Memorial Day Weekend Events in HendersonvilleMonday, May 31st, is Memorial Day, a day we honor those who have served our country and lost their lives.  Some Memorial Day weekend events in the Hendersonville area include:

Music on the Rocks Concert Series Presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Greatest Hits – May 30-June 1, Flat Rock Playhouse (2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC), Second Stage, 8pm.  Tickets are only $19 each.  For more info, please visit the Flat Rock Playhouse website or call 828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008.

1st Annual BBQ Expo – May 29, Hendersonville High School Field.  Gates open at 10am.  In addition to great BBQ, there will be live music and entertainment.  Proceeds from the BBQ benefit the Henderson County Education Foundation.  For more info, please call 828-693-3461.

Bua, Traditional Irish Music – May 29, Diana Wortham Theatre (2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC).  For more info, visit the Diana Wortham Theatre website or call 828-257-4530.

17th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival – May 29 & 30, Historic Downtown Hendersonville, 10am-6pm.  There will be over 200 vendors on-site both days.  Some of the things available for purchase and classes available include: plants, arts and crafts, experts give talks on gardening, lawn and garden accessories and more.  For more information, please call 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244 or visit the Hendersonville Visitors Information Center website.

Sandburg Folk Music Festival – May 31, Carl Sandburg Home (81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC), 10am-4pm.  Some of the live music will include instrumentals, spiritual music and folk songs.  For more info, please call 828-693-4178 or visit the Carl Sandburg website.

Memorial Day Services at Forest Lawn Cemetary – May 31, Hendersonville, NC, 9:30am.  The Hendersonville Antique Car Club and other local car clubs will gather at the intersection of Hwy 64 & Main St to escort Veterans to the Forest Lawn Memorial Services.  For more info, please call 828-696-4168 or visit the Hendersonville Antique Car Club website.

No matter which Memorial Day weekend event you go to in Hendersonville this weekend, make sure to stop and honor those brave men and women who gave their lives in service of our country.  Without them, we wouldn’t be US.

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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.

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While the summer months are beginning to wane, Hendersonville is still alive with the sound of music, laughter and art.  Tuxedo Junction will be performing music from the 40’s through the 90’s at the Music on Main Street event on Friday, August 28th, from 7-9pm in Hendersonville.  There will also be a classic car show hosted by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club happening in addition to the Music on Main Street performance.  This event is sponsored by Burger King and FREE to the public.  Make sure you bring a chair and leave the pets and alcohol at home. 

Monday, August 31st, is the last scheduled performance of the Southern Crescent Bluegrass and the Rough Creek Cloggers at the 91st Street Dances on Main Street.  Also sponsored by Burger King, this event is FREE to the public.  You just need to bring a chair and enjoy the show from 7-9pm.

Going on now through September 26th, the Arts Council is hosting a “Bring Us Your Best” show at the Neill Gallery on Main Street.  Visitors are welcome to attend this juried and judged show of artisans from all around the Hendersonville area absolutely FREE.  The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-4pm.

If you have a chance, head over to the Flat Rock Playhouse anytime from now through September 6th to catch their romantic comedy Real Estate, about what happens when selling your home.  Performances are at 8:15pm, with matinees on the weekends at 2:15pm.  Please call 866-732-8008 for more info.

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The Arts Council of Henderson County will be presenting “The Artists of Tomorrow” and “Elementary Art” exhibits through April 18th in its “The Art of Our Children” series in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  “The Art of Our Children” series is dedicated to all art teachers as well as the students they inspire and mentor along the way.  “The Artists of Tomorrow” exhibit features art by local secondary schoolchildren and will be ending this Saturday, March 28th.   The “Elementary Art” exhibit will start on April 3rd and continue through April 18th.  This is the 14th year that the Arts Council has featured children’s artwork from local area schools.  This series is free and open to the public.  So, take advantage of this marvelous program while it lasts.

The Blue Ridge Community College will play host to the Parrini Piano Quartet at the college’s Patton Auditorium at 3pm on Sunday, March 29th.  This is part of the ongoing Hendersonville Chamber Music Series in Flat Rock.  For more information, please call (828) 890-4411.  This concert only costs $17 per ticket.

With performances on March 27th-29th and April 3rd-5th, the Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre will be presenting “Princess Reform School”, a wonderful play about what a princess needs to know to unlock her inner princess power, written by Flat Rock’s very own Lisa K. Bryant.  Evening shows are held at 8:15pm and you can catch a matinee performance on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:15pm.  For more information, please call (828) 693-0731.

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You will not be bored trying to find things to do in the Hendersonville area this week that include fun for the entire family:

October 16-19: Craft Fair of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  Visit Asheville’s Civic Center from 10am-6pm on Thursday through Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday to peruse the handcrafted items for sale, listen to local musicians play live music and take any of the number of craft classes available for adults and children.

October 17-18: 2nd Annual Raymond Fairchild Mountain Music Jamboree.  Stop by the Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley, NC to enjoy this indoor bluegrass music festival.  With over 800+ comfy seats, it is easy to get up close and personal with the wonderful performers.  Free parking is available and prices range from $25-$65.  For more info, call 828-926-9658.

October 17-18: Carp Fishing Tournament at the Adventure Village.  Each day, the tournament goes from 6pm-midnight.  There is a $40 entry fee with a 75% payback.  Prizes will be awarded for hourly big and small pots as well as the big and small fish for each night.  For more info, please call 828-884-5411.

October 17-18: Blue Ridge Corn Maze “Shock in the Corn” Haunted Maze.  Available on first-come, first-served basis.  For more info, please call 828-884-4415.

October 18-19: 2008 Shepherd’s Care Autumn Festival.  Downtown Lake Lure is hosting over 70 local artists and crafters for this fun crafts fair from 10am-5pm.

October 18-19: Festival of Traditions.  Learn more about the myths and legends of the North Carolina mountains through the tales of Appalachian Storytellers.  There will also be arts, crafts, a picnic lunch and entertainment.  Admission is absolutely FREE!

There are plenty more things to do in the Hendersonville area this weekend.  To find out what else is available, please visit the Hendersonville Calendar of Events.

Flat Rock is that small, hospitable town where everyone knows your name and is happy to watch out for their fellow neighbor.  The Village takes great pride in its community, provides a nurturing environment for local artists, promotes age diversity and actively keeps real estate values stable.  Students living in Flat The natural beauty of Flat RockRock attend public schools in the great Henderson County School System, which encourages parental involvement in children’s education.  The Flat Rock Playhouse hosts comedies, musicals and dramas fit for the entire family and has been rated as one of the top ten theaters in the entire country.

It’s not just the people that are warm and inviting.  The natural beauty that Flat Rock real estate has to offer is what entices people most about visiting and even settling here.  The Carl Sandburg National Historic Site has preserved its rolling hillside, magnificent gardens, scenic trails and even the antebellum house and dairy barn just as they were when the Sandburgs lived here in the 1800s for the public to enjoy.  Flat Rock is a small town that has a big heart.  Come see for yourself or feel free to contact me for more details about the area.