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Dear Traveler:

Springtime in the mountains means mild temperatures, newly green things and a fair bit of rain. We have an old saying up in Transylvania County: April showers bring May flowers (and also plenty of action at the waterfalls so if you haven’t checked out Looking Glass Falls recently, I mean, Wow).


The summer season is very nearly upon us, and with that comes an ever-expanding list of ways to occupy your time, from outdoor adventure to musical reverie to opportunities to learn something new – no matter how much you think you already know. This time of year, Transylvania County is alive with the possibility of adventure. Get a jump on yours.  


See you on the trail,

The Adventurist

All Keyed Up

Brevard Music Center's
First Mondays Concert Series

Porter Center for The Performing Arts 
Brevard College
Monday, May 1


They say that music may soothe the savage beast, so it stands to reason it may also help you shake a case of the Mondays.  Internationally celebrated pianist Douglas Weeks will fill Scott Performance Hall with the magnificent sounds of Bach, Chopin, Schubert and others as part of this marvelous free community concert series from Brevard Music Center.


Sustain your enthusiasm here.

Real Star Power
Space Day
PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute)

Saturday, May 6 

If you’re ecstatic about all things intergalactic, there’s no better place to explore than PARI. And Space Day offers visitors of all ages a chance to explore the scenic 200-acre campus with various activities, events and opportunities aplenty to push even a casual interest in outer space into hyperdrive.


Be at one with the universe here

Reel Basics

Orvis Fly Fishing 101
Davidson River Outfitters
95 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest

Saturdays, May 6, 13 & 27 

Would-be fly fishers looking for solid introduction will be well served in this two-hour workshop lead by the experts at Davidson River Outfitters. This free class will cover topics such as rigging gear and basic casting.
Angle for more info here.
Whet Your Whistle

Waterfalls 'n Wine
Pisgah Field School
May 11,12,18,19,25,26

Get an up close and personal view of some of Transylvania County’s most magnificent natural pours on an accessible, informative tour. And after you’ve gotten a taste of the cultural history and unique geology, come back to downtown Brevard and enjoy a pour of your new favorite vintage at Broad Street Wines.
Cask out for adventure here.
Runner's High

Cradle to Grave Race 
Cradle of Forestry 
Saturday, May 13

Lace up your running shoes and get ready to run at this 10K and 30K race event that takes trail running to (literally) a whole other level. Wind through Pisgah National Forest on single tracks, trails and forest roads past spectacular scenery as you ascend toward the finish line.


Warm up here

This Old House

Silvermont Centennial Celebration
Silvermont Mansion

Saturday, May 13 

In 1917, successful local businessman Joseph Simpson Silversteen completed his gracious 33-room, Greek Revival mansion and spacious, landscaped grounds on Brevard’s Main Street. In 2017, locals will celebrate the centennial of this beloved local landmark with a full day of live music, museum tours, food trucks, kids’ activities and much more. Visitors are warmly invited to join the party and enjoy a little of the vicarious glamour of the Gilded Age.


Mansion up here

Oh Shoot!

Wicked Wild Waterfall Photography Weekend
May 19-21 

Transylvania’s 250 waterfalls may well be picture-perfect, but if you’re after getting a perfect picture, photographer Kevin Adams will be more than happy to point you (and your lens) in the right direction. This weekend-long adventure puts you on the trail to some of the area’s most spectacular waterfalls in the company of a man who (literally) wrote the book on North Carolina waterfalls.


Find your light here

Litter-ally Great

25th Annual French Broad River Clean-up
Headwaters Outfitters
Saturday, May 20


Doing a good deed always feels pretty good, especially when it involves free breakfast, lunch and a canoe trip in the bargain. Join your fellow friendly volunteers as they spruce up the French Broad River in this fun, annual clean-up event.


Paddle up here for more info.  

Have I Got Tails For You...

White Squirrel Festival
Downtown Brevard
May 26-28

Pretty much everyone goes wild for this three-day event, named the region’s “Best Spring Music Festival” by the Asheville Citizen-Times. This year’s line-up includes the Jeff Austin Band, Front Country and the Jeff Sipe Trio. But the great stage performances are not the only shows worth watching at the festival. Wander down to the Squirrel Box Derby to see speedy, decorative homemade vehicles compete for the golden nut, watch the Memorial Day Parade, take a 5K or 10K run in the White Squirrel race, grab a bite from the delicious sidewalk vendors and lots, lots more.


Go nuts here.

Shine On, You Crazy Firefly

In Search of Blue Ghosts
Cradle of Forestry
May 30-31


The elusive Blue Ghost firefly (phausis reticulata) is one of the forest’s most rare and beautiful inhabitant this time of year. Join a trained naturalist under cover of darkness on a serene, family-friendly search for this small wonder.


Flutter this way for more information. 

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