Musical Feasts

Welcome to the Asheville Symphony Guild’s 2014-15 season of Musical Feasts!  These feasts are “parties with a purpose” that give us all opportunities to attend very special events while we assist the Guild with its largest annual fundraising effort.  Musical Feasts, hosted by Guild members and local businesses, are open to anyone wishing to attend. When making a reservation, please include your email address so you can receive your selected feast information. Reservations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made by mailing a check, payable to the Asheville Symphony Guild to:

Paul Jelenchick
100 Falling Leaf Lane, Apt. 108
Asheville, NC 28803 

For further information, please contact:

Olivia Zahler

2014-15 Season of Musical Feasts 


September 10             10:00am         $55
A Minor Miracle – After a docent-led tour of the historically important Basilica of St. Lawrence, enjoy a luncheon feast in the hundred-year-old Montford home of Ellen and Dave Nutter.


September 16             6:00pm           $55
You Just “Knead” DOUGH – Join Chef Brian Ross in his restaurant classroom as he guides you through the preparation of an Italian feast that you will enjoy there in the facility and later replicate at home.


September 22             10:00am         $60
A Salute to the Maestro! – Shari and Bob Hayes invite you to their lovely Jack Arnold tudor home for a sumptuous brunch to honor Daniel Meyer on the occasion of his tenth anniversary with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.


September 27             10:30am         $45
Get the Drift of RiverLink – Have you seen all the changes in the French Broad Riverfront area lately? Hop on a trolley and tour the area as Karen Cragnolin describes what’s in store. Then proceed to All Souls Pizza for a Saturday pizza lunch buffet.


October 4                    5:30                 $55    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
All in the Family – What a wonderful way to welcome fall! Join others at Linda and Tom Bushar’s home for a buffet supper followed by the performances of two musical mother/daughter duos.


October 13                  11:00               $45
Puppies and Kittens and Strays…Oh My! – Make a new friend at the Asheville Humane Society as you tour this facility for homeless animals and learn about these four-legged friends looking for a home. Afterwards, enjoy an informal lunch in the Community Room.


October 17                  5:30pm           $60    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
Appalachian Sunset – The perfect way to spend a glorious fall evening – come to the valley of Beaverdam, listen to Robin Gaiser’s dulcimer music, enjoy a gourmet dinner, and revel in the beauty of the historic log cabin.


October 25                  7:00pm           $75
Something Wicked This Way Comes – A Halloween Party you will always remember! Join Cynthia and Craig Crossman in the world’s largest residential monolithic dome home as you are “tricked and treated” to a “frightful” Feast.


November 6                9:20am           $50
Beer and Bites – Join Tony Kiss, “The Beer Guy,” for a tour of the Citizen-Times building before strolling the streets of downtown Asheville and listening to stories about “Beer City USA.” Then enjoy lunch and beer at the Wicked Weed with your host, Rick Guthy.


November 18              11:00am         $40    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
Pulling Out All the Stops – Warren-Wilson Chapel is the home of the Schantz-Angerstein Organ, and you are invited to hear Dr. Steven Williams play and discuss this “king of instruments.” Afterwards, partake of an autumn lunch buffet in the Fellowship Hall.


December 10              11:00am         $60    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
Emily Dickinson Unplugged – Celebrate Emily Dickinson’s life and birthday as Carol Kessler portrays the New England poet in period costume.  Nancy and Buck Bragg invite you to lunch in their spacious fifth-floor Grove Arcade loft for this special event.


January 15                  5:30pm           $55
Going…Going…Gone! What a way to prepare yourself for the January, 2015 sale at Brunk Auction House! Learn the art of auctioning first-hand from Andrew Brunk and become an experienced, sophisticated auction patron as you enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.


January 21                  4:00pm           $55    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
Amadeus Uncovered – Join Chip Kaufmann in one of Asheville’s historical landmarks, the Beaufort House Inn as he reveals facts about the “unknown” Mozart. You will also learn more of the history of the inn while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres.


February 8                  3:00pm                       $50
Afternoon Tea at Bartók’s Retreat –  Like many others, Bela Bartók came to Asheville in the 40’s to benefit from the mountain air. While he was here, he also wrote his Third Piano Concerto which will be played at the February concert. Enjoy a full English Tea in the Albemarle Inn where Bartok lived and worked one winter.


March 18                     11:30am                     $60
Deconstructing Mozart – David Whitehill again presents his deconstruction of Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major accompanied by Nathan Shirley and orchestra musicians. Sit down to an Austrian-inspired lunch at Isa’s Bistro and then peruse David’s collection of historic musically-inspired letters.


April 8                         12:00pm                     $60    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
An Invitation to the Past – Innkeepers, Billy Sanders and Michael Griffith, invite you to join them for lunch at the antebellum Reynolds Mansion where local author Micah Hanks will discuss his recent book that unveils many hidden secrets of the historic mansion.


April 26                       4:30pm                       $50    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
Classics in the Cottage – Jason Posnock describes his two jobs – Concertmaster of ASO and Director of Artistic Planning at Brevard Music Camp. Spend a lovely spring afternoon getting to know him better in Bonnie Snyder’s home, a cottage in the National Registry of Historic Places.


April 28                       7:00pm                       $45
Waltzing Through Wein(land) Austria – Once again Josh Spurling opens Table Wine for an informative evening and tasting of quality Austrian wines. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served as you sample the six selected wines.


May 1                          6:00pm                       $100    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
An Evening at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove – Enjoy a progressive dinner in three Blackthorne Lane homes. Appetizers at the Hanley’s will be followed by an entrée at the Bailey home, and then dessert and entertainment close the evening at the Reynolds’ home. Spectacular views from these three lovely homes add to your enjoyment of the evening.


May 6                          10:00am                     $45
What Goes Around Comes Around – Recycling is so Asheville! Tour the county landfill and recycling facility and then feast on picnic lunch in the woods at BA and Gary Schenk’s home.
Betty Paine will demonstrate recycled artworks as well.


May 12                        8:00am                       $40
Flight of Fancy at Beaver Lake – Marilyn Kolton and Lou Dwarshuis invite you to tour the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary on this early morning adventure. Later gather at Nancy and Ron Edgerton’s Reynolds Mountain home for brunch.


May 17                        3:00pm                       $60    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
A Lakeside Picnic in Kenilworth – You are invited to tour John Cram and Matt Chambers’ nine-acre lakeside garden, a true work of art. After viewing this spectacular setting, continue to enjoy your surroundings as you feast on a lakeside picnic.


June 13                        6:30pm                       $125    ***SOLD OUT – Wait List available only***
Springtime in the French Countryside – Once again Steve Hageman will delight his guests in a gourmet five-course dinner served in the newly built home of Dawn and Heinz Grohs in The Ramble. What a wonderful way to celebrate spring and close out this year’s Musical Feasts!