With the arrival of April comes the return of our much-anticipated seasonal friends to the mountains of Western North Carolina the daffodils, tulips, trillium, dogwoods, azaleas, and so much more. The early spring breezes carry the heavenly floral fragrance as they stir the surface on our lovely mountain lakes and streams, giving the sense of an awakening conveying that something special is about to happen. In a dance it has performed for centuries, the valley floor takes on the appearance of a sea of green once more and the sky above is a thick blanket of azure and white. As the temperatures start to rise, so does the level of excitement. During this month, in this very year a number of entirely new families will come to discover our unique corner of the world for the very first time. Some of them will add us to their list of favorite seasonal haunts, while others will find themselves so captivated by the area they will choose to lay down roots here, just as countless families before them have done for nearly two centuries. Whether they are drawn to the breathtaking sunsets over Lakes Glenville and Toxaway, the community spirit and world-class amenities of Sapphire Valley, or the history and Appalachian charm of Highlands and Cashiers there is something to treasure about every nook and cranny of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. We invite you to join us up on the mountain this Spring and discover exactly what it is that will call YOU back here, year after year
April 1 Happy April Fools Day from your friends at Silver Creek Real Estate Group!
April 1The Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to a special April Fools Day Wine Dinner with the talented Chef Todd Ginsberg. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:00 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm. Each tantalizing course will be perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Cost is $120 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information please call 800-946-6822
April 1-May 24Each Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 pm, The Bascom will host a workshop titled Ceramics - Beginner and Beyond" which is an introduction to hand building and wheel throwing techniques for beginners and an opportunity for intermediates to refine and develop their skills further. Tuition is $350 for members and $375 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
April 2-30Each Saturday in April, Headwaters Outfitters will take guests on a very special journey their Signs of Spring Guided Canoe Trip on the French Broad River. This peaceful eight-mile guided canoe trip will take about four hours to complete. You, your friends or family, paddle downstream through perhaps the most beautiful section of the entire river. Join one of our experienced river guides and encounter the beauty and tranquility of this ancient river as it springs to life with the melodic chatter of wildlife and the colorful burst of new foliage. The cost is $55 per person. To reserve a spot, call Headwaters at (828) 877-3106.
April 8-10Inn at Half Mile Farm plays host to an Artist Retreat with special guest Mary Ann Edens for a weekend of creativity and camaraderie. The event will begin Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm for wine & hors d'oeuvres and supper, with an opportunity for artists to get acquainted with each other and meet Ms. Edens. Saturday includes a workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and with lunch. Sunday morning, artists will gather at 8:30 am to present their artwork and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.
April 9The Bascom hosts an opening reception from 5 to 7 pm for The American Still Life. A competition which will include a combination of works by contemporary American artists selected by our juror and historical still life examples borrowed from museums. Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe. This exhibition explores the historical precedent and the evolution of the practice in the work of portraying inanimate objects, and presents some of the innovative ways artists today are exploring this traditional genre. Admission is free. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
April 10Join Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters for a free fly-tying clinic in Rosman from 2 to 5 pm. Mac will demonstrate how to tie his very own foam-bodied yellow jacket imitation, The Bee, and Whitewater Golden Stone both irresistible to trout in local streams. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac - or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale in pre-proportioned packets. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.
April 13-May 18 On Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm The Bascom will host a workshop geared toward children aged 8-12 called Clay for Youth. Taught by Pat Taylor, students will have a variety of creative experiences and learn lots of clay techniques from coiling, building with slabs, pinching and sculpting. Everyone will get the chance to use the potter's wheel, see their pieces get bisque fired and glazed, and have an assortment of work to be proud of when they are finished. Tuition is $95 for members and $120 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
April 13-14Headwaters Outfitters invites you to join them on a Chattooga River Canoe Camping Adventure! They will be paddling on Section I & II of this magnificent river which is perfect for introducing (or reacquainting) paddlers to the river. This part of the Chattooga is not as heavily used by the local whitewater outfitters that focus more on the adrenaline rush of Sections III and IV but still offers just as stunning scenery as other sections. For more information on how to take part in this wonderful wild and scenic retreat, call 828-877-3106.
April 14-17Escape to the Old Edwards Inn for the Comfort Living Re-Balance Retreat facilitated by interior designer Christine Eisner of Comfort Living by Christine. This back to basics approach to a more balanced lifestyle will provide you with the tools to lead a more meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. Join her for this 3-day full immersion retreat featuring workshops, hands-on activities, nature walks, spa treatments, and a collection of lovely chef-prepared meals. For more information please call 828-526-8008.
April 22-23The Bascom hosts "Relief Printmaking" - a workshop taught by Nancy Darrell from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn the simple skill of relief printmaking using linoleum. Students will create relief prints from found objects and quickly advance to cutting linoleum blocks. Small prints will be printed on paper for greeting cards. Larger prints will be explored using an intaglio press and other printing options. Tuition is $145 for members and $170 for non-members. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
April 22-23The Bascom hosts "Play in the Clay" a Youth Art Program taught from 10 am to 1 pm to beginners and intermediate young potters ages 10-16. Instruction will cover basic techniques, coil and pinch pots. Lunch is included. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. $50 fora two-day workshop. To register or for more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949, ext. 100.
April 23-24The Old Edwards Inn & Spa welcomes guests for a very special Easter weekend. Saturdays activities include Easter egg decorating and bonnet making, and Sunday features Easter brunch in Madisons Restaurant from 11:30 am to 3 pm for $45 per person. Be on the lookout for a visit from the Easter Bunny from 1 pm to 2 pm, and gather on the Lodge Lawn at 1:30 pm for a classic Easter egg hunt. A professional photographer will be on-site for family portraits and Old Edwards Easter egg baskets for the kids with special add-ins available at Oakleaf Flower and Garden. Easter weekend spa specials include mini manicures or pedicures for little girls at The Spa for $25 and 20% off services when booking 2 or more services per person (Valid April 22 to 24, 2011 based on availability. Not valid with any other discounts or specials. Discount must be confirmed at the time of scheduling to ensure that the discount applies. Gratuities based on regular prices of services.) For more information or to book reservations for this fun annual event, call 828-526-8008.
April 24 Happy Easter from the Silver Creek Family to Yours!
April 29-May 1Wine and Dine on the Mountain at the Old Edwards Inn & Spa! This sensational event kicks off the 2011 culinary season in Highlands, NC by pulling together a sizzling line-up of fine wines, superb food and fine art. Guests of all events will watch the wines come to life, as gifted artist Thomas Arvid paints LIVE for each occasion. Friday features a Spring Harvest Barn Dinner at The Farm at Old Edwards showcasing live entertainment and Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards. Cocktails are served at 6:30 pm, with dinner to follow at 7:00 pm for $95 per person. Saturday features the W.H. Smith Winery Dinner at Wolfgang's Restaurant. Cocktails are served at 7:00 pm with dinner to follow at 7:30 pm for $135 per person. Sunday features a Jazz, Wine, Art & Brunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm at Madisons Restaurant at Old Edwards, also showcasing Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards for just $55 per person. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.
April 29The Bascom hosts "Beginner Basket Weaving" taught be Barbara Chatham from 9 am to3 pm. During this workshop students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8x 8x 4) utilizing reed. Students will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.
April 30The Bascom hosts Beginner or Intermediate Weaving" taught by Barbara Chatham from 9 am to 3 pm. In this workshop, beginning students will learn the basic basket weaves and make a square basket (8 x 8 x 4) utilizing reed. They will also learn the history of basket weaving and the types of materials, weaves and tools utilized in weaving. Students will develop a knowledge of weaving as an art form using their creativity to make each item unique. Intermediate students will use advanced weaves to make a basket with a Herringbone base, a woven handle, and use dyed rows of reed, using color of choice. Tuition is $85 for members and $110 for non-members and $30 beginner materials kit or $40 intermediate materials kit. For information, call 828.526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.