Fun Summer Events and Volunteer Opportunities
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Summer is in full swing and Friends of Connect Buncombe has a great line-up of events in August.  Invite your friends and come join us. From greenway walks to Brewing for Greenways events (including the one year anniversary beer release), we hope you will support our efforts to raise awareness for greenways and trails in our communities and continuing to support projects through our fundraising efforts.   

If you have not already renewed your annual membership, we encourage you to do so. Your support is critical to our organization. Friends of Connect Buncombe.   

Happy Summer!

Suzanne Molloy
President, Friends of Connect Buncombe
Join us at the North Asheville Tailgate Market
Farmer's Market Booth - August 6th

On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, Friends of Connect Buncombe will be at the  North Asheville Tailgate Market (1 University Heights) to raise awareness about our mission, grow our membership, and promote an upcoming greenway walk near the market.  Please feel free to stop by.
Join us for a GREENWAY WALK
Greenway Walk - Saturday, August 13th, 10 a.m. 
Reed Creek Greenway

Some of our volunteers will be leading a Saturday morning walk on the greenway near UNC-Asheveille which leads into Downtown.  The walk should take about 2 hours.  You are welcome to come for a portion or all of the walk. 
Please meet at 10 a.m. at Luella's BBQ located at the intersection of  WT Weaver Boulevard and Merrimon Avenue.  Luella's is located at 501 Merrimon Avenue.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Highland  Brewing Company 
Brewing for Greenways,  Tuesday, August 16th 
Tuesday, August 16th, 5 - 7 p.m.
Urban Trail Hoppy Pale Ale Release 
at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Highland Brewing Co. have teamed up to create a collaborative Urban Trail Hoppy Pale Ale to be released on Tuesday, August 16th.  The event will take place in the patio outside the taproom at at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company  located at 100 Sierra Nevada Way in   Fletcher.

Event is open to the public.  Brewer to speak at 6 p.m. about the collaboration. Bring a friend and join us for the evening.

Zebulon Artisan Ales and Twin Leaf Brewing 
One year ANNIVERSARY Brewing for Greenways Tapping
Friday, August 19th, 6 p.m. 
Friday, August 19th, 6 p.m. 
One Year Anniversary Beer Release
Drifter's Escape Lager 
at Twin Leaf Brewing

Twin Leaf Brewery and Zebulon Artisan Ales have come together to brew the next installment for the Brewing for Greenways collaboration series to support Friends of Connect Buncombe.  Drifter's Escape Lager, a craft-brewed light lager, will be tapped on Friday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. at Twin Leaf Brewing, located on 144 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC.

Both Twin Leaf Brewery head brewer and owner, Tim Weber, and Zebulon Artisan Ales co-owner, Mike Karnowski, were excited to brew the seventh installment in the series, the collaborations's one-year anniversary beer.

"We were thrilled to participate in this project," said Weber. "Asheville is an amazing city to live in and the more bimodal ways we have to get around, the better it is to live here.  I love when i get to do what I enjoy, which is brewing beer, and at the same time support nonprofits who are working to make our community a better place. Especially," added Weber, "when I can collaborate with as great of a brewery as Zebulon."

Drifter's Escape Lager is the two craft brewers' attempt to take back the much maligned yet historically important American lager.  The beer was brewed with a classic American lager base, 6-row malt and corn, and then hopped with a generous amount of Citra and Centennial hops.  At 5.2% ABV, this light and refreshing beer is the perfect beverage for enjoying post summertime mountain adventures

Drifter's Escape Lager will only be available on tap in Twin Leaf Brewing's taproom while supplies last  The brewery will donate two dollars or each point sold to Friends of Connect Buncombe.

Event is open to the public. For a full press release, please click HERE.
Live Music, Sunday, August 28th 5-8 p.m.
August 28th, 5 - 8 p.m.
Sunday Live at Aloft Asheville
to benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe
Swing by on Sunday, August 28th to enjoy live music by the Juan Benavides Group, signature sips, and snacks while taking in spectacular Asheville mountain views on the Air Level (3rd floor) at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville.  Event is open to th e public and pet frien dly. The $5, suggested donation, at the door will benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe. 

The 2016 Live@Aloft series will feature a raffle fundraiser, and $5 raffle tickets will be on sale at each event. The grand prize is a package donated by Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort that is valued at $600 and includes a one night stay at the resort, dinner for two at Chef's Stage Buffet, and breakfast for two at Selu Garden Café. The winner will be announced at the last Live@Aloft event in October.

For more information about Sundays Live@Aloft, visit  or call the hotel at 828-407-4302.
Saturday, September 18th
Open Streets Asheville 
Friends of Connect Buncombe will be an activity partner at the Open Streets Asheville event to be held on Sunday, September 18th in downtown.  Come join us as we create a GREENWAY mural and get your photo taken as part of our Greenways Please campaign. 

The event promises to be a whole new way to experi ence the City with your friends and family on car free streets with activities for all ages.  For more information on the event or if you are interested in sponsoring, please visit  Open Streets Asheville. 
Volunteers Needed for Race to the Taps at Pisgah Brewing Co., September 24th
Volunteer for Race to the Taps at Pisgah Brewing Co. on September 24th & 25th. 

Volunteers are needed for packet pick-up, water stations, and to serve as course marshals. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and beer ticket. 

Volunteers Needed for Sandy Mush, Cycle to Farm, October 1st
Volunteers Needed For Sandy Mush  Cycle to Farm,  October 1st

This year, the Sandy Mush ride will start and finish at the New Belgium Tasting Room in West Asheville. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Connect Buncombe.  We need to help out by supplying volunteers. There are many great activities to choose from: start/finish crew, marshals, farm helpers, pick-up...and more. 

If you are interested in volunteering, follow this LINK.  If you are interested in riding, follow this  LINK .
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Annual Membership Renewal/Giving
If you haven't already renewed your membership, make your donation go further. This year,  Gentry Heating and Cooling  has graciously offered to match any donations between $100 and $500.  Donate Today!

"Our purpose is to provide a vast improvement in the quality of life and comfort of our customers, co-workers and community by being the preferred and most progressive HVAC provider in the Western North Carolina. One of the ways we can improve the life quality of our community is to support development of greenways here in Buncombe County, thus enabling people to come together and enjoy our beautiful mountains and city." Duane Gentry, owner, Gentry Heating Inc.