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TAble of CoNTeNTs Outdoor Attractions Pisgah National Forest Cradle of Forestry Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education Blue Ridge Parkway DuPont State Forest Gorges State Park Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Waterfalls White Squirrels White Squirrel Walking Tours Fall Color Fishing Birding Cycling Camping Paddling Forest Festival Day Rock Climbing Golfing Hiking

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Resources & Local Attractions Farmer’s Market Breweries Transylvania Heritage Museum Allison-Deaver House/Silvermont Calendar of Events Transylvania Resources

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The Pisgah Ranger District in Pisgah National Forest is a big draw for visitors to western North Carolina. Each year, the district attracts more than one million visitors seeking an outdoor experience. With more than 160,000 acres, the district is known nationally for its outstanding recreation opportunities and spectacular diversity of plant and animal life. The forest came into being after the Vanderbilt family sold a tract of land from the original Biltmore Estate to the United States government in 1914. From the Pisgah Forest business community, U.S. 276 winds its way through the district’s heart, going deeper into the forest and stretching roughly 15 miles to connect with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Part of the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, it has been named a National Scenic Byway, the highest designation a route can receive in the

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United States. Among the district’s famous natural landmarks is Looking Glass Falls, which stands 60 feet high and 30 feet wide and is a popular attraction year round. Another landmark is Looking Glass Rock, a massive dome-like, granite outcropping that provides spectacular views and is a regional destination for technical rock climbers. To learn more about the forest’s natural environment, visitors are encouraged to stop by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery, offering indoor and outdoor exhibits as well tours of the hatchery. Key sites throughout the district recently received significant improvements, including the Pink Beds Trail boardwalk. The entire loop is now open for hikers to enjoy. The Exercise Trail near the Pisgah Ranger Station and the Davidson River Campground has been improved through minor relocations. In partnership with the city of Brevard, the

Bracken Mountain Trail has been completed linking the city with the trail system and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery. Other Attractions The district is the home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site. There are three accessible trails on site for families with strollers, wheelchairs and others to explore the forest up close. Campers have four developed campgrounds to choose from in the district, including Davidson River Campground, open year round and including 161 developed sites. Ongoing projects are meant to improve forest conditions by enhancing wildlife habitat, decreasing non-native invasive species, improving safety and providing forest products for visitors. For more information, stop by the Pisgah Ranger Station and Visitor Center, located a mile

from the entrance on U.S. 276, or call (828) 8773265. To make a camping reservation at developed campsites, or picnic shelter reservations, call (877) 444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov. A hidden gem is the Andy Cove Nature Trail, designated as a National Recreation Trail. A part of the “Kids in Parks� TRACK Trail Program, the trail features interpretive pamphlets and panels. For more information on the TRACK Trail Program, visit www.kidsinparks.com Of the 160,000 acres that make up the Pisgah Ranger District in Pisgah National Forest, 88,300 of them are in Transylvania County. The district has nearly 380 miles of trails, 180 miles of which are open to mountain biking and 100 miles of trails for horseback riding. Flash Floods Flash floods can occur with little or no warning. Many occur (Continued on pg. 6)

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(Continued from pg. 5) after dark, when it is difficult to assess the severity of the conditions. • When visiting a forest always be alert for heavy rains and sudden changes in the weather, especially at night. •  Your safety is your own responsibility. Remember, city sirens don’t exist out in nature. • Camping and recreating along streams and rivers can be risky if thunderstorms are in the area. A creek only 6 inches deep can swell to a 10-foot-deep raging river in less than an hour if a thunderstorm lingers upstream or nearby. • When water rises at a camp site or recreation area, climb to higher ground immediately. If traveling, do not drive across roads that are covered with water. Make safe choices. For more tips, visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc. Be Bear Aware Bears by nature are opportunists. Food odors and improperly stored garbage will attract bears to campgrounds and picnic sites. Although they are naturally afraid of humans, the animals lose this fear as they begin to associate human scents with the reward of food. Protect yourself and protect the black bears by storing trash and food in safe locations when you visit a national forest. • Make noise to avoid surprising a bear. • Keep a clean camp site by properly disposing of food scraps and garbage. • Do not leave food or garbage inside fire rings, grills or around your site. • Never leave food coolers unattended. • If bear-proof containers are not available, store food and garbage inside a hard-top vehicle

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or trailer. • Never store food inside of a tent. • If necessary, attempt to scare the animal away with loud shouts, by banging pots together, or throwing rocks and sticks at it. • Never run away from a bear—back away slowly and make lots of noise. For more tips, visit www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.

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Karen Narsavage has been a volunteer with Pisgah National Forest for the past 17 years after she and her husband, Joe, another volunteer, retired here. “We were a military family for 30 years, living in many U.S. locations and also overseas,” Narsavage said. “The 15th move (retirement) brought us to beautiful western North Carolina. Here we are enjoying the beauty of the area and the friendliness of its people.” Narsavage said they traveled for months all over the country before deciding to live in Brevard. She noted the area’s moderate climate and living somewhere with a “view.” The people in Brevard, Narsavage said, swayed them to stay here rather than moving to Hendersonville or Asheville. Most of the couple’s volunteer work with Pisgah National Forest has been done at the Pisgah Ranger District Visitor Center, about a mile from the main entrance in Pisgah Forest. Narsavage said the biggest change since she started volunteering has been the increased vol-

ume of visitors. Over a few days in July, for example, the visitor center had 1,000 people come through its door. To deal with that amount of people, the visitor center now has four people on staff. Narsavage said the most common question at the visitor center is, “What can you do in the forest?” Narsavage said the answer is endless, including Looking Glass Waterfall, the Cradle of Forestry, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Sliding Rock. Narsavage said they probably get more questions about Sliding Rock and whether it’s open than anything else. She said Sliding Rock is known about all over the country. Media coverage, retirees and word-of-mouth, Narsavage believes, have contributed to this awareness and the increased numbers in the forest. If Narsavage had to pick one favorite spot in the forest, it would be John Rock, located near the Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. The 1.8mile hike to the top is well worth the effort, and the view, Narsavage said, “kind of wraps everything together.” Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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The CrADle of foresTry iN AMeriCA

The 6,500 acres of the Cradle of Forestry in America are a popular attraction in Pisgah National Forest. The Cradle, located four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway on U.S. 276, offers trails, exhibits, and special events designed to illustrate the relationship between people and forests. The 20,000-square-foot Forest Discovery Center, which includes several hands-on activities, a gift shop and café, is at the heart of the site. Each autumn several programs and guided trail tours are held at the Center. This autumn’s programs include the following: Afternoon Tea with Llamas on Sept. 14, Bring Back the Monarchs on Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28, Forest Festival Day and Intercollegiate Woodmen’s Meet on

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Oct. 5, Camping in the Old Style on Oct. 12, and the Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama Oct. 18 and 19. Shown throughout the day every day at the Center is a 30-minute film, “There’s Magic at the Cradle,” a fable about a young girl’s journey toward caring about the forest. A historic film orienting visitors to the Cradle of Forestry story is also available. Visitors to the Cradle are encouraged to walk the two paved interpretive trails, which are perfect for wheelchairs and strollers. Along the way, they will find seven historical buildings, a 1914 Climax logging locomotive and an old sawmill. Crafters are occasionally on-hand at the Cradle’s buildings to add “living history” to the visitor experience.

The Adventure Zone activity along the Forest Festival Trail, designed for those on the autism spectrum, is engaging for all youth. The 1.3-mile paved Forest Discovery Trail, which intersects the Forest Festival Trail, is moderately difficult, yet accessible. It provides an excellent opportunity to avoid the crowds and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. New this autumn is an interactive exhibit interpreting climate change as it relates to Southern Appalachian forests, what researchers are learning, and everyday actions people can take to make a difference. The Cradle’s beginnings date from 1891. George Vanderbilt, owner of 125,000 acres of North Carolina forest land, became interested in scientific forest management. Vanderbilt hired two Europeantrained foresters to manage the land, first Gifford Pinchot, succeeded by German forester Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck in 1895. Schenck spent 14 years applying conservation methods to what is now Pisgah National Forest, and founded the first forestry school in America at the Cradle site. Pinchot became the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service in 1905. The Cradle’s land was set aside by Congress in 1968 to commemorate the beginning of forest conservation and education in the United States. Today, the Cradle attracts more than 40,000 visitors annually. The Cradle is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 10. Cradle of Forestry Admission: Adults — $5; 15 and under — free; some special events are $6 for adults, $3 for youth.  America the Beautiful passes and Golden Age passports are honored; adult groups (10 or more) — $4. To make reservations for guided programs or more information, call (828) 877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.

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pisGAh CeNTer for WilDlife eDUCATioN The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah National Forest is free and open year round, and offers indoor and outdoor educational exhibits that focus on the natural world of a mountain cove forest. Visitors may learn more about the local wildlife and the unique natural habitats in western North Carolina’s mountain region. At the center, the natural history of the mountains and how the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission works to conserve wildlife diversity is illustrated in an award-winning film. The center also includes an exhibit hall, allowing visitors a close-up view of a variety of mountain wildlife species, including fish, reptiles and amphibians. Adjacent to the Center is the Bobby Setzer State Fish Hatchery. Dropping a coin in the fish food dispensers at the hatchery provides excitement for children of all ages and the thousands of trout in the state’s most well-known hatchery. In the late 1950s, the hatchery was built by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was operated as a national fish hatchery for more than 20 years. Since 1983, the N.C. Wildlife Re-

sources Commission has operated and maintained the hatchery for trout production and distribution. At the hatchery, visitors may watch and feed the brook, brown, and rainbow trout that are raised from eggs and then placed in local hatchery-supported streams and rivers. The center is also a great starting point for several trails, including a trip up John Rock, which has fantastic views. Throughout the fall, the Center provides free programs (please see the calendar) on a wide variety of subjects, including fly-fishing, hiking, nature photography, fly tying and children’s fishing programs. To get to the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the hatchery, travel five miles from the national forest’s entrance in Brevard and then take a left on FR 475 for 1.5 miles. The center is open 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Monday to Saturday from April to November, and Monday to Friday, December to March. For more information, call (828) 877-4423 or go to www.ncwildlife.org/pisgah. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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Fall is a spectacular time to experience “America’s Favorite Drive,” as the Blue Ridge Parkway is known. The Parkway enters Transylvania County at milepost 407.5 and exits at milepost 423.5. The Parkway offers breathtaking views of fall colors and many stop-off points for hiking. Traveling north, visitors will soon come upon the Pisgah Inn, which sits 5,000 feet above sea level. The inn is open until Oct. 31 and offers lodging and fine dining. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. A crafts and gift shop and a country store are also available at the inn, as well as access to many nearby trails. For more information about the inn, call (828) 235-8228 or go to  www.pisgahinn.com. One of several notable nearby trails from the inn is Mount Pisgah. The 1.6-mile hike to the summit can be demanding, especially during the summer, but is worth the effort, offering spectacular 360-degree views. The cooler fall temperatures make this hike more manageable to inexperienced hikers. Heading south from U.S. 276 along the Parkway, travelers will come across Graveyard Fields at milepost 418. The site offers walks along maze-like trails in a unique environment. The Graveyard Fields

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Loop trail begins at the typically crowded overlook. Other trails will take you to waterfalls. The Graveyard Ridge trail ascends and then travels along Graveyard Ridge itself before ending at the intersection with the Ivestor Gap and Mountains to Sea Trails. At milepost 422, the Devil’s Courthouse is a stop-off point for a short but slightly strenuous half-of-a-mile trek along a trail that ends with spectacular views into North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Just along from the courthouse, at milepost 420.2, is the Black Balsam area and its multiple hikes and great alpinelike views. Camping at any of the Parkway’s sites costs $20 per site. Advance reservations may be made at many of the Parkway’s campgrounds at  RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Fishing is allowed in Parkway lakes and streams with either a North Carolina or Virginia license. For more information, go to blueridgepark way.org, or call (828) 670-1924. Visitors can also download the free “Blue Ridge Parkway – Travel Planner” mobile app, which provides access to maps, points of interest, hiking trails, lodging, history and more for Android and iPhone devices.

Graveyard Fields And The Devil’s Courthouse Graveyard Fields’ unique environment was created by wind that blew over trees at the site. The remaining tree stumps were covered in moss, making them appear as thousands of headstones. In 1925, a major fire, which destroyed 25,000 acres, also destroyed many of the headstones. There is no definitive reason how the Devil’s Courthouse got its name. According to information provided by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, Devil’s Courthouse may have been named for the sinister aspect of the rock formation, or because, as legend holds, the devil held court in the cave that lies beneath the rock. In Cherokee lore, this cave is the private dancing chamber and dwelling place of the slant-eyed giant, Judaculla.

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DUpoNT sTATe reCreATioNAl foresT

DuPont State Recreational Forest is a major attraction in western North Carolina, with more than 300,000 visitors annually.  The 10,500-acre forest is located near Cedar Mountain, 12 miles southeast of Brevard.  The majority of the forest (5,900 acres) is in Transylvania County, while the remaining 4,600 acres are in Henderson County.  There are more than 80 miles of forest roads and trails to explore by hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding.  This year has seen major infrastructure improvements, with the opening of a Visitor Information Center at the High Falls Access Area and a pedestrian bridge and additional parking at Hooker Falls Access Area to improve visitor safety and convenience. Hooker Falls is an easy ¼-mile walk from the Hooker Falls access area on Staton Road. The trails to the top of Cedar Rock and the top of Stone Mountain, elevation 3,640 feet, are much more difficult.  Visitors that are up to the challenge will be rewarded by panoramic views

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from either location.  The most popular destinations are Triple Falls and High Falls on the Little River.  A 2 ¼ mile hike from the High Falls access area takes visitors to both waterfalls.  Bridal Veil Falls is a 2 ½-mile hike from the High Falls access area, or 2 ¼  miles from the Fawn Lake access area on Reasonover Road.   The popularity of some of these walks and waterfalls has been heightened by their connection with famous movies, including “The Last of the Mohicans” and “The Hunger Games.” Fans of “The Hunger Games” have the opportunity to participate in tours to some of the locations in the forest used in the movie. For more information, go to hungergamesunofficial fantours.com. The forest has five mountain lakes, with Lake Julia the largest (99-acres). It can be reached from either the Fawn Lake or the High Falls access areas.  Dense Lake is a beautiful spot with a picnic shelter and pier.  There is a covered bridge on Buck Forest Road just 0.6 miles from

the High Falls access area.  Deer, turkey and small game hunting are allowed in season, but a DuPont Game Lands permit is required. See the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Special Hunt Digest for more information.      Fishing is permitted in accordance with NCWRC regulations. A portion of the Little River is stocked with trout under the delayed harvest program. Triple Falls and High Falls and Lake Imaging have picnic shelters that can be reserved for a fee.  There are also picnic tables near Hooker Falls, Fawn Lake and Lake Julia.  No trash pick up is provided, so visitors must pack out their trash. Cooking fires are not allowed.   Motorized vehicles, including ATVs and motor bikes, are prohibited on forest roads and trails.  However, vehicle permits are available for disabled persons Wednesday through Sunday to go to High Falls, Triple Falls and the covered bridge.  The permits must be requested 48 hours in advance by contacting the forest office at (828) 8776527. Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of an adult at all times.  Public camping is not allowed, but there are several private campgrounds nearby.     Climbing around the waterfalls, jumping from the waterfalls and wading at the top of the falls are prohibited. The forest is open year-round during daylight hours. To reach the forest from Brevard go south on U.S. 276 to Cedar Mountain and turn left on Cascade Lake Road. From Pisgah Forest take U.S. 64 to Penrose, turn right on Crab Creek Road then right on DuPont Road. The DuPont State Recreational Forest office may be reached at (828) 877-6527 or at www.  ncforest service.gov/Contacts/dsf.htm.  Also, the Friends of DuPont Forest has an excellent web site at www.dupontforest.com. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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Aleen Steinberg has played an integral role in preserving DuPont State Recreational Forest for the public over the years and has encouraged the educational use of the forest through the Muddy Sneakers Program, which she cofounded. A new visitor center bearing Steinberg’s name opened in July at the High Falls parking lot and will help visitors enjoy one of Transylvania County’s natural jewels. Steinberg, who first visited what is now DuPont State Recreational Forest roughly 50 years ago, played a large role in fighting to keep public access to the forest in the 1990s, when the area was slated to become a private, gated community. Working with around 22 other people who called themselves the Friends of the Falls, Steinberg petitioned the state government to purchase the land to be preserved for the public. Their efforts paid off, and the area has been open to the public ever since. The 1,200-square-foot visitor center features an educational classroom on the lower floor, a number of exhibits on the main floor, including historical displays showcasing the area’s industrial development, pictorials of native plant life and large trail maps. The visitor center also offers Wi-Fi access. In the future, DuPont Forest

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personnel hope to offer an interactive guide and mobile phone application. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout most of the year, weather permitting. “Dreams do come true,” Steinberg said during the visitor center dedication ceremony earlier in the year. “It is said, ‘a dream is only in the dreaming,’ but here it is,” she said. “It’s wood and shingles and doors and windows. It’s the personalities like all of you wonderful people here today.” Along with the visitor center, a new 120-foot pedestrian bridge that spans the Little River was completed this summer, providing easier, safer passage for visitors into the forest that Steinberg loves.

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GorGes sTATe pArK

Located in the southwestern corner of Transylvania County in Sapphire, Gorges State Park can proudly claim title of the crown jewel of the North Carolina State Park System. Visitors to this fairly new state park can enjoy lunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique plant species in the eastern United States. Combined with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year and an elevation that rises 2,000 feet in only four miles, visitors can experience a temperate rain forest that supports a collection of waterfalls. On April 29, 1999, thanks to a unique partnership of industry, the environmental community and the state, 10,000 acres of the Jocassee Gorges in Transylvania County were placed in public ownership to be preserved for future generations. The property was purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation, and the transaction created a 2,900-acre game land managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources

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Commission. Currently, Gorges encompasses nearly 7,500 acres and is the only state park west of Asheville. During the cooler fall temperatures, the park offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, primitive camping and picnicking. Trails and roads provide views of the park and an opportunity to explore the rugged terrain, which is home to a diverse range of natural communities. Last year, the park opened its new 7,100 square-foot visitor center, which was designed and built to national green building standards. Additionally, two large picnic shelters with restrooms and maintenance facilities were completed. The visitor center includes park offices, a large exhibit hall, a 75-person auditorium, a 40person classroom, and large covered wrap around decks offering outstanding southern views of the escarpment and park. The center has numerous exhibits about cultural and natural features in the park, a sitting

area around the fireplace for relaxation and enjoying the views, and a reception/retail area for visitors to gather additional information. Gorges State Park is accessible from two entry points: 1) Grassy Ridge Access off U.S. N.C. 281 South in Sapphire and 2) Frozen Creek Access Area off Frozen Creek Road near Rosman. The Grassy Ridge Access offers visitors picnicking, restroom facilities, reserve table shelters, hiking to Upper Bearwallow Falls and Bearwallow Valley Overlook, primitive hike-in camping at a pond, and opportunities to drive through the park on a paved loop road to enjoy scenic views of the Jocassee Gorges. At Frozen Creek, visitors can also enjoy picnicking, primitive hike-in camping and long distance trails to Lake Jocassee and South Carolina gamelands. This area also welcomes a variety of uses: horseback riding, mountain biking and traditional foot travel. Visitors must show proof of a negative equine infectious anemia test when visiting state parks with their horses. When camping in the park, visitors must fill out the registration envelope located at the appropriate access area, or camping reservations can be made by calling 1-877-722-6762 or online at northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Other Accessible Areas The park provides access for the U.S. Forest

Service area along the Horsepasture River. The area is popular for viewing Rainbow and Turtleback waterfalls. To access this area, use the Grassy Ridge Trailhead, located 1.7 miles from the N.C. 281 South park entrance.  This is the only access area for these waterfall attractions.  Parking along N.C. 281 South, near the park entrance and along park roads, is strictly prohibited.  The trail leading to the Horsepasture River from N.C. 281 South is also closed to hikers. The Foothills Trail was established by Duke Energy and runs for approximately 7 miles through the southern portion of the park and runs along Lake Jocassee. The trail connects Table Rock and Oconee State Parks in South Carolina, a 76-mile stretch. One of its access points is from Gorges State Park via the 5-mile Canebrake Trail at the Frozen Creek Access Area. Inexperienced hikers should not tackle the more remote trails. The park is open daily, with the visitor center open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Christmas Day, and longer during peak seasons. Park Hours • 8 a.m.-6 p.m., November-February • 8 a.m.-8 p.m., September, October For more information, call (828) 966-9099 or go to ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gorg/main.php Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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For the past 50 years, one of Transylvania County’s most scenic spots has played a unique and fascinating role in our nation’s technological history. A 200-acre campus tucked into the ridges of the Pisgah National Forest west of Brevard now houses the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). But PARI is the site’s third mission. During the infancy of the U.S. space program, the site hosted one of NASA’s first satellite monitoring stations and then was an important link in the national security grid for the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1962, NASA recognized the intrinsic value of the location (protected from man-made electronic and light interference) when it was conducting a worldwide search for sites to host its network of satellite tracking and data collection stations. At the current PARI site, NASA

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built the Rosman Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition Facility to be the nation’s primary East Coast satellite-tracking facility. The facility was dedicated Oct. 26, 1963, in ceremonies attended by a Who’s Who of North Carolina elected officials: Gov. Terry Sanford, Sen. Sam Ervin, Sen. B. Everett Jordan and a host of others. This fall, PARI will host a 50th Anniversary ceremony on the exact date of the original dedication, Oct. 26. The event is open to the public and will feature tours of the historic site. During the NASA era, the Rosman Tracking Station played a vital role in the space program, communicating with satellites and manned space flights as they passed over the East Coast. The Rosman facility also played a key role in the research and development of modern conveniences taken for granted today, such as weather satel-

lites, GPS systems and coast-to-coast transmission of color TV signals. Eventually, satellite communication technology evolved and the Rosman Station was not as critical to NASA, but it was of growing importance for another important mission. In 1981, the Rosman Tracking Station was transferred to the Department of Defense (DOD) and used for satellite data collection. At its peak during this era, about 350 people were employed at the Rosman facility. During the years of active operation, it is estimated that the government invested several hundred million dollars in the site. In 1995, the facility was closed and DOD operations were consolidated elsewhere. Of the 23 antennae, 19 were moved to other locations and most of the instrumentation and electronics were removed from the site. However, the bulk of the infrastructure remained, including PARI’s two signature 26 meter (85 feet) dish antennas, and was maintained by the USDA Forest Service. After several years of inactivity at the site, the government decided to dismantle the facility. Recognizing the tremendous value and potential for the site, Don and Jo Cline decided to rescue the campus and use it to help educate future generations of young scientists. The Clines reside in Greensboro and have been active for many years in supporting astronomy and science programs at several colleges, universities and museums. A not-for-profit foundation was established in September 1998. In January 1999, the Clines acquired the site and gifted it to the foundation. The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute was born: a 200-acre infant with a proud heritage, untapped potential and vast needs. Of the government investment over the years, it is estimated that what was left at the PARI campus represents a value of about $200 million. Much of the initial work at PARI was oriented to restoring the facility and its instruments to the level necessary for scientific and educational purposes. For example, PARI invested more than a million dollars to upgrade the electronic drives and computer controls for the two 26-meter radio telescopes. Overall, the private monetary investment in the facility is more than

$15 million and the time investment by literally hundreds of people is beyond calculation. Today, PARI has a full-time salaried staff, a network of consultants and an active roster of several dozen volunteer workers. PARI’s mission is to provide hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Scientific instruments at PARI include the two 26-meter (85 feet) radio telescopes, a 12.2-meter (40 feet) radio telescope, a 4.6-meter (15 feet) radio telescope (dubbed “Smiley” and operated remotely by students and teachers), a high frequency Jupiter-Io/Solar antenna, 11 optical telescopes on the PARI Optical Ridge, five weather and atmospheric monitoring stations, and various environmental monitoring and measuring instruments. All of these instruments are used by students, teachers and volunteers of all ages, making PARI one of the few places in the country where world-class instruments are not restricted to limited use by top scientists. At PARI, students learn by doing, which makes it a very rare and valuable resource for students and teachers alike. To date, several thousand students have been inspired by PARI programs that provide handson experiences to take science out of the classroom and into the realm of the imagination. And PARI scientists and educators will tell you they have just scratched the surface of the site’s vast potential. PARI autumn events open to the public Sept. 13: Evening at PARI* Oct. 11: Evening at PARI Oct. 24-27: Star Party Oct. 26: 50th Anniversary Celebration Nov. 8: Evening at PARI Dec. 13: Evening at PARI Every Wednesday: 2 p.m. docent tours of the campus *Each Evening at PARI event includes a presentation, campus tour and observations using PARI telescopes. Some PARI events require reservations and fees. Check the PARI web site, www.pari.edu, for program details and requirements. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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WATerfAlls

Transylvania County, or “The Land of Waterfalls” as it’s sometimes called, is home to dozens and dozens of cascades within its border. Experts point to geography and rainfall amounts as reasons for the large number. Transylvania’s elevation ranges from slightly more than 1,200 feet in the county’s southwest region to more than 6,000 feet on top of Chestnut Bald in the northwest. At 80 inches of rain a year, the county also has one of the highest average rainfalls east of the Pacific Northwest. The waterfalls have had their practical uses in the past. Gristmills took advantage of waterfalls to produce power, while secluded waterfalls provided fresh water and secrecy for moonshiners. Today, the county’s waterfalls have also been used as backdrops in movies. Triple Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest can be spotted in the movie “The Hunger Games,” while the forest’s Bridal Veil Falls may also be seen in “The Last of the Mohicans.” For an interactive waterfall finder, go to

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visitwaterfalls.com/adventure/waterfalls.html. A waterfall map is also available at the Visitor Center on East Main Street in Brevard. The following are some of the best known waterfalls in the county: Looking Glass Falls A spectacular and accessible waterfall, Looking Glass is about five miles on U.S. 276 from the Brevard entrance to Pisgah National Forest. Parking is ample with stairs to an observation deck. Moore Cove Falls The parking area for the falls is one mile above Looking Glass Falls on U.S. 276. A 0.7mile trail leads to the 50-foot-high falls. Hooker Falls Drive south from Brevard on U.S. 276 about 10 miles to Cedar Mountain, turn left on Cascade Lake Road and proceed 2.5 miles to Staton Road (Old DuPont Road), turn right and drive about 2.5 miles to the bridge over Little River. A parking lot in DuPont State Recreational Forest is just to the left. Hooker Falls is on an easy trail from the lot.

Triple Falls Triple Falls is upstream from Hooker Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Retrace your steps to the parking lot, re-cross the bridge on foot and a well-marked trail follows the river upward to the falls. High Falls High Falls is about 15 minutes upstream from Triple Falls on mostly moderate terrain Whitewater Falls Travel 18 miles on U.S. 64 West to N.C. 281, turn left and go eight miles to the park entrance on the left. There is a paved walkway to a viewing area showing the Whitewater River plunging a spectacular 411 feet. Rainbow Falls Follow the same route as Whitewater. The parking area for its trail is just over two miles down N.C. 281 after turning off U.S. 64. Be pre-

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pared for a strenuous two-mile hike to a 150-feet high cascade. Waterfall Safety Along with their beauty, waterfalls can be dangerous. Every year, people are injured or even killed while visiting Transylvania County waterfalls. The U.S. Forest Service has several safety tips: •Stay back from the edge. People have been injured, sometimes fatally, trying to get a closer look. •Avoid slippery rocks. •Wear stable shoes and watch your footing. •Don’t jump off waterfalls or dive in waterfall pools because of unseen objects such as logs and boulders. •Stay out of restricted areas.

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WATerfAlls spoTliGhT GiNNy AND WArreN beDell

Ginny and Warren Bedell moved to Brevard in 2003 when first Ginny, and then Warren, retired. In 2004, they took a look at the world of digital photography and got hooked. Since then, they’ve taken many photo workshops from the Smokies to Acadia in Maine to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They also made a three-week photo tour of the American Southwest. In 2006, they were instrumental in the creation of the Land of Waterfalls Camera Club and remain part of the leadership team. The club now has more than 100 members and supports the growth of area photographers through monthly meetings, special interest groups, workshops and field trips. To learn more about the club, go to LoWCCNC.com and come to a meeting. One of the best ways to grow as a photographer, the couple said, is to share one’s work. The couple exhibits its images in local galleries, including the original Bluewood Gallery, TC Arts and the Hollingsworth Gallery.

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The couple has come to understand it’s not about the equipment a photographer uses but

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about the way he or she sees and feels about the subject in front of the lens. For the Bedells, photography is more a journey of learning and discovery than a final destination. For more info about their photography, go to GinnyBedellPhotography.com and WarrenBedellPhotography.com. The following are the Bedells’ tips on fall photography: The splendor of autumn color always provides exciting photo opportunities, and western North Carolina has some of the best color in the country. The numerous different tree species and the wide range of elevations work together for a season of stunning color that can run from late September through November. Transylvania County hosts a variety of locales. DuPont State Recreational Forest offers several waterfalls, Hooker Falls, Triple Falls and High Falls being popular, that combine nicely with the fall color. Pisgah National Forest is another good option, especially the trails and cabins at the Cradle of Forestry in America. Only a short drive from Brevard is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi—Whitewater Falls, south of Cashiers. Shot from a more distant perspective, the falls are dazzling when surrounded by the yellows, oranges and reds of autumn and topped by a crystalline blue sky. And then there’s the Blue Ridge Parkway. The varied elevations of the Parkway make it possible to drive through many seasonal settings in a single-

day trip. Once you arrive at that magical fall color location, you might consider a few photographic techniques for making the most of the opportunity: • Catch the “golden” light of early morning and late evening. The light at mid-day tends to be harsh. • Cloudy or overcast days can actually enhance the color saturation, but you’ll want to minimize or even exclude the featureless sky. • If your camera can use it, a polarizer will make the colors “pop” more, especially those clear blue skies. • Look for color contrasts like red trees against a dark-green forest background. • Use a variety of focal lengths with your zoom-lens and move around the subject, if possible, for a variety of angles. • Streams with rocks and leaves can be a source of attractive arrangements. • Reflections of fall color in streams can lead to interesting abstract compositions. • Close-ups of individual leaves can show their intricate structure and color. Whether you’re an advanced photographer or an enthusiastic beginner, the prospects for capturing the beauty of autumn in the Blue Ridge are almost limitless in Transylvania County and western North Carolina.

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WhiTe sQUirrels Transylvania County’s White Squirrels are a popular attraction to visitors all year long. Although many local residents have grown accustomed to these furry anomalies, Rebecca Suddeth, the executive director of the Transylvania Heritage Museum, finds them particularly interesting due to her work at the museum. Three years ago, while setting up the museum for the White Squirrel Festival, a lady dropped in to visit. Her name was Barbara Mull Lang, and she had come into town for the festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will be held May 25-26. “As we began to talk, I came to learn that it was her two white squirrels, having escaped their cages, that were the progenitors for the white squirrel population,” Suddeth said. “She brought a quilt she had made that honored the city of

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Brevard and her childhood pets, Snowball and Frisky. She allowed us to hang it at the Museum during the two-day festival. “Since that time, Barbara comes to visit us at the museum each year during the White Squirrel Festival. She wrote a delightful book titled ‘The First White Squirrels Were Mine’ that tells the real story of how the squirrels came to Brevard. The white squirrels are more special to me now that I have met the lady responsible for bringing them to us.” Lang remembers when she was 10 years old, several decades ago, that her uncle visited Brevard and brought with him two white squirrels. M.M. Black gave her uncle the squirrels after he helped to catch them in Black’s pecan grove. The animals had apparently escaped from a carnival truck. Lang said she took care of the squirrels and

later left them with her grandfather when her family moved away from Brevard. But one of the squirrels escaped, and her grandfather felt so sorry for the other one that he released it into the wild. Today, Brevard’s white squirrels are numerous and can be found in many locations inside and outside the city. The city also passed an ordinance protecting the critters. Brevard’s white squirrels are not albinos but brown-eyed creatures. Researchers found that the lack of pigment is caused by a recessive genetic defect. A high concentration of the white variant may be found north and east of Brevard Elementary School, Warren and Bluebird Lane, McCrary Acres, Morgan Heights and the general area between Elm Bend Road and Outland Avenue. The area south west of the post office is also a hot spot. Because of its park-like landscape, Brevard College remains a good place to view someone’s first white squirrel.

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WhiTe sQUirrels WAlKiNG ToUrs

“What a history lesson! The tour along Probart Street (in Brevard), led by our costumed guide Rebecca Suddeth, proved to be a nostalgic trip back in time,” said Wendy Hawkins, a recent participant in one of the Transylvania Heritage Museum’s Guided Walking Tours. “I especially enjoyed learning about the builders and residents of the many grand old homes along the former ‘Poor Street,’ and meeting the proprietor of the Red House Inn, the oldest structure in Brevard.” The homes and businesses, streets and alleyways of Brevard have many tales to tell. Was Leander Sams Gash, the builder of the Red House, truly elected to the North Carolina Senate by an act of God? Did Transylvania County have an outlaw more famous than Billy the Kid? How did the white squirrels come to be Transylvania County residents?

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Stories like these are told by costumed guides as visitors tour the city of Brevard, visiting historic buildings, homes and landmarks while learning how Transylvania County and Brevard came to be. Eight different tours, each with their own unique and interesting Transylvania County story, are scheduled throughout the year. Tours begin in May with “On the hunt of the White Squirrel” and end in October with “Tell Me A Ghost Story.” Except for the first and last tours of the year, walking tours are scheduled the second Saturday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. The Guided Walking Tours require reservations. Space is limited to ensure a unique and educational experience for participants. The museum requests that reservations be final by the

preceding day by noon. The cost is $15 per person. The tours last approximately one hour. Reservations may be made by calling the museum during regular hours, Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by sending an email titled ‘Walking Tour Reservations’ to heritage@comporium.net. Payment may be made online at www.transylvaniaheritage.org. Simply click the Donate Now button on the home page. Choose the ‘Send Message To Seller’ option to specify what tour you wish to attend. A complete Walking Tour Schedule and descriptions of each tour may be found at www.transylvaniaheritage.org/walking-tours. Have friends coming in for the weekend? Family Reunion? Tours for groups of six or more can be arranged upon request. For more information, call (828) 884-2347. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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fAll Color

Fall officially begins on Sept. 22, and while every fall in western North Carolina is beautiful, some seasons seem more brilliantly colorful than others. Determining the fullness of color depends on the types of leaves, the weather and the trees’ growing conditions. The first factor is a good growing season, so that the trees have not been stressed during the summer. Secondly, the fall season must turn dry. Sunny fall weather is the third factor that helps create a colorful fall. A cold snap, and when it occurs, is the fourth factor. Some believe the best fall color is seen after springs with low levels of rainfall, when plant growth is stunted by a lack of sufficient water.

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Lack of rainfall stresses the trees, and that stress typically results in more colorful foliage. That doesn’t bode well for this fall after a spring and summer of record rainfalls. Predicting the beauty of autumn in western North Carolina is also a big task because conditions can differ from ridge to ridge and between ridges and valleys. Temperature and rainfall differences can be found in the relatively short distance between Brevard and Cedar Mountain. The color of leaves change at different elevations. The lower elevations change after the higher elevations. Rosman, at 2,400 feet, will change later than Gorges State Park, which is at 3,200 feet. The

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earliest leaves to change are found atop the biggest mountains, like Mt. Mitchell, which stands at 6,684 feet. A unique feature of this area’s forestry is also the high diversity of trees. It is common to have 25 to 30 different trees in a cove forest. Some of these trees are bound to meet the requirements for intense color. A few to look out for are Oaks and Hickories on the ridges. They are some of the best trees for fall colors. Red Maples that are in coves and hang onto their leaves long enough can be impressive, though the Red Maples on the ridges tend to drop their leaves earlier.

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fAll fishiNG

In Transylvania County, the nearly 500 miles of creeks, streams and rivers that course through the steep mountains and rich forests are renowned as some of the top destinations in the state for fly-fishing. For local fishing guides who spend a great deal of their time guiding clients on the rivers, the diversity of the county’s waterways and the bountiful fish populations keep them and their clients satisfied day in and day out. East Fork French Broad For guide Walker Parrott, the East Fork of the French Broad River is one of his favorite destinations because of its easy access and large population of trout. The drop and pool-style river is home to countless brown, rainbow and brook trout, which Parrott enjoys because each fish, much like the type of environment where they live, is unique in its own distinct way. The diversity of the river’s environs forces anglers to either adapt to what the fish are feeding on or get shutout, Parrott said. Parrott said the fishing in the East Fork is

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good from October to June. Walker said the size of fish that can be caught in the river run the gamut. “The average is probably 10 to 12 inches,” he said. “But there are some big ones in there, some 20-inch fish.” The state stocks around 17,000 trout along the nearly five-mile section of the East Fork that runs alongside East Fork Road between Glady Fork Road and the main stem of the French Broad. Catch-and-release regulations apply from October to May, and only single-hook artificial lures are allowed. Davidson River Landon Lipke, a guide at Davidson River Outfitters, said the hatchery located near the headwaters of the river creates ideal conditions for trout. “The hatchery puts nutrients into the river that feed the whole river,” he said. “In turn, it makes the river hold some big fish.” While most of the Davidson River is only a “stone’s throw” from the road, Lipke said for the most part it doesn’t feel that way.

“You don’t really feel the road while you’re there,” he said. “It’s actually pretty serene.” Above the hatchery, the river narrows into a smaller stream that offers a true wilderness setting, he said. “You can get away from people and still catch bigger fish, unlike some of the other small streams in the area,” he said. Lipke said that the average size trout in the river is around 14 inches, but that’s not the only size fish to be caught there. “There are big fish pulled out of the Davidson all of the time that are bigger than 20 inches,” he said. “It’s just all about catching them at the right time.” Around 14 miles of the river, from its headwaters to Avery Creek, are managed under catchand-release fly-fishing only regulations. The lower mile is hatchery supported. North Fork French Broad Nathaniel “Than” Axtell said that when it comes to fishing, there is no place he’d rather be than deep in the gorge of the North Fork of the French Broad stalking a wild and elusive trout. The river’s rugged location makes it less popular with the average fishermen, and that’s exactly why he likes it. “It’s remote, so it’s a true backcountry fishing experience,” Axtell said. “There are really only a handful of places in the Pisgah where a stream of that size is that far from the road. You can get away from the crowds and fish in relative solitude.” The challenge facing anglers, however, looking to get their feet wet on the North Fork, is the limited number of access points. “If you get in at one point and you don’t know where you are climbing out, you’re going to get hopelessly lost,” he said. “There are some stretches where you have to climb over waterfalls, big boulders and climb around stuff with no official trail or trail markings for three to six miles,” he said. “There are a few sections where you could fish through in about four hours. But if you really work the water, it could easily take you the better part of an eight-hour day.”

The North Fork isn’t for the everyday recreational angler looking to land big stocked trout just minutes from the road, Axtell said. He said that for the most part, the river holds rainbow and brown trout, but occasionally a brook trout from one of the small tributaries will wash into the river. Axtell recommends fishermen looking to test their mettle on the North Fork should start at the Pisgah National Forest boundary at Lazy Jay campground. The North Fork is regulated as Wild Natural Bait, allowing the harvest of four fish per day. The two most well-known guide services in the county are Davidson River Outfitters and Headwaters Outfitters. For more information about Davidson River Outfitters, call (828) 877-4181 or go to davidsonflyfishing.com. For more information about Headwaters Outfitters, call (828) 877-3106 or go to headwatersoutfitters.com.

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birDiNG

Editor’s Note: Transylvania County residents Norma and Bill Siebenheller produce a regular column in The Transylvania Times about birds. Here they talk about their hobby during the autumn months. Birding is one of America’s fastest-growing hobbies, and whether you’re a novice birder or a skilled “lister” with hundreds of species to your credit, you’ll find a lot to like in Transylvania during the autumn months. You can search for shorebirds in flooded agricultural fields after a heavy rain, scan the skies in late September for kettles of southbound broad-winged hawks, then try for peregrine falcons, buteos and accipiters, ospreys and even eagles as the weather cools. A trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway can reveal boreal specialties such as ravens and even red crossbills. And there will always be a steady stream of songbirds: northern species coming south for the colder months, or colorful neotropical migrants heading all the way to Central or even South America on their mindboggling twice-a-year journeys. If you’ve got a pair of binoculars and a field guide, you can lose yourself in this magical world for hours at a time.

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It’s the neotropicals, and especially those that belong to the warbler family, that seem to capture the imaginations of most birders, and for good reason. They are often very beautiful, and very small, making you wonder how they make it through the night, let alone all the way to Costa Rica. To see one is a memorable treat; to see a whole flock feeding frantically in a bush or tree is usually the first step in the making of a birder. You might think, with so much of Transylvania composed of forested land, that finding warblers and their neotropical kin would be an easy task, but in fact the opposite can be true, for with so much habitat to choose from the birds often spread out thinly and become difficult to see. It can be easier, in many instances, to find autumn migrants in urban or suburban situations than in the deep forest – provided, of course, you narrow your search to the kinds of places that hungry birds like. Brushy areas that are filled with berry-bearing bushes and buzzing with insects are magnets for many kinds of birds in autumn, so small parks, overgrown ditches, shrubby backyards, golf course edges and campgrounds are good places to go. There are many such sites in and

around Brevard and through the river valley, but there is one that stands above all the rest. It’s called the “Hospital Fields,” and if you have only one day to bird here, this should be your first choice. You won’t be sorry. Hospital Fields is the land that lies between the Transylvania Regional Hospital and the Transylvania Recreation Center-Pisgah Forest School complex. It is a mixture of properties including woods, open parkland, overgrown fields, soccer fields, first-stage successional growth, weed-filled ditches, lawns and the scrubby edges of an abandoned railroad track. Linking it all together is the paved bike trail, which makes everything easily accessible and perfect for walking. The Transylvania County Bird Club has been coming to Hospital Fields for years and the list of birds seen there is astonishing. State birding officials took a look at our records and decided that this area deserved a place on the North Carolina Birding Trail, a distinct honor for such a small site. A marker along the bike trail announces its status, and a covered bulletin board a little further along describes some of the seasonal specialties to be seen here. On Oct. 1, 2008, a migrating Kirtland’s warbler was seen for 15 minutes by eight members of the bird club and their written report was accepted by the State Records Committee as the fourth record of the species for North Carolina. We can’t promise another Kirtland’s, but nearly every other migrant songbird has turned up at one time or another — hawks and herons fly over, regular resident birds chirp a welcome and even a sora may spend a few days in one of the wet ditches. Don’t miss this place! The bird club will hold Wednesday morning field trips at Hospital Fields from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, and visitors are welcome. Meet at the Recreation Center parking lot at 9 a.m. for a 2-3 hour walk through this local migration hotspot. It might be the birding highlight of your entire season.

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CyCliNG

Transylvania County likes to call itself the cycling and mountain biking capital of the South. That boast is beginning to gather steam beyond the county lines, as the county garners coverage in well-known bike magazines and among national and international riders who participate in local competitions. There are literally hundreds of miles of trails for mountain bikers, while the scenic mountain roads are a draw for amateur and professional cyclists. For mountain bikers, the Pisgah District of Pisgah National Forest has more than 180 miles that are perfectly suited for riding. Two rides, Sycamore Cove (4.7 miles) and Thrift Cove (4.5 miles), begin at the Ranger Station and Visitors Center. At the Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery, tougher rides may be accessed, while the really serious riders should try FS 477 off U.S. 276. Forest officials warn that some trails have

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natural hazards and bikers should be cautious at all times. For cyclists, a ride along the roughly 15 miles of U.S. 276 through the forest is a challenge as the road winds upward toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information about biking or trail maps, call the visitors center at (828) 877-3265. DuPont State Forest in Cedar Mountain has 82 miles of forest roads and trails that are open to mountain biking. The forest office can be reached at (828) 877-6527. Gorges State Park, located in the southern part of Transylvania County off N.C. 281, allows mountain bikes on the 12-mile roundtrip Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek Access to Turkey Pen Gap on the park’s western boundary. For more information about Gorges, visit its web page at ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/ gorg/main.php, call (828) 966-9099, or e-mail at gorges@ncmail.net.

Sales, Service, Rentals Tr a i l I n f o For those who like a leisurely ride on a bicycle, the multi-use path in Brevard is perfect. It is open to bicyclists and currently extends from Allison Road to Lowe’s, a distance of 3.5 miles. The city has plans to expand the path, with the goal of one day being able to travel all over Brevard by bike. At Lowe’s, the multi-use path heads into Pisgah National Forest, where it turns to gravel, taking riders into the heart of the forest and the many trails open to mountain bikers. Some six miles of new trails are also open to mountain bikes on the city’s Bracken Mountain property, which looms over downtown Brevard adjacent to the Music Center. One trail is a 4-mile loop around the mountain. The two-mile trail connects the mountain trail with Forest Road 475C. This allows mountain bikers to travel on to the Pisgah Wildlife Education Center in the Pisgah National Forest. To get more advice about trails and other biking-related information, stop by Sycamore Cycles on the New Hendersonville Highway (828-877-5790 or go to sycamorecycles.com), the Hub & Backcountry Outdoors at 49 Pisgah Highway (828-884-8670 or go to hubbicycles.com) or call Pura Vida Adventures (772-579-0005 or go to pvadventures.com).

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Brian Sheedy, who is originally from White Cloud, Mich., has coached collegiate cycling since 2006 and has helmed the Brevard College team for the past two years. For nine years, he’s been a road cycling professional, coming in second at the Masters Cyclocross World Championships in February 2013. Brevard’s College’s cycling team has won the mountain bike nationals three of the past four years and this year the team won mountain bike and cyclocross national championships and placed third at road nationals. Cyclocross includes competing on pavement, wooded trails, hills and sometimes having to carry the bike. Sheedy has pointed to the easy access to the many tails in Pisgah Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest as crucial advantages to his team. The rugged trails make riding in most other places fairly easy.

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“My favorite mountain bike ride is hard to pin down as there are so many incredible routes,” Sheedy said.  “I really like leaving from Turkey Pen parking lot and riding up Mullinax to Squirrel Gap.  This is the one trail where doing an ‘out and back’ is the preferred way to go because it is so awesome from both directions.” Sheedy, like many professional and amateur road cyclists, also enjoys riding on Transylvania County’s beautiful mountain roads.   “My favorite road ride is up N.C. 215 to the Blue Ridge Parkway and right to Highway 276 back to Brevard,” he said.  “I enjoy doing this route clockwise or counterclockwise.  The roads and views are incredible.  The route is great for riding easy and taking in all the beauty of Transylvania County, or doing intervals and bleeding out of your eyes without having to worry about traffic.”  

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CAMpiNG

Many enjoy the cooler temperatures of fall to go camping, and in Transylvania County camping attracts many locals visitors from across the country and beyond. The Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest has four developed campgrounds, including Davidson River Campground near the entrance to the forest on U.S. 276, and several group campsites. For more information about camping, stop by the Ranger Station and Visitors Center, which is located a mile from the forest entrance on U.S. 276, or call (828) 877-3265. To make a reservation, call (877) 444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov. Gorges State Park lies about 25 minutes from Brevard in the southern part of the county off N.C. 281. It offers limited tent camping. For more detailed information about Gorges State Park, call (828) 966-9099, or e-mail gorges@ncmail.net. • DuPont State Recreational Forest doesn’t

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allow camping, but several private campsites are located nearby. The following are other camping alternatives: • The Adventure Village Campground on Adventure Ridge Road. Call (828) 862-5411 or go to www.theadventurevillage.com • At The Ridge Campin’ & Fishin’ campground in Balsam Grove. Call (828) 877-2172 or visit www.attheridge.com • Ash Grove Mountain Cabins & Camping on East Fork Road, south of Brevard, has campsites and cabins. Call (828) 885-7216 or go to www.ash-grove.com • The Black Forest Family Camping Resort, on Summer Road in Cedar Mountain. Call (828) 884-2267 or go to www.blackforestcampground.com • Cascade Lake Recreation Area & Campground, at the end of Little River Campground Road off Cascade Lake Road. Call (828) 8774475 or go to www.cascadelake recreationarea.com (Continued on pg. 42)

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• The Lazy “J” Campground is located at 1237 Parkway Road. Call (828) 966-3834 or go to www.lazyjcampground.com • Outdoor Resorts of North Carolina, located in Lake Toxaway. Call (828) 966-9350 or go to www.outdoor-resorts.com/blueridge • The Panther Ridge RV Park is located on Slick Fisher Road in Lake Toxaway. Call (828) 966-4919 or go to www.pantherridgecampground.com • The River Bend Campground, located in Lake Toxaway. Call (828) 966-4214 or visit riverbendrvresortnc.com Camping supplies and maps are available at Backcountry Outdoors (884-4262), Looking

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pADDliNG

Transylvania County is dominated by two rivers: the French Broad River and the Davidson River. The French Broad, the third oldest river in the world, and its tributaries (including the Davidson River) offer a variety of paddling opportunities, including whitewater kayaking or a family canoe trip. Beginners are advised to start on the upper French Broad, which is best accessed from Champion Park in Rosman. From the park, the river drops just 54 feet over the next 10 miles on its way to the Island Ford public boat access, making this stretch ideal for a child’s first canoe trip. Hap Simpson Park in Brevard, located roughly 20 miles downstream of Rosman, offers a convenient take-out for those seeking more solitude or for those who want to float longer. The park provides easy access to the river. On average, the trip from Champion Park to

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Hap Simpson takes about seven hours. Once under the U.S. 276 bridge, it is just a few more miles downstream to the Wilson Road access point. Paddling from Island Ford to Hap Simpson is a popular float with fishermen, who tempt muskie and smallmouth bass from the undercut banks and deep, circulating pools that characterize this stretch of the French Broad. The river maintains a languid pace as it meanders through nursery stock and cow pastures to the Henderson County line at Blantyre. Canoeists and kayakers may also take advantage of the French Broad River Paddle Trail. The trail covers roughly 120 miles of the river, stretching from Rosman into Tennessee. Along the way are eight new campsites, including two in Transylvania, on land leased from private landowners. The trail is managed by a reservation system at Western North Carolina Alliance. For more

information, call (828) 258-8737 or go to wnca.org/paddle. Davidson River The Davidson River begins in the northwest corner of Transylvania County and flows past the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, paralleling U.S. 276 through Pisgah National Forest. The river is generally too shallow and rocky in the summer for canoes and kayaks, but tubing is very popular here. Expect lots of company on your trip, which requires running your own shuttle or walking back upriver along U.S. 276. The following businesses are available to help maximize your waterway experience: •Headwaters Outfitters, located at the junction of U.S. 64 West and N.C. 215 on the French Broad, offers self-guided canoe and kayak trips. The outfitter provides life jackets, safety infor-

mation, shuttles to and from the river, and changing rooms. For more information, visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com or call (828) 8773106. •Lake Toxaway Marine offers sales, service, storage and rentals. For more information, call (828) 884-6919 or go to laketoxaway marine.com. •Pura Vida Adventures, headquartered on the Hendersonville Highway in Pisgah Forest, offers canoe trips, kayak trips and instructions. For more information, call (772) 579-0005 or go to pvadventures.com. •Down To Earth Cottages offers canoes and inner tube rentals. For more information call (828) 884-7572 or to downtoearthcottages.com. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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Autumn in the mountains offers a wide variety of communing with nature. The threat of afternoon thunderstorms has diminished, and the mild temperatures make this a great time to be outside. Whether you choose to zip line through the colorful foliage, paddle “The Long Man” — the Cherokee’s name for the French Broad River, or wade the trout-filled tributaries, it’s a wonderful time to be in the mountains. With the cooling night time temperatures combined with feisty spawning behavior, it is a prime time to cast a fly. Headwaters Outfitters friendly fly-fishing guides are poised and ready to help you find the spawning browns and brook trout that have become as colorful as the changing trees. Paddling in the milder weather of the fall can be more pleasant for some than baking in the sweltering July sunshine.  The lower angle of the

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sun makes the already colorful leaves almost glow. The snakes and bugs have packed it in for the summer, which makes most people very happy.  Headwater Outfitters’ guided “Colors of Fall” paddling trips point out the beauty of the surrounding area from a unique perspective, while fine-tuning your paddling skills.  The fertile soil around the river has a huge variety of colorful plants and trees at their utmost splendor this time of year. Headwater Outfitters’ partnership with Z-Z-Zip offers the chance to get two very unique views of this abundant plant life — first from the river, then soaring through the vibrant treetops.  Headwaters Outfitters’ river shop is open all year round.  Headwaters puts used boats on sale in October and November. For more information, visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com or call (828) 877-3106.

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Forest heritage is hands-on during the Cradle of Forestry’s annual Forest Festival Day on Saturday, Oct. 5. This activity-filled, family event commemorates the traditions of mountain living in the Cradle’s unique and beautiful setting. More than 30 traditional craftsmen, exhibitors and musicians will line two paved trails at the Cradle of Forestry during the celebration. Several forestry colleges will compete for a trophy in the 18th Annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, organized by Haywood Community College. At the corral along the Biltmore Campus Trail, festival-goers can cheer as college forestry students compete during the Woodsmen’s Meet that has the flavor of an old-time lumberjack competition. Students test their skills in a number of events including archery, axe throwing, crosscut sawing and pole climbing.

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Also along the Biltmore Campus Trail, visitors can see demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as weaving, blacksmithing and creating corn husk dolls. The Forest Festival Trail features hands-on activities during the festival. Grab a partner and try a hand at the crosscut saw. Learn the fine points of safely felling a tree with hand tools, and practice rolling a log. Hob Nob at the Cradle will sell food, and old-time musicians will roam the trails. For a complete list of activities visit www.cradleofforestry.org, or call the Cradle at (828) 877-3130. Admission for this event is $6 for ages 16 and older; $3 for youth ages 4-15, and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes. Children under 4 years old are admitted free.

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Nestled in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, Looking Glass Rock has been drawing visiting climbers for nearly 50 years for the diversity of climbing routes found on the 500foot-tall granite dome. When it comes to traditional climbing, North Carolina is renowned for its bold, ground up climbs that often tread a thin line between frightening and fun. While Looking Glass is certainly no exception to the standard, the wide variety of climbing found at the four different areas provide climbs of all grades, from 5.5 slabs to 5.13+ testpieces. For beginners at Looking Glass, the numerous horizontal eyebrows that are its signature feature offer plentiful, but sometimes tricky placements that lead to fun, exciting climbing. For climbers in search of splitter cracks and Yosemite-like corners to jam and stem their way up, look no further as there are more than a few of those to be found lurking among the expansive sea of granite as well.

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The North Side With the highest concentration of cracks and the coolest weather in the area, the North Side is a popular destination for western North Carolina climbers during the hotter months of the year. The area is also home to some of North Carolina’s proudest aid routes, with routes like Grand Slam of Sheep and Brain Dead ranking as some of the proudest A4 ticks in the East. • The Womb, 5.11b • The Seal, 5.10 • Cornflake Crack, 5.11a • Glass Menagerie, 5.13 The Sun Wall While not always the coolest crag in the area during the summer, the routes found here are certainly worthy of getting up early to beat the heat. The Nose area at the northern end of the Sun Wall is one of the most popular areas due to the popularity of The Nose, the first route to reach the summit of Looking Glass first climbed in 1966.

•The Nose, 5.8 • Dum Dee Dum Dum, 5.10c •Le Pump, 5.11 • The Nose, 5.8 •The Odyssey, 5.11a • Le Pump, 5.11 The South Side • The Odyssey, 5.11a When it comes to classic moderates, look no The South Side further than the South Side. With plenty of When it comes to classic moderates, look no three-star routes, ranging from 5.5 to 5.10, the further than the South Side. With plenty of threeSouth Side has something for everyone. star routes, ranging from 5.5 to 5.10, the South •Second Coming, 5.7 Side has something for everyone. •Gemini Crack, 5.8 • Second Coming, 5.7 •Lichen or Not, 5.5 • Gemini Crack, 5.8 Getting There • Lichen or Not ,5.5 To get to Looking Glass, head north on U.S. Getting There 276 through Pisgah National Forest about five To get to Looking Glass, head north on U.S. miles to a fork in the road. Veer left onto FR 475 276 through Pisgah National Forest about five to get to Looking Glass. Follow FR 475 for a few miles to a fork in the road. Veer left onto FR 475. miles to the Center for Wildlife Education Follow FR 475 for a few miles to the Center for (bathrooms) and continue until the road turns Wildlife Education (bathrooms) and continue to gravel. Veer right onto FR 475B and drive until the road turns to gravel. Veer right onto FR around one mile to the Slickrock Falls parking 475B and drive around one mile to the Slickrock area to access the Southside climbing area. FolFalls parking area to access the Southside climblow FR 475B around two miles further to reach ing area. Follow FR 475B around two miles fura gravel pulloff with a kiosk and limited parking ther to reach a gravel pull-off with a kiosk and for the access trail to the Nose area and the Sun limited parking for the access trail to the Nose Wall. The trail to the Northside is located a area and the Sun Wall. The trail to the Northside short distance further up the gravel road. is located a short distance further up the gravel (Continued on pg 52) road. (Continued on pg. 52)

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Highway. Call (828) 884-5854 or go to lookingglassoutfitters.com. • Fox Mountain Guides, 3228 Asheville Highway. Call (888) 284-8433 or go to foxmountainguides.com. •Appalachian Mountain Institute, 21 Cherry Ridge Road. Call (828) 553-6323 or go to Appalachianmountaininstitute.com. •Pura Vida Adventures, 152 Hendersonville Highway. Call (772) 579-0005 or go to pvadventures.com. •Earthshine Lodge. Call (828) 862-4207 or go to earthshinelodge.com.

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Organizers of the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair promise “Mountain Fun for Everyone” during the fair’s 20th run, which will take place Sept. 6-15 at the Western N.C. Agricultural Center. As well as rides and other entertainment, including music, circus acts, wrestling, hog races, farm animals and comedy shows, the Mountain State Fair is known for its competitions. “From beef cattle and llamas to canning and crafts, we’ve got a contest for everyone no matter what your interests and talents are,” said Matt Buchanan, fair manager Nearly $240,000 in premium money will be

awarded this year. Contests are held across three divisions: general exhibits and cooking contests; livestock shows; and music, dance and song. Admission tickets for the fair are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and seniors 65 and older, and free for children 5 and under. Fairgoers can save $2 off gate admission and 50 percent off ride tickets by purchasing tickets in advance. Advance tickets are on sale at area Ingles stores, the Western N.C. Agricultural Center and the Western N.C. Farmers Market. For more information, including details on special promotions, entertainment and discount days, go to www.mountainfair.org. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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GolfiNG

Great views of fall colors and great mountain layouts may be found at the several golf courses in Transylvania County. Glen Cannon Country Club, located off Wilson Road near Brevard, features breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The club is semi-private. From the back tees, the 18-hole, 72-par course is 6,548 yards. The course’s signature hole is a spectacular waterfall backdrop on the second. A driving range and areas to improve your short game are also available. As well as the championship golf, the club offers swimming, tennis and other activities. For more information, call (828) 883-8175, ext. 27 or go to www.glencannoncc.com Connestee Falls Golf Course, located in the gated community on U.S. 276 South, is another that will offers splendid fall views. The course is semi-private but is open to the public. From its back tees, the 6,485-yard, par-72

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course offers a nice and challenging layout. The course has a full-service golf shop and offers a driving range, short game areas and professional instruction. For tee times and other information, call (828) 885-2005 or go to www.connesteefallsgolf.com. Sherwood Forest Golf Club is located 8.5 miles from Brevard on U.S. 276 South and is open to the public. This 18-hole par three course is ideal to practice one’s short game. From the back tees, the course measures 2,450 yards. The course was built in 1970, and nine of its holes run along the headwaters of the Little River, while the other nine cut through scenic woods that occasionally offer sightings of wild life. No reserve tee times are required. Call (828) 884-7825 for information on greens fees. Etowah Valley Country Club, which sits across the Henderson County border on U.S. 64, has 27 holes of golf and is semi-private.

Any combination of the nine holes totals approximately 6,000 yards for 18 holes. Four tee positions are available. Tee times are required. For more information, call (828) 891-7022 or go to www.etowahvalley.com. Lake Toxaway Country Club borders the southwest side of Lake Toxaway. The 18-hole par-71 course is private but is open to guests of members and guests of the Greystone Inn. For more information, call (828) 966-4020 or go to www.laketoxawaycc.com. Sapphire Mountain Golf Club was built in 1982 and has scenic views, stone bridge crossings over mountain streams, and varying elevations from tee to green on its par 70 course. The

course is open to the public and located on Slicers Drive in Sapphire. Call (828) 743-1174 for more information. Sapphire Lakes is a private 18-hole course with an elevation of 3,200 feet. The course is located on U.S. 64 West and is open to members and their guests. For more information, call (828) 966-9202. The Mountain Range Golf Center on the Old Hendersonville Highway in Brevard is recommended to get a golf game in shape. The driving range is open seven days a week and offers lessons from a PGA professional. For more information, call (828) 885-2722 or go to www.mountainrangegolf.com.

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Trey Wyatt said he is “excited” to have recently been named the new golf professional at Connestee Falls Golf Club. “My career in golf has led me all over western North Carolina, but I am thrilled to have recently relocated back close to home,” Wyatt said. Originally from Waynesville, Wyatt developed an interest in golf as a child and has worked at some of the best courses in western North Carolina. “I have a passion for teaching and love to see beginners from children to adults learn to love the game as much as I do,” he said. Wyatt and his wife, Laura, a nurse, have a 10-year-old son, Stahle, and are expecting a baby girl in October. “Being a popular retirement area, Transylvania County hosts many transplants from Georgia, Florida and other steamy states who look for a reprieve from the heat,” Wyatt said. “The cool mountain temperatures, numerous golf courses, and simple small-town feel are things that many

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people come back for. We are lucky to be surrounded by so many great courses at which to play. “Transylvania is a beautiful mountainous area for playing golf. I have played all of the courses in the county and each offers a unique playing experience. The temperatures are typically mild and conducive for great golf. Wildlife

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fArMers MArKeT Located in downtown Brevard, the Transylvania Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon through Dec. 21. The Farmers Market has more than 50 vendors offering fresh, locally-grown produce, meat, poultry, eggs, honey, cheese, coffee, mushrooms, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, jams, jellies, relishes, prepared foods, and a variety of handcrafted and artisan items. One of the vendors is Calee’s Coops, based in Rosman. The business is named after Michael and Casey Lance’s daughter, Calee (shown in photo). The farm started in 1998 as a way to overcome financial hardship and has since grown into a successful family business that supplies locally-grown eggs and pork products to the Transylvania Farmers Market, Whistlestop Roadside Market, Healthy Harvest, Food Matters, Wild Indigo Catering and TasteBud Temptations. 

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CAlee’s Coop

Caleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coops believes in selling local, happy, healthy, free-range eggs that are laid within the same week they are sold. In addition to jumbo and large Grade A eggs, they also offer breakfast sausage (hot or mild), links of Italian sausage (hot or mild), Polish kielbasa and bratwurst, boneless and bone-in pork chops, filets, loins, ribs, and bacon. In 2013, they added quail and quail eggs to their repertoire. A longtime vendor at the Transylvania Farmers Market, you are sure to find them there every Saturday

morning selling their eggs and pork products to a long line of loyal customers. The market is located just off East Main Street behind Comporium at the corner of Johnson and Jordan streets. Each week, the market also hosts live local music and there are special events planned throughout the 2013 season. Check the Market website, TransylvaniaFarmersMarket.com, or the facebook page for more information.

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hiKiNG

For many, autumn is the perfect time to go hiking, and in Transylvania County there are literally hundreds of miles of trails to offer. For one, Pisgah National Forest itself has more than 400 miles of trails. Popular trails in the Pisgah Ranger District include several around the Davidson River area to the Black Balsam area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The hikes range from family-friendly jaunts to strenuous overnight treks. The 30-mile Art Loeb trail also has its beginnings near the Davidson River Campground. For more information, stop by the ranger station, which is located a mile from the forest entrance on U.S. 276, or call (828) 877-3265. Gorges State Park, located on N.C. 281 South off U.S. 64, has several trails. Among the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trails are the Auger Hole trail, a 7.25 -mile trip (one-way) through the center of the park that ends at the Foothills Trail; and the Cane Brake trail, a 5-mile trip along the eastern boundary of the park, which also connects to the Foothills Trail at the top of Lake Jocassee, where the Toxaway River and Toxaway Creek meet. Visitors wishing to hike to the Horsepasture

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River area, which is owned and operated by the U.S. Forest Service, should follow signs in the park leading to the new Grassy Ridge Trailhead parking. Rainbow Falls offers a dramatic 80-foot drop along the Horsepasture River that creates a mist as it splashes into a pool at the bottom, resulting in a rainbow when the sun strikes it just right. Then, just upstream, is Turtleback Falls, a popular spot for sliding into a pool below. The Frozen Creek Access, located near Rosman on Frozen Creek Road, includes hiking access. Inexperienced hikers are not recommended to try and tackle the more remote trails in Gorges. For more information about Gorges, visit its web page at ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gorg /main.php, call (828) 966-9099, or e-mail gorges@ncmail.net. There are 82 miles of forest roads and trails open to hiking in DuPont State Forest. Some hikes are easy: Hooker Falls is a quarter-of-a-mile walk from the Hooker Falls access area on Staton Road. The most popular forest destinations are Triple Falls and High Falls on the Little River. A 2.25 mile hike from the High Falls access area

takes visitors by both waterfalls. Bridal Veil Falls is a 2.5 mile hike from the High Falls access area, or 2.25 miles from the Fawn Lake access area on Reasonover Road. There is a covered bridge on Buck Forest Road just above High Falls that is a 0.6 mile walk from the Buck Forest parking lot. Lake Julia, the largest lake in the forest at 99 acres, can be reached from either the Fawn Lake or Buck Forest access areas. Dense Lake is a short side trip off Conservation Road when going in from the Buck Forest parking lot. Fawn Lake is on the way to Lake Julia if one takes Fawn Lake Road to Conservation Road. A more strenuous walk is the trail to the top of Cedar Rock and a trail to the top of Stone Mountain, elevation 3,640 feet. Visitors that are up to the challenge will be rewarded by panoramic views from either location. The DuPont State Forest office may be reached at (828) 877-6527. Hikers also have plenty to choose from in the city of Brevard. Six miles of new trails are open on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bracken Mountain property, which looks over downtown, adjacent to the Brevard Music Center. One trail is a 4-mile loop around the mountain. The 5-foot-wide trail includes three bridges to cross streams and access to two small cascades.

The two-mile trail connects the mountain trail with Forest Road 475C. This allows hikers and mountain bikers to travel on to the Pisgah Wildlife Education Center in Pisgah National Forest. The city of Brevard also has 5.7 miles of multi-use paths, which can take a walker from downtown into the national forest. In the western part of the county, Panthertown Valley is another popular destination. Schoolhouse Falls is probably the most popular hike, offering a beautiful waterfall and an excellent spot for a picnic or a swim. Other hiking options include the Shut-In Trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway from milepost 393.6 to milepost 405.5. These trails range from moderate to difficult. There are also many trails to discover at Graveyard Fields at milepost 418. The Graveyard Fields Loop trail begins at the overlook. Other trails will take you to waterfalls. The Graveyard Ridge trail ascends and then travels along Graveyard Ridge itself before ending at the intersection with the Ivestor Gap and Mountains to Sea Trails. For more general information about hiking, stop by Looking Glass Outfitters (828) 884-5854 or Backcountry Outdoors (828) 884-4262, both located near the intersection of U.S. 276 and U.S. 64. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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Along with hiking and biking opportunities, there are also miles of trails to explore on horseback in Transylvania County. In Pisgah National Forest, there are 100 miles of horseback trails. A visit to the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station and Visitors Center on U.S. 276 is recommended before hitting the trail, or call (828) 877-3265. Guided trips are also available at Pisgah Forest Stables, which is located two miles into the forest off U.S. 276 on Avery Creek Road. The facility offers one-hour and two-hour rides, a scenic three-hour ride and a three-hour waterfall ride. Riders must be age 7 or older. The stables are open every day except Sunday, April 1 through Oct. 31 For more information, call (828) 883-8258 or go to pisgahstables.com.

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In DuPont State Forest, there are more than 82 miles of forest roads and trails open to horseback. The DuPont State Forest office may be reached at (828) 877-6527 or through the Division of Forest Resources web site at www.dfr.state.nc.us/contacts/dsf.htm. In Gorges State Park, horses are allowed on the 12-mile roundtrip Auger Hole Trail from the Frozen Creek Access to Turkey Pen Gap on the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s western boundary. Visitors must show proof of a negative equine infectious anemia test when visiting state parks with their horses. For more information about Gorges State Park, call (828) 966-9099, Google N.C. State Parks or e-mail gorges@ncmail.net The following are some other options for

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On Oct. 12, the corral along the Cradle of Forestry’s Biltmore Campus Trail transforms into a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900s. At this time in history the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. It was a time when camping meant sleeping under canvas and cooking over an open fire. Here in the wood smoke, surrounded by the outdoor gear of a by-gone day, the traditional skills of camp and trail are practiced in their proper setting. Each camper has expertise in various aspects of woodcraft, history and nature study, and welcomes questions from visitors. At the campsite, visitors can see fire by flint, steel, and friction, old style campfire cookery, four different styles of period shelters and traditional camp tools in use. “Camping in the Old Style” is presented by the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program, Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, N.C. Steve Watts, noted primitive skills practitioner, teacher and scholar, trains outdoor enthusiasts in classic camp skills through the museum’s Kamp

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Kephart workshops. What began in 2007 as an opportunity for trainees to practice what they learned has become an annual event at the Cradle of Forestry, with each year bringing more knowledge and authenticity. “Camping in the Old Style” is inspired by Horace Kephart, author of Camping and Woodcraft, originally published in 1906, and Our Southern Highlanders, first published in 1913. Kephart’s low tech-high skill approach to enjoying the outdoors holds lessons for today’s modern campers. “Experience the Magic of The Mountains”

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One of Transylvania County’s best kept secrets, the Transylvania Heritage Museum, is located at 189 West Main St. in Brevard. Originally built in the 1890s by Thomas England, the house was moved back from the street when the property was developed in the 1980s. For locals, transplants or visiting tourists, there is a wealth of information surrounding the county’s heritage, including a variety of exhibits, photographs and collections, that will interest old and young, seasoned or aspiring historians. For those interested in exploring their local family history, the Genealogical Society is located in the upstairs of the museum. Historical records, family letters and photographs provide a treasure trove of information for researchers. The museum is actively involved in educational programming for schools, civic groups, community centers and educators who are interested in learning more about Transylvania County. The museum’s Teaching Trunk Program, funded in part by a grant from the Transylvania Endowment of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is used in Transylvania County Schools as a resource that makes history come alive for students. The gift shop at Transylvania Heritage

Museum features arts and crafts created in Transylvania and selected because they represent the heritage of the county. Every item has an interesting story. The selection includes rag dolls, pottery, wood toys, genealogy charts, sewing kits, stylish hats, scarves and sunbonnets, framed watercolor pictures, and items with the county’s historical buildings. The museum has many activities lined up for the fall. The Annual Founders’ Day Fair will be on Aug. 31. A variety of activities will be held on the museum grounds from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Inside, family histories will be on display throughout the museum. Drive for History, a golf Tournament benefiting the Transylvania Heritage Museum, will be held Friday, Sept. 6 at Burlingame Country Club. Tee off is at 1 p.m., with food to follow at the clubhouse. For more information, call (828) 884-2347. The Transylvania Heritage Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. There is no admission, but donations are accepted. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Winter camping isn’t for everybody, but for Transylvania County resident Dan Bennett it’s the best time to go: “Vistas are opened where none were before, because the autumn leaves have become part of the tender that ignites your campfire. Bugs and snakes are essentially nonexistent because they have trouble existing in cool air. As you sit back and relax with that early evening cup of coffee or hot tea in your insulated metal mug, you realize you are relaxing in the arms of the Pisgah National Forest with a night sky that is clear as the stream flowing nearby.” “Your Gore-Tex boots with extra room for thick socks (wool) are essential for quickly changing weather patterns, stream crossings and because you don’t want to have to dry those feet by the fire if they are wet. An extra set of dry socks for sleeping is also recommended. Layers in clothing make it easier to adjust to these weather changes and allow you to adjust when the sun rises to when the campfire lights the

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evening and that cooler air creeps in.” “That sleeping bag needs not be too tight or the compressed insulation will keep you cool not warm. Your winter tent should have plenty of vents for condensation or you just might wake up with snow (frozen water) in the tent. Wider diameter poles and extra tie-down loops in the tarp or rain fly add stability in wind and possible snow surprises. Trust me, you do not want that tent collapsing on you from snow. Don’t forget to carry along a warm hat or toboggan to wear to keep that body heat in.” “Animals are still on the hunt for food so prepare for their scavenging your site each night while you sleep. You need to hang it from trees when available or away from your tent. Seal up all food in zip lock bags so as to not create an aroma that invites your furry friends in.” “Check with your local outfitters for more ways to enjoy your camping experience.”

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Western North Carolina is becoming a breeding ground for startup beer brewers and a destination for well-known beer makers. When the weather becomes a little more chilly in Brevard, there are two beer brewers who welcome you to come and taste their wares. Last year, Kyle Williams opened the Brevard Brewing Company in the Ansley Building on East Main Street in downtown. Williams specializes in brewing lagers, such as a Bohemian Pilsner, with imported hops from the Czech Republic and Germany, but he also offers American ales. A bar is open at the brewery, serving a wide selection of Williams’ handy work. For more information, go to Brevard Brew-

ing Company’s website, brevard-brewing.com. Brevard Brewing Company is joined in the county by Oskar Blues Brewery, which also opened here last year. Oskar Blues, originally from Colorado, is nationally recognized for its brewing. The company currently distributes in 27 states and last year produced almost 60,000 barrels of beer, including Dale’s Pale Ale. The brewery’s founder, Dale Katechis, chose Brevard as the company’s East Coast hub because, among other reasons, the quality of life the area provides. The Oskar Blues brewery is located off the Old Hendersonville Highway and includes a tasting room and is open to the public for free tours.

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Transylvania County features two homes that allow visitors to take a step back in time: the Silvermont Mansion and the Allison-Deaver House. Built in 1917, the Silvermont Mansion was occupied by industrialist Joseph Silversteen, his wife, Elizabeth, and their three daughters, Miriam, Dorothy and Adelaide. The 33-room Colonial revival mansion sits on eight and a half acres on East Main Street in Brevard and is now owned by the people of Transylvania County. Dorothy willed the estate to the county in 1972. In 1981, the mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. On the mansion’s second floor, renovation of nine rooms allows visitors to imagine how the Silversteen family once lived. The second floor museum is open to the public from 2 until 4 p.m. on the third Friday of every month through October, or by appointment. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Call (828) 884-3156 for a guided tour.

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The second floor is not handicapped accessible. Every Thursday, the mansion also opens its doors between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to “Mountain Music,” a free event featuring area musicians. During the day, the mansion is home to Silvermont Opportunity Center, which is designed to provide activities for seniors. The Silvermont property grounds are open to the general public between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Tennis players have three courts, basketball players can play on two courts while others have the option of a stroll along its paths or a picnic at a covered shelter. Transylvania County Extension Mountain Volunteers have designed educational demonstration gardens on the Silvermont grounds. They include a native plant woodland area, raised beds for herbs and vegetables, ornamental grasses and a rain garden. The “Walk of History,” which runs adjacent to East Main Street, is an adventure in the discovery of Transylvania County’s native trees. A sign denotes periods of history. Trees, such as

laurel, serviceberry, apple, dogwood, holly and oak represent each period. For more information about the Silvermont Opportunity Center, call 884-3166. The Allison-Deaver house, which is owned by the Transylvania County Historical Society, is believed to be the oldest standing frame house west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The house is located on the Asheville Highway adjacent to the Forest Gate Shopping Center. In 1815, Benjamin Allison built the original twostory Federal-style three-room house. It was later enlarged by William Deaver, with a Greek Revival-style addition and double-engaged porches. The original fireplaces, paneling and many other architectural features are still present, and efforts continue to preserve and restore the home and its grounds. Legend has it that Davy Crockett may have visited the Allison-Deaver House. A document found in 1995 shows Col. D. Crockett and William Deaver signed a notarized debt together. The house is included on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails Program. The house is

open to visitors on the weekends through October, with guided tours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. There is a gift shop, and restrooms are available for visitors. Admission: Adults, $5; Children under 6 are free; Families, $15. The Transylvania County Historical Society also owns the 1872 McGaha Chapel in Cedar Mountain. The chapel is only open by appointment. For more information, call (828) 884-5137 or go to www.tchistoricalsociety.com.

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ArTs & CrAfTs

The following are some of the many local artisans in the county: • Andrea Brewer Art Studio, 22 W. Main St. in Brevard. Call (828) 577-1968 or go to andreabrewerfiber.com. • A Better Bead & Crafts, West Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 884-5920 or go to abetterbead.com. • The American Folk Art studio, the junction of East Fork and Happy Acres Road. Call (828) 862-4830 or go to karendittman.com. • Ann Ayers, Hudlin Gap Road in Pisgah Forest. Call (828) 883-3610. • Artwork by Anthony Charles Thomas, 259 College Plaza, Suite 8, Brevard. Call (828) 883-2160. • Bluewood Photography, West Jordan Street in Brevard. Call (828) 883-4142 or go to bluewoodphotography.com. • Dan Bresnahan, Cascade Lake. Call (828) 884-6806.

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• Walter Cantrell Antiques, Greenville Highway. Call (828) 885-2808. • Cedar Mountain Artworks, off U.S. 276 at Cedar Lane in Cedar Mountain. Call (828) 884-5258 or go to judithduff.com. • Cedar Mountain Pottery, U.S. 276 south. Call (828) 883-8347. • Duckpond Pottery, Greenville Highway. Call (828) 883-4512 or go to duckpond potter.etsy.com. • Drew Deane Gallery, West Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 877-5272 or go to drewdeanegallery.com. • Glass Feather Studio Gallery, Glass Feather Drive (off Reasonover Road in Cedar Mountain). Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glass feather.com. • Gravy, West Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 862-4900. (Continued on pg 72)

Come Take A Drive On The Creative Side Brevard / Cedar Mountain, NC This Corridor encompasses a 13-mile stretch between Brevard and the NC line showcasing art galleries, working and teaching stustu dios, shops, charming lodgings and fresh local produce. Enjoy a day meeting the artists creating pottery, glass art, paintings, photographotogra phy and more. Visit the waterfalls in natural settings along the way and at DuPont State Forest and Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head State Park. 1. Hemlocks Studio 2. Brigadoon 3. Nut House at Holly Lee 4. Glass Feather Studio Gallery 5. Rob Travis Fine Art Photography 6. Cedar Mountain Counrty Store & Pottery 7. Paintings by Sarah Sneeden 8. Whistlestop Market 9. Ash Grove Resort Cabins & Camping 10 0. Mud Dabbers Pottery and Crafts 1. Carwile-Dodson Studio 11 2. Mountain Forest Pottery 12 3. Duckpond Pottery 13

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• The Haen Gallery at Lumberyard Arts on King Street in Brevard. Call (828) 883-3268 or go to thehaengallery.com. • Hemlocks Studio, Greenville Highway. Call (828) 885-2831 or go to hemlocks.com. • Hunters and Gatherers, West Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 883-3709 or go to huntgatherandshop.com. • The Hollingsworth Gallery, East Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 884-4974. • Local Color, South Broad Street in Brevard. Call 384-0684 or go to localcolorshop.com. • The Lumberyard, a multi-purpose cultural facility, located on King Street in Brevard. For more information, go to www.brevardlumberyard.com. • Kenneth T. Ayers Hand-Crafted Furniture, Hudlin Gap Road in Brevard. Call (828) 883-3610.

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• Main Street Limited, East Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 884-4974 or go to mainstreetltd.com. • Mountain Forest Pottery, Greenville Highway. Call (828) 885-2149. • Mountain Marionettes. Call (828) 862-8122 or go to mountainmarionettes.com. • Mountain Quilts, 60 W. Main St., Brevard. Call (828) 877-2123 or go to mountainquilts.com. • Mud Dabbers Pottery and Crafts, intersection of the Greenville Highway and Island Ford Road. Call (828) 884-5131 or go to muddabbers.com. Mud Dabbers has another location in Balsam at 20767 Great Smoky Mountain Exp. Call (828) 456-1916. • Muir Fine Arts, East Falls View Drive in Pisgah Forest. Call (828) 885-2787 or go to muirfinearts.com. • Number 7 Arts, East Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 883-2294 or go to

number7arts.com. • Red Wolf Gallery, East Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 862-8620 or go to redwolfgallerync.com. • Sandy’s Scrapbook Corner, 49 Pisgah Highway, Suite 3. Call (828) 884-7776 or go to sandysscrapbookcorner.com. • Spiers Art Gallery at Brevard College. Call (828) 884-8188. • Stones, 28. E. Main Street, Brevard. Call (828) 884-8988 or go to stonesjewelrync.com. • 32 Broad Gallery & Framing on South Broad Street in Brevard. Call (828) 862-6476 or go to www.32broad.com. • Transylvania Community Arts Council, South Caldwell Street in Brevard. Call (828) 884-2787 or go to artsofbrevard.org. • Rob Travis Fine Art Photography. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to robtravis.com. • Twin Willows Studio, Crestview Drive in Brevard. Go to dergara.com.

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Barbara Hawk and her husband, Bob, have lived in Brevard since June of 1972 and have never regretted moving here. “Living in Transylvania County has been like dining at a gourmet feast,” said Hawk, a well-known local artist. “The cultural offerings satiate every appetite — from opera to bluegrass, and Rachmaninov to foot-stomping gospel, from town sculptures and alleyway murals to shop windows displaying brushstroke impressions of streams and waterfalls.” The opportunities to savor nature never end, Hawk said. “Our family has hiked to the Shining Rock Wilderness area, tubed the Davidson River, felt the thrill and shock of going down Sliding Rock and landing in the icy pool, picnicked at Sycamore Flats, and soaked up the views from the Parkway.” “More recently, we have enjoyed pedaling

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the trail into Pisgah National Forest and greeting old friends along the way. The natural beauty of the mountains continually nurtures and feeds my artistic soul. With camera in hand I go hunting for paintable scenes. When I do so, I become intensely aware of the rich colors and textures of God’s creation. Then, when I am in my studio studying my photos, I revisit the scene and my heart excitedly recreates the scene.” Hawk said she loves color and enjoys adding her favorites to “nature’s choices.” “Sometimes, I use my brushes and other times I use only my palette knife,” she said. “I love the textures the latter produces. In the past year I have combined my faith, poetry writing and paintings to create inspirational cards. In the process I tapped into my years as a counselor to address comfort and healing needs of hurting hearts.”

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brevArD sCUlpTUre proJeCT The Brevard Sculpture Project celebrates the native animals of the region and showcases the talents of local artists. The project was spearheaded by Ann Dergara, artist and co-owner, with her husband, Tom Cabe, of the Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard. Today, there are 18 sculptures scattered around downtown Brevard:

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•Steve Fox’s “Bobcat” may be found on East Main between Gaston and Johnson streets. •Aaron Alderman’s “Monarch Butterflies” are located on the side of the Coed Theater on West Main Street. •Christine Kosiba’s “Ravens” keep a watchful eye on Main Street from the Times Arcade alley. •Richard Merrill’s “Black Bear” stands on the lawn in front of City Hall on West Main. •Christine Kosiba’s “Red Fox” can be found at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church parking lot on East Main Street.

brevArD sCUlpTUre proJeCT •Kathryn Wilson’s “White Squirrels” also sit on the City Hall lawn. •Chris Worley’s “Great Blue Heron” stands in front of the library on Gaston Street. •Lincoln Stone’s “Flight School of Trout” sits on the south side of the library on S. Broad Street. •Christine Kosiba’s “Wild Turkey” can be found on the front lawn of First Citizen’s Bank. •Richard Merrill and Chris Worley created the deer that sits at South Broad Park. (Continued on pg. 78)

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brevArD sCUlpTUre proJeCT •Aaron Alderman’s “Elk” stands at the intersection of Broad and Main streets in front of the courthouse. •Chris Worley’s “Cougar” prowls at the back of First Citizen’s Bank on Caldwell Street. •Chris Worley made the “Golden Eagle” that sits on the front lawn of the Transylvania Community Arts Council on South Caldwell Street. •Aaron Alderman’s “Horses” also “graze” on the arts council’s lawn.

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•Ann Dergara’s “Raccoons” play on a rock in front of the Hollingsworth Building’s parking lot on East Main Street. •Richard Merrill and Chris Worley’s “Red Wolf” is next to the courthouse gazebo on East Main Street. •Christine Kosiba’s “Chipmunks” can be seen playing in a planter at 55 East Main Street. . • Aaron Alderman’s “Cows” graze on the Brevard Lumber Yard property on Railroad Avenue. For more information, go to brevardsculp ture.org.

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MUsiC iN The MoUNTAiNs

Transylvania County offers visitors an eclectic mixture of music to experience — from traditional bluegrass to rock ‘n’ roll. During the summer months, the Brevard Music Center and Brevard College’s Porter Center play host to classical music. One highlight of the local autumn music scene is The Mountain Song Festival, a fundraiser for the local Boys & Girls Club. The festival, now in its seventh year, is hosted by Grammy winners The Steep Canyon Rangers. This year’s festival will be held Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Brevard Music Center. On Friday, gates will open at 4 p.m. The Steep Canyon Rangers kick things off at 5:30 p.m. and are followed by Tim and Mollie O’Brien at 6:45 p.m. The Carolina Chocolate

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Drops will close out Friday’s show at 8:15 p.m. On Saturday, the gates will open at noon. Music begins at 2 p.m., with Balsam Range. Shannon Whitworth will perform at 3:15 p.m., followed by Shawn Camp at 4:45 p.m., and Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at 6:15 p.m. The Steep Canyon Rangers will close out the festival with a set at 8 p.m. For more information, go to mountainsongfestival.com. Traditional music gets another airing during the 18th Annual Old Time Music Competition on Oct. 26 at the courthouse gazebo and large courtroom in downtown Brevard. Competition at the gazebo is held between 10:30 and 6 p.m. The action then goes to the courtroom at 8 p.m. The competition attracts musicians from as far away as Florida. Musicians can compete in

Junior Fiddle, Folk Song, Lap Dulcimer, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar and String Band. Cash prizes are awarded in every category, and registration is $5. Musicians can compete in more than one category. For more information, go to brevardnc.org. For classical music lovers, the Brevard Philharmonic will play two shows this fall at the Porter Center. On Sept. 22, world-renowned pianist Misha Dichter will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” The orchestra will also perform Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2. On Nov. 10, the Philharmonic will present “Chinese Tchaikovsky,” featuring cellist Jiapeng Nie and guest conductor Zhonghui Dai. For more information, go to brevardphilharmonic.org. As well as these two major music events, bars/clubs such as the Phoenix Lounge on South Gaston Street and 185 King Street, both in Brevard, regularly have musical acts on most evenings. Musical performances at these two locations and others in the community are regularly advertised in The Transylvania Times.

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Marion Boatwright lives in Transylvania County and helps keep the traditional music of the region alive and well with his band, Crooked Pine: “The traditional music of the Southern Appalachians was once considered a threatened art form. But these days Transylvania County is playing a leading role in a ‘Mountain Music Renaissance.’ Our secret: The music deep down and honestly reflects who we are, where we live and what we value.” “We’re home to a huge breath of different sounds and styles that all fit the broad definition of ‘mountain music.’ Let’s break it down into two broad categories: bluegrass and old-time: Oldtime music strives to take the player and the listener on a bit of a time travel. It’s 19 century vintage goods indigenous to our Southern mountains. Old-time naturally subdivides into dance

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music (think square dancing) and vocal music. Fiddle, banjo and guitar tend to blend together into one sound with one objective: Lift the dance. Songs most commonly had one purpose: Tell a story.” “Bluegrass grew out of that old-time music. It sprouted in the recording era of the 1930s and came into its own in the 1950s with Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and such. It’s got more flash and polish than its rustic parent.” “Transylvania County is home to some of the best of both generations.” “Every Thursday night, bluegrass comes to Brevard through a jam at the Silvermont Mansion on Main Street that has been running for 30 years. Every Friday night, the Lake Toxaway Community Center hosts a bluegrass jam that has become a huge tradition. Then most Saturdays

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sees Joe Byers and the Smokey Mountain Cut Ups firing up bluegrass at the Cathy’s Creek Community Center. All of these events feature homegrown music that is made to share. Everyone is welcome. This is the real deal.” “Old-time music can be found scattered throughout the greater music scene in the county. Restaurants, bars and clubs feature our top-shelf old time bands frequently. Names to look for include The String Ticklers, The Hogtown Squealers, the Road Apple Ramblers, and Crooked Pine.” “The flagship event of ‘Mountain Music’ in our community is the Old Time Music Competition at Halloweenfest, held the last Saturday of October. It’s a full day extravaganza with competitors from throughout the South. Leadership comes from Celestial Mountain Music on Main Street, a hub for Mountain Music in our area.” “Mountain music is a living thing that thrives in its native environment. For it, nowhere is more ‘home’ than Transylvania County.”

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With a name like Transylvania County, you can bet that Halloween is taken very seriously in the area. There are several “scary” events before, during and after Halloween. Perhaps the most significant local event is Halloweenfest, which is organized by the Heart of Brevard and is a funfilled day in downtown. This year’s Halloweenfest will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Oct. 26. The festivities include music, competitions such as the Great Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Carving, and the Costume Parade. For more information, go to brevardnc.org. The morning of Halloweenfest actually kicks off with 5K and 10K foot races. The 31st Flight of the Vampire is put on by the Brevard Rotary and will be held at 8 a.m. on the Brevard College campus. On the actual night of Halloween, Brevard’s streets are taken over by young and old dressed in a variety of costumes. It makes for a perfect family night out, particularly on Park Avenue and Maple Street, where the roads are blocked off. Other local Halloween-related events include Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Patch, Shock in the Corn, and The Legend of Tommy Hodges. Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Stingy Jack’s Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival

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will be held on a series of weekends leading up to Halloween. The event will feature illuminated pumpkin trails created by local artists, hay rides, a maze and game area, food and music Oct. 5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Stingy Jack is located at the Mountains & Meadows Farm and Event Center at Turkey Pen in Pisgah Forest. For more information about ticket prices and directions, go to stingy jackspumpkinpatch.com. Shock in the Corn Shock in the Corn is held each year at the Blue Ridge Corn Maze in Pisgah Forest as a fundraiser. Those brave enough to attend will have a spooky good time in six acres of corn maze. This year’s Shock in the Corn will be held Oct. 18-19, 25-26 and 31 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. The map on the maze’s website, blueridgecornmaze.com, has directions to the corn maze and other information. The Legend of Tommy Hodges The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest will present this outdoor drama on Oct. 25-26 along the paved, one-mile Biltmore Campus Trail. As the audience walks the trail from scene to scene it meets characters from the historic Pink Beds community and hears stories, some based on the diaries of students who

attended the Biltmore Forest School from 19031907.   The Legend of Tommy Hodges is a mystery that over time became a legend, and a legend that grows in the telling . . . It was Halloween night in 1906 when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School disappeared.

His name was Tommy Hodges.   For those brave enough to venture out, warm clothing, walking shoes and flashlights are recommended. For more information, call (828) 877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.

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TWiliGhT ToUr To help get the holiday season started in Transylvania County, the Heart of Brevard’s 26th Annual Twilight Tour will be held Dec. 7 in downtown. Twilight Tour, also known as “A Community Open House,” is a downtown street festival with luminaries along the sidewalks and horse-drawn carriage rides between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Twilight Tour includes a Merchant Open House, musical en-

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tertainment and children’s activities. Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special appearance, too. The festival immediately follows the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored annual Christmas Parade, which begins at 3 p.m. During the parade, new unwrapped toys will be collected along the parade route for Transylvania County children. For more information, go to brevardnc.org.

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Performances of a Neil Simon play and “The Nutcracker” will be featured this fall at the Brevard Little Theatre. “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” by Neil Simon will be performed Sept. 19-29. The play is being directed by Bob and June Stacy. “BOO, HA, HA!” will scare up some Halloween thrills Oct. 25-27, with two one-act plays and a bonus BLT Youth Troupe performance. “The Nutcracker” will be a play/ballet, with an original adaptation by Sonia Arnold of the classic story, including dialogue to aid in the story’s telling. Performances are scheduled for Dec. 12-15. Kristen Pangle and the Pisgah Dance Academy will aid in the performances. For information, or to make reservations for any of the productions, call 884-2587. For more information about the productions, go to

www.brevardlittletheatre.com. Other Theaters For information about the Hendersonville Little Theatre, call (828) 692-1082 or go to www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org. For information about the Asheville Community Theatre’s productions, call (828) 2541320 or go to www.ashevilletheatre.org. For information about the Flat Rock Playhouse’s productions, call (828) 693-0731 or go to www.flatrockplayhouse.org. For information about the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, call (828) 6891239 or go to www.sartplays.org. For those who want to watch actors on the silver screen, the Co-Ed Cinema on Main Street in Brevard offers first run movies. For more information, go to coedcinema.com.

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September-December Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours. Day tours in DuPont State Recreational Forest: (The Arena). For more information, go to www.hungergamesunofficialfantours.com. Make reservations by calling 828-553-7117 or 949610-5570. Sept. 6-Sept. 27 Brevard College Art Exhibition: Lawrence Lohr, photography at .Spiers Gallery in the Sims Art Center Exhibit from  8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free admission. For more information, call 884-8188 Sept. 20-Oct. 11 Gallery Exhibit at TC Arts Council: “By & About Architecture.” The Transylvania Community Arts Council is partnering with Harris Architects to celebrate art “By & About Architecture.” TC Arts will host a reception for the public to meet the artists during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk, Friday, Sept. 27 from 59 p.m. For more information, call (828) 8842787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org. Sept. 20-Oct. 11 The Transylvania Community Arts Council invites artists to team up and create artwork together for this special collaborative exhibit, which will be on display in the small gallery at TC Arts. This exhibit will run beside the “By & About Architecture” exhibit. TC Arts will host a reception for the public to meet the artists during the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk, Friday, Sept 27 from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call (828) 884-2787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org. Oct. 4-Nov. 1 Brevard College Alumni Art Exhibition. Opens  at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 4 at Spiers Gallery in

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the Sims Art Center. Exhibit runs from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free admission. For more information, call 884-8188. Oct. 5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26 Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Patch, featuring illuminated pumpkin trails created by local artists, hay rides, a maze and game area, food and music, will be held during the above dates. Stingy Jack is located at the Mountains & Meadows Farm and Event Center at Turkey Pen, Pisgah Forest. For more information about ticket prices and directions, go to stingyjackspumpkinpatch.com. Oct. 12-Oct. 19 24th Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale: Hours: Saturday, Oct. 12 – 9 a.m. to noon, members of Friends only – join at the door; noon to 5 p.m. - open to the public; Monday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 17 – 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 15; Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 18 – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19 – 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Box Sale Day). Oct. 15-Oct. 17 and Nov. 1-Nov. 2 Hunter Education Course at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. No minimum age requirement. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Nov. 8-Dec. 6 Brevard College  Senior  Art Exhibition opens 5:30 p.m., Nov. 8 at Spiers Gallery in the Sims Art Center. Exhibit runs from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free admission. For more information, call 884-8188. Oct. 18-Nov. 8 Two Brevard artists, sculptress Christine Kosiba and musician and painter Shannon Whitworth, will have a collaborative art exhibit. For more information, call (828) 884-2787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

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Nov. 11-14, and 21 • Hand building techniques will be taught by Mary Murray from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction. To register, call (828) 884-5771. Nov. 18-Dec. 25   The local Operation Christmas Child campaign will open its drop-off location at Pisgah Forest Baptist Church on the New Hendersonville Highway during the following times: Nov. 18-21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nov. 22, 9-6 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9-11 a.m.; Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 811 a.m. For more information, call Carolyn Robinson at 450-6723. Nov. 22-Dec. 20   Santa’s Palette: Holiday Show & Sale at the Transylvania Community Arts Council. Artists’ reception will be held Nov. 22. For more information, call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787.  Nov. 28-Dec.13 Annual Holiday Open House at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 10-5 p.m. Refreshments, surprises and prizes. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glassfeather.com

Regular Calendar Sept. 1 • Pianist Jim Hendricks will perform at 7 p.m. at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on East Main Street. Admission free, offering will be taken. Sept. 6 • Fall concert series at the library’s amphitheater, 7 p.m., with Dana and Sue Robinson. Sept. 7 • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard.

• Family Clay class at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 9-11 a.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. • Adult Try Potter class at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 6-8 p.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. Sept. 9 • Beginner and intermediate wheel throwing from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction. To register, call (828) 8845771. Sept. 10 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. • Underground Animals at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Stream Stats, looking at water quality at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 8 to 15. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Beginner and intermediate wheel throwing from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction. To register, call (828) 8845771. Sept. 11 • Beginner and intermediate wheel throwing from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction. To register, call (828) 8845771. Sept. 12 •Fused glass class for adults only at Glass Feather Studio Gallery. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glassfeather.com. • Beginner and intermediate wheel throwing from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction. To register, call (828) 8845771. Autumn in Transylvania County, 2013

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Sept. 13 • Mountain Song Festival, 5:30 p.m. at Brevard Music Center. For more information, go to mountainsongfestival.com. • An “Evening at PARI,” which includes a presentation, campus tour and observations using PARI telescopes. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. • Fall concert series at the library’s amphitheater, 7 p.m., with Barefoot Movement. Sept. 14 • Mountain Song Festival, noon at Brevard Music Center. For more information, go to mountainsongfestival.com. • Thoughtful Photography, Creating Compositions with Feeling at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Cost, $40. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glassfeather.com. • Cradle of Forestry’s Afternoon Tea with Llamas. Call (828) 877-3130. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. Sept. 17 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. • Bag Lunch Arts, “Soil & Sacrament: Food, Faith, and Growing Heaven on Earth” with author Fred Bahnson, noon at library’s Rogow Room. Sept. 18 • Outdoor Photography for the Beginner at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 14 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Sept. 19 • “Eyewitness to Power: Leadership in America,” with political analyst David Gergen,

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7 p.m. at Brevard College’s Porter Center. Tickets, $20. Call (828) 884-3151. Sept. 20 • Fall concert series at the library’s amphitheater, 7 p.m. • Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Sept. 21 • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Underground Animals at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Stream Stats, looking at water quality at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, ages 8 to 15. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Sept. 22 • Brevard Philharmonic presents worldrenowned pianist Misha Dichter, who will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s romantic favorite “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” The program is from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Brevard College Porter Center. For more information, call (828) 884-4221 or go to Brevard Philharmonic.org. • Cradle of Forestry’s “Bring Back the Monarchs.” Call (828) 877-3130. Sept. 24 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. Sept. 26 • Silvermont Opportunity Center will host a Health Fair from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. as part of Active Aging Week 2013. There will be educational talks, as well as interactive events.

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Sept. 26 • Brevard College Symphonic Winds Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Porter Center for Performing Art. Free admission. Sept. 27 • Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 59 p.m. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787. Sept. 28 • Cradle of Forestry’s National Public Lands Day. Call (828) 877-3130. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • National Hunting and Fishing Day Festival at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free event. • A Raku Firing workshop at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 6-9 p.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. • Brevard College Faculty Showcase, 7:30 p.m. at Porter Center for Performing Arts. Free admission. Oct. 1 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. Oct. 3 Brevard College Theatre Production, “Elephant’s Graveyard,” by George Brant, 7 p.m. at Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to Brevard.edu. Oct. 4 • Friends of the Library Pre-Sale Gala, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Call (828) 884-3151. • Practice fly-fishing skills on the East Fork of French Broad River. Sponsored by Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For

more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Brevard College Theatre Production, “Elephant’s Graveyard,” by George Brant, 7 p.m. at Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to Brevard.edu. Oct. 5 • Teen Computer Animation Classes at Transylvania County Library’s Connestee Conference Room. Must register. Call (828) 884-3151. • Cradle of Forestry’s Forest Festival Day and Intercollegiate Woodmen’s Meet. Call (828) 877-3130. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Learn about the Opossums at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Learn about firearm safety and shooting at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 8 and up. For more information, (828) 877-4423. • A Covered Container workshop at CarwileDodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 9-5 p.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771.

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Oct. 5 • Brevard College Theatre Production, “Elephant’s Graveyard,” by George Brant, 7 p.m. at Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to Brevard.edu. Oct. 6 • Brevard College Theatre Production, “Elephant’s Graveyard,” by George Brant, 2:30 p.m. at Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to Brevard.edu. Oct. 8 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. Oct. 9 • Fused glass class for ages 10 and above at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 3-5 p.m. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glassfeather.com. Oct. 11 • Celtic violinist Jamie Laval will perform with Dan Compton at TC Arts Council at 7:30 p.m. Call (828) 884-2787 for tickets. •The Transylvania County Handcrafters’ Guild will host a free craft show from 9-5 p.m. on the grounds of Brevard College. • An “Evening at PARI,” which includes a presentation, campus tour and observations using PARI telescopes. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. Oct. 12 • Celtic violinist Jamie Laval will perform with Dan Compton at TC Arts Council at 7:30 p.m. Call (828) 884-2787 for tickets. • The Transylvania County Handcrafters’

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Guild will host a free craft show from 9-5 p.m. on the grounds of Brevard College. • Teen Computer Animation Classes at Transylvania County Library’s Connestee Conference Room. Must register. Call (828) 884-3151. • Cradle of Forestry’s Camping in the Old Style. Call (828) 877-3130. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • A Covered Container workshop at CarwileDodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 9-5 p.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. Oct. 14 • Introduction to Fly Fishing at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Oct. 15 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. • Learn about the Opossums at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Oct. 18 • Fly Fishing: Casting for Beginners at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Sponsored by Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Oct. 19 • Teen Computer Animation Classes at Connestee Conference Room. Must register. Call (828) 884-3151. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard.

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Oct. 26 • The 31st annual Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard, featuring fun games for the family, costume competitions, races, food, music and much more. For more information, go to brevardnc.org. • Cradle of Forestry’s Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama. Call (828) 877-3130.

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Oct. 19 • Close Up Outdoor Photography at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 14 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Family Clay class at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 9-11 a.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. • Adult Try Potter class at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 6-8 p.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. Oct. 22 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151. • Bag Lunch Arts, “Women, War & Words” with writer Pam Blevins, noon at library’s Rogow Room. Oct. 24 • “Star Party” at PARI. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. • Aloha, Seven Seas Travel will host its first “World’s Largest Cruise Night” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (828) 233-5877. Oct. 25 • Cradle of Forestry’s Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama. Call (828) 877-3130. • Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 59 p.m. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787. • “Star Party” at PARI. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. • Learn about the Opossums at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Learn about firearm safety and shooting at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 8 and. For more information, (828) 877-4423.

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Oct. 26 • The 18st annual Old Time Music Competition from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the courthouse gazebo in downtown Brevard and from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the large courtroom at the courthouse. For more information, go to brevardnc.org. • “Star Party” at PARI. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. • 50th Anniversary Celebration at PARI. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. • Better Landscapes — Images that Sing photography class at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Cost, $40. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glassfeather.com. • Teen Computer Animation Classes at Transylvania County Library’s Connestee Conference Room. Must register. Call (828) 884-3151. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Kids Introduction to Fly Fishing at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 8 to 15. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Oct. 27 • An “All Hallows Concert” will be performed at 6:30 p.m. at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on East Main Street. Admission free, offering will be taken. Oct. 28 • Teen Computer Animation Screening, 6 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room. Oct. 29 • Tuesday Hullabaloo! Preschool Program at the library, starts 10 a.m. Call (828) 884-3151.

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• Brevard College Fall Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Porter Center for Performing Arts. Free admission. Oct. 31 • Brevard College Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Porter Center for Performing Arts. Free admission. Nov. 1 •Brevard Storytelling Festival featuring Bobby Norfolk and Angela Lloyd, 7 p.m. in library’s Rogow Room. Nov. 2 • Brevard Storytelling Festival from 9 a.m.9 p.m. in library’s Rogow Room. Call (828) 8843151 for schedule. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m.noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Family Clay class at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 9-11 a.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. • Adult Try Pottery class at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction, 6-8 p.m. To register, call (828) 884-5771. Nov. 6 • Fused glass class for adults only at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 3-5 p.m. Call (828) 8858457 or go to glassfeather.com. Nov. 7 • Brevard College Symphonic Winds Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Porter Center for Performing Arts. Free admission. Nov. 8 • An “Evening at PARI,” which includes a presentation, campus tour and observations using PARI telescopes. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements.

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Nov. 8 • Practice fly-fishing skills on the Catawba River. Sponsored by Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Nov. 9 • Better Landscapes — Images that Sing photography class at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 8:30 -10:30 a.m. Cost, $40. Call (828) 885-8457 or go to glassfeather.com. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m.noon, behind Comporium in Brevard.

• Learn about foxes at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Learn about outdoor photography at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 8 to 13. For more information, (828) 877-4423. Nov. 10 • Brevard Philharmonic will feature a performance titled “Chinese Tchaikovsky” from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Brevard College Porter Center. For more information, call (828) 884-4221 or go to BrevardPhilharmonic.org.

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Nov. 11-14, and 21 • Hand building techniques will be taught from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Carwile-Dodson Studio for Pottery Instruction. To register, call (828) 8845771. Nov. 15 • Sneak Preview of ArtMart from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Transylvania Community Arts Council. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787. Nov. 16 • ArtMart one-day blowout sale of artwork from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Transylvania Community Arts Council. Call TC Arts at (828) 8842787. • Holiday at Market Street, including Taste for the Season, from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 233-5877. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m.noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Backyard Bird Photography at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Nov. 19 • Bag Lunch Arts, “The History of Quilts and Quilting” with Lucille Chaveas, noon at library’s Rogow Room. • Brevard College Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m.at Porter Center for Performing Arts. Free admission. Nov. 21 • Brevard College Theatre production, “Proof” by David Auburn, 7 p.m.  Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to brevard.edu. Nov. 22 • Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 59 p.m. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787.

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• Learn about foxes at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 7. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Learn about outdoor photography at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 8 to 13. For more information, (828) 877-4423. • Brevard College Theatre production, “Proof” by David Auburn, 7 p.m.  Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to brevard.edu. Nov. 23 • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m.noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Learn Outdoor Cooking at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. • Brevard College Theatre production, “Proof” by David Auburn, 7 p.m.  Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to brevard.edu. Nov. 24 • Brevard College Theatre production, “Proof” by David Auburn, 2:30 p.m.  Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center for Performing Arts. For more information, go to brevard.edu. Nov. 30 • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m.noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. Dec. 2 • Fly-Tying for Beginners at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 12 and up. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Dec. 3 • Dr. Elliot Engel presents “The Vanderbilts: All of Them,” 7 p.m. at library’s Rogow Room.

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Dec. 4 • Celebrating with Wildlife at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 13. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Dec. 5 • Fused glass class for adults only at Glass Feather Studio Gallery, 3-5 p.m.. Call (828) 8858457 or go to glassfeather.com. Dec. 6 • Celebrating with Wildlife at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 13. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Dec. 7 • The 26st annual Twilight Tour will be held from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in downtown Brevard, featuring sidewalk luminaries, music and horsedrawn carriage rides. For more information, go to brevardnc.org. • Tree Trimming Party at the library one hour before Christmas Parade in downtown Brevard. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m.noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. • Brevard College Lessons and Carols, 7:30 p.m. at Porter Center for Performing Arts. Dec. 10 • Blue Ridge Ringers in Concert, noon at the library’s Rogow Room. • Celebrating with Wildlife at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 13. For more information, call (828) 877-4423. Dec. 12 • Celebrating with Wildlife at Pisgah Wildlife Education Center. Ages 4 to 13. For more information, call (828) 877-4423.

Dec. 13 • Kick-off party for the Artists’ Studio Tour. Tickets are $50. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787. •The Transylvania County Handcrafters’ Guild will host a free craft show from 9-5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge hall on East Main Street in Brevard. • An “Evening at PARI,” which includes a presentation, campus tour and observations using PARI telescopes. Go to www.pari.edu for program details and requirements. Dec. 14 • Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studio from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787. • The Transylvania County Handcrafters’ Guild will host a free craft show from 9-5 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge hall on East Main Street in Brevard. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard. Dec. 18 • An Moravian Lovefeast Service will be held at 7 p.m. at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on East Main Street. Dec. 20 • Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 59 p.m. Call TC Arts at (828) 884-2787. Dec. 21 • Holiday Family Storytime, 11 a.m. at the library. • Transylvania Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, behind Comporium in Brevard.

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sTAy iNforMeD There are several ways to stay informed about what’s going on in Transylvania County. •Local news and happenings are featured in The Transylvania Times, which comes out on Mondays and Thursdays. The newspaper office is located on North Broad Street in downtown Brevard. For more information, call (828) 8838156 or go to transylvaniatimes.com. •WSQL Radio operates at 1240 AM and broadcasts from its shop-front location on West Main Street in Brevard. Call (828) 877-5252 for more information.

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•The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is located at 175 E. Main St. in Brevard. For more information, call (828) 883-3700 or go to brevardncchamber.org. •To find out more about downtown Brevard, contact the Heart of Brevard at (828) 884-4209 or go to brevardnc.org. •To learn more about Transylvania County government, go to transylvaniacounty.org. •To learn more about the city of Brevard, go to cityofbrevard.com.

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