Calendar Of Events For Cashiers NC

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

Plateau Pursuits April 2010 Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

Spring is FINALLY in the air up here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The last bit of snow is melting away, the birds are singing in the trees, and the dogwoods are slowly but surely showing signs of new growth. Wont be long now before the rolling hills and valley floor are ablaze with color green leaves on the trees, white dogwood blossoms and a carpet of wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Its been a long and beautiful white winter, but we are ready for the return of warmer weather and lots of fun outdoor activities! With Spring comes the return of many of our seasonal residents and vacationing families we cant wait to see everybody!

To help you plan YOUR visit to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of happenings for the month of April 2010. We also welcome you to visit our website to find local accommodations, dining options, golf courses, and the latest listings of available homes & land in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain this Spring!

April 2-4: Easter Celebration at the Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8170. April 3: Easter Egg Decorating and Bonnet Making at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

April 4: Happy Easter From Your Friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

April 4: Easter Brunch at Madison's Restaurant The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands 11:30 am to 3 pm, Menu Price is $45/guest. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008. April 4: Family Style Easter Brunch at The Old Edwards Conference Center in Highlands - 12 pm and 2 pm, Menu Price is $45/guest (Minimum of 6 Guests per Reservation). For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008. April 4: Easter Sunday at The Old Edwards Inn The fun doesnt stop at just brunch! The Easter Bunny will be on hand to visit with little ones from 1-2 p.m. and an Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 p.m. (Old Edwards Easter Egg Baskets for the Kids with Special Add-ins Will be Available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden.) There will also be a Cotton Candy Machine and Fun Games for the Children, as well as Mini Manicures and Pedicures for Little Girls at The Spa. A Professional Photographer will be On-Site for Family Portraits. For more information or to make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

April 9 & 10: Destination Highlands Murder A Dinner Theatre Fund Raiser at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 6:30 p.m. Come Wine, Dine and Solve the Crime with the Highlands Cashiers Players. Fressers Eatery at Helens Barn will cater the event. Proceeds will help Highlands Cashiers Players stage performances throughout the year. The cost of the affair is $55 per person, or $225 for a table of eight, and tickets are on sale now. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-8084.

April 9-11: The Renewal Experience with Patrice Dickey Hosted by The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands. Join the Author and Guide to the Life You Love as she takes women on a journey of self discovery and personal development. The Inn is offering a special rate for accommodations, breakfast, dinner, champagne reception, and spa services for attendees of this special event. Lunch is included in conference price. Space is limited so call today to reserve your spot 828-526-8008

April 10 May 10: Desert Sojourn Exhibition at Summit One Gallery in Highlands. Summit One Gallerys 2010 Exhibition Season starts early this year with an exhibition by Brian Sullivan. Brian was an art major at the University of Georgia before going to seminary. He is currently the priest at The Episcopal Church of Incarnation here in Highlands. The exhibition chronicles Brians travels to the Middle East Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and will open Saturday, April 10th, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and continues through May 10th. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Kids 4 Peace.

April 12-16: Great Starts, Great Finishes at The Bascom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist Pat Dews will teach a 5-day studio watermedia workshop for all levels. Cost is $525 Bascom members, $550 non-members. Registration is going on now. To register, call 828-526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 16-18: Wine Weekend The Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. The Inn has partnered with The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop to celebrate spring in Highlands and the delectable wines of Napa Valley. Friday evening -a special Napa Valley wine flight at The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. Unique opportunity to add to your wine collection (or start one) while also pleasing your palate with fine wines, artisan cheeses and specialty food. Saturday, The Inns Chef Jason will present an elegant five course dinner served in the dining room. Each course will be accompanied by perfectly paired wines presented by sommelier Scott Roddy of The Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. The Inns famous breakfast is included each morning of your stay and wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served every evening. This special event is limited to twelve couples. Two night package is $600 per couple in the Farmhouse and Rustic rooms or $650 per couple in the luxury rooms. Prices do not include tax. This special Spring Wine Package cannot be booked on line. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828-526-8170.

April 17: 6th Annual Celebrate Earth Day in the Mountains 12 p.m. Sponsored by The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Highlands Prominent Committee, Jackson Macon Conservation Alliance & the Upper Cullasaja Watershed Association. This special day will be hosted at the Ball Field on Hwy 64 in Highlands. Everyone is welcome to this free public event, which will feature live music, educational workshops, interactive demonstrations, and food. There will be games and crafts for both the young and the young at heart. The event is an opportunity for local organizations and businesses to showcase their environmental interests and preservation efforts. Rain or shine. For more information, call 828-526-1111.

April 22: PAC Youth Theatre Spring Play Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 1 p.m. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-8084.

April 24: Highlands- Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour Rough Run Wildflower Hike (moderate hike) - Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.

April 24: Relay for Life Highlands Kick Off - 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. - Highlands Conference Center - Gather your friends and family and come out for a good time and a GREAT cause.

April 24-25: Observing Natures Details A 2-day Eye Opening Event Highlands Biological Station 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break both days. Part one: Drawing From Nature (Saturday April 24) Illustrator Nancy Lowe will teach drawing as a means to becoming a better observer of natures details. Part two: Digital Camera Safari: Zooming In On Natures Details (Sunday April 25) Dr. John Pickering and Nancy Lowe will teach macro photography of insects, plants and other interesting details of natural history. Bring your digital camera! For ore information, call 828-526-2602.

April 23-25: Inspiration From Within at The Inn at Half Mile Farm in Highlands. The Inn is offering a weekend designed to awaken artistic talent or hone in on creativity. Join artist in residence and internationally acclaimed painter of acrylics and watercolors, Wayland Moore (www.waylandmoore.com) for a reawakening. Moore is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was selected as the official and exclusive sports painter for the Winter & Summer Olympics, as well as the PGA Masters. Single Occupancy $535 for two nights including art workshop Double Occupancy $660.00 (Rate does not include art supplies for class nor taxes on room.) Workshop Price includes: - Accommodations for two nights (Friday & Saturday) - Gourmet breakfast daily - Evening wine & hors d'oeuvre (Friday & Saturday) - Lunch Saturday - Friday dinner at the Inn &Saturday dinner at The Log Cabin - Art instruction with Wayland Moore

April 30 - May 2: Wine and Dine on the Mountain Hosted by Old Edwards Inn and Spa & Wolfgangs On Main and Wine Bar Restaurant. Friday night includes an exquisite Dinner paired with a Chilean Portfolio at the Farm at Old Edwards and live music. Cost: $95. To make reservations, call 828-526-8008. Saturday night includes The Quintessas California Expressions Four Course Wine Dinner at Wolfgangs to make reservations, call 828-526-3807. Sunday includes Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis during this Champagne Brunch at Madisons at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $68. To make reservations, call 828-526-8008.

Plateau Pursuits July 2010

One of the best things about life on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau besides the warm and welcoming community and wealth of natural splendor as far as the eye can see are our mild year-round temperatures. While tourists are breaking a sweat throughout most of the steamy South, visitors to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Toxaway and Lake Glenville enjoy average temperatures of just 78 degrees in July our hottest month of the year. Although temperatures dont have far to climb in The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, things are really heating up on our calendar of events! July brings three exciting festivals to the mountains celebrating gardens, music and art respectively and much, much more. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this July. For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at www.ncliving.com. In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and well take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! Mark your calendars for the following July events and happenings:

July 1-3:Smokey Joes Caf� @ the Highlands Playhouse. Musical theatrical revue celebrating the songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two men who are credited in the invention of Rock n Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying show that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Smokey Joes Caf� features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including hits such as On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock,Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9and Im A Woman. With each song becoming a trip down the corridors of American culture, Smokey Joes Caf� transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theatre. Smokey Joes Caf� was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the Original Broadway cast soundtrack, Smokey Joes Caf�: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller won a Grammy award in 1995. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org. July 1-11:2010 World Cup at The Rib Shack and Sports Center - Gather at highlands only sports bar for a front-row view on several wide-screen High-Definition TV's. Wear a jersey representing one of the teams playing that day and enjoy six free wings with the purchase of a beverage. The most extreme fan, based on appearance and team spirit, will be chosen at the end of the World Cup for a fabulous prize. Throughout the World Cup enjoy themed cuisine, domestic or imported beers and the best cocktails in town! Enhance your World Cup experience by guessing the overall winner for a chance to win a free night stay at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. With six beers on tap and four flatscreen TV's the Rib Shack and Sports Corner is the place to be to catch all the soccer action. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. July 1:The Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Years Down the Road with Ted Coyle of Western Carolina University at The Highlands Nature Center at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. July 2-3:2nd Annual Cashiers Mountain Music Festival Hosted at the Village Green. Featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers, Lizzie Long & Little Roy Lewis and many, many more. Don't miss a great day filled with some of the most talented bluegrass musicians out there! A fun filled day for the entire family with arts & crafts and a fun zone for the kids. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of event, with children 12 and under free. Call (828)743-5191 or visit the event website at www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf/index.htm to find out more about this exciting once-a-year event or purchase advance tickets TODAY! July 2:Highlands Nature Center Nature by Night families are encouraged to bring their flashlights and find out who is lurking in the woods at night from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Learn about the nocturnal world with fun games and activities for all ages. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. July 3:Big Ol Mountain Country Breakfast - The Cashiers community will be staging its Fourth Annual Big Ol Mountain Country Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Cashiers Community Center on US 64 (the Highlands Road). Proceeds from the popular event will support efforts to feed needy neighbors throughout the year. July 3: Happy 4th of July FIREWORKS at the Highlands Civic Center & Recreation Park July 3:Skyline Lodge Freedom Fun - 470 SKYLINE LODGE ROAD - just 5 minutes from Highlands - take 64 East towards Cashiers and turn left on Flat Mountain Road for 1.2 miles then left up the hill to Skyline. A day filled with laughter, good eats, swimming, Jacuzzi, bar, door prizes, dancing to the fabulous sound of Hurricane Creek - the best band in the mountains, and to end the evening with a bang - FIREWORKS!! Bar-b-q, swimming and hot tub from 3pm to 8pm. Dancing 9pm to 12am. Fireworks @ 12 am Tickets $20.00 Children 6 and under: Free. Please reserve your tickets early - limited availability - tell your friends. For tickets call 828 526-2121 or 800 575-9546. July 3:Birds of Prey at the Bird Barn in Highlands at The Shops on Main. Michael Skinner from the Balsam Mountain Trust will be with Spirit, an American Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey on Saturday, July 3 at 11:00 A.M.. Everyone is invited to stop by and meet these beautiful birds. Call 828 526-3910 for more information. July 7:The Center for Life Enrichment hosts The Joy of Baking at Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Do you envy the wonderful aroma of home-baked goods and wish that that marvelous aroma could come from your kitchen? Would you like to learn how to make some easy breads, cakes or cookies? Spend a few hours in the home of Martha Porter as she shares techniques to insure baking success for either a beginner or a pro. Come prepared to get your hands in the dough. Perhaps best of all is that after a delicious lunch prepared by Martha, you get to taste all the goodies you have prepared (maybe even take a little home to share). 9:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. (lunch included). Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members only 10 slots remain. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 8:Highlands Nature Center presents Birmingham to Highlands - It's a Natural Connection with Roald Hazelhoff, Southern Environmental Center, Birmingham-Southern College Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. July 8-11:14th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival - a multi-day garden festival (over 1,200 attendees expected) in the mountain resort community of Highlands, North Carolina. Mountains in Bloom features a magnificent tour of mountain gardens, a flower show and photography competition, a home and garden market, and a garden-themed lecture by a top speaker. Proceeds benefit The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center that recently completed a sixacre, $13 million campus. Tickets/info: www.mountainsinbloom.com or (828) 526-4949. July 8-18:Sylvia at Highlands Playhouse a funny, heartwarming tale of a couple whose life changes after adopting a dog. Sylvia was written by A.R. Gurney, author of many other works including Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and The Dining Room. Sylvia is cute, affectionate and irresistible. She is the life-changing dog who enters the life shared by Greg and Kate. To Greg, Sylvia is a distraction to the stresses of life. For Kate his wife, the canine is one more contender for Gregs affection. As Sylvia takes her place as part of the family, the trio experiences both comic and heartwarming situations that enable them to accept each other and realize their importance in each others lives. This tale spins some funny doggy insights, especially for an audience that already knows what great companions dogs can be. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org. July 9:Groovin on The Green Moonshine Babies performs at the Pavilion on The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630. July 9:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Opening Weekend- The Attacca Quartet & William Ransom featuring Chopin: G Minor Ballade, B Minor Scherzo, Nocturne in B, Ab Polonaise; and Schumann Piano Quintet at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 10:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Great Romantics A Center for Life Enrichment class celebrating the Frederic Chopin/Robert Schumann Bicentennial at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands from 10:00 AM-12 Noon. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. July 10:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Attacca Quartet & William Ransom featuring Chopin: G Minor Ballade, B Minor Scherzo, Nocturne in B, Ab Polonaise; and Schumann Piano Quintet at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 12-17:Arts on the Green A Festival of Outdoor Arts & Sculpture at The Village Green in Cashiers. This week-long celebration of the arts will include lectures from artists, live art demonstrations, art competitions and all of the trappings youd expect from an area that is well known for its festivals. Reminiscent of an old French village during the impressionist period, plein air artists can be found painting at easels all around town throughout the week. The festival culminates with a full day of live music, art demonstrations, competitions, childrens art activities, food, an unveiling of a new sculpture exhibition on the Green and a final awards ceremony with cocktails to celebrate all of the paintings of this beautiful area produced throughout the festival. A portion of the proceeds from Arts on the Green will benefit The Village Green a conservancy project and community park that is supported solely through private donations, fundraising and corporate sponsorships. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434. July 11:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Attacca Quartet featuring Haydn, Barber, and Mendelssohn String Quartets at The Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 12:The Black, Write, & Read Literacy Ball hosted at The Farm at Old Edwards to celebrate The Literacy Council of Highlands. Dinner, dancing and live auction evening begins at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $125 per person. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240, email highlandsliteracy@live.com, or visit www.hcliteracy.org. July 12:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Attacca Quartet featuring Haydn, Barber, and Mendelssohn String Quartets at The Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 13:Highlands Nature Center Exploring Natural Dyes 1 to 3 p.m. Family-friendly workshop for more information visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. July 15:Rombauer Wine Dinner at The Old Edwards Farm 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Rombauer Vineyards was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines. Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Dont miss this beautiful evening of fine wines and perfectly paired coursesall the way through to dessert , accompanied by the appropriately named Joy Late Harvest Chardonnay, Carneros. Join the Jeffrey Pap from Rombauer for this memorable evening at The Farm. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. July 16:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango; Solo guitar works; and Neopolitan Songs at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 6:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 17:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango; Solo guitar works; and Neopolitan Songs at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 18:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin, William Ransom on piano and Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Schumann Vln Sonata, Ravel Tzigane, Paganini Duo for guitar and violin at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 19:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival - The Italian Connection featuring Franco Mezzena on violin, William Ransom on piano nd Edoardo Catemario on guitar. Program consists of Schumann Vln Sonata, Ravel Tzigane, Paganini Duo for guitar and violin at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 PM. General admission $28, students $5. For more information call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 21:Do You Know Imported Wines? a class presented by Center for Life Enrichment at the Highlands Wine and Cheese Shop. Travel the world through your taste buds as you experience wines from around the world. In this class you will taste and discuss distinctive wines from France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Chile and Argentina. You will learn about the varieties of grapes and the effect that soil and climate have on the end result. Scott Roddy will also demonstrate the use of proper stemware and the wine aeration process. 2:00 4:00 p.m. (Wine tasting included). Limit: 30 attendees. Cost: $35 members; $45 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. July 22-August 8:The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse - Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific. Max, Lawrence andPatrick Andrews are rehearsing with pin-up girl Peggy Jones for the big show that night. What Peggy doesnt know is that the brothers are really just the stagehands for the show her back-up singers didntarrive in time, and the boys were recruited by the Major in charge to fill in where needed. Just as they assumeall will work out well, a radiogram arrives with the news that the headliners for tonights show, The Andrews Sisters, have been held in quarantine in Hawaii. The show must be cancelled. Unless, of course, theres a way for the Andrews Sisters to appear...Mistaken identities and madcap adventures(imagine Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot)along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org. July 23:Center for Life Enrichment presents Southern Style Town & Country a lecture is based on two of Susan Sullys most recent books, The Southern Cottage: From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys and The Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style. The talk compares and contrasts the globally-influenced, urbane architecture and interior design of the Souths historic centers of wealth and trade (Charleston, Savannah, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans) with the vernacular-style retreats in the mountains and on the shore where Southerners go to relax. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands (downstairs). Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. July 23:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour - Geocaching in Panthertown - Guided Hike/Day Trip. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations Required, please call 828-526-1111. July 23:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 23:Highlands Nature Center - 7 to 8:30pm - Come for an educational family-friendly program featuring live snakes! Herpetologist and Nature Center Director Patrick Brannon will present a talk on local snake species. Learn snake identification, natural histories, and common misconceptions about them. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. July 23:Groovin on The Green Hurricane Creek performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630. July 24:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 25:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org July 26:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival All in the Family with Albers Trio & Ransom Duo featuring the music of Beethoven, Martinu, Dohnanyi, and Dvorak at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Ticket information available at 828-526-9060 or by visiting www.h-cmusicfestival.org July 28:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents it Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. The Mystery of George Mas will be hosted by Ran Shaffner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for details. July 29:The Highlands Nature Center presents The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -Mushrooms of the Southern Appalachians hosted by Andrew Methven of Eastern Illinois University. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs. July 30:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presents a concert featuring William Preucil on violin; Charae Krueger on cello; Victor Asuncion on piano; Lea Kibler on flute; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup on harp; and Yinzi Kong on viola. Program includes music by Chopin, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org. July 30: Groovin on The Green Nikki Talley performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630. July 31:Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival presents a concert featuring William Preucil on violin; Charae Krueger on cello; Victor Asuncion on piano; Lea Kibler on flute; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup on harp; and Yinzi Kong on viola. Program includes music by Chopin, Schumann, Dvorak, and Debussy at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

September 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

As the last days of Summer give way to Fall later this month, and our heads start to fill with happy thoughts of Fall Festivals, the seasonal change of leaves and the first hints of falls chill the focus of event calendars all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau turn to art, antiques and the quiet celebration of nature. With school back in full swing, this may be the perfect time to steal away for a leisurely weekend in the mountains featuring fun at your own pace touring the shops, dining at one of dozens of fine restaurants, attending an arts & crafts show, learning about the creatures we share this planet with, or discovering all of the wonderful things that make this little corner of the world so unique. If peace and relaxation are what you seek, this is the place to be. The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain in September!

September 1- 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Caf� 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center Artist Presentation Milburn Riley 10-10:30 a.m. & 2-2:30 p.m. in the Williams Executive Board Room. Art Displays will be available for viewing in the Trillium, Hemlock & Laurel Rooms. For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 1: Final days of Highlands Gala of the Arts at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center Benefit Auction of Art 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands. For more information, please call 404.542.2773.

September 4: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk & Pet Fest at Pine Street in Highlands - 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. hosted by the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud sponsor of this event. Our own Dan Allen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

September 4: The Highlands Performing Arts Center presents Robert Ray's Big Band Show 1 Night Only! Turn back the clock to the fabulous 40's and enjoy the authentic sounds of a 10- piece Swing Band. 7:30 p.m. - All Seats just $30. For more information visit www.highlandspac.com or call 828-526-9047.

September 4-Oct. 5: Summit One Gallery presents Betty Foy Botts New Abstracts Exhibition Narratives. For more information, call 828-526-2673.

September 4 & 5: Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans around selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture and birdhouses, pottery, fabric art and clothing, baskets and more. For more information, contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at 828)787-2021.

September 4 & 5: Cashiers Rotary Club Arts & Crafts Festival Village Green in Cashiers 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or Shine.

September 5: Sapphire Valley Concert on the Slopes 7 p.m. featuring Tuxedo Junction. Tickets are available now at the SV Community Center. $20.00 when purchased in advance, $25.00 at the gate. Kids 14 & under are $10.00. For more information, call 828.743.7663.

September 7-9: Fall Style Week at Old Edwards Inn & Spa Fall Garden Party & Entertaining Seminar at The Farm 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/7 - $75 Per Person - Begin with a champagne welcome and culinary presentation by Old Edwards own Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Enjoy a delicious garden-party luncheon surrounded by the stunning beauty of The Farm. Kirk Moore of Oakleaf will join Joe Extine of Acorns Boutique for a demonstration of how to make your fall parties beautiful, colorful and magical with the right tablescapes and creative florals. Special samples, recipes and garden-party gift packs will be available. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information. Complimentary Fall Wellness Expo at the Spa Courtyard 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/8 - Learn the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture with Kim Bonsteel. Get a free personal demonstration of ear acupuncture, which is helpful in: Stimulating the para sympathetic nervous system to create the relaxation response and reinforcing will power and decision making. Get a free scalp analysis with a scope which magnifies the scalp and hair follicle 400% and reveals what your hair really needs or does not need. Richard Brown from Phyto Botanical Hair Products will conduct the analysis and share samples of Phyto products. Enjoy a free Franche makeover by a professional make up artists and free 10 minute chair massages to promote relaxation and circulation as well as releave tension in the back, neck and shoulders. All participants will receive a 10% discount on all retail products purchased and on spa services booked during the Wellness Expo. Fall Fashion Show with Lunch by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr at the Rooftop Terrace 1 pm to 3 pm Tickets are $35 for fashion show, lunch and a champagne arrival. Acorns Boutique debuts its spectacular array of fall designer fashions for women of all ages and body types. View this seasons hottest styles from designers like Covelo Clothing, Planet Clothing and Marissa Baratelli. Also featured will be beautiful fall accessories by Bijouz deMer Jewelry and Elizabeth Locke Jewelry, including the new stylish selection of handbags. Cash Bar. Limited Seating. Call 828-787-2625 for tickets and information.

September 10: Groovin on the Green Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 11: Old Edwards Inn & Spa PAR 5K and Pancake Breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands.

September 11: 3rd Annual Highlands Motoring Festival This fun, family oriented event is a must for the vintage car enthusiast who wants to show or just to browse great cars from the past. Come for the day or the weekend youll be glad you did! Featuring the Bridgestone Tire F-1 Racing Simulator see if you have what it takes to be a pro race driver. Public admission is FREE! Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and event ends at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com/page1.php.

September 11: 5th Annual Songwriters in the Round Concert High Hampton Inn Pavilion 6 to 9:30 p.m. Heavy appetizers, wine and beer served from 6 to 7:30, with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. Tickets are $65/person. For more information, contact 828-399-0651.

September 12: Bel Canto This once a year grand opera event is celebrating 18 years with a recital at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Theater at 4 p.m., followed by an elegant dinner at the Highlands Country Club. Proceeds from the Gala are used to purchase works of art for The Bascom's permanent collection and to enhance the music programs at the Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information about the eent, call Bel Canto's organizers directly at 828.526.1947

September 13: BEARS Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Civic Center. Program featuring a presentation by Appalachian Bear Rescue from Townsend, Tennessee. Light refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the program at 7:30. No charge to participate but donations to Appalachian Bear Rescue are invited.

September 17: Groovin on the Green Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers.

September 18: Fall Migrants Presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at the Highlands Biological Station. Field Trip to Highlands Biological Station and Sunset Rocks to study fall migrants. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:30 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. No charge to participate.

September 22: First official day of FALL!!!!

September 22: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Village Nature Series at the Village Green in Cashiers. A presentation by Michael Skinner regarding Hunters of the Sky. FREE admission. 6 p.m. No reservations required all are welcome.

September 23: Highlands Audobon Society presents the Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip to study fall migrants. We will return mid-afternoon so bring a light picnic lunch. Meet at the public parking area next to the town hall at 7:00 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate.

September 24: Groovin on the Green Free Outdoor Concert Series at the Village Green in Cashiers, featuring The Honeycutters.

September 24-26: 6th Annual Highlands Playhouse Antique Show at the Highlands Recreation Center Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5 p.m. High quality antiques presented by vendors from all around the world. Advance tickets available by calling 828-526-2695

September 28: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their latest Eco Tour Elk Excursion - Free to HCLT members, $35 for new friends includes lunch and a membership! Call 828-526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net for details.

Plateau Pursuits August 2011

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.