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Riverfest 2024!

Riverfest 2024!

The Transylvania French Broad Stewards, the Town of Rosman, Conserving Carolina, and Headwaters Outfitters are joining up again to put on the ninth annual Upper French Broad Riverfest and invite residents and visitors to come spend a fun day celebrating the river! Join us at Champion Park in Rosman, NC for a free, family-friendly festival with live local music, hands-on educational activities from many local businesses, and interactive displays about the French Broad River! There will be free tubing for everyone, food trucks (Local Harvester, Travelin Dough, and Jenny’s Minis Donut Bus!), and more (and don’t forget your swimsuit!)! This event also coincides with the annual Headwaters Outfitters Hellbender 20-Miler Relay Canoe Race! Cut off for race registration is May 18th, so sign up today! Exhibitors include: Headwaters Outfitters, Pisgah River Rangers, Oxbow R Snorkeling, Mills River Partnership, Transylvania Bird Club, Brevard Clay, North Carolina Cooperative Extension – Transylvania County Center, Transylvania County Library, North Carolina Forest Service, FIND Outdoors, Conserving Carolina, Asheville Greenworks, MountainTrue, Transylvania County Solid Waste, Friends of DuPont Forest, Audubon Society, League of Women Voters, NC Arboretum, Citizen Climate Lobby, Brevard Dog Park, NC Leave No Trace, Pisgah Chapter Trout Unlimited, Earthshine Nature Programs, and more! This event is sponsored by the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority and Davidson River... Read More
French Broad River Series: LEARN! – Salamanders of Western NC

French Broad River Series: LEARN! – Salamanders of Western NC

Conserving Carolina and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Transylvania County Center are offering a series of lectures, April – July, to better acquaint the public with the French Broad River, considered one of the oldest rivers in the world. Join us for a presentation by naturalist and educator, Tim Lee, and learn about the salamanders of Western North Carolina! North Carolina is home to 67 (known) species of salamander, more than any other place on earth. The presentation will highlight North Carolina’s salamander diversity, highlighting many of the species found in the area and then center on the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis), listed in North Carolina as species of special concern. A native South Carolinian, Tim has studied and taught as a naturalist and biologist throughout the southeast for more than 32 years. For the past 23 years he has been the Interpretive Ranger/Naturalist for South Carolina State Park Service’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area where he conducts research and provides educational programs for children and adults. He is the South Carolina Park Services coordinator with the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program and is an Educational Leadership Partner for the South Carolina Aquarium. Tim is a member of the National Association of Interpreters, and an honorary SC Statewide Master... Read More
French Broad River Series: LEARN! – An Overview of Conserving Carolina’s French Broad River Restoration Projects

French Broad River Series: LEARN! – An Overview of Conserving Carolina’s French Broad River Restoration Projects

Conserving Carolina and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Transylvania County Center are offering a series of lectures, April – July, to better acquaint the public with the French Broad River, considered one of the oldest rivers in the world. Join Lia Waldrum, Indigenous Partnership and Restoration Coordinator for Conserving Carolina for “An Overview of Conserving Carolina’s French Broad River Restoration Projects.” Conserving Carolina has completed several restoration projects along the French Broad River and it’s tributaries. To date restoring nearly 50 acres of wetlands, 125 acres of floodplain, nearly 23 acres of native pollinator habitat, and nearly 5 miles of streams. These restoration sites have returned abandoned agricultural land and a failed golf course development back to more natural floodplains designed to handle periods of high water, created wetlands, and restored native vegetation and habitat that supports a variety of species, both terrestrial and aquatic. In addition, Conserving Carolina has been directly collaborating with Cherokee artisans who have harvested rivercane from some of these sites for making traditional baskets and clay for making traditional pottery. Cherokee artisans are also helping to develop planting plans on upcoming restoration projects along the French Broad River. These plans will prioritize plants of cultural significance to the Cherokee, such as white oak, rivercane, and yellowroot for their future harvest and sustainable use. Come learn about these exciting projects and what the Conservancy has planned for 2024 –... Read More
French Broad River Series: LEARN! Fly Fishing Creeks in WNC

French Broad River Series: LEARN! Fly Fishing Creeks in WNC

Conserving Carolina and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Transylvania County Center are offering a series of lectures, April – July, to better acquaint the public with the French Broad River, considered one of the oldest rivers in the world. In collaboration with Headwaters Outfitters, a partner for the Upper French Broad Riverfest (a celebration of the French Broad River with education, exhibitors, music, food and free tubing occurring on June 15, 10 am – 3 pm), join Fly Fishing Guide Hannah Overgaard for a “how to” presentation on creek fishing in Western NC. All of the basics will be covered, including pre-trip planning, suggested rigging and flies, reading water and more. The presentation will last around 30-40 minutes with extra time for any questions or conversations on the matter. Pre-registration is required at Headwaters Outfitters eventbright page,... Read More
Mending Circle at Newfound Artisan (Free)

Mending Circle at Newfound Artisan (Free)

Join us for a cozy evening of community and creativity. Bring your favorite piece of clothing in need of repair or simply come to learn and connect with others. Our skilled facilitator, Shilo Broadway, will be on hand to guide you through the process of mending and upcycling. This event is a wonderful opportunity to slow down, relax, and revitalize your wardrobe. We can’t wait to see you... Read More
Mending Circle at Newfound Artisan (Free)

Mending Circle at Newfound Artisan (Free)

Join us for a cozy evening of community and creativity. Bring your favorite piece of clothing in need of repair or simply come to learn and connect with others. Our skilled facilitator, Shilo Broadway, will be on hand to guide you through the process of mending and upcycling. This event is a wonderful opportunity to slow down, relax, and revitalize your wardrobe. We can’t wait to see you... Read More
Intro to Sashiko

Intro to Sashiko

Come join us at Newfound Artisan on West Jordan Street in Brevard, NC, USA for a fun and informative event all about the art of Sashiko. This in-person workshop will teach you the basics of this traditional Japanese form of decorative reinforcement stitching. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a complete beginner, this event is perfect for anyone looking to learn a new skill and create beautiful designs. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore the world of... Read More
Group Workshop: Handmade Stamped Brass Cuff at the Transylvania County Library

Group Workshop: Handmade Stamped Brass Cuff at the Transylvania County Library

Unlock your creativity and learn the timeless craft of making stamped brass cuff bracelets. This hands-on experience is perfect for both beginners and seasoned artisans looking to expand their skill set. Elevate your craftsmanship by adding a personal touch to your stamped brass cuff. Whether it’s initials, dates, or meaningful symbols, discover how to make your creation truly one-of-a-kind. All necessary materials, including brass blanks, stamps, hammers, and finishing supplies, will be provided. At the end of the workshop, proudly take home your handcrafted stamped brass cuff bracelet—a unique accessory that reflects your individual style and creativity. This session will be led by the fine folks from Newfound... Read More
Group Workshop

Group Workshop

Join us at Newfound Artisan for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to Make a Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelet from scratch! This in-person event will take place at our location on West Jordan Street in Brevard, NC, USA. Get ready to unleash your creativity and craft a beautiful piece of jewelry to take home with you. No experience necessary – Newfound Artisan founder/owner, Emma Zanetti, will guide you every step of the way. Don’t miss this opportunity to create something... Read More
Intro To Backpacking – Navigation and Topographic Maps

Intro To Backpacking – Navigation and Topographic Maps

D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors is partnering with Adventure Grown Guides to bring you an exciting Intro To Backpacking series in our Map Room. Whether you are new to the outdoors or would just like a refresher on current knowledge and equipment please join us. This week we will be covering how to navigate safely in the backcountry using topographic maps. Come grab a beer and learn to wander without getting lost. We are offering a course on a different topic every Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Starting February 18th though March 31st. The courses are free to the public but donations for the instructor are... Read More
Intro To Backpacking Series – Wildlife, Food Storage, and the Backcountry Loo.

Intro To Backpacking Series – Wildlife, Food Storage, and the Backcountry Loo.

D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors is partnering with Adventure Grown Guides to bring you an exciting Intro To Backpacking series in our Map Room. Whether you are new to the outdoors or would just like a refresher on current knowledge and equipment please join us. This week we will be covering proper food storage including bear kegs and hang bags. We will also cover how to properly poo in the backcountry loo. We are offering a course on a different topic every Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Starting February 18th though March 31st. The courses are free to the public but donations for the instructor are... Read More
Intro To Backpacking Series – Water Filtration/Purification and Waterfall Safety

Intro To Backpacking Series – Water Filtration/Purification and Waterfall Safety

D.D. Bullwinkel’s Outdoors Is partnering with Adventure Grown Guides to bring you an exciting Intro To Backpacking series in our Map Room. Whether you are new to the outdoors or would just like a refresher on current knowledge and equipment please join us. This week we will be covering water purification/filtration and waterfall safety. Water is heavy to carry so a well thought out filter and/or purifier could lighten your load substantially. We are offering a course on a different topic every Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Starting February 18th though March 31st. The event is free to the public but donations for the course instructor are... Read More