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Happy New Year from your friends at Silver Creek!

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Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year. This greeting comes to wish you a New Year thatll bring a happy assortment of lifes finest things; Health, happiness, joy and good luck! Have a wonderful year!

Jochen Lucke Annetta Mull Dan Allen Lesley Howard Ray Trine

Your premier source for real estate in Cashiers, Lake Glenville, Lake Toxaway, Highlands, and Sapphire

Plateau Pursuits December 2011

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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.

This Thanksgiving, Silver Creek Real Estate Group is Thankful for YOU!

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As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near and the people of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau bustle about in search of linens, dishes, and fresh food to adorn their Thanksgiving tables, the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is reminded that we have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost, we want you to know that we are thankful for YOU. From the vendors, brokers, builders, developers, media specialists, interior designers and clients we have had the pleasure of working with over the past few years, to the future friends and customers we have yet to meet it is you who makes everything we do so rewarding.

2011 has been a year filled with blessings. We are blessed to have formed strong collaborations with DuPont Registry, a number of premier developments in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, and a bevy of wonderful, discerning buyers and sellers. Just this month we welcomed a new member to our team, veteran broker and local resident Ray Trine. Chief among our blessings is the fact that Silver Creek has steadily grown in reputation and stature through our dedication to building relationships and the ideal of delivering dreams to every client we serve. We are very proud that Silver Creek isa leading real estate firm in sales in the greater Cashiers area.The company founder, Jochen Lucke was recently recognized by the Greater Cashiers Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year.

Lastly, we are thankful that our offices are located in one of the most beautiful places in the world the mountains of North Carolina and that we get to do what we LOVE for a living every day. We cant begin to express the joy we feel when we run into one of our new neighbors at the local farmers' market, at a community festival, or at the country club, particularly when they are one of our clients who we helped find the home of their dreams. While we are always sad to see neighbors go, we truly appreciate those clients who look to us to help them find the ideal buyer for their home so that they may move on to lifes next adventure. Long story short during this time of Thanksgiving, we simply wish to say Thanks! to you all.

From the Silver Creek family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Have yet to discover the natural splendor and tranquility that can only be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina? What are you waiting for? Silver Creek can help you find the mountain home of your dreams something to share with your family and friends, and to be truly thankful for in the coming years. To begin the quest for the home where you can host next years Thanksgiving feast, call us TODAY at 828-743-1999!

Silver Creek Real Estate Group Building Relationships, Delivering Dreams.

Silver Creeks own Jochen Lucke Recognized as Business Person of the Year

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Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Silver Creek Real Estate Group Founder with the Award at Annual Banquet

During the 28th Annual Awards Banquet hosted by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at High Hampton Inn and Country Club, the highlight of the evening for the brokers of Silver Creek Real Estate Group was the presentation of the Business Person of the Year to company founder, Jochen Lucke. In addition to his management of a highly successful and bustling full-service brokerage firm serving Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Toxaway and Lake Glenville, Jochen is deeply involved in the Greater Cashiers community. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Village Conservancy, The Village Green, and the Greater Cashiers Area Merchant Association. He and his wife Adrienne are active members of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

I am both honored and humbled by this recognition, says Jochen. I wish to thank the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as my talented team at Silver Creek and our wonderful clients for making this a possibility. My staff and the people we serve make me feel like Business Person of the Year on an almost daily basis. Im very fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living helping families find the home of their dreams in what I feel is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

Plateau Pursuits November 2011

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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.

Plateau Pursuits October 2011

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How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. ~ John Burroughs, American Writer and Naturalist (1837-1921)

With Autumns arrival comes a great transformation to the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina. Theres a stirring in the air, creating an undeniable sense of excitement. Colors seem more vibrant somehow, and the air becomes more fragrant. A cool breeze carries with it the scent of wood burning in a distant hearth. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful blanket of red, orange, gold and green covers the valley floor and climbs to the highest peaks. The farmers markets and roadside stands boast bushels of freshly picked apples and squash of every shape and size imaginable. Children dart back and forth in search of the perfect pumpkin for this years Jack-o-Lantern. The ever-charming town centers come alive as people clad in fall sweaters and denim meander through an eclectic collection of shops or attend a bevy of harvest-themed festivals. There are truly no words to describe the awesome beauty of Autumn on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau its something you simply must experience for yourself. We hope youll do just that this October. Start a cherished family tradition this fall and pay a visit to the historic Village of Cashiers, the resort Town of Highlands, or the quaint neighboring towns of Sapphire, Glenville, or Lake Toxaway. To help you plan your visit, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group in Cashiers have compiled the following calendar of events:

September 30 October 1: The Bascom hosts its 2nd Annual Celebration! Art, Design, Craft beginning with the Motown in the Mountains Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. hosted on the Terrace at the Bascom featuring the sensational sounds of Motown paired with Cashiers Farmers Market BBQ and the Tools in Motion Exhibition Opening. Just $35/person to attend. Saturday's Celebration! Auction Gala and Dinner will also be hosted on the Terrace at 6 p.m. Evening includes live and silent auction, dinner, and exquisite works of fine craft art. Tickets are $225/person. For more information, call 828.787.2896.

September 30 October 9: Hear Whats in the Heart A Shoemakers Tale at the Highlands Playhouse. Written and performed by Steve Scionti and directed by Anthony Crivello, this highly touted drama has been playing to sold-out houses from Los Angeles to New York City. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

Throughout the month of October: Head to Highlands to enjoy Oktoberfest at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Delight in the culinary talent of the resorts Executive German Chef Johannes Klapdohr with Bavarian wine, beer, cocktail and dinner specials all month long! The Spa at Old Edwards will be offering a Fall into Bliss Pumpkin Apple Peel, and The Hummingbird Lounge at the Old Edwards Inn will present live music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to close.

October 1: The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands plays host to the PAC Bluegrass Series. Chatham County Line takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $75. Call 828-526-9047.

October 2: Afternoon of Song with the Atlanta Opera at Highlands Performing Arts Center from 3-5pm. All proceeds benefit Gilliams Promise, a 501 C3 corporation devoted to drug and alcohol prevention that provides scholarships to the children of Highlands. General Tickets $35; Sponsors $100 - includes reception following the performance. For tickets and info, call Highlands PAC at 828-526-9047. October 5: Art and Fashion For Fur - a fundraiser to benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society takes place at Jorges Place in Cashiers from 7pm - 10pm. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, silent auction, art, fashion, and fun. Tickets are $35 for sale in advance at Jorge's Place and the Gallery on the Green in Cashiers. For more information call 828-743-5752 or 828-743-4175.

October 6: Book signing at the Hudson Library in Highlands from 4:00-5:30pm. Angela Dove, award winning columnist and author, will be speaking about and signing her new book. "No Room for Doubt". The event benefits R.E.A.C.H of Macon County. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $20. Contact Bonnie Pickartz at 828-342-2831 for more information.

October 7-9: Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival We love this season so much, we designed a festival around it! Join us for three days jam-packed with talented artists, terrific music, delicious food, and fun kids activities in the heart of Cashiers at the Village Green. Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 8: Womens Club Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Recreation Center and Highlands Own Art and Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-526-3556.

October 8: Highlands Historical Society Fall Festival a celebration of the harvest on the Plateau that features a pumpkin decorating contest, exhibit of old-fashioned creativity in making children's toys, home decorations, and mountain music by local bands. Come enjoy the beauty of a fall day while enjoying music, and good food. For more information, call 828-787-1050.

October 8: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts another installment of the PAC Broadway Series. Robert Cuccioli takes the stage at 8pm. He made his Broadway debut as inspector Javert in Les Miserable, and is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed for performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde. Tickets are $60 and $100. Call 828-526-9047.

October 10-14: Highlands Historical Society hosts Kelsey Kids - A 5 day camp that provides children ages 9- 11 with an interactive program designed to personalize the history they learn in school. They will learn about Highlands History through fun activities like a field trip to the Foxfire museum in Mountain City where they will see brooms made, and try their hand at blacksmithing and woodworking; a visit to Prince House where they will learn about life during the Victorian era; a presentation by quilting expert, Liz View; and much, much more. For applications contact HHS at 828-787-1050.

October 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents another installment of their PAC Storytelling Series. Carmen Deedy shows off her tale-weaving talent at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25/$35 for adults. Call 828-526-9047.

October 14-15: The Highlands Civic Center plays host to the Fall Colors Fine Art Show, presented by The Art League of Highlands.

October 14: Teddy Roosevelt Returns in "Laugh Loudly and Carry a Big Stick at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Joe Wiegand, widely regarded as the nation's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor, brings Roosevelt to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way of convincing you that you are in the company of the great Rough Rider President. Wiegand is an expert showman and storyteller, portraying Roosevelt as a family man, politician and servant. An amazing poignant and humorous presentation of the 26th president of the United States. Box office opens at 5:30, the 90 minute show begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $35 per person and the proceeds benefit the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. For tickets and information please contact Michelle Price at 828-526-0890 ext. 320.

October 14-16: Antique Show at the High Hampton Inn. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society.

October 15: The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation presents Pour Le Pink 5k Walk/Run for Breast Health! This brand-new event begins and ends on the camus of the hospital. Funds raised will go toward maintaining HCHs state-of-the-art equipment as well as financial aid for HCH patients. The event begins at 8am and is open to male/female runners and walkers of all ages. Registration is $30. To register, become a sponsor, or for additional race details please visit www.highlandscashiershosptial.org or call (828) 526-1313. The race is being organized with assistance by Highlands Roadrunners Club.

October 15: The Bascom in Highlands invites families to drop in from 10am-4pm for Pumpkin Painting! Cost is just $5, and this fun activity is open to everyone, ages 6 and up. Contact 828-526-4949.

October 15-16: Sapphire Valley Craft Show sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Sapphire Valley Resort. This two-day event features handmade crafts, quality folk art, live music & food, and much more.

October 23: The Empty Bowls Project luncheon a very special fundraiser designed by The Bascom to feed the hungry in Highlands and Cashiers. At 11:30 a.m., the Presbyterian Church in Highlands and the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers will play host to a lunch featuring bread and soup donated by local restaurants, and served in hand-thrown bowls created by the talented artisans of The Bascom. Cost is $15 per bowl and diners will be able to keep their bowl as a memento. All proceeds will go to The Food Pantry in Highlands and Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers.

October 27-November 6: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents The Kitchen Witches. No, they don't ride on the brooms or cast spells in this comedy. They are rival TV cooking show hostess who have disliked each other for 30 years ever since a suitor courted one but married the other. The two women are forced to combine cooking shows and the insults they cook up for each other earn their program the name of Kitchen Witches. The show becomes an unexpected hit and the two "witches" learn facts about each other that change their relationship. Call 828-526-8084 for tickets and more information.

October 31: Downtown Highlands hosts a special Halloween trick-or-treat event sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Main street will close to traffic, and merchants will pass out candy.

October 31: Happy Halloween from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

End of October: Highlands Historical Society Historic Village including the Highlands Historic Museum, the Prince House, and Bug Hill Cottage closes for the 2011 season.

End of October: Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds in Cashiers closes for the 2011 season.

Plateau Pursuits September 2011

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With college football already in full-swing, the fall equinox just within reach on September 23, and cool crisp breezes giving the first hints that a change is in the air, the team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group is getting excited about the inevitable arrival of sweater weather. With sweater weather comes a steady stream of visitors to the mountains here to witness Mother Natures Art Show as she paints each leaf in fiery shades of red and orange, and warm shades of yellow and brown. The Farmers Market in the heart of Cashiers will be overflowing with shoppers in search of the tastiest apples, the plumpest pumpkins, and the freshest pies. Among those guests to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, a handful will be so enthralled with the awesome beauty of the region that they will choose to lay down roots here as so many happy families have done before them. You and your family just might be one of them. When youre ready, the experienced team of brokers at Silver Creek will be happy to help you find the ideal mountain retreat or the perfect site on which to build the home of your dreams. While the peak of leaf season may still be a few weeks away, there are still plenty of wonderful sights and events to draw you here. Weve compiled a September calendar of events below for you to plan your visit around, and look forward to seeing you up on the mountain soon!

Fridays & Saturdays in September: Highlands Historical Society Museum located in the Highlands Historical Village at 524 North Fourth Street is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 828-787-1050.

Fridays & Saturdays in September: The historic Zachary-Tolbert House located on Highway 107 two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads is a beautiful vernacular Greek Revival structure that serves as headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society. The home and grounds are open for tours every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 828-743-7710

Fridays, September 9-30: Craft Days at the Bascom from 11 am-4 pm Try your hand at classic American crafts by participating in a one day lesson by leading artists in the field. Sign up for papermaking, weaving, gourd art and jewelry. Tuition: $50 members. Level I: No art experience or one year and less. Level II: 2 - 5 years art experience. Level III: 5 years art experience through professional artist. For more information, call 828-787-2896.

September 10: Relay for Life - Highlands Falls Par 5K at Highland Falls Country Club 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit Highlands Relay for Life. Par 5K individual ($25.00 Race Day) or Team ( 3 individuals walking or running 1 mile each, $45.00 Race Day). A breakfast will be offered to all racers after the race. Spectators may purchase breakfast tickets during/after the PAR 5K. Contact Person: Dave Linn bringingit2life@yahoo.com.

September 10-30: Summer House Idea Showhouse @ 2089 Dillard Road. Proceeds benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Call (828) 526-5577 for details.

September 10 & 11: Nicole Chillemi Performs at the Highlands Playhouse at 8 p.m. on September 10 and at 2 p.m. on September 11. Featuring her recent recording of Mention of You in addition to her fresh versions of such timeless standards as The Best Is Yet To Come, You Go To My Head and Where Or When.

September 11: Highlands United Methodist Church hosts In Memoriam Cantata at 10:50 a.m. This special musical tribute to the victims of the 9/11 disaster features music by various composers. In addition to music, event will include personal recollections/reflections from persons who were directly impacted by this tragedy. Church is located next door to Kilwins on Main Street Highlands.

September 11: Bel Cantos 19th annual recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center will continue its proud tradition of presenting some of the finest young voices in the opera world today. The performance will be followed by a sumptuous dinner at the Highlands Country Club included in the price of the ticket. This years featured performer is Tenor Stephen Mark Brown, who first attracted national attention in 1992 as a winner of the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti Competition, and has performed with New York City Opera, lOpera Fran�ais de New York, and the Canadian Opera Company, among others. Contact Bel Canto for tickets by calling (828) 526-1947.

September 12: Headwaters Outfitters hosts A Guided Canoe Trip on the Chattooga River - Join the river guides of Headwaters Outfitters for a day of fun on the Chattooga River, one of the few remaining free-flowing streams in the Southeast. The setting is primitive with dense forests and undeveloped shorelines and the trip includes an 8 mile stretch with one significant rapid. The activity fee is $145.00 per person and includes river guides, canoe, paddle, lifejacket, lunch and optional transportation. Paddlers provide their own weather appropriate clothing and other personal gear. Minimum age for this trip is 13. Reservations are required, and are confirmed with a 50% deposit, with balance due day of trip. Please call 828-877-3106 for more details or to make a reservation.

September 13: 4 1/2 Street Block Party in Highlands from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Celebrate 150 Years of Hospitality at 4 1/2 Street Inn (100 years old) and Colonial Pines Inn (50 years old). Join the Innkeepers for a cookout with live music by "Tom Hill & the Midnight Suns." Tour the Inns, dance, and enjoy old-fashioned hospitality. Free. Parking available courtesy of the PAC Center on Chestnut Street. For more information contact Helene & Rick at (828) 526-4464 or Donna & Chris at (828) 526-2060.

September 16: Groovin on the Green in downtown Cashiers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring Chairs, Blankets, Picnics, Beverages and Friends to this FREE concert featuring The Carol Strickland Band presented by the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association. Food is available at the concert or order takeout from one of our fine area restaurants. For more info, please call 828-743-1630.

September 16-17: The Highlands Biological Foundation hosts the 12th Annual Native Plant Symposium at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Since 1999, the symposium has been held to promote the use of native plants in gardening and landscaping. This year, woody plants will take the spotlight, with field trips and guest speakers focusing on the value of native trees and shrubs in gardening and landscaping. The event will also feature a wine reception and plant auction. The Botanical Garden at the Highlands Biological Station is funded by the proceeds of the Native Plant Symposium. Registration fees are $100 for members, or $135 for non-members. For more information, call 828-526-2221.

September 16, 23 & 30: Headwaters Outfitters hosts Discovery at Dusk - a Guided Canoe Trip. Slip your canoe paddle into the tranquil waters of the French Broad and ease your way down stream as the days light fades to dusk. The sounds and life of the river this time of day just can't be compared! You'll paddle 8 miles, approximately 4 hours downstream through what many claim as the most beautiful section of the French Broad River. Every trip provides the opportunity for a wide array of wildlife observation around every bend. Reservations are required and are confirmed with a 50% deposit. The trip fee is $55.00 per person which includes; canoe, paddle, life jacket, transportation to & from the river, and river guide.

September 17: Highlands Historical Society Dahlia Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Highlands Historical Village at 524 N 4th Street. njoy this 1st annual Dazzling Dahlias celebration of the beauty of these flowers that grow so well on the Plateau. See exhibits of dahlias from local gardens, and learn tips to success from local growers. Anyone who would like to enter their dahlias in the exhibit should contact the Highlands Historical Society at 828-787-1050. The exhibitor fee is just $10. Registration forms will be available in and around Highlands and Cashiers at various locations. Judging will take place with eight categories, and prizes will be offered. The festival is open to the public. The Museum, The Prince House, and The Bug Hill Cottage will also be open for touring. Music and refreshments will be served.

September 17: Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosts the 2011 Fall Gorge Clean-up at 8:30 a.m. At least 40 volunteers are needed to help in this very important clean-up effort. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center to sign up at 828-526-2112.

September 19: The Highlands Bolivian Mission hosts the All Male Beauty Pageant at The Highlands Playhouse at 8 p.m. with a complimentary wine bar beginning at 7:30 p.m. (courtesy of Bryson's Food Store.) The beauty pageant is performed every other year and features 12 local men who are willing to embarrass themselves to help a really great cause. Tickets are available for a donation of $100 each, and all gifts are fully tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased by calling 828-526-3605.

September 22: Final summer concert of the season at High Hampton Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. Its the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast. This special evening will feature live band performances, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavillion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers

September 22 & 28: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host two Elk Excursions to Cataloochee Valley as part of their popular Eco Tour Outreach Program. Eco tour participants will enjoy special presentations by an elk specialist, the opportunity to view the elk in their habitat, and a picnic dinner in the valley. The September 22nd trip will include a seated presentation while the September 28th tour will include a walking tour. The cost for the Elk Excursion is only $10 for HCLT members and $35 for new friends which includes an HCLT membership. Space is limited. To learn more and to reserve your spot contact Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at (828) 526.1111 or julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

September 22: Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosts an Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Visitor Center at 828-526-2112.

September 23-25: Come to the Highlands Playhouse for the Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at 10am-5pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Call 828-526-2695 for more information.

September 24: Cashiers Valley Community Fish Fry hosted at the Cashiers Community Center on Highway 64 West from 1 to 5 p.m.

September 24: Enjoy live music at the Songwriters Round hosted at Mountain Top on Norton Road from 7 to 9 p.m.

September 24: Mountain Heritage Day hosted by Western Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event features talented arts and crafts vendors, two live entertainment stages, food vendors, heritage demonstrations, and more. For more information, visit www.mountainheritageday.com.

September 24: Laurel Garden Club Tour of Kitchens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and $125 each for the patrons' party. A limited number will be sold. Call 828-526-0150 for more information.

September 24: The Apple Festival at High Hampton Inn Enjoy a day filled with apple cider, caramel apples, apple slushies, and more. Creasman Farms will be on hand with ten varieties of apples and homemade apple cake a recipe thats been passed down for seventy-five years. With food, music, and activities to suit all ages and tastes (including sack races), the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, call (828) 743-2411

September 30 October 9: Hear Whats in the Heart A Shoemakers Tale at the Highlands Playhouse. Written and performed by Steve Scionti and directed by Anthony Crivello, this highly touted drama has been playing to sold-out houses from Los Angeles to New York City. For more information, call 828-526-2695.

September 30 October 1: The Bascom hosts its 2nd Annual Celebration! Art, Design, Craft beginning with the Motown in the Mountains Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. hosted on the Terrace at the Bascom featuring the sensational sounds of Motown paired with Cashiers Farmers Market BBQ and the Tools in Motion Exhibition Opening. Just $35/person to attend. Saturday's Celebration! Auction Gala and Dinner will also be hosted on the Terrace at 6 p.m. Evening includes live and silent auction, dinner, and exquisite works of fine craft art. Tickets are $225/person. For more information, call 828.787.2896.

Plateau Pursuits August 2011

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As the summer days become shorter and the fireflies take to the night sky for a few final light shows before the cold arrives, a quiet hush falls over the mountain. With the kids back in school, fewer families visit during the week making way for a bevy of romantic mountain escapes for couples. The occasional nighttime chill in the air provides the ideal excuse to cuddle closer, as well as a hint of things to come autumn and the changing of the leaves. For now, the boaters still take to the lakes, hikers take to the trails, fisherman take to the trout streams, and golfers take to a myriad of scenic mountain courses. We invite you to soak up these remaining weeks of summer sun, high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Come experience the unique culture, eclectic shops, and treasure trove of dining experiences in the resort towns of Highlands or Sapphire Valley, the lakeside towns of Glenville or Toxaway, or the quaint historic village of Cashiers. As if all of this wasnt reason enough to pay a visit, here are a handful of enticing events from our monthly social calendar that you can add to your itinerary for August:

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival (HCCMF) continues with a concert at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Performances of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Barber, and Vivaldi feature William Preucil, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Vega Quartet;Karen Bentley, viola; Kate Ransom, violin; Eun Sun Lee, violin;Timothy Albrecht, harpsichord; Doug Sommer, bass; and Willam Ransom, piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 3: Bach at Bucks Bucks Coffee Shop in Cashiers plays host to the Linden String Quartet. Performance begins at 8 p.m.

August 3: Lakeside Restaurant hosts Evenings at Lakeside benefitting the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Please call 828-526-9419 for reservations.

August 4: Join Matt Stegal, WNC Green Building from 4pm-6pm for a discussion of Sustainable Energy Solutions as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Hosted by the Highlands Nature Center.

August 5: Come to Downtown Highlands and On The Hill for Friday Night Live at 5:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Loy and Paradise 56 at the Town Square. Orginally from Knoxville TN, Bryan has played professionally since he was a teenager and is owner of Paradise Music in Franklin NC where he sells instruments and sheet music, teaches guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. They perform blues, traditional country, and some fun Jimmy Buffet tunes. At On the Hill, Rebecca White performs. Now living in Highlands, Rebecca is from Lenoir, NC ans is classically trained in violin and voice. She performs original pieces along with traditional folk and old classics and will shortly be releasing an album of her own work.

August 5: HCCMF Concert at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 6: 7th Annual Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show Hosted at the Sapphire Valley Track from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 404-308-0359.

August 6: HCCMF Concert at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 6: From 11:00am-3:00pm, the Highlands Fire Department hosts the Highlands Fire and Rescue Open House celebrating an astounding 58 YEARS of service. Hotdogs and drinks will be served free of charge. Trucks and equipment will be on display, and rides on a fire truck are planned. Everyone is invited to come out, bring the kids, tour the station, meet the volunteers, ride a truck and enjoy lunch.

August 7: HCCMF Concert at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 7-13: Happy National Smile Week from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group! Come find out why folks are ALWAYS smiling in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

August 8: HCCMF Concert at Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Beethoven performed by The Linden String Quartet and Willam Ransom on piano. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 9: Concert on the Slopes Open-air concert at Sapphire Valley Resort from 6 to 9 p.m.

August 9-13: The Bascom hosts a "Glazing Workshop" facilitated by Artist-in-Residence John Britt from 10 am-4 pm. This workshop is designed for potters who want to learn more about glazes and color development. Tuition: $325 members/$350 non-members/$40 material fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 11-13: The Bascom hosts "Creativity Spa" facilitated by Mary Lou Carpenter from 10 am - 4 pm. Aspiring artists will work with a variety of mixed media. Tuition: $225 members/$250 non-members. To learn more, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 11: From 3pm-4pm, the Highlands Nature Center hosts Tree Circus a fun and FREE event for all ages. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 11: Highlands Nature Center hosts a Moss Workshop from 4pm-6pm for ages 10 and up. Registration is required. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 12: Come to Downtown Highlands at 5:30 for Friday Night Live featuring Mountain Hoo Doo in the Town Square. Lisa and Steve McAdams, from the North Georgia foothills, along with Dean English play bluegrass, old mountain ballads and some of Lisa's original songs. Lisa and Steve teach at Blueridge Music Academy, owned by Dean English, in Clayton, GA.

August 12: HCCMF Battle of the Bands at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands featuring the works of Mozart, Walton and Mendelssohn and the talents of the Linden String Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet. The battle begins at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 13: HCCMF Battle of the Bands at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers featuring the works of Mozart, Walton and Mendelssohn and the talents of the Linden String Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet. The battle begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 13-14: Sapphire Valley Craft Show in Sapphire Valley from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 13: From 12pm-2:30pm Chefs Chris DuPoint and Nicholas Figel of Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands host the Exploration of French Rustic Cooking Luncheon featuring hands-on cooking classes taught in Cyprus's professionally equipped kitchen. Classes are limited to 30 participants which allows personalized instruction. Knives, tools, and equipment are provided but feel free to bring your favorite knife. Please call 828-526-4429 to reserve your spot. Cost is $99 per person.

August 13: From 7pm-9pm, Relay for Life of Highlands presents Highlands Idol in the Old Gym at the Highlands School.

August 14: Final Gala Concert and Dinner for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Concert features the works of Mozart, Ravel, Gershwin, and Aaron Copland performed by the Linden Quartet; the Attacca Quartet; Laura Ardan, clarinet; Lea Kibler, flue; Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp; William Ransom, piano; Doug Sommer, bass; and Carl Nitchie, bassoon. Richard Prior conducts. Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 16-20: The Bascom hosts "The Essence of the Figure" facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Donna Polseno from 10 am-4 pm. The medium is clay and all skill levels are welcome. Tuition: $450 members/$475 non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 16-20: The Bascom hosts "Painting the Figure" facilitated by Artist-in-Residence Randall Sexton from 10 am-4 pm for non-beginner to advanced artists.Working from the model, students will explore the art of painting the figure, nude and costumed - studio and in the landscape. Through lecture and demonstration students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting, including drawing, value , color, and edge relationship. Tuition: $585 members/$610 non-members/$40 model fee. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 17: The Literacy Council of Highlands will host is annual gala event, including a dinner and a performance at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828-526-0925 for more information.

August 17: Red Carpet Premier of Sirens at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Doors will open at 6:30pm for wine and hor d'oeuvres. At 7:30pm, guests will be the first to watch the premiere performance of Sirens. This major fundraising event benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands and is fun for the whole family. The Literacy Council of Highlands is a non-profit organization that receives no federal or state funding, and depends on the generosity of the community in order to continue to provide the following educational services.

August 18: From 10am-12pm, the Highlands Nature Center and Curtis Smalling of the Aububon Society of North Carolina will host the Treasure Highlands Bird Hike. Call 828-526-2623 for more information.

August 19-20: Highlands Relay for Life at Highlands Recreation Park (600 N 4th St) begins Friday at 6pm and ends Saturday at 6am. In its 11th year, the Highlands Relay for Life will be celebrating more birthdays and helping raise more money for the American Cancer Society. The theme this year is "Carnival of Hope". Please come out and enjoy some great entertainment, great food, and help Relay for Life bring an end to cancer! CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, FIGHT BACK!!! For more information, contact event co-chair Michael Murphy at 828-526-1841.

August 19: Come to Downtown Highlands for Friday Night Live. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. and features Shallow Ground at the Town Square. From Clayton GA, Brandon Fenoglio, Gilmer Kilby and son Joe Kilby ( who has been playing for 12 of his 18 years), play traditional country or Americana music on dobro, guitar and mandolin.

August 20 September 4: Cashiers Designer Showhouse open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information about this wonderful annual event, call CHS at 828-743-7710.

August 20: The Bascom hosts the Summer Barn Dance - honoring the Bascom's Member Artists who are participating in the Annual Members Challenge. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 23: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust hosts Cherokee trails of Macon and Jackson Counties as part of their Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers at 7:00 pm. Learn about local Cherokee heritage and the evolution of Indian trails to our modern road system. Discover what makes this region so special at this free educational community event. Everyone is welcome, no reservations necessary. To learn more call (828) 526.1111.

August 24: The Bascom hosts "Art for the Non-Artist" - Watercolor Basics for beginners facilitated by Pat Fiorello from 10 am - 4 pm. Tuition: $85 members/$105 non-members/optional starter kit $15. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 24-26: The Bascom hosts Mixed Media Tricks and Techniques" facilitated by Aaron Hequembourg from 10 am - 4 pm. Workshop involves mixed media: paper and wood - drawing, printing, collage, painting and engraving, and is open to non-beginner to advanced artists. Tuition: $275 members/$300 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 25-26: The Bascom hosts Painting Flowers in Watercolor - Loose, Fresh, and Easy" facilitated by Pat Fiorello from 10 am - 4 pm. All levels welcome. Tuition: $200 members/$225 non-members. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

August 25: Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series at High Hampton Inn from 7 to 11 p.m. Evening features live music, a tapas menu, cocktails, and dancing under the stars. The concert will take place behind The Pavilion, near the driving range. This event is open to High Hampton guests, home owners, and residents of Cashiers. To make reservations at the High Hampton Inn, call 828-743-2411.

August 25: At 6pm, Clay Bolt leads Meet Your Neighbors an Introduction to macro-photography workshop at the Highlands Nature Center.

August 26: Come to Downtown Highlands and On The Hill for Friday Night Live at 5:30 p.m. Johnny Webb and Band play at Town Square. Born and raised in Highlands, Johnny and his popular band play country selections on guitar, slide guitar and drums. The group's performance will be a special treat for Highlanders who remember him from days past. Chris Miller plays On the Hill. Chris, from Rabun County Georgia, performs an eclectic mix from rock to alternative country, pop, and indie rock. He teaches guitar and has recently published the first book in his upcoming series, "Creative Guitar Mastery." Chris will be accompanied by Steve McAdams of Mountain Hoo Doo.

August 27: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust host the Cherokee Trails of Jackson and Macon Counties. Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Wild South Cultural Heritage Director, Lamar Marshall, and learn about local Cherokee heritage and the evolution of Indian trails to our modern road system. Everyone welcome: only $5 for HCLT members or $35 for new friends includes membership! For details and to sign up contact (828) 526.1111.

August 31: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the debut of their Story Telling Series featuring story teller Bill Harley. Call 828-526-9047 for tickets.