Live bands at the Visitor Center, program of Jeschonnek on Ukraine, presentation by Pepper set

The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is hosting another Monday Night Live concert on July 11, followed by a Music on Main concert on Friday July 15, according to a press release.

All are welcome to come to the Visitor Center, located at 201 S. Main St. in Hendersonville for these free outdoor concerts from 7-9 p.m. This week’s Monday Night Live concert will feature music from Nu-Blue, a Bluegrass/Americana band from Siler City.

This small-town band is made up of husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh, with Daniel playing multiple instruments and Carolyn on vocals, backed by Austin Hefflefinger on banjo and Justin Harrison on mandolin.

On Friday night, Music on Main will feature music from local band The Super 60s. They offer a musical retrospective of one of the most turbulent times in the Americas, a period that all members of the group lived through. Spectators are encouraged to wear their favorite tie-dye shirt and bell bottom.

Classic car shows are held in conjunction with Music on Main every Friday. The auto shows are located on South Main Street from Caswell Street to 1st Avenue, which will be closed to traffic. For more information on classic car shows, contact the Carolina Mountain Car Club,

The HCTDA is hosting free concerts every Monday and Friday night until August 19. Dancing, singing and tapping your feet are encouraged, however, early admission, alcoholic beverages, backpacks and coolers are prohibited.

Jeschonnek will present “Ukraine Crisis 2022” on July 14

Colonel FK Jeschonnek serving with NATO forces in Afghanistan.

On July 14 at 3 p.m., Friedrich K. Jeschonnek, Airborne Colonel (retired) of the German Army will present the free program “Ukraine Crisis 2022: Origins, Impact, and Challenges for the West”. The program will take place in the Rogow Room of the Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St. in Brevard.

Colonel Jeschonnek served in the German Army for over 40 years, both as a platoon troop commander at the division level and as a general staff officer performing state duties -major of the German army and NATO, according to the release of the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas.

Twice he was deputy commander of the German contingent in the Balkans and served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. He currently leads the working group of the Association of German Reservists which publishes the “Handbook of Eastern Europe” geopolitics.

Colonel Jeschonnek’s July 14 program will analyze Russia’s ambition to restore the former Russian Empire, the Ukrainian people’s desire to remain independent, and the role of the Western world in the resulting conflict.

This program is offered by the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas as part of its Historical Guest Speaker Series. For more information, call 828-884-2141 or visit

Ronnie Pepper

Community activist Pepper speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville

Ronnie Pepper works at the Henderson County Public Library and is an avid storyteller as well as an educator, spending over 25 years with the Head Start program. He also worked with the Henderson County Black History Research Committee and served on the Walk of Fame Committee.

After the Civil War, a group of newly freed black people marched from Mississippi to southern Henderson County in search of land where they could live peacefully and sustainably. Their efforts are revealed in The Kingdom of Happy Land, a legend that lives in both myth and truth. The story will be told by Pepper at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. on July 10, according to a press release.

A Hendersonville native and graduate of Hendersonville High School, Pepper is a prominent figure in the local community, according to the release. He has been active in the community as an award-winning child development worker and education advocate, as a storyteller and performer in community theater, and as a historian and community activist.

The story and history of the Happy Land Kingdom, including recent research findings, combine Pepper’s interest in history with her storytelling skills. He has served on several boards and organizations throughout his life, including the American Red Cross, YMCA of Hendersonville, Flat Rock Playhouse, Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville Housing Authority, and NAACP, for to name a few.

All are invited to attend this presentation. Additional information about UUFH can be obtained at

Brevard Music Center prepares for the American Voices festival

Brevard Music Center (BMC) has announced key performances for the 2022 American Voices Festival, a project supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a press release.

The week of July 11-15 is a focal point of the festival, with programs inspired by Joseph Horowitz’s new book, Dvořák’s Prophecy. The story of Dvořák’s prophecy dates back to 1893, when Bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák predicted that a “great and noble school” of American classical music would be founded on African-American melodies. Dvořák’s Prophecy, a focal point of the American Voices Festival, is a multimedia orchestral concert with the Brevard Sinfonia conducted by Music Director/Conductor of the PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, DC, and frequent guest conductor of the BMC, Angel Gil-Ordonez.

Dvořák’s Prophecy author and program curator Joseph Horowitz will host a pre-concert talk for ticket holders at Thomas Hall at 6:30 p.m., one hour before the 7:30 p.m. performance of Dvořák’s Prophecy on July 15 in Whittington -Pfohl Auditorium. Additional American Voices Festival performances this week include Becoming America: Lara Downes and Friends on July 11, American Voices on July 13, George Shirley: A Life in Music on July 14, all of which take place at Parker Concert Hall on the campus of the Brevard Music Center. . Special guests include George Shirley, the first African-American tenor to sing principal roles at the Metropolitan Opera, operatic baritone Brevard and international Sidney Outlaw, and pianist and iconoclast Lara Downes.

Red Cross and Discovery team up for Shark Week

The American Red Cross and Discovery are teaming up for Shark Week and inviting people to dive in to help save lives by donating blood or platelets in July. The Red Cross saw a sharp drop in blood and platelet donations last month, and donors are urged to make an appointment now to avoid a blood shortage this summer.

In June, the Red Cross collected about 12% fewer blood donations than needed – one of the largest monthly blood donation shortfalls in recent years. Here in the Greater Carolinas area, 22% fewer donations were made than expected. When fewer people answer the call to donate, the blood supply dwindles – and that could mean blood products aren’t ready for hospital staff to reach in an emergency.

Thanks to Discovery, everyone who comes to donate blood or platelets in July will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive set of Shark Week merchandise that includes:

beach bike

Portable smokeless fireplace

paddle board


$500 gift card to be used for accessories

Those who come to donate July 21-24 will receive an exclusive Shark Week t-shirt from Discovery, while supplies last. Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through July 31 in Henderson County are:


July 18: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Henderson County Offices, 211 1st Avenue East

July 21: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Henderson County Offices, 211 1st Avenue East

July 25: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Henderson County Offices, 211 1st Avenue East

river of the mills

July 22: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mills River Town Hall, 124 Town Center Dr.

The back-to-school campaign will be organized by the First Congregational United Church of Christ

From 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 16 (rain date, July 17, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.), First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Avenue W. ( invites the community to contribute to contactless service, supplies school drive-thru to benefit county students and educators, according to a news release.

Some useful supplies are backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, paper, notebooks, glue sticks, tissues, construction paper, highlighters, sticky notes, copy paper , batteries, hand sanitizers and cash/cheques.

Participants must deposit their items in the church parking lot. All donated items will be sorted and delivered by FCC members. Anyone wishing to help is welcome and should contact [email protected]

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