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Outdoor Art and Sculpture Festival in Cashiers, North Carolina

Sponsorships Still Available for Upcoming Arts on the Green Festival

2010 Arts on the Green Festival

As the mountain resort village of Cashiers, North Carolina makes ready for the exciting launch of its Arts on the Green Festival in July, opportunities for sponsorship of this very special week-long al fresco art event abound. Hosted by The Village Green a conservancy project and community park at the heart of town proceeds from this inaugural event will aid in the completion of the infrastructure of The Village Green Commons, an open-air multi-use community facility at the former site of the Summit Charter School. The Commons feature a covered bandstand, parking, a great lawn, pathways to community functions, natural landscaping and a state of the art Audio Visual pavilion. In order to ensure the successful completion of this distinctive facility, we need your help! Consider becoming a sponsor of the Arts on the Green Festival TODAY!

Levels of Sponsorship for The Arts on the Green Festival:

Plein Air Art & Sculpture Benefactor............................$5000 $2000 credit toward art purchases (4) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) (4) tickets to the Opening reception Awards ceremony (6 pm, July 16) Prominent placement in event program and website (4) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15) (4) lecture & reception seats to Robin Salmons function (7 pm, July 13)

Patron of the Arts...........................................................$1000 $400 credit towards art purchases (2) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) Prominent placement in event program and website (2) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15)

Grand Patron of the Arts............................................$2500 $1000 credit towards art purchases (2) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) (2) tickets to the Opening reception Awards ceremony (6 pm, July 16) Prominent placement in event program and website (2) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15) (2) lecture & reception seats to Robin Salmons function (7 pm, July 13)

Friend of the Arts..............................................$500 (2) tickets to the Artists Palette Studio Gala (7 pm, July 16) (2) lecture & reception seats to Andy Peters function (7 pm, July 15)

The Village Green is a 501(c)3 organization. All sponsorships are tax-deductible donations. You can also show your support for The Village Green by purchasing engraved bricks and becoming a permanent part of the Village Green, or by purchasing art during our Arts on the Green Festival. For more information about The Village Green, Arts on the Green Festival, and/or sponsorships please visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com. Jochen Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Group's owner and President of The Village Green thanks you for your support!

August 2010 - Plateau Pursuits

Events CalendarAs 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 alley 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.

February 2011 Plateau Pursuits

Events CalendarLove is in the air and its contagious! Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love. Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own. We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries but consider yourself warned. You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While youre in town, we welcome you tostop by Silver Creek Real Estate Groups offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at 828.743.1999, e-mail us at info@ncliving.com, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes. In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

February 1-28:Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Hours**: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-9pm Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-6pm Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Ski's & Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot Rental$9.00 Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. ** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6:Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun Anti-Super Bowl Weekend that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27:Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10:Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her Thinking with a Whole New Mind workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24:Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar event Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14:Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Travelers Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Travelers #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentines Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madisons Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite. Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13:Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentines Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farms annual Valentines Day dinner 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors doeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples. 800-946-6822.

February 12:Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19:Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center! Cost is just $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19:4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race thats right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team. Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19:Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size Double Bunny Leech during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac - or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23:The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27: Highlands-Cashiers Players preset You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person. For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27:The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts Winterscapes - Picture Perfect Weekend featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d'oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27:Writers pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26:Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen's Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascoms Winter Dance. Februarys Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.