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


We are thrilled to announce our very first Friends benefit concert to be performed by the Brass Quintet of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra – “Take Me To The Water”.  The HSO Brass Quintet will be performing in the amphitheater at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site on Saturday, August 28th at 6:00 pm.  Due to COVID19 restrictions, the audience size will be limited to 100 attendees. Tickets for this performance may be purchased by clicking here.  Ice cream refreshments will be available for purchase before the performance – our friends at Breedlove Deli will have an ice cream truck on site.   While attending the concert, please maintain social distancing from people not in your group. Please plan to join us for what promises to be a lovely evening with The Friends.


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 at the conclusion of the Hendersonville “Art on Main” event, September 25 and 26. Be sure to stop at our booth at this event to say hello and purchase your tickets!


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, 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.


We know you have them, and we and the world want to see them! If you enjoy hiking the Big Glassy Trail at Connemara as much as we do, and if you can’t resist that “selfie” at the top or along the trail, head over to our Facebook page and post your pictures with the tag #BigGlassy. We’d love to see you, your family, and pets, and please tell us what it is that makes the Big Glassy trail special for you.

Or… post your pictures with our Big Glassy Bear in downtown Hendersonville! He promises to be good and stay very still while you take your photos. He’s on the corner of 6th Avenue E. and Main St.- you can’t miss him. We look forward to seeing your photos, and don’t forget to tag them with #BigGlassy.


We’ll have a booth set up at the Hendersonville Farmers Market at the Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple St. on August 14. Stop by and learn more about our organization, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, and how you can participate in or support our programs. Plus, you’ll find an array of amazing local produce and products available from local farmers and artisans at the market! More information on the Hendersonville Farmers Market by clicking here.

Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, Inc. booth at Art on Main Hendersonville, NC


  • September 25 and 26: Art on Main Street in Hendersonville
  • September 18 through October 16: Hike the Glassy Mountain Trails at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • October 9, Big Glassy Beer Event at Dry Falls Brewery, 425 Kanuga Rd. in Hendersonville, 12:00 to 5:00

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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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