Local musicians Rockland Road, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Ell and Tim Watson shared their talents for a good cause on Saturday at an event that raised around $12,000 for Christmas 4 Kids.

The “When Pigs Fly” fundraiser was a joint effort between the non-profit groups Live, Love Nashville, HolidayFest and the Hendersonville Parks Department’s Hendersonville Hometown Jam.

The organizations came together after Christmas 4 Kids, a Hendersonville tradition since 1982, announced earlier this year that it would have to cancel its annual shopping event for children in need due to COVID-19 restrictions and a lack of funding.

The event was also the first in a series of musical events hosted by the Hendersonville Parks Department as part of the Hendersonville Hometown Jam, an event begun in 2019 drawing on the city’s immense musical talent.

“Last year’s Hendersonville Hometown Jam was such a success,” said Parks Director Andy Gilley. “But obviously we couldn’t do anything on that scale this year because of COVID-19.” A series of smaller events are planned with the proceeds benefitting local charities.

Gilley said organizers had to cap Saturday’s event at around 150 people due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, but another 3,000 or so people watched via livestream.

The next Hendersonville Hometown Jam event will take place at the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29 in Memorial Park. Chris Golden and Craig Campbell will be among the musical guests who will perform. Gilley said the city will also shoot off fireworks from Drakes Creek Park during the event.

Another Hendersonville Hometown Jam event is being planned for Dec. 1 at Rock Castle, Gilley noted.

Upcoming HolidayFest events:

-          The annual Thanksgiving Day Indian Lake Loop 5K and five-mile walk/run will take place on Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Streets of Indian Lake.

-          The annual Breakfast with Santa benefiting the non-profit group Bows and Ballcaps will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28.

-          Hendersonville’s annual tree lighting ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 29 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with musical guests Chris Golden and Craig Campbell.

-          Hendersonville’s annual Christmas Parade will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Musician Tim Watson will be the parade’s grand marshal.

For more information about Holiday Fest events, go to www.holidayfesttn.org. For more information about Christmas 4 Kids, go to www.christmas4kids.org.

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