Archive for September, 2008

Asheville’s Folk Art Center Heritage Weekend

Yesterday was a beautiful day to get out of the house. The air was crisp and it definitely had that almost fall feel. We drove the four miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center from Lovers’ Loop Retreat, where our guest suite is.

The Folk Art Center
We walked up the steps to the Folk Art Center Building where we began seeing exhibits and craft demonstrations. We could see and hear more actvitiy and music as we went into the building and walked through all the exhibitors to the other side.
Old-time clogging music

Old-time clogging music

We enjoyed watching the cloggers dance to the traditional tunes and walked around to see what else was going on outside.
We learned a few new things from a bee keeper who had bees in a display as well as honey to buy.
Learning about bees

Learning about bees

Mountain Fresh Orchards of Hendersonville had a small, hand-crank apple cider press and it was fun to watch the kids crank it. As the juice dripped out the front, people were encouraged to catch it in little paper cups for a taste. Whatever remained in the bucket below was filtered through cheese cloth and bottled for sale.

 

Apple cider press

Apple cider press

 

Weaving on a floor loom

Weaving on a floor loom

 

There were more than 25 crafts and skills demonstrated. There were basket-makers, spinners and weavers, woodcarvers, chairmakers, broommakers, quilters, sheep shearing, border collie demonstrations and more.

 

Large spinning wheel

Large spinning wheel

There were also special events like the 28th Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition. I can’t explain it – you have to see it for yourself!

Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition

Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is a great time to visit Asheville! There are so many things going on. We hope you’ll check all the upcoming Asheville events on our Web site, www.loversloopretreat.com, and stay with us when you visit!

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Asheville Yoga

Asheville’s yoga scene is incredible! You can hardly drive down any commercial street without seeing a yoga sign. The health benefits of yoga have really caught on here. It helps deal with stress as well as increased flexibility, muscle toning and even internal massage.

My mother lives in a retirement community downtown where they offer various enriching activites that include exercise. She just told me one of their activites is canceled for a month while the instructor spends time in India learning new yoga techniques.

That’s not unusual. There are many yoga instructors here and a surprising number of them have spent time learning from masters abroad.

But you don’t have to fly off to a far away destination. Come to Asheville to learn yoga! There are over a dozen yoga schools, centers,and institutes. You can find any level. There’s yoga for pregnant women, seniors, athletes, beginners, advanced, and trained teachers. There’s yoga to get in shape and yoga to de-stress and relax.

You can sign up for a series or often you can even drop in for one class. Let a yoga session be a souvenier of your Asheville vacation! And stay with us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

A couple weeks ago I attended the first annual Asheville Sacred Music and Yoga Festival. It was three days of every kind of workshop and lecture you can imagine related to yoga as well as on-going music and a wide assortment of vendors including acupuncture, hoola hoops, incense, herbal medicines, and “green” real estate. All kinds of people – young mothers with babies, white-haired retirees, American and international – were strolling through the booths, sitting on grass listening to music, eating the tasty foods available and participating in workshops. It was a great weekend and I imagine will grow next year.

So, come a check out the Asheville yoga scene. Here are a few of the places you can look into:

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