Plateau Pursuits – June 2009 Edition

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Community Event Calendar

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago – family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and there’s always something happening in any one of our villages and communities! Aside from the incredible climate paired with the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests – below are some additional reasons you should join us on “The Plateau” in June:

June thru October …On the Verandah’s Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents “Movie Night” the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Test your trivia knowledge with classic cinema lines you know by heart, and compete for prizes. …On the Veranda – celebrating its 29th season – is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June thru October …On the Verandah’s Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents “Trivia Night” the 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Compete for the championship and win prizes. …On the Veranda – celebrating its 29th season – is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June 2 Concert on the Slopes – “The Magic of Sinatra” performed by Paul Salos at the Sapphire Valley Resort. Show begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.sapphirevalleyresort.com.

June 2 & June 16 Highlands-Cashiers Plateau Audubon Society’s “Field Trip Around Highlands” – Bird and nature lovers are welcome to explore the Highlands area for native breeding birds. There is no charge to participate in the field trip that begins near Highlands’ Town Hall in the public parking area at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

June 4 “Darwin & Dixie” at The Nature Center at Highlands Biological Station – the first in the June Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Executive Director of the Station and Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University – Jim Costa – presents a lecture on Southeastern Natural History and its influence on Charles Darwin. Begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.wcu.edu/hbs or call 828.526.2602.

June 4 “Birding with the Audubon Eco Tour” hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – This moderate-level bird hike is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation for new friends. Reserve your spot by calling 828.526.1111.

June 5 & 6 New York’s Lynn Loosier performs at Highlands’ Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – Don’t miss this special two-night engagement of the artful performances of singer, Lynn Loosier. Described as a “Saloon Singer” by Backstage Magazine – the talented Ms. Loosier can sing any style of music – jazz, blues, R&B, country and rock. Show times begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 828.526.9047 or visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 6 “Celebrate Land Trust Day!” – Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT. For a list of participating businesses, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land – the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 6 Meet and Greet with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cashiers Village Green. Consider taking one of these precious pets home with you! For more information, visit www.chhumanesociety.org.

June 7 “Where It All Began” hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust – Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain – the site of the Highlands Improvement Society’s first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 7 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – This exciting kick-off fund-raising event for the 28th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival features excellent Argentinean wines paired with Wolfgang’s fine food along with the delightful music of the Mozart String Trio. A portion of wine sales and all ticket sales benefit the HCCMF. For more information, call 828.526-9060.

June 8 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club – Cost to participate is $100/person and includes lunch, dinner and chance to win door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to top three teams. Proceeds from the event go to support SOWF – a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call Butch Waller at BCC at 828.966.9200 or Bill Horwitz at 828.526.0224.

June 8 Native Plant, Insect and Bird Connections presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society – Featuring Jim Costa, Executive Director of The Highlands Biological Station, the program is free to attendees and begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands Civic Center. For more information, visit www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

June 11 “Nance Dude” at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – The story of mountain grandmother Nance Dude is portrayed in this one-woman show starring Elizabeth Westall. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are just $15 – to purchase your tickets, call 828.526.9047.

June 11 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Silent & Live Auction – Sponsored by Chef Nicholas Figel of The Cyprus Restaurant and hosted at The Highlands Community Center. Tickets with reservation are $25 – $30 at the door. Event includes catered buffet dinner featuring international fare, wine, beer, soda and great music, as well as silent and live auction to benefit SOWF – a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call 828.526.0224.

June 11 Book Signing at the Bascom – Author and master ceramic artist, Mark Hewitt, will be on hand to sign copies of his acclaimed book “The Potter’s Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina” from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org/presentations.

June 13 “The Three Potters” at the Bascom – The works of artists Hewitt, Bringle and Stuempfle will be on exhibit through July 11. A public opening reception will be held June 13 from 5-7 p.m. – admission is free. An earlier demonstration from the artists themselves will be presented in the studio barn from 9 a.m. to noon – tickets are $30 for Bascom members and $45 for general admission. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 “World Wide Knit In” at the Bascom – Bring a lawn chair and your yarn, and join us on the terrace of the Bascom for this free event and beautiful mountain views from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 7th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) – features 2 separate races including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event and mountain biking: the Sprint Race – 5-7 hours and the Elite Race – 10-12hours. The Elite Race begins at 7 a.m. and the Sprint Race begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation – a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information or to register, call 828.526.0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.

June 13 John Collette Fine Art Benefit for Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival – Located on Main Street in Highlands, John Collette Fine Art will host an evening of fine art, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and artist raffles to benefit HCCMF. Event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.9060.

June 13-14 Cashiers Valley Rotary Spring Fling – Join us on Cashiers Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for arts, crafts, food and FUN! Pets from Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, visit www.cashiersrotary.org.

June 14 “Bare Boards Party” on Cashiers’ Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility,

June 18 & 24 “100 Years of Land Conservation” – Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Clark share the history of the Highlands-Cashier Land Trust and its vision for the future in honor of the centennial celebration of this special organization. New logo will be unveiled. First presentation takes place at The Highlands Biological Station’s Nature Center on June 18 at 7 p.m. and the second presentation is scheduled for June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley. Free to all! For more information, call 828.526.1111.

June 18-July 5 “The Taffetas” at Highlands Playhouse – Delightful musical that pays homage to the girl groups of the 1950’s – tells the story of four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana who are making their national television singing debut. Tickets are $30. For show times and information about ticket purchases, call 828.526.2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

June 20 Traditional Appalachian and Cherokee Legends at the Highlands Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center – Storytellers Marilyn McMinn-McCredie and Lloyd Arneach weave tales in a style that is “humorous, informative and extremely moving”. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 25 Highlands Innkeepers Tour – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – More details to follow!

June 26-28 “Walk in the Park” with the Highlands Historical Society – Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 – students admitted free. June 26 and 27 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 – 4 p.m. – Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street. For more information, visit www.highlandshistory.com.

June 27-28 Sapphire Valley Master Association Arts & Crafts Festival – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field. Contemporary crafts, folk art, jewelry and more. Animals from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, call 828.743.0321.

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“Bare Boards Party” on the Village Green Scheduled for June 14th

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Join your friends, family, and neighbors on June 14 for the “Bare Boards Party” on Cashiers’ Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility, The Village Square on The Village Green. Having served as the site of Summit for the past ten years, the recent move of the school to a new campus leaves four viable turrets, a restroom facility, parking area and a series of covered walkways. The original courtyard provides an excellent location for a “Great Lawn” that will serve as the ideal setting for large private tented parties, outdoor concerts and open air community events. Following a renovation, the building’s turrets will function as facilities for meetings and lectures. Rental of the “Great Lawn” for private parties and the turrets for meetings will help fund The Village Green – a conservancy project created “to preserve, protect and enhance land for our community’s civic, spiritual, educational, cultural and recreational activities to maintain the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the greater Cashiers area.” Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Group’s owner and broker, is a proponent of the project’s mission and a proud member of The Village Green’s Board of Directors.

Renderings of the future community facility designed by local architect and Village Green Board Member, Dan Duckham will be on display throughout the “Bare Boards Party”. The family-friendly event will also feature hot air balloon rides, a pot painting station for the kids, strolling blue grass musicians, delicious food and more. The party gets underway at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Consider showing your support for the community-funded Village Green Centre at the heart of the Cashiers community by donating to the building fund through the “Adopt a Turret” program, purchasing a Bare Board with your name on it or becoming a “Village Greenie”. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com, email me at jlucke@ncliving.com, or call 828-743-1999.

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Plateau Pursuits – May Edition

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Calendar of Events, Things to Do | Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2009

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Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago – family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and there’s always something happening in any one of our villages, townships and master-planned communities! Aside from the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests – below are a few additional reasons you should join us for a “Party on the Plateau” in May:

May 14-17 Highlands Cashiers Players present Neil Simon’s “Rumors” at The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.  Showtimes Thursday thru Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m.  Tickets: Adults – $20; Students – $8 – may be purchased one hour before the performance on an “as available” basis. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 828-526-8084.
May 15 Historic Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume in Cashiers on Fridays and Saturdays thru October 17, 2009 (click here for more information).
May 23 Summit Memorial Day 5K Race in Cashiers.  For more information, call 828-743-5755.
May 23-27Annual Plant Sale at Highlands Ball Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring hundreds of locally grown hostas and perennials.  Proceeds help local scholarship students and local projects. Come early for best selection! Rain date is Sunday, May 24.
May 23-24 The Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands. Featuring regional artisans showcasing fine art, pottery, baskets, folk art, jewelry, furniture and more. Face painting for the kids. For more information, call 828-787-2021.
May 27 “Snakes & Ice Cream” at the Village Green Pavillion in Cashiers at 6 p.m.  Children’s program that is presented by Patrick Brannon and is part of the Village Nature Series. Co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Village Green.  FREE admission! Call 828-526-1111 for more details.
May 29 Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands.  Featuring wine tastings from premier North Carolina distributors, as well as silent auctions, artistic demonstrations, a symposium and gala seated dinner under a tent on The Bascom’s new terrace. For more information or to order event tickets, call 828-526-4949.
May 29-30 Cashiers Historical Society Hosts 2009 Appalachian Music Symposium at the Albert C. Carlton Library in Cashiers and Lombard’s Lodge in Whiteside Cove. Symposium features presentations by renowned historians and performances by David Holt, Sheila Kay Adams, Lee Knight, The Queen Family and Jacob Jones. Daily tickets are $80, and Two-Day tickets are $145. Seating is reserved and limited – so order your tickets today! For more information or to place your ticket order, call 828-743-7710 or send an e-mail to zacharytolbert@aol.com.
May 30 Blues, Brews & BBQ on the grounds of the Rib Shack Restaurant at The Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor bash featuring live music from Hurricane Creek, mouth-watering ribs and southern sides from the Rib Shack and ice-cold brews from Highland Brewing Company.  Tickets available for purchase at the Rib Shack Restaurant or by calling 828-526-8008

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Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Things to Do | Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2009

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Tours of Cashiers’ historic Zachary-Tolbert House Resume May 15

As visitors and summer residents of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau return to the area for the season, the Cashiers Historical Society is proud to announce the return of their tours of The Zachary-Tolbert House on May 15.  Guided tours of the lovely 157-year-old Greek revival home, considered the crown jewel of Cashiers’ historic homes, will run Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 17.  The last tour begins at 2 p.m. and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes.  Admission to the home and grounds is just $5.00, and is FREE to Cashiers Historical Society Members.  Set in the heart of Cashiers, at 1940 Hwy 107, the Zachary-Tolbert House serves as a lasting tribute to some of the earliest pioneers along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. 

In 1832, Colonel John A. Zachary first travelled here from his home in Surry County over 200 miles away to explore the ancient forests and lush landscape of Western North Carolina. He returned with his family the following spring to become the first permanent homesteaders in the area. Their ancestors still live and work here today (including Silver Creek’s very own broker, Elaine Zachary!)  Colonel Zachary’s son, Mordecai – a skilled carpenter – built what is now known as the Zachary-Tolbert house as a wedding gift for his young bride, Elvira Keener, in 1852.  The Tolbert Family owned the home for most of the 20th century.  Beyond a family home, the house also served as a summer retreat and inn – and now houses the Cashiers Historical Society.  It opened as a public museum in 2001 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Lovingly restored to its original glory, The Zachary-Tolbert House showcases much of the original furniture crafted by Mordecai Zachary himself.  For more information, to book a group tour or to schedule your special event at this very special historic home – call 828-743-7710.

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Annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009

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The third annual event will be held at The Bascom art center in Highlands, NC. This will be the first major event held at The Bascom’s new six acre, three building facility, which features 23,000 square feet of space. This facility will be like no other art space in Western North Carolina. The new campus is located on Oak Street and Franklin Road (Highway 64).

The event will held on May 29-30, 2009. Some of the festivities for the event include a wine tasting, silent auction, symposium led by wine specialists, and a seated dinner on the new terrace. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Bascom.

Tickets are $100 for the wine tasting on Friday evening and $225 for Saturday evening’s gala. A two day ticket may be purchased for $295.  To purchase tickets, please log on www.collectivespirits.com or contact The Bascom at 828-526-4949.

What a great event to kick off the summer! Come and enjoy one of the many great activities here in Western North Carolina.

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