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Valentines: Heart Filled Skies

Valentines: Heart Filled Skies

What could be more romantic than gazing at the stars deep in the night?? Grab your sweetheart and join PARI for a romantic Valentines evening getaway and leave with stars in your eyes. PARI astronomers will share our dark skies and point out objects such as the Heart Cluster and love story constellations like Princess Andromeda and the Warrior Perseus. This package includes an overnight cabin stay, evening viewing with PARI astronomers at our historic, mountaintop, Internationally Certified Dark Sky Park, a pre-packaged dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday, a bottle of wine and a Valentine rose in your room. This program is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be issued unless PARI cancels the program. REGISTER HERE – Valentines Overnight Cabin... Read More

Moons of Jupiter – Cabin and Camping Packages

Join PARI on Friday, January 7, 2022 as we celebrate the largest planet in our solar system!  412 years ago this week Galileo Galilei spotted the four brightest moons of Jupiter and in honor of that monumental discovery we are sharing our best telescopes and  Internationally certified dark sky park to observe this planet, the moon and other fantastic objects you can only see with a telescope!  Grab your coats, hot coffee or hot chocolate, friends and family then come to PARI for an unforgettable winter night. PARI is typically cooler than surrounding areas so make sure you dress appropriately for outdoor viewing. This is a rain or shine event.  If weather does not permit viewing there will be alternate indoor programming.  No refunds will be issued! Preregistration is required. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not get a confirmation email check your spam folder and make sure you add us to your address book. REGISTER HERE – CAMPING PACKAGE REGISTER HERE – CABIN... Read More
Gears and Gills

Gears and Gills

Gears and Gills Double your fun by combining two favorite outdoor activities. The public lands in Transylvania County serve as the backdrop for myriad outdoor activities. For many, it means an opportunity to combine their favorite hobbies. Here are three great starter tips. ​ 1 1 KEEP IT SIMPLE Brevard resident Christian McLauchlin is a passionate mountain biker. But he also enjoys wetting a line from time to time. He likes nothing better than to combine his two passions, especially in the summer. “In the summer you don’t need boots and waders,” McLauchlin says. “So, all you really need is your flies, rod and reel and a pair of good sandals.” The minimal gear can easily be carried in a small backpack. What McLauchlin likes most about using his mountain bike is that it can take him to places he wouldn’t fly fish otherwise. “It allows you to get into places that people can’t get to from their car or that would require a long hike,” McLauchlin says. The appeal is obvious: fewer people, more fish and a more enjoyable experience. 2 2 DISCOVER TENKARA If you want to go super minimalist on fly fishing gear, Kevin Howell at Davidson River Outfitters suggests looking into the art of tenkara. Originating in Japan, this ancient form of fly fishing relies on very simple equipment that can easily be broken down or telescoped to fit in a small backpack. In Japanese, the word “tenkara” translates into “fishing from the skies.” Tenkara... Read More
Fifteen fun ways to chase away those rainy-day blahs.

Fifteen fun ways to chase away those rainy-day blahs.

Fifteen fun ways to chase away those rainy-day blahs. Inclement weather put a hitch in your outdoor plans? Not to worry. Here are fifteen “satisfaction guaranteed” ways to enjoy yourself in Brevard while you’re waiting for the sun to reappear.Have fun! 1 1 VETERANS HISTORY MUSEUM OF THE CAROLINAS Filled with unique and historic military artifacts, this free museum honors our country’s military history and celebrates the contributions of men and women from every branch of service. In addition to a collection that includes WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and War on Terror artifacts, the museum mounts regular temporary exhibits.  Click here, for location, times and information. 2 2 CO-ED CINEMA Since 1934, the Co-ed Cinema has been Brevard’s go-to destination for first-run movies. Step back in time at this classic old-fashioned theatre and sample the latest films from tinsel town. Find out what’s showing here. 3 3 TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY LIBRARY There’s always something fun happening at this state-of-the-art facility located in downtown Brevard. Whether you want to find a good book to snuggle up with or take part in one of the regularly scheduled events (story times, music performances, craft classes), the Transylvania County Library is a great place to relax and explore. 4 4 TRANSYLVANIA COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL (TCArts) If you love art, TCArts is the place for you. Here you’ll find a regular rotation of exhibits by local and regional artists. If you’re inspired to create works of your own, TCArts offers pottery classes and other opportunities... Read More
1850s Christmas at the Allison-Deaver House

1850s Christmas at the Allison-Deaver House

The Transylvania Heritage Museum, Silvermont House Museum, and the Allison-Deaver House are joining forces to remind everyone that the best gifts in life are the simple ones. Enjoy the festively decorated house as well as fun activities on the lawn. This year, make a memory and gift and... Read More