Festive Fairview Friday Holiday Celebration
Stop anyone and mention Fairview and you’re guaranteed to get one of two reactions: “Where’s that?” or “Oh, I just love Fairview!” We we who are fortunate enough to live and/or own businesses here are certainly part of the “I just love Fairview” crowd. It’s unique. Not a city, just an area with blurred edges that drift into Gerton, Fletcher, Black Mountain and Reynolds. No Main Street. No downtown square. Fairview is still rural and alluring. Huge chunks have been protected by land conservancy so it is surrounded by natural beauty. The main road, Charlotte Highway or Route 74-A, was designated a NC “Scenic Byway” almost 20 years ago (thanks to a dedicated group of local folks). Corresponding restrictions have saved it from large-scale commercial development. And tucked away in Fairview’s many peaks and valleys are quite a few thriving cottage industry businesses with a vast number of artists, crafters and producing farmers. Fairview is filled with talent and hospitality and everyone is invited to experience this first hand on “Festive
Fairview Friday”, a special event on December 8 showcasing four stops just brimming with holiday cheer.
If you’re coming from the Asheville area your first stop (4-8 pm) is The Hub of Fairview… home to the local newspaper, plus a truly local gift shop where everything is handmade or homegrown from pottery to soaps, jewelry to leather bags, honey and gift baskets, plus a gallery with walls overflowing with fine art and on this night… a “Festive Fun Foto” booth. Grab some cheery props and a photographer will capture you (and family or friends) in a fun and memorable photo. Enjoy hot mulled cider, cookies and more while you get in a bit of shopping with all one-of-a-kind gifts. AND, the hub will have a nine-foot traditional Victorian Christmas tree decorated with 1500 ornaments
Next stop down the highway is Whistle Hop Brewery, Fairview’s rather unique tap house. Climb aboard this vintage cable car for a selection of Whistle Hop’s beers, as well as guest taps and cider. On Festive Fairview Friday, enjoy the live Appalachian Roots experience with Chicken Coop Willaye performing 6–8 pm, capped by the “Lighting of the Caboose” debut of their Christmas light display at 8 pm. This evening also kicks off Whistle Hop’s blanket drive for Full Moon Farm Wolf Dog Sanctuary, so grab an old “blankie” to donate and know it will go to keep some 4-legged friends warm this winter.
Speaking of 4-legged friends, just a hop more down the byway is Woof in the Woods where Santa has promised to appear and pose for photos with you and/or your pets in the training building. Dogs can get some playtime in the fenced areas and several very respected dog trainers will be on-hand to offer tips and answer questions. Refreshments and stocking stuffer treats will be served and you can even shop in their store for gifts for your pet kids. Santa pics from 4-7 pm.
Just before the intersection of Cane Creek Road is Fairview’s very one-of-a-kind New Moon Marketplace, a cool shop filled to the brim with antiques and vintage collectables, handmade gifts of body scrubs candles, stained glass, metal work and just about anything else you can imagine. Santa’s on double duty this night because he’ll be on hand from 5–8 pm to spread holiday cheer along with the live entertainment, apple cider, wine and finger foods.
If you’re heading to Festive Fairview Friday from the west, just reverse the order. Anyway you can, just head on our way to get a festive taste of Fairview.