Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, August 29, 2011

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of August 22, 2011:

A 5 bedroom/6.5 bath home in Wade Hampton sold for $2,000,000
A 4 bedroom/4 bath home in Highlands Country Club sold for $1,087,500
A 4 bedroom/5 bath home in Cullasaja Club sold for $900,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in Highlands Falls Country Club sold for $469,000
A 3 bedroom/2.5 bath home on Highway 64 East sold for $412,000
A 2 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Bald Rock sold for $279,000
A 7.56 acre tract on Upper Whitewater Road sold for $245,000
A lot in Twin Falls sold for $175,000
A lot in Wildcat Cliffs Country Club sold for $150,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $100,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $92,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $91,500
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $60,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $50,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $30,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $20,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $15,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in River Run II sold for $59,900
A 1 bedroom/1 bath unit in River Run II sold for 28,000

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to us at info@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of August 15, 2011:

A 4 bedroom/4 bath home in High Hampton sold for $1,600,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in High Hampton sold for $800,000
A 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Old Edwards at Highlands Cove sold for $775,000
A 3 bedroomo/4.5 bath home in Stacey Russell Estates sold for $675,000
A 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home in Ravenel Lake sold for $432,500
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Sherwood Forest sold for $420,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath home in Wildcat Cliffs sold for $365,000
A 2 bedroom/2.5 bath home in Wildwood Forest sold for $255,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home in King Mountain Club sold for $245,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home on Clear Creek Road sold for $235,000
A lot in Cottages of Lakeside sold for $185,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $75,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $50,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $40,000  
A 1 bedroom/1 bath unit in Mountain Lodge Condominiums sold for $375,000
A 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in Trillium Place Townhouses sold for $180,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath unit in The Woods sold for $75,000
2.31 acres in Sapphire Valley sold for $185, 000

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to us at info@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Jackson County, NC – 2011 Property Tax Notices

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News | Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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In an effort to keep our clients informed about issues relating to their real estate holdings in the greater Cashiers, Sapphire, and Glenville areas of Jackson County, NC, below are the highlights concerning the 2011 Property Tax Notices that were recently mailed out. We hope this information answers most of your questions.

For all your real estate needs, feel free to call our team of full time real estate professionals at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. You can reach us at 828-743-1999 or by email at info@ncliving.com.

Tax Appeal Process Highlights

All property owners may appeal their property value each year during the specified appeal period. An informal appeal for the current tax year must be filed between January 1st and January 31st of each non-revaluation year.

•  An informal appeal is the first step in the appeal process. The person appealing the property value will need to contact the Tax Administration Office and request an appeal form. The taxpayer may also print the form at the link below. The informal appeal must be completed and returned by January 31st. The appeal should include information to support the property owner’s opinion of value.
•  Once the appeal is received, a tax department appraiser will review all submitted information, area property values, and comparables sales from the date range of January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2007.
•  The result of informal review is mailed to the property owner in a formal letter stating if there is an increase, decrease or no change to the property value.
•  The appellant should submit the formal appeal form by the specified date provided on the form.
 Link to form: Informal Appeal Form

How to Complete the Informal Appeal Form:
Reason for appeal: Explain why you think the value is incorrect.

Your opinion of value can be supported by any of the following items:
•  Comparable property sales within the date range of January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2007.
•  Fee appraisal with comparable sales in the date range listed above.
•  Photos showing condition of property or other factors that affect the value.
•  Any other information that will establish the value of this property.

According to NC General Statute 105-287, the property owner has the burden of proving that the property under appeal is incorrectly valued. The tax bill amount and the ability to pay the tax cannot be used as a valid reason for an appeal. The value of your property has been developed from sales and cost data within your local area. If the property owner thinks the value is incorrect please provide the tax office with a valid reason to adjust your assessment. Please refer to the attachment below which provides some scenarios that might assist you in your appeal decision.
Explanation of Value
On January 1, 2008 Jackson County implemented the latest real property revaluation assessment as required by North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS) 105-286. The assessment values were obtained using a massive database of cost and sales information gathered by the County. This document, which is approved by the Board of County Commissioners and the State of North Carolina, is called the “Schedule of Values”. The legal time frame for acquiring data and information for this revaluation process was January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2007.  Once this “Schedule of Values” is adopted, all real property within the County must be appraised by this schedule.  All new structures, as well as all new land parcels created by dividing or combining tracts of real estate must be appraised using this 2008 Schedule of Values. By law, (NCGS 105-286(2)(c), this statement will hold true until the next projected revaluation goes into effect in 2013.

Scenarios that might make this a clearer picture:

Q: What if a property owner obtains a new individual certified appraisal for his/her property after the January 1, 2008 implementation date. Can this appraisal be used to adjust the current assessed value placed on the property by the County Assessor?
A: Only if the sale dates for the comparables used in the appraisal are prior to January 1, 2008.

Q: A property owner pays $179,900 for a house and lot on February 1, 2009.  The current assessment placed on the property by the County Assessor using the 2008 Schedule of Values is $212,000.  Can the property owner appeal to the County Assessor to lower the value based on his/her 2009 sales price?
A: NO. The current sales price does not fall within the date range of January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2007 for which the sales data for the Schedule of Values was collected.

Q: Is there any reasons for which property values might be adjusted in a non-revaluation year?
A: Yes.  North Carolina General Statute 105-287 is very specific about those reasons.  The assessed value could go up or down based on any such reasons.  Examples for such changes:
•  House burned down
•  Built new house
•  Added additional square footage to existing house
•  Property adversely affected by natural disaster
•  Infrastructure (water, sewer, etc) added to property
•  Reclassification of a land parcel such as residential to commercial or vice-versa

*Any positive or negative factors related to the economy and/or the real estate market cannot be considered as reasons to adjust current assessed value.  The impact of these factors will be reflected in the 2013 real property revaluation.

Appealing to the Board of Equalization and Review during a Non-Reappraisal Year
Any appeal to the board of equalization and review, or to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission, must provide evidence which clearly shows that the assessed value of the property under appeal has been appraised in excess of its market value, or has been assessed inequitably when compared to similar property. Examples of supporting and appropriate evidence include, but are not limited to, the following:
•  Independent fee appraisal of subject property, dated as of the effective date of the last general reappraisal, January 1, 2008, which indicates a substantial over-assessment;
•  Verified, arms-length sales of comparable property, from 2004 – 2007;
•  County Health Department notice stating the failure of the property to pass a required percolation test;
•  Written verification of any zoning change as of January 1;
•  Photographs depicting a physical condition not considered in the county’s assessment;
•  Any other factual-based document which clearly identifies the reason and basis for an adjustment of the listing and value

Ad valorem tax assessments are presumed to be correct, and when such assessments are challenged the burden of proof is on the taxpayer to show that the assessment is erroneous. N.C.G.S. 105-287 MAO/Pines Assocs. v. New Hanover County Bd. Of Equalization, 116 N.C. App. 551, 449 S.E. 2d 196 (1994)
Decisions regarding the market value of a particular property:
•  CANNOT be based on changes occurring in the general economy N.C.G.S. 105-287 (2);
•  CANNOT be based on the amount of increase from a prior year;
•  CANNOT be based on the economic ability of the owner to pay the anticipated tax;
•  CANNOT be based on personal sympathies towards any individual;
•  CANNOT be based on personal tastes or preferences;
•  CANNOT be based on actual or historical cost, insured value, construction cost, liquidation or salvage value, depreciated asset or book value, present-use value, aesthetic value, inheritance value, or condemnation value;
•  CANNOT be based on a post-octennial valuation sale N.C.G.S. 105-287 re Allred, 351 N.C. 1, 519 S.E. 2d 52 (1999), dated after December 31, 2007;
•  CANNOT be based on normal, physical depreciation of improvements N.C.G.S. 105-287 (1)

Property values may change in a non-reappraisal year for one of the following reason: N.C.G.S. 105-287
•  Correct a clerical or mathematical error;
•  Correct an appraisal error resulting from a misapplication of the schedules, standards, and rules used in the county’s most recent general reappraisal;
•  Recognize an increase or decrease in the value of the property resulting from a conservation or preservation easement;
•  Recognize an increase or decrease in the value of the property resulting from a physical change to the land or to the improvements on the land, other than a change for the betterment of the property, including, repainting buildings or other structures, terracing or other methods of soil conservation, landscape gardening, protecting forests against fire, or impounding water on marshland for non-commercial purposes to preserve or enhance the natural habitat of wildlife;
•  Recognize an increase or decrease in the value of the property resulting from a change in the legally permitted use of the property

Should there be any additional questions please feel free to contact our office using the contact information below.
Tabitha Ashe
828-586-7542
Email: tabithaashe@jacksonnc.org

Information courtesy of the Jackson County, NC Tax Office. For additional information please go to the Jackson County”s tax appeal website at: http://www.jacksonnc.org/tax-appeals-process.html.

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Weekly Real Estate Sales Update for the Cashiers, Sapphire, and Highlands Plateau in North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Weekly Real Estate Sales Update | Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011

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Why wait any longer to reach for the home of your dreams? Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to join the growing number of families and investors who have discovered the natural beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, as well as the lasting value of homes and property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. If you currently own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway – and are considering making a move to another corner of the world – we encourage you to select Silver Creek as your listing partner. We take great pride in successfully matching buyers with sellers and dreamers with dream homes.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of this week’s home and land sales. Property sales for the week of August 8, 2011:

A 3 bedroom/3 bath/2 half-bath home in Lake Toxaway Estates sold for $1,895,000
A 3 bedroom/4 bath/1 half-bath home in The Divide sold for $839,000
A 3 bedroom/3 bath home in Tahala Shores sold for $274,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath home with 4 acres on Bull Pen Road sold for $235,000
A 3 bedroom/2 bath/1 half-bath home in The Forest sold for $215,000
A 27+ acre tract in Trillium sold for $1,200,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $110,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $70,000
A lot in Big Ridge Subdivision sold for $60,000
A lot in Sims Valley sold for $57,000
A lot in Holly Forest VI sold for $21,000
A 3 bedrooom/3 bath unit in Trillium sold for $267,500
A 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in Highlands Mountain Club sold for $165,000

Whether you are looking for your family’s vacation home or primary residence, Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to help you find the ideal home to fit your vision. If you wish to place your Highlands-Cashiers Plateau property on the market, we invite you to contact Silver Creek and speak with one of our talented and experienced brokers. To get started as quickly as TODAY, simply call us at 828-743-1999, drop by our offices at the Shoppes at CreekSide near the Cashiers Crossroads, fill out an online contact form at www.ncliving.com or e-mail your questions directly to us at info@ncliving.com. We look forward to discussing how Silver Creek Real Estate Group might best serve you and your family!

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Cashiers North Carolina Real Estate Update

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fabulous estate in Cedar Hill with amazing layered long range views

392 East Ridge Road, Cashiers, NC 28717
Newly priced at $2,295,000.

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Plateau Pursuits – August 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011

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As the summer days become shorter and the fireflies take to the night sky for a few final light shows before the cold arrives, a quiet hush falls over the mountain. With the kids back in school, fewer families visit during the week making way for a bevy of romantic mountain escapes for couples. The occasional nighttime chill in the air provides the ideal excuse to cuddle closer, as well as a hint of things to come – autumn and the changing of the leaves. For now, the boaters still take to the lakes, hikers take to the trails, fisherman take to the trout streams, and golfers take to a myriad of scenic mountain courses. We invite you to soak up these remaining weeks of summer sun, high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Come experience the unique culture, eclectic shops, and treasure trove of dining experiences in the resort towns of Highlands or Sapphire Valley, the lakeside towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the quaint historic village of Cashiers. As if all of this wasn’t reason enough to pay a visit, here are a handful of enticing events from our monthly social calendar that you can add to your itinerary for August:

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival (HCCMF) continues with a concert at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Performances of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Barber, and Vivaldi feature 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 Willam Ransom, piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 3: Bach at Buck’s – Buck’s Coffee Shop in Cashiers plays host to the Linden String Quartet. Performance begins at 8 p.m.

August 3: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Evenings at Lakeside benefitting the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

August 4: Join Matt Stegal, WNC Green Building from 4pm-6pm for a discussion of Sustainable Energy Solutions as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Hosted by the Highlands Nature Center.

August 5: Come to Downtown Highlands and On The Hill for Friday Night Live at 5:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Loy and Paradise 56  at the Town Square. Orginally from Knoxville TN, Bryan has played professionally since he was a teenager and is owner of Paradise Music in Franklin NC where he sells instruments and sheet music, teaches guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. They perform blues, traditional country, and some fun Jimmy Buffet tunes. At On the Hill, Rebecca White performs. Now living in Highlands, Rebecca is from Lenoir, NC ans is classically trained in violin and voice. She performs original pieces along with traditional folk and old classics and will shortly be releasing an album of her own work.

August 5: HCCMF Concert at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 6: 7th Annual Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show – Hosted at the Sapphire Valley Track from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 404-308-0359.

August 6: HCCMF Concert at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 6: From 11:00am-3:00pm, the Highlands Fire Department hosts the Highlands Fire and Rescue Open House celebrating an astounding 58 YEARS of service. Hotdogs and drinks will be served free of charge. Trucks and equipment will be on display, and rides on a fire truck are planned. Everyone is invited to come out, bring the kids, tour the station, meet the volunteers, ride a truck and enjoy lunch.

August 7: HCCMF Concert at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 7-13: Happy National Smile Week from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group! Come find out why folks are ALWAYS smiling in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

August 8: HCCMF Concert at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 9: Concert on the Slopes – Open-air concert at Sapphire Valley Resort from 6 to 9 p.m.

August 9-13: The Bascom hosts a “Glazing Workshop” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence John Britt from 10 am-4 pm. This workshop is designed for potters who want to learn more about glazes and color development. Tuition: $325 members/$350 non-members/$40 material fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 11-13: The Bascom hosts “Creativity Spa” facilitated by Mary Lou Carpenter from 10 am – 4 pm. Aspiring artists will work with a variety of mixed media. Tuition: $225 members/$250 non-members. To learn more, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 11: From 3pm-4pm, the Highlands Nature Center hosts “Tree Circus” a fun and FREE event for all ages. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 11: Highlands Nature Center hosts a Moss Workshop from 4pm-6pm for ages 10 and up. Registration is required. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 12: Come to Downtown Highlands at 5:30 for Friday Night Live featuring Mountain Hoo Doo in the Town Square. Lisa and Steve McAdams, from the North Georgia foothills, along with Dean English play bluegrass, old mountain ballads and some of Lisa’s original songs. Lisa and Steve teach at Blueridge Music Academy, owned by Dean English, in Clayton, GA.

August 12: HCCMF – Battle of the Bands at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Mozart, Walton and Mendelssohn and the talents of the Linden String Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet. The “battle” begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 13: HCCMF – Battle of the Bands at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Mozart, Walton and Mendelssohn and the talents of the Linden String Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet. The “battle” begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 13-14: Sapphire Valley Craft Show in Sapphire Valley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 13: From 12pm-2:30pm Chefs Chris DuPoint and Nicholas Figel of Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands host the “Exploration of French Rustic Cooking Luncheon” featuring hands-on cooking classes taught in Cyprus’s professionally equipped kitchen. Classes are limited to 30 participants which allows personalized instruction. Knives, tools, and equipment are provided but feel free to bring your favorite knife. Please call 828-526-4429 to reserve your spot. Cost is $99 per person.

August 13: From 7pm-9pm, Relay for Life of Highlands presents “Highlands Idol” in the Old Gym at the Highlands School.

August 14: Final Gala Concert and Dinner for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Concert features the works of Mozart, Ravel, Gershwin, and Aaron Copland performed by the Linden Quartet; the Attacca Quartet; Laura Ardan, clarinet;
Lea Kibler, flute; Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp; William Ransom, piano; Doug Sommer, bass; and Carl Nitchie, bassoon. Richard Prior conducts.  Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 16-20: The Bascom hosts “The Essence of the Figure” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Donna Polseno from 10 am-4 pm. The medium is clay and all skill levels are welcome. Tuition: $450 members/$475 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 16-20: The Bascom hosts “Painting the Figure” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Randall Sexton  from 10 am-4 pm for non-beginner to advanced artists.Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting the figure, nude and costumed – studio and in the landscape. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting, including drawing, value , color, and edge relationship. Tuition: $585 members/$610 non-members/$40 model fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 17: The Literacy Council of Highlands will host is annual gala event, including a dinner and a performance at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828-526-0925 for more information.

August 17: Red Carpet Premier of Sirens at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Doors will open at 6:30pm for wine and hor d’oeuvres. At 7:30pm, guests will be the first to watch the premiere performance of Sirens. This major fundraising event benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands and is fun for the whole family. The Literacy Council of Highlands is a non-profit organization that receives no federal or state funding, and depends on the generosity of the community in order to continue to provide the following educational services.

August 18: From 10am-12pm, the Highlands Nature Center and Curtis Smalling of the Aububon Society of North Carolina will host the Treasure Highlands Bird Hike. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 19-20: Highlands Relay for Life at Highlands Recreation Park (600 N 4th St) – begins Friday at 6pm and ends Saturday at 6am. In its 11th year, the Highlands Relay for Life will be celebrating more birthdays and helping raise more money for the American Cancer Society. The theme this year is “Carnival of Hope”. Please come out and enjoy some great entertainment, great food, and help Relay for Life bring an end to cancer! CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, FIGHT BACK!!! For more information, contact event co-chair Michael Murphy at 828-526-1841.

August 19: Come to Downtown Highlands for Friday Night Live. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. and features
Shallow Ground at the Town Square. From Clayton GA, Brandon Fenoglio, Gilmer Kilby and son Joe Kilby ( who has been playing for 12 of his 18 years), play traditional country or Americana music on dobro, guitar and mandolin.

August 20 – September 4: Cashiers Designer Showhouse open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information about this wonderful annual event, call CHS at 828-743-7710.

August 20: The Bascom hosts the Summer Barn Dance – honoring the Bascom’s Member Artists who are participating in the Annual Members Challenge. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust hosts “Cherokee trails of Macon and Jackson Counties” as part of their Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers at 7:00 pm. Learn about local Cherokee heritage and the evolution of Indian trails to our modern road system. 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.

August 24: The Bascom hosts “Art for the Non-Artist” – Watercolor Basics for beginners – facilitated by Pat Fiorello from 10 am – 4 pm. Tuition: $85 members/$105 non-members/optional starter kit $15. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 24-26: The Bascom hosts “Mixed Media Tricks and Techniques” facilitated by Aaron Hequembourg from 10 am – 4 pm. Workshop involves mixed media: paper and wood – drawing, printing, collage, painting and engraving, and is open to non-beginner to advanced artists. Tuition: $275 members/$300 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 25-26: The Bascom hosts “Painting Flowers in Watercolor – Loose, Fresh, and Easy” facilitated by Pat Fiorello from 10 am – 4 pm. All levels welcome. Tuition: $200 members/$225 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 25: Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series at High Hampton Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. Evening features live music, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavilion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers. To make reservations at the High Hampton Inn, call 828-743-2411.

August 25: At 6pm, Clay Bolt leads “Meet Your Neighbors” – an Introduction to macro-photography workshop at the Highlands Nature Center.

August 26: Come to Downtown Highlands and On The Hill for Friday Night Live at 5:30 p.m. Johnny Webb and Band play at Town Square. Born and raised in Highlands, Johnny and his popular band play country selections on guitar, slide guitar and drums. The group’s performance will be a special treat for Highlanders who remember him from days past. Chris Miller plays On the Hill. Chris, from Rabun County Georgia, performs an eclectic mix from rock to alternative country, pop, and indie rock. He teaches guitar and has recently published the first book in his upcoming series, “Creative Guitar Mastery.” Chris will be accompanied by Steve McAdams of Mountain Hoo Doo.

August 27: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust host the “Cherokee Trails of Jackson and Macon Counties”.
Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Wild South Cultural Heritage Director, Lamar Marshall, and learn about local Cherokee heritage and the evolution of Indian trails to our modern road system. Everyone welcome: only $5 for HCLT members or $35 for new friends includes membership! For details and to sign up contact (828) 526.1111.

August 31: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the debut of their “Story Telling Series” featuring story teller Bill Harley. Call 828-526-9047 for tickets.

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