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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December 2010 – Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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With the arrival of December to the mountains of Western North Carolina often comes a slew of Christmas traditionalists on the hunt for this year’s perfect Christmas tree. Cars topped with carefully strapped Fraser Firs pass through the festively adorned Crossroads on their way home as shoppers scurry past from one unique shop to the next – the village of Cashiers appearing like something from a classic Norman Rockwell scene. Add to that the possibility of a light dusting of snow, and the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau becomes a popular spot for visitors – particularly for nearby Atlantans who rarely get to catch more than a glimpse of the white stuff. Sneak a peek at the following list of events and happenings in the village of Cashiers and the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway for even more reasons to climb the mountains in search of holiday spirit in December. We’ve got plenty to go around!

December 1-10:  Gingerbread House Creation Display and Popular Vote at The Bascom – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Cost: FREE. The public is invited to cast their votes on imaginative gingerbread designs submitted to The Bascom. The winners will be announced at 10 am on Saturday, December 10.

December 1-24: Highlands Christmas at the Inn at Half Mile Farm – The Inn has partnered with many of the quaint shops in town to offer special shopping discounts to their guests. Call 1-800-946-6822 for more information.

December 4: Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in Downtown Highlands – begins at 11:00 a.m.  For more information, call 828-526-2112.                    

December 4:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang’s Wine and Bistro in Highlands. Immediately following the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, from 1 to 3 p.m., Wolfgang’s invites you to wander through their Winter Wonderland as they bring suggestions to your holiday parties from Ty-Lyn Plantation, The Christmas Tree, Cyrano’s Bookshop and – of course – Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro. For more details please call 828-526-3807.

December 4: Santa Claus Arrives at the Highlands Visitor Center immediately following the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade. For more information please call 828-526-2112.

December 4-18: A Stitch in Time Quilts Exhibition at The Bascom begins – a terrific opportunity to examine quilts on loan from local collectors and appreciate functional objects as works of art. Cost – FREE! Open to view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesdays thru Saturdays in December.  For more information, please call 828.526.4949 x 100.

December 4: Tis the Season Highlands Alternative Gift Market at the Presbyterian Church in Highlands from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-2754.

December 4, 11, 18: Winter Wonderland at “The Galleries” – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Admission is FREE. For more information please call 828-526-2673.

December 8: Create a Holiday Wreath Workshop at The Bascom – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Students will create a 12-inch boxwood wreath embellished with native color. Cost: $20.00 members/$25.00 non-members (materials included). For information or to register, call 828.526.4949.

December 8: Wreath Seminar by Oakleaf Flower and Garden with Lunch at Madison’s – hosted by the Old Edwards Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $70. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 9: Chocolate Making & Gingerbread House Decorating in the Main Lobby of Old Edwards Inn from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

December 9: Highlands-Cashiers Players Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. For More Details please call 828-526-8084.

December 10 & 11: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti’s Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 10: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children.  For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 11: 36th Annual Christmas Parade in the historic village of Cashiers from 1 to 3 p.m.  For more information, call 828-743-5191. 

December 11: Community Christmas Chorale at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands.

December 11: Complimentary Wine Tasting in Madison’s Lobby in Highlands from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

December 11: Ceramic Ornaments Workshop at the Bascom’s Studio Barn from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. –  for children and adults. Student’s will make up to a baker’s dozen ornaments by rolling out clay, cutting out seasonal shapes or symbols, then carving and embossing the surface to personalize their ornaments. Family activity, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 Bascom members/$30 non-members (materials and firings included). For information, call 828-526-4949.

December 11: La Noche Navidena at the Highlands Civic Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Christmas Holiday Dinner and Santa Visit. Admission is free. For more information call 828-526-0890 ext. 290/252

December 11, 18: Santa Claus at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More information please call 828-526-2112.

December 11, 18: Christmas Crafts Around the World Workshop at The Bascom from 10 am to noon. Young aspiring artisits 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. To register or for more information – call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

December 12: Community Christmas Chorale at 5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Highlands. Reception following concert.

December 15 & 16:Comfort Living with Guests at the Old Edwards Inn with Christine Eisner  and Debbie Maugans Nakos – includes Garden Walk, Small Batch Baking, Samples and Book Signing from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 17: Opening Day at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes. For more information and an updated snow report, call 828-743-1162.

December 17 & 18: Grand Holiday Wine Tasting at Paoletti’s Restaurant in Highlands at 1:00 p.m. $20 per person, refundable with wine purchase. For more information, please call 828-526-4906.

December 17: Christmas Bird Count with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society beginning at 7:30 a.m. Call Brock Hutchins at 770-486-3715 to volunteer. 

December 17: Gingerbread Pig Ornament Decorating at the Rib Shack in Highlands from 3 to 5 p.m. Cookies and Milk will be provided for the children.  For more details, call 828-526-8008.

December 19: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts “The Stories of Christmas” – an evening of music, drama, and dance celebrating the stories that make Christmas a season of wonder and inspiration. 6:30 p.m. Carol Singing; 7:00 p.m. Production. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 24: Highlands Community Bible Church hosts Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m.
Traditional and contemporary candle lighting service celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 828-526-4685.

December 25: Annual Christmas Dinner at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club
 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Approximately 95% of the proceeds will be distributed to 3 local non-profits. Cost: Adults $35; Children $25. For more information or to make reservations, please call 828-526-4464.

December 25: Christmas at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison’s from 12 to 5 p.m. Cost: $65 Plus Tax and Gratuity. Live Piano Music in Hummingbird from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Old Edwards Inn hosted at Madison’s. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres in Hummingbird from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Evening features live entertainment, a champagne toast at midnight, and “12 Grapes at Midnight” for guests. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Dinner at Wolfgang’s Wine & Bistro.  For more information, call 828-526-3807.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party Inn Style at The Inn at Half Mile Farm – featuring a special New Year’s dinner at 7:00 pm. – exquisite wines, perfectly paired with each course. The party starts at 9:00 pm with a champagne toast at midnight! Call 1-800-946-6822 to reserve a room. New Year’s Packages (2-night’s accommodations, dinner for 2, and the party) start at just $615.00 per couple! (Plus tax)

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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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Biltmore Estate in Western North Carolina Announces Major Expansion

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2010

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Just Another Great Reason to Make the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau
Your Family’s Vacation Destination

Located a short, scenic drive from all of the breathtaking mountain views, fine dining, and one-of-a-kind shopping adventures that the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in North Carolina has to offer – Asheville’s renowned Biltmore Estate is making headlines. Originally constructed as a country retreat for one of the wealthiest men in the country, George Vanderbilt – Biltmore Estate took 6 years and a veritable army of craftsmen to build. It was opened up to friends and family for the first time on Christmas Eve 1895. Designed to reflect the style and grace of a French Chateau by world famous architect, Richard Morris Hunt, the home itself is an absolute architectural marvel and continues to draw more than one million visitors each year. Its celebrated gardens and surrounding grounds were masterfully created by the famed Fredrick Law Olmsted – designer of Central Park in New York – who is considered the “father of modern landscape architecture.” 

As it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary of the popular Biltmore Winery and welcomes thousands of visitors to its Festival of Flowers event, Biltmore Estate will unveil an entirely new addition to its sprawling property. The 15-acre multi-venue Antler Hill Village and visitation site will include an ice-cream shop, tavern, retail shop, and new exhibit hall – The Legacy Building. The Village will also consist of a new entrance to the estate Winery, Outdoor Adventure Center (rent segways, take a carriage ride, etc.), village green with bandstand for live entertainment and tours of Antler Hill Farm (including demonstrations and exhibits relating to blacksmithing and farming at the turn of the 20th century). Biltmore plans to open the new $18.6 million addition to guests in late March, with a special Grand Opening scheduled for May.

The Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Biltmore House in Asheville NC

The Biltmore expansion represents one more reason you should make plans today to spend part of your Spring or Summer 2010 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. George Vanderbilt was so inspired by a vacation to this place of unsurpassed beauty, that he chose to leave a legacy here that was not only enjoyed by his friends and family – but by millions of families for years to come. The towns of Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway and the historic village of Cashiers offer the ideal blend of a peaceful mountain escape and amenity-rich family adventure – all within a quick day trip to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate. Your family’s Highlands-Cashiers Plateau vacation could include tranquil days on a mountain lake one day, hiking through an ancient wood to a mystic waterfall, shopping and dining in a quaint resort village, golfing some of the United States most beautiful courses, touring the home and grounds of the famed Biltmore Estate, and so much more. The only limit to your Western North Carolina vacation is your imagination.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites you to drop by our website for more helpful information about local accommodations, dining and shopping. Once you’ve visited this unique corner of the world and felt that same strong draw that George Vanderbilt felt over twelve decades ago, Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to aid you in your quest for your family’s mountain retreat. We can help you locate the perfect lot on which to build YOUR family’s legacy estate, or assist you as you tour existing and new homes available for sale in the region. Getting started is easy! Simply call us TODAY at 828-743-1999 or e-mail any questions/requests you may have to info@ncliving.com. Please feel free to pop by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 20: First Day of Spring 2010!!

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October Plateau Pursuits

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009

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You will be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful backdrop for your Fall family activities than the glorious mountains of Western North Carolina. The quaint villages and townships that dot the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau are the perfect setting to while away an afternoon shopping through the unique shops that line Main Street, hiking through a forest as leaves gently drift away on a breeze (along with your cares and woe), golfing to your heart’s content on any one of our championship golf courses, or becoming one with nature as you cast a steady line in hopes of catching “The Big One” from one of many mountain lakes and streams. As if you needed anything more to do than that, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of fun activities and cultural events on the mountain in October. We hope you will join us!

Oct. 1-7:  100 Years of Land Conservation – ongoing exhibition at Summit One Gallery – Artists have created new works inspired by the very special properties conserved by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

Oct. 1-10:  Exhibition: Cat Chow: “Beyond Fiber Art” – Must see exhibit at The Bascom –  Display of the highly touted work of Catharine (Cat) Chow. The New Yorker called this NYC artist one of the most interesting and compelling young talents to come along in years! For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

Oct. 1-17 : Southern Landscapes Exhibition –  “Inspirational Beauty” – Featuring the works of Lamar Dodd and Will Henry Stevens at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Oct. 1-30:  Dave Russell Exhibition – Stacked Stone Sculpture/Outdoors at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Oct. 1-Dec. 16: Young Artists Program – In order to help engender a continuing love of the arts and give birth to some budding artists, The Bascom offers fun and thoughtful art classes geared to the skills and interests of children from pre-school to pre-teen, during the school year. Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. (grades 2-5); Tuesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-1); and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 4-7), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 8-14), and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-2);  Cost $15 for a 6-class session, preschool;  $30 for a 6-class session, homeschoolers and grades 1-5. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

 

Fall Color

Fall Color in Cashiers North Carolina

Oct. 2 & 3:  Autumn Leaves Festival – The Bascom in Highlands, NC – Annual fundraiser to support a very special mountaintop art gallery. Festivities to include an auction and gala dinner on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn (cocktail attire) and the Autumn Leaves Party at 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live bluegrass band, food & spirits, art demonstrations and silent auction (blue jeans casual). Tickets to Friday’s Gala are $225, to Saturday’s Autumn Leaves Party are $35 or Friday/Saturday Combination tickets are $250. Proceeds benefit The Bascom. For more information or to purchase your tickets to the best party in Highlands, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828-526-4949. To make reservations for accommodations, The Bascom recommends The Old Edwards Inn at 866-526-8008.

Oct. 3:  Cashiers Community Annual Fish Fry – Cashiers Community Center – 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 5:  Elk Excursion Eco Tour – Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – A true adventure to learn about and witness firsthand the elk that are native to the area. Tour is free to HCLT members and just a $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Please e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 to reserve your spot. “Come see what you’ll discover…”

Oct. 5:  Charity Golf Tournament – Sapphire Valley Country Club – Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, this fun event will help to benefit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau community through the Rotary Club’s sponsorship of special organizations such as The American Cancer Society, Boys Scouts/Girl Scouts of America, Make A Wish Foundation, and Toys for Tots. Price to participate is just $200/player and includes greens fee, cart, box lunch, and goody bag. Tournament will feature a $25,000 prize for the hole-in-one contest. For more information or to reserve your spot in the Tournament, visit www.cashiersrotary.org or call Rotary Club President Ron Keller at 828-743-9920.

Oct. 8-10:  Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley – Cashiers Village Green and Sapphire Valley Resort – Hosted by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association and sponsored in part by Coca-Cola, this fun-filled weekend is a celebration of nature and community. Event kicks off on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. with a live concert on the Village Green – all are welcome to pack a picnic and dance to the music of the Rye Holler Boys. Friday and Saturday feature an Artisan Festival and Enchanted Village – including the work of local artists, merchants market, more live music, and a special children’s section featuring face painting, clowns, and trolley rides. Weekend also includes an exciting Tour of Homes, showcasing some of the area’s most stunning mountain homes. The Festival will end on a high note as Grammy Award Winner, BJ Thomas takes the stage on a Concert on the Slopes of Sapphire Valley Resort. Thomas is the man behind such memorable hits as “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” and “Hooked on a Feeling.” For more information, click here (link to Leaf Festival blog dated Sept. 10) or call the helpful crew at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999.  We hope to see you there!

Oct. 9:  An Evening with John Muir – Highlands Playhouse – Stirring portrayal of legendary conservationist, John Muir performed by actor Lee Stetson and presented by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Play begins at 7 p.m., but come early to rub elbows with John Muir at the Patron’s Party preceding the performance. Party includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres and reserved seating for just $80 ($75 for JMCA members). To attend the play only, tickets are $30 ($25 for JMCA members). For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.j-mca.org.

Oct. 10:  Pumpkin Fest – Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – An afternoon of old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Fest includes pumpkin carving contest, hayrides, BBQ, music by the Cashiers Music Company and cider press demonstrations. Hosted at the working farm of HCLT board member Linda David and her husband Kenton. For details and ticket prices, call 828-526-1111 or e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Oct. 10 & 11:  Don’t Count Your Chickens Folk Art Show – Highlands Community Center – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-0299.

Oct. 17:  4th Annual “Songwriters in the Round” – High Hampton Inn Pavilion – Wonderful evening of music from some of Nashville’s premier songwriters. Food and beverages will be served. Benefits the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation.

Oct. 17:  3rd Annual Fall Ball – to benefit the Summit School – Black tie optional gala featuring a fabulous dinner, open bar and dancing. For more information, call (828) 743-5755.

Oct. 17 & 18:  Fall Colors Show – Highlands Civic Center & Recreational Park – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Art League of Highlands 2009. Show features fine art, pottery, jewelry, photography and children’s art market & activities.

Oct. 23:  Star Gazing on the Mountain Eco Tour – Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Join WCU astronomy professor Dr. Paul Heckert to learn about stars from a beautiful field near downtown Highlands. Tours are free to HCLT, and just $25 for new friends. Reservations are required. Please e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 to reserve your spot. “Come see what you’ll discover…”

Oct. 31:  Spooky Raku: A Halloween Pottery Firing – The Bascom in Highlands – free event that begins at sundown (@ 5:30 p.m.) All are welcome to come by the Studio Barn as red pots glow against the black night’s sky – setting the ideal mood for an unforgettable All Hallow’s Eve.

Oct. 31:  Highlands Halloween Trick or Treat – Main Street Highlands – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don your costume and join your friends & neighbors in historic downtown Highlands.

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Plateau Pursuits – September 2009 Edition

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009

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The Bascom in Highlands NC

The Bascom in Highlands NC

With Fall’s official arrival rapidly approaching on September 22nd, the excitement is mounting in the towns surrounding the resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands as we await that very first hint of autumn on the mountain. In one month’s time, the lovely green hardwoods that line the mountaintops and valley floors of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be transformed to a vibrant painter’s palette of color – red, yellow, orange and brown. (Be sure to mark your calendar for the First Annual Leaf Festival in Cashier the weekend of October 9 through 11!) In the meantime, we invite you to join us for delightfully mild days and loads of family fun in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled a list of events taking place in our little corner of the world this September. We hope to see you, your friends and family up on the mountain soon!

September 1-5: Printmaking Workshop at The Bascom – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –Taught by H. Aaron Hequembourg, this class will explore the method for producing wood blocks, printing the blocks on various thin papers and applying them to various surfaces. Cost to participate is $275/$250 for members. For more information, e-mail info@bigwhitedog.net.

September 4-6: “I Hear America Singing” – The stirring music of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer will be performed at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands during Labor Day Weekend. Presented by Robert Ray and sponsored by Skyline Lodge and Jack’s at Skyline Restaurant. All seats are just $25. Three performances only – Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday @ 8 p.m. and Sunday @ 2 p.m. Buy tickets online at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org or reserve your seats by calling 828-526.9047.

September 5: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk and Pet Fest – Come one, come all to this very special event in support of our furry, little four-legged friends. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society presents the very first Mountain Tail Waggers Walk – which is slated to begin at the Highlands School with the finish line located on Pine Street in downtown Highlands – the site of the super fun Pet Fest. Registration for the walk starts at 8 a.m., but walkers may also pre-register online at www.chhumanesociety.org. Pet Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include music, food, craft show, competitions, live demonstrations, and opportunities to microchip your pet. For more information, call 828.743.5752.

September 5: Cat Chow Gallery Talk: “Beyond Fiber Art” – 6 p.m. at The Bascom. Free.
In a 10-20 minute exhibition reception talk, NY-based designer, performer and former fashion-and-fiber artist – Catharine (Cat) Chow – will talk about conceptual art and redefining the boundaries between art, craft and design. For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 5-6: The Village Square Art & Craft Show – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Highlands at the Village Square and Kelsey Hutchinson Park. Will feature regional artisans in a variety of methods and mediums – Fine art, baskets, folk art, musical instruments, turned wood, children’s clothing/accessories, pottery, jewelry, rustic furniture and more. Call 828.787.2021 for more information.

Sept. 5-Oct. 7: 100 Years of Land Conservation – ongoing exhibition at Summit One Gallery. Artists have created new works inspired by the very special properties conserved by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

Sept. 5-Oct. 10: Exhibition: Cat Chow: “Beyond Fiber Art” – Must see exhibit at The Bascom. Display of the highly touted work of Catharine (Cat) Chow. The New Yorker called this NYC artist one of the most interesting and compelling young talents to come along in years! For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 7: Art Duplicating Art – An exhibition at Summit One Gallery featuring the works of local artists, depicting the beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. A percentage of the receipts from sales will be donated to HCLT. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

September 8-9: The Repeated Object Workshop: Cat Chow – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. Two-day workshop in which students will have the opportunity to create a sculpture that is inspired by the idea of the repeated object. Cost to participate in this particular class is $300/$275 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 10-11: The Artist as Collector Workshop: Cat Chow – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom.
In this second in a series two-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to create a work that is inspired by their passion for collecting objects and/or images. Enjoy a slide lecture, class discussion, show-and-tell and the creation of a finished work. Cost to participate in this particular class is $300/$275 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 10-11: Landscaping & Gardening with Native Plants – Highlands Biological Station. Evening includes refreshments and short tour plus program about the Southern Appalachians and the events that have shaped the forests and diversity of plant species we see around us. Native plant auction will conclude the event. Refreshments begin at 4 p.m. – program to start at 6 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.2602.

September 12: Second Annual Highlands Motoring Festival – Get ready to kick some tires and look under the hoods of some of Western North Carolina’s coolest cars. Event created to benefit the Hudson Library. For more information or to register your car for the event (all cars must be manufactured before 1979), visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

September 12: Unconventional Adornment: Cat Chow – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom.
In this third in a series one-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to use unconventional materials to make a small wearable object. Enjoy a slide lecture of artists’ works that incorporate unconventional objects, a demonstration of connecting techniques and the creation of a piece that adorns the body such as a piece of jewelry or an accessory. Cost to participate in this particular class is $175/$150 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 13: Bel Canto – 17th annual “grand opera” event begins at the Martin-Lipscomb Center for the Performing Arts in Highlands at 4 p.m. – with dinner to follow at the Highlands Country Club. Performances include selections from Broadway musicals to classical operas. Proceeds from this event will be used to enhance The Bascom’s permanent collection, and benefit the music programs at the Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information, call 828.526.1947.

September 14: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model – 6 to 8 p.m. at The Bascom. Bring media of your choice: sketchpad, clay or paint box for a leisurely session of figure drawing, sculpting or painting from a nude model. Informal instruction is available. Cost is $20 per session/$15 for members. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Sept. 14-Dec. 16: Young Artists Program – In order to help engender a continuing love of the arts and give birth to some budding artists, The Bascom offers fun and thoughtful art classes geared to the skills and interests of children from pre-school to pre-teen, during the school year. Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. (grades 2-5); Tuesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-1); and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 4-7), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 8-14), and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-2);  Cost $15 for a 6-class session, preschool;  $30 for a 6-class session, homeschoolers and grades 1-5. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

September 14-18: Gaining a Perspective on Drawing and Painting – Workshop instructor Adrian Deckbar calls the ability to use perspective “power over space.” Students will learn how to see the three-dimensional world so they can flatten it into a two-dimensional image. If you have struggled to make things look “real” and three-dimensional, this is the class for you. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost of workshop is $300/$275 members. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.adriandeckbar.com.

September 15: Geology Eco Tour – Hiking tour hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – free to Trust members and $25 donation for new friends. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net. HCLT invites you to “come see what you’ll discover…”

September 19: Field Trip around Highlands – The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society hosts this FREE trip around the Highlands to look for Fall migrating birds. Meet at the public parking area next to Town Hall bright and early at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

September 19: James (Jim) Landon Lecture – “Issues Affecting Antiquities and Art” – 5 p.m. at The Bascom – Admission is just $10/free to members. Atlanta attorney Jim Landon will present a brief history of the creation of museums and their collections, as well as the ethical and legal issues facing individuals and institutions when acquiring cultural property. He will reference the recovery of art plundered during the Second World War and the claims of countries of origin on antiquities now owned by some of the world’s most prestigious museums. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Sept. 21-25: Silk Painting – Janet Taylor’s gorgeous silk scarves and ties (see www.janettaylorstudio.com) have been wildly successful in the Shop at The Bascom. Now she invites YOU to learn her secrets in this very special class at The Bascom. Best part is, students will leave with beautiful hand-painted scarf of their own. To register or sign up, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

September 22: Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip – The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society hosts this trip around the Blue Ridge Parkway to look for Fall migrating birds. Meet at the public parking area next to Town Hall bright and early at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

September 24: Cashiers Historical Society’s Founder’s Day – this very special annual celebration is designed to help make the past come alive for children and grown-ups alike as they are transported back to the time when Cashiers was first founded. Hosted at the beautiful, historic Zachary-Tolbert House and sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. For more information, call 828.743.5752.

September 25-27: Fifth Annual Highlands Antique Show – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Highlands Recreation Center. High quality antiques from all of your favorite vendors and other exhibitors from around the world will be featured in this year’s show. Admission is just $12.

September 30: Understanding the Black Bear – 6:30 p.m. Cashiers Village Green – free to all. This special presentation by Bill Lea is part of the Village Nature Series, and is co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Green. Contact HCLT for information at 828.526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Now thru Oct. 17 Southern Landscapes Exhibition – Featuring the works of Lamar Dodd and Will Henry Stevens at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Now thru Oct. 30: Dave Russell Exhibition – Stacked Stone Sculpture/Outdoors at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

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