It looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay — and we’re gearing up to celebrate outdoors at our Appalachian Spring event on Thursday, May 15! Join us in The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company from 6 to 8 pm for a very special 40th Anniversary celebration — full of food, music, merriment, friends, and fellowship.
Highland Brewing Company has crafted a very limited small batch ‘Elevation Ale‘ in honor of our 40 years of conservation — and SAHC staff were even invited to go behind the scenes and help with the process.The limited ‘Elevation Ale’ is a summer brown ale made with local spruce tips and honey from Haw Creek Honey Company, available at Appalachian Spring on May 15 as well as a few local venues (details TBA).
Come celebrate conservation with us at Appalachian Spring! Click here to purchase your ticket now.
Tickets are are $25 for SAHC members/$30 for non-members and include: dinner by Nona Mia Italian Kitchen, music by Firecracker Jazz Band, and one drink ticket. NC PhotoBox will also be on-site making free, fun photo booth pictures for guests to take home. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for exciting prizes like hiking, biking & camping gear; spa and hotel gift certificates; artwork, jewelry and handcrafted items by local artisans; zip line tours, and more. Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales help us raise money for conservation.
Sponsors for the Appalachian Spring event include: Highland Brewing Company; Equinox Environmental Consultation and Design; Kee Mapping and Surveying; Roberts & Stevens, Attorneys at Law; Wells Fargo; Altamont Environmental, Inc; Parsec Financial Wealth Management; Hickory Nut Gap Farm; Earth Fare; EBX (Environmental Banq & Exchange); Grove Arcade; Webb Investment Services; White Oak Financial Management Inc; Aloft Asheville Downtown ; Green River Woods ; Shoji Retreats/Spa ; and Navitat Canopy Adventures.
“Looking back over the past forty years, we are very proud to have preserved so many special and deeply loved places in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee,” said Kristy Urquhart, SAHC’s Associate Director. “We are also very grateful to Highland Brewing Company for donating the outdoor venue space for our anniversary celebration, to our sponsors for the event, and to the many members and supporters over the years who have carried us forward.”
SAHC began as a group of volunteers committed to protecting the landscape around the Appalachian Trail in the Highlands of Roan. Over the past forty years, we has protected over 63,000 acres across ten counties in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee, preserving clean water sources, productive farmland, habitat for native species, and thousands of acres transferred to national forests and state parks for public enjoyment.
Some of SAHC’s forty years of conservation successes include:
- Grassy balds in the Highlands of Roan
- Tracts added to Cherokee & Pisgah National Forests and Mt. Mitchell State Park
- Rocky Fork – a 10,000-acre wilderness on the NC/TN border
- Local farmland in intact farming communities
- Asheville, Woodfin, Waynesville, and Canton watersheds
- Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness
- Tracts along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
- Headwaters of the Toe & Tuckaseegee Rivers
- Cataloochee Ranch on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Sites with ties to artistic/cultural figures, including architect Rafael Guastivino and electronic instrument designer Bob Moog
- A 100-acre model farm with stream restoration, community farm & food, and shortleaf pine restoration projects – located just outside Asheville, NC
Celebrate our successes with us! Click here to purchase tickets now.
(Early Bird ticket sales end after May 5 – buy now to save $5 on each ticket)