Calendar Of Events

The Chattooga Club Events for August

8/2 - Speaker's Bureau: Kristy Woodson Harvey

8/7 - Burger & Game Night

8/9 - Fashion Show & Luncheon

8/9 - Speaker's Bureau: Dr. Howard Neufeld

8/10 - Pottery Class

8/15 - Mah Jongg Couples Night

8/17 - Chestnut Pool Dinner

8/21 - Burger & Game Night

8/22 - Dinner in the Garden

8/28 - Book Guild

8/30 - Iron Chef Chattooga

8/31 - Bow Wow Brunch

8/31 - Croquet & Cocktails for New Members

Highlands Motoring Festival

 

Longing to have a close-up encounter with a coveted Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing worth somewhere to the tune of two million dollars? Look no further than in your backyard to experience such a rare moment. At the Highlands Motoring Festival in Highlands, North Carolina, you never know which spectacular collectible car will take your breath away. This festival draws a sophisticated group of car collectors who showcase their pride and joy and give you the opportunity to admire and inquire. So, rev your engines and mark your calendars for this year’s Festival, an extraordinary weekend of unforgettable cars, community,  and camaraderie. 


Touted as the “Festival with an Altitude,” the Highlands Motoring Festival (HMF) is proud to shout from the Blue Ridge Mountains that it is the highest motoring festival east of the Rockies. Celebrating its twelfth year, this rapidly-growing, family-friendly event attracts car collectors, enthusiasts, and the curious. This June, it is expecting around 3,500 attendees from across the nation, including 125 car owners for Saturday’s main judging event, “Cars in the Park.” 


The vision behind the Highlands Motoring Festival is to produce a unique educational and social car event, creating a fundraising platform to give back to the community. With most car shows charging a hefty entrance fee, this festival is free to the public, making it even more special as a gift to the community. According to the motoring festival spokesman Steve Ham, “It is exciting to think that an open-to-the-public event like this could inspire someone to start collecting. It is a spectacular opportunity to celebrate the history of the automobile and experience many rare and exotic cars in one place.”


The HMF weekend is chock full of daily events, from “Monte Carlo Night” to a scenic 160-mile technical driving rally called “One Lap of the Mountains” to the grand event, “Cars in the Park,” where a judging competition takes place. Trophies created by a local artist will be awarded to cars designated as Best in Class and Outstanding in Class. This year’s competition registration is already filling up with collectible sports cars like the 1966 Chevrolet Corvette and 1967 Porsche 912 making their inaugural trip to Highlands. Showcased at this year’s festival is an exciting new class of vintage racing cars with an established racing history in famous races such as Le Mans and the Daytona 500.


The level of sophistication of this regional car show is quite evident by the impressive competition. Remarkable past entries include a 1926 Model T and the most unusual of entries, the Amphicar, which operates as both a car and a boat. Copious touring models and high-performance cars are also present. In the case of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, there was not only one at the show a couple of years ago, but three! Entrants are judged in eight different classes with an awards ceremony to follow. The car owners have gone to great monetary and physical lengths to restore and prepare their cars for show. 


Fundraising dollars are raised through Platinum sponsors like Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, and BMW, as well as important local supporters, ticket sales, donations, and registration fees. All net proceeds from the HMF go to charity with this year’s event serving three beneficiaries: The Literacy Council, which endeavors to advance lifelong learning and a knowledgeable community; R.E.A.C.H., whose mission is to prevent family violence in all its forms; and the Community Care Clinic, which provides free medical services to the needy.


If you have a pre-1990 collectible car you would like to register for the Saturday, June 8th competition, go to highlandsmotoringfestival.com. If you want to feel like you are walking onto a James Bond movie set, make a plan to attend any one of the weekend events. The pulse and enthusiasm of this unique class of people and cars is something you don’t want to miss.

Monte Carlo Night
THURSDAY NIGHT, June 6

A high-stakes “gambling-for-good” fundraiser that kicks off the weekend hosted by Highlands Falls Country Club. Expect game tables, hors-d’oeuvres, cocktails, exotic cars, a live auction, and chances to win lots of “play money.” Cost per ticket: $75.

One Lap of the Mountains
FRIDAY DAY, June 7

In its sixth year, this popular road rally is an adventure of a lifetime, giving participants an opportunity to explore a bespoke curvy route through the countryside. A technical rally rather than a timed rally, the event allows participants to meander 160 miles as a group over paved rural roads taking in vast mountain vistas, lush forests, waterfalls, pastures, historic landmarks, flora and fauna, and a multitude of lakes and babbling brooks. Passing road markers like Happy Place Lane and following detailed maps with directional cues such as “take a left at the hound dog by the red mailbox” make the route even more interesting and fun for drivers and their passengers. The lap begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm with a stop for lunch along the way. Only a max of 40 cars are allowed. Register now so you don’t miss this special event. Cost per vehicle: $125 (includes one passenger).

Welcome Party at High Dive
FRIDAY NIGHT, June 7

An evening meet and greet at Highlands’ newest watering hole, from 6 pm to 8 pm for all “gear heads” (that’s industry talk for car enthusiasts). Free to participate. No registration required.


The Main Event: 
Cars in the Park
SATURDAY, June 8

This classic car show with a judging competition takes place in the heart of Highlands at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park beginning at 11 am. Entrance is free for all spectators, but donations are greatly appreciated to benefit three local charities. Competition cars are judged and awarded Best of Class in the following car classes: Touring, Classic, Street Rod and Custom, American Sport and High Performance, Foreign Sport, Foreign Classic, and Trucks/Utilities. This year’s special interest class is Vintage Racing Cars, requiring a racing background in such prestigious and varied venues as Le Mans, Indianapolis, Daytona, Monte Carlo, etc. Competition entry cost: $35.

After the car show ends at 4 pm, “Music in the Park” will round out the night beginning at 6 pm. Free to the public.

Cars and Coffee
SUNDAY, June 9

Located in Wright Square, this casual morning send-off at 8:00 am allows participants and spectators alike to gather one last time, relive the weekend, and make future plans. Free to participate. No registration required. •

 

Bald Rock 2019 Season

May 25 - Memorial Day Dinner

June 10 - Mule Ride and Party

June 15 - Pavilion Dinner

July 6 - Independence Day Celebration / Pavilion Dinner

July 15 - Mule Ride and Party

August 3 - Pavilion Dinner

August 19 - Mule Ride and Party

August 31 - Labor Day Celebration / Pavilion Dinner

September 9 - Mule Ride and Party

September 21 - Pavilion Dinner

October 5 - Chili / Fall Celebration / Pavilion Dinner

A Mountain Christmas

Christmas on the Plateau is much more than a single day or a week. It seems to begin the moment one pushes away from the Thanksgiving table.

Be sure to check out the Highlands ice-skating rink which will be open extra hours during the Christmas holidays. The charge to use the rink is just $5 and ice skates are provided.  For more information regarding the holiday schedule, call the Highlands Recreation Department at 828-526-3556.


With the lighting of these community Christmas trees and the season's kick-off comes thoughts of a tree for one's own home. There is no better place to find a live tree than here in Western Carolina, where Christmas tree farms are a cottage industry. Our region's elevation, excellent soil, and well-dispersed rainfall contribute to its deserved reputation as a reliable source for Christmas trees.


A perfect place to visit is the 80-acre Tom Sawyer's Tree Farm in Glenville, where families can choose and cut their own Fraser Fir trees, measuring from three to twelve feet. While the tree is being packed to take home, visitors can check out the farm's charming village populated with Christmas elves, a craft tent for creating Christmas art, and a storytelling room. Move to the big red barn for food, drink, and evergreen selections, participate in a scavenger hunt and then drop off letters to Santa at his own post office. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage can round out a memorable experience. Tom Sawyer's is open through the season until Christmas Eve for people arriving to the mountains later in December. Please note, because of his busy schedule in December, Santa will only be at the farm on weekends.


Of course, you could choose to create a truly indelible family memory with the “Christmas Tree Package” from Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, the luxury hotel which is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Spend one night, enjoy dinner at Madison's, and take in such family-friendly amenities as popcorn, holiday movies, and games in the Kelsey Game and Theater Room. You can even ask an elf to come to your room to tuck in the children. Awake the next morning and drive to a local tree farm with a voucher for a five-to-six-foot Christmas tree. Now that's a holiday kick-off!


The month-long celebration continues the following week with Highlands' Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m. This tradition draws participation by area marching bands and school groups and boasts a live nativity scene including real camels, the Mountain Garden Club Dancing Ladies and, of course, Santa Claus. Small children are encouraged to bring bags for the candy that is distributed from the various floats. The merchants in Highlands will be competing in a holiday window decorating contest, making Main Street and surrounding streets perfect for strolling all day long. 


Cashiers hosts its Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 8, at noon. This year's parade is titled “Over the River and Through the Woodes” and honors Camp Merrie Woode's centennial. Look for another appearance by Santa and then head to the nearby Community Center for the eleventh annual Christmas luncheon showcasing Cashiers Cares. The luncheon provides a timely opportunity to learn about the work of this “neighbors helping neighbors” organization which supports ten local charities. A hot dog luncheon will be provided by Cashiers Rotary Club, and Santa (he's everywhere!) and Mrs. Claus will be guests of honor for those wanting photos.


Christmas, of course, would not be Christmas without special music and The Cashiers Adult Community Chorus is practicing for its Christmas concert to be presented in the Sanctuary of the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. Selections include the "Sing Christmas" cantata.


Another community offering on December 21 is "A Bluegrass Christmas with Sierra Hull" at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Sierra Hull is a singer and mandolinist who was the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.


Of course, merchants from Highlands to Cashiers will be a big part of the holiday spirit with lots of festive temptations. One must-see is the famed “Christmas Cottage” on Main Street in Highlands which has been a local landmark for more than thirty years. Richard Osborne, who owns the shop with his wife Teresa, says that Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones themed ornaments are very popular this year, as is an electric “climbing Santa” who walks up and down a ladder that can be leaned against a wall. Animated “Christmastime televisions” are also flying off the shelves. A visit here will fortify you for the rest of your holiday shopping and preparations.


And, before you know it, it's here!


Packages wrapped, family safely gathered, pantry fully stocked. By Christmas Eve it's time to slow down and remember what the season is all about. After all, isn't this where the best family memories are made?

Volunteering Opportunities at The Village Green

The Village Green is preparing for a busy 2018 summer season and is asking for volunteers.

  • Groovin’ On the Green - Saturday, May 26 and continued every Friday through August. Volunteer by enjoying Groovin' under The Village Green tent from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, accepting donations and answering questions.
  • July 4th Fireworks - There are two shifts available, 5 to 7 pm or 7 to 9 pm. Responsible for receiving donations, volunteers will have preferred parking and a prime spot to watch the fireworks. 
  • Farmers' Market  - Locally Grown on the Green occurs every Wednesday through September 5. This volunteer position is already filled.
  • Pots on the Green - Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1 from 10:00-5:00 pm. Volunteer at this two-day festival that celebrates the Plateau's extensive pottery culture. Enjoy sitting under a shady tent during one of two shifts 10:00-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 pm. Volunteers are still needed on Sunday, July 1. 
  • Cashiers Plein Air Festival - July 17 - 21, 2018. Pick your favorite volunteering role: wet room, hospitality, operations, or artist demonstration. 

Volunteer by emailing volunteer@villagegreencashiersnc.com

 

A Mountain Christmas

Christmas on the Plateau is much more than a single day or a week. It seems to begin the moment one pushes away from the Thanksgiving table.

The kick-off event takes place the day after Thanksgiving, November 24, so that any guests in town for one holiday can immediately begin celebrating the next. The place to be is Cashiers' Village Green, where from 2 to 5 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Village Green gazebo to hear the Christmas wishes of local boys and girls. There will be games, a few tasty treats, and hot drinks as guests await the traditional lighting of the Cashiers Christmas Tree, a spectacular 65-foot spruce. The lighting will take place between 5 to 6 p.m., accompanied by holiday music. Stay to roast marshmallows and make s'mores around the fire pit.

Meanwhile, over at the Bascom Center for the Arts in Highlands, there will be Gingerbread Workshops at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both Friday, November 24 and Saturday, the 25. Families should register in advance to attend and come prepared to build personalized gingerbread houses, which will be entered in a contest for Bascom gift certificates.

On Saturday, November 25, Mr. and Mrs. Santa will make their way to Highlands at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. An added attraction will be the reading of the Christmas story by local ministers. Song books will be distributed for a community sing-along and local merchants will be offering hot chocolate and cookies. The tree lighting, which takes place at 6:30 p.m., will be especially dramatic as all the other business lights will be turned off for that special moment.

If you're in the park for the tree-lighting, be sure to check out the ice-skating rink which will be open extra hours during the Christmas holidays. The charge to use the rink is just $5 and ice skates are provided. The rink, which opened for the 2017-2018 season on November 9, will be available for extended hours throughout the holiday season beginning each day at 1 p.m. For more information regarding the holiday schedule, call the Highlands Recreation Department at 828-526-3556.

With the lighting of these community Christmas trees and the season's kick-off comes thoughts of a tree for one's own home. There is no better place to find a live tree than here in Western Carolina, where Christmas tree farms are a cottage industry. Our region's elevation, excellent soil, and well dispersed rainfall contribute to its deserved reputation as a reliable source for Christmas trees

A perfect place to visit is the 80-acre Tom Sawyer's Tree Farm in Glenville, where families can choose and cut their own Fraser Fir trees, measuring from three to 12 feet. While the tree is being packed to take home, visitors can check out the farm's charming village populated with Christmas elves, a craft tent for creating Christmas art, and a storytelling room. Move to the big red barn for food, drink, and evergreen selections, participate in a scavenger hunt and then drop off letters to Santa at his own post office. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage can round out a memorable experience. Tom Sawyer's is open through the season until Christmas Eve for people arriving to the mountains later in December. Please note, because of his busy schedule in December, Santa will only be at the farm on weekends.

Of course, you could choose to create a truly indelible family memory with the Christmas Tree Package from Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, the luxury hotel which is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Spend one night, enjoy dinner at Madison's, and take in such family-friendly amenities as popcorn, holiday movies, and games in the Kelsey Game and Theater Room. You can even ask an elf to come to your room to tuck in the children. Awake the next morning and drive to a local tree farm with a voucher for a five-to-six-foot Christmas tree. Now that's a holiday kick-off!

The month-long celebration continues the following week with Highlands' Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 2 at 11 a.m. This tradition draws participation by area marching bands and school groups and boasts a live nativity scene including real camels, the Mountain Garden Club Dancing Ladies and, of course, Santa Claus. Small children are encouraged to bring bags for the candy that is distributed from the various floats. The merchants in Highlands will be competing in a holiday window decorating contest, making Main Street and surrounding streets perfect for strolling all day long.

Cashiers hosts its Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9, at noon. This year's parade is titled Silver and Gold Bells, It's Christmas Time in the Village and honors the Village Green's 25th anniversary and the Volunteer Fire Department's 50th. Look for another appearance by Santa and then head to the nearby Community Center for the tenth annual Christmas luncheon showcasing Cashiers Cares. The luncheon provides a timely opportunity to learn about the work of this neighbors helping neighbors organization which supports ten local charities. A hot dog luncheon will be provided by Cashiers Rotary Club, and Santa (he's everywhere!) and Mrs. Claus will be guests of honor for those wanting photos.

Christmas, of course, would not be Christmas without special music and The Cashiers Adult Community Chorus is practicing for its Christmas concert to be presented in the Sanctuary of the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m. Selections include the God with Us! cantata, Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Another community offering on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. is the Rhythmic Circus performance of Red and Green at Western Carolina University's Bardo Performing Arts Center. A family-friendly celebration of the season, Red and Green is a song and dance extravaganza of rapid-fire tap backed by a seven-piece band.

Of course, merchants from Highlands to Cashiers will be a big part of the holiday spirit with lots of festive temptations. One must-see is the famed Christmas Cottage on Main Street in Highlands which has been a local landmark for more than thirty years. Richard Osborne, who owns the shop with his wife Teresa, says that Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones themed ornaments are very popular this year, as is an electric climbing Santa who walks up and down a ladder that can be leaned against a wall. Animated Christmastime televisions are also flying off the shelves. A visit here will fortify you for the rest of your holiday shopping and preparations.

And, before you know it, it's here!

Packages wrapped, family safely gathered, pantry fully stocked. By Christmas Eve it's time to slow down and remember what the season is all about.

In These Mountains Presents: This is My History by Kenn Kotara

The Highlands Plateau offers abundant inspiration to local inhabitants, visitors, and artists of the area. The Bascom is pleased to announce the work of Kenn Kotara, of Asheville, NC, in this year's In These Mountains. His exhibition, This is My History, includes works that are contemporary, abstract, and grid-based.Kenn Kotara

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16, 5 to 7 pm Artist Talk: 5:30 pm, FREE Giving Trees and Nog Off

The Bascom's annual holiday event is a celebration of local non-profit organizations.

Giving Trees: Local nonprofit organizations decorate holiday trees that are displayed around The Bascom with donation boxes.

Nog Off: Participate in our Homemade Eggnog Competition by sampling and voting for your favorite! Saturday, November 16, 5 to 7 pm. FREE!

Cashiers NC Fireworks Postponed!

fireworks2The Village Green has postponed the Fireworks Extravaganza due to weather and standing water on the lawn at the Village Green Commons. The event will be rescheduled for later in the season. You can visit the Village Green's website for updates at www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Plateau Pursuits December 2011

While the leaves may have left the trees and the majority of seasonal visitors may have drifted away with them, locals and die-hard fans of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau find a sense of peace and childlike wonder in this very special and truly magical time of year. As we bustle about checking items off of our holiday shopping lists, darting from one holiday event to the next, and depleting the inventory in the local Christmas tree lots, we always remember to take the occasional pause to breathe in the crisp clean air and gaze out over the majestic panoramic views of the world below. We delight in those first few snowflakes, and never forget how truly blessed we are to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. This holiday season, we hope you and each member of your family are feeling blessed, as well. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the chance to help you add to your list of blessings as we begin the search for the mountain home of your dreams. If you make it up to our little slice of Heaven this December, there are a number of terrific events planned throughout the month. We hope to see you up on the mountain during this delightful time of year!

Throughout the month of December: Giving Trees, a showcase of festive holiday trees decorated by local non-profit organizations, will be on view at The Bascom through January 3rd. All Giving Trees donations will benefit the participating non-profit organizations.

December 1, 8, & 15: Old Edwards Inn plays host to a Complimentary Culinary Demo from 3:30pm-4:30pm in either the Madison's Restaurant Lobby or the Old Edwards Inn Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.

December 1-10: Gingerbread House Competition at The Bascom - The public is invited to cast their ballots through December 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Awards will be given at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th. The public is invited to the award presentation.

December 2: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Gospel music's Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sounds at 7:30pm. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

December 2-4: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This years house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.

December 3: Gilliam's Promise Holiday 5K takes place in Downtown Highlands. Race Day registration begins at 8:30am with race time at 9:30am. Gilliam's Promise 5K Entry Fees: Elementary/High School Students ($15 of race day) General Public ($25 race day). Long Sleeve Race T-shirts offered to the first 100 racers. Holiday costumes are encouraged; awards will be given for best dressed, as well as to overall top male/female. Awards will also be given to the first and second place finishers of each age group divisions in the male and female categories. 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,70-79,80+. Contact Dave Linn 828-421-7637 or email bringingit2life@yahoo.com for more information.

December 3: Historic Highlands hosts its Annual Olde Mountain Christmas Parade at 11:00 a.m. kicking off a full day of Family Fun!

December 3: Santa arrives at the Highlands Visitors Center immediately following the Christmas Parade (@ noon). He will be there again on December 10, 17, & 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Christmas list requests and photo opportunities.

December 3: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands hosts its Tis the Season Alternative Gift Market at 11:45am, following the Christmas Parade. The festive shopping fun lasts into the afternoon in the Churchs Coleman Hall at 471 Main Street. Call 828-526-3175 for more information.

December 3, 10 & 17: Winter Wonderland at Drakes Diamond Gallery (154 S 2nd St) Come on in for some refreshments and a free souvenir mug. Call 828-526-2673 for more information.

December 3: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands presents a Carol Sing at 2 p.m. and Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. featuring the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet from Western Carolina University.

December 4: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the HUMC Children's Musical titled "None of Us Will Ever Be Quite the Same- The Story of Jesus' Birth at 10:50am during Sunday Morning Worship Service.

December 6-8: Old Edwards Inn & Spa hosts the Jeff Galloway Training Retreat - Two Night Package. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

December 7: The Bascom presents a Holiday Centerpiece Demonstration from 10-11am. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

December 9-11: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This years house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.

December 9: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Annie Moses Band Christmas Show at 7:30pm. An ensemble unlike any in America today showcasing a blend of fiddle, jazz, and classical influences fused with soaring, folk-inspired vocals to create a sound that is both refreshing and familiar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

December 10: Cashiers Christmas Parade, a local favorite tradition, is an eclectic string of floats, music and a variety of marchers. At 1:00 p.m. the line of attractions travels from the south end of the Cashiers Main Street, Highway 107, to the Community Center.

December 10: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts Breakfast with Santa from 8:30am-10am. Suggested Donation is $10 per family. Call 828-526-3376 for more information.

December 10-11: The Highlands Community Christian Chorale will present their 17th Annual Christmas Concert at 5pm both evenings at Highlands United Methodist Church on Main Street. The Chorale will sing traditional carols, classical liturgical choral pieces and some lighter holiday fare. When: Saturday

December 10 & 17: Old Edwards Inn plays host to a Complimentary Wine Tasting in the Lobby from 2:30pm-4pm. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.

December 10: Drake's Diamond Gallery will hold a Reach Diamond Drawing. Call 828-526-5858 for more information.

December 13 &15: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Disney's Aladdin both nights at 7:30pm. Welcome to Agra bah, city of enchantment and the home of Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the evil Jafar. Based on the 1992 Disney animated feature, Aladdin sings and dances its way onto the stage all with the help of the big, blue Genie and three magical wishes. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

December 14: Highlands Biological Station hosts the 2011 Student Symposium from 3pm-5pm. Enjoy wine and delectable refreshments as students present their internship projects. The event will be held in the Bruce Biodiversity Lab (between the administration building and the Nature Center. Call 828-526-2602 for directions.

December 15: Come celebrate the holidays with the Highlands/Cashiers Players as they perform their annual Holiday Reading at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (607 Chestnut Street in Highlands). The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. For information call 828- 526-8084

December 6-18: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This years house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.

December 16: The Audubon Society hosts its Annual Christmas Bird Count at 7:30pm. Admission is free. Call 828-526-2775 for more information.

December 16: Enjoy a sumptuous feast during the Wine Dinner with Hugh Acheson at The Barn at Old Edwards Inn. Meal prepared by Madisons culinary team from recipes pulled straight from the pages of Achesons cookbook. Wine Pairings from Chehalem Winery by Sommelier Curt Christiansen. Diners will receive a personal signed copy of A New Turn in the South." $160 per person, inclusive of wine and cookbook. For those who are not lucky enough to obtain a ticket, you can join Hugh for a cup of coffee and still get his autographed cookbook on Saturday, December 17th at Mountain Fresh Grocery.

December 17: Target date for the opening of the 2011/2012 Ski Season at Sapphire Valley Ski Area weather permitting!

December 17: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Ricky Skaggs- a Skaggs Family Christmas at 7:30pm. If you expect to hear solid acoustic picking, striking vocals, and score of religious carols at this Skaggs Family Christmas concert, you will not be disappointed. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

December 17: Highlands Civic Center hosts La Noche Navidena from 6pm-9pm. Call 828-526-0890 ext.290/252 for more information.

December 18: Highlands United Methodist Church presents the HUMC Choir Cantata entitled "Holy Light" featuring music of N.C. Composer Robert Hobby. Familiar carols in instrumental arrangements with piano, organ, handbells, percussion, brass & quintet. Begins at 10:50am during Sunday morning worship service.

December 18: First Presbyterian Church of Highlands cordially invites you to a luncheon to raise funds for The Highlands Emergency Council's Fuel Program. Luncheon will be prepared by Joel Porter, and will be served from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Please make checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church designated for The Fuel Fund. Reservations would be appreciated and need to be made by Wednesday, December 14th. Call 828-526-3175.

December 23: Drakes Diamond Gallery in Highlands holds a Diamond Dare II Drawing at 12pm. Guests of the Gallery have been invited all month long to guess the number of candies for the chance to win a sparkly Santa surprise. Call 828-526-5858 for more information.

December 24: Christmas Eve

December 25: Merry Christmas from Your Friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

December 25: Madison's Restaurant hosts Christmas at Old Edwards from 12pm-5pm. Cost is $65 per person. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

December 25: Annual HANDS Christmas Dinner in the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Call 828-526-5102 for more information.

December 31: Happy New Year from the Silver Creek Team!

December 31: Ring in the New Year at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. The New Years Eve Celebration kicks off at 6pm and includes $130 Gala Dinner, Live Entertainment, Champagne Toast and "12 Grapes at Midnight". Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

December 31: The Rib Shack at Old Edwards Inn & Spa gives its own variation on a New Years Celebration from 9pm-2am. $20 advance tickets, $25 at the door. Call 828-787-2625.

December 31: Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts a New Year's Party Inn Style; including 7pm Dinner and 9pm party with Champagne Toast at midnight. Call 800-946-6822

December 31: Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro hosts a special New Year's Eve Dinner. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.

December 31: Ruka's Table hosts a special New Year's Eve Dinner. Call 828-526-3636 for more details.

December 31: On the Verandah hosts a New Year's Bash. Dinner only 6:30pm-7:30pm. Late night seating beginning at 9pm with Dinner, Live Band and Dancing. Call 828-526-2338 for more information.

Plateau Pursuits November 2011

Once those beautiful orange, red and gold leaves have left the trees and Halloween is a distant memory marked by a trail of empty candy wrappers, thoughts begin turning to the holidays ahead. Up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a steady stream of cars will wind up the narrow steep streets in search of a relaxing weekend to recharge before the throngs of houseguests arrive. The farmers markets will be bustling as shoppers prepare for their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and calendars will be filled with an endless string of holiday gatherings. Before the month of November comes to a close, neighbors will begin adorning their homes in holiday finery and twinkling lights, and our little slice of Heaven will become even more so with next months promise of Christmas cheer. Its no wonder why we love this place so, and thats why we invite you and your family to come experience this wonderful time of year on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Book accommodations in historic Highlands or Cashiers, the lake towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the popular resort destination of Sapphire Valley. Be forewarned, you may just fall in love with the area like so many families before you. If so, we at Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcome the chance to call you neighbor and help you unwrap one of the best holiday gifts youll ever receive the keys to the mountain retreat of your dreams! We look forward to seeing you up on the mountain this month.

November 3-6: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Wizard of Oz The classic MGM film is brought to life on stage in this two-act production complete with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto, too! Including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and "If I Were King of the Forest," the Oscar winning score will have the audience singing, dancing, and clicking their heels all the way home. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

November 10-12: Highlands Fifth Annual Culinary Weekend - Highlands Country Club. Opening night will be held Thursday, November 10 from 7pm-10pm. Guests will enjoy fine wines and the delectable cuisine of Highlands local chefs. Tickets to the Opening Night Celebration are $75. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, tastings and dinners hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands. View the event webpage at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

November 11-12: Cookbook Signing with Author Sheri Castle at the Mountain Fresh Grocery. Food writer, cooking teacher, recipe tester and developer, Sheri Castle will be signing copies of her newest book, The New Southern Garden Cookbook from 2 to 4 p.m. both days.

November 11: A Taste of the South Dinner with Chef Johannes Klapdohr and his local farm-to-table providers at the Farm at Old Edwards. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, people and flavors that make southern life so delicious! Meet the farmers and producers, and indulge in delicious recipes specially prepared by Madisons culinary team with fresh-picked seasonal bounty. Kick up your heels with Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys. Cocktails served at 6:30p.m. with dinner to follow at 7p.m. Price: $95. Call (828) 787-4263 for more information.

November 11: Viva la France Dinner at the Inn at Half Mile Farm. The Inn is pleased to be partnering with Tim Lundy from Rosewood Market and Steve Pignatiello from Pignatiello Wine Importers. Extraordinary chefs from Rosewood Market will be preparing a fabulous multi-course French dinner; each course paired with one of the fine French wines, personally selected by sommelier, Steve Pignatiello. Guests are in for a tantalizing French treat! For more information, call 1 (800) 946-6822. Wine and Hors doeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m., with Vive la France dinner to follow at 7:00 p.m. Price: $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

November 11: Craft 2 Table Dinner Rukas Table will be partnering with Stone (San Diego), Left Hand (Colorado), Bells (Michigan), Allagash (Maine), Dog Fish (Vermont), and Mother Earth (North Carolina) to bring you the absolute best and hard to find in American craft beers perfectly paired with food native to that region. Great food, great beer, unforgettable experience! Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.

November 11: Mollydooker Shake Up at the Lakeside Restaurant this incredible culinary event features the Australian wines of Sarah and Sparky Marquis, Mollydooker! Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and the Lakeside staff as they present the newest dance move, The Mollydooker Shake. Enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner paired with Mollydooker wines that promise to Wow! Event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for more details. Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity

November 11: Pahlmeyer Dinner hosted at The Gamekeepers Tavern Event consists of an evening filled with Pahlmeyer wines, a light reception and then plated dinner. Call (828) 787-4263 for more details. Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Price: $125 plus tax and tip.

November 11: Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox Lambert Bridge wine and food tasting brought to the nth degree at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands. Call (828) 526-3807 for more details. Event begins at 7:00 pm. Price: $95 plus tax and gratuity.

November 11: Creole/Cajun Themed Dinner at on the Verandah complete with a live band and many extras. Call (828) 526-2338 for details. Price: $65.

November 11 & 12: Come one and all to The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out featuring live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.

November 12: The Saucy Sisters will be at The Christmas Tree in Highlands for a Champagne Reception and Book Signing of their book On the Hill from 11am-4pm. Call 828-526-3687 for more information.

November 12: Live Cooking Luncheon From the sea to the oven in the Sicilian tradition is an exploration of traditional Sicilian seafood dishes with Chef Nicholas Figel and Christopher Dupont. Hosted at Cyprus International Cuisine in Highlands at 12 p.m. Call (828) 526-4429 for details.

November 12: Hog Wild An American craft beer, pig picking and music festival. Come to The Smokehouse to check out different craft beers from all over America. Hang out, listen to great music and sample different parts of a whole smoked hog from noon to 5 p.m.! Call (828) 526-5000 for details.

November 12: Head to Downtown Highlands from 12pm-4pm for their annual Sip and Stroll event a popular element of the Highlands Culinary Arts Weekend - Enjoy a glass of wine and a special treat at each of these participants: Acorns, Alexandras on Main, The Christmas Tree, Drakes Diamond Gallery, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, John Collette Fine Art, Mtn. Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flowers and Garden, Two the Nines, Vivance & Vivance Too, Xtreme Threads and ending up The Ugly Dog. Tickets for Saturdays Sip & Stroll are $35 and can be purchased in advance via the website www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

November 12: The Bascom hosts a Giving Trees and Nog-off Reception from 5pm-7pm. Vote for your favorite eggnog and get a peek at the festive trees created by non-profit organizations. Contact 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 12: Cellar Gems Dinner at on the Verandah Join Chef Andrew Figel for a four course dinner featuring William Selyem, Turley Vineyards plus other gems from the cellar. Call (28) 526-2338 for details. Price: $95.

November 12: Fire with Guest Chef John Fleer at Rukas Table Chef Mitch Sheppard along with Guest Chef John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen present Fire, featuring seven courses each presented with different methods of FIRE. Chefs will hand select red and white wines from around the world to perfectly compliment each dish. This will be an evening you do not want to miss! Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3636 for details.

November 12: The Opus One Experience at Lakeside Restaurant featuring the esteemed Bordeaux- style blends of Opus One. Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and Regional Opus One Sales Manager Karen DAmour as they uncork four vintages of Opus One: 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. Take part in an extraordinary evening savoring a delectable menu that will complement these outstanding wines. Event begins at 7p.m. Call (828) 526-9419 for details. Price: $175 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: Life is a Cabernet Dinner at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro Featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars Wines. An evening filled with culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember! Champagne and appetizers served at 7 p.m., dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. Call (828) 526-3807 for details. Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity.

November 12: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Little Big Town at 7:30pm Honored with nominations from the country music association, the musical stylings of Little Big Town relies heavily on the Sweet Sounds of four part harmony and rhythmic guitar. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.

November 19: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts presents Guy Penrod and Lynda Randle at 7:30pm. Come witness the talent and inspiration of these two major names in Southern Gospel music. Call 877-415-7315 for more information.

November 19 & 26: Kick-off of a four week Youth Arts course on Saturday mornings at the Bascom devoted Christmas Crafts from around the World. Additional classes will be held December 10 and 17 (no class December 3). All classes run 10am-12pm. Youth will learn about other cultures and make crafts that can hang on the tree or be given as gifts. Each class will cover the art and culture of two different countries. Cost is $40 Bascom Members / $45 Non-members. Call 526-4949 ext. 100 for more information.

November 22: Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Highlands Civic Center at 6pm. Call 828-526-0542 for more information.

November 24: Happy Thanksgiving from the Silver Creek family to yours! This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for our clients, our talented local architects and builders, and the fact that we get to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

November 24: Bistro on Main in Highlands hosts a Thanksgiving Buffet. $32.95 per person/$14.95 for children 9 years or younger. Located at the Main Street Inn - reservations recommended 828-526-2590.

November 24: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Old Edwards from 11:30am-5pm in Madison's Restaurant. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

November 24: Enjoy a very special Thanksgiving Tradition from 11:30am-3pm at Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro. Adults $26/ Children $17. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.

November 24-December 25: Local radio station WHLC FM 104.5 kicks off the 18th Annual Sounds of Christmas.

November 24: Pull a chair up to the table for Thanksgiving at Fressers Eatery from 11:00am-3:00pm. All dinners are served with fresh baked breads, cranberry orange relish, choice of one entree, three sides, and a choice of dessert. Adults $36/children 10 & under $17. For reservations, please call 828-526-4188.

November 25-27: The Christmas House benefiting the Village Green in Cashiers opening weekend. Come see the former Library Restaurant transformed by local designers and merchants, into a magical place for the whole family. This year's house is sponsored by Silver Creek Real Estate Group. For additional information and hours, please call our office at (828) 743-1999.

November 25 & 26: As part of their Family Art Experience Series, the Bascom plays host to a Gingerbread House Workshop. Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their creations in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. The public is invited to cast their votes Tuesday-Saturday, November 29-December 9, 10 am-5 pm. The winners will be announced at 10 am, Saturday, December 10, the public is invited. Classes on November 25 are from 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, and on November 26 from 10am-12pm. Tuition is $40 Bascom member/$45 non-member. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 25-26: The Bascom hosts the Artists' Marketplace in The Dave Drake Studio Barn from 10am-5pm. Free Admission. Call 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 25-26: 24th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Art and Craft Show at the WCU Ramsey Center from 10am - 5pm A perennial favorite for Christmas shopping at great prices! Authentic crafts from the hands of 100+ regional artisans. Admission is $3.00 and children under 12 are Free. Call 828-524-3405 for more information.

November 25 & 26: Santa will be at the Highlands Visitor Center from 10am-3pm. Please bring your children by to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas (and dont forget your camera). Hell be back later in the evening on Saturday (approximately 7:15 p.m.) following the Tree Lighting (see below).

November 26: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts the Highlands Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Fun for the entire family! Please call 828-526-2112 for more information.

November 26: The Bascom hosts Friends Around the Globe Children Activities from 1pm-3pm. Cost is just $12. Call The Bascom at 828-526-4949 for more information.

November 26: Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts a Complimentary Wine Tasting from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the Lobby. Call 828-787-2525 for more information.

November 27: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Presents Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at 2:30pm and 7:30pm Overflowing with 40 beautiful Russian dancers and set the Tchaikovsky's famous music, this holiday favorite features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life puppets and nine hand painted backdrops with 3D effects. Acclaimed by the press as "thrilling, breathtaking, astounding, and spellbinding, this lavish and magical production of the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition that will create lifelong memories for the whole family!. Call 877-415-7315 for tickets.