Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

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Plateau Pursuits – June 2010

As spring gives way to summer in late June and the scent of mountain laurel blends perfectly with the heavenly aroma of hundreds of charcoal grills on a mountain breeze – it’s easy to see (and smell) why the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has served as a favorite retreat for families for well over a hundred years.  Between the rolling hills and scenic views from our many award-winning golf courses, the crystal blue waters of our mountain lakes and streams teeming with trout, the miles upon miles of hiking trails promising endless days of adventure, and our treasure trove of eclectic shops and dining establishments – the towns and villages of Western North Carolina offer a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of life off the mountain. Aside from our many amenities and wealth of natural beauty, there is always a long list of events in and around the area for you and your family to enjoy.  They serve as an excellent introduction to this one-of-a-kind corner of the world and the wonderful people who make this community great.  Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this June. For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at www.ncliving.com. In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and we’ll take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! Mark your calendars for the following June events and happenings:

June 1- 2: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Digging in the Dirt” – If you have ever wanted to dig in the dirt and search for artifacts, hoping to uncover a piece of history, this is your chance. Dr. Jane Eastman is taking a group of Western Carolina University students to Spikebuck Mound in Hayesville and has offered a few spaces to CLE. The excavations will focus on a small Cherokee settlement dating from the 1200s. Participants will join this group for two days to assist with the documentation, excavation, and processing of archaeological evidence from the site. Field equipment will be provided, but participants should bring their own work gloves, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Close-toed shoes are required. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Carpool departs from PAC back parking lot promptly at 8, and returns to Highlands at approximately 5. It is recommended that you either bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase one in Hayesville. Cost:$100 (CLE will donate proceeds to the WCU Archaeology Fund)  HURRY!  There are only 5 slots available!  For more information, visit the CLE website at www.clehighlands.org or e-mail your request to clehighlands@yahoo.com.
June 1: Highlands Audobon Society presents a Field Trip to Hale Ridge Road and the Rabun Bald area to look for breeding birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate
June 2: Center for Life Enrichment presents the Southern Highlands Reserve near Toxaway – a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands. The Reserve is open to academic and horticulture professionals on an invitation only basis and is graciously offering this special session to the Center for Life Enrichment. Located at an elevation of 4500 ft, the Reserve is divided into two distinct areas, the Core Park and the Natural Woodlands. The Core Park is home to destination gardens such as The Wildflower Labyrinth and Vaseyi Pond and is surrounded by 100 acres of natural woodland that features waterfall and cliff communities. Presenter: John Turner. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Carpool departs promptly at 10 and returns approximately at 1:30. Bring a Bag Lunch and walking shoes. Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members. Only 20 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 3: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon – an HCLT Eco Tour. Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.
June 3: Highlands Nature Center presents “Why am I Concerned about Climate Change (and think you should be to!) by Lenny Bernstein of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu.
June 4, 11: Celebrating the Performing Arts Center Tenth Anniversary – PAC’s Small Stages presents the Highlands-Cashiers Player’s production of “Parallel Lives” by Mo Cafney and Kathy Najimy. The play is a series of vignettes addressing women’s issues, young and old. All of the parts are played by women – male and female parts! The hilarity ensues as you meet Mad & Syvie, Candida & Mrs. Kenny Rogers, Hank & Karen Sue, the Disney Moms, and more. Variety Magazine called it “A smart, provocative show.” With Broadway World announced that it is “Uproariously funny!” Parallel Lives contains adult language and situations. Similar in structure to “Saturday Night Live,” it parodies life as we know it. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.
June 4: Center for Life Enrichment presents BONSAI: The Mini Tree in the Performing Arts Center (downstairs) – Bonsai conjures up images of tranquility and patience. It is a unique living art form enjoyed and practiced by diverse cultures, utilizing the lessons of nature to improve the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humankind and our relationship to the environment. This presentation will cover the history and horticultural art form of bonsai and will include a demonstration and display of several examples. Presenter: Hubert Jones.  Time:10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 members , $35 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 5: Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Recreation Park sponsored by the US Forest Service – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Open to kids aged 15 and younger. Bring your own rod, reel and bait! Kid’s must be accompanied by an adult!
June 5: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents the 4th Annual Land Trust Day – Treat yourself while supporting local business and your land. Visit our website at www.hicashlt.org for a list of participating Conservation Business Partners. For more information, call 828-526-1111.
June 5: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The first in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 6: Center for Life Enrichment Annual Preview Party at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Entertainment featuring Nancy Avera, Storyteller portraying Fannie Rollins in the humorous story of a town gossip (as written by John Henry Faulk), as well as a performance by Local Cloggers, Anne Brissey and Pauline Marr. Time: 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. Cost: Open to the public Please R.S.V.P. 828-526-8811. Immediately following the performance will be CLE’s 2010 Preview Party for all members and those wishing to join for 2010. Many of our presenters will be in attendance. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 7: SOAR Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club.  For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund.
June 8: Heritage Weaving Demonstration: “Sheep to Shawl” with Debbie Bryant at the Cashiers Historical Society.  For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 8-11: Highlands Nature Center presents “WOW!- a World of Wonder” for kids ages 4 to 6.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon daily. Cost: $35 per child. The natural world is an amazing place! Come and have fun as we play nature games, hike through the woods,search for critters, and explore the pond and stream. Who knows what interesting things we may discover!?!? For more information, visit www.wcu.edu.
June 10: Highlands Nature Center presents “A Wilderness of Possibility And the Possibility of Wilderness” with Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 10: Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 10: Pinnacle Party at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 10: SOAR Auction at the Highlands Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Begins at 5:30 p.m. .  For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org.
June 11-13: Need a break from stress? Time to yourself to simply think? Join us for a short weekend retreat by yourself or with family and friends. During the self-guided retreat, you decide how to spend your time at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Staff will lead an optional hike and host a campfire with s’mores, but we want you spend your time doing what you need to do to – relax, rejuvenate, or get energized. Call (828) 526-5838 ext 0 or visit www.mountaincenters.org for additional information and pricing.
June 12: Arts & Crafts Festival on the Village Green in Cashiers – begins at 10 a.m.
June 12: Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) in Highlands. Includes Sprint Race of 5 – 7 hours including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event, and mountain biking; and Elite Race of 10-12 hours including running, mountain biking, water event, rappelling, and orienteering. For more information please call 828-526-0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.
June 12:  Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The second in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 13-July 3: Highlands Playhouse presents “Smokey Joe’s Café” A musical theatrical revue by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller – two men who are credited in the invention of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying show that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Smokey Joe’s Café features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including  hits such as “On Broadway,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,”“Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Love Potion #9”and “I’m A Woman.” With each song becoming a trip down the corridors of American culture, Smokey Joe’s Café transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre. Smokey Joe’s Café was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joe’s Café. Their music won a Grammy Award in 1995. Tickets are $30/person. For more information, call please call 828-526-2695 or visit the Highlands Playhouse online at www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
June 14: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents “Birding Hot Spots” – A program featuring members’ nature pictures and adventure stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
June 15-18: Highlands Nature Center presents “Amazing Animals” for kids ages: 7-10. Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $45 Per Child. How do birds fly? What is a mammal? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Are spiders insects? Come and find out as we study different animal groups through hands-on activities and field observations. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 15: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents “Birding with the Audubon” as part of their eco tours series, including guided hikes and day trips. $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations required: 828-526-1111
June 15: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Creative Stenciling” at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Can’t draw? Can’t paint? Love color and feel creative? Transform a plain shirt or jacket, customize napkins, accent a wall, monogram your stationary, turn a cast off lamp into a striking accent – all this is possible when you explore the many applications of stencils. You will learn how to do a trial board and then plan and execute a project. Stencils and paint supplies for the sample project will be supplied. Bring a shirt, a napkin, notecards – and start stenciling. Instructor: Martha Porter
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost: $40 members; $50 non members Supplies Included (other than listed above) Only 12 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 16: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Showcasing the Chef” at Cyprus Restaurant. Join Chef Nick Figel on a river journey starting in China, traveling on the Mekong River, through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and ending in the Gulf of Thailand. As we pass rice paddies, jungles and the abundant foliage on the river banks from the highlands to the delta, we will explore Southeast Asian cuisine as an expression of Chinese culture. You will help prepare and then, more importantly, dine on delectable dishes from five countries. Time: 12:00 – 2:30 (lunch included). Cost: $45 members, $55 non members. Only 24 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 17: Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Patron’s Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley @ 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dust off your pearls and dancing shoes for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s “Pawsitively Purrfect Evening”. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction with some pawsitively purrfect items. Auction highlights include resort travel, golf packages, a dinner party in your own home by “Two Men and a Grill”, jewelry, and artworks. Tickets are $375 per couple and $185.50 per individual  – proceeds benefit the CHHS.  For more information, call 828-743-5752 or visit www.chhumanesociety.org.
June 17: Highlands Nature Center presents “Water, Water Everywhere, But is it as Clean as You Think?” with Jenny Sanders and Bill McLarney of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 19: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents “Birding Hot Spots” – A field trip to birding hot spots around Highlands to look for summer resident birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
June 19:  Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The third in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society (last three to occur in July); each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 21: Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Registration deadline is June 9th. Send your tax-deductible donation and sign-up information to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741; or Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, 770 Country Club Drive, Highlands, NC 28741, attn: Kevin Gabbard, Golf Pro.
June 22: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Acting Up – How to Enrich Your Theater Experience” at the Highlands Performing Arts Center (upstairs). Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on the stage? What it takes to be an actor? What goes on behind the scenes? Come join us for a fun filled, informative morning with Ronnie Spilton. We can’t promise to make you a star, but we assure you that your play-going experience will be enhanced. Participants will receive one complimentary ticket to one production of the 2010-2011 Highlands Cashiers Players Theater. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 22-25: Highlands Nature Center presents “ Junior Ecologists” for kids ages: 11-14. Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm daily. Cost: $55 per child. Discover what field biologists do as we conduct real science both at the Biological Station and at off-site locations in the Nantahala National Forest. have Fun measuring the forest, mapping stream salamander communities, studying pond life, collecting insects, performing bird counts, and inventorying small mammal species. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their “Village Nature Series” in Cashiers. Come learn something new at these free and fun educaional lectures. This lecture features the “Wonders of Life” with Bill Lea. Time: 6:00 pm. Cost: Free. No reservations required.Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for more information.
June 24: An Evening in Monte Carlo at the High Hampton Inn – Enjoy an evening on the French Riviera (in Cashiers) that will have you saying “C’est Magnifique!” REACH of Jackson County presents their seventh annual fundraiser, An Evening In Monte Carlo. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and ends around 10:30 PM. An Evening In Monte Carlo will be filled with music and dancing to the sounds of Hurricane Creek, which has played at several REACH benefits in the past. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, drinks, no-stakes casino-style games and a silent auction featuring many unique items from the area as well as high-adventures experiences. Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting REACH of Jackson County at 631-4466 ext 207, or by visiting United Community Bank in Cashiers.
June 24: Highlands Nature Center presents “Let’s do it: The Sordid Secrets of Avian Sex” with Rob Bierregaard of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 25: “Green Living Fair” at the Cashiers Village Green – featuring green home tours, hikes, eco-fashion show, food, and music. Hosted by Jackson – Macon Conservation Alliance – call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands.
June 25-27: “A Walk in the Park” at Memorial Park Cemetery – Shuttles will depart from the Community Center. Throughout the years, attendees of the Highlands Historical Society’s “Walk in the Park” have learned about the lives of early Highlanders. This year’s event will focus on the lives of seven talented, energetic women, who were ahead of their time. For more information about the HHS “Walk in the Park” visit ww.highlandshistory.com.
June 26: Music on the Grounds of the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 26: “Green Living Fair” at Highlands Recreation Park – Vendors, artisans, green home tours, classes, cooking demos, food, and fun kids projects. Hosted by Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance – call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands.
June 26: Franc D’Ambrosio performs at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Critically acclaimed one man show featureing BROADWAY Songs of the Great White Way. Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, D’Ambrosio’s resume includes playing Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in the Godfather III and performing as guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies. Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D’Ambrosio is at his best performing on stage for a live audience. Handsome and engaging, he will delight you with his memorable renditions of many of the best loved songs from the Broadway classics. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.
June 29: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Beginning Drawing” at the Highlands Civic Center. Drawing is a learned skill and anyone can do it. With a minimum of supplies you can record your travels visually, represent the things which matter in your environment and have a lifelong relaxing hobby. Drawing is a necessary prerequisite to painting and other art classes. In this class you will learn about contour, negative space, perspective and use of value to create dimension and depth. Supply List: Artist Pencils: 2B, H, and Ebony, a gum eraser, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and drawing pad 11″x14″ or 14″x17″. Presenter: Mary Judernatz. Time: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. Cost:$75 members; $85 non-members. Only 10 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

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