Plateau Pursuits – July 2011

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The natural beauty and clean, crisp mountain air that have become tantamount among devotees of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau have also served as inspiration for a revolving door of artists and musicians who find inspiration in a sunset over the ridge or fulfillment in the sound of their music being carried on a mountain breeze. While many hearts and minds turn to thoughts of patriotism and what that means during the month of July, the Plateau is a veritable celebration of all that freedom brings far beyond the confines of Independence Day – from food and wine to music and culture; from nature and gardens to friends, family and – of course – FIREWORKS!  July is a wonderful time of year to escape the sweltering heat found at lower elevations, partake in riveting musical performances courtesy of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival (HCCMF) and Cashiers’ Mountain Music Festival, and tour some of the area’s most stunning homes and gardens during the Mountains in Bloom Garden and Flower Festival. We hope to see you and your family on the mountain this July.

July 1: The Bascom plays host to Grounded in Nature – a Handcrafted Paper and Sculpture Installation featuring the work of Charleston based artist Jocelyn Chateauvert, recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Three dimensional compositions in paper will fill the gallery, each inspired by the artist’s study of the Amazon rainforest in Guyana, South America. With exhibitions displayed both internationally and nationally, two of Chateauvert’s works can be found in the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s permanent collection. Opening Reception, 5-7 pm.  For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org

July 1: The Bascom hosts a new Youth Art Program  “Drop By : Flowers” from 10 am-4pm. $5 supply fee. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

 July 1: Join Relay for Life at the Highlands School in the Old Gym for “Mountain Music” from 6:45pm- 9:00pm featuring The Dendy Family and High Mountain Squares.

July 1: Friday Night Live in Downtown Highlands and On The Hill – show kicks off at 5:30pm featuring the talents of Perpetual Motion with Kathy Marchman Downtown, and Jennifer Beckles On The Hill.

July 1-10: The rocking 60’s musical “Suds” presented at the Highlands Playhouse. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

July 2-3: Cashiers’ Third Annual Mountain Music Festival at the Village Green featuring Doc Watson & David Holt, Balsam Range, Rye Holler Boys and many, many more. Don’t miss two great days filled with some of the most talented bluegrass musicians out there! Fun for the whole family with arts & crafts and a fun zone for the kids. Event concludes Sunday evening with a spectacular display of fireworks!!
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of event, with children 12 and under free. Contact the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at (828)743-5191 to find out more about this exciting once-a-year event!

 July 2: Charles Faudree Book Signing at Acorns on Church in Highlands from  10am-12pm and 2pm- 4pm. Faudree’s nearly four decades as an interior designer have allowed him to work throughout the United States and Europe, and his designs have appeared in numerous publications and a variety of decorating books. Charles is also featured, and one of eight designers in the book Traditional Homes Signature Style. He accepted the award for Traditional Home’s Designer of the Year in 1995 and was chosen as one of the “Top Designers in America” by the House Beautiful in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

July 2, 5-8 and 11-15: Drama Camp at the Highlands Playhouse Children’s Theatre – All children must be at least 6 years of age, have completed first grade and be able to read. The camp is a two week session, concluding with a free performance for family, friends and the community on July 16. Ages 6-10 9am-12pm, ages 11-14 1pm-4pm. Call 828-526-2695 to register.

July 2: The Bascom hosts an Intergenerational Class “Drop By : Flags” from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. facilitated by Fayne Ansley. Tuition: $20. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 4: From the Silver Creek Real Estate Group Family to Yours ~ We wish you a Happy and SAFE Fourth of July!

July 4: Fireworks at the Highlands Civic Center at 9:15 p.m.

July 4: Fourth of July House Party at the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers – Picnic on the Lawn featuring barbeque, s’mores and live entertainment.

July 6: Bach at Buck’s Coffee Café in Highlands – a free HCCMF concert featuring Susie Park, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, and Molly Carr at 8 p.m.

 July 6: Tooth Fairy Bingo at the Highlands Community Building from 6:30pm – 8pm. The Rotary Club of Highlands sponsors this special event to benefit the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic.

 July 7-10: The Bascom hosts the 13th annual Mountains in Bloom Garden and Flower Festival – Over 1,000 garden and nature lovers from all over the U.S. will come together to celebrate this multiple-day event featuring a tour of majestic mountain gardens throughout the Highlands Country Club, a flower show and photography competition, a home and garden market, a lecture and demonstration by Suzanne Rheinstein and an exclusive Benefactors Party. Proceeds support outreach and educational programs of The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center.

July 8: Groovin’ on the Green with The Shawn James Band at the Village Green in Cashiers from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

July 8: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands celebrates the Opening Gala Weekend of the 30th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival with a performance of Beethoven, Schubert and Ravel by The Eroica Trio; Molly Carr, viola; Janet Clippard, bass; and William Ransom, piano. Performance begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 8: Friday Night Live in Downtown Highlands and On The Hill – show kicks off at 5:30pm featuring the talents of Mountain Hoo Doo with Lisa McAdams Downtown and Rebecca White On The Hill.

July 8: Join Relay for Life at the Highlands School in the Old Gym for “Mountain Music” from 6:45pm- 9:00pm featuring JW Band (in memory of the Webb Family) and High Mountain Squares.

July 9: Wings Flying Over Highlands Book Signing  at Acorns Boutique on Main from 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm.

July 9: Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers kicks off the Opening Gala Weekend of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival with a performance of Beethoven, Schubert and Revel by The Eroica Trio; Molly Carr, viola; Janet Clippard, bass; and William Ransom, piano. Performance begins at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-526-9060

July 11: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts an encore HCCMF performance of Beethoven, Schubert and Ravel by The Eroica Trio; Molly Carr, viola; Janet Clippard, bass; and William Ransom, piano at 5 p.m.  For more information call 828-526-9060.
Mondays, July 11-August 8: The Bascom hosts a Youth Art Program for budding artists aged 5 to 9 years old “Summer Art Class A” from 10 am to noon and for budding artists aged 10 to 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. $12 per session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

July 12-16: The Bascom hosts “Art of the Teapot” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Rick Berman from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: non-beginner to advanced. This five-day wheel and hand building workshop is dedicated to the art of the Teapot. Berman states, “The making of a teapot is the culmination of a potter’s knowledge. If a potter can make a teapot he or she can make anything.” The process includes making a thrown form, a lid, a handle, and a bottle for the spout. Includes a bisque firing for pots to be taken home and glazed., then firing the glazed pots on the last day. Students are required to bring five to ten bisque fired pots made from any commercially made Raku clay or Phoenix Stoneware from Highwater Clay. Tuition: $475 members/$500 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 12-15: The Bascom hosts “Shards and Shaped Paintings” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence George Handy from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: mixed media: paint, paper, wood Level: all levels. Students will create at least one relief wall sculpture. Instructor, Handy, will guide students through planning and process stages of their creations as well as carving and assembling. Final stage includes painting with oil and/or acrylic. Tuition: $400 members/$425 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

 July 13: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Evenings at Lakeside benefitting the Highlands Playhouse. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

 July 14: Patrick Brannon of the Highlands Nature Center makes a presentation for all ages about “Snakes of the Highlands” beginning at 6 p.m.

July 14 – July 24: The Highlands Playhouse presents “Harvey” featuring Frank Collision as Elwood P. Dowd, is a man who claims to have an unseen  (and presumably imaginary) friend, Harvey, a six foot 3 ½ inch tall rabbit, This comedy of errors received the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The star, Frank Collison, is a California based Equity actor with numerous film and television credits. Please call 828-526-2695 for more information.

July 14-15: The Bascom hosts “Toyland” – a Youth Art Program from 10 am-3 pm. $120 for a two-day mini workshop. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100

July 15-16: Good Earth Pottery Signing at The Hen House in Highlands from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information call 828-526-3687

July 15: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts HCCMF’s “Jazz Meets Classics Dueling Pianists” featuring Philip Thomson, Victor Asuncion, William Ransom, and Gary Motley in celebration of the Liszt Bicentennial. Performance begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 15-16: Saturday 12pm-7pm and Sunday 10am -5pm, the Highlands Civic Center is the site of the Summer Colors Fine Art Show, presented by The Art League of Highlands.

July 15-16: David Arms Art Exhibition at Acorns Boutique on Main in Highlands.

July 15: Join Relay for Life at the Highlands School in the Old Gym for “Mountain Music” from 6:45pm- 9:00pm featuring Shades of Blue and Clogging with Pauline Marr Team.

July 15: Friday Night Live in Downtown Highlands featuring bluegrass music by Johnny Webb at 5:30 p.m.

July 15-17:  The Old Edwards Club @ Highlands Cove hosts the Highlands Playhouse Annual Showhouse from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with tours of the Ogilvie Home, a multi-million dollar home with spectacular views. Interior Design by Darren Whatley Interiors. Shuttle service provided to the house from the pool parking lot. Cost is $25 in advance/$30 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at The Highlands Playhouse Box Office, Drakes Diamond Gallery, Town Place Condos model unit or call Pat Allen at (828) 200-9179. Proceeds benefit the Highlands Playhouse now in its 73rd Season.

July 16: Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers hosts HCCMF’s “Jazz Meets Classics Dueling Pianists” featuring Philip Thomson, Victor Asuncion, William Ransom, and Gary Motley in celebration of the Liszt Bicentennial. Performance begins at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-526-9060.

July 16: The Bascom hosts “In the Style of Stella: Collage” an Intergenerational Class facilitated by Fayne Ansley from 10 am-noon. Tuition: $20. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 16: Motor up for the Highlands 4th Annual Motoring Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For complete details and registration forms visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com

July 17: An encore performance as the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts HCCMF’s “Jazz Meets Classics Dueling Pianists” featuring Philip Thomson, Victor Asuncion, William Ransom, and Gary Motley in celebration of the Liszt Bicentennial. Performance begins at 5 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 18: An encore performance as the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers hosts HCCMF’s “Jazz Meets Classics Dueling Pianists” featuring Philip Thomson, Victor Asuncion, William Ransom, and Gary Motley in celebration of the Liszt Bicentennial. Performance begins at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-526-9060.

July 18: Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro partners with Elton Slone to host the Robert Craig Wine Dinner. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-3807.

July 19: Headwaters Outfitters hosts a Traditional Mountain Sports Fly Fishing Day Camp – The day begins, literally, by getting your feet wet! Campers discover first-hand what’s on the menu for trout while exploring a pristine mountain stream to catch aquatic critters such as crayfish, stoneflies and mayflies. Campers are then introduced to all the gear they will be using in their quest to catch a big one, including rods, reels, line, leader and tippet. Campers will also enjoy lunch beside a primitively started fire, and get a chance to cook and eat what they catch over an open flame. The rest of the day will be spent honing fishing skills. Camp is limited to 9 participants. Reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit. Professional instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Whitewater Rescue. To reserve your spot call 828-877-3106.

July 19-22: The Bascom hosts “Throwing Functional Pots” with Artist-in-Residence Bill van Gilder from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: non-beginner to advanced. At the core of making pottery are the plate, the cup and the bowl. Class includes design, making and decorating techniques, plus rim manipulation techniques and trimming styles at the wheel – in a small group format. Tuition: $425 members/$450 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 19-23: The Bascom hosts “Desire Lines” with Artist-in-Residence Nancy Manter from 10 am-4 pm.
Medium: mixed media Level: all levels. Workshop begins with an introduction and discussion about some of the historical as well as contemporary artists who have worked in the landscape using unique processes. Students will experience the landscape in multiple dimensions through an exploration of two diverse environments, inside and outside, creating multiple layers of imagery and materials. Photography, printing, drawing and layering is all part of this workshop. Participants will work on individual pieces but also work together to create a large collaborative work to be exhibited afterwards. Tuition: $450 members/$475 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 20: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Evenings at Lakeside benefitting REACH of Macon County. Please call
828-526-9419 for reservations.

 July 21: The Highlands Nature Center hosts “Float Down the Little Tennessee River from 10am-2pm – a
Canoe trip with lunch included. Registration required, $35 per person. For more information call 828-526-2623.

 July 21: The Highlands Nature Center hosts “Nature by Night” for ages 6 and up from 9pm – 10:30pm.
Registration required, $2 per person. For more information call 828-526-2623.

July 21: Headwaters Outfitters hosts the Traditional Mountain Sports Canoeing Day Camp – Paddling is perhaps the most ancient form of transportation in the world, and what better way to learn these skills than along the world’s third oldest river! The Cherokees called it the Long Man; we call it the French Broad! Beginning with on-land demonstrations, campers are introduced to the world of paddling. Easing into calm waters, campers will gain confidence as they learn how to maneuver their canoes using various paddle strokes. Plan on getting wet when experienced instructors teach the rescue skills needed to stay safe in the event of capsizing! Once everyone feels comfortable with their new paddling skills, you’ll head to the river! Paddling through gentle rapids, amongst the twists and turns of tree-lined banks, camp instructors will explain how to recognize and easily avoid the hazards commonly found on rivers. Camp is limited to 9 participants. Camps fill up fast so be sure to make your reservation. Professional instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Whitewater Rescue. Day Camp Ages: 10-17 Rate: $175 and includes: Instructor: Camper ratio of 1:3, All Equipment & gear, Drinks & snacks during the day (campers are asked to bring a packed lunch). Reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit. To reserve your spot call 828-877-3106.

July 21-22: The Bascom hosts “Doodle Bugs” – a Youth Art Program from 11 am-2 pm. $60 for a two-day mini workshop. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

July 22-23: 35th Annual Cashiers Benefit Antique Show at the Blue Ridge School from 12 to 9 p.m.

July 22-August 26: The Bascom hosts “Pre School Creativity Classes” – a Youth Art Program with Instructor Katy Calloway from 9-10 am. The very young, joined by a parent, will learn basic art skills to support personal creativity. Lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling and painting. Ages 2.5-5. 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.

July 22: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts HCCMF performances of Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms featuring musicians Timothy Fain, violin; Chris Rex, cello; David Deveau, piano; Bruce Murray, piano; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano; Laura Ardan, clarinet; and Bruce Andrus, horn.
Performance begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 22: Friday Night Live in Downtown Highlands and On The Hill – Show begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring performances by Blue Ridge Music Downtown and Jennifer Beckles On the Hill.

July 22: Join Relay for Life at the Highlands School in the Old Gym for “Mountain Music” from 6:45pm- 9:00pm featuring Mountain Top Bluegrass and Gospel (In memory of the Jenkins and Passmore Families) and High Mountain Squares.

July 23: The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will have lots of furry friends on hand from 10am – 2pm
at the Mountain Fresh Grocery & Wine Market for their “Stop ‘N Adopt”

July 23: The Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers hosts HCCMF performances of Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms featuring musicians Timothy Fain, violin; Chris Rex, cello; David Deveau, piano; Bruce Murray, piano; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano; Laura Ardan, clarinet; and Bruce Andrus, horn.
Performance begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 23: The Bascom hosts an Intergenerational Class “Beyond Scarves” with Carol Singletary from 9 am-noon. Tuition: $20 per session. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 23: MountainTop Rotary’s annual Quickdraw Fundraiser will be held at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. Tickets purchased before the event are just $50 and include good food, great beverages and a terrific time as you watch talented local artists create exciting one-of-a-kind art while beating the clock followed by a spirited LIVE auction as you bid for your favorite work of art. All funds raised will support the many community-wide functions of the Rotary Club. Call (828)-421-2548 or e-mail mtnpeak1@gmail.com for tickets.

July 24: An encore performance at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts HCCMF renditions of Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms featuring musicians Timothy Fain, violin; Chris Rex, cello; David Deveau, piano; Bruce Murray, piano; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano; Laura Ardan, clarinet; and Bruce Andrus, horn. Performance begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 25: An encore performance at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers hosts HCCMF renditions of Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms featuring musicians Timothy Fain, violin; Chris Rex, cello; David Deveau, piano; Bruce Murray, piano; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano; Laura Ardan, clarinet; and Bruce Andrus, horn.
Performance begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 26-29: The Bascom hosts “Happiness is a Warm Extruder” with Artist-in-Residence Hayne Bayless from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: all levels. This workshop will give attention to the many facets of hand-building. Special focus will be given the creative use of the sometimes undervalued tool – the extruder. Each student will take away from this experience a finished product as well as some valuable insight. Tuition: $450 members/$475 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 26-30: The Bascom hosts “Composing the Landscape: From Photos to Photorealism” with Artist-in-Residence Adrian Deckbar from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: painting and photography Level: all levels. Using the photographic eye to make selections from the landscape, students will begin this workshop with the camera, take their studies to the classroom, and convey them to the canvas. Under the guidance of New Orleans Photo-naturalist painter and photographer Adrian Deckbar, students will work with photographic principles and acrylic painting techniques. The use of colored grounds chosen to bring the image forward to the viewer will give students the opportunity to infuse their subjects with vibrancy.
Tuition: $450 members/$475 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

July 26: The Highlands Cashiers Land Trust hosts “Understanding The Black Bear” as part of their Village Nature Series at Cashiers Village Green at 7 p.m. Learn about the black bear through the wonderful stories and photographs of a renowned local photographer, Bill Lea. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

July 26-29: Highlands Nature Center hosts Mountain Explorers – Travel “off the beaten path” as you go hiking to a variety of mountain habitats off-site within the Nantahala Forest. Along the way, the group will observe nature and keep field journals of interesting discoveries, learn to read maps and use a compass, and develop teamwork through fun and adventurous trail activities. Please note that participants should be in good physical condition for long, all-day hikes. Cost $95 per child age 10-13 10am-4pm daily. Please call 828-526-2623.

July 27: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Evenings at Lakeside benefitting The Bascom. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

July 28: Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series at Cashiers High Hampton Inn featuring live band performances, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavillion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers

 July 28: Highlands Nature Center hosts “From the Cherokee View” at 6pm presented by Jerry Wolfe of the Tribal Heritage Preservation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Presentation for all ages 8 and up.

July 28 – August 21: Highlands Playhouse presents “ Always Patsy Cline” – Based on the true story of the singer’s relationship with Louise Seger, a fan from Houston who corresponded with Cline until her death in 1963. Highlands Playhouse is pleased to welcome back Cindy Summers who will delight the audience once again. Please call 828-526-2695 for more information.

July 28-29: The Bascom hosts “Kinetic Workshop: Art That Moves” – a Youth Art Program from 11 am-4 pm. $125 for a two-day mini workshop. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

July 29: Groovin’ on the Green sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group, features Velvet Truckstop at Cashiers Village Green from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

July 29: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the HCCMF Concert featuring the works of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Barber and Vivaldi and the talents of William Preucil, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Vega Quartet; Karen Bentley, viola; Kate Ransom, violin; Eun Sun Lee, violin; Timothy Albrecht, harpsichord; Doug Sommer, bass; and William Ransom, piano. Performance begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

 July 29: Join Relay for Life at the Highlands School in the Old Gym for “Mountain Music” from 6:45pm- 9:00pm featuring Appalachian Blue Grass and clogging with Pauline Marr Team.

July 29: Downtown Highlands hosts Friday Night Live with live music from Chris Miller at 5:30 p.m.

July 30: Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers hosts the HCCMF Concert featuring the works of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Barber and Vivaldi and the talents of William Preucil, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Vega Quartet; Karen Bentley, viola; Kate Ransom, violin; Eun Sun Lee, violin; Timothy Albrecht, harpsichord; Doug Sommer, bass; and William Ransom, piano. Performance begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

July 31: An encore performance at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands as they host the HCCMF Concert featuring the works of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Barber and Vivaldi and the talents of William Preucil, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Vega Quartet; Karen Bentley, viola; Kate Ransom, violin; Eun Sun Lee, violin; Timothy Albrecht, harpsichord; Doug Sommer, bass; and William Ransom, piano. Performance begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

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