2016 Calendar - A Celebration of the National Park Service Centennial 1916-2016

Fee Free Days 2016
Enjoy 16 free entrance to all national parks and free tours of the Sandburg Home in honor of the National Park Services 100th birthday on these days in 2016.

  • August 25-28 –National Park Service Birthday Weekend
  • September 24 –National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 –Veterans Day

June 15 - August 13
Every Wednesday through Saturday at 10:15 am
NO SHOWS week of July 11
This will be a summer like no other as new Rootabaga Stories and Sandburg inspired plays will take the stage. Join us for a new century of Sandburg theater. Shows are appropriate for all ages and held rain or shine.
  • Spink, Skabootch and Swipes
    Wednesday and Friday mornings
    Take a journey with Sandburg's daughters, Spink, Skabootch and Swipes (his nicknames for them) on a journey through Rootabaga Country.
  • Rootabaga Express!
    Thursday and Saturday mornings
    Watch the stories of the Five Rusty Rats, Bimbo the Snip and more, as you meet new characters and journey farther into the Village of Liver and Onions and Sandburg's imagination than ever before.

Saturday, July 23
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Jump Into the Park - A Family Fun Day at the Sandburg Home.
The day will feature kid-friendly house tours and activity stations. This event is part of national Junior Ranger Day, an event to encourage youth to learn about America's National Parks and how they belong to them too! Special themed activities this year will focus on science and bugs!
Activity Stations
Bio Blitz! Ant hunt
Pollination Station (includes live bee hive)
The science of Making Milk at the barn
Ask a Gardner, Be a Gardner near the barn
The science of history in the Sandburg Home
12 -1 pm Carlton Burke and the Science of Birds of Prey at the amphitheater

August 25, 2016
Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!
September 9 - 25
Sandburg in September
Two weeks of community events to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday. Sponsored by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara.
September 9 (Fri) Sandburg Singalong, 6:00 pm
Jim and Beth McGill and Pat Corn at Henderson County Visitor Center Stage

September 17 (Sat) Hobo Ball, 6:00 pm
At Carl Sandburg Home NHS in Flat rock, NC. Enjoy music, dancing, food, auction and revelry

September 19 (Mon) Movie Monday, 6:00 pm
A showing of "The Day Carl Sandburg Died" at the Flat Rock Cinema.

September 20 (Tue) Spoken Word Performance Poetry, 7:00 pm
Moody Black and crew at Jongo Java in Hendersonville

September 22 (Thur) Season's of Sandburg, 6:00 pm
A collection of Sandburg inspired art at the Studio's at Flat Rock

September 24 (Sat)
Depot Days, 10 am - 2 pm
at Hendersonville Train Depot
David Nagler Sandburg Sonata, 7:00 pm
Poetry to music at Downtown Flat Rock Playhouse

September 25 (Sun) Books and Brunch, 10 am - 2 pm
A Sunday Jazz brunch and vintage book sale at The Green Room Cafe in downtown Hendersonville

November 26 and December 17
Christmas at Connemara
From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Musicians and storytellers will perform traditional holiday stories and music. Hot cider and cookies will be served. This free festive celebration will honor Carl Sandburg and the family holiday tradition of music. Young visitors will find many opportunities for participation in storytelling, sing-a-longs and crafts. 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, 2017.


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    Sandburg in September

    • Location: Varies
    Friday, September 9, 2016

    Everyday from 09/09/2016 to 09/25/2016

    Two weeks of community events to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Birthday. Not all days have special events. See the schedule for details.

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81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, NC 28731


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