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Brevard Holiday Bazaar

Hosted by Shannon Whitworth and Sarah Siskind

11 a.m. -5 p.m. Dec.4, Brevard Lumber Yard, 200 King St., Brevard

If you thought Shannon Whitworth was a talented artist before, wait until you see her paintings or pottery. With friend and fellow singer-songwriter Sarah Sisking, a jeweler, Shannon will host a throwdown holiday art party, Brevard style. Benefiting the Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County, the show will feature all the usual: local fine art and paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood working, Christmas trees and wreaths, up-cycled art, baked goods and of course, music.

The Oskar Blues Chubwagon Cantina food truck adds to the fun that includes a craft table for kids, a holiday movie projected on the big white wall and a visit from Santa. Whitworth specializes in mixed media paintings and those who have seen her perform at the MountainSong Music Festival (husband Woody Platt is a member of the Steep Canyon Rangers) may have seen her art booth full of unique screen printed T-shirts and onesies. Siskind creates jewelry from findings and beads she collects on tour and now offers at her concert merchandise tables. The Brevard LumberYard is a unique special event space, musicians will jam and there’s bound to be creative and spontaneous fun right along with the art.


BREVARD, NC (October 10, 2016) – To celebrate an incredible year of growth at the Lumberyard Arts District in Brevard, the businesses in that neighborhood will be throwing a block party from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th.

The public is invited to come and enjoy an afternoon of art, food, and music. Maps, with a schedule of events, will be available at each business for a walking tour of the neighborhood. Events include art openings, demonstrations, special menus and food trucks, bike demos, music and dance performances, and a live concert to cap off the evening. More details will be announced as the day draws closer.

Participating businesses include 185 King Street, with world-class live music in a comfortable and welcoming venue; Brevard Lumberyard, a multi-purpose performing arts center; Circle Factory, the studio of artist George Peterson; Faulkner Woodworking, timber frame construction and fine woodworking; The Haen Gallery, with 14,000 square feet of stunning paintings, photography, and sculpture by local, national, and international artists; Lumberyard Studios, with artists Jenni Barton, Bradford Carson, Cathy Goden, Tiffany Teso-Fisher, and Jessica Carson; Magpie Meat & Three, classic Southern flavors and time-tested dishes in an inviting, comfortable atmosphere; Railroad Iron Studio, with the work of artist Jacob Liske; Squatch Bikes & Brews, a full-service, state of the art bike shop; and Underground Salvage, with amazing finds, salvaged materials, antiques, and unique furniture.

The businesses in the Lumberyard Arts District are working hard to breathe new life into a great neighborhood with a long history. They believe in the power of the arts to create exciting opportunities and beautiful spaces where amazing things can happen. They invite you to join in this celebratory day.

The historic Lumberyard Arts District is located between King and French Broad Streets in Brevard. For more information, visit and follow these businesses on facebook to stay up-to-date.

The Right Asheville-Area Wedding Venue

The Real We: Wedding Locations Reflect Your Personality

By Jennifer Fulford – The Laurel of Asheville – September 2016

The Laurel of Asheville September 2016Once upon a time, tradition typically dictated wedding decisions. But couples are crafting new fairytale events these days, revising the standard storyline to create weddings that reflect who they are as a twosome. This new chapter of their lives starts with the right place.

Around Asheville, the choices for wedding venues are numerous and give new meaning to variety. Wedding at a brewery? Sure. In a diner? No problem. Wedding planner Alex Fisher says, “Quirk is definitely in.” But whether it’s a luxurious inn, riverbank, barn, or mountaintop, a couple’s proclivities tend to guide the decision.

“The venue is such an integral and intimate part of the decision-making process,” says Alex, owner of Lucky Penny Creative ( in Asheville and Greenville. “They either have a place that is meaningful to them or a particular type of venue is important to them.”

The venue sets the tone for other big decisions, like the menu and decorations. Whether it’s been done before or not, Alex is game to give any idea a chance.

“I always say, ‘It never hurts to ask!’ Especially when it comes to a unique venue like an art gallery, arcade, or history museum,” she says.

One such place has become a wedding destination in the Brevard Arts District. The Brevard Lumberyard (, a revitalized 1908 lumber warehouse, carries a retro appeal with corrugated metal, bricks, and murals. Owner Josh Leder says this downtown venue can accommodate a five-star experience or simply a cookout. The lumberyard, also used as a performing arts venue, can accommodate 300 guests, indoors or outdoors. The facility includes a fire pit and old fire truck.

“We’re all about cool vibes and what’s old is new again,” Josh says. “We’re not a ballroom or a resort. We are a cool authentic space.”

Many venues offer flexibility. Appalachian Farm Weddings ( in Waynesville may have farm in the name, but owner Sarah Claire has seen all kinds of weddings at her rural location, from vintage to chic. “Our strengths include breathtaking views that surround you,” says Sarah. Couples can be wed in a well-preserved old barn with a hundred guests or expand the event to hold 300 in tents. Guests could see tractors as backdrops or pink tulle and light-catching chandeliers. The 400 acres remains a working family farm, as it has for 175 years.

Another Waynesville location draws those who seek exclusivity. The Inn at Tranquility Farm ( strives for mountain elegance. Between gorgeous views from a stone backporch terrace and detailed interiors, the inn is a close cousin to a high-end resort. Lit by crystal chandeliers, the property’s new 2,500-square-foot events center, called the Pavilion, flirts with rustic. Its cedar trusses and a stone hearth fireplace reflect a Smoky Mountain aesthetic.

Sutton Angelo Katz, the inn’s manager, says, “It should be as easy to fall in love with your venue and vendors as it was each other.” The Inn at Tranquility Farm has overnight accommodations for a small party and can hold 150 guests.

Orchard Inn ( is the creation of Marc and Marianne Blazar, who met while traveling the globe. They’ve stayed at everything from five-star hotels to exotic tented camps and their Saluda inn combines the best of their hospitality knowledge in order to pamper couples who want an intimate wedding of fewer than 70 guests. The keywords for the Blazars are food and personal attention.

“One of our more exciting and international weddings was a great family affair with the bride being from Lebanon, groom being from South Carolina, both living in England,” says Marc. “We were delighted to welcome happy guests from all over the world.”

The Orchard Inn offers entire weekend packages, as do many venues. “Chill and relax,” Marc says. “We will deliver a wedding to your liking from beginning to end.”

Live & Silent Auction

Live and Silent AuctionMark your calendars and join us for an amazing event! There will be LIVE music, GREAT food, AWESOME items, and most of all… LOADS of fun!

Saturday, June 4 at 11:30 AM


BONUS– Childcare will be provided!!
*All proceeds will go towards Brevard Academy’s new playground and their new location*

May 18th 2016 – Pisgah Pickers Show benefiting JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians)

JAM for J.A.M. poster

JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is an after school program offering instruction on stringed instruments in Traditional Appalachian Music, held at the Boys & Girls Club.

The Pisgah Pickers are a mixture of some of the areas best musicians forming as the alter-ego of their respective ensembles. The band is comprised of Woody Platt, Mike Guggino and Mike Ashworth (Steep Canyon Rangers),
Jeff Sipe (Jeff Sipe Trio) , and Steve Trismen of Jupiter Coyote.
Ticket cost: $25

candCan’d Aid is the non-profit side of Oskar Blues Brewery and is a public charity dedicated to giving back and makin’ a difference



May 3, 2016 – Taste Of Transylvania

First Citizens Bank and TCSEF present the Fifth Annual Taste of Transylvania which will raise money to support innovative, educational programs in Transylvania County Schools.
May 3, 2016
The Lumberyard, Brevard
6-9 pm

First Citizens Bank logoAll funds raised at the event support the TCSEF Mini-Grant program, a competitive process which awarded $18,000 to classroom and enrichment projects for the 2015/2016 school year.

TCSEF exists to promote, develop, and encourage public and private support of Transylvania County Schools (TCS) and its goals for education. 

By providing financial support for programs and projects that are not funded through government revenues, the Foundation is a leading resource helping to preserve, maintain, advance and enrich public education in Transylvania County.

Tickets are on sale now!

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More Change Coming To Main Street – Brevard NC

Underground Salvage Co./Architectural Antiques

Underground Salvage Co./Architectural Antiques

By Kevin Fuller – Transylvania Times, Jan 14th, 2016

The face of downtown Brevard is changing again as a long-time East Main Street business is headed to the Brevard Lumberyard, and the building it currently sits in is up for sale.

The Underground Salvage Co./Architectural Antiques, located on East Main Street, will soon move to a permanent home at the Brevard Lumberyard.

Owner Tim Hall confirmed the move Tuesday.

“Our business plan is to move our Underground Salvage Co. store to the 1.5-acre site by mid-March of this year,” Hall said in an email. “We have just completed our 25th year on Main Street. It has been a great location through the years, but as our business shifted in recent years from primarily antiques and collectibles to architectural salvage it has become difficult to load and unload during regular business hours.”

Hall said parking downtown was hindering his business.

“Parking has become an issue with the many restaurants that have opened since we started our business downtown in 1990,” he said. “You could count the eating places on one hand back then, and when 5 p.m. closing time happened there were rarely more than three or four cars remaining on the street. Today, it is full well into the evening.”

According to Josh Leder, owner of Brevard Lumberyard, the antique and architectural salvage company started making the move weeks ago, stating Hall had moved larger items into the space.

An announcement posted on the Underground Salvage Co./Architectural Antiques’ Facebook page stated the move was “a brand new salvage experience in Brevard’s up-and-coming Lumber Arts District. For the first time our retail and warehouses (never before open to the public) will be combined on 1.25 acres of buildings, sheds and lumber racks.”

“Tim has really been Mr. Downtown for so long,” Leder said, referring to Hall’s reputation doing business in Brevard. “I’m super thrilled.”

A complete move to the larger space, located at 228 W. French Broad St ., will be made once the East Main building that currently houses the retail store is sold, which Hall estimated would be in March. Hall said an announcement would be made regarding the sale of the building in the future.

Leder also made the announcement that a restaurant would be opening in the lumberyard.

Magpie, a meat-plus-three-style restaurant, will open its doors in April or May, Leder said. The restaurant would give patrons a meat option plus three sides for a main course. Owners of the new restaurant could not be reached for comment.

“The lumberyard district is evolving to become the next hot spot in Brevard, with the bike path slated to travel all the way down Railroad Avenue to Main Street,” Hall said. “In the coming year or so, coupled with the city’s desire to encourage traffic to use this route, it seems a good time to make the move.”

Hall said he tried to purchase Brevard Lumberyard when it was last up for sale.

“We first attempted to purchase the Brevard Lumber Co. property when they closed several years ago,” he said. “We were pleased when Josh Leder purchased it and respected and appreciated the history behind it.”

Hall said the plan for his business is to become a reclaimed lumber store that offers salvaged doors, window, mantels, heart pine and oak beams along with hardware salvaged from historic buildings and houses in Western North Carolina.

He has also formed connections with demolition companies in the Midwest.

“This move will allow us to expand our business and combine the store with the two large warehouses of accumulated reclaimed materials that have not been open to the public through the years,” he said. “We will continue to have much of the same merchandise we have become known for, including our large collection of vinyl records, vintage magazines, jewelry, vintage clothing and quality antique furniture.”