Plateau Pursuits – October 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

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How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.
~ John Burroughs, American Writer and Naturalist (1837-1921)

With Autumn’s arrival comes a great transformation to the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina. There’s a stirring in the air, creating an undeniable sense of excitement. Colors seem more vibrant somehow, and the air becomes more fragrant. A cool breeze carries with it the scent of wood burning in a distant hearth. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful blanket of red, orange, gold and green covers the valley floor and climbs to the highest peaks. The farmer’s markets and roadside stands boast bushels of freshly picked apples and squash of every shape and size imaginable. Children dart back and forth in search of the perfect pumpkin for this year’s Jack-o-Lantern. The ever-charming town centers come alive as people clad in fall sweaters and denim meander through an eclectic collection of shops or attend a bevy of harvest-themed festivals. There are truly no words to describe the awesome beauty of Autumn on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – it’s something you simply must experience for yourself. We hope you’ll do just that this October. Start a cherished family tradition this fall and pay a visit to the historic Village of Cashiers, the resort Town of Highlands, or the quaint neighboring towns of Sapphire, Glenville, or Lake Toxaway. To help you plan your visit, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group in Cashiers have compiled the following calendar of events:

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.

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.

Throughout the month of October:  Head to Highlands to enjoy Oktoberfest at Old Edwards Inn and Spa.
Delight in the culinary talent of the resort’s Executive German Chef Johannes Klapdohr with Bavarian wine, beer, cocktail and dinner specials all month long! The Spa at Old Edwards will be offering a “Fall into Bliss” Pumpkin Apple Peel, and The Hummingbird Lounge at the Old Edwards Inn will present live music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to close.

October 1:  The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands plays host to the PAC Bluegrass Series. Chatham County Line takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $75. Call 828-526-9047.

October 2: “Afternoon of Song” with the Atlanta Opera at Highlands Performing Arts Center from 3-5pm. All proceeds benefit Gilliam’s Promise, a 501 C3 corporation devoted to drug and alcohol prevention that provides scholarships to the children of Highlands. General Tickets $35; Sponsors $100 – includes reception following the performance. For tickets and info, call Highlands PAC at 828-526-9047.
October 5: Art and Fashion For Fur – a fundraiser to benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – takes place at Jorge’s Place in Cashiers from 7pm – 10pm. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, silent auction, art, fashion, and fun. Tickets are $35 for sale in advance at Jorge’s Place and the Gallery on the Green in Cashiers. For more information call 828-743-5752 or 828-743-4175.

October 6: Book signing at the Hudson Library in Highlands from 4:00-5:30pm. Angela Dove, award winning columnist and author, will be speaking about and signing her new book. “No Room for Doubt”. The event benefits R.E.A.C.H of Macon County. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $20. Contact Bonnie Pickartz at 828-342-2831 for more information.
 
October 7-9: Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival – We love this season so much, we designed a festival around it!  Join us for three days jam-packed with talented artists, terrific music, delicious food, and fun kids activities in the heart of Cashiers at the Village Green. Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 8: Women’s Club Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Recreation Center and Highlands Own Art and Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-526-3556.

October 8: Highlands Historical Society Fall Festival – a celebration of the harvest on the Plateau that features a pumpkin decorating contest, exhibit of old-fashioned creativity in making children’s toys, home decorations, and mountain music by local bands. Come enjoy the beauty of a fall day while enjoying music, and good food. For more information, call 828-787-1050.

October 8: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts another installment of the PAC Broadway Series. Robert Cuccioli takes the stage at 8pm. He made his Broadway debut as inspector Javert in Les Miserable, and is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed for performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde. Tickets are $60 and $100. Call 828-526-9047.
 
October 10-14: Highlands Historical Society hosts Kelsey Kids – A 5 day camp that provides children ages 9- 11 with an interactive program designed to personalize the history they learn in school. They will learn about Highlands History through fun activities like a field trip to the Foxfire museum in Mountain City where they will see brooms made, and try their hand at blacksmithing and woodworking; a visit to Prince House where they will learn about life during the Victorian era; a presentation by quilting expert, Liz View; and much, much more. For applications contact HHS at 828-787-1050.
 
October 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents another installment of their PAC Storytelling Series. Carmen Deedy shows off her tale-weaving talent at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25/$35 for adults. Call 828-526-9047.

October 14-15: The Highlands Civic Center plays host to the Fall Colors Fine Art Show, presented by The Art League of Highlands.

October 14: Teddy Roosevelt Returns in “Laugh Loudly and Carry a Big Stick” at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Joe Wiegand, widely regarded as the nation’s premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor, brings Roosevelt to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way of convincing you that you are in the company of the great Rough Rider President. Wiegand is an expert showman and storyteller, portraying Roosevelt as a family man, politician and servant. An amazing poignant and humorous presentation of the 26th president of the United States. Box office opens at 5:30, the 90 minute show begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $35 per person and the proceeds benefit the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. For tickets and information please contact Michelle Price at 828-526-0890 ext. 320.

October 14-16: Antique Show at the High Hampton Inn. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society.
 
October 15: The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation presents Pour Le Pink 5k Walk/Run for Breast Health! This brand-new event begins and ends on the campus of the hospital. Funds raised will go toward maintaining HCH’s state-of-the-art equipment as well as financial aid for HCH patients. The event begins at 8am and is open to male/female runners and walkers of all ages. Registration is $30. To register, become a sponsor, or for additional race details please visit www.highlandscashiershosptial.org or call (828) 526-1313. The race is being organized with assistance by Highlands Roadrunners Club.

October 15: The Bascom in Highlands invites families to drop in from 10am-4pm for Pumpkin Painting!
Cost is just $5, and this fun activity is open to everyone, ages 6 and up. Contact 828-526-4949.
 
October 15-16: Sapphire Valley Craft Show sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Sapphire Valley Resort. This two-day event features handmade crafts, quality folk art, live music & food, and much more.

October 23: The Empty Bowls Project luncheon – a very special fundraiser designed by The Bascom to feed the hungry in Highlands and Cashiers. At 11:30 a.m., the Presbyterian Church in Highlands and the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers will play host to a lunch featuring bread and soup donated by local restaurants, and served in hand-thrown bowls created by the talented artisans of The Bascom. Cost is $15 per bowl and diners will be able to keep their bowl as a memento. All proceeds will go to The Food Pantry in Highlands and Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers. 
 
October 27-November 6: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents The Kitchen Witches. No, they don’t ride on the brooms or cast spells in this comedy. They are rival TV cooking show hostess who have disliked each other for 30 years ever since a suitor courted one but married the other. The two women are forced to combine cooking shows and the insults they cook up for each other earn their program the name of Kitchen Witches. The show becomes an unexpected hit and the two “witches” learn facts about each other that change their relationship. Call 828-526-8084 for tickets and more information.
 
October 31: Downtown Highlands hosts a special Halloween trick-or-treat event sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Main street will close to traffic, and merchants will pass out candy.

October 31: Happy Halloween from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

End of October: Highlands Historical Society Historic Village – including the Highlands Historic Museum, the Prince House, and Bug Hill Cottage – closes for the 2011 season.

End of October: Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds in Cashiers closes for the 2011 season.

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Plateau Pursuits – September 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011

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 bringingit2life@yahoo.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 julie.hitrust@earthlink.net
 
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.

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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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Plateau Pursuits – July 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, July 1, 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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June 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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While the official start of summer falls during the Summer Solstice on June 21, for many of us – summer is already in full-swing. The temperatures are warmer, seasonal neighbors and visitors have returned, and the Farmers Market at the Cashiers Crossroads is bustling with shoppers hungry for some fresh produce and the latest local gossip. A steady stream of boaters take to both Lakes Toxaway and Glenville, families set up for friendly games of croquet at a number of communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, groups of hikers set off in search of some of the area’s most breath-taking waterfalls, and golfers take to their carts in hopes of playing that perfect game on any one of our award-winning golf courses. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of this time of year up on the mountain, almost as though a party is about to begin at any moment and around any corner (and it probably is).  If you have yet to discover this unique little slice of Heaven in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, we invite you to pay us a visit during this wonderful time of year. Need some convincing on when to schedule your vacation in Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway, Lake Glenville or Sapphire Valley? Check out our jam-packed calendar of events for the month of June below.  In the event that you and your family fall in love with the area just as families have been doing for well-over a century and you wish to lay down roots of your own, pay a visit to the offices of Silver Creek Real Estate Group while you’re in town. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. Our team of talented brokers also welcomes the opportunity to correspond with you via online contact form or e-mail at info@ncliving.com, or we can be reached by phone at 828.743.1999. We hope to see YOU up on the mountain this summer!

June 1-3: Watercolor Travel Journaling: Landscape at The Bascom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This class is for travelers and painters. Record what you see and experience in a personal watercolor journal. Work for real life and your photographs. Bring a sack lunch each day. Tuition: $275 members/ $300 non-members. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

June 2: Nature Center Summer Kickoff:  Salamander Soiree at the Highlands Nature Center – Reception, lecture, fun and games for all ages begins at 6 p.m., followed by Salamander Meander at 9 p.m. Registration required, $5 per person. For more information contact 828-526-2623

June 3, 10, 17, 24: Discovery at Dusk a Guided Canoe Trip hosted by Headwaters Outfitters –
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.

Fridays, June 3-July 8: Pre School Creativity Classes at The Bascom from 9 to 10 a.m. with instructor Katy Calloway. 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.

June 4, 11, 18, 25: Signs of Spring a Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River hosted by Headwaters Outfitters – Spring is the perfect time to explore the beautiful scenery of the French Broad River, and what better mode of transportation than in a canoe? This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.

June 5: Annual Preview Party hosted by the Center for Life Enrichment at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 4pm-6pm – features Barbecue, Bluegrass, Banjos and Beer. Cost is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 828-526-8811.

June 6: Southern Highlands Reserve: Azalea Season – Carpool departs from Highlands Civic Center at 10am and with return to Highlands around 1:30 pm. Bring a bag lunch and walking shoes. Cost is $30 for members and $45 for non-members.
Call 828-526-8811. For more information.

June 6: Bill Horwitz Memorial Golf Tournament at Cullasaja Country Club – Begins at 12:00 pm. $125 per person includes green fees, bag lunch and dinner. For more information call Nancy Horwitz at 828-526-0224.

June 6-10: Nature Journaling Workshop at the Highlands Biological Station – Part I: On Monday-Wednesday (June 6-8), Nancy Lowe (www.lookatyourfish.com) will teach drawing techniques and will guide students in writing and keeping other records. No previous drawing experience is required, and materials will be provided. Part II: On Thursday and Friday (June 9&10), students will learn to document plants, insects, and fungi using digital photography protocols. Not only will students will learn how to optimize their cameras for good macro photographs of plants and animals, they will learn how to upload their photos to the Discover Life website with species names, locality data and other notes that can contribute to a larger citizen science online initiative. The cost of the workshop $150 for Part I and $125 for Part II, or $275 for the whole week; housing and academic credit are available at an additional cost. For more information and registration please call 828-526-2602.

July 6-8: Plates and Press – An Introduction to Printmaking Techniques at The Bascom with Kathleen Corey from 10 am – 4 pm. Medium: printmaking Level: beginner to intermediate; Tuition: $245 members/$270 non-members/$20 lab fee. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 7-10: Wow! A World of Wonder at the Highlands Nature Center. Come have fun as we play nature games, hike through the woods, search for critters, and explore the pond and stream. Who knows what interesting things we may discover! Cost $35 per child ages 4-6 10am-12pm daily. Please call 828-526-2623 to sign up.

June 7-10: Summer Youth Art Camp: Outside Art at The Bascom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designed for 6-9 year olds. $275 for a weekly session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 7-10: Summer Youth Art Camp: Outside Art at The Bascom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designed for 10-13 year olds. $275 for a weekly session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100

June 8: The US in the 21st Century – A World Transformed at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10am-12pm.  Join presenter Sandra Mackey, author of six books on the Middle East. Cost $25 members, $35 non-members. Please contact 828-526-8811 for more information.

June 9- 10: The Obit Kit presented by Susan Soper, who began her journalism career at Newsday at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10am-12pm. Cost is $60 for Center for Life Enrichment members and $70 non-members. Please contact 828-526-8811 for more information.

June 9: Summer Fashion Show Luncheon at the Old Edwards Inn Farm Pavilion from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Acorns hottest summer fashions, live ambiant music, Artist Jane Smithers painting live, Spring makeup demos, Champagne arrival with passed Hor D’ oeuvres and a cash bar. Champagne at Acron’s Boutique on Main Street after the show, 10% discount at Acorn’s and Spa Boutique for a week. $45 per person. Please call to reserve 828-787-2625

June 9: Silent and Live Auction at the Highlands Community Building at 5:30 pm. Catered by Cyprus International Restaurant. $30 per person. Tickets at door. Call Nancy Horwitz 828-526-0224 for more information.

June 9: Zahner Conservation Lecture “Nature Deficit Disorder“ with Dr. Brett Wright, Clemson University at 6pm at the Highlands Nature Center

June 9: Eco Tour – Birding with the Audubon Society hosted by the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust. Contact us at (828) 526-1111 to reserve your spot and get details.

June 10-11: “Painting – Where to Begin” with Mary Lou Carpenter at The Bascom from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: oil or acrylic Level: beginner or non-artist. Have you always wanted to paint but didn’t know where or how to begin? Just looking at the materials can be intimidating. This is a great way to invest two days to discover the “painter within.” Everything you need will be provided from paints, palettes, canvas to brushes. All you have to do is walk in the door and get ready to learn. You will leave these two days with at least one completed painting. Tuition: $175 members/$200 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 10: Spaghetti Dinner at the Highlands Rec Center from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Open to the Public. $7 per person.

June 10-11: June Mountain Black Bear Festival – part of the Bear Smart initiative by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Event kicks off Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a slideshow presentation with renowned black bear expert and wildlife photographer Bill Lea at the Highlands Civic Center. The festival continues Saturday from 11am-4pm. There will be music, educational exhibits, and regional experts on black bears and co-existing. Plus regional arts and crafts, and gifts with a bear theme. Saturday entrance fee is $2 and kids 12 and under are free. For more information contact J-MCA at 828-526-0890 ext 320.

June 11-12: The Rotary Arts & Crafts Show on the Village Green in Cashiers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 11: Join The Bascom Community Knitters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to “World-wide Knit Day”. Medium: fiber Level: beginner. All are welcome, the event is free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 11, 18 & 25: “Create, Fire, Glaze” Youth Art Program at The Bascom with Instructor Britt Ammann from 10 am-12 noon. $150 for three Saturday sessions. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 11: SOAR – This annual event features two races on June 11th, the sprint race of 5-7 hours and the elite race of 10-12 hours. The races include running, rappelling, mountain biking and orienteering. Register at www.soarhighlands.org

June 11: PAC Broadway Series at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Best known for her portrayal of “Grizabella” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical “CATS”, Jeri Sager will perform at 8pm
 Tickets are $50 and $80. Call 828-526-9047 for tickets or information.

June 14-18: “In the Spirit of Plein-Air” at The Bascom with instructor Ken Backhaus from  9 am-4 pm. Medium: oil or acrylic Level: non-beginner to advanced. Paint the beauty of the mountains in springtime with nationally recognized workshop instructor Ken Backhaus. Visit several carefully selected Highlands Plateau locations, including the gardens and grounds of a private Highland’s estate with Backhaus who will help students see the basic elements of the landscape and how to be bring this understanding to the canvas. Students will be shown how to employ the fundamental principles of art to develop strong compositional statements. Attention will be given to the importance of editing while on location. Instruction will also focus on introducing mood verses detail through the application of value, temperature, edge control and brush work. Demonstrations and lectures will be given daily. Tuition: $600 members/$625 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 14: Owl Pellets at the Highlands Nature Center from 3-4 pm – a family nature activity for ages 5 and up. Participants will dissect owl pellets to discover the bones of prey. Cost is $1 per person. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

June 14-July 29: Highlands Rec Camp 2011 at the Highlands Rec Center – The Highlands Park and Recreation Department will begin its summer recreation camp program Tuesday June 14th and will hold its first three week session until Friday July 1st. The camp will be CLOSED for one week starting Monday July 4th. It will reopen Monday July 11th and hold its second three week session until Friday July 29th. Camp is open to children ages 5-12. The camp will run from 8:00am-5:00pm. Fee start is $3.00 per hour, for the first child and there are pre-paid specials. Call 828-526-3556 for more information.

June 14-17: Amazing Animals Summer Camp at the Highlands Nature Center. How do birds fly? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Come and find out as we study different groups through hands-on activities and field obervations. Ages 7-10 10am-2pm daily. Cost $45 per child. Please contact 828-526-2623 to sign up.

June 15-19:  “Educating Rita” at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Call the performing arts center for tickets and more information at 828-526-9047.

June 15: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Three Course Dinner Celebration at the Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers with famed chef, John Fleer. Tickets $150 per person; space is limited to 75. Please call HCCMF at 828-526-9060 for reservations

June 15: “Evenings at Lakeside” hosted at Lakeside Restaurant benefitting Scaly Mtn. Women’s Club. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

June 16: The Owl Prowl hosted at the Highlands Nature Center and presented by the Carolina Raptor Center. Presentation followed by a nite hike for all ages. 8pm.

June 16-July 10: The rocking 60’s musical “Suds” presented at the Highlands Playhouse. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

June 17: Pawsitively Purrfect Evening  at Country Club of Sapphire Valley from 5:45 pm – 10:30pm. Highlands-Cashiers Humane Society’s Pawsitively Purrfect Evening includes cocktails, live action, dinner and dancing. $350 per couple, $175 individual. Black tie optional.

June 18: “Still Life Stories” Intergenerational Class at The Bascom from 1-3 pm. All levels
Tuition: $12. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 19: Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

June 19: Father’s Day at the Old Edwards Club featuring Special Golf Rates and U.S. Open Showing.

June 20-24:  “Salamander Safari” Youth Art Program at The Bascom. 10 am-4 pm.
$150 for a five-day workshop. Reception, Sat., June 25. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 20: Wild Cat Cliffs Country Club hosts the Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament. Golfers of all skill levels will be teeing it up for the one of the Town’s most important fundraisers, The Scholarship Golf Tournament. Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, celebrating its 50th anniversary, so graciously agreed to host the event again, donating all rounds of golf, cart fees and meals. For $150 per player, you will receive breakfast, an 8 am shotgun start, followed by cocktails, lunch an awards ceremony. In addition, there are numerous sponsorship opportunities available. For more information or sponsorship opportunities for this important event, contact Chair, Brian Stiehler at 787-2778.

June 21: Happy First Official Day of Summer from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

June 21: Headwaters Outfitters’ Traditional Mountain Sports Fly Fishing Day Camp. The day begins, literally, by getting our feet wet! Campers discover first-hand what’s on the menu for trout. With nets in hand, we’ll explore a pristine mountain stream to catch aquatic critters such as crayfish, stoneflies and mayflies. While looking up-close at the things we find, we teach a little about the different stages of their fascinating lifecycle. The knowledge gained here is essential for knowing what fly to put on the end of the line. 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. We teach each camper how to cast on a small, stocked pond, where there are no trees to worry about getting hung-up in. Campers will enjoy lunch beside a primitively started fire, where they will get a chance to cook and eat what they catch over an open flame. The rest of the day will be spent honing our fishing skills while chasing after the brightly colored rainbow, brown, and brook trout that lurk in the emerald green pools and riffles of our local mountain streams. Our day camp is limited to 9 participants. Reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit. Professional instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Whitewater Rescue. Headwaters Outfitters, 828-877-3106

June 21: Anderson’s Conn Valley Wine Dinner hosted by Brie Conway at Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro. For more information, call 828-526-3807.

June 22: PAC Bluegrass Series at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The Gibson Brothers will perform at 8pm. Tickets are $55 and $75. Call the PAC for tickets and more information at 828-526-9047.

June 22-23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour: Roan Mountain Overnight. Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust on their first-ever overnight expedition to Roan Mountain to witness the famed Catawba Rhodos. For details contact: Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or (828) 526.1111.

June 23: “Coast to the Mountains” Summer Concert Series at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers from 7 to 10 p.m. 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. For more information, call 828-743-2411.

June 23: Headwaters Outfitters’ 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 our experienced instructors teach the rescue skills needed to stay safe in the event of capsizing! Once everyone feels comfortable with their new paddling skills, we’ll teach the basics of planning a river trip, then head to the river! Paddling through gentle rapids, amongst the twists and turns of tree-lined banks, our camp instructors will explain how to recognize and easily avoid the hazards commonly found on rivers. Along the way, we’ll learn lots of fun and interesting facts about the plants and animals that call this special place their home. Our day camp is limited to 9 participants. Our 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 bring a packed lunch). Reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit.

June 23: Special Concert and Cocktail Reception for the 30th Anniversary Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Benefit at Fisher Estate-Highlands. “Music in the Garden” – Guest Artist: Martin Chalifour, Violinist and Concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 6PM – Price: $150/person. Call the Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival for more information at 828-526-9060.

June 23-25: “Harmonious Oil Painting” at The Bascom with instructor and artist, Karen Weihs from 10 am – 4 pm. Medium: oil Level: beginner to intermediate. Start at the beginning learn how to set up a palette in order to understand color “temperature” and organization for proven student success. Using the outside environment and photographs students will discover the beauty of oil painting. Glazing techniques, used for centuries, will be demonstrated and explored by students each day to insure a thorough grasp of these methods. Beginners or Intermediates can work together in this class and all gain from Weihs’ proven instruction. Tuition: $295 members/$320 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 23: Ancient Cherokee Trails at the Highlands Nature Center with Lamar Marshall – Wild South Hike with Lunch included. 10am-2pm. Registration required, $10 per person.

June 23: Know Your Frogs with Patrick Brannon at the Highlands Nature Center at 8:30 pm. Ages 7 and Up. Registration Required, $5 per person.

June 24: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Cashiers at the Blue Ridge School.

June 24-25: History Live! at the Highlands Historical Village at 524 N 4th Street from 5:30 – 7:15pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Students free. Includes performances by 6 actors and actresses representing Highlands’ historic leaders. Call 828-787-1050 for more.

June 24-26: A Stroll In The Village (Formerly A Walk in the Park) hosted by the Highlands Historical Society.  For more information, call 828-526-4245.

June 25: Summer Barn Dance at The Bascom. Tickets $5, purchase tickets at the door, cash only. The nostalgia of Highlands yesteryear come to life.

June 25: Pancake Breakfast at the Scaly Mtn. Community Building hosted by The Scaly Mtn. Women’s Club from 7:30am -10:30am.

June 25: PAC Broadway Series featuring a performance by Franc D’Ambrosio, best known for his impressive portrayal of the “Phantom” in  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Musical,  The Phantom Of The Opera at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 8pm. Tickets are $60 and $100. Please call PAC for tickets and more information at 828-526-9047.

June 25-26: Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 26: History Live! at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, Highlands from 4:00 pm -5:1 5pm. Tickets will be $10 per person, Students free. Call 828-787-1050 for more information.

June 27: “Make a Joyous Noise – Part 1” Intergenerational Class at The Bascom with Linda Hayes, Class: 9 am-12 noon, Open Studio: 1-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: all levels. Create rattles and forms from pinch pots. Tuition: $85 members/$110 non-members. Take Part 1 and Part 2: $150 members/$195 non-member. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 28: “Make a Joyous Noise – Part 2” Intergenerational Class at The Bascom with Linda Hayes, Class: 9 am-12 noon, Open Studio: 1-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: all levels. Create hollow forms to textured shapes from slab. Tuition: $85 members/$110 non-members. Take Part 1 and Part 2: $150 members/$195 non-member. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust – Village Nature Series at 7:00pm at Cashiers’ Village Green: “Hunters of the Sky”. Meet living local raptors and watch them in flight. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event brought to you by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust as part of their summer Village Nature Series. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 28-July1: “Here’s Looking at You” with Lory Lockwood at The Bascom from 10 am-4 pm.
Medium: drawing Level: all levels. This workshop will focus on the self-portrait – what you look like, what you think, and who you are – whether conscious or not. Artists have always drawn self-portraits focusing on appearance – I call this the “outer” landscape. They have also created pieces that reveal what they think and feel and I call this “the inner landscape.” In this class, we will experiment with an assortment of media and thoughts to produce quite a few finished products both drawings and collages a result of the self-exploration the leads to self portraits.

June 28 – July 1: Highlands Nature Center’s Nature Works – What lives in the different forest layers? What do predators do? What type of tree is that? What can we find in a pond? Come have fun learning about the workings of “mother nature” through interactive play and nature activities. Ages 8-11, 10am-2pm daily. Cost $45 per child. Please call 828-526-2623 to sign up.

June 29: PAC Storytelling Series at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 7:30pm. John McCutcheon will perform. Tickets are $15 for students, and $25/$35 for adults. Call PAC at 828-526-9047 for tickets and more information.

June 30: Highlands Nature Center’s Appalachian Stories of Conservation with Gary Carden. Presentation for all ages at 6 pm.

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Lonesome Valley’s Chef John Fleer Receives Nomination

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Popular Sapphire Valley Chef Nominated for Prestigious National Culinary Award
Chef John Fleer of Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen Receives Nod from James Beard Foundation

After just two outstanding seasons at Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen in Western North Carolina, locally celebrated chef, John Fleer has garnered the attention of the nomination committee of the highly revered James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. The committee placed Fleer in the running for their esteemed “Best Chef: Southeast” award against such well-regarded Southern chefs as Hugh Acheson of the Athens, GA restaurant Five and Ten; Craig Deihl of the Charleston, SC restaurant Cypress; Linton Hopkins of Atlanta, GA’s Restaurant Eugene; Edward Lee of Louisville, KY restaurant 610 Magnolia; and Andrea Reusing of Chapel Hill, NC restaurant Lantern. Considered by many to be the “Oscars of the food world”, the winners of this year’s James Beard Awards will be announced on May 6. Regardless of the outcome, the nomination itself is quite an honor.

Armed with an impressive resume that includes his role as a private chef for beloved celebrity icon, Mary Tyler Moore and a 15-year stint as the executive chef at the famed Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN – Chef Fleer has created quite a buzz in a relatively short amount of time on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. It was likely Fleer’s unique culinary style combined with his use of farm fresh ingredients and the sublime atmosphere of his restaurant, Canyon Kitchen that drew the interest of the James Beard Foundation nomination committee. Nestled at the heart of the lovely Lonesome Valley master-planned development in the Sapphire Valley region of Western North Carolina in an expansive box canyon shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Canyon Kitchen offers its patrons stunning views and an experience that is so much more than just a meal, it’s a gastronomic event. Open seasonally to Lonesome Valley members and the public by reservation only, Canyon Kitchen’s 2011 season will kick off on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Chef Fleer for his nomination, and we wish him the best of luck leading up to the announcement of the winner the first week in May. We are so looking forward to the start of the season at Canyon Kitchen, and highly recommend our readers add a memorable visit to the Kitchen to their itinerary during a spring or summer stay on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  If you’d like to learn more about Canyon Kitchen, we invite you to read our August 2010 blog “Ambience and Incomparable Cuisine are Always on the Menu at Cashier’s Canyon Kitchen”. To make a reservation, call 828.743.7967 or e-mail your request to canyonkitchen@lonesomevalley.com.

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May 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011

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Not unlike the stuff of dreams, the month of May in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is filled with a seemingly endless rolling sea of color as wildflowers blanket the valley floor under a canopy of towering green trees and blue skies adorned with fluffy white clouds. The fragrance of newly blooming Dogwoods and Mountain Laurel blend with the heavenly aroma from countless barbeque grills as they are carried away on a cool mountain breeze. The streets and sidewalks in the quaint towns and villages of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau are bustling once again as seasonal neighbors return and a fresh harvest of new families discover our little corner of the world for the very first time. If you listen carefully, you can hear the area beckon. The streams call out to the would-be fly fisherman, the golf courses call out to the aspiring pro golfer, the lakes call out to the avid boater, and the tree-lined hiking trails leading to mystical waterfalls call out to the nature lover. Life on the mountain is whatever you want it to be – jam-packed full of adventure, slow-paced and peaceful, or something in between. To fill those “in-between” times, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have compiled the following calendar of events for the month of May. In addition to the area’s breathtaking natural splendor, world-class amenities and resorts, eclectic shopping and dining experiences, and our special brand of Southern Hospitality – you might just find an occasion on our calendar that serves as a great excuse to draw you here. We know full well that once you visit, you’re bound to find that something special that keeps you coming back!

May 1: Brunch at Madison’s for Wine and Dine on the Mountain. For more information call 828-526-8008

May 3, 4 & 5: Highland Hiker hosts fly fishing casting lessons for ladies only, led by Joan Cabe. Limit of 5 per class. Call 828-526-5298 to reserve a spot. Highlands location.

May 3 & 5: Highland Hiker Shoe Store hosts a hike to Sunset Rock with Robert Keller at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-526-5298. Highlands location.

May 4: Highland Hiker Shoe Store hosts a 1 hour Yoga class with Certified Instructor Diane Levine at 9 a.m. Bring your own yoga mat. Limit of 8. Highlands location. 

May 4: The official kick-off of local artist Karen Weihs’ OPEN STUDIO Mondays at her Cashiers-based art studio on Laurel Knob Road. Karen invites artists to bring their easel, paints, lunch, and works in progress – and she will supply the space, tables, set-ups, drinks, and mentoring! Just $25 per participant every Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., limit to 4 people each week. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “get your art groove on” while sharing a passion with others to become better artists and inviting a few “extra sets of eyeballs” to see and critique one another’s work – a true life-line to progress. To learn more about contemporary oil painter Karen Weihs, visit her online at www.karenweihs.com. Please RSVP each week by e-mailing her at karen@weihs.com or calling 828/226-4024. Classes run through the remainder of 2011.

May 5: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Raise a frosty margarita glass at Highlands El Azteca Restaurant or dine on your favorite Mexican dishes at Chile Loco in Cashiers in celebration!

May 5: Meet at the Cashiers Highland hiker for a Leki Trekking Pole demonstration with Nathan Smith at 10 a.m. Try out the Leki Trekking Poles and learn how to use for hiking. Limit of 12 participants.

May 5: Meet at the Cashiers Highlands Hiker and take a walk with Debbie Adams using Leki Nordic Walking Poles at 5 p.m. Limit of 12 participants.

May 6: Highland Hiker hosts a Sunset Rock Hike – Dogs welcome! Bring your dog (leashes required) and meet at the Highland Hiker in Highlands for a walk to Sunset Rock with Katie Cochran and Coal, then continue to the Dog Park to play. Hike begins at 5:15 p.m.

May 6-8: Mothers Day Sectional Bridge Tournament at the Highlands Civic Center; sponsored by the Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club. For more information, please call 828-526-3556.

May 6, 13, 20 & 27: 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. Watch the different bird life glide through the air in hunt of their last meal of the day, be it an insect zipping through the wind or a fish splashing through the current around you. Catch a glimpse of the beaver’s tail as he escapes into dark recesses of the river in search of his burrows entrance. 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. For more information, call 828-877-3106 or visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com.

May 7 & 14: Headwaters Outfitters hosts their “Signs of Spring a Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River” – Spring is the perfect time to explore the beautiful scenery of the French Broad River, and what better mode of transportation than in a canoe? This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call 828-877-3106 or visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com.

Saturdays in May: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Bascom Community Knitters” from 10 a.m. – noon. All skill levels are welcome to join the community of knitters and needle-workers who meet every Saturday from May – October on The Terrace at The Bascom. Free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 7: Highland Hiker hosts an Interpretive Hike to Whiterock on the Bartram Trail with Tom Olson, 4.5 miles round trip. Meet at the Highland Hiker at 9:00 a.m. and bring your lunch, water, and rain jacket. Limit of 6 participants.

May 7: Highlands, NC Relay for Life Kickoff Rally – event begins at 10 a.m. and will be hosted at the Highlands Community Building. Rally will feature delicious food and speakers from the community in honor of local cancer survivors, marking the kickoff of the 2011 Relay for Life season which will culminate in a very special overnight Relay event at Highlands Recreation Park on Friday, August 19.

May 8: Madison’s Restaurant in Highlands host a very special Mother’s Day Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the Wine Garden offers Mother’s Day Lunch Selections from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests can arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for that special woman in their life when they enter their room or suite. Madison’s guests can have flowers from Oakleaf Flower and Garden or an Old Edwards Inn and Spa gift certificate delivered right to the table. And Acorn’s Boutique features a beautiful array of designer jewelry that can be purchased with the gift card—or presented as a surprise over dinner. Acorn’s features a 10% discount for all resort guests.

May 9: Highlands Country Club hosts the 22nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands Annual Golf Tournament – an event that promises to be one of the highlights of the golf season in the mountains. A morning shotgun start, which includes lunch and on course beverages, will be followed by a awards ceremony. Registration for individual players is $150. Various combinations of individual and corporate sponsorships, individual hole sponsorships, and player/sponsor combinations are available. Applications for players, sponsors or both are available by calling 828-787-2778. Don’t delay – the tournament will be an early sell out.

May 11-14: The Old Edwards Inn Farm is the site of Highlands First Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament in support of Fishing/Fellowship/Philanthropy. $500.00 secures a spot for a two-person team. This fee includes an invitation to the opening night reception at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn, three days of fishing (one native, one hatchery supported & one delayed harvest river), as well as an invitation to the closing night Winners’ Reception featuring food, prizes & fellowship. All funds raised benefit the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund for Highlands School graduates.

May 12-14: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Palette Knife/Still Life” – an oil painting class taught by Donna Thomas from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The class is open to all levels and will address under toning a canvas in preparation for palette knife application of oil paint. Types of palette knife applications, color mixing with a limited palette, compositional considerations and the importance of value will all be discussed. Still life materials will include florals, objects and personal photographs. Tuition: $220 members/$245 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 13: Zachary-Tolbert House Opening Event – Guided tours of this beautifully preserved historic home museum and grounds in Cashiers resume on Fridays and Saturdays from May through October 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 13-14: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Totem Building Workshop” – a hand-building clay workshop taught by Barry Gregg from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This 2 day workshop will concentrate on garden totem construction. All levels will learn the expressive potential of pinch, coil, and slab construction, however a basic knowledge of clay is recommended. Topics will include “Finding Your Inspiration” to create and personalize your work. This workshop will also include a one day glazing class (June 4). Attendees should realistically be able to construct 8-10 stackable pieces during the course of the workshop. Tuition: $170 members/$195 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 17: The Cashiers Historical Society hosts “Ramble to Cashiers Area Civil War Sites”. For more information, please call 828.743.9002.

May 19-21: The Bascom in Highlands plays host to the Fifth annual Collective Spirits Wine and Food Fest. Wine lovers from all over the Southeast are cordially invited to stock their cellars, while indulging in private wine dinners, grand wine tastings featuring both value wines and rare bottles, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, and a culinary sampling by local chefs. All proceeds support outreach and educational programs of The Bascom, a nonprofit center for the visual arts.

May 24: Join the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust at Cashiers Village Green at 7 p.m. for their family-friendly summer Village Nature Series “Scales and Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians of the Highlands Plateau.” Meet living local reptiles and amphibians then enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event – everyone is welcome to attend and no reservations are necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

May 26-27: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Zentangle” – a beautiful art form using pen, ink and repeating patterns taught by Joan Payton and Jeannie Mahood from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Using the finest archival materials and following a simple set of steps, participants will be able to achieve a relaxed state of focus by concentrating on drawing one line at a time. Zentangle is an enjoyable kinesthetic meditation intended to remove many of the barriers people have to making creativity and relaxation a part of their lives. Tuition: $170 members/$195 non-members/$10 materials fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 27-30: The High Hampton Inn & Country Club ushers in the unofficial start of the summer season with their Memorial Day House Party, a festive weekend that includes a Sunday evening BBQ picnic on the High Hampton lawn featuring a live band and mountain cloggers. For more information or to make reservations for this very special weekend, visit www.highhamptoninn.com or call 800.334.2551.

May 29-30: The Highlands will be hopping with the return of their Village Square Art & Craft Show – an annual event that features some of the best regional talent around, displaying their wares including fine art, folk art, pottery, rustic furniture, baskets, jewelry, turned wood, and more. Event promises fun for the whole family and includes food, music, live demonstrations, and plenty of bathrooms and parking. The Show takes place in the Highlands Village Square and Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine and 5th Streets. For more info contact Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing (828) 787-2021.

May 30: Happy Memorial Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group and NC Living Magazine!

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April 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011

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With the arrival of April comes the return of our much-anticipated seasonal friends to the mountains of Western North Carolina – the daffodils, tulips, trillium, dogwoods, azaleas, and so much more. The early spring breezes carry the heavenly floral fragrance as they stir the surface on our lovely mountain lakes and streams, giving the sense of an awakening – conveying that something special is about to happen. In a dance it has performed for centuries, the valley floor takes on the appearance of a sea of green once more and the sky above is a thick blanket of azure and white. As the temperatures start to rise, so does the level of excitement. During this month, in this very year – a number of entirely new families will come to discover our unique corner of the world for the very first time. Some of them will add us to their list of favorite seasonal haunts, while others will find themselves so captivated by the area – they will choose to lay down roots here, just as countless families before them have done for nearly two centuries. Whether they are drawn to the breathtaking sunsets over Lakes Glenville and Toxaway, the community spirit and world-class amenities of Sapphire Valley, or the history and Appalachian charm of Highlands and Cashiers – there is something to treasure about every nook and cranny of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. We invite you to join us up on the mountain this Spring and discover exactly what it is that will call YOU back here, year after year…

April 1  Happy April Fool’s Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

April 1 The Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to a special April Fool’s Day Wine Dinner with the talented Chef Todd Ginsberg. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6:00 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. Each tantalizing course will be perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Cost is $120 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information please call 800-946-6822

April 1-May 24 Each Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 pm, The Bascom will host a workshop titled “Ceramics – Beginner and Beyond” which is an introduction to hand building and wheel throwing techniques for beginners and an opportunity for intermediates to refine and develop their skills further. Tuition is $350 for members and $375 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 2-30 Each Saturday in April, Headwaters Outfitters will take guests on a very special journey – their “Signs of Spring” Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River. This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.

April 8-10 Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to an Artist Retreat with special guest Mary Ann Edens for a weekend of creativity and camaraderie. The event will begin Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm for wine & hors d’oeuvres and supper, with an opportunity for artists to get acquainted with each other and meet Ms. Edens. Saturday includes a workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and with lunch. Sunday morning, artists will gather at 8:30 am to present their artwork and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

April 9 The Bascom hosts an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm for “The American Still Life”. A competition which will include a combination of works by contemporary American artists selected by our juror and historical still life examples borrowed from museums. Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe. This exhibition explores the historical precedent and the evolution of the practice in the work of portraying inanimate objects, and presents some of the innovative ways artists today are exploring this traditional genre. Admission is free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 10 Join Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters for a free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2 to 5 pm. Mac will demonstrate how to tie his very own foam-bodied yellow jacket imitation, “The Bee”, and “Whitewater Golden Stone” – both irresistible to trout in local streams. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac – or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

April 13-May 18 On Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm – The Bascom will host a workshop geared toward children aged 8-12 called “Clay for Youth”.  Taught by Pat Taylor, students will have a variety of creative experiences and learn lots of clay techniques from coiling, building with slabs, pinching and  sculpting. Everyone will get the chance to use the potter’s wheel, see their pieces get bisque fired and glazed, and have an assortment of work to be proud of when they are finished. Tuition is $95 for members and $120 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 13-14 Headwaters Outfitters invites you to join them on a Chattooga River Canoe Camping Adventure! They will be paddling on Section I & II of this magnificent river which is perfect for introducing (or reacquainting) paddlers to the river. This part of the Chattooga is not as heavily used by the local whitewater outfitters that focus more on the adrenaline rush of Sections III and IV but still offers just as stunning scenery as other sections. For more information on how to take part in this wonderful “wild and scenic” retreat, call 828-877-3106.

April 14-17 Escape to the Old Edwards Inn for the Comfort Living Re-Balance Retreat facilitated by interior designer Christine Eisner of Comfort Living by Christine. This back to basics approach to a more balanced lifestyle will provide you with the tools to lead a more meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. Join her for this 3-day full immersion retreat featuring workshops, hands-on activities, nature walks, spa treatments, and a collection of lovely chef-prepared meals. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

April 22-23 The Bascom hosts “Relief Printmaking” – a workshop taught by Nancy Darrell from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn the simple skill of relief printmaking using linoleum. Students will create relief prints from found objects and quickly advance to cutting linoleum blocks. Small prints will be printed on paper for greeting cards. Larger prints will be explored using an intaglio press and other printing options. Tuition is $145 for members and $170 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 22-23 The Bascom hosts “Play in the Clay” – a Youth Art Program taught from 10 am to 1 pm to beginners and intermediate young potters ages 10-16. Instruction will cover basic techniques, coil and pinch pots. Lunch is included. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $50 for a two-day workshop. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

April 23-24 The Old Edwards Inn & Spa welcomes guests for a very special Easter weekend. Saturday’s activities include Easter egg decorating and bonnet making, and Sunday features Easter brunch in Madison’s Restaurant from 11:30 am to 3 pm for $45 per person. Be on the lookout for a visit from the Easter Bunny from 1 pm to 2 pm, and gather on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 pm for a classic Easter egg hunt. A professional photographer will be on-site for family portraits and Old Edwards Easter egg baskets for the kids with special add-ins available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden. Easter weekend spa specials include mini manicures or pedicures for little girls at The Spa for $25 and 20% off services when booking 2 or more services per person (Valid April 22 to 24, 2011 based on availability. Not valid with any other discounts or specials. Discount must be confirmed at the time of scheduling to ensure that the discount applies. Gratuities based on regular prices of services.) For more information or to book reservations for this fun annual event, call 828-526-8008.

April 24  Happy Easter from the Silver Creek Family to Yours!

April 29-May 1 Wine and Dine on the Mountain at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa! This sensational event kicks off the 2011 culinary season in Highlands, NC by pulling together a sizzling line-up of fine wines, superb food and fine art. Guests of all events will watch the wines come to life, as gifted artist Thomas Arvid paints LIVE for each occasion. Friday features a Spring Harvest Barn Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards showcasing live entertainment and Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards. Cocktails are served at 6:30 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm for $95 per person. Saturday features the W.H. Smith Winery Dinner at Wolfgang’s Restaurant. Cocktails are served at 7:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:30 pm for $135 per person. Sunday features a Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm at Madison’s Restaurant at Old Edwards, also showcasing Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards for just $55 per person. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

April 29 The Bascom hosts “Beginner Basket Weaving” taught be Barbara Chatham from 9 am to3 pm. During this workshop students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8”x 8”x 4”) utilizing reed. Students will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 30 The Bascom hosts “Beginner or Intermediate Weaving” taught by Barbara Chatham from 9 am to 3 pm. In this workshop, beginning students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8” x 8” x 4”) utilizing reed. They will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Intermediate students will use advanced weaves to make a basket with a Herringbone base, a woven handle, and use dyed rows of reed, using color of choice. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 beginner materials kit or $40 intermediate materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

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March 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events | Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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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.

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February 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011

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Love is in the air – and it’s contagious!  Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love.  Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own.  We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries – but consider yourself warned.  You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While you’re in town, we welcome you to stop by Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes.  In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

February 1-28: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Hours**:  Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard
Adults Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $52.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $36.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $30.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $18.00 

Children ( 12 & under ) Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $26.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $16.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $24.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $14.00 
  
Ski’s & Poles Rental Only $21.00 
Snowboard Rental Only $30.00 
Helmet Rental $9.00 
Boot Rental $9.00 
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Group (min. 3 people, max. 10) $15.00 per Hour
Private (w/ Advanced Reservation) $25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental
$22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.
** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6: Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands – Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun “Anti-Super Bowl Weekend” that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27: Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10: Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her “Thinking with a Whole New Mind” workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24: Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular “Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar” event – Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14: Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 – the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madison’s Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite.  Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13: Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentine’s Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farm’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner… 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors d’oeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples.  800-946-6822.

February 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19: Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center!  Cost is just  $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands’ finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19: 4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race – that’s right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team.  Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19: Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size “Double Bunny Leech” during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac – or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23: The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27:  Highlands-Cashiers Players present “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person.  For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27: The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts “Winterscapes – Picture Perfect Weekend” featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27: Writers – pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26: Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen’s Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascom’s Winter Dance. February’s Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMT’s that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.

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