July 28, 2012 – ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Bele Chere 2012 – The Pennie Tour returned to Asheville North Carolina for another visit to North Carolina’s largest street partyl! Over 30,000 people attended the 34th 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!
Since we’ve visited the festival many times before we thought that this time we would focus on people’s extraordinary footwear! Most everyone wears boots…all types of boots: cowboy boots, combat boots, moccasins (if they’re considered boots). Watch this episode and see what we mean!
The Pennie Tour attended Wine Over Water in Chattanooga, TN in October 2011. Wine Over Water is a wine tasting on the Walnut Street Bridge – over the Tennessee River! The scenery is unbelievable as the sun set while walking down the bridge and drinking some fantastic wines!
We’ve been to other wine tastings, but none have the quality of wine that WOW has. To top it off, there is music such as Blue Mother Tupelo performing along the way. It’s an unbelievable evening of wine, food, and fun.
And it’s all for a good cause. Proceeds go to Cornerstones, Inc – Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization.
October 2011 – CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE
Who likes bluegrass ??? If you’re a bluegrass music fan, then you have to attend the 3 Sisters Bluegrass festival in Chattanooga.
We attended the festival in October 2011 and heard some fantastic bluegrass music from The Dismembered Tennesseans, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Peter Rowan! Everyone who attended had a great time watching the bands and enjoying the local cocktails. The best part of the festival is that it’s free! Just show up and enjoy some great music.
The Pennie Tour was lucky enough to catch a backstage interview with bluegrass legend, Peter Rowan. Check it out!
Can you dance to bluegrass ? Watch this episode of The Pennie Tour to see if anyone does interpretive bluegrass dancing.
Cover the kiddies’ ears for this one…there’s a bit of naughty language!
October means Halloween and the best way to kick it off in Atlanta is with the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade. This free celebration is one of the biggest in the southeast and one of the top ten Halloween events in the country!
The 11th annual Little 5 Points Halloween Celebration is a festival and parade located in the L5P community along Moreland and Euclid Avenues. Along with the parade, several stages are set up throughout the community with music from local bands…… and of course drinks and food are also available to keep the party festive!
Little 5 Points is well-known for being an eccentric and diverse neighborhood. The whole community comes together to experience counter culture, mainstream and obscure costumes, scary, funny, the unexpected – but always memorable!
Not sure which is more fun to watch – the parade OR the people attending the parade. What do you think??
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The Pennie Tour attended The Little 5 Points Halloween Parade and met so many interesting people! In order to show it before Halloween it’s leapfrogging all others currently in production and will be available online tomorrow! Look for it! It’s going to be slightly NSFW for a little bit of language…but don’t be scared, it’s like no other parade you’ve ever seen.
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”
If you are a fan of extreme sports – Warrior Dash is definitely the event for you! Warrior Dash races are held all over North America, with most of the events in the United States. Pennie Tour traveled to Mountain City, Georgia for a peek at the 2011 Warrior Dash.
Hosted by Red Frog events, Warriors conquer extreme obstacles, push their limits and celebrate with live music, beer and warrior helmets!
Warrior Dash is a 6K run that involves climbing, sliding, crawling through mud under barbed wire and leaping through flames just to name a few! Needless to say, it is not for the faint of heart!
Participants have to register in advance for the specific location where they will compete. Runners get Warrior Dash gear and a medal for completing the race. A small electronic devise is worn on each runner’s foot to keep track of the time to complete the race. The race is run in waves, with new waves starting every half hour in order to eliminate crowding on the courses.
The Mountain City, Georgia race was held over a weekend and offered runners two different days to race. Anyone who is 14 years old or older at the date of the race is allowed to participate.
The best part of Warrior Dash was the people! Most participants dress up, some come in groups, many have themes and everyone is prepared to unleash their inner warrior! Any costume is acceptable according to the rule that no costume can “harm other participants”. Pennie Tour encounterd Fred Flinstone, Smurfs, Brides, Cougars and even the Incredible Hulk!
Touted as “The Craziest Frickin’ Day of Your Life” Warrior Dash is definitely a race like no other. The event itself states that Warrior Dash is not most races. Warrior Dash does what Warrior Dash wants to do.