Carl Sandburg’s Connemara, in Flat Rock NC (photo by Sheila Scarborough)Just about any time of year is pleasant in tiny Flat Rock, North Carolina (fairly close to Charlotte and 22 miles south of pretty Asheville) but the next few weeks bring some special celebrations.

First up on September 27, 2008 is the annual Lincoln celebration at Connemara, the National Historic Site home of American author Carl Sandburg.

Why Lincoln?  Because Sandburg wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the President who was born in a log cabin and led the US through the Civil War.

The celebration is in the morning from 9:30 – 12:30:

Featured performances include a reading of Sandburg’s speech before Congress during Lincoln’s 150th birthday celebration, music of Lincoln’s day and an Abraham Lincoln portrayal.

That same weekend (26-28 Sept) is the Flat Rock Music Festival; three days of outdoor concerts, workshops and songwriters highlighting American acoustic music.

Author Carl Sandburg’s upstairs work area at Connemara, Flat Rock NC (photo by Sheila Scarborough)Such an event seems quite appropriate since Sandburg loved music, and was the author of Carl Sandburg’s American Songbag.

The second special event is on October 17, 2008 and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Sandburg’s home as a Historic Site in the National Park Service.

It includes special ranger programs and a review of Sandburg’s writing.

Psst….while you’re in Flat Rock, stop at the brick oven bakery/restaurant tucked into a shop called the Wrinkled Egg, on the main road.

Tiny spot, yummy food.

So, take a fall trip into western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge region and pay tribute to a prolific author and American original.

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