This summer tradition for the kids was a big success at Flat Rock Park with crafts, games, a little bit of poetry and, of course, goats!

2017 name the goat contest

The winner was Mac & Cheese. But before we got to the name of our new goat, it was a splendid day for the Flat Rock Ice Cream Festival as you can see here:



The 31st annual Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival enjoyed ideal Memorial Day weather which brought out a full house of music lovers from around the region to enjoy Don and John Humphries playing folk music from the Carl Sandburg American Songbag, the Gypsy Swingers playing up-tempo European swing jazz, Nitrograss performing old-time bluegrass, and Peggy Ratusz and Daddy LongLegs extracting slow burning blues... 


2016 Bear P. Ark

The 2016 bear was created by Friends board member and amazingly talented local artist Susan Olivari. Susan's original hand painted work features finely detailed renderings of native animals and was cleverly conceived to illustrate the many woodland creatures that live in the mountains and hills of the Flat Rock property of the Carl Sandburg Home, which is a unit of the National Park Service in Henderson County. The Friends board is truly appreciative of the gift of Susan's artistry and skill in contributing her work in creating  this beautiful entry to the 2016 fundraising event. BEAR P. ARK WAS SOLD FOR THE HIGHEST PRICE OF ANY BEAR AT THE THE 2016 BEARFOOTIN' AUCTION - WAY TO GO SUSAN!

Bear P. Ark - the top-selling bear of the 2016 Bearfootin' Auction!

2016 Sandburg in September

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary as "America's Best Idea" in 2016 and the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara celebrated with a week of events that included sing-a-longs, poetry slams, an art exhibition, a special movie presentation of The Day Carl Sandburg Died, a festival at the historic Hendersonville Railroad Depot and more. Read the Commemorative Program here... 

2016 Hobo Ball

The 2016 Ball featured a social hour with live music and silent auction on an enclosed, private green with a lovely waterfall as a backdrop, and featured complimentary wine provided by event sponsors Mountain Lodge & Conference Center, an assortment of premium beers from Highland Brewery and hard ciders from Bold Rock Cider Company. Social Hour was be follwed by a delicious buffet dinner prepared by renowned local caterer Antoinette. After dinner, a short but unique retrospective program honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and our local Park Service staff and volunteers was presented. Dancing after dinner followed. 

The Hobo Ball was originally conceived by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara as a way of furthering the Sandburg legacy while raising funds to support the work of Park in areas where little or no funding exists. The Friends work to reinforce enhanced trail maintenance as well as sustained educational and interpretive programs all serve to enrich the experience of the visiting public to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site at Connemara. Park Superintendent Tyrone Brandyburg asserts that “…some programs would otherwise go unfunded without the work of the Friends fundraising efforts and the support of the local community. The Friends have been consistent supporters of offerings such as the Junior Park Ranger Program, teacher education workshops, the Writer-in-Residence Program, our annual student poetry contest, and in the provision of education resource materials for teachers and tour leaders, among many things”.

2015 Name Our Goat

Meet Nuckles...