Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will celebrate Christmas at Connemara with several virtual programs this holiday season for you to enjoy no matter where you are. Holiday music and storytelling will be featured on the park’s Facebook page and web site on the first three Saturdays in December beginning at 10:00AM, along with craft and cooking demonstrations by the park’s rangers.


December 4: The Blissing Trio, a Capella holiday music

December 11: Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra string quartet

December 18: Ronnie Pepper, storyteller


Christmas at Connemara is supported by the Friends of Carl Sandburg through your donations. We thank you for your generosity.


More information on Christmas at Connemara and how the Sandburg family celebrated the holidays may be found by clicking here.


Many events at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic site are funded through your generous contributions to the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara. We appreciate your support!


Monthly writing workshops (online)

On November 30, essayist and short story writer Lisa Lopez Snyder will lead a virtual workshop, “Mining Memories & Writing Memoir,” from 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET. In this workshop, Lisa Lopez Snyder will help participants explore fun and simple ways to mine their memories to help draft scenes for telling their stories. She’ll use excerpts from essays and memoirs to guide audience work and as writing prompts to generate their own scenes. Attendees should come to the session with a photograph of a familiar place or person(s) from the past or present for one of the writing exercises. Lisa was the 2015 Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence.


On December 7, poet and educator Kimberly Simms will lead a virtual workshop “Cooking up Poetry: Writing Recipe Poems,” from 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET. Kimberly will lead attendees in writing their own “recipe” style poems. Attendees will also discuss several sample poems to help them explore ideas about food and life. The workshop includes a structured poetic form and a craft lesson so that writers of any level can participate. The workshop will finish with time for sharing and discussion. 
The writing workshops are supported by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara and will use Zoom for the virtual connection. Please visit the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s calendar of events page to sign up by clicking here.


Help celebrate with the Friends of Carl Sandburg with our BIG GLASSY t-shirts. The Glassy Mountain Celebration was the central theme of 2021 events for community members and visitors to enjoy the Sandburg Home. 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. Please note that these shirts do run a bit on the small size. Stop by and take one home at a reduced price, or click here for instructions on how to order online.


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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