Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Non-Profit Trunk Show in Robbinsville

WHAT: Trunk Show to Benefit Nest

WHEN: May 2 11AM - 4PM

WHERE: The Former Wachovia Building beside Texaco Food Mart on Hwy 129 in Robbinsville

WHY: ALL proceeds go directly to Nest

We will be hosting a trunk show to benefit Nest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.
The funds for these loans are generated by selling a unique line of clothing, accessories and merchandise for the home produced exclusively for Nest by a group of artists and designers. The Nest line also includes ceramic pottery, women’s clothing and other items with the Nest logo. In addition to these exclusive items created by well-known designers, the recipients of Nest loans in developing countries also make their crafts available to Nest as repayment for the micro-credit loans. These items, too, are incorporated into the Nest line of merchandise. In this way, Nest draws together artists from across the globe into a cooperative network with a shared vision of mutual support.
When you buy from Nest, you have not only have purchased a unique and beautiful item for yourself or your home, you have participated in a proven effort to better the lives of women all across the globe.

Nest and its founder, Rebecca Kousky have been featured on CNN, in Country Living, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart's Body & Soul Magazine, and Rachel Ray Everyday Magazine to name a few. I attended Wake Forest University with Rebecca and I wholeheartedly support the Nest mission.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

2009 Spring Herb Festival

The 20th Annual Spring Herb Festival will be held at the WNC Farmers' Market in Asheville on May 1 - 3. Friday and Saturday hours are 9:00-5:00 and Sunday hours are 10:00-3:00. More than 55 vendors will be offering herb plants, herbal essences & oils, soaps, and medicinal products. Admission and parking are free.

What to expect:

Products: The largest selection of herb plants anywhere, plus herbs, herb books, herbal soaps, crafts, vinegars, medicinal herbs, lotions, tinctures, teas, dried flowers, herbal baked goods, herbal gifts

Info Booth: NC State University herb specialists and Master Gardeners from Asheville area are on duty to answer your gardening questions

Food: Herbal and fresh-made lunches, herbal baked goods


The WNC Farmers Market is located at the intersection of Interstates I-26 and I-40 at Asheville at 570 Brevard Road.

From the South: Follow I-26 north to Exit 33, exit right, turn left end of ramp and follow Brevard Road two miles to Farmers Market
From the West: Follow I-40 to Exit 47, just past where I-26 goes South, exit to right, Farmers Market is on left.
From the East: Follow I-40 to Exit 47, exit to right, turn left at end of ramp, and Farmers Market is immediately on left.
From the North: Follow Hwy 19/23 (Future I-26) to Asheville, head west on I-240, follow signs to airport, I-240 Exit 1 to right, turn left at end of ramp, drive two miles, cross over I-40, Farmers Market is on the left.

There is much more info at the herb festival website. Go to the site and click "location".

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Beautiful Day for a Hike

Today was a great day in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Temperatures were in the mid-70s with just a few big puffy clouds. Am and I took our dogs for a hike along Calderwood Lake to the mouth of Slickrock Creek, a hike I had mentioned in Our Favorite Dayhikes I post.

The trail is in good shape this year and we didn't see anyone until Slickrock Creek where a group was loading a canoe to head back home. We enjoyed a lunch by the creek while the dogs waded and swam a little bit.

I thought I'd share some pictures and help fuel a little spring fever...the weather forecast says we could get some snow in the next two days! Hard to believe after a day like this.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures!

Slickrock Creek as it cascades down into Calderwood lake.

The wildflowers are starting to bloom...

...The trilliums too!

Bridge built over a rock slide by the forest service.

Abby loves to swim!