June 20 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

Black Mountain News

Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry needs 

A current list of needs at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry: Sheets (flat and fitted – especially queen and king sizes), laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, diapers, pull-ups, and men’s pants and jeans. Monetary donations designated to food are also welcome (send to P.O.  Box 235).  Drop off items at 101 N. Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Celebrate Recovery meetings

Are you or someone you know struggling with anger, codependency, eating disorder, love & relationship addiction, abuse, alcohol, drug of other forms of addiction? Celebrate Recovery, which meets every Tuesday evening at Mountain View Church on 2221 North Fork-Right Fork, features inspiring teaching and testimonies of God’s healing power by our family in recovery.

Meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. with a free meal, before worship, testimony, or lessons begin at 7 p.m. Small groups take place at 8:00 p.m. for open share and 12-Step studies,before dessert is served at 9 p.m. Free child care is available. For more information contact Connie at 669-1981 or Jeanie at 669-4146.

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.

Hot Dog and hamburger cook out

Thomas Chapel Men's Boosters are inviting the public to a free hot dog and hamburger cookout at Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church on 124 West College Street from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22

The event is free to those interested. 

Documentary series highlights 'Quilting Women'

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center for the second film in their new Historic Documentary Series at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20

June's film selection, produced by Appalshop Films, is “Quilting Women” (1976). In addition to the film, the museum will also display quilts from its collections. 

From Appalshop’s website: “Quilting Women traces the process of traditional Appalachian quilting, from cutting out and piecing together the patterns to the quilting bee. Quilters comment on the origins of the generations-old patterns, the time and patience required, the satisfaction of accomplishment, the quilts as art, and the companionship offered by women working together over a quilting frame.”  

This event is free and open to the public. Register at or by calling 669-9566 in advance to reserve your space as there are only 40 seats available.

History of Skyland  

Learn about the origins and development of the Skyland community, established by Otis Miller in 1887, when the Old Buncombe Genealogical Society hosts "History of Skyland, N.C." at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22

Sandy Samz, whose recently published book “Skyland and Its Founder" is available at the Society library and OBCGS eBay bookstore, will explore how this community was influenced by the families who settled in the area.

For information about library hours and resources, see or call 828 253-1894.

Davidson's Fort Historic Park presents Farming the Militia

Davidson's Fort Historic Park in Old Fort will present Farming the Militia from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on June 22 and 23. 

The event will feature demonstrators and reenactors from the 18th century. 

The event is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under. 

Broad River Ice Cream Social 

The Auxiliary of the Broad River Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual ice cream social from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at the Boad River Community Center. 

More flavors and toppings than you ever thought possible. Donations accepted. Come get out of the heat and join us.

Lake Gap Presbyterian Church celebrates 97 years

Lakey Gap Presbyterian Church, at 198 Old Lakey Gap Road, will celebrate its 97th Anniversary & Homecoming beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23. 

Steve White, a former missionary and pastor in Roanoke, Virginia, will deliver the sermon. The public is invited to attend the free event.

For more information call (828) 337-0559.

ACA baseball camp

Asheville Christian Academy, 74 Riverwood Road, Swannanoa, is hosting a baseball camp from June 24 - 27. Registration for the camp, which is rising sixth- through eighth-graders and features morning and afternoon sessions, is open. 

For more information visit or call (904) 314-3008. 

Democrat Women of Buncombe County host dinner meeting

The Democrat Women of Buncombe County will hold its monthly dinner meeting at the Western Residence of Governon at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. 

The event is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. 

To RSVP email by Thursday, June 20

And coming up...

Kiwanis Club seeks grant applications from local nonprofits

The Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain-Swannanoa is inviting local nonprofit organizations to apply for community service grants to fund projects or programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families in the Swannanoa Valley.      

Interested organizations should Email Carol McNally at for a grant application.  Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, June 28.

Completed applications sent via U-S mail should be addressed to the Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain-Swannanoa, P.O. Box 491, Black Mountain, NC 28711, Attn: Carol McNally.

Sourwood Festival poster contest

The Sourwood Festival Committee invites you to enter its annual poster contest. Winners receive $100. 

All entries, which are due by Friday, June 28, are property of the chamber and the winning design will be used for publications, t-shirts and other promotional material for the 42nd Annual Sourwood Festival. 

Designs must include use of the following items: 42nd Annual Sourwood Festival; Aug. 10 - 11, 2019; Downtown Black Mountain, NC; and presented by Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. 

Email your design to or mail them to Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce, 210 East State Street, Black Mountian, NC, 28711. 

Registration open for adult kickball league 

The Black Mountain Recreation and Parks are accepting team registrations for the 2019 Adult Kickball League. The registration fee is $200 for the co-ed league that features an eight-game schedule. The league will begin play the week of July 8. Games will be played at Veteran’s Park.

Rosters are available at the recreation and parks office located at 304 Black Mountain Avenue. The deadline for entry is Friday, June 28. The league will be limited to the first 8 teams registered. For more information, call 669-2052.

Museum Hosts Independence Day Fireworks Hike

This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain.

Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain.

Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of this most historic place over dinner.

Bring a picnic, water, folding chairs, cameras, and flashlights. The Museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit. Thursday, July 4 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Cost is $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers, or $25 for under 18. Please register at or by calling 669-9566.

Harwood Home for Funerals hosts annual July 4th cookout

Harwood Home for Funerals & Cremation Services invites the public to attend its annual cookout from 12 - 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. 

The free event takes place on the lawn of the West State Street business and features barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. 

Black Mountain Beautification Committee meeting 

The Black Mountain Beautification Committee will meet at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18. Gardeners, non-gardeners, artists and folks who like hands-on community involvement —we welcome all who want to make Black Mountain an even more beautiful town. Join us. 

If you would like more information about this committee, please visit our website at

Gently-Used Donations Needed for Museum Rummage Sale

Donate your gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children’s toys, furniture to the non-profit Swannanoa Valley Museum’s fiscal year end Rummage Sale. We can arrange pick up for bulky items. 

The museum is unable to accept donations of clothing or electronics. Donors will receive a tax receipt.

To donate items please contact Yolanda Smith at 669-1679 or Or support the museum by visiting our Rummage Sale.

This year’s sale will take place in the same location as previous years – under a large red and white tent at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old U.S. 70 in Black Mountain and will be open Friday, August 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 3 from 8 a.m. until noon.