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Sandburg tributes return for the 40th season

Flat Rock Playhouse apprentices perform in the "World of Carl Sandburg" Flat Rock Playhouse apprentices perform in the "World of Carl Sandburg"

FLAT ROCK — The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will host the 40th summer of live stage productions of Sandburg's works. These free shows began running at the Sandburg Home in the summer of 1974 and have been an important part of the summer visitor experience. They're made possible through the support of the park's bookstore and the Flat Rock Playhouse.


"Each summer visitors return to the park to see their favorite Rootabaga characters in the Rootabaga! performance or to be inspired by Sandburg's poetry in the World of Carl Sandburg ", said Tyrone Brandyburg, Superintendent of Carl Sandburg Home NHS. "The Vagabond Players of the Flat Rock Playhouse apprentice company continue to provide an engaging and entertaining experience for all audiences and we are excited to celebrate our 40th summer with them."

Beginning on June 18, the shows run through Aug. 9 and are performed at 10:15 am at the park amphitheater. Wednesday and Friday's 30-minute performance will be the World of Carl Sandburg. Based on the 1960 Broadway production, the show provides a glimpse of Sandburg through time threaded with humor, cleverness and entertainment for all ages.

Thursday and Saturday's performance is Rootabaga!, based on tales from Sandburg's collection of children's stories found in Rootabaga Stories set to musical tunes from Sandburg's collection of folk music found in his American Songbag. The result is 30-minutes of zany, toe-tapping stories that delight "children" of all ages. Performances are held rain or shine.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service. The park is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit our website at