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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The National Weather Service’s issuance of snow before 2pm today, rains and further snow after 2pm and winds up to 9 mph, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to prepare for cold weather here in Hendersonville.

  1. Make sure your fireplace flue is open and clear.  You want the smoke from the fire to go straight up instead of filling the room and causing a breathing problem.
  2. Keep all combustible materials away from any heat source, such as the fireplace, portable heaters and ovens/stoves.  This includes paper, matches, lighters, etc.
  3. Don’t use the oven/stove to heat up the room.  They are not meant to be used for long periods of time.  Also, an unattended, open oven/stove runs a high risk of catching your house on fire.
  4. Keep an eye on children and paper products near a heating source.  Paper is highly combustible, children can get burned if they get too close and children with blankets can accidentally get too close to an oven/stove, etc. and catch their blanket on fire.
  5. Check on your elderly relatives or neighbors.  Make sure they have enough food, water, supplies, etc. and that their heating source works properly.  If they don’t have a reliable source for heat, you may want to check with local government agencies to find out what programs they offer to help.

With the temperatures dropping in Henderson County, it is important to make sure you are prepared for cold weather here in Hendersonville.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate expert

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

I knew Flat Rock residents were charitable.  I’m just happy that others recognized this as well.  Community activists Robert and Doris Eklund were awarded the Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award for their service and philanthropic efforts for the Henderson County community.  Their work with the Council on Aging as well as the Henderson County Heritage Museum were only two of the many local charities they received the Sauer award for.  The Henderson County Community Foundation, who hosted the awards luncheon and is the recognition committee for the annual Sauer award, continues to receive donations from other generous members of the community even through these hard times.  Through their Community Fund, they are able to give grants and help people create their own philanthropic foundations for various health care, education, arts, environmental and other service programs in Henderson County.  Several of the people that have been direct recipients of the good that the Community Fund provides were on hand to tell their stories as well.  For more information about the Community Foundation, please call 697-6224 or visit their website.  It’s stories like this that makes me proud to be a member of Henderson County.

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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 offices at the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock are buzzing with excitement over new programs added to their curriculum as well as a brand new website unveiled just this week.  In addition to the regular programs offered to their students, BRCC will now provide degrees in office administration/virtual office assistance as well as fire protection technology.  Three more programs (1-accounting, 2-film and video production technology and 3-simulations and game development) are now under review for approval by the Board of Trustees as of last Friday. 

The BRCC’s new website has been updated to make it easier for its visitors to navigate.  Current students, which include curriculum students as well as continuing education students, will find information on registration dates, child care, the college library, updated weather info, links to obtaining their transcripts and information to their online student programs called Moodle.  Prospective students can learn more about what BRCC has to offer, including student services, curriculum, registration dates and signing up for a campus tour of the Flat Rock facilities.  BRCC offers a Distance Learners program which allows students to attend from anywhere online.  There is a Henderson County JobLink Center, which offers students help to find what job fits them, assistance in searching for jobs, funding for job training and coaching to increase job seeking skills.  There are many more services and programs available through the BRCC website.  Stop by and take a look around.  You’ll be happy with what you find.

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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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