Plateau Pursuits – November 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Once those beautiful orange, red and gold leaves have left the trees and Halloween is a distant memory marked by a trail of empty candy wrappers, thoughts begin turning to the holidays ahead. Up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a steady stream of cars will wind up the narrow steep streets in search of a relaxing weekend to recharge before the throngs of houseguests arrive. The farmers markets will be bustling as shoppers prepare for their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and calendars will be filled with an endless string of holiday gatherings. Before the month of November comes to a close, neighbors will begin adorning their homes in holiday finery and twinkling lights, and our little slice of Heaven will become even more so with next month’s promise of Christmas cheer. It’s no wonder why we love this place so, and that’s why we invite you and your family to come experience this wonderful time of year on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Book accommodations in historic Highlands or Cashiers, the lake towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the popular resort destination of Sapphire Valley. Be forewarned, you may just fall in love with the area – like so many families before you. If so, we at Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcome the chance to call you neighbor and help you unwrap one of the best holiday gifts you’ll ever receive – the keys to the mountain retreat of your dreams! We look forward to seeing you up on the mountain this month.

November 3-6: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Wizard of Oz – The classic MGM film is brought to life on stage in this two-act production complete with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto, too! Including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Were King of the Forest,” the Oscar winning score will have the audience singing, dancing, and clicking their heels all the way home. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

November 10-12: Highlands Fifth Annual Culinary Weekend – Highlands Country Club. Opening night will be held Thursday, November 10 from 7pm-10pm. Guests will enjoy fine wines and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands. View the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com

November 11-12: Cookbook Signing with Author Sheri Castle at the Mountain Fresh Grocery. Food writer, cooking teacher, recipe tester and developer, Sheri Castle will be signing copies of her newest book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook from 2 to 4 p.m. both days.

November 11: A Taste of the South Dinner with Chef Johannes Klapdohr and his local farm-to-table providers at the Farm at Old Edwards.  Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, people and flavors that make southern life so delicious! Meet the farmers and producers, and indulge in delicious recipes specially prepared by Madison’s culinary team with fresh-picked seasonal bounty. Kick up your heels with Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys. Cocktails served at 6:30p.m. with dinner to follow at 7p.m. Price: $95. Call (828) 787-4263 for more information.

November 11: Viva la France Dinner at the Inn at Half Mile Farm.  The Inn is pleased to be partnering with Tim Lundy from Rosewood Market and Steve Pignatiello from Pignatiello Wine Importers. Extraordinary chefs from Rosewood Market will be preparing a fabulous multi-course French dinner; each course paired with one of the fine French wines, personally selected by sommelier, Steve Pignatiello. Guests are in for a tantalizing French treat! For more information, call 1 (800) 946-6822. Wine and Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m., with Vive la France dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Price: $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

November 11: Craft 2 Table Dinner – Ruka’s Table will be partnering with Stone (San Diego), Left Hand (Colorado), Bell’s (Michigan), Allagash (Maine), Dog Fish (Vermont), and Mother Earth (North Carolina) to bring you the absolute best and hard to find in American craft beers perfectly paired with food native to that region.  Great food, great beer, unforgettable experience! Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.

November 11: Mollydooker Shake Up at the Lakeside Restaurant – this incredible culinary event features
the Australian wines of Sarah and Sparky Marquis, Mollydooker! Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and the Lakeside staff as they present the newest dance move, “The Mollydooker Shake.” Enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner paired with Mollydooker wines that promise to “Wow”!  Event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for more details. Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity

November 11: Pahlmeyer Dinner hosted at The Gamekeeper’s Tavern – Event consists of an evening filled with Pahlmeyer wines, a light reception and then plated dinner. Call (828) 787-4263 for more details. Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Price: $125 plus tax and tip.

November 11: Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox – Lambert Bridge wine and food tasting brought to the “nth” degree at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands. Call (828) 526-3807 for more details.  Event begins at 7:00 pm. Price: $95 plus tax and gratuity.

November 11: Creole/Cajun Themed Dinner at …on the Verandah complete with a live band and many extras. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $65.

November 11 & 12: Come one and all to The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out featuring live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.

November 12: The Saucy Sisters will be at The Christmas Tree in Highlands for a Champagne Reception and Book Signing of their book “On the Hill” from 11am-4pm. Call 828-526-3687 for more information.

November 12: Live Cooking Luncheon – “From the sea to the oven in the Sicilian tradition” is an exploration of traditional Sicilian seafood dishes with Chef Nicholas Figel and Christopher Dupont.
Hosted at Cyprus International Cuisine in Highlands at 12 p.m. Call (828) 526-4429 for details.

November 12: Hog Wild – An American craft beer, pig picking and music festival. Come to The Smokehouse to check out different craft beers from all over America. Hang out, listen to great music and sample different parts of a whole smoked hog from noon to 5 p.m.! Call (828) 526-5000 for details.

November 12: Head to Downtown Highlands from 12pm-4pm for their annual Sip and Stroll event – a popular element of the Highlands Culinary Arts Weekend – Enjoy a glass of wine and a special treat at each of these participants: Acorns, Alexandras on Main, The Christmas Tree, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Mtn. Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flowers and Garden, Two the Nines, Vivance & Vivance Too, Xtreme Threads and ending up The Ugly Dog.
Tickets for Saturday’s Sip & Stroll are $35 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

November 12: The Bascom hosts a “Giving Trees and Nog-off Reception” from 5pm-7pm. Vote for your favorite eggnog and get a peek at the festive trees created by non-profit organizations. Contact 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 12: Cellar Gems Dinner at …on the Verandah – Join Chef Andrew Figel for a four course dinner featuring William Selyem, Turley Vineyards plus other gems from the cellar. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $95.

November 12: “Fire” with Guest Chef John Fleer at Ruka’s Table – Chef Mitch Sheppard along with Guest Chef John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen present “Fire,” featuring seven courses each presented with different methods of FIRE. Chefs will hand select red and white wines from around the world to perfectly compliment each dish. This will be an evening you do not want to miss! Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.

November 12: The Opus One Experience at Lakeside Restaurant featuring the esteemed Bordeaux- style blends of Opus One. Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and Regional Opus One Sales Manager Karen D’Amour as they uncork four vintages of Opus One: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Take part in an extraordinary evening savoring a delectable menu that will complement these outstanding wines. Event begins at 7p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for details. Price: $175 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: “Life is a Cabernet” Dinner at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro –  Featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars Wines. An evening filled with culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember! Champagne and appetizers served at 7 p.m., dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3807 for details. Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Little Big Town at 7:30pm – Honored with nominations from the country music association, the musical stylings of Little Big Town relies heavily on the Sweet Sounds of four part harmony and rhythmic guitar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

November 19:  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle at 7:30pm. Come witness the talent and inspiration of these two major names in Southern Gospel music. Call 877-415-7315 for more information.

November 19 & 26: Kick-off of a four week Youth Arts course on Saturday mornings at the Bascom devoted Christmas Crafts from around the World. Additional classes will be held December 10 and 17 (no class December 3). All classes run 10am-12pm. Youth will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries.  Cost is $40 Bascom Members / $45 Non-members. Call 526-4949 ext. 100 for more information.

November 22: Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Highlands Civic Center at 6pm. Call 828-526-0542 for more information.

November 24:  Happy Thanksgiving from the Silver Creek family to yours! This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for our clients, our talented local architects and builders, and the fact that we get to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

November 24: Bistro on Main in Highlands hosts a Thanksgiving Buffet. $32.95 per person/$14.95 for children 9 years or younger. Located at the Main Street Inn – reservations recommended 828-526-2590.

November 24: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Old Edwards from 11:30am-5pm in Madison’s Restaurant. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

November 24: Enjoy a very special Thanksgiving Tradition from 11:30am-3pm at Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Adults $26/ Children $17. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.

November 24-December 25: Local radio station WHLC FM 104.5 kicks off the 18th Annual Sounds of Christmas.

November 24: Pull a chair up to the table for Thanksgiving at Fressers Eatery from 11:00am-3:00pm. All dinners are served with fresh baked breads, cranberry orange relish, choice of one entree, three sides, and a choice of dessert. Adults $36/children 10 & under $17. For reservations, please call 828-526-4188.

November 25-27: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This year’s house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.

November 25 & 26: As part of their Family Art Experience Series, the Bascom plays host to a Gingerbread House Workshop. Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. The public is invited to cast their votes Tuesday-Saturday, November 29-December 9, 10 am-5 pm. The winners will be announced at 10 am, Saturday, December 10, the public is invited. Classes on November 25 are from 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, and on November 26 from 10am-12pm. Tuition is $40 Bascom member/$45 non-member. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 25-26:  The Bascom hosts the Artists’ Marketplace in The Dave Drake Studio Barn from 10am-5pm. Free Admission. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 25-26:  24th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Art and Craft Show at the WCU Ramsey Center from 10am – 5pm – A perennial favorite for Christmas shopping at great prices! Authentic crafts from the hands of 100+ regional artisans. Admission is $3.00 and children under 12 are Free. Call 828-524-3405 for more information.

November 25 & 26: Santa will be at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10am-3pm. Please bring your children by to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas (and don’t forget your camera). He’ll be back later in the evening on Saturday (approximately 7:15 p.m.) following the Tree Lighting (see below).

November 26: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the Highlands Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Fun for the entire family! Please call 828-526-2112 for more information.

November 26: The Bascom hosts Friends Around the Globe Children Activities from 1pm-3pm. Cost is just $12. Call The Bascom at 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 26: Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts a Complimentary Wine Tasting from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.

November 27:  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at 2:30pm and 7:30pm – Overflowing with 40 beautiful Russian dancers and set the Tchaikovsky’s famous music, this holiday favorite features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life puppets and nine hand painted backdrops with 3D effects. Acclaimed by the press as “thrilling, breathtaking, astounding, and spellbinding”, this lavish and magical production of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that will create lifelong memories for the whole family!. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

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December 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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With the arrival of December to the mountains of Western North Carolina often comes a slew of Christmas traditionalists on the hunt for this year’s perfect Christmas tree. Cars topped with carefully strapped Fraser Firs pass through the festively adorned Crossroads on their way home as shoppers scurry past from one unique shop to the next – the village of Cashiers appearing like something from a classic Norman Rockwell scene. Add to that the possibility of a light dusting of snow, and the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau becomes a popular spot for visitors – particularly for nearby Atlantans who rarely get to catch more than a glimpse of the white stuff. Sneak a peek at the following list of events and happenings in the village of Cashiers and the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway for even more reasons to climb the mountains in search of holiday spirit in December. We’ve got plenty to go around!

December 1-10:  Gingerbread House Creation Display and Popular Vote at The Bascom – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Cost: FREE. The public is invited to cast their votes on imaginative gingerbread designs submitted to The Bascom. The winners will be announced at 10 am on Saturday, December 10.

December 1-24: Highlands Christmas at the Inn at Half Mile Farm – The Inn has partnered with many of the quaint shops in town to offer special shopping discounts to their guests. Call 1-800-946-6822 for more information.

December 4: Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in Downtown Highlands – begins at 11:00 a.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2112.                    

December 4:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang’s Wine and Bistro in Highlands. Immediately following the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wolfgang’s invites you to wander through their Winter Wonderland as they bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano’s Bookshop and – of course – Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.

December 4: Santa Claus Arrives at the Highlands Visitor Center immediately following the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade. For more information please call 828-526-2112.

December 4-18: A Stitch in Time Quilts Exhibition at The Bascom begins – a terrific opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appreciate functional objects as works of art. Cost – FREE! Open to view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesdays thru Saturdays in December.  For more information, please call 828.526.4949 x 100.

December 4: Tis the Season Highlands Alternative Gift Market at the Presbyterian Church in Highlands from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-2754.

December 4, 11, 18: Winter Wonderland at “The Galleries” – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Admission is FREE. For more information please call 828-526-2673.

December 8: Create a Holiday Wreath Workshop at The Bascom – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Students will create a 12-inch boxwood wreath embellished with native color. Cost: $20.00 members/$25.00 non-members (materials included). For information or to register, call 828.526.4949.

December 8: Wreath Seminar by Oakleaf Flower and Garden with Lunch at Madison’s – hosted by the Old Edwards Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $70. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 9: Chocolate Making & Gingerbread House Decorating in the Main Lobby of Old Edwards Inn from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

December 9: Highlands-Cashiers Players Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. For More Details please call 828-526-8084.

December 10 & 11: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti’s Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 10: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children.  For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 11: 36th Annual Christmas Parade in the historic village of Cashiers from 1 to 3 p.m.  For more information, call 828-743-5191. 

December 11: Community Christmas Chorale at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.

December 11: Complimentary Wine Tasting in Madison’s Lobby in Highlands from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

December 11: Ceramic Ornaments Workshop at the Bascom’s Studio Barn from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. –  for children and adults. Student’s will make up to a baker’s dozen ornaments by rolling out clay, cutting out seasonal shapes or symbols, then carving and embossing the surface to personalize their ornaments. Family activity, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 Bascom members/$30 non-members (materials and firings included). For information, call 828-526-4949.

December 11: La Noche Navidena at the Highlands Civic Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Christmas Holiday Dinner and Santa Visit. Admission is free. For more information call 828-526-0890 ext. 290/252

December 11, 18: Santa Claus at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More information please call 828-526-2112.

December 11, 18: Christmas Crafts Around the World Workshop at The Bascom from 10 am to noon. Young aspiring artisits will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. To register or for more information – call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

December 12: Community Christmas Chorale at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands. Reception following concert.

December 15 & 16:Comfort Living with Guests at the Old Edwards Inn with Christine Eisner  and Debbie Maugans Nakos – includes Garden Walk, Small Batch Baking, Samples and Book Signing from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 17: Opening Day at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes. For more information and an updated snow report, call 828-743-1162.

December 17 & 18: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti’s Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 17: Christmas Bird Count with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society beginning at 7:30 a.m. Call Brock Hutchins at 770-486-3715 to volunteer. 

December 17: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children.  For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 19: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts “The Stories of Christmas” – an evening of music, drama, and dance celebrating the stories that make Christmas a season of wonder and inspiration. 6:30 p.m. Carol Singing; 7:00 p.m. Production. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 24: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m.
Traditional and contemporary candle lighting service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 25: Annual Christmas Dinner at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club
 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Approximately 95% of the proceeds will be distributed to 3 local non-profits. Cost: Adults $35; Children $25. For more information or to make reservations, please call 828-526-4464.

December 25: Christmas at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison’s from 12 to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. Live Piano Music in Hummingbird from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison’s. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres in Hummingbird from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Evening features live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and “12 Grapes at Midnight” for guests. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Dinner at Wolfgang’s Wine & Bistro.  For more information, call 828-526-3807.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party Inn Style at The Inn at Half Mile Farm – featuring a special New Year’s dinner at 7:00 pm. – exquisite wines, perfectly paired with each course. The party starts at 9:00 pm with a champagne toast at midnight! Call 1-800-946-6822 to reserve a room. New Year’s Packages (2-night’s accommodations, dinner for 2, and the party) start at just $615.00 per couple! (Plus tax)

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Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, May 1, 2010

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Plateau Pursuits – May 2010
Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

While life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is a celebration of nature’s splendor year-round – there is perhaps no season more stunning and WELCOME than Spring on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. With Winter’s snowfall and April’s showers now a distant memory – May holds the promise of bright blue skies for miles, a rolling sea of fragrant wildflowers along the valley floor, and the much-anticipated return of some of our favorite family-friendly events! May is the perfect time to plan a visit to the neighboring towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville, and Lake Toxaway.  For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at www.ncliving.com. In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and we’ll take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain.  Mark your calendars for the following events and happenings:

May 1: The 11th Annual Mountain Lakes 5-K Run in Highlands – Race begins at 10 a.m.  For more information, e-mail rpbetz@gmail.com.
May 1: Tour de Cashiers – One of the best rides in the mountains! All Rides Depart the Village Green at the Cashiers Crossroads at 9:00 am. Registration Desks Open at 7:30. Riders should be assembled at 8:45. For more information, call (828)743-2052 or visit the event website at www.tourdecashiers.com.
May 1: Quintessa’s California Expressions Wine Dinner at Wolfgang’s Restaurant in Highlands. Thomas Arvid Painting Live! Cocktails @ 7 p.m., Dinner @ 7:30. $135/person.  For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
May 2: The Atlanta Boy Choir performs at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Fletcher Wolfe directs and is accompanied by Robert Henry – piano, Susan Brady – harp and Chachadace Keach – flute.
May 2: Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch at Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden in Highlands. 11:30 – 3 p.m. $55/person. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
May 6: Cats and Dogs Bingo in the Highlands Community Building from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Highlands.  For more information, call 828-743-5752.
May 7 – May 9: Pamper Mom in Style during Mother’s Day Celebration Weekend at The Inn at Half Mile Farm.  To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822.
May 8: The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Field Trip to the Lonesome Valley Development near Cashiers – a “birding” expedition to look for breeding birds. Begins at 8 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
May 9: Mother’s Day Brunch at Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden in Highlands. Served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $65/person.  We’ll even help you with the shopping – we can easily add a spa treatment or Oakleaf floral arrangement to your bill.  For more information, call 828-526-5477.
May 13: “Evolutionary War: On the Life and Times of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’” Lecture at Highlands Nature Center @ 7 p.m. – Jim Costa, Director Highlands Biological Station. For more information, call 828-526-2623.
May 13-16: “Rebecca” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Join the Highlands-Cashiers Players for a performance of Daphne du Mauier’s classic mystery that chronicles the arrival of a young bride – the second Mrs. de Winter – to Manderley, her husband’s ancestral estate. She soon finds that the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, continues to haunt and perplex the household.  She must contend with Rebecca’s lingering presence as well as with the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Directed by Mary Adair Leslie. Show times are evenings @ 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 828-526-8084 or visit HCP’s website at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org.
May 14 – 15: “Creating Pattern on Fabric: Block Printing” a fiber art workshop at The Bascom in Highlands. Taught by artist Barbara Zaretsky for all levels. Cost is $175 for Bascom members, and $195 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 15: Season Kickoff Party at the Bascom in Highlands – 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 526-4949.
May 15 – 29: Exhibition “Pottery and Photos by Dr. Patrick Taylor” at the Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands. Admission is free. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons.
May 19: The Rotary Club of Highlands’ 21st Annual Golf Tournament at Trillium Link and Lake Club. Begins at noon. All of the money raised by this annual event is used to fund local projects and community needs. Registration for individual players is $125, which includes golf, followed by an awards ceremony, and a buffet supper. Call Rotary member Brian Stiehler 828-787-2778 for more information.
May 20 – 22: Fourth annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Events include private wine dinners, grand wine tastings with both value wines and rare bottles, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, a culinary sampling by local chefs, and symposiums conducted by leading wine specialists. Proceeds benefit exhibition and education programs of The Bascom, nonprofit center for the visual arts. Tickets are on sale now at www.collectivespirits.com or by calling (828) 526-4949.
May 20 – 22: “Facial Features Workshop” – oil painting workshop at the Bascom – taught by painter Marc Chatov. For non-beginner to advanced students. Cost is $450 for Bascom members, and $475 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 20 – 23:  “Rebecca” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Join the Highlands-Cashiers Players for a performance of Daphne du Mauier’s classic mystery that chronicles the arrival of a young bride – the second Mrs. de Winter – to Manderley, her husband’s ancestral estate. She soon finds that the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, continues to haunt and perplex the household.  She must contend with Rebecca’s lingering presence as well as with the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Directed by Mary Adair Leslie. Show times are evenings @ 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 828-526-8084 or visit HCP’s website at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org.
May 20 – 22: “Wet Carved Concrete – Planters for the Garden” at The Bascom in Highlands. Elder G. Jones will teach this sculpture workshop for all levels. Cost is $295 for Bascom members, and $320 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 20 –  May 23: Audubon North Carolina Annual Meeting Hosted by Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center.  Annual meeting attendees will enjoy a variety of field trips of their choosing from Friday through Sunday. Field trips and symposia still allow ample time to relax and soak up the scenery.
 May 21 – 23: “Stock the Cellar Party” at The Inn at Half Mile Farm in celebration of Collective Spirits 2010! To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822.
May 22: GROWING DAHLIAS IN HIGHLANDS AND CASHIERS at Highlands Civic Center (Recreation Park) Learn how to prepare the bed, plant the tubers and grow spectacular garden flowers – from showy dinner-plate size to the bright, small single ones. Join Buddy Dean as he gives a presentation on the basics for growing dahlias in the Highlands and Cashiers area. 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 for Center for Life Enrichment members and $35 for non-members.
May 24: Center for Life Enrichment’s “Entertaining at Home with Ease” SHOWCASING THE CHEF: Holly Roberts. Learn quick and easy picnic style recipes for your casual entertaining needs. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: $45 for CLE members, and $55 for non-members (lunch is included)
May 25-28: “Still Life: Out of the Garden” at The Bascom in Highlands.  Esteemed artist Karen Weihs will teach this oil painting workshop focused on subjects found in the garden – exploring the use of color and texture. For all levels. Cost is $400 for Bascom members, and $425 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 25 – 28: “Advanced Throwing Techniques” at The Bascom in Highlands. Ceramics workshop taught by Joe Frank McKee.  For non-beginner to advanced students. Cost is $375 Bascom members, $400 non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.
May 26: “4th Annual Village Nature Series” hosted by the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust at The Village Green in Cashiers. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 for more details.
May 27: “CLE: A HISTORIAN’S SOJOURN IN THE LAND BETWEEN THE RIVERS: Iraq and the Problem of Reconstruction” at the Performing Arts Center (downstairs). Presented by Richard D. Starnes. Following any war, the process of Reconstruction is a difficult one, fraught with uncertainty, violence and political upheaval. This talk explores the reconstruction of Iraq through the experience of a historian who served as an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. It will also draw historical parallels between Iraq’s experience with reconstruction and America’s own reconstruction after the Civil War. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cost: $20 CLE members; $30 non-members
May 27: “Southern Appalachian Celebration: Save our Mountains” at Highlands Nature Center. Presenter – James Valentine, Photographer and Author. Part of the 2010 Zahner Lecture Series.  7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623.
May 28: “Groovin’ on the Green” Bring your coolers, picnic blankets and dancing shoes and join us on the Village Green for live music and good times!  Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Merchants Association. 6 – 8 p.m.
May 28 – 31: “Jump Right In… Pool Party” Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at the Inn at Half Mile Farm.  To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822.
May 29:  Blues, Brews and BBQ at The Rib Shack at The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. Music, Good Food and Good Cheer  start at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.
May 29 – 30: Village Square Art & Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center & Recreation Park.
Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture, birdhouses, pottery, fabric art, clothing, baskets and more. Contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at (828)787-2021. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
May 29: The 28th Annual Mountain Garden Club Plant Sale at the Ball Field on Hwy 64 towards Cashiers. Beautiful, healthy, locally grown plants. Lots of hostas! For more information, please call 828-526-0299.

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