Western North Carolina

Elaine Zachary interviewed for NCAR magazine

When the North Carolina Association of Realtors wanted to interview a Realtor with over 30 years experience and find out what insight they may have, they called Elaine Zachary withSilver Creek Real Estate Group. Elaine pointed out that her "best tactic in this market revolves around great customer service that always puts the client first." This attitude, combined with resources and professionalism, sets us apart from other companies and brokers. For further information about the great people at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, feel free to contact Jochen Lucke at jlucke@ncliving.com or call 828-743-1999.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Western North Carolina

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Many of you are familiar with the devastating effects of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) on the beautiful hemlock trees in our area. According to the US Forest Service, these pests will kill a hemlock tree within a few years. The HWA does not have enough natural enemies here to keep it in check, and the hemlock trees have not built up a resistance to it.

The good news is that there are effective insecticidal treatments for infected trees, as well as preventative measures that can be taken to protect healthy trees. The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (JMCA) provides helpful tips on how to treat against the HWA and save our properties and forests from this invasive and destructive insect. Visit the JMCA website at http://www.j-mca.org/hemlock.asp.

Plan your visit to WNC

Are you planning a visit to the Cashiers/Highlands area? Whether you are coming just to sightsee or plan to take advantage of opportunities in the real estate market, let us help you reserve your accommodations. We have special arrangements with some of the area's best resorts for discounted room rates and packages. Please call our office at (828) 743-1999 or email us at info@ncliving.com for more information.

Annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival

The third annual event will be held at The Bascom art center in Highlands, NC. This will be the first major event held at The Bascom's newsix acre, three building facility, which features 23,000 square feet of space. This facility will be like no other art space in Western North Carolina. The new campus is located on Oak Street and Franklin Road (Highway 64).

The event will held on May 29-30, 2009. Some of the festivities for the event include a wine tasting, silent auction, symposium led by wine specialists, and a seated dinner on the new terrace. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Bascom.

Tickets are $100 for the wine tasting on Friday evening and $225 for Saturday evening's gala. A two day ticket may be purchased for $295. To purchase tickets, please log on www.collectivespirits.com or contact The Bascom at 828-526-4949.

What a great event to kick off the summer! Come and enjoy one of the many greatactivitieshere in Western North Carolina.

Highlands ABC Store set to move

The ABC Store (state-run liquor store) has signed a lease for a new location in the Highlands Plaza. The new store will be located between the State Farm Insurance office and Subway. The store is scheduled to open later this spring. The current location will be part of a five-year plan for the Town Hall to expand its operations.

Please check back often for more local news in the greater Cashiers and Highlands area.

Flyfishing trail map is now available in WNC

New Jackson County Fly Fishing Map

Fly Fishing Map

The Jackson County Tourism Board has produced the first fly fishing map for Western North Carolina. The map details 15 of the best locations for fly fishing andreeling inBrook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout in our area. The map covers all of Jackson County from Balsam, Dillsboro, Webster, along Cullowhee, Tuckasegee, down to Cashiers and Panthertown. The four major rivers included in the map are the Tuckaseigee, Chattooga, Whitewater, and the Horsepasture.

You can get this map mailed to you for free by calling 1-800-962-1911 or you can download it by clicking on the map to the left. For additional information you may also log onto www. flyfishingtrail.com. We will have these maps availableat our office within the next week or so stop by and pick one up.

Plans Underway for the First Ever Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

An undercurrent of excitement is running through the town of Cashiers in anticipation of the debut of The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on July 4, 2009. Developed by the dedicated team at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, this inaugural Independence Day event will be hosted at the Village Green and will benefit local area Youth Musical Education.

Recently named as Festival Director, Mark Wise a local resident and veteran entertainment producer has long dreamed of a world-class music festival in Cashiers. Wise has produced shows for Walt Disney World Entertainment and Universal Studios Florida, and understands the careful planning required for such a special event. The festival will include performances by The Isaacs with their eclectic blend of bluegrass, gospel and country music and will culminate in a breathtaking fireworks display. Additional performers will be announced at a later date. Event parking and admission for children five and under will be free. Children aged 6 -12 will be admitted for $5, and general admission for adults will be $20.

Mark your calendars and plan to join your neighbors for a great day that promises music and fun for the whole family!

Wade Hampton Golf Club tops Golf Digest list

Golf Digest magazine just published their annual list of top golf courses in the country. They list the top 100 private and public courses as judged by a panel of 900 men and women. Each course was rated on seven different criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being absolutely perfect). The seven criteria and Wade Hampton's ratings areshot value (8.12), resistance to scoring (8.01), design variety (8.16), memorability (8.31), aesthetics (8.62), conditioning (8.26), and ambiance (8.45), for a total score of 66.05. This ranking positions Wade Hampton Golf Club as number 17 of the top 100 private courses in the country. A tribute to a lasting course design by Tom Fazio, the dedication of the members, and the natural beauty of Cashiers, NC. Congratulations!