Category Archives: Events in Highlands NC and Cashiers NC

Dine Out for Life

Whether you’re new to Dining Out For Life or have dined with us for years, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a Thursday evening.
On Thursday, April 30, thousands of caring individuals in WNC will join with the Western North Carolina AIDS Project for the 13th annual fundraiser. Participating restaurants all over the region will be generously donating 20 percent of their proceeds for the day to the organization and just by picking up a fork, you can help save a life.
Dining Out For Life, voted Best of WNC 2014’s Number One Fundraising Event, will take place in seven counties of WNC with restaurants in Asheville, Arden, Black Mountain, Brevard, Candler, Hendersonville, Maggie Valley, Saluda, Spruce Pine, Sylva, Waynesville, Weaverville, and Woodfin. This year in Highlands you can make your plans for an exciting dinner at On the Verandah, Wolfgang’s, or the Ugly Dog Pub.
Since 1986, WNCAP has provided HIV/AIDS Outreach Education and Prevention programs across 18 counties in WNC and case management services to those affected by the disease. Dining Out for Life is a vital fundraiser necessary for WNCAP to carry on their critical services throughout our region. Last year, DOFL raised over $176,000 in a challenged economy to help with the shortfall of funding at the federal and state levels, while expanding much-needed services to
other counties.
Consider your participation as a Win-Win-Win situation for everybody…a win for you as you enjoy a great meal out, a win for the restaurant of your choice, and a win for the clients of WNCAP and future generations who will continue to benefit from their many
prevention programs.
This year, Subaru has partnered with celebrity designer Mondo Guerra of “Project Runway” for their Love Responsibly social action campaign. Together they are working to encourage patrons in cities all over the country to get involved, support Dining Out For Life, and #loveresponsibly.
You can see more about the campaign at www.takepart.com/love-responsibly.
“Volunteers and sponsors are key to the success of any event of this magnitude,” says Harry Brown, veteran volunteer chairperson for Dining Out for Life. “This year the community has really stepped up in support of WNCAP, thanks to over 250 ambassador/volunteers, our generous sponsors, and the best restaurants in Western North Carolina.”
So make your plans now, call your friends, clients, and neighbors, and put together a gathering at your favorite restaurant, or use this opportunity to try a new restaurant. As an added bonus this year, you will have an opportunity to win several great prizes including roundtrip airfare tickets for two, just for dining out.
Make your plans now to dine out on Thursday, April 30, in the Highlands area, or wherever you are that day, and you just might help save a life!

We invite you to vote in our next poll - “Favorite spot for a moderate hike.”  Readers can vote on facebook.com/TheLaurelMagazine.

Your Favorite Hike?

The Laurel, is offering something a bit new for 2015 – a readers’ poll. Each month we’re going to offer up suggestions of areas around the plateau and ask which is your favorite. Write in suggestions are also welcomed.
For April, let us know which might be your favorite spot for a moderate hike. Now, we know this is a totally subjective call as moderate for one might not necessarily be moderate to someone else. But we have to start somewhere, right?
So here we go…your choices are:
Whiteside Mountain; Bartram Trail/Whiterock Mountain or The Chattooga Loop Trail (Information on these hikes was gathered online and from personal experience)
Whiteside Mountain is a National Recreation Trail. This loop climbs an old roadbed and travels along the brink of some of the East’s most spectacular cliffs. Named for these cliffs, the mountain’s side does look “white” from a distance with sun shining on the light gray granite. From Highlands, follow US 64 East for 5.4 miles. Turn right onto Whiteside Mountain Road. (SR 1600). There is a sign for Whiteside Mountain Recreation Area. Follow for one mile to the signed parking area on the left.
Bartram Trail – Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain is a 4.6 mile out and back trail located near Highlands and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is dog friendly. Follow Highway 64 West 4.6 miles. Watch for the Cliffside Lake entrance on the right. Just past Cliffside Lake, turn left on Turtle Pond Road. Follow Turtle Pond Road for 1.1 miles to Dendy Orchard Road. Turn right on Dendy Orchard Road and follow it for 1.4 miles. This will become a steep dirt road. At the top of the hill, turn left onto Jones Gap Road. A Bartram Trail sign indicates this road. Follow it two miles to a parking area at the top of the gap.
The Chattooga Loop Trail is almost a 2-mile loop trail that begins to the left of the Iron Bridge. From Highlands proceed East on Main Street, becomes Horse Cove Road, for 4.5 miles to intersection with Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove Roads. Turn right onto Bull Pen Road (#1178) and proceed for 3.1 miles to Iron Bridge. The trailhead is on left just before bridge.
Just visit our Facebook page (The Laurel Magazine) and log in your vote. Next month we’ll publish our results. Have fun and enjoy your hike.

by Jenny King | photo of Whiteside Mountain by Charles Johnson

We invite you to vote in our next poll - “Favorite spot for a moderate hike.”  Readers can vote on facebook.com/TheLaurelMagazine.

We invite you to vote in our next poll – “Favorite spot for a moderate hike.” Readers can vote on facebook.com/TheLaurelMagazine.

The perfect tonic for the end of a long, long winter? A bowl of subtle heat washed down with a mouthful of cornbread and an ice cold beverage. Don’t miss the Highlands Chili Cook-off, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. Saturday, March 14, at the Community Building.

The New Hotness

Looking to heat things up a little on a cold March night?
Hurry on over to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-off, slated for 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 14, at the Community Building (next to the Town Ball Field). Bearing secret home recipes and stock pots filled with chopped onions, chili powder and a variety of other ingredients, veteran and novice chefs are planning to spice up your evening.
In addition to the spicier side of the night there will cornbread recipes to complement the chili, salsas to cleanse your palate, cold beverages to cool you off, and the great sounds of the Southern Highlands Band. Wear your dancing shoes because you are guaranteed to get so caught up in the festivities that you’ll want to dance the night away, not to mention burn all those calories off.
It’s also not too late to dust off your secret recipe and join the fun as a competitor. Who knows, you just might take home the crown for Most Traditional Chili, Hottest Chili, Most Unique Chili, Best Salsa, Best Cornbread, or Best All Round Table decoration.
Tickets are $25 each and are sold at the door on the evening of the event. Children under 12 are admitted free. Anyone needing more information or interested in being a competitor should call Jennifer Cunningham at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall | Chili Cook-off Painting by Janet Cummings

The perfect tonic for the end of a long, long winter? A bowl of subtle heat washed down with a mouthful of cornbread and an ice cold beverage. Don’t miss the Highlands Chili Cook-off, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. Saturday, March 14, at the Community Building.

The perfect tonic for the end of a long, long winter? A bowl of subtle heat washed down with a mouthful of cornbread and an ice cold beverage. Don’t miss the Highlands Chili Cook-off, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. Saturday, March 14, at the Community Building.

Tackle This Tourney

First-timers and veteran anglers are invited to dip into local waterways for the 5th Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament,
April 30 through May 2. For more information, visit HighlandsThreeRiver.com or call (828) 526-0441.

When you think of fly fishing, do you have visions of yourself in a quiet mountain stream touched by tree-dappled sunlight and gentle breezes? Do you picture yourself finding that perfect fly, flicking your wrist and landing your line exactly where
you planned?
This really can be you. Even if you know nothing about fly fishing other than “A River Runs Through It,” you can participate in the 5th Annual Three River Fly Fishing Tournament, April 30 through May 2.
Five years ago David Wilkes, Steve Perry and Eric Nesmith — all veteran fly fishermen — decided to organize a local tournament, with proceeds benefitting the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. This event has grown exponentially since its inception.
Committee member Hilary Wilkes says that last year they had 14 teams of both men and women.
“It’s meant to be a fun weekend,” says Wilkes. “We don’t give cash prizes but have lots of great awards donated by sponsors and vendors. They’re given for everything from the most fish caught to the best
fish tale.”
And while the tournament is lighthearted, they are serious about where the monies go. Last year they raised over $8,000, all benefitting local high school students.
If this is your first fly fishing adventure, you won’t find yourself in over your head. On Thursday there will be a casting clinic held at Harris Lake in downtown Highlands. During the clinic, which is free and open to the public, novice fishers will be given casting instructions by experts and more seasoned casters can hone their skills.
Should you be of need, equipment will be available to rent for
the tournament.
Wilkes says a priority is to encourage more women to participate. “There are lots of women who like to fish around here and I’d love to see them take part.”
Each team may choose to fish either guided or unguided venues but must stay within the tournament map’s boundaries which include, but are not limited to, the Chattooga, the Cullasaja, and Nantahala rivers. Teams are encouraged to fish a native stream, a delayed harvest stream, and a hatchery supported stream and guides are available to hire for any team.
The boundary map for the Three River Fly Fishing Tournament is on display at the Highland Hiker Cabin store on Main Street and registration forms are available at all four Highland Hiker locations. If you have questions or wish to become a sponsor, go by the Hiker and ask for Hilary or email her at hilary@highlandhiker.com. Her phone number is (828) 526-0441. You may also find information online at HighlandsThreeRiver.com.

by Jenny King

Students at the Highlands Biological Station sort their mushroom 
collection. While the students in this photograph are participating in a university program, the workshop on mushroom identification is open to adults of all ages and backgrounds.

Fungi Foray

An innovative workshop offered by the Highlands Biological Station
offers a close-up look at the Highlands Plateau’s shyest and most
delicate forest denizens. To learn the startling secrets of mushrooms, sign up for this class, set for June 15-19. For information,
call (828) 526-2602 or visit www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2015

For decades, the Highlands Biological Station has specialized in immersion-based education and programming, under the philosophy that the best way to learn is to experience. In response to growing enthusiasm towards — and curiosity about — mushrooms by members of the community over the years, the Station is offering a workshop this summer that is designed to introduce the beginning mushroom enthusiast to the biology and ecology of fleshy fungi.
Guided by experts Jay Justice and Rich Baird, participants will be introduced to the different forest types in the Highlands area, and how their localized conditions influence the growth of particular species. Heavy influence will be placed on learning how to identify fleshy fungi using keys, which will involve some use of microscopes. Daily activities will include lectures and field trips followed by laboratory time. Don’t be intimidated – this workshop is designed for amateur-minded biologists and naturalists, and no previous experience with fleshy fungi is required.
“Introduction to Southern Appalachian Fungi & Their Identification” will meet June 15-19 at the Highlands Biological Station. Class will meet through the entire day and into the evenings, with breaks for meals. Members of the Highlands Biological Foundation at the Bear Pen Mountain level and above receive a $50 discount. For more information about the course, cost, and instructors, call (828) 526-2602 or visit www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2015/ and scroll down to the workshop section.

Contributed by Michelle S. Ruigrok

Students at the Highlands Biological Station sort their mushroom  collection. While the students in this photograph are participating in a university program, the workshop on mushroom identification is open to adults of all ages and backgrounds.

Students at the Highlands Biological Station sort their mushroom
collection. While the students in this photograph are participating in a university program, the workshop on mushroom identification is open to adults of all ages and backgrounds.

Rotarians Tony Potts and Selwyn Chalker invite you to the Rotary Club of 
Highlands 26th annual Golf Tournament held on Monday, May 4.

Rotary Golf Tournament 2015

Calling all area golfers! It’s time to dust off those clubs and prepare to challenge your friends in the Rotary Club of Highlands 26th Annual Golf Tournament. You’ll be able to show your skills as you play one of the premier golf courses of the area.
Gather at the Highlands Country Club practice green or the driving range at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, May 4 to hone your skills and work out the kinks. The four-man teams will kick off the tournament at 11:00 A.M. Vie for prizes for the “closest to the pin” and “longest drive.”
One-hundred percent of the funds raised by this tournament go to support the local community. Throughout the years, this tournament has raised more than $100,000 to support community projects such as the Student Foreign Exchange Program, the Literacy Council, local Boy Scout Troop, the Peggy Crosby Center, plus many other local charitable programs.
Enjoy snacks and beverages along the course plus a cart-provided lunch as you support your community while enjoying the beauty of the mountains. After the tournament there will be a reception for Rotarians and players to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Highlands Rotary.
Registration for each player is $150. Space is limited to only 30 four-person teams, so be sure to sign up early. If you are not able to play but would like to support the Rotary Club of Highlands with a hole or corporate sponsorship, please contact Joyce Baillargeon at (828) 526-0501 or (828) 421-3551.

Contributed by David Stroud

Rotarians Tony Potts and Selwyn Chalker invite you to the Rotary Club of  Highlands 26th annual Golf Tournament held on Monday, May 4.

Rotarians Tony Potts and Selwyn Chalker invite you to the Rotary Club of
Highlands 26th annual Golf Tournament held on Monday, May 4.

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Scenes From Our Towns…

Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner

On a grand Winter’s Eve – Friday, January 23 – Old Edwards Inn and Spa hosted a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Dinner. Held at the Farm at Old Edwards, Executive Chef Johannes Klapdhor presented five courses of his own creations designed to both complement and enhance Laurent-Perrier Champagnes. It was a perfect way to wile away a long winter’s night.
Madison’s Sommelier Curt Christiansen chose five outstanding bubbles from the House of Laurent-Perrier.
Guests enjoyed live music by James Barr while learning about, and tasting, Champagne and the difference between brut, sec and demi-sec.

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Nothing but Love for You

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The world-famous Old Edwards Inn & Spa turns its attention inward during the sleepy winter months and offers its deeply indulgent  guest experience to local residents. For reservations and information, call (828) 787-2625.

The world-famous Old Edwards Inn & Spa turns its attention inward during the sleepy winter months and offers its deeply indulgent guest experience to local residents. For reservations and information, call (828) 787-2625.

Nestled in the heart of our unpretentious Highlands lies Old Edwards Inn and Spa, a four-star resort that has become a favorite respite for politicians, celebrities and the otherwise well-heeled.
Look on any “Best of” list of the finest resorts in the world, and you’re more than a little likely to see Old Edwards featured. That’s an impressive feather in the cap for our town of three stoplights.
And while it’s true that the pleasure of living in Highlands is blessing enough, once a year Old Edwards offers a bonus reason to love being a local. January through March, during their “We Love Locals” promotion, you can experience Old Edwards luxury at your-grandmother-wouldn’t-be-that-generous discounts.
Sunday through Thursday stays at the acclaimed resort are just $95 per night. Champagne is handed to you when you arrive, bed linens to swaddle for, and the bathrooms have — pay attention – Heated. Marble. Floors.
Now for the mildly lucky, that would be a great day. But we live on the Plateau. Our address grants extraordinary entitlement. Dine at the farm-to-table Madison’s Restaurant for lunch or dinner, and receive a whopping 20 percent off your entire check. Go for the foie gras…and the venison…or the duck…and you can’t leave without trying the chocolate chip pie. Well, ok, you might need several visits.
On Sundays, beginning January 11, Madison’s is offering Half Price Wine Selections. Curated by Sommelier Curt Christiansen, this list promises the finest of wines at unprecedented value.
Don’t stop counting the many perks of zip code perfection too quickly. For just $95, celebrate your residency with a 50-minute spa treatment at Condé Nast Traveler’s #2 Top Hotel Spa in The United States. Also during “We Love Locals” for the first time in 2015, you can participate in the wellness and fitness classes at the fitness center for a per-class fee, or schedule a spa treatment for free use of the equipment and classes.
Old Edwards “We Love Locals” promotions are offered January through March, Sundays through Thursdays. For more information, visit www.oldedwardsinn.com/locallove or call (828) 787-2625.

The Highlands Playhouse looks to tickle your funny bone and break your heart with its 2015 Summer 
Season.  In the meantime, take in its slate of 
first-run movies.

A Sensational Season Awaits

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The Highlands Playhouse looks to tickle your funny bone and break your heart with its 2015 Summer  Season.  In the meantime, take in its slate of  first-run movies.

The Highlands Playhouse looks to tickle your funny bone and break your heart with its 2015 Summer
Season. In the meantime, take in its slate of first-run movies.

While we are all enjoying the peaceful calm that is winter in Highlands, it isn’t too soon to look forward to another wonderful summer season when we emerge from our quietude and hit the scene running.
One of the things that many of us look forward to is another year of performances at the Highlands Playhouse.
This year the marks the 77th season of the Highlands Playhouse and they have a toe-tapping season full of musicals in store for us. Audiences will be treated to four world-renowned musicals- each one a different type of show that will have them begging for more.
The season starts with “Anything Goes,” which chronicles the madcap antics of a stowaway and an heiress aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.
Following that, audiences will have a chance to see the ever popular “Godspell,” a musical based around a series of Biblical parables, mostly from the Gospel of Matthew. This show features various musical styles including rock ‘n roll, pop, R & B, ragtime and more.
“First Date” is next and promises to have audiences laughing hysterically at the story of a blind date between Aaron (who has never gone out with a stranger) and serial romancer Casey. The ensemble cast comes to life as various characters from Aaron and Casey’s past and possible future! The season ends appropriately with “End of the Rainbow,” a musical set in London that follows the last months of Judy Garland’s life. This story follows Garland as she is preparing for her five week run of shows at The Talk of the Town while struggling with both her addictions and her strained relationships with the men around her.
Performance dates are: “Anything Goes,” June 25-July 11; “Godspell,” July 16-August 1; “First Date,” August 6-22; and “End of the Rainbow,” August 27-September 6. For more information please visit the Playhouse website at www.highlandsplayhouse.org or call the box office at (828) 526-9443.
While waiting on the exciting new season, please remember to check out the first-run movies playing at the Playhouse throughout the winter.

by Mary Jane McCall

The Chocolate Cook-off at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community
 Library, set for Saturday, February 7, is a sweet blush of passion 
in the midst of a dreary winter.

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The Chocolate Cook-off at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community  Library, set for Saturday, February 7, is a sweet blush of passion  in the midst of a dreary winter.

The Chocolate Cook-off at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, set for Saturday, February 7, is a sweet blush of passion in the midst of a dreary winter.

The Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library will hold their fourth annual Chocolate Cook-off on Saturday, February 7, at the library.
The event offers a double treat — delectable chocolate to get you ready for Valentine’s Day, and the opportunity to support the Friends of the Library in Cashiers. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library to support their mission on behalf of the Cashiers Library.
The event will be held in the Cashiers Library Community Meeting Room from 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Admission is $6 per person, and free to children under five.
It’s a friendly competition that offers multiple awards — first and second place ribbons for the best chocolate dessert by professionals (chefs, banquet coordinators, and caterers); and also for the best by non-professional chefs, all picked by a three-judge panel based on taste, aroma, creativity and eye appeal; another for a People’s Choice award decided by ballots of those in attendance; and a third for the best table decoration. All desserts will be auctioned at 2:00 P.M.
Anyone interested in entering the cook-off should pick up an application at the front desk of the Cashiers Library. Each contestant will make one dessert to be judged by the panel, and subsequently auctioned off, as well as additional small bites for the People’s Choice competition. If you require further information please contact Bonnie Zacher (743-0489/bjzacher@bellsouth.net, or Adair Simon (743-5940).
The Friends of the Library invites all interested persons to join in their work to support the Cashiers Library. Membership forms are available at the front desk of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.

by Luke Osteen

A speakeasy, a supper, and a tasty murder mystery lie at the heart of the Highlands Cashiers Players’ dinner theatre presentation of 
“Murder Not Prohibited,” the last two weekends in February at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. 
For tickets and performance times, visit highlandscashiersplayers.org.

Murder Not Prohibited

A speakeasy, a supper, and a tasty murder mystery lie at the heart of the Highlands Cashiers Players’ dinner theatre presentation of  “Murder Not Prohibited,” the last two weekends in February at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center.  For tickets and performance times, visit highlandscashiersplayers.org.

A speakeasy, a supper, and a tasty murder mystery lie at the heart of the Highlands Cashiers Players’ dinner theatre presentation of “Murder Not Prohibited,” the last two weekends in February at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. For tickets and performance times, visit highlandscashiersplayers.org or call (828) 526-8084.

It’s Prohibition 1925 and alcoholic beverages are hard to come by, but not at Harry’s Happy Hideaway when the Highlands Cashiers Players present a dinner theater mystery entitled “Murder Not Prohibited.”
Scheduled for six performances at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 20-22 and February 27 – March 1, the show is one of the most popular of Jody Read’s Carolina Murder Mysteries, performed in the past by her acting troupe of HCP players.
The characters involved in this funny murder-mystery spoof are Harry Huckster, owner of the speakeasy; Daisy Darling, his wife and hostess/singer; Cal Apone, a tough gangster from Chicago who suffers from mysophobia (a fear of germs); Trixie LaTour, Cal’s girlfriend; Righty Ragu, Cal’s right-hand man; Willy Joe Cobb, backwoods still operator; and Hope Sober, militant brick-toting member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
The audience, seated at tables, will enjoy a tasty dinner as they watch the show, and be given a chance to decide which of the suspects committed the murders that occur in the play. The first table to identify the murderer and the motive will be awarded an appropriate prize.
Details on times of evening performances and Sunday matinees will be available at the HCP box office, in local newspapers, and at highlandscashiersplayers.org, and highlands-cashierscalendar.com closer to the date of the February performances.
“Murder Not Prohibited” is the third play for HCP season subscribers and available to all others who would like to come eat, laugh, and test their powers of deduction in HCP’s production of “Murder Not Prohibited.”

Contributed by Virginia Talbot

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Spice It Up, Chili Lovers

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Good times and good food…where do you go to find that combination in Highlands in March? Look no further than the Highlands Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chili Cook-off slated for 6:30-9:30 P.M. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Community Building.
This annual event has become known as the place to shed winter’s gray, cold mantle, kick the snow off your boots and add some spice back into your life. Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of culinary delights, cold beverages, and dancing the night away to the sounds of the Southern Highlands band.
You will enjoy chili and cornbread recipes of every kind and nature, from mild and traditional, to knock your socks off hot and fiery. Some will have you asking for a second helping so you can identify that subtle spice that makes it so unique. Others will have you rushing to the drink stations where beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served to cool you off and cleanse your palate for a second round. Prizes will be awarded for Most Traditional Chili, Hottest Chili, Most Unique Chili, Best Salsa, Best Cornbread, and Best All Round Table Decoration.
Tickets are $25 each and are sold at the door on the evening of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Anyone needing more information or interested in being a competitor should call Jennifer Cunningham at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photos by Marjorie Christiansen

A Shop With A Cop Christmas

The Rotary Club of Highlands will partner for the seventh year with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Highlands Police Department on December 4 for Shop with a Cop Rotary Bingo to benefit the Macon County Shop with a Cop Program.
Shop with a Cop provides Christmas to more than 200 Macon Country children who otherwise would have little or no Christmas. Each child is taken to Walmart by a law enforcement officer and will have $100 to spend with only a couple of conditions: first, they must buy something for themselves and second, something for someone else.
When they’ve finished shopping with officers, the children will have lunch and a Christmas party where presents are wrapped, following a visit with Santa Claus complete with photos.
“Many of the children come from difficult circumstances, where law enforcement officers are perceived as bad guys,” says Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “Shop with a Cop works to change that image through friendship and participating in a Christmas that otherwise wouldn’t happen.”
Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell joins Sheriff Holland saying, “Shop with a Cop is a positive experience not only for the children involved but also for our officers.”
Shop with a Cop Rotary Bingo has been a significant revenue stream for this program. If you can’t attend the Bingo Night, slated for 6:30 P.M. December 4 at the Highlands Community Building, you can make a donation and drop it off at the Highlands Police Department, the Recreation Park front desk, or give it to any Highlands Rotarian.

Contributed by David Stroud, Highlands Rotary Club

The Players’ Gift

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” will serve as The Highlands  Cashiers Players’ Holiday Reading at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 18.  There is no admission fee and everyone is invited.

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” will serve as The Highlands
Cashiers Players’ Holiday Reading at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 18.
There is no admission fee and everyone is invited.

The Highlands Cashiers Players once again present their annual Holiday Reading at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 18, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
HCP Board members, cast and crew alike join together at the Highlands Performing Arts Center to offer this gift to the community. Each year is a different festively wrapped package that usually includes poetry, humorous readings, spiritual messages and song. The 2014 program will be especially touching with a staged reading of “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote.
“A Christmas Memory” is rich with evocative language that conjures up life in rural Alabama and the childhood of a boy who is placed in the care of his elderly relatives. It paints a vibrant picture of the closeness forged between two people who choose to focus on the simple pleasures and rituals of life.
Several HCP actors will be participating, with veteran performer Dean Zuch serving as narrator. Music of the season will be included and refreshments will be served after the performance. No tickets or reservations are needed as the program is and has always been the Players’ gift to the community. Join the cast of “A Christmas Memory” and let them give you a present you’ll enjoy and long remember.

by Jenny King

A Festival of Lights

The Villlage Green, Cashiers’ jewel at the Crossroads, will shine for the holidays with Christmas on the Green.

The Villlage Green, Cashiers’ jewel at the Crossroads, will shine for the holidays with Christmas on the Green.

Looking for a little sparkle this holiday season?
Bring your family and friends to The Village Green for Cashiers’ third annual Christmas On the Green celebration. The 12.5-acre park in the heart of Cashiers will feature thousands of twinkling lights and trees decorated by local merchants and organizations from Thanksgiving weekend until New Year’s Day.
“The Village Green exists to enhance the quality of community life by offering events like Christmas On the Green where people can make meaningful holiday memories,” says Jochen Lucke, Chairperson of The Village Green Board of Directors.
The Village Green is conserved and maintained by a nonprofit organization. “The Village Green is distinctive in that it is a free, public park for everyone to enjoy,” says Self. “However, the park receives no public funding and relies on the generosity of individual donors for its operation.” For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.
Parking is available at the entrance near the Gazebo, off of Highway 64 East, and at the entrance to Village Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Like The Village Green on Facebook or follow on Twitter @cashiersgreen.

A Joyful Noise

First Presbyterian Church of Highlands will host a Christmas Carol Sing at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 6. Everyone is invited to listen and join in.

First Presbyterian Church of Highlands will host a Christmas Carol Sing at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 6. Everyone is invited to listen and join in.

There will be a Christmas Carol Sing at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 6, after the parade.
Stell Huie will be the song leader with Angie Jenkins at the piano. If you enjoy singing familiar Christmas carols, you will definitely want to make this a part of your Christmas tradition.
The church is located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets. Handicap entrances are located on Fifth Street and on
Church Street.

A Tradition for 40 Years

The 40th edition of the Cashiers Christmas Parade is offered with a generous helping of Christmas joy blended with a most  cheerful community spirit -- noon Saturday, December 13, at the Crossroads.

The 40th edition of the Cashiers Christmas Parade is offered with a generous helping of Christmas joy blended with a most
cheerful community spirit — noon Saturday, December 13, at the Crossroads.

It’s been a tradition for 40 years.
The Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade has grown exponentially and has delighted onlookers with a wide variety of entries. With this year’s parade, held on Saturday, December 13, they will be celebrating not only their 40th Anniversary but the 50th Anniversary of the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort as well.
Built in 1964 by Gene Howerdd Jr., the resort offered skiers an opportunity to snow ski and enjoy the Ski Sapphire Valley Lodge, which was operated in the one of the oldest homes in Sapphire Valley. To honor the resort, the theme for this year’s parade is “A White Christmas.”
Festivities will begin at noon on Saturday, December 13 (the tradition of second Saturday in December every year). Prizes will be awarded for best entries ranging from the Cashiers Christmas Star to the Fruitcake Award.
With hometown flair, floats, vintage cars, marching band, and four-legged friends will make their way from Cornucopia Restaurant on NC Highway 107 South north to the Cashiers Crossroads, then west on US Highway 64 to Frank Allen Road, ending at the Cashiers Community Center near the Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department. Grand Marshal Gene Howerrd, founder of Sapphire Valley Resort, will lead the parade which will also feature Spirit of our Community Award Winners – Volunteer, Citizen, Educator and Business Person of the Year.
Spectators are invited to enjoy the festivities along the 107/64 corridors. The event will stream live on the internet at www.SapphireValley.com and emcee WHLC on-air anchor Steve Day, will commentate from the judges’ stand at the Crossroads. For more information or to register to participate, visit www.CashiersAreaChamber.com. The rain date is Sunday, December 14, at 1:00 P.M.

by Jenny King | Photo by Sarah Valentine

The Round Man Cometh

Santa will explain the true meaning of Christmas at a breakfast  with a his youngest friends, 8:30 A.M. Saturday, December 13, in the  Fellowship Hall of Highlands United Methodist Church.  Reservations are recommended – (828) 526-3376.

Santa will explain the true meaning of Christmas at a breakfast
with a his youngest friends, 8:30 A.M. Saturday, December 13, in the
Fellowship Hall of Highlands United Methodist Church.
Reservations are recommended – (828) 526-3376.

Santa Claus will host a special breakfast for children from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 13, at Highlands United Methodist Church.
Stacks of pancakes will fill the plates of the holiday revelers. After breakfast, the children will be entertained with a holiday craft project while they wait their turn to talk with Santa. One of Santa’s elves will share a traditional holiday story. There’ll also be Christmas carols and reminders of what the day truly means to the world.
The breakfast is open to all children. The suggested donation is $10 per family. Reservations should be made by calling the Church at (828) 526-3376 no later than December 9.
“The children will have plenty of time to share their Christmas list with Santa and to have pictures made,” says Jennifer Forrester, Director of Children’s Ministries at HUMC.
The Church is located at 315 Main Street, immediately behind the Town Christmas tree.

by Wiley Sloan

Olde Mountain Christmas Parade

Highlands’ Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, slated for 11:00 A.M. Saturday,  December 6, is a celebration of the best of the holiday spirit. Arrive at Main Street early to witness a community in love with Christmas.

Highlands’ Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, slated for 11:00 A.M. Saturday,
December 6, is a celebration of the best of the holiday spirit. Arrive at Main Street early to witness a community in love with Christmas.

With a population of 942, you may expect Highlands’ Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, slated for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 6, to last approximately 173 seconds.
But if that’s what you’re thinking, you haven’t taken into account the town’s deep pool of community spirit. It’s not uncommon for the parade to boast over 80 entries.
There’s a warm, homemade feel to much of the Highlands parade, since it’s staged entirely by local groups, churches, businesses, fire departments and bands of neighbors. It’s all delivered with pride, sparkle and more than a little bit of humor.
You’ll find handmade floats, at least one marching band, dancing garden ladies, dogs that amble more or less information,
fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, camels and Wise Men, classic cars, horses, the Highlands High School Homecoming Court, local politicians, and, of course, Santa. People begin lining Main Street early to ensure they get a good view and to chat with neighbors and visitors. The parade route spans three blocks, so there should be plenty of room for everyone.
If you’re part of a group that would like to be included in the lineup, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112 or stop by the Visitor Center, 108 Main Street.
If you’re thinking of inviting Santa to participate in your entry, please note that he’s already accepted the Chamber’s invitation to appear at the end of the parade. You wouldn’t want to confuse the kids.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

It’s a true sign that the Christmas season has arrived when the Highlands Community Christian Chorale performs.
This year, Highlands vocalists will be joined by voices from Sky Valley and Franklin to create a beautiful blend of heavenly voices – at the First Baptist Church of Highlands, 220 Main Street, at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, December 13, and 5:00 P.M. Sunday, December 14.
Plan to stay for the reception following the Sunday concert. The ladies of the Church are well-known for their delicious goodies at these receptions.
This year’s performance will be the 20th year that the chorale has blessed the community. Beginning at Labor Day, each year members of local churches gather each Monday night to hone their skills.
Leadership of the chorale rotates among the various choral directors of area churches. This year’s director is Joe Powell of the First Baptist Church. Joe and his wife retired to Highlands after he completed a career as a high school band director. His plans for a leisurely retirement life have been postponed as he enjoys serving as choir director at First Baptist and leads the Highlands Male Chorus.
Joe has compiled a list of traditional Christmas carols that everyone knows. You’ll hum along to “Silent Night” and “The Little Drummer Boy” (with accompaniment from Joe’s grandson on the drums). Members of the Baptist Church always look forward to a performance of “Silent Night” with vocals by Carolyn Patton accompanied by June Hogue on the piano. This is Joe’s first opportunity to lead the chorale. He has worked closely with artistic director Marybeth Brody to select an unforgettable playlist.
“The dedication of each of these singers is amazing,” says Powell. “They give up their Monday nights for practice, they contribute $10 each toward the cost of music, all for the love of singing and to get to renew old friendships with folks they don’t see except during this season.”
You will get a chance to sing with the chorale during the sing-along number. Come early as the church tends to fill up quickly. Be prepared to share a small donation to help the chorale offset the cost of music.

by Wiley Sloan

HANDS relies upon a dedicated team of cheerful volunteers like Buck Trott.
A classic Christmas dinner will be served from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. December 25 at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Proceeds will benefit a host of local charities. For reservations or more information, call (828) 526-9419.

A Double Helping

HANDS relies upon a dedicated team of cheerful volunteers like Buck Trott. A classic Christmas dinner will be served from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. December 25 at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Proceeds will benefit a host of local charities. For reservations or more information, call (828) 526-9419.

HANDS relies upon a dedicated team of cheerful volunteers like Buck Trott.
A classic Christmas dinner will be served from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. December 25 at the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Proceeds will benefit a host of local charities. For reservations or more information, call (828) 526-9419.

The much-anticipated Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner will return to the Hudson House at Highlands Country Club this year; and their own Secret Santa has offered to match up to $30,000 in donations.
Almost every member of the volunteer team is returning to offer a traditional Christmas meal of turkey, ham and tenderloin, dressing, and all the trimmings, plus dessert and a glass of wine for the adults.
The event, created in 2001 because there were no places in Highlands for Highlanders or visitors to have a Christmas Day meal, has also become a source of funding for essential nonprofits in the Highlands area whose goal is to better the community through educational help, child mentoring, dental and medical care and a host of other essential services.
The dinner has helped the Highlands School library purchase additional books. It was also fundamental in establishing the Hospice House of Macon County and supports REACH of Macon County, an organization providing a safe place and shelter for victims of sexual violence and abuse. Over the years the dinner, through its sponsorships and donations, has been able to gift over $200,000 to this community.
This year, their goal will be to maximize this extremely generous gift, and distribute as much as $60,000 to area nonprofit organizations. Each dollar donated becomes two dollars, that thousand dollar donation becomes $2,000!
“This community is so blessed to have such philanthropic people in our midst,” says one of the organizers, Ricky Siegel. “Help us maximize this generous offer by being a sponsor for $100 as a Candle, $250 as an Ornament, $500 as a Present, $1,000 as a Star, or anything above $1,000 as a Superstar.” All donations and sponsorships are 100 percent tax deductible. Checks should be made out to H.A.N.D.S., the Highlands Area Nonprofit Donations Sharing, a 501(c)(3), and mailed to or dropped off at, Lakeside Restaurant, 531 Smallwood Avenue, or mailed to H.A.N.D.S. c/o Ricky Siegel, 55 4 ½ Street, Highlands, NC 28741.
The dinner is by reservation only and may be made by calling (828) 526-9419. Seating will begin at 11:00 A.M. and they will serve until 5:00 P.M. The buffet for adults is $40, children 11 and under is $15, and kids 5 and under are free.
So make your plans to join with friends and family at the Annual Highlands Christmas Dinner community event on Christmas Day and be a sponsor. Help them help those who help Highlands.

by Jenny King

Chivaree Tent Sale and Raffle

clip0016Kick off your holiday shopping in a meaningful way by supporting great American art and CHHS.  Acclaimed artist Aaron Hequembourg will be at Chivaree for two days only (Nov. 28-29, 10-5) for a special indoor/outdoor sale.  10% of all sales receipts go to CHHS.  And enter our raffle for a chance to own “Dachshund Girl” (pictured)–the prize includes shipping! 100% of ticket proceeds go to CHHS.

Aaron Hequembourg is one of the brightest starts in the universe of southern art, and he will have his entire inventory of highly sought-after, current work available at Chivaree on Black Friday and Saturday.  You’ll find everything from affordable little treasures to major masterworks.  (And inside, you’ll find hot cider and other treats.) Aaron will share the stories behind his multimedia engraved paintings, which incorporate antique materials from his 1815 Georgia farm and have won major awards around the country, including recent Best-of-Show awards at St. Louis, Cherry Creek, Des Moines, Greenville and CottonSouth. He has exhibited twice at the Smithsonian Craft Show and has served as a judge at many of the nation’s most prestigious juried fairs.

Aaron created and donated “Dachshund Girl” especially for this year’s raffle to benefit CHHS.  It’s the Grand Prize, and we’ll ship it for free if you’re not in town for the drawing!  Second prize is $100 Chivaree store credit.  Tickets are $5 and you can buy as many as you want.  100% of ticket proceeds go to CHHS.  Join us for the drawing, followed by a casual cocktail reception with the artist, at 5 pm on Friday 11/28.  You can buy your raffle tickets at Chivaree, CHHS or online here:

Other things you’ll find at the gallery this holiday season include hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments from the NC mountains; NEW animal face jugs by renowned potter/Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor; letterpress printing by Amos Kennedy with prices for the masses; major vintage works by William Whiteside; and lots of beautiful artisanal jewelry. Everything we sell is made by southern artists and artisans, with a special focus on western North Carolina.

Chivaree is located on Highway 107 N in Cashiers, just north of the crossroads next to Zoller Hardware.  Call (828) 743-6195 or email owner Margaret Browne at mbrowne@chivarts.com.  Closed Thanksgiving Day; open 11/28 and 11/29 from 10 to 5.  Otherwise, November hours are Mon-Sat, 11-5.  December hours are Wed-Sat, 11-5.

Visit Chivaree online at www.chivarts.com or on facebook at facebook.com/chivaree.

Highlands launches its Christmas Season with inimitable small town charm at the Town Tree Lighting, 6:30 P.M. Saturday, November 29.

Highlands Does Christmas Right

Highlands launches its Christmas Season with inimitable small town charm at the Town Tree Lighting, 6:30 P.M. Saturday, November 29.

Highlands launches its Christmas Season with inimitable small town charm at the Town Tree Lighting, 6:30 P.M. Saturday, November 29.

Thanksgiving in Highlands has its own peaceful, bountiful vibe. The air is crisp, the leaves are gone, and the roaring fires feel a little warmer. It’s a chance for families to gather in reflective thankfulness, cocooning in just a bit in anticipation of the holiday season to come.
Family time, that what it’s all about and Highlands’ own Christmas tree lighting caps the Thanksgiving weekend off on a joyful note. The festivities this year will begin on Saturday, November 29, in front of the Highlands Methodist Church at 6:30 P.M.
Main Street is transformed into a festive wonderland with families bundled in their warm sweaters, children gleefully anticipating the arrival of old St. Nick, and neighbors sipping hot chocolate and catching up with friends or making new ones. When the enormous tree is lit we realize the season of magic is upon us. It all adds up to a holiday tradition that is cherished by young and old.
The fun starts with caroling that everyone’s invited to join. A small ceremony features readings from the Bible and storytelling. Cookies and hot chocolate are the perfect complement to a frosty evening. Winners of the merchant’s window contest and the children’s art contest will be announced. Sweatshirts with the winning artwork will be available for sale. Santa will be on hand at the old Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street across from Reeves to hear wishes and appeals.
To prepare for the crowds, Main Street will be closed between Second and Fourth streets beginning at 5:30 P.M.
The Highlands Downtown Tree Lighting is sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the Highlands Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall | Photo by Sarah Valentine

Highlands Christmas Parade

The Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, set for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 6, is built upon a generous helping of holiday  cheer and small town pride. It’s pretty amazing.

The Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, set for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 6, is built upon a generous helping of holiday cheer and small town pride. It’s pretty amazing.

With a population of 942, you may expect Highlands’ Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, slated for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 6, to last approximately
173 seconds.
But if that’s what you’re thinking, you haven’t taken into account the town’s deep pool of community spirit. It’s not uncommon for the parade to boast over 80 entries.
There’s a warm, homemade feel to much of the Highlands parade, since it’s staged entirely by local groups, churches, businesses, fire departments and bands of neighbors. It’s all delivered with pride, sparkle and more than a little bit of humor.
You’ll find handmade floats, at least one marching band, dancing garden ladies, dogs that amble more or less in formation, fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, camels and Wise Men, classic cars, horses, the Highlands High School Homecoming Court, local politicians, and, of course, Santa. People begin lining Main Street early to ensure they get a good view and to chat with neighbors and visitors. The parade route spans three blocks, so there should be plenty of room for everyone.
If you’re part of a group that would like to be included in the lineup, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112 or stop by the Visitor Center, 108 Main Street.
If you’re thinking of inviting Santa to participate in your entry, please note that he’s already accepted the Chamber’s invitation to appear at the end of the parade. You wouldn’t want to confuse the kids.

Read a Book & Take a Look

There’s nothing sleepy about Hudson Library in the fall. For a full list of activities, call (828) 526-3031.

Fall in Highlands is filled with activities. But, if you get tired of leaf-looking, hiking, shopping or dining – or just want an alternative experience, join the fun at Hudson Library and its across-the-street partner, The Bookworm.
Each Wednesday, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., the library hosts a community studio art session – Art Your Way! — led by a group of local artists. Most sessions feature a live model and attendees may work with any medium. Tables are provided and a there’s a small fee to pay the models. Everyone’s welcome to join, sit, or observe! For more information, contact Muriel Kolb at (828) 526-3882 or the Hudson Library at
(828) 526-3031.
Perhaps you’ve heard that every dog has his day. At Hudson Library, that day is Tuesday. Every Tuesday, from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M., children ages 6 to 12 are invited to visit the Hudson Library to practice early reading skills in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment by reading to our canine companion, Beebles. This adorable, registered therapy dog is an Old English Sheepdog with the group READing Paws. The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method — reading to a dog, but not just any dog.
Sign up at the library desk or call (828) 526-3031. Drop-ins (adults included) are also welcome. For more information on the program, visit www.fontanalib.org or
www.READingPaws.org.
The library hosts Movie Night, every Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. Join us for a mixture of classic and recently-released movies and documentaries. The movies are free! You’re welcome to bring your own snacks and refreshments. All ages are welcome, but not all films are appropriate for all audiences. Please visit the library for a listing of upcoming movies.
The Bookworm, located on Main Street directly across from Hudson Library, is a non-profit organization that sells gently used books, movies and CDs. If you have any books, movies or CDs that you would like to donate, please consider bringing them to us. We accept everything except text books, encyclopedias, Readers’ Digest and Time Life Books. Our hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. For more information, call us at (828) 482-0326.

Contributed by Beverly Pittman

Bring a piece of an Old Mountain Christmas home and help children in the community by buying a tree from Snowbird Farms. 
For more information, call (828) 526-3376.

Lighting up Lives

Bring a piece of an Old Mountain Christmas home and help children in the community by buying a tree from Snowbird Farms.  For more information, call (828) 526-3376.

Bring a piece of an Old Mountain Christmas home and help children in the community by buying a tree from Snowbird Farms. For more information, call (828) 526-3376.

For many of us, Highlands’ Christmas Season starts with the Town Tree Lighting on the front lawn of Highlands United Methodist Church on Main Street, set for Saturday,
November 29.
But this year things start a little bit earlier.
The Gordon Center for Children will be selling Christmas trees to help local families from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. November 28 and 29. The trees are being donated by Snowbird Farms in Cullowhee, North Carolina. These will be gorgeous, freshly-cut 6- and 8-foot trees, selling for $40 and $50. You can beautify your home and help these children, since 100 percent of the proceeds will go to help fund the Gordon Center.
To pre-order a tree, call (828) 526-3376 or send an e-mail to highlandsumc@icloud.com.
There are 218 children ages birth through fifth grade in the Highlands community. During its first year of operation, the Gordon Center has touched approximately one in three children within this age group.

by Wiley Sloan

The Players’ Gift, A Memory

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” will serve as The Highlands Cashiers Players’ Holiday Reading at the Highlands Performing Arts Center  – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 18. There is no admission fee and everyone is invited.

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” will serve as The Highlands Cashiers Players’ Holiday Reading at the Highlands Performing Arts Center – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 18. There is no admission fee and everyone is invited.

The Highlands Cashiers Players once again presents their annual Holiday Reading at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, December 18, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
HCP Board members, cast and crew alike join together at the Highlands Performing Arts Center to offer this gift to the community. Each year is a different festively wrapped package that usually includes poetry, humorous readings, spiritual messages and song. The 2014 program will be especially touching with a staged reading of “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote.
“A Christmas Memory” is rich with evocative language that conjures up life in rural Alabama and the childhood of a boy who is placed in the care of his elderly relatives. It paints a vibrant picture of the closeness forged between two people who choose to focus on the simple pleasures and rituals of life.
Several HCP actors will be participating, with veteran performer Dean Zuch serving as narrator. Music of the season will be included and refreshments will be served after the performance. No tickets or reservations are needed as the program is and has always been the Players’ gift to the community. Join the cast of “A Christmas Memory” and let them give you a present you’ll enjoy and long remember.

by Jenny King

Shop With a Cop

Shop with a Cop Bingo, slated for 6:30 P.M. Thursday, December 4, at the Highlands Community Building, supports an important program that pairs law enforcement officers with needy children.

The Rotary Club of Highlands will partner for the seventh year with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Highlands Police Department on December 4 for Shop with a Cop Rotary Bingo to benefit the Macon County Shop with a Cop Program.
Shop with a Cop provides Christmas to more than 200 Macon Country children who otherwise would have little or no Christmas. Each child is taken to Walmart by a law enforcement officer and will have $100 to spend with only a couple of conditions: first, they must buy something for themselves and second, something for someone else.
When they’ve finished shopping with officers, the children will have lunch and a Christmas party where presents are wrapped, following a visit with Santa Claus complete
with photos.
“Many of the children come from difficult circumstances, where law enforcement officers are perceived as bad guys,” says Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “Shop with a Cop works to change that image through friendship and participating in a Christmas that otherwise wouldn’t happen.”
Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell joins Sheriff Holland saying, “Shop with a Cop is a positive experience not only for the children involved but also for our officers.”
Shop with a Cop Rotary Bingo has been a significant revenue stream for this program. If you can’t attend the Bingo Night, slated for 6:30 P.M. December 4 at the Highlands Community Building, you can make a donation and drop it off at the Highlands Police Department, the Recreation Park front desk, or give it to any Highlands Rotarian.

Contributed by David Stroud, Highlands Rotary Club

Hands of a Hundred

The Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft, set for November 28-29 in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is as much a cherished mountain tradition  as the crafts and creations that it offers. For more information, call (828) 524-3405.

The Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft, set for November 28-29 in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is as much a cherished mountain tradition as the crafts and creations that it offers. For more information, call (828) 524-3405.

The Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft Show opens for its 27th year inside Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
This much anticipated event features authentic crafts from the hands of 100 regional and local artists and craftsmen.
In the Depression years in the mountains, Christmas was always celebrated with stockings stuffed with apples, oranges and hard candy. The best gifts were handmade with love.
Customers line up early for the first selection of pottery, wood crafts, master jewelers, baskets, glass art, and specialty sweets and breads. Collectors of heirloom ornaments and miniatures always find something new.
Some lucky person is going to win a Gingerbread House constructed by the featured artist, Kathy Circa of Backwoods Bakery. Her work is pictured above. Sign up at her booth for the drawing at the show’s conclusion. Take home organic bread and gingerbread cookies for the houseguests!
Several exhibitors will have holiday table arrangements and decorations. Purchase a fresh mountain greenery wreath or scented dried fruit rope for your house. Ronnie Evans will be strumming favorite Christmas songs and selling his CDs to take home.
No wonder it has grown from a little show in Franklin with eight exhibitors to the largest Christmas gift show in Western North Carolina!
Hours are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day with convenient free parking. Adults at $4, with children under 12 free.
At the ticket table, have a piece of peppermint candy and an apple from Barber Orchards of Waynesville, North Carolina, and catch the Christmas Spirit!
For more information, visit www.mountainArtisans.net, email djhunter@dnet.net, or call (828) 524 3405.

Contributed by Doris Hunter

The Villlage Green, Cashiers’ jewel at the Crossroads, will shine for the holidays with Christmas on the Green. The season starts with a party with Santa, treats, music and a Christmas Tree Lighting, November 28.

Christmas on the Green

The Villlage Green, Cashiers’ jewel at the Crossroads, will shine for the holidays with Christmas on the Green. The season starts with a party with Santa, treats, music and a Christmas Tree Lighting, November 28.

The Villlage Green, Cashiers’ jewel at the Crossroads, will shine for the holidays with Christmas on the Green. The season starts with a party with Santa, treats, music and a Christmas Tree Lighting, November 28.

Looking for a little sparkle this holiday season?
Bring your family and friends to The Village Green for Cashiers’ third annual Christmas On the Green celebration. The 12.5-acre park in the heart of Cashiers will feature thousands of twinkling lights and trees decorated by local merchants and organizations from Thanksgiving weekend until New Year’s Day.
Get into the holiday spirit with an afternoon of fun with family and friends Friday, November 28, at the Gazebo of The Village Green near the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107. Come share your Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Gather around the fire pit for S’Mores and More. Listen to holiday music and strolling carolers beginning at 5:30 P.M. that evening for the Cashiers Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The highlight of the day will be when the switch is turned on to illuminate the 60 foot spruce in the center of the village of Cashiers. “This has become a treasured tradition for residents and visitors in the area,” comments Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green.
“The Village Green exists to enhance the quality of community life by offering events like Christmas On the Green where people can make meaningful holiday memories,” says Jochen Lucke, Chairperson of The Village Green Board of Directors.
The Village Green is conserved and maintained by a nonprofit organization. “The Village Green is distinctive in that it is a free, public park for everyone to enjoy,” says Self. “However, the park receives no public funding and relies on the generosity of individual donors for its operation.” For more information, visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.
Parking is available at the entrance near the Gazebo, off of Highway 64 East, and at the entrance to Village Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Like The Village Green on Facebook or follow on Twitter @cashiersgreen.

Photo by Sarah Valentine

A Crossroads Christmas

At 40 years old, The Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade has lost none of its sweet small town charm. Join the fun at noon Saturday, December 13.

At 40 years old, The Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade has lost none of its sweet small town charm. Join the fun at noon Saturday, December 13.

It’s been a tradition for 40 years.
The Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade has grown exponentially and has delighted onlookers with a wide variety of entries. With this year’s parade, held on Saturday, December 13, they will be celebrating not only their 40th Anniversary but the 50th Anniversary of the Sapphire Valley Ski Resort as well.
Built in 1964 by Gene Howerdd Jr., the resort offered skiers an opportunity to snow ski and enjoy the Ski Sapphire Valley Lodge, which was operated in the one of the oldest homes in Sapphire Valley. To honor the resort, the theme for this year’s parade is “A White Christmas.”
Festivities will begin at noon on Saturday, December 13 (the tradition of second Saturday in December every year). Prizes will be awarded for best entries ranging from the Cashiers Christmas Star to the Fruitcake Award.
With hometown flair, floats, vintage cars, marching band and four-legged friends will make their way from Cornucopia Restaurant on NC Highway 107 South north to the Cashiers Crossroads, then west on US Highway 64 to Frank Allen Road, ending at the Cashiers Community Center near the Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department. Grand Marshal Gene Howerrd, founder of Sapphire Valley Resort, will lead the parade which will also feature Spirit of our Community Award Winners — Volunteer, Citizen, Educator and Business Person of the Year.
Spectators are invited to enjoy the festivities along the 107/64 corridors. The event will stream live on the internet at www.SapphireValley.,com and emcee WHLC on-air anchor Steve Day, will commentate from the judges’ stand at the Crossroads. For more information or to register to participate, visit www.CashiersAreaChamber.com. The rain date is Sunday, December 14, at 1:00 P.M.

by Jenny King | Photo by Sarah Valentine

By Golly, Be Jolly!

Santa Claus returns to Highlands United Methodist Church for a breakfast with all of his young friends, 8:30 A.M.  Saturday, December 13. For reservations, call (828) 526-3376.

Santa Claus returns to Highlands United Methodist Church for a breakfast with all of his young friends, 8:30 A.M.
Saturday, December 13. For reservations, call (828) 526-3376.

Santa Claus will host a special breakfast for children from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 13, at Highlands United Methodist Church.
Stacks of pancakes will fill the plates of the holiday revelers. After breakfast, the children will be entertained with a holiday craft project while they wait their turn to talk with Santa. One of Santa’s elves will share a traditional holiday story. There’ll also be Christmas carols and reminders of what the day truly means to the world.
The Fellowship Hall will be decked in holiday splendor. The breakfast is open to all children. The suggested donation is $10 per family. Reservations should be made by calling the Church at (828) 526-3376 no later than December 9.
“The children will have plenty of time to share their Christmas list with Santa and to have pictures made,’ says Jennifer Forrester, Director of Children Ministries at HUMC. “Make your reservations early and come out for a stellar holiday celebration with Santa.”
The Church is located at 315 Main Street, immediately behind the Town Christmas tree.

by Wiley Sloan

Merrily Caroly

first_Pres_carol_singThere will be a Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 6, after the parade. Stell Huie will be the song leader with Angie Jenkins at the piano. If you enjoy singing familiar Christmas carols, you will definitely want to make this a part of your Christmas tradition. The church is located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets. Handicap entrances are located on Fifth Street and on Church Street.

Christmas Carol Sing to Follow Parade on Dec. 6

Community Chorale to Perform

The Highlands Community Christmas Chorale, set for Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, at First Baptist Church of Highlands, is a pure celebration of the miracle of Christ’s Birth.

It’s a true sign that the Christmas season has arrived when the Highlands Community Christian Chorale performs.
This year Highlands vocalists will be joined by voices from Sky Valley and Franklin to create a beautiful blend of heavenly voices – at First Baptist Church of Highlands, 220 Main Street, at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, December 13, and 5:00 P.M. Sunday, December 14.
Plan to stay for the reception following the Sunday concert. The ladies of the Church are well-known for their delicious goodies at these receptions.
This year’s performance will be the 20th year that the chorale has blessed the community. Beginning at Labor Day, each year members of local churches gather each Monday night to hone their skills.
Leadership of the chorale rotates among the various Choral Directors of area churches. This year’s director is Joe Powell of the First Baptist Church. Joe and his wife retired to Highlands after he completed a career as a high school band director. His plans for a leisurely retirement life here have been postponed as he enjoys serving as Choir Director at First Baptist and leads the Highlands Male Chorus.
Joe has compiled a list of traditional Christmas carols that everyone knows. You’ll hum along to “Silent Night” and “The Little Drummer Boy” (with accompaniment from Joe’s grandson on the drums). Members of the Baptist Church always look forward to a performance of “Silent Night” with vocals by Carolyn Patton accompanied by June Hogue on the piano.
This is Joe’s first opportunity to lead the chorale. He has worked closely with the chorale’s artistic director Marybeth Brody to select an unforgettable playlist.
“The dedication of each of these singers is amazing,” says Powell. “They give up their Monday nights for practice, they contribute $10 each toward the cost of music, all for the love of singing and to get to renew old friendships with folks they don’t see except during this season.”
You will get a chance to sing with the chorale during the sing-along number. Come early as the church tends to fill up quickly. Be prepared to share a small donation to help the chorale offset the cost of music.

A Visit with Santa

Highlands will always have a place for Santa – you can see him  Saturdays in December (except December 6)  on Main Street across from Reeves Hardware.

Highlands will always have a place for Santa – you can see him
Saturdays in December (except December 6)
on Main Street across from Reeves Hardware.

Now that the holiday season is here, a lot of kids and more than a few adults are making their lists and checking them twice. It is time to find out if they’ve been naughty or nice. Many believe it’s not too late to make up for lost time and be a little nicer in order to make sure they make the coveted nice list. They know Santa is coming to town and will be at the old Chamber of Commerce location on Main Street across from Reeves Hardware. He’ll be there Saturdays in December before Christmas from 11:00-3:00, except December 6.
Even in the hectic days leading up to Christmas, Santa manages to find time to sit and listen to his friends, and Highlands has long been one of his favorite spots. The clear, crisp air and the smiling, well-behaved children make Highlands the ideal spot for Santa to catch his breath and get ready for the Big Night. Don’t miss your chance to visit and put in those last
minute requests.
If you have questions about Santa’s busy schedule or the events that mark Highlands’ Holiday Season – the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, the worship schedules of local churches – contact the Highlands Visitor Center
at (828) 526-2112.

by Mary Jane McCall

Dishing up Hope

The Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner, set the for Hudson House at Highlands Country Club, is a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas.  For reservations for a tremendous meal prepared by Lakeside Restaurant Chef Chris Arnold and a dedicated team of volunteers,  call (828) 526-9419 beginning November 9.

The Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner, set the for Hudson House at Highlands Country Club, is a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas.
For reservations for a tremendous meal prepared by Lakeside Restaurant Chef Chris Arnold and a dedicated team of volunteers,
call (828) 526-9419 beginning November 9.

Imagine this: It’s 2001 and you’re visiting Highlands for Christmas. Or perhaps you have a houseful of holiday guests but don’t want to cook on Christmas Day.
Where do you eat?
Back then there were no options. So a small group of volunteers decided to spend their Christmas Day feeding the community and giving the profits to local charities. It was such a success that in the last 13 years, the Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner has been able to donate well over $200,000. This year’s dinner is especially important as an anonymous donor, a “Secret Santa,” has offered to match up to $30,000
in donations.
Where does the money go? Right here in Macon County. A few of the deserving charities that have benefitted from your generosity are The Literacy Council of Highlands; REACH of Macon County; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands; the Highlands Food Pantry; The International Friendship Center; the Free Dental Clinic; the Free Medical Clinic; the Emergency Council; Highlands School Library as well as others.
Held at the Hudson House of Highlands Country Club, the dinner gives Highlanders and visitors a warm and inviting place for their Christmas meal without the planning, shopping, cooking and clean up. Chef Chris Arnold of Lakeside Restaurant will be preparing a traditional feast, which includes turkey, ham, tenderloin, dressing and gravy, plus all the sides. Volunteers will have been baking for weeks ahead of time to make sure there are lots of desserts from which to choose and for adults, a glass of wine, is included. Children 5 and under eat free, the cost for children under 12 is $15, and for adults, the cost is $40.
There are ways to guarantee that the $30,000 is raised other than attending the meal. This year they are offering a variety of sponsorship levels. For $100 you can become a Candle sponsor; for $250 an Ornament sponsor; for $500 a Present sponsor; a Star sponsor for $1,000 or a Super Star sponsor for any amount over $1,000. Funds are managed by H.A.N.D.S, Highlands Area Non-Profit Donation Sharing, a 501 (c)(3) organization and are 100 percent tax deductible. Stop by Lakeside Restaurant on Smallwood Drive in Highlands to drop off your donation or mail a check to H.A.N.D.S c/o Ricky Siegel, 55 4 ½ Street, Highlands NC, 28741.
The dinner will be by reservation only. Reservations may be made beginning November 9 by calling (828) 526-9419.

by Jenny King

Don’t miss the annual Sip and Stroll, Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

Sip and Stroll

Don’t miss the annual Sip and Stroll, Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

Experience the wares of Highlands’ fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine and delightful edibles. Sip, Stroll and Shop till you drop while enjoying everything fabulous in downtown Highlands.
Each stroller will start at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center to receive a detailed map and their own souvenir wine glass with special carry bag. There will be a limited number of merchants this year and we encourage everyone to linger and enjoy the homemade hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, and, of course, the wonderful selections of wines. There’s also an added bonus to visiting each merchant on the map. Strollers having completed the tour will be eligible for wonderful prizes, including fine dining certificates, pottery and specialty wines.
For more information on the Sip and Stroll, Friday night’s Opening Night or Friday and Saturday’s wine dinners call
(828) 526-5841.
Friday Sip and Stroll Participants: The Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; The Southern Way; Bags on Main; TJ Bailey’s for Men; Potpourri 2; Cabin Couture; Acorns; Acorns on Church, Wit’s End, Mountain Fresh Grocery, The Ugly Dob Pub, The Silver Eagle, High Cotton Wine & Cheese Company, and The Park on Main.
Saturday Sip and Stroll Participants: Highland Hiker Cabin, Hiker on Main, Hiker Shoe Store, The Hen House, Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry, The Southern Way, Bags on Main, TJ Bailey’s for Men, Cabin Casuals of Highlands, Potpourri 2, Cabin Couture, Christmas Tree on Main, Acorns, Acorns on Church, Mountain Fresh, The Ugly Dog Pub and High Cotton Wine & Cheese Company.

Don’t miss the annual Sip and Stroll, Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

Don’t miss the annual Sip and Stroll, Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

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Foodie Extravaganza

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highlands_nc_culinary_weekend-two 2Local restaurants are pulling out all the stops for the Highlands Culinary Weekend, November 6-9. See below for the list of events. For more information, call (828) 526-5841.

Friday Events:
Sip and Stroke at The Bascom: This two-hour afternoon workshop is perfect for non-artists and beginners. Learn to recreate a well-known painting and sip while you stroke! We supply the canvas, paint and brushes. All you need to bring is a curious mind, a friend and a bottle of wine. The Bascom signature wine will be available by the glass. Register today and bring home your very own work of art. The Bascom, (828) 787-2865.
Pinot Noir Master Class: Tasting and presentation of eight Siduri Pinot Noirs with Adam Lee. We will taste eight different Siduri wines from across their California and Oregon portfolio, including some older vintages. Mountaintop Wine Shoppe,
(828) 526-4080.
Mountain Fresh Five Course Porch Dinner: Join us in celebrating the iconic and diverse culinary dishes of James Beard Award-winning chef Louis Osteen as he prepares a multi-course dinner carefully paired with the wines of French and Italian importer Kermit Lynch. $125 per person, Mountain Fresh Grocery,
(828) 526-2400.
Fourth Annual Farm Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance: Get ready for a full-on evening of authentic mountain culture. Your senses will come alive with sights, sounds, smells and flavors of farm-fresh creations being prepared live. Meet the farmers and feast on their bounty from Sunburst Trout Farm, Barker’s Creek Mill and Painted Hills Natural Beef. It’s a fun, down-on-the-farm festival of the senses and celebration of The South. $125, The Farm Old Edwards Inn, (828) 787-2625.
Dine. Indulge. Darioush: Be prepared to indulge yourself with the culinary creativity of Lakeside Restaurant and the Persian finesse of Bordeaux-inspired Darioush wines. From whites to reds, this five-course dinner will explore the multifaceted nuances of Darioush wines paired with Lakeside’s exquisitely creative cuisine. Special wine pricing will be available! Have your cellars ready! $175, Lakeside Restaurant, (828) 526-9419.
Robert Craig Wine Dinner: Featuring Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay, Affinity Cabernet, Howell Mountain Zinfandel, Howell Mountain Cabernet and Mount Veeder Cabernet. Please call for details on this special event featuring General Manager and Partner Elton Slone of Robert Craig Winery. $145; On the Verandah,
(828) 526-2338.
Northwest Pacific Wine Pairing Dinner: The Inn at Half Mile Farm and Rosewood Market invite you to join us on a wine pairing culinary adventure through the Pacific Northwest of North America-right here in Highlands. Come break bread and let your senses travel through Oregon, Washington State and into British Vancouver as we marry regional culinary treats with beautiful Northwest wines. Our talented chefs will be preparing a farm-to-table multi-course dinner — each course celebrating the best of that region. Beginning with PEI Mussels of British Columbia and ending with American Bubbles — we invite you to join us on this delicious North American adventure. $79; The Inn at Half Mile Farm; 1 (800) 946-6822.
The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.

Saturday Events:
James Beard Award-winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery: Mountain Fresh Grocery is excited to announce James Beard Chef Louis Osteen will be in our kitchen for Culinary Weekend 2014. Louis is a founding chef of the Southern Culinary Renaissance, which came out of Charleston during the late 80’s and won his James Beard Award in 2004. This marks the fourth consecutive year he has cooked with our team. Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.
Writer’s Block…An Interpretation of Classics: Join Executive Chef Justin Burdett as he features nine courses of creative and innovative cuisine paired with superb wines from importer Kermit Lynch. $125, Ruka’s Table, (828) 526-3636.
A Davis Family Vineyards Affair: At Davis Family Vineyards, they believe wine is an essential element in a rich and passionate life. Here at Lakeside Restaurant we couldn’t agree more. We are very excited to partner with Owner/Winemaker Guy Davis for an evening of exquisite wines and delectable cuisine. Join Lakeside’s Chef Chris Arnold as he prepares five courses perfectly paired with the handcrafted wines of Davis Family Vineyards. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stock your cellars as we will be offering exclusive pricing on the wines we are featuring at this dinner. A delicious evening celebrating the joys of food and wine! $125, Lakeside Restaurant (828) 526-9419.
Monticello Vineyards with Owner Stephen Corley featuring Monticello Brut, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Merlot, Jefferson Cuvee’ Cabernet and Corley Proprietary Red. Please call for details on this special event. $100, On the Verandah, (828) 526-2338.
Caymus Vineyards: We will be featuring Caymus Vineyards. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be a night to remember! $150, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, (828) 526-3807.
Tales & Cocktails, The Ugly Dog Pub Bourbon Dinner: A master bartender and bourbon ambassador will host an entertaining and informative evening accompanied by a multi-course dinner. $75, Dog House Dining Room, Available at Eventbrite.
The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.

Sunday Events:
James Beard Award-winner Louis Osteen: Louis, a longtime friend, has played a significant part in helping to define our “flavor” at Mountain Fresh Grocery and we look forward to showcasing and sharing his talents this year. Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.

Fine Food for Fun and Funding

Lakeside Restaurant’s tradition of being a steadfast supporter of local causes continues October 8 when Evenings at Lakeside spotlights the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. For more information or reservations, call (828) 526-9419.

Lakeside Restaurant’s tradition of being a steadfast supporter of local causes continues October 8 when Evenings at Lakeside spotlights the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. For more information or reservations, call (828) 526-9419.

Lakeside Restaurant believes in giving back to the community by giving to the non-profit organizations that call Highlands home.
They recognize that these organizations provide many of the essential services that make our community great. Evenings at Lakeside are their way of saying thanks for all you do and providing support for these non-profit groups. Wednesday evenings are set aside for area non-profits to join Lakeside in raising money and awareness for their causes.
It’s not too late for interested non-profits to contact Lakeside at (828) 526-9419 to select an available date. Lakeside will donate 15 percent of the non-profit’s guest checks that evening to the non-profit. It is up to each organization and their board members to market their evening. It is also important that when making reservations you mention that you are there to support your chosen non-profit.
This year several non-profits, including the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Scaly Mountain Woman’s Club, Gilliam’s Promise and the Literacy Council of Highlands have already been benefactors of these increasingly successful Wednesday nights. Mark your calendars to join them on October 8 for an evening benefiting the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.
The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has been one of the cornerstones of the local arts community and this year marks their 33rd season of bringing some of the world’s most beautiful music to the mountains. Evenings at Lakeside provides their supporters with a unique way to give to the festival while enjoying an evening out with friends.
For more information or to make reservations, please call Lakeside. They are located at 531 Smallwood Avenue.

by Mary Jane McCall

HIghlands’ Culinary Weekend Sip and Stroll

Don’t miss the annual Sip and Stroll, Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Experience the wares of Highlands’ fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine and delightful edibles. Sip, Stroll and Shop till you drop while enjoying everything fabulous in downtown Highlands.
Each stroller will start at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center to receive a detailed map and their own souvenir wine glass with special carry bag. There will be a limited number of merchants this year and we encourage everyone to linger and enjoy the homemade hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, and, of course, the wonderful selections of wines. There’s also an added bonus to visiting each merchant on the map. Strollers having completed the tour will be eligible for wonderful prizes, including fine dining certificates, pottery and specialty wines.
For more information on the Sip and Stroll, Friday night’s Opening Night or Friday and Saturday’s wine dinners call (828) 526-5841.
Friday Sip and Stroll Participants: The Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; The Southern Way; Bags on Main; TJ Bailey’s for Men; Potpourri 2; Cabin Couture; Acorns; Acorns on Church, Wit’s End, Mountain Fresh Grocery, The Ugly Dob Pub, The Silver Eagle, High Cotton Wine & Cheese Company, and The Park on Main.
Saturday Sip and Stroll Participants: Highland Hiker Cabin, Hiker on Main, Hiker Shoe Store, The Hen House, Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry, The Southern Way, Bags on Main, TJ Bailey’s for Men, Cabin Casuals of Highlands, Potpourri 2, Cabin Couture, Christmas Tree on Main, Acorns, Acorns on Church, Mountain Fresh, The Ugly Dog Pub and High Cotton Wine & Cheese Company.

The Taste of the Town, Highlands’ Annual Culinary Weekend

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Sip and Stroke at The Bascom: This two-hour afternoon workshop is perfect for non-artists and beginners. Learn to recreate a well-known painting and sip while you stroke! We supply the canvas, paint and brushes. All you need to bring is a curious mind, a friend and a bottle of wine. The Bascom signature wine will be available by the glass. Register today and bring home your very own work of art. The Bascom, (828) 787-2865.
Pinot Noir Master Class: Tasting and presentation of eight Siduri Pinot Noirs with Adam Lee. We will taste eight different Siduri wines from across their California and Oregon portfolio, including some older vintages. Mountaintop Wine Shoppe; (828) 526-4080.
Mountain Fresh Five Course Porch Dinner: Join us in celebrating the iconic and diverse culinary dishes of James Beard award winning chef Louis Osteen as he prepares a multi-course dinner carefully paired with the wines of French and Italian importer Kermit Lynch. $125 per person, Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.
Fourth Annual Farm Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance: Get ready for a full-on evening of authentic mountain culture. Your senses will come alive with sights, sounds, smells and flavors of farm-fresh creations being prepared live. Meet the farmers and feast on their bounty from Sunburst Trout Farm, Barker’s Creek Mill and Painted Hills Natural Beef. It’s a fun, down-on-the-farm festival of the senses and celebration of The South. $125, The Farm Old Edwards inn, (828) 787-2625.
Dine. Indulge. Darioush: Be prepared to indulge yourself with the culinary creativity of Lakeside Restaurant and the Persian finesse of Bordeaux inspired Darioush wines. From whites to reds, this five course dinner will explore the multifaceted nuances of Darioush wines paired with Lakeside’s exquisitely creative cuisine. Special wine pricing will be available! Have your cellars ready! $175, Lakeside Restaurant, (828) 526-9419.
Robert Craig Wine Dinner: Featuring Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay, Affinity Cabernet, Howell Mountain Zinfandel, Howell Mountain Cabernet and Mount Veeder Cabernet. Please call for details on this special event featuring General Manager and Partner Elton Slone of Robert Craig Winery. $145; On the Verandah, (828) 526-2338.
Northwest Pacific Wine Pairing Dinner: The Inn at Half Mile Farm and Rosewood Market invite you to join us on a wine pairing culinary adventure through the Pacific Northwest of North America-right here in Highlands, North Carolina. Come break bread and let your senses travel through Oregon, Washington State and into British Vancouver as we marry regional culinary treats with beautiful northwest wines. Our talented Chefs will be preparing a farm-to-table multi-course dinner — each course celebrating the best of that region. Beginning with PEI Mussels of British Columbia and ending with American Bubbles-we invite you to join us on this delicious North American adventure. $79.00; The Inn at Half Mile Farm; 1 (800) 946-6822.
The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.
saturday Events:
James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery: Mountain Fresh Grocery is excited to announce James Beard Chef Louis Osteen will be in our kitchen for Culinary Weekend 2014. Louis is a founding Chef of the Southern Culinary Renaissance, which came out of Charleston during the late 80’s and won his James Beard Award in 2004. This marks the fourth consecutive year he has cooked with our team. Louis, a longtime friend, has played a significant part in helping to define our “flavor” at Mountain Fresh Grocery and we look forward to showcasing and sharing his talents this year. Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.
Writers Block… an Interpretation of Classics: Join Executive Chef Justin Burdett as he features nine courses of creative and innovative cuisine paired with superb wines from importer Kermit Lynch. $125, Ruka’s Table, (828) 526-3636.
A Davis Family Vineyards Affair: At Davis Family Vineyards they believe wine is an essential element in a rich and passionate life. Here at Lakeside we could not agree more. We are very excited to partner with Owner/Winemaker, Guy Davis for an evening of exquisite wines and delectable cuisine. Join Lakesides’ Chef Chris Arnold as he prepares five courses perfectly paired with the handcrafted wines of Davis Family Vineyards. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stock your cellars as we will be offering exclusive pricing on the wines we are featuring at this dinner. A delicious evening celebrating the joys of food and wine! $125, Lakeside Restaurant (828) 526-9419.
Monticello Vineyards with Owner Stephen Corley: Featuring Monticello Brut, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Merlot, Jefferson Cuvee’ Cabernet and Corley Proprietary Red. Please call for details on this special event featuring Owner, Stephen Corley of Monticello Vineyards. $100, On the
Verandah, (828) 526-2338.
Caymus Vineyards: We will be featuring Caymus Vineyards. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. It will be night to remember! $150, Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro, (828) 526-3807.
Tales & Cocktails, The Ugly Dog Pub Bourbon Dinner: A master bartender and bourbon ambassador will host an entertaining and informative evening accompanied by a multi-course dinner. $75, Dog House Dining Room, Available at Eventbrite.
The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out: Join your friends at The Ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails and local beers. (828) 526-8364.
Sunday Events:
James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen: Mountain Fresh Grocery is excited to announce James Beard Chef Louis Osteen will be in our kitchen for Culinary Weekend 2014. Louis is a founding Chef of the Southern Culinary Renaissance, which came out of Charleston during the late 80’s and won his James Beard Award in 2004. This marks the fourth consecutive year he has cooked with our team. Louis, a longtime friend, has played a significant part in helping to define our “flavor” at Mountain Fresh Grocery and we look forward to showcasing and sharing his talents this year. Mountain Fresh Grocery, (828) 526-2400.

Apple-lachian Gold

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

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

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

Contributed by Elizabeth Fletcher

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Inspired by Tradition

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Architect Norman Davenport Askins shares his visions of glorious homes of the South in a pair of October 25 book signings – at Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers between 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and at Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands between 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Architect Norman Davenport Askins shares his visions of glorious homes of the South in a pair of October 25 book signings – at Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers between 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and at Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands between 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Esteemed Atlanta architect Norman Davenport Askins made his name with the clear mastery of historical precedent in his gracious and livable designs. Trained directly by primary sources –English country manors, 18th-century pattern books, and early Colonial and antebellum Southern houses — he has learned not just to imitate historical precedents, but also to think like the craftsmen who created them.
Fifteen lavishly detailed and tastefully appointed residences recall such diverse sources as Italian Renaissance country villas, hillside castles in the Dordogne, Blue Ridge Mountain vernacular houses, and the very strong presence of Colonial Revival and Federal houses in Atlanta and the greater South. They are located in the prestigious Buckhead enclave of Atlanta, along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, in the Virginia Piedmont, and the mountains of North Carolina. New color photographs of interiors and landscapes, commissioned specially for the book, complement traditional hand-drawn plans and elevations.
In a special section dedicated to “Elements of Tradition,” Askins identifies the key components of traditional design and the parameters for using them successfully.
Ultimately he believes in approaching tradition with innovation and individuality — adding touches of glamour, humor, and romance that bring his houses to life.
On Saturday, October 25, Askins will be signing copies of “Inspired by Tradition” in the Highlands-Cashiers area. Meet Askins at Dovetail Antiques between 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. and at Acorns Boutique at Old Edwards Inn and Spa between 12:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Ragin’ Cajun Good Time

Sunday, October 5 is the date set for Highlands on the Half Shell,  a fund raiser for Highlands Biological Foundation.

Sunday, October 5 is the date set for Highlands on the Half Shell, a fund raiser for Highlands Biological Foundation.

Enjoy an evening of good food, rousing music and frivolity with friends as you support the Highlands Biological Foundation on Sunday, October 5. The amphitheater at the Nature Center will rock with laughter as friends chow down on oysters, shrimp and jambalaya.
Jazz lovers revel in the sounds of Asheville-based Firecracker Jazz Band, a group of multi-talented musicians who have played throughout the country including the Kennedy Center. Close your eyes and you may think that you are in the midst of such Jazz masters as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong or Bix Beiderbecke. Since 2003, these six talented musicians have recreated the tunes of Dixieland and New Orleans jazz for thousands of jazz lovers.
Put on your dancing shoes and come on down to the Amphitheater at the Highlands Nature Center at 930 Horse Cove Road, (about two blocks past the Hudson Library). The festivities start at 4:30 P.M. and run until dark. Dress is Cajun casual.
For tickets go to www.highlandsbiological.org/half-shell/. Members $75, non-members $100. To benefit the Highlands Biological Foundation.
Hosted by Martha and Hal Stibbs, Jennie and Sto Stowers, Cookie and Harrison Jones, Nancy and Lyle Nichols, Julia and Bill Grumbles, Amanda and Greg Gregory, Vevie and Lawrence Dimmitt, Paul Sanger, and Diane and Ray McPhail. For questions,call the Biological Station at (828) 526-2623.

by Wiley Sloan

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Bolivian Mission Fundraiser

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A delicious Oktoberfest luncheon will be held at Highlands United Methodist Church October 25 to benefit the  Bolivian Mission of Highlander Dr. John Baumrucker.

A delicious Oktoberfest luncheon will be held at Highlands United Methodist Church October 25 to benefit the
Bolivian Mission of Highlander Dr. John Baumrucker.

Highlands United Methodist Church will host a benefit luncheon from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. October 25 to raise funds for the ongoing Bolivian Mission of Dr. John Baumrucker.
Choose from bratwurst, premium hotdog, or a hamburger. Add sauerkraut, coleslaw, or potato salad and chips. For dessert, you have to try some of the homemade apple or blueberry pies. The menu is a la cart so the price you pay depends on the items that you choose. No reservations are required. To doubly support the Mission why not add a little extra to your tab?
You’ll have the opportunity to meet two Bolivian boys who are in Highlands this year going to school. This will also be a great time to do some Christmas shopping. Dr. John Baumrucker will be showcasing some of the handmade wooden pens and pencils made by the boys at the Foster Home in Bolivia. He will also have some of his delicious home baked pies. You can even order special pies for the holidays including pear/raisin, and apple strudel with nuts and raisins.
If you cannot join us for lunch but would like to support the Mission, mail your tax deductible donation to Dr. John Baumrucker at P O Box 295, Scaly Mountain, N.C. 28775. Call Dr. John at (828) 526-3605 if you want a pie or want to help with the Mission.

by Wiley Sloan

One of the most cherished dates on the Highlands Calendar is the Highlands School PTO Fall Festival, set for Saturday, October 18, in the old gym. Everyone is invited.

Highlands School Fall Festival

If you’re a kid or you’d like to recapture the heady excitement of your youth, don’t miss the Highlands School PTO Fall Festival, slated for 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Saturday, October 18, in the old gym at Highlands School.
The festival is a glorious celebration of small town life, with great food and exciting activities for children and adults. You’ll discover the Senior Class’ chilling Haunted Maze, a 20-foot obstacle course, Velcro Wall and Bounce House, hay rides, face paint and hair spray, a fishing pond, pirate dig, soccer, basketball, football booths and balloon dart toss. Of course, no fall celebration would be complete without funnel cakes, popcorn, caramel apples, and cotton candy.
Each class has prepared a theme box filled with great items that will be available at the Great Silent Theme Box Auction. There will also be the traditional Fall Festival Raffle, where tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
The Senior Class and parents donate their time and energy giving back to their school by running the game booths. In return, the PTO provides caps and gowns for graduation. All teachers and staff at the school volunteer for at least two hours to receive money for their individual classrooms. PTO board members and parents fill in the remaining volunteer positions and bake cakes and goodies for the kitchen and cake walk.
It takes a community effort to make the festival a success. This success goes directly back into the classrooms and again reaches every child at Highlands School.
Be part of our success…bring your whole family for a night of affordable fun and support a great cause!

Contributed by Andrea Chalker

Chocolate Fantasy

Your richest Chocolate Fantasy is a Chocolate Reality at the Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show, Saturday, October 11, thanks to the wonderful members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club.

Your richest Chocolate Fantasy is a Chocolate Reality at the Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show, Saturday, October 11, thanks to the wonderful members of the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club.

Indulge your love of chocolate by visiting the popular Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Chocolate Fantasy Booth at the Highlands Annual Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, October 11, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Recreation Center.
Once again the club will provide a wonderful array of chocolate delights including lovely cakes, brownies, cookies, and candies. The popular Kahlua Cake is always a big hit as well as the other specialty cakes, sumptuous cookies, decadent bars, chocolate dipped pretzels, buckeyes and chocolate mice. Everything is homemade and beautifully wrapped and makes a wonderful gift or a very special dessert for your own evening meal.
Proceeds from this popular booth are used to provide scholarships for 13 local area students as well as donations to area human service agencies. The club’s scholarship program is one of the largest in the area. Scholarship students are eligible to receive $6,800 in total aid if they complete four years
of college.
The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club is thankful to the support it has received from area businesses, residents and visitors who have supported its Pancake Breakfasts, Annual Auction and Chocolate Fantasy. Their generosity has helped to provide funds for scholarships and donations to agencies that provide important services to our communities. This year’s Pancake Breakfasts have been well-attended and the Annual Auction exceeded all expectations.
In addition to the Chocolate Fantasy, there will be one more Pancake Breakfast on October 25 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on the corner of Highway 106 and Buck Knob Road in Scaly Mountain. The delicious breakfast is served from 7:30 until 10:30 A.M. For more information on this working club, visit www.scalymountainwomensclub.org.

Contributed by Carolyn Kutt

Pumpkin Patch Festival

Highlands United Methodist Church will stage its Pumpkin Festival, complete with face painting, decorating contests, a bake sale, lunch and,  of course, lots and lots of pumpkins, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 4.

Highlands United Methodist Church will stage its Pumpkin Festival, complete with face painting, decorating contests, a bake sale, lunch and, of course, lots and lots of pumpkins, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, October 4.

It’s undeniably October when Highlands United Methodist Church transforms its front lawn into a pumpkin patch and gourd gallery.
On Saturday, October 4, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., the church will stage its Pumpkin Festival on the grounds at 315 Main Street. All funds raised will underwrite the Youth Mission trips to Bolivia, Haiti, and Atlanta.
The church will be offering a range of pumpkin sizes, shapes and colors. It’s a spectacle that’s served as the setting for a thousand irresistible seasonal photos. All pumpkin purchasers get a coupon to Kilwins.
To pre-order or to buy a large number of pumpkins to decorate your business, call Jennifer Forrester at (828) 526-3376 or e-mail her at humcjennifer@gmail.com. If you can’t make the Festival on Saturday, pumpkins will be available beginning Thursday, October 2, weekdays from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; and Sundays from noon to 4:00 P.M.
But the sale of pumpkins is only a portion of the festival. There’ll also be a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, face-painting, a panoply of fresh-baked goods for sale and the unmistakable warmth that exemplifies the best of small town life.
The church will also be serving up lunch – hot dogs, Boy Scout Fries, a soft drink or bottled water and a homemade brownie for $5.
If you’d like to donate baked goods, contact Jennifer at the number above.

by Wiley Sloan

The Hiker Jam Oktoberfest, set for October 25 at the Village Green in Cashiers, is a seasonal celebration for everyone in the twin communities. 
For more information, visit The Lost Hiker in Highlands or www.HikerJam.com.

Hiker Jam Octoberfest

The Hiker Jam Oktoberfest, set for October 25 at the Village Green in Cashiers, is a seasonal celebration for everyone in the twin communities.  For more information, visit The Lost Hiker in Highlands or www.HikerJam.com.

The Hiker Jam Oktoberfest, set for October 25 at the Village Green in Cashiers, is a seasonal celebration for everyone in the twin communities. For more information, visit The Lost Hiker in Highlands or www.HikerJam.com.

Anyone who’s been to The Lost Hiker in Highlands knows they do it right. It’s not just a bar. It’s a community gathering place with live music, karaoke, darts and billiards.
On Saturday, October 25, owner Clinton O’Brien will be living his dream, as he brings to life Hiker Jam Oktoberfest in Cashiers at The Village Green.
Event planner Erin Moffitt says they’ll be utilizing the entire 12.5 acre site with two music stages; food vendors; retail vendors; artists; beer tents and a dedicated kid-friendly area with special activities for the children.
Food will be provided by Mountain Fresh Grocery, The Highlands Smokehouse, Home Free Bagels, Debbie’s Dogs, and the Root Down food truck. Gates open at 10 A.M. and close at 11 P.M. so you can plan to stay all day. Children will enjoy the bouncy house and popcorn and cotton candy vendors and adults will be able to enter the beer tasting tent at no extra charge. There you’ll be able to sample free beer from eight different breweries that will also have individual tents where festival-goers can purchase their favorite brew. Empire Distributors will be there with a draft trailer featuring eight beers on tap.
And since it’s a music festival, the Hiker Jam Oktoberfest has something for everyone. Featured groups include headliners the Corbitt Brothers, along with Porch 40; Nitrograss; Hurricane Creek; Homemade Wine; Jay Drummonds; Mike and Si; Dustin Martin and the Ramblers and the Travers Brothers. By the way, The Corbitt Brothers will be playing at The Lost Hiker Friday night before the festival to kick off a memorable weekend.
General admission ticket prices are $25 and V.I.P. tickets sell for $100. V.I.P. ticket holders will have covered seating closest to the stage and an open bar with catered refreshments and table service. Bring your chairs and blankets but no food or coolers, please. Well-behaved pets are welcomed. For more information on the Hiker Jam Oktoberfest or to find out how you can become a sponsor or vendor, visit www.HikerJam.com or The Lost Hiker on Facebook. Of course, you can always stop by or give them a call at (828) 526-8232. They’re located at 476 Carolina Way in Highlands, across from Macon Bank. Sponsors for the Hiker Jam Oktoberfest include Landmark Realty Group, GCAMA, The Laurel Magazine, WHLC FM 104.5, Mountain Fresh Grocery, Cyprus International Cuisine and The Highlands Smokehouse.

by Jenny King

Art, Food, Fun

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Highlands will shine October 11 with a pair of inimitable events – Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and the 2nd Annual HomeTown Day.  For more information, call Rebecca Shuler at (828) 526-2118.

Highlands will shine October 11 with a pair of inimitable events – Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and the 2nd Annual HomeTown Day. For more information, call Rebecca Shuler at (828) 526-2118.

Local crafters are putting the finishing touches on their creations for the 32nd annual Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show and Highlanders will be gathering for the 2nd Annual HomeTown Day. On Saturday, October 11, the town hopes residents and visitors alike will come out to support both events.
The Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show will be held at the Highlands Civic Center from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. With closet and professional crafters, there is sure to be something that appeals to all. The Highlands Chapter #284 Order of the Eastern Star will be serving breakfast and lunch including Dennis “Doc” Wilson’s famous barbecue throughout the day as well.
HomeTown Day activities will be hosted at Kelsey Hutchinson Park. Activities will include craft and farmers’ market vendors, food, music, clogging and activities for the whole family. This year’s performers will be the Boys from Tuckasegee, also featured at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day.
Information can be found at www.highlandsnc.org or by contacting Rebecca Shuler at Town Hall by phone at (828) 526-2118, by email at rebecca.shuler@highlandsnc.org, or mail PO Box 460, Highlands, NC 28741. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Highlands Scholarship Fund.

by Wiley Sloan | Photos by Sarah Valentine