St. John in the Wilderness Church Parish Hall, 1895 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC

Come join us for a summer evening treat by the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra: the LINCOLN HIGHWAY BENEFIT CONCERT. Sunday, August 21, at 5:00 PM at St. John in the Wilderness, 1895 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC. In honor of Sandburg and his Pulitzer Prize winning Lincoln biographies, the Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra will perform three musical selections highlighted with readings by Paige Posey in each interlude: Lincoln Highway Suite (Nolan Stolz), Travel’s End (Florence Price), and Music from “Lincoln” (John Williams). Concert proceeds will benefit The Friends of Carl Sandburg Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Parish Hall on the evening of the concert or online. To purchase tickets online, click the “DONATE NOW” button at the top of this page. Click here for more information…

The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. (FOCS) is an all-volunteer,  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the National Park Service to promote, protect and preserve the legacy of Carl Sandburg. Click the video to hear more about the Friends, our mission, and how you can become a Friend, or (Click to read more) …

We hold and sponsor several fun events and activities for the whole family throughout the year, including Christmas at Connemara, monthly Writers Workshops, Sandburg Music Festival, Student Poetry Contest, and summertime singalongs in the amphitheater, plus support for the Connemara Farms goat herd. Click here and follow us on Facebook for upcoming events and more information.  (Click to read more) …

To learn more about visiting the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, including tours of the home and the life and works of Carl Sandburg,  click here to be directed to the National Park Service website.

Welcome, Carl SandBear!

To honor the legacy of Carl Sandburg and the role he played in introducing generations of children to the beauty and importance of creating, The Friends partnered with Mike Ayers of Mountain Mike’s Whetstone Woodworks to create and name our entry in the 20th annual Hendersonville Bearfootin’ Art Walk after the poet and writer himself, Carl SandBear. SandBear represents the artist in all of us, with gratitude for being able to have lived here in our beautiful area. SandBear is dedicated to the legacy of Mr. Sandburg and will hopefully inspire future poets, authors, historians, artists, musicians and humanitarians for years to come. Proceeds from the auction later this year will support the cultural and educational events at the Sandburg Home and the newly established annual scholarship funds for qualified Henderson County students. You can find Carl SandBear on the corner of 5th Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville.  Click here for more information on Bearfootin’ Bears and to download a map showing the locations of all twenty bears!

Carl Sandburg, "The Poet of the People"

Carl August Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as “a major figure in contemporary literature”, especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920). He enjoyed “unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life”, and at his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.


To learn more about Carl Sandburg, his works, and his family, click here to be directed to the National Park Service website.

Our many supporters both individuals and businesses who are committed to the Friends’ mission. They, through farsightedness and generosity, seek to ensure that the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will continue to be available for future generations.

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