Groovin' On The Green In Cashiers NC

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 July 2010

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

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

August 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

As the inevitable Back to School sale signs begin to appear in store windows throughout the South, summer is still in full-swing in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Plan your last-minute Summer escape to a place well-known for its unique culture, family-friendly festivals, mild climate and relaxed pace. Over the course of a week or a long weekend spent on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, youre sure to feel a kinship to the warm and welcoming folk who reside here year-round as you find a sense of belonging in one of the Souths most distinctive mountain communities. The unsurpassed natural beauty, a wealth of world-class amenities and that unusual sense of belonging will call you back here year after year. This months calendar of events for the towns of Highlands, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway and Glenville and the village of Cashiers is jam-packed with fun a perfect excuse to come back OR to visit us for the very first time. Youll soon discover why families have returned here annually for well over a century. If, after your visit, you find that you just dont want to leave we invite you to call on the friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group. We can help you find the home of your dreams. August is National What Will Your Legacy Be Month just think of it, you can begin building your familys legacy high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains! We look forward to seeing you around town soon!

August 1-8: The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse - Andrews Brothers opens at an afternoon rehearsal for a USO show in the South Pacific. Max, Lawrence and Patrick Andrews are rehearsing with pin-up girl Peggy Jones for the big showthat night. What Peggydoesnt know is that the brothers are really just the stagehands for the show her back-up singers didntarrive in time, and the boys were recruited by the Major in charge to fill in where needed. Just as they assumeall will work out well, a radiogram arrives with the news that the headliners for tonights show, The Andrews Sisters, have been held in quarantine in Hawaii. The show must be cancelled. Unless, of course,theres a way for the Andrews Sisters to appear...Mistaken identities and madcap adventures(imagine Bing Crosby & Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot)along with the musicof an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. For more information, call 828-526-2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 1: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 2: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Mozart Violin/Viola Duo, Chopin Cello Sonata, Schumann Piano Quartet Performed by William Preucil on violin, Charae Krueger on cello, Yinzi Kong on viola, and Victor Asuncion on piano at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 5: The Marriage of Figaro Center for Life Enrichment presents a Musical Evening at Brevard Music Center. Mozarts opera The Marriage of Figaro is a witty, profound tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness, set in CountAlmavivas castle in Seville in the late 18th Century. It is based on a play by Beaumarchais and is a sequel to The Barber of Seville. As the opera opens, the marriage of the Count and Rosina has gone sour because of his philandering. Figaro hasquit barbering and is now the Counts major-domo. He is engaged to Suzanna, who is the Countess maid and theCounts intended conquest. Old Bartolo is back to seek revenge on Figaro for thwarting his claim on the youngRosina, with the help of the slimy music-master, Don Basilio. Adding to the fun are an amorous eenager, ascheming old maid, a drunken gardener, and a silly young girl. Much happens on a single crazy day. This program will include a leisurely bus trip to the Brevard Music Center with a boxed supper before theperformance. (The performance will be the final dress rehearsal.) Deadline for reservations is Monday, June 19. Bus leaves Brysons lower parking lot in Highlands at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $80 CLE members, $90 non-members. Limit: 45 openings. For more information, visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 5: Blue Ridge Perspectives The Natural World thru Words and Images with Author George Ellison and Painter Elizabeth Ellison at Highlands Nature Center at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623 or visit www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.

August 6: Groovin on The Green Rafe Hollister Band performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 6: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.clehighlands.org.

August 7: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Eroica Trio performs Beethoven Trio Op.11, Turina Op. 35, and Schumann F Major at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5:00 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 8: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Picnic at the Village Green in Cashiers at 5 p.m.Bring a covered dish and $5 for hamburgers. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387.

August 8:Up, Up and away Gala at the Highlands Country Club Benefiting the Highlands Community Child Development Center.Tickets are $125 and can be reserved by calling (828) 526-1505 or emailing HCCDCres@aol.com. This fun-filled evening includes cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Class Act Band. A silent auction will feature a hot air balloon ride for four, a Herbert Creecy oil painting, a Rob Stern glass vessel, a Cherry Brewer painting, a gourmet dinner and more. All gala proceeds go this licensed, nonprofit center which provides a safe haven and excellent foundation fo the children of working parents. If you are unable to attend the Gala, donations are gratefully appreciated and can be mailed to HCCDC, P.O.Box 648, Highands, NC 28741.

August 8: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 9: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Anton Nel on piano, Brice Andrus on horn, Laura Ardan on clarinet and Christopher Rex on cello for performances of Schumann: Fantasie Pieces with Clarinet, Adagio and Allegro with Horn, Folk Pieces with Cello; Chopin: Barcarolle, Ab Ballade, 3 Waltzes, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit http://www.h-cmusicfestival.org/.

August 11: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Vega String Quartet performs Bach at Bucks Coffee Caf� on Main Street in Highlands at 8 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 12-22: Lettice & Lovage - a comedic play by Peter Shaffer, author of Equus and Amadeus. The play was written specifically for Dame Maggie Smith, who originated the title role of Lettice Douffet in both the English and American runs of the production.The play was originally produced in London in 1987. Its two-year run of 768 performances at the Gielgud Theatre counts as one of the longer runs in London theatrical history. The play was revised by Shaffer in 1988, and it was that revised version that later ran in New York. Lettice and Lovages first American production opened with a preview performance in New York, New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 13, 1990. It ran from March 25, 1990 to December 23, 1990 with a total of 286 performances. See it now onstage at the Highlands Playhouse. For more information or to reserve your seats, visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

August 13: Relay for Life in Highlands Benefitting the American Cancer Society Hosted at the Highlands Recreation Center. To learn more about this event, visit the Relay for Life of Highlands, NC home page.

August 13:Groovin on The Green Rye Holler Boys performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 13: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: i aint broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Vega String Quartet featuring Eric Pritchard on Violin performs Mozart K. 80, David Kirkland Garner: i aint broke (but i am badly bent): thirteen fiddle tunes for string quartet and Beethoven Op. 132 String Quartets at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers at 5 p.m. General admission $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 14: Center For Life Enrichment presents Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festivals Charles Wadworth: My Life with Chamber Music at the Highlands Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to Noon. During this spirited interview between the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festivals Artistic Director WilliamRansom and Charles Wadsworth, you will catch a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Charles Wadsworth, from hisearly days in Newnan, Georgia, to studies at Juilliard and his friendships with reknowned composers and performersof the last fifty years. Mr. Wadsworth is a legend in the field of Chamber Music in America. Founder of the ChamberMusic Society of Lincoln Center in 1969, he led it as Artistic Director and pianist for twenty years. From 1977-2009,Mr. Wadsworth has been one of the Artistic Directors of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC. Cost: $25 for CLE Members; $35 for non-members. For more information, visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: 29th Season of the Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Final Gala Concert & Dinner at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Concert features Charles Wadsworth and William Ransom on piano, Eric Pritchard on violin and the Vega String Quartet. Program includes Handel-Halvorsen Duo, Debussy Petite Suite for piano four-hands, Schumann Piano Quartet, Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59, #3 at 5 p.m. Dinner to follow at Wildcat Cliff Country Club. Tickets are $125/person. For more information, call 828-526-9060 or visit www.h-cmusicfestival.org.

August 15: The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Annual Picnic 5 p.m. at the Village Green in Cashiers. Bring $5 for barbeque and a covered dish. For more information or to make reservations, call Pat at (828) 743-7421.

August 18: Loving Literacy: A Premier Gala at the Highlands Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-9938 ext. 240 or visit www.hcliteracy.org/index.html.

August 20: Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party & Auction at the Wade Hampton Golf Club Clubhouse Catering by Lee Epting of Athens, Georgia. Featuring the culinary artistry of Chef Doug Sampey of Wade Hampton Golf Club and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. For more information, please visit theCashiers Showhouse event website.

Aug. 21-Sept. 5: 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. Proceeds benefit Cashiers Historical Society. CHS Museum will be open daily for tours, and the event will include the exquisite work of a number of local and regional designers, Showhouse Shops, Merchants Tent and Lunch from Caf� 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. General admission is $25/person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710. For further information, visitcashiershistoricalsociety.org.

August 21: Talk, Lunch, & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley with Elle Decor's Top 25 designer this year, Suzanne Kasler from 11a.m.-1p.m.

August 25: Highlands Cashiers Land Trust presents their Village Nature Series at The Village Green in Cashiers. This months lecture is Landslides of WNC hosted by Rick Wooten. Begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org for details.

Aug. 26-Sept. 2: Gala of The Arts A Gala Art Sale! at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands. 9 to 6 p.m. Featuring works by Bukovnik, Polites, Dali, Erte and more as well as 150 Audubon prints. Come see 900 works of art by 200 artists from the four Galleries of Ann Jacob, including items from her personal collection. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 26: Grand Opening Event for Gala of The Arts Pahlmeyer Wine Dinner: The Art of Sustainable Wine Growing at The Farm at Old Edwards. Nestled into a lavish landscape of florals and greenery, the rustic restored barn provides ambiance, acoustics and rustic comfort for sitting back for a scrumptious evening offine wines and perfectly paired courses. Join the Pahlmeyer representative, Camille Cox for this memorable evening, as Peter Polities mingles with you over cocktails and then paints live as you enjoy a stunning setting, sustainably produced wines and a sumptuous feast by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr and the Old Edwards Culinary Team. Reception begins at 6:30, dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com or www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27:Groovin on The Green Chris ONeill performs at the Village Commons at The Village Green in Cashiers Bring your lawn chairs and your favorite dancing partners to this fun and FREE open air concert. 6:30-8 p.m. For more information about the Groovin on the Green outdoor concert series, please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call 828-743-1630.

August 27: Gala of The Arts Gala Opening Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center in Highlands open to the public. Featuring the music of Cy Timmons. 6-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Gala of The Arts Dinner with Art Collector and Dealer Ann Jacob in the exclusive wine room at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center. 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 27: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour of Peaks Creek. Guided hikes and day trips. Cost: $5 members, $35 new friends. Reservations are required, please call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist G. Newington at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 2-2:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 28: Gala of the Arts Wine Reception at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center Open to the public from 5 to 6:30 pm. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 29: 102nd Annual Zachary Family Reunion Hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society in honor of one of Cashiers founding families.

August 29: Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Alexie at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 30: Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist Ed Hofer at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

August 31:Gala of The Arts A Presentation of Art Work by Artist M. Riley at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa Executive Conference Center from 10-10:30 a.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-542-2773 or visit www.samcallproductions.com.

September 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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