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LOCAL BRIEFS: Craft trail, 'Everything is Rosie,' Sons of Revolution

Meghan Bernard Pottery is one of the stops on the Blue Ridge Craft Trails. Meghan Bernard Pottery is one of the stops on the Blue Ridge Craft Trails.

Blue Ridge Craft Trail features 14 stops locally

Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month is highlighting three distinct trails throughout Henderson County that bring together studios and galleries filled with work by nationally renowned artists. This year’s event includes artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and other special events.
“When people come to our area, they have things in mind that we are known for, and one of those is handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts,” says Michelle Owens, director of Henderson County Tourism. “Craft Trails Month is a way to highlight these wonderful artisans, so visitors are able to find what they’re looking for.”
A partnership between the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the second annual trails month highlights Touring the Heart of Hendersonville, Wandering Flat Rock and Finding Wonders in the Outskirts. The trails feature 14 sites, and visitors are encouraged to create their own itineraries based upon geography and personal interest.
“We’re excited that Henderson County is celebrating July as Blue Ridge Craft Trails Month,” says Angie Chandler, executive director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. “This monthlong event emphasizes the richness of talent in the area. Henderson County is a perfect example of how Western North Carolina is a vibrant center for craft.”
Throughout the month, visitors can experience a wood kiln firing at Dian Magie Pottery, see Lorraine Cathey work her magic with needle felting, marvel as Melinda Lawton turns metal and stones into intricately designed jewelry, and watch blocks of wood transform into children’s toys at Apple Country Woodcrafters.
While most galleries keep regular hours, some studios are open by appointment only, so visitors should call ahead. For more information— including maps, artist profiles and a full listing of special events — visit or call (800) 828-4244.

 HCT presents 'Everything is Rosie'

Wendy Jones, backed by Richard Shulman, Zack Page and Rick Dilling, will perform "Everything is Rosie: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney" for a one weekend show July 17 and 18, Hendersonville Community Theatre announced.

The show tells the story of Rosemary Clooney’s rise to top of the Billboard charts in the 50's, her success in Hollywood in films like "White Christmas" followed by her mental breakdown, and finally her triumphant return to the top of the jazz charts in the 1980ss and '90s. It is a compelling story of heartbreak, tragedy, perseverance and triumph. As she takes the audience on a riveting trip through Rosemary’s life, Jones interweaves some of Rosemary’s most beloved hits such as "Come On A My House", "Half as Much”, "Hey There", and "Tenderly" as well as songs from her movie musicals including "White Christmas" and jazz standards by composers George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen.

“Everything is Rosie” plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Hendersonville Community Theatre, 229 S. Washington St. Tickets are $30 for adulst and $25 student/military. For more information, visit or call 828-692-1082.

Garry Linton inducted into Blue Ridge SAR

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently inducted Charles Gerald “Garry” Linton Jr. as the sixth new member to join the chapter this year. Garry took the SAR Oath and received his rosette in the ceremony conducted by Chapter President Craig Isaacson and Chapter Vice President Steve Greene.
Garry’s ancestor, Jedediah Garrison, was a private in the North Carolina militia. Linton has already become involved in the life of the Blue Ridge Chapter. He has volunteered to be the chairman of the Chapter Education Committee and has ordered his militia uniform so that he can become an active member of the Blue Ridge Chapter Color Guard.