The Hendersonville Family YMCA will hold a fall festival from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at French Broad Baptist Church, 182 Grandview Lane, Hendersonville.
This event is free and open to the public.
The YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen will offer cooking demonstrations and Blue Ridge Humane Society will be on hand with pets available for adoption.
Kids will get an early taste of Halloween with safe and supervised “trunk or treating” and will also enjoy inflatables, face painting and games.
The festival will take place rain or shine; it will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.
THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY---LOOKING SOUTHWARD
A WHKP Station Editorial
August 16, 2916
Even before Bob Williford from the Chamber of Commerce showed up with the big gold scissors to officially cut the ribbon and open the newest expansion of the Oklawaha Greenway, plans were already in the works to extend that lush and leafy expanse even further. This most recent “Phase Three” of the greenway won’t be it’s last one.
A group of greenway supporters are busy developing plans and gathering support to expand the greenway southward from Jackson Park to Blue RidgeCommunity College. As it is now, this three and a quarter mile greenway, with more than 500 native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and two acres of meadowland that’s been seeded and planted for future growth and beauty, runs parallel to Mud Creek from Jackson Park to Patton Park and on to Berkley Park, along the city’s newest sewer line easement. Wisely, there was language included in that easement that allows for the greenway. But any expansion southward toward the community college could possibly run along an older sewer line easement that far preceeded the popularity of greenways and contains no such language.
So, the southward expansion to the community college would require the co-operation of private landowners. And to that end, greenway supporter Katie Breckheimer told the Times-News…”We’re slowly talking to the landowners. We don’t have all of the landowners contacted yet and we’re not even sure exactly where the route will go.”
But whichever way the greenway extension goes, we want to say right “up front” that we fully support that expansion of it…and we’re counting on the greenway supporters to work with private landowners along the way to make it happen.
Some proposed greenways, walking trails and bike paths haven’t developed so smoothly in the past. The Ecusta Trail is a great idea for an old, mostly abandoned rail line. But trail supporters have had to remember the rail line is privately owned, previously by Norfolk-Southern and now by WATCO, i.e. the Blue Ridge Railroad Company. And they must also remember there are private property owners on both sides of that rail line from one end to the other, as well as hopes for future industrial growth on the TransylvaniaCounty end of it. Close, thoughtful, creative relationships with ALL the “players” involved from the get-go is essential…if greenways, walking trails, and bike paths on, through or even close to privately owned property are to happen co-operatively and successfully.
So, as we all enjoy and benefit from the newest expansion northward and as supporters of Oklawaha Greenway look southward with their sights set on spreading the “green” all the way to Blue Ridge Community College, it is our hope that supporters and private landowners will be “together” in each step of its development
That’s the best way to assure a smooth process and a positive “end result…that would make the native Americans proud, whose word for “muddy waters” it is that IS this swath of vegetation, that’s preserving and expanding the natural beauty of what the late Mayor Al Edwards always called “…our community that God has so richly blessed.”.
As always, we invite your comments…on our comments
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
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.