Nov. 22 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Foothills offers Thanksgiving option 

Let the chefs and butchers at Foothills Butcher Bar in Black Mountain feed you. The meal is $25 for adults, $12 for children, tax and gratuity not included.

The meal is served family style and by reservation only. Seating is at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 
and full bar available. Contact for reservations or call Black Mountain Butcher Bar at (828) 357-9029

Local, pasture-raised, brined & roasted turkey, house-made holiday ham from Bradley Farms, mashed potatoes with herb butter and turkey gravy, granny's cornbread stuffing, local sweet potato casserole, roasted and glazed root vegetables, Butcher Bar collard greens, cranberry orange relish and cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie or vanilla pound cake with honey bourbon whipped cream and vanilla ice cream with candied bacon. Dynamite Coffee and iced tea included. 

Community Thanksgiving lunch

A Thanksgiving Day lunch will be held at Swannanoa First Baptist Church at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22

The event, which will take place at 503 Park Street, is open to the public. To reserve a spot call 686-5123.

Blood drive at Black Mountain Fire Department

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the training room at the Black Mountain Fire Department from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. 

One donation can save up to three lives.

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 

Poker night at the VFW

VFW Post 9157 is hosting Wednesday night poker night. The weekly tournaments are open to the public, with the first one beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. tournament. 

Lou the Commander will cook dinner plates and dinner is $5. A $5 credit will be awarded to the winner of each tournament. 

"Messiah in Montreat" returns 

“’Messiah’ in Montreat” will present the 5th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” in Graham Chapel of Montreat College, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.  Come enjoy a 45-voice choir from the community, a chamber orchestra and soloists. Admittance is free; suggested donation of $10.  See for more information.

Montreat Community Book Club meeting

The Montreat Community Book Club sponsored by the Friends of the L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the library.  

The book to be discussed is "The Last Castle," a New York Times Bestseller, by Denisse Kiernan.

Described as "the epic story of  love, lost, and American royalty in the nation's largest home", the book is a fascinating account of how George Vanderbilt came to Asheville, established the Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village, and how generations since have kept his legacy alive. 

The discussion will be led by Righton McCallum who is quite knowledgeable about the Vanderbilt and Cecil families and Biltmore.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

And coming up...

Sign up for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. This year's theme is "Christmas: Then and Now" and the grand marshal is Edd Buchanan. 

Apply online at or in person at the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Applications are $20 per entry and the deadline is Dec. 3

Get your miniature schnauzer in the Christmas Parade

People with interest in participating in the 2018 Black Mountain town parade the day after Holly Jolly to march as a group with their miniature schnauzers should contact Dan Tanner at 828-775-7892 or There is no cost. Just participate and have a good time.