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White Squirrel Artisans Market

White Squirrel Artisans Market

The White Squirrel Artisans Market returns to Deerwoode Reserve on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 12-5PM! We had a record number of attendees last October and a record number of artisan applications for our upcoming event. Our Spring Fest will showcase over 80 artisans, 5 bands, local food trucks, face painting, & more! Together, with Cedar Mountain Music Project & Billy McCoy/ REMAX Land of the Waterfalls, we present this FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, community event. We believe wholeheartedly in SUPPORTING LOCAL… local artisans, local musicians, local small businesses, & local nonprofits. PLEASE NOTE DEERWOODE RESERVE WILL BE CHARGING $5 FOR ON-SITE PARKING. WSAM is a free event, but do keep this fee in mind. It will assist them in maintaining their grounds during and after the event. Interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer? Email Kyzandrha at whitesquirrelartisansmarket@gmail.com. We have some amazing music lined up for you on Saturday, April 6th from 12-5PM at Deerwoode Reserve in Brevard, NC. The Water Kickers: 12:00-1:00PM Gypsy & Me: 1:10-1:30PM Cody Hale & Jonlyn Siniard: 1:40-2:40PM Seth & Sara: 2:50-3:50PM The Byrds & Crows: 4:00-5:00PM The Water Kickers are a Folk Rock/Americana collaboration of singer/songwriters Kelley and Brodie Porterfield. They combine intricate harmonies, heartfelt narratives, and innovative picking to carry listeners to new borderlands of the modern songscape. Gypsy & Me is comprised of Brevard-based duo, Mike Moore & Kyzandrha Zarate. They bring us original Americana | Folk | Country music. They pride themselves in singing of life, love and their experiences while... Read More
2024 White Squirrel Day

2024 White Squirrel Day

10th Annual White Squirrel Day This year is the 10th Annual White Squirrel Day. For those new to the event White Squirrel Day is the way we celebrate Groundhog Day in Brevard, North Carolina. The event will be held at the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center located at (221 Mills Ave, Brevard, NC 28712) a quick walk from downtown. The event begins at 10am and we hope to see you there. The public is invited to attend and meet Brevard’s official white squirrel ambassador, Pisgah Penny, in person as she officiates over the festivities. Pisgah Penny, the pride of Brevard Wildlife often provides us humans with some of our favorite mascots. There’s Smoky the Bear, Tony the Tiger, Bucky Beaver to name a few. But how about Pisgah Penny? Not only is this white squirrel the pride of Brevard but she is a real, live animal who thanks to innate powers can do what groundhogs do so famously. Brevard is all about waterfalls and white squirrels “Brevard is all about waterfalls and white squirrels,” says Ann Sharpsteen, founder of Brevard’s annual White Squirrel Day held on February 2 each year to coincide with Groundhog Day. On this widely celebrated holiday (at least in Brevard) Pisgah Penny will summon her superpowers to forecast the end of winter. But, upping her groundhog counterpart, this squirrel also knows something about sports. Her trick bag includes predicting the winner of next month’s Super Bowl. “It’s a fun event,” says Sharpsteen, who founded White... Read More
Safety in the Outdoors

Safety in the Outdoors

This workshop will investigate the most common dangers and hazards in the backcountry and explore steps to mitigate those risks. Topics will include: encounters with wildlife (snakes, bears, insects, etc.), lightening and weather related hazards, toxic plants, water crossings, sketchy humans, hazards in camp, sound decision-making, and... Read More
Top 4 Things To Know About Brevard White Squirrels

Top 4 Things To Know About Brevard White Squirrels

Top 4 Things To Know About Brevard White Squirrels You don’t have to spend much time in Brevard before you catch sight of the four paws and fluffy white tail of Transylvania County’s most beloved local mascot, the white squirrel. From shops on Main Street with countless souvenirs to the official White Squirrel Institute to the actual critters themselves, scampering across lawns and into the tree branches surrounding Brevard, white squirrels are everywhere. 1 1 WHY ARE SQUIRRELS WHITE IN BREVARD? The story of how white squirrels came to reside in Transylvania County has a whiff of legend about it. A longstanding theory has it that a carnival animal truck in Florida overturned in the 1940s, “freeing” a pair of white squirrels. The squirrels were corralled by a gentleman who gifted them to a friend in Brevard who in turn gave them to his niece. Over time, one of the squirrels escaped and the other was set free. The rest is (extremely cute) history. 2 2 THE WHITE SQUIRRELS ARE NOT ALBINOS Brevard’s white squirrels are not albinos, in fact, they’re actually a color variation within the same species as the common gray squirrel. The White Squirrel Institute supports programs that keep track of the local population with an annual count, as well as rescue and rehabilitation. Their popular Adopt-A-Squirrel Program allows humans to support their cause with a donation. 3 3 YOU CAN MEET A CELEBRITY WHITE SQUIRREL Pisgah Penny, a rescue squirrel turned local celebrity, sometimes puts... Read More