Summertime in Asheville, North Carolina for this, its 44th year, is synonymous with Shindig on the Green. Every Saturday of the summer Asheville revisits the best of mountain traditions of gathering at the end of the day on front or back porches all around the south with fiddles, banjos and the tapping of feet to some grand Appalachian Bluegrass music, food, great conversation and the like only instead of porches, it's downtown and it's free.
Shindig will be held at Pack Square located in the middle of our downtown and is completely free. Many of the guests at our inn make their own participation in this event a yearly custom. They, like others, bring their instruments of choice, lawn chairs or blankets and jam with the professionals. They join the ranks of 3,000-5,000 visitors finding their way to Asheville from all around the country to enjoy the donated musical talents of the fine dancers and musicians.
This year, to the delight of all its residents, this event will be showcased on the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage just completed in our new green space in the middle of downtown.
Count the fireflies, star gaze, set your vibe to some good mountain music while sipping a cold drink from one of the vendors and let the summer begin.
Shindig is every Saturday of the summer with two notable exceptions but even then, Asheville does not disappoint.
On Saturday, July 24, our Bele Chere Festival supplants Shindig. See Blog on Bele Chere of July 1, 2010.
On Saturday, August 7th the fine musicians and dancers donating their time to Shindig on the Green instead offer up their talents to the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival held at Diana Wortham Theater.
Patti and Gary Wiles