On December 15, 2009, Laurel Park welcomed two new council members: Dona Mennella and Carey O’Cain.  This will be Dona Mennella’s third term to serve as a Laurel Park town commissioner and Carey O’Cain’s first term.  Senator Tom Apodaca swore both new members in to their posts.  Mr. O’Cain is president of the Laurel Park Civic Association and looks to be a promising new addition to the town council.  I am also happy to report that the Council was gracious enough to elect me as Vice-Mayor for the next two years.  I am very honored by this.

I would like to extend my congratulations and warm welcome to my fellow council members as they join me, Bob Vickery, Mayor Henry Johnson and Town Manager Jim Ball on the town council.  We hope to see many more people at future council meetings as well.  So, please check with the Laurel Park government website to find out when new public meetings are scheduled.  We always love to hear from you.

Rich Cooke, your Laurel Park real estate expert

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There is more Christmas fun to be had in the Hendersonville area this weekend.  The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra will be performing a Carolina Christmas at the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12.  The Carolina Concert Choir will be performing at 7:30pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday.  For more info, please call 828-697-5884 or visit the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra website.

The Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center in Hendersonville will host recording artist Timothy O’Keefe on December 11 at 7:30pm and December 13 at 3:30pm.  Timothy will be performing Christmas favorites as well as romantic songs with a special guest vocalist and a small children’s choir.  Tickets are only $15.  For more info and to purchase tickets, please call 828-693-0087 or visit the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center website.

Come celebrate Christmas the Sandburg way at the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock.  Enjoy beautiful holiday decorations as well as fun holiday music at this Christmas at Connemara event on Saturday, December 12 from 10am-3pm.  For more information, please call 828-693-4178 or visit the Carl Sandburg Home website.

The Town of Fletcher will hold their Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 12.  The parade will include floats, music and a visit from the big guy himself, Santa.  The parade starts at 10:30am and will be held on Hwy 25 between Old Airport Road and Town Hall.  For more info, please call 828-687-0751 or visit the Fletcher website.

The Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center will present “A Carolina Mountain Christmas” with Me & The Boys starts Terry Wetton and Angela Heatherly, Tom Fisch and humorist Louise Bailey.  Tickets are only $15.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 828-693-0087 or visit the Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center website.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of the christmas fun here in Hendersonville.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist

Enjoy an Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas tomorrow, December 4, 2009 at the gazebo on the 400 block of Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.  There will be free carriage and hay rides, open houses of merchants in the historic downtown area, Santa Claus, live music and more.  The schedule for live music being performed at the gazebo by our own talented local musicians is as follows:

5:00-5:30pm – Hendersonville Middle School Strings
5:45-6:45pm – Hendersonville Middle School Chorus
7:00-7:45pm – Hendersonville Middle School Jazz Band
8:15-8:45pm – New Life Family Ministry singing carols

Come to historic Downtown Hendersonville on Friday, December 4, 2009 to enjoy an Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas.  It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season.  Hope to see you there!