Monday, November 24, 2008

Small Town Holidays

Brevard is gearing up for the holidays. It is a charming small town with lots of activities. Come up and stay with us at Ash Grove, then rekindle your childhood memories or make new traditions with:

On Dec. 6th, the downtown streets of Brevard will be transformed into a magical world of holiday cheer during the Heart of Brevard's 21st Annual Twilight Tour.

The sidewalks will glow in the light of 1000 luminaries, and school children & the community choir & musicians will gather at the courthouse gazebo to fill the evening air with holiday song. You'll be able to roast your own marshmallows for making s' mores and decorate sugar cookies. For adults, the Merchant Open House offers a unique and wonderful holiday shopping opportunity. The retail stores will offer special discounts, refreshments and entertainment. And the Mistletoe Market is the perfect place to find a Transylvania Christmas tree, wreath or garland.

On 4-7 Dec, the Silvermont Mansion will house 35 extravagant decorated Christmas trees. Admission is $3, benefitting local charities.

Tour some of Brevard's most beautiful homes on 13 Dec at the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Admission is $30, benefiting local charities.

Bluegrass Holiday at the Porter Center with Steep Canyon Rangers is on 19 Dec. 828-243-3496

Brevard Little Theatre presents "The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge" on 12-14 & 19-21 December. www.brevardlittletheatre.com

Holiday favorites by Vivaldi, Bach, Verdi, etc will be presented by the Carolina Concert Choir and Orchestra at the Porter Center on 20 Dec. www.carolinaconcertchoir.org

Throughout the holiday season, there are several choose-and-cut tree farms in the area where you can get a fresh tree. Also all during the holidays, the local arts center, arts guild, arts cooperative and our local potters and other craftsmen are hosting sales of great gift items.

More musical events are scheduled for the nearby cities of Hendersonville and Asheville, and other cultural events are happening during the week and on the weekends through Christmas in our area.




Monday, November 17, 2008

Slower Times

Now that October is gone, business is slowing down a bit at Ash Grove. That gives us a chance to get maintenance and repairs done that we can't do during the busy season. Of course, leaf removal is our number one priority right now. Probably 95% of the leaves have fallen from the trees, so we are getting them off the roads, walkways, roofs, grass and gardens. I wonder how many tons of leaves fall on our 14 acres.....
Every season is different and beautiful, so it is still a wonderful time to come to the mountains. With many of the tourists and seasonal residents gone, there are fewer people on the roads and the hiking & mountainbiking trails and at the waterfalls. And with the leaves gone, the views are even more far-ranging and you can see many wateralls that are hidden by vegetation in the summer.
The weather is generally mild (average daytime temperatures are in the 50s and 60s in Nov and Dec). There is a slight chance for a light dusting of snow this time of year--enough to be pretty, but not enough to cause problems on the roads. After winter really arrives, we can expect average daytime temps for Jan and Feb to be in the upper 40s to lower 50s. On average we get 2 to 3 snowfalls per year, of 2-6 inches each.---breathtakingly beautiful, but still easy to get around on the roads.
With choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, Brevard's small town holiday celebrations, a charming downtown for shopping, mild weather and beautiful views, this is a great time to come and visit!