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Dear Traveler,

Things are really heating up around here. And I’m not just talking about temperatures. As evidence, I’d point to the number of folks splashing around in out-of-the-way waterfalls, strolling around downtown, settling in for a starlit symphony out at the Brevard Music Center and sipping on a brew (or two) at the kind of watering hole that doesn’t require a swimsuit. 

Transylvania County is a top-notch spot to visit year round, but something about the summer takes it to the next level. Waterfalls become an interactive experience. Forests teem with adventure-seekers of all ages. Evening, outdoor concerts feature internationally-renowned classical performers. And street festivals conclude with a spectacular, patriotic bang.  

Until next time,
The Adventurist


Woodsy Owl's Curiosity Club
Cradle of Forestry
Thursdays, July 2 - August 6
10:30am - 12:00pm; 1:30 - 3:00pm

When it comes to getting the skinny on the many wonderful and weird facts about the natural world, the Cradle of Forestry is a pretty fun place to learn. This summer nature series gives kids 4-7 years old a chance to hone up on their nature know-how (with programs on bears, habitats, nocturnal creatures and lots more) so they might also “lend a hand and care for the land.” 

Fly this way for more info.


Summer Showcase 
Lake Toxaway
Fridays, July 3 - August 14

Eager for an up-close view of that veranda? Keen for a kitchen tour? Deperate for interiors inspiration? Get a free look at some of Lake Toxaway's most spectacular homes (and spectacular view) in this weekly event.
Knock here for more information.

4th of July Celebration
Throughout Brevard
Saturday, July 4th

What hits the ground running first thing in the dawn’s early light and ends with a bang at the twilight’s last gleaming? Brevard’s awesome, all-day 4th of July Celebration. This is one big party that features everything from a 5K/10K race to a classic car show to street vendors to live music to a dazzling, concluding fireworks show that will sparkle and shine over our very own home of the brave. 

Wave your flag this way for details. 


Songcatchers Music Series
Cradle of Forestry
Sundays, July 5 - 26, 4pm

Playing acoustic, open air concerts on the shady campus of America’s first forestry school, the musicians participating in the Songcatcher Series honor the deep roots of Appalachian folk music by preserving its traditions while performing their original material. Laura Boosinger (pictured) kicks off the series on July 5th, followed by Blue Sky Banjo(July12), South Carolina Broadcasters (July 19) and Bobby McMillon (July 26).

Pick up details here.  


Pisgah Adventure Tour
Pisgah Field School
Tuesday, July 7
11am - 4pm

Brevard is full of spectacular sights and glorious opportunities for expeditions (if you haven’t noticed). The folks at the Pisgah Field School aim to show you some of the best spots along Scenic Byway 276 to kick off your next great adventure.
Start your journey here.

Winged Creatures Of The Night Tour
Cradle of Forestry
Saturday, July 11
7:30 - 9:30pm

With lessons, stories and an enchanted stroll through the woods at dusk, you might not imagine that this all-ages, wheelchair-accessible program would focus on the things that go bump - as well as hoot, flutter, flap and whirr - in the night.  Join guides and naturalists for a special look at the nocturnal world and all the creatures that call it home.
 Buzz on over for more info, here.

A Week in the Water
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
July 13 - 17
9am - 12pm

Kids aged 8-15 can get hands-on (and feet wet) lessons in fly-fishing in this week-long program. Participants will learn knots, casting techniques, equipment and more.
Get hooked here.

The Brevard Music Festival
Brevard Music Center
June 18 - August 2

The 79th Season of the Brevard Music Festival brings together some of the world’s greatest talents in the classical world with tomorrow’s best and brightest rising stars, on a host of stages, in a beautiful location, with concerts nearly every night of the week.  Here are a few in July you don’t want to miss:
Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Brevard Music Center
Saturday, July 4, 2pm

Maestro Kraig Alan Williams leads the Brevard Symphonic Winds, the Brevard Community Band and the Boston Brass  in a family-friendly program of rousing patriotic songs that would make any Yankee Doodle Dandy proud. The show concludes with a performance  of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannons.
Get Your Stars and Stripes Forever, here.  
Sleeping Beauty
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Brevard Music Center
Sunday, July 5

A suite from Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular, romantic ballet highlight a program also featuring works by Bach, Schoenberg, Rota and Smetana. Ken Lam conductions the Brevard Concert Orchestra, joined by double bassist Xavier Foley.
And they lived happily ever after here.
Heroes and Villains: The Music of R. Strauss
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium 
Brevard Music Center
Saturday, July 11

The Brevard Music Center Orchestra, conducted by Festival Artistic Director Keith Lockhart and joined by Virtuoso German-Canadian Cellist Johannes Moser, perform an evening  of Richard Strauss, including selections from “Don Juan,” “Don Quixote” and “Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks.”
Tilt at windmills this way.
"Cosi Fan Tutte"
Porter Center for the Performing Arts 
Brevard College
July 16 & 18

Mozart’s humorous, romantic classic follows the fortunes of two engaged couples in Naples, Italy. It’s brought to spectacular life by the talented peformers of the Brevard Music Festival. Audiences may join a free pre-opera talk in the lobby an hour before the show.
Warm up here.
A Celebration of the American Songbook with David Pittsinger
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard Music Center
July 21

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway, but the stars also shine in Brevard. Internationally renowned opera and Broadway star David Pittsinger performs a selection of popular favorites and tunes from beloved musicals, including “Camelot,” “South Pacific” and lots more.
Follow the Great White Way here for more info. 
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