Upcoming Events

2024 Summer Series

July 6 

ShooFly Square Dance –  Dance the night away with Cedar Mountain Music Project and Sherwood Forest Friends. Uncle Ted and the Whitewater Bluegrass Band will inspire do-si-dos and promenades.  Beginners and pros, singles and couples are invited to join the fun.   

6-9 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn. $5 admission. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. 

July 27 

Richard Smith in Concert
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Richard Smith promises to wow Cedar Mountain with a solo repertoire that spans from uptempo barn burners to swing standards, the classics to pop, and traditional fiddle tunes to Sousa marches.  If you were lucky enough to catch him at Brevard Music Center last year, you know he’ll offer a showcase of finger-picking virtuosity and versatility.  

Free admission!  7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn.  Wine, water, and raffle tickets to benefit the Greg Allikas Scholarship Fund will be available for donation beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

August 3 

Learn about the history of summer camps in Transylvania county with Page Lemel, the fourth-generation director of Keystone Camp.

Free admission!  7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn.  Wine, water, and raffle tickets to benefit the Greg Allikas Scholarship Fund will be available for donation beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

August 17 

Laura Sperry, the Local History Librarian at Transylvania County Library, will present an overview of the African American History of Transylvania County. Sperry will highlight prominent figures, community locales, industries, and achievements.

Free admission!  7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn.  Wine, water, and raffle tickets to benefit the Greg Allikas Scholarship Fund will be available for donation beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Past Events

2024 Events

April 13: Clean Water, Food, and Tunes!

Join Sherwood Forest Friends and the Cedar Mountain Canteen to consider watersheds, clean water, and what it means to be a community residing on the Continental Divide.  Anna Alsobrook, French Broad Watershed Science and Policy Manager for MountainTrue, will describe  initiatives to test water and what the results mean to you.  Is it safe to drink?  Is it safe to swim? Gather at the Canteen at 11 a.m.

At noon, the Canteen’s Plant-based Supper Club will host a potluck dinner and provide education on preparing plant-based meals.  Please bring a dish to share and your own reusable place-settings.  If you cannot provide food or a place setting, for any reason, we are happy to provide.

A Bluegrass Jam will begin at 2 p.m.  All are welcome to join in!

April 20: Chimney Swifts: Want to Know More?

Celebrate Earth Day by discovering everything Winkie Clark knows about these chimney swifts.  Gather at 10 a.m. in the Robin Hood Barn.  The talk will be followed by the dedication of a new, third (!) swift tower.

2023 Events

September 9: Summer Series: Mountain Music: Fireside to Fender

Al Brothers, Mary Gordon, Lillie Syracuse, and friends will offer Mountain Music: Fireside to Fender.  Guest performers will include 12-year-old strings phenom Judson Stone. Sing along and tap your toes in time to an eclectic mix of bluegrass, Celtic, blues, and rock n’roll rhythms.  Pack your instrument and join a post-performance jam at The Outpost. Admission is free. Wine and water will be available for donation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn

August 26: Summer Series: Remembering the Great Flood of 1916

Award-winning filmmaker and executive director of The Center for Cultural Preservation David Weintraub will screen his film Come Hell or High Water, Remembering The Flood of 1916 and share stories born of Western North Carolina’s worst natural disaster.

7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn

August 19: Summer Series: Summer Camps in Western North Carolina

Since the early 1900s, the arrival of the camp season has drawn many families to this area, home to the largest concentration of summer camps in the United States. Discover the traditions, innovations, and impact spawned by summer camp with journalist and president of Historic Flat Rock, Missy Schenck, who runs a camp with her family.

7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn

August 12: Summer Series: The Story Behind the Story

Meet Sharyn McCrumb, award-winning writer beloved for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. She compares her best-sellers to quilts, “brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life and local tragedy, pieced together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the mountain South.”

7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn

July 1: Shoo-Fly Summers Square Dance 

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Dance the night away with Cedar Mountain Music Project and Sherwood Forest Friends. Uncle Ted from the Whitewater Bluegrass Band will lead us in promenades and do-si-dos until our boots fall off!

6-9 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn

June 9: Brevard Music Center- Then and Now

Discover the history of the Brevard Music Center with Kalen Lawson, BMC’s manager of grants and community engagement. Since its origin in1936, this premier summer music institute and festival teaches some of the world’s most talented young musicians to play at the highest artistic level, offering the soundtrack to our summers.

7 p.m. in the Robin Hood Barn

April 22-23: Earth Day Celebration

On April 22, 2023, Sherwood Forest Friends celebrated the 53rd Earth Day, which is now the largest secular observance in the world, with over 1 billion people participating each year.
This year is also the 50th anniversary of the NC Trails System Act, and has been designated as the Year of the Trail. Fittingly, SFF hosted Frank Porter of the board of directors of the Friends of the Ecusta Trail to tell us about progress on the project linking Hendersonville and Brevard.

2022 Events

September 3: Owen Grooms & Friends: An Evening of Old-Time Mountain Music

Acoustic musician, Owen Grooms has been playing Mandolin since childhood and Banjo since 2008. Since then, he has enjoyed playing claw-hammer banjo and mandolin in several groups in Western NC and teaching both instruments to children through the Junior Appalachian Musician program and private lessons. He will be joined by guitarist Mark Queen and special guest, Jenn Linville, for an evening of foot stomping music. As a bonus, dance teacher Linda Block will give a group clogging lesson starting at 6:30PM.

7:00 PM at Robin Hood Barn Summer Series.

August 27: Textile Traditions: Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

Cassie Dickson specializes in the weaving of coverlets using traditional patterns handed down for generations. Like the Scots-Irish settlers, she grows her own flax and processes it into linen cloth. She has been spinning, weaving, and natural dyeing for over 40 years and has raised silk worms to make silk fabric for the past 32 years.

7:00 PM at Robin Hood Barn Summer Series.

August 20: Influence of Scots-Irish Immigrants on the Music of Appalachia

Doug Orr and his wife, Darcy, will be telling stories and performing the songs that came across the “carrying stream” from Ulster to Appalachia. Orr is President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College and co-author, with Fiona Ritchie, of the book, Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia.

7:00 PM at Robin Hood Barn Summer Series.

August 13: Finding Your Way Home: Stories of True-Life Adventures & Mountain Roots

Connie Regan-Blake is one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances and workshops. Entertaining audiences in 47 states, 18 countries, and 6 continents she brings the wisdom, humor, and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries, and into the corporate world.

7:00 PM at Robin Hood Barn Summer Series.

July 2 Shoofly Summers Square Dance

Friends and neighbors will gather from for this family-friendly event. Dances will be called by Susan Brown. Admission is $5 at the door.

6-9pm at Robin Hood Barn

April 21-22:  Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day, on April 22nd each year, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The day was created to demonstrate support for our planet in a variety of ways. It has been estimated that Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people worldwide.Sherwood Forest’s celebration of Earth Day will open on Thursday, April 21 with a Nature Nuts presentation featuring Dr. Dave Ellum of Warren Wilson College. Discover Forest Understory Ecology at 7 p.m. at the Robin Hood Centre.Join fellow Nature Nuts and naturalist/educator, Eric Young, for a leisurely stroll through Sherwood Forest’s woodlands. Enjoy the wonders of the season in a unique way. Old and young alike will use their senses to celebrate the natural world. There will be a tea party, a picnic, a concert, and more, but nothing is what it seems. Meet at the Barn at 10:00 a.m.

February 25: Chimney Swift Nesting

Tower Dedication. Discover what chimney swifts do for you and your environment and why they need our help. Visit our second tower!

3 p.m. at the Barn

2021 Events

October 30 Open House

Judith Duff was a beloved neighbor and renowned potter who passed away in 2021. Mingle with fellow Friends and discover Judith’s unique interpretation of Japanese pottery.

2-4 p.m. Judith Duff Pottery Studio

September 9: Leave it Better

Cleanup and fun at DuPont State Forest.

3:00pm. Meet at The Barn

July 29:  John Rucker and his Amazing Turtle- Tracking Spaniels

Turtles are bellwethers, increases and declines in their population mirror the health of our ecosystem. Discover what one man and his dogs are doing to protect them. Meredith Brooks will describe efforts underway in Sherwood Forest.

4 p.m. at The Barn

August 21: Space, how do we know what we know about it?

Professor Mike Castelaz, Associate Professor of Physics at Brevard College, will explain the process for exploring the universe in search of life.

7:00pm at The Barn

August 14: Summer Series. Collecting Meteorites from Antarctica: Exploring Space on a Shoestring since 1977

Join Linda Welzenbach-Fries, science communications specialist in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice University, will recount her adventures in Antarctica.

7:00pm at The Barn

August 13: Perseid meteor shower

Meteor watch party at with Marc & Linda.

pre-dawn, 5 a.m., Arrowhead dam

August 13: Summer Series. Meteorites, messengers from space

Dr. Marc Fries, a planetary scientist within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will tell us what information meteorites hold.

7:00pm at The Barn

August 7: Summer Series. Mary Draper Ingles: A Story of Courage

Join us as Caroline McIntyre brings to life the harrowing tale of one woman’s escape from Indian slavery.

7:00pm at The Barn

July 8: Leave It Better Cleanup and fun at DuPont State Forest.

3:00pm meet at The Barn

June 3:  Leave It Better Cleanup and fun at DuPont State Forest.

3:00pm meet at The Barn

May 14: Blue Ghost Bubble v. 2.5

COVID-friendly drive by. Enjoy live music and pick up a goody bag with a recipe for a B.G. cocktail, watching tips, and more.

4 p.m. at The Barn

April 24: Earth Day

Nature hikes: sign up for Photography, Spring Wildflowers, or Kids Stroll

10 a.m. at The Barn

April 24 Storytelling and garden planting

Eric Young will entertain then kids will plant a flower garden.

3 p.m. at Studio 276

April 8:  Leave It Better

Cleanup and fun at DuPont State Forest.

3:00pm meet at The Barn

April 2 – May 16 Get Up Get Out Challenge

Run, ride, slither, swim or crawl to benefit the Sherwood Forest Friends (SFF) Scholarship Fund. Anyone can get up and get out, wherever they are, because SFF Hike n’ Bike is virtual! Sign up on (search for Sherwood Forest Friends Get Up and Get Out Challenge).