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Are you looking for something to take your mind off the hot and humid weather? The fall is coming, with cool temperatures, beautiful autumn color, and THE PUMPKIN PATCH at Silvermont Park! The third annual event, sponsored by the Friends of Silvermont, will be held on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28 this year, so mark your calendars!
Come join the celebration on Saturday:
“It’s a family-friendly, free event from 11 to 5 p.m., and we really want everyone to come out to celebrate the history of Silvermont and enjoy the music,” said Carleen Dixon, Transylvania County Parks and Recreation Director.
Dixon said the live music includes a diverse lineup organized by local John Felty, owner of Mountain Song Productions.
“His (Felty’s) donation to the park was to coordinate the music and stage, so we’ve got Soul Magnetics, who are a soul/funk band, and then there is Clint Roberts, a younger guy out of Ashville who has a bluesy vibe,” Dixon said.
The schedule of performances include Lynn Goldsmith and the Jeter Mountain Band at 12 p.m., Cody Siniard at 1 p.m., Clint Roberts at 2:30 p.m. and Soul Magnetics at 4 p.m.
Dixon said there will also be food trucks, including Oskar Blues’ Chub Wagon, Amazing Pizza Company and Kiwi Gelato.
“We will have a little of everything, face painting, and the balloon artist, Professor Whizzpop, for kids,” Dixon said.
She said after the music, they are going to wrap everything up with square dancing on the basketball court.
“If you grew up around here, you’d know that’s a tradition,” Dixon said. “We used to go there once a week with our families and square dance when we were kids.”
In the mansion itself, Dixon said the Friends of Silvermont, with whom the Transylvania County Parks and Recreation Department partnered to orchestrate the festival, will be dressed in period costumes on the second floor, and on the first floor, she said, there will be displays and pictures of Silvermont from the past to the present.
Dixon said there will not be any parking in the park itself, where the lot will be reserved for handicap accessible parking. She said her department has received approval with other locations, such as Comporium, a sponsor of the event, and Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church for festival parking.
[From April 24, 2017 Transylvania Times]
At the March meeting, the Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Eugene Rogers Baker for his outstanding volunteer service to Brevard and Transylvania County. Many of his contributions were related to the Transylvania County Historical Society. The Friends of Silvermont are especially proud of his contributions to Silvermont.
[From March 30, 2017 Transylvania Times…]
“The Silvermont Centennial Committee was formed in 2013 to restore the mansion to a vibrant community center and historic landmark. Baker was treasurer of that group.
Restoration of the windows was deemed to be the most pressing need, and Baker worked diligently to help raise funds towards this goal. Through the sponsorship of the Waightstill Avery Chapter NSDAR and with support from the Transylvania County Commissioners and the County Historical Society, the Silvermont Centennial Committee was awarded an NSDAR grant for $10,000 to apply toward repair and restoration of the 75 solid oak windows. This phase, as well as the replacement of the front porch, has been completed.
In keeping with the Silvermont Committee’s goal of developing a vibrant community center, the Bakers chose to donate funds for the planning and construction of a half-mile American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified loop trail around the eight acres of Silvermont. In conjunction with this, the Bakers also donated the funds to provide a resilient rubberized surface for an ADA toddler playground on the site.
Transylvania County has, indeed, been enriched by the service and commitment of Gene Baker. He has made us more aware of our heritage and, with this, has made our community a better place to live.”
The Silvermont Centennial will be celebrated on May 13, with a full day of music and fun activities at Silvermont Park. The basketball court will become a stage for a multitude of area musicians to include: Lynn Goldsmith & Jeter Mountain Band, Clint Richards, Soul Magnetica, and the Hog Town Squealers.
Activities on the grounds will include kids games, garden events, artists, crafts, nature walks and square dancing.
The house museum will be open and there will be displays of past-to-present throughout the house.
There will be lots of goodies available from food trucks as well. Make sure to save the date, May 13, from 11am – 5pm, for a day of family fun at Silvermont!