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LOCAL BRIEFS: Tom Fisch, Bookfest, History Club, Eagle Scout

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Tom Fisch to perform at Tigg’s Pond Retreat

Tom Fisch will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Standing on the Side of Love Coffee House at Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center in Zirconia. Tickets are $10 at the door.
A local favorite, Fisch has a style deeply rooted in influences of Doc Watson, John Prine, Pete Seeger, John Denver and others. He’s known for delivering an eclectic mix of original songs and songs from some of his favorite writers and performers bridged by stories and laughter.
Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center is at 212 Fiddlehead Lane, Zirconia. For more information call 828-697-0680 or visit

Blue Ridge Bookfest features 40 authors

The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest April 22-23 offers visits with 40 authors, free workshops and special Saturday After Lunch Presentation featuring the work of Carl Sandburg and Thomas Wolfe.
In addition to featured author Sara Gruen, more than 40 authors will participate in this year’s event.
Writers and aspiring writers may meet published authors one-on-one and attend free workshops and presentations on Friday and Saturday to hone their craft. Friday workshops include:
• 1-1:45: Grammar Questions that Grieve You, with Ernie Mazzatenta, whose monthly column Speaking of Words is published in the Hendersonville Times-News.
• 2-3:30: Making money with Ghost Writing with Beth Brand ( and Copy Writing with Bob Martel
• 3:45-5:15: Genealogy with Jennie Jones Giles and Writing Your Family History with Diane Rhoades.
On Saturday Shipman’s Catering will offer box lunches for sale to the public starting at 11:30 a.m. An After Lunch Presentation features the Writings of Carl Sandburg, presented by Ginger Hollingsworth, of the Carl Sandburg Home; and the Writings of Thomas Wolfe, presented by Tom Muir, of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.
For a complete schedule and author bios visit


History Club features anti-sub warfare

BREVARD – Retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Gretchen Herbert will be the Brevard College History Club’s featured speaker at its last meeting of the 2015-16 academic year on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in McLarty-Goodson Room 125. The event is free and open to the public.

Herbert will outline and discuss the American Navy’s anti-submarine warfare program during the U.S.-led Western powers’ political war with the Soviet Bloc nations from 1945 to 1990. Herbert is a native of Rochester, New York, and a graduate of the University of Rochester. Her final assignment, before retiring in January 2014, was as Commander, Navy Cyber Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia, where she was responsible for training and equipping the U.S. Navy fleet for cyber security readiness, telecommunications, electronic warfare, signal intelligence, cryptology, space systems and network operations afloat and ashore.

Asheville Lyric Opera performs ‘Magic Flute’

Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of The Magic Flute premiers at the Diana Wortham Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, followed by a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10.
The Magic Flute is a celebration of love conquering all and transports the audience to an enchanted world where good faces the forces of dark. The blend of high comedy and serious drama is packed with exquisite singing and stage wizardry.
Thomas Joiner will conduct the production. Joiner is an accomplished conductor, violinist, chamber player, and educator. He conducts the Furman Symphony Orchestra and also serves at the music director and conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $30-$62 for adults and $17-$40 for students. For tickets contact the Diana Wortham Theatre at 828-257-4530 or visit


Charlie Bradshaw achieves Eagle rank

Charlie Bradshaw of Hendersonville achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at the Historic Courthouse on Dec. 19.
Charlie is the son of Dale Salvaggio Bradshaw and Steve Bradshaw and the brother of Sophia Bradshaw. He is a member of Troop 601 of Hendersonville led by Walter Carpenter and Tim Asbury. To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project. For his project, Charlie removed and replaced the steps of the Learning Trail at Hendersonville Elementary School, added a handrail and did trail maintenance. Charlie is a junior at Christ School.