2017 Event Calendar Upcoming events are listed chronologically. Registration for each event is listed directly after the event. Saturday, October 21, 2017 Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy/High Top Bee Tree In the 1800s and early 1900s the top of Brushy was an important meeting spot for hunters. It divides the large drainages of Bee Tree Creek (Right Fork), Laurel Branch, and Sugar Fork. The high top of Bee Tree is the highest point on the Swannanoa Rim. The Bee Trees run south from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grovemont and Swannanoa, separating the North Fork drainage from the Bee Tree Creek drainage. The Museum’s hike provides a tour of these mountains from White Oak Flats, just south of Brushy Ridge, to the gap near Eden Rock, above the Granny and Laurel Branches. Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Difficulty: Difficult, 6 miles Meet Time: 8:00AM Estimated Return Time: 2:30PM Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out. Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy & High Top of Bee Tree Members $30.00 USDNon-Members $50.00 USDMembers Entire Series $280.00 USDNon-Members Entire Series $500.00 USD Cancelled: Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, 2017 Historic Haunted House Tour We’re sorry to report that due to recent hurricane events, which caused damage to the roof of In-the-Oaks, we will be unable to put on our annual Historic Haunted House Tours this year. We apologize and hope to see you next Halloween! Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Museum Bring your children to the (kid-friendly) haunted museum for some treats and old-fashioned Halloween mask making. Free Admission! For more information email email@example.com or call (828) 669-9566. Hours: 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM Cost: Free. Donations appreciated. Saturday, November 4, 2017 Mountain House Hike The original route traveled by those ascending to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, was through the North Fork valley via the Old Mitchell Trail. Intrepid visitors would travel the trail by wagon, horseback, and on foot to the Mountain House. This out-and-back route begins at Wendell Begley’s cabin near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell State Park, proceeds to Potato Knob, and then continues down to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to Deer Gap. At Deer Gap the hike enters the restricted City of Asheville property, and continues downhill via the “uncleared” section of the Old Mitchell Trail to the Mountain House ruins. Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain Time: 8:00AM Difficulty: Difficult, 4 miles round trip Cost: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out. Mountain House Hike Member $50.00 USDNon-Member $75.00 USD Friday, November 10, 2017 SVM Book Club: Cataloochee, by Wayne Caldwell November’s read will be Wayne Caldwell’s tale of the Cataloochee community, Cataloochee. Never one to pass on opportunity, Ezra Banks, an ambitious young man seeking some land of his own, arrives in Cataloochee in the 1880s. His first order of business is to marry a Carter girl, Hannah, the daughter of the valley’s largest landowner. From there Ezra’s brood grows, as do those of the Carters and the Wrights. With hard work and determination, the burgeouning community transforms wilderness into home, to be passed on through generations. But the idyll is not to last, nor to be inherited: The government takes steps to relocate folks to make room for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and tragedy will touch one of the clans in a single, unimaginable act. Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! Saturday, November 11, 2017 Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West Side Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. We will begin with a talk overlooking the valley from the old clubhouse and then cross the main dam. From here, the caravan will stop for participants to view the entrance to Gombroon as well as the Gombroon wall. Following that, we will pass the Left Hand Fork Intake and head to the Dan Burnett Place. The tour will end with the ruins of Gombroon – to include the foundation, heart-shaped pool, the spring house, and the McGinnis Cabin. Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Meet Time: 9:00 AM Estimated Return Time: 2:00 PM Difficulty: Moderate; There will be some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. This is a rain or shine event. Cost: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12 Note: This tour takes place inside the City of Asheville watershed and is limited to only 30 participants for each tour to protect this special place. Watershed Tour – November (West Side) Member $50.00 USDNon-member $75.00 USDChildren (under 12) $25.00 USD Saturday, November 18, 2017 Swannanoa Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Garden of Eden. This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the Swannanoa Rim. In the summer months its rocky top was famous for its sunning serpents (rattlesnakes and copperheads) and it why this segment of the rim is hiked in the winter. This loop hike begins at Camp Rockmont for Boys climbs to Cedar Cliff and the Garden of Eden and returns to Rockmont. Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Difficulty: Strenuous, 8 miles Meet Time: 8:00AM Estimated Return Time: 3:00PM Cost: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers Register by adding the hike to your cart and checking out. Rim Hike #11 – Garden of Eden Members $30.00 USDNon-Members $50.00 USD Saturday, November 18, 2017 Swannanoa Valley Hike Finishers Celebration & Hiker Reunion Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike and Valley History Explorer Hike Series in 2017. All 2017 Hike Series finishers will receive their Rim Hike jackets and fleeces this evening. All past and present finishers and their families are welcome. We will provide dinner (pizza, salad, dessert) and non-alcoholic beverages. Meet: Lakeview Center, Lake Tomahawk, 401 Laurel Cir Dr, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cost: Free for all 2017 finishers, $10 suggested donation for all others Friday, December 1, 2017 Book Talk: Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Dan Pierce Local author and historian Dan Pierce will join us at the museum to talk about his new book, Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The guidebook, created along with award winning illustrator Joel Anderson of Anderson Design Group, and travel writer Nathan Anderson, takes readers on a tour of the Smokies. Scattered with historical photos and including 40 full-color posters inspired by New Deal era artwork, lovers of the national parks are sure to enjoy this guide packed full of history and must-see landmarks. Dan will also join us for Holly Jolly. He’ll have this and other books for sale and signing. Location: Swannanoa Valley Museum Time: 4:00pm Cost: Free Friday, December 1, 2017 Holly Jolly Join us tonight for Holly Jolly. Our exhibits will be open for the last time this year and we’ll have a holiday-themed craft for kids. Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Cost: Free Saturday, December 2, 2017 Museum Closes for 2017 Visit the Museum on the last day we’ll be open in 2017 and see our exhibits before they are replaced in 2018. Open: 10:00am – 5:00pm Friday, December 8, 2017 SVM Book Club: Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, edited by Morris Allen Grubbs and Mary Ellen Miller December’s read is a collection of poems and essays by Leicester (North Turkey Creek) native and grandfather of the Appalachian studies renaissance, Jim Wayne Miller, that includes excerpts from his seminal work, The Briar Poems, and a rare autobiographical essay. Highlights from the volume include touchstone poems; seminal articles; a rare autobiographical essay; a commencement address; and an excerpt from the previously unpublished short story “Truth and Fiction.” Revealing the scope and significance of Miller’s contributions as an artist and cultural scholar, this reader captures the excitement that surrounded the birth of modern Appalachian literature. Meet: Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711 Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Cost: Free; Bring along a bag lunch and join other history and literature enthusiasts as you discuss themes, opinions and more! PAST EVENTS – 2017 2018 Event Calendar – Coming Soon!