Blog :: 10-2015

Fall Back This Sunday November 1st

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Fall Back Sunday November 1stIt's time to fall back. Daylight saving time will end on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

When local standard time is about to reach 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015, clocks are turned backwards 1 hour to Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1 a.m local daylight time instead.

It always feels as if winter is approaching when sunrise and sunset come an hour earlier. In a few days it will be darker much quicker in the evenings! It's a good time to check the outdoor lights on your home, or headlights and tail-lights on your car. This time of year is also a great reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors in your home. 

Daylight Savings Time is practiced to conserve energy. In general, energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly connected to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year. When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

In the average home, 25% of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home.

Embrace the time change and the extra hour you will have this Sunday, November 1st! Don't forget to turn your clock backwards an hour when you go to bed this Saturday evening. 

When's the next time change?

Spring forward one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016.

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It's a Masquerade Ball On Halloween and You're Invited

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Asheville Color Ball It's the Asheville Color Ball, and it will be held October 31, 2015. The theme of one of Asheville's most extraordinary events put on by the Asheville Area Arts Council, "A Magical Masquerade : The 2015 Onyx Ball." 

Full of great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes, amazing art, entertainment, music, and an abundance of creativity, the Onyx Color Ball will be saturated in the color. There will be live painting performances, acrobatics, face-painting, and onyx colored food and drinks. The AAAC is looking forward to the spectacular event in downtown Asheville. 

WHEN:  October 31, 2015

WHERE: The Masonic Temple (Located at 80 Broadway St.) 

TIME: VIP Reception: 5:45pm - 6:30pm

          Main Event: 6:30pm - 12:30am

COST: $100.00 for VIP Admission (Pre-party from 5:45pm-6:30pm with: * Exclusive foods * Speciality theme inspired cocktails * Unique performances only during pre-party ~ FREE parking ~ 2 drink tickets to the cash bar during main event ~ First bidding rights on Silent Auction items ~ 2 FREE tickets to enter into the raffle)

           $35.00 for General Admission (Enchanting performances by local entertainers (including local afro-pop group Zansa) ~ Appetizers from local businesses to delight the senses ~ Live Auction including fine art, trips, and other great prizes ~ Silent Auction including local gift cards/baskets from businesses ~ Raffle)

Purchase Tickets Here: 

http://ashevillearts.com/recurring-event/color-ball/

The color ball is put on in support of raising funds for the Asheville Area Arts Council. Sponsor of the event include:
WCQS, HomeTrest Banc, Asheville SCene, French Broad Global Investors, Mosaic Realty, Blue Ridge Bone & Joiny, New Song Muisc, Oppenheimer, Musician's Workshop, Plum Print, Fine Arts Theatre, Spirit Savvy, Asheville Compounding Pharmacy, Samsel Architects, Reynolds Mountain Dentistry, Pisgah Brewing, Big Boom Design, Samsel Architects, Covington, Grove Arcade, and Charlotte Street Computers. 


Performances by: Zansa, Lycaonfire, and Sneaky Mcfly.
 

Pumpkin Pedaller Asheville Bike Ride

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Asheville on Bikes is putting on a community ride on Halloween, the Pumpkin Pedaller! Saturday, October 31, 2015, join this bike ride with your best costume on. There will be music, food, fun, and of course prizes given to those with the most ghoulish costumes. 

The ride will be begin at 3 p.m. All joining are asked to gather at Asheville City Hall at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is off pedalling at 3 p.m., coming to an end at New Mountain. There will be food and live music from 6 - 8 p.m., and a costume contest at 7 p.m.

 

A portion of all New Belgium beer proceeds will support Asheville on Bikes. 

 

If you are a biker, this event is for you! Take a look at the ride map: 

Sponsors of the ride include: JAG & Associates Construction, New Mountain AVL, Epic Cycles, New Belgium, Oowee Products, and Mosaic Realty.

For more information about Asheville on Bikes visit: http://ashevilleonbikes.com/

Mosaic Realty is a local boutique Asheville real estate firm dedicated to home buyers and sellers in and around Asheville. Mosaic prides itself on upstanding values of honesty, dedication, community support, respect, and sustainability. Learn more about our REALTORS® here , or contact us here.

 

The Scoop On Asheville's CiderFest !

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Asheville Ciderfest NcThere is a chill in the air in Asheville, and this weekend rain is in the forecast! As the weather continues its turn from Summer to Fall in the mountains of Western North Carolina, there are a couple things we are excited about! 1. The leaves, and 2. Ciderfest NC!! It is the time of year where cravings of apple cider start to take over thoughts of summer cocktails, and in its third year, CiderFest NC is something we all look forward to!

This year’s event is packed with new opportunities to taste and experience Cider.  With over twenty Cider makers serving up tasty varieties of hard cider, and a new addition of two local mead makers Bee & Bramble & Fox Hill Meadery, this festival will not disappoint!   To compliment your cider we have added a new Chef’s Station where apples and hard cider will be the featured ingredients for small plates, and food trucks will be serving up food as well.  Back again by popular demand, the WNC Cheese Trail will be there to offer samples from local creamerie, and if that was not enought, Postre Caramels will be offering samples of caramel on apples!

On the music front,  the festival will feature local bands and buskers from the Asheville area sprinkled throughout the festival, unplugged, allowing attendees to enjoy live music as they are in line for a sample of cider or mead!  You will enjoy music by Goldie & The Screamers, Shifty Drifters (Abby the Spoon Lady), and more great bands.

True to its roots, this year’s event will also feature something for the home cider makers.  A Home Cider Making Booth sponsored by Asheville Brewers Supply will offer cider making kits, educational demonstrations, and a casual area for home cider makers to share their cider as well as lessons they have learned.

The family friendly event has had great fun painting pumpkins and doing fall crafts in previous years but this year will offer anInteractive Children’s Area focused on green living.  This area will have hands on fun educational activities and demo’s for both the children and adults to learn.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit www.ciderfestnc.com.