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

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

The Ides of March are nearly upon us! It wont be long before the dogwoods are in full bloom, and Western North Carolina visitors are treated to their fragrant aroma and beautiful flashes of white and green just outside their car windows as they ascend the scenic climb to the top of The Blue Ridge Mountains. As the vernal equinox approaches later this month and the snows begin to melt, the people of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau prepare for the return of the busy season by celebrating our unique culture and talents through fine art, culinary skill and good old-fashioned fun. We invite our neighbors from near and far to experience this very special place we like to call the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and learn why families have chosen to put down roots here for nearly two centuries. For your convenience, Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled the following list of happenings for the month of March 2010. We also welcome you to visit our website to find local accommodations, dining options 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!

March 1 & 2:Greg Newington Photography Workshop at The Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands. Winter Light Using Light, Composition and Texture in Photography 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. $150 Bascom members/$175 non-members. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call (828) 526-4949.

March 1-7:Photographic Works by Greg Newington Exhibition on the ground floor of the main building of The Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call (828) 526-4949.

March 1:Greg Newington Reception at The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Phone: 828-526-4949

March 2:Herbal Poultices Workshop at The Oakleaf Flower and Garden Shop on 4th Street in Highlands. For more information, call828-526-8000

March 3:Spa Herbal Poultice Massage at The Spa at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-9887.

March 4:Rotary Bingo Night at the Community Building in Highlands. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-9938. Proceeds benefit the Literacy Council.

March 5-7:The Dixie Swim Club at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The Highlands-Cashiers Players are proud to present this funny and touching comedy that celebrates enduring friendships among five unforgettable women. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, Directed by Rick Siegal. Tickets are $20. Matinees at 2:30 p.m. Evenings at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 828-526-8084.

March 7:King of The Mountain Chefs Cookoff at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner begins at 7:30 with live music. Guests are welcomed with a champagne arrival before being treated to this friendly battle of four legendary local chefs which includes three delicious heats. $118/person for entire competition plus dinner and entertainment; $59/person for three heats of competition OR dinner and entertainment; $100 for front row seats during competition. Call 828-787-2625 for more information.

March 13:A Night in Monte Carlo at the Highlands Community Building to benefit Highlands Rotary Club - $40.00 per person (includes $15 play money). Evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include games, heavy hors doeuvres, wine and live auction. Tickets are available locally at Macon Bank, Highlands Recreation Park and Highlands Decorating Center. For more information please call 828-526-3571.

March 17:Happy St. Patricks Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

March 17:St. Patrick's Day Irish Dinner Party at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Very special evening includes live music, whiskey tasting and more. $65/person for dinner two night accommodation packages are available. Voted Winner of the Travelers Choice for 2010! For more information, call 828-526-8008

March 18:Take Charge of Your Health Lecture Series at Tommy's Coffee Shop in Cashiers. Join Dr. Sue Aery for her FREE Mountain Air Wellness discussion. This weeks topic is How to Eat Healthy When Its Cold and lecture begins at 1 p.m. For More Information call 828-743-9070.

March 20:First Day of Spring 2010!!

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

Plateau Pursuits June 2010

As spring gives way to summer in late June and the scent of mountain laurel blends perfectly with the heavenly aroma of hundreds of charcoal grills on a mountain breeze its easy to see (and smell) why the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has served as a favorite retreat for families for well over a hundred years. Between the rolling hills and scenic views from our many award-winning golf courses, the crystal blue waters of our mountain lakes and streams teeming with trout, the miles upon miles of hiking trails promising endless days of adventure, and our treasure trove of eclectic shops and dining establishments the towns and villages of Western North Carolina offer a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of life off the mountain. Aside from our many amenities and wealth of natural beauty, there is always a long list of events in and around the area for you and your family to enjoy. They serve as an excellent introduction to this one-of-a-kind corner of the world and the wonderful people who make this community great. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this June. 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 June events and happenings:

June 1- 2:Center for Life Enrichment presents Digging in the Dirt - If you have ever wanted to dig in the dirt and search for artifacts, hoping to uncover a piece of history, this is your chance. Dr. Jane Eastman is taking a group of Western Carolina University students to Spikebuck Mound in Hayesville and has offered a few spaces to CLE. The excavations will focus on a small Cherokee settlement dating from the 1200s. Participants will join this group for two days to assist with the documentation, excavation, and processing of archaeological evidence from the site. Field equipment will be provided, but participants should bring their own work gloves, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Close-toed shoes are required. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Carpool departs from PAC back parking lot promptly at 8, and returns to Highlands at approximately 5. It is recommended that you either bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase one in Hayesville. Cost:$100 (CLE will donate proceeds to the WCU Archaeology Fund) HURRY! There are only 5 slots available! For more information, visit the CLE website at www.clehighlands.org or e-mail your request to clehighlands@yahoo.com. June 1:Highlands Audobon Society presents a Field Trip to Hale Ridge Road and the Rabun Bald area to look for breeding birds. 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. There is no charge to participate June 2:Center for Life Enrichment presents the Southern Highlands Reserve near Toxaway - a private native plant garden and research center dedicated to the preservation, cultivation and display of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Highlands. The Reserve is open to academic and horticulture professionals on an invitation only basis and is graciously offering this special session to the Center for Life Enrichment. Located at an elevation of 4500 ft, the Reserve is divided into two distinct areas, the Core Park and the Natural Woodlands. The Core Park is home to destination gardens such as The Wildflower Labyrinth and Vaseyi Pond and is surrounded by 100 acres of natural woodland that features waterfall and cliff communities. Presenter: John Turner. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Carpool departs promptly at 10 and returns approximately at 1:30. Bring a Bag Lunch and walking shoes. Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members. Only 20 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. June 3:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon an HCLT Eco Tour. 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. June 3:Highlands Nature Center presents Why am I Concerned about Climate Change (and think you should be to!) by Lenny Bernstein of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu. June 4, 11:Celebrating the Performing Arts Center Tenth Anniversary PACs Small Stages presents the Highlands-Cashiers Players production of Parallel Lives by Mo Cafney and Kathy Najimy. The play is a series of vignettes addressing womens issues, young and old. All of the parts are played by women - male and female parts! The hilarity ensues as you meet Mad & Syvie, Candida & Mrs. Kenny Rogers, Hank & Karen Sue, the Disney Moms, and more. Variety Magazine called it A smart, provocative show. With Broadway World announced that it is Uproariously funny! Parallel Lives contains adult language and situations. Similar in structure to "Saturday Night Live," it parodies life as we know it. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org. June 4:Center for Life Enrichment presents BONSAI: The Mini Tree in the Performing Arts Center (downstairs) - Bonsai conjures up images of tranquility and patience. It is a unique living art form enjoyed and practiced by diverse cultures, utilizing the lessons of nature to improve the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of humankind and our relationship to the environment. This presentation will cover the history and horticultural art form of bonsai and will include a demonstration and display of several examples. Presenter: Hubert Jones. Time:10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 members , $35 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. June 5:Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Recreation Park sponsored by the US Forest Service 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to kids aged 15 and younger. Bring your own rod, reel and bait! Kid's must be accompanied by an adult! June 5:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents the 4th Annual Land Trust Day - Treat yourself while supporting local business and your land. Visit our website at www.hicashlt.org for a list of participating Conservation Business Partners. For more information, call 828-526-1111. June 5:Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The first in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon - please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 6:Center for Lie Enrichment Annual Preview Party at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Entertainment featuring Nancy Avera, Storyteller portraying Fannie Rollins in the humorous story of a town gossip (as written by John Henry Faulk), as well as a performance by Local Cloggers, Anne Brissey and Pauline Marr. Time: 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. Cost: Open to the public Please R.S.V.P. 828-526-8811. Immediately following the performance will be CLEs 2010 Preview Party for all members and those wishing to join for 2010. Many of our presenters will be in attendance. Hors doeuvres and wine will be served. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. June 7:SOAR Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club. For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. June 8:Heritage Weaving Demonstration: Sheep to Shawl with Debbie Bryant at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 8-11:Highlands Nature Center presents "WOW!- a World of Wonder" for kids ages 4 to 6. Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon daily. Cost: $35 per child. The natural world is an amazing place! Come and have fun as we play nature games, hike through the woods,search for critters, and explore the pond and stream. Who knows what interesting things we may discover!?!? For more information, visit www.wcu.edu. June 10:Highlands Nature Center presents A Wilderness of Possibility And the Possibility of Wilderness with Brent Martin of The Wilderness Society. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. June 10:Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 10:Pinnacle Party at the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 10:SOAR Auction at the Highlands Community Center. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Fund. Begins at 5:30 p.m. . For more information, visit www.soarhighlands.org. June 11-13:Need a break from stress? Time to yourself to simply think? Join us for a short weekend retreat by yourself or with family and friends. During the self-guided retreat, you decide how to spend your time at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Staff will lead an optional hike and host a campfire with smores, but we want you spend your time doing what you need to do to relax, rejuvenate, or get energized. Call (828) 526-5838 ext 0 or visit www.mountaincenters.org for additional information and pricing. June 12:Arts & Crafts Festival on the Village Green in Cashiers begins at 10 a.m. June 12:Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) in Highlands. Includes Sprint Race of 5 - 7 hours including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event, and mountain biking; and Elite Race of 10-12 hours including running, mountain biking, water event, rappelling, and orienteering. For more information please call 828-526-0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org. June 12: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The second in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon - please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 13-July 3:Highlands Playhouse presents Smokey Joe's Caf� A musical theatrical revue by 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�. Their music won a Grammy Award in 1995. Tickets are $30/person. For more information, call please call 828-526-2695 or visit the Highlands Playhouse online at www.highlandsplayhouse.org. June 14:Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents Birding Hot Spots - A program featuring members nature pictures and adventure stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate. June 15-18:Highlands Nature Center presents "Amazing Animals" for kids ages: 7-10. Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $45 Per Child. How do birds fly? What is a mammal? Can a turtle come out of its shell? Are spiders insects? Come and find out as we study different animal groups through hands-on activities and field observations. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. June 15:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents Birding with the Audubon as part of their eco tours series, including guided hikes and day trips. $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations required: 828-526-1111 June 15:Center for Life Enrichment presents Creative Stenciling at the Morningside Bed & Breakfast. Cant draw? Cant paint? Love color and feel creative? Transform a plain shirt or jacket, customize napkins, accent a wall, monogram your stationary, turn a cast off lamp into a striking accent all this is possible when you explore the many applications of stencils. You will learn how to do a trial board and then plan and execute a project. Stencils and paint supplies for the sample project will be supplied. Bring a shirt, a napkin, notecards and start stenciling. Instructor: Martha Porter Time: 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Cost: $40 members; $50 non members Supplies Included (other than listed above) Only 12 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. June 16:Center for Life Enrichment presents Showcasing the Chef at Cyprus Restaurant. Join Chef Nick Figel on a river journey starting in China, traveling on the Mekong River, through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and ending in the Gulf of Thailand. As we pass rice paddies, jungles and the abundant foliage on the river banks from the highlands to the delta, we will explore Southeast Asian cuisine as an expression of Chinese culture. You will help prepare and then, more importantly, dine on delectable dishes from five countries. Time: 12:00 2:30 lunch included). Cost: $45 members, $55 non members. Only 24 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. June 17:Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Patrons Party at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley @ 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dust off your pearls and dancing shoes for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Societys Pawsitively Purrfect Evening. There will be cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction with some pawsitively purrfect items. Auction highlights include resort travel, golf packages, a dinner party in your own home by Two Men and a Grill, jewelry, and artworks. Tickets are $375 per couple and $185.50 per individual - proceeds benefit the CHHS. For more information, call 828-743-5752 or visit www.chhumanesociety.org. June 17:Highlands Nature Center presents Water, Water Everywhere, But is it as Clean as You Think? with Jenny Sanders and Bill McLarney of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association. Time: 7:00 p.m. Phone: 828-526-2623. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. June 19:Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents Birding Hot Spots - A field trip to birding hot spots around Highlands to look for summer resident birds. 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. There is no charge to participate. June 19: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The third in a series of six one-day Saturday workshops at the Cashiers Historical Society (last three to occur in July); each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon - please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 21:Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Registration deadline is June 9th. Send your tax-deductible donation and sign-up information to the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741; or Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, 770 Country Club Drive, Highlands, NC 28741, attn: Kevin Gabbard, Golf Pro. June 22:Center for Life Enrichment presents Acting Up How to Enrich Your Theater Experience at the Highlands Performing Arts Center (upstairs). Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on the stage? What it takes to be an actor? What goes on behind the scenes? Come join us for a fun filled, informative morning with Ronnie Spilton. We cant promise to make you a star, but we assure you that your play-going experience will be enhanced. Participants will receive one complimentary ticket to one production of the 2010-2011 Highlands Cashiers Players Theater. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $20 members; $30 non-members. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org. June 22-25:Highlands Nature Center presents Junior Ecologists for kids ages: 11-14. Time: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm daily. Cost: $55 per child. Discover what field biologists do as we conduct real science both at the Biological Station and at off-site locations in the Nantahala National Forest. have Fun measuring the forest, mapping stream salamander communities, studying pond life, collecting insects, performing bird counts, and inventorying small mammal species. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. June 23:Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their Village Nature Series in Cashiers. Come learn something new at these free and fun educaional lectures. This lecture features the Wonders of Life with Bill Lea. Time: 6:00 pm. Cost: Free. No reservations required.Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for more information. June 24:An Evening in Monte Carlo at the High Hampton Inn - Enjoy an evening on the French Riviera (in Cashiers) that will have you saying Cest Magnifique! REACH of Jackson County presents their seventh annual fundraiser, An Evening In Monte Carlo. The event begins at 6:30 PM, and ends around 10:30 PM. An Evening In Monte Carlo will be filled with music and dancing to the sounds of Hurricane Creek, which has played at several REACH benefits in the past. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, drinks, no-stakes casino-style games and a silent auction featuring many unique items from the area as well as high-adventures experiences. Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting REACH of Jackson County at 631-4466 ext 207, or by visiting United Community Bank in Cashiers. June 24:Highlands Nature Center presents Let's do it: The Sordid Secrets of Avian Sex with Rob Bierregaard of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Time: 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm. June 25:Green Living Fair at the Cashiers Village Green featuring green home tours, hikes, eco-fashion show, food, and music. Hosted by Jackson - Macon Conservation Alliance - call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands. June 25-27:A Walk in the Park at Memorial Park Cemetery - Shuttles will depart from the Community Center. Throughout the years, attendees of the Highlands Historical Societys Walk in the Park have learned about the lives of early Highlanders. This years event will focus on the lives of seven talented, energetic women, who were ahead of their time. For more information about the HHS Walk in the Park visit ww.highlandshistory.com. June 26:Music on the Grounds of the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org. June 26:Green Living Fair at Highlands Recreation Park - Vendors, artisans, green home tours, classes, cooking demos, food, and fun kids projects. Hosted by Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance - call (828) 526-9938 ext. 320 for more information. $5 ticket is good for all Friday events in Cashiers and Saturday events in Highlands. June 26:Franc DAmbrosio performs at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Critically acclaimed one man show featureing BROADWAY Songs of the Great White Way. Best known as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's award winning musical The Phantom of the Opera, D'Ambrosio's resume includes playing Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino in the Godfather III and performing as guest artist with many major American orchestras and symphonies. Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D'Ambrosio is at his best performing on stage for a live audience. Handsome and engaging, he will delight you with his memorable renditions of many of the best loved songs from the Broadway classics. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40/person. For more information, visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org. June 29:Center for Life Enrichmnt presents Beginning Drawing at the Highlands Civic Center. Drawing is a learned skill and anyone can do it. With a minimum of supplies you can record your travels visually, represent the things which matter in your environment and have a lifelong relaxing hobby. Drawing is a necessary prerequisite to painting and other art classes. In this class you will learn about contour, negative space, perspective and use of value to create dimension and depth. Supply List: Artist Pencils: 2B, H, and Ebony, a gum eraser, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and drawing pad 11"x14" or 14"x17". Presenter: Mary Judernatz. Time: 9:30 12:00 p.m. Cost:$75 members; $85 non-members. Only 10 slots available. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

January 2011 Plateau Pursuits

The New Year represents many things to many people.For some, it is a time of renewal a time to focus on family and the things that are most important in ones life. For some, it is a time to tackle some goals lose weight, get more organized, or start on a new career path. For others, the New Year represents a time of new beginnings, a time of discovery. Maybe theyll try a wealth of new experiences in 2011 try Indian food for the first time, go to the opera, or jump out of an airplane. Maybe theyll travel and discover new places. What will the New Year hold for you? At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we believe weve discovered something pretty special and unique high atop the mountains of Western North Carolina. We invite you and your family to visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and discover for yourself what has been drawing families to our little corner of the world for over a century. Whether you plan your visit for January around the following list of things to do on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau throughout the month, or you just add a visit to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway to your To Do list for 2011 we look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain! Silver Creek wishes you and yours all of the best in the New Year!

January 1:New Years Day at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands includes Brunch at Madisons from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bloody Marys and Mimosa Bar; and Live Music at the Hummingbird Lounge. For more information, call 828.787.2625.

January 1-31:Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginner/intermediate skiers and a 1,600-foot long main run featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500-foot run.

Hours**: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-9pm Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-6pm Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Skis and Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot rental$9.00 Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. ** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

January 11-13:Navigating Risk: From Crisis to Innovation John A. Wheeler and Susie DeVille Schiffli Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn, geared toward business teams on the leading edge who wish to harness new modes of thinking and awareness in order to thrive in turbulent times. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 13:Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar at the Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner served in the Wine Cellar at 7 p.m. Author TBD. Cost: $180. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 21-23:Viva La France Weekend at the Old Edwards Inn - Immerse yourself in French food, wine, art instruction, phrases and music. Wine education events, art lessons with Jane Smithers, and St. Germain Cocktails. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 24- 26:Mind and Body Detox Retreat Spend 3 nights at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina surrounded by nature's splendor. "Shed your Skin" and prepare to have your mind and body cleared, refreshed and rejuvenated with two and a half days of guided instruction, music, movement, recipes, healthy foods and interactive sessions to discover where you are relative to where you desire to be for a well-balanced mind and body. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 29-30:Romance Weekend spotlighting many of the hotels and restaurants of Highlands. Friday will feature a welcome wine reception, dinner, and late night at Hummingbird Lounge, Saturday will be jam-packed with romance including breakfast in bed, dance lessons, tour of Highlands, escorted Whiteside Mountain hike, dinner, play, wine tasting, and evening bonfire.

March 2011 Plateau Pursuits

During a month commonly associated with St. Patricks Day and the pursuit of good fortune, folks who live along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will tell you that they have already found the end of the rainbow. Comprised of a collection of unique mountain communities that are plentiful in Carolina charm and southern hospitality, this little slice of heaven has been beckoning families back year after year with its eclectic shopping and dining experiences, breathtaking natural splendor, award-winning country clubs and amenities, and community-focused seasonal festivals. With spring falling near the end of the month, the leaves will be returning to the trees and the redbuds will be in bloom. We invite you to come join us up on the mountain this month. Were certain youll feel lucky that you did!

March 4-6:Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts the Highlands-Cashiers Players production of You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running by Robert Anderson. Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm; the Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00. To reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

March 5:Take part in an exciting Chefs Challenge at Cyprus Restaurant in Highlands to determine who will be the next King of the Mountain. Four of the top local chefs will face off in a "Iron Chef" style competition. Chef Nick Figel of Cyprus Restaurant will defend his "King of the Mountain" title against last year's runner up, Johannes Klapdor of Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards Inn, as well as Jonathan Reid of The Gamekeepers Tavern and Mitch Shepard of Rukas Table. Champagne arrival, competition, and dinner with live entertainment will run from 3 to 10 pm. The cost to attend and enjoy the fruits of their labor is $118 for the Chefs Competition & Dinner or $159 for Counter Seats & Dinner. For more information, call 828-526-4429.

March 5-April 9: School is in session for budding artists wishing to take part in The Bascoms "Saturday Art School" hosted from 10 am to 12 pm by instructor Rosie Smith. Kindergartners through sixth graders are welcome for fun, skill building art classes using a variety of materials. Just $40 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

March 7-April 25:On Mondays and Wednesdays, aspiring artists are welcome to attend the Bascoms "Ceramics Open Studio", designed for ceramic students who are versed in the basics of ceramics but need time and space to work. During open studio sessions, there will be a knowledgeable attendant present. Various classes are scheduled throughout the year. Tuition is $225 for members and $250 for non-members (includes one bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

March 7:Enjoy the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show at the Highlands Civic Center. Doors open for concessions at 6:00 pm and for the show at 7:00 pm. Advanced tickets are just $5 for students (K-12) and seniors, but will be $7 at the door. General admission prices are $7 for advance purchase and $10 at the door. Admission for children under 5 is FREE.

March 8-April 12:Budding artists are invited to take part in The Bascoms "Tuesday After School Art" Youth Program with instructor Melody Germain from 3:15 to 4:30 pm. Designed for elementary aged students, lessons during this special after-school program include painting, modeling and collage. Kindergarten through sixth grade. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100

March 10 13:Julia Rogers Hamrick the author of Choosing Easy World and Recreating Eden joins forces with Certified Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, and Manager of the Spa at Old Edward Inn, Kyra Russell, and Executive Chef for the Inn, Johannes Klapdor, to host a full-immersion three-day Mind and Body Detox at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa. They encourage you to throw out "The Rules" and follow your inner wisdom to wellness and joy. This life changing experience will teach you how to tap your inner wisdom for guidance on health, wellbeing and happiness. Learn to let go of preconceived notions, rules and techniques for living your life, and create a space where you can flow with your natural rhythms. Through educational sessions, meditative time and movement for self awareness, Julia and Kyra will help you transform the way you view your life. Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards culinary team will provide nourishing menus and recipes designed to detox and rejuvenate your body and set you on a new direction in your health and wellness. Package price of $1075/person includes three-nights stay in deluxe accommodations at the Old Edwards Inn, all meals, and participation in the Mind & Body Detox Retreat.

March 11-April 15:The Bascom hosts "Pre School Creativity Classes" on Fridays from 9 to 10 am with Instructor Katy Calloway. Joined by a parent, these youngsters will learn basic art skills to support personal creativity. Lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling and painting. Ages 2.5 to 5. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $30 for a six-week session. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

March 12-April 30:"Ceramics - Beyond Beginner" workshops take place at The Bascom on Saturdays. This class will serve to teach additional skills beyond the basics with opportunities to focus on specific projects. Tuition is $225 for members; $250 for non-members (includes 1st bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

March 12:Head down to the Highlands Community Center for the Annual Chili Cook Off. For more information, please call 828-526-2112.

March 12:Join the folks at Headwaters Outfitters for Spinning Deer Hair With Guide Mac Marett. Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will facilitate this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. All materials necessary to tie this pattern will be available for sale in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

March 15-May 3:The Bascom offers "The Art of Centering" the basis of all wheel turned pottery to beginner to intermediate artists. Centering helps one to learn focus, pay attention, relax and so becomes metaphoric for a balanced life. Students will explore how breathing, posture and calmness of mind all play part in centering on the wheel, as well as centering the self. Tuition is $195 members; $220 for non-members (includes 1st bag of clay). For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

March 17:Happy St. Patricks Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

March 18-20:Old Edwards Inn hosts a St. Patrick's Day Weekend Celebration Old Edwards style. Theyll be serving up special Irish cocktails and beers in the Hummingbird Lounge and Madison's, in addition to special Irish dishes in Madison's throughout the weekend. Cy Timmons will perform live on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Hummingbird Lounge, singing Irish favorites. Guests of Old Edwards will also enjoy an authentic Irish whiskey tasting on Friday and Saturday from 4 to -5 pm in the Hummingbird Lounge, an Irish Coffee Making Experience on Saturday, complimentary Irish hors doeuvres inthe Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm , Complimentary Irish after party hors doeuvres in the Hummingbird Lounge Friday and Saturday evening from 10 pm to 11 pm plus a Pot O Goldincluding an overnight stay at Old Edwardsawaits a very lucky guest. Special turndown amenities will be available throughout the weekend. To make reservations, call 828.787.2625.

March 18:Relay for Life Kickoff Event hosted in the Sapphire Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 828-743-3295.

March 19: Headwaters Outfitters hosts a FREE Cold Water Paddling Clinic instructed By David Whitmire, a lifelong canoeist and river safety instructor . "If you fall out of your boat into the French Broad or the Chattooga in April and the water temperatures are in the 50s, its only a matter of minutes before your body begins to shut down, insists Whitmire, a river guide at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. Its really important that before you go out this spring, you know how to deal with cold water immersion. The class will focus on avoiding potential risks, preparing fully for spring paddling adventures and what to do in the event you capsize. Reservations are required for the class, which has a maximum of 20 participants. To grab a spot, call Headwaters Outfitters at (828) 877-3106.

March 20:First official day of SPRING!!!

March 24-27:Old Edwards Inn host In Your Own Skin - A Complimentary, Hands-On Wellness Weekend teaching the Art, Science and Inner Wisdom of Skin, Beauty and Confidence. Includes Two Days of Intriguing Demonstrations, Expert Roundtables, Tastings and Free Consultations. Make plans to attend any single event or every event each day. So we can plan for your food and beverage samples and seating space for discussions, please call 828.787.2625 to express your intent to attend this free event. Pre-callers will be eligible for prizes at the event. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

March 26:Winter Barn Dance at The Bascom to honor our veterans Admission for honorees is free; tickets for all other attendees is just $5/person. Music sponsored by Ray McPhail, and event runs from 7 to 10 pm. Guest performances by Helen's Barn Era musicians and dancers. Event sponsors include The Bascom, The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Ugly Dog Pub and Sam Call Productions. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

March 26: Cashiers Historical Society presents Heritage Apple Day. The event is being held as the Cashiers Community Center from 10am to 2pm.

March 29:Old Edwards Inn hosts the In Your Own Skin Event encouraging Luminous wellness from the inside out. Cosmetic acupuncture demonstrations. Cosmetic surgery consultations. Skin analysis, skin cancer screenings, and sun damage screenings. Hydration for the skin and body products, food beverages and beyond. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

March 30:Free Art Days Youth Art Program at the Bascom - 10 am-12 pm. School is out, come and create! Susan Nastasic will lead students on a creative adventure using a variety of materials. All ages. Free. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

April 2011 Plateau Pursuits

With the arrival of April comes the return of our much-anticipated seasonal friends to the mountains of Western North Carolina the daffodils, tulips, trillium, dogwoods, azaleas, and so much more. The early spring breezes carry the heavenly floral fragrance as they stir the surface on our lovely mountain lakes and streams, giving the sense of an awakening conveying that something special is about to happen. In a dance it has performed for centuries, the valley floor takes on the appearance of a sea of green once more and the sky above is a thick blanket of azure and white. As the temperatures start to rise, so does the level of excitement. During this month, in this very year a number of entirely new families will come to discover our unique corner of the world for the very first time. Some of them will add us to their list of favorite seasonal haunts, while others will find themselves so captivated by the area they will choose to lay down roots here, just as countless families before them have done for nearly two centuries. Whether they are drawn to the breathtaking sunsets over Lakes Glenville and Toxaway, the community spirit and world-class amenities of Sapphire Valley, or the history and Appalachian charm of Highlands and Cashiers there is something to treasure about every nook and cranny of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. We invite you to join us up on the mountain this Spring and discover exactly what it is that will call YOU back here, year after year

April 1 Happy April Fools Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

April 1The Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to a special April Fools Day Wine Dinner with the talented Chef Todd Ginsberg. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:00 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. Each tantalizing course will be perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Cost is $120 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information please call 800-946-6822

April 1-May 24Each Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 pm, The Bascom will host a workshop titled Ceramics - Beginner and Beyond" which is an introduction to hand building and wheel throwing techniques for beginners and an opportunity for intermediates to refine and develop their skills further. Tuition is $350 for members and $375 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 2-30Each Saturday in April, Headwaters Outfitters will take guests on a very special journey their Signs of Spring Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River. This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.

April 8-10Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to an Artist Retreat with special guest Mary Ann Edens for a weekend of creativity and camaraderie. The event will begin Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm for wine & hors d'oeuvres and supper, with an opportunity for artists to get acquainted with each other and meet Ms. Edens. Saturday includes a workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and with lunch. Sunday morning, artists will gather at 8:30 am to present their artwork and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

April 9The Bascom hosts an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm for The American Still Life. A competition which will include a combination of works by contemporary American artists selected by our juror and historical still life examples borrowed from museums. Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe. This exhibition explores the historical precedent and the evolution of the practice in the work of portraying inanimate objects, and presents some of the innovative ways artists today are exploring this traditional genre. Admission is free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 10Join Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters for a free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2 to 5 pm. Mac will demonstrate how to tie his very own foam-bodied yellow jacket imitation, The Bee, and Whitewater Golden Stone both irresistible to trout in local streams. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac - or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

April 13-May 18 On Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm The Bascom will host a workshop geared toward children aged 8-12 called Clay for Youth. Taught by Pat Taylor, students will have a variety of creative experiences and learn lots of clay techniques from coiling, building with slabs, pinching and sculpting. Everyone will get the chance to use the potter's wheel, see their pieces get bisque fired and glazed, and have an assortment of work to be proud of when they are finished. Tuition is $95 for members and $120 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 13-14Headwaters Outfitters invites you to join them on a Chattooga River Canoe Camping Adventure! They will be paddling on Section I & II of this magnificent river which is perfect for introducing (or reacquainting) paddlers to the river. This part of the Chattooga is not as heavily used by the local whitewater outfitters that focus more on the adrenaline rush of Sections III and IV but still offers just as stunning scenery as other sections. For more information on how to take part in this wonderful wild and scenic retreat, call 828-877-3106.

April 14-17Escape to the Old Edwards Inn for the Comfort Living Re-Balance Retreat facilitated by interior designer Christine Eisner of Comfort Living by Christine. This back to basics approach to a more balanced lifestyle will provide you with the tools to lead a more meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. Join her for this 3-day full immersion retreat featuring workshops, hands-on activities, nature walks, spa treatments, and a collection of lovely chef-prepared meals. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

April 22-23The Bascom hosts "Relief Printmaking" - a workshop taught by Nancy Darrell from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn the simple skill of relief printmaking using linoleum. Students will create relief prints from found objects and quickly advance to cutting linoleum blocks. Small prints will be printed on paper for greeting cards. Larger prints will be explored using an intaglio press and other printing options. Tuition is $145 for members and $170 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 22-23The Bascom hosts "Play in the Clay" a Youth Art Program taught from 10 am to 1 pm to beginners and intermediate young potters ages 10-16. Instruction will cover basic techniques, coil and pinch pots. Lunch is included. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $50 fora two-day workshop. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.

April 23-24The Old Edwards Inn & Spa welcomes guests for a very special Easter weekend. Saturdays activities include Easter egg decorating and bonnet making, and Sunday features Easter brunch in Madisons Restaurant from 11:30 am to 3 pm for $45 per person. Be on the lookout for a visit from the Easter Bunny from 1 pm to 2 pm, and gather on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 pm for a classic Easter egg hunt. A professional photographer will be on-site for family portraits and Old Edwards Easter egg baskets for the kids with special add-ins available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden. Easter weekend spa specials include mini manicures or pedicures for little girls at The Spa for $25 and 20% off services when booking 2 or more services per person (Valid April 22 to 24, 2011 based on availability. Not valid with any other discounts or specials. Discount must be confirmed at the time of scheduling to ensure that the discount applies. Gratuities based on regular prices of services.) For more information or to book reservations for this fun annual event, call 828-526-8008.

April 24 Happy Easter from the Silver Creek Family to Yours!

April 29-May 1Wine and Dine on the Mountain at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa! This sensational event kicks off the 2011 culinary season in Highlands, NC by pulling together a sizzling line-up of fine wines, superb food and fine art. Guests of all events will watch the wines come to life, as gifted artist Thomas Arvid paints LIVE for each occasion. Friday features a Spring Harvest Barn Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards showcasing live entertainment and Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards. Cocktails are served at 6:30 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm for $95 per person. Saturday features the W.H. Smith Winery Dinner at Wolfgang's Restaurant. Cocktails are served at 7:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:30 pm for $135 per person. Sunday features a Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm at Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards, also showcasing Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards for just $55 per person. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

April 29The Bascom hosts "Beginner Basket Weaving" taught be Barbara Chatham from 9 am to3 pm. During this workshop students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8x 8x 4) utilizing reed. Students will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

April 30The Bascom hosts Beginner or Intermediate Weaving" taught by Barbara Chatham from 9 am to 3 pm. In this workshop, beginning students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8 x 8 x 4) utilizing reed. They will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Intermediate students will use advanced weaves to make a basket with a Herringbone base, a woven handle, and use dyed rows of reed, using color of choice. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 beginner materials kit or $40 intermediate materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.