Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family?  Come to the March of the Leprechauns Parade in downtown Hendersonville, NC on Saturday, March 13, 2010.  Hosted by Hendersonville’s Historic Downtown Shopping District, the March of the Leprechauns Parade starts at 10am.  You’ll see hundreds of participants dressed up as leprechauns parading down the streets of Hendersonville.  Everyone is not only invited to come see the parade, but are encouraged to dress in your finest greenery and participate in the parade as well.  If you wish to join in on all the leprechaun fun, simply fill out an application at Downtown Hendersonville’s website.  You have until tomorrow, March 5, 2010, to apply.  So hurry!

For more info about the parade, please contact Karen Shirlin at 828-697-2022.  I hope you get a chance to come down to watch or participate in the March of the Leprechauns in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

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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If you are in the Hendersonville area this weekend, there will be some wonderful events going on that you may want to take your family to enjoy.  Mountain Lore Books & More will be hosting an Easter Party from 1-4pm on Saturday, April 11th, at their Main Street store in Hendersonville.  This is part of their ongoing Second Saturday Kids progam.  For more info, please call 693-5096.

Downtown Hendersonville will be the scene for the Easter Bonnet Contest and Promenade from 11am-12pm on Saturday, April 11th.  Put on your best Easter Bonnet and take a nice little stroll starting from the gazebo located on the 400 block of Main Street for about five blocks, then go north to the 600 block and head on back to the gazebo to complete your promenade.  Narnia Studios will award the winner of the Easter Bonnet Contest with a fun basket of “goodies”.  For more info, please call 697-6393.  I hope to see you there in all your Easter Bonnet glory!

There will be several Easter Egg Hunts around the area on Saturday as well.  Henderson County Parks and Recreation have invited the Easter Bunny to visit with the kids at Jackson Park starting at 12pm.  There will be food, fun, music and prizes as well as inflatables for the kids.  The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1:30pm.

The Easter Bunny will be busy this Saturday.  He will also be making an appearance with the Laurels of Hendersonville on Saturday at 1:30pm to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, pictures, refreshments and prizes.  For more info, please call 692-6000.

Etowah will be holding its own community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday from 3-4:30pm at the Etowah United Methodist Church.  You can register for the hunt at the church’s fellowship hall at 2:30pm.  Enjoy crafts, fun for the kids, an Easter Egg Hunt and a moving telling of the Easter story.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day in HendersonvilleThere are only two more shopping days ’til Valentine’s Day.  If you haven’t found something to do yet, you’re in luck!  There are two events going on this weekend that any couple can enjoy.  On Saturday, the VFW Post #5206 in Hendersonville will be sponsoring a Valentines Dance.  Rock out with your sweetie to country and oldies rock tunes performed by The Carolina Misty Band.  The dance begins at 7pm and is open to anyone aged 21 years or older and costs only $7/person.  For more information on this fabulous event, call the VFW in Hendersonville at 828-693-5930.

If your sweetie is a wildlife lover, take a Guided Bird Walk with the ECO & Henderson County Bird Club at Jackson Park in Hendersonville.  The walk begins at 9am.  For more information, please call 828-692-0385.

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Enjoy an Olde Fashioned Christmas in HendersonvilleRelive the Christmas spirit of yesteryear in downtown Hendersonville on Friday, December 5th from 5-9pm.  This Downtown Hendersonville, Inc., and Henderson County Travel and Tourism Visitors Center sponsored event takes place throughout the entire downtown shopping district.  Local merchants will be dressed in Victorian garb, offering refreshments to shoppers that grace their stores.  Carolers will stroll throughout Main Street and the avenues singing Christmas tunes, free carriage and hay wagon rides will be offered, live entertainment will take place at the gazebo and you can even expect a visit from Father Christmas himself!  As a special Christmas treat, the city of Hendersonville is allowing free public parking at Dogwood, Azalea and Maple Streets straight through until the day after Christmas.  The Henderson County Heritage Museum will also be open from 5-9pm on Friday.

Take a trip to the Historic Johnson Farm on Saturday, December 6th.  They are holding their Christmas at the Farm celebration from 12-5pm.  Henderson County schools have decorated trees that line the Christmas Tree Trail leading to the 1880s farmhouse.  Included in the festivities are refreshments, holiday music, a bake sale, a tour of the oldest brick building in Henderson County and even a visit with Santa (including photos with the big guy himself).  Just $5 for adults, $3 for students and preschoolers allowed free, all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit farm, educational programs, restoration efforts at the farm and a scholarship fund for high school seniors.

Take the family on a trip to enjoy a Victorian Christmas in Hendersonville this weekend.  You’ll have lots of fun!

Historic Johnson Farms is the place to be for spooky storytelling fun in Hendersonville, NC.

Do campfires remind you of marshmallow roasts and spooky stories?  If you visit the Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville from 7-9pm on Saturday, September 20th, you are in for a real treat.  Four of the area’s best storytellers will be featured in a night of unearthly fun.  Virginia “Blackfeather” Thompson specializes in Native American folklore and culture and has 30 years of professional storytelling experience.  Now retired, Lisa Whitfield was a music and art teacher for 31 years, during which, she loved telling her elementary students all sorts of stories.  And, last but not least, Johnson Farm coordinator Ingrid McNair and her husband, Jerry McNair, will tantalize your ears with “The Spooky House”, “No One Here But You” and “The Haunted House”.  Admission is only $4 for adults, $3 for K-12 students and preschool children will be admitted free.  Marshmallows will be provided for roasting over the campfire and hot dogs and drinks will be available for sale.  This is a fun way to spend a family evening.  So, come out to Historic Johnson Farms in Hendersonville this Saturday and get spooked in a fun way!

Hendersonville celebrates the 4th of July with family and friendsResidents of Hendersonville know how to celebrate the 4th of July, with music, parades and, of course, fireworks.  Jackson Park is hosting festivities that include arts and crafts, horse shoe tournament, an antique car show, inflatables for the kids, food, live music and even a wrestling show starting at 4pm and concluding, of course, with fireworks at dusk.  There will be a parade down main street at 11am and the annual Music on Main Street features Special Edition, playing oldies music, for free from 7-9pm.  Bring a chair, blanket or just your buns on the sidewalk and enjoy the city’s celebration of America’s independence.