Plateau Pursuits – November 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Once those beautiful orange, red and gold leaves have left the trees and Halloween is a distant memory marked by a trail of empty candy wrappers, thoughts begin turning to the holidays ahead. Up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a steady stream of cars will wind up the narrow steep streets in search of a relaxing weekend to recharge before the throngs of houseguests arrive. The farmers markets will be bustling as shoppers prepare for their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and calendars will be filled with an endless string of holiday gatherings. Before the month of November comes to a close, neighbors will begin adorning their homes in holiday finery and twinkling lights, and our little slice of Heaven will become even more so with next month’s promise of Christmas cheer. It’s no wonder why we love this place so, and that’s why we invite you and your family to come experience this wonderful time of year on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Book accommodations in historic Highlands or Cashiers, the lake towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the popular resort destination of Sapphire Valley. Be forewarned, you may just fall in love with the area – like so many families before you. If so, we at Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcome the chance to call you neighbor and help you unwrap one of the best holiday gifts you’ll ever receive – the keys to the mountain retreat of your dreams! We look forward to seeing you up on the mountain this month.

November 3-6: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Wizard of Oz – The classic MGM film is brought to life on stage in this two-act production complete with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto, too! Including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Were King of the Forest,” the Oscar winning score will have the audience singing, dancing, and clicking their heels all the way home. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

November 10-12: Highlands Fifth Annual Culinary Weekend – Highlands Country Club. Opening night will be held Thursday, November 10 from 7pm-10pm. Guests will enjoy fine wines and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands. View the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com

November 11-12: Cookbook Signing with Author Sheri Castle at the Mountain Fresh Grocery. Food writer, cooking teacher, recipe tester and developer, Sheri Castle will be signing copies of her newest book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook from 2 to 4 p.m. both days.

November 11: A Taste of the South Dinner with Chef Johannes Klapdohr and his local farm-to-table providers at the Farm at Old Edwards.  Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, people and flavors that make southern life so delicious! Meet the farmers and producers, and indulge in delicious recipes specially prepared by Madison’s culinary team with fresh-picked seasonal bounty. Kick up your heels with Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys. Cocktails served at 6:30p.m. with dinner to follow at 7p.m. Price: $95. Call (828) 787-4263 for more information.

November 11: Viva la France Dinner at the Inn at Half Mile Farm.  The Inn is pleased to be partnering with Tim Lundy from Rosewood Market and Steve Pignatiello from Pignatiello Wine Importers. Extraordinary chefs from Rosewood Market will be preparing a fabulous multi-course French dinner; each course paired with one of the fine French wines, personally selected by sommelier, Steve Pignatiello. Guests are in for a tantalizing French treat! For more information, call 1 (800) 946-6822. Wine and Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m., with Vive la France dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Price: $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

November 11: Craft 2 Table Dinner – Ruka’s Table will be partnering with Stone (San Diego), Left Hand (Colorado), Bell’s (Michigan), Allagash (Maine), Dog Fish (Vermont), and Mother Earth (North Carolina) to bring you the absolute best and hard to find in American craft beers perfectly paired with food native to that region.  Great food, great beer, unforgettable experience! Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.

November 11: Mollydooker Shake Up at the Lakeside Restaurant – this incredible culinary event features
the Australian wines of Sarah and Sparky Marquis, Mollydooker! Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and the Lakeside staff as they present the newest dance move, “The Mollydooker Shake.” Enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner paired with Mollydooker wines that promise to “Wow”!  Event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for more details. Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity

November 11: Pahlmeyer Dinner hosted at The Gamekeeper’s Tavern – Event consists of an evening filled with Pahlmeyer wines, a light reception and then plated dinner. Call (828) 787-4263 for more details. Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Price: $125 plus tax and tip.

November 11: Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox – Lambert Bridge wine and food tasting brought to the “nth” degree at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands. Call (828) 526-3807 for more details.  Event begins at 7:00 pm. Price: $95 plus tax and gratuity.

November 11: Creole/Cajun Themed Dinner at …on the Verandah complete with a live band and many extras. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $65.

November 11 & 12: Come one and all to The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out featuring live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.

November 12: The Saucy Sisters will be at The Christmas Tree in Highlands for a Champagne Reception and Book Signing of their book “On the Hill” from 11am-4pm. Call 828-526-3687 for more information.

November 12: Live Cooking Luncheon – “From the sea to the oven in the Sicilian tradition” is an exploration of traditional Sicilian seafood dishes with Chef Nicholas Figel and Christopher Dupont.
Hosted at Cyprus International Cuisine in Highlands at 12 p.m. Call (828) 526-4429 for details.

November 12: Hog Wild – An American craft beer, pig picking and music festival. Come to The Smokehouse to check out different craft beers from all over America. Hang out, listen to great music and sample different parts of a whole smoked hog from noon to 5 p.m.! Call (828) 526-5000 for details.

November 12: Head to Downtown Highlands from 12pm-4pm for their annual Sip and Stroll event – a popular element of the Highlands Culinary Arts Weekend – Enjoy a glass of wine and a special treat at each of these participants: Acorns, Alexandras on Main, The Christmas Tree, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Mtn. Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flowers and Garden, Two the Nines, Vivance & Vivance Too, Xtreme Threads and ending up The Ugly Dog.
Tickets for Saturday’s Sip & Stroll are $35 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

November 12: The Bascom hosts a “Giving Trees and Nog-off Reception” from 5pm-7pm. Vote for your favorite eggnog and get a peek at the festive trees created by non-profit organizations. Contact 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 12: Cellar Gems Dinner at …on the Verandah – Join Chef Andrew Figel for a four course dinner featuring William Selyem, Turley Vineyards plus other gems from the cellar. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $95.

November 12: “Fire” with Guest Chef John Fleer at Ruka’s Table – Chef Mitch Sheppard along with Guest Chef John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen present “Fire,” featuring seven courses each presented with different methods of FIRE. Chefs will hand select red and white wines from around the world to perfectly compliment each dish. This will be an evening you do not want to miss! Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.

November 12: The Opus One Experience at Lakeside Restaurant featuring the esteemed Bordeaux- style blends of Opus One. Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and Regional Opus One Sales Manager Karen D’Amour as they uncork four vintages of Opus One: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Take part in an extraordinary evening savoring a delectable menu that will complement these outstanding wines. Event begins at 7p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for details. Price: $175 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: “Life is a Cabernet” Dinner at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro –  Featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars Wines. An evening filled with culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember! Champagne and appetizers served at 7 p.m., dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3807 for details. Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Little Big Town at 7:30pm – Honored with nominations from the country music association, the musical stylings of Little Big Town relies heavily on the Sweet Sounds of four part harmony and rhythmic guitar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

November 19:  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle at 7:30pm. Come witness the talent and inspiration of these two major names in Southern Gospel music. Call 877-415-7315 for more information.

November 19 & 26: Kick-off of a four week Youth Arts course on Saturday mornings at the Bascom devoted Christmas Crafts from around the World. Additional classes will be held December 10 and 17 (no class December 3). All classes run 10am-12pm. Youth will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries.  Cost is $40 Bascom Members / $45 Non-members. Call 526-4949 ext. 100 for more information.

November 22: Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Highlands Civic Center at 6pm. Call 828-526-0542 for more information.

November 24:  Happy Thanksgiving from the Silver Creek family to yours! This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for our clients, our talented local architects and builders, and the fact that we get to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

November 24: Bistro on Main in Highlands hosts a Thanksgiving Buffet. $32.95 per person/$14.95 for children 9 years or younger. Located at the Main Street Inn – reservations recommended 828-526-2590.

November 24: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Old Edwards from 11:30am-5pm in Madison’s Restaurant. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

November 24: Enjoy a very special Thanksgiving Tradition from 11:30am-3pm at Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Adults $26/ Children $17. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.

November 24-December 25: Local radio station WHLC FM 104.5 kicks off the 18th Annual Sounds of Christmas.

November 24: Pull a chair up to the table for Thanksgiving at Fressers Eatery from 11:00am-3:00pm. All dinners are served with fresh baked breads, cranberry orange relish, choice of one entree, three sides, and a choice of dessert. Adults $36/children 10 & under $17. For reservations, please call 828-526-4188.

November 25-27: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This year’s house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.

November 25 & 26: As part of their Family Art Experience Series, the Bascom plays host to a Gingerbread House Workshop. Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. The public is invited to cast their votes Tuesday-Saturday, November 29-December 9, 10 am-5 pm. The winners will be announced at 10 am, Saturday, December 10, the public is invited. Classes on November 25 are from 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, and on November 26 from 10am-12pm. Tuition is $40 Bascom member/$45 non-member. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 25-26:  The Bascom hosts the Artists’ Marketplace in The Dave Drake Studio Barn from 10am-5pm. Free Admission. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 25-26:  24th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Art and Craft Show at the WCU Ramsey Center from 10am – 5pm – A perennial favorite for Christmas shopping at great prices! Authentic crafts from the hands of 100+ regional artisans. Admission is $3.00 and children under 12 are Free. Call 828-524-3405 for more information.

November 25 & 26: Santa will be at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10am-3pm. Please bring your children by to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas (and don’t forget your camera). He’ll be back later in the evening on Saturday (approximately 7:15 p.m.) following the Tree Lighting (see below).

November 26: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the Highlands Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Fun for the entire family! Please call 828-526-2112 for more information.

November 26: The Bascom hosts Friends Around the Globe Children Activities from 1pm-3pm. Cost is just $12. Call The Bascom at 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 26: Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts a Complimentary Wine Tasting from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.

November 27:  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at 2:30pm and 7:30pm – Overflowing with 40 beautiful Russian dancers and set the Tchaikovsky’s famous music, this holiday favorite features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life puppets and nine hand painted backdrops with 3D effects. Acclaimed by the press as “thrilling, breathtaking, astounding, and spellbinding”, this lavish and magical production of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that will create lifelong memories for the whole family!. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

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June 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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While the official start of summer falls during the Summer Solstice on June 21, for many of us – summer is already in full-swing. The temperatures are warmer, seasonal neighbors and visitors have returned, and the Farmers Market at the Cashiers Crossroads is bustling with shoppers hungry for some fresh produce and the latest local gossip. A steady stream of boaters take to both Lakes Toxaway and Glenville, families set up for friendly games of croquet at a number of communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, groups of hikers set off in search of some of the area’s most breath-taking waterfalls, and golfers take to their carts in hopes of playing that perfect game on any one of our award-winning golf courses. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of this time of year up on the mountain, almost as though a party is about to begin at any moment and around any corner (and it probably is).  If you have yet to discover this unique little slice of Heaven in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, we invite you to pay us a visit during this wonderful time of year. Need some convincing on when to schedule your vacation in Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Toxaway, Lake Glenville or Sapphire Valley? Check out our jam-packed calendar of events for the month of June below.  In the event that you and your family fall in love with the area just as families have been doing for well-over a century and you wish to lay down roots of your own, pay a visit to the offices of Silver Creek Real Estate Group while you’re in town. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide. Our team of talented brokers also welcomes the opportunity to correspond with you via online contact form or e-mail at info@ncliving.com, or we can be reached by phone at 828.743.1999. We hope to see YOU up on the mountain this summer!

June 1-3: Watercolor Travel Journaling: Landscape at The Bascom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This class is for travelers and painters. Record what you see and experience in a personal watercolor journal. Work for real life and your photographs. Bring a sack lunch each day. Tuition: $275 members/ $300 non-members. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

June 2: Nature Center Summer Kickoff:  Salamander Soiree at the Highlands Nature Center – Reception, lecture, fun and games for all ages begins at 6 p.m., followed by Salamander Meander at 9 p.m. Registration required, $5 per person. For more information contact 828-526-2623

June 3, 10, 17, 24: Discovery at Dusk a Guided Canoe Trip hosted by Headwaters Outfitters –
Slip your canoe paddle into the tranquil waters of the French Broad and ease your way down stream as the day’s light fades to dusk. The sounds and life of the river this time of day just can’t be compared! You’ll paddle 8 miles, approximately 4 hours downstream through what many claim as the most beautiful section of the French Broad River. Every trip provides the opportunity for a wide array of wildlife observation around every bend. Reservations are required and are confirmed with a 50% deposit. The trip fee is $55.00 per person which includes; canoe, paddle, life jacket, transportation to & from the river, and river guide.

Fridays, June 3-July 8: Pre School Creativity Classes at The Bascom from 9 to 10 a.m. with instructor Katy Calloway. The very young, joined by a parent, will learn basic art skills to support personal creativity. Lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling and painting. Ages 2.5-5. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 4, 11, 18, 25: Signs of Spring a Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River hosted by Headwaters Outfitters – Spring is the perfect time to explore the beautiful scenery of the French Broad River, and what better mode of transportation than in a canoe? This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, or for more information, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.

June 5: Annual Preview Party hosted by the Center for Life Enrichment at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 4pm-6pm – features Barbecue, Bluegrass, Banjos and Beer. Cost is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to 828-526-8811.

June 6: Southern Highlands Reserve: Azalea Season – Carpool departs from Highlands Civic Center at 10am and with return to Highlands around 1:30 pm. Bring a bag lunch and walking shoes. Cost is $30 for members and $45 for non-members.
Call 828-526-8811. For more information.

June 6: Bill Horwitz Memorial Golf Tournament at Cullasaja Country Club – Begins at 12:00 pm. $125 per person includes green fees, bag lunch and dinner. For more information call Nancy Horwitz at 828-526-0224.

June 6-10: Nature Journaling Workshop at the Highlands Biological Station – Part I: On Monday-Wednesday (June 6-8), Nancy Lowe (www.lookatyourfish.com) will teach drawing techniques and will guide students in writing and keeping other records. No previous drawing experience is required, and materials will be provided. Part II: On Thursday and Friday (June 9&10), students will learn to document plants, insects, and fungi using digital photography protocols. Not only will students will learn how to optimize their cameras for good macro photographs of plants and animals, they will learn how to upload their photos to the Discover Life website with species names, locality data and other notes that can contribute to a larger citizen science online initiative. The cost of the workshop $150 for Part I and $125 for Part II, or $275 for the whole week; housing and academic credit are available at an additional cost. For more information and registration please call 828-526-2602.

July 6-8: Plates and Press – An Introduction to Printmaking Techniques at The Bascom with Kathleen Corey from 10 am – 4 pm. Medium: printmaking Level: beginner to intermediate; Tuition: $245 members/$270 non-members/$20 lab fee. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 7-10: Wow! A World of Wonder at the Highlands Nature Center. Come have fun as we play nature games, hike through the woods, search for critters, and explore the pond and stream. Who knows what interesting things we may discover! Cost $35 per child ages 4-6 10am-12pm daily. Please call 828-526-2623 to sign up.

June 7-10: Summer Youth Art Camp: Outside Art at The Bascom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designed for 6-9 year olds. $275 for a weekly session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 7-10: Summer Youth Art Camp: Outside Art at The Bascom from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Designed for 10-13 year olds. $275 for a weekly session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100

June 8: The US in the 21st Century – A World Transformed at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10am-12pm.  Join presenter Sandra Mackey, author of six books on the Middle East. Cost $25 members, $35 non-members. Please contact 828-526-8811 for more information.

June 9- 10: The Obit Kit presented by Susan Soper, who began her journalism career at Newsday at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10am-12pm. Cost is $60 for Center for Life Enrichment members and $70 non-members. Please contact 828-526-8811 for more information.

June 9: Summer Fashion Show Luncheon at the Old Edwards Inn Farm Pavilion from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Acorns hottest summer fashions, live ambiant music, Artist Jane Smithers painting live, Spring makeup demos, Champagne arrival with passed Hor D’ oeuvres and a cash bar. Champagne at Acron’s Boutique on Main Street after the show, 10% discount at Acorn’s and Spa Boutique for a week. $45 per person. Please call to reserve 828-787-2625

June 9: Silent and Live Auction at the Highlands Community Building at 5:30 pm. Catered by Cyprus International Restaurant. $30 per person. Tickets at door. Call Nancy Horwitz 828-526-0224 for more information.

June 9: Zahner Conservation Lecture “Nature Deficit Disorder“ with Dr. Brett Wright, Clemson University at 6pm at the Highlands Nature Center

June 9: Eco Tour – Birding with the Audubon Society hosted by the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust. Contact us at (828) 526-1111 to reserve your spot and get details.

June 10-11: “Painting – Where to Begin” with Mary Lou Carpenter at The Bascom from 10 am-4 pm. Medium: oil or acrylic Level: beginner or non-artist. Have you always wanted to paint but didn’t know where or how to begin? Just looking at the materials can be intimidating. This is a great way to invest two days to discover the “painter within.” Everything you need will be provided from paints, palettes, canvas to brushes. All you have to do is walk in the door and get ready to learn. You will leave these two days with at least one completed painting. Tuition: $175 members/$200 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 10: Spaghetti Dinner at the Highlands Rec Center from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Open to the Public. $7 per person.

June 10-11: June Mountain Black Bear Festival – part of the Bear Smart initiative by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Event kicks off Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a slideshow presentation with renowned black bear expert and wildlife photographer Bill Lea at the Highlands Civic Center. The festival continues Saturday from 11am-4pm. There will be music, educational exhibits, and regional experts on black bears and co-existing. Plus regional arts and crafts, and gifts with a bear theme. Saturday entrance fee is $2 and kids 12 and under are free. For more information contact J-MCA at 828-526-0890 ext 320.

June 11-12: The Rotary Arts & Crafts Show on the Village Green in Cashiers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 11: Join The Bascom Community Knitters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to “World-wide Knit Day”. Medium: fiber Level: beginner. All are welcome, the event is free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 11, 18 & 25: “Create, Fire, Glaze” Youth Art Program at The Bascom with Instructor Britt Ammann from 10 am-12 noon. $150 for three Saturday sessions. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 11: SOAR – This annual event features two races on June 11th, the sprint race of 5-7 hours and the elite race of 10-12 hours. The races include running, rappelling, mountain biking and orienteering. Register at www.soarhighlands.org

June 11: PAC Broadway Series at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Best known for her portrayal of “Grizabella” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical “CATS”, Jeri Sager will perform at 8pm
 Tickets are $50 and $80. Call 828-526-9047 for tickets or information.

June 14-18: “In the Spirit of Plein-Air” at The Bascom with instructor Ken Backhaus from  9 am-4 pm. Medium: oil or acrylic Level: non-beginner to advanced. Paint the beauty of the mountains in springtime with nationally recognized workshop instructor Ken Backhaus. Visit several carefully selected Highlands Plateau locations, including the gardens and grounds of a private Highland’s estate with Backhaus who will help students see the basic elements of the landscape and how to be bring this understanding to the canvas. Students will be shown how to employ the fundamental principles of art to develop strong compositional statements. Attention will be given to the importance of editing while on location. Instruction will also focus on introducing mood verses detail through the application of value, temperature, edge control and brush work. Demonstrations and lectures will be given daily. Tuition: $600 members/$625 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 14: Owl Pellets at the Highlands Nature Center from 3-4 pm – a family nature activity for ages 5 and up. Participants will dissect owl pellets to discover the bones of prey. Cost is $1 per person. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

June 14-July 29: Highlands Rec Camp 2011 at the Highlands Rec Center – The Highlands Park and Recreation Department will begin its summer recreation camp program Tuesday June 14th and will hold its first three week session until Friday July 1st. The camp will be CLOSED for one week starting Monday July 4th. It will reopen Monday July 11th and hold its second three week session until Friday July 29th. Camp is open to children ages 5-12. The camp will run from 8:00am-5:00pm. Fee start is $3.00 per hour, for the first child and there are pre-paid specials. Call 828-526-3556 for more information.

June 14-17: Amazing Animals Summer Camp at the Highlands Nature Center. How do birds fly? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Come and find out as we study different groups through hands-on activities and field obervations. Ages 7-10 10am-2pm daily. Cost $45 per child. Please contact 828-526-2623 to sign up.

June 15-19:  “Educating Rita” at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Call the performing arts center for tickets and more information at 828-526-9047.

June 15: Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Three Course Dinner Celebration at the Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers with famed chef, John Fleer. Tickets $150 per person; space is limited to 75. Please call HCCMF at 828-526-9060 for reservations

June 15: “Evenings at Lakeside” hosted at Lakeside Restaurant benefitting Scaly Mtn. Women’s Club. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

June 16: The Owl Prowl hosted at the Highlands Nature Center and presented by the Carolina Raptor Center. Presentation followed by a nite hike for all ages. 8pm.

June 16-July 10: The rocking 60’s musical “Suds” presented at the Highlands Playhouse. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

June 17: Pawsitively Purrfect Evening  at Country Club of Sapphire Valley from 5:45 pm – 10:30pm. Highlands-Cashiers Humane Society’s Pawsitively Purrfect Evening includes cocktails, live action, dinner and dancing. $350 per couple, $175 individual. Black tie optional.

June 18: “Still Life Stories” Intergenerational Class at The Bascom from 1-3 pm. All levels
Tuition: $12. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 19: Happy Father’s Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

June 19: Father’s Day at the Old Edwards Club featuring Special Golf Rates and U.S. Open Showing.

June 20-24:  “Salamander Safari” Youth Art Program at The Bascom. 10 am-4 pm.
$150 for a five-day workshop. Reception, Sat., June 25. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

June 20: Wild Cat Cliffs Country Club hosts the Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament. Golfers of all skill levels will be teeing it up for the one of the Town’s most important fundraisers, The Scholarship Golf Tournament. Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, celebrating its 50th anniversary, so graciously agreed to host the event again, donating all rounds of golf, cart fees and meals. For $150 per player, you will receive breakfast, an 8 am shotgun start, followed by cocktails, lunch an awards ceremony. In addition, there are numerous sponsorship opportunities available. For more information or sponsorship opportunities for this important event, contact Chair, Brian Stiehler at 787-2778.

June 21: Happy First Official Day of Summer from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

June 21: Headwaters Outfitters’ Traditional Mountain Sports Fly Fishing Day Camp. The day begins, literally, by getting our feet wet! Campers discover first-hand what’s on the menu for trout. With nets in hand, we’ll explore a pristine mountain stream to catch aquatic critters such as crayfish, stoneflies and mayflies. While looking up-close at the things we find, we teach a little about the different stages of their fascinating lifecycle. The knowledge gained here is essential for knowing what fly to put on the end of the line. Campers are then introduced to all the gear they will be using in their quest to catch a big one, including rods, reels, line, leader and tippet. We teach each camper how to cast on a small, stocked pond, where there are no trees to worry about getting hung-up in. Campers will enjoy lunch beside a primitively started fire, where they will get a chance to cook and eat what they catch over an open flame. The rest of the day will be spent honing our fishing skills while chasing after the brightly colored rainbow, brown, and brook trout that lurk in the emerald green pools and riffles of our local mountain streams. Our day camp is limited to 9 participants. Reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit. Professional instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Whitewater Rescue. Headwaters Outfitters, 828-877-3106

June 21: Anderson’s Conn Valley Wine Dinner hosted by Brie Conway at Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro. For more information, call 828-526-3807.

June 22: PAC Bluegrass Series at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The Gibson Brothers will perform at 8pm. Tickets are $55 and $75. Call the PAC for tickets and more information at 828-526-9047.

June 22-23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour: Roan Mountain Overnight. Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust on their first-ever overnight expedition to Roan Mountain to witness the famed Catawba Rhodos. For details contact: Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or (828) 526.1111.

June 23: “Coast to the Mountains” Summer Concert Series at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers from 7 to 10 p.m. The perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast. This special evening will feature live band performances, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavillion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers. For more information, call 828-743-2411.

June 23: Headwaters Outfitters’ Traditional Mountain Sports Canoeing Day Camp – Paddling is perhaps the most ancient form of transportation in the world, and what better way to learn these skills than along the world’s third oldest river! The Cherokees called it the Long Man; we call it the French Broad! Beginning with on-land demonstrations, campers are introduced to the world of paddling. Easing into calm waters, campers will gain confidence as they learn how to maneuver their canoes using various paddle strokes. Plan on getting wet when our experienced instructors teach the rescue skills needed to stay safe in the event of capsizing! Once everyone feels comfortable with their new paddling skills, we’ll teach the basics of planning a river trip, then head to the river! Paddling through gentle rapids, amongst the twists and turns of tree-lined banks, our camp instructors will explain how to recognize and easily avoid the hazards commonly found on rivers. Along the way, we’ll learn lots of fun and interesting facts about the plants and animals that call this special place their home. Our day camp is limited to 9 participants. Our camps fill up fast so be sure to make your reservation. Professional instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and Whitewater Rescue. Day Camp Ages: 10-17 Rate: $175 and includes: Instructor: Camper ratio of 1:3; All Equipment & gear; Drinks & snacks during the day (campers bring a packed lunch). Reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit.

June 23: Special Concert and Cocktail Reception for the 30th Anniversary Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Benefit at Fisher Estate-Highlands. “Music in the Garden” – Guest Artist: Martin Chalifour, Violinist and Concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 6PM – Price: $150/person. Call the Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival for more information at 828-526-9060.

June 23-25: “Harmonious Oil Painting” at The Bascom with instructor and artist, Karen Weihs from 10 am – 4 pm. Medium: oil Level: beginner to intermediate. Start at the beginning learn how to set up a palette in order to understand color “temperature” and organization for proven student success. Using the outside environment and photographs students will discover the beauty of oil painting. Glazing techniques, used for centuries, will be demonstrated and explored by students each day to insure a thorough grasp of these methods. Beginners or Intermediates can work together in this class and all gain from Weihs’ proven instruction. Tuition: $295 members/$320 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 23: Ancient Cherokee Trails at the Highlands Nature Center with Lamar Marshall – Wild South Hike with Lunch included. 10am-2pm. Registration required, $10 per person.

June 23: Know Your Frogs with Patrick Brannon at the Highlands Nature Center at 8:30 pm. Ages 7 and Up. Registration Required, $5 per person.

June 24: American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Cashiers at the Blue Ridge School.

June 24-25: History Live! at the Highlands Historical Village at 524 N 4th Street from 5:30 – 7:15pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Students free. Includes performances by 6 actors and actresses representing Highlands’ historic leaders. Call 828-787-1050 for more.

June 24-26: A Stroll In The Village (Formerly A Walk in the Park) hosted by the Highlands Historical Society.  For more information, call 828-526-4245.

June 25: Summer Barn Dance at The Bascom. Tickets $5, purchase tickets at the door, cash only. The nostalgia of Highlands yesteryear come to life.

June 25: Pancake Breakfast at the Scaly Mtn. Community Building hosted by The Scaly Mtn. Women’s Club from 7:30am -10:30am.

June 25: PAC Broadway Series featuring a performance by Franc D’Ambrosio, best known for his impressive portrayal of the “Phantom” in  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Musical,  The Phantom Of The Opera at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 8pm. Tickets are $60 and $100. Please call PAC for tickets and more information at 828-526-9047.

June 25-26: Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 26: History Live! at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, Highlands from 4:00 pm -5:1 5pm. Tickets will be $10 per person, Students free. Call 828-787-1050 for more information.

June 27: “Make a Joyous Noise – Part 1” Intergenerational Class at The Bascom with Linda Hayes, Class: 9 am-12 noon, Open Studio: 1-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: all levels. Create rattles and forms from pinch pots. Tuition: $85 members/$110 non-members. Take Part 1 and Part 2: $150 members/$195 non-member. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 28: “Make a Joyous Noise – Part 2” Intergenerational Class at The Bascom with Linda Hayes, Class: 9 am-12 noon, Open Studio: 1-4 pm. Medium: clay Level: all levels. Create hollow forms to textured shapes from slab. Tuition: $85 members/$110 non-members. Take Part 1 and Part 2: $150 members/$195 non-member. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust – Village Nature Series at 7:00pm at Cashiers’ Village Green: “Hunters of the Sky”. Meet living local raptors and watch them in flight. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event brought to you by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust as part of their summer Village Nature Series. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 28-July1: “Here’s Looking at You” with Lory Lockwood at The Bascom from 10 am-4 pm.
Medium: drawing Level: all levels. This workshop will focus on the self-portrait – what you look like, what you think, and who you are – whether conscious or not. Artists have always drawn self-portraits focusing on appearance – I call this the “outer” landscape. They have also created pieces that reveal what they think and feel and I call this “the inner landscape.” In this class, we will experiment with an assortment of media and thoughts to produce quite a few finished products both drawings and collages a result of the self-exploration the leads to self portraits.

June 28 – July 1: Highlands Nature Center’s Nature Works – What lives in the different forest layers? What do predators do? What type of tree is that? What can we find in a pond? Come have fun learning about the workings of “mother nature” through interactive play and nature activities. Ages 8-11, 10am-2pm daily. Cost $45 per child. Please call 828-526-2623 to sign up.

June 29: PAC Storytelling Series at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 7:30pm. John McCutcheon will perform. Tickets are $15 for students, and $25/$35 for adults. Call PAC at 828-526-9047 for tickets and more information.

June 30: Highlands Nature Center’s Appalachian Stories of Conservation with Gary Carden. Presentation for all ages at 6 pm.

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February 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011

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Love is in the air – and it’s contagious!  Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love.  Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own.  We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries – but consider yourself warned.  You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While you’re in town, we welcome you to stop by Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes.  In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

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.

Hours**:  Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Weather Permitting

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 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.
** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6: Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands – Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun “Anti-Super Bowl Weekend” that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27: Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10: Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her “Thinking with a Whole New Mind” workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24: Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular “Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar” event – Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14: Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Traveler’s Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 – the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madison’s Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite.  Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13: Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentine’s Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farm’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner… 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors d’oeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples.  800-946-6822.

February 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19: Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center!  Cost is just  $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands’ finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19: 4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race – that’s right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team.  Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19: Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size “Double Bunny Leech” during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. 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. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23: The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27:  Highlands-Cashiers Players present “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running” by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person.  For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27: The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts “Winterscapes – Picture Perfect Weekend” featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27: Writers – pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26: Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen’s Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascom’s Winter Dance. February’s Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMT’s that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.

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January 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011

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The New Year represents many things to many people. For some, it is a time of renewal – a time to focus on family and the things that are most important in one’s life. For some, it is a time to tackle some goals – lose weight, get more organized, or start on a new career path. For others, the New Year represents a time of new beginnings, a time of discovery. Maybe they’ll try a wealth of new experiences in 2011 – try Indian food for the first time, go to the opera, or jump out of an airplane. Maybe they’ll travel and discover new places. What will the New Year hold for you? At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we believe we’ve discovered something pretty special and unique high atop the mountains of Western North Carolina. We invite you and your family to visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and discover for yourself what has been drawing families to our little corner of the world for over a century. Whether you plan your visit for January around the following list of things to do on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau throughout the month, or you just add a visit to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway to your “To Do” list for 2011 – we look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain!  Silver Creek wishes you and yours all of the best in the New Year!

January 1: New Year’s Day at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands includes Brunch at Madison’s from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa Bar; and Live Music at the Hummingbird Lounge.  For more information, call 828.787.2625.

January 1-31: Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills – a fun “bunny” hill for beginner/intermediate skiers and a 1,600-foot long main run 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.

Hours**: 
Monday 5-9pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 9am-6pm
Weather Permitting

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 
  
Skis and 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 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort.
** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

January 11-13: “Navigating Risk: From Crisis to Innovation” John A. Wheeler and Susie DeVille Schiffli Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn, geared toward business teams on the leading edge who wish to harness new modes of thinking and awareness in order to thrive in turbulent times. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 13: Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar at the Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner served in the Wine Cellar at 7 p.m. Author TBD. Cost: $180. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 21-23: Viva La France Weekend at the Old Edwards Inn – Immerse yourself in French food, wine, art instruction, phrases and music. Wine education events, art lessons with Jane Smithers, and St. Germain Cocktails. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 24- 26: Mind and Body Detox Retreat – Spend 3 nights at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina surrounded by nature’s splendor. “Shed your Skin” and prepare to have your mind and body cleared, refreshed and rejuvenated with two and a half days of guided instruction, music, movement, recipes, healthy foods and interactive sessions to discover where you are relative to where you desire to be for a well-balanced mind and body. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 29-30: Romance Weekend – spotlighting many of the hotels and restaurants of Highlands. Friday will feature a welcome wine reception, dinner, and late night at Hummingbird Lounge, Saturday will be jam-packed with romance including breakfast in bed, dance lessons, tour of Highlands, escorted Whiteside Mountain hike, dinner, play, wine tasting, and evening bonfire.

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October 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2010

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As the leaves on the trees begin to change, our excitement grows! Fall is an exhilarating time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina – not just because the natural beauty of the area seems heightened with the addition of brilliant shades of green, red, amber and gold, but because Fall is a time of celebration, of festivals, of community.  We know that some people will hear about a local festival or the changing leaves, and make the drive up the mountain to our very special corner of the world for the very first time.  They will discover our little slice of Heaven along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and from that point on – they will be forever changed.  Some may be so moved by their visit that they will choose to put down roots of their own here, while others may simply elect to make us part of an annual family tradition of Fall in the Mountains. Whether this is YOUR first time or you’ve been here before, we invite you and your family to come and see firsthand what makes the village of Cashiers and the neighboring towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway so unique. Meander through our shops, pick the perfect bunch of tree-ripened apples at our Farmer’s Market, stroll through a festival on the Village Green, take in a breathtaking sunset over a mountain lake – however you choose to spend your Fall, we hope you will make Western North Carolina a part of it.

October 1: Groovin’ on the Green at The Village Commons in Cashiers – Live Music performed by Brian Ashley Jones. Performance begins at 6:30 p.m.  Pack a picnic and join us for this FREE family-friendly event under the stars.

October 1: Friday Night LIVE in Downtown Highlands – 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Town Square. Friday Nite Live is a fun, family friendly evening featuring live music and is organized by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

October 1: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION – Seated Dinner Gala & Live Auction at The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands – 6 p.m.  Call 828-526-4949 to purchase tickets.

October 1-3: Highlands Community Players present a Small Stage Production of “Signs and Wonder”  at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – a Gary Carden Premiere Performance.  Alec Fenton, an American by adoption and his wife, Marjorie, an American of Greek origin, live with their two children in Athens. Both Alec’s business life and his tender relationships with his daughter are guided by a playful but deeply felt need to interpret the smallest details of the world as significant. Under the influence of powerful signs and premonitions, Alec allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with a colleague, Katherine, eventually leaving his family and returning to America with his lover. Once there, however, the same belief system urges him back home for one final attempt to win back his family. But his new quest is endangered by the presence of a political activist, Andreas, in his family’s life. Andreas becomes the victim of a series of incidents, each one more threatening than the last. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. all three evenings. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 2: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION at The Bascom in Highlands – 5 to 8 p.m.
An evening of Bluegrass, BBQ and Microbrews. View and purchase works from the special juried exhibition, American Craft Today (on exhibit October 2 thru December 18), with most works for sale. For more information/tickets, call 828-526-4949

October 2: FREE Annual Community Fish Fry at the Cashiers Community Center at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dessert donations welcome. Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Community Council.

October 6 & 7: Oktoberfest – Old Edwards-Style. The Farm at Old Edwards will be transformed into a mini-Munich for guests of “Oktoberfest Old Edwards Style” to experience the culinary prowess of German Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr as he prepares a traditional German feast with an Old Edwards twist. Enjoy perfectly paired wines and beers of Germany in the rustically intimate setting of The Farm on Thursday evening – cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7 p.m.
It all starts with an hors d’oeuvre reception followed by a four-course family-style Bavarian Feast. Bottles of German wines will be passed at the table, and a Bier Sellar will be set up in The Barn. Live music from the Gootman Sauerkraut Band will set the stage for a memorable event. Guests of the dinner at The Farm will take home a commemorative Old Edwards glass stein.
Festivities also include a FestHaus Celebration at Wolfgang’s Restaurant on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. and FREE “Tasty Bites” of Food and Wine by two German Chefs at Wolfgang’s on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional Oktoberfest fun all month long at the Rib Shack. Special accommodation package available at the Old Edwards Inn – space is limited, so call 828-787-2625 TODAY.

October 7: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents its “Sundown at Sunset” celebration; for more information, call 828-526-1111.

October 8-10: The Second Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley – Three day festival featuring Fall Home Tour, Pumpkin Carving Contest, KidsFest, Boat Tours of Lake Glenville, Live Music, Arts and Crafts Show, and so much more.  Promises to be the event of the season – so you won’t want to miss it!  Please drop by the Silver Creek Real Estate Group tent on the Village Green and say “hello!”

October 8: The Highlands Playhouse presents “The Tramp and the Roughrider” – John Muir meets Teddy Roosevelt in this inspired production that benefits the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Production begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $35 ($30 members). Refreshments, music and silent auction begin at 6:30. For more information, call (828) 526-0890 ext. 320.

October 9: Women’s Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-787-1010

October 15: Lonesome Road Band with Charles Wood performs at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/person. “Great acoustic music” is the statement that best describes the music of The Lonesome Road Band. Using the traditional tools of bluegrass in creating their music, to categorize them strictly as bluegrass would be a misrepresentation. Their repertoire consists of everything from Bill Monroe’s “My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'” to the Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”. The group’s haunting, bluegrass inspired harmonies stir the souls of even the most mundane listeners. Their approach to the music they perform is undeniably top shelf. The vocals are up front with lead and supporting harmonies weaving effortlessly. Their vocals blend so well that it is difficult to tell who is singing each part. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 16 & 17: Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Festival at Wyndham Resort at Fairfield’s Sapphire Valley Resort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828)743-1163.

October 28-31: “Life With Father” presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Players at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. This timeless family drama revolves around the Day family:  father, mother Vinnie, their four red-headed sons and an assortment of friends and relatives.  All are involved in the epic struggle between Father and Mother who is determined to have Father properly baptized. Directed by Ronnie Spilton. Tickets $20/person. For more information, call 828-526-8084. Performances: evenings @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 2:30 p.m.

October 30: Downtown Highlands hosts Halloween in Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m

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

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, May 28, 2010

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Plateau Pursuits – June 2010

As spring gives way to summer in late June and the scent of mountain laurel blends perfectly with the heavenly aroma of hundreds of charcoal grills on a mountain breeze – it’s easy to see (and smell) why the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has served as a favorite retreat for families for well over a hundred years.  Between the rolling hills and scenic views from our many award-winning golf courses, the crystal blue waters of our mountain lakes and streams teeming with trout, the miles upon miles of hiking trails promising endless days of adventure, and our treasure trove of eclectic shops and dining establishments – the towns and villages of Western North Carolina offer a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of life off the mountain. Aside from our many amenities and wealth of natural beauty, there is always a long list of events in and around the area for you and your family to enjoy.  They serve as an excellent introduction to this one-of-a-kind corner of the world and the wonderful people who make this community great.  Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this June. 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! Mark your calendars for the following June events and happenings:

June 1- 2: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Digging in the Dirt” – If you have ever wanted to dig in the dirt and search for artifacts, hoping to uncover a piece of history, this is your chance. Dr. Jane Eastman is taking a group of Western Carolina University students to Spikebuck Mound in Hayesville and has offered a few spaces to CLE. The excavations will focus on a small Cherokee settlement dating from the 1200s. Participants will join this group for two days to assist with the documentation, excavation, and processing of archaeological evidence from the site. Field equipment will be provided, but participants should bring their own work gloves, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Close-toed shoes are required. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Carpool departs from PAC back parking lot promptly at 8, and returns to Highlands at approximately 5. It is recommended that you either bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase one in Hayesville. Cost:$100 (CLE will donate proceeds to the WCU Archaeology Fund)  HURRY!  There are only 5 slots available!  For more information, visit the CLE website at www.clehighlands.org or e-mail your request to clehighlands@yahoo.com.
June 1: Highlands Audobon Society presents a Field Trip to Hale Ridge Road and the Rabun Bald area to look for breeding birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate
June 2: Center for Life Enrichment presents the Southern Highlands Reserve near Toxaway – a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands. The Reserve is open to academic and horticulture professionals on an invitation only basis and is graciously offering this special session to the Center for Life Enrichment. Located at an elevation of 4500 ft, the Reserve is divided into two distinct areas, the Core Park and the Natural Woodlands. The Core Park is home to destination gardens such as The Wildflower Labyrinth and Vaseyi Pond and is surrounded by 100 acres of natural woodland that features waterfall and cliff communities. Presenter: John Turner. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Carpool departs promptly at 10 and returns approximately at 1:30. Bring a Bag Lunch and walking shoes. Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members. Only 20 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 3: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon – an HCLT Eco Tour. Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.
June 3: Highlands Nature Center presents “Why am I Concerned about Climate Change (and think you should be to!) by Lenny Bernstein of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu.
June 4, 11: Celebrating the Performing Arts Center Tenth Anniversary – PAC’s Small Stages presents the Highlands-Cashiers Player’s production of “Parallel Lives” by Mo Cafney and Kathy Najimy. The play is a series of vignettes addressing women’s issues, young and old. All of the parts are played by women – male and female parts! The hilarity ensues as you meet Mad & Syvie, Candida & Mrs. Kenny Rogers, Hank & Karen Sue, the Disney Moms, and more. Variety Magazine called it “A smart, provocative show.” With Broadway World announced that it is “Uproariously funny!” Parallel Lives contains adult language and situations. Similar in structure to “Saturday Night Live,” it parodies life as we know it. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.
June 4: Center for Life Enrichment presents BONSAI: The Mini Tree in the Performing Arts Center (downstairs) – Bonsai conjures up images of tranquility and patience. It is a unique living art form enjoyed and practiced by diverse cultures, utilizing the lessons of nature to improve the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humankind and our relationship to the environment. This presentation will cover the history and horticultural art form of bonsai and will include a demonstration and display of several examples. Presenter: Hubert Jones.  Time:10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 members , $35 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 5: Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Recreation Park sponsored by the US Forest Service – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Open to kids aged 15 and younger. Bring your own rod, reel and bait! Kid’s must be accompanied by an adult!
June 5: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents the 4th Annual Land Trust Day – Treat yourself while supporting local business and your land. Visit our website at www.hicashlt.org for a list of participating Conservation Business Partners. For more information, call 828-526-1111.
June 5: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The first in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 6: Center for Life Enrichment Annual Preview Party at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Entertainment featuring Nancy Avera, Storyteller portraying Fannie Rollins in the humorous story of a town gossip (as written by John Henry Faulk), as well as a performance by Local Cloggers, Anne Brissey and Pauline Marr. Time: 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. Cost: Open to the public Please R.S.V.P. 828-526-8811. Immediately following the performance will be CLE’s 2010 Preview Party for all members and those wishing to join for 2010. Many of our presenters will be in attendance. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 7: SOAR Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club.  For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund.
June 8: Heritage Weaving Demonstration: “Sheep to Shawl” with Debbie Bryant at the Cashiers Historical Society.  For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 8-11: Highlands Nature Center presents “WOW!- a World of Wonder” for kids ages 4 to 6.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon daily. Cost: $35 per child. The natural world is an amazing place! Come and 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!?!? For more information, visit www.wcu.edu.
June 10: Highlands Nature Center presents “A Wilderness of Possibility And the Possibility of Wilderness” with Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 10: Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 10: Pinnacle Party at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 10: SOAR Auction at the Highlands Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Begins at 5:30 p.m. .  For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org.
June 11-13: Need a break from stress? Time to yourself to simply think? Join us for a short weekend retreat by yourself or with family and friends. During the self-guided retreat, you decide how to spend your time at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Staff will lead an optional hike and host a campfire with s’mores, but we want you spend your time doing what you need to do to – relax, rejuvenate, or get energized. Call (828) 526-5838 ext 0 or visit www.mountaincenters.org for additional information and pricing.
June 12: Arts & Crafts Festival on the Village Green in Cashiers – begins at 10 a.m.
June 12: Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) in Highlands. Includes Sprint Race of 5 – 7 hours including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event, and mountain biking; and Elite Race of 10-12 hours including running, mountain biking, water event, rappelling, and orienteering. For more information please call 828-526-0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.
June 12:  Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The second in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 13-July 3: Highlands Playhouse presents “Smokey Joe’s Café” A musical theatrical revue by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller – two men who are credited in the invention of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying show that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Smokey Joe’s Café features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including  hits such as “On Broadway,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,”“Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Love Potion #9”and “I’m A Woman.” With each song becoming a trip down the corridors of American culture, Smokey Joe’s Café transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre. Smokey Joe’s Café was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joe’s Café. Their music won a Grammy Award in 1995. Tickets are $30/person. For more information, call please call 828-526-2695 or visit the Highlands Playhouse online at www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
June 14: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents “Birding Hot Spots” – A program featuring members’ nature pictures and adventure stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
June 15-18: Highlands Nature Center presents “Amazing Animals” for kids ages: 7-10. Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $45 Per Child. How do birds fly? What is a mammal? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Are spiders insects? Come and find out as we study different animal groups through hands-on activities and field observations. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 15: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents “Birding with the Audubon” as part of their eco tours series, including guided hikes and day trips. $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations required: 828-526-1111
June 15: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Creative Stenciling” at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Can’t draw? Can’t paint? Love color and feel creative? Transform a plain shirt or jacket, customize napkins, accent a wall, monogram your stationary, turn a cast off lamp into a striking accent – all this is possible when you explore the many applications of stencils. You will learn how to do a trial board and then plan and execute a project. Stencils and paint supplies for the sample project will be supplied. Bring a shirt, a napkin, notecards – and start stenciling. Instructor: Martha Porter
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost: $40 members; $50 non members Supplies Included (other than listed above) Only 12 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 16: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Showcasing the Chef” at Cyprus Restaurant. Join Chef Nick Figel on a river journey starting in China, traveling on the Mekong River, through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and ending in the Gulf of Thailand. As we pass rice paddies, jungles and the abundant foliage on the river banks from the highlands to the delta, we will explore Southeast Asian cuisine as an expression of Chinese culture. You will help prepare and then, more importantly, dine on delectable dishes from five countries. Time: 12:00 – 2:30 (lunch included). Cost: $45 members, $55 non members. Only 24 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 17: Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Patron’s Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley @ 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dust off your pearls and dancing shoes for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s “Pawsitively Purrfect Evening”. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction with some pawsitively purrfect items. Auction highlights include resort travel, golf packages, a dinner party in your own home by “Two Men and a Grill”, jewelry, and artworks. Tickets are $375 per couple and $185.50 per individual  – proceeds benefit the CHHS.  For more information, call 828-743-5752 or visit www.chhumanesociety.org.
June 17: Highlands Nature Center presents “Water, Water Everywhere, But is it as Clean as You Think?” with Jenny Sanders and Bill McLarney of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 19: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents “Birding Hot Spots” – A field trip to birding hot spots around Highlands to look for summer resident birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.
June 19:  Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The third in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society (last three to occur in July); each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 21: Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Registration deadline is June 9th. Send your tax-deductible donation and sign-up information to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741; or Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, 770 Country Club Drive, Highlands, NC 28741, attn: Kevin Gabbard, Golf Pro.
June 22: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Acting Up – How to Enrich Your Theater Experience” at the Highlands Performing Arts Center (upstairs). Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on the stage? What it takes to be an actor? What goes on behind the scenes? Come join us for a fun filled, informative morning with Ronnie Spilton. We can’t promise to make you a star, but we assure you that your play-going experience will be enhanced. Participants will receive one complimentary ticket to one production of the 2010-2011 Highlands Cashiers Players Theater. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.
June 22-25: Highlands Nature Center presents “ Junior Ecologists” for kids ages: 11-14. Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm daily. Cost: $55 per child. Discover what field biologists do as we conduct real science both at the Biological Station and at off-site locations in the Nantahala National Forest. have Fun measuring the forest, mapping stream salamander communities, studying pond life, collecting insects, performing bird counts, and inventorying small mammal species. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their “Village Nature Series” in Cashiers. Come learn something new at these free and fun educaional lectures. This lecture features the “Wonders of Life” with Bill Lea. Time: 6:00 pm. Cost: Free. No reservations required.Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for more information.
June 24: An Evening in Monte Carlo at the High Hampton Inn – Enjoy an evening on the French Riviera (in Cashiers) that will have you saying “C’est Magnifique!” REACH of Jackson County presents their seventh annual fundraiser, An Evening In Monte Carlo. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and ends around 10:30 PM. An Evening In Monte Carlo will be filled with music and dancing to the sounds of Hurricane Creek, which has played at several REACH benefits in the past. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, drinks, no-stakes casino-style games and a silent auction featuring many unique items from the area as well as high-adventures experiences. Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting REACH of Jackson County at 631-4466 ext 207, or by visiting United Community Bank in Cashiers.
June 24: Highlands Nature Center presents “Let’s do it: The Sordid Secrets of Avian Sex” with Rob Bierregaard of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.
June 25: “Green Living Fair” at the Cashiers Village Green – featuring green home tours, hikes, eco-fashion show, food, and music. Hosted by Jackson – Macon Conservation Alliance – call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands.
June 25-27: “A Walk in the Park” at Memorial Park Cemetery – Shuttles will depart from the Community Center. Throughout the years, attendees of the Highlands Historical Society’s “Walk in the Park” have learned about the lives of early Highlanders. This year’s event will focus on the lives of seven talented, energetic women, who were ahead of their time. For more information about the HHS “Walk in the Park” visit ww.highlandshistory.com.
June 26: Music on the Grounds of the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
June 26: “Green Living Fair” at Highlands Recreation Park – Vendors, artisans, green home tours, classes, cooking demos, food, and fun kids projects. Hosted by Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance – call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands.
June 26: Franc D’Ambrosio performs at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Critically acclaimed one man show featureing BROADWAY Songs of the Great White Way. Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, D’Ambrosio’s resume includes playing Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in the Godfather III and performing as guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies. Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D’Ambrosio is at his best performing on stage for a live audience. Handsome and engaging, he will delight you with his memorable renditions of many of the best loved songs from the Broadway classics. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.
June 29: Center for Life Enrichment presents “Beginning Drawing” at the Highlands Civic Center. Drawing is a learned skill and anyone can do it. With a minimum of supplies you can record your travels visually, represent the things which matter in your environment and have a lifelong relaxing hobby. Drawing is a necessary prerequisite to painting and other art classes. In this class you will learn about contour, negative space, perspective and use of value to create dimension and depth. Supply List: Artist Pencils: 2B, H, and Ebony, a gum eraser, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and drawing pad 11″x14″ or 14″x17″. Presenter: Mary Judernatz. Time: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. Cost:$75 members; $85 non-members. Only 10 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

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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 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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