Big Brothers Big Sisters–Polk

Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
Phone: 828-859-9230
Fax: 828-859-5364
Karen email:

School Mentoring Coordinator: Latisha Miller
Phone:  864-764-3621
Latisha email:

301 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC 28782

Polk News: Events & Important Dates

Polkin’ Around – March 2015

Happy Anniversary!

  • BS Patty Slater    LS Mary 11 years!!!
  • BB Michael Veatch    LB Erik 7 years!!
  • BB Allen Burdett    LB Matias 5 years!
  • BS Sue Anderson    LS Nathalie 3 years
  • BB Mike Mullenax    LB Zane 3 years
  • BB Dan Dworkin    LB Aaron 2 years

To help your Littles discover his/her interests visit:

BBBS events:


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!

Polk County Library news: Afternoon Adventures for K-5 Tuesdays at Polk, and Mondays in Saluda, 4:PM. Sam’s Reading Buddies @ Saluda Dec 8 & 22 at 4:PM.

  • Dec 1 & 2, Zumba Fitness.
  • Dec 9 &15, Lego Fun
  • Dec 16: Gymnastics

Events Calendar:

  • thru Mar 15, Tryon Allstars at Ziglar Field, exhibit on semi-pro baseball team, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tu-Fr 10-4, Sat 10-1, 828-859-8322, FREE.
  • Mar 2, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, Saluda Library, 3:30pm, FREE.
  • Mar 4, Teen Nintendo Wii U Gaming, Polk County Public Library Columbus for grades 6-12, 6pm, FREE.
  • Mar 4-8, The SpongeBob Movie, rated PG, Tryon Theatre, 828-859-6811.
  • Mar 6, Step into Spring, Polk County Public Library Columbus, 3-5pm. Planting seeds, feeding birds, making garden markers and bath treats, plus more children’s activities, (828) 894-8721, FREE.
  • Mar 5, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, Polk County Public Library Columbus, 4pm, FREE.
  • Mar 6, African Wrap Dolls workshop with Valeria Watson, Roseland Community Center, 56 Peake St, Tryon, 4-6 pm, FREE.
  • Mar 7, Cook with Soul class, Roseland Community Center, 56 Peake St, Tryon, 4-6pm, FREE.
  • Mar 10, LEGO Junior Makers, Saluda Library, 3:30pm, FREE.
  • Mar 10, Teen Time: Make a CD Clock, Landrum, Library 4-5pm, FREE. 864-457-2218 “Create your own unique, personalized wall clock. Materials and snacks will be provided for you to convert an old CD into a super rad wall clock. You can even bring your own favorite CD. Teens in 7th – 12th grade are welcome, and a good time is guaranteed. (Get it? Good time? At least I tried.)”
  • Mar 11, LEGO Junior Makers, Polk County Public Library Columbus, 4pm, FREE.
  • Mar 11-15, The Imitation Game, rated PG13, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.
  • Mar 14, Go Fly a Kite day at FENCE, 1-4pm, FREE.
  • Mar 15, Armchair Traveler@FENCE, 4pm, FREE. “Wildlife and Scenery of Australia” From Duck-billed Platypus in the Queensland rivers to Red Kangaroos in the Outback, join Simon as he takes us on a fascinating journey across Australia.”
  • Mar 16, More Than Honey, unrated documentary about honeybees, Tryon Theatre, 828-859-6811.
  • Mar 18-22, Paddington, rated PG, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.
  • Mar 19, Tweens” DIY Book Covers, Landrum Library, 3:30-4:30pm, FREE, 864-457-2218. Tweens will make and design covers for hard back books. Materials and snacks provided. This program is for 5th and 6th grades or ages 10-12 only.
  • Mar 19, Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb, FREE movie night@Polk County Public Library Columbus, with free popcorn and drinks, 6pm.
  • Mar 21, Super Saturday Children’s Theater Festival, various venues in Tryon, 9am-4pm. Tickets $2 each on sale March 11. 828-859-8322, ext. 301 or email or visit
  • Mar 21, Gold in the Foothills, FREE presentation at Walnut Creek Preserve, more information at
  • Mar 23, Teen Book Club, Polk County Public Library Columbus for grades 6-12, 4 pm
  • Mar 24, Teen Video Game Extravaganza, Landrum Library, 3:30-5pm, 864-457-2218 trentm@infodepot.orgTeens in grades 7-12, join us at the Landrum Library on March 24th to play video games old & new. In belated celebration of Teen Tech Week we’ll have retro systems you’ve never seen & new consoles you don’t have yet, from Atari to Xbox One. All the classics new & old will be here. Test your skill. Snacks will be provided.”
  • Mar 25, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, Polk County Public Library Columbus, 6pm, FREE.
  • Mar 26-29, Harmon Field Heritage Days, Civil War camp and reenactment. Thursday (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and Friday (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) are Educational Days. Students rotate through activities from the Civil War era and the Civil War Camp. Saturday the Civil War Camp is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday the Camp is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Music on the Battlefield will be on Saturday, 3:00 p.m. FREE admission.
  • Mar 27, The Sub-Zero Effect, Kidsenses presentation at Polk County Public Library Columbus, 4pm, FREE.
  • Mar 28, Morning of Excellence, Tryon Fine Arts Center Arts in Education committee presents the opening of a high school art competition. Opens 10:30 am, FREE admission.
  • Mar 30, Nintendo Wii U Gaming, Saluda Library, 3:30pm, FREE.

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,

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

KidSenses Children’s Museum in Rutherfordton, (828) 286-2120,

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 – 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

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),

For homework help via Polk County Library visit:

For more area activities:

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


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.