The weather is getting nice and everyone is eagerly awaiting the outdoor festival season here in western North Carolina. Last year, Rhythm & Brews was introduced as a new summer festival in Hendersonville. Combining great music and great local beer from breweries such as Southern Appalachian and Sierra Nevada, Rhythm and Brews was a great hit. Back by popular demand, I give you the 2nd annual Rhythm and Brews 2014.
The venue is located between 3rd and 4th Avenues one block east of Main Street and starts at 5:00 pm. A stage featuring regional rock and bluegrass music provides the free entertainment, while tickets can be purchased for some delicious craft beer and wine. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and Sycamore Cycles will again be offering a “bike corral”, which provides free valet parking for people who wish to ride their bicycles and not worry about leaving them unattended. Dancing is encouraged and if this year’s event is anything like last year, there will be no shortage of participants.
The current music lineup is as follows:
- May 15 – The Broadcast
- June 19 – Balsam Range
- July 17 – The Fritz
- August 21 – Sol Drive Train
- September 18 – Blue Dogs
For more information and/or any changes, visit http://downtownhendersonville.org and https://www.facebook.com/RhythmAndBrewsHendersonville
The NC Apple Festival is upon us once again. Always taking place over the Labor Day weekend, this year’s event runs from September 2 – 5, 2011 on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Apple Festival has been a tradition for family apple growers for some 60 years.
Henderson County is the largest producer of apples in the state of North Carolina with over 200 growers and 5000 acres. Gala, Golden, Fuji, Empire and Honey Crisp are but a few of the varieties grown here. You will be able to sample and purchase fresh apples, cider and many tasty dishes made with locally grown apples.
The NC Apple Festival is more than just produce. Crafts, free live entertainment and fun for the kids transforms Main Street into a pedestrian fair. Between the food court and downtown restaurants, there is something for every palette and budget. And you won’t want to miss the King Apple Parade on Labor Day.
Don’t let downtown parking keep you away. Shuttle service will be provided from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. from parking lots at 1250 Seventh Ave. East., $2 for adults, $1 kids. Click here for the location. Hope to see you there!
We had a chance to enjoy a beautiful Fourth of July weekend here in Henderson County. Main Street was bustling as families and pets strolled down the sidewalks, shopping and enjoying ice cream. We stopped at the Mountain Deli for a couple of delicious sandwiches. While snapping pictures of the 2011 Bearfootin Bears, we stopped in for a quick tour of the lobby of Main Street’s latest addition – the Flat Rock Playhouse.
Yes, the original FRP is still located in historic Flat Rock, NC, but now they have added a venue on South Main Street, just down from Never Blue Restaurant. FRP has done a wonderful job with the interior design of their lobby. We arrived during their afternoon showing, so we were unable to tour the theatre. We look forward to catching a play there soon.
In addition to our Downtown stroll, we decided to take a ride up to Jump Off Rock, just 5 miles away in Laurel Park. For one thing, it’s cooler up there by about 5-7 degrees, so it was a nice change from the summer heat. People from Charleston, Columbia and Atlanta probably laugh when we use the word heat referring to western North Carolina. They would point out that we don’t know what heat is, and their probably right.
It goes without saying that the view is breathtaking, and we are spoiled to get to see it whenever we want. But the highlight this time was the wild turkeys we saw on our way back down the mountain. They don’t stick around long when they see people, but we were able to get a few shots of them to add to our slideshow. Hope you enjoy it.
Have a Happy Fourth of July!
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In addition to a great public school system, Hendersonville is a great location for high school graduates looking to further their education. Hendersonville is home to Blue Ridge Community College and now, Wingate University has added a Pharmacy school campus in downtown Hendersonville.
Wingate University to expand pharmacy program in Hendersonville – News – Wingate University.
I have lived in Hendersonville, NC all my life. Meeting people that have relocated here from all over the world has taught me that Hendersonville, North Carolina is the best place to live! Many professionals who have lived abroad have told me that Hendersonville, by far, has been the place they love the most.
Charleston is only 3.5 hours away if you want to satisfy your need for sand and surf. Boone, North Carolina is only 2 hours away for a great mountain ski getaway. The Biltmore House with it’s grand architecture, expansive lawns and lovely flower gardens draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
Asheville has been voted Beer City USA 3 years in a row due to it’s active craft brew culture. There are about a dozen breweries to choose from within a 30-45 minute drive. Tours are available at most of them and the atmosphere is casual. Hendersonville is proud to have it’s own Southern Appalachian Brewery which opened recently.
All of these surrounding areas are wonderful places to visit, but living in Hendersonville, is “Better every day in every way!” Many enjoy evening strolls down Main Street, meeting up with friends. There is fine, yet casual dining, art galleries and now the Flat Rock Playhouse has opened a venue right on Main Street. We have a strong Chamber of Commerce sponsoring many annual events such as The NC Apple Festival, Garden Jubilee and Music on Main Street, just to name a few.
If you are an avid golfer, I don’t have to tell you that we have some excellent golf courses. We boast the private award winning Tom Fazio course at Champion Hills, Hendersonville Country Club, and the Joe Lee designed course at Kenmure in Flat Rock. Public golf courses include Cummings Cove, Etowah Valley, Highland Lake, and Crooked Creek. Many more great courses are withing an hour drive.
If you can visualize yourself loving this area as much as I do, give me a call. I’d love to find your dream home here in the mountains.