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Powerful Performing Arts in Asheville: A Look at What's Ahead

Diana Wortham Theatre Dance Asheville Parsons

Asheville is a city of art- both visual and performing.  From street corners full of buskers to community concerts to national and international performing artists, opportunity to soak it all in abounds.  At Mosaic, we believe in the power of art to keep a community thriving.  We support multiple performing arts opportunities in Asheville and the surrounding area.  Here, we would like to feature two fantastic series that we sponsor and whose seasons are on the brink of launch.  

Blue Ridge Orchestra in Western North Carolina

Blue Ridge Orchestra AshevilleBlue Ridge Orchestra is a group of talented musicians from around Western North Carolina.  These volunteers are a mix of professional, amateur and retired musicians.  The venues change throughout the season in attempt to bring wonderful music to many of the communities in the Western part of the state.

The season is beginning September 17 at Deerfield Chapel in South Asheville with Gaga for Vivaldi.  Some of the highlights of the 2016-2017 season include Homage to Haydn, BRO Revels, and a Wedding with Wolfgang.  The season closes in April at the Folk Art Center with Cantus Terrae (an Earth Day Celebration).

A full schedule of events can be found here.

Diana Wortham Theatre in Downtown Asheville

Diana Wortham Theatre Dance Asheville ShadowlandDiana Wortham Theatre is a beautiful and intimate theatre of only 500 seats and is located in the heart of downtown Asheville.  Parking is easy at an adjacent parking garage, and there are many top-notch restaurants and bars within easy walking distance to the theatre.  Their live performances feature dance, music, comedy, circus arts and theatre throughout the year.  This stellar nonprofit organization hosts regional vocational arts performances throughout the year as well as nationally and internationally touring artists in their Mainstage Series performances.  

This year’s Mainstage Series, running from September 2016 through May 2017, features a spectrum of performing art from the comic relief of The Capitol Steps to leading dance ensemble Parsons Dance to Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  Mosaic Realty is helping to sponsor the Dance Series this year, enabling Diana Wortham Theatre to continue in their tradition of being a top presenter of dance in the southeast.  

A full schedule of events can be found here.

At Mosaic, we strive to know our community and to be connected to it.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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6 Ways You can Build Community in Your Neighborhood | Asheville NC

Community Gathering

Of all of the facets that a buyer analyzes when considering a neighborhood, the quality of community relations is often overlooked.  Details such as heated square footage, lot size, updates and layout often predominate searches.  However, the nature of the community has a tremendous impact on many people’s enjoyment of their neighborhood.  Fortunately, community can be fostered!  Here are 6 tips for creating community-with an Asheville spin:

1. Create Common Spaces

With all of the emphasis in Western culture on drawing lines in the sand, if a few neighbors share a little space, it can create a world of difference in neighbor relations.  Creating a community garden with shared work and shared bounty provides continued opportunities for connecting.  Asheville has several stellar examples of community gardens.  Montford Community Garden in Montford Historic District and Falconhurst Community Garden in West Asheville are among these.  

Another trend in Asheville neighborhoods is the emergence of the Little Free Library movement.  There are over 20 registered free libraries within Asheville.  Stewards of neighborhood libraries place a small library somewhere on their property near the street.  It is the community’s responsibility and privilege to both keep the library stocked and enjoy its treasures.

Community GardenIndividuals can create common recreational areas in their yards and invite the community to enjoy it.  For example, put up a basketball goal in your cul de sac or driveway.  If you own a pool, create a flag system where you put up a green flag if you are willing to host open pool hours and a red flag if you want private pool time.

    2. Hold Regular Community Gatherings

Planned community gatherings, where there is an attempt made to include every neighbor, is a fantastic way to meet all of the individuals living near you.  Even if no one is willing to host a large group of people, park spaces and community centers make great gathering places.  Some churches and businesses are even willing to allow the use of their parking lot.  Several neighborhoods in Asheville have been known to host block parties by officially closing off their street for a few hours.

Some ideas for community gatherings are yearly yard sales like the ones held in Biltmore Park and Malvern Hills or community potlucks.  On Halloween, the neighborhood surrounding Vermont Avenue in Historic West Asheville goes to great lengths to decorate their homes and hand out tons of candy.  People come from far away to attend this community-hosted gathering.

     3.  Organize a Community Fundraiser

There is no greater way to really get to know your neighbors than to put your heads together and raise money for a cause.  The Montford neighborhood hosts an annual music and art festival where all proceeds go to fund community projects and activities of the Montford Neighborhood Association.  Malvern Hills neighborhood hosts an annual food drive, bringing hundreds of pounds of non-perishable items to MANNA food bank yearly.  

     4.  Volunteer together as a neighborhood

Stream Clean UpWith as many nonprofits as there are in Asheville, there are so many ways to rally your neighbors together in a group volunteer effort.  One of our favorite nonprofits, Asheville GreenWorks, is happy to outfit your group with all that you need to do a litter pick-up in your neighborhood.  River-Link is your go-to resource for adopting a stream in your neighborhood.

      5.  Create a Community-Friendly Front Yard

Instead of installing tall fences in your front yard, consider installing benches and half-walls good for sitting on.  Plant blueberry bushes and raspberry bushes near the front of the yard and encourage neighbors to help themselves.  Plant beautiful perennial borders both on the inside of your fence and on the outside for your neighbors to enjoy.  

      6.  Go Out on a Walk to Know Your Community

The easiest thing that you can do in your neighborhood to create community is to simply get out and stroll.  Stopping and talking with neighbors, delivering a newspaper to an elderly person’s door, and frequenting lemonade stands of neighborhood kids will let you make those invaluable connections.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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You Can be a Part of this Unique Asheville Re-Pollination Project!

 

4 x 4 Wild Patch Asheville non-profits

 

Asheville has a long history of attracting passionate, innovative individuals who seek to change the world for the better.  It is one of the myriad reasons that we, at Mosaic Realty, love Asheville.

 

4 x 4 for Wild!

 

One of Asheville's newest non-profits, 4 x 4 for Wild, embraces the concepts of community and connectivity with nature that so many Ashevillians share.  Concerned about the rapid loss of habitat and decline of monarch butterflies and other pollinators, founders Mike and Moni Hill are working to combat the problem on a local level, with plans to expand their reach.  4X4 for Wild is an Asheville-based non-profit with a goal of creating pollinator habitat in lawns across the region.

 

The Mission:

 

  • To create habitat for native pollinators by providing affordable and accessible "wild patch" solutions

 

  • To raise ecological awareness through education and public outreach

 

  • To change the preferred aesthetic from lawn to wildness

4 x 4 wild patch Asheville real estate

 

The Process:

 

The 4x 4 for Wild team is happy to loop you into this project. It takes them 10 minutes to install, and they request only a $10 donation to cover expenses.

 

The product is a complete wild patch kit, consisting of a biodegradable paper bag (for weed and grass barrier), wood chips/mulch, planting mix, wildflower seeds (including common milkweed for monarch butterflies), stakes and string, and an attractive sign.

 

The Result:

 

Your 4x4 wild patch will give pollinators a point of connectivity in their migration path.  It will give your neighborhood a sense of community empowerment as more and more people pull together in this effort. Finally, it will give you 16 square feet of beautiful, wild habitat to enjoy throughout the growing season. Projects like this that make living in Asheville so amazing!

 

For more information on this grass-roots movement, get in touch wtih Mike and Moni at www.4X4forwild.org or www.facebook.com/4X4forwild

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at  mike@mymosaicrealty.com   or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Artisan Cheese in Asheville: From Field and Farm to Plate

 

 

WNC Cheese TrailAsheville, NC is one of the most food-forward cities a traveler could find.  If a food item or beverage can be cultivated locally and brought to the table, there are passionate Ashevillians doing it.  The city is already known nationally for its craft beer production, and now it is gaining momentum as a center for artisan cheese.  

Details about the WNC Cheese Trail

Be a part of this grassroots movement and celebration of southern cheese by joining in the WNC Cheese Trail on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 12pm-4pm.  The event will be held at one of Asheville’s pioneering breweries, Highlands Brewing Company, located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway.  It will be a great opportunity to check out their continuously updated tasting room and production facility as well.  Not to mention, cheese and beer pair so wonderfully.WNC Cheese Trail event

The WNC Cheese Trail is as much about education about the process of bringing cheese from the field and farm to the dinner plate as it is about enjoying the fruits of the labor.  Demonstrations will include the history of the ancient craft as well as the future of the cheese industry.  Of course, there will be ample opportunity to sample and buy a wide variety of local cheese.  

Children are welcome to participate in the family-centered activities, and vendors from across the country will be set up.

Mosaic Realty Sponsors the WNC Cheese Trail

Mosaic Realty is a proud sponsor of this event.  One of the reasons that we love Asheville is the drive and entrepreneurial spirit of the community that calls this town home.  Come join us at the WNC Cheese Trail in celebration of local, artisan cheese!

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Asheville City Schools Foundation to Host Celebration of Champions

Asheville City Schools Celebration

Asheville boasts many exceptional leaders who work to champion children in the community by addressing and enhancing equity in the city’s public schools. On Saturday, May 6, the Asheville City Schools Foundation will honor a group of these community leaders, parents and organizations at its annual Celebration of Champions.

The 2017 Celebration of Champions event will feature honorees’ stories and celebrate the impact they are making on the students and teachers of Asheville City Schools. Additionally, a group of Parent Champions, one from each of the nine Asheville City Schools, will also be honored, reflecting the diversity, assets and support parents can provide.

MAKING ASHEVILLE SCHOOLS STRONGER

Mosaic Realty Asheville Public SchoolsFounded in 1988, ACSF champions strong public schools in Asheville through advocacy, grant-making, after-school programming and parent and community engagement. Since 2000, it has provided over $800,000 to projects that directly support the students and teachers in city schools and over $1 million to students through scholarships. Celebration of Champions is ACSF’s signature event to raise funds for key programs including: professional development opportunities for teachers, IRL (In Real Life) after-school program, TAPAS (Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools), and the Equity Fund.

The Celebration of Champions 2017 honorees are:

Lifetime Achievement Champion Alfred Whitesides, who has fought for decades to ensure educational opportunity for the children of Asheville through its city schools and for the young people of North Carolina through the state university system;

Asheville Supports TeachersCommunity Champion Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community, formed by Janet Hurley and Tamiko Ambrose Murray along with Meggen Lyon and Asheville City Schools Foundation to provide innovative arts and creative writing opportunities to children, teens and families in Asheville’s schools and communities;

Individual Champion Sarah Reincke of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, who coordinates OLLI’s Civic Engagement Committee, spreading the joy of volunteering to the more than 40 OLLI members she helps match with city school placements;

Parent Champions in ACS Luz Velazquez from Asheville City Preschool; Pat Hall from Claxton Elementary; Angelica Wind from Hall Fletcher Elementary; Joan Pinegar from Isaac Dickson Elementary; Gene Peyroux from Ira B. Jones Elementary; Allison Reece from Vance Elementary; Jessica Merchant from Asheville Middle; Alec Fehl from SILSA; and Nancy Hutchins from Asheville High.

MOSAIC REALTY’S INVALUABLE SUPPORT

ACSF Celebration of ChampionsAmong the premier sponsors of the Celebration of Champions 2017 is Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty. A longtime advocate for the health and vitality of the local community as a whole, and Asheville City’s public schools in particular, Mosaic has sponsored ACSF and the Celebration of Champions for four years. Mosaic’s sponsorship attests to the conviction that strong schools start with strong community support.

Celebration of Champions 2017 takes place May 6 at Crowne Plaza Expo Center (1 Resort Drive, Asheville). Buy tickets here. Ticket holders will enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while participating in a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and program including short films honoring the 2017 Champions.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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