Events

Bare Boards Party on the Village Green Scheduled for June 14th

Join your friends, family, and neighbors on June 14 for the Bare Boards Party on Cashiers Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility, The Village Square on The Village Green. Having served as the site of Summit for the past ten years, the recent move of the school to a new campus leaves four viable turrets, a restroom facility, parking area and a series of covered walkways. The original courtyard provides an excellent location for a Great Lawn that will serve as the ideal setting for large private tented parties, outdoor concerts and open air community events. Following a renovation, the buildings turrets will function as facilities for meetings and lectures. Rental of the Great Lawn for private parties and the turrets for meetings will help fund The Village Green a conservancy project created to preserve, protect and enhance land for our communitys civic, spiritual, educational, cultural and recreational activities to maintain the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the greater Cashiers area. Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Groups owner and broker, is a proponent of the projects mission and a proud member of The Village Greens Board of Directors.

Renderings of the future community facility designed by local architect and Village Green Board Member, Dan Duckham will be on display throughout the Bare Boards Party. The family-friendly event will also feature hot air balloon rides, a pot painting station for the kids, strolling blue grass musicians, delicious food and more. The party gets underway at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Consider showing your support for the community-funded Village Green Centre at the heart of the Cashiers community by donating to the building fund through the Adopt a Turret program, purchasing a Bare Board with your name on it or becoming a Village Greenie. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com, email me at jlucke@ncliving.com, or call <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>.

Plateau Pursuits June 2009 Edition

Community Event Calendar

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and theres always something happening in any one of our villages and communities! Aside from the incredible climate paired with the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests - below are some additional reasons you should join us on The Plateau in June:

June thru October On the Verandahs Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents Movie Night the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Test your trivia knowledge with classic cinema lines you know by heart, and compete for prizes. On the Veranda celebrating its 29th season is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June thru October On the Verandahs Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents Trivia Night the 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Compete for the championship and win prizes. On the Veranda celebrating its 29th season is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June 2 Concert on the Slopes The Magic of Sinatra performed by Paul Salos at the Sapphire Valley Resort. Show begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.sapphirevalleyresort.com.

June 2 & June 16 Highlands-Cashiers Plateau Audubon Societys Field Trip Around Highlands Bird and nature lovers are welcome to explore the Highlands area for native breeding birds. There is no charge to participate in the field trip that begins near Highlands Town Hall in the public parking area at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

June 4 Darwin & Dixie at The Nature Center at Highlands Biological Station the first in the June Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Executive Director of the Station and Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University Jim Costa presents a lecture on Southeastern Natural History and its influence on Charles Darwin. Begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.wcu.edu/hbs or call 828.526.2602.

June 4 Birding with the Audubon Eco Tour hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust This moderate-level bird hike is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation for new friends. Reserve your spot by calling 828.526.1111.

June 5 & 6 New Yorks Lynn Loosier performs at Highlands Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Dont miss this special two-night engagement of the artful performances of singer, Lynn Loosier. Described as a Saloon Singer by Backstage Magazine the talented Ms. Loosier can sing any style of music jazz, blues, R&B, country and rock. Show times begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 828.526.9047 or visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 6 Celebrate Land Trust Day! Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT. For a list of participating businesses, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 6 Meet and Greet with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cashiers Village Green. Consider taking one of these precious pets home with you! For more information, visit www.chhumanesociety.org.

June 7 Where It All Began hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain the site of the Highlands Improvement Societys first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 7 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bar This exciting kick-off fund-raising event for the 28th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival features excellent Argentinean wines paired with Wolfgangs fine food along with the delightful music of the Mozart String Trio. A portion of wine sales and all ticket sales benefit the HCCMF. For more information, call 828.526-9060.

June 8 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club Cost to participate is $100/person and includes lunch, dinner and chance to win door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to top three teams. Proceeds from the event go to support SOWF a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call Butch Waller at BCC at 828.966.9200 or Bill Horwitz at 828.526.0224.

June 8 Native Plant, Insect and Bird Connections presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Featuring Jim Costa, Executive Director of The Highlands Biological Station, the program is free to attendees and begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands Civic Center. For more information, visit www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

June 11 Nance Dude at the Highlands Performing Arts Center The story of mountain grandmother Nance Dude is portrayed in this one-woman show starring Elizabeth Westall. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are just $15 to purchase your tickets, call 828.526.9047.

June 11 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Silent & Live Auction Sponsored by Chef Nicholas Figel of The Cyprus Restaurant and hosted at The Highlands Community Center. Tickets with reservation are $25 - $30 at the door. Event includes catered buffet dinner featuring international fare, wine, beer, soda and great music, as well as silent and live auction to benefit SOWF a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call 828.526.0224.

June 11 Book Signing at the Bascom Author and master ceramic artist, Mark Hewitt, will be on hand to sign copies of his acclaimed book The Potters Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org/presentations.

June 13 The Three Potters at the Bascom The works of artists Hewitt, Bringle and Stuempfle will be on exhibit through July 11. A public opening reception will be eld June 13 from 5-7 p.m. admission is free. An earlier demonstration from the artists themselves will be presented in the studio barn from 9 a.m. to noon tickets are $30 for Bascom members and $45 for general admission. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 World Wide Knit In at the Bascom Bring a lawn chair and your yarn, and join us on the terrace of the Bascom for this free event and beautiful mountain views from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 7th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) features 2 separate races including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event and mountain biking: the Sprint Race 5-7 hours and the Elite Race 10-12hours. The Elite Race begins at 7 a.m. and the Sprint Race begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information or to register, call 828.526.0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.

June 13 John Collette Fine Art Benefit for Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival Located on Main Street in Highlands, John Collette Fine Art will host an evening of fine art, open bar, hors doeuvres and artist raffles to benefit HCCMF. Event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.9060.

June 13-14 Cashiers Valley Rotary Spring Fling Join us on Cashiers Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for arts, crafts, food and FUN! Pets from Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, visit www.cashiersrotary.org.

June 14 Bare Boards Party on Cashiers Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility,

June 18 & 24 "100 Years of Land Conservation" - Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Clark share the history of the Highlands-Cashier Land Trust and its vision for the future in honor of the centennial celebration of this special organization. New logo will be unveiled. First presentation takes place at The Highlands Biological Station's Nature Center on June 18 at 7 p.m. and the second presentation is scheduled for June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley. Free to all! For more information, call 828.526.1111.

June 18-July 5 The Taffetas at Highlands Playhouse Delightful musical that pays homage to the girl groups of the 1950s tells the story of four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana who are making their national television singing debut. Tickets are $30. For show times and information about ticket purchases, call 828.526.2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

June 20 Traditional Appalachian and Cherokee Legends at the Highlands Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Storytellers Marilyn McMinn-McCredie and Lloyd Arneach weave tales in a style that is humorous, informative and extremely moving. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 25 Highlands Innkeepers Tour 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More details to follow!

June 26-28 Walk in the Park with the Highlands Historical Society Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 students admitted free. June 26 and 27 6-7:30 p.m. Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 4 p.m. Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street. For more information, visit www.highlandshistory.com.

June 27-28 Sapphire Valley Master Association Arts & Crafts Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field. Contemporary crafts, folk art, jewelry and more. Animals from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, call 828.743.0321.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Celebrates 100 Years of Saving Special Places

An exciting series of centennial events will take place in 2009 to pay homage to Highlands-Cashiers Land Trusts (HCLT) rich history and illuminate the community to its very bright future. HCLT is the oldest land trust in all of North Carolina and among the first 20 in the United States. Like most things, HCLT began very simply the concept of a handful of concerned citizens who didnt wish to see the face of a mountain transformed by another hilltop hotel. The group, created in 1883 under the name of The Highlands Improvement Society, set out to protect, preserve and promote the natural beauty of Highlands. They slowly realized their vision by building trails and planting trees, and in 1909 had raised $500 to purchase 56 acres at the summit of Satulah Mountain. From these humble beginnings, Highlands Improvement Society has grown into the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, a 501(c)3 organization that currently protects 1,160 acres along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

The June schedule of events includes a presentation from the 2009 Village Series titled 100 Years of Conservation at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Stiefel will be on hand to discuss the past and the future of HCLT, and the new logo for the organization will be unveiled. Other centennial events in June include:

June 6 Celebrate Land Trust Day! Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

June 7 Where It All Began hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain the site of the Highlands Improvement Societys first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m.

June 26-28 Walk in the Park with the Highlands Historical Society Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 students admitted free. June 26 and 27 6-7:30 p.m. Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 4 p.m. Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street.

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has always relied upon the generosity of its community to thrive. We hope you will consider showing your support by attending these events with your friends and family, or by donating your time, land or monetary gifts to this wonderful cause. Together, we can help preserve the natural beauty of our home on the Plateau!

For more information about HCLT and ways you can help, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

Plateau Pursuits July Edition

First-time visitors to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau soon find that theres no shortage of beautiful scenery, clean mountain air, or fun things to do here. Listed below are just a handful of events in and around our little slice of Heaven during the month of July. The team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group and the villagers on The Plateau invite you to join us as you make lasting memories with your friends and family during a very special summer in the mountains of Western North Carolina!

July 1:Dinner at Lakeside Restaurant to Benefit the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Make your reservations by calling 828.526.9419 and dont forget to mention HCCMF. July 2:Woodslore and Wildwood Wisdom with Humorist/Naturalist Doug Elliott at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 7:30 p.m. Call 828.526.9060 for more information/tickets. July 3:Music at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands featuring the unique talents of acoustic guitarist/singer/songwriter, Tom Quigley 5:30 p.m. in the Bistro. Call 828.526.3807 for more information/reservations. July 3 & 4, July 10 & 11, July 17 & 18, July 24 & 25: Live Piano Music at On The Verandah in Highlands showcasing Chad Reed and his distinctive flair for tickling the ivories to your classical, standards, jazz and blues favorites as he returns for his 8th season at On The Verandah. Friday and Saturday nights 7-10 p.m. For reservations, call 828.526.2338. July 4:Live Chicago Blues and R&B Music at Cyprus International Cuisine in Highlands Show starts at 9 p.m. No cover charge; everyone welcome! Call 828.526.4429 for more information/reservations. July 4:Open House at The Bascom All are welcome to explore the new six-acre green architect-designed campus for the visual arts, try out the new caf and shop. For more information, call 828.526.4949. Open house runs from 12-4 p.m. July 4:Fourth of July Fireworks at the Cashiers Community Center show begins at dark July 4:Mountain Music Festival Downtown Cashiers at the Village Green (click here for more information). Adults: $20; children: $5 (kids under 6 admitted free). 11 a.m. until the last firework goes off! July 4:Fourth of July Fireworks & Festivities Downtown Highlands Join us for food, fun, music, games and more. For more information, call 828.526.2112. July 4 & 5:Arts & Crafts Show at The Cashiers Community Center July 4 & 5:Mountain Artisans Summertime Arts & Crafts Show at the WCU campus July 5:Grand Opening Concert of the 28th Season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival featuring The Eroica Trio and William Ransom at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information/tickets. July 6:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring The Eroica Trio and William Ransom at The Albert Carlson Library in Cashiers 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information/tickets. July 7:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert Movies about Music: Hilary and Jackie free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 8:Bach at Bucks Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert at Bucks. July 9: The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association is proud to present Leonid Treer and Judith Burganger in concert at the Cashiers Village Green, starting at 7 P.M. Judith and Leonid will play solo piano compositions from Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Gerschwin. July 28: Coffee Caf on Main Street in Highlands featuring Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant Ambrogio. Free admission performance begins at 8 p.m. July 7-11:11th Annual Mountains In Bloom Garden Festival at The Bascom (click here for more details) very special Highlands event that includes garden tours, flower show, home & garden shop, photography competition and lectures. For more information, call 828.526.4949. July 10:Geocache Adventure Eco Tour with The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust come see what youll discover moderate hike that is free to Trust members and a $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required call 828.526.1111. July 10: Mendelssohn The Second Mozart Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 828.526.8811 for more information. July 10:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Picnic Concert at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands 5 p.m. featuring The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. Tickets $10 children 12 and under admitted free. For more information, call 828.526.9060. July 11:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Picnic Concert at The Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers 5 p.m. featuring The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. Tickets $10 children 12 and under admitted free. For more information, call 828.526.9060. July 12:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Winds in the Mountains Concert at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information/tickets. July 13:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Winds in the Mountains Concert at The Albert Carlson Library in Cashiers 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information/tickets. July 13:Music at Wolfgangs at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro Four award-winning Cabernet Savignons will be showcased. For more information, call 828.526.3807. July 14:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert Movies about Music: Benny Goodman Story free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 17:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring the Biava Quartet and William Ransom at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 6 p.m. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 18:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring the Biava Quartet and William Ransom at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers 6 p.m. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 18:Moulthrops: Three Generations of Woodturners at the Bascom public opening reception for this special new exhibition runs from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949. July 19:Making Visual Music lecture by Dr. David Brenneman of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta at The Bascom co-sponsored by The Bascom and The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Free to Bascom members; $10 general admission. For more information or to pre-register, call 828.526.4949. July 19:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring the Biava Quartet and Miles Hoffman at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 20:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring the Biava Quartet and Miles Hoffman at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information.July 21:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert Movies about Music: Fantasia free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 23:Judy Collins In Concert at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 7:30 p.m. General admission: $100; Dress circle (includes reception with Ms. Colins and special seating): $200. For more information/tickets, call 828.526.9047. July 24:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Fstival Concert at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 6 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 25:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 25:Green Living Fair at The Highlands Civic Center 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring more than 40 booths showcasing commercial vendors, non-profit groups and speakers educating visitors on the best way to live green. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 828.526.9938, ext. 320. Outdoor Green Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Civic Center and features local produce, flowers, baked goods and more. July 26:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring Robert Henry on piano and Christopher Rex on cello at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 27:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert featuring Robert Henry on piano and Christopher Rex on cello at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers 5 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 28:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert Movies about Music: Unfaithfully Yours free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information. July 29:Sustainable Local Agriculture lecture with Christine Bredenkamp co-hosted by the Village Green and Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust part of the Village Nature Series. Free admission for more information, contact 828.526.1111. July 31:Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Concert at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands 6 p.m. Adults: $28, students: $5. Call 828.526.9060 for more information.

Mountains in Bloom 2009 Garden Festival Highlands, NC July 7-11

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is well known for its stunning natural beauty its far as the eye can see vistas, its larger than life waterfalls, its rolling sea of wildflowers lining the valley floor. In a show of celebration of natures beauty, the Highlands, NC community prepares to kick off its 11th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival. Nature lovers throughout the Southeast and beyond will soon descend upon the Plateau for a weekend they wont soon forget!

The Festival kicks off with a series of lectures, the first of which Flower Remedies: Take Two Roses and Call Me In the Morning will be hosted at The Bascom and presented by Margie Shambaugh at 5:30 p.m. on July 7. Subsequent lectures will be held on July 9 and include the professional advice of famed interior designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and landscape designer/garden restorer, Chip Callaway. This exceptional afternoon hosted at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center is broken into two sessions (8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.), and includes a book signing and a proper English tea at Caf Royal.

The Flower Show held at Highlands Civic Center on July 10 and 11 showcases three divisions: Horticulture (garden flowers, container plants & native specimens), Artistic (floral arrangements, floral design interpretations of Bascom artwork, childrens floral arrangements) and NEW this year Photography (flowers of all kinds and Western North Carolina scenery). The theme of this years show is Mountain Moments and will include two special exhibits, The Art of Ikebana and Art Projects from The Bascoms Childrens Program. The Flower Show begins July 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and wraps up July 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fun doesnt have to end there! Also hosted at the Highlands Civic Center on July 10 and 11 in the Gymnasium is the much anticipated Home and Garden Shop. Featured for the first time, this exciting attraction is expected to be the highlight of the weekend. Come shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. among the vendors and artists presenting live plants, flowers and specialty items for the home and garden, including garden art, birdbaths, pottery, fountains, garden furniture and so much more.

On July 10 and 11, The Garden Tour commences with a leisurely shuttle ride from The Highlands Civic Center. The Tour includes the majestic gardens and beautiful interiors of some of the homes in Highlands Falls Country Club, as well as the gardens of an English country estate and a 1800s historic home. Lunch will be provided at the Highlands Falls Clubhouse, overlooking the 17th hole and lake. The Festival also includes a Patrons Party on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. hosted by Paula and Barry Jones the owners of The Summerhouse at their lovely Frog Pond Farm. This extraordinary evening will include a meander through the gardens, cocktails by the lake, and the music of Jim Gibson and his strolling musicians as guests dine under a blanket of stars.

For more information, to buy tickets or to learn the details regarding sponsorship of this very special event, visit www.mountainsinbloom.com or call The Bascom at 828.526.4949. The folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group are looking forward to attending this years Mountains In Bloom Garden Festival we hope to see you there!

Plateau Pursuits August 2009 Edition

As the last summer breezes blow over the peaks and valleys of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, visitors and villagers alike will revel in these final precious weeks of one of the areas busiest and most beautiful seasons. With Mother Natures splendor at center stage, theres always an abundance of cultural and fun activities in the unique towns and villages of the mountains of Western North Carolina. The team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled a list of events taking place in our little corner of the world this August. We invite you, your friends and family to join us for what promises to be another terrific month in the mountains!

August (ongoing): Live Piano Music at On The Verandah in Highlands showcasing Chad Reed and his distinctive flair for tickling the ivories to your classical, standards, jazz and blues favorites as he returns for his 8th season at On The Verandah. Friday and Saturday nights 7-10 p.m. For reservations, call 828.526.2338.

August 1-Oct 13: Tours of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and Museum are available through the Cashiers Historical Society on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

August 1: Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show at the Sapphire Valley Community Center Come out and join in the fun as we raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. For more information, call 828-743-7663.

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance featuring William Preucil, violin; William Ransom, piano; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup, harp; Ferdinando De Sena, electronics; Charae Krueger, cello. Program includes Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F; De Sena: Directed Ambience for Harp and Electronics; Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor Albert Carlton Library, Cashiers. 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults:$28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 2 & 3: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance featuring Vega String Quartet; Program includes Haydn: Sunrise String Quartet; Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 131; Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings Highlands Performing Arts Center @ 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults: $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060

August 2 & 9: Much Ado About Nothing courtesy of Highlands Playhouse 7 p.m. at Pine Street Park admission is FREE! Bring a picnic supper and your blankets!!

August 4: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Movies about Music: Song of Norway free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information.

August 5: Sweet Tea at the Bascom fun family activity construct your own teapot from different techniques. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 6, 13, 20 & 27: Groovin on the Green Free Concert Series at the Gazebo on the Village Green Sponsored by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association 7 p.m.

August 7: Final Performance in the Relay for Life Mountain Music Concert Series -Sponsored by the Just for You Relay For Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Mountain Music concert series features music and dance mountain style! Come enjoy the entertainment, along with modern western square dancing, clogging, raffles and more. Dancing begins at 6:45 PM and the bands perform from 7:30 until 9:00 PM, in the old gym at Highlands School. Admission is free.

August 7 & 8: A Book at the Heart of Things at the Bascom Create sculptural figures using a book as the body. For more information, call 828-526-4929

August 8: The Manes and Tails Benefit - Benefitting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society and Carpe Diem Farms. 5:00pm-6:30pm, Wine, Beer & Appetizers and Parade of horses & dogs. 6:30-9:00pm Dinner/ Dancing and Silent Auction. Tickets are $50/person.

August 9: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Final Gala with the Eroica Trio at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Program: Trios of Cassado, Lalo; encore performance of Bernsteins West Side Story Suite @ 5:00 PM. $125-includes dinner at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call (828) 526-9060

August 8: Front Porch Family Fun Enjoy Front Porch Family Fun with Lee Knight at the Zachary-Tolbert House, brought to you by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, call (828) 743-7710.

August 8-9: Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Show Features a wide variety of artisans, including contemporary and country crafts, folk art, fine jewelry and much more. Enjoy music and food while you browse. Sapphire Valley Resort Athletic Field Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Sandra Fischel @ (828) 743-1163 or via e-mail at svma@aol.com. August 10: Bulrush Pouch at The Bascom make a pouch from soft, wild bulrushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929. August 10-14: The Creative Edge at The Bascom Learn creative techniques from esteemed artist, Mary Todd Beam. Includes daily demonstrations and discussions. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 10: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model at The Bascom Choose your own media for a leisurely session with a male model. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 12: Dinner Time at The Bascom fun family activity where you create a personal place setting for your dinner table. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Rubber Stamping at The Bascom fun family activity where you create unique cards and other paper arts. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Botanical Sketching and Watercolors at The Bascom Explore the local flora and fauna with pencils and brushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Bark for Life at Highlands Recreational Park fun-filled day for dogs and their owners that includes demonstrations and games to benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is $20 per dog each dog receives a Bark for Life bandana and goody bag filled with toys and treats. For more information, contact Louise Hopkins at 828-787-1871.

August 19: Loving Literacy A Premiere Gala at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands includes performance of Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller Accomplice at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 sponsorships start at $500.

August 20-23 & August 27-30: Accomplice at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Performances by Highlands Cashiers Players of this Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller take place at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. For more information, contact 828-526-8084.

August 21: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust: Chimney Top Eco Tour Challenging hike that is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 for more information.

August 21: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party - The kickoff party for the Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, presented by The Cashiers Historical Society hosted at the Nancy Hanks House. For more information, call (828) 743-7710 or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 22-Sept. 6: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Presented by The Cashiers Historical Society, this year's showhouse will be the summer home of the late Nancy Hanks, who is widely credited with spearheading the federal government's involvement in the arts. For more information, call(828) 743-7710 or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

Auust 24-28: Portrait Painting in Oils at The Bascom students work with live model and instructor. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 26: Village Nature Series Lecture at Lonesome Valley @ 6:30 p.m. My Life in the Appalachian Woods by Thomas Rain Crowe FREE for more information, call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Relay for LifeRelay for Life of Mountain Top is holding this very special event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who have been lost. Hosted at Highlands Recreation Center

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    Alisa, Did someone from GCAMA contact you about participating in the Leaf Festival? Just wanted to follow up. Jochen

    Silver Creek Invites You to Join Them Thursday Evenings for Groovin on the Green

     

    Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer performed on the Village Green July 9, 2009

    Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer performed on the Village Green July 9, 2009

    Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a proud supporter of Groovin on the Green a free outdoor concert series sponsored by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. Silver Creek president and senior broker, Jochen Lucke serves on the Board of Directors for the GCAMA and wishes to extend a personal invitation to all residents and visitors of The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. The first concert of the series was a great success, relates Lucke. We look forward to continuing to bring talented local artists to Cashiers Village Green, and drawing the community together to enjoy great music with family, friends and neighbors.

     

    Groovin on the Green was launched on July 9 with classical piano performances by Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer. Upcoming performances will include classical guitarist, George Andrews and other local favorites. It will also be a special part of the First Annual Cashiers Leaf Festival, scheduled for October 9-11. The GCAMA is very excited to host this new event which they hope will draw thousands to the area to witness the changing of the leaves, shop and dine at area merchants, and take part in the celebration. Plans for the Leaf Festival include live music and dancing during that weeks Groovin on the Green, an Arts and Crafts Festival featuring the work of local artists and distinctive items from some of our merchants, as well as an exciting Tour of Homes showcasing some of our most exclusive mountain homes and communities. Keep an eye out for future updates with regard to The Cashiers Leaf Festival A Celebration of Fine Homes, Folk Art, Friendship and Foliage.

    Future performances of Groovin on the Green will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Gazebo on The Village Green. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic supper, lawn chairs, and blankets. For more information on upcoming dates and performers, contact The Village Green at 828-743-3434. Jochen Lucke and the rest of the Silver Creek team hope to see you there!

    Plateau Pursuits September 2009 Edition

     

    The Bascom in Highlands NC

    The Bascom in Highlands NC

     

    With Falls official arrival rapidly approaching on September 22nd, the excitement is mounting in the towns surrounding the resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands as we await that very first hint of autumn on the mountain. In one months time, the lovely green hardwoods that line the mountaintops and valley floors of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be transformed to a vibrant painters palette of color - red, yellow, orange and brown. (Be sure to mark your calendar for the First Annual Leaf Festival in Cashier the weekend of October 9 through 11!) In the meantime, we invite you to join us for delightfully mild days and loads of family fun in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled a list of events taking place in our little corner of the world this September. We hope to see you, your friends and family up on the mountain soon!

    September 1-5: Printmaking Workshop at The Bascom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taught by H. Aaron Hequembourg, this class will explore the method for producing wood blocks, printing the blocks on various thin papers and applying them to various surfaces. Cost to participate is $275/$250 for members. For more information, e-mail info@bigwhitedog.net.

    September 4-6: I Hear America Singing The stirring music of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer will be performed at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands during Labor Day Weekend. Presented by Robert Ray and sponsored by Skyline Lodge and Jacks at Skyline Restaurant. All seats are just $25. Three performances only Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday @ 8 p.m. and Sunday @ 2 p.m. Buy tickets online at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org or reserve your seats by calling 828-526.9047.

    September 5: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk and Pet Fest Come one, come all to this very special event in support of our furry, little four-legged friends. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society presents the very first Mountain Tail Waggers Walk which is slated to begin at the Highlands School with the finish line located on Pine Street in downtown Highlands the site of the super fun Pet Fest. Registration for the walk starts at 8 a.m., but walkers may also pre-register online at www.chhumanesociety.org. Pet Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include music, food, craft show, competitions, live demonstrations, and opportunities to microchip your pet. For more information, call 828.743.5752.

    September 5: Cat Chow Gallery Talk: Beyond Fiber Art 6 p.m. at The Bascom. Free. In a 10-20 minute exhibition reception talk, NY-based designer, performer and former fashion-and-fiber artist - Catharine (Cat) Chow - will talk about conceptual art and redefining the boundaries between art, craft and design. For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

    September 5-6: The Village Square Art & Craft Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Highlands at the Village Square and Kelsey Hutchinson Park. Will feature regional artisans in a variety of methods and mediums Fine art, baskets, folk art, musical instruments, turned wood, childrens clothing/accessories, pottery, jewelry, rustic furniture and more. Call 828.787.2021 for more information.

    Sept. 5-Oct. 7: 100 Years of Land Conservation ongoing exhibition at Summit One Gallery. Artists have created new works inspired by the very special properties conserved by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

    Sept. 5-Oct. 10: Exhibition: Cat Chow: Beyond Fiber Art Must see exhibit at The Bascom. Display of the highly touted work of Catharine (Cat) Chow. The New Yorker called this NYC artist one of the most interesting and compelling young talents to come along in years! For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

    September 7: Art Duplicating Art An exhibition at Summit One Gallery featuring the works of local artists, depicting the beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. A percentage of the receipts from sales will be donated to HCLT. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

    September 8-9: The Repeated Object Workshop: Cat Chow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. Two-day workshop in which students will have the opportunity to create a sculpture that is inspired by the idea of the repeated object. Cost to participate in this particular class is $300/$275 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

    September 10-11: The Artist as Collector Workshop: Cat Chow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. In this second in a series two-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to create a work that is inspired by their passion for collecting objects and/or images. Enjoy a slide lecture, class discussion, show-and-tell and the creation of a finished work. Cost to participate in this particular class is $300/$275 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

    September 10-11: Landscaping & Gardening with Native Plants Highlands Biological Station. Evening includes refreshments and short tour plus program about the Southern Appalachians and the events that have shaped the forests and diversity of plant species we see around us. Native plant auction will conclude the event. Refreshments begin at 4 p.m. program to start at 6 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.2602.

    September 12: Second Annual Highlands Motoring Festival Get ready to kick some tires and look under the hoods of some of Western North Carolinas coolest cars. Event created to benefit the Hudson Library. For more information or to register your car for the event (all cars must be manufactured before 1979), visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

    September 12: Unconventional Adornment: Cat Chow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. In this third in a series one-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to use unconventional materials to make a small wearable object. Enjoy a slide lecture of artists' works that incorporate unconventional objects, a demonstration of connecting techniques and the creation of a piece that adorns the body such as a piece of jewelry or an accessory. Cost to participate in this particular class is $175/$150 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

    September 13: Bel Canto 17th annual grand opera event begins at the Martin-Lipscomb Center for the Performing Arts in Highlands at 4 p.m. with dinner to follow at the Highlands Country Club. Performances include selections from Broadway musicals to classical operas. Proceeds from this event will be used to enhance The Bascoms permanent collection, and benefit the music programs at th Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information, call 828.526.1947.

    September 14: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model 6 to 8 p.m. at The Bascom. Bring media of your choice: sketchpad, clay or paint box for a leisurely session of figure drawing, sculpting or painting from a nude model. Informal instruction is available. Cost is $20 per session/$15 for members. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    Sept. 14-Dec. 16: Young Artists Program In order to help engender a continuing love of the arts and give birth to some budding artists, The Bascom offers fun and thoughtful art classes geared to the skills and interests of children from pre-school to pre-teen, during the school year. Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. (grades 2-5); Tuesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-1); and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 4-7), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 8-14), and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-2); Cost $15 for a 6-class session, preschool; $30 for a 6-class session, homeschoolers and grades 1-5. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    September 14-18: Gaining a Perspective on Drawing and Painting Workshop instructor Adrian Deckbar calls the ability to use perspective "power over space." Students will learn how to see the three-dimensional world so they can flatten it into a two-dimensional image. If you have struggled to make things look "real" and three-dimensional, this is the class for you. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost of workshop is $300/$275 members. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.adriandeckbar.com.

    September 15: Geology Eco Tour Hiking tour hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust free to Trust members and $25 donation for new friends. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net. HCLT invites you to come see what youll discover

    September 19: Field Trip around Highlands The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society hosts this FREE trip around the Highlands to look for Fall migrating birds. Meet at the public parking area next to Town Hall bright and early at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

    September 19: James (Jim) Landon Lecture - "Issues Affecting Antiquities and Art" 5 p.m. at The Bascom Admission is just $10/free to members. Atlanta attorney Jim Landon will present a brief history of the creation of museums and their collections, as well as the ethical and legal issues facing individuals and institutions when acquiring cultural property. He will reference the recovery of art plundered during the Second World War and the claims of countries of origin on antiquities now owned by some of the world's most prestigious museums. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    Sept. 21-25: Silk Painting Janet Taylors gorgeous silk scarves and ties (see www.janettaylorstudio.com) have been wildly successful in the Shop at The Bascom. Now she invites YOU to learn her secrets in this very special class at The Bascom. Best part is, students will leave with beautiful hand-painted scarf of their own. To register or sign up, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

    September 22: Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society hosts this trip around the Blue Ridge Parkway to look for Fall migrating birds. Meet at the public parking area next to Town Hall bright and early at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

    September 24: Cashiers Historical Societys Founders Day this very special annual celebration is designed to help make the past come alive for children and grown-ups alike as they are transported back to the time when Cashiers was first founded. Hosted at the beautiful, historic Zachary-Tolbert House and sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. For more information, call 828.743.5752.

    September 25-27: Fifth Annual Highlands Antique Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Highlands Recreation Center. High quality antiques from all of your favorite vendors and other exhibitors from around the world will be featured in this years show. Admission is just $12.

    September 30: Understanding the Black Bear 6:30 p.m. Cashiers Village Green free to all. This special presentation by Bill Lea is part of the Village Nature Series, and is co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Green. Contact HCLT for information at 828.526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

    Now thru Oct. 17 Southern Landscapes Exhibition Featuring the works of Lamar Dodd and Will Henry Stevens at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    Now thru Oct. 30: Dave Russell Exhibition Stacked Stone Sculpture/Outdoors at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    October Plateau Pursuits

    Oct. 1-7: 100 Years of Land Conservation ongoing exhibition at Summit One Gallery Artists have created new works inspired by the very special properties conserved by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

    Oct. 1-10: Exhibition: Cat Chow: Beyond Fiber Art Must see exhibit at The Bascom Display of the highly touted work of Catharine (Cat) Chow. The New Yorker called this NYC artist one of the most interesting and compelling young talents to come along in years! For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

    Oct. 1-17: Southern Landscapes Exhibition Inspirational Beauty Featuring the works of Lamar Dodd and Will Henry Stevens at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    Oct. 1-30: Dave Russell Exhibition Stacked Stone Sculpture/Outdoors at the Bascom in Highlands. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

    Oct. 1-Dec. 16:Young Artists Program In order to help engender a continuing love of the arts and give birth to some budding artists, The Bascom offers fun and thoughtful art classes geared to the skills and interests of children from pre-school to pre-teen, during the school year. Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. (grades 2-5); Tuesdays 11 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-1); and Wednesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 4-7), 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (homeschoolers ages 8-14), and 3 to 4 p.m. (grades K-2); Cost $15 for a 6-class session, preschool; $30 for a 6-class session, homeschoolers and grades 1-5. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

     

    Fall Color

    Fall Color in Cashiers North Carolina

     

    Oct. 2 & 3: Autumn Leaves Festival The Bascom in Highlands, NC Annual fundraiser to support a very special mountaintop art gallery. Festivities to include an auction and gala dinner on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn (cocktail attire) and the Autumn Leaves Party at 5 to 8 p.m. featuring live bluegrass band, food & spirits, art demonstrations and silent auction (blue jeans casual). Tickets to Fridays Gala are $225, to Saturdays Autumn Leaves Party are $35 or Friday/Saturday Combination tickets are $250. Proceeds benefit The Bascom. For more information or to purchase your tickets to the best party in Highlands, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828-526-4949. To make reservations for accommodations, The Bascom recommends The Old Edwards Inn at 866-526-8008.

    Oct. 3: Cashiers Community Annual Fish Fry Cashiers Community Center 5 to 7:00 p.m.

    Oct. 5: Elk Excursion Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust A true adventure to learn about and witness firsthand the elk that are native to the area. Tour is free to HCLT members and just a $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Please e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 to reserve your spot. Come see what youll discover

    Oct. 5: Charity Golf Tournament Sapphire Valley Country Club Hosted by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, this fun event will help to benefit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau community through the Rotary Clubs sponsorship of special organizations such as The American Cancer Society, Boys Scouts/Girl Scouts of America, Make A Wish Foundation, and Toys for Tots. Price to participate is just $200/player and includes greens fee, cart, box lunch, and goody bag. Tournament will feature a $25,000 prize for the hole-in-one contest. For more information or to reserve your spot in the Tournament, visit www.cashiersrotary.org or call Rotary Club President Ron Keller at 828-743-9920.

    Oct. 8-10: Leaf Festival of Cashiers Valley Cashiers Village Green and Sapphire Valley Resort Hosted by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association and sponsored in part by Coca-Cola, this fun-filled weekend is a celebration of nature and community. Event kicks off on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. with a live concert on the Village Green all are welcome to pack a picnic and dance to the music of the Rye Holler Boys. Friday and Saturday feature an Artisan Festival and Enchanted Village including the work of local artists, merchants market, more live music, and a special childrens section featuring face painting, clowns, and trolley rides. Weekend also includes an exciting Tour of Homes, showcasing some of the areas most stunning mountain homes. The Festival will end on a high note as Grammy Award Winner, BJ Thomas takes the stage on a Concert on the Slopes of Sapphire Valley Resort. Thomas is the man behind such memorable hits as Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head and Hooked on a Feeling. For more information, click here (link to Leaf Festival blog dated Sept. 10) or call the helpful crew at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999. We hope to see you there!

    Oct. 9: An Evening with John Muir Highlands Playhouse Stirring portrayal of legendary conservationist, John Muir performed by actor Lee Stetson and presented by the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance. Play begins at 7 p.m., but come early to rub elbows with John Muir at the Patrons Party preceding the performance. Party includes wine, heavy hors doeuvres and reserved seating for just $80 ($75 for JMCA members). To attend the play only, tickets are $30 ($25 for JMCA members). For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.j-mca.org.

    Oct. 10: Pumpkin Fest Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust An afternoon of old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Fest includes pumpkin carving contest, hayrides, BBQ, music by the Cashiers Music Company and cider press demonstrations. Hosted at the working farm of HCLT board member Linda David and her husband Kenton. For details and ticket prices, call 828-526-1111 or e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

    Oct. 10 & 11: Dont Count Your Chickens Folk Art Show Highlands Community Center 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-0299.

    Oct. 17: 4th Annual Songwriters in the Round High Hampton Inn Pavilion Wonderful evening of music from some of Nashvilles premier songwriters. Food and beverages will be served. Benefits the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation.

    Oct. 17: 3rd Annual Fall Ball to benefit the Summit School Black tie optional gala featuring a fabulous dinner, open bar and dancing. For more informatio, call (828) 743-5755.

    Oct. 17 & 18: Fall Colors Show Highlands Civic Center & Recreational Park 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Art League of Highlands 2009. Show features fine art, pottery, jewelry, photography and childrens art market & activities.

    Oct. 23: Star Gazing on the Mountain Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Join WCU astronomy professor Dr. Paul Heckert to learn about stars from a beautiful field near downtown Highlands. Tours are free to HCLT, and just $25 for new friends. Reservations are required. Please e-mail Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net or call 828-526-1111 to reserve your spot. Come see what youll discover

    Oct. 31: Spooky Raku: A Halloween Pottery Firing The Bascom in Highlands free event that begins at sundown (@ 5:30 p.m.) All are welcome to come by the Studio Barn as red pots glow against the black nights sky setting the ideal mood for an unforgettable All Hallows Eve.

    Oct. 31: Highlands Halloween Trick or Treat Main Street Highlands 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don your costume and join your friends & neighbors in historic downtown Highlands.

    November Plateau Pursuits - Calendar of Events

    Calendar of Events brought to you by Silver Creek Real Estate Group of Cashiers, NC

    Before we know it, the holidays will be upon us! The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina provide the perfect setting for any holiday celebration. We are proud to present a rich bounty of happenings in and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and we hope to see you up on the mountain!

    November 12-15:3rd Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend This DELICIOUS event kicks off Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with an Opening Gala Reception at The Bascom in Highlands and includes the culinary talents of local restaurants, chefs and wineries plus live music to give guests a taste of what the rest of the weekend will entail. Cost to attend Opening Night is $100/pp. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings will all feature a bountiful Country Breakfast Brunch at the Main Street Inn at just $10.95/pp call for reservations at 828-526-2590. Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons will all feature opportunities to Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate at the Peggy Crosby Center with Tranquility Cove Massages with Lisa Wilker $70.00/pp; please call 828-200-0018 to set up an appointment. Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. will give visitors a chance to experience Highlands wonderful shops, while delighting in wines and tasty tidbits through Sip & Stroll - $35/pp and tickets are limited. Each day of the event will feature special demonstrations, tastings and food-based gatherings:

    When: Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m. Where: Cyprus Restaurant What: Italian Pastry Kitchen Cooking Salon & Demonstration Price: $69,plus tax and gratuity

    When: Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m. Where: Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro What: Domaine Serene, Flavor Spectrum Luncheon Domaine Serene wine and food tasting brought to the "nth" degree. Chef Wolfgang will create three small pairings that will compliment & contrast, leaving you thinking outside of the box. Controversial dishes that will challenge your palate. Each participant will be poured a taste of four different Domaine Serene wines to compliment the four different dishes. Challenge your senses! Price: $65 plus tax and gratuity

    When: Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m. Where: SweeTreats What: Beer and Brats Take a break from wine events and experience a bit of traditional Bavarian flavor. While you enjoy a lunch of Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and German style potatoes, Sonia Hooper of Mutual Distributors will present a series of great imported beers for your tasting. Price: $25 plus tax and gratuity

    When: Friday,November 13 @ 2 p.m. Where: Ruka's Table What: Sake Tasting and Sushi Roll Demonstration In association with Vine Connections who has the top Sake protfolio in America, we will be doing an afternoon session tasting of great Sake while we roll and taste fresh sushi. Phone:828-526-3636 - Call for pricing.

    When: Friday, November 13 @ 5-6 p.m. Where: Summit One Gallery What: Pre-dinner cocktail reception The artists of Summit One Gallery have created work especially for the Third Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend. Together with Old Edwards Inn, enjoy a private preview of the Wine & Dine exhibition at Summit One Gallery located in "The Galleries" on South Second Street prior to the Farm to Table Dinner at Madison's. Price: Free

    When: Friday, November 13 @ 6:30 p.m. Where: ...on the Verandah What: "Play it Again Tom, Part III- Everything's Better with Pork" ...on the Verandah's Executive Chef Andrew Figel welcomes back Atlanta's One Midtown Kitchen Executive Chef Tom Harvey and this year they have a new twist. Watch as pork plays the starring role or is the enhancement to seafood, poultry vegetable dishes exquisitely prepared by Chefs Andrew and Tom and paired with just the right wine. This is cooking the way chefs like to eat! Be a part of an event that will delight all your senses. Price: $85 plus tax and gratuity Phone: 828-200-1513

     

    The Farmhouse at Old Edwards Inn

    The Farmhouse at Old Edwards Inn

     

    When: Friday, November 13 Cocktails from 6:30-7:30; Dinner begins @ 7:30 Where: The Barn at Old Edwards What: Farm to Table Dinner Join this one-of-a-kind gathering to celebrate great wines and seasonal harvests from local sustainable farms. Enjoy a family style dinner at Old Edwards turn-of-the century period Farm with our gorgeous renovated Barn as the backdrop. Share bottles of Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx and Goldeneye wines with your neighbor as dusk settles over The Farm at Old Edwards. Relax into the evening with the soothing sounds of live music lending the perfect ambiance to this magical setting. Presentations during the evening by Duckhorn Vineyards East Coast Brands Manager, Frank Barbagallo and Director of Strategic Grape Acquisitions and Grower Relations, Jeff Roberts as well as discussions with the farmers who gre the bounty of the evening's fare. Price: $169, plus tax and gratuity

    When: Friday, November 13 Champagne/Appetizers @ 7 p.m. Dinner begins @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro What: Wine Dinner-Crocker, Starr, Khachaturian Featuring: Crocker and Starr, Armen Khachatrian Anderson's Conn Valley, Van Potts Guest The Anderson's "Cabernets possess a rare elegance and finesse allied to abundant richness and intensity", according to Robert Parker, Jr. Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity

    When: Friday, November13 @ 7 p.m. Where: Lakeside Restaurant What: Pohlmeyer Pizzazz Known for their Bordeaux-style red wine, Merlot and Chardonnay, Lakeside Restaurant is proud to showcase the power and personality of Pahlmeyer Wines. Join us as we pair five courses of fabulous cuisine with the fine wines of Jayson Pahlmeyer. Price: $175 plus tax and gratuity - 828-526-9419

    When: Friday, November 13 @ 7:30 p.m. Where: The Log Cabin What: 3rd Annual Grateful Palate Wine Dinner This will be the third year we have hosted the Grateful Palate Dinner and this year we are honored to have Dan Phillips, the owner of the company in attendance. This five course dinner is sure to feature wine and food pairings that cannot be had anywhere else. Call 828-526-3380 for pricing

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Dry Sink What: Discover the Latest in Kitchenware Come browse the aisles of Highlands' gourmet kitchen store, The Dry Sink, and discover the latest in gourmet kitchen cookware, bakeware, cutlery, gadgetry, and appliances. Take part in ongoing product demonstrations and giveaways. We'll also feature samples of our delicious specialty foods and snacks! Price: Free

    When: Saturday, November 14 Where: Sunset Rock What: Sunset Hike with Fresser's Eatery Come enjoy a beautiful sunset and view of Highlands on top of Sunset Rock. You can either drive up or hike. Either way we will have a hot steamy gumbo along with other delightful hors d'oeuvres and of course perfectly paired wines too. Phone: 828-526-4188 Please Call for Time Price: $32 all inclusive

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 12 p.m. Where: Cyprus Restaurant What: Fire Breathing Wok Cooking Salon & Demonstration Price: $69 plus tax and gratuity Phone: 828-526-4429

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 1-3 p.m. Where: The Highlands Smokehouse What: Craft Beer & BBQ Tasting Come try beer from Bell's, Stone Dogfish Head and Founders along with different types and flavors of in house smoked BBQ. Price: $25 per person Phone: 828-526-3380

     

    The Inn at Millstone

    The Farmhouse at Old Edwards Inn

     

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 6 p.m. Where: The Inn at Millstone What: A Journey Through the Mountains - An Exploration of Mountain Grown Wines. Finewines, friendly faces, and Southern hospitality await you at The Inn at Millstone. Join us for an evening of globetrotting as we move along the road less traveled in exploration of a unique varietals of high latitude wines. Enjoy a 5-course pairing of fine foods and fine wines. Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity Phone: 828-743-6513

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 6:30 p.m. Where: ...on the Verandah What: Chateau Montelena Winery - Wine Dinner Series Executive Chef Andrew Figel prepares a creatively tantalizing evening of fine food all paired with classic wine selections from the historic Napa winery, Chateau Montelena Winery. Price: $120 plus tax and gratuity Phone:828-526-2338

    When: Saturday, November 14 Cocktails 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner Begins @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Madison's Restaurant What: Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner Madison's Restaurant will serve as an elegant backdrop for this unforgettable evening of sumptuous food, fine wine and relaxed conversation. These Duckhorn Vineyard wines paired with a delectable menu of New-South Cuisine created by Madison's Executive Chef, Johannes Klapdohr. Duckhorn's own East Coast Brands Manager, Frank Barbagallo will be in attendance sharing knowledge and interesting stories about this amazing vineyard. Price: $180 plus tax and gratuities

    When: Saturday, November 14 Champagne and Appetizers @ 7 p.m. Dinner Begins @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Wolfgang's Restaurant & Wine Bistro What: Silver Oak Cellars Wine with Tom Johnson Wolfgang's Restaurant has always had a very special place in our hearts for Silver Oak Cellars, this probably because of the wonderful friendship between Tom Johnson,East Coast Sales Manager of Silver Oak Cellars and Mindy and Wolfgang Green. We started the tradition of hosting this elegant wine dinner during the Culinary Weekend last year and we are proud to do it again. We will be featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be a night to remember! Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity Phone: 828-526-3807

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 7 p.m. Where: Lakeside Restaurant What: A Nickel & Nickel Affair Lakeside Restaurant is delighted to partner with Napa Valley Winery, Nickel & Nickel. Reserve your seat for a fantastic, five course dinner, paired with their exclusive, single vineyard wines. An Affair that is sure to please the palate. Price: $135 plus tax and gratuity Phone: 828-526-9419

    When: Saturday, November 14 @ 7:30 p.m. Where: Ruka's Table What: Vine Connections Wine Dinner Along with Vine Connections which has one of the finest Argentinean portfolios around, we will host a five course wine dinner that will feature tapas style entrees that compliment all the wines nicely. Come experience a laid back fun and exciting evening with great wine, great food and great music. Phone: 828-526-3636 Please Call for pricing When: Saturday, November 14 Where: The Bascom What: The Shopping Bag - Exemplary Art & Design For more information please call 828-526-4949.

    When: Sunday, November 15 @ 12:30 p.m. Where: Fressers Eatery What: Bubbly Brunch Come enjoy an array of champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. They will be perfectly paired with Fressers brunch items that will have you craving more bubbles for a long time to come. Price: $48 plus tax and gratuity Phone: 828-526-4188

    For More Information and to Make Reservations for the 3rd Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend, Visit www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com.

    November 16:Holiday Beauty and Life Balance at The Spa at Old Edwards from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Cost: $25; Phone: 828-787-2625

    November 17:Holiday Florals & Decor with Champagne at The Farm at Old Edwards by Oakleaf Flower and Garden from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Cost: $60; Phone: 828-787-2625

    November 18:Holiday Entertaining Expo with Wine Lunch at The Farm at Old Edwards from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Cost: $75; Phone: 828-787-2625

    November 19:Holiday Fashion Show and High Tea at The Hummingbird Lounge at 3:00 p.m.; Cost: $25; Phone: 828-787-2625

    November 23:Giving Thanks for Literacy Hosted by The Literacy Council of Highlands at Peggy Crosby Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Cost: Free; Phone: 828-526-9938 ext. 240 or 261

    November 25:Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Highlands Civic Center at 6:00 p.m.; For more information please call 828-526-3556.

    November 26:HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Staff and Management at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!

    November 27:Free Holiday Surprise for Shoppers at Oakleaf Flower and Garden from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    November 27:A Christmas Carol Revisited at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center from 6 to 7 p.m.; Musical Play by Once Upon a Blue Ridge; Cost:$15 Per Person; Phone: 828-526-9047

    November 27:Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Where: Highlands Visitor Center; Every Saturday until Christmas from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2112.

    November 27-28:Sapphire Valley Master Association Arts & Crafts Festival; 828-743-0321

    November 27-28:"Hard Candy Christmas" Mountain Artisans Fine Art & Craft Shows at the WCU Campus in the Ramsey Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Authentic Work of 100 Heritage & Contemporary Artisans Cost: $3.00 Adults; Children under 12 free

    November 28:Highlands Town Tree Lighting at the Methodist Church @ 6:00/6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 828-526-2112!

    November 28:Winter Wonderland at Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 828-526-3807 for more information.

    November 28:A Christmas Carol Mask Making for Kids at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center By Once Upon a Blue Ridge from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Cost: Free for Students; Phone: 828-526-9047