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Highlands Best of 2013

Best of

Highlands 2013

A Legacy publication by The Highlander


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What do you love about Highlands?

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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 Samuel Kelsey 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 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 wel- C.C. Hutchinson come 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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This fire tower existed on Satulah Mountain overlooking Highlands from 1932 to the late ‘50s. Photo courtesy of Highlands Historical Society.

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Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will once again bring internationally-known classical musicians to the plateau for its 32nd regular season June 28-Aug. 11. Friday and Sunday concerts are held in Highlands at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Saturday and Monday concerts are in Cashiers at the Albert Carlton Library. Friday concerts are held at 6 p.m. All other concerts are at 5 p.m. Tickets for individual concerts are $30 and $15 for students under 18. Call: (828) Tickets for the Festi- 526-9060 val Finale and Gala on Aug. 11 are $125. Other special activities include “Salon at Six” from 5:30-7 p.m. June 16 at the home of Kathy and Mark Whitehead with HCCMF artistic director and pianist William Ransom performing; the annual free picnic concert at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers on June 26 featuring the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, which will also perform at Town Square in Highlands at 3 p.m. July 6; and “Bach at Bucks” at 8 p.m. with the Vega String Quartet on July 17 in Highlands and July 24 in Cashiers.


cello; Nickrenz, piano; Parkins, violin; Miles Hoffman, viola; Margeaux Maloney, violin

classical sax; Dwight Andrews, jazz sax; Elena Cholakova, classical piano; Gary Motley, jazz piano

Week Three July 19-20, The Magic Flute

Week Five Aug. 2-3, The Parker String Quartet

Performers will be Vega String Quartet; Anthony Reiss, flute; Roeland Hendrikx, clarinet; Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup, harp

Performers will be Daniel Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyum Kim, cello

July 21-22

Performers will be Vega String Quartet; Hendrikx, clarinet; Ransom, piano

Week Four July 26-27, Ransom Solo Ransom will perform on piano

July 28-29, The Joy of Sax

Performers will be Leo Saguiguit,

Aug. 4-5, The Parker Quartet with William Ransom

Performers will be Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Bodner, viola; KeeHyum Kim, cello; Ransom, piano

Week Six Aug. 9-10, Sibling Rivalry

Performers will be David Coucheron, violin; Julie Coucheron, piano; Kate Ransom, violin; William Ransom, piano

Week One June 28-29, Opening Gala Performers will be William and Alexandra Preucil, violin; Jennifer Stumm, viola; Paul Murphy, viola; Charae Krueger, cello; William Ransom, piano

June 30-July 1, The Four Bs: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Bill

Performers will be William Preucil, violin; Ransom, piano


Week Two July 12-13, The Eroica Trio

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

July 14-15, Eroica Plus

Performers will be Sant’Ambrogio,

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Friday Night Live The Friday Night Live music series returns for 2013, bringing back some regional favorites and newcomers to Highlands’ weekly summer concert series sponsored by the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce. The concerts will be on Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. from June 7 to Aug. 30 at Town Square on Main Street. The musical line-up is as follows: Macon Grass Band, June 7; Johnny Webb Band, June 14; Blue Ridge Music

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Band, June 21; Mountain High Dulcimer Group, June 28; Johnny Webb Band, July 5; Chris Miller, July 12; Eric Hendrix, July 19; Blue Ridge Music Band, July 26; Mountain High Dulcimer Group, Aug. 2; Johnny Webb Band, Aug. 9; Tom Hill and the Midnight Sons, Aug. 16; Blue Ridge Music Band, Aug. 23; and Johnny Webb Band, Aug. 30. There is no charge for the performances. For more information, contact Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-5841.

Saturdays in the Park Just launched this year, the Saturdays in the Park summer concert series will bring weekly performances to Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street featuring regional musicians and spanning musical genres from bluegrass,

rock, country to pop. The series is free to public and will be held on Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. from June 15 to Aug. 17. The musical line-up is as follows: TBD, June 15; Southbound Turnaround, June 22; Shane Bridges, June 29; Stevens Layne, July 6; Chompin’ at the Bit, July 13; Jen Miller and Thomas Dirk, July 20; Corbitt Brothers, July 27; Super Nitrograss, Aug. 3; High 5, Aug. 10; Big Nasty, Aug. 17. There is no charge for the performances, so bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and make plans to attend. Funds for the event are provided by the chamber, businesses and individual sponsors. For more information, contact Thomas Craig at (828) 526-9053. The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the event.


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Outdoor music expands

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The Hudson Library

Highlands Playhouse The Highlands Playhouse, one of the oldest theater groups in North Carolina, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013. It also celebrates a newly-renovated building and anticipation of a movie projector and screen to be installed later this summer. The Playhouse kicked off the production season with favorite daMon Goff Call: (828) performing “daMon 526-2695 on the Keys: We’ve Got Online:www. the Music In Us” May highlandsplay 24-26. The 75th An- niversary Gala Celebration will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. June 13 at On The Verandah, immediately before opening night of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” Tickets to the gala are $50. All performances are given at the Playhouse, 362 Oak St.

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story June 13-30 Tickets: $30

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Bookworm

July 4-20 Tickets: $30

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Buddy Holly’s brief life is what legends are made of. This play celebrates that legend and wraps it into “the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical” and features many of Holly’s beloved songs.

This one-act musical comedy is set in the geographically-ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School and features quirky adolescents who compete in the bee, which is run

by equally-quirky grown-ups.

Annie July 25-Aug. 17 Tickets: $30

This beloved musical is based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip, where an orphan girl charms her way into everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Nunsense Oct. 4-13 Tickets: $30

When nuns discover a cook has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, they are in dire need of funds for burials. They decide the best way to raise money is to put on a variety show in a school auditorium, which is set up for an eighth-grade production of Greece. In addition to the above productions, the Playhouse will host a variety of special events throughout the summer, including a special spelling bee for children ages 8-15 on July 13, “Swine, Wine and Dine” family celebration and auction on Aug. 31 and “Come to the Cabaret!,” a cabaret-style concert in conjunction with Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival and Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro on Sept. 15. Patrons will also have the opportunity to meet the cast members of the major productions at cast parties held during the run of each show. For more information on these events, see the calendar on pages 62-74.

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Highlands Cashiers Players Highlands Cashiers Players showcases the talents of many actors on the Highlands plateau. The Players will produce five plays from June through spring 2014. The Players will also offer a handful of other special productions, including the annual Christmas reading in December. All of the shows are performed at the Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut St.

The Last Romance June 6-9 and 13-16 Tickets: $20

Mill Creek G A L L E R Y

This heartwarming romantic comedy is all about love — why we seek it, the surprising places we find it and how it has the power to transform us, even when life gets in the way.

Tickets Call: (828) 526-8084 Online:www. highlandscashiers

Almost, Maine Aug. 22-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Tickets: $20

This whimsical romantic comedy by John Cariani is composed of nine short

plays that explore love and loss in the mythical place called Almost, Maine.

Murder Among Friends Oct. 17-20 and 24-27 Tickets: $20

This comedy-thriller enjoys plot twists, deceit, confusion and surprise as it features a group of friends who plan a murder on New Year’s Eve, and though a murder occurs, it may not be one that’s planned.

Weekend Comedy Feb. 20-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, 2014 Tickets: $20

When two couples find they have rented the same remote cabin for the weekend and neither wants to leave, a comedic generational clash ensues. The Players’ final play of the 20132014 season will be staged May 22-25 and May 29-June 1, 2014. The title will be announced later. For tickets to any of the productions, call (828) 526-8084 or go to www.highlands

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828-787-2021 Village Square Art & Craft Show Aug 24th & 25th 10am-5pm

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Performing Arts Center Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber 8 p.m. June 22

Acclaimed Broadway veterans Franc D’Ambrosio and Glory Crampton celeio brate the music s o r b D’Am of Andrew Lloyd Webber from his many beloved musicals in this salute. D’Ambrosio was awarded the title of “longest running Phantom,” which he held for nearly a decade. Crampton as Christine in Phantom is featured on the RCA recording of the show as well as the recent All the Love I Have: Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Bluegrass Duel: Nitrograss & The Dappled Grays 8 p.m. July 6

This performance features Nitrograss, an acoustic group born in the heart of the rural Appalachians. The group features two-time national percussive banjo champion Charles Wood playing a unique style that merges Scruggs-style banjo with rhythmic motifs reminiscent of ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers. The Dappled Grays hail from Atlanta and have been featured in Creative Loafing, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and on MTV.

8 p.m. June 29


Andy Offutt Irvine 8 p.m. Sept. 28

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories and amazing mouth noises, one-person showman Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. A headliner at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tenn., his storytelling recordings have garnered him numerous awards.

The Hit Men 8 p.m. Oct. 5

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David Holt with Josh Goforth 8 p.m. Nov. 29

Jason D. Williams as Jerry Lee Lewis After seeing a live show there will be no doubt why fans and critics alike agree that the dynamic piano player from Memphis, Jason D., has the same musical innovation and on-the-edge attitude as Jerry Lee and Elvis. Williams’ style is difficult to describe — from classical to rockabilly to country to jazz and on to rock ‘n’ roll. A wild man on stage, he has been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis so often that rumors started in Memphis that he was the Killer’s son.

America’s consciousness. This brotherhood of musicians has a friendship that dates back more than 50 years. They have reunited to go out on tour again to relive the magic they created on stages around the world and in recording studios years ago. With The Hit Men, you can experience the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s the way you first heard them, a musical legacy that includes all of the great Four Seasons songs made popular again by Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” and many other memorable solid gold hits.

The ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s were a golden era for songwriting, and during this period, artists like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells and many other big name chart-busting groups created beloved hits that have been heard for generations and are woven into

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous award winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. Holt is well known for his TV and radio series. He is host of PBS’ Folkways, Great Scenic Railways Journeys and has served as host for Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and AmerCall: (828) ican Music Shop for the 526-9047 Nashville Network. He Online:www. is a frequent guest at the Grand Ole Opry and is seen in the popular film O Brother Where Art Thou. The songs and tales Holt has collected for the past 20 years have become a part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. An evening with David Holt offers tales, ballads and spirit of old-time music and storytelling.


All performances will be held at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. For more information or to purchase tickets, go online to www. or call (828) 526-9047.

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Visit our Deli Department for the best fried chicken in town, party trays, Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, rotisserie chicken, avors- pre-made or made-to-order, and daily breakfast and lunch specials, too. er pre-cooked meals, to make dinner easy! cent produce department for everything FRESH with lots of local options available.

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Art shows There’s great shopping every day in Highlands, but to find some unique handmade arts and crafts, a great way is to plan to attend one of several art shows held in town. The Village Square Art and Craft Shows will return this year at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 1-2 and Aug. 24-25. The shows are sponsored by the Macon County Art Association and feature an array of arts and crafts booths from regional artists. The Art League will host the Summer Colors Fine Art Show July 19-20 and the Fall Colors Fine Art Show Oct. 18-19 at the Highlands Recreation Center. The shows will feature painting, photography and handcrafted jewelry and pottery by league artists. Visit the children’s art room for supervised hands-on activities during both shows. Also in October, Highlands Arts and Crafts Show will return for its 31st year in Highlands from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Highlands Civic Center. The Highlands Women’s Club sponsors the event.

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The Bascom: 2013 Exhibitions The Bascom is a nonprofit visual arts center. Its 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 special events, call (828) 526-4949 or go to

A Never Ending Stream: The Art of Linda Anderson Through July 28

Recent paintings by Anderson reveal how her bucolic scenes have matured and become more refined. The exhibit will display a selection of her early works along with more recent ones revolving around the things she loves.

ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd Through Aug. 18

This unique collection of couture fashions is created by Santa Fe artist Nancy Judd. Each piece is constructed from everyday throwaways, and each has a message for, by and about our contemporary lifestyle.

Form Follows Function Through Sept. 1

Ten craftspeople challenged to design a

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piece of furniture based on the concept that “form follows function” will display their work along with a description of how the furniture’s form was designed to follow its function.

talents of the artists who are Bascom members. This year, members are invited to create a work of art based upon the concept of “whimsy.”

Southern Lights

Aug. 24-Nov. 10


June 22-Sept. 1

A group of four friends and artists express their Southern roots in unique ways. Expressed through the use of color, line, shape and form, each painter has her own colorful perspective on regional culture.

Caroline Lathan-Stiefel exhibits her site-specific monumental installation in the Loft Gallery. green-house is inspired in part by Bartram Gardens in Philadelphia, the site of the 18th-century house, gardens and greenhouse of John Bartram.

Mountains in Bloom Photography

American Art Today: Figures

July 10-Aug. 4

Sept. 7-Jan. 5

Photographers submit their nature-related photographs in a competition for awards and juror’s comments. A separate exhibition of works by Mountains in Bloom garden artists will be displayed July 27-Dec. 29 at the Hudson Library.

This prestigious juried exhibit features two-dimensional and sculptural works of about 50 artists from across the nation. The 2013 theme is “Figures,” and the juror is Jonathan Stuhlman, curator of American art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte.

Ceramics: Dave Drake Studio Barn Resident Artist and Intern

The Three Potters

Aug. 3-Oct. 27

The Bascom presents a showcase of works of Janis Fisher, 2013 resident artist, and Victoria Clark, intern.

The Bascom Members’ Challenge: Whimsy Aug. 10-Oct. 20

Each year, the art center showcases the

Sept. 7-Nov. 10

This year’s featured potters for the annual clay symposium are three of the most well-known potters in America: Cynthia Bringle, Michael Sherrill and Ron Myers.

In These Mountains Nov. 16-March 2

This exhibition features work by an artist or artists who live within 60 miles of the art center.

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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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Granite City

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.

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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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

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visitors and Highlands residents alike. Take the loop trail 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.

Hike descriptions adapted from the Highland Hiker’s guide to day hikes.

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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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Carpe Diem Farms There’s a popular country song, “Don’t Blink,” about life passing faster than you think. This year marks the beginning of our third decade. Little did we know when beginning Carpe Diem Farms with a vision “to empower individuals through life changes to see the opportunities and possibilities that abound,” partnering with our equine colleagues, it would be us who had the greatest breakthroughs. “Exploring the human potential through equines,” our mission, we have witnessed many life-altering occurrences and behavior changes in our nearly 4,000 participants. An amazing journey predicated in growth and development; our path guided and directed by the horses, the teachers, the Native American symbol of power and strength. Through their lives, in sickness and in health, and for eight their deaths, they taught us communication skills, leadership, trust, compassion, teamwork, forgiveness, and strength through adversity, love, discernment and perseverance Carpe Diem Farms is a laboratory for learning while experiencing a variety of health and wellness modalities for horses and humans. We await the final patent approval of Easy’s Slipper, a composite therapeutic and performance glue-on horseshoe. Ten years in its development and now manu-

facture; we are confident that Easy’s Slipper will revolutionize the shoeing industry. Our research has shown, that when applied, horses heal. The shoe and its success has led us to develop stall and trailer mats, a soaking boot, working shin boots and a Velcro strap-on for endurance or trial rides, lost shoes, abscesses, laminitis and more. Our goal is to bring all these products to market within six to 12 months. What we have learned these first 20 years is creating our next 20. The Equine Institute of CDF is our future. We are rolling out educational and experiential programs for farriers, veterinarians and interested horse owners. We will share our successes, invite the professionals we have learned from and share the knowledge. When a journey begins, hang on for the ride because you never know where it will lead. We have learned not to push, stay open to the lessons, allow the process to unfold and magic and miracles begin. We count our blessings daily and look forward to what will next be shown to us to share. Carpe Diem Farms is a 501©(3) educational, nonprofit foundation. We are located off the beaten path by design. For more information go to www.carpe

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Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust In 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, the Village Square Nature Series and volunteer trail workdays. 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. The organization works with land owners on conservation easements as well as land purchases to protect the plateau. In 2013, it also received national accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, joining just 207 land trusts across the country to achieve the accreditation.

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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 2013 Eco Tours is $35 for new friends and includes a one-year membership to the land trust. The cost for current members is $10. • Birding with the Audubon: Join HCLT and the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society for an exploration of the many species of birds in the area. June 22 • Waterfall tour: Explore the numerous waterfalls in the region. July 12 • River Cane Tour: The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee team up to explore river canes. July 30 • Fire Tower Tour: With thousands of acres of forest lands, fire towers have been an important lookout in years past. Explore those that remain in the area. August, date to be announced • Warren Estate: One of the land trust’s preserved properties, the Warren Estate is 300 acres and includes Polly’s Branch, part of the headwaters of the Chattooga River. Sept. 13 • Elk Excursion: This popular Eco

Tour takes participants to the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see the elk herd there. Oct. 2 • Rock Mountain: Explore this private conservation easement near Highlands and Cashiers. The mountaintop is viewable from more than 100 peaks, including Whiteside Mountain. Oct. 19

Village Nature Series

This series of free community events is held on the last Tuesday of each month from May through October at Harmony Towers at the Village Green in Cashiers. The October event begins at 6 p.m., all others begin at 7. No reservations are needed, and the presentations are held rain or shine. May 28: “Bees” by Austin Curto June 25: “Bogs” by Rob Evans July 30: “River Cane” by David Cozzo Aug. 27: “Fire Towers” by Peter Barr Sept. 24: “Raptors” by Michael Skinner Oct. 29: “Bats” by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

Volunteer trail work days

Join the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in maintaining some of the public trails it has conserved, including the historic Kelsey Trail in Highlands. Volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. on the day of the trail outing at the Peggy Crosby Center on Fifth Street in Highlands. Trail outings are planned for July 6, Sept. 7 and Nov. 2.

For more information about these activities or the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, call (828) 526-1111 or email Julie Schott at

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Highlands Biological Station & Nature Center Weekly events 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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The Highlands Biological Station and Nature Center offer fun and educational activities for adults and children, many with a focus on the unique and rich natural heritage of the Highlands plateau. Most of the activities are free.

Think About Thursdays Panthertown Valley June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join the Bio Station for an exploratory hike through Panthertown Valley. $10 members/$15.

Biodiversity Festival June 20, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Help find as many organisms as possible on the Bio Station campus. Free.

Aquatic Sampling July 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Spend part of your day with Bio Station staff in and around Highlands searching for and identifying aquatic creatures. $10 members/$15.

Photography Workshop July 18, 1-3 p.m

Photographer Clay Bolt will lead a workshop for children and their parents. $10 members/$15.

Zahner Conservation Lecture Series

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Nature Center and are free and open to the public.

End of the Southern Appalachians: Maintaining its Hundred Million Year-Old Biodiversity Legacy Alan Weakley, UNC herbarium director and adjunct faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill • July 18: The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation Rekha Morris, S.C. master gardener; Ph. D. • July 25: Environmental Health, Genes, and Contaminants: New Lessons from Wildlife Louis Guillete, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina • Aug. 1: Restoring the Endangered Red Wolf to the Wilds of the Southern Appalachians Ron Sutherland, conservation scientist, Wildlands Network • Aug. 8: Dividing Spring: History and Mythology of the Little Tennessee and Chattooga Headwaters Brent Martin, Southern Appalachians regional director, Wilderness Society • Aug. 15: Why We Should All be Concerned About Climate Change (sponsored by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust) Lenny Bernstein, president, retired L.S. Bernstein and Associates • Aug. 22: The Southern Appalachians: Apothecary of America Patricia Kyritsi Howell, author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians. In memory of Joseph Gatins. • Aug. 29: Ecology and Evolution in Las Islas Encantadas: A Darwin-inspired Exploration of the Galapagos Islands Jim Costa, executive director, Highlands Biological Station

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Highlands Nature Center offers summer day camps for children. The four-day camps run from Tuesday through Friday and are rotated weekly. Advance registration required. WOW! – A World of Wonder June 4-7, July 9-12 and Aug. 6-9 For ages 4-6, $55 per child Amazing Animals June 25-28 and July 30-Aug. 2 For ages 7-10, $85 per child NatureWorks June 11-14 and July 16-19 For ages 8-11, $85 per child Mountain Explorers July 23-26 For ages 10-13, $120 per child Junior Ecologists June 18-21 For ages 11-14, $120 per child

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Botanical Garden Tours

Scheduled tours are held each Monday through Aug. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the amphitheater behind the Nature Center. For more information, call 526-2602.

What’s in a Name May 27, July 1, Aug. 5

Tour the garden and learn how certain plants got their names. From names based on morphological characteristics to the people that named them.

Wildflowers and Their Pollinator June 3, July 8, Aug. 12

Explore the garden with an eye for native wildflowers and their pollinators. Examine flower characteristics and what attracts pollinators to the plants.

chians. Participants will learn about the historical importance of several garden plants. Which plants are important for their uses and which became famous for their discoverers?

Carnivorous Plants June 17, July 22, Aug. 26

Are you fascinated by the thought of meat-eating plants? Learn the eating habits and trapping methods of Southern Appalachian carnivorous plants, where you can find them and why they are important in their habitats.

Deadly Plants and Folklore June 24, July 29

Enjoy a tour of the garden focused on the deadly plants of the southern Appalachians. Learn which plants are toxic and what parts of the plant can harm you, then round out your knowledge with a discussion of the history and folklore behind these plants.

Summer Workshop for Young Gardeners June 17-19

A three-day garden workshop for kids ages 7-10 will focus on basic gardening, propagation and composting and gardening with mosses and carnivorous plants. Kids will get to practice what they learn each day and learn relevant biology, ecology and practical methods. Volunteer days to help maintain the garden are planned for June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30.

Historically Significant Plants June 10, July 15, Aug. 19

The Botanical Garden is filled with notable plants of the southern Appala-

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Nature Camps

The Highlands Botanical Garden at the Highlands Biological Station offers several trails for exploring the diverse flora of the Southern Appalachians and its unique communities. Nearly 500 species of mosses, ferns, wildflowers, shrubs and trees can be experienced in a natural forest, wetlands and old-growth plant communities connected by a series of trails and boardwalks. Demonstration gardens include Plants of the Cherokee, Native Azaleas, Mosses and Liverworts, Wildflower Meadow, Butterfly-pollinated and Rock Outcrop species. The Botanical Garden is free and open to the public year-round from sunrise to sunset. The trail network is a part of the Highlands Plateau Greenway and the North Carolina Birding Trail.


Highlands Greenway Trail The Highlands Plateau Greenway, with more than five miles of sidewalks and natural trails, offers a great way to get out and see the town. Most of the trail is recognized as a North Carolina Birding Trail. It also weaves through downtown Highlands and passes by many historical homes like Joe Webb cabins. This year a Kelsey Trail hike is also planned that will follow the historic route of the old trail from Whiteside Mountain to Highlands, with the permission of three country clubs that the historic trail traverses. The Kelsey Trail hike also will include lunch and serves as a fundraiser for the Greenway. In the fall, the Greenway club will lead a day hike along the trail, with three different groups starting in different locations that will be followed by lunch.

Sunset Rock

Sunset Rock offers a stunning view of Highlands from above. Access Sunset Rock Road from Horse Cove Road across from the Highlands Nature Center. The hike leads through a mixed oak forest to a high elevation granite dome community at the summit. A trail to the left leads to Sunrise Rock with a view of Horse Cove. Sunset Rock is a public park and an Important Birding Area of Highlands. Distance: 0.6 miles.

Botanical Garden Trails

The Highlands Botanical Garden at the Highlands Biological station is a great way to see native plant species. Take Lower Lake and Upper Lake Trails around Lindenwood Lake to connect with Rhododendron Trail or explore the trails at the garden. All trails range from 0.1-0.2 miles.

Rhododendron Trail

The Coker Rhododendron Trail is a part of the Highlands Botanical Garden at the Highlands Biological Station. The trail begins on Lower Lake Road and leads through a grove of old-growth hemlocks, hardwoods and rhododendron. Distance: 0.2 miles.

Big Bear Pen Trail

The Big Bear Pen Trail passes through Rhododendron Park with a panoramic view of the mountains of Highlands. It connects the second switchback of Big Bear Pen Road with Upper Lake Road and includes a 0.1-mile spur to a point below the switchback near a connector to Kelsey Trail. Distance: 0.3 miles.

Kelsey Trail

At the turn of the 20th century, the Kelsey Trail connected downtown Highlands to Whiteside Mountain through

five miles of oldgrowth primeval forest. Today, the trail winds through Eastern hemlock and oak-dominated forest. Access to the trail is at the end of North Fifth Street. Distance: 0.5 miles.

Mill Creek Trail

Walk the trail from the Recreation Park down to the Mill Creek Bridge, including a new loop trail, and enjoy a beautiful open view of the water. The trail continues across the creek and joins with Oak Lane, which leads through the charming neighborhood of Mirror Lake. Distance: 1.1 miles.

Bascom Trail

Enjoy the native flora, brook and waterfall on the sculpture trail from Oak Lane to the historic covered bridge at The Bascom. Distance: 0.1 miles.


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Highlands Aerial Park Tired of walking through the trees? Try flying above them. Highlands Aerial Park offers zip line courses at 3,400 feet atop High Holly Mountain in Scaly Mountain providing fantastic panoramic views of the western North Carolina mountains and a lush, virgin old-growth forest. The park’s signature tour is the World Class Canopy Tour. This tour consists of 15 elements, including sky bridges, nature walks and 7 zip lines including Squealing Mare, a nearly 1/4-mile line above tree tops that provides a fantastic long-range view. If you’re not ready for a quarter-mile sail through the sky, the park offers the Mountain Zipline Tour. This tour includes the first three zip line rides on the World Class Canopy Tour and a trail hike. It is designed for those not ready for the zips that are longer, higher and faster. The Brave Indian zip line tour is for

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younger participants and those who prefer a zip slower and lower than the other two options. Participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70 and 250 pounds to participate in the World Class and Mountain zips. The Brave Indian is for participants 5 years and older who weigh between 30 and 250 pounds. Adults who meet the weight requirements are welcome on Brave Indian. The park also features a nature trail. Open to visitors of all ages, this selfguided tour includes several bridges, a century-old bootlegging trail and gentle waterfall. The nature trail continues to a 150-foot suspended bridge over Mill Creek and includes views of the zipline tours above. Riders are taught safety skills and provided gear upon registration. The park is available for special events, such as weddings and birthdays. On Fri-

d ay s and Saturdays, a “Zip and Sip” event is planned. A special tour of the World Class Canopy Tour is timed to end at sunset, providing special evening views of Standing Indian Mountain. After zipping, bring your own beverage to gather around the campfire. Reservations for zip line tours are recommended. For more information or to book a tour, call (828) 526-8773 or go to

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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 of Commerce The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is your first stop in town for information about events, local attractions, lodging and dining information. It is in a new location at 108 Main St. this season, with expanded parking and restroom facilities. 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 www.high or call (828) 5265841 or toll-free at 866-526-5841. In addition to being a resource for local information, the Chamber also sponsors several special events during the summer and fall. See the “Best Bets” section on pages 60-61 and the events calendar for more information.

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Learn more about the rich historical past of Highlands at the Highlands Historical Society museum, open weekends through October. Special exhibits this season include Land Stewards Exhibit, a botanical history of the Highlands plateau, opening in June, and The Mystery of George Masa Solved, a celebration of 100 photographs by Masa, opening in July. The Prince House, built in 1877 by millwright Arthur House, is also at the Historical Village and serves as a living history museum. Admission to the museum is free.

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Don Wells, president of the Mountain Stewards, will give two talks about Indian trail trees and Native American culture, spirituality and wisdom from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. June 28 and 29. Tickets to the events are $10 for adults.

Dazzling Dahlias!

The third annual dahlia festival will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Historical Village. All dahlia enthusiasts are encouraged to join in the competition. Prizes are presented in multiple categories. Exhibitor fee is $10. Admission to the event is free to the public.

Kelsey Kids

The Highlands Historical Society will host Kelsey Kids, five days of interactive learning devoted to learning of the life in 19th century Highlands for children aged 8-10 years old. The day camp, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15-19, will include field trips to Foxfire, Highlands Country Club, a chicken farm, a hike on Ranger Trail and demonstrations of crafts, milking, dogging, mountain music and more. There is no cost, and lunch will be provided. To register a child, contact Linda David at (828) 526-3374 or email

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Hudson Library Community

With interior and exterior renovations complete, the Hudson Library is expanding its programming this season. 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. In addition, several special presentations will be offered. The first is set for 3 p.m. June 14, when part-time Highlands resident Marie Edwards will present a program on El Camino, the pilgrimage route from France to Spain over the Pyrenees Mountains. Edwards has made the trek and is planning for another journey in July. At 3 p.m. June 21, Melanie Bowles of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary in Lincolnton, Ga., will discuss her work and her books on the animals who have found a haven on the farm. Brandt Ayers of Anniston,

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Ala., will round out the presentation schedule for the summer. He will discuss his memoir In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 The library will offer a host of activities for children this summer. The “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program is open to any child up to rising fifth graders with programs, weekly story times, movies and other activities. Children and teens in sixth through 12th grade can participate in “Beneath the Surface” a reading contest with prizes. The weekly story time begins at 10:40 a.m. Thursdays through July 25 and is open to any age.

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Community services

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.

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Highlands Emergency Council The Highlands Emergency Council is a nonprofit organization that assists the area’s low-income residents. 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.

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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. For more information or to make a donation, call (828) 743-5752 or go online to

Peggy Crosby Center The Peggy Crosby Center provides office space for nonprofit groups serving the Highlands area. The building is the former Highlands hospital and is located on Fifth Street near Highlands School. For more information, call the center at (828) 526-9938.

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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 introduced 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 Although student tutoring and after school activities are suspended for the summer, GED preparation, ESL classes and the computer lab are available. The Literacy Council will also host a one-day nature program entitled “Lovin’ Nature Kidz Kamp” for fourth to sixth graders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24. This free nature activity is presented in cooperation with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Lunch is included in the event. To register, call Judy Joyner at (828) 526-0863.


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Town of Highlands 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.

Highlands Recreation Park/Civic Center offered during part of the year. The Recreation Park also has an outdoor pool that is open daily through Labor Day. The cost for public swims is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 12 for a one-day pass. A new pool is set to be built next year. Parents can also take advantage of the popular summer recreation camp for children ages 5-12. The camp will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 28 to June 28 and again from July 8 to Aug. 14. Rec Camp is closed July 1-5. Children can be signed in on a drop-in basis or for the duration of the camp. Youth camp activities include an arts and crafts program, swimming, summer reading program and field trips. For more information, call (828) 526-3556.

Highlands Police and Fire Departments Highlands’ police and fire departments are also located on Oak Street. The police department relocated to its new offices behind Town Hall last year. The renovated building features additional space and security functions. The Highlands Fire & Rescue Department is staffed by two fulltime 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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Dog Park The town’s newest recreation option is designed for canines. Located at the back of the Recreation Park property, the fenced dog park is a favorite retreat for pets and their people. The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. Admission is free.

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The Highlands Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of activities for all ages. The facility has a basketball court, 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


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Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Highlands-Cashiers Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital that provides the facilities, staff and support services to offer diagnostic, surgical and acute patient care through onsite professional services or as a referral to regional support providers. The emergency room is physician-staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital offers specialty care in anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, emergency care, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pathology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, radiology, sleep medicine and urology. More information about the scope of services is available on the website at www. highlandscashiershospital. org. Progress is underway in developing an affiliation agreement with Mission Health, based in Asheville. A negotiations committee of the HCH board has been appointed to oversee the affiliation process. The affiliation will bring benefits such as a broadened scope of services and access to cutting-edge medical specialties. In addition, becoming part of a larger health system strengthens the hospital in preparing for what’s to come regarding healthcare reform.

The Eckerd Living Center

The Eckerd Living Center is an 82-bed skilled nursing facility located on the campus of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Since the center opened in 1993, its goal has been to provide residents superior services delivered by a staff dedicated to the highest standards of care. The Living Center is among the 10 percent of North Carolina nursing facilities that voluntarily seek and receive full Joint Commission accreditation. Renovations are underway to create enhanced dining enjoyment, outdoor garden access, creative activity rooms, social areas and a variety of specialized improvements to brighten the lives of the long term care residents. Renovation of 7,000 of the 20,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion by summer 2013.

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er’s Market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through August at Highlands Plaza; Bark for Life from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 3 at Highlands Dog Park; and the Survivor Dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at Highlands First Presbyterian Church. On the night of Relay, each team keeps a member on the track through the night to symbolize that hope for a cure continues. The night’s events will include an opening ceremony, survivor lap, luminary ceremony and the closing ceremony. The night is a celebration of life too, and includes food, games and music to keep spirits high well into the early

morning hours. Relay For Life donations go to the American Cancer Society to invest in cancer research, prevention and support for survivors. Check The Highlander’s calendar for specific fundraisers and events. For more information, go to www., visit the event’s Facebook page or call (828) 200-0129.

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Each year the Highlands’ Relay For Life offers an all-night celebration of food and music for the community to join together to honor and support loved ones in the fight against cancer and walk toward a cure. Special events are planned through the summer in preparation for the Relay, to be held Aug. 9-10 at Highlands Recreation Park. The Relay festivities kicked off in April with a “Relay Around the World” theme. Once again, Macon County placed in the top 10 for per-capita fundraising efforts between Franklin and Highlands for 2012. This year, Highlands Relay hopes to have 25 teams participate and to raise at least $100,000 and have 55 or more survivors participate in Relay. Some events this summer will include a booth at the Highlands Farm-

Highlands Farmer’s Market


Interested in local flavors? Head to the Highlands Farmer’s Market, which will be open 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from June through October at the Highlands Plaza. Local vendors will feature fresh vegetables, flowers, eggs, bread and baked goods as well as crafts, jewelry and other handcrafted items. With nearly 30 vendors, there is something for everyone at the market. Special events will include a dog beauty pageant mid-summer, and special musical guests will perform throughout the season. Stay updated on events through the market’s Facebook page. For more information or to inquire about setting up a booth, email

The Ugly Dog &


The Dog House

he Ugly Dog Public House and Dog House are located on “the hill” at 294 S. Fourth St. in Highlands. We are a causal pub with a relaxed atmosphere in which peobeer selections on tap and by the bottle, well-designed cocktails, great wines and good friends. Our seasonal and specialty cocktails include lavender-blueberry mojitos, fresh margaritas, strawberry-basil caipirinhas and perfect Manhattans, just to name a few. Our extensive is season we will er a reserve wine list as well as Champagne and sparkling wine specials every Friday. Our outside seating at the Dog House is a great way to enjoy a relaxing libation on a cool evening in Highlands, especially to ng, shopping or outdoor activities. If you are hungry, don’t miss our pub menu. We have great burgers that are hand pattied and cooked to order. Alongside our wonderful burgers, we serve premium hot dogs and naturally hickory smoked meats from Highlands Hickory Marer housemade soups and salads. ere is always something to enjoy at the pub or Dog House

as we have weekly drink and menu specials and live entertainment. Every Wednesday night you can enjoy the sounds of Nitrograss, a bluegrass band from Asheville, starting around 7:30. Every Saturday night starting around 9 p.m. we play host the streets and out of er a brunch menu and a fresh erent types of Bloody Mary mixes, hot sauces and many other ingredients so you avor. e Ugly Dog Pub and Dog e Ugly Dog Public House opens at 4 p.m. Monday e Dog House opens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call us at 526-8364.


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Your skin thins as it ages and is more susceptible to years of sun damage. That’s why it is crucial to schedule a total body skin cancer screening forYour suspicious orsusceptible lesions. Iftocaught early and removed, skin thinsmoles, as it agesgrowths and is more years of sun damage. at’s why ithas is crucial to schedule a total cancer screening skin cancer a high cure rate. Dr.body Paulskin Cabiran has moreforthan 15 years moles, or lesions. caught early and removed, cancer of suspicious experience in growths diagnosing andIftreating diseases of theskin skin, hair and has a high cure rate. Dr. Paul Cabiran has more than 15 years of experience in nails. A board-certified dermatologist, he is residency trained in diagnosing and treating diseases of the skin, hair and nails. A board-certified Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. dermatologist, he is residency trained in Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.


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Center for Life Enrichment 75th Diamond Anniversary “A Musical Season of Laughter and Love” JOIN THE MAGIC OF THE 75TH SEASON Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story June 13 - 30, 2013


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee July 4 - 20, 2013 Annie July 25 - August 17, 2013 Nunsense October 4 - 13, 2013 Tuesday - Saturday Show Times at 8 pm Sunday Matinée at 2 pm $30 Per Ticket $12 For Children 12 and Under

Special Events Highlands Playhouse Lock-Up - May 18 Island Fever - June 7 Highlands Playhouse Spelling Bee - July 13 Swine, Wine and Dine - August 31

What are you interested in? Chances are the Center for Life Enrichment has something for you. From April through October, CLE offers an almost daily schedule of classes and seminars on a variety of topics. You can brush up on language skills, play bridge, take a cooking or art class or demystify the iPad and iPhone. You can expand your computer skills, learn more about ancient civilizations and current sociology, economics and history of modern countries. Many of the classes are approximately two hours in length. New this year is a large, state-of-the-art lecture hall located on the lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center, allowing virtually all of CLE’s classes to now be held in the same location. The CLE will host an excursion to the Penland School of Crafts, a national center for craft education, and Bakersville Galleries on Aug. 13-14. The group will observe classes in session and tour resident artists’ studios. After dinner at The Knife and Fork in Spruce Pine, the group will travel to Bakersville to see the Crimson Laurel Gallery and a craft co-op. A small group of CLE participants will also travel by yacht to the Galapagos Islands for a 10-day trip Oct. 11-21 with James Costa, executive director of Highlands Biological Station and a professor of biology at Western Carolina University. Costa is also the author of “The Annotated Origin,” an annotated edition of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origins of Species.” Membership in the CLE is not necessary to participate in the programs. However, members do receive a discount on courses. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, contact CLE at (828) 526-8811 or A full schedule of classes is located on the website

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Special Group Rates • Season Tickets Available Corporate and Individual Sponsorships • Gift Certificates New 25ft. Screen for Movies Played Year Round Children’s Theatre, Music and Dance Camps

Mulch Fertilizers Grass Seed Decorative Gravel Pavers Wheat Straw Rock Garden Tools Pine Straw

Come to the Cabaret Sunday, September 15 at 6 pm A collaboration of Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Highlands Playhouse and Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro Call 828-526-9060 or email for reservations. 362 Oak Street • PO Box 896 • Highlands, NC 28741 Box Office: 828-526-2695 • Office: 828-526-9443 •

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just south of the crossroads

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

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



DOnATe | (828) 743-5752 | Hwy 64 East, 2 miles from the Crossroads behind Reid Real Estate

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Cashiers Office

Highlands Office

Highlands Properties

450 N. 4th Street P.O. Box 811 Highlands, NC 28741 (828) 526-5522


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Museum of

American Cut & Engraved Glass

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piece of leaded crystal. It took a four-person team to blow the glass. Although early on, one cutter did make all the cuttings on a single piece, he spent much of his time changing the wheels to accommodate for different cuts. Thus, when the industry grew, the process for cutting a glass piece involved a team including a designer, rougher, smoother and polisher. There are rare pieces, such as a punch bowl that is one of three of its kind in the world by Hawkes called Panel, plus a twopiece vase by JD Bergen called Sunbeam, on display at the museum as well as colored glass, which was rare for the time period. The collection also offers interesting insights into the lives of the affluent at the turn of the century. Some examples include a car vase, which was used for displaying flowers in your automobile, tooth-

brush holder and perfume bottles and liquor decanters that were stored under lock and key in a tantalus. The museum, located at 472 Chestnut St., is open to the public from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from mid-May through October or by special appointment. Call George Siek at (828) 526-3427. Admission is free.

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The Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass offers a chance to see one of the top public displays of cut glass in the country. The extensive collection includes more than 700 pieces of cut and engraved glass from the American Brilliant Period, which spanned 1876-1916. Collectors George Siek and wife Bonnie opened the museum, which is a nonprofit, in 1996. Americans began cutting glass prior to the 1850s, but during the Brilliant Period, Americans were known to cut the finest glass in the world and developed stunning new patterns that are still admired today. Many of the crafters had immigrated from Europe, and there were about six companies that made the glass in Corning, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; New Bedford, Mass.; and White Mills, Penn. Cut glass is glass decorated entirely by hand with the use of rotating wheels. Each piece began, as a blank a smooth shaped

Mountain Flavors


By Marilyn Underhill Scenic Highlands is a most appealing destination for a day, a weekend, a week or a lifetime. There are recreational opportunities in abundance, mountains to enjoy, a cornucopia of food options that offer everything from blue cheese burgers and fries to award-winning cuisine, quality theater, art and music — and the list of the “best” could go on. Best of all, it is the people that make Highlands a very special place. This small town has a big heart. The following recipes are from women who have and continue to give to their community through endless hours of volunteer work, in leadership roles and in unsung support of community projects. A special thank you to each of the women who cheerfully agreed to share a recipe. Bon appétit. dmunderhill@

highly professional with creative energy in abundance. Jane, husband George and black cat Harper live in Pat Boyd’s home.

My Dad’s Tomato Aspic Combine the following in a blender: 1 can tomato soup Use empty can as a measurement for clamato or tomato juice 1 package lemon gelatin 1 package Knox gelatin 2 stalks celery 1 quartered onion Ground pepper ½ tsp. Tabasco sauce, or to taste 1 tsp. horseradish, or to taste Blend all above ingredients until smooth. Pour into saucepan and bring to boil. Pour into a ring mold and chill until set. Enjoy!

Directions Wash and cut squash. Boil until tender, drain thoroughly, then mash. Add all ingredients except one-half of butter to squash. Melt remaining butter. Pour mixture into baking dish, then spread melted butter over top and sprinkle with cracker meal or bread crumbs. Bake in 375 degree oven for approximately one hour, or until brown on top. Serves 8 for dinner.

Barbara Werder

Barbara Werder is past president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Garden Club, president of Highlands Cashiers Players and well-known cook extraordinaire.

Pork Tenderloin This works whether frozen or fresh. Size depends on number of people to be served. Use high quality mustard with seeds in it, or Jane Webb LaCagnina Jane Webb LaCagnina is a community add mustard seeds to Grey Poupon. philanthropist in known and unknown Mix mustard with fresh or dried herbs: sage, Jane Jerry ways and a gracious friend to many who oregano, fresh mint, thyme, as desired. Jane Jerry, executive director of The makes family and church her priorities. Mull herbs to release flavor, adding olive oil Bascom center for the visual arts, is to make a spread. Aunt Fanny’s Baked Squash Sprinkle kosher salt and pepper over meat, (from Aunt Fanny’s Cabin in Atlanta) then spread mustard mix on meat. Heat skillet with oil. Ingredients Brown meat over medium heat, all sides. 3 lbs. yellow summer squash Lower heat, cover pan, cook 10-15 minutes. 1 ½ cup chopped onion Turn off heat, keep cover on, remove from ½ cup cracker meal or bread crumbs heat. ½ tsp. black pepper Let meat rest while preparing side dishes. 2 eggs To serve, slice pork on diagonal. If too pink 1 stick butter for your taste, sear quickly in pan over me1 Tbsp. sugar dium heat. 1 tsp. salt Garlic slices may be placed inside slits in the Salt and pepper may meat before cooking, but this is optional. be increased to suit personal taste.

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Paula Jones

Beverly Wichman Pittman

Frogpond Farm Trout

Saucy Sisters Bowtie Pasta

Ingredients 4 fresh Rainbow or Brook trout filets, skin on, deboned and trimmed 1 tsp. finely chopped mix of fresh parsley, dill, chives, or salt-free seasoning if short on time 1 lemon, quartered 4 tsp. capers, drained 4 Tbsp. creamy blue cheese or ranch dressing ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup low sodium chicken or vegetable stock, homemade preferably 2 Tbsp. butter

Ingredients 1 lb. bowtie pasta (farfalle) ¾ cup chopped onion 1 garlic clove, minced 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 ounce can anchovy filets, drained and minced 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar ½ tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp. drained capers 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped (about ½ cup) ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil Salt and pepper, to taste Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

Paula Jones is a well-known Relay For Life advocate and owner of The Summer House on the Dillard Road with husband Barry, where her Golden Retrievers are dearly loved greeters.

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Directions Turn on broiler in oven. Rinse trout and pat dry. Put melted butter in a large black iron skillet. Arrange trout on top of stove, place pan on high for 2 +/- minutes depending on thickness of trout. Remove trout, squeeze lemon on each serving and place on pre-warmed plates. Deglaze pan with broth and a pat of butter, pour over each trout. Serve with organic brown rice, sautéed spinach or kale. A summer salad and a slice of Kenny’s Key Lime pie rounds out the meal. (This is a great meal for 4 or 44. Most of the work can be done ahead of time and brought together in the last few minutes.)

Beverly and Barbara Wichman are the Saucy Sisters of noted food and wine fame, radio show hosts for 10 years and authors of six books on food and wine with bubbly personalities.

Directions Cook pasta in boiling water until done to your preference. While pasta is cooking, sauté onion and garlic in oil until onion is softened. Add anchovies and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice, vinegar and red pepper flakes and cook until slightly thickened. Add capers, prosciutto, basil, salt and pepper, to taste, and cook until heated through. Drain pasta and toss with the sauce. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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Pancake Breakfasts


caly Mountain Women’s Club cooks up treats worth getting out of bed for on the fourth Saturday of the month from May through October at the old Scaly schoolhouse on Hwy. 106. A full breakfast of pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice is $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. For more information, visit www.scalymountainwomens

A season’s worth of entertainment ideas




Nature Center

ighlands Nature Center and Biological Station offer unique programs for all ages, from night hikes to spot salamanders, frogs and raptors to day camps and special activities nearly every weekday. Learn about the unique environment in which Highlands exists, listen to a lecture or take a leisurely stroll through the Botanical Gardens. Many events are free. Visit the Nature Center at 930 Horse Cove Road or online at


he new Saturdays in the Park music series adds to the blossoming outdoor music opportunities in downtown Highlands. From 6-8 p.m. each Saturday from June 15 to Aug. 17, musicians will perform free in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street. Performers will span a variety of musical genres including bluegrass, rock, country and pop. The Saturdays in the Park series joins Friday Night Live, which will return with weekly concerts sponsored by the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Friday Night Live performers are scheduled weekly from June 7 to Aug. 30 in Town Square on Main Street. Musicians include the Johnny Webb Band, the Mountain High Dulcimer Group and Tom Hill and the Midnight suns. Call the chamber at (828) 526-5841 for more information.



t’s hard to go anywhere and not see the influence art and artists have here. From The Bascom’s stand-out campus, free exhibitions and classes to local artists sitting in the woods with paint brushes and cameras, artists have a place in Highlands. Visit any of the local galleries, enjoy one of The Bascom’s free exhibitions or meet some of the artists at the Art League of Highlands’ monthly meetings and summer and fall art shows.

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Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival


he Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has entertained the plateau for more than seasons. With concerts weekly concerts in July and August in both Highlands and Cashiers, the festival brings chamber music to a large audience. In addition to their weekly concerts, the music festival hosts a variety of free community events, including a family picnic concert with the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet and a “Bach at Buck’s” series with other festival quartets. The final gala will feature an exclusive performance by the Eroica String Quartet, a festival favorite.

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Highlands Playhouse


ighlands Playhouse is celebrating its 75th anniversary season this year with plenty of special events in addition to a line-up of well-known musicals. The season started in May with daMon on the Keys and continues in June with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, followed by The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Annie and Nunsense. Add to that schedule meet-the-cast parties for each production, a season-opening gala in June and other family events, and you have a summer-long party. Go to for information.

Relay For Life

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he Laurel Garden Club will host a tour of six kitchens in Highlands Country Club on Sept. 21. Shuttles will leave every 30 minutes from the Performing Arts Center for the tour. In addition to the tours, several culinary events with local chefs entitled “Highlands Cooks!” are planned for the week prior to the tour. To purchase tickets, visit www.laurelgardenclub


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he Bascom’s popular garden-themed event will be held July 11-14. Garden tours with lunch will be offered July 12-13, and a flower show will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 1213. A luncheon and lecture is planned for July 11, and a benefactor’s party will be held July 14. Admission to the flower show is free. Costs for other events vary.

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or a holiday that looked like it stepped off of one of Norman Rockwell’s canvases, enjoy Highlands’ Fourth of July celebration. The celebration mixes patriotism and community spirit into a holiday event that is an annual favorite. The Rotary Club of Highlands will host a cookout lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the duck race returns to Mill Creek after lunch. Families enjoy field games put on by the Recreation Department and Boy Scouts before the Chamber of Commerce’s fireworks at dusk.

he Highlands community turns out in force to fight cancer and support the American Cancer Society’s local Relay For Life. Fundraising began in the spring with a “Turn up the Heat on Cancer” kickoff event. Teams plan various events and fundraisers throughout the summer, and the Relay For Life will be held Aug. 9-10 at the Highlands Recreation Park. Current fundraisers and other information is published weekly in The Highlander.

2013 Highlands event calendar 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

Golf tournament The annual Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held June 13 at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and use of the driving range and practice green. A 9 a.m. shotgun start will be followed by cocktails, lunch and awards ceremony. The cost for the event is $150 per player. For sponsorship information or to sign up, contact event co-chairs Brian Stiehler at 787-2778 or Rebecca Shuler at 5262118. Proceeds benefit graduates of Highlands School. Owl Prowl The Carolina Raptor Center will give a presentation featuring live owls and then lead a hike at 7:30 p.m. June 13 at the Highlands Nature Center. For all ages. Admission is free. Call 526-2623 for more information. Playhouse Gala The Highlands Playhouse will hold a gala celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. June 13 at On the Verandah to celebrate its 75th season. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $50. Call 5262695 for tickets or more information. Highlands Playhouse “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” will be staged June 13-30 at Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are


$30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 526-2695. Presentation Marie Edwards will present a program on El Camino, the pilgrimage route from France to Spain over the Pyrenees Mountains at 3 p.m. June 14 at Hudson Library. Free. SOAR The Special Operations Adventure Race will begin at 7 a.m. June 15 at Main and Fourth streets in Highlands. Two race options are offered. The race is followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. For more information or to register, go to or call 743-2052. Saturdays in the Park A new music festival will feature a range of musicians and bands from 6-8 p.m. Saturdays at Kelsey Hutchinson Park on Pine Street. Concerts are held from 6-8 p.m. Saturdays from June 15 through Aug. 17. Admission is free. Call 526-5841 for information. Art exhibition The exhibit “Landscape Photography in a Changing World” will be on display through June 16 at The Bascom. Admission is free. The Bascom is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information,

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Summer garden workshop The Highlands Biological Station will host a children’s summer garden workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 17-19. The workshop focuses on the basics of gardening, propagation and composting. It is designed to teach kids ways to garden at home. Call 528-0188 for more information or a registration form. Health screening Highlands Cashiers Hospital will hold a free health screening for Cashiers and Glenville residents beginning at 7:15 a.m. June 19 at Blue Ridge School.


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Advance registration is required. Call 526-1435 or visit Biodiversity festival Volunteers are needed to help find as many organisms as possible on the Biological Station campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20. The activity is free and part of the Think About Thursday series. For more information, call 526-2623. Author talk Melanie Bowles of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary in Lincolnton, Ga., will discuss her work and books on animals who have found safe haven at the farm at 3 p.m. June 21 at the Hudson Library. Free.


Performance Broadway veterans Franc D’Ambrosio and Glory Crampton celebrate the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in “Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber” at 8 p.m. June 22 at the MartinLipscomb Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 526-9047 or go to www.highlands

Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet picnic concert, June 26 Pancake breakfast The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. June 22 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on Hwy. 106 and Buck Knob Road. Cost is $5.50. Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will offer a birding with the Audubon Eco Tour on June 22. The cost is $35 for new friends and includes a one-year HCLT membership or $10 for current members. For res-

ervations or information, call 526-1111 or email Southern Lights The Bascom will host “Southern Lights,” an exhibition of work by Charlotte Foust, Martica Griffin, Krista Harris and Audrey Phillips, all long-time friends who share Southern roots. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. June 22. The artists will demonstrate their abstract painting techniques on the terrace at The Bascom from

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11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22, 24 and 25. The exhibition runs through Sept. 1. Admission is free. Call 526-4949 or visit for more information. Kidz Kamp The Literacy Council of Highlands will offer “Lovin’ Nature” Kidz Kamp in conjunction with HighlandsCashiers Land Trust from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24. The nature-themed camp is for fourth through sixth graders. There is no charge, and lunch is provided. Register by calling Judy Joyner at 526-0863. Village Nature Series Rob Evans will present a program on bogs at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Cashiers Village Green as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Village Nature Series. Admission is free. For more information, call 526-1111. Picnic concert The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will host a free picnic concert with the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 5 p.m. June 26 at the Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers. For more information, call 526-9060 or go to www.h-cmusic Salamander Meander Join herpetologists on a night hike to search for salamanders in the wild from 9-10 p.m. June 27 at the Highlands Nature Center. Cost is $5 per person. For ages 7-adult. Call 526-2623 to register or for information. Cultural heritage lecture Don Wells, president of Mountain Stewards, will give two talks about Indian trail trees and Native American culture, spirituality and wisdom from 6-7:15 p.m. June 28 and 29 at the Highlands Historical Society. Tickets are $10. Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will hold concerts June 28 and 30 in Highlands and June 29 and July 1 in Cashiers. For more information or tickets, call 526-9060 or go to www.

July Science educator workshop “Sharing the Stories of Science” will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 1-6 at Highlands Biological Station. This workshop is for K-12 biology, life science and environmental science teachers and university biology faculty and the public. It will focus on telling the stories of science in creative ways including drawing and other visual arts. Cost is $150. For more information or to register, call 526-2602 or go to www.highlandsbiological. org/apply. Fourth of July The Town of Highlands hosts field games July 4 on the baseball field next to the Community Building. The Rotary Club of Highlands will offer a barbecue lunch for sale and rubber duck race, and the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce will present a fireworks display at dusk, around 9:15 p.m.


Performance Jason D. Williams lights up the keys in his high-energy performance “Jason D. Williams as Jerry Lee

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Highlands Playhouse Highlands Playhouse will stage “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” July 4-20. This oneact musical comedy centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 526-2695. Performance The Lady & the Old Timers will perform a mix of golden oldies, country and gospel at 1:30 p.m. July 5 at Hudson Library. Free.

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Trail work day Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust invites volunteers to join a work day for the Kelsey Trail on July 6. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the HCLT office at the Peggy Crosby Center. For more information, contact Kyle at 526-1111 or

miliar to the Highlands stage. The performance begins at 8 p.m. July 6 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and $35. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 5269047 or go to Chamber Music Festival The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will hold a free concert from 3-5 p.m. July 6 in Town Square on Main Street in Highlands. Call 526-9060 for information or go to Meet the Cast: Putnam County Spelling Bee The cast of Highlands Playhouse’s production of “The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee” will meet patrons from 6-8 p.m. July 8 in the Sequoia Room at Highlands Inn. Tickets are $50 and benefit the Playhouse. Call 526-2695 or visit for tickets or information. Think About Thursdays Join the Biological Station for aquatic sampling, searching for and identifying aquatic creatures in and around Highlands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11. Zahner Lecture Series Alan Weakley of UNC-Chapel Hill will present

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and a benefactor party will be held July 14. For ticket information, call 526-4949 or go to www.thebascom. org/mountainsinbloom. Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival continues July 12-15 in Highlands and Cashiers. For tickets or information, call 526-9060 or go to Bach at Bucks The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will host “Bach at Bucks” with the Vega String Quartet at 8 p.m. July 17 at Buck’s Coffee Café in Highlands. Call 526-9060 for information or go to www.h-cmusic

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Summer Colors The Art League of Highlands will host the annual Summer Colors fine art show on July 19-20 at the Highlands Civic Center. Admission is free. Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival continues July 19-22 in Highlands and Cashiers. For tickets or information, call 526-9060 or go to Zahner Lecture Series Louis Guillete, professor at the Medical University of South Carolina,

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Think About Thursdays Photographer Clay Bolt will lead a photography workshop for children and their parents from 1-3 p.m. July 18 at the Nature Center. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Call 526-2623 to register.

Zahner Lecture Series Rekha Morris, a Master Gardener, will present “The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation” at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 526-2623 for information.

will present “Environmental Health, Genes and Contaminants: New Lessons from Wildlife” at 7 p.m. July 25 at the Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 5262623 for information. Highlands Playhouse Highlands Playhouse will stage the classic musical “Annie” from July 25 to Aug. 17. The show is based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip featuring Annie, who charms her way into adults’ hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in a New York City orphanage. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 526-2695.


Pancake breakfast The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. July 27 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on Hwy. 106 and Buck Knob Road. Cost is $5.50. Mountains in Bloom Garden Artists and Photography Local artists who volunteer to demonstrate their talents in the 2013 Mountains in Bloom Festival

will be featured in an exhibition at the Hudson Library from July 27 to Dec. 24. Photographers’ nature-related pictures will be on display in the education gallery at The Bascom from July 10 to Aug. 4. Both exhibitions are free. Call 526-4949 or visit for more information. Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will offer a river cane Eco Tour with the Land Trust of the Little Tennessee on July 30. Cost is $35 for new friends and includes a one-year HCLT membership or $10 for current members. To register call 526-1111 or email Village Nature Series David Cozzo will discuss river cane at 7 p.m. July 30 at the Cashiers Village Green as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Village Nature Series. Admission is free. For more information, call 526-1111.


present “Restoring the Endangered Red Wolf to the Wilds of the Southern Appalachians” at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 526-2623 for information. Performance The Lady & the Old Timers will perform a mix of golden oldies, country and gospel at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Hudson Library. Free. Nature By Night Learn about adaptations of nocturnal animals through a variety of games, activities and observations along the garden trail at Highlands Nature Center from 9-10:30 p.m. Aug. 2. Cost is $2 per person. For ages 6-adult. Call 526-2623 for information. Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival continues Aug. 2-5 in Highlands and Cashiers. For tickets or information, call 526-9060 or go to

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Zahner Lecture Series Brent Martin of the Wilderness Society will present “Dividing Spring: History and Mythology of the Little Tennessee and Chattooga Headwaters” at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 526-2623 for information. Author talk Brandt Ayers of Anniston, Ala., will discuss his memoir “In Love with Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal” at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Hudson Library. Free.

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Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival continues Aug. 9-10 in Highlands and Cashiers. For tickets or information, call 526-9060 or go to


Bark for Life This Relay For Life fundraiser and dog gathering is held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 at Highlands Dog Park at the Recreation Park.

Relay For Life The Highlands Relay For Life will be held Aug. 9-10 at the Recreation Park. The event includes a survivor walk, food, games and a luminary ceremony to raise money for the American Cancer Society. For more information or to form a team, go to www. Sweet Sounds of the Seventies The Bascom will host a disco dance from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets are $15 or $10 for Bascom members. Call 526-4949 for more information.

Zahner Lecture Series Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will sponsor a presentation entitled “Why We Should All Be Concerned About Climate Change” at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 526-2623 for information.

Meet the Cast: Annie Meet the cast of Highlands Playhouse’s production of “Annie” from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12 at The Ugly Dog Public House. Tickets are $50 and benefit the Playhouse. Call 526-2695 or visit for tickets or more information.

Bark, Beer & Bluegrass The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will host its second annual “Bark, Beer & Bluegrass” fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 21 at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn. The event includes barbecue, music by Curtis Blackwell and The Dixie Bluegrass Boys and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $90 per person and may be purchased by calling 743-5752.

Art workshop Nancy Lowe will lead a workshop entitled “Small World: Drawing Insects and other Small Organisms” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12-16 at the Biological Station. This advanced drawing and watercolor class is for those with basic experience who want to learn more about small organisms,

Theater Highlands Community Players will present the romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” on Aug. 22-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. For tickets or more information, call 526-8084 or go to www.highlands

Pancake breakfast The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on Hwy. 106 and Buck Knob Road. Cost is $5.50. green-house Caroline Lathan Stiefel will exhibit her site-specific monumental installation in the Loft Gallery at The Bascom. The installation is created with lightweight materials weaving in and out in a labyrinthine manner. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 24, with an artist talk at 6 p.m. that evening. The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 10. Admission is free. Call 526-4949 or go to for more information. Art show The annual Village Square Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24-25 at KelseyHutchinson Park on Pine Street. The event features handmade arts and crafts by regional artists. Admission is free. Zahner Lecture Series Kyritsi Howell, author, will present “Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians” at 7 p.m.

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Chamber Music Festival The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will hold its final gala and party at 5 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Performing Arts Center. For more information or tickets, call 526-9060 or go to

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Aug. 25 at Highlands Nature Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 526-2623 for information. Male Beauty Pageant The “All Male Beauty Pageant” will feature 12 Highlands men competing in evening gown, talent and lingerie categories for the title of “Missed Highlands” on Aug. 26 at Highlands Playhouse. The pageant begins at 8 p.m. and is preceded by a free wine bar at the Playhouse. The event benefits Highlands Bolivian Mission. Tickets are $100. Email John Baumrucker at for tickets or more information. Village Nature Series Peter Barr will discuss fire towers as part of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Village Nature Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Cashiers Village Green. Admission is free. Call 526-1111 for more information.

Swine, Wine and Dine Highlands Playhouse will host “Swine, Wine and Dine” from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Playhouse. The event includes barbecue, beverages, live entertainment, a silent auction, children’s games and face painting.

September Performance The Lady & the Old Timers will perform a mix of golden oldies, country and gospel at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Hudson Library. Free. Trail work day Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust invites volunteers to join a work day for the Kelsey Trail on Sept. 7. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the HCLT office at the Peggy Crosby Center. For more information, contact Kyle at 526-1111 or American Art Today The Bascom’s juried exhibition will feature two-dimensional and sculptural works of about 50 dif-

ferent artists from across the nation. The theme for the exhibition is “Figures.” The juror will be Jonathan Stuhlman, curator of American art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. The opening reception, awards presentation and juror talk will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 7. The exhibition will remain on display through Jan. 5, 2014. Admission is free. Call 526-4949 or go to for more information. Three Potters The Bascom’s pottery exhibition will feature Cynthia Bringle, Michael Sherrill and Ron Myers, whose work will be on display in the Atrium Gallery from Sept. 7-Nov. 10. There will be a simultaneous art demonstration with pottery and storytelling from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Sept. 4 on the terrace. Admission is free. Call 526-4949 or visit for more information. Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will offer an Eco Tour to the Warren Estate on Sept. 13. Cost is $35 for new friends and includes a one-year HCLT membership or $10 for current members. To register call 526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@ 200311

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Zahner Lecture Series Jim Costa, executive director of Highlands Biological Station, will present “Ecology and Evolution in Las Islas Encantadas: A DarwinInspired Exploration of the Galapagos Islands” at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Highlands Nature Center. The lec-

ture is free and open to the public. Call 526-2623 for information.

Dazzling Dahlias The third annual dahlia festival will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Highlands Historical Village. Event includes prizes in multiple categories. Exhibitor fee is $10. Admission is free to the public. Come to the Cabaret The Highlands-Cashiers Music Festival, Highlands Playhouse and Wolfgang’s Restaurant will host a cabaret-style concert at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Playhouse. Tickets are $100. Call 526-9060 for reservations or go to

Village Nature Series Michael Skinner will discuss raptors as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Village Nature Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Village Green in Cashiers. Admission is free. Call 526-1111 for more information. Pancake breakfast The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on Hwy. 106 and Buck Knob Road. Cost is $5.50. Performance Storyteller Andy Offutt Irvine will entertain audiences with his one-person show at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 526-9047 or go to Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will offer an elk excursion Eco Tour on Oct. 2. Cost is $35 for new members and includes a one-year HCLT membership or $10 for current members. To register, call 526-1111 or email

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Performance The Lady & the Old Timers will perform a mix of golden oldies, country and gospel at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hudson Library. Free. Celebration! Art, Design Craft This annual fundraiser for The Bascom features a Motown dance party on Oct. 4 and an auction gala on Oct. 5 at The Bascom. Call 526-4949 or visit

Performance “The Hit Men” bring to life beloved favorites of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. These arrangers and composers have reunited for a tour to relive the magic they created during that era. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. To purchase tickets or for more information, 200305


Kitchen tour The Laurel Garden Club will host a kitchen tour and cooking events Sept. 16, 17, 20 and 21. The events begin with an outdoor meal by Chef Wolfgang Green on Sept. 16. A cocktail benefit and a meal featuring local chefs will be held Sept. 17, and a ‘60s-theme party will be held Sept. 20. A kitchen tour featuring homes in Highlands Country Club will be held Sept. 21. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of the events, go to www.

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call 526-9047 or go to Highlands Playhouse Highlands Playhouse will stage “Nunsense” on Oct. 4-13. The show features nuns who raise money by putting on a variety show in a school auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 526-2695. Meet the Cast: Nunsense The cast of Highlands Playhouse’s production of “Nunsense” will meet patrons from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at Drake’s Diamond Gallery. Tickets are $50 and benefit the Playhouse. Call 526-2695 or visit for tickets or more information.

Eco Tour Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will offer an Eco Tour to Rock Mountain on Oct. 19. Cost is $35 for new members and includes a one-year HCLT membership or $10 for current members. To register call 526-1111 or email julie.hitrust@ Pancake breakfast The Scaly Mountain Women’s Club will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:3010:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Scaly Mountain Community Center on Hwy. 106 and Buck Knob Road. Cost is $5.50.

Art show The annual Highlands Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Highlands Civic Center. Admission is free. Highlands Cashiers Players Highlands Cashiers Players will present the mystery thriller “Murder Among Friends” on Oct. 17-20 and 24-27 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. For tickets or information call 526-8084 or go to

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Fall Colors The Art League of Highlands will host the annual Fall Colors fine art show on Oct. 18-19 at the Highlands Civic Center. Admission is free.

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Village Nature Series The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission will make a presentation on bats as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust’s Village Nature Series at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Village Green in Cashiers. Admission is free. Call 526-1111 for more information.


Halloween The Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a downtown Trick-or-Treat event on Oct. 31. Main Street will be closed to traffic, and merchants will pass out candy. Admission is free. Call 526-5841 for information.

November/December An All-American Burger Joint

Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner

Trail work day Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust invites volunteers to join a trail work day on Nov. 2. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the HCLT office at the Peggy Crosby Center. For more information, contact Kyle at 526-1111 or Culinary weekend The annual Highlands Culinary Weekend will be Nov. 7-10 at various locations in Highlands. The events include an opening gala Nov. 7 at Highlands Country Club, the popular Sip & Stroll to various downtown merchants Nov. 8-9 and wine dinners, cooking demonstrations and tast-

ings throughout the weekend. For a full schedule of events or for information, call 526-5841 or go to Giving Trees The Bascom’s annual holiday event features trees decorated for local organizations. A “nog off” opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 16. The exhibition runs through Jan. 2, 2014. Admission is free. Call 526-4949 or go to www. for more information. Tree lighting ceremony The official lighting of the town Christmas tree will be Nov. 28. The event includes Santa, a carol singalong and refreshments. Admission is free. Call 526-5841 for information. Performance David Holt with Josh Goforth will feature tales, ballads and spirit of old-time music and storytelling with Holt, a four-time Grammy Award winner. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and $35. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 526-9047 or go to www. Christmas parade Highlands’ annual Ye Olde Mountain Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 7 on Main Street.

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Index of Advertisers Accommodations Inn at Half Mile Farm ....................... 69 Old Edwards Inn & Spa ..................... 11 Skyline Lodge ................................... 70 Animals Carpe Diem Farms ............................ 28 Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society ... 55 Antiques Vivianne Metzger Antiques .............. 48 Art Galleries, Crafts, Photography & Framing The Bascom ...................................... 57 High Country Photo .......................... 66 Mill Creek Gallery ............................. 12 Needlepoint of Highlands ................ 62 Books Hudson Library ................................. 10 Clothing & Shoes Annawear ........................................ 50 Cabin Casuals ..................................... 9 Desire ............................................... 19 Martha Anne’s .................................. 63 TJ Bailey For Men ............................. 45 Wit’s End .......................................... 53 Entertainment Cashiers Antiques Benefit Show ....... 34 Cashiers Historical Society ................ 77 Highlands Aerial Park ......................... 2 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival .................... 27 Highlands Cashiers Players ................. 4 Highlands Playhouse ........................ 54 Performing Arts Center .................... 46 Flowers Cosper Flowers ................................. 34 • 76

Oakleaf Flower & Garden ................. 67

Tate Landscaping ............................. 17

Furniture & Accessories Bound’s Cave .................................... 75 Rusticks ............................................ 48 The Summer House .......................... 80

Media WHLC FM 104.5 ................................ 19

Food Retail Bryson’s Food Store .......................... 16 Cashiers Farmers Market .................. 72 The Kitchen Carry Away & Catering ..... 72 Whole Life Market ............................ 44 Golf Sapphire National Golf Club ............. 36 Homebuilders & Remodeling Black Rock Granite & Marble ............ 75 Bryson Grading & Paving ................. 63 Highlands Decorating Center ........... 51 Keystone Kitchen & Bath .................. 37 Koenig Homebuilders ....................... 31 Larry Rogers Construction Company . 66 Lupoli Construction .......................... 45 Mountainworks Custom Home Design .................................... 13 Palillos Stone Masonry ..................... 73 Reeve’s Hardware ............................. 19 Stoneyard 28 .................................... 54 Sycamore Cabinetry ......................... 53 Warth Construction .......................... 71 Insurance Wayah Insurance Group ................... 64 Jewelry Drake’s Diamond Gallery .................... 5 T.A. Anderson Goldsmith .................. 55 Lawn & Garden Highlands Cutting Edge .................... 35 Highlands Lawn & Garden ............... 24

Medical Services & Supplies Highlands-Cashiers Hospital ............ 43 Highlands Dermatology ................... 53 Highlands Pharmacy ........................ 24 Outdoor Clothing & Gear Bear Mountain Outfitters ................. 29 Highland Hiker ................................... 1 Real Estate Blair Realty ...................................... 47 Country Club Properties ................. Inside front cover Harry Norman, Realtors ...... Back cover Highlands Properties ........................ 56 Landmark Realty Group ................... 39 Meadows Mountain Realty .............. 15 Old Cashiers Realty ........................... 55 Pat Allen Realty Group ..................... 25 Preferred Properties ......................... 26 Restaurants Altitudes Restaurant ........................ 70 Cyprus .............................................. 65 The Dog House ................................. 52 Flip Side ........................................... 74 Fressers Eatery ................................. 73 Highlands Smokehouse .................... 30 Lakeside Restaurant ......................... 42 Ruka’s Table ...................................... 68 Sapphire Brewing Company ............. 36 The Ugly Dog .................................... 52 Retail The Dry Sink ..................................... 59 Peak Experience ............................... 63 Silver Eagle ............... Inside back cover Best of Highlands 2013

The Cashiers Historical Society is Open for You VISIT us at The Zachary-Tolbert House Museum

Docent Guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays 11am-3pm

WALK on the extensive nature trails behind the House LISTEN to MUSIC ON THE GROUNDS

June 26 at 6pm - Bring a picnic supper!


For information on these and many more programs, visit our website at Or call us at 828-743-7710.

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