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Dear Traveler:  

A long hike on a cool winter morning is a great way to clear away the fog of the holidaze (even if there is just a little actual fog hanging around the mountaintops). While walking, I’ll be considering my New Year’s Resolutions. Near the top of that list is “Try Something New Every Day,” and fortunately for me, Transylvania County is a mecca for new and magical experiences. You can hardly turn around up here without running smack dab into a great event, an awesome new adventure, a waterfall you’ve never seen down a trail not (yet) taken and a marvelous array of new dishes, drinks, live music and shopping to try in Brevard’s bustling downtown.  

It’s a New Year—time to shake off a case of the winters and jump into Transylvania County’s wonders like it’s 1999 2016. Won’t you join me? I’ll bring the party hat.  

Happy New Year! 

The Adventurist

Auld Lang Pint

New Years Eve Hootenanny
Oskar Blues Brewery
December 31

If you're looking for a great way to ring in the New Year, you could do worse than join the party people (and brewers extraordinaire) over at Oskar Blues for this awesome anniversary event. The Black Lillies, Town Mountain and the Pisgah Pickers headline a New Year’s spectacular. The Oskar Blues CHUBwagon will be onsite cooking up a delicious array of snacks, including a burger described as “killer." And, of course, you can toast midnight with a full selection of Oskar Blues brews. A shuttle will be available to select local accomodations. For tickets and more information visit,
Get On The Good Foot

New Year's Day Hikes
Gorges State Park
Friday, January 1

Start your 2016 off right with a hike through the beautiful, temperate rainforest of Gorges State Park. Rangers will lead hikers of all ages on a selection of routes (1.0 mile, 0.5 miles and 1.5 miles) to a variety of truly Gorges destinations. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served in front of the fireplace at the Bearwallow Picnic Area after each hike.  

Find your bearings, here.

Super Fly

Fly Tying 101
Davidson River Outfitters
95 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest
Mondays, January 4,11,18,25

If you’re angling to get your fly-fishing feet wet without having to wade into a January stream, consider this class on fly tying taught by the gurus at Davidson River Outfitters. This course is a great way to gain a solid understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques of fly tying.
Line(s) up here
A Stitch In Time

Lucille Chaveas
Bag Lunch Arts—Extra
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St, Brevard
Tuesday, January 5

Lucille Chaveas, a National Quilt Association-certified teacher, has lectured on quilt history and arranged exhibits on the art in locations as far flung as Nigeria and South Africa. She brings her insights and unique perspective to this entertaining and informative lunchtime lecture on “North Carolina Quilts: What’s Distinctive and Why.”  

Collect your patchwork here.

Set Phasers To "Stargaze"

Skywatching at PARI
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Friday, January 8

Send your skywatching into hyperdrive at this 2016 overview to the night sky experience. PARI’s expert staff will let you know what to look out for throughout the year, starting right now. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the campus and a trip to the exhibit gallery. Each participant will also get a picture with the PARI telescope and subscription to the newsletter.  
Gain galactic focus here
At Liberty To Create

Faces of Freedom
TC Arts
349 S. Caldwell St, Brevard
January 18-February 5

A diverse community of artists uses the theme “Faces of Freedom” as a catalyst to explore a creative and experiential journey. See how they view and interpret freedom through a wide variety of styles. An opening reception and performance will be held on January 22, from 5:30-7pm. The public is also invited on January 29 to an International Mixer and Celebration of Heritage at the TC Arts Council from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Bring a dish that honors your heritage!  
Break the chains, here.  
Local Heroes

Brevard's Got Talent
Brevard Little Theatre
55 E Jordan St, Brevard
Saturday, January 23

The singers, dancers, comedians and general prodigious talents of Transylvania County will take a night off from their day jobs to strut their stuff for a good cause. Come see Brevard’s best at this family-friendly fundraiser for SAFE, Inc, and see who leaves with the trophy.  

Find your seats here.

Photo Acknowledgement
Last month's Adventurist featured an uncredited photograph. We would like to thank for allowing us to use their photograph to promote the 28th Annual Transylvania Handcrafters Guild Show and Sale.
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