Calendar of Events

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, fairs, bar meetups, and other listings.

Dec
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Tue
2016
Winter Craft Corner – Snowmen!
Dec 6 – Dec 9 all-day

HANDS ON! Children’s Museum Presents:

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All Day. Winter Craft Corner - Snowmen!
Have fun making crafts that reflect the season!
This activity is free for members/free with $5 admission and is sponsored by Advocates for the Arts Henderson County.

Rosdon Mall, 318 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Dec
8
Thu
2016
Drawing or Painting at John Mac Kah Studio
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Drawing or Painting

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– Monday & Thursday, 9-4 p.m.

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000, www.JohnMacKah.com

 

Gallery Exhibit Featuring: Lucy Clark – Louis Bishop – Holland Van Gores
Dec 8 @ 9:30 am

Gallery Exhibit Featuring:

Lucy Clark – Louis Bishop – Holland Van Gores

Transylvania Community Arts Council

Seven Artists from Number 7 Arts Gallery will have an art exhibit at the TC Arts Council Gallery from November 25 – December 16.

The seven artists from Number 7 Arts includes: Lucy Clark,  Holland Van Gores, Barbara Hawk, Ann Parkhurst,  John Davis,  Jack Christfield, and Joe Bruneau. The TC Arts Gallery is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Beauty + Function: Ceramic Arts in Western North Carolina
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am

Asheville Area Arts Council Presents:

Beauty + Function: Ceramic Arts in Western North Carolina

Curator Bio:

Akira Satake (佐竹晃) was born in Osaka, Japan and has been living in the U.S. since 1983. In 2003 he relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa, North Carolina, where he has a wood-fired kiln and a gas kiln. In 2013 he opened Akira Satake Ceramics/Gallery Mugen as his working studio and exhibition space in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.

“For me, the act of creation is a collaboration between myself, the clay and the fire. Collaboration means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural forces. Undulations in sand that has been moved by the wind, rock formations caused by landslides, the crackle and patina in the wall of an old house; all these owe their special beauty to the random hand of Nature. The fire is the ultimate random part of the collaborative equation. I hope the fire will be my ally, but I know it will always transform the clay in ways I cannot anticipate.”

207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration

Included with estate admission.

Experience the holidays wreathed with the wonder of Biltmore. Our celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 40 trees decorated by our talented staff, accented with miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights. Festive menus in our restaurants and holiday wine tastings make for a memorable visit.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

The Future of Fixing
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Presents:

The future needs a new relationship with making. A forward-thinking, backward-looking, sideways-stepping kind of making. A making born of the imaginative use of skills. Something like fixing. The Future of Fixing is an open source exhibition and program that promotes engagement with making and repair. It is a call for integrating fixing in our day to day life and for reflecting on attitudes to fixing in the future.

The exhibition will feature sixteen international and national design studios and artists whose work addresses the concept of repair, either through fixing things, materials, process, systems, or attitudes.  CCCD’s gallery will also include a Maker Library where visitors can seek further inspiration and information about fixing and a hands-on Fixshop where visitors can take their fixing knowledge and put it into practice.

67 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801

Thursday Morning Demos
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Thursday Morning Demos –

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– 10 a.m. to noon

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000, www.JohnMacKah.com

 

Basil King: Between Painting and Writing
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am

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Black Mountain College Presents:

Basil King: Between Painting and Writing
September 2 – December 24, 2016
Curated by Brian Butler and Vincent Katz

Better known as a poet and illustrator of other poets’ works, Brooklyn resident Basil King exemplifies the intentional independence and purposeful interdisciplinary qualities that Black Mountain College is famous for. And just like Black Mountain College’s legacy, King’s career defies easy categorization. This is most apparently true in the fact that he works as both a painter and a writer and is prolific in both disciplines. Arriving in the United States from England in 1947, he studied painting at Black Mountain College with Joseph Fiore and Esteban Vicente and poetry with Charles Olson and Robert Creeley. He then moved to New York and has been an important member of the New York poetry and art scene ever since. Under recognized because of his independence and interdisciplinary work, a 2012 documentary on his life, Basil King: Mirage, by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte has gone some way to remedy this. Between Painting and Writing aims to be an important step in giving King’s career proper attention by exhibiting his poetry, his illustrations and his paintings as a unified body of work. A chapbook of Basil King’s work will be published concurrently with the exhibition.

56 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Blue Ridge Humane Day!
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am

HANDS ON! Children’s Museum Presents:

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Blue Ridge Humane Day! Come visit a special animal from the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
Learn fun facts and take home a craft. This activity is free for members/free with $5 admission.

Rosdon Mall, 318 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Preschool Fun
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am

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West Asheville Branch Library, 942 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806

Preschool Fun (3-6 years old)

Story Time

 

The Painters of Black Mountain College: Selections from Southern Collections
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am

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Black Mountain College Presents:

The Painters of Black Mountain College: Selections from Southern Collections
September 23 – December 31, 2016 at 69 Broadway
Curated by Alice Sebrell and Connie Bostic

The list of painters associated with Black Mountain College is a who’s who of mid-20th century artists. From influential and groundbreaking Europeans like Josef Albers, Willem de Kooning, and Theodoros Stamos to profoundly original Americans including Robert Rauschenberg, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Elaine de Kooning, Kenneth Noland, Dorothea Rockburne, Cy Twombly and Robert De Niro, Sr., the cumulative impact these painters have had on the history and trajectory of art is remarkable. This exhibition consists of work by many of the painters of Black Mountain College, both famous and lesser known, with work drawn from the museum’s collection and borrowed from other collections in the South.

56 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings

Summit Wine Club

Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm

Winery Tours 2 pm Daily

2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792

A Gardener’s Place Seminars – Winter
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm

A Gardener’s Place Seminars – Winter

Included with estate admission.

Please join us in A Gardener’s Place Gift Shop, located beneath the Conservatory, for daily free demonstrations featuring gardening and floral topics.

1:00 p.m. –  Wonderful Winter Wreaths
A beginner? No problem. Basic design tips will give you confidence. Whether you’re a traditionalist or more contemporary be inspired with new ideas and techniques. Personalize your wreath using natural elements, such as twigs, cones, and moss.

2:00 p.m. –  Terrific Tabletop Topiaries
How about something different instead of the usual centerpiece? Learn different styles and techniques and use faux berries, greenery, natural materials and your imagination!

Please note, these are demonstrations and are not participatory.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Terra Sigillata at Cone 6
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm

Terra Sigillata at Cone 6
Cynthia Lee

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Thursdays 1-3:30pm
October 20- December 15, No class November 24

Terra sigillata, literally meaning “sealed earth,” is a process derived from ancient Roman pottery. Terra sig, for short, has numerous applications for the modern potter. Join Cynthia as she demonstrates the use of this fascinating material to create beautiful textural surfaces on your work. Projects will include handbuilt message tiles, small trays and wall boxes. You will complete these pieces using kanthol wire, beads, made or found objects, or any mixed media you would like to incorporate.

Level: All Levels
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

Victorian Christmas at SMITH-MCDOWELL HOUSE
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm

Victorian Christmas Twilight Tours

The Western North Carolina Historical Association presents the Smith-McDowell House’s beautiful holiday decorations and the theme of Clement Moore’s famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” explores the celebration of Christmas during the nineteenth century.

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Six rooms of the Smith-McDowell House representing the 1840s-1890s will be on display with costumed interpreters describing the evolution of Clement Moore’s poem through the nineteenth century.  While written to entertain children, guests will learn how Moore’s poem became a Christmas season tradition and influenced generations of family celebrations.  Light refreshments will be served along with a guided exhibit of vintage Victorian Christmas decorations.

This is a unique time to visit the Smith-McDowell House.

The Smith-McDowell house is open to the public Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.  The House is decorated for the season and guests are encouraged to visit during those hours to see the Victorian Christmas Decorations now until January 6 for a general admission price of $9.

The Western North Carolina Historical Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation and promotion of the history of Western North Carolina through the care, interpretation, and presentation of the Smith-McDowell House, the education of the public through lectures, exhibitions, publications, and related events; and the facilitation of cooperation among regional historical organizations.

Wabi Sabi Exhibit
Dec 8 @ 1:00 pm

At The Gallery at Flat Rock: Wabi Sabi Exhibit

The Gallery at Flat Rock

 

Japanese literary critics first used the word sabi to describe the melancholy longing captured in twelfth-century Japanese poetry.

Today, it often refers to the special beauty that comes with age.

Wabi has come to connote rustic simplicity and an appreciation for the dents, scrapes, rips, chips, and scars — the individual traits generally described as “flaws” — that contribute to an object’s uniqueness.

Brought together, these two Japanese terms refer to an aesthetic that celebrates the profound beauty of that which is imperfect, impermanent, incomplete — in essence, the qualities that eventually emerge from all things natural or human-made, over time.

Artists exploring this aesthetic will be exhibiting work in a wide range of forms, including ceramics, jewelry, wood, lighting, paintings, drawing and assembled found objects.

The Gallery at Flat Rock 2702A Greenville Highway Flat Rock, NC 28731

Music Jam at the Orchard
Dec 8 @ 1:45 pm

Orchard at Alta Pass

    • Live music performance at 1:45pm on Thursday and Friday, May through September
A Celtic Christmas
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm
A Christmas Carol (Early Show)
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

THE FLATROCK PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS:

CHRISTMAS CAROL

2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock

Brevard Bites Food Tour
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

A fun culinary and cultural walking tour of historical downtown Brevard. Enjoy small plates and wine pairings at Brevard’s six best restaurants and specialty shops in only a two and a half hour tour! All food and wine are included in the ticket price and tour groups are no larger than 10 people. Some restaurants on our tour include Wine Down, Hobnob Restaurant, Jordan Street Cafe, Blue Ridge Bakery, Broad Street Wines, and Kiwi Gelato.

2nd Annual Exhibition of Handmade Drinking Vessels
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm
2nd Annual Exhibition of Handmade Drinking Vessels
Grovewood Gallery’s 2nd annual exhibition of handmade drinking vessels, which includes the work of 5 Asheville artists.
111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville NC, 28804
Appalachian Chic at Noble
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm

Noble Cider Presents:

Appalachian Chic Food Truck

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356 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806, USA

Brevard Brewery Tours
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm

Brevard Brewery Tours

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The tours will consist of visits to the Pisgah Tavern, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Brevard Brewing Company.

Tours will start with participants being picked up from their Brevard accommodations and brought to Pisgah Tavern, where they can sample various regional beers. Although not a brewery, Pisgah Tavern has a wide selection of various regional beers. In addition, Pisgah Tavern is located at The Hub bikes and outdoor shop.

Cost is $40 a person for groups of 3 or less and $35 a person for groups of 4 or more

Tours run daily starting at 5 p.m. and end between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Start time can be varied for larger groups or private trips.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

By reservation only. Pricing varies by date.

Candlelight, firelight, and live music bring holiday warmth to the extravagant holiday décor of Biltmore House, creating an evening to remember. Evening guests can also take advantage of Antler Hill Village & Winery to enjoy free wine tastings. Advance reservations are required for evening visits.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Deck the Trees
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Deck the Trees

Public is invited to view over 30 beautifully decorated trees on display in The Monte Vista Hotel.   Trees are decorated by local business in competition for the most donations for “best tree”.  Although there is no fee to view the trees, visitors are encouraged “vote” for their favorites by placing donations in boxes at trees.   All donations go to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

308 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Festival of Lights at Lake Julian Park
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Festival of Lights at Lake Julian Park

Festival of Lights 
The drive through show will begin Friday, December 2 and continue each night from 6pm to 9pm through Friday, December 23.

Santa and his Merry Elf will also be on hand to take Christmas lists and pose for pictures. Participants can create a holiday craft in the LEAF Easel Rider Art Truck, try out glow in the dark cornhole game and have a warm cup of cocoa.  These and many more fun activities await your arrival.

During the Festival of Lights, Lake Julian Park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights. Buncombe County Special Olympics will receive 20% of ticket sales throughout the Lake Julian Festival of Lights.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights Drive Thru Information:  Begins Friday, December 2 and continues each night from 6pm to 9pm through Friday, December 23. The cost for this drive through presentation is $5 for a car, $10 for a van and $25 for a motor coach. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics. Lake Julian Park is located off Long Shoals Road.

Jack of the Wood : Thurs-Bluegrass Jam
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Jack of the Wood : Thurs-Bluegrass Jam

Thursdays

Tends to get started around 6-7 pm.

A scorching line-up of the areas best bluegrass musicians. You never know who will show! $1 off Bourbon

Jack of the Wood

95 Patton ave

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 252.5445

http://www.jackofthewood.com/

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Studio Painting
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Studio Painting

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

Thursdays, 6-9pm

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000, www.JohnMacKah.com

One Stop Deli & Bar : Phish N’ Chips – FREE SHOW
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

One Stop Deli & Bar :

Phish N' Chips - FREE SHOW

 

Tickets: FREE
Ages: All Ages

One Stop Deli & Bar

31 Patton ave

Asheville, NC 28801

http://ashevillemusichall.com/

Political Prisoners Letter Writing Night
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Political Prisoners Letter Writing Night

The first Thursday of every month, join local activists for a night of support and solidarity for those incarcerated. Materials will be provided.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Hours
Dusk – 10PM* Every Night, Including Holidays! Even in the rain! (* = or later on weekends)

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are very popular nights to visit the lights show.

Because of this, long lines should be expected and wait times can be long.

Please visit us Mondays – Thursdays to avoid extended wait times. Thank you!

Rates, Paid Upon Admission

Cars or Family Vans: $20
Activity Van or Mini Bus: $40
Limo: $40
Tour/School Bus: $80

Tickets are purchased on-site from the comfort of your own vehicle. We accept cash and credit cards!

WNC Agricultural Fairgrounds

Winter Lights
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm

WINTER LIGHTS at the NC ARBORTEUM

November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Open Nightly: 6 – 10 p.m.

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Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition atWinter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Open nightly November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m., Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known gardens. Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely-lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Roast delicious s’mores by the fire or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. Additional food and beverage items are available for purchase and the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Café will also offer a special holiday buffet every weekend (reservations are recommended). All Winter Lights tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the gate.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm

Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Julia Claire Weber

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Thursdays 6:30-9pm
October 20- December 15, No class November 24

Have you completed a beginner wheel class and feel ready for more? This class will help you to refine your skills on the potter’s wheel and offer tips and strategies for reaching your creative goals. We will practice making multiples of the same form, learn how to throw larger vessels, lidded jars, spouts and more. Julia will also share an in-depth demonstration on how to get great glaze effects. Come with a list of goals and we will make it happen.

Level: Intermediate
Tuition: $310 + $55 Lab Fee

“RATED R THURSDAYS” GAME NIGHT
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

O.Henry’s / THE UNDERGROUND

Asheville’s Gay Bar/An Alternative Industrial Dance Bar

“RATED R THURSDAYS” GAME NIGHT

FILM SCREENING : Black Mtn College Museum + Arts Center
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

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Black Mountain College Presents:
FILM SCREENING, {69 Broadway, Asheville}
An evening of short films about Black Mountain College painters featuring: Willem de Kooning: Artist by Academy Award winner Robert Snyder (32 min), Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself (8 min) and Josef Fiore: The Nature of the Artist by Richard Kane and Melody Lewis Kane (30 min). Free for BMCM+AC members & students / $8 suggested donation for non-members.

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour

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Hop on board the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley for a fun and festive celebration of the season featuring

  • the lights and sights of the holidays
  • stories of local holiday traditions and
  • singing of classic carols and songs of Christmas.

Highlighted neighborhoods and points of interest include:

  • Historic Biltmore Village
  • Downtown Asheville
  • Montford Historic District
  • The Grove Park Inn and Grove Park Historic District
  • Pack Square
  • Grove Arcade
Live Music & Great Food
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Market Place Asheville Presents: Live Music

We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

Men Doing Oppression, Men Doing Oppressed. Men Doing Ally
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Firestorm Cafe & Books: Community Powered & Worker Owned

Men Doing Oppression, Men Doing Oppressed. Men Doing Ally

Sexism. Queerphobia. Racism.

Who are you doing it to? Who’s doing it to you? Who’s saving whom? Who’s doing nothing? Who are you allying with? What’s happening when you act in any and all the roles of persecutor, victim, rescuer, bystander and ally with others in our world of White male privilege and domination?

We gather as men to explore interpersonal, structural, economic and institutional systems of injustice and the ways each of us is the oppressed and the oppressor, and learn to serve as allies, being responsive and accountable for what we choose to brave in our own lives, and with and for all our relations.

Who’s welcome: All Men – White, Cis, Indigenous, Queer, of Color, Trans, and Those called to do Ally.

Facilitated by Duncan Tam

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610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Off the Wagon- Dueling Pianos
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Off The Wagon Presents: Dueling Pianos

Casual haunt featuring piano duels & specialty cocktails in a 1920s space with a convivial vibe.

22 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801

A Celtic Christmas
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
All is Calm at NC Stage
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
Community Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Community Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah

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Tickets $15

First Presbyterian Church,
40 Church Street,
Asheville NC 28801

Thursday Horrow Picture Show
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Grail Moviehouse Presents: Thursday Horror Picture Show
Address: 45 South French Broad Avenue, Suite 130, Asheville, NC 28801
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Join us Thursdays at 7:30, for the Asheville Film Society’s Thursday Horror Picture Show, presented by Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Scott Douglas.

We are so excited to be hosting the weekly Thursday Horror Picture Show at the Grail!!

Ellen Trnka & Dan Keller Trio
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

The Purple Onion Presents:

Ellen Trnka & Dan Keller Trio

The Purple Onion

16 Main St, Saluda NC

FREE SHOW: The Nightshirts – [Appalachian acoustic blues]
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

THE ALTAMONT THEATRE PRESENTS:

FREE SHOW: The Nightshirts – [Appalachian acoustic blues]

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18 Church St, Asheville, NC 28801