Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

Fine Food for Fun and Funding

Lakeside Restaurant’s tradition of being a steadfast supporter of local causes continues October 8 when Evenings at Lakeside spotlights the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. For more information or reservations, call (828) 526-9419.

Lakeside Restaurant’s tradition of being a steadfast supporter of local causes continues October 8 when Evenings at Lakeside spotlights the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. For more information or reservations, call (828) 526-9419.

Lakeside Restaurant believes in giving back to the community by giving to the non-profit organizations that call Highlands home.
They recognize that these organizations provide many of the essential services that make our community great. Evenings at Lakeside are their way of saying thanks for all you do and providing support for these non-profit groups. Wednesday evenings are set aside for area non-profits to join Lakeside in raising money and awareness for their causes.
It’s not too late for interested non-profits to contact Lakeside at (828) 526-9419 to select an available date. Lakeside will donate 15 percent of the non-profit’s guest checks that evening to the non-profit. It is up to each organization and their board members to market their evening. It is also important that when making reservations you mention that you are there to support your chosen non-profit.
This year several non-profits, including the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Scaly Mountain Woman’s Club, Gilliam’s Promise and the Literacy Council of Highlands have already been benefactors of these increasingly successful Wednesday nights. Mark your calendars to join them on October 8 for an evening benefiting the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.
The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has been one of the cornerstones of the local arts community and this year marks their 33rd season of bringing some of the world’s most beautiful music to the mountains. Evenings at Lakeside provides their supporters with a unique way to give to the festival while enjoying an evening out with friends.
For more information or to make reservations, please call Lakeside. They are located at 531 Smallwood Avenue.

by Mary Jane McCall

HIghlands’ Culinary Weekend Sip and Stroll

Don’t miss the annual Sip and Stroll, Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Experience the wares of Highlands’ fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine and delightful edibles. Sip, Stroll and Shop till you drop while enjoying everything fabulous in downtown Highlands.
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 limited number of merchants this year and we encourage everyone to linger 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.
For more information on the Sip and Stroll, Friday night’s Opening Night or Friday and Saturday’s wine dinners call (828) 526-5841.
Friday Sip and Stroll Participants: The Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; The Southern Way; Bags on Main; TJ Bailey’s for Men; Potpourri 2; Cabin Couture; Acorns; Acorns on Church, Wit’s End, Mountain Fresh Grocery, The Ugly Dob Pub, The Silver Eagle, High Cotton Wine & Cheese Company, and The Park on Main.
Saturday Sip and Stroll Participants: Highland Hiker Cabin, Hiker on Main, Hiker Shoe Store, The Hen House, Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry, The Southern Way, Bags on Main, TJ Bailey’s for Men, Cabin Casuals of Highlands, Potpourri 2, Cabin Couture, Christmas Tree on Main, Acorns, Acorns on Church, Mountain Fresh, The Ugly Dog Pub and High Cotton Wine & Cheese Company.

The Taste of the Town, Highlands’ Annual Culinary Weekend

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Sip and Stroke at The Bascom: This two-hour afternoon workshop is perfect for non-artists and beginners. Learn to recreate a well-known painting and sip while you stroke! We supply the canvas, paint and brushes. All you need to bring is a curious mind, a friend and a bottle of wine. The Bascom signature wine will be available by the glass. Register today and bring home your very own work of art. The Bascom, (828) 787-2865.
Pinot Noir Master Class: Tasting and presentation of eight Siduri Pinot Noirs with Adam Lee. We will taste eight different Siduri wines from across their California and Oregon portfolio, including some older vintages. Mountaintop Wine Shoppe; (828) 526-4080.
Mountain Fresh Five Course Porch Dinner: Join us in celebrating the iconic and diverse culinary dishes of James Beard award winning chef Louis Osteen as he prepares a multi-course dinner carefully paired with the wines of French and Italian importer Kermit Lynch. $125 per person, Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.
Fourth Annual Farm Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance: Get ready for a full-on evening of authentic mountain culture. Your senses will come alive with sights, sounds, smells and flavors of farm-fresh creations being prepared live. Meet the farmers and feast on their bounty from Sunburst Trout Farm, Barker’s Creek Mill and Painted Hills Natural Beef. It’s a fun, down-on-the-farm festival of the senses and celebration of The South. $125, The Farm Old Edwards inn, (828) 787-2625.
Dine. Indulge. Darioush: Be prepared to indulge yourself with the culinary creativity of Lakeside Restaurant and the Persian finesse of Bordeaux inspired Darioush wines. From whites to reds, this five course dinner will explore the multifaceted nuances of Darioush wines paired with Lakeside’s exquisitely creative cuisine. Special wine pricing will be available! Have your cellars ready! $175, Lakeside Restaurant, (828) 526-9419.
Robert Craig Wine Dinner: Featuring Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay, Affinity Cabernet, Howell Mountain Zinfandel, Howell Mountain Cabernet and Mount Veeder Cabernet. Please call for details on this special event featuring General Manager and Partner Elton Slone of Robert Craig Winery. $145; On the Verandah, (828) 526-2338.
Northwest Pacific Wine Pairing Dinner: The Inn at Half Mile Farm and Rosewood Market invite you to join us on a wine pairing culinary adventure through the Pacific Northwest of North America-right here in Highlands, North Carolina. Come break bread and let your senses travel through Oregon, Washington State and into British Vancouver as we marry regional culinary treats with beautiful northwest wines. Our talented Chefs will be preparing a farm-to-table multi-course dinner — each course celebrating the best of that region. Beginning with PEI Mussels of British Columbia and ending with American Bubbles-we invite you to join us on this delicious North American adventure. $79.00; The Inn at Half Mile Farm; 1 (800) 946-6822.
The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.
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James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery: Mountain Fresh Grocery is excited to announce James Beard Chef Louis Osteen will be in our kitchen for Culinary Weekend 2014. Louis is a founding Chef of the Southern Culinary Renaissance, which came out of Charleston during the late 80’s and won his James Beard Award in 2004. This marks the fourth consecutive year he has cooked with our team. Louis, a longtime friend, has played a significant part in helping to define our “flavor” at Mountain Fresh Grocery and we look forward to showcasing and sharing his talents this year. Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.
Writers Block… an Interpretation of Classics: Join Executive Chef Justin Burdett as he features nine courses of creative and innovative cuisine paired with superb wines from importer Kermit Lynch. $125, Ruka’s Table, (828) 526-3636.
A Davis Family Vineyards Affair: At Davis Family Vineyards they believe wine is an essential element in a rich and passionate life. Here at Lakeside we could not agree more. We are very excited to partner with Owner/Winemaker, Guy Davis for an evening of exquisite wines and delectable cuisine. Join Lakesides’ Chef Chris Arnold as he prepares five courses perfectly paired with the handcrafted wines of Davis Family Vineyards. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stock your cellars as we will be offering exclusive pricing on the wines we are featuring at this dinner. A delicious evening celebrating the joys of food and wine! $125, Lakeside Restaurant (828) 526-9419.
Monticello Vineyards with Owner Stephen Corley: Featuring Monticello Brut, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Merlot, Jefferson Cuvee’ Cabernet and Corley Proprietary Red. Please call for details on this special event featuring Owner, Stephen Corley of Monticello Vineyards. $100, On the
Verandah, (828) 526-2338.
Caymus Vineyards: We will be featuring Caymus Vineyards. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember! $150, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, (828) 526-3807.
Tales & Cocktails, The Ugly Dog Pub Bourbon Dinner: A master bartender and bourbon ambassador will host an entertaining and informative evening accompanied by a multi-course dinner. $75, Dog House Dining Room, Available at Eventbrite.
The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.
Sunday Events:
James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen: Mountain Fresh Grocery is excited to announce James Beard Chef Louis Osteen will be in our kitchen for Culinary Weekend 2014. Louis is a founding Chef of the Southern Culinary Renaissance, which came out of Charleston during the late 80’s and won his James Beard Award in 2004. This marks the fourth consecutive year he has cooked with our team. Louis, a longtime friend, has played a significant part in helping to define our “flavor” at Mountain Fresh Grocery and we look forward to showcasing and sharing his talents this year. Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.

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Fall, the season of mellow fruitfulness, is the perfect time to stage the Third Annual Apple Festival – Sunday, October 5, at High Hampton Inn.

Fall, the season of mellow fruitfulness, is the perfect time to stage the Third Annual Apple Festival – Sunday, October 5, at High Hampton Inn.

As the weather cools and the light changes to autumn gold, take your family out to discover the beauty of a just-picked apple.
Fall is upon us and that means that apples are being harvested. Apples are American’s favorite fruit, and North Carolina ranks seventh in apple production in the United States with up to 4 million bushels of apples harvested in a given year. This year’s harvest is one of the best.
Come join us October 5 at High Hampton Inn for the third annual Apple Festival. 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, Bernese Mountain Dogs showing off their wagon pulling skills, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers and artistic crafts. The fun will take place from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Dawn Creasman, who with her husband owns Creasman Farms, will be at the apple festival at High Hampton Inn.
“Come to an apple festival not only to get quality fruit but to meet your grower and to talk to the grower to find out what it takes to produce your food, where it comes from and, most importantly, a way to support your local economy” says Creasman.
Creasman Farms will have on hand a homemade apple cake which recipe has been passed down in her family for 75 years, as well as 10 varieties of apples. With food and activities to suit all ages and tastes, the festival has something for everyone, even the testiest of teenagers will find something to enjoy.

Contributed by Elizabeth Fletcher

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Inspired by Tradition

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Architect Norman Davenport Askins shares his visions of glorious homes of the South in a pair of October 25 book signings – at Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers between 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and at Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands between 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Architect Norman Davenport Askins shares his visions of glorious homes of the South in a pair of October 25 book signings – at Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers between 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and at Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands between 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Esteemed Atlanta architect Norman Davenport Askins made his name with the clear mastery of historical precedent in his gracious and livable designs. Trained directly by primary sources –English country manors, 18th-century pattern books, and early Colonial and antebellum Southern houses — he has learned not just to imitate historical precedents, but also to think like the craftsmen who created them.
Fifteen lavishly detailed and tastefully appointed residences recall such diverse sources as Italian Renaissance country villas, hillside castles in the Dordogne, Blue Ridge Mountain vernacular houses, and the very strong presence of Colonial Revival and Federal houses in Atlanta and the greater South. They are located in the prestigious Buckhead enclave of Atlanta, along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, in the Virginia Piedmont, and the mountains of North Carolina. New color photographs of interiors and landscapes, commissioned specially for the book, complement traditional hand-drawn plans and elevations.
In a special section dedicated to “Elements of Tradition,” Askins identifies the key components of traditional design and the parameters for using them successfully.
Ultimately he believes in approaching tradition with innovation and individuality — adding touches of glamour, humor, and romance that bring his houses to life.
On Saturday, October 25, Askins will be signing copies of “Inspired by Tradition” in the Highlands-Cashiers area. Meet Askins at Dovetail Antiques between 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and at Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa between 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Ragin’ Cajun Good Time

Sunday, October 5 is the date set for Highlands on the Half Shell,  a fund raiser for Highlands Biological Foundation.

Sunday, October 5 is the date set for Highlands on the Half Shell, a fund raiser for Highlands Biological Foundation.

Enjoy an evening of good food, rousing music and frivolity with friends as you support the Highlands Biological Foundation on Sunday, October 5. The amphitheater at the Nature Center will rock with laughter as friends chow down on oysters, shrimp and jambalaya.
Jazz lovers revel in the sounds of Asheville-based Firecracker Jazz Band, a group of multi-talented musicians who have played throughout the country including the Kennedy Center. Close your eyes and you may think that you are in the midst of such Jazz masters as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong or Bix Beiderbecke. Since 2003, these six talented musicians have recreated the tunes of Dixieland and New Orleans jazz for thousands of jazz lovers.
Put on your dancing shoes and come on down to the Amphitheater at the Highlands Nature Center at 930 Horse Cove Road, (about two blocks past the Hudson Library). The festivities start at 4:30 P.M. and run until dark. Dress is Cajun casual.
For tickets go to www.highlandsbiological.org/half-shell/. Members $75, non-members $100. To benefit the Highlands Biological Foundation.
Hosted by Martha and Hal Stibbs, Jennie and Sto Stowers, Cookie and Harrison Jones, Nancy and Lyle Nichols, Julia and Bill Grumbles, Amanda and Greg Gregory, Vevie and Lawrence Dimmitt, Paul Sanger, and Diane and Ray McPhail. For questions,call the Biological Station at (828) 526-2623.

by Wiley Sloan

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Bolivian Mission Fundraiser

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A delicious Oktoberfest luncheon will be held at Highlands United Methodist Church October 25 to benefit the  Bolivian Mission of Highlander Dr. John Baumrucker.

A delicious Oktoberfest luncheon will be held at Highlands United Methodist Church October 25 to benefit the
Bolivian Mission of Highlander Dr. John Baumrucker.

Highlands United Methodist Church will host a benefit luncheon from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. October 25 to raise funds for the ongoing Bolivian Mission of Dr. John Baumrucker.
Choose from bratwurst, premium hotdog, or a hamburger. Add sauerkraut, coleslaw, or potato salad and chips. For dessert, you have to try some of the homemade apple or blueberry pies. The menu is a la cart so the price you pay depends on the items that you choose. No reservations are required. To doubly support the Mission why not add a little extra to your tab?
You’ll have the opportunity to meet two Bolivian boys who are in Highlands this year going to school. This will also be a great time to do some Christmas shopping. Dr. John Baumrucker will be showcasing some of the handmade wooden pens and pencils made by the boys at the Foster Home in Bolivia. He will also have some of his delicious home baked pies. You can even order special pies for the holidays including pear/raisin, and apple strudel with nuts and raisins.
If you cannot join us for lunch but would like to support the Mission, mail your tax deductible donation to Dr. John Baumrucker at P O Box 295, Scaly Mountain, N.C. 28775. Call Dr. John at (828) 526-3605 if you want a pie or want to help with the Mission.

by Wiley Sloan

One of the most cherished dates on the Highlands Calendar is the Highlands School PTO Fall Festival, set for Saturday, October 18, in the old gym. Everyone is invited.

Highlands School Fall Festival

If you’re a kid or you’d like to recapture the heady excitement of your youth, don’t miss the Highlands School PTO Fall Festival, slated for 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Saturday, October 18, in the old gym at Highlands School.
The festival is a glorious celebration of small town life, with great food and exciting activities for children and adults. You’ll discover the Senior Class’ chilling Haunted Maze, a 20-foot obstacle course, Velcro Wall and Bounce House, hay rides, face paint and hair spray, a fishing pond, pirate dig, soccer, basketball, football booths and balloon dart toss. Of course, no fall celebration would be complete without funnel cakes, popcorn, caramel apples, and cotton candy.
Each class has prepared a theme box filled with great items that will be available at the Great Silent Theme Box Auction. There will also be the traditional Fall Festival Raffle, where tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
The Senior Class and parents donate their time and energy giving back to their school by running the game booths. In return, the PTO provides caps and gowns for graduation. All teachers and staff at the school volunteer for at least two hours to receive money for their individual classrooms. PTO board members and parents fill in the remaining volunteer positions and bake cakes and goodies for the kitchen and cake walk.
It takes a community effort to make the festival a success. This success goes directly back into the classrooms and again reaches every child at Highlands School.
Be part of our success…bring your whole family for a night of affordable fun and support a great cause!

Contributed by Andrea Chalker

Chocolate Fantasy

Your richest Chocolate Fantasy is a Chocolate Reality at the Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show, Saturday, October 11, thanks to the wonderful members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club.

Your richest Chocolate Fantasy is a Chocolate Reality at the Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show, Saturday, October 11, thanks to the wonderful members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club.

Indulge your love of chocolate by visiting the popular Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Chocolate Fantasy Booth at the Highlands Annual Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, October 11, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Recreation Center.
Once again the club will provide a wonderful array of chocolate delights including lovely cakes, brownies, cookies, and candies. The popular Kahlua Cake is always a big hit as well as the other specialty cakes, sumptuous cookies, decadent bars, chocolate dipped pretzels, buckeyes and chocolate mice. Everything is homemade and beautifully wrapped and makes a wonderful gift or a very special dessert for your own evening meal.
Proceeds from this popular booth are used to provide scholarships for 13 local area students as well as donations to area human service agencies. The club’s scholarship program is one of the largest in the area. Scholarship students are eligible to receive $6,800 in total aid if they complete four years
of college.
The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is thankful to the support it has received from area businesses, residents and visitors who have supported its Pancake Breakfasts, Annual Auction and Chocolate Fantasy. Their generosity has helped to provide funds for scholarships and donations to agencies that provide important services to our communities. This year’s Pancake Breakfasts have been well-attended and the Annual Auction exceeded all expectations.
In addition to the Chocolate Fantasy, there will be one more Pancake Breakfast on October 25 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on the corner of Highway 106 and Buck Knob Road in Scaly Mountain. The delicious breakfast is served from 7:30 until 10:30 A.M. For more information on this working club, visit www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

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Pumpkin Patch Festival

Highlands United Methodist Church will stage its Pumpkin Festival, complete with face painting, decorating contests, a bake sale, lunch and,  of course, lots and lots of pumpkins, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 4.

Highlands United Methodist Church will stage its Pumpkin Festival, complete with face painting, decorating contests, a bake sale, lunch and, of course, lots and lots of pumpkins, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 4.

It’s undeniably October when Highlands United Methodist Church transforms its front lawn into a pumpkin patch and gourd gallery.
On Saturday, October 4, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., the church will stage its Pumpkin Festival on the grounds at 315 Main Street. All funds raised will underwrite the Youth Mission trips to Bolivia, Haiti, and Atlanta.
The church will be offering a range of pumpkin sizes, shapes and colors. It’s a spectacle that’s served as the setting for a thousand irresistible seasonal photos. All pumpkin purchasers get a coupon to Kilwins.
To pre-order or to buy a large number of pumpkins to decorate your business, call Jennifer Forrester at (828) 526-3376 or e-mail her at humcjennifer@gmail.com. If you can’t make the Festival on Saturday, pumpkins will be available beginning Thursday, October 2, weekdays from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; and Sundays from noon to 4:00 P.M.
But the sale of pumpkins is only a portion of the festival. There’ll also be a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, face-painting, a panoply of fresh-baked goods for sale and the unmistakable warmth that exemplifies the best of small town life.
The church will also be serving up lunch – hot dogs, Boy Scout Fries, a soft drink or bottled water and a homemade brownie for $5.
If you’d like to donate baked goods, contact Jennifer at the number above.

by Wiley Sloan

The Hiker Jam Oktoberfest, set for October 25 at the Village Green in Cashiers, is a seasonal celebration for everyone in the twin communities. 
For more information, visit The Lost Hiker in Highlands or www.HikerJam.com.

Hiker Jam Octoberfest

The Hiker Jam Oktoberfest, set for October 25 at the Village Green in Cashiers, is a seasonal celebration for everyone in the twin communities.  For more information, visit The Lost Hiker in Highlands or www.HikerJam.com.

The Hiker Jam Oktoberfest, set for October 25 at the Village Green in Cashiers, is a seasonal celebration for everyone in the twin communities. For more information, visit The Lost Hiker in Highlands or www.HikerJam.com.

Anyone who’s been to The Lost Hiker in Highlands knows they do it right. It’s not just a bar. It’s a community gathering place with live music, karaoke, darts and billiards.
On Saturday, October 25, owner Clinton O’Brien will be living his dream, as he brings to life Hiker Jam Oktoberfest in Cashiers at The Village Green.
Event planner Erin Moffitt says they’ll be utilizing the entire 12.5 acre site with two music stages; food vendors; retail vendors; artists; beer tents and a dedicated kid-friendly area with special activities for the children.
Food will be provided by Mountain Fresh Grocery, The Highlands Smokehouse, Home Free Bagels, Debbie’s Dogs, and the Root Down food truck. Gates open at 10 A.M. and close at 11 P.M. so you can plan to stay all day. Children will enjoy the bouncy house and popcorn and cotton candy vendors and adults will be able to enter the beer tasting tent at no extra charge. There you’ll be able to sample free beer from eight different breweries that will also have individual tents where festival-goers can purchase their favorite brew. Empire Distributors will be there with a draft trailer featuring eight beers on tap.
And since it’s a music festival, the Hiker Jam Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Featured groups include headliners the Corbitt Brothers, along with Porch 40; Nitrograss; Hurricane Creek; Homemade Wine; Jay Drummonds; Mike and Si; Dustin Martin and the Ramblers and the Travers Brothers. By the way, The Corbitt Brothers will be playing at The Lost Hiker Friday night before the festival to kick off a memorable weekend.
General admission ticket prices are $25 and V.I.P. tickets sell for $100. V.I.P. ticket holders will have covered seating closest to the stage and an open bar with catered refreshments and table service. Bring your chairs and blankets but no food or coolers, please. Well-behaved pets are welcomed. For more information on the Hiker Jam Oktoberfest or to find out how you can become a sponsor or vendor, visit www.HikerJam.com or The Lost Hiker on Facebook. Of course, you can always stop by or give them a call at (828) 526-8232. They’re located at 476 Carolina Way in Highlands, across from Macon Bank. Sponsors for the Hiker Jam Oktoberfest include Landmark Realty Group, GCAMA, The Laurel Magazine, WHLC FM 104.5, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Cyprus International Cuisine and The Highlands Smokehouse.

by Jenny King

Art, Food, Fun

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Highlands will shine October 11 with a pair of inimitable events – Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and the 2nd Annual HomeTown Day.  For more information, call Rebecca Shuler at (828) 526-2118.

Highlands will shine October 11 with a pair of inimitable events – Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and the 2nd Annual HomeTown Day. For more information, call Rebecca Shuler at (828) 526-2118.

Local crafters are putting the finishing touches on their creations for the 32nd annual Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and Highlanders will be gathering for the 2nd Annual HomeTown Day. On Saturday, October 11, the town hopes residents and visitors alike will come out to support both events.
The Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show will be held at the Highlands Civic Center from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. With closet and professional crafters, there is sure to be something that appeals to all. The Highlands Chapter #284 Order of the Eastern Star will be serving breakfast and lunch including Dennis “Doc” Wilson’s famous barbecue throughout the day as well.
HomeTown Day activities will be hosted at Kelsey Hutchinson Park. Activities will include craft and farmers’ market vendors, food, music, clogging and activities for the whole family. This year’s performers will be the Boys from Tuckasegee, also featured at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day.
Information can be found at www.highlandsnc.org or by contacting Rebecca Shuler at Town Hall by phone at (828) 526-2118, by email at rebecca.shuler@highlandsnc.org, or mail PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Highlands Scholarship Fund.

by Wiley Sloan | Photos by Sarah Valentine

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is offering its breathtaking Bear Shadow Viewing and Wine Dinner, 
set for 5:00 P.M. Thursday, October 23. For information and reservations, call (828) 526-9060.

Bear Shadow Wine Dinner

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is offering its breathtaking Bear Shadow Viewing and Wine Dinner,  set for 5:00 P.M. Thursday, October 23. For information and reservations, call (828) 526-9060.

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is offering its breathtaking Bear Shadow Viewing and Wine Dinner, set for 5:00 P.M. Thursday, October 23. For information and reservations, call (828) 526-9060.

The Whiteside Mountain Shadow of the Bear and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival have been around for a long, long time.
Well, the Shadow has been around approximately 500 million years longer than the Chamber Music Festival, but the Festival’s 33 years is nothing to sneeze at.
Both local institutions will be in the spotlight at the exciting 2014 Bear Shadow Viewing and Wine Dinner, set for 5:00 P.M. Thursday, October 23. Local philanthropists Ed and Penny Mawyer are opening their home for an extraordinary dinner presented and prepared by New Mountain Events — Sean Dobruck and Chef Mark Ellis. Cost of the dinner is $250 and benefits the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music.
Wonderful as the meal promises to be, for many the highlight of the evening will be viewing the sublime Shadow of the Bear from the comfort of the Mawyer’s home. The “shadow of the bear” is visible for 30 minutes daily between 5:30 and 6:15 P.M. from mid-October through early November. The Mawyer’s home (located at 5818 Bear Shadow Ridge) offers an unparalleled vantage point for this unique phenomenon.
The past 33 concert seasons have brought together artists whose standards of excellence and commitment to chamber music have enriched the creative traditions of Highlands, Cashiers and the Western Carolina mountains. Next year’s 34th season will certainly continue that tradition with another exciting mix of old friends and new faces, the fun series “Bach at Buck’s” featuring solo and duo string music in the informal setting of a coffee house in both the Highlands and Cashiers locations and lectures in conjunction with the Center of Life Enrichment.
Space is limited and reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (828) 526-9060.

by Luke Osteen

It’s all Treats and no Tricks at Highlands Downtown Trick or Treat, set for 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 31.

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It’s all Treats and no Tricks at Highlands Downtown Trick or Treat, set for 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 31.

It’s all Treats and no Tricks at Highlands Downtown Trick or Treat, set for 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 31.

For more than 20 years, youngsters of all ages have been enjoying a community Halloween celebration on the streets of downtown Highlands.
Downtown Trick or Treat, which is sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, provides a safe, fun-filled environment for Trick-or-Treaters of all ages.
Even those with no children will find plenty to celebrate on Main and Fourth Streets, starting at 6:00 P.M., Friday October 31.
That’s when local kids, decked out in their spookiest, silliest and cutest costumes, gather to collect a teacher’s ransom of candy distributed by local businesses and charities.
Downtown Highlands will be closed to traffic to ensure a safe evening for everyone. Virtually the entire community – kids, grown-ups, pets – shows up in costume to celebrate. This year, you can expect to see Guardians of the Galaxy, princesses, zombies, Angry Birds, Minions from “Despicable Me,” and a century’s worth of pop culture references.
The terrace at Town Square is a perfect venue for music. There’ll be free hot dogs served up by the Highlands Mountaintop Rotary Club, hot chocolate and cider, and free pizza at Highlands United Methodist Church prior to the Trick or Treating.
It all adds up to an unforgettable evening of fun, sweet treats, and more than a few surprises.
Main Street will be closed to traffic starting at 5:30 to safely accommodate all revelers.
(Due to certain unfortunate “incidents” during the 2009 Downtown Trick or Treat, zombies must be kept on a leash at all times.)

by Luke Osteen | Photo by Sarah Valentine

Cashiers Cares Annual Event

Since its earliest days, the residents of Cashiers have had a tradition of caring for their neighbors.
That’s why Cashiers Cares is such a natural fit to this dynamic community. Established in 2008, it’s collected and distributed approximately $90,000 to local organizations. That generosity has helped to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cashiers; the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic; Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society; the Clean Slate Coalition; the Community Care Clinic; Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry; Four Seasons Hospice Care Life Challenge of Western North Carolina; the Literacy Council of Cashiers and The United Christian Ministries of Cashiers.
Of course, all of this community compassion requires a generous spirit among Cashiers’ citizens. If you’d like to help, send tax-deductible contributions to P.O. Box 1072, Cashiers, NC 28717.
If you’d like to see Cashiers Cares in action, wait for the Christmas season.
“Cashiers Cares hosts an annual Christmas event following the Christmas Parade — this year it is on December 13,” says Cashiers Cares spokeswoman Lynne Keating. “We partner with Rotary who comes and cooks, providing a free lunch of hot dogs and chili and drinks and cookies for anyone who comes. If the weather is good we expect over 300 people. It will be at the old Community Center.
“The non-profits we fund will have tables set up inside and reps are there to tell anyone who wishes to learn about what services they provide. The original concept is that people can come to the lunch and make donations to the charities as a Christmas “gift” in honor of someone else. Each charity has a list of “gifts” which certain dollar amounts purchase. For example, $10 provides three days of food for a family of two at the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry.
“We set up a photo op with Santa in his sleigh and kids can get free pictures. The whole event lasts only a couple of hours, but it is great fun to see families come and eat and marvel at Santa.”

by Luke Osteen

There’s nothing to be scared of – Goblins in the Green is a safe, joyful celebration for everyone in the community. 
Join everyone at The Village Green at 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 24.

A Ghoulishly Good Time

There’s nothing to be scared of – Goblins in the Green is a safe, joyful celebration for everyone in the community.  Join everyone at The Village Green at 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 24.

There’s nothing to be scared of – Goblins in the Green is a safe, joyful celebration for everyone in the community.
Join everyone at The Village Green at 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 24.

For the second year in a row, Mummies and Daddies will be invading The Village Green in Cashiers with witches, zombies and superheroes for Goblins In the Green at 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 24. The evening will begin with a costume contest at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road near the Post Office.
“Dress in your best costume for a ghoulishly good time; the best costume will win a prize,” says Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green.
Goblins In the Green is organized and presented in partnership by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department, S’More Kids Klothes and the nonprofit organization, The Village Green.
The highlight of the evening is the Trick or Treat Trail throughout The Village Green. “Come collect candy from costumed characters, local businesses and organizations,” says Self.
This free community event also includes spooky inflatables and a family friendly hayride through town. Trick or Treaters are encouraged to bring their goodie buckets and a flashlight.
“The Village Green is a safe place for families and friends to enjoy Halloween festivities,” says Village Green Chairperson Jochen Lucke.
The Village Green is a 12.5 acre park in the heart of Cashiers that hosts thousands of visitors and more than 100 events each year. The park is for public enjoyment but is operated and maintained through private funding.
“The Village Green is able to help create cherished community traditions and events like Goblins In the Green at no charge because of individual donors who make financial gifts to support the park,” Self says. “We are grateful to the generosity of those who make contributions.”
For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com. You can also “Like” The Village Green on Facebook or follow on Twitter @cashiersgreen.

Rocktober Weekends

Macon Grass Band

Macon Grass Band

October in Highlands: Just about everyone’s favorite month in the mountains.
What’s not to love? You’ve got clear blue skies, crisp air, the ubiquitous pumpkins and, of course, leaves, leaves leaves.
Well, add the mix of Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine, and everything just got a lot more fun! Thanks to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center the free concerts on Friday nights will continue through the month of October. Friday Night Live is held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Town Square in the middle of Main Street and features some of the best mountain music in these parts.
You can expect to hear traditional Appalachian rhythms from each of the four scheduled bands, which include The Mountain Dulcimer Group, October 3; The Johnny Webb Band, October 10; Southern Highroads, October 17; and finally on October 24, the Macon Grass Band. There will be no concert on Friday, October 31 since that’s the renowned Halloween celebration in Highlands. For more information on these and other activities in Highlands call the Highlands Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112.
Fridays won’t be the only chance to hear live music in downtown Highlands, though. Thanks to Kay and Thomas Craig at The Ugly Dog Pub as well as other sponsors, Saturday evenings will be humming as well.
The popular Saturdays on Pine concert series will continue through October. Those concerts begin at 6:00 P.M. and are held at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands. This summer’s concert series brought to town some of the biggest names in the area like Homemade Wine, Copious Jones and The Lonesome Road Band. To find out what’s in store for October, just stop by the Chamber of Commerce, The Ugly Dog Pub or the shops and restaurants in Highlands for schedule cards so you don’t miss a single minute of fun. Bring your blankets, chairs and coolers, friends and family for an evening of rockin’ entertainment. Since both venues are outdoors and it is October, better bring a sweater or jacket ‘cause it’s going to be chilly! Better yet, stock up on a few winter items from any of the excellent retailers in town!

by Jenny King

Scouting Out a Good Time

Test your luck, share a laugh with your neighbors and support local Cub Scouts – it’s Cub Scout Bingo, October 2 at the Highlands Community Building.

Test your luck, share a laugh with your neighbors and support local Cub Scouts – it’s Cub Scout Bingo, October 2 at the Highlands Community Building.

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 2. Games start at 6:30 P.M. at the Highlands Community Building next door to the ball park on US 64 (the Cashiers Road).
If you are the person who says “I never win anything,” then they have a game just for you. Play The Biggest Loser — if you are the last person to get their first space covered you win a prize.
Bingo is the best bargain in town. For a mere $15 for the whole night (one card, 15 games), you will have an entertaining evening while supporting the Cub Scouts of the area. The Highlands Cub Scout Pack 207 helps young men learn all types of skills that benefit them throughout their lifetime. Should you win a prize, you can donate your winnings back to the Scouts.
If you wish, you may sponsor a Table Ad. 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 the Cub Scout Pack 207. Send them to Phil Potts at P.O. Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741 or call him at (828) 200-9753. Half of the Bingo money goes to Cub Scouts and the other half will go to lucky Bingo winners. Game Number 15 gives you the chance to win some serious money.
Laugh a lot, share with friends and support the Scouts.
See you there.

by Wiley Sloan

It’s the Little Things

Look up the word “enrichment” and you will get a variety of definitions.
Webster’s definition is: “Enrichment — (noun) the act of making rich, or that which enriches; increase of value by improvements, embellishment, etc.; decoration.”
There are countless ways to enrich one’s life. Smiling more enriches one’s life, changing your perspective by looking on the positive side of things rather than the negative enriches one’s life. Taking time to enjoy the little things, such as the changing of the seasons or viewing a gorgeous sunset from Sunset Rock are great ways to enrich your life.
Educating yourself is another wonderful enriching activity and the Center for Life Enrichment has a variety of classes to increase your knowledge and expand your horizons on interesting topics and important issues. You can improve your computer skills in one of our computer classes, get a different view on an important historic event, learn about the life and work of a great composer, maybe meet a well-known author that you’ve read and enjoyed.
Why not indulge your creativity in a cooking class, or a drawing or painting class…maybe you have always wanted to take up photography? A new hobby can be very enriching.
So if you’re in pursuit of self-improvement or wanting to add more “enriching” activities to your life, smile and contact the Center for Life Enrichment for an array of life embellishing options.
For more information on the Center for Life Enrichment and our classes or to become a member, please call (828) 526-8811, visit clehighlands.com, email us at clehighlands@yahoo.com, or stop by the CLE office as 348 South Fifth Street in the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands.

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Secrets of Autumn Splendor

The Highlands Nature Center celebrates the magic of the season with a Fall Leaf Color Program for the entire family – Saturday, October 4.  The Nature Center is located across from Sunset Rock on Horse Cove Road.

The Highlands Nature Center celebrates the magic of the season with a Fall Leaf Color Program for the entire family – Saturday, October 4. The Nature Center is located across from Sunset Rock on Horse Cove Road.

Leaf color is a result of pigments present in the leaf, which help to absorb sunlight for photosynthesis (the process by which the leaf turns sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into glucose sugar, its food).
Different pigments absorb different colors, or wavelengths, of sunlight. Each color has its own energy level — violets and blues contain the highest energy, so they are absorbed the most by the leaf. The remaining colors have less energy and are instead reflected as visible light, making the leaf appear green, red, or yellow.
The main pigment is chlorophyll, which appears green, but yellow xanthrophyll and red carotene are also present. Leaves do not “turn” yellow or red; instead they “lose their green.”
Chlorophyll absorbs the highest levels of energy in sunlight, so green is present during spring and summer when the warm weather and intense sunlight allow for more plant growth. However, yellow xanthrophyll and red carotenes are always present to absorb other high-energy wavelengths. As the season changes to fall, green chlorophyll slowly begins to fade away, revealing the yellow and red pigments hidden beneath.
The Nature Center is offering a Fall Leaf Color family program on October 4 from 2:00 — 4:00 P.M. Activities will focus on how leaves change color, deciduous versus coniferous trees, and winter survival strategies of each. Afterwards, visitors will be led on a walk through the Botanical Garden to identify different trees by leaf type, shape, and color.
Fun and educational for all ages, this program costs only $5. Call (828) 526-2623 to sign up.
The Nature Center is located at the Highlands Biological Station, which fosters research and education focused on the southern Appalachian environment. At the Station, we believe that the best way to learn is to experience, so stop by the Nature Center to learn more about leaves “losing their green,” or take a walk in the Botanical Garden to see our native plants in their autumn splendor. For more information, visit www.highlandsbiological.org.

Contributed by Patrick Brannon, Director of the Highlands Nature Center
Photo by Charles Johnson

Big Names, Big Fun at PAC

The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center offers a pair of unforgettable musical performances – The Seldom Scene on September 27  and Broadway star Liz Callaway on October 4. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-9047.

The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center offers a pair of unforgettable musical performances – The Seldom Scene on September 27
and Broadway star Liz Callaway on October 4. For information or reservations, call (828) 526-9047.

Bluegrass returns to PAC at 8:00 P.M. Saturday, September 27, with the legendary group The Seldom Scene.
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. On April 22, the longtime pillars of the bluegrass world returned with the aptly titled “Long Time…Seldom Scene. The newly recorded collection features fresh interpretations of 16 oft-requested tunes and is the band’s first studio album since the Grammy-nominated album “Scenechronized” in 2007. The new album features founding members Tom Gray and John Starling and guests Chris Eldridge, Emmylou Harris, and Rickie Simpkins. It’s been over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions. The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre, including bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week — but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera.
On Saturday, October 4, it’s “Broadway and More” with Broadway veteran Liz Callaway. Liz Callaway is a Tony-nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Baby,” and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in “Cats.” She has also starred in the original casts of “Miss Saigon,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “The Look of Love.”
Tickets are available online at highlandspac.org or by calling (828) 526-9047. Highlands PAC is located at 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands.

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

PAC Meets the Met and More

The Performing Arts Center delves into the kaleidoscopic possibilities of HD performances of opera, drama and ballet.  For tickets and information, call (828) 526-9047.

The Performing Arts Center delves into the kaleidoscopic possibilities of HD performances of opera, drama and ballet.
For tickets and information, call (828) 526-9047.

Exciting things happened at The Performing Arts Center over the summer. Live in HD has expanded to include not only the MET Opera, but now the National Theatre of London and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Coming up in September, the MET Opera is offering two encore performances. On Wednesday, September 10, it’s “Otello” by Verdi; originally broadcast on October 27, 2012. Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Conductor is Seymon Bychkov.
PAC offers “The Enchanted Island” on Wednesday, September 17. This was originally broadcast on January 21, 2012. In a story drawn from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the lovers are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of “The Tempest.” Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, and Plácido Domingo. The Met Opera Encore performance ticket prices are $15 Adults (for PAC members and MET members $12.75) and Students are $7. Encore performances begin at 7:00 P.M. with a pre-opera discussion beginning at 6:30 P.M.
The MET Opera 2014-15 Live in HD Season begins on Saturday, October 11 with “Macbeth” by Verdi and Saturday, October 18, with “Le Nozze Di Figaro” by Mozart. These performances begin at 12:55 P.M. with the pre-opera discussion beginning
at 12:30 P.M.
The National Theatre of London will present two offerings in September; on Friday, September 19, it’s “Medea” by Euripides in a new version by Ben Power. Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy. And on Tuesday, September 16, “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams. Benedict Andrews is the visionary director of the highly anticipated production of the timeless masterpiece, starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. The National Theatre performances will begin at 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $18 for Adults (PAC Members: $15.30)
The Bolshoi Ballet begins in November. Tickets for all Live in HD Series performances are available online: highlandspac.org or by calling (828) 526-9047. The Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands.

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

Annual Apple Festival

Fall, the season of mellow fruitfulness, is the perfect time to stage the Third Annual Apple Festival – Sunday, October 5, at High Hampton Inn.

Fall, the season of mellow fruitfulness, is the perfect time to stage the Third Annual Apple Festival – Sunday, October 5, at High Hampton Inn.

As the weather cools and the light changes to autumn gold, take your family out to discover the beauty of a just-picked apple.
Fall is upon us and that means that apples are being harvested. Apples are American’s favorite fruit, and North Carolina ranks seventh in apple production in the United States with up to 4 million bushels of apples harvested in a given year. This year’s harvest is one of the best.
Come join us October 5 at High Hampton Inn for the third annual Apple Festival. 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, Bernese Mountain Dogs showing off their wagon pulling skills, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers and artistic crafts. The fun will take place from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Dawn Creasman, who with her husband owns Creasman Farms, will be at the apple festival at High Hampton Inn.
“Come to an apple festival not only to get quality fruit but to meet your grower and to talk to the grower to find out what it takes to produce your food, where it comes from and, most importantly, a way to support your local economy,” says Creasman.
Creasman Farms will have on hand a homemade apple cake which recipe has been passed down in her family for 75 years, as well as 10 varieties of apples. With food and activities to suit all ages and tastes, the festival has something for everyone, even the testiest of teenagers will find something to enjoy.

Contributed by Elizabeth Fletcher

Bowling Over Hunger

At least 16 percent of the residents of Jackson and Macon Counties suffer from food insecurity.
Many more are self-sufficient so long as no emergency arises. However, injury, sickness or the loss of a job can suddenly throw an individual or a family into a crisis situation.
No one should be forced to live without food. But many in our area do.
The Empty Bowls Project is an international movement to help feed the hungry right here in our own communities. Two local organizations, the International Friendship Center in Highlands and the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers are sponsoring The Empty Bowls Project in October to support our local food banks.
The Empty Bowls Project is built upon a single idea: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and volunteers work within the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread and, in exchange for a cash donation, are asked to keep their bowl as a cherished keepsake and a timely reminder of the needs of the world. The money raised is donated to end hunger and food insecurity locally.
In the past three years, The Bascom has contributed over 2,400 bowls for the event, which get filled with soup and bread donated by local restaurants. The cost is $20.
The Empty Bowls Project in Cashiers will be held Sunday, October 5, at the historic Zachary-Tolbert House from 11:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and all proceeds will go to the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers. For anyone who cannot attend, tickets and bowls can be purchased prior to the event at the Cashiers Historical Society For more information, call Carole Stork
at (828) 743-3222.
The Empty Bowls Project in Highlands will be held the following Sunday, October 12, at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, beginning at 11:45 A.M. All proceeds will benefit the The Food Pantry in Highlands. For more information, contact Faviola Olvera at the International Friendship Center. (828) 526-0890.
Join the movement. Let your empty bowl be a reminder that our community can help.

by Jenny King

Ablaze With Blooms

Gorgeous dahlias in a rainbow of colors, ranging in size from the diminutive anemone to the show-stopping dinner plate variety,  take center stage at the Highlands Recreation Center, Saturday, September 20. For more information, call (828) 787-1050.

Gorgeous dahlias in a rainbow of colors, ranging in size from the diminutive anemone to the show-stopping dinner plate variety,
take center stage at the Highlands Recreation Center, Saturday, September 20. For more information, call (828) 787-1050.

Highlands is ablaze with dahlia blooms throughout the summer and early fall.
Join the Highlands Historical Society to celebrate the beauty of dahlias and what they mean to the community at the annual Dazzling Dahlias Festival to be held Saturday, September 20. Growers from throughout the area will display hundreds of dahlias at the Highlands Recreation Center from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Dahlia Lovers will join patrons of the Historical Society to celebrate at the annual Patron’s Party on Thursday evening, September 18, at the Highlands Country Club’s Hudson House. Guests will enjoy authentic Mexican fare with margaritas while being energized by lively mariachi music. Cost is $100 per person, and be sure to make your reservation early. Send your checks to HHS, P.O. Box 670, Highlands, NC 28741.
You can enter your dahlias in the show. Last year’s festival boasted 300 entries. Pick up registration forms for floral entries at stores throughout the Highlands-Cashiers area or call the Historical Society (828) 787-1050. Flowers to be judged can be brought to the Recreation Center (on US 64 across from First Citizens Bank; just four blocks from Main Street) from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, September 19, and on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M.
Tour the Dahlia exhibit from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. You’ll be amazed at the many varieties of dahlias on display. Buy bouquets of dahlias to brighten your home. If you have extra dahlias that you can donate for these arrangements to be sold, please bring them to the Civic Center. See flowers of all colors and sizes — from the smaller anemone dahlia to the large dinner plate dahlia.
Learn tips about how to grow dahlias from local dahlia enthusiast Ann Maxwell. For more details, go to www.highlandshistory.com or call the Historical Society at (828) 787-1050. Proceeds underwrite the upkeep of the Prince House, the oldest home within the town limits.

by Wiley Sloan

Village Visionary

The Cashiers Community will celebrate of vision of the man behind the Village Green – Al Balestiere – with a ceremony at the Gazebo,  5:00 P.M. Thursday, September 25.

The Cashiers Community will celebrate of vision of the man behind the Village Green – Al Balestiere – with a ceremony at the Gazebo,
5:00 P.M. Thursday, September 25.

The Village Green is the centerpiece of Cashiers.
One visitor describes the 12.5 acre park in the middle of town as “the beating heart of a very precious community.” Some days The Village Green teems with events such as craft shows, animal blessings, patriotic observances or concerts. Other days it is a pleasant place to share a picnic, stroll the paths, photograph dahlias or bring children to climb, swing and slide in the expansive playground.
However, if it were not for Al Balestiere this community treasure might have been the site of a hotel chain.
“Mr. Balestiere wanted to preserve the bucolic character of Cashiers and safeguard the land for public enjoyment,” says Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green. “So he and two friends, Elizabeth Davenport and John Lupton, purchased the original land to establish The Village Green.”
Since that time the park has been privately conserved and developed through The Village Green, a nonprofit organization that endeavors to continue Al Balestiere’s vision to provide land to enrich community life for residents and visitors to the area.
The Village Green will install a bust of Al Balestiere in the park to honor his vision as well as his tremendous contribution to Cashiers. The sculpture will be dedicated at 5:00 P.M. Thursday, September 25, near the Gazebo at the Highway 64 entrance to The Village Green.
“The Village Green exists because of benevolent individuals who donate to maintain and develop this special land for everyone to use freely,” says Jochen Lucke, Board Chairperson.
Unlike other public parks, The Village Green receives no public funds. The Village Green depends on private donors and special events for the critical funds needed to operate the park.
“We hope that as we celebrate Mr. Balestiere’s vision, others will be inspired to give as generously as he did,” says Lucke.
To learn more about The Village Green and how to contribute, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Take It in Stride

The Cashiers Trail Mix, set for September 13, offers athletics, adventure and the three coolest birds in the Western Hemisphere.  For more information, call (828) 743-5191.

The Cashiers Trail Mix, set for September 13, offers athletics, adventure and the three coolest birds in the Western Hemisphere.
For more information, call (828) 743-5191.

Don’t miss the excitement of the Second Annual Cashiers Trail Mix, a unique event which brings the Plateau together for a five-mile Mountain Trail Run, a three-mile Team Adventure Run, and lots of fun activities for the entire family. It all takes place on Saturday, September 13, beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the Outpost of host community Chinquapin in Cashiers.
This outdoor festival has something for everyone. Serious competitors are joined by more casual athletes who are out for a day of neighborly fun and competition. Bragging rights for best team costumes are at stake, after all!
If spectator sports are more your speed, bring your family and come on out, cheer for your neighbors and enjoy any one of a number of other activities on tap that morning. Live music will be provided by Circus Mutt. For children, or the young at heart, there will be hula hoop activities, a refresher pool, and an archery demonstration. Peter Kipp of Curtis-Wright Falconry will be presenting three beautiful red-tailed hawks — Jade, Macho and Chance — with an “Introduction to Birds of Prey and Falconry.” Attendees will have a chance to touch and hold a bird of prey and learn about the time-honored sport of kings.
Food and beverages will be available as well, including award-winning barbeque prepared by the Cashiers Farmers Market and beer provided by the Ugly Dog Public House.
Advance Registration is $50 per person ($70 after September 7) and includes a commemorative t-shirt, a meal and beverage. Space is limited. You can register online through www.CashiersAreaChamber.com or www.active.com. For more information, please call the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at (828) 743-5191 or check out their website
at www.CashiersTrailMix.com.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization supporting economic development efforts to enhance quality of life in Cashiers and surrounding communities.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Sarah Valentine

September and Saturdays

Kelsey Hutchinson Park, located at the corner of Pine Street and Fifth Street in Highlands, has a full slate of music and dancing Saturdays during this most  exquisite of months.

Kelsey Hutchinson Park, located at the corner of Pine Street and Fifth Street in Highlands, has a full slate of music and dancing Saturdays during this most
exquisite of months.

September in Highlands.
The hectic pace of summer is winding down and folks are looking forward to the crisp days of Autumn. There is no more perfect time to kick back with friends and enjoy Saturdays on Pine at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park in downtown Highlands.
Thanks to the generosity of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Kay and Thomas Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, and many others, the free concert series, Saturdays on Pine, showcases artists from around this region. Each concert begins at 6:00 P.M. and you’re encouraged to bring a blanket, a chair, a cooler and make an evening of it.
On September 6, you’ll be entertained by Homemade Wine (the band, that is) from East Tennessee. These guys have fermented, cured, blended and seasoned into a 150-proof explosion spreading their blend of jam-infused Southern Rock from the Florida Keys to the Pacific Northwest, hitting practically every roadhouse, club, festival and music venue in between.
September 13, Fish Out of Water (F.O.W.) returns to Highlands. Over the past 12 years, they have developed an exceptionally entertaining, all original live show by combining rock, funk, reggae and hip hop into one formula known as RoPhunk RaeHop. This high-energy class act brings a solid groove with a positive message and will most assuredly have you on your feet!
On September 20, the bluegrass and Americana band named The Fox Fire ends the concert season in style. The Fox Fire is a three-piece folk band from Brevard, North Carolina. With influences like the Avett Brothers, Kings of Leon, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, they bring a traditional bluegrass setup to create a not-so-traditonal energized performance.
So, bring your friends and family to the Kelsey Hutchinson Park, at the corner of Pine Street and North Fifth Street, and enjoy the free concerts during September. They’ll definitely take the chill off as you chill out!

by Jenny King

Yours For a Song

The Ninth Annual Songwriters’ Round – set for Saturday, September 20, at Trillium Links and Lake Club – will revel in the extraordinary talents of a select group of storytellers and musicians. For reservations, call (828) 743-5191.

The Ninth Annual Songwriters’ Round – set for Saturday, September 20, at Trillium Links and Lake Club – will revel in the extraordinary talents of a select group of storytellers and musicians. For reservations, call (828) 743-5191.

The Ninth Annual Songwriters’ Round to benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation will be held Saturday, September 20, at Trillium Links and Lake Club in Cashiers.
The evening will start with a social at 6:00 P.M., followed with dinner and beverages (wine and beer included — 2 per person). A cash bar will also be available. The concert begins at 7:30 P.M.
A Silent Auction will take place during the Social Time. Be ready to bid on items such as golf games and dinners.
The evening will feature hit songs by Rivers Rutherford, such as “When I Get To Where I’m Going,” Brad Paisley; “She Don’t Tell Me To,” Montgomery Gentry; and “Bullets in the Gun,” Toby Keith.
Also returning and sharing his top hits is George Teren  with “Real Good Man,” Tim McGraw; “Heavy Liftin,’” Blake Shelton; and “If The Sun Comes Up,” Trace Adkins.
In additon, Kelley Lovelace will perform her “All American Girl,” Carrie Underwood; “Laughed Until We Cried,” Jason Aldean; and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” Randy Houser.
And finally, Tim James will perform “My List,” Toby Keith; “Give It All We Got Tonight,” George Strait and “Love Like Crazy,” Lee Brice.
Tickets are $75 and are available at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at (828) 743-5191, Susan Waller at (828) 526-9186 or Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce (828) 526-5841.

Rotary Bingo

Highlands Rotary Club’s Bingo Night supporting the Highlands Historical Society, is set for Thursday, September 11.

Highlands Rotary Club’s Bingo Night supporting the Highlands Historical Society, is set for Thursday, September 11.

Join your friends for an exciting night of bingo to support the Highlands Historical Society. This event will be on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 P.M. at the Highlands Community Building located at the corner of Poplar Street and Highway 64 – next door to the ball park.
Bingo games cost $1 per card per game. The night consists of 15 games of bingo with the last game being a grand winner- cash prize. The amount of each prize depends on the cards played. Each month half of all money collected to play bingo goes to the non-profit partner and the other half goes to lucky winners. Players enjoy 100 percent of the fun to play generated by the game.
Supporters of the Historical Society can go the “extra mile” to show their support through being a table sponsor. Sponsors buy a full page table ad for $50. If you don’t have a business to advertise, just let the ad read “Jane & John Doe support the Historical Society.” All of the money paid for sponsorships/ads goes to the Historical Society to support the preservation of the Historic Village and underwrite the outreach programs which share Highlands’ history throughout our community. Checks for table ads should be made out to the Rotary Club of Highlands. They can be mailed to HHS at P. O. Box 670, Highlands 28741. Call HHS at (828) 787-1050 if you have questions.
The more people, the more fun you have. Bring your friends and fill a table. Add to the excitement by including your youngsters. Their enthusiasm is so refreshing. Munch on snacks provided by the Rotary Club in this family-friendly atmosphere. Rotary Bingo is one of the many ways the Rotary Club of Highlands participates in supporting non-profit organizations in the Highlands area.

by Wiley Sloan

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Lecture and Garden Tours in September at the Highlands Biological Station

Lecture and Garden Tours in September at the Highlands Biological Station

The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, a summer tradition that began in the 1930s, will come to a close early this month with a lecture by the Highlands Biological Station’s own executive director, Dr. Jim Costa, titled “The Force of Admiration: Wallace and Darwin on the Evolutionary Trail.” As a scholar of naturalists Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, co-founders of evolutionary biology, Jim will trace the independent development of Wallace’s and Darwin’s evolutionary insights, exploring the parallels and departures in their thinking. Jim will also examine the ups and downs of their relationship, evaluating the many ‘conspiracy theories’ surrounding Darwin’s credit for the discovery of natural selection (the mechanism by which organisms evolve), where some believe that Wallace was wronged by Darwin and his circle of friends and colleagues over taking credit. Jim is the author of three books related to Darwin and Wallace; the most recent title “Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species” was released this spring (Harvard University Press, 2014). This free lecture will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, September 4,- in the Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road.
Taking advantage of the last few weeks of summer, the horticulturists in the Botanical Garden have extended their weekly garden tour season until September 22. On Mondays this month, join them for a guided tour of the Botanical Garden with the following themes: Historically Significant Plants (Sept. 1), Carnivorous Plants (Sept. 8), Deadly Plants and Folklore (Sept. 15), and Using Native Plants at Home (Sept. 22). These tours meet in front of the Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, at 10:30 A.M. and are free and open to the public.
For more information about these and other programs, visit www.highlandsbiological.org or call (828) 526-2221. These free programs are made possible by support from members and the community. To become a member, or make a contribution, visit www.highlandsbiological.org/joingive/. The Highlands Biological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Sensational September at CLE

The Soong Sisters’ ambitions changed the course of  Chinese history and ultimately the fall lineup of the  Center for Life Enrichment.

The Soong Sisters’ ambitions changed the course of Chinese history and ultimately the fall lineup of the Center for Life Enrichment.

The temperature may be dropping in Highlands but things at the Center for Life Enrichment are not cooling down!
We have geography, science, cooking, photography and computer classes for you to delight in with top-notch presenters.
Dr. Lawson W. Brigham received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Brigham will present “The New Maritime Arctic: Global Connections and Future Challenges.”
Bill Dykes, a retired federal banker, will give his personal account of using a micro hydro-electrical generating system to power his home in “Living Off the Grid in the North Carolina Mountains.”
If you were too busy during the summer season to take a computer class, the opportunity is still available. Our beloved Apple guru Nigel Sixsmith will be teaching classes on iPad basics, advanced as well as photo editing. Microsoft Excel Office for Beginners is taught by Bobby Botev in the evening so you can attend after work.
Satisfy your hunger in one of our September cooking classes. You can register for a class with Holly Roberts, owner of The Kitchen Carryaway & Catering. Mark Ellis of New Mountain Events will show you how to do a dinner party with five ingredients or less, and you’ll not want to miss Lunch at On the Verandah with Andrew Figel.
There’s still a trip to The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, a photography class, how to make a winter terrarium, as well a lecture on China’s Soong Sisters and a great science lecture explaining the human genome.
For more information on these classes or the Center for Life Enrichment visit our website www.clehiglands.com, call (828) 526-8811, email us clehighlands@yahoo.com or visit our office, now located in the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center at 348 S. 5th Street.

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

September and Saturdays

Kelsey Hutchinson Park, located at the corner of Pine Street and Fifth Street in Highlands, has a full slate of music and dancing Saturdays during this most  exquisite of months.

Kelsey Hutchinson Park, located at the corner of Pine Street and Fifth Street in Highlands, has a full slate of music and dancing Saturdays during this most exquisite of months.

September in Highlands.
The hectic pace of summer is winding down and folks are looking forward to the crisp days of Autumn. There is no more perfect time to kick back with friends and enjoy Saturdays on Pine at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park in downtown Highlands.
Thanks to the generosity of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Kay and Thomas Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, and many others, the free concert series, Saturdays on Pine, showcases artists from around this region. Each concert begins at 6:00 P.M. and you’re encouraged to bring a blanket, a chair, a cooler and make an evening of it.
On September 6, you’ll be entertained by Homemade Wine (the band, that is) from East Tennessee. These guys have fermented, cured, blended and seasoned into a 150-proof explosion spreading their blend of jam-infused Southern Rock from the Florida Keys to the Pacific Northwest, hitting practically every roadhouse, club, festival and music venue in between.
September 13, Fish Out of Water (F.O.W.) returns to Highlands. Over the past 12 years, they have developed an exceptionally entertaining, all original live show by combining rock, funk, reggae and hip hop into one formula known as RoPhunk RaeHop. This high-energy class act brings a solid groove with a positive message and will most assuredly have you on your feet!
On September 20, the bluegrass and Americana band named The Fox Fire ends the concert season in style. The Fox Fire is a three-piece folk band from Brevard, North Carolina. With influences like the Avett Brothers, Kings of Leon, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, they bring a traditional bluegrass setup to create a not-so-traditonal energized performance.
So, bring your friends and family to the Kelsey Hutchinson Park, at the corner of Pine Street and North Fifth Street, and enjoy the free concerts during September. They’ll definitely take the chill off as you chill out!

by Jenny King

Scenes From the Plateau

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Palette to Palate Party and Art Auction

Fine art, delicious food and live music highligted this Arts on the Green event, held July 17 at The Village Green Commons.

Photos by Tihomir Trichkov

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Village Square
Art & Craft Show

Staged June 14 and 15,
the show featured only local and regional artisans of jewelry, pottery, weaving, metalwork, woodwork and more. Read about this month’s show on page 32.

Photos by Sarah Valentine

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Taste of the Plateau Patron’s Party

On Thursday, June 26 a Vine and Dine Patron Party and Gourmet Wine-Pairings Dinner was held at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley as part of Summit Charter School’s Taste of the Plateau.

Photos by Sarah Valentine

Rabun County Music Festival

August 3 – Sentimental Journey Orchestra: The Sentimental Journey Orchestra is a modern Big Band instrumental group made up of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums. They feature the sounds and styles of the most famous Big Bands – Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Les Brown, and Buddy Rich to name but a few. Their two vocalists Amy Holloway and Jerry Aull join the orchestra on arrangements written for the Big Bands that featured great male and female vocalists – Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, and Jane Monheit. Their performances include not only songs from the Great American Songbook, but also show tunes from Broadway. Don’t be surprised to find tunes from the rock era as well… done in the Big Band style, of course! The Sentimental Journey Orchestra was a huge hit with our audience in 2006 and 2009.
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Co-Sponsors: The Clayton Tribune and Happy Jack Graphics
August 17 – Emile Pandolfi: This year will be Emile Pandolfi’s third visit to the Rabun Music Festival stage. He performed in 2009 and again in 2011. Without a doubt, when you hear Emile Pandolfi play, you know that you are hearing one of today’s finest pianists. Receiving his degree in piano performance, Emile applies his classical technique to Broadway and popular music, in addition to classical performance, to the delight of his many fans. Recording since 1991, the pianist’s lush arrangements of familiar music have sold over two and a quarter million copies nationally. This has earned Emile the distinction of being the top-selling artist in the alternative music industry, distributed primarily in specialty, gift and book shops across the nation.
While he was growing up, the Pandolfi home was known as “the place to gather” and music was always associated with fun. That attitude continues today in Emile’s live performances. And, although serious about his playing, Emile is never serious about himself. While the audience is treated to a brilliant musical performance, they are also entertained by Emile’s charming sense of humor and friendly personality.
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Sponsor: Gene T. Haywood
The concerts are on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 P.M. at the Rearden Theater at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at www.rabunmusicfestival.com, at the Rabun County Welcome Center and the Macon County (NC) Chamber of Commerce or at the theater door on the day of the performance.

Fifth Annual Favorite Poems Night

Residents of Cashiers and the other communities on the plateau will be in the spotlight once again when they take the stage of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library for the Fifth Annual Favorite Poems Night on Thursday, August 14.
The poetry readings, sponsored by Friends of the Library, begin at 7:00 P.M. and will be followed by a reception.
“When we planned our first poetry night five years ago, we expected it to be a one-time reading for a small group of library patrons,” said Marilyn Staats, who has chaired the event since its beginning. “Instead, Favorite Poems Night has become one of our most popular programs at the library.”
Every year the audience hears both familiar and unfamiliar poems and is inspired to reread old favorites and explore new poets and poems.
“Part of the fun,” said Staats, “is seeing your friends and neighbors recite poetry that ranges from Shakespeare to Ogden Nash and Robert Frost.
Every year is a surprise. Who knew that the publisher of the local newspaper loves T.S. Eliot? Or that your friend at church could be so hilarious? Or that a reserved woman you know only as someone in line at Ingle’s could read with such passion she brings tears to your eyes?”
This local event is inspired by the America’s Favorite Poem Project, a program begun in 1998 that has led to over 1,000 towns across the country holding readings and creating archival collections of the favorite poems of their townspeople. So far, area residents and visitors to the plateau have submitted almost 200 poems to the library, along with their reasons for why these poems are meaningful in their lives.
The Poetry Committee encourages submissions from everyone who has a favorite poem whether or not they volunteer to read aloud.
In keeping with the spirit of America ’s Favorite Poem Project, the approximately 20 people chosen to read each year have ranged in age from 7 to 87. They have included doctors, pastors, farmers, social workers, actors, musicians, librarians, poets, teachers, construction workers, shop owners, students and members of the military.
Submissions may be made at the library or by calling (828) 743-2558. The deadline is August 10. The names of all those submitting poems, along with their reasons for selecting them, will be listed in the program.
Favorite Poems Night, like all programs sponsored by Friends of the Library, is free to the public.

by Luke Osteen

Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show

The Fall Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show, set for August 30-31 at the Cashiers Village Green, is a showcase and market for some of the Southeast’s finest artisans. For more information, visit www.cashiersrotary.org.

The Fall Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show, set for August 30-31 at the Cashiers Village Green, is a showcase and market for some of the Southeast’s finest artisans. For more information, visit www.cashiersrotary.org.

Labor Day Weekend will see the return of the Annual Fall Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show, August 30-31 at the Cashiers Village Green.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, the show will run from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. While admission is free, a donation is encouraged to help benefit local community service efforts.
This juried event will showcase some of the finest artisans of the Southeast. With more than 60 exhibitors, featured media will include clay, wood, fibers, glass, metal, watercolor, oils and photography. There’ll be jewelry, clothing, indoor and outdoor furniture, quilts, rugs, pottery, paintings, metal art, wooden bowls and ceramics, homemade specialties, and more.
Rotary Club members will provide concessions, offering hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and drinks on sale. Families can also take advantage of the nearby playground and picnic areas.
All proceeds will benefit local Rotary programs and community service efforts. Over the last 20 years the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley has donated nearly $1 million to more than 50 Cashiers charities. The Arts and Crafts Show location on the Village Green is at the intersection of Highways 64 and 107.
For more information go to www.cashiersrotary.org. The online artisan directory found on the website features a listing of all participating artisans and categories. This guide is complete with descriptions, photos and links.

Contributed by Robin Taylor

Wolf Tales

Biologist Rob Gudger offers a rare glimpse into the mysteries and nobility of wolves with a Village Nature Series program at the  Village Green Commons in Cashiers, 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 26. For more information, call (828) 743-3434.

Biologist Rob Gudger offers a rare glimpse into the mysteries and nobility of wolves with a Village Nature Series program at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers, 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 26. For more information, call (828) 743-3434.

Wolves have been the subject of children’s stories and native legends.
Wildlife biologist Rob Gudger will present a program about wolves and dispel some of the myths and misconceptions at 5:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 26, at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers as part of the Village Nature Series.
Gudger’s mission is to educate the public with his popular “Wolf Tales” presentation that includes information about wolf habitats, social behaviors as well as conservation efforts to protect
wild wolves.
Grey wolves were hunted to near extinction. Some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Red wolves live in the southeastern United States, and, through a breeding program, have been reintroduced to North Carolina.
Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with a wolf.
“Wolves are very gentle creatures,” says Gudger. He also notes that they are highly social animals. “They even take care of old, injured and sick members of the pack. Native Americans modeled their own family after wolf society which they admired for its nobility.”
The Village Nature Series is sponsored by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and The Village Green as part of their shared mission to protect and preserve the land and natural resources. The monthly presentations provide educational opportunities to learn about distinctive features of the area as well as offer cultural enrichment for residents and visitors to the Highlands-Cashiers community.
The free programs are the last Tuesday of each month from May through October at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road near the Cashiers post office. For more information visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or contact The Village Green at (828) 743-3434 or info@villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Contributed by Ann Self

New Digs for the ‘Worm

Have you visited our new shop?
If not, then stop by our location at the Falls on Main (across from Hudson Library). Our shelves are fully stocked with gently-used books in all categories, so there’s something for everyone.
Also, remember that we count on you for donations of books. Donations are accepted from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday. All our monies support Hudson Library and whether you are donating your books or purchasing books from the Bookworm, you are making a contribution.
We have books on sale each week so come in often to find the latest bargains! Since the Bookworm is staffed by volunteers, please consider joining our team. Just stop by the Bookworm. to volunteer or call (828) 482-0326.

Contributed by Delaine Mehder

On a Mission

Plan to attend the Bolivian Mission fundraiser at the Wildcat Cliffs Country Club on Monday evening, August 11. Proceeds will allow Highlands physician Dr. John Baumrucker to continue to lead a series of humanitarian projects in Montero, Bolivia.
Come enjoy good food while you bid on a variety of items in one of the three fundraising events. Before dinner you’ll have the opportunity to buy multiple set-price items along with items in a silent auction. Following dinner there will be a live auction featuring jewelry created by Drake’s Diamond Gallery and T. A. Anderson Jewelers using gems from Bolivia. Some of the stones have been cut by Dr. John.
To buy your tickets, call Dr. John Baumrucker at (828) 526-3605 or Highlands United Methodist Church at (828) 526-3376. If you’re not able to attend the fundraiser, you may send your tax-deductible donation to Highlands Bolivian Mission, 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 203, Highlands, N.C. 28741.
Beginning in February 1998, Dr. John and his wife Joanna spent a month in Montero, Bolivia. The mission’s initial focus was to address the medical needs of the citizens of the impoverished town. There were two hospitals and several clinics. Even though there were a sufficient number of doctors, their training was less than optimal. The teaching hospital was lacking much of the equipment needed and the laboratory services were minimal.
“During our medical treatments were learned that 40 pecent of the patients examined had parasites,” says Dr. John. “To help with this problem, we built houses and a church. But building was not our true focus — we wanted to fill the existing churches. Throughout the years we worked with local churches handing out thousands of Bibles and spreading the gospel. We must have served 40,000 meals over our time there.”
Dr. John had also long been motivated to build a foster home where young, abandoned boys could be rescued from the street. In 2001 the mission built its first home, providing a safe, crime-free environment while offering a quality education. This year two of the boys have turned 18. We hope that they will be with us for the fundraiser at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.
The mission continues to provide much-needed medical equipment each year. Six area hospitals have received monitors, EKG machines, laboratory equipment, respirators, defibrillators and medicines. Mission volunteers teach the medical staff to use this equipment. In addition to the volunteers, others have become involved in the medical portion of the mission, including students from Johns Hopkins Medical School, the University of North Carolina-Asheville and the University of Mississippi.
Over the years, the generous Highlands-Cashiers community has raised tens of thousands of dollars for this mission. In recent years the donations total as much as $90,000 to $120,000 annually.

by Wiley Sloan

Making History with Dahlias

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The Highlands Historical Society’s Dazzling Dahlias Festival, set for September 20 at the Recreation Center, is a celebration of these autumn jewels.

The Highlands Historical Society’s Dazzling Dahlias Festival, set for September 20 at the Recreation Center, is a celebration of these autumn jewels.

Highlands is ablaze with dahlia blooms in the early fall.
Join the Highlands Historical Society to celebrate the beauty of dahlias at their annual Dazzling Dahlias Festival to be held Saturday, September 20. Growers from throughout the area will display hundreds of dahlias at the Highlands Recreation Center from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Dahlia lovers will join supporters of the Historical Society to celebrate at the annual Patron’s Party on Thursday evening, September 18, at the Highlands Country Club’s Hudson House. Guests will enjoy delicious Mexican fare with margaritas while being energized by mariachi music. Order your tickets early – cost is $100 per person with a limit of 125 people. Send your checks to HHS, P.O. Box 670,
Highlands, NC 28741.
Last year’s festival featured over 300 entries. Pick up registration forms for floral entries at stores throughout the Highlands-Cashiers area or call the Historical Society at (828) 787-1050. Flowers to be judged can be brought to the Recreation Center (on US 64 across from First Citizens Bank from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, September 19, and on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M.
Tour the Dahlia exhibit from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. You’ll be amazed at the many varieties of dahlias on display. Buy bouquets of dahlias to brighten your home. If you have extra dahlias to donate for these arrangements to be sold, please bring them to the Civic Center.
Festival-goers will see flowers of all colors and sizes — from the smaller anemone dahlia to the large dinner plate dahlia. Interestingly, there are no blue dahlias — no one has been able to perfect that color.
Learn tips about how to grow dahlias from local dahlia enthusiast Ann Maxwell. For more details on this exciting event, go to www.highlandshistory.com or call the Historical Society at (828) 787-1050. Proceeds raised by the festival underwrite the upkeep of the Prince House, the oldest home within the town limits.

by Wiley Sloan

May the Course Be With You

The Second Annual Cashiers Trail Mix, slated for Saturday, September 13, in Chinquapin, is a celebration of athletic ability, teamwork  and indefatigable community spirit. For more information, call (828) 743-5191.

The Second Annual Cashiers Trail Mix, slated for Saturday, September 13, in Chinquapin, is a celebration of athletic ability, teamwork and indefatigable community spirit. For more information, call (828) 743-5191.

The 2nd Annual Cashiers Trail Mix, an exciting five-mile Mountain Trail Run and three-mile Team Adventure Run, will be held on Saturday, September 13, across the beautiful wilderness terrain of host community Chinquapin in Cashiers.
The trail run starts at 9:00 A.M. at the Outpost of Chinquapin on Breedlove Road, followed by the team adventure run at 11:00 A.M. There will also be live music by Circus Mutt, outdoor games and demonstrations, and award-winning barbeque served.
Cashiers is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with abundant natural beauty, challenging wilderness terrain, and cool temperatures. Chairperson Alissa Short, says this event is designed to showcase all that the area has to offer. The beautiful 2,000-acre development of Chinquapin offers the perfect backdrop for this challenging day of fun and adventure.
Participants in the 5-mile run will challenge themselves while taking in the breathtaking splendor of rugged mountain trails that cut through lush forests, over creeks and streams and through lush wildflower meadows.
Team adventure runs are growing in popularity and the Cashiers Trail Mix is currently the only one held in Jackson County. Four-person teams complete a three-mile course that includes more than 20 creative and challenging obstacles set up throughout the course including army crawls, an icy plunge and a very messy mud crawl. Teamwork is essential and no man or woman can be left behind. It’s all for one and one for all in this sport! More than 20 teams competed last year and more are expected this year. Expect to see local clubs, businesses, churches and other civic groups compete in the spirit of community fun, many festooned in zany costumes. Recognition is given for Best Costume and Overall Club Winner.
Advance Registration is $50 per person ($70 after September 7) and includes a commemorative t-shirt, a meal and beverage. Space is limited. You can register online through
www.CashiersAreaChamber.com or www.active.com. For more information, please call the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at (828) 743-5191.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization supporting economic development efforts to enhance the quality of life in Cashiers and surrounding communities.

by Mary Jane McCall

Relay for Life

A week full of activities leading up to the main event - Relay for Life -   on Friday, August 8.

A week full of activities leading up to the main event – Relay for Life - on Friday, August 8.

The 2014 Highlands Relay For Life week is here!
Highlands has a week full of activities that culminate with one of the most heartfelt Relay For Life events you will experience. Our theme this year is “Fight to the Finish” and that is exactly what we plan to do!
Please mark your calendars:
• Saturday, August 2 — A huge Yard Sale in the First Citizens Bank parking lot beginning at 9:00 A.M.;
• Saturday, August 2 – Bark For Life, an event for you and your dogs, will be held in the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. There will be contests to include dog/owner look-alike, best pet trick, a human hot dog eating contest and lots more! The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be there for a stop and adopt opportunity.
• Tuesday, August 5 – Survivor Dinner. This year the Survivor Dinner will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation on the corner of Fifth Street and Main Street beginning at
6:00 P.M.
• Thursday, August 7 – Relay For Life Bingo! The Rotary Club of Highlands will be holding a Cash Bingo at the Highlands Community Building (next to the town baseball field) beginning at 6:30 P.M. This is a fabulous family event!
And now the best part, Friday, August 8, Relay For Life of Highlands Main Event at the Highlands Rec Park/Civic Center! The event kicks off at 6:00 P.M., followed by the Survivor Lap at 6:15 P.M. Lots of food, games, music and a carnival atmosphere! At 9:30 P.M. we will hold the very moving Luminaria Ceremony, where the track will be glowing with Luminaria bags, torches, and light-up balloons that we will release into the night sky. At midnight there will be a Fight Back Ceremony (followed by Zumba!) and at 6:00 A.M. a Wrap Up Ceremony. Throughout the night and early morning there will be all kinds of entertainment, food and activities, so come hungry and ready to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back!
It is never too late to make a difference, so come join us for any or all of the remaining 2014 Relay for Life events. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.relayforlife.org/highlandsnc or call (828) 526-1841.

Calling All Art-aholics

Now in its ninth year, the Village Square Art and Craft Show offers the creations of local artisans and craftspeople.  It’ll be staged August 23 and 24 in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands.

Now in its ninth year, the Village Square Art and Craft Show offers the creations of local artisans and craftspeople. It’ll be staged August 23 and 24 in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands.

If you’re reading this issue of Laurel, you probably already have a pretty good idea that Highlands is the perfect destination for cooling off on a hot summer day.
The people at the Macon County Art Association realize it, too. That’s why they’re sponsoring the Ninth Annual Village Square Art and Craft Show, set for Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24.
The event is free and goes from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and neighboring Highlands Village Square (at the corner of Fifth and Pine Streets), just one block from Main Street shops and restaurants.
This show has something for everyone. You’ll find a plethora of mountain artists and crafters with their fine art, folk art, traditional mountain crafts, metal work, fabric work, and jewelry, along with demonstrations, live music and food.
There’ll be plenty of Highlands artists in the mix, including Marker Mountain soaps and lotions, ceramicist Jan Smith, jeweler Lee Byers and wood turner Donald Krebs. Tim and Nancy Holt, also of Highlands, create beautiful copper chandeliers and sconces for the home. There are many other home accessories, including pottery and rustic furniture, as well as garden accessories, birdhouses, children’s clothing and much more.
Enjoy live music both days, with dulcimer music by Pick n’ Play on Saturday, and the amazing voice and guitar of Ryan Boss on Sunday.
Plan on breakfast or lunch at Fressers Courtyard Cafe in the Village Square. In the park you’ll find fresh-squeezed lemonade, iced tea, boiled peanuts, and fruit cobbler.
Macon County Art Association is a non-profit dedicated to promoting and teaching fine arts. While in the area, visit their Uptown Gallery in downtown Franklin.
For more information, contact coordinator Cynthia Strain at (828) 787-2021 or cypicturelady@aol.com.

Contributed by Cynthia Strain

Town Square, Electric Air

Friday Night Live brings the sound of the mountains to Highlands’ Town Square, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Fridays.

Friday Night Live brings the sound of the mountains to Highlands’ Town Square, 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Fridays.

Inspired by former Highlands Chamber of Commerce board member Lynn Delgado, Friday Night Live has grown from a once-a-month summer event to a weekly happening. Every Friday night, from late spring to late October, the air around Town Square is electric…and acoustic!
FNL features the best of local mountain music from bluegrass to country to a people-pleasing mountain dulcimer band. Every Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and beyond, the chamber promises a good time for all, and it’s free. Rain or shine, performers pick, grin and harmonize for the pleasure of all. From toddlers to the top of the family tree, toes are guaranteed to tap.
Thanks to the support of Lupoli Construction, owner of Town Square shops, stores remain open for visitors to stop and shop or enjoy a Kilwin’s chocolate treat.
Chamber President Bob Kieltyka says, “The Chamber of Commerce proudly presents this music for the entertainment and enjoyment of everyone. We encourage one and all to spend a Friday evening strolling Highlands, enjoying the music, shopping, or perhaps dining in one of our many fine restaurants.”
For more information, contact Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at www.highlandschamber.org or call (828) 526-2112. Marianne Vines, chairperson of the Chamber’s Events Committee books FNL performers. Kudos to Marianne for August’s line-up: August 1, Nathan Grass (bluegrass); August 8, Fred Kopp; August 15, Johnny Webb (bluegrass); August 22, Nathan Grass; and August 29, Mountain Dulcimers.

by Donna Rhodes

The 17th Annual Cashiers Designer ShowhouseTM

Close to the center of Cashiers, through the gates and down a beautifully wooded and winding trail, stands an utterly charming, low-country home, on 29 breathtaking acres set deep in the shadows of Whiteside Mountain.

Close to the center of Cashiers, through the gates and down a beautifully wooded and winding trail, stands an utterly charming, low-country home, on 29 breathtaking acres set deep in the shadows of Whiteside Mountain.

Hilliard House boasts extraordinary and encompassing views, soaring ceilings and a gracious and open floor plan for large scale entertaining. Bedrooms and baths are intimate and private with each perfectly positioned for a picture framed view of Whiteside Mountain. A sweeping veranda – stretching the entire width of the home – welcomes you inside while porches and decks off the back beckon a lazy summer day spent with a glass of lemonade and a great book.
From August 23 through August 31, Interior Designers representing the Southeastern region will not only bring trending design to Cashiers but will again create the magic that is The Cashiers Designer ShowhouseTM. Leading area landscapers are involved in redefining the areas surrounding the home and in turn creating serene and evocative late summer mountain gardens for Showhouse strolling.
Showhouse Event Manager Laura Jane Stanton says, “Once again CHS has chosen a stunning property for the 2014 Designer ShowhouseTM. Sitting in the middle of 29 acres is a lovely, light, and airy southern style home. This home offers spectacular views of woods and Whiteside Mountain from almost every room. As one approaches the back of this property, you will be ‘blown away’ by the view of the Chattooga Valley and the mighty Whiteside. Combined with the talented designers, the exciting shopping experience and the tantalizing lunch, we promise you will have a wonderfully memorable day in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina!”
Showhouse Boutique Manager Cherie Tibbets serves as liaison with 25 separate boutique/shop owners in structuring two unique shopping experiences at the Showhouse – the Annex Boutique and the Cafe Level Shops. Antiques, jewelry, area crafts, foods, clothing and accessories and garden plants with that Cashiers style can be found again this year, along with surprise pop-up shops and books from various designers throughout the world.
Lunch will be served daily at the Showhouse Cafe from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is the primary fundraiser of the Cashiers Historical Society, whose work in educating and advocating to preserve the cultural heritage of our valley is so essential. Daily admission: $35; available at the Barrs Parking Lot and online.
For further information, please contact the Cashiers Historical Society at (828)743-7710 or visit
www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

Rock, Roll and Run

Serious (and not-so-serious) athletes are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands’  Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k, Saturday, August 23, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

Serious (and not-so-serious) athletes are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands’
Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k, Saturday, August 23, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands’ Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k will be held on Saturday, August 23, at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in downtown Highlands. The race begins at 6:00 P.M., with check-in at 4:00 P.M. Last-minute participants can register at check-in.
Highlands Decorating Center’s Derek Taylor and Michael Johnson of The Highlander Newspaper are spearheading this fundraising event and encourage everyone to attend. It’s not just for runners and tri-athletes like Derek and Michael; walkers, families with strollers, novice runners, and experienced racers are all welcome. The course is undulating, yet beginners or walkers will find it friendly while the faster runners will be challenged.
Proceeds benefit the Highlands School track teams. Parking will be available around the park. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments and blankets to Kelsey Hutchinson Park and spend the evening. There will be a live concert by Copious Jones during and after the race and any racer (of legal age) crossing the finish line can quench their thirst with a beer from the Ugly Dog Pub.
You can register online at webscorer.com. Cost is $30 and if you register on race day it’s $35. The Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k is offering t- shirts for first 100 registrants as well as glow sticks for the kids. Awards will be presented to the overall top male and female finisher and top 3 finishers in each 10 year age division. Kids under 10 can run for free.
Sponsorships are still available in varying amounts and your name will be included in all advertising, posters and tee shirts. For sponsorship or registration information, visit www. twilightrocknroll5k.com, or contact Derek Taylor at (828) 526-3571 or Michael Johnson at (828) 526-4114.

by Jenny King

WCU Student Film Fest

You don’t need to be a member of the Hollywood elite to see works by the newest up-and-coming visionaries in the film industry.
On Sunday, August 17, you are invited to attend Western Carolina University’s Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
WCU’s Film and Television Production Program has held the Controlled Chaos Film Festival on campus for six years. This juried showcase features films written, directed, filmed, produced, scored and acted entirely by WCU film students as class assignments during the academic year. Susan Belcher, wife of WCU Chancellor David Belcher and co-chair of the festival committee, says they are thrilled to be able to open it to the wider community.
Adair Simon, a Cashiers resident and member of the WCU Friends of the Arts Advisory Council, serves as co-chair for the event, with Mountain Youth Charities Director Marcia Shawler on board as honorary chair. A number of people in the surrounding areas agreed to form the screening committee for the Cashiers event. The official film festival was held on campus May 2. In June, the screening committee then chose approximately 75-80 minutes’ worth of films for the Best of WCU’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival.
Headed by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar nominated-director Jack Sholder, the Film and Television Production Program has received recognition over the years. At last year’s Asheville Cinema Festival a WCU senior project comedy titled “Jerry” was awarded The Best Student Film of the Year. During the 2013 Controlled Chaos Film Festival, WCU was one of only a few colleges in the nation to be given by Sony a state-of-the-art high resolution camera valued at nearly $100,000. Obviously, this is an expensive program and one that needs support from film lovers, art lovers and those who simply enjoy being entertained. All festival proceeds will benefit the Film and Television Production Program at WCU.
Ticket prices are $75 and will include a reception with beverages and heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 P.M. Students and staff will be available to give a brief introduction before showing their work. Tickets for the Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival may be purchased by calling (828) 227-2755. For more information, visit www.bccff.wcu.edu online or email knkopak@email.wcu.edu.

by Jenny King

Dovecote’s Garden Workshops

Keep ahead of this most fruitful of seasons with a full month of fun workshops. For more information, call (828) 743-0307.

Keep ahead of this most fruitful of seasons with a full month of fun workshops. For more information, call (828) 743-0307.

August is time for setting seed, making preserves and adding to the landscape “savings account.”
My idea of a landscape savings account is to design a garden that gives back all winter in terms of food for the body and soul. That said, our Dovecote Porch & Gardens events tune into your long-term “garden banking” this month. Cha-ching!
Join us on August 7 for a watery wonderland with hydraulic magician Bob Dews. Bob is a master of water. Falling, spilling, cascading, dripping. He coaxes it to the highest heights, or subdues it into a still pond. He will discuss the secrets of his creations plus entertain us with anecdotal tales of waterfalls gone bonkers! We will field trip to a nearby idyllic creation.
Want to turn your hand to creating a show house garden? We welcome you on August 14 at 10:00 A.M. to get cracking’. Pitch in to help make The Cashiers Decorator ShowhouseTM: Hilliard House into a garden gem.
Just call Mary Palmer (828) 743-0307 to reserve your spot. Bring your work gloves, a shovel and creative juices. Meet at 10:00 A.M. at Dovecote. We will work on and off this weekend to be finished by August 19 – three sculptures by Carl Peverall, a waterfall and pretty flower garden. Come one, come all!
To quench your thirst after a long summer afternoon of gardening, maybe a Bitters Making Workshop is just the thing. On August 21, our Mystery Guest Mixologist shares a variety of techniques. Bring your small bottle to take home samples!
Bitters-making reaches far back into the Egyptian era. It is an alcoholic preparation flavored with spices, roasted seeds or aromatic twigs that impart a bitter or bittersweet flavor. Once a patent medicine, this concoction may be added to lemonade, vodka, water and fancy cocktails. Angostura Bitters, popular on grocery store shelves, hails from Venezuela and was created in 1824 as a cure for sea sickness and other stomach maladies.
Dovecote’s season finale is all about fall and winter vegetable gardening.
Our Secret Garden Guru presents: Start your Vegetable Seeds for a Successful Fall Garden on August 28 at 10:00 A.M. Don’t know a swiss chard from a kale, or a lettuce from a basil? Now is the time to plant baby seeds and ready for a fall and winter crop of home grown goodies!
In September, stay tuned for our special event — Fall Garden Sizzle & Pow! Recipes for Your Landscape Success.

Contributed by Mary Palmer Dargen

Live Music in the Mountains

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Kelsey Hutchinson Park is the site for irresistible musical fun with the Saturdays on Pine concert series. For information, call (828) 526-2112.

If you’ve happened by the Kelsey Hutchinson Park in Highlands on a Saturday evening recently, you’ve no doubt enjoyed the concert series, Saturdays on Pine.
Well, don’t just stroll by, plan to make a full evening of it in August. Bring your chairs, blankets and coolers, sit back and experience live music in the mountains.
Thanks to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Kay and Thomas Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, and many generous sponsors, Saturdays on Pine will continue to showcase artists from around this region. Concerts begin at 6:00 P.M.
August 2 you’ll hear the The Lonesome Road Band from Asheville, North Carolina. This band is a high energy, extremely talented group of individuals with tight harmonies, a thunderous beat, superb picking skills, and a set list filled with current country rock matched up with some classic favorites.
Local group Hi 5 will bring their mix of rock and southern soul to the Kelsey Hutchinson Park on August 9.
On August 16, Mangas Colorado from Jackson County will have you on your feet with their unique blend of sounds rooted in rock, outlaw country, bluegrass, folk, and singer-songwriter music. This rough and tumble group with hearts of gold cites a broad range of influences, from The Eagles to the Avett Brothers.
August 23 is a special Saturdays on Pine event when Copious Jones out of Atlanta will provide live music for the 2nd Annual Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park. They’ll be playing during and after the race but the concert is not limited to race participants. Come join the party!
Tea for Three, a group from Franklin, North Carolina, will bring back memories of classic British Rock, with a twist on August 30!
The series continues in September with bands Homemade Wine, Fish Out of Water and Andrew Scotchie & River Rats.
For more information about Saturdays on Pine, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112 or stop by the Ugly Dog Pub.

by Jenny King