By Jane Izard

Flat Rock Playhouse

The MainStage presents Dial M for Murder through November 11. A classical whodunit just in time for Fall at the Playhouse, Dial M for Murder is a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller brimming with madness, murder and mayhem that will hold you spellbound with suspense.

From Nov. 25 through Dec. 22, come see A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas. Experience the songs and festivities with an original review that combines singing, dancing and humor with all the traditional scenes.

The Family Series will feature Pinkalicious the Musical from November 9 -19 and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever from November 30 - December 17.

Seats range from $14-$30. For show time and tickets contact Flat Rock Playhouse at (828) 693-0731 or visit Group Sales are available for all shows.

November fly fishing tip

Jessica Whitmire of Headwater outfitter says: “Standing in the middle of a Western North Carolina stream in November is serene. The steam from a morning cup of coffee blends perfectly with the thick river fog rising off the water. For trout fishing, the Black Winter Stone fly takes the spotlight in November along with Blue Wing Olives and Midges. Keep your fly sizes between #16 through #24 to have a better natural presentation and to better mimic later fall/early winter hatches. Chances for catching trout on a dry fly begin to dwindle after Day Light Savings, so have your rigs ready for primarily nymphing. You probably have a preference on a type of striker indicator or sighter by now, if not try a couple different styles to see which one works best for you. If you find yourself not getting a lot of strikes, make sure you are getting deep enough with your drifts. Trout will hangout lower in the river and will not move as much to feed, to conserve energy during colder months. Grab an extra layer of thermals and make sure your socks are a medium to heavy weight before heading out, water temperatures are at best mid-50s now. November can be a great time to hit almost any river regardless of its designation and the crowds tend to thin out as well. So bundle up, enjoy the brisk weather, and catch some fish. ”

To talk to Jessica in person visit Headwater Outfitters located in Brevard; visit them at

Hike for November

For a hike located near Brevard that offers scenic views, check out Coontree Loop Trail. It is a 3.4-mile loop trail that is rated moderate. The trail goes through thick rhododendron areas, areas with deciduous trees, hemlocks, along streamsides, as well as along a ridge allowing distance views off to both the left and right of the ridge. The trailhead for this loop hike is on highway 276, 4.9 miles north of the intersection of highways 276/280/64 east of Brevard, N.C. The parking area is on the left side of the road (if coming from Brevard) and the trail begins on the other side of the highway. Don’t forget water, charged cell phone, rain jacket and your camera. Learn more at

Christmas at Biltmore

Nov. 3, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018

It’s the biggest event of the holiday season. See America’s largest home decked out in festive finery. Candlelight Evenings are especially magical. Buy daytime tickets at least seven days in advance on the Biltmore Estate website and save $10 or more per ticket. Tour time reservations for house entry are required for many days, so plan ahead! Visit for more information.

Polar Express Train

Nov. 10 to Dec. 31

Ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to pick up Santa. It is a fun adventure for all ages. On most days, trips begin at 5, 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. There are additional daytime trips on most weekends. Go to to buy tickets.

Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum

Nov. 11 to Dec. 23

This quirky exhibit in downtown Brevard features dozens of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments inside the Transylvania Heritage Museum. The show runs Wednesday through Saturday with free admission.

River District Artists Studio Stroll

Nov. 11-12

Head to the River Arts District near downtown Asheville to find over 180 artists at work in 25 converted industrial buildings along the river. Great deals on art! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Winter Lights At The NC Arboretum

Nov. 17 to Dec. 31

Stroll through impressive light displays in the Arboretum gardens, especially designed to compliment the plants and trees in this beautiful setting. Buy tickets in advance because many nights sell-out. Visit for tickets.

Tis The Season Holiday Fair

Nov. 17 to Nov. 19

A festive shopping event with top art, crafts and gifts from more than 170 artists and craftsmen from the Southeast. Held at the WNC Ag Center (near the airport). $4/adults with free parking.

Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas

Dec. 1

Walk down Main Street in beautiful downtown Hendersonville, filled with shopping, hot cider, cookies, carolers and food! 5-8 p.m. Parade Saturday at 10 a.m.

Mercury newspapers can be found at the following locations:


Buxton Books

Caviar & Bananas

The Meeting Street Inn (Rack)

Clair's Service Station, Folly Rd. (Rack)

Harris Teeter, Houston-Northcutt Blvd. (Rack)

Mt. Pleasant Library, Mathis Ferry Rd. (Rack)

Pitt St. Pharmacy

The Square Onion, I'On (Rack)