Bele Chere 2011 – Asheville North Carolina’s largest street partyl! Over 30,000 people attended the 33rd annual festival in downtown Asheville. The Pennie Tour visited the festival once again and found lots of fun people, interesting sites, and some great bands!
Bele Chere comes from the old Scottish dialect meaning “beautiful living”. Pennie Tour once again enjoyed beautiful living by experiencing Bele Chere’s art, food, drum circle, street performers, street vendors and our favorite – the bands! The hard part was picking which music venue. There were 4 stages to choose from – situated throughout downtown Asheville and all within walking distance! Over 40 Bands played continuously throughout the day and into the night!
A Pennie Tour favorite – The Whigs – put on a fantastic show! The Whigs are a trio of artists that tout themselves as being an American garage rock band. The Whigs, from Athens, Georgia were named one of the 10 artists to watch by Rolling Stone in 2006.
Bele Chere offers a unique opportunity to see, taste, hear and experience the finest that Asheville, North Carolina has to offer. The local restaurants offer a “Foodtopia” farm to table experience. No time for sitting – choose from the many food booths – several from surrounding Asheville restaurants.
Where’s the beer? Once you purchase a $2 wristband, you can walk around with your beer on the streets that are designated for Bele Chere. FYI – Asheville holds the title for the“Beer City” award – with many different top-notch craft beers to enjoy! No two Aheville beers are the same – My personal favorite – Highland Gaelic Ale.
A popular Asheville slogan is a perfect way to enjoy Bele Chere – “any way you like it”
Atlanta Tennis Championships
July 2011 – Norcross, Georgia
Racquet Club of the South was the premier tennis host for the 2011 Atlanta Tennis Championships held July 18 through the 24th. The change of venue from the Atlanta Athletic Club, kicked off the first tournament of the annual men’s tennis as part of the ATP World Tour and also launch of the Olympus US Open Series Season.
Racquet Club of the South is the home club of Georgia’s tennis sweetheart and US top player Melanie Oudin. RCS offers a USTA Regional Training Center, eight indoor courts, 26 outdoor courts and two platform courts. RCS also had an extensive air-conditioned indoor area to escape the sweltering July heat.
2010 ATC singles winner, Mardy Fish, John Isner, James Blake and many other tennis players returned to compete in Atlanta. Isner , a 2010 finalist AND a Georgia Bulldawg, was a local favorite but in the end, Mardy Fish retained his title. It was like dejavu from last year’s 2010 ATC match, as Fish once again defeated Isner, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to repeat his championship title. The title was Fish’s first time to successfully defend a championship. Fish is also the first repeat winner since Andy Roddick’s repeat win in 2004. Unfortunately Roddick did not make it to Atlanta this year for the ATC – we miss you Andy!!!
Along with onsite VIP parking and extra practice courts, RCS hosted many vendors and even a fun, family area! Live music was provided by Wesley Cook, and guess what ladies, he’s available and a Jezebel magazine Most Eligible Atlanta Bachelor. An outside bar, concessions and the air-conditioned International Food Court made this event enjoyable for the whole family! Or, for the avid tennis fan – they also served cold beverages like BEER! Who knew beer and tennis went so well together! Hey, it is July in Georgia!
You couldn’t help but notice that Georgia hero John Isner was a bit tall. At 6’9”, Isner towered over many of the attendees. We thought we would have some fun and ask people their thoughts on height requirements….