FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE TO PRESENT
NEW PLAYS AT CARL SANDBURG HOME
Two original works will debut in honor of 2016 Centennial of National Park Service
Flat Rock, NC (June 9, 2016) – Look out Connemara, there’s a new kid in town. Two new kids to be exact! In celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service, Flat Rock Playhouse announced today plans to debut two original works to be performed by the Flat Rock Playhouse 2016 Apprentice Company during the Sandburg Summer Stage series: Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country, written and directed by Flat Rock Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant and Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Express, with book, music, lyrics and direction by Flat Rock Playhouse 2016 Apprentice Director Ethan Andersen.
“For over forty years, the Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice Company has performed for patrons visiting the park beloved productions such as Rootabaga!, The People’s Poet, Sandburg’s Lincoln and The World of Carl Sandburg,” says Bryant. “We thought that this would be a great gift to the park to produce original works this year – in honor of the Centennial as well as our ongoing partnership and collaboration with the Sandburg Home.”
About Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country:
Follow Spink, Skabootch and Swipes and their friends into the Rootabaga Country — a magical place where whimsy reigns! Discover how the letter X made its way into the alphabet! Hit the rails with the great Golden Spike Limited as she speeds her way from coast to coast, and marvel at how Hot Balloons and his two pigeon daughters crossed the Shampoo River!
“Carl Sandburg told stories that sprang from his imagination,” says Bryant. “When his own children – lovingly nicknamed Spink, Skabootch and Swipes – couldn’t get enough of his fanciful tales, he decided to write them down for all children and families to revel in. Nearly a century later the reveling continues!”
Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country will be performed on Wednesdays and Fridays at from .
About Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Express:
Join Gimme the Ax as he travels aboard Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Express, a fantastical train that hoots, clangs, and pfisty-pfoosts all the way to Rootabaga Country in this brand new MUSICARL! Watch three boys shrink to bugs, cheer the Rusty Rats as they save the Creampuffs, and do a boogie with the Moon!
“All of Carl Sandburg's colorful characters are inside this exciting and vibrant new musical, perfect for the youngest and oldest of Sandburg fans,” says Andersen. “Come sing and dance with us and experience the joy of imagination and music!”
Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Express will be performed on Thursdays and Saturdays at from June 16 through August 13.
All of the performances are free and open to the public and will be performed at the Amphitheater next to the Main House of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.
“Don’t miss these brand new romps through the magical world of Carl Sanburg and Rootabaga Country,” says Bryant. “Children and adults will have a blast! Come PLAY with us!”
COMMISSIONERS SETTLED ON THE NEW 56.5 CENT TAX RATE MONDAY NIGHT
After long hours of discussion, debate and decision making---HendersonCounty commissioners Monday night, in a split 3 to 2 vote, settled on a five cent tax increase for county property owners and taxpayers in the new fiscal year starting July1. The new tax rate of 56.5 cents per $100 valuation will fund a $130, 287,224 dollar budget in the new fiscal year.
More county services, three per cent pay raises for county employees totaling a million dollars, planning for a new law enforcement training center, and debt service on major buildings like a new HendersonvilleHigh School, new EMS headquarters, an Early College or "career" academy, and the new health science facility for Wingate University, Blue Ridge Community College, and Pardee Hospital appeared to be driving the need for the ten per cent increase in county property taxes which will generate about six and a half million dollars in additional revenue for the county.
Even though commissioners have turned down, for now, a request from the sheriff for an outdoor firing facility because of public opposition to it, some $1.2 million dollars a year was approved by commissioners to cover what staff estimates the cost would be for a new county law enforcement training center…and the county manager says he’s heard possible costs as high as $15 million.
Apparently, the $130 million budget and the tax increae of over a nickel will not be subject to a public hearing…one was held on the proposed budget back in May prior to any approval of a tax increase.
In addition, commissioners have gone on record supporting the quarter cent sales tax increase that will be on voter’s ballots in November.
One report says the commissioners are attributing the higher taxes and spending to the cost of growth in the county.
Property taxes in Hendersonville, Flat Rock and Laurel Park will remain where they are in the new fiscal year, while the county’s and the Town of Mills River’s will be going up.
THE CHURCH WILL BE INVESTING $1.4 MILLION IN 141 SPACE PARKING LOT
It’s apparently a “done deal”…the Hendersonville Post Office WILL be re-located late in 2017 to the larger postal sorting facility near Sam’s Club at Highland Square and Highway 64 East. And the current post office property WILL become a parking lot for the First Baptist Church.
First Baptist members apparently made it official in a business meeting that the church will buy the current post office property, the building and the 1.52 acre lot, and close the deal this July for just over one million dollars. The postal service does not own the property…they lease it from private owners.
The $1,003,000 purchase will enable the church to apparently level the existing post office building and construct a 141 space parking lot on the property. From the time of the purchase this July until the post office moves out in October of 2017, the postal service will be leasing the property from the church.
When all is said and done, the church will have invested $1.4 million in the project.
And this should put to rest speculation that the post office property might be purchased by the City of Hendersonville to build a parking deck, or perhaps for a new convention-type hotel.
What the postal service plans to do beyond October 1 2017 is not clear…if they will operate a post office out of that sorting facility near Sam’s Club or if they, as reported earlier, will eventually re-locate the Hendersonville post office to another nearby town.
AT THE INTERSECTION OF SUGARLOAF ROAD, 64 EAST, AND I-26...WHAT WAS ONCE A HOLIDAY INN...THEN A QUALITY INN...AND UP UNTIL LATELY HAS BEEN A DELAPIDATED RUN DOWN JUNK PILE...IS BECOMNG THE CASCADES MOUNTAIN RESORT
This WLOS TV photo tells the story...a lot has been accomplished so far and a lotr more is still to come. The grand opening of the new resort has been pushed back. The owners of Cascades Mountain Resort have told reporters that they are now slated to open on August 15.
The old Quality Inn off Interstate 26 has been under renovations since April and was expected to open this month. But the owners say they're waiting on the water slide...which will be a main attraction at the resort.
The owners also say they expect to hire more workers.
"We're going to be doing a lot of hiring coming up, as well," co-owner Daniel Day said. "In July, about mid-July, we'll be looking to hire somewhere between 80 to 100 people to be a part of the new project."
Day says they're going to keep everyone updated on the project through their Facebook page, which will include job postings for positions at the resort.
MORE NEW, LARGER, MODERN CHOICES FOR GROCERY SHOPPERS
Most new Ingles Supermarkets being built in the area now are being constructed like the "model" of the large Ingles store on Highway 280 in Mills River...and it's believed the new one to be built on the Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville will be of that new, larger design. Construction on that new Ingles came another step closer this week as the former Pizza Hut on Spartanburg Highway was demolished.
The former Pizza Hut property was purchased a while back by Ingles and will become part of the site for that new Ingles store. The older Ingles store closed for good a few Saturdays ago and site work is expected to start soon in preparation for that large new supermarket. Ingles recently opened a news supermarket in Enka on Hominy Creek that's similar to the Mills River store, and it's rumored that one will be constructed where an older Ingles was recently demonlished on Brevard Road across from Asheville Outlets.
The south end of Hendersonville will have a lot to offer grocery shoppers with construction of that new Ingles.
Publix is expected to start work soon on their store to be built where Atha Plaza has been fpr several generations on the Greenville Highway. That new Publix is expected to open in the spring of next year.
And there is already a modern, large Harris-Teeter supermarket in the same area, on the north side th Spartanburg Highway.