We Got on the Bus
You wouldn't think that a comedy bus tour of Asheville, would qualify as a "Living Tradition," but it was a hugely entertaining way to learn about the lively personality and rich history of this vibrant mountain city.
This past weekend, several Black Mountain families hosted friends from nearby states for a weekend party, the highlight of which was our adventure aboard Asheville's LaZoom Comedy Tour bus.
In addition to meeting "Sister Bad Habit" and other colorful characters along the way, we passed through a city that was rocking on this Saturday morning. Art in the Park was in full swing at the Vance Monument, the new Pack Square Park was filled with people, shoppers browsed the studios in the River Arts District, and downtown in general was humming.
Our "tour guide," Judy, was an excellent and accurate historian as well as a fine comedienne. Her tales of early Asheville, the effect of the Great Depression on the city, and how many of the lovely historic downtown buildings escaped the wrecking ball of mid-20th century "urban renewal" brought to life the passion that the people of Asheville have for their community and their commitment to preserving its unique spirit and culture.
A commitment to preserving all that we treasure in Western North Carolina is what the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is all about.
Thanks to Marilyn Ball for the great photographs!