Once those beautiful orange, red and gold leaves have left the trees and Halloween is a distant memory marked by a trail of empty candy wrappers, thoughts begin turning to the holidays ahead. Up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a steady stream of cars will wind up the narrow steep streets in search of a relaxing weekend to recharge before the throngs of houseguests arrive. The farmers markets will be bustling as shoppers prepare for their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and calendars will be filled with an endless string of holiday gatherings. Before the month of November comes to a close, neighbors will begin adorning their homes in holiday finery and twinkling lights, and our little slice of Heaven will become even more so with next month’s promise of Christmas cheer. It’s no wonder why we love this place so, and that’s why we invite you and your family to come experience this wonderful time of year on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Book accommodations in historic Highlands or Cashiers, the lake towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the popular resort destination of Sapphire Valley. Be forewarned, you may just fall in love with the area – like so many families before you. If so, we at Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcome the chance to call you neighbor and help you unwrap one of the best holiday gifts you’ll ever receive – the keys to the mountain retreat of your dreams! We look forward to seeing you up on the mountain this month.
November 3-6: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Wizard of Oz – The classic MGM film is brought to life on stage in this two-act production complete with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto, too! Including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Were King of the Forest,” the Oscar winning score will have the audience singing, dancing, and clicking their heels all the way home. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
November 10-12: Highlands Fifth Annual Culinary Weekend – Highlands Country Club. Opening night will be held Thursday, November 10 from 7pm-10pm. Guests will enjoy fine wines and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands. View the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.
November 11-12: Cookbook Signing with Author Sheri Castle at the Mountain Fresh Grocery. Food writer, cooking teacher, recipe tester and developer, Sheri Castle will be signing copies of her newest book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook from 2 to 4 p.m. both days.
November 11: A Taste of the South Dinner with Chef Johannes Klapdohr and his local farm-to-table providers at the Farm at Old Edwards. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, people and flavors that make southern life so delicious! Meet the farmers and producers, and indulge in delicious recipes specially prepared by Madison’s culinary team with fresh-picked seasonal bounty. Kick up your heels with Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys. Cocktails served at 6:30p.m. with dinner to follow at 7p.m. Price: $95. Call (828) 787-4263 for more information.
November 11: Viva la France Dinner at the Inn at Half Mile Farm. The Inn is pleased to be partnering with Tim Lundy from Rosewood Market and Steve Pignatiello from Pignatiello Wine Importers. Extraordinary chefs from Rosewood Market will be preparing a fabulous multi-course French dinner; each course paired with one of the fine French wines, personally selected by sommelier, Steve Pignatiello. Guests are in for a tantalizing French treat! For more information, call 1 (800) 946-6822. Wine and Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m., with Vive la France dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Price: $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
November 11: Craft 2 Table Dinner – Ruka’s Table will be partnering with Stone (San Diego), Left Hand (Colorado), Bell’s (Michigan), Allagash (Maine), Dog Fish (Vermont), and Mother Earth (North Carolina) to bring you the absolute best and hard to find in American craft beers perfectly paired with food native to that region. Great food, great beer, unforgettable experience! Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.
November 11: Mollydooker Shake Up at the Lakeside Restaurant – this incredible culinary event features
the Australian wines of Sarah and Sparky Marquis, Mollydooker! Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and the Lakeside staff as they present the newest dance move, “The Mollydooker Shake.” Enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner paired with Mollydooker wines that promise to “Wow”! Event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for more details. Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity
November 11: Pahlmeyer Dinner hosted at The Gamekeeper’s Tavern – Event consists of an evening filled with Pahlmeyer wines, a light reception and then plated dinner. Call (828) 787-4263 for more details. Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Price: $125 plus tax and tip.
November 11: Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox – Lambert Bridge wine and food tasting brought to the “nth” degree at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands. Call (828) 526-3807 for more details. Event begins at 7:00 pm. Price: $95 plus tax and gratuity.
November 11: Creole/Cajun Themed Dinner at …on the Verandah complete with a live band and many extras. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $65.
November 11 & 12: Come one and all to The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out featuring live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.
November 12: The Saucy Sisters will be at The Christmas Tree in Highlands for a Champagne Reception and Book Signing of their book “On the Hill” from 11am-4pm. Call 828-526-3687 for more information.
November 12: Live Cooking Luncheon – “From the sea to the oven in the Sicilian tradition” is an exploration of traditional Sicilian seafood dishes with Chef Nicholas Figel and Christopher Dupont.
Hosted at Cyprus International Cuisine in Highlands at 12 p.m. Call (828) 526-4429 for details.
November 12: Hog Wild – An American craft beer, pig picking and music festival. Come to The Smokehouse to check out different craft beers from all over America. Hang out, listen to great music and sample different parts of a whole smoked hog from noon to 5 p.m.! Call (828) 526-5000 for details.
November 12: Head to Downtown Highlands from 12pm-4pm for their annual Sip and Stroll event – a popular element of the Highlands Culinary Arts Weekend – Enjoy a glass of wine and a special treat at each of these participants: Acorns, Alexandras on Main, The Christmas Tree, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Mtn. Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flowers and Garden, Two the Nines, Vivance & Vivance Too, Xtreme Threads and ending up The Ugly Dog.
Tickets for Saturday’s Sip & Stroll are $35 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.
November 12: The Bascom hosts a “Giving Trees and Nog-off Reception” from 5pm-7pm. Vote for your favorite eggnog and get a peek at the festive trees created by non-profit organizations. Contact 828-526-4949 for more information.
November 12: Cellar Gems Dinner at …on the Verandah – Join Chef Andrew Figel for a four course dinner featuring William Selyem, Turley Vineyards plus other gems from the cellar. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $95.
November 12: “Fire” with Guest Chef John Fleer at Ruka’s Table – Chef Mitch Sheppard along with Guest Chef John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen present “Fire,” featuring seven courses each presented with different methods of FIRE. Chefs will hand select red and white wines from around the world to perfectly compliment each dish. This will be an evening you do not want to miss! Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.
November 12: The Opus One Experience at Lakeside Restaurant featuring the esteemed Bordeaux- style blends of Opus One. Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and Regional Opus One Sales Manager Karen D’Amour as they uncork four vintages of Opus One: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Take part in an extraordinary evening savoring a delectable menu that will complement these outstanding wines. Event begins at 7p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for details. Price: $175 plus tax and gratuity.
November 12: “Life is a Cabernet” Dinner at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro – Featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars Wines. An evening filled with culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember! Champagne and appetizers served at 7 p.m., dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3807 for details. Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity.
November 12: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Little Big Town at 7:30pm – Honored with nominations from the country music association, the musical stylings of Little Big Town relies heavily on the Sweet Sounds of four part harmony and rhythmic guitar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
November 19: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle at 7:30pm. Come witness the talent and inspiration of these two major names in Southern Gospel music. Call 877-415-7315 for more information.
November 19 & 26: Kick-off of a four week Youth Arts course on Saturday mornings at the Bascom devoted Christmas Crafts from around the World. Additional classes will be held December 10 and 17 (no class December 3). All classes run 10am-12pm. Youth will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. Cost is $40 Bascom Members / $45 Non-members. Call 526-4949 ext. 100 for more information.
November 22: Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Highlands Civic Center at 6pm. Call 828-526-0542 for more information.
November 24: Happy Thanksgiving from the Silver Creek family to yours! This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for our clients, our talented local architects and builders, and the fact that we get to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
November 24: Bistro on Main in Highlands hosts a Thanksgiving Buffet. $32.95 per person/$14.95 for children 9 years or younger. Located at the Main Street Inn – reservations recommended 828-526-2590.
November 24: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Old Edwards from 11:30am-5pm in Madison’s Restaurant. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
November 24: Enjoy a very special Thanksgiving Tradition from 11:30am-3pm at Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Adults $26/ Children $17. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.
November 24-December 25: Local radio station WHLC FM 104.5 kicks off the 18th Annual Sounds of Christmas.
November 24: Pull a chair up to the table for Thanksgiving at Fressers Eatery from 11:00am-3:00pm. All dinners are served with fresh baked breads, cranberry orange relish, choice of one entree, three sides, and a choice of dessert. Adults $36/children 10 & under $17. For reservations, please call 828-526-4188.
November 25-27: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This year’s house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.
November 25 & 26: As part of their Family Art Experience Series, the Bascom plays host to a Gingerbread House Workshop. Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. The public is invited to cast their votes Tuesday-Saturday, November 29-December 9, 10 am-5 pm. The winners will be announced at 10 am, Saturday, December 10, the public is invited. Classes on November 25 are from 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, and on November 26 from 10am-12pm. Tuition is $40 Bascom member/$45 non-member. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.
November 25-26: The Bascom hosts the Artists’ Marketplace in The Dave Drake Studio Barn from 10am-5pm. Free Admission. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.
November 25-26: 24th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Art and Craft Show at the WCU Ramsey Center from 10am – 5pm – A perennial favorite for Christmas shopping at great prices! Authentic crafts from the hands of 100+ regional artisans. Admission is $3.00 and children under 12 are Free. Call 828-524-3405 for more information.
November 25 & 26: Santa will be at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10am-3pm. Please bring your children by to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas (and don’t forget your camera). He’ll be back later in the evening on Saturday (approximately 7:15 p.m.) following the Tree Lighting (see below).
November 26: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the Highlands Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Fun for the entire family! Please call 828-526-2112 for more information.
November 26: The Bascom hosts Friends Around the Globe Children Activities from 1pm-3pm. Cost is just $12. Call The Bascom at 828-526-4949 for more information.
November 26: Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts a Complimentary Wine Tasting from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.
November 27: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at 2:30pm and 7:30pm – Overflowing with 40 beautiful Russian dancers and set the Tchaikovsky’s famous music, this holiday favorite features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life puppets and nine hand painted backdrops with 3D effects. Acclaimed by the press as “thrilling, breathtaking, astounding, and spellbinding”, this lavish and magical production of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that will create lifelong memories for the whole family!. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.