The Carl Sandburg Home in Hendersonville will be hosting their annual Fall Into the Farm event Sept 22, 2012 for free.The Carl Sandburg Home, a National Historic Site, will be celebrating Fall Into the Farm in Hendersonville this Saturday, September 22, 2012. From 10am to 3pm, visitors will be treated to what life on the farm was like for the Sandburg family during the 1940s and 1950s. This family-friendly event is absolutely free to the public.

Included in the day’s free events are a tour of this historic Hendersonville home, which would usually cost $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. A professional storyteller will be on site to entertain guests. Take a tour of the garden and join in on some toe-tappin’ square-dancing fun. Cheese-making demonstrations, a goat judging contest and children’s crafts round out the rest of the day.

Schedule of Events

  • 10:00am to 12:30pm – Garden Tours
  • 10:30am to 11:30am – Storytelling and Music Making
  • 11:30am to 12:00pm – Cheese-Making Demonstration
  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm – Storytelling and Music Making
  • 1:00pm to 1:30pm – Square Dancing
  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm – Goat Judging
  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm – Cheese-Making Demonstration
  • 2:00pm to 2:30pm – Square Dancing
  • 2:30pm to 3:00pm – Goat Judging

Two activity stations will be set up and will remain open throughout the entire day. The Farm Life activity station in the barn will provide a hands-on interactive experience of Hendersonville farm life in the 1940s and 1950s. The Rootabaga activity station will be set up in the amphitheater, where the storytelling and music making events will be held. Bring the family to the Carl Sandburg Home for Fall Into the Farm in Hendersonville this Saturday, September 22nd. Experience a bit of history in a fun, interactive way with the family.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Western North Carolina real estate blog here: http://rich-cooke.com/2012/09/20/fall-into-the-farm-in-hendersonville/.

Hendersonville's Fabulous 4th CelebrationsHendersonville knows how to celebrate and the 4th of July is no exception.  From parades and music to ice cream socials and pyrotechnic splendor, the fun lasts all day long.  Feel free to join in on any and all of Hendersonville’s fabulous 4th celebrations.

The annual Independence Day Parade will make its way around Downtown Hendersonville at 11am.  You may want to head out a little early, though, to find a good seat.  Of course, bringing your own chair can make parade viewing a lot more comfortable.  Anyone interested in joining in the parade itself should visit the Hendersonville Merchants & Business Association website to download an application.  Whether you have a group of people or just you and your family, the cost is just $10 for up to five vehicles.  Decorate your bike, trike, wagon or car in patriotic red, white and blue and be part of the action yourself.  Money raised from entrants in the parade will go towards a local Hendersonville charity.

The Historic Courthouse on Main will be hosting an ice cream social. In addition to ice cream, there will be other food and plenty of entertainment.  Then, as a special part Hendersonville’s Music on Main event (a free music concert held every Friday at the Visitors Information Center in Downtown Hendersonville), Tom Brown and his One Man Band will be performing especially for the 4th of July from 7pm to 9pm.  Seating will be open at 5:30pm (no earlier seating allowed).

After Tom Brown’s musical performance, the grand finale of the day’s events will be the 4th of July fireworks over Hendersonville.  The City will be tethering a large balloon over the launch site of the fireworks.  If you can see the balloon, you will be able to see the fireworks display.  For a map of optimal viewing locations, please visit the Henderson County Parks & Recreation Department’s website.

Spend all of Independence Day at any or all of Hendersonville’s fabulous 4th celebrations.  Parades, music, activities, ice cream AND fireworks.  Hendersonville knows how to celebrate our nation’s birth right!

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Western North Carolina real estate blog here: http://rich-cooke.com/2012/06/21/hendersonvilles-fabulous-4th-celebrations/.

Earth Stewardship Day in HendersonvilleThe Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) will be holding its annual Earth Stewardship Day in Hendersonville on Saturday, April 28, 2012.  ECO held past Earth Stewardship Days at the Blue Ridge Community College.  However, this year, they are doing something a little different.  Instead of hosting one family and eco-friendly event, they have decided to be a bit more ambitious by holding several different ecologically minded projects around the City of Hendersonville throughout the day.

The ECO believes that the community that works together, thrives together.  Some of the projects for Earth Stewardship Day in Hendersonville include:

  • 7th Ave Community Organic Garden – building orchards and community gardens
  • Boylston Creek – planting grass and pollinator patches along the buffer
  • Fletcher Park – removing weeds and invasive plant species
  • Girl Scout Hut – building orchards and community gardens
  • Holmes Education Forest – trail maintenance
  • Jackson Park – building orchards and community gardens
  • Lewis Creek (Edneyville) – removing a beaver dam
  • Sullivan Park – stream bank restoration

ECO has partnered with several local organizations to make these projects happen.  The public is welcome to join in.  Work on all projects will take place from 9am to 1:30pm.  Afterwards, all Hendersonville area participants are welcome to attend the celebratory picnic being held at the Blue Ridge Community College.  Enjoy musical accompaniment while chowing down on a picnic feast.  If the day gets rained out, Earth Stewardship Day in Hendersonville will be postponed until the following Saturday (May 5, 2012). If you are interested in participating, please call ECO at 828-692-0385 or visit their website.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Western North Carolina real estate blog here: http://rich-cooke.com/2012/04/19/earth-stewardship-day-in-hendersonville/.

Ringing in the New Year in HendersonvilleOnly three more shopping days (including today) to get those Christmas gifts taken care of.  That means there’s nine days until New Year’s Eve.  Have you made any plans on how you’ll be ringing in the new year in Hendersonville yet?  I’ve got some ideas for you to ponder, including one the kids can participate in.

New Year’s at Noon! – Midnight can be tough for little kids to stay up for.  So, why wait?  The Hands On! Children’s Gallery (318 N Main St in downtown Hendersonville) will be holding their own New Year’s at Noon celebration.  For just $5 per person, there will be a countdown to 12:00 (noon), when everyone can ring in the new year kids’ style.  For more info, please call 828-697-8333.

Inn on Church’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – Ring in the new year with a good old fashioned murder mystery dinner.  There’s even dancing included.  Then, after you’re done solving crimes and drinking champagne, stay in one of the Inn’s gorgeous guest rooms.  No drinking and driving allowed!  For more info and to make your reservation, please call 828-696-2001.

Highland Lake Inn’s New Year’s Special – Don’t limit celebrating to just one night.  Try one of their New Year’s specials with a 20% discount on a two night stay and 30% discount on a three night stay.  Their packages include your morning breakfast for each day you stay and dinner for two with a champagne toast at their award-winning Season’s restaurant.  Even if you can’t enjoy an extended stay at the Highland Lake Inn, consider partaking in their special three course meal on New Year’s Eve.  The Bruce Lang Trio will serenade guests while they enjoy a specially prepared menu of lobster bisque or warm duck confit salad to start, your choice of grilled beef tenderloin, seared sea scallops or roasted duck breast as an entree and a warm dark chocolate tart dessert.  Dinner will be served from 6:30pm to 1am for just $60 per person.  But early birds (5pm to 6:30pm) can enjoy the same meal for $50 per person.  For more information and to make your reservation, please call 828-696-9094.

No matter how you decide to ring in the new year in Hendersonville, just make sure you do it in a safe and sane way.  Don’t drink and drive.  Never get into a car driven by someone who has been drinking.  Always make sure you have a designated driver so everyone gets home safely.  Happy holidays!

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Western North Carolina real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2660535/ringing-in-the-new-year-in-hendersonville.

Downtown Hendersonville Christmas Tree LightingI can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost here (it happens next Thursday).  Where has the year gone?  After you’ve recuperated from your turkey hangover, come to beautiful downtown Hendersonville for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration.

The city’s official welcome to the holiday season will take place on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Downtown Hendersonville Historic Courthouse on First and Main.  Beginning at 5pm, anyone in attendance will have the opportunity to enjoy a free carriage or trolley ride.  Santa will be strolling around for all the boys and girls to visit with.  The tree lighting itself takes place at 6pm.  Afterward, get a head start on your shopping by visiting the great merchants in the downtown Hendersonville area.

Bring the family, including all of your out of town guests, to downtown Hendersonville for the Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s definitely a fun way to kick off the holiday season.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Originally posted on my Hendersonville real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2608068/downtown-hendersonville-christmas-tree-lighting.

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2011 North Carolina Apple FestivalYep, folks.  It’s that time of year again.  The 2011 North Carolina Apple Festival is almost here!  Held every Labor Day weekend in Hendersonville, the North Carolina Apple Festival has been entertaining families for more than 60 years now.  This year, it will be held from Friday, September 2nd to Monday, September 5, 2011.

Henderson County apple growers are responsible for growing approximately 65% of the apples grown in the entire state.  That’s no small feat when you consider that North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producer in the country.  So, it makes sense that we celebrate all things apple-related.  But, the North Carolina Apple Festival isn’t just a place to purchase apples (which you can, by the way, in small batches or by the bushel).  There are children’s activities, a street fair, plenty of live entertainment and, of course, the big King Apple Parade on the final day of the festival. 

Here are just a few of the fun events scheduled for the 2011 North Carolina Apple Festival:

Friday, September 2, 2011

  • Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – 7am to 10am (First Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave W, Hendersonville).  For just $6 per person, enjoy pancakes, bacon, grits, coffee, milk, apple juice and nice, warm, cooked apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar.  What a fantastic way to start the festivities.
  • Opening Ceremony – 10am (Historic Hendersonville Courthouse, Main St & 1st Ave).
  • Apple Orchard Tour – 9am to 12:30pm.  This will be the only tour of the apple orchard open during the entire weekend.  You need to make reservations ahead of time to secure a spot.  Please call 828-697-4891 if you’re interested.
  • Big K Big Band – 7pm to 10pm (Main Stage at the Historic Courthouse).  Bring a chair and enjoy the big band sounds of the Big K Big Band.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

  • Lions Club Country Breakfast – 7am to 10am (First Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave W).  Get a full country breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, biscuits and gravy, coffee and apple juice for just $6 per person.
  • Pardee Apple Festival and Chic-Fil-A Moo Mile – Begins at 8am and ends at 11am, with registration beginning at 6:30am.  This event starts at the Pardee Hospital (800 Justice St) and continues along an 8K mile scenic course throughout Hendersonville and Laurel Park.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.  It only costs $10 to participate.
  • Mountain Music Jamboree – 3pm to 5pm (Henderson High School, 311 8th Ave).  Listen to bluegrass music and watch some talented cloggers for just $10 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the Visitors Center, the Opportunity House and right at the door.
  • The Caribbean Cowboys – 5:30pm to 7pm (Main Stage at the Historic Courthouse).  Live music.
  • The Mighty Kicks – 7:30pm to 10pm (Main Stage at the Historic Courthouse).  The Mighty Kicks perform Top 40 hits, Motown favorites and classic rock and roll music.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

  • Breakfast With the Elks – 7am to 12pm (Elks Lodge, 546 N Justice St).  For $7 per person, the Elks will be offerring pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, grits, milk, coffee, juice and, of course, apples!  Kids ages 6 and under are free.
  • Farmer’s Market – 11am to 4pm (7th Ave and Maple St).  Stock up on jams, jellies, fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products flowers and much more from local farmers. 
  • Still Cruzin’ – 5:30pm to 7pm (Main Stage at the Historic Courthouse).  Live music.
  • The Legacy – 8pm to 10pm (Main Stage at the Historic Courthouse).  Come listen to The Legacy perform some of Motown’s greatest hits.

Monday, September 5, 2011

  • King Apple Parade – 2:30pm (N Main St and Five Points to Caswell St).  Antique aircraft will perform a flyover to kick off the North Carolina Apple Festival’s King Apple Parade.

In addition to all of this amazing fun, there will be an apple recipe contest, an arts and crafts fair, the regular street fair, a window display contest, a car show and open houses held at the WNC Air Museum and Mineral Museum throughout the entire weekend.  The toughest decision you’ll have to make is where to go to first!  The North Carolina Apple Festival officials request that you leave your pets at home since city ordinance won’t allow them in the area during the festival. 

Don’t miss out on all the fun to be had at the 2011 North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville this Labor Day weekend.  It really is fun for the entire family.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in HendersonvilleThe 2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville takes place this Labor Day weekend, September 3rd through September 6th.  For more than 60 years, the Apple Festival has been considered the premier family event in Western North Carolina.  The schedule of events includes:

Friday, September 3
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
– First Baptist Church (4th Ave and Washington St), 7am to 10am.  Cost $6/person.
Festival Opening Ceremony– Historic Hendersonville Courthouse (Main St & First Ave), 10am.
Apple Recipe Contest – First Citizens Bank Plaza (Main St & 6th Ave), 8:30am to 1pm.
Apple Orchard Tour – County Extension Office in Jackson Park, 9am to 12:30pm. 
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 9am-5pm.
NC Apple Festival Street Fair– On 6th Ave to Caswell St, 10am-8pm.
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 12-5pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-6pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-6pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-9pm.
Laurel Park Village Sidewalk Series – 10am-6pm.
Opportunity House Arts & Crafts Fair– 1411 Asheville Hwy, 9am-5pm.
Henderson Co. Heritage Museum – 10am-5pm.
Stage Entertainment all day, Buddy K, Big Band (big band era music) from 7:30-10pm.

Saturday, September 4
2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in HendersonvilleLions Club Big Apple Country Breakfast
– First Baptist Church Gym (4thAve & Washington St), 7-10am.  Cost: $6/person.
Chamber of Commerce/Pardee 8K Run and Chic-fil-A Mini Moo Mile Fun Walk – Start/Finsh at Pardee Hospital (800 N Justice St), 8am start, 11am finish.  Registration begins a 6:30am. 
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 9am-5pm.
NC Apple Festival Street Fair – On 6th Ave to Caswell St, 10am-8pm.
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 10am-5pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-8pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-6pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-9pm.
Laurel Park Village Sidewalk Sales & Blue Ridge T-Riders Antique Car Show – Sidewalk sales from 10am-6pm, car show from 10am-4pm.
Opportunity House Arts & Crafts Fair– 1411 Asheville Hwy, 9am-5pm.
Mountain Music Jamboree– HVL High School Auditorium (311 8th Ave W), 3-5pm.  Cost 10/person.
Henderson County Heritage Museum – 10am-5pm.
Stage Entertainment all day, The Original Tams featuring Beach music and Shaggin’ from 7-9:30pm.

Sunday, September 5
Breakfast with the Elks – Elks Lodge (546 N Justice St), 7am-12pm.  Cost: $7/person, kids 6 & under free.
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 10am-5pm.
Historic 7th Avenue Organic Market – 11am-5pm
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 12-5pm.
NC Apple Festival Street Fair– On 6th Ave to Caswell St, 10am-8pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-6pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-6pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-9pm.
Youth Challenge
Henderson County Heritage Museum – 1-5pm.
Stage Entertainment all day, Sound Express (Big Band, Top 40, Motown, Beach music and oldies) from 7:30-10pm.

Monday, September 6
Downtown Hendersonville Sidewalk Sales – 9am-12pm
NC Apple Festival Street Fair– On 2nd Ave to Caswell St, 10am-5pm.
WNC Air Museum Open House – Gilbert St & Brooklyn Ave, 12-5pm.
Mineral & Lapidary Museum Special Display – 400 N Main St, 10am-5pm.
28th Annual Gem & Mineral Spectacular– Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, 10am-5pm.
Family Fun Zone– Wachovia Bank Parking Lot, 10am-4pm.
Henderson County Heritage Museum – 10am-5pm.
Youth Challenge
Antique Aircraft Fly-Over
King Apple Parade
– N Main St at Five Points to Caswell St, 2:30pm.
Stage Entertainment

Make sure to leave your pets at home.  This includes not just dogs and cats but birds, snakes and any other creature of the non-human persuasion.  Shuttles are available to the festival from Jackson Park for just $1 per person.  Children ages 3 and ride free.  The shuttle service is available from 10am to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Please note that there is no shuttle service available on Monday, Labor Day.  Handicapped parking is available at the Visitors Center.

Please come to downtown this Labor Day weekend to enjoy the 2010 North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville.  It’s great fun for the entire family.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist