Posts Tagged ‘Transylvania’

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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Outdoor-Adventure Transylvania County Arts Council

Gallery Exhibit: Outdoor Adventure Hosted by the Transylvania County Arts Council

Transylvania Community Arts Council will host  this gallery exhibit: Outdoor Adventure from March 11 – 31 in conjunction with the Banff Film Festival. Artists may emailtcarts@comporium.net to get an application. The TC Arts Council gallery will be open Mondays – Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm and on Saturday during the film festival. Stop by TC Arts and meet the artists at a reception on March 11 from 5-7 pm. For more information call 828-884-2787.
Gallery Exhibit: Outdoor Adventure

Transylvania Community Arts Council will host this gallery exhibit: Outdoor Adventure from March 11 – 31 in conjunction with the Banff Film Festival. Artists may emailtcarts@comporium.net to get an application. The TC Arts Council gallery will be open Mondays – Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm and on Saturday during the film festival. Stop by TC Arts and meet the artists at a reception on March 11 from 5-7 pm. For more information call 828-884-2787.

I have included below a YouTube Video that is an example of this wonderful artful work. Banff is how do I say it actually world wide yet we want to to make sure and mark your calenders for this upcoming local event. March 11Th is just around the corner so make plans ans see you there! This is just one other example of how the lifestyle in Brevard NC has evolved over the years and how we have some of the finest artists, from not only painters, photographers but world renowned writers. I had the fortune some years back to visit with a man that was the first color film and still shot photographer for Jackie and President John F. Kennedy. I stood amazed at the collection of mostly never before seen photos. Unfortunately he was there when President Kennedy was shot and was deeply touched some many years later.

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council in Brevard, NC is raffling off a Picasso for their Winter Fundraiser. Raffle tickets are just $100 each. Only 600 tickets are to be sold! A minimum of 300 tickets needs to be sold to hold the drawing. This Picasso is valued at $28,500 and is in excellent-perfect condition. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Park West Gallery and an original invoice of purchase. The piece is entitled Enlèvement, à cheval (Abduction on Horseback). It is an etching on BFK Rives paper with full margins. Signed in pencil and numbered: dated plate 9 June 1968 III (in reverse). This Picasso is #45 from the edition of 50. This unique artwork was donated by a member of the Transylvania County community. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of TC Arts said, “The donor wanted to see the artwork stay in the area as well as benefit the Arts in our community.”

Transylvania County home of Brevard NC reaching 150 years old

In his ninth decade, Picasso created the remarkable group of etchings known as the 347 series in less than seven months. From March 16 to October 5, 1968. He collaborated in his private studio near Cannes with the master printers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck, who brought in a special press from their atelier in Paris. While combining different cultures, icons and periods in this series, Picasso was able to create a unifying theme throughout; that of the narrator and observer rather than participant. The works are a panorama of compelling imagery, many charged with an erotic tone. Picasso’s command of the challenging techniques of etching, engraving, dry-point and aquatint are revealed forcefully in this 347 works, along with the highly personal and facile drawing ability he possessed in his late years.

Commenting on the series, Picasso said, “I spend hour after hour while I draw, observing my creatures and thinking about the mad things they’re up to; basically it’s my way of writing fiction.” The availability of this rare work from the 347 series (limited to only 50 examples), offers one of the finest collecting opportunities present to those seeking to acquire original works by Picasso.

Edition: # 45/50, numbered in pencil lower left

Signature Info: Hand signed in pencil lower right; Dated in the plate 9 June 1968 III (in reverse)

Frame Description: Framed with Plexiglass; Ornate gold and black frame with double tiered white linen matting and gold fillet

Retail Gallery Price: $28,500 (current 2010 appraisal)

Picassa Art to be raffled by Transylania County Arts Council

The raffle drawing will be held on February 12, 2011 at the Heart of Brevard’s Dancing with Our Stars Event. Proceeds from the raffle will support TC Arts Council’s youth programs including Arts-In-Schools, Summer Art Camp, Teen Film Camp and Kids Art Day. The Transylvania Community Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization with the mission “To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County.” TC Arts is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. For more information call the TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net

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Radon System Installed at rear of home

For a free Radon Brochure send me all of your contact information and I will be happy to mail you one!

FACT: Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon, all the major health organizations (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association) agree with estimates that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. This is especially true among smokers, since the risk to smokers is much greater than to non-smokers.

MYTH: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.
FACT: Radon testing is easy and inexpensive.

MYTH: Radon testing devices are not reliable and are difficult to find.
FACT: Reliable testing devices are available from qualified radon testers and companies. 

MYTH: Homes with radon problems can’t be fixed.
FACT: There are simple solutions to radon problems in homes. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners have already fixed radon problems in their homes. Radon levels can be readily lowered for $800 to $2,500 (with an average cost of $1,200)..

MYTH: Radon affects only certain kinds of homes.
FACT: House construction can affect radon levels.  However, radon can be a problem in homes of all types:  old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements.  Local geology, construction materials, and how the home was built are among the factors that can affect radon levels in homes.

MYTH: Radon is only a problem in certain parts of the country.
FACT: High radon levels have been found in every state. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but the only way to know your radon level is to test.

MYTH: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether your home has a problem.
FACT: It’s not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

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It was announced this week by officials of Mission Health System and Transylvania Regional Hospital that an agreement has been reached to affiliate Transylvania Regional Hospital with Mission Health System, Western North Carolina’s largest health care provider. Mission is now the 5th largest in the State.

Founded in 1933, Transylvania Regional Hospital has recently undergone extensive renovation and expansion of its existing facility. As a Five-Star hospital, Transylvania Regional Hospital has offered quality health care to our area for many years. Its new affiliation with Mission Health System will offer expanded health care services for residents of Transylvania and surrounding counties. This move is extreemly positive  and at press time it is expected to become effective January 1st 2011.

As quoted by Ronald Paulus:  “The residents of Transylvania County can remain confident that our local hospital will thrive during the coming years,” said Bob Bednarek, president and CEO of Transylvania Regional Hospital. “The focus of this agreement is to maintain, enhance and increase access to health services here locally.

“This is especially important with national healthcare reform taking effect over the next several years. Of the many health systems considered, Mission was the best fit to support us in maintaining, strengthening and growing local healthcare services in our community. Patients should notice little if any changes in the high-quality care at TRH that they have come to expect.”
“To the wonderful people of Brevard and Transylvania County, I want to say that we are proud to be an even stronger part of your community,” said Ronald A. Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health System and Mission Hospital.
“Your local hospital is a true community asset. It is a focal point of advanced healing and also is vital to the area’s economic health. Our goal — working together — is to continue to ensure access to quality local heath care close to home in Transylvania County while improving the lives of people across our region.”
Transylvania Regional Hospital is located just off Hwy 64 directly across from Straus Park in Brevard NC and my office at Fisher Realty here in Transylvania County. Drop in and see us and Happy New Year to all!

Transylvania Community Hospital Entrance at night

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At Busybee Farm, we understand the importance of eating locally-grown, natural, healthy foods.  With a keen understanding of our responsibilities to care for our land and serve our customers well, we raise and grow the following products as sustainably as possible…to ensure good food, from our farm to your table. Beef and Chicken is available year round and where to buy and contact information is below for the farm.  BusyBee Farm is part of the Whitmire Century Family Farm in Transylvania County, which has been recognized by the NC Department of Agriculture as one of only two farms in Transylvania County that has been consistently owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years.  So, they have a century of family farming under our belt – well, several belts!
Today BusyBee Farm an 
Appalachian-Grown Certified offering products for sale directly to individuals, retailers, and restaurants in Transylvania County and throughout western North Carolina.  When you buy food or a farm product with the Appalachian Grown label you are getting a product that was grown or raised in our region by a local farmer. What does this mean to you and your health? It means that you are buying a product that is fresher, better tasting, and more nutritious. It means that you assisting in the environment, preserving the farming heritage of Appalachia, and protecting our mountain landscape.
Not only when you buy the products dealing from the Whitmire family and now Brittany and Andy, but you’re dealing with folks that take pride, work hard, and their word is their bond. Not to mention I have eaten allot of their food and it’s the best around by far!  Their beef and poultry have not only the best flavor, but you know your eating healthy grown meats that Doctors and medical professionals are all reinforcing today as being the best for your health. 

 My son Julius Kaiser, an Executive Chef now at Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham Washingon & Facebook Fan Page   is so cautions about having the finest quality meat products,  and this is why he insists in BusyBee food products.  As an Executive Chef he goes a step further and he and  BusyBee farm are both concerned,  and understand it’s critical that the products have the quality flavor in the beef,  as well as the refreshing taste of all natural poultry. Julius having cooked and eaten his share of BusyBee beef and chicken highly recommends products from BusyBee Farm as I do.  

He taught food preparations using BusyBee meats at Poppies Market located in Straus Park, Brevard NC,  and emphasized the need to be conscious of what you buy today,  flavoring of the foods is not only important but both are avid about your food creating a healthy lifestyle, At BusyBee Farm, they understand the importance of eating locally-grown, natural, healthy foods.  With a keen understanding of our responsibilities to care for their land and serve their customers well, they raise and grow the following products as sustainably as possible…to ensure good food, from our farm to your table.

Hand Feeding dairy calves


The Beef is all Natural, Pasture Raised, Free of Added Hormones and Antibiotics

All Natural, Pasture Raised, Free of Added Hormones and Antibiotics

Honey – Back in July 2011!  Bee Hives are a must for the Farm and all natural Honey:
The Honey is Raw, All Natural, Harvested from Local Nectar Sources of Wildflowers, Tulip Poplars, Sourwoods, and Buckwheat
Sweet Corn – Back in July 2011! Pesticide-Free

Bee Hives required on farms but at BusyBee all Natural and Fresh

Contact Information… Andy VonCanon & Brittany Whitmire 

1065 Whitmire Road     Brevard, NC 28712   (828) 862-3698

BusyBee old home place of the Whirmires

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Brevard North Carolina and all Transylvania County is a Street and Mountain Bike riders dream come true. The event below as held in Nevada yet Brevard was the training ground for this race for our team. If I had to guess we probably have in Brevard more signs along the road to share with cyclists of any town than many others combined. 

Last week the Brevard College Cycle team took the States Second Consecutive National Championship. Brevard has been famous for not only bringing in the top names in racing, but this year had the largest cash prize for a road racing event. 

Our mountains offer not only some of the most challenging so I’ve heard from the racers, but at the same time the best scenery to race in. Our fall colors and cool mornings and pleasant highs during the day in the 70’s offer the finest for a quality ride. But naturally these men and women are out for the gold so to speak so work extremely hard.

My son has been dating one of the top women riders in the country, Natasha Cowie and as you will see below her brother Tristan Cowie consistently leads the Men’s in on road and off road racing. Having known Natasha for now over 2 years the dedication these true athletes exhibit is amazing to me. Not only does she and surely those men in the picture ride in all types’ weather but have trainers inside and ride for hours and hours on end.

These truly talented folks are dedicated and goal driven like no others I have witnessed. I often would here my son call me and he would be heading out at night as Natasha would ride over the Pisgah National Forest from Brevard all the way into Asheville North Carolina and back, and having never measured it it has to be at least a 50 to 75 mile ride and downhill at speads reaching 70 miles an hour I have heard. Now those of you that have had the privilege of driving these roads know how grueling the grade can get and the struggle the car has in the mountains, so just imagine the energy being expelled by these bicyclists and mental anguish at times. As funny as it may seem Natasha on other rides would head out and many hours later thankful for cell service, call my son Julius Kaiser and tell him how lost she was and could be anywhere within a 50 mile radius. Don’t worry she safely made it home each and every time. Natasha and Chef Julius now reside in Bellingham Washington.

Natasha Cowie picture after a win in Florida

Now to given the honor to where honor is due is the excerpts for the Transylvania Times News. Congratulations and we are proud of out Brevard North Carolina team as well as I am proud of Natasha Cowie as whe too is a leader of the pack and one the other reacers work extreemly hard to beat!

The Brevard College Cycling Team stands on the winner’s podium at the National Cycling Championships in Nevada. (Courtesy photo)

Brevard North Carolina's College Cycle Team

The Brevard College cycling team did it again, capturing their second consecutive team national championship at the Northstar at Tahoe Resort, scoring 630 points as a team throughout the three-day event.

Coach Thad Walker said Monday morning it was a grueling weekend. 

“A lot of athletes are really exhausted,” said Walker, who is proud of the hard work put in by the members of the team.

Led by Tristan Cowie’s Men’s Omnium National Championship, the Tornados held a 20-point lead over Union College from Kentucky going into the final event on Sunday morning. The team was able to hold off both Union and Warren Wilson College in clinching their second team national title in the first five years of the program’s history.

Cowie, who finished on the podium in both the cross country and the short track events, finished 10th overall in the four cross and the downhill races to give the program its first Men’s Omnium National Champion.

This is Cowie’s third national title overall in his mountain bike career, having won the cross country and the short track events back in 2008. Cowie also joins former BC cyclist Jo Tuttle as the program’s second Omnium National Champion.

Tuttle took the women’s crown last year in Truckee, Calif., leading the team to its first team national championship.

On the women’s side, Alexis Decosimo also had a strong showing for Brevard in the omnium, improving on last year’s 10th place finish, to take home the bronze medal.

Decosimo had two podium finishes on the first day, including the individual national championship in short track and finished out the weekend with the four cross and the downhill events, placing 12th and 10th, respectively.

After Saturday morning’s race in the short track, the cyclists moved on to the four cross event in the afternoon, with the women taking the course first. Essence Barton from California Lutheran University took the women’s national title in the event, while Kate Weisenfluh was the top finisher for Brevard, narrowly missing the podium by coming in sixth.

Decosimo finished in 12th overall in the event, while Morgan Sykes rounded out the women’s group with a 14th place result.
You too have the oportunity to enjoy the area and support our local sports. If your interested in the Western North Carolina area of  Brevard, Hendersonville and parts of Asheville North Carolina Real Estate call us or visit our new web of the “Kaiser Team. Jay 828-421-0375

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