Funky Asheville- Walking on Angels

       sidewalk angels in asheville north carolinaYou tread on angels in downtown Asheville, North Carolina where there are distinct squares embedded in the sidewalk every few meters. Each has an intricate carving of an angel. They are a tribute to the great American writer Thomas Wolfe. look homeward angelHe was born and raised in Asheville and wrote his famous semi- autobiographical novel Look Homeward Angel about growing up there. angel statue thomas wolfe asheville north carolinaThere’s a towering angel sculpture in the city centre with a quote from Wolfe’s novel engraved on its base.      

asheville north carolina christmas decorations We walked on Wolfe’s angels during our visit to Asheville last weekend. We spent an idyllic day exploring a city I’d describe as a funky gem. the loft asheville north carolinaBefore we even pulled into our parking spot we’d passed businesses like The Hookah- Hook Up, The Thirsty Monk, Bolts and Nuts (it was a car garage), Wicked Weed Brewing, The Loft, Third Dog Bakery, French Broad Food Co-op, and Olive and Kickin’.  There was a studio that provided tattoos and piercings, another establishment that specialized in African hair braiding, and Finkelstein’s Loan Office established in 1903. finkelsteins loan office asheville north carolinaBesides lending you money Finkelstein’s could also sell you guns and ammo and repair your watch. the orange peel asheville north carolinaMost intriguing might have been The Orange Peel a nightclub that advertised itself as a place of ‘social aid and pleasure.’      

coffee at the green sage cafe asheville north carolina We began our day in the Green Sage Café with substantial, cradle in your hand mugs of flavorful coffee and just out of the oven buttermilk biscuits slathered with butter and lots of berry-berry jam. Later we wandered through town. illuminated stars in store window asheville north carolinaThe huge illuminated stars in the window of an art studio dazzled my eyes, mannequin with angel wings asheville north carolinaas did the sleek fashionable dressed mannequin sporting angel wings outside a beauty shop. appalachian strings asheville north carolinaMy husband Dave stopped to pluck a tune on a handcrafted dulcimer in the Appalachian Strings studiodave in rocking chair asheville north carolinaand try out one of the custom-built rocking chairs outside a furniture store.     

ten thousand villages store ashevillle north carolina And then to our surprise we came upon a Ten Thousand Villages store, owned and operated by Mennonite Central Committee. We went inside.  ten thousand villages store asheville north carolina“Yes,” one of the friendly clerks informed us, “there is a Mennonite Church nearby, Asheville Mennonite.”  asheville Mennonite ChurchLater Dave and I drove out to find the church.  asheville mennonite churchWe planned to attend services there Sunday morning but an expected freezing rainstorm forced us leave Asheville earlier than we’d planned.

mural asheville north carolinaAsheville has dozens and dozens of art studios, outdoor murals and interesting public art.  “It’s a real mecca for visual artists of all kinds,” a waitress informed us later in the day. “ I’m a photographer from Mississippi and I moved here to be part of the vibrant art and music scene.

We spent about an hour in the Asheville Art Museum. They were featuring an exhibit called Rebels With A Cause about female American artists trying to break into the male dominated art establishment from 1850-1950. mobile in lobby of asheville art museumThe museum was also showing cutting edge animated films and had a glimmering set of massive rainbow mobiles dominating its lobby.  chic gamine in asheville north carolinaAt the nearby theatre a poster informed us that Winnipeg’s own Chic Gamine had played there just a month before.     

mellow mushroom asheville north carolina We ended our day at the Mellow Mushroom where they claim to ‘feed your head.’ sculpture the mellow mushroom asheville north carolinaI posed with a psychedelic sculpture on a park bench on the patio before we went inside where the wait for our food passed quickly as we took in all the unique artwork around us. flying pig magic mushroom asheville north carolina

mural section mellow mushroom asheville north carolina

moon mellow mushroom asheville north carolinaI tried a local wine and Dave a local beer. pretzels mellow mushroom asheville north carolinaThey went perfectly with the six massive hot pretzels we’d ordered in three different flavors with three different dipping sauces. We were mellow indeed by the end of our meal. 

What did I write about during this week last year?

A Kitchy Museum

Hieroglyphics in Arizona

Bits of Christmas in Arizona

Dream Catcher Salad

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4 responses to “Funky Asheville- Walking on Angels

  1. Wade

    We will be in Asheville the lsat week of July. Hope to see Herzogs and other awesomeness there!

  2. Janet

    Wish I’d known you were going to be in Asheville last week! Jeff and I live right down the road a piece in Winston-Salem. Anil & Meena + Suhail & Jennifer were here too!

    • Dear Janet,
      We knew you lived in North Carolina and that the Meena’s and Anil’s family would be there because we had dinner with Suhail just before he left Winnipeg and he is actually living in our condo for the next couple months while we travel. I didn’t realize however that you were so close by. We were only in Asheville Friday night to Sunday noon. Lovely country although we’d hoped it would be warmer. We may be making this drive again next winter and if so will look you up. Nice to hear from you.
      MaryLou

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