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At the edge of Asheville, N.C. on a sunny Friday afternoon is a bar scene few American cities could boast.
A brewery, in a warehouse that used to store dead hogs, is the setting. Railroad tracks and empty trucks are the scenery.

The mood? Think family picnic.

In a beer-snob town (and I say this lovingly), the crowd at Wedge Brewing Company is anything but pretentious. Armed with pints and pitchers of local brew that run just a few bucks, the locals clatter around outdoor picnic tables and games of corn hole.

My wife and I got there shortly after the 3 o’clock opening. By 4, it was packed. Nobody really goes inside, except to order or pee.

“This is Asheville,” the guy next to us tells his buddies.

The road to Asheville, for us, was a long one. My wife and I decided to conduct a meandering tour of the South to get there – shipping off from D.C. and hitting Charleston, Savannah and the outskirts of Columbia along the way. We scheduled it so we’d spend just a few days hitting those points of interest before settling into Asheville for the real vacation.

Good call.
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Wednesday Morning Music

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I woke up this morning to a carpet of freshly bloomed purple phlox off my front porch — just in time for the first day of Spring. It’s wonderful here in Asheville in the Spring — spectacular, really. Full of hope, promise, and gratitude. And it made me think of this song…I hope you enjoy it and you enjoy the beautiful day. —MM

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Marc Hunt has the right vision, the right experience, and the right leadership to propel Asheville towards a more affordable and more sustainable future. I got to know Marc during my campaign. He sat down with me and taught me about financing models for multimodal transportation infrastructure. His patience, expertise, and strategic thinking made me an instant fan.

Marc’s got a long history of working to build consensus support for causes ranging from environmental preservation to Asheville-Buncombe Youth Soccer to our Greenways Master Plan implementation. He’s got a diplomatic sensibility, understanding that many hands make light work and that sustainable solutions require broad buy-in from across a community.

Marc is an advocate for affordable housing, equal rights for LGBT citizens, a sustainable energy future, environmental protection, smart growth land-use principles, as well as multimodal transportation. He understands that all of these goals are critical to economic development and job creation. He’s a cyclist and a paddler. He’s raised two sons and maintained a healthy marriage. He’s honest and reliable. He’s going to make a great Council member.

For all of these reasons and more, I gratefully endorse Marc Hunt’s candidacy for Asheville City Council.

Now it’s time to get him elected. Please join Marc and I this Saturday at 9:30am at the West End Bakery for a canvass of West Asheville. There will be training, materials, and a free t-shirt for everyone who comes. We’ll spread the word about Marc and then head to Blue Ridge Pride after we finish at Noon. Email to let us know you’ll be there!

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We Love Lucy

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Today would be Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday. Seems to me we could all use some more Lucy these days.

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Happy Canada Day

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Today is the anniversary of the British North America Act of 1867, which united three British colonies into a single country — our great neighbor to the north — Canada. And locally, Canada Day holds special significance to us this year as we welcome the Linamar Group, Canada’s second largest automobile parts manufacturer, to its new home here in the mountains.

And should you find yourself in a position to influence further economic development for our city — or if you’re just out there looking for a job, here’s a handy-dandy guide on how to speak like a Canadian:

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Big Love Fest

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Mountain X has a great guide to the May 1 event. I hope to see all y’all out there. Here’s the Facebook page, which I hope you’ll share with your networks.

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It’s a Beautiful Day

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With all the tragedy and political divisiveness in the news lately, I thought it might be nice to pause and celebrate the lovely weather and the beautiful little corner of the world we are all so fortunate to call home.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

“This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century — solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others.” —Elie Wiesel

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Sunday Morning Music

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Happy Mother’s Day, everyone.

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I Love This Town

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Returning from tonight’s Town Hall meeting, I found myself again appreciating the forward thinking community of which we are a part. The Asheville Energy Independence Initiative can put Asheville at the forefront of a nationwide trend towards energy efficiency and greener opportunities for all of us.

Tonight’s attendees were people from across Asheville’s political, economic, environmental circles. It reminded me of the recent cross-pollination of disciplines that put Asheville in the hunt for Google’s world-class gigabit fiber optic network. And if we’re talking cross-pollination, how about luminaries from across the nation coming to town last weekend for HATCH?

President Obama and his family will honor us with a visit, drawing the gaze of the world to Asheville this weekend.

Flowers are exploding everywhere, and we’re again witness to the greening up the mountains. The Asheville Tourists are over .500. On Saturday, men in high-heeled shoes will parade downtown for OurVoice, and the Blue Ridge Roller Girls will wipe the floor with Johnson City, Tennessee. All Go West is about to throw a great festival in my neighborhood.

If you love this town and want to say so, then this is the thread for you.

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Thank You, Asheville!

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