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GUIDED HISTORY WALKS RESUME DOWNTOWN ON JULY 2ND

GUIDED HISTORY WALKS RESUME DOWNTOWN ON JULY 2ND

 Each Saturday morning in July at 10, starting July 2, 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 9:30 a.m.  City Hall is at the corner of Fifth Avenue East and King Street.  Parking is available at the King Street entrance.

 

 The walks will be about 90 minutes and will be held rain or shine.  Stroll with tour guide Mary Jo Padgett to answer such questions as -- who donated the land where the new town would be built, what is the age of the oldest block of buildings, what was on the third floor (and in the basement) of the old City Hall, who was the town named for, bordellos, shoot-outs, trolley lines and much more. To make reservations or for more information, phone Padgett at 828-545-3179 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

“Locals and visitors are invited to join me on Saturday 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.

 

For more information on History Walks with Mary Jo, phone Padgett at 828-545-3179 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  '

 

TOMATO FIELD DAY WILL BE AUGUST 16 AT CROPS RESEARCH STATION IN MILLS RIVER

 
 

WEST HIGH YEARBOOK WINS TOP AWARD

WEST HIGH YEARBOOK WINS TOP AWARD

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."

HONORING LOCAL VETERANS..."IN THEIR OWN WORDS"...MAY 24 AND 25

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).

HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY BAND "POPS AND PATRIOTIC" CONCERT MAY 8TH

HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY BAND "POPS AND PATRIOTIC" CONCERT MAY 8TH

The Hendersonville Community Band conducted by Winford Franklin will perform it’s annual “Pops and Patriotic” concert  on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3pm.  The Hendersonville Chorale our special guest group under the direction of Mary Beth Shumate will also be performing.
 
The location of this inspiring concert is at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock .  The tickets are $10 for adults, students are free and may be purchased at the Hendersonville  Visitors Center on Main St., from any band member and at the door of the concert.   It is open seating and plenty of accessible parking behind the hall.                              The familiar numbers performed by the band will bring back memories of days gone by but just as worthy today. They will have you humming [or singing] along while smiling and tapping your feet.
 
The concert will open with “The Star Spangled Banner” which will set your red, white and blue patriotic mood as it always does. The show tunes  will arrive on the scene with selections from “Bond…James Bond”arr. by Stephen Bulla; “Satchmo” [A tribute to Louis Armstrong] arr. by Ted Ricketts; “Somewhere” from West Side Story and written by Leonard Bernstein; ”My Heart Will Go On” theme from Titanic by James Horner featuring a vocal solo by Roberto Flores who is a bassoon player in the band; “Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man and written by Meredith Willson; “Spoon River” a melody based on a fiddle-tune by Grainger arr. by Robert Sheldon composer of the band’s own “The Blue Ridge”which was premiered at the band’s 25th anniversary concert in March;  Joel Helfand, alto sax soloist will perform  Sammy Nestico’s  jazz tune “Persuasion”; Rounding out the band’s part of the program “Eternal Father, Strong To Save”” [The Navy Hymn”] by Claude T.Smith will give pause;  followed by “Overcome” arr. by Bill Locklear.
 
Our special chorale guests will be joining the band in setting our patriotic mood with the combined performances of “Irving Berlin’s America”; “America, The Beautiful” by Samuel Augustus Ward;  “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” arr. by James Neilson; and the ever popular “Armed Forces Salute” arr. by Bob Lowden.
The Hendersonville Chorale will also be performing other Americana selections on their own making this concert an afternoon of beautiful music to please everybody. Mom and the family will be forever grateful to her family for attending this spectacular concert on her special day.
 
For more information on the concert,  visit www.hcbmusic.com or call 828-692-8801