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Section 1

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Blaine Greenfield

10. Resident member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Involvement, also, as chair of Lecture Series and member of Recreation Committee, and I headed the 2012 community survey effort.

9. Experience as chair and/or member of numerous boards, including Dementia Society, SART, Asheville SCORE, Asheville Jewish Business Forum, NJ Small Business Development Center, Bucks County Community College Foundation Board and Lower Bucks County Red Cross.

8. Eclectic background that has involved college teaching of business subjects for 40+ years, mediation of more than 2,000 neighborhood disputes, arbitration of nearly 200 cases, heading of own small business consulting firm and negotiation of many contracts.

7. Extensive network of community contacts as a result of having participated in Leadership Asheville, Leadership Asheville Seniors, Asheville Citizens Police Academy, Buncombe County Citizens Police Academy and Mission Hospital Ambassador programs.

6. Ability to work with other Board members, as well as with residents on various committees, that has enabled Biltmore Lake to be named Community of the Year for two of the past three years.

5. Supported such community improvements that have brought about a pavilion, swimming dock, monitor in the clubhouse, sidewalks, new grills and additional speed warning signs.

4. Effective communicator who returns all calls and emails, usually within the day. In addition, I’ve hosted two separate radio shows, and I currently publish an online newsletter that is received by some 1,200 readers.

3. Worked to help bring about a smooth transition in management companies.

2. Helped develop a warning system, wherein residents first receive a warning before getting a fine.

And #1: Since I have been on the Board, quarterly dues have not been increased in three of the past four years and in the one year there was an increase, it was for just $5/quarter.

Thank you for your consideration.


Section 2, part 2

(1) 10 Hungriest places in America (Asheville is #9)

Note: This is one Top Ten listing that I’m not very happy to read about, but I’m not surprised. It’s a great place to retire to. But if you need full-time employment, you will find it very hard to obtain if you move here.
(2) Chris F. in PA: Thank you for sharing the Glen Campbell tribute.  I knew he was battling Alzheimer’s but did not realize it had progressed to the stage noted.  Although he won’t miss us, we will certainly miss him.  Godspeed, Mr. Campbell.
(3) Nancy W. in NC: Another great edition!  Thanks!  Wish I could see Gone Girl….
(4) Marty D. in PA: The most ridiculous excuses for skipping work
(5) Zuzu W. in NC: Thanks for the mention! I am excited – someone from Australia ordered my CD!!
(6) Pat H. in PA: Neat video of the Husky and the leaves.
(7) How vaccine deniers abuse the appeal to authority
(8) Strother S. in NC: Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds
(9) 7 Jedi Mind Tricks to Help You Haggle Like a Pro Anywhere in the World
(10) Maria P. in PA: When 2nd graders are treated to a 7 course dinner – one word – priceless!  Thank you!
(11) Chandra M. in MO: “The View from a Centerfold”
(12) Kim P. in NC: Hello to all – My daughter and her husband are moving to the Asheville area on December 1.  I am sending out “feelers” to all I know to see if you know of any houses available for rent.  The rental market is a bit tight these days, and often “word of mouth” is the best way to find something.

They are looking for a 3 bedroom 2 bath home that accepts a dog.  Of course there is some flexibility there.  If you know of anything, please send the info my way.  Thank you so much, Kim Preish  828-776-6386.
(13) Amy G. in NJ: A comedienne breaks her family taboo
(14) Rachel R. in SC (with a REQUEST FOR HELP): Making a $5,000 goal in 32 days is a challenge but Achievable! I can’t WAIT to get there!!! Here’s the link if you’re interested in Partnering with me!


Section 12A, NC events



As writer Edward Hirsch says, “It’s a recognition that you’re not the only one that’s carrying around this grief. That seems important that…a recognition that other people are grief-stricken, too.”In this workshop, we will explore different writing styles to help you cultivate your own practice, and find your grief’s individual and expansive voice.***I have always used creativity as a means to face and express challenging situations and emotions. I deeply believe artistic expression is the safest place for us to explore and express these experiences that are often neglected or overlooked by the demands of daily life – grief, being among them.Whether it is grief over losing family member, friend or loved one, your youth, health, a relationship, a job/career, grief presents itself in a myriad of ways, and is a very real part of life.


All are welcome who would like a safe place to write and share what is written in this two hour workshop. There will be two short breaks. Please bring a notebook (lined) and a writing utensil.


Women’s Wellness and Education Center24 Arlington St.Asheville 28801Sunday, November 22 -4 p.m.


Ticket price:

Early bird $35, $40 regular


Purchase tickets online:



Michelle Baker is an author and contributor to Huffington Post. Her recent work of fiction, The Canoe, is available in-store at Malaprop’s and online at all online retailers. Join her for The Canoe’s Asheville book launch at Malaprop’s on Sat., Nov. 15th, at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit:




This years Bioflyer Productions fundraiser for Eblen Charities takes place November 15th at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville. It will celebrate the holiday season with some of the regions best artists and musicians. Daytime segment (3-6pm) is family friendly with storytelling, costumes, magic show, Whee Ahh Faerie Kin, puppets, and more!

Evening segment (7-11pm) is adult themed including “Naughty Faerie Fashion Show” with DJ Sai Ofninth. Concert and Dance: special guests Omingnome from Savannah complimented by their amazing lightshow. Headlining will be one of our areas most popular bands, the gypsy rockers Sirius.B! Look forward to local organic chocolates, drinks, and crafts by fantastic local artisans.

Advance discount tickets go on sale Oct 22nd at Malaprops Bookstore and online. Adult advance price is $10 ($15 day of show) with kids only $5. More info at:

(3) Rhoda Weaver appears in a Motown dinner show at Crest Mountain on Friday, Nov. 7. For tickets, please click:



(6) Ellen Pappas: COME SEE: OTHER DESERT CITIES at 35Below! A modern family drama that will make you laugh and make you cry. Directed by Anita Chapman, with Gary Gaines, Production Assistant and the players: Kermit Brown, Carol Cole, Dylan Henley, Ellen Pappas (ME!) and Theo Sable. Friday, October 31; and Saturday November 1 at 35below at ACT; and Sunday, November 2 at Reuter Center at UNCA – 2:30 p.m. all 3 days. Tickets $6 at the door. This is one you will remember!

(7)  White Horse 6th anniversary celebration, Nov. 7

Who: All Star Cast- featuring BJ Leiderman, Kat Williams, The Belfast Boys and more.
What: ‘6th Anniversary Benefit Bash’
When: Friday, November 7th, 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Where: White Horse Black Mountain
Tickets: $15 advance/$18 door or can be reserved at 828 669-0816

The White Horse 6th Anniversary Celebration
Join an all star cast at the White Horse in Black Mountain (voted #1 “company that gives most back to the community” in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC poll) for their ‘6th Anniversary Benefit Bash’ on Friday November 7, at 7:30pm. The evening includes all-star music and supreme talent featuring NPR music theme host award winning musician BJ Leiderman, Jazz super-soultress Kat Williams, the dynamic Irish Traditional music duo The Belfast Boys, vocalist Kim Hughes. Also performing will be the premier juggling troupe Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth, musician Bob Hinkle and the a cappella folk power house of Judy Rhodes and Gail Forsyth of the Muses and much more. Proceeds from the show will benefit the White Horse Black Mountain to continue its outreach to the community. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Advance tickets are available or can be reserved at 828 669-0816.

About the White Horse in Black Mountain
In 2007, White Horse owners Bob Hinkle and Kim Hughes left New York, where they enjoyed long careers in the music and entertainment industry for many years and relocated to the mountains of North Carolina (where Bob had been born) looking for new adventures. In 2008, they had a vision; a vision of a room filled with good people enjoying good music in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Six years later the White Horse has become a well loved listening room venue for top touring acts as well as a host of many of Asheville and the surrounding areas best loved musicians from a vast range of genres.

The White Horse has won the Best of WNC poll for Music Venue in Black Mountain in 2009, 2nd place Best Saturday Night Hang Out 2013, Best Music Venue in Black Mountain and best venue that gives back to the community in Black Mountain 2014.

White Horse has also donated use of it’s building for numerous benefit events including the Rwandan Mizero Children and LEAF International, Full Moon Farms, Southern Fried Blues Society, a medical fundraiser for Chris Kew featuring Acoustic Syndicate, Help Haiti Heal, the local Montessori School, Save Our Slopes, and other organizations. They are continuing to help support other local Non- profits with new programs in 2015.

BJ Leiderman: Best known as the composer of Public Radio’s most memorable themes for over 30 year, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Marketplace and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, BJ will celebrate this White Horse anniversary with some of his original songs currently being recorded for his upcoming debut album, ‘Natural Public Leiderman’.

Kat Williams: In 1997, Kat moved to Asheville, NC and soon took the town by storm, becoming the most sought after singer in the region. She bared her soul to the crowd, inviting audiences in for a glimpse of a truly phenomenal woman and an authentic, from the heart, performer. Years later, Kat’s musical philosophy is “I have no competition- I can only give you the best of me.” Filled with a passion for song, an astonishing animated style, a spirited sense of humor, and that remarkable laugh, Kat takes the stage and makes magic happen.

Kat was nominated by the Christian Music Hall of Fame for a Visionary Award as 2009 Urban Performer of the Year for her work with local musical youth on PBS. In 2010 Kat had the honor of singing the National Anthem for President Bill Clinton. In 2012 Kat was nominated for an Emmy for her contribution to the “Hands of Hope” project and 2012 AMG Female Vocalist of the Year.

Singer, actress, and songwriter, Kat is truly a triple threat. She can perform Jazz, Blues, Motown, R&B, Rock, Pop and Gospel. Though she is constantly in demand, she is loyal to her many fans, maintaining personal friendships with many of them. She is truly a remarkable woman and an electrifying and unforgettable performer.

Belfast Boys: A dynamic Irish traditional music duo, The Belfast Boys hail from the Troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Alyn Mearns is an award-winning classical guitarist, and Adrian Rice is one of Ulster’s pre-eminent poets. Modern Irish bards, Adrian and Alyn provide a rare blend of music, poetry and stories drawn from the deep reservoir of their shared Northern heritage. Known for their stunning re-inventions of popular classics such as ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘The Mountains of Mourne’, The Belfast Boys are also armed with a high voltage repertoire of jigs and reels. The Boys reputation for heartbreaking, heart-racing performances is quickly spreading across the Carolinas and beyond.

(7)  FORTE: Liz Aiello, Carol Duermit, Katherine Sandoval Taylor, & Beverly Todd

WHERE: The Altamont Theatre

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, November 21 & 22 @ 8pm

WHAT: Cabaret Performance, Vocals, Humor, Piano, Bass, & Percussion

COVER: $15 adv. / $18 d.o.s.

AGES: All Ages

Friday November 21st: PURCHASE

Saturday November 22nd: PURCHASE


This premiere show,  sponsored by Yadkin Mortgage, accompanied by a 3 piece band, is described as a cabaret “filled with energy, passion, humor, and soul-stirring moments, presented by four inspiring women who’s personalities and backgrounds are as diverse as the music they sing.”
This “tour de FORTE”, is the first of many performances by this dynamic group. A show that promises to display not only the group’s sheer ability and diversity as performers, but also each woman’s personality and true individuality. “We want to take the opportunity to introduce each of us to our audience.” says Taylor. “One exciting thing about this breakout performance is that we are going to take the time to get up close and personal. Audiences will leave knowing each one of us on a personal level- as musicians, professionals, songwriters, wives, mothers. As women.”

FORTE is… 

LIZ AIELLO has had a long and wonderful career in the theatre including Broadway  National tours: Les Miserables First National, Pump Boys and Dinettes, as well as several Off-Broadway musicals and plays from her years living in NYC.  She has played leading roles in numerous plays and musicals at such Regional theatres as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Virginia, Arkansas Rep, Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and Westchester Broadway Thearte, among others. She has played Patsy Cline in one of her signature shows, Always…Patsy Cline at the Denver Center,  Diana Wortham Theatre, ACT, during the Stampede in Calgary, University of Milwaukee, Parkway Playhouse, New American Theatre and in numerous other venues. She is currently a company member of Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill, having performed in over 20 shows in many memorable roles, her favorites being: Mama Rose in Gypsy,  Eva Peron in Evita, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, and most recently Millie in the pre-NYC run of The Stardust Supper Club. Liz is a recognized Voiceover Artist with years of experience doing National, Regional and Local Radio/TV commercials, Narrations, On-Hold Messages, Medical Narration, Political Spots, and e-learning. You can find her at

CAROL DUERMIT, originally from Cincinnati, OH, quickly made a name for herself in NC with her powerful lead vocals in the rock bands Papa Joes’ Blues Review and The Atomic Sauce, where she performed in venues throughout WNC including Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.  While serving as the front-woman for her various rock bands, Carol realized her love of theatre and has been participating in musical theatre and cabaret performances for the past 20 years. Favorite roles performed include Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense on the Showboat Majestic, and both Babylove in The Grass Harp and Ginger Brooks in 1940’s Radio Hour, both under the direction of Skip Fenker and nationally renowned composer and librettist Richard Oberacker. Locally she has been seen as David’s Mother in David’s Mother, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Golde in BARK! The Musical, written by David Troy Francis, as well as several cabarets at 35 Below. Most recently she and her writing partner Patton Cardwell produced their first album of original music under the duo name Orphan Tree.

KATHERINE SANDOVAL TAYLOR, described by the Boston Globe as “stunning,” is an Asheville native and has has appeared in oratorio, concert, musical theater, cabaret, and opera performances throughout the North and Southeast. She holds a MM in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and a BM in vocal performance from Furman University, in Greenville, SC. Katherine has proudly worked with Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Bravo, The Asheville Lyric Opera, The Nashville Opera, The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, as well as the internationally renowned vocal coaches Pierre Vallet, John Moriarty, and Stan Tucker, Metropolitan Opera soprano, Patricia Craig, and stage director to The Metropolitan Opera, Marc Astafan. Favorite roles performed include Anne in A Little Night Music, Clara The Light in the Piazza, both with SART, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Guenevere in Camelot, Anna and Tuptim in The King and I, Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus, Cosette in Les Miserables, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Aurelia Havisham in the monodrama, Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night and Nannetta in Falstaff. Also an experienced teacher, Katherine has taught voice and pedagogy throughout the country and currently maintains a private studio in the Nashville, TN area. Find her

BEVERLY TODD is a proud Asheville native who started her performance career at age 15 when she won the title of Teen Miss NC. Upon graduating with her BA in Musical Theatre from Mars Hill College, she moved to NYC to study at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy and model for several shoe companies including 9west, Evan Picone, Bandolino, and Stuart Weitzman.  After performing in several off-Broadway cabarets in NYC, including Broadway Salutes the Bard with Celeste Holm, Beverly left the US to perform in the European Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Beverly has also appeared on the hit TV shows Baywatch and As The World Turns. Since moving back to WNC, she has performed at the Grove Park Inn with the band Emporium, as well as in the female a capella group The Christmas Belles, seen throughout Asheville during the holiday season.  Beverly has performed for over 20 years with Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, including the roles of Charlotte in A Little Night Music, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, and Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza. Drawing from her personal experience as a full-time dance mom of her daughter Liza, one of Beverly’s favorite roles ever performed is Judy/Ginger in Ruthless.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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