Plateau Pursuits – August 2009 Edition

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2009

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As the last summer breezes blow over the peaks and valleys of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, visitors and villagers alike will revel in these final precious weeks of one of the area’s busiest and most beautiful seasons. With Mother Nature’s splendor at center stage, there’s always an abundance of cultural and fun activities in the unique towns and villages of the mountains of Western North Carolina. The team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled a list of events taking place in our little corner of the world this August. We invite you, your friends and family to join us for what promises to be another terrific month in the mountains!

August (ongoing): Live Piano Music at… On The Verandah in Highlands – showcasing Chad Reed and his distinctive flair for tickling the ivories to your classical, standards, jazz and blues favorites as he returns for his 8th season at On The Verandah. Friday and Saturday nights 7-10 p.m. For reservations, call 828.526.2338.

August 1-Oct 13: Tours of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and Museum are available through the Cashiers Historical Society on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

August 1: Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show at the Sapphire Valley Community Center – Come out and join in the fun as we raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. For more information, call 828-743-7663.

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance – featuring William Preucil, violin; William Ransom, piano; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup, harp; Ferdinando De Sena, electronics; Charae Krueger, cello. Program includes Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F; De Sena: Directed Ambience for Harp and Electronics; Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor – Albert Carlton Library, Cashiers. 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults:$28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 2 & 3: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance – featuring Vega String Quartet; Program includes Haydn: Sunrise String Quartet; Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 131; Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings – Highlands Performing Arts Center @ 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults: $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060

August 2 & 9: Much Ado About Nothing – courtesy of Highlands Playhouse – 7 p.m. at Pine Street Park – admission is FREE! Bring a picnic supper and your blankets!!

August 4: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – “Movies about Music: Song of Norway” – free admission – 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information.

August 5: “Sweet Tea” at the Bascom – fun family activity – construct your own teapot from different techniques. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 6, 13, 20 & 27: “Groovin’ on the Green” Free Concert Series at the Gazebo on the Village Green– Sponsored by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association – 7 p.m.

August 7: Final Performance in the Relay for Life Mountain Music Concert Series -Sponsored by the Just for You Relay For Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Mountain Music concert series features music and dance mountain style! Come enjoy the entertainment, along with modern western square dancing, clogging, raffles and more. Dancing begins at 6:45 PM and the bands perform from 7:30 until 9:00 PM, in the old gym at Highlands School. Admission is free.

August 7 & 8: “A Book at the Heart of Things” at the Bascom – Create sculptural figures using a book as the body. For more information, call 828-526-4929

August 8: The Manes and Tails Benefit – Benefitting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane
Society and Carpe Diem Farms. 5:00pm-6:30pm, Wine, Beer & Appetizers and Parade of horses & dogs. 6:30-9:00pm Dinner/ Dancing and Silent Auction. Tickets are $50/person.

August 9: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Final Gala with the Eroica Trio – at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Program: Trios of Cassado, Lalo; encore performance of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite @ 5:00 PM. $125-includes dinner at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call (828) 526-9060

August 8: Front Porch Family Fun – Enjoy Front Porch Family Fun with Lee Knight at the Zachary-Tolbert House, brought to you by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, call (828) 743-7710.

August 8-9: Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Show – Features a wide variety of artisans, including contemporary and country crafts, folk art, fine jewelry and much more. Enjoy music and food while you browse. Sapphire Valley Resort Athletic Field – Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Sandra Fischel @ (828) 743-1163 or via e-mail at svma@aol.com.
August 10: Bulrush Pouch at The Bascom – make a pouch from soft, wild bulrushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929.
August 10-14: The Creative Edge at The Bascom – Learn creative techniques from esteemed artist, Mary Todd Beam. Includes daily demonstrations and discussions. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 10: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model at The Bascom – Choose your own media for a leisurely session with a male model. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 12: “Dinner Time” at The Bascom – fun family activity where you create a personal place setting for your dinner table. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: “Rubber Stamping” at The Bascom – fun family activity where you create unique cards and other paper arts. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: “Botanical Sketching and Watercolors” at The Bascom – Explore the local flora and fauna with pencils and brushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: “Bark for Life” at Highlands Recreational Park – fun-filled day for dogs and their owners that includes demonstrations and games to benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is $20 per dog – each dog receives a Bark for Life bandana and goody bag filled with toys and treats. For more information, contact Louise Hopkins at 828-787-1871.

August 19: “Loving Literacy – A Premiere Gala” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands – includes performance of Rupert Holmes’ comedy-thriller “Accomplice” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 – sponsorships start at $500.

August 20-23 & August 27-30: “Accomplice” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – Performances
by Highlands Cashiers Players of this Rupert Holmes’ comedy-thriller take place at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. For more information, contact 828-526-8084.

August 21: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust: Chimney Top Eco Tour – Challenging hike that is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 for more information.

August 21: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party – The kickoff party for the Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, presented by The Cashiers Historical Society hosted at the Nancy Hanks House. For more information, call (828) 743-7710 or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 22-Sept. 6: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse – Presented by The Cashiers Historical Society, this year’s showhouse will be the summer home of the late Nancy Hanks, who is widely credited with spearheading the federal government’s involvement in the arts. For more information, call(828) 743-7710 or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 24-28: “Portrait Painting in Oils” at The Bascom – students work with live model and instructor. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 26: Village Nature Series Lecture at Lonesome Valley @ 6:30 p.m. – “My Life in the Appalachian Woods” by Thomas Rain Crowe – FREE – for more information, call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Relay for Life—Relay for Life of Mountain Top is holding this very special event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who have been lost. Hosted at Highlands Recreation Center

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Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Celebrates 100 Years of “Saving Special Places”

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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An exciting series of centennial events will take place in 2009 to pay homage to Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s (HCLT) rich history and illuminate the community to its very bright future. HCLT is the oldest land trust in all of North Carolina and among the first 20 in the United States. Like most things, HCLT began very simply – the concept of a handful of concerned citizens who didn’t wish to see the face of a mountain transformed by another hilltop hotel. The group, created in 1883 under the name of The Highlands Improvement Society, set out to “protect, preserve and promote the natural beauty of Highlands.” They slowly realized their vision by building trails and planting trees, and in 1909 had raised $500 to purchase 56 acres at the summit of Satulah Mountain. From these humble beginnings, Highlands Improvement Society has grown into the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, a 501(c)3 organization that currently protects 1,160 acres along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

The June schedule of events includes a presentation from the 2009 Village Series titled “100 Years of Conservation” at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Stiefel will be on hand to discuss the past and the future of HCLT, and the new logo for the organization will be unveiled. Other centennial events in June include:

June 6 “Celebrate Land Trust Day!” – Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land – the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

June 7 “Where It All Began” hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain – the site of the Highlands Improvement Society’s first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m.

June 26-28 “Walk in the Park” with the Highlands Historical Society – Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 – students admitted free. June 26 and 27 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 – 4 p.m. – Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street.

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has always relied upon the generosity of its community to thrive. We hope you will consider showing your support by attending these events with your friends and family, or by donating your time, land or monetary gifts to this wonderful cause. Together, we can help preserve the natural beauty of our home on the Plateau!

For more information about HCLT and ways you can help, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

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Plateau Pursuits – June 2009 Edition

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Community Event Calendar

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago – family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and there’s always something happening in any one of our villages and communities! Aside from the incredible climate paired with the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests – below are some additional reasons you should join us on “The Plateau” in June:

June thru October …On the Verandah’s Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents “Movie Night” the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Test your trivia knowledge with classic cinema lines you know by heart, and compete for prizes. …On the Veranda – celebrating its 29th season – is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June thru October …On the Verandah’s Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents “Trivia Night” the 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Compete for the championship and win prizes. …On the Veranda – celebrating its 29th season – is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June 2 Concert on the Slopes – “The Magic of Sinatra” performed by Paul Salos at the Sapphire Valley Resort. Show begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.sapphirevalleyresort.com.

June 2 & June 16 Highlands-Cashiers Plateau Audubon Society’s “Field Trip Around Highlands” – Bird and nature lovers are welcome to explore the Highlands area for native breeding birds. There is no charge to participate in the field trip that begins near Highlands’ Town Hall in the public parking area at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

June 4 “Darwin & Dixie” at The Nature Center at Highlands Biological Station – the first in the June Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Executive Director of the Station and Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University – Jim Costa – presents a lecture on Southeastern Natural History and its influence on Charles Darwin. Begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.wcu.edu/hbs or call 828.526.2602.

June 4 “Birding with the Audubon Eco Tour” hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – This moderate-level bird hike is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation for new friends. Reserve your spot by calling 828.526.1111.

June 5 & 6 New York’s Lynn Loosier performs at Highlands’ Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – Don’t miss this special two-night engagement of the artful performances of singer, Lynn Loosier. Described as a “Saloon Singer” by Backstage Magazine – the talented Ms. Loosier can sing any style of music – jazz, blues, R&B, country and rock. Show times begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 828.526.9047 or visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 6 “Celebrate Land Trust Day!” – Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT. For a list of participating businesses, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land – the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 6 Meet and Greet with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cashiers Village Green. Consider taking one of these precious pets home with you! For more information, visit www.chhumanesociety.org.

June 7 “Where It All Began” hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain – the site of the Highlands Improvement Society’s first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 7 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – This exciting kick-off fund-raising event for the 28th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival features excellent Argentinean wines paired with Wolfgang’s fine food along with the delightful music of the Mozart String Trio. A portion of wine sales and all ticket sales benefit the HCCMF. For more information, call 828.526-9060.

June 8 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club – Cost to participate is $100/person and includes lunch, dinner and chance to win door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to top three teams. Proceeds from the event go to support SOWF – a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call Butch Waller at BCC at 828.966.9200 or Bill Horwitz at 828.526.0224.

June 8 Native Plant, Insect and Bird Connections presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society – Featuring Jim Costa, Executive Director of The Highlands Biological Station, the program is free to attendees and begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands Civic Center. For more information, visit www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

June 11 “Nance Dude” at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – The story of mountain grandmother Nance Dude is portrayed in this one-woman show starring Elizabeth Westall. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are just $15 – to purchase your tickets, call 828.526.9047.

June 11 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Silent & Live Auction – Sponsored by Chef Nicholas Figel of The Cyprus Restaurant and hosted at The Highlands Community Center. Tickets with reservation are $25 – $30 at the door. Event includes catered buffet dinner featuring international fare, wine, beer, soda and great music, as well as silent and live auction to benefit SOWF – a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call 828.526.0224.

June 11 Book Signing at the Bascom – Author and master ceramic artist, Mark Hewitt, will be on hand to sign copies of his acclaimed book “The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina” from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org/presentations.

June 13 “The Three Potters” at the Bascom – The works of artists Hewitt, Bringle and Stuempfle will be on exhibit through July 11. A public opening reception will be held June 13 from 5-7 p.m. – admission is free. An earlier demonstration from the artists themselves will be presented in the studio barn from 9 a.m. to noon – tickets are $30 for Bascom members and $45 for general admission. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 “World Wide Knit In” at the Bascom – Bring a lawn chair and your yarn, and join us on the terrace of the Bascom for this free event and beautiful mountain views from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 7th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) – features 2 separate races including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event and mountain biking: the Sprint Race – 5-7 hours and the Elite Race – 10-12hours. The Elite Race begins at 7 a.m. and the Sprint Race begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation – a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information or to register, call 828.526.0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.

June 13 John Collette Fine Art Benefit for Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival – Located on Main Street in Highlands, John Collette Fine Art will host an evening of fine art, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and artist raffles to benefit HCCMF. Event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.9060.

June 13-14 Cashiers Valley Rotary Spring Fling – Join us on Cashiers Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for arts, crafts, food and FUN! Pets from Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, visit www.cashiersrotary.org.

June 14 “Bare Boards Party” on Cashiers’ Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility,

June 18 & 24 “100 Years of Land Conservation” – Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Clark share the history of the Highlands-Cashier Land Trust and its vision for the future in honor of the centennial celebration of this special organization. New logo will be unveiled. First presentation takes place at The Highlands Biological Station’s Nature Center on June 18 at 7 p.m. and the second presentation is scheduled for June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley. Free to all! For more information, call 828.526.1111.

June 18-July 5 “The Taffetas” at Highlands Playhouse – Delightful musical that pays homage to the girl groups of the 1950’s – tells the story of four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana who are making their national television singing debut. Tickets are $30. For show times and information about ticket purchases, call 828.526.2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

June 20 Traditional Appalachian and Cherokee Legends at the Highlands Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – Storytellers Marilyn McMinn-McCredie and Lloyd Arneach weave tales in a style that is “humorous, informative and extremely moving”. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 25 Highlands Innkeepers Tour – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – More details to follow!

June 26-28 “Walk in the Park” with the Highlands Historical Society – Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 – students admitted free. June 26 and 27 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 – 4 p.m. – Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street. For more information, visit www.highlandshistory.com.

June 27-28 Sapphire Valley Master Association Arts & Crafts Festival – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field. Contemporary crafts, folk art, jewelry and more. Animals from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, call 828.743.0321.

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“Bare Boards Party” on the Village Green Scheduled for June 14th

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Join your friends, family, and neighbors on June 14 for the “Bare Boards Party” on Cashiers’ Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility, The Village Square on The Village Green. Having served as the site of Summit for the past ten years, the recent move of the school to a new campus leaves four viable turrets, a restroom facility, parking area and a series of covered walkways. The original courtyard provides an excellent location for a “Great Lawn” that will serve as the ideal setting for large private tented parties, outdoor concerts and open air community events. Following a renovation, the building’s turrets will function as facilities for meetings and lectures. Rental of the “Great Lawn” for private parties and the turrets for meetings will help fund The Village Green – a conservancy project created “to preserve, protect and enhance land for our community’s civic, spiritual, educational, cultural and recreational activities to maintain the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the greater Cashiers area.” Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s owner and broker, is a proponent of the project’s mission and a proud member of The Village Green’s Board of Directors.

Renderings of the future community facility designed by local architect and Village Green Board Member, Dan Duckham will be on display throughout the “Bare Boards Party”. The family-friendly event will also feature hot air balloon rides, a pot painting station for the kids, strolling blue grass musicians, delicious food and more. The party gets underway at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Consider showing your support for the community-funded Village Green Centre at the heart of the Cashiers community by donating to the building fund through the “Adopt a Turret” program, purchasing a Bare Board with your name on it or becoming a “Village Greenie”. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com, email me at jlucke@ncliving.com, or call 828-743-1999.

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