Blog :: 09-2010

October 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

Events on the Highlands-Cashiers PlateauAs the leaves on the trees begin to change, our excitement grows! Fall is an exhilarating time in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina not just because the natural beauty of the area seems heightened with the addition of brilliant shades of green, red, amber and gold, but because Fall is a time of celebration, of festivals, of community. We know that some people will hear about a local festival or the changing leaves, and make the drive up the mountain to our very special corner of the world for the very first time. They will discover our little slice of Heaven along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and from that point on they will be forever changed. Some may be so moved by their visit that they will choose to put down roots of their own here, while others may simply elect to make us part of an annual family tradition of Fall in the Mountains. Whether this is YOUR first time or youve been here before, we invite you and your family to come and see firsthand what makes the village of Cashiers and the neighboring towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville and Lake Toxaway so unique. Meander through our shops, pick the perfect bunch of tree-ripened apples at our Farmers Market, stroll through a festival on the Village Green, take in a breathtaking sunset over a mountain lake however you choose to spend your Fall, we hope you will make Western North Carolina a part of it.

October 1: Groovin on the Green at The Village Commons in Cashiers Live Music performed by Brian Ashley Jones. Performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and join us for this FREE family-friendly event under the stars.

October 1: Friday Night LIVE in Downtown Highlands - 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Town Square. Friday Nite Live is a fun, family friendly evening featuring live music and is organized by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

October 1: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION Seated Dinner Gala & Live Auction at The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands 6 p.m. Call 828-526-4949 to purchase tickets.

October 1-3: Highlands Community Players present a Small Stage Production of Signs and Wonder at the Highlands Performing Arts Center a Gary Carden Premiere Performance. Alec Fenton, an American by adoption and his wife, Marjorie, an American of Greek origin, live with their two children in Athens. Both Alec's business life and his tender relationships with his daughter are guided by a playful but deeply felt need to interpret the smallest details of the world as significant. Under the influence of powerful signs and premonitions, Alec allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with a colleague, Katherine, eventually leaving his family and returning to America with his lover. Once there, however, the same belief system urges him back home for one final attempt to win back his family. But his new quest is endangered by the presence of a political activist, Andreas, in his family's life. Andreas becomes the victim of a series of incidents, each one more threatening than the last. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. all three evenings. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 2: ART, DESIGN, CRAFT CELEBRATION at The Bascom in Highlands 5 to 8 p.m. An evening of Bluegrass, BBQ and Microbrews. View and purchase works from the special juried exhibition, American Craft Today (on exhibit October 2 thru December 18), with most works for sale. For more information/tickets, call 828-526-4949

October 2: FREE Annual Community Fish Fry at the Cashiers Community Center at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dessert donations welcome. Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Community Council.

October 6 & 7: Oktoberfest Old Edwards-Style. The Farm at Old Edwards will be transformed into a mini-Munich for guests of Oktoberfest Old Edwards Style to experience the culinary prowess of German Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr as he prepares a traditional German feast with an Old Edwards twist. Enjoy perfectly paired wines and beers of Germany in the rustically intimate setting of The Farm on Thursday evening cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7 p.m. It all starts with an hors doeuvre reception followed by a four-course family-style Bavarian Feast. Bottles of German wines will be passed at the table, and a Bier Sellar will be set up in The Barn. Live music from the Gootman Sauerkraut Band will set the stage for a memorable event. Guests of the dinner at The Farm will take home a commemorative Old Edwards glass stein. Festivities also include a FestHaus Celebration at Wolfgangs Restaurant on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. and FREE Tasty Bites of Food and Wine by two German Chefs at Wolfgangs on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional Oktoberfest fun all month long at the Rib Shack. Special accommodation package available at the Old Edwards Inn space is limited, so call 828-787-2625 TODAY.

October 7: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents its "Sundown at Sunset" celebration; for more information, call 828-526-1111.

October 8-10: The Second Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley Three day festival featuring Fall Home Tour, Pumpkin Carving Contest, KidsFest, Boat Tours of Lake Glenville, Live Music, Arts and Crafts Show, and so much more. Promises to be the event of the season so you wont want to miss it! Please drop by the Silver Creek Real Estate Group tent on the Village Green and say hello!

October 8: The Highlands Playhouse presents The Tramp and the Roughrider John Muir meets Teddy Roosevelt in this inspired production that benefits the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Production begins at 7 p.m. Tickets $35 ($30 members). Refreshments, music and silent auction begin at 6:30. For more information, call (828) 526-0890 ext. 320.

October 9: Womens Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-787-1010

October 15: Lonesome Road Band with Charles Wood performs at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/person. "Great acoustic music" is the statement that best describes the music of The Lonesome Road Band. Using the traditional tools of bluegrass in creating their music, to categorize them strictly as bluegrass would be a misrepresentation. Their repertoire consists of everything from Bill Monroe's "My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'" to the Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin". The group's haunting, bluegrass inspired harmonies stir the souls of even the most mundane listeners. Their approach to the music they perform is undeniably top shelf. The vocals are up front with lead and supporting harmonies weaving effortlessly. Their vocals blend so well that it is difficult to tell who is singing each part. Call 828-526-9047 for more information.

October 16 & 17: Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Festival at Wyndham Resort at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828)743-1163.

October 28-31: Life With Father presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Players at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. This timeless family drama revolves around the Day family: father, mother Vinnie, their four red-headed sons and an assortment of friends and relatives. All are involved in the epic struggle between Father and Mother who is determined to have Father properly baptized. Directed by Ronnie Spilton. Tickets $20/person. For more information, call 828-526-8084. Performances: evenings @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 2:30 p.m.

October 30: Downtown Highlands hosts Halloween in Highlands from 6 to 8 p.m

Second Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley

Greater Cashiers Merchants Association Makes Ready to Host 2nd Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley - October 8, 9, & 10, 2010

Strategically scheduled for the heart of peak leaf season in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Second Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley promises to be even bigger and better than its inaugural event. While thousands descended on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau this time last year for the First Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley, even more visitors are expected for this years festivities hosted by the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association and sponsored by the Highlands/Cashiers Board of Realtors. It is anticipated that mountain overlooks will be packed with spectators hoping to capture the majesty and beauty of Mother Natures colorful display on everything from high-tech digital cameras to camera-phones to disposable point and clicks, as they wind their way up the mountain to the historic destinations of Cashiers, Sapphire Valley and beautiful Lake Glenville.

We were extremely pleased with last years Festival from start to finish, explains Jochen Lucke, Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) Board Member and owner of Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We hosted dozens of home tours, more than 2500 people attended the Festival on the Village Green, nearly 100 boat excursions were given, hundreds of guests attended the pancake village at the Christmas Tree Farm, and we hosted a jam-packed concert under the stars at Sapphire Valley. As terrific as it was, we immediately began discussing ways to make it even better!

This years Leaf Festival will witness the return of the popular boat excursions on Lake Glenville, the Fall Tour of Homes, the work of talented regional artists and artisans on the Village Green, and live music at The Village Commons. Spread throughout the neighboring communities of Cashiers, Sapphire Valley and Lake Glenville additional events and venues for this years event include:

Cashiers: Merchants Open House featuring shop events and sales Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists and Vendors Fair on the Village Green Friday Noon to 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Village Caf concessions by local restaurants such as Carolina Smokehouse, The Gamekeepers Tavern, Wild Thyme Caf, The Zookeeper Bistro, and the Inn at Millstone. Pumpkin Carving Contest Split into two categories 14 & under and 15 & up. Carved pumpkins to be turned in for judging between 1 to 6 p.m. at the Festival Info Tent on the Village Commons. Winners for funniest, ugliest, scariest and best overall will be announced at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Groovin on the Green Concert Featuring Hurricane Creek Band at the Village Commons on Friday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Live Music on two stages all day Saturday & Sunday. Realtors Tour of Homes featuring distinctive mountain retreats available for purchase (please drop by Silver Creeks Tent on the Village Green for a map of homes) Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Childrens Event at the Village Play Saturday Noon to 3 p.m. Christ Church Worship Service Featuring the Rye Holler Boys on the Village Commons at 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Lake Glenville: FREE Boat Tours of Lake Glenville and surrounding waterfalls Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. Excursions set sail from Signal Ridge Marina. Local Artists & Craft Show at the Glenville Community Development Club on Highway 107N Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Pancake Breakfast at Tom Sawyers Tree Farm Saturday 7 to 11 a.m. Adults $5/Kids $3. Farm Tours available all day. Please visit the Pumpkin Patch at the VFW Glenville on Highway 107.

Events at Sapphire Valley are TBA. To learn more about this years Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley, find out how to get here, research places to stay, and read up on the schedule of live entertainment visit

We know weve got a highly unique area up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. On one hand, we have breathtaking views at every turn and unbelievable climates due to our higher elevations providing us with beautiful changes in seasons. On the other hand, we have an eclectic array of specialty shops and fine dining, a strong arts & culture base and striking architecture in countless gated communities with resort-quality amenities from Highlands to Sapphire. Weve carved out an upscale little niche into the side of a mountain, and we hope to spread the word of our little corner of the world by continuing to host special events and invite neighbors from far and near to join us in the celebration.

To join in the celebration year-round by becoming a permanent member of the Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville or Lake Toxaway communities we invite you to visit the Silver Creek Real Estate Group Tent on the Village Green during the event and introduce yourself to us. To learn more about the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek, please visit us online at Cant make it to the Leaf Festival but are still interested about touring available homes and land on the Highlands Cashiers Plateau? Simply call Silver Creek Real Estate Group at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>, e-mail us at, fill out our convenient online contact form, or drop by our offices conveniently located just west of the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at CreekSide Village the next time youre in town.

Jochen Lucke and the rest of the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group hope to see YOU at the 2nd Annual Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley on October 8-10, 2010!