Blog :: 07-2009

FiveStone Appoints New Marketing Partner Silver Creek Real Estate Group!


View from FiveStone in Sapphire Valley NC

View from FiveStone in Sapphire Valley NC


Silver Creek is proud to announce their recent appointment as FiveStone Communities new Exclusive Sales Agent. We're very excited about this new relationship, explains Silver Creek owner and senior broker, Jochen Lucke. We feel FiveStone is a quintessential Western North Carolina community amazing mountain views, water features throughout, and trees as far as the eye can see. Its a nature lovers paradise!

First unveiled in 2007, the gated Cashiers development is comprised of 53-acres and is perched at 4,000 feet above sea level affording FiveStone homeowners some of the finest climates and most breathtaking panoramas available in the area. Adjacent to the stunning Panthertown Valley National Forest, with Whiteside and Chimney Top Mountains as its backdrop, FiveStone provides the best that nature has to offer all within close proximity to the dining, shopping and culture of the historic resort village of Cashiers. Carefully subdivided into 18 lots of 2+ to 5 acres this very special community is an ideal choice of locations for any custom built dream home! Almost as exciting as the views is the fact that residents of FiveStone have access to Sapphire Valley Resorts amenities.

To arrange to view any one of the 14 remaining homesites, drop by Silver Creeks offices located just west of Cashiers Crossroads, call us at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a>, or visit us online at

Silver Creek Makes Your Home Search or Sale Virtually Pain-Free

A major component of Silver Creeks approach to providing top-notch customer service can be found within the pages of our website and blog. Weve taken North Carolina real estate NATIONAL. Buyers from the sunny shores of Florida to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and beyond are able to search our list of available properties on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau online, as well as learn all about the amazing communities and subdivisions in which these properties are located. Visitors to the Silver Creek website can compile a list of favorites and receive automatic updates with regard to changes in price or availability. Buyers and sellers alike are encouraged to keep an eye on our blog for upcoming events on the Plateau, helpful advice on buying or selling a home, and weekly area home sales updates. We keep an eye on local market conditions and national trends, so you dont have to! To learn more about Silver Creek Real Estate Group and all we have to offer, visit us online at When youre ready to view properties up close and in person, or list your current Western North Carolina home, give us a call at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a> or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads. We look forward to meeting you, and learning how best we can help!

Silver Creek Invites You to Join Them Thursday Evenings for Groovin on the Green


Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer performed on the Village Green July 9, 2009

Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer performed on the Village Green July 9, 2009

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud supporter of Groovin on the Green a free outdoor concert series sponsored by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. Silver Creek president and senior broker, Jochen Lucke serves on the Board of Directors for the GCAMA and wishes to extend a personal invitation to all residents and visitors of The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The first concert of the series was a great success, relates Lucke. We look forward to continuing to bring talented local artists to Cashiers Village Green, and drawing the community together to enjoy great music with family, friends and neighbors.


Groovin on the Green was launched on July 9 with classical piano performances by Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer. Upcoming performances will include classical guitarist, George Andrews and other local favorites. It will also be a special part of the First Annual Cashiers Leaf Festival, scheduled for October 9-11. The GCAMA is very excited to host this new event which they hope will draw thousands to the area to witness the changing of the leaves, shop and dine at area merchants, and take part in the celebration. Plans for the Leaf Festival include live music and dancing during that weeks Groovin on the Green, an Arts and Crafts Festival featuring the work of local artists and distinctive items from some of our merchants, as well as an exciting Tour of Homes showcasing some of our most exclusive mountain homes and communities. Keep an eye out for future updates with regard to The Cashiers Leaf Festival A Celebration of Fine Homes, Folk Art, Friendship and Foliage.

Future performances of Groovin on the Green will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo on The Village Green. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic supper, lawn chairs, and blankets. For more information on upcoming dates and performers, contact The Village Green at 828-743-3434. Jochen Lucke and the rest of the Silver Creek team hope to see you there!

Plateau Pursuits August 2009 Edition

As the last summer breezes blow over the peaks and valleys of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, visitors and villagers alike will revel in these final precious weeks of one of the areas busiest and most beautiful seasons. With Mother Natures splendor at center stage, theres always an abundance of cultural and fun activities in the unique towns and villages of 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 August. We invite you, your friends and family to join us for what promises to be another terrific month in the mountains!

August (ongoing): Live Piano Music at On The Verandah in Highlands showcasing Chad Reed and his distinctive flair for tickling the ivories to your classical, standards, jazz and blues favorites as he returns for his 8th season at On The Verandah. Friday and Saturday nights 7-10 p.m. For reservations, call 828.526.2338.

August 1-Oct 13: Tours of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and Museum are available through the Cashiers Historical Society on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

August 1: Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show at the Sapphire Valley Community Center Come out and join in the fun as we raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. For more information, call 828-743-7663.

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance featuring William Preucil, violin; William Ransom, piano; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup, harp; Ferdinando De Sena, electronics; Charae Krueger, cello. Program includes Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F; De Sena: Directed Ambience for Harp and Electronics; Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor Albert Carlton Library, Cashiers. 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults:$28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 2 & 3: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance featuring Vega String Quartet; Program includes Haydn: Sunrise String Quartet; Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 131; Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings Highlands Performing Arts Center @ 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults: $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060

August 2 & 9: Much Ado About Nothing courtesy of Highlands Playhouse 7 p.m. at Pine Street Park admission is FREE! Bring a picnic supper and your blankets!!

August 4: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Movies about Music: Song of Norway free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information.

August 5: Sweet Tea at the Bascom fun family activity construct your own teapot from different techniques. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 6, 13, 20 & 27: Groovin on the Green Free Concert Series at the Gazebo on the Village Green Sponsored by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association 7 p.m.

August 7: Final Performance in the Relay for Life Mountain Music Concert Series -Sponsored by the Just for You Relay For Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Mountain Music concert series features music and dance mountain style! Come enjoy the entertainment, along with modern western square dancing, clogging, raffles and more. Dancing begins at 6:45 PM and the bands perform from 7:30 until 9:00 PM, in the old gym at Highlands School. Admission is free.

August 7 & 8: A Book at the Heart of Things at the Bascom Create sculptural figures using a book as the body. For more information, call 828-526-4929

August 8: The Manes and Tails Benefit - Benefitting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society and Carpe Diem Farms. 5:00pm-6:30pm, Wine, Beer & Appetizers and Parade of horses & dogs. 6:30-9:00pm Dinner/ Dancing and Silent Auction. Tickets are $50/person.

August 9: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Final Gala with the Eroica Trio at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Program: Trios of Cassado, Lalo; encore performance of Bernsteins West Side Story Suite @ 5:00 PM. $125-includes dinner at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call (828) 526-9060

August 8: Front Porch Family Fun Enjoy Front Porch Family Fun with Lee Knight at the Zachary-Tolbert House, brought to you by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, call (828) 743-7710.

August 8-9: Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Show Features a wide variety of artisans, including contemporary and country crafts, folk art, fine jewelry and much more. Enjoy music and food while you browse. Sapphire Valley Resort Athletic Field Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Sandra Fischel @ (828) 743-1163 or via e-mail at August 10: Bulrush Pouch at The Bascom make a pouch from soft, wild bulrushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929. August 10-14: The Creative Edge at The Bascom Learn creative techniques from esteemed artist, Mary Todd Beam. Includes daily demonstrations and discussions. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 10: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model at The Bascom Choose your own media for a leisurely session with a male model. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 12: Dinner Time at The Bascom fun family activity where you create a personal place setting for your dinner table. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Rubber Stamping at The Bascom fun family activity where you create unique cards and other paper arts. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Botanical Sketching and Watercolors at The Bascom Explore the local flora and fauna with pencils and brushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Bark for Life at Highlands Recreational Park fun-filled day for dogs and their owners that includes demonstrations and games to benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is $20 per dog each dog receives a Bark for Life bandana and goody bag filled with toys and treats. For more information, contact Louise Hopkins at 828-787-1871.

August 19: Loving Literacy A Premiere Gala at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands includes performance of Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller Accomplice at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 sponsorships start at $500.

August 20-23 & August 27-30: Accomplice at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Performances by Highlands Cashiers Players of this Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller take place at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. For more information, contact 828-526-8084.

August 21: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust: Chimney Top Eco Tour Challenging hike that is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Email or call 828-526-1111 for more information.

August 21: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party - The kickoff party for the Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, presented by The Cashiers Historical Society hosted at the Nancy Hanks House. For more information, call (828) 743-7710 or visit

August 22-Sept. 6: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Presented by The Cashiers Historical Society, this year's showhouse will be the summer home of the late Nancy Hanks, who is widely credited with spearheading the federal government's involvement in the arts. For more information, call(828) 743-7710 or visit

Auust 24-28: Portrait Painting in Oils at The Bascom students work with live model and instructor. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 26: Village Nature Series Lecture at Lonesome Valley @ 6:30 p.m. My Life in the Appalachian Woods by Thomas Rain Crowe FREE for more information, call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Relay for LifeRelay for Life of Mountain Top is holding this very special event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who have been lost. Hosted at Highlands Recreation Center


  1. Jochen Lucke on

    Alisa, Did someone from GCAMA contact you about participating in the Leaf Festival? Just wanted to follow up. Jochen

    First Annual Mountain Music Festival

    July 4, 2009 on The Village Green in Cashiers, NC

    Music lovers UNITE! Join your friends, neighbors and families on the Village Green in Cashiers for a day filled with song, fireworks, food and fun! The Festival will feature the unique musical stylings of ten bands on two stages throughout the day. This years feature bands/artists include: The Isaacs, Lizzy Long, Sierra Hull, Mountain Faith Music, Rye Holler Boys, The Heartland Band, High Windy Band, Tuckers Town, The Hims and Sweet Tater. The Rough Creek Cloggers will also be on hand to perform. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. and doesnt end until the last firework fades. Bring your dancing shoes, lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Tickets are available through the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and are just $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and FREE to children under 6. For more information, e-mail the Chamber at, visit the website at or call 828.743.5191.

    Mountains in Bloom 2009 Garden Festival Highlands, NC July 7-11

    The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is well known for its stunning natural beauty its far as the eye can see vistas, its larger than life waterfalls, its rolling sea of wildflowers lining the valley floor. In a show of celebration of natures beauty, the Highlands, NC community prepares to kick off its 11th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival. Nature lovers throughout the Southeast and beyond will soon descend upon the Plateau for a weekend they wont soon forget!

    The Festival kicks off with a series of lectures, the first of which Flower Remedies: Take Two Roses and Call Me In the Morning will be hosted at The Bascom and presented by Margie Shambaugh at 5:30 p.m. on July 7. Subsequent lectures will be held on July 9 and include the professional advice of famed interior designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and landscape designer/garden restorer, Chip Callaway. This exceptional afternoon hosted at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center is broken into two sessions (8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.), and includes a book signing and a proper English tea at Caf Royal.

    The Flower Show held at Highlands Civic Center on July 10 and 11 showcases three divisions: Horticulture (garden flowers, container plants & native specimens), Artistic (floral arrangements, floral design interpretations of Bascom artwork, childrens floral arrangements) and NEW this year Photography (flowers of all kinds and Western North Carolina scenery). The theme of this years show is Mountain Moments and will include two special exhibits, The Art of Ikebana and Art Projects from The Bascoms Childrens Program. The Flower Show begins July 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and wraps up July 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fun doesnt have to end there! Also hosted at the Highlands Civic Center on July 10 and 11 in the Gymnasium is the much anticipated Home and Garden Shop. Featured for the first time, this exciting attraction is expected to be the highlight of the weekend. Come shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. among the vendors and artists presenting live plants, flowers and specialty items for the home and garden, including garden art, birdbaths, pottery, fountains, garden furniture and so much more.

    On July 10 and 11, The Garden Tour commences with a leisurely shuttle ride from The Highlands Civic Center. The Tour includes the majestic gardens and beautiful interiors of some of the homes in Highlands Falls Country Club, as well as the gardens of an English country estate and a 1800s historic home. Lunch will be provided at the Highlands Falls Clubhouse, overlooking the 17th hole and lake. The Festival also includes a Patrons Party on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. hosted by Paula and Barry Jones the owners of The Summerhouse at their lovely Frog Pond Farm. This extraordinary evening will include a meander through the gardens, cocktails by the lake, and the music of Jim Gibson and his strolling musicians as guests dine under a blanket of stars.

    For more information, to buy tickets or to learn the details regarding sponsorship of this very special event, visit or call The Bascom at 828.526.4949. The folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group are looking forward to attending this years Mountains In Bloom Garden Festival we hope to see you there!