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Publishers Note

s we approach another holiday season, we are ever mindful of the blessings we have enjoyed through the year, hoping only to have been able to share them with others. Thank you, our readers and advertisers, for giving us another year to do what we love, with those we love, in the place we love. Blessings to you and yours! With gratitude, Janet and Marjorie

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Whats Inside The Laurel

14 Highlands Culinary Weekend 16 Rotary Bingo 19 Booksigning at The Book Nook 20 Highlands Christmas Parade 21 Camels at Highlands Parade 22 Sing We All Noel 23 Annual Christmas Dinner 24 Photos with Santa 25 Highlands Tree Lighting 26 Annual Christmas Sing 27 Breakfast with Santa 28 The Bascoms Marketplace 29 Christmas on the Green 30 Hard Candy Christmas 31 Highlands-Cashiers Players 32 Scenes From 33 Area Calendar



50 The Orchard 52 Stars of the Bars 53 Pumpkin Puree and Applesauce 54 Wild Thyme Gourmet 57 Drink How Your Like 60 Dining Guide

Giving Back


62 Highlands History 64 Cashiers History

88 Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society 90 Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust 92 Carpe Diem Farms 93 Big Brothers/Big Sisters 94 The Rotary Club of Highlands 95 Hospice House Foundation 96 Cullasaja Outreach 97 Laurel Garden Club 98 Friends For Life

Homes & Lifestyles

68 A Home of Distinction 70 The French Waters 72 Ben Roasts Tom 74 Harmful Belly Fat 76 IRA Beneficiaries 78 Center for Life Enrichment

36 Cover Artist Patti Gilley 38 Form and Function 39 Bascom News 40 Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music 42 Betsy Paul Art Raffle 44 Events at Highlands PAC

The Arts

33 Area Calendar 60 Dining Guide 80 Wheres the Water? 82 Service Directory 142 Advertisers Index


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7th Annual Culinary Weekend

Local restaurants and merchants will stage Highlands 7th Annual Culinary Weekend November 7 through 10.

all in Highlands has never looked better as we celebrate the seventh Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend. This four-day destination event, created by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, promises to be one of the highlights of the season. Join us as we embrace Highlands majestic mountain location, boundless activities, appealing accommodations, unique retail shops and extraordinary cuisine. The weekend gains momentum with the not to be missed Opening Night Celebration, Thursday, November 7, held at the esteemed Highlands Country Clubhouse. Beginning at 7:00 P.M., enjoy great music, a variety of wine tasting tables, and the delectable cuisine of Highlands local chefs. Throughout the weekend, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, cooking demonstrations, tastings and dinners hosted by area restaurants, merchants and accommodations. Experience the wares of Highlands fine shops by attending the annual Sip & Stroll held on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, from 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. in beautiful downtown. Opening Night Gala Reception at The Clubhouse at Highlands Country Club: Thursday, November 7, beginning at 7:00 P.M., sip, swirl and savor fine wines and craft beers while enjoying the delectable cuisines of Highlands local chefs. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace culinary delight under one roof in the beautiful mountains of Highlands. Taste a must-have wine? Mountain Fresh Grocery will be on hand to take your orders and arrange for delivery. Shuttle service will be provided from Highlands Recreation Park and Highlands Plaza to the Clubhouse at Highlands Country Club. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841. Friday, November 8 Events: The Hen House featuring Sallies Greatest Herbal Fruit Jams; Sip & Stroll at The Bascom; Old Vines and Young Turks at Cyprus International Cuisine; Seasonal Craft Beer Pairing Dinner at Rukas Table; Robert Biale Vineyards Wine Dinner at On the Verandah; Cakebread Cellars Celebration at Lakeside Restaurant; Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro; Third Annual Farm Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance at The Farm Pavilion at Old Edwards; Culinary Adventure Through Europe with Rosewood Market at The Inn at Half Mile Farm; The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out. Saturday, November 9 Events: The Hen House

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featuring Sallies Greatest Herbal Fruit Jams; Sip & Stroke at The Bascom; James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery; The Staff Of Life in The Grandmothers Hands a cooking demonstration at Cyprus International Cuisine; Midnight in Taipei at Cyprus International Cuisine; Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner at Rukas Table; JUSTIN The Mood for a Fabulous Affair at Lakeside Restaurant; On the Verandah and Davis Family

Vineyards Wine Dinner; Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Wine Dinner Life is a Cabernet at Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro; Just a Thimbleful, a Bourbon Dinner at The Dog House; The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out. Sunday, November 10 Events: James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery; The Academy of Bartending-Bar Basics hosted by Holeman and Finch Public House of Atlanta at The Ugly Dog Pub.

Sip and Stroll

Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8 - 9, 11:00 A.M- 5:00 P.M.

ickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at www.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841. Experience the wares of Highlands fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine and delightful edibles. Fridays Sip & Stroll: Acorns; Acorns on Church; Alyxandras; Bags on Main; Cabin Couture; Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; Mountain Fresh;

Oak Leaf Flower & Garden; Potpourri 2; TJ Bailey For Men; Vivace; Xtreme Threads Saturdays Sip & Stroll: 4th Street Boutique; Acorns; Acorns on Church; Alyxandras; Bags on Main; Cabin Casuals; Cabin Couture; Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; Mountain Fresh; Oak Leaf Flower & Garden; Potpourri; Potpourri 2; Xtreme Threads; TJ Bailey For Men; Vivace; Wits End. www.thelaurelmagazine.com | November 2013 | 15

Rotary Bingo
By Wiley Sloan Novembers Highlands Rotary Bingo benefits Gilliams Promise, but the fun benefits everyone involved.

ark your calendar for the Rotary Club of Highlands Bingo night on Thursday, November 7. Monies raised will benefit Gilliams Promise, a group of local youth who have banded together to support one another in their fight against drugs and alcohol. The fun begins at 6:30 P.M. and runs for about two hours. Laughter fills the Highlands Community Building, located at the corner of Poplar Street and Hwy 64 -- next to the ball park. Cost is $1 per card per game. There will be 15 games, with the last being a grand cash prize game. Half of all money goes to Gilliams Promise, and the other half goes to lucky winners, while all of the fun goes to the players. You can also show your support for Gilliams Promise by being a table sponsor or having a table ad for $50. If you dont have a business to advertise, just let the ad say something as simple as John and Sue Smith support the youth of Gilliams Promise. All of the money paid for sponsorships/ads goes to Gilliams Promise. Checks should be made out to the Rotary Club of Highlands. They can be given to Mary Jane McCall, Executive Director, at Gilliams Promise. Call Mary Jane at (828) 526-2220 to let her know you want an ad. No matter your age young or old, you will have a great night of fun at Rotary Bingo. Enjoy free refreshments in a family atmosphere. Rotary Bingo is one of the many ways the Rotary Club of Highlands participates in supporting non-profit organizations in the Highlands area.

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ACCOMMODATIONS 4-1/2 Street Inn ..................... Colonial Pines Inn.................. Inn at Half Mile Farm............ Whiteside Cove Cottages...... Mountain Brook Suites.........

RESTAURANT Altitudes Restaurant............. Ghangri Asian Fusion........... Lakeside Restaurant............. Nectar Juice Bar..................... Paolettis................................... Pescados.................................

Highlands Emporium ........... Highlands Fine Art ............... Highland Hiker....................... Martha Annes........................ Mirror Lake Antiques............ Nest......................................... Peak Experience.................... Scudders................................. The Spice & Tea Exchange... The Summer House............... The Toy Store......................... Whole Life Market................. Xtreme Threads..................... SERVICES Aery Chiropractic & Acupuncture.......................... Creative Concepts Salon....... High Country Photo............. Highlands Visitors Center..... Highlands Aerial Park........... Koenig Builders..................... Warth Construction...............

ARTS Mill Creek Gallery & Framing .. Museum of American Cut Glass....................................... The Bascom ...........................

Rosewood Market.................. Wild Thyme Gourmet........... Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro.............................

SHOPPING REAL ESTATE Country Club Properties....... Highlands NC Realty............. John Cleaveland Realty.......... Sundrops on Caney Fork....... Meadows Mtn. Realty............ White Oak Realty Group....... Alyxandras ............................ Bags on Main.......................... Bear Mountain Outtters...... Cabin Casuals......................... Drakes Diamond Gallery .... Dry Sink.................................. Dutchmans Designs.............. Hen House.............................. High Cotton............................

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Book Signing at

the Book Nook

Meet author Angie Jenkins and pick up your personally signed copy of Highlands, North Carolina The Early Years Volume II at The Book Nook Saturday, November 9 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M.

e v e n t h generation Highlander Angie Jenkins new coffee table book, Highlands, North CarolinaThe Early Years Volume II, is now available. Jenkins first book, Highlands, North Carolina The Early Years, came out in 2007. The books been a Highlands bestseller since it hit the shelves. It continues to be very much in demand, and is available in several area stores. This second volume features another 200 pages of historic scenes in and around Highlands. Jenkins has been collecting photos and working on the book since May 2012, a real labor of love for her. She is thrilled to also feature in her new book a large number of early Highlands photos from the Earle Young Jr. Collection, courtesy of David Young. The book is priced at $49.95. Jenkins is a direct descendant of Barak and Mary Nicholson Norton, early pioneers of the region, who settled in Whiteside Cove around 1820. The family moved to Highlands soon after the town was founded in 1875. Jenkins Highlands ancestors have served as postmaster, taught at Highlands School, owned the Central House (now Madisons Restaurant), Highlands House (now Highlands Inn), the Norton House (now Main Street Inn), The Hall House, which was located on in the block of Fifth, Chestnut, Sixth, and Horse Cove Road, Anderson Brothers Caf, Highlands Drug Store, Highlands Texaco, Andersons 5 & 10 (later changing its name to Highlands Variety Store), and also the Sears Catalog Agency and Radio Shack in more recent years. The family was also instrumental in the development of both the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and First Presbyterian Church. Jenkins herself has served as organist at First Presbyterian Church for the past 37 years, in addition to teaching preschool music classes at several area preschools for many years. Her children and grandchildren, who all live in the Highlands area, represent the familys eighth and ninth generations. www.thelaurelmagazine.com | November 2013 | 19

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The Highlands Map

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Christmas Parade
By Luke Osteen

The Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, set for Saturday, December 7, may be the worlds biggest small-town Christmas.

f youre one of those who bemoans the commercialization of Christmas and longs for a simpler celebration of the season, mark your calendar for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 7. Thats when the 21st incarnation of the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade winds down Main Street. The parade is the perfect tonic for the overblown, incredibly polished corporate exercises staged in other parts of the country. Theres a warm, homemade feel to much of the Highlands parade since its staged entirely by local groups, churches, businesses, fire departments and bands of neighbors. Its all delivered with pride, sparkle and more than a little bit of humor. Youll find handmade floats, at least one marching band, dancing garden ladies, dogs that amble more or less in formation, fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, classic cars, horses, the Highlands High School Homecoming Court, local politicians, and, of course, Santa. Its not uncommon for the parade to draw over 80 entries. Thats a remarkable accomplishment for a town with a year-round population of around 2,000. People begin lining Main Street early to ensure they get a good view and to chat with neighbors and visitors. The parade route spans three blocks, so there should be plenty of room for everyone. If you are part of a group that would like to be included in the lineup, contact the Highlands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112 or visit Jennifer Smathers at the Visitor Center, 108 Main Street. If youre thinking of inviting Santa to participate in your entry, please note that hes already accepted the Chambers invitation to appear at the end of the parade. You wouldnt want to confuse the kids.

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Camels at the

By Wiley Sloan

A trio of photogenic camels return to add a dash of exotic flair to the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 7.

or the past several years, spectators at the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade have watched with glee as a trio of camels sauntered down Main Street. Yep, they will be here again in 2013. Omar, Noel, and Summer make their way from Danielsville, Georgia, a rural area about 20 miles north of Athens. The camels are guests of our area thanks to the members of the Highlands United Methodist Church. Back in 2006, church members Sherry Janes and Gay Kattel brainstormed for unique ways to bring new members to the church. They fondly remembered hearing the Christmas story and how excited children were with the camels. After making numerous calls, Sherry found Beau and Michelle Kaye, who live on a 117-acre farm along with their camels and a menagerie. Michelle remembers Sherrys first call. Beau and I really had never taken the camels off the farm. They were just our pets. Sherry was very convincing. Before I knew it we had agreed to come to Highlands. After our first visit we were hooked. It takes a strong hand to keep them in line. Camel handlers Ken Knight, Dennis Hall and Fred Motz have built up a rapport with each of their animals. Omar, the lead camel, weighs more than 3,000 pounds. Omar has an attitude and wants to be in charge. Once the camels were scheduled, Sherry and the entire HUMC Igniting Ministries Team had to find a place for the camels to stay on Friday night. The camels were such a hit at the parade that they have become a mainstay for every parade. Come early and stake out your viewing spot on Main Street. The parade is Saturday, December 7 beginning at 11:00 A.M. www.thelaurelmagazine.com | November 2013 | 25

Sing We All Noel

By Wiley Sloan The Highlands Community Christian Chorale will stage its annual Christmas Concert at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

elebrate the season at The Highlands Community Christian Chorales Christmas Concert at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation at 5:00 P.M. Saturday, December 14, and 5:00 P.M. Sunday, December 15. A reception will follow the Sunday performance. The church is located at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets. The Chorale will consist of 40 of our areas most talented singers who have been practicing for this performance since Labor Day. They are performing under the direction of conductor Grat Rosazza. This years concert, entitled Sing We All Noel, will feature songs that we all know and love. There will be something for everyone in this concert, Grat says. Whether you prefer classical, traditional or folk music, you wont be disappointed in this years program. I am a big fan of the work of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so expect to hear at least one or two arrangements. Classic song lovers will be inspired by Faures Cantique de Jean Racine written by the 19-year-old French composer in the 1860s. Enjoy the soothing tones of harpist Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup as she accompanies

the chorale. The African-American carol Go Tell It on the Mountain was written about the same time period as the Cantique and boasts a lively beat. You will be tapping your toes for this one. The Catalanish song Fum, Fum, Fum, originated in the late 16th or early 17th century. I look forward to the chorales rendition of O Holy Night. That is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Many people feel that Christmas would not be Christmas without one or two pieces from Handels The Messiah. We have included that too, says Grat. In addition to the harp, the chorale will be accompanied by Bryan Heller, pianist for the Cashiers United Methodist Church, and a small string orchestra. Everyone will get a chance to sing Christmas carols during intermission. I look forward to seeing each of you at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation for one of these inspiring performances. Come early as the venues tend to fill up quickly. Be prepared to share a small donation to help the chorale offset the cost of music.

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Annual Christmas Dinner


Contributed by Rick Siegel

All proceeds go to local charities. or the 13th year, the Highlands Last year, we raised $31,000 for local Annual Christmas Dinner will nonprofits such as The Highlandstake place on Christmas Day to Cashiers Hospital; REACH of Macon give Highlanders and visitors to the County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of area a wonderful place to share a Highlands, The Highlands School marvelous dinner with friends and Library, The Highlands literacy family without the toil and fuss of Council, and many more. We are planning, shopping, preparing and, hoping for even bigger and better worst of all, the big cleanup. things this year. A traditional Christmas meal Join us for dinner, and join us featuring turkey, ham, tenderloin, as sponsors. Put yours or your and all the sides we have come The Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner, set for organizations name on our donor to expect prepared by Marty Christmas Day at Highlands Country Clubs Hudson recognition board as a Candle Rosenfield, owner of Lakeside House, is a gift to the entire community. for $100, an Ornament for $250, a Restaurant; Holly Roberts of Present for $500, or a Star for Hollys Kitchen; dessert maker extraordinaire Martha Porter; and with the now famous $1000. We have been so lucky as to have had several of dressing of none other than Donna Woods. A glass of what we like to call Superstars who have contributed wine or other beverage will be included, and served at the $2000 or more. We will begin taking reservations November 10. To beautiful Hudson House of the Highlands Country Club. Serving will begin at 11:00 A.M. and continue until 5:00 reserve, just call (828) 526-9419. Last year, we served P.M. by reservations only. Adults are $35, children under over 400 people, so dont get left out. Reserve early. See you then. the age of 12 are $15, and kids five and under are free.

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Photos with Santa

By Luke Osteen Santa will be visiting Highlands Town Square for photos and fun throughout the Christmas Season.

ow that the holiday season is here, a lot of kids and more than a few adults are taking stock of their lives and making adjustments. Others are compiling lists of things needed and desired, the fruits of a years worth of good behavior. Whichever camp they fall in, theyre counting the days until Santa Claus arrives in Highlands at Town Square. Hell be at the Town Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 30, and then the Saturdays leading up to Christmas. Even in the hectic days leading up to Christmas, Santa manages to find time to sit and listen to his friends and Highlands has long been one of his favorite spots. According to insider accounts, the clean mountain air helps him maintain his unfailingly cheerful

spirit, which makes Highlands one of the ideal spots to ask for an especially unlikely present or to appeal for clemency. If youre so inclined, you can bring a treat for Santa or his reindeer. But really, none of that is necessary. He packs on the snacks in those few hours before dawn on Christmas morning and the reindeer are confined to a high-carb sprinters diet in the weeks leading up to the Big Night. If you have questions about Santas busy schedule or the events that mark Highlands Holiday Season The Town Tree Lighting, the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, the worship schedules of local churches contact the Highlands Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112.

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Highlands Tree Lighting

By Luke Osteen | Photo by Sarah Valentine

The Highlands Town Tree Lighting, set for 6:30 P.M. November 30 on Main Street, sets the stage for a joyful season.

K, its two days after Thanksgiving. Youve spent two days catching up with family and friends or working off Thanksgiving Dinner with a marathon round of Extreme Shopping, but it just doesnt feel like Christmas is less than a month away. Thats why youll want to remember the Highlands Downtown Tree Lighting, slated to begin at 6:30 P.M. Saturday, November 30, in front of Highlands United Methodist Church. Its a celebration unlike anything else on the towns social calendar. People of every age join in the fun. In fact, some folks drive all the way up from Atlanta to participate. The fun starts with caroling that everyones invited to join. A small ceremony features readings from the Bible

and storytelling. Cookies and hot chocolate are the perfect complement to a frosty evening. Santa will be on hand to hear wishes and appeals. The evenings capped by the lighting of the enormous tree that graces the front lawn of the Methodist Church. It all adds up to a warm holiday tradition thats cherished by young and old. To prepare for the crowds, Main Street will be closed between Second and Fourth streets beginning at 6:00 P.M. The Highlands Downtown Tree Lighting is sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the Highlands Visitor Center at (828) 526-2112.

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Annual Christmas Carol Sing


By Wiley Sloan

ts almost a certainty that Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, set for Saturday, December 7, will have you humming Christmas carols non-stop. If thats the case, take time for a leisurely lunch and then join your friends at the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands at 2:00 P.M. Song Leader Stell Huie and pianist/ organist Angie Jenkins will lead everyone in well-loved Christmas carols. Young and old alike celebrate the season in song at this annual event. For years to come, your family will speak fondly of this favorite Christmas outing. The church is located at the corner of Fifth and Main Street, high on the hill. Dress is casual. If you have questions, call the church office at (828) 526-3175.

The sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands is the perfect setting for the Town Carol Sing.

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Breakfast with

By Wiley Sloan

Santa delights in greeting his youngest fans and reminding them of the promise at the heart of Christmas.

anta Claus will visit Highlands United Methodist Church for a breakfast with local children and those from far away at 8:30 A.M. Saturday, December 14. After a delicious breakfast prepared by church volunteers, children will get to complete a holiday craft and listen to the traditional Nativity story. Each child will have the opportunity to talk to Santa and tell him what theyre hoping to find this Christmas. The suggested donation is $10 per family. Reservations should be made by calling the church no later than Monday, December 9, at (828) 526-3376. Jennifer Forrester, Director of Children Ministries at HUMC, says, The children will have plenty of time to share their Christmas list with Santa and to have pictures made. Make your reservations early and come out for a stellar holiday celebration with Santa. The church is located at 315 Main Street, the site of the Town Christmas Tree.

For a comprehensive list of area events and happenings visit highlands-cashierscalendar.com

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The Bascoms Marketplace

by Donna Rhodes

The handcrafted treasures of The Bascoms Artists Marketplace make holiday shopping a delight.

he Bascom will host its fourth annual Artists Marketplace from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. November 29 and 30 at its Bascom Studio Barn. Those who have shopped at this event in the past come back year-afteryear to buy unique, handcrafted gifts created by regional artists. Pottery, jewelry, fiber art, paper creations, and more will fill the barn hall, and all are priced under $100. It makes checking off your gift list a rewarding experience for you, for gift recipients, for the artists, and for The Bascom. Some of the participants will be doing live demos. Bring the kids. Bring the whole family to see this years exceptional display of affordable crafts, gallery exhibits of fine art and craft, and other events happening on The Bascom campus. Think of it as

Pat Taylor at a past event.

destination shopping. Save the date and buy personal hand-crafted gifts for people you care about, without getting overwhelmed or exhausted by shopping mall madness. Be a pampered shopper at The Bascoms Artists Marketplace. More than 30 artists are there to please, displaying their finest, from whimsy to classic. Theres something for everyone on your list. If you are an artist and interested in being part of the event, contact Leila Griffith at lgriffith@thebascom.org or call The Bascom, (828) 526-4949 for more details. Who wouldnt cherish an exquisite gift, handmade-with-love, handselected by you? Make your purchases, then sit back and enjoy the oohs and ahs from family and friends this holiday season.

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Christmas on the Green


switch is turned on to light the 60-foot he Village Green will add holiday spruce in the center of the village of sparkle again this season with Cashiers. Christmas On the Green, from This is what The Village Green is all Thanksgiving weekend until January 6. about: bringing people together to make While strolling the park pathways meaningful memories and creating a near the crossroads in Cashiers, place to foster the spirit of community, guests can enjoy a Festival of Trees said Jochen Lucke, Chairperson of The decorated by local merchants and area Village Green Board of Directors. organizations. The Village Green is a 12-and-a-halfThe Festival of Trees brings together acre park at the crossroads of Highway school children, individuals, businesses 64 and Highway 107 in Cashiers. The and agencies to showcase what is Village Green preserves this land for unique to our area, says Ann Self, the publics recreational, cultural, Executive Director of The Village Green. educational and spiritual use. The Village Christmas On the Green begins Santas November 29 visit sets the stage for a dazzling Christmas On the Green in Cashiers. Green is operated and maintained by Friday, November 29, with a visit by a nonprofit organization of the same Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Gazebo of the Village Green from noon until 3:00 P.M. Warm drinks name and relies on the generosity of donors to provide events like Christmas On the Green to the public for free. and tasty treats will also be available. The highlight of that opening day will be the Cashiers For more information, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com. Parking is available at the entrance near the Gazebo, off Christmas Tree Lighting from 6:00-7:00 P.M. Families, friends and neighbors will gather to view The Village Green of Highway 64 East, and at the entrance to Village Commons trimmed in lights, listen to a concert of holiday music and on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Like The Village Green on gather around the fire pit for SMores and More before the Facebook or follow on Twitter @cashiersgreen.

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Hard Candy Christmas

The Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft Show at Western Carolina University, set for November 29-30, recalls the simple joys of holidays from long ago.

he Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft Show opens for its 26th year inside Western North Carolina Universitys Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, North Carolina, November 29-30. This much anticipated event features authentic crafts from the hands of 100 regional and local artists and craftsmen. In the Depression days in the mountains, Christmas was always celebrated with stockings stuffed with apples, oranges and hard candy. The best gifts were handmade with love. Organizer Doris Hunter brings the memory of that custom to the holidays with this craft event. Customers line up early for the first selection of pottery, woodcraft, jewelry, folk art, glass art, and specialty sweets and breads. Collectors of Old World Santas, heirloom ornaments and miniatures always find something new. To give you home an irresistible holiday scent, b uy a fresh mountain greenery wreath or scented dried

fruit rope. Macon Countys watercolorist/photographer Michael M. Rogers, will be bringing his annual gallery open house presentation to this years show. As an avid hiker, hell share the waterfalls, overlooks and wild flowers on canvas and video. You can take a piece of the mountains back home with you to enjoy all year. Ronnie Evans will be strumming favorite Christmas songs for background. His CDs will be for sale, too. With so much to offer, its no wonder the Hard Candy Show has grown from a little show in Franklin with eight exhibitors to the largest Christmas gift show in Western North Carolina. Hours are 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. each day with convenient free parking. Admission is $4 for adults; children under 12 are free. At the ticket table, have a piece of peppermint candy and an apple from Barber Orchard and catch the Christmas Spirit. For more info, visit mountainartisans.net, email Doris Hunter at djhunter@dnet.net, or call (828) 524-3405.

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Highlands-Cashiers Players
Highlands Cashiers Players is seeking talented actors and actresses for its winter production, Weekend Comedy, at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, November 17.

ighlands Cashiers Players will hold auditions for its winter production of Weekend Comedy, at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, November 17, at the MartinLipscomb Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Highlands. If callbacks are required, theyll be staged at the PAC at 6:00 P.M. Monday, November 18. Weekend Comedy by Jeanne and Sam Bobrick, is the funny and insightful tale of a couple in their late 40s or early 50s and a couple in their mid- to late-20 who have accidentally rented the same cottage for a threeday weekend. They decide to share it. Peggy Jackson, a 50-ish matron, has dragged her reluctant husband Frank, an office-supplies dealer, off for a long weekend in a remote cabin with no phone, no newspapers, no television and no kids. Peggy has romance on her mind, while stick-in-the-mud Frank is dully wondering what theyre going to do all

weekend. She finally gets him in the mood for romance, only to be interrupted by the arrival of Jill and Tony, a pair of twenty-somethings whove also rented the same cottage to celebrate their fourth anniversary of cohabitating. To his wifes chagrin, Frank insists that the younger couple stay for dinner. Ultimately, the two couples agree to share the one-bedroom, one-bathroom cabin for the weekend. They start out having a good time together, but the close quarters and the differences between the two couples lead to inevitable frictions. The men, especially, have trouble reconciling each others point of view. The resulting generational clash is rich in comedic possibilities and the play effortlessly riffs on the tagteam premise. Weekend Comedy will be staged Feb. 20-23, and Feb. 28-March 2.

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Scenes From Our Towns

Photos by Sarah Valentine

Pour Le Pink
The third annual Pour le Pink, a 3.1 mile Walk/Run to support local breast health and womens services, was held on October 5 at HighlandsCashiers Hospital. The funds raised will go toward maintaining the hospitals state-of-theart breast health and womens services.

Cashiers Leaf Festival

The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association staged the 2013 Leaf Festival on Columbus Day weekend, October 11-13, at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers.

Mountaintop Golf Tournament

Mountaintop Golf and Links Club hosted the Summit Charter School Mountain Golf Invitational on October 14.

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Mark Your Calendar

The Bascom Current Exhibits: Green-House - Carolina Lathan-Stiefel thru November 10; Mountains in Bloom Garden Artists exhibition, thru December 29; American Art Today: Figures, thru January 5. (828) 526-4949. Center for Life Enrichment offers a variety of lectures and workshops during the month of October. For a complete list, call (828) 526-8811 or visit www. clehighlands.com. Creative Writing: Journaling Mornings With Betty Holt, 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., Saturday, November 2, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. Acrylic Painting: The Figurative Mountain with Diane McPhail, 5:15 P.M. to 7:15 P.M., Mondays and Wednesdays, November 4, 6, 11, 13, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. Ceramics I and II with Frank Vickery, 10 A.M. to Noon; 5:15 P.M. to 7:15 P.M., Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 5, 7, 12, 14, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949 Free Childrens Movies, 3:30 P.M., Wednesday, November, 6, Hudson Library, (828) 526-3031. Free Movie, Thursdays, November 7 and 21, 3:00 P.M., The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Library, (828) 743-0215. Rotary Bingo to benefit Gilliams Promise, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, November 7, Highlands Community Building, (828) 526-2220. Seventh Annual Culinary Weekend, November 7-10, local restaurants and merchants, Highlands, NC, (866) 526-5841. Classics by Steve Johannessen, Friday, November 8 and Friday, November 22, Bucks Coffee, Cashiers, (828) 743-9997. Sip and Stroll, Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. part of Highlands Culinary Weekend (866) 526-5841. Sip and Stroll during Culinary Weekend, November 8 and 9, Bring a photo of your favorite pet/horse for artist Zan Economopoulos, to paint on a wine glass on Friday, Cabin Couture, (828) 526-3909. Wine Tasting, 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., Friday, November 8, The Ugly Dog Pub, (828) 526-8364. Free Clay Ornaments Workshop With Colette Clark, Noon to 4 P.M. - 1 hour slots, Saturday, November 9, sponsored by The Art League of Highlands, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. Holiday Crafts Around the World, 10 A.M. to Noon, Saturdays, November 9 and 16, The Bascom, (828) 5264949. The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD, 12:55 P.M., Saturday, November 9, Highlands PAC, , (828) 526-9047. Book Signing of Highlands - The Early Years, Volume Two, with Angie Jenkins, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., during Sip and Stroll, Saturday, November 9, The Book Nook, (828) 526-9415. Bourbon Dinner at The Dog House, Live Music: Nitrograss with Micah Hanks, Charles Wood, Dakota Waddell at The Ugly Dog Pub, Saturday, November 9, (828) 526-8364. In These Mountains exhibition, Opening Reception & Artist Talk, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Saturday November 16, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. Live Music: High 5at The Ugly Dog Pub, Saturday, November 16, (828) 526-8364. Giving Trees - The Bascoms annual holiday event is a celebration of local artists, organizations, and vendors. Opening Reception and Nog Off, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Saturday November 16, (828) 526-4949 Highlands Cashiers Players will hold auditions for Weekend Comedy at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, November 17, at the Martin- Lipscomb Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Highlands. If callbacks are required, will be at PAC at 6:00 P.M. Monday, November 18. Recently Released Movies, 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 20, Hudson Library, (828) 526-3031. Sip and Stroke With Susan Nastasic, 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., Thursday, November 21, The Bascom, (828) 5264949. Third Thursdays featuring Kristin Bowen, Thursday, November 21, Smitten, (828) 526-9300. Live Music: Grace Adele and The Grand Band from Nashville at The Ugly Dog Pub, Saturday, November 23, (828) 526-8364. Wine and Cheese with artist Aaron Hequembourg and raffle of one of his works to benefit the CashiersHighlands Humane Society. 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 27, Chivaree Southern Art & Design, (828) 743-6195. Thanksgiving Dinner, 11:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. seatings, Thursday, November 28, Wolfgangs Restaurant and Wine Bistro, (828) 526-3807. Thanksgiving Day Harvest Feast, 1:00 to 6:45 P.M., Thursday, November 28, , On the Verandah, (828) 5262338. Thanksgiving Day Celebration, Thursday, November 28, Cyprus Restaurant, (828) 526-4429. The Bascom Artists Marketplace, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 340, The Bascom Studio Barn, (828) 526-4949 Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft Show, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, Western Carolina Universitys Ramsey Center, (828) 524-3405. Gingerbread House Workshop, 10 A.M. to 12 noon; 1 P.M. to 3 P.M., Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. Aarons Festival Tent Show, 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, Chivaree Southern Art & Design, (828) 743-6195. Visits with Santa at the Village Green Gazebo, Noon to 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 29. Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, November 29, The Village Green, Cashiers. Blue Grass featuring David Holt and John Goforth, 8:00 P.M., Friday, November 29, Highlands PAC, (828) 5269047. Complimentary Wine Tasting, 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Saturday November 30, Old Edwards Inn Lobby. Highlands Town Tree Lighting, 6:30 P.M., Saturday, November 30, Main Street, in front of the Highlands United Methodist Church, (828) 526-2112 Photos with Santa, Saturday, November 30 at the Town Tree Lighting, and each Saturday through Christmas, Town Square, Highlands, (828) 526-2112. Betsy Paul Art Raffle to benefit the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, November 30, in the afternoon. For more information, call (828) 743-0880. Live Music: Bryan Loy and Paradise 56 at The Ugly Dog Pub, Saturday, November 30, (828) 526-8364.

EVERY MONDAY Dulcimer Lessons - Intermediate Class 10:00 A.M., Beginners Noon, Highlands United Methodist church, (828) 787-1586. EVERY TUESDAY Dulcimer Acoustic Jam, 10:00 A.M., Bird Barn and Gift Emporium, Cashiers, (828) 743-3797. Highlands Rotary Club, Noon, Highlands Community Center. Studio Alive - Live Model, 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Scaly Mountain Fire Department Community Center, Calderone Gallery, (706) 746-5540. Duplicate Bridge, 1:45 P.M., Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. (828) 743-0215. EVERY WEDNESDAY Highlands Mountaintop Rotary, 7:30 A.M., dining room at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, 8:00 A.M., Cashiers United Methodist Church, (828) 743-2243. Preschool Story Time, 11:00 A.M. to Noon, Albert Carlton Library (828) 743-0215. Watercolor Class, 12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Calderone Gallery, (706) 746-5540. Cashiers Quilters Guild, 12:30 P.M., Cashiers Methodist Church. Duplicate Bridge Games, 12:45 P.M., Highlands Civic Center. Mah Jong games open to the public, 1:00 P.M., Albert Carlton Cashiers-Community Library, (828) 743-0215. Bluegrass, 8:30 P.M., Ugly Dog Pub, (828) 526-8364. EVERY THURSDAY Oil Painting and Mixed Medium Class, 12:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M, Calderone Gallery,(706) 746-5540. EVERY FRIDAY Weekly Grief Support Group in The Highlands, 10:30 A.M. to Noon, Jane Woodruff Clinic - Suite 201 (on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus), Free Open to the Community, (828) 692-6178. Duplicate Bridge Games, 12:45 P.M., Highlands Civic Center. Live Music, 6:00 P.M.-close, Hummingbird Lounge, Old Edwards Inn, (828) 787-2625. Live Music, 7:00 P.M. , On The Verandah, (828) 5262338. Live Music, 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., Nichols Center at Blue Ridge Music (706) 782-9852. EVERY SATURDAY Live Music, 6:00 P.M.-close, Hummingbird Lounge, Old Edwards Inn, (828) 787-2625. Live Music, 7:00 P.M., On The Verandah, (828) 5262338.

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Cover Artist Patti Gilley

by Donna Rhodes

hile Patti Gilley thinks of herself as just ordinary folks, there is no denying she possesses an extraordinary gift. That talent lay dormant until Patti was in her early 50s. Once her kids were grown, her focus shifted from nurturing children to nurturing her own artistic soul. Patti was a tomboy growing up, a girl a lot happier soaking up the out-of-doors than drooling over dresses in a store window. She had a natural talent for noticing detail, color, line, form, shape. Seeing the world through an artists eyes, she took tons of photos of images that intrigued her. Once she had the freedom to put a brush and acrylic to her special vision, painting became second nature. Her early photo library was and still is her in-studio inspiration. Nowadays everything she looks at becomes a potential subject, even that frilly chemise in the window, though her choice of subject matter still gravitates towards Nature. She has a fond memory of her first painting. She says, We had a little house built in Murphy. I found a discarded saw blade on site. I kept it a couple of years and finally decided to paint a picture of our cabin on it. It looked fairly good, so I hung it up. Her father-in-law liked it so much he started bringing her antiques and old collectibles, each with a story to tell. She began painting scenes and animals on these. People saw 36 | November 2013 | www.thelaurelmagazine.com

them and loved them. She took some of her work to an art show and came home with several hundred dollars. Wow! she says. That blew my mind. She adds with a laugh, My painting evolved from that and kind of got out of hand. Animals, domestic and wild are Pattis love. Each has its own personality. She has a knack for capturing that wrinkle in a muzzle as a bear sniffs the air, the way the light bounces off a tuft of fur, or that mischievous twinkle in the eye of a cub or burro. Patti takes pride in the fact she never had any formal training. She simply relied on her natural gift and refined it with practice, practice, practice. She finally ran out of antiques to practice on so she started painting on canvas and now that is her surface du jour. She encourages others to follow their passion. She laughs and says, A lot of people would like to paint but they are scared of it. Theres nothing to be afraid of. Its not like making an atomic bomb. Locally - Mountain Mist Gallery at 40 Perennial Drive in Cashiers carries her work. Visit her website at pattigilley. com/Artist.html. Her email is: abrushwithwildlife@frontier. com. (828) 837-2563 and make an appointment to visit her studio gallery. If you love the flora and fauna of North Carolina as much as Patti does, you are in for a soul-satisfying Brush With Wildlife.


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Form and Function

by Donna Rhodes

n 1999 Kristin Bowen was getting married. She knew that her wedding would cement a wonderful partnership with her husband, Fred Bowen, but little did she know it would also launch a glorious new business, PlaceTile Designs. Fourteen years later, marriage and business are booming. Chances are you have heard about PlaceTile Designs on the Food Network, HGTV or read about it in The Atlanta Constitution, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, or scores of other periodicals. For those unfamiliar with PlaceTile Designs, Kristin, designer and owner explains how her idea took flight. I wanted to dress my wedding tables with something unusual that would not only serve as a place card, but as a wedding favor. I wanted a guest card that could be written on and erased.. A recyclable memento. I approached an artist who did custom ceramic tiles for kitchens. We worked together, improvising a standing tile. We decorated the clay place cards with my wedding motif. Our first efforts were a bit rough, but perfect for the wedding setting. In fact, the markers were such a hit some guests were pocketing their neighbors tiles. One of Kristins aunts was a caterer. She asked her niece to make some for her business. Another aunt was a florist. She ordered larger tiles to use for table markers. Other guests wanted them for special occasions. One thing led to another and Kristin began looking for manufacturers who 38 | November 2013 | www.thelaurelmagazine.com

could produce quality product for public consumption. Over the years, PlaceTile Designs has evolved into styles ranging from formal elegance to casual and down-home. They are an affordable product that epitomize form and function for the table, the home, and beyond. Uses for PlaceTile products are limited only to the imagination. Because they come in several sizes, their versatility is boundless. Check out the website, placetile. com to see the latest product line, which includes dry-erase place cards, buffet cards, napkin rings, bottle stoppers, message boards, cookie jars, menu and memo tiles, bud vase place cards, and a brand new line of designs for the DIY inclined. It allows you to change out motifs with magnetized decorations to match seasons, occasions, or decor. All these products can be written on, customized to your festive occasion. Erase them afterward for future use. Or give them to your guests as keepsakes. PlaceTile Designs creations make marvelous hostess gifts for the holidays or any special event, whether seasonal, celebratory, or historical. With minimal care tiles will last a lifetime. And think of all the trees you will save! Locally you can purchase or order from the PlaceTile Designs line offered at Smitten Gallery, 10 Foreman Rd, Highlands, (828) 526-9300. Decorate with PlaceTile items this holiday season and get ready for the kudos your excellent taste in table decor will inspire.

Bascom News
Contributed by Pat Turnbull The classes and programs at The Bascom are personalized and deeply rewarding.

he Bascom Center for the Visual Arts offers an amazing array of first-rate exhibitions and educational opportunities, but word is spreading that you can design your own programs there. Thankfully, Joan Ussery listened to her friends, who recommended The Bascom and its customized art classes to her. She enjoyed her Art by Appointment session with Ceramics Program Coordinator Frank Vickery so much that she signed up for the Silicon Bronze Casting class in October. I am also interested in the Digital and Photoshop Photography class, Joan says. I will continue with classes whenever I can. Joan first heard about The Bascom during a visit to the area five years ago. She and her husband, David, retired executives who reside in Destin, Florida, during the winter, went to the Visitors Center to look at things to do in Highlands and discovered information about The Bascom. I loved the size and easy access, plus the fact that exhibitions change frequently, Joan says. Friends told her about Sip and Stroke, the popular painting class for all levels in which participants recreate a well-known painting while enjoying wine and the company of friends and fellow painters. Joan has completed two of these sessions and plans to join more. The classes are always fun and informative, she says, and you actually produce something that you can keep; that is so special! As an art enthusiast, Joan likes a range of art in all media, so the variety of art on display and offered in classes at The Bascom makes it even more attractive to her and a host of others. Mostly, The Bascom is what I call user-friendly. It is perfect if you just want to experience beautiful art, sculpture, whatever, as a visitor, she adds. But you can also be involved as a participant and perhaps develop some artistic skills that you never knew you had. I also love the special events -- garden tours, music, dance, lectures. It is easy for anyone to enjoy. For more information on The Bascom, contact Membership Coordinator Pat Turnbull at (828) 787-2898 or email pturnbull@thebascom.org.

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Chamber Music Festival


By Luke Osteen

hough his 32nd season just wrapped up, HighlandsCashiers Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director William Ransom is relishing his preparations for the 2013 season. What a great summer -- Our 32nd season literally flew by, from our Martinis and Mozart @ Wolfgangs in May to our final Cabaret Concert at the Playhouse in September. In between, we had incredible performances by friends old and new including Festival debuts by the Grammy awardwinning Parker Quartet; the dynamic duo of Julie and David Coucheron; young violinist Lexi Preucil; violist Jennifer Stumm; pianist Elena Cholakova; saxophonist Leo Saguiguit; and flutist Tony Reiss and clarinetist Roeland Hendrikx from Europe, he says. And favorites the Eroica Trio and Vega Quartet, violinist Bill Preucil, and jazzmaster Gary Motley were only a few of our musicians sharing their amazing talents with us again. Next season is coming together and I have no doubt that in the fall of 2014, we will once again be saying That was the best Festival ever! Here is a sneak peak at only some of the exciting programs to look forward to in 2014 -- mark your calendars now!

Beethovens Fifth will open the season on June 27 -- including his 5th cello Sonata, his 5th violin Sonata, and yes, his Fifth Symphony -- performed by an orchestra of 20 fingers and four feet at one piano by myself and Gloria Chien, star protg of New Yorks Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centers Artistic Directors. Star cellist Edward Arron will make his Festival debut; and we will offer a very special program, The Poets Love and Life, featuring tenor Brad Howard singing Schumanns heartbreakingly beautiful Dichterliebe interspersed with readings by Aspen-based poet Bruce Berger reading from his own musical works. The Eroica Trio will be back, and their cellist Sara will stay with us and lead a group of six cellists in CelloMania. Jazz meets Classics will be back with Sax in the Mountains; and the Coucherons will dazzle us with Musical Fireworks over the July 4th weekend. The Parker and Vega Quartets will join us again, and our final Gala on August 3 will feature the Festival Chamber Orchestra with star of stage and screen (The Black Swan) Tim Fain as violin soloist. If you spot a favorite, I hope you will consider underwriting a concert for 2014!

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Betsy Paul Art Raffle


earrings. he art raffle prize Making jewelry is for November is a meditative to me, she says. handmade bracelet and I love working with my matching pendant created hands, touching the beautiful and graciously donated by stones and bringing smiles Julie Berger. This unique to the women who wear my treasure made of sponge pieces. The best part of what coral is from Julies Wired on I do is sharing stories with my Life Jewelry Collection. customers. Julie Berger was a licensed You can see Julies work therapist in Orlando, Florida, The Betsy Paul art raffles for the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire every Monday through when she began making Department, will be held on November 30, in the afternoon. For more Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to gemstone and wire jewelry for information, call (828) 743-0880. 5:00 P.M. at both galleries. a hobby in 2003. Eventually, Cashiers Hillside Artists will she started applying to Fine Art Outdoor Shows to supplement her familys income. She close for the season in November, but Mountain Mist took a leave from counseling and has worked full time as an Gallery will remain open throughout the year. Viewers are invited to see each months raffle item on artist for the past eight years. In 2011, Julie and her husband, David opened two galleries in Cashiers -- Mountain Mist display from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday at Betsy Paul Properties, 870 Highway 64 West Gallery and Cashiers Hillside Artists. Since 2005, Julies work has been shown in over 150 in Cashiers, North Carolina. Tickets may be purchased at outdoor art festivals, and has been picked up by over 27 her office, or donations can also be mailed directly to the galleries and boutiques throughout 12 states. Her jewelry Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, P.O. Box 713, Cashiers, collection consists of one-of-a-kind gemstone, fossil, glass North Carolina, 28717. For more information contact Betsy and coral pieces wire sculpted into pendants, bracelets and Paul Properties, (828) 743-0880.

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Events at Highlands PAC

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

he Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center will showcase the Metropolitan Operas Live in HD Performance of the opera Tosca by Puccini at 12:55 P.M. Saturday, November 9. Patricia Racette portrays the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca in Luc Bondys production of Puccinis enduring favorite. Roberto Alagna sings Toscas lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccinis sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue. Conductor is Riccardo Frizza. Four-time Grammy winner David Holt will perform with Josh Goforth at PAC at 8:00 P.M. Friday, November 29. Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host, and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. He plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous award winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. Holt is well-known for his television and radio series. He is host of public televisions Folkways, a North Carolina

program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. David also currently hosts the PBS series Great Scenic Railway Journeys. He served as host of The Nashville Networks Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and American Music Shop. David can also be seen as a musician in the George Clooney film, O Brother Where Art Thou? In 2002, Doc Watson and David won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Folk Recording, a collection of songs and stories reflecting Doc Watsons inspiring life story. 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. Looking ahead, save the date for 12:55 P.M. Saturday, December 14, when the Performing Arts Center presents Met Opera Live in HDs Falstaff by Verdi. Tickets are available online at highlandspac.org or by calling (828) 526-9047. Highlands Pac is located at 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands.

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The Orchard

By Luke Osteen | Photos by Marjorie Fielding

he Orchard, Cashiers nightly fish special. sumptuous dining In fact, The Orchard has a destination, is housed in a tradition of combining the best marvelously rustic cabin sheltered of seafood with the finest home at the edge of, naturally, an apple cooking. A perennial menu orchard. favorite is the unforgettable This rambling 100-year-old Shelleys Shrimp and Grits farmhouse is jammed with large shrimp, andouille sausage, antiques, road signs, vintage applewood smoked bacon, Vidalia newspaper clippings and an attics onions, red peppers, squash and worth of ephemera that give wild mushrooms all seasoned, the place a cheerful, homespun stir-fried and served on a bed feel. You can tell that this is the of locally ground Anson Mill Grimshawes Ribeye kind of restaurant that attracts cheese grits. both boisterous conversations That deep variety of seafood between friends and families and doesnt mean that The Orchard whispered intimacies between ignores the local fish. My sweetie couples. opted for the Glenville Fried Trout In fact, with just a little -- a gorgeous rainbow caught a imagination, you get a sense of few miles away, pecan breaded Cashiers early days when the and served with a black-eyed pea Valley attracted guests from relish and a honey dijon tartar across the Southeast looking for sauce. She was reluctant to share a getaway from the stresses of with me. life. The Orchard is the kind of I had the Grimshawes Ribeye. place that invites you to unlace It was tenderly marbled and your shoes and sip a cool drink. dipped in a subtle and provocative We wanted a restaurant that Worcestershire marinade. Keyline Pie would give our clientele a chance (Heres a riddle: Everyone to relax while at the same time, enjoy some really fine knows about Grimshawes, the tiny Post Office nestled dining, explains Chad Boswell, who with his brother in Whiteside Cove. Tiny? Supposedly the smallest in Travis owns The Orchard and keeps it rolling along. We the United States. So why does The Orchard call its wanted to give people an experience that they wouldnt monumental 12-ounce ribeye Grimshawes? Wouldnt a forget for a while. majestic local feature like Whiteside be more appropriate?) Thats a pretty tall order and like mostly lofty goals, the There are desserts freshly made every day and this is proof is in the pudding or in the case of The Orchard, definitely not the place to demonstrate restraint. I ended the Panthertown Pork Tenderloin. This herb-rubbed cut is up with a slice of Key Lime Pie that was light and tart and pan-roasted and enrobed in a black cherry demi-glace. Its redolent of the Tropics. My sweetie wisely refrained from then plated with sweet fried onion rings and topped with finishing her platter-sized trout and was able to find room garlic-chive goat cheese crumbles. for a sinfully-rich Crme Brulee. Were proud of our Orchard Chicken, too, explains Just as essential to The Orchards down-home ambience Chad. Its a fresh, all-natural chicken breast thats stuffed as that farm-fresh menu is the warm attention lavished by with an apple, walnut, sage and provolone cheese stuffing. the staff. Youre made to feel at home. If youre local, they We bread it and lightly fry it and drizzle it with an apricot probably know you. If youre a visitor, well, its a marvelous glaze. Its probably our signature dish. welcome to the community. Travis and Chads menu boasts meat and poultry Dinner reservations are highly recommended. raised locally and produce grown by local farms. This The Orchard is located just one mile south of the commitment ensures rich, flavorful dishes. Crossroads on Highway 107 (across from Cashiers And somehow, despite the distance from the shore, United Methodist Church). For more information and The Orchard has incredibly fresh seafood, spotlighted in a reservations, call (828) 743-7614.

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Stars of the Bars

By Wiley Sloan | Photos by Marjorie Fielding

Alexa mixes Pear Absolute, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Ginger Liqueur and grapefruit juice, gives it a shake, pours into chilled martini glass and tops off with Pom Liquer.

This months Star of the Bar, On the Verandahs Alexa Orr.

Garnish with orange zest, and you have yourself a Blood Orange Sunset.

he late fall sun sends shards of gold and crimson dancing across Lake Sequoyah as the staff at On the Verandah Restaurant prepare for their evening customers. Chef Andrew Figel is completing the early prep on tonights menu while Bar Manager Alexa Orr finishes checking her stock in preparation for folks in search of their favorite cocktail. Long known as one of Highlands premier restaurants, visitors to On the Verandah come from throughout the Southeast. Whether theyre first-time-visitors or old favorites, Alexa greets them with her million-dollar smile and an irresistible hello. Dont be fooled by her youthful demeanor, she knows her way around a bar. Her father was a bartender so she carries the DNA of a master mixologist. When its time to decompress from a busy day or you are looking for a change of scenery, the Dugout Bar at OTV is a great place to enjoy your favorite libation. Martini lovers say that Alexa creates the best martini in town. New this season is her Blood Orange Sunset martini made with Absolut Pear Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Domain Decanton Ginger Liqueur, and grapefruit juice with pomegranate liqueur drizzle. Its pretty as a picture with a taste thatll capture your taste buds. Rumor has it that she also makes a mean Manhattan. Let her create your favorite drink for you.

With football in full swing, stop at OTV to cheer on your alma mater while enjoying your favorite micro-brew beers and a snack from the Light fare menu. Current favorites include Stone India Pale Ale from California, Canadas La Fin Dun Monde and Atlantas Sweetwater 420. There are many more, so if you arent sure which beer you want, let Alexa guide you. OTVs extensive wine list offers a wide array of tasty wines by the glass or bottle. Alexa will gladly help you pair the right wine with your meal. Busy nights can be a challenge for any bartender but Alexa is seldom flustered. Her skills for multi-tasking will amaze you. With a smile and a nod of the head she greets customers while preparing a bevy of cocktails. She ticks off the orders with precision, ensuring that each drink is made-to-order. With a shake and a splash she garnishes each glass and sends it on its way. Her love of people is evident. She exudes charm and thrives in making sure that everyone leaves OTV relaxed and upbeat. When not behind the bar, Alexa enjoys creating jewelry and painting pastels. The next time you have reservations at OTV, go a little early and hang out in the bar with Alexa or just drop by for a causal drink on your way home. On the Verandah is located at 1532 Franklin Road, just a few blocks from Highlands Main Street. For reservations or more information call

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Pumpkin Puree and Applesauce

apples available for sale, its a fun project, too. Visit my blog for ideas on what to use your applesauce and your pumpkin puree in. Homemade Pumpkin Puree Ingredients: 3- to 4-pound pumpkin 1 cup water Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut your pumpkin in half (or ask a man to be useful and do it.) Clean the seeds and the guts out. Place pumpkin halves face down into a large dish. Add water to the bottom of the dish. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes or until pumpkin flesh is soft and easy to scoop. To make a zinc-rich snack, you can wash the seeds and gently roast them on a dry frying pan, turning them sporadically, until they begin to lightly brown. Scoop the pumpkin flesh out, leaving the outer shell behind. Put the soft flesh into a blender or food processor. Blend, pulsing until the pure is smooth. Strain through a cheesecloth or nut bag to remove excess moisture. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months. Homemade Sugar-Free Applesauce Ingredients 8 apples - peeled, cored and chopped 1 1/2 cups water 1 tsp. ground cinnamon In a saucepan, combine apples, water and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a potato masher. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

Contributed by Dr. Anastasia Halldin, Nutrition Coach www.healthymamainfo.com

umpkin puree and applesauce are mandatory accompaniments to the fall season. Most people buy them to use in a variety of dishes, but making them is healthier and cheaper. It also does not take that much time at all. With all the beautiful pumpkins and

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Wild Thyme Gourmet

By Luke Osteen | Photos by Marjorie Fielding

n less than a year at its new She started with a wonderfully location, Wild Thyme Gourmet constructed Heart of Palm Salad has firmly established itself as a an emerald bed of mixed field Highlands Main Street institution. greens, julienned vegetables, Part of its appeal is the luxurious splashed with a carefully balanced full-service bar, plush in its Balsamic vinaigrette. appointments and designed for For me, The Wedge a majestic sparkling conversation. The new chunk of iceberg lettuce drizzled location has allowed Wild Thyme with house-made bleu cheese to expand its wine list (earning dressing and warm bacon. It was it The Wine Spectator Award of difficult to share with Tricia. Excellence for the last three years) The Wedge was complemented Wild Thyme Gourmets Patio and beer selection (both bottle by a bowl of Crab and Corn Chowder that was hearty and and on tap). delicately spiced. I did not share. The dining room is bright and The singular quality of the cozy and adorned with gorgeous salads set the tone for the entrees art. Wild Thymes patio, with its bright red umbrellas, recalls the that followed. casual elegance of European My sweeties Salmon with a bistros during the day its the Vidalia Onion Crust had been perfect spot to view the endlessly slowly oven-roasted with a fascinating parade of humanity. At delicate citrus beurre blanc. The night, its candle-lit and perfect for shallots in the reduction acted whispered intimacies. as a perfect complement to the But lets face it, that all salmons just-hauled-out-of-thetakes back seat to Wild Thyme water freshness. Gourmets exquisitely composed For me, it was the Paned Breast menu. That menu derives from the of Chicken, a subtle parmesan-andgenius of chef/owner Dindu Lama. rosemary-crusted creation, served He learned the fundamentals of with a lemon caper butter sauce. kitchen work in his native Nepal, Despite my previous reluctance, but it was his immigration to we shared entrees because, come America that sparked his passion on, its Salmon with a Vidalia for culinary art. It was his arrival in Onion Crust! Highlands that brought his gifts to In fact, so right were the their full flowering. entrees that I ordered Waterfall After a lot of hard work, fate Beef to go. Its a spicy stir fry of provided the perfect opportunity. beef tenderloin, fresh vegetables, Now that he owns Wild Thyme, ginger, cilantro and lime, served Paned Breast of Chicken Dindus menu is a provocative on a bed of basmati rice. Once, a blend of nouvelle cuisine infused with Asian spices and thousand years ago, I lived in Bangkok and darned if Dindu sensibilities. didnt return me to those halcyon days. Some people visit for a quick lunch a salad or soup Theres obviously a lot of attention lavished on these of sandwich. For them, the bistro is just a stopping point dishes. Whether youre one of those who considers Wild in a day built around shopping or golf or a vigorous hike. Thyme a quick stop bistro or youre looking for a place to And sure enough, the food is fresh and delicious and relax and indulge, youll find that Dindu and his crew have undeniably nutritious. a place thats just right for you. Theyre wise choices and its a good strategy, but I Wild Thyme Gourmet is located at 343 Main Street in recommend you come to Wild Thyme ravenous. Town Square. Call ahead for reservations at (828) 526Thats how my sweetie and I arrived, and we dove into 4035. Its open seven days, lunch 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., each selection with unbridled delight. dinner from 5:30 P.M. - til. 54 | November 2013 | www.thelaurelmagazine.com

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Drink How You Like


Curt Christiansen, Wine Navigator Madisons Restaurant | empiricon@hotmail.com

had an interesting conversation with a customer recently. He told me the wine he liked, but I didnt have that particular wine. Based on his suggestion, I recommended a new alternative, he tasted and loved it. While I was pouring, I noticed he looked a bit distressed and he soon asked if I minded if he poured his own wine. I offered no objection and he gave a visible sigh of relief. He said he likes to pour his own wine and some reactions have made him uncomfortable. He thanked me for not correcting his pronunciation, not judging his wine knowledge and generally not talking down to him. Wine is something to be enjoyed by all, frivolously or seriously, neither deserving more or less respect. Too many wine organizations encourage their members to believe that this is the best Merlot or Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Drink what you like, the way you like it and dont apologize. Dont be afraid to try new things and remember, your dining experience is about you. Cheers, Curt Christiansen, Wine Navigator

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Reservations Recommended

Vegetarian Selections

Checks Accepted

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Your Guide to the Restaurants of Highlands & Cashiers

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Altitude Restaurant at Skyline Lodge Flat Mtn. Road 828-526-2121 Bellas Junction Cafe 20 Old Mud Creek Road, Scaly, NC 828-526-0803
$ $ $-$$ NC C 58 58 5 51 53 51 51 -$

The Bistro at Wolfgangs 460 Main Street 828-526-3807 $-$$ NC L Dustys 493 Dillard Road 828-526-2762

Cyprus International Cuisine 490 Dillard Road 828-526-4429 $$$ NC L 56 Flip Side 30 Dillard Road 828-526-4241 $ C Fressers Eatery 470 Oak Street, Village Square 828-526-4188 -$ -$$ C Highlands Smokehouse 595 Franklin Road 828-526-5000

The Kitchen CarryAway & Catering 350 S. Fifth St. 828-526-2110 $-$$ $-$$ 58

Madisons Restaurant & Wine Garden 445 Main Street 828-787-2525 $ $$ $$ NC 4 On the Verandah Hwy. 64 (Franklin Road) 828-526-2338 $-$$ $-$$ NC 56 Rukas Table 163 Wright Square 828-526-3636 $$$ NC 55 SweeTreats Mountain Brook Center 828-526-9822
C L 53 53 5

SweeTreats Deli Corner of Main and South 4th St. 828-526-9632 C L Ugly Dog/The Ugly Dog House 294 South Fourth Street 828-526-8364


Wolfgangs Restaurant 460 Main Street 828-526-3807 $-$$ NC L

Caf 107 Highway 107 South 828-743-1065 C 81 Zookeeper Mountain Laurel Shoppes 828-743-7711
$ Pricing Guide Minimal, most entrees under $10 $$ Deluxe, most entrees $15-$20 Moderate, most entrees $10-$15 $$$ Grand, most entrees over $20



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Highlands Restaurants Altitudes at Skyline Lodge - 828-526-2121 Bellas Junction Cafe - 828-526-0803 Bistro on Main/Main Street Inn - 828-526-2590 The Bistro at Wolfgangs - 828-526-3807 The Brick Oven - 828-526-4121 Brysons Deli - 828-526-3775 Cafe 460 - 828-526-8926 Cyprus International Cuisine - 828-526-4429 Dominicks Restaurant - 828-526-0527 Downhill Grill - 828-526-1663 Dustys - 828-526-2762 El Azteca - 828-526-2244 Flip Side - 828-526-4241 Fressers Eatery - 828-526-4188 Ghangri Asian Fusion Restaurant - 828-526-8500 Golden China - 828-526-5525 Highlands Smokehouse - 828-526-5000 Kelsey Place Restaurant - 828-526-9380 The Kitchen CarryAway & Catering - 828-526-2110 Lakeside Restaurant - 828-526-9419

Madisons Restaurant & Wine Garden - 828-787-2525 Mountain Fresh - 828-526-2400 On the Verandah - 828-526-2338 Pescados - 828-526-9313 Pizza Place - 828-526-5660 Paolettis - 828- 526-4906 Rosewood Market - 828-526-0383 Rukas Table - 828-526-3636 Rustico at The Log Cabin - 828-526-0999 Southern Belles Restaurant - 828-787-2299 Sports Page - 828-526-3555 Subway - 828-526-1706 SweeTreats - 828- 526-9822 The Ugly Dog/Dog House - 828- 526-8364 Wild Thyme Gourmet - 828-526-4035 Wolfgangs Restaurant - 828-526-3807 Bucks Coffee Cafe - 828-526-0020 Cashiers Area Restaurants Brown Trout Mountain Grille - 828-877-3474 Bucks Coffee Cafe - 828-743-9997 Cafe 107 - 828- 743-1065

Carolina Smokehouse - 828-743-3200 Chesters Chicken at Cashiers Exxon - 828-743-5041 Chile Loco - 828-743-1160 Cornucopia - 828-743-3750 Four Season Grille - 828-743-4284 Grill at Jimmy Macs - 828-743-1180 Happs Place - 828-743-2266 High Hampton Inn - 828-743-2411 Hunt Bros. Pizza at Cashiers BP - 828-743-2337 JJs Eatery and Canteen - 828-743-7778 Micas Restaurant - 828-743-5740 On the Side at Cashiers Farmers Market - 828-743-4334 The Orchard - 828-743-7614 Randevu Restaurant - 828-743-0190 Rosies Caf - 828-743-0160 Subway - 828-743-1300 The Gamekeepers Tavern - 828-743-4263 Wendys - 828-743-7777 Zookeeper - 828-743-7711

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Sydney King Russell

by Donna Rhodes | Photo Courtesy Highlands Historical Society

eople have been writing WASH ME in the dust on my cars rear window and on my dining room table for years. I ignored the messages. When dandelions and crabgrass took root on the countertops, thats when I swung into action. But over time, allergies set in. I researched the causes: dust and pollen. Darn. The queen of denial had to start dusting. I read further, and for all of its bad press, dust can be pretty interesting, in a creepy kind of way. Did you know that common ordinary house dust often contains burnt meteorite particles? Meteorites, for goodness sakes. Im breathing in Uranus. No wonder I am sneezing. Those cosmic specks swirl together with pollen, skin bits, animal dander, hair, and, shiver, gnarly little dust mites. Ewww. And what do dust mites eat? Skin bits. But thats not the worst of it. What goes in a dust mite, must come out of a dust mite. Yep, mite poo is a substantial part of the dust bowl we laughingly call my house. Its a microscopic disaster area in here. I wonder if FEMA has a special emergency relief program for dust flooding. Dust is a growing

epidemic wherever there is land and air. It led one of Highlands more famous residents, poet and musician Sydney King Russell, to wax poetic on the subject: Agatha Morley all her life grumbled at dust like a good wife Six feet under the earth she lies with dust at her feet

and dust in her eyes. Agatha lost the dust war, but Russell lived to tell the tale. He was a New Yorker, but he enjoyed extended stays in our town over a span of three decades until he passed in 1976 not from dustrelated causes, I hasten to add. He wrote his very first poem at the age of seven and was published by the age of 14. His work was

frequently published in Good Housekeeping, The New Yorker, American Mercury, and many other periodicals. Quite a few of his poems were selected for first-rate anthologies including Americas Best Loved Poems. He also co-edited Voices Magazine. Alas, there is no poetic justice for dust mites, however. As far as my countertops go, dust and I must bring our differences to the table. Well, sadly, dust already has. But we need to meet each other halfway. For my part, Ill live in a large glass dome, and Ill exfoliate with a Hoover every morning. In the meantime, Ill curl up with a collection of Russells poetry and read Midsummer, a short, nostalgic selection about unrequited love, and pray that meteorites will not pound me. To read Midsummer or learn more about other famous folks who have found their way to Highlands, check out Ron Shafners Heart of the Blue Ridge or visit the Highlands Historical Societys website highlandshistory.com. This is Dusty Rhodes signing off. And during this holiday season, may all your dustings be snowflakes and XXX powdered sugar!

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Matildas Little Boys

Contributed by Jane Gibson Nardy, Historian, Cashiers Historical Society

here is an unusual couple moved to a nearby shaped tombstone in area of South Carolina where the 5th row of graves at they successfully raised to the Lower Zachary Cemetery adulthood one son and two in Cashiers. Inscribed on the daughters. same marker are: Mordecai Two separate tragic events Hinkle, 12 May 1857 29 happened to two of Matildas August 1863, and Elias descendants many years after W. [Woodford] Hinkle, 9 Matildas death in 1912. Both January 1859 30 August events were written about 1863. Through many years, in Western North Carolina usually at the annual Zachary newspapers. The first event family reunion in August was actually told in one of as we walked through my Laurel Magazine articles, the cemetery, reading printed in December 2010, inscriptions, I had wondered at which time I didnt realize about who Mordecai and the murdered teenager was Elias Hinkle were and what my relative. Eighteen-yearwas the story about these old Edna Hinkle, a student at probable brothers who died Rosman High School and a so young just one day apart. descendant of Matilda, was During the past year some shot and killed in 1931 by an of Matilda Zachary Hinkles older man who was fixated descendants got in touch on his unreturned love for with the Zachary Reunion Edna. He killed her, returned Association and shared some to his home and shot and of Matildas stories. She killed himself. was born in 1828 in Surry The second story happened County, NC, the youngest of in 1969, in Pisgah Forest, when the 14 children of Col. John Ethel Wilbanks, age 87 and Tombstone of the two little boys of Matilda Zachary Hinkle. A. Zachary, She was married her son Robert Lee Wilbanks to William Henry Hinkle of died in a house fire. Someone South Carolina in January, 1856, probably at the home managed to rescue the family Bible from complete fire of her parents in Cashiers Valley. The two little boys who destruction and a family member managed to sew the shared a tombstone were the sons of Matilda. She and Bible pages, which contained the family vital statistics, her husband remained in Cashiers for a few years but onto clear plastic sheets. This allowed the partially singed after the early deaths of their first two children, the Hinkle pages to be xeroxed and Matildas history was saved.

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Home of Distinction
By Wiley Sloan

Susie, I wish you had been with me yesterday. I saw the most wonderful house. I know youre planning to build and you would have loved this one. The exterior was poplar bark shingles with sandstone walks and porches. The copper gutters and cedar shake shingle roof offered true mountain elegance. I loved the random-width antique oak flooring and all the custom features. My eyes darted from one eye-catching element to another. The clear pine paneling of the Great Room glowed from the fires warm embers. Natures beauty permeated the room through French doors that led to a large stone terrace. Roy focused on the grill area and the beautifully landscaped yard (Tate Landscapings handiwork) while I was drawn to the large covered seating area with fireplace and the eye-catching views. Its hard to name a favorite room. The dining rooms large banquet table made me yearn for holidays with family, but the kitchens large stainless steel-topped 68 | November 2013 | www.thelaurelmagazine.com

island brought out the chef in me. Flanking the double pocket doors that separate the kitchen from the dining room are floor-to-ceiling pantries. Storage galore and the upper cabinets featured the most gorgeous inset oak doors. The kitchens custom cabinetry looks like fine furniture. I was enamored with the granite countertops in a leather finish so rich, but durable. The top-of-the-line appliances included a gas range, dual dishwashers, two ovens and more. You would love the Keeping Room too. Theres a game table for a hand of canasta or rook, comfortable seating near a fireplace and a bar. All comfy, cozy, yet very eyecatching. Just around the corner is the back staircase, a half bath with a large farm sink just perfect for bathing the dogs. The owners suite is tucked away in a private corner of the main floor. The large bedroom accommodates a king bed with a sitting area and terrace access. The adjacent bath with dual vanities features a tub and separate shower


plus walk-in closets. There is even a private office/library when business wont wait. The second floor offers four large guest suites. There are small balconies overlooking the mountains and valleys. Your grandchildren would love the large third floor bonus room -- a perfect hideaway. Custom finishes throughout the house lend an air of elegance while still providing livability. Jim would have homed in on the geothermal wells that support the HVAC system and the hot water and the Kolbe doors and windows. I know how he

is fixated on eco-friendly design elements. I learned that this custom home was built by Lupoli Construction. I checked around. They have been building in the area for the past 30 years. My sources tell me that John Lupoli and his team of building professionals pride themselves in offering superior quality and craftsmanship while being environmentally responsible in design. I went to their website and found pictures of other great homes, too. You will want to check them out. Go to lupoliconstruction.com or call them at (828) 526-4532.

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The French Waters

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

With 441N on the left, this current irrigation ditch may have been the continuation of Darling Spring and could be the famed Herberts Spring.

long the path north from the head of a southern tributary of the Savannah River it is not half a mile to a spring whose waters run through the Middle Towns of the Cherokee Nation, and from there on to the Mississippi River. This fountain is called Herberts Spring, after John Herbert, a former Commissioner of Indian Affairs for South Carolina. It was common for strangers to drink from it to quench their thirst, gratify their curiosity, and have it to say that they had drunk from the French waters. Some of the Carolina traders went into the Cherokee Nation with the intent of staying only a short time. But after exceeding their planned stay they reported that whosoever drank from Herberts Spring could not possibly leave the Cherokee Nation for seven years. James Adair, 1775. To the best of my knowledge, no attempt to rediscover Herberts Spring has been put into print since Adair wrote his description of it almost two and a half centuries ago. I do believe that Adair provides us enough landmarks to at least come close today, however. First of all, the general location of the north-south path from Charleston to the Cherokee Middle Towns in the 70 | November 2013 | www.thelaurelmagazine.com

vicinity of the Blue Ridge Dividethe only place where a tributary of the Savannah is found within a half mile of a tributary of the Little Tennesseeis well-known. The path ran through present-day Clayton where it branched off towards the Cherokee towns on the Hiwassee and Valley rivers. The north-south branch proceeded along Stekoa Creek (Adairs tributary of the Savannah River) through the gap between Black Rock and Hogback mountains. East of 441 N, the Little Tennessees first tributary of any sizeBlacks Creekappears in the northern end of the fields to the north of Mountain City. Blacks Creek seems much too large to be referred to as a spring, however. Despite the fact that its waters now flow into Stekoa Creek and on to the Savannah, Darling Spring might be a better match for Herberts Spring. Darling Spring currently flows entirely to the south of Dotson Street. But it is worth considering that the roadbed of Dotson Street has been raised a few feet and that in the past Darling Spring may have continued north into the channel that now appears to be an irrigation ditch but that may have been a permanent stream bed in the past.

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Ben Roasts Tom


by Donna Rhodes

hen Benjamin Franklin saw the bald eagle on the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati Medal, he thought it was a turkey. (Id say its more like a Wampoo Pigeon Boobywith ears. What do you think?) When Franklin discovered the bird on the seal was really an eagle, he began writing about what our new nations national bird should be. His choice was the turkey, a true native of America. He said if any redcoat bird wandered into the barnyard, the turkey, a bit silly and full of himself would take it on and send it flying. The eagle, on the other hand, was an opportunist bird, waiting for the hard-working fishing

hawk to snap up a bass for his family. The eagle would launch from his perch and snatch the catch from the poor fishing hawks mouth. Hmmm. Think of what some of our esteemed Congressional leaders have done today, sitting on their high perches. Perhaps the eagle was the most accurate choice after all, though we seem to have a few opportunist turkeys doing their share of gobbling the nations assets. In the end, the real contender for national bird was probably the diligent fishing hawk. The turkey may not have become the nations symbol, but it definitely won Thanksgivings main course contest. Not much

of a contest. Have you seen an eagle drumstick? Kidding. Speaking of bird size, todays domesticated turkeys weigh about twice as much as the Pilgrim birds, which explains why ours dont fly with eagles. We eat roughly 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. In Franklins time, Thanksgiving wasnt even a holiday, though the concept of setting aside a day of thanks was under consideration. While Franklin favored the idea, Thomas Jefferson was strongly opposed, saying to set aside one day for thanksgiving was a complete waste of a day. Franklin, rarely known for his subtlety, nicknamed the turkey Tom, a little jab at

Jefferson. The name stuck. And to this day, once a year, figuratively speaking, Ben roasts Tom. So when you sit down to your annual feast this year, think of all the turkey you have enjoyed during your lifetime. And celebrate the first turkeys to have ever been pardoned, Richard Nixon andno, no, no, May and Flower on Thanksgiving Day of 2007. As President Bush said, Im pleased to announce the winning names. They are May and Flower. Theyre certainly better than the names the Vice President suggested, which was Lunch and Dinner. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone. Gobble good!

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Why is Belly Fat so Dangerous?

The preeminent danger of abdominal fat is that it becomes visceral fat, which surrounds and affects our organs within the abdominal cavity, especially the liver and heart. Evidence now shows that this specific layer of fat is actually metabolically active and produces specialized immune cells called cytokines. These are inflammatory cells that circulate into the liver through the portal vein deep within the abdominal cavity. This process creates greater quantities of cholesterol, more bad than good, and puts additional stress on the heart. Over time, this inflammatory process creates a situation called insulin resistance, which disrupts the bodys way of using blood glucose efficiently for energy. Left unattended, the body moves into diabetes II which can eventually shut down the production of insulin. But even though this is a deep fat (not the subcutaneous fat that sits just below the skin, relatively easy changes made with consistency and patience can have significant impact on this dangerous belly fat. Regular exercise involving Interval training can reduce the amount of visceral fat over time. A few more steps complete the picture of reducing these life threatening diseases caused by a layer of fat! Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and moderate amounts of lean proteins, and cut way back on sugar and processed foods. It can be that simple! Interval training involves only a 20 to 30 minute workout. Warm up for three minutes and then increase your intensity to as much as you can do for one minute. Then continue for three minutes at a moderate intensity. Repeat this process six to eight times. This regimen, at least four times per week, combined with healthy eating and drinking 64 ounces of water daily, will help to reduce the belly fat and increase your health over time. Patience is a virtue in this process -- stay committed to yourself and you will see progress. Check with your doctor before you embark on an intense exercise routine.

Contributed by Dr. Sue Aery, Aery Chiropractic & Acupuncture (828) 526-1022

s goes our deep belly fat, so goes our inflammatory process, our bad cholesterol, our cardiovascular disease, our insulin resistance and our Type II diabetes. Belly or abdominal fat is a risk factor for these serious and long lasting health risks.

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Stretching Your IRA Beneficiaries

across one or perhaps two generations. Rather than a product such as a particular type of IRA stretching is a distribution strategy that can be applied to any type of IRA. Under the strategy, beneficiaries can make withdrawals from the inherited account over years or decades. Under the stretch strategy, required minimum distributions (RMDs) are calculated based on the beneficiarys life expectancy. For example, say a 60-year-old man inherits an IRA from his father. He can schedule distributions over his 25year life expectancy, as determined by the IRS single life expectancy table. The first year after inheriting the IRA, this beneficiary would be required to withdraw only one-twenty-fifth of the accounts value. The next year, he would withdraw one-twenty-fourth of the accounts value, and so on. The appeal of the stretch provision is that the longer the beneficiarys life expectancy, the smaller the amount he or she must withdraw each year allowing the bulk of the funds in that IRA to continue to grow tax-deferred. The stretch strategy wont have any implications for your IRA during your lifetime. Stretching can be used only by the beneficiaries of an inherited account. You can take a few important steps to prepare your account for potential stretching: 1. Check the details of your IRA custodial agreement. Most IRA custodians will allow beneficiaries to use the stretch provision, but some may require faster payouts. 2. Choose beneficiaries carefully and indicate them on your IRA beneficiary form. This may be the most important step in the stretch process. It is important to understand that if you name your estate as an IRA beneficiary your estate has no life expectancy, and therefore cant use the stretch provision. Instead, your heirs might have to withdraw all the money from that account within five years, per IRS rules. Likewise, spouses typically dont need to use a stretch strategy because IRS rules allow spouses to roll inherited accounts into their own IRAs. 3. Educate your heirs. Make sure they understand how to enact a stretch strategy. Most important, they should appreciate the intent of the gift and grasp the benefits of not simply cashing out the account. Your Financial Advisor can help you and your family understand inherited IRA rules.

Contributed by Granville Younce Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Highlands at (828) 787-2323.

mericans saving for retirement are well aware of the tax benefits that individual retirement accounts confer on account holders. Fewer are familiar with the rules that offer tax savings to IRA heirs. These special stretch distribution rules can help you transfer wealth

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Center for Life Enrichment


Contributed by Sandy Carlton

welcomed the first ometimes things just members to its new fall into place. Thus Center for Life Enrichment was the reality of the 2013 season and here are Honors Scholarship the highlights: Program, which was Our new 80-seat lecture funded in part by CLE. hall with state of the art Our successful 2013 technology proved to be season reflects the everything we had hoped outstanding board of for in accommodating our directors chaired by lectures and classes. Ed Mawyer. Retiring The CLE website was from the three-yearrevised to accommodate board commitment was online class registration. Marge Meeter, Frederika Our Membership grew Flynt, Bruce Roellke and to 508 members. Alice Jackson. From Left to Right: CLE Executive Director Sandy Carlton, outgoing board We offered 100 Newly elected board members Alice Jackson, Bruce Roellke, Freddie Flynt, and Marge Meeter classes from April members include Betty along with President Ed Mawyer. through November. Ingrish, Thornton Jordan, Computer and music classes were offered in the evening Duane Meeter, and Trisha Roellke. and Saturday in order to reach a broader spectrum of the The 2013 season will conclude in November with community. courses in Facebook, personal computers and Mac. Apple technology courses that started in April and will The 2014 season will begin in April with more personal complete in November were filled to capacity with waiting technology classes. lists that attracted many of the year round population. Membership renewal for 2014 will soon begin and our Highlands resident and Middle East expert Sandra new course calendar will be available in April. For more Mackey gave a free community lecture on the situation in information contact The Center for Life Enrichment at Syria and Egypt to a full house at Highlands Playhouse. (828) 526-8811 or clehighlands@yahoo.com or visit our The 2013 freshman class of Western Carolina University website at clehighlands.com.

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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is the first of many beautiful waterfalls in the Cullasaja Gorge near Highlands. There are many large waterfalls you can walk behind, but Bridal Veil Falls is one of the few you can actually drive your car behind! A short loop of pavement runs off the highway and behind the falls, allowing you to enjoy the waterfall without blocking traffic.


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Too Much of a Good Thing

Contributed by David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Hanging out at the dish takes its toll on our pets.

ovember is a time of family gatherings and magnificent feasts, and a month when we pause and give thanks for all of the good and bountiful blessings we have. A horn of plenty, indeed, and how incredibly blessed all of us are who live in this little slice of paradise in Western North Carolina. And when it comes to our pets, Im not sure who is more blessed our four-legged family members, or we as humans for knowing the greatest of unconditional love from our feline and canine companions. After all, it is impossible to love our animals too much. Or is it? As a matter of fact, yes...we can love our pets too much. In this month of great bounty and feast, when it comes to feeding our pets, too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Obesity in household pets is an epidemic in this country, and it mirrors nearly exactly the startling rise of obesity we are seeing in children. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats in the U.S. are obese or overweight. Compounding the

problem is that many pet owners do not realize their animals are carrying too many extra pounds 22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners said their pets weight was normal, when it was actually overweight or obese. An overweight or obese companion animal runs a higher risk of arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, certain cancers, and heart and respiratory disease many of the same conditions that afflict obese humans. According to the Purina Lifespan Study, obesity takes two years or more off a pets life. Its an example of loving someone to death. Let us be thankful for our many blessings this November, including the blessing of unconditional love from the animals who are part of our family. And let us cherish and safeguard that unconditional love by protecting our pets health with the two best ways to prevent pet obesity plenty of exercise and proper nutrition. Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads. Shelter hours are 10:00 A.M. 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call (828) 743-5752 or visit CHHS online at chhumanesociety.org.

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The Satulah Refuge


Contributed by Kyle Pursel, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator

and disjunct. In North Carolina, he Highlands Plateau only three major populations has many unique are known, but only one features, one of which within the Southern Blue is that you can see many Ridge Escarpment, Satulah northern species reaching Mountain. This makes Satulah their southern range limits Mountain, from a botanical and briefly overlapping with perspective, unique in the southern species that reach North Carolina Mountains. their elevation limits. Some Nowhere else will you be able of these northern relics are to see this species naturally indicative of times past, when grow amongst species more glaciers drove species south typical of the Southern and this acted as their refuge Appalachian granite domes. during the last ice age. The Highlands-Cashiers Land One such glacial refugee Trust, in recognition of this is the Common Juniper, The summit of Satulah is the first property conserved by the unique character of Satulah Juniperus communis variety organization now known as Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in 1909. Mountain, is currently working depressa. Globally, the Common Juniper has one of the largest ranges and is on a new management plan that will focus on ensuring found circum-globally in the more northern reaches this special population survives for generations to come. from Canada, Alaska, and parts of New England in North We currently have a student with the University of North America through Siberia and in most northern European Carolina Institute for the Environment working with this countries. In many of these areas, the Common Juniper is, species to help determine what we as land managers well, pretty common. However, in the United States, this can do to ensure the long term survival of this species on species has crept south along the Rocky, Sierra Nevada, Satulah Mountain. If you wish to learn more or help HCLT and Appalachian Mountains into more southerly areas. with our species conservation efforts, please look us up at Many of these southern extensions, particularly those hicashlt.org, call us at (828) 526-1111, or stop by our offices within the Southern Appalachians, are highly scattered at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands.

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Celebrating a Distinguished Career


Contributed by Sue Blair, Carpe Diem Farms Executive Director

healing properties of n Thursday, the shoe. Hoof growth, September wear ability, shock 19, 28 year-old absorption, knee and Battersea Bess was laid shoulder pain reduction to rest at CDF. She joined and overall comfort our herd in 2008 arriving allowed her to regain a with Battersea Violet to free-range of mobility. join cousins KnightStar It was a joyful sight to and Tracy, Morgans from see her run like Forest Carlton Huhn and Frank Gump everywhere she Calhouns Battersea went! We received our Stud of Virginia. patent on September 3 Hailing from a and she was fitted in her very famous line of final pair September 16. sport horses she Shes showing them off had a distinguished in heaven! career as Calhouns Battersea Bess final drive. Her final drive was at champion driving horse; participating in three Presidential Inaugural Parades, CDF, dressed in ribbons and flowers, sparkling in the evening numerous competitions and selected by the Smithsonian as sunlight sporting her Easys Slippers. She made the vision of one of the four Battersea horses cast in a life size bronze our wedding come true! In all her glory she completed her for the permanent exhibit, Four-In-Hand, at the U.S. driving career that day. When KnightStar died, July 5, she began a downward Postal Museum. Retired by Calhoun from competition, Bess became an outstanding brood mare. Huhn visited CDF in journey. Yes, horses grieve the loss of companions and they had been companions for nineteen years. Even having a 07, convincing Calhoun to retire Bess here. She had many jobs at CDF: giving driving lessons to foal together. My belief is she felt her jobs were done. She participants; with Violet, a tandem pair dancing in the was ready to run freely in heavens fields. I know KnightStar arena for demonstrations; as the poster girl for Easys greeted her, showing the way to the greenest fields. Enjoy, Slipper she provided us with valuable research in the my magnificent one, enjoy. You were loved.

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Contributed by Debbie Lassiter

Big Brothers Big Sisters has plenty to be grateful for during this season of reflection, thanks to two caring communities.

lthough we should give thanks all year long, tradition has us expressing it in November when Thanksgiving vacation and turkey dinner are prominent in our thoughts. So Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to follow tradition this month and express its many thanks: BBBS of Highlands gives thanks for all the support its received since 2004 that has enabled us to touch the lives of over 200 children in the community. BBBS of Cashiers gives thanks for the community support which made it possible to have a great first year in operation. Thank you to all the wonderful families that welcome our assistance in enriching their childs life. To the community volunteers, the Bigs who give their time and talents to mentor our children, helping them explore their interests or sparks, and search for their potential within. Little MomentsBig Magic. Cant offer enough praise and thanks for the great kids in our communities!

To the teachers and staff of Highlands, Blue Ridge and Summit Schools, thank you very much for championing the BBBS program and being our partners. Thank you to all the churches, organizations, foundations and individual sponsors that keep us going. An organization cannot be successful without a strong and dedicated team. A big thank you to the Advisory Council members who volunteer their time supporting and promoting the BBBS mission. Especially the Chairs, Rick Siegel in Highlands and Eleanor Welling in Cashiers, who give above and beyond. The calendar year may be winding down, but the school season is in full swing. If you have one hour a week to share with a child, BBBS has a great and rewarding opportunity for you. Consider becoming a mentor, we promise it will warm your heart and make you thankful that you did. Contact Debbie Lassiter or (828) 526-4044, or highlands@ bbbswnc.org or cashiers@bbbswnc.org.

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Rotary Club of Highlands


Contributed by Christy Kelly

ew Generations is There was a great turnout of the focus of the fifth interested parents,students and Avenue of Service for faculty, as our K-12 School and Rotary International, and the the Rotary Club of Highlands will longstanding partnership once again be partnering with between the Rotary Club of the school on many projects and Highlands and Highlands School programs throughout theyear. is a outstanding example of this On display was information and commitment. photographs highlighting Interact With an abundance of local Club, Rotary Youth Exchange, volunteers and programs Rotary Students of the Month, Pictured with the Rotary display are Cindy Dendy, New designed to empower young Rotary Teacher Appreciation, Generations Chair and Interact Club Chair; Bob Henritze, people in our community to Rotary Scholarships and our Rotary Youth Exchange Committee; Lester Norris, Hightake action, become leaders and Rotary sponsored school-based lands Rotarian; Christy Kelly, Rotary Youth Exchange Chair and Tanya Hensley, Rotary Youth Exchange Committee. gain a global perspective, the dental screenings. New Generations committee of A highlight of the Open House Highlands Rotary is capably chaired by Cynthia Dendy who was the opportunity to welcome our new Highlands School has also served as Interact Club Chair for several years. Guidance Counselor, Nicole Lui. We are looking forward to Highlands School began the new school year with an working with her throughout the school year. Open House to welcome back students and parents on One focus this fall will be identifying qualified students August 22. Community organizations serving youth were for the Rotary Youth Exchange program, as well a host also included, and The Rotary Club of Highlands was on families for in bound students. The Exchange can either be hand to highlight the many programs and services they for one month in the summer, or students may choose to offer for the youth of our mountain community. spend an entire school year abroad.

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What a Blessing - and Challenge!

Contributed by Evie Byrnes

It will be a state of the art he Hospice House facility to accommodate Foundation of WNC both patients and families was unanimously in Western North Carolina. chosen by the State Getting pledges and Employees Credit Union raising the funds needed to Foundation to receive meet the SECU schedule is a $1 million dollar a major challenge and will challenge grant. require financial support These funds are a result from both individuals, of a $1 annual donation churches, clubs and made by each member of businesses in the area. The the Credit Union. Now the Hospice House Foundation Hospice House Foundation Members of the Hospice House Foundation Board and Representatives is a 501c3 which make is challenged to promptly of the State Employees Credit Union donations tax deductible. raise $2.2 million before actually receiving More information the funds. regarding donation opportunities is available on the The Hospice House Foundation believes that this Hospice House website, hhfwnc.org. Donations can also grant demonstrates the need for the six-bed inpatient be mailed to the Hospice House Foundation at 242 Maple facility, which is the ultimate goal. Actually, the detail plan St, Franklin, NC 28734. calls for a $3.8 million renovation and construction of a To visit the site or receive more information, building which has already been purchased in Franklin. call (828) 524-6375.

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Cullasaja Womens Outreach


ullasaja Womens Outreach has announced the results of its 2013 fundraising efforts to advance the charitable and good works of notfor-profit organizations in the Highlands and Cashiers communities. Through a combination of direct grants totaling over $63,000 and individual memberdirected donations of over $26,000, the womens group raised over $90,000 this past season. Since its inception in 2006, Cullasaja Womens Outreach has invested well over $600,000 in the Highlands and Cashiers area not-for-profits -- a phenomenal amount for an independent With a full slate of fundraising activities in front of her, each Cullasaja Womens Outreach member is truly a grassroots organization star, truly a Real Housewife of the Highlands Plateau. made up of about 80 women from the Cullasaja Club community. and The Bascom. The highlight of this years fundraising was a gala Working with the Community Foundation of Western toasting the Real Housewives of the Highlands Plateau, North Carolina, CWO has established a CFWNC-CWO held September 8. It was a festive evening in which CWO Charities fund. This special fund allows members to members walked the red carpet and were made to feel designate the recipients of their donations directly, or to like the stars of the community they are. The celebration- make donations to the CWO Charities General Fund, which of-giving event brought CWO members and their families are disbursed each fall when the organization completes into the spirit of giving. Funds raised through the event its annual grant process. were awarded to 17 area organizations through a The word philanthropy originates from the Greek sophisticated grants process led by CWO Grant Co-Chairs phrase a love of humanity -- caring, nurturing, developing Lindy Colson and Stevie Hinel. Individual awards ranged and enhancing what it is to be human, says CWO from $1,200 to $5,000. Executive Director Margaret Eichman. Our members This years grant recipients included: B.E.A.R., WNCA; espouse that concept. We share a mission of reachingBig Brothers/Big Sisters; the Blue Ridge Free Dental out to each other, and to the community, through Clinic; Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers; philanthropy, volunteerism and friendship to make our Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry; Girls on the Run of Western world a better placehow better to do that, than to start NC; Highlands Community Child Development Center; in our own backyard? Highlands Emergency Council; Highlands Historical Our ladies are the true celebrities of the community, Society; Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust; The Gathering noted Executive Director Frazer McCrorey. Together, Table Inc.; International Friendship Center; IFC/Food Cullasaja Womens Outreach is building a legacy of love Pantry; Literacy Council of Highlands; the Martin-Lipscomb and sharing with the Highlands-Cashiers community that Performing Arts Center; The Peggy Crosby Service Center grows stronger each year.

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Laurel Garden Club


Contributed by Brenda Manning | Photography by Ann Sullivan, Laurel Garden Club Grants Co-Chair. Laurel Garden Club President Nancy Nichols presents a check for $1,299.19 to John Stowers, Executive Director for interpretative signage on the North Carolina Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to White Rock.

s a result of profits from Laurel Garden Clubs Kitchen Tours, grants are funded twice per year. One of the recent grants was approved to assist in funding of the North Carolina Bartram Trail educational signage. Funds were recently requested from The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society to purchase and install 20 interpretive plant, wildflower, and tree signs to educate hikers and other visitors about the native plants in these areas. Signs will be located on the trail from Jones Gap to White Rock. They will be built by Gooder Graphics in keeping with other approved forest service signs: a standing post type with an angled sign at the top. These funds are part of an ongoing Grants Initiative by Laurel Garden Club. Monies are requested that further the interest of horticulture and conservation during two grant cycles that end January 30 and June 30 of each year. These particular grant funds were matched by a private donor.

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Friends for Life

Contributed by Kathy Bub, President, Forever Farms

riends for Life was formed that one of their own wanted to step ten years ago to provide hope up to the position of E.D. for senior and special needs Kimba Colley Nichols, who joined companion animals. Founder and the Board of Directors last year, will President Kathy Bub, after working now fill the role as Executive Director, with the Cashiers Area Humane being responsible for the operations Society for several years, saw a need of the organization, including for a group that would help those overseeing the Forever Farm. animals considered "un-adoptable" by Nichols has a diverse background most animal welfare organizations. In bringing many talents to the position, 2005 Friends for Life purchased including involvement in other animal property in Lake Toxaway to build a welfare organizations. Most recently lifelong sanctuary, called the Forever she filled the role of News Director at WSQL, the White Squirrel radio station Farm, for these special animals. The Forever Farm has rapidly grown to in Brevard. With many contacts in house as many as 170 dogs, cats Jackson, Macon and Transylvania and horses. Counties, she will play an important Running Friends for Life and role in spreading the word about New Executive Director operating the Forever Farm has our mission, and the important task Kimba Colley Nichols become a monumental task requiring of fundraising. many employees and a large budget. The Board of Friends for Life is a 501(3) nonprofit charitable Directors recently decided that the responsibilities of organization and all donations are tax deductible. For the President and the Executive Director could no longer information visit our website at friendsforlifeforeverfarm. be handled by one person. The Board was very pleased orgor call (828) 508-2460.

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Sagee Manor
Sagee Manor in Highlands, North Carolina is truly a masterpiece of architectural, interior and landscape design. The levels of craftsmanship and artistry found in Sagee Manor are unsurpassed in the Highlands area. Created by renowned architect Keith Summerour, this magnificent seven bedroom estate sits on over 10 acres and includes shared ownership of another 11 acres. An additional 27 acres are also available for those wishing to purchase the entire mountaintop; it is suitable for future development, if desired. Perched atop the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sagee Manor offers stunning long-range mountain views in every direction. The estates elevation of 4,200 feet ensures that its owners, family and friends may enjoy the cooler summer temperatures afforded to residents of the Highlands/ Cashiers Plateau. The vibrant village of Highlands with its breathtaking mountain vistas, mesmerizing waterfalls and wooded forest draws second-home owners from across the country and visitors from around the world. Highlands is known for its quaint inns, upscale shops and renowned eateries, as well as its excellent private golf and country clubs. Offered at $10,900,000.

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Premier Lakefront Estate

This private estate is nestled on 65 acres of giant poplars and manicured meadows with over 1700 of shoreline on Lake Glenville. Tucked just within the spindles, gables, ornamental details and graceful front porches of this Victorian constructed home lie all the modern luxury conveniences that your family craves. The estate comes complete with an outdoor terrace and gazebo for entertaining, guest house, boathouse, caretakers house and two barns. Known as The Crown Jewel of Lake Glenville, this one-of-a-kind property is the ultimate in lakefront living. MLS# 70288. Offered at $9,750,000.

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Magnificent Lake Estate

Spectacular lakefront estate on two lots was recently built and features all of the luxury amenities that make this the perfect mountain lake home. Great views of the mountains and lake from most rooms. An open floor plan on the main level includes a keeping room and game room. As you pass the two waterfalls heading down to the lower level, a spacious family room, pool table, wet bar, and media area welcome you. This exceptional lake home is priced well below replacement. Exceptional value! MLS# 78337. Offered at $2,799,000.

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Guest House

Exclusive Farmhouse Estate Overlooking Lake Glenville

NEW LISTING!! If youre looking for an amazing farm property, but also want to enjoy life on beautiful Lake Glenville, look no further. A spectacular Roger Ward custom farmhouse, built in 2005 on 8 top of the world acres looking out across Lake Glenville with spectacular mountain views in a very private setting. Main house offers 3 spacious bedrooms/4.5 baths, work-out room, sound studio, first-class game room for kids and guests to enjoy, and a gourmet kitchen for the chef in you. Theres also a separate guest house with 2 additional bedrooms/1.5 baths, kitchen and living area. Incredible home(s) on incredible land, featuring a 2-bay barn, authentic root cellar, beautiful trees and an apple orchard. All behind the gates of Summer Hill, one of the premier private communities the area has to offer giving you deeded lake access to Lake Glenville to enjoy the community dock and to have a place to keep your boat. Two separate adjacent properties are available, for added privacy. MLS# 77856. Offered at $1,995,000.

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Glen Pointe
Dreaming of a mountain home with an exceptional lake view and plenty of room for family and friends? If so, this spacious Glen Pointe estate fits the bill. Sitting on almost two acres, with five bedrooms and five and a half baths, this elegant residence features a dramatic view looking down Lake Glenville with the mountains beyond. Enjoy the natural beauty from the large covered decks or relax by one of several fireplaces. Multiple living areas and a great floor plan make entertaining a pleasure. This home also includes private lake access with a dock and generous parking. MLS# 74152. Offered at $1,795,000.

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Private Waterfront Enclave

Great value for lakefront home! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath lakefront home offers privacy and wonderful lake views. A two story great room and dining room with an expansive wall of windows flood the room with natural light. A lower level game room and deck are just steps away from the dock. MLS# 72895. Offered at $995,000. An adjoining lot with an additional 150 of shoreline for a total of 300 is also available. The home and lot can be purchased together for $1,295,000 for a total of 1.16 acres. MLS# 72942.

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Bright Mountain
Panoramic views everywhere you look! This lovely gated estate lays on more than 7 acres with incomparable views of Lake Glenville and the surrounding mountains. The garage and the studio above it have decks with stunning mountain views too. With 4 bedrooms and the studio, there is plenty of room for family and friends to enjoy this mountain retreat along with you. Kitchen is updated with Wolf gas/oven range, sub Zero refrigerator and Asko dishwasher. This home has subtle elegance. MLS# 77277. Offered at $1,250,000.

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Lakefront Home in Strawberry Hill

This adorable three bedroom lakefront home in scenic Strawberry Hill has exceptional views of Lake Glenville. The gently sloping property is over two acres and offers easy access to the lake and dock. The home features a detached double garage, rich wood floors, great room with cathedral ceilings, beautiful clerestory windows, a wood burning fireplace and an efficient remodeled kitchen. Furnished. Make an offer! MLS#75698. Offered at $829,000.

Charming Lakefront Home

Lake Glenville lakefront home on very flat property. Faces west for great sunsets. It has all the charm of the original 1950 mountain home with the conveniences of modern remodel and additions. 4 bedrooms and all living areas on one floor with an additional loft bunk room. Great covered porch, huge covered picnic area, dock, and lakeside deck. Wonderful yard for lakeside activities. MLS# 73991. Offered at $649,500.

Tater Knob Estates

Move in ready 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom lakefront home with bunk room, stunning long range lake and mountain views. New kitchen and appliances, a/c and furnace. Two masters on the main with private bathrooms. Ipe wood deck with screened sitting area, perfect for outdoor living! Private dock, attached carport, extensive landscaping. Located on the desired east side of the lake with easy year round access. MLS # 77959. Offered at $819,000.

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Lake Glenville Area

This rustic mountain home overlooks a creek which provides beautiful ambient sounds of rushing water. Vaulted ceilings, a screened porch, 2 car garage, hardwood floors and much more. Just minutes from Lake Glenville boat ramp! MLS# 76954. Offered at $229,000.

Summer Hill
One of the premier lots in one of the premier gated communities on all of Lake Glenville. Enjoy easy access on paved roads that lead to this incredible homesite that features more than 300 of lake frontage on a large 1.75 acre lot. A private dock is already in place and conveys with the property. Owners have plans for a 5,607 square foot home, or start designing your dream home. MLS# 77495. $595,000.

Lake Glenville
Exceptional and rare Lake Glenville lakefront property. Situated on a point overlooking the lake with a stacked rock wall along the lake. Very gentle 23+ acres, big mountain and lake views, ponds, stream, barn and more. Estate site or small development. MLS# 75041. Now being offered for $5,000,000.

Lakefront Cabin
Wonderful lakefront cabin situated on quiet cove. A-Frame like construction, large covered porch, large party deck near lake. Dock included. Good view of lake. Lakefront living on Lake Glenville with little maintenance. MLS # 75458. Offered at $499,500.

Lake Glenville Lots and Land

Summer Hill Fantastic lake view lot looking north down Lake Glenville all the way to the Balsams and east across the widest part of the lake. This panoramic view can be from an easy build home site. 10 slip common dock, sandy beach, picnic shelter, boat ramp and tennis court all amenities of Summer Hill. MLS# 75420. $305,000. Summer Hill Great lakefront lot on wide part of Lake Glenville. Driveway started, dock, underground utilities, common areas include tennis, boat ramp, and gazebos. East facing building site. MLS# 75962. $575,000. Summer Hill Located in Summer Hill with extraordinary views of Lake Glenville and mountains. Very level and large building site would allow for gentle circular driveway. Summer Hill is a premier development, gated, with tennis, boat dock, sandy beach, boat ramp and more. MLS# 76561. Offered at $350,000. Summer Hill Almost 3 acre lot in Summer Hill, a premier Lake Glenville community. Driveway partially in. Big lake view. Community dock, boat launch ramp, sandy beach, picnic shelter with fireplace and tennis court. MLS# 76073. $325,000. Summer Hill Great lot in Summer Hill, a prestigious private gated enclave of 38 homesites on Lake Glenville. With some tree trimming, youll enjoy incredible mountain views that look out over Lake Glenville... and youll have deeded water access to Lake Glenville with the Summer Hill community boat dock, where you can store your boat. Buy the lot today, and start enjoying all of the amenities of Summer Hill and Lake Glenville, while you build your dream home. MLS# 77892. $250,000. Summer Hill Lot 25 Large lake access lot with great mountain and sunset views. MLS# 73981. $125,000. Summer Hill Lot 26 Big lake access lot with western exposure. View of mountains and sunsets. MLS# 73982. $125,000. Summer Hill Lot 27 Very large Lake Glenville access lot. This lot faces west with sunset and mountain views. MLS# 73983. $125,000. Trillium Large easy build lot in Trillium Links. Fantastic Lake Glenville and mountain views with easy access to clubhouse and associated amenities. Home next door can be purchased as package. MLS# 76568. Offered at $300,000. Greycliff One of the best Lake Glenville view lots currently on the market! Located at a cool 4200 elevation, this is definitely one of the premier lots in this gated community with lake access! Amazing short and long range mountain views. Cleared, easy to show. MLS# 76882. $150,000.

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Stone Pointe Lot 2

Everything Stone Pointe has to offer, plus 191 feet of lakefront! MLS# 76232. $325,000.

Stone Pointe Lot 3

Exceptional lakefront lot with expansive views over Lake Glenville. Offered at $325,000.

Stone Pointe Lot 4 Bear Lake Island

Unique island situated in Bear Lake with a private causeway for access. 1360 feet of lakefront at Duke line with white sand beaches. 16 GPM well, 12 bedroom septic installed, vested for 4 lots, 2 docks included with sale. Great opportunity for private lake estate or family compound. Owner financing available with 20% downpayment at 5%! MLS# 76352. Offered at $895,000. Expansive views from this lakefront lot with 200 feet on Lake Glenville. Offered at Photo from Stone Pointe Lot 4 $345,000.

Stone Pointe Lot 7

Exceptional lakefront lot on Lake Glenville in Stone Pointe, one of the finest lakefront communities. Both southern views and western lake views will be appreciated from the future home. This gated community features beautiful landscaped common areas with irrigation system feed from storage tanks that also can be used for fire protection in the community. A 4 bedroom septic system permit on file. MLS# 76241. $595,000.

Bear Lake Reserve 283

Phase II Large Peninsula lakefront lot. 584 feet of frontage. Very level, easy buildable, shared dock installed and included. Big views of lake and mountains. Easy walk to lakefront clubhouse where dining, bar, pools, fitness center and more are located. MLS# 76353. Offered at $550,000.

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Bear Lake Reserve Clubhouse

Bear Lake Development Opportunity

The ultimate development project or private retreat! 1,542 acres on Bear Lake with 4.5 miles of lake frontage. Two miles of trout stream, the dramatic Sols Creek Waterfall with its 120-foot drop, and picturesque rock cliffs with wild goats add to the allure of this mountain sanctuary. Elevations from 2,600 to 3,800 feet. Owner will subdivide and consider owner financing.

Bear Lake Reserve 280

Peninsula lakefront lot. 404+ feet of frontage. Lays very gentle, easy build, and is a short walk from lakefront clubhouse. Great views of lake and mountains from lot. Shared dock is included. Priced below purchase price in 2006. MLS# 73993. Offered at $599,000.

Hogback Lake
Lakefront retreat perfect for your family. Easy gentle driveway, low maintenance yard, surrounded by lake, stream and year round waterfall. The lake is great for fishing as it is well stocked. The home has speakers through out the house and the deck. Central vacuum system in the home. Great storage and work center in garage. House lives large with 2 bonus rooms for 5th sleeping areas. MLS# 76766. Offered at $549,000.

Hogback Lake
Newer LAKEFRONT home with wood cathedral ceilings and floors, clerestory windows and open floor plan creating a light, bright cheerful setting perfect for entertaining. Wonderful rocking chair covered back deck offers peaceful lake and mountain views. Lower deck with hot tub; tree house for the grandkids; paved driveway and 2 car garage. Best move-in condition Hogback Lake home on the market! MLS# 75806. Offered at $499,000.

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Trillium - Signal Ridge Lodge

This spacious golf course home is beautifully furnished and ready to move in to. Spacious wrap around decks can be found on both the upper and lower levels overlook the 14th fairway. Included in the price of this home is a golf cart with private cart storage and a 21 foot Tahoe deck boat for great family fun on Lake Glenville. MLS# 77472. First time on the market at $595,000.

Refined rustic home trimmed with poplar bark at the pinnacle of Trillium Ridge with mountain and lake views. Great open floor plan with gourmet kitchen featuring granite and stainless appliances. Stone fireplace in both the living room and the outdoor deck. Lower level bonus room perfect for bunk beds, family room, etc. Great home in Trillium which offers a comprehensive amenities package. MLS# 76292. Offered at $695,000.

Trillium Links
Located in Trillium Links with huge views of Lake Glenville and mountains, this Arts & Crafts style home is convenient to the clubhouse and associated amenities. Lots of space indoors and outdoors with a large deck and screened porch on lake side. Large open kitchen, spacious living room with fireplace, vaulted ceilings and more. Lot next door is also available. MLS# 76565. $795,000.

Trillium Links
This beautiful free standing condo is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath which has been tastefully upgraded. Upgrades include new appliances in the gourmet kitchen, and a separate dining room as well as an office have been added to the original plan. The outside covered decks overlook the green of the 2nd fairway and the upper deck has its own cozy fireplace. Golf cart included. MLS # 76494. $595,000.

Enjoy indoor/outdoor mountain living the way its meant to be, from this newer-constructed rustic home at the top of Trillium Ridge. Inside, youll enjoy an open floor plan with up-graded appliances and lots of wood throughout. Outside, choose between a covered screened porch with stone fireplace or the open deck with great mountain views. Bonus room ideal for game room and/or additional sleeping. MLS# 76308. Offered at $575,000.

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Exclusive Mountain Community Home

This premier estate home in prestigious Cedar Hill offers curb appeal, fine finishes, a spacious open floor plan and year round mountain views on a private, gently rolling 3.49 acre lot. Custom built with great attention to detail, this beautiful home features five oversized bedrooms and bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, whole home surround sound with exterior speakers, double decks, a screened living porch with wood burning fireplace, an attached two-car carport and much more. Cedar Hill is an upscale, gated community offering the best of luxury mountain living in the heart of Cashiers. Full Sapphire Valley Resort amenities are available. MLS# 77279. $1,049,000

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Cedar Hill Masterpiece

This legacy estate is perched high above the valley with stunning mountain views and using reclaimed lumber and hand hewn beams for that timeless mountain feel. The open floor plan offers ample space for entertaining or simply unwinding. Master bedroom and two guest suites are all on the main level. A separate guest house features a living room with stone fireplace, kitchen, and private bedroom. MLS# 77137. First time being offered at $2,900,000.

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Mountain Views, Water, Privacy... Perfect!

This spectacular estate home offers views of Big Sheepcliff and three magnificent water features, along with a private hiking trail. Located in the premier community of Cedar Hill, the home has a spacious open floor plan with a beautiful gourmet kitchen. Both the lower level family room and theater room on the upper level, offer additional space for entertaining. Soaring ceilings with timber accents and luxury appointments make this the perfect mountain retreat. MLS# 73865. Offered at $1,395,000.

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The Pinnacle of Perfection

Nestled in a shady grove of trees, this charming custom built mountain estate bids welcome to all who enter. The interior features a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, butlers pantry, and wet bar. The great room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, a soaring ceiling with exposed beams and gorgeous wide plank floors. The spacious master bedroom suite is located on the main floor, along with the study. Two stories of decks and an outdoor hearth make it a great place for a party under the stars or just enjoying the view. MLS# 77251. Offered at $1,795,000.

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Cedar Hill Lots

Situated between Cashiers and Sapphire Valley, Cedar Hill is an upscale, gated community offering its residents awe-inspiring views and the very best in luxury mountain living. Whether searching for the latest in elegant mountain construction or a very special lot to call your own, Cedar Hill will not disappoint. An easy hike from your backdoor will lead you to the natural splendor of waterfalls set amongst a backdrop of hardwoods. Be one with nature, but enjoy the modern conveniences of underground utilities available to all home sites and a short drive into town.
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East Ridge Road 2.50 East ridge Road 2.00 Lattitude Lane 3.20 Lattitude Lane 3.30 Lattitude Lane 2.10 Lattitude Lane PENDING 1.10 SOLD Ivorybill Way 2.94 SOLD Ivorybill Way 2.40 Loblolly Lane 1.98 Ledgeview Road 2.56 Ledgeview Road 2.00 Ledgeview Road 1.79 Ledgeview Road 1.48 Ledgeview Road 1.49 East Ridge Road East Ridge Road Parsons View 2.72 1.46 2.11


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Family Retreat
The interior of this sprawling 5 bedroom, 5 bath home appears as though it was ripped from the pages of a magazine. Stunning decorative touches, stone and wood accents, vaulted ceilings and walls of windows are the hallmarks of this extraordinary home. Additional features include elegant black cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, stone fireplace, and full bar. MLS# 70295. Offered at $1,049,000.

Cedar Hill
This wonderful 3 bedroom home in the gated community of Cedar Hill is newly listed and represents a great value for this premier community located just minutes from Cashiers and Sapphire. The open floor plan is great for entertaining and features such as granite counters and stainless appliances in the kitchen, a stone fireplace in the living room, lower level family room, make this home a must see. Situated on 4.8 acres and nestled in the woods for additional privacy. MLS# 75102. PRICE REDUCED to $624,900.

Cedar Hill Estate Lots

Situated high atop Cedar Hill on East Ridge Road, this 2.72 acre lot features an easy building site for the perfect mountain retreat. One of the finest lots currently available. View shown above. MLS# 73864. Offered at $275,000. View shown above. High elevation, easy build lot with ridgeline views. Owner financing is available! MLS# 72809. Offered at $150,000 (lot not shown). Situated high atop Cedar Hill on East Ridge Road, this 1.46 acre lot features an easy building site for the perfect mountain home with great views. Located just minutes to Cashiers and Sapphire, the gated community of Cedar Hill is conveniently located to so many amenities. MLS# 77136. Offered at $185,000.

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Spectacular Mountain View Estate

Enjoy your own private showings of the elusive Bear Shadow every fall from this elegant mountain estate with breathtaking panoramic views, including famous Whiteside Mountain. Conveniently located between Highlands and Cashiers, it sits on over 2.5 gentle acres, offering easy access and privacy. With refined craftsmanship, exceptional architectural design and attention to every detail, this luxurious home is the epitome of gracious mountain living and entertaining. Features include four large bedroom suites, an expansive Carolina porch with beautiful stone fireplace and built-in Viking grill, custom cabinetry, hand forged fireplace grills, heated travertine flooring, billiard room, and so much more. This stunning home is in immaculate condition and ready for your family to enjoy! MLS# 77151. Offered at $2,750,000.

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Mountain Sensation When Only The Best Will Do

Situated high on the Atlanta side of the plateau, surrounded by over 6 acres of lush mountain greenery is the home of your dreams. This impressive log home was built with attention to every detail and appointed with exquisite custom features. High ceilings and large banks of windows allow the light and the enjoyment of gorgeous multi mountain range views in complete privacy and tranquility. The home adjoins the National Forest and blends seamlessly with its outdoor spaces with wrap around covered decks with large stone fireplace to enjoy the cool summer nights and sunset views. Entertaining possibilities are endless with a fabulous epicurean kitchen with professional appliances, a large home theater and beautifully decorated guest suites each with access to the covered decks and views. Guest or family will also enjoy the large gathering room with stone fireplace. MLS# 77581. Offered at $1,895,000.

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Old Highlands Park

Beautiful downtown Highlands condominium at Old Highlands Park. Walk everywhere, only a block from shops. Decorator furnished, ready to move into with just a few exceptions. This is a very private location within the community. The Highlands Land Trust owns behind the building and the condominium association owns the view from the deck. Lush landscaping is a trademark for Old Highlands Park. Each unit shares a carport. There is a community fire pit close by which overlooks Harris Lake! MLS# 77530. Offered at $989,500.

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The Birches
Located on the gated grounds of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, the condominiums at The Birches are the perfect mountain getaway. The Birches is uniquely situated in a private wooded area of the club, surrounded by wandering creeks and hidden waterfalls. Condominium features may include elevators, oak hardwood floors, indoor and outdoor stone fireplaces, granite countertops, custom cherry cabinetry, jetted tubs, carports, cathedral ceilings, and screened porches. Relax and enjoy the lush forest surroundings and crisp mountain air. Wildcat Cliffs Country Club us a orivate club and membership is by invitation only. MLS# 74752, 74753, & 74755. Prices starting at $495,000.

Cowee Ridge
Stunning 180 degree long-range mountain views, from this recently renovated 4 bedroom, 3 bath home at the very top of the gated Cowee Ridge community. Enjoy peace and privacy from one of the best locations the area has to offer. Cowee Ridge is the exact mid-way point between Highlands and Cashiers. Choose which way to turn, and youll either be at the Crossroads in Cashiers or Main Street in Highlands in less than 10 minutes. MLS# 78192. Offered at $799,000.

Wildcat Cliffs Country Club

This is a wonderful cottage with lots of curb appeal. It is all on one level with an easy entrance. With a two car detached garage, a full house generator and a cozy wood burning fireplace, you can live year round. The landscape is beautiful and there is plenty of paved parking for your guests. Wildcat Cliffs Country Club has a newly updated club house, indoor swimming pool, full fitness center, tennis, golf and croquet. MLS# 77514. Offered at $375,000.

Wildcat Cliffs Country Club

Adorable vacation home with attached portico, and golf cart storage under the house. This is all you need to enjoy your summers! Spacious floor plan that lives large. Enjoy the prestigious golf community of Wildcat Cliffs Country Club and all of the amenities that are available. MLS# 77577. Offered at $349,000.

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Spectacular Whiteside Mountain View Estate

Spectacular panoramic views of Whiteside Mountain, this Jim Fox masterpiece on 5+ acres takes your breath away! Beautiful grounds, ponds, wet weather waterfall feeds a large lily pad pond. Lightening protection, whole house humidity control, water filtration system. Privacy, view, only 10 minutes from Cashiers Crossroads, paved access. MLS# 76395. Offered at $2,295,000.

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Long Range Views

This superbly built custom home offers exceptional long range mountain views! It features two master suites one on the main level with an adjoining office and the other on the lower level with an adjoining bonus room. Youll find all the bells and whistles in this mountain retreat, including a Runco home theater system, home office, gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, welcoming family room with cathedral ceilings, beautiful stone fireplace, generous built-ins, and a wet bar, plus heart pine floors, a second fireplace on the screened porch, and additional screened and covered deck space for outdoor living and entertaining! MLS# 77327. Offered at $1,190,00.

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Highlands Gap
Take time to enjoy life. Spacious custom home has it all! No expense spared in construction or upkeep. Master bedroom suites on each level, 3 stacked stone fireplaces, large home office, chefs kitchen, large laundry/mud room, open decking and screened porches takes outdoor living to the max. Terrace level screened porch with hot tub, media room, mini kitchen (no stove) and large fireplace. MLS# 76445. Offered at $1,795,000.

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Equestrian Estate in Bald Rock

First time on the market! This beautiful custom built equestrian estate is located in the heart of Bald Rock on over eight acres. The spacious floor plan has an open living, dining and kitchen area with a stone fireplace and soaring wood cathedral ceilings. The large master suite and office open onto a screened porch on the main level. The lower level features two bedrooms with private baths, dedicated exercise room and a family room with another fireplace. The upscale barn has three stalls with fly-spray systems, plus a feed room, wash rack, bathroom, vents with pulleys, concrete floors and a metal roof. The three fenced pastures come complete with water. MLS# 77664. A great value at $1,175,000.

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Cedar Ridge Farm

Locally known as the Llama Farm, is perched on the top of Little Sheepcliff Mountain and is just a short drive to the quaint town of Cashiers. Overlooking Sapphire Valley with long range layered mountain views, this custom built gentlemans farm has a very private pastoral setting at a cool 4,000 ft. elevation! The exterior is reminiscent of Victorianstyle architecture with several antique stained glass windows and light fixtures, while the interior boasts a more country farm feel. The inviting living room with warm wood floors and soaring beamed cathedral ceiling has a wall of glass to showcase the magnificent mountain views. The country kitchen features a large breakfast bar island with a gas cooktop & granite countertops. In addition to the 13.27+/- acre home site, detached 2 car carport, barn, pond and fenced pasture - another 5.74+/- acres can also be purchased with this property totaling a little over 19 serene acres. This is truly one-of-a kind estate property and is on the market for the first time! MLS# 77917. Offered at $1,750,000.

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Elegant Mountain Home

With breathtaking views overlooking the entire Cashiers Valley, this beautiful luxury craftsman style home in Pinchot is waiting for you. The home is within easy distance of downtown Cashiers and Lake Glenville. Easy family enjoyment with two spacious master suites and two additional guest rooms with shared bath along with a full suite including bath over the two car garage. MLS# 76266. Offered at $1,195,000.

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Equestrian Estate
One of two equestrian estates currently on the market in Bald Rock! This expansive property features 8+/- acres of fenced pasture, riding ring, fourstall barn with tack room, and feeding/bedding storage. The 4 bedroom, 3 bath home is ideal for entertaining and includes a lower level with a bonus room for use as additional sleeping quarters with full bath, plus a large storage room and space for a mule/ATV. The cool elevation and private setting make this estate perfect for year round living. MLS# 77245. Offered at $1,295,000.

Lets Play Golf!

This custom built home in Golf Club Estates has it all Horsepasture River and Country Club of Sapphire Valley golf course frontage, plus incredible mountain views! Other notable features include an elevator, wine room, billiard room, wet bar, generator, ample storage, as well as extra sleeping quarters with a full bath on the lower level. The property is very private, with lush landscaping, a cozy fire pit and Chimneytop Creek meandering through it. Club members can take the cart path right to CCSVs acclaimed golf course. MLS# 77146. Newly priced at $1,195,000.

Downtown Highlands
Spacious family home with privacy in town. Located only 3 blocks from Main Street with 3+ acres. High ceilings, wood floors, water cop, and large Carolina porch with large stone fireplace to enjoy outdoor living in the mountains. Great home for entertaining, light and bright and open. MLS# 76396. Offered at $1,150,000.

Overlooking Country Club of Sapphire Valley

Listed $86K below 1/2013 appraisal! The best view of all the WOW features: Chimneytop Mountain, Horsepasture River, CCSV golf course and 2 ponds! Completely re-designed, remodeled and updated 08-12. Heart of pine floors, granite counters, new kitchen open to living room, formal dining and TV room. Master on main, finished lower level with family room, bedroom, bath, game room. The Country Club of Sapphire Valley is a private club & membership is by invitation only. Motivated seller! MLS # 76505. Offered at $895,000.



Fox Run Ridge

Charming older home on historic property that was the site of the millionaires hunting lodge. Spectacular views from over 4,500 foot elevation. Southern exposure. Panoramic views from Whiteside Mountain to the lakes in South Carolina. Private end of the road location. Borders National Forest - Panthertown Valley. MLS# 78235. Offered at $795,000.

Stonecreek Estates
Custom built log home with the finest of finishes! A warm & cozy all wood interior: heart pine floors with a special copper coating & beamed wood ceilings accented by a stacked stone wood burning fireplace. Top of the line appliances, including an $8,000 Heartland gas range, wine cooler, high-end cabinets, dishwasher drawers, granite countertops. Living room opens onto the gourmet kitchen, dining area and a covered porch with stone fireplace and separate garage apartment. Walk to Sapphire Resort amenities & The Country Club of Sapphire Valley - where membership is available upon invitation. MLS# 77923. First time on the market and being offered at $649,000.

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Highlands Country Club

Main house is 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Guest house has 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Located in the heart of Highlands Country Club off of Cobb Road. Wooded lot with lots of native Rhododendrons insures privacy along with convenience of walking to clubhouse. One level living with large rooms, wood burning fireplace, formal dining, 4 car garage and covered porches. Does not include membership in HCC. Property is not part of the Highlands Country Club POA. MLS # 76645. $1,100,000.

Spring Forest
Southern exposure with exceptional 180 degree views. Main house and guest house on over 8 acres of beautiful manicured paths, two ponds, a grotto with waterfalls, privacy and tranquility. Main home has many unique qualities and discerning architectural details. Great large studio and home office. Guest suite has a full kitchen. Gorgeous stone fireplaces, so much more. MLS# 76879. Offered at $799,000.

Cedar Ridge Estates

Exceptionally remodeled home in Cedar Ridge Estates located just minutes from Cashiers and Sapphire. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances open to dining room opening to covered and open porches. Stone fireplace in the living room with cathedral ceilings is flooded with natural light. Master bedroom with fireplace on main level. The attention to detail separates this home from many others on the market. Gentle lot and driveway are great for year round living. First time on the market! Convenient to both Cedar Creek Racquet Club and The Country Club of Sapphire Valley; both memberships are by invitation only. MLS# 78297. Offered at $785,000.

Lake Glenville Area

Fabulous farmhouse style cabin in this gated community located on the west side of Lake Glenville. Tranquil views over the pond and waterfall from the covered patio with stone fireplace. This homes interior was professionally decorated and is being offered turnkey for the perfect mountain getaway. This newer home is now available without the delay and anxiety of building! MLS# 76355. Offered at $699,000.

Pine Forest
Overlooking Lonesome Valley and the mountains beyond, this home situated on over 4 acres affords you privacy and convenience to both Sapphire and Cashiers. Wonderful mountain feel with an open floor plan which is inviting and makes for the perfect year around or summer home. Large unfinished basement for additional space. The home is fully furnished with some minor exceptions. MLS # 75868. Offered at $595,000.

Bridge Creek
New construction, never occupied. Flat corner lot, wraparound porch, screen porch, all wood inside and out. Gas starter, 2 fireplaces, one in and one out. Large rooms, granite tops. Whole area walkable, covered bridge entry into gated community. Common areas include chimney garden and large fishing pond. MLS# 75731. $629,500.

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Whisper Lake
Newly listed! Great stream home in Whisper Lake with access to all of the Sapphire Valley Master Association amenities. Open floor plan featuring wood burning fireplace in living room, kitchen with granite countertops, center island and stainless appliances. Enjoy the views of the creek from the kitchen, dining area, and the open deck at the rear of the home. Private setting with near level lot is great for both year round or vacation home. Well priced for recently built home. MLS# 77921. Offered at $375,000.

Stonecreek Estates
Enjoy breathtaking birds eye views of the mountains from two stories of decks of this 4 bedroom classic mountain home. The homes interior features warm timber accents, soaring cathedral ceilings, striking stone fireplace in the great room, master on main, spacious loft and 2 bedrooms upstairs and 1 bedroom suite on the lower level. Huge price reduction originally $1,095,000! MLS# 78069. Offered at $729,000.

Wildwood Mountain
This cottage has a wonderful open floor plan for living and entertaining. The covered side porch adds an additional 400 sq.ft. for your enjoyment. There is a fenced area that is perfect for the dogs to enjoy, giving you freedom to come and go. A separate small cabin is being used as the owners art cottage, and next to it is a hot tub and deck. Location could not be more convenient if you love both Highlands and Cashiers. Wildcat Cliffs Country Club is located close by... a golf cart ride away. MLS# 78315. Offered at $439,000.

Sapphire Valley
Magnificent estate setting on over 5 acres with incredible southern exposure with views of the mountains and meadow below the open deck. Just a few steps to your own little bridge across a creek for additional tranquility. Spacious rooms, 2 story living room with fireplace, lower level kitchen, workshop, and many more features. MLS# 76472. Offered at $594,000.

Bridge Creek
This charming home sits in the prestigious neighborhood of Bridge Creek. The extensive landscaping and stunning curb appeal leads the way to a true mountain home with all the upgrades and craftsmanship expected from a buyer. Whether sitting by the fire enjoying a glass of wine or walking a rustic trail next to the pristine Norton Creek you will love the charm of Bridge Creek. MLS# 77441. $549,000.

Sapphire Valley
This welcoming move-in ready home offers amazing views of Chimneytop Mountain and Sapphire Valley. The spacious kitchen, living and dining areas open up to a covered deck and the beautiful views beyond - perfect for entertaining family and friends or simply relaxing. The split bedroom plan features three bedrooms on the main level, plus a separate family room, bonus room and deck on the lower level. This lovely mountain home is a great value at this price! MLS# 77386. $559,000.

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Holly Berry Estates

Spacious 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath with bonus room and two car garage. Custom home on 6.75 acres nestled between two mountain streams home to native trout. Open floor plan offers a great room with high pitched wood and beamed ceilings, hardwood floors and massive stone fireplace. Enjoy the sounds of the stream from a large screened porch and large open decks. MLS #74879. Offered at $499,000.

Holly Forest
Fabulous tree top views of #3 fairway and green and #4 fairway of Sapphire National Golf Course plus great unobscured year round mountain views! Brand new and perfectly staged 4 bedroom and 3 bath home with 2 covered decks - one with fireplace. MLS # 76175. Recently reduced to $485,000.

Sapphire Valley
Built with great attention to detail, this welcoming three bedroom, three and a half bath home is the epitome of modern mountain style, with board and batten and poplar siding and stone accents. The designer kitchen features a six-burner gas range with double oven, contrasting cabinetry, oversized island and subway tile backsplash. Relax by the wood-burning fireplace on the spacious screened living porch, or retreat to the downstairs family room with an additional wet bar. MLS# 77682. Offered at $629,000.

Holly Forest
Almost new home located within walking distance of Narrows Waterfall. This move in ready home with vaulted ceilings in the living room and fireplace has all of the mountain finishes, that make it a perfect mountain retreat or year around residence. MLS # 76101. Offered at $469,000.

Perfect Mountain Retreat

This home is the perfect mountain retreat with plenty of room for kids, grandkids and dogs. With a bonus room it acts like a 5 bedroom house, with 2 family gathering areas and 2 kitchens. The loft currently acts as an office and can also accommodate a sleeper sofa. This mountain home has a stunning view of Laurel Falls and beautiful sunsets. With 11 miles of gravel roads, this subdivision is perfect for family style ATV usage. You can easily access mountain hiking and biking in nearby Panthertown! MLS# 77218. $469,000

Custom Home
Wild Wind is a spacious 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath custom home located on 3 gentle acres with a small orchard and big view. Interior features include two master suites, Australian cypress floors, double ovens, copper sinks and tub, a bonus room, office, cathedral ceilings and his and her garages. MLS # 76147. Price reduced to $410,000.

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Holly Forest
Beautiful newer home with all the mountain charm for todays buyers. Fabulous kitchen overlooking water feature and great room with vaulted ceilings. Split floor plan with 2 separate decks overlooking private yard. Lower level features home theater, bonus room, and craft room, which set this home apart from others in this price range. First time on the market! MLS # 75638. $445,000.

Charming New Construction

Nestled up against the treasured lands of Nantahala National Forest, this brand new three bedroom, three and a half bath home offers mountain views and plenty of charm. The open main floor plan makes entertaining a pleasure, and the family/bonus room with bath on the lower level adds extra living space. The well-appointed interior includes a beautiful stone fireplace in the great room, rich wood floors and ceilings, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and much more. MLS# 75269. Offered at $439,000.



Sapphire Valley
First time on the market! Heres your chance to slow down and enjoy living in the mountains at an affordable price! All on one level, this low maintenance home is in mint condition and has been lived in only seasonally. The light and bright living area opens onto a wonderful covered screened porch. Walk to Sapphire Valley Resort amenities and the CC of Sapphire Valley (membership available by invitation only). MLS# 77325. Offered at $428,000.

Holly Berry Estates

This inviting 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is situated on over 5 acres and has been renovated and updated. It offers exceptional views of Greens Creek and rock face. The interior features wood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, two stacked stone wood burning fireplaces, and open decks for enjoying the picturesque surroundings. MLS# 74961. Offered at $425,000.

This house has undergone a beautiful transformation. Most furnishings are included in the price. New four bedroom septic system, encapsulated crawl space, vaulted wood ceiling in the main living area, new wood flooring, new windows, new doors and updated bathrooms. New grading and drainage with extensive rock work and the roof is only one year old. Come and see for yourself, you will love it. MLS# 78322. Offered at $424,000.

Holly Forest
This adorable, low maintenance home features beautiful, year round, long range mountain views at a very affordable price under $400,000 - a rare find indeed! This classic three bedroom, two and a half bath home has a wrap-around covered porch, wood floors, wood burning stone fireplace and a detached garage, along with a stylish kitchen with breakfast bar, master suite on the main level, and two bedrooms on the upper level. MLS# 77319. $399,500.

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Holly Forest
Fabulous estate setting and Southern charm make this 4 bedroom home on 2 full lots a must see. The covered porch and garden are perfect for entertaining friends and family. Relax in the gazebo and enjoy the soft rhythm of the meandering creek. Ideal summer or year-round home with spacious kitchen, lower level workshop and full-house generator. MLS# 73525. Offered at $375,000.

Sapphire Valley
Award winning floor plan! 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home to be built on this Holly Forest lot with model home available for preview. See the quality and craftsmanship for yourself and you will be sold! Great curb appeal, custom finishes, massive stone fireplace, luxurious bathrooms and screened porch with fireplace. This is an impressive well thought out home, a must see for serious buyers. Built to your specifications with changes welcome. MLS# 78020. Offered at $369,000.



Golf Club Estates

Located in a gated community, this charming 2 bedroom, 3 bath home is nestled in a park-like setting, with a stream meandering through the level 1.2 acre wooded site. A rustic footbridge crosses the stream to the yard, with a peek-a-boo view of the 17th tee. MLS# 73028. Offered at $365,000.

Perfect in-town location with a very private setting in the woods. This attractive home is perfect for guests or family members. Master on main and 2 bedrooms upstairs. Lots of privacy and an easy maintenance home. MLS# 76475. Offered at $359,000.

Sapphire Valley
Bold stream! Private 3 bedroom, 2 bath move in ready home on scenic Hogback Creek. The driveway and yard have been wonderfully landscaped and mature hardwoods surround the property. The home has an open floor plan, cathedral ceilings and a covered deck. Located in the heart of Sapphire Valley with all Sapphire Resort amenities included. Ten minutes to shopping, restaurants, lake access, golf, community center, swimming pools, weight room, etc. MLS# 77739. Offered at $305,000.

Toll House Village

You will love how it feels to be in this house. This custom built home is situated on 1.5 acres and features 3 spacious bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Located in the charming community of Toll House Village just minutes from the crossroads in Cashiers. Enjoy your private deck and reflect on the beautiful granite rock face that only Mother Nature could have created. MLS# 78067. Offered at $299,000.

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Shoal Creek
First time on the market! Well-built move in ready 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. Open floor plan with a 30 reclaimed wood cathedral ceiling, heart pine wood floors, loft, dual heat pumps and fireplace. Chef friendly kitchen with Dacor fuel range/oven. Oversized master suite with walk-in closet, private bath and private deck with 6 person hot tub. MLS# 77934. Offered at $299,900.

Holly Forest
Three bedroom, three bath home in like new condition adjoining green space and a stream. Tranquil private setting, you can even hear the rushing Horsepasture River from the back deck. Built for year round living with a spacious family room and lots of glass, stone fireplace, wood floors, loft and an open kitchen. The large master bedroom has two walk-in closets and a private bath. A work shop/storage area is located in the lower level. MLS# 77133. $294,900.

Indian Summer
Dramatic wood ceiling soars to 25+ in dining, kitchen and living areas with stone-faced gas log fireplace. Covered deck with fireplace overlooks golf course and mountains. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, wood floors, 2 balconies. Master on main, large guest bedroom and bath upstairs, loft perfect for extra sleeping quarters and/or office. Some furniture negotiable. Will consider owner financing. MLS# 78324. Offered at $285,000.

Cute little cottage in the Glenville community. Since it is located on Highway 107 it could be used as residential and/or commercial. Land lays gentle, concrete drive, some view. Cottage is a charming example of 40s-50s mountain get-away to enjoy the cool of summer while flat-landers suffer with the heat and humidity. MLS# 78314. Offered at $149,000.

Scaly Mountain
Escape the heat! This spacious two bedroom cottage in Scaly Mountain is just two hours from Atlanta and minutes to Highlands. Each bedroom has its own private bath; there are also two half baths and a lower level game room with bonus kitchen and wood stove. Other features include a private covered deck with mountain views, nearly new metal roof, and two-car carport. MLS# 77332. Just $138,000.

Mountain Club
Tremendous value on a deeded 1/12th ownership (4 weeks guaranteed) in the premiere fractional home community in the Cashiers-Highlands area. Enjoy having everything taken care of for you in this 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath pet-friendly home with plenty of decking to enjoy the outdoors. Beyond the 4 weeks, additional stays are available with 3 days notice at no additional charge, paying a nominal cleaning fee. MLS# 78355. Offered at $83,000.

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Country Club Villas

Great 2 bedroom villa with level entry, overlooking large common area lawn and the Country Club of Sapphire Valleys hole #9. Price has been drastically reduced to generate sale before the end of the year. If you are looking for a great condo in the heart of the Sapphire Valley this is it. MLS# 78154. Offered at $189,000.

Sapphire Valley
Unique property with lots of potential. 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with bonus room, covered deck; some interior remodeling needed. Additional structure perfect for office, studio, guest cabin or possible rental unit. Private wooded lot includes extra parking, space for a dog pen or fire pit. Easy access, 15 minutes to town, great starter home or rental property for an investor. MLS #76023. $99,999.

Mountain Club
Deeded 1/12 ownership in the most popular fractional home neighborhood in our area! Fully furnished with top-of-the-line appliances, 3 bedrooms, stone wood-burning fireplace with gas starter, screened porch, open deck and beautiful finishes. Membership in the Registry allows you to trade for other select resort communities. Seller will credit buyer with 2 quarters of maintenance fees at closing. MLS# 78081. Offered at $97,500. Deeded 1/12th ownership (4 weeks guaranteed) in the premiere fractional home community in the Cashiers-Highlands area. For busy families who just want to escape to the mountains for a few days, this is the perfect lock it & leave it operation! Beautiful homes fully furnished with top-of-the-line appliances, fireplace, screened porch and open deck. Additional stays are available with 3 days notice at no additional charge other than a nominal cleaning fee. This is a Mountain Club re-sale, offering a significantly reduced opportunity to start enjoying life in the mountains immediately. MLS# 78360. Offered at $97,500.

Lake Glenville Area

Great location off 107 with close proximity to Lake Glenville and Cashiers. Comfortable home with nice outdoor deck in wooded setting. Open floor plan, stone fireplace. Two bedrooms on main level, spacious bedroom/ loft upstairs. Basement would make a great workshop or craft room. Easy access. MLS # 76447. $129,000.

Commercial Properties
Great business location between the Crossroads and Ingles. Fantastic exposure on the most traveled section on Highway 64. Office, retail, etc... the possibilities are endless! MLS# 74098. Offered at $365,000.

Highway 64 East

for a restaurant or combine with surrounding land for hotel/motel, residential or retail uses. MLS# 74097. Offered at $650,000. Premier commercial or residential development opportunity in downtown Cashiers on Highway 64 East. Bordered by Cashiers Creek. Property has sewer capacity available and an easy building site. 5 acre tract with 226 feet of frontage offered for $995,000. MLS# 73814. 7.23 acre tract with 315 feet of frontage is offered at $1,595,000. MLS# 73816. Properties could be combined for a total of 12 acres.

Additional 30 acres available for larger development. First time on the market and being offered at $3,600,000.

Highway 64 Frontage

street from Lonesome Valley entrance. The rear of the property is bordered by the Horsepasture River. A variety of development opportunities including multi-family, restaurant and a host of other commercial uses. MLS# 76184. $699,000.

3 Tracts Choose your combination Convenient in town location in Cashiers for residential and commercial development. Great location with access from Highway 64 East across the street from Ingles shopping center. Can be purchased individually or in combination with one or two additional tracts. Commercial building with excellent frontage on Highway 64 and plenty of on-site parking. The former Hardees Restaurant building has sewer capacity available. Ideal site

Prime Location Across From Ingles!

Highway 64 West

Located on 64 East in Cashiers, between Macon Bank and BP gas station. Access road to the back of the property in place. Great frontage on 64 for single or multi retail/commercial tenant, or residential development.

Prime Commercial Property

Great location with multiple uses for this prime commercial real estate. Located near the crossroads on Highway 107, with plenty of parking. Priced right to make this a great opportunity for a new business venture in Cashiers. The building is currently vacant and ready for immediate occupancy. MLS # 76337. $299,000. Stunning level property on Highway 64 in Sapphire Valley located across the

Downtown Cashiers

Great Highway 107 North frontage between Signal Ridge Marina and Pine Creek. Current units rented: 1 at $750/month;7 and 8 at $1,452/ month. 8 units/office/retail total + 22 storage units located behind this building. Lots of potential. Contact listing agent if you have tenants - bank wants to lease empty units. MLS #75675. $349,900. Excellent location in the center of Cashiers. Previous tenant was a bank. Two units in a strip center. End units with drive-up window. MLS# 78188. Offered at $249,000.

Bank Owned Commercial Property

Downtown Cashiers

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River Run
Completely renovated 3 bedroom condo in the heart of Sapphire Valley and walking distance to the Sapphire amenities. Just move in and start enjoying this spacious mountain retreat. Owner financing available. MLS# 77803. Offered at $209,000.

Sapphire Condo
Completely renovated Hilltop unit featuring fireplace, wet bar, hardwood floors, and granite counters. Start enjoying this unit without having to renovate. Owner financing available. MLS# 77814. Offered at $179,000.

Holly Ridge Condo

First time on the market. This completely renovated condominium is the perfect lock it and leave it mountain retreat. Walk to Fairfield Lake and enjoy Sapphire amenities. Owner financing available. MLS# 77802. Offered at $174,000

Great two bedroom unit in Sapphire Valley. Unit has great rental history which can help offset some of the ownership costs. Owner financing available. MLS# 77801. Well priced at $115,000.



First time on the market. This 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath unit is currently rented on an annual lease. Enjoy all of the Sapphire Valley Master Association amenities. Owner financing available. Well priced at $125,000.

Completely renovated and expanded. New hardwood flooring, kitchen and bathrooms, expanded bedrooms on the lower level. Great value for this completely renovated unit. Offered at $169,000. MLS# 74861.

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Whisper Lake Easy laying lot L area of nice homes. Great O in D S amenities. MLS# 77729. $15,950. ______________________________________

Glenville Area 7.5+/- private acres with fantastic views! The driveway and easy build homesite have been cut in and septic system installed. Homesite is surrounded in rhododendron and mountain laurel giving it year round privacy. The community is gated and offers a wild and scenic un-manicured mountain feel. Lots of wildlife! 15 min. to Lake Glenville boat launch. 25 min. to Cashiers and Sylva. 30 min. to Highlands and Franklin. Outstanding value, nothing at this price compares! MLS# 77889. $49,900. ______________________________________ Glenville Highway 107 Frontage Great frontage and visibility in Glenville. Approximately 250 feet frontage on Highway. Just past the old post office. Nearly flat. Well reported to yield 40 GPM. Land almost totally cleared. MLS# 77876. $99,500. ______________________________________ Climb Aboard at The Lake Club Incredible 2.8 acre homesite and long-range views of beautiful Lake Glenville. Access to Lake Club amenities include marina and club house. Start building your dream mountainlake home TODAY! MLS# 71980. $369,000. ______________________________________ Round Hill in Sapphire Nearly level 1.03 acre lot with easy build homesite. Great mountain ridge view. Great location with easy access. Cart path access to CCSV. Lot can easily accommodate a 5 bedroom home. MLS# 70761. $75,000. ______________________________________ A Steal in Sapphire High Incredible 11-acre tract of land at an elevation of over 4000. Its the ideal location for a dream home in the mountains with access to Sapphire Valley amenities. Property may be subdivided. MLS# 68812. $149,000. ______________________________________ Stonecreek Estates Overlooking the CCSV golf course plus fabulous long range views of Bald Rock, Hogback and beyond! Driveway stubbed in to home site with level entry. Owner will consider partnership for spec home. Sewer and CWS at road ready for hook-up. One of the prettiest view properties in Stonecreek Estates! MLS# 74633. $125,000. ______________________________________ Tahala Shores Nice wooded and easy building site above the road. Very close to common area on Lake D Glenville. Priced to sell. MLS# 76070. Offered SOL at $15,000. ______________________________________ Chattooga Cliffs This lot in a gated community is located just minutes from the heart of Cashiers. Great views of Rock Mountain and the Cashiers Valley, a flat and easy building site, along with the incredibly discounted price make this a real opportunity to build your mountain home. MLS# 77447. $249,000. ______________________________________ Highlands 5.35 acres fronting both Blue Valley Road and Highway 28. Excellent location for a business opportunity. The property previously was used as a paint ball field and an upholstery business. A creek runs behind the property. MLS# 76448. Offered at $70,000. ______________________________________

Little Sheepcliff Awesome estate property with all the privacy in the world on top of the world at 4,300 elevation! Almost 13 acres with long range year round mountain views. Very gentle building site(s), rock face view, driveway in and cleared to home site. Since this estate lot joins Little Sheepcliff and Big Sheepcliff HOA lands, the buyer will enjoy even more peace and quiet! Small gated community with a handful of very exclusive homes and close to town. Community pond and pavilion. Dream big! MLS# 78302. $395,000. ________________________________ Estate-Sized View Property Estate sized property waiting on the savvy developer or privacy oriented prospect. Unlimited potential! Gravel road system, high producing well. Some pasture, mostly wooded with many huge trees. Many scenic vistas with long-range views. South and east facing. Lake access lot available. MLS# 74259. $525,000. ________________________________ Lake Glenville Amazing 360 degree vistas from an elevation of app. 4100. With long range mountain and Lake Glenville views, this 7 acre lot is perfect for an estate or subdivide. Great access road to the top of the property. Well priced for acreage of this caliber. MLS# 73946. $695,000. Lake Glenville Very affordable lake front lot on the highest major lake in the East, Lake Glenville. At over 3500 feet elevation you can own this lakefront property for your retirement or summer home. With over 200 feet of frontage on the water and an easy building site, this one is waiting for you! MLS#77404. $229,000. ________________________________ Wade Hampton Golf Club Two spectacular homesites are now being offered for sale at considerable savings. The first offers outstanding views of the fairway and green at the 10th hole. Located within walking distance of the clubhouse, this lot is exceptionally well priced at just $375,000. The second lot encompasses 0.56 acre with close proximity to the clubhouse. Gentle easy build home site. Great value for this prestigious community. Priced at $150,000. MLS# 76297. Membership to Wade Hampton Golf Club is by invitation only. ________________________________ Cedar Creek Woods Great views of Big Sheepcliff and surrounding mountains from this gently sloping lot. Located at the end of the road for privacy, this home site is convenient to Cedar Creek Racquet Club, Cashiers, and Sapphire. MLS# 72469. Offered at $69,000. ________________________________ Sapphire Valley - Holly Forest X 0.87 acres of hardwoods and a private setting. MLS# 70252. $19,950. ________________________________ Whisper Lake Great lot with an easy build site at an incredible price. This lot is an easy walk-drive down to the community boat dock where you can keep your canoe/kayak stored to enjoy the beauty of Whisper Lake. Whisper Lake is part of the Sapphire Master Association, where you can enjoy the benefits of access to the Sapphire fitness center, pool, tennis courts, golf and more. MLS# 78373. $18,900. ________________________________

Bald Rock This 3.5 acre lot in the equestrian community of Bald Rock offers privacy with a good mountain view. Located on the end of the cul-de-sac on Equine Drive, this lot represents a great value in this upscale gated community, just minutes to Sapphire and Cashiers. Bring your horses and enjoy the miles of trail riding at cool summer elevations. MLS# 77444. $59,000. Tremendous value for this lot in Bald Rock! Pond on property with stream. Gently rolling and big view with some trimming. Enjoy the Equestrian Center, wonderful pavilion, hiking/horse trails and all of Sapphire Valley amenities as a Bald Rock owner. Bring an offer! MLS# 74854. Newly priced at $69,000 One of the best big view lots in this gated equestrian community! Perched high on the top edge of Bald Rocks signature rock face, this 6.53+/- acre property offers spectacular views of Whiteside Mountain, Chimneytop and many others! Nearly level building site, close to the Bald Rock hiking trail and incredible sunset views! MLS# 77318. $325,000. Gorgeous piece of property in this gated equestrian community in the heart of Sapphire Valley. End of road location, very gentle, nearly level building site with terrific long range views of Whiteside Mountain. Property adjoins common area with scenic waterfall. Definitely one of the best lots currently on the market in Bald Rock! MLS# 76507. Offered at $229,000. Very private lot in the heart of Bald Rock. Backs up to wooded common area, bordered by a stream and only one home on this street. Easy and level building site. The gated community of Bald Rock offers miles of trails, a beautiful Equestrian Center, a pavilion bordered by Panthertown and includes all of the SVMA amenities. MLS# 76653. $190,000. ______________________________________ Cullowhee Forest Waterfall This 9.57 acre lot borders community green LD Falls and the headwaspace with 100+ OHatcher S ters of the Tuckasegee River. Approved for a 4BR septic. MLS# 72710. $85,000. ______________________________________ Cashiers Located in gated Timber Ridge, 3570 elevation, gently rolling 3.45 acres with nearly flat building site, wide open meadow, mighty hardwoods and great mountain view. Private yet only 1.2 miles to Cashiers and minutes to shopping, golf, restaurants, waterfalls and hiking trails. Site prepped for building with driveway in place. Current 4 bedroom septic permit, new survey with property lines marked. MLS# 76458. Offered at $109,000. ______________________________________ Beauty in Big Sheepcliff Spectacular views of Cashiers Valley from this 4.68 acres with loads of natural water features. Charming stream and an ideal spot for a future home near a cascading waterfall. MLS# 71979. $329,000. _____________________________________ Big Sheepcliff The most gorgeous mountain views from this beautiful lot at the top of Big Sheepcliff community. Great flat area for home site. Easy access and close to town. This is a must see lot. MLS# 77958. Offered at $359,000. ______________________________________

The Ridges of Highlands Just minutes from downtown Highlands in the beautiful Buck Creek area, this level building lot is located in the gated community of The Ridges of Highlands. Location offers convenience to both Highlands and Franklin. Large wooded lot, community pond and shelter. MLS# 77673. $65,000. Big view lot in small gated community located on Buck Creek Road near the HighlandsCashiers Hospital. Convenient to both Highlands and Franklin. Easy building site. Cascading stream flows through property for approximately 300 feet. This large 2.3 acre lot is covered with large hardwoods and native flowers. Ideal mountain setting, view and cascading stream! MLS# 77699. $95,000. This lot has an easy building site across from common area. Big views of Cold Mountain and Yellow Mountain and surrounded by National Forest. The Ridges of Highlands is convenient to downtown Highlands. Gated community with common area that includes fish pond, stream with falls, picnic shelter with fireplace. Only 4+ miles to local hospital and not far from additional shopping in Franklin. MLS# 77675. $110,000. Big lot with big views convenient to Highlands and Franklin. Gated community surrounded by National Forest. Lot backs up to National Forest. Easy building site. Community pond and shelter within a short walk. MLS# 77700. $165,000. ______________________________________ Falcon Ridge Great acreage for development or private estate at 4300 of elevation. Property may be subdivided into 6 lots. Fabulous views, gentle building site, and a great price!! First time on the market. MLS# 73395. $650,000. ______________________________________ Owens Mountain Beautiful views of Lake Glenville and the mountains beyond from this 11 acre tract. Suitable for a private estate or subdivide into 9 lots. Located just minutes to Lake Glenville marina, boat ramp, and Cashiers. A maintained hiking trail makes it easy to view the property and all of the views. MLS# 75307. $325,000. ______________________________________ Lake Glenville Area 20+ acre parcel with lake access and views. Close to Cashiers, located on extreme D Glenville just above southern end of Lake OL Hurricane S Falls. Property is in 2 tracts, one borders Hurricane Creek and the other is platted as 8 lots including a small pond. MLS# 76302. Offered at $146,000. ______________________________________

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Glen Pointe Lot 10 Lake Glenville access lot with dedicated boat slip. Wooded lot in gated community with tennis court. Easy building site, easy septic. Hear the sounds of Norton Creek Falls just yards away. Unlike most lake access communities, Glen Pointe has a boat slip for every off lake lot. MLS# 75537. $129,500. Glen Pointe Lot 12 Lake Glenville access lot with dedicated boat slip. No need to share, this lot has short walk to community boat dock and across drive from community tennis court. Very level building site. Some lake view. Underground utilities. MLS# 75538. $199,500. Glen Pointe Lot 13 Lake Glenville access lot with dedicated boat slip. No need to share when you have your own slip in community dock. Gated community with tennis court. Norton Creek Falls just a few yards away can be heard clearly. MLS# 75539. $129,500. ________________________________ Attention Developers! Developer opportunity on 441 corridor, convenient to Sylva, Dillsboro, Bryson City, and Cherokee. Development with incredible long range mountain and river views, located in the heart of Jackson County. The development has a prominent entrance with underground utilities. Development includes 86 lots, 6 open space lots and common areas. MLS# 78151. Great value at $2,900,000. ________________________________ Eagle Ridge Easy building lot with some view possible. Nice hardwoods, gentle grade, priced to sell at $17,900. MLS# 71862. ________________________________ Laurel Falls Two great adjoining lots in the scenic and wild gated subdivision of Laurel Falls. Each lot has a current survey, septic evaluation for a 3 bedroom home with easy building home sites! A small stream runs through the property. Laurel Falls is bordered by thousands of acres of protected Panthertown Valley, the Yosemite of the East. MLS# 70447. $99,900. ________________________________ The Lake Club Dont let the price fool you! This is a great 3.90+/- acre private lot with a mountain view and possible winter lake views. The Lake Club is a gated community that features a fantastic clubhouse on scenic Lake Glenville with multiple shared boat slips, full kitchen, living and dining areas, exercise room, fire pit and a common area meadow. MLS# 77308. $79,000. ________________________________ Glen Laurel Wonderful large building site that can be subdivided. Big views of mountains and Lake Glenville. Access to shared dock on Lake Glenville. Convenient to Cashiers, Franklin and Sylva. Very gentle building sites. Underground utilities available. Wildlife Service boat ramp is within 1/2 mile so you can put in and take out your lake toys easily. MLS# 78191. $99,000. ________________________________

Glen Pointe Lot 3 Fantastic Lake Glenville access and view lot. Long lake and mountain views, adjacent to lakefront community dock with a guaranteed boat slip. Tennis court, gated community, underground utilities. MLS# 75542. $298,000. Glen Pointe Lot 1 Lake Glenville access lot with long view of lake and mountain. Easy build site, large lot, new community dock with guaranteed boat slip. Only 10 off lake lots, so everyone gets a slip. Tennis court, gated. MLS# 75541. $298,000. 14 Homesites in FiveStone Amazing developer or investor opportunity! This 41-acre gated community features some of the most stunning views of Whiteside and Chimneytop Mountains, all within a short drive to the resort village of Cashiers. Four of the developments homesites have been sold 14 lots remain as part of a package deal. The possibilities are endless! MLS# 68572. $850,000. ________________________________ Developer Opportunity in Tuckasegee 423.97 acre development opportunity with some infrastructure in place. D was known as the Originally, this tract SOL Tuckasegee property and part of River Rock. Millions have been invested in roads, water and power infrastructure. Perfect project to complete by savvy developer. Wonderful mountain views as well as stream front lots. MLS# 74461. $6,900,000. ________________________________ Lake Toxaway A spectacular property combining two lots on Hawk Mountain. 210+/- feet of road frontage and fabulous mountain views. With over 3.32 acres there is plenty of privacy. MLS # 75790. $239,000. Lake Toxaway A spectacular property combining two lots on Hawk Mountain. 430+/- feet of road frontage with fabulous mountain views. 3.8 acres provide plenty of privacy. MLS # 75786. $289,000. ________________________________ Norton Road Spectacular estate property with 360 degree views from the summit of the property of Whiteside Mountain, Yellow Mountain and Christmas tree farm. Stone columns frame the entrance to the property. Easy road to navigate and see all of the different vistas. Close proximity to Cashiers, Highlands, and Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club. The property could be subdivided into 17 lots. MLS# 74727. Offered at $1,295,000. ________________________________

915 Acre Tract on Trout Creek Minutes north of Lake Glenville off 107 N, this 915-acre tract of land is suitable for development and/or preservation. Trout Creek flows through the property; a box canyon and other natural amenities make this piece unique. Price upon request. ________________________________ 5 Lots in Glen Laurel Easy build lake access lots within walking distance to Lake Glenville and the community boat dock. Glen Laurel has paved roads and underground utilities. Minimum square footage for homes, only 1400 sf. Affordable opportunity to own your mountain cabin with an almost lake front lot. Within 1/4 mile of public boat ramp. $22,500 - $39,500. MLS# 74341, 74340, 74339, & 74350. ________________________________ Top of Cherry Knob This fantastic 262-acre tract of land features spectacular 300+ degree views from the top of Cherry Knob Mountain. A long range view of Lake Glenville, Big Ridge, and Cullowhee make this property unique and suitable for either a private estate or development. MLS# 70290. $2,500,000. ________________________________

Bridge Creek Bridge Creek is only 4.5 miles from the Cashiers Crossroads and is a gated community with a beautiful covered bridge entry, fishing/swimming pond, picnic area, chimney garden, and more. The lot has a tremendous long view with Lake Glenville in the foreground and many mountain ranges beyond. Easy building site, driveway in, community water, underground power. MLS# 77697. $175,000. Huge view of Lake Glenville and mountains beyond. Easy building site, gated community, fishing/swimming pond, fire pit, chimney garden, hiking trails and more. Community water system, underground power. MLS# 77698. $175,000. Bridge Creek is a wonderful gated community only 4 miles from the Cashiers crossroads. Big view lot with underground utilities. Common amenities include chimney garden, fishing/swimming pond, hiking trails, and more. No time limit for beginning to build. Wonderfully maintained community. MLS# 77044. $69,500. Great East facing lot with big view, and gentle building site. Underground utilities and paved road to lot. MLS# 74147. Offered at $50,000. Very level building lot in upscale gated community. Community amenities include fishing/swimming LD pond, chimney SO garden with fireplace and picnic area, walking trails and more. People love Bridge Creek for its high quality appearance, level walking trails and proximity to Cashiers. MLS# 77043. $43,500 Good building lot in gated community with moderate view. Only 4 miles from D the Cashiers Crossroads. Community SOL includes large stocked pond, chimney garden, and walking trails. MLS# 77047. $50,000. This lot offers a view from a close in Christmas tree farm, to intermediate D mountains, to the Balsam Range in the SOL distance 30-40 miles away. Well maintained community with underground utilities. Common areas include many gathering and walking places. Large stocked pond with dock, chimney garden, fire pit, hiking trails and more. MLS# 77046. $70,000. Large level corner lot on bold trout stream. Norton Creek is the largest stream feeding into nearby Lake Glenville. This gated community features covered bridge entrance, underground utilities, walking trails, large community pond, chimney garden and more. MLS# 76927. $45,000. Enter Bridge Creek through the huge timbered covered bridge spanning the trout filled Norton Creek. Gated community with paved roads and underground utilities. This lot, located at the end of a spur road, is very easy to build on yet has a big long range view. MLS# 77440. $72,500. ________________________________

Highlands Location, Location, Location!! Located on Bowery Road this one of a kind property features a private pond and is perfectly suited for a private estate or family enclave. This 12+/- acres with a 3+/acres clear mountain pond is located within the city limits of Highlands. Several building sites and a large old barn can be found on this property. MLS# 76482. Offered at $4,250,000. ________________________________ Chattooga Cliffs This lot in a gated community is located just minutes from the heart of Cashiers. Great views of Yellow Mountain in the distance and the Cashiers Valley, a flat and easy building site, along with the incredibly discounted price make this a real opportunity to build your mountain home. MLS# 77445. $225,000. Chattooga Cliffs Prime view lot in this gated community is located just minutes from the heart of Cashiers. Great views of Cashiers Valley, a flat and easy building site, along with the incredibly discounted price make this a real opportunity to build your mountain home. MLS# 77446. $249,000. ________________________________

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Pottery Around Back at Rockys Place www.aroundbackatrockysplace.com Bird Barn and Gift Emporium Cabin Couture www.cabincouturehighlands.com Dutchmans Designs www.dutchmansdesigns.com The Hen House Midnight Farms www.midnightfarms.com Mountain Mist Gallery Smitten Printing Companies Cashiers Printing Property Management Helping Hands Homewatch www.homewatchwnc.com Highlands/Cashiers Concierge & Management Southern Gardens www.southerngardensnc.com Pubs The Ugly Dog www.thedogpub.com Radio Stations WHLC FM 104.5 www.whlc.com Real Estate Sales Betsy Paul www.betsypaulproperties.com Blair Realty www.blair-realty.com The Chambers Agency www.chambersagency.net Country Club Properties www.ccphighlandsnc.com Highlands Cove Realty wwwhighlandscoverealty.com Highlands, NC Realty Tammy Mobley www.highlandsnc.info John Cleaveland Realty www.jcrealty.com Landmark Realty Group www.landmarkrg.com Meadows Mountain Realty www.meadowsmtnrealty.com Nadine Paradise Landmark Realty Group www.nadineparadise.com Pat Allen Realty Group www.patallenrealtygroup.com Silver Creek Real Estate Group www.ncliving.com Restaurants Highlands-Cashiers Directory Altitudes Restaurant www.skylinelodge.com Bellas Junction Cafe Caf 107 www.cafe107south.com Cyprus International Cuisine www.cyprushighlands.com Dustys FlipSide www.highlandsrestaurantgroup.net Fressers Eatery www.fresserseateryhighlands.com Highlands Smokehouse www.highlandsrestaurantgroup.net The Kitchen www.thekitchenofhighlands.com Madisons www.oldedwardsinn.com On the Verandah www.ontheverandah.com Rukas Table www.highlandsrestaurantgroup.net SweeTreats www.sweetreats.com SweeTreats Deli www.sweetreats.com The Ugly Dog/Dog House www.theuglydogpub.com Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro www.wolfgangs.net The Zookeeper Bistro Page 13 Page 9 Page 31 Page 48 Page 3 Page 27 Page 42 Page 8 Page 28 Page 95 Page 74 Page 90 Page 51 Page 43 Page 147 Page 45 Page 40 Page 2 Page 61 Pages 44, 97 Page 24 Pages 86, 87, 89 Page 75 Page 45 Page 66 Pages 102-141 Page 60 Page 58 Page 58 Page 53 Page 56 Page 51 Page 53 Page 57 Page 51 Page 58 Page 4 Page 56 Page 55 Page 53 Page 53 Page 51 Page 5 Page 34A Rugs Bounds Cave www.boundscave.com Eller and Owens Furniture www.ellerandowensfurniture.com Into the Woods Midnight Farms www.midnightfarms.com Shiraz Oriental Rug Gallery www.shirazruggalleries.com The Summer House www.summerhousehighlands.com Shipping Services Storks Wrap, Pack & Ship Shoes Annawear Bear Mountain Outfitters Highland Hiker www.highlandhiker.com Martha Annes Nora & Co. T.J. Bailey For Men www.tjbmens.com Socks Peak Experience www.peakexp.com Spas Skin Care with Rachel Lew Skin Care The Spa at Old Edwards www.oldedwardsspa.com Sun Control Shades/Blinds Into the Woods Tables Dovetail Antiques Dutchmans Designs www.dutchmansdesigns.com Into the Woods Midnight Farms www.midnightfarms.com Theatre/Entertainment Highlands Cashiers Players www.highlandscashiersplayers.org Highlands Performing Arts Center www.highlandspac.org Telephone Books Yellowbook www.yellowbook360.com Toys The Corner Store Transportation Highlands Transportation Company Vitamins/Food Supplements Natures Vitamins Wedding Venues Skyline Lodge www.skylinelodge.com Window Treatments The Horned Puffin, LLC www.hornedpuffin.com Into the Woods Wine & Accessories Dustys Yarn Silver Threads Golden Needles www.silverthreadsyarn.com Page 29 Page 10 Page 8 Page 27 Page 47 Page 73 Page 9 Page 45 Page 22 Page 49 Page 74 Page 81 Page 63 Page 43 Page 82 Pages 4, 90 Page 8 Page 9 Page 48 Page 8 Page 27 Page 26 Pages 47, 55 Page 26 Page 81 Pages 6, 64 Pages 34A Page 58 Pages 30, 92 Page 8 Page 51 Page 95

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