Crisis center org hosts walk

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Our Voice, a 24-hour crisis line, will hold its Walk-a-Mile Asheville event on May 2 beginning at City/County Plaza in downtown Asheville.

Check-in is at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m.

The walk is open to both men and women in an effort to stop sexual violence (rape, sexual assault, gender violence) in the community. In the past, one could see men walking in high heels. All participants are encouraged to walk in shoes of another, although this is not a requirement.

Clients of the organization are comprised of LGBT and straight men and women.

Registration information is available online and is $30/adults, $10/students and free for children under 12. Contributions are also welcomed.

qnotes will share more information on the organization in the next issue.


Artists’ fest approaches

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Montford Music & Arts Festival will be held on May 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., in the historic Montford community along Montford Ave and Soco St.

Now in its 12th year, the day-long event is filled with artists, crafters, musicians, food and children’s activities in the LGBT- and family-friendly atmosphere.

Two stages will house entertainment acts who will play non-stop throughout the day. Bike enthusiasts even have a special corral to park their bicycles. Doggy daycare is available as well.

Artists, either juried or non-juried, can still apply for a booth until April 30. Application is available online. Food vendor applications and insurance certificates are also due by April 30. Other vendors and non-profit organizations are also welcome.

Sponsorships are still be accepted. Call David Baker at 828-279-3160 or email to learn more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the architectural influences from the period from 1890-1920 when most of the homes were built. Styles include Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts in combination with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and interesting castle-like motifs, organizers shared.

The event will be held rain or shine.


Witness sought for weddings

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Gay Asheville NC is searching for a few women who live in the downtown area who would be willing to serve as witnesses for couples who venture to the mountain town to wed.

An honorarium of $25 will be given to each witness who participates. Weddings are generally held between 12-1 p.m. during the week at a location close to the downtown area.

Interested parties should email


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.