Glassy Mountain Celebration

       Our 2021 Glassy Mountain Celebration is underway and we are excited to invite you to join in the celebration with us! Our central theme celebrates the natural beauty of Connemara’s landscape and views. Each day, local residents and visitors from all over the world enjoy this special glimpse of Western North Carolina. The Friends of Carl Sandburg could think of no better way to honor the Sandburg legacy than to dedicate our celebration to a trail they loved and traveled often- Big Glassy. We have many events planned and hope that you will check back here, or on our Facebook and Instagram pages, frequently for updates


How much do you love cozying up under a beautiful, warm quilt? The Friends of Carl Sandburg are pleased to offer you a chance to win a quilt (pictured) that was produced by Beth Berglin, a local Flat Rock quilter, and finished at the Sheridan Kay Quilting Studio.  All materials, time and equipment usage were donated, and we extend a very special thanks to them for turning this project into reality.. The pieced quilt top was inspired by a vintage quilt that was acquired from a small antique shop in Southern Illinois and is believed to be circa 1930’s/1940’s. The finished quilt measures 81″ by 81″ and will be on display at the quilting studio, located at 1680F Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville. To purchase tickets, click here and select “Events”, and enter your information. Tickets will also be available at FOCS events, or from any board member. Tickets are $6.00 each or three for $15. The lucky winner will be drawn on September 26.


What a great time to be living or visiting in the Hendersonville / Flat Rock area! The Friends of Carl Sandburg are inviting you to get outside and enjoy this wonderful time of year with our 2021 Glassy Mountain Celebration. Plan to spend time at the park September 19th through October 9th enjoying the spectacular views, exploring the Glassy Mountain Trails, the pathways around the lake or to the barn, or just stand on the house steps to enjoy the view. Share your Glassy Mountain images with us. Take a photo of yourself, your friends or family, or even your four-legged companions. Send it to us at : Please indicate if we have your permission to share the picture on our social media and a slide show at our October 9 celebration event. We look forward to seeing your pictures!


On October 9th, The Friends of Carl Sandburg will have a Benefit Celebration at Dry Falls Brewing Company located at 425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, from 12:00 to 5:00. Jeff and Evan, Dry Falls team, have created a special BIG GLASSY brew that will be available for the event. A commemorative “Big Glassy” glass and “suds” will be available for $10.00. Come out, bring your friends and family to join us that afternoon for some fun and share your Glassy Mountain experiences. We will also be selling our Glassy Mountain Celebration Tee Shirts at the event. Arrangements have been made for the Heidi-Ho Food Truck for lunch or an early dinner. Dry Falls will be sharing a percentage of the profits during the event with the Friends to benefit the educational programs and cultural services at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.


Do you like to sing? Or just listen to great music? The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will offer monthly sing-alongs beginning on August 24 to celebrate the Sandburg family’s love of music and singing. Musicians will lead the audience in familiar songs with lyrics provided. These programs are free and open to the public, no tickets or advanced registration is required. Dates are August 24 from 5:00 to 6:30, September 14 from 5:00 to 6:30 and October 17 from 3:00 to 4.30 (celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the Carl Sandburg Home NHS). The park shuttle will operate from the front lake bridge to the amphitheater. Due to COVID-19 considerations, audience size will be limited to 100 visitors. Please maintain social distancing from those not in your group. We look forward to seeing (and hearing) you!


Help celebrate with the Friends of Carl Sandburg with our BIG GLASSY t-shirts. The Glassy Mountain Celebration is the central theme of various planned events for community members and visitors to enjoy the Sandburg Home late during September through October. These shirts are only $23.00 (including shipping and handling) and are available in many sizes. We’ll also have shirts available for purchase for only $15 at most of our events. Stop by and take one home at a reduced price, or click here for instructions on how to order online.


Our 2021 Glassy Mountain Celebration kicked off with the reveal of our entry in the 19th Annual Hendersonville Bearfootin’ Art Walk,  created and named after a trail loved and traveled by the Sandburg family- Big Glassy. Isn’t he handsome? You can find Big Glassy standing on the corner of 6th Avenue E. and Main St. in Downtown Hendersonville until October 16, when all of the bears will be auctioned to support local non-profit organizations like Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.  Learn more about the Bearfootin’ Art Walk by clicking here including how you can bid on Big Glassy and take him home or to your place of business. This year we are fortunate to have the sponsorship or our bear underwritten by a group of local residents honoring former mayor of  Flat Rock, Bob Staton, for his 19 years of service to the community. Hats off to Bob and we thank his supporters for their generous donations.


Carl’s Words

“In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.”  – Carl Sandburg  As we end 2020, a year of chaos, loss and grief for so many in the world, we are reminded of the difficult themes Carl chose to write

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$20 for ’20

The Friends are so excited to announce the start of our $20 for ‘20 fundraiser! We know times are hard right now but we need your help to continue funding our community programs! Please consider donating $20 through the link below:

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CARL Oval Car Stickers!

Dear Friends, We are so pleased to announce our exclusive CARL oval car sticker.  Show your support for the Friends of Carl Sandburg and tell the world you support Carl Sandburg Home NHS by displaying CARL on your car window or bumper.  This is a fun, easy way to show your support

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Name The Goat Winner!

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Name The Goat Raffle.  Our winning entry was submitted by Jay Levey of Hendersonville.  Jay suggested the wonderful name Capricorn, which is perfect for our young Nubian Buck.  The symbol for the astrological sign Capricorn is the goat! As always, we

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Name The Goat Raffle

Every year, The Friends of Carl Sandburg hold a Name the Goat Raffle. Normally for this event we all come together for a day of fun and games at the Flat Rock Ice Cream Social. In the hopes of keeping this tradition alive, the Friends have decided to move the

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Partial Reopening

As announced by the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the park will begin reopening access to some trails, park grounds, and parking lots beginning today, June 1st! With public health in mind, the house, barn, barnyard, restrooms and other structures, shuttle service, water fountains, Sandburg Home tours, volunteer shifts,

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