Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

Big Names, Big Fun at PAC

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

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

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

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

PAC Meets the Met and More

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

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

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

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

Annual Apple Festival

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

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

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

Contributed by Elizabeth Fletcher

Bowling Over Hunger

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

by Jenny King

Ablaze With Blooms

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

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

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

by Wiley Sloan

Village Visionary

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

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

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

Take It in Stride

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

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

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

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Sarah Valentine

September and Saturdays

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

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

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

by Jenny King

Yours For a Song

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

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

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

Rotary Bingo

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

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

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

by Wiley Sloan

Biological Double-Header

Lecture and Garden Tours in September at the Highlands Biological Station

Lecture and Garden Tours in September at the Highlands Biological Station

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

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Sensational September at CLE

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

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

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

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

September and Saturdays

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

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

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

by Jenny King

Scenes From the Plateau

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Palette to Palate Party and Art Auction

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

Photos by Tihomir Trichkov

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Village Square
Art & Craft Show

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

Photos by Sarah Valentine

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Taste of the Plateau Patron’s Party

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

Photos by Sarah Valentine

Rabun County Music Festival

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

Fifth Annual Favorite Poems Night

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

by Luke Osteen

Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show

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

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

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

Contributed by Robin Taylor

Wolf Tales

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

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

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

Contributed by Ann Self

New Digs for the ‘Worm

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

Contributed by Delaine Mehder

On a Mission

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

by Wiley Sloan

Making History with Dahlias

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

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

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

by Wiley Sloan

May the Course Be With You

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

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

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

by Mary Jane McCall

Relay for Life

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

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

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

Calling All Art-aholics

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

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

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

Contributed by Cynthia Strain

Town Square, Electric Air

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

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

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

by Donna Rhodes

The 17th Annual Cashiers Designer ShowhouseTM

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

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

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

Rock, Roll and Run

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

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

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

by Jenny King

WCU Student Film Fest

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

by Jenny King

Dovecote’s Garden Workshops

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

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

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

Contributed by Mary Palmer Dargen

Live Music in the Mountains

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

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

by Jenny King

A Musical Boost for Literacy

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

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

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

by Wiley Sloan

Engage Your Brain

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

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Bin-GO for Relay

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

by Wiley Sloan

Swamp Monsters and More

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

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

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

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Belgian Beer Dinner

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

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

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

by Jenny King

A Napa Valley Picnic

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

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

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

Funding Futures

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

Contributed by Carolyn Kutt

Bluegrass Bash

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

5k Competition and Fundraiser

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

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

The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Highlands’ Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k will be held on Saturday, August 23, at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in downtown Highlands. The race begins at 6:00 P.M., with check-in at 4:00 P.M. Last-minute participants can register at check-in.
Highlands Decorating Center’s Derek Taylor and Michael Johnson of The Highlander Newspaper are spearheading this fundraising event and encourage everyone to attend. It’s not just for runners and tri-athletes like Derek and Michael; walkers, families with strollers, novice runners, and experienced racers are all welcome. The course is undulating, yet beginners or walkers will find it friendly while the faster runners will be challenged.
Proceeds benefit the Highlands School track teams. Parking will be available around the park. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments and blankets to Kelsey Hutchinson Park and spend the evening. There will be a live concert by Copious Jones during and after the race and any racer (of legal age) crossing the finish line can quench their thirst with a beer from the Ugly Dog Pub.
You can register online at webscorer.com. If you register before July 23, the cost is only $25. After July 23, cost is $30 and if you register on race day it’s $35. The Twilight Rock ‘n Roll 5k is offering t- shirts for first 100 registrants as well as glow sticks for the kids. Awards will be presented to the overall top male and female finisher and top 3 finishers in each 10 year age division. Kids under 10 can run for free.
Sponsorships are still available in varying amounts and your name will be included in all advertising, posters and tee shirts. For sponsorship or registration information, visit twilightrocknroll5k.com, or contact Derek Taylor at (828) 526-3571 or Michael Johnson at (828) 526-4114.

by Jenny King

A Palette to Palate Affair

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

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

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

Kids Get in the Art Zone

Cullowhee Mountain Arts offers creative childrens workshops during July.

Cullowhee Mountain Arts offers creative childrens workshops during July.

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

Contributed by Kristy Dodge

A Bloom With A View

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

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

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

The Best of Controlled Chaos

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

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

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

by Jenny King

Atcheson Concert for Literacy

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

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

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

by Wiley Sloan

 

Under the Stars Gala

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

Contributed by Tyler Norris Goode

Summer Colors Fine Art Show

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

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

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

Thursdays at 10 in the Garden

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

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

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

A Sky Spectacular

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

Saturday’s Divine on Pine

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

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

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

by Jenny King

 

 

 

 

Come to a County Fair!

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