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Upcoming Event(s)

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In late July, 1975, Elvis took Asheville by Rock ’n’ Roll storm with a triple stage show at the local Civic Center. Now, 40 years later, a tribute to this historical occasion is being held at one of the most popular spots in downtown—the Orange Peel. On July 30, starting at 8 p.m., the evening will kick off with a beat by including; an Elvis-themed dance party, a performance by Carlo Martini, Elvis tribute artist; a showing of an Elvis mini-documentary. Carlo Martini also celebrates the introduction of his memoir The Journey of Carlo Martini. This is a night no one will not want to miss.

All proceeds benefit Grateful Steps Publishing.


Where: The Orange Peel
When: July 30, 2015
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.; Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets can be purchases at
http://theorangepeel.net/events/viva-ashvegas/ or by contacting the Orange Peel: $12 advance; $15 day of show

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Homing pigeon demonstration, speech by Ms. Bee Tompkins (daughter of Potluck’s owner) and music performances by Dr. John Spencer and local folk musician, Jere Brittain—are the line-ups for the launch of Grateful Steps Foundation’s newest children’s book, Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!” This historical book artfully pens the flight of a messenger pigeon named, “Potluck,” delivering good news to eager crowds in Asheville—the Great Smoky Mountains had been saved. The afternoon of August 9 holds fun opportunities for children and adults. One may even get to hold a white dove. Picnic foods will be provided. This is a free event with the only requirement of having fun!


Where: Ridgecrest Conference Center, Recreation Pavilion
When: August 9
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

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Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”


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In 1929, newspapermen from North Carolina and Tennessee hiked from opposite sides of Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain in the Great Smokies, for an important celebration. Although the country was entering the Great Depression, citizens from both states raised enough money to create a new national park. J.R. Horne loaned his homing pigeon, Potluck, for the expedition. After the journalists shook hands across the stateline on Clingmans Dome, they released Potluck to carry their goodwill message home. Both states had come together in a spirit of friendship to protect their precious forests. Inspired by true events, Marci Spencer records Potluck’s historic flight announced the good news to waitiung crowds waiting: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”



Potluck, Message Delivered: “The Great Smoky Mountains are Saved!”
by Marci Spencer
ISBN 978-1-935130-85-7
List Price $16.95


A Gallery of Ashevilleans: A History of the People of a Mountain Town

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A Gallery of Ashevilleans chronicles the colorful history of the major city in Western North Carolina, detailing the growth of the town and its brushes with modernity.
In addition, the book contains sketches of the city’s many famous and accomplished sons and daughters. In the political sphere, that includes Zebulon Vance, North Carolina’s popular Civil War governor; Augustus Merrimon, the state’s attorney general during that same war; David Swain, longtime president of the University of North Carolina; and Robert Reynolds, the controversial U.S. Senator, who served from 1933 to 1945.
Mountain folk are the most creative people in America and the Asheville area has made its own significant contributions. In the realm of arts and letters, the book includes a study of not just Thomas Wolfe, but other renowned writers, including Wilma Dykeman, John Ehle, Gail Godwin, Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, Jim Wayne Miller and Richard Weaver, plus such popular tribunes of the local area as Bob Terrell and John Parris. The stories of well-known musicians Warren Haynes, Nina Simone and Roberta Flack are contained within the pages.
For lighter reading, there is a chapter on sports figures from Asheville, including Charles “Choo Choo” Justice, the legendary, football All-American; Henry Logan, himself an All-American at Western Carolina University; the 1972 Olympiad Mary Montgomery; current UNC basketball coach Roy Williams; and various natives who have raced on the NASCAR circuit.

In all, this book is a tribute to many colorful and
accomplished individuals, all highlighting Asheville and
Western North Carolina’s unique contributions to
American history.


A Gallery of Ashevilleans
by Joseph Scotchie
ISBN 978-1-935130-92-5
List Price $12.95


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Soon to be Released
If you preorder now, get 10% off!
Contact us for a pre-publishing discount
when ordering the books below or order
from the on-line store on PayPal
(828) 277-0998 info@gratefulsteps.org

Prayerful Moments


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Prayerful Moments, by the late Robert Martin Boerner, is a 366-day devotional of poetic prayers. The text for the book was completed by Dr. Boerner before he died. The publishing process has been lovingly completed by his widow, Janice Boerner. The book already has a following: faithful readers of Dr. Boerner's poems in the Tuesday edition of Asheville Citizen-Times for the past many years.

Prayerful Moments
by Robert Martin Boerner, M.D.
ISBN 978-1-935130-68-0
List Price $11.95


The Journey of Carlo Martini

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Carlo Martini’s love of music began in childhood. He had music in his mind and in his heart every moment as far back as he can remember. When he was little, he liked to go to the movies and dream. The singers and actors became his idols. He set out on a path, not only to be a singer and actor himself but also to personally meet as many of those idols as possible. This book is the story of his success in fulfilling his dream.

The Journey of Carlo Martini
by Carlo Franco Martini
ISBN 978-1-935130-18-5
List Price $14.95


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Coming Soon in 2015
If you preorder now, get 10% off!
Contact us for a pre-publishing discount
when ordering the books below or order
from the on-line store on PayPal
(828) 277-0998 info@gratefulsteps.org


The Season of Light


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This story-poem, The Season of Light, is an interfaith, multi-cultural exploration
of the celebration of Light that is common to many spiritual and religious paths
at the same time of the year.

The Season of Light
by Patricia Lynn Collins
ISBN 9-781935-130-51-2
List Price: $14.95


St. Augustine Puppy

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Meet Lilly, a little beagle with a mind of her own, and Lynne, here
loving and caring owner. They live a happy life together
in their home in Tennessee. Soon, their lives are going to be turned
upside down when they take a vacation to St Augustine. When
they return, life will never be the same for Lilly and Lynne.
Enjoy reading
St. Augustine Puppy with your whole family and
take the trip of a lifetime!

St. Augustine Puppy
by Krystal Collins and Lilly
ISBN 978-1-935130-82-6
List Price $9.95



Deep Blue Kid: Diver Zack and His First Underwater Adventure, by Sam and Zachary Conviser

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Watch through the eyes of 12-year-old Zachary Conviser as
he learns the science of scuba diving, how to be a safe diver
and how we all can respect the underwater environment.

You will join young Zack as he studies his diver certification
class material, learns with an instructor how to be a safe
diver, and you will go with him as he first enters the myster-
ious, underwater world of the open ocean.

But be careful, you just might learn something about the
depths of the ocean and see some remarkable sights like
Zack's first encounter with a shark, his watching an incredible 
cleaning station and a host of unusual creatures only seen in the
depths of our oceans. 


Deep Blue Kid
by Sam Conviser
ISBN 978-1-935130-53-6
List Price $9.95




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