Experience Our Famous New Year’s Eve Possum Drop This Year in Brasstown NC

Clay Logan, the proprietor of the Possum Drop, displays the star of the show 🙂

If you always get a thrill when that glittery ball drops on New Year’s Eve – but you have no intention of heading to Times Square – join us for the mountain version of that memorable occasion. On Thursday, December 31, 2015, quiet little Brasstown, North Carolina (several miles from Murphy, NC) will host its 22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Possum Drop. This nationally famous event kicks off around 9:30 p.m., when several hundred to thousand hardy revelers gather at the Clay’s Corner station, right next to the John C. Campbell Folk School. This family-friendly evening is alcohol free, so bring the kids to enjoy it, too!

The festivities begin with toe-tapping bluegrass from the Barker Brothers, followed by Larry Witcher’s classic “Eulogy to a Possum” that always stirs the crowd’s emotions. Shortly after 10 p.m., the Guest of Honor arrives with considerable fanfare. As the lucky possum reclines in comfort, he enjoys a gospel music tribute and the much-anticipated Possum Idol Sing-Off.

Next, the Miss Possum Contest takes center stage. If you’re expecting a typical beauty pageant, where lovely young ladies glide across the stage in gorgeous evening gowns, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Instead, you’ll see several lumberjack types who likely drove their pickup trucks to the event – except they’re all decked out in frills and glitter. Believe it or not, they’re all competing for the coveted “Miss Possum” crown. This event defies description – you just have to see it in person. After the whoops and hollers die down, enjoy a “Tribute to Our Service Men and Women,” quite appropriate for this highly patriotic region.

As midnight approaches, excitement builds for the big Possum Drop. This year, station owner Clay Logan plans to lower a live opossum, who views all the hoopla from his cozy decorated Plexiglas box. In contrast, Logan was compelled to use a fake possum during the 2014 event, after an animal rights group’s legal action blocked him from using a live animal. However, this year the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that brought a real possum back into the picture. The animal rights group challenged the new law, but a North Carolina Superior Court Judge ruled in the possum’s favor.

Now, you might be wondering about the possum’s pre-event accommodations. Because this sluggish marsupial is the main attraction, Clay Logan ensures that his newfound friend gets the star treatment for several days before the show. Mr. Possum gets a nice comfy bed and tasty meals, and he doesn’t have to worry about becoming a Murphy, NC area traffic statistic. In other words, the possum lives high on the hog. And just in case you wonder, we support the use of the opossum! It gets the red carpet treatment making it the luckiest possum possible.

Finally, the clock strikes the midnight hour, and Clay Logan happily lowers his possum to welcome the New Year. The crowd erupts into roars and applause, and there are lots of hugs and kisses to go around. Brilliant fireworks fill the Brasstown, NC sky, and another Possum Drop goes into the record books.

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Murphy, NC is Your Christmas Shopping Headquarters

Christmas in Murphy NC‘Tis the holiday shopping season, and it’s immensely satisfying to find those special gifts right here in Murphy, NC. Take advantage of two special shopping events in early December, and visit our downtown stores right up until Christmas. Bring along a shopping buddy, and fortify yourselves with a tasty lunch. The Daily Grind, Shoebooties, and the Red Brick Deli come highly recommended and are all on the top of my favorites list.

Begin your Christmas shopping adventure on Saturday December 5, when downtown Murphy will overflow with holiday cheer. While we don’t have large shopping malls and the typical Christmas shops, we certainly have unique gifts that’ll be the favorite. The town’s outdoor decorations, along with merchants’ colorful storefronts, will get you in a festive mood for finding that perfect gift. Jolly old Santa Claus might also make an appearance, visiting with shoppers as he finalizes his gift list. Inside the shops, enjoy special holiday pricing and other purchase incentives. Chances are, you’ll find some memorable presents while supporting local merchants.

On Sunday December 6 from 10-5, visit the John C. Campbell Folk School‘s annual Fireside Sale. The School’s Brasstown campus is just a stone’s throw from Murphy, and you’ll find plenty of parking near Keith House and Davidson Hall. Inside both roomy venues, you’ll see countless fine crafts from regional artisans. If you’re looking for basketry, forged iron, handwovens, jewelry, pottery, or wood, you’ll find them all – plus much more. You can even pick up some handcrafted Christmas ornaments that you won’t see anywhere else.

Of course, Murphy’s tempting specialty shops can satisfy giftees with particular tastes. For a nicely rounded collection of books, children’s toys and activity kits, and regional keepsakes, visit the Curiosity Shop Bookstore on Valley River Avenue. On the same block, Blue Moon Elise carries lots of enticing natural body care products that make highly desirable gifts. Style-conscious ladies will be thrilled with fashion and accessory goodies from Sassy’s, or a dazzling piece of jewelry from Paula’s Pawn and Jewelry.

Right next door, keep that special guy happy with some fishing gear, hunting equipment, or stocking stuffers from H&H Sports. Or, maybe he’d appreciate a Murphy’s Chophouse gift certificate, great for a tasty steak dinner. Maybe you’d like to enjoy one, too.

Just around the corner on Tennessee Street, you’ll find Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company’s delicious olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars, ideal for the gourmet cook in your life. It’s a unique find that is unlike any we’ve seen elsewhere! If you’re looking for more fishing gear, check out Appalachian Outfitters. You’ll find a great selection of hand-tied flies and fun supplies.

Finally, satisfy your favorite seamstress or quilter with a gift from Bless My Stitches Quilt Shop. Just a short car ride away on Hill Street, this highly addictive store offers a huge collection of fabrics, patterns, and accessories. Basically, it’s a quilter’s candy store. Best of all, you can visit this store and other Murphy, NC shops all year ’round – and find a special gift for yourself.

And if you want to buy the ultimate Christmas gift, buy yourself or that significant someone a piece of real estate right here in Murphy NC! There’s nothing better and you can start shopping using our online MLS search tool or contact us to let us do the work for you. We’d love to have you as a neighbor!

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Home For Sale 2 Miles From John C Campbell Folk School In Brasstown, NC

Live the great life in Brasstown NC! This home for sale is a rare find has an incredible amount to offer. Located 2 miles from MAINthe John C. Campbell Folk School and in the middle of all the beauty of Brasstown, NC, this home has a beautiful mountain view from the screened porch. Flat road access – nothing steep at all! You have a garage, storage building, and lots of parking. The circular drive also leads to the main level for easy access. Inside is a spacious kitchen with dining area, living room with gas log stove, and one great master suite. The full basement is finished with a huge recreation room, second bathroom, and a bonus room with closet so it can be used for anything you need!


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The 40th Annual John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Brasstown NC

Each year, the John C Campbell folk school hosts its Fall Festival on the first Saturday and Sunday of October. This year marks the 40th annual Fall Festival.

They also make a quilt banner representing each year that they host the fall festival. I always enjoy getting a picture of them and sharing them with you, so look below for links to one’s from previous years. There is some great talent that goes into making them. There’s also a picture of the long row of the banners from each year.

Inside the big barn, they always have some great music going on both days. Here is a wonderful bluegrass band that we caught a video of and wanted to share with you. He is singing about all kinds of stuff, including chicken bones! It’s pretty funny, but there’s no doubt it’s good, exciting music when you’re standing there watching it.

Basket from Folk School Fall Festival

There always some incredibly talented artist there as well. They are selling their products they handcraft. This year, we bought a beautiful handmade basket that is designed to hang on the wall. It’s quite large and is perfect for hanging Jessica’s grandmother’s blanket. It truly is beautiful and took a lot of talent to make it! There are so many incredible vendors there, there’s no way that she can leave without being in awe of the talent that is there. I even bought a handcrafted buffalo belt for only $30 that was custom fit for me! It was far better than anything you can buy in a store for essentially the same price.

When The Fall Festival comes back in 2014, you should definitely go! Go ahead and put on your calendar for the first Saturday and Sunday in October. We look forward to seeing you there! 🙂

John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival 2012 in Brasstown NC

The John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Murphy NC 2011

John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival 2010

John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival was a Blast in Murphy / Brasstown NC 2009!!

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John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival 2012 in Brasstown NC

Every year, the John C. Campbell Folkschool has their Fall Festival on the first Saturday in October. Fortunately, this year was no different! We went on Saturday, and the turnout was astronomical! There were lots of vendors, music, people, and fun!

One of my favorite parts is all the booths for the vendors. You can find everything from hand crafted walking sticks, pottery, decorations, canoes, kettle corn, photography, paintings, knives, iron works, you name it! This year we took lots of pictures while we were there in Brasstown NC, so enjoy! 🙂

See the 2013 Folk School Fall Festival Post

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Cabin Home for Sale in Murphy NC Close to Cherokee Hills Golf Course and Brasstown NC

Here’s a great cabin in the mountains of Murphy NC! This home has every attention paid to detail – it’s truly an impressive home! It has 2 bedrooms and is complete with central heating and air! It’s close to the Cherokee Hills Golf Course, Murphy and everything there is to do, Brasstown, and the John C Campbell Folk School too!

Outside, it has everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors – and then some! It has a wonderful full length front screened in porch, a HUGE back deck that even has a gazebo to keep your grill, and an outdoor shed for all your tools and toys – and it even has power too! It’s decorated perfectly and has some wonderful character that you certainly won’t find in the average house.

Inside is just as nice! It’s been extremely well taken care of and has lots of features to brag about. The kitchen is pristine and any chef will enjoy making use of this facility. The living room is open and even has a wood burning stove that can practically heat the entire home.

This home is a great buy and a wonderful place! It won’t disappoint you in the least when you see it person. It’s a must see!

CLICK HERE for More Details, Pictures, and Information on this Home for Sale in Murphy NC

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AMAZING Home for Sale on Hendrix Road in the Peachtree Community of Murphy NC

Heres one spectacular home youve just found! This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths and approximately 2,971 square feet of living space! Not only that, it has another room that could be use for a guest room, office, anything you like! Its been completely renovated in 2007 and shows like a 2007 home! Its one stunning place.

The property its on is just under an acre at approximately 0.83 acres and is a very gentle yard. It has a paved road and concrete driveway, so access is great! With it being located in the Peachtree community of Murphy, youre only moments away from town, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the hospital, Tri-County Community College, and so much more!

Inside the home is equally stunning. The kitchen is huge and all its major appliances are stainless steel and are included with your purchase! It has tile floors, TONS of cabinet space, and wont disappoint! If you want a roomy kitchen, this is no doubt it.

Youre certainly not lacking for space in this large home. It has a big dining area, great living room with stone fireplace, and one amazing master suite. The master suite has lots of room and can comfortably fit even the largest of furniture. It has a big walk-in closet so even a substantial wardrobe can be accommodated. Its destined to impress! Not only are that, the other bedrooms are roomy as well.

Outside, the home has one HUGE deck! Its so big, you feel like you could play a game of football without having to step off it! Its perfect for entertaining or just enjoying the outdoors. The home even has a metal roof so you wont have to worry about the roof for quite some time. There are storage buildings outside you can keep your tools, toys, and more.

With this home, this description only scratches the surface of how nice this home is. Its one that will not disappoint when you see it in person. And not only that, it has one attractive price thatll have you wanting to call it home!


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Great Home for Sale in Peachtree Community of Murphy NC

Here’s a killer opportunity to own your own home! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath home has approximately 1,272 square feet of living space! It’s on a great lot that offers very gentle terrain. Since its located in the Peachtree community, you’re close to the hospital, John C. Campbell Folk School, Tri-County Community College, and so much more!

This home has a wonderful kitchen that truly will impress you! It’s got beautiful cabinetry and lots of space making it the perfect spot for the chef. The home also has great storage and a large laundry room. It even has a fireplace in the living room you can enjoy! There’s a huge entertainment room that will be a great place for you to spend your time! This home needs a little bit of work to truly bring out its potential, yet it won’t take much!

This is one of those great opportunities that you won’t want to pass by! If you’re looking for a great buy, then you need to see this home in person today.


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Chalet Styled Home for Sale in Murphy NC Adjoining US Forest Service Land on more than 7 Acres

Here’s one amazing FULLY FURNISHED home that you couldn’t find another one like it if you wanted – and I mean that in a good way! This two bedroom, one and a half bath home is truly unique! It has an A-frame flair but it’s no typical A-frame! Not only that, it has 7 1/2 acres and adjoins the United States Forest Service land! That gives you basically thousands of acres of playground and close access to Lake Hiwassee!

It’s open and spacious floor plan gives you tons of room. The kitchen is completely comfortable and all the major appliances are included.The great room is something to brag about! It has tall, vaulted ceilings and the large fireplace stretches all the way to the top. It is beautiful! Not only that, as you look up the fireplace chimney, you see the loft and the guard rail is gorgeous hand made iron rails decorated with Dogwood tree touches – all handcrafted at the John C. Campbell Folk School! It’s an impressive feature that can’t be imitated. Turning around, you can walk out to the brick patio right from the living room. It has a very pretty mountain view you can enjoy year around.

The bedrooms are all on the main level – making it so you don’t have to climb any stairs! There’s also an enclosed sunroom thats one great space that can be used for anything! It’s HUGE so your opportunity is endless! There’s also a loft that can be anything you like – sleeping quarters, game room, library, office – you name it!

The land is stunning! It is two tracts put together. You can even build another house on the property if you want to! It is extremely private, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about someone watching over your shoulder.

This home is one that you won’t want to leave once you see it in person!


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The John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Murphy NC 2011

This year’s Fall Festival at the John C Campbell Folk School in Murphy was a great turn out! The live music was amazing – especially the ones we heard! This year, we didn’t get to stay as long as we normally do. Our newborn was fussing his little head off after a few hours so we had to go! 🙂

In keeping with tradition, I always enjoy checking out the banner for each Fall Festival, and you can see 2011’s here. It’s a great celebration right in the heart of Brasstown, NC. I always enjoy it!

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