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Holiday Favorites with Andy James, Alex Acuña, and the Allstars

Holiday Favorites with Andy James, Alex Acuña, and the Allstars

Enjoy a cozy night of Christmas and holiday favorites with international vocalist Andy James. Known for her smoldering voice and captivating stage presence, James collaborates with some of the country’s top performing musicians for a festive performance not to be missed! Celebrate the holidays in... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Secrets of a Spy Station

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Secrets of a Spy Station

PRESENTED BY PARI AND CLEMSON UNIVERSITY CRYPTOGRAPHY & SECRET MESSAGES SET IN A FORMER SPY BASE Campers will explore the origins of codes and ciphers and how they have evolved from written messages to complex digital encryption methods in use today. They will learn how to recreate these techniques themselves and crack the messages sent by their fellow cryptographers, all while reinforcing skills in math, language, and pattern recognition. What better setting than PARI, which once operated as a spy station for the Department of Defense during the Cold War, where messages were being intercepted and deciphered? Another element in the sending of secrets is how you transport them from place to place. We’ll take a look at the technologies, both past and present, that allow information to zip out to distant satellites and back down to Earth. How do we make sure our sensitive transmissions don’t end up in the wrong hands? From messages based on playing with words and numbers, to hiding information in plain sight in images and everyday objects, you’d never suspect all the ways cryptography is used all around us. Campers will leave with an understanding of the principles that drive the world and keep our data... Read More
PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Milkyway Trailblazers

PARI Summer STEM and Space Exploration Camps/Milkyway Trailblazers

PRESENTED BY PARI AND CLEMSON UNIVERSITY MISSION: GALACTIC CARTOGRAPHY – MAP THE MILKY WAY AND PLOT A PATH Milky Way Trailblazers is a two week research experience for high school aged campers. Campers will learn to use a radio telescope to find the composition of a region of the Milky Way and measure the speed it is rotating and moving. They will combine the observations and conclusions made by their team with other teams to form a larger understanding of the galaxy we call home. Using a radio telescope to measure regions of space doesn’t create pictures like we see with an optical telescope. The methods to turn the data collected into a map that can guide our way require creativity and hard work. Will the results look the same, or different, than what we see through an optical telescope? Radio isn’t just used for observing space either. Communicating with satellites is a big role that large dishes like the ones at PARI play in human space exploration. Campers will investigate and report on the methods, both historical and contemporary, that are used to accomplish this, and the people who figured out how to do... Read More
Brevard Philharmonic presents “Christmastime in Brevard”

Brevard Philharmonic presents “Christmastime in Brevard”

The Brevard Philharmonic will once again deck the halls of the Porter Center at Brevard College. Join us for the joyous musical celebration of the season, “Christmastime in Brevard.”  This concert is the perfect holiday tradition for the entire family. Be a part of it all and get your tickets now! Program will include: Holiday favorites from Anderson, Tchaikovsky, and more with the Transylvania Choral... Read More
Cedar Mountain Holiday Artisan Market

Cedar Mountain Holiday Artisan Market

You’re invited to shop local this season at the Cedar Mtn Holiday Artisan Market at Cedar Mtn Moonshine/Studio276! •Over 20 local vendors! •Velvet Cup Coffee Truck on-site for hot coffee and delicious mini donuts! •Take your photo with Santa! •The Moonshine tasting room + gallery will be open! •Family friendly event *backup weather location will be the Cedar Mtn Community Center across the street-can’t miss it! *vendors prefer cash in case of bad WiFi behavior... Read More
“Through Their Eyes” Film Encore

“Through Their Eyes” Film Encore

The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas invites you to join us at Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room on December 2 at 2:00 P.M. for a free encore showing of “Through Their Eyes.” A series of six brief films tell the stories of America’s conflicts since WWI through the eyes of service members, many of them local. October’s premiere brought a standing-room-only crowd, with many requests for another show; so it’s back by popular demand. The film gives a brief history of America at war from WWI through the Global War on Terror, using photos, music, videos, and professional narrative. Museum artifacts support the stories, describing the personal sacrifices of our veterans and paying tribute to combatants and their families. With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day on December 7, this film is a valuable history lesson and an opportunity to appreciate the sacrifice of those at war and on the home front during WWII. “Through Their Eyes” is a professionally-produced documentary. The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas is grateful to the following organizations for making it possible: North Carolina Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lake Toxaway Charities, Pisgah Forest Rotary, and Transylvania County. Admission is free to this 45-minute showing of “Through Their Eyes” in Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room (212 South Gaston Street in Brevard) on December 2 at 2:00... Read More
French Legion de l’honneur Award Ceremony

French Legion de l’honneur Award Ceremony

The Highest French Honor Comes to D-Day Veteran in Brevard by Janis Allen On December 7, U.S. Navy D-Day Veteran George Sarros will be given the French Légion d’honneur Medal by Consul General of France, Anne-Laure Dèsjonqueres, in a public ceremony at the Transylvania County Elections Center (150 S. Gaston St., Brevard) at 1:00 PM. This is the highest merit bestowed by the French government “based on a recipient’s exemplary services rendered to France.” George Sarros served as Motor Machinist on LST 515 (Landing Ship Tank) on Normandy Beach. He said, “We sailed just after midnight on June 6, 1944. Our ship was full of engineers, tanks, and trucks. We didn’t hit the beach until 1:00 P.M. June 6. I was manning a 40mm anti-aircraft gun. When we hit the beach, we had a German fighter come down and try to strafe us. But no sooner did he come down but a P-47 was right on his tail. And just blew him right out of the water.” When LST 515 landed, it was one of many that began the invasion which eventually liberated France and all of Europe from the German Nazi occupation. They made 65 trips across the English Channel in the next days, taking wounded soldiers to hospitals in London and delivering tanks, ambulances, trucks, and engineers to the fight on the Normandy beaches. Later they took brand-new troops going to the Battle of the Bulge.  After the war, Sarros worked as a postal carrier, moving with... Read More
Red Spruce & Carolina Flying Squirrel

Red Spruce & Carolina Flying Squirrel

Red Spruce & Carolina Flying Squirrel A 78-Foot Red Spruce from Pisgah Travels to DC as the US Capitol Christmas Tree The assortment of fir trees and evergreens that thrive in the higher elevations of Brevard and Transylvania County is one of the area’s most scenic and treasured signs of life in our mountains.  Among these, the red spruce stands tall and is particularly important not just to our area but to the region beyond. Known as the “Redwoods of the East,” North Carolina’s red spruce is the largest conifer indigenous to the Southern Appalachians. Its spindly, high-reaching branches rise up like an island in the sky over the high tops of the Blue Ridge, providing color and texture to the landscape and a critical pocket ecosystem for flora and fauna, among them Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels, which are listed as federally endangered. These delightful, furry aviators enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the red spruce via a particular underground fungus. These fungi provide water and nutrients for the trees and receive sugars in return. The squirrels then spread the spores through the forest, which helps the red spruce. Many decades of logging and wildfires led to a precipitous decline in the Appalachian red spruce by the middle of the 20th century. In 2013, Transylvania County’s Southern Highlands Reserve (SHR), a nonprofit, high-elevation native plant garden and research center, undertook a partnership with the Nature Conservancy to restore red spruce trees to the Southern Appalachians. Two years later, in 2015,... Read More
Veterans Day Observance

Veterans Day Observance

You are invited: Veterans Day Ceremony Brevard, NC Transylvania County Courthouse Gazebo November 11, 2022 11:00 a.m. I. Invocation – Lt. Craig Adams II. National Anthem – Trinity Wilbanks, Brevard HS Chorus III. Welcoming Remarks – Emmett Casciato, Emcee IV. Recognition of Veterans – Ken Corn & Katchen Tofil, Afghanistan Veteran V. Reading of Veterans Day Proclamation – Jason Chappell, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners VI. Guest Speaker – Ed Cottrell, WWII Veteran VII. Reading of Names of Deceased Veterans – DAR Waightstill Avery Chapter VIII. Reading of Veterans Poem – Master Chief Clyde Jones, US Navy Retired IX. Transylvania County Honor Guard – Rifle Salute & Taps X. Closing Remarks – Emmett Casciato, Emcee XI. Benediction – Lt. Craig... Read More
Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atom Bomb

Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atom Bomb

James M. Scott to speak on His New Book, Black Snow, on Nov. 2 in Brevard James M. Scott, the author of the recently released Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb, will speak on Nov. 2 at the Transylvania County Library, 212 South Gaston St., Brevard. Scott’s talk will be at 2 p.m. in the library’s Rogow Room, is free to attend, and will include a question-and-answer period. Drawing on first-person interviews with American pilots and bombardiers and Japanese survivors, as well as air force archives and oral histories, Scott has produced a gripping narrative account of the devastating firebombing campaign. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for his previous book, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor, Scott spoke previously in Brevard in the spring as part of the Veterans Museum’s well-attended speaker series. Scott has emerged as a premier historian of World War II in the Pacific theater. In his new book, he described the development of the long-range Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, the capture of the Marianas Islands for use as airfields, and the momentous change in strategy from high-altitude “precision” bombing to low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing. Nigel Hamilton, author of the FDR at War trilogy, said of Black Snow, “Scott’s prodigious research…as well as his mastery of the telling detail, will make this a classic history of war: a tale of fantastic military hubris and its ultimate catastrophic cost to a people who had... Read More