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A BUSY FALL COLOR SEASON ANTICIPATED FOR WNC AND THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

A BUSY FALL COLOR SEASON ANTICIPATED FOR WNC AND THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

 

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is expecting a robust fall visitor season along the 469-mile linear national park which offers breathtaking scenic beauty and a wide variety of educational and cultural experiences. October is historically one of the Parkway’s highest visitation months and park managers anticipate that tradition to continue.

Visitors can find helpful information as they plan for their Parkway experience from a variety of sources. The park website provides a real-time road closure map, facility schedules, safety information, suggested itineraries, visitor center locations, and much more at www.nps.gov/blri. Recorded late season wildflower blooming and fall foliage information is available at 828.298.0398 and is updated regularly. Visitors can follow park updates on social media at www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeNPS.

Park visitors are encouraged to plan visits carefully to avoid unexpected road or weather conditions. Considering its unique design and changes in elevation, the Parkway drive is different than most and visitors are encouraged to pay extra attention when driving. The safest way to enjoy fall color is by parking at overlooks available along the motor road at regular intervals. In addition, park staff remind visitors that the Parkway is a living and fragile resource. Visitors can help protect it by following park regulations while in the park.

Parkway staff has begun making preparations for seasonal facility closures. The full listing of facilities, with 2014 closing dates if applicable, is available below and on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/hours.htm.

2014 FALL/WINTER FACILITY SCHEDULE:

CAMPGROUNDS (Reservations before Oct. 24, 2014 visit recreation.gov. Camping on walk-in basis between Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, 2014)

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CAMPGROUND

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

60.8

Otter Creek Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

167.1

Rocky Knob Campground

2-Nov

Two loops open for season; Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

239.2

Doughton Park Campground

2-Nov

RV loop and one tent camping loop open for season; Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

296.9

Price Park Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

316.4

Linville Falls Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

408.8

Mt. Pisgah Campground

2-Nov

Full services available through the evening of November 1, 2014.

CONCESSION FACILITIES

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CONCESSION

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

85.6

Peaks of Otter Lodge

30-Nov

Open through lunch on Sun., November 30, 2014; Open weekends & holidays through the winter; visit peaksofotter.com for more information.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Country Store

31-Oct

Open Wednesday through Sun., 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

176.2

Mabry Mill Restaurant & Gift Shop

2-Nov

Visit mabrymillrestaurant.com for more information.

258.7

Northwest Trading Post

31-Oct

Visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=531619223549658 for more information

294

Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor

30-Nov

Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Visit craftguild.org for more information.

296.9

Price Park Boat Rental

Staggered beginning Sept. 30

Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. through September 30, 2014. Open weekends, weather permitting, Fri. through Sun. through October 26, 2014; visit wix.com/pricelakeboatrentals/blueridgeparkway for more information.

382.2

Folk Art Center

Open Year Round

Visit craftguild.org for seasonal hours, special events, and more information.

408.8

Pisgah Inn & Restaurant

2-Nov

Open through breakfast on Sun., November 2, 2014; visit pisgahinn.com for more information.

PICNIC AREAS (Restrooms available at all picnic areas. Picnic Areas close for the season at dusk on Sun., November 2, 2014.)

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PICNIC AREA

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

8.5

Humpback Rocks Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

63.6

James River Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

85.6

Peaks of Otter Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

120.4

Roanoke Mtn. Day Use Area

2-Nov

Last concert of the season on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

154.5

Smart View Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

169

Rocky Knob Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

188.8

Groundhog Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

217.5

Cumberland Knob Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

241.1

Doughton Park Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

271.9

Jeffress Park Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

296.4

Price Park Picnic Area

Open Year Round

Portable toilets only after November 2, 2014.

316.4

Linville Falls Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

367.6

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

407.8

Mt. Pisgah Picnic Area

2-Nov

 

VISITOR CONTACT STATIONS & AREAS OF INTEREST

MILEPOST

VISITOR CTR/ AREA

OPEN THROUGH

NOTES

6

Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

2-Nov

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

6

Humpback Rocks Farm

26-Oct

Seasonal cultural and farmlife demonstrations daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. After Oct. 26, grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

63.6

James River Visitor Center

2-Nov

Open Wed. - Sun., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

85.6

Peaks of Otter Visitor Center

2-Nov at 4:00 p.m.

Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

85.6

Johnson Farm

6-Oct

Open Th. - Mon.,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

169

Rocky Knob Visitor Center

26-Oct

Weekends only, Sat. - Sun., 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

176.2

Mabry Mill Exhibits

Cultural demonstrations through Oct. 26, 2014

Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

213

Blue Ridge Music Center

2-Nov

Visitor Center & Roots of American Music Exhibit close November 2, 2014. Mid Day Music also concludes Nov. 2. Last outdoor concert of the season Sat., October 11, 2014; visit blueridgemusiccenter.com for more information.

238.5

Brinegar Cabin

26-Oct

Open Sat. & Sun. only, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

294

Moses Cone Manor House

2-Nov

Visitor Center open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. Manor House Tours conclude for the seaon on October 19, 2014. Estate grounds open year round for self-guided tour.

304.4

Linn Cove Visitor Center

2-Nov

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

316.4

Linville Falls Visitor Center

11-Nov

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with full utilities through Nov. 2, 2014, Portable toilets on site from November 3 - 11, 2014.

330.9

North Carolina Museum of Minerals

Open Year Round

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Closed daily for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. beginning November 2, 2014.

364.5

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center

11-Nov

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with full utilities through Nov. 2, 2014, Portable toilets on site from November 3 - 11, 2014.

382.2

Folk Art Center

Open Year Round

Seasonal hours: Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m through December; Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. January through March.

384.5

Asheville Visitor Center

Open Year Round

Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

451.2

Waterrock Knob Visitor Center

2-Nov

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 * Please note, schedule subject to change.

 

 

FARM-CITY DAY SET FOR OCTOBER 4TH AT JACKSON PARK

FARM-CITY DAY SET FOR OCTOBER 4TH AT JACKSON PARK

 
 

 

FARM CITY DAY

Hendersonville, NC

  

Date:    October 4, 2014

 

Place:   Jackson Park

 

Time:     10:00am-4:00pm

 

Admission:  Free Family Fun

Farm City Day is a free, family-oriented educational event that offers both urban and rural displays, antique and modern farm equipment & tools, live music, square dancing, clogging, arts and crafts, children's activities, games, wagon rides, demonstrations, displays, competitions, food and learn about agriculture. Animal lovers will enjoy the petting zoo and animal demonstrations. A special children's section will include hands-on activities, farm animals, and old-time demonstrations. There will be games, such as: an egg toss, sack race and corn shucking. 

 

Live regional entertainment will be featured in the park throughout the day.  Enjoy traditional Appalachian square dancing, clogging, singing, and bluegrass bands.

 

Farm City Day began in 1955 by the Cooperative Extension Service and Kiwanis International.  The Festival highlights the dependency of farm people and city people on each other for products and services essential to modern living.  The Farm City program was designed to encourage the exchange of ideas and development of shared activities creating a feeling of mutual understanding and goodwill. In 1986 Farm City Day was moved to Jackson Park. North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Henderson County Parks and Recreation work together to coordinate the one-day event.

Whether you’re city folks or country folks, Farm City Day will fill your day with wholesome fun for the whole family.

 

For additional information or a schedule of events call the Henderson County Parks & Recreation Department, (828) 697-4884 or Henderson County Cooperative Extension (828) 697-4891.

 

 

HENDERSONVILLE'S "ART ON MAIN" COMING IN OCTOBER

HENDERSONVILLE'S "ART ON MAIN" COMING IN OCTOBER

Photo: Today's the day artists will start rolling into town. The sun is shining and we're looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones...greeting local artists as well as artists who are coming from some great distances to be here for Art on Main! The show dates are Saturday & Sunday, 10/5 and 10/6, 10-5 both days.

The Arts Council of Henderson County will present the 55th annual Art on Main fine art/fine craft festival along Hendersonville’s historic Main Street, October 4 & 5, 2014.  Festival hours will be 10am–5pm both days.

One of the region’s most popular outdoor arts festivals, Art on Main will feature fine arts and fine crafts from local and regional artists, as well as many artists from states beyond the southeast region.  More than 70 artists will participate in this juried and judged festival.

Among the new artists for this year is jeweler Ivy Solomon.  Ivy comes to Art on Main from Oak Park, MI, where she creates her silver and resin jewelry.  She has won recognition for her colorful pieces from publications and art fairs across the country.  Also new to Art on Main, Keith Berner uses up-cycled materials to create his metal art.  His work includes wall pieces and wrist cuffs that make an unusual and visual statement.  Keith is a Hendersonville resident, and a recent Regional Artist Project Grant awardee.  Amy Perrier, new to Western North Carolina, brings her acrylic paintings of nature to us from Michigan.  Brian Kuehn, local pastel artist has had one of his images chosen as Art on Main’s marketing image for 2014.  His pastel painting, “The Pond,” will be seen on postcards, posters and T-shirts promoting this year’s show.   Nancy Strailey, of Columbia, SC will return to Art on Main with her wildlife drawings.  Nancy uses colored pencils on exotic handmade papers to achieve the visual richness of her drawings.

The Art on Main committee has also gathered a diverse group of artists for live arts demonstrations which will be interspersed throughout historic Main Street this year.  Demonstrations will include raku pottery, journal crafting, calligraphy, blacksmithing, basket making, pastels, and painting. Artists will take time to explain their processes and motivation and many will have finished work for sale.

Three distinguished judges will be judging the artist’s work and booths to determine winners for $3,000 in prize money. In addition to the $1,000 Best of Show Award, first place ($500), and second place ($300) prizes will be awarded in both categories of fine art and fine craft. Four Honorable Mentions of $100 each will also be awarded.

The Art on Main committee is honored to have three distinguished judges for the 55th Art on Main. Stephanie Moore is the Executive Director of the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, a nationally recognized nonprofit based in Asheville, NC that advances the understanding of craft by supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development.  Moore, now an Asheville resident, lived in Washington, DC for over 20 years and last served as the Director of Visual Arts for VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Joel Smeltzer is School Programs Coordinator for the Mint Museums.  Joel holds a BS in art education from Trenton State College and an MA in American History with a concentration in Museum Studies from UNC Greensboro.  Joel collaborates with local and regional artists to create and implement museum and studio programming for teachers and students.

 

Susan Buser has had a life-long love for the arts in a wide variety of activities and pursuits.  Susan has worked in costume design and construction for grand opera and Shakespearean plays, run her own embroidery business, explored textile and paper arts, and developed programs as Director of arts organizations.  Susan is currently the Director of the Tryon Arts and Crafts School, where she is working to provide a strong new direction for the school as it develops into a regional school for teaching of traditional and contemporary craft.

 

Art on Main is presented by the Arts Council of Henderson County with major support provided by Morris Broadband. In addition, the festival is supported by the Henderson County Visitors Information Center (www.historichendersonville.org), the Dr. Minor F. Watts Fund at the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Mast General Store, and Bold Life Magazine. 

 

For more information please contact the Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-693-8504. The web address is www.acofhc.org.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR TO BE PART OF FARM-CITY DAY OCTOBER 4 IN JACKSON PARK

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR TO BE PART OF FARM-CITY DAY OCTOBER 4 IN JACKSON PARK

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Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald & Emergency Manager Rocky Hyder

 

want to help citizens be prepared.  They are inviting residents to learn valuable life-saving skills at a FREE Emergency Preparedness Fair. The fair will be held in conjunction with Farm City Day. 

Date:  Saturday, October 4th

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:  Jackson Park - 801 4th Avenue East, Hendersonville

Disasters can happen at any time, so why not prepare for them? Weather events, local disasters, economic crisis, and personal incidents can all be greatly minimized by having a little extra on hand and knowing what you can do to better prepare your family.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Come and learn from disaster management experts how you and your family can be prepared for the next emergency. See what you should have on hand to help you prepare for the unexpected.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said, our community has a wealth of knowledge and resources to help you and your family get through emergency situations with a little knowledge and preparation. 

Our mission is to bring the Emergency Preparedness Fair to our area to support and assist agencies and organizations dedicated to preparing the people of Western North Carolina for emergencies and disasters which could affect us in the future.

Our goal is to help those living in our area receive the information, resources and skills needed to protect themselves, their families and the community and to learn to be self-sufficient in the event of a disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN BEARS GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK OCTOBER 25TH

DOWNTOWN BEARS GO ON THE AUCTION BLOCK OCTOBER 25TH

You just can’t “bear” to pass this up!

Downtown Hendersonville’s Bears up for auction.

Hendersonville, NC, August 6, 2014– Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk has helped raise funding for Historic Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to their ability to fund-raise, the Bears offer a window into the variety of good work being done by non-profits and community organizations in Henderson County.

This year Hendersonville’s artistic mascots benefit: Blue Ridge Humane Society, Hendersonville High School Scholarship Fund, Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Pardee Hospital Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Mainstay, Smart Start, Housing Assistance Corporation, Child & Family Resource Center, Toys for Tots, Kiwanis, Monday Night Street Dance, Medical Loan Closet, Hospice, Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, Henderson County Education Foundation Fund, St. James School for Little Folks, Council on Aging and Friends of Downtown. The bears have become so popular that Downtown Hendersonville prepares a walking map brochure that explains the program and describes each bear. Brochures are available at the Henderson County Visitor Center in Downtown Hendersonville, City Hall and at several North Carolina Welcome Centers.

Downtown Director Lew Holloway noted, “At the 2013 auction, several bears received 4-figure bids with the highest selling for $4,800. Downtown has seen this enthusiasm for the bears continue, enjoying renewed sponsor interest in Bearfootin’  2014 and fielding support for 20 additions to the bear catalogue this year. We will have limited sponsorship opportunities for our 2015 collection and encourage you to contact us if you’d like to be involved in next year’s Bearfootin’ Art Walk.” 

Of course, you still have an opportunity to take home your favorite 2014 bear. I’m talking about the great Bear Auction, scheduled for October 25th! Although it’s a day that we say goodbye to our bear friends as they move off the street and on to their permanent homes, many of you are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to take one home! Last year would-be buyers voiced disappointment that they were unable to attend the auction. In an effort to reach a broader audience pre-bids on the bears are being accepted in advance of the October 25th auction date. At the auction, bids will start at $700 (the cost of the bear before the artists bring the bears to life) unless a higher pre-bid has been placed in advance of the auction date. Bears that receive pre-bids will be auctioned starting at the highest pre-bid on record and will be bid up in increments of $100 from there.

For more information or to place a pre-bid on your favorite, contact Dalleen Jackson at 828-233-3205 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">djackson@cityofhendersonville.org. Bids will be accepted up until 12:00 pm on October 23.

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE ANNOUNCES MAINTENANCE AND PAVING OF CITY STREETS

Hendersonville, NC, June, 21 2014:

During the months of July and August, the City of Hendersonville will be performing maintenance on several different streets within the City.

The extent of the maintenance will vary depending on the situation. Some streets may simply be given a new layer of asphalt overlaying the existing surface, while other streets may have a layer of tar and gravel applied before they are overlayed with new asphalt. Still other streets will have the existing surface milled down a few inches and then receive a new layer of asphalt. Construction will begin by mid-July and is scheduled to be completed within 60 days weather permitted. The paving contractor will be determined at the July 3rd bid opening.

Streets to be resurfaced: 5th Ave from Oak to Fleming Buncombe from 5th Ave to 4th Ave Washington from 5th Ave to 1st Ave 1st Ave from Washington to Grove 2nd Ave from Washington to King Grove from 1st Ave to 4th Ave Caswell from Church to Main 7th Ave from Grove to Maple Lincoln Circle beginning at Ray Ave

In the event there are funds left over in the 2014 resurfacing budget, additional streets will be considered for resurfacing as well.

For questions about this project, please call Tom Wooten at (828) 697-3084.

 

 

 

 



 

CITY SCHEDULES DAY-LONG  REVIEW THIS FRIDAY FOR 2014-15 CITY BUDGET

CITY SCHEDULES DAY-LONG REVIEW THIS FRIDAY FOR 2014-15 CITY BUDGET

 

 

Hendersonville city officials are planning a day-long city BUDGET REVIEW for the new fiscal year, 2014-15, which begins July 1.

The BUDGET REVIEW will be in City Hall all day this Friday...below is the schedulke and agenda for the meeting:

CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL – SPECIAL MEETING

BUDGET REVIEW

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014-15

MAY 16, 2014 – 8:30 A.M.

SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM IN CITY HALL 

8:00 a.m. Breakfast served

8:30 a.m. Call to Order; General Overview of Budget

9:00 a.m. Review of Requests for Special Appropriations – Round 1

9:45 a.m. General Fund Review

11:30 a.m. Environmental Services Fund Review

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Recess for Lunch

1:00 p.m. Downtown/Seventh Avenue Tax Districts Review

1:30 p.m. Water and Sewer Fund Review

2:30 p.m. Review of Requests for Special Appropriations – Round 2 (if

needed)

3:00 p.m. General Budget Discussion and Other Business

3:30 Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



2014 NC APPLE FESTIVAL...ALREADY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS

 

 

The NC Apple Festival can use Volunteers in the beverage & merchandise booths Friday through Monday in 3 hour shifts starting at 9:00 A.M.

This is GREAT fun & a good way to see the Festival with out dealing with the crowds so much, you can see a lot from the booths, out of the sun! Every one who volunteers gets a t-shirt with the current years logo and free drink coupons!

Pick someone to sign up with you, a spouse, friend, child or grandchild, IT IS A LOT OF FUN!!

The following are times that are available: 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00, 3:00-6:00 & 6:00-9:00 Friday through Sunday. Monday 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00(this shift always has a great view of the parade!! that starts at 2:30)

Contact... 
Cheryl Gudger-Thompson



GOODWILL IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA IS NOW MAKING HOUSE CALLS

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With a decline in donations this past winter, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is making it more convenient for people to get their donations to a Goodwill facility. And what is more convenient than a house call? Goodwill now offers free pickup service for businesses and large residential donations within the greater Asheville area.

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SPRING TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES IS MAY 4TH

 


             Included will be the Dr. Robert C. Sample House, circa 1926
 

 Spring Tour of Historic Homes

Hendersonville, North Carolina

 

Date: May 4, 2014, 1pm-5pm

Tickets: $15 per person

Organization: Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission

 

This May, join us for a self-driving/walking tour through one of Hendersonville’s lovely historic districts, Hyman Heights. This year’s tour features homes built between1856 and 1930, showcasing Craftsman, Gothic, and Colonial Revival Styles. A highlight of the tour will be Killareny House, a pre-civil war home remodeled by Richard Sharp Smith in 1910 (pictured on flyer).

 

Hyman Heights was platted in 1908 but much of the growth started in 1913 with the opening of Patton Hospital within the neighborhood. This district and its 123 contributing structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hyman Heights was designated a Local Historic District by the Hendersonville City Council in 1997.

Advanced tickets will be available The Bee Hive (449 N Main), Mia’s Martketplace (241 N. Main) and City Hall (145 5th Ave East).Tickets will be available the day of the tour at Killarney House, 322 Killarney Street (off Patton Street in Hyman Heights).