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The Etiquette of Corkage

Never has a term been more misunderstood than the use of “corkage.” A frightening number of people believe that corkage or corkage fee is a charge to remove the cork from an outside bottle of wine. Corkage is a fee to recoup the revenue lost to an outside bottle, four to five drinks or $35 to $50. For a restaurant …

Mice Cookies

December is the month of crispy-smelling Christmas trees, hot chocolate, presents and cookies.   Instead of making the regular Chocolate Chip Cookies this year, try some very simple, yet very tasty Mice Cookies. Ingredients: 2 cups Vanilla Cookies, crumbled 3 tablespoons raw Cocoa Powder 1/2 cup Butter, melted To Decorate:  Tiny Pieces of Cheese 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds 18 pieces …

Visions of Sugar Cookies

When you think of Christmas you no doubt picture Santa Claus; but what about long-suffering Mrs. Claus?   Surely, she deserves to be appreciated.  Does she even have a first name? Imagine her husband slaving away all year with no one to help but guys with pointy ears.  He’s not one to ship his work to the South Pole where …

The Orchard

First things first – if you choose to dine at The Orchard during this “off” season, make reservations! My sweetie and I sauntered in at 7:00 P.M. on a Friday. It was a Friday in November, we were vaguely worried that we’d be the only diners in this rambling 100-year-old building.  The first clue we had that our lonely conversations …

HCCMF Founder Lucas Drew

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, which enjoys a worldwide reputation, is the product of the passion and remarkable talents of Dr. Lucas Drew.  Dr. Drew, after a distinguished career of more than 40 years of teaching and performing, retired in 2000 as Professor Emeritus at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and Principal Double Bass Emeritus of the …

If You Werent Smitten Before

Smitten is celebrating four years of success. 2016 promises to be the best year ever with a slate of fresh artists, scouted from all over the Southeast.  Here are teasers for four outstanding members of the new Smitten family. Painter Diane Kilgore from Greenville, South Carolina, is the bird girl. Whether cardinal, crow, or canary her personable birdies have a …

Art Leagues Triumphs

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers ended the 2015 season with a bright outlook for 2016.  A highlight of ALHC is the Artist Series at The Bascom, running from April through October. Each month, an ALHC artist presents completed works with a presentation on the medium used.  This is a free event with a wine and cheese reception, plus the opportunity …

A Cinematic Anniversary

My how time flies!  It’s mind-boggling to think that it has been two years since we began enjoying first-run movies at the Highlands Playhouse.  A hearty “Thank You” to the forward-thinking Playhouse Board members who followed their dream to bring movies to the Plateau. This would not have happened without the generous benefactors or the enthusiastic movie-goers who filled the …

PACs Triple Delight

T he Highlands Performing Arts offers a trio of live performances in the month of December. The Bolshoi Ballet Live from Moscow will present “Lady of Camellias” on Sunday, December 6, at 12:55 P.M.  A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society.  Despite her infidelity, Armand will …

Plateau Art Gallery News

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts offers free exhibitions, unique education and community outreach through workshops, classes, and lectures.  Gallery hours: 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.  Call (828) 526-4949 or visit thebascom.org to learn about winter programs, classes, events. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Days. Mountain Mist Gallery of …

Licensed to Kiln

Highlander Kristin Edwards is a wife, a mother, and one amazing potter.   Her first began pottery classes in college and has continued them since then.  When The Bascom opened its new facility in 2009, Kristin was thrilled with the state-of-the-art ceramics equipment, and even more impressed with the instructors teaching at The Bascom.  For the past six years, she has …

Living His Dream

“It’s funny how things get started,” says John Phillips, owner of Fire and Light Glass Studio in Otto, North Carolina.  “We lived in an older home in Duluth, Georgia, and decided we wanted some stained glass windows.  So in 1981 I took a stained glass class.  I got addicted, so much so, that when we moved to North Carolina, I …