A Rare Night Out

Day 239

IMG_0042My husband has been looking forward to going to the North Carolina Arboretum for their new ArborEvenings on Thursday evenings. After a long day staring at the computer screen, I was ready for a break.

Tonight they had music by a local duo, Liz and Elizabeth. We were looking forward to a night to just get away for a bit.

It was a warm evening, and the mosquitos were out in full force as were the gnats. The Japanese Iris in the collage below is covered with little tiny insects, too.

The Arboretum is a wonderful collection of gardens and trails just south of Asheville. During ArborEvenings, the gates are open until 9:00 pm and the gardens are lit. The last Thursday of every month they have live music.

We walked around the garden and then went up toward the education center where they had drinks and light food for purchase and of course music. We grabbed a BBQ sandwich and a bottle of water and just listened to music for a while.

Tonight’s event was sponsored by Asheville Beer Week (which I never knew existed). We bought bottled water to drink rather than opting for beer or wine since we were driving. I got a kick out of the marketing on the labels of the bottled water.

Liz and Elizabeth were really enjoyable. I liked their melodious harmonies and loved the violin and guitar together. I am attaching a clip from their YouTube channel, but I enjoyed their music so much more live. It was a nice eclectic mix of country, folk and their own brand of acoustic music. I even found some new music I had never heard before and that is always a plus.

All in all, it was a good night to get out for a bit. It was one of those nights we just needed a few minutes to just walk through the gardens, enjoy the flowers and listen to some music. Not a bad way to spend a late spring evening and something we need to do more often.




25 thoughts on “A Rare Night Out”

    1. Jennie, thank you for stopping by. Yes, Asheville is a lovely place, snuggled into the mountains. We are a bit further south, in the foothills, but close enough to enjoy all this region has to offer.

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      1. You are welcome, Maggie. I think you perhaps have the best of both worlds. While Asheville is fabulous, it is a bit too big city for me. I’ll take the view of the mountains anytime. Best to you.

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  1. Sounds like a lovely, relaxing (despite the bugs) evening. Such beautiful flowers to see! I like their music, I can see why you enjoyed listening to them. I like her Gombrey hair too ;-)!

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    1. We have small insects here referred to as ‘no see ums ‘ because they are so small you cannot see them. Some define them as biting midges. I had never heard that term before.

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  2. Maggie, our no see ums have been viscious this year! My head had dozens of red welts already!
    Anyway, aside from the bugs, it all sounded heavenly and the flowers are gorgeous!


    1. This is not my favorite time of year to be outside. But the higher elevation and a moving breeze makes it a little nicer. Maybe you will visit someday…


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