As the days tick down to the first day of summer on June 21, more and more outdoor activities are happening around the mountains.
This edition of “Around Town” features the annual Midsummer’s Day party, the start of Brevard’s Tuesday Night Block Party series as well as the Brandy Bar in downtown Hendersonville which hosts the songwriter sessions.
Saint John’s Day
Every year, on the last Sunday of June, the Episcopal Church of Saint-Jean-du-Désert celebrates its patron saint with the feast of Saint-Jean-Baptiste. In 2021, the historic church expanded festivities outside the parish to the wider community and will do so again this year, according to a news release.
The second annual celebration will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, with no reservations required. The free event will take place at the Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, located on Little Rainbow Row at 2724 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.
All are welcome to the family celebration with food, fellowship and live music, according to the statement.
“Since our earliest days in the 1800s, we have gathered with friends and neighbors to commune and find renewal with God and each other,” Rector Josh Stephens said in the press release. “Saint John’s Day is a time for our extended community to come together and reconnect.”
Local bluegrass band Pretty Little Goat will perform starting at 6 p.m. and yard games will be offered for children. A barbecue and other food and beverages will be available for purchase at Hubba Hubba. Seating in the outdoor courtyard is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring portable chairs.
“St. John in the Wilderness as a parish has deep roots in Flat Rock and in this corner of western North Carolina,” Stephens said. “We are incredibly grateful to live in a place of such natural beauty and with so many wonderful friends, parishioners, and neighbors. We hope you will help us celebrate the holiday.
The rain date is set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday June 29 in Hubba Hubba. For more information, visit www.stjohnflatrock.org or call 828-693-9783.
Heart of Brevard Announces Tuesday Night Block Party Series
Heart of Brevard recently announced the start of its Tuesday Night Block Party series, welcoming residents and returning visitors to downtown Brevard.
The eight-week series will kick off on Tuesday, June 14 and run through August 2. The latest block party is being held in conjunction with the Brevard Police Department and the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department’s National Evening Celebration, according to a press release.
Attendees can expect a lineup of live music, local dishes and children’s activities. June events feature LEAF Global Arts and July and August events feature Brevard’s Old Time Street Dances. Block parties will be held weekly from 6-8 p.m. on East Main Street. Many downtown retail businesses and restaurants will also be open for the block party.
“Summer is (almost) here and it’s time to dance in the streets,” Heart of Brevard chief executive Nicole Bentley said in a press release. “As we continue to plan for a long-term economic recovery, bringing people closer to downtown helps support our local businesses, restaurants and local arts scene.
HOB and LEAF Global Arts invite everyone to experience “a world without borders,” the statement read. From dance to drumming to arts and crafts, LEAF artists will bring a new range of cultural arts experiences and live music to June block parties. Each week will feature a different band and the LEAF Easel Rider, a mobile arts and crafts lab.
LEAF Artist-in-Residence Melissa McKinney kicks off the series on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to bring the energy of LEAF Global to downtown Brevard,” McKinney said in the press release. “Connecting the community is part of our mission and we believe downtown Brevard shares the same values. Music is the best way to bring people together.
Old Time Street Dances, a longtime community favorite, returns to the heart of Brevard at the block party on July 5th. The dances provide free, family-friendly entertainment that celebrates our Appalachian heritage, according to the release.
Tuesday evening parties are free and open to the public. For more information on LEAF, Old Time Street Dances and other upcoming events, follow Heart of Brevard on Facebook and Instagram.
Gallery at Flat Rock to showcase Polizzi’s work
The Flat Rock gallery will present a June 16-26 exhibition of the work of the late Hendersonville artist Bobbie Polizzi, which will include works by 15 area artists created in response to this beloved artist and teacher, according to a Press release.
“La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life of Bobbie Polizzi” will include a Celebration of Life party from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at The Gallery at Flat Rock. The event and exhibition are free and open to the public.
“Bobbie was a guiding presence,” Suzanne Camarata, owner of The Gallery at Flat Rock, said in a press release. “She brought a sense of creativity and a redemptive spirit to her own life and to her many friendships. We are thrilled, in a bittersweet way, to celebrate her life in true “Bobbie style,” as she would have liked. »
Around 25 of Polizzi’s works of art from private collections will be brought together for the first time for “La Dolce Vita”, along with a group exhibition of artists inspired by his inimitable and whimsically dark style.
A portion of the sales of artwork from the group show will go to the Henderson County Boys & Girls Club, Bobbie’s legacy charity of choice; there will also be a chance to donate directly to the Boys & Girls Club at the event.
The Gallery at Flat Rock is located in Flat Rock Square at 2702-A Greenville Highway in Flat Rock. Current gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment. To learn more, visit the gallery’s website at galleryflatrock.com or call the gallery at 828-698-7000.
Brandy Bar Songwriter Sessions Begin
The Brandy Bar, located at 504 Seventh Ave. E. downtown, will host songwriter sessions, beginning with opening night from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
The first in the series will star Mare Carmody, John Longbottom and Charlie Wilkinson.
Mare grew up in Virginia but has lived in Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina, according to a press release. John Longbottom grew up in England, then moved to Virginia, spending the next 50 years playing in bands and solo, according to the release. Wilkinson grew up playing folk music in central Virginia, and he recently had fun playing Chicago-style blues – roots music – with Jimmy Anderson.
For more information, contact Songwriter Sessions at [email protected] or call The Brandy Bar at 828-513-1336.