Big Brothers Big Sisters–Polk

Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
Phone: 828-859-9230
Fax: 828-859-5364
Karen email: polk@bbbswnc.org

School Mentoring Coordinator: Latisha Miller
Phone:  864-764-3621
Latisha email:  latisham@bbbswnc.org


301 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC 28782

Polk News: Events & Important Dates

BBBS news:  Polkin’ Around                                         September 2015

Happy Anniversary!

BB Alan Maurer                LB Abdias     4 years

BS Lynne Parsons             LS Josie       2 years

Mark your calendars! 

  • Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Saturday, October 31. Please join us for Halloween bowling fundraiser for BBBS! Volunteers needed!
  • Sunday, October 18, Tour de Leaves bike ride will benefit BBBS. Volunteers needed!

Local Events Calendar:

…Sept 2-6, Ant-Man, Tryon Theatre, rated PG, 859-6811, www.tryontheatre.com.

…Sept 3. Kindness Squad, Polk Library kids’ craft. 4pm, Polklibrary.org, or 894-8721.

…Sept 3, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, 4pm, Saluda Library, grades 6-12.

…Sept 3, Motherlode Band, Landrum Library Fall Fest, 6:30PM, bring chairs and picnic, FREE.

…Sept 4-5, Green River Games, Your chance to watch a multisport competition! Saluda, 8am-5pm. www.facebook.com/GreenRiverGames.

…Sept 5, BBQ Fundraiser, Stop the Water Giveaway, Harmon Field open air gym, 4:30-6:30PM, $10.

…Sept 5, Saturday in the Park, live music at Veteran’s Park, Columbus, 7:PM, FREE. Bring chairs and your own picnic. Bottled water provided.

…Sept 9, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, 4pm, Polklibrary.org, or 894-8721.

…Sept 10, Marshmallow Catapults, Saluda Library, 4pm grades 6-12.

…Sept 10-13, Fly, Flat Rock Playhouse, Polk matches contact Karen for free passes!

…Sept 10, Tom Fisch concert, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC, 7:PM, Donations welcome.

…Sept 10, Underhill Rose, Landrum Library Fall Fest, 6:30PM, bring chairs and picnic, FREE.

…Sept 11-Oct 6, 100 Years of Craft, Tryon Arts & Crafts, FREE admission, 859-8323.

…Sept 11-Oct 6, Furniture and Wood carcing Exhibit, TFAC.

…Sept 11, Top of the Grade concert, McCreery  Park, Saluda, 7-9:PM, FREE, bring your own picnic!

…Sept 12, TEDxTryon, TFAC, 9:AM-4:30PM. Our very own Big Sister Robin Edgar is one of a dozen speakers selected to present at this community event. Sold out!

…Sept 12, Green Creek Heritage Festival, music, car show, food concessions, arts & crafts, children’s activities, parade and more. 9:AM-3:PM, FREE admission.

…Sept 12. Annual Pig Out, McCreery Park, Saluda, 5-7:PM, FREE.

…Sept 12, Saturday in the Park, concert featuring Shane Pruitt & former BB Jim Peterman, Veteran’s Park, Columbus, 7:PM, FREE. Bring chairs and your own picnic. Bottled water provided.

…Sept. 13, Sunday Rafting Trip for matches! 5-mile trip on the French Broad River with French Broad Rafting!Limited to 20 matches! Time:  Arrive by 1:30! Trip begins at 2:00 in Marshall. Approximate end time:  5:00 * Minimum age:  8  * Rain or shine
**How to sign up:  Bigs – cost for you is $10 each. We will sign you up for the trip only WHEN WE RECEIVE your check. Open to the first 17 matches. Drop off or mail your check to: BBBS   50 S. French Broad Ave. Room 213   Asheville, NC 28801. Directions and waivers will be sent once Bigs are signed up. (The $10 cost for your Little is being covered by a grant from the Glass Foundation. Polk Bigs may be reimbursed for expenses via request to Karen).

…Sept 17, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, 4pm, Saluda Library, grades 6-12.

…Sept 17, Fayssoux & Company, Landrum Library Fall Fest, 6:30PM, bring chairs and picnic, FREE.

…Sept 17, Hiroya Tsukamoto concert, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC, 7:PM, Donations welcome.

…Sept 17-27, Plaza Suite, TLT comedy, www.tltinfo.org or 859-2466 for info.

…Sept 18-20, Art Trek Tryon, opening night 6-8:PM, 10:AM-5:PM Saturday, Upstairs Artspace for info.

…Sept 19-20, Heritage Weekend, Folk Art Center, Asheville; Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition, 2-3pm Saturday, FREE. www.craftguild.org

…Sept 19, Ache Around the Lake, fundraiser walk around Lake Lanier. Contact www.saintlukeshospital.com for more info.

…Sept19-Oct 31, BB Dale McIntyre and other artists exhibit at Tryon Painters & Sculptors. www.tryonpaintersandsculptors.com

…Sept 20, Super Sunday, TFAC, music, juggler, balloons, children’s theater, 3-5PM, FREE.

…Sept 21, Lego Junior Makers, Polk Library, 4:PM, FREE. Polklibrary.org, or 894-8721.

…Sept 19, Flock to the Rock, live bird programs at Chimney Rock, 11:AM-3:PM, admission fee. Chimneyrockpark.com

…Sept 19, Sausage Shrimp Fest, Harmon Field, 6:PM, Rotary Club of Tryon for tickets.

… Sept 20, Hooked on Fishing at Tryon Estates: Last chance! BBBS has been invited to participate in this series of FREE fishing events. They supply fishing equipment, instruction, drinks, and great opportunities to fish. To RSVP please call: First Baptist Church of Tryon at 828-859-5375 or by email tryonfirstbaptist@gmail.com.

…Sept 24, Buncombe Turnpike, Landrum Library Fall Fest, 6:30PM, bring chairs and picnic, FREE.

…Sept 25, Rainforest Wonders, KidSenses at Polk Library, 4:PM, FREE.

…Sept 26. Writers on the Rock for Kids, Chimney Rock, 1-4:PM, admission fee. Chimneyrockpark.com

…Sept 26, Rock the Carolinas Fest, benefit for Habitat for Humanity, Rogers Park, Tryon, 6 pm, tickets at the gate.

…Sept 26, Cellist Zuill Bailey, TFAC, 8:PM.

…Sept 26-27, Tryon Town Story, scavenger hunt, evening stroll, craft demos, folk carving, one act play, 10:AM-8:PM.

…Sept 27, Classic Car Cruise-in, Saluda, 1-4:PM, FREE.

  • If you would like to create a Monarch Butterfly garden, contact PAC for free seed packets at pacolet.org.
  • For info on the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site summer programs online at nps.gov/carl.
  • For info on KidSenses summer programs visit kidsenses.org
  • For info on Hands On Museum summer programs visit handsonwnc.org
  • Remember our local farmer’s markets in Columbus and Landrum on Saturday mornings, Saluda on Friday afternoons and Tryon Thursday afternoons!
  • To help your Littles discover his/her interests visit: www.search-institute.org/sparks

Free Asheville Tourists baseball tickets!

The Asheville Tourists are offering free tickets to Bigs and Littles for games on Sundays through Wednesdays.  Free tickets are for Bigs and Littles ONLY. Check the website (http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t573 ) for a game schedule.

For free tickets for you and your Little, please call our Asheville office at (828) 253-1470 by12:00 on game day (or by 12:00 on Friday for a Sunday game).  Tickets will be held for you at the “Will Call” window in your name. The free tickets DO NOT apply to games with fireworks.

Rafting Trip for matches!  Sunday, Sept. 13  

Limited to 20 matches! We’ll be rafting a 5-mile trip on the French Broad River with French Broad Rafting! Thank you to their staff for the generous discount they provide!
Time:  Arrive by 1:30! Trip begins at 2:00 in Marshall. Approximate end time:  5:00

* Minimum age:  8  * Rain or shine
**How to sign up:  Bigs – cost for you is $10 each. We will sign you up for the trip only WHEN WE RECEIVE your check. Open to the first 17 matches. Drop off or mail your check to: BBBS   50 S. French Broad Ave. Room 213   Asheville, NC 28801

Directions and waivers will be sent once Bigs are signed up. (The $10 cost for your Little is being covered by a grant from the Glass Foundation. Polk Bigs may be reimbursed for expenses via request to Karen).

BBBS events:

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Have a HeArt for Big Brothers Big Sisters was a great success!  Many thanks to the Upstairs Artspace board and staff, all the talented artists, the generous bidders and winners, the many helpful volunteers, and to Jim Cornell & Doug Dacey for making the bisque hearts. We are so grateful for our sponsors: Event Sponsor – Song Hill Reserve, Opening Reception Sponsors – Mike & Paula Mullenax, Heart Sponsor – Phoenix Futures Inc, and Closing Night Sponsors – Dave & Sue Anderson. Special thanks to BS Sue and her LS Nathalie for preparing and donating such a wonderful spread! (We are still getting kudos about our caterer!!)

Polk Big Brothers Big Sisters was a charity recipient of the Tour de Leaves bicycle tour on October 18, with over 230 riders participating!

BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE was a great success! Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Strike Sponsor: CooperRiis Healing Community; Pin Sponsors: Terry Ackerman, Lichty Guitars, Morning Glory Farm, Bailey Nager, Roger & Jennifer Smith; Team Sponsors: Larry & Gretchen Boyd, John & Cindy Boyle, Becky Kennedy & the Polk County Democratic Women, Kiwanis Club of Tryon,Digit & Beth Laughridge, Mill Spring Baptist Church, No Problem Builders, St Luke’s Hospital, David & Patty Slater, The Tryon Daily Bulletin; and many Lane Sponsors , Pledge Friends, and Door Prize Donors.

Polkbowl14Special thanks to Becky Kennedy, Dan Dworkin, and Michael & Sheila Veatch for their extraordinary pledge-raising success! Thanks to all bowlers & donors; to volunteers: Alan Breeden, Karen Dacey, Rob Fuller, Sharon Kolbye, Beth Laughridge, Lynn Montgomery, Paula Mullenax, Tristan, and Michael & Sheila Veatch; to Autumn Lanes Bowling Center; to all of our volunteer Bigs, and generous supporters.

BBBS is also a charity recipient of the 3rd annual Tryon BeerFest, and we appreciate  their generosity!

Additional events:

Area Opportunities:

Felburn Foundation Nature Library, 3161 Hwy 176 next to Caro-Mi, open M-W-F, 12-6, (828) 859-6745, call for info on expanded hours.

There are lots of children’s activities at Hands On! A Child’s Gallery in Hendersonville: 828-697-8333, www.handsonwnc.org.

The Hendersonville Museum under the old courthouse downtown is free and open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. www.hendersoncountymuseum.com

KidSenses Children’s Museum in Rutherfordton, (828) 286-2120, www.kidsenses.com

For hiking, visit

  • The Norman Wilder Forest for a moderate 2-3 mile hike, Hwy 176 & Tau Rock Vineyard Rd, Tryon.
  • The trailhead to the Blue Wall Preserve is on Dug Hill Road off Lakeshore Drive on Lake Lanier.
  • FENCE has miles of hiking trails.

WNC Nature Center, Asheville: Free admission for Littles when their Bigs show participant cards.

For more regional discounts, visit our organization’s webpage at www.bbbswnc.org – Match Central.

Local Discounts:

Flat Rock Playhouse – Free tickets for select plays, contact BBBS.

Chimney Rock Park – Big pays, Little gets in free.

Pearson’s Falls is offering Polk Bigs/Littles free admission (regularly $5 ages 13 up, $1 ages 6-12) once per year. Present your BBBS ID card at the gatehouse. Pearson’s Falls is open, 10-5 M-Sat, noon-5 Sun. For info visit www.pearsonsfalls.org.

Check out these regional websites:

Polk County Public Library Online Resources: Freegal: Download free music! Reading Rockets: Reading comprehension and language arts teaching strategies for kids. 
Homework help and other online learning tools from NC LIVE (call the library for password to access resources, 894-8721 Columbus, 749-2117 Saluda), www.publib.polknc.org.

For homework help via Polk County Library visit: www.nclive.org/browse/homeworkhelp

For more area activities:

www.nc-mountains.org

www.nc-mountains.org/event

www.funthingstodointhemountains.net

More About BBBS Polk County:

Plk-Xmas2014Polk BBBS Christmas at Morning Glory Farm, December 13, 2014

Bigs & Littles celebrated summer fun with a pool party and picnic at Matthew's backyard paradise!Bigs & Littles celebrated summer fun with a pool party and picnic at Matthew’s backyard paradise!

BS Monica, BS Helen, LS Allie, LS Vicky

BS Monica, BS Helen,  LS Allie, LS Vicky

BB Mike, LB Zane, BS Paula

BB Mike, LB Zane, BS Paula

BB Michael & LB "King" George

BB Michael & LB “King” George

Programs

Traditional Program: Volunteers are matched with Littles and develop friendships through outings in the community.

M&M: Volunteers spend one hour a week one-on-one with a student who needs a little extra attention at school. Schools served: O P Earle, Polk Central, Saluda and Tryon Elementary schools.