LOCAL BRIEFS: Craft Fair, Patriotic Book Giveaway, St. John’s Show
Methodist Church Hosts 20th Arts and Crafts Festival
The First United Methodist Church will host its 20th annual juried arts and crafts festival from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 5. pottery and fiber, wood, glass and leather goods.
The Juried Art and Craft Festival is one of many missionary activities supported by the church. Proceeds from the show support a benevolent fund for low-income residents of church-owned apartments.
Three dozen local artisans will participate, including Joan Mastny, a local octogenarian who creates hand-stitched Old World Santas; Tom Livingston, Intarsia specialist in “painting with wood”; and Kathy Wrobel, making handmade greeting cards to benefit local charities.
The First United Methodist Church, at 204 Sixth Ave. W, embraces a vision of “changing lives, making disciples” and is an inclusive community where all people can joyfully come together for worship, mission and discipleship.
Muddy Sneakers appoints new director
Muddy Sneakers’ Board of Directors has appointed David Rahahętih Webb as the organization’s Executive Director. Webb’s first day is scheduled for Monday, October 31.
Webb comes to Muddy Sneakers as an accomplished nonprofit leader with 26 years of experience as a leader in environmental education.
“My career has been dedicated to environmental education, science education and conservation,” he said. “Environmental education is what I hold most dear: getting kids outdoors and making personal connections with the natural world. This role encompasses a large part of my background and my own philosophy.
Muddy Sneakers’ Executive Director Search Committee, a team of board members and staff guided by transition consultants, selected Webb after an extensive search spanning several months. The committee praised Webb’s accomplishments in organizational leadership, strategic planning, project management, financial accountability, fundraising and general operations, as well as his empathetic and inspirational leadership style.
“I chose Muddy Sneakers for my next role because the organization’s mission and work aligns so closely with my own values and passion,” he said. “Muddy Sneakers has a great team and dedicated board in place, and is about to enter an exciting new phase. The impact Muddy Sneakers is having in North Carolina is vital to the future of our environment and our quality of life, and there is so much potential for growth, internally and externally.
Republican Women’s Club donates 100 patriotic books
The Henderson County Republican Women’s Club donated 100 patriotic books encouraging love of country and freedom to Henderson County public school libraries as part of the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project. For the past 60 years, the National Federation of Republican Women and its members have donated thousands of books each year to libraries, schools, hospitals and other public institutions.
Public invited to see the Capitol Christmas tree
FLETCHER – The public is invited to celebrate sending Ruby, a very special red spruce, on her great mountain adventure to Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Forest Service is hosting the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Harvest Celebration from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, November 5 in the Expo Building at the WNC Agricultural Center.
The Forest Service will invite people to sign the banners on Ruby’s truck to send their best wishes to all of the communities hosting the Capitol Tree along the way. Visitors can also walk through an interactive exhibit of North Carolina’s four national forests and learn about the ecosystem and employees of each forest. More than 25 partner organizations will provide fun games for the whole family and merchandise for the US Capitol Christmas tree. The event is free and open to the public.
The United States Capitol Christmas Tree – also known as “The People’s Tree”, reflecting the US House of Representatives’ nickname as the House of the People – is raised on the lawn west of the United States Capitol. The tree is selected each year from a different national forest. The honor of being the people’s tree this year went to the 78-foot-tall red spruce affectionately named “Ruby” (short for the scientific name Picea rubens).
The tree will be harvested from the Pisgah National Forest in early November before a nearly 1,000 mile expedition. The trip will include a series of community celebrations before Ruby arrives Nov. 18 at the Capitol, where she will be decorated with handmade ornaments and tree skirts created by North Carolinians.
St. John hosts Friends of Music show
St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Wilderness will host a Friends of Music concert featuring bass-baritone Adrian Smith at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, in the parish hall across the street from the church. Smith will be accompanied by pianist Dewitt Tipton. The public is invited to attend. Contributions will be gratefully accepted.
Hailed for his “great bronze voice”, Smith has been heard in many operatic and concert roles. Appearances include roles in Rigoletto, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, La Cenerentola, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, The Magic Flute, La fanciulla del West and Capriccio. Concerts include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms and Mozart’s Requiem, Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, Handel’s Messiah and Dettingen’s Te Deum, plus major works by JS Bach. A native of Hickory, Smith is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and Boston University, and has won competitions in Lincolnton, North Carolina, Shreveport, Louisiana and Birmingham, Alabama, and the Metropolitan Opera National auditions. Council.
Future concerts include flautist Kate Steinbeck on December 4 and folk musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth on February 19. In early spring, storyteller Becky Stone will entertain with African-American history. Later in the spring, a benefit will be scheduled for the WNC Foundation’s Eric Anderson Weigel Memorial Fund. The concert will feature Eric’s brother, David Weigel, performing baritone selections with Tipton on piano.
St. John in the Wilderness is located at 1905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. For more information, call 828-693-9783 or visit www.stjohnflatrock.org.