Plateau Pursuits – December 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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While the leaves may have left the trees and the majority of seasonal visitors may have drifted away with them, locals and die-hard fans of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau find a sense of peace and childlike wonder in this very special and truly magical time of year. As we bustle about checking items off of our holiday shopping lists, darting from one holiday event to the next, and depleting the inventory in the local Christmas tree lots, we always remember to take the occasional pause to breathe in the crisp clean air and gaze out over the majestic panoramic views of the world below. We delight in those first few snowflakes, and never forget how truly blessed we are to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth – the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This holiday season, we hope you and each member of your family are feeling blessed, as well. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the chance to help you add to your list of blessings as we begin the search for the mountain home of your dreams. If you make it up to our little slice of Heaven this December, there are a number of terrific events planned throughout the month. We hope to see you up on the mountain during this delightful time of year!

Throughout the month of December: Giving Trees, a showcase of festive holiday trees decorated by local non-profit organizations, will be on view at The Bascom through January 3rd. All Giving Trees donations will benefit the participating non-profit organizations.

December 1, 8, & 15: Old Edwards Inn plays host to a Complimentary Culinary Demo from 3:30pm-4:30pm in either the Madison’s Restaurant Lobby or the Old Edwards Inn Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.

December 1-10: Gingerbread House Competition at The Bascom – The public is invited to cast their ballots through December 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Awards will be given at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th. The public is invited to the award presentation.
 
December 2:  Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Gospel music’s Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sounds at 7:30pm. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

December 2-4:  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.

December 3: Gilliam’s Promise Holiday 5K takes place in Downtown Highlands. Race Day registration begins at 8:30am with race time at 9:30am. Gilliam’s Promise 5K Entry Fees: Elementary/High School Students ($15 of race day) General Public ($25 race day). Long Sleeve Race T-shirts offered to the first 100 racers. Holiday costumes are encouraged; awards will be given for best dressed, as well as to overall top male/female. Awards will also be given to the first and second place finishers of each age group divisions in the male and female categories. 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70-79,80+. Contact Dave Linn 828-421-7637 or email bringingit2life@yahoo.com for more information.

December 3: Historic Highlands hosts its Annual Olde Mountain Christmas Parade at 11:00 a.m. – kicking off a full day of Family Fun!

December 3: Santa arrives at the Highlands Visitors Center immediately following the Christmas Parade (@ noon).  He will be there again on December 10, 17, & 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Christmas list requests and photo opportunities.

December 3: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands hosts its ‘Tis the Season Alternative Gift Market at 11:45am, following the Christmas Parade. The festive shopping fun lasts into the afternoon in the Church’s Coleman Hall at 471 Main Street. Call 828-526-3175 for more information.

December 3, 10 & 17: Winter Wonderland at Drakes Diamond Gallery (154 S 2nd St) – Come on in for some refreshments and a free souvenir mug. Call 828-526-2673 for more information.
 
December 3: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands presents a Carol Sing at 2 p.m. and Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. featuring the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet from Western Carolina University.
 
 
December 4: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the HUMC Children’s Musical titled “None of Us Will Ever Be Quite the Same- The Story of Jesus’ Birth” at 10:50am during Sunday Morning Worship Service.
 
December 6-8: Old Edwards Inn & Spa hosts the Jeff Galloway Training Retreat – Two Night Package. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
 
December 7: The Bascom presents a Holiday Centerpiece Demonstration from 10-11am. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

December 9-11:  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.
 
December 9: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Annie Moses Band Christmas Show at 7:30pm. An ensemble unlike any in America today showcasing a blend of fiddle, jazz, and classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals to create a sound that is both refreshing and familiar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

December 10: Cashiers Christmas Parade, a local favorite tradition, is an eclectic string of floats, music and a variety of marchers. At 1:00 p.m. the line of attractions travels from the south end of the Cashiers Main Street, Highway 107, to the Community Center. 
 
December 10: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts Breakfast with Santa from 8:30am-10am. Suggested Donation is $10 per family. Call 828-526-3376 for more information.

December 10-11: The Highlands Community Christian Chorale will present their 17th Annual Christmas Concert at 5pm both evenings at Highlands United Methodist Church on Main Street. The Chorale will sing traditional carols, classical liturgical choral pieces and some lighter holiday fare.
When: Saturday 
 
December 10 & 17: Old Edwards Inn plays host to a Complimentary Wine Tasting in the Lobby from 2:30pm-4pm. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.
 
December 10: Drake’s Diamond Gallery will hold a Reach Diamond Drawing. Call 828-526-5858 for more information.
 
December 13 &15: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Disney’s Aladdin both nights at 7:30pm. Welcome to Agra bah, city of enchantment and the home of Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the evil Jafar. Based on the 1992 Disney animated feature, Aladdin sings and dances its way onto the stage all with the help of the big, blue Genie and three magical wishes. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
 
December 14: Highlands Biological Station hosts the 2011 Student Symposium from 3pm-5pm. Enjoy wine and delectable refreshments as students present their internship projects. The event will be held in the Bruce Biodiversity Lab (between the administration building and the Nature Center. Call 828-526-2602 for directions.

December 15: Come celebrate the holidays with the Highlands/Cashiers Players as they perform their annual Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (607 Chestnut Street in Highlands). The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. For information call 828- 526-8084

December 16-18:  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.
 
December 16: The Audubon Society hosts its Annual Christmas Bird Count at 7:30pm. Admission is free. Call 828-526-2775 for more information.
 
December 16: Enjoy a sumptuous feast during the Wine Dinner with Hugh Acheson at The Barn at Old Edwards Inn. Meal prepared by Madison’s culinary team from recipes pulled straight from the pages of Acheson’s cookbook. Wine Pairings from Chehalem Winery by Sommelier Curt Christiansen. Diners will receive a personal signed copy of “A New Turn in the South.” $160 per person, inclusive of wine and cookbook. For those who are not lucky enough to obtain a ticket, you can join Hugh for a cup of coffee and still get his autographed cookbook on Saturday, December 17th at Mountain Fresh Grocery.

December 17: Target date for the opening of the 2011/2012 Ski Season at Sapphire Valley Ski Area – weather permitting!
 
December 17: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Ricky Skaggs- a Skaggs Family Christmas at 7:30pm. If you expect to hear solid acoustic picking, striking vocals, and score of religious carols at this Skaggs Family Christmas concert, you will not be disappointed. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.
 
December 17: Highlands Civic Center hosts La Noche Navidena from 6pm-9pm. Call 828-526-0890 ext.290/252 for more information.
 
December 18: Highlands United Methodist Church presents the HUMC Choir Cantata entitled “Holy Light” featuring music of N.C. Composer Robert Hobby. Familiar carols in instrumental arrangements with piano, organ, handbells, percussion, brass & quintet. Begins at 10:50am during Sunday morning worship service.
 
December 18: First Presbyterian Church of Highlands cordially invites you to a luncheon to raise funds for The Highlands Emergency Council’s Fuel Program. Luncheon will be prepared by Joel Porter, and will be served from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Please make checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church designated for “The Fuel Fund”. Reservations would be appreciated and need to be made by Wednesday, December 14th. Call 828-526-3175.
 
December 23: Drakes Diamond Gallery in Highlands holds a Diamond Dare II Drawing at 12pm. Guests of the Gallery have been invited all month long to guess the number of candies for the chance to win a sparkly Santa surprise. Call 828-526-5858 for more information.
 
December 24:  Christmas Eve

December 25:  Merry Christmas from Your Friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

December 25: Madison’s Restaurant hosts Christmas at Old Edwards from 12pm-5pm. Cost is $65 per person. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
 
December 25: Annual HANDS Christmas Dinner in the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Call 828-526-5102 for more information.

December 31:  Happy New Year from the Silver Creek Team!
 
December 31: Ring in the New Year at Old Edwards Inn and Spa.  The New Years Eve Celebration kicks off at 6pm and includes $130 Gala Dinner, Live Entertainment, Champagne Toast and “12 Grapes at Midnight”. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.
 
December 31: The Rib Shack at Old Edwards Inn & Spa gives its own variation on a New Year’s Celebration from 9pm-2am. $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door. Call 828-787-2625.
 
December 31: Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts a New Year’s Party Inn Style; including 7pm Dinner and 9pm party with Champagne Toast at midnight. Call 800-946-6822
 
December 31: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro hosts a special New Year’s Eve Dinner. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.
 
December 31: Ruka’s Table hosts a special New Year’s Eve Dinner. Call 828-526-3636 for more details.
 
December 31: On the Verandah hosts a New Year’s Bash. Dinner only 6:30pm-7:30pm. Late night seating beginning at 9pm with Dinner, Live Band and Dancing. Call 828-526-2338 for more information.

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Plateau Pursuits – August 2011

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011

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As the summer days become shorter and the fireflies take to the night sky for a few final light shows before the cold arrives, a quiet hush falls over the mountain. With the kids back in school, fewer families visit during the week making way for a bevy of romantic mountain escapes for couples. The occasional nighttime chill in the air provides the ideal excuse to cuddle closer, as well as a hint of things to come – autumn and the changing of the leaves. For now, the boaters still take to the lakes, hikers take to the trails, fisherman take to the trout streams, and golfers take to a myriad of scenic mountain courses. We invite you to soak up these remaining weeks of summer sun, high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Come experience the unique culture, eclectic shops, and treasure trove of dining experiences in the resort towns of Highlands or Sapphire Valley, the lakeside towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the quaint historic village of Cashiers. As if all of this wasn’t reason enough to pay a visit, here are a handful of enticing events from our monthly social calendar that you can add to your itinerary for August:

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival (HCCMF) continues with a concert at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Performances of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Barber, and Vivaldi feature William Preucil, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Vega Quartet;Karen Bentley, viola; Kate Ransom, violin; Eun Sun Lee, violin;Timothy Albrecht, harpsichord; Doug Sommer, bass; and Willam Ransom, piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 3: Bach at Buck’s – Buck’s Coffee Shop in Cashiers plays host to the Linden String Quartet. Performance begins at 8 p.m.

August 3: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Evenings at Lakeside benefitting the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

August 4: Join Matt Stegal, WNC Green Building from 4pm-6pm for a discussion of Sustainable Energy Solutions as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Hosted by the Highlands Nature Center.

August 5: Come to Downtown Highlands and On The Hill for Friday Night Live at 5:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Loy and Paradise 56  at the Town Square. Orginally from Knoxville TN, Bryan has played professionally since he was a teenager and is owner of Paradise Music in Franklin NC where he sells instruments and sheet music, teaches guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. They perform blues, traditional country, and some fun Jimmy Buffet tunes. At On the Hill, Rebecca White performs. Now living in Highlands, Rebecca is from Lenoir, NC ans is classically trained in violin and voice. She performs original pieces along with traditional folk and old classics and will shortly be releasing an album of her own work.

August 5: HCCMF Concert at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 6: 7th Annual Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show – Hosted at the Sapphire Valley Track from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 404-308-0359.

August 6: HCCMF Concert at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 6: From 11:00am-3:00pm, the Highlands Fire Department hosts the Highlands Fire and Rescue Open House celebrating an astounding 58 YEARS of service. Hotdogs and drinks will be served free of charge. Trucks and equipment will be on display, and rides on a fire truck are planned. Everyone is invited to come out, bring the kids, tour the station, meet the volunteers, ride a truck and enjoy lunch.

August 7: HCCMF Concert at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 7-13: Happy National Smile Week from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group! Come find out why folks are ALWAYS smiling in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

August 8: HCCMF Concert at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 9: Concert on the Slopes – Open-air concert at Sapphire Valley Resort from 6 to 9 p.m.

August 9-13: The Bascom hosts a “Glazing Workshop” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence John Britt from 10 am-4 pm. This workshop is designed for potters who want to learn more about glazes and color development. Tuition: $325 members/$350 non-members/$40 material fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 11-13: The Bascom hosts “Creativity Spa” facilitated by Mary Lou Carpenter from 10 am – 4 pm. Aspiring artists will work with a variety of mixed media. Tuition: $225 members/$250 non-members. To learn more, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 11: From 3pm-4pm, the Highlands Nature Center hosts “Tree Circus” a fun and FREE event for all ages. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 11: Highlands Nature Center hosts a Moss Workshop from 4pm-6pm for ages 10 and up. Registration is required. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 12: Come to Downtown Highlands at 5:30 for Friday Night Live featuring Mountain Hoo Doo in the Town Square. Lisa and Steve McAdams, from the North Georgia foothills, along with Dean English play bluegrass, old mountain ballads and some of Lisa’s original songs. Lisa and Steve teach at Blueridge Music Academy, owned by Dean English, in Clayton, GA.

August 12: HCCMF – Battle of the Bands at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Mozart, Walton and Mendelssohn and the talents of the Linden String Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet. The “battle” begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 13: HCCMF – Battle of the Bands at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Mozart, Walton and Mendelssohn and the talents of the Linden String Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet. The “battle” begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 13-14: Sapphire Valley Craft Show in Sapphire Valley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 13: From 12pm-2:30pm Chefs Chris DuPoint and Nicholas Figel of Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands host the “Exploration of French Rustic Cooking Luncheon” featuring hands-on cooking classes taught in Cyprus’s professionally equipped kitchen. Classes are limited to 30 participants which allows personalized instruction. Knives, tools, and equipment are provided but feel free to bring your favorite knife. Please call 828-526-4429 to reserve your spot. Cost is $99 per person.

August 13: From 7pm-9pm, Relay for Life of Highlands presents “Highlands Idol” in the Old Gym at the Highlands School.

August 14: Final Gala Concert and Dinner for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Concert features the works of Mozart, Ravel, Gershwin, and Aaron Copland performed by the Linden Quartet; the Attacca Quartet; Laura Ardan, clarinet;
Lea Kibler, flute; Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp; William Ransom, piano; Doug Sommer, bass; and Carl Nitchie, bassoon. Richard Prior conducts.  Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 16-20: The Bascom hosts “The Essence of the Figure” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Donna Polseno from 10 am-4 pm. The medium is clay and all skill levels are welcome. Tuition: $450 members/$475 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 16-20: The Bascom hosts “Painting the Figure” facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Randall Sexton  from 10 am-4 pm for non-beginner to advanced artists.Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting the figure, nude and costumed – studio and in the landscape. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting, including drawing, value , color, and edge relationship. Tuition: $585 members/$610 non-members/$40 model fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 17: The Literacy Council of Highlands will host is annual gala event, including a dinner and a performance at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828-526-0925 for more information.

August 17: Red Carpet Premier of Sirens at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.
Doors will open at 6:30pm for wine and hor d’oeuvres. At 7:30pm, guests will be the first to watch the premiere performance of Sirens. This major fundraising event benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands and is fun for the whole family. The Literacy Council of Highlands is a non-profit organization that receives no federal or state funding, and depends on the generosity of the community in order to continue to provide the following educational services.

August 18: From 10am-12pm, the Highlands Nature Center and Curtis Smalling of the Aububon Society of North Carolina will host the Treasure Highlands Bird Hike. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 19-20: Highlands Relay for Life at Highlands Recreation Park (600 N 4th St) – begins Friday at 6pm and ends Saturday at 6am. In its 11th year, the Highlands Relay for Life will be celebrating more birthdays and helping raise more money for the American Cancer Society. The theme this year is “Carnival of Hope”. Please come out and enjoy some great entertainment, great food, and help Relay for Life bring an end to cancer! CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, FIGHT BACK!!! For more information, contact event co-chair Michael Murphy at 828-526-1841.

August 19: Come to Downtown Highlands for Friday Night Live. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. and features
Shallow Ground at the Town Square. From Clayton GA, Brandon Fenoglio, Gilmer Kilby and son Joe Kilby ( who has been playing for 12 of his 18 years), play traditional country or Americana music on dobro, guitar and mandolin.

August 20 – September 4: Cashiers Designer Showhouse open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information about this wonderful annual event, call CHS at 828-743-7710.

August 20: The Bascom hosts the Summer Barn Dance – honoring the Bascom’s Member Artists who are participating in the Annual Members Challenge. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust hosts “Cherokee trails of Macon and Jackson Counties” as part of their Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers at 7:00 pm. Learn about local Cherokee heritage and the evolution of Indian trails to our modern road system. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111.

August 24: The Bascom hosts “Art for the Non-Artist” – Watercolor Basics for beginners – facilitated by Pat Fiorello from 10 am – 4 pm. Tuition: $85 members/$105 non-members/optional starter kit $15. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 24-26: The Bascom hosts “Mixed Media Tricks and Techniques” facilitated by Aaron Hequembourg from 10 am – 4 pm. Workshop involves mixed media: paper and wood – drawing, printing, collage, painting and engraving, and is open to non-beginner to advanced artists. Tuition: $275 members/$300 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 25-26: The Bascom hosts “Painting Flowers in Watercolor – Loose, Fresh, and Easy” facilitated by Pat Fiorello from 10 am – 4 pm. All levels welcome. Tuition: $200 members/$225 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 25: Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series at High Hampton Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. Evening features live music, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavilion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers. To make reservations at the High Hampton Inn, call 828-743-2411.

August 25: At 6pm, Clay Bolt leads “Meet Your Neighbors” – an Introduction to macro-photography workshop at the Highlands Nature Center.

August 26: Come to Downtown Highlands and On The Hill for Friday Night Live at 5:30 p.m. Johnny Webb and Band play at Town Square. Born and raised in Highlands, Johnny and his popular band play country selections on guitar, slide guitar and drums. The group’s performance will be a special treat for Highlanders who remember him from days past. Chris Miller plays On the Hill. Chris, from Rabun County Georgia, performs an eclectic mix from rock to alternative country, pop, and indie rock. He teaches guitar and has recently published the first book in his upcoming series, “Creative Guitar Mastery.” Chris will be accompanied by Steve McAdams of Mountain Hoo Doo.

August 27: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust host the “Cherokee Trails of Jackson and Macon Counties”.
Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Wild South Cultural Heritage Director, Lamar Marshall, and learn about local Cherokee heritage and the evolution of Indian trails to our modern road system. Everyone welcome: only $5 for HCLT members or $35 for new friends includes membership! For details and to sign up contact (828) 526.1111.

August 31: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the debut of their “Story Telling Series” featuring story teller Bill Harley. Call 828-526-9047 for tickets.

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May 2011 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011

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Not unlike the stuff of dreams, the month of May in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is filled with a seemingly endless rolling sea of color as wildflowers blanket the valley floor under a canopy of towering green trees and blue skies adorned with fluffy white clouds. The fragrance of newly blooming Dogwoods and Mountain Laurel blend with the heavenly aroma from countless barbeque grills as they are carried away on a cool mountain breeze. The streets and sidewalks in the quaint towns and villages of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau are bustling once again as seasonal neighbors return and a fresh harvest of new families discover our little corner of the world for the very first time. If you listen carefully, you can hear the area beckon. The streams call out to the would-be fly fisherman, the golf courses call out to the aspiring pro golfer, the lakes call out to the avid boater, and the tree-lined hiking trails leading to mystical waterfalls call out to the nature lover. Life on the mountain is whatever you want it to be – jam-packed full of adventure, slow-paced and peaceful, or something in between. To fill those “in-between” times, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group have compiled the following calendar of events for the month of May. In addition to the area’s breathtaking natural splendor, world-class amenities and resorts, eclectic shopping and dining experiences, and our special brand of Southern Hospitality – you might just find an occasion on our calendar that serves as a great excuse to draw you here. We know full well that once you visit, you’re bound to find that something special that keeps you coming back!

May 1: Brunch at Madison’s for Wine and Dine on the Mountain. For more information call 828-526-8008

May 3, 4 & 5: Highland Hiker hosts fly fishing casting lessons for ladies only, led by Joan Cabe. Limit of 5 per class. Call 828-526-5298 to reserve a spot. Highlands location.

May 3 & 5: Highland Hiker Shoe Store hosts a hike to Sunset Rock with Robert Keller at 5 p.m. For more information call 828-526-5298. Highlands location.

May 4: Highland Hiker Shoe Store hosts a 1 hour Yoga class with Certified Instructor Diane Levine at 9 a.m. Bring your own yoga mat. Limit of 8. Highlands location. 

May 4: The official kick-off of local artist Karen Weihs’ OPEN STUDIO Mondays at her Cashiers-based art studio on Laurel Knob Road. Karen invites artists to bring their easel, paints, lunch, and works in progress – and she will supply the space, tables, set-ups, drinks, and mentoring! Just $25 per participant every Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., limit to 4 people each week. Don’t miss this great opportunity to “get your art groove on” while sharing a passion with others to become better artists and inviting a few “extra sets of eyeballs” to see and critique one another’s work – a true life-line to progress. To learn more about contemporary oil painter Karen Weihs, visit her online at www.karenweihs.com. Please RSVP each week by e-mailing her at karen@weihs.com or calling 828/226-4024. Classes run through the remainder of 2011.

May 5: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Raise a frosty margarita glass at Highlands El Azteca Restaurant or dine on your favorite Mexican dishes at Chile Loco in Cashiers in celebration!

May 5: Meet at the Cashiers Highland hiker for a Leki Trekking Pole demonstration with Nathan Smith at 10 a.m. Try out the Leki Trekking Poles and learn how to use for hiking. Limit of 12 participants.

May 5: Meet at the Cashiers Highlands Hiker and take a walk with Debbie Adams using Leki Nordic Walking Poles at 5 p.m. Limit of 12 participants.

May 6: Highland Hiker hosts a Sunset Rock Hike – Dogs welcome! Bring your dog (leashes required) and meet at the Highland Hiker in Highlands for a walk to Sunset Rock with Katie Cochran and Coal, then continue to the Dog Park to play. Hike begins at 5:15 p.m.

May 6-8: Mothers Day Sectional Bridge Tournament at the Highlands Civic Center; sponsored by the Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club. For more information, please call 828-526-3556.

May 6, 13, 20 & 27: Headwaters Outfitters hosts Discovery at Dusk – A Guided Canoe Trip. Slip your canoe paddle into the tranquil waters of the French Broad and ease your way down stream as the day’s light fades to dusk. The sounds and life of the river this time of day just can’t be compared! You’ll paddle 8 miles, approximately 4 hours downstream through what many claim as the most beautiful section of the French Broad River. Watch the different bird life glide through the air in hunt of their last meal of the day, be it an insect zipping through the wind or a fish splashing through the current around you. Catch a glimpse of the beaver’s tail as he escapes into dark recesses of the river in search of his burrows entrance. Every trip provides the opportunity for a wide array of wildlife observation around every bend. Reservations are required and are confirmed with a 50% deposit. The trip fee is $55.00 per person which includes; canoe, paddle, life jacket, transportation to & from the river, and river guide. For more information, call 828-877-3106 or visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com.

May 7 & 14: Headwaters Outfitters hosts their “Signs of Spring a Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River” – Spring is the perfect time to explore the beautiful scenery of the French Broad River, and what better mode of transportation than in a canoe? This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call 828-877-3106 or visit www.headwatersoutfitters.com.

Saturdays in May: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Bascom Community Knitters” from 10 a.m. – noon. All skill levels are welcome to join the community of knitters and needle-workers who meet every Saturday from May – October on The Terrace at The Bascom. Free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 7: Highland Hiker hosts an Interpretive Hike to Whiterock on the Bartram Trail with Tom Olson, 4.5 miles round trip. Meet at the Highland Hiker at 9:00 a.m. and bring your lunch, water, and rain jacket. Limit of 6 participants.

May 7: Highlands, NC Relay for Life Kickoff Rally – event begins at 10 a.m. and will be hosted at the Highlands Community Building. Rally will feature delicious food and speakers from the community in honor of local cancer survivors, marking the kickoff of the 2011 Relay for Life season which will culminate in a very special overnight Relay event at Highlands Recreation Park on Friday, August 19.

May 8: Madison’s Restaurant in Highlands host a very special Mother’s Day Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the Wine Garden offers Mother’s Day Lunch Selections from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests can arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for that special woman in their life when they enter their room or suite. Madison’s guests can have flowers from Oakleaf Flower and Garden or an Old Edwards Inn and Spa gift certificate delivered right to the table. And Acorn’s Boutique features a beautiful array of designer jewelry that can be purchased with the gift card—or presented as a surprise over dinner. Acorn’s features a 10% discount for all resort guests.

May 9: Highlands Country Club hosts the 22nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands Annual Golf Tournament – an event that promises to be one of the highlights of the golf season in the mountains. A morning shotgun start, which includes lunch and on course beverages, will be followed by a awards ceremony. Registration for individual players is $150. Various combinations of individual and corporate sponsorships, individual hole sponsorships, and player/sponsor combinations are available. Applications for players, sponsors or both are available by calling 828-787-2778. Don’t delay – the tournament will be an early sell out.

May 11-14: The Old Edwards Inn Farm is the site of Highlands First Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament in support of Fishing/Fellowship/Philanthropy. $500.00 secures a spot for a two-person team. This fee includes an invitation to the opening night reception at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn, three days of fishing (one native, one hatchery supported & one delayed harvest river), as well as an invitation to the closing night Winners’ Reception featuring food, prizes & fellowship. All funds raised benefit the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund for Highlands School graduates.

May 12-14: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Palette Knife/Still Life” – an oil painting class taught by Donna Thomas from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The class is open to all levels and will address under toning a canvas in preparation for palette knife application of oil paint. Types of palette knife applications, color mixing with a limited palette, compositional considerations and the importance of value will all be discussed. Still life materials will include florals, objects and personal photographs. Tuition: $220 members/$245 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 13: Zachary-Tolbert House Opening Event – Guided tours of this beautifully preserved historic home museum and grounds in Cashiers resume on Fridays and Saturdays from May through October 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 13-14: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Totem Building Workshop” – a hand-building clay workshop taught by Barry Gregg from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This 2 day workshop will concentrate on garden totem construction. All levels will learn the expressive potential of pinch, coil, and slab construction, however a basic knowledge of clay is recommended. Topics will include “Finding Your Inspiration” to create and personalize your work. This workshop will also include a one day glazing class (June 4). Attendees should realistically be able to construct 8-10 stackable pieces during the course of the workshop. Tuition: $170 members/$195 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 17: The Cashiers Historical Society hosts “Ramble to Cashiers Area Civil War Sites”. For more information, please call 828.743.9002.

May 19-21: The Bascom in Highlands plays host to the Fifth annual Collective Spirits Wine and Food Fest. Wine lovers from all over the Southeast are cordially invited to stock their cellars, while indulging in private wine dinners, grand wine tastings featuring both value wines and rare bottles, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, and a culinary sampling by local chefs. All proceeds support outreach and educational programs of The Bascom, a nonprofit center for the visual arts.

May 24: Join the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust at Cashiers Village Green at 7 p.m. for their family-friendly summer Village Nature Series “Scales and Slime: Reptiles & Amphibians of the Highlands Plateau.” Meet living local reptiles and amphibians then enjoy an old fashioned ice cream social. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event – everyone is welcome to attend and no reservations are necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

May 26-27: The Bascom in Highlands hosts “Zentangle” – a beautiful art form using pen, ink and repeating patterns taught by Joan Payton and Jeannie Mahood from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Using the finest archival materials and following a simple set of steps, participants will be able to achieve a relaxed state of focus by concentrating on drawing one line at a time. Zentangle is an enjoyable kinesthetic meditation intended to remove many of the barriers people have to making creativity and relaxation a part of their lives. Tuition: $170 members/$195 non-members/$10 materials fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

May 27-30: The High Hampton Inn & Country Club ushers in the unofficial start of the summer season with their Memorial Day House Party, a festive weekend that includes a Sunday evening BBQ picnic on the High Hampton lawn featuring a live band and mountain cloggers. For more information or to make reservations for this very special weekend, visit www.highhamptoninn.com or call 800.334.2551.

May 29-30: The Highlands will be hopping with the return of their Village Square Art & Craft Show – an annual event that features some of the best regional talent around, displaying their wares including fine art, folk art, pottery, rustic furniture, baskets, jewelry, turned wood, and more. Event promises fun for the whole family and includes food, music, live demonstrations, and plenty of bathrooms and parking. The Show takes place in the Highlands Village Square and Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine and 5th Streets. For more info contact Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing (828) 787-2021.

May 30: Happy Memorial Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group and NC Living Magazine!

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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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September 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010

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As the last days of Summer give way to Fall later this month, and our heads start to fill with happy thoughts of Fall Festivals, the seasonal change of leaves and the first hints of fall’s chill – the focus of event calendars all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau turn to art, antiques and the quiet celebration of nature. With school back in full swing, this may be the perfect time to steal away for a leisurely weekend in the mountains featuring fun at your own pace – touring the shops, dining at one of dozens of fine restaurants, attending an arts & crafts show, learning about the creatures we share this planet with, or discovering all of the wonderful things that make this little corner of the world so unique. If peace and relaxation are what you seek, this is the place to be. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain in September!

September 1- 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Café 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday – 1 to 4 p.m.  General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center – Artist Presentation – Milburn Riley 10-10:30 a.m. & 2-2:30 p.m. in the Williams Executive Board Room. Art Displays will be available for viewing in the Trillium, Hemlock & Laurel Rooms.  For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center – Benefit Auction of Art – 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands. For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 4: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk & Pet Fest at Pine Street in Highlands – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – hosted by the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud sponsor of this event. Our own Dan Allen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

September 4: The Highlands Performing Arts Center presents Robert Ray’s Big Band Show
1 Night Only! Turn back the clock to the fabulous 40’s and enjoy the authentic sounds of a 10- piece Swing Band. 7:30 p.m. – All Seats just $30. For more information visit www.highlandspac.com or call 828-526-9047.

September 4-Oct. 5: Summit One Gallery presents Betty Foy Botts New Abstracts Exhibition “Narratives”. For more information, call 828-526-2673.

September 4 & 5: Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans around selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture and birdhouses, pottery, fabric art and clothing, baskets and more. For more information, contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at 828)787-2021.

September 4 & 5: Cashiers Rotary Club Arts & Crafts Festival – Village Green in Cashiers – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Rain or Shine.

September 5: Sapphire Valley Concert on the Slopes – 7 p.m. – featuring Tuxedo Junction. Tickets are available now at the SV Community Center. $20.00 when purchased in advance, $25.00 at the gate. Kids 14 & under are $10.00. For more information, call 828.743.7663.

September 7-9: Fall Style Week at Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Fall Garden Party & Entertaining Seminar at The Farm 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/7 – $75 Per Person – Begin with a champagne welcome and culinary presentation by Old Edward’s own Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Enjoy a delicious garden-party luncheon surrounded by the stunning beauty of The Farm. Kirk Moore of Oakleaf will join Joe Extine of Acorn’s Boutique for a demonstration of how to make your fall parties beautiful, colorful and magical with the right tablescapes and creative florals. Special samples, recipes and garden-party gift packs will be available. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information. Complimentary Fall Wellness Expo at the Spa Courtyard 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/8 – Learn the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture with Kim Bonsteel. Get a free personal demonstration of ear acupuncture, which is helpful in: Stimulating the para sympathetic nervous system to create the relaxation response and reinforcing will power and decision making. Get a free scalp analysis with a scope which magnifies the scalp and hair follicle 400% and reveals what your hair really needs or does not need. Richard Brown from Phyto Botanical Hair Products will conduct the analysis and share samples of Phyto products. Enjoy a free Franche makeover by a professional make up artists and free 10 minute chair massages to promote relaxation and circulation as well as releave tension in the back, neck and shoulders. All participants will receive a 10% discount on all retail products purchased and on spa services booked during the Wellness Expo. Fall Fashion Show with Lunch by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr at the Rooftop Terrace 1 pm to 3 pm – Tickets are $35 for fashion show, lunch and a champagne arrival. Acorn’s Boutique debuts its spectacular array of fall designer fashions for women of all ages and body types. View this seasons hottest styles from designers like Covelo Clothing, Planet Clothing and Marissa Baratelli. Also featured will be beautiful fall accessories by Bijouz deMer Jewelry and Elizabeth Locke Jewelry, including the new stylish selection of handbags. Cash Bar. Limited Seating. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information.

September 10: Groovin’ on the Green – Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 11: Old Edwards Inn & Spa PAR 5K and Pancake Breakfast – 8 to 11 a.m. – benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands.

September 11: 3rd Annual Highlands Motoring Festival – This fun, family oriented event is a must for the vintage car enthusiast who wants to show or just to browse great cars from the past. Come for the day or the weekend – you’ll be glad you did!  Featuring the Bridgestone Tire F-1 Racing Simulator –  see if you have what it takes to be a pro race driver.   Public admission is FREE!   Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and event ends at 4 p.m.  For more information, visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com/page1.php.

September 11: 5th Annual Songwriters in the Round Concert – High Hampton Inn Pavilion – 6 to 9:30 p.m. Heavy appetizers, wine and beer served from 6 to 7:30, with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. Tickets are $65/person.  For more information, contact 828-399-0651.

September 12: Bel Canto – This once a year “grand opera” event is celebrating 18 years with a recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Theater at 4 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner at the Highlands Country Club. Proceeds from the Gala are used to purchase works of art for The Bascom’s permanent collection and to enhance the music programs at the Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information about the event, call Bel Canto’s organizers directly at 828.526.1947

September 13: BEARS – Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Civic Center. Program featuring a presentation by Appalachian Bear Rescue from Townsend, Tennessee. Light refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30. No charge to participate but donations to Appalachian Bear Rescue are invited.

September 17: Groovin’ on the Green – Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 18: Fall Migrants – Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Biological Station. Field Trip to Highlands Biological Station and Sunset Rocks to study fall migrants. 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. No charge to participate.

September 22: First official day of FALL!!!!

September 22: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust – Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. A presentation by Michael Skinner regarding “Hunters of the Sky”. FREE admission. 6 p.m.  No reservations required – all are welcome.

September 23: Highlands Audobon Society presents the Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip to study fall migrants. We will return mid-afternoon so bring a light picnic lunch. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:00 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.

September 24: Groovin’ on the Green – Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers, featuring The Honeycutters.

September 24-26: 6th Annual Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at the Highlands Recreation Center – Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.  High quality antiques presented by vendors from all around the world. Advance tickets available by calling 828-526-2695

September 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their latest Eco Tour “Elk Excursion” – 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.

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August 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2010

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As the inevitable “Back to School” sale signs begin to appear in store windows throughout the South, summer is still in full-swing in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Plan your last-minute Summer escape to a place well-known for its unique culture, family-friendly festivals, mild climate and relaxed pace. Over the course of a week or a long weekend spent on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, you’re sure to feel a kinship to the warm and welcoming folk who reside here year-round as you find a sense of belonging in one of the South’s most distinctive mountain communities.  The unsurpassed natural beauty, a wealth of world-class amenities and that unusual sense of belonging  will call you back here year after year.  This month’s calendar of events for the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway and Glenville and the village of Cashiers is jam-packed with fun – a perfect excuse to come back OR to visit us for the very first time.  You’ll soon discover why families have returned here annually for well over a century. If, after your visit, you find that you just don’t want to leave – we invite you to call on the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.  We can help you find the home of your dreams. August is National What Will Your Legacy Be Month – just think of it, you can begin building your family’s legacy high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains! We look forward to seeing you around town soon!

 August 1-8:  The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse – Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific.  Max, Lawrence and Patrick Andrews are rehearsing with pin-up girl Peggy Jones for the big show that night. What Peggy doesn’t know is that the brothers are really just the stagehands for the show – her back-up singers didn’tarrive in time, and the  boys were recruited by the Major in charge to fill in where needed. Just as they assumeall will work out well, a radiogram arrives with the news that the headliners for tonight’s show, The Andrews Sisters, have been held in quarantine in Hawaii. The show must be cancelled. Unless, of course, there’s a way for the Andrews Sisters to appear…Mistaken identities and madcap adventures(imagine Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in a road movie of ‘Some Like It Hot’)along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 1: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet – Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 2: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet – Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 5: The Marriage of Figaro – Center for Life Enrichment presents a Musical Evening at Brevard Music Center. Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro” is a witty, profound tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, set in Count Almaviva’s castle in Seville in the late 18th Century. It is based on a play by Beaumarchais and is a sequel to “The Barber of Seville.” As the opera opens, the marriage of the Count and Rosina has gone sour because of his philandering. Figaro has quit barbering and is now the Count’s major-domo. He is engaged to Suzanna, who is the Countess’ maid and the Count’s intended conquest. Old Bartolo is back to seek revenge on Figaro for thwarting his claim on the young Rosina, with the help of the slimy music-master, Don Basilio. Adding to the fun are an amorous eenager, a scheming old maid, a drunken gardener, and a silly young girl. Much happens on a single crazy day. This program will include a leisurely bus trip to the Brevard Music Center with a boxed supper before the performance. (The performance will be the final dress rehearsal.) Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 19. Bus leaves Bryson’s lower parking lot in Highlands at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $80 CLE members, $90 non-members. Limit: 45 openings.  For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 5:  “Blue Ridge Perspectives – The Natural World thru Words and Images” with Author George Ellison and Painter Elizabeth Ellison at Highlands Nature Center at 7 p.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.

August 6:  Groovin’ on The Green – Rafe Hollister Band performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers – Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the “Groovin’ on the Green” outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 6: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 7: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 8: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Picnic at the Village Green in Cashiers at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish and $5 for hamburgers. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387.

August 8: Up, Up and away Gala at the Highlands Country Club – Benefiting the Highlands Community Child Development Center. Tickets are $125 and can be reserved by calling (828) 526-1505 or emailing HCCDCres@aol.com. This fun-filled evening includes cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Class Act Band. A silent auction will feature a hot air balloon ride for four, a Herbert Creecy oil painting, a Rob Stern glass vessel, a Cherry Brewer painting, a gourmet dinner and more. All gala proceeds go this licensed, nonprofit center which provides a safe haven and excellent foundation fo the children of working parents. If you are unable to attend the Gala, donations are gratefully appreciated and can be mailed to HCCDC, P.O.Box 648, Highlands, NC 28741.

August 8: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 9: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/.

August 11: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival –Vega String Quartet performs Bach at Buck’s Coffee Café on Main Street in Highlands at 8 p.m. For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 12-22: Lettice & Lovage – a comedic play by Peter Shaffer, author of Equus and Amadeus. The play was written specifically for Dame Maggie Smith, who originated the title role of Lettice Douffet in both the English and American runs of the production.The play was originally produced in London in 1987. Its two-year run of 768 performances at the Gielgud Theatre counts as one of the longer runs in London theatrical history. The play was revised by Shaffer in 1988, and it was that revised version that later ran in New York. Lettice and Lovage’s first American production opened with a preview performance in New York, New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 13, 1990. It ran from March 25, 1990 to December 23, 1990 with a total of 286 performances. See it now onstage at the Highlands Playhouse.  For more information or to reserve your seats, visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 13: Relay for Life in Highlands – Benefitting the American Cancer Society – Hosted at the Highlands Recreation Center. To learn more about this event, visit the Relay for Life of Highlands, NC home page.

August 13: Groovin’ on The Green – Rye Holler Boys performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers – Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the “Groovin’ on the Green” outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 13: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival –Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: “i ain’t broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet” and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival –Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: “i ain’t broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet” and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: Center For Life Enrichment presents Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s Charles Wadworth: My Life with Chamber Music at the Highlands Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to Noon. During this spirited interview between the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director William Ransom and Charles Wadsworth, you will catch a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Charles Wadsworth, from his early days in Newnan, Georgia, to studies at Juilliard and his friendships with reknowned composers and performers of the last fifty years. Mr. Wadsworth is a legend in the field of Chamber Music in America. Founder of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1969, he led it as Artistic Director and pianist for twenty years. From 1977-2009, Mr. Wadsworth has been one of the Artistic Directors of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC. Cost: $25 for CLE Members; $35 for non-members. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – Final Gala Concert & Dinner at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Concert features Charles Wadsworth and William Ransom on piano, Eric Pritchard on violin and  the Vega String Quartet. Program includes Handel-Halvorsen Duo, Debussy Petite Suite for piano four-hands, Schumann Piano Quartet, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, #3 at 5 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliff Country Club. Tickets are $125/person.  For more information, call  828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Annual Picnic – 5 p.m. at the Village Green in Cashiers.  Bring $5 for barbeque and a covered dish.  For more information or to make reservations, call Pat at (828) 743-7421.

August 18: Loving Literacy: A Premier Gala at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240 or visit www.hcliteracy.org/index.html.

August 20: Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patron’s Party & Auction at the Wade Hampton Golf Club Clubhouse – Catering by Lee Epting of Athens, Georgia. Featuring the culinary artistry of Chef Doug Sampey of Wade Hampton Golf Club and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. For more information, please visit the Cashiers Showhouse event website.

Aug. 21-Sept. 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Café 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday – 1 to 4 p.m.  General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 21: Talk, Lunch, & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley with Elle Decor’s Top 25 designer this year, Suzanne Kasler from 11a.m.-1p.m.

August 25: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their Village Nature Series at The Village Green in Cashiers. This month’s lecture is “Landslides of WNC” hosted by Rick Wooten. Begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for details.

Aug. 26-Sept.  2: Gala of The Arts – “A Gala Art Sale!” at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands. 9 to 6 p.m.  Featuring works by Bukovnik, Polites, Dali, Erte and more as well as 150 Audubon prints. Come see 900 works of art by 200 artists from the four Galleries of Ann Jacob, including items from her personal collection.  For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 26: Grand Opening Event for Gala of The Arts – Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner: The Art of Sustainable Wine Growing at The Farm at Old Edwards. Nestled into a lavish landscape of florals and greenery, the rustic restored barn provides ambiance, acoustics and rustic comfort for sitting back for a scrumptious evening of fine wines and perfectly paired courses. Join the Pahlmeyer representative, Camille Cox for this memorable evening, as Peter Polities mingles with you over cocktails and then paints live as you enjoy a stunning setting, sustainably produced wines and a sumptuous feast by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards Culinary Team. Reception begins at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com or www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Groovin’ on The Green – Chris O’Neill performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers – Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the “Groovin’ on the Green” outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 27: Gala of The Arts – Gala Opening Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands – open to the public. Featuring the music of Cy Timmons. 6-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Gala of The Arts – Dinner with Art Collector and Dealer Ann Jacob in the exclusive wine room at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center. 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour of Peak’s Creek. Guided hikes and day trips. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations are required, please call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist G. Newington at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 2-2:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 28: Gala of the Arts Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center – Open to the public from 5 to 6:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 29: 102nd Annual Zachary Family Reunion – Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society in honor of one of Cashier’s founding families.

August 29: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Alexie at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 30: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Ed Hofer at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 31: Gala of The Arts – A Presentation of Art Work by Artist M. Riley at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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