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Friday, November 15, 2019
America Recycles Day Today!
Nov 15 all-day
Western North Carolina
Take the Pledge!
 
Thank you to our friends at Keep America Beautiful for continuing the tradition of America Recycles Day for all these years.  If you haven’t taken the pledge, we will hunt you down and make you sign it.  Just kidding…wait, could we do that?

America Recycles Day (ARD) educates people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being, and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

We at CRA challenge you to not only take and share the pledge to recycle EVERYTHING you can, but to reinvigorate your commitment as a vocal and proud advocate of recycling in your community, family, and workplace.  Use the “7 Reasons Recycling is Here to Stay” talking points above and let everyone know, recycling is HERE for GOOD.

1. Citizens Want To Recycle.
Things are worth what people are willing to pay for them.  I’m not talking about grumpy old Mr. Jones that shows up raising cain at the Town Hall meeting every month.  I’m talking about the majority of citizens who want to do the right thing and know that recycling is good.  Never underestimate the power of getting citizens involved in supporting recycling programs.  They just might pay more for it or even save it from imminent doom as they did in Craven County (NC), Greensboro (NC), and Kernersville (NC) earlier this year.
2. Cheap Does Not Equal Better.

One trip to the dollar store will show you that… When we change our mindset about recycling, that it’s a utility, similar to power and water, and that it’s an essential part of sustainable waste management, suddenly it makes a lot more sense to pay what it really costs for something we need and to work together to share the burden.  We can’t take for granted that we have very cheap landfill fees compared to other parts of the country, but this will change eventually.  Landfill space is finite.
3. Investment. 
Like my non-existent stock market portfolio, there are ups and downs with any investment.  What’s the one piece of advice your broker gives you?  Don’t divest in a down market!  We have made a substantial investment in this system and can weather this period of market adjustment.   Unlike other utilities, recycling actually has a chance to recoup costs in the future.  And speaking with your dollars by buying recycled content products helps drive demand = markets improve.  So buy recycled!
 
4. Recycling Does Not Exist in a Vacuum. 
Sure things might ‘suck’ at the moment, but that’s not because of a vacuum.  When you do the math, curbside recycling takes up about twice the volume per ton compared with trash. That means if you put it all in the trash can, you’re looking at a MUCH fuller truck, MORE trips to the landfill, ADDING garbage routes, and really FILLING UP landfills at a double rate.  That’s a no-no and everybody knows it.
 
5. Change is the Only Constant. 
This period of reinvesting in domestic recycling capacity is a great opportunity to teach our citizens that recycling is market-based.  It really can’t be the “ol’ reliable source” of revenue all the time that we all hoped it would be when times were good.   It is always evolving and changing, and we should be evolving with it by correcting our expectations of recycling markets and demand for materials.
 
6. ENVIRONMENT.
Hello!!  Recycling remains the easiest activity that large portions of people across the US can do to help the environment.  Saving energy, water, land, and natural resources is hugely important to not only humans, but the entire ecosystem.  We have GOT to do this for the environment; we heard Greta Thunberg is already talking to her lawyers…
7. Tools. 
There are tons of tools, grants, and assistance out there to maximize your recycling program quality and participation!  Whether it is #RecycleRightNC, #RecycleRightSC, The Recycling Partnership, the WRAP Program, SERDC, Keep America Beautiful, or CRA, your tool cup should be overflowing.  For a list of these resources, visit CRA’s resources page.
Thank you for reading, and Happy America Recycles Day!!
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros: PRE Sale Event
Nov 15 all-day
U.S. Cellular Center - Asheville

Bob Weir and Wolf Bros announce a new string of tour dates, kicking off February 28 in Miami and seeing stops across the U.S. through March.

Is it your time to serve? South Carolina Women in Leadership
Nov 15 all-day
South Carolina

Filling the Gap

Last week South Carolina Women in Leadership (SC WIL) joined Governor Henry McMaster and Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette in calling on more women to consider serving on state boards and commissions.

Hundreds of open seats, as well as those with expiring terms, are appointed by our Governor. Additionally, legislative delegations select nominees for others boards. These are important positions that qualified women could – and should – fill.

When we overlook capable women, we shortchange our state. Board decision-making requires the ability to hear and consider different points of view, which come from people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Women make up 51.5 percent of the population in South Carolina but are vastly underrepresented in state government. Our co-chairs present diverse backgrounds as they support our work in recruiting diverse and qualified candidates for boards and commissions.

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Christmas at Biltmore adds a touch of Downton Abbey
Nov 16 all-day
Biltmore

Known for its monumental scale of traditional holiday décor and dazzling lights, this year Biltmore’s annual Christmas at Biltmore celebration will offer even more than ever before.

 

A yuletide feast for the senses, Christmas at Biltmore begins Nov. 1, 2019. One week later, on Nov. 8, the estate will welcome Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, an immersive experience that celebrates the global hit television series and new feature film.

Biltmore House aglow with five dozen Christmas trees

Biltmore House interiors will shine with the sparkle of more than 50 hand-decorated Christmas trees, ribbons and garlands measured by the mile, and thousands of lights. A majestic 35-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall is the home’s holiday centerpiece. For the first time, hand-decorated Christmas trees will be displayed on the balcony that wraps around the home’s two-story Library.

 

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, candlelight, firelight, and live music will create a magical environment that elevates seasonal celebrations inside Biltmore House. A 55-foot Norway Spruce on the home’s front lawn lit with 55,000 lights will greet guests as they arrive to enter Biltmore House.

 

The warm welcome continues at Antler Hill Village & Winery with a constellation of holiday lights leading to the Winery and estate restaurants. A towering tree of lights will illuminate the Village Green, with a sea of lighted grapevine spheres nestled in the landscaping. Lights cascading from the trees that surround the bonfire area near Antler Hill Barn will offer a unique touch to the experience.

 

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will feature interactive elements that connect fans to their favorite characters, fashions, locations, and historic events of the era. Showcased in two estate locations, the exhibition pairs seamlessly with the real-life story of the Vanderbilt family at Biltmore. Amherst at Deerpark will host multimedia presentations and some of the series’ most recognizable sets—including Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters. At The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village, a gallery of more than 50 costumes from the series will be on view.

The exhibition will run through April 7, 2020. Access to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is included with daytime admission, Candlelight Christmas Evenings admission, or an overnight stay that includes daytime admission.

 

Christmas at Biltmore 2019 Event Calendar

  • Christmas at Biltmore daytime experience – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020
  • Candlelight Christmas Evenings nighttime experience – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 4, 2020 
  • Illumination of Antler Hill Village – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 4, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to midnight
  • Downton Abbey: The Exhibition at Biltmore’s Amherst and the Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village – Nov. 8, 2019, through April 7, 2020
  • A Gardener’s Place How-to Seminar: “Illuminated Holiday Tablescapes” – daily Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
  • Conservatory’s annual seasonal display – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020
  • Complimentary wine tasting at Biltmore Winery. Winery specialty tours available with additional price and reservations required – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020
  • Bonfires in Antler Hill Village with s’mores kits available for purchase at The Creamery – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 3, 2020, select dates, 3 to 10 p.m.
  • Roving Holiday Carolers in Antler Hill Village – select dates
  • Candlelight Winery Tour with a look into the winemaking process and tasting with light cheese pairing. Additional price and reservations required.
  • Visits with Santa at the bandstand in Antler Hill Village – select dates
  • The Inn on Biltmore Estate’s Annual Gingerbread House Tea – additional price and reservations required – Dec. 14 through 22, 2019, select dates, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Festive holiday meals prepared by award-winning chefs served in all of the estate’s restaurants – ongoing
Is it your time to serve? South Carolina Women in Leadership
Nov 16 all-day
South Carolina

Filling the Gap

Last week South Carolina Women in Leadership (SC WIL) joined Governor Henry McMaster and Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette in calling on more women to consider serving on state boards and commissions.

Hundreds of open seats, as well as those with expiring terms, are appointed by our Governor. Additionally, legislative delegations select nominees for others boards. These are important positions that qualified women could – and should – fill.

When we overlook capable women, we shortchange our state. Board decision-making requires the ability to hear and consider different points of view, which come from people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Women make up 51.5 percent of the population in South Carolina but are vastly underrepresented in state government. Our co-chairs present diverse backgrounds as they support our work in recruiting diverse and qualified candidates for boards and commissions.

SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Season Ticket Sale Now
Nov 16 all-day
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Basketball Season is Back!

The SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to Bon Secours Wellness Arena for the second year in a row on March 4-8! Get uninterrupted action to all 13 games of the tournament and save by purchasing your reserved ticket book today! Tickets for the tournament are $120 for a reserved book.

All tickets prices are subject to additional taxes and fees.

The Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate Sign Up Now
Nov 16 all-day
Biltmore Estate

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The Asheville Marathon began 8 years ago with only a marathon option, which sold out quickly in its first year, and again the next year. A nationwide interest in half marathons was becoming popular, so for the 3rd year a half marathon option was added.  In the 4th year, the event expanded to two days of races and a half marathon on each day.  To add a twist in the 5th year the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge was created, where participants race in the Saturday half and Sunday full. The challenge was very popular and for the 6th anniversary, Backyard to Backyard Challenge was added, where participants run both the Saturday half and the Sunday half. Now in its 8th year both days of races, including the challenges, are expected to be sold out, with 3,100 participants.

The Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate is held on and run entirely on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, where runners will wind through paved and packed dirt roads to see hardwood forest, meadows, gardens, and extraordinary views of the Biltmore House and Estate. This is the original Asheville Marathon and first race of its kind to come to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; don’t miss out on being part of history at Biltmore Estate.

For more information about the Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate, visit

https://ashevillemarathon.com/. Follow the race on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Volunteers- Night To Shine
Nov 16 all-day
online volunteer registration

Greenville First Assembly is sponsoring the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine, an all inclusive prom experience for persons with special needs.

I am specifically recruiting buddies to provide one-on-one companionship and fun for each honored guest during the event. If volunteers would love to help, they can sign up at http://nighttoshinegreenville.com/volunteer-registration/. Volunteers may choose up to three areas to volunteer.

“Dressing for the Occasion: Mid-Century Sandburg as Celebrity and Family Man”
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Carl Sandburg Home

Sandburg Clothing on Exhibit

“Dressing for the Occasion” offers visitors a window into the style, culture, and feel of mid-century America. The family’s clothing and accessories weave together the roles of Carl Sandburg as a prominent writer, celebrity, father, and husband. This temporary exhibit offers an exciting opportunity for the public to view objects that are normally in storage or in the possession of Sandburg family members. Tours of the Sandburg Home are offered daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are available first come, first served, each day from the visitor information area in the ground level of the Sandburg Home.

Nearly every room in the historically furnished house museum will be included in the exhibit. Visitors will see the characteristic scarves Carl Sandburg wore as he played his guitar and sang folk songs to entertain his family and guests, the dress Lilian Sandburg wore to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other mid-century pieces worn by the Sandburgs and their daughters. Historic photographs, paired with the clothing, will provide context.

Table for Two – Weekend Support Group
Nov 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Spartanburg Regional

A free casual gathering for breastfeeding mothers and their baby to meet other mothers, discuss concerns and learn tips on breastfeeding and life with a new baby. Attendance is encouraged after your baby is 2 weeks old.

Registration is required. Please visit http://bit.ly/TableFor2SRHS

https://www.facebook.com/events/1930997497197113/?event_time_id=1930997553863774

The Upcountry’s Sacred Spaces with Bill Fitzpatrick Fall Bus Tour
Nov 16 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

Discover the Upcountry’s “sacred sites” on a day trip to Spartanburg County with author, photographer, and preservationist Bill Fitzpatrick. The churches of the Upcountry are more than just buildings. They are sources of strength and identity, centers of community life, and vibrant expressions of faith and hope. Their wooden walls, soaring steeples, and historic graveyards reflect over two hundred years of history. From Shiloh Methodist, a traditional white clapboard, to Church of the Advent, an intricate Gothic style, experience the spiritual heritage of the Spartanburg area and the Upcountry.

Call 864-467-3100 to purchase your tickets today! 

Fall Foliage Photography Contest
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

No additional costs to enter.

The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.

Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.

All entries must be submitted to [email protected] or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

https://www.facebook.com/events/354841472011965/?event_time_id=354841488678630

Pop Up Author: Alice Hall
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
M. Judson Booksellers

Join us on Saturday mornings at 10:00am, when we have local authors share out space and promote their wonderful stories. Stop by our lobby to meet and greet these fantastic authors, and get a signed copy of their book as well!

Pop Up Author: Amika T. Clark
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
M. Judson Booksellers

Join us on Saturday mornings at 10:00am, when we have local authors share out space and promote their wonderful stories. Stop by our lobby to meet and greet these fantastic authors, and get a signed copy of their book as well!

The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Llamapalooza for Annual Passholders
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Imagine spending your day with one of Mother Nature’s most majestic and funny creatures—the llama. From 11 am – 3 pm, Annual Passholders can join one of two guided hikes with these majestic creatures along the Hickory Nut Falls trail. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.

11-12:30pm- First Hike to Hickory Nut Falls

1-2:30pm- Second Hike to Hickory Nut Falls

https://www.facebook.com/events/369933733583186/

Bendy Birds Yoga
Nov 16 @ 11:45 am

Birds Fly South Ale Project

1320 Hampton Ave Ext, Greenville, South Carolina 29601
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Bendy Birds Yoga
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Birds Fly South Ale Project

Join us for our weekly session of Bendy Birds Yoga! This one-hour mindful class will challenge and restore the body while flowing through gentle to moderate poses that will be accessible for students of all levels. Come discover the healing power of breath and build a healthy alignment of body, core strength, flexibility, and balance.

$10 covers class and a pint of beer. Please bring your own mat and towel, and arrive by 11:45 to register and set up.

www.bfsbeer.com/bendy-birds-yoga

https://www.facebook.com/events/2211223318910335/?event_time_id=2211223358910331

Greenville Scavenger Hunt
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
220 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, United States

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Greenville! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout Greenville, racking up points and laughs along the way. Greenville Adventure is the perfect small group activity for anyone looking to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Greenville.

Some of the more memorable landmarks you’ll see are: NOMA Square, Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Drive Baseball Stadium, Baseball Library..

Let’s Roam scavenger hunts work great for outdoor team building games in Greenville too! Whether you work in Greenville or are just visiting, you are sure to learn some new facts about the city as well as your teammates on this creative corporate event! This is one of the happiest hours your team will spend together!

Fear not, maids of honor, these hunts are sure fire ideas for Greenville bachelorette parties! Bachelors and bachelorettes will both enjoy roaming around on their wedding-themed Greenville scavenger hunts. Why just bar hop when you and your team can jump for joy as you complete hilarious photo challenges and see the best that Greenville has to offer!

Looking to check out a different part of the city? Check out Downtown Asheville Scavenger Hunt, Classic City Culture & History, and Lap Around Charlotte as well!

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Follow the Blue Ridge Mountains and you’ll find one of South Carolina’s most picturesque cities. On this fun-filled Greenville scavenger hunt, explore the storied buildings, great green spaces and cultural institutions.Is there a waterfall in NOMA Square? Who left their sox in the baseball stadium? Find out on this scavenger hunt of Greenville!

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.