“STAY WILD Chattooga” at The Block off Biltmore

“STAY WILD Chattooga” at The Block off Biltmore


“STAY WILD Chattooga”
Celebration & Fundraiser
The Block off Biltmore
Friday, May 11th in Asheville, NC

On Friday May 11th, please join us for STAY WILD Chattooga, a fundraiser at The Block off Biltmore in Asheville, NC. 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 and tickets are $25 per person.

STAY WILD Chattooga is to celebrate the Chattooga, and the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Proceeds will benefit the Chattooga Conservancy’s work to protect this magnificent river.

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.

The music performance will be by Marshall Ballew, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the mountains of western North Carolina. Through the years Marshall has played with a variety of groups including Radiation Blues Banned, taught dobro and Hawaiian guitar workshops, performed at festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto and Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, and has shared the stage with Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, and many others. Marshall’s performances run the gamut of American musical forms including gospel, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and blues.

The event venue is The Block off Biltmore: Where Your Drink Makes a Difference! This is Asheville’s first and only vegan, social justice bar and community event space. Housed in the YMI building, one of the oldest African-American cultural centers in the country, The Block off Biltmore’s mission is to honor this iconic gathering space by serving as a destination for a wide-variety of people united under the banner of peace, equality and justice, to help create a more sustainable community for all.

Wadadli Dessert Oasis is the food caterer for the event. The food will feature vegan interpretations of savory Caribbean dishes and specially crafted modern recipes. Wadadli Dessert Oasis is committed to using local, organic and fair trade ingredients in their products.

For a great time for a great cause, please come and join the Chattooga Conservancy on Friday, May 11th at The Block off Biltmore.