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Asheville to mark July 4th with fireworks in scaled-back gala
Tuesday, 15 June 2021 10:49

From Staff Reports 

Following the COVID-19 pandemic that prompted its 2020 celebration to go virtual, the City of Asheville announced on June 7 that it will celebrate a scaled-back Independence Day this year with fireworks, beginning at 9:30 p.m. July 4 in downtown Asheville.

“However, for this year, there will be no accompanying festival activities,” the city noted in a press release.

“While there will be no food or drink vendors at the park, people are welcome to bring their own picnic or order take-out from a favorite restaurant.

“There will be portable bathrooms, water bottle filling stations and first aid available in the Pack Square Park area. 

“No tents or cooking will be allowed and, as per parks policy, no alcoholic beverages. Dogs should be leashed, but please be aware that fireworks frighten many dogs, so for this reason please consider leaving your pet at home.

“We expect that the Splasheville splash play fountain for children will be repaired and reopened by then.

“DJ Nex Millen will supply music on the Pack Square Park stage from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., before the fireworks display at approximately 9:30 p.m.,” the release concluded.


Duo dances to victory at Hendersonville event; aims for state title win
Tuesday, 15 June 2021 10:46

From Staff Reports 

HENDERSONVILLE — Dance partners Ed Shevranik and  Bobbi Annino recently were awarded blue ribbons for winning the small-group division at the 2021 Four Seasons Senior Games/Silver Arts/Performing Arts competition in Hendersonville. 

All performers in the competition were required to be residents of Henderson County — and ages 50 and older. The event was organized by Henderson County Parks and Recreation and is sanctioned through North Carolina Senior Games.

“Not only did we win our division, but we also won best in show,” Shevranik told the Daily Planet. “This qualifies us to participate in the State Championships” on Sept. 25.



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