Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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August 9 @ 10:15 am - 10:45 am
An event every week that begins at 10:15 am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 10, 2019
The summer season features children’s plays — lively performances of Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” — performed by apprentice actors from Flat Rock Playhouse Vagabond School of Drama. The Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10:15 am in the park amphitheater, from June 12 through August 10.
Wednesday and Friday morning performances feature “Spink, Skabootch and Swipes” (Sandburg’s loving nicknames for his three daughters). Follow them into Rootabaga Country, discovering how the letter X made its way into the alphabet; hit the rails with the Great Golden Spike Limited as it speeds from coast to coast; and marvel at how Hot Balloons and his two pigeon daughters crossed the Shampoo River.
On Thursday and Saturday mornings, “Rootabaga Express!” brings the stories of the Five Rusty Rats, Bimbo the Snip, and more to life. Meet new characters and journey farther into the Village of Liver and Onions and Sandburg’s imagination than ever before.
The 30-minute shows are appropriate for all ages and are held rain or shine. For young visitors who attend the plays, there is a new Rootabaga Junior Ranger program available. Activity sheets will be available at the amphitheater after the play and can be turned in at the Sandburg Home for a limited edition Rootabaga Ranger badge.