January 2017 

Vol 10, Issue 1 

    1st Karen Peron  Nightfall at Bent Creek Lodge
Doug & Jodee Sellers
    Happy New Year!    This is the time to look back on the year and reflect, cogitate, ruminate on the year's events (aren't thesaurus's great). First I  would like to thank you for making 2016 another very good year for the Lodge. With all the new, high rise, fancy, hotels popping up in Asheville, we are very proud   that so many of you continue to choose Bent Creek Lodge when you visit the area.  However, on so many other levels 2016 was a rather tumultuous time.  The eastern part of North Carolina suffered from some of the worst flooding ever while our part of the state endured severe drought and forest fires. Also, NC fought the "bathroom" wars among other things to become noted as the most divisive state in the nation.  And the elections !!!  Thank goodness those are behind us.  On the family side, Jodee and her brother managed to deal with their dad's passing and helped their mother move out of the homestead of 60 years and into a semi-assisted-living apartment.  Again not something one wants to do often unless you like crying and making multiple trips to the landfill and the Goodwill warehouse. So I am glad to say "good bye 2016".
     But then what do I say about my feeling for 2017. It wouldn't be quite true to say I have great expectations. While thinking of this I was driving down the road when I saw a big, round tire cover with the "Life Is Good"  logo you see on so many tee shirts printed on it. Underneath was a hand painted addition that said 
"most of the time"
.  I laughed and said to myself "how true".  So I hope that "Life Is Good" for you and yours for 2017, at least most of the time, which is about the most we can expect.  

Winter in Asheville Photo Contest 
       It is time for another photo contest.  I must admit that I really miss getting photos from you.  The past contests have been a wonderful way to make connections with our guests.  The details for the Winter in Asheville Photo Contest are:
  • The photo should depict one of the many things to do in western N.C. during the winter.  If it is an indoor activity or the scenery does not indicate it is winter, please include the name and date of the event.  The photo does not have to be from the current year.  The article below is a great list of possible events for photos.  
  • Entering the contest indicates your permission to use the photo in our newsletter or website.  Be sure to have the permission of anyone in the photo as well.
  • Photos must be sent to us digitally, by email, dropbox or thumbdrive.  Photos must be received by  the first day of Spring, March 20th.  
  • First prize is a $145 gift certificate, Second $80 gift certificate, Third $50 gift certificate.  All are good for one year from notification of winners.  
  • The Bent Creek Lodge staff will judge the photos and select the winners.  
These are some of our past winners.  

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Judi Edwards 2008

Kelly McDaniel Mug2
Kelly McDaniel 2014

Pat YonaitisRafting group
Pat Yonaitis 2011

Winter in Asheville 
    Things do slow down in Asheville in the winter.  That is not necessarily a bad thing for those of you willing to chance a little cold weather and come for a visit.  Tourist businesses go the extra mile with events and special deals to keep you coming.  Like a lot of places we lower our rates for January and February and this year we have a great special for you newsletter readers. (See the bottom Block of the newsletter for details)  

These are just a few of the events that RomanticAsheville.com lists as the top things to do in Asheville this winter:

Asheville Restaurant Week
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to Thursday, January 26, 2017
Try some new restaurants and get the lowest prices of the year, with a prix fix menu at $15-$35/person. With many choices, there's something for all appetites! There are several of our favorites participating.  

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Thursday, January 26, 2017 to Sunday, January 29, 2017
Local and national artists explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Includes dancers, installation artists, theatre companies, Butoh dance, puppetry, modern dance, and performance art.

Biltmore House: Fashion from the Classics
Friday, February 10, 2017 to Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The third annual costume exhibition inside Biltmore House -Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics. See 40+ costumes from popular movies, inspired by favorite stories in George Vanderbilt's library.

Comedy Weekend
Friday, February 24, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 2017
Laugh the weekend away at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with headliner Roy Wood, Jr., plus comedians Aaron Kleiber, Michael Palascak, Gina Brillion, Joe List, Greg Warren and more.

You know you'll need a good laugh this winter.  The Omni G.P.I. also is hosting a Classic Rock and Roll Weekend and a Big Band Weekend.  Tickets are $50 per person for each nights performances for outside guest.  Call the Omni to purchase tickets.  But just think, with all the money you save by staying with us, it would be like getting the show tickets for free.   

Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Everyone is invited to participate in, or simply spectate this family-friendly spectacle. This fun parade in downtown Asheville is led by this year's King and Queen, with dancers, roller skaters, drummers and krewes of colorful characters. 3 PM

And there are still great hikes with long range views and frozen waterfalls not to mention coming back to the lodge and snuggling up to a roaring fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.  Winter is a good time to be here!

Jodee's Pottery and Our New Handy Man, Big (not bad) Sam!
     Jodee has really gotten into her pottery.  
Jodee and Sam and Kiln2
Jodee and Sam at her new kiln
After several classes at AB Tech and John C. Campbell folk art school she decided it was time to go "all in".  So she kicked me, my tools, the bikes and a bunch of junk out of the garage and we turned it into her studio. Not to worry, my tools and I ended up in a new shed at the end of our driveway.  For her studio we added a special sink, an extruder, a slab roller, work tables and shelves.   However,  the real heart of the operation required a kiln so she could complete her work from raw clay to glazed art.  The kiln itself was a major investment but it also meant adding a heavy duty electrical circuit, cutting a hole thru the outside wall and installing a motorized vent then setting up and testing the kiln.  Jodee and I were a little intimidated about the whole thing when along came Sam Thompson!  He applied for the part time landscaping/handyman position that we advertised.  Not only did he have excellent experience and references for the work I needed he was a professional potter!  He had recently graduated from Maine College of Art with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics, with Honors no less and moved to Asheville. He was also the studio manager for the ceramics department, in charge of firing, maintaining and repairing the kilns.  Needless to say, he got Jodee's vote for the position and lucky for us, mine too.   He has been doing a great job all around from pruning to painting but he has been especially helpful to Jodee in setting up the kiln and her studio. Sam is also working at a studio/shop in the River Arts District, pursuing his own pottery career and manages to keep a girl friend.  Ahh! to be young. 
Jodee's Houses on our mantel
     Several guests have inquired about purchasing Jodee's whimsical houses and yard stackers so she is busy cranking those out and having lots of fun with the kiln and new glazes.  She hasn't actually put anything up for sale yet but we'll let you know when that happens.  
Winter Super Special Deal for News Letter Readers 
Our Winter Road
Ask for the News Letter Winter Special when making any
new reservations for a 2 night stay prior to February 28th and get the second night at half price!  

Not valid for February 17th and 18th or current reservations


Doug & Jodee Sellers           

Bent Creek Lodge
Bent Creek Lodge Gift Certificates make great gifts and they are now available for purchase on our website.