The 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse is just around the corner

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Just a scenic three-hour drive north from the hustle and bustle of metro Atlanta’s busy streets, the historic resort mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina offers its Southern city neighbors an abundance of natural splendor at every turn, a welcome & leisurely pace, delightfully mild climates, and a wealth of world-class amenities, shops & restaurants. What many residents from other nearby metropolises of Knoxville, Charlotte, and Greenville may not realize is that Cashiers has been a mecca for some of the Southeast’s leading interior designers for more than a decade.  As this sleepy village prepares to host its 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, the excitement is quickly mounting!

Last year’s Designer Showhouse bore witness to record numbers in terms of attendance and fund-raising.  Proceeds from the Designer Showhouse benefit the Cashiers Historical Society, including the care and maintenance of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and grounds.  Last year’s proceeds were so plentiful that the Society was able to turn around and donate a $28,000 grant to the Cashiers Valley Community Council. This year’s numbers are expected to be even higher. With a theme of “Designed with a View”, the 2010 Designer Showhouse is located at Whisper Fade in Cashiers’ prestigious golf community of Wade Hampton.  In a neighborhood boasting breathtaking vistas of the beautiful and highly touted Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course and sweeping panoramas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s no wonder  why the view was the subject for this year’s theme.

With corporate sponsors such as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Mountainworks Custom Home Design, Hennessy Automobile Companies, and Macon Bank among others – the 2010 Cashiers Designer  Showhouse promises to be bigger and better than ever. Showcasing their talents in the individual rooms of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse are local designers Eddie Alvarez and George Oliver of A Country Home, Cheryl Benitez and Audrey Wood of Mountain House, Shannon Berrey of Shannon Berrey Designs, Nora Butler of Nora & Co., Dianne Estes of D’Estes Antiques, Debra Green of English-Green Interiors, Linda Hall of Vivace & Vivace Women, Francie Hargrove of Francie Hargrove Interior Design, Sandy Linebaugh of Fiddlehead Designs, Edwin Lusk and David Paterson of Fletcher & Lee, Lynn Monday of Monday’s House of Design, Kirk Moore & Don Fry of Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Ann Sherrill of Rusticks, and Matthew Ward of Into the Woods Interiors. Visiting designers from nearby Atlanta and Birmingham are Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors, William Peace of Peace Design, Suzanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, Bob Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design, and Majorie Johnston and Wendy Barze of Marjorie Johnston & Co. Atlanta Designer, Suzanne Kasler was named among Elle Décor’s Top 25 Designers this year, and she will be featured during a Talk, Lunch & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Saturday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets to tour the rooms of this exquisitely designed luxury mountain estate are just $25 per person and can be purchased at the Showhouse.  If you wish to order your tickets in advance, please call 828.743.7710.  The hours of the Showhouse are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event kicks off with a Patrons Party & Auction on the evening of Friday, August 20 at the Wade Hampton Golf Clubhouse, which will feature the culinary artistry of Wade Hampton Chef Doug Sampey and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. Throughout the Showhouse Event, the Cashiers Historical Society Museum in the Zachary-Tolbert House & Grounds will be open daily for tours, and the venues surrounding the Showhouse will include the Showhouse Shops and Merchants Tent. A delicious lunch from Café 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Shuttles to the Cashiers Designer Showhouse will leave regularly from the parking lot of the Cashiers United Methodist Church.

The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group invite you to join us for this wonderful annual event in support of a very good cause.  Take a daytrip or plan an entire weekend in the mountains and catch a glimpse into the luxury lifestyle that is synonymous with the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  When you’re not touring the Showhouse, relaxing days of boating our mountains lakes, fly fishing in our abundant streams, shooting a perfect game on our golf courses, or kicking back and doing nothing at all await you. Visit the Silver Creek website to check out our list of shops, restaurants and accommodation options.  We also encourage you to take a look around at some of the incredible homes for sale all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.  After you’ve had a chance to tour the Showhouse and fall madly in love with the area – we’d love to take you on a tour of some of the available homes and land around Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, and Lake Toxaway and Glenville. Silver Creek welcomes your call at 828-743-1999 or please feel free to drop by our offices located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at Creekside.  We look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain!

To learn more about the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, visit the Cashiers Historical Society website or Atlanta Homes & Leisure Magazine online.

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Silver Creek Spotlight: Cashiers Historical Society

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010

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Climb the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Take a Step into the Past

Settlers to Western North Carolina first discovered the Cashiers area in the early 1800’s as they sought to set up homesteads upon the rich and rolling landscape.  Over the next century, as word spread of the natural beauty of the region and mild year-round climate courtesy of the high elevations, more and more people descended upon Cashiers Village and the surrounding province –defining it as a prestigious mountain resort community. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens felt it their duty to preserve and protect Cashiers long and colorful history – they held a kick-off fundraiser, formed an affiliation with a 501(c)3 organization – the Village Conservancy, and officially launched the Cashiers Historical Society. Their first vital act was to save a historic landmark – The Zachary-Tolbert House. Mordecai Zachary – son of one of the village’s founding fathers, Colonel John Zachary – first constructed the home in the mid-1800’s. By the mid-1990’s, the Society was approached by Robert Red “Bubba” Tolbert to help save the home – which had become a part of his family’s property.  Now, at nearly 160 years old, the home not only stands proudly at the center of Cashiers Village – it serves as a Museum and headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society.  A fine example of Greek Revival architectural style with the world’s largest collection of plain-style furniture crafted by one person in one location (all built by Mordecai Zachary), the Zachary-Tolbert House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is open  for guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May through October.  Normally, tours last approximately 45 minutes although the Historical Society encourages visitors to allow time to enjoy the surrounding grounds, adjacent meadows, nature trails, and scenic woodlands. Imagine what it was like to live here 150 years ago with no electricity, indoor plumbing or central heat. They invite you to bring your lunch or a snack and spend several hours at this historic, educational, and restorative landmark. There is no charge for guided tours, though a donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, or to arrange a group tour, phone 828-743-7710. The House Museum is located at 1940 NC Highway 107 South, two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads.

Since its launch in 1996, the Cashiers Historical Society has grown to become one of the most successful preservation, civic and interpretive organizations in Western North Carolina. With a membership of over 400 strong, members and the surrounding community are able to enjoy Cashiers proud heritage and a variety of activities throughout the year – many of which help raise funds to support continued efforts by the Society. This summer, the Cashiers Historical Society has several fun events planned and they invite YOU to be a part of them.

Cashiers Historical Society Spring/Summer 2010 Events

June 5, 12, & 19: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The first three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning.
June 8: Heritage Weaving Demonstration: “Sheep to Shawl” with Debbie Bryant
June 10: Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy
June 10: Pinnacle Party
June 26: Music on the Grounds
July 3, 10 & 17: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – the last three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as mastering hand scrapers, sawing wood by hand and dovetail drawer joinery by hand.
July 23 & 24: Heritage Workshop: Blacksmithing with Matthew Shirey – a two-day workshop 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Bring a light lunch and any snacks, $195.00/person. Maximum 10 people per class. Students will spend two days learning the basics of blacksmithing.  Class time will be spent learning to draw a taper, flatten, bend, twist, scroll, and upset hot iron.  Students should each walk away with one or more small functional items such as hooks, spoons, forks, spatulas, bottle openers, etc.
July 27, Aug. 3 & 10: Heritage Workshop: Wildflower Painting with Kathie Wyatt Blozan – a series of one-day workshops in drawing and painting wildflowers in watercolor.
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students may attend one workshop or all. Please bring a lunch; $75 per person; all supplies will be provided. Maximum 15 people per class. What better way to get to know wildflowers than by drawing and painting them? Folks will draw on the grounds of the Zachary Tolbert House, & have access to shelter for painting their own sketches. Participants will produce one or more small finished paintings and will meet rain or shine.
August 20: Cashiers Designer ShowHouse Patron Party & Auction – The Clubhouse at Wade Hampton Golf Club
August 21-Sept. 5: Cashiers Designer ShowHouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club on Highway 107 South. This very special annual event will include Showhouse Shops @ the Designer Showhouse, The Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds open for Daily Tours, a Merchants Tent @ the Zachary-Tolbert House and Lunch served daily. Showhouse hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays, 1:00-4:00. Tickets just $25, and may be purchased on-site! For more information on the Designer ShowHouse and the Patron Party, please call the Cashiers Historical Society at 828.743.7710 or e-mail your questions to  zacharytolbert@aol.com.
August 29: 102nd Zachary Reunion Sunday

For more information about The Cashiers Historical Society and to learn more about upcoming events, please visit them online at http://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/.

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