During a month commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day and the pursuit of good fortune, folks who live along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will tell you that they have already found the end of the rainbow. Comprised of a collection of unique mountain communities that are plentiful in Carolina charm and southern hospitality, this little slice of heaven has been beckoning families back year after year with its eclectic shopping and dining experiences, breathtaking natural splendor, award-winning country clubs and amenities, and community-focused seasonal festivals. With spring falling near the end of the month, the leaves will be returning to the trees and the redbuds will be in bloom. We invite you to come join us up on the mountain this month. We’re certain you’ll feel “lucky” that you did!
March 4-6: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the Highlands-Cashiers Players’ production of “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” by Robert Anderson. Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm; the Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00. To reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.
March 5: Take part in an exciting Chef’s Challenge at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands to determine who will be the next “King of the Mountain”. Four of the top local chefs will face off in a “Iron Chef” style competition. Chef Nick Figel of Cyprus Restaurant will defend his “King of the Mountain” title against last year’s runner up, Johannes Klapdor of Madison’s Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn, as well as Jonathan Reid of The Gamekeeper’s Tavern and Mitch Shepard of Ruka’s Table. Champagne arrival, competition, and dinner with live entertainment will run from 3 to 10 pm. The cost to attend and enjoy the “fruits” of their labor is $118 for the Chef’s Competition & Dinner or $159 for Counter Seats & Dinner. For more information, call 828-526-4429.
March 5-April 9: School is in session for budding artists wishing to take part in The Bascom’s “Saturday Art School” hosted from 10 am to 12 pm by instructor Rosie Smith. Kindergartners through sixth graders are welcome for fun, skill building art classes using a variety of materials. Just $40 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.
March 7-April 25: On Mondays and Wednesdays, aspiring artists are welcome to attend the Bascom’s “Ceramics Open Studio”, designed for ceramic students who are versed in the basics of ceramics but need time and space to work. During open studio sessions, there will be a knowledgeable attendant present. Various classes are scheduled throughout the year. Tuition is $225 for members and $250 for non-members (includes one bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
March 7: Enjoy the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show at the Highlands Civic Center. Doors open for concessions at 6:00 pm and for the show at 7:00 pm. Advanced tickets are just $5 for students (K-12) and seniors, but will be $7 at the door. General admission prices are $7 for advance purchase and $10 at the door. Admission for children under 5 is FREE.
March 8-April 12: Budding artists are invited to take part in The Bascom’s “Tuesday After School Art” Youth Program with instructor Melody Germain from 3:15 to 4:30 pm. Designed for elementary aged students, lessons during this special after-school program include painting, modeling and collage. Kindergarten through sixth grade. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100
March 10 – 13: Julia Rogers Hamrick – the author of Choosing Easy World and Recreating Eden joins forces with Certified Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Manager of the Spa at Old Edward Inn, Kyra Russell, and Executive Chef for the Inn, Johannes Klapdor, to host a full-immersion three-day Mind and Body Detox at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa. They encourage you to throw out “The Rules” and follow your inner wisdom to wellness and joy. This life changing experience will teach you how to tap your inner wisdom for guidance on health, wellbeing and happiness. Learn to let go of preconceived notions, rules and techniques for living your life, and create a space where you can flow with your natural rhythms. Through educational sessions, meditative time and movement for self awareness, Julia and Kyra will help you transform the way you view your life. Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards culinary team will provide nourishing menus and recipes designed to detox and rejuvenate your body and set you on a new direction in your health and wellness. Package price of $1075/person includes three-night’s stay in deluxe accommodations at the Old Edwards Inn, all meals, and participation in the Mind & Body Detox Retreat.
March 11-April 15: The Bascom hosts “Pre School Creativity Classes” on Fridays from 9 to 10 am with Instructor Katy Calloway. Joined by a parent, these youngsters will learn basic art skills to support personal creativity. Lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling and painting. Ages 2.5 to 5. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.
March 12-April 30: “Ceramics – Beyond Beginner” workshops take place at The Bascom on Saturdays. This class will serve to teach additional skills beyond the basics with opportunities to focus on specific projects. Tuition is $225 for members; $250 for non-members (includes 1st bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
March 12: Head down to the Highlands Community Center for the Annual Chili Cook Off. For more information, please call 828-526-2112.
March 12: Join the folks at Headwaters Outfitters for “Spinning Deer Hair With Guide Mac Marett”. Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will facilitate this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. All materials necessary to tie this pattern will be available for sale in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.
March 15-May 3: The Bascom offers “The Art of Centering” – the basis of all wheel turned pottery – to beginner to intermediate artists. Centering helps one to learn focus, pay attention, relax and so becomes metaphoric for a balanced life. Students will explore how breathing, posture and calmness of mind all play part in centering on the wheel, as well as centering the self. Tuition is $195 members; $220 for non-members (includes 1st bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!
March 18-20: Old Edwards Inn hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration “Old Edwards style”. They’ll be serving up special Irish cocktails and beers in the Hummingbird Lounge and Madison’s, in addition to special Irish dishes in Madison’s throughout the weekend. Cy Timmons will perform live on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Hummingbird Lounge, singing Irish favorites. Guests of Old Edwards will also enjoy an authentic Irish whiskey tasting on Friday and Saturday from 4 to -5 pm in the Hummingbird Lounge, an Irish Coffee Making Experience on Saturday, complimentary Irish hors d’oeuvres in the Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm , Complimentary Irish “after party” hors d’oeuvres in the Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 10 pm to 11 pm plus a Pot O’ Gold—including an overnight stay at Old Edwards—awaits a very lucky guest. Special turndown amenities will be available throughout the weekend. To make reservations, call 828.787.2625.
March 18: Relay for Life Kickoff Event hosted in the Sapphire Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 828-743-3295.
March 19: Headwaters Outfitters hosts a FREE Cold Water Paddling Clinic instructed By David Whitmire, a lifelong canoeist and river safety instructor . “If you fall out of your boat into the French Broad or the Chattooga in April and the water temperatures are in the 50s, it’s only a matter of minutes before your body begins to shut down,” insists Whitmire, a river guide at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. “It’s really important that before you go out this spring, you know how to deal with cold water immersion.” The class will focus on avoiding potential risks, preparing fully for spring paddling adventures and what to do in the event you capsize. Reservations are required for the class, which has a maximum of 20 participants. To grab a spot, call Headwaters Outfitters at (828) 877-3106.
March 20: First official day of SPRING!!!
March 24-27: Old Edwards Inn host “In Your Own Skin” – A Complimentary, Hands-On Wellness Weekend – teaching the Art, Science and Inner Wisdom of Skin, Beauty and Confidence. Includes Two Days of Intriguing Demonstrations, Expert Roundtables, Tastings and Free Consultations. Make plans to attend any single event or every event each day. So we can plan for your food and beverage samples and seating space for discussions, please call 828.787.2625 to express your intent to attend this free event. Pre-callers will be eligible for prizes at the event. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
March 26: Winter Barn Dance at The Bascom to honor our veterans – Admission for honorees is free; tickets for all other attendees is just $5/person. Music sponsored by Ray McPhail, and event runs from 7 to 10 pm. Guest performances by Helen’s Barn Era musicians and dancers. Event sponsors include The Bascom, The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Ugly Dog Pub and Sam Call Productions. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
March 26: Cashiers Historical Society presents Heritage Apple Day. The event is being held as the Cashiers Community Center from 10am to 2pm.
March 29: Old Edwards Inn hosts the “In Your Own Skin” Event encouraging Luminous wellness from the inside out. Cosmetic acupuncture demonstrations. Cosmetic surgery consultations. Skin analysis, skin cancer screenings, and sun damage screenings. Hydration for the skin and body products, food beverages and beyond. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
March 30: “Free Art Days” Youth Art Program at the Bascom – 10 am-12 pm. School is out, come and create! Susan Nastasic will lead students on a creative adventure using a variety of materials. All ages. Free. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.