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MONDAY UPDATE: WINTER WEATHER MOVES ON TOWARD THE EAST AND NORTHEAST OUT OF WNC

MONDAY UPDATE: WINTER WEATHER MOVES ON TOWARD THE EAST AND NORTHEAST OUT OF WNC

snow cardinal : Bright red cardinal perched on a snowy evergreen branch

METEOROLOGIST JUSTIN LANE WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLD WHKP NEWS EARLY MONDAY MORNING THAT MOST OF THE WINTER PRECIPITATION ASSOCIATED WITH A FAST MOVING "CLIPPER" SYSTEM MOVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAS PASED OUT OF THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND AWAY FROM THE ASHEVILLE, HENDERSONVILLE AREA.

HE SAID THERE WERE SOME REPORTS OVERNIGHT OF SNOW AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS NEAR THE TENNESSEE STATE LINE, BUT NO SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATION WAS REPORTED AND NONE IS EXPECTED FROM THIS SYSTEM.\

WINDS WILL INCREASE IN SPEED ON MONDAY MORNING AND BY NOON MONDAY SHOULD BE AT SPEEDS BETWEEN 10 AND 20 MILES PER HOUR WITH STRONGER GUSTS.

HIGH TEMPERATURES IN HENDERSONVILLE ON MONDAY WILL TOP OUT IN THE LOWER 40S.  THE FOLLOWING IS A "WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY" IN EFFECT FOR THOSE TRAVELING IN THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF WESTERN NORTH CAROILINA THROUGH MONDAY: 

HIGH ELEVATION SNOW EXPECTED TONIGHT AND MONDAY...
.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PASS NORTH OF THE AREA THIS MORNING BRINGING A COLD FRONT ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. THE LOW MOVES TO THE COAST DURING THE TODAY...KEEPING A COLD AND MOIST NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS. THIS WILL RESULT IN ACCUMULATING SNOW...MAINLY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS WEST OF THE FRENCH BROAD VALLEY.


NCZ051-052-058-059-261645- /O.EXT.KGSP.WW.Y.0003.000000T0000Z-150126T2100Z/ SWAIN-HAYWOOD-GRAHAM-NORTHERN JACKSON- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BRYSON CITY...WAYNESVILLE...CANTON... LAKE JUNALUSKA...ROBBINSVILLE...CULLOWHEE...SYLVA 342 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...


* LOCATIONS...THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE COUNTIES ALONG THE   TENNESSEE BORDER FROM GRAHAM TO HAYWOOD...INCLUDING NORTHERN   JACKSON COUNTY.
* HAZARDS...LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS.
* TIMING...RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW TONIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH   THE MORNING ON MONDAY.
* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF GENERALLY 1 TO 2 INCHES...   WITH OVER 3 INCHES POSSIBLE AT THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS OF THE   SMOKIES.
* IMPACTS...SNOW ACCUMULATIONS COULD MAKE ROADS SLIPPERY AND   TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S.
* WINDS...WEST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
PLEASE REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS BY CALLING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT...1...800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1. LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR OBSERVATION AND THE SPECIFIC LOCATION WHERE IT OCCURRED. YOU CAN ALSO POST YOUR REPORT TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE SPARTANBURG FACEBOOK OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG NWSGSP.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GSP.
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
340 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015

...LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND BLACK ICE POSSIBLE TODAY FOR THE
HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA...

.A STRONG UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM WILL MOVE EAST OF THE STATE TODAY.
THE ASSOCIATED WRAP AROUND MOISTURE AND COLD AIR COULD BRING
OCCASIONAL PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW TO PARTS OF NORTH GEORGIA TODAY.
LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF
NORTHEAST GEORGIA TODAY WHERE TEMPERATURE AND MOISTURE PROFILES
ARE EXPECTED TO BE MORE FAVORABLE FOR LIGHT SNOW. THERE IS ALSO
A POTENTIAL FOR PATCHES OF BLACK ICE ON ROADS AND BRIDGES THIS
EVENING IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS AS TEMPERATURES FALL BELOW
FREEZING. IF THIS THREAT IS REALIZED... THEN THIS ADVISORY WILL
LIKELY BE EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

GAZ006>009-013>016-261645-
/O.EXT.KFFC.WW.Y.0001.150126T0840Z-150127T0000Z/
FANNIN-GILMER-UNION-TOWNS-PICKENS-DAWSON-LUMPKIN-WHITE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DAHLONEGA...CLEVELAND
340 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING FOR PARTS OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA...

* LOCATIONS...MAINLY THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ALONG AND NORTH OF A
  LINE FROM JASPER TO DAWSONVILLE AND CLEVELAND.

* HAZARD TYPES...LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS INITIALLY AND THEN
  TRANSITIONING TO A PATCHY BLACK ICE THREAT THIS EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...AREAS OUTSIDE OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WILL ONLY
  SEE A TRACE TO MAYBE ONE QUARTER INCH OF SNOW TODAY... WHILE
  AREAS ABOVE 1500 TO 2000 FT COULD SEE FROM ONE HALF TO NEAR AN
  INCH OF SNOW IN THE HIGHER MOUNTAIN PEAKS.

* TIMING...MAINLY THROUGH THIS MORNING... BUT OCCASIONAL FLURRIES
  ARE POSSIBLE INTO THE EVENING FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* IMPACTS...LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW AND PATCHES OF BLACK ICE
  ON BRIDGES ARE POSSIBLE INTO THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR LIGHT
ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW ON LESS TRAVELED ROADS AND BRIDGES. USE
EXTRA CAUTION WHILE DRIVING IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS TODAY.

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NEW INDUSTRY TO BRING JOBS AND A $27 MILLION INVESTMENT TO MILLS RIVER AND HENDERSON COUNTY THIS SPRING

NEW INDUSTRY TO BRING JOBS AND A $27 MILLION INVESTMENT TO MILLS RIVER AND HENDERSON COUNTY THIS SPRING

Andrew Tate, president of the Partnership for Economic Development, explains the Project Granite proposal to the Mills River Town Board.

Andrew Tate with the local Partnership For Economic Development, discussed a new industry known by the code name "Project Granite" at a meeting this week in Mills River

"Project Granite" is a code names used by local officials for an all new industry that's poised to move into Henderson County this spring, and bring an initial investment of $27 million and ultimately more than 170 good paying new jobs.

Mills River Town Council has appoved a $30 thousand incentive to lure the industry here, and the county commissioners are expected to approve a sizable incentvre at a meeting in early February. The industry is expected to locate its new facility at an undisclosed location inside the Town of Mills River.

Andrew Tate, President of the Henderson County Partnership For Economic Development, who guided the industry into the Henderson County location, said last week that Mills River was selected by the industry out of many possibilities.

Tate said the industry has nothing to do with "granite" or the code name.  Such code names are used to protect confidentiality in the highly competitive process of luring industry into an area.

Tate said the identity of the company and what they manufacture will probably be made public by the first of March.  He said specialized training for the jobs, which will pay in excess of $35 thousand plus benefits, will be handled by Blue Ridge Community College and the college will also be the "contact" location for those applying for the new jobs.

The incentives to new industry, such as the one being provided by the Town of Mills River and the one that will be offered by Henderson County, are breaks in taxes for a limited period of time based on the industry locating in the local community and meeting certain conditions such as job creation.

Photo from Hendersonville Lightning

 

 

 

 

LOCAL OFFICIALS "HOPEFUL" ABOUT RESTORATION OF HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

LOCAL OFFICIALS "HOPEFUL" ABOUT RESTORATION OF HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

Henderson County State Representative Chuck McGrady told WHKP News before the start of this year's session of the General Assembly that he's hearing a great deal from local officials in Hendersonville, in support of a restoration of state tax credits for businesses, developers, and individual owners of properties listed on the National Historic Register as an incentive to preserve and rehabilitate those properties. Those tax credits expired in 2014.

North Carolinas's Secretary of Cultural Resources, Susan Klutz. came to Hendersonville last week to help local officials make the case for re-instituting those tax credits.

The tax breaks provided a significant incentive for historic rehabilitation...a 20 per cent credit for income producing property in addition to a 20 per cent federal tax credit and a 30 per cent credit for non-income producing properties.

Of particular interest to Hendersonville is the anticipated project involving the old Grey's Hosiery Mill property on Grove Street, which would reportedly be eligible for a 20 or 30 per cent tax break depending on how the property and the project is classified.

Henderson County has a total of 25 historic tax credit projects since 1976...and they total well over 5 and a half million dollars in private investment.

There has been no indication from the state legislature of, or when, restoration of the tax credits may come up in this years session.  

As evidenced by the local visit last week in support of the credits by the Cultural Resources secretary, restoration of the tax breaks has the support of NC Governor Pat McCrory.

Above photo of Grey's Hosiery Mill from the Hendersonville Times-News

 

 

 

 

 

TWO LOCAL WINNERS THIS WEEK IN THE EDUCATION LOTTERY

TWO LOCAL WINNERS THIS WEEK IN THE EDUCATION LOTTERY

FROM THE NC EDUCATION LOTTERY:

 

 

Two Henderson County residents won $10,000 and $20,000 prizes in the North Carolina Education Lottery this past week, lottery officials announced.

Francis Schinestuhl of Hendersonville won $10,000 playing Powerball, and Priscilla Duncan of Mills River won $20,000 playing the million-dollar Jackpot game, according to a news release.

From Jan. 16 through Jan. 22, lottery players across the state won more than $19.8 million in prizes. Instant players won more than $15.1 million, and draw game players won $4.7 million, including $4.1 million from North Carolina draw games Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash 5 and All or Nothing. Since last weekend's drawings, Mega Millions and Powerball players won more than $552,000 in prizes.

One Carolina Cash 5 ticket matched all five numbers in Thursday's drawing and won the $263,868 jackpot. The ticket was sold at Kristy's Food Mart on North Liberty Street in Winston-Salem.

 

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TACKLED BUDGET ISSUES IN WEDNESDAY'S DAY-LONG RETREAT

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TACKLED BUDGET ISSUES IN WEDNESDAY'S DAY-LONG RETREAT

Henderson County, NC 1905 Courthouse.jpg

At their day long budget retreat on Wednesday, Henderson County commissioners learned the county will spend about $119 million dollars meeting the county’s obligations for fiscal year 2015-16 which begins on July 1.

Commissioners set spending and capital funding priorities in that retreat this week, while most county departments were asking for more staff. Social Services, the Health Department, and the Sheriff’s Department are all asking for an increase in staffing.

The county has been using a four-year plan to guide spending…and likely will develops another similar multi-year plan…that will include such large capital projects as school renovations, the new joint-venture medical facility on Sixth Avenue West, renovations and increased security on the 1995 courthouse, a new $9 million emergency services facility, and completion of work on county parks including the Tuxedo Community Park and the Westfeldt Park greenway. Commissioners also want to move forward with the rescue work in Seven Falls, using what’s left of the $6 million in bond money the county collected when Seven Falls went under.

The county has had a policy of keeping a 12 per cent rainy day fund balance, which now totals about $11 million…and provides the county with a comfortable cushion as they moved forward with spending in the new fiscal year. A re-evaluation of county property for taxes is almost complete, and it’s likely that will result in slightly higher property values and an increase in property tax revenue. But commissioners won’t be setting the tax rate for the 2015-16 fiscal year until that’s determined for sure.

Commissioners did turn thumbs down on a new library for Fletcher. The general consensus was that Fletcher could do like Mills River…and build their own library and the county would staff it.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

Updated 6:30am 1/22/15

 

 

 

2015 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION SET TO START; LOCAL LEGISLATORS HEAR LOCAL ISSUES

2015 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION SET TO START; LOCAL LEGISLATORS HEAR LOCAL ISSUES

As the North Carolina General Assemly goes to work later this week for the 2015 "long session", State Reprtesentative Chuck McGrady, who represented most of Henderson County in the state house, will be assuming some new leadership roles in the Republican-dominated legislature. 

As one of the House "appropriators"  McGrady told WHKP News this week he will be involved in some issues of particular interest to Hendersonville and Henderson County leaders.  McGrady says he's hearing a lot of local interest in the Historic Preservation Tax Credit and restoring the Privilege Tax.   He also will be involved in legislation limiting so-called "eminent domain".

McGrady said the state budget...revenue and spending...will be the over-riding issues in this year's session, which is expected to last well into the summer.

Before leaving for Raleigh and the start of the new session on Tuesday, McGrady met with local mayors, county officials, and town council members at a meeting of the county's Local Government Committee On Co-Operative Action in the Historic Courthouse, where he also heard a presentation on the proposed "Ecusta Trail" which would convert the old railroad line between Hendersonville and Brevard into walking trails, bike paths, etc.

Both McGrady and State Senator Tom Apodaca from Hendersonville will be serving in key leadership positions in this 2015 legislative session. 

 

 

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE ATHENA AWARD

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE ATHENA AWARD

 
athena
 
 
Nominate Someone for the 
8th Annual Henderson County
ATHENA Award Presented in Memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz
     The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 8th annual ATHENA Leadership Award® in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are ow
being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award®, which will be presented during Small Business Week at the Professional Women's Luncheon on May 14 to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.
 

        The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

 

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat's School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

 

        Deadline for 2015 nominations is April 17. A nomination form can be downloaded below. For more information, call the Chamber at 828.692.1413.

WHO, WHAT, WHERE IS THIS?...IN THE BAKER-BARBER COLLECTION...THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION NEEDS TO KNOW

WHO, WHAT, WHERE IS THIS?...IN THE BAKER-BARBER COLLECTION...THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION NEEDS TO KNOW

Community Foundation of Henderson County

Community Foundation of Henderson County

 

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CONTINUES THE CHALLENGE TO IDENTIFY HISTORIC LOCAL PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS IN THE TREASURED BAKER-BARBER COLLECTION

            Gifted to the Community Foundation by the late Joseph “Jody” EgertonBarber and maintained at the Henderson County Public Library, the Baker-Barber Photo Collection is a treasure trove of thousands of images documenting people, places and events in and around Henderson County from 1884 to the mid-1990s.The collection’s images illustrate the changing face of our community through the years and include pictures of rural life, urbanization, transportation, recreation, tourism, families, businesses, news, events, and formal portraits of area residents.

A member of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, Ron Partin has been leading a renewed effort, with the assistance of volunteers, to digitally scan, catalog and identify images in the Baker-Barber Photographic Collection.

Ron invites the community to attend the weekly slideshows held every Thursday from 1:30-3:00 pm at Henderson County Public Library at 301 N Washington Street in Hendersonville.Please note the time for the slideshows are moving earlier in the day to 1:30 pm

 

 

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON SCHEDULE

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON SCHEDULE

 

Flat Rock Playhouse announced today the revised 2015 season lineup for both the Mainstage and Playhouse Downtown locations.  Previously announced titles The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edition, Always…Patsy Cline, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Driving Miss Daisy, Gypsy, Fly, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Oliver!, as well as the Music on the Rock Series has been augmented by the addition of three new titles for the Playhouse Downtown:  Over The River and Through the Woods, Crimes of the Heart and Catfish Moon.

“The 2015 season is programmed with a variety of titles that will surely appeal to all,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. “Local youth will charm you as they whisk you over the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz while our country and blue grass roots will keep your toes tappin’ long after you leave the theatre with such shows as Always…Patsy Cline and Pump Boys and Dinettes.  Soar to new heights with the Tuskegee Airmen in Fly while Mama Rose encourages us all to ‘Sing out Louise!’ and poor orphaned Oliver heartbreakingly dares to ask for more.”

Bryant continues, “I’m also overjoyed to be adding these three new titles to the Playhouse Downtown lineup. Both Over the River and Through the Woods and Catfish Moon have played to packed houses here at Flat Rock Playhouse and at many regional theatres across the United States. AND this is the first time that we’ve ever produced the Pulitzer Prize winning hit Crimes of the Heart – a title that will surely garner much interest from our local community.”

THE WIZARD OF OZ – YOUNG PERFORMER’S EDITION Follow the yellow brick road for we’re off to see the Wizard this March as we kick off our 2015 season with The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edi6on. Journey over the rainbow into the merry old land of Oz with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto too as they jitterbug through the haunted forest, tangle with winged monkeys and confront the Wicked Witch of the West. Together, we’ll share in the timeless message that “there’s no place like home.” Bring your family and friends and visit us in our home at the Playhouse Downtown. Ruby slippers not required for this journey. The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour adaption for Young Performers.

March 12 – 29, 2015 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE A country music superstar. A housewife from Houston. An unlikely and unforgettable bond. With such hits as Crazy, Walkin after Midnight, Sweet Dreams and I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline was the first country music singer to cross over to pop music, solidifying her position as a legendary icon for all time. But what you may not know is that she struck up a friendship with fan Louise Seger, with whom she corresponded until her untimely death in a plane crash at the age of 30. More than just a concert, Always...Patsy Cline is based on this true story of this relationship and features 27 of her hits. A heartwarming celebratioon of down home country humor, true emotion and timeless classics.

May 7 - 31 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS From the Tony Award winning Joe DiPietro, the author of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up and the smash musical Memphis, this uproarious family comedy centers around Nick Cristano and his Italian American grandparents, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma, as they scheme to thwart his upcoming move from Hoboken, New Jersey to Seattle. Faith, family and food are central themes in this long running Off Broadway hit which returns to Flat Rock Playhouse for the first time since it’s box office breaking run in 1999. Think you’ll find a more heart warming and hilarious show? Fuggedabout it.

June 4 – 21 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING A satire on office politics and corporate culture, H2$ will have you humming memorable songs such as I Believe In You and The Brotherhood of Man for days! Armed with his handy book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and unbridled charisma, Finch catapults from window washer to Chairman of the Board at the World Wide Wicket Company. However, when his ad campaign goes terribly awry, his job and new romance hang in the balance. Finch must rely on his own wits to save the day. This fun and hilarious musical is a story about the triumph of the common man.

June 18 – July 21 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

DRIVING MISS DAISY Both humorous and heartwarming, Driving Miss Daisy will leave you touched and wanting more. Atlanta, 1948. After demolishing yet another car, Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old, wealthy, Jewish woman is forced to rely on the services of a hired chauffer; a thoughtful and good-natured man named Hoke. Despite her rancor at the loss of her independence and initial prejudice toward her new driver, Daisy and Hoke develop a close, mutually dependent relationship spanning 25 years. Driving Miss Daisy is an evocative tribute to friendship and human dignity. Brilliantly absorbing and tender, this engaging and timeless story demonstrates the healing powers of love and friendship.

July 9 - 26 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

GYPSY Curtain up! Light the lights! Ready or not...here comes Mama! Often referred to as the greatest American Musical, Gypsy brings to life the memoirs of real life vaudevillian, Gypsy Rose Lee, and her ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose. Rose is wildly determined to turn her two young daughters, Dainty June and Louise, into stars – at all cost. Relive the unforgettable moments made famous by the incomparable Ethel Merman with such showstoppers as Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Let Me Entertain You and the dazzling and dizzying Rose’s Turn. Returning Vagabond Klea Blackhurst stars as Mama Rose.

July 23 – August 16 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

CRIMES OF THE HEART Meet Meg, Babe and Lenny, the Magrath sisters. Just your typical southern sisters who reconvene in their hometown of Hazlehurst, Mississippi at the home of their Old Grandaddy. Oh, but this is not your typical family reunion. Babe has just shot her abusive husband. And their mother has hung herself...and the beloved family cat. What unfolds is a beautifully rendered, often heartbreaking, often hilarious story of love, compassion and sisterhood. Offered for the first time ever on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage, Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart promises to be a huge hit that you will not want to miss.

August 20 – September 6 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

FLY An important and inspiring story about the experiences and challenges of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American flyers in the U.S. military during World War II. Hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa, and the Caribbean each arrive at boot camp with a dream to serve their country as combat fighter pilots. But they find that they must first combat racism and prejudice in the very military they have volunteered to serve. This raw tale of courage and triumph is brought to life through a powerful combination of speech, multi-media, and tap-dance. Revel in the accomplishments of these men and soar along with them as they achieve great heights of distinguished service and forged brotherhood.

September 10 – 27 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, way down on Highway 57, the Pump Boys sell high-octane gasoline, while the Dinettes serve up plenty of pie and sass at the Double Cupp diner next door. Come sit a spell as the Pump Boys and Dinettes share their stories of heartache and hilarity with songs, live-instruments, and even a kitchen utensil or two. Pump Boys and Dinettes is one of the most frequently requested shows by Flat Rock Playhouse audiences. It’s a countrified musical packed with original and highly entertaining, toe-tappin’ tunes, presented as a love song to family and friends, both old and new.

October 1 – 25 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage Presented by Morris Broadband

CATFISH MOON Skipping school, skinny dipping, kissing your first girl and, of course, fishing off the pier out on the end of Cypress Lake. Rites of passage for childhood best friends Curley, Gordon and Frog. But life happens and time has driven a wedge between these now, middle aged men who have come together for one last overnight fishing trip to patch old wounds brought about by anger, jealousy and betrayal. Penned by Laddy Sartin, who hails from Rock Hill, South Carolina, this bodacious southern fried bro-mance of a comedy is sure to delight.

October 29 – November 15 Playhouse Downtown

OLIVER! The Timeless and classic Dickensian tale of the poorhouse orphan boy who wanted more. Join us as we vividly bring to life the story of Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy and the menacing Bill Sykes in our holiday offering at the Flat Rock Playhouse. This performance will feature the talents of local youth working alongside our professional company. Filled with such memorable songs such as Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and the hit As Long as He Needs Me, Oliver! is sure to delight your whole family this holiday season.

November 27 – December 20 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage Presented by Pardee Hospital

MUSIC ON THE ROCK SERIES

Flat Rock Playhouse ushers in the 6th season of Music on the Rock with the following musical celebrations.  All performances at the Playhouse Downtown.

The Music of ABBA February 12 – 15

The Music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons April 16 – 26

The Music of Carole King & James Taylor April 13 – 15

The Music of Chicago October 8 – 18

The Christmas Concert that Never Was – Barbra and Frank December 10 – 12

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE All subscriptions packages can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008.  Individual ticket sales can be purchased online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org. 

Discounts are available for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students and groups. The Flat Rock Playhouse downtown is located at 125 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.