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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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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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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