Portions of Walking Path Closed February 7-8

Visitors to Silvermont Park are advised that portions of the walking path around the grounds will be closed February 7-8 while dead trees are felled and removed from the park. Additionally, some trees near the path are being trimmed. While portions of the path will remain open during this project, to ensure their safety visitors should avoid work zones when crews are present and stay out of any areas that have been barricaded.

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Portions of Walking Path Closed February 7-8

Visitors to Silvermont Park are advised that portions of the walking path around the grounds will be closed February 7-8 while dead trees are felled and removed from the park. Additionally, some trees near the path are being trimmed. While portions of the path will remain open during this project, to ensure their safety visitors should avoid work zones when crews are present and stay out of any areas that have been barricaded.

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Volunteers Needed for February 4 Deadfall Day

Typically on the first Saturday of the month, Friends of Silvermont volunteers gather at Silvermont to clean up the grounds and take on minor landscaping projects.

The first 2023 Deadfall and Clean-up Day will be held on Saturday February 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM. There are lots of fallen branches and some smaller cut trees at the park that need to be cleaned up.

If you’d like to do your part in keeping the park attractive, come join us on Saturday. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own landscaping tools and work gloves. We’ll be meeting in the main parking lot at 10 AM.

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Silvermont Thursday Music!

Great Transylvania Times article about Silvermont music!

STILL GOING STRONG

Mountain Music Thursdays

DAVE BRADLEY

FOR THE T. TIMES

More than 30 years after local musicians first gathered to strum and sing favorite regional tunes, Mountain Music Thursdays at Silvermont Senior Center in Brevard are still going strong.

A recent cold night may have curtailed attendance of both music makers and their appreciative audience but as performers say, ‘the show must go on.’ And it did.

“Greetings everybody,” said guitarist and defacto leader Pat Clements. “It’s 7:30 and time for a little music.” And that’s all the four guitarists — Clements, Tom Acker, Wharton Donaldson and Ed Phillips — needed to get rolling. The single microphone was passed from one to another. He called out the tune and the key and as he sang solo, the others joined in. The music was eclectic; Clement said what was once played was pure mountain music but that stricture has loosened over the years. The playlist ran the gamut from “Steamroller Blues” by James Taylor to “City of New Orleans” popularized by Arlo Guthrie but written by Steve Goodman.

“It’s been a welcoming place; it always has been,” said Clements. “Everybody is comfortable and gracious. We play songs we know and don’t know. And bad notes are welcome.”

Sure, a few chords were missed here and there and sometimes lyrics proved elusive, but one gets the idea it’s really like-minded people who enjoy the playing music together. The good-natured banter between songs was evidence enough. When it was his turn, Phillips announced: “We’re going to play something different.”

Donaldson’s reply with a laugh: “What would be different is if I could play it.”

The audience appreciated their effort. That included 90-year-old Martha Jaye Johnson, a lifelong

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Helen Freedman and Martha Jaye Johnson cut a rug on the hardwood floor during Mountain Music Thursdays at Silvermont.

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Pat Clements and Ed Phillips are among those who play during the Mountain Music Thursdays at Silvermont.

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Brevardian who wouldn’t dream of skipping a 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday session. “Golly, I wouldn’t miss it. It’s fun,” she said.

Although Miss Johnson doesn’t play an instrument, she said, “Anybody, if they can play or not, they can join in. We just have a good time.” What she can do, however, is dance. Clements calls out a dance-worthy tune and Johnson is up and on the floor. (He noted she was a member of the Echo Inn clogging team that won a national championship back in the day and were featured on the Jimmy Dean television show as they danced to Alabama Jubilee.)

Indeed the enduring run of Mountain Music may have played a role in the rescue of Silvermont from the wrecking ball. Clement said the music began about the time in the early 1980s when the city suggested Silvermont be torn down. Friends of Silvermont was formed and the music was one way to raise donations (Thursday night attendance is free). Those originators,

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he said, “were influential for the salvation of this building.”

Some of the original regulars — Ray Smith, Harley Raines and Lyle Reedy, among others — no longer play so those relatively recent to Brevard, including Clements (New Jersey), Acker (Charleston), Donaldson (Philadelphia) and Phillips (Pittsburgh) are the necessary new blood that keep the tradition alive. Clements said on a typical night in good weather, up to 12 musicians join in the fun.

Concert-level skills aren’t a requisite. Acker’s wife learned of the Thursday nights while at the Brevard Visitor Center, “so we came over and checked it out.”

“They seemed like they could use another bad guitar player and a really bad singer. They haven’t run me off yet,” he chuckled.

Donaldson was encouraged by a friend to give the music a go, but he saw his debut as less than stellar.

“I will never forget my

Tom Acker sings his way through John Prine’s “Please Don’t Bury Me.”

first time here,” he recalled. “You try to do as well as you can but I really screwed up. I’d never performed before.”

But it was a Baptist preacher who applied the salve Donaldson needed. “He came up to me and said ‘Son, it’s all about a joyful noise.” And Donaldson hasn’t missed many jam sessions since.

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Readers theater event coming up Nov 28

Dear Silvermont Members and Friends,

Please come out to support your Readers’ Theatre Players Live Performance at Silvermont on Monday November 28th, starting at 1:00 P.M.
The Readers’ Theatre Players will perform several short plays produced by Julie Vorus and Directed by Alan Edick. 
The entire show will run for just over one hour.  Admission at the door is $5.00

Recreation Coordinator II – Silvermont
Transylvania County Parks and Recreation
brenda.skeffington@transylvaniacounty.org
828/884-3166

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Wonderful Halloween inflatables display behind Silvermont

Great article about the inflatables Halloween display on pine St behind Silvermont and Alex, the young man who puts the show on.

If you missed it, check out his upcoming Christmas display and his fb site “light the night on pine”.

https://www.transylvaniatimes.com/features/halloween-transylvanian-of-the-week-alex-rivera/article_a7be0f22-579a-11ed-89d7-3b8cde23f7ed.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next

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“Spirits Felt Along a Halloween Trail”- great review of Pumpkin Fest!!

https://nairegion3.wordpress.com/blog/

Above is a link to a great article about Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard and our new Syd the White Squirrel exhibit, and the teamwork and volunteers that help make it happen!

Thank you to Cindy Carpenter at the National Association of Interpreters site.

https://nairegion3.wordpress.com/blog/

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Tonight’s the last night for 2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!!!

Tonight’s the last night at Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard . Hope you can visit us in 2022! Weather is supposed to be good. 5-9 pm after Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard.

Music, The Outside Dogs.

Food trucks, Big Pasta, Toasted Cuban, Jenny’s Donut and Cup and Saucer.

Thank you so very, very much to many community folks, Brevard AAUW women, Rosman High National Honor Society, Brevard High Interact Club and Thespians for all their help hosting the event every night.

Takedown and move-out are Sunday and Monday 9-3 and if you would be willing to help, please contact pumpkinfestbrevard@gmail.com

You can work the whole day or just a few hours, and lunch is provided.

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Last weekend of 2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard Oct 28-29!!!

The last weekend to enjoy Pumpkin Fest is coming up Oct 28-29.   Friday, 6-9 pm, Saturday 5-9 pm after Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard.

Music is Byrds and Crows (Fri) and The Outside Dogs (Sat).

We’ve had thousands visit for Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard  over the last 3 weekends, and enjoyed seeing lots of smiles on the faces of departing couples and families.  Don’t miss our White Squirrel Circus, Syd the White Squirrel story, and the wonderful music and Food Trucks and lots of kids activities.  

Last weekend, we had over 300 folks visit the Silvermont mansion 2nd floor history museum with a guide and more toured the first floor exhibits.

Don’t miss this wonderful 2022 event!!  Admission $5 cash age 2 and up.  Onsite parking $5 per car.   Free parking nearby on street or church lots.   Credit/debit card admission $5.25.

Cup and Saucer and donuts both nights.  Haus Heidelberg Friday night and Big Pasta and Toasted Cuban Saturday night.

We are looking for a few more volunteers to work the event nights and to help with set up and teardowns Friday and Saturday afternoons and Sunday and Monday both am and pm. Contact pumpkinfestbrevard@gmail.com
If you are interested in helping Friends of Silvermont and Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard raise money to help maintain and improve Silvermont Park and historic mansion.

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Lost card, contact Friends of Silvermont

If you were at Pumpkin Fest last night Oct. 22, and lost a credit/debit card, please describe the card affiliation, credit or debit and give the full name, by contacting friendsofsilvermont1917@gmail.com

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Wonderful blogger review of 2022 Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard!!!

We love to get feedback, especially when it helps to explain better what a unique and beautiful event Pumpkin Fest is for folks who have never attended.

Thank you very much BethAnn Brown Chiles for a wonderful review of Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard ! Please join us for this wonderful date night or family fun to raise money for Silvermont Park and historic mansion!! Oct 21-22 and 28-29 6-9 except 5-9 Oct 29.

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This weekend at Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard!!!

Looking forward to the coming good weather for Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont this weekend.

Both days this Friday and Saturday we will have Daddy D’s on Wheels and Big Pasta as food trucks. Jenny’s Mini Donuts and Cup and Saucer (coffee, tea, cocoa, water and snacks) will be there, too.

For music, we will have
Oct 21 Two Step Too
Oct. 22 Unpaid Bill and the Bad Czechs

Reminder, 6-9 pm, cost 2 and up $5 cash, $5.25 card.

On-site parking $5 per car, free parking nearby at church lots.

Great non-scary family fun, mansion and museum open for tours. Benefits Friends of Silvermont to help improve and maintain Silvermont Park and historic mansion.

Questions? Let us know in comments or message.

Hope to see you this weekend!!!

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Volunteer needs for Pumpkin Fest Oct 21-31

The first 2 weekends of Pumpkin Fest have been really great, and we very much appreciate all the volunteers who have helped so far. This summarizes our remaining Pumpkin Fest volunteer needs for the next few weeks to ensure we end as well as we’ve started.

We’d especially love to have help with take/down and move out Sun Oct 30 (10-3) and Monday Oct 31 (9-3:30).  Need 10 people each day, lunch provided. 

May have need for a few more Tues/Wed am, but hoping to be done with most of it by then.  You can work 1-2 hour shifts if you can’t come all day.

For event nights Oct 21/22 and 28/29, we need additional parking help,  survey takers (helps us get grant money) and floaters (give breaks to volunteers by doing their job for a while), plus a few others  Event time is 6-9 except last day is 5-9. Volunteers come about half an hour early.

If you can help, please contact Maury Bandurraga at

pumpkinfestbrevard@gmail.com

Thank you!!!!

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Detailed volunteer needs For Event Nights:

Parking and 

Friday, Oct. 21:

BIGGEST HOLES:

  • Games (1 person) supervise kids playing on tennis courts, play with kids

Other places we could use a second person:

  • Survey taker 
  • Greeter 
  • Floater – give breaks to others

Saturday, Oct. 22:

BIGGEST HOLES:

  • Survey (1 or 2 people )
  • Mansion Main Floor/Door (1 person)

Other places we could use a second person:

  • Greeter 
  • Floater 

Friday, Oct. 28:

BIGGEST HOLES:

  • Setup (3 people) start at 1 pm
    • Games (1 person)
    • Survey (1 or 2 people)

Other places we could use a second person.

  • Floater

Saturday, Oct. 29 – NOTE WE START AN HOUR EARLIER THIS NIGHT

BIGGEST HOLES:

  • Setup Crew (1 person)
  • Survey (1 person)
  • Photo Op/Dressup (1 or two people)
  • Mansion Main Floor/Door (1 person)

Other places we could use a second person.

  • Floater

For strike/take down/move out:

-4 or 5 more people on this Sunday Oct 23 for mini-strike. 10-noon 

-10 more people on Sunday Oct 30 for take down 10-3, lunch provided.

-10 more people on Monday day Oct 31 for move out to storage 9-3:30, lunch provided.

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Wonderful Transylvania Times Article About Pumpkin Fest!!

Thank you to the Transylvania Times for a really wonderful article and pictures about Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont in Brevard . Incredibly well done and front page!!

Don’t miss this weekend! 6-9 pm both nights. $5 admission cash, $5.25 card. $5 onsite parking, free parking nearby.

Friday night Oct 14, the music is McIntosh & The Lionhearts. Big Eyed Rabbit.

Saturday night Oct. 15, the music is Big Eyed Rabbit.

https://transylvaniatimes-cnhi.newsmemory.com?selDate=20221013&goTo=A01

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Food trucks and food options

We got a question today about food trucks for Pumpkin Fest.

This is what we have scheduled.

Food Trucks (plus Cup and Saucer- Drinks and Cookies Every Night)

-Oct. 14
Big Pasta, Glykalogy Donuts

-Oct. 15
Toasted Cuban and Feta Flav, Glykalogy Donuts

-Oct 21
Big Pasta, Jenny Mini Donuts

-Oct 22
Unusual Suspects Sandwiches, Big Pasta, Glykalogy Donuts

-Oct 28
Haus Heidelberg, Jenny Mini Donuts

-Oct 29
Toasted Cuban, Big Pasta, Glykalogy Donuts

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