Tour De Cashiers Bike Race

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

Plateau Pursuits May 2010 Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina

While life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is a celebration of natures splendor year-round there is perhaps no season more stunning and WELCOME than Spring on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. With Winters snowfall and Aprils showers now a distant memory May holds the promise of bright blue skies for miles, a rolling sea of fragrant wildflowers along the valley floor, and the much-anticipated return of some of our favorite family-friendly events! May is the perfect time to plan a visit to the neighboring towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. 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! We look forward to seeing you and your family up on the mountain. Mark your calendars for the following events and happenings:

May 1: The 11th Annual Mountain Lakes 5-K Run in Highlands Race begins at 10 a.m. For more information, e-mail rpbetz@gmail.com. May 1: Tour de Cashiers One of the best rides in the mountains! All Rides Depart the Village Green at the Cashiers Crossroads at 9:00 am. Registration Desks Open at 7:30. Riders should be assembled at 8:45. For more information, call (828)743-2052 or visit the event website at www.tourdecashiers.com. May 1:Quintessas California Expressions Wine Dinner at Wolfgangs Restaurant in Highlands. Thomas Arvid Painting Live! Cocktails @ 7 p.m., Dinner @ 7:30. $135/person. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. May 2:The Atlanta Boy Choir performs at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Fletcher Wolfe directs and is accompanied by Robert Henry piano, Susan Brady harp and Chachadace Keach flute. May 2:Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch at Madisons Restaurant & Wine Garden in Highlands. 11:30 3 p.m. $55/person. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. May 6:Cats and Dogs Bingo in the Highlands Community Building from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Highlands. For more information, call 828-743-5752. May 7 May 9:Pamper Mom in Style during Mother's Day Celebration Weekend at The Inn at Half Mile Farm. To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822. May 8:The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Field Trip to the Lonesome Valley Development near Cashiers a birding expedition to look for breeding birds. Begins at 8 a.m. For additional information call Brock Hutchins at 828-787-1387. There is no charge to participate. May 9:Mothers Day Brunch at Madisons Restaurant & Wine Garden in Highlands. Served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a cost of $65/person. Well even help you with the shopping we can easily add a spa treatment or Oakleaf floral arrangement to your bill. For more information, call 828-526-5477. May 13: Evolutionary War: On the Life and Times of Darwins Origin of Species Lecture at Highlands Nature Center @ 7 p.m. Jim Costa, Director Highlands Biological Station. For more information, call 828-526-2623. May 13-16:Rebecca at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Join the Highlands-Cashiers Players for a performance of Daphne du Mauiers classic mystery that chronicles the arrival of a young bride - the second Mrs. de Winter to Manderley, her husband's ancestral estate. She soon finds that the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, continues to haunt and perplex the household. She must contend with Rebecca's lingering presence as well as with the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Directed by Mary Adair Leslie. Show times are evenings @ 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 828-526-8084 or visit HCPs website at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org. May 14 15:Creating Pattern on Fabric: Block Printing a fiber art workshop at The Bascom in Highlands. Taught by artist Barbara Zaretsky for all levels. Cost is $175 for Bascom members, and $195 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org. May 15:Season Kickoff Party at the Bascom in Highlands 1 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 526-4949. May 15 29:Exhibition Pottery and Photos by Dr. Patrick Taylor at the Bascom Visual Arts Center in Highlands. Admission is free. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons. May 19:The Rotary Club of Highlands' 21st Annual Golf Tournament at Trillium Link and Lake Club. Begins at noon. All of the money raised by this annual event is used to fund local projects and community needs. Registration for individual players is $125, which includes golf, followed by an awards ceremony, and a buffet supper. Call Rotary member Brian Stiehler 828-787-2778 for more information. May 20 22:Fourth annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Events include private wine dinners, grand wine tastings with both value wines and rare bottles, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, a culinary sampling by local chefs, and symposiums conducted by leading wine specialists. Proceeds benefit exhibition and education programs of The Bascom, nonprofit center for the visual arts. Tickets are on sale now at www.collectivespirits.com orby calling (828) 526-4949. May 20 22:Facial Features Workshop oil painting workshop at the Bascom taught by painter Marc Chatov. For non-beginner to advanced students. Cost is $450 for Bascom members, and $475 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org. May 20 23: Rebecca at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Join the Highlands-Cashiers Players for a performance of Daphne du Mauiers classic mystery that chronicles the arrival of a young bride - the second Mrs. de Winter to Manderley, her husband's ancestral estate. She soon finds that the death of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, continues to haunt and perplex the household. She must contend with Rebecca's lingering presence as well as with the mysterious housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Directed by Mary Adair Leslie. Show times are evenings @ 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sunday @ 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 828-526-8084 or visit HCPs website at www.highlandscashiersplayers.org. May 20 22:"Wet Carved Concrete - Planters for the Garden" at The Bascom in Highlands. Elder G. Jones will teach this sculpture workshop for all levels. Cost is $295 for Bascom members, and $320 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org. May 2 May 23:Audubon North Carolina Annual Meeting Hosted by Highlands Plateau Audubon Society at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. Annual meeting attendees will enjoy a variety of field trips of their choosing from Friday through Sunday. Field trips and symposia still allow ample time to relax and soak up the scenery. May 21 23:Stock the Cellar Party at The Inn at Half Mile Farm in celebration of Collective Spirits 2010! To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822. May 22:GROWING DAHLIAS IN HIGHLANDS AND CASHIERS at Highlands Civic Center (Recreation Park) Learn how to prepare the bed, plant the tubers and grow spectacular garden flowers from showy dinner-plate size to the bright, small single ones. Join Buddy Dean as he gives a presentation on the basics for growing dahlias in the Highlands and Cashiers area. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $25 for Center for Life Enrichment members and $35 for non-members. May 24:Center for Life Enrichments Entertaining at Home with Ease SHOWCASING THE CHEF: Holly Roberts. Learn quick and easy picnic style recipes for your casual entertaining needs. 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Cost: $45 for CLE members, and $55 for non-members (lunch is included) May 25-28:Still Life: Out of the Garden at The Bascom in Highlands. Esteemed artist Karen Weihs will teach this oil painting workshop focused on subjects found in the garden - exploring the use of color and texture. For all levels. Cost is $400 for Bascom members, and $425 for non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org. May 25 28:Advanced Throwing Techniques at The Bascom in Highlands. Ceramics workshop taught by Joe Frank McKee. For non-beginner to advanced students. Cost is $375 Bascom members, $400 non-members. To register, call (828) 526-4949 ext. 100 or visit www.thebascom.org. May 26:4th Annual Village Nature Series hosted by the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust at The Village Green in Cashiers. Everyone is welcome. Come learn something new at these free and fun educational lectures. Call 828-526-1111 for more details. May 27:CLE: A HISTORIANS SOJOURN IN THE LAND BETWEEN THE RIVERS: Iraq and the Problem of Reconstruction at the Performing Arts Center (downstairs). Presented by Richard D. Starnes. Following any war, the process of Reconstruction is a difficult one, fraught with uncertainty, violence and political upheaval. This talk explores the reconstruction of Iraq through the experience of a historian who served as an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. It will also draw historical parallels between Iraqs experience with reconstruction and Americas own reconstruction after the Civil War. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost: $20 CLE members; $30 non-members May 27:Southern Appalachian Celebration: Save our Mountains at Highlands Nature Center. Presenter James Valentine, Photographer and Author. Part of the 2010 Zahner Lecture Series. 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 828-526-2623. May 28:Groovin on the Green Bring your coolers, picnic blankets and dancing shoes and join us on the Village Green for live music and good times! Sponsored by the Cashiers Valley Merchants Association. 6 8 p.m. May 28 31:Jump Right In Pool Party Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at the Inn at Half Mile Farm. To learn more or make reservations, call Toll Free @ 800-946-6822. May 29: Blues, Brews and BBQ at The Rib Shack at The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. Music, Good Food and Good Cheer start at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com. May 29 30:Village Square Art & Craft Show at the Highlands Civic Center & Recreation Park. Featuring some of the most talented regional artisans selling fine art, folk art, jewelry, rustic furniture, birdhouses, pottery, fabric art, clothing, baskets and more. Contact show organizer Cynthia Strain at Mill Creek Gallery & Framing at (828)787-2021. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. May 29: The28th Annual Mountain Garden Club Plant Sale at the Ball Field on Hwy 64 towards Cashiers. Beautiful, healthy, locally grown plants. Lots of hostas! For more information, please call 828-526-0299.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group supports The 2012 Tour de Cashiers

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is proud to continue its support of the Tour de Cashiers in 2012. This year's event will be held on May 5th.

The Tour de Cashiers was started as a community ride by Clark Moore in 1992. There was one 11-mile route, and folks met in front of the Chamber of Commerce. It stayed this way for a couple of years. Then over the years, with the help of several local cyclists, the Tour was expanded to include multiple and longer rides, and post-ride food and entertainment. In 2001, a 75-miler was added to bring new challenges and to appeal to riders looking for something more.

The full 100-mile Century was added in 2004, and in 2006 the 50 and 75-mile rides were combined into a new Metric Century. The two century rides provide challenge and inspiration for riders wanting to tour the mountains and test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.

Tour de Cashiers events are now being presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation. We put all net proceeds back into the community through donations to our local hospital and to such organizations as the Cashiers/Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, the Glenville/Cashiers Rescue Squad, The Village Green and other area fire and rescue departments and local schools.

The Jackson and Macon County Sheriff Departments help with leading or protecting the ride, and fire and EMS units from three counties are either on the course or on call. Many volunteers run the rest stops and keep riders stocked with fruit, bars, energy drinks and water.