Asheville North Carolina’s Montford Festival — 2014

DSC_0195Asheville’s Mont­ford Music and Arts Fes­ti­val is the largest one day music and arts fes­ti­val in West­ern North Car­oli­na. It was held on May 18th this year, the tenth anniver­sary of the Fes­ti­val.

DSC_0228I’ve lived in the his­toric Mont­ford com­mu­ni­ty for just over two years and, although any praise of my new home­town will undoubt­ed­ly result in the num­bers of tourists expand­ing like a South­ern bar­beque muncher’s belt­line, we love tourists, many of whom decide to retire some­where near­by.  So many his­toric neigh­bor­hoods to choose from, so many near­by com­mu­ni­ties, with a pletho­ra (yeah, I know, writ­ers shouldn’t use words to show­case their vocab­u­lar­ies) of craft and music fes­ti­vals all sum­mer long.

DSC_0202Our” fes­ti­val has grown to encom­pass two tree lined streets in our his­toric com­mu­ni­ty.  Most of the homes in Mont­ford were built between 1890 and 1920, and include a vari­ety of archi­tec­tur­al influ­ences reflect­ing the cos­mopoli­tan char­ac­ter of Asheville dur­ing the turn of the 20th cen­tu­ry: Vic­to­ri­an, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles com­bined with Neo­clas­si­cal, Colo­nial Revival and cas­tle-like motifs.

The Mont­ford Fes­ti­val is just one of many attrac­tions in Asheville.  F. Scott and Zel­da Fitzger­ald called Asheville home for a time.  Thomas Wolfe grew up here and renamed this city Alta­mont in his book, Look Home­ward Angel.  Sid­ney Porter (O. Hen­ry) lived in Asheville for a few months but found it dull in com­par­i­son with New York City.  Well, yeah.  What did he expect?  Asheville is still home for dozens of writ­ers of all gen­res.  When you vis­it, don’t miss the famous Malaprop’s Indie book­store down­town, with an entire alcove of books by local authors.

Then there’s the fic­ti­tious “Brantleigh Estate,” in near­by Hen­der­son Coun­ty where, as luck would have it, my pro­tag­o­nist has found a corpse.  The Body in the Brantleigh Glen is Pen­ny Sum­mers’ sec­ond sleuthing adven­ture.

DSC_0208Over 100 ven­dors of art, crafts, plants, food and children’s activ­i­ties were show­cased this year on two streets just down Mont­ford Avenue from the Asheville Vis­i­tors Cen­ter. DSC_0211Two stages, one on each street, were the per­fect set­tings for non-stop enter­tain­ment — over 20 bands.  By the way, all the fes­tiv­i­ties are free fer nut­tin’.  Vis­i­tors come from lit­er­al­ly near and far to stay in one of the city’s hotels or a neigh­bor­hood Vic­to­ri­an Bed and Break­fast, all of which are walk­ing dis­tance from the fes­ti­val and from down­town. We’re proud and hap­py to live in Asheville’s most intrigu­ing neigh­bor­hood.DSC_0244

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