Street Dances in Hendersonville, NC


In addition to the Friday night “Music on Main” concerts in Hendersonville, you can also kick up your heels in town on Monday nights.

The 91st Annual Street Dance kicks off July 6 and runs every Monday night through August 31. The dances will be held 7 to 9 p.m. at Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street.

The Street Dance comes alive with people square dancing and clogging to a band playing traditional bluegrass music. Special appearances by area clogging teams make for a entertaining, foot stomping evening.

Lively instructions are given to the dancers by a local caller. At 6:30 PM, caller Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic square dancing, such as the Right Hand Across, Open the Garden Gate, and the Shoe Fly Swing moves mean in traditional Appalachian square dancing.

Bring a chair, but leave your pets and alcohol at home. FREE Event.

Free Music on Friday Nights in Hendersonville, N.C.


More FREE music this summer. The 11th Annual Music On Main Street presents a concert every Friday evening from June 5 through August 28 at the Visitors Information Center, located at 201 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Bring a chair, but leave your pets at home. Also, no alcohol. The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Click here for the complete schedule.

Barnes & Noble Awards Summer Reading

A big thumbs up to Barnes & Noble. The company is providing a great incentive for kids to keep reading this summer. All they have to do is read eight books of their choosing to receive a free book from a Barnes & Noble store. Kids will write down their favorite parts on a Summer Reading Journal and have parents sign to verify they read the books. Then they’ll take the signed journal to any B&N by September 7, 2009 to receive a free book from a selected list of paperback titles. The offer is limited to one free book per child (grades 1 – 6). All the details are here.

FREE Root Beer Float at Sonic

sonic-moonReady for a FREE sweet treat?

Head to a participating Sonic Restaurant on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, and they’ll give you a FREE 10 oz. Root Beer Float while supplies last.

The offer is good 8 p.m. to midnight.

Click here to find a Sonic location near you.

UNCA Concerts on the Quad

One of my personal favorites for FREE summer music in the Asheville area takes place at UNCA. Get ready for the 27th Annual Concerts on the Quad June 15 – July 13. It’s a great family event — bring a blanket, chairs, picnic baskets, frisbees, and get ready to enjoy great music in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. No pets allowed, and if it rains the music will move indoors to Lipinsky Auditorium. Click here for the complete lineup.  The music begins at 7 p.m.

Tweet Ups at the Grove Park Inn

Tonight, Elaine’s Piano Bar at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville is the place to be between 8 and 9 p.m for a Tweetup. But if it’s too short notice, they will be offering a member’s hour once a week. How do you become a member? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook and you’re in!

GPI Twitter names: @elainespiano  @blueridgedining @ewgrove

National Doughnut Day June 5

donuts-thumbOn Friday, June 5, participating Krispy Kreme stores will give away a FREE doughnut to all its customers.

No purchase is necessary to receive a free doughnut on National Doughnut Day, June 5. The offer is good for one doughnut per customer.

To find a participating store near you, visit

ALSO… Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the country will give every customer a free donut of their choice, with the purchase of any beverage, limit one per customer.

Calling all Party Animals — Grandfather Mountain is Hosting a Bash

On Tuesday, June 16, Grandfather Mountain is hosting a birthday party for all of the animals in the park.

The habitat staff will conduct enrichment programs during the birthday celebration starting at 11:00 am. “Enrichment is anything to stimulate the animals and change up their day,” said wildlife manager Tanya Cline. “It can be a scent, a toy, food, or anything new in their habitat. On their birthday it will be something special that we know they will love.”

Along with birthday treats for each animal, each vehicle will get a coupon for a FREE cup of omnivore food pellets for the bears (while supplies last) and FREE birthday cake will be served from 1 pm until it runs out. Games, contests, crafts and surprises will continue throughout the day.

Grandfather Mountain is located at the intersection of US 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 4-12. There is no extra charge to participate in the animal birthday activities. For more information, please visit or contact Grandfather Mountain by phone at 800-468-7325.

FREE Storyfest in Hendersonville, NC

The first Do Tell Storyfest is set for July 11, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Hendersonville, N.C. The FREE event will be a day filled with kids activities, laughter, short stories and tall tales.

The main venue features family storytelling by acclaimed folklorists
Louise Bailey, Candler Willis’ Abe Lincoln, Bad Hair Williams. Lloyd
Arneach and Heather Nicely. Performances times are from 1-5 pm. A
workshop titled “Collecting Personal Stories” will be held from 11:00
to noon. This event will also celebrate 100 years of 4-H on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse all afternoon. 4-H alumni are invited to a special cakecutting ceremony at noon at the Historic Courthouse and 4-Hers will stage family activities from 11-5pm.

Children story times will be held at the Heritage Museum from 3-5 pm
with tellers Helen King and Elena Diana. Heather Nicely and 4-Her’s
will entertain children at Mountain Lore Bookstore from 1-3 pm.


11:00 – Noon Workshop with Jim Clark NC Archives -Collecting Personal Stories

1:00 – 6:00 Family Storytelling with Louise Bailey, Candler Willis, Heather Nicely, Lloyd Arneach and Badhair Williams

1:00 – 3:00 Children’s storytelling by Heather Nicely at Mountain Lore Books

1:00 – 5:00 Story
Tour on Main Street at Black Bear, Living Room Cafe’, Arts Council, The
Revolving Arts Gallery, and Piscasso’s Café (See schedule or website
for details)

3:00 – 5:00 Children’s Stories at the Heritage Museum by Elena Diana and Helen King

7:00 – 9:30 Storytelling concert for teens and adults at Piscasso’s Cafe “The Mountains Will Remember Us”

For more details:

Update on Horizon’s Half Price Menu

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville is featuring half price dining at Horizons. We told you about this deal earlier this week, but we now have an update on the dates. This offer is good May 26 – 30, 2009, and again June 2 – 6, 2009.

Check the menu here. Prices listed are the regular fee, but when you dine during these dates they’ll discount your bill by half price. A 20% gratuity will be added to parties of 6 or more.

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