Folk Art Center, Pisgah Inn both reopen
(Asheville Citizen Times) Taking a cue from Pisgah Inn, officials at the Folk Art Center reopened on Thursday with hopes of regaining business momentum in the busiest month of the year.The popular arts and crafts center on Blue Ridge Parkway east of Asheville had been closed since Oct. 1 because of the federal government shutdown. Pisgah Inn reopened Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Interior decided to allow it in exchange for the business owner agreeing to drop a legal complaint. Park service police had blocked the inn’s parkway entrances south of Asheville since last Friday, when management defied the shutdown order that also has shuttered park concessionaires nationwide. The parkway itself remains open to travelers, but police turned them away from visiting the inn before Wednesday. At Pisgah Inn and the Folk Art Center, the government owns the buildings and land and leases the property to private operators.
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