BLAINESWORLD #1002 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Marty S. in PA: Loved the pictures—a happy group, indeed!

(2) How ‘South Park’ Perfectly Captures Our Era of Outrage

(3) Julie S. in NC:  Congratulations [on BLAINESWORLD #1000] and thank you for sharing.

(4) Bill K. in CA: Yep — the problem with “No problem” is that it leaves out “You’re welcome.”

(5) Sandy B. in PA: Great issue!  MBB Cynthia is cuter than ever too.  Love her hair style.You look great too.  So happy for you!

(6) Natalie K. in PA: Congratulations on making the 1000 issue.  How many on your mailing list now?

Response: 3 or 4, including you and your husband. (JUST KIDDING!). Actually, over 1,300!

(7) Pete D. in NJ; Just wanted to offer our congratulations on your milestone of 1000 issues of BlainesWorld.   This is a wonderful accomplishment and reflects the “staying power” of your publication; and the variety of topics you share with your loyal readers (including Kathe and myself).   I admire your commitment and dedication with your publication; and wish you and your bride many more years of happiness and good health as you begin your next 1000 publications.

(8) BJ L. in NC: The fish joke had me on my ass… Thanks!

(9) Nancy W. in NC: LOVED your thought for the day….very timely.

(10) Terry B. in FL: Number 1001!!!!  I am so proud of you!!!!

(11) Dan B. in PA: Will the Blaine’s World 2001 be a space odyssey?

(12) Ray O. in PA: Congratulations on your 1,000th issue. Just as informative and fun  to read as ever.

(13) For Children, Dumbed-Down Phones May Be Smartest Option


Section 12A, NC events

(1) A spectacular professional production of the full original Nutcracker ballet from Imperial Russia interpreted and performed by Asheville’s own Ballet Company, directed by Ann Dunn.

December 11-12 at 7:30pm and December 12-13 at 2:30pm at Diana Wortham Theatre. Box office 828.257.4530. Tickets from $15-50.

The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in Asheville for almost half a century. Children and adults will be charmed yet again by ballet’s greatest classic. This all-time favorite story of Clara’s magical midnight trip to the Land of Sweets is classical ballet at its best. Snow will fall in the Snow Queen’s kingdom, scary rats will frighten and good soldiers will rescue Clara, the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier will dance their eternally lovely pas de deux, and beautiful flowers will waltz, and waltz, and waltz.

There is an historical line behind our production, from Petipa and Vaganova in 19th century Russia, to their pupil and dancer George Balanchine in 20th century New York, to his pupil Ann Dunn in 21st century Asheville.

This year’s production features exciting new choreography for Rats, Flowers, Gingersnaps, and Clara and her prince.

“Asheville is so fortunate to have a resident ballet company of this caliber,” says Ann Dunn, Artistic Director. “The community has, essentially, a year-long resident repertoire company. Seasoned ballet fans and novices alike have the opportunity to watch consummate professionals perform a wide variety of roles, from classical to contemporary.”

It also features Fleming Lomax and Jacob Lawrence Wallas as the lead Arabian dancers, and they open the show as the maid and butler.

A perfect opportunity for young people to encounter professional classical dance and a wonderful, traditional story, in a real theatrical experience.

Asheville Ballet has built a reputation on the belief that dance plays a vital role in the education and culture of the community. As a key component of its Educational Outreach Program, The Asheville Ballet will perform its entire production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker for school children on Thursday, December 10 at 9:30. Seating at Diana Wortham Theatre is limited and is confirmed on a first come first served basis. Thanks to generous patronage, we are able to offer children’s tickets at $5 again this year. This popular opportunity fills up quickly. For reservations call or write Ann Dunn, Director at 828.215.3728 or

(2) Vic A. in NC: Saw All IS Calm tonight [at NC Stage]….  Excellent!!!!  You will enjoy.

(3)  Michael Reno Harrell will be performing at Buffalo Nickel on Wed. December 16 for his Carolina Christmas Show. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, and reservations are required by calling 828-575-2844.

For more information (and a clip of him performing), please click:

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