The Cashiers Leaf Festival

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.

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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.