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Asheville Evenings a Series: Shindig on the Green

It was one of those perfect, clear evenings in Asheville. Not a cloud in the sky. GoASHEVILLE Shindig on the Green Festival Eveningsod fortune for the folks arriving at the  Shindig on the Green festival. Shindig on the Green is a long-standing tradition here in the Asheville area. The summer series of family-friendly community get-togethers commences "along about sundown." and usually runs until around 10:00 p.m. 

We got there early.

shindig on the green ASHEVILLE'S Summer Evenings





Even after all these years, LXS could hardly wait to check out the "Jammin Tents" with music-makers warming up for their performances.

(see photo)

I can almost hear them now, even as I write...and I can almost see the young fiddlers' sweet expressions as they come to the jammin' tents for the very first time, novices...still a little nervous...still a little  shy...

I can almost feel the welcoming handshakes of their elders, more accustomed to the energy wrapping around these great evening performances at SHINDIG, but still generous to the core.

Since way back before most of us were born (1928),  banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, storytellers, singers and (my favorite) mountain fiddlers have shown up at Shindig on the Green. I think  they come not only to delight those of us in the audience, but to enjoy themselves, as we all can participate in the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in one way or another.

We brought lawn chairs and a little picnic basket with locally grown fruits, cheeses from a nearby organic asheville's summer evenings SHINDIG ON THE GREENdairy, and home-baked bread secured at the Asheville City tailgate market earlier that day.

We found a nice spot beneath the huge old trees, and  settled in to enjoy the lively music and dance (see video)  traditions of Southern Appalachia.

It was, as I said, one of those perfect evenings-one of many summer Asheville Evenings in the mountains full of memories that I will treasure for many years to come.

Look just to the right in this  photo. Can you pick out the lawn beyond the yellow streamers where kids in the audience have their own place in which to dance or cavort to their hearts' content ? Possibly the very act of sharing good times with everyone in the community is one of the elements that makes Asheville a sustainable community. .

As an "old schoolteacher' I love this element in the festival. From the moment the first fiddle tunes up until the final notes, kids, parents, and grandparents can absorb the happy tradition.  Adults and kids can join when the square dance is called. It's quite a sight to see and often is comical, as you might imagine, so it is accompanied by waves of laughter and much clapping. No wonder Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Poets and Creative People love it here in the land of the "Cultural Creatives". Inspiration. . . and Pure Potential really are in the air!  . 

Yes. . . one of those perfect evenings.  Something exciting,on so many levels, arranges itself between the coves and rising ridges. And you know, YOU are invited and welcome here in the venerable Appalachians, almost as old as time itself.

The mountains, the festival, the community reminded us tonight that it actually  is easy to get in touch with something much larger than those of us who gathered at Shindig.  Maybe it is the sense of community. Maybe that's why Asheville ranks as the "Happiest City in the USA".  In any case, a gentle soul once told me,

".....there's a pathway to contentment here.
It is like the rainbows over the ridges.
It's an uncommon force.
When you see it you can measure it by your heartbeat ...
an all-at-once coming together and letting go... ." ...

and I believe it's true.


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I love Ashville and I can see why it is the Happiest City in the US.  Maybe someday we'll get a second home there!  If so, I sure know who to go to find our perfect GREEN mountain retreat.  You are the best!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 12 years ago

HI JaneAnne - what a great night out to bring community together - to share laughs and good tunes. The more you share about Asheville the more I love it!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) about 12 years ago

Looks like a great time to be had by all. i hope you had time to pull up a lawn chair also.

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) about 12 years ago


Come on over to the mountains! The air is cool, the skies are blue, and the mountain culture and festivals are alive 'n well...and so are the folks who live here...=)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago


You hit the nail on the head when you commented , " ...bring community together - to share laughs and good tunes..." possibly this is the very basis of a sustainable community...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago


And the next time you are over Asheville way in the Summer months...please bring a lawn chair... we can enjoy this down-home Shindig together.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 12 years ago

Hi janeAnne,  as I was reading this I thought Wow, now THAT is a real that gets together, has fun and focuses on the positive things in life. 

It seems that so often people get busy and disconnect...but Asheville seems to pride themselves in staying close.  Awesome!

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP ( about 12 years ago

Community, community, community -- nothing like good music and tradition to bring people together.

Posted by Rhodes Waite almost 12 years ago

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