Lighted Pumpkin Patch Coming Soon!


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Strategic Plan for Parks to be Presented

Come learn about the strategic plan for Brevard & Transylvania County Parks – Monday September 26, 7pm, County Commissioners meeting.strategic-plan-meeting

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Lighted Pumpkin Patch Will Return – Volunteers Requested

Last October’s “Revenge of the White Squirrels” and “Lighted Pumpkin Patch” events in Silvermont Park were such a hit, that the Friends of Silvermont plan to bring the event back this October.  Planning for the event has begun, and they are looking for volunteers who would like to be a part of these fun Halloween activities.  The event will run for three weekends in October and will include some of the displays from last year, along with additional displays and activities, providing an even bigger and better experience for children and families over the Halloween holidays.

PumpkinPatchSignAn immediate need for the event is location of long-term storage space for the thousands of pumpkin decorations.  For the past year, the team used a Quonset hut on the grounds of Keystone Camp, a much-appreciated short-term solution for the project.  A larger, more accessible space would make the maintenance of the decorations more feasible.  A large unheated barn or garage would be ideal.  If you have or know of a space that might be available, please contact Pinkie Byrd at   

Teams are now being formed to prepare the displays and to manage the event.  A first step will be to find people with an artistic/craft orientation to help get the pumpkin displays ready. There are opportunities both for display repair as well as design.  Some of the displays need some rehab and additional decoration for use this year.  Some of the donated displays were not used last year, but with some TLC and design layout, could be put into action this year.  For anyone interested in being a part of this project, please contact Jeanne Hunter (

The group is seeking additional volunteers to help with moving and set-up on the grounds, as well as staffing of the event.  Contact Pinkie Byrd at if you would like to volunteer. 




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Memorial Service and Reception for Lee Stewart – April 9

LeeStewartEmily “Lee” Masburn Stewart, of Brevard, passed away in Marietta, Ga. Dec. 14, 2015 surrounded by four generations of a loving family.

She is best remembered for a life long love of helping others, demonstrated in recent years by her involvement with The Council on Aging, AAUW and Silvermont. She had the remarkable ability to see the good in others and bring out the best in them.

A memorial for her will be held at the English Chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016. Following the service, a reception will be held at Silvermont from 3 to 5 p.m ., hosted by the Friends of Silvermont. Lee’s family would be pleased if you would join us for this remembrance of the impact she made on each of us.

In lieu of flowers donations to Silvermont in her honor would be appreciated.

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Trail Sign Greets Walkers and Honors Jonathan Baker

003A vibrant new sign has been installed at Silvermont, providing a map of the Silvermont ADA Trail that meanders through the park.  The trail was donated in memory of Jonathan Baker by his parents Gene and Sally Baker; the sign helps commemorate their wonderful gift.  The sign also provides a brief history of Silvermont, with fun cutouts of the Silversteen family allowing park visitors to have their pictures taken with Dorothy Silversteen. Come see the latest addition at Silvermont Park and enjoy the lovely spring weather by walking the trail!

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Second Floor Museum Announces Season Schedule

A sure sign of spring is the reopening of the Silvermont House Museum located at 364 East Main Street in Brevard.  The nine room museum will be open to the public beginning March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. The other monthly dates are:  April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. NS-0259_Joseph_Silversteen_outside_Silvermont

Individual, group or school tours can be arranged by calling Parks and Recreation (884-3156).  There is no charge for admission to the second floor museum, however it is not handicapped accessible.  Tours are led by knowledgeable docents who explain the life and times of the Joseph Silversteen family.  Read more about the history.


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A Tea Party at Silvermont

Silvermont TeaAn “old-fashioned” Bridge Tea was held at Silvermont on January 16.  Read more

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