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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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

Spring is FINALLY in the air up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The last bit of snow is melting away, the birds are singing in the trees, and the dogwoods are slowly but surely showing signs of new growth. Won’t be long now before the rolling hills and valley floor are ablaze with color – green leaves on the trees, white dogwood blossoms and a carpet of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. It’s been a long and beautiful white winter, but we are ready for the return of warmer weather and lots of fun outdoor activities! With Spring comes the return of many of our seasonal residents and vacationing families – we can’t wait to see everybody!

To help you plan YOUR visit to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of happenings for the month of April 2010. We also welcome you to visit our website to find local accommodations, dining options, golf courses, and the latest listings of available homes & land in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain this Spring!

April 2-4 : Easter Celebration at the Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8170.
April 3: Easter Egg Decorating and Bonnet Making at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

April 4: Happy Easter From Your Friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

April 4: Easter Brunch at Madison’s Restaurant – The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands – 11:30 am to 3 pm, Menu Price is $45/guest. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.
April 4: Family Style Easter Brunch at The Old Edwards Conference Center in Highlands – 12 pm and 2 pm, Menu Price is $45/guest (Minimum of 6 Guests per Reservation). For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.
April 4: Easter Sunday at The Old Edwards Inn – The fun doesn’t stop at just brunch! The Easter Bunny will be on hand to visit with little ones from 1-2 p.m. and an Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 p.m. (Old Edwards Easter Egg Baskets for the Kids with Special Add-ins Will be Available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden.) There will also be a Cotton Candy Machine and Fun Games for the Children, as well as Mini Manicures and Pedicures for Little Girls at The Spa. A Professional Photographer will be On-Site for Family Portraits. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

April 9 & 10: Destination Highlands Murder – A Dinner Theatre Fund Raiser at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 6:30 p.m. Come Wine, Dine and Solve the Crime with the Highlands Cashiers Players. Fressers Eatery at Helen’s Barn will cater the event. Proceeds will help Highlands Cashiers Players stage performances throughout the year. The cost of the affair is $55 per person, or $225 for a table of eight, and tickets are on sale now. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-8084.

April 9-11: The Renewal Experience with Patrice Dickey Hosted by The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands. Join the Author and “Guide to the Life You Love” as she takes women on a journey of self discovery and personal development. The Inn is offering a special rate for accommodations, breakfast, dinner, champagne reception, and spa services for attendees of this special event. Lunch is included in conference price. Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot – 828-526-8008
 
April 10 – May 10: “Desert Sojourn” Exhibition at Summit One Gallery in Highlands. Summit One Gallery’s 2010 Exhibition Season starts early this year with an exhibition by Brian Sullivan. Brian was an art major at the University of Georgia before going to seminary. He is currently the priest at The Episcopal Church of Incarnation here in Highlands. The exhibition chronicles Brian’s travels to the Middle East – Egypt, Palestine, and Israel – and will open Saturday, April 10th, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and continues through May 10th. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Kids 4 Peace.

April 12-16: “Great Starts, Great Finishes” at The Bascom – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist Pat Dews will teach a 5-day studio watermedia workshop for all levels. Cost is $525 Bascom members, $550 non-members. Registration is going on now. To register, call 828-526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 16-18: Wine Weekend – The Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. The Inn has partnered with The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop to celebrate spring in Highlands and the delectable wines of Napa Valley. Friday evening -a special Napa Valley wine flight at The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. Unique opportunity to add to your wine collection (or start one) while also pleasing your palate with fine wines, artisan cheeses and specialty food. Saturday, The Inn’s Chef Jason will present an elegant five course dinner served in the dining room. Each course will be accompanied by perfectly paired wines presented by sommelier Scott Roddy of The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. The Inn’s famous breakfast is included each morning of your stay and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served every evening. This special event is limited to twelve couples. Two night package is $600 per couple in the Farmhouse and Rustic rooms or $650 per couple in the luxury rooms. Prices do not include tax. This special Spring Wine Package cannot be booked on line. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828-526-8170.

April 17: 6th Annual Celebrate Earth Day in the Mountains – 12 p.m. Sponsored by The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Prominent Committee, Jackson Macon Conservation Alliance & the Upper Cullasaja Watershed Association. This special day will be hosted at the Ball Field on Hwy 64 in Highlands. Everyone is welcome to this free public event, which will feature live music, educational workshops, interactive demonstrations, and food. There will be games and crafts for both the young and the young at heart. The event is an opportunity for local organizations and businesses to showcase their environmental interests and preservation efforts. Rain or shine. For more information, call 828-526-1111.

April 22: PAC Youth Theatre Spring Play – Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands – 1 p.m. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-8084.

April 24: Highlands- Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour – “Rough Run Wildflower Hike” (moderate hike) – Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.

April 24: Relay for Life Highlands Kick Off – 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. – Highlands Conference Center – Gather your friends and family and come out for a good time and a GREAT cause.

April 24-25: Observing Nature’s Details – A 2-day Eye Opening Event – Highlands Biological Station – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break both days. Part one: “Drawing From Nature” (Saturday April 24) Illustrator Nancy Lowe will teach drawing as a means to becoming a better observer of nature’s details. Part two: Digital Camera Safari: Zooming In On Nature’s Details (Sunday April 25) Dr. John Pickering and Nancy Lowe will teach macro photography of insects, plants and other interesting details of natural history. Bring your digital camera! For more information, call 828-526-2602.

April 23-25: Inspiration From Within… at The Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. The Inn is offering a weekend designed to awaken artistic talent or hone in on creativity. Join artist in residence and internationally acclaimed painter of acrylics and watercolors, Wayland Moore (www.waylandmoore.com) for a reawakening.  Moore is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was selected as the official and exclusive sports painter for the Winter & Summer Olympics, as well as the PGA Masters.
Single Occupancy      $535 for two nights including art workshop
Double Occupancy    $660.00
(Rate does not include art supplies for class nor taxes on room.)
Workshop Price includes:
– Accommodations for two nights (Friday & Saturday)
– Gourmet breakfast daily
– Evening wine & hors d’oeuvre (Friday & Saturday)
– Lunch Saturday
– Friday dinner at the Inn &Saturday dinner at The Log Cabin
– Art instruction with Wayland Moore

April 30 – May 2: Wine and Dine on the Mountain Hosted by Old Edwards Inn and Spa & Wolfgangs On Main and Wine Bar Restaurant. Friday night includes an exquisite Dinner paired with a Chilean Portfolio at the Farm at Old Edwards and live music. Cost: $95. To make reservations, call 828-526-8008. Saturday night includes The Quintessa’s California Expressions Four Course Wine Dinner at Wolfgangs – to make reservations, call 828-526-3807. Sunday includes Bloody Marys,  Mimosas and Bellini’s during this Champagne Brunch at Madison’s at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $68. To make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

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

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010

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

The Ides of March are nearly upon us! It won’t be long before the dogwoods are in full bloom, and Western North Carolina visitors are treated to their fragrant aroma and beautiful flashes of white and green just outside their car windows as they ascend the scenic climb to the top of The Blue Ridge Mountains. As the vernal equinox approaches later this month and the snows begin to melt, the people of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau prepare for the return of the busy season by celebrating our unique culture and talents through fine art, culinary skill and good old-fashioned fun. We invite our neighbors from near and far to experience this very special place we like to call the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and learn why families have chosen to put down roots here for nearly two centuries. For your convenience, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of happenings for the month of March 2010.  We also welcome you to visit our website to find local accommodations, dining options and the latest listings of available homes & land in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain!

March 1 & 2: Greg Newington Photography Workshop at The Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands. “Winter Light – Using Light, Composition and Texture in Photography” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. $150 Bascom members/$175 non-members. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call (828) 526-4949.

March 1-7: “Photographic Works by Greg Newington” Exhibition on the ground floor of the main building of The Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands.  Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call (828) 526-4949.

March 1: Greg Newington Reception at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Phone: 828-526-4949

March 2: Herbal Poultices Workshop at The Oakleaf Flower and Garden Shop on 4th Street in Highlands. For more information, call828-526-8000

March 3: Spa Herbal Poultice Massage at The Spa at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-9887.

March 4: Rotary Bingo Night at the Community Building in Highlands.  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-9938. Proceeds benefit the Literacy Council.

March 5-7: “The Dixie Swim Club” at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The Highlands-Cashiers Players are proud to present this funny and touching comedy that celebrates enduring friendships among five unforgettable women.  Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Directed by Rick Siegal. Tickets are $20. Matinees at 2:30 p.m.  Evenings at 7:30 p.m.  For tickets, call 828-526-8084.

March 7: King of The Mountain Chefs Cookoff at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner begins at 7:30 with live music. Guests are welcomed with a champagne arrival before being treated to this friendly battle of four legendary local chefs which includes three delicious heats. $118/person for entire competition plus dinner and entertainment; $59/person for three heats of competition OR dinner and entertainment; $100 for front row seats during competition. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

March 13: “A Night in Monte Carlo” at the Highlands Community Building – to benefit Highlands Rotary Club – $40.00 per person (includes $15 “play money”).  Evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and live auction.  Tickets are available locally at Macon Bank, Highlands Recreation Park and Highlands Decorating Center. For more information please call 828-526-3571.

March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner Party at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa.  Very special evening includes live music, whiskey tasting and more. $65/person for dinner – two night accommodation packages are available. Voted Winner of the Travelers’ Choice for 2010! For more information, call 828-526-8008

March 18: Take Charge of Your Health Lecture Series at Tommy’s Coffee Shop in Cashiers.  Join Dr. Sue Aery for her FREE Mountain Air Wellness discussion.  This week’s topic is “How to Eat Healthy When It’s Cold” and lecture begins at 1 p.m. For More Information call 828-743-9070.

March 20: First Day of Spring 2010!!

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Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010

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February 2010 Calendar of Events

Nestled atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, love is always in the air on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau!  It could be our breathtaking vistas, our pristine natural beauty, the warm and inviting nature of our locals, or our wide variety of fun things to see and do. No matter the reason, it is no wonder why families keep falling in love with this unique corner of the world. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have compiled an entirely new list of reasons for YOU to fall in love with the Plateau this February.  We invite you to visit us with your whole family, or break away with the one you love for a romantic weekend you won’t soon forget. Please visit our helpful website for a list of local accommodations  and restaurants. Once you’ve been smitten by any one of our distinctive communities found in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway – the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to assist you in your quest for your dream home in the mountains. Simply give us a call at 828-743-1999, send us an e-mail at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We hope to see you and your “sweetheart” up on the mountain SOON!

February 1-28: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season!
Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding  with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard
Adults Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $52.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $36.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $30.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $18.00 

Children ( 12 & under ) Public 
Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm) $26.00 
Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm) $16.00 
Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm) $24.00 
Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm) $14.00 
  
Ski’s & Poles Rental Only $21.00 
Snowboard Rental Only $30.00 
Helmet Rental $9.00 
Boot rental $9.00 
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Group (min. 3 people, max. 10) $15.00 per Hour
Private (w/ Advanced Reservation) $25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental
$22.00 for two-hour session
Weather Permitting
Hours:  Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-8pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.

February 5: Highlands Hop for Haiti – Highlands School Old Gym – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Dance the night away – sock hop-style – to raise money for the people of Haiti. No charge for admission or for snack foods and drinks, but monetary donations will be accepted. Song requests will be $1/request. Donations of items are also requested – i.e. toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.  Authentic Haitian items will be on display for purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-1841.

February 6: Wipe Out the Winter Blues Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa –12 to 4 p.m. – Cost $55, includes one-course lunch and glass of wine in Madison’s plus creative event co-sponsored by Oakleaf in the Conference Center.  Favorite projects by local designers Kirk Moore and Don Fry will be shared with guests including creating soothing bath herb blends, making birdseed bisquits to share with your finest feathered friends, blending  grilling spices as you dream of warm summer days around the grill and MORE. For more information, call 828-526-8008.

February 7: Super Bowl at the Rib Shack and Sports Corner – Old Edwards Inn & Spa – 6 p.m.  Featuring special game day appetizers and other fun activities.

February 13: The Great Sapphire Outhouse Race – Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes – 12 p.m. – Free admission!  Fun day that benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski Scholarship Fund.  To learn more about this unique race down the slopes or to find out how to enter YOUR outhouse, call 828-421-7348 or 828-507-8455.

February 14: Valentines Day at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa – Highlands, NC – The renowned spa will offer Rainforest Rejuvenation, Strengthen Your Relationship and Bliss Couple’s Massages.  Guests receive a special welcome amenity, champagne arrival, and rose petal showdown.  Special menu offered both Saturday (2/13) and Sunday (2/14) evenings. Relax, Rejuvenate and Enjoy a romantic weekend at this landmark inn!  To make reservations and reserve your spot on the massage table, call 828-526-8008.

February 19-21: Adventures in Art Weekend – Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Explore “The Artist in You”, “Art Appreciation” and “The Artist’s Eye” during this one-of-a-kind weekend event.  Artists receptions, exhibitions and special group activities with some of Highlands local art galleries. For more information, call 828-526-8008

February 20: Cajun Cook-off – Highlands Community Center – You won’t want to miss this delicious competition featuring some of Louisiana’s finest cuisine.  For more information, call 828-526-2112.

February 25-28: “The Dixie Swim Club” – Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – The Highlands-Cashiers Players are proud to present this funny and touching comedy that celebrates enduring friendships among five unforgettable women.  Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Directed by Rick Siegal. Tickets are $20. Matinees at 2:30 p.m.  Evenings at 7:30 p.m.  For tickets, call 828-526-8084.

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