August 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2010

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As the inevitable “Back to School” sale signs begin to appear in store windows throughout the South, summer is still in full-swing in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Plan your last-minute Summer escape to a place well-known for its unique culture, family-friendly festivals, mild climate and relaxed pace. Over the course of a week or a long weekend spent on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, you’re sure to feel a kinship to the warm and welcoming folk who reside here year-round as you find a sense of belonging in one of the South’s most distinctive mountain communities.  The unsurpassed natural beauty, a wealth of world-class amenities and that unusual sense of belonging  will call you back here year after year.  This month’s calendar of events for the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway and Glenville and the village of Cashiers is jam-packed with fun – a perfect excuse to come back OR to visit us for the very first time.  You’ll soon discover why families have returned here annually for well over a century. If, after your visit, you find that you just don’t want to leave – we invite you to call on the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.  We can help you find the home of your dreams. August is National What Will Your Legacy Be Month – just think of it, you can begin building your family’s legacy high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains! We look forward to seeing you around town soon!

 August 1-8:  The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse – Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific.  Max, Lawrence and Patrick 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.

August 1: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet – Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 2: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet – Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Albert Carlton 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.

August 5: The Marriage of Figaro – Center for Life Enrichment presents a Musical Evening at Brevard Music Center. Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” is a witty, profound tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, set in Count Almaviva’s castle in Seville in the late 18th Century. It is based on a play by Beaumarchais and is a sequel to “The Barber of Seville.” As the opera opens, the marriage of the Count and Rosina has gone sour because of his philandering. Figaro has quit barbering and is now the Count’s major-domo. He is engaged to Suzanna, who is the Countess’ maid and the Count’s intended conquest. Old Bartolo is back to seek revenge on Figaro for thwarting his claim on the young Rosina, with the help of the slimy music-master, Don Basilio. Adding to the fun are an amorous eenager, a scheming old maid, a drunken gardener, and a silly young girl. Much happens on a single crazy day. This program will include a leisurely bus trip to the Brevard Music Center with a boxed supper before the performance. (The performance will be the final dress rehearsal.) Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 19. Bus leaves Bryson’s lower parking lot in Highlands at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $80 CLE members, $90 non-members. Limit: 45 openings.  For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 5:  “Blue Ridge Perspectives – The Natural World thru Words and Images” with Author George Ellison and Painter Elizabeth Ellison at Highlands Nature Center at 7 p.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.

August 6:  Groovin’ on The Green – Rafe Hollister Band 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.

August 6: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 7: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 8: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Picnic at the Village Green in Cashiers at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish and $5 for hamburgers. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387.

August 8: Up, Up and away Gala at the Highlands Country Club – Benefiting the Highlands Community Child Development Center. Tickets are $125 and can be reserved by calling (828) 526-1505 or emailing HCCDCres@aol.com. This fun-filled evening includes cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Class Act Band. A silent auction will feature a hot air balloon ride for four, a Herbert Creecy oil painting, a Rob Stern glass vessel, a Cherry Brewer painting, a gourmet dinner and more. All gala proceeds go this licensed, nonprofit center which provides a safe haven and excellent foundation fo the children of working parents. If you are unable to attend the Gala, donations are gratefully appreciated and can be mailed to HCCDC, P.O.Box 648, Highlands, NC 28741.

August 8: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 9: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/.

August 11: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival –Vega String Quartet performs Bach at Buck’s Coffee Café on Main Street in Highlands at 8 p.m. For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 12-22: Lettice & Lovage – a comedic play by Peter Shaffer, author of Equus and Amadeus. The play was written specifically for Dame Maggie Smith, who originated the title role of Lettice Douffet in both the English and American runs of the production.The play was originally produced in London in 1987. Its two-year run of 768 performances at the Gielgud Theatre counts as one of the longer runs in London theatrical history. The play was revised by Shaffer in 1988, and it was that revised version that later ran in New York. Lettice and Lovage’s first American production opened with a preview performance in New York, New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 13, 1990. It ran from March 25, 1990 to December 23, 1990 with a total of 286 performances. See it now onstage at the Highlands Playhouse.  For more information or to reserve your seats, visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 13: Relay for Life in Highlands – Benefitting the American Cancer Society – Hosted at the Highlands Recreation Center. To learn more about this event, visit the Relay for Life of Highlands, NC home page.

August 13: Groovin’ on The Green – Rye Holler Boys 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.

August 13: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival –Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: “i ain’t broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet” and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival –Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: “i ain’t broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet” and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Albert Carlton 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.

August 14: Center For Life Enrichment presents Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s Charles Wadworth: My Life with Chamber Music at the Highlands Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to Noon. During this spirited interview between the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director William Ransom and Charles Wadsworth, you will catch a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Charles Wadsworth, from his early days in Newnan, Georgia, to studies at Juilliard and his friendships with reknowned composers and performers of the last fifty years. Mr. Wadsworth is a legend in the field of Chamber Music in America. Founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1969, he led it as Artistic Director and pianist for twenty years. From 1977-2009, Mr. Wadsworth has been one of the Artistic Directors of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC. Cost: $25 for CLE Members; $35 for non-members. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Final Gala Concert & Dinner at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Concert features Charles Wadsworth and William Ransom on piano, Eric Pritchard on violin and  the Vega String Quartet. Program includes Handel-Halvorsen Duo, Debussy Petite Suite for piano four-hands, Schumann Piano Quartet, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, #3 at 5 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliff Country Club. Tickets are $125/person.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Annual Picnic – 5 p.m. at the Village Green in Cashiers.  Bring $5 for barbeque and a covered dish.  For more information or to make reservations, call Pat at (828) 743-7421.

August 18: Loving Literacy: A Premier Gala at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240 or visit www.hcliteracy.org/index.html.

August 20: Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patron’s Party & Auction at the Wade Hampton Golf Club Clubhouse – Catering by Lee Epting of Athens, Georgia. Featuring the culinary artistry of Chef Doug Sampey of Wade Hampton Golf Club and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. For more information, please visit the Cashiers Showhouse event website.

Aug. 21-Sept. 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Café 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday – 1 to 4 p.m.  General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 21: Talk, Lunch, & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley with Elle Decor’s Top 25 designer this year, Suzanne Kasler from 11a.m.-1p.m.

August 25: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their Village Nature Series at The Village Green in Cashiers. This month’s lecture is “Landslides of WNC” hosted by Rick Wooten. Begins 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.

Aug. 26-Sept.  2: Gala of The Arts – “A Gala Art Sale!” at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands. 9 to 6 p.m.  Featuring works by Bukovnik, Polites, Dali, Erte and more as well as 150 Audubon prints. Come see 900 works of art by 200 artists from the four Galleries of Ann Jacob, including items from her personal collection.  For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 26: Grand Opening Event for Gala of The Arts – Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner: The Art of Sustainable Wine Growing at The Farm at Old Edwards. Nestled into a lavish landscape of florals and greenery, the rustic restored barn provides ambiance, acoustics and rustic comfort for sitting back for a scrumptious evening of fine wines and perfectly paired courses. Join the Pahlmeyer representative, Camille Cox for this memorable evening, as Peter Polities mingles with you over cocktails and then paints live as you enjoy a stunning setting, sustainably produced wines and a sumptuous feast by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards Culinary Team. Reception begins at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com or www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Groovin’ on The Green – Chris O’Neill 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.

August 27: Gala of The Arts – Gala Opening Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands – open to the public. Featuring the music of Cy Timmons. 6-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Gala of The Arts – Dinner with Art Collector and Dealer Ann Jacob in the exclusive wine room at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center. 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour of Peak’s Creek. Guided hikes and day trips. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations are required, please call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist G. Newington at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 2-2:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 28: Gala of the Arts Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center – Open to the public from 5 to 6:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 29: 102nd Annual Zachary Family Reunion – Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society in honor of one of Cashier’s founding families.

August 29: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Alexie at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 30: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Ed Hofer at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 31: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist M. Riley at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

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