Asheville Folk Gathering: first brunch November 08 2015, 0 Comments

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” Kurt Vonnegut 

I had the pleasure of taking part in the first Asheville Folk (@ashevillefolk) brunch gathering at my dear friend Amy's (@fine_amy) house. Asheville Folk is a brilliant joining of locals with intentions to connect, socialize, share and learn from each unique offering that is this community of people. The first brunch was on November first. It was a lovely way to begin a new month, with scrumptious food, individually handcrafted coffees (thanks @nathanculberson), great company, the telling of stories and a feeling of gratuity. Amy and I met up the day before to talk about the menu and aesthetics of the event. She already had the gathering planned so well that we mostly spent our time laughing & sipping tea. Sunday morning was a bit damp with rain threatening, so the location of the meal changed from the courtyard to the covered porch, which made for an intimate brunch with us all (20+) closely knit together. The boys moved the picnic table from the back of the house to the front porch, and immediately all the creative hands started to adorn the table with pure white linens, vintage brass candlestick holders, tall tapered candles, a collection of mismatched white and floral china, fresh eucalyptus and greenery, and an array of old wood chairs. As the guests arrived, mostly strangers to each other, with their introductions and food in hand, the event came together. We spent hours sitting down around the table, intently listening to each person's stories and life experiences, with endless mimosas & coffee, sampling from every generously made dish, and ended the brunch with decadent desserts, including a gorgeously crafted pear cake made by a lovely and kind gal from Montana (@whippeddreams). + a book exchange.  We all left feeling thankful for a community of kind souls and full bellies.