Village Green

Plateau Pursuits May Edition

Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and theres always something happening in any one of our villages, townships and master-planned communities! Aside from the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests - below are a few additional reasons you should join us for a Party on the Plateau in May:

May 14-17Highlands Cashiers Players present Neil Simons Rumors at The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Showtimes Thursday thru Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $20; Students - $8 may be purchased one hour before the performance on an as available basis. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 828-526-8084. May 15Historic Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume in Cashiers on Fridays and Saturdays thru October 17, 2009 (click here for more information). May 23Summit Memorial Day 5K Race in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-743-5755. May 23-27Annual Plant Sale at Highlands Ball Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring hundreds of locally grown hostas and perennials. Proceeds help local scholarship students and local projects. Come early for best selection! Rain date is Sunday, May 24. May 23-24The Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands. Featuring regional artisans showcasing fine art, pottery, baskets, folk art, jewelry, furniture and more. Face painting for the kids. For more information, call 828-787-2021. May 27Snakes & Ice Cream at the Village Green Pavillion in Cashiers at 6 p.m. Childrens program that is presented by Patrick Brannon and is part of the Village Nature Series. Co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Village Green. FREE admission! Call 828-526-1111 for more details. May 29Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Featuring wine tastings from premier North Carolina distributors, as well as silent auctions, artistic demonstrations, a symposium and gala seated dinner under a tent on The Bascoms new terrace. For more information or to order event tickets, call 828-526-4949. May 29-30Cashiers Historical Society Hosts 2009 Appalachian Music Symposium at the Albert C. Carlton Library in Cashiers and Lombards Lodge in Whiteside Cove. Symposium features presentations by renowned historians and performances by David Holt, Sheila Kay Adams, Lee Knight, The Queen Family and Jacob Jones. Daily tickets are $80, and Two-Day tickets are $145. Seating is reserved and limited so order your tickets today! For more information or to place your ticket order, call 828-743-7710 or send an e-mail to zacharytolbert@aol.com. May 30Blues, Brews & BBQ on the grounds of the Rib Shack Restaurant at The Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor bash featuring live music from Hurricane Creek, mouth-watering ribs and southern sides from the Rib Shack and ice-cold brews from Highland Brewing Company. Tickets available for purchase at the Rib Shack Restaurant or by calling 828-526-8008

Bare Boards Party on the Village Green Scheduled for June 14th

Join your friends, family, and neighbors on June 14 for the Bare Boards Party on Cashiers Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility, The Village Square on The Village Green. Having served as the site of Summit for the past ten years, the recent move of the school to a new campus leaves four viable turrets, a restroom facility, parking area and a series of covered walkways. The original courtyard provides an excellent location for a Great Lawn that will serve as the ideal setting for large private tented parties, outdoor concerts and open air community events. Following a renovation, the buildings turrets will function as facilities for meetings and lectures. Rental of the Great Lawn for private parties and the turrets for meetings will help fund The Village Green a conservancy project created to preserve, protect and enhance land for our communitys civic, spiritual, educational, cultural and recreational activities to maintain the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the greater Cashiers area. Lucke, Silver Creek Real Estate Groups owner and broker, is a proponent of the projects mission and a proud member of The Village Greens Board of Directors.

Renderings of the future community facility designed by local architect and Village Green Board Member, Dan Duckham will be on display throughout the Bare Boards Party. The family-friendly event will also feature hot air balloon rides, a pot painting station for the kids, strolling blue grass musicians, delicious food and more. The party gets underway at 4 p.m. and lasts until 7 p.m. Consider showing your support for the community-funded Village Green Centre at the heart of the Cashiers community by donating to the building fund through the Adopt a Turret program, purchasing a Bare Board with your name on it or becoming a Village Greenie. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com, email me at jlucke@ncliving.com, or call <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>.

Plateau Pursuits June 2009 Edition

Community Event Calendar

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and theres always something happening in any one of our villages and communities! Aside from the incredible climate paired with the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests - below are some additional reasons you should join us on The Plateau in June:

June thru October On the Verandahs Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents Movie Night the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Test your trivia knowledge with classic cinema lines you know by heart, and compete for prizes. On the Veranda celebrating its 29th season is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June thru October On the Verandahs Dugout Spirits & Wine Bar presents Trivia Night the 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning at 7:30 p.m. Compete for the championship and win prizes. On the Veranda celebrating its 29th season is one of Highlands most unique and scenic dining venues, overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah. For more information, call 828.526.2338 or visit their website at www.ontheveranda.com.

June 2 Concert on the Slopes The Magic of Sinatra performed by Paul Salos at the Sapphire Valley Resort. Show begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.sapphirevalleyresort.com.

June 2 & June 16 Highlands-Cashiers Plateau Audubon Societys Field Trip Around Highlands Bird and nature lovers are welcome to explore the Highlands area for native breeding birds. There is no charge to participate in the field trip that begins near Highlands Town Hall in the public parking area at 7:30 a.m. For more information, contact Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

June 4 Darwin & Dixie at The Nature Center at Highlands Biological Station the first in the June Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. Executive Director of the Station and Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University Jim Costa presents a lecture on Southeastern Natural History and its influence on Charles Darwin. Begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.wcu.edu/hbs or call 828.526.2602.

June 4 Birding with the Audubon Eco Tour hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust This moderate-level bird hike is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation for new friends. Reserve your spot by calling 828.526.1111.

June 5 & 6 New Yorks Lynn Loosier performs at Highlands Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Dont miss this special two-night engagement of the artful performances of singer, Lynn Loosier. Described as a Saloon Singer by Backstage Magazine the talented Ms. Loosier can sing any style of music jazz, blues, R&B, country and rock. Show times begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 828.526.9047 or visit www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 6 Celebrate Land Trust Day! Show your support for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust by shopping and dining at some of your favorite local merchants. A portion of the proceeds benefits HCLT. For a list of participating businesses, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828.526.1111.

June 6 Highlands Improvement Society Social hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Take a step back in time to learn what life was like on the Plateau in 1909 during this very special Centennial Event. Enjoy a picnic dinner, take part in a cakewalk, toss some horseshoes and dance to live music set against the backdrop of scenic Whiteside Cove Road. Terrific opportunity to learn more about the history of the land trust, its founding members and its first purchase of land the summit of Satulah Mountain. Period costumes are optional, but encouraged. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 6 Meet and Greet with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cashiers Village Green. Consider taking one of these precious pets home with you! For more information, visit www.chhumanesociety.org.

June 7 Where It All Began hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Enjoy high tea on the summit of Satulah Mountain the site of the Highlands Improvement Societys first land purchase one hundred years ago. Afternoon includes a skit by Highlands Historical Society president, Elaine Whitehurst and the music of bag piper, David Landis. Period costumes and kilts are optional, but encouraged. Event begins at 4:00 p.m. Contact HCLT for reservations and ticket prices by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

June 7 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bar This exciting kick-off fund-raising event for the 28th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival features excellent Argentinean wines paired with Wolfgangs fine food along with the delightful music of the Mozart String Trio. A portion of wine sales and all ticket sales benefit the HCCMF. For more information, call 828.526-9060.

June 8 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at Burlingame Country Club Cost to participate is $100/person and includes lunch, dinner and chance to win door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to top three teams. Proceeds from the event go to support SOWF a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call Butch Waller at BCC at 828.966.9200 or Bill Horwitz at 828.526.0224.

June 8 Native Plant, Insect and Bird Connections presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Featuring Jim Costa, Executive Director of The Highlands Biological Station, the program is free to attendees and begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands Civic Center. For more information, visit www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

June 11 Nance Dude at the Highlands Performing Arts Center The story of mountain grandmother Nance Dude is portrayed in this one-woman show starring Elizabeth Westall. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are just $15 to purchase your tickets, call 828.526.9047.

June 11 7th Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Silent & Live Auction Sponsored by Chef Nicholas Figel of The Cyprus Restaurant and hosted at The Highlands Community Center. Tickets with reservation are $25 - $30 at the door. Event includes catered buffet dinner featuring international fare, wine, beer, soda and great music, as well as silent and live auction to benefit SOWF a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information, call 828.526.0224.

June 11 Book Signing at the Bascom Author and master ceramic artist, Mark Hewitt, will be on hand to sign copies of his acclaimed book The Potters Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org/presentations.

June 13 The Three Potters at the Bascom The works of artists Hewitt, Bringle and Stuempfle will be on exhibit through July 11. A public opening reception will be eld June 13 from 5-7 p.m. admission is free. An earlier demonstration from the artists themselves will be presented in the studio barn from 9 a.m. to noon tickets are $30 for Bascom members and $45 for general admission. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 World Wide Knit In at the Bascom Bring a lawn chair and your yarn, and join us on the terrace of the Bascom for this free event and beautiful mountain views from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

June 13 7th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) features 2 separate races including running, rappelling, orienteering, water event and mountain biking: the Sprint Race 5-7 hours and the Elite Race 10-12hours. The Elite Race begins at 7 a.m. and the Sprint Race begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation a very special organization created to provide college educations to the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces who lose their lives in combat or training, and to provide immediate financial assistance for special operations forces who are severely wounded in action. For more information or to register, call 828.526.0224 or visit www.soarhighlands.org.

June 13 John Collette Fine Art Benefit for Highlands-Cashier Chamber Music Festival Located on Main Street in Highlands, John Collette Fine Art will host an evening of fine art, open bar, hors doeuvres and artist raffles to benefit HCCMF. Event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.9060.

June 13-14 Cashiers Valley Rotary Spring Fling Join us on Cashiers Village Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for arts, crafts, food and FUN! Pets from Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, visit www.cashiersrotary.org.

June 14 Bare Boards Party on Cashiers Village Green. This very special event is designed to celebrate the upcoming transformation of the former Summit Charter School location on Frank Allen Road into a multi-purpose open-air community facility,

June 18 & 24 "100 Years of Land Conservation" - Ran Shaffner, Dr. Gary Wein and Rosemary Clark share the history of the Highlands-Cashier Land Trust and its vision for the future in honor of the centennial celebration of this special organization. New logo will be unveiled. First presentation takes place at The Highlands Biological Station's Nature Center on June 18 at 7 p.m. and the second presentation is scheduled for June 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Jennings Barn at Lonesome Valley. Free to all! For more information, call 828.526.1111.

June 18-July 5 The Taffetas at Highlands Playhouse Delightful musical that pays homage to the girl groups of the 1950s tells the story of four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana who are making their national television singing debut. Tickets are $30. For show times and information about ticket purchases, call 828.526.2695 or visit www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

June 20 Traditional Appalachian and Cherokee Legends at the Highlands Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Storytellers Marilyn McMinn-McCredie and Lloyd Arneach weave tales in a style that is humorous, informative and extremely moving. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org.

June 25 Highlands Innkeepers Tour 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More details to follow!

June 26-28 Walk in the Park with the Highlands Historical Society Features portrayals of past Highlands leaders, the formation of the Highlands Improvement Society and the founding of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Tickets are $15 students admitted free. June 26 and 27 6-7:30 p.m. Highlands Memorial Cemetery (shuttle from Recreation Park); June 28 4 p.m. Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street. For more information, visit www.highlandshistory.com.

June 27-28 Sapphire Valley Master Association Arts & Crafts Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field. Contemporary crafts, folk art, jewelry and more. Animals from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be on hand to love and adopt. For more information, call 828.743.0321.

First Annual Mountain Music Festival

July 4, 2009 on The Village Green in Cashiers, NC

Music lovers UNITE! Join your friends, neighbors and families on the Village Green in Cashiers for a day filled with song, fireworks, food and fun! The Festival will feature the unique musical stylings of ten bands on two stages throughout the day. This years feature bands/artists include: The Isaacs, Lizzy Long, Sierra Hull, Mountain Faith Music, Rye Holler Boys, The Heartland Band, High Windy Band, Tuckers Town, The Hims and Sweet Tater. The Rough Creek Cloggers will also be on hand to perform. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. and doesnt end until the last firework fades. Bring your dancing shoes, lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Tickets are available through the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and are just $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and FREE to children under 6. For more information, e-mail the Chamber at cashcham@dnet.net, visit the website at https://www.cashiersareachamber.com/ or call 828.743.5191.

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 September 2009 Edition

 

The Bascom in Highlands NC

The Bascom in Highlands NC

 

With Falls official arrival rapidly approaching on September 22nd, the excitement is mounting in the towns surrounding the resort villages of Cashiers and Highlands as we await that very first hint of autumn on the mountain. In one months time, the lovely green hardwoods that line the mountaintops and valley floors of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be transformed to a vibrant painters palette of color - red, yellow, orange and brown. (Be sure to mark your calendar for the First Annual Leaf Festival in Cashier the weekend of October 9 through 11!) In the meantime, we invite you to join us for delightfully mild days and loads of family fun in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The team at Silver Creek Real Estate Group has compiled a list of events taking place in our little corner of the world this September. We hope to see you, your friends and family up on the mountain soon!

September 1-5: Printmaking Workshop at The Bascom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taught by H. Aaron Hequembourg, this class will explore the method for producing wood blocks, printing the blocks on various thin papers and applying them to various surfaces. Cost to participate is $275/$250 for members. For more information, e-mail info@bigwhitedog.net.

September 4-6: I Hear America Singing The stirring music of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer will be performed at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands during Labor Day Weekend. Presented by Robert Ray and sponsored by Skyline Lodge and Jacks at Skyline Restaurant. All seats are just $25. Three performances only Friday @ 8 p.m., Saturday @ 8 p.m. and Sunday @ 2 p.m. Buy tickets online at www.highlandsperformingartscenter.org or reserve your seats by calling 828-526.9047.

September 5: Mountain Tail Waggers Walk and Pet Fest Come one, come all to this very special event in support of our furry, little four-legged friends. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society presents the very first Mountain Tail Waggers Walk which is slated to begin at the Highlands School with the finish line located on Pine Street in downtown Highlands the site of the super fun Pet Fest. Registration for the walk starts at 8 a.m., but walkers may also pre-register online at www.chhumanesociety.org. Pet Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include music, food, craft show, competitions, live demonstrations, and opportunities to microchip your pet. For more information, call 828.743.5752.

September 5: Cat Chow Gallery Talk: Beyond Fiber Art 6 p.m. at The Bascom. Free. In a 10-20 minute exhibition reception talk, NY-based designer, performer and former fashion-and-fiber artist - Catharine (Cat) Chow - will talk about conceptual art and redefining the boundaries between art, craft and design. For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 5-6: The Village Square Art & Craft Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Highlands at the Village Square and Kelsey Hutchinson Park. Will feature regional artisans in a variety of methods and mediums Fine art, baskets, folk art, musical instruments, turned wood, childrens clothing/accessories, pottery, jewelry, rustic furniture and more. Call 828.787.2021 for more information.

Sept. 5-Oct. 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.

Sept. 5-Oct. 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.

September 7: Art Duplicating Art An exhibition at Summit One Gallery featuring the works of local artists, depicting the beauty of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. A percentage of the receipts from sales will be donated to HCLT. For more information, call 828.526.2673.

September 8-9: The Repeated Object Workshop: Cat Chow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. Two-day workshop in which students will have the opportunity to create a sculpture that is inspired by the idea of the repeated object. Cost to participate in this particular class is $300/$275 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 10-11: The Artist as Collector Workshop: Cat Chow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. In this second in a series two-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to create a work that is inspired by their passion for collecting objects and/or images. Enjoy a slide lecture, class discussion, show-and-tell and the creation of a finished work. Cost to participate in this particular class is $300/$275 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 10-11: Landscaping & Gardening with Native Plants Highlands Biological Station. Evening includes refreshments and short tour plus program about the Southern Appalachians and the events that have shaped the forests and diversity of plant species we see around us. Native plant auction will conclude the event. Refreshments begin at 4 p.m. program to start at 6 p.m. For more information, call 828.526.2602.

September 12: Second Annual Highlands Motoring Festival Get ready to kick some tires and look under the hoods of some of Western North Carolinas coolest cars. Event created to benefit the Hudson Library. For more information or to register your car for the event (all cars must be manufactured before 1979), visit www.highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

September 12: Unconventional Adornment: Cat Chow 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bascom. In this third in a series one-day workshop, students will have the opportunity to use unconventional materials to make a small wearable object. Enjoy a slide lecture of artists' works that incorporate unconventional objects, a demonstration of connecting techniques and the creation of a piece that adorns the body such as a piece of jewelry or an accessory. Cost to participate in this particular class is $175/$150 for members (to take all 3 workshops in the Cat Chow Series costs $625/$600 for members and includes some materials). For more information, visit www.cat-chow.com or call 828-526-4929.

September 13: Bel Canto 17th annual grand opera event begins at the Martin-Lipscomb Center for the Performing Arts in Highlands at 4 p.m. with dinner to follow at the Highlands Country Club. Performances include selections from Broadway musicals to classical operas. Proceeds from this event will be used to enhance The Bascoms permanent collection, and benefit the music programs at th Highlands School and the Highlands Community Child Development Center. For more information, call 828.526.1947.

September 14: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model 6 to 8 p.m. at The Bascom. Bring media of your choice: sketchpad, clay or paint box for a leisurely session of figure drawing, sculpting or painting from a nude model. Informal instruction is available. Cost is $20 per session/$15 for members. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Sept. 14-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.

September 14-18: Gaining a Perspective on Drawing and Painting Workshop instructor Adrian Deckbar calls the ability to use perspective "power over space." Students will learn how to see the three-dimensional world so they can flatten it into a two-dimensional image. If you have struggled to make things look "real" and three-dimensional, this is the class for you. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost of workshop is $300/$275 members. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.adriandeckbar.com.

September 15: Geology Eco Tour Hiking tour hosted by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust free to Trust members and $25 donation for new friends. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 828.526.1111 or emailing Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net. HCLT invites you to come see what youll discover

September 19: Field Trip around Highlands The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society hosts this FREE trip around the Highlands to look for Fall migrating birds. Meet at the public parking area next to Town Hall bright and early at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

September 19: James (Jim) Landon Lecture - "Issues Affecting Antiquities and Art" 5 p.m. at The Bascom Admission is just $10/free to members. Atlanta attorney Jim Landon will present a brief history of the creation of museums and their collections, as well as the ethical and legal issues facing individuals and institutions when acquiring cultural property. He will reference the recovery of art plundered during the Second World War and the claims of countries of origin on antiquities now owned by some of the world's most prestigious museums. For more information, call 828-526-4929 or visit www.thebascom.org.

Sept. 21-25: Silk Painting Janet Taylors gorgeous silk scarves and ties (see www.janettaylorstudio.com) have been wildly successful in the Shop at The Bascom. Now she invites YOU to learn her secrets in this very special class at The Bascom. Best part is, students will leave with beautiful hand-painted scarf of their own. To register or sign up, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

September 22: Blue Ridge Parkway Field Trip The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society hosts this trip around the Blue Ridge Parkway to look for Fall migrating birds. Meet at the public parking area next to Town Hall bright and early at 7:30 a.m. For additional information, call Brock Hutchins at 828.787.1387.

September 24: Cashiers Historical Societys Founders Day this very special annual celebration is designed to help make the past come alive for children and grown-ups alike as they are transported back to the time when Cashiers was first founded. Hosted at the beautiful, historic Zachary-Tolbert House and sponsored in part by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. For more information, call 828.743.5752.

September 25-27: Fifth Annual Highlands Antique Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Highlands Recreation Center. High quality antiques from all of your favorite vendors and other exhibitors from around the world will be featured in this years show. Admission is just $12.

September 30: Understanding the Black Bear 6:30 p.m. Cashiers Village Green free to all. This special presentation by Bill Lea is part of the Village Nature Series, and is co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Green. Contact HCLT for information at 828.526.1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Now thru Oct. 17 Southern Landscapes Exhibition 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.

Now thru Oct. 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.

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

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 <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>, 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 2:30lunch 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.

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!

Arts on the Green - A Festival of Outdoor Arts and Sculpture in Cashiers, North Carolina

Al Fresco Meets Art Deco in the Heart of This Popular Resort Mountain Village-July 12-17, 2010

Arts on the Green FestivalThe historic village of Cashiers in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is all abuzz as it prepares for its first ever Arts on the Green Festival in July. This week-long celebration of the arts takes place at the center of town on the Village Green from Sunday July 12 to Saturday July 17. Events 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. Our very own Jochen Lucke, owner of Silver Creek Real Estate Group proudly serves as President of the Village Green. He personally invites you and your family to join us on the mountain for this not-to-be-missed event. If you are notan art lover when you arrive, you will be when you leave!

Schedule of Events

Sunday July 11: Artists & Hosts Gathering at The Harmony Tower at The Village Green Commons from 4-6 pm includes gift bags, drink and light food. Monday July 12: Artists Paint Plein Air Throughout Town - Talented plein air artists from all over the United States applied with images of their works in hopes of being chosen for this competition. Twenty-four artists were selected from forty-seven juried entries. Awards of $2000 to the Best in Show and $1000 for Artists Choice will be awarded on Friday July 16 before the Gala. Tuesday July 13: Robin R. Salmons Sculpture Lecture & Reception includes wine, light food, and dedication of Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons, 7-9 pm. Dedication to donors : Judy and George Dixon. SPONSOR EVENT. Robin Salmon, renowned sculpture author and curator of collections at Brookgreen Gardens, home of the largest collection of outdoor figurative sculpture in the world, explores the amazing life of sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington in her lecture Anna Hyatt Huntington: American Animalier. Wednesday July 14:Art Wet Room Public Opening at The Village Green Commons from 11-5pm The Wet Room is where our talented plein air artists will be displaying their work. Plein air artists in competitions typically paint two works a day. Repeated daily visits by collectors are encouraged to the VG Commons Wet Room from Wednesday, July 14 until the show closes at 5pm Saturday, July 17. This ever-changing exhibit of pastels, oils and watercolor works, will feature original paintings of the majestic mountains and countryside of Cashiers, including historic structures, pastoral views, flowers and people enjoying the great outdoors. Works of art may be purchased out-right or bids entered on Wet Room sheets daily. Wednesday July 14: Karen Weihs Colorist of the Carolinas Workshop. Join one of the Southeasts most gifted artists for this FREE event from 11-1 pm in the Pavilion on the Village Green Commons. Coffee and light snacks provided by The Village Green. Thursday July 15: Art Wet Room Open to the Public on The Village Green Commons from 11 am-5pm. Thursday July 15: Andy Peters Lecture Karl Bodmer's Voyage and Legacy: How the greatest plein air journey of all time will change your life and art at 7 pm at The Albert Carlton Community Library. Hosted by Friends of the Library. Reception to follow at Harmony Tower at the Village Green Commons. SPONSOR EVENT. Friday July 16: Art Wet Room Open to the Public on The Village Green Commons from 10 am-4pm. From 4-7pm, Wet Room closes for Plein Air judging. Friday July 16: Artist's Awards Reception on The Village Green Commons at 6 pm. SPONSOR EVENT. Friday July 16: Sculpture Exhibit Ribbon Cutting and Opening on The Village Green Commons at 6:30 p.m. Tour of Sculpture Garden begins at 8 pm. The grand ribbon cutting announces the opening of the sculpture exhibit and trail through the 12.5 acres of The Village Green. The sculpture exhibit features exceptional works by ten contemporary American sculptors. This bi-annual event began in 2008 and is made possible by a grant from the Gralnick Foundation. The exhibit remains in place until winter 2010 and is curated and installed by Academy Award-winning sculptor, Wesley Wofford. Friday July 16:Artists Palette Studio Opening Gala at 7 pm. Wet Room reopens with Awards from 7 to 9pm. Friday July 16: Palette to Palate Affair on The Village Green Commons from 7-10 pm In addition to placing their daily works in the Wet Room, each artist is holding back one painting of his best work for first viewing at this celebration of fine art and fine dining. Artistically splattered tablecloths, floral arrangements, and easels of plein air works are enlivened by the optional dress theme: Come as Your Favorite Artist! Art is available for purchase in the Wet Room. An evening tour of the sculptures is conducted at 8pm. For individual tickets, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434. Saturday July 17: Quick-Draw Competition begins at The Village Green Commons at 10 am. This competition features another group of artists, who also submitted their works for consideration prior to their inclusion in this event. These juried artists paint one picture from 10am-1pm. Quick Draw art is especially challenging due to the narrow window of time to paint coupled with interested on lookers, encourages artist to produce their best under pressure. Several local artists are participating in Quick Draw in hopes of winning the $1000 prize for best Quick Draw. Saturday July 17: Art Wet Room is Open to the Public at The Village Green Commons from 10 am-5pm Saturday July 17: Sculpture Exhibit Opens to the Public at 10 am Saturday July 17: Childrens Art Table & Games on The Village Green Commons from Noon-3 pm Saturday July 17: Drumming on the Green on The Village Green Commons at Noon & 3pm Saturday July 17: Lunch on the Green at The Village Green Commons from Noon-3 pm Saturday July 17: Quick-Draw Competition ENDS at 1 pm Saturday July 17: Jazz/Blues Music on the Green at 2 pm Saturday July 17: Awards Presentation and Finale on The Village Green Commons from 4-5 pm Featuring Complimentary Beer and Wine, as well as Live Jazz/Blues Performances. All art sold at must be retrieved by 5pm.

To find accommodations in the area and plan your trip for Arts on the Green in Cashiers this July, visit www.ncliving.com.

Plateau Pursuits July 2010

List of EventsOne 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 cnter 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.