“Bright Star is based on a true story set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, beautifully composed with music that originated in this region,” says SART’s producing artistic director Amanda Sayles. “Any time we can produce a musical or play that has roots in our area, it’s a special thing.”
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The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple, running June 20–30. Performances take place Thursday– Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Owen Theatre on the Mars Hill University Campus.
The popular summer concert series Music on Main Street returns to historic downtown Hendersonville this month. Performances are held at the Visitor Center each Friday from June 7 through August 23 from 7–9 p.m. The event, hosted by the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA), is free to the public.
Every third Saturday of the month from May through October, the ten resident artists of Grovewood Village open their studios to the public for the Open Studio Art Tour. The next tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tours allow visitors to gain insight into the creative process and see recent works.
This month Asheville and Hendersonville, designated Bee Cities, celebrate Pollination Month with a wide range of community events designed to raise awareness of how bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other species pollinate more than 1,200 crops and about 90 percent of all wild plants and trees.
Traditional Voices Group (TVG) is pleased to announce that RiddleFest 2019 will take place Saturday, June 22, from 7–9 p.m., at the Burnsville Town Center. The event honors Yancey County native Lesley Riddle, an African- American musician who helped create the foundation for today’s country music. Grammy Award-winner Dom Flemons will headline.
All of Joyce Henneberry’s fiber fusion art is inspired by nature, a love of which she developed as a child growing up on a small, family farm in Illinois and vacationing in Minnesota where it was common to see bears. She brought that affinity for nature with her when she and her husband, woodcarver Mark Henneberry, moved to Brevard.
The Center for Cultural Preservation has announced the release of its sixth feature film, Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, by David Weintraub. The film pays tribute to the ordinary people who did extraordinary things to protect southern rivers and streams in Western North Carolina, East Tennessee and South Florida.