Sandburg Home & Campgrounds Reopen
The goats at Carl Sandburg Home charged volunteers in excitement when the caretakers returned to work Thursday morning.
With the end of the federal shutdown, employees returned to work to begin catching up after a 16-day furlough. At the Sandburg Home, Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg was glad to be back and have visitors return.
“I think the biggest thing was the lack of opportunity to let people come visit the Carl Sandberg Home and learn about Carl Sandburg and also enjoy their National Park Service,” Brandyburg said.
He spent time at home with his family during his furlough and was confident that congressional leaders would find a solution.
During the shutdown, 17 of the Sandburg Home's 20 employees were furloughed. The historic site's 150 volunteers were also told they could not report to work for safety reasons.
Rangers Sarah Perschall and Janene Donovan were deemed “essential staff” to manage the goat herd. A maintenance employee was on site to manage the fire suppression and security systems, as well as oversee facilities.
Perschall said the lack of visitors caused a change in the goats' behavior.
“They were definitely coming up to us and nudging us a little more,” Perschall said. “You'd be down petting one and then several would come over and be looking for that attention too; our goats enjoy people. By the second week, they were definitely missing their people.”
Volunteer Kathy MacNeill said even their barn cat, Tiger, was looking for attention when he is usually hiding during visiting hours.
Enjoy Fall In NC's National Parks
This weekend will be a peak time to view fall foliage in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests.
The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina offers tips for leaf peeping in a feature titled “Fall Foliage in Western North Carolina — 2013” on its website, www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/home/?cid=STELPRDB5326570.
This feature describes popular locations for viewing mountain plants at high, middle and low elevations during peak season. The Uwharrie National Forest, located in the Piedmont of North Carolina, also offers its share of fall foliage, as well as camping opportunities.
Autumn is a great time to camp in the Croatan, Uwharrie, Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. For more information on where to camp in the four national forests, visit www.fs.usda.gov/activity/nfsnc/recreation/camping-cabins.
Most national forest campgrounds that are typically open during the fall months have resumed operations, although some may have reduced services. Reservations at many of these sites are available through www.recreation.gov.
Hendersonville Christmas Parade Set for December 7th
Applications will soon be accepted for the Hendersonville Christmas Parade, to be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 7. This year's theme is "Christmas Thru the Eyes of Children."
Parade applications will be available in Hendersonville at the old Federal Building on Fifth Avenue West and Mountain 1st Bank at 203 Greenville Highway beginning Monday, and are due by Nov. 25. There is no charge for school marching bands, JROTC, school groups, Scout groups and fire/emergency organizations to participate.
The cost for nonprofits is $15, and $25 for business/commercial entries, political candidates, antique vehicle clubs, equine entries and others.
Entries will be judged prior to the parade between 8:15 and 9:45 a.m. in the parade lineup. Entries will be judgedd on attractiveness, best use of theme and originality. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given.
New this year, the Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association is sponsoring The Storehouse on 7th Avenue in Hendersonville. The association is asking everyone to bring a non-perishable item to the parade or have a box at their facility for people to donate non-perishable food items for the Storehouse.
For more information, contact parade Chairperson Cindy Daye at 828-575-4171.
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge blooms on the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River Bridge in Lake Lure, NC> When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, the Friends of The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge came together to create gardens on the 155 feet of the bridge and along the pathway at both ends of the three-arch span itself. With an emphasis on native plants, the Friends mission is to create a "Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful" for the enjoyment of the public.
From the bridge, visitors can look upstream to view the famous Chimney Rock, now part of the Chimney Rock State Park. Downstream the river flows into Lake Lure, surrounded by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Lake Lure Visitors Center
Wolverines Offense Chewing Up Defenses
Over the last two weeks, Polk County's offense has looked like a juggernaut. The Wolverines have rolled up two conference defenses to the tune of 142 points.
What changed? The Wolverines started the season 2-3 during a rough nonconference schedule but have rattled off five consecutive victories and those games haven't been close.
The two factors, coach Bruce Ollis said, are a quarterback that has found his groove and the disappearance of the injury bug.
Reese Schlabach has guided this Wolverine offense through some dominating performances lately with his legs and his arm. The senior has 623 yards on the ground with 15 touchdowns. He's also thrown for 1,211 and eight touchdowns. He also has 55 tackles to lead the team on defense.
"He's become very comfortable playing the position," Ollis said.
That confidence has flooded the rest of the team, he added.
The other factor is simply having his players on the Field, Ollis said.
"We're incredibly health right now," he said.
The Wolverines are healthier than they've been all season long.
The focus this week, Ollis said, has been to maintain the focus and the intensity they've had over the last five weeks. During that span, the Wolverines have outscored opponents 231-82.
"We've got to maintain our humble attitude to stay hungry and win," Ollis said.
His team isn't expecting an easy game tonight.
"We expect them to give us a good challenge," Ollis said.
Avery, however, has given up 51 points in each of the last two weeks including a loss last week to Hendersonville.
They could have a hard time to slowing down the Wolverines.
Hendersonville Puts Away Polk County in Three
Hendersonville volleyball already had the Western Highlands Conference championship wrapped up when the Lady Bearcats walked out onto the court on Tuesday night against Polk County.
It didn't matter.
Hendersonville's focus was squarely placed on the Lady Wolverines and not the playoffs that will begin on Saturday. The Lady Bearcats (18-5, 12-0) controlled the match from start-to-finish en route to a 3-0 (25-20, 23-19, 25-14) victory.
"They're really coming together as a whole," Hendersonville coach Erica Cantrell said. "They don't' really have a weakness, which is really nice." Hendersonville didn't lose a set during conference play this season.
Polk (13-8, 9-3), who was playing for seeding in the playoffs, started out motivated. The Lady Wolverines stayed right with Hendersonville for the better part of the firt set, despite being down one of its best hitters. Rebecca Mitchell hurt her knee last Thursday on senior night and is currently listed as day-to-day.
Polk's top scorer, Sarah Phipps, willed the Lady Wolverines. With Polk down 13-9, Phipps landed three kills to tie the set up at 13-13. Phipps had a team high 14 kills.
Hendersonville, however, took over from that point and finished out the set on a block by Cassie Born and Micayla Bedoian.
The Lady Bearcats took an 8-4 lead in the second set and never looked back. Polk got to within one at 19-18, but a Bedoian kill gave the Lady Bearcats the ball back. Polk just couldn't get over that hump.
Part of that was Caylie Shew. The senior had 14 kills and five aces. Three of those kills came down the stretch in the second set.
"We've came a long way this season," Shew said. "It was just a really awesome night. I'm just proud of how far we've come as a team."
The proof of how far they'd come shined in the third set as the Lady Bearcats were dominant. Hendersonville poured on seven aces in the third set, including six in the final ten points of the match.
Hendersonville's ability to hold serve and Polk's inability to hold serve is what cost the Lady Wolverines, coach Kelly Risley said.
"We struggled in keeping ourself in system tonight," she said. Because of that, "we couldn't get a lot of attacks on the ball," she added.
Both teams will now focus on the playoffs that begin on Saturday. Polk will hit the road as a No. 3 seed and Hendersonville will host a wild card as a No. 1 seed.
"Our main focus is going to be, ‘play solid volleyball,'" Cantrell said.
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North Carolina Museum Marks Upcoming Bluegrass Convention
The N.C. Museum of History is helping to build excitement for the upcoming World of Bluegrass convention later this month.
The museum is featuring an exhibit case in the lobby, an outdoor celebration with live bluegrass, seven programs and an open jam session. The series of events continues through Oct. 27.
Carolina Bluegrass will show that bluegrass music has its roots in the Carolinas as much as anywhere else. "Turn the Radio On" highlights the early years of bluegrass in North Carolina during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and 1940s.
In addition, people viewing the exhibit can learn about Tar Heel musicians and see instruments such as George Shuffler's 1941 Gibson J-45 guitar and Jim Shumate's fiddle.
The five-day convention is scheduled to begin on Sept. 24.
Courthouse Proponent Retires From Museum
Professionalism. Determination. An infectious laugh.
Those are the words friends and coworkers use to describe Bette Carter, who retired at the end of August as the executive director of the Henderson County Heritage Museum.
“Oh, gosh, we’ve had so many laughs working together,” said Judy Abrell, museum board chair. “We’ve had many, many good times. Bette would giggle all the time. The effect of that sometimes is to remove tenseness from a situation — she would laugh through it. It’s a disarming laughter that sometimes softens situations.”
Abrell served alongside Carter on the “Committee of 21,” a group of community members who helped formulate a vision for use of the Historic Courthouse after it was extensively renovated in 2005, 100 years after it was first built. The committee raised more than $350,000 to fund a historical museum that would celebrate Henderson County’s history and heritage.
“Bette was very interested in saving the courthouse long before she became executive director,” Abrell recalled.
When the museum opened in 2008, Carter was asked to launch a gift shop that would give the public a chance to purchase books and memorabilia honoring local history. She had previously operated, then sold, the Beehive Resale Shop in downtown Hendersonville, along with six other stores in several states.
Broadway To NC Traditional Sounds, Tryon Has Got It All!
Tryon Fine Arts Center has announced the 2013-14 Main Stage season, opening Oct. 5 with New York City’s award-winning improvised musical comedy, “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical.”
The Main Stage Series is part of the expanding programming offered by Tryon Fine Arts Center. A list of events follows:
u Oct. 5: “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical!” Presented in a faux award show setting for “Best Musical,” four of the improv actors perform songs inspired by title suggestions from the audience, as well as explaining the plot of the musical it comes from, all made up on the spot and with piano accompaniment. The winning musical is then performed in its entirety after intermission.
u Nov. 2: Cashore Marionettes, the beautiful creations of Joseph Cashore, return to Tryon Fine Arts Center. Cashore has performed across North America, Europe and Asia with scenes that portray everyday life set to music from the likes of Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. His numerous awards include a Pew Charitable Trusts’ Fellowship for Performance Art, a Henson Foundation Grant, and a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, which is “awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant and enthrall.”
u March 9: The new young Irish sensation Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant band that captures the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balances them with an innovative contemporary flair. Caladh Nua has performed at international tours and festivals in cities such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver.
Hendersonville Church's Stained Glass Windows Have Story To Tell
First-time visitors to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville often comment on the beauty of the church’s two stained glass windows.
And once they learn of the years of painstaking work it took to save and restore the windows, those same visitors are grateful to the members of the church who worked so hard to preserve them.
“We all came away from this thinking it was providential that we had these windows,” said Bob Justus, a member of the church who served on a committee that saved the windows.
The church committee began trying to save the windows in the 1980s after some former members of First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville came together to form Covenant.
While they were planning the new church, Justus and the others learned that some stained glass windows that were part of the First Presbyterian Church building demolished in the 1960s had been stored in a local woman’s corn crib.
The woman, who was a member of a family that owned a hardware store across the street from First Presbyterian, saved the windows and stored them on her property. When Justus and others from Covenant began work on their new church, they decided to check out the windows.
“We looked at the windows and decided we would have to have them if she would turn them loose,” he said. “It gave our building program a big boost when we found those.”
It was important to many members of the newly formed Covenant church to have the windows that were once part of First Presbyterian because so many of them were longtime members of First Presbyterian, Justus said.
Covenant Presbyterian now has about 250 members.