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Dear Traveller:

We’ve arrived at that part of fall when some of the best things happen in the spaces between the holidays. If you keep your eyes open, you might catch the last act of autumn’s swan song up in the forests and around town. There’s no firm final performance date, but it generally falls after the monsters mash, but before any halls are fully decked. Most of November is the calm before the storm and a great opportunity to get a breath of fresh air before winter shows up and chills out.

Up in Transylvania, we’ll enjoy a fair number of cool, clear days, so if you’re inclined to try to work in a hike or a bike ride before the turkey comes out of the oven. Also, we’ve got a fair amount of activities on the docket that should lead you right up, if not into, the Christmas season.


Catch you on the trail, 

The Adventurist

Born to Be Wild

17th Annual Sycamore Cycles Swank 65
Pisgah Forest
Sunday, November 1

This rugged, challenging mountain biking event bills itself as “racing at its most primeval.” Participants should expect tough climbs, hell-raising descents and some magnificent landscapes located a long way from civilization and largely untouched by it. This event is limited to 200 riders.


Pedal on over here for details. 

Make It Or Lake It

Sea Kayaking the Jocassee Gorges
Headwaters Outfitters
25 Parkway Road, Rosman
Thursdays, November 5-November 26

Paddle through one of National Geographic’s “Last Great Places on Earth” on this all-day, sea kayak adventure guided by the folks at Headwaters Outfitters. From secret waterfalls to idyllic covers to spectacular watery vistas, Lake Jocassee’s northern end offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience. All equipment, transportation and gourmet lunch provided.
Row, row, row this way for more details. 
The Bear Necessities

Eco Explorers: Bears
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
1401 Fish Hatchery Road
Pisgah National Forest
Saturday, November 7; Friday, November 13

Kids, ages 8 through 13, will love learning about North Carolina’s only bear species, the black bear. This fascinating two-hour program includes the history and future of this often misunderstood animal.  

Make tracks here for all the details on the many, and often free, programs offered by this wonderful facility. 

Cast Party

On the Water: Little River
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
1401 Fish Hatchery Road
Pisgah National Forest
Tuesday, November 10

Hone your fly fishing skills and learn some new tricks from experienced instructors along the beautiful Little River. This free workshop welcomes anglers aged 12 and up and promises to be the start point of your next great fish tale.
Hook up here.
A (Far) Northern Song

King Island Christmas 
Ingram Auditorium
Brevard College
Saturday, November 14

Deborah Brevoort’s moving holiday musical is based on a beloved Alaskan children’s book of the same title. This family-friendly seasonal celebration has been performed over sixty times, throughout Canada, Australia and the U.S. Tickets available at Southern Comfort Records, 884-3575.


Beijing Guitar Duo
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Sunday, November 15

World-renowned guitarists Meng Su and Yameng Wang join the Brevard Philharmonic for an excellent Latin-inflected afternoon program. Mezzo Soprano Janet Hopkins will also perform.  

Get the score here

Cloudy Outlook

"In the Belly of the Clouds"
TC Arts Council
349 S Caldwell St, Brevard
November 20-December 18
Opening Reception, Friday November 27

Artists soar to the stratosphere in this exciting multimedia exhibit at TC Arts. Those looking for insight into the creators’ high-altitude attitudes might consider making a pit stop at the exhibit’s opening reception during the 4th Friday Art Walk.
Float on up for more info. 
Work It

4th Friday Art Walk
Downtown Brevard
November 27

Come take a stroll through downtown Brevard, from gallery to gallery, to see the best of what our local artists and craftspeople have to show. Enjoy the autumn twilight, grab a bite to eat and perhaps find one-of-a-kind masterpiece to put under the tree.
Walk this way for more info. 

Hi Ho Silver

Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
Transylvania Heritage Museum
189 West Main St., Brevard
Nov 28-Dec 29

This blast from the past will transport you back to the 50’s when the Lone Ranger and Tonto ruled the airwaves and these trees proliferated like nuclear stockpiles. The current exhibit features over two dozen trees, including an Elvis-themed tree and lots of color wheels to spotlight this metallic spectacle.  
Step back in time here
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