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 email@example.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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.email@example.com.
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.