Each year on the last Sunday in June, The Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness celebrates its patron saint with the Feast of St. John the Baptist. In 2021, the historic church extended the festivities outside the parish to the broader community and will do so again this year.
The third annual celebration will be held from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Sunday, June 25, 2023. No reservations are required for the free event, held at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, located on
Little Rainbow Row at 2724 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.
All are welcome to join the festivities at the family-friendly celebration featuring food, fellowship, and live music. “St. John in the Wilderness has existed for over a century as a seasonal community where people can connect with God and enjoy fellowship each summer,” said Fr. Josh Stephens, rector of the parish. “We still find summers to be joyous times. We want to throw a party for Flat Rock and Hendersonville so that the Feast of St. John extends beyond our church community.”
Celebrated North Carolinian Americana band Chatham Rabbits will set the mood beginning at 6:00pm. Chatham Rabbits’ Austin and Sarah McCombie blend their own histories into a shared musical experience, exemplifying North Carolina’s tradition of producing artists who embrace the state’s many cultural resources and diverse musical traditions.
In addition to musical entertainment, yard games will be offered for children. Barbecue and other family-favorite foods and beverages will be available for purchase at Hubba Hubba. Seating at the picturesque outdoor courtyard is limited, so guests are encouraged to bring portable chairs.
If it rains on the day of this event, the Feast will be held in the Parish Hall of St. John in the Wilderness, 1905 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock. Call the Parish Office at 828-693-9783 with questions.