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Stay-at-home order forces changes in popular downtown events

The 2019 Bearfootin' Bear Artwalk Reveal drew a crowd at the First Citizens Bank plaza. This year's reveal will be a virtual event. The 2019 Bearfootin' Bear Artwalk Reveal drew a crowd at the First Citizens Bank plaza. This year's reveal will be a virtual event.

The coronavirus shutdown has forced changes in downtown Hendersonville's popular spring events, including the popular Bearfootin’ Artwalk Bear Reveal and the opening concert of the Rhythm & Brews music series.

 

“It is an unprecedented time and our team has been working diligently to understand how best to move forward,” Downtown Economic Development Director Lew Holloway said. “With each of our downtown events, our vision is to provide a festive community gathering. Our decisions are based on following that vision while making sure that we are respecting and caring for all who are involved with our events.”

The Bear Reveal will be hosted virtually at 6 p.m. Friday, May 15. The Downtown Program has partnered with the Arts Council of Henderson County to make the virtual event an enhanced live streaming experience. The Virtual Bear Reveal will include details on each bear, including information about the artists, their inspiration for the bear, and the nonprofit partner benefiting from the Bearfootin’ Auction in October.
The Downtown program opted to take the annual event online due to uncertainty around state and local guidelines moving into early May.

For updates, visit the Virtual Bear Reveal Facebook page.
Rhythm & Brews, Hendersonville’s premier summer concert and mini beer festival series, is currently scheduled to kick off June 18, a month later than the typical May start. This year’s series is scheduled to run thorugh October. The complete Rhythm & Brews series lineup will be announced soon. For more information on downtown programs, visit downtownhendersonville.org or email info@downtownhendersonville.org.