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Wicked Plants: The Exhibit Returns to The N.C. Arboretum

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC Arboretum

Plants: They can be beautiful. They can be beneficial. But did you know they can also be deadly?

After five years of traveling around the U.S., the dangerous world of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, a one-of-a-kind experience designed and created by The North Carolina Arboretum, returns to Asheville. The fun, safe and educational way to explore some of nature’s most toxic flora will be on display at the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center from Sept. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

See Plants in a Whole New Light

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumThe Wicked Plants exhibit provides a comprehensive overview that teaches about botany, health care and wellness in an entertaining, unique setting. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” Wicked Plants features interactive displays in a Victorian-era “home,” where visitors can travel from room to room to learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in the most unexpected places: their homes and backyards.

The Wicked Plants exhibit – sponsored in part by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty – touches on a side of vegetation that’s rarely revealed. Visitors can feel like they’re part of a crime scene investigation in the potions laboratory; they can experience sniffing stations in the bathroom; and they can take a walk through a simulated graveyard featuring some of the most common deadly and toxic plants around.

Creepy but Cool

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumSince the exhibit first opened at the Arboretum in 2012, it has gained fans beyond the Asheville area, traveling to museums and science centers across the country including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Springs Preserve Museum in Las Vegas. Designed to feel a bit creepy, Wicked Plants creates an environment particularly engaging to children, making it easy for families to learn about bloodcurdling botany together.

Beyond its standard daytime exhibit hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wicked Plants will offer special extended hours during the Arboretum’s fourth annual Winter Lights nightly holiday light show (Nov. 17–Dec. 31) for all Winter Lights ticket holders. For more information on Wicked Plants, please visit www.ncarboretum.org. Exhibit admission to Wicked Plants is free; standard Arboretum parking fees ($14 per standard vehicle for non-members) apply.

In conjunction with the exhibit’s return, the Arboretum will host a special reading and book signing by Amy Stewart on Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Arboretum’s Education Center. Tickets are $10 for Arboretum members and $12 for non-members and must be purchased in advance at ncarboretum.org. Parking is included in the ticket price.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for 2 miles to the entrance ramp.

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

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Get a Taste of Fall Fun at Asheville's Fifth Annual CiderFest NC

Local Apples in Asheville for Cider Fest

It’s time once again for the country’s best ciders and meads to make their way to Western North Carolina for the fifth annual CiderFest NC. The popular event takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive in Asheville.

CiderFest, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council, has something for everyone: Sample sips from the nation's best craft cider and mead makers, enjoy small bites from popular local food producers, and enjoy kid-friendly fall activities along the French Broad River.

Tastings and Tunes

CiderFest will feature local bands and buskers throughout the riverside venue as well as an eclectic mix of local arts-and-crafts vendors. There will be an interactive kids zone with hands-on educational activities and eco-friendly crafts. The festival will also offer the opportunity to learn all about hard ciders: Tasting and Festival Guides will be available to highlight differences in cider, ingredients and origins.

New to CiderFest this year will be a limited number of VIT (Very Important Taster) tickets, which offer early entry to the event beginning at noon to enjoy exclusive access to cider, mead and artisanal food tastings before the crowds arrive. VITs will also receive free parking on-site at the Salvage Station, as well as a complimentary commemorative CiderFest NC snifter.

Growing Over the Years

Cider Fest NC AshevilleCiderFest NC, which has more than tripled in size since it began four years ago, is a carbon-neutral event and will be offsetting the event's footprint for each ticket holder through contributions to the Appalachian Offsets program, which is currently fundraising to install a solar system on the roof of Isaac Dickson Elementary School.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, a sponsor of CiderFest, has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit WNC Green Building Council and an ardent advocate for green building in Asheville. Started in 2013 as a fall fundraiser for the WNC Green Building Council, CiderFest expected to serve about 60 people locally produced apples, cheeses and hard cider. Instead, the festival sold out with 400 attendees and has since come to be regarded as the premier cider festival in the state.

For attendees 21 and older, admission is $33 in advance and $45 the day of (space permitting), and includes a CiderFest NC tasting glass. Designated driver tickets are $15, and guests 20 and younger are free. Limited-quantity VIT tickets are available for $50. On-site parking fees are based on the number of people in the car: $10 for one, $5 for two, and free for three or more. Salvage Station is located at 466 Riverside Dr. in Asheville, N.C., next to the French Broad River just off I-26.

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

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Asheville Collective Spearheads Mobile Kitchen to Help Hurricane-Ravaged Regions

Food Relief from Hurricane Florence

When Hurricane Florence tore into North Carolina in mid-September, it left a wide swath of destruction in its wake. The storm’s stalled forward motion meant continually heavy rains along the coast. This, coupled with a large storm surge, caused widespread flooding along a long stretch of the N.C. coast, from New Bern to Wilmington, as well as inland. Major rivers spilled over their banks, and major roads and highways experienced such immense flooding that large portions remained impassable for days.

Food for Flooded Areas

Hurricane Relief AshevilleIn Florence’s aftermath, businesses and communities are coming together to help those tragically affected by the powerful storm. Asheville’s Dr. Dave’s Automotive and Triple D Creations are spearheading one such effort, to bring free hot meals to those ravaged areas via a pop-up kitchen trailer.

The mobile kitchen, donated for the disaster relief by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, is capable of serving up to 2,000 hot meals a day. As many residents remain without power, and emergency relief workers are still struggling to reach towns cut off by flooding, the mobile kitchen is working to help those affected and provide as many free meals as possible, thanks to donations and volunteers.

A Collective Helping Communities

MAPS Kitchen insideThe effort, of which Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a financial supporter, is part of the Grassroots Aid Partnership (GAP), which brings together socially responsible companies and volunteer aid groups with experience in disaster relief.

GAP’s vision is to find underserved areas affected by disaster and serve healthy hot meals, sourcing organic options when possible and providing a safe space where affected residents can heal through community. In addition to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, GAP has helped with California wildfire relief, Hurricane Irma recovery in Florida, and Hurricane Harvey recovery.

To donate to or volunteer with the GAP mobile kitchen, visit https://tripledcreations.com/, https://drdavesauto.com/ or https://www.grassrootsaidpartnership.org. Other area organizations accepting donations and volunteers to aid Florence-ravaged regions include Foundation for the Carolinas, All Hands and Hearts Smart Response and Americares.

For information about Asheville or about Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or email him anytime at 828-337-8190

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