This week’s “Transylvanian of the Week”: Bart Shore!

Click here to read my profile of Bart in yesterday’s Transylvania Times!

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… gave a talk on Johnny Cash today to a roomful of great Americans… xo

Review from today’s talk, awwww!: “Ann Sharpsteen is energetic, positive and inspirational. She could hold my attention for hours on end.” … oh, my goodness, thank you!

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Someone asked me to sign their copy of “I Walked the Line” today… I always love finding Johnny Cash fans!

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Heading back home to Brevard! xo

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Maureen Copelof: Transylvanian of the Week

Read Maureen’s profile in today’s edition of The Transylvania Times (transylvaniatimes.com). I’ve been so fortunate to meet and get to know her better this year over the White Squirrel Day event, compiling this article, and now through reading her book, “Discovering Germany.” I can’t wait to visit Germany! Be sure to go to one of her upcoming informal “Meet the Mayor” events, if you haven’t met her.

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… late Sunday morning brunch in Pensacola with my sweet guy…

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… relaxing evening on Palafox Pier… xo

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… on the way to Pensacola for the weekend!

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Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash!

How apt that I just realized today is his birthday just now while working on the Johnny Cash talk I’m scheduled to give next month & will give on the Johnny Cash river cruise in Germany… Happy birthday, Johnny!

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Thank you sweet Sarah & Mattie for the love and for making me laugh! #StanAnn

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… arrived home to all sorts of surprises & birthday flowers waiting for me on my front porch from dear sweet friends… xo… I love you!

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… fun pre-birthday dinner at Square Root tonight…

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… loving these chilly evenings!… will miss them when spring arrives…

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… nothing better on a Friday evening than wine and gorgonzola gnocchi at Vescovo with my parents…

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… happy girl after stopping by my favorite: B.B. Barnes in Asheville…

I needed some new small plants for around my bath and for the console table in my foyer. I also found amazing lavender which makes me miss France/Provence all over again. I’ll be back soon, B.B. Barnes!

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Happy Valentines dinner with chocolate pots de creme… xo

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Happy Sunday… sending love to you all! xo

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… prepping for a Hanty Branch Friday evening sunset…

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… sweet Leo became an AKC Grand Champion this week!

Ann Sharpsteen
Ann Sharpsteen & Leo!

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… happy birthday dinner for sweet Marlaine at Wine Down!

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… nothing better than seeing a project come together beautifully…

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… grabbing yummy birthday treats for a special friend at Downtown Chocolates…

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Today: “Hey Ann, I’m checking-out and you’re in this magazine here.”

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… stocking up on squirrel food & bird feed at Harris Hardware…

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… lunch at Morning Social, ordering my favorite Greenhouse!

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… hug your friends & loved ones today and tell them you love them and are blessed to have them in your life… xo

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Girls night out celebrating life & birthdays at our favorite purveyor of wedge salads & martinis!

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… behind-the-scenes pics from today’s White Squirrel Day festivities…

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White Squirrel Day is tomorrow!

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… Rob Travis at Blue Moon Gallery is a genius with prints #thankyou!

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… love my workout followed by hot Starbucks chai

… this is my morning routine most mornings: early morning gym workout and then Starbucks drive-through on my way home before starting work (order it on my app, and then pick it up 6-9 minutes later)… today marks 31 days in a row working out every day…

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Thank you Bartlett Tree Experts… excellent work, and thank you for these…

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… Square Root with two of my FL favorites… xo

… the truffle risotto = to-die for…

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… happiness is new personal stationery for 2022…

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I love this stage in every reno… xo

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“White Squirrel Day” Press Release!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

               NEW WHITE SQUIRREL AMBASSADOR TAKES THE HELM AT “WHITE SQUIRREL DAY”
       Annual event benefits the White Squirrel Institute and the work of WNC wildlife rehabilitators

 
BREVARD, NORTH CAROLINA (January 26, 2022) – For the eighth year in a row, Groundhog Day will be celebrated in Brevard, North Carolina as “White Squirrel Day.” And, this year’s event has fans abuzz with excitement in hearing the news that a sassy new Brevard white squirrel ambassador is taking the helm of the popular event.

Since 2015, Pisgah Pete, Brevard’s long-standing official white squirrel ambassador, has officiated White Squirrel Day each year and taken on his world-famous weather-prognosticating counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil.  Pisgah Pete has received worldwide acclaim for not only predicting whether there will be six more weeks of winter, but also predicting the winner of upcoming Super Bowl football games. 

In January 2022, after years of dedicated public service to his community, Pisgah Pete announced his retirement.  Further, after months of behind-the-scenes, one-on-one coaching and training, Pisgah Pete’s beloved niece, Penelope Ella Catherine Elizabeth (“Pisgah Penny”) is ready to assume all of his White Squirrel Day duties.  February 2, 2022 will mark her first day as Brevard’s official white squirrel ambassador.  She is said to be happy and eager to assume her new role of officiating White Squirrel Day, as she has inherited Pisgah Pete’s gifts of making accurate and useful predictions. 

The White Squirrel Day event will be video live streamed on the WSQL Radio Facebook page, affording fans around the world the chance to watch Pisgah Penny make her predictions of winter weather and the winner of the upcoming Super Bowl. Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to be played on February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Brevard Mayor Maureen Copelof will also be on-hand to officially proclaim the day “White Squirrel Day.”  WSQL radio personality, Don DeBiase, will assume the role of Master of Ceremonies, as he has each year since the event’s inception.  In addition, Brevard’s “White Squirrel” radio station WSQL will broadcast the event live (102.1 FM, 1240 AM). 

The annual event is a fundraiser for The White Squirrel Institute, a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to local licensed wildlife rehabilitators who rescue and save local wildlife (including squirrels, birds, possums, and more). Monies are raised through personal donations and an “Adopt a White Squirrel” program, where for $25, participants receive a white squirrel adoption certificate, the ability to name their rescued squirrel, and the satisfaction of helping local wildlife. 

Under the guidance of Director Katy Rosenberg, The White Squirrel Institute has seen a significant increase in the number white squirrel adoptions since the fund-raising effort began in 2018. “Every white squirrel adoption and every donation helps support the work of our hard-working wildlife rehabilitators” said Rosenberg.  Donations and adoptions can also be made at whitesquirrelinstitute.org.

White Squirrel Day event:

When:Wednesday February 2, 2022 – 10:00 a.m.
Where:Video livestreamed on WSQL Facebook page & on-air WSQL Radio
Why:To raise money and awareness for Brevard’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators through the White Squirrel Institute. These hard-working local volunteers rescue, save and nurse area squirrels (and other wildlife) back to health and do all their work with no financial assistance. Wildlife rehabilitators pay for medical supplies, vet fees, medications and food out of their own pockets. 


For more information about The White Squirrel Institute, please go to whitesquirrelinstitute.org.  For more information about White Squirrel Day, please go to whitesquirrelday.com.

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… found these perfect down-filled throw pillows at Brevard Marketplace today…

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… lunch today with my favorite guy #dad

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… yet another person loves the Greenhouse at Morning Social!

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… first tears of 2022 upon hearing sweet Louie crossed the rainbow bridge today…

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… quick stop by Nature Hollow to pick up asparagus, brussels sprouts & potatoes…

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… funny something from Pensacola that arrived today…

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Snowmageddon Day 1 is off to a good start…

… my cousin flew in from Florida yesterday to experience getting snowed in… yeehaw!

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… my friend, Vickie, loves the Morning Social Greenhouse, too!

… plus monkey bread, which I need to try… xo

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… cheers to the beginning of Snowmageddon 2022!

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… good carb Valentines Day gifts at Downtown Chocolates…

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… relaxing evening with my sweet boy…

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I love hearing we’re supposed to get 8-12″ of snow on Sunday!

There’s nothing better than getting snowed in, cooking all day, and then going outside to play in the snow!

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… my favorites were delivered today from Westfork Kitchen…

Click here to go to WestForkNC.com to place your order weekly… you will thank me!

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… my sweet yoga boy…

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