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Dear Traveler:


The leaves are leafing. The flowers are blooming. The waterfalls are waterfalling. The white squirrels are . . . well, they’re squirreling. In short, everything is happening. And just in the nick of time, too, because the countdown clock on summer has already started.


But while you’re waiting to get your feet wet (Sliding Rock does not open until Memorial Day, and that water is cold, friends), there are a lot of ways to jump right on into the season with art, music, outdoor adventure and my favorite local festivals. It’s really beautiful up here in Transylvania County this time of year.  It’s a perfect time to find your path and start to explore. 


May the Forest be with you, 

The Adventurist

Sweet Serenade

Scott Rawls and Jihye Chang
Brevard Music Center's First Monday's Concert Series
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Monday, May 2

Celebrated violist Scott Rawls and pianist Jihye Change take the stage for a exquisite program of music including Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op, 11, No. 4, Nicolai Kapustin’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 69, Eduard Putz’s Blues for Benni for Viola and Piano, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Five Pieces from “The Gadfly,” Op. 97. This concert is free to the public and features, as charity partner, Brevard’s The Haven and The Haven Family House.
Listen in here for more details
A Fine Balance

Wednesday Social Paddle
White Squirrel Paddle
Dupont State Recreational Forest
May 4, 11, 18 & 25

Been putting off that first attempt at paddle boarding? Looking to spend a little time on a lake? Bring a picnic and learn the basics of stand-up paddling, while enjoying the scenery at DuPont State Forest’s beautiful Lake Julia.


Step off here for more details.

A Canoe Attitude

Discovery At Dusk
Headwaters Outfitters
Fridays, May 6, 13, 20, 27

This magical canoe trip at twilight gives passengers a rare and evocative opportunity to listen as birdcalls turn to chirping crickets. Expect a relaxing, rewarding and rather romantic view of the world as you paddle down the French Broad River and into the evening. Prior experience is helpful, but not necessary.
Oar on here
Rocketing Through The Cinematic Universe

John Williams Extravaganza
Brevard Philharmonic
Porter Center at Brevard College
Friday, May 6

The Brevard Philharmonic will close out their 2015-16 season with a blast, celebrating the career and music of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams.  The concert will feature some of Williams’ most enduring scores, from such iconic movies as Star Wars,  ET, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc, Jurassic Park and more. 

Find out more here
Adventure In Style

Tour De Falls
Dupont State Recreational Forest
Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8

A highly anticipated, annual event, this twelve-mile journey (literally) over the river and through the woods provides families and folks with limited hiking abilities a chance to see some of the most spectacular sights in Transylvania County. Shuttle buses provide falls-to-falls service throughout the park on Mother’s Day weekend. And the days conclude with light refreshments in the lodge overlooking scenic Lake Julia. All funds raised go to support the Friends of DuPont Forest, a non-profit dedicated to enriching the recreational experiences and preserving the natural resources in the state forest. Spaces are limited. Reserve ahead.


Set your sights here.

Run For Your Life

Cradle to Grave 30k and 10k Trail Race
Pisgah National Forest
Saturday, May 14

Runners eager to explore some of Pisgah National Forest’s most verdant and scenic trails might consider lacing up their sneakers for this event. Distance fans may opt for a real challenge with the 30K version, but there’s a 10K as well. Proceeds support the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association.
Beat your personal best here.
Hello, Gorges

Gorges Gratitude Days
Gorges State Park
Saturday, May 14

Gorges State Park features some the South’s most dramatic vistas, steep climbs, lush forests and spectacular waterfalls. It also has one of the coolest visitor’s centers around, which is where you’ll want to go for this all-day event, featuring music, food, special programs and lots more. 


Gorge yourself here.

The Artist's Journey

Cedar Mountain Arts Tour
Pisgah Field School
Thursday, May 12

Get your kicks on Route 276 with this afternoon tour of studios featuring some of the areas most revolutionary artists. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn, shop, view and maybe even participate in some serious arts and crafts. Tours will finish off with a pint and an opportunity to muse over the beauty of it all.
Find your inspiration here

Gazers of the Galaxies
Cradle of Forestry
Saturday, May 21

Star bright, star bright, make the first star you see this night from the grounds of the historic Cradle of Forestry. Join representatives from PARI for a full evening of stargazing, galaxy envisioning and general universe admiration.

Jump into hyperdrive here.

Go Nuts

The White Squirrel Festival
Downtown Brevard
May 27-29
Voted Western North Carolina’s best spring music festival, this free, three-day event combines a rocking street festival, food, crafts, beer and plenty of innovative approaches to the theme of white squirrels (we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Squirrel Box Derby). Brevard’s favorite furry mascot really brings the town together, so you can expect to see plenty of folks come out to cheer their favorite bushy-tailed costume and stay on for performances by renowned roots, rock, folk and country acts like Town Mountain, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Sarah Siskind and Sunliner.  
Shake your tail over here for more info
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