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Wildberry Lodge

135 Potato Branch Road, Leicester, North Carolina 28748
Innkeeper(s): Glenda and Ken Cahill

Happy Halloween from your friends at the Wildberry 25 Oct 2016, 6:53 am



Eat, drink and be scary! Well, we definitely have the eating and drinking mastered but we will be taking a rain check on the scary this year. Instead, we are replacing it with fun! Trick-or-treaters do not venture this far up the mountain but we make sure to keep the spirit of Halloween alive and well here at the Wildberry. Don’t be alarmed if you see witches running around doing the inn chores. They already had the brooms so all that was missing was some pointy hats and warts!


Your Halloween morning breakfast is made extra special. You will start with a menacing medley of eye of newt, wing of bat and toe of honey badger with a frog bile glaze (prepared in our finest cauldron). Our main course is tongue of troll, spider eggs and a side of toadstools. For desert we go all out with the rare spirit of unicorn topped with belladonna dew. This 5 star three course meal is certain to start your day out with the perfect amount of energy….and a little bit of fright for good measure.


One of the best parts of Halloween here is definitely the fire pit. The weather is perfect. It’s that time of the year when summer has finally laid down her head for rest and winter is just awakening from his slumber. Not too hot and not too cold. You can take a stroll through the woods on a beautiful trail up to the fire pit. The footpath is illuminated at dusk by solar lights so don’t worry about not being able to see at night. We have a two tier deck with comfortable chairs and lounges with tables. Cooler buckets are also there for chilling or holding any refreshments you may want to bring with. We prepare the fire for you (unless it is something you want to do on your own, of course) and provide the goods for roasting marshmallows and sometimes smore makings too. It’s the perfect nook to cozy up and be romantic with a loved one or to hang out with some new friends for drinking and laughing. Good times all around!


What is Halloween without treats? We have little chocolate snacks and candies for you placed all over the lodge. The most amazing hot cider EVER is available all day and night for you in the dining area as well. If you are in the mood for some more hocus pocus, we have a spooktacular selection of scary movies available for watching in the loft upstairs.


Written by Kate Randall

Day trip to Graveyard Fields 18 Oct 2016, 6:00 am

Graveyard Fields

Every Autumn I take my family on a trip to Graveyard Fields. It’s been a tradition for us for 7 years running now and we are mesmerized by its beauty just as much today as we were our first trip.

Traditions can offer us the most welcoming of sensory remembrance. Our first visit was on a cool and rainy autumn day. It was cloudy outside and incredibly foggy yet it only seemed to enhance the alluring beauty that surrounded us. The crimson reds and blazing oranges all seemed to burst with even more colour than usual. The scents of fir and rainwater hugged us as we followed the muddy unmarked trails. There was even this one smell that neither of us could identify. It was potent and pungent and we weren’t sure how we felt about it at first as it was a particularly odd smell but every year we go we now look forward to it. And it’s always there, gifting us with that sensory remembrance.

There are two theories as to how Graveyard fields got its name. One is that a great windstorm laid out hundreds of spruce and fir trees on the slopes. Over time the tree stumps were overgrown with mosses and lichens resembling an eerie graveyard. The other theory stems from the exuberant amount of logging that occurred in these parts, particularly for the chestnut trees, which left behind many tree stumps that also became covered with mosses and lichens and looked like a grave site.

In 1925 and in the 1940’s the same area that endured the logging and windstorm suffered catastrophic fires that laid waste to the locale. The fire raised the temperature of the soil to such a high extreme that it rendered the soil sterile. Nearly 100 years later the plants still have a difficult time thriving. Even though the recovery has been slow we are seeing an increase in shrubs and bushes in the fields which give us hope that the soil is finally starting to heal.

There are three main waterfalls at this hike, Upper Falls, Second Falls and Yellowstone Falls. A picturesque stream called the Yellowstone Prong creates these waterfalls which is pretty impressive once you see how spectacular they are. All powered by a little stream filled with brook trout.

Due to the high precipitation, disturbances, high elevation and peaty soil the area has an unusual mix of forest, shrub and wetland vegetation. Wildflowers that bloom include a variety of asters, honeysuckle, galax and bluets. Ground pine and the endangered club moss cover the grounds. Flowering dogwood, fraser fir, oaks and yellow birch are all home here as well as the rowan tree which is a very special tree to me as it is the name of my wonderful son.
Upon strolling through the woods you’ll come across mountain bogs, boulders and little swimming holes with water as clear as gin. Get ready for berry hunting too! Graveyard Fields is known for their wild blueberries but gooseberries and blackberries are also ripe for the picking. The best time to pick is toward the end of August, but given how hot our summers have been in recent years I recommend heading out a bit earlier.

Graveyard Fields hike is located off the southern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 418.8.


Written by Kate Randall


Pumpkin bread recipe! 11 Oct 2016, 8:04 am



The Northern winds are sweeping in with gusto as autumn nears. My heart goes pitter-patter gazing upon the brilliant crimson reds, blazing oranges and burnt sienna brown of the falling leaves swirling around, getting that last whimsical dance in before winter’s arrival. This time of year holds such a precious place in my heart, not simply for its ridiculous beauty but more for the stirring it creates inside of me, most notably of culinary creativity.

My kitchen-witch nook is most definitely cramped this time of year with all sorts of delicious infused honeys, elderberry elixir, fire cider, breads and pies and whatever tinctures may be macerating at that time. As you may have learned throughout this blog, I am an herbalist so geeking out on plants and folk remedies is kind of my thing.

Baking goes into full throttle in my homestead too and of course my go-to ingredient is the pumpkin.  It is said that my pumpkin bread is the best in all the lands….well, at least to my son and husband. Yes, of course I will share my recipe with you. This bread is moist and jam packed with the fall flavors of cinnamon, clove and orange zest and the perfect mid-day snack to accompany a hot cup of tea. This pumpkin bread is amazing by itself but also fares well with plum jam. My favourtie way to have my pumpkin bread is with a pine needle infused honey drizzled on top. Don’t knock it till you try it because it’s delicious!

Glenda and Bonnie are also known for their pumpkin recipes. You will be well taken care of every Sunday morning when they treat you to their pumpkin spiced pancakes. They are wonderfully delicious and a big hit with everyone at the lodge. They are made from October all the way through November so get in and chow down while you can!


Pumpkin Bread recipe


  • 3 ½ C all-purpose flour
  • 4 small eggs or 3 large eggs
  • 2 C brown sugar
  • 2 C canned pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 C coconut oil
  • 2/3 C coconut milk
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground clove
  • Zest of one orange



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Add flour, baking soda, salt and cloves into a bowl, mix well and set aside.

Melt the coconut oil and set aside.

Whisk eggs then mix in (one at a time) sugar, pumpkin, coconut milk and then the oil. Add the orange zest.

Mix the wet into the dry.


I used a 10 x 6 loaf pan that is 3 inches deep but any baking pan will do. It just depends on how thick you want the bread to be when it is done. I set the timer on this for an hour but it had to go longer because of how thick I wanted the bread to be. An extra 30 minutes and it was done. Just remember that a different pan will result in a different time so just keep an eye on it. I’ve never gone wrong with this recipe! I think it is the coconut milk that makes the bread so moist. Enjoy! And please do let us know how it turned out for you!



Written by Kate Randall

Get your grub on 4 Oct 2016, 6:16 am

The more classy and high end restaurants of Asheville get plenty of attention but our little local guys deserve lots of love too. Here are 5 places that I frequent while in town whether I am on a budget or not.


12 Bones

Pork. Pork. Pork. Cheap lip smacking pork. 12 Bones is a local favourite. You can tell by the ridiculously long line of people outside everyday waiting to get their oink on. Don’t be intimidated by the line though as the food is turned very quickly so you can get your grub on lightning fast.

12 Bones has two locations. The first location is located in the River Arts District which gained worldwide attention when President Obama stopped in to get his BBQ fill.             The address is at 5 Riverside Dr. The second location is in Arden (South Asheville) at 3578 Sweeten Creek rd. Open daily Monday through Friday from 11 Am to 4 Pm.


Bandidos Latin Ktichen

I think this restaurant has been flying under the radar for a while now. The food is incredible. They elevate tacos and quesadillas to something fresh and new such as the smoked trout taco (my favourite) and the duck confit quesadilla. They make interesting appetizers like the fried pork belly and serve local brews. They are located at 697 Haywood rd. Ste E. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-9.



HomeGrown is where I go when I am in need of comfort food. Their food philosophy is making slow cooked wholesome food with a huge emphasis on sustainability and using local farms. The menu is really diverse too. Examples include the lamb & lentil stew, catfish po’boy, buttermilk fried chicken with mushroom gravy, BBQ tempeh and redneck pot pie.

The menu changes due to local availability. They are located at 371 Merrimon Ave and are open 7 days a week from 8 to 9.


Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company

This funky joint is well worth a visit. Not only do they make amazing brews in house but they also have $3 movies every day at 1pm, 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. You can eat your food in the theater as well. My favourite is the spinach burger and just about every pizza they make is downright delicious.

Located at 675 Merrimon Ave and open 7 days a week from 11AM to 12PM.

Lorettas Café

Best. Sandwiches. Ever. Seriously. Every time I go now I get the Big Bad Wolf which is loaded with smoked pulled pork, ham, bacon, pimento cheese, coleslaw, Cajun mayo and creole mustard. Need I say more? Everything they make is mouthwatering perfection.

Located in downtown Asheville at 114 N. Lexington Ave. Open Monday – Saturday from 10AM to 5PM.


Now go get your grub on!


Written and taste tested by Kate Randall

Opa! Welcome to Greekfest 25 Sep 2016, 10:21 am


I’m here. I finally made it. For 364 days out of the year I eagerly await the arrival of the Greek Festival. I am content and slap-happy on the 365th day only to start the cycle over again the very next day, dreaming of Greek pastries and horos and honey scented air.

I married into a Greek family and although at first spanakopita was a mouthful to say even better was a mouthful of spanakopita. I learned quite a bit from my Greek family about the meaningfulness and warmth that should surround a dinner table. The heart that goes into making foods from scratch and enjoying them with those you love is one of the richest and most wise ways to experience family and friends. For this, I am always thankful to them.

With that said- Opa! Yassas!  Welcome to the 30th annual Greek Festival held in the Montford District at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church! I am so excited to be sharing with you my favourite things in life; food, music and dance.

Let us start with the food, shall we? Truth be told, I come here for the mousakka (moose-ahh-kah). Mousakka is a scrumptious lasagna-esk dish with layers of lamb, béchamel sauce, eggplant and signature Greek herbs and spices.  If I could marry a food, this would be the love of my life. Luckily, nosh nuptials are not recognized anywhere in the world otherwise I’d be a hopeless cheater.

My husband is fond of the patstitsio which is a baked pasta dish but no greek meal would be complete for him without his nuptial nosh of choice, souvlaki. Souvlaki is skewered meat, usually lamb, served with pita bread and ztatziki sauce. He spent many summers in Greece and chowing down on souvlaki is one of his fondest memories while there.

The menu that the volunteers create has plenty more foods to try. Inside of the Agora (market) you will find leg of lamb, Greek meatballs, spanakopita and gyros as well as a mind dizzying assortment of pastries. Try them all! It’s worth the sugar coma, I promise. Our favourites are the galatobouriko and kataifi.


The Kafenion tent is located just outside the Agora and serves two types of coffee; traditional Greek and American. Also made fresh in the tent are delicious batches of loukoumades. Loukoumades are basically round Greek donuts, dipped in warm honey and sprinkled with chopped walnuts and cinnamon. They are amazing. Just be careful walking your plate to the table as they have a tendency to roll off. I nearly cried one year as half of mine rolled into the dirt. I couldn’t even use the 5 second rule. It was a true Greek tragedy.


Now let’s grab a glass of Retsina or Mythos and enjoy the horos! Horos means “dance” in Greek. Authentic Greek horos is performed in traditional costume by the churches adult and youth groups to the lively tunes of Nick Demos & The Greek Islanders.


Greek philosopher Plato says, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Seeing the light and spirit rising in people as they let go of worries and anxieties and just enjoy the music truly brings Plato’s words home. Music not only brings forth flight of mind and soul, it also grounds us and unifies us in community.

Greek Fest is a free community even held at the end of September every year. If you are ready for some fun and entertaining cultural exploration then you should come by and make some memories with us. Opa!


Written by Kate Randall

How to not get eaten by bears 20 Sep 2016, 6:14 am


Recently, I was at the French Broad River Park with my son. After I got him into the stroller and was walking through the parking lot towards the park, I noticed a crowd of people coming my way all gawking and gasping and pointing. Turns out that there was a black bear right next to me and I didn’t even notice. After I realized what was going on and saw the bear, the bear also saw me….and the mass of humans heading our way. Both the bear and I were more frightened of the crowd than of each other and we scurried off in opposite directions to safety.

No, I was not scared of the bear. Maybe I should have been. I suppose I was shocked more than anything. In that fleeting moment when the bear and I locked eyes I simply did not feel the need to be threatened. Definitely on alert, but not threatened.  What was threatening was the mob of people running towards the bear. If seeing that made me uneasy I can only imagine how the bear felt and would have reacted if approached any further.

This experience prompted ‘How to not get eaten by bears’ as black bears are a fairly common sight not only in our country woods but also in our neighborhoods.  And with many of you WildBerry guests loving our wildlife and hiking adventures, chances are that you may encounter a bear sighting.


What to do if you see a black bear:

  • Immediately pick up any small children.
  • Stay calm. Black bears are primarily wary and shy creatures and if left alone will probably leave you alone. Unprovoked black bear attacks are extremely rare.
  • Let them know you are human and not prey by talking to them calmly. Be still while raising your arms into the air and slowly waving them. If the bear stands on its legs, this is usually because the bear is curious about you, not necessarily because it wants to eat you.
  • Do not feed the bear. Bears become much more bold and interested in you if they know you have food for them. The consequences of this are unwanted.
  • DO NOT PLAY DEAD. This only works with Grizzly Bears.
  • DO NOT RUN. Black bears can run as fast as a race horse up and down hill. In the event a bear is motioning to you for an attack, scream and shout and stand your ground! Leave any packs on your body so the bear may grab the pack and not you. Punch and kick concentrating on the muzzle and head. If you have a blunt object, you should definitely use it.



What to do if you are camping:

  • Secure all bags of trash up high out of bears reach.
  • Pack your travel foods in air-tight, odor proof containers.
  • Choose a camp site that is upwind of food stores and cooking sites.
  • Keep the camp site extremely clean by picking up all trash and cleaning off all cooking and eating utensils.
  • Some people choose to take extra precautions and put up a bear fence. It is called a Bear Shock Electric Fence and made by a company called UDAP based out of Butte, Montana. This method is primarily used for Grizzly’s but I’ve heard of people using it for black bears as well.


I want to press how unproblematic black bears usually are. They are still wild animals though and therefore unpredictable. The tips outlined here will certainly help avoid a bear attack which would undoubtedly wreck your day.


Written by Kate Randall

Colemans Boundry Hike 13 Sep 2016, 9:18 am

Five years ago, Big Ivy wrapped its beautiful tendrils around my heart. I fell in love with this hike quite easily and I know you would too. It is rife with trailheads, waterfalls and a remote kind of beauty that gives way to quietude and contemplation.


The goal of the Big Ivy hike for many people (or Colemans Boundry, as the old timers and locals like to call it) is to get to Douglas Falls. Douglass Falls is a 70-ft waterfall with a straight free fall from a high bluff. There are two primary ways to get to Douglas Falls. The route I have always taken is to drive through Barnardsville to the Big Ivy entrance point into the Pisgah National Forest. From here you enter into a thick forest of laurel, rhododendron and black birch and drive up a 9-mile gravel road that climbs the underbelly of the Craggy Mountains. The drive is breathtaking, pure and simple.

The second way in, is from up top when hiking in Craggy Mountains. This way is much more strenuous so be prepared for a workout if you decide to take this route.

The temperature is much cooler and the air smells so fresh and clean. The drive up has several gorgeous waterfalls cascading down the mountain so feel free to stop your car anytime to take photographs. This area has about 30+ miles of trail-heads to explore as well, most of which are marked on your way to the top of the Douglas Falls trail.

Once you get to the Douglas Fall trail it is a pleasant and short half mile trek. Due to the large amount of streams the paths can become quite saturated with water so do wear proper hiking boots and tread carefully as some areas can be slippery.


No matter how you prefer to spend your time outdoors, it seems like Big Ivy caters to it all. Hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping and swimming in the river are all available. You don’t even have to leave your car to enjoy this area! The hikes range from easy, moderate to difficult and will please the spryest of nature enthusiasts to more laid back family outings as well.

Coleman Boundary is located in the city of Barnardsville, NC in the Pisgah National Forest. It is about a 30 minute drive from Asheville. Entrance is free and open year round.

Directions from Asheville:

Head west on I-26 toward Barnardsville. Take exit 15 for Jupiter/Barnardsville (NC Hwy 197. Turn right and follow NC 197 for about 6 miles. Take another right onto Dillingham Road and it’s about another 6 miles from this point until you enter into the Pisgah National Forest.


Written by Kate Randall

Where the Wild Ones Roam 6 Sep 2016, 10:49 am


“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”. -Roger Caras


When I read this quote I immediately thought of our four-legged friends at the Wildberry. They have this spirit that seems to bind all of us together as a family. As though we are all individual components that just don’t make sense without their presence. The unity and joy they bring to our hearts play a huge role not only in our day-to-day lives but also in what makes the Wildberry Lodge what it is. A haven.


Three dogs, two cats. Each have their own story, just like we all do. Ken and Glenda (owners and boss extraordinaire) built the lodge 16 years ago and it’s as though they built along with it a mighty invisible beacon to signal that this was a safe place to be, a refuge if you will, and it has been summoning creature and people alike ever since.


I think about how much better the world would become if we could learn to love as unconditionally as dogs do. If we loved like cats, however, that would be bad. Imagine me spitting hairballs in Glenda’s favourite shoes every time we had a disagreement. I’m not going to lie though, I’ve thought about it. I must be part cat.



Without further ado, I’d like to introduce to you the wildberry wild ones.


Dirty (sooty cat, 10 years old)

This chill mama cat wandered up to the lodge back in 2006. She got her name because she looks quite sooty even fresh out of a bath. Dirty got busy pretty quickly and surprised Ken and Glenda with five kittens! They adopted out all five cats to wonderful homes, their house included. You see, one of the kittens did not want to be adopted. She put her little paws up and refused to get into the cage to go to the adoption center and refused to come back out once she got there too! She even went so far as to sabotage her adoption process by acting like a bully and beating the crap out of all her sibling kittens so no one would want her. This is how Ken and Glenda brought home….

Pumpkin (orange cat, 9 years old)

Pumpkin played the game well. She chose her home and her home listened. Pumpkin is a loud mouthed meower who will shamelessly follow you around for rubs and attention. If you let up your hand for even a second, the meowing begins again. We love both these cats and their adoring affection.

Chloe  (black lab, 12 years old)

This well-fed goof ball came to us in 2006 when she was 2 years old.  Remember that we all have our stories and unfortunately for this sweet soul her story started out dark. Her original parents loved her but their neighbors did not. The neighbors dealt out an assortment of abuses including but not limited to kicking her and attempting to poison her.

With a history like that, I am inclined to say that Chloes real story started when Ken and Glenda adopted her and took her out of harms way. She was very shy and afraid when she first arrived and was still recovering from her previous life but quickly showed her loving spirit and happy-go-lucky personality.

Chloe LOVES food. She will try to convince you with her big sweet eyes that she is deprived of food but her adorable rotund belly gives her away. Don’t let her fool you! She’s a con-artist in the name of bacon scraps and belly rubs! She is by far that sweetest dog ever.


Ginny  (husky/whippet mix, 4 years old)

Oh Ginny…..

Ginny is something else. She definitely seems to hold herself above the company. We are her servants and she knows it. Calling her the leader of the pack simply does not do her diva attitude justice. Without a doubt she is the RULER of the pack and guardian of the lodge.

She definitely has the looks to back it up too. The words regal, striking and commanding come to mind and of course absolutely beautiful. Ken and Glenda saw her glamour shot on the internet when they adopted her from Blue Ridge Husky Rescue in July 2012. She rocks one brown eye and one blue and looks as though she’s wearing enough eye liner to give any 80’s rock band a run for their money.  It’s no wonder Ken & Glenda fell head over heels in love with her.

With such a dynamic attitude as hers you can bet that Ginny has caused a bit havoc in the lodge over the years. Why are there so many missing buttons from Kens shirts? Ask Ginny. Why did the lodge require new tile in the great room? If you asked Ginny, she’d proudly tell you about how she pulled strand after strand out of the lovely berber carpet to make a big comfy bed fit for the doggie queen she is.

Oh Ginny…..


Cosmo  (german shepard, 5 years old)

Cosmo wandered up to the lodge around the same time Ginny came around. She was abandoned and just knew that the lodge was a place she could go to for safety. I remember it took weeks to get her to come into the lodge because she was so scared. Cosmo formed a very strong bond with Glenda and is a total momma’s girl. I can’t tell you the drama that ensues whenever Ken and Glenda need to leave for any duration of time. She pouts and throws fits like my toddler and howls and yips with pure happiness whenever they return. It shows all of us the love, trust and endless gratitude that Cosmo has for them.

She has really been opening up lately, more so now than ever, to people other than Ken and Glenda and it’s thanks to the love and kindness she receives from everyone at the Wildberry Lodge.


In Loving Memory of Sassy (husky/shepard mix, 16 years old)

Sassy is the original protector and mascot of the Wildberry Lodge. During the construction period they found her under a rock and she was with them every step of the way from that day forward. They found her under a rock and she was their rock. Sassy was so very special to all our hearts and was the embodiment of steadfast, devoted and loving.

Fun fact about ole Sassafras

She apparently was not too keen about the arrival of Chloe and would lure her away from the lodge and escort her all the way down the mountain to the end of the drive way and just leave her there. Ken kept having to go down and bring her silly butt back.

Sassy, we miss you fiercely every day.


Written by Kate Randall


Black Balsam Knob 30 Aug 2016, 8:53 am



Black Balsam Knob is my very own land of enchantment. I treasure this place more than pirates treasure rubies and emeralds. Every year I pack my picnic basket and my son into the car and hit the Blue Ridge Parkway for a wonderful and easy drive to the incredible area of the southern Appalachians. This is the place I go to quench my wanderlust thirst.

With features reminiscent of the Alpines due to the extraordinary Spruce and Balsam forests, and balds that look as though they are straight from New England, it is easy to feel as though you’ve been transported out of the Appalachians. Having such juxtaposing landscapes in the same spot is not common and it’s certainly a delight having such apparent diversity to play in.

There are several entry points but my favourite point of entry takes me through a short grove of evergreens. My footsteps feel soft walking upon the carpets of pine needles as I inhale the aromatic loveliness of various conifers. When I say “land of enchantment” I’m referring to this spot in particular. If you were ever to encounter woodland sprites and little goblins then I’m certain it would be here. Fairy-tales could gain much inspiration from taking a walk in this evergreen grove.

The trails out of the grove and up to balds have endured much traffic over the years. As such the trails have turned more into trenches in some areas. Tread carefully and watch those ankles! Some of the gullies are now waist deep.


Once you make it up to the balds you will be stunned by the graceful slopes and elegant curves of the mountains. I know I am every time. The views are so dramatic that it makes me think Braveheart could have been filmed here. In the movie William Wallace says, “Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it”. That certainly resonates with me while exploring the contours of these mountains. My heart does feel free and it pulls me toward the unknown of exploration and the courage to see it through even when I find that I have drifted off the beaten path.


At this point you are above 6,000 feet in elevation. The air is thinner and much colder. You can expect the temperature’s to be at least 15-20 degrees lower than in Asheville. Spring trips can still feel like winter so trips in late autumn may already be too cold. I like to go in the Fall for the sweeping 360 views with all the brilliant harvest colours. I dress appropriately and always bring something to cover my ears for protection from the cold winds.


The Knob is located at mile marker 420.2 but there are no signs that actually tell you that you have arrived at your destination. There is a turn off point on an off road where cars can park to the side.It’s easy to miss so keep your eyes peeled. Black Balsam Knob is about an hour’s drive from Asheville.  Have fun kids!



Written by Kate Randall

Shindig on the Green 26 Aug 2016, 9:21 am

Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green is a local outdoor concert on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage in downtown Asheville. They are celebrating their 50th season of bringing the beautiful dance and music traditions of the Southern Appalachia to us this year.

Locals and visitors alike pack in with their families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets around sundown from 7pm to about 10pm. Although music is at the forefront of the entertainment they also host a variety of other talent such as story telling and informal jam sessions. Informal jam sessions happen in pockets around the stage and throughout the park and are open to anyone to join. So pack your instruments if you want to join in on the fun.

Story telling heritage plays an important role here with deep roots in Appalachian history. Verbal story tellers inspire limitless imagination inside of us and they are not confined to the interpretation of past events. We are very lucky to have this time honored tradition still thriving in these parts, for they truly enrich our lives.
Shindig on the Green is produced by the Folk Heritage Committee who “supports the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains”. This event gathers between 3,000 and 5,000 people throughout the duration of the summer. Locals love this event but it has gained so much attention since its inception in 1967 that it brings people from all over the country and the globe.

Concessions are available for you if you get hungry. This year Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Café will be vending. No alcohol or dogs are allowed in Pack Square Park.

Line up for the remainder of the 2016 year

  • August 13th– Fines Creek Flat Footers, Appalachian Mountaineers
  • August 20th– Little River Cloggers, Dixie Darlin’s
  • August 27th– Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Hotfoot Cloggers
  • September 3rd– Cole Mountain Cloggers, Mountaineer Cloggers



Written by Kate Randall