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Dear Traveler:

It’s still a few weeks from the official start date of autumn up in the forests, but if you look closely you may see the telltale signs of the changing season in the higher altitudes. The trees have yet to debut their spectacular fall foliage (you can expect that show to start sometime around early October), but there’s a whiff of excitement in the air at the promise of what’s to come. 

It’s no secret that September is one of the most beautiful months to visit Transylvania County. With warm, sunny, late summer days cooling into mild, early-fall nights, the conditions are prime for all kinds of exploring, whether you prefer to do it on a trail, on a river, on a sidewalk, at the chef’s table, at a brewery or at the theater. Get started on your next great September Adventure. 

Let’s Fall in Love, 

The Adventurist


Crosscurrents of Art
TC Arts Council
349 S Caldwell St., Brevard
August 28 - September 18

Painter Barbara Nerenz-Kelly and Sculptor Kyle Van Lusk provide the works for this gorgeous new exhibit at TC Arts. Learn more about these extraordinary artists and get a few ideas for growing your collection. 

Gallerize yourself here. 


Farm Fair
Transylvania Farmers Market
Corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets, Brevard
September 5
8am - 12pm

The early bird may or may not get the worm, but she may get to the front of the line at this free market day event celebrating local farmers and producers. Come for breakfast, stick around for live music, crafts, games, prizes and, of course, all the delectable wares for sale this time of year. 

Grab your market basket here

7th Annual Founders Day Fair 
Transylvania Heritage Museum
189 W. Main St., Brevard
September 5

Those who don’t know history are doomed to miss out on this fun, family-friendly, all-day event featuring live music, food, games crafts, a Civil War Encampment, a Town Founders walking tour and loads more. Don’t let the past pass you by. 

Make your time-machine reservations, here. 


Mountain Song Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center
September 11 - 13

For a decade, Brevard’s Mountain Song Festival has picked, fiddled, jammed and rocked its way into the hearts of music fans throughout the Southeast. 2015 marks this exceptional three-day event’s ten-year anniversary. Steep Canyon Rangers kick off a line-up featuring Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Shannon Whitworth and others. Tickets to the Mountain Song Festival go pretty fast, so move quickly if you want to catch this awesome musical event. 

Hit the high notes, here.
Afternoon Tea with Llamas
Cradle of Forestry
September 12
11am and 2pm

They probably won’t be wearing their white gloves or portrait hats (and their hooves are a nightmare on the china). But these furry friends will be happy to carry your lunch and snacks as you saunter down the trail in the Cradle of Forestry. The morning kicks off with a short talk, followed by a relaxed two-mile hike. 

Shout bama-llama here for more info

Brevard Philharmonic
Brevard College's Porter Center
September 13

Chuck Berry has nothing on pianist Natasha Paremski, who will be the featured guest artist for the Brevard Philharmonic’s season-opening concert. Ms. Paremski, who has wowed classical audiences the world over, will play Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano #1, B-flat minor, with the orchestra. The concert will open with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Key this note for more info and tickets. 

Toast to the Past
Pisgah Field School
September 19
10am - 2pm

Remember the grand old times of fine wines, excellent cigars, delightful picnics and stately homes? Well, the folks at Pisgah Field School sure do. Historical interpreters will guide you through local landmarks. Bring a bag lunch and lounge on the lawn at Silvermont Mansion like you own the place. Then, visit a local wine boutique for a superb selection of wine, beer and cigars. No waistcoat required. 

Direct your carrier pigeon here for more details.

Frank Deford
Porter Center for the Performing Arts 
Brevard College
September 24
6:30 - 8pm

Sportswriter, novelist, commentator and radio personality Frank Deford boasts a fifty-year tenure at “Sports Illustrated” and a longtime weekly presence on National Public Radio. He brings his inimitable voice and great wit to Brevard audiences as the 2015 J. R. McDowell Speaker for the Transylvania County Library Foundation. 

More inside baseball available here. 

Nature Nuts: Raccoons
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
September 25
9am - 11am

Wilderness explorers age 4-7 are cordially invited to learn (pretty much) all there is to know about North Carolina’s favorite ring-tailed bandit—the raccoon. 

Shake your tail this way for more information. 

National Public Lands Day
Cradle of Forestry
Pisgah National Forest
September 26
9am - 5pm

Pisgah National Forest is a treasure. This holiday gives its fans a chance to celebrate it with free Cradle of Forestry admission, tours, hands-on activities, an antique logging train and plenty more. 

This way to the trail. 

Tour De Falls
DuPont State Recreational Forest
Cedar Mountain
September 26 - 27

A much-anticipated 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 weekend. 

Find your seat, here
COMING IN OCTOBER: Count Adventurist Returns for his favorite holiday to give advice on Transylvania’s can’t Miss Halloween events. Fasten on your fangs and prepare the pumpkin, because things are about to get a little spooky up here.   
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