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Museum Debuts New Exhibits March 1

Museum Debuts New Exhibits March 1

The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas will unveil new exhibits during its 2024 opening, Friday, March 1 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The new or updated galleries, exhibits, and artifacts are: – War on Terror Gallery – History of the U.S. Air Force Gallery – Library and Research Center:1000+ volumes of military history and biographies – Cold War Exhibit – Models of historic airplanes, ships, submarines and tanks – WWII German Army uniforms Museum volunteers, many of them veterans (or those who have veteran family members), came up with the ideas, planned, designed, and put these new features all together. So the museum is now truly a veterans’ museum; it has always been about veterans, and for veterans, and with this renovation has become very much BY veterans. Even if you have visited the museum before, you will find new and revamped exhibits, easier traffic flow for your tour, and the surprises of the special exhibits space. You may visit rooms that have not been open to the public before. Open hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission is free. Please visit www.theveteransmuseum.org or call 828-884-2141 for more... Read More
Take A Trip Into The Heart Of Romance

Take A Trip Into The Heart Of Romance

Take A Trip Into The Heart Of Romance Whether you’re looking for a cozy winter getaway or the ultimate romantic experience, Transylvania County has a keepsake box full of great ideas to help you show your sweetheart just how much you care. There’s no better place to up your romance game than in our area, especially in Brevard or historic Toxaway. Here are a few suggestions certain to score major points with your main squeeze. Snuggle Up From rustic cabins to luxury inns, our charming accommodations are sure to light your fire. A Great Gatsby-era, colonial revival treasure, The Bromfield Inn, just a short walk from downtown Brevard, offers luxurious accommodations in a beautiful park-like setting. For a wonderful massage nearby, Elements Wellness Spa in downtown is the perfect place to relax and refresh. If the Toxaway area is more your style, the lovely, historic Greystone Inn is a perfect getaway, where you can enjoy a side-by-side couple’s massage in the spa and then sit by the fire while over looking the lake. Brevard and Transylvania County offer a host of perfect love nests for your Valentine’s getaway. Click here to find your sweet spot, including our winter specials. Dinner Date A cozy, wonderful dinner is at the top of any Valentine’s celebration and for good reason. It’s a chance to connect and enjoy a special meal in a magical setting. If you’re in downtown Brevard, you’ll want to consider The Bohemian with its globally-inspired dishes, and Wild Morel with its French-and Italian-inspired rustic cuisine. In historic Toxaway,... Read More
Byrds & Crows – With special Guest: Little Town Gospel

Byrds & Crows – With special Guest: Little Town Gospel

The Byrds & Crows are always a crowd pleaser. Joining them for the first time on our little schoolhouse stage for the first time is a talented group of young ladies known as Little Town Gospel. You don’t want to miss this show: WNC talent showcased at it’s best! Dinner starts at 6:00 and Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Pay at the door. Come join us – you’ll be glad you... Read More
Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night each holiday season in downtown Brevard! This event includes the official tree-lighting ceremony on the Courthouse lawn, with caroling, festival market for holiday craft shopping, an ice skating rink, a Tuba Christmas concert, shopping with our stellar local merchants and the Chamber Christmas Parade to kick off the festivities. At this event, visitors immerse themselves in an afternoon of holiday events and family fun, culminating in an evening of wonder with our twinkling lights, illuminated snowflakes, decorated storefronts and the lighting of downtown’s 70′ Christmas Tree. This event features live music, food trucks, shopping and festivities for the entire family. More information on the Light Up the Night 2024 will be available closer to the event. Check back at our Heart of Brevard events page.... Read More
White Squirrel Weekend, May 24th-26th presented by DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors

White Squirrel Weekend, May 24th-26th presented by DD Bullwinkel’s Outdoors

Heart of Brevard’s signature event, our White Squirrel Weekend combines a stellar line up of live music, a smorgasbord of tasty food offerings from vendors and local craft breweries, an assortment of treasures from craft and retail vendors, family activities and games for the kids, all rolled into one fantastic three day event. The music line up and a full schedule are coming soon. We will have bike valet parking. Learn more about White Squirrel Weekend 2024 at... Read More
Artful Adventures: Exploring the Arts in Brevard & Transylvania County

Artful Adventures: Exploring the Arts in Brevard & Transylvania County

Artful Adventures: Exploring the Arts in Brevard & Transylvania County Thanks to its surrounding natural beauty, Brevard has long attracted artists across every discipline, turning the area into a moveable feast of memorable art experiences. This month, the Adventurist sat down with Kathy King, Executive Director of the Transylvania Community Arts Council, to provide some insights into what makes our artistic community so special for residents and visitors alike. And since it’s getting to be “that time of year,” Kathy offered to provide some great shopping suggestions for those of you who are looking for that special something to slip under the Christmas tree.  Q&A Q&A: Kathy, tell us a little about yourself. Kathy has a fascinating background. She’s been a corporate attorney, a wedding and fine art photographer, and an educator. All three disciplines provided her with the perfect background to take over the reins of the Arts Council in 2021. She says, “It just seems like everything I have been doing led me to this place. I absolutely love the Arts Council, its mission, and what I do every day. And I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t!” Q&A Q&A: What is the Transylvania Community Arts Council? “Transylvania Community Arts Council was formed over fifty years ago and, initially, its primary purpose was holding an annual “Festival of the Arts.” In 1983, we received our 501(c)3 status and really began to expand. Today, one of the most important things we do is advocate for the arts... Read More
Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

Take a Christmas stroll through the Deerwoode Reserve property, and view festive holiday light displays on each of Deerwoode’s 11 cabins. Each cabin is uniquely themed and decorated by amazing sponsors from our community. In the Family Village, enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, arts & crafts, music, and more (all included in the cost of your ticket)! Pictures with Santa will be available on both Saturday nights, 12/9 and 12/16, at no additional charge. All proceeds benefit The Family Place of Transylvania... Read More
Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

Take a Christmas stroll through the Deerwoode Reserve property, and view festive holiday light displays on each of Deerwoode’s 11 cabins. Each cabin is uniquely themed and decorated by amazing sponsors from our community. In the Family Village, enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, arts & crafts, music, and more (all included in the cost of your ticket)! Pictures with Santa will be available on both Saturday nights, 12/9 and 12/16, at no additional charge. All proceeds benefit The Family Place of Transylvania... Read More
Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

Take a Christmas stroll through the Deerwoode Reserve property, and view festive holiday light displays on each of Deerwoode’s 11 cabins. Each cabin is uniquely themed and decorated by amazing sponsors from our community. In the Family Village, enjoy s’mores, hot chocolate, arts & crafts, music, and more (all included in the cost of your ticket)! Pictures with Santa will be available on both Saturday nights, 12/9 and 12/16, at no additional charge. All proceeds benefit The Family Place of Transylvania... Read More
Keeping History Alive: How Brevard Became a Pioneering Civil Rights Community

Keeping History Alive: How Brevard Became a Pioneering Civil Rights Community

Keeping History Alive: How Brevard Became a Pioneering Civil Rights Community We invite you to learn more about a landmark effort by Brevard and Transylvania County’s African American citizens who made history – and the extraordinary African American community that is sharing their history in exciting new ways.   Pictured: Edith Darity Sometimes change requires courage. And tenacity. And an unwavering belief in the American Dream. Those are the qualities that describe Brevard’s African American community in the early 60s. At the time, virtually every school in the South was still segregated, despite the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision handed down by the Supreme Court that declared segregated schools unconstitutional. In Brevard and Transylvania County, high school age African American students were bussed 42 miles every day to attend an all-Black high school in Henderson County. Enter Reverend Samuel A. Raper, who encouraged local African Americans to form the Transylvania Citizens Improvement Organization in 1960. After twice being turned down by the local Board of Education, these citizens took their case to the Federal Courts – and won – helping Transylvania County become the first desegregated school system in North Carolina. Brevard resident Edith Darity lived that history. For the first three years of high school, she was bussed to Henderson County. But for her senior year, in 1963, she attended Brevard High School as part of the first fully integrated class – all thanks to the landmark efforts of the Transylvania Citizens Improvement Organization. “Everything was... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More
Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Discover the basics of forging hot steel in our unforgettable blacksmithing workshop! You and up to five other guests will take turns at the anvil, working one-on-one with our blacksmith as he guides you through heating and hammering a piece of rough steel into a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knife you can take home. You’ll learn the skills of knife making with Mo, Earthshine’s blacksmith and lead program instructor. Mo has twenty years of experience in outdoor education and living history, and has taught students of all ages. While he directs and demonstrates the techniques you’ll need to complete your knife, he’ll also share the legends, lore, history, and science behind the craft. Once you’ve formed the rough shape of your knife at the forge, you’ll head up to Earthshine’s Main Lodge to finish and refine your blade. We’ll provide tools, instruction, and, of course, a refreshing beverage. We offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as craft sodas and sparkling water. While perfecting your masterpiece, you can sip and soak in our stunning view overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a beginner’s course, so no experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served alcohol. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron knife that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. One of our custom Blacksmithing & Brews pint glasses is included... Read More