Category: Recreation

Family Fun for Free (or almost free)

Looking for ideas for keeping your kids entertained this summer without busting your bank account? Check out my feature for WNC Parent: “Asheville’s free family summer fun.”

2013 WNC Insider Guide — Pre-Order at a Discount!

This one was a no-brainer for me. For starters, my friend Sherri Lane owns this business and she is the most caring person I know. She’s giving generously this year to Eblen Charities, which I support wholeheartedly.

The WNC Insider card gives folks a chance to buy local at a discount. What’s better than that? I quickly bought mine. Now it’s your turn. Here are the details:

Pre-ordering is now underway at a special price of $30 — with $10 going to  Eblen Charities for every purchase! You can save all year – with 2-for-1 and other offers at great restaurants, theatre, entertainment, adventure activities, consignment stores, automotive, and more. It is a great value and a win for all! Click on the webpage for details.

Asheville Tourists BOGO and Free Entry

There’s no dispute here — I LOVE the Asheville Tourists and they are offering some great promotions June 14 and 15.

Tuesday is Buy One Get One Free General Admission with a Kraft Cheese Wrapper or your BiLo Advantage Card.

Then on Wednesday, seniors over the age of 65 get a free ticket thanks to Humana and it’s also Goodwill Industries Night. Fans bringing three articles of new or gently used clothing will receive a free general admission ticket for that night’s game.

Asheville Tourists Make Fun AFFORDABLE!

New policy at Asheville Tourists games in 2011. Kids five and under are now admitted FREE of charge. The previous policy was to allow free entrance to kids two and under.

ALSO: The Tourists will continue to offer its Family Four Packs once again in which purchasers receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsi products and two popcorns to Sunday through Wednesday games, with the exception of July 4 and 5, for only $29. The lone requirement is buyers must purchase their tickets 24 hours in advance of the game.

Some other tickets are going DOWN IN PRICE!

Both the Bojangles Dugout Suite and the Clubhouse Suite have been restructured, resulting in lower ticket prices. The Bojangles Dugout Suite tickets will be $30 per seat instead of the previous $45. The $30 ticket includes first-row, on-field seating, a meal from Bojangles Chicken & Biscuits, and unlimited ballpark snacks and Pepsi products with seat service. The Clubhouse Suite tickets also will be $30, down from $40, and include a full meal from an Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) member, hot dogs, snacks and Pepsi products.

Otherwise, the Tourists’ ticket prices for box seats and general admission will remain the same as last year. Advance ticket prices will be $10 for box seats and $7 for general admission-a price that has remained the same since 2007-while game day prices will be one dollar more, respectively. Prices for senior citizens, military personnel and children age 6-12 are $8 for advance box seats and $6 for advance general admission, with day of game prices one dollar more.

Single-game tickets go on sale at the McCormick Field ticket office on Saturday, March 19, at 10 a.m. Every contest for the Tourists’ 2011 home season will be available, with the exception of the Fireworks Extravaganzas, slated for Monday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 5. Those tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 23, starting at 10 a.m.

In addition to the Fireworks Extravaganzas, there are three other big firework shows, on June 3, July 22 and August 5, and those tickets will be available on March 19.

The Tourists will also offer food nights, two-for-one ticket nights thanks to Kraft Singles, kids run the bases and 11 giveaway dates.

The Tourists open their home schedule on Friday, April 15th against the Lexington Legends. Season ticket packages are still available at the McCormick Field box office. For more information, contact the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

December Dollar Days

Grandfather Mountain has a great money saving deal for residents in six high country counties. The price of admission is just ONE DOLLAR for residents and employees in Mitchell, Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties.The discount is also extended to students of colleges and universities in the High Country and to guests traveling in the same vehicle with those eligible for the December discount. Please present a driver’s license, college ID, or local utility bill as proof of High Country residency. An employee identification badge or pay stub can be used to show employment at a High Country business.

Also, instead of paying $1 in cash, the High Country visitors are encouraged to donate 1 -2 cans of food per person to gain admittance. All donations will be distributed to High Country Food Pantries.

The Mountain is open every day in December except Christmas Day, weather permitting. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with ticket sales ending at 4 p.m. For current weather conditions, phone the Entrance gate at 828-733-4337.

Free Sledding Hill at Beech Mountain

Sledding conditions are great at Beech Mountain (elevation 5,506 feet) in the N.C. High Country. The best news: Kids 12  and under can sled FREE daily at the Beech sledding hill, located next to the Chamber of Commerce. Parents may ride with smaller children.

Plastic sleds are required. Folks are encouraged to bring their own sleds, or they may be purchased at stores on the mountain.

The sledding hill is operated by the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather permitting) with safety
personnel on duty. A loud speaker plays music and hot chocolate is available at nearby restaurants.

Parking and restrooms are provided by the chamber. People are encouraged to call the chamber at (800) 468-5506 to receive live updates on sledding conditions.

Additional info on the Beech Mountain sledding hill is available at: www.beechmtn.com.

YWCA Offers Y Commute Pass

The YWCA in Asheville has come up with an affordable solution for people who commute to work by foot or bicycle and want a shower before heading into the office.

The YWCA, located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. is introducing a trial program called the Y Commute Pass which will be offered during the months of June, July and August 2009. This program will allow bicycle commuters and walkers access to the locker room, a locker, and shower for $50.00 for the three months.

For more information, contact YWCA Membership Coordinator Carol Severance, 254-7206 x 105.

BOGO Tuesday Nights at Minor League Games

Thanks to a lead from Valerie at Columbus On The Cheap, you can get cheap seats to minor league baseball games this season.

If you bring a Kraft Singles wrapper to participating minor league ballparks, you can buy one ticket and get one free during the Tuesday Night Tickets promotion, which runs through September 1, 2009.

The Tuesday Night Tickets promotion is not available in Allentown, Dayton, Indianapolis, Lake Elsinore, Pasco, Portland OR, Reno, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver. Click here to find a ballpark near you.

Asheville Tourists Offer FREE Youth Clinic

The Asheville Tourists will host a FREE youth clinic on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic will be followed by the annual “Meet the Tourists” Luncheon. There is a $5 fee for lunch. All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Asheville Tourists Children’s Fund.

All kids attending the clinic will receive a free ticket to a future Tourists game. For additional information, contact the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

Thursdays are Ladies Days at Ski Beech

Thursdays are Ladies Day at Ski Beech on Beech Mountain. All females receive complimentary lift tickets valid for day and night skiing.
 
Ski Beech, which is in its 41st year of operation, has made significant upgrades to its snowmaking capacity this winter, including the purchase of more than 50 new hi-tech snow guns.
 
For more information, call (800) 438-2093 or visit www.skibeech.com.

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