Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

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.
www.sjobigband.com
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.
www.emilepandolfi.com
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

A Musical Boost for Literacy

Keyboard Artist Randall Atcheson will offer a benefit concert for the Literacy Council of Highlands, Saturday, August 30, at the Highlands Playhouse. For tickets or more information, call (828) 526-0863.

Keyboard Artist Randall Atcheson will offer a benefit concert for the Literacy Council of Highlands, Saturday, August 30, at the Highlands Playhouse. For tickets or more information, call (828) 526-0863.

Madeline and Fred Knox have joined forces with The Literacy Council of Highlands to bring world-renowned musician Randall Atcheson back to Highlands.
Join your friends at the Highlands Playhouse from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, August 30, to hear Randall as he shares his immense talent at the keyboard.
As a former first grade school teacher, children are especially dear to Madeline. She tells all of her friends about her “mustard seed” theory — how even the small things in life can make a huge difference.
“Helping a child to read may seem small, but it will greatly impact their lives in unbelievable ways,” Madeline says. “A person who reads well can take advantage of limitless opportunities. Randall inspires me and I hope he will inspire you.”
Children are as important to Randall as they are to Madeline. He teaches up to 70 youngsters a week. He works diligently to share those talents with people across the globe. This Julliard School graduate does that through his many concerts and his recordings. If you have seen Randall, you know he is at home with music of all types — classical, gospel, and pop.
This is a concert you won’t want to miss. General admission tickets are available for $50 per person by calling (828) 526-2695. The Champagne Reception begins at 3:00 P.M., the concert at 4:00 P.M. Visit their website at literacycouncilofhighlands.org or mail a check to Literacy Council of Highlands, 348 South Fifth Street, Highlands, NC 28741.
Patrons will enjoy a special treat at the Knox home on Friday evening as they enjoy an intimate dinner with Randall. There is very limited seating for this event so call early at (828) 526-0863 for tickets and pricing.
“We are so excited that Randall Atcheson is coming back to Highlands to perform for the benefit of our organization and are grateful to Madeline and Fred Knox for making that happen,” says Literacy Council President Dick Hills. “A hearty thank you to our friends at the Highlands Playhouse for the donation of their facility for this event. For Laurel readers who don’t know about the Literacy Council, we help folks learn to read, or to read better. We tutor struggling students, we help young people prepare for GED exams, we teach English as a Second Language, and much more. The funds we hope to receive from the Atcheson concert and donations are what make it possible for us to continue our mission. Don’t miss Randall Atcheson.”

by Wiley Sloan

Engage Your Brain

A new month is upon us! The Center for Life Enrichment has a wide variety of classes taught by highly accomplished speakers.
Engage your brain with a class in the sciences – “Science and the Arts: Closer Than You Think or Further Apart?” This fun program will include artwork and film clips to give surprising examples of science-art connections that rise to the sublime but also sink to the ridiculous. It’ll be held from 10:00 A.M. to noon, August 2.
“Why is There Anything?” will attempt to unravel this tangled question that theologians, physicists and philosophers have pondered for centuries. Join us from 10:00 A.M. to noon, August 6.
Join Sylvia Hillyard Pannell in a fabulous presentation of theatrical costumes. “Theatrical Design and Designers of the Music Halls of Paris” showcases designs by Erte’, Freddy Whittop, Georges Barbier and Zig. Pannell holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Florida State University and has been a designer and educator for over three decades. Her program will be staged from 10:00 A.M. to noon on August 5.
Returning Middle East specialist Dr. Akram Khater will be presenting two lectures, “The Struggle for the Future of the Middle East: Syria,” and “Christians in the Middle East: A 2000 Year Old Story.” Dr. Khater is Director of Middle East Studies at NC State University and has been a crowd-drawing speaker for CLE in past years. The classes will be held August 11, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and August 12, 10:00 A.M. to noon respectively.
And you will not want to miss noted author Cassandra King! She will be discussing her book “Moonrise,” which is based in Highlands on Wednesday, August 13, 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
There’s lots more going on at the Center for Life Enrichment in August – Wine, Facebook, drawing, a lecture on Alfred Russell Wallace just to name a few, so stop by the Center for Life Enrichment office, now located in the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center at 348 South Fifth Street in Highlands for more information, to pick up a catalog, register for a class or become a member. You can also visit CLEhiglands.com or call (828) 526-8811. Find us on Facebook!

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Bin-GO for Relay

Supporters of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will gather at the Highlands Conference Center (next to the Town Ball Field on US 64) to enjoy a night of bingo on Thursday, August 7.
Games begin at 6:30 P.M. and continue for a total of 15 games. Each bingo card is just $1 per game.
Go the extra mile and become a Table Sponsor for $50 for a full-page ad, or $25 for a half-page. Even if you don’t have a business, your ad can read — “Joe and Sally Support Relay for Life.”
Everyone is encouraged to bring their friends and family for a great night of fun. Call Rotary Relay co-captain Christy Kelly at (828) 787-2124 to purchase your ad. If you can’t be there for bingo, you can still support the Rotary Relay for Life Team by mailing your donation to Rotary Relay Team,
P. O. Box 1742, Highlands, NC 28741. All checks should be payable to the Rotary Club of Highlands.
Cash prizes are awarded for each game, and everyone is guaranteed to have a ton of fun while supporting a great cause. The more people in attendance, the larger the prizes. Some players generously return their winnings to the Relay for Life Team.
Each year the Rotary Club of Highlands has sponsored a Relay for Life team to raise funds and awareness for the mission of the American Cancer Society. Join your friends and neighbors in a community-wide effort to give hope, remember loved ones and celebrate successful outcomes. The funds raised by Relay for Life are used for cancer research, advocacy, and outreach to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families.
Remember to support this year’s Relay, which will take place at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, August 8. Join your neighbors while you enjoy food, music, and games as team members walk all night, because cancer never sleeps.
Be sure to enjoy Bingo on Thursday, August 7, and lend your support to Relay for Life, Friday, August 8.

by Wiley Sloan

Swamp Monsters and More

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s August programs at the Nature Center offer a rare glimpse into the natural treasures that ring the community. For more information, call (828) 526-2221.

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s August programs at the Nature Center offer a rare glimpse into the natural treasures that ring the community. For more information, call (828) 526-2221.

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s annual Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, a summer tradition that began in the 1930s, continues this month. These free lectures are held at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday evenings in the Highlands Nature Center. Several Forays are scheduled for the following day to explore the topics in more depth.
On August 7, Dr. Catherine Carter of Western Carolina University will talk about “Swamp Monsters and Bone-Eating Snot Flowers: Poetry and the Nonhuman World.” She will discuss the ways in which poets engage with and represent the nonhuman world. Her own outlook has been described as witty, frank, and imaginative.
Dr. Gary Walker of Appalachian State University will discuss “Cliff-Face Ecology in the Southern Appalachians” on August 14. He will speak about his various investigations in cliff ecosystems in the southern Appalachians.
On August 21, Dr. Jack Mayer from the Savannah River National Laboratory will present “Wild Pigs: America’s Growing Invasive Crisis.” Non-native wild pigs are becoming America’s worst invasive species nightmare. This talk will cover the history of this crisis as well as the damage caused by these animals.
Dr. William Kimler from NCSU will lecture on August 28 on “Amazonian Naturalists, Arts, and the Idea of the Tropics.” Dr. Kimler will explore the image of the tropics as a rich resource for exploitation rather than a fragile environment, an idea that lasted from the early days of European exploration until recently.
Dr. Rich Baird of Mississippi State University will lead a Fungi Foray from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., August 1. For over 20 years, Dr. Baird has been researching and identifying the vast diversity of fungi on the Highlands Plateau.
Dr. Gary Wein of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will lead a foray to Cedar Knob from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. August 15, explore cliff-face ecology. This site is home to rare and unusual plants such as round-leaf serviceberry, granite-dome goldenrod and dwarfed red cedar trees.
On Friday, August 29, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Kyle Pursel of H-CLT leads a Salamander Foray to identify salamanders in a unique environment, the Serpentine Barrens of Buck Creek.
For more information about these and other programs, visit www.highlandsbiological.org or call (828) 526-2221. The Highlands Biological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Belgian Beer Dinner

For reservations or more information, call (828) 526-8364.

For reservations or more information, call (828) 526-8364.

Beer. It’s not just for frat parties anymore.
Over the last decade or so beer crafting has become recognized as, not only an art, but a fast-growing segment of the U.S. economy. Beer enthusiasts understand the efforts of producing craft beers and recognize the fine distinctions in taste, bouquet, color and clarity.
Whether you consider yourself a “beer snob,” a “beer aficionado,” or simply a beer lover, you’re no doubt aware it has a rich history; especially in Belgium where its creation dates back to before the Crusades. This small country is home to over 180 breweries and 6,500 different beers.
On Tuesday, August 5 The Dog House in downtown Highlands is hosting A Belgian Beer Dinner, where you’ll have the opportunity to experience five different brews, ranging from a classic white ale to the dark, malty quadrupel, product of a 16th century Belgian brewery.
This five-course feast by Executive Chef Adam Bresnahan begins with a Cheese-Filled Pretzel accompanied by an Ommegang Whitte brewed in Cooperstown, New York. Next up is a Warm Terrine of Asparagus with a Brouwerij Het Anker “Lucifer” from Belgium. The third course joins A Salad of Foraged Greens with the Victory Golden Monkey brewed in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. A “Tour de Swine” comprises the fourth course, which is paired with a Blue Mountain Barrel House Local Species from Nelson County, Virginia. And for the finalé you’ll be treated to a Lemon Pot de Créme and a rich, dark Belgian ale, the Strafe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel Ale.
The cost for this journey to Belgium at The Dog House in downtown Highlands is $70 per person which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and prepaid tickets are available. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. with the first course being served at 6:45 P.M. Reservations for the Belgian Beer Dinner may be made by contacting The Ugly Dog Pub at (828) 526-8364. It’ll be a night to remember as you experience The Belgian Beer Dinner at The Dog House in Highlands.

by Jenny King

A Napa Valley Picnic

 A bountiful picnic in a gorgeous venue is an unforgettable front in the battle for mental health. For information about an exclusive picnic at Canyon Kitchen, set for Sunday, August 17, call (941) 504-6717 or email marlene@imhro.org

A bountiful picnic in a gorgeous venue is an unforgettable front in the battle for mental health. For information about an exclusive picnic at Canyon Kitchen, set for Sunday, August 17, call (941) 504-6717 or email marlene@imhro.org.

The grounds of the Jennings Barn at Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers are the beautiful settings for a Napa Valley Style Picnic on Sunday, August 17. Chef John Fleer’s picnic will also feature the exclusive wines of the acclaimed Staglin Family Vineyard of Napa Valley, California.
The fun will start at 4:30 P.M. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Chef Fleer’s marvelous picnic. Guests will experience the culinary creations of one of The James Beard Foundation’s “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” and a three-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the Southeast, while enjoying the sublime beauty of late summer Cashiers.
The event will benefit the International Mental Health Research Organization, an organization dedicated to providing hope to the 57 million Americans who suffer from mental illness by funding scientific research into the causes, prevention and new treatments for brain disorders. Tickets are $500 and are tax-deductible. Sponsorships are available by contacting development coordinator Marlene M. Hauck at (941) 504-6717 or marlene@imhro.org.
Shari and Garen Staglin, co-owners of Staglin Family Vineyard and Co-founders of IMHRO, remain focused on the mission of funding cutting edge research for the top three major mental illnesses of schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and depression; as well as building awareness of the scientific achievements and the need for funding brain research.
“With their motto ‘Great Wines for Great Causes,’ the Staglin Family has donated and raised more than $800 million to support charities, including IMHRO, which they founded in 1995 to help cure diseases of the brain,” says Marlene Hauck, development coordinator. “The Staglin Family Vineyard is dedicated to producing world-class wines that reflect the distinctive character of their historic Rutherford Bench estate in Napa Valley.”
Brandon Staglin, communications director of IMHRO and Staglin Family Vineyard and a leading advocate for mental health says, “My schizophrenia once made me feel like my life had no hope.” Mr. Staglin adds, “With thanks to a pioneering research program funded by generous donors through our fundraising events, I’ve been able to get well and find life full meaning and watch IMHRO bring recovery closer for the hundreds of millions worldwide who grapple with mental illness.”

Funding Futures

Come join the fun at the annual Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Auction on Saturday, July 19, at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station’s Community Room, 169 Hale Ridge Road in Scaly Mountain, and help support the club’s scholarship fund for area students.
The Club is proud to be able to provide one of the largest scholarship awards in this area. Under the club’s renewable scholarship program, a student completing four years of college is eligible to receive a total $6,800. Currently, 14 area students are receiving scholarship aid from the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club and the annual auction provides a majority of the scholarship program’s funding.
Admission to the auction is free and guests are invited to arrive at 6:00 P.M. to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and some cheese while previewing this year’s offerings. Floor bidding begins at 7:00 P.M. This year’s auction promises to provide a wonderful array of merchandise, and social offerings. Previous auctions have offered golf foursomes at some of the area’s most prestigious country clubs, dinner at fine area restaurants, clothing and accessories from some of Highland’s exclusive shops, original fine art and pottery, spa days, antique furniture, a chef-prepared dinner for eight with wine pairings at a lovely private home, cookware, tableware, sporting goods and much more. Come see what surprises this year’s auction has in store.
In addition, hotdogs, chips, drinks, and delicious desserts can be purchased before and during the auction.
The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club appreciates the support it has received from area merchants, clubs, organizations and individuals. Please see our website for information, pictures of past auctions, and see the list of merchants that support our cause. Our website is scalymountainwomensclub.org For more information or to donate to the auction, please contact auction chairman, Pat Leaptrot at (828) 526-9387 or at Leaptrot@frontier.com.

Contributed by Carolyn Kutt

Bluegrass Bash

The Highlands Emergency Council’s first annual Bluegrass Bash featuring the bluegrass band Runners of the Green Laurel will be held on Saturday, July 26, at the Highlands Civic Center from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
Dinner features Mike Thompson’s legendary Chicken & Dumplings or Pinto Beans and Cornbread and runs $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The band will play from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Tickets for the concert run $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $5 for children.
Also included are three square dance sets with Doyle Calloway, caller, three clogging exhibitions, and free style dancing. Come join us for an evening of fun and support the Highlands Emergency Council’s mission.

5k Competition and Fundraiser

 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. If you register before July 23, the cost is only $25. After July 23, 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 twilightrocknroll5k.com, or contact Derek Taylor at (828) 526-3571 or Michael Johnson at (828) 526-4114.

by Jenny King

A Palette to Palate Affair

Cashiers’ Arts on the Green, set for July 13 - 18, is a splashy showcase for professional artists and the beauty that informs the Cashiers Valley.

Cashiers’ Arts on the Green, set for July 13 – 18, is a splashy showcase for professional artists and the beauty that informs the Cashiers Valley.

More than 30 professional artists will participate in Arts on the Green, Cashiers’ Plein Air Festival, July 13 through 18. This festival benefits The Village Green in Cashiers.
“Plein Air is French for open air,” says Village Green Executive Director Ann Self. “These outdoor painters will capture the breathtaking views, cherished places and charming lifestyle of this area.”
Artists will set up their easels in various locations to paint in a variety of mediums. Residents and visitors will have many opportunities to watch them paint as well as buy their original art. Cashiers Plein Air Festival is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after plein air events in the country by artists and collectors alike.
The week-long festival also features several special events. A welcome barbecue dinner to meet and greet the artists is the kickoff for Arts on the Green.
Local artists Karen Weihs and Jane Smithers will present “Two Women, Twin Visions,” a live side-by-side painting demonstration. An exclusive wine and hors d’œuvres garden reception will include a preview sale of some of the artists’ choice paintings. Of course, the premier event will be the Palette to Palate Affair, an elegant summer picnic featuring a live art auction at The Village Green Commons. A complete schedule of events and information for reserving tickets is available at pleinairnc.com.
“When you buy a festival ticket or purchase a painting that depicts a favorite landscape, you are supporting The Village Green,” states Arts on the Green Chairperson Debbie Bennett. “You can enjoy one of these fabulous parties or events and help fund one of the area’s greatest treasures.” The Village Green is the 12.5-acre park that is the “heart” of Cashiers, both in its location at the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107, but also in its ability to draw family and friends together. It hosts thousands of visitors and hundreds of events each year, including the popular Friday night concert series Groovin’ On the Green.
The Village Green is maintained and improved by a nonprofit organization.
“The Village Green is unique in that it provides a free, public space for everyone to enjoy,” says Jochen Lucke, Chairperson of The Village Green Board of Directors. “However, the park depends on fundraising efforts such as Arts on the Green as well as the generosity of individual donors.”
To learn more about The Village Green visit villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Kids Get in the Art Zone

Cullowhee Mountain Arts offers creative childrens workshops during July.

Cullowhee Mountain Arts offers creative childrens workshops during July.

A summer youth art program inspires and encourages the creativity of its young students. To register or for more information, call (828) 342-6913. Cullowhee Mountain Arts in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is offering an exciting Youth ARTS Program.
Held in the School of Art and Design on the Western Carolina University campus, these annual summer arts camps allow young artists to explore a multitude of media and techniques while working toward an overall goal – and have a whole lot of fun in the process.
Now through July 3: “Puppet Making and Performance” for ages 5-8; from 9:00 A.M. to noon Cost is $120 and all materials are included. In this workshop, campers will learn to mold clay into their own puppet character. After decorating and clothing their puppet, the group will collaborate with their instructors to make up a story for their puppets. The puppet show will be performed on the last day for family and friends.
July 8 and 9: “You Are the Hero” for ages 5-8; from 9:00 A.M. to noon; Cost is $60 and all materials are included. Children will invent their own superhero with clay. Characters will then perform in front of a backdrop created by the campers using markers or watercolors. Pictures of the characters’ performances will create a storybook for each child to take home.
July 10 and 11: “Jetpacks!” for ages 9-noon from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Tuition is $95 and all materials are included. This educational experience begins with discussing the space race and moon landings. Students will design their own exploration devices inspired by jetpacks. Inventors will be encouraged to consider how their jetpack will actually work, using the variety of materials available.
For more information and online enrollment, visit cullowheemountainarts.org or call (828) 342-6913.
Cullowhee Mountain Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional art experiences to children and adults in Western North Carolina.

Contributed by Kristy Dodge

A Bloom With A View

Enjoy a tour of the Crestridge gardens July 19 and July 26.

Enjoy a tour of the Crestridge gardens July 19 and July 26.

A stunning view of Shortoff Mountain is the backdrop for the gardens of Jane and Tom Tracy, who have graciously invited the public to walk the garden paths and admire the beauty of hundreds of flowers, vegetables, and native plants on their 38-acre property on two Saturdays in July – July 19 and 26.
The Tracys bought Crestridge in 1996 and built their lovely home and guest house, expanding on the gardens originally created by Marge and John Jacobs and family, who bought the property in 1946.
One highlight of the gardens is the vegetable garden, which is carefully tended by Tom. Here he grows many kinds of fruits, vegetables, and berries. Tom says he often plants more than enough for the family, neighbors, and friends. Bears and other wildlife roam the property on occasion and have been known to partake, even though the vegetable garden is protected by a fence.
Jane’s gardens are filled with native shrubs and flowers. The flowering shrubs emphasize her love for these mountains and nature in general. Original yard art is tucked into nooks and crannies throughout the gardens A trail leading to Salt Creek can be traversed easily and guests are welcome to walk through the natural woodlands.
The cost for the tour is $30 per person and can be purchased by calling (828) 526-2968), or in person at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands. Tour times are 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 A.M. Please specify your time preference, but it is on a “first come, first served” basis. All proceeds will be used for the Outreach Ministry and Bell Tower Endowment Fund for the Church.
Contributed by Mercedes Heller

The Best of Controlled Chaos

The Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, set for August 17 at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley, offers the best of  Western Carolina University’s film program.

The Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, set for August 17 at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley, offers the best of Western Carolina University’s film program.

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 on August 17 may be purchased by calling (828) 227-2755. For more information, visit bccff.wcu.edu online or email knkopak@email.wcu.edu.

by Jenny King

Atcheson Concert for Literacy

Keyboard Artist Randall Atcheson will offer a benefit concert for the Literacy Council of Highlands, Saturday, August 30, at the Highlands Playhouse. For tickets or more information, call (828) 526-0863.

Keyboard Artist Randall Atcheson will offer a benefit concert for the Literacy Council of Highlands, Saturday, August 30, at the Highlands Playhouse. For tickets or more information, call (828) 526-0863.

Madeline and Fred Knox have joined forces with The Literacy Council of Highlands to bring world-renowned musician Randall Atcheson back to Highlands.
Join your friends at the Highlands Playhouse from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, August 30, to hear Randall as he shares his immense talent at the keyboard.
As a former first grade school teacher, children are especially dear to Madeline. She tells all of her friends about her “mustard seed” theory — how even the small things in life can make a huge difference — and urges them to take action, too.
“Helping a child to read may seem small, but it will greatly impact their lives in unbelievable ways,” Madeline says. “A person who reads well can take advantage of limitless opportunities. Randall inspires me and I hope he will inspire you.”
Children are as important to Randall as they are to Madeline. He teaches up to 70 youngsters a week. Growing up in Clanton, Alabama, the son of a Baptist Minister, he feels especially blessed with his musical talents. Now he works diligently to share those talents with people across the globe. This Julliard School graduate does that through his many concerts and his recordings. If you have seen Randall, you know he is at home with music of all types — classical, gospel, and pop. He is such a showman that the audience remains enthralled throughout the concert.
This is a concert you won’t want to miss. General admission tickets are available for $50 per person by calling (828) 526-2695. The Champagne Reception begins at 3:00 P.M., the concert at 4:00 P.M. If you can’t make the concert, a donation to the Literacy Council is always appreciated. Visit their website at literacycouncilofhighlands.org or mail a check to Literacy Council of Highlands, 348 South Fifth Street, Highlands, NC 28741.
Patrons will enjoy a special treat at the Knox home on Friday evening as they enjoy an intimate dinner with Randall. There is very limited seating for this event so call early at (828) 526-0863 for tickets and pricing.
“We are so excited that Randall Atcheson is coming back to Highlands to perform for the benefit of our organization and are grateful to Madeline and Fred Knox for making that happen,” says Literacy Council President Dick Hills. “A hearty thank you to our friends at the Highlands Playhouse for the donation of their facility for this event. For Laurel readers who don’t know about the Literacy Council, we help folks learn to read, or to read better. We tutor struggling students, we help young people prepare for GED exams, we teach English as a Second Language, and much more. The funds we hope to receive from the Atcheson concert and those we receive from our longtime supporters are what make it possible for us to continue our mission. Don’t miss Randall Atcheson.”

by Wiley Sloan

 

Under the Stars Gala

Without Southwestern Community College, Nancy Brown’s not sure how her professional career might have turned out.
But because she was able to earn her two-year degree from Southwestern in 1981, she’s now in her 29th year as a paralegal with Coward, Hicks and Siler, Public Attorneys.
“SCC gives people who grow up in this area an opportunity,” Brown said. “If SCC hadn’t been there, I’m not sure I could have done this..”
In order to make a college education accessible to more area residents like Brown, the SCC Foundation is hosting “Wine & Dine Under the Stars Gala” at 6:00 P.M. on July 19 at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers. All proceeds will go toward helping establish the Student Success Endowment.
Through the community’s generosity and a federal challenge grant that matches every dollar (up to $300,000) raised by September 1, the Student Success Campaign aims to raise more than $1 million to help bridge the gap between scholarship need and availability.
“You don’t realize just how much SCC touches Cashiers-Highlands lives every day,” said Cashiers businessman Jim Zoller, chairman of the SCC Foundation. “Emergency response from the Fire Department, Rescue Squad, EMS and police – all these folks are trained at SCC. That’s also the case for nurses, your hairdresser, cosmetologist, realtor, heating and air professional, auto mechanic and so many more.
“SCC graduates touch our lives every day,” Zoller added. “Without them, Cashiers would not be the same friendly village it is. This fundraising event is to provide more scholarships to help our students afford to attend SCC and continue to provide the services we depend on to maintain our quality of life.”
SCC Foundation Director Mary Otto Selzer added, “Ninety percent of our students stay and work in our area. They are active and productive members of our community. Our students have big dreams. Some just need a bit of financial assistance to achieve their dreams. That’s why it’s so important to support this event that will provide additional money for scholarships.”
If you’d like additional information, please contact Kathy Posey at (828) 339-4227. Tickets are on sale at Zoller Hardware, Scotlyn’s Yard Nursery, Tangles, Dovetail Antiques, and the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can be purchased individually. Tables may be sponsored by individuals or businesses.

Contributed by Tyler Norris Goode

Summer Colors Fine Art Show

The Summer Colors Art Show will be held on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days.

The Summer Colors Art Show will be held on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days.

This year for the first time, the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers and the Greater Plateau’s “Summer Colors Fine Art Show” will be held in the Sapphire Valley Community Center, on Highway 64, approximately two miles east of the crossroads in Cashiers. The event will be held on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days. In addition, there will be an opening reception on Friday, July 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., where patrons can meet the artists, share refreshments and preview the show. There is no admission charge for the show or reception.
Works in oil, watercolor, acrylics, dry media and mixed media will be on display and for sale, as well as photographs, sculpture, glass, one-of-a-kind jewelry and wood turnings. All work is original. Those who have attended previous Art League shows are appreciative of the high quality and variety of the pieces on display. Virtually all of the artists have received recognition for their work, and their creations may be found in public and private collections throughout the southeast and beyond.
This show promises to provide residents and visitors a pleasant way to spend part of the weekend and browse a large collection of well-done fine art.

Thursdays at 10 in the Garden

 The transcendent beauty of local gardens is explored in the beguiling Dovecote’s Garden Talk series,  Thursdays at 10:00 A.M. For more information, call (828) 743-0307.

The transcendent beauty of local gardens is explored in the beguiling Dovecote’s Garden Talk series,
Thursdays at 10:00 A.M. For more information, call (828) 743-0307.

Welcome to Dovecote’s Garden Talk Salon at 10:00 A.M. on Thursdays!
A smash hit this June, this contemporary garden lecture series covered topics from evergreens for mountain residences, delightful dahlias, the magic of miniature gardens and sculpture in the garden presented by horticulturists Jeff Zahner and Erin Watson, landscape architect Mary Palmer Dargan and sculptor Carl Peverall.
A mountain garden in July is ripe with picture perfect dahlias, billowing limelight hydrangeas and dazzling garden borders. Now is the time to harvest photos while enjoying family and friends.
Please join us on July 3, as Dovecote’s Garden Talk Salon continues. Learn to make elderflower frisse, a cooling summer beverage from lemons and the native elderflower, Sambucus canadensis from botanist and author Mary Palmer Dargan.
Need to spiff up your summer garb? Create a garden party hat or a fascinator, or just be fascinated, at this free event on July 10 with our mystery designer and migrate over to the Mountains in Bloom special luncheon!
Embrace art in the garden week which begins on July 15 to “Watch Art Happen!” in the Garden at Dovecote. Benefitting the Cashiers Plein Air Festival, 30 artists converge on The Cornucopia and Dovecote vicinity to paint en plein air at the first light of dawn. Dargan Landscape Architects sponsors the free early A.M. breakfast, tea and coffee.
Unleash the creative spirit within you when acclaimed Columbus artist Eve Tidwell teaches our first art studio on July 17. Eve’s garden canvases are big as is her beautiful garden, and your canvas can be too! Karen Weihs, co-founder of Cashiers Plein Air and award-winning contemporary artist, presents a Special Event Plein Air Exhibition on Friday, July 18, in Dovecote’s Garden from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Stuck? Can’t let your intuition let you choose the flowers or cuttings to create beautiful floral arrangements? The Barefoot Gardener, aka floral designer Jodie Zahner, will inspire you on July 24. Bring your own garden bits and pieces to the workshop to use as background or accent. We will provide extra materials like oasis, tape and extra filler material. Dovecote provides a container for your creative juices to reside in!
On July 31, Mary Palmer Dargan shares her magic mix for creating timeless mountain garden designs. This special field trip explores the magic of materials unique to our vicinity.
For details please contact dargan.com/dovecote-events or call (828) 743-0307.

A Sky Spectacular

What’s July 4th without fireworks?
The Village Green is proud to provide this summer’s colossal fireworks display for the Cashiers area community. The Village Green will partner with the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association to create a spectacular evening of entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy as part of the Independence Day celebration.
The Fireworks Extravaganza On the Green will begin at 6:30 P.M. Friday, July 4, at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. The festivities include a live concert by The Extraordinaires, a rhythm and blues band featuring kicking horns and smooth vocals that will have people dancing on the lawn. The crowning moment of the night will be the magnificent fireworks show.
“Come to The Village Green and watch the rockets’ red glare, and every other color in the rainbow,” said Village Green Executive Director Ann Self. “This year’s show has twice as many pyrotechnics with more than 1,000 colorful salutes, crowns and brilliant bursts to light up the mountain night sky.”
Many small towns and communities have cut or drastically reduced fireworks displays in recent years because of financial constraints. The Village Green stepped up to ensure this would not be the case in Cashiers.
“The Village Green is delighted to preserve another treasured tradition for our community, and we hope that this will be the best part of the holiday weekend for people here in the area,” said Jochen Lucke, Chairperson of the Village Green Board of Directors.
To safeguard future and even more amazing fireworks for Cashiers, The Village Green is establishing a Fireworks Fund.
“Event-goers will have the opportunity to make contributions at preferred parking locations as well as the entrances to The Village Green Commons,” said Self. “We hope this grassroots effort will foster the spirit of community.”
The Village Green is a 12.5-acre park that was created to preserve the legacy of the bucolic mountain lifestyle. The Village Green is the beautiful, green heart for public use but relies on private funding to provide this exceptional venue for everyone to enjoy.
“Events like the fireworks extravaganza would not be possible without the generous support of our donors,” Self said. For more information about The Village Green, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Saturday’s Divine on Pine

Saturdays on Pine spice up summer evenings with sounds both subtle and sultry.

Saturdays on Pine spice up summer evenings with sounds both subtle and sultry.

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Kay and Thomas Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, and many generous sponsors have some red-hot Saturday evening performances lined up for you at the Saturdays on Pine concert series.
Concerts begin at 6:00 P.M. and are held at The Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands. Whether it’s jazz, country, blue grass, or rock and roll, Saturdays on Pine will present some of the finest bands the region has to offer!
Shane Bridges kicks off the concert series on July 4 and 5. Shane was given his first guitar at age 14 and by the age of 18 had made a career of singing and songwriting. His influences range from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty, and his touring band consists of professional, seasoned musicians and writers. His music can be heard on such popular TV shows as “The Hill” and “The Real World.”
The Hobohemians from Athens, Georgia, will be on stage July 12. This six-piece band plays original and popular music from the 1920s and 30s — music that emanated from country roads and juke joints and includes a broad selection of Americana from George Gershwin to Cab Calloway.
Next up is Tellico from Asheville, North Carolina, slated for July 19. Well-known for their rootsy singing and vocal harmony, as well as the hard-edge nostalgic-yet-modern themes of their songwriting, this quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs, and instrumental prowess in Western North Carolina and beyond.
Homemade Wine brings their brand of Southern Rock to the park on July 26. These guys have fermented, cured, blended, and seasoned their sound into a 150-proof explosion that has spread their blend of jam-infused Southern Rock from the Florida Keys to the Pacific Northwest where they’ve hit practically every roadhouse, club, festival, and music venue in between.
In August you’ll hear The Lonesome Road Band, Hi 5, Mangas Colorado, Copious Jones and Tea for Three.
Kay and Thomas hope that the Saturdays on Pine bring you out to enjoy old friends, new friends, or soon-to-be-friends every Saturday evening all summer long. Be sure to enjoy the shops, have a bite to eat, or bring a picnic and come out for great music in Highlands! For more information about Saturdays on Pine, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at (828) 526- 2112.

by Jenny King

 

 

 

 

Come to a County Fair!

The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library are inviting everyone on the plateau to an old-fashioned Country Fair to be held on the grounds of the library on July 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
The fair is being given in celebration of the library’s 20th anniversary and is free to the public.
Think hot dogs, soft drinks, and popcorn. Clowns and balloons. Musicians.
Think prizes for the winners of the three-legged races, the cake walk, the pie-eating contest, and the ice cream-eating contest sponsored by Blue Bell Ice Cream.
There’ll be activities for children, including face-painting, games, storytelling and Go Fish.
Joining the festivities will be animals from The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, as well as Tooth Fairies from the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic and Miss P, the beloved Labrador Retriever who has listened to hundreds of children read to her at the library over the years.
At 1:30 P.M. a ceremony honoring current and former librarians, library employees, and the many volunteers who have served the library during the past two decades will begin with the arrival of Barbara Carlton by horse and carriage. Mrs. Carlton, who donated the land for the library in memory of her husband, Albert Carlton, and who established the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library Foundation to help support the library, will cut the birthday cake and welcome county commissioners and other honored guests.
A raffle drawing mid-afternoon will announce the winner of the coveted king-sized, hand-sewn quilt created and donated by Graceann Smith, chair of the raffle.
Please call the library at (828) 743-0215 for additional information.

Yearn to Learn? Try CLE

The Center for Life Enrichment’s 2014 curriculum offers a full spectrum of knowledge, insight and entertainment.  For more information, call (828) 526-8811 or visit clehighlands.com

The Center for Life Enrichment’s 2014 curriculum offers a full spectrum of knowledge, insight and entertainment.
For more information, call (828) 526-8811 or visit clehighlands.com

The Center for Life Enrichment is offering so many entertaining, educational, and compelling classes this July, you’ll have a serious dilemma trying to decide which classes to attend.
You may attend one of the many classes on art. “Architecture Informing Art” is in conjunction with The Bascom exhibit, “From the Earth.” Artist and presenter Vicki Grant’s work expresses the evolution of her life and talents. Also being offered are “A Photographic Look at the White House and Politics,” “Dante’s Florence and the Rise of the Renaissance,” “A Photographic Tour of the Georgia Museum of Art,” and “Watercolor in the British Tradition,” taught as an instructional class.
If you’re more interested in current affairs or history and philosophy, consider “The Second Amendment: Right to Bear Arms,” “The Senate Filibuster Rules: Are They Constitutional?” “Deists, Atheists, Reluctant Theists,” “East Meets West: Religions of the World,” and “50 Shades: Philosophy of Color.” Expand your literary knowledge with “Hemingway and Cuba” by Allen Josephs, a world-renowned Hemingway scholar and past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society.
For fun and entertainment, sign up for a garden tour, cooking class, field trips to natural treasures on the Highlands Plateau, or attend “I’m Right! You’re Wrong!…Is….That…So?” and learn how you can become a better participant or leader in your business, organization, or personal relationship.
The list of great classes with dynamic speakers at Center for Life Enrichment eliminates boredom as the summer season heats up in Highlands.
If you would like to register for classes or need more information, email us at clehighlands@yahoo.com, or call (828) 526-8811. You can also stop by the CLE office located at 348 South Fifth Street in the Peggy Crosby Building in Highlands.

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Readin’, Writing’, and Rotary

Everyone is invited to join the Rotary Club of Highlands for an evening of bingo. It’s an opportunity to win a little spending money and support the Literacy Council of Highlands. On July 10 at 6:30 P.M. come out to the Highlands Community Building next door to the Ball Park on US 64 (Cashiers Highway) for Rotary Bingo.
Listen attentively and cover the spaces quickly. As a winner you can give all your funds back to support helping someone learn to read. Even if you say “I never win anything,” don’t despair. They always include at least one game of “The Biggest Loser” for folks like you. The last person to have an uncovered space on their card wins a prize. How easy is that?
Where else can you have a complete evening of fun for only $15 ($1 per card for 15 games)?
The Literacy Council offers help for youngsters who need tutoring in any subject, adults who wish to obtain their GED, and people of all ages who need to learn English as a second language.
Why not go the second mile and be a table sponsor? This opportunity is open to business owners and individuals. A one-page ad is only $50; half-page ads are $25. Make your checks payable to Highlands Rotary Club. Call the Literacy Council of Highlands at (828) 526-0863 to purchase an ad.
There’s no better way to help our area non-profits raise funds than to support their programs. Remember to stay until the end. The 15th game gives you the chance to win some serious money. Laugh a lot, share with friends, and support the Literacy Council of Highlands.

by Wiley Sloan

For the Benefit of All

The Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show, set for Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27, at Blue Ridge School,  delivers on the promises built over 38 years – a dazzling collection that spans continents and centuries.

The Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show, set for Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27, at Blue Ridge School,
delivers on the promises built over 38 years – a dazzling collection that spans continents and centuries.

Don’t miss the 38th Annual Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show Friday, July 25, through Sunday, July 27.
Sixty exhibitors from the British Isles to New England to the Deep South will bring their finest selections to delight antique shoppers.
“Our exhibition is overflowing with a huge variety of items visitors will absolutely love,” says manager Hazel Giles.
Among those items are French, English, Continental, and American furniture, decorative arts, fine linens and vintage clothing, cabin and lodge furnishings, American country, and wonderful garden antiques. Shop for the finest in silver and glass, along with European, Chinese, and Japanese porcelains. Exquisite fine boxes, bronzes, and Black Forest carvings share the stage with American and European paintings and prints, rare coins, and objects d’art. Get ready to be dazzled by lighting from France, antique and vintage jewelry, rare majolica figures, and be sure not to miss out on oriental and decorative rugs.
The show site is Blue Ridge School, 95 Bobcat Drive, just north of the crossroads of US Highway 64 and State Road 107, Cashiers. All venues are air-conditioned. Wheelchairs are available. Fressers of Highlands is the vendor of fresh food. Enjoy it under the garden dining tent.
Bring your chipped glassware for repair by renowned glass repairman Ken Robertson. Tim Buchanan and family will offer gorgeous hand-engraving on gold, silver, and pewter.
A donation of $10 is good for all three days. Save 10 percent by bringing any media ad or discount card from area stores, or request one via mail. A beautiful red/white/blue vintage quilt in the Irish Chain design will be this year’s
door prize.
Contact Hazel Giles at (828) 743-9270 for more information. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sunday, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge School. No pets, please. Working dogs are welcome. Parking is free.

Soar Adventure Race

Highlands Mountaintop Rotary and the Special Operations Adventure Race are holding a benefit golf tournament supporting Highlands/Cashiers charities and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Highlands Mountaintop Rotary and the Special Operations Adventure Race are holding a benefit golf tournament supporting Highlands/Cashiers charities and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Highlands Mountaintop Rotary and the Special Operations Adventure Race are holding a benefit golf tournament at Foundation, 10:00 A.M. Monday, August 4, at Sky Valley Country Club in Sky Valley, Georgia. Cost is $150 per person. For more information, contact Bill Zoellner at (888) 489-2323 or (828) 787-2323.
Proceeds will support local charities and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
In 1980, the aborted rescue attempt of the Iranian hostages brought the heroism of America’s special forces warriors to light, having lost eight members of the newly established Delta Force in that mission.
Concerned citizens established a support system, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, for the families of all special ops soldiers who die in the line of duty. The foundation is a top-rated nonprofit organization that supports the military’s special operations forces and their families through three programs: college scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces, family services, including educational and family counseling, and advocacy support, and Wounded Special Operations Forces Support, including immediate financial stipends of $3,000.
In Highlands and Cashiers, supporters have created a local chapter, the Special Operations adventure Race. Over the years, an annual adventure race and events like the Sky Valley golf tournament have raised over $550,000 for the Foundation.
Thanks to participants, sponsors, volunteers, and generous benefactors SOAR has risen to the occasion every year giving many young people the support they need to make it through difficult emotional and financial times. A college education is the legacy a fallen soldier can still give his or her child, even if he/she is not there to see it.

by Luke Osteen | Photo by Sarah Valentine

Tackling Hunger

Miracles happen every day at Fishes and Loaves.
In 2005, the founders of Fishes and Loaves had a divine idea. They were astounded to learn that one in six people in Jackson County are below the poverty line, which means a lot of families go without food.
So, a holy host of volunteers from several area churches and organizations got together to tackle the hunger problem and the results were soul-and-body satisfying. In the nine years since, the group has seen to it that the dietary needs of many of Jackson County’s hungry have been met. Last year, 2,191 households, for a total of 6,815 people, received 3,186 boxes of food. A box contains three cans each of vegetables, meat, and fruit, two cans of soup, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and peanut butter. Special boxes are prepared for Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution. Recipients are provided food as often as twice a month.
In the winter, the Rotary Club of Cashiers teams up with Fishes and Loaves to provide free outerwear to the needy during the colder months.
Fishes and Loaves has two major fundraisers each year: The Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast, which will be held Saturday, July 5, from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Cashiers Community Center, and The Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the Zachary-Tolbert House Pavilion.
For more information about volunteering, donating, or receiving, contact Carole Stork at (828) 743-3222. Filling an empty bowl fills two hearts: the one who hungers…and yours.

Making a Difference

Spanning two days, Friday and Saturday July 11 and 12, sthe Cashiers Church of the Good Shepherd’s Annual Auctions and Bazaar has earned  a cherished place on the community’s social calendar.

Spanning two days, Friday and Saturday July 11 and 12, sthe Cashiers Church of the Good Shepherd’s Annual Auctions and Bazaar has earned a cherished place on the community’s social calendar.

Mark your calendars for the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Annual Auctions and Bazaar on July 11 and 12.
The auctions are held at the church on Friday, July 11, with the Silent Auction viewing and bidding from 4:00 to 6:15 P.M. Refreshments will be served from 5:00 to 6:15 P.M. with the Live Auction beginning at 6:30 P.M. There is a $5 admission fee.
Silent auction items feature artwork, gift certificates from local merchants for dining and golf, a handcrafted bench and table, an entire Department 56 Christmas village and much more. The Live Auction will include a stay at a three-bedroom condo in Barcelona, Spain; reservations for three couples in Los Cabos, Mexico, at the Villa Del Mar Palmilla Resort; a week on the South Carolina coast at Palmetto Bluff; a duck hunting trip in Arkansas; a stay at a Vero Beach, Florida, home; a New Orleans Jazz Brunch; a pig roast; an Asian dinner; golf outings; a luncheon cruise; a croquet dinner and game, and many other exciting items.
On Saturday, the Bazaar will be held at the Cashiers Community Center from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Breakfast and lunch will be served from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. New this year will be a free children’s craft tent and live music by Pic n Play with John Huxley, so bring the entire family for a fun-filled day. Plan to spend time rummaging through the departments upstairs and under the tents. You’ll find antiques, artwork and pottery, baskets, books, bric-a-brac, children’s items, furniture, garden and patio items, kitchenware, linens, rugs, sporting goods, and prepared foods to take home.
These are huge events with over 150 volunteers chaired by Carol Treichel and Nan Major (bazaar) and Lea Thompson and Gail Keck (auctions). Items are collected over the entire year and all proceeds go to outreach to serve the less fortunate in our community. Funds are distributed to approximately 35 agencies.

Contributed by Janie Crews

Environmental Connection

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s annual Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, a summer tradition that began in the 1930s, continues this month.
These lectures are held at 6:30 P.M. on Thursday evenings at the Highlands Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road) and are free and open to the public. To complement some of the lectures, several mini-trips are scheduled from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. the next day, to explore the topics in more depth. Each foray is led either by staff from the Biological Station or professionals from local organizations. Additional details, including cost, will be posted at highlandsbiological.org/forays/.
On July 3, Travis Knowles, associate professor of biology at Francis Marion University, will lecture on his and Peter Weigl’s hypothesis on the phenomenon of grassy balds. The lecture is titled “Temperature Mountain Grasslands: A Climate-Herbivore Hypothesis for Origins and Persistence.”
The following week, on July 10, author Jay Erskine Leutze’s lecture will be derived from his popular book “Stand Up That Mountain: the Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail.” The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is sponsoring this lecture.
On July 17, Mary Pat Matheson, President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will lecture on “The Art and Science of the Atlanta Botanical Garden: Connecting People to Plants and Science.” Her lecture will be followed the next day, July 18, with a Garden Foray from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.
Dr. Larry Mellichamp, executive director of the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, will lecture on “Native Plants of the Southeast and their Garden Uses” on July 24. This lecture is inspired by his latest book “Native Plants of the Southeast.” The next day, July 25, join us for a trip to the Southern
Highlands Reserve.
On July 31, Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain will present “Soul Mates for Life: Native Plants and their Fungal Partners.” There will be a fungi foray the following day.
For more information about these and other programs, visit highlandsbiological.org or call (828) 526-2221.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Mountain Tennis Challenge

International tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier return to the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers on Saturday, July 26,  for the second annual Mountain Challenge. There’s also an exclusive Summer Soiree set for the night before.

International tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier return to the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers on Saturday, July 26, for the second annual Mountain Challenge. There’s also an exclusive Summer Soiree set for the night before.

“Love” means a lot of things. In tennis it means a well-played match between two fierce competitors.
In Cashiers, it means staging a tennis tournament featuring former number one tennis stars Jim Courier and Andy Roddick to benefit the new Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. The event was so successful in 2013 that this year’s ticket sales and venue space have more than doubled in size.
On Saturday, July 26, Roddick and Courier return to bring star power to the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers for Andy Roddick’s Mountain Challenge.
Mountain Challenge fund-raising activities begin on Friday evening, July 25, with the Summer Soiree. Guests will enjoy cocktails at a Cirque de Soiree Mountain Street Party, followed by dinner, a live auction, and entertainment by two Grammy-winning bands, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Thousands of area residents and visitors are expected to attend numerous Mountain Challenge activities, including not only the Roddick/Courier center court challenge, but also preliminary matches for North Carolina’s best amateur tennis players. Winners will tackle the pros in a best two out of three set match. There is a VIP breakfast for those holding special tickets.
“By opening a Boys and Girls Club, we hope to provide many of the extracurricular activities available in large cities to the children of our rural community for a nominal membership fee,” says Boys and Girls Club board member Cheryl Benitez. “Making these activities available to our own kids will level the playing field by providing opportunities for them to discover their own gifts and abilities, thus making it possible for them to continue in higher education.”
You can buy tickets for the July 25 Friday Night Soiree and Saturday, July 26, tennis at cashiers.com. General admission parking tickets are sold separately and shuttles run all day. Bring your friends and family to a full day of festivities.

by Luke Osteen  |  Photo by Sarah Valentine

 

Saturday’s Divine on Pine

Saturdays on Pine spice up summer evenings with sounds both subtle and sultry.

Saturdays on Pine spice up summer evenings with sounds both subtle and sultry.

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Kay and Thomas Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, and many generous sponsors have some red-hot Saturday evening performances lined up for you at the Saturdays on Pine concert series.
Concerts begin at 6:00 P.M. and are held at The Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands. Whether it’s jazz, country, blue grass, or rock and roll, Saturdays on Pine will present some of the finest bands the region has to offer!
Shane Bridges kicks off the concert series on July 4 and 5. Shane was given his first guitar at age 14 and by the age of 18 had made a career of singing and songwriting. His influences range from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty, and his touring band consists of professional, seasoned musicians and writers. His music can be heard on such popular TV shows as “The Hill” and “The Real World.”
The Hobohemians from Athens, Georgia, will be on stage July 12. This six-piece band plays original and popular music from the 1920s and 30s — music that emanated from country roads and juke joints and includes a broad selection of Americana from George Gershwin to Cab Calloway.
Next up is Tellico from Asheville, North Carolina, slated for July 19. Well-known for their rootsy singing and vocal harmony, as well as the hard-edge nostalgic-yet-modern themes of their songwriting, this quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs, and instrumental prowess in Western North Carolina and beyond.
Homemade Wine brings their brand of Southern Rock to the park on July 26. These guys have fermented, cured, blended, and seasoned their sound into a 150-proof explosion that has spread their blend of jam-infused Southern Rock from the Florida Keys to the Pacific Northwest where they’ve hit practically every roadhouse, club, festival, and music venue in between.
In August you’ll hear The Lonesome Road Band, Hi 5, Mangas Colorado, Copious Jones and Tea for Three.
Kay and Thomas hope that the Saturdays on Pine bring you out to enjoy old friends, new friends, or soon-to-be-friends every Saturday evening all summer long. Be sure to enjoy the shops, have a bite to eat, or bring a picnic and come out for great music in Highlands! For more information about Saturdays on Pine, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center at (828) 526- 2112.

A Sky Spectacular

The timeless excitement of a fireworks celebration will blossom in the July Fourth skies over the Cashiers Village Green. The fun starts with a concert by The Extraordinaires at 6:30 P.M.

The timeless excitement of a fireworks celebration will blossom in the July Fourth skies over the Cashiers Village Green. The fun starts with a concert by The Extraordinaires at 6:30 P.M.

What’s July 4th without fireworks?
The Village Green is proud to provide this summer’s colossal fireworks display for the Cashiers area community. The Village Green will partner with the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association to create a spectacular evening of entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy as part of the Independence Day celebration.
The Fireworks Extravaganza On the Green will begin at 6:30 P.M. Friday, July 4, at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. The festivities include a live concert by The Extraordinaires, a rhythm and blues band featuring kicking horns and smooth vocals that will have people dancing on the lawn. The crowning moment of the night will be the magnificent fireworks show.
“Come to The Village Green and watch the rockets’ red glare, and every other color in the rainbow,” said Village Green Executive Director Ann Self. “This year’s show has twice as many pyrotechnics with more than 1,000 colorful salutes, crowns and brilliant bursts to light up the mountain night sky.”
Many small towns and communities have cut or drastically reduced fireworks displays in recent years because of financial constraints. The Village Green stepped up to ensure this would not be the case in Cashiers.
“The Village Green is delighted to preserve another treasured tradition for our community, and we hope that this will be the best part of the holiday weekend for people here in the area,” said Jochen Lucke, Chairperson of the Village Green Board of Directors.
To safeguard future and even more amazing fireworks for Cashiers, The Village Green is establishing a Fireworks Fund.
“Event-goers will have the opportunity to make contributions at preferred parking locations as well as the entrances to The Village Green Commons,” said Self. “We hope this grassroots effort will foster the spirit of community.”
The Village Green is a 12.5-acre park that was created to preserve the legacy of the bucolic mountain lifestyle. The Village Green is the beautiful, green heart for public use but relies on private funding to provide this exceptional venue for everyone to enjoy.
“Events like the fireworks extravaganza would not be possible without the generous support of our donors,” Self said. For more information about The Village Green, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Fun-Filled Fourth

 

Highlands’ Fourth of July offers all the charm and excitement of a small town celebration. For more information, call (866) 526-5841.

Highlands’ Fourth of July offers all the charm and excitement of a small town celebration. For more information, call (866) 526-5841.

Celebrate our nation’s birthday in the Highlands tradition.
The Town Ball Field on US 64 next to the Community Building the site for good old-fashioned Fourth of July fun at 10:00 A.M.
Show your skills in the three-legged race or get revenge with the water balloon toss. Let the children marvel at MAMA, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s emergency helicopter, and the Highlands Fire Department’s shining ladder truck.
You can savor the tasty hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixin’s prepared by the Rotary Club of Highlands. Wash down your choice with your favorite soft drink. Sit at the picnic tables at the Community Building, or grab your burgers to go. Proceeds from the cookout help the Rotary Club support a host of local projects.
Stroll down to Main Street to enjoy live music in Town Square by Johnny Webb and the J. W. Band from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Johnny is a Franklin native who is accompanied by four other talented local musicians. Pine Street Park will also be filled with the music of guitarist Shane Bridges and his band during this same time period.
After dinner, head on down to the Presbyterian Church of Highlands where you can enjoy a patriotic concert at 8:00 P.M. The show will feature the talents of bagpiper Dave Landis, trumpeter Larry Black, organist Angie Jenkins and the Highlands Male Chorus under the direction of Joe Powell and accompanist Carol Guise. The church is located at 471 Main Street. Handicapped entrances are located on Church Street and on Fifth Street. This free concert will be finished in plenty of time for you to enjoy the Town of Highlands fireworks display.
As darkness falls, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce brings out a spectacular fireworks display that will be visible throughout the downtown. Be sure to tune your radio to WHLC 104.5 FM to enjoy the music coordinated with the fireworks.
For more information, call the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (866) 526-5841.

Andy Roddick’s Mountain Challenge

International tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier return to the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers on Saturday, July 26,  for Andy Roddick’s Mountain Challenge.

International tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier return to the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers on Saturday, July 26, for Andy Roddick’s Mountain Challenge.

On Saturday, July 26, former world number-one tennis luminaries Andy Roddick and Jim Courier return to bring star power to the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers for Andy Roddick’s
Mountain Challenge.
The goal is to raise capital for the newly formed Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau, slated to open in August.
Attendees from last year’s highly successful Mountain Challenge say Roddick and company stage a great show and are guaranteed to put a whole lot of fun in the upcoming fundraiser.
After last year’s event, Mountain Youth Charities began the work of researching and creating a great after-school and summer program for the children of our area. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America have a long history of excellent programming with life-changing results. Mountain Youth Charities has partnered with the community to open a club that will bring programs and activities that are not currently or conveniently available to the children of the Cashiers-Highlands Plateau.
Thousands of area residents and visitors are expected to attend numerous Mountain Challenge activities, including not only the Roddick/Courier center court challenge, but also preliminary matches for North Carolina’s best amateur tennis players. Winners will tackle the pros in a best two out of three set match. There is a VIP breakfast for those holding special tickets. Don’t miss the Summer Soiree hosted by Roddick and Courier July 25, at a venue to be announced. Meet and greet the pros and enjoy an evening of feasting and fun.
You can buy tickets for the July 25 Friday Night Soiree and Saturday, July 26 tennis at cashiers.com. General admission parking tickets are sold separately and shuttles run all day. Bring your friends and family to a full day of festivities.
And remember, tennis starts with love.

Maria Howell in Highlands

The dulcet notes of vocalist Maria Howell are the centerpiece of an ambitious fundraiser for the  -Episcopal Church of the Incarnation’s Haiti Mission.

The dulcet notes of vocalist Maria Howell are the centerpiece of an ambitious fundraiser for the
-Episcopal Church of the Incarnation’s Haiti Mission.

Atlanta vocalist Maria Howell will perform at 6:00 P.M. Sunday, June 22, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation to benefit Highlands Friends of Haiti, the church’s mission in
Haiti’s Central Plateau.
A nationally-recognized song stylist in her own right, Maria has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. After a very successful stint in Asia, Maria relocated to the Atlanta area and performed at Sambuca Jazz Café for nine years.
Her music is a collective of sultry, soulful, smooth tones. Howell not only combines sounds such as R&B with jazzy punctuations, she evokes an international flavor into her flambé of recordings. Maria has absolute control of the stage and takes you along on an amazing musical adventure. Her wide ranging repertoire covers everything with class, charm, and great control as she draws the audience into her
musical world.
Maria is also talented actress with many TV and movie credits. Her earliest film performance was as the choir soloist in the movie “The Color Purple.” Her rendition of “God Is Trying to Tell You Something” was memorable for all who saw it, but the offerings of the all-grown-up Maria are also truly unforgettable. Most recently she played Seeder, one of the contestants in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and she has been a regular cast member on the hit NBC TV series “Revolution.”
The June 22 performance will be preceded by wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres and a short live auction. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased at the Church of the Incarnation or by calling (828) 526-2968.