Outdoor entertainment stage presented

In time for Bostic Lincoln Festival
Apr. 03, 2013 @ 05:37 AM

A new permanent outdoor stage was officially opened in the Town of Bostic Monday night as Mayor Mitch Harrill cut the ribbon at the conclusion of the regular town business meeting.

The inaugural event will be held  Saturday, April 20 as the new stage will be the main focus of entertainment for the Bostic Lincoln Spring Festival. 

The festival will have the petting zoo, pony rides and bingo. Train and heritage exhibits will also be presented.

Free entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. with the presentation by Sunshine Elementary of a play featuring Abraham Lincoln to be presented by Sunshine School.

The day's entertainment on stage will conclude with the production of "Nancy Hanks, Bondswoman" presented by the Rutherford Community Theatre.  The play is being produced by the theatre's artistic director, Les Beale from the 1939 edition of "American Folk Plays." 

Other events on stage following the Sunshine play will include the gospel quartet, Southern Sounds at 10:30 a.m.; Lamar Levi, bass singer from Hendersonville; Foothills Choir, Royal Quartet, Ray Rice Martial Arts, MJ Milam-Michael Jackson Show and the Sparkletones of Spartanburg at 3 p.m.

While commissioners opened at the stage, Bostic Lincoln Center's Keith Price, presented the town's elected officials a commemorative Bostic Lincoln medallion that will also be available at the event.

Other festival events will include food and craft vendors, student art shows; the Antique Car Club of America from the Great Smoky Mountains will have a "cruise-in" car show. 

The festival celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Lincoln Center. 

During the business meeting at town hall, commissioners discussed the final preparations for the festival that involve the town such as providing electricity, sewer and hand sanitation services.

Restrooms will be available at the Town Hall, Bostic Lincoln Center and at the town park. Porta Johns will also be available.The town will also provide additional trash containers. Commissioners suggested hand sanitizers to be available at the petting zoo for hand washing.

Commissioners heard from member Keith Dobbins whos aid the sheriff's department and North Carolina Highway Patrol will have more visibility along Bostic Sunshine Highway since the traffic has increased due to the closing of Cherry Mountain Street. 

A new bridge is under construction over CSX Railroad and Cherry Mountain Street between Forest City and Bostic will be closed until April 2014.

"Because of the increase in traffic, they want us to know they'll be here more," Dobbins said. 

Commissioners also decide to close town hall during Memorial Day weekend.