In celebration of Carl and Lilian Sandburg’s 59-year love story, The Friends of Carl Sandburg are hosting a special Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra concert of love in homage to Lilian. Through a grant from the Arts County of Henderson County to The Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, the concert will be held Sunday, May 21, 2023, 3pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Ave West, Hendersonville, NC. Conductor Eric Scheider will present the program, “Dream Counterpoint: The Sandburgs in Love” to include music from J.S. Bach’s Cantata #208 (“Live, Sun of the Earth,” “Sheep May Safely Graze,” “Loveliest Glances”); Florence Price’s Folksongs in Counterpoint (“Oh My Darlin’ Clementine,” “Drink to Me with Thine Own Eyes,” “Shortnin’ Bread”), and Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. The concert free with donations welcomed at the door.


While the bridge at the front lake remains closed, consider taking a 1-mile hike to the top of Big Glassy Mountain. Along the way you will pass several benches and most likely a few dogs and other hikers. At the top are benches and boulders for resting and taking in the panoramic view of Blue Ridge Mountains. By parking at the “Hikers Lot” (pass the front entry and just around the bend on Little River Road) you’ll have easy access into the park and up to the barn. From there, a short path leads to the woods and trail heads. Enjoy!

Each summer the Vagabond School of the Drama apprentices from the Flat Rock Playhouseperform a story fromRootabaga Express!,Sandburg’s beloved children’s book he wrote for his daughters. Performed on the park’s amphitheater stage, the musical performance of the colorful, playful stories is sure to delight both young and old. For current dates and times, go to https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/summer-performances.htm

The Carl Sandburg Music Festival is held each summer to celebrate Sandburg’s efforts to document the history of American music in his American Songbag. As Sandburg said, “The American Songbag is a ragbag of strips, stripes, and streaks of color from nearly all ends of the earth.Sandburg enjoyed all American musical genres including folk, gospel, jazz and blues. This Festival celebrates his work and the work of modern singers and songwriters to share diverse and original American music. Held in the park’s amphitheater, the current Festival information can be found at https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/musicfest.htm 

 Join us for these fun and informative workshops, hosted by the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara. Registration is required and links will be posted below in advance of each workshop along with the information on the presenter and subject. Poetry, prose, non-fiction and other genres are offered. www.nps.gov/carl/learn/news/wir.htm