Each morning in July at 10, starting , guided walks along Hendersonville’s Main Street will reveal the history of the town and interesting architectural designs -- including stops at the Historic Courthouse, Skyland Hotel, City Hall, and other historic shops and structures along Main Street. Cost is $10 per person 10 years and older. Children under 10 are free with a paid adult. Space is limited. Reservations are suggested. Gather in the “backdoor” entrance of Hendersonville City Hall, beginning at City Hall is at the corner of Fifth Avenue East and King Street. Parking is available at the King Street entrance.
“Locals and visitors are invited to join me mornings throughout July to celebrate and share the interesting history and architecture of downtown Hendersonville,” Padgett said. “I also invite groups to make arrangements for a private tour time. I believe that knowing our history enriches our lives.”
The guided walks on Main Street will be held throughout July and will resume in November. Group tours of eight or more people can be scheduled throughout July and August, as well as November. The tours are conducted under the auspices of The Trolley Company, which conducts history, wine, and apple orchard tours around Henderson County.
Padgett served on Hendersonville City Council for eight years, is a journalist and public relations consultant, co-founder and former executive director of ECO, was associate editor at The Mother Earth News magazine, and conducts programs and guided tours in Paris, France, on the American Revolution. Her parents spent their honeymoon in the Skyland Hotel on Main Street. She grew up on a farm in Rutherford County, and has lived in a 100-year-old house in downtown Hendersonville for 34 years.
West Henderson High’s 2015 Westwind yearbook, “This Is What We Do,” just snagged the Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association, which honored 42 yearbooks nationwide this month.
The Pacemaker Award makes “This Is What We Do” the second yearbook in the school’s history to win top honors from the National Scholastic Press Association, the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, the National High School Journalism Convention, the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
In June 2015, “This Is What We Do” earned the Tar Heel Award for top yearbooks in North Carolina from the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, followed by Best of Show at the National High School Journalism Convention in November 2015. In March 2016, the yearbook received the Scroggins Trophy for best yearbook in the Southeast from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The last West Henderson yearbook to sweep the table of national awards was the 2012 Westwind, “We Stand Proud.”
"In spite of all the standardized testing, today's students are capable of incredible creativity and excellence,” said Brenda Gorsuch, publications adviser at West Henderson since 1983. “The 2015 Westwind, edited by Maggie King and Haley Staton, shows off the amazing talents of more than 50 students who worked together to create the book.”
“The writing, design and photography are all outstanding. Overall, the book is evidence of the high level of learning taking place in our schools,” Gorsuch said. “The students sold and designed the advertisements, designed the cover, created the spreads, took the photos and wrote the copy and captions. It is truly a student publication that covered a year in the life of West Henderson students and their school."
King is currently a freshman at Appalachian State University, and Staton is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Co-editor of the 2016 Westwind Izzy Denman said, "Being a member of such an award-winning yearbook staff has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of. Knowing that I was able to take part in creating the 2015 Westwind gives me incredible pride. I am very grateful to have played a role in such an amazing publication."
Join us for a special two-night event as we celebrate our nation’s military veterans through oral history. On Tuesday, May 24th and Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Auditorium at the main branch of the Henderson County Public Library, we will present video recordings of stories from local veterans. The library would like to thank Jeff Miller of HonorAir and Blue Ridge Honor Flight and Mike Murdock, Henderson County’s Veterans Service Officer, for their assistance.
The veterans featured in both nights of the two-night event are (in alphabetical order) as follows:
Frank E. Blazey, Brigadier General, United States Army
Avery D. Dolinger, Jr., E-6, Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force
William Hunter, Yeoman, 2nd Class, United States Navy
Joseph L. Pace, E-4, United States Army
Alvin B. Seal, E-5, United States Army
William (Bill) T. Stanley, Colonel, United States Air Force
Hilliard Staton, Captain, United States Marine Corps
James H. Young, E-4, United States Army
For more information, please feel free to contact Sara Hyder McGough at (828) 697-4725 (ext. 2320).