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Blacksmithing & Brews

Blacksmithing & Brews

Ever wanted to try your hand at blacksmithing? Here’s your chance to experience the basics of shaping hot steel with a hammer and anvil in our unforgettable Blacksmithing and Brews workshop. You’ll fire up the forge with our seasoned educator Mo, who’s been teaching hands-on living history at Earthshine for over sixteen years. He’ll guide you every step of the way, helping you work a piece of rough steel into a one of a kind, hand crafted knife form you can take home. You’ll stoke the coal fire, hammer glowing metal straight from forge, and learn all kinds of history, lore, techniques, and tricks about the craft. After the workshop, you can enjoy a local brew on the front deck of our main lodge overlooking Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge. You can take it easy, soaking up the mountain views while you sip, or keep working to refine your project, taking it from the rugged, fresh out of the fire look to a smoother, cleaner finish. We’ll even throw in a take-home kit with a few essential tools you can use to turn your project into a piece of art worth displaying. No experience is needed and all equipment is provided. Ages 13+ are welcome, but you must be at least 21 to be served beer. If you’re under 21, we’ll provide lemonade, tea or sparkling water. Each person participating will take home their own wrought iron crude knife form that can be used as a letter opener or simple spreading utensil. We’ll emphasize safety procedures throughout the entire program. Each participant will have their own set... Read More
Gypsy & Me Album Release Show

Gypsy & Me Album Release Show

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! https://gypsyandmeband.com/pandemic Brevard’s own, Gypsy & Me, release their 4th album on Friday, October 23, 2020. This album was written and recorded between February and August of this year. MANtiques NC is proud to be hosting their Album Release Show (and live music in general) for the first time in the Heart of Brevard! They will be sponsoring all wine, beer & beverage options. Sully’s Steamers will be onsite providing light appetizers. (More sponsors to be announced soon!) Because this is a SOCIALLY-DISTANCED EVENT, tickets will be... Read More
PISGAH NIGHTS – MORE SPACE, SPIES AND SECRETS

PISGAH NIGHTS – MORE SPACE, SPIES AND SECRETS

On the Evening of October 2, 2020 from 6-8pm The Learning Center at PARI will host a follow-up to the talk and the history tour of our unique site that has been home to NASA, Department of Defense, N.C. Forest Service and presently Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute and The Learning Center at PARI. A visual slideshow and history tour will accompany the presentation. The evening will be an expansion on the previous Space, Spies and Secrets. Brad McCall who has a deep family history with the site will lead the evening with his deep insights into the campus and its history. Other staff and volunteers will also be included with their personal stories along with their past and present relationships with the site. Miss the first Space, Spies and Secrets? No problem! The talk will have an overview of the first event to get you up to speed. Lite snacks will be... Read More
6th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder

6th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder

The 6th Annual Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder hits Transylvania County this fall! Starting and finishing at the REEB Ranch, this gravel bike race will feature a backcountry/gravel road tour through some of the best kept secrets in the Western North Carolina. It meanders  through DuPont State Forest, gated private property, and ends on 2 miles of single track. Riders are supported with our well-marked course, chip timing, fully supported rest stops with medical assistance available, and SAG wagons. Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020  (Rain or Shine) Time: Mandatory ride meeting at start line at 7:50 am. Ride starts at 8:00am. Packet Pickup: Registration packet pickup is race morning from 6am-7:30am. Early packet pickup will be available on Friday from  6-8pm at the start/finish at REEB Ranch Farm. I.D. Required Camping:  On-site camping is available both Friday (9/18 )and Saturday night (9/19). All camping is handled through Oskar Blues. Questions can be sent to katie@reebranch.com Amenities: Timing with Category Results & Awards for the Top 3 in these categories- 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 plus. Time clock, awesome rest stops with medical assistance available (if needed), SAG Wagons, Well Marked Route, Restrooms and so much more. You must be present to receive your award. Required Gear: All riders must wear a secure helmet at all times during the race. Rest Stops: There are 2 rest stops on the course. Rest stops are stocked with H20, CLIF products and Energy Drink, Coke and Sprite, bars and assorted snacks, fruits, PB&J sandwiches, and lots of encouragement from our rest stop personnel! T Shirts: T-shirts are an option to all participants pre-registered by August 23rd,... Read More

CAMP – A ROVERS JOURNEY

JULY 19 – JULY 30 A ROVERS JOURNEY (learning made fun for all students) (Robotics, sensors, AI) We have long sought to make life easier by building devices to do work for us. Some are simple and do just one task, others are complex and make human-like decisions based on information sensed from the world around them. Come join us as we examine basic automatons and complex rovers that explore other planets and extreme environments on Earth. After gaining an understanding of the hardware, software, and concepts that govern robotics, campers will build their own robot to take a unique journey and collect information from their environment and determine their path. Creativity and skill will reveal which designs succeed at their tasks and rise to the top, and which spin aimlessly in circles. • Learn basic components of robots and how to pull them together to make a complete design • Discuss the ethical implications of building robots • Explore the strategies that separate basic commands from artificial intelligence • Experiment with different sensors to see what they can reveal about the world around us • Pit your robot against others to see which design works best • Practice the basics of coding for micro-controllers, the brains of robots • Recreational and fun activities, including exploring the gifts of the Blue Ridge mountains. May include day trips such as hiking and picnicking, visits to waterfalls and swimming, tubing (with professional outfitters), interacting with other local camp activities, places and... Read More