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Highlands Best of 2014

A Legacy publication by The Highlander

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Beautiful old 4BR, 2.5BA home full of details and charm that gave homes so much character back in the 1930s. Hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, high ceilings, window seat and granite fireplace accessorize and add to the historical feel of this home. Renovated kitchen and bathrooms, master on main suite. Spectacular large, flat back yard with fire pit and ample space for garden. Two car garage. A tremendous value in a premier location! Offered for $695,000. MLS#79268.

Talk about a big view at the base of Shortoff Mountain with a great rock-face view! Lovely renovated home with level yardperfect for dogs, gardening, play area. Light, bright great room with walls of windows. Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen with granite and professional appliances for dinners on large deck. Master suite on main, 3 guest rooms, all with mountain views! Meticulously maintained and move-in ready. Offered for $700,000. MLS#78932.

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hat do you love about Highlands?

There are probably as many different answers to that question as there are people who visit and live here. Some come seeking refuge from busier or warmer places. Others come for a connection to the outdoors, to enjoy the many varieties of art available or for the respite of fine dining, shopping, golf and spas without a big-city pace. No matter what reason draws a person to Highlands, many find so many more additional reasons to stay — or wish they could. When it comes to choosing what’s “best” about Highlands, it’s hard to pick just one thing. Melody S Now that you are here (or just purney, e ditor wishing you were) how do you want to spend an afternoon, a week or even a summer? This Best of Highlands guide is full of ideas on entertainment, activities and adventures for our residents and visitors of all ages. The Arts and Entertainment section highlights schedules for live theater, the Performing Arts Center, The Bascom, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival and the new Saturday in the Park outdoor concert series. If you are itching to go outdoors, check our hiking guide, Greenway trail map, Nature Center activity list and a guide to area golf courses. If you are looking for maps, calendars, information on community services and nonprofit groups, check the Community section. Whether you are a new visitor or a returning friend, welcome to the mountain!

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The colorful legend of Highlands’ founding


s the legend of Highlands’ founding goes, developers Samuel Kelsey and Clinton Carter “C.C.” Hutchinson left the Kansas prairies for what they believed would become the next major American city. The duo had drawn a line from New York to New Orleans and another from Chicago to Savannah. Where the lines crossed, they predicted would become a great population center. The center of their “X” marked Highlands, and in 1875 the men founded the town as a health and pleasure resort. In addition to its popularity as a resort town, Highlands’ unique climate has also attracted the Samuel Kelsey attention of scientists and researchers since its founding. Kelsey and Hutchinson’s predictions of a large population center never came to pass, but Highlands has been sought out as a welcome refuge for generations. With about 1,000 year-round residents, the area’s population spikes to an estimated 20,000 during the summer. — Information adapted from “Heart of the Blue Ridge: Highlands, North Carolina,” by Randolph Shaffner

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View of Main Street in Highlands circa 1883/Photo by John Bundy courtesy of the Highlands Historical Society Archives


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Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center

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Seldom Scene 8 p.m. Sept. 27



Balsam Range 8 p.m. June 20

Balsam Range, the International Bluegrass Music Award 2014 Album of the Year winner, is a group of five outstanding Haywood County musicians who creatively blend bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. Balsam Range consists of five friends with unique experiences and backgrounds that blend together effortlessly to form their distinctive sound.

The Hit Men 8 p.m. June 28

These five performers are superb musicians, superior vocalists, great arrangers and creative composers. They are former stars of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells and other mega stars of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. This brotherhood of musicians has a friendship that dates back more than 50 years. They have reunited to go on tour again to relive the magic they created on stages around the world and in recording studios years ago. When The Hit Men take the stage, it’s easy to see why their music has transcended generations. The notes are sharp, the vocals spot-on, the energy is high and these guys are having the time of their lives sharing their musical legacy with audiences.

Seldom Scene, another highly sought-after bluegrass band, began as a non-touring bluegrass band in 1971. The basement jam sessions started it all. Forty years later, this band has become one of the single largest contributors to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded. Their weekly shows included bluegrass versions of country music, rock and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week — but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen.

“Broadway and More” with Liz Callaway 8 p.m. Oct. 4

Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artistwho made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Baby” and won acclaim as Grizabella in “Cats.” She has starred in the original casts of “Miss Saigon,” “The Three Muske-

teers” and “The Look of Love.” Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in “The Spitfire Grill” and also appeared in “Brownstone,” “No Way to Treat a Lady,” “Marry Me a Little” and “Godspell.” Movie credits include “Journey to the Past” in “Anastasia” and the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin and the King of Thieves” and “The Return of Jafar.”

Jason D Williams 8 p.m. Nov. 28

Williams will return the Friday after Thanksgiving to entertain audiences on Nov. 28. Williams has the same musical innovation and edgy attitude as Jerry Lee and Elvis. His style is difficult to describe, from classical to rockabilly to country to jazz and on to rock & roll. After seeing a live show there will be no doubt why fans and critics agree with that summation of the dynamic piano player from Memphis. A wild man onstage, he has been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis so often that rumors started in Memphis that he was “The Killer’s” son.

Live in HD

The PAC is also home to live broadcasts of MET operas as well as broadcasts of the National Theatre of London and the Bolshoi Ballet. The Performing Arts Center is located on Chestnut Street in Highlands. For more information, tickets or a schedule of performances, call (828) 526-9047 or go to www.

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he Highlands Cashiers Players perform at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Call (828) 526-8084 for tickets or more information or visit

Lost in Yonkers Aug. 21-24 and 28-31

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Neil Simon, two teens are sent to live with their grandmother in Yonkers after the death of their mother.

Title to be announced Oct. 14-18 and 23-25

The Highlands Cashiers Players will announce the title of their fall production later this summer. Go to for information.

Festival of One-Act Plays Feb. 19-March 1, 2015

The Players will stage an assortment of one-act plays during their winter production.

Welcome to Mitford May 14-24, 2015

Set in Mitford, NC, this play tells the story of a small-town pastor who struggles after taking in a teenager.

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Highlands Playhouse

Stage & Screen T he historic Highlands Playhouse’s 76th season will bring familiar songs and laughs to audiences with four world-renown musicals. All performances are at the Playhouse, 362 Oak St. For information about the shows, call the box office at (828) 526-2695 or go to

Little Shop of Horrors June 12-29

This comedy horror rock musical follows a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the

low-budget 1960 comedy film “The Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Roger Corman.

Pippin July 3-20

The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe led by Leading Player to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on a search for meaning and significance. “Pippin” was originally conceived by Stephen Schwartz as a student musical.

9 to 5 the Musical July 24-Aug. 16

Music by Dolly Parton helps tell the story of office manager Violet Newstead who joins her fellow co-workers, Judy Bernly and Doralee Rhodes, to turn the tables on their sexist boss.

The Paris Dancers Aug. 21-24

The Paris Dancers will delight audiences with agile choreography and Las Vegas style costuming. Music is chosen from Broadway numbers, Jazz, oldies, clogging, tap, country, rock ‘n roll and other genres of popular music.

Summer Camps

Acting Camp June 30-July 4, July 7-11

Children’s camp director Brieanna Bailey and artistic director Bill Patti will direct this year’s summer camps. The theater camp will be two oneweek sessions concluding with a performance for family and friends.

Puppetry Camp July 14-18

Center for Puppetry Arts Camp will join Highlands Playhouse for a one week camp for children ages 9-12. Classes will include the art of puppet making and performance. The program will conclude with a performance.


Highlands Playhouse made improvements to its building over the last year to be able to show feature films on a new 35-foot movie screen. Movies will continue through the summer with Sunday and Monday showings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. (as available due to sets). Call the box office for information.

Y es Virginia, there is still a bookstore in Highlands.


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The Most Exciting Dining Destination in Highlands Join Cyprus Chef Nicholas Figel and Tommy Lasley for a Globe trotting culinary adventure this summer. Cyprus International Cuisine features outdoor rooftop dining, and weekly world tour specials in a world class dining environment. We invite you to join us at our new Main St. location where the expectations couldn’t be any higher. Reservations can be made at 828-526-4429 or visit us online at


Join Chef Nicholas Figel and the Cyprus Team this month for a globetrotting culinary adventure. The Cyprus Summer World Tour continues in June with a lineup of engaging and exciting menus, from Israel, to Brazil, to Western North Carolina and Vietnam. June 4th The Long Road from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv Ancient to Ultra-modern Israeli Cuisine

June 11th Copa Madness in the Favelas Brazilian Peasant Food in the World Cup Spirit

June 18th Solstice in the Southern Highlands A celebration of the Local Summer Harvest

June 26th Chao Bang to Ca Mao Travels from the Northernmost to Southernmost point of Vietnam

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Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

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he Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival returns to the mountains July 27. Friday concerts (6 p.m.) and Sunday concerts (5 p.m.) are at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Saturday and Monday concerts (both 5 p.m.) are held at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. Tickets for regular individual concerts are $30 and $15 for students under 18. The Final Gala Concert and Dinner Party will be held Aug. 3 at Highlands Performing Arts Center followed by a dinner at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. The performance will be Festival Chamber Orchestra “Mendelssohn in the Mountains.” The season also includes special performances, benefits and lectures, such as “Country Meets Classics” concert and barbecue on Aug. 10 with performances by the Vega String Quartet and Blended 328. A musical auction at Scudder’s Auction House will be June 22 with violinist Helen Kim, cellist Charae Krueger and pianist William Ransom. A free picnic concert will be at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers on June 25 and “Bach at Bucks,” free performances at the coffee shop in Highlands and Cashiers, return on July 10 and July 22.

Opening Gala Concerts and Receptions

June 27-28: Opening gala “Beethoven’s 5th” Performers will be Alexandra Preucil, violin; Charae Krueger, cello; Gloria Chien and William Ransom, piano

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

June 29-30: “Moszkowski, Kodaly, Brahms” Performers will be William Preucil and Alexandra Preucil, violin; Yinzi Kong, viola; Charae Krueger, cello; Gloria Chien, 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 Two

July 25-26: The Eroica Trio Performers will be Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello; Erika Nickrenz, piano; Sara Parkins, violin

Week Three

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

July 5-6: “Musical Fireworks” Performers will be David Coucheron, violin and Julie Coucheron, piano July 11-12: “Beethoven, Prokofiev, Glazunov” Performers will be The Vega String Quartet; Edward Arron, cello; and William Ransom, piano July 13-14: “The Poet’s Love and Life” Performers will be Bradley Howard, tenor; William Ransom, piano; and Bruce Berger, poet

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Week Six

Aug. 1-2: “American Idols” Performers will be Tim Fain, violin; William Ransom, piano

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Art shows Village Square Art and Craft Shows, sponsored by the Macon County Art Association, will be held at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 14, 15 and Aug. 23, 24. The shows feature an array of arts and crafts booths from regional artists. Admission to the show is free.

The Art League of Highlands and Cashiers will host the Sapphire Summer Show with an opening reception Friday, July 25. The show will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. The reception and show will be at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. Admission is free and door prizes will be available. The Fall Colors Fine Art Show will be held from noon-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Highlands

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Recreation Center. Admission is free. The shows feature local fine art, jewelry and photography from league artists. The Highlands Arts and Crafts Show will return to the Highlands Civic Center Oct. 11. This year the event is sponsored by the Town of Highlands. An array of unique arts and crafts from local vendors will be featured.

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ack pain affects 90 percent of Americans at some time in their lives. In fact, it is the leading cause of doctor visits. Dr. Robert Biscup’s developments in minimally invasive, previously failed surgery and reconstructive surgery have earned him international recognition.

Dr. Robert Biscup is a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience and expertise. In addition to his Florida locations, he has now expanded his practice to include Highlands, N.C. Dr. Robert Biscup’s concierge practice focuses on personalized attention and exceptional care for each patient.


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Founder of Biscup Spine and former chairman of Cleveland Clinic Florida Spine Institute, Robert Biscup, M.S., D.O., F.A.O.A.O., is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who has been practicing for more than 25 years.

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Dr. Biscup is also at the forefront of regenerative medicine, using adult stem cell therapy for orthopedic care. Regenerative medicine uses the body’s own cells to repair and renew tissue and organs. Adult stem cell therapy can eliminate the need for invasive surgeries and prolonged use of medications, with less recovery time and fewer side effects. Dr. Biscup has great results using this minimally invasive approach to treating chronic pain in shoulders and knees, as well as the spine. Dr. Biscup has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, lecturing and teaching the highly regarded orthopedic surgical techniques he helped to develop. His patients come from all over the world. Patient Cindy Trexler sings his praises: “Dr. Biscup is top-notch and second to none. His professionalism, kindness and caring have raised the bar in the spine and orthopedic arena.” With established locations in Florida, Dr. Biscup has now brought his expertise to Highlands, N.C. His worldwide reputation and credentials have generated much excitement among fellow doctors and local residents alike. For more information contact Biscup Spine


“Dr. Biscup is top-notch and second to none. His professionalism, kindness and caring have raised the bar in the spine and orthopedic arena.”

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he Bascom is a nonprofit visual arts center. It’s campus is located on Oak Street near downtown Highlands. The Bascom offers exhibitions, classes and workshops for all ages. Exhibitions are free and open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information or a schedule of classes and events call (828) 526-4949 or go to

Wesley Wofford: Beneath the Surface Now through August 17

Emmy and Academy Award-winning sculptor Wesley Wofford works from his private studio in the North Carolina mountains. His style emphasizes the sculptor’s presence and is characterized by a dynamic use of form and texture.

From the Earth June 7 through Aug. 31

Vicki Grant graduated from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture and has been practicing architecture for more than 25 years. Grant has always felt that the most amazing forms, structure, color and textures are found within nature, and that exposure to these elements has been her inspiration for her recent wall pieces and vessels.

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Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain June 21 to Sept. 28

This 50-year retrospective will feature the best examples of Turner’s work, including his innovative techniques in copper red salt glazes. The exhibition will relate his professional experiences to the emergence of the American Ceramic Studio Movement from the mid-1960s to the present.

Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Potter Aug. 2 through Oct. 26

The goal of the Studio Barn work study program is to provide space, as well as guidance, for an individual who wants to pursue creative ideas in their own work, while learning how to maintain and manage the day-to-day needs of the studio barn.

The Bascom Members’ Challenge: “Taste” Aug. 9 through Oct. 12

Each year The Bascom showcases the talents of the artists who are art center members. This year, our members are invited to create a work of art based on the concept of “Taste.”

Faces & Places: Cashiers & Highlands, North Carolina Aug. 23 through Nov. 9

Tim Barnwell is a commercial and fine art photographer based in Asheville. In collaboration with The Cashiers Histor-

ical Society and The Bascom, Barnwell documented selected people and places of Cashiers and Highlands through his photography with their accompanying oral histories

The Three Potters Exhibition Sept. 6 through Nov. 9

This year’s featured potters for the annual clay symposium, The Three Potters, are Brandon Reese, Oklahoma: Fong Choo, Kentucky; and Jim Connel, South Carolina. For an extended period of time, a collection of their works will be on display

2014 Appalachian Pastel Society Juried National Exhibition Oct. 4 through Jan. 4, 2015

The Bascom is honored to host the 2014 APS Juried National Exhibition. It is a biennial events organized by the Appalachian Pastel Society to provide competition opportunities for fine pastelists around the country. This exhibition brings some of the finest examples of contemporary pastel art to our region. Stan Sperlak is the 2014 juror.

In These Mountains Nov. 15 through March 1, 2015

The Bascom is pleased to offer the Loft Gallery for exhibition proposals, submitted by artists working in any media, living in North Carolina.

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Outdoor music Friday Night Live

The free summer concert series sponsored by the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce will be on Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square on Main Street. For more information, contact the Chamber at 526-5841. The following musical groups will perform: Johnny Webb band (June 13, July 4, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 10), Southern Highlands (June 20, July 18, Sept. 19, Oct. 17), Mountain Dulcimer Group (June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Oct. 3), Dry Fire (July 11), Macon Grass Band (Aug. 1, Aug. 22, Sept. 26), Fred Kopp (Aug. 8), and Curtis Blackwell (Sept. 5).

Presented by: Beth & Dan Riley, Valeria & Peter Whitcup, Diane & Ray McPhail, Ruth Gershon & Sandy Cohn, Louise & Rick Demetriou, Jane Webb & David LaCagnina, Carole Simmons, Cindy & Rick Trevathan, Patsy & Bill Wolffe

Saturdays on Pine

In its second year, Saturdays on Pine will return to the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street on Saturday evenings 6-8 p.m. The concerts are free. For more information, contact Kay Craig at 526-8364. The line up follows: June 21- Well Strung (bluegrass, Highlands) June 28- Jerry’s Bones (rock, Charlotte) July 5- Shane Bridges (Americana, Georgia) July 12- Hobohemians (proto-jazz, blues and folk, Athens) July 19- Tellico (Americana, Asheville) July 26- Ben Sutton Band (rock, blues and country, Burlington, N.C.) Aug. 2- The Lonesome Road Band (Americana, bluegrass, Asheville) Aug. 9- Hi 5 (rock, southern soul, Highlands) Aug. 16- Mangas Colorado (Americana, Sylva) Aug. 23 Copious Jones (rock, progressive, Atlanta) Aug. 30- Andrew Scotchie and The River Rats (funk, Southern soul, Asheville)

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ighlands-area vistas, waterfalls and (mostly) easy walkabouts for the novice hiker:

Bridal Veil Falls

Level of difficulty: Extremely easy. This waterfall is visible from the road. Parking: Adequate Driving distance/directions from downtown: 2.7 miles. Follow Hwy. 64 (Franklin Road). Waterfall is on the right. Description: An alternate road curves under this waterfall allowing drivers to pass underneath. A large gravel parking area is adjacent. Footnote: The road under the waterfall was closed for several years after a boulder fell and blocked it. The boulder was blasted away, and the road was reopened in 2007.

Cullasaja Falls

Level of difficulty: View from road Driving distance/directions from downtown: About 9 miles. Follow Hwy. 64 (Franklin Road). Fall is on the left. Pull off is on the left. Parking: Extremely limited Description: This waterfall is visible from the road, but it is strongly advisable to pull off to view it. It is more easily accessible when traveling east on Hwy. 64 up the mountain. Several small pull-offs are available there. Footnote: The area to view this fall is in an extremely narrow area of the Cullasaja Gorge Road. Use extreme caution and be aware of the traffic through the narrow pass.

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Dry Falls

Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate Driving directions/distance from downtown: About 3.5 miles. Follow Hwy. 64 (Franklin Road). Waterfall is on the left. Parking: Adequate Description: This relatively accessible hike includes a series of steps to a very short trail that leads behind the waterfall. Footnote: This waterfall area is closed while the trail is rebuilt. It is scheduled to re-open in September.

Glen Falls

Level of difficulty: Difficult, 700-foot elevation drop in 1 mile. Driving distance/directions from downtown: 2.9 miles. Follow Hwy. 106 (Dillard Road) to graveled Glen Falls Road on left, proceed to trailhead. Parking: Adequate Hiking distance: 2 miles round trip Description: The trail leads to three cascades and starts at the top of the first falls. The trail down is easy, but the trail back up can be quite steep. However, hikers may choose to visit only one or two of the cascades. Footnote: The Chinquapin Mountain trail also is located in this area, so pay attention to signs.

Chinquapin Mountain

Level of difficulty: Moderate, 700foot elevation gain. Driving distance/directions from downtown: 2.9 miles. Follow Hwy. 106 to graveled Glen Falls Road on left, proceed to trailhead. Parking: Adequate Hiking distance: 3 miles round trip Description: Take the trail that bears to the right from Glen Falls trailhead and bulletin board. Be ready to rockhop over several small streams on the way to the summit, which has a number of rocky overlooks into Blue Valley. Footnote: Remember how to get back to your vehicle. (Avoid side trail leading to Hwy. 106.)

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Level of difficulty: Moderate Driving distance/directions from downtown: 6 miles. Follow the many twists, turns and hairpin switchbacks of Horse Cove Road down to T-intersection of Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove roads. Bear left on Whiteside 1.2 miles to steep trail on left. Parking: Limited, on road shoulders Hiking distance: Minimal Description: Trail leads to a jumble of large granite outcrops and boulders with many caverns and ledges, a favorite of the young set. Footnote: Best wear boots and long pants for this one.

“The Narrows”

Level of difficulty: Moderate Driving distance/directions from downtown: 5.6 miles. Follow the many twists, turns and hairpin switchbacks of Horse Cove Road down to T-intersection of Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove roads. Bear left on Whiteside 0.8

miles to old logging road, second on right. Parking: Two spaces on the side of the road Hiking distance: About 4 miles round trip Description: Follow this “county line road” dividing Jackson and Macon counties to intersection with Chattooga River Trail. Bear left another 0.2 miles, approximately, to picnic spots along Chattooga River, at confluence with Norton Mill Creek. Look for iron bridge over creek, repaired by Forest Service after the 2004 hurricanes. The Chattooga at this location squeezes into a natural rock sluice, “The Narrows,” before widening out. Footnote: This is a favorite swimming hole in summer. Do not expect skinny-dipping solitude here.

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Old Iron Bridge and Chattooga River Loop

Level of difficulty: Moderate Driving distance/directions from downtown: 7.9 miles. Follow the many twists, turns and hairpin switchbacks of Horse Cove Road down to T-intersection of Bull Pen and Whiteside Cove roads. Bear right on Bull Pen (very rough graveled Forest Service road) to bridge. Bull Pen is partially paved, but drive cautiously on this single-track Forest Service road. Parking: Adequate Hiking distance: 2-mile loop round trip Description: Trail proceeds upriver for some distance before switching back to the left and returning through hemlock forest to a camp site slightly higher up than the parking lot on Bull Pen Road. Hemlocks here display evidence of much damage from Hemlock Woolly Adelgid infestation. Many forego the hike and just picnic along the river above the bridge.

Footnote: The more aggressive hiker may wish to follow Chattooga River Trail upriver. This is a more strenuous hike, with many water crossings, 6.25 miles total, ending at a parking lot for the Chattooga River Trail on Whiteside Cove Road. It is best done with experienced fellow hikers.

Ranger Falls

Level of difficulty: Moderate Driving distance/direction from downtown to Flat Mountain Road: Follow U.S. 64 east toward Cashiers for 2.5 miles. Turn left on Flat Mountain Road. Arrive at old Forest Service building after about 2 miles. Parking: At former ranger station. Hiking distance: 2-mile loop Description: This relatively new interpretive trail can be started from either the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area on Hwy. 64 W toward Franklin or at the former Highlands ranger station on Flat Mountain Road. The trail follows Skitty Creek and leads to its namesake Ranger

Falls, approximately 25 feet high. At Flat Mountain, trail begins on west side of parking lot.

Satulah Mountain

Level of difficulty: Moderate (700foot elevation gain) Driving distance/direction from downtown: None Parking: None Hiking distance: About 3.5 miles Description: As there is no dedicated, public parking on the mountain, walk from downtown. Follow Satulah Road to the cul-de-sac at the top of the road. Several nice views from granite outcrops and remnant of old cabin. On return, loop back to top of Worley Road for return trip to Highlands. Footnote: About half of this hike is on paved road, skirting multiple private properties, but public hiking access to the top is guaranteed under covenants with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.

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Sunset Rock

Level of difficulty: Moderate (less than 300-foot elevation gain) Driving distance/direction from downtown: 0.5 miles out Horse Cove Road Parking: Limited free parking adjacent to trailhead, across the road from Highlands Nature Center Hiking distance: 1.2 miles round trip Description: Walk up Sunset Park Road from trailhead to turnaround at the top of this graveled road – overlook with wonderful view of Highlands village is immediately to the right. Footnote: A narrow trail heading east from the turnaround leads to Sunrise Rock and a good view of Horse Cove. Do not block the road, which is a private roadway.

Whiteside Mountain

Level of difficulty: Moderate-to-strenuous, depending on what kind of shape you’re in. Driving distance/directions from downtown: 6.6 miles. Take Hwy. 64 East toward Cashiers, right on Whiteside Mountain Road to trailhead and parking lot on left. Parking: Adequate. U.S. Forest Service charges a parking fee of $2 per vehicle. Hiking distance: 2-mile loop round trip Description: Like Satulah, this is an old-time favorite for visitors and Highlands residents alike. Take the loop trail

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clockwise or counter-clockwise – you still end up at the parking lot. Summit is a ridge with many overlooks to the south (with a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Escarpment) and to the north and east (view of ridges and mountains overlooking more developed Cashiers area and Whiteside Cove). Footnote: Various twisting side trails lead to and from adjacent rock outcrop known as the Devil’s Courthouse, but the novice hiker might best do this tangent hike with experienced hikers who have been there previously. For wonderful details about this mountain, consult The Mountain at the end of the Trail: A History of Whiteside Mountain, by Robert Zahner, 1994. Available at the Hudson Library and Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

Yellow Mountain

Level of difficulty: Strenuous, with 2,000-plus-foot elevation gain Driving distance/directions from downtown: 4.9 miles. Follow Hwy. 64 East to Buck Creek Road on left, proceed 2.2 miles on Buck Creek to trailhead on right. Parking: Adequate, across the road from trailhead Hiking distance: 9.6 miles round trip Description: This longish hike up Cole Mountain, Shortoff Mountain, around Goat Knob and up Yellow Mountain is worth the trip for the view to be had from the old fire tower at the summit. Trail is well-marked and maintained, but it will test the mettle of the weekend walker. Footnote: Bring adequate water. Nice collection of wildflowers along the trail, in season.

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Black bear country Hiking smart in the Highlands area By Kathy Sherrard B.E.A.R. Task Force


hile we love black bears, the last thing most of us want is to encounter one on a trail or in our campsite. While it is uncommon to encounter bears, being prepared is important to a bear-safe experience.

Facts about black bears • They have a very keen sense of smell • They are extremely curious and intelligent • They are most ravenous in spring and fall • Diet is 85% vegetable matter: nuts, berries, seeds, grass; also grubs, bees, termites, larvae • Bears stand up to get a better look or smell – not to attack • They prefer to avoid humans • Bears will be more aggressive when protecting food or cubs • They are very powerful – can cause serious injury if startled or provoked • Bears can run 35 mph and are excellent tree climbers • Bears are wild animals to be treated with caution and respect

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On the trail • Travel in groups. Do not allow children to run ahead • Remain on trail. Hike during the day — bears are more active after dark • Stay alert and avoid surprising a bear. “Advertise” your presence with talking, singing, bear bells, etc. • Use caution when traveling on a bike or in berry patches, dense vegetation and noisy streams where a bear may not see, smell or hear you coming • Keep dogs on leash; they can provoke a bear • When packing food and odorous nonfood items (scented toiletries, gum, etc.), use doubled plastic bags to seal in odors. Better yet is a bear-proof container. • Bring extra zip-top bags for leftovers and for packing out garbage.

What to do if you see a bear Bears are basically shy and naturally afraid of humans, so attacks are rare. If one comes near you it is most likely just curious.

• Do not approach the bear. Back up and return down the trail or make a wide detour around it • If a bear approaches you, stay calm and do not run; that may elicit a chase response by the bear • Let the bear know you are not a threat by talking softly; lift arms or pack overhead and slowly back away • If the bear snaps its jaws, huffs and slaps the ground, it feels threatened • The bear may “bluff charge” — rush forward and stop — to intimidate you. Hold your ground until it turns and leaves, then back away • Never come between a mother bear and her cub! • If a bear follows you, stand your ground and yell, clap your hands, wave your arms, or throw something (rocks, sticks) at the bear until it leaves • Never toss food or your pack at the bear, as it will quickly learn to confront other humans for food rewards Suggested reading: Safe Travel in Bear Country or Great Bear Almanac by Gary Brown. The Bear Education & Resources Task Force has several brochures about bears available at post offices and libraries in Highlands and Cashiers.

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Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Saving mountains I n addition to preserving lands in western North Carolina, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy and explore the diverse landscape of the plateau with its summer Eco Tours and the Village Square Nature Series. The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has preserved more than 2,400 acres of land, beginning with the protection of the summit of Satulah Mountain in 1909. In 2014, it also is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the preservation of Ravenel Park.

Eco Tours

The land trust’s Eco Tours highlight a different aspect of the natural world in and around Highlands. The cost to join any of the 2014 Eco Tours is $35 for new friends and includes a one-year membership to the land trust. The cost for current members is $10. • Yellow Mountain, June 27 • Canoeing with the Land Trust of the Little Tennessee, July 25 • Box Canyon Tour, Sept. 11

• Elk Excursion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oct. 9

Village Nature Series

This series of free community events is held at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month from May through October at Harmony Towers at the Village Green in Cashiers. No reservations are needed, and the presentations are held rain or shine. June 24: “No Taste Like Home” July 29: “The Cherokee, Children of the Earth, Yesterday & Today,” Aug. 26: “Wolf Tales” Sept. 30: “The Scoop on Poop & Facts About Tracks”

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the preservation of Ravenel Park — home to the popular Sunrise and Sunset Rocks — with a “Sunsetennial.” Related events will be held throughout the summer, including art classes, movies and a dinner on the rock. The highlight will be a party at the k Ravenel home r a P Ravenel on Aug. 16, the 100th anniversary of the family’s donation of the space for a public park. In addition, the land trust is also hosting a photography contest for both amateur and professional photographers. For more information about the events or the photography contests, or to sign up for any of the land trust’s Eco Tours, call (828) 526-1111 or visit

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ighlands Plateau Audubon Society serves the Highlands, Cashiers, Franklin and Scaly Mountain communities with a mission to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife. The Highlands Plateau is recognized as an Important Bird Area by The National Audubon Society. Several birding field trips and educational opportunities are planned for this summer. Beginner’s bird walks will be held the first Saturday of the month through September, and all birders are welcome on the free field trips. If not otherwise indicated, carpool from the parking area behind Highlands Town Hall. All walks begin at 7:30 a.m. and are canceled in rain or heavy fog. Binoculars and field guides will be available to share. For more information, email Visit the audubon society on the web at

Field Trips

June 14: trip to Lonesome Valley in Sapphire led by Romney Bathurst (Carpool from Cashiers Recreation Center parking lot at 7:30 a.m.) to see migrant wood warblars June 21: Bartram Trail Hike led by Brock Hutchins to look for breeding warblers and tanagers (Highlands) June 28: Rich Gap Road to see tanagers, warblers, led by Romney Bathurst (Highlands) July 5: Beginner’s Bird Walk, TBD July 18: Mountain Wildlife Days in Sapphire Valley, bird walk led by Romney Bathurst (meet at 7:30 a.m. at Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center parking lot) Aug. 2: Beginner’s Bird Walk, led by Russ Regnery and David Thorne Sept. 6: Beginner’s Bird Walk to Turtle Pond Road led by Brock Hutchins (Highlands) Sept. 20: Charlie Davis Memorial Field Trip to Blue Ridge Parkway led by Hutchins and Bathurst (meet at 7 a.m., Highlands)

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Highlands Biological Station & Nature Center

Go outdoors Mondays Botanical Garden Tour, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Nature Center guides on a walk to discover the beautiful native plants of the Southern Appalachians. All ages. Free. Tuesdays Family Nature Activity, 3-4 p.m. Activities vary, but may include critter searches, discovery walks or nature games. Ages 4+. $1 per person. Wednesdays Storybook Science, 2:30-3 p.m. Nature lessons will be based around a children’s storybook using items from the Nature Center. All ages. Free. Thursdays Think About Thursdays, Times vary. Sponsored by the Highlands Biological Foundation. Variety of programs include Zahner lecture series, interpretive hikes, workshops and special events. Fridays Animal Feeding Time, 11-11:30 a.m. Observe what each of the Nature Center’s animals eat and learn how they feed. Free. All ages. Saturdays Featured Creature, 11:30 a.m. to noon. Come see and learn about one of the Nature Center’s live animals up close. Free. All ages.

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he Highlands Biological Station offers several ways for the community to learn about the rich natural heritage of the Highlands plateau. Many events are free. The station is also home to several research labs and offers biology courses and special topics workshops that are open to community members.

Zahner Conservation Lectures

A tradition since the 1930s, the Zahner Conservation Lectures are free evening lectures about natural history and conservation. The events are held at 6:30 p.m. at the Highlands Nature Center June 19Sept. 4. Lectures this year include presentations about the giant moose, temperate mountain grasslands, the Appalachian Trail, native plants for gardening, nature poetry, naturalists of the Amazon and more.

Foundation Forays

Explore the biological and cultural diversity of the Highlands plateau. Events will complement Zahner lectures and be led by a station staff person or field professional. Events include a trip down the Little Tennessee River, trips to Southern Highlands Reserve, Cedar Cliffs and more. To learn more, visit www. highlandsbiological. org or call the foundation at 526-2221.

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xplore the vast plant diversity and ecosystems of the southern Appalachian Mountains by walking the trails of the Highlands Botanical Garden. The garden is open from dawn until dusk daily. Free weekly themed tours will be held Mondays at 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 22. Meet at the Nature Center.

Old Growth Forest Zone

This trail includes acid cove and rich cove plants like dog hobble and Eastern hemlock. Coker Rhododendron Trail begins on Lower Lake Road.

The Wetland and Lake Zone

An area of moist, shaded woodland and lake edge, wetland and bog. Plants include ferns, Jack-of-the pulpit and swamp lilies. Fern Trail offers silty soil wetland species and ferns. Lower Lake Trail and Bog Boardwalk follows a stream through riparian hardwood forest and crosses over a bog. Upper Lake Trail winds through a heath forest along the eastern shore of the lake.

The Woodland Zone

The most extensive area of the garden includes mixed hardwood and conifer species found at mid-elevations in the Appalachian Mountains. Woodland Loop winds through hardwood-dominated forest typical of Highlands with several woodland wildflowers in the understory. Foreman Trail passes through hemlock-hardwood forest. Falls Trail follows a shaded stream and loops past a small cascade on the property border. The garden also includes demonstration zones including a moss garden, a butterfly garden, a Cherokee garden and more.

Nature Camps The Nature Center offers nature day camps each summer for children. The four-day camps run from Tuesday through Friday and are rotated weekly. Advance registration is required.

“NatureWorks” Ages 8-11, $85 per child. Offered June 10-13, July 15-18

“Wow! A world of Wonder” Ages 4-6, $55 per child. Offered June 3-6, July 8-11, and Aug. 5-8

“Mountain Explorers” Ages 10-13, $120 per child. Offered July 22-25

“Amazing Animals” Ages 7-10, $85 per child. Offered June 24-27

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“Junior Ecologists” Ages 11-14, $120 per child. Offered June 17-13

Also available “Workshop for Young Gardeners” June 16-18, Ages 7-10, $30 per child, offered through the Highlands Botanical Garden (contact 526-0188)

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he Highlands Plateau Greenway offers more than five miles of walking and hiking trail in Highlands. The connecting trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail and a North Carolina Birding Trail. The Highlands Plateau Greenway committee is in the process of adding to the trail system, incorporating the old sled run on Oak Street, where a new trail entrance and gazebo are also planned. The connecting Greenway includes the following trails: Sunset Rock, Botanical Garden Trails, Rhododendron Trail, Big Bear Pen Trail, Kelsey Trail, Mill Creek Trail and Bascom Trail. Greenway work trips are held on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Email for more information. Maps of the trail are available at the Highlands Visitor’s Center.


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cently, Peter Kipp DuPont brought his red-tailed hawk Jade and allowed us to participate in a falconry experience. You just never quite know what a day on the farm will bring! For 22 years our experiential foundation has utilized the equine staff, the labyrinth, the place, to enhance life for a wide variety of participants. Children as well as adults, couples and corporate clients — nearly 4,000 — have participated in a wide variety of programs, camps, private lessons and activities. CDF provides a unique opportunity to explore the human potential through our equine experiences. Learning to partner with a 1,200-pound horse teaches us lessons that mirror our lives. We hone our observation skills, learn teamwork, subtle ways to interact, and through herd dynamics we can learn skills that transfer to our family life and work environment.


arpe Diem Farms is a magical place. Whether it’s your first or your 20th trip to this sanctuary of nature, be assured you’ll have a wonderful experience. Over and over again we hear from our students, participants and visitors that the minute they come through the gate the noise of daily life drops away and a sense of calm, even a heightened awareness, fills the void. CDF is the home to 10 horses, three dogs, three cats and a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds. We were designated an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in 1999. Our pair of red-tailed hawks soar above the farm daily. Hummers dart to feeders and flowers and yellow finch fill the trees. A bard owl injured herself and took refuge in the stables this winter. After rehab at Lees McCrae Wildlife Center, we released her back on the farm in time for mating season. Re-

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Nature sanctuary C Behaviors witnessed on a large scale through the horses can lead to some ah-ha moments. If you would like some quiet time to listen to the sounds of nature, take a trip down Buck Creek Road. Discover Carpe Diem Farms and see for yourself why we are proud to be among the “Best of Highlands 2014!”


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Golf courses Cashiers area

Burlingame at Sapphire Lakes Location: 1600 Highway 64 W., Sapphire Phone: (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. Country Club of Sapphire Valley Location: 120 Handicap Drive, Sapphire Phone: (828) 743-2462 The Country Club of Sapphire Valley is a private, member-owned equity club. The golf course was originally designed by George W. Cobb and opened in 1956. It was updated by Bill Bergin. High Hampton Country Club Location: Hwy. 107 S., Cashiers Phone: (828) 743-2411 This 18-hole course was designed by George W. Cobb and features bentgrass greens and plays at 6,012 yards from the back tees. Golf Digest named the 8th “island” hole one of America’s greatest golf holes. The course is open to High Hampton guests and residents. Lake Toxaway Country Club Location: 4366 W. Club Blvd. Phone: (828) 966-4020 This Spence Golf Design course underwent a $9 million renovation in 2009. This private course is open to guests at the Greystone Inn. Nature’s Walk at Chinquapin Location: Cashiers Phone: (828) 743-5878 This private 9-hole walking course is 36-par and 3,186 yards. Red Bird Golf Links Location: 67 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire Phone: (828) 743-1991 Red Bird features a 9-hole executive golf course. The course and practice facility are open to the public.

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Sapphire National Golf Club Location: 50 Slicers Ave., Sapphire Phone: (828) 743-1174 This public mountain course received a $2.5 million renovation in 2010. Golf Magazine praised the course, saying it had three of the most beautiful holes in western North Carolina. The club was founded in 1982. Trillium Links Location: 48 Links Drive, Cashiers Phone: (828) 743-4251 This private 18-hole regulation length course is a par 71 and 6,505 yards. Wade Hampton Golf Club Location: Hwy. 107 South, Cashiers Phone: (828) 743-5465 Wade Hampton is a gated private golf club located in Cashiers. The Tom Fazio-designed course is consistently one of the highest-ranked mountain golf courses in the United States.

Franklin area Mill Creek Country Club Location: 341 Country Club Drive, Franklin Phone: (828) 524-4653 This public course is a par 72 totaling 6,153 yards with bentgrass greens designed by Bruce Devlin.

Highlands area Cullasaja Club Location: 1371 Cullasaja Drive, Highlands Phone: (828) 526-3531 This private course was designed by Seay, Palmer and Riley. It was named the best 5th hole by Golf Digest in its “America’s Best 18 Holes” feature in February 2000. The club was founded in 1988.

Highlands Falls Country Club Location: One Club Drive, Highlands Phone: (828) 526-4118 This private course features 19 holes, with the final hole being used for optional play when necessary. The course is par 70, totaling 6,300 yards with 250 feet of elevation change. The course has been featured in Golf Digest, Carolina Green, Your Course Magazine and Turf Net. The club was founded in the late 1950s, and the first nine holes were opened on June 20, 1963. Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove Location: Highway 64 E., Highlands Phone: (828) 526-1783 This newly-renovated 18-hole, par 71 course is a private club that is open to members and guests of Old Edwards Inn. Wildcat Cliffs Country Club Location: 770 Country Club Drive, Highlands Phone: (828) 526-2165 This newly-renovated private course features an 18-hole championship regulation layout. It is the area’s highest golf course at an elevation of 4,200 feet. The club was founded in 1961.

Sky Valley area Sky Valley Golf Club Location: 568 Sky Valley Way #1, Sky Valley, GA Phone: (706) 746-5303, 1-800-437-2416 This public course is a par 71 totaling 6,901 yards. A total course renovation was completed in 2007 by golf course architect Bill Bergin. The original architect was Bill Watts.

Highlands Country Club Location: 981 Dillard Road, Highlands Phone: (828) 526-2181 Highlands Country Club’s in-town private course was designed by Donald Ross. The club was founded in 1928.

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Highlands Chamber & Visitor Center

Visitors’ guide The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is your first stop in town for information about events, local attractions, lodging and dining. In its second year at the intersection of Main Street and the Dillard and Franklin roads, it is in a central location for visitors coming from any direction. The Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays year-round. It is also open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays from May through November. Visit online at or call (828) 526-5841.


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earn more about the rich historical past of Highlands at the Highlands Historical Society museum, open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. through October. Special exhibits will inuse Prince Ho clude the 100th anniversary of the historic donation Dazzling Dahlias! of Sunset Rock to the town of Highlands’ fourth annual dahlia Highlands by the Ravenel family. festival returns to the plateau Sept. Family heirlooms will be on display. 20 at Highlands Recreation Park. The Prince House, built in 1877 A band will perform and refreshby millwright Arthur House, is also ments will be served at the Historiat the village and serves as a living cal Village. A gift shop will be availhistory museum. Admission is free. able. All dahlia enthusiasts are enFor more information, call (828) couraged to enter. Entry into each 787-1050. of the three dahlia exhibits will cost

$10. Prizes are presented in multiple categories. Admission to the event is $5. A patron party will be Sept. 18 at Hudson House at Highlands Country Club.

Kelsey Kids

The day camp for children aged 8-11 focuses on learning and experiencing the area’s history and the lives of those who founded and settled Highlands in 1875. Students will also get to learn about native flora and walk the historic Kelsey Trail. The day camp will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from June 23-June 27. There is no cost, and lunch will be provided. To register a child, email or call her at 526-3374.

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Hudson Library

udson Library offers more ways to spend your time this summer than just reading a good book. You can also attend one of their many exciting summer programs. This summer, the musical group The Lady and the Old Timers will perform a mix of golden oldies, country and gospel at 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month through October. Community Coffee from 11 a.m. to noon on the last Friday of each month will allow residents to participate in open discusses about feature issues of concern to the town in collaboration with Town of Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor. In addition, several special presentations will be offered. The first is set for 11 a.m. June 26. “Dinosaur Discovery” museum will allow kids age 4 and older to learn about the science of paleontology and explore the world of dinosaurs. The free event is presented by Stacie Hangwood from the N.C. Natural Sciences Museum and funded by the National Science Foundation. Ron Cromer will present “Snakes Alive” at 2:30 p.m. July 25 at the Highlands Community Building. The program will consist of two portions — a lecture dispelling common myths about snakes and an explanation of snake’s swallowing abilities, with an opportunity to hold the snakes. Attendance is limited to 80-85 people so registration will be required to the free event. Call the Hudson Library at 526-3031 to register. Julie William will tell her great-uncle,Albert Caldwell’s story of the sinking of Titanic beyond the historical account – the part he kept secret —at 3 p.m. July 30. William is the author of “A Rare Titanic Family,” which won the 2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award for authors whose work has helped preserve history. Adults and children age 12 and up are welcome at the free event.

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Literacy Council

The Literacy Council of Highlands serves adults and children with a variety of free services ranging from literacy tutoring, children’s after school enrichment programs, GED preparation, English as a Second Language classes and RosettaStone software in English and Spanish. All programs are free to the public. The Literacy Council is enjoying newly-renovated classroom and office space on the main floor of the Peggy Crosby Center on Fifth Street. In addition, the organization continues to offer the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Macon County children in 2013. The Imagination Library provides any child who registers with a free book each month from birth until his or her fifth birthday. Registration is free. Registration forms are available at the Literacy Council’s office and online at www.highlands The Literacy Council will benefit from several fundraisers this summer, including a bingo night in July and a concert and patron’s party with Randall Atcheson in August. For more information about the events, see the calendar on pages 62-75. To register, call Judy Joyner at (828) 526-0863.

The Food Pantry

La Bodega de Comida, Highlands’ food pantry, is staffed by volunteers from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and is located behind the Methodist Church on Church Street. The food pantry offers canned goods, non-perishable items such as sugar, oil, dry beans and flour and toiletry items as well as produce and eggs. Donations are always needed, and collection sites are located at the food bank, area churches and businesses. Manna Food Bank also helps supply items for Highlands. For more information, call (828) 5269938, ext. 290.

Highlands Emergency Council

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Community services

The Emergency Council is located at 71 Poplar St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. It provides assistance for food costs, heating fuel and medical expenses. It relies on monetary donations as well as clothing and usable household items. Families with specific needs, such as large appliances, can be put on a waiting list if the center does not have an appropriate item on hand. For more information, call (828) 5264357 during the day or (828) 526-3924 or (828) 526-2635 after hours.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

Located on 10 acres two miles east of Cashiers, this no-kill shelter offers a temporary home for lost, abandoned or stray animals in the region. Shelter dogs spend their days outdoors and their nights in indoor kennels, complete with raised beds and after-dinner treats. Cats spend days in a community room with an adjoining screened porch. Visits to the shelter are encouraged. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter sponsors community activities including stop-andadopt events, volunteer programs, educational programs for schools and pet therapy programs. It also offers vouchers for spay and neuter surgeries at reduced cost. An onsite dog park is also open to the community. Shelter animals are featured in weekly columns in The Highlander. The CHHS patron’s party on Aug. 6 will feature a special appearance by well-known dog trainer Victoria Stilwell. For more information or to make a donation, call (828) 743-5752 or go online to

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Serving a year-round population of approximately 1,000 residents, the Town of Highlands offers a range of services and amenities available to both residents and visitors. The newly-renovated Town Hall is located at 210 N. Fourth St. and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Many town officials’ offices are located at the building as well as bill payments and a small conference room. For more information, contact (828) 526-2118 or 526-5266.


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Highlands Police and Fire Departments Highlands’ police and fire departments are also located on Oak Street. The police department relocated to its current offices behind Town Hall in 2012. The renovated building features additional space and security functions. The Highlands Fire & Rescue Depart-

ment is staffed by two full-time employees and numerous volunteers. They respond to a variety of emergency calls throughout the Highlands area. To reach either the police or fire departments in an emergency, dial 911.

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will begin in the fall for a cover to allow for yearround use beginning in 2015. The pool is open daily through Labor Day. Parents can also take advantage of the popular summer recreation camp for children ages 5-12. The camp is open June through August, with the exception of the week of July 4. Youth camp activities include an arts and crafts program, swimming, summer reading program and field trips. For more information, call (828) 526-3556.

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The Highlands Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of activities for all ages. The facility has a basketball court, new free weight equipment, a fitness room, four tennis courts, meeting rooms, a bridge room, arts and craft area, kitchen, stage, baseball/softball field, soccer field, playground, picnic shelters, a dog park and is located on the Highlands Greenway Trail. In addition, several fitness classes are offered, as well as dance and karate classes for children during the school year. League sports for basketball, softball and baseball for adults and children are offered at various times throughout the year. The Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club also holds games several times each week at the Civic Center, and a monthly senior luncheon is offered during part of the year. The Recreation Park’s newly rebuilt outdoor pool opens in June, and construction

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Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Most of us choose to live year-round or part-time in the Highlands-Cashiers area because of the inspiring beauty and quality of daily life. Having access to a first class medical facility, like Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, is an important reason why so many of us make the area our home. In fact, one of the top criteria for determining quality of life in the place we choose to live, or retire, is the “peace of mind” factor of access to quality healthcare. The treasured asset of having a strong and vibrant community hospital cannot be overestimated HCH is a not-for-profit community hospital serving Highlands, Cashiers and the surrounding North Carolina mountain communities. Located on Highway 64 between the two towns, HCH offers diagnostic, surgical and acute patient care through onsite professional services or provides a referral to other regional health care systems. Emergency care is physician-staffed 24/7. HCH has 24 beds for acute care services and 80 beds in the Eckerd Living Center, a skilled nursing facility. There are four hospital-owned physician clinics in Highlands and Cashiers. The hospital’s Foundation, with the generous support of the com-

munity, provides significant operating resources to the facility and its programs. For more information, please visit On Jan. 31, 2014, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital became a member of the Mission Health system. Mission Health, based in Asheville, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub-specialties. For more information, please visit With the HCH and Mission Health integration process underway the Highlands and Cashiers communities will have ac-

cess to a system-wide scope of high quality clinical services, technology, and medical expertise while keeping true to meeting the local needs of our community.

The Eckerd Living Center

The Eckerd Living Center (ELC) is an 80-bed skilled nursing facility located on the Campus of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Since 1993 when the center opened, its goal is to provide residents superior services delivered by a staff dedicated to the highest standards of care. ELC is among the 10% of North Carolina Nursing facilities which voluntarily seek and receive full Joint Commission accreditation. A high staff-to-resident ratio exceeds the requirements of state and other governing agencies. In July 2013, Facility-wide renovations were completed to create enhanced dining enjoyment, outdoor garden access, activity rooms, social areas, and a variety of specialized improvements.

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Relay For Life

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he Relay for Life celebration of life and the effort to raise money to end cancer will continue this year. Highlands’ Relay for Life event will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Highlands Recreation Park. This year’s kick-off celebration was in April with a “Fight to the Finish” theme. This year’s goal is to have 250 participants in the relay and to raise $75,000. On the night of Relay, participants will walk the track through the night to represent the ongoing hope for a cure. The program includes a survivor lap and luminaria ceremony. The event will also include live music, food and games. For more information, go to, call Relay chairman Mike Murphy at (828) 526-1841 or visit the event’s Facebook page.


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f you have been serving hot soup all winter then the following cold soup recipes will provide a pleasurable transition to your warm weather meals. With the abundance of fresh produce appearing in our local markets endless recipes for cold soup are available. Let availability of produce be your guide to which recipe you make. Cold soups can be vegetable or fruit based and can range from French Vichyssoise, which is flavorful leek and potato soup that can be served hot or cold, to fruit soup such as Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup, while Borscht is the well-known Russian cold beet soup. Gazpacho is really just a salad blended and served cold. Carrot-ginger soup is trendy and not only delicious but healthy. And the list of cold soup recipes goes on and on limited only by your culi-

nary creativity. The following cold soup recipes are easy and delicious. A colorful cold soup served in a simple glass bowl is an elegant presentation and one your family will savor. Bon appetit and have a “souper” day. Contact Marilyn at dmunderhill@

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup (Golden Door Spa)

Ingredients 1 cup thinly sliced, peeled and seeded cucumbers 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 cups seeded cubed watermelon 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail 1 red bell pepper, seeded, deribbed, and finely chopped 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 Tablespoon sherry vinegar 8 fresh mint leaves, for garnish Directions

In a small bowl, toss the cucumbers and salt together. Set aside. In a blender or food processor, combine the watermelon and cranberry juice and process briefly, just until blended. Do not over process. Pour through a fine-meshed sieve set over a bowl and press the pulp with the back of a large spoon to extract all the juice; discard the pulp. Stir the bell pepper, red onion, celery, parsley, lime juice and vinegar into the watermelon juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Rinse the cucumbers and pat dry with a paper towel. Ladle the soup into 8 chilled bowls and garnish with the cucumber slices and mint leaves.

Cold Cucumber Soup (Food & Wine)

Ingredients 2 large European cucumbers (2 1/4 pounds), halved and seeded—1/2 cup finely diced, the rest coarsely chopped 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 small shallot, chopped 1 garlic clove 1/3 cup loosely packed dill 1/4 cup loosely packed flatleaf parsley leaves 2 tablespoons loosely packed tarragon leaves 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling Salt Fresh ground white pepper 1/2 red onion, finely chopped Directions In a blender, combine the chopped cucumber with the yogurt, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, dill, parsley, tarragon and the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and white pep-

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per, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Season the soup again just before serving. Pour the soup into bowls. Garnish with the finely diced cucumber, red onion and a drizzle of olive oil and serve.

Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup

Ingredients 500 grams (1.1 pounds) sour cherry (fresh or preserved, pitted) 2-3 cinnamon sticks 4-5 tablespoons of sugar 6-7 pieces of cloves Pinch of salt 1 cup sour cream (or cream) to thicken 1 tablespoon of flour Optional: 1/2 cup red wine Directions Add the cherries and the sugar to 1 liter (33.8 ounces) of water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the cinnamon sticks and cloves to the cherry soup. Cook it for about 10 minutes or until the cherries are soft. In a medium-sized bowl add the sour cream, the flour and a pinch of salt to a cup of the hot cherry liquid and mix until smooth. Add the mix-

ture to the cherry soup. Carefully simmer for about 5 minutes without boiling. Optionally, add the red wine to the soup to give the cherries a special flavor. Remove the cinnamon sticks and the cloves. Let it cool down and put the cherry soup in the refrigerator until chilled. Serve cold on a hot summer day.

Vichyssoise (Anthony Bourdain)

Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter 8 leeks, white part only, cleaned and thinly sliced 2 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes 2 cups chicken stock 2 cups heavy cream 4 fresh chives, finely chopped 1 pinch nutmeg salt and fresh pepper Directions: In a large, heavy bottom pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once butter is melted, add the leeks and sweat for 5 minutes, making sure they do not take on any color. Add potatoes and cook for a minute or two, stirring a few times.

Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook on low heat, gently simmering for 35 minutes, or until the leeks and potatoes are very soft. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Slowly, and in small batches, puree the soup at a high speed in the blender. Do this bit by bit, never filling the blender too high. Make sure the benders lid is on, and lean on the top when you turn on. If not, the burn you will get is awful, and a most frequent accident in even professional kitchens. Return soup to the cooking pot and whisk in cream and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Return to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook 5 minutes. If you want to thin soup out, add more broth, if needed. Transfer soup to the mixing bowl an chill over the ice bath, stirring occasionally. When soup is at room temperature, and only at room temperature, cover in plastic wrap and put into the refrigerator to cool. Check seasoning, sprinkle with chives and serve in chilled bowls. This soup does get better over time. Keep covered with plastic, not foil in the refrigerator, or it will pick up other tastes.

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Chilled Carrot Soup with Cumin and Lime (Epicurious)

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Best barbecue: Highlands Smokehouse Best breakfast: Mountain Fresh Grocery Best burger: Mountain Fresh Grocery Best restaurant for vegetarians: Cyprus International Cuisine Best bartender: Heather Johnson (Wolfgang’s) Best caterer: Rosewood Market Best chef: Joe Green (Wolfgang’s)

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Readers’ Choice Awards

Best waiter: D’Arcy Adams (Wolfgang’s) Best waitress: Kellye Werth (Wolfgang’s) Best wine list: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Best place for a drink: Ugly Dog Best Asian food: Cyprus International Cuisine Best restaurant overall: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Best salad: Dusty’s Rhodes Superette Best sandwich: Dusty’s Rhodes Superette Best steak: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Best produce: August Produce Best pizza: Pizza Place

Best dessert: Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Best French fries: Mountain Fresh Grocery Best hot dog: Dusty’s Rhodes Superette Best ice cream: Kilwin’s Best auto repair: Rhodes Auto Care Best beauty salon: Head Innovations Best consignment store: The Blue Elephant Best financial institution: Regions Bank Best clothing retailer: Highland Hiker Best florist: Oak Leaf Best furniture: Summer House Best gifts: Smitten Best grocery store: Bryson’s Food Store Best home builder: Black Bear Construction Best of Highlands 2014

Best home interior/designer: Lucas Patton Best hotel/motel: Old Edwards Inn & Spa Best jewelry: Drake’s Diamond Gallery Best landscaping company: Tate Landscaping Best pharmacy: Highlands Pharmacy Best pottery: The Bascom Best stylist: Tracy Head Best wine retailer: Bryson’s Food Store Best church: The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Best civic organization: Rotary Best elected official: Sheriff Robert Holland Best fireman: Taylor Parrish Best law enforcement officer: Mike Jolly Best nonprofit: Mountain Findings Best pre-school: Highlands Community Child Development Center Best of Highlands • 2014

Best place to see a bear: Downtown alleys/ Whiteside Mountain bear shadow

Best religious leader: Paul Christy Best teacher: Gina Billingsley Best community event: Halloween Best place to see the sunset: Best Sunset Rocks children’s activity: Best place to swim: Christmas parade Recreation Park Best date activity: Best place to see wildflowers: Hiking and going out Nature Center/Botanical Garden to dinner Best waterfall: Best golf course: Dry Falls Old Edwards Club Best thing to do on a rainy day: Best hiking trail: Movies at the Playhouse Whiteside Mountain Best way to beat the line at Best place to bird Mountain Fresh: watch: Call ahead or go to Dusty’s Highlands Nature Center/ Best way to avoid Main Street Biological Station traffic: Best place for live music: Walk Ugly Dog Best weeknight activity: Best place to Playhouse movies park on busy weekends: Spring Street Best place to people watch: Loafer’s Bench/ Main Street 61 •

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Highlands is full of summer and fall activities for virtually any interest. This events calendar lists many of those events chronologically. Because these events are planned well in advance, it is wise to call before attending. For additional event listings as they are added, please check the “What’s Happening” calendar in weekly issues of The Highlander or the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce website at All phone numbers listed carry the 828 area code unless otherwise noted. Frequently used locations: • Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (PAC): 507 Chestnut St. • Highlands Playhouse: 362 Oak St. • Civic Center/Recreation Park: 600 N. Fourth St. • Community Building: Hwy. 64 at Laurel St. • Town Hall: 210 N. Fourth St. • Highlands Nature Center: 930 Horse Cove Road • The Bascom: Hwy. 64 at Oak Street

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2014 Highlands event calendar June Owl Prowl

The annual Owl Prowl will begin at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the Highlands Nature Center. The presentation by the Carolina Raptor Center features live owls, then stay for a night hike to see them in the wild. Free, but donations to the CRC are greatly appreciated. Parking is extremely limited. Visitors are encouraged to carpool or walk from downtown. Call 526-2623 or visit for more information.

Pawsitively Perfect Evening

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will hold its “Pawsitively Perfect Evening” from 6-10:30 p.m. June 13 at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Tickets are $175, and proceeds benefit the shelter. For more information, call 743-5752 or email

Salon @ Six

Harpist Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup and flut-

ist Lea Kibler will perform in a Salon @ Six for Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival on June 14 at the home of Kay and Frank Cohen. Call 526-9060.

Art show

The Village Square Art & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14-15 in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine and Fifth streets. The event includes fine and folk art, crafts, demonstrations, food and mountain music and is sponsored by the Macon County Art Association. For more information, call Cynthia Strain at 526-9227. Admission is free.

Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring carnivorous plants from 10:3011:30 a.m. June 16. For all ages. Call 526-0188 for information.

Youth garden workshop

A Young Gardeners Workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 16-18 at the Highlands Botanical Garden. For ages 7-10. Cost is $30. Call 526-0188 for informa-

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streets. The Sprint race start will follow at 8 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. Registration information is available at

tion or to register.

Salon @ Six

The Vega String Quartet and bassist Joe McFadden will perform in a Salon @ Six for Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival on June 17 at The Bascom. Call 5269060.

Nature camp

The Highlands Nature Center will offer “Junior Ecologists” camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17-20. For ages 11-14. Cost is $125. Call 5262623 for information or to register.


The PAC will screen an encore performance of The Met’s “Rigoletto” June 18 at the Performing Arts Center. The pre-opera discussion begins at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 526-9047.

Golf tournament

The Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. June 19 at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. To register or for more information, call Rebecca Shuler at 5262118 or Brian Stiehler at 787-2778. Cost is $150 per player, and all proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

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Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain

The Bascom will feature the exhibition “Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain” from June 21-Sept. 28 in the Bunzl Gallery. The exhibition is a 50-year retrospective of tet r a u Turner’s work, including his techniques in Q g Vega Strin copper red salt glazes. An opening reception and artist talk will be held from 5-7 p.m. University June 21. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to of Louisville will dis5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to cuss “Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is Natural History in Early America” at 6:30 p.m. free. June 19 in the Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.

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SOAR pasta feast

A pre-race pasta meal will be served at 5 p.m. June 20 at the Civic Center for Special Operations Adventure Race athletes and supporters. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, go to

Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring native plants that can be used at home from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 20. For all ages. Call 526-0188 for information.


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An auction to benefit Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. June 22 at Scudder’s. Tickets are $75. Call 526-9060.

Vacation Bible School

Highlands United Methodist Church will host its vacation Bible school, “Workshop of Wonders,” from 5-8 p.m. nightly June 22-26. Call 526-3376.

Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring deadly plants and folklore from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 23. For all ages. Call 526-0188 for information.


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Village Nature Series

Alan Muskat will present “No Taste Like Home” as part of the Village Green Nature Series. The program is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. June 24 on the Village Green in Cashiers.

Nature camp

The Highlands Nature Center will offer “Amazing Animals” camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24-27. For ages 7-10. Cost is $85. Call 526-2623 for information or to register.

Picnic concert

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform a free outdoor concert at 5:30 p.m. June 25 for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at the Zachary Tolbert House in Cashiers. Call 526-9060.


The PAC will screen an encore performance of The Met’s “La Rondine” June 25 at the Performing Arts Center. The pre-opera discussion begins at 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 526-9047.

Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. Mollie Cashner, research scientist at Austin Peay State University, will discuss “Nest Association in North American Minnows: A Colorful Conundrum, at 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.

Eco Tour

HighlandsCashiers Land Trust will host a sunset toast tour to Yellow Mountain with Dr. Gary Wein on June 27. Cost is $35 Yellow M ountain for new friends and includes an HCLT membership or $10 for current members. Call 526-1111 for reservations.

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Learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals through a series of games, activities and observations along the Botanical Garden trails from 9-10:30 p.m. June 27. For ages 7-adult. Cost is $3. Advance registration is requested. Call 526-2623.

Chamber Music Festival

The HighlandsCashiers Chamber Music Festival will present concerts at 6 p.m. June 27 and 5 p.m. June 29 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Call 5269060.

Pancake breakfast

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Scaly Mountain Community Center from 7:30-10:30 a.m. June 28. Adults $5.50, children $ 3.50. Proceeds benefit scholarships for area students and human service’s agencies.

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noon July 8-10. For ages 4-6. Cost is $55. Call 526-2623 for information or to register.

In conjunction with the exhibition “From the Earth,” artist Vicki Grant will give a presentation entitled “Architecture Informing Art” from 4-5 p.m. June 28 at the Center for Life Enrichment lecture hall. Cost is $10. Register through CLE at 526-8811 or

Zahner Conservation Lecture

Jay Erskine Leutze, author, will discuss “Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail” at 6:30 p.m. July 10 at the Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.


The Hit Men will perform at 8 p.m. June 28 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $30$50. Call 526-9047 for tickets or information.

July Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. Travis Knowles, associate professor at Francis Marion University, will discuss “Temperate Mountain Grasslands: A ClimateHerbivore Hypothesis for Origins and Persistence” at 6:30 p.m. July 3 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 5262602.

Highlands Playhouse

The Highlands Playhouse will present “Pippin” July 3-20. Tickets are $32.50 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 526-2695 for reservations or information.

Independence Day celebration

On July 4, the Town of Highlands will host recreation activities on the baseball field next to the Community Building. The Rotary Club will host a cookout at lunch and a duck race in

Bach at Buck’s Mill Creek. First Presbyterian Church will host a patriotic concert in the evening before the Highlands Chamber of Mountain Commerce s in Bloom fireworks display. Call 526-5841.

Chamber Music Festival

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will present a concert at 5 p.m. July 6 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9060.

Nature camp

The Highlands Nature Center will present “Wow! A World of Wonder” from 10 a.m. to

The Vega String Quartet will perform an informal free concert at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Buck’s Coffee Café in Highlands for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Call 526-9060.

Mountains in Bloom

The Bascom’s annual Mountains in Bloom festival features a champagne luncheon July 10 at Highlands Falls Country Club with guest speaker Jack Staub. It continues July 11-12 with home and garden tours in Highlands. A flower show and farm to table luncheon with fashion show are also planned. A benefactor celebration will be held July 13 at The Farm at Old Edwards. For tickets and information call 526-4949 or go to www.mountainsinbloom. com.

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Salamander Meander

The annual Salamander Meander will begin at 9 p.m. July 11. A short presentation on salamander biology will be followed by a night hike to observe salamanders in the wild. Age 7-adult. Cost is $5. Call 526-2623 to sign up.

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Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call (828) 526-2602.

Children’s Concert

The Parker String Quartet will perform a free concert at 3:30 p.m. July 22 at First Presbyterian Church of Highlands for children of all ages.

First Baptist Church will host its vacation Bible school, “International Spy Academy,” July 14-19. Call 526-4153.

Zahner Conservation Lecture

Mary Pat Matheson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will discuss “The Art and Science of the Atlanta Botanical Garden: Connecting People to Plants and Science” at 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Highlands

Eco Tour

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Vacation Bible School

The Highlands Playhouse will present “9 to 5” July 24-Aug. 16. Tickets are $32.50 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 526-2695 for reservations or information. Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host a canoeing Eco Tour with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee on July 25. Cost is $35 for new friends and includes an HCLT membership or $10 for current members. Call 526-1111 for reservations.

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will present concerts at 6 p.m. July 18 and 5 p.m. July 13 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9060.

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring wildflowers and their pollinators from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 14. For all ages. Call 526-0188 for information.

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Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. Larry Mellichamp, executive director of the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, will discuss “Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden” at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will present concerts at 6 p.m. July 25 and 5 p.m. July 27 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9060.


In conjunction with the exhibition “Tom Turner: A Passion in Porcelain,” Turner will give a lecture entitled “Then and Now,” during which he will discuss 19th-century folk pottery and its utilitarian function compared to the aesthetic function of pottery today. The lecture will be held from 1-2 p.m. July 25 at the Center for Life Enrichment lecture hall. Cost is $10. Register with CLE at 526-8811 or www.

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Community Center from 7:30-10:30 a.m. July 26. Adults $5.50, children $ 3.50. Proceeds benefit scholarships for area students and human service’s agencies.

from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

Village Nature Series

The Village Nature Series will feature a speaker at 5:30 p.m. July 29 at the Village Green In Cashiers. The program is free.

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will present concerts at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 5 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9060.

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Nature camp

Tradd Cotter, co-founder of Mountain Mushroom, will discuss “Soul Mates for Life: Native Plants and their Fungal Partners” at 6:30 p.m. July 31 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.


The Lady and the Old Timers will perform a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Hudson Library. Admission is free.

Chamber Music Festival

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring deadly plants and folklore from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 4. For all ages. Call 5260188 for information. The Highlands Nature Center will present “Wow! A World of Wonder” from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-8. For ages 4-6. Cost is $55. Call 5262623 for information or to register.

SOAR golf tournament

A golf tournament to benefit the Special Operation Warrior Foundation will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Sky Valley Country Club. Cost is $150 per person. For registration information go to

Snakes of the Highlands Region This educational program featuring live snakes begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Highlands Nature Center. Cost is $2. Call 526-2623.

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Dr. Catherine Carter, assistant professor at Western Carolina University, will discuss “Swamp Monsters and Bone-Eating Snot Flowers: Poetry and the Nonhuman World” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call (828) 526-2602.

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Bascom Member’s Challenge

The Bascom will present an exhibition of members’ works based on the concept of taste from Aug. 9-Oct. 12 in the main building. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 9. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

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Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring native plants that can be used at home from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 11. For all ages. Call 526-0188 for information. Free.

Bolivian Auction

An auction to benefit the Bolivian Mission will be held Aug. 11 at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. For tickets or information, call 526-3605.

Story Swap

A Sunsetennial-themed Story Swap will be held Aug. 12 at the Ugly Dog in Highlands with Highlands Writers’ Group. For more information, contact Button Parham at 526-4451.

Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. Gary Walker, professor at Appalachian State University, will discuss “Cliff-Face Ecology in the Southern Appalachians” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.

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Summer dance

The Bascom will host a summer dance from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 15. Call 526-4949 for information.

Dinner on the Rocks

The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host Sunsetennial Dinner on the Rocks on Aug. 16 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the preservation of Ravenel Park. For reservations or information, call 526-1111.

Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. John Mayer, manager of environmental sciences at Savannah River National Laboratory, will discuss “Wild Pigs: America’s Growing Invasive Crisis” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call 526-2602.

Adults $5.50, children $ 3.50. Proceeds benefit scholarships for area students and human service’s agencies.

Art show

The Village Square Art & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23-24 in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine and Fifth streets. The event includes fine and folk art, crafts, demonstrations, food and mountain music and is sponsored by the Macon County Art Association. For more information, call Cynthia Strain at 526-9227.

Faces & Places

The Bascom will present the exhibition “Faces & Places: Cashiers & Highlands, North Carolina” from Aug. 23-Nov. 9. The exhibition features work by photographer Tim Barnwell who documented selected people and places in Highlands and Cashiers through his photographs with their accompanying oral histories. It is presented in collaboration with the Cashiers Historical Society. An opening reception and artist talk will be held from 5:30-7:30 Aug. 23. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

Highlands Playhouse

The Highlands Playhouse will present “The Paris Dancers” Aug. 21-24. Tickets are $32.50 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Call 526-2695 for reservations or information.

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The Highlands Cashiers Players will present a theater production Aug. 21-24 and 28-31. The play will be named later. Call 526-8084.

Pancake breakfast

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Scaly Mountain Community Center from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

The Twilight 5K will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in downtown Highlands. The event includes music in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park by Copious Jones after the race and glow sticks for kids. Cost is $25 before July 23 and $30 after. Race day registration begins at 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit improvements to the running track at Highlands School. For more information or to register, call Michael Johnson at 526-4114 or Derek Taylor at 526-3571.

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Salon @ Six

Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher will perform with his wife, Susan, in a Salon @ Six for Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival on Aug. 24 at their home. Call 526-9060.

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Bob Gudger will discuss “Wolf Tales” at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Village Green in Cashiers. The program is free.

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Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. Jim Costa, executive director of Highlands Biological Station, will discuss “The Force of Admiration: Wallace & Darwin on the Evolutionary Trail” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call (828) 526-2602.

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Donnie Edwards, Sue Potts and Doc Wilson will present a lecture entitled “Faces and Places of Highlands” in conjunction with The Bascom’s “Faces and Places” exhibition. The lecture will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Center for Life Enrichment lecture hall. Cost is $10. Register through CLE at 526-8811 or www.

Zahner Conservation Lecture

Dr. William Kimler, associate professor at North Carolina State University, will discuss “Amazonian Naturalists, Artists and the Idea of the Tropics” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free. Call (828) 526-2602.


Pianist Randall Atcheson will perform from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Highlands Playhouse. A champagne reception begins at 3 p.m. Benefits the Literacy Council of Highlands. General admission is $50. Call 526-0863.

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The Lady and the Old Timers will perform a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Hudson Library. Admission is free.

Three Potters

The Bascom will feature an exhibition of work by Brandon Reese, Fong Choo and Jim Connel from Sept. 6-Nov. 9 in the Atrium Gallery. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

Bel Canto

The annual Bel Canto Recital will be held Sept. 8 at the Performing Arts Center. Call 5261947 for information.

Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring carnivorous plants from 10:3011:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Call 526-0188 for information. Free.

Eco Tour

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The Land of the Sky Chorus will perform Sept. 13 at the Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9047 for information.

Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring deadly plants and folklore from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 15. For all ages. Call 5260188 for information. Free.

Film festival

The Highlands Harvest Film Festival will be held Sept. 19-20 at the Performing Arts Center. Call (828) 526-9047 for information.

Dazzling Dahlias

The annual dahlia exhibition and competition will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Civic Center. Public admission is $5. Exhibitor fee is $10. Call 787-1050.

Garden tour

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a tour featuring native plants that can be used at home from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 22. For all ages. Call 526-0188 for information. Free.

Garden workshop

The Highlands Botanical Garden will offer a workshop on maintaining your home flower beds from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the botanical garden. Call 526-0188 for information or to register.

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The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Scaly Mountain Community Center from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 27. Adults $5.50, children $ 3.50. Proceeds benefit scholarships for area students and human service’s agencies.


The bluegrass band Seldom Scene will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25-$40. Call 526-9047.

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Village Nature Series

The Village Nature Series will feature a speaker at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Village Green In Cashiers. The program is free.

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Highlands Arts & Crafts Show

The Lady and the Old Timers will perform a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Hudson Library. Admission is free.

The annual art show, now sponsored by the Town of Highlands, will be held Oct. 11 at the Civic Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 526-2118 or go to

Motown Dance

The Bascom will host a Motown Dance from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 3. For tickets or information, call 526-4949.

Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera will stage “Le Nozze di Figaro” via live video feed Oct. 18 at the Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9047 for tickets or information.


Broadway artist Liz Callaway will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $30-$50. Call 526-9047.

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National pastel exhibition

The Bascom will host the 2014 Appalachian Pastel Society Juried National Exhibition from Oct. 4-Jan. 4 in the Bunzl Gallery. Stan Sperlak will be the show’s juror. An opening reception and curator talk will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

Eco Tour

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will host an elk excursion Eco Tour to Cataloochee Valley on Oct. 9. Cost is $35 for new friends and includes

family activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 526-2118.

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Hometown Day

The Town of Highlands will host a community celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. The event will feature farmer’s market vendors, food, music and

The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Scaly Mountain Community Center from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Adults $5.50, children $ 3.50. Proceeds benefit scholarships for area students and human service’s agencies.


Highlands Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a downtown Trick-or-Treat event on Oct. 31. Main Street will close to traffic, and merchants will pass out candy. Free. Call 526-5841.


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to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to all exhibitions is free.

Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera will stage “Carmen” Performance Jason D. Williams will perform at 8 p.m. via live video feed Nov. 1 at the Performing Nov. 28 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets Arts Center. Call 526-9047 for are $30-$50. Call 526-9047. tickets or information.

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Highlands Culinary Weekend

The annual Highlands Culinary Weekend will be held Nov. 6-10. It features dinners, demonstrations, two sip-and-strolls and an opening night gala. Prices vary. Call 5265841.

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The Metropolitan Opera will stage “The Death of Klighoffer” via live video feed Nov. 15 at the Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9047 for tickets or information.

In These Mountains

The Bascom will present the exhibition “In These Mountains” featuring works submitted by artists living in North Carolina. The exhibition will be on display from Nov. 15 to March 1, 2015, in the Loft Gallery. An opening reception and artist talk will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 15. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon

The annual downtown Christmas tree lighting will be Nov. 29. The event includes a visit from Santa, refreshment and a carol sing-along. Free. Call 5265841.

Ye Olde Mountain Christmas Parade

Highlands’ Christmas parade will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 6. Free. Call 5265841.

Met Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera will stage “Die Meistersinger” via live video feed Dec. 13 at the Performing Arts Center. Call 526-9047 for tickets or information.

Holiday reading

Highlands Cashiers Players will present their annual holiday reading on Dec. 18 at the Performing Arts Center. The performance is free.

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Marthaler Jewelers ......................... Back cover Carpe Diem Farms ........................................ 51 Oakleaf Flower & Garden ............................. 32 T.A. Anderson Goldsmith . ............................ 63 Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society . .......... 66


Food & Wine Retail


Bryson’s Food Store ...................................... 50 Highlands Lawn & Garden ........................... 46 Mirror Lake Antiques . .................................. 14 Cashiers Farmers Market .............................. 72 Stoneyard 28 ................................................ 70 High Cotton Wine & Cheese Co. .................... 68 The Kitchen CarryAway & Catering ............... 72 Art Galleries, Crafts & Media Mountaintop Wine Shoppe .......................... 15 WHLC FM 104.5 . .......................................... 54 Photography Nectar Juice Bar ........................................... 75 Mill Creek Gallery ......................................... 49 Rosewood Market ........................................ 57 Outdoor Clothing & Gear Needlepoint of Highlands ............................ 69 Whole Life Market . ...................................... 75 Bear Mountain Outfitters ............................. 47 Highland Hiker ............................................. 39 Automotive Furniture & Accessories Rhodes Auto Care ......................................... 37 Blue Ridge Bedding ..................................... 73


Shakespeare & Company . ............................ 12

Clothing & Shoes

Annawear .................................................... 27 Cabin Casuals ................................................. 7 Martha Anne’s .............................................. 54 Sashay Around ............................................. 24 TJ Bailey ....................................................... 31 Wit’s End ...................................................... 54


Cashiers Historical Society . .......................... 77 Center for Life Enrichment ........................... 69 Highlands Aerial Park . ................................. 69 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival . .............................. 48 Highlands Playhouse . .................................... 3 Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center .... 19 Village Square Art & Craft Show . ................. 70

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Carolina Rustic Furniture .............................. 73 The Summer House ........................................ 2

Real Estate

Blair Realty .................................................. 80 Betsy Paul Properties ................................... 59 Country Club Properties ............................... 28 Golf Highlands Properties . ........... Inside back cover Sapphire National Golf Club ......................... 71 Landmark Realty Group ............................... 55 Meadows Mountain Realty .......................... 45 Healthcare services Old Cashiers Realty . ..................................... 52 Biscup Spine . ......................................... 16-17 Pat Allen Realty Group ................................... 1 Highlands-Cashiers Hospital ........................ 38 Preserve at Rock Creek ................................. 24 Highlands Dermatology ............................... 53 Sotheby’s International Realty ....................... 5 Highlands Pharmacy .................................... 46

Homebuilders & Remodeling

Highlands Decorating Center ....................... 64 Larry Rogers Construction Company ............ 70 Lupoli Construction ...................................... 31 Macon Appliance Mart ................................. 65 Mountainworks Custom Home Design . ...................... Inside front cover Palillos Stone Masonry ................................. 41 Reeves Ace Hardware ................................... 36 Roman’s Roofing .......................................... 30 Warth Construction ...................................... 44


Cyprus .......................................................... 13 Highlands Smokehouse . .............................. 67 On The Verandah .......................................... 11 Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company . ....... 71 Sports Page Sandwich Shoppe . ................... 15 The Ugly Dog Public House .......................... 77


The Dry Sink ................................................... 6 Peak Experience ........................................... 26 Scudder’s Galleries ....................................... 25 Silver Eagle Gallery ...................................... 33 Best of Highlands 2014


South 4th St. Highlands, NC 828.526.8364

The Ugly Dog Public House and Dog House are located on “the hill” in Highlands, NC. We are a casual pub with a relaxed atmosphere in which people can come and enjoy craft beer selections on tap and by the bottle, well-designed cocktails, great wines, wonderful food and good friends. There is always something to enjoy at the pub or Dog House, with weekly drink/menu specials and live music. Every Wednesday and Saturday night we host a different band that will get you off the streets and out of your seat! On Sunday we offer brunch and a fresh Bloody Mary Bar with many different ingredients, such as bacon infused vodka, so you can create your own uniue and favorite flavor. We love to host wedding parties and have special menu options for your events. So come sit and stay a while at The Ugly Dog Pub and Dog House! PUB: M ONDAY - T HURSDAY 4 PM | F RIDAY - S UNDAY 12PM DOG HOUSE: (L) T UESDAY - S AT URDAY 11:30 A M - 3 PM (D) F RIDAY & S AT URDAY 5:30 PM | S UN DAY B RUNCH 11:30 A M - 2

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Blair Realty

Wildcat Ridge Subdivision 3 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths. MLS#78318. $595,000.

Golf and Mountain View at Wildcat Cliffs. 3BD/3BA. MLS#76450. $465,000.

FAIRWAY HOME in Wildcat Cliffs CC. 3 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths. MLS#78477. $895,000.


Wildcat Cliffs CC 4 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths MLS#77039. $999,500.

Custom Home in Wildcat Cliffs CC. 4 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths. MLS#70943. $1,190,000.

New home in Wildcat Cliffs CC. 4 Bedrooms. 3 Baths. MLS#79369. $720,000.

Waterfall Home in Wildcat Cliffs CC. 2BD/2BA plus Lofts. MLS#77870. $499,000.

Golf Course View at Wildcat Cliffs. 4 BD/4BA. Furnished. MLS#78438. $925,000.

Best views ever! 4 Bedrooms. 4.5 Baths. MLS#76469. $1,495,000.

Blair and Margaret Heinlein-Brokers (828) 526-9155 • 5121 Cashiers Road • Highlands, NC 28741 email: • website: • 80

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Cashiers Office

Highlands Office

Shoppes on the Green 94-1 Hwy 64 West Cashiers, NC 28717 (828) 506-6167

450 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 811 Highlands, NC 28741 (828) 526-5522 Photo courtesy of Highlands-Cashiers Website Design

Kyle McKim Owner/Broker 828.200.0454

Jo Pipkin Broker 828.506.6166

Chris Clifford Broker 828.506.6167

Serving you in all of your real estate needs on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Becky Simmons Broker 828.421.1551

Joe Simmons Broker 828.421.4918

Myrna Moore Broker 828.371.2446

Guy McKenzie Broker 828.345.1991

Mark Meadows Developer/ Consultant 828.526.5522

Ken McKim Office Manager/ Broker 828.421.1570

Sylvia Parten Receptionist 828.526.5522







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