Heaven Has Another Angel

Sweet Miracle’s life was a gift to everyone he encountered.

Sweet Miracle’s life was a gift to everyone he encountered.

Carpe Diem Farms has sadly added another angel to heaven. Our incredible Miracle lay down, went to sleep and died.
Each creature that has graced my life has held a special place in my heart. Miracle was, without a doubt, the most remarkable.
Born blind and deaf, I adopted him at 10 months old. He arrived from Alabama, full of life, awkward and most loveable. Miracle’s infirmities never impaired him. He loved life with every fiber of his being, greeted all he met with joyful enthusiasm, asked for what he wanted and showed his love and appreciation with sweet gentle kisses. He risked life every day as he, on a leash, led us on long walks around the farm. His keen sense of the energy field around him kept him from running into things, he navigated stairs with careful abandon. He ran with his head held high, dragging me behind!
Like “Tuesday’s With Morrie,” Miracle had an enormous wealth of lessons to share and teach. In his life of joy at every waking moment and his death without warning, he simply lived one moment at a time, took his last breath and was no more.
This is It, today, this moment in life is not a dress rehearsal!
More Miracle Man Lessons: Stop more often to appreciate all there is… people, animals, birds; the place; Say thank you for the gift of life, this breath; The trees, flowers, water…see it all, hear it all. Miracle could not and yet he “found” everyone who entered his space and shared his joy and gratitude…may I remember those gifts, those lessons, every day when I awaken and while I still have breath.
You were an amazing spirit in a little body, thank you my Miracle Man for sharing these 11 years with me. I will love you always.

Contributed by Sue Blair, Carpe Diem Farms Executive Director

Grand Location, Beautiful View





home-of-distinction-highlands-nc-fiveEnjoy views of Whiteside Mountain as the decade-old trees sway gently in the cool breezes high atop Cowee Ridge (elevation 4,500). You sip a relaxing cup of coffee as morning’s dew shimmers across the expansive lawn. A short golf cart ride leads to the fairways of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. Oh, so relaxing and invigorating.
A level entry via the covered porte cochere provides easy access to the home’s Great Room with its wall of glass that frames the distant mountain vistas. There can be no better place for your family to gather than in front of the tall stone fireplace reaching high into the vaulted ceiling. The open floor plan ensures that you are never far from the action whether you are puttering in the kitchen preparing another gourmet meal or you enjoying nature’s beauty from the broad deck that traverses the length of the house. Gather around the game table to complete that family scrapbook or to show your prowess at a card or board game. Revel in the memories built around the large family dining table as you share the joys of the day.
Relax and reinvigorate in the expansive master bedroom suite with its dual closets and large master bath. Snuggle into an easy chair with your favorite book or track the stars from your corner of the deck. You are in charge here; make the best of it.
Your guests enjoy their own slice of paradise in two guest suites on the other side of the house. Each room provides an ensuite bath and closets galore. Grandchildren will clamor for their own private space on this home’s terrace level. The media room is large enough for a big screen TV and a billiard or ping-pong table plus enough seating to corral your son’s soccer team. The room’s kitchenette means that snacks and beverages are close at hand for every occasion. Exit via the glass doors to the gently-rolling yard and the beauty of nature. The two-car garage provides easy access in inclement weather along with storage.
When the sandman calls, mosey on into the huge bedroom with its own private bath. Whether it is filled with bunk beds for the kids or is furnished as a suite for the in-laws, this space just begs to fill your family’s needs.
Let your creative skills personalize this home to your family’s style. The two-acre lawn beckons children to play while being surrounded by nature’s beauty. You enjoy the home’s flexibility and easy livability. The convenient location equi-distant between Highlands and Cashiers in a community setting with paved roads and community water simplifies your life with very reasonable HOA dues. All this for less than $600,000-can you ask for more? Good location, ease of maintenance, moderate price, community setting? Your mountain dream home waits. For more information on this home or other area homes contact Tammy Mobley of Highlands NC Realty at (828) 524-5420.

by Wiley Sloan

A Fairy Tale








wedding-bascom-highlands-nc-elevenLife rarely goes the way we want, but for Kendall and Patrick Schnidler it is truly a fairy tale.
Kendall and Patrick both attended the University of Georgia, crossing paths in a geography class and a great friendship was born.
After dating seven years, Patrick proposed on a family vacation in Mustique.
Kendall knew precisely the exact feel she wanted for her wedding. As a designer, it was important to her that the wedding reflected her personality.
The couple had no doubt about where they wanted to get married. They had made many happy memories at Kendall’s parents’ home in Highlands. The picturesque property was complete with a beautiful mountain vista, rhododendron arbor where cocktails could be served, and the sun would set directly behind them the couple during the ceremony.
Kendall allowed her mother Dian to handle most of the details and they enlisted the help of Elizabeth Fletcher with I Do Events to help plan their beautiful May event.
“Nobody knows Highlands and Atlanta better than Elizabeth,” says Kendall, “so she was responsible for coordinating all the details and heading up the entire team. I really feel so lucky to have had her on board.”
Kendall was inundated with work demands and relied heavily on her mother to collaborate with Elizabeth. Not one detail was forgotten and the date was set for May 27, 2012, Memorial Day weekend.
The save-the-date announcement set the stage for the event. Guests received old-school view finders that displayed 3D pictures of Patrick and Kendall on the rocks where he proposed, along with details for the wedding.
The weekend began with a welcome party at Springhouse at Old Edwards Inn. Kendall’s grandparents had a home in Ireland for 25 years, and they were thrilled to find that Old Edwards Inn had an Irishman who personally made authentic Irish coffee for the guests, while two of Kendall’s nieces performed Irish dances.
The next day kicked off with a picnic on a private property on Lake Glenville. Guests were transported to the lake in buses and upon arriving were greeted with an array of water sports. Boats were available for skiing and tubing and there was a bluegrass band for entertainment.
That evening, the rehearsal dinner was held at The Bascom. The Coleman /Winingder family had graciously donated the covered bridge to The Bascom and had strong ties to the venue. An Ibiza Food Truck was brought in for the night and Kendall and Patrick each had their own menu, since Kendall is a vegetarian.
After the rehearsal dinner, guests attended a Wigged Out Party at Highlands Smokehouse. If you didn’t bring your wig, no worries, there were wigs and mustaches for all.
The next day the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect for an outdoor wedding. The ceremony began with a gospel choir from New Orleans, which serenaded the guests while leading the bridal party down the aisle. The bridal party included 10 family bridesmaids, seven flower girls, all of Kendall’s nieces and nephews, as well as two of her rescue dogs. Vows were exchanged with a dramatic sunset flaring over the mountains.
After the ceremony, guests gathered for cocktails and appetizers in the rhododendron arbor. The arbor was draped with hanging candles and over 10,000 white lights by Urban Earth Design Studios from New Orleans, the floral designer chosen for the wedding.
A candlelit path led to a sparkling clear-topped tent for dinner, with custom wood chandeliers and white fabric draping. The evening’s menu featured tomato soup sips with grilled cheese garnish, fried catfish bites with caper berry remoulade, miniature tacos with crispy tuna and jicama slaw, along with stations of tenderloin of beef, lamb chops, sockeye salmon and, of course, shrimp and sausage over three-cheese grits. The caterer, Sun In My Belly, also had a connection to New Orleans and created a menu that reflected the cuisine of New Orleans, Kendall’s hometown. Guests were surprised with Café Du Monde coffee and miniature beignets in small brown paper bags as late night snacks. Of course, the beignets were passed by waiters wearing the Café Du Monde hats.
Kendall and Patrick drove away in an English-made Morgan and guests left on golf carts through the candlelit rhododendron grove. After a honeymoon at the Four Seasons in Thailand, the couple resides in New Orleans, where they have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy.

Contributed by Elizabeth Fletcher, I Do Events
Photos by Vue Photography

Hope for the American Chestnut



The majestic American chestnut, felled by blight nearly a century ago, continues to send up shoots from the Southern Appalachian forest floor.

The majestic American chestnut, felled by blight nearly a century ago, continues to send up shoots from the Southern Appalachian forest floor.

A century ago the forests around Cashiers and Highlands would have been filled with chestnut blossoms this time of year. American chestnut (Castanea dentata) trees made up a quarter of Southern Appalachia’s hardwoods. It is difficult to imagine the degree to which the species once dominated the area landscape. Individual trees regularly grew to over 100 feet in height, and the largest known example ever documented in the country was measured at over 17 feet in diameter (not circumference, diameter!) in nearby Haywood County. Mountain children gathered chestnuts in the fall to sell for clothes and shoe money, and hogs were let loose to fatten themselves on chestnut mast prior to slaughter.

In the early 20th century a devastating condition known as chestnut blight began to be seen among stands of American chestnut in the Northeast. Chestnut blight was eventually determined to be a fungal infection of the tree’s bark. It does its damage by initially creating a “girdle” of dead bark, a condition that quickly leads to the death of all parts of the tree above that ring. By the 1930s the blight had taken its toll on the American chestnut stands on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Their niche in the local forest ecology began to be filled by a variety of oaks, and area woods slowly began to take on their current look.

Because the fungus leads to damage above the point of infection but not below, it does not directly effect the root systems of infected trees. The American chestnut population of the Appalachians still numbers in the hundreds of thousands. This population exists almost exclusively in the form of large stumps and the living root systems anchoring them. The largest of the trees stored so much energy in their root systems prior to the arrival of the fungus that they continue to regularly send up fresh sprouts. At times the sprouts mature enough to begin producing flowers and nuts. They rarely produce more than a couple of season’s worth of crops before the bark of the saplings is reinfected by the blight fungus, which survives otherwise out of sight and out of mind in northern red oak trees without causing any harm to that species. A few large individual American chestnuts do continue to exist, along with a few stands of the tree. The American Chestnut Foundation cooperates with private and public agencies in efforts to ensure the continued existence of the species.

Contributed by Matthew T. Bradley | matbradl@gmail.com

Golf for the Rest of Us

Contributed by Amanda Sullivan Travel and Adventure Writer asullivanwriter@yahoo.com Twitter.com/asullivanwriter

Amanda Sullivan and Jordan Keener

So what’s the big appeal? Why do second-home owners flock from all over the Southeast and beyond to spend long summer days on the golf courses of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau?
The good news is you don’t have to live in a golf community to find out. Of more than 15 golf courses on the Plateau, a few are open to the public, including Sky Valley, High Hampton and Sapphire National.
You can get a bucket of balls with use of a club or two for around $5, and head out to the putting green or driving range to discover your sweet spot. You can also take a lesson for as little as $55 per hour (cost varies by club). Even one hour of professional instruction can make a surprising improvement in your results, which is when the adrenaline and endorphins kick in and suddenly you get why this sport is so addictive.
I spent my hour of instruction with Jordan Kenter, Director of Golf for Old Edwards Club. And we started on the driving range.
At Home on the Range
My first — and ultimately favorite — bit of advice from Jordan was to get out of my head.
“When you get ready to swing, you’ll have some natural inclinations that feel comfortable for you, whether it’s because you’ve played a sport before or just based on the way your body is built and moves,” he said. “So start with what feels right. Get comfortable with it. Then we can look at what needs to be tweaked to create your own effective signature swing.”
When it came time to tweak, Jordan gave me some highly effective tips and then showed me a video of me hitting the ball, which was playing on a nearby monitor. This made it easy to see why straightening my back leg (the one away from the course) during my backswing was bobbing my posture out of alignment and throwing off my swing. My next time up at the tee, I lobbed a beauty into the air that landed exactly where I was aiming. I decided to end on that high note and head for the putting green.
Putt-Putt for Grown Ups
My aim is pretty good. So for me, the main trick in putting was to get the ball to roll the correct distance to the hole without it zipping past or stopping way short.
A cool trick I learned is to start practicing two feet from the hole and hit a few balls in. Then go out another foot and do the same, and continue with this progression.
Before I tried this, I was whacking the ball past the hole. This technique gave me a better feel for it and quickly rewarded me with that satisfying “cluk-cluk” of the ball dropping into the hole.
From my brief experience, it seems that golf is a lot like life: It can be quite enjoyable if you just flow with it, have fun, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Contributed by Amanda Sullivan Travel and Adventure Writer
asullivanwriter@yahoo.com | Twitter.com/asullivanwriter

A Sensorial Flair

Star of the Bar Nicolle Kenyon

Star of the Bar Nicolle Kenyon

Combine 2 oz. vodka and 1/2 oz. triplesec

Combine 2 oz. vodka and 1/2 oz. triplesec

Add 1/2 oz. or splash of  cranberry juice

Add 1/2 oz. or splash of cranberry juice

Muddle fresh cucumber and fresh thyme; shake with fresh lime; pour into a martini glass.

Muddle fresh cucumber and fresh thyme; shake with fresh lime; pour into a martini glass.

The Cucumber Thyme Martini.

The Cucumber Thyme Martini.

Nicolle Kenyon loves people, she adores working in hospitality (having done it her whole life), and she has an artistic, sensorial flair for creating cocktails that are both beautiful and delicious. Put all that together and you have the makings of this month’s Star of the Bar.
Nicolle has been tending bar for 10 years. Most of that time was spent in fine restaurants and bars in Orlando, Florida. But for the past two years she has been happily ensconced at Mica’s Restaurant and Pub in Sapphire Valley where her husband, Rob, is restaurant manager.
Nicolle says, “I love meeting new people. We have visitors here from all over the world. I have cultivated friendships and relationships with all kinds of interesting folks. In fact, while working in Orlando, Mica’s owner came in. We struck up a conversation. He said he needed to jazz things up a bit and was looking for help. My husband and I discussed it, came up to visit, fell in love with the place, and Voila! Here we are!”
Nicolle’s passion for her work is infectious. It’s no wonder she and her husband were snapped up as new staff on the Mica’s team. And her influence has turned the Pub into a popular gathering place for izing, not to mention enjoying her delicious drinks and cocktails.
She says, “I have a passion for using newly-picked fruit, hand-squeezed juices and fresh herbs in my recipes. I love to see people’s faces light up as they taste fresh herb- or fruit-infused drinks. That’s one of the joys of bartending for me.”
Nicolle has put together a new seasonal drink list for spring and summer. Come in and try Mica’s signature specials including Nicolle’s own creation, Cucumber Thyme Martini.
Visit Nicolle at Mica’s Restaurant and Pub, 4000 U.S. Highway 64 east, Sapphire Valley, North Carolina, 28774, (828) 743-5740. You can also visit Mica’s on Facebook to find out the latest restaurant and
pub presentations.

Slabtown Pizza

With a deep respect for the intricacies of New York Style Pizza and an  irrepressible creative streak, the artisans of Slab Town Pizza have  created an unforgettable menu of wonders.

With a deep respect for the intricacies of New York Style Pizza and an irrepressible creative streak, the artisans of Slab Town Pizza have created an unforgettable menu of wonders.

The Peterkin family and Cornucopia have had a 36-year-long love affair with the Cashiers area and are always thinking of new ways to share their passion for delicious food.
When Randy Brown and John Caddell met up with Brien Peterkin Jr. in culinary school, little did they know they were on a journey that not only would lead to a great friendship, but also to Cashiers – and a family affair that makes fabulous food a way of life.
Slab Town Pizza is the next step in that journey.
A collaborative, creative effort, Slab Town Pizza offers a fresh take on old-fashioned pizza making. The dough is house-made, stretched by hand and loaded with the freshest toppings, many of which are local, farm-to-table or house-made. You’ll find your all-time pizza favorites, but watch out — the specialty pizzas offer creative combinations that will have you planning your next visit before you’re out the door. “The Verdure,” a Roasted Eggplant, Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, Oregano and Olive Oil pizza makes even meat lovers happy, while “The Duke” packs a punch with Italian Sausage, House-Made Meatballs, Pancetta, Ricotta, Oregano, Grande Mozzarella, Chili Flakes and “Sunday Gravy” (imagine the meatiest, Parmesan-est, tomato-ey sauce… if bliss was a sauce, this would be it).
As if all that goodness isn’t enough, you can’t pass up the appetizers or desserts. We’ve been told the Arancini — deep-fried braised pork, beef and risotto balls with Sunday Gravy; and the Budino — butterscotch custard, Nutella and whipped cream — will change your life.
The Peterkin family and the STP staff invite you to come experience a whole new slice of life. Slab Town Pizza is open year-round, hours vary by season, please call (828) 743-0020 or visit slabtownpizza.com for more information.


Contributed by Krysti Henderson


Cornucopia Restaurant



cornucopia-restaurant-cashiers-nc-oneIf history is destiny, you couldn’t make a better case than Cornucopia Restaurant, Cashiers’ de facto front porch for the last 122 years.
In its earliest days, this venerable Cashiers landmark served as a general store that allowed local farmers to water their livestock at the adjoining creek on their way to Asheville or Sylva. It’s no stretch of the imagination to see weary travelers sharing a cool drink, a bite to eat and a bit of local gossip as they waited for their cattle.
Over the next century, this American Chestnut and English Poplar building has seen duty as a school, post office, home and tack shop for men with names like Wimp Davis and Ske Dick and Uncle Bubba Bryson, the sorts of indelible names that have all but vanished from the American landscape.
For the last 36 years, it’s been Cornucopia, and sure enough, people still gather to relax, share a meal and a cool drink and, inevitably, exchange a bit of local gossip.
On the evening I visited, the broad dining room with its sun-dappled tables and gentle breeze didn’t feel too far removed from those long-ago days. It says something about the remarkable durability of chestnut that this room still maintains the quiet dignity imparted by those boards that make up the siding. This place is an easy-going delight, offering a wonderful menu in a nostalgic setting.
I arrived with a plan – a meal of starters and salads, the perfect complement to a lazy Saturday night.
First up were the extraordinary South Carolina Buffalo Quail Breast Sliders.
Let me start off by saying that I have lots of friends from South Carolina. There are plenty of Osteens who live in The Palmetto State, including nationally-recognized Chef Louis Osteen who makes his home in Charleston.
There’s no way that state can claim this dish. These sliders were created by a chef who understood nuance and the power of subtle seasoning, qualities that I don’t associate with our Neighbor to the South. Let’s say there was an element of playfulness about them, too. Calling these delicacies “sliders” evokes images of a dozen Krysta Burgers or White Castles stuffed in a greasy sack. These are sliders of a different order.
OK, I guess a state that produced Chubby Checker could have given us this, but I’m not convinced.
Next, I tried the Mixed Green Salad. Again, this languid restaurant confounded expectations. The humble green salad is elevated to something wholly extraordinary when constructed under owners Brien and Sallie Peterkin’s steadfast commitment to locally-grown produce and artisanal foods. Baby heirloom tomatoes, toasted almonds, goat cheese, grapes and fresh strawberries were drizzled with a honey-lime-thyme vinaigrette.
Cornucopia salad maker Patricia McCall, if you’re reading this sitting down, please stand up and take a bow. Go on, take another. You deserve it.
And here’s where my plan went off the rails – my server Natalie, who shined like a penny throughout my visit, talked me into ditching my starters and salads scheme.
I really needed to try her favorite item on the menu, she said – the Buttermilk Fried Tanglewood Farms Chicken Breast.
I’d been so dazzled by my choices so far, I realized it’d be the acme of foolishness to ignore what this wise woman was telling me.
Oh my. The chicken recalled something your Grandmother would make for Sunday Supper. But it was served amidst a cloud of boursin-whipped Yukon potatoes, and julienned green beans and young carrots enrobed in white truffle honey butter. This is the sort of dish that years from now, you’ll wake up in the middle of the night and recall in all its glory. You won’t be able to go back to sleep.
I’m glad my Grandmother never tried this. It would have broken her spirit.
Cornucopia is located on Highway 107 South in Cashiers, just south of the Crossroads. Call for reservations for lunch and dinner (828) 743-3750.
I suppose you could still bring your livestock for watering, but it’s probably a good idea to leave the cattle at home.

by Luke Osteen

Old Masters Speak Through Her




featurefiveThis month’s feature artist interview is with the classically trained painter and published author Cynthia Cochran Kinard.
Question: You knew you were destined to be an artist by age eight. Was there a specific event or epiphany that convinced you art was your calling?
Answer: I was showing a definite talent and affinity for art by age eight. Though I had varied interests through the years, art always remained at the forefront. My teachers and parents fostered this interest. There was no specific event – the calling was just always there.
Q. How did your connection to your father nurture your love of art?
A. My father was and has always been my favorite person. He knew instinctively that my love for art was much more than a passing interest. Through the years he brought me a wealth of art supplies: clay for sculpting, paint brushes, pigments, art papers, all kinds of drawing pencils and classical music to work by. But the best gift of all was a beautifully illustrated book, “The Life and Times of Rembrandt.” The moment I turned the first page I was hooked on the Old Masters. He also supplied me with objects for our still life painting setups while I was earning my degree in art. He landed me my first commissions and avidly supported my work in any way he could until his death. He was also very photogenic and a wonderful
model for me.
Q. How would you describe your style? And your process?
A. I am academically trained. I adhere to the strict discipline of realistic likenesses. My education began with intensive classical drawing instruction in the Barque method and progressed to drawing plaster casts. That advanced and honed my ability to understand form and mass. I studied under the third ranked portrait artist in the world, Michael John Angel, in Florence, Italy. He had apprenticed with the artist of the century in Italy, Pietro Annigoni. I settled upon the procedures in oil painting of the 16th and 17th century Old Masters, and that is the process I use now. Of all the works I do, portraiture is by far my favorite.
Q. What is your most fluid, literally and figuratively, medium?
A. Oils. For me, so much more can be achieved utilizing this medium. Its permanence is unsurpassed. Plus the smell of it in my studio is exciting. It makes me want to work.
Q. How can those interested in your work contact you?
A. I may be reached by phone at (828) 524-9454 or by email at cckinard@afo.net. My work may be viewed online at www.portraitlegacies.com. I have pieces on exhibit at the The Highlands Gallery in Highlands and the gallery, Tsartistry between Highlands and Franklin on Highway 64. You can visit my own studio at the new Macon County Heritage Center at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin on Highway 28. I also welcome portrait commissions.

by Donna Rhodes

When Tech and Art Collide







cover-cheyenne-falls-cashiers-highlandsWhen asked how he got into photography, Todd Ransom answered, “The Universe opened the door, and I walked through it.” And walk through it he did…literally. He’s a longtime hiker and backpacker, and for a while, a rock climber. A few years ago, as he was scaling a mountain, he had an epiphany. “As I climbed, looking at the beauty of nature below me, I realized that some day I would get old and wish I had a visual record of my travels. Next thing I knew I was lugging around a camera. From then on shooting landscapes, animals, flowers, and trees became the focus of my life.”
Ransom is one of those lucky people who has an active left and right brain, giving him skills in art as well as logic and math. When he is not shooting beautiful photos, he is programming computers and designing apps. He says, “I have been in tech for about 20 years. I grew up in Atlanta and got into tech there. I always liked computers. When these two worlds collided, tech and art, I worked it to my advantage.”
One of his latest creations is a phone app, which maps out Western Carolina hiking trails complete with Global Positioning System coordinates. It is available at www.appstore.com/flickinamazinginc.
Add to his app a newly published book filled with photos of one of his favorite places on the planet, Panthertown. It is entitled “Waterfalls of Panthertown Valley” and is available at www.flickinamazing.com/panthertown. Ransom says, “Shooting the falls and creating the book has connected me with the community of Panthertown. I feel a kinship to the locals who are interested in the same things I am: photography, nature, regional history, and conservation.”
Ransom prides himself in his artistic interpretation of what he sees. When he digitally alters a photo he makes sure it is appropriate to the locale and true to nature. As a supporter of Friends of Panthertown Valley, he uses his photos to help promote the conservation effort.
To learn more about his projects and publications visit his website at www.flickinamazing.com. Or go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/waterfalls.wnc.

by Donna Rhodes

Acorns Summer Fashion Show

sally-jefferson-acorns-fashion-show-highlandsAcorn Boutique’s Sally Jefferson enjoys a reputation as the go-to person for chic, effortless styling as well as impeccably appropriate gift selection.
Sally has a knack for zeroing in on your preferences and body style and pulling together a fashionable look with colors, fabrics, apparel and accessories to help elevate your look while allowing you to remain true to comfort…and yourself.
She recently returned from the annual Atlanta Apparel Mart just in time to select the outfits and accessories for Acorns 2014 Champagne Fashion Show Luncheon, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 17, at The Old Edwards Farm Pavilion. Cost is $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Here is sneak peak at what’s hot this season, and what you can expect to see at the Fashion Show: Vivid Florals and Whimsical Prints; Geometric Prints; Stripes; Classic Designs from the 60s and Avant-Garde Designs; Colorful Soft Leather and Faux Leather Handbags (the clutch is a favorite); Big Bold Statement Jewelry; Icy Pastels; Black and White; Bright Spring/Summer Colors and Neutral Linen Pieces (orange is a favorite for summer and continues into fall); Tissue-Thin Tops; Trousers from Über Skinny to Ultra Flared; Shoes with Kitten Heels.
Acorn’s fashion show begins with a complimentary glass of champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres upon arrival. A three-course lunch and cash wine bar will follow. Models will sashay through the audience wearing the latest styles, perfectly accessorized with scarves, bags and jewelry.
Southern Style Icon James Farmer will be there signing his latest book, “Dinner on the Grounds.” Farmer has catapulted to style stardom with his best-selling books, “A Time To Plant,” “Sip & Savor,” “Porch Liviing,” “Wreaths For All Seasons,” “A Time to Cook,” and “Dinner on the Grounds.”
Also, the stylists from The Salon at Old Edwards will be demonstrating makeup techniques for popular spring looks.
Guests of the Fashion Show can continue with their champagne shopping at Acorns the day of the show with a 10 percent discount, which is valid for the entire week of the show.
For more information and reservations, call (828) 787-2625.

Wine and Wickets at Burlingame

Burlingame Country Club members revel in an active life among nature’s unspoiled magnificence.

Burlingame Country Club members revel in an active life among nature’s unspoiled magnificence.

“It’s the prettiest piece of land along the whole of U.S. 64. There’s no place like it, with gentle topography, two miles of the rugged Horsepasture River, trout, beaver and timber you wouldn’t believe.”
That quote was from Burlingame’s original developer Darnell W. Boyd in a 1984 press release.
A press release from 2014 could easily read the same.
Burlingame Country Club, originally named “Sapphire Lakes,” was developed in 1985 with the first nine holes of the golf course opening in June of that year. The back nine was finished in 1986. The Tom Jackson-designed course remains one of the most talked about courses in the mountains because of its natural beauty and pristine condition.
The course is laid out over mountain terrain with fabulous views of the surrounding hills.
Today, Burlingame Country Club is the center of the community of Burlingame. The members purchased the club from the second developer in 2011. Membership is not related to property ownership — you may reside anywhere and join Burlingame.
This year, a new membership plan positions Burlingame as the best value in private club memberships on the mountain. Joining fees and dues have been reduced to attract new members and families. New General Manager Brian McEnteer started in May and brings many years of club management experience with an expertise in food and beverage management. The club is open from May through October.
Burlingame members enjoy a 20,000 square-foot clubhouse with casual dining in the Club Room and on the deck overlooking the pool, and A La Carte dining in the Main Dining room. The media room hosts the popular bi-weekly “Cinema and Supper,” a classic movie paired with a themed dinner. The room also houses a lending library and meeting space for Burlingame’s book club. Bridge players enjoy plenty of elbow room in the Bistro for sanctioned and casual games. Social activities are fun and frequent. A weekly Twilight nine-hole scramble is followed by a themed buffet.
Burlingame’s Lawn Sports Complex features four Har-Tru tennis courts and two croquet lawns, plus a cozy clubhouse where monthly courtside dinners are held. “Wine and Wickets” draws a crowd, as croquet’s popularity continues to soar.
The 17,000 square-foot fitness center is open year-round with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two spa rooms and locker rooms. Members work out on their own schedule
with access 24/7.
Preview memberships are available up to four weeks. Burlingame also offers a Discovery Program for three or six nights in a luxury condominium within walking distance of the driving range, lawn sports complex and clubhouse.
For information on membership, preview memberships and the Discovery Program, contact Membership and Marketing Director Tina Suiter at (828) 966-9200 or mm@burlingameccwnc.com. Membership is by invitation only.

Saturday’s Divine on Pine

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

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

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

A Sky Spectacular

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

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

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

Fun-Filled Fourth


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

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

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

Taking the Green LEED

arrowood-home-of-distinction-highlands-two arrowood-home-of-distinction-highlands-three arrowood-home-of-distinction-highlands-Six arrowood-home-of-distinction-highlands-four arrowood-home-of-distinction-highlands-fiveKen Murphy wanted to build his dream home on 10 acres of beautiful, scenic property near Onion Mountain in Macon County. But he wanted it to be eco-friendly and conform to LEED standards. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an international organization on the top tier of green certification.
So he approached Brett Murphy (no relation), owner of Arrowood Construction in Franklin. Arrowood is known for its distinctive homes. Brett says, “Our team is dedicated to the very last detail of each and every project. We focus on working hand-in-hand with our customers to achieve their project goals. We are committed to excellence from our safety measures to our client relationships.”
Together Ken and Brett hammered out plans to create what currently is the only LEED certified home in all of Macon County. What does it mean to be LEED certified? It means lower operating costs (on average 30 percent savings), landfill waste reduction, water and energy conservation, a healthier and safer environment inside and out, quality tax rebates, zoning allowances, and other government incentives, and it adds tremendously to the resale value. While the initial cost of the home may be 5 percent higher, over time this will be recovered. In the meantime imagine being able to save a third of your energy bills every month while doing your part to keep North Carolina green.
But does going green mean sacrificing elegance and appeal? “Absolutely not!” says Ken. “We think that this is the most beautiful area in the country and that the aesthetics of our home fit well here. Equally important for us was the building process. Brett made it a very pleasant experience. Building a custom home with him allowed us to have a creative interchange on many aspects of construction. We enjoyed the process so much we are building a lake house with Arrowood.”
LEED awards extra points in its scoring process if locally produced materials are used. In Ken’s home the magnificent stonework comes from North Carolina. Stunning low-maintenance cement fiber siding was manufactured in Macon, Georgia. Oak flooring sawed in exquisite circular patterns is also a regional product. Brett says, “The circle-sawn oak flooring complements the mountain wood doors, timber frame ceilings and stained wood cabinets. Natural wood and stone make a statement about living in the mountains. Nothing is painted but the walls. The rest is all Mother Nature.”
Brett says that one of the greenest things a potential homeowner can do is buy an existing home and have Arrowood remodel it. With available property dwindling in the Cashiers/Highlands/Nantahala region, remodeling makes good green sense because you are reusing a foundation and frame.
To see more of this magnificent Home of Distinction, visit arrowoodconstruction.com and take a virtual tour. Contact information is on the website. Brett Murphy is straight as an arrow in his business dealings and his product. And he finds great satisfaction in working with a customer and producing breath-taking results. Call (828) 421-1973 or (828) 524-7273 for more details and take the LEED in your next home.

by Donna Rhodes


Magic in the Mountains

wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-eight wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-eleven wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-five wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-four wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-nine wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-seven wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-six wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-ten wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-three wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-twelve wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-nc-two wedding-lonesome-valley-cashiers-ncBeverly and her mom were on their annual ski vacation in Vail, and little did she know that she would meet her soulmate, but it would take two years for the two of them to begin their lifelong adventure.
After their initial meeting they stayed in touch by phone and began a long-distance friendship. The next year when Beverly arrived in Vail, Ray was there to surprise her, and that was the beginning of their romance.
During those two years, Beverly’s mom Kimberly lost her battle with cancer. Ray was able to have a heart-to-heart talk with her before she died, telling her that he loved Beverly and would take care of her and her two girls, Courtney and Bebe. When they got engaged they decided on Cashiers as thier wedding locale because it was a very special place for Beverly and the girls. They had been vacationing in Cashiers for the past 20 years. Kimberly had a second home in Sapphire Valley and Beverly wanted to be close to her spirit.
In choosing a venue for the wedding they wanted an actual mountain setting with a view. They frequented Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley and loved the setting. They settled on Canyon Kitchen for the magnificent view and the barn. Of course, Chef John Fleer was the icing on the cake. Another deciding factor was that Chef Fleer customizes the menu for every bride and even agreed to do a homemade ice cream bar for the event, which was a highlight of the evening.
Ray and Beverly had both been married before and decided that they would plan their wedding together. Both had full-time demanding jobs and the first thing they did after securing the venue was hire I Do Events.
“I let my wedding planner choose my vendors,” said Beverly. “I trusted Elizabeth and her recommendations. I never did a trial run and she rocked out! I loved her.”
Beverly found her Monique Lhuillier dress in Winter Park, Florida, and accessorized with snakeskin gold Kate Spade shoes and changed into cowboy boots for the reception. For her Something Borrowed, she chose a fur wrap from a dear friend. Bebe and Courtney were allowed to choose whatever dresses they wanted and Beverly was thrilled with their choices.
The ceremony was filled with special touches. Beverly chose to have Bebe and Courtney as her bridesmaids, but had her girlfriends stand up and recite the verses of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Custom pillows with B & R adorned the antique church pews, which were brought in especially for the wedding, along with round wooden signs with love quotations that were attached to the church pews with bunches of lavender.
Paul Blummer of Rooms In Bloom was the floral designer and he captured Beverly’s vision of peacock accents throughout the day. The peacock is the city bird of Winter Park and Beverly’s neighbors own peacocks. She had always admired the birds on her walks through the neighborhood. Paul had a custom-made four-foot white peacock, which is the symbol of eternal love, to adorn the mantle on the outdoor fireplace at Canyon Kitchen. Ray’s bowtie was also peacock feathers. The color palate was cream, white and gold and, of course, peacock feathers.
One of Beverly’s favorite memories of the wedding was leading the guests from the ceremony to the reception. The couple, along with the two girls proceeded down a pebble stone aisle adorned with ribbon streamers while waving streamers of their own. The photographers, Marisu and Shannah of ZoomWorks, captured the joy on the faces of the couple throughout the day. They were very unobtrusive, seizing the big moments and the tiny smiles.
After it was all said and done the images from the wedding were more than Beverly and Ray ever imagined.
After a honeymoon in the Greek Islands, Beverly and Ray now live in Winter Park and return frequently to Cashiers.


Contributed by Elizabeth Fletcher,  I Do Events
Photos by ZoomWorks


An Historical Trek

marker – Chattooga town

Interested in the archaeology of the region surrounding the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, but not so interested in the aches and pains of participating in a dig? If so, the sites of two old Cherokee towns―Nequassee and Chattooga―are easily accessible via a drive down Highlands Highway.

The platform mound that was the center of community life at Nequassee can be worked into a visit to the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Take Highlands Road all the way to its northern end, turn left, and park at Big Bear Park (GPS coordinates 35.18618 -83.37340). Cautiously cross the road and follow the direction of traffic down to Nikwasi Lane. Circle the mound and you will make out the ramp engineered to lead to the top of the mound.

The mound is less physically prominent today than in the past. This is partly because of erosion that has lowered its height, but the filling of the Little Tennessee’s flood plain around it had a more dramatic effect on its prominence.

In the early 18th century Nequassee stood out on the Cherokee cultural landscape. In December of 1727, the town hosted a council meeting attended by South Carolina Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Herbert and representatives of twelve Cherokee settlements. The town also hosted the April, 1730, meeting at which colorful Scotsman Alexander declared Moytoy of the East Tennessee town of Tellico the Emperor of the Cherokee. (What the Cherokee made of the goings-on is open to interpretation.)

In contrast to Nikwasi, Chattooga was a political backwater. It was so out of the way that no European is known to have ever visited. The town does appear on Francis Varnod’s 1723 census under the name of Chattoogie, and a representative from Chattooga was present at the 1727 council held in Nequassee.

To visit the site of Chattooga, set your odometer to 0 as you exit Highlands traveling south on NC 28. NC 28 will become SC 28 and then GA 28. After traveling roughly 15 miles there will be a roadside maker on your right (GPS coordinates 34.90934 -83.17255), with nearby parking in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District of the Sumter National Forest. Visit the town site by taking a short walk into the fields just to the north.

That’s Why They Call it “Zipping”

Robbie Powell

Robbie Powell

“Ready to Zip.” “Zipping.” “Zip On.”
Those are the last words you hear out of the mouth and earpiece of your guide before you lift your feet from the 85-foot-high platform and zoom out into the 120-foot treetops near North Carolina’s Nantahala National forest.
If you’re 12-year-old Hamilton Mason, you also hear your mother’s voice calling out, “I love you,” as she watches her son disappear through the trees. Susan’s fellow adventures chuckle every time they hear this. And then they look back out toward the forest. Their turn is coming.
Your first experience zip lining starts as a Point-A to Point-B proposition. You focus keenly on the platform that you’re zipping toward and mentally recite the braking procedure: Gently pull on the cable behind you to slow for your approach. (We won’t mention those first awkward landings where you freak out and brake too hard, leaving the receiving guide to stretch out and retrieve your flailing body while your fellow zippers mutter encouraging lies from the platform about what a great run that was.) After a few tries, you master the technique of depositing yourself gracefully atop the elevated “stump” on each platform.
With every zip, you relax a little more into the journey, hopefully remembering to enjoy the view of surrounding mountains along the way. Then, after conquering all eight zip lines at Highlands Aerial Park, you can establish a comforting reconnection to earth by hiking the short nature trail. You’ll meander through a lush, hilly meadow past 100-year-old apple trees that reportedly still bear delicious fruit, and then through the woods to a waterfall—a good place for a photo op.
Along the trail, when you hear the approaching cable hum, look up. You’ll see someone shooting bullet-like across the sky and then quickly disappearing. And you’ll realize why they call it zipping.
Images continue to flicker across your mind after you leave Highlands Aerial Park: Lining up on the deck for the militant gearing-up procedure, the repeated clicks of guides moving your tethers between zip line and tree cables, conversations with the people who share your treetop platforms, and then the collective shedding of gear followed by well wishes from your fellow zippers. In the case of our group, there’s also the image of Hamilton Mason linking his arm through his mom’s as they walk back to the car saying, “Can I have my birthday here?”
And, perhaps most memorable, those repeated radio cues between your receiving and launching guides as you perch on the precipice of every launch into the forest:
“Ready to zip.” “Zipping.” “Zip on…”

Contributed by Amanda Sullivan Travel and Adventure Writer asullivanwriter@yahoo.com Twitter.com/asullivanwriter

Contributed by Amanda Sullivan
Travel and Adventure Writer

The More Things Remain the Same

Laura Huerta

Laura Huerta

Lakeside Restaurant’s new owner Laura Huerta is confident that longtime patrons will find the same level of attention that has made this little restaurant a Highlands institution.
“We’re maintaining our commitment to local produce and the freshest ingredients, coupled with the warm service that people cherish about us,” she explains.
Those qualities have earned Lakeside a loyal following, who last year voted it as TripAdvisor’s Number One Restaurant in Highlands.
Part of that recognition comes from Lakeside’s superb menu, which emphasizes carefully prepared dishes made from the freshest ingredients.
That means you can start off your meal with appetizers like the Mussels Sofritto, a hearty blending of peppers, jalapenos, cilantro and chorizo broth; or grilled sea scallops over a black bean cake with chipotle relish and avocado mousse; or the flash fried Goat Cheese Salad with seasonal fruit, mixed greens and a roasted shallot citrus vinaigrette.
But these appetizers are just place setters for the unforgettable entrees that await.
A little mountain town hundreds of miles from the coast is one of the last places you’d expect to find a solid selection of seafood, but Lakeside manages to pull off the feat with its customary panache.
Look for Shrimp, Scallop & Mussel Cioppino – a playful creation that incorporates these fruits of the sea with a delicate tomato saffron broth over pasta. One of the most requested dishes is the Triggerfish Maison – a white mild fish sautéed with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, lemon and wine.
But maybe you’re looking for a fish with a local address. The Stuffed Rainbow Trout, loaded with crabmeat and applewood smoked bacon, was swimming in Jackson County just a few hours before it ended up on your plate.
That’s not to say that Lakeside Restaurant skimps on the beef portion of its menu.
“We have had so many requests for quality meats that three years ago we added an Off the Grill section to our menu,” says Laura. That means dedicated carnivores will find a 8-ounce Filet, 11 ounce Berkshire Pork Chop, and the majestic 14-ounce Bone-In Ribeye. And true to Lakeside’s unshakeable commitment to flavor, these cuts are paired with the diner’s choice of Wild Mushroom Marsala, Bleu Cheese Burgundy or Au Poivre sauces.
Veteran Lakeside patrons know that no matter what their choice of entrée, they need to save room for one of the restaurant’s unabashedly sinful desserts. A long-time favorite is the bread pudding, infused with seasonal fruit or with chocolate chips. You really should try the Chocolate Budino, a cross between a pudding and a cake that will work its way into your dreams.
Whatever you choose on the menu, you can be confident that Lakeside can pair it with its deep wine inventory.
Combine all of that with the view of Harris Lake and the overall effect is one of sublime tranquility. It’s hard to believe that this restaurant is only a block from Highlands’ busting Main Street.
To make reservations or for more information, call (828) 526-9419. Lakeside Restaurant is located at 531 Smallwood Avenue in Highlands, one block from Main Street.

There’s a New Chef in Town

Chef Tommy Lasley

Chef Tommy Lasley

Cyprus has always been famous for the culinary journeys that it offers its diners. Each week introduces a menu that’s adorned with dishes from around the world. The result is a dining experience that’s deliciously exotic, yet somehow as comfortable as a treasured family recipe.
That’s why it’s so appropriate that one of Cyprus’ original chefs has returned to the kitchen after years of travel and study. Tommy Lasley, who grew up in Highlands, is once again working alongside Executive Chef and Owner Nicholas Figel.
Lasley left Highlands to pursue his education at The Culinary Institute of America in New York. During his time in New York, he learned and collaborated with Andre Soltner, an internationally recognized French chef and author, as well as Dan Barber, owner of several restaurants including the Blue Hill, a nominee for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.
“He’s truly a rising star in the world of cuisine,” says Figel.
Season after season, Cyprus embarks on a culinary expedition around the world and back again. Each week the menu showcases a new region of the globe accompanied with seasonal produce to enhance it – from the herbs that complement every entrée to the salt water fish that is ordered every night, in-transit, to ensure freshness and variety.
“Cyprus is designed to easily incorporate any ingredient in the world,” said Lasley when asked about the benefit of working in the Cyprus kitchen. “Some restaurants become pigeon holed by ingredients that dominate their genre where as at Cyprus there is no border that restricts our culinary ambitions.”
The collaborative effort of Figel and Lasley has culminated in exceptional cuisine and an inspiring international experience.
Listen to some of the upcoming inspired dining destinations these world-class chefs have cooked up for you: May 7: Gran Sasso to Pescara (Classic food and wine from Abruzzo, Italy); May 14: Contemplating Wu-Xing (A menu of five Chinese traditional elements); May 21: Wild Appalachian Treasures (Foraged Gifts of Local Sun and Soil); May 28: Perfect Poles on the Tribal Earth (Compared cuisines of Northern Viet Nam and Southern Bolivia).
So if you want fun, fabulous food, and a culinary night to remember, call (828) 526-4429 and book a reservation, and give Tommy a proper welcome back greeting. Cyprus International Cuisine and World Tour Experience can be found at Main Street in Highlands. Take the Tour, bon jour and bon appetit´!

Mixology as Art


Combine maple syrup, bitters, orange slice and lemon twist.

Combine maple syrup, bitters, orange slice and lemon twist.

Muddle to extract the citrus flavors into the cocktail.

Muddle to extract the citrus flavors into the cocktail.

Add rye bourbon, a splash of club soda, stir and serve over ice. Garnish with long orange twist.

Add rye bourbon, a splash of club soda, stir and serve over ice.
Garnish with long orange twist.

The Maple Old Fashioned.

The Maple Old Fashioned.

When asked why he made the switch from Asheville to Highlands Carlos Palaez, this month’s Star of the Bar mixologist, grins and says, “I needed a bar and Clinton needed a tender,”
Clinton O’Brien, owner of The Lost Hiker Sports Bar adds, “We went out of our way to find the best bartender around and were so fortunate to discover Carlos!”
Carlos was born in Asheville, the son of an Irish mom and Cuban dad. He says the cultural diversity has served him well. He appreciates all kinds of food and drink and uses his international exposure to merge the best of all flavors, textures, and bouquets in his creations.
He says, “While I enjoy straight drinks when I am home, there is pleasure in the adventure of trying new things at work.” So why would someone who likes simple and straight want to go for layers and complexities? He explains, “A guy might like a steak smothered in bleu cheese. I’d rather have a plate of steak and a bowl of bleu cheese and enjoy them separately. It’s simply a matter of preference.”
And maybe that is what makes Carlos such a popular mixologist. He knows how to cater to every palate …the blenders and the separatists.
According to Carlos, the trend in drink making over the past few decades has been the easier the better. You can buy vodka already flavored with any essence imaginable: root beer, s’mores, salmon, even bacon. But Carlos says, “Easy can be boring. I am willing to sacrifice easiness
for character.”
Maybe that is why Carlos’s combinations draw a crowd. And it doesn’t hurt that he is a bit of a showman. “I top off a French martini with a splash of champagne which creates a sparkling layer of fizz. Then, a dramatic finishing touch: a zesty twist of fresh lemon peel.” It’s much more fun to watch a pro demonstrate his mix-mastery than to try it at home.
To watch and taste Carlos’s creations visit The Lost Hiker Sports Bar. Call first to be sure he is on call to create your customized favorites: (828) 526-8232 or visit fb: at facebook.com/TheLostHiker.
by Donna Rhodes | Photos by Marjorie Fielding

Chez Dupont & the Stone Soup Café


Chez Dupont & the Stone Soup Café, located at 48 Village Walk in Cashiers, is a calculated fall down the rabbit’s hole.
Dark and more than a little mysterious from the outside, it reveals itself to be a large dining room with carefully designed lighting and tables arrayed in a pattern to ensure intimacy. The walls are adorned with art nouveau posters from another age and the ambient music is acoustic jazz and gentle world beats. Conversations are hushed, punctuated by sudden explosions of laughter from the larger tables. The overall effect is a startling bistro that’s light years removed from this sleepy village. Chez Dupont feels like it should be nestled in Atlanta’s Five Points or along Chestnut Street in San Francisco.
And fortunately, all that attention to detail and oh-so-precise care in setting the ambience is mirrored in chef/owner Christopher Dupont‘s menu. Local foodies will recognize Dupont’s name from Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands, where he energized the kitchen and demonstrated an almost preternatural understanding of the intricacies of time, heat and seasoning. Chez Dupont represents the full flowering of his talents.
I started off with an order of Naan. Naan is one of those little touches on a menu that can go wrong so easily. But this was exquisite, warm and chewy with hints of a brush of butter. It arrived paired with Kalamata Olive Pate, Goat Cheese Boursin, and Chimichurri – a subtle Argentinian sauce of parsley, oregano, red chilies, lemon zest, vinegar, and olive oil. I reluctantly shared with my sweetheart.
Fortunately for me, she wasn’t so stingy with her Crab Fritters. A half dozen little pouches of delicately-seasoned crab, they were ridiculously addictive. I would have lobbied for more, but I’d been so parsimonious about my Naan.
And anyway, our courses arrived, and it turned out to be a good thing that I hadn’t filled up on appetizers.
Tricia ordered a Cuban Pork Sandwich. Simple, right? Let’s just say, there are sandwiches and there are Sandwiches. This enormous creation was paired with a delicate basil-mint sauce that somehow steered the venerable Cuban Pork Sandwich into exquisite new territory. This creation was bedded in a warm soft tortilla, removing it from its sandwich heritage. When you add in the avocado and mango and – this is crucial – the patatas bravas and you’ve got something unforgettable. It’s not up there with Moses Parting the Red Sea or Lincoln Freeing the Slaves, but it’s got be equal to DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak.
I ordered the Chili. If you’ve read my coverage of Highlands’ Chili Cookoff in Laurel over the years, you know I approach this subject with a frightening intensity. This bowl was remarkably seasoned, spicy without being overpowering and obviously composed with care. The freshness was declared with every spoonful. Chef Dupont framed the bowl with handmade chips and salsa. 2015 Cookoff Contestants, the gauntlet has been tossed.
Well, I only have a little bit of space left – I don’t have room to tell go into any detail about our desserts – let me just say, Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet and French Apple Tart. You know what to do.

by Luke Osteen | Photos by Marjorie Fielding

Go Figure






Diana Farfan’s work is a river of energy, emotion, and symbolism. It flows from her into us through powerful, soulful images.
She feels the human form is a vessel, which holds experiences. She says, “I am in love with the human figure. The body is the most perfect machine. But people are complex and have their darkness too. Humans contain beauty and evil, terror and tenderness, love and fear, dichotomies that make us deeply interesting.”
She sees human bodies as holders; that is, they fill up with all that is taken in: political opinions, world events, romance, philosophy, artful experience, and so forth. Those things pour into us and we pour them out with our own special colors. Clearly, what she sees in her fellow human beings she practices in her art.
Her figures’ facial expressions, body language, and occasional disproportionate size of head to body speak volumes. And why the distorted proportion? She says, “I fashion a bigger head and smaller body to draw attention to the mind. When the world goes crazy, we have too much to think about, and the body grows weak. It can’t support the weight of our minds.”
She believes each viewer’s perception of her creations mirrors his or her personal experience. Some see sadness in work that others find joyful. Farfan has so much to express in her toys, puppetry, and sculptures that sometimes she has to make a series or an installation of dozens of forms to tell the
whole story.
Farfan knows firsthand the vulnerability of the young and the underprivileged from her experience growing up in Colombia. As an adult she worked with desperately poor children to help them tell their stories using handcrafted marionettes and puppets. Over a decade ago her sister arranged for her to move to South Carolina. There she was married while earning her MFA. She continued teaching, working in her studios (one at home, one in town), exhibiting, and extending her gallery presence into several states. Her dream is two-fold: to travel and teach; and to expand her gallery representation nationally and beyond. In doing so, she hopes to connect in profound, enriching ways with her audience.
Locally, you can see her work in Smitten Gallery, 10 Foreman Road in Highlands. (828) 526-9300. Attend Smitten’s Third Thursday, May 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. for a gallery open house and meet the artist. Visit Farfan’s website at www.dianafarfan.com. See why Kat Evans, owner of Smitten says, “We really, really love Diana’s energy! She is one of our favorite artists!”

Smear, Throw, Blend, Smile






A few years ago Jenny Buckner was just about as low as a girl can go. Her husband was diagnosed with MS and her emotional state hit rock bottom.
And then, Jenny Buckner, would-be artist who could barely make the ends of a circle meet, experienced what can only be described as a miracle. She says, “I had a powerful dream, some might say a vision, in which God directed me to paint. The next morning I borrowed art supplies and began forming images, filling them in with brilliant creamy oils. I was transformed. All of a sudden I could draw and paint. A longtime photographer, I used my photos as reference. I watched them come to life. I was so moved by this heavenly gift that I sat down and cried.”
A month later, she placed third in an international art show. Since then, painting has been her best friend, her release, her livelihood, her joy.
The dream was a turning point. Everything in her life began to take on bright colors. Her husband went into remission. Her sheep and donkey portraits started selling before the oil got dry. And, thankfully, serenity was no longer fleeting, but a constant companion.
Not knowing her background, one might conclude she is a classically trained impressionist who loves to paint happy. She really is that good. But she has never had a formal lesson. And maybe that is why she invites high school students to her studio to sit and paint with her. If they need encouragement, she is there to give it. She also volunteers her time and a painting every year to Quick Draw. She received at a time she needed it most. Now she gives as a measure of her gratitude.
And what does she say when she is mentoring? “Because I had no formal schooling, I don’t follow rules. I paint with no fear. I tell kids to jump into it. ‘Paint to please yourself, not others. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes: smear, throw, blend, get your fingers in it. It is the no fear part that is transforming.”
Painting is Buckner’s full time endeavor. She just finished a big show in Atlanta and will show in Waynesvile in July. Her portrait work was featured in International Artist Magazine and “Volume I, How to Paint People.” Her portraiture is so superior commissions keep coming. She loves painting all things God-made: people, animals, nature, landscapes. She is especially fond of painting children and pets. “They are such joyful subjects,” she says. If she’s not excited about the subject, she won’t paint it. She follows her own advice: Paint what makes you happy!
Visit her website: paintingsbyjenny.com. Contact her via e-mail: paintingsbyjenny@bellsouth.net. Follow Buckner’s example: whatever you do, dig in up to your elbows. Do what makes you smile. It’s contagious!

by Donna Rhodes

Andy Roddick’s Mountain Challenge

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

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

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

Maria Howell in Highlands

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

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

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

Be There, at the Square

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

Saturday Summer Music Series

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

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

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

Taste of the Plateau

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Wolfgang’s, Two Decades of Divine

Daughter Katie, Chef Wolfgang and Mindy Green.

Daughter Katie, Chef Wolfgang and Mindy Green.

Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro invites you to experience the culinary mastery of Chef Wolfgang Green, former Executive Chef for the Brennan Family of Commanders Palace.
This season Wolfgang’s celebrates their 20th season in Highlands.

Chef Wolfgang and his wife Mindy came to Highlands in July of 1994 on vacation and decided that this was where they would make their lifelong dream come true. Wolfgang’s on Main opened that September in the historic Hildegard’s House. Over the years Wolfgang’s has added a romantic garden pavilion, the Bistro, and an outdoor patio off of the Bistro that’s become a local favorite.

Chef Wolfgang and Mindy not only have a passionate love for fine cuisine, but they also have a special connection with their customers. Mindy has dedicated her time to making sure that the restaurant operations are running smoothly.“Our customers are the reason we are here,” says Mindy. “They are very important to us and we look forward to their return each season.”

New Orleans specialties, house-aged steaks, fresh seafood, wienerschnitzel, venison and much more are found on the menu. Wolfgang’s also has a Wine Spectator Award-Winning Wine List not to be missed with over 650 wines including 20 wines available by the glass.

“You have to be passionate about something, and I am passionate about giving our customers the best dining experience we can with our staff, service and food quality,” says Chef Wolfgang. “I enjoy getting out of the kitchen in the evenings and speaking to our guests, even for a brief hello.”

Help Chef Wolfgang and Mindy celebrate their 20th season in Highlands by making your reservation today. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just need a dinner out, Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro has something for everyone. For more information on Wolfgang’s visit wolfgangs.net or call (828) 526-3807. Bistro service starts at 4:00 P.M. and dinner service starts at 5:30 P.M.

Atlanta Boy Choir in Highlands

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

A Laughing Matter

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

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

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

Contributed by Jenny King | Photo by Cynthia Strain

The Right Hattitude

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

Contributed by Diane McPhail

Cashiers Spring Arts and Crafts Show

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

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

The 6th Annual Cashiers Spring Arts and Crafts Show will be held May 24 and 25 at the Cashiers Village Green.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, the Spring Arts and Crafts Show will run from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. While admission is free, a donation of $3 or more will be accepted to help benefit local community service efforts.
This juried event will showcase some of the finest artisans of the Southeast. With more than 60 exhibitors, featured art media will include clay, wood, fibers, glass, metal, watercolor, oils, and photography, and take the form of jewelry, clothing, indoor and outdoor furniture, quilts, rugs, pottery, paintings, metal art, wooden bowls and ceramics, homemade specialties, and more.
Rotary Club members will provide concessions, offering hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and drinks for sale. Families can also take advantage of the nearby playground and
picnic areas.
All proceeds will benefit local Rotary programs and community service efforts. The Arts and Crafts Show location on the Village Green is at the intersection of Highways 64 and 107 in beautiful Cashiers, North Carolina. For more information, go to cashiersrotary.org.

Contributed by Robin Taylor

The Perfect Move

Cyprus International Cuisine’s arrival on Main Street promises diners an exciting window on international cuisine and heralds the return  of one of the restaurant’s storied chefs.

Cyprus International Cuisine’s arrival on Main Street promises diners an exciting window on international cuisine and heralds the return of one of the restaurant’s storied chefs.

Every story has a beginning, middle, and end, and as the 2014 season approaches the story of Cyprus International Cuisine continues.
Twelve years ago, Executive Chef and Owner Nicholas Figel used his unique perspective on life, which is overflowing with imagination and creativity, and merged it with world histories and recipes. As Cyprus begins their 13th summer season they will do so on center stage as construction has officially commenced at its new location on Main Street in Highlands.
Tommy Lasley, one of the original chefs to work alongside Figel returns to join him once again after departing Highlands to pursue his education at The Culinary Institute of America in New York.
“He’s truly a rising star in the world of cuisine,” said Figel.
When asked about the expectations of Cyprus and the collaborative effort of both, Figel replied, “I’m happy to announce that we will be combining our skill sets to produce an exceptional cuisine and an inspiring international experience and I believe our unique food will be a great vehicle to facilitate the ideas and concepts we are striving to achieve.”
As Cyprus takes its place on Main Street, the expectations couldn’t be higher. A ceiling to floor window and open-air patio will allow each and every patron walking the streets of Highlands to look up and see the adventure that awaits them. “I’m visualizing a city center experience that invokes the energy and passion of the traditions of cuisine that we are exploring,” said Figel when asked about the new location. “I’m intrigued about the “outside-in” point-of-view and the opportunity for passersby to take a glance past our copper sign and into our windows.”
Copper is a dominant component of the décor at Cyprus and it will continue to be so. It’s fitting that the element itself is essential to all living organisms as is the consumption of food. The characteristics of copper and that of the restaurant itself share numerous qualities and the continuity of this detail is prevalent to Cyprus as a whole as copper was principally mined on the Greek island Cyprus, hence the origin of the name Cyprium.
As every story has its three-act structure, Cyprus finds itself ascending through the second act with its audience dying with anticipation of how it will all end. Figel and Lasley both agree it will be the combination of Tommy’s subtlety and attention to detail interlaced with Nick’s energy and excitement that will allow this dream to become a world class restaurant.

Contributed by Clinton O’Brien

40 Years of Service

Mark and Judy Zachary

Mark and Judy Zachary

In the good old days doctors made house calls, milk was delivered to your door, and your druggist took care of every member of your family, pets included. From headache to skinned knee to poison ivy, your pharmacist knew what to do. He helped you find the right ointment. He kept your spirits up with a joke. He even had a special prescription for your kids’ growing pains or hurt feelings: take lollipop, as needed.
In Cashiers, doctors and milk probably won’t make it to your door, but your neighborhood pharmacist, Mark Zachary of Cashiers Valley Pharmacy will open his door just for you. Judy, Mark’s wife says, “In the middle of the night we’ve gotten calls from customers who have just gotten out of ER and need medication right away. We jump in the car, go down to the pharmacy, open up and give customers what they need.”
While it can’t be officially documented, Judy is certain over the past 40 years they have saved several lives. And who knows how many pets! Once they even saved a llama. That’s right, a llama!
Judy says, “In 1974 Jack Alexander, owner of the Highlands Pharmacy, opened a Cashiers branch which Mark and I ran. In 1988, ownership split and we became sole proprietors of the Cashiers store. April 1st, 2014, marked our 40th anniversary.”
Mark and Judy want to express their deepest gratitude to the Cashiers community. It is no wonder residents for miles around continue to patronize Cashiers Valley Pharmacy. Since 1974 thousands of customers have made the store their first stop with medical concerns. Mark has had plenty of experience with medical problems having served on the rescue squad. He knows what to do. Simple insect bites, abrasions, minor burns, require over-the-counter solutions. For more complex problems he and Judy have all the right connections and will get customers to a doctor or emergency room or hospital room pronto.
Make Cashiers Valley Pharmacy your one and only drugstore so they can keep tab on your history and medications. Then relax knowing customer care is just like it was in the good old days. Cashiers Valley Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M., Saturday, 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. It is located at the Ingles Shopping Plaza, Highway 64, Cashiers, North Carolina, (828) 743-3114. Remember, a mail order pharmacist can’t see how you are feeling!

by Donna Rhodes

Library Legend Retires

Mary Lou Worley

Mary Lou Worley

Mary Lou Worley has been that friendly face at the Hudson Library who greets her patrons with a smile as she assists them to find that special book. Bill Stiefel, past board president of the library, says of Mary Lou, “As I have been in the library almost every day during these six-plus years as a member of the board, I have seen how especially caring and knowledgeable she is with the library patrons. She is always able to call them by name.” But now she is making the move into retirement. Through her over 15 years of leading her staff to meet the reading needs of the Highlands community, Mary Lou has brought many programs and entertainment to the library. A Highlands native, she has been the second longest librarian the Hudson Library has seen.
Dale Sticka, the Hudson’s current board president says, “As we near the time of Mary Lou’s departure, as she gets ready to dig into her bucket list, I find myself wishing her a hearty bon voyage as she gets ready to set sail into her next part of life as someone who is retired.  She has her dreams, and I hope and pray they all come true.”
Mary Lou talks of adventures in Arizona, and maybe visiting places where she can use her fluent French and German. The Highlands community will miss you Mary Lou, but we wish you well on this next adventure in life.

Contributed by Nancy Reeder

New Board Members at COC

Michael Johnson, Marianne Vines and Jack Austin

Michael Johnson, Marianne Vines and Jack Austin

With the 2014 season well under way, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce is abuzz with historic changes, among them the initiation of three new board members and a new location, currently in its final phase of remodeling.
“In April, 2013, we moved our Chamber and Visitor’s Center offices to 108 Main Street, on the northeast corner of First and Main,” says Executive Director Bob Kieltyka. “Now that we are up and running we are renovating the unfinished space, including the kitchen and storage areas. The Chamber grows as Highlands grows.”
In addition to our new facility, three new board members: Jack Austin, Michael Johnson, and Marianne Vines have been added to the Chamber’s board.
Jack Austin, a North Carolina native, has called the mountains home for more than a decade. His philosophy: “I believe that the best way to create a place to visit is to create an amazing place to live and do business.” His enthusiasm is amplified by his involvement in the Highlands Tourism Development Commission and his participation in the management team at Old Edwards Inn.
Michael Johnson, Publisher of The Highlander Newspaper, has extensive knowledge of sales, marketing, social media management and much more. He says, “I understand advertising from a retailer’s perspective which has proven invaluable in my publishing career.”
Marianne Vines, 22-year veteran of chamber service, has twice been a board member in addition to serving on numerous committees. She has owned several businesses and has chaired and coordinated a multitude of events. The Chamber’s Robert B. Dupree Award in 2007 and the Duke Power Award in 2005 honored her selfless dedication to community service.
The Chamber is thrilled to welcome these three outstanding public servants to our Highlands family.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group

Jochen Lucke

Jochen Lucke

Silver Creek Real Estate Group is a member of Luxury Portfolio International®, the fastest growing luxury property network, with more than 200 affiliate companies around the world and more listings over $1 million than any other luxury real estate organization.
“Luxury Portfolio is delighted to have Silver Creek Real Estate Group as part of our distinguished Broker Collection. The company has an impeccable reputation for luxury marketing in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway, and we are committed to helping them achieve even greater success,” said Paul Boomsma, president of Luxury Portfolio. “Luxury Portfolio boasts the most comprehensive marketing program in the industry, encompassing print advertising in high net-worth publications, an award-winning website and premium marketing materials. The scope of the program benefits Silver Creek Real Estate Group and their agents, as well as the luxury clientele they serve.”
Silver Creek Real Estate Group has an extensive collection of properties over $1 million and is a leading real estate firm on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.
“Being a member of The Leading Real Estate Companies of the Worlds and Luxury Portfolio International, along with our award winning advertising in magazines and radio, helps us set the standard for marketing real estate in the area.” said Jochen Lucke, owner of Silver Creek Real Estate Group. “In addition to our local advertising we feature our clients’ properties prominently on our easy to navigate website at www.ncliving.com,” said Jochen Lucke.
Luxury Portfolio International markets over 25,000 properties of the world’s most remarkable properties annually on its award-winning website, LuxuryPortfolio.com. The site attracts over 1.2 million high-net-worth visitors a year and features a total inventory of available properties in excess of $41 billion. Luxury Portfolio is unmatched in the global arena, with members in 30 countries, site translation in nine languages and multiple currencies and visitors from 200 countries/territories visit the site every month.

Trillium: Where Families Belong

Brenda Beye

Brenda Beye

If you are a resident or frequent visitor to the Highlands/Cashiers plateau you might be familiar with Trillium Links and Lake Club in Cashiers. With its abundant amenities, breathtaking views and family focus lifestyle, Trillium provides its members and guests with a lifestyle that is as unrivaled as its destination.
With a championship golf course, boating, 5,400 square foot fitness facility, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, hiking trails, private fishing ponds, adirondack lakeside dining, outdoor heated pool and hot tub, men’s and ladies locker rooms with saunas, family activities and much more. Trillium homeowners and guests have plenty of opportunities to experience an action-packed lifestyle.
Over the last 15 years Trillium has set the stage for a memorable experience to be created by our members and their families. Since 2006 Brenda Beye has served as one of Trillium’s biggest advocates and worked with Trillium Land Company as an associate. Beye is now owner of the real estate sales and re-sales company at Trillium, operating under the new corporate name of Trillium Land and Realty Company. Her history and relationship with Trillium property owners and management has led to this natural progression of ownership.
“Residents come to Trillium because it is beautiful, but they stay because of the friendly and diverse people who live here,” says Beye. “Trillium is a magical place. As you approach it and catch your first glimpse over the mountain, it takes your breath away. There is something very spiritual about Glenville lake and the land around it.”
Residents will receive the same great personal service to which they have grown accustomed with some added touches. Homeowners and guests will feel the warmth and comfort of coming home to one of western North Carolina’s premier resort communities. Residents are part of the Trillium family and will be catered to and pampered by Brenda and her team.
Over the years Trillium Land Company has morphed into a real estate re-sales company with limited developer property remaining. Under Beye’s ownership the growing community will have more personal touches brought forward while the Trillium management can focus on enhancing the Trillium marquee.
For property listings or information on the Trillium community, call Brenda Beye at (828) 507-1227, email her at brendabeye@gmail.com or visit the Trillium website at trilliumnc.com.

The Business Spot Opens

The Business Spot Owner Colleen Kerrigan

The Business Spot Owner Colleen Kerrigan

“Highlands needed a friendly, accessible, one-stop shop to take care of everyone’s business needs,” says Colleen Kerrigan, local entrepreneur. The idea struck her when she thought of all the travelers who visit the Plateau and require an away-from-home business center. What if Highlands had a place to set up temporary mail service, to plug into wi-fi, to print documents, and so forth? In other words, to do all the things one is accustomed to doing at home. For that matter, why not provide the same service for local residents and furnish it with comfy chairs and the inviting aroma of fresh-brewed Keurig coffee?
Once her idea took flight, everything fell into place. Now Kerrigan is happily ensconced in the hottest new office space in town, The Business Spot, conveniently located at 537 Main Street in downtown Highlands.
At the Business Spot you can plug-in, check e-mail, scan, mail, ship, UPS and Fed-Ex, accessorize all your favorite i-gear with cases and covers, check your virtual mailbox, make copies, and more. Don’t forget to check out the latest fine stationery and invitation books from which to order.
Kerrigan will also offer office supplies and a handsome line of leather products, such as travel journals, luggage tags, pocket notebooks, and more. Have her personally gift wrap any of these beautiful accessories and then ship it to that special someone.
One of her most popular services is a virtual mailbox. You will be notified if you have mail. You will only make a mail run when you know there is something waiting in your box. Another convenient service is e-mailing documents ahead so that once proofed, they can be copied and waiting for you at your next visit.
Kerrigan says, “I am having a great time. If our services can make a resident or traveler’s life a little easier, that’s what it is all about.”
So visit The Business Spot for all your office essentials. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Check out the website at: biz-spot.net. Call at: (828) 482-0286 or contact by e-mail: Colleen@biz-spot.net.

by Donna Rhodes

Viva La Volunteers

Although April is National Volunteer Month, we want our very special volunteers to know that we cherish their efforts each and every day!
The folks volunteering their time at the Literacy Council do so in many ways: through tutoring, maintenance, meal preparation, child care, kids camp, and sometimes by just being a friend, mentor, or confidant to someone.
Sometimes, tutors come in for extra sessions. Other times, unexpected individuals show up to join their sessions. They are all so flexible and generous with their time and it is very inspirational to see the bonds they build with their students.
Some volunteers have been with the Literacy Council for many years; others have joined us this year. Some volunteers do double-duty as both tutors and board members; others might not even know they are volunteering until they enter our offices and we need a piece of furniture assembled or something heavy hauled away. I cannot say enough about these special people who give of themselves without a second’s hesitation.
I would like to express gratitude to these special folks by mentioning their names here: Chris Boltz, Zach Claxton, Beverly Cone, Jodie Cook, Bonnie Dayton, Leslie Doster, Nancy Duncan, Bill Edwards, Ron Hensley, McKayla Hensley, Dick Hills, Cecil Hines, Marcy Hutzel, Laura Jennings, Tom Joyner, Michael Lanzilotta, Ana Martinez, Jacky Reyes, Lisa Richards, Cristell Ruiz, Kay Smith, Teeter Smith, Rick Trevathan, and Bob Tietze.
Board members also volunteer their time and talents and they deserve a huge thank-you as well: Dick Hills, President; Gerry Doubleday, Vice-President; Brian Stiehler, Past-President; Chris Boltz, Secretary; Hilary Stiehler, Treasurer; Martha Caire, Susan Duncan, Harriet Hamilton, Jerry Hermanson, Michael Lanzilotta, Bob Lennon, Beth Moore, Kay Smith, Susan Smith, and Susie Walker.
On May 16, we are planning our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party as a thank-you for all the efforts of these fine individuals. If you would like to volunteer at the Literacy Council, please call us at (828) 526-0863 and we will be happy to find a place for you!

Contributed by Tonya Hensley, Executive Director, Literacy Council of Highlands

Meet ‘n’ Greet the “Bigs”

 BBBS chair Rick Siegel and advisory council member  Julie Schott, and Debbie Lassiter

BBBS chair Rick Siegel and advisory council member Julie Schott, and Debbie Lassiter

In March, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands and Cashiers came together to begin envisioning ways to strengthen the program in our communities.  Attendees, advisory council members and mentors, came away from the event excited about the future, proud to be part of this great organization and ready to put ideas into action. Currently there are over 65 people involved in BBBS in Highlands and Cashiers between the children, mentors and council members, and this doesn’t include the wonderful families and schools that are our partners!
One of the toughest situations to have is children on the waiting list; kids that want a mentor and have to wait until someone from the community steps up and signs on. There are kids waiting in both Cashiers and Highlands now. In hopes to encourage adult volunteers, BBBS is hosting a Meet ‘n Greet on Thursday April 24, in Cashiers and on Friday April 25, in Highlands at the Buck’s Coffee Cafes. At 5:30 P.M. come by and enjoy a complimentary refreshment and learn everything you wanted to know about Big Brothers Big Sisters. This casual meeting will be led by BBBS Program Coordinator Debbie Lassiter and current mentors and advisory council members will also be on hand to answer your questions.
Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet the BBBS folks and find out what Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about.  The children are the future. Learn how you can help this program continue to grow and serve our children. BBBS provides children support  that helps them achieve academic success, have higher aspirations and reach their potential. For more information about this event or the program, contact Debbie Lassiter at (828) 526-4044 or highlands@bbbswnc.org or cashiers@bbbswnc.org.

Contributed by Debbie Lassiter, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Rotary: The Wheel Deal

Some Rotary volunteers  for the Home Delivered Meals program include Luther Turner, the late David Rohrer, Caroline Cook and Buck Trott.

Some Rotary volunteers for the Home Delivered Meals program include Luther Turner, the late David Rohrer, Caroline Cook and Buck Trott.

Meals on Wheels, known in Macon County as Home Delivered Meals, provides a midday meal to people, who can’t prepare a nutritious meal for themselves, generally due to health or age-related medical issues.
Home Delivered Meals began in the Highlands area in September 1998 when Rotarian and then-Mayor Buck Trott petitioned the Macon County Department on Aging to establish a program in Highlands.  At the first organizational meeting Trott found a number of fellow Rotarians and eager non-Rotarian volunteers to drive and deliver the meals. Home Delivered Meals had begun and quickly became known as “Meals.”
“Meals” has continued to operate since then with over half of its meals delivered by Rotarians and spouses of Rotarians. Volunteers and Rotarians have become good friends and work as a group as they trade, swap and cover meal delivery days in this five-day a week program.
Meals volunteers have included Tony and Isabel Chambers, Pat Moore, Rick Siegel, Luther Turner, Buck Trott, David Rohrer, Dave Jellison, Selwyn Chalker, Jimmy Lowe  and Lester Norris. Rotarian spouses Caroline Cook and Mary Berry have been long time volunteers.
Occasionally, weather conditions prevent delivery, and the program does not include holidays.  Caroline Cook goes beyond the call of duty by covering the holidays with home-prepared meals for delivery.  She and George Henry have delivered the meals continuously since the program’s inception, a remarkable service commitment.
Volunteers also check on their clients’ welfare.  This is always a point of concern for the volunteers. With a smile and a warm meal, clients and volunteers often become good friends.
The volunteers are most proud of having never missed a day.

Contributed by Zach Claxton


Ahoy! Treasure Shop Opening

The Friends for Life Treasure Shop

The Friends for Life Treasure Shop

Many nonprofit organizations have resale or thrift shops to help support their operating budgets, or special programs. On March 1 of this year Friends for Life opened a new resale shop in Brevard to provide income to the Forever Farm, our sanctuary in Lake Toxaway for senior and special needs animals. We provide assistance to animals from all over western North Carolina, with an emphasis on helping animals and folks from Transylvania, Jackson and Macon counties.
The Friends for Life Treasure Shop needs your support to succeed. Donations of artwork, crafts, collectables, decorative items, jewelry, small household appliances, tools, toys, etc., can be taken as tax deductions. The shop is managed by a volunteer from our Board of Directors, and we are in need of additional volunteers to help tend the shop. Running on a complete volunteer basis will bring even more funds to the Forever Farm. Stop by and visit the Treasure Shop, we know you will find it a very pleasant environment to spend some time in.
The Treasure Shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. On most Saturdays a canine or feline representative from the Forever Farm will be there to greet our visitors. For information concerning donations, pick up of larger items, or volunteering, please call (828) 862-5701 or (828) 508-2460.
Friends for Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care to senior and special needs companion animals. The Forever Farm is currently home for over 120 cats, 50 dogs and 4 horses. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online on our website atfriendsforlifeforeverfarm.org or mailed to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28747.

Contributed by Kathy Bub, President, Forever Farms


Voices and Colors of Spring

Pink-shell Azalea

Pink-shell Azalea

Sweet Betsy Trillium

Sweet Betsy Trillium

Wood frogs

Wood frogs

Showy orchis

Showy orchis

Spring is in the air and more of our local harbingers of spring are popping up each day. Here are some fun facts about our local spring flora and fauna.

Wood frogs are not only just one of the first amphibians to emerge in spring to breed in wetlands, but are also capable of partially freezing and they sound like turkeys.
The woods around Western North Carolina are renowned for their spring wildflowers. Species like the showy orchis (yes, that’s spelled correctly and it is a wild orchid), trout lilies, and trilliums carpet the forest floor with color. Speaking of trilliums, WNC is home to the largest concentration of trillium species.
The area around Highlands is a designated Important Bird Area in large part because of the large number of migratory warblers and other species that arrive here each spring to breed.
The spotted salamander may be large and covered with bright yellow and orange spots, but is almost never seen outside its late winter-early spring breeding season, when it can gather by the hundreds in temporary ponds and wetlands.
The Pink-shell Azalea is endemic to the southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Some of the largest populations and most stunning areas to see this species in bloom each spring are around Cashiers and the Panthertown Valley.
If you wish to learn more about or help Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust with our efforts to protect our spring flora and fauna, please look us up at www.hicashlt.org, call us at (828) 526-1111, or stop by our offices at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands.

Contributed by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust


One Scoop or Two?

It’s a Half-Price Sale at Carpe Diem Farms!
That’s right, we are looking for all the gardeners, commercial landscapers, horticulturalists who want the finest 100 percent organic compost available on the mountain. For the past 10 years, CDF has produced, processed and sold its Promising Results. Jay Calloway, owner of Mountain Hardscapes has used it for years and calls it his secret ingredient for great gardens!
If your garden needs a boost, your lawn needs natural fertilizer, you want to start an organic garden to feed your family and friends, or you have erosion and water issues that need solving then get yourself out to CDF. Historically we have sold the compost for $25 a front end scoop of our tractor. Now through June we are offering two scoops for the price of one! Bring your truck, trailer or dump and we’ll load it up.
Composted, 100 percent organic material horse manure is one of the finest fertilizers available. We toss, turn, take its temperature, and add moisture when necessary to our piles made up of pine shavings, manure and hay. We can even teach you how to make compost tea. Our fully composted material resembles rich topsoil. It has no odor.
Horse manure improves soil conditions, has no known toxic effects on humans due to exposure, and is biodegradable. No record exists of horses transmitting any disease to humans. The EPA excluded horse manure from solid waste regulation because it contains neither significant amounts of hazardous materials nor exhibits hazardous characteristics, and because the horses of CDF eat an Irish diet of black oiled sunflower seeds, whole oats, ground flax seeds, and bee pollen with a splash of olive oil, the compost is free of any chemicals.
Use Promising Results from CDF and that’s what you’ll get, fantastic results in your gardening
efforts in 2014.
Call (828) 526-2854 for directions or come Monday-Friday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 to Carpe Diem, 544 Western Rhodes Drive in Highlands. All sales benefit the equine programs of CDF a 501(c)3 educational foundation.

Unconditional Love Times Two

Double the amount of unconditional love in your life by adopting Jessie (L) and Knox (R).

Double the amount of unconditional love in your life by adopting Jessie (L) and Knox (R).

Valentine’s Day was filled with a double dose of love at CHHS this year, when a very special sister and brother duo entered our lives. Five-year-old Shepherd/Mountain Cur mixes Jessie and her brother Knox were brought to our no-kill shelter after wandering as strays in the DuPont State Forest in Cedar Mountain.
These canines are incredibly sweet, gentle and affectionate, and they have a deep loving bond for each other. We found that out the first night in our care, when after placing them in separate kennels for their dinner, they refused to eat. When we moved them in together to the one double-sized dog run that we have, they both gobbled down their meal and laid down to sleep side-by-side.
Both Jessie and Knox walk very well on a leash without pulling, and both are completely housetrained. They would do well as members of an active family, but would also be just as happy in a calm, quiet household with older companions–as long as they stay together.
We realize that it is oftentimes hard to find a forever family willing to take two dogs. Many fans of CHHS will remember the story of Shyann and Grace, the mother-daughter Husky/Malamutes. They had been together nine years, and we were not about to separate them. It took nearly a year at our shelter, but we found the perfect family for them in South Carolina where they now live in a happy, loving home.
We want the same future for Jessie and Knox, so we will waive the adoption fee for the second sibling. Adopt both of these sweet and gentle canine companions for only $85, and that includes already being spayed/neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and flea/heartworm preventative, and 30 days of free pre-paid pet health insurance.
Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads. Our no-kill shelter is open seven days a week, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. on Sunday. Visit CHHS online at www.chhumanesociety.org to see pictures and descriptions of all the adorable, adoptable dogs and cats looking for forever homes. For more information, please call the shelter at (828) 743-5752.

Contributed by David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society  |  Photo by Marty Boone 

Million Dollar Gifts

The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation has announced that an extraordinary gift of $1 million will be contributed by its lead philanthropist, Jane Woodruff, and that it will be matched by a $1 million gift from Mission Health.
“I am very pleased to make this gift to HCH, which has provided compassionate and quality health care to families in our local area for more than three generations,” said Mrs. Woodruff. “I hope the community will join me in continuing our strong tradition of philanthropy, so essential to keeping our
hospital up-to-date.”
Since HCH came into being more than 60 years ago, philanthropy has been the lifeblood of the hospital. Today’s Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation was created in 1985 as a supporting organization to HCH through a comprehensive program of promoting and administrating charitable contributions. The role of the Foundation will not change under the Mission affiliation, and the Foundation will remain a separate organization with its own local Board of Directors.
“Mission Health very much respects and appreciates Ms. Woodruff’s commitment to the community as manifested through this remarkably generous donation and we value the confidence that she has expressed in the new affiliation between Mission and Highlands-Cashiers,” said Dr. Ronald A. Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health. “We look forward to partnering with Ms. Woodruff and the Highlands-Cashiers community to serve this important segment of western North Carolina.”
“I am exceedingly grateful to learn of Jane’s gift,” said Craig James, HCH President and CEO. “As we move forward in our partnership with Mission Health, I anticipate operational improvements that will permit us to rely less on the Foundation for operational support and more for the development of capital projects and new programs and services.”
“The treasured asset of a strong, vibrant community hospital cannot be overstated,” said Earle Mauldin, who’s served as chair of the HCH Foundation since 2009. “The Foundation Board is truly excited that Ms. Woodruff has stepped forward with such outstanding support at this important juncture of our organization and that Mission Health has agreed to match her contribution.”

Contributed by Robin Taylor