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.