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A Chocolate Fantasy

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he Scaly Mountain Women’s club has the answer to your craving for chocolate.  Find the Chocolate Fantasy booth at the Highlands Craft Show, held every fall at the Highlands Recreation Center.  This year the Craft Show will be held on October 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The women from Scaly Mountain are known for their cooking and are able to use their cooking skills to raise money for their scholarships and other local charities.  The Chocolate Fantasy booth has been a huge success since it started in 2001.  The first year it was discovered that each member had  to do lots more baking in order to have enough to last the entire day.

Upon arriving at the Craft Show, you can easily identify the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Chocolate Fantasy booth.  It attracts a lot of attention because the goodies are so beautifully displayed and because of the divine smell of the chocolate.

All the members look sharp wearing identical aprons.  The booth looks like something out of a magazine with the chocolate wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbons

If the delicious chocolate  does not give you enough reason to come to the free Craft Show, you will want to hear about the amazing financial help that is being provided by the money being raised.  Every penny of the proceeds goes to help the community.

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club has contributed $200,000 to the community with over $100,000 helping one hundred students during the last 22 years. During these tough times, the help with school expenses is very much appreciated.

The members have also created another cookbook, Second Helping – a sequel to the popular It Just Tastes Better in the Mountains which sold out after two printings.  The new cookbook, aprons and dishtowels will also be sold in the Chocolate Fantasy booth.

Come to the Chocolate Fantasy booth at the Highlands Craft Fair on October 13th and buy lots of chocolate. You will be glad you did, and the members will be so grateful for your help.

Contact Chairman Nancy Aldridge, nanalou96@gmail.com  with any questions you may have.  Also check out the website: www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

Contributed by Betty Bandy

Second Annual Apple Festival

High Hampton Inn’s Apple Festival celebrates the sweetest part of the Blue Ridge Mountains’ heritage, Sunday, October 7th.

Add some extra-delicious shades of red to a visit for fall leaf season in the North Carolina Mountains.  Celebrate the Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, McIntosh – and even more varieties of apples – at High Hampton Inn’s Second Annual Apple Festival on October 7th. This free, day-long event, which is open to the public, is a salute to fall’s favorite fruit with a bounty of apple delicacies, live music, and artistic crafts. The fun will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Last year’s festival was such a success, that we are making it a yearly event, in keeping with our commitment to tradition and nature-driven activities,” said Clifford Meads, General Manager of High Hampton Inn.  “Fall is also the ideal time to visit High Hampton because the property is graced with stunning foliage, and the cool temperatures are perfect for enjoying all the outdoor amenities we offer.”

The High Hampton Apple Festival will celebrate the apple with a variety of tasty products provided by Creasman Farms and Beehive Orchards, growers from the Hendersonville, NC area.  Each will have a booth to showcase their apples and apple products, and guests will be able to sample the different varieties each grower produces.  The festival will feature homemade apple cider, apple ice cream, apple cakes and muffing, and other treats prepared by High Hampton Inn Chef Sean Ruddy, as well as the growers.

While festival-goers are enjoying the blazing reds, oranges and golds of the fall foliage and the apples, they will also be able to peruse colorful artworks.  Quilt-maker Ashley Jones will be displaying not only quilts, but tote bags, aprons, table runners, and more items for sale at her booth.  Steve Hunter of Aria Woodturnings, a seventh-generation native of Transylvania County, North Carolina, will be featuring hand-carved bowls, candlesticks and boxes made of domestically grown wood.  To add to the festival atmosphere, North Carolina bluegrass music will be playing toe-tapping tunes throughout the day.

Visitors who plan to stay for the weekend can also enjoy all of the amazing amenities of the High Hampton Inn.  They can take in the fresh mountain air during a hike along more than 15 miles of on-property trails, including Chimney Top Mountain and Rock Mountain; play a round of golf or tennis, or spend a peaceful afternoon fishing or boating on Hampton Lake.  For those seeking a day of pampering, the Hampton Health Club & Spa features a variety of total body relaxation and de-stressing treatments.

For additional information about the Apple Festival or to reserve a room for the weekend, please contact High Hampton Inn at (800) 334-2551 or visit www.highhamptoninn.com.  Rates start at $130 per person, double occupancy.

Cub Scout Bingo at Community Building

There’s always room at the table for bingo fanatics.

Bingo enthusiasts are cleaning their green eye shades and dusting off their hearing aids. Their “lucky cards” are waiting for Cub Scout Bingo on Thursday, October 4th. Games start at 6:30 p.m. at the Highlands Community Building next door to the ballpark on the Cashiers Highway.

Even if you say, “I never win anything,” don’t despair. They always include at least one game of “The Biggest Loser” for folks like you. The last person to have a space on their card covered wins a prize. So even you can win. Plus for a mere $15 for the whole night (one card, 15 games), you’ll have an entertaining evening while supporting the Cub Scouts of the area. The Highlands Cub Scout Troop helps young men learn all types of skills that benefit them throughout their lifetime. Should your luck change and you win a prize, you can donate your winning back to the Scouts.

If you want to do even more, you can be a Table Sponsor. Open to business owners and individuals, you can show your support of the Scouts by making a donation and sponsoring a table. A one-page ad is only $50; half-page ads $25. Make your checks payable to Highlands Rotary Club. Call Jodie Cook at (828) 526-2742 to buy an ad.

You’ll have a second chance to hone your bingo skills with the Highlands School’s Fall Fling PTO Bingo on October 20th. Bring all your friends and come to Highlands School on Saturday, October 20th, at 6:30 p.m. All funds raised will go to underwrite the many programs that the Parents Teachers Organization sponsors throughout the year. Yes, they will accept sponsorships too.

Half of the bingo money goes to the non-profit agency of the evening and the other half will go to lucky winners. Game number 15 gives you the chance to win some serious money. Laugh a lot, share with friends and support the Scouts and the PTO at Highlands School. Two nights — numerous chances to win. It’s always a great way to have fun. See you there.

by Wiley Sloan

Vintage Marketplace Benefits Gilliam’s Promise

Highlands’ Vintage Marketplace will showcase a rich assortment of treasures from days gone by, Saturday, October 27th, at the Community Building.

On October 27th, come explore the Vintage Marketplace – a treasure trove of vintage furniture, books, eclectic collectibles, linens, toys, garden art, repurposed items and unique finds.

You’ll find eye-catching items perfect for updating your homes plus great Christmas and birthday gifts.

While you’re enjoying shopping, you’re helping the young people who are a part of Gilliam’s Promise — a drug and alcohol prevention program for local teens. Twenty percent of all sales  will go to the programs of Gilliam’s Promise.

Perhaps you’ve seen “Storage Wars” or similar programs on HGTV. The folks on these shows are amateurs when compared to our own Amanda Crowe and Tamara Bronaugh. These two women have that special eye for seeing the potential in items that others would discard.

The Vintage Marketplace will be staged at the Highlands Community Building, located on the Cashiers Highway (US Hwy 64) next to the Town Ballfield from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday October 27th. Call (828) 482-2029 for more info.

by Wiley Sloan

Buckeye Donkey Basketball

Highlands School Class of 2015 will host a fundraiser featuring Buckeye Donkey Basketball on Saturday, October 27th, at the Highlands Recreation Center.

Never heard of Donkey Basketball? It has been a popular fundraising event in small town America since the depression. Team members ride real, live donkeys and play basketball while raising money for their organization.

Buckeye Donkey Ball is a family-owned company that has been up and running since 1934. Every year they provide hundreds of schools and organizations with family friendly entertainment and fundraisers. Humane treatment of the animals is always their first consideration.

A dinner will start at 5:00 p.m. with concessions available throughout the night. Game time is 6:30 p.m. with two preliminary games, followed by a final championship game.

The featured teams are Highlands School Alumni captained by Jeremy Dooley, Highlands School Staff captained by Brett Lamb, Highlands Rotary Club captained by Paul Christy, and the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department team captained by John Crowe.

Class sponsors are also sponsoring a “Donkey Doo Competition.” Whoever collects the most donations in their bucket gets a golden shovel and the title of donkey pooper scooper for the night. Sponsors are Brett Lamb, Chris Green, Ryan Potts and Gina Billingsley.

There will also be $1.00 Donkey rides during halftime of each game, as well as a 50/50 Raffle. Come out and enjoy all the excitement.

For more information, contact Marjorie Crowe at (828) 342-9475.

Cover Artist Tom Roddy

Maybe the reason Tom Roddy treats each day like opening night is that he has come to appreciate life’s fragility. He lost his father, his wife and a son to cancer. Now, he savors every minute he is granted, and that is reflected in the volume, content, spirit, and brilliant color of his art.

Having dealt with such great loss, he finds comfort in angels and they have become a theme in his work. His spirituality spreads even further to his floral designs, which frequently adorn altars of local sanctuaries.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with flowers. When I retired in Atlanta I moved to Highlands where I worked for a local florist for three years. That refined my arranging skills. I now grow my own flowers. This is the first time I have had a personal garden from which to pick.”

Roddy used to worry that he was spread too thin… working in too many mediums. But as he grows older, he accepts, and even celebrates, his once-perceived flaw as now an asset.

He dabbled in photography a while and was told by his teacher that he had an abstract eye; that is, the ability to bypass detail for the sake of color, form, shape, and crisp composition. This was after a phase of doing tiny, detailed realism in oils. That epiphany combined with all that life had thrown at him shifted him into a new, looser, bolder style, which remains his trademark today.

Roddy also enjoys working with repurposed materials, particularly rusty metals and distressed, textural surfaces. “I like putting things together and creating art out of it all. I spend a lot of time at flea markets and thrift stores collecting objects for my stockpile. Now people just bring stuff to me and deposit it on my doorstep.”

For someone who readily admits he likes immediate gratification in his work, it is not surprising that he enjoys having several ideas going at once so he can glide from one to another. He says, “I keep moving through these things that pop into my mind.” For example, working on an angel commission, scouting out a perfect cabbage for a floral focal point, and photographing an idea for a 3-D composition might be all in a day’s work.

Having lost so much, including a substantial part of his hearing, doesn’t seem to dampen Roddy’s enthusiasm.  He says, “God compensated a hearing loss with wonderful eyesight. Looking at the trees, the moss, the lichens, the wildflowers, and the beauty of God’s creation is the fuel that stokes my fires every day. I have a feast for my eyes and I am loving it.” He reminds us that all we have is right now, so turn up the lights and bring on the roses, baby. Every day is the real performance.

You can see some of Roddy’s work at Chivaree Southern Art and Design in Cashiers, or you can contact him at: tomincarolina@gmail.com.

by Donna Rhodes

Highlands Through the Seasons

Most people buy a beautiful book to show off their coffee table. Now that Highlands photographer Cynthia Strain has published Highlands Through the Seasons, people are buying coffee tables to show off her book.

Strain says, “I have been thinking about publishing a book of Highlands area photos for years.” And no wonder. In the three decades Strain has lived in Highlands she has taken tens of thousands of photographs. Suffice it to say, the girl is prolific. And she is deeply passionate about her work, though she might call it play. To top it off, her photographs aren’t just good, they are eye-popping beautiful, drenched in color, swathed in atmosphere, and sizzling with wow-factor.

People have been bugging Strain to compile a book for a long time.  She thought about it, but that’s as far as it went. Then two years ago she got a dynamite new camera and that is what really sealed the deal. The quality of image was so stunning, she felt like her book was finally a reality. Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife, wildflowers, mountain vistas, Whiteside in profile, in rain and snow and seasonal shifts, churches, waterfalls, Chattooga’s Iron Bridge, and all the things that personify Highlands vibrate on every page of this seasonal journey.

And one book inspires another. Strain has ideas for more publications. She says, “It’s exciting. I have a feeling this will open doors and change my life. I am on a new adventure. This is a profoundly significant milestone for me.”

But there is one more supremely satisfying thing about her book. She says, “I am so happy to share this creation with the community of Highlands. It is a celebration of the town that I love. I did this because I love this place.”

And, in typical Strain style, not only is she capturing Highlands’ heart in digital imagery, she is giving a portion of the book’s proceeds to organizations that support the local conservation and environmental effort.

Stay tuned for information about book signings, public appearances, and local availability. Call or visit Strain at Mill Creek Gallery and Framing, (828) 787-2021 or check out www.cystrainphotos.com. You will see why a favorite quote from Horace stokes her artistic fire: A picture is a poem without words.

Now go out and buy a new coffee table. Highlands Through the Seasons is waiting!

by Donna Rhodes

The Bascom News

The season is winding down in tick-tock-tober, as we gain an hour and roll back our clocks. Why not dedicate that reclaimed hour to a worthwhile project at The Bascom: a class, a gallery tour, or a contribution to the Empty Bowls project?

If a workshop intrigues you, consider The Essence of the Figure with Donna Polseno, Monday through Friday, October 8th through 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The human figure, especially the female form defines the aesthetic of western art. Learn simple hand building sculptural methods using coils, slabs, and press molds to create contours that reflect your own unique perspective of the feminine. Intermediate and advanced student tuition: $520 member/$555 non-member.

Spooky Raku, an annual Bascom event, is hosted by Frank Vickery Saturdays, October 13th, 20th, 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Raku firing is Wednesday, October 31st. Tuition for beginning and intermediate levels is $245 member/$280 non-member.

Color Theory with Rosemary Stiefel offered Thursday and Friday, October 11th and 12th, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. is designed to make color your ally. If choosing and mixing colors has been a muddy proposition, let Rosemary show you simple steps to making primary, secondary and intermediate colors your new best friends. Tuition is beginning, intermediate, and advanced students is $150 for members/$185 for non-members.

There are four exhibits currently on display, two of which close mid-October, so catch them before they are shipped to new destinations! American Craft Today remains on exhibit now through December 29th. Nearly 50 craftspeople participated in a wide range of mediums including fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and woodcraft objects. Visit it in the Buntzl Gallery.

The Bascom Members Challenge: Couples closes October 14th. The theme is pairings of things, salt and pepper, Jekyll and Hyde. The Members Challenge will also serve as a platform for selecting works to be included in the Healing Arts Project, in partnership with the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

Art Rosenbaum’s Voices and Margo Rosenbaum’s Visions now through November 10th in the Loft Gallery depicts rural Southern life with combinations of  both real and imagined people, places and events. These works are on display in the permanent collection space in the Balcony at The Bascom.

Alex Matisse’s Ometto now through October 21st adorn the Campus. Ometto is Italian for “Little Man.” Matisse’s ceramic pots have a figurative quality, unimposing and delightful additions to garden and landscape and may even serve as memorial markers.

Don’t miss delightful exhibitions by up-and-coming artists in the Eckerd Children’s Gallery.

On October 21st attend the Empty Bowls Project. The Highlands event will take place at the Presbyterian Church and the Cashiers event will take place at the Zachary Tolbert House. The Bascom’s Outreach program had an Empty Bowl-a-thon, in August. All bowls made during the workshop will be donated to local food pantries as part of the Empty Bowls Project, a grassroots movement to fight world hunger. Professional potters Pat Taylor, Ned Turnbull, Rob Withrow, Mike Lalone and Harry Souchon participated in this event.

For more information about classes, exhibitions and other Bascom events, call (828) 526-4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

The Art of Annell Metsker

The Betsy Paul art raffle for the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on October 31st in the afternoon. For more information, call (828) 743-0880.

This is the third time that Annell Metsker has graciously donated a painting to benefit the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department through the monthly art raffle held at Betsy Paul Properties. Annell’s creation, given for the October Art Raffle, is a delightful painting of a dog.

Annell L. Metsker, known professionally as Annell, combines photography and painting to create images that evoke the soul of her subjects and portray mood and emotion visually. Whether she is creating a portrait, landscape or figurative work of art she is able to use the beauty and mystery of light and shadow, and the rhythm of motion to captivate the viewer’s attention. She works intuitively with her subjects to reveal beauty and authenticity in her art. Whether you are looking for a photographic portrait, or a painting of your children, family, pets, or a favorite travel image, Annell will create a work of art that captures their true essence.

Annell finds her creative muse in her home on Lake Glenville where the peacefulness and energy of the mountains inspire her paintings. Her portrait studio in Charlotte, specializing in heirloom portraits of children and families, has been named Best of Charlotte Photographers for several years.  Her art is exhibited at Blue Valley Gallery in Cashiers, www.annell.com, www.hackerstudiogallery.com/Annell-L-Metsker.html  and has pride of place in many private collections across the US.  Contact her at annell@annell.com, (828) 743-5784 or (877) 847-8281 for more information.

Viewers are invited to see each month’s raffle item on display from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday at Betsy Paul Properties, 870 Highway 64 West, Cashiers, North Carolina. Checks can also be mailed directly to the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, P.O. Box 713, Cashiers, North Carolina, 28717. For more information contact Betsy Paul Properties, (828) 743-0880.

Hal Phillips Entertains at Skyline Lodge

Hal Phillips’ magnificent musicianship, on display at Altitudes Restaurant at Skyline Lodge, is the product of a lifetime of study and passion.

Hal Phillips enjoyed emulating everything that his father did. He would sit on the piano bench as his Dad practiced his scales before his next piano lesson.

Soon the music bug had bitten Hal too, and he began lessons. He had a gift for music. Hal practiced steadily and continued his musical training throughout high school. His classical training evolved until in high school he formed a dance band combo.

Hal always enjoyed the music of Johnny Mercer and Duke Ellington. During the 1950’s and 1960’s he expanded his repertoire to include Erroll Garner, Chico Hamilton, and Art Tatum. He fell hard for jazz singer-composer Mel Torme and the astonishing vocal talents of Ella Fitzgerald. He loved the way that they improvised. Hal learned to do that too. After high school, he continued his education at Western Michigan University where he earned his degree.

Hal soon headed to the West Coast with high ambitions to break into show business. Despite hard work and knocking on hundreds of doors, those dreams never quite materialized. Hal went into the service. While enjoying liberty at some of the big beer halls of Germany, he listened to the oompah bands and discovered that he could pick out the tunes as he listened to the bands.

Upon returning home, Hal began teaching music in high school and giving private piano and voice lessons. His repertoire of songs continued to expand adding hymns and popular songs to his jazz. As he played the VFW Clubs of the area, they clamored for swing and ragtime tunes. Some of the pianos he played were so worn that the ivory was totally gone, only wood remained. Hal had to wear gloves to play.

He traveled the world playing in supper clubs from Florida to the Gold Coast, Michigan and North Carolina. Like so many artists, Hal was captured by the allure of the Western North Carolina mountains. There was not a high demand for piano players at that time. The few restaurants that had pianos had older upright models. Sometimes he would cook in the morning and then play piano to entertain the guests in the evening. He remembers fondly of playing at the Rib Room Tavern at Sapphire Valley and the Tavern at High Hampton.

Here in the mountains, the best pianos were in the churches so it is no surprise that Hal soon found himself working as a Minister of Music for a church or two. He found great solace in taking his music ministry into the Atlanta Penitentiary to minister to the refugees of the Cuban Mariel Boatlift. Hal also worked with the Asheville Prison, which built a separate building for ministries including music. He found this work very rewarding.

Hal has lived in Glenville for more than 25 years. This is his eighth season playing piano at Altitudes Restaurant at Skyline Lodge here in Highlands. Enjoy beautiful ballads, your favorite show tunes and hymns as you dine at Altitudes Restaurant. Hal will thrill you with his musical talents.

by Wiley Sloan

Nashville Bluegrass at PAC

The Highlands Performing Arts Center presents the nationally-acclaimed Nashville Bluegrass Band on Saturday, October 20th, at 8:00 p.m.

With two Grammy Award-winning albums and two Entertainer of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association, four time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the Nashville Bluegrass Band is no stranger to acclaim from critics and fans alike. The band’s personnel are sought-after, first-call studio musicians, known for a superior level of creativity and a commitment to traditional music styles. Collectively and singularly, the members of NBB have virtually defined the modern bluegrass sound.

NBB was initially formed to accompany Minnie Pearl and Vernon Oxford on a 1984 Grand Ole Opry package tour. NBB celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2004 with the release of its sixth Grammy-nominated album, “Twenty Year Blues.” As if on cue, in 2006 the Nashville Bluegrass Band was invited to the White House by President George W. Bush to entertain in honor of the visiting president of China, Hu Jintao. It was a very special honor for NBB as well – 20 years earlier, NBB had been the first bluegrass band ever to be permitted play in the People’s Republic of China. NBB concerts have since spanned the globe.

Throughout the years, NBB has toured and performed with both traditional and contemporary artists such as Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Lyle Lovett and Mary Chapin Carpenter, including a sold-out concert with the Fairfield Four at famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Band has recorded with Peter Rowan, Maura O’Connell, Jerry Douglas, Bernadette Peters and Clint Black, appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III” and collaborated with Johnny Cash on the film soundtrack  of “Dead Man Walking.”

The biggest break of all came in 2002, when NBB lead singer Pat Enright became one of the voices of the Soggy Bottom Boys, the fictional old-time trio led onscreen by George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

The Nashville Bluegrass Band is presented by Ray McPhail. Tickets may be purchased online at www.highlandspac.org or by calling (828) 526-9047. Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands.

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

The Fall Colors Art Show

Everyone gets into the spirit of the Fall Colors Show.

The Southeast is blessed with many talented artists.  Perhaps it is because of the magnificent scenery or the weather, but the sub-region of Western North Carolina, the Upstate of South Carolina and northeast Georgia produces more than its share of very good art.  Area residents and visitors alike have a good selection of remarkable work close at hand.

Twice a year the Art League of Highlands assembles more than fifty of the best artists from this area and beyond to display and offer for sale their inspired pieces. This year the Fall Colors Show will be a two-day event, held indoors at the Recreation Park from noon to 6:00 p.m.,  Friday, October 19th, and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20th.

Admission is free, and whether you are a collector, someone who enjoys admiring art, or if you are simply looking for a pleasant way to spend part of your weekend, this show is for you.  Some lucky attendees will randomly receive gift certificates toward the purchase of artwork.  On Saturday, there will also be a children’s workshop where young aspiring artists can create pieces to take home, and perhaps also take home a free painting from one of the exhibiting artists.

Paintings of oil, acrylic and watercolor will be on display, as well as mixed media pieces, photographs, sculpture, hand-fashioned jewelry and wood turnings.  All of the art at the show is original.  It is an excellent opportunity to view the work of some truly talented artists.  So, while you are enjoying the colors of fall in the mountains, also make plans to treat yourself to the Art League’s Fall Colors Fine Art Show.

Contributed by Zach Claxton

An Evening with Frank Sinatra

Highlands Playhouse closes out its exciting 2012 season with a surprise performance in October that’s not a trick but most definitely a treat –  legendary crooner Gabe Russo will capture the sublime magic of Hoboken’s favorite son with “An Intimate Evening with Frank Sinatra.” Russo will be appearing October 5th through 14th.

by Luke Osteen

Born in the 1950s in Philadelphia, Gabe comes from a showbiz family. His aunt, Helen O’Connell, sang with the Dorseys and his father was a saloon crooner of renown from Baltimore to New York. As a boy, he received vocal instruction from Stoddard Smith and made soloist in the St. Johns Cathedral Mens Choir.

Gabe began singing, tuxedo and all, with his father and pianist Junie Price at the age of eight. They continued to occasionally perform together, into the 1980s, in night clubs all over the Northeast. Gabe’s background of “youthful crooning,” along with his years of acting and solo performing make him uniquely able to capture the ease and comfort on stage that typify the best of the crooners of bygone days.

For information, tickets or to reserve the Playhouse, stop by the Box Office at 326 Oak Street or call (828) 526-2695.

“Red October”

Three award-winning artists, Pat Calderone, Mase Lucas, and Julie Hilliard salute autumn in an exhibition entitled Red October. The opening reception is October 20th, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Work will be on display at Calderone’s Gallery, 3608 Highway 246 in Sky Valley, Georgia, next to Ed West Realty through Thanksgiving weekend.

Red, the color of passion, joy, and life’s essence, provides the emotional palette that bonds the work of these exceptional women. Calderone says, “This year many bold accomplishments have been achieved by each of us – as artists, as women, as friends.

Pat Calderone’s images invite rich interpretation, each telling a story as entertaining and deep as the viewer’s imagination. Frequently mystical, at times poignant, occasionally whimsical, always stirring, her artistic vocabulary spans a vast universe of internal experience, which she expresses masterfully on canvas.

Mase Lucas delights in representational forms: figures, landscapes, animals, particularly bears and equines for which she is best known. While that remains at her core, she also is exploring the abstract. She says, “I’ve always wanted to explore an inner vision that I felt could only be expressed in an abstract format. Difficult!  By using the techniques of color-into-color and layer-on-layer, I hope to evoke the hoped-for response. For me, the engaging process of abstract painting is itself a somewhat transcendental experience… totally absorbing… at once exhilarating and peaceful.”

Julie Hilliard finds something soul-satisfying about molding ordinary hunks of clay into something extraordinary, as evidenced in her sleek contemporary sculptural designs. Her style is strongly influenced by Nature and by iconic Asian vessels, ancient and modern. She says, “I strive to create beautiful objects that are gifts from the earth. I prefer forms with simple clean lines that include negative space and eye-catching glazes. Success is measured when my works have movement, and the fire ignites them with vitality.”

Three exceptional women, three unique visions, three powerful directions woven together with a red autumn thread. Join Calderone, Lucas, and Hilliard October 20th for a visual feast guaranteed to satisfy.

by Donna Rhodes

 

Sip and Stroll

Last year Sip & Stroll was a huge success. We recommended tickets to be purchased in advance.

Experience the wares of of Highlands’ fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine & delightful edibles. Each stroller will start at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center to receive a detailed map and their own souvenir wine glass with special carry bag. There will be a limit of twelve merchants this year which will encourage everyone to linger awhile longer and enjoy the homemade hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, and of course the wonderful selections of wines. There’s also an added bonus to visiting each merchant on the map. Strollers having completed the tour will be eligible for wonderful prizes including fine dining certificates, pottery and specialty wines. Sip, Stroll and Shop till you drop while enjoying everything fabulous in our beautiful downtown of Highlands.

Price: $35 per person. Can be purchased online at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841.

Participating merchants include :4th Street Boutique, Acorn’s and Acorn on Church, Alyxandra’s Boutique, CK Swan

The Christmas Tree on Main, Drake’s Diamond Gallery, The Hen House, Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry, Highland Hiker Shoes, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Oakleaf Flower and Garden, Spa Boutique at Old Edwards Inn, TJ Baileys, To the Nines, Vivace and Xtreme Threads.

Sixth Annual Culinary Weekend

Fall in Highlands has never looked better as we celebrate the Sixth Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend. This 4-day destination event, created by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, promises to be one of the highlights of the season. Join us as we embrace Highlands’ majestic mountain location, boundless activities, appealing accommodations, unique retail shops & extraordinary cuisine.

The weekend gains momentum with the not to be missed Opening Night Celebration, Thursday, November 8th, held at the esteemed Highlands Country Clubhouse. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., enjoy great music, a variety of wine tasting tables, and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. Throughout the weekend, fill you itineraries with an array of activities, cooking demonstrations, tastings and dinners hosted by area restaurants, merchants and accommodations. Plan to attend the annual Sip & Stroll, Saturday, November 10th from 11:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m. in our beautiful downtown area. It’s impressive to see the creativity that goes into Highlands Culinary Weekend. This event has evolved and continues to grow with each new season. It’s truly a wonderful experience to see a community come together for this celebration of Highlands. We invite you to be a part of this grand affair.

The Opening Night Gala Celebration will once again be held at the esteemed Clubhouse of Highlands Country on Thursday, November 8th. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. sip, swirl and savor fine wines and craft beers while enjoying the delectable cuisines of Highlands’ local chefs. Enjoy live music and visual arts from local artists Virginia Parrot & Patty Calderone. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace culinary delight under one roof in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, North Carolina. Taste a must have wine? Mountain Fresh Grocery will be on hand at Opening Night to take your orders and arrange for delivery. Shuttle service will be provided from Highlands Recreation Park and Highlands Plaza to the Clubhouse at Highlands Country Club. Please utilize shuttle service for this event, as parking on site will be limited. 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841.

Friday, November 9th Events:

Event Name: “Eating and Drinking Tuscany” Cooking Class

Event Description: We will prepare iconic Tuscan food such as Crema Paradiso,  White truffle omelet, Pinzinmonio and Crispelle alla Fiorentina and drink Chianti Classico and modern Sangiovese blends.

Venue: Cyprus Open Kitchen
(828) 526-4429

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Price: $100 per person

Event Name: Farm Harvest Celebration and Barn Dance

Event Description: Fling open the barn doors and step back in time for a kicked-up version of an old mountain barn dance—Old Edwards Style. It’s a full-on evening of authentic mountain culture with farm-fresh bounty prepared live and served harvest style.  Sip craft beer and selected wines to whet your whistle for the lively band “Back Porch Orchestra.”

Venue: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn (828) 787-2625

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Price: $125 per person

Event Name: Schug Soiree at Lakeside Restaurant

Event Description: Join Lakeside Restaurant and California’s most celebrated winemakers, Schug Carneros Estate Winery with special guest, Axel Schug. Join us as we pair five courses of fabulous cuisine with the fine wines of Schug.

Venue: Lakeside Restaurant

(828) 526-9419

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Price: $125 plus tax and gratuity

Event Name: Craft 2 Table

Event Description: Bringing you the absolute best and hard to find in American Craft beers with Food Native to that Region. Great Food, Great Beer, Unforgettable Experience!

Venue: Ruka’s Table

(828) 526-3636

Time: 6:30pm

Price: $60 per person

Event Name: Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox

Event Description: Lambert Bridge wine and food tasting brought to the “nth” degree…

Venue: Wolfgang’s Restaurant
& Wine Bistro
(828) 526-3807

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Price: $95 plus tax and gratuity

Event Name: CADE/Plumjack Wine Dinner

Event Description: Join …on the Verandah as they host a wine dinner featuring the extraordinary, award winning wines of Napa Valleys, CADE and Plumjack.

Venue: …on the Verandah

(828) 526-2338

Time: Call for details

Price: Call for details

Event Name: Viva la France Dinner

Event Description: The Inn at Half Mile Farm is pleased to be partnering with Rosewood Market and Steve Pignatiello from Pignatiello Wine Importers. Extraordinary chefs from Rosewood Market will be preparing a fabulous multi-course French dinner; each course paired with one of the fine French wines, personally selected by sommelier, Steve Pignatiello.

Venue: Inn at Half Mile Farm
1 (800) 946-6822

Time: Wine & Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with Vive la France dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Price: $100 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Event Name: The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out

Event Description: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails & local beers.

Venue: The Ugly Dog Pub
(828) 526-8364

Saturday, November 10th Events: 

Event Name: MollyDooker Shake Up Part Two!

Event Description: Lakeside Restaurant is thrilled to once again feature the Australian wines of Sarah & Sparky Marquis, Mollydooker! Join Chef Marty Rosenfield and the Lakeside staff as they present, “The Mollydooker Shake.” Enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner paired with Mollydooker wines that promise to “Wow!”

Venue: Lakeside Restaurant

(828) 526-9419

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity

Event Name: Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Wine Dinner “Life is a Cabernet!”

Event Description: We will be featuring Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember!

Venue: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro

(828) 526-3807

Time: 7:00 p.m. Champagne & Appetizers, 7:30 p.m. Dinner

Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity

Event Name: Chefs Limited Menu: “Chillin with Nonya”;  A fivecourse menu of Sino-Malay rustic cooking from the straights of Malaca.

Event Description: This is a fun and easy-going exploration of coastal

Singapore and Malysian food which has been heavily influenced over the centuries by mixing with Chinese traders.

“Lots of Chilis, Shallots, Lemongrass, and Coconut”

Venue: Cyprus Open Kitchen

(828) 526-4429

Time: Reservations from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Price: $69 per person

Event Name: Whitehall Lane Wine Dinner

Event Description: Join Chef Andrew Figel for a special evening featuring the wines of Whitehall Lane Winery.

Venue: …on the Verandah

(828) 526-2338

Time: Call for details

Price: Call for details

Event Name: The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out

Event Description: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails & local beers.

Venue: The Ugly Dog Pub

(828) 526-8364

 

Ristorante Paoletti

Discerning clients have counted on Paoletti’s on Main Street, Highlands since 1984 for consistently high-quality foods in a convivial atmosphere.  Add old-world charm and an unequalled level of service and you have a dining experience you will long remember.

Paoletti’s has become a destination restaurant, both for its food, and its exceptionally wide array of fine wines.  With one of the largest wine cellars in the Southeast, their offerings include fine, aged Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Bordeaux & Burgundy, plus numerous delicious wines from America’s Napa and Willamette Valleys. Wine Spectator magazine has consistently awarded Paoletti’s 1,500+ selections their “Best of Award of Excellence” for the past 24 years.

Customers rave about the Maine Lobster Martini which hits the special card with frequency or the Seared Foie Gras.  A ‘Primi’ selection may include Duck Confit with Baby Greens, Dried Figs and House Vinaigrette or the Garden Arugula with Granny Smith apples, Oranges and Walnuts in a Citrus Vinaigrette.  Another appetizer option or a ‘Piatto Secondo’ if you choose, could be their daily, homemade Lobster Ravioli with a Brandied Nantua Sauce.  Yum!

The menu always includes a variety of super-fresh seafood either prepared as an appetizer or a main course.  Check out the daily specials to see how the chef has prepared the catch of the day.  No matter whether you choose the North Carolina Grouper, the Red Snapper, Local Rainbow Trout or one of the many other varieties they offer, you know you’ll be enjoying deliciously satisfying preparations.

Not to leave the carnivore in your party without sumptuous options, try one of Paoletti’s Lamb, Veal or the Beef entrees.  The ‘Charleston’ Lamb Loin, Braised Veal Short-Rib or Filet Mignon are offered nearly every night. Known to be the ‘Best in the Area’ is the Elk Rib Chop-flavorful, tender and succulent with a Port-Cassis Reduction. Highlanders in the know say, “Paoletti’s is the place’ to enjoy the finest, quality foods in a comfortably-elegant atmosphere.”  When you fail to make reservations, don’t despair.  Catch a stool at the cozy, 10-seat bar.  Yes, you can savor any of the items from their full menu while seated at the bar.

Top off your evening with a delectable dessert and an after-dinner coffee or liqueur. Some of my favorites are the Tiramisu or Seasonal Berries with Zabaglione-coated with Marsala Custard Cream. Chocolate lovers clamor for the Flourless Chocolate Torte or the Double Chocolate Chunk Gelato.  Find your favorite and indulge yourself!

Serving dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m.; for reservations call (828) 526-4906 or go online to OpenTable.com. Find their website for more photos and info at www.paolettis.com.

Don’t take their word for it.  Check out Tripadvisor.com for 300+ testimonials from past  and present patrons who wrote their own personal reviews. Highly recommended by local business owners and homeowners alike, be sure to call ahead as the popular dinner hour gets booked up early.  However busy you find it, you’ll certainly find it worth the wait if you walk in without a reservation.

by Wiley Sloan

Scaly Mountain Pancake Breakfast

The talented members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club are saving a stack for you at their Pancake Breakfast, slated for Saturday, October 27th.

Plan to bring your family and friends to Scaly Mountain for a scrumptious breakfast in the mountains at the historic old Scaly School House. The building is located on the corner of North Carolina Highway 106 and Buck Knob Road in “downtown Scaly.”

This is the eighth year that the women in Scaly Mountain Women’s Club have sponsored these breakfasts. They will feature a full meal of piping hot homemade pancakes (with or without blueberries), patty sausage, coffee and juice. Guests will be treated to a seated meal either in the old school house or on the deck overlooking the mountains when the weather is nice. Cost is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. The breakfast will be cooked by members’ husbands and served by club members – or you may order takeout, if you choose.

Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for local students of all ages who wish to continue their post-secondary education. They also benefit area non-profit human service agencies that serve the Scaly Mountain community. Come to all six of the breakfasts and join the best cooks in Western North Carolina for a morning of fun – enjoying the friendly folks in Scaly Mountain and an unforgettable breakfast.

Come between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. on  October 27th. Mark your calendar and don’t miss coming with your family and friends. For additional information, contact Susan Bankston at (828) 526-9952 or visit www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

A Spell Will be Cast Upon On the Verandah

Don’t be afraid, it’s On the Verandah’s Halloween Celebration.

On Wednesday October 31st, under the cover of darkness, join On the Verandah in taking a delicious bite out of the spookiest night of the year. Verandah’s regular menu will be available for the faint of heart, and those with a taste for the decadent can indulge in the specialties of the occasion.

Sink your fangs into one of Executive Chef Andrew Figel’s delectable entrees and appetizers prepared exclusively for the bewitching hour. Head Mixologist Trae Ellison will be brewing ghostly cocktails and serving seasonal beers straight from his cauldron.

A modern day monster mash will be starting at 7:00 p.m. to the tunes of the Mike Watson Band and going until the twilight hours.

There will be pumpkin decorating and special spooky fare for all little ghosts and goblins.

To add to the excitement there will be prizes for best couples costume and best individual costume. There will also be a special prize for the best-dressed little ghoul and goblin.

On the Verandah has something for everyone. From fresh caught seafood to dry-aged steaks prepared fresh nightly, accompanied by a signature wine from the over 200 available selections. Join them nightly for dinner from 6:00 p.m. Stop by before dinner to enjoy delicious small plates paired with signature cocktails nightly in the bar from 4:00 p.m. Finish your evening with a homemade dessert complimented by an after dinner cordial. Champagne Brunch on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring their signature Bloody Mary Bar.

For reservations call (828) 526-2338 or www. OpenTable.com, or visit www.ontheverandah.com. Join us if you dare.

Dominick’s Restaurant

Dominick’s Restaurant is a quiet oasis with a kaleidoscopic menu in Wright’s Square on Highlands’ Main Street.

Taste-tempting food at reasonable prices in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere – that is Dominick’s Restaurant. A great place for lunch with friends or a casual dinner. Looking for something different in a hamburger?  Try their Blue Stuffed Burger- one-half pound of Angus Beef stuffed with blue cheese and bacon, then topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. That’s just one of several delicious burgers and a wide-array of sandwiches to feed your hunger pangs.

In addition to the delicious burgers, they offer a wide variety of great appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Why not try their delicious Monte Cristo-scrumptious black forest ham and turkey on sourdough bread, dipped and battered, then cooked to perfection. Share that with your friend and add one of their delicious salads. Choose from the Chef Salad made with fresh Romaine, Iceberg combo topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, egg, ham, onions, olives, and tomato or the Caesar or House Salads.  Rumor has it that their Wild Mushroom Soup should get a 5-star rating.

Dinner at Dominick’s is a real treat for the whole family.  Carnivores love their 12-ounces hand cut Ribeye – a quality cut of meat at a wallet-saving price. There’s nothing better than their Pan-fried Trout or their Orange Marmalade Roasted Chicken. These are just a few of the items from their dinner menu. Don’t tell your children, but Dominick’s offers them nutritious foods that they will enjoy.

People in the know say that Dominick’s is Highlands’ hidden gem.  Jeannie Chambers tells me that she and husband Tucker really enjoy Dominick’s for a quiet, relaxing dinner after a hectic week.  Dr. Richard Carter says, “There’s no better place to find excellent food, at reasonable prices.  I’ve tried their burgers, steaks, tacos and various sandwiches. They are all good.”   It is always interesting to see the delicious Lunch Specials that Dominick’s offers.  A great meal for an all-inclusive price.

Open daily Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Dominick’s is located at 137 Main Street in Wright’s Square, Highlands.  Call them at (828) 526-0527.

by Wiley Sloan

10-10-10 at Bella’s Cafe

To celebrate October, the 10th month of the year, Bella’s Junction Cafe is having a 10-10-10 feast at Sunday brunch.

Here’s how it works:

First, bring your church bulletin and receive 10 percent off your meal.

Second, 10 percent of Sunday sales for the month of October will go to the Sharing and Caring Center in Clayton, Georgia.

Third, Bella’s is only 10 minutes away from Highlands or Clayton, and you know their food is well-worth a 10-minute drive. Heck, chances are they are on the way home from church or recreation anyway. So spend October Sundays at Bella’s, save money, and feed the hungry –hungry you, and those less fortunate. It’s a ten-ten-ten win!

And if you are really, really hungry, take the Beast Challenge: six cheeseburgers with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich squeezed in the middle. Add a pound of fries. Pile on the condiments: lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, and all the obligatory toppings and you are nose to bun with… drum roll, please… the Beast. Several have tackled it. But the Chosen One, the belly-busting master, has yet to surface. Spread the word. The 45-minute devour limit has been raised to a full hour. If you can eat it all in 60 minutes it’s free with a Bella’s tee shirt. Plus you get your name and photo on the wall of fame. Take the challenge. Conquer the Beast. Be the legend.

And during leaf season you can sit out on the patio and groove on the beautiful mountain scenery. Mother Nature has promised an exceptional year. Bring the kids. They’ll be fascinated with the cows that graze near the restaurant. There’s 10 of them… another reason to celebrate October’s tens. Did I mention on a scale of one to ten, Bella’s is practically eleven?

So check out Sundays at Bella’s. Brunch, with its mouthwatering waffles and scrumptious eggs Benedict, is served 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bella’s Junction Cafe is located at 20 Old Mud Creek Road off the Dillard Road, near the old Sinclair sign in Scaly Mountain (828) 526-0803. It’s 10 minutes away from practically everything. Make it part of your Sunday routine. And visit during the week for a full menu of fabulous food, breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m., lunch at 11:00 a.m.

Great inTENtions change the world!

by Donna Rhodes

When Mother Nature Springs a Leak

The Great Flood of 1898.

Ten centuries ago, long before Europeans set foot in the region, the Cherokee inhabited Macon County. The Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin on the Little Tennessee River (then called the Tanase) is all that remains of their local presence.

The mound served as a village center on which a townhouse containing an eternal flame was built. It was the ceremonial heart of the village. The townhouse and mound sat atop a mystical underground land inhabited by the Nunnehi people.

The Nunnehi were benevolent to the Cherokee. They could shift their appearance to look like anyone. Cherokee folklore tells of a time when the Creek Tribe invaded their land. The Nikwasi Mound opened up, the Nunnehi leapt out and defeated the Creek. Another tale claims that during the Civil War the Nunnehi poured out of the mound to drive away Union Soldiers. It is doubtful they were siding with the Confederates… more likely, they were again driving away invaders. Both accounts make for a great yarn about a future routing of Franklin residents some dark and stormy night when they least expect it.

The Cherokee camped along the Little Tennessee for access to water, but every so often the river overflowed. There is little record of floods during the Cherokee occupation of Macon County, but the great flood of 1898, spawned by torrential rains, cut a swath down from the Highlands Plateau, overflowing all the area creeks and rivers. It nearly submerged the Nikwasi Mound. Only its tip remained visible.

Other floods have left their watermark on the region. Downpours in 1876 washed out mills and bridges on the Sugar Fork. Eight inches of rain fell in one day in mid-August in 1928, creating all kinds of havoc. In 1940 over nine inches fell on August 13th and two weeks later nearly 12 inches fell. Bridges and culverts washed out completely. Trees were falling like matchsticks and felling telephone and telegraph wires as they crashed. Dams burst, highways washed out. It caught people totally off guard. As resident Henry Baty said prior to the disaster, “Who ever heard of a flood in the highest incorporated town east of the Rockies? No sweat.” Famous last words.

Then, again… perhaps the Nunnehi were up to mischief. More likely, Mother Nature was having one of her infamous moments. Every so often, she springs a leak. But it’s worth the occasional torrent to live in such a beautiful region. As historian Ran Shaffner says, “It’s the price we pay for our beautiful green.”

To learn more about the region’s climate and folklore, read Heart of the Blue Ridge by Randolph Shaffner or visit the Highlands Historical Society’s website: www.highlandshistory.com.

by Donna Rhodes

House Demolition Stopped in the Nick of Time

History on the move in Cashiers.

Off and on during the past decade, the Cashiers Historical Society has kept a close eye on the old Cashiers Valley house which sat on a small hill on the east side of Highway 107 South at the intersection of Whiteside Cove Road. The house, nicknamed “Crooked Corners” at some point, had been owned since about 1925 by Asheville’s Waddell family who used it primarily as a summer dwelling. The Historical Society’s interest was to discover and document the history of the house. When was it built? Who were the various owners of the house? The CHS, on many occasions, was allowed to go inside the house with interested historians who examined the inside and outside of the house and reported on the type of construction and dated the dwelling as c1850s. Just imagine, for parts of three different centuries, that building had sat there, a witness to the changes in the Valley.

By 2011, the Waddells made a decision to sell the old house and the six acres it sat on. The cost was too high for the Historical Society’s budget, although the need to preserve this piece of history was great. A search of deed records revealed the identity of every owner of “Crooked Corners.” They were, as follows:

First owner: Col. John A. Zachary’s 640 acre North Carolina Land Grant.

Second owners: Mordecai, Jonathan, and Woodford Zachary, the three youngest sons of Col. John A. Zachary acquired the 640 acres from their father in 1848.

Third owners: J. L. McGee and R. E. Ligon of Anderson, SC acquired the small house located on the six acres from Mordecai Zachary in 1892.

Fourth owners: In 1923, J. L. McGee and R. E. Ligon sold Crooked Corners to local Cashiers residents Warren S. Alexander and his wife, Lena.

Fifth owners:  In 1925,  Warren and Lena Alexander sold the house and six acres to Miss  Georgie (sic) Belknap, 4/5 undivided interest, and Mr. Charles Waddell, Jr., 1/5 undivided interest.

This spring, after negotiations with a large development company failed, Mr. John Rivers, owner of the Chattooga Club and sensitive to preservation, purchased the old house and property and gifted the house to the Cashiers Historical Society. In return, the society paid the cost of moving the structure to the grounds of the Zachary-Tolbert House. In two dramatic days a house moving company plus workers from the DOT, Duke Energy and others moved Crooked Corners a short distance down Highway 107 South. They turned right onto the Zachary-Tolbert House grounds, circled around the back of the big house and placed the smaller house on a new foundation among ancient mountain laurels and towering rhododendrons. It looks like it has been right there for the past 150 years. Stay tuned to learn what decisions will be made for the future interpretation of Crooked Corners.

Contributed by Jane Gibson Nardy, Historian, Cashiers Historical Society

The Crown Jewel

Located at the top of Old Edwards Club, surrounded by the National Forest, the home was the 2011 Showcase Home for the Highlands Playhouse and enjoys panoramic views of Shortoff Mountain, Yellow Mountain, Pinchot, Mountain Top and more.  A massive front door with curvy glass reminiscent of elegant European Manor houses welcomes you.  Wide-plank walnut flooring melds with the textured wall finishes.  Touches of Tudor style combine with the grandeur of a Lodge to create warmth and comfort whether you are entertaining the entire family or just your best friend.

Enjoy the warmth of the Great Room’s stacked stone fireplace as you follow the setting sun through the wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors.  Slide the doors back to allow friends and family to enjoy the spacious “infinity” deck (the railing is lower to optimize the views).  Relax for hours listening to the birds or warm your feet at the deck’s stone fireplace.

The well-stocked bar and wine cellar are located near the great room and kitchen areas.  Exquisitely-designed cabinetry surrounds the cook center to provide ample storage for all of your family treasures.  A six-burner gas Viking stove makes meal prep a breeze. Meal time is always special when friends and family gather in the dining room with its own gas fireplace.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a sumptuously-appointed guest suite which is the perfect spot to re-energize before heading off for another adventure.  The home’s laundry area includes walls of cabinetry, a workspace for all your quilting and sewing projects plus a place to arrange flowers and the lady’s home office.  For the man of the house, there’s another spacious office with custom woodwork and 50-mile views that make it hard to concentrate on daily tasks.

The main floor Master Suite is your paradise. Double French doors open to a private section of the home’s large deck.  The see-through fireplace provides glimpses into the spacious master bath with his and her water closets and double vanities. No amenity has been overlooked here.  Custom cabinetry provides eye-candy while hiding all your personal toiletry items.  Walk-in closets provide out-of-season storage and a place for everything.  You even have your own washer, dryer and refrigerator discretely tucked away.

You enjoy opulence and style and your guests to do. The home’s upper level is magnificent. Three guest suites, each with their own private bath, pamper them. They enjoy  their own Pub area where they can gather for their favorite beverage or a quick snack.  The guest gathering room is the perfect spot where friends can visit and cheer for their favorite sports teams.

Although the homeowners provided their own design expertise, assisting them are some of the area’s premiere talent including architect Rand Soellner; Koenig Builders; interior designer -Darren Whatley; and Blackrock Granite.

This magnificent five bedroom, five and one-half bath home is a joy to behold.  Call Tom Goldacker of Meadows Mountain Realty at (828) 526-1717 to schedule your own private showing. www.meadowsmtnrealty.com.

by Wiley Sloan

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Contributed by Jim Johnson, DC, DACBN & Resa Johnson, DC, DACBN, Mountain Air Wellness (828) 743-9070

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may manifest with many varied symptoms. Numbness, pain, or tingling in the thumb or palm of the hand, deterioration of the muscle under the thumb, weakness in grip, pain extending to the elbow and weakness in one or both hands can all be signs of carpal tunnel syndrome.  The tingling or pain can affect the thumb, first and second fingers.  Many of these symptoms are worse at night. The carpal tunnel is a narrow canal, formed by the small bones of the wrist, and inflammation and swelling can cause pressure on the nerve and result in these symptoms.  Frequently the wrist and hand discomfort is from the muscles of the forearm getting tight and pinching the nerve before it gets to the wrist.  Incidences of carpal tunnel syndrome increase with more people performing repetitive movements such as assembly work, word processing, writing, working with tools that vibrate, playing certain musical instruments, tennis, golf, and even driving.  Avoiding and reducing repetitive wrist movements combined with the use of tools and equipment during repetitive activities and utilizing frequent breaks, do help avoid the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.

But what can be done when carpal tunnel syndrome has already presented symptoms?  Surgery should be a last resort. Cashiers Chiropractic and Acupuncture can implement natural remedies for relief of anguishing symptoms. Chiropractic care may include manipulation of the soft tissues and body joints of the arms and spine with special attention to the small bones of the wrist, ultrasound over the carpal tunnel, Graston Technique, Active Release, and possibly nighttime wrist supports. After an exam and proper diagnosis, acupuncture and acupressure therapy may be prescribed.  Working in partnership with your chiropractic physician will result in optimal health and relief of pain!  If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, call and schedule an appointment.

Contributed by  Jim Johnson, DC, DACBN & Resa Johnson, DC, DACBN, Mountain Air Wellness (828) 743-9070

 

Ladies and Ladybugs

It’s not often that you can escape into a fantasy world, but for those of you lucky enough to know Diane McPhail, you know it’s not luck but her ability to take the mundane and create a backdrop of fantasy.

Every year we try to come up with a theme for a woman’s slumber party. This year Diane thought our theme should be Ladybugs. So we joined forces and came up with a night full of friendship, food, creativity and just good old-fashioned fun.

We all brought a dish and of course it was all centered on Ladybugs. Bread with butter shaped into a half-dome and detailed with spots like a ladybug’s. Deviled eggs with the filling tinted red and dotted with olives. Ladybugs on crackers, which was plum tomatoes sliced in half lengthwise and facing down, spread apart like two wings, and lying on a bed of pesto.

Our entree was Ladybugs’ favorite food — vegetables! Linda Clark took the challenge of preparing our entree, a dish that ladybugs would salivate over, and that we did.

LuLu’s Bakery of Atlanta supplied the dessert which was a cake in the form of a playground for ladybugs. The food was paired with a ladybug libation of Prosecco for bubbles, pomegranate juice for color, and floating blackberries for the ladybug spots garnish.

The challenge was our attire for the evening. Of course, the color of the night was black and red and our goal was to look like ladybugs.

Dian Winingder arrived from New Orleans to escape Hurricane Isaac, with red boas for all. We were definitely well-dressed ladybugs ready for a night out on the town.

McPhail being the artist and teacher supplied each of us with a white mug and a black and red magic marker to create a memento of our evening together. Drawing was never one of my strong points and watching the ladies I knew I was out of my league. So I commissioned, or pleaded with the ladies to share their artistic skills on my mug.

The night was far from over. After dinner we settled down to a table of beads, of course ladybug beads. Necklaces, earrings and bracelets were designed. That night we all settled down to our beds with a ladybug on our pillow. Mind you, not a real ladybug but just one to send us sweet dreams.

If you would like to see the “Highlands Ladybugs” in action we plan on reenacting our parties this Halloween in Highlands, better still let me know if you would like to join in our festivities. We are already in the initial planning stages for our 2013 slumber party.

Why Adjustments?

Contributed by Dr. Sue Aery, Aery Chiropractic & Acupuncture (828) 526-1022

Do you get adjusted? Have you been to a chiropractor?

Many times per week I see new patients who have never been adjusted. This is a common scenario in my office and I am often asked, “Why get adjusted? What does it do?”

This is a great question and one that I am happy to answer with my own story. My first experience with chiropractic care came when I was in my early 20s, working as a tennis professional. One day I woke up and could not lift my racquet, much less swing a forehand. I had no strength and plenty of pain in my shoulder but without any obvious cause of injury.

A friend said, “You need to go see my chiropractor and he will fix you in no time.”

I did just that. The chiropractor asked me lots of questions, did an exam on me and then explained why I had pain and weakness — ultimately a pinched nerve in my neck. He then explained how an adjustment would help my problem and get me back out on the court quickly. Since there had been no major trauma and this had appeared one morning after getting out of bed, he adjusted my spine and the next day I was on the court again, swinging my forehand with ease. So I became an instant believer in what a spinal adjustment could do.

A chiropractic adjustment is really one way of many to communicate with the very powerful nervous system that controls everything in our body. Nerves are like electrical wires that travel throughout the body controlling various functions. Some of these functions include movement, balance, strength, fine motor skills, sensory to hot and cold and finally recognition of pain. When there is interference in this system, just like in your house or your car, problems ensue. Problems can be minor or major aches and pains, loss of balance, sensory function and even coordination. When signals are interrupted in the body, the problem can get worse without intervention of some kind. A chiropractic adjustment, barring serious disc injury or joint instability, can correct this interruption of signals and allow the body over a period of time to continue making its own corrections back to normal.

Contributed by Dr. Sue Aery, Aery Chiropractic & Acupuncture (828) 526-1022

Steamboating is Back

Contributed by Jodi L. Moore, Travel Specialist Cruise Planners (828) 743-3936 needfortravel.com

It’s been far too long since you’ve had the opportunity to explore America’s rivers on a genuine steamboat. With the formation of the American Queen Steamboat Company, steamboating is back and better than ever.

In April of 2012, the grand American Queen resumed her proud role of taking guests on Steamboating adventures through the heartland of America. Once again, we are able to enjoy these unforgettable river voyages with our family and friends.

We offer all the adventures and amenities that have made steamboating such a cherished American tradition—the history and heritage, the warm ambiance of a floating antebellum mansion, the thrill of exploring Mark Twain’s America, the succulent dining, the showboat-style entertainment and dancing the night away to the sounds of swing, big band, New Orleans Jazz and Delta Blues music, and live storytelling by regional authors, historians and performers that create our own “edutainment” experiences. Combine this with gracious service from our all-American staff, and you have an experience that can only be found aboard the American Queen.

We’ve also added a host of new features to make steamboating vacations more of a value than ever before. For example, a deluxe hotel night ashore, select shore excursions and an alternate dining venue onboard are all now included in the price of your voyage. We’re also offering complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, and wines and beers at dinner. And you’ll be delighted to know that the American Queen features the acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.  On February 14th, 2013 please join us for an eight-day adventure from Memphis to New Orleans. The theme will be Big Bands, featuring Harry James, Artie Shaw and The Platters. This is a fund raiser for The Highlands Playhouse who will be celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2013.  A donation will be made to the Playhouse for every cabin that is booked.

Contributed by Jodi L. Moore, Travel Specialist Cruise Planners (828) 743-3936 needfortravel.com

Body Mind Connect

Ashby Underwood-Garner is a Rolf Practitoner and Certified Yoga Teacher at Yoga Highlands. To contact her by email, mtnyogins@gmail.com.

A healthy body, a healthy mind:  I heard a good friend say just yesterday that being healthy is a moment of equilibrium that we find, when it “all comes together,” before we begin moving back into imbalance.  When we are infants, we begin developing our relationship to gravity, by rolling, lifting our heads, sitting, crawling, pulling up to stand.  Balancing upright and moving with grace requires the perfect combination of effort and release.  If we are all born with this capacity, then what happens to the coordination along the way?

31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time, says the American Chiropractic Association, and most of those are for mechanical or non-organic reasons, rather than inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture, or cancer.  Why are we holding ourselves “back”?  Stiffness and reduced range of motion can be attributed to learned inhibitions, fears, unhappiness, and feelings of being stuck in a situation. It is an individual process of discovery, and no one person can tell another exactly what is going on just by looking from the outside.  One way to find your answer is by learning to breathe, feel, and tune out the outer noise through meditation or relaxation.

In our culture, we use the expression “Going with the Flow.” Primarily, fluid movement is the relationship of structure, function, and buoyancy within the earth’s gravitational field.  In the human body, there is one major organ that brings it all together: connective tissue.  Connective tissue or fascia is the organ of shape.  It is the fabric of fibers which holds all of our muscles, bones, nerves, organs in a cohesive, flexible bond.  All parts relate to the whole through this supportive fabric.  It is literally a web which balances the right relationship postural support and healthy expression of our ideas and movement.  Any restriction in this connective web can affect the threads throughout the rest of the body, due to injury, emotional trauma, surgery, and even mindset.  The Body-Mind connection starts with balancing this fabric to restore comfortable uprightness, feet down and head up, and moving the breath consciously in between.

Ashby Underwood-Garner is a Rolf Practitoner and  Certified Yoga Teacher at Yoga Highlands. To contact her by email, mtnyogins@gmail.com.

 

Try a Luxury Line

Contributed by Bryan & Tricia Cox - CruiseOne Independent Vacation Specialists (828) 356-7920 TheCruiseFinders.com

Every cruise line proudly states how it pampers its passengers in luxury regardless of budget or expense.  However, when you experience true luxury cruising, you are entering the world of nearly telepathic service where crew and staff are highly trained to anticipate your every need and respond quickly and courteously to every request.

 

The staff to passenger ratio is exceptionally high on luxury cruise ships. Regent’s ship, the Seven Seas Voyager, carries only 700 passengers but has 445 staff onboard.  With this type of ratio, service becomes intuitive.  Did you order decaf cappuccino on your first night out? It will be there without asking at your next meal. Would you like six pillows instead of three? No problem. Do you want to be met by limo in port? Done.

When it comes to the luxury ships themselves, you will find rare woods, fine fabrics and leathers, expensive art, Limoges, Villeroy or Boch china, Christofle silverware, Frette linens, expansive wine cellars, down pillows and comforters, personalized stationery, well-appointed public areas and larger than average accommodations or suites.

Ultra-deluxe ships come in all sizes and their destinations span the world.  From ocean going vessels such as the 208- passenger Seabourn Legend or Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 which holds 2,620 passengers to river cruising vessels such as AMAWaterways 148-passenger AmaCello.  With extensive itineraries to almost every corner of the globe, many of these luxury vessels travel to ports that are rarely visited by other cruise ships and often they have extended stays in several ports, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a destination.

Another area where luxury vessels set themselves apart from the mass market is in their truly gourmet dining experiences.  Oceania has paired with Master Chef Jaques Pepin. Silversea lays claim to an affiliation with the prestigious Relais and Chateaux L’Ecole des Chefs.  Uniworld has teamed up with Master Chef Bernard Zorn, and has been recognized by ZAGAT for top dining in the cruise industry.  Needless to say, with the culinary programs available onboard these deluxe ships, you will be hard pressed to go hungry.

Whether you are seeking a more traditional ocean going luxury liner, a vessel that takes you down some of the world’s most beautiful rivers, a masted ship experience with her billowing sails, or a private yacht to any number of exotic destinations, the world of luxury cruising awaits you.

Contributed by Bryan & Tricia Cox – CruiseOne Independent Vacation Specialists (828) 356-7920 TheCruiseFinders.com

Friends for Life

Sweet Jethro has been given a new lease on life at Friends for Life Forever Farm.

Who would guess that this beautiful young kitten has a disease.  Jethro’s clear, bright eyes, and sleek coat of hair, would fool you.  And as long as he doesn’t move, you would never know that he has a neurological disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia – commonly called  “wobbles.”  Jethro was born as a feral kitten whose mama and brother were “normal,” but he would never have survived on the street.  The compassionate woman who was feeding this little family called me to help the little one who “couldn’t walk right and would surely never get adopted.”

Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which may be caused by the mother’s having a virus while the kitten is in the womb, results in an underdevelopment of the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls coordination.  There is no genetic cause, and it is not progressive.  Jethro is actually one of the “lucky” ones in that he can lead a fairly normal life.  He flops from side to side when he gets going fast and his little head sometimes has intention tremors, but he has no problem eating, can get in the litter box, and has no discomfort with the disease.

We have another cat at the Forever Farm that shows a minor form of CH where she has the head tremors and sometimes walks in circles.  Tongue in cheek: her name is Bobble, named her after the little plastic bobble head pets people put on the dash of their cars.

Not all “special needs” pets require expensive medications and extensive care – some like Jethro merely need a safe loving environment to live a long happy life.  There is a special joy you will feel in adopting one of these babies.  Please help support the Friends for Life Forever Farm where homeless senior and special needs companion animals have another chance at life.  We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  Your tax deductible donation can be made online at www.friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org or mailed to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774.  Call (828) 508-2460 for information or to visit the Forever Farm in Lake Toxaway.

Contributed by Kathy Bub, Executive Director, Forever Farms

It’s An Equine Affair!

Magic and miracles is a way of life at Carpe Diem Farms.

We have been blessed in so many ways and this month we celebrate our 20th anniversary of the foundation and the 15th anniversary of opening the farm. We have faced many challenges along the way, always confident that our mission “to enhance human potential through equines,” would drive us forward. It has.

Everything we do at CDF is based on and in tandem with the horses. Most recently, the horses were an integral part of our wedding. Jack rode in on Anna Banana, I in an Irish Gig pulled by Battersea Bess, driven by Joyce Foster; and Pumpkin, my “flower girl” and escort down the aisle, processed to the wedding from the stables with Georgia Robert.

If you have been following the development of our recently patented therapeutic glue on horseshoe, Easy’s Slipper™ that will go to market next year, there is great news. Horses with a variety of hoof issues that cause lameness are living in comfort and healing. Twenty-eight year old Battersea Bess, who has participated in three Presidential Inaugural Parades and our wedding has had a new lease on life since wearing her
Easy’s Slippers™.

While testing and refining, we have invented and are developing a variety of other products to help horses: an ice boot, a shipping boot, stall and trailer pads, and a variety of shoes.

Don’t forget John Michael Montgomery live in concert on the lawn and again for the Tux, Tails and Blue Jeans Ball, October 6th, to celebrate our anniversary. Call Peter at (828) 526-5700 for tickets. Carpe Diem Farms is a 501©(3) non-profit educational foundation.

Contributed by Sue Blair, Carpe Diem Farms Executive Director

Rotary Integral to October Tradition

Trick or Treat in peace, the Highlands Rotary Club is patrolling the streets.

Wednesday, October 31st marks a great, annual tradition in the Town of Highlands! For our area children and adults alike, door-to-door trick or treating is unsafe and impractical. Years ago, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Highlands Main Street businesses came up with a plan to address the need for Halloween fun. The event is sure to attract hundreds, if not thousands, of candy-seeking costume-wearing kids looking to fill their bags with treat of all kinds. Main Street trick or treating is a chance for businesses to support our areas kids by allowing them the chance to trick-or-treat in a

safe environment.

Helping with the event are dozens of Rotarians, wearing orange vests, who are strategically located at all corners and intersections. Rotarians have helped by directing locals and visitors around town, ensuring a fun and safe night for all. As word gets out, the event continues to draw more and more visitors from outside the Highlands area. Halloween night has not only become an annual Highlands tradition but has become a Rotary tradition we all look forward to. Prior to the event and an annual tradition of its own, the Highlands School Interact Club donated their time to distribute the thousands of dollars worth of candy to Main Street businesses purchased by your Chamber.

Contributed by Brian Stiehler

Preserving the American Dream

Contributed by Julie Schott, Development Director Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

In 1820, Barak Norton, one of the early European-American pioneers to this region, settled in a picturesque property located in Whiteside Cove.  Here, Sarah Whiteside Norton, the first white child of settlers in Jackson County, was born.   This is Timber Ridge and its history is as rich as its beauty.

In 1934 James E. Warren, purchased this 300 acres and in the late thirties built a chestnut log cabin there.  In 1971 James’ grandson, John, and his wife Marsha moved back to the area and began restoration of the family cabin which had been deserted for 20 years.  After three years’ work, they made it their home.  It is here that John and Marsha raised their family and still reside today.

At James’ death, the 300-acre estate was left in a family trust.  John and Marsha recognized that there was an opportunity to conserve this special place by working with the Land Trust.  After careful planning, the heirs placed 132+ acres into a conservation easement with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT).  The Warren Estate is home to Polly’s Branch, part of the headwaters of the Chattooga River, a National Wild and Scenic River.   Not only does this easement protect cultural and historic heritage, it is bordered by US Forest Service property.  Numerous rare and endangered plant species have been identified on the land, and the surrounding forest serves as wildlife habitat for many animals, birds and fish that will remain protected in perpetuity.

In 2008, Southern Living magazine featured the magnificent Warren Estate in their October issue.  There, John explained why his family decided to conserve their land with HCLT, “To me, it’s a win-win situation.  It’s a win for the environment and also the family, because we know future generations won’t change the original dream my grandfather had.”

You can be a part of the legacy. To learn how to place your property into conservation or more about preserving our natural heritage, contact us! Join HCLT online at www.hicashlt.org, call (828) 526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.  Together we are saving mountains.

Contributed by Julie Schott, Development Director Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Dahlia Festival Benefits Historical Society

The bold colors and kaleidoscopic patterns of dahlias entranced festival-goers.

I don’t think that I have ever seen the Highlands Civic Center look more gorgeous. On Saturday, September 15th, the lobby was filled with arrangements of dahlias just waiting for buyers to come take them home. Bib aprons trimmed in dahlia colors made great souvenirs or gifts for friends who couldn’t make this exciting event.

The rooms that are usually abuzz with bridge players hosted tables filled with dahlia blooms of every color and size. They continued to add tables throughout the morning as the number of entries expanded. Growers from throughout the area gathered with their prize flowers to share them with their friends and neighbors.

The Festival Committee consisted of Chairwoman Joyce Franklin and Vice Chair Linda New, and members Raya McArthur, Sandie Trevathan, Kitty Moore, Ann Sullivan, Judy Taylor, Carolyn Tanner, and John Newsome.

Joyce said, “Everyone involved with this year’s festival is elated with the turnout that we have seen. We have more than double the entries from
last year.“

“I don’t know when I have seen such gorgeous arrangements of flowers,” Kitty Moore said. “Dahlias are such an integral part of the area. It is gratifying to see how they dot the landscape around Highlands and Cashiers.”

All funds raised during the Dazzling Dahlias Festival go to benefit the many programs of the Highlands Historical Society. If you were not able to participate in this exciting event this year, you’ll have a chance in 2013 at the 3rd Annual Dazzling Dahlias Festival.

by Wiley Sloan

Who Rescued Who?

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month. Multiple national organizations take credit for first coming up with that designation, but as a lifelong advocate for animal welfare, I salute anyone who would dedicate any day, week, month or year to stop and reflect, and best of all – act – on behalf of the voiceless who count on us to be their guardians and companions.

Shelter pets understand, and give, unconditional love. They ask for so little in return. They are the inspiration for the bumper stickers you might have seen that say, “Who Rescued Who?” If you have walked the kennels and dog runs of a shelter, whether it’s a concrete and chain link old-style “dog pound,” or the picturesque and spacious multi-acre play yards at CHHS where the pups romp and play all day, all the residents have one thing in common:

They are counting on us.

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society rescues and provides compassionate care to the abandoned and neglected animals in our community. But we do something even more than rescue and care…

We adopt. We find forever homes. For thousands of animals. For the past 25 years.

Be a CHHS Adopting Angel. Please open your heart and home to a shelter pet from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. When you adopt an animal from CHHS, you will open up a space for another abandoned, neglected dog, puppy, cat or kitten to find safe refuge at our no-kill shelter.

And you will experience unconditional love, and perhaps soon find yourself saying… “Who Rescued Who?”

Founded in 1987, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society has rescued, cared for, and found forever homes for thousands of abandoned and neglected animals in the past 25 years. CHHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit no-kill shelter that receives no federal, state or county tax dollars, and no funding from any national animal welfare organization. One hundred percent of CHHS’ revenue comes from donations, grants, bequests and special events to support the mission of adoption, spay and neuter, and humane education.

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located just off Highway 64, 2.3 miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads, behind Reid Real Estate. For more information, call (828) 743-5752 or visit www.chhumanesociety.org.

Contributed by David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to nearly 40 million books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

This program provides a book per month for all children from birth up to five years of age. If a child begins receiving books at birth, there is the possibility of building a library of 60 books for that child by the time he/she reaches age five! The Literacy Council of Highlands is very excited to offer this program to the Highlands and Scaly Mountain communities of North Carolina. It is our hope to expand the program to serve all of Macon County in the future. To register, simply pick up a registration form at the Hudson Library, Scaly Mountain Post Office, one of the community centers, your local preschool, or at our offices located at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands.

This program is free of charge to participants. It is funded through community donations. The program only costs the Literacy Council $30 per year per child! If you would like to sponsor one or more children, please send your tax-deductible donation to The Literacy Council of Highlands, P. O. Box 2320, Highlands, NC 28741. For more information, contact Tonya Hensley at (828) 526-0863.

Contributed by Tonya Hensley, Executive Director, Literacy Council of Highlands

Valley Garden Club News

This quilt reflects the beautiful labors of the Valley Garden Club.

It is time to put our gardens to bed for the winter. The Valley Garden Club worker bees have been busy cutting things back in preparation for cold weather at the Cashiers Post Office and The Point.

This month you could be the lucky winner and warm up your home with this gorgeous wall hanging quilt designed and stitched by Rayanna Redderson, a well-known Cashiers quilter. Each block depicts a meticulously embroidered flower. The quilt will be on display at the Sapphire Craft Show on October 13th and 14th, and the drawing for the winner will be held there on Sunday afternoon. You need not be present to win, and you may purchase raffle tickets during the craft show or by contacting Donna Lehn, VGC President at (828) 743-0829. Delicious baked goods will be available as well as a tent full of plants to enhance your home gardens. All proceeds go toward scholarships and beautification efforts in Cashiers.

Contributed by Kathie Blozan

“Fall Leaf Colors” at Highlands Nature Center

It’s easy to fall under the spell of the gorgeous Fall Colors of October.

If you’d like to learn more about the dynamic forces that produce those fiery reds and day-glow oranges, plan to attend the Highlands Nature Center’s “Fall Leaf Colors” from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6th.

The Nature Center’s resident tree experts will explain how leaves change color, the differences between deciduous trees and conifers, and the brilliant strategies that allow trees to survive harsh mountain winters. Afterwards, participants will be led on a walk through the Botanical Garden to identify many species of trees by leaf type, shape, and color.

It’s a fun afternoon for all ages that celebrates the magic at the core of this beautiful season. Cost is only $2 per person. Advanced registration is requested; please call (828) 526-2623 to sign up.

The Gathering Table

The Blue Ridge Farmers Coop ensures that there’s plenty of good food at The Gathering Table.

Throughout the years Donna Few has been involved in several different ventures including vegetarian restaurants.  People that know Donna also know that she has a loving heart and is always looking for ways where she can make a difference.  She branched out and traveled to Jamaica to help teach people how to plants their gardens and raise vegetables. With the faltering economy Donna realized that while it was good to help the folks in Jamaica, there were folks here on the Plateau who were struggling to make ends meet. She wanted to help people locally and a new venture emerged – The Gathering Table.

Donna and her friends of the Blue Ridge Farmers Cooperate (an organic growers Association) sell their vegetables via a tailgate market each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Cashiers Community Center.  Farmers sell fresh trout, trout pate’, greens, veggies, pottery, fresh baked breads, jam/jellies, eggs, milk, award-winning goat cheese, and more!  Sometimes all of the fresh veggies do not sell so Donna convinced her fellow growers to let her have all the leftovers to cook the following week.

Donna knew of the need in the area since 20.4% of Jackson County residents live below the poverty line. She got permission to cook at the Cashiers Community Center.  She also talked with the Cashiers Community Council and got permission to operate under their non-profit umbrella while she got all of the paperwork completed. She knew of similar organizations in the surrounding towns like Brevard and Franklin so she was able to talk with them about how they got food and funding.  She connected with various organizations including the Federal Manna Food Bank to get food at reasonable prices.

With the groundwork laid, her new venture – The Gathering Table was ready to reach out to the community.

Since January Donna and a dedicated team of friends have opened the Cashiers Community Building each Thursday night from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to serve meals to anyone who is hungry. This past Thursday more than 50 people enjoyed a four-course meal including vegetable soup, local trout, quinoa, corn bread, dessert, juice, tea and more.  All items were made from locally grown or caught items.  People from all walks of life come together at these meals to enjoy good food and fellowship.  Those who were able made donations to defray the costs of the meal; those who couldn’t pay, didn’t have to worry.  Their meal was complimentary.

Thank you Donna for spearheading this venture in our community.  If you would like to volunteer call Donna at (828) 226-9988.  If you’d like to donate to this worthwhile cause, send your checks made payable to The Gathering Table.  Mail them to Donna Few, 4596 Big Ridge Road, Glenville, NC 28736.

by Wiley Sloan

Center for Life Enrichment

The Center for Life Enrichment (CLE) has four more offerings for October and one for November and is also busy planning for computer classes to be offered during the winter season, a new endeavor for CLE, and one that will be welcomed by year-round residents.

Beginning on October 4th, A New Look for Retirement, is being offered by Betty Holt, a resident and “certified retirement coach.” She will present tools to help folks make this often unexpectedly difficult transition. Another resident, Freddie Flynt, is offering Painting the Fall Landscape on October 5th and 6th, giving participants an opportunity to be outside and experience the pleasure of translating from eye to canvas the beauty of Highlands in the fall season. What could be more delicious than the smell and taste of breads baking? Resident, Martha Porter will teach participants how to make a variety of breads with both ease and skill in her workshop Baking from the Heart on October 10th. The final offering is Popular Apps and Websites, a workshop for those using Apple computers, not devices, to learn about the popular apps and websites available from Apple. The class is offered by Apple genius Nigel Sixsmith.

A first is being planned for the evening of November 3rd at the Highlands Playhouse. Rene Silvin will show the film W.E., of which he was the creative director and Madonna was the director, and along with the movie he will show and discuss actual photos of the events portrayed in the movie. The Duchess of Windsor makes for wonderful entertainment, and popcorn and beverages will be available. It should prove to be a memorable evening.

Looking forward to 2013, the Center for Life Enrichment is pleased to announce its new Lecture Hall/Educational Center, opening with the 2013 season, to hold lectures and classes. While some events will still lend themselves to other venues, CLE and the Peggy Crosby Center are pleased to announce the new facility which will function as a multi-media lecture hall with a state-of-the-art sound and projection system and new furnishings and fixtures.

Contributed by Bettie S. Banks

TA Anderson Celebrates 55 Years

Sharon, T.A. Anderson and son Ted are celebrating fifty-five years of goldsmithing with an October Dipping For A Diamond event.

T.A. Anderson is practically a legend. No one has seen him for years, but he’s fit as a fiddle and hiding away in the caverns of his goldsmithing shop making magic, conjuring alchemy with metal and stone.

For 55 years, 25 of which has been spent in Highlands, he has practiced his family craft of watch repair and custom gold casting. Together with his wife and son they make up a talented trio, which, like T.A.’s watches, keeps Highlands ticking.

Each member of the family trio crafts jewelry. Sharon, T.A.’s wife, does whimsical frogs and doggies-in-the-window. T.A. is wild and free-form. Ted, his son, is classical and high polish.

Sharon says,  “Not only do we design jewelry from concept to casting, we do everything right here in the shop, including watch repair. Nothing is ever shipped away, so there is no worry about your jewelry or watches being sent to an unknown third party.”

To celebrate 55 years of doing what they do so well, during the month of October, the trio have decided to host the supremely popular event: Dipping For A Diamond. A brandy snifter will be loaded with cubic zirconia and one real diamond. Each customer gets one dip. His or her selection will be weighed on a jeweler’s scale. Diamonds weigh less than zirconia of the same size, so the customer can instantly see if he/she is a winner. Bonus, the zirconia, or diamond you have dipped is yours to keep, absolutely free.

T.A. Anderson’s is open all year. During the season they are open every day but Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can e-mail them at sales@taagold.com or call (828) 526-4177.

And while you are visiting and dipping for your diamond ask about T.A.’s NASA connection. When he lived in Florida (that was the 25 years before Highlands) he was the official watch supplier and synchronizer for the original seven astronauts. T.A. even made gold tie tacks for them, which went to the moon and back.

What more adoring gift could one give than an original piece of jewelry handcrafted by an artist with a romantic moon connection? Make this holiday one to remember with a unique heirloom gift from the Anderson Trio!

by Donna Rhodes

 

 

Lucas Patton Designs

Owner and Interior Designer Chad Lucas

When Chad Lucas moved his Lucas Patton Design into the Shops at Kettlerock last month, it was a progression as natural and right as anything that’s come out of his interior design studio.

Founded in 1999, Lucas Patton Design offers design services to help homeowners and business owners alike create interior spaces of timeless style and great visual detail.

“With new home construction we join owner, architect and builder to create a seamless design process,” says Chad. “While planning furniture layout and creating the décor elements of each space, we move through the building process, helping the owner review each aspect of the plan. We generate lighting and plumbing fixture schedules, cabinetry and appliance specifications, interior finish schedules and review every item from door knob finish to dimmer location – ensuring the homeowner’s vision is realized and the builder is provided every specification needed.”

It’s a service that captures every detail and provides the essential oversight to create a truly wonderful product. Great homes are the product of exacting attention to every component by a talented team of perfectionists – it doesn’t hurt that they also love what they do!

“I’d like to see the business of ‘interior design’ occur to people as fun and a truly useful service,” Chad says. “Too often I hear, ‘I love your work and I wish I could afford you’ – this without ever asking ‘what does it cost.’

“A couple weeks ago we entered a home with no more than a tape measure. We walked and talked – asking a lot of questions about how these folks lived, where they ate most nights and watched television or read. We pointed at objects and furniture and began to hear the history, the fondness, the reasons and so it begins. Three hours later we had moved much of the furniture and moved art and collectibles from old places to new. We combined objects in a different way and enhanced what they love about their home and furnishings into a new vision. So a fresh perspective, good conversation and a tape measure made for a wonderful afternoon – with nothing new the space was new to them – it was exciting and fondness was reborn for the very things to which they had grown accustomed.”

Lucas Patton Design is part working design studio and part retail offering – the shop is a collection of upholstery and fine furniture, antiques and artful objects. The studio offers a wide selection of custom furniture and furnishings – fabrics, window fashions and lighting. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

by Luke Osteen

 

The Casserole Kitchen

Holly Roberts

Throughout the years most of us have enjoyed the delicious foods that Holly Roberts and her dedicated staff have prepared. Whether we enjoyed taste-tempting hors’ d oeuvres at a recent party, a full seated dinner at a recent family gathering or just picked up  one of her delicious casseroles for a family meal ,we knew that each item was prepared  with skill and love.

Enjoy Holly’s delicious fare throughout the winter. The Kitchen will be closing for the season on October 20th but Holly will still be cooking.  Enjoy items such as Beef Bourguignon a great winter-hearty fare or Grillards-veal stew in a red wine sauce.  She’ll also offer tantalizing soups like Tenderloin Vegetable, Black-eyed Pea Stew, Tex Mex Chili or her Chicken and Rice Soup. These items and all of Holly’s delicious foods you rely on for entertaining are a simple phone call away.

“Eat Well-Do Good.”  This is the slogan to Holly’s new venture – “The Casserole Kitchen.”

Those of us who know Holly Roberts know that she has always “given back to the community” by doing volunteer work. Now she is going one step further. Holly is going to donate cash – a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of her casseroles to non-profit organizations who feed the hungry in our area – The Food Pantry of Highlands, Empty Bowl and MANNA Food Bank. Here are the specifics: For each Chicken Tetrazzini, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken and Wild Rice and Seafood Tetrazzini sold, Holly donates $1 for a 2 person serving, $2 for a 4 person serving and $1 per serving on larger quantities.  It may not sound like much but it quickly adds up. The inaugural week of this venture (with no real advertising), The Casserole Kitchen raised $91 for the Food Pantry of Highlands.  Think what will happen when we all start supporting this venture.

This is a true win-win situation. Simplify your life,  enjoy delicious casseroles and Holly donates to feed the hungry.  “Eat Well-Do Good!”  Let’s all support the Casserole Kitchen!

The Kitchen Carry Away and Catering including the Casserole Kitchen is located in the Peggy Crosby Center at 350 S. Fifth Street. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. until October 20th.  After that call Holly for your delicious items at (828) 526-2110.

by Wiley Sloan

The Preserve Introduces Rock Creek Club

“Necessity,” as Plato once wisely noted, “is the mother of invention.”

And so it’s no surprise that a proven breed of second and vacation home ownership is growing in an otherwise soft market has made its way to WNC. An ownership model where, less is indeed more.

Take private fractional jets, for example, such as Warren Buffet’s NetJets. Considered the ultimate luxury, private jet travel was a rare thrill few could afford, but then back in the 90’s, someone got the idea of taking a $20M jet and fractionalizing for better economical sense for both companies and affluent travelers who could share in the gigantic acquisition and maintenance costs.

It was such a smart business model that even Warren Buffet, who is a very selective and savvy investor, believes in the sharing of costs and expenses of luxury items. As he explains, “why buy the cow when you can have the milk for cheap?”

The Preserve at Rock Creek, an exclusive private community in Sapphire Valley just outside of Cashiers, has recently added a luxury private residence club—The Residence Club at Rock Creek— to its complement of large estate lots and custom homes. Modeled after other residence clubs in luxury destinations, such as Aspen, Park City, Jackson Hole, Napa and Bermuda, The Residence Club at Rock Creek is the carefree way to own a million-dollar second home…for a fraction of the price.

At The Preserve at Rock Creek, you can now own a new million dollar luxurious mountain home with awe-inspiring views and full golf-club membership to Burlingame Country Club…all at a price you never dreamed possible. No where on the Cashiers Plateau will you find this combination of luxury homes, stunning golf, secluded waterfalls and concierge with none of the hassles of owning a second home. You just show up and enjoy, the Club takes care of the rest.

For more information on the Residence Club at Rock Creek please call (800) 259-3551 or email them at info@preserveatrockcreek.com or visit  www.preserveatrockcreek.com.

Highlands Fine Art and Estate Jewelry

Owners Claudia and Joe Lazow with Sylvester and Mozart.

Located at 388 Main Street in the heart of the Highlands Business District is Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry.  There you will find an unmatched selection of the finest estate and modern jewelry in our area. Beautiful necklaces, lariats, bracelets, rings and more bedazzle you. Whether you are a person who wants the understated or you are looking for something that will “really catch the light,” you’ll definitely find what you want.

For 14 years, Joe Lazow, a second-generation jeweler, and his wife Claudia have taken pride in offering personalized service for all of your jewelry needs. Pre-owned Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe watches share display space with Hamilton, Michelle, Krieger and Ball watches plus brightly-colored art glass. Need an appraisal of your present jewelry or looking to replace some of your jewelry that you have grown tired of?  Let Joe, a graduate gemologist, help you with those needs.

Plan now to visit Joe and Claudia October 19th, 20th and 21st.  They will be joined by one of the largest jewelry designers in the nation for a fabulous event showcasing some of the most dazzling jewelry you have ever seen.  Ladies, come in and select a new bobble or two.  Gentlemen, this will be a great time to buy that Christmas, birthday or anniversary present.   Don’t miss this event.

Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry is an authorized Pandora jewelry retailer.  Brightly-colored art glass fills the store.  The swirls of color reflect off the sparkling diamonds of the gold and silver jewelry.

Stop by any time between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday or Sundays, 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.  Say hello to store mascots Sylvester, the charming three-month-old Shih Tzu; and Mozart, a beautiful White Golden Retriever. You’ll be in awe of the huge inventory of fabulous jewelry.

by Wiley Sloan

Sashay Around

You don’t have to go to the UK to find what’s hot in fashion. Sashay Around in Cashiers has the latest line of Wellies and Wellie Bobs, which guarantee happy feet in rain or snow. For the uninitiated, Wellies are cool polka-dot, stripe, and flower-print rubber boots you’ve probably seen strutting around town and country. Add to that Wellies’ line of sweats and vests in dazzling colors. If country club casual is more your style, check out Sashay’s full array of contemporary classics: blouses, shirts, pullovers, skirts, pants, dresses, rainwear, and more. Accessorize with beautiful scarves, handbags, and belts. There’s something for every taste from divine to sublime to glitzy and glam.

And don’t forget wedding apparel from mother-of-the-bride to the bridal party. In fact, Sashay Around began as a clothing and fabric store, complete with a professional seamstress who would design custom-order clothing. Times have changed and they no longer make garments, but Sashay still has a world-class alterations expert on staff to give you that perfect fit.

Sashay Around has been serving Highlands and Cashiers for 37 years. Co-owner Debi Stewart says the shop got its name when she and her sister reached high school age. Her mom, Gay Townsend, was looking for a new venture to occupy her time, so she and her business partner sashayed around the U.S. and Europe looking for cool clothes to sell in Cashiers. They found them, and clothing history was made.

You are just in time for a Sashay tradition celebrated every October: the year-end sale event. Clothing and accessories are marked down 60-80 percent. Perfect timing for holiday gift and party wear shopping.

Come in and check out the newest and the hottest hard-to-find items from the United Kingdom, U.S. and beyond. Visit Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Winter hours are Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from January through March. Visit their website at: sashayaround.com or e-mail Debi at: debi@sashayaround.com. Or call (828) 743-3003. You’ll be the talk of the town in your new threads whether you golf, party or simply sashay.

by Donna Rhodes

Fletcher and Lee

In the world of interior design, eclectic is the new classic. Blending the old and new not only resonates comfort and luxury, it celebrates a homeowner’s discerning and varied tastes. Edwin Lusk and David Patterson of Fletcher and Lee Interior Designs and Antiques understand that simplicity, functionality and timeless beauty reflect today’s lifestyle. They know how to integrate aII modern, contemporary aesthetic into timeless vintage and antique furnishings to create the perfect custom ambience for each individual.   Having lived and worked in the area for twenty-three years, they are tuned in to the plateau’s unique style. From cabin to manor to sophisticated townhouse Fletcher and Lee has the furnishings, accents, accessories, and interior design expertise to turn your living area into your own personal dream space.  Visit them at their new location, which extends their same great design service to both Highlands and Cashiers. There you will find all your favorites including fine quality antiques, contemporary furnishings, and accessories that you have grown to expect and appreciate over the decades.  Their Cashiers location is 395 Highway 64 West. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  You can reach them at (828) 743-5400. Or visit their Highlands office for a consultation at (828) 526-5400. After Thanksgiving they will be open by appointment only.  Don’t miss October’s Fall Sale. Save 25 percent on antiques and 40 percent on new furniture and accessories. With holidays approaching the October sale is a great way to save while readying your home for holiday visitors and celebrations.

 

by Donna Rhodes

Cosper Flowers

Taylor, Ann Marie, Sam and Lisa Osteenoiu

It’s easy to see why Lisa Osteen would end up owning Cosper Flowers.

“I guess I just like people so much – you really get to know them when you’re arranging flowers for them,” she explains. “Whether you’re creating an arrangement for a wedding, or something to cheer up a loved one, an arrangement to mark someone’s passing or the arrival of a new baby, corsages and boutonnieres for those precious prom memories, or something breathtaking to celebrate a relationship – you can’t help but be passionate about what you’re doing. I think it shows in the designs that we create for our customers.”

It’s that commitment that’s made Cosper Flowers a Highlands hallmark for over 15 years.

“From the beginning, our focus has been on providing the freshest selection of hand-picked flowers and unique custom designs for our customers,” says Lisa. ” We take great pride in continuing the tradition of bringing the freshest, most beautiful flowers to this wonderful mountain community. When you buy flowers from Cosper Flowers, you will be getting good old-fashioned value and service.”

But don’t get the idea that you’ll only find cut flowers at Cosper’s – Lisa has gathered a dazzling collection of houseplants and outdoor rarities, garden ornaments, vases, baskets, and cheer-me-up gifts. There’s so much packed into Cosper Flowers that the collection spills out onto the surrounding pavement. It demands a careful browse.

Lisa and her husband Sam and the couple’s two children pitch in to make Cosper Flowers a truly family affair.

To learn more about this little jewel of a florist and the services it offers, visit Lisa at the shop (right next to Bryson’s Food Store in Highlands Plaza) or call her at (828) 526-8671.