Archive for May, 2011

As the saying goes in Brevard “It’s Time to Go Nuts” This years festival promises to be bigger and better than the last 7 years and as some would say even nuttier! The 2 day packed event is offering this year some of the finest local talent, food vendors with mouth watering flavor packed food. Some of my favorite booths will be the local artist, merchants, wood craftsman, potters, oil & watercolor paintings, all offering these hand crafted items, focused around our local heritage. Don’t miss this 8th Annual White Squirrel Festival in Brevard NC This Weekend! 

Not leaving out why the children love it so much as what better than have your face or hands painted as well as games for all age kids. The music this year is some of the finest musicians our area has to offer and the two days are all free concerts, being held at the Brevard Courthouse Gazebo and other locations right on Main Street. Just to mention a few of the headliners are Acoustic Syndicate, Sol Driven Train, Jill Andrews, and Town Mountain… nearly 14 acts in all! 

Don’t forget the White Squirrel Soap Box Derby that is sure to bring a smile on your face and definitely some great photo opportunities. Let’s not forget to cheer on these handmade derby carts that will be race down our famous Jail House Hill. Entries this year are of all ages, from ages 8 to 80. Some have worked all year on the derby’s refining to gain the fasted times while others are going to be a blast just to see! There will be many prizes this year from the Squirreliest to the fastest! All competing for the prized Golden Nut Trophy! 

Today I passed at least 50 street bikers coming out of the Pisgah National Forest that were taking their morning ride through the Forest. So keep your cameras ready for the riders, and cheer on your favorite runner entries for the White Squirrel 5K & 10K races. Most of all don’t forget to keep your eye out for our infamous white squirrels!  Here is a link to my blog with the recent white squirrel count in Brevard, and the Reason for the count.   

Brevard, Transylvania County, the White Squirrel Festival, Brevard College and over 250 waterfalls are just a  the reasons why we were in the Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in all of America featured by Budget Travel. Make this Memorial Day Weekend one to remember, by Golden visiting Brevard NC, the Land of Waterfalls!  

Sunday is another special event for me, as their will be a dedication to Joe Tuttle with a new Brevard Sculpture “The Trout” at the library on the 29th at 3:00 PM. Joe was a dedicated  instruction for the Vision program for our county and touched any lives. With Vision it helps you understand the community and what we as individuals can do to make it better as well as participate. Joe is the reason I am now a Transylvania County Planning member, and just a small way I can give back to the county. See you this weekend!

 For more information contact the Heart of Brevard at 828.884.3278

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What $219,000 buy you in the Brevard & Little River area of NC

Year round views that seem to go on forever from this like new all one level home offering handicap access. Not only do you have some of the best views in the county, but you have absolute privacy on 7.7+ acres of land. Be sure and view all the photos and you too will see the superb value in this home. State paved road access as well as a paved driveway, even an exterior storage building is included as well.

This freshly painted interior of the home is just one of the reasons it’s in move in ready condition. The open floor plan, great room with kitchen, living room, wood burning fireplace and dining all offer the excellent views split bedroom and a master suite that is huge. All major rooms and the two largest bedrooms offer these same spectacular views.

The home is located on one of our more sought after areas in the Little River Community of Penrose and Pisgah Forest NC. Just a short 12 minute drive to the DuPont State Forest as well as the Pisgah National Forest, and shorter to grocery stores, restaurants, Wal-Mart. Downtown Brevard is just 15 minute drive and about the same driving time to Hendersonville NC.

Once you enter into the home you will notice that the great room has cathedral ceilings that extend into the dining and open kitchen. The fully equipped kitchen has incredible amount of cabinetry, built ins, as well as a breakfast bar. I’ve mentioned before the size of the rooms but to give it some perspective the great room with the dining & kitchen is over 30′ by over 26′. The great room not only has a rock wood burning fireplace but extensive windows and exterior doors that make the views seem like your outdoors.

The master suite bedroom is 18’x12’6 once again with lots of windows, and an exterior sliding door. Waking up in the master bedroom with the awesome views has got to be incredible! Not even a shade or curtains are needed for privacy as the closest home is many acres away. The master bath features a double sink, oversized shower unit, a relaxing corner jet tub, private room with the toilet and a huge master closet.

The second bedroom is almost as large as the master and includes a double closet with mirrored sliding doors and is a generous 17’x12’6. Just across the hall is the second bath that has a double sink and a tub-shower unit and it too is a spacious 9’3″x7′. The views from this bedroom go on forever and it too offers lots of windows as well as a sliding door to access the exterior.

The third bedroom offers mirrored closet doors and will make an excellent office if a third bedroom is not needed. It too is a generous 10’x9’4;

The views currently are expansive but with just a little more tree clearing you could probably have 180 degrees of views to the South, East as well as Westerly overlooking the Little River Valley in the Pisgah Forest area with probably 30 mile views all the way into the mountains of Lake Toxaway, as well as south towards the DuPont State Forest.

This affordably priced home at only $219,000 with the views and acreage is just what most of the buyers that come to our area are looking for, so call me today for your private showing. 828-421-0375

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The Law of Supply and Demand for Real Estate

Real Estate if in Brevard, Asheville,  no matter the property type such as residential, condos, town homes or raw land, all follow the cycle like other products in the US and World.  Supply and demand dictates pricing, with homes the days on market, and pricing. Every area naturally has it’s little quirks. But for Buyers, currently they have the advantage of being the drivers seat with little demand( number of available buyers looking)  and a plentiful supply of available homes. So for those selling and buying the houses that will sell have to have the WOW features to win out the competitors.

So what is the WOW features that buyers are saying about a property prior to and after a purchase. You will find below the top results in the bulleted points. In my many years of experience you will find the same square footage home, nearly the same neighborhood and the same asking price with the WOW features will win out. So where does your property fall in this list?

“The Seven “WOWS”

  • Exterior Curb Appeal:This often can be done very inexpensively with landscaping, painting doors and trim, pressure washing the exterior of the home and decks. Wood decks that are dried out need to be stained or sealed, and don’t forget the pickets and top rail.
  • Interior Curb Appeal: This comes down to the basics, does it smell good, are the interior colors neutral or so bright colored that the buyer knows a paint job is needed. Is the home clean and closets de-cluttered?
  • View: Being in the Western North Carolina mountains, a high majority of request we get are for mountain views. The longer the better. For saleability do you need to top a few trees, cut a few saplings down?
  • Location: Location-Location, we have all heard this all our lives. This often can be a challenge in the mountains, as some want a long range view but not willing to gain elevation to get it, or walk to town and yet still have privacy. Either way location of your property is critical no matter what type of buyer we are working with. Location is always a buyers choice and one a seller can’t do much about.
  • Setting:  Is your property within a clean neighborhood, or remote with good access, or are your driveways and roadway entrances full of potholes? First impressions are so critical and the driveway to the property and neighborhood will afford a higher offer than others in need of repair.
  • Value: Everyone today is looking for value. Either in square footage cost, acreage, privacy views, creeks, streams all play an important roll. Move in ready will always win over a home in desperate need of upgrading regardless of asking price. A buyer from my experience always estimates minor to major fix ups much higher than actual costs, so  just make sure the property “Sparkles”!
  • Lastly is Price:Supply and demand is the first dictator to helping price your property. The less competition the better as we all know, but this often is out of our control. Yet, I can assure you the homes that are selling all follow these seven points with aggressive pricing followed by motivation. Overpriced homes today are not being shown, buyers are smarter and often I have buyers email with the list of homes they want to see. Today buyers will often know more about the tax, aerial photo’s and property details from the Internet than most sellers will know. In short, price to sell without giving the property away. If your property has the  “Sparkle”, has curb appeal, location, setting, views or other natural features, of the property are good then you are likely to receive an offer faster and higher priced.

 So where does your house fall into these seven WOWS? A market analyses today is far more than just comparing houses, so make your house Sparkle and you will get a sale! For more tips and tricks give me a call today so we may discuss all your options: Jay 828-421-0375

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Brevard Music Center Announces The 2011 Season Line-Up

The Brevard Music Center (BMC),  a summer festival and institute, will open its 75th anniversary season on Friday, June 24 on its campus in Brevard, North Carolina. The gala opening night concert features BMC’s Principal Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra performing Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Soloist in the Tchaikovsky will be the American violinist Robert McDuffie, who is an alumnus of the Music Center.

The June 24 concert is the first of 80 performances to be presented in the 2011 season, including 18 different orchestra programs, five opera productions, wind ensemble, chamber music, new music, recitals, and more. The season closes on Sunday afternoon, August 7, with BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart conducting the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” plus two works for cello and orchestra, Haydn’s Concerto in C and Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations. Soloist will be the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who will be making his third appearance at Brevard. The “Rococo” Variations is the work Mr. Ma performed in 1979 during his first appearance. In 2008, Mr. Ma appeared on Keith Lockhart’s inaugural concert as Artistic Director.


Orchestra forms the heart of Brevard’s festival, and a cast of renowned conductors, both American and international, will lead three different orchestras through some of the most important and best-loved music in the repertoire. In addition to Mr. Lockhart (who will conduct five concerts during the season) and Ms. Falletta (who conducts programs on June 24 and 26), other conductors appearing this season include the legendary Swiss conductor Matthias Bamert, Grant Llewellyn (Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony) from Wales, Thomas Wilkins (Omaha Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra), Lucas Richman (the orchestras of Bangor and Knoxville), and Ken Lam (BMC Resident Conductor).

Orchestral repertoire includes two Mahler symphonies (nos. 1 and 3), three symphonies by Dvorak (nos. 7, 8, and 9), Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Firebird Suite, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel. In addition to Yo-Yo Ma and Robert McDuffie, a number of guest artists will appear this season, including the revered pianist Peter Serkin (making his third Brevard appearance) performing the Bartok Third Piano Concerto; Italian pianist
Fabio Bidini performing Rachmaninoff’s beloved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; and the young pianist Joyce Yang performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

A notable performance occurs on July 22 when Keith Lockhart leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. This marks a Brevard premiere for the Symphony, which is rarely played because of its huge performance requirements, including a women’s chorus, a children’s chorus, eight French horns, and a vast array of wind, brass, and percussion instruments.

All of the orchestra programs occur in BMC’s open-sided Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, which creates a special “open air” experience for listeners without giving up the impact of a concert hall.


Opera has been a major part of the Brevard Music Center for more than 40 years, and in the 75th anniversary season Brevard’s Janiec Opera Company moves across town to the Porter Center at Brevard College. “The Porter Center is a jewel of a facility,” says BMC Dean and Artistic Administrator Bruce Murray. “It provides superb acoustics, state-of-the-art capabilities for stage lighting and other effects, and all the audience amenities you could want. Most importantly, for the first time it allows our singers to perform without amplification, so that listeners can experience voices in their pure form.”

Three mainstage opera productions will be presented in the Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center: Verdi’s La Traviata, Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore (“The Elixir of Love”). Two more titles, the Brecht/Weill Threepenny Opera and Handel’s Alcina will be presented in the smaller, intimate Morrison Playhouse at Porter. Each title will receive three performances and will feature at least one matinee.


Chamber music and recitals play a significant role at the Brevard Music Center. Fourteen chamber music concerts will be presented in the Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center and in Searcy Hall on the Music Center campus. Concerts include the Vega String Quartet performing music of Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartok; a Steinway Gala celebrating BMC’s partnership with Steinway Pianos, hosted by noted American pianist Norman Krieger and featuring music of Liszt (2011 is the Liszt bicentennial year); a song recital by mezzo Susan Platts; a performance of all three Brahms violin sonatas by BMC Concertmaster William Preucil; and “Brevard Plays Bach,” an evening of J.S. Bach’s instrumental and vocal music.


A special fundraising concert on August 1 will feature Michael Feinstein, renowned singer and authority on the American popular song. He appears with a big band in his celebrated show “The Sinatra Project,” in which he performs a full evening of songs associated with Frank Sinatra.

The annual Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops concert is a beloved Brevard tradition, and it goes off at 2:00 PM on July 3. This year BMC’s Transylvania Symphonic Band is joined by the Brevard Community Band, and there will be the customary marches, patriotic songs, costumes, refreshments, and the 1812 Overture complete with live cannon. Maestro Kraig Alan Williams will be on the podium.


In its 75th anniversary season, the Brevard Music Center offers more than thirty free events to the community. These include three concerts by the Transylvania Symphonic Band; four recitals and opera scenes programs from the High School Voice program; six student piano recitals; four new music concerts; nine student chamber concerts and recitals; and more.


Ticket holders are entitled to attend pre-performance lectures, given one hour before each orchestra concert and each opera performance during the season.


Tickets are available beginning May 2 by phone, mail, walk-up, and online at brevardmusic.org. The box office is located in the foyer of Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium on the Brevard Music Center campus. The box office phone number is (828) 862-2105 or toll-free (888) 384-8682. You can request a brochure by calling (828) 862-2100 or view a performance schedule online at brevardmusic.org. A 75th Anniversary Special package is available that includes two lawn tickets, two picnics, two glasses of wine and two  Brevard Music Center wine glasses for $75.00. This offer is not valid for Variations concerts or the Season Finale. Details can be found on the web or by calling (828) 862-2105.

Patrons who purchase their tickets online will be able to choose to print their tickets at home. During check out, select “Print at Home” as your delivery method. You will receive a confirmation email that will contain your printable tickets. You can print now or later, and always know where your tickets are located. Tickets can also be mailed or held at the box office. The online ticketing system also allows patrons to choose their own seats from the available locations. Parking is free to all events at the Brevard Music Center.


The Brevard Music Center originated in 1936 as a summer music camp at Davidson College. James Christian Pfohl, the Music Center’s founder and first Artistic Director, moved his operation to Queens College in Charlotte for the summer of 1943, then to the current location in 1944. Pfohl added a festival of concerts at the end of the 1946 session. Over time the camp became an institute, and the festival came to run the full length of the summer season.

In 2011 Brevard Music Center will enroll more than 400 students from almost every state, plus students from Europe, Asia, and South America. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty. Students, faculty, and staff all reside on the 180-acre wooded campus in western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians. This article is from WHKP a local Radio Station

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Brevard May Insurance Tips To Protect Your Home

As you are doing your gardening and yard work getting ready for the summer, below are some suggestions to keep your home safe from a brush fire. It is also a good tip to share with customers purchasing a new home that may need a little tender, loving care. Clear branches and tree limbs a minimum of 10 feet from around any chimneys. Provide a spark arrester on all chimneys; the screen’s mesh must be ½ inch.

  • Clear all leaves, pine needles, and debris from the roof and gutters. Be sure the street address is clearly posted, in a color that contrasts with the background.
  • To protect against unusual hazards, such as hot winds, clear away all dry weeds, brush, rubbish, dry leaves, and dead trees on your property a distance of 100 feet or more from all structures.
  • Maintain at least 10 feet of clearance around liquid propane gas tanks.
  • Install protection posts around liquid propane tanks if the possibility of vehicle damage exists.
  • Comply with requirements for approved spark plug arresters on the exhaust systems of off-road vehicles, tractors and other equipment used around the home.
  • It is important to have a FIRE BREAK around your property as Brevard NC and the Western North Carolina area mountains are heavely wooded, it is critical that we pay attention to the homes exterior to prevent a fire. Avoid landscaping with natural vegetation. Rhododendron, azaleas, laurels, hemlocks and other resinous evergreens including the pine needles we use for ground cover are all flash fuels. If you live on the side of a mountain, you are even more vulnerable. Upwinds and downdrafts help spread a fire. You should have at least a 30-60 foot area around the house for a FIRE BREAK. Use hardwood mulch instead of pine needles. When you plant, intersperse deciduous trees with evergreens.
  • Make sure your hoses and connectors are in proper working condition.
  • Keep firewood piles away from the house.
  • Dispose of fireplace and grill ashes in a metal bucket and soak with water. And MOST Important have an escape plan, and practice it so all know what to do instinctively

These important tips are from Priscilla Tinsley For your Brevard, Hendersonville and all of Western North Carolina Insurance, be sure and let them give you a quote!

Thank you and be safe!  Priscilla Tinsley; CIC, CISR

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc   800 Beverly-Hanks Centre   Hendersonville, NC  28792

800.228.3132 x135 – office line   828.694.5135 – direct line   828.693-1834 – fax

ptinsley@morrowinsurance.com     www.morrowinsurance.com

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