Firefly Gathering’s 2017 location will be in beautiful Leicester, NC
Photo credits: Robert J. Baker
Farm at Green Heron Pond
Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Farm at Green Heron Pond offers a serene, natural setting for gatherings. Fifty acres of rolling pastures and woods surround the Green Heron Pond. Large grassy fields and coves give groups choices for meetings, performances and ceremonies. Wildflower gardens, wooded trails, and the banks of a trickling creek offer places of solitude and habitats for the birds, deer, rabbits, and butterflies that make the farm their home. The fire pit and meadows are magical places for gathering, star gazing and enjoying the songs of the evening creatures.
The Farm at Green Heron Pond is located just 18 minutes from the center of Asheville, NC, at 181 Browntown Road in Leicester, North Carolina. Please refrain from inspecting the location before the event, as the private residents who live there deserve their peace and privacy.
See below for written directions and link to Google Map. Be sure to read disclaimer if you plan to use GPS or a GoogleMap. We’ll also post event sitemaps as soon as they are finalized in a few days, which you’ll also receive when you reach the Registration Tent.
How you can arrange car-pooling:
We are charging for parking this year. $15 for a parking pass for the entire event or any part of the event if you are alone in your vehicle. $10 for two people in the vehicle. $5 for three people in the vehicle. Four or more people in the vehicle get a FREE parking pass. We have set up a special car-pool system at this dedicated link designed exclusively for Firefly attendees: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/atm2y0
It’s very user-friendly. You can create (add) a “car” and then other people can join the car. If no car is already available for you to join, then you can create a new car or put your names on a “wait list”. Drivers can pull names from the wait list to add to the cars. The program automatically notifies drivers and riders by email of all transactions. Everything is totally user controlled. The only thing Firefly does is monitor the overall program and troubleshoot if necessary. It’s not set up to require phone numbers (on purpose), but drivers and riders can exchange phone numbers via email if they want to.
Directions to Firefly Gathering:
You can use GPS or GoogleMaps with the address 181 Browntown Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. See DISCLAIMER at bottom of these directions.
Detailed directions using an old-timey paper map: Get yourself to the intersection of Patton Avenue (a.k.a. Smokey Park Highway) and New Leicester Highway (a.k.a. NC Rte. 63). At that traffic light, see Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn across from a small, older-style Ingles supermarket (7 New Leicester Highway).
You are now about 13 minutes or 8.7 miles from the Firefly Gathering.
If coming from downtown Asheville across Capt. Jeff Bowen Bridge on Patton Avenue, turn right at that Alan’s / Ingles traffic light onto New Leicester Highway (Rte. 63). If coming off Interstate 40 at Exit 44, you’ll head toward Asheville on Smokey Park Highway (turns into Patton Avenue), so you’d make a left at that Alan’s / Ingles traffic light onto New Leicester Highway (Rte. 63).
From the traffic light, travel essentially northwest. Pass ABC liquor store and then McDonald’s on right. Pass another Ingles supermarket (a different, larger, newer one) on right – your last call for organic produce. Continue on main road, watching for small green NCDOT sign on right with left-pointing arrow that says CANTON. Then see Georgetown Self-Storage on right. At immediate traffic light and red-letters-on-white painted sign with left arrow pointing toward Jerry’s Garage, turn left onto Newfound Road.
Start watching for occasional low-to-the-ground hand-painted wooden signs with arrows pointing to Firefly. Pass Kangaroo’s Outback Post convenience store on left (gas, ice, beverages, no ATM, 828-683-9587). Pass small white church (Community Chapel) on left.
CRITICAL INTERSECTION: Watch for tall, white-letters-on-red sign ahead on your right: Old Newfound Grocery. Before the store and before the little grassy traffic island, bear right and obey YIELD sign. Go straight ahead onto Browntown Road being careful not to make a right onto Old Newfound Road (you only cross Old Newfound Road as you go straight ahead onto Browntown, which has a street sign and borders the right-hand side of the Grocery store). There will be Firefly arrows, so watch for them. This is the intersection that is the most likely place that you will take a wrong turn, so be careful.
Old Newfound Grocery (828-683-9402) is your last stop for gas, ice, beverages, snacks, toiletries, ATM, and large selection of the usual convenience store items.
Browntown Rd. is initially really curvy, so travel slowly through the S-curves. Pass mailbox for 149 Browntown on right and continue to mailbox for 181 Browntown on right, which is your destination. Look for Firefly traffic arrows pointing your way into the event.
GPS and GoogleMaps Disclaimer: If you use a GPS or GoogleMaps to get to 181 Browntown, both of them will tell you to travel as far as Shallow Branch Road, which means you went a quarter-mile too far. So pay attention. Look for Firefly signage.