Highlands Playhouse Presents “Smokey Joe's Café”

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

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Plateau Pursuits June 2010

As spring gives way to summer in late June and the scent of mountain laurel blends perfectly with the heavenly aroma of hundreds of charcoal grills on a mountain breeze its easy to see (and smell) why the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has served as a favorite retreat for families for well over a hundred years. Between the rolling hills and scenic views from our many award-winning golf courses, the crystal blue waters of our mountain lakes and streams teeming with trout, the miles upon miles of hiking trails promising endless days of adventure, and our treasure trove of eclectic shops and dining establishments the towns and villages of Western North Carolina offer a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of life off the mountain. Aside from our many amenities and wealth of natural beauty, there is always a long list of events in and around the area for you and your family to enjoy. They serve as an excellent introduction to this one-of-a-kind corner of the world and the wonderful people who make this community great. Silver Creek Real Estate Group invites YOU to join us up on the mountain this June. For a list of great places to stay and fun things to do here, we welcome you to take a leisurely tour of our website at www.ncliving.com. In the event that you happen across a listing or two that catches your eye, we invite you to call us at 828-743-1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com or drop by our offices in the heart of Cashiers in the Shoppes at CreekSide and well take you on a customized tour of this unique slice of Heaven! Mark your calendars for the following June events and happenings:

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

Plateau Pursuits July 2010

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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.