Nearby Notes: Island sound check

SOUND CHECK Pawleys Island, S.C.

Live entertainment at Brookgreen

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, this week through Aug. 13, Brookgreen Gardens will stay open until 9 p.m. during the Cool Summer Evenings, which features live music. Entertainers will perform Broadway show tunes, Latin jazz and pieces by Stephen Sondheim. In addition, there will be a historical outdoor adventure drama about Anne Bonney and Mary Reid, well-known women pirates of colonial days. All performances are included in regular garden admission: $12; $10 for 65 and older; $6 for ages 4-12. Evening creek cruises are available for an additional $7. Performances will be held rain or shine. Details: 843-235-6000;

A WEEK OF TUNES Chattanooga, Tenn.

Riverfront Festival is under way

The multiday Riverbend Festival started this weekend and continues through Saturday along the Tennessee River waterfront in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. The family-oriented music event features five stages of world class music, fabulous fireworks, a 5K and a 10K Run, plus a Children's Village.

Musicians performing on the festival's five stages this year include the Waybacks, Darius Rucker, George Clinton and P-Funk, Billy Currington, the Charlie Daniels Band, Drivin' n Cryin', Dan Baird and Uriah Heep.

Admission: $40 for festival-length admission pin. One-day wristbands, available only at the gate $24; $12 for 60 and older and for active military; 10 and younger, free.

Details: 423-756-2211;

WATCH'EM BUILD Hendersonville

Construction area at hands-on museum

Hendersonville's Hands On! museum and gallery for kids has added a small new exhibit - "Build Your Imagination" - where kids can connect long and short tubes with blocks to form different objects, including some - like a T. rex and helicopter - whose instructions are provided.

Hands On! is at 318 N. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment. Admission: $5; younger than 1, free. Details: 828-697-8333;

NEXT WEEKEND Elizabeth City

Heritage on the coast

Down on the coast, Elizabeth City will hold its annual Juneteenth Festival from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Waterfront Park. The free-to-attend event celebrates cultural diversity and heritage, and includes entertainment and competitions.

Details: 252-331-2925;


Make room for craft-y surroundings

HandMade in America, the program that helped establish Western North Carolina as a national destination for the handmade object, is launching HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo, June 25-26 at the N.C. Arboretum, at Asheville.

The event brings together craft entrepreneurs, architects, builders, designers and the public to show how original work for the home - ranging from furniture to stair rails to countertops - can be purchased or commissioned.

Walk-through displays, workshops and guest speakers will be featured.

Admission - $15 for one day, $25 for both - includes full access to the grounds of the N.C. Arboretum. For an additional fee, participants may join small group tours led by knowledgeable guides and visit private homes and offices in the area to see how artisan crafts are integrated into décor.

Expo hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Tours offered at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days.


View wide range of historic homes

Also in Asheville, the Norwood Park Historic Home and Garden Tour will be 1-5 p.m. June 26, rain or shine. This walking tour in north Asheville will begin at 229 Murdock Ave. in the parking lot of Beth Israel Synagogue. Participants will see house styles ranging from bungalows and Italian Renaissance to Georgian and Carpenter Gothic. Tickets: $10. Details/tickets:

RIDE'EM, DAD Bedford, Va.

Be a buckaroo on Father's Day

"Giddy Up: Father's Day Trail Ride and Campfire Lunch" is offered next Sunday at Reba Farm, near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford, Va. Celebrate Father's Day with a two-hour trail ride at 11 a.m. followed with a campfire lunch at the barn. Adults $60; special rates for 10 and younger. Details: 888-235-3574;