BLAINESWORLD #828, Section 12B (NC)

(1) Chekov one-act comedies at Hendersonville Little Theatre through August 12

(2) ASHEVILLE— The Police Department is inviting residents to apply for the fall semester of its Citizens Police Academy.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.Classes begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Police Department. The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Thursdays. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony. 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.Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or

(3) A Celebration of Little Pearls with Kat Williams and Friends

  • Featuring Kat Williams, Chris Rosser & Daniel Barber
    plus cameo performers who shine in our “tiny films” AND onstage!* Great Music * Yummy Food * Inspiring Videos from our new DVD * Kid-friendly, too *

    Tickets: $15, age 10 & under $7
    Food included, while it lasts…. Come early!
    Doors open at 6, food at 6:30, show starts at 7Tickets available at White Horse (828) 669-0816 or online at White Horse Black Mountain: our event page at a listing of sponsors, including LOTS of great food!Cameo performers are: Tim “T-Bone” Arem, emcee with Kat Williams; Howard Hanger; Lee Barnhardt Hatling; Kim Hughes; Amanda Levesque; Taya Ricker; Ben Scales; Mica White, storyteller; Dog Stars from the Dog Pearls series and some surprises!A Benefit for Little Pearls: “tiny films” that open hearts and mindsLittle (828) 658-0907
    Little Pearls is a 501(c)3 non-profit
(4) Open Heart Art Center Annual Talent Show and Fundraiser
  • Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803

  • The talent show is a favorite of the students who prepare for months for the event. Funds raised at this year’s event will go to support the agency’s new Boundless Art Program, which will allow for student field trips and to offer satellite classes in the community. The agency hopes to raise at least $15,000 to support this program.After the Talent Show, the band Viper’s Dream will be playing Swing Jazz until 10:00 PM.

    Tickets for the event will be $10. You can pay at the door. Ticket price includes an amazing talent show, delicious food, and local musicians. There will also be a raffle/silent auction throughout the evening, so bring your cash. Awesome items will be available!

    This short video is what we are all about at Open Hearts Art Center.

(5) Western North Carolina Historical Association
  Smith McDowell House Museum  
News and Events
“Civil War Comes to the Mountains” Lecture
The Western North Carolina Historical Association will conclude its series “Civil War Comes to the Mountains” with a lecture by Dr. Gordon McKinney entitled Zeb Vance:  North Carolina’s Civil War Governor.
Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement and AB Tech, the lecture will be held on Saturday, September 8, at 2:00 pm in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. This event is open to the public and is free to WNC Historical Association members. A $5.00 donation is suggested for non-members. Reservations may be made by calling 828-253-9231 or by email to smh@wnchistory.orgbut are not required.
Dr. McKinney is the f ormer director of the Appalachian Center and professor of history at Berea College in Kentucky.  He is co-author of T he Heart of Confederate Appalachia:  Western North Carolina in the Civil War and
co-editor of the microfilm edition of The Papers of Zebulon Vance.  
Gordon McKinney lectures frequently throughout Western North Carolina on topics related to the history and culture of this region and Appalachia.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Western North Carolina Historical Association.
Dr. McKinney, in a summary, stated that “Zeb Vance was an activist governor during the worst domestic crisis in North Carolina’s history.  He sought to support the civilian population that faced financial hardship, social disruption and physical danger.  At the same time, he defended the state government from the encroachments of the Confederate authorities and the incursions of Federal forces.  Finally, he clothed, fed and provided needed supplies for North Carolina regiments throughout the Confederacy.  Through all of these challenges he maintained a viable and democratic political system.”
“A Cherokee Experience”
Discovery Tour 
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Western North Carolina Historical Association will lead an educational tour to Cherokee, NC, to explore the history and the culture of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.
The tour will include a meeting with the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band, a visit to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, a talk by a tribal member on the oral history of the people, a traditional Cherokee dinner (lunch), an overview of Cherokee culture, a visit to the Oconaluftee Indian Village and the Annual Southeast Tribes Festival. A talk on contemporary issues will also be included. 
The tour will depart the Smith-McDowell House at 7:30 am and return at approximately 6:30 pm to Asheville. We will be traveling to and from Cherokee on a modern motorcoach.  Additional information will be provided on the trip to Cherokee on the bus.  The discussion will be led by Tom Sanders, familiar to many North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement participants.  An accomplished historian in the area of Native Americans, he holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and recently taught a 5 part series on the Cherokee Indians in the College for Seniors.
Spaces on the tour are limited so make your reservations today. Tickets for the entire day, including lunch, refreshments and transportation, are $75.00 per person for WNCHA members and $90.00 for non-members.   For more information and to reserve a place on the trip, please call 828-253-9231 or email  All reservations will be confirmed by telephone.  
“A Conversation 
with Justice Harry C. Martin”
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Continue the Cherokee Indian discussion by joining us for “A Conversation with Justice Harry C. Martin” on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Smith McDowell House Museum at 283 Victoria Road in Asheville. 


Justice Martin, a retired Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of North Carolina, became the Chief Justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in 2000 and supervised the creation of the new Tribal Court system on the Qualla Indian Boundary in Western North Carolina.  He established the Cherokee Court as a leader among the Indian Nations. He retired in 2006 and was made an Honorary member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.  


Justice Martin will discuss his experiences in a conversation style setting.  Refreshments will be served. The special appearance of Justice Martin is free to WNCHA members.  A contribution of $5.00 is suggested for non-members.  Reservations are not required but would be appreciated.  You may call 828-253-9231 or email “Change and Tradition:  Exploiting Western North Carolina”
A Symposium
October 26 and 27, 2012
Reuter Center –  UNCA Campus
Sponsored by:
Western North Carolina Historical Association, 
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville 
North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
“Change and Tradition” will explore the massive changes that occurred in Western North Carolina following the Civil War.  The symposium will include a keynote address on Friday evening and a series of four lectures followed by question and answer opportunities on Saturday.
The symposium begins with a keynote lecture on Friday, October 26th at 7:00 pm  by Dr. Ron Eller from the University of Kentucky.  His topic is entitled Changes in Industry, Labor and Environment in Western North Carolina.
On Saturday, October 27th , beginning at 9:00 am, four in-depth lectures will be featured as follows:
9:00 am   “Tourism Comes to Western North Carolina” by Dr. Richard Starnes, Western Carolina University
10:45 am   “Deforestation of Western North Carolina and the Environment” by Dr. Kathryn Newfont,  Mars Hill College
1:30 pm   “The Coming of the Railroad” by Dr. Steven Nash, East Tennessee State University
3:15 pm   “The Federal Presence in Western North Carolina” by Dr. Bruce Stewart, Appalachian State University
A Cocktail Reception/Meet the Speakers/Book Signing will follow the lectures on Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Smith McDowell House Museum.
Both the Friday evening session and the Saturday series of lecture will be held in the Manheimer Room of the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus
The fee for the Symposium is $75.00 for Western North Carolina Historical Association members and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville. The fee for non-members is $90.00.  The fee includes Saturday lunch, break refreshments and the cocktail event.  Additional information and reservations, which are required, may be made by calling 828-253-9231 or by emailing
NOTE:  The Friday evening Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ron Eller is underwritten by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and is free and open to the public. 
Additional Events for your Calendar 


Children’s Educational Events
August 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm  entitled “We All Scream for Ice Cream”.  Led by the Smith McDowell Museum’s own resident Crafty Historian, children and their parents will enjoy the experience of making ice cream and will take turns at the hand-cranked ice cream churn along with enjoying a well-deserved treat!  The fee for this delightful event is $3.00 per child with accompanying parent or guardian free.  We would like to make sure we have enough ice cream for everyone, so please call 828-253-9231 to make a reservation.  You may also email


September 15, 2012 at 10:30 am entitled “Talk Like a Pirate. The Crafty Historian will lead children and their parent or guardian through a series of songs and a pirate language lesson. Children will take home a pirate game. The fee is $3.00 per child with accompanying parent or guardian free.  Please call 828-253-9231 for reservations.


Join us on a Day Trip 
to explore
Architect Extraordinaire, Richard Sharp Smith
November 3, 2012  – WNC Historical Association has organized a bus tour to visit a number of buildings designed by Richard Sharp Smith around the region.  The bus tour will be in conjunction with the release of a 2013 desk calendar featuring historic photographs of buildings by the important architect Richard Sharp Smith.  Check our web site and this monthly update for additional information which will follow.
Annual Meeting of the Association
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
6:00 pm
Holiday Membership Party
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
6:00 pm  
Membership in the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Smith McDowell House Museum
We need your help and support.  Please consider joining the Western North Carolina Historical Association.   We need your financial support to continue and enhance our mission of providing outstanding historical educational programming for adults and school children. Our Membership support is  also the primary revenue source for the day-to-day operations and ongoing maintenance of the historic Smith McDowell House Museum, its collections and exhibits.  Visit our web site at, click the Join and Support button, and apply for membership on-line.  You may also call and request a membership brochure at 828-253-9231.  
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