Carl Sandburg Home
National Historic Site North Carolina

2020 Calendar of Events

Sandburg Home Free Tour Days and National Park Fee Free Days (when noted)
Visitors can enjoy free tours of the Sandburg Home on 10 days in 2020. Five days are also fee free days at all national parks.

  • January 6, 2020 (Carl Sandburg's Birthday)
  • January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (national fee free day)
  • April 11, 2020 (first Saturday of local school spring break)
  • April 18, 2020 – First Day of National Park Week (national fee free day)
  • June 13, 2020 (Sandburgs' wedding anniversary)
  • August 25, 2020 – National Park Service Birthday (national fee free day)
  • September 26, 2020 – National Public Lands Day (national fee free day)
  • October 17, 2020 (Park Anniversary)
  • November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day
  • December 26, 2020 (Saturday after Christmas)

April 1 to May 15
"Movement" Youth Art Show

More than 700 students from across the country used canvases for an artistic expression inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poem “Night Movement,” and other poetry pieces in Sandburg's collection "Smoke and Steel." 71 canvases were submitted to the exhibit and each canvas reflects how the young artists chose to interpret what "movement" means to them. Visitors can see the installation in a building adjacent to the Sandburg Home when they visit. Young artists are represented from across the country and locally.

April 24 (Friday)
Student Poetry Contest Celebration

Young poets from Elementary School through High School will be recognized for their writing achievements and each student will present their winning entry. The 2020 poetry contest theme is "Movement". Program will be held at Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Building Room 150.

April 25 (Saturday)
Community Reading of Carl Sandburg’s “Complete Poems”

“The Complete Poems” is a collection of Sandburg’s poetry published from 1916 to 1950. The book won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1951. The collection starts with the Chicago Poems and reflects a portrait of America, much of which can still be observed today. The community is invited to read 5-minute segments of the collection for the audience.

May 25 (Monday) - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival

This free festival offers live music performances from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The folk festival honors Carl Sandburg and his preservation of American musical heritage, as found in his collection, The American Songbag. The festival’s performers are skilled in sharing traditional stories in distinctive ways. All performances take place in the amphitheater, unless otherwise specified, and signs will direct festival goers. Learn more here.

June 6 (Saturday) at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Historic Connemara Walking Tours

In cooperation with the Village of Flat Rock's annual Ice Cream Social, the park offers walking tours of the grounds of Connemara sharing the history of the site before the Sandburg's moved in. East tour lasts one hour. No reservation required. Tours begin in the park store at the Sandburg Home. Free.

June 9, July 14, and August 11, 5:00-6:30pm
Sandburg Sing-a-longs

Sing-a-Longs feature music from Sandburg’s "The American Songbag." Musicians will lead the audience in singing along, and song sheets will be available. The event is free and will be held at the amphitheater.

Mid-June through Mid-August
Sandburg Summer Plays
Every Wednesday through Saturday at 10:15 - 10:45 am

Rootabaga Express! and Spink, Skabootch and Swipes!
Apprentice actors from the Flat Rock Playhouse, will share free performances at the park amphitheater. A special Jr. Rootabaga Ranger program is available for young audience members. Learn more about the shows here.

Saturdays in July (4, 11, 18, and 25)
Hands-on History

Join Park Rangers on Saturdays in July to get hands-on with history. Each Saturday features a different topic and allows visitors of all ages to interact with history related to the Sandburg family experience at Connemara. Come anytime between 11am to 3pm. All programs will be offered at the amphitheater.

October 17 (Saturday) - Park's 52nd Anniversary!
Community Reading of Carl Sandburg’s “Complete Poems”

To celebrate the park's 52nd Anniversary the community is invited to participate in a reading of Sanbdurg's “The Complete Poems.” The book won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1951. The collection starts with the Chicago Poems and reflects a portrait of America, much of which can still be observed today. The community is invited to read 5-minute segments of the collection for the audience.

Thanksgiving to January 6
Christmas at Connemara

The house will be decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree throughout December until January 6th, 2021.

 

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Last updated: January 22, 2020

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81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Phone:

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