Historic gay bar changes hands

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — O.Henry’s, 237 Haywood St., has new owners. Previous owners Jim Haggerty and Kevin Austin sold the establishment to Derick Boyd who had been a lead bartender at the bar.

The popular hangout is considered one of the state’s longest running gay bars. It was established in 1976 and has provided a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. With new ownership, it hopes to become a revitalized gathering place while giving back to the Asheville LGBT community.

Haggerty and Austin have retired and look forward to a long vacation and other activities.

Boyd shared, “I am proud to be the torch bearer of this vital part of our Asheville Community. I will endeavor to provide Asheville and all surrounding areas with an establishment that embraces fond memories of old and new experiences for the future.”

info: ohenrysofasheville.com

— L.M.

Dance approaches in High Country

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Dance Divas will host a women’s event on Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

On hand will be DJ Linda who will spin tunes. Attendees will be able to enjoy snacks and filtered water and a cash bar will be available.

Admission is $10.

For those who want to head downstairs to Scandals after 9 p.m., simply get a stamp from the bartender for free admission.

info: etledder@charter.net. 828-253-6746.

— L.M.

Elders host poetry slam

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC will hold a “Love Story Poetry Slam” on Feb. 16,2 p.m., at Friendship Hall First United Congregation Church of Christ, 20 Oak St.

This will be an open mic event and welcomes those who want to share “love in all forms.” A winner will be selected by the audience and will receive a prize.

A donation of $5 is requested at the door.

Light refreshments will be served. A 50/50 raffle will able be held.

To RSVP, call 828-251-7438.

info: facebook.com/LGBTElderAdvocatesofWNC.

— L.M.

Indigo Girls head to Carolinas

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Indigo Girls are coming to the Tar Heel State on March 16, 9 p.m., at the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

Folk rock musicians Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are a Grammy Award winning duo that came out of Decatur, Ga.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30/advance, $35/day of show and are available online. There is a limit of eight tickets per order.

tickets/info: theorangepeel.net.

— L.M.

Festival hits the mountain

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Mountain Laurel Spring Music Fest will be held on March 29, 1-5 p.m., at Mountain Laurel Bed and Breakfat, 139 Lee Dotson Rd.

The festival features Nikki Calloway and Ellen Trnka.

Calloway says that she is “a folk/R&B/acoustic singer/songwriter with a sultry jazz flavor in there.” Trnka is a singer/songwriter whose genres range from blues, jazz, country, folk, rock and more.

Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share at a potluck, as well as beverages.

Space is limited and is open to 65 attendees.

Tickets are $10 per person, sold at the door.

info: mountainlaurelbnb.com.

— L.M.

Have news or other information? Send your press releases and updates for inclusion in our News Notes: editor@goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com.

Share your news with us
Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes-launch2.newspackstaging.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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.