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The Publisher Every year it is our privilege to compile and publish the Best of Cashiers. As the name reflects, the magazine includes what the reader needs to know about what makes this plateau so special. We start with an overview of all the communities that make up the area and explore some things to do in them. From hikes to fishing to waterfalls, there are an abundance of adventures awaiting if you like the outdoors. If community events are your thing, then look for information about the free weekly Groovin’ on the Green concerts. Just bring something to sit on, something to munch on and something to drink. Be ready to see people you know and to make new friends, all while listening to great music at the Village Commons. There are events all season throughout the area, of which Groovin’ is but one. Enjoy concerts on the Slopes in Sapphire Valley, arts and craft festivals, nature walks and talks and of course, our Fall Leaf Festival during our always beautiful leaf season. No visit is complete without spending time in Glenville shops and on Lake Glenville. Bring your

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boat or charter a pontoon and visit the waterfalls around the lake, fish and swim. If you want to be involved in the community, there are plenty of organizations that help improve the quality of life. The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association and the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, help keep our business community thriving. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, the Blue Ridge Dental Clinic offering free dental care and the Food Pantry help those in need; animal and human. If you want to volunteer, there will be a good fit for you in some local organization. There is way too much in the magazine to mention in this introduction, So, sit back with your favorite beverage and peruse the different sections, figure out what you want to do, then go out and enjoy yourself! Best regards,

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Table of Contents: Cashiers............................ page 4 Sapphire Valley .............. page 28 Glenville .......................... page 40 Tuckasegee ..................... page 44 Go Outdoors ................... page 52 Ad and story index ........ page 64

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Village a majestic place to live or visit By Kelly Donaldson Editor

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ewell of the southern end of Jackson County, the quaint village of Cashiers is nestled in the southwestern corner of North Carolina. Sitting at 3,487 feet in elevation at the crossroads of Highways 107 and 64, practically anyone can find something to enjoy in these mountains. No matter if you are a native, visitor or part-time resident, the Cashiers lifestyle is as multifaceted as its peaks and valleys. The highest point in the area rises to 5,127 at Yellow Mountain, yet drops to 1,020 feet along the Horsepasture River. Regardless of the season, the weather is typically milder here year-round than in other surrounding areas. Temperatures average a high of 80 degrees in the hottest of summer months, and 40 degrees in the coldest parts of the winter season. Annually, Cashiers receives about 75 inches of rain per year. The valley is obviously a popular tourist destination. The true population of Cashiers ebbs and flows around 2,000 people, but

from about Memorial Day until the end of October’s fall leaf season, part-time residents and visitors are estimated to bump that number up to about 10,000-15,000 people. Cashiers is home to exceptional schools, and our churches and civic organizations are truly among the most philanthropic you’ll ever see. Most of the area’s events, projects and needs are funded by these gracious organizations and donors. Commerce in the village includes easy access to many eclectic shops and businesses. They surround the Village Green and Commons park in the center of the village. Other pivotal parts of the community are the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, the Cashiers Community Center, the new Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center, the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, and the new ABC Store set to open in the summer of 2014. Pathways assist visitors and natives alike as they navigate your way around town, or simply provide a place to take a healthy and refreshing stroll. Surrounding the inner workings of the village, outdoor-types enjoy countless miles of hiking trails, camping spots, parks,

mountains, waterfalls, fishing, boating, lakes, rivers, world-class golf courses, bicycling, skiing (water and snow), and horseback riding, just to name a few. Every year, many Cashiers organizations produce a season full of exciting events, most of which benefit a charity or nonprofit. Some of those events include the Blues, Brew and Barbecue Festival, the Leaf Festival, several arts and crafts shows, weekly Groovin’ on the Green free concert events on Friday’s during the busy season, the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, Cashiers Benefit Antique Show, the Church of the Good Shepherd Auction and Bazaar, the Tour de Cashiers, Cashiers Trail Mix, and so much more. But time and time again, most people agree that what makes Cashiers so endearing is its people. A simple stroll around town will surely lead you to meet native mountain folks, retired doctors and lawyers, or even perhaps adventurous travelers sampling a plate of N.C. barbecue and sweet tea in a mason jar. No matter how life led you here, chances ~ are you’ll fall in love with Cashiers. 2014/2015

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elebrating more than 30 years of service, the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce serves the communities of Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway. Its mission is to provide leadership in the Cashiers area as a business advocate, an information source for the community and a conduit for building destination awareness and responsible growth. Member and visitor services are provided from its log cabin office at 202 US Highway 64 West near the Cashiers Crossroads. Executive Director Stephanie Edwards and Greeter Holly Newman welcome guests year round. The location serves as a communications nexus for the area with its central calendar of events, business directory, visitor information, community postings, non-profit event ticket sales and much more. On behalf of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), the Chamber operates the area’s Visitor Information Center in the Chamber building. Visitors and residents alike will find a wealth of accommodation, dining, shopping, recreation and entertainment information there. The Chamber hosts numerous membership activities and fosters strong government relations through Legislative Updates and Community Forums. Business After Hours receptions showcase area businesses and offer valuable networking opportunities to members.

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The Chamber also hosts the annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience held the first Saturday of May and is a sponsor for the Mountain Challenge tennis exhibition held in July at Cedar Creek Racquet Club featuring tennis professionals Andy Roddick and Jim Courier. The Cashiers Trail Mix Mountain & Team

Adventure Runs cross wilderness landscape and challenging obstacles the second Saturday after Labor Day. The Chamber also organizes the Cashiers Christmas Parade. Visit www.CashiersAreaChamber.com for information or call 828-743-5191. ~

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questions. They’re even blogging: check out fontanalib.wordpress.com.   The library is now part of NC Cardinal, a state wide sharing catalog which allows readers to order books from an ever increasing number of libraries across the state. The Friends of the Albert CarltonCashiers Community Library is an organization of citizens dedicated to promoting the continued growth of the library and its services. It comprises people from all walks of life and of all ages who share a common belief that a good public library is a valuable community asset that must be nourished and supported. • Membership in Friends of the Library costs $35 for individuals, $50 for families, $125 for patrons and $250 for sponsors. Make checks to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 2628, Cashiers, N.C. 28717. • Donations of money, books, movies, and audio books are always accepted, whether for use at the library or by the Friends of the Library book sale.  The Friends’ annual book sale will take place in June, but their store in the library is always open. • The library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Mondays. Call 828~ 743-0215 or visit www.fontanalib.org.

ooking for a place where people young and old can gather to acquire new information, hold meetings, watch a movie, or simply curl up with a good book? The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is just that kind of place. As a member of Fontana Regional Library, it gives also gives visitors access to resources from five libraries in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. The library supports local students with resources for homework; it supports the new family with information on parenting and child development. From picture books to large print, the library has something for everyone. The library’s resources give free access to dozens of online databases for genealogy, literature, finance, and medicine in addition to free audio books for your mp3 player. It also offers thousands of e-books you can checkout from the comfort of your own home through our e-INC service. The library offers interlibrary loan services for harder to get items. The public is invited to use one if the library’s 12 Internetaccessible computers, and visitors are also welcome to bring their own laptops and tablets to tap into the library’s free wireless connection.   Cashiers’ library also has programs: story time for the little ones; a summer reading program for kids and teens; Thursday movies throughout the summer for both youngsters and adults; as well as fun and informational programming year round.  For the most upto-date event information, become a fan of the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ FontanaRegionalLibrary or follow us on Twitter @ Fontanalib. The staff of the Photo by Kelly Donaldson/Staff Albert Carlton-Cashiers The staff at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Community Library Library, from left, are Rand Blackwell, Hope Alwine, welcomes your visits and librarian Serenity Richards and Luke Osteen.

GCAMA events planned from now through autumn The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association plans many events throughout the year for locals and tourists to enjoy. By Kelly Donaldson Editor

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ach year, the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) plans a season full of events for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. • Earlier in the spring of 2014, GCAMA held its second annual Blues, Brew and BBQ Festival during the Memorial Day holiday. • Starting in May, GCAMA’s summer concert series ‚“Groovin’ on the Green” returns with a fantastic line-up of performers. This event has grown in popularity each year. Join GCAMA on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., at The Village Commons. Bring a blanket, a beverage and enjoy the music. The events are free with donations encouraged.

Following is the 2014 schedule of GCAMA events: • Friday, June 6- Sponsored by Friends of Lake Glenville- Hurricane Creek- (rock) • Friday, June 20- Soldier’s Heart(Americana) • Friday, June 27- Jackson/Taylor Band

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The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association plans events throughout

• Friday, July 4the season for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. The Extraordinaires(soul, R&B) w/ Leaf Festival fireworks provided by the Village Green • October 10-12- TBA • Friday, July 11- Joe Lasher Jr. Band (country) • GCAMA always has various VIP • Friday, July 18- Jeff Sipe Trio- (jazz packages can be purchased by calling the fusion/jam) GCAMA office at 828-743-8428 or visit • Friday, July 25- Sponsored by the Cork www.visitcashiersvalley.com. There is always and Barrel, Erica Nicole- (country) a need for sponsors, volunteers and new • Friday, August 1- Matt Joiner Bandmembers as well. (blues/rock) • GCAMA is in its sixth year of existence. • Friday, August 8- Rockell Scott and Its mission is simple: to build the local Friends (jazz) economy by bringing traffic into the stores • Friday, August 15- Unspoken Tradition- and attracting new potential home-owners (bluegrass) to the Cashiers area. The association mails • Friday, August 22- Sponsored by welcome packages to new property owners Landmark- Hurricane Creek- (rock) containing special offers from local area merchants as well as redeemable coupons for a basket full of goodies from association Labor Day Extravaganza members. GCAMA plans to expand • Saturday, August 30- Blind Lemon opportunities through collaboration in Phillips (blues/rock) joint fundraisers, database sharing, and cosponsoring of events. • Visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com or on Facebook at GCAMA Events. ~

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he Village Green is a 12.5 acre park that extends from the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107 to Frank Allen Road. The “green heart” of Cashiers offers recreational, cultural and educational activities for residents and visitors alike. “The Village Green is often regarded as a mountain version of Central Park,” observes Ann Self, Executive Director of The Village Green. “But, we don’t need a zoo with bars; here the wildlife roams freely!” It began with the vision of Al Balestiere and friends. “They wanted to preserve the quaint mountain village atmosphere, so they donated the land to establish The Village Green,” observed Jochen Lucke, Board Chairperson. Since that time the park has been privately conserved and developed by the nonprofit organization, The Village Green. Unlike other public parks, The Village Green receives no government funding. Operations and improvements are funded solely by individual donors and special fundraising events. Besides the walking paths, beautiful gardens, woodland and wetland trails and children’s playground, this local gem is also the location of numerous community festivals, concerts, craft fairs and events. The

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popular, free Friday night concert series Groovin On the Green sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association returns May 30. The Village Green also hosts the Village Nature Series, naturalist programs in partnership with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust at 5:30 on the last Tuesday of May through September. The Village Green will provide the community fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day. A highlight of the summer will be Arts On the Green. More than 30 artists will set up their easels to paint the picturesque landscape. During the week of July 13-18, a number of special events are planned during the festival, including an artist demonstration, quick paint competition and the Palette to Palate Affair, a party and live art auction. Sales of the original paintings benefit The Village Green. Visit www.villagegreen cashiersnc.com for a full calendar of events, information on reserving a venue for a party or to make a donation. Connect with The Village Green by calling 828-743-3434 or emailing info@ villagegreencashiersnc.com. “Like” The Village Green on Facebook or follow on Twitter @ cashiersgreen. ~

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ne of the top criteria for determining quality of life in integration process underway the the place we choose to live, or Highlands and Cashiers communities retire, is the “peace of mind” will have access to a system-wide factor of access to quality healthcare. scope of high quality clinical services, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital technology, and medical expertise (HCH) is a not-for-profit community while keeping true to meeting the hospital serving Highlands, Cashiers local needs of our community. and the surrounding N.C. mountain Current activities include: Physician communities. Located on Highway recruitment for an additional 64 between the two towns, HCH Photo submitted emergency room physician at the offers diagnostic, surgical and acute Highlandss-Cashiers Hospital. hospital and primary care physician patient care through onsite professional at Cashiers Medical Center. The services or provides a referral to other On January 31, 2014 Highlands-Cashiers first of the telemedicine specialties, regional health care systems. Emergency Hospital became a member of the Mission Telestroke, has been installed in HCH’s care is physician-staffed 24/7. HCH has 24 Health system.   Mission Health, based emergency department and provides access beds for acute care services and 80 beds in in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixthto a board certified neurologist 24-7-365. the Eckerd Living Center, a skilled nursing largest health system and the region’s only The Eckerd Living Center (ELC) is an facility. There are four hospital-owned not-for-profit, independent community 80-bed skilled nursing facility located on the physician clinics in Highlands and Cashiers. hospital system governed and managed Campus of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. The hospital’s Foundation, with the generous exclusively in western N.C. Mission Health In July 2013, Facility-wide renovations support of the community, provides was recognized as one of the nation’s Top were completed to create enhanced dining significant operating resources to the facility 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by enjoyment, outdoor garden access, activity and its programs.   For more information, Thomson Reuters and Truven Health rooms, social areas, and a variety of please visit www.highlandscashiershospital. Analytics, respectively. specialized improvements. ~ org.   With the HCH and Mission Health

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ashiers Community Center offers a swimming pool, ball fields, a walking trail and playground open to the community. Also on the grounds is a picnic area, tennis courts and the Cashiers Thrift Shop. Cashiers Community Council are exploring renovations to the property in coordination with Mountain Youth Charities and plan to open a Boys & Girls Club at the center later this year. The pool is tentatively open from Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 27. Open swim is $3 per person. Season passes are available for $60 a person and $125 for a family. Lessons are also available. The pool is open Tues.-Sat. Noon-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Lap swim for adults is 11 a.m.-noon Tues.-Saturday and noon-1 p.m. Sunday.

Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center

Opened in 2013, the rec center offers a full-sized gymnasium and indoor walking track, a fitness room with cardio and weight equipment, an aerobics room, a meeting room and Men’s and Women’s locker rooms. Fitness classes for yoga, spin, Zumba, pilates and more are offered. Personal trainers are also available. For a schedule, visit rec. jacksonnc.org/cashiers-glenville-recreation-center or call 828-6312020. A Fun 4 Kids Summer Day Camp is offered in the summer. Registration is held in March. The recreation center is open Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m. 9 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Daily admission is $5 for individuals, $8 for family, $3 for seniors and free for children under 8 years old. Passes are also available. ~

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The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society staff is shown with the new H.E.A.R.T. vehicle.

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ne of the most picturesque no-kill shelters in the United States, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society (CHHS) is nestled amongst ten rolling acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by the natural beauty of scenic forests, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and lakes. Dogs and puppies romp and run in multi-acre play yards, and cats and kittens interact and play in cage-less community cat rooms. • Established in 1987 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal welfare organization, CHHS has rescued, provided compassionate care, and found forever homes for thousands of abandoned and neglected animals. CHHS receives no federal, state or local tax dollars, and no financial support from any national animal organization. One-hundred percent of their funding comes from individual donations, grants, bequests and special events. • In addition to their core mission of animal welfare, CHHS also has multiple community outreach programs to help improve the lives of local residents and their pets. These initiatives include low cost spay/neuter, a pet food bank, humane education programs for local schoolchildren, and pet therapy visits to area senior living communities. • A new addition to

CHHS is the H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina (Humane, Emergency, Adoption, Rescue and Transport). The H.E.A.R.T. mobile medical/rescue vehicle allows CHHS to provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries, lowcost vaccination clinics, increase adoptions at off-site events, and assist first responders by providing transport and safe refuge for animals in times of national disasters. Because of the addition of the H.E.A.R.T. rescue unit, CHHS has been designated by the Humane Society of the United States as one of only four official Emergency Placement Partners in the State of North Carolina (along with Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh). • Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64, two miles east of the Crossroads. Shelter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 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.

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Schools By Kelly Donaldson

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ashiers’ five educational campuses aren’t overly impressive when you look at enrollment numbers alone, but if quality educational opportunities are what you’re after, with smaller class sizes, the schools here on the plateau are nothing short of spectacular. The area has a multitude of options for parents to choose from, ranging from public schools, charter schools, preschools and home schools.

Cashiers Valley Preschool

CVP is conveniently located at 180 Cashiers School Rd. It is a five-star preschool and has a 16,000 square foot fenced-in playground and a 3,000 square foot indoor playground. CVP can accommodate 40 three and four year-old children and have six experienced and qualified teachers. Frank Ralston and his wife, Candice are codirectors and lead teachers at the school. At CVP, children are taught letters, numbers, shapes and colors. Each child is encouraged creatively as they color, paint, cut-out and

paste together beautiful craft projects throughout the year. Parents are appreciated and actively involved in the school’s PTO programs, birthdays, holidays, special events and fundraising activities. Good manners are taught and emphasized as reflected in the school’s motto: Where each parent matters and every child is special. Call 828-743-4320 for more information.

The Hampton Preschool and Early Learning Center

Children at Hampton Preschool and Early Learning Center are excited about learning. Hampton’s high quality learning environments offer opportunities for exploration and discovery each day for even the youngest children. Classrooms offer a rich curriculum emphasizing social/ emotional development, the natural world, and school readiness. The center can accommodate up to 12 one to two year olds, and up to 15 in the preschool classroom for three, four and five-year-olds. In the afterschool program, up to 12 children can be accommodated from five-12 years-old. The school is located at 20 Community

Place in Cashiers. Call 828-743-3056 for information.

Blue Ridge School

Blue Ridge is the community’s public elementary school and high school. More than 300 students attend the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade facility, which boasts national board certified teachers, small class sizes and an athletic program. The school also features an early college program as well. Blue Ridge School is located on Highway 107 N., just into Glenville from the crossroads in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-743-2646.

Summit Charter School

Summit is a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school located in the heart of Cashiers. The school has 192 students who follow the basic school philosophy; they support school as community, curriculum with coherence, Continued on page 15 208277

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commitment to character and a climate for learning. Dr. Jack Talmadge is the school’s director. Summit is located on Mitten Lane, off of Zeb Alley Rd. in Cashiers. For more information call 828-743-5755.

Cashiers-Highlands Christian Homeschoolers

If you are seeking an alternative to public or private education, the Cashiers-Highlands Christian Homeschoolers (CHCH) may be just the education opportunity you are seeking.  Approximately 25 families in the greater Highlands and Cashiers area currently participate in this group that seeks to glorify God through education, sports and a variety of other activities.  CHCH is an excellent outlet for homeschool support, whether it be determining the best curriculum or just an opportunity to share life with other similarily situated families.  CHCH has a monthly calendar with many activities, including PE, choir, local hikes, speech and debate, Mom’s Night Out, family picnics and campouts.  For more information, contact Jennifer Thompson 828-787-1385 or Kay Moore 828-526-9152.

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Southwestern Community College-Cashiers Center 

Cashiers is home to an active branch of Southwestern Community College, which serves students across the region. The college has campuses in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and offers diploma, certificate and associate’s degree curricula, as well as concentrations. Currently, SCC offers more than 60 programs. More than 2,600 students enroll annually in credit courses, and more than 5,500 (unduplicated) participate in a wide variety of courses, workshops and seminars offered through Continuing Education.  SCC-Cashiers is located on Frank Allen Rd., next to the library. SCC also works with Blue Ridge School to offer an early college program. For

more information, please call 828-339-4426.

Western Carolina University

A member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, Western Carolina University was founded in 1889 to bring teacher education to the mountains. WCU now enrolls approximately 9,400 students in 220 undergraduate majors and concentrations and in more than 40 graduate programs of study. With service to Western North Carolina as a primary goal, the university curriculum emphasizes engaged learning opportunities and service learning as fundamental aspects of a WCU education. The university is located in Cullowhee, about 20 miles north of Cashiers on Highway 107. ~

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Church of the Good Shepherd Auction and Bazaar – Making a Difference By Janie Crews

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he Church of the Good Shepherd will Volunteers grill up hot dogs and hamburgers at last year’s Church of the Good Shepherd Bazaar. hold its annual Auction and Bazaar p.m. Breakfast sales with sausage biscuits and baked goods. Raffle tickets are also on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. begin at 8 a.m. and lunch sales of hot dogs, sale for great prizes. Live and silent auctions will be held hamburgers, or chicken sandwiches begin at All merchandise for sale or auction has Friday at the church on Hwy. 107 S. across 11 a.m. been donated by the people of Cashiers. from High Hampton. There will be a $5 New this year is a children’s free crafts Donations can be brought to the church admission. tent. We’ll also have live music featuring weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Large Bidding on the silent auction will be from Pic and Play with John Huxley. So bring items such as furniture can be picked up by 4 until 6:15 p.m. Friday. An hors d’oeuvre the entire family. There’s something for calling the church office at 828-743-2359. reception begins at 5 p.m. followed by the everyone! They are unable to accept clothing, exercise live auction at 6:30. The live auction offers In the gymnasium and under the tents equipment, sofas, mattresses, computers, weeks in homes in the US and abroad as well will be antiques, artwork, baskets, books, microwaves, televisions, and small appliances as gourmet and casual dinners for groups of bric-a-brac, children’s items, furniture, rugs, not in working condition. friends and many other exciting items. garden/ patio items, kitchenware, linens, All proceeds from the Auction/Bazaar are The Bazaar, now in its 29th year, is a pottery, and sporting goods. Don’t forget to returned directly to the community via the huge event held at the Cashiers Community ~ stop by Heavenly Foods to take home fresh Good Shepherd Outreach Program. Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 or frozen casseroles, apple pies, soups, jellies,

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In Feb., of 2014, Dr. Michelle McDonald visited both Blue Ridge school and Summit Charter School (above) and performed almost 350 dental screenings.

high-quality restorative dental care to hundreds of needy patients. To qualify, individuals must earn no more than two times the poverty level. The clinic is fully supported through donations from local churches, foundations and individuals.

To make an appointment, call 828743-3393. To learn more, visit www. blueridgefreedentalclinic.org. Donations can be mailed to BRMHP, P.O. Box 451, Cashiers, NC 28717.

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Hilliard House is the 17th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse TM

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lose to the center of Cashiers, through the gates and down a beautifully wooded and winding trail, stands an utterly charming, low-country home, on 29 breathtaking acres set deep in the shadows of Whiteside Mountain. Hilliard House boasts extraordinary and encompassing views, soaring ceilings and a gracious and open floor plan for large scale entertaining. Bedrooms and baths are intimate and private with each perfectly positioned for a picture framed view of Whiteside Mountain. A sweeping veranda - stretching the entire width of the home welcomes you inside while porches and decks off the back beckon a lazy summer day spent with a glass of lemonade and a great book. From August 23 through August 31, Interior Designers representing the Southeastern region will not only bring trending design to Cashiers but will again create the magic that is The Cashiers Designer Showhouse TM . Leading area landscapers are involved in redefining the areas surrounding the home and in turn creating serene and evocative late summer mountain gardens for Showhouse strolling. Laura Jane Stanton, Showhouse Event Manager enthuses, “Once again CHS has chosen a stunning property for the 2014 Designer Showhouse. Sitting in the middle of 29 acres is a lovely, light, and airy southern style home. This home offers spectacular views of woods and Whiteside Mountain

from almost every room. As one approaches the back of this property, you will be ‘blown away’ by the view of the Chattooga Valley and the mighty Whiteside. Combined with the talented designers, the exciting shopping experience and the tantalizing lunch, we promise you will have a wonderfully memorable day in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina!” Showhouse Boutique Manager, Cherie Tibbets serves as liaison with 25 separate boutique/shop owners in structuring two unique shopping experiences at Showhouse - the Annex Boutique and the Cafe Level Shops. Antiques, jewelry, area crafts, foods, clothing and accessories and garden plants with that Cashiers style can be found again this year, along with surprise pop-up shops and books from various designers throughout the world. Lunch will be served daily at the Showhouse Cafe from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is the primary fundraiser of the Cashiers Historical Society, whose work in educating and advocating to preserve the cultural heritage of our Valley is so essential. Daily Admission: $35; available at the Barrs Parking Lot and Online. For further information, please contact the Cashiers Historical Society at 828-7437710 or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety. org. ~

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Escape to the File photo submitted by Friends for Life

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riends for Life was organized in 2003 to help the homeless senior and special needs companion animals in Western North Carolina. These pets, due to age, health or disability, are generally considered un-adoptable. Most of the animals come from county shelters, other rescue organizations or veterinary clinics. But Friends For Life also assists people that due to their own age, health or extenuating circumstances, must relinquish a beloved four-legged family member. In May 2005, Friends for Life procured property in Lake Toxaway to develop a sanctuary for the animals in its care. Aptly named the Forever Farm, the facility provides a permanent, caring home for the special animals that are not adopted. Since its inception in 2003, Friends for Life has assisted more than 2,000 dogs and cats, most requiring special care. Some of these animals have been placed in new, loving homes. The Forever Farm is currently home for approximately 120 cats, 50 dogs and four horses. Our mission has become known throughout the region and our phone “rings off the hook” with requests for assistance with senior and special needs animals. Friends For Life constantly operates at full capacity with many animals waiting for our assistance. The dog facility provides a truly a

homelike environment, where residents live in compatible groups and enjoy large outside exercise areas. The special cats also enjoy a facility that allows them to live as they would in a normal home, free of cages and enjoying each other’s company. Every cat has access to screened porches providing the fresh air needed to enhance both their emotional and physical health. In 2012 a small barn was built on the property, and two pastures fenced, to allow us to care for a few special horses. We hope to expand this program as funds are available. The community is invited to visit the Friends for Life Forever Farm, located at 405 Reid Siding Rd., in Lake Toxaway, to meet the dogs, cats and horses that call this special place home. Call Friends For Life at (828) 508-2460 for information, directions and visiting hours. The facility always needs help to continue the mission of caring for these special animals. Volunteers are appreciated and donations of supplies, equipment, services, or cash are greatly needed. Friends for Life is a 501©(3) non-profit charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, N.C. 28774. Visit our Web site at www. friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org where donations can be made online. ~

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J-MCA merger forms new voice for environmental advocacy

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he board of directors and membership of the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (J-MCA), Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) and the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) announced a merger in May of 2014. These three organizations, each having deep roots and strong histories of environmental advocacy in their communities, will join to create a larger

organization. Their combined resources and expertise will tackle local and regional issues. We believe a unified, more visible organization will attract new members and help build a larger community of advocates for the protection of Western NC’s precious natural resources and quality of life. With this broader geographic reach encompassing 23 counties of Western North Carolina, the new organization will have a platform that will expand programs and

enable stronger influence on environmental policy at all levels of government. The organization will have offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, and Franklin. This will allow increased engagement with citizens across all Western NC. Upon completion of the strategic planning and branding process for the newly created organization later this year, the name and logo of Western NC’s new voice for environmental advocacy will be released. ~

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t’s not uncommon to see an occassional bear from time to time in our area. Keep these safety tips in mind:

• Store garbage in a safe place until the morning of pick-up. • Bring bird feeders and pet food indoors at night or stop feeding birds. • Clean BBQ grills after use. • Spray clean BBQ and trash cans with ammonia or vinegar to deter bears. • Never come between a mother bear and her cub. • Never, ever feed the bears!

Your destination for unconditional love! One of the most picturesque no-kill shelters in the United States, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is nestled amongst ten rolling acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by the natural beauty of scenic forests, mountains and rivers. Dogs romp and run in multi-acre play yards, and felines interact and play in cageless community cat rooms. Since 1987, CHHS has rescued, cared for, and found forever homes for thousands of abandoned and neglected animals.

Visit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society today – it’s your destination for unconditional love!

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Cashiers Relay for Life

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A scene from the 2013 Cashiers Relay for Life event.

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his year’s Cashiers Relay for Life event is Friday, July 25-Saturday, July 26 at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a survivor lap, caregiver lap and team lap. During relay, teams keep a team member on the track throughout the night to represent that the fight for a cure for cancer is ongoing. The annual event includes food,

games and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. This is the fifth season for Cashiers Relay for Life as an independent Relay organization. The theme of Relay this year is “Party for the Purple,” and teams can decorate their booths at the event with a purple theme. Relay for Life raises funds for the American Cancer Society to fight against

cancer and raise awareness to save lives from cancer. More than 4 million people participate in Relay for Life events around the world. Check the Crossroads Chronicle’s weekly paper for information on fundraising events throughout the summer. To learn more or start a Relay team, go to www.relayforlife.org/cashiersnc. ~

Fine Art including...

Mountain Mist Gallery of Cashiers

Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 40 Perennial Dr., Cashiers 1 Block South of Hwy 64 on 107 South (next to Brookings)

NEW Mountain Mist Studio

Painting classes and workshops start June 1st! Sign up now at www.mountainmistgallery.com

Fine Art Friday ”

Painting demonstrations from 4-6 p.m. every Friday evening through October! Different painter every week. $5 at the door. Complimentary Wine

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he Cashiers Quilters Guild meets every Wednesday at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Highway 107 S., at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Anyone interested in quilting is invited to attend.

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Landscape Architects since 1973 The purpose of the quilting group, Cashiers Quilters, is to promote and preserve the art and history of quilts through education of its members, and to inspire community involvement.

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Summer Garden Salons at the Dovecote Join Mary Palmer Dargan, RLA, for a series of informal garden talks in Dovecote’s garden every Thursday morning at 10 a.m.:

June 12: Erin Watson Scotlyn’s Yard Nursery “Delightful Dahlias” June 19: Mary Palmer Dargan: Miniature Landscape Workshop June 26: Carl Peverall Sculptor Dovecote’s Grand Opening Weekend! July 3: Mary Palmer Dargan: Elderflower Cordial Making July 10: Garden Party Hat July 15: Watch Art Happen! July 17: Eve Tidwell: Art

Breakthrough workshop July 18 (11 am – 3 pm): Karen Weihs Exhibition July 24: Jodie Zahner: Floral Design Workshop July 31: Mary Palmer Dargan: My Magic Mix Aug 7: Bob Dews Waterfalls & ponds Aug 14: Mary Palmer Dargan: Bitters making August 23: Showhouse Garden Design August 30: Season’s finale … TBA

See our schedule at: http://dargan.com/dovecote-events/

Dargan Landscape Architects of the HighlandsCashiers Plateau serves the area with landscape architectural consultations and master plans for projects large and small. Hugh & Mary Palmer Dargan, RLAs

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ashiers boasts a long and colorful history, but until the mid-1990’s there was no organized effort to preserve its history. That changed with a meeting on the porch of Julia Tolbert McCall’s house, where a small group gathered to brainstorm the start of what is now the Cashiers Historical Society. In 2013, a total of 400 volunteers joined together to learn about the history of Cashiers Valley through Docent training for the Zachary-Tolbert House Museum, actively participated as guides for the annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, set-up for Music on the Grounds, served as hosts for the annual Empty Bowls event benefitting Fishes and Loaves, participated in planning Founders Day for area children and celebrated the successes of the year at the annual Circle of Volunteer’s Chili Luncheon in October. As members of committees, volunteers in 2013 completed a revised version of the Heritage Trail Map (available at the Old School House), Phase I and Phase II of Historic Sites (Heritage property designation for area historic properties) were completed and published, completion of Phase 2 of Faces & Places - a unique oral and visual record of the families that made and continue to make Cashiers an extraordinary community. The excellent administrative staff at the Old School House, an engaged and hard-working Board - hand-in-hand with a

Photo by Alan Rhew

The CHS Circle of Volunteers gather at the annual chili luncheon to look back on another successful season.

strong volunteer network - will ensure the success of the following events slated for 2014:

Music on the Grounds

June 26 5 p.m. Zachary-Tolbert Grounds

A summer evening with The Smokey Mountain Quartet. Entry is free and you are encouraged to bring a picnic supper.

17th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse

August 23 through August 31 Hilliard House

Down a long winding road, nestled in the shadows of Whiteside Mountain, guests will view an utterly charming low country Cashiers home surrounded by 29 forested acres. 25 designers will have created magic, 20 boutiques will be filled with unique gifts, crafts and items for the home and lunch will be served daily at the Showhouse Cafe.

Founder’s Day

September 25 Zachary-Tolbert House

Cashiers third and fourth graders spend the day learning skills and crafts from Valley pioneerThis year we expand on the Cherokee theme with Eastern Band of the Cherokee dancers and story tellers expanding minds with tales of yesterday in the Valley.

Empty Bowls

October 5 Zachary-Tolbert House Noon

Artisanal bowls offered for sale, filled by the donated soups of area chefs for a communal lunch, the proceeds benefitting the Food Pantry.

Zachary-Tolbert House Museum

Docent guided tours available through the season - June through August - every Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm. The extensive trails circling the property are open from dawn to dusk daily, weather permitting. We would love to have you join the Cashiers Historical Society as a member and/or as a volunteer! Visit: www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org or call 828-743-1770. ~

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Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

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Week Four

July 18-19, “Jazz Meets Classics: Sax in the Mountains”

Performers will be Leo Saguiguit, classical sax; Will Scruggs, jazz sax; Elena Cholakova, classical piano; Gary Motley, jazz piano

July 20-21 The Parker String Quartet

Performers will be Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

Week Five

July 25-26, The Eroica Trio

Performers will be Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello; Erika Nickrenz, piano; Sara Parkins, violin

July 27-28, “Cellomania!”

Performers will be Sara Sant’Ambrogio, David Hancock, Lexine Feng, Benjamin Karp, Guang Wang, James Waldo, cello; Alyona Aksyonova, piano; Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp

Week Six

Aug. 1-2, “American Idols”

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he Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Bucks,” free performances at the coffee shop Music Fstival returns to the mounin Highlands and Cashiers returns at 7:30 tains July 27. Friday concerts (6 p.m.) p.m. on July 10 and July 22. and Sunday concerts (5 p.m.) are at the Highlands Performing Arts Center in Opening Gala Concerts and Receptions Highlands. Saturday and Monday concerts June 27-28, Opening gala (both 5 p.m.) are held at the Albert Carlton “Beethoven’s 5th” Library in Cashiers. Tickets for regular indiPerformers will be Alexandra Preucil, vidual concerts are $30 and $15 for students violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Gloria Chien under 18. and William Ransom, piano. The Final Gala Concert and Dinner Party will be held Aug. 3 at Highlands Performing June 29-30, “Moszkowski, Kodaly, Arts Center followed by a dinner at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. The performance will Brahms” be Festival Chamber Orchestra “MendelsPerformers will be William Preucil and sohn in the Mountains.” Alexandra Peucil, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; The season also includes special perforCharae Krueger, cello; Gloria Chien, piano mances, benefits and lectures, such as “Country Week Two Meets Classics” Concert July 5-6, “Musical and Barbeque 5 p.m. Fireworks” Aug. 10 with perforPerformers will be David mances from the Vega Coucheron, violin and Julie String Quartet and Coucheron, piano Blended 328. A musical auction at Scudder’s Week Three Auction House in HighJuly 11-12, lands will be 4:30 p.m. June 22 with violinist “Beethoven, Prokofiev, Helen Kim, cellist CharGlazunov” ae Krueger and William Performers will be The Ransom. Vega String Quartet; Edward A free picnic concert Arron, cello; and William will be at the ZachaRanson, piano ry-Tolbert House in July 13-14, “The Poet’s Photo courtesy of the Eroica Trio Cashiers 5:30 p.m. on Love and Life” June 25 and “Bach at The Eroica Trio.

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hen it comes to family-oriented fun and adventure, Sapphire Valley offers an array of activities for residents and visitors alike. Located east of the crossroads in Cashiers, Sapphire Valley Resort has lake access along Hogback and Fairfield Lakes, making summer fishing and boating popular activities along with golf, racquet ball and hiking. For golf enthusiasts, Red Bird Golf Links is open daily. The nine-hole executive golf course and driving range are perfect for a fun game or as a practice course. Sapphire National Golf Club is also open to the public and features 18-holes of mountain golf. Sapphire Valley Kids Camp opens June 10 and runs through the first part of August. In the winter, many visitors return for skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Sapphire Valley Ski Area and Frozen Falls Tube Park. Sapphire Valley Recreation Center is open daily and Sapphire Community Center hosts a community barbeque each week. To learn more, visit www.sapphirevalley. com

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Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 plus tax the day of. Shows start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10 The Buddy-K Big Band Tuesday, July 8 Todd Allen Herendeens Tuesday, Aug 13 Dave Revels Shadow of Sixties tribute band Sapphire Diamond Anniversary Sunday, Aug. 31 Dashboard Blue September concert is planned with Greater Cashiers Merchants Association, TBD Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts shows will be June 28, 29, Aug. 9-10, and Oct. 3,4,5 free admission Yankee Doodle Dandy Day is July 4 Men’s Choral Group will do Patriotic Music July 5, $5 per person admission Mountain Wildlife Days at Sapphire

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Golf at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

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Fairfield Lake.

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Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley

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estern North Carolina to include women as members. It participates in many projects worldwide, but the very clear emphasis of its initiatives are to benefit our own local community. The club has raised and dispersed close to $ 1 million to many community groups that work on behalf of public health and welfare, education, and recreation. And we are always looking for new members to join us for great fellowship while serving others through our many activities! Rotary’s universal motto is “SeviceAbove Self,” and the object of Rotry is to encourage and foster the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.!

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members worldwide! The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley meets every Wednesday enjoying great fellowship starting with a hearty mountain breakfast at 7:30 a.m., and meetings with interesting speakers at 8 a.m. at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on 107 South. Meetings are over by 9AM. The most visible activity in the community are the two Arts & Crafts Shows each year on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day week-end from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Cashiers Village Green. This is a juried show with more than 60 artisans offering a wide variety of high quality handcrafted items including pottery, art, furniture, and jewelry. Delicious hamburgers and hot dogs are also available for sale. Donations for admission are strongly encouraged of $ 3 to $5 per adult, and all proceeds benefit charity. The club has supported many local charities and activities. For more information, or if you wish to

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The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley’s annual Arts and Crafts Show.

become a member and enjoy great fellowship while giving of your time and talents to those in need, please come to a meeting or visit us at www.cashiersrotary.org. ~

The Cashiers Historical Society is Open for You VISIT us at the Zachary-Tolbert House Museum Docent Guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays 11am-3pm WALK on the extensive nature trails behind the House LISTEN to Music on the Grounds June 25 at 6pm - Bring a picnic supper! RETURN Time after time! Cashiers Designer Showhouse August 23-31, 2014

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The Friends Of Whiteside By Mike Kettles Volunteer Coordinator

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he Friends of Whiteside is a volunteer sub-committee of the Jackson- Macon Conservation Alliance. They work as volunteers in conjunction with the Nantahala Ranger District, of the US Forest Service, who is the owner of Whiteside Mountain. In the summer months they will try to carry out at least one workday per month, or more as the need arises. The group conducts their workdays with the primary goals make improvements for better trail safety and appearance: • Remove dead/hazardous trees and branches in close proximity to the trails. • Clip, trim, and remove vegetation that is encroaching into the trails. • Clean out water bars so rain water does not flow for long distances down a trail, which leads to gullying of trails and sedimentation of muddy water into nearby streams. • Where needed, place stepping stone

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Friends of Whiteside volunteers from left, Mike Kettles, Lamar Coles and Willie Dodds.

rocks to provide a safe walkway across winter iced over areas. • And as needed, other repairs to the

trails. Call 828-743-1079.

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Two Fireworks Shows Planned For July 4 Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza on the Green

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he Village Green is proud to present this year’s celebration of America with a “Fireworks Extravaganza On the Green.” The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 4 at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. 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 Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) is partnering with The

Village Green to create a spectacular evening for residents and visitors to the Cashiers area during Independence Day weekend. The festivities include live music by The Extraordinaires, a rhythm and blues band that will be sure to have folks out of their chairs dancing. Food and drink will be available for purchase. People should plan to bring lawn chairs for general seating. Admission is free, however a limited number of VIP packages are available that include valet parking, reserved seating and drink tickets for the event. VIP packages can be purchased by calling the GCAMA office at 828-743-8428. The highlight of the night will be the colossal fireworks display at dark. For more information visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or www.visitcashiersvalley.com.

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The Extraordinaires will perform on Friday, July 4 at the Village Commons in Cashiers, followed by fireworks.

ireworks will light up the sky at the Point on Lake Glenville as part of the area’s 2014 Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 5. The Friends of Lake Glenville and their sponsors will bring the best in fireworks displays with a professionally staged shoot. The audience can enjoy the fireworks on land or on boat and this year’s display will be more spectacular and longer than ever. The history of fireworks on the lake begins in 1999 with a floating barge, loaded with fireworks. The first site was Still Point bay,

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The Glenville fireworks are planned for Saturday, July 5.

north of Buck Knob Island. Stuart Hall and the “Glenville Lake Navy” started the tradition which grew steadily in size and prominence over the years. Later the homeowners of The Point subdivision agreed to conduct the show from their park-like setting on the point projecting into the lake on the west side. It allowed the Fireworks to become a land-based show centered in the Cedar Creek Bay. This location has allowed shoreline spectators to park at the Hamburg Baptist Church and at pull offs along Highway 107. Each year, The Friends of Lake Glenville assumes the responsibility for the organization and financing of this event. Founder Stuart Hall remains the coordinator of the fireworks display working with a professional fireworks company from South Carolina. Lake Glenville residents and civic-minded groups have embraced the show with voluntary attendance and financial support. For information visit the website at www. friendsoflakeglenville.com. ~

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itizens living in Cashiers and surrounding area have many options for attending churches of all denominations.

Big Ridge Baptist Church, Big Ridge Rd., Glenville. Cashiers Baptist Church. Phone: (828) 743-3040.

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Grace Community Church, Cashiers, (828) 743-9814. Hamburg Baptist Church, Highway 107 N., Glenville. Phone: 828-743-2979. Heady Mountain Baptist Church. Phone: 828-862-4371.

Cashiers Church of God, Highway 107 N. Phone: 828-743-2795.

Holy Family Lutheran ChurchELCA, 2152 Dillard Rd., Highlands. Phone: 828-526-9741.

Cashiers United Methodist Church, Phone: 828-743-5298. 894 Highway 107 S.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 118 Highway 64 W.

Christ Anglican Church, 464 Highway 64 E., Cashiers. Phone 252-6714011.

La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Espanol (The First Spanish Baptist Church). Yellow Mountain Road. Phone: 828-743-9300.

Christ Church of the Valley, Sapphire Valley Community Center, 828743-5470 or 828-421-1211. Christian Science Church, Spring Street, Highlands, 828-526- 2775. Church of Christ, 2302 Old Murphy Rd., Franklin. Phone: 828-349-0159. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Highway 28 N., and Pine Ridge Rd., Franklin. Phone: 828-369-8329. Community Bible Church, 3645 Cashiers Rd., Highlands, Phone: 828526-4685. Double Springs Church of God, Cullowhee Mountain Rd. Phone: 828743-1966. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Highway 107 S., across from High Hampton Inn. First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, Main Street. Phone: 828-5263175. Glenville Wesleyan Church, Highway 107 N., Glenville. Phone: 828-7432998.

Living Redeemer Outreach Center, Highway 107 N., Glenville. Phone: 828743-0072. Mountain Bible Church, 4536 Big Ridge Rd. Pine Creek Baptist Church, Glenville, 4338 Pine Creek Rd.

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Serenity Chapel at Trillium (Summer Services), Trillium Village, North Norton Rd., 828-743-6161. St. Francis Chapel at Lonesome Valley, 743-7696. St. Jude Catholic Church, Phone: 828-743-5717 or (828) 526-1905. Highway 64 E., across from Fairfield Sapphire Resort entrance. Trout Creek Baptist Church, Highway 107 N. at Trout Creek.

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Whiteside Presbyterian Church PCA, Highway 64 W., Cashiers. Phone: 828-743-2122 and (828) 526-3712. Yellow Mountain Baptist Church. ~ Phone: 828-293-9688.

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ew, diverse programs for all ages will headline the 11th annual Mountain Wildlife Days on July 18 and 19 at the Sapphire Valley Resort, located near Cashiers, NC. On Saturday July 19, Kim Delozier, a 32 year retired ranger with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and author of “Bear in the Back Seat” will share some of his exciting encounters with wildlife found in his popular best-selling book. In a unique presentation titled “What Little Red Riding Hood Didn’t Tell You About the Big, GOOD Wolf ”, Dr. Dave Unger, a talented presenter and biology professor from Maryville College, TN; takes the audience into the world of mammals in an interesting and insightful look at wildlife. Also on Saturday, an area favorite Michael Skinner of the Balsam Mountain Nature Center, will provide an opportunity to better understand wildlife during his “Wings N’ Things” presentation focusing on “live” birds of prey and other animals. The North Georgia Zoo will present their outstanding “Wildlife Wonders” program designed to get up close and learn more about a variety of familiar and unusual animals. A gospel bluegrass concert by Pinnacle Ridge, will open the July 18, Friday evening’s Caring for God’s Creation” portion of Mountain Wildlife Days. Following the music, the audience will continued to be uplifted in a unique spiritual way featuring Bill Lea’s world class nature photography along with his inspiring commentary. Lea’s presenta-

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tion will be enhanced with a beautiful “live” musical backdrop by noted pianist/arranger, Bryan Heller. A featured activity during the day on Friday July 18 will involve “Wildlife Warrior” Steve O’Neil, a very dedicated advocate for “wild lives and wild places”. At 3 pm O’Neil, will share his expertise as experienced reptile and amphibian presentation with Sapphire Valley Resort campers along with other area children and adults in a program titled “Our Most Misunderstood Wildlife”.

On Friday morning, opportunities are provided to experience the beauty of nature found all around us in Western North Carolina. Activities include a bird walk, led by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, a “bear walk and talk” along with two moderate to easy hikes with sites to be announced later. These will be led by outdoor enthusiasts and are open to the public. Those interested are requested to reserve a space by calling 828-743-7663. More information is available by going to: www.mountianwildlifedays.com. ~

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Wonderful light & bright home w/ large windows throughout. 3BR, 3BA all on one floor. Dining Rm & eat in kitchen. His & Hers baths. 2 Car garage. Expansive mountain views to the north of the Blue Ridge Mtns. 2.2+/- acres w/ fenced yard. Gated access.

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he Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is the oldest land trust in the country and preserves more than 2,400 acres of property in Jackson and Macon counties. Some of the properties are open to the public, including Sunset Rock, a part of Ravenel Park in Highlands. This year, the HCLT is celebrating the centennial of its conservation as the “Sunsetennial.� Special events include a photo contest. Village Nature Series, cosponsored by the Village Green Commons are free events on nature subjects held at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Green on the last Tuesday of the month through September. Eco Tours are guided hikes and day trips led by experts. Eco Tours are $35 for new friends, including a HCLT membership, and $10 for members. Hikes this year include a Yellow Mountain Sunset Toast Tour June 27 and the annual Elk Excursion Oct. 9. To learn more, visit www.hicashlt.org or call 828-526-8811. ~

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lenville offers 26 miles of shoreline and is the highest lake east of the Mississippi, offering ample boating and fishing opportunities. Two public access boat launches are located on Pine Creek Road. Although most of the lakeshore is privately owneD, Ralph J. Andrews Park offers campsites, RV hook-ups and picnic shelters. Call (828) 743-3923 for reservation. The Glenville Community Development Club,a non-profit, based at the Glenville Community Center, was organized to benefit the citizens of Glenville and Hamburg

Township. The group works to beautify the community and keep it pristine. The Glenville Thrift Shop, the primary fundraising source for GCDC operates year round and is staffed by members. Friends of Lake Glenville, a nonprofit for lake property owners, hosts monthly breakfast meetings May-Sept. The home owners organization is in its 26th year and has over 200 members.

Hurricane Creek Band performing. This is the third annual event.

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FLG Glenville at Groovin’ on the Green at Cashiers Village Green Friday, June 6 with

Fireworks on the Lake will be Saturday, July 5 The members Summer Social will be “Champagne and Denim-Mountain Style” on Saturday, July 26 with Johnny Webb and JW Band performing

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Music on the Glenville Historical Tour.

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Norton Falls on Lake Glenville.

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A frosty morning at sunrise on Lake Glenville.

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Golf By Kelly Donaldson

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rom a private golf club ranked among the world’s best, to a a simple nine-hole par-3 course, there’s a fairway for every handicap in the Cashiers area. • Sapphire National Golf Club is an 18-hole public golf course. It is located at 50 Slicers Ave., in Sapphire. It features 6,147 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 69.3 and it has a slope rating of 119. Call 828-743-1174 to schedule a tee time or visit www.sapphirenational.com. • High Hampton is another public golf course in the area, however guests at High Hampton Inn get first choice of tee times. For more information, call 828-743-2450 or visit www.highhamptoninn.com. • Red Bird Golf Links in Sapphire is a public nine-hole par 3 executive course. For tee times call 828-743-1991. It is located at 67 Cherokee Trail in Sapphire. Many other exceptional golf courses are in the Cashiers area, but are all are private. Those include the following: • Wade Hampton Country Club Location: Highway 107 S., Cashiers, 828-743-5465 This Tom Fazio-designed course is considered to be among the world’s best in many magazine and industry rankings. It features 7,154 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The USGA Senior Amateur Championship was held at Wade Hampton. • Trillium Links Location: 48 Links Dr., Cashiers, 828-

743-4251, www.trilliumnc.com/lifestyle/ golf/. This 18-hole mountain course plays 6,505 yards and is a par 71. The course rating is 72.4 and it has a slope rating of 134 on bent grass. Designed by Morris Hatalsky, the golf course opened in 1998. • Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club Location: 34 High Mountain Drive, Cashiers, 828-743-7353, www.mountaintopgolfclub.com. This is the sixth golf course that Tom Fazio has designed for Discovery Land and he considers it one of his finest. It features 7,100 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. Country Club of Sapphire Valley Location: 120 Handicap Dr., Sapphire, 828-743-2462, www.ccsapphirevalley.org. The Country Club of Sapphire Valley opened in 1956 and was originally designed by George Cobb and recently updated by Bill Bergin to maintain the original integrity of the design. It features 6,859 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. • Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes

Location: 1600 Highway 64 W., Sapphire, 828-966-9202, www.burlingamecc.com/ country.html. The 18-hole course features 6,640 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 136 on bent grass. It was designed by Tom Jackson/(R) John LaFoy, ASGCA, and opened in 1985. • Lake Toxaway Country Club Location: 4366 West Club Boulevard, Lake Toxaway, 828-966-4661, www.laketoxawaycc.com. This 18-hole course features 6,418 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. • Bear Lake Golf Club (nine holes) Bear Lake Reserve, Tuckasegee, 828-2933455, www.bearlakereserve.com/amenities/ bear-lake-golf-club.html. This par 29, 1,932-yard course sits at an elevation of 3,400 to 3,700 feet and has some of the best views in the community. You‚Äôre going to have to work hard to concentrate while teeing off on the seventh hole, since you‚Äôll be looking at a breathtaking 40mile view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the valley below. • Nature’s Walk at Chinquapin (nine holes) Location: 3033 Breedlove Rd., Glenville, 828-743-5878, www.chinquapinnc.com/ land/golf/. This-hole course in Glenville features 3,186 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.7 and it has a slope rating of 135. It was designed by Morris Hatalsky and opened in 2008. ~

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A view from atop the Tuckasegee community looking south toward Glenville and Cashiers.

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East LaPort Park in Tuckasegee.

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Tuckasegee’s own Darren Nicholson performs with the award-winning bluegrass band Balsam Range all over the country.

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haring a name with the river that meanders through it, the unincorporated community of Tuckasegee offers great outdoor opportunities such as fishing, swimming and boating. You might even hear some bluegrass pickin’ with friends and neighbors down at the feed & seed store.

Lakes

A series of lakes formed by Nantahala Power & Light company in the 1950s, Tanasee, Wolf, Bear and Cedar Cliff are open to the public. The smallest of the four lakes, Tanasee is just 39 acres, which is perfect for a canoe or kayak. All four lakes are great for trout fishing. Cedar Cliff is the only lake in the chain that is not hatchery supported. Bear Creek Lake, known to most as Bear Lake, is the largest of the lakes at 476-acres. It’s located just 5.1 miles east of Tuckasegee

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Judaculla Rock in Tuckasegee.

off NC 281 and offers a great spot for water sports. There’s also a small beach where folks can swim and the lake is well stocked. Wolf Lake is the second largest lake on the east fork of the Tuckasegee, but because it’s off the beaten path, it is typically very peaceful.

East LaPort Park

East LaPorte Park offers a nice spot for having a picnic, playing volleyball or basketball or taking a refreshing swim in the cold current of the Tuckaseigee River. Located just off Highway 107, the park is operated by Jackson County Recreation and

Parks Department. The covered pavilion can be rented for special occasions by contacting the county at 828-293-3053.

Judaculla

For an insight into the area’s past, don’t miss Judaculla Rock, a Cherokee landmark recently recognized as a National Register of Historic Places. The rock has ancient petroglyphs covering a large soapstone boulder, but the true meaning and origin of the markings is unknown. To view the rock, take Caney Fork Road from NC Highway 107. ~ 2014/2015

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WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

FLY FISHING TRAIL THE WNC FLY FISHING TRAIL includes some of the best fly-fishing waters in North Carolina. Its 15 stops provide a variety of options for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. Whether you're searching for quantity or size, open water or small streams, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail has you covered. Please remember the trail pledge: "As a true sportsman, I pledge to never litter and to avoid trespassing on private lands. I will respect the rights of property owners, and always leave the streams in better condition than I found them."

1 Scott Creek

Parking and access available via several pulloff areas along U.S. 19/23

2 Small Streams: Moses Creek,

Mull Creek, Rough Butt Creek, Chastine Creek, Piney Mtn.Creek Access via Moses Creek Road (SR 1740) and Caney Fork Road (SR 1737), avoid posted land

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Access via Caney Fork Road (SR 1737), avoid posted land

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4 Tanasee Creek

Parking and access available at bridge on Tanasee Creek Road (SR 1762)

5 Panthertown Creek

Parking and access at end of Breedlove Road (SR 1121), with two-mile walk down to stream

6 Raven Fork (Cherokee Trophy Water)

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9 West Fork Tuckasegee River

Parking and access available on both sides of N.C. 107 near the Thorpe Power House

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Parking and access available at East LaPorte Park and pulloff areas along Old Cullowhee Road

11 Savannah Creek

Parking and access available via several pulloff areas along U.S. 23/441

12 Tuckasegee River

(NC 107 Bridge to Dillsboro park) Parking and access available via numerous pulloff areas along North River Road

13 Greens Creek

Parking and access available via pulloff areas along Greens Creek Road (SR 1370)

14 Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro Parking and access available at Dillsboro park and Best Western River Escape Inn

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Parking and access available via pulloffs and businesses along 10-mile stretch of U.S. 19

Fly Fishing By Jessica Webb

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hen it comes to fly fishing, Jackson County is an angler’s paradise. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, situated in the county, features some of the best trout waters in the state. The trail features 15 great spots for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. Waters in the county include hatchery supported, wild trout, delayed harvest, wild trout with bait and catch and release waters. • For those who are new to the sport, there are two outfitters in the county who lead guided trips, Brooking’s Cashiers Village Outfitters in Cashiers and Hooker’s Fly Shop & Guide Service in Sylva. • A fishing license from

Have you hugged your mug today? North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is required to fish the WNC Fly Fishing Trail. For a license, call 1-888-248-6834 or visit www. ncwildlife.org/licensing.aspx. • For more information about The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, visit www.flyfishingtrail.com or call 800-962-1911. • The Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival has come to the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University the last two years in May. • The festival includes equipment companies, fly fishing guide services, guest speakers, free fishing programs, expert instruction, casting areas for beginners and experts, fly-tying demonstrations, and fishing on the WNC Fly Fishing Trail. ~

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Cashiers Antiques Benefit show

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From left, Gavin Lanning; Alicia Minnihan; Jason Watson, BREC Principal; Ryan Mull; Teri Walawender, BRS Principal; Brenda Martinez, with the Irish Chain Pattern raffle quilt.

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he Cashiers Antiques Benefit Show is July 25, 26 and 27. Hours are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 60 exhibitors showing everything from fine jewelry, paintings, prints, 18th and 19th Century European, Chinese and Japanese porcelains, fine rugs, linens, Fine French, English, and American furniture, glass and objects d’art. Cottage and lodge furniture and furnishings, sporting and garden antiques, stunning majolica animal figures, clocks, music boxes, Black Forest carvings, bronzes, fine American and European silver, Russian objects d’art, fine boxes, rare coins, American country and primitive, Staffordshire figures, postcards, lead soldiers, and almost anything else you can imagine. Bring your chipped glass for repair by Ken Robertson, one of the

best in the business. For beautiful hand engraving, bring your items in gold, silver or pewter to Tim Buchanen and family. Great catered food from Highlands is available each day and can be enjoyed under the garden dining tent. Donation is $10, good for all three days, or $9 with any media ad or discount card, available in stores in the area, or by mail on request. Wheel chairs are available for those who need a little assistance getting around. The show is held at the Blue Ridge School, just off Highway 107 N., on 95 Bobcat Drive, a short distance north of the crossroads of Highways 64 and 107 in Cashiers. The winner of this beautiful Vintage Quilt in the “Irish Chain” pattern will be “dancing a jig” for sure. This is the 38th year for the show which benefits both teachers and students of Blue Ridge School. ~

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By Jessica Webb and Kelly Donaldson Staff Writers

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ead to area peaks for a breathtaking view of rolling mountains and climbs up some of the oldest mountains in the world. Situated at the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountains, hikers near Cashiers can experience some of the world’s most biologically diverse vistas simply with a good pair of boots and a bottled water.

Whiteside Mountain

Said to be one of the oldest mountains in the world, Whiteside Mountain is located between Highlands and Cashiers and overlooks the Nantahala National Forest, topping out at 4,930 feet in elevation. A two-mile trail takes nature lover’s to the summit. The hike is moderate to difficult. From crossroads, head west on Highway 64 and you will see a sign to turn left to the trail head. There is a parking fee of $2 per car.

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An offshoot trail from Whiteside Mountain trail, Devil’s Courthouse is a 2.6 mile trail that is more rugged and less traveled. This trail is not recommended for those with young children.

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Follow the Whiteside trail to the left about 1 mile. The trail begins at the far left corner of a clearing and winds down the mountain. Stay to the main trail. About a half a mile in the trail opens into another clearing. Continue straight along the ridge. After the clearing, the trail bears to the right and climbs up and ends at Devil’s Courthouse for a panoramic view of the valley below.

Mountains. From crossroads, drive 7.3 miles west on Highway 64. Turn right on Buck Creek and go 2.2 miles (passing Chestnut Hill on the right). Look for a steep path and a wooden sign on the right. Park on the left.

Yellow Mountain

Among the area’s highest peaks, Yellow Mountain tops at 5,127 feet. Plan to spend most of the day hiking the 10 mile trail. The Yellow Mountain Fire Tower at the summit offers a 360-degree view of the Cowee

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Blackrock Mountain

Located within Panthertown Valley, Blackrock Mountain offers a great way to take in this 10,000 acre wilderness area controlled by the Forest Service. The trail is about five miles to the mountaintop. A map is recommended for anyone venturing into Panthertown as the system of trails are not well marked. Access the trail from the Salt Rock Gap entrance. From the crossroads, take Hwy 64 East for two miles and turn left on Cedar Creek Road. Go 2.3 miles to the top of the mountain and turn right on Breedlove Road. It is 3.5 miles to the gate. The Blackrock trail is left of the information kiosk. At the rock bald, turn left and ascend to the top. The trail re-enters the woods at the right side of the rock face. About 3 minutes in the trail turns into an old road. Turn right to follow the trail along the ridge. About 25 minutes later, turn right at the four-way intersection

and ascend the Overlook Trail to the top of the mountain. To take the loop, continue on the trail and turn left at the bald about 10 minutes in. Turn left and follow the trail along the top of the rock face. At the intersection, turn left. Then take Powerline Road for 20 minutes. At the intersection with North Road, continue on Powerline Road to the left. At the next intersection with Panthertown Valley Trail, turn right and follow the road back toward the Salt Rock Entrance. At the next four-way intersection continue straight on the road to ascend. At the next intersection, keep right. The trail passes Salt Rock and then returns to the entrance.

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swimming holes to awe inspiring drops.

Whitewater Falls

Among the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, Whitewater Falls is a 400 foot drop, and visitors can view it with little to no hiking. From crossroads, drive east on Hwy 64 for 10.4 miles. Turn right on Hwy 281 and continue for 9.9 miles. Turn left into the parking lot. There is a $2 fee per person. There are two observation decks and the area is often crowded during peak summer weekends.

High Falls - Glenville

A great spot for a picnic lunch when the water levels aren’t too high, High Falls on the Tuckaseegee River is surrounded by large rocks below that provide a great spot for chilling in the summer heat. Duke Energy opened a new trail to the falls in 2013 that accesses the falls from above. The trail is fairly difficult, including a few flights of stairs – some made of earth with railings and another set above the fall made of large rocks. The hike is one mile round trip. From the crossroads, head north on Highway 107 for six miles. Turn left on to Pine Creek Road and follow to the Glenville Dam, about 1.5 miles. The parking area for the trail is on the right. Photo by William McKee

Cashiers Sliding Rock Just a short drive from the center of Cashiers, Cashiers Sliding Rock is a popular swimming hole in the summer with

two small falls and pools above and below. From the crossroads, head south on Hwy 107 for 1.9 miles. Turn right on

Whiteside Cove Road. Continue for 2.8 miles. After crossing a bridge, pull off on the dirt on the right. Follow the

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Valley, both just a short drive from the crossroads, have trails open to riders.

Skiing Sapphire Valley Ski Area offers two runs, one for intermediate and beginner. For information, call 828-743-7663 or visit www.sapphirevalley.com.

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Snowboarding at the Sapphire Valley Ski Slope.

trail for about 100 yards to the falls.

Silver Run Falls

Silver Run Falls cascades over a 25 foot drop into a large pool with a sandy beach and is just a short trail of about 250 yards from the parking area. From the crossroads, head south on Hwy 107 for 4.3 miles. Parking is a gravel pull off on the left. If you reach Nantahala Forest, you have gone to far.

High Falls - DuPont The longest waterfall in the DuPont State Forest, High Falls was featured in the movie Last of the Mohicans. The two-mile trail to view the falls is moderate to difficult, with a few obstacles. From the crossroads, head east on Hwy

64 to the intersection with Hwy 276 in Brevard. Turn right on Hwy 276 and drive 11 miles. Turn left on Cascade Lake Road and go for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Staton Road. The parking area is 3.5 miles on the left, just past a DOT bridge across Little River. Take the stairs to Staton Road and cross to the opposite of the bridge. Triple Falls is on the same trail, about half a mile in.

Horseback Riding

Explore the mountains by saddle. For beginners to experts, Arrowmont Stables, on Cullowhee Mountain Road, has stables open year round and can accommodate groups. The stable also has a summer day camp. For information call 828-7432762 or visit www.arrowmont.com. Gorges State Park and Panthertown

Gorges State Park has primitive camping near the southern boundary of the park along the Foothills Trail. The park offers six designated backpack sites along the trail within the park boundary. Gorges is located on Highway 281 off of Highway 64 E. in Sapphire. To access the Foothills Trail at Gorges State Park, park at the Frozen Creek parking lot and then follow the square yellow markers on the Cane Brake Trail. Panthertown Valley is by far the most primitive camping experience in the valley, with no official campsites. Camping is allowed with standard National Forest camping rules applying. There are many small clearings along the trails where hikers can stop and spend the night. A map of the area is highly recommended and can be purchased at most outdoor shops in the area. Bull Pen Road off of Highway 107 S. at the headwaters of the Chattooga River has many campsites directly beside the roadway. The road does not receive heavy traffic, making even the close campsites a wonderful place for a night absent of human noise. Ralph J. Andrews Park in Glenville is Continues on page 56

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another wonderful camping destination with a location on the waterfront of Lake Glenville. The park offers 47 campsites ranging from full hook-ups to tent sites and primitive camp sites. It also has picnic shelters, picnic facilities, fishing, swimming, and boating access and is open April 15-Oct. 31, and has a park manager on duty at the campground.

National Forests Between 8-10 million people

visit the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country. Access to the park is less than an hour north of Cashiers. There’s also plenty of outdoor activity close by, since the village rests smack dab in the middle of the Nantahala Ranger District. Below are some places to consider visiting in the national forests. • Nantahala Ranger District: The Nantahala Ranger District, known as the land of granite walls and waterfalls, is located around the towns of Franklin and Highlands, two short drives from Cashiers. Highlights include: Two officially designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Horsepasture and

Chattooga, along with breathtaking waterfalls, including Whitewater Falls (At 411 feet it’s known as the highest in the Appalachians), Glen Falls, Silver Run Falls and the Falls of the Cullasaja Gorge area including Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Lower Cullasaja Falls. • Whiteside Mountain features 750-foot high cliffs and spectacular views. Balsam Lake, which features a picturesque mountain lake open to the public, is another popular destination. Also located in the Nantahala National Forest is perhaps Cashiers’ brightest gem; Panthertown Valley. This 6,700-acre area east of town has been called the “Yosemite of the East,” it is surrounded by bald rock mountains. Check out the Big and Little Green mountains and Black Rock Mountain. There are trails leading to the top of all three peaks. Panthertown is also a black bear sanctuary. The Tuckaseigee River actually forms the valley, which begins where Greenland and Panthertown Creeks merge and then drops into the rugged Devil’s Elbow gorge. Panthertown is also home to waterfalls. Try Schoolhouse Falls, Granny Burrell Falls, Greenland Creek Falls and Warden’s Falls, and be ready to hike and take lots of photos. Primitive camping is available within the Panthertown area, but there are no devel-

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oped camping facilities.

Hiking • Silver Run Falls: A parking area for Silver Run Falls is located on Highway 107 four miles south of the crossroads. Within 100 yards of the parking area, visitors can take a break on large boulders and watch Silver Run Creek pour over a 25-foot into a deep pool. This attraction is extremely family-accessible and offers a touch of the wild even for those unable to venture out into the wilderness. • Whitewater Falls: Whitewater Falls is perhaps the most easily accessible large waterfall in the area. Located on Highway 281 S., from Highway 64 E., a large parking area accommodates groups and within a few hundred feet visitors can view the 411-foot falls from a large viewing platform. This is the highest waterfall east of the Rockies, and a heavily maintained trail makes access easy for everyone. The Cashiers-area also offers many hikes for intermediate and high-level hikers. From the intermediate trails through Whiteside Mountain and along the Chattooga River, to rough trails through Gorges State Park and Panthertown Valley, the area offers a little bit of everything. • Whiteside Mountain: A network of fairly easy trails along Whiteside Mountain are definitely one of the local favorites for hikers. With a parking area located off of Highway 64 W., between Cashiers and Highlands, visitors can take a tromp down a loop trail that offers long-distance views from the 750-foot cliffs. These trails are intermediate-level hikes. However, a well-maintained trail

and a medium-level grade make the hike accessible for most. • Chattooga River Headwaters: The Upper Chattooga River is a wonderful area to head out into the backcountry along a network of trails. Following Bull Pen Road from Highway 107 S., visitors will find parking in dozens of pull offs. A large iron bridge stands as a landmark for newcomers and marks the start of multiple trailheads. These trails are an intermediate hike, but maps are suggested as many switchbacks can create confusion. • Gorges: Gorges State Park, located along Highway 281 S. from Highway 64 E., has one of the most extensive network of trails in the area, with various hikes for all-level hikers. Gorges offers over 125 rare plants, long-distance views from cliffs, and multiple waterfalls to enjoy. Rainbow Falls is one of the most popular sites at 150 feet. Hikes range from intermediate to strenuous, but ongoing improvements make the park easily accessible for large groups, and informational maps at trailheads and along paths make navigation fairly easy. • Panthertown: Panthertown Valley, located off of Highway 64 E., is perhaps the pantheon of the wild for the plateau. This 6,300-acre backcountry tract pushing deep into the Nantahala National Forest has more to offer than could ever be viewed in a day. From waterfalls to a rare Appalachian bog, it is a diverse ecological site in the Appalachian high country. Raven Rock, Schoolhouse, and Greenland Creek Falls are all popular water features. Trails range from intermediate to strenuous and maps, which can be purchased at most outdoor stores in the area, are highly encouraged. ~

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Mountain Challenge- Roddick vs. Courier A world-class tennis event is coming back to Cashiers. 

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ormer world number one tennis star, Andy Roddick, a new Cashiers homeowner, has invited his good friend, and also former world number one, Jim Courier, to battle it out on Saturday, July 26.  The event will be hosted at the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers.        The event is a benefit for the new Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, opening in the Fall and other youth programs in the Cashiers area. 

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 Roddick has been one of the most celebrated athletes in the U.S. His career includes 32 ATP titles, a run of nine consecutive years in the Top 10, 45 Davis Cup Matches, including a victory in 2007, and a U.S. Open victory in 2003.  In addition to his vast tennis accomplishments, he started the Andy Roddick Foundation in 2000 to help underserved children.  He has received two separate Arthur Ashe Awards, the Humanitarian Award in 2005 and the Prestigious Leadership Award for Urban Health in 2007.  In 2009 he also received the Heineken Star Award for achieving success both athletically and philanthropically.         In the early 1990’s, Jim Courier dominated the men’s professional tennis circuit with a game he fashioned out of grit, determination and a punishing inside-out forehand.  He was the first in his class of American champions – which includes Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi – to hold the No. 1 world ranking.  In 2005, he was honored by being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The event will also feature The Summer Soiree on Friday evening, July 25 hosted by Roddick and Courier.  This will be held at Fairfield Lake in Sapphire Photo by Kelly Donaldson and will feature Cirque De Soiree, a street festival, dinAndy Roddick at last year’s event. ing and entertainment by two Grammy award winning bands, The Steep Canyon Rangers

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A scene from last year’s Mountain Challenge event at Cedar Creek Raquet Club. This year’s event is planned July 26.

Kirsten Ward;   from Statesville, NC  ranked No. 1 in North Carolina Girls 18s for 2013, Won 23 North Carolina State titles while playing junior events.          Josh DuToit also from Charlotte,   Ranked #1 in North Carolina Boys 18s for 2013 won 26 North Carolina State titles while playing junior events,  Will attend UNC-Wimington this fall. They will be followed by Roddick and Courier taking on the winners of the

local amateur competition and at 11:30 a.m. Roddick and Courier will compete in a best two-of-three sets match. There are many different opportunities to get involved in the Mountain Challenge and sponsorships are still available.  Tickets went on sale to the general public on May 1, 2014.  There are a number of volunteer opportunities available also.  For further information go to www. ~ cashiers.com or 828-743-2775.

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and Carolina Chocolate Drops.      Saturday will feature a day of tennis and social cheer as attendees watch three exciting tennis matches.  Tennis matches will begin at 10 a.m. with a preliminary match between some of N.C.’s best junior tennis players:  Thai Kwiatkowski, from Charlotte , Named to All-ACC Men’s Tennis Team as a freshman this spring,  Finished with a 18-1 regular season record, ranked Top 100 in NCAA Singles rankings. 

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Gorges State Park By Daniel Weemhoff

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ne hundred foot waterfalls, delicate species of plant found nowhere else on earth, sweeping vistas of lakes and mountains‌ all these natural wonders and more are yours to discover at Gorges State Park. Encompassing some 8,000 acres, Gorges, the only State Park found west of Asheville, preserves and protects some of the wildest and most ecologically precious lands in the Southern Appalachians. Located along the southernmost reaches of the Blue Ridge in southwestern Transylvania County, where the mountains make their final, dramatic plunge south to the Piedmont, elevations fall some 2,000 feet in only a four mile span. This remarkable landscape owes its existence to water, lots of it. Receiving an average 90� of precipitation each year, the water that falls on the escarpment has, over the millennia, cut deep gorges in the face of the Blue Ridge. Tucked away in the bottom of these gorges are some of the most pristine and

wild streams found anywhere in the mountains. Where the landscape drops away most dramatically, these rivers and streams form waterfalls of size and variety not matched in any other North Carolina State Park. In all over 20 named waterfalls are found within the boundaries of the park, many so remote they rarely feel the footprint of man while others are only a short walk from your car. Established on April 29, 1999 through a unique partnership of industry, the environmental community, and the state some 10,000 acres of the Jocassee Gorges region of Transylvania County were purchased from Duke Energy Corporation. 7,500 acres were designated as Gorges State Park while the remaining, adjacent, 2,500 acres was set aside as game land managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Whether it is your first visit to the park or you have been returning for years, you are certain to find something fresh and new to enjoy at Gorges. The park boasts over 20 miles of hiking trails,

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Bear Wallow Falls in Gorges State Park.

suitable for every level of ability, along with picnic areas, rustic campsites, and the newest addition to the park a 7,100 square foot visitor center which opened in October of 2012. The LEED certified-gold building boasts a large exhibit hall, gift shop, a 75-person auditorium, 40-person classroom, as well as park offices. The exhibit hall houses numerous interactive displays focusing on the cultural and natural history of the park, a fireplace provides relaxation after a day on the trail, and the gift shop/ reception area provides the visitor a place to gather information on the park and surrounding area. In addition, a covered wrap around deck offers long range southern views of the escarpment and the park. Gorges State Park can be accessed from two entry points: 1) Grassy Ridge Access off NC-281 about a mile south of U.S. 64 in the community of Sapphire and 2) Frozen Creek Access Area on Frozen Creek Road, 3.5 miles south of U.S. 64 just west of Rosman. The Grassy Ridge Access area provides access to most of the parks developed features including the visitor center, reservable picnic shelters, modern restroom facilities, Raymond Fisher primitive campground, and the parks more popular trails which include: Upper Bearwallow Falls Trail, Bearwallow Valley Overlook Trail, and the Rainbow Falls Trail. The Rainbow Falls Trail, 3 miles roundtrip, is a strenuous trail which travels west out of Gorges State Park into Pisgah National Forest to the wild Horsepasture River and two of the most scenic waterfalls in the region, Rainbow and Turtleback. The Upper Bearwallow Falls Trail, 1-mile roundtrip, desends to one of

the first sets of waterfalls to enter the park. The trail descends to an overlook platform above Bearwallow Creek, where Upper Bearwallow Falls can be seen dropping 100 feet into the gorge. The Bearwallow Overlook Trail, 1-mile roundtrip, is a more moderate trail which leads to one of the highest points in the park and an overlook which provides long distance views of the Bearwallow Valley, Chestnut Mountain, South Carolina, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, and on a clear day even Lake Hartwell. The Frozen Creek Access Area provides an entry point to the rugged interior of the park. Here is located a small picnic area and the trailheads for the Auger Hole and Canebrake Trails. Individually these trails provide for long day hikes into the backcountry or they can be combined with the Foothills Trail, which crosses the southern boundary of the park, to form a multi-day backpacking loop. Primitive backpacking sites can be found along the shores of Lake Jocassee at the southern end of the Canebrake Trail while mountain bikers and horseback riders are welcome to utilize the Auger

Hole Trail down to the Toxaway River. When camping in the park, visitors must fill out the registration envelope located at the appropriate access area, or reservations can be made at the Raymond Fisher campground by calling 1-877-722-6762 or online at northcarolinastateparks.reserveamerica.com. Equestrian visitors must also show proof of a negative equine infectious anemia test prior to riding in the park The park is open daily, with the visitor center open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Christmas Day, and longer during peak seasons. Park Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., November-February 8 a.m.-8 p.m., March-April & September-October 8 a.m.-9 p.m., May-August For more information, call (828) 966-9099 or go to ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/gorg/main. php ~

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The views from inside Gorges State Park.

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Cycling

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he winding mountains of Jackson County provide a good challenge to even the seasoned cycler, and Cashiers is home to one of the biggest cycling events in western North Carolina. Tour de Cashiers is held in early May and offers rewarding rides of 25, 62 or 100 mile route. Hosted by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, the event draws more than 300 riders and 200 volunteers. For information, visit www.tourdecashiers.com. ~

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Scene from the 2014 Tour de Cashiers.

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Fishes & Loaves

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ishes & Loaves emergency food pantry was  established in 2005 to provide people of Jackson County with access to an emergency food pantry.  Statistics show that one in six people in Jackson County fall below the poverty line.  Although the food pantry cannot alleviate hunger in our area it can provide a stop gap method to help meet some of the dietary needs of Jackson County.    Fishes & Loaves is located behind the Fire Station and is open Monday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Eligibility is based on family size and monthly income.  Eligible individuals can receive food up to twice a month as long that they need food.     All staff is volunteer and is provided by eleven area Churches:  Cashiers Baptist Church,  Cashiers Church Of God, ,  Cashiers United Methodist Church, Christ Anglican Church, Christ Church Of The Valley, Church Of The Good Shepherd ,  Community Bible Church, Grace Church, Living Redeemer Assembly Of

God, St. Jude Catholic Church, Yellow Mountain Baptist Church.  The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley also helps in putting together the food boxes.   In 2013, Fishes & Loaves served 2,191 households serving a total of 6,815 people with 3,186 boxes of food.  A standard box of food includes 3 cans of vegetables, 3 cans of meat, 3 cans of fruit, cereal, 2 cans of soup, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, macaroni & cheese, mash potatoes, and peanut butter.  There are also special boxes prepared for Thanksgiving and Christmas and distributed in addition to the twice monthly boxes.  In cooperation with Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, free coats are distributed through the pantry during the winter.  The eighth annual Big Ol’ Mountain Country Breakfast, benefiting Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry Sat. July 5th, 7am-11am at the Old Cashiers Community Center next to the fire station.

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The Fishes and Loaves Empty Bowls.

Same great breakfast as always, for whatever donation you would like to give. Raffle prizes, too! Take a tour of our upgraded facility, which has enabled us to keep more frozen food and now fresh produce on hand to create a healthy assortment of food for or neighbors in need. We truly need your support in helping us continue to help our community. The annual Empty Bowl-a-thon event will be held at The Bascom on Aug. 26 & 27. The culminating soup lunch events will be held at Zachary-Tolbert house and Highlands’ First Presbyterian church in October. ~

Skyline Lodge & Altitudes Restaurant Unforgettable Experiences Await You Designed circa 1929 in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition at 4300 ft elevation. Along with our sweeping panoramic vistas, we offer a full line of amenities to enhance your mountaintop experience: Dine with the best view in Highlands. A Lobby Bar, Indoor & outdoor patio dining available, Lovely Rooms and Cabins with Native Fireplaces, Private Porches, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts Game Room, Horseshoes, Spa, Sauna, Nature Trails, Waterfalls

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ALL EMERGENCIES:

DIAL 911

Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department: 828-743-9544 Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad: 828-743-3655

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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office 828-743-3333 or 828-586-8901 Blue Ridge Public Safety 828-743-2199 Photo by Kelly Donaldson

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital 828-526-1200 MedWest Harris Regional Hospital 828-586-7000 Transylvania Regional Hospital 828-884-9111

Story Index Cashiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . 6 Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library . . . . . . . 8 Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association . . . . . .9 The Village Green . . . . . . . . 10 Highlands-Cashiers Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center . . . . . . 12 Cashiers Community Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society . . . . . . . . 13 Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Church of the Good Shepherd Auction & Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Blue Ridge Dental Clinic . . . . . 17 Cashiers Designer Showhouse™ . . . . . . . . . 18 Friends for Life . . . . . . . . . 19 Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance . . . . . 20 Bear Safety . . . . . . . . . . 21 Relay for Life . . . . . . . . . . 22 Cashiers Quilters Guild . . . . . 23 Cashiers Historical Society . . . . . 24

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Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival . . . . 25 Cashiers Area Map . . . . . . . 26 Highlands Audubon . . . . . . . . 27 Sapphire Valley . . . . . . . . 28 Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley . . . . . . . . 30 Fireworks . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Churches . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Mountain Wildlife Wilderness Days . . . . . . . . 36 Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust . . . . . . . . . . 38 Glenville . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Tuckasegee . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Fly Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Cashiers Benefit Antiques Show . . . . . . . . . 48 Go Outside . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Mountain Challenge Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Gorges State Park . . . . . . . 60 Cycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry . . . . . . . . . . 63 Emergency Contacts/Ad story index..... . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

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Advertiser Index Bear Mountain Outfitters ................... 60 Betsy Paul Properties ....................... 37 Blue Ridge Bedding ........................... 48 Blue Valley Gallery ............................. 14 Bound’s Cave ..................................... 25 Bumpkins ........................................... 10 Carolina Rustick Furniture ................. 48 Cashiers Antique Benefit Show .......... 39 Cashiers Color Center ........................ 38 Cashiers Highlands Humane Society .21 Cashiers Family Dental ...................... 9 Cashiers Farmer’s Market ................. 13 Cashiers Historical Society ................ 30 Cashiers Insurance ............................ 17 Cashiers Pharmacy ............................ 39 Cashiers United Methodist Church .... 54 Chattooga Gardens ............................ 10 Chinquapin Builders .......................... 27 Chivaree Southern Art ....................... 1 Cork & Barrel Lounge ........................ 8 Cruise Planners ................................. 6 Center for Life Enrichment ................. 42 Dargan Landscape ............................ 23 Dogz Best Friend ............................... 39 Dry Sink, The ..................................... 46 Friends Of Lake Glenville ................... 55 Greater Cashiers Merchants Assoc. ..39 Hampton Spa ..................................... 62 High Hampton Inn .............................. 15 Highlands Aerial Park ........................ 58 Highlands Chamber Music Festival .... 57 Highlands Dermatology ..................... 52 Highlands Playhouse ......................... 53 Highlands Properties ........................ 49

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital .............. 34 Holly Heating and Air ......................... 18 Inn At Half MileFarm .......................... 42 Keystone Kitchen & Bath ................... 16 Kitchen Carry Away & Catering .......... 14 Landmark Realty ................................ 43 Laurelwood Inn................................... 12 Lenz Gifts ........................................... 10 Macon Appliance Mart ....................... 31 Mountain Mist Gallery ........................ 22 MountainWorks .................................... Inside back cover Old Cashiers Realty ............................ 24 Peak Experience ................................ 47 Pebble Creek Village .......................... 19 Performing Arts Center ..................... 56 Peter J. Pioli Interiors.......................... 61 Preserve at Rock Creek..................... 11 Rusticks ............................................. 7 Sapphire Brewing Co. ........................ 32 Sapphire National Golf Course .......... 32 Sashay Around13 Silver Creek Real Estate ............................................. Back Cover Skyline Lodge .................................... 63 Summer House................................... 33 Summit Charter School ...................... 36 Table 64 ............................................ 8 The 1945 Old House ................................... Inside Front Cover Victoria’s Closet ................................. 35 Vivianne Metzger Antiques ................ 7 WHLC Radio ....................................... 59 Zoller Hardware.................................. 14

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