Groovin' Concert Series

The 15th annual Groovin’ on Grovemont summer concert series returns to Grovemont Square (adjacent to the Swannanoa Library) on July 11, July 25 and August 8, at 6:00 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy these family-friendly evenings of great music, brought to you entirely by local sponsors and community volunteers! The concert series is free and open to the public. Concessions, including pizza, hot dogs and home-baked goods, are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Swannanoa Library and the Swannanoa Community Council.

Here’s the entertainment schedule:

July 11LYRIC – With an enlightened mixture of pop, soul and funk, LYRIC awakens an undiscovered spirit within their audiences, and consistently delights crowds across the region. Led by the poetic and soulful voice of lyricist and lead singer Leeda Jones, this group of multi-talented musicians has been described by many as the best band in Asheville.

July 25Bayou Diesel – This local Black Mountain band has been traveling the gig-highways of Western North Carolina since 2005. The band focuses on performing the powerful Cajun, Zydeco and Mardi Gras-style dance music of Louisiana. Featuring the accordion, rubboard, rhythm section and occasional French lyrics, Bayou Diesel cooks up some tasty jam-balaya. Put on your dancing shoes! (Note: “Tap and Shake” with Sonya Brooks – a rhythmic concert event for the whole family -begins at 5PM on July 25. Come early with the kids to catch this show.)

August 8The Paper Crowns – The Paper Crowns are the multi-instrument, genre-crossing power-duo of Spiro and Nicole Nicolopoulos. Earning their reputation as the genuine article and as a band on the cutting edge of modern roots music, the Paper Crowns have a musical chemistry that is a gumbo of Appalachian folk and bluegrass, Dixieland melodies, delta blues, acid rock, murder ballads, outlaw country and Southern Gospel that they cook up into a sound all their own.

Bonus feature: GIANT HALF-PRICE BOOK SALE during each Groovin’, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston Avenue. Thousands of great books at unbelievably low prices!

Individual and business sponsorship opportunities for Groovin’ on Grovemont are still available, and there are lots of volunteer opportunities, too. To inquire, call the library at 828-250-6486.

Next Work/Fun Days - May 11

The Playground & Park upfit is almost complete!

These next two work days will be used to complete the distribution of the remaining mulch, and do some patch construction (with granite screenings) in and around the playground.

The dates are May 11(Thur) --- 9:30-3:00.

Keep in mind that even if you can only come by a 1/2 hour or so, every bit helps!  Come on out and lend a hand!

Next Work/Fun Day - Saturday, 3/25 9:30-3:00

We are excited to report that the hard work over the past month has started to pay off, and the Grovemont Park Playground is now re-opened!  

Thanks to all of you who came out and labored together, and enjoyed food from so many of our community food sponsors (Social Pizzeria, La Bamba, Oki Dokie's, Mellow Mushroom, Ingles, and more..full list coming soon!)

That said, the work isn't quite complete.  Several more work sessions are needed to completely re-mulch the playground (another truck-load of mulch will be delivered on 3/27), and additional work is needed with timbers and path making/maintaining.

The next workday is scheduled for Saturday, 3/25.  

More work days will be happening the week of 3/27 too!

Major Makeover Planned for Grovemont Park Playground

The playground at Grovemont Park, adjacent to the Swannanoa Library, was constructed in 2000 through a major fundraising and volunteer labor effort involving scores of Swannanoa residents. The project was coordinated by two local non-profits, the Friends of the Swannanoa Library, and the Swannanoa Community Council.

The playground and surrounding park have been enjoyed by literally thousands of families in the community for the past 16+ years. But after all those years of service, the playground is showing its age and is in need of an overhaul. An effort to completely replace the protective mulch and make other repairs and improvements is in the planning stages. A generous grant from Buncombe County Parks & Recreation will help with some of the expenses, but more funding, materials, planning, and labor are needed.  

The bulk of the community workdays will occur in early March (see the Volunteer section of the website for details), and will require lots of volunteer labor for removing and spreading mulch, construction of timber planting beds, building and restoring walking paths, graffiti removal, and much more. Additional funding and in-kind donations are also needed, along with ready-to-eat food for hungry volunteers. 

If you're interested in volunteering time, or making an in-kind contribution of materials, food, etc., please check out the Volunteer or Contact sections of this website.  Please consider making a contribution on our Donation page.

Thank you for your support in restoring this community gem!

The Community Works When We Work Together

Boy Scouts - Troop 42 Workday

Members of Black Mountain-based Boy Scouts Troop 42 have been involved in helping to plan the Grovemont Park playground over past few months.

On February 18, 2017, members of the troop came out, rolled up their sleeves, and helped Swannanoa Community Council and Friends of the Library leaders start the work!

Thank you are an amazing asset to our community!