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August 14 – September 14
In the tradition of the Greater Tuna series, two actors rush through a series of quick changes, accents and genders to bring you this fast-paced farce. Set on the dark moors in England’s Victorian era, this hilarious comedy was first staged by New York’s Theatre of The Ridiculous and stars Scott Treadway and Preston Dyar.
August 1 – August 24
From the creators of last summer’s hit musical Les Misérables comes another epic production about love and revolution. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon.
Wed., Thurs., Sat., & Sun. Matinees – 2 pm
Wed. – Sat. Evenings – 8 pm
Downtown Hendersonville NC Concert Series – May – September 2014
The Broadcast returns on May 15 and regional bluegrass boys-gone-big, Balsam Range, headlines the June 19 concert. The series will finish with three new acts: Asheville-based funk masters The Fritz on July 17, Charleston, S.C.-based rock groove ensemble Sol Driven Train on Aug. 21, and another act out of Charleston, the Americana group Blue Dogs, on Sept. 18.
Location: Between 5th Ave. East & Azalea Lot.
Notice: FREE Flat Rock Playhouse Tickets with 2-Nights Stay has been discontinued for 2013. There are no more free tickets available.
Flat Rock Playhouse presents the action-packed adventure play, The Three Musketeers, from November 7 – 24 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. The Three Musketeers is written by Ken Ludwig and adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
This adaptation, based on Alexandre Dumas’ timeless swashbuckling story, is a humorous tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan setting off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, who poses as a young mnan and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s escapades. Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the famous musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. He joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. But along the way he must confront the most feared man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu his henchman Rochefort, and the most dangerous foe of all, the infamous Countess de Winter who will stop at nothing to exact her revenge. This is an exciting and daring adventure for the whole family.
This the time of year to visit our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy the height of fall color. This past weekend was peak color in the highest elevations (4500+ ft). At mid-elevation from 2500-4500 feet, the colors are just as brilliant although the individual species change. Prominent trees include tulip poplar (yellow), black birch (yellow), hickory species (red), sourwood (red), flowering dogwood (red), blackgum (scarlet) and numerous oaks (reds, yellow, scarlet). Evergreen trees such as pitch pine, table mountain pine and white pine as well as the abundant great rhododendron provide a green carpet interspersed with the deciduous trees. Prominent flowering species include many aster and goldenrod species, grass-leaved golden-aster, as well as a few sunflowers. Recent Fall Color Photos | More Fall Photos of Asheville & Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville Area Profiled in Top Five Places to See Fall Foliage featured on the Today Show (see video below at 1:58)
Excerpt from USA TODAY article: Retirement Living: 5 Great (Unknown) Places to Retire
Picking a place to retire is a pretty big deal. Any good financial planner will advise you to start thinking about where you want to live well before you enter those retirement years.
If you don’t plan to retire in the home you’ve lived in for years, you may go to one of those “Best places to retire” lists.
We wanted to try something different. We have a list of great places to retire that many of you may not have thought about, all great communities, but not on the radar of the masses.
What made us choose these places? They have all the things retirees want when they start looking for a place to spend their golden years.
“Retirees want relatively low cost of living and housing, a favorable tax situation, a low crime rate, an active downtown, good medical facilities and, more than ever, a range of activities that can keep them fit and healthy,” says Annette Fuller, managing editor of Where to Retire magazine. “Big cities still attract, such as Austin and Santa Fe, but the little guys – such as Mountain Home, Ark.; Natchez, Miss.; and Port Townsend, Wash. – have many relocated retirees who proudly boast of their new home and delight in finding an off-the-beaten-path location.”
Here are five cities and towns for consideration.
1. Hendersonville, N.C. Most people know Asheville, N.C., in the western mountains of the state. But, according to Terri King, CEO of Coldwell Banker King in Asheville, people are discovering the outlying areas. Twenty-five minutes south of Asheville is Hendersonville (pop. 13,000) which has many of the qualities sought by Baby Boomers, King says.
She calls the city a “remarkably friendly yet sophisticated social experience.” Among the attributes, a 72-piece orchestra (the smallest town in the USA that has one, she says). It is also home to the official state theater, the Flat Rock Playhouse. And it’s 25 miles from Mission Hospital, which was ranked in the top 15 health care systems in 2013 by Thomson Reuters.
“It has easy walking, waterfalls and a national forest,” King says. “And you are two to three hours from cities like Atlanta and Greensboro.
“It’s very conducive to a retired individual,” she says. “For Baby Boomers, it has a mild, four-season climate. People retirement age are done with the extremes in life.”
Steve Wike, 64, publisher of BlueRidgeTravelGuide.com, and his wife, Mickie, moved to Hendersonville in 2010. “There is everything imaginable to do here,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade it. I love it here.”
“There are over 200 waterfalls in Western North Carolina,” Wike says, and you can hike to almost all of them.” And, of course, there’s golf.
“I don’t play golf, but for the guys around here who do, they say they can get on any private course. It’s like $35 for 18 holes,” says Wike, who grew up in Northern Virginia. “They love it. They say the views and courses are beautiful.” More