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Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce


JUNE 2,2020

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Cool Catz


The Laurel of Asheville

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Chamber activities and events. We are updating the website and event listing often with the most current information.

Cool Catz Reopens


Prowl your way to Cool Catz on West Main Street

Hours Mon - Thur 12-6 pm

Fri- Sat 12-7 pm


12 flavors of ice cream, over 20 toppings, milkshakes including peanut butter, floats, malts and banana splits. Come on by and see us today. 110 West Main St. Burnsville. Just across from the movie theater.


Plan to join us for a Friday evening wine tasting, June 5,4-7 pm. This week I will be tasting a South African Cabernet and a French rose'.  I am requesting reservations in order to do what I can to keep you safe. Call 682-3456 by Thursday to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Bring what food you want to enjoy or call one of the local restaurants that deliver, your choice. You can purchase a glass of wine or a brew and enjoy visiting with friends. "The Balloons will be Flying!" (that feels good to be able to say that!)


Saturday June 6, 4-6 pm will be the first in a series of Saturday Songsmiths. This week I am featuring Hope Griffin. Reservations are being requested by calling 682-3456 by Friday. Space is limited. Again, you are welcome to bring food and of course purchase a glass of wine or a brew. I am planning the Saturday Songsmiths series throughout the month of June.

Upcoming Events

6th Annual Hard Times, High Hopes, & Helping Hands

Benefit Concert for Reconciliation House


Sunday afternoon, September 20 • 2-4:30pm

at Burnsville Town Center


Mark your calendar and watch for details in the Times-Journal!


Brought to you by Kokopelli’s Daughters and Micaville Music

For further information email Deb Louis: deb@northmountains.org




We Are Still Happening!


October 23, 24 & 25th, 2020 


Burnsville Town Center

6 South Main Street, Burnsville, NC 


Cancelled Events/Rescheduled

The 2020 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is cancelled. What makes our Festival special is the intimacy and conversations. For the safety of attendees, authors and our community, the Board is cancelling the Festival in September. Go to the website - cmlitfest.org- to see who will be presenting in 2021. We are looking for pre-festival volunteers for 2021. Email cmlitfest@gmail.com for information.


Parkway Playhouse Cancels 2020 Season

With much sadness, Parkway Playhouse has made the decision to cancel our full 2020 Mainstage season, as well as Reading Is Alive, due to the pandemic. Since most of our events involve gathering large groups of people together, we have to follow public health guidance regarding opening the theater and gathering people in groups (even outside). We intend to shift the plays for our 2020 season to 2021 while continuing to monitor the situation with the pandemic in the coming months. Our generous sponsors and Playbill advertisers for 2020 will also shift to 2021 automatically. Between now and then, we will be recognizing those sponsors and advertisers on our website and on social media as well as radio programming on WKYK/WTOE.


Parkway Playhouse will continue its online youth classes and we are exploring summer programs that can be done online as well. We may even have a few surprises for you in the coming weeks. While the public is away from the theater, we will be doing some renovations and repairs to make the experience better once audiences return to the theater.


Please check our website regularly and follow us on social media for more information and updates.

Local Information

May 21, 2020



Contact:  Kate Groff, Marketing


                Beth Hilton, Exec Dir



The Orchard at Altapass has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $20,000 that will offset the costs of staff and orchard maintenance. Although everyone is keeping their distance and a low profile, the trees at the Orchard are bulging. New apple and peach trees fill the “nursery” alongside the one-year-old blueberry bushes quietly waiting to get just a bit bigger. Blossoms have blown off and the tiniest of apples beginning to peek out of the greening leaves. Grasses tall, weeds taller. And we’re getting ready to re-open the red barn—on a limited and restrictive basis—Saturday, June 13. Hopefully, the campaign will defray some of the dollars lost due to the mandated but necessary closure. Please go to https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/saving-the-good-stuff or visit our website, altapassorchard.org and click on the link at the bottom of the home page. 


Dear fellow forest lovers,

At Snakeroot, I am carefully easing into a limited slate of guided walks and hikes. After spending the spring in rich wildflower coves with members of my household, I am now happy to offer several options for private, socially distant, off-the-beaten-path outings. Please email me to arrange a custom hike. I strive to operate in a thoughtful and ethical manner in each element of Snakeroot’s operations -- always prioritizing the health of our mountain ecosystems and the safety of clients during our rich experiences. Over the coming weeks, I plan to proceed with caution, balancing public health needs with the needs of individuals and families to connect with our wonderful forests. 

We will also host May and June firefly walks. Fortunately, our business model can be modified to conform with the CDC’s and North Carolina’s current guidance for operating in a safe manner. Group sizes will be small (up to 8 individuals), and we will limit the groups to no more than 3 separate households. This makes the reservation system a tad more complicated. Firefly walks will be $75 for the first 1-2 people in the household, $35 for each additional adult, and $20 for children. So when you register online, know that your first ticket is good for up to two members of the same household. 

We will be outside the entire time (as usual), participants will be required to wear a mask or face covering, and everyone will be asked to do their best to maintain 6’ of space from folks who are not in their household unit (I will provide glow-tape to help make everyone visible to each other). If you are in a high risk category as designated by NCDHHS, please stay home.  

In all of our operations during this pandemic, we will continue to do our best to provide quality experiences while balancing the needs of public health. Stay healthy and safe, and I hope to see you out on the trails, sooner or later!

Tal Galton

Snakeroot Ecotours

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