Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

A Napa Valley Picnic

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

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

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

Funding Futures

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

Contributed by Carolyn Kutt

Bluegrass Bash

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

5k Competition and Fundraiser

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

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

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

by Jenny King

A Palette to Palate Affair

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

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

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

Kids Get in the Art Zone

Cullowhee Mountain Arts offers creative childrens workshops during July.

Cullowhee Mountain Arts offers creative childrens workshops during July.

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

Contributed by Kristy Dodge

A Bloom With A View

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

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

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

The Best of Controlled Chaos

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

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

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

by Jenny King

Atcheson Concert for Literacy

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

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

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

by Wiley Sloan

 

Under the Stars Gala

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

Contributed by Tyler Norris Goode

Summer Colors Fine Art Show

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

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

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

Thursdays at 10 in the Garden

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

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

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

A Sky Spectacular

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

Saturday’s Divine on Pine

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

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

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

by Jenny King

 

 

 

 

Come to a County Fair!

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

Yearn to Learn? Try CLE

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

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

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

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Readin’, Writing’, and Rotary

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

by Wiley Sloan

For the Benefit of All

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

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

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

Soar Adventure Race

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

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

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

by Luke Osteen | Photo by Sarah Valentine

Tackling Hunger

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

Making a Difference

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

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

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

Contributed by Janie Crews

Environmental Connection

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

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Mountain Tennis Challenge

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

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

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

by Luke Osteen  |  Photo by Sarah Valentine

 

Saturday’s Divine on Pine

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

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

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

A Sky Spectacular

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

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

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

Fun-Filled Fourth

 

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

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

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

Andy Roddick’s Mountain Challenge

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

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

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

Maria Howell in Highlands

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

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

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

Be There, at the Square

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If some fine pickin’ and good time grinnin’ sound like a made-to-order evening, then Friday Night Live in Highlands is sure to please.
Every Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. starting June 13, and running through October 24, rain or shine, Town Square is going to be jumpin’ with the best of local bluegrass, country, western, and more. And it’s all free!
Sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Friday Night Live has been a weekly staple of entertainment for the last five years.
“The first few concerts will be a welcome back to friends, residents, and visitors,” says Chamber Board Member Marianne Vines. “The venue is beautiful. The food at surrounding shops, cafes, and restaurants is scrumptious. Friday Night Live is a delight for the ear, the eye, and the taste buds. A safe and kid-friendly affair, families are welcome to visit and dance to the lively music. Bring a cushion and some cash for food. Music and a night-to-remember are
on the house.”
The new Visitor’s Guides will be coming out soon in which bands, already booked, will be listed. Look for a guide in your favorite store. WHLC FM 104.5 announces the event and the band of the hour throughout the season. You can also call the Visitors Center for more information at (828) 526-5841.
Stay a few minutes or stay the whole evening. Dress casual, relax, and have fun. See you there, at the Square!

Saturday Summer Music Series

You can’t fight the music at the raucous Saturdays on Pine series – June 21 through August 30 at Highlands’ Pine Street Park.

You can’t fight the music at the raucous Saturdays on Pine series – June 21 through August 30 at Highlands’ Pine Street Park.

Thanks to the generous support of Highlands Chamber of Commerce, Kay and Thomas Craig of The Ugly Dog Pub, and many generous sponsors, there’s a full season of red-hot performances at Saturdays on Pine.
Saturdays on Pine starts at 6:00 P.M., June 21, and continues through August 30 at The Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street. 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 and you’re sure to have a great time!
On June 21 the Well Strung Band of Highlands will delight young and old with the sounds of local blue grass. The rocking sounds of Jerry’s Bones, from Charlotte, North Carolina, electrifies the downtown on June 28. Shane Bridges Band from Macon, Georgia, a rising star on the country music charts, performs July 5.
On July 12 the Hobohemians visit from Athens, Georgia. They will get you dancing with an Americanized vagabond style of jazz, blues, and folk music, reminiscent of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. There are many more groups performing each Saturday evening this season, including Tellico, The Ben Sutton Band, and Copious Jones. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce, The Ugly Dog Pub or the shops and restaurants in Highlands for schedule cards so you don’t miss a single minute of fun.
Kay and Thomas Craig hope that Saturdays on Pine brings you out to enjoy old friends, new friends, or soon-to-be-friends for a night to remember, every Saturday evening all summer long. Be sure to enjoy the shops, have a bite to eat and drink, or bring a picnic and come out for great music in Highlands.
If you are interested in sponsoring Saturdays on Pine, please call the Chamber at (828) 526-5841 or Kay at The Ugly Dog Pub at (828) 526-8364. Please be on the lookout for schedule cards, and go online and visit the bands websites to learn more about the musicians and check out video clips on YouTube.

Taste of the Plateau

Summit Charter School’s annual “Taste of the Plateau” events will be held June 26 and June 29.

Summit Charter School’s annual “Taste of the Plateau” events will be held June 26 and June 29.

 

Summit Charter School is staging two irresistible culinary fundraisers this June.

Beginning Thursday, June 26, from 6:00 to 11:00 P.M. a Vine and Dine Patron Party and Gourmet Wine-Pairings Dinner will be held at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley.  A Food and Wine Tasting Event is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, from 6:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the school’s campus.

Karl Lundgren, Executive Chef for The Country Club of Sapphire Valley, is the featured chef.

Chef Karl has maintained Five Star and Five Diamond ratings at such outstanding establishments as The Breakers Hotel (Palm Beach, Florida), Silks (San Francisco), and The Boca Raton Resort & Club (Boca Raton, Florida).

Participating restaurants include Biltmore, Bunny Bites Carrot Cakes, Burlingame Country Club, Canyon Kitchen, Chocolate Heaven, Cornucopia, Cornucopia Cheese Shop, Dark Cove Cheese, El Azteca, Fressers Courtyard Cafe, Kilwins, Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, Nectar Juice Bar, Old Edwards Club, Old Edwards Inn & Spa — Madison’s, On The Side BBQ at Cashiers Farmers Market, Slab Town Pizza, The Cork & Barrel Lounge, The Country Club of Sapphire Valley, The Orchard, The Ugly Dog Pub, Trillium Links & Lake Club, The Lost HIker, Ruka’s Table, and Satulah Mountain Brewing Company.

And where do the proceeds from these festivities go?   The Summit Charter School is a tuition-free North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, enrolling students in Grades K-8.  Serving the diverse socio-economic families of Jackson, Macon, and Transylvania counties, the school’s mission is “to provide a creative and nurturing environment where our children can seek excellence within themselves and in their endeavors.”

Proceeds raised will help close the $1,500 gap between the per pupil allotment given by the state and county and what it costs to educate each student at Summit.

For more information about the Taste of the Plateau and its evolving lineup of participating chefs, visit tasteoftheplateau.org.  Your donation, in exchange for an entertaining weekend, is a long-term investment in our children’s futures.

 

 

Atlanta Boy Choir in Highlands

atlanta-boy-choir-in-highlandsThe world famous Atlanta Boy Choir will sing in Highlands at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, May 25, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.
This Grammy Award-winning group of 75 and 40 men under the direction of its founder, Fletcher Wolfe, has been invited to go to Poland to sing in honor of Pope John Paul II’s becoming a saint.
The Choir, a longtime favorite of Pope John Paul II, appeared many times in Rome at St. Peter’s with The Pope officiating. One of the choir’s appearances in Poland will be at The Pope’s original church in Krakow. In addition to performances at St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, they will be featured at the International Music Festival to be held in that city.
After their travel to Poland the choir will then go to the Czech Republic where they will sing in Prague’s great Tyn Cathedral. This performance, which will be attended by the American ambassador and other dignitaries, will honor the Jewish children who perished outside Prague during World War II in the concentration camp
at Theresienstadt.
A special piece of music written on the poems of the children in this camp has been performed all over the world including a performance in the US Capitol Rotunda with the president and both houses of Congress in attendance.
For the Highlands performance of this work the choir will be joined by the famous actress Mira Hirsch as narrator. The choir sings each year in Highlands at the Incarnation Church before they leave on their international tour.
Highlanders associated with the choir, besides Wolfe, who was longtime music director at the Church of the Incarnation, include accompanist and assistant director Robert Henry, and tenor soloist and administrative assistant Jeff Akana. Dr. Henry and Akana are now at Incarnation as director and tenor soloist.
The concert is free and open to the public, so come early to get a seat as this concert is usually standing room only.
Several front rows will be reserved for choir sponsors at $100 each and may be obtained by calling the choir office at (404) 378-0064 or by email at info@atlantaboychoir.org.
 

A Laughing Matter

Cast and Crew of HCP’s “Mama Won’t Fly

Cast and Crew of HCP’s “Mama Won’t Fly

Make plans now to attend the Highlands Cashiers Players’ spring show, “Mama Won’t Fly.” Dates are May 22 – 25 and May 29 – June 1 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicoles Hope, and Jamie Wooten (“Dixie Swim Club”, “Dearly Departed”), it features a passel of colorful Southern characters, all of whom will have you laughing through the whole show. Jones, Hope, and Wooten are three of the most produced playwrights in America today (over 2,800 productions and counting). They have entertained millions on television, in film, and on stages across the U.S. and around the world. Between them, they’ve written classic television, hit movies, and even an Off-Broadway comedy. 
In “Mama Won’t Fly”, an outrageously hilarious race against the clock begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. Every conceivable—and inconceivable—mishap that can occur does, including the theft of their car and all of their clothes, a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, the accidental homicide of an ancient Texas relative, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked eighteen-wheeler, and a riotous detour to Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister.
Highlands Cashiers Players is bringing to the stage many familiar faces as well as brand new talent under the expert direction of Bonnie Cushman Earman.
Tickets go on sale for season subscribers, May 15, and for non- season subscribers, May 17. Performance dates are May 22 – 25 and May 29 – June 1. Call the HCP box office at (828) 526-8084.

Contributed by Jenny King | Photo by Cynthia Strain

The Right Hattitude

highlands-blooming-hatsLast year, a coalition of non-profit, civic and service clubs in Highlands formed a coalition with the objective of completing the Kelsey Hutchinson Park on Pine Street.
Founders Park Coalition is made up of members of Mountain Top Rotary Club, the noon Rotary Club, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, Laurel Garden Club, Mountain Garden Club, Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, Highlands Biological Station, the Highlands Plateau Greenway, and the Highlands Historical Society. The coalition is chaired by Nick Bazan, a member of the Mountain Top Rotary.
A delightful and fun event is in the works for promotion of the Founders Park — Hats A’ Blooming, a grand luncheon of the old school, complete with a glorious array of hats.
It’ll be mostly for ladies, but men are welcome, too. Just be sure to wear your chapeau.
The luncheon, set for noon, May 22, will be at the Rainwater Estate, owned by Ray McPhail and Will Stolz. Enjoy gorgeous views, a plethora of hats to try, buy, or just to marvel over, in an old-time Highlands setting. Cost is $55 per person.
For reservations, contact Mary Guy Gunn, (828) 787-1613. You may leave reservation information on her voice mail. Checks should be made to Founders Park and mailed to Mary Guy at 7 Russell Ridge, Highlands, NC, 28741.
If you’d like to offer other support for the future of Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, email the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at info.hitrust@earthlink.net or call (828) 526-1111.

Contributed by Diane McPhail

highlands-chili-cook-off-onehighlands-chili-cook-off-sevenhighlands-chili-cook-off-sixhighlands-chili-cook-off-threehighlands-chili-cook-off-fivehighlands-chili-cook-off-twoHighlands Annual Chili Cook-Off
Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Cook-off, was held Saturday, March 15, at the Highlands Community Building. The Cook-off brings more than a small measure of heat to this grayest month. It’s a night of piquant experiences, music and dancing, and refreshments to match the excitement. This year’s winners were: The Most Unique Chili – Cyprus for S.O.A.R.; The Best Traditional Chili – Terry Wilson; The Hottest – Tom Bailey; Best Cornbread – Chestnut Hill; Best Salsa – Debbie Grossman; Best Table Decorations – The Charnoky Family. Toe-tapping music was provided by Blue Ridge Music.

 

highlands-harlmen-ambassadors-threehighlands-harlmen-ambassadorshighlands-harlmen-ambassadors-twoHarlem Ambassadors
Photos by Federico Bigazzi
Sponsored by Mountaintop Rotary, the Harlem Ambassadors brought their brand of frenetic basketball fun to Highlands School on Saturday, March 15. Proceeds from the event go to fund a variety of community projects and organizations.

Doing the Time

Under the careful watch of Highlands finest, community  leaders Michael Johnson, Pat Allen and Bryan Crook do a  little time to benefit Highlands Playhouse.

Under the careful watch of Highlands finest, community leaders Michael Johnson, Pat Allen and Bryan Crook do a little time to benefit Highlands Playhouse.

Highlands community leaders are taking a break from their daily duties to spend time in “jail” for the Highlands Playhouse to gain charitable donations for
their release.
The Highlands Playhouse Lock-Up, set for May 31, is a high-spirited way to help the Playhouse with operating expenses.
By agreeing to do time, Playhouse Jailbirds from the community go behind bars as they ask family, friends and business contacts to make donations to their “bail” to benefit the Highlands Playhouse to help continue the tradition of professional theatre. Community support is the driving force that enables the Playhouse to continue providing high quality
professional entertainment.
“The Playhouse Lock-Up is a fun and exciting way for community leaders to show their support of arts and entertainment on the plateau,” said Tammy Hernandez, Highlands Playhouse Managing Director. “The arts play such an important role in our daily lives and we are blessed to have a dynamic community that will come together to support
the Playhouse.”
The goal for each Jailbird is to raise $500 to help support the oldest theatre in North Carolina. “Living theatre” came to Highlands 75 years ago to serve as a gathering place for all who love live entertainment, served up by professional actors and other performers who make it their passion.
Once arrested, Jailbirds will be transported to the mock jail in Town Square on Saturday, May 31, where they are encouraged to make additional calls to friends and business associates to raise money for their bail.
To nominate a community leader that you’d like to see “do time,” call (828) 526-2695.

Contributed by Tammy Hernandez

Calling All Artists

Friends of the Library President Adair Simon

Friends of the Library President Adair Simon

Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is sponsoring a poster contest for professional and amateur artists in Jackson and Macon counties.
The poster will be used to market and promote the Country Fair that Friends is hosting in celebration of the library’s 20th Anniversary, slated for 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. July 12 at the library.
The contest winner will receive $100 and the opportunity to see his or her work reproduced in print media, pictured on library and community websites, and posted in store fronts and shop windows throughout the plateau and surrounding areas. The winning design may also be used as a custom postmark for Friends of the Library.
Graceann Smith, who is heading up the poster selection committee, said that because the committee honors artistic imagination, there are no rules about what the poster should look like other than it be of a size that can be reproduced for window display and print media, and that it have in its design the basic facts: 1994 Country Fair, 20th Anniversary of the Library, free to the public, date,
time and place.
“We’re fortunate to have so many fine artists living in our neck of the woods,”said Adair Simon, president of Friends. “The anniversary celebration is going to be a big bash, and we believe a creative poster is a great way to brand the event and to get some buzz about it going early.”
She added that the Country Fair will have all the fun things that are typical of a small-town fair.
“We’ll have hot dogs and soft drinks, popcorn and cotton candy; clowns and balloons; three-legged races; a cake walk; face painting, an ice cream eating contest sponsored by Blue Bell Ice Cream, Go Fishing; story telling; lots of music and lots of other activities for children and adults.”
The deadline for entries is April 23. Drawings may be mailed to Friends of the Library, Attn: Graceann Smith, P.O. Box 2628, Cashiers, NC 28717, or turned in at the front desk of the library, which is located at 249 Frank Allen Road in Cashiers.
Anyone with questions should call (828) 743-8871 for further information. Digital entries should be addressed
to gws39@hotmail.com.

by Luke Osteen

Spring into the Arts

Artisans from across the Southeast will offer their creations at the Cashiers Spring Arts and Crafts Show, May 24 and 25 at the Village Green.

Artisans from across the Southeast will offer their creations at the Cashiers Spring Arts and Crafts Show, May 24 and 25 at the Village Green.

The 6th Annual Cashiers Spring Arts and Crafts Show will be held May 24 and 25 at the Cashiers Village Green.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, the Spring Arts and Crafts 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 of $3 or more will be accepted 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 art media will include clay, wood, fibers, glass, metal, watercolor, oils, and photography, and take the form of 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 for sale. Families can also take advantage of the nearby playground and picnic areas.
All proceeds will benefit local Rotary programs and community service efforts. The Arts and Crafts Show location on the Village Green is at the intersection of Highways 64 and 107 in beautiful Cashiers, North Carolina. For more information, go to cashiersrotary.org.

Contributed by Robin Taylor

Hop on to the Green

 The splendor of the Cashiers Village Green makes the  perfect backdrop for Easter Weekend.

The splendor of the Cashiers Village Green makes the perfect backdrop for Easter Weekend.

Residents and visitors to the Cashiers area are invited to gather in The Village Green during Easter Weekend for two treasured community traditions.
“The Village Green hosts around 100 events each year, many of them for community enjoyment,” says Jochen Lucke, Board Chair of The Village Green. “It is one of the many reasons The Village Green is known as the heart of Cashiers.”
An Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by S’more Kids Klothes will begin at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 19, for children 10 and under.
“Bring your own basket to the Gazebo near The Village Play, and be on time,” says Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green. The day’s event will also include a free hot dog lunch and visit with the Easter Bunny at The Village Green Commons.
This is the fourth year of this event organized by Sharon James, the owner of S’Mores Kids Klothes in Cashiers.
“The Easter Egg Hunt has grown every year,” says James, “This year we are adding an Easter Bonnet Contest for the girls.”
Bonnets will be judged on creativity and presentation.
“Sharon James puts so much planning and work into the Easter Egg Hunt,” says Self. “This day promises even more fun for the entire family,” Cashiers area churches will conduct the Community Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 A.M. on Sunday, April 20, at the Gazebo and Lawn of The Village Green. Everyone is invited to celebrate Easter with music and scripture as the sun ascends over the mountains.
“What a wonderful way to laud the new creation in such a magnificent, natural setting,” says Self.
Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
The Village Green provides a beautiful, free public space, however it is a nonprofit organization that depends on contributions to maintain the park and provide such an exceptional venue for the community.
To learn more about The Village Green and these events or to make a donation, call (828) 743-3434 or visit villagegreencashiersnc.com.

CLE: Serving Mind Food!

The excitement of April in Highlands is mirrored in the Center for Life Enrichment’s 2014 Spring
Program Series.
CLE offers a slate of evening computer classes — from iPad courses to Facebook for personal and business use.
Georgia Tech Professor John W. Garver will lead “Diplomacy of a Rising China in South Asia.” This evening class will focus on the strategic problems China faces in expanding relations with other countries in the region
You can sign up for cooking classes, drawing classes, a spring hike to identify wildflowers, tips for growing beautiful dahlias and much more. Information on membership and the complete Spring Program Series can be found on at clehighlands.com or by calling (828) 526-8811.
So when spring fever hits, look to the Center for Life Enrichment for fun, exciting, and educational ways to expand your mind.

Contributed by Bonnie Dayton

Mother Nature: Such a Dresser!

Each spring a remarkable event occurs in the deciduous woodlands of the Highlands Plateau, the emergence of the spring wildflowers. As the first warm rays of sunlight touch the forest floor, thousands of plants awaken from their winter slumber to present an unmatched seasonal exhibit of beauty. They decorate the forest floor with a riot of color and fragrance advertising their beauty to pollinators and humans alike. Nowhere else in the natural world is this display so lavish as in the southern Appalachians. But within a few short weeks the leaves of the trees overhead will fill the canopy and rob the wildflowers of much needed sunlight. Known as ephemerals, due to their short season of productive growth, many of these plants will disappear back into dormancy, not to be seen again until next year’s spring emergence. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness this ephemeral display of unsurpassed beauty.
To mark this occasion the Highlands Biological Foundation will host Wildflower Whimsy on May 2 and 3 at the Highlands Biological Station. This two-day event is a celebration of spring ephemerals and will feature wildflower walks, a native plant auction, and special guest speaker Peter Loewer, the Wild Gardener. On Friday, May 2 at 5:00 P.M., join us for guided tours of the Highlands Botanical Garden, a repository of over 450 species of native pants, to see and learn more about these fleeting spring wildflowers. At 6:00 P.M. Peter Loewer will present “Wildflowers and Native Perennials-and Even a Few Exotics–for the Southeast” at the Highlands Nature Center. Afterwards, stay for a native plant auction, live music, reception with drinks and food, and see the Botanical Garden in a whole new light. On Saturday, May 3 you will have the opportunity to participate in one of four special guided wildflower pilgrimages.
The registration fee for the entire event is $40 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation and $50 for non-members. Tickets for the Friday evening festivities alone will be $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Highlands Botanical Garden. For more information, call (828) 526-2221 or visit highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy. The Highlands Biological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Tour de Cashiers

Serious cyclists and weekend dilettantes are invited to enjoy every mile of the glute-pounding, calf-strangling Tour de Cashiers,  set for Saturday, May 3, at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers.

Serious cyclists and weekend dilettantes are invited to enjoy every mile of the glute-pounding, calf-strangling Tour de Cashiers, set for Saturday, May 3, at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers.

Cyclists from across the Southeast are invited to the 22nd annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience, set for Saturday, May 3, and spanning the scenic byways of Western North Carolina.
Cyclists will follow one of three routes of up to 100 miles across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties riding steep climbs and fast descents over 10,500 feet-plus of elevation changes.
The ride will kick off at 9:00 A.M. at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Online registration is open at TourdeCashiers.com. On-site registration and post-event festivities will be held at the Commons pavilion.
Returning riders will be welcomed back at the finish line with a hearty meal, drink and even a hot shower at the nearby Cashiers-Glenville Recreation and Community Centers. Participants also receive a commemorative tee shirt.
Proceeds from the Tour support local community and economic development through the Cashiers Area Chamber according to executive director Stephanie Edwards. Major sponsors this year include the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, The Laurel Magazine, WHLC, Eagle Eye Inspections, McKee Properties and Indian Hills Water, who are joined by many bronze level financial supporters.
Under the leadership of Dick Zacher and Robert Henderson, Support and Gear trackers will follow riders throughout the day to promote their safety and comfort. Dr. Jack Talmadge and a contingent of more than 60 parents, teachers and staff from the Summit Charter School will operate four rest stops along the way. Seventeen-year veteran volunteer Diane Stumm will organize registration onsite with a cadre of faithful assistants. Route guidance and emergency medical services will be provided by regional fire departments, rescue squads and other law enforcement agencies.
“The Tour de Cashiers offers adventurous athletic challenges suitable for the seasoned to beginner rider,” said Tim O’Brien, president and event chair of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the ride.

by Luke Osteen

Cast for a Cause

If you dream about the challenges and excitement inherent in the streams that surround Highlands, you’ll want to carve out plenty of time for Highlands’ Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament, slated for May 1-3.
The tourney is open to all anglers of all skill levels, and there are guided and non-guided competitions.
The fun starts May 1 with a series of clinics to sharpen skills and whet appetites. A trio of workshops will be staged from 9:00 A.M. to noon May 1 at Harris Lake: A Ladies’ Casting Clinic with Joan Cabe; an Open Casting Clinic with local guides; and One on One Coaching for Tournament participants with the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team.
The fly fishing wizards at The Highland Hiker will offer an equipment tune-up and expert advice from noon to 4:00 P.M.
Members of the NC Fly Fishing Team will stage a casting competition at Pine Street Park from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Finally, the tournament offers a Fly Tying Clinic in the Lobby of the Old Edwards Inn from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. Participants will learn the intricacies of the Jack Cabe Hopper and the lore behind this cherished portion of Highlands heritage. Jack Cabe (whose widow Mary will be leading the Ladies’ Clinic) was a native Highlander with an almost supernatural understanding of the local waterways and the rainbow and brown trout that flourished within. His Hoppers are the product of a lifetime of prowling the streams and seducing those fish.
But that’s all just fun preparation for the tournament. There’ll be two days of spirited competition that test the mettle of beginners and seasoned anglers alike. From Highlands, the fishing boundary will have a northern boundary of US Hwy. 74, a western boundary of the rafting and delayed harvest sections of the Nantahala River, a southern boundary of the Hwy. 28 bridge on the Chattooga River, and an eastern boundary of the Davidson River and the East Fork of the French Broad River.
Funds raised benefit the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for Highlands High School graduates.
The $500 entry fee for two-person teams includes an invitation to the opening night reception, lunches, a closing night dinner with prizes, and a fishing goody bag. Among the prizes offered by sponsors are weekend getaways, golf outings, dinners, fly rods and reels, waders, wading boots and fishing gear.
Space is limited. Only the first 50 teams to register will be able to participate. Deadline for registration is April 1.
To register or receive more information, visit highlandsthreeriver.com or call the Highlands Visitor Center at (866) 526-5841.

by Luke Osteen

The Spirit Of Arbor Day

The Smokey Shrew (Sorex Fumeus ). Photo by Patrick Brannon

The Smokey Shrew (Sorex Fumeus ). Photo by Patrick Brannon

The Highlands Biological Station is hosting activities to celebrate Earth Week in April.
Spend the eve of Earth Week in the Highlands Botanical Garden for the “Earth Day of Service Volunteer Day” on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. All ages are welcome to help maintain the health and beauty of the Botanical Garden, so please bring the family to work with the Garden’s horticulturists for the whole day or a time slot that suits you. Lunch and tools will be provided. Contact our horticulturists at (828) 526-0188 to find out about planned tasks, to R.S.V.P., or with questions.
On April 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M., Nature Center director Patrick Brannon will present a talk on the impact of discarded bottles along our mountain roads on the mortality of small mammals. Learn simple ways to help save the shrews! Each year, many shrews and rodents enter bottles in search of food or water and become entrapped, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of animals over time. Brannon will discuss the research he and his students have conducted to examine the severity of this phenomenon in our region and how you can help alleviate the problem. This lecture is appropriate for all ages and is free.
Celebrate Arbor Day at the Botanical Garden with a “Living with Trees” tour guided by Horticulturist Ezra Gardiner on Friday, April 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Gardiner will discuss noteworthy trees of the Highlands Plateau, as well as their identification, residential use, and care. In the spirit of Arbor Day, visitors will leave with a native tree to take home and plant. Contact Gardiner at (828) 526-0188 or egardiner@email.wcu.edu to R.S.V.P. or with any questions. Volunteers are welcome any time in the Botanical Garden, Herbarium, or propagation program.
All of these activities are free and open to the public. For more information about these and other events, visit highlandsbiological.org. Visitors are always welcome to the offices at 265 North Sixth Street, or call the foundation at (828) 526-2221.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Grade “A” Feast

Summit Charter School’s annual “Taste of the Plateau” events will be held June 26 and June 29

Summit Charter School’s annual “Taste of the Plateau” events will be held June 26 and June 29

The Fourth of July won’t be the only thing that will light up the sky this summer. Get ready for an explosion of culinary delights at two unforgettable fundraising events hosted by Summit Charter the weekend before Independence Day.
Beginning Thursday, June 26, from 6:00 to 11:00 P.M. a Vine and Dine patron party and gourmet wine-pairings dinner will be held at The Country Club of Sapphire Valley. A Food and Wine Tasting event with the region’s finest chefs is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, from 6:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the school’s campus.
Summit Charter School is honored and proud to announce Karl Lundgren, Executive Chef for The Country Club of Sapphire Valley as the featured chef.
Chef Karl has maintained Five Star and Five Diamond ratings at hotel and resort restaurants in such outstanding establishments as The Breakers Hotel (Palm Beach, Florida), Mandarin Oriental, Silks (San Francisco), and The Boca Raton Resort & Club (Boca Raton, Florida).
And where do the proceeds from these festivities go? The Summit Charter School is a tuition-free North Carolina Honor School of Excellence, enrolling students in Grades K-8. Serving the diverse socio-economic families of Jackson, Macon, and Transylvania counties, the school’s mission is “to provide a creative and nurturing environment where our children can seek excellence within themselves and in their endeavors.” Proceeds raised will help close the $1,500 gap between the per pupil allotment given by the state and county and what it costs to educate each student at Summit.
For more information about the Taste of the Plateau and its evolving lineup of participating chefs, visit tasteoftheplateau.org. Your donation, in exchange for an entertaining weekend, is a long-term investment in our children’s futures.

by Donna Rhodes | Photo by Sarah Valentine

Four for Fore!

There’s no better way to welcome spring than to join your fellow golfers in the Rotary Club’s 25th Annual Golf Tournament, set for Monday, May 5, at Highlands Country Club. Registration is at 10:00 A.M. with a shotgun start at 11:00 A.M. Plan to get in a few practice swings at the driving range or try your putting on the practice green before the competition begins.
Foursome teams will play a four-man scramble or captain’s choice. The Donald Ross-designed course was once the home of famed amateur golfer Bobby Jones. This is a great opportunity to play the oldest and most prestigious course in our area. Show your golf prowess on this course, which has challenged many fine golfers throughout the years. Mulligans can be purchased for $5 each. In addition to a number of raffle prizes, you will be awarded a prize if you are closest to the pin or have the longest drive. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the turn.
Proceeds from this event allow the Rotary Club to support their many charitable projects. Throughout the years, the Tournament has raised more than $100,000 to support community projects such as the Student Foreign Exchange Program, the Literacy Council, the local Boy Scout Troop, the Peggy Crosby Center, the Hudson Library, plus many other community groups.
Registration for each player is $150. Make your reservations now by contacting Rotarian Joyce Baillargeon at (828) 526-2181 or (828) 421-3551 or jbaillargeon@highlandscountryclub.com. If you’re not able to play, but would like to support the Rotary Club with a hole or corporate sponsorship, contact Joyce. There’s no better way to promote your business and support our community than a fun game of golf at the
Rotary Tournament.
Fore!

By Wiley Sloan

Little Women… Big Production

Pictured are “the” Little Women.  L to R:  Kathryn Potts as Amy; Raina Trent as Jo; Destiny Ferra Martin as Meg and Tiffany Preda as Beth.

Pictured are “the” Little Women. L to R: Kathryn Potts as Amy; Raina Trent as Jo; Destiny Ferra Martin as Meg and Tiffany Preda as Beth.

In its seventh year, the PAC Youth Theater is presenting the period piece ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. Students from Highlands High School and Blue Ridge School, as well as home-schooled students, look forward to the spring semester when the PAC Youth Theater picks up again. The auditions were held on February 9, with call backs on February 26 and now the after school rehearsals have begun. The cast is perfectly suited for the four sisters and their friends. Raina Trent will portray Jo, the aspiring writer. Destiny Ferra Martin will be Meg, the far more lady like older sister; Tiffany Preda has been cast as Beth, the younger, shy, gentle pianist; Kathryn Potts will take on the role of Amy, the beautiful and artistic sister. Marmee, the mother, is to be played by Taylor Crawford; Stella Wilson will be Hannah, the Irish housekeeper, and Sarah Ballentine will portray Aunt Marsh, a peppery wealthy aunt.
Rounding out the cast will be Johnnie Perez as Laurie, and Billy Brennan as the tutor, John Brooke. Dean Zuch will make a guest appearance as Mr. Lauren, Laurie’s grandfather. The Tech crew will consist of Pollyanna Ballentine, Katie Flynn, River Trent, Ivy Trent, Ashlynne Baumgarner, Taylor Baumgarner, Lindsey Lombard, Sara Lombard, and Madison Schandolph.
Dr. Ronnie Spilton will be directing and instructing the PAC Youth Theater. ‘Little Women’ is set in 1863 New England and centers around four sisters as they grow up, fall in love, and face life during the Civil War. With their father, Mr. March, away serving as a chaplain in the army, their mother attempts to hold things together at home. The girls employ creativity and courage to help their mother while pursuing their own dreams. Familiar to nearly everyone, ‘Little Women’ is considered an American literary classic and will touch the hearts of every person in the audience.
‘Little Women’ will be presented at the Highlands PAC on April 24, 25, 26, and 27. Tickets are available online at highlandspac.org, or by calling (828) 526-9047. Highlands PAC is located at 507
Chestnut Street.

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

Easter Week Religious Services

easterchurchCashiers’ Area Churches Holy Week Services: Noon to 1:00 P.M., with free lunch, no rsvp is necessary. Monday, April 14: Church of the Good Shepherd; Tuesday, April 15: Grace Community Church; Wednesday, April 16: Christ Church of the Valley; Thursday, April 17: Cashiers Church of God; Friday, April 18: Cashiers United Methodist Church

Highlands Community Stations of the Cross: Good Friday, April 18 at noon; Beginning at Our Lady Of The Mountains Catholic Church followed by Liturgy in the Church of the Incarnation’s Chapel at 1:30 P.M.

Community Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 7:00 A.M. on Cashiers Village Green Gazebo and Lawn.

 

Community Bible Church

Good Friday Service at 6:00 P.M.

Easter Sunday Service at 10:45 A.M.

(828) 526 4685

 

Episcopal Church of The Incarnation

Great Vigil of Easter in the Chapel,
Saturday April 19 at 7:00 P.M.

Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist Rite II
at 9:00 and 11:00 A.M.

(828) 526-2968

 

Highlands United Methodist Church

Easter Sunday Services at 8:30 and 10:50 A.M.

Bluegrass Service at 9:09 A.M.

(828) 526 3376

 

Our Lady Of The Mountains Catholic Church

Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 A.M.

(828) 526 2418

Cashiers United Methodist Church

Easter Sunday Services at 8:30 A.M. and  11:00 A.M.

(828) 743 5298

Christ Anglican Church

Easter Sunday Services at at 8:30 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.

(828) 743 1701

Christ Church of the Valley

Easter Sunday Services at 10:45 A.M.

(828) 743 5470

Church of The Good Shepherd

Easter Sunday Service at 8:00 A.M.: Holy Eucharist Rite I

Easter Sunday Service at 9:15 A.M.: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Easter Sunday Service at 11:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist Rite III, Music at all services

Nursery provided for 9:15 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. services

(828) 743 2359

Grace Community Church of Cashiers

Easter Sunday Service at 10:00 A.M.

(828) 743-9814

Living Redeemer Outreach

Easter Sunday Service at 10:45 A.M.

with guest pastor and guest singer

(828) 743 0072

 

 

 

 

Heritage Apple Day

Cashiers-NC-HistorySpring is only a few weeks away and to celebrate the season, the Cashiers Historical Society is inviting one and all to their 2014 Heritage Apple Day on Saturday, March 15, at the Cashiers Community Center from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free event, featuring a grafting demonstration and workshop, apple tree site selection, preparation and care with an SCSU Horticulture Area Agent. Regional apple tree cuttings will be available or bring your own. Over 300 rootstock will be provided at no charge! Refreshments will be available.
Yours truly will speak about Cashiers Valley’s “Apple History” which will include the story of T. R. Zachary’s Apple House which he constructed in 1883 at the same time he was building his home. The old Apple House still stands, after 131 years, in mute testimony to the importance of the fruit from the area’s apple orchards to the mountain farmers. In 1883, when Thompson Roberts (T. R.) Zachary returned from homesteading in Kansas to his birthplace, Cashiers Valley, he built a house and several outbuildings, including said apple house. Still owned by his descendants and located within shouting distance of The Crossroads, the recently taken photo of the apple house illustrates this article. In the walls of “the old place,” as some of us refer to T. R.’s home, not used in many years for storing apples, there is still evidence of T. R.’s thumbprint in the clay chinking between the boards.

Contributed by Jane Gibson Nardy, Historian, Cashiers Historical Society