Update on Pumpkin Fest and Silvermont from Pinkie Byrd on behalf of the Friends of Silvermont board:
Just a short note to update you on what has been happening.
This summer we were pleased to arrange for and fund the restoration/renovation of the first floor of the mansion. which included repairs and refinishing of the hardwood floors, new paint and installation of custom wooden, interior shutters.
Next we partnered with Parks and Rec to spruce up the dolphin and turtle on the grounds. Their new paint jobs are wonderful.
Meanwhile we arranged for Schenck Job Corps to refinish and paint the porch rockers. They should soon appear back on the front porch.
Our big project was our 4th Annual Pumpkin Fest and we are pleased with the results. We grossed over $16,000 (Net was over $8000) and had a total attendance of 2765…both are record breakers. The funds earned from this plus your donations are what has made it possible for us to do this work.
Our next step is a presentation to the Transylvania County Commissioners on Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 in the administrations building to discuss our relationship. We look forward to continuing a positive relationship with them and planning for future projects. If you are free that evening, your presence at the meeting would go a long way in showing the commissioners how much the community appreciates Silvermont Park and work of the Friends of Silvermont.
Pinkie Byrd for Friends of Silvermont
As the Pumpkineers clean up Silvermont Park from Pumpkin Fest 2018, the Visit page of the Silvermont website was updated today to reflect the new hours of the Second Floor Silvermont Museum, run by the Transylvania Heritage Museum.
“Walk upstairs to the second floor’s beautiful museum, reflecting the era of the original Silvermont mansion family, the Silversteens. The museum is currently managed by the Transylvania Heritage Museum, with trained docents providing guided tours.
The Silvermont second floor museum is open each week (excluding holidays) on Thursdays from 6-7:15 pm and on Fridays from 1-4 pm. from the first of March to the end of October. Private tours can be arranged by calling the Transylvania Heritage Museum at 884- 2347.”
Thanks to those who called this to our attention last week. If you have any comments or input on the website, please provide your comments to bandurragam at gmail dot com, current webmaster.
Thank you very much to the almost 3000 people who attended pumpkin fest over the last 3 weekends, as well as the musicians and volunteers who helped put on a great event. Lots of hard work and fun, for a good cause, to help Silvermont mansion and park via friends of Silvermont. Hope everyone who attended got a chance to see the refinished floors, repainted walls, and new window blinds on the first floor, all of which were paid for by previous fundraisers. Thank you to all for your support.
All, we are watching the weather today and still plan to open up pumpkin fest at Silvermont tonight at 7 pm. If needed can move music in the house and kid activities to the covered porches. Bring rain gear and umbrellas to walk the trail to see lighted pumpkins. Rain should lighten during late afternoon and early evening.
If anything changes, will announce on this page.
Check out Lauren Brigman’s wonderful coverage today! Thank you very much to WLOS for the beautiful shots of a few of the displays.
Last weekend of pumpkin fest at Silvermont is this Fri and Sat, 7-9 pm. The Outside Dogs (fri) and Marc Brown and Friends (sat) are providing music this weekend.
Pumpkin Fest 2nd weekend coming this Friday and Saturday 7-9 pm. Here’s the info on music and activities. Oct 26 act is changed to “The Outside Dogs”. Lots of fun for families.
All, we just have been notified of an error in our music schedule for the Oct 26 pumpkin fest event. Instead of the Road Apple Ramblers, The Outside Dogs will be playing. We apologise for the error. Time is still 7-9.