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2012 | www.thelaurelmagazine.com Publisher’s Note Dear Santa, As you finish checking off your list of naughty

Dear Santa, As you finish checking off your list of naughty and nice, we have a few last minute requests. We’d love for you to generously fill the stockings of our advertisers with pros- perity for 2013, and grant our readers all their Christmas wishes. Without them, the Laurel couldn’t be so wonderful. As for us, we’ve been really good all year – well, except for that one time - but it wasn’t our fault! Anyway, give our best to the Mrs., and give the reindeer some extra carrots for us! Merry Christmas! Janet and Marjorie

Anyway, give our best to the Mrs., and give the reindeer some extra carrots for us!
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• Cashiers Christmas Parade

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• Cover Artist Dottie Bruce

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• On the Verandah

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• Annual Holiday Reading

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• The Bascom News

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• Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner

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• Chamber Music Festival

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• The Betsy Paul Art Raffle

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• Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

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• Alternative Gift Market

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• David Berger

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• Dining Guide

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• Highlands Christmas Parade

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• Photos with Santa

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• Annual Carol Sing

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• Mountain Garden Club

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• Breakfast with Santa

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• Christmas on the Green

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• Cashiers Cares

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• Area Calendar

MAPS

• Cashiers Cares 32 • Area Calendar M A P S HISTORY 18 • Highlands Map

HISTORY

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Contents

Staff

HOMES&LIFESTYLES

HOMES&LIFESTYLES GIVING BACK

GIVING BACK

HOMES&LIFESTYLES GIVING BACK
HOMES&LIFESTYLES GIVING BACK
HOMES&LIFESTYLES GIVING BACK

Janet Cummings,

Marjorie Fielding,

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

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(828) 371-2689

(828) 371-2764

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• A True Masterpiece

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• Friends For Life

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56 • A True Masterpiece 74 • Friends For Life

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• Soul Food for the Winter

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• Manifested Dreams

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• The Super Storm

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• The Rotary Flyer

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• Here Comes Santa Claus

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• Highlands Land Trust

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• Santa Stalker

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• Shelter Without Walls

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• Protect Yourself Against Fraud

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• IFC Year in Review

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• The Lost Art of Biscuit Making

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• Valley Garden Club News

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• Highlands Biological Station

Michelle Munger,

Luke Osteen,

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• Danny Boy and The Healing Harp

Art Director

Writer

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• Cullasaja Women’s Outreach

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• Bel Canto Gives Back

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Wiley Sloan,

Donna Rhodes,

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Contributing Writers:

Libby Malcom, Jane Gibson Nardy, Gary Wein, Kathy Bub, Mary Adair Leslie, Elizabeth Fletcher, Sue Blair, Michael Rich, Sue Aery, Jim Johnson and Resa Johnson, Michelle Price and Robin Armstrong-Neil

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• Dining Guide

 

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• Service Directory

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• Where’s the Water

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• Advertisers Index

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Cashiers Christmas Parade

by Luke Osteen

This year’s parade will launch at Cornucopia on Highway 107 South at noon on Saturday, December 8th.

on Highway 107 South at noon on Saturday, December 8th. C ashiers is a tiny community
on Highway 107 South at noon on Saturday, December 8th. C ashiers is a tiny community
on Highway 107 South at noon on Saturday, December 8th. C ashiers is a tiny community

C ashiers is a tiny community (slightly smaller than Whoville), but some- how it manages to stage one of the

most beloved Christmas Parades in Western North Carolina, year after year. This year’s parade will launch at Cornuco- pia on Highway 107 south at noon on Satur- day, December 8th. Since this year’s theme is “Songs of the Season,” you’re certain to hear all of your favorite Christmas carols, served up with a mixture of reverence, gen-

tle good humor and small-town exuberance. The parade route will include three stops where bands, floats and other groups can sing or play a recorded version of their mu- sical selection and invite parade viewers to sing along. If you’d like to enter the parade, contact the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at info@cashiersareachamber.com. They have people standing by to help make your vision a reality.

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The Highlands Cashiers Players’ Annual Holiday Reading

by Wiley Sloan

T hink back to your early years. Was there any- thing more enjoyable

for you and your siblings than to sit at the feet of your parents or grandpar- ents and have them share stories of Christmas? For more than 18 years, High- landers have enjoyed their own holiday tradition of Christmas stories and dra- matic readings shared by members of the Highlands- Cashiers Players. This year’s

readings are led by Coordi- nator/Director Vangie Rich. Readers will include Luke Osteen, Glenda Bell, Edna Bryson, Donna Cochran, Wayne Coleman, Susan Duncan, Lee Lyons, Curtis Rich, Diane Rosazza, Jennifer Royce, Virginia Talbot and Barbara Werder. Additionally there will be a special mu- sical presentation by Les Scott using his dulcimer. This year’s stories revolve around the theme of “Christ- mas Memories”. You’ll enjoy special, poignant stories writ- ten by the presenters. Listen as Luke Osteen tells you about

ten by the presenters. Listen as Luke Osteen tells you about Wayne Coleman, Glenda Bell and

Wayne Coleman, Glenda Bell and Curtis Rich prepare for the annual Highlands-Cashiers Players Holiday Reading.

the year that he asked for

a monkey. With childhood

innocence Luke scurried to the tree on Christmas morn-

ing searching furtively for his monkey. What did he find?

A pink Christmas tree is the

focus of Donna Cochran’s story, while Edna Bryson will hold us spellbound as she shares early childhood memories of a young girl in early Highlands. These are just a few snip- pets of the stories that the

presenters will share. Some will bring a tear to your eye; others will cause you to hold your sides as you laugh uncon- trollably. All will cause you to pull family memories from the deep reserves of your memory. Mark your calendars now to be at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Art Center on Chestnut Street on Thursday, De- cember 13th, at 7:30 p.m. for this entertaining event. No tickets are required. This is a gift from the H-C Players to the community.

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Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

by Luke Osteen

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is already shaping its 2013 season.

W ith its fabulous 31st season just complet- ed, you might think

that the organizers of the High- lands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival would enjoy a long win- ter’s nap, but, if anything, the year’s success has only filled them with the desire to outdo themselves in the 2013 season. “From Gary Motley and Ve- ronica Tate’s Classical Jazz at The Farm, favorites William Preu- cil, The Eroica Trio and Victor Asuncion to the Albers Sisters, Eugene Izotov, and Christopher Martin, it was an incredible fes- tival,” says executive director

Nancy Gould-Aaron. “Next season is coming togeth- er and I have no doubt that in the fall of 2013, we will be saying, ‘That was the best festival ever,’ again,” said Festival Artistic Di- rector William Ransom. ”Because of the July 4th weekend, our opening concerts will be a little earlier than usual next summer – we open on June 28th-29th with William Preucil and friends for a weekend of brilliant string play- ing. Other highlights will include the festival debut of the dashing young Concertmaster of the At- lanta Symphony, David Couch- eron, and his talented sister pianist Julie. Other newcomers include English flutist Anthony Reiss in a program entitled ‘The Magic Flute’ and clarinetist Ro- eland Hendrikx from Belgium. It wouldn’t be summer without The Eroica Trio, and they will be joined by special guests in ‘Eroi- ca Plus!’ “The Vega Quartet will be back,

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and we will have some fun with another ‘Jazz Meets Classics’ concert featuring, this time, the saxophone, with Dwight Andrews. The Festival Cham- ber Orchestra will once again close the season at our final Gala with Mozart’s extraordi- nary ‘Sinfonia Concertante.’” Festival President Kathy Whitehead acknowledged the tremendous support of the patrons and the High- lands-Cashiers communities. “HCCMF would not be starting our 32nd year with- out all of you,” she says. “There are so many ways that you support and allow this world-class festival to happen for six weeks each summer, and we thank our underwriters, contributors, hosts and those who give such fabulous feasts. Ticket sales contribute approxi- mately 30 percent of our budget, so you can see how important these other areas of participation are. “Please continue your gen- erous support as it allows us to invite internationally- known musicians to the High- lands-Cashiers Chamber Mu- sic Festival and to receive the accolades and recognition that has continued for 31 years.” For information about the 2013 season or if you’d like to be a part of Highlands-Ca- shiers Chamber Music Festi- val, hosting a feast or housing a guest artist, call (828) 526- 9060 or email hccmf@fron- tier.com.

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The Alternative Gift Market

by Wiley Sloan

The Holiday Gift Market is a fun way to snag an unforgettable gift for a loved one and share a bit of Christmas Cheer with the needy of this world.

T he Christmas season beckons each one of us to share our bounty with the less fortunate.

We may have been pinching pen- nies, clipping coupons, and we may have even delayed purchases that were more “want than need.” No matter how hard times have been, Christmas is a time to give to others as a way of saying, “Thank you Lord for all of our blessings.” Perhaps you have a list of family and friends that you would like to re- member with a gift. You’ve struggled to identify that “perfect gift” for each and every one there. Your dad has more ties than he can possibly wear. Your sis- ter has her own distinctive style that you just can’t figure out.

Why buy something that will just get put into a drawer or will be returned the day after Christmas? Come to the Holiday Gift Market. Visit the booths of local non-profits and familiarize yourself with their missions and

non-profits and familiarize yourself with their missions and objectives. A contribution to any non- profits will

objectives. A contribution to any non- profits will make the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list. The Market will be held immedi- ately following the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade from 11:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1st, at Highlands United Methodist Church. Come out, enjoy a light lunch and share your blessings with others who need a helping hand. Area charities supported by the Al- ternative Gift Market are Big Broth- ers/Big Sisters of Highlands; Blue Ridge Dental Clinic; Bosnia Mission; Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers; Food Pantry of Highlands; Four Seasons Hospice; Haiti Mission; High- lands Bolivian Mission; Highlands Bolivian Water Mission; Highlands Community Child Development Center; Highlands Emergency Council; International Friendship Center; Litera- cy Council and REACH of Macon County. For more informa- tion, call (828) 526-3376.

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Highlands Christmas Parade

by Luke Osteen

I f you’re one of those who bemoans the commercializa- tion of Christmas and longs for a simpler celebration of the season, mark your calendar for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1st. That’s when the 23rd in- carnation of the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade winds down Main Street. The parade is the perfect tonic for the overblown, incredibly pol- ished corporate exercises staged in other parts of the country. There’s a warm, homemade feel

to the Highlands parade since it’s staged entirely by local groups, churches, businesses, fire departments and bands of neigh- bors. It’s all delivered with pride, sparkle and more than a little bit of humor. You’ll find handmade floats, at least one marching band, dancing garden ladies, dogs that amble more or less in for- mation, fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, classic cars, horses, the

fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, classic cars, horses, the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade launches the

Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade launches the holiday season with a healthy dose of small town cheer.

Highlands High School Home- coming Court, local politicians, and, of course, Santa. It’s not un- common for the parade to draw over 80 entries. That’s a remark- able accomplishment for a town with a year-round population of less than 2,000. People begin lining Main Street early to ensure they get a good view and to chat with neighbors and visitors. The pa- rade 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. There is no entrance fee. If you’re thinking of inviting Santa to participate in your entry, please note that he’s already accepted the Chamber’s invitation to appear in the parade. He’ll also be at the Visitor Center immediately after the parade until 3:00 p.m.

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Photos with Santa

by Luke Osteen

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Santa is on hand in Highlands to hear every whispered wish and heartfelt appeal for clemency.

N 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 year’s worth of good behavior. Whichever camp they fall in, they’re count- ing the days until Santa Claus arrives at The Highlands Visi- tor Center. Even in the hectic days leading up to Christmas, Santa manages to find time to sit and listen to his friends and High- lands has long been one of his favorite spots. According to insider accounts, the clean mountain air helps him maintain his unfailingly cheerful air, which makes Highlands one of the ideal spots to ask for an especially unlikely present or to appeal for clemency. You’ll find the Jolly Old Guy at the Highlands Visitor Cen- ter on Main Street (next to the Main Street Inn) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays – December 1st, 8th, and

15th. He’ll also be available by appointment on Saturday, December 22nd. Mike Wilson of High Country Photo will be on hand to capture a cherished memory. Santa will also be seen at the Town Tree Lighting, set for November 24th; and the Highlands Olde Mountain Christ- mas Parade, December 1st. If you’re 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 sprint- er’s diet in the weeks leading up to the Big Night. If you have questions about Santa’s 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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First Presbyterian Church to Hold Annual Carol Sing

EVENTS First Presbyterian Church to Hold Annual Carol Sing T here will be a Christmas Carol

T here will be a Christmas Carol Sing at First Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st, after the parade. If you enjoy singing familiar Christmas carols,

you won’t want to miss this! Stell Huie will be the song lead- er with Angie Jenkins playing the piano. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Highlands

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Emergency Council’s Fuel Fund, which assists needy local families with their winter heating expenses. Make plans to attend for an enjoyable hour of singing and Christian fellow- ship. Everyone is cordially invited. The church is located at the corner of Main and Fifth Streets. Handicap entrances are located on Fifth Street and on Church Street.

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The Mountain Garden Club Parade Dancers

by Wiley Sloan

They’ve got the beat – the women of the Mountain Garden Club will be delivering a healthy dash of holiday cheer to the Olde Mountain Christmas Parade in Highlands.

S ince 1998, Mountain Garden Club members have en- tertained Olde Mountain Christmas Parade crowds with choreographed dance routines. Their parade en-

tries began from a suggestion from renowned local garden- er and honorary MGC member Barbara Smith. “This will be our 15th year in the parade,” said Dr. Becky Schilling, who has choreographed five MGC Christmas Pa- rade routines, including “Jingle Bell Rock” in the inaugural year. “We had live music our first year. One of our members played a keyboard in the bed of our lead pickup truck. This year we’re planning to use a touch iPod. The technology has changed, but the message is the same. We love to give the crowd something to smile about.” Throughout the years, crowds gather along the way pack- ing the spots where the MGC dancers will perform. Crowd- pleasing favorites have included “The Rake-ettes” in 2000, when MGC danced with rakes to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Babes in Toy Land,” in 2001, when the MGC

dancers were joined by guest drummer boy Nate Brooks and guest baton twirler Rosemary Seacott. In 2003 “Wild Thing, You Make my Heart Sing” brought smiles to every- one’s face as they watched MGC members strut their stuff. “Feliz Navidad” in 2009 acknowledged the multi-national makeup of the Highlands population. “Jingle Bells” in 2011, rounded out the routines that have garnered the greatest energy from parade watchers. Choreographers for MGC parade routines in addition to Dr. Schilling have included Anita Williams, Bonnie Earman, and Linda Shearon. This year’s parade routine is being cho- reographed by Shearon and Schilling. Over the years MGC dancers have been costumed more often than not by the mother-daughter duo of Joan Levin- son and Barbara Werder, with help from Midge Rothermel and others. Planning for this year’s dance and costumes started last January. More than 25 MGC members are gear- ing up for the 2012 parade, which starts at 11:00 a.m. “We plan to dance near the intersection of 5th and Main; between Old Edwards Inn and Highlands Inn; in front of Scudder’s; and between Reeves Hardware and Main St. Inn,” Schilling said.

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Breakfast with Santa

by Wiley Sloan

R emember back to your child- hood and you’ll understand the excitement that area

youngsters feel as the time draws near for Breakfast with Santa at the Highlands United Method- ist Church (HUMC) at 315 Main Street. Yes, the children see Santa around our area several times dur- ing the holiday season but during Breakfast with Santa, they get to visit with him, up-close and per- sonal. Santa told me, “This is one of my favorite times of year. I truly enjoy talking with the youngsters and hearing their wish lists.”

Get up a little early on Saturday, December 8th, dress the youngsters in a festive holiday outfit and come on down to the Fellowship Hall of the Church. Ev- eryone will get a chance to enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast, and the children will complete a holiday craft. There will be time to listen attentively as you hear one of your favorite holiday stories. Before you know it, you’ll hear the hooves of reindeer in the dis-

know it, you’ll hear the hooves of reindeer in the dis - Santa always has time

Santa always has time to listen to his most ardent supporters.

tance, then the jingle of sleigh bells will fill the air as Santa makes his way to the Church. Sing your favorite carols and get into the Christmas spirit. Celebration of the Christ- mas season is the perfect way to build family traditions. Join other parents and grandpar- ents from throughout the com- munity for this special Christ- mas event. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The suggested donation is $10 per family. Reservations should be made by calling the Church no later than Wednesday, De-

cember 5th at (828) 526-3376. Jennifer Forrester, Minister of Children’s Activities at HUMC, says, “The children will have plenty of time to share their Christ- mas list with Santa and to have pictures made. Make your res- ervations early and come out for a stellar holiday celebration with Santa.”

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Christmas on the Green

T he Village Green will make spirits bright this holiday

season with “Christmas On the Green.” Visitors to the 12.5-acre park will enjoy twinkling light displays and festive dec- orations through Janu- ary 1st. One of the high- lights of “Christmas On the Green” will be a Fes- tival of Trees. “The Fes- tival of Trees celebrates one of the area’s great- est industries and show- cases our local business-

es,” says Village Green Executive Director Ann Self. After the holiday season, the evergreen trees will be planted in The Village Green for continued enjoyment. “Christmas On the Green,” will transform the heart of Ca- shiers into a winter wonderland where friends and family can gather to celebrate the holidays. Self comments, “We hope

gather to celebrate the holidays. Self comments, “We hope The Heart of the Cashiers Christmas Season

The Heart of the Cashiers Christmas Season shines in The Village Green.

everyone will come discov- er a marvelous new Christ- mas tradition for the com- munity. Whether it is taking holiday photos or a stroll through the decorative paths, a visit to The Village Green will certainly bright- en your Christmas spirit.” Jochen Lucke, Village Green Board Chair, adds “This is just one of the many events that The Village Green of- fers for the greater en- joyment of residents and guests to the Highlands Ca- shiers Plateau.”

The Village Green is lo- cated at the crossroads of Highway 64 and Highway 107 in Cashiers. Parking is avail- able at the entrance near the Gazebo, off of Highway 64 East, and at the entrance to Village Commons on Frank Al- len Road in Cashiers. Follow The Village Green on Twitter @ cashiersgreen.

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EVENTS

Cashiers Cares

Contributed by Deanna Klingel

EVENTS Cashiers Cares Contributed by Deanna Klingel Cashiers Cares is a celebration of the generous heart

Cashiers Cares is a celebration of the generous heart at the center of community life.

T hink of it as an umbrella over Cashiers, sort of a lo- cal United Way. Cashiers Cares is a way for your family to make a

charitable donation to the charity of your choice, where your donation will be used to care for your neighbors and friends here in Southern Jackson County. Put on your Christmas smiles, earmuffs, and mittens and gather on Saturday, December 8th, for the annual Cashiers Christmas Parade, free Rotary hot dog lunch, pictures with Santa and Cashiers Cares. Cashiers Cares will be staged immediately following the parade at Ca- shiers Community Center (next to the fire station). Sponsored locally by Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Saint Jude Catholic Church, Cashiers United Methodist Church, Grace Community, and Baptist Church of Cashiers, Cashiers Cares will have booths set up for each of the charitable agencies supported by Cashiers Cares. Please visit the booths and learn what it is each agen- cy does, who benefits, and make a decision where your family would like your contribution to go. Information booths will be in place for Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Christmas House of Jackson County, Cashiers United Christian Ministries, Clean Slate Coalition, Com- munity Care Clinic, and Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry. Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic, Haven of Rest Ministries, Life Challenge of Western NC, and the Literacy Council of Cashiers are also represented. Cashiers Cares Christmas Cards will be on sale. These cards were created by students at Blue Ridge School and Summit Charter School. Join us for a fun and worthwhile family day, the kind that makes Cashiers a special place to live.

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EVENTS

Mark Your Calendar

• Giving Trees will be on display through January

1 in the Terrace and Atrium, The Bascom, (828)

526-4949.

• American Craft Today exhibition through

December 29, Bunzl Gallery, The Bascom,(828)

526-4949.

• In These Mountains exhibit featuring painter

Ann DerGara and sculptor Christine Kosiba of Brevard through January 4, The Bascom, (828)

526-4949.

• “Christmas On the Green, Festival of Trees thru January 1, 2013, Village Green, Cashiers.

• Sapphire Valley Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m.-

5 p.m., December 1, Sapphire Valley Community Center, (828) 743-7663.

• Santa Visits, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays,

December 1, 8, and 15, also by appointment

on Saturday, December 22, Highlands Visitors Center, (828) 526-2112.

• Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade,

11 a.m., Saturday, December 1, Highlands Chamber of Commerce, (828) 526-2112.

• Alternative Gift Market, 11:45 a.m.- 4 p.m.,

Saturday, December 1, Highlands United Methodist Church. (828) 526-3376.

• Annual Christmas Carol Sing, 2 p.m., Saturday,

December 1, Highlands First Presbyterian Church, (828) 526-

• An Evening with Phil Roy, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1, Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts

Center, to benefit Literacy Council of Highlands, (828) 526-0863.

• Mountain High Dulcimer Club, meeting

noon, Monday, December 3, Highlands United

Methodist Church, (828) 787-1586 or (828) 200-

9532

• Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10 a.m., Saturday, December 8, Highlands United Methodist Church. The suggested donation is $10 per

family. Reservations should be made by calling the Church no later than Wednesday, December 5 at (828) 526-3376.

• Cashiers Christmas Parade, noon on Saturday, December 8, Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, info@cashiersareachamber.com.

• Cashiers Cares, 1 p.m., Saturday, December

8, after the annual Cashiers Christmas Parade, Cashiers Community Center (next to the fire station).

• Reading of “The Hobbit” Saturdays: December

1, 2-3:30 p.m., December 8, 3:-4:30 p.m., and December 15, 1:30-3 p.m. Free to all. For more

information about this story time event, contact Will Barclift at (828) 787-2897.

• An Appalachian Christmas, 5 p.m., Saturday,

December 8 and Sunday, December 9, Highlands

Community Christian Chorale, Highlands United Methodist Church, (828) 526-3376.

• Youth Art Adventures, December 10-11. Call

to pre-register, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949.

• Story Swap, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 11,

The Ugly Dog Pub, Highlands Writers Group. Pre- registration is required, (828) 369-1927

• Highlands Cashiers Players’ Annual Holiday

Reading, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 13,

Martin-Lipscomb Performing Art Center. (828)

526-3915

• Highlands Audubon Society Christmas Bird

Count, Friday, December 14. The Christmas

count is always fun and often an experience to remember! Brock Hutchins is organizing. For questions (828) 787-1387. • Recently Released Movies, 2 p.m., Wednesday December 19, Hudson Library, (828) 526-3031.

• Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner, 11 a.m.-5

p.m., Tuesday, December 25, The Hudson House. Seating is by reservation only. The dinner, for adults, will be $35, children under 12, $15, and

kids 5 and under are free. To reserve your place at the table, call (828) 526-9419.

• The Betsy Paul art raffle for the Cashiers

Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on December 31 in the afternoon. For more information, call (828) 743-0880.

Weekly Events

EVERY MONDAY

• Core Yoga, 8:30 a.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

• Hatha Level 1-2, 9:30 a.m., Yoga

Highlands, (828) 526-8880.

• Fundamentals of Yoga-Beginners, 8:30

a.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-

9000.

• Dulcimer lessons - Intermediate 10

a.m., Beginners noon, Highlands United Methodist church, (828) 787-1586.

• Yoga All Levels, 5:30 p.m. Yoga

Highlands, (828) 526-8880.

• Pilates with Sandi Trevathon, 4 p.m.,

Jane Woodruff Clinic, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, (828) 526-5862.

• Barn Jamming with James, Fressers Eatery, (828) 526-8847.

EVERY TUESDAY

• Hatha Yoga-Level 1-2, 10:30 a.m.,

Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000. - Acoustic Jam, 10 a.m., Bird Barn and Gift Emporium, Cashiers, (828) 743-

3797.

• Highlands Rotary Club, noon, Highlands Community Center.

• Duplicate Bridge, 12:45 p.m., Albert

Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. (828) 743-0215.

• Weight Watchers, 5:30 p.m., Highlands

Rec Park.

• Mat Pilates, 5:30 p.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

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EVERY WEDNESDAY

• Highlands Mountaintop Rotary, 7:30

a.m., dining room at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.

• Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, 8 a.m., Cashiers United Methodist Church, (828)

743-2243.

• Mat Pilates, 9 a.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

• Hatha Yoga Level 1-2, 9:30 a.m., Yoga Highlands, (828) 526-8880.

• Cashiers Quilters Guild, 12:30 p.m., Cashiers Methodist Church.

• Duplicate Bridge Games, 12:30 p.m.,

Highlands Civic Center.

• Mah Jong games open to the public, 1

p.m., Albert CarltonCashiers-Community Library, (828) 743-0215.

• Pilates with Sandi Trevathon, 4 p.m.,

Jane Woodruff Clinic Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, (828) 526-5862.

• Slow Flow Yoga, 5:30 p.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

• Bluegrass, 8:30 p.m., Ugly Dog Pub, (828) 526-8364.

EVERY THURSDAY

• Fundamentals of Yoga-Beginners/Level

1, 10:30 a.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

• Yoga Foundations, 3:30 p.m. Yoga

Highlands, (828) 526-8880.

• Zumba, 5:30 p.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

EVERY FRIDAY

• Mat Pilates, 9 a.m., Cashiers Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

• The Zachary-Tolbert House Tours, 11

a.m.-3 p.m., (828) 743-7710.

• Duplicate Bridge Games, 12:30 p.m.,

Highlands Civic Center.

• Live Music, 6 p.m.-close, Hummingbird Lounge, Old Edwards Inn, (828) 787-

2625.

EVERY SATURDAY

• Birding Field Trips, 7:30 a.m., Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, meet at Highlands Town Hall, (828) 743-9670. • Yoga All Levels, 9:30 a.m., Yoga Highlands, (828) 526-8880.

• Vinyasa Flow Yoga, 9 a.m., Cashiers

Valley Fusion, (828) 743-9000.

• Bascom Community Knitters, 10 a.m.,

The Bascom, (828) 526-4949.

• The Zachary-Tolbert House Tours, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., (828) 743-7710.

• Live Music, 6 p.m.-close, Hummingbird Lounge, Old Edwards Inn, (828) 787-

2625.

CASHIERS MAP KEY

CASHIERS MAP KEY Highland Hiker Highlands emporium interior enhancements into the Woods Home interiors Lenz Gifts

Highland Hiker

Highlands emporium interior enhancements into the Woods Home interiors Lenz Gifts & Linens Lotsa consignment shop midnight Farms mountain House nature’s Vitamins nearly new/ellen’s nora & co Priscilla’s, the decorative touch rock ‘n rooster rusticks ryan & company s’more Kids Klothes summer Place Antiques the Look Jewelry and Gifts tom sawyer tree Farm Victoria's closet Vc for men Vivianne metzger Antiques Woof Gang Bakery Zoller Hardware the designer’s market

AccommodAtions

High Hampton inn & country club

High Hampton inn & country club
 
High Hampton inn & country club  

the mountain Laurel inn

the mountain Laurel inn

Arts

 

Blue Valley Gallery cashiers Hillside Artists

 
Blue Valley Gallery cashiers Hillside Artists  
Blue Valley Gallery cashiers Hillside Artists  

chivaree southern Art and design

chivaree southern Art and design

mountain mist Gallery

mountain mist Gallery

reAL estAte

reAL estAte

Betsy Paul Properties

 
Betsy Paul Properties  

Landmark realty Group

Landmark realty Group

silver creek real estate Group

silver creek real estate Group

restAurAnts

restAurAnts

Boar’s Head deli

Boar’s Head deli

cafe 107

cafe 107

crossroads Grill/Village scoop

crossroads Grill/Village scoop

Hunts Brothers Pizza

Hunts Brothers Pizza

sapphire Brewery & Pub

sapphire Brewery & Pub

the Bodacious Bear Pub

the Bodacious Bear Pub

the Zookeeper Bistro

the Zookeeper Bistro

retAiL

retAiL

Bear’s den

 
Bear’s den  

Bird Barn and Gift emporium

Bird Barn and Gift emporium

Blue ridge Bedding/ carolina rustic Furniture

Blue ridge Bedding/ carolina rustic Furniture

Bounds cave

Bounds cave

Brooking’s cashiers Village Anglers

Brooking’s cashiers Village Anglers

Bumpkins

Bumpkins

cashiers customs

cashiers customs

catbird seat

catbird seat

cJ Brownhouse

cJ Brownhouse

consignment market

consignment market

corner store

corner store

dovetail Antiques

dovetail Antiques

Fiddlehead designs

Fiddlehead designs

GG’s consignments *etc

GG’s consignments *etc

serVices

Fiddlehead designs GG’s consignments *etc serVices cashiers chamber cashiers BP cashiers exxon cashiers

cashiers chamber cashiers BP cashiers exxon cashiers Printing cashiers Valley Preschool Fancy Paws dog Grooming Jennifer Haynes massage therapy Keystone Kitchen & Bath Peter J Pioli interiors signal ridge marina

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THE ARTS

Cover Artist Dottie Bruce

by Donna Rhodes

THE ARTS Cover Artist Dottie Bruce by Donna Rhodes D ottie Bruce’s life, like her artwork,

D ottie Bruce’s life, like her artwork, is built on layers of

colorful experience. Accomplished schoolteacher, inte-

rior designer, business woman, mother, grandmother,

and mixed-media artist are the threads that weave through her life, each strand connecting and embellishing the others. It’s no wonder she is so highly regarded and her work col- lected by so many. When one is so gifted it is hard to settle on a single me- dium. She says, “After years of experimenting with different forms of expressing myself through my art, I finally found my calling in acrylic mixed-media.” It is there she feels most at home. Her inspiration comes from Nature in which she im- merses herself while at her cabin studio in the Nantahala on the Whitewater River near Cashiers.

Her style is universally appealing, representational, yet stylized with a rich graphic feel, perhaps influenced by her strength in interior design… knowing what colors, lines, forms, shapes and textures complement an environment. Each of her creations is one-of-a-kind. She wants her collec- tors to feel they own an original work, not a copy. She and her husband lived and worked in Greenville, South Carolina, where she taught school and did interior design. They loved the Cashiers area and made it a seasonal home.

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She says, “My studio was in Greenville but my husband built a big barn on the Cashiers property. The top floor was storage. He asked if I would like to move my studio to that floor.” She jumped on the offer. Now she comes up on Thursdays and returns on Mondays. After retiring, she is in Cashiers all sea- son, studying the subjects for her painting as she looks out from her beautiful deck. When she’s not creating or spending time with her grandkids, she is doing her next favorite thing:

watching old movies from the 30s and 40s. She loves getting lost in her work. The idyllic scenery around her studio encourages a slower pace. But she does find time to give to the community. You may have seen her work at Betsy Paul’s fundraiser for the Cashiers Volunteer Fire Department. Or perhaps you saw her mixed media demon- strations at The Bascom, or her work on the cover of Western North Carolina’s Gallery Guide. In addition she was president of the Art League of High- lands for two years, and she just learned that one piece of her art was accepted for the cover of the 2014 Highlands- Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. For someone practicing re- tirement, this girl’s on fire! If you would like to see more, know more about her work, visit her website at: www.mixedmediaacrylicartist.com.

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The Bascom News

by Donna Rhodes

Forget a winter slowdown, The Bascom’s calendar is stuffed with holiday goodies.

I t may be the end of the year, but you can count on The

Bascom to keep the creative fires burning all winter long.

Now through January 4th, an In These Mountains instal-

lation by painter Ann DerGara and sculptor Christine Kosiba of Brevard is on exhibit. In 2012 The Bascom celebrated talented artists who live no more than 35 miles from the Highlands Pla- teau. Stay tuned for future In These Mountains opportunities. And speaking of wonderful showings… December 29th is your last chance to American Craft Today, a phenomenal representation of world-class craft from the Southeastern United States. There are so many colorful ways to enjoy what The Bas- com has to offer. For example, know some kids who love art? Tickle them pink with Youth Art Adventures December 10th and 11th. They will enjoy painting, printmaking and more with snacks to top off the fun. Call to pre-register. Do your last minute holiday shopping at The Bascom. Gift memberships and class certificates are classy holiday pres-

ents for those you love. And shop for one-of-a-kind art trea- sures at the gift shop. As we near year’s end, don’t forget

many of these donations are tax deductible. And while you are giving the gift of art, why not indulge your favorite artist… yourself! Have you always wanted to draw or paint or sculpt? Now’s your chance. The Bascom will tailor-make classes, one-on-one, just for you. Simply call The Bascom, tell them what you want and they will accommo- date your schedule with your dream class. After the Highlands and Cashiers holiday parades, stop by to enjoy cider and cookies while the classic story “The Hob- bit” is read. Our narrator will present the most powerful and stirring passages of this timeless novel, covering the breadth of Bilbo’s travels in three reading sessions. The final reading will conclude with a Hobbit’s feast! No registration required. All ages are welcome. Join us Saturdays: December 1st, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., December 8th, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and Decem- ber 15th, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Free to all. For more information about this story time event, contact Will Barclift at (828) 787-2897 or e-mail him at wbarclift@ thebascom.org. For information about any other Bascom ac- tivities or classes, call (828) 526-4949.

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The Betsy Paul Art Raffle

THE ARTS The Betsy Paul Art Raffle The Betsy Paul art raffle for the Cashiers Glenville

The Betsy Paul art raffle for the Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on December 31st in the afternoon. For more information, call (828) 743-0880.

D ecember’s art raffle prize is a painting created by William Whiteside, generously given as a donation through the Nearly New Shop by Sally Phillips and

family, the owners of the painting. The artist, William Whiteside, was raised in Florida, re- ceived a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Florida State Univer- sity. Following his formal training, he taught at Florida State University, North Texas University and Western Car- olina University. Since 1965 Whiteside has been represented in many na- tional, regional and state competitions. He is also repre- sented in several prominent private art collections. White- side is the recipient of numerous awards, has had selected paintings exhibited in the American Watercolor Society and the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. Wh- iteside’s work has been described in Who’s Who In Ameri- can Art as traditional, figurative landscapes. Speaking of his

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own work, Whiteside said, “I am constantly stimulated by visual symbolisms in nature and my surroundings. I respond emotionally to color combinations around me and also find smearing paint on a rough or smooth surface is exciting enough to cause me to want to paint. There is also a joy and pleasure in communicating with someone else my feelings or creating something pleasant for other people to share and enjoy, that gives me reason enough to paint.” Whiteside is presently living in Cashiers, where he has converted an old church into a studio, where he paints Wa- tercolors, Acrylics and Egg Temperas. Viewers are invited to see each month’s raffle item on dis- play from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday at Betsy Paul Properties, 870 Highway 64 West, Cashiers. Checks can also be mailed directly to the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, P.O. Box 713, Cashiers, North Carolina, 28717. For more information, contact Betsy Paul Properties, (828) 743-0880.

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DINING

On the Verandah

DINING On the Verandah O n the Verandah has been nestled on the shores of Lake

O n the Verandah has been nestled on the shores of Lake Sequoyah for over 30 years and has become an important spot for many guests who have made

dinner and drinks on Friday night a ritual and quiet Sunday brunches with family and friends a tradition. Executive Chef Andrew Figel takes his work seriously and runs his kitchen like a well-oiled machine, paying close attention to every dish that leaves and every attention to the smallest detail is never overlooked. Together with his wife Suzanne, they make a foodie’s dream team, with her running the front of house and him the kitchen and behind the scenes. It is not uncommon to see Andrew at the restaurant by 9 a.m. to begin preparing that night’s unique specials. Andrew hired Trae Ellison to be his master mixologist this year and his creative and unique martinis and cocktails have quickly become fan favorites. Trae prides himself on giving his guests exactly what they want, an unforgettable cocktail paired with a delicious dinner or small plate in The Bar’s relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Together with An- drew, Trae works daily to keep the 300-plus wine list up to date with old favorites and new twists. Flipping through the pages of the extensive wine selections, specialty cock-

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tails and beers, and local favorites it’s clear no attention to detail is spared. On the Verandah has become a favorite spot for casual diners wanting a relaxing dinner and the perfect spot for special occasions such as intimate anniversary dinners and unforgettable wedding memories. Nightly specials are a favorite of Chef Andrew’s and he delivers his twists on seasonally inspired dishes using only the freshest local in- gredients. The specials listed on the chalkboard as you first enter are only a sneak peek of what the menu has to offer. Don’t forget Sunday’s Champagne Brunch where Andrew takes pride in delivering family recipes to your table and creating new traditions for yours. Chef Andrew invites you to come and enjoy a glass of wine and small plate in The Bar, and then join him for dinner overlooking beautiful Lake Sequoyah while soft strands of classical piano tunes create a magical environment. Come by and see Trae after a long day to sit in The Bar and unwind with a specialty cocktail while catching up with friends. From a relaxing dinner to an unforgettable event, On the Verandah offers a little bit of something for everyone. For reservations: (828) 526-2338 or www.OpenTable.com.

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DINING

Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner

W hat will you be doing in the days be-

fore Christmas? Shop- ping, wrapping? I can tell you how Marty Rosenfield, Donna Woods, Holly Roberts, and Martha Porter will be spending a lot of theirs. Preparing the awesome foods and deserts that will be served at The Hudson House on Christmas Day to the many High- landers and Highlands visitors. A scrumptious buffet of turkey, ham, tenderloin, all sorts of fresh vegetables and,

of course, Donna’s al- ways delicious corn- bread dressing, and more confection varieties than I can mention. Hours are spent cooking 15 turkeys, 100 pounds

can mention. Hours are spent cooking 15 turkeys, 100 pounds Marty Rosenfield, Donna Woods, Holly Roberts

Marty Rosenfield, Donna Woods, Holly Roberts and many others work tirelessly to prepare the annual Highlands Christmas Dinner.

of dressing, casseroles, and side dishes, and pounds of pastries! The dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. by our all volunteer staff, and seat- ing is by reservation only. The dinner, for adults, will be $35, children un- der 12, $15, and kids 5 and under are free. The dinner, as always, is a fundraiser for local nonprofits. This year, all proceeds from The Din- ner will go to The High- lands-Cashiers Hospital, REACH of Macon County, and Big Brothers Big Sis- ters of Highlands.

To reserve your place at the table, call (828) 526-9419. Bring your family, and meet your friends for din-

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Five Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

DINING Five Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers Contributed by Mary Ann Hardman W ith the holiday

Contributed by Mary Ann Hardman

W ith the holiday season at hand, here are a few tried and true suggestions for the

wine lovers on your list! Adventures on the Wine Route by

Kermit Lynch — part travel diary and part fast-paced trot through cellars and vineyards with artisanal French winemakers is required reading for any oeno- phile. It details wine from the ground up. Lynch is a respected importer based out of Berkeley, California. “Wine and War” by Donald and Petie Klad- strup details the in- genuity of the French winemaker Resistance against the invading (and thirsty) Nazis. The French spirit would not be subdued by Hitler’s forces, and the Kladstrups capture the devotion and determina- tion of the French winegrowers to pre- serve and protect their craft against all odds. Even in defeat, the French wine- makers never surrendered to the Nazis.

the French wine - makers never surrendered to the Nazis. Chateau Laguiole corkscrew: simple, el -

Chateau Laguiole corkscrew: simple, el- egant, handmade, and reliable wine opener. Made in France. The little black dress of corkscrews. Riedel wine glasses – the shape of the wine glass does affect the bouquet and flavor of a wine. Stemless Riedel glasses are also avail- able. I prefer the stem- less Riedel glasses for casual entertaining. Wine Antiques make great gifts for the die-hard wine afi- cionado. This large French eight-bottle vintage zinc caddy was originally used in France to tote milk or cream bottles, but I love it to hold wine bottles for tail- gaiting or picnicking. Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta is a great place for sourcing these types of items.

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DINING

Mountain Dining

Your Guide to the Restaurants of Highlands & Cashiers

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Paoletti • 440 Main Street • 828-526-4906

     

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Ruka’s Table • 163 Wright Square • 828-526-3636

     

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HighlandsRestaurants 23 Steps Steak House - 828-787-2200 Altitude’s at Skyline Lodge - 828-526-2121 Bella’sJunctionCafe- 828-526-0803 Bistro on Main/Main Street Inn - 828-526-2590 The Bistro at Wolfgang’s - 828-526-3807 TheBrickOven- 828-526-4121 Bryson’sDeli - 828-526-3775 Cafe460- 828-526-8926 CyprusInternational Cuisine- 828-526-4429 Dominick’sRestaurant - 828-526-0527 Downhill Grill - 828-526-1663 Dusty’s- 828-526-2762 El Azteca - 828-526-2244 FlipSide- 828-526-4241 FressersEatery- 828-526-4188 Ghangri Asian FusionRestaurant - 828-526-8500

GoldenChina- 828-526-5525 HighlandsSmokehouse- 828-526-5000 KelseyPlaceRestaurant - 828-526-9380 TheKitchen CarryAway&Catering- 828-526-2110 LakesideRestaurant - 828-526-9419 Madison’sRestaurant &WineGarden- 828-787-2525 MountainFresh- 828-526-2400 On the Verandah - 828-526-2338 Pescado’s- 828-526-9313 PizzaPlace- 828-526-5660 Paoletti- 828- 526-4906 RosewoodMarket - 828-526-0383 Ruka’sTable- 828-526-3636 Rustico at The Log Cabin - 828-526-0999 SouthernBellesRestaurant - 828-787-2299 SportsPage- 828-526-3555

     

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On the Side at CashiersFarmersMarket - 828-743-4334 TheOrchard- 828-743-7614 Rosie’sCafé- 828-743-0160 Subway- 828-743-1300 The Gamekeeper’s Tavern - 828-743-4263 Tommy’s Coffee Shoppe - 828-743-2010 Wendy’s- 828-743-7777

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HISTORY

All the Colors of the Terrain-bow

by Donna Rhodes

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The Hudson Library, the first nonprofit established in Highlands in 1880 and the second-oldest public library still functioning in North Carolina today, Photo courtesy of the Highlands Historical Society.

Club and Helping Hand, Save the Children, the Jaycees and Jay- ceettes, and the Red Cross joined the grow- ing list of groups that support- ed those who would benefit from their lead- ership, educa- tion and charity. Space runs short, but rest assured the list of hard-working volunteers for many worthy organizations grows longer and stronger each year. In

1996 seasonal and full-time residents established the Highlands Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. It is a permanent charitable fund, which supports all these wonderful groups, providing more than $100,000 in grants and subsidies. New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner. If you support education, resolve to volunteer for the Literacy Council. If you love four-leggers, consider helping out in ani- mal rescue. If vision has special meaning for you, both literal and figurative, join the Lions Club. If preserving the beauty around us is your thing, volunteer for the Land Trust. If art is in your heart, volunteer at The Bascom or the Art League. Add your colors to the terrain-bow and make your corner of the world, better, stronger, more literate, more beautiful in 2013 by being part of the Plateau’s colorful volunteer history. To learn more about the impact of Highlands’ volun - teerism, read Randolph Shaffner’s “Heart of the Blue Ridge,” or visit www.highlandshistory.com.

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a banner of all the colors that represent the scores of chari- ties and volun- teer organiza- tions for which Highlands is so well known, it would span the full col- or spectrum. If giving is what the holidays are all about, the

Highlands Pla- teau celebrates the season all year long. Once the township of Highlands was

established in the late 1800s, volunteer organizations began to spring up. The Highlands Improvement Association was instituted in 1883. Later the Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Council, the hos- pital, zoning and planning boards, and various volunteer of- ficials formed the framework on which the region’s govern- ment relied. The Hudson Library, Chamber of Commerce, the Histori- cal Society, the Highlands Greenway, The Highlands Play- house and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music, the Performing Arts Center, the Peggy Crosby Center, Fibber Magee’s Closet, and scores more organizations, each with its own target audience and dedicated group of volunteers followed over the decades. The Freemasons, Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel Club, the Order of the Eastern Star, various garden clubs, the Highlands Woman’s Club, Mountain Findings, the Humane Society, the Cullasaja Womens Outreach, the Inter-Church Council, Girl and Boy Scouts, the Town Scholarship Fund, the Woman’s

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HISTORY

The Glenville Historical Map

Contributed by Carol Bryson

The Glenville Historical Map Contributed by Carol Bryson From left to right, Jane Nardy, Carol Bryson,

From left to right, Jane Nardy, Carol Bryson, Librarian Serinity Richards, and David Bryson.

W hen Carol and David Bryson got together, they formed a dynamic duo that led to the creation of a large map, depicting and graphically show-

ing the location of the earliest settlers of the river valley settlement of Hamburgh, starting in 1827. Then, the next generations of settlers were overlaid on the same map. Through the time, the village name changed to Glenville in 1891, and up to the time the dam was completed in 1940, when everyone in the valley had to leave. David Haygood Bryson Jr. was the first licensed survey- or in business in the southern portion of Jackson County. Craig Cranston, a summer resident of Cashiers, was re- sponsible for bringing David and Carol to Cashiers, as he wanted David to take charge there of a new surveying

and engineering office. From David’s first day of arrival, he was treated by the locals as though he, too, was a lo- cal, as his name was a match to the many Brysons living all over Western North Carolina. Some 30 years later, the couple finally found the time to research David’s fam- ily tree and found that he linked back to the first Bryson family to arrive in Jackson County, then Haywood County, in 1802. Over their 19 years of surveying in Cashiers and Glen- ville, they took the time to study and research the his- tory of the area. They also held in their hands the original 1891 Act to incorporate Glenville into a town. When the

100th anniversary of that document came around, Carol felt the need to let the local folks of Glenville know of its existence. Carol, already a drafter of David’s survey plats, had started the Hamburg-Glenville map in 1989 and now she earnestly set out to complete it in time for a commu- nity celebration. The completed map was presented at the anniversary festivities in August of 1991. David and Carol made a significant life change, when David, at the mature age of 50, was accepted into a law school in Durham, North Carolina. They closed up shop and moved to Durham for three years. Carol gained em- ployment in a law office and supported him through law school. They came back to Jackson County and opened his law practice in Sylva and practiced law for 17 years with Carol right there by his side. This year they decided to retire. The colored map that hung in their conference room is now hanging at the Al- bert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in its confer- ence room. The Brysons donated it to the library so more people could enjoy it. Now, Carol Bryson is earnestly working to compile a history book that will touch on all of Western North Caro- lina, with emphasis on Cashiers and Glenville’s history in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including the com- plexities of the Indian Treaties, land granting, survey as- pects and the individuals who were part if its history.

HOMES & LIFESTYLES

A True Masterpiece

by Wiley Sloan

HOMES & LIFESTYLES A True Masterpiece by Wiley Sloan S nuggled gently on the shores of

S nuggled gently on the shores of a 30-acre lake sur- rounded by the verdant beauty of native plants includ- ing rhododendron, mountain laurel and decade-old

trees, is one of the most beautiful homes in our area. No detail has been overlooked in this handcrafted, designer home. Eye-catching in every way, this is a home of which dreams are made. Whether entertaining business associ- ates or just enjoying your family and friends, this home is perfection. With long ties to our area, the owners incorporated the best features of mountain elegance with the stylish beauty of homes they have experienced throughout the country. Years of knowledge as an architectural interior designer provided their ability to create this exceptional home. A designer’s delight, it includes engineering features that will excite even the most avid technophiles. Multi-zoned sound and data ports, heating and cooling system, Wi-Fi, remote controlled lighting and more, are integrated in this extraor- dinary home.

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Start your day on the wide front porch with a cup of cof- fee as the birds welcome the morning sun. Greet guests in the large entry foyer before they disperse to their favorite getaways. Let the men gather in the rustic, log-cabin den with hand-hewn logs and chinking. Local-cut stone and river rock accentuate the three fireplaces throughout the home. Guests gravitate to the magnificent kitchen which includes Viking Professional Series appliances and a large granite-topped island that seats six. The furniture-style cabinets provide the perfect display/storage centers for all of your treasured china and crystal. Streams of sunlight are fractured through the coppered stained windows above the kitchen sink. Just off the kitchen you will find a Viking Rotis- serie grill and a large capacity wine cellar. Post and beam construction with 33-foot-high ceilings adds dramatic elegance to the Great Room. Thoughtfully placed windows frame the surrounding vistas while filling the home with light. A carefully-crafted floor plan ensures maximum livability. You’ll be enamored by the Master Bed-

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HOMES & LIFESTYLES room suite with its large size, his and her walk-in closets and his

room suite with its large size, his and her walk-in closets and his and her baths with heated floors. Guests have a choice of two suites including large bed- rooms and private baths. Mesmerizing views of the lake and surrounding mountain vistas provide a relaxing back- drop for your comfortable rest. As the sun glides toward evening, gather on the covered back porch which is an outdoor living room with a fireplace to warm the generous seating and dining areas. Enjoy the boathouse as you take a cocktail cruise on the lake. Conveniently located in a prestigious, gated community

lake. Conveniently located in a prestigious, gated community halfway between Highlands and Cashiers, you have easy

halfway between Highlands and Cashiers, you have easy ac- cess to golf, hiking, walking trails and the private lake. This 3 bedroom, 6 bath home includes a 2 car garage with ½ bath plus a multi-use space above which could be used as a bedroom. Look no further, your dream home is here. Finely- crafted luxury, exceptional features, convenience surround- ed by natural beauty – the package is complete. This home is newly listed and is being exclusively marketed by Exur- bia Sotheby’s International Realty (exurbiasothebysrealty. com). Call Jody Lovell at (828) 526-4104 or at jody.lovell@ sothebysrealty.com to arrange your private showing.

sothebysrealty.com to arrange your private showing. View more photos of this Home of Distinction at

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Soul Food for the Winter

HOMES & LIFESTYLES Soul Food for the Winter Ashby Underwood-Garner is a Rolf Structural Integra- tion

Ashby Underwood-Garner is a Rolf Structural Integra- tion Practitioner and Yoga Therapist at Yoga Highlands. Contact her at mtnyogins@gmail.com.

W hat is it about be- ing told to “take a rest?” Is it the

freedom or the relief that feels so good to just stop doing, for now, close your

eyes and sink down into the earth beneath? Ask any Yoga practitioner, and most will say that it’s the end of a practice, or the guided relaxation, that keeps them coming back to Yoga with a smile. Sensory nutrition, called Pratyahara in Sanskrit, is one of the ways of strength- ening the mind. Let’s think about that concept… Sen- sory… Nutrition…feeding the senses. Considering how we take in sights, sounds, smells… how loud, how bright, for how long is a major part of any Yoga or meditation practice. Peo- ple come to Yoga for cul- tivating the inner-quiet. Yoga is full of practical wis- dom to de-stress and stay centered.

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As early winter ar- rives, the nights grow lon- ger. Where we live here in the mountains, most of us can see a detailed night sky. But it is practice as usual, as we move closer to the holiday season, to burn our lights earlier and longer. We generally are a society that pre- fers lights rather than the dark. The eastern United States is still an area that mines and uses coal as fuel for neighboring power plants. I have often won- dered about the increased amount of coal dust in the air this time of year affect- ing our air quality. It seems that as we turn our lights on for several hours more this season, there is an ob- vious surge in demand on

our Smoky Mountain coal- burning power plants. In this way, light pollution and environmental issues may play into a cold or bronchitis common to the months ahead. The attachment to lighting our living rooms, streets, city, and country may also be challenging our deeper need for dark- ness and deep rest. It chal- lenges human physiology to be “ON” all year long, and many anxieties, chron- ic fatigue, and other men- tal energy deficits could be from underlying exhaus- tion. The shorter days and longer nights are a signal to increase our reserves of vi- tality, to develop a healthy baseline of balanced think- ing and awareness.

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Peg and Sandy

HOMES & LIFESTYLES

How

My Mom Beat the Super Storm

Sandy HOMES & LIFESTYLES How My Mom Beat the Super Storm Contributed by Dr. Sue Aery,

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

O n the eve of Hur- ricane Sandy, then anticipated to be

the largest hurricane in decades, my 86-year-old mother, Peg, was prepar- ing her home for the hit. I grew up in the NYC suburb of Caldwell, New Jersey. It’s a small town with winding roads and large trees. The houses are relatively small except for some larger and newer replacements of the original smaller cape cods built in the early fif- ties. Our house is nestled among some large oaks, tulips, cedars and beautiful silver birch trees. Since my dad died in 2000, my mom has lived by herself and is quite self-sufficient. She is in good health, slowed a bit by a heart attack back in 2006, when I first lived in North Carolina. She re- covered well, changed her diet, and continued exer- cising for her health. She still plays a weekly game of tennis at a tiny tennis club, two courts built a long time ago between two homes in our neighborhood.

When I spoke with her on Sunday night, the day before Sandy was to hit land, she was busying her- self checking flashlights, candles, food, firewood, her cell phone, and filling her bathtub in case she lost water. She does not have a generator as many

the kitchen to stay safe and warm. I thought maybe we should travel to New Jersey to be with her but she as- sured me that she would be safe and well taken care of by my brother, not too far away, and her wonderful neighbors who keep an eye on her every day.

her wonderful neighbors who keep an eye on her every day. Peg and Sue of her

Peg and Sue

of her neighbors do, but she told me that she would be “just fine” without one. Her kitchen has a gas stove and is located in the middle of the house. She told me that if the power goes out and the storm is fierce, she would just plant herself in

We reminded her to plug in her old phone, the one without the batteries, that she should be able to use even if the power goes out. She had plenty of firewood to stoke her small but ef- ficient fireplace in the fam- ily room. She was worried

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about the birds as they flit- ted noisily about before the storm hit. The storm did hit hard the next day and we finally got in touch with her later that day on her cell phone. She had lost both power and phone service but she was fine. Her car was snug in the garage, as she was unable to open the ga- rage door. This was Mon- day, October 29th and one week later the power has still not been restored. She has fed herself, my brother, nieces and a nephew. She has checked on her best friend, Val, 88, in the next town. She has cleaned up the “sticks” in the yard, fed the birds, and now makes daily trips to Shop Rite as her remaining food has spoiled. She even made her appointment with her chiropractor to work on her tennis elbow! We sug- gested days ago that we bring her down here for the duration but she said, “No, I’m fine and my friends need me here.” This is my mom, and I am not only amazed by her strength and fortitude but I am also proud of her resilience! My brother said just yesterday, “She is amazing and do- ing just fine.” Normally I preach good health but this lesson is, don’t ever let a devastating hurricane or adversity get you down; handle it just like Peg did! Take it one day at a time and embrace the challenge of a wonderful life and the love of those around you. Keep your health strong so that no matter your age, you can handle a real challenge.

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Here Comes Santa Claus!

HOMES & LIFESTYLES Here Comes Santa Claus! Contributed by Bryan & Tricia Cox - CruiseOne Independent

Contributed by Bryan & Tricia Cox - CruiseOne Independent Vacation Specialists (828) 356-7920 TheCruiseFinders.com

I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot believe that another year is coming to an end. Someone once said to me that the days go slow, but the years go fast. The

older I get, the more true that statement seems to be. With 2012 rapidly winding down and the holiday season upon us, I like to take some time and reflect upon the year and the blessings in my life. I am reminded of how precious the time is that we have with our loved ones and how life is not about the items in our inbox, but rather the experiences we share and the memories we make with those who are most im- portant to us. As we head into the sea- son of giving, it seems that we spend so much time and money finding that perfect thing for the people in our lives. In many cases, those “things” fall by the wayside only to be replaced by some-

thing newer or better next year. Now, I am not sug- gesting that everyone turn into Mr. Scrooge. There is something wonderful in giv- ing to those we love. There is something magical to see- ing the joy on the faces of children when they discover that Santa Claus made a stop by their house even though they may not have been nice to their little brother or eaten all their broccoli. What I am suggesting, however, is that we spend more time making memo- ries that will last a lifetime, and less time worrying about the gift that may not sur- vive to next year… especially when you have kids like mine whom I have lovingly nick- named “The Destroyers!”

This year, my family has decided to forego gift giving. Instead, we are all going to spend a week together on vacation. Now, I know I am blessed to live in Highlands along with my parents and my sister and brother-in-law. I see my family every day. However, like many fami- lies, we don’t often spend much quality time together because of all the chaos of life. This short break will give us the opportunity to make memories that we will always cherish and have ex- periences that enhance our lives and our relationships with each other. Life is, after all, not the destination, but the journey. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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Santa Stalker

by Donna Rhodes

O h, yes, Virginia, he’s real. Bowlful-of-jelly real. Nose- like-a-cherry real. I assure you, Santa Claus is justi- fiably, certifiably, verifiably, in-your-eye-ably legit.

How do I know this? I am… the Santa Stalker (insert creepy music here). Sneaking around the Santa Complex is a cinch ever since global warming set in. Polar thaws have opened up new Wally World trade routes to China. Some of them pass right by the Santa sector. Arctic travel is so easy now I have made frequent trips via paddleboat. Ayup, just me and my trusty night-vision glasses. And my gazillion-X telephoto lens, guaranteed to produce exceptional grainy photos from 100 miles away. Spying on Santa has become a piece of Christmas cake. But undercover work can be hazardous. Like now, for example: LOOK OUT FOR THAT MAMMOTH GLACIAL CHUNK!! It wasn’t just big. It actually had a mammoth in it. I won’t lie to you. Bobbing hunks of meltdown play

havoc with a paddleboat. But I am willing to take my chances as long as the tab- loids eat up my stories. They can’t seem to get enough of them. They are especially fond of Rudolph trash-talk. That

buck sure knows how to get down. Booty cam on overtime. And, with a modicum of modesty I must say, it’s not just my photos that sizzle, my stories are outstanding in a field… left field, maybe, but a field nonetheless. Last year The National Expirer submitted my scoop, “Santa Does Snow” for a Pulitzer. I caught Jolly Ol’ St. Nick snorting the white stuff right out of the air. Then some jerk proved it really was snow. All was not lost though. I won the Pullet Surprise. I am dabomb.com with Rhode Island Reds. But my biggest reveal was Santa’s real estate fiasco. When the market was booming, Nick (he said I could call him that as long as I promised not to publish news of his contract with Weight Watchers… oops) bought a million acres at the South Pole at a hugely inflated price. Glacier Realty s-l-o- w-l-y saw him coming. Economy fail. He had to bail. Just as whale, I mean well. News of his being bipolar might have been more than the public could bear. So keep your eyes glued to the supermarket rags for my latest scoop of Santa dirt. And do what I do: Hang your stalkings with care. Don’t get too Santa-mental. And keep your Bering Strait! Outta sight and to all a good night.

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Protect Yourself Against Fraud

HOMES & LIFESTYLES Protect Yourself Against Fraud Contributed by Bill Zoellner, Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo

Contributed by Bill Zoellner, Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Highlands at (828) 787-2323.

P rotecting your retire- ment nest egg and sustaining your re-

tirement income are chal- lenging enough. When you add in the fears and con- cerns unique to older per- sons, it’s clear that seniors should consider taking ex- tra precautions to guard their investments. Older people can be com-

mon targets for fraud and financial crimes. Several qualities that are character- istics of older people tend to make them targets for scam artists and unscrupulous sales people. Older people are generally trusting; they may be home alone dur- ing the day; they are ac- customed to answering the door or the phone; and they may be reluctant to re- port fraud. Scam artists are well aware of all this which makes seniors susceptible to the methods unscrupulous people employ, including phone calls, emails, person- al sales pitches, and pop-up ads on the Internet. Let’s start with a few basics. Proceed with care; don’t jump into an invest- ment just because you have been approached through one of these communica- tions tactics. Prior to in- vesting in any investment product or service, it is im- portant that you consider

your overall financial situa- tion in order to determine if the product or service is right for you. You should be aware of your liquidity needs, fees and costs asso- ciated with an investment, as well as your income needs and the overall risk you can afford to bear with any investment. Offers of an investment with an above-average rate of return or income rate and little-to-no risk are almost always deceptive. Some rep- resentatives and salespeo- ple may use scare tactics to gain access to seniors’ sav- ings and investments, such as the threat of physical or financial harm, intimidat- ing statements or recurring phone calls. Services de- scribed as a “limited-time offer” or any person who pressures you to make an immediate investment deci- sion should also raise a red flag. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to seek a sec-

ond opinion. Contact your law enforce- ment agency immediately if you suspect someone is employing fraudulent ac- tions. Investment fraud can take many forms. There are Ponzi schemes, for exam- ple, where fraudsters ad- vertise high rates of return on client investments. Other schemes have been reported, including pyramid schemes, scams involving coins and precious metals, ownership interests in oil and gas interests, and af-