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Useful Plant Walk
Meet at the FENCE center for a guided walk with naturalist/survivalist Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley. Spring is full of opportunities to observe nature, enjoy the sunshine and birds singing ….and to eat weeds! What? Did you say eat weeds? Yep! A lot of those weeds you curse for growing in your yard can be used for food and medicine.
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Free Family Concert with Daniel Keller Trio
The Dan Keller Trio consists of 3 of Asheville's hardest working jazz musicians: Drummer Micah Thomas, Ryan Kijanka, and Dan Keller. The trio has played in venues across the eastern U.S. from Charleston, SC to Plainville, CT and witnessed Micah's brief career as a comedian while stuck on the "quiet ride" on one of Philadelphia's public trains.
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Water Colors with Christine Mariotti
Local Artist, Christine Mariotti, will be teaching a watercolor class at FENCE 'En Plein Air'. This class will be held outdoors near the gardens and focus on painting flowers. All supplies will be provided for attendees. This class is free but pre-registration is required. This class is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation.
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Wine and Paint with Christine Mariotti
Come out to FENCE for a night of painting and drinking wine! On Thursday, April 20th FENCE will be hosting a wine and paint night from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm. Local artist Christine Mariotti will be present throughout the night to demonstrate a painting for the group and help guests with their paintings. Beginners as well as painters of all skill levels welcome for this event.
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Free Family Concert with Tina and Her Pony
Tina & Her Pony are an Indie Appalachian Folk Duo from Asheville, NC. Tina Collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar, vocals) and Quetzal Jordan (cello, guitar, vocals) met in Asheville in 2009. They spent two years holed up in the high desert mountain town of Taos, New Mexico, making music and friends, and becoming one of the iconic artist colony’s most beloved performing acts.
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Go Fly A Kite
This long running event is always a family favorite in the community. Get outside and enjoy springtime at FENCE on this fun day. It’s always a great time flying kites up on Hawk’s ridge and enjoying the wonderful view of community members flying kites and having fun together. FENCE will provide kites to the first 200 children who arrive and there will be drinks and snacks for all who attend the event. This event is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation.
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Free Family Concert with Alex Taub
Pianist Alex Taub and Vocalist Pamela Jones will play for our Sunday family concert. Pamela and Alex have been performing together for the better part of 3 years, honing in a selection of tunes that covers some of the greatest song writers of the last century, from George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, to Burt Bacharach and Elton John. Join them as they select a few of their favorites to perform in this intimate duo setting. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to stick around after the performance for refreshments.
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Wicker Birdhouse Workshop
Carla Filippelli will return to FENCE to teach a Birdhouse basket making workshop. Students will create a distinctive birdhouse and learn the twined method of weaving. Each participant will work with hand dyed colorful reeds and will learn an easy to master technique.
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Natural History of the Carolinas with Todd Elliott
Todd Elliott will give a presentation on the Natural History of the Carolinas. Todd Elliott's talk will be filled with his award winning photographs and encompass science, natural history, folklore, ecology, and the biodiversity of the Carolinas.
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Trail Workday
The FENCE Trail Crew will have a trails work session. Local hikers as well as any Palmetto Trails enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Bring your favorite cutters and wear appropriate clothing.
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