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

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Plateau Pursuits – May 2010
Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

While life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is a celebration of nature’s splendor year-round – there is perhaps no season more stunning and WELCOME than Spring on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. With Winter’s snowfall and April’s showers now a distant memory – May holds the promise of bright blue skies for miles, a rolling sea of fragrant wildflowers along the valley floor, and the much-anticipated return of some of our favorite family-friendly events! May is the perfect time to plan a visit to the neighboring towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville, and Lake Toxaway.  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! We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain.  Mark your calendars for the following events and happenings:

May 1: The 11th Annual Mountain Lakes 5-K Run in Highlands – Race begins at 10 a.m.  For more information, e-mail rpbetz@gmail.com.
May 1: Tour de Cashiers – One of the best rides in the mountains! All Rides Depart the Village Green at the Cashiers Crossroads at 9:00 am. Registration Desks Open at 7:30. Riders should be assembled at 8:45. For more information, call (828)743-2052 or visit the event website at www.tourdecashiers.com.
May 1: Quintessa’s California Expressions Wine Dinner at Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Highlands. Thomas Arvid Painting Live! Cocktails @ 7 p.m., Dinner @ 7:30. $135/person.  For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
May 2: The Atlanta Boy Choir performs at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Fletcher Wolfe directs and is accompanied by Robert Henry – piano, Susan Brady – harp and Chachadace Keach – flute.
May 2: Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch at Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden in Highlands. 11:30 – 3 p.m. $55/person. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
May 6: Cats and Dogs Bingo in the Highlands Community Building from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Highlands.  For more information, call 828-743-5752.
May 7 – May 9: Pamper Mom in Style during Mother’s Day Celebration Weekend at The Inn at Half Mile Farm.  To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822.
May 8: The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Field Trip to the Lonesome Valley Development near Cashiers – a “birding” expedition to look for breeding birds. Begins at 8 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
May 9: Mother’s Day Brunch at Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden in Highlands. Served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $65/person.  We’ll even help you with the shopping – we can easily add a spa treatment or Oakleaf floral arrangement to your bill.  For more information, call 828-526-5477.
May 13: “Evolutionary War: On the Life and Times of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’” Lecture at Highlands Nature Center @ 7 p.m. – Jim Costa, Director Highlands Biological Station. For more information, call 828-526-2623.
May 13-16: “Rebecca” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Join the Highlands-Cashiers Players for a performance of Daphne du Mauier’s classic mystery that chronicles the arrival of a young bride – the second Mrs. de Winter – to Manderley, her husband’s ancestral estate. She soon finds that the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, continues to haunt and perplex the household.  She must contend with Rebecca’s lingering presence as well as with the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Directed by Mary Adair Leslie. Show times are evenings @ 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 828-526-8084 or visit HCP’s website at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org.
May 14 – 15: “Creating Pattern on Fabric: Block Printing” a fiber art workshop at The Bascom in Highlands. Taught by artist Barbara Zaretsky for all levels. Cost is $175 for Bascom members, and $195 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 15: Season Kickoff Party at the Bascom in Highlands – 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 526-4949.
May 15 – 29: Exhibition “Pottery and Photos by Dr. Patrick Taylor” at the Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands. Admission is free. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons.
May 19: The Rotary Club of Highlands’ 21st Annual Golf Tournament at Trillium Link and Lake Club. Begins at noon. All of the money raised by this annual event is used to fund local projects and community needs. Registration for individual players is $125, which includes golf, followed by an awards ceremony, and a buffet supper. Call Rotary member Brian Stiehler 828-787-2778 for more information.
May 20 – 22: Fourth annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Events include private wine dinners, grand wine tastings with both value wines and rare bottles, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, a culinary sampling by local chefs, and symposiums conducted by leading wine specialists. Proceeds benefit exhibition and education programs of The Bascom, nonprofit center for the visual arts. Tickets are on sale now at www.collectivespirits.com or by calling (828) 526-4949.
May 20 – 22: “Facial Features Workshop” – oil painting workshop at the Bascom – taught by painter Marc Chatov. For non-beginner to advanced students. Cost is $450 for Bascom members, and $475 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 20 – 23:  “Rebecca” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Join the Highlands-Cashiers Players for a performance of Daphne du Mauier’s classic mystery that chronicles the arrival of a young bride – the second Mrs. de Winter – to Manderley, her husband’s ancestral estate. She soon finds that the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, continues to haunt and perplex the household.  She must contend with Rebecca’s lingering presence as well as with the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Directed by Mary Adair Leslie. Show times are evenings @ 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 828-526-8084 or visit HCP’s website at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org.
May 20 – 22: “Wet Carved Concrete – Planters for the Garden” at The Bascom in Highlands. Elder G. Jones will teach this sculpture workshop for all levels. Cost is $295 for Bascom members, and $320 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 20 –  May 23: Audubon North Carolina Annual Meeting Hosted by Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center.  Annual meeting attendees will enjoy a variety of field trips of their choosing from Friday through Sunday. Field trips and symposia still allow ample time to relax and soak up the scenery.
 May 21 – 23: “Stock the Cellar Party” at The Inn at Half Mile Farm in celebration of Collective Spirits 2010! To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822.
May 22: GROWING DAHLIAS IN HIGHLANDS AND CASHIERS at Highlands Civic Center (Recreation Park) Learn how to prepare the bed, plant the tubers and grow spectacular garden flowers – from showy dinner-plate size to the bright, small single ones. Join Buddy Dean as he gives a presentation on the basics for growing dahlias in the Highlands and Cashiers area. 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 for Center for Life Enrichment members and $35 for non-members.
May 24: Center for Life Enrichment’s “Entertaining at Home with Ease” SHOWCASING THE CHEF: Holly Roberts. Learn quick and easy picnic style recipes for your casual entertaining needs. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: $45 for CLE members, and $55 for non-members (lunch is included)
May 25-28: “Still Life: Out of the Garden” at The Bascom in Highlands.  Esteemed artist Karen Weihs will teach this oil painting workshop focused on subjects found in the garden – exploring the use of color and texture. For all levels. Cost is $400 for Bascom members, and $425 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 25 – 28: “Advanced Throwing Techniques” at The Bascom in Highlands. Ceramics workshop taught by Joe Frank McKee.  For non-beginner to advanced students. Cost is $375 Bascom members, $400 non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 26: “4th Annual Village Nature Series” hosted by the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust at The Village Green in Cashiers. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 for more details.
May 27: “CLE: A HISTORIAN’S SOJOURN IN THE LAND BETWEEN THE RIVERS: Iraq and the Problem of Reconstruction” at the Performing Arts Center (downstairs). Presented by Richard D. Starnes. Following any war, the process of Reconstruction is a difficult one, fraught with uncertainty, violence and political upheaval. This talk explores the reconstruction of Iraq through the experience of a historian who served as an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. It will also draw historical parallels between Iraq’s experience with reconstruction and America’s own reconstruction after the Civil War. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cost: $20 CLE members; $30 non-members
May 27: “Southern Appalachian Celebration: Save our Mountains” at Highlands Nature Center. Presenter – James Valentine, Photographer and Author. Part of the 2010 Zahner Lecture Series.  7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623.
May 28: “Groovin’ on the Green” Bring your coolers, picnic blankets and dancing shoes and join us on the Village Green for live music and good times!  Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Merchants Association. 6 – 8 p.m.
May 28 – 31: “Jump Right In… Pool Party” Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at the Inn at Half Mile Farm.  To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822.
May 29:  Blues, Brews and BBQ at The Rib Shack at The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. Music, Good Food and Good Cheer  start at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
May 29 – 30: Village Square Art & Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center & Recreation Park.
Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture, birdhouses, pottery, fabric art, clothing, baskets and more. Contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at (828)787-2021. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
May 29: The 28th Annual Mountain Garden Club Plant Sale at the Ball Field on Hwy 64 towards Cashiers. Beautiful, healthy, locally grown plants. Lots of hostas! For more information, please call 828-526-0299.

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