Things to do in Brevard, NC during the holidays!

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Whether you’re looking for a special gift, or just want to experience the holidays in a new way, there’s lots to do in Brevard, NC this time of year. Below are just a few of the holiday events going on throughout the month of December. For more information about Brevard, NC and the surrounding mountain communities here in western North Carolina, visit us at BrevardNCProperty.com

 

Holiday Tour of Artists Studios
December 9
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
For tickets call 828-884-2787
or visit http://www.artsofbrevard.org

Transylvania Choral Society concert
“Tidings of Comfort and Joy”
Porter Center
December 9
3:00 pm
FREE
For information call 828-884-8330

Brevard College Christmas Concert
Porter Center
December 11
7:30 pm – Scott Concert Hall

An Evening with the Steep Canyon Rangers
Porter Center
December 14
7:30 pm

For information about Porter Center events call: (828) 243-3496
or visit http://www.theportercenter.org

Holiday Art Show and Sale
Transylvania County Arts Council
Continues until December 21
For information Email: tcarts@comporium.net
Phone: 828-884-2787
or visit http://www.artsofbrevard.org

Potters of Hwy 276 Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 8
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 9
1:00 – 5:30 pm
For information call 828-884-5131

Lake Toxaway Music Jamboree
and Christmas Dinner
December 14
6:00 pm
Lake Toxaway Community Center

Downtown Brevard Holiday Gallery Walk
December 21
5:00 – 9:00 pm

Simple Pleasures

Whether you’re trying to fill up your car or the plates on your family’s dinner table, it just costs more to live these days. Last year, the jump in the cost of food was the steepest increase we’d seen in 36 years and there are no signs of that trend reversing itself in any meaningful way any time soon. So as food prices continue to climb, many of us are rediscovering the things that our parents and grandparents did to help their money go further like having a home garden, canning, and cooking more at home.  Some people are taking these ideas even further like a woman I recently met who lives “off the grid” on a large tract of land she owns here in the mountains. She doesn’t have electricity or indoor plumbing and would be lost without her chain saw the way some people would be lost without their iPhones and lap tops. Although I’ve never asked, I’m quite certain she is handy with a gun and could easily find food for her table anywhere on her property. I’m not willing to go quite that far, but I am on a quest to find more ways to stretch our ever-shrinking dollar. Like most people I know, this economy is forcing us to rethink how we live our lives and since I love cooking as much as I do saving money, I decided to try my hand at making bread. I knew it was bound to be less expensive than what I buy in the store, I just wasn’t sure how much time it would really take and if the results would be worth the effort. Little did I know that the simple act of baking bread at home would have other, more intangible benefits.

As I gathered the flour, yeast, and other basics that I needed I couldn’t help but think about my grandmother and how she would have approached this. I have plenty of experience making cranberry bread and banana bread, but I have never made the kind of bread that you would find on her table – the kind that fills your house with the homey aroma of yeast and is best eaten warm with a slathering of butter and homemade preserves. Much like her life, the bread my grandmother made was simple and hearty and baking it was just something she did as part of her every day existence, like stewing a rabbit that my grandfather had shot that morning to have for dinner. She didn’t follow any written recipe, and had done it so many times she probably could do it with her eyes closed. My grandparents lived during a time when quilts were still hand stitched from cloth collected from here and there, and the vegetables they ate during the winter months were home grown and put up during the summer. They made do with what they had and were self-sufficient. They also didn’t have indoor plumbing, the medical care we have today or the conveniences and options that make our busy lives more do-able so I’m not pining away with a romantic notion of the “good old days”. But I do believe there are certain “old school” skills, like canning and making bread that can help us be less dependent and help us do more with our money, especially during this down economy.

Today’s adventure in baking netted us two beautiful loaves of simple country white bread and the results met with positive reviews. All in all it was a good first effort and with some tweaking, this particular recipe will find a permanent home in my recipe box of tried and true favorites. In the days ahead I will, no doubt, start experimenting with different grains and textures to create other kinds of bread. When I started this, my original intent was to save some money and eat well. In the end, what I got was something even better because today’s adventure lead me to discovering the simple pleasure that comes from baking bread at home.  The rhythm of kneading the dough, the smell of the yeast, the soft smooth texture of the dough and the way it swells to meet the baking pan, and of course the pay off of eating something deliciously homemade all came together in a process that does more than satisfies an appetite…. It centers the soul, even in this stressed-out world in which we live. What could be better than that.

Things to do in Brevard NC

It’s not too early to start making your plans for the Labor Day Weekend.  Two events you should absolutely include when you are in the Brevard, NC area are the 2010 Farm Fair and the 2nd Annual Founders Day. Both events will be held on Saturday, September 4.

Farm Fair is sponsored by the Brevard/Transylvania County Chamber of Commerce and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse farming community in the area. Enjoy events, tastings, and demonstrations from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the American Legion Hall.

Founders Day is sponsored by the Transylvania County Heritage Society and celebrates the areas founding families.

Friday night, the 2nd SC Rifles Re-enactment group will set up an authentic Civil War camp. Then on Saturday morning from 9-10 am, a docent will lead a walking tour of Historic Uptown Brevard, $10 per person, reservations suggested, call 884-2347. Starting at 10 am, craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and sell their wares in the old-fashioned arts, like spinning, weaving, patchwork, woodcarving, and more, with many dressed in period costumes. Antique cars will be on display.

Also from 11 am to 5 pm, the Main Stage will present area musical talent including: Lynn Goldsmith & Jeter Mountain; Rabon Creek Bluegrass; Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition; East Fork Gals; and Transylvania Troubadours. Forge Mountain Cloggers will perform at 12 noon, and Sylvan Squares at 2:30.

The Museum will showcase Founding Family displays with descendants on hand to discuss the lives and legacies of Transylvania’s settlers. Special pioneer crafts will be available for the kids to do.

With all this activity, people will be hungry and thirsty, so Marco’s will be selling pizza by the slice and the Hobnob restaurant will have “food that would have been eaten during the Civil War but better!” Top that off with items from the Museum’s bake sale booth or some Kiwi Gelato to complete a wonderful day.

Both events are real down home fun for the entire family! Don’t miss it!

For more information about the Brevard area, things to do while you’re here, or for places to stay, visit BrevardNCproperty.com

Event information provided by the Chamber of Commerce and the Transylvania County Heritage Museum.