The Fletcher Firefly Festival features bands, food, drink and art
With over 40 vendors, 13 beers and four concerts, the only thing missing from the fifth annual Fletcher Firefly Festival this Saturday will be the legendary Blue Ghost Fireflies.
â€œThe brewery doesn’t have any blue ghost fireflies, but we do get a lot of your typical fireflies / lightning bugs,â€ Jeremy Weber, general manager of Blue Ghost Brewing Co., the festival host. “The festival will not have firefly activities as we respect the preservation of this species.”
Blue ghost fireflies are true fireflies, or lightning bugs, unique in that the males glow blue near the ground in search of mates, as opposed to the more common flashing yellow bugs seen throughout the summer in the South.
They are rare and are only seen for about two to four weeks in some places in the mountains of North Carolina, some of which are in Henderson County.
â€œThe festival is called the Fletcher Firefly Festival because of the blue ghost fireflies native to WNC,â€ Weber explained. â€œWhen the founding families of Blue Ghost Brewing Co. first moved to the area over 10 years ago, it became an annual tradition to visit local forests and observe fireflies glowing blue. “
This year, the organizers hope to attract around 1,000 guests. In recent years, the festival has attracted between 800 and 1,500 people.
â€œWe expect there may be some covid hesitation this year,â€ Weber said.
â€œThe main goal of the festival has always been to promote the arts by having local artists sell their art and having live music all day. Of course, we are always promoting our beer and launching new seasonal versions like our two special beers coming out on Saturday: â€œWhere The Boat Leaves Fromâ€ which is a toasted coconut lager made from nuts. hand-grilled organic coconut and a Watermelon Gose made from fresh watermelon.
â€œThe additional vendors typically represent local businesses and nonprofits. We always like to give our neighbors the opportunity to promote their work and reach new audiences. It wouldn’t be a family festival without food and games! “
As one of Henderson County’s largest live music providers, Blue Ghost Brewing has lined up five musical groups for the day: soloists Sarah Tucker, Christina Chandler and Brian Hill and two groups, Modern Strangers and Pleasure Chest.
â€œMusic is essential at the festival because it sets the mood for the day,â€ Weber said. â€œOur memories are connected to our senses and no great memory would be complete without good music. Music has always been a part of Blue Ghost.
â€œWhen you arrive at the festival, you can expect to see our 2.5 acre firefly field shrouded in vendors, surrounded by trees and lush greenery,â€ he continued. â€œAt one end of the field you will find our main stage with one of our musicians playing live music. On the other side, you will find a micro-stage where the solos will play between the biggest groups.
â€œThere will be several food trucks as well as a number of vendors selling lemonade, charcuterie boards, candy, pickles, crushed ice, pretzels and more. Our own food truck, The Hungry Ghost , and our Hungry Ghost Grill will serve the festival- style food and burgers and fries.
â€œThere will be families roaming the vendors, kids running and playing and leashed dogs abound. We hope this all takes place under blue skies and a bright yellow sun. This will be our biggest festival yet. . ”
There is no charge to attend the festival and hear the music. Food and drink, as well as artwork and other vendor items will be on sale. To purchase beer, guests will need to purchase a $ 2 bracelet, and half of the bracelet sales will be donated to the Hendersonville YMCA.
â€œWe have a long-standing friendship with the Hendersonville Family YMCA and because they are a great example of an organization that promotes the well-being of families, family relationships and the building of strong families in our local community, we do not couldn’t think of a better group to donate half of our bracelet sales, â€Weber said.
The festival will start at 1 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.
Blue Ghost Brewing Co.
125 Underwood Road, Fletcher
Saturday, June 26, 1 to 9:30 p.m., 5th Annual Fletcher Firefly Festival with Sarah Tucker (1:00 p.m.), Christina Chandler (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.), Modern Strangers (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.), Brian Hill (6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), 7:00 p.m., Pleasure Chest (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), free admission
305 Salon & Restaurant
305 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Bob Sherrill, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Every first and third Friday evening, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., geriatric jukebox, husband and wife sing oldies but goodies
Appalachian Ridge Craft Hard Cider
749 ch. Chestnut Gap, Hendersonville
Friday June 25, 6-9 p.m., Wiregrass, Americana, bluegrass
Saturday June 26, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Ken & Nichole, eclectic covers, pop, country, Americana
Bold rock cider
72 School House Road, Mills River
Friday June 25, 6 p.m., Canaan Cox, native of Hendo, singer, songwriter, pop, R&B, contemporary country
Saturday June 26, 3 p.m., Gin Mill Pickers, duo, eclectic mix of retro-fitted folk / rag, Americana, Piedmont Blues
Vineyards of the Burnt Shirt
2695 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville
Saturday June 26, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Eric Congdon, extraordinary WNC guitarist, eclectic, singer, originals, jams
Sunday June 27, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Mary Kenyon, indie folk singer, songwriter
Brewing Company D9
425 N. Main St, Hendersonville
Friday June 25, 7-10 p.m., Seth & Sara, husband and wife, originals, covers, rootsy
Dry Falls Brewing Co.
425 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville
Friday, June 25, 7 p.m., The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, folk, Americana
Saturday June 26, 7 p.m., Billingsley, trio of brothers, rock-plus
415 8th Avenue East, Hendersonville
Thursday June 24, 7-9 p.m. Drum Circle, bring your own drum
Friday June 25, 7 p.m., Gin Mill Pickers, duo, eclectic mix of retro-fitted folk / rag, Americana, Piedmont Blues
Hendersonville Farmers Market
650 Maple Street, Hendersonville
Saturday June 26, 8 am-1pm, Apple Country String Band, Acoustic Americana
Hubba Smoker Hubba
2724 Greenville Road, Flat Rock
Sunday, June 27, 6 p.m., Pretty Little Goat, popular, old time, string orchestra (as part of The Feast of St. John: Celebrating Flat Rock, hosted by St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church)
Mills River Brewing Co.
336 Banner Farm Road, Mills River
Sunday June 27, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Mr Jimmy Power Trio, Chicago blues
North Henderson High School
35 Fruitland Road, Hendersonville
Thursday, June 24, 6 p.m., Canaan Cox, native of Hendo, singer, songwriter, pop, R&B, contemporary country, benefit concert for athletics and the arts, price starting at $ 10
Oklawaha Brewing Company
147 1st Avenue E. Hendersonville
Thursday June 24, 7-9 p.m., Dave Desmelik, singer, songwriter, originals, indie, roots, bluegrass
Friday June 25, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Blake Ellege Band, top 40, dance, pop, classic rock, oldies, jazz, R&B, funk,
Saturday June 26, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Abbey Elmore Band, modern pop, old rock, folk
Sunday June 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Izi Hughes, native of Hendo, singer, eclectic
Point Lookout Wineries
408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville
Friday June 25, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Catalinas, beach music, fuck time, $ 30
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
588 ch. Chestnut Gap, Hendersonville
Saturday June 26, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., The JackTown Ramblers, bluegrass, swing, gypsy jazz
Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard
2698 C Greenville Highway, East Flat Rock
Sunday June 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., geriatric jukebox, husband and wife, guitar, singers, oldies and goodies
Southern Appalachian Brewery
822 Locust Street, Ste. 100, Hendersonville
Thursday June 24, 6-8 p.m., The Live Wires, blues, jazz
Friday June 25, 7-9 p.m., The Red Hot Sugar Babies, vocals and instrumental jazz from the 20’s and 30’s
Saturday June 26, 7-9 p.m., The Maggie Valley Band, two sisters and their band, Americana, old country, dark Appalachian
Sunday June 27, 4-6 p.m., Paul Schiro, crooner
South Rock Sports Grill
830 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville
Saturday June 26, 8 p.m. to midnight, Twisted Trail, rock band
The 2nd Act coffee, wine and craft beer bar
101 E. Allen Street, Hendersonville
Thursday June 24, 6-9 p.m., Izzi and Eric, two of Hendo’s most notable live musicians, eclectic
The Arts and Entertainment Center
125 S. Main Street, Hendersonville
Friday June 25, 7 p.m., Russ Wilson’s Big Band Dance Party, orchestra with singer, $ 25 prepayment
The Dugout Sports Bar & Taphouse
430 N. Main St., Hendersonville
Thursday June 24, 8 p.m. to midnight, open jam with Paul Liford from Fine Line
Friday June 25, 8 p.m. to midnight, The Loudes, punk, folk, rock
Saturday June 26, 8 p.m. to midnight, The Upbeats, wellness rock, dancing
Sunday June 27, 4 pm-7pm, Andrew Wakefied, singer, guitarist, folk, rock
La Serre Moto CafÃ©
4021 Haywood Road (Highway 191) Mills River
Friday June 25, 8 p.m.-midnight, 50 Year Flood, rock, soul, original
Saturday June 26, 8 p.m., Awake in the Dream, rock and original covers, ’90s Night
Sunday, June 27, 3 p.m., Tools on Stools
The PoÃ© House
105 1st Avenue West, Hendersonville
Friday June 25, 7-10 p.m., Bill Altman, blues
Triskele brewing company
340 7th Avenue East, Hendersonville
Friday June 25, 7-10 p.m., Jason Whitaker, acoustic, singer, guitarist, rock
Saturday June 26, 2 pm-4pm, The Blue Ridge Pistols, aggressive guitar, groovy bass, punchy drums; 7-10 p.m., Fine Line, rock band
Sunday June 27, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Myron Hyman, lead singer, guitarist
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