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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Hendersonville will be showing its patriotic pride on Saturday, July 4th, in celebration of the birth of our country.  If you are a car enthusiast, head to Jackson Park from 2-9pm for the Fourth of July Cruise-in of antique cars sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  While you’re at Jackson Park, you can enjoy food, beach music by The Embers, crafts and fun for the kids.  Just make sure to bring a chair.  Jackson Park events will culminate in a fabulous fireworks display at dusk.

The Independence Day Parade will be held on Main Street at 11am, too.  Don’t miss it!  I’ll see you there.

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Donate blood and platelets for the American Red Cross in Hendersonville NC on June 25th.The Henderson County chapter of the American Red Cross is holding its annual blood drive at Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville on June 25th all day long (7am-6pm).  All donors will receive a free Operation Blood Drive T-shirt and will be eligible to win a cruise for two in a special drawing.  The summer is an especially hard time for blood banks because many people are out of town on vacation.  Donors become scarce.  To put the importance of this event in perspective, the American Red Cross needs to have 1600 people donate blood as well as platelets every weekday to supply hospitals in the Carolina region alone.  You can give blood every 56 days and platelets every two weeks as long as you are in good health, weigh 110 lbs or more and are at least 17 years old (16 with a parent’s permission).  To schedule your appointment to donate blood or platelets, please call 693-5605 or visit http://www.membersforlife.org/cbsr/ and use code #6304 when logging in.  While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to make an appointment for less waiting time.  Make sure to give life by giving blood on June 25th (or anytime) in Hendersonville.

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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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On Saturday, March 14th, come to historic downtown Hendersonville from 10am-9pm to watch the March of the Leprechauns St. Patrick’s Day Festival.  There will be a parade at 10am, a fun costume contest at 1pm and there will be entertainment going on throughout the day.  I hope to see you there.

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The Community Foundation of Henderson County’s annual Vintage Carolina fundraiser will be held Monday, March 9th at the Hendersonville Country Club from 6-9pm.  International food and wine stations will be set up around the country club as “ports of call” at the cruise-themed festivities.  Some of the countries represented at different ports of call will be France, Italy, Australia, South Africa and Spain, just to name a few.  Tickets are $75/person and space is limited.  So, reservations are required.  Please call 697-6224 to make a reservation or come to the Community Foundation of Henderson County in person to place your request.

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The beautifully restored Henderson County Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville, NC.After completing its two-year, $10.8 million renovation, the Henderson County Historic Courthouse was honored January 29th with the North Carolina Office of Urban Development award for “Best Public Building Improvement”.  When a new courthouse was opened in 1995 in Hendersonville, the old courthouse became abandoned.  But, with the recent renovation, the Henderson County Historic Courthouse houses the county’s Heritage Museum as well as administrative offices for the county.  Part of the renovation included adding a 12,000 square foot annex for office space, rest rooms, a community room, museum space and a meeting facility for the county commissioner that seats 140 people.  The renovation of the old courthouse as well as the award of recognition have helped revitalize Hendersonville’s downtown area and bring part of Henderson County’s history to the forefront.  To find out more about the Hendersonville community, events or real estate, please contact me.