Get a sample of N.C. outdoor historical drama in Boone on Saturday when cast and crews from the eight productions give a special, one-night performance in "Stages of History: An Outdoor Drama Tribute to North Carolina."
Scenes will be performed from "The Amistad: Reflections" (based in Raleigh), "From This Day Forward" (Valdese), "Horn in the West" (Boone), "Miracle on the Mountain" (Crossnore), "Romeo & Juliet" (Asheville, by the Montford Park Players), "The Promised Land (Bath), "Sword of Peace (Snow Camp) and "Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend" (North Wilkesboro).
"Stages" starts at 4 p.m. in the Daniel Boone Amphitheatre in Boone. Admission: $15; $8 for 16 and younger. In case of rain, the venue will move to Harvest House Performing Arts Center, 247 Boone Heights Drive.
Details: 828-264-2120. To purchase tickets online: www.horninthewest.com.
Art in the Park starts
BLOWING ROCK Art in the Park - a summerlong series featuring 90 juried artisans working in metal, fiber, watercolor and oil painting, wood, photography, basketry, jewelry, clay and glass - returns to the American Legion grounds, just behind Memorial Park, on Saturday.
You can see the items, meet the artists and watch demonstrations. Admission is free.
Free shuttles will get you to and from the site throughout the day; just park at the Tanger Outlet Center or the Food Lion Grocery on U.S. 321 Bypass. Dates for following Art in the Park: June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Oct. 2.
Art in the Park is followed on Sunday by the Concert in the Park series, also free, in the Memorial Park's gazebo on Main Street. Cans and Pans Steel Drum Band, from Ashe County High School, will play next Sunday. Details: 828-295-7851.
Garden fest May 29-30
HENDERSONVILLE The Garden Jubilee Festival, Hender-sonville's premier lawn and garden show - and one of the largest in Western North Carolina - returns May 29-30.
The 17th annual edition features more than 200 vendors on the wide sidewalks of the town's historic Main Street, from Sixth Avenue to Second Avenue.
Local and regional nurseries will sell thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard-to-find plants. A series of free lectures will be presented both days by Southern Living garden expert Bill Slack.
The Lowe's Expo will offer garden clinics, plants, a hands-on kids clinic and backyard displays. (Sorry, no pets allowed.)
For more details, call 800-828-4244 or go to www.historichendersonville.org.