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Folk concert kicks off 'Sandburg in September'

Beth and Jim McGill and Pat Corn will perform at the Henderson County Visitor Center stage at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, to kick off “Sandburg in September,” which also includes a retrospective art show, the Historic Seventh Train Depot Hobo Day and a showing of the documentary “The Day Carl Sandburg Died” and other events.

Presented by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, the official fundraising organization for the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic site, the show honors the family sing-alongs that were as much a part of the Connemara farm evenings as the pine-scented North Carolina mountain air. The free event is one of a series of events celebrating the poet and the National Park Service centennial.
Other events include:
• HISTORIC 7TH AVENUE TRAIN DEPOT “HOBO DAY,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The kid’s hobo day in partnership with the Apple
Valley Model Railroad Club, is a free, fun filled day for kids of all ages.
They will get complimentary bandanas from Mast General Store. Some of
the crafts include making a guitar from a shoe box, designing a hobo nickel and making music with a comb.
Local storyteller Steve Carlisle along with musicians Mike Carlisle and guitarist Buddy Davis will perform. There will be free lunch and drinks for the kids.
• DAVID NAGLER, NEW YORK MUSICIAN TO PRESENT CHICAGO POEMS MUSICAL PROJECT. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown. In a new musical project, Nagler sets Sandburg’s poetry to music in an assortment of styles, including folk, jazz and rock. For tickets, call the box office at 828.693.0731 or visit
• SEASONS OF SANDBURG – A RETROSPECTIVE SHOW OF SANDBURG AND CONNEMARA INSPIRED ART. Seasons of Sandburg Sept. 22-29 will consist of over a dozen local
artists from a variety of media; photographers, sculptors, watercolor and acrylic artists, mixed media and folk art at the Gallery at Flat Rock, Flat Rock Square. The opening is 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

Presbyterian Church honors first responders

Hendersonville Presbyterian Church will hold a special service that honors emergency personnel, law officers, firefighters and currently serving and retired military during the 10:55 service on Sept. 11.
The service will begin with a flag processional as a representative from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts carry in the American Flag and the Christian Flag to the playing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. In response, the congregation will join in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. The service will end with a special recitation “An Answer to Tyranny” read by Gene Burns during the playing of “God Bless America.”

Congregational Church offers spiritual self-care

First Congregational United Church of Christ on Fifth Avenue West in Laurel Park invites all to Spiritual Self-Care Techniques for Mind and Heart starting 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 10, continuing each Saturday (except Oct. 15) through Oct. 29.
The first hour each week will explain and demonstrate a technique (e.g. setting intentions; visualization; affirmations). The second hour will be devoted to orientation to and practice of meditation/mindfulness.
There is no pre-requisite and no registration is necessary for the free class. They are open to everyone. Persons may attend either session or both sessions. Each class stands alone. Come when you can. Below is the schedule:
• Sept. 10 – 10-10:50 a.m. – Setting Intentions. 11 a.m.-noon – Meditation/Mindfulness
• Sept. 17 - 10-10:50 a.m.- Exploring Prayer Life: Overview. 11 a.m.-noon — Meditation/Mindfulness
• Sept. 24 - 10-10:50 a.m. – Using Affirmative Prayer: Appreciation and Gratitude. 11 a.m.-noon – Meditation/Mindfulness
• Oct. 1 - 10-10:50 a.m. – Praying for and with Others. 11 a.m.-noon – Meditation/Mindfulness
• Oct. 8 - 10-10:50 a.m. – Forgiveness. 11 a.m.-noon – Meditation/Mindfulness
• Oct. 22 - 10-10:50 a.m. – Letting Go. 11 a.m.-noon – Meditation/Mindfulness
• Oct. 29 - 10-10:50 a.m. – Walking the Labyrinth. 11 a.m.-noon — Meditation/Mindfulness
For more information visit, or call 828-692-8630.

Lyndsey Queen wins Voiture scholarship

Lyndsey S. Queen of Pisgah Forest received the 2016 scholarship award of $500 from Voiture 1617 of the 40 & 8 Society with members from Transylvania and Henderson counties.
La Societe Quarante Hommes et Chevaux was a result of WWI. A French boxcar could hold 40 men or 8 horses. Voiture 1617 started its scholarship program for nursing students at the BRCC campuses in 2012..

Christmas Craft Market set at All Saints Church

All Saints Anglican Church will hold its second annual Christmas Craft Market on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church at 15 McDowell Road, Mills River. The tables have been rented.

HHS graduate speaks at Methodist Church

Erin Johnson, a native of Hendersonville who has traveled from her hometown to the streets of Cavite, Philippines, to help abandoned kids and the urban poor, will speak about her experiences at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the Wonderful Wednesday dinner program. The community is invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. dinner followed by the 6:15 p.m. presentation.
Johnson serves as a missionary with Action International Ministries and directs Brand New Day, an outreach and shelter program for street children in Cavite. A graduate of Hendersonville High School, she is the daughter of Steve and Sharon Johnson. She received a physics degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.
The dinner cost of $7 per person is payable at the door by cash or check. There is no charge to attend the program only. Doors for the dinner open at 5:00 p.m. with beverage service available. The dinner line opens at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 6:00 p.m. with the start of the presentation.
Dinner reservations must be received by noon on Monday, Sept. 12. Reservations can be made online at or by calling the church at 828-693-4275.

Young singers invited to join Children’s Choir

The Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir will hold an open house and registration for the season on Monday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church for all interested children and their parents. No auditions are required for children to participate in the choir.
The HSCC provides education and performance opportunities for students of choral music and focuses primarily on elementary school youth. The choir provides early vocal training and performance opportunities to some 50 members. Participants come from across Henderson County and reflect the diversity of our community and its youth.
Kelli Mullinax, the new Choral Director, holds a Masters of Music degree with a concentration in voice from Southern Methodist University. Since 1998, she has led numerous adult and children’s choirs throughout the Southeast. Ms. Mullinax’s dedication to youth development in music and choral study brings an exciting new vitality to the children’s choir.
Rehearsal and performance schedules for the new school year will be announced upon completion of enrollment for the fall session.
For more information visit or the Facebook page or call the HSO office at 828-697-5884.

Methodist Church sets Wednesday topics

Wonderful Wednesday, a weekly dinner program at First United Methodist Church announces its lineup of speakers for the fall season. The speakers and topics:
· Sept. 14: “Street Kids of the Philippines Update” with Erin Johnson
· Sept. 21: “The Bridge to Somewhere Beautiful” with William Miller
· Sept. 28: The African Children’s Choir performing in the Sanctuary at 7 pm
· Oct. 5: “Celebrating Main Street: Then and Now” with Terry Ruscin
· Oct. 12: “Music Therapy” with Four Season Compassion for Life
· Oct. 19: Brian Combs, Ministry of Haywood Street Church for Homeless
· Oct. 26: The annual community Harvest Festival
· Nov. 2: Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County and the Feed the Kids ministry
· Nov. 9: A Salute to our Veterans
· Nov. 16: Thanksgiving Meal
Each evening begins with a buffet dinner ($7 per person) served from 5:30 pm to 6 pm followed by the presentation. Dinner guests enjoy a full meal prepared under the direction
of Chef Lou Reeves, Food Service Director, and church volunteers. For more information, visit or call the church at


Llamas will host tea at Cradle of Forestry

The Cradle of Forestry in America will offer Afternoon Tea with Llamas on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The llamas will carry your lunches or snacks on this easy walk along the Forest Discovery Trail at the Cradle of Forestry. Ice tea and cups will be provided.
The programs will be led by George Appenzeller and Sarah Meadows, founders of Challenge Adventures, a nonprofit organization experienced in leading hiking and camping adventure programs for youth groups. Since 1989, they have involved over 4,000 young people in educational experiences in the outdoors with llamas. Before each walk, they will explain traits that make llamas good pack animals, and also good trail companions. Visitors will hear about the llamas’ cooperative social structure that presents humans with an example of teamwork and caring.
As the group walks the Forest Discovery Trail, children can take turns leading the llamas. The group will stop and picnic along the trail. This moderate walk through scenic woods and by the 1914 Climax logging locomotive is about 2 miles round trip.

Appalachian Fire plays at Bluegrass Bash

Appalachian Fire will headline Hendersonville Presbyterian Church’s monthly Bluegrass Bash at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. The community is invited to the performance by Associate Lay Pastor Dwayne Durham’s band. There is no charge. Besides the music, complimentary cookies, cake and ice cream will be served.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery holding reunion Sunday

The Pleasant Hill Cemetary Annual Reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. ath the cemetery. Anyone who has an interest ins invited to attend.