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Archive for June, 2011

Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina,  The Brevard Music Center kicked off its 75th anniversary season on June 24th.  This year’s season runs through August 7th and includes 80 performances including 18 different orchestra programs, five opera productions, wind ensemble, chamber music, new music, recitals, and more.  

BMC has more than 400 students from around the globe enrolled  to perform and to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty. This combination of study and ambitious performance schedule makes Brevard Music Center one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians. 

All of the orchestra programs occur in BMC’s open-sided Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium and all Opera’s are peformed at the Scott Concert Hall in the Porter Center at Brevard College where the singers perform without amplification, so that listeners can experience voices in their pure form. 

Keith Lockhart  will be conducting the Appalachian Spring performance on July 2 @ 7:30 pm with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and featuring Eric Ohlsson, oboe.  Copland’s  Appalachian Spring,   Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto, and  Stravinsky’s  Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring).

Click here for a full schedule of the season and make plans to spend an evening out enjoying one of Brevard Music Center’s fabulous performances!

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When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, it is hard to top Brevard, North Carolina. Visitors come from all around to experience the 4th of July the Brevard way! The celebration here is an all day event with the downtown streets closed to make way for the overflowing crowds. You’ll find local entertainers on stage, arts and crafts displayed by some of the area’s most notable artists, and lots of other activities.

The day will begin with the annual 5k/10k Firecracker Run. After the race you will have little trouble finding interesting things to enjoy the rest of the day. The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host its 39th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase. Artists from around the region will have their work on display and available for purchase. There will be plenty of entertainment, as there will be a full day of some of the most popular local and regional performers taking the stage at various times throughout the day. For car buffs, you will enjoy the Classic Automobile show, hosted by the Transylvania Cruisers, that stretches for several blocks with a variety of vintage automobiles from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. The day of fesitivities culminates with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.

This is a can’t miss event in celebration of our country’s independence!

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Transylvania County, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, is celebrating it’s “Weaving a Tapestry of Community” Sesquicentennial  this year.  Summertime here in the Brevard area has always been a great time for fairs, festivals and celebrations, but to mark this ocassion, many special events have been added.  As promised, here is an update to events surrounding Transylvania County’s 150th birthday!

On Saturday, June 18th there will be a demonstration by area master gardners at the newly renovated Gardens of Silvermon focusing on Herb Gardening.  This workshop will be lead by Gail Comer, a Transylvania County Master Gardner since 2003, a member of the National Herb Society, and has been an herb gardner for many years.  Gail will be sharing a variety of culinary uses for herbs as well as tips for growing thriving plants.

This is the second of three events of the “Kitchen Gardening Past and Present” series this year.  The purpose of these workshops is to help develop knowlege about growing and utilizing the foods produced in your garden and to provide information on the many facets of gardening.

The workshop will run from 10am until noon. Admission is free and open to the public. Signup for this event begins at 9:30 am and you are encouraged to arrive early for the best available seating.

For more information call 828-884-3109.

Please continue to check out my blog for additional information about upcoming events for this very special celebration.

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North Carolina’s mountains have long been a haven for flyfishing enthusiasts. They are also home to the first fly fishing trail in the U.S. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, includes portions of 11 creeks and 4 rivers and features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. Serious fly fishers will like the smaller, lesser-known spots such as Pantertown Creek, Chattooga River, Whitewater River and Tanasee Creek. Beginners will enjoy the spots found along the Tuckasegee River.

The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail maps out 15 of the best spots to catch brown, rainbow and brook trout in the crystal-clear streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Trail provides a map for download, descriptions and GPS coordinates for all 15 spots, a weekly fishing report, plus a gallery for users to upload photos of their catches!

If trout fishing is not for you, Jackson County offers a number of high mountain lakes that offer anglers the opportunity to fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye and muskie, as well as panfish and crappie. Some of the best lakes are Bear Lake, Wolf Creek Lake and Lake Glenville.

Orvis, recognized for its unparalleled influence on the sport of fly-fishing and the fly-fishing industry endorses these local businesses in the Asheville/Brevard area.

Endorsed Lodges:  Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC          Endorsed Guides: Brown Trout Fly Fishing, Asheville, NC

Grab your gear and head out to enjoy a great day of mountain fishing!

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Watch the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial Video Below as we are turning 150 years old as a County!

What a wonderful place to call home, Transylvania County!  Known as The Land of Waterfalls,  a place dear to my heart. Having moved here from South Florida in 1970, I have never once regretted the move, and daily I am inspired by the natural beauty as you will see in the following video. This video is titled “Transylvania County Sesquicentennial Video” and once you too see this  high quality production, not only will you see the times past but the beauty I have expressed. Isn’t it about time you too call Transylvania County home!

Where else can you find over 250 majestic waterfalls, mountain ranges that sore in every directions, to the crystal clear rivers and streams that  flow-out of the Pisgah National Forest of over 490,000 acres, or the DuPont State Forest and the Gorgeous State Park, to the smaller native trout streams that so often are passing by your homes.

Each day as I travel the roads in my Real Estate Career, selling Real Estate in Western North Carolina, I am amazed to discover new mountain ranges I had never seen before, to the awesome beauty of colors only seen in professional photo’s.  The Blue Ridge Mountains, Western North Carolina, and Brevard is the next place you should visit and then call home. To be sure I am proud to call Brevard NC and Transylvania County Home. The following picture was from the White Squirrel Festival this past weekend.

Visit our blog often as I will be posting the weekly schedules of all our events celebrating Transylvania County Sesquicentennial! If your looking to make a move ,then don’t pass up our fantastic buys in our area and let Jewell Kaiser and Jay Kaiser of the Kaiser Team show you our Real Estate in Brevard, Discover like we did why our Mountain Real Estate in Western North Carolina is like no other place in the world.  

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