On Saturday, October 8th from noon to 5pm, The Friends of Carl Sandburg are once again partnering with DRY FALLS BREWING CO. for a fundraising celebration of Carl SandBear and all the dedicated hikers who made it to the top of Glassy Mountain Trail at Connemara. There will be Music * Food * Prizes AND a new special brew – “Carl’s Big Glassy Ale”. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors and join us for a fun Fall afternoon at Dry Falls Brewing Co., 425 Kanuga Rd, Hendersonville, NC.

Help celebrate with a Big Glassy t-shirt. $23 (including S&H) online or $15 at the event. Click here for instructions on how to order online.

Carl SandBear To Be Auctioned This Fall!

Can you envision Carl SandBear in your backyard or by your front door? It can happen! As part of Downtown Hendersonville’s 2022 Bearfootin’ Art Walk, The Friends of Carl Sandburg sponsored the creation of Carl SandBear by artist Mike Ayers to honor the legacy of Mr. Sandburg. Carl SandBear has been resting all summer on Main Street at the corner of 5th Ave. E. until he is auctioned this Fall. Proceeds from his winning auction will benefit The Friends of Carl Sandburg Scholarship Fund. The 2022 Bearfootin’ auction will start with virtual bidding on September 15 and close at an in-person event on October 15 at the Historic Court House on Main Street. For more information, the auction link is HendersonvilleNC.gov/bearfootin.

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.

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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