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Log Cabin Music Classes

Classes and lessons for total beginners in bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin and guitar are being offered at the Log Cabin Music Center in Asheville, North Carolina. These first-timer classes are taught by Wayne Erbsen, who has been teaching for over forty years, and has authored 28 books on playing various musical instruments. Wayne  is host of Asheville’s Public Radio WCQS “Country Roots” radio program on Sunday evenings at 88.1 FM from 7:00 -9:00 PM. Listen live on the web on Sunday nights http://www.wcqs.org

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  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    Thu
    27
    Dec
    2018
    Thusdays, 7:30-9:30 pm

    Calling all Advanced Beginners & Intermediate Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar and Mandolin Players!

    The Log Cabin Band is actively recruiting new members to join us on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30 PM at a rustic log cabin here in Asheville, North Carolina.

    The Log Cabin Band is a combination of a class, a jam and a band. Led by Wayne Erbsen, every week we learn a new bluegrass or old-time song or tune, and then we play or jam on a dozen or more tunes from our growing repertoire. If you already have your feet wet, but are not quite ready to fly, come check out the Log Cabin Band. This fun group of people will welcome you with open arms.

    The classes are organized in 6-week chunks that continue all year. So far, the group has been going over 12 years. The fee for 6 weeks is $120 or $20 per session. If you come to try it out and it’s not your cup of tea, it’s FREE. Please get in touch with Wayne Erbsen at (828) 299-7031 for more information.

Log Cabin Cooking Classes

  • Wed
    01
    Jan
    2014
    5:30 pm

    There are two kinds of pickled that I can think of and one’s just as good as the other, so let’s just do both! To start, we’ll create southern mountain end-of-garden chow-chow and crunchy, 5-day fermented sauerkraut. We’ll make fixins to go with like seasonal greens, local heirloom cornmeal dumplings and 4 varieties of southern field peas slow simmered with smoky Benton’s bacon from over in Knoxville. For dessert, it’s boozy roasted peach ice cream with summer berries. You’ll each make a bottle of peach brandy liqueur to take home … ready to warm your innards when the cold weather arrives. As always, we will share our meal under the stars by lantern light. Read more about southern peas in my blog post here.
    To register: contact barbara.swell@gmail.com

  • Mon
    30
    Jun
    2014
    5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Get your picnic basket ready for a movable feast filled summer! We'll pick fresh produce from the cabin garden to create an easy and festive forest banquet on a portable tin can rocket stove.  
    Instructor: Barbara Swell

  • Wed
    12
    Nov
    2014
    5-8 pm111 Bell Rd, Asheville NC 28805

     Learn to cook a seasonal meal on a vintage wood-fired cookstove! We will make stone ground polenta, 'fagioli al fiasco', sausages simmered in a red wine sauce, grilled fall greens, and a candy roaster pumpkin pie, accompanied by robust mountain wines. Limited space available, class will be gluten free.  Taught by mother & daughter team Barbara Swell and Annie Erbsen De Bacco. $45. 

  • Wed
    03
    Dec
    2014
    5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Learn to make homemade artisan cheeses using local cow's milk.  We'll make fresh mozzarella, ricotta, & fromage blanc, followed by a wine & cheese tasting paired with seasonal jams and veggies.  $50, Instructor: Annie Erbsen De Bacco 

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014
    5:30-8:30 p.m.

    By the time we posted the farmhouse cheese-making class, it was nearly full. So if you missed it, don’t despair … we’re doing it again …. sort of. For this class, we’ll be making fromage blanc, a local cow’s milk cheese that can be enjoyed with fresh herbs, nuts, or other adornments or aged a bit until it’s sliceable. Garlic salts make a fabulous gift packaged in tiny class jars. The problem with these is that come February, your friends will have used up their salts and you’ll have to make them more! We’ll make herbed Tuscan garlic salt and a spicy garlic/local ginger/chili pepper salt.  A couple of winter jams (orange/cranberry/walnut  as well as a red onion jam) and beautiful mulling spice packets and you’re ready for anything.  And of course, we can’t work on an empty stomach …mulled wine made from our homemade mulling spice packets, a hearty soup and crackers with our fresh cheese will join the party. This class will be held in Barbara’s 1880’s Haw Creek home.  $50, limited to 10 people.

     

  • Wed
    11
    Feb
    2015
    5:30-8:30 p.m.

    Learn about gluten free pie baking & how to make a gluten free pie crust that is every bit as tender and flaky as the ‘regular’ sort!  We will cover flour blends, techniques for mixing and rolling out gluten free crusts, how to adapt recipes to be gluten free, and how to safely bake for celiac/super gluten sensitive when you don’t have a dedicated gluten free kitchen.  With our fabulous crusts we will make both savory (pumpkin/leek and sausage/kale) sweet hand pies (apple and blackberry).  Price includes a snack, wine, & ingredients. Please bring your own mixing bowl.

  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2015
    5:30-8:30 p.m.111 Bell Rd, Asheville NC 28805

    Go ahead and claim pie as your Thanksgiving feast contribution and we’ll turn you into a pie queen/king just in the nick of time. We’ll start off by crafting super flaky butter crusts for our heirloom pumpkin pies and  boozy apple dumpling pies (sweetened with apple cider caramel). Barbara will make crusts from local Carolina Ground pastry flour and Annie will share how she makes her amazing Gluten-Free pie crusts. Class starts with a glass of wine and a festive healthy appetizer followed by pie making and pie eating. Bring your appetite ’cause it’s pie for dinner! A copy of Barbara’s Lost Art of Pie Making is included and each participant will take home their own 6 inch pie as well as dough to make a 9-inch pie. Email us to register today!

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Directions:  Log Cabin Cooking & Music is located at 111 Bell Road, just off New Haw Creek Road in the Haw Creek section of East Asheville. From Highway 240 in Asheville, take exit #7. From 240 going East, turn left at the light at the off-ramp.. From 240 going West, turn right at the light at the off-ramp. Now you’re on Tunnel Road going east. At the very first light, turn left and then take a sudden right on New Haw Creek Road. Go about 1½ miles. On your right you’ll see a baseball field. Turn right at the beginning of the ball field on Bell Road. Pass Evergreen Charter School on your left, then pass Ozark Springs Road on your right. Then you’ll come to our big garden on your right. Slow down. On your left will be Zander Way. You’ll turn right on the driveway opposite Zander Way at two big black mailboxes. As you come up our gravel driveway, the cabin will be on your left. You can park either in front of in back of the cabin. If you park in back, come in the back right door.

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