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

BBBS news:  Polkin’ Around                                                            May 2015

 Happy Anniversary!

BB Ernie Giannini             LB Russell     7 years

BS Linda Long                  LS Sydney     6 years

BB Craig Williams             LB Kesley      6 years

BC Bill & Charlotte Stow   LB Rick         2 years

Local Events Calendar:

…May 1, Fantastic Friday, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum, free admission  on first Fridays, 9:am-8:pm.

…May 1-3, Divergent Series: Insurgent, PG13, Tryon Theater, 859-6811.

…May 2, May Fest!, downtown Rutherfordton, all day!

…May 2, Doug Elliott’s Wildwoods Wisdom, Tryon Youth Center, songs, storytelling, humor, 11:am, FREE. Yardsale begins at 9:am. Guided nature walk following the stories.

…May 2, Blockhouse Steeplechase, FENCE, 10:am-4:pm, 828-863-0480 for ticket info.

…May 3, Salamander Talk with Ranger Tim Lee, FENCE, 2:pm, FREE.

…May 6, Teen Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades 6-12, Polk Library, Columbus, 6:pm.

…May 7, Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades K-5, Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm.

…May 7-10, Always Patsy Cline, Flat Rock Playhouse, Polk matches contact Karen for FREE passes.

…May 8, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks Concert, McCreery Park, Saluda, 7-9:pm, FREE.

…May 9, Quick Start Canoe (intro to canoeing), Lake Julian, 1-3:pm.

…May 13, Lego Junior Makers for grades K-5, Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm.

…May 14, Drum Circle, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30pm. Instruments provided or bring your own.

…May 16, Saluda Arts Festival, 10:am-4:pm, arts & crafts, music, Children’s Art Tent, FREE.

…May 17, Crossroads String Band, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC,3:pm, admission by donation.

…May 18, Teen Book Club for grades 6-12, Polk Library Columbus, 4:pm.

…May 19, Recognition Dinner for Littles! Celebrate your Little’s achievements at this free dinner, Asheville High School cafeteria, 6:pm.

…May 20, Teen Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades 6-12, Polk Library, Columbus, 6:pm.

…May 21, Paddington movie,Polk Library, Columbus, FREE popcorn & drinks, 4pm.

…May 21, Wilhelm Brothers Concert, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC, 8:pm, admission by donation.

…May 22, Human Dynamo, KidsSenses at Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm. Discover how the human body works.

…May 23, Guided Nature Hike & Scavenger Hunt, FENCE, 10:am-noon, FREE.

…May 27, Nintendo & Wii U Gaming for grades K-5, Polk Library, Columbus, 4:pm.

…May 28, Drum Circle, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30pm. Instruments provided or bring your own.

…May 28, Wrenn Pop & Chris Padgett concert, Peterson Amphitheater, TFAC, 8:pm, admission by donation.

…May 30, Quick Start Canoe (intro to canoeing), Lake Julian, 10:am-noon.

…May 30-31, Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition, FENCE, 9:am-6:pm, FREE.

…May 31, Hooked on Fishing, Derbyshire/Lake Sandy Plains, 4-7:pm. BBBS has been invited to participate in this series of FREE fishing events. They supply fishing equipment, instruction, drinks, and great opportunities to fish in a variety of locations in Polk County. To RSVP please call: First Baptist Church of Tryon at 828-859-5375 or by email

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!

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.