Blog :: 05-2010

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

Plateau Pursuits June 2010

As spring gives way to summer in late June and the scent of mountain laurel blends perfectly with the heavenly aroma of hundreds of charcoal grills on a mountain breeze its easy to see (and smell) why the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has served as a favorite retreat for families for well over a hundred years. Between the rolling hills and scenic views from our many award-winning golf courses, the crystal blue waters of our mountain lakes and streams teeming with trout, the miles upon miles of hiking trails promising endless days of adventure, and our treasure trove of eclectic shops and dining establishments the towns and villages of Western North Carolina offer a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of life off the mountain. Aside from our many amenities and wealth of natural beauty, there is always a long list of events in and around the area for you and your family to enjoy. They serve as an excellent introduction to this one-of-a-kind corner of the world and the wonderful people who make this community great. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this June. For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>, e-mail us at or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and well take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! Mark your calendars for the following June events and happenings:

June 1- 2:Center for Life Enrichment presents Digging in the Dirt - If you have ever wanted to dig in the dirt and search for artifacts, hoping to uncover a piece of history, this is your chance. Dr. Jane Eastman is taking a group of Western Carolina University students to Spikebuck Mound in Hayesville and has offered a few spaces to CLE. The excavations will focus on a small Cherokee settlement dating from the 1200s. Participants will join this group for two days to assist with the documentation, excavation, and processing of archaeological evidence from the site. Field equipment will be provided, but participants should bring their own work gloves, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Close-toed shoes are required. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Carpool departs from PAC back parking lot promptly at 8, and returns to Highlands at approximately 5. It is recommended that you either bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase one in Hayesville. Cost:$100 (CLE will donate proceeds to the WCU Archaeology Fund) HURRY! There are only 5 slots available! For more information, visit the CLE website at or e-mail your request to June 1:Highlands Audobon Society presents a Field Trip to Hale Ridge Road and the Rabun Bald area to look for breeding birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate June 2:Center for Life Enrichment presents the Southern Highlands Reserve near Toxaway - a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands. The Reserve is open to academic and horticulture professionals on an invitation only basis and is graciously offering this special session to the Center for Life Enrichment. Located at an elevation of 4500 ft, the Reserve is divided into two distinct areas, the Core Park and the Natural Woodlands. The Core Park is home to destination gardens such as The Wildflower Labyrinth and Vaseyi Pond and is surrounded by 100 acres of natural woodland that features waterfall and cliff communities. Presenter: John Turner. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Carpool departs promptly at 10 and returns approximately at 1:30. Bring a Bag Lunch and walking shoes. Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members. Only 20 slots available. For more information, visit June 3:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon an HCLT Eco Tour. Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email for details. June 3:Highlands Nature Center presents Why am I Concerned about Climate Change (and think you should be to!) by Lenny Bernstein of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit June 4, 11:Celebrating the Performing Arts Center Tenth Anniversary PACs Small Stages presents the Highlands-Cashiers Players production of Parallel Lives by Mo Cafney and Kathy Najimy. The play is a series of vignettes addressing womens issues, young and old. All of the parts are played by women - male and female parts! The hilarity ensues as you meet Mad & Syvie, Candida & Mrs. Kenny Rogers, Hank & Karen Sue, the Disney Moms, and more. Variety Magazine called it A smart, provocative show. With Broadway World announced that it is Uproariously funny! Parallel Lives contains adult language and situations. Similar in structure to "Saturday Night Live," it parodies life as we know it. For more information, visit June 4:Center for Life Enrichment presents BONSAI: The Mini Tree in the Performing Arts Center (downstairs) - Bonsai conjures up images of tranquility and patience. It is a unique living art form enjoyed and practiced by diverse cultures, utilizing the lessons of nature to improve the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humankind and our relationship to the environment. This presentation will cover the history and horticultural art form of bonsai and will include a demonstration and display of several examples. Presenter: Hubert Jones. Time:10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 members , $35 non-members. For more information, visit June 5:Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Recreation Park sponsored by the US Forest Service 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to kids aged 15 and younger. Bring your own rod, reel and bait! Kid's must be accompanied by an adult! June 5:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents the 4th Annual Land Trust Day - Treat yourself while supporting local business and your land. Visit our website at for a list of participating Conservation Business Partners. For more information, call 828-526-1111. June 5:Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The first in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; 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. For more information, visit June 6:Center for Lie Enrichment Annual Preview Party at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Entertainment featuring Nancy Avera, Storyteller portraying Fannie Rollins in the humorous story of a town gossip (as written by John Henry Faulk), as well as a performance by Local Cloggers, Anne Brissey and Pauline Marr. Time: 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. Cost: Open to the public Please R.S.V.P. 828-526-8811. Immediately following the performance will be CLEs 2010 Preview Party for all members and those wishing to join for 2010. Many of our presenters will be in attendance. Hors doeuvres and wine will be served. For more information, visit June 7:SOAR Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club. For more information, visit Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. June 8:Heritage Weaving Demonstration: Sheep to Shawl with Debbie Bryant at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit June 8-11:Highlands Nature Center presents "WOW!- a World of Wonder" for kids ages 4 to 6. Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon daily. Cost: $35 per child. The natural world is an amazing place! Come and have fun as we play nature games, hike through the woods,search for critters, and explore the pond and stream. Who knows what interesting things we may discover!?!? For more information, visit June 10:Highlands Nature Center presents A Wilderness of Possibility And the Possibility of Wilderness with Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. For more information, visit June 10:Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit June 10:Pinnacle Party at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit June 10:SOAR Auction at the Highlands Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Begins at 5:30 p.m. . For more information, visit June 11-13:Need a break from stress? Time to yourself to simply think? Join us for a short weekend retreat by yourself or with family and friends. During the self-guided retreat, you decide how to spend your time at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Staff will lead an optional hike and host a campfire with smores, but we want you spend your time doing what you need to do to relax, rejuvenate, or get energized. Call (828) 526-5838 ext 0 or visit for additional information and pricing. June 12:Arts & Crafts Festival on the Village Green in Cashiers begins at 10 a.m. June 12:Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) in Highlands. Includes Sprint Race of 5 - 7 hours including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event, and mountain biking; and Elite Race of 10-12 hours including running, mountain biking, water event, rappelling, and orienteering. For more information please call 828-526-0224 or visit June 12: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The second in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; 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. For more information, visit June 13-July 3:Highlands Playhouse presents Smokey Joe's Caf A musical theatrical revue by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller - two men who are credited in the invention of Rock n Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying show that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Smokey Joes Caf features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including hits such as On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock,Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9and Im A Woman. With each song becoming a trip down the corridors of American culture, Smokey Joes Caf transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre. Smokey Joes Caf was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joes Caf. Their music won a Grammy Award in 1995. Tickets are $30/person. For more information, call please call 828-526-2695 or visit the Highlands Playhouse online at June 14:Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents Birding Hot Spots - A program featuring members nature pictures and adventure stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate. June 15-18:Highlands Nature Center presents "Amazing Animals" for kids ages: 7-10. Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $45 Per Child. How do birds fly? What is a mammal? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Are spiders insects? Come and find out as we study different animal groups through hands-on activities and field observations. For more information, visit June 15:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon as part of their eco tours series, including guided hikes and day trips. $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations required: 828-526-1111 June 15:Center for Life Enrichment presents Creative Stenciling at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Cant draw? Cant paint? Love color and feel creative? Transform a plain shirt or jacket, customize napkins, accent a wall, monogram your stationary, turn a cast off lamp into a striking accent all this is possible when you explore the many applications of stencils. You will learn how to do a trial board and then plan and execute a project. Stencils and paint supplies for the sample project will be supplied. Bring a shirt, a napkin, notecards and start stenciling. Instructor: Martha Porter Time: 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Cost: $40 members; $50 non members Supplies Included (other than listed above) Only 12 slots available. For more information, visit June 16:Center for Life Enrichment presents Showcasing the Chef at Cyprus Restaurant. Join Chef Nick Figel on a river journey starting in China, traveling on the Mekong River, through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and ending in the Gulf of Thailand. As we pass rice paddies, jungles and the abundant foliage on the river banks from the highlands to the delta, we will explore Southeast Asian cuisine as an expression of Chinese culture. You will help prepare and then, more importantly, dine on delectable dishes from five countries. Time: 12:00 2:30lunch included). Cost: $45 members, $55 non members. Only 24 slots available. For more information, visit June 17:Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Patrons Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley @ 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dust off your pearls and dancing shoes for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Societys Pawsitively Purrfect Evening. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction with some pawsitively purrfect items. Auction highlights include resort travel, golf packages, a dinner party in your own home by Two Men and a Grill, jewelry, and artworks. Tickets are $375 per couple and $185.50 per individual - proceeds benefit the CHHS. For more information, call 828-743-5752 or visit June 17:Highlands Nature Center presents Water, Water Everywhere, But is it as Clean as You Think? with Jenny Sanders and Bill McLarney of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit June 19:Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents Birding Hot Spots - A field trip to birding hot spots around Highlands to look for summer resident birds. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate. June 19: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The third in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society (last three to occur in July); 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. For more information, visit June 21:Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Registration deadline is June 9th. Send your tax-deductible donation and sign-up information to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741; or Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, 770 Country Club Drive, Highlands, NC 28741, attn: Kevin Gabbard, Golf Pro. June 22:Center for Life Enrichment presents Acting Up How to Enrich Your Theater Experience at the Highlands Performing Arts Center (upstairs). Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on the stage? What it takes to be an actor? What goes on behind the scenes? Come join us for a fun filled, informative morning with Ronnie Spilton. We cant promise to make you a star, but we assure you that your play-going experience will be enhanced. Participants will receive one complimentary ticket to one production of the 2010-2011 Highlands Cashiers Players Theater. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit June 22-25:Highlands Nature Center presents Junior Ecologists for kids ages: 11-14. Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm daily. Cost: $55 per child. Discover what field biologists do as we conduct real science both at the Biological Station and at off-site locations in the Nantahala National Forest. have Fun measuring the forest, mapping stream salamander communities, studying pond life, collecting insects, performing bird counts, and inventorying small mammal species. For more information, visit June 23:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their Village Nature Series in Cashiers. Come learn something new at these free and fun educaional lectures. This lecture features the Wonders of Life with Bill Lea. Time: 6:00 pm. Cost: Free. No reservations required.Call 828-526-1111 or visit for more information. June 24:An Evening in Monte Carlo at the High Hampton Inn - Enjoy an evening on the French Riviera (in Cashiers) that will have you saying Cest Magnifique! REACH of Jackson County presents their seventh annual fundraiser, An Evening In Monte Carlo. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and ends around 10:30 PM. An Evening In Monte Carlo will be filled with music and dancing to the sounds of Hurricane Creek, which has played at several REACH benefits in the past. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, drinks, no-stakes casino-style games and a silent auction featuring many unique items from the area as well as high-adventures experiences. Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting REACH of Jackson County at 631-4466 ext 207, or by visiting United Community Bank in Cashiers. June 24:Highlands Nature Center presents Let's do it: The Sordid Secrets of Avian Sex with Rob Bierregaard of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit June 25:Green Living Fair at the Cashiers Village Green featuring green home tours, hikes, eco-fashion show, food, and music. Hosted by Jackson - Macon Conservation Alliance - call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands. June 25-27:A Walk in the Park at Memorial Park Cemetery - Shuttles will depart from the Community Center. Throughout the years, attendees of the Highlands Historical Societys Walk in the Park have learned about the lives of early Highlanders. This years event will focus on the lives of seven talented, energetic women, who were ahead of their time. For more information about the HHS Walk in the Park visit June 26:Music on the Grounds of the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit June 26:Green Living Fair at Highlands Recreation Park - Vendors, artisans, green home tours, classes, cooking demos, food, and fun kids projects. Hosted by Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance - call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands. June 26:Franc DAmbrosio performs at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Critically acclaimed one man show featureing BROADWAY Songs of the Great White Way. Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's award winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, D'Ambrosio's resume includes playing Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in the Godfather III and performing as guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies. Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D'Ambrosio is at his best performing on stage for a live audience. Handsome and engaging, he will delight you with his memorable renditions of many of the best loved songs from the Broadway classics. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. For more information, visit June 29:Center for Life Enrichmnt presents Beginning Drawing at the Highlands Civic Center. Drawing is a learned skill and anyone can do it. With a minimum of supplies you can record your travels visually, represent the things which matter in your environment and have a lifelong relaxing hobby. Drawing is a necessary prerequisite to painting and other art classes. In this class you will learn about contour, negative space, perspective and use of value to create dimension and depth. Supply List: Artist Pencils: 2B, H, and Ebony, a gum eraser, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and drawing pad 11"x14" or 14"x17". Presenter: Mary Judernatz. Time: 9:30 12:00 p.m. Cost:$75 members; $85 non-members. Only 10 slots available. For more information, visit

Asheville Regional Airport Adds New Tampa, Florida Flight to its Growing Roster

The Word Is Out Western North Carolina Has Become a Major Destination for More Florida Travelers

As more and more Florida families discover the wonderful mild climates and beautiful scenery that Western North Carolina has to offer, airlines are beginning to herald their request for direct flights from the Sunshine State to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether these travelers seek to escape the throngs of vacationers arriving daily to Floridas shorelines and amusement parks, or they simply want to catch a glimpse of the sun setting over a peaceful mountain lake whatever the reason, AirTran has added two major flights out of Florida to nearby Asheville Regional Airport in as many years.


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AirTran launched an Orlando-Asheville flight to its regular schedule in 2009, and based on its popularity and demand for more flights to/from other Florida cities has recently debuted a direct flight from Tampa International Airport to Asheville Regional. Flights from Tampa arrive once daily Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and depart on the same days. Asheville Regional Airport has added three other flights from major destinations in the last year alone including Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth and New York City. To book YOUR flight into or out of Asheville Regional Airport TODAY, visit their website at Asheville Regional Airport is just a quick and picturesque one-hour drive to Sapphire Valley and Cashiers. In less than short three hours, you could trade Floridas unbearable summer heat for a crisp mountain breeze as you relax in a rocking chair overlooking some of the worlds most scenic vistas tall glass of sweet tea in hand.

We feel we should warn you once youve discovered all of the charm and grace that Western North Carolina and more specifically the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has to offer, you may never want to leave. If thats the case, Silver Creek Real Estate Group is here to help! Our talented team of experienced brokers is dedicated to helping you and your family find the perfect primary residence or vacation retreat to fit both your needs and your dreams. To begin your quest for the ideal mountain home for your family, we invite you to view our listings online at To schedule a personalized tour of the area and available homes/properties, call us at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>, e-mail us at, fill out our online contact form or pop by our offices, conveniently located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. Have a safe flight!

Possibilities abound at Bear Lake Reserve near Cashiers NC

Incredible Real Estate Opportunity Mountain Lake Community in Western North Carolina

Nestled in Western North Carolinas beautiful Tuckasegee Valley and situated along the shoreline of pristine Bear Creek Lake, the secluded 2,100 acre community of Bear Lake Reserve is a true vacationers paradise. Bear Lake Reserve successfully combines the concepts of community, luxury, leisure and nature together with amazing results. Whether seeking a mountain vacation home or a primary residence, Bear Lake Reserve has many options for the discerning homebuyer. Custom home sites are available on the shores of Bear Creek Lake or tucked away within the ancient forest that surrounds her. The 2- to 4-bedroom Craftsman-style cottages are offered in a variety of floor plans in a number of neighborhoods throughout the community ideal for the adventurous growing family or peace-seeking empty nesters. The 2- and 3-bedroom condominiums found at the Mountain Lodge offer awe-inspiring views of the Lake and easy access to the Lake Club. The Lake Club considered to be the crown jewel of Bear Lake Reserve includes a lakefront pool, outdoor community hearth, theater room, fitness center, restaurant and tavern. For a list of some of the homes for sale in Bear Lake Reserve, please click here. If you are interested in purchasing a lot and building your own mountain retreat, please click here. For a complete list of homes and lots for sale in Bear Lake Reserve, please contact one the agents at Silver Creek Real Estate Group.

The Bear Lake Golf Club features a 9-hole, 29 par course by Nicklaus Design ? with sweeping 40 mile views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and valley below. While the course provides golfers with its own set of challenges, perhaps the biggest challenge may be to tear your eyes away from the stirring panoramic vistas and keep your eye on the ball. The Amphitheatre at Golden Farm proves a picturesque spot for a wedding or summer concert. Bear Lakes Mill Pond Pavilion is a peaceful outdoor retreat framed by tall white pines, overlooking a mountain stream, trout ponds and the charming ruins of an old springhouse. Family-friendly Bear Creek Park features open hearths for cooking or telling ghost stories in the firelight, babbling brooks for splashing, and a teepee and tree houses for exploring. There is no shortage of things to do at Bear Lake Reserve, but residents are always welcome to enjoy their time at the Lake doing absolutely nothing at all. At the heart and soul of this unique mountain lake community, Bear Creek Lake was constructed by Nantahala Power and Light Company in the mid-1950s to provide hydroelectric power to the area, and has been enjoyed by families in the area ever since. Her 476 acres of crystal blue waters are teeming with trout, bass AND adventure.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to announce their listing of a fabulous large tract of land an astounding 1,571 acres at the North side of Bear Creek Lake, situated across the lake from Bear Lake Reserve. This incredible tract of land encompasses 4.5 miles of beautiful lake frontage, 2 miles of trout stream and the awe-inspiring 120-foot drop from the Sol Creek Waterfall. Land like this is what has been drawing people to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina since the early 1800s! Developers - just imagine the possibilities!!! To learn more about this incredible real estate opportunity or schedule a tour of the matchless Bear Lake Reserve, contact the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek TODAY! We can be reached by calling <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>, by e-mailing your request to, by filling out our online contact form or by dropping by our offices conveniently located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide. We look forward to the opportunity to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind prospect in this one-of-a-kind community.

Silver Creek Spotlight: Cashiers Historical Society

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 1800s 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 villages founding fathers, Colonel John Zachary first constructed the home in the mid-1800s. By the mid-1990s, the Society was approached by Robert Red Bubba Tolbert to help save the home which had become a part of his familys 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 worlds 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 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

Silver Creek Spotlight: Midnight Farms in Cashiers, North Carolina

At Midnight Farms in Cashiers, art doesnt just imitate life art is a WAY of life. This extraordinary home furnishings store in the heart of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau promises to excite your creative senses and meet all of your home furnishing needs. The masterminds behind Midnight Farms Jim and Pat Grady offer a unique approach to rustic elegance and traditional dcor with their vast inventory of distinctive home furnishings, Adirondack-inspired furniture and unusual accessories. First debuted to seasonal visitors and locals in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1997, the Cashiers location is a landmark and the first of two stores. The Cashiers store offers 4,500 square feet of high-end furniture, artwork, accessories and more. The Gradys daughter, Rhesa serves as co-owner, manager and buyer of Midnight Farms second location a 100-year-old cabin that is listed on the National Historic Register near Biltmore Estate in Asheville which opened in 2006. Rhesa and her mother share the same innate ability to merchandise their stores in such a way that gives shoppers a true taste of how Midnight Farms goods and design services can transform any home into a cozy retreat.

Husband, father and owner Jim Grady is a consummate artisan and professional woodworker who designs and builds a complete line of elegant rustic furniture on the premises of the Cashiers store. His inspiration comes from the root of rustic style originating in the Adirondacks. Natural elements like roots, burls, bark, antlers and organics that abound in the Southern Appalachians are incorporated into each piece. Exciting paint colors and glazes are often added to enhance the beauty of his works of art. No two pieces are exactly alike, and Jim enjoys taking each piece to a new dimension. Visitors to the Cashiers store are invited to see Jims creations in the making his workshop is located behind the cottage showroom. Jim will gladly accept custom orders to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your home to your specifications with exceptional detail and fine craftsmanship.

Midnight Farms and their design team have often participated in the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, and their work has been featured in several publications including Views Magazine and the book Rustic Revisited: Innovative Design for Cabin, Camp and Lodge by Ann Stillman OLeary (2006).

In addition to Interior Design services and Jims complete line of custom rustic furniture, Midnight Farms also presents European antiques, accent furniture, upholstered furniture, cypress and willow porch & patio furniture, lighting, bedding and linens, accessories, window treatments, cabinets, media consoles, tables, and more. Their website at features an online catalog where visitors can view photos of some of the Gradys unique stock. Please call them at 828-743-5858 or send them an e-mail at for pricing or to place an order. Midnight Farms now ships nationwide! If youd rather visit the store and see their incredible inventory firsthand, Midnight Farms in Cashiers is located at 336 Highway 107 North simply travel 3/10 of a mile north on Highway 107 from the Cashiers Crossroads, and the barn and showrooms will be on the right. Jim, Pat and Rhesa look forward to the opportunity to help you transform YOUR house into a home.

Silver Creek Spotlight: The Decorative Touch in Cashiers, North Carolina

Priscilla Wodehouse isnt one of your average, everyday resort village shopkeepers (not that theres any such thing as average or everyday in Cashiers, NC). Between her popular Highlands-Cashiers Plateau store - The Decorative Touch, and her highly revered home decor services - Mountain View Interior Designs, she offers her clients a real design experience. As an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers with more than 40 years of design experience under her belt, Priscilla is one of Western North Carolinas foremost authorities on the subject of tasteful home dcor.

The Decorative Touch and Mountain View Interior Designs both found their origins in Greenville, Mississippi in 1970. With the humble beginnings of an accessory shop, The Decorative Touch soon evolved into an antique and interior design hub for the entire city of Greenville and most of the surrounding area. When Priscilla moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, The Decorative Touch moved with her and reopened to rave reviews from the locals. For many years, Priscilla served both commercial and residential clients near the beaches and greater Jacksonville area.

The Decorative TouchIn 2005, Priscilla sold the Ponte Vedra branch and moved to the historic mountain village of Cashiers North Carolina. It was here that she again found the ideal match for her taste and talent. In addition to her interior design work, she opened a marvelous shop near the Cashiers Crossroads and filled it with fabulous art, tasteful furniture, designer rugs, custom made window treatments, precious china, decorative pillows, and great accessories to finish any home from the mountains to the city to the shoreline and beyond. Priscilla brings years of experience and a discriminating eye to the rustic approach of design. She offers a unique sense of casual elegance and sophistication to each and every one of her clients. Since becoming a treasured member of the Cashiers Community, Priscilla and The Decorative Touch have taken part in such popular area events as The Chinquapin Designer Showcase and The Cashiers Designer Showhouse.

The Decorative Touchs Philosophy and Mission Statement perhaps explains Priscillas approach to her work best: We are a creative service company and desire to make the homes our clients dwell in be the warmest and most inviting our collective talents can produce. Our aim is to create a space for families to live and love in, be it on vacation or for our ever-growing year-round couples who enjoy the peace and quiet of the winter after our busy social season has subsided. We want to use the colors and styles that you, our customers, feel best living with, but with our suggested ideas and concepts based on years of experience. With our knowledge encompassing hours of research from antique shops to design centers all over the world and our endless library and list of contacts, we can help you to achieve the rooms youve been enviously dreaming about. We can create and design from scratch spaces that take all of your needs and desires into a completed space of your own. If you can think it, we can do it. We can design furniture, window treatments, re-design spaces, and accessorize with our outstanding vendors of art, objects dart, rugs, lamps, anything you need. We offer sophisticated cabin as well as traditional, casual and everything in-between. Working with your vacation furniture or starting from a bare room, we will work with you to produce a fabulous finished space that is uniquely your own.

The Decorative Touch in located at 121 Highway 107 North in Cashiers. For more information and store hours, call 828-743-7787 or visit their website at Priscilla looks forward to the opportunity to work with you to create a space thats uniquely your own!

Silver Creek Spotlight: Brookings Outfitters

Silver Creek Spotlight: Mens Retail and Sporting Gear in Western North Carolina Brookings Outfitters Says Go Outside and PLAY!

Perfectly perched in the popular resort village of Cashiers (a little slice of Heaven seemingly custom designed for any outdoor enthusiast), Brookings is proud to be Western North Carolinas premier outfitter. This shop offers just about everything a sportsman might need from clothing, to footwear, to fishing and hunting supplies heck, they even have everything mans best friend might need, as well. An Orvis-endorsed outfitter, Brookings is owned and operated by true outdoorsy types all experienced hunters, fishermen, outfitters and guides. In addition to their retail services, Brookings offers fly fishing schools and lessons, as well as guided day trips to the Davidson and Tuckasegee Rivers two of Western North Carolinas best known trout rivers. Brookings guides can also advise the would-be fisherman and hunter on the very best places in the area to fish and hunt (trust us, theyve done their research), as well as the basics like where to get a fishing permit, outline the dates of local hunting seasons, and check out the current river levels & conditions.

Brookings OutfittersNewly opened, the Brookings Lodge offers the ideal get-away for a group of fly fishermen, hunters or those who just wish to enjoy the natural splendor of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The Lodge is a beautifully restored historic cabin in a private, hillside setting mere steps from the eclectic shops and fine dining of Cashiers Village. Lodge amenities include 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, dining room, a wood burning fireplace, game room, and outdoor fireplace. Special accommodation packages are available with all inclusive guide services and combined discounted lodging rates for a terrific base camp at the heart of any outdoor expedition.

To book your reservations at the Brookings Lodge, learn more about Brookings Outfitters and their fly fishing schools, or to shop their wares online please visit their website at Brookings is located behind Tommy's Coffee Shop on 107 South. They look forward to helping you suit up to go outside and PLAY!

Silver Creek Spotlight: Victorias Closet

Silver Creek Spotlight: Western North Carolina Business & Retail GREEN is the new Black at Popular Cashiers Shop, Victorias Closet

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse has always been in vogue at Victorias Closet! This trendy consignment shop located at the heart of Cashiers, North Carolina has been clothing the people of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and beyond since they first opened their doors in 1991. The brainchild of Vicki Victoria Fray of Ft. Myers, Florida, Victorias Closet is now owned and operated by local fashionistas, Ballard Rogan and Kerry Stranger. These three ladies have worked hard to create the perfect shopping environment for the earth-friendly, yet chic bargain hunter.

Located in Alexander Gardens at the heart of Cashiers on Highway 64 East (1/4 mile east of the Cashiers Crossroads), Victorias Closet is comprised of three stores Victorias Closet, VC For Men and the NEW Victorias Sportswear for over 7,000 square feet of fine fashion, boutique clothing, estate jewelry, furs, everyday wear and overstock items from other retailers. They offer the largest selection of upscale consignment clothing in the Southeast, as well as designer frocks and exciting new seasonal arrivals.

The Mens Store VC for Men is located just down the hill, 100 yards from Victorias Closet in a charming log cabin, circa 1920s. Men can peruse the fine selection of suits, slacks, dress shirts, shoes, golf wear and everyday wear or sit back and relax in a rocker on the front porch while their female shopping companions take their time exploring more than 6,000 square feet of showroom floor between Victorias Closet and Victorias Sportswear right next door.

Victorias Closet is open year-round, with current in-season hours (now through October) of Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ballard and Kerry welcome you to pop by the store and discover what all the buzz is about. Tell them the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group sent you! To learn more about Victorias Closet, please call the store directly at 828.743.9575 or visit them online at

Silver Creek Spotlight: Rusticks Furniture & Accessories

Cashiers, North Carolina Retail: Home Furnishings and Decor

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to shine a light on the incredible people and businesses that make up our unique community high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This month we are honored to highlight a locally owned retail shop in Cashiers, aptly dubbed Rusticks. Claiming a rustic yet sophisticated feel to the wares that they offer, Rusticks features everything from upholstered and leather furniture, hand-crafted furniture hewn from old wood and refurbished European pine, English and French antiques, outdoor furniture and a wide assortment of distinctive accessories and gifts for the home. They also offer design services to help you decorate YOUR new mountain retreat.

There is a story behind every shop that hangs its shingle out, but this one is particularly representative of the Blue Ridge Mountain Dream. Opened in 1992, Rusticks quickly became a fan-favorite for locals and seasonal visitors alike. Owners Ann and Rody Sherrill who originated from Lookout Mountain, TN bought a second home in the resort town of Highlands, North Carolina. Ann took great joy in decorating their new home and received rave reviews from visitors also seeking a rustic yet sophisticated look. Husband Rody a recently retired corporate executive wished to begin a joint business venture with his wife, and the idea of offering unique furniture, accessories and gifts through a retail shop near their new seasonal home town seemed intriguing. Originally located in a small storefront in Chestnut Square in Cashiers, Rusticks opened to such acclaim that they faced two expansions before moving to their own spectacular free-standing Adirondack style building at Canoe Point on Cashiers Lake. Even the new site had to be expanded to include a second floor showroom in 2006. This year marks Rusticks 19th year in business. The Sherrills continue to own and operate the shop with the assistance of their store manager of 11 years, Laura Jane Stanton.

Rusticks is a much loved stop along the way for both visitors to the Highlands-Cashier Plateau and natives, and has been an active participant in the popular Cashiers Designer Showhouse since 1999. The shop has been featured in the pages of Veranda Magazine, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, WNC Magazine and Second Home Magazine. Opened seasonally only, Rusticks 2010 season runs through November 27. The doors are open Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays). Rusticks is located just south of the Cashiers Crossroads off of Highway 107 South at 32 Canoe Point. To learn more about this unique shop and thriving business, visit Rusticks online at If youre in the market for a one-of-a-kind home in the mountains to showcase all of your fabulous finds from Rusticks, call Silver Creek Real Estate Groups experienced team of brokers at 828-743-1999 or pop by our offices in the Shoppes at CreekSide in the heart of Cashiers.

Silver Creek Spotlight: Carolina Artist, Karen Weihs

Silver Creek Spotlight: North Carolina Art & Culture Carolina Artist, Karen Weihs

Silver Creek Real Estate Group enjoys turning the spotlight on some of the incredible people and places that make up our wonderfully rich and unique community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This month, wed like to introduce our readers to a wildly talented local artist, Karen Weihs. This self-described Colorist of the Carolinas finds inspiration for her paintings in the varied landscapes that reach from the streets and shorelines of her beloved native Charleston, South Carolina to the majestic mountaintops of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in North Carolina. Perhaps best known for her color-rich abstracts, her stunning landscapes and her quaint plein air oil paintings, Weihs innovative use of color and texture makes her art seem to virtually leap from the canvas. Her work graces the walls of galleries in Charleston, Asheville, Charlotte and in nearby Highlands at John Collette Fine Art. Inspired by the vision and guidance of fellow talented artists Franck Licciardi, Andrew Peters, Alan Campbell, Bill Jameson, Ann Templeton, Roberta Remy and others Weihs now shares her craft and wisdom with others. Along with husband, restaurateur Chris Weihs the two have hosted special Lifestyle Workshops at their Skylight Farm in Cashiers, combining creative spiritual enlightenment and art with private/group cooking classes. Karen recently released her first book, Out of My Mind which combines art instruction with life lessons, business advice, and a personal journey for anyone in a creative quest. Copies can be purchased at Progressive Galleries in Lancaster, PA, Blackbird Art or by calling (828) 226-4024. She is scheduled to appear at The Bascom Art Museum in Highlands for a book signing on Friday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. The Bascom is also offering the following special art classes with Karen for Spring/Summer 2010:

"TRY ME OUT" Classes: May 16-17 and August 1-2, 2010 A 2 day class introducing attendees to the principles of design and oil painting with mini lectures and student hands on collaboration with the paints. Using one large collaborative canvas for everyone to make marks on with different tools, this painting will be finished by the end of the class and put on exhibit at the Bascom. This class is designed for anyone desiring to learn how to paint in oils - absolutely no experience or supplies needed. This user-friendly class is designed for fun interaction, and there will be a wine party at the end of the second day to celebrate the collaborative experience.

"STILL LIFE OUT OF THE GARDEN" a 4-Day Oil Painting Workshop: May 25-28, 2010, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This 4-day oil painting workshop will be themed toward painting fruits, vegetables, nests and garden-related objects for a contemporary view of still-life with a color twist. This fun class will include learning the harmonious palette that Karen is known for, her organizing for success theory, as well as color temperature & harmony toward strong contemporary design.

For more information and pricing, visit or call 828.526.4949. To learn more about this extraordinary artist and view some of her art online, Silver Creek encourages you to visit her website at If youd like to become part of this amazing community high atop the mountains and rub elbows with the likes of Karen and Chris Weihs, call Silver Creeks talented team of brokers at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>, e-mail us at or fill out our online contact form. We also invite you to visit our website at to peruse our listings or drop by our offices conveniently located in the heart of Cashiers, near the crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide.