Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

Highlands Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k, set for 6:00 P.M. Saturday, August 22, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park, is open for everyone. 
To register, visit Webscorer.com

Like a Run in the Park

Highlands Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k, set for 6:00 P.M. Saturday, August 22, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park, is open for everyone.  To register, visit Webscorer.com

Highlands Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k, set for 6:00 P.M. Saturday, August 22, at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park, is open for everyone.
To register, visit Webscorer.com

Excitement continues to build for the Third Annual Rotary Club of Highlands Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k. The race will be held on Saturday, August 22, at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in downtown Highlands. The list of sponsors is growing as are the number of early registrations for the race that starts at 6:00 P.M.
At last year’s event there were 250 participants and they have already surpassed that number for 2015. If you haven’t registered yet, you can head to the park at 4:00 P.M. where they’ll be holding check-in and late registration. You can also register online at Webscorer.com.
The race is open to all ages and levels of fitness — from family walkers with strollers to advanced runners. Awards will be presented to the overall top male and female finisher; Masters and Grand Masters first place; and top three finishers in each five-year age division. Kids under 10 can run for free.
This is a great community event and a chance for everyone to enjoy the park. Live music by Tea 4 Three will keep the energy rocking during and after the race until 10:00 P.M. and any racer (of legal age) crossing the finish line can quench their thirst with a beer from the Ugly Dog Pub. Parking will be available around the park. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, and blankets to Kelsey Hutchinson Park and spend the evening.
Derek Taylor, owner of Highlands Decorating Center and Rotary Club of Highlands member says, “The proceeds are going to support the Highlands Hurricanes Youth Swim Team and everyone really has a good time.”
For more information, visit TwilightRocknroll5k.com or contact Taylor at (828) 526-3571. You may also contact Lester Norris at the Highlands Rec Park, (828) 526-3556.
Visit their Facebook page to see photos from previous races. You just might catch a glimpse of someone you know!

by Jenny King

Highlands’ Laurel Garden Club’s  Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, August 22, highlights the marvelous homes and wonderful personalities that enrich 
the community.

The Dish on Kitchens

Highlands’ Laurel Garden Club’s  Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, August 22, highlights the marvelous homes and wonderful personalities that enrich  the community.

Highlands’ Laurel Garden Club’s Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, August 22, highlights the marvelous homes and wonderful personalities that enrich
the community.

Highlands’ Laurel Garden Club is planning another fabulous tour of kitchens Saturday, August 22, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Six unique kitchens from special Highlands homes will be featured, including two historic homes, one luxurious log cabin, a cutting edge downtown “penthouse,” and two state of the art mountain homes with spectacular views.
An added bonus — glimpses of the interiors and gardens can be had as well.
Among the celebrity guests at the homes will be novelist Cassandra King, author of “Moonrise,” along with Janice Owens, Florida writer and author of “The Cracker Kitchen, A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-Fed, Down Home Family Stories and Cuisine.” King and Owens are co-authoring a new cookbook, “A Fine Frolic: The Cracker Art of Good Living,” and will be preparing some of their recipes.
Another cookbook author who will be sharing recipes is Jonathan Scott Barrett, whose “Rise and Shine! A Southern Son’s Treasury of Food, Family and Friends” will be published in September. Noted Architect Norman Askins will be autographing his book, “Inspired by Tradition: The Architecture of Norman Davenport Askins” at a house he designed. Well-known garden designer Alex Smith also will be present to answer questions in the garden that he designed and installed. Highlands’ Chad Lucas of Lucas Patton Designs will be on hand in another of the homes for which he did the interior design.
The timed tickets are $65 each and can be purchased at The Dry Sink, 450 Main Street in Highlands, or online at laurelgardenclubhighlands.com. Transportation in private vehicles will be provided from the Performing Arts Center, where you can also visit the Laurel Kitchen Shop and purchase home-cooked casseroles, desserts, cookies, and designer objects for the home.
Proceeds from the tour will be used to fund grants for community projects. Laurel Garden Club has contributed more than $100,000 to the Highlands community.
Sponsors of the tour include Inman Park Marble and Granite; Alex Smith Garden Designs; Norman Davenport Askins, PC, Architect; Lucas Patton Designs; Country Club Properties; The Summer House – Home Furnishings Center; Artist Katherine Bell McClure; Calvin and Baylee Eustis; Wind River Construction; Macon Bank, a Subsidiary of Entegra Financial Corp.; and Atlanta Social Season, Media Sponsor.

Contributed by Lila Howland | Photo by Helen Moore

The Best of WCU’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival spotlights the most exciting student creations in a dazzling evening 
at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – Saturday, August 15.

Controlled Chaos Film Festival

The Best of WCU’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival spotlights the most exciting student creations in a dazzling evening  at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – Saturday, August 15.

The Best of WCU’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival spotlights the most exciting student creations in a dazzling evening
at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – Saturday, August 15.

You won’t find a more exciting and spirited film festival than the one coming to Highlands Performing Arts Center on August 15 — the Best of Western Carolina University’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival and Benefit.
In June, a select group of individuals from the Highlands-Cashiers plateau were invited to watch the winning films from the 2015 WCU Controlled Chaos Film Festival. Out of those, they’ve chosen the best of the best.
Tickets for this benefit are $75 (plus North Carolina sales tax) and include a red carpet photo op and reception prior to the screening. At intermission you’ll have an opportunity to bid on a three-minute business or family video created expressly for you by students and faculty of the Film and Television Program, as well as an opportunity to win a featured cameo role for yourself or loved one in a senior thesis film. Proceeds from the film festival benefit the School of Stage and Screen, helping to offset the oft-times prohibitory expenses of creating these projects.
The WCU School of Stage and Screen has, over the years, established itself as one of the top players in the country. The program is headed by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar nominated-director Jack Sholder who says, “We spend just about half the time we’re not sleeping glued to some kind of screen. By 2018 almost 80 percent of the people on the internet will be watching some kind of video. While we showcase the great work our students do in narrative and non-fiction cinema at the festival, what the program is really all about is teaching students to communicate with visual storytelling — the universal language of the 21st century.”
Students and faculty will be available throughout the event to provide commentary and answer questions. The Best of WCU’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival and Benefit will be catered by Mountain Fresh Grocery.
Doors open at 6:00 P.M. for the reception, with the screenings beginning at 7:00 P.M. Films are rated PG-13, for content and language. For ticket information, contact (828) 227-7028. You may also purchase tickets at PAC (828) 526-9047 and at both the Highlands and Cashiers Area Chambers of Commerce.

by Jenny King

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Cashiers Designer Showhouse ™

AugustCovercashiers_designer_showhouse_north_carolina_twoIt’s the full schedule of events that make the Cashiers Designer Showhouse™ the most exciting week in the month. Open August 22 – 30, this fundraiser for the Cashiers Historical Society, features 15 regional and area design professionals along with five landscape professionals transforming this year’s featured home: the Goodman Cottage, located on the grounds of the Wade Hampton Golf Club. The Goodman Cottage is spacious, yet private with gaming, office and sitting areas, large and inviting bedrooms with ensuite baths, and gracious and expansive areas for entertaining, including the requisite Carolina Porch complete with fireplace.
The festivities open with the Benefactor’s Party on Sunday, August 16, catered by The Chattooga Club. On Friday, August 21, the Opening Night Patron Party will offer a preview of the Showhouse followed by dinner and dancing on the grounds of the Wade Hampton Golf Club. Special celebrity presenter Clinton Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Veranda Magazine, will speak at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley at 11:00 A.M. on the 22. A limited number of tickets are available for this luncheon presentation, sponsored by ADAC.
Tuesday, August 25, Jim Thompson presents “The Man, the Myth, the Making of the Thai Silk Industry” at the Goodman Cottage. Thursday, August 27 at the Showhouse, is Mash & Pig, A Sultry Southern Summer Evening with James Farmer, sponsored by McKee Properties. Saturday, August 29, the Wade Hampton Clubhouse is hosting A Gem of a Brunch with Pearls by Dawn Corley, Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook and stunning tabletops curated by Replacements, Ltd. Showhouse Shops and The Chattooga Cafe will be open 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. daily on the Zachary-Tolbert grounds, located on Highway 107 south. Both are open to the public. Daily ticket holders will find Pop Up Shops at the Goodman Cottage on the weekends from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Daily admission is $35 and shuttle transportation is available to and from the Showhouse. This annual week-long event provides operational funding for the Cashiers Historical Society and tickets may be purchased by visiting cashiershistoricalsociety.org. For more information please call them at (828) 743-7710.

by Jenny King | Cover Painting by Janet Cummings

Groovin’ on the Green, Cashiers’ Friday night musical showcase, promises to heat up those August nights. 
Everyone is invited to this series of free concerts.

Groovin’ on The Green

Groovin’ on the Green, Cashiers’ Friday night musical showcase, promises to heat up those August nights.  Everyone is invited to this series of free concerts.

Groovin’ on the Green, Cashiers’ Friday night musical showcase, promises to heat up those August nights. Everyone is invited to this series of free concerts.

July 4th has come and gone and as hard as it is to imagine, our summer season will begin winding down a bit. Don’t despair and think there’s no more fun to be had because the ever popular Groovin’ on the Green concert series continues through August. There is simply no place better to be on a Friday night than the Village Commons in Cashiers.
On August 7 The Jackson Taylor Band, sponsored by Biltmore, brings their lively sound to the stage. This band consists of Bill Nickerson on lead guitar and vocals, Bill’s son Jeff Nickerson on drums, Joe Fowler on Bass, and Tyler Kittle on saxophone. This group blends their diverse musical backgrounds into a smooth blend of music from all genres – jazz, blues, country, and classic rock and roll.
On August 14 the Marcus King Band, sponsored by Cashiers Farmers Market, rolls into town with their extraordinary young guitarist, Marcus King. 18 year old Marcus, who hails from a very musically gifted family, started playing at the tender age of only two years old. His blues/rock sound is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman and his act is not to be missed.
Freeway Revival, sponsored by Crossroads Chronicle, rocks the stage on August 21. This group cut their musical teeth on the road and has toured from coast to coast opening for such greats as Kansas. Their music is intricate, yet energizing, and they are guaranteed to have you on your feet dancing.
Closing the month on August 28, and sponsored by Signal Ridge Marina and Blue Ridge Storage, vocalist Rockelle Scott and friends bring their warm jazz sound to the stage.
Concerts are held rain or shine and admission is always free (donations are appreciated). Remember to bring your lawn chairs or blankets when you come. Many people pack a picnic and a cooler with their favorite beverages, but food and beverages are available on site as well.

by Mary Jane McCall

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cashiers_designer_showhouse_north_carolina_twoIt’s the full schedule of events that make the Cashiers Designer Showhouse™ the most exciting week in the month. Open August 22 – 30, this fundraiser for the Cashiers Historical Society, features 15 regional and area design professionals along with five landscape professionals transforming this year’s featured home: the Goodman Cottage, located on the grounds of the Wade Hampton Golf Club. The Goodman Cottage is spacious, yet private with gaming, office and sitting areas, large and inviting bedrooms with ensuite baths, and gracious and expansive areas for entertaining, including the requisite Carolina Porch complete with fireplace.
The festivities open with the Benefactor’s Party on Sunday, August 16, catered by The Chattooga Club. On Friday, August 21, the Opening Night Patron Party will offer a preview of the Showhouse followed by dinner and dancing on the grounds of the Wade Hampton Golf Club. Special celebrity presenter Clinton Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Veranda Magazine, will speak at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley at 11:00 A.M. on the 22. A limited number of tickets are available for this luncheon presentation, sponsored by ADAC.
Tuesday, August 25, Jim Thompson presents “The Man, the Myth, the Making of the Thai Silk Industry” at the Goodman Cottage. Thursday, August 27 at the Showhouse, is Mash & Pig, A Sultry Southern Summer Evening with James Farmer, sponsored by McKee Properties. Saturday, August 29, the Wade Hampton Clubhouse is hosting A Gem of a Brunch with Pearls by Dawn Corley, Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook and stunning tabletops curated by Replacements, Ltd. Showhouse Shops and The Chattooga Cafe will be open 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. daily on the Zachary-Tolbert grounds, located on Highway 107 south. Both are open to the public. Daily ticket holders will find Pop Up Shops at the Goodman Cottage on the weekends from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Daily admission is $35 and shuttle transportation is available to and from the Showhouse. This annual week-long event provides operational funding for the Cashiers Historical Society and tickets may be purchased by visiting cashiershistoricalsociety.org. For more information please call them at (828) 743-7710.

by Jenny King | Cover Painting by Janet Cummings

Miss P. is a loyal and patient listener, regardless of the story being told.

Mrs. P, The Labrador Reader

Miss P. is a loyal and patient listener, regardless of the story being told.

Miss P. is a loyal and patient listener, regardless of the story being told.

As a little library at the heart of a tiny community, the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library has always relied upon a core group of volunteers to function.
Only one of those volunteers wears a collar.
Miss P. is a Labrador Retriever who visits the library every Wednesday at 3:45 P.M. A trained therapy dog, she cheerfully takes per place upon the sofa in the Children’s Section and waits for Story Time.
That’s also the time when children show up and Ms. P goes to work.
Thanks to her eternally gentle demeanor, this sweet dog is the perfect audience for patrons learning to read.
“Maybe it’s her training, maybe she really does love to hear stories read to her, but Miss P. is wonderful way to boost a child’s confidence in reading,” says Librarian Serenity Richards. “She’s gentle, attentive, and encouraging. I don’t think children could ask for a better friend while they’re learning the intricacies of reading. Children can pick a book and read to this quiet dog who pays attention to every word of the story. Miss P. becomes a trusted friend.”
Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is located at 249 Frank Allen Road.

by Luke Osteen

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands will host a pair of events illuminating the beauty of 
creation and the majesty of the human voice on August 8 and 9.

Garden Party, Jazz Concert

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands will host a pair of events illuminating the beauty of  creation and the majesty of the human voice on August 8 and 9.

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands will host a pair of events illuminating the beauty of
creation and the majesty of the human voice on August 8 and 9.

An exciting weekend is ahead with the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in August. Reviving a custom from the 1920s and 1930s, an elegant, traditional Garden Party will be held on August 8 from 5:00 until 7:30 P.M. at the beautiful gardens of Frank Langford in Highlands Falls Country Club. The Garden Parties and Silver Teas of the 1920s and 1930s helped supplement the salaries for the clergy, but this event will benefit the garden at Incarnation and the outreach ministry.
Langford Gardens offers imaginative natural design with a woodland garden that contains a miniature Stonehenge, a pond surrounded by wetlands plants accented with a rustic gazebo. The back garden overlooks the 16th fairway of the golf course and has a rustic bridge crossing a stream that flows into the Cullasaja River. Front gardens display many plants and trees that accentuate and complement the lay of the land. Rain date for the event is August 9. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as you stroll through the gardens. This meticulous garden is not to be missed!
On Sunday, August 9, Incarnation will feature Virginia Schenck, an accomplished vocalist, during the 10:30 A.M. service. The entire community is invited to join this worship service.
The festivities continue on Monday, August 10, with a Sacred Jazz concert by Virginia at the Performing Arts Center. A cocktail buffet and auction begin at 6:00 P.M. with the concert at 7:30 P.M. Whether straight-ahead jazz or free improvisation, Virginia brings instantaneous joy and spiritual inspiration to her audiences. She appears regularly at numerous jazz venues in Atlanta and has gained a reputation as a singer who has an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. Virginia takes listeners on a pilgrimage with music that is both authentic
and stimulating.
“Virginia’s voice and what she does includes the beauty of Celtic Woman and the intensity of the Middle East,” says Marcus Borg, religious philosopher/author of “The Heart of Christianity.”
Ticket price for each event is $50, but if you would like to attend both events, the price is $90. Tickets are available online at incarnationwnc.org, at the Church office or by phone at (828) 526-2968. Proceeds from the auction and concert benefit health and human services in the community.

Contributed by Mercedes Heller | Photos by Mike Hunter

The Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show, a unique treasure trove and community 
gathering, is open to everyone – August 8 and 9 at the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field. 
For information, call Sandra at (828) 743-1163.

Sapphire Arts and Crafts

The Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show, a unique treasure trove and community  gathering, is open to everyone – August 8 and 9 at the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field.  For information, call Sandra at (828) 743-1163.

The Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show, a unique treasure trove and community
gathering, is open to everyone – August 8 and 9 at the Sapphire Valley Athletic Field.
For information, call Sandra at (828) 743-1163.

No trip to the mountains is complete without searching out handcrafted items from mountain artists. Those in the know always visit the Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show.
This annual event is held three times yearly. June’s show was attended by hundreds and the upcoming show, August 8 and 9, will bring back many of your favorite artisans. Hosted by Sapphire Valley Resort, the show takes place outside on the athletic field, rain or shine, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. both days.
The show is free to attend and will feature handmade crafts, rustic furniture, fine handmade jewelry and art, both folk and fine. You can spend the day and enjoy live music as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Exhibitors come from many states to show their crafts and sell their wares and the level of craftsmanship always thrills visitors to
the show.
It’s more than just an arts and crafts show, though. It’s a community gathering. The Cashiers Highlands Humane Society will be there hosting one of their “stop and adopt” events with many adorable canines and felines
on display.
For a real sense of the Cashiers Valley, plan now to attend The Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 at the athletic field. Gates open at 10:00 A.M. each day. For more information, contact Sandra at (828) 743-1163 or svma@aol.com.

by Jenny King

Cool mountain nights are even sweeter with free concerts Friday and Saturday nights at Highlands Town Square and Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

Weekends Rock in Highlands

Cool mountain nights are even sweeter with free concerts Friday and Saturday nights at Highlands Town Square and Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

Cool mountain nights are even sweeter with free concerts Friday and Saturday nights at Highlands Town Square and Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

Residents and visitors alike are increasingly making their weekend plans around evening concerts in Highlands by attending Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine.
As one resident expressed on a recent Saturday night, “it’s a joyous sight to see entire families out with children dancing, playing, and having such a good time.”
Friday Night Live performances take place in the heart of downtown at Highlands Town Square. Performances are from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and more and more residents are realizing this is the perfect way to unwind after a hectic week. Stroll downtown, stop in to listen to music and catch up with neighbors.
Scheduled performances this month are Southern Highlands on August 7, the Mountain Dulcimer Group on August 14, the Johnny Webb Band on August 21, and Macon Grass Band on August 28. These groups have proven to be local favorites and set the stage for good time.
Saturdays on Pine are held at the newly-renovated Kelsey-Hutchinson Park at 6:00 P.M. This venue is now the perfect place to enjoy a show but remember to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Pack a picnic with your favorite drinks and picnic foods, or visit a nearby restaurant, many of which have extended hours and perfectly prepared foods to accompany
your concert.
On Saturday, August 8, local favorite Nitrograss takes the stage with their lively bluegrass sounds. Be prepared to dance the night away and don’t be surprised to find yourself in the middle of an impromptu lesson in mountain clogging. Saturday, August 15, another local favorite, Well Strung Band, keeps the momentum going. Saturday, August 22 is the Twilight 5k Run with music provided by Tea 4 Three.
Make plans now to come out with your friends and family and enjoy Highlands’ thriving music scene. One visit won’t be enough. We think you’ll come back again and again.
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

A night of Bingo, slated for 6:30 P.M. Thursday, August 6 ,at the Highlands Community Building, 
will benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

And Bingo Was His Name-O

A night of Bingo, slated for 6:30 P.M. Thursday, August 6 ,at the Highlands Community Building,  will benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

A night of Bingo, slated for 6:30 P.M. Thursday, August 6 ,at the Highlands Community Building,
will benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

Your favorite four-legged friends urge you to come out for a fun night of Bingo on August 6.
You’ll enjoy an evening with your friends and raise money to support the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Since 1987 the Humane Society has been providing temporary refuge and compassionate care for dogs and cats waiting to be adopted by loving families.
Bingo enthusiasts gather at the Highlands Community Building next to the ballpark on Highway 64 at 6:30 P.M. Play one card per game or as many as you can handle. Each card is $1. A night of bingo includes 15 games.
Winners can keep their pocket money or they can return it to the Humane Society to help them underwrite their many programs. Win or not, you still have tons of fun.
Show additional support for the society by buying a Table Ad. This opportunity is open to business owners and individuals. Buy a table advertisement (full page $50/half-page $ 25) to promote your business or just say “John and Jane Doe support the Humane Society.” Call Executive Director David Stroud at (828) 743-5752 to buy your advertisement.
Laugh a lot, share with friends, and support the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. If you can’t be there, you can send a check.
The Rotary Club of Highlands sponsors Bingo Night.

by Wiley Sloan

The Book Club at The Bascom welcomes author and yoga leader Monette Chilson at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 23. 
The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, write to patlesjasmine@yahoo.com.

A Novel Idea

The Book Club at The Bascom welcomes author and yoga leader Monette Chilson at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 23.  The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, write to patlesjasmine@yahoo.com.

The Book Club at The Bascom welcomes author and yoga leader Monette Chilson at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 23. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, write to patlesjasmine@yahoo.com.

Every fourth Thursday, May through October, the Book Club at The Bascom meets to discuss each month’s group book selection.
Monette Chilson, author of the award-winning “Sofia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga,” is featured from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. July 23. Chilson will make a personal appearance and discuss her take on the Western world’s approach to spirituality and how we can broaden that experience through yoga and contemplation.
Chilson speaks and writes passionately about the intersection of faith and yoga, as well as the recovery of the feminine face of God. She has contributed to Yoga Journal, elephant journal, Integral Yoga Magazine, and Christian Yoga Magazine.
Book Club Spokeswoman Patricia Williams says, “We are a diverse group of professional women: retirees, former teachers, and a therapist. Each brings a unique point of view to our monthly discussions.
“We are deeply fortunate to have Ms. Chilson share her book and her experience with us in this, our second season.”
The club is growing and invites interested women to join. Everyone is welcome to attend the July meeting whether or not she is a club member. As a courtesy, if convenient, please RSVP. This is a free event.
For more info about meet-the-author, club membership, and the club’s book list, contact Patricia Williams at patlesjasmine@yahoo.com.

by Donna Rhodes

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host a tour of storied Horse Cove in Highlands, Tuesday, July 21. 
Reservations are required – (828) 526-1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Horse Cove Eco-Tour

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host a tour of storied Horse Cove in Highlands, Tuesday, July 21.  Reservations are required – (828) 526-1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host a tour of storied Horse Cove in Highlands, Tuesday, July 21.
Reservations are required – (828) 526-1111 or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Locals know about a place not too far from downtown Highlands whose natural wonders are as rich as its history.
Our town’s first settlers made their homes here and the stories of those pioneers still echo from the surrounding mountains.
Today’s Horse Cove is a beautiful and serene landscape with green pastures, beautiful cottages, streams, forest lands, and even a grass runway. However, the cove has changed much over the years. Dating back to 4,600 years ago, the valley bottom was covered by a Southern Appalachian Bog complete with sundews and pitcher plants.
The Native Americans of the region would have seen this as a rich hunting ground for water fowl and turtles. With the arrival of the white man, in the late 1700’s Horse Cove was used as a pasture for livestock, hence the name. Later it was a destination for both tired and weary travelers and their horses as they headed north to the Highlands Plateau. Folks stayed at the Hill House Inn established in 1847. The owner of this inn, Stanhope Hill, became the first elected major of Highlands in 1883. The cove even played a role in the infamous “Trail of Tears.”
Many stories of early life in the cove live on and thanks to the foresight of conservation-minded people like Carolyn McCall, Beth Greenlee, The Turner Family, The Hertwig Family, and others, the natural wonders that make Horse Cove so unique will remain forever as well.
These folks recognized the importance of protecting the cove’s robust natural heritage and have conserved their family lands, some of the cove’s most treasured places, with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT).
On Tuesday, July 21, join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and explore with us the wonders of Horse Cove present and past and hear her stories as we tour the Hill House, look for bogs, and explore Granite City on our Heart of Horse Cove Eco Tour.
Reservations are required: (828) 526-1111, or email Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net.

Contributed by Julie Schott, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Going Once, Going Twice

Tennis has its Grand Slam; golf has its Grand Slam.
The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club has its Grand Slam, and we are playing one of our majors this month – our Annual Live Auction. This major brings in a large portion of our funds that go towards scholarships for local students, giving them an opportunity to fulfill their educational dreams. Our scholars have chosen careers in fields such as journalism, criminal justice, and politics. Their commitment and hard work have made their families and community proud.
The SMWC’s Annual Auction will be held on July 18 at the Sky Valley/Scaly Mountain Fire Department at 169 Hale Ridge Road in Scaly Mountain. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. and admission is free. Guests can view items in the silent auction until 7:00 P.M., at which time the Golden Memories Auction Company, a family-owned business from Mountain City, Georgia, will call the live auction. Patrons can bid on items such as a gourmet dinner for eight, golf packages from several prestigious local country clubs, certificates from exclusive shops, spas and fine dining restaurants, original artwork, amazing gift baskets, antiques,
and much more.
Another Grand Slam is our Pancake Breakfast, which is in full operation. The next breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, and they will continue every fourth Saturday of the month until October. Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 10:30 A.M. Enjoy homemade buttermilk pancakes with locally-grown blueberries, fresh sausage, orange juice, and coffee at our beautifully renovated historical school house at the corner of Highway 106 and Buck Knob, nestled in the surrounding mountains.
The women of Scaly Mountain greatly appreciate the ongoing support from our amazing community, near and far. For more information on the club, to become a member, or to make a donation, please visit scalymountainwomensclub.org.

Contributed by Sophia Iler

Lafayette Trunk Show at Narcissus

Narcissus celebrates the chic lines of Lafayette 148 New York with a gorgeous Trunk Show, July 10-12.  The boutique is located at 71 Highway 107 South in Cashiers.

Narcissus celebrates the chic lines of Lafayette 148 New York with a gorgeous Trunk Show, July 10-12.
The boutique is located at 71 Highway 107 South in Cashiers.

Giuliana Kaufman of Narcissus in Cashiers travels the world to bring back the styles, colors and textures of her journeys. She knows her customers are sophisticated and discerning and provides them with everything they might need to strike a stunning silhouette.
Among a stellar line-up of her featured designers is Lafayette 148 New York. Giuliana invites you to attend the Lafayette 148 New York trunk show July 10-12. A go-to line for the busy, well-traveled woman, they offer plenty of chic for that real woman looking for effortless style. This classic line draws on the energy and creativity of New York City, where the label was founded nearly two decades ago at its namesake address.
Their designers are known for weaving contemporary lines from luxurious fabrics in casually refined style. From their Manhattan-based brand headquarters, the international design team works closely alongside artisans at their overseas production house, resulting in an alluring mix of craftsmanship and modern, minimal designs. Lafayette 148 New York owns every aspect of production from conception through creation, offering unparalleled quality and service from season to season. Narcissus in Cashiers is proud to host the Lafayette 148 New York Trunk Show July 10-12. Stop by to discover the newest in exceptional quality, extraordinary fit and remarkable versatility.
Narcissus is located at 71 Highway 107 South in Cashiers and can be reached at (828) 743-7887.

by Jenny King | Photo by Janet Cummings

Gardens: A Work of Heart

Joy Garden Tour, set for July 15-19, is a celebration  of the magic and beauty of carefully tended gardens and their glorious flora.

Joy Garden Tour, set for July 15-19, is a celebration of the magic and beauty of carefully tended gardens and their glorious flora.

One of the most highly anticipated events of the season is the Joy Garden Tour benefiting The Village Green in Cashiers.
Many exciting events, both ticketed and open to the public, are planned for the days of July 15 through 19. Joy Garden Tour features three speaking events for garden and floral enthusiasts.
Ryan Gainey, who designed one of the gardens on this year’s tour, will speak at a ticketed reception at 11:30 A.M Wednesday, July 15, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
Two additional presentations, free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, July 18, at The Village Green Commons. Noted Garden Club of America floral design judges Buff Adams and Julie Spear will demonstrate floral arrangements for special occasions and holidays at 11:30 A.M. Later that day, Norman Askins will speak on incorporating architecture in landscape design at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Askins is an award-winning architect and the author of “Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style.” In addition to the Saturday speaker events, The Garden Shops will also be open on that day from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. This boutique shopping experience features more than 30 vendors with a wide variety of items for sale.
A New Orleans Jazz Brunch on Sunday, showcases the artists who will paint en plein air, or in the open air, in and around the gardens during Joy Garden Tour. Their original art will be available for sale at this fun event 11:30 A.M. Sunday, July 19, at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Sip Mimosas and Bloody Marys, and feast on New Orleans brunch fare while listening to a jazz ensemble.
Joy Garden Tour is a biennial fundraiser for The Village Green, the 12.5-acre park in the heart of Cashiers. The Village Green depends on the support of donors and benefactors to operate and improve the park for everyone’s enjoyment. For more information or to purchase tickets to one of the events during Joy Garden Tour, call (828) 743-3434 or email
info@villagegreencashiersnc.com. To learn more, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com.

Be Young. Be Foolish. Be Happy.

Sapphire Valley’s Concert on the Slopes series brings  exciting sounds to this corner of Western North Carolina. Look for the Tams on July 14  and The Highlands-Sapphire Men’s Chorus on July 3.

Sapphire Valley’s Concert on the Slopes series brings exciting sounds to this corner of Western North Carolina. Look for the Tams on July 14.

Be Young. Be Foolish. Be Happy. Sing along with The Tams at the Sapphire Valley Concert on the Slopes, Tuesday, July 14.
The Concert on the Slopes series opened last month and will continue through September. The Tams have been entertaining audiences for over 50 years with their mix of Classic R&B and Soul but have managed to keep their show fresh and exciting and appealing to audiences of all ages.
Also on the bill for July is The Highlands-Sapphire Men’s Chorus, who will perform “A Patriotic Salute to America” on Friday, July 3, in conjunction with Sapphire Valley Resort’s July 4 Yankee Doodle Dandy Day Celebration. Nothing will get you in the spirit like this thrilling performance.
On Tuesday, August 11, Performer Todd Allen Herendeen brings his high-spirited energy to the concert slopes. 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, has gained him a loyal following.
Then, on Sunday, September 6, you won’t want to miss The Flying Saucers. While this band is hard to describe, 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.
All concerts begin 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. These family-friendly outdoor concerts are held on the Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes, behind the Sapphire Valley Community Center, 3 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

Annual Auction and Bazaar

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 Highway107 South in Cashiers. Admission is $5.
Bidding on silent auction items will take place from 4:00 to 6:15 P.M. Friday. Refreshments will be served from 5:00 to 6:15 P.M. with a wine and beer bar on the deck. The Live Auction begins promptly at 6:30 P.M.
Silent Auction items include artwork; gift certificates from local merchants for dining and golf; stunning jewelry; an American Girl doll; specialty cakes and much more. The Live Auction will include a stay in a seven-bedroom home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; a stay in a three-bedroom condo in Barcelona, Spain; two rare prints; a stay in a pied-a-terre in Arlington, Virginia within a short distance of Washington; a picnic lunch and a cruise on Lake Glenville for eight; and many more exciting items.
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. There will be a children’s craft tent and the fire department will let the children play on the antique fire truck.
In the gymnasium and under the tents, you’ll 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 chairs Donna and Rick Barrs have 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

Antiques and Education

(L to R): Gavin Westerman; Adam Holt, Principal BRS  Early College; Jacob Ladd, Kimberly Rodriguez; Cameron Fowler; Jasmyne Watson;  Teri Walawender, Principal BRS; Jordan Ferrin

(L to R): Gavin Westerman; Adam Holt, Principal BRS Early College; Jacob Ladd, Kimberly Rodriguez; Cameron Fowler; Jasmyne Watson; Teri Walawender, Principal BRS; Jordan Ferrin

Mark you calendars for Friday, July 24 when the 39th Cashiers Annual Benefit Antiques Show opens at the Blue Ridge School in Cashiers, 95 Bobcat Drive, Highway 107 North. Sixty exhibitors from the U.S. and Great Britain fill the school with an amazing array of antiques for this three-day event. Many people return each year and plan their summer vacations around the show because of the as stonishing variety of antiques available in air-conditioned comfort. You’ll find silver; jewelry; Oriental rugs; quilts; furniture; 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.  Love antique toys? You’ll be thrilled to find everything from toy soldiers to country toys to mechanical wonders.  Romantic vintage linens from the Victorian era to the 40’s will be offered as well as fine vintage purses and accessories. Experts will have rare music boxes and fine barometers available, as well as their repair.  Fine art framing can be arranged and there will be paintings, prints, and etchings for purchase. Hand engraving can be done on site for silver, gold, and pewter as well as the repair of chipped stemware. Shoppers can buy one ticket for all three days and enjoy catered food and garden dining. As always, a lovely vintage quilt (pictured with Blue Ridge Students and Principal) will be given to some lucky show-goer 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.
Tickets will be available at the door for a donation of $10.00 or $9.00 with any media ad.  Look for discount cards at select stores in the area.  Wheelchairs will be offered for those in need and volunteers will happily 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. ‘til 5:00 P.M. and Sunday, July 26, 11:00 A.M. ‘til 4:00 P.M. at Blue Ridge School. For questions please call Hazel Giles, Show Coordinator at (828) 743-9270 or (828) 226-5325. Also visit the website at cashiersannualantiqueshow.com or Facebook at Cashiers Benefit Antique Show.

by Jenny King

Rotary Bingo for Literacy

Fun, raucous and drenched in laughter, Rotary Bingo is a singular  entertainment on the community’s Social Calendar – Thursday, July 9.

Fun, raucous and drenched in laughter, Rotary Bingo is a singular entertainment on the community’s Social Calendar – Thursday, July 9.

Thursday, July 9, you’ll have the opportunity to support the Literacy Council of Highlands as you fill the Highlands Community Building for Rotary Bingo. Located on Highway 64 just a few blocks from Highlands’ Main Street (next door to the ball park), there is parking galore. We all enjoy winning a little extra spending money and it’s especially exciting when you know that you’re supporting a worthwhile community organization. Bring your friends and fill up a table or two.
As a winner you can donate all your winnings back to the Literacy Council to underwrite their many programs.
If you have reason to believe that luck is never your companion at Bingo, there’s always at least one game of “The Biggest Loser.” The last person to cover their card wins a prize. So even you can pocket some cash.
Where else can you have a complete evening of fun for only $15? That’s one card for each of 15 games. Talk about cheap thrills!
The Literacy Council helps so many people in our area. Youngsters who need tutoring in any subject, adults who wish to obtain their GED, and people of all ages who need to learn English as a second language are just a few of the many programs that the Literacy Council offers.
Why not go the second mile and become a table sponsor? This opportunity is open to business owners and individuals. A one-page ad is only $50; half-page ads $25. Make your checks payable to Literacy Council of Highlands and send them to 348 South Fifth Street, Highlands, NC 28741. Call the Literacy Council of Highlands at (828) 526-0863 to purchase an ad.
Remember to stay to the end. Game Number 15 gives you the chance to win some serious money. Laugh a lot, share with friends and support the Literacy Council of Highlands.

by Wiley Sloan

Everyone is invited to attend concerts in the Interlude series at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands and the Episcopal Church of the
 Incarnation in Highlands – 2:00 P.M. Wednesdays in July and August.

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Everyone is invited to attend concerts in the Interlude series at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands and the Episcopal Church of the  Incarnation in Highlands – 2:00 P.M. Wednesdays in July and August.

Everyone is invited to attend concerts in the Interlude series at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands and the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands – 2:00 P.M. Wednesdays in July and August.

The summer season of weekly Interlude concerts will begin on July 8. The series is in its 17th season.
The free concerts are sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, and are held on Wednesdays at 2:00 P.M. Dress is casual. The concerts provide a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – a time to meditate, relax, and enjoy a variety of music.
Visitors to Highlands are especially invited to join our members and friends at these concerts. This year’s lineup includes:

July 8 (Episcopal Church)
Robert Henry, piano

July 15 (Presbyterian Church) – Presented jointly by Highlands Chamber Music Festival and First Presbyterian Church
“The Great Romantics” with music by Chopin and Brahms
Norman Krieger, piano

July 22 (Episcopal Church)
Christina Smith, flute
Robert Henry, piano

July 29 (Presbyterian Church)
St. Paul’s Chamber Choir directed by Trey Clegg

August 5 (Episcopal Church)
Helen Kim, violin
Robert Henry, piano

August 12 (Presbyterian Church)
Western Carolina University Faculty Concert

August 19 (Episcopal Church)
Richard Clement, tenor
Robert Henry, piano

August 26 (Presbyterian Church)
Trio Carolina
With Oral Moses, bass-baritone

Contributed by Angie Jenkins

1,000 Brilliant Bursts

Cashiers preserves the glory of a small-town Fourth of July celebration with music and spectacular fireworks – Saturday, July 4, at the Village Green.

Cashiers preserves the glory of a small-town Fourth of July celebration with music and spectacular fireworks – Saturday, July 4, at the Village Green.

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 6:30 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,” states 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,” says Self. “This public treasure depends on the generosity of those who financially support The Village Green.”
For more information, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com. You can also “Like” The Village Green on Facebook or follow on Twitter @cashiersgreen.

Downtown Highlands swings with live music performances this July – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

A Weekend of Music in Highlands

Downtown Highlands swings with live music performances this July – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

Downtown Highlands swings with live music performances this July – Friday nights at Town Square and Saturdays at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park.

There’s nothing quite like settling in with your friends and family at twilight to listen to live music in downtown Highlands.
The sun is setting, the air is cooling, and folks of all ages are ready to come out and play. These neighborhood gatherings are part of what makes our community so special and each weekend you’ll have two chances to join in the fun.
Friday Night Live performances take place in the heart of downtown at Highlands Town Square. Performances are from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., so many folks stop by after an early dinner, or before a late dinner to takes in the sounds. Performing on July 3 is local favorite The Johnny Webb Band. Their country favorites are always a crowd pleaser.
On July 10 the Mountain Dulcimer Band performs. This group is dedicated “to promote interest in learning, playing, and performing traditional and contemporary music written and arranged for the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer.” Anyone with a love of this traditional music shouldn’t miss this performance. July 17 brings Joe Jones and the Tallulah River Band to the stage with traditional bluegrass music with comic flair thrown in for entertainment. On July 24 you can see Southern Highlands, and on July 31 it’s The Dover Boys Medicine Show.
Saturdays on Pine are held at the newly renovated Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. Taking the stage on July 4 is Fritz Beer and the Crooked Beat. This acoustic band’s sound covers rock, country, soul, and blues. The Hobohemians from Athens, Georgia, will be in town on July 11 with their renditions of good time music from the 1910’s, 20’s and 30’s. Christopher August plays on July 18. This “freestylin’” band is known for a rockin’ good time.
Make plans now to come out with your friends and family and enjoy Highlands’ thriving music scene. One visit won’t be enough. We think you’ll come back again and again.
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

Big Ol’ Country Breakfast

breakfastCelebrate the Spirit of America by eating a lot of delicious, hearty food at the Ninth Annual Big Ol’ 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 are at the door.
Bill Tyler, volunteer for F&L says, “We help feed a diverse population from seniors who are struggling on fixed incomes to hourly laborers who often have trouble making it through a rough winter.” Add to that rising cost of gasoline, heating oil, and food and many deserving folks simply can’t make ends meet. And if an hourly wage employee gets hurt on the job, chances are he has no workman’s compensation, leaving his family with no means of support.”
That’s why Fishes and Loaves is a godsend to many in the area.
“Just last month Fishes & Loaves distributed 290 boxes of canned and packaged food, plus meat, bread, and fresh vegetables, to 198 households,” says Tyler. “This amounts to 4,504 pounds of food.”
And that means a lot of hard work on the part of many volunteers and donators to secure, plan, and prepare food for distribution.
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

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