How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. ~ John Burroughs, American Writer and Naturalist (1837-1921)
With Autumns arrival comes a great transformation to the mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina. Theres a stirring in the air, creating an undeniable sense of excitement. Colors seem more vibrant somehow, and the air becomes more fragrant. A cool breeze carries with it the scent of wood burning in a distant hearth. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful blanket of red, orange, gold and green covers the valley floor and climbs to the highest peaks. The farmers markets and roadside stands boast bushels of freshly picked apples and squash of every shape and size imaginable. Children dart back and forth in search of the perfect pumpkin for this years Jack-o-Lantern. The ever-charming town centers come alive as people clad in fall sweaters and denim meander through an eclectic collection of shops or attend a bevy of harvest-themed festivals. There are truly no words to describe the awesome beauty of Autumn on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau its something you simply must experience for yourself. We hope youll do just that this October. Start a cherished family tradition this fall and pay a visit to the historic Village of Cashiers, the resort Town of Highlands, or the quaint neighboring towns of Sapphire, Glenville, or Lake Toxaway. To help you plan your visit, the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group in Cashiers have compiled the following calendar of events:
September 30 October 1: The Bascom hosts its 2nd Annual Celebration! Art, Design, Craft beginning with the Motown in the Mountains Party on Friday night at 6 p.m. hosted on the Terrace at the Bascom featuring the sensational sounds of Motown paired with Cashiers Farmers Market BBQ and the Tools in Motion Exhibition Opening. Just $35/person to attend. Saturday's Celebration! Auction Gala and Dinner will also be hosted on the Terrace at 6 p.m. Evening includes live and silent auction, dinner, and exquisite works of fine craft art. Tickets are $225/person. For more information, call 828.787.2896.
September 30 October 9: Hear Whats in the Heart A Shoemakers Tale at the Highlands Playhouse. Written and performed by Steve Scionti and directed by Anthony Crivello, this highly touted drama has been playing to sold-out houses from Los Angeles to New York City. For more information, call 828-526-2695.
Throughout the month of October: Head to Highlands to enjoy Oktoberfest at Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Delight in the culinary talent of the resorts Executive German Chef Johannes Klapdohr with Bavarian wine, beer, cocktail and dinner specials all month long! The Spa at Old Edwards will be offering a Fall into Bliss Pumpkin Apple Peel, and The Hummingbird Lounge at the Old Edwards Inn will present live music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to close.
October 1: The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands plays host to the PAC Bluegrass Series. Chatham County Line takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $75. Call 828-526-9047.
October 2: Afternoon of Song with the Atlanta Opera at Highlands Performing Arts Center from 3-5pm. All proceeds benefit Gilliams Promise, a 501 C3 corporation devoted to drug and alcohol prevention that provides scholarships to the children of Highlands. General Tickets $35; Sponsors $100 - includes reception following the performance. For tickets and info, call Highlands PAC at 828-526-9047. October 5: Art and Fashion For Fur - a fundraiser to benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society takes place at Jorges Place in Cashiers from 7pm - 10pm. The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, silent auction, art, fashion, and fun. Tickets are $35 for sale in advance at Jorge's Place and the Gallery on the Green in Cashiers. For more information call 828-743-5752 or 828-743-4175.
October 6: Book signing at the Hudson Library in Highlands from 4:00-5:30pm. Angela Dove, award winning columnist and author, will be speaking about and signing her new book. "No Room for Doubt". The event benefits R.E.A.C.H of Macon County. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. Tickets are $20. Contact Bonnie Pickartz at 828-342-2831 for more information.
October 7-9: Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival We love this season so much, we designed a festival around it! Join us for three days jam-packed with talented artists, terrific music, delicious food, and fun kids activities in the heart of Cashiers at the Village Green. Hours: Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 8: Womens Club Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Recreation Center and Highlands Own Art and Craft Show takes place at the Highlands Civic Center. For more information, call 828-526-3556.
October 8: Highlands Historical Society Fall Festival a celebration of the harvest on the Plateau that features a pumpkin decorating contest, exhibit of old-fashioned creativity in making children's toys, home decorations, and mountain music by local bands. Come enjoy the beauty of a fall day while enjoying music, and good food. For more information, call 828-787-1050.
October 8: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands hosts another installment of the PAC Broadway Series. Robert Cuccioli takes the stage at 8pm. He made his Broadway debut as inspector Javert in Les Miserable, and is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed for performance as the duel title roles in the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde. Tickets are $60 and $100. Call 828-526-9047.
October 10-14: Highlands Historical Society hosts Kelsey Kids - A 5 day camp that provides children ages 9- 11 with an interactive program designed to personalize the history they learn in school. They will learn about Highlands History through fun activities like a field trip to the Foxfire museum in Mountain City where they will see brooms made, and try their hand at blacksmithing and woodworking; a visit to Prince House where they will learn about life during the Victorian era; a presentation by quilting expert, Liz View; and much, much more. For applications contact HHS at 828-787-1050.
October 12: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents another installment of their PAC Storytelling Series. Carmen Deedy shows off her tale-weaving talent at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25/$35 for adults. Call 828-526-9047.
October 14-15: The Highlands Civic Center plays host to the Fall Colors Fine Art Show, presented by The Art League of Highlands.
October 14: Teddy Roosevelt Returns in "Laugh Loudly and Carry a Big Stick at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Joe Wiegand, widely regarded as the nation's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor, brings Roosevelt to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way of convincing you that you are in the company of the great Rough Rider President. Wiegand is an expert showman and storyteller, portraying Roosevelt as a family man, politician and servant. An amazing poignant and humorous presentation of the 26th president of the United States. Box office opens at 5:30, the 90 minute show begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $35 per person and the proceeds benefit the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. For tickets and information please contact Michelle Price at 828-526-0890 ext. 320.
October 14-16: Antique Show at the High Hampton Inn. Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society.
October 15: The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation presents Pour Le Pink 5k Walk/Run for Breast Health! This brand-new event begins and ends on the camus of the hospital. Funds raised will go toward maintaining HCHs state-of-the-art equipment as well as financial aid for HCH patients. The event begins at 8am and is open to male/female runners and walkers of all ages. Registration is $30. To register, become a sponsor, or for additional race details please visit www.highlandscashiershosptial.org or call (828) 526-1313. The race is being organized with assistance by Highlands Roadrunners Club.
October 15: The Bascom in Highlands invites families to drop in from 10am-4pm for Pumpkin Painting! Cost is just $5, and this fun activity is open to everyone, ages 6 and up. Contact 828-526-4949.
October 15-16: Sapphire Valley Craft Show sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Sapphire Valley Resort. This two-day event features handmade crafts, quality folk art, live music & food, and much more.
October 23: The Empty Bowls Project luncheon a very special fundraiser designed by The Bascom to feed the hungry in Highlands and Cashiers. At 11:30 a.m., the Presbyterian Church in Highlands and the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers will play host to a lunch featuring bread and soup donated by local restaurants, and served in hand-thrown bowls created by the talented artisans of The Bascom. Cost is $15 per bowl and diners will be able to keep their bowl as a memento. All proceeds will go to The Food Pantry in Highlands and Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers.
October 27-November 6: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands presents The Kitchen Witches. No, they don't ride on the brooms or cast spells in this comedy. They are rival TV cooking show hostess who have disliked each other for 30 years ever since a suitor courted one but married the other. The two women are forced to combine cooking shows and the insults they cook up for each other earn their program the name of Kitchen Witches. The show becomes an unexpected hit and the two "witches" learn facts about each other that change their relationship. Call 828-526-8084 for tickets and more information.
October 31: Downtown Highlands hosts a special Halloween trick-or-treat event sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Main street will close to traffic, and merchants will pass out candy.
October 31: Happy Halloween from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!
End of October: Highlands Historical Society Historic Village including the Highlands Historic Museum, the Prince House, and Bug Hill Cottage closes for the 2011 season.
End of October: Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds in Cashiers closes for the 2011 season.