Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

A Phenomenal Fourth

Highlands’ Fourth of July festivities is a celebration of the best of Small Town Life.

Highlands’ Fourth of July festivities is a celebration of the best of Small Town Life.

July 4.
It’s time to put on your red, white and blue and join your neighbors in some patriotic good fun.
Highlands knows how to celebrate Independence Day with a long standing tradition of starting the festivities early in the day, and ending them after dark with a bedazzling fireworks display.
Start your day at 9:00 A.M. with the water rocket building and launch at the town baseball field with other classic field games for adults and kids to follow at 11:00 A.M. You will also have a chance to see the MAMA helicopter and cool off with a shower from the Highlands Fire Department ladder truck.
The annual Rotary Barbecue starts at the same time at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Back by popular will be the Wilson Barbecue Plate. Doc Wilson and his pit masters have perfected the art of great barbecue. It’s always a great idea to get there early to ensure that you get to enjoy this traditional July 4 feast.
Enjoy free music while enjoying your barbecue picnic. You can also pick up a plate at the ball field if you’re there enjoying the games.
At 1:00 P.M. at Mill Creek (next to Sweet Treats) the Rotary Club will hold its annual Rubber Ducky Derby. Purchase a rubber duck for $10 and cheer it on to the finish line for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. At 6:30 P.M., be back at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park where our local scout troops will do a Flag Retirement Ceremony. This is a great opportunity to support our scouts and thank them for all they do in our community.
At 8:00 P.M. there will be a patriotic sing at the Presbyterian Church. This free concert lasts for approximately 45 minutes, ensuring that you have plenty of time to claim your spot to watch the magnificent fireworks show, sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. The display starts around 9:00 P.M. and caps off the perfect small town Fourth of July celebration.
For questions about any of the activities, please call (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall

23rd Annual Bel Canto Recital

Bel Canto brings its magical mix back for Highlands for a 23rd  performance, September 13. For information and to get on the mailing list, visit (828) 526-5213 or e-mail highlandsbelcanto@gmail.com.

Bel Canto brings its magical mix back for Highlands for a 23rd performance, September 13. For information and to get on the mailing list, visit (828) 526-5213 or e-mail highlandsbelcanto@gmail.com.

Bel Canto will hold its 23rd annual recital On September 13.
Once again the Highlands/Cashiers area will be treated to an exceptional concert by a quartet of performers from the world of opera in a program that includes not only opera but Broadway favorites as well.
With the 20th anniversary recital we began to present a soprano, a mezzo-soprano, a tenor, and a baritone so we would be able to bring you a full repertoire of vocal music — solos, duets, trios and quartets! As he has since Bel Canto’s inception, Stephen Dubberly will accompany the performers and will also perform a solo piano piece.
As always, the concert will be followed by a gala sit-down dinner held at Highlands Country Club. The solicitation letter will be mailed in early July to those who have attended Bel Canto in the past. These past benefactors will be able to buy tickets early to assure themselves of seats at the always sold out performance. Become one of the benefactors this year if you have not been one in the past.
In the past 22 years Bel Canto has supported The Bascom Permanent Collection, Highlands School music program (with its new choral groups), the Highlands Community Child Development Center, and the Gordon Center, which runs the preschool programs at both the Episcopal Church and the Methodist Church. Bel Canto is now supporting the music program in all the preschool programs in Highlands. In the last two years alone Bel Canto has donated over $93,000 to our four beneficiaries thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our benefactors.
So put Sunday, September 13, on your calendar now and plan to attend the 23rd Annual Bel Canto Recital. To contact Bel Canto and get on the mailing list, please call (828) 526-5213 or e-mail highlandsbelcanto@gmail.com. You can also mail your contact information to Bel Canto Recital, P.O. Box 2392, Highlands, NC 28741.

Contributed by Janet Grantham

Art With a Mission

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Page Webster’s deeply personal artwork required a leap of faith and a little Maltese.

Page Webster’s deeply personal artwork required a leap of faith and a little Maltese.

Michele “Page” Webster paints compelling landscapes…the kind you feel like you can leap into.
Her collectors tell her they can almost feel a waterfall’s spray or hear a river’s rush when they view her work. She likes giving people “good” goosebumps by using visual cues to evoke a physical response. That is why she started The EFP Foundation Inc., a non-profit she established to honor her mother whom she adored. The Foundation’s mission is to impact and nurture the natural healing process of sick and injured children and their families through gifts of soothing, positive artwork. Her mission is to provide quiet, comforting paintings for hospitals far and wide to help foster healing.
“I use nature to stir emotions and remind us of the intrinsic beauty that surrounds us,” she says.
Perhaps her paintings are restorative because she infuses holy soil from New Mexico’s El Santuario de Chimayo into pigments she uses for certain paintings.
When asked how she got interested in painting, Page says, “My mother gave me the gift of appreciating nature. When I’d see a sunrise, a sunset, a pastoral scene, I wanted to capture that on canvas. But family and work came first, so I put my painting dream on hold. But about five years ago my daughter, now on her own, gifted me with Lola, a Maltese pup. Lola became my Muse.”
And once you’ve got your Muse on, everything falls into place.
An acquaintance who was painting Page’s home’s interior was also a visual artist. He talked to her about her desire to paint.
She said, “But I can’t draw.”
He offered to give her a couple of drawing lessons. He did, and the rest is history.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that Page had a background in interior design and photography. A strong sense of balance, color, proportion, and all the elements of design made her a quick study.
You can learn more about Page and The EFP Foundation by going to pagetheartist.com or call (850) 322-7660. View her work at the Bohemia Gallery, 1152 North Fourth Street in Highlands. She is also available to do commissions.

by Donna Rhodes

Blues Festival

Brevard Music Center’s Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival brings out  the heavy hitters of the blues and, of course,  plenty of barbecue, June 5 and 6.

Brevard Music Center’s Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival brings out
the heavy hitters of the blues and, of course,
plenty of barbecue, June 5 and 6.

185 Productions and Brevard Music Center are bringing the Second Annual Brevard Blues and BBQ Festival back to the Brevard Music Center on June 5 and 6. This year will consist of two days of music, craft and food vendors, and the inaugural BBQ Cook Off.
The lineup consists of some blues legends like Mac Arnold, Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh, and Lil’ Charlie Baty, while bringing some local and regional favorites like Shane Pruitt Band, last year’s headliner Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling.
Brevard Music Center in itself is a headliner. It’s situated on a wooded 180-acre campus in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, featuring the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, an open air 1700-seat venue that will be rockin’ the blues in June.
Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a Who’s Who of Blues/R&B Legends. His high school band J Floyd & The Shamrocks were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia, native James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965.
He’s played with Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Howlin’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation.
Anson Funderburgh, a native of Texas, has spent the majority of his adult life playing the blues, with influences from blues legends such as Freddie King, Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed and Bill Doggett. Anson has earned the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl.
Little Charlie Baty is the former leader and masterful guitarist from Alligator Records recording act Little Charlie & the Nightcats. Charlie and the Nightcats have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast’s most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years.
This year’s lineup includes Mark Hummell, Anson Funderburgh, and ‘Lil’ Charly Baty as the Golden State Lone Star Revue; Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues; Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling w/ The Jewel Tones, Andrew Scotchie and The River Rats, Shane Pruitt Band, Rick Rushing.
Tickets are now on sale at the Brevard Music Center box office at www.brevardbluesfestival.com.

Contributed by Jackson Wine

Handmade and Homegrown

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Find the fruits (and vegetables) of the Highlands Plateau at the Highlands Marketplace, Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands.

Find the fruits (and vegetables) of the Highlands Plateau at the Highlands Marketplace, Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands.

You know the season’s officially begun when you see the merchant tents at Highlands Marketplace.
Held on Saturdays, this farmers’ market-style fair brings handmade and homegrown items to the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands. They’re open 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. most Saturdays now through autumn. They offer everything from homemade breads and pastries to jewelry, produce, apparel and home décor. You can even grab breakfast there while you shop. You never know whom you’ll see at the Highlands Marketplace or what treasures you
might find.
You need not travel afar to find the freshest in fruits and vegetables. One of the great things about life in the mountains is our long growing season. Early spring lettuces are followed by berries and then green beans, tomatoes and corn. Fall harvests offer pumpkins, apples and kale. Artisans display their wares alongside local farmers, bakers and beekeepers. This year’s marketplace is more organized than ever thanks to a committee of five enthusiastic individuals who have worked all winter to make this event a weekend destination. They’re dedicated to making this a true farmer’s market, not a flea market and their goal is to foster a sense of camaraderie and support for each vendor. As a committee they are devoted to giving back to the community.
Fees are waived for approved non-profit organizations and all proceeds will be donated to local charities at the end of the season. To participate, complete an application, copies of which are available at Fressers Courtyard Café on Oak Street, Town Hall or by emailingHighlandsMarketplace@gmail.com. You can keep up with them on their Facebook page, too. If you want to find the best the mountains has to offer make sure you take time out to visit Highlands Marketplace from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Saturdays at Kelsey Hutchinson Park.

by Jenny King | Photos by Marjorie Christiansen

Patriotic Concert

First Presbyterian Church’s free Fourth of July concert of patriotic  favorites embodies the best of small town life. The 50-minute show starts at 8:00 P.M. and everyone is invited.

First Presbyterian Church’s free Fourth of July concert of patriotic favorites embodies the best of small town life. The 50-minute show starts at 8:00 P.M. and everyone is invited.

First Presbyterian Church will present its annual patriotic concert at 8:00 P.M. Saturday, July 4.
The free concert will last approximately 50 minutes, ensuring plenty of time to watch the town fireworks display. Featured will be the Highlands Male Chorus under the direction of Joe Powell, with Carol Guise as accompanist; Larry Black on trumpet; and Angie Jenkins on pipe organ. Come dressed as you are.
In the event the fireworks display is cancelled due to rain, the concert will still take place. The church is located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets. Handicapped accessible entrances are located on Church Street and on Fifth Street.

Contributed by Angie Jenkins

30 Years of Giving Back

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Auction and Bazaar, held  Friday, July 10 and 11, is a community-wide sale offering a dizzying  assortment of treasures.

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Auction and Bazaar, held Friday, July 10 and 11, is a community-wide sale offering a dizzying assortment of treasures.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will hold its annual Auction and Bazaar Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11. The fun begins with live and silent auctions that will be held Friday at the church on Highway 107 South in Cashiers. Admission will be $5.
Bidding on silent auction items will be from 4:00 until 6:15 P.M. Friday. A reception with hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:00 P.M., followed by the live auction at 6:30 P.M. Live auction items up for bid this year include exclusive destination vacations as well as gourmet dinners and many other exciting items. This year’s Auction is chaired by Malinda Allen.
The bazaar, now in its 30th year, is a huge event held at the Cashiers Community Center on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Enjoy breakfast starting at 8:00 A.M. with sausage biscuits, coffee, and juice being sold under the food tent. Hot dogs, hamburgers, or chicken sandwiches with chips and sodas will be offered beginning at 11:00 A.M.
In the gymnasium and under the tents, you will find antiques, artwork, baskets, bric-a-brac, books, children’s items, furniture, rugs, kitchenware, linens, pottery, and sporting goods. There is also a garden area. There are many fine items from multiple estates generously donated to the bazaar.
Also, don’t forget to stop by Heavenly Foods to take home some fresh or frozen casseroles, apple pies, soups, jellies, and baked goods. Raffle tickets will be on sale for an expanded offering of items with more opportunities to win some great prizes including a TV, valuable gas cards, a Kindle, and many other great items.
All of the exciting items for sale or auction have generously been donated by the people of Cashiers. Donations are still being accepted up until the weekend of the event and can be dropped off at the church on weekdays from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Large items can be picked up by calling the church office at (828) 743-2359. They are unable to accept items such as adult clothing, exercise equipment, sofas, recliners, mattresses, microwaves, televisions, and small appliances not in working condition.
Bazaar chair Donna Barrs has worked along with numerous volunteers throughout the year to make this year’s event a success. The Good Shepherd Outreach Program donates all proceeds from the auction and bazaar directly to the community through various organizations and agencies.

Contributed by Suzanne Arthur

Lunch for Literacy

Local restaurants and their generous diners are contributing  to the Literacy Council of Cashiers’ ongoing programs.  Lunch for Literacy will be staged Friday, July 3.

Local restaurants and their generous diners are contributing
to the Literacy Council of Cashiers’ ongoing programs. Lunch for Literacy will be staged Friday, July 3.

Do you like to eat? Do you think reading is important?
If your answer is “yes” to both of these questions, then here is a fun event for you to join. Gather a group of your friends and have lunch on Friday, July 3, at The Zookeeper Bistro and On the Side Barbecue. These restaurants are donating a percentage of their receipts for that day to the Literacy Council of Cashiers.
Taking a different tack, The Orchard Restaurant, Slabtown Pizza, and the Cork and Barrel Lounge in Sapphire have made direct donations.
The Literacy Council of Cashiers is hosting its fifth annual Lunch for Literacy, the chance for residents of Southern Jackson County and local restaurants to boost local literacy efforts.
The generosity of these restaurants is vital to the mission of the Literacy Council. It supports the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, quarterly book giveaways for students at Summit School and Blue Ridge School, and the 5 on 5 Summer Book Program at Blue Ridge.
The Literacy Council of Cashiers has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide children from birth to age 5 living in the Cashiers, Glenville, and Sapphire zip codes a free age appropriate book monthly in the mail. This program is completely free for families as the Literacy Council pays the sponsorship fee for each child to be in
the program.
Other activities the Literacy Council sponsors are special story times for our preschoolers, workshops on how parents can help their child learn to love reading, computer assisted learning at Blue Ridge School in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley.
If you’d like to add an additional donation or volunteer to help the Literacy Council, please mail a donation to The Literacy Council of Cashiers, PO Box 791, Cashiers, NC 28717 or call (828) 508-9384 with questions or to volunteer. If you’d like to register your child for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, you’ll find registration forms at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.

by Luke Osteen

Ann B. Ross: Author’s Tea

Join the ladies of Highlands United Methodist Church for their 2nd annual Author’s Tea as they host famed North Carolina writer Ann B. Ross on Saturday, June 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
A writer since the 1980’s, Mrs. Ross is best known for her series of books featuring Miss Julia — a genteel Southern lady who readily speaks her mind.
The church’s Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a beautifully appointed Tea Room with tables decorated by various hostesses. Some may adorn their space with grandmother’s china, crystal, and silver atop lace table linens from bygone eras. Others may take a more artistic approach providing a tablescape of 21st Century pottery and glassware. Whichever decorating style they select, you can be sure that the décor will be pleasing to the eye. Centerpieces will be as varied as the table’s décor — featuring a variety of flowers and native fauna from throughout our area. Enjoy your favorite hot tea or iced beverage as you munch on delectable sandwiches and petit fours.
You’ll hear from Mrs. Ross about Miss Julia’s latest adventure in her most recent book – “Miss Julia Lays Down the Law.” If you’ve lived in a small Southern town, you can easily relate to the trials and tribulations that challenge Miss Julia and her friends and neighbors. If you’re not from the South, Mrs. Ross describes Miss Julia as “slender, older woman who you might see walking along the sidewalk in a white winter coat holding the hand of a young boy.’ No one really knows Miss Julia’s age, because it’s not proper to ask a lady her age.
Mrs. Ross began her writing career in the early 1980’s by publishing two mysteries in paperback. Her first hardcover book was a 19th century adventure story. The first book in her Miss Julia series was published in 1999 and set Mrs. Ross onto a full-time writing career.
Some might describe Mrs. Ross as a “late bloomer,” having undertaken her college education once her own children were attending college. Once on track Mrs. Ross did not stop until she had achieved her Doctor of Philosophy from UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to writing, Mrs. Ross has taught literature and humanities at UNC-Asheville.
A mother of two daughters and a son who proudly claims six grandchildren, Mrs. Ross is not one to rest lazily in her garden. A demanding tour schedule to meet her readers requires that she guard her time at home so that she has time to write. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase “Miss Julia Lays Down the Law” and have it autographed at the Tea.
To purchase your tickets, call Gay Kattel at (828) 526-2746 or the church office at (828) 526-3376. The ticket price of $20 each will help defray costs of The Gordon Center for Children, the community daycare for area youngsters.

by Wiley Sloan

Dazzling Dahlias

The Dazzlin’ Dahlias festival revels in the beauty of these queens of late summer. It will be staged from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.  Saturday, September 12 at Highlands Recreation Center.

The Dazzlin’ Dahlias festival revels in the beauty of these queens of late summer. It will be staged from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, September 12 at Highlands Recreation Center.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Dazzlin’ Dahlias celebration.
The Patron’s Party will be at the Highlands Country Club’s Hudson House on Thursday evening, September 10. Enjoy Mexican cuisine as you chat with friends with the strains of music from a Mexican Mariachi band in the background.
Then on Saturday, September 12, enjoy the beautiful dahlias that will be on display at the festival at the Highlands Recreation Center, located at 600 North Fourth Street (Cashiers Highway across from the First Citizens Bank). The show runs 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 you’d like to donate for these arrangements to be sold, please bring them to the Civic Center.
See flowers of all colors and sizes — from the smaller anemone dahlia to the large dinner plate dahlia. Interestingly, there are no blue dahlias. No one has been able to perfect that color.
Enter your dahlias in the show. Over 300 entries filled the Recreation Center during last year’s festival. Flowers to be judged can be brought to the Recreation Center from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, September 11, and on Saturday, September 12, from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M.
This year’s festival will include a special category — Dahlias Grown By Youngsters. Hillary Stiehler will work with the children at the area schools and daycare centers to help them learn about growing dahlias, while Linda David will include a feature about dahlias in her curriculum during the Kelsey Kids camp at HHS this summer. We hope that you’ll help your children and grandchildren enter their prize dahlias in this year’s flower show.
Tickets will be available in August ($100 per person/limit 125 people) for the festive Patron Party.
For more details on this exciting event, go to www.highlandshistory.com or call the Highlands 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 | Photo by Marjorie Christiansen

Bascom in Bloom

The Bascom in Bloom, set for August 13 through 16, showcases the glorious natural treasures on display at The Bascom.The Bascom’s Mountains in Bloom and Garden Tour is renamed and relocated for the 2015 season. This year’s Bascom in Bloom, hosted on The Bascom campus, will open Thursday, August 13, and continue through Sunday, August 16.
The galleries of The Bascom will be filled with dramatic floral arrangements. Eye-popping color, a profusion of textures, and intoxicating fragrances will be a feast for the senses. The event promises to be every bit as exciting as previous years.
This year’s presentation is a walking tour of the beautiful flowering Bascom campus, guided by Emmy- and Academy-Award winning artist Wesley Wofford. Inside and out, participants will enjoy a wide variety of garden activities including artful floral arrangements inspired by the works in all the August exhibitions. Floral designers from throughout the country will participate in this eagerly-awaited event, including world-renowned Dutch Master Floral Designer Rene van Rems. There will be workshops, lectures, and demonstrations designed to complement and, in some cases, replicate images in the art exhibits.
Bascom in Bloom culminates with a popular benefactor dinner, complete with a live band and dancing featuring The Tams on Sunday, August 16. The Bascom is blooming for one of its largest benefits of the year!
For more information, call (828) 526-4949 or visit thebascom.org.

by Donna Rhodes

Garden Talk Salon

Dovecote’s Garden Talk Salons offer centuries’ worth of garden wisdom and the latest trends in horticulture, served up in a rich and tranquil atmosphere. For information, visit www.dargan.com/dovecote-events.

Dovecote’s Garden Talk Salons offer centuries’ worth of garden wisdom and the latest trends in horticulture, served up in a rich and tranquil atmosphere. For information, visit www.dargan.com/dovecote-events.

Do you want show-stopping dahlias and mixed containers?
Dr. Lynn Dillard shares her secret techniques on June 5 at the Garden Talk Salon at Dovecote in Cashiers. Dr. Dillard and her husband Scott co-founded Scotlyn’s Yard in Cashiers as a hobby greenhouse decades ago. Today, its greenhouses and gardens are known for seasonal color displays and garden plants.
What would birds and bees say about your garden? Glenda Zahner, of Chattooga Gardens, shares her knowledge of bird- and bee-friendly gardens, how to create one in your home environment, and the important roles these feathered and furry friends play in nature. Enjoy learning in Dovecote’s bird-friendly habitat and
pollinator gardens.
Hankering after a restorative, historic summer tonic? Join us on June 18 at 5:00 P.M. and learn about plants our forefathers used to beat the heat and sustain body and soul. Dovecote receives The Village Heritage’s Evergreen Award at this special reception hosted by Cashiers Historical Society and the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce
Need some horticultural advice? Edmund Taylor, horticulturist supreme, is our featured Garden Guru on June 19. Come stump the expert!
Love atmospheric stone sculptures? Carl Peverall returns by popular demand with his spectacular monumental works of garden art. Award winning and classically trained, Carl shares the motivation behind his magnificent creations as he curates each piece at 10:00 A.M. on June 26. A reception accompanies this lecture at Dovecote.
The Garden Talk Salons are held at Dovecote, a historic farmhouse that once nestled in the cornfields of Cashiers. Today it is the office of landscape architects Hugh and Mary Palmer Dargan. Located on McKinney Way (35 Flash Point Lane) off Cashiers School Lane, one mile south of Crossroads on 107. Enjoy a morning glass of herbal tea, stroll Dovecote’s public gardens, and make friends with guest speakers at Dovecote’s garden salons. See www.dargan.com/dovecote-events for more information and schedule of events.
Getting your hands dirty has never been as fun!

Red, White, and Boom

Fireworks are a quintessential American celebration of Independence Day.
In Cashiers, The Village Green presents the third annual Fireworks Extravaganza On the Green, beginning at 5:30 P.M. Saturday, July 4, at The Village Green Commons. Residents and visitors to the area are invited to dine, play, and dance the night away.
The spectacular evening entertainment features a concert by the rhythm and blues band The Extraordinaires. The band plays all the classics from a wide variety of artists including Wilson Pickett, The O’Jays, The Temptations, Bruce Springsteen, Black Crows, and Pharrell Williams.
“The Extraordinaires will have you up dancing the night away,” says Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green. She also says to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Picnics and coolers are welcome.
The main event, of course, is the breathtaking fireworks display that will begin shortly after dark.
“More than 1,000 brilliant and colorful bursts will light up the Cashiers night sky,” says Self. She adds that the show will last about 30 minutes and will be accompanied by a soundtrack that pays tribute to America with patriotic music.
Admission is free, however donations to a community fireworks fund will be collected at popular parking locations and at The Village Green to help with the cost of the event. Many small towns have been forced to eliminate fireworks because of the expense of putting on a pyrotechnic display.
“The Village Green thinks it is important to celebrate America’s birthday with a fireworks show for the community. It’s an important tradition,” says Joe Thompson, Chairman of The Village Green Board of Directors.
The Village Green is the 12.5 acre park for free, public enjoyment in the center of Cashiers with boundaries extending from Highway 64 to Frank Allen Road.
“What many people don’t realize is that The Village Green receives no government funding,” remarked Self. She added, “This public treasure depends on the generosity of those who financially support The Village Green.”
For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com. You can also “Like” The Village Green on Facebook or follow on Twitter @cashiersgreen.

39th Cashiers Antiques Show

Blue Ridge School will be jammed with treasures from around the world for the 39th Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show, July 24-26 in Cashiers.  For more information, call 828) 743-9270 or (828) 226-5325.

Blue Ridge School will be jammed with treasures from around the world for the 39th Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show, July 24-26 in Cashiers. For more information, call 828) 743-9270 or (828) 226-5325.

On Friday, July 24, 60 exhibitors from the U.S. and Great Britain will fill Blue Ridge School, 95 Bobcat Drive, Highway 107 North in Cashiers, with an incredible display of antiques.
The 39th Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show will be under way and for three days visitors will be able to shop for their favorite treasures in air-conditioned comfort. The show will abound with silver; jewelry; Oriental rugs; quilts; furniture, both casual and formal; porcelains from Europe, Asia and the United States; all types of pottery from fanciful pieces of the Art Nouveau era to the much coveted Southern and folk pottery. If toys are your thing, you’ll find everything from toy soldiers to country toys to mechanical wonders. Beautiful vintage linens from the Victorian era to the 40’s will be available for every taste. Rare music boxes and fine barometers will be offered, as well as their repair by experts. Fine art framing is available and art will be available in the form of paintings, prints, etchings etc. Hand engraving can be done on site for silver, gold, pewter etc., as well as the repair of chipped stemware.
Many people return each year and plan their summer vacations around the show dates. They meet their antique collecting friends and family to spend the weekend shopping and visiting with the exhibitors. They can spend all three days on one ticket and enjoy catered food and garden dining. As has been the custom, a lovely vintage quilt will be given to some lucky attendee at the end of the show. Each paid attendee will receive a card to fill out for the drawing. Also available is a second quilt, which will be raffled toward a scholarship for a Blue Ridge School graduating senior. Tickets will be available at the show and that quilt will be on display as well.
Show tickets are available at the door and are available for a donation of $10 or $9 with any media ad. Discount cards are also available at select stores in the surrounding area. Wheelchairs will be available for those who need assistance getting around the show and volunteers will be happy to assist. Pets are not allowed but service animals are always welcome.
So, “Come Celebrate the Mountains” at the 39th Annual Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show. Show dates are Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25, 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and Sunday, July 26, 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Blue Ridge School. For questions, please call show coordinator Hazel Giles at (828) 743-9270 or (828) 226-5325.

by Jenny King | Photo by Sarah Valentine

A Mountain Country Breakfast

Food, glorious food, is served up by the plateful at Fishes and Loaves’ unforgettable Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast, 7:00 to 11:00 A.M.  Saturday, July 4, at the Cashiers Community Building.

Food, glorious food, is served up by the plateful at Fishes and Loaves’ unforgettable Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast, 7:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 4, at the Cashiers Community Building.

In another month we’ll be celebrating our ninth annual Big O’ Mountain Country Breakfast. It’ll be held from 7:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 4, at the Cashiers Community Center.
It’s a great way to celebrate Independence Day by freeing yourself from worries about calories and carbs! This breakfast promises to be the yummiest ever, worth every delicious, buttery bite. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, gravy, grits, coffee, and juice in a one-trip, mountain-tall plateful is guaranteed to satisfy the biggest appetite.
One hundred percent of the proceeds go right back into Fishes and Loaves coffers to provide food for the hungry. We, and those whom we serve, deeply appreciate your donations. We enjoy giving you a BBE (Best Breakfast Ever) in exchange for your generosity. Tickets at the door.
Your donations also sponsor other wonderful causes like food-for-life food boxes for families (three cans each of veggies, meat and fruit, two cans of soup, dried beans, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and peanut butter) and the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon, Sunday, October 4, at the Zachary-Tolbert House Pavilion. After your big ol’ breakfast, you’ll be hungry by then!
For more information about volunteering, donating, or receiving contact Bill (828) 506-6170, Larry (828) 508-0378, or Howard (828) 577-5100.

by Donna Rhodes

Two-Hundred Hands

The 26 Annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Craft Show in Cullowhee is an irresistible stroll through the galleries of some of the Appalachians’ most talented  craftspeople. The show will be staged June 27-28 at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

The 26 Annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Craft Show in Cullowhee is an irresistible stroll through the galleries of some of the Appalachians’ most talented craftspeople. The show will be staged June 27-28 at the Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

The 26th Annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Craft Show is being presented on Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, in scenic Cullowhee, North Carolina. The show is held inside the climate-controlled Ramsey Center on the campus of Western Carolina University.
The Mountain Artisans Shows are famous for featuring the biggest selection of authentic handcrafted art and craft in the area. This is where you’ll find crafts from the hands of 100 regional artisans. Many of the craftsmen are preserving heritage skills handed down from the older generation, such as quilting, goat milk soap, handcrafted wood toys, and blacksmithing. There will be a demonstration of corn shuck dolls and strumming on the dulcimer. There are several folk doll makers for the collector and a pressed-flower artist.
Some of the most talented artisans in glass, fiber, and fine wood crafting will be at the Summertime event. Painters will have originals and prints of their work and master jewelers will offer a wide selection of one-of-a-kind heirlooms and fun trinkets.
You’ll certainly want to take home some delicious treats from Grandma’s recipes and organic bread. And you’ll enjoy listening to Ronnie Evans, who will be playing favorite tunes on his guitar and selling his CDs.
Mountain Artisans Art and Craft Shows provide a marketplace for customers and artisans to meet. It’s an amazing collection under one roof and you would have to visit dozens of shows to find what show promoter Doris Hunter has gathered in one place.
Cullowhee is snuggled in the beautiful Cullowhee Valley in Jackson County. As Doris says, “All around are big, soft mountains. A footbridge crosses the Cullowhee Creek to get to the show from the parking lot. It is peaceful to your soul just to be here.”
Summertime Art and Craft Show hours are from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day. Admission is $4 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free. Convenient parking is free.
To learn more about the artisans who make this event so special, go to www.mountainartisans.net. You can also contact Doris Hunter at (828) 524-3405 or at doris@mountainartisans.net.

Downton Abby Afternoon Tea

Perhaps you’ve dreamed of basking in the elegance of an Edwardian high tea or a stroll through a formal English Garden.
Maybe you’ve been lost in the mannered episodes of the Masterpiece Theatre drama “Downton Abbey.”
Well, whatever your cup of tea, there’s a unique opportunity in Cashiers next month to indulge your secret wishes.
The Cashiers Valley Community Council will give those fantasies a reality with its Downton Abbey-inspired Afternoon Tea, set for 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 23, at the High Hampton Inn Pavilion.
Centerpiece of this celebration is guest speaker, costume historian, wedding folklorist, and author Cornelia Powell. Ms. Powell was guest speaker at the p arestigious Winterthur Museum last year during their “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibition and at the “Dressing Downton” exhibit at Biltmore House this past spring in Asheville. Some may know her from her nationally celebrated bridal art-to-wear store in Buckhead, Atlanta, in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Full of Downton charm and vintage elegance, the afternoon’s festivities will include a talk and PowerPoint presentation by Ms. Powell, a book signing of her recently released book, “The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride {Volume One}: For Better or Worse, How Princess Diana Rescued the Great White Wedding,” shopping at a “Vintage Collections” pop-up boutique, a delicious afternoon tea, as well as fabulous door prizes from the afternoon’s sponsors.
Ms. Powell’s presentation, “Fashioning Downton: The Costumes and the Characters” — complete with beautiful images and delightful commentary — shares intriguing behind-the-scenes stories from the show’s costume designers about creating clothes for the rituals of an aristocratic lifestyle. She explains how the talented designers (with their passion for luscious texture, vintage accuracy, and attention to detail) beautifully “translate” fashions from these historically pivotal times when the world was becoming modern in a thousand dazzling ways.
Tickets for this Downton-style benefit are $75 and available at event sponsors: GG’s Consignments, The Consignment Market, Victoria’s Closet/V.C. for Men, and Cashiers Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Diane Stumm at (828) 226-4411.

by Luke Osteen

Albert-Carlton Cashiers Community Libray

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library serves its community with a pair of events for June.

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library serves its community with a pair of events for June.

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is hosting a pair of summer events for the entire community.
Proving that there really is such a thing as a free book, the Friends of the Library is holding its Annual Book Sale, to be held in the Meeting Room of the Cashiers Library Thursday – Saturday, June 11-13.
Describing the event as a “sale” is misleading as the books are available to you at no charge. The Friends will, however, accept donations of any amount you feel appropriate and all proceeds will support the Cashiers Library.
In addition to the June 11-13 hours a special preview night will be held for members of The Friends of the Library the evening of June 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Refreshments will be served and members will have advance opportunity to select books. Please join this group by becoming a member of the FOL. Membership forms are available at the front desk of the Cashiers Library.
The Friends will stage the third annual Playfest, Friday, July 24. This fun event provides the opportunity for any aspiring thespian to have their moment of glory on stage. Those involved in the performances read (rather than having to memorize) their lines. Both female and male performers, in a broad range of adult ages, are needed.
Auditions will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, June 15, at the Cashiers library. Those interested should enter via the side door to the Community Meeting Room (the library is closed on Mondays). Playfest is seeking those who have not acted previously, as well as experienced performers.
Nine short plays will be presented. Mostly comedies, the nine were selected from an original pool of over 100 works.
Those in attendance will vote on the plays with a People’s Choice Award for first place garnering that playwright a $100 prize, and the second and third place plays $50 each. Questions should be directed to Adair Simon at (828) 743-5940.

by Luke Osteen

Groovin’ on the Green

The Groovin’ on the Green concert series revels in the magic of live music performed under the stars. Just amble down to the  Village Green Friday nights from June through mid-September.

The Groovin’ on the Green concert series revels in the magic of live music performed under the stars. Just amble down to the
Village Green Friday nights from June through mid-September.

Residents and visitors alike appreciate the opportunities our communities offer to get together with your neighbors and enjoy a good time. Throw in amazing live music and you’ve got Groovin’ on the Green. These concerts, sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association, are a can’t miss opportunity to get together on most Friday nights from June through early September at the Village Commons on Frank Allen Road (next to the Post Office, but please no parking at the Post Office). Here you will find music lovers of all ages kicking back and unwinding after a busy week.
The shows start at 6:30 P.M. and the music varies from week to week. You will hear everything from blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, country and Americana, to pop and rock. The season kicks into high gear with the sounds of singer/songwriter Julie Gribble on June 5 sponsored by The Cork and Barrel/Table 64. Julie performs a little bit of everything from folk and rock to country, but she considers Americana her main focus.
Next up is local favorite Hurricane Creek who will be performing on June 12 sponsored by The Friends of Lake Glenville. This group has been playing together for over 17 years and plays classic rock favorites and mountain style originals.
A well-known fixture in the Asheville music scene, Tellico, plays on June 19 sponsored by The Highlands Playhouse. Bluegrass and “Appalachiacana” are their specialties so don’t miss this mountain music celebration.
Rounding out the month is The Freeway Revival on June 26 sponsored by The Cashiers Chronicle. The band tours extensively across the country and offers a great stage show featuring classic rock American music.
Concerts are held rain or shine and admission is free (but donations are appreciated). Bring your lawn chairs, kids, dogs, guests, friends, and family and join the toe tappin’ fun. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring a cooler with your favorite beverages. If you don’t have time to plan ahead and prepare a picnic, just stop at one of the local eateries and order a to-go meal. We’ll see you on the Green.
As always, GCAMA would like to thank Biltmore and Landmark Realty for their continuing support. For more information please visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or call (828) 743-8428.

by Mary Jane McCall

CLE: Cook, Explore and More

The Center for Life Enrichment’s June offerings reveal the wonders of the world, all from the perspective of Highlands and Cashiers. For information, call (828) 526-8811.

The Center for Life Enrichment’s June offerings reveal the wonders of the world, all from the perspective of Highlands and Cashiers. For information, call (828) 526-8811.

What do birds, pirates, New Orleans cooking, China, and leadership all have in common?
They’re all topics of lectures or classes in June at the Center for Life Enrichment.
Discover the latest insights on all things iPad and Apple, enjoy a cooking demonstration and tasting simple appetizers for your summer dinner parties, or join Chef Wolfgang Green as he prepares a delicious New Orleans brunch. You can explore the lighter side of American Literature with Western Carolina University Professor Brian Railsback as he examines the comedy found in great literary classics. Revive your brain in “Brain Games,” learn what new challenges are on the horizon for the Arctic in “The New Maritime Arctic: Global Connections and Future Challenges,” explore the life of Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald in “Through Zelda’s Eyes: Life as a Party.”
Popular speaker Dr. David Ambaras will give two engaging lectures – “Conflict in the China Sea: An Update” and “Piracy and the Contemporary World.” Discover the diverse world of birds found on the Highlands Plateau in “Birding Beyond the Feeder” with lifelong bird watcher Curtis Smalling, the director of Land Bird Conservation with Audubon.
Join us from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Friday, June 12, for a free lecture titled “Leadership, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity.” This lecture will discuss the challenge of leading across generations and focus on various leadership skills. Presenter Reginald Mebane is the director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity.
For information on the these classes or the Center for Life Enrichment, call (828) 526-8811, visit www.clehighlands.com or stop by our office on the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center at 348 South Fifth Street in Highlands.

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton | Photo by Sarah Valentine

The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly

The Highlands Biological Station’s presentation slated for 1:00 P.M. Thursday, June 18, explores the wonders and mysteries of our littlest neighbors – the denizens of the insect world. The event is free and everyone is invited.

The Highlands Biological Station’s presentation slated for 1:00 P.M. Thursday, June 18, explores the wonders and mysteries of our littlest neighbors – the denizens of the insect world. The event is free and everyone is invited.

The staff at the Highlands Biological Station are never surprised when residents each summer bring to the office an interesting but unidentified bug that they found.
Luckily, the station’s Executive Director Dr. James Costa is an entomologist with a knack for not only identifying insects, but also offering fascinating stories about our multi-legged,
diminutive neighbors.
As the author of “The Other Insect Societies” (2006), he has spent countless hours studying the natural history of insects – their habits, social behavior, and relevance to research.
So, have you ever come across an insect in your garden or on the trail and wondered “What’s that bug?” Insects and their ilk are all around us, but few people know much about them let alone what they are.
On Thursday, June 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M., it’s open-mic night at the Nature Center for anyone with questions about the insects around us. Come learn a bit about our multi-legged neighbors – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and bring a bug or bug question to share. We’ll identify what bugs you!
This event will take place at the Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road. It is free and open to the public. For more information about the Biological Station, visit www.highlandsbiological.org.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok | Photo by Clay Bolt

Joy Garden Tour

Stretching over five days in July, the Joy Garden Tour celebrates the vibrant relationship between art and a well-tended garden.  For information or tickets, call (828) 743-3434.

Stretching over five days in July, the Joy Garden Tour celebrates the vibrant relationship between art and a well-tended garden. For information or tickets, call (828) 743-3434.

One of the most highly anticipated events of the season is the Joy Garden Tour, benefitting The Village Green in Cashiers.
The tour is a biennial event to raise financial support for The Village Green and will be held Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19. Over the years the tour has become an inspiration for gardeners of every level of experience and enthusiasm.
It’s named in memory of Carolyn Joy Dean, who helped establish The Village Green, a 12.5 acre park in the center of Cashiers; it’s through the dedicated efforts of committee volunteers who share her spirit that money is raised for conservation and improvements to this, the village center.
The Joy Garden Tour features a guest speaker event, a special patron party and garden shops with 30 vendors offering plants, garden-related merchandise, unique gifts, specialty foods, home accents, and more. The highlight is a day spent touring select and stunning private gardens in the Cashiers area. Noted Plein Air Artists will paint in these gardens with the paintings available for purchase.
Internationally-known raconteur and garden designer Ryan Gainey will open the week’s events with a garden talk at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Wednesday, July 15.
On Thursday, July 16, famed Atlanta chef Lee Epting will cater the Patron Party at The Village Greens Commons where you’ll have the opportunity to bid on trips, tickets, and more during a live auction.
Friday, July 17, you’ll tour five private gardens and enjoy a box lunch. This is always a sell-out, so try to purchase your tickets well in advance.
The fun continues Saturday, July 18, a day to enjoy the free speakers, including noted architect and author Norman Askins, as well as shopping in the Garden Shops at The Village Green Commons.
On Sunday, July 19, the Country Club of Sapphire Valley will host a New Orleans Jazz Brunch where you’ll meet the artists who painted the gardens. You’ll be able to view and purchase their original works of art while you enjoy New Orleans brunch fare and enjoy the jazz ensemble.
There are many benefactor levels available to those who wish to take advantage of this biennial event and tickets for individual events are available as well. The Garden Shops at The Village Green Commons will be open to the public at no charge, as will be the speakers on Saturday.
For tickets and further information on how to support The Village Green, call (828) 743-3434 or visit VillageGreenCashiersNC.com.

by Jenny King

Mountain Music

saturdaysonpineposter2015This year the newly-improved community greenspace at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street is the place to be on Saturday nights for the Saturdays on Pine Concert series. Brought to you by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, The Ugly Dog Pub and other generous sponsors, these lively Saturday evenings bring out young and old alike.
Beginning on June 6 and continuing through August, these concerts start at 6:00 P.M. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic, or have a bite to eat at local eatery before or after the show, and join the fun. There is no more festive atmosphere in which to hear great music, experience the joy of children playing and dancing, and visit with your neighbors. Visit once and you will come back again and again.
Kicking off the series on June 6 will be the Lauren Mitchell Band, one of Florida’s most popular blues bands. Featuring Lauren’s soulful voice and supported by a great band, their performance is sure to set the stage for a great season.
Musical acts continue to be added to the roster and already scheduled are Shane Bridges, who claims musical influences from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty; the Hobohemians from Athens, Georgia, known for playing popular music from the 1920s and 30s; Porch Forty, the funk, southern rock band from Cullowhee, North Carolina; and, Highlands’ own WellStrung, playing bluegrass, folk and Americana music – mountain music at its finest.
What’s better than one night of live music? Two Nights!
Kick the weekend off with great live music at the Friday Night Live performances at Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until around 8:00 P.M. Appearing on June 12 is the Macon Grass Band, an acoustic band that will set your toes tapping with bluegrass, country, folk and country rock music. The Mountain High Dulcimer Club brings their love of dulcimer music to the stage on June 19 and seeks “to promote interest in learning, playing, and performing traditional and contemporary music written and arranged for the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer.” On June 26 you can catch Southern Highlands.
Both nights offer a great opportunity to come downtown, listen to music and then take a stroll around town with the family for some window shopping. Complete your evening by stopping in at one of our fine restaurants for a cool drink and a bite to eat. Weekends in Highlands are not to be missed.
For more information about Saturdays on Pine or Friday Night Live contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall

Vote Your Favorite 4th

Choosing your favorite wildflower is nothing compared to this month’s question: What is your favorite 4th of July activity?

Choosing your favorite wildflower is nothing compared to this month’s question: What is your favorite 4th of July activity?

Last month we asked which was your favorite plateau wildflower, the Painted Trillium, Bee Balm or Flame Azalea.
You chose the Flame Azalea.
Next month is July and our thoughts turn to Independence Day. If you’re on the plateau you’ll no doubt celebrate freedom from the heat and humidity of the lowlands. We can’t predict what the weather will do, but we can expect many opportunities for family fun.
What do you choose? Stay home; head to Highlands; or a visit to The Village Green in Cashiers?
We know many folks spend the day at home with their families. It’s a day off work and you’re ready to get your grill on!
What’s it going to be: corn on the cob, hamburgers, chicken? Who’s making the peach cobbler and sweet tea? Did you remember to bring the sparklers and marshmallows? Maybe you set off your own fireworks (we won’t tell), sit around the bonfire and tell tall tales. Sounds good to us.
Do you choose to head to Highlands for the fun? There are lots of options for everyone in the family. It all starts with relay races and a bottle rocket launch at the ball field. The Rotary Club will serve up hot dogs and hamburgers and there’s a rubber ducky derby in the afternoon. There will be live music at Kelsey Hutchinson Park, a patriotic sing-along at the Presbyterian Church and, of course, fireworks.
In Cashiers, The Village Green presents its Fireworks Extravaganza. The evening features a festival, food, music, and dancing. The highlight will be a colossal fireworks display. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy a concert by The Extraordinaires who play everything from The Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé to Otis Redding and Eric Clapton.
You can certainly choose to do any and all of these things; we’re not going to limit you. But let us know…write in votes are also welcomed. We’d really love to hear what you serve as a traditional 4th of July meal, too. We’re always looking for new ideas! Vote at www.facebook.com/TheLaurelMagazine.

by Jenny King

The verities of small town life are celebrated when author Ann B. Ross turns on the spotlight on her “Miss Julia” at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27 at Highlands United Methodist Church. For tickets and information, 
call (828) 526-2746 or (828) 526-3376.

Ann B. Ross: Author’s Tea

The verities of small town life are celebrated when author Ann B. Ross turns on the spotlight on her “Miss Julia” at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27 at Highlands United Methodist Church. For tickets and information,  call (828) 526-2746 or (828) 526-3376.

The verities of small town life are celebrated when author Ann B. Ross turns on the spotlight on her “Miss Julia” at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27 at Highlands United Methodist Church. For tickets and information, call (828) 526-2746 or (828) 526-3376.

Join the ladies of Highlands United Methodist Church for their 2nd annual Author’s Tea as they host famed North Carolina writer Ann B. Ross on Saturday, June 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.
A writer since the 1980’s, Mrs. Ross is best known for her series of books featuring Miss Julia — a genteel Southern lady who readily speaks her mind.
The church’s Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a beautifully appointed Tea Room with tables decorated by various hostesses. Some may adorn their space with grandmother’s china, crystal, and silver atop lace table linens from bygone eras. Others may take a more artistic approach providing a tablescape of 21st Century pottery and glassware. Whichever decorating style they select, you can be sure that the décor will be pleasing to the eye. Centerpieces will be as varied as the table’s décor — featuring a variety of flowers and native fauna from throughout our area. Enjoy your favorite hot tea or iced beverage as you munch on delectable sandwiches and petit fours.
You’ll hear from Mrs. Ross about Miss Julia’s latest adventure in her most recent book – “Miss Julia Lays Down the Law.” If you’ve lived in a small Southern town, you can easily relate to the trials and tribulations that challenge Miss Julia and her friends and neighbors. If you’re not from the South, Mrs. Ross describes Miss Julia as “slender, older woman who you might see walking along the sidewalk in a white winter coat holding the hand of a young boy.’ No one really knows Miss Julia’s age, because it’s not proper to ask a lady her age.
Mrs. Ross began her writing career in the early 1980’s by publishing two mysteries in paperback. Her first hardcover book was a 19th century adventure story. The first book in her Miss Julia series was published in 1999 and set Mrs. Ross onto a full-time writing career.
Some might describe Mrs. Ross as a “late bloomer,” having undertaken her college education once her own children were attending college. Once on track Mrs. Ross did not stop until she had achieved her Doctor of Philosophy from UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to writing, Mrs. Ross has taught literature and humanities at UNC-Asheville.
A mother of two daughters and a son who proudly claims six grandchildren, Mrs. Ross is not one to rest lazily in her garden. A demanding tour schedule to meet her readers requires that she guard her time at home so that she has time to write. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase “Miss Julia Lays Down the Law” and have it autographed at the Tea.
To purchase your tickets, call Gay Kattel at (828) 526-2746 or the church office at (828) 526-3376. The ticket price of $20 each will help defray costs of The Gordon Center for Children, the community daycare for area youngsters.

by Wiley Sloan

Internationally-recognized pianist 
Randall Atcheson returns to Highlands with a performance to benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands, 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. 
For information and tickets, 
visit HighlandsLiteracy.com.

Don’t Miss Randall Atcheson

Internationally-recognized pianist  Randall Atcheson returns to Highlands with a performance to benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands, 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.  For information and tickets,  visit HighlandsLiteracy.com.

Internationally-recognized pianist Randall Atcheson returns to Highlands with a performance to benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands, 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
For information and tickets, visit HighlandsLiteracy.com.

Madeline and Fred Knox have once again joined forces with The Literacy Council of Highlands to bring world-renowned musician Randall Atcheson to Highlands.
Join your friends at the Highlands Performing Arts Center from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. Saturday, June 27, to hear this Julliard School graduate as he shares his immense talent at the keyboard.
Children and literacy are important to Madeline.
“Helping a child read may seem small, but it will greatly impact their lives in unbelievable ways,” she says. “A person who reads well can take advantage of limitless opportunities.”
Children are as important to Randall as they are to Madeline. He teaches up to 70 youngsters a week and works diligently to share his talents globally through his many concerts and recordings. If you have seen Randall, you know he is at home with music of all types — classical, gospel, and pop; and his showmanship brings audiences to their feet.
This is a concert you won’t want to miss. General admission tickets are available for $50 per person by calling (828) 526-0863. The concert will be followed by a reception. If you can’t attend the concert, a donation to the Literacy Council is always appreciated. Visit HighlandsLiteracy.com or mail a check to Literacy Council of Highlands, 348 South Fifth Street, Highlands, NC 28741.
Patrons will enjoy a special treat at the Cullasaja Club on Friday evening as they share an intimate dinner with Randall. Very limited seating is available for this event so please call early at (828) 526-0863 for tickets and pricing.
Literacy Council President Dick Hills says, “We are so excited that Randall Atcheson is coming back to Highlands to perform for the benefit of our organization. We’re grateful to Madeline and Fred Knox for making this happen and the Highlands Performing Arts Center for their donation of the facility.
“For those who don’t know about the Literacy Council, we help folks of all ages learn to read, or read better. We tutor students in all subjects from beginning reading to high-level math and chemistry. We help people prepare for GED exams; 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 Jenny King

Elise Roberts marks her return to Narcissus in Cashiers June 23 through 27 with her incredible beadwork, the perfect complement to 
Narcissus’ elegant collection.

Elise Roberts at Narcissus

Elise Roberts marks her return to Narcissus in Cashiers June 23 through 27 with her incredible beadwork, the perfect complement to  Narcissus’ elegant collection.

Elise Roberts marks her return to Narcissus in Cashiers June 23 through 27 with her incredible beadwork, the perfect complement to Narcissus’ elegant collection.

Elise Roberts returns to Narcissus for the eighth season, bringing with her treasures from her vast collection of artisan jewelry made from beads she has collected from all over the world and fashioned into unique, high fashion pieces for your enjoyment.
Elise is a Virginian who has lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for almost 20 years, returning annually to get back in touch with her family and friends in the US. She brings with her many beautiful treasures to share with residents of this very special part of Western North Carolina, which is as dear to her as the creations that she fashions.
Elise will be with Giuliana Kaufman at Narcissus in Cashiers for four days the week of June 23-27. Come to Narcissus and add something special to Giuliana’s sophisticated clothes for chic women who love beautiful things.
Narcissus is located at 71 Hwy. 107 South and can be reached at (828) 743-7887.

Jazz vocalist/actress Maria Howell brings her incredible range to the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation for a special concert to benefit Highlands Friends of Haiti, 
6:00 P.M. Sunday, June 21.

Singing for Change

Jazz vocalist/actress Maria Howell brings her incredible range to the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation for a special concert to benefit Highlands Friends of Haiti,  6:00 P.M. Sunday, June 21.

Jazz vocalist/actress Maria Howell brings her incredible range to the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation for a special concert to benefit Highlands Friends of Haiti, 6:00 P.M. Sunday, June 21.

Vocalist Maria Howell will perform at 6:00 P.M. June 21 at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation to benefit Highlands Friends of Haiti. This global outreach mission of Incarnation focuses on nutrition and education in the Central Plateau of Haiti, one of the poorest areas in the country.
Ms. Howell performed last summer for Friends of Haiti and received rave reviews by all who saw and heard her. Song stylist in her own right, she has shared the musical stage with artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. Her music is a collective of sultry, soulful, smooth tones. She 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 a talented actress, with many TV and movie credits to her name. Her earliest film performance was as the choir soloist in “The Color Purple.” Her rendition of “God Is Trying to Tell You Something” was memorable, but her offerings today are also truly unforgettable. She played Seeder (the District 11 Victor), in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” as well as a recurring cast member on the NBC TV series “Revolution,” and Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.” Other credits to her name are MTV’s “Finding Carter,” and “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon. Coming this year are the upcoming USA TV series “Complications” and feature film “Sons 2 The Grave,” directed by Mykelti Williamson (Bubba in “Forrest Gump”).
Maria’s performance will be preceded by wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets to the event are $100 and may be purchased at the Church of the Incarnation, 520 Main Street in Highlands or at incarnationwnc.org. For more information, call (828) 526-8016.

Contributed by Alister Brady

The Village Square Art & Craft Show, set for 10:00 to 5:00 P.M. June 20-21 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands, 
offers the creative fruits of local artisans. For information, call (828) 787-2021.

Makin’ It in the Mountains

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 The Village Square Art & Craft Show, set for 10:00 to 5:00 P.M. June 20-21 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands,  offers the creative fruits of local artisans. For information, call (828) 787-2021.

The Village Square Art & Craft Show, set for 10:00 to 5:00 P.M. June 20-21 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands, offers the creative fruits of local artisans. For information, call (828) 787-2021.

At 4,118-feet elevation, Highlands is a popular destination for hiking, shopping, and exploring the beautiful mountain roads, waterfalls, flora and fauna.
Of course the fact that summer temperatures are 10 degrees cooler than the “flatlands” is enough to draw many people.
A trip to the mountains wouldn’t be complete without attending a craft show and enjoying mountain-made, one-of-a-kind works of art and craft. You’ll have that chance on June 20 and 21 when artisans from all over the mountains converge on Highlands for the 10th annual Village Square Art & Craft Show.
The show is held in the newly-renovated Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Sponsored by the Macon County Art Association, it features fine art originals, reproductions and photography, as well as a great assortment of high quality hand-made crafts.
You’ll find benches and tables made from logs, slabs, and twigs. There are several wood turners as well as birdhouses, handmade canvas hats/bags, weavings, candles and soaps. Also metalwork, jewelry, pottery, and much more.
No art/craft fair would be complete without food and music. Be sure to indulge in the great food and desserts of Fressers Courtyard Café, which will open at 9:00 A.M. during the fair. There will also be fantastic live music in the pavilion, with Atlanta singer/songwriter Ryan Boss.
Bring the whole family for a great time. The free event is from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. both days in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park at Pine and Fifth Street, as well as next door in Highlands Village Square. It’s just a block from Main Street, with parking nearby.
Plan now to attend the next show, August 29 and 30.
For more information, call coordinator Cynthia Strain at (828) 787-2021, visit www.cystrainphotos.com, or “like” the Village Square Art & Craft Show Facebook page.

The Highlands Playhouse will stage its Second Annual
 Bubbles & Jazz, 6:00 P.M. Saturday, June 20 featuring a concert by Virginia Schenck.

Bubbles and Jazz

The Highlands Playhouse will stage its Second Annual  Bubbles & Jazz, 6:00 P.M. Saturday, June 20 featuring a concert by Virginia Schenck.

The Highlands Playhouse will stage its Second Annual Bubbles & Jazz, 6:00 P.M. Saturday, June 20 featuring a concert by Virginia Schenck.

Highlands Playhouse is pleased to announce its biggest fundraiser of the year, our Second Annual Bubbles & Jazz.
The fanfare begins on June 20 at 6:00 P.M. for drinks and browsing the wonderful items up for bid at the silent and live auctions later in the evening. Dinner will be served under the tent at 7:00, which will be an all you can eat Low Country Boil.
The live auction will take place during dinner. Some of the wonderful items up for bid include African safaris, tickets to the 2016 Tony Awards, other vacations and beautiful artwork. There will be many more wonderful items that you will not want to miss out on.
Following the live auction, we are pleased to bring back Virginia Schenck, who will put on a fabulous concert. Virginia is an accomplished jazz vocalist who often spices up her shows with world music influences from her own vocal exploration and circle singing, which she studied under legendary Bobby McFerrin. Whether straight-ahead or free improvisation, Virginia brings emotional connectivity to her work as a performing artist. She appears regularly at numerous jazz venues in Atlanta, both sitting in with artists and fronting her own quartet, and has gained a reputation as a singer who is having a major impact on both the local scene and nationwide. Virginia’s recent appearances have been in New York and Seattle for a play with totally improvised music, “The Gift,” with aerial dancers at The Robert Mondavi Center/UC-Davis and at the Western NC Jazz Series in Asheville, North Carolina.
Virginia takes listeners on a pilgrimage with music that is both authentic and soul-inspiring. It’s a journey you’ll want to take.
Twenty minutes after the concert, the silent auction will end. We will have even more wonderful items that are sure to bring a rousing and competitive end to the event.
Tickets include dinner, a glass of champagne, both auctions and the concert by Virginia Schenck. The cost for the evening is $125 per person, or if you reserve a table for eight, the cost is $850 and comes with two free bottles of wine. We rely on the support of our community both local and nation-wide, so come out and support the Playhouse, a jewel in Highlands for live entertainment and year-round fun.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Landmark Realty and Biltmore for their ongoing support.

Contributed by Tammy Hernandez

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival previews its 34th season with a pair of concerts – the sublime combination of the
 Serafin String Quartet and The Bascom’s breathtaking collection, June 28 and 29.

An Artful Duo

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival previews its 34th season with a pair of concerts – the sublime combination of the  Serafin String Quartet and The Bascom’s breathtaking collection, June 28 and 29.

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival previews its 34th season with a pair of concerts – the sublime combination of the Serafin String Quartet and The Bascom’s breathtaking collection, June 28 and 29.

With the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival and The Bascom, Highlands’ heralded center for visual arts, being such evergreen local institutions, it’s remarkable that no one’s ever combined their strengths.
That is, until now.
The Festival will be previewing its 34th season with a pair of performances by the Serafin String Quartet at The Bascom, Sunday, June 28, and Monday, June 29. The Serafin String Quartet’s selections include works by American composers such as Barber, Gershwin, Copeland and Chadwick. They’ll be performing in the midst of The Bascom’s Hudson Valley School masterpieces. It promises to be a transcendent experience.
Serafin String Quartet probes and performs the entire range of repertoire for string quartet, from Haydn to Higdon. They collaborate frequently with internationally acclaimed music performing artists, and with actors, dancers, poets, and experts in other fields. The individual members of the quartet have been heralded around the globe for concerts and recordings, acclaimed in the press, and received international prizes and awards.
Sunday’s audience will be treated to a champagne reception before the concert and a gourmet wine dinner after, amidst The Bascom’s collection. Cost is $213 per person.
Monday’s performance includes a champagne reception and art exhibition for $107 per person.
Seating for both events is extremely limited, so call (828) 526-9060 for reservations.
The Bascom event insures a dynamic season for the Highland-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.
“This summer we welcome back the Eroica Trio and the Gary Motley Trio, performing together for the first time; violinist William Preucil and his talented daughter Alexandra; the Vega Quartet, whom we have watched develop into such a wonderfully mature group; and David and Julie Coucheron, brother and sister violin/piano duo who have wowed us the last two seasons,” says Festival Artistic Director
Dr. William Ransom.
“New to us this year are the Ariel Quartet who are one of the top young Quartets in the world, — originally from Israel; violinist Andres Cardenes, the former Concertmaster of the Pittsburg Symphony; and I am absolutely thrilled that we will present the US debut of Russian violinist Roman Kim, perhaps the most outrageously talented violinist I have ever heard — he is being touted as ‘the new Paganini!’ This is quite a coup for the Festival.”
Throughout the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival’s 34th season, which stretches from July 5 to August 9, concerts will be held at 6:00 P.M. Fridays at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands and repeated at 5:00 PM. Saturdays at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers. Sunday concerts will be staged at 5:00 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands and repeated at 5:00 P.M. Mondays at the Cashiers Community Library.
For tickets and information, call (828) 526-9060.

by Luke Osteen

The Sapphire slopes come alive with a full lineup of summer music. For tickets and further information, call (828) 743-7663.

Concert on the Slopes

The Sapphire slopes come alive with a full lineup of summer music. For tickets and further information, call (828) 743-7663.

The Sapphire slopes come alive with a full lineup of summer music. For tickets and further information, call (828) 743-7663.

Summer is here and it’s time again for the Sapphire Valley Concert on the Slopes series.
This popular annual event will open Tuesday, June 16, and continue through the beginning of September. All concerts being at 7:00 P.M. and ticket prices are $20. If you purchase your ticket on the day of the show it costs $25, but a season pass costs only $60. They’ll also supply a personal, reserved table and tent with early reservations.
On Friday, June 16, join us for the irresistible sounds of Banks and Shane. This high-energy, hard-kicking, blow-the-roof-off band has had capacity crowds around the world dancing in the aisles to party favorites. No matter what age, Banks and Shane will transport fans back to Spring Break.
Friday, July 3: The Highlands-Sapphire Men’s Chorus will perform “A Patriotic Salute to America” in conjunction with Sapphire Valley Resort’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy Day Celebration.”
We’ll welcome The Tams on Tuesday, July 14. Known for such hits as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” The Tams have had several gold records, and one platinum single. Though their style of music has historically been referred to as Beach Music, it can be also classified as a mixture of Smooth Soul and R&B. Their show is fun, fresh, and exciting and appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Todd Allen Herendeen joins us on Tuesday, August 11. He’s a consummate performer. His goal every night as he walks on stage is for everyone to forget their worries or troubles for a couple of hours and simply enjoy. His drive, along with his dynamic voice, and excellent showmanship have gained him a loyal following.
Sunday, September 6: The Flying Saucers band is hard to describe, but their music isn’t. Bringing to the stage Rockabilly, Doo Wop, Motown, and British Invasion, they’ll have you up and dancing in short order. Join us on Sunday, September 6.
These family-friendly outdoor concerts are held on the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes, behind the Sapphire Valley Community Center, three miles east of Cashiers on Highway 64. Bring a chair or blanket and prepare to be entertained. For tickets and further information, call (828) 743-7663.

by Jenny King

The 14th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race tests the strength, endurance and wits of hard-edged athletes.

Run. Cycle. SOAR!

The 14th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race tests the strength, endurance and wits of hard-edged athletes.

The 14th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race tests the strength, endurance and wits of hard-edged athletes.

The 14th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race (SOAR) benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will be held on June 13, 2015. This annual event continues to draw outdoor enthusiasts from across the southeast who come to the mountains to challenge themselves and raise money for a great cause.
Since its inception the Highlands Annual SOAR race has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for SOWF which provides college educations to children of fallen special operations personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. It also provides assistance to families of severely wounded troops with immediate expenses incurred while traveling to be at the bedside of their loved ones. The annual SOAR race continues to be an example of how a community can have a positive impact in the lives of very special children whose parent has sacrificed so much for our country.
Solo racers and teams of two will run, cycle, rappel, paddle and navigate throughout the day and can choose either the Sprint Race which lasts 5-7 hours and assumes that the racer has basic navigation skills or the more challenging Elite Race which lasts 10-12 hours and assumes the racer has intermediate navigation skills.
The schedule of events is as follows:
Friday June 12, 2015: Registration, Check-in and Gear Check will take place at the Highlands Civic Center at 600 N. 4th Street. No entries will be accepted after 6:00 P.M. At 7:00 P.M. there is a mandatory pre-race meeting for all racers. From 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. there is a pasta dinner which is a great chance for the community to enjoy an affordable meal for a $10.00 donation, mingle with the participants and learn more about this extreme sport.
Saturday June 13, 2015: The Elite Race starts at 8:00 A.M. at Main and 4th Streets and the Sprint Race starts at 9:00 A.M.. from the same location. At 6:30 P.M. there will be an after race dinner at the Highlands Community Building with free food, beer and wine for the racers. Following the dinner there will be an awards ceremony.
For more information on the race and registration please visit their website at soarhighlands.org.

by Mary Jane McCall

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s offerings examine the majesty of 
the natural world and the efforts to protect our heritage. The festival will be staged at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, June 13, at the Highlands 
Performing Arts Center.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s offerings examine the majesty of  the natural world and the efforts to protect our heritage. The festival will be staged at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, June 13, at the Highlands  Performing Arts Center.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s offerings examine the majesty of the natural world and the efforts to protect our heritage. The festival will be staged at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, June 13, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.

For nearly a decade, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been touring the country, and it’s coming back to make its fourth annual appearance in Western North Carolina this summer.
This will be the first time MountainTrue, formally the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, will present the film festival in Macon County. We invite you to join us for this exciting event.
MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in Western North Carolina. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our work into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. It is a festival by activists and for activists.
The beautiful cinematography illustrates the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. It will leave you with a sense of wonder, a deep appreciation for the natural word, and inspiration to take action.
This year’s lineup features films juried by the South Yuba River Citizens League which showcase the theme “A Wild Life.”
Festival-goers can expect themes of wildlife and nature; land preservation; and water and fish conservation intermingled with charming, child-friendly short films. Bring the whole family for great films, food, and drink.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is set for Saturday, June 13, from 6:30 to 9:00 P.M. at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Films start at 7:00 P.M. Tickets can be purchased through highlandspac.net.
General admission tickets are $25; MountainTrue members and students with ID are $15; and children 10 and under are free.
You can also be a part of our VIP event from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. VIP tickets are $45 or $75 for two.
For more information, contact MountainTrue’s AmeriCorps Education & Outings Coordinator Rachel Stevens at (828) 258-8737, ext. 215 or visit www.mountaintrue.org.

Contributed by Rachel Stevens

Highlands Motoring Festival, set for June 11-14, is an unalloyed treat for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with a car. For information, visit highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

Rally for Literacy

Highlands Motoring Festival, set for June 11-14, is an unalloyed treat for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with a car. For information, visit highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

Highlands Motoring Festival, set for June 11-14, is an unalloyed treat for anyone who’s ever fallen in love with a car. For information, visit highlandsmotoringfestival.com.

Excitement is building for the 8th annual Highlands Motoring Festival to be held June 11-14.
From humble beginnings this event has grown into a premier event, drawing thousands of car enthusiasts to the area. Events include the ever popular and always impressive car show which features an eclectic field of over 100 collector cars, as well as mountain drives, and social events.
Start the weekend with a fun day on Thursday featuring multiple events including a golf outing and social at the Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove. Later in the day the public is invited to the opening party at the Ugly Dog Pub, featuring live music provided by the WellStrung Band. There is no cover charge for this evening but donations are appreciated.
Friday features a repeat of last year’s popular Lap of the Mountains day drive, followed by the Motoring to Motown Welcome Party featuring local barbecue and the great sounds of beach music provided by the City Street Band. This event is hosted by The Literacy Council of Highlands.
Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. is the featured Classic Car Show. This event will be held at the newly-completed Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street. This year the festival will recognize Mercedes, 1989 and older, as the Marque of the Year. There is no charge for this event. Saturday evening you can relax a bit at the Saturday Night Social Buffet at Sweet Treats Restaurant, followed by a movie on the big screen.
Complete your weekend of fun with the leisurely Sunday Road Rally featuring a brunch mid-way at the famed Dillard House. Don’t forget to return to the Ugly Dog Pub later to share memories of the weekend and watch the awards ceremony.
Proceeds from this year’s festival benefit the Literacy Council of Highlands and all events are open to the public. For more information, including locations, and ticket prices (for events other than those designated as free), please visit highlandsmotoringfestival.com or call the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Sarah Valentine

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Pawsitively Purrfect

Every dog (and cat) has his night thanks to the Cashiers- Highlands Humane Society’s Pawsitively Purrfect, a raucous gala set for 6:00 P.M. Friday, June 12, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. For tickets or more information, call (828) 743-5752, or email info@chhumanesociety.org.

Every dog (and cat) has his night thanks to the Cashiers-
Highlands Humane Society’s Pawsitively Purrfect, a raucous gala set for 6:00 P.M. Friday, June 12, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. For tickets or more information, call (828) 743-5752, or email info@chhumanesociety.org.

When you first arrive at the beautiful and exquisite Country Club of Sapphire Valley, you know the night is going to be special. From the spectacular views on the Mountain Veranda to the elegant dining experience in the Sapphire Room, there is only one thing that could make this evening more perfect.
Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact, and that combines this uniquely stunning venue with a night of fundraising and “fun-raising” to support the shelter pets at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.
Pawsitively Purrfect Evening is our annual gala that kicks off the social season on the plateau in grand style! Join us at the luxurious Country Club of Sapphire Valley and enjoy a magical evening featuring cocktails, an exquisite dinner, live and silent auction, and dancing. Auction items include one-of-a-kind works of art, vacation getaways to exotic locales, exclusive private dinner parties, golf packages, gift certificates to area restaurants, and much more!
Pawsitively Purrfect Evening is Friday, June 12, from 6:00 to 10:30 P.M. and tickets are $195 per person ($390 per couple). To purchase tickets, or for more information, please call (828) 743-5752, or email info@chhumanesociety.org.
Make plans today to be a part of this elegant evening to support the rescued animals entrusted
to our care!
Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads. Our no-kill shelter is open seven days a week, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and noon – 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. Visit CHHS online at www.chhumanesociety.org to see pictures and descriptions of all the adorable, adoptable dogs and cats looking for forever homes.
Established in 1987, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit animal welfare organization that receives no federal, state, or county tax dollars, and no funding from any national animal group. CHHS relies solely on donations, grants, bequests, and special events to further our mission of rescue, compassionate care, spay/neuter and finding forever homes for abandoned and
neglected animals.

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

Read to Me, Nonnie!

 A love of books and children has led to a new book club at Shakespeare & Company Book Sellers.  For information, call (828) 526-3777.

A love of books and children has led to a new book club at Shakespeare & Company Book Sellers.
For information, call (828) 526-3777.

“Read to me, Nonnie.”
Or Papa or Gigi or Pops. Is this a familiar refrain? Especially in summer? Do you look for things to do with your visiting grandkids? Or your children out of school for the summer?
Well, here is a welcome option — Diane McPhail (Nonnie) and Katherine Willoughby are sponsoring a children’s “Book-of-the-Month Club,” along with a twice weekly reading time, at Shakespeare and Company Book Sellers in Highlands.
The idea evolved from a “book club” Diane set up for her twin grandsons a few years ago. Each could request a book a month from Nonnie. The boys loved receiving their books and proved to be avid readers. Diane was immensely gratified to play a part in their enthusiastic and growing love of books. Now Diane has set up a similar “club” for her six-year old granddaughter, Amelia, through a local bookstore in her hometown.
Recently a post on Facebook elicited a dialogue that culminated with Diane suggesting to Katherine the establishment of an ongoing summer “book club” for children and grandchildren of Highlands residents. Katherine was willing to take on the task of hosting the club, providing a setting for story time, and a facility for ordering desired books, including out-of-print and classics both women love.
Nonnie’s Book of the Month Club and Story Hour welcomes children of all ages (and grown-up children, too), at 11:00 A.M., Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning June 3 and going until August 26. Nonnie will be reading picture books for young children and ongoing sections of chapter books for older children. There will also be great recommendations for middle-grade kids (with some experienced input
from the twins.)
You do not need to buy a book to participate, and you may also order books to be mailed to a favorite child. For more information, please call Katherine Willoughby at (828) 526-3777.

Contributed by Diane McPhail

Pick a Wildflower

Here’s a real challenge – Select your favorite wildflower among a trio of beauties that wreath Cashiers and Highlands.

Here’s a real challenge – Select your favorite wildflower among a trio of beauties that wreath Cashiers and Highlands.

We hope you enjoyed participating in the Readers’ Poll for last month. The question we posed was: Which was your favorite place for a nature walk? Choices were the Cliffside Loop Trail; the Highlands Plateau Greenway; and Highlands Botanical Garden.
You chose: Highlands Botanical Garden.
Our question for June is what is your favorite plateau wildflower?
Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide in a temperate rainforest, our area boasts the highest floral diversity in North America. Wild plants decorate the forest with a riot of color and fragrance advertising their beauty to pollinators and humans alike. Many of these plants, known as ephemerals for their short season of productive growth, will disappear back into dormancy, not to be seen again until next spring.
With such diversity, it was hard to choose only three. But they are: Painted Trillium, Bee Balm, and Flame Azalea.
Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum): This trillium has a slender stalk, 8-16 inches high, with a whorl of three large, blue-green leaves. The flower, white with purple markings, is borne above the leaves on a short, arching stem. Bright-red fruits appear in early fall. This is a perennial. The erect, stalked flower has an inverted, pink V at the base of each white, wavy-edged petal.
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma): This showy fellow is an escapee from New England. It makes its home down this way where hummingbirds and other long-tongued insects revel in it. It is also known as bergamot (yes, Earl Grey tea lovers!). It has showy, scarlet flowers in large heads or whorls at the top of the stem, supported by leafy bracts, the leaflets of which are pale-green tinged with red. Its square, grooved, and hard stems rise about two feet high, and the leaves which it bears in pairs are rather rough on both surfaces.
Flame Azalea (Rhododendron calendulaceum): This is a native plant and is used as an ornamental locally, as long as it’s placed in its favorite acid soil. A wide variation of color forms occurs, from all shades of yellow to orange-yellow and scarlet. The moniker of flame comes from not only the bright color of these flowers, but if you catch them early enough in the season the unopened buds can look like orange-red candles.
To vote, please visit our Facebook Page at facebook.com/TheLaurelMagazine. Write-in suggestions are welcomed and we hope you enjoy your wildflower adventures. Why not let us know what you found by posting your photo on our Facebook page?

by Jenny King | Photo by Christina Ramsey

Tour de Cashiers

Serious and not-so-serious biking enthusiasts are invited to test their mettle at the 23rd Annual Tour de Cashiers, set for Saturday, May 2.

Serious and not-so-serious biking enthusiasts are invited to test their mettle at the 23rd Annual Tour de Cashiers, set for Saturday, May 2.

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce will stage the 23rd Annual Tour de Cashiers on Saturday, May 2.
Cyclists will follow one of four routes: the Century, ¾ Century, Metric Century, or Quarter Century, with rides enveloping elevation gains of up to 10,500 feet. Steep climbs and fast descents await experienced cyclists who return year after year to enjoy the Century route. Less experienced riders can find their comfort zone and experience the thrill of the ride with one of the shorter routes.
This year, the Century Ride will kick off at 8:00 A.M. from The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. On-site registration and post-event festivities will be held at the Commons pavilion. Metric and Quarter Century Riders will leave at 8:30 A.M. and 9:00 A.M., respectively.
Returning riders will be welcomed back at the finish line with a hearty meal, drink, and even a hot shower at the nearby Cashiers-Glenville Recreation and Community Centers. Participants also receive a commemorative t-shirt.
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital serves as the Tour de Cashiers
Marquee Sponsor.
“Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, a Mission Health hospital, is proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience,” said Jackie Ring, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital’s president and chief nursing officer. “Mission Health and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital are committed to our local community and improving the health and wellness of residents across western North Carolina.”
Other businesses making this event possible are gold sponsors Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling Inc., Laurelwood Inn, and Landmark Realty Group; silver sponsors The Laurel Magazine, Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company, Vordach Zipline, and WHLC Radio; Bronze Sponsors, Camp Merriewoode, Cashiers Insurance Agency, Hansen & Associates, Heller & Dawkins PC, Highland Hiker Inc., McKee Properties, Slab Town Pizza, Sweetwater Builders Inc., The Chalet Inn, The Corner Store, and Zoller Hardware; and Mica’s Restaurant, which is providing the pre-ride pasta dinner and
post-ride meal.
There are countless individuals who provide their time and energy to make this event a successful and safe one, including a group of more than 60 parents, teachers and staff from Summit Charter School who will operate four rest stops along the way.
Participants can find more details and register online at www.tourdecashiers.com or contact the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at (828) 743-5191 or online at www.cashiersareachamber.com.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Federico Bigazzi

Wildflower Whimsy

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Wildflower Whimsy, set for May 8 and 9, is a celebration  of the wonders and mysteries of wildflowers and their pollinators. For more information,  call (828) 526-2221 or visit  www.highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy/

The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Wildflower Whimsy, set for May 8 and 9, is a celebration
of the wonders and mysteries of wildflowers and their pollinators. For more information,
call (828) 526-2221 or visit www.highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy/

The Highlands Biological Foundation is excited to host Wildflower Whimsy this May 8 and 9. In keeping with our informal theme this year of pollinator conservation, we have invited ecologist Nancy Lee Adamson to be the keynote speaker at 5:30 P.M. on May 8. Nancy, who is devoted to promoting pollinator conservation through planting habitat and minimizing pesticide use, will talk about celebrating biological diversity in order to support pollinators. We depend heavily on pollinators such as native bees for our food and landscaping; these connections are intimate and complex, but threatened by habitat destruction. Nancy will highlight specifically the connections between the beautiful blooms that we treasure and the nectar, pollen, and nesting habitat they provide. She is the East Region Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. Long involved with seed collecting and propagating native plants, she ran the horticulture and Master Gardener programs for Frederick County, Maryland Extension and the education program at Adkins Arboretum in Maryland. Nancy is also part of the design team developing the new one-acre pollinator garden at the Highlands Biological Station.
Whether you daydream of sweeping patches of trout lilies and beds of bloodroot to stave off the winter blues, or you’re unfamiliar but curious about the diminutive world of spring ephemerals, Wildflower Whimsy promises to deliver. This celebration will deepen your appreciation of the spring ephemeral wildflowers, sharpen your observation skills, and show you some of our favorite places to discover wildflowers.
All proceeds from Wildflower Whimsy benefit the Highlands Biological Foundation, whose mission is to foster research and education focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau. Members of the Foundation receive a discount. Tickets include a lecture, plant auctions, live music, and wine reception on Friday, and a guided wildflower walk on Saturday. For more information, visit www.highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy/ or call (828) 526-2221.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Groovin’ on the Green

The Groovin’ on the Green concert series revels in the magic of live music performed under the stars. Just amble down to the  Village Green Friday nights from June through mid-September.

The Groovin’ on the Green concert series revels in the magic of live music performed under the stars. Just amble down to the Village Green Friday nights from June through mid-September.

Community.
It means different things to different people, but in Cashiers there is a place that embodies community, The Village Green and Village Commons, where Cashiers comes to play.
Few events are as anticipated and attended as the Groovin’ on the Green concerts sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. Concerts are held every Friday night from June through early September at the Village Commons on Frank Allen Road (next to the Post Office, but please no parking at the Post Office).
Here you will find music lovers of all ages settling in to enjoy a night of musical delights under the stars. Each concert marks the chance to join your neighbors and enjoy the easy spirit of a community, unwinding after a hectic week. Come with your friends or make new ones.
The shows start at 6:30 P.M. and the music varies from week to week. You will hear everything from blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, country, and Americana to pop and rock. Some of the artists on slate this year are Julie Gribble Band, Hurricane Creek Band, Tellico, Erica Nichole, Josh Lasher Band, Dane Michael Group, Jackson Taylor Band, and Rockell Scott and Friends.
Concerts are held rain or shine and admission is free (but donations are appreciated). Bring your lawn chairs, kids, dogs, guests, friends, and family and join the toe tappin’ fun. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring a cooler with your favorite beverages.
If you don’t have time to plan ahead and prepare a picnic, just stop at one of the local eateries and order a to-go meal. We’ll see you on the Green.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Sarah Valentine

Village Nature Series

Musician-Storyteller Bruce Greene, the Village Green Nature Series’  presenter for May, weaves a musical tapestry of the region’s rich  heritage – 5:30 P.M. Tuesday May 26.

Musician-Storyteller Bruce Greene, the Village Green Nature Series’ presenter for May, weaves a musical tapestry of the region’s rich heritage – 5:30 P.M. Tuesday May 26.

Come gather on the back porch of The Village Green Commons at 5:30 P.M. May 26 for an intimate concert of traditional songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and banjo selections from southern Appalachia.
This is the first program of the 2015 Village Nature Series. This month features musician-storyteller Bruce Greene. Greene is known worldwide for preserving Appalachian music and culture. He and Kore Loy McWhirter will perform in a relaxed, informal manner to bring the music, legends and history to life.
Greene and McWhirter have been singing together for nearly 30 years. They mostly sing a cappella in close harmony. Greene plays fiddle from the old-style tradition with McWhirter accompanying with the fiddlesticks, another old southern mountain tradition. His repertoire of fiddle music includes a vast number of obscure and crooked tunes as if opening a previously locked door to a room rich with old-time music that most people did not know existed.
“This is a rare musical treat that you won’t want to miss,” says Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green. The Village Nature Series is sponsored by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and The Village Green. Each month, residents and visitors can attend a free presentation to learn about the natural and cultural elements of this area.
Other topics for 2015 include black bears, native plants and pollinators, insects, and heritage apples. The programs are always at 5:30 P.M. the last Tuesday of each month May through September at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road near the post office in Cashiers. For more information on The Village Nature Series you can visit The Village Green website at www.villagegreencashiersnc.com and click on the “Events” tab.

CLE: Increasing APPtitude

The Center for Life Enrichment’s 2015 season begins with the world of technology!
If you’re still struggling with how to operate your iPad or iPhone and need some guidance, CLE has the just the person to show you the ropes. Nigel Sixsmith is one of a handful of Apple experts and has taught iPad and Apple classes for CLE for four years, and has a dedicated following. His expertise and knowledge is invaluable to Apple users and is always in high demand.
“iPad Basics” is the beginner’s class and introduces new owners to the iPad and iOS 8. No prior knowledge is needed!! This class will be held Tuesday and Thursday, May 12 and 14, in the CLE Classroom from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
“iPad Advanced” is great if you already have a working knowledge of the iPad and will help you get the most out of your iPad and iOS, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 and 21.
There are almost a million apps out there and “A Fun Guide to the Best Applications for iPad and iPhone” will introduce you to the very best ones on, Tuesday and Thursday, May26 and 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
The cost of these classes is $70 for members and $80 for nonmembers.
Gain a greater understanding of Post-Modernism Art with Margaret Browne as she discusses how we got from Picasso to Post-Modernism in “Appropriation Art: Finding Meaning in Found-Image Collage.”
This lecture is in conjunction with The Bascom but will be held in the CLE Lecture Hall Thursday, May 28, from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. Cost is $10.
The Phoenicians have a great role in the development of civilization, but little has been known about their daily lives. The results of a 40-year-long archaeological excavation has pieced together the lives of this ancient civilization and allows us to visualize the details of private life in ancient Phoenicia. Presenter Helen Dixon teaches ancient Near Eastern and ancient Greek civilization at North Carolina State University. She’ll share her findings from 10:00 A.M. to noon Friday, May 29. Cost is of $25/$35.
For more information on CLE classes or membership, visit www.clehighlands.com, call (828) 526-8811 or stop by our office at 348 South Fifth Street in the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands.

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Cashiers Gets Crafty

The Cashiers Arts & Crafts Show is set for Saturday, May 23 and  Sunday, May 24 at the Village Green.

The Cashiers Arts & Crafts Show is set for Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 at the Village Green.

It’s that time of year again! The finest artisans from throughout the Southeast will once again converge on The Village Green for the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley’s bi-annual Arts & Crafts Show. Come to the Crossroads this Memorial Day weekend for the return of one of the area’s most notable events.
This year’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show takes place on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. both days, rain or shine. On display are some returning favorites from past shows, as well as some new faces making their debut this year. From unique ironwork and woodcraft to hand-thrown pottery, hand-stitched textiles and homemade cakes, pies, jellies, and jams, there’s something to please every artistic palate and tempt even the finickiest of tastes.
Entrance to the Cashiers Rotary Arts and Crafts Shows is free to attend, but all donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. All funds raised during the shows go to benefit the Cashiers Rotary Club Charities fund, which supports area programs that perform good works and advocate on the behalf of the under-served and underprivileged within our community. The club has distributed more than $1 million dollars to date and, with your help, hopes to expand the reach even further.
Members of the Cashiers Rotary will also show off their culinary skills at the refreshment booth, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and more to keep you fueled up as you hunt for the perfect piece to add to your collection.
Join us and the more than 70 exhibiting artisans as we welcome in summer with fine art, custom crafts, good food, and family fun at the Cashiers Rotary Arts & Crafts Show on May 23 and 24 at the Village Green in Cashiers. Visit www.cashiersrotary.org for more information on events, participating artisans or last-minute artisan registrations.

Contributed by Mary Alice Grant

Can You Dig It?

The Mountain Garden Club’s 33rd Annual Plant Sale,  slated for 9:00 A.M. Saturday, May 23, at the  Highlands Ball Field, is a chance to bring the Plateau’s natural heritage home with you.

The Mountain Garden Club’s 33rd Annual Plant Sale, slated for 9:00 A.M. Saturday, May 23, at the
Highlands Ball Field, is a chance to bring the Plateau’s natural heritage home with you.

The Mountain Garden Club is known for their high kicks and choreographed moves in the annual Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, but what they are most proud of is the work they
do locally.
Their biggest fundraiser is the annual Plant Sale, held this year Saturday, May 23, from 9:00 A.M. to noon. This will be the 33rd year the members have undertaken such a huge project, which is in the planning stages a year in advance. They carefully tend their own gardens for inventory but also accept donations of plants from non-club members.
They’ll be happy to come “thin” your plantings for you and the diggers will leave your garden in great shape for the season. Just give Caroline Cook a call at (828) 526-2742. Their extensive selection of local plants include many varieties of both sun and shade plants; ground covers; and an impressive selection of Dahlia tubers. Expert advice on all the plants is readily available from any of the Garden Club members.
The Mountain Garden Club tends to be quiet about the work they do in the community. They have planted and tended gardens at the Eckerd Living Center and have many educational projects with the students at Highlands School. The club has helped the Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Nature Center, and helped to fund portions of the renovation at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park. The monies made from the annual plant sale help support local scholarships and are donated to meaningful projects throughout the Highlands area.
Champion their good works by attending the plant sale, held at the Highlands Ball Field on the corner of Highway 64 and Hickory Street. Bring your own cart, wagon or sled, or use the wide variety of sleds made available by the club to load up your purchases. They will even help get all your plants in your car.
You’d better come early because this highly anticipated event does get busy, with many plant selections selling out. Rain date is Sunday, May 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Cash and check only, please. For more information, call Andrea Gabbard at (828) 200-6742.

by Jenny King

Time to SOAR

The Special Operations Adventure Race to benefit the children of fallen Special Forces will be staged on  Saturday, June 13. The competition will test athletes’ running, cycling, rappelling, and watercraft talents.  For more information or to register, visit www.soarhighlands.org.

The Special Operations Adventure Race to benefit the children of fallen Special Forces will be staged on
Saturday, June 13. The competition will test athletes’ running, cycling, rappelling, and watercraft talents.
For more information or to register, visit www.soarhighlands.org.

The 14th Annual Special Operations Adventure Race benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will be held on June 13. This annual event continues to draw outdoor enthusiasts from across the Southeast who come to the mountains to challenge themselves and raise money for a
great cause.
Since its inception, the Highlands Annual SOAR race has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for SOWF, which provides college educations to children of fallen special operations personnel in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. It also provides assistance to families of severely wounded troops with immediate expenses incurred while traveling to be at the bedside of their loved ones.
The annual SOAR race continues to be an example of how a community can have a positive impact in the lives of very special children whose parent has sacrificed so much for our country.
Solo racers and teams of two will run, cycle, rappel, paddle, and navigate throughout the day and can choose either the Sprint Race which lasts five to seven hours and assumes that the racer has basic navigation skills, or the more challenging Elite Race, which lasts 10 to 12 hours and assumes the racer has intermediate navigation skills.
For more information on the race and registration, please visit www.soarhighlands.org.

The SOAR
Schedule of Events
Friday June 12, 2015

2:00 – 6:00 P.M. Registration, Check-In, and Gear Check at Highlands Civic Center, US-64 and Laurel Street
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Spaghetti Dinner ($7)
7:00 P.M. Mandatory Pre-race meeting for all racers
No entries after 6:00 P.M.
Saturday June 13, 2015
7:30 A.M. – Start Elite Race – Main and Fourth Street
9:00 A.M. – Start Sprint Race – Main and Fourth Street
6:30 P.M. – After Race Dinner (food, beer, and wine – free for racers, $7 for all others) followed by Awards as soon as determined. Dinners and Awards at the Highlands Community Building.

by Mary Jane McCall

Fishes and Loaves Celebrates 10th

Thanks to a generous community, Fishes and Loaves reaches some of Jackson County’s neediest neighbors. To learn more, call (828) 506-6170.

Thanks to a generous community, Fishes and Loaves reaches some of Jackson County’s neediest neighbors. To learn more, call (828) 506-6170.

With a little help from Above… and from you, miracles do happen.
This past March Fishes and Loaves celebrated its tenth anniversary. A decade ago a half dozen passionate volunteers launched F&L as a program to feed those below the poverty line in Jackson County. Since then thousands of households have benefitted from food boxes provided up to twice a month, depending upon need. The food pantry, located behind the fire station, is open Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Volunteers from eleven area churches and other volunteers “staff” the food pantry during these hours.
These food-for-life packages contain three cans each of veggies, meat, and fruit, two cans of soup, dried beans, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and peanut butter. Last November and December 187 Thanksgiving boxes and 167 Christmas boxes were distributed containing Ham or Turkey, 5 pounds of potatoes, pie, rolls, and all trimmings needed for a family dinner were distributed. Manna Food Bank, a Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program, food drives, and direct purchases supply the groceries.
In addition to food distribution, during 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 4, 2015 at the Cashiers Community Center; and the Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon, scheduled for Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Zachary-Tolbert House Pavilion.
For more information about volunteering, donating, or receiving contact Bill (828) 506-6170, Larry (828) 508-0378, or Howard (828) 577-5100. Helping Fishes and Loaves increase their outreach is soul-satisfying for the giver and body-and-soul satisfying for the receiver.
Happy 10th Anniversary, Fishes and Loaves!

by Donna Rhodes

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine for the Highlands Community Fund, an effervescent evening of barbecue, dance and jolly refreshments,  will be staged at 6:30 P.M. Sunday, June 7. It’ll boost the fortunes of a host of local causes.

Rise and Shine for the Highlands Community Fund, an effervescent evening of barbecue, dance and jolly refreshments, will be staged at 6:30 P.M. Sunday, June 7. It’ll boost the fortunes of a host of local causes.

Mark your calendars for an evening of cocktails, barbecue, and dancing music.
The Highlands Community Fund will be hosting Rise and Shine for the Highlands Community Fund at The Bascom at
6:30 P.M. June 7.
There will be an evening of enjoyment starting with cocktails, then a delicious barbecue dinner catered by Lovie’s of Atlanta. There will be a time to kick up your heels with dancing music provided by the Caribbean Cowboys.
This is an evening of pure enjoyment and a time to get to know the Highlands Community Fund Board and the wonderful support it gives to the Highlands community.
Since 1966, the Highlands Community Fund has raised permanent endowment funds for the community. Each year, the earnings from these funds are used to make grants to nonprofits serving Highlands. In partnership with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Highlands Community Fund has made 97 grants to 28 organizations, totaling more than $580,000.
Recent grants have supported projects at The Literacy Council of Highlands, Hudson Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands, the Middle School Courtyard Project at Highlands School, The Bascom, the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, the Gordon Center for Children, Highlands Community Child Development Center, Blue Ridge Mountain Health Project, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, the Peggy Crosby Community Service Center, and the Highlands
Emergency Council.
So Rise and Shine for the Highlands Community Fund and come enjoy a night of great food and entertainment. Tickets to this event are $75 and the dress is mountain casual.
For more information, contact Highlands Community Fund Board member Gayle Cummings at (828) 526-0247
or gayle.cummings@me.com.

Contributed by Caroline Cook

Friday Night Live Is Back

Highlands embraces the raucous spirt of the season with  Friday Night Live, a free, joyful music series starting May 22 at Town Square. It’ll be staged through the end of October.  For more information, visit the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at  www.highlandschamber.org or call (828) 526-2112.

Highlands embraces the raucous spirt of the season with Friday Night Live, a free, joyful music series starting May 22 at Town Square. It’ll be staged through the end of October. For more information, visit the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at www.highlandschamber.org or call (828) 526-2112.

It’s May and mountain-style music will be cranking up Friday Night Live performances at Highlands Town Square, starting May 22nd and running straight through October.
This fun, free favorite has become a Highlands tradition. Bands start rockin’ about 6:00 P.M. and keep the good times rollin’ until 8:00 or later. FNL happens every Friday night, rain or shine, throughout
the summer.
FNL started five years ago. It’s the brainchild of Lynn Delgado of Highlands Falls Country Club. Lynn was a former member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. She proposed and initiated this venerable Friday Night music series. It became so popular, bands-in-demand started kicking off the weekend every Friday night with good ol’ mountain blues, rock, country, folk, fusion…you name it. If it’s music of the mountains, you can hear it in Highlands.
Spectators get up and dance or clog. Kids rock out. Even casual listeners tap a toe. There’s not an idle foot on the block.
Don’t miss the Johnny Webb band on May 22, Friday Night Live’s first performance of the season at Town Square.
The Chamber of Commerce proudly presents this music for the entertainment and enjoyment of everyone. Spend your Friday evening strolling Highlands, enjoying the music, window shopping, or dining in one of Highlands’ many fine restaurants. For more information contact the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center at www.highlandschamber.org or call (828) 526-2112.

by Donna Rhodes

Saturdays on Pine

Regional music – bluegrass, blues, jazz, and rock and roll – returns to Highlands’ Kelsey-Hutchinson Park with a series of Saturday night concerts.

Regional music – bluegrass, blues, jazz, and rock and roll – returns to Highlands’ Kelsey-Hutchinson Park with a series of Saturday night concerts.

Saturday evening the place to be is at the Saturdays on Pine Summer Concerts. Brought to you by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, The Ugly Dog Pub, and other generous sponsors, these lively Saturday evenings bring out young and old alike to mingle, dance, and listen to great music.
Beginning on June 6 and continuing through August, these concerts start at 6:00 P.M. and are held at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park on Pine Street. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic, or have a bite to eat at a local eatery before or after the show, and join the fun. It’s truly a great place for friends and families to stop, unwind, relax and enjoy great music and good times.
Saturdays on Pine presents some of the finest bands from the region. Whether you like jazz, country, blues, rock and roll, bluegrass, or folk music, you will likely find it all here.
Kicking off the series on June 6 will be the Lauren Mitchell Band, one of Florida’s most popular blues bands. Featuring Lauren’s soulful voice and supported by a great band, their performance is sure to set the stage for a great season.
Other musical acts scheduled include Shane Bridges, who claims musical influences from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty; the Hobohemians from Athens, Georgia, known for playing popular music from the 1920s and 30s; Porch Forty, the funk, southern rock band from Cullowhee, North Carolina; and Highlands’ own Wellstrung, playing bluegrass, folk, and Americana music — mountain music at its finest.
For more information about Saturdays on Pine, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Sarah Valentine