If you find yourself bored in Asheville, it’s nobody’s fault but your own.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been ziplining and hiking, watching plays and music, feasting on a Biltmore hillside and sipping moonshine with terrific women friends. We live in a remarkable area with a huge range of inexpensive (or free) activities, and I feel lucky to be able to take advantage of them.
This month, if you are stumped about what to do, turn to our Calendar (page 14). Coming up in October is Asheville’s second Moogfest. The first one, last fall, was the biggest musical event of the year. This year’s fest promises to be hipper still, with a Moby performance, Brian Eno’s artwork and more women rockers and electronic music artists in the lineup. Personally, I’m looking forward to St. Vincent, a New York indie rocker whose guitar playing on her latest album, Strange Mercy, will blow you away. LEAF, the twice-annual Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, also looks impressive for this month, with performances by the a cappella powerhouse Sweet Honey in the Rock and Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson, among others.
After living in New York for years, I grew to love Jewish foods like latkes and knishes. You can find plenty of those in downtown Asheville on October 16 at HardLox, the Jewish food and heritage festival on Pack Square. In fact, while there are still some things I miss about New York City, I rarely find myself pining for that place. Asheville and the surrounding area offer more than enough to keep me busy, intrigued, tickled, titillated, and generally on the edge of my seat. I hope it does the same for you.