Collective Spirits

The Bascom’s 11th Annual Collective Spirits: A Celebration of Art, Food and Wine is slated for June 8-10 and promises to be even better than ever. They’re spicing it up this year by introducing craft beer and other spirits to the menu, which will draw even more people to this exciting weekend.

The event starts on Thursday, June 8, with the always popular private wine dinners. Each of the 12 dinners is held at a beautiful private home in either Highlands or Cashiers. A famous chef from around the country is stationed at each home with vintners from vineyards from across the country. The vintners and the chef work together to create perfect wine pairings with each course. The dinners have between five to10 courses, so participants get to taste a variety of the chef’s cuisine and a large sampling of the vineyard’s wine.

Friday, June 9, is the Stock Your Cellars Tasting Market at The Bascom. Craft beer, wine, and other spirits will be available for tasting and purchase. Live music and delicious food will be just one of the highlights of the market.

The weekend culminates with The Terrace Soiree grand gala on Saturday, June 10. In previous years, the gala has been held offsite, but this year they are bringing it back home to the spectacular setting of The Bascom itself. There will be a silent auction, a live auction, food, dancing, and lots of excitement.

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts is located at 323 Franklin Road in Highlands and is a not-for-profit charitable entity focused on community outreach, exhibitions, and education. Collective Spirits is their largest fundraiser, which funds their outreach program, and many attendees feel it marks the start of The Season in Highlands. Tickets are limited so make your plans today.

To learn more about the Bascom’s Collective Spirits: A Celebration of Art, Food and Wine visit or call (828) 526-4949.