Program Coordinator: Karen Dacey
Phone: 828-859-9230
Outreach Coordinator: Pam Hilsman
Phone: 864-444-7633

301 N. Trade St.
Tryon, NC 28782

Pam:  pamh@bbbswnc.org

Fax: 828-859-5364

Polk News: Events & Important Dates

Polkin’ Around                                                     Aug-Sept 2014

Happy Anniversary!
  • BS Lin Savage         LS Brittany   3 years
  • BB Alan Maurer       LB Abdias     3 years
  • BS Lynne Parsons   LS Josie       1 year

Congratulations to our BBBS 2014 graduates: LS Hannah & LB Kyle!!

Our thanks to the best pool party hosts ever, John & Shawn Matthew, for another backyard hotdog picnic extravaganza! We are grateful to Bigs Anthony & Mollie LeBude, Lin Savage, Sue Anderson & LS Nathalie for all the wonderful picnic treats.

To help your Littles discover his/her interests visit: http://www.search-institute.org/sparks

BBBS events:

Horseback riding on September 27!!

Spots are still available! Limited to 14 matches! A grant from the Glass Foundation will cover the cost of Littles at $25 each. Bigs will need to mail a check for $25 payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters to our office…

BBBS, 50 S. French Broad Avenue, Suite 213  Asheville, NC   28801

Once we receive the check we’ll sign you up. This is a $10 discount from the normal price. (Polk Bigs qualify for a $25 reimbursement from our enrichment fund)
Details:  Sandy Bottom Trail Rides
Date: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2:00  (arrive at 1:30)
Location: 1459 Caney Fork Rd.  Marshall, NC 28753
One hour guided ride. Littles age 6 and older can ride alone on a horse. All riders must wear a helmet that Sandy Bottom Trail Rides provides.


Polk County Library news: Library card sign-up month: all youth up to age 18 who get a new PC library card get a prize and chance to win a $75 gift certificate to the Book Shelf.

Afternoon Adventures starts back in Sept for grades K-5 Tues at 4:PM, and alternate Mondays in Saluda with Sam the therapy dog for Sam’s Reading Buddies at 4:PM.

  • Sept 2, Sea Life program with Team ECCO
  • Sept 9, Board games & snacks
  • Sept 16 Hike with PAC
  • Sept 23, Martial Arts
  • Sept 30, Movie & popcorn

September Calendar

…Aug 29-Oct 11, Mills-Mosseller rug exhibit, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 859-8322, or www.tryonarts.org

…Sept 3-7, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, rated PG13, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.

…Sept 4, Underhill Rose, Landrum Library Fall Fest concert, 7:PM, FREE.

…Sept 6, Annual yard sale @FENCE, 8:AM-1:PM.

…Sept 6, Green Creek Heritage Festival, 9:AM-3:PM, music, crafts, food vendors, parade and more, FREE admission.

…Sept 9, Teen Scavenger hunt, ages 12-18 or grades 7-12, Landrum Library,

4-5:PM, FREE.

…Sept 10-14, Planes:Fire & Rescue, rated PG, Tryon Theatre, 859-6811.

…Sept 11, The Gamblers, Landrum Library Fall Fest concert, 7:PM, FREE.        

…Sept 12, Top of the Grade concert McCreery Park, Saluda, 7-9:PM, FREE.

…Sept 13. Saluda Town BBQ, McCreery Park, 5-7:PM.

…Sept 14, Super Sunday, children’s plays, juggling/unicycle performance, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 3-5:PM, refreshments provided, FREE.

…Sept 17, Teen book club (Sold) & movie night: The Fault in Our Stars, Polk-Columbus Library, 4pm, FREE w/popcorn & drinks.

…Sept 18, Back to School Bingo, Landrum Library, 3-4:PM, Tweens (grades 5&6).

…Sept 18, Jazz Quartet, Landrum Library Fall Fest concert, 7:PM, FREE.

…Sept 20, Ache Around the Lake, run/walk for St Lukes Hospital, 8:AM-5:PM, entry fee, call Jennifer Wilson, 894-2693 for info. 

…Sept 25, Brushfire Stankgrass, Landrum Library Fall Fest concert, 7:PM, FREE.

…Sept 26, Top of the Grade concert McCreery Park, Saluda, 7-9:PM, FREE.

…Sept 27, Astronomy program @FENCE, sunset, telescopes available, FREE.

August Calendar

…July 30-Aug 3, Maleficent, Tryon Theatre, PG for fantasy violence, call 859-6811 for info.

…Aug 1, Teen Lock-In at Polk Library, Columbus, competitions, pizza, ice cream, crafts. Pre-registration and parent/guardian permission required. 7-11:PM, FREE.

…Aug 2, Outreach Ministry School Supplies distribution, Polk Co High School, 10:AM-1:PM.

…Aug 2, Drama camp performance, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 10:AM FREE.

…Aug 2-Sept 12, Upstairs Artspace exhibits, Tryon, FREE.

…Aug 5, Summer Reading wrap up party at Polk Library, Columbus. Come on by the Main Library between 5-7pm in your best Hawaiian clothes for a luau. We’ll have games, food, crafts, balloon creations, and face painting! Don’t forget to bring your BINGO cards for entries into the grand prize drawings… We’ll pick the winners after the party. Keep on reading through August; you can still bring your reading log in for prizes until school starts

…Aug 7, HeartSongs, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30PM, FREE.

…Aug 8, Gigi Dover & the Big Love, concert in Rogers Park, Tryon, 7-10:PM. Pizza, ice cream, drinks for sale. Free admission, donations suggested.

…Aug 8, Top of the Grade Concert: Sound Investment, McCreary Park, Saluda, coolers allowed, 7-9:PM FREE.

…Aug 9, Big Brothers Big Sisters YARD SALE, 9:AM-3:PM, corner of Hwy 108 & Skyuka Rd. Volunteers needed!!! Bigs & Littles welcome to help out and/or to shop for treasures!

…Aug 9, Back to school bash, Tryon United Methodist Church, New Market Rd, 10:AM-6:PM. School supply bags, winter coats, free haircuts, hot dog cookout, snow cones, inflatables. FREE.

…Aug 12, Divergent movie & teen party, Polk Library, Columbus, 2-5: PM, costume contest, crafts, food, movie, FREE.

…Aug 14, Drum Circle, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30PM, FREE.

…Aug 14-16, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Flat Rock Playhouse, preview performances only. Free passes for Polk matches via Karen at 859-9230 or email polk@bbbswnc.org. Visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org for info.

…Aug 18, Spartanburg District 1 schools start.

…Aug 19, David Boone – Musician & Woodcarver, Lanier Library, Tryon, noon, FREE.

…Aug 20-24, How to Train Your Dragon 2, rated G, Tryon Theatre, call 859-6811 for info.

…Aug 21, Teen book club & craft night, Polk Library, Columbus, 4-5PM. Make earrings from 5-6:PM, pre-registration required, FREE.

…Aug 22, Bob Sinclair Duo opens for Lazy Birds, concert in Rogers Park, Tryon, 7-10:PM. Pizza, ice cream, drinks for sale. Free admission, donations suggested.

…Aug 22, Top of the Grade Concert: Bayou Diesel, McCreary Park, Saluda, coolers allowed, 7-9:PM FREE.

…Aug 22-25, Blue Ridge Dog Agility show at FENCE, 828-859-9021, www.fence.org

…Aug 25, Polk Schools start!

…Aug 28, Drum Circle, Polk Library, Columbus, 5:30-7:30PM, FREE.

Tailgate Markets are still open! Tryon: TH 4-6PM, Saluda: FR 4:30-6:30PM, Columbus: SAT 8:AM-12:noon. 

FLATROCK PLAYHOUSE is now offering passes for a few Preview performances only,  so please carefully note show dates:

  • Oct 2-4, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, mainstage
  • Nov 20-22, A Christmas Carol, mainstage

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. http://www.hendersoncountymuseum.com/index.html

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

For hiking, visit 1) the Norman Wilder Forest for a moderate 2-3 mile hike, Hwy 176 & Tau Rock Vineyard Rd, Tryon. 2) The trailhead to the Blue Wall Preserve is on Dug Hill Road off Lakeshore Drive on Lake Lanier. 3) 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), http://www.publib.polknc.org.

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

For more area activities:




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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



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.

BB Michael & LB "King" George

BB Michael & LB “King” George