Over Labor Day, one of my roommates, a Brevard, NC native, invited us to her hometown to attend the festivities surrounding the 150th anniversary of Transylvania County, which is located to the south of Buncombe County (home to Asheville). What a day! The amount of preparation that went into this celebration was impressive. We munched on free popcorn and sipped refreshing lemonade as we wandered the picturesque streets of downtown Brevard, where booths were set up displaying local crafts and foods, and where citizens reenacted some typical professions of citizens at the founding of the county over a century ago. The festivities would not have been complete without the petting zoo, square dancing, and giant cake, from which a white squirrel (for which Brevard is known) unexpectedly emerged, much to the delight of the crowd. It was so much fun to just take in the atmosphere, enjoy the entertainment, and spend the beautiful summer afternoon with friends whom I hadn't seen in months.