Out and About

From comedians and musicians to orchids, there's plenty to do this weekend

By Vicki Hyatt | Mar 22, 2017
Photo by: Julie McMillan/silverbirchstudio.com Pictured are orchids at the 2015 Asheville Orchid Festival show at the NC Arboretum. This year, visit the Asheville Orchid Festival on March 25-26 at the Arboretum.

It looks like the weekend weather will be rainy, which makes it ideal to consider inside types of entertainment.

Luckily, there is a lot going on in the region and there’s enough variety to suit almost every taste.

For those who are looking for a few laughs, the Grey Eagle in Asheville is the place to be.

For just $10-$12, see 10 popular comedians at the Best of Asheville Comedy Showcase. There are shows at both 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

If you want to stay here in Waynesville, the Tuscola High School Summit Choir will present its 35th Annual Country Western Show in the Tuscola High School auditorium on both Friday and Saturday, March 24-25 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. This show has been wowing audiences for three decades and is sure to delight.

Also on Saturday will be an event that would be ideal for the “musician’s musician,” someone with a true appreciation of the fine art of writing songs. Waynesville’s Milan Miller will be one of three featured guests at the Balsam Mountain Inn Songwriters in the Round.

Miller’s songs have been recorded by some of the most popular names in bluegrass, and he is a well-recognized nominee at the International Bluegrass Music Association. He wrote “Papertown,” “Calloway County Flood,” “Caney Fork River,” and “The Other Side,” all made popular by Haywood’s own Balsam Range.

The $49.50 ticket includes a buffet dinner with seating beginning at 6 p.m.

While the Balsam Mountain Inn’s songwriter event has been going on for two decades, there is a new event celebrating local musical talent being held at HART Theatre’s Harmon’s Den Bistro.

Local singers and songwriters are featured from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday nights

Food and beverages are sold and there’s a $5 cover charge. Saturday’s featured artist is Ashley Heath who has a full assortment of  country, blues and folk music that can be found in her recently released an album of original material, "A Different Stream."

Not to leave out the reader who revels in all that’s beautiful — don’t miss the Asheville Orchid Festival, March 25-26 held Friday and Saturday at the NC Arboretum.

In addition to the parking fee, there is a $5 charge at the door, but orchid lovers will be able to shop for plants from vendors across the U.S. and abroad.

It always amazes me to preview the wide assortment of entertainment options available in our community. The variety is broad and the quality is high. Don’t miss a chance to escape a bit of rain and enjoy the many cultural experiences that await.


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