Plateau Pursuits – July 2010

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010

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One of the best things about life on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – besides the warm and welcoming community and wealth of natural splendor as far as the eye can see – are our mild year-round temperatures. While tourists are breaking a sweat throughout most of the steamy South, visitors to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Toxaway and Lake Glenville enjoy average temperatures of just 78 degrees in July – our hottest month of the year. Although temperatures don’t have far to climb in The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, things are really heating up on our calendar of events! July brings three exciting festivals to the mountains – celebrating gardens, music and art respectively – and much, much more. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this July. 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 July events and happenings:

July 1-3: Smokey Joe’s Café @ the Highlands Playhouse. Musical theatrical revue celebrating the 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:  The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller won a Grammy award in 1995. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
July 1-11: 2010 World Cup at The Rib Shack and Sports Center – Gather at highlands only sports bar for a front-row view on several wide-screen High-Definition TV’s. Wear a jersey representing one of the teams playing that day and enjoy six free wings with the purchase of a beverage. The most extreme fan, based on appearance and team spirit, will be chosen at the end of the World Cup for a fabulous prize. Throughout the World Cup enjoy themed cuisine, domestic or imported beers and the best cocktails in town! Enhance your World Cup experience by guessing the overall winner for a chance to win a free night stay at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. With six beers on tap and four flatscreen TV’s the Rib Shack and Sports Corner is the place to be to catch all the soccer action. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
July 1: The Blue Ridge Parkway – 75 Years Down the Road with Ted Coyle of Western Carolina University at The Highlands Nature Center at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2623.
July 2-3: 2nd Annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival – Hosted at the Village Green. Featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers, Lizzie Long & Little Roy Lewis and many, many more. Don’t miss a great day filled with some of the most talented bluegrass musicians out there! A fun filled day for the entire family with arts & crafts and a fun zone for the kids. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of event, with children 12 and under free. Call (828)743-5191 or visit the event website at www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf/index.htm to find out more about this exciting once-a-year event or purchase advance tickets TODAY!
July 2: Highlands Nature Center – “Nature by Night” – families are encouraged to bring their flashlights and find out who is lurking in the woods at night from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Learn about the nocturnal world with fun games and activities for all ages.  For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
July 3: Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast – The Cashiers community will be staging its Fourth Annual Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Cashiers Community Center on US 64 (the Highlands Road). Proceeds from the popular event will support efforts to feed needy neighbors throughout the year.
July 3:  Happy 4th of July FIREWORKS at the Highlands Civic Center & Recreation Park
July 3: Skyline Lodge Freedom Fun – 470 SKYLINE LODGE ROAD – just 5 minutes from Highlands – take 64 East towards Cashiers and turn left on Flat Mountain Road for 1.2 miles then left up the hill to Skyline. A day filled with laughter, good eats, swimming, Jacuzzi, bar, door prizes, dancing to the fabulous sound of Hurricane Creek – the best band in the mountains, and to end the evening with a bang – FIREWORKS!! Bar-b-q, swimming and hot tub from 3pm to 8pm. Dancing 9pm to 12am. Fireworks @ 12 am
Tickets $20.00 Children 6 and under: Free. Please reserve your tickets early – limited availability – tell your friends. For tickets call 828 526-2121 or 800 575-9546.
July 3: Birds of Prey at the Bird Barn in Highlands at The Shops on Main. Michael Skinner from the Balsam Mountain Trust will be with Spirit, an American Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey on Saturday, July 3 at 11:00 A.M.. Everyone is invited to stop by and meet these beautiful birds. Call 828 526-3910 for more information.
July 7: The Center for Life Enrichment hosts The Joy of Baking at Morningside Bed & Breakfast.  Do you envy the wonderful aroma of home-baked goods and wish that that marvelous aroma could come from your kitchen? Would you like to learn how to make some easy breads, cakes or cookies? Spend a few hours in the home of Martha Porter as she shares techniques to insure baking success for either a beginner or a pro. Come prepared to get your hands in the dough. Perhaps best of all is that after a delicious lunch prepared by Martha, you get to taste all the goodies you have prepared (maybe even take a little home to share). 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch included). Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members – only 10 slots remain. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 8: Highlands Nature Center presents “Birmingham to Highlands – It’s a Natural Connection” with Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center, Birmingham-Southern College Time: 7:00 p.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2623.
July 8-11: 14th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival – a multi-day garden festival (over 1,200 attendees expected) in the mountain resort community of Highlands, North Carolina. Mountains in Bloom features a magnificent tour of mountain gardens, a flower show and photography competition, a home and garden market, and a garden-themed lecture by a top speaker. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center that recently completed a six-acre, $13 million campus. Tickets/info: www.mountainsinbloom.com or (828) 526-4949.
July 8-18: Sylvia at Highlands Playhouse – a funny, heartwarming tale of a couple whose life changes after adopting a dog. Sylvia was written by A.R. Gurney, author of many other works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and The Dining Room. Sylvia is cute, affectionate and irresistible. She is the life-changing dog who enters the life shared by Greg and Kate. To Greg, Sylvia is a distraction to the stresses of life. For Kate his wife, the canine is one more contender for Greg’s affection. As Sylvia takes her place as part of the family, the trio experiences both comic and heartwarming situations that enable them to accept each other and realize their importance in each other’s lives. This tale spins some funny doggy insights, especially for an audience that already knows what great companions dogs can be. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
July 9: Groovin’ on The Green – Moonshine Babies performs at the Pavilion on The Village Green in Cashiers – Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the “Groovin’ on the Green” outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.
July 9: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival  Opening Weekend- The Attacca Quartet & William Ransom featuring Chopin: G Minor Ballade, B Minor Scherzo, Nocturne in B, Ab Polonaise; and Schumann Piano Quintet at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 10: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Great Romantics – A Center for Life Enrichment class celebrating the Frederic Chopin/Robert Schumann Bicentennial at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10:00 AM-12 Noon.  For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
July 10: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Attacca Quartet & William Ransom featuring Chopin: G Minor Ballade, B Minor Scherzo, Nocturne in B, Ab Polonaise; and Schumann Piano Quintet at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 12-17: Arts on the Green – A Festival of Outdoor Arts & Sculpture at The Village Green in Cashiers. This week-long celebration of the arts will include lectures from artists, live art demonstrations, art competitions and all of the trappings you’d expect from an area that is well known for its festivals. Reminiscent of an old French village during the impressionist period, plein air artists can be found painting at easels all around town throughout the week. The festival culminates with a full day of live music, art demonstrations, competitions, children’s art activities, food, an unveiling of a new sculpture exhibition on the Green and a final awards ceremony with cocktails to celebrate all of the paintings of this beautiful area produced throughout the festival. A portion of the proceeds from “Arts on the Green” will benefit The Village Green – a conservancy project and community park that is supported solely through private donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorships. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434.
July 11: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Attacca Quartet featuring Haydn, Barber, and Mendelssohn String Quartets at The Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 12: The Black, Write, & Read Literacy Ball hosted at The Farm at Old Edwards to celebrate The Literacy Council of Highlands. Dinner, dancing and live auction – evening begins at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $125 per person. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240, email highlandsliteracy@live.com, or visit www.hcliteracy.org.
July 12: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Attacca Quartet featuring Haydn, Barber, and Mendelssohn String Quartets at The Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 13: Highlands Nature Center – Exploring Natural Dyes – 1 to 3 p.m. Family-friendly workshop – for more information visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
July 15: Rombauer Wine Dinner at The Old Edwards Farm – 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines. Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Don’t miss this beautiful evening of fine wines and perfectly paired courses—all the way through to dessert , accompanied by the appropriately named “Joy” Late Harvest Chardonnay, Carneros. Join the Jeffrey Pap from Rombauer for this memorable evening at The Farm. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
July 16: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Italian Connection featuring  Franco Mezzena on violin and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango; Solo guitar works;  and Neopolitan Songs at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 6:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 17: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Italian Connection featuring  Franco Mezzena on violin and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango; Solo guitar works;  and Neopolitan Songs at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 18: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Italian Connection featuring  Franco Mezzena on violin, William Ransom on piano and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Schumann Vln Sonata, Ravel Tzigane, Paganini Duo for guitar and violin at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 19: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Italian Connection featuring  Franco Mezzena on violin, William Ransom on piano and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Schumann Vln Sonata, Ravel Tzigane, Paganini Duo for guitar and violin at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 21: Do You Know Imported Wines? – a class presented by Center for Life Enrichment at the Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. Travel the world through your taste buds as you experience wines from around the world. In this class you will taste and discuss distinctive wines from France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Chile and Argentina. You will learn about the varieties of grapes and the effect that soil and climate have on the end result. Scott Roddy will also demonstrate the
use of proper stemware and the wine aeration process. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Wine tasting included). Limit: 30 attendees. Cost: $35 members; $45 non-members.  For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
July 22-August 8: The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse – Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific.  Max, Lawrence andPatrick Andrews are rehearsing with pin-up girl Peggy Jones for the big show that night. What Peggy doesn’t know is that the brothers are really just the stagehands for the show – her back-up singers didn’tarrive in time, and the  boys were recruited by the Major in charge to fill in where needed. Just as they assumeall will work out well, a radiogram arrives with the news that the headliners for tonight’s show, The Andrews Sisters, have been held in quarantine in Hawaii. The show must be cancelled. Unless, of course, there’s a way for the Andrews Sisters to appear…Mistaken identities and madcap adventures(imagine Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in a road movie of ‘Some Like It Hot’)along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
July 23: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Southern Style – Town & Country” – a lecture is based on two of Susan Sully’s most recent books, The Southern Cottage: From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys and The Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style. The talk compares and contrasts the globally-influenced, urbane architecture and interior design of the South’s historic centers of wealth and trade (Charleston, Savannah, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans) with the vernacular-style retreats in the mountains and on the shore where Southerners go to relax. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands (downstairs). Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
July 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour – Geocaching in Panthertown – Guided Hike/Day Trip. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations Required, please call 828-526-1111.
July 23: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 23: Highlands Nature Center – 7 to 8:30pm – Come for an educational family-friendly program featuring live snakes! Herpetologist and Nature Center Director Patrick Brannon will present a talk on local snake species. Learn snake identification, natural histories, and common misconceptions about them. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
July 23: Groovin’ on The Green – Hurricane Creek performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers – Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the “Groovin’ on the Green” outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.
July 24: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 25: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org
July 26: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org
July 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents it Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. “The Mystery of George Mas” will be hosted by Ran Shaffner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for details.
July 29: The Highlands Nature Center presents “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -Mushrooms of the Southern Appalachians” hosted by Andrew Methven of Eastern Illinois University. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs.
July 30: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presents a concert featuring William Preucil on violin; Charae Krueger on cello; Victor Asuncion on piano; Lea Kibler on flute; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup on harp; and Yinzi Kong on viola. Program includes music by Chopin, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.
July 30: Groovin’ on The Green – Nikki Talley performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers – Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the “Groovin’ on the Green” outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.
July 31: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presents a concert featuring William Preucil on violin; Charae Krueger on cello; Victor Asuncion on piano; Lea Kibler on flute; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup on harp; and Yinzi Kong on viola. Program includes music by Chopin, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

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