Asheville named the 88th official “Transition Town” in the U.S.

August 15, 2011
Susan Andrew
Mountain Xpress

From Transition Asheville, who today released a community invitation: "Come party with us!":

Transition Asheville is presenting a community-wide event, Saturday, August 27, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at Carrier Park on Amboy Rd. in West Asheville, to celebrate Asheville being officially named the 88th Transition Town in the U.S. As a family-friendly celebration, there will be a variety of activities for children and adults. This is a free event with ample on-site parking.

The celebration begins with opening ceremonies that include the rhythms of Billy Jonas, an invocation by Howard Hanger from Jubilee, as well as reflections about the journey to this new, national recognition for Asheville. City Council Member Cecil Bothwell will read the Mayor’s proclamation and share his insights about how Transition Asheville can work with the City and other community groups to achieve our common goal for a sustainable future in Western North Carolina. The celebration continues with a community supper (bring your own picnic), family fun and games, as well as a mini expo on sustainability practices. Music throughout the evening includes Billy Jonas’ percussion-based music using found objects, Geri Littlejohn’s Native American flutes, Tuned Earth’s acoustic banjo, and Déjà Fuze’s progressive electronic fusion.

As the 88th Transition Town in the U.S., Asheville has joined a growing number of towns and cities across the country striving to build resilience into their local economies and a sustainable future for their communities. Other U.S. Transition Communities in this effort include: Boulder CO, Madison WI, Tucson AZ, Pittsburgh PA, Austin TX, Portland OR, Santa Barbara CA, and many more.

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