Asheville New Friends (ANF) is a non-profit organization, which has served Asheville and Western North Carolina for 30-plus years with a broad variety of social, and special interest group activity. Our purpose is to welcome newcomers and residents to the Asheville area and to introduce them to new friends. A secondary purpose is to introduce members to the numerous social and cultural activities in the greater Asheville area. We invite singles and couples who wish to broaden their horizons in our mountain home to join our vibrant, stimulating and active organization.

We offer a variety of exciting opportunities in our special interest groups (SIGS).

We are open to offering new SIG’s to our membership. If you have a hobby or interest that is not already listed, talk to other members to gauge their interest and offer your idea to the Board for approval. ANF membership is a prerequisite to joining the SIG’s.

ANF Membership Dues
The Cost of Membership
Our annual dues are $13 per person or $26 per couple payable in June. After December 31, the dues for new members are $7 single and $13 for a couple.

Contact the Special Interest Group leader for information about specific activities. You are welcome to attend two club activities before joining. Contact Treasurer David Millar, treasurer@ashevillenewfriends.org with any general questions.

Click here for our application form

We hold two general membership meetings and two special social events.

Board Meeting Schedule 2016
Our next board meeting will be announced in the Friendly Courier.

Our club has routine monthly hikes, both leisurely paced experiences and somewhat more challenging outings. The Tuesday hikes are our shorter, easier jaunts, and all times and dates may be found by contacting Ken Parker at 828.424.7352.

The Wednesday hikes are perhaps a bit more challenging and you may contact Al and Betty Gumpert at 828.255.8218 regarding those hikes.

All other information pertaining to our clubs special interest groups may be obtained by contacting the respective leader(s).

Take me out to the Tourists ballgame!

When: August 18th. Meet at McCormick Field at the Box Office at 6:45PM and we’ll enter as a group. Game starts at 7:05PM.

What we get: We will have box seats around home plate and we’ll be seated together. We will have an attendant for our group to get and deliver food and drink that you buy. Remember – it’s Thirsty Thursday!

Cost: $9.00 per person per seat.

If you wish to attend, send your $9.00 check to Fred Steinman at 443 Vanderbilt Road, Asheville 28803, not later than August 10th. Make the check out to Asheville New Friends.

Looking Ahead:
We are planning an evening visit to Biltmore Estate’s Antler Hill Village on Sept 9th at 5:00PM for a free outdoor concert. After 5PM guests get free entry as long as there is one pass holder in the car.

We will need to identify some annual pass holders who are willing to attend. Bring a folding chair to set up for the 6PM concert. You cannot bring food or drink, but there is plenty available to buy. Look for more details in your Sept. newsletter.


Time to enjoy some delicious Italian cuisine at Vinnie’s Neighborhood Restaurant, 641 Merrimon Ave. at 5:30 PM on Thurs. August 25.

Please call Flo Byron at 298-5649 for reservations.

Meeting locations will be announced in the Friendly Courier.

ANF Newsletter - The Friendly Courier
The Friendly Courier, our monthly Newsletter
Members are provided with The Friendly Courier, our monthly newsletter.

ANF Weather Cancellations
Meeting Cancellations
Occasionally inclement weather forces us to cancel Asheville New Friends general meetings. We follow UNCA’s lead. When UNCA cancels its evening classes, there will be no ANF general meeting. For information about UNCA closings, call their Snowline 828.259.3050.

As you can see, Asheville New Friends offers ample opportunity to learn about the Asheville/Western NC area, make new friends, and pursue new or old interests. Please consider joining us for fun, adventure and/or intellectual stimulation. We would be happy to welcome you as our newest member if you think Asheville New Friends meets your needs and interests.