On Friday May 11th please join the Chattooga Conservancy at The Block off Biltmore in Asheville for STAY WILD Chattooga, a celebration and fundraiser.  There will be a guest speaker, live music, food and a silent auction.  Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available at the bar.  The event is from 6:30PM to 9PM.  Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance at www.chattoogariver.org

STAY WILD Chattooga is to celebrate the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act’s 50th anniversary, and Wild & Scenic Chattooga River, whose headwaters start in Jackson and Macon County in western North Carolina.

The speaker will be Janisse Ray, author and poet from south Georgia.  Her most notable work, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, has won many awards.  Ray has been inducted into the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame and was voted one of the top 25 female environmental writers by Outside Magazine.

Music will be by Marshall Ballew, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the mountains of western North Carolina.  Marshall performs a variety of American musical genres including gospel, jazz, bluegrass, folk and the blues.

Silent auction items will feature pastel painting, mosaic, metal art, jewelry, Patagonia clothing and more!

The event venue is The Block off Biltmore, Asheville’s first and only vegan, social justice bar and community event space, that is housed in the YMI building, one of the oldest African-American cultural centers in the country.

Wadadli Dessert Oasis is the food caterer for the event, featuring vegan interpretations of savory Caribbean dishes and specially crafted modern recipes.

For a great time for a great cause, please come and join the Chattooga Conservancy on Friday, May 11th at The Block off Biltmore.  Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance at www.chattoogariver.orgProceeds will benefit the Chattooga Conservancy’s work to protect the magnificent Chattooga River watershed.