Photo by Mackenzie Smith, courtesy A Dog's Day Out 

Hey y'all, 

Before I officially moved to Asheville—before I even found an apartment—I bought a ticket to my first show at the Orange Peel

Live music has defined so much of my time in Western North Carolina: synth rock at the Mothlight, lady rockers at the Grey Eagle, bluegrass and chicken wings at Foggy Mountain, the Symphony at Thomas Wolfe. Whether long-awaited or totally impromptu, the shows I've attended around the region have made some of my fondest memories. 

I think it's gonna be a while before I reprise my role of Frequent Concert Goer, but luckily there are plenty of livestreams happening to hold us over, including the return of Downtown After 5 (virtually). Check out more below. 👇🏽

Until next week,

Emily Glaser, Managing Editor

PS. We're still looking for pics of you (and your pups, if you've got 'em!) enjoying the great outdoors! 🌲
Nonprofits like Bounty & Soul have benefitted from CFWNC's rapid pivots to respond to needs posed by COVID-19. Photo courtesy Bounty & Soul
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Attractions along the Blue Ridge Music Trails noted an uptick in traffic last year.
Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy's newest purchase: 448 acres outside of Canton.
Photo by Adams J Wood



Natural Born Leaders will kick off the new virtual Downtown After 5 this Friday. 

🩸 Give Blood | The Blood Connection is hosting a Blood Drive at McCormick Field on Thurs. June 25 from 12–5 p.m. Donors will receive a $10 VISA Gift Card, a t-shirt, and a COVID-19 antibody test.

🎸 More Livestreams | Upcoming livestreams at the Grey Eagle include Ashley Heath & Her Heathens (Sat. June 20, 7–10 p.m.) and Brie Capone (Wed. June 24, 7–9 p.m.).

🍷 Card Sharks | Tonight at 7 p.m., the Asheville Art Museum will (virtually) host Kevan Frazier, co-owner of Well Played and a former history professor, for a look at the history of card games and card games as art

🎧 Downtown, but at Home | Downtown After 5 goes virtual tomorrow 5–9 p.m. with live music by Natural Born Leaders and Cameron Stack. 

👼 Voice of an Angel | For the first in Angel Olsen's Cosmic Streams, the Asheville-based musician will perform her debut album, Half Way Home, (almost) in-full tonight at 9 p.m. 

Training a new pup (🙋🏻‍♀️) or an old one? This month's feature on doggie daycares includes tips for training: 
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