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Dear Traveler:

Mornings in January can be a quiet, if chilly, time to stand in the forest and reflect on our New Year’s Resolutions. And while I’m planning to cut back on holiday sweets and maybe spend a bit more time working on my “To Read” list, I’d offer up that “Spend more time in Transylvania County” is a perennial favorite on the Resolution lists of the truly adventurous. Now is a great time to start making plans, maybe even come up for an exploratory visit. Even now, in the chilly season, there are still plenty of one-of-a-kind events and adventures to whet your whistle for what’s yet to come throughout 2017 and beyond.


Have a Happy New Year!

The Adventurist

Happy New Beer!

5th Annual Oskar Blues New Years Hootenanny
Oskar Blues Brewery

342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard
Saturday, December 31


When it comes to a new standard in New Year’s Eve parties, the folks at Oskar Blues are really raising the bar, or more precisely sidling up to it. Their famed combination of live music, food and local craft brews promises to unite both pro-hops and no-hops camps (and everyone in between) in congenial beer-y cheer faster than you can play “Auld Lang Syne” with an electric guitar and a kicking backbeat. This year’s performers include Chapel Hill’s lovably raucous Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Angeles’ own “Americana weirdo” Johnny Fritz and local bluegrass gang, Pretty Little Goat.  Tickets to this throwdown go quick, so don’t delay, lest you spend your NYE in a much less legendary way.


Collect your noisemaker, and get ready for the countdown here.

Tie One On

Tuesday Night Fly Tying
Brevard Brewing Company
63 E Main St, Brevard
Tuesday, January 3-31

The Fly Fishing Crew at Headwaters Outfitters is devoted to making sure anglers of all levels have a strong fly-tying game. And to that end, they’re offering open Tie Nights for anyone and everyone interested in learning more about the craft. Bring your own vise and materials, grab a beer at the bar and get ready for your next fishing weekend.


Hook yourself in here.

House Music

Sounds of Silvermont
Silvermont Mansion
364 E Main St, Brevard

Thursdays, January 5-26

Pick up your guitar, load up the bass and join some of Transylvania’s most talented local musicians at this weekly jam session at the historic Silvermont Mansion. Pickers, grinners, toe-tappers and general fans of a good tune are warmly welcome to participate.
Get bow-ed over here.  
Hot Rods

Rod Building Class
Davidson River Outfitters
49 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest
January 6-7
Cast a spell (and catch a trout) with a fishing rod you make by hand at this custom class with Davidson River master rod builders, Kevin Howell and John Rich. Beginner and advanced classes available for anglers of all levels. Space is limited to six participants so reserve your space soon!
Find your line here.
Café Culture

Coffee and Clay
TC Arts

349 S Caldwell St, Brevard
Wednesdays, January 18-February 22

This intro to pottery workshop takes the business of “making a cup of coffee” to a whole new level. Learn the basics of hand-building and wheel throwing, while chatting with new friends over a steaming cup of coffee.


Get your wheels turning here.

Grin and Bear It

Wildlife of Transylvania County-Mammals
Transylvania County Library

Rogow Room
212 S Gaston St, Brevard

Thursday, January 19

In collaboration with Friends of DuPont Forest, the Transylvania County Library will be presenting this series of five programs on the diverse animal species wandering through our local forests, fields, mountain peaks and neighborhood backyards. This first night will spotlight mammals.


This way for more warm bloods.  

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