Annual Street Dance Kicks Off on July 10

Appalachian Fire

The season opener of the 99th Annual Street Dance on Monday, July 10 features Walt Puckett as Caller, Appalachian Fire and Southern Connection Cloggers.  The Street Dance has been a favorite tradition in Hendersonville, ever since the citizens took to the streets to welcome home the soldiers from WWI.

Appalachian Fire features traditional bluegrass and first-rate picking.  The four-piece Hendersonville-based band has been performing since 2005.  Their song selections range from contemporary and classic bluegrass songs and gospel standards.  They play such favorites as: “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, “Salt Creek”. “I’ll Fly Away”, and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”.  Occasionally the boys will break out a few rock and roll tunes and “grass them up” just for fun.  They also perform a number of original tunes written by the band.  Mix in some wholesome humor, and you’ve got a show that’s bound to delight.

Southern Connection Cloggers are a local group, based in Hendersonville, NC. The team is under the direction of Certified Judge and Certified Clogging Instructor, Chip Summey.

Bring a chair; admission is free. Enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing every Monday through August 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 201 South Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC. Audience seating area opens after 5:30 p.m.; early admission is strictly prohibited. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. No alcoholic beverages, or coolers allowed.

At 6:30 pm, caller Walt Puckett will teach audience members some basic Appalachian square dance steps, so everyone can join in the fun.

In case of inclement weather the dance will be postponed until 8 p.m.; if the weather does not improve by 8 p.m. the performance will be canceled.

For additional information call Henderson County Tourism Development Authority at (828) 693-9708, 800-828-4244 or visit our web site

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.