With college football already in full-swing, the fall equinox just within reach on September 23, and cool crisp breezes giving the first hints that a change is in the air, the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is getting excited about the inevitable arrival of sweater weather. With sweater weather comes a steady stream of visitors to the mountains – here to witness Mother Nature’s Art Show as she paints each leaf in fiery shades of red and orange, and warm shades of yellow and brown. The Farmer’s Market in the heart of Cashiers will be overflowing with shoppers in search of the tastiest apples, the plumpest pumpkins, and the freshest pies. Among those guests to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, a handful will be so enthralled with the awesome beauty of the region that they will choose to lay down roots here as so many happy families have done before them. You and your family just might be one of them. When you’re ready, the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek will be happy to help you find the ideal mountain retreat or the perfect site on which to build the home of your dreams. While the peak of leaf season may still be a few weeks away, there are still plenty of wonderful sights and events to draw you here. We’ve compiled a September calendar of events below for you to plan your visit around, and look forward to seeing you up on the mountain soon!
Fridays & Saturdays in September: Highlands Historical Society Museum – located in the Highlands Historical Village at 524 North Fourth Street – is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 828-787-1050.
Fridays & Saturdays in September: The historic Zachary-Tolbert House – located on Highway 107 two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads – is a beautiful vernacular Greek Revival structure that serves as headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society. The home and grounds are open for tours every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 828-743-7710
Fridays, September 9-30: Craft Days at the Bascom from 11 am-4 pm – Try your hand at classic American crafts by participating in a one day lesson by leading artists in the field. Sign up for papermaking, weaving, gourd art and jewelry. Tuition: $50 members. Level I: No art experience or one year and less. Level II: 2 – 5 years art experience. Level III: 5 years art experience through professional artist. For more information, call 828-787-2896.
September 10: Relay for Life – Highlands Falls Par 5K at Highland Falls Country Club 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit Highlands Relay for Life. Par 5K individual ($25.00 Race Day) or Team ( 3 individuals walking or running 1 mile each, $45.00 Race Day). A breakfast will be offered to all racers after the race. Spectators may purchase breakfast tickets during/after the PAR 5K. Contact Person: Dave Linn email@example.com.
September 10-30: Summer House Idea Showhouse @ 2089 Dillard Road. Proceeds benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Call (828) 526-5577 for details.
September 10 & 11: Nicole Chillemi Performs at the Highlands Playhouse at 8 p.m. on September 10 and at 2 p.m. on September 11. Featuring her recent recording of “Mention of You” in addition to her fresh versions of such timeless standards as “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “You Go To My Head” and “Where Or When.”
September 11: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts In Memoriam Cantata at 10:50 a.m. This special musical tribute to the victims of the 9/11 disaster features music by various composers.
In addition to music, event will include personal recollections/reflections from persons who were directly impacted by this tragedy. Church is located next door to Kilwins on Main Street Highlands.
September 11: Bel Canto’s 19th annual recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center will continue its proud tradition of presenting some of the finest young voices in the opera world today. The performance will be followed by a sumptuous dinner at the Highlands Country Club included in the price of the ticket. This year’s featured performer is Tenor Stephen Mark Brown, who first attracted national attention in 1992 as a winner of the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti Competition, and has performed with New York City Opera, l’Opera Français de New York, and the Canadian Opera Company, among others. Contact Bel Canto for tickets by calling (828) 526-1947.
September 12: Headwaters Outfitters hosts A Guided Canoe Trip on the Chattooga River – Join the river guides of Headwaters Outfitters for a day of fun on the Chattooga River, one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast. The setting is primitive with dense forests and undeveloped shorelines – and the trip includes an 8 mile stretch with one significant rapid. The activity fee is $145.00 per person and includes river guides, canoe, paddle, lifejacket, lunch and optional transportation. Paddlers provide their own weather appropriate clothing and other personal gear. Minimum age for this trip is 13. Reservations are required, and are confirmed with a 50% deposit, with balance due day of trip. Please call 828-877-3106 for more details or to make a reservation.
September 13: 4 1/2 Street Block Party in Highlands from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Celebrate 150 Years of Hospitality at 4 1/2 Street Inn (100 years old) and Colonial Pines Inn (50 years old). Join the Innkeepers for a cookout with live music by “Tom Hill & the Midnight Suns.” Tour the Inns, dance, and enjoy old-fashioned hospitality. Free. Parking available courtesy of the PAC Center on Chestnut Street. For more information contact Helene & Rick at (828) 526-4464 or Donna & Chris at (828) 526-2060.
September 16: Groovin’ on the Green in downtown Cashiers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring Chairs, Blankets, Picnics, Beverages and Friends to this FREE concert featuring The Carol Strickland Band presented by the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association. Food is available at the concert or order takeout from one of our fine area restaurants. For more info, please call 828-743-1630.
September 16-17: The Highlands Biological Foundation hosts the 12th Annual Native Plant Symposium at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Since 1999, the symposium has been held to promote the use of native plants in gardening and landscaping. This year, woody plants will take the spotlight, with field trips and guest speakers focusing on the value of native trees and shrubs in gardening and landscaping. The event will also feature a wine reception and plant auction. The Botanical Garden at the Highlands Biological Station is funded by the proceeds of the Native Plant Symposium. Registration fees are $100 for members, or $135 for non-members. For more information, call 828-526-2221.
September 16, 23 & 30: Headwaters Outfitters hosts Discovery at Dusk – a Guided Canoe Trip. Slip your canoe paddle into the tranquil waters of the French Broad and ease your way down stream as the day’s light fades to dusk. The sounds and life of the river this time of day just can’t be compared! You’ll paddle 8 miles, approximately 4 hours downstream through what many claim as the most beautiful section of the French Broad River. Every trip provides the opportunity for a wide array of wildlife observation around every bend. Reservations are required and are confirmed with a 50% deposit. The trip fee is $55.00 per person which includes; canoe, paddle, life jacket, transportation to & from the river, and river guide.
September 17: Highlands Historical Society Dahlia Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Highlands Historical Village at 524 N 4th Street. Enjoy this 1st annual “Dazzling Dahlias” celebration of the beauty of these flowers that grow so well on the Plateau. See exhibits of dahlias from local gardens, and learn tips to success from local growers. Anyone who would like to enter their dahlias in the exhibit should contact the Highlands Historical Society at 828-787-1050. The exhibitor fee is just $10. Registration forms will be available in and around Highlands and Cashiers at various locations. Judging will take place with eight categories, and prizes will be offered. The festival is open to the public. The Museum, The Prince House, and The Bug Hill Cottage will also be open for touring. Music and refreshments will be served.
September 17: Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosts the 2011 Fall Gorge Clean-up at 8:30 a.m. At least 40 volunteers are needed to help in this very important clean-up effort. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to sign up at 828-526-2112.
September 19: The Highlands Bolivian Mission hosts the All Male Beauty Pageant at The Highlands Playhouse at 8 p.m. with a complimentary wine bar beginning at 7:30 p.m. (courtesy of Bryson’s Food Store.) The beauty pageant is performed every other year and features 12 local men who are willing to embarrass themselves to help a really great cause. Tickets are available for a donation of $100 each, and all gifts are fully tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased by calling 828-526-3605.
September 22: Final summer concert of the season at High Hampton Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast. This special evening will feature 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
September 22 & 28: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host two Elk Excursions to Cataloochee Valley as part of their popular Eco Tour Outreach Program. Eco tour participants will enjoy special presentations by an elk specialist, the opportunity to view the elk in their habitat, and a picnic dinner in the valley. The September 22nd trip will include a seated presentation while the September 28th tour will include a walking tour. The cost for the Elk Excursion is only $10 for HCLT members and $35 for new friends which includes an HCLT membership. Space is limited. To learn more and to reserve your spot contact Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at (828) 526.1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 22: Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosts an Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Visitor Center at 828-526-2112.
September 23-25: Come to the Highlands Playhouse for the Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Call 828-526-2695 for more information.
September 24: Cashiers Valley Community Fish Fry hosted at the Cashiers Community Center on Highway 64 West from 1 to 5 p.m.
September 24: Enjoy live music at the Songwriter’s Round hosted at Mountain Top on Norton Road from 7 to 9 p.m.
September 24: Mountain Heritage Day hosted by Western Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event features talented arts and crafts vendors, two live entertainment stages, food vendors, heritage demonstrations, and more. For more information, visit www.mountainheritageday.com.
September 24: Laurel Garden Club Tour of Kitchens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and $125 each for the patrons’ party. A limited number will be sold. Call 828-526-0150 for more information.
September 24: The Apple Festival at High Hampton Inn – Enjoy a day filled with apple cider, caramel apples, apple slushies, and more. Creasman Farms will be on hand with ten varieties of apples and homemade apple cake – a recipe that’s been passed down for seventy-five years. With food, music, and activities to suit all ages and tastes (including sack races), the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, call (828) 743-2411
September 30 – October 9: “Hear What’s in the Heart – A Shoemaker’s Tale” at the Highlands Playhouse. Written and performed by Steve Scionti and directed by Anthony Crivello, this highly touted drama has been playing to sold-out houses from Los Angeles to New York City. For more information, call 828-526-2695.
September 30 – October 1: The Bascom hosts its 2nd Annual “Celebration! Art, Design, Craft” beginning with the Motown in the Mountains Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. hosted on the Terrace at the Bascom featuring the sensational sounds of Motown paired with Cashiers Farmers Market BBQ and the Tools in Motion Exhibition Opening. Just $35/person to attend. Saturday’s Celebration! Auction Gala and Dinner will also be hosted on the Terrace at 6 p.m. Evening includes live and silent auction, dinner, and exquisite works of fine craft art. Tickets are $225/person. For more information, call 828.787.2896.