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Fine Artists in the South Showcase their Work at Craft Fair


The talented Steve Noggle, a woodworker from Morgantown, NC is the featured craftsman this year. Photo courtesy of Southern Highland Craft Guild.

By Dasha Morgan- In its 71st year the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville with a variety of crafts ranging from contemporary to traditional with works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media and jewelry.

These are the finest artists in the South, who showcase their work as members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. At the US Cellular Center from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20th and on Sunday , October 21st from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM one can see an incredible variety of artists with their products. More than 200 craftspeople will fill the two levels at the Civic Center.

The talented Steve Noggle, a woodworker from Morganton, NC, is the featured craftsman this year. Every wood piece of his is carved on a spinning lathe and turned from a chunk of wet, green wood into a bowl or vessel with a satin finish.

Each beautiful piece is sanded to a fine touch and finished with a hand-rubbed tung oil varnish. His favorite local woods found in North Carolina include maple, cherry and walnut, but occasionally he works with less-often-turned Southern hardwoods such as dogwood, mulberry, locust, or ash.

Valerie Berlage of Leicester shows whimsical works of art at the Craft Fair this fall. Photo courtesy of Southern Highland Craft Guild.

This October at the Fair people are offered the opportunity to connect directly with the artist and purchase directly from them. Some amazing hand crafted pieces will be available to be purchased, so one can start holiday shopping with quality items.

Many demonstrators will be present to show how these incredible pieces are crafted. Out front in the Civic Center one will be able to see blacksmiths at work with the NC chapter of ABANA. This year a new demonstration will be given by The Village Potters, who have their permanent studios in the River Arts District.

Other crafts will be shown as well, namely: Jeffrey Neil, wooden shaker boxes, John Turner, raku glazing, Lesley Keeble, doll making, Marjorie Warren, tartan weaving, Joanna White, silk painting and Tamela Wells, polymer clay & metalsmithing.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild has a long history in the area with their home at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Today the Guild continues to serve and educate new generations in the importance of handwork to the mountain communities it serves, The Guild fosters opportunities for makers to build, market, and maintain their creative livelihood through continuing education, retail outlets, and mentorship.

Linda Azar is a jewelry artist and metalsmith, living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She was accepted into the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2014. Photo Credit: Southern Highland Craft Guild.

As members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the exhibiting artists have passed a rigorous jury process to become a part of the organization.

Membership is open to artists who live in the mountain counties of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and the Virginias. The Guild helps members achieve their goals and providing them with the resources to refine and sell their craft.

West wins, hosts North next; HHS nipped, East falters



Malia Easler waves at halftime Friday, as East Henderson’s homecoming queen. Photo by Pete Zamplas.

By Pete Zamplas- West Henderson Falcons grounded Enka Jets 41-0 Friday, while Hendersonville fell in overtime 17-14 at Franklin to start its Mountain Six Conference season.

East Henderson’s homecoming was spoiled by Brevard by 27-0, in an M6 opener. North Henderson (0-7) dropped a 42-7 contest to upstart North Buncombe (6-2), in WMAC action.

West (3-4) hosts North Henderson this Friday, before closing against three of the top four in the WMAC. Hendersonville (4-3) welcomes Smoky Mountain (5-2) in a homecoming, before going to Pisgah (6-1) then Brevard (6-1). East (5-2) is at Pisgah Bears, who are undoubtedly hungry for payback after the Eagles stunned them a year ago.


West was an impressive fifth place last year in the elite, nine-team WMAC. On Friday, West won its first WMAC contest of ’18 to improve to 1-3 (tied with Roberson) and in seventh place. This eased the sting of falling to TCR by one point, 41-40, then getting outscored by Enka 55-33 two weeks ago.

“What goes around…comes around.” Following Enka’s script against West precisely, the Falcons delivered an early knockout punch to Enka by scoring three touchdowns in the opening quarter to lead 21-0.

First, Alex Hembree did a “scoop ‘n score” on a fumble recovery, going three yards, head coach Paul Whitaker noted. Peyton Dimsdale replicated the feat, going six yards with a fumble recovery as West scored three more TDs in the third quarter.


Tyler Pace (11) of East picks off a pass intended for Brevard’s Breylan Owens (2). Pace returned it over 40 yards. Photo by Pete Zamplas.

“Our defense scoring twice was a big help,” Whitaker said.
West scored on four runs of 18 yards or more — by Jacob Burnette (49-yarder) then Keyaris Cash (23 yards), and later a pair by Chris Roberts (26 then 19 yards) in the third quarter. Roberts rushed for 78 yards, Cash 56, Burnett 44, Isaac Woods 39, and Austin Jenkins and Dimsdale a combined 35 yards.

Enka had merely one (Jackson Smith, with 45) with more than 12 rushing yards. Falcon runners as a whole blend the usual power up the gut with extra speed zipping outside. “We make some big runs on the outside,” Whitaker said. “We played hard for all four quarters. We came out of halftime focused.”

Linebacker Austin Laughter is in “concussion protocol,” and missed the last game, Whitaker noted. He said Cole Braswell, a 282-pound lineman, could get medical clearance to play this Friday after breaking ribs in an auto crash in mid-September.
West can be a major spoiler at Tuscola, on Oct. 19. “They came over to this conference (from what is now M6) with us,” Whitaker said.

“We’re familiar with them,” as both teams like ball-control running. “We understand it’s such a big game. We’ll look to correct the little things” in practice for upcoming games.
First, though, is North Henderson at home this Friday. “You throw out our records. It’s going to be a dogfight,” Coach Whitaker said.

Beating West feels like three wins at once for the nearby Knights. “I’m sure their kids will be up for it. These guys played youth football and baseball together. They’re friends off the field.”
Moving up to the WMAC is a two-way challenge.

Other programs have to deal with West and North Knights in various sports such as baseball and basketball. West struck a happy chord for all of Henderson County last Thursday. Its hallowed volleyball program defeated Reynolds in a full five games, for its 10th straight victory.

The Lady Falcons (23-2) handed ACR (19-1) its first defeat, joined them atop WMAC regular-season standings at 14-1, and are 3.5 games ahead of next-best North Buncombe. (North Henderson is fifth of nine, at 6-9/10-11 overall.)

The conference tourney in coming days will decide playoff seeding. Coach Tiffany Lawrence’s crew dropped the first two games to ACR 25-22 then 25-15, before rolling by scores of 25-12, 25-22 then 15-7.

Hendersonville won its first four football games, then dropped its last three by merely five combined points including its M6 opener Friday. Franklin’s The Pit is very noisy and distracting, and FHS won its 12th in a row there at its homecoming Friday.

Jim Sosebee’s Bearcats scored first on Kalin Ensley’s one-yard run, but managed merely one more first down in the first half and trailed 14-7 at the break. HHS scored the sole TD of the second half as Cole McMurray bulled in from three yards out, with just under six minutes left. HHS got the ball back, and drove to the FHS 16 in the final two minutes.

But a low snap foiled the field goal attempt, the second one HHS missed that night. Kicking was the difference, as Franklin (5-2) drilled a 17-yard field goal to win in OT. Woody Hunter threw for 205 yards for HHS, with nearly half (98) of yardage going to Ensley on five catches.

Meanwhile in East Flat Rock, Brevard led East merely 13-0 at halftime but doubled up its lead early in the second half. Both squads have much skill. Brevard is also huge across its lineup, moved well on offense, and contained East’s power running.

An Eagle highlight was Tyler Pace’s dazzling interception return, shortly before halftime to prevent further BHS scoring. He picked off Mitchell Johnson’s pass at East’s four, zoomed down the right sideline, then at the 15 cut left across the entire field. Long-striding Pace eluded several Blue Devils, and ended up crossing his 40 on the left sideline.

East is among schools that held homecoming Friday. The queen is Malia Tesfanesh Easler. The senior class president told The Tribune she plans to go to East Carolina, and double-major in English and dance. She is on East’s dance team. Easler is V.P. of the school’s National Honor Society chapter. She is also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

East and varsity football head coach Justin Heatherly have much to be proud of already this year, at 5-2. That is the best mark among the four public high schools in Henderson County. Even if East dropped its other three games, it finishes 6-5 and thus above .500. Already, East with five victories has two more than in the last two years combined.

One more win gives East the program’s first winning season since winning the conference in 2012. A shot at a winning record is a tremendous motivation and source of pride, for players and coaches. Heatherly calls it and the progress thus far an immense “confidence booster.”

Heatherly said ahead of the BHS game that the Eagles were “excited” about the 5-1 start. “East is no longer the overlooked team. Others have to be concerned.” Yet he cautioned “we know we have a lot of work to do,” and moreso after the BHS defeat. “We can’t make stupid mistakes.”

He said 6-6, 365 center Trevor Maybin, who missed the BHS game due to injury, is expected back against Pisgah. That is crucial, to have a chance in the trenches. East’s “signature win” in 2017 by far was in upsetting Pisgah Bears 27-22, Heatherly has said. “That shows the younger kids they can win — even against a tough opponent like Pisgah. If we play hard like that and limit mistakes, we can be competitive with most anyone.” That has happened more often than not in 2018.

East’s best chance for that sixth win may be Oct. 26, at Smoky Mountain. Yet Smoky nearly upset mighty Pisgah last Friday barely losing 13-8, and beat North Buncombe and 1A reigning state champ Cherokee. Heatherly foresees “four more weeks of conference wars. We have to play our best games. All six teams are pretty lethal.” First, East has a brutal two weeks at Pisgah then with Franklin at home. East’s finale is at Hendersonville, Nov. 2 after the Smoky game.

Turnarounds by East and North Buncombe this year and West’s bounce-back a half-decade ago all can inspire North Henderson’s hopes for a reversal of fortunes in the near future.

Athletic senior Alberto Martinez debuted as starting Knight QB Friday, at homecoming. He threw for 180 yards, with over half (94) going to Connor Hunt on five receptions. NBHS ran wild. Skylar Jutras rushed for 220 yards and three second-half TDs. QB Caden Higgins ran for 98 yards, and both NBHS scores for a 14-7 halftime lead. The Blackhawks have a large team and gritty runners, opposing coaches note.

North Knights finish the year at home against Enka (0-8), which is also winless. That looms as the best chance for either side to storm into the win column. Give the edge to Coach Zach Wilkins’ Knights, at home.

Looking beyond Knights sports, North Henderson hosts its inaugural Medieval Festival and Chariots of the Future Car show Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20. There will be Medieval-themed games and booths. The senior project is a major fundraiser for various school clubs and athletics.

Interesting Information about the Republican Party


By Fremont Brown- Did you know that the Republican Party was founded as an anti-slavery party on July 6, 1854?

That in 1864 the Republican National Convention called for the abolition of slavery and Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment unanimously, with only a few Democrat votes?

A DVD you may find of interest is “Runaway Slave” and calls for Blacks to GET OFF THE PLANTATION by running from Democrat Party and Tyranny to Liberty.

Check it out at: http://www.runawayslavemovie.com/. This DVD features CL Bryant, Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain, Thomas Sowell and Alveda King.

For those that have wondered why the Republican Party uses an elephant as its party symbol it is a symbol of strength. It was popularized in a Thomas Nast cartoon. Nast was known as “Father of the American Cartoon”. GOP stands for the “Grand Old Party”.

John C. Frémont in 1856 ran as the first Republican nominee for President. He was a explorer, politician, and soldier who became known as “The Great Pathfinder”. On Nov. 4, 1856, Democrat James Buchanan defeated Republican John C. Frémont with 174 electoral votes to Frémont’s 114.

Many states have a city or town named after John C. Fremont including one on North Carolina.

The Republican Party right from its start has been the Party of Prosperity. One of the ways the Republican Party helped the United States to grow and prosper was by promoting the building of railroads which help people to spread thru-out the county building new towns and cities AND businesses.

Another goal of the party was to promote FREE commerce with all nations and political connection with none. They also encouraged science and the arts and the spreading of knowledge wishing to make the U.S. a more modern society.

The Republican Party today continues to promote prosperity by lowering taxes, cutting regulations which does nothing but raises costs. In North Carolina the Republican House and Senate are lowering taxes, cutting regulations, improving our schools, building and maintaining roads, etc.

In 2010 the Democrats who had run the state government for about 140 years left us with a debt of 2.5 BILLION dollars. Today the Republican run House and Senate has turned the economy around to the point that we now have a 2 billion dollar surplus.

The NCGOP Believe…the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.

The NCGOP Believe.…in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability. The NCGOP Believe.…free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

The NCGOP Believe.…government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of their own money they earn. The NCGOP Believe.…the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be preformed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

The NCGOP Believe.…the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people. The NCGOP Believe.…Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

The NCGOP Believe.…Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

The NCGOP Believe.…the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.
Remember, the Communist Goals of 1963 and goal #15: Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States. Well, the Democrat Party is now the Communist/Socialist Party.

The Democrat Party has LEFT many of the Conservative Democrats and is NO LONGER their party. Its time for them to Walk Away and come on over and vote with the Republican Party the Party of Prosperity!

Democrats Attempt to Kill Mockingbird


May Face Huge Red Tide in November
By Mike Scruggs- Harper Lee’s 1964 fictional novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, cites Alabama and Southern folklore that to kill a mockingbird is bad luck, and the consequences can result in misfortune for an entire community.

The main plot-line of Harper Lee’s famous fiction work involves an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, being accused by a white woman of attempted rape. Despite convincing evidence of his innocence presented by his small town lawyer, Atticus Finch, a prejudiced small-town jury finds him guilty. Tom Robinson is later shot dead trying to escape from prison.

Although fiction, the moral of the story is that bearing false witness against innocent persons is despicable conduct, which can have far reaching negative consequences.

That plot-line is often played out in political contests, where mere allegations—most often false allegations—are used to poison and prejudice the minds of the public and voters against a political candidate. In political contests, false allegations need only cause doubt about a candidate by a small percentage of the electorate to ruin their election chances.

The defeat of Alabama Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate sharpened the Democrat character assassination model and reduced the Republican majority to a narrow 51.

In their reckless slander and character assassination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrat Party may have aroused the vengeance of the Mockingbird. Republicans, conservatives, independents, and other ordinary decent folks are outraged and are eager to vote out the villainous false accusers.

In this country, both Constitutional law and social tradition insist that the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Neither are multiple allegations the equivalent of guilt, as Senator Corey Booker falsely claims. Presumption of guilt by allegation is a dangerous totalitarian concept practiced only by tyrants.

There is no credible evidence to substantiate Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Judge Kavanaugh. In fact, her story is not only unsubstantiated, it is sufficiently flawed to suggest that it is part of a contrived character assassination.

The expert sexual offense prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, who cross-examined her before the Senate Judicial Committee, found at least 12 reasons to be significantly concerned about the truth of her testimony.

A sworn testimony by an ex-live-in boyfriend also revealed a serious contradiction to her “fear of flying” claim and contradicted her claim not to have coached people on taking lie-detector tests. None of four alleged witnesses corroborated her allegations.

The legal principle is Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus. When a witness willfully falsifies one matter, they are not credible in any matter.

Ergo, Christine Ford may have shown many signs of past and present psychological distress deserving respectful consideration and personal sympathy, but she cannot be considered a credible witness.

One area of concern is that Dr. Ford “recovered” her memory of the alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh during psychological therapy sessions using “Recovered-Memory Therapy” (RMT). RMT is not a practice recommended by mainstream ethical and professional mental health associations.

Many RMT claims of sexual abuse have later proved not to have occurred. A 1994 study of 1,000 therapists by Michael D. Yapko found that 19 percent knew for certain of cases where RMT had resulted in memories later proved false. RMT is a dangerous and unreliable source of evidence in any legal or government proceeding.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Professor of Constitutional Law, has pointed out several times on Fox News in the last week that many rape and sexual assault allegations prove false and are a danger to just and civil government.

Dershowitz is a traditional liberal and Democrat who has strongly criticized the Democrat Party and the ACLU abandonment of the principle of presumption of innocence. Dershowitz has called the current trend to conviction by allegation “Sexual McCarthyism,” also saying that Democrats have “set a terrible precedent with Kavanaugh allegations” and that the nomination process is being “destroyed” for future judges.

It is extremely difficult to assess the prevalence of false rape and sexual assault accusations, but many statistical studies indicate it is large enough to warrant concern.

In 2017, the Journal of Forensic Psychology published a study of FBI data from 2006 to 2010 that from 4,400 to 5,100 allegations of rape every year were baseless.

This was an average of 5.55 percent of the total of 87,000-90,000 allegations per year. These did not include disputed consent cases. In addition, many accusations are dropped before scrutiny by legal authorities.

In 2016, the Archives of Sexual Behavior published a paper by Claire E. Ferguson and John M. Malouff that found that 5.2 percent of reported rapes were confirmed to be false.

The authors noted that this 5.2 percent represented only those that could be confirmed to be false. There were many others that ranged from possible to probable rather than confirmed, so that the actual rate is probably higher than 5 percent. An FBI study for the years 1995-7 indicated false rape accusations to be about 8 percent.

False sexual assault crimes are four times more likely than other crime claims to be false.

A UK Ministry of Justice Research Series for 2008-2009, indicated that 12 percent of rape claims were false. In a collection of false rape allegation studies by Philip Rumney in 2006, false claims ranged from only two percent to over 40 percent..Long delayed rape allegations are generally suspect.

Differences in definition and culture make estimating the percentage of false rape and sexual assault allegations difficult, but it is clear that simply taking an allegation as truth is dangerous tyranny.

It is almost self-evident that many rapes and sexual assaults are never reported, but that does not justify condemning the accused on mere allegations.

Guilt by allegation is typical of totalitarian regimes. This was notoriously true of the Soviet Union under Stalin. Prominent enemies of the Communist regime were first subjected to extensive character assassination and demonization in the Soviet media and then given show-trials for further public condemnation.

That seemed to be the model followed by the Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Even the actual confirmation of Kavanaugh by a Senate vote of 50 to 48 was accompanied by orchestrated disturbances in the Senate gallery.

False rape and sexual assault allegations have an ancient history. In roughly 1525 BC, according to Genesis 37 to 39, a young Hebrew slave, named Joseph, was purchased by Potiphar, the Captain of the Egyptian Pharaoh’s Guard. Everything that Joseph did was so well done and successful that Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and everything he owned.

However, while Potiphar was away, Potiphar’s wife asked Joseph to sleep with her. When he refused, she falsely accused him of attempted rape. Upon hearing the allegation, Potiphar sent Joseph to prison.

By God’s providence, Joseph rose from prisoner to a high-ranking Egyptian official to whom Pharaoh trusted the welfare of all of Egypt. Thus Joseph was able to save his family and the people of Egypt from future famine.

According to Jewish and Muslim traditions, Potiphar’s wife was named Zuleikha. A May 2017 article by Sandra Newman in Quartz, asserts four main motives or conditions for false rape allegations: personal gain, mental health issues, vicious revenge, and need for an alibi.

I will add a fifth: sick Marxist ideology.

The Democrats’ character assassination and slander of Judge Brett Kavanaugh was despicable, but God may now raise him to prominence and important service.

The Republicans already have Trump’s extraordinary economic success to run on. Forty Democrats in Congress openly admit they are socialists. Few have any economic sense at all. Plus conservative voters are anxious to stop illegal immigration and to lower legal immigration, neither of which the Democrats favor.

The Democrats are now essentially for open borders. Too few Americans trust the Democrats, so they are flooding the country with a welfare constituency that will be dependent on them and vote for them.

Voters want to defeat terrorism, but Democrats continue to treat Islam like a sacred cow that cannot be criticized. This is an ignorant and dangerous self-delusion. Democrats don’t believe in and support the Constitution anymore—at least not in any recognizable form.

There were times in history when the Democrats were good guys, but that time is long gone. The Democrats have gone radical, crazy, mean-spirited, and slanderous far-left. Finding a good Democrat is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Every eligible American citizen should vote in the November election, but none who love truth, honor, freedom, prosperity, justice, and common decency should vote for any Democrat.

We have a chance to clobber them, but it will take hard work and financial donations to bring the people the truth and get the vote out.



Mike Scruggs
Author and Columnist
a.k.a. Leonard M. Scruggs

Mike Scruggs is the author of two books: The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths; and Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You, and over 600 articles on military history, national security, intelligent design, genealogical genetics, immigration, current political affairs, Islam, and the Middle East.

He holds a BS degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Stanford University. A former USAF intelligence officer and Air Commando, he is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. He is a retired First Vice President for a major national financial services firm and former Chairman of the Board of a classical Christian school.

His viewpoint is unapologetically Christian, conservative, and patriotic. He has been a Republican County Chairman in two Southern states and remains an active participant in church, political, and veterans’ affairs.




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Gerrymandering through early voting



Four days after receipt of Newman’s letter, the SBOE held a hearing in Winston-Salem and rejected the ten-site plan approved by three of four BCBOE members. A letter written to the commissioners and signed by the bipartisan BCBOE majority said the full board had deliberated the number and location of early voting sites on July 17 and 19.

The plan the majority favored had ten sites, one of which was the Grant Center. They claimed Jake Quinn, the lone dissenter, had refused to vote in favor of any plan that did not include four early voting sites downtown. They said Quinn had even suggested getting rid of the Leicester site to get four precincts downtown.

In an attempt to satisfy Quinn’s concerns, the BCBOE began exploring where another downtown location might make sense. That was when they discovered the Valley Street site, which is only two miles away from the Grant Center. That site would be more convenient to more minority precincts and urban voters. It was while trying to stay within the budget, the majority opted to replace the Grant Center with the more locationally-efficient Valley Street site. The letter signed by the majority said any claims representing that the board had approved eleven sites were false.

The letter from the BCBOE majority further documented that within 45 minutes of the July 19 meeting, Quinn had called the BCBOE director to say additional funding for an eleventh early voting site had been secured. Quinn was present at the Winston-Salem hearing to hand-deliver the letter signed by Newman representing that the commissioners had approved appropriating $40,000 to add the fourth downtown site.

Quinn then wrote a letter to the commissioners denying allegations made against him. He said the board never discussed needing additional funding, he had not suggested eliminating the Leicester Library location, he had not called Velez at any time to report commissioner action, etc. He correctly maintained the county would have had only one downtown location. The other “downtown” precincts were in the city limits but not the central business district.

Commissioner Mike Fryar, after providing a brief history of events for members of the viewing public, said it was Newman’s modus operandi to act in the interests of people downtown (Democrats) without consulting the commissioners elected to represent rural interests. Commissioner Joe Belcher said the board is always deciding things by a majority vote, and he is often in the minority. He has to accept that and move on. Once matters are decided, it is not appropriate for minority dissenters to go around and over heads shopping the question to get what they want.

Commissioner Al Whitesides spoke fairly against actions taken by any majority party at all levels of government to aggregate more staying power to their footholds. The vast majority of African-Americans vote Democrat, so, while gerrymanders by any means should be denounced, people wanting to rile the masses can label attempts to tilt the scales in favor of Republicans as racist. Whitesides said politicians were “trying to keep segments of the population” from voting, and he saw things through a different lens because of his skin color.

Exploring early settlement of Biltmore Estate property

Bill Alexander, landscape and forest historian of The Biltmore Company, to speak at All Souls Church on Thursday, October 18th on the early settlement of the Estate property. Photo courtesy of the Biltmore Company
The ford on the Swannanoa River that was known first as Davidson’s Ford, then Patton’s Ford and lastly Connally’s Ford. Photo Courtesy of the NC Room Pack Library.

By Dasha Morgan – Bill Alexander spent many years managing the Biltmore Estate’s extensive gardens, grounds and forest. In addition, he is the Landscape and Forest Historian of the Biltmore Company and has authored three books and a number of articles on Biltmore’s history.

The Preservation Society of Asheville Buncombe County has as their mission to sustain the heritage and sense of place that is Asheville and Buncombe County through preservation and promotion of the unique historic resources of the region. Jack Thomson is the Executive Director, and Jessie Landl Director of Development. They are working to keep Asheville a unique and desirable city by retaining the character of the community. Monthly programs are held in various locations and on many subjects.

The recently held Time Traveling fundraising Gala was sold out and highly successful. The funds raised enables the Society to continue educating and encouraging others to save numerous historic properties.To learn more and become a member, just go to psabc.org.

LEAF dancing to get  bombastic with BomBassic

BomBassic’s animated DJ Rob Gray does a swishing gesture, playing at an event in Moog Music Inc.’s factory in Asheville. Behind him is a Bob Moog quote on musical “nourishment.” Photo by Pete Zamplas.
BomBassic is keyboardist Bruce Bijesse (Brucey B), at left, and DJ Rob Gray (Cpt. HyperDrive).

LEAF’s musical grand finale on Sunday, Oct. 21 is Railroad Earth bluegrass and folk “troubadours.” Other main acts include Valerie June with Memphis roots and blues, Kishi Bashi (violin pop), Sona Jobarteh (Gambian virtuoso), Elise Trouw (multi-instrumentalist), Maybe April (country Americana trio), and Birds of Chicago (roots rock). Here Come the Mummies is aptly named for playing a week and a half ahead of Halloween. That funk band follows Palmieri to wrap up main-stage acts Oct. 19.

“Bringing it Home” is the LEAF festival theme. LEAF Performing Arts Director Ehren Cruz stated, “The 47th LEAF Festival welcomes artists from nations who find their homes in great peril, yet despite all odds continue to share their music and message with us all.”

There is as usual contra dancing in Brookside dance hall, and late-night electronic instrumental dance music indoors in Eden Hall.

BomBassic plays in Eden Hall late Friday and Saturday nights from 12:15 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. BomBassic is the Asheville-based duo of Brucey B (Bruce Bijesse) and Captain HyperDrive (Rob Gray) from Stony Brook, Long Island, N.Y. Gray notes they grew up with current N.Y. Mets pitcher Steven Matz.

Bijesse and Gray formed their duo in 2011 in Asheville three years after Bijesse’s family moved here. Much more reserved Bijesse plays synthesized keyboards, and a variety of swirling and vibrant sounds. Energetic Gray, the disc jockey, keeps the beat such as with a customized DJ-FX sound effects rack. He was born in Colombia.

They have played Moogfest and also Kinnection Campout in Deerfields, are regulars in Asheville’s electronic music scene, and have several recordings such as their flowing Peak of Summer Mix this year.

Both men grew up with hip-hop and create energetic hip-hop danceable rhythms, and also soothing sounds that fits flowing motion. Many like how they progress sounds such as slower to faster, mixing tempo and mood from melancholy to euphoric.

An ultimate aim for the duo and dancers is to “feel each other’s vibrations,” Gray once remarked.

Their influences include funk, blues, rock, jazz and even classical piano for Bijesse. The “bass” in their name reflects the “future bass” portion of their sound, with digital baselines. dubstep (with much sub-bass), trance, house, glitch hop, and boom-bap (drum-drenched style from New York City) are among terms of electronic styles this duo incorporates. Of course, “BomBassic” also sounds like “bom-bastic.”

They both are “producers,” in accumulating and organizing sounds in computerized programming for a decade. They remix some rap or funk or other hits, but mostly create original tunes. Both have studied audio engineering. For instance, in 2007 Gray began sampling sounds from vinyl records on a turntable and programming drumming beats onto his MPC sampler sequencer.

For performer, ticket and other festival info, check the leaf.org.