Village Nature Series

Plateau Pursuits August 2009 Edition

As the last summer breezes blow over the peaks and valleys of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, visitors and villagers alike will revel in these final precious weeks of one of the areas busiest and most beautiful seasons. With Mother Natures splendor at center stage, theres always an abundance of cultural and fun activities in the unique towns and villages of 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 August. We invite you, your friends and family to join us for what promises to be another terrific month in the mountains!

August (ongoing): Live Piano Music at On The Verandah in Highlands showcasing Chad Reed and his distinctive flair for tickling the ivories to your classical, standards, jazz and blues favorites as he returns for his 8th season at On The Verandah. Friday and Saturday nights 7-10 p.m. For reservations, call 828.526.2338.

August 1-Oct 13: Tours of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and Museum are available through the Cashiers Historical Society on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

August 1: Make-A-Wish Festival and Car Show at the Sapphire Valley Community Center Come out and join in the fun as we raise money and awareness for this worthy cause. For more information, call 828-743-7663.

August 1: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance featuring William Preucil, violin; William Ransom, piano; Valerie von Pechy Whitcup, harp; Ferdinando De Sena, electronics; Charae Krueger, cello. Program includes Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F; De Sena: Directed Ambience for Harp and Electronics; Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor Albert Carlton Library, Cashiers. 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults:$28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060.

August 2 & 3: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Performance featuring Vega String Quartet; Program includes Haydn: Sunrise String Quartet; Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 131; Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings Highlands Performing Arts Center @ 5:00 PM. Tickets: Adults: $28; Students $5. For more information, call 828-526-9060

August 2 & 9: Much Ado About Nothing courtesy of Highlands Playhouse 7 p.m. at Pine Street Park admission is FREE! Bring a picnic supper and your blankets!!

August 4: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Movies about Music: Song of Norway free admission 7 p.m. at The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Call 828.526.9060 for more information.

August 5: Sweet Tea at the Bascom fun family activity construct your own teapot from different techniques. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 6, 13, 20 & 27: Groovin on the Green Free Concert Series at the Gazebo on the Village Green Sponsored by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association 7 p.m.

August 7: Final Performance in the Relay for Life Mountain Music Concert Series -Sponsored by the Just for You Relay For Life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society, the Mountain Music concert series features music and dance mountain style! Come enjoy the entertainment, along with modern western square dancing, clogging, raffles and more. Dancing begins at 6:45 PM and the bands perform from 7:30 until 9:00 PM, in the old gym at Highlands School. Admission is free.

August 7 & 8: A Book at the Heart of Things at the Bascom Create sculptural figures using a book as the body. For more information, call 828-526-4929

August 8: The Manes and Tails Benefit - Benefitting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society and Carpe Diem Farms. 5:00pm-6:30pm, Wine, Beer & Appetizers and Parade of horses & dogs. 6:30-9:00pm Dinner/ Dancing and Silent Auction. Tickets are $50/person.

August 9: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Final Gala with the Eroica Trio at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Program: Trios of Cassado, Lalo; encore performance of Bernsteins West Side Story Suite @ 5:00 PM. $125-includes dinner at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For more information, call (828) 526-9060

August 8: Front Porch Family Fun Enjoy Front Porch Family Fun with Lee Knight at the Zachary-Tolbert House, brought to you by the Cashiers Historical Society. For more information, call (828) 743-7710.

August 8-9: Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Show Features a wide variety of artisans, including contemporary and country crafts, folk art, fine jewelry and much more. Enjoy music and food while you browse. Sapphire Valley Resort Athletic Field Free admission and parking. For more information, contact Sandra Fischel @ (828) 743-1163 or via e-mail at August 10: Bulrush Pouch at The Bascom make a pouch from soft, wild bulrushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929. August 10-14: The Creative Edge at The Bascom Learn creative techniques from esteemed artist, Mary Todd Beam. Includes daily demonstrations and discussions. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 10: Figure Study Sessions with Live Model at The Bascom Choose your own media for a leisurely session with a male model. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 12: Dinner Time at The Bascom fun family activity where you create a personal place setting for your dinner table. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Rubber Stamping at The Bascom fun family activity where you create unique cards and other paper arts. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Botanical Sketching and Watercolors at The Bascom Explore the local flora and fauna with pencils and brushes. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 15: Bark for Life at Highlands Recreational Park fun-filled day for dogs and their owners that includes demonstrations and games to benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration is $20 per dog each dog receives a Bark for Life bandana and goody bag filled with toys and treats. For more information, contact Louise Hopkins at 828-787-1871.

August 19: Loving Literacy A Premiere Gala at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands includes performance of Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller Accomplice at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 sponsorships start at $500.

August 20-23 & August 27-30: Accomplice at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center Performances by Highlands Cashiers Players of this Rupert Holmes comedy-thriller take place at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. For more information, contact 828-526-8084.

August 21: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust: Chimney Top Eco Tour Challenging hike that is free to HCLT members and just $25 donation from new friends. Reservations are required. Email or call 828-526-1111 for more information.

August 21: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Patrons Party - The kickoff party for the Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, presented by The Cashiers Historical Society hosted at the Nancy Hanks House. For more information, call (828) 743-7710 or visit

August 22-Sept. 6: 12th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse Presented by The Cashiers Historical Society, this year's showhouse will be the summer home of the late Nancy Hanks, who is widely credited with spearheading the federal government's involvement in the arts. For more information, call(828) 743-7710 or visit

Auust 24-28: Portrait Painting in Oils at The Bascom students work with live model and instructor. For more information, call 828-526-4929.

August 26: Village Nature Series Lecture at Lonesome Valley @ 6:30 p.m. My Life in the Appalachian Woods by Thomas Rain Crowe FREE for more information, call 828-526-1111.

August 28: Relay for LifeRelay for Life of Mountain Top is holding this very special event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, celebrate those who have survived cancer and remember those who have been lost. Hosted at Highlands Recreation Center


  1. Jochen Lucke on

    Alisa, Did someone from GCAMA contact you about participating in the Leaf Festival? Just wanted to follow up. Jochen