Month: September 2019

Town Encourages Residents’ Input in N.C. Transportation Improvement Program

The Mayor and Town Council would like to encourage your input into the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Draft 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Program. This plan relates the Weaverville (Project A-0010A) in the following ways:
  • I-26 will be widened from 4 lanes to 8 from Broadway up to New Stock Rd exit 21.
  • I-26 will be widened from 4 lanes to 6 from New Stock to the Weaverville exit 19.
More information is available here: http://www.fbrmpo.org/tip/.  Comments may be sent to [email protected] or 828-251-6622 through October 23rd, or made in-person at the MPO Board meeting on October 24th at 1:00 PM at Land of Sky Regional Council (339 New Leicester Highway, Asheville).

Oldtime/Traditional Musicians Roger Howell and Friends to perform at Weaverville’s last event of 2nd Saturday Summer Series at 6pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019

Please remember to join us THIS SATURDAY from 6pm-8pm for our last concert of the summer in the Main Street Nature Park! Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs and enjoy this wonderful family-friendly evening hosted by the Town of Weaverville!
We’re pleased to have Roger Howell and Friends perform for us and know you will have a great time!
Information about our musicians:
Roger Howell (Fiddle and Banjo) – For almost all of his 70 years Roger Howell has resided on Banjo Branch, on the slopes of Bailey Mountain, near Mars Hill in Madison County. It was on Banjo Branch, in early childhood, that he first grew to love the music of his native county. He later picked up his urge to play string music from several neighborhood families who played guitar, banjo and fiddle, and also from the early TV shows of Flatt & Scruggs, Porter Wagoner, and The Stoneman Family. He has since won a great many awards, including first place in fiddle (many times) at such festivals as Fiddlers Grove, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, and first place in banjo at the Georgia Mountain Fair. He appears on many recordings, including Blue Ridge Mountain Music, Volume I, which has been sold in gift shops along the Blue Ridge Parkway for nearly three decades, thus dispersing thousands of copies all around the world. Howell has also produced several of his own recordings, including the best-selling Hills & Heroes in 2003, and is highly sought-after in the studio, appearing on over 30 recordings over the years. Howell has played in bands with other great musicians of the North Carolina mountains, as the fiddler for the Carroll Best String Band, and as a founding member of the award-winning Carolina Old-Timers String Band and Bailey Mountain Ramblers. These days he can be found playing with his many friends at area festivals, and at the popular weekly Bluegrass Jam at Zuma Coffee in Marshall with legendary fiddler and friend Bobby Hicks.
Jerry Sutton (Guitar) – Widely respected as a musician, Jerry Sutton is in the middle generation of a multigenerational family of musicians. He is the son of the late fiddler Grover Sutton, and the father of Leesa Sutton Brandon and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton. Family and friends alike cite him as an important musical mentor. He says, “I learned [back-up guitar playing] from my dad and other local fiddlers at jam sessions,” beginning in the late 1950s. He grew to be an accomplished flatpicker in lead and solo roles as well, and also sings and plays banjo and bass. Among the many awards he has won are first place in guitar at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, second place in guitar at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and first place in bass at Fiddler’s Grove. Jerry Sutton can be heard on recordings with his father, Grover Sutton, with the Hominy Valley String Band and the Pisgah Pickers, as well as with his son Bryan on Sugar Hill Records.
Cathy Arrowood (Upright Bass) – From Marshall, Cathy plays with several groups in the Asheville area year round.

Second Saturday Summer Series

The Town of Weaverville will be hosting the final Second Saturday Summer Series of 2019 on September 14 at 6pm. Please join your friends and neighbors for an evening of music from fiddler Roger Howell and Friends at the meadow within the Main Street Nature Park.

 

Second Saturday Summer Series – September Flyer

Apply to the 2020 Citizens Academy

The Town of Weaverville hosts an annual Citizens’ Academy to promote open dialogue and provide the community with education about the workings of town government. Any resident is welcome to participate. The curriculum covers current town programs, services, policies, procedures, plus a “behind the scenes” look at how Weaverville’s government operates.
The Weaverville Citizens’ Academy offers citizens insight into how the town functions with workshop sessions led by town department heads, town staff, and elected officials.Most sessions are held at the given department, which allows department staff to provide a tour. An overview of the department functions, along with a question-and-answer session at the end of each program are also part of each session.
Students of the Weaverville Citizens’ Academy are given a foundation of knowledge regarding town government and services. This foundation and interaction with the town’s key department staff creates a stronger, informed community, which makes it easier for the town government to function smoothly. Sessions are held once per month, January through July, every third Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The award of certificates and final wrap-up of the annual Weaverville Citizens’ Academy is held in July.
In order to graduate, participants are expected to attend at least five of the seven sessions and attend one Weaverville Town Council meeting. Application to the program is required. Applications may be sent to Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey via mail at P.O. Box 338, Weaverville, NC 28787, or via email at [email protected]. Applications may also be hand-delivered to the Weaverville Town Hall, 30 South Main Street.