July 2012
Issue No 6.

Let me begin by explaining the 'earlier' July News from the Transylvania Heritage Museum. When I sat down to 'learn' how to create the newsletter on my own, I apparently  sent my practice page to all those signed up for Notes and Notables! So, please accept my apologies and enjoy this, the ACTUAL July Notes and Notables.


Wow, has it been a busy year so far! The 4th of July was a lot of fun, and the new exhibit has been received well. Roads, Rails and Trails is now on display at the Museum and will be until November 17th. Displays will change during that time, and some programming is being lined up to go along with the topics covered in the Exhibit. Keep your eyes open for announcement regarding those programs in upcoming Notes and Notables!


Sincerely - Rebecca Suddeth, Executive Director
Off the Beaten Path...
The Transylvania Heritage Museum is very pleased to have the Brance Tinsley Moonshine Still on display as part of the Roads, Rails & Trails Exhibit.
The last time the still was a part of an exhibit was in 2009 when the museum was still located on Jordan Street.  Many people have asked when it would again be on display.

The Still, which passed from Brance to his son Jim Bob, was generously donated to the Museum by Dottie Tinsley.  The Still demonstrates what a person may find when wandering 'Off the Beaten Path' in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Founders Day 2011 4th Annual Founders Day Fair Sept. 1

Mark your calendars now! The 4th Annual Founders Day Fair, continues the celebration of 151 years of Transylvania History with crafts, a Civil War Encampment, music and family history displays on Saturday, September 1st on the grounds of the Translyvania Heritage Museum on West Main Street from 10 am until 5 pm.  Local handcrafters are invited to come demonstrate and sell their wares. Booth space of 10' x 10' is only $25. Last year, over 700 families visited the museum, and hundreds more enjoyed the festivities on the lawn.  Booth reservation forms are available at the Museum or from Linda Anders, Event Coordinator.  Anyone who would like to volunteer for set up, clean up or to bake for the bake sale, please contact Linda.  Please help make this another successful Heritage Event! Contact Linda at heritage@comporium.net or 828-862-8228

Get Creative! 


  Last year's Scarecrow Winner

It may seem too early to be thinking about building Scarecrows, but we want to get everyone started thinking about their entries to this year's Scarecrows on the Lawn Festival.  The event coincides with Brevard's Halloweenfest in October, and is lots of fun.  It is a way to express oneself, one's class, or one's business.  Last year, one entry educated visitors on the importance of recycling!  Watch upcoming Notes for entry details and forms, and start harvesting some great ideas! Last year's winner was "Tin Man" and was created by Fran Johnson.  

Docents Needed

 Docents are a vital part of the operation of the Transylvania Heritage Museum.  They act as a friendly host/hostess to our visitors for two or more shifts per month.  Many are great about filling in for other docents when emergencies or sicknesses arise. Shifts are from 10:00 to 1:30 or 1:30 to 5:00, Wednesday through Saturday.  The Museum is open from mid-February until early December. Docents are sometimes asked to help with various other tasks, but are not required to do so. 


Docents are provided with complete training to make them comfortable with their tasks.  They learn the operation of the cash register as well as how to use the credit card reader.  They also learn to document sales since many of our items are placed for sale on a consignment basis, and become familiar with merchandise.  Docents are also provided with exhibit material and taken on a 'Walk through' of the exhibit to become familiar with the topics that are covered.


Pat Childress recruits and schedules docents at times convenient to them, and is in charge of Heritage Gifts.

A 'Walk through' of the current exhibit Roads, Rails & Trails is scheduled for docents on Tuesday, July 17 at 1:30.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a docent, contact the Museum and leave a message if necessary.

In This Issue
Off the Beaten Path
Save the Date!
Get Creative!
Docents Needed
Calendar of Events

July 4th - November 17th Roads, Rails & Trails Exhibit



July 24


Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. Live music by The Quarterhouse Bluegrass Band.


August 4, 10:30am  

Walking Tour

Behind the Scenes:West Main Street. 

Explore Brevard and learn about early families from a different perspective while walking behind buildings and through alley ways.  Please call for reservations by Thursday, August 2 at 5 pm. Cost is $10 per person, and free to all Luminary Members.