Music enriches our soul and has an impact on the brain and body of both performer and listener. This presentation, accompanied by live performances, will explore the history of the music industry and famous songwriters such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, Carole King and Hank Williams.
How bright will the fall color be this year? When will color peak? Where and when will you see the best color? Why are there different colors? How will this year’s spring and summer weather affect fall color? This talk explores the environmental and botanical factors that affect the timing, duration and intensity of fall color in the mountains.
Join us for an in-depth look at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. A significant historic site for our community, “The Peggy” has been a beacon of light for Highlanders for many years. Learn about the history of the grounds and how the landscape has changed over time. Find out more about the numerous philanthropic organizations that have played a crucial role in the development of this special campus.
Harvest time is truly a memorable experience at Stonewall Creek Vineyards in Tiger, GA. Since 2011, the winery has been producing wine from its own estate-grown grapes, with few exceptions. This fun, educational tour will introduce you to the process and the harvesting, including a wine tasting, of course.
$45 – $55
Since the late nineteenth century, intercollegiate athletics have integrated themselves into the marrow of university life, reshuffling institutional priorities and becoming central to the identities of universities and their alumni. Since the 1980s, when a pivotal Supreme Court case and the innovative marketing of Nike and Reebok truly opened the floodgates of commercial money into college athletics, the academic personnel at universities have had to reorient themselves to an environment in which athletic success, with the accompanying cash, often trumps academic standing, prestige or accomplishment. How should this conflict of interest be managed, and by whom?
How do the formative experiences of leaders ultimately shape their political preferences and political activity? This lecture will focus on the Kennedy family (particularly the experiences of John and Robert Kennedy) and Bill and Hillary Clinton. It will explore how the political careers of each were substantially shaped by their unique backgrounds
Just in time for Halloween, learn a bit of paranormal terminology and about the ghosts of Asheville and our region. What is an orb? How is that different from an apparition? What is ectoplasmic mist? What is the difference between a ghost and a demon? What is the difference between a Vortex and a Portal? How do you know if your photographs contain images of real ghosts, or is it just lint, moisture or bad lighting? Why is it dangerous to use a Ouija board in Asheville and Black Mountain?