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LOCAL BRIEFS: HHS Senior Play, Dream Breakfast, Quilts of Valor

For nearly a century, seniors at Hendersonville High School have concluded their high school career with the Senior Play, a time to bond as a class, create a memory that will last a lifetime and leave a final mark on HHS.

The senior play is chosen every year by each class and acts as a parting gift to the school and community.

The Senior Class of 2019 will be performing “Newsies.” Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.” Can a group of idealistic newsboys win against a foe as powerful as acclaimed publisher Joseph Pulitzer? “Newsies” is a joyful and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice.
The play is directed by Todd Weakley, Laura Roper, Amanda Tant and Robert Kirby.
“It’s an exciting show,” Weakley said. “I really attach to the play’s theme about seizing the day and standing up for what you believe in. This play really has something for everyone. “
“The Senior Play is part of the culture of this school, and the tradition involved with the project is fantastic,” added HHS principal Bobby Wilkins.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 2, 3 and 4 and 2:30 p.m. May 4. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 22 and are $10 general admission and $12 reserved. They can be purchased during school hours in the front office of Hendersonville High School, 1 Bearcat Blvd., or by calling 828-697-4802.

Dream breakfast 
supports scholarships

The fourth annual DREAM Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at St. James Episcopal Church, 766 North Main St. The family-friendly Southwestern breakfast helps fund the DREAM Scholarships, which have been awarded to dozens of deserving undocumented students in Henderson County for eight years. All are invited.
The featured speakers will be a DREAM scholarship recipient and Sergio Fernandez, executive director of El Centro. The program will also include the young dancers in Soles de Mexico who have charmed local and regional audiences. Breakfast tickets at $15 per adult are available at St. James Episcopal, Holy Family Episcopal, First Congregational Church, Immaculate Conception, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville and possibly at the door. Please call in advance to reserve your tickets. For more information email

Music & Drama Camp
 June 17-21 at Trinity

Kids who have completed first grade through high school, beginners and old pros alike are invited to spend a week learning about singing, acting, and dancing this summer —and then show the world what they’ve learned in a performance of “Good King Jehoshaphat,” a musical created by Kathie Hill that teaches the power of prayer. 
The music and drama camp takes place summer mornings from June 17-21 at Trinity Presbyterian Church and concludes performances on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23.
This is Trinity’s 8th Annual Music & Drama Camp led by Cindy Clark, NBCT. Cost is $20 per camper, $50 maximum per family. Scholarships are available. Activities at the Camp include learning the music, dance moves and speaking parts along with time for crafts, games and refreshments. All campers will receive a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available at and at Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 900 Blythe Street. For more information call Trinity at 828-692-6114.


Crossnore Home launches 
church partnership program

Crossnore School & Children’s Home partnered with Brevard First United Methodist Church and Fostering Families-Transylvania County to host a breakfast on March 28. The focus for the breakfast was to bring awareness to foster care services in western North Carolina. Approximately 60 attendees were present representing health care, schools, churches, the Department of Social Services, and other interested members of the community. Additional sponsorship was provided by Advent Health Hendersonville.
“We are thrilled with the community support Crossnore has received,” said Brett Loftis, CEO of Crossnore School & Children’s Home. “Working together, we can make a difference for the children of western North Carolina.”
Speaker Shenandoah Chefalo, award-winning author of “Garbage Bag Suitcase,” talked about a nomadic childhood before entering foster care at the age of 13. Her presentation included her own experience with foster care, aging out of care and the support she received to attend college. She also challenged the audience to work together to initiate system change, as well as provide support services for children in foster care and the families in which they live. 
Crossnore School & Children’s Home introduced Fostering Communities, a new foster care initiative funded by a three-year grant from the Duke Endowment. Fostering Communities is designed to educate, guide and support local churches as they serve foster children and families in their own communities. When a church becomes a Fostering Community, Crossnore commits to providing a Crossnore staff member as a point of contact, educational sessions on the impact of trauma and building trauma resiliency, guiding church leadership to develop a sustainable support structure to meet the needs of foster children and parents in the church and community, ongoing consultations and coaching, and ensuring a smooth transition for foster placements that may become forever homes for children through adoption.
A training class for new foster parents is being held at Brevard First United Methodist Church beginning May 1. The class will be held from 6 to 9 Wednesday evenings and will run through June 26. For more information or to register for the class, contact Alex Williams, director of foster care, at (828) 513-8114 or
League hosts talk on
Oklawaha Greenway
League of Women Voters Henderson County will host a presentation on the Oklawaha Greenway at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the small picnic shelter near the entrance of Patton Park, 1730 Asheville Highway. Suzanne Hale, a League member and president of Friends of the Oklawaha, will provide an update on the Greenway master plan and lead a walk. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit

Arts center calls 
for window artists

The Center for Arts & Inspiration, Hendersonville’s new destination for art and entertainment at 125 S. Main St., issued a Call for Artists to demonstrate their work in the huge front lobby windows.
The Center will provide space in the front lobby which includes the Malaprop’s “Prop-Up” Bookstore and The Artful Cup Coffee Bar. Artists will receive a table, chair or chairs and floor coverings if needed. There is access to water. Artists schedule the “performance” time with The Center to demonstrate and bring wares. All art forms are welcomed from painting to jewelry to clay to whatever the medium may be. Artists may also sell your work. There is no fee.
Requests to participate and schedule should be sent to Please include
pictures of work or link to website, preferred time to be scheduled i.e. weekend/weekday/evening
plus contact phone number and email.
The Center for Art & Inspiration is home to Malaprop’s Books HVL, The Artful Cup Coffee Bar, the monthly Hendo Story Club, art class area, book club meeting space and a 250-seat multi-purpose theatre which features music, theatrical and interactive dinner/dessert murder mystery shows among other things. For more on activities and shows visit

Patriotic Quilts of Valor
 to be displayed at show

Several members of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild, will be showing their Quilts of Valor at the “Garden of Quilts” quilt show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Youth Activities Building at Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock.
The patriotic quilts will later be awarded to local veterans. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Also, there will be quilt blocks visitors may sign to show their support. These will be made into a Quilt of Valor and also awarded to a veteran.
The “Garden of Quilts” quilt show will feature over 200 quilts. There will be several arts-and-crafts vendors, raffle baskets and a Guild boutique. Docent tours can be arranged and a variety of food items will be for sale during the lunch hours. Admission is $5 with free regular and handicap parking. Wheel chairs and walkers are welcome. Visit for more information and to find out how to arrange docent tours.