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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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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Vacation Along the Highlands Heritage Trail

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Things to Do | Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011

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Plan a Walk Through Time in This Charming Western North Carolina Town

With more than 60 structures in and around Highlands listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s easy to see that this is a place as rich in history as it is in beauty.

Founded in 1875 by Kansas developers, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson – Highlands did not live up to original expectations.  Legend has it the two men drew lines on a map from Chicago to Savannah and from New Orleans to New York, in the hopes that the area where the lines intersected would become a commercial crossroads and major trading center in the South.  What the two did not realize was the rough terrain soaring to over 4,000 feet above sea level was impassable for early steam engines and intimidating for heavily loaded mule- and horse-drawn carriages.  Awe-struck by the beauty of the region, the two purchased 839 acres and their dream evolved to the development of a health and summer resort – which quickly grew in popularity with wealthy planters from coastal South Carolina and Atlanta as they sought to escape the oppressive heat of the lower elevations during the summer months.  

Committed to preserving their colorful past, The Highlands Historical Society in conjunction with the Highlands Chamber of Commerce have detailed a walking tour of the area – much of which is located in the historic downtown district. They have dubbed the tour The Highlands Heritage Trail and they invite you to plan a walk through time during your next visit to this charming Western North Carolina town.

The Highlands Heritage Trail:

1. Partridge-Rice Home (circa 1883) This 1½-story frame house with multi-gable roof  was the original home of Highlands miller William Partridge and wife Eliza. The family of town butcher Luke Rice also lived in this house from 1909-68. Today, it is home to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

2. Boynton-Norton Home (circa 1881) This 2-story multi-gabled frame residence was built by Capt. Charles Boynton. It was converted to a boarding house, called the Crisp House in 1924. It continued to serve as a boarding house for the next 7 decades before becoming the Main Street Inn in 1998.

3. Hick’s Building (circa 1927) Orignally built to house Jim Hick’s barber shop, this building was also home to the first restaurant in town, Elinor Cleaveland’s Highlands Grille.

4. Rice and Thompson Building (circa 1928) Home to Irvin Rice’s Meat Market and Grocery, brother Luke ran his butchery in the rear. In the late ‘20’s, hamburger at Rice’s Meat Market sold for 10¢ a pound and a round steak could be purchased for a quarter. It has also served as a  tea room, a hat and dress shop, and a café and drug store. Current resident, Wit’s End has sold ladies’ and children’s clothing here since 1940.

5. Potts Livery Stable and Grocery (circa 1902, 1926) In the early 1900’s, Billy Potts was well-known for his fast horses and fast deliveries. Frank and Roy Potts later established Potts Brothers grocery in its place, which served Highlands for the next 30 years.

6. Cleaveland’s Grocery site (circa 1885, 1920) This gabled grocery was built by Highlands pioneer W. B. Cleaveland. It later became a general store that thrived for over 30 years. Today it houses Ann Jacob Gallery.

7. Bascom-Marett Store site (circa 1883) One of the earliest businesses in Highlands was the hardware store, built by H. M. Bascom that lasted over 40 years.  George Marett took over in 1925 under the name Highlands Hardware for 13 more years. Marett expanded the building to include a 2-story plain square-frame grocery. In 1940, the original building was moved on logs across 4th Street, and in 1956 Marett’s building was moved to 3rd Street – both represented on the Highlands Heritage Trail.

8. First School site (circa 1878) Built of white pine planks, the first Highlands School served the town for 40 years where the Town Hall exists today. Its bell still rings in the millennium clock tower above. The single story building housed the famed Highlands Academy and the beginning of today’s Hudson Library.

9. Second School site (circa 1918) Where the ABC store now stands, the brown-shingle two-story building that served as the second Highlands School stood for over 30. It was known as the Town Clock School on Knowledge Hill.

10. House-Trapier-Wright (Prince) House (circa 1877) The oldest existing house in Highlands is a frame house with multi-gable roof built by Arthur House near his sawmill. It was bought by Frank Wright in 1913 and became known as the Prince house, when Frank’s sister Lizzie married a Prince. It has housed the Highlands Historical Society since 2000.

11. Old Hudson Library building (circa 1915) Designed by the director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Huger Elliott and built by local contractor Walter Reese, the library served the people of Highlands for almost 70 years. Gertrude and Dolly Harbison were its librarians for 50 of those years. Seven years after a new Hudson Library had been constructed, the old Hudson Library building was moved to join the Historic Village to house the Highlands Historical Museum and Archives in 2002.

12. Bug Hill (circa 1908-18) Dr. Mary Lapham, a pioneer of the Swiss cure of tuberculosis, established a Sanatorium in Highlands, known locally as Bug Hill. Many TB patients, who came to Highlands to die, lived instead long productive lives because of Dr. Lapham’s prescription of fresh mountain air and sunshine. After the Sanatorium was destroyed by fire in 1918, its 60 open-air cottages were removed. The Highlands Recreation Park now occupies the site, and one Bug Hill Cottage has been preserved by the Highlands Historical Society.

13. Anderson-Sullivan Home site (circa 1906) A reputedly beautiful Scottish Mansion made entirely of native wood, it was built by the famed creator of puffed wheat and puffed rice, Alexander Anderson. Sadly, the home was torn down in 1973.

14. Zoellner’s Garage (circa 1878) Originally serving as Monroe Skinner’s blacksmith shop, this building became Carl Zoellner’s Esso Station and Garage in the late 1930s. The building also served the town as Highlands Laundry for almost 40 years.

15. Dr. O’Farrell’s Drug Store (circa 1882) Home to Highlands’ 1st newspaper “Blue Ridge Enterprise”, the building also housed Dr. Henry O’Farrell’s pharmacy where legend says R. J. Reynolds first demonstrated how to roll a cigarette for the townsfolk.

16. Highlands House-Highlands Inn (circa 1880) Built by Joseph Halleck as a 3-story frame hotel with 2-story front porch, Highlands House was later given to John Jay and Mary Chapin Smith as a wedding gift in 1886. It was renamed Highlands Inn in 1925, and is now listed on the National Register.

17. Grey Cottage (circa 1883) Built before Mary Chapin married John Jay Smith, this wooden-shingled frame Victorian home with decorative bargeboards in gables served them both well for 60 years. A student of botany and accomplished poet, Mary was well-known for her beautiful garden and devotion to the growth of the Hudson Library. Her husband ’s sawmills supplied most of the wood used to build houses in Highlands before 1920.

18. Episcopal Church of the Incarnation (circa 1896) This 1-story frame Victorian structure with high-pitched roof and circular patterned wooden-shingled belfry was the 3rd church building in Highlands. Its earliest priest earned an annual salary of $100. Today, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is on the National Register of Historic Places.

19. Hutchinson-Frost-Hall-Farnsworth Home (circa 1878) This lovely Victorian home with multi-gable roof and wrap-around porch was first envisioned by Arthur Hutchinson, co-founder of Highlands. It was completed in 1880 by Dr. Charles Frost, Highlands’ 1st long-term resident physician. It was later owned by the Hall and Farnsworth families.

20. Reinke Home (circa 1934) This charming log cabin was built as a model of the famed Joe Webb style of construction. It was originally owned by Edwin Reinke, 1st director of the Highlands Biological Station

21. Kelsey-Harbison-Harris Home site (circa 1875) The two-story home which once stood here was the first house in Highlands. It was built for $350 by Samuel Kelsey, co-founder of the town. It was consumed by fire in 1976, and all that remains is its handsome chimney at the rear of The Falls on Main.

22. Kelsey Memorial – In 1929, the Highlands Improvement Society created a memorial at the intersection of Church and 5th Streets to one of the founders of the town, Samuel Kelsey. It stands near the beginning of the 5-mile Kelsey Trail which leads to Whiteside Mountain.

23. First Presbyterian Church (circa 1885) This lovely 1-story frame structure with jerkinhead gable roof, steeple, and belfry represents the second church building in Highlands. It appears today on the National Register.

24. Central House (circa 1878) This 2½-story frame hotel with gable roof, shed dormer, and 2-tier front porch was one of Highlands’ earliest boarding houses. It is listed on the National Register.

25. Rock Store (circa 1889) This long, low granite structure was built by Highlands pioneer James Rideout to serve as a general merchandise store. In 1934-35 it served as the first floor of the new 3-story Edwards Inn, designed by Linton Young and built by Wilton Cobb.

26. Post Office-Telephone Exchange (circa 1923) Legend has it that Nellie Cleaveland rang a large bell atop a high pole to announce to the people of Highlands that the mail had arrived. Beginning in 1936, Dorothy and Caroline Hall and later Manila Reese serviced all telephone calls into or out of Highlands, and were rumored to “holler” to individuals down the street to come answer the phone.

27. Davis House-Lee’s Inn site (circa 1889) Built by H. M. Bascom, the 3½-story frame hotel with 2-tier wrap-around porch and gable roof originally known as Davis House was considered one of the most elegant inns in the Southeast. A severe loss to Highlands, it burned in 1982 and was replaced in 1998 by Kelsey and Hutchinson Lodge.

28. Islington House-King’s Inn site (circa 1883) An expansion of Monroe Skinner 1878 home, this 3-story frame hotel with hip roof and 2-story wrap-around porch was named Islington House by owner Margaretta Ravenel. It thrived for 30 years as a very popular inn, but stood abandoned for a dozen years before Bob King revived it as King’s Inn from 1925 until it burned in 1994.

29. Pierson Inn site (circa 1899) On the former site of pioneer builder Joseph Halleck’s home, Jeremiah and Emma Pierson constructed a 3-story frame building with 2-tier porches called the Pierson Inn. Flanked by two 2-story cottages, known as Piermont and Lakemont, the Inn also featured one of Highlands’ earliest golf links surrounding a lake near today’s Highlands School. The Inn closed in 1958 and was finally demolished in 1993. Only the two cottages remain.

30. Satulah Mountain District  A number of homes in the Satulah Mountain District qualified for recognition on the National Register. Dr. Theodore Lamb was the 1st summer resident on Satulah in 1892. Other prominent Highlands residents, like John Elliott, Mary Lapham, H. M. Bascom, Robert Eskrigge, Minnie Warren, Henry Sloan, Alice Lyons, and Marie Huger, erected homes here between 1900 and 1925.

31. Kibbee-Hines Cottage (circa 1878) Highlands’ first resident physician, Dr. George Kibbee, built his 1½-story wooden shingled front-gabled home for his family here the very same year that he died of yellow fever. It was destroyed by fire in 2006 and replaced by Satulah Village Townhouses.

32. Selleck-Hill-McCall Home (circa 1879) This 2-story, wooden shingled home with salt box gable roof was built by Highlands pioneer Eben Selleck . Owned by the family of Lilia McCall since the  early 1930s and known as The Rabbit Hole, its lawn played host to the elephants of the circus that visited Highlands in 1938.

33. Anderson Dime and Drug stores (circa 1924) Charlie Anderson established a dime and drug store that served Highlands for almost 60 years. The rebuilt drugstore now serves as Mirror Lake Antiques.

34. Highlands Bank-Gem Shop (circa 1923) When the 1st Highlands Bank failed in 1933 due to the Depression, the Bank of Franklin took over. Jackson County Bank bought the site back in 1936 and subsequently served Highlands for the next 20 years. In 1956, Archie and Hazel Jellen opened the first gem store in Macon County here, which still specializes in locally mined emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.

35. Bill’s Soda Shop (circa 1883) Originally constructed as Martin’s Meat Market and subsequently serving as a drugstore, post office, phone company, and town hall, this corner store served as a popular meeting place in town and became famous as Bill’s Soda Shop, where folks enjoyed cherry sodas and the occasional ammonia coke until the shop closed in 1972.

36. Dimick’s Cheap Cash Store site (circa 1878) One of Highlands’ earliest businesses, Annie Dimick’s Cheap Cash Store, sold general merchandise and specialized in good Rio coffee.

37. William B. Cleaveland Home (circa 1888) This 1½-story multi-gabled family home with wrap-around porch  was built by Highlands pioneer William B. Cleaveland across the street from his grocery store.

38. Arthur Homesite and Park (circa 1879) One of Western North Carolina’s first historians, John P. Arthur built his Highlands home surrounded by a meadow and fronted with a white picket fence. By the mid 1920s it became a park shaded by large maples and fronted with 6 benches installed by the ladies of the Improvement Society. The Boy Scouts built a cabin here in 1939.

39. T. Baxter White House (circa 1875) This front-gabled “white house” built by Highlands’ 1st settler, T. Baxter White, served as the town’s 1st post office and country store in addition to his home.

40. Highlands Methodist Church (circa 1909) Designed by renowned architect Upton C. Ewing, this 1-story cut stone structure with a classical revival style portico and tall steeple-belfry was the second home of the Methodists in Highlands and served to reunite the Southern and Northern Methodists from their separate churches in town following the Civil War. It was here that the Methodists hosted Sunday afternoon services for the African-Americans, who served summer families in the town and performed popular gospel concerts as fund-raising benefits for the church and the hospital.

41. Masonic Hall (circa 1893) Designed “to take good men and make better people out of them”, the Masonic Lodge of Highlands was first established in 1890 and moved into its new hall in 1893. Dr. Elbert Gilbert, the town’s 1st resident dentist, practiced here during the mid 1920s, and the building also housed Town Hall from the early 1930s to 1950.

42. Root’s Gift Shop and Tea Room site (circa 1926) Beginning in 1931, Annie Root operated a very popular gift shop and tea room here for 30 years. During the late 1920s, her husband Joseph installed the waterworks for the town, engineered the Highlands Country Club golf course, and surveyed many properties of the town.

43. Helen’s Barn (circa 1935) A large board and batten frame building constructed in 1932 on land purchased by Charlie Wright with the proceeds from his Carnegie Gold Medal, became the site of Helen’s Barn – providing a popular mountain music and dance hall for the residents of Highlands. Originally located on the corner of Main and 1st, it was rebuilt where it stands today after its destruction by fire in 1935. Helen Wright Wilson and her children treated Highlanders to over 50 years of square dancing and it is rumored that many a courtship began at Helen’s Barn.

44. Salt Rock It was here that Joseph Dobson once grazed his sheep and cattle on the land grant he purchased at 10 cents an acre in 1844. Salt was often used by herdsmen to calm their stock, and the rock that still stands at the southwest corner of Wright Square helped prevent the salt from soaking into the ground. It is also believed that the Cherokee Indians are said to have used this site for camping.

45. Old log Law House site (circa unknown) Before the town of Highlands existed, a single-room log Law House served as a place where the county sheriff collected taxes, elections took place, and circuit riders preached the Gospel. This became the site of Highlands’ 1st non-denominational Sunday School in 1876, before becoming Sumner Clark’s tool shed in the mid-1880’s.

46. Dobson-Stewart-Memminger-Raoul Home (circa 1879) William Dobson – son of settler Joseph Dobson –  sold 839 acres to Kelsey and Hutchinson for $2 an acre for what would later become the town of Highlands. It is here that he built his home with the help of Cherokee laborers, who were thought to bring luck. They carved the talismanic arrows that support the eaves and point toward the home. The home was later owned by Henry Stewart, a New York Times columnist and one of the most prolific agricultural writers in America, and Gustavus Memminger, a leading figure in the world of phosphate mining. The Raoul family ran it and the adjacent Laurel Lodge as an Inn and Tea Room during the depression. In 1978 a furniture store moved in and built the large brick addition.

47. Methodist-Baptist Church (circa 1885, 1940) The Northern Methodists were the first denomination to build their own sanctuary in Highlands in 1885. They sold the 1-story front-gabled structure with a small rose window to the Baptists in 1904, and built a new church with their Southern counterparts nearer the center of town. In 1940, the Baptists rebuilt the sanctuary on a cruciform plan with cross gable roof and stone veneer.

48. Hunt-Esty Cottage site (circa 1883) This a 1½-story cottage with front gable roof and wrap-around porch, including belvedere-like corner treatments was built by Judge Dana Hunt as a second home. Known as White Oak House, it was regrettably torn down in 2001.

To learn more about Highland’s history, visit the Highlands Historical Society online. Much of the historic data included in this blog was provided by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

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