Once Upon A Dream is my 3rd annual event that I am hosting in beautiful Asheville,NC which is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokey Mountains.
Asheville is an artsy hip town that is also known as the "Paris of the South" and also described as the "San Francisco of the East".
The city is booming and alive with art galleries, museums, festivals, boutiques, cafe's, restaurants,theatre,outdoor activities,history and architecture.
I fell in love with Asheville and I hope you will too.
Once Upon A Dream art workshop event is for the imaginative, free spirit, and creative souls.
The event draws it's inspiration from Folklore, Fables, Mythology, and Fairy Tales.
Im not speaking of Disney fairytales, but those that were written centuries ago in origins from all over the world.
(photo taken by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon)
The fairytale weekend begins with the arrival and check-in of all the lovely storybook friends. Free all your worries and be sure to leave your stress behind. You are in for a long pampering weekend of fun and pure artistic and creative bliss!
Before sunset a luxurious motorcoach will whisk you away high into the mountains
to a beautiful facility called Crest Pavilion.
There your enchanted fairytale evening shall begin.
The night begins with Welcome Reception and Vendor Market.
We will enjoy yummy hor dourves and drinks while watching the gorgeous sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Shop,giggle,catch up,act silly, be yourself.....
We are all creative friends and souls who "get each other".
You'll each receive lovely generous sponsor bags, and door prizes and raffled gifts will be given all weekend long!
*Note....vendor night will be open to the public for a small ticket fee*
After we've shopped till we drop, we will gather like fairies and participate in two mini workshopettes.
This evening will be a wonderful kick-off to our weekend!
Our second storybook day will lead us to the breathtaking Claxton Farm.
While taking in the beauty you might see a little sprite frolicking down by the pond.
Or you might hear faint little fairy giggles afar in the flowery meadow.
Visit the sweet farm animals.
Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, fall foliage,nature and the freshest air, our imaginations will be free to creatively soar!
The barn will be transformed into a fairytale heaven. Feel free to dress up and wear prairie skirts, romantic blouses, boots, and flower garlands in your hair.
There will be many photo opportunities in this beautiful setting.
Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon is the event photographer and will be capturing every festive moment!
We will create amazing projects sun up to sun down at the beautiful Claxton Farms,
and enjoy lunch, dinner, and Gourmet S'mores over a
fire pit underneath the twinkling stars.
I am honored and thrilled to have these talented ladies as your instructors.
Their projects are beautiful, unique, and with a touch of that special whimsy!
(please feel free to click on class photos to read larger)
All the transportation to and from will be provided. Just show up and enjoy the ride on this magical day!
The third chapter of our story takes us to the Grand and Historical
Our Saturday morning will start bright and early as we depart for a long day of touring Biltmore Estates.
A motorcoach will escort us to the Estate where a professional guide will give our group a tour of Biltmore & Estate Gardens.
Biltmore is America's largest home. George Vanderbilt, opened his country retreat in 1895. His guest marveled at the magnificent residence containing 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces covering four acres of floor space.
Vanderbilt traveled the world to furnish is home: art by Renoir, Whistler,and Sargent; exquisite 16th-century tapestries; and 24,000 books in seven languages.
The tour will be through more than 60 rooms carefully preserved by Vanderbilt's descendants, rooms appearing as they did century ago.
After exiting the house we will have the opportunity to tour the Estate Gardens and shop in the Stable Arcade adjacent to the Biltmore House.
The tour will also include all-inclusive group lunch at
After lunch we will enjoy spending the afternoon at
The village is a new development on Biltmore Estates that includes
an exhibition space,village green with live entertainment,dining, shopping,and new outdoor adventure center.
The Village encompasses the Winery,Historic Barn and interpretive Farm Area, as well as Biltmore's Kitchen Garden. The nation's most-visited winery is housed in Biltmore's original dairy,renovated into a modern facility producing award-winning wines. Preserving the Estates agriculture legacy, the Winery offers glimpses into the winemaking process and complimentary wine tastings, all included in the package.
The wine shop will also include a wide selection of gourmet foods, coffees, and giftware.
An EXTRA bonus will be included!!!!
Tiffany Exhibition at Biltmore
Exhibition is located in The Biltmore Legacy building in Antler Hill Village.
Organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City, the exhibition features the iconic Tiffany Dragonfly, Peacock, Wisteria, Pond Lily, Daffodil, and Peony lamps, along with tools, materials, and photographs showcasing how they were made.
Colorful evidence of Tiffany's Biltmore presence will spring up across the estate during the exhibition. Plans include special landscape touches with flower bed designs inspired by Tiffany's use of botanicals in the Walled Garden and Antler Hill Village; floral displays throughout Biltmore House, featuring the transformation of the Winter Garden fountain into a "growing" Tiffany-style lamp; and a specially produced wine by Biltmore Winery.
After a long day of touring Biltmore we will return to the hotel to rest, freshin up, and get ready for the downtown Asheville nightlife.
Your night will be free to do as you please.
Get a group of girls together to shop, dine, and maybe hit a bar or two. ;)
Or order pizza in, wear PJ's and finish your projects you might not have finished.
The night is yours to relax and have fun!
We will have cherished memories of our weekend that won't be forgotten.
I hope you will join me in creating our own very special Storybook Fairytale.
See you in October!