Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
    Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Helen's Bridge

    When the Zealandia Castle caught fire in the late 1900's, a woman named Helen lost her only child, a daughter. Helen was so crushed by the loss that she hung herself from the bridge right down the road from the castle, thereby the name, Helen's Bridge, located on Beaucatcher Mountain. On Halloween night, people go to the bridge and try to conjure Helen. There are many versions of this legend and some say you must call for Helen 3 times.

    Helen's Bridge photo by Mike. I've heard the bridge has been restructured. Has anyone been to the bridge lately?

    Speaking of folklore and urban legends, Asheville has many good ones that attract visitors from afar. Grove Park Inn's Pink Lady is a popular one. See about more of them here on Ghost Stories of Asheville.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Danse Macabre II

    Danse Macabre II Halloween Costume Party @ The Garage Friday

    Halloween Costume Party @ The Garage
    presented by Get Up and Trinumeral Productions

    Fri. Oct 26th

    With performances by:



    Avec La Force Drum and Dance Ensemble

    Jenny Greer from Jen and the Juice

    Gavin McGowen

    Unifire Theatre

    DJ Bowie

    DJ Aouel

    DJ Par

    Visual effects by 6 Helioglyphs

    Photo booth by Curve Theory

    Fashion show by More Than Mammal recycled clothing and costumes

    French Broad Brewery draft beer for only $2!!

    Costume contest with $100 cash prize and other prizes

    Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door

    Tix available at Malaprops and Ragtime Vintage Clothing

    Location: The Garage
    101 Fairview Rd #C
    Next door to French Broad Brewery
    more info call: 676-9431

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    ReBelles Halloween Show

    Sunday, September 16, 2007

    Local Drum Circles

    Feeling that primal urge? I have a special place in my heart for Drum Circles. It's not just the sensual, tribal rhythms that calm your soul. It's the whole spirit of good hearts surrounding the event. When my daughter was 15, some sweet soul at the local drum circle in Pritchard Park in Asheville, NC, gave her his beautiful drum. First he let her play it and when she was through, guru drummer dude bends over with his hands cupped prayer-like and said to her, "My child, you can have it. (a $200 drum) It's yours." Pritchard Park drumming is a little tourist-y, but what the hell? It radiates such a positive vibe so I can't complain one bit.

    I've listed some area Asheville drumming events here for you.

    * Tribal Beats - Drum Dance Gatherers - Asheville, FRIDAYS from 8-11pm at Pritchard Park, weather permitting. Free and open to all. Come play with us! Info: Larry at 828-670-7287 or Rita at 828-259-9121 or

    * WildBodema - Women's drumming troupe in Asheville NC called Wild Bodema. We are a beginners semi-professional women's drumming troupe. We meet Thursdays in East Asheville. email Drumming at for further info. A Troupe is different from a circle in that we learn specific rhythms and all play together (with some different parts). All drums and playing levels welcome including Djun-djun, etc. You can see them in action HERE.

    * Drumming, Dancing & Toning Gathering - Asheville African Drumming Lessons:, and drum circle Mondays, 7:15-8pm – Movement and Learning Center upstairs at the French Broad Food Co-Op. Free with any co-op receipt, otherwise $2 per class. Afterwards, stay and join the drum circle from 8-10:30pm. Info: Larry, 828-670-7287, or info:

    * Folk School Drum Circle I get conflicting dates on this event so I'll list both of them:
    -- is now held on the last Thursday of the month at 7p. It only runs from the last Thursday in April with the last circle for the year held on Halloween night. Info 828-835-4704 or email at John C. Campbell Folk School's Open House. Starts at 7PM, goes till... Open to all. Usually extra drums and other noise makers are available, 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. We will now be gathering year round. Check for locations and times.
    --Folk School Drum Circle meets the last Tuesday every month at the John C. Campbell Folk School Open House. Starts at 7p, goes till... and is open to all. Usually extra drums and other noise makers are available, sometimes drums for sale. Just ask. 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. Call Kim at 828-835-3506 email: for info and directions.

    * Skinny Beats Drum Shop - located at 4 Eagle St, Downtown Asheville, The number is 828-768-2826, website is Beginner hand drum classes twice a week and have drum circles periodically.

    Drum Circle List - Find more events near you.

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Anti-SOA Circus Troupe

    from my inbox:

    Subject: SUPPORT CALL for Upcoming Anti-SOA Circus Troupe at UNCA, Nov 12

    In behalf of the Traveling Bonfires and UNCA's Students for a Democratic Society, I'd like to invite you to a very significant and urgent show on NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY, 7pm at UNCA's Alumni Hall. The show is called "WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS" by a touring group called CARDBOARD CHAOS (Uncle Sam's Little Global Circus). This is the Asheville leg of an annual East Coast tour to help shut down the US Army School of the Americas. It features a provocative mix of circus stunts, puppetry, political satire and original music. The show is FREE; donations collected at the show go to Cardboard Chaos' tour

    Meantime, The Bonfires also requests any form of help or donation--little cash or spare change, extra accommodation to our visitors etc--to help us make this event a fulfilling, enjoyable and relevant community effort. You can either email me back or call Marta Osborne at 505 0476 for more info.

    In case you want to see us, we will be at Pritchard Park this Saturday, OCT 28, from 4pm to 10pm--for The Bonfires' annual Halloween family dance-concert/gathering, "BONFIRES FOR VAMPIRES: Bonfires for Peace at Pritchard Park, Year 3." Touch Samadhi's family of DJs will be spinning records, and we will be giving out free gifts and goodies to kids. GRACIAS!

    --Pasckie Pascua

    Friday, October 20, 2006

    Bonfires For Peace

    Pritchard Park halloween trance party 10/28 - link

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006

    Samhain Rite

    What: Asheville's 12th Annual Free Public Witch Ritual -- theme: Creatures of the Night
    When: Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31st from 8 p.m. "until"
    Where: Unity Center of Christianity, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher, NC at Oldenwilde.

    This year's Samhain theme is Creatures of the Night, and thousands of costumed monsters, dark fairies, and sexy Witches are expected to descend on the Blue Ridge Mountain area. Features include a kids' Creepy Carnival, a maze trance dance for adults, Witchy music spun by The Poles bandmember Eli Jeremiah, balefires, fire-spinning, and local dance troupes Baraka Mundi and the Asheville Movement Collective.
    "Folks of all ages and faiths are welcome to thrill to the beauty of the night with us and work magic so everyone will thrive till Spring," Lady Passion concludes.

    Samhain XII flyer and a map to the Unity site are at:
    Lady Passion and *Diuvei may be reached at: (828) 251-0343.