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Celebrating 10 Years

2002 - 2012

November 2012 | Your guide to highlands and cashiers

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Publishers Note

t is with thankful hearts that we give you this November issue. ten humble years ago, you welcomed us into your lives and began a journey alongside us with each new issue. we would not be where we are today without all of you, readers, advertisers, contributors and supporters. thank you again for ten wonderful years. looking forward to ten more with all of you! blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving.

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14 Culinary Weekend 16 Alternative Gift Market 20 Highlands Christmas Parade 21 Photos with Santa 22 An Appalachian Christmas 24 Highlands Tree Lighting 25 Artists Marketplace 26 Breakfast with Santa 28 Christmas on the Green 29 Cashiers Cares 30 A Tale of Three Camels 32 Area Calendar

40 Cover Artist Danielle Warth 42 The Art of kAaron Shufelt 44 The Bascom news 46 David Berger 48 Healing the Sacred Divide 49 The Art of Kelly Bently Ash 50 Hard Candy Christmas 52 Shawn Camp at PAC

56 Wild Thyme Gourmet 58 Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner 60 Ghangri 62 Champagne, Beyond the Bubbles 64 Dining Guide



18 Highlands Map 34 Cashiers Map

66 Highlands History 67 Cashiers History

Volume Eleven Issue Ten 828-526-0173 email: P.O. Box 565 Highlands, North Carolina 28741
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Janet Cummings, Managing Partner


Marjorie Fielding, Managing Partner


(828) 371-2689

(828) 371-2764

70 A Mountain Paradise 72 Shift with the Season 74 Knee Pain 76 voyage to Alaska 78 Doh 79 The Benefits of functional Medicine 80 Time for a financial Checkup 81 The Benefits of yoga 82 The Beehive


88 friends for Life 89 Biological Station 90 Carpe Diem farms 92 Highlands rotary 94 Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust 95 Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society 96 valley Garden Club 97 Highlands Literacy Council 98 Center for Life Enrichment 100 CWo Gives to the Performing Arts 100 The Cullasaja Mentor organization 101 HuMCs red Shirt Brigade 102 Hospice 103 Scaly Mountain Womens Club 104 Catman 2 Cat Shelter 105 relay for Life

Michelle Munger, Art Director (828) 342-3551

Luke Osteen, Writer



Wiley Sloan, Writer

Donna rhodes, Writer


107 yoga Highlands 108 Pat Calderone

18 Highlands Map 34 Cashiers Map 32 Area Calendar 64 Dining Guide 84 Service Directory 86 Wheres the Water 110 Advertisers index


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

Copyright 2012 by The Mountain Laurel, LLC. all rights reserved. Laurel Magazine is published eleven times per year. reproduction without the permission of the publisher is prohibited. The publishers and editors are not responsible for unsolicited material and it will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication subject to Laurel Magazines right to edit. return postage must accompany all manuscripts, photographs and drawings. Every effort has been made to assure that all information presented in this issue is accurate, and neither Laurel Magazine nor any of its staff is responsible for advertising errors, omissions, or information that has been misrepresented in or to the magazine. any substantial errors that are the fault of the magazine June be subject to a reduction or reimbursement of the amounts paid by the advertiser, but in no case will any claim arising from such error exceed the amount paid for the advertisement by the advertiser. | November 2012 | 13


Sixth Annual Culinary Weekend

and the delectable cuisine of Highlands local chefs. Throughout the weekend, fill you itineraries with an array of activities, cooking demonstrations, tastings and dinners hosted by area restaurants, merchants and accommodations. Plan to attend the annual Sip & Stroll, Saturday, november 10th from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in our beautiful downtown area. its impressive to see the creativity that goes into Highlands Culinary Weekend. This event has evolved and continues to grow with each new season. its truly a wonderful experience to see a community come together for this celebration of Highlands. We invite you to be a part of this grand affair. Event Name: Lambert Bridge, flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox Event Description: Lambert Bridge wine and food tasting brought to the nth degree... Venue: Wolfgangs restaurant & Wine Bistro (828) 526-3807 Time: 7:00 p.m. Price: $95 plus tax and gratuity Event Name: CADE/Plumjack Wine Dinner Event Description: Join ...on the verandah as they host a wine dinner featuring the extraordinary, award winning wines of napa valleys, CADE and Plumjack. Venue: ...on the Verandah (828) 526-2338 Time: Call for details Price: Call for details Event Name: viva la france Dinner Event Description: The inn at Half Mile farm is pleased to be partnering with rosewood Market and Steve Pignatiello from Pignatiello Wine importers. Extraordinary chefs from rosewood Market will be preparing a fabulous multi-course french dinner; each course paired with one of the fine french wines, personally selected by sommelier, Steve Pignatiello. Venue: inn at Half Mile farm 1 (800) 946-6822 Time: Wine & Hors doeuvres at 6:30 p.m., with vive la france dinner at 7:00 p.m. Price: $100 per person, plus tax & gratuity

all in Highlands has never looked better as we celebrate the Sixth Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend. This 4-day destination event, created by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & 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 & extraordinary cuisine. The weekend gains momentum with the not to be missed opening night Celebration, Thursday, november 8th, held at the esteemed Highlands Country Clubhouse. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., enjoy great music, a variety of wine tasting tables,

The opening night Gala Celebration will once again be held at the esteemed Clubhouse of Highlands Country Club on Thursday, november 8th. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. sip, swirl and savor fine wines and craft beers while enjoying the delectable cuisines of Highlands local chefs. Enjoy live music and visual arts from local artists virginia Parrot & Patty Calderone. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace culinary delight under one roof in the beautiful mountains of Highlands. Taste a musthave wine? Mountain fresh Grocery will be on hand at opening night 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. Please utilize shuttle service for this event, as parking on site will be limited. 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at or by calling 1 (866) 5265841.

Event Name: farm Harvest Celebration and Barn Dance Event Description: fling open the barn doors and step back in time for a kicked-up version of an old mountain barn danceold Edwards Style. its a full-on evening of authentic mountain culture with farm-fresh bounty prepared live and served harvest style. Sip craft beer and selected wines to whet your whistle for the lively band Back Porch orchestra. Venue: The farm at old Edwards inn (828) 787-2625 Time: 6:30 p.m. Price: $125 per person Event Name: Schug Soiree at Lakeside restaurant Event Description: Join Lakeside restaurant and Californias most celebrated winemakers, Schug Carneros Estate Winery with special guest Axel Schug. Join us as we pair five courses of fabulous cuisine with the fine wines of Schug. Venue: Lakeside restaurant (828) 526-9419 Time: 6:30 p.m. Price: $125 plus tax and gratuity Event Name: Craft 2 Table Event Description: Bringing you the absolute best and hard-to-find in American Craft beers with food native to that region. Great food, Great Beer, unforgettable Experience! Venue: rukas Table (828) 526-3636 Time: 6:30pm Price: $60 per person

Friday, November 9th Events:

Event Name: Eating and Drinking Tuscany Cooking Class Event Description: We will prepare iconic Tuscan food such as Crema Paradiso, White truffle omelet, Pinzinmonio and Crispelle alla fiorentina and drink Chianti Classico and modern Sangiovese blends. Venue: Cyprus open Kitchen (828) 526-4429 Time: 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Price: $100 per person

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Saturday, November 10th Events:
Event Name: MollyDooker Shake up Part Two! Event Description: Lakeside restaurant is thrilled to once again feature the Australian wines of Sarah & Sparky Marquis, Mollydooker! Join Chef Marty rosenfield and the Lakeside staff as they present, The Mollydooker Shake. Enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner paired with Mollydooker wines that promise to Wow! Venue: Lakeside restaurant (828) 526-9419 Time: 6:30 p.m. Price: $150 plus tax and gratuity Event Name: island fever Event Description: Caribbean Cowboys will be playing. There will be a wine tasting on the patio. Come dance, come have a great time! Venue: Highlands Playhouse (828) 526-2695 Time: 6:30 p.m. Price: $15.00 per person Event Name: Silver oak Cellars & Twomey Wine Dinner Life is a Cabernet! Event Description: We will be featuring Silver oak and Twomey Cellars. Join us for a night of culinary memories and divine libations. it will be night to remember! Venue: Wolfgangs restaurant & Wine Bistro (828) 526-3807 Time: 7:00 p.m. Champagne & Appetizers, 7:30 p.m. Dinner Price: $160 plus tax and gratuity Event Name: Chefs Limited Menu: Chillin with nonya A five-course menu of Sino-Malay rustic cooking from the straights of Malaca. Event Description: This is a fun and easy-going exploration of coastal Singapore and Malysian food which has been heavily influenced over the centuries by mixing with Chinese traders. Lots of Chilis, Shallots, Lemongrass, and Coconut Venue: Cyprus open Kitchen (828) 526-4429 Time: reservations from 5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Price: $69 per person Event Name: Whitehall Lane Wine Dinner Event Description: Join Chef Andrew figel for a special evening featuring the wines of Whitehall Lane Winery. Venue: ...on the Verandah (828) 526-2338 Time: Call for details Price: Call for details Event Name: The ugly Dog Pub Late night Hang out Event Description: Join your friends at The ugly Dog Pub for live music, seasonal cocktails & local beers. Venue: The ugly Dog Pub (828) 526-8364

Saturday, november 10th | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm for wonderful prizes including fine dining certificates, pottery and specialty wines. Sip, Stroll and Shop till you drop while enjoying everything fabulous in our beautiful downtown of Highlands. Price: $35 per person. Can be purchased online at or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841. Participating merchants include: 4th Street Boutique, Acorns and Acorn on Church, Alyxandras Boutique, CK Swan, The Christmas Tree on Main, Drakes Diamond Gallery, The Hen House, Highlands fine Art and Estate Jewelry, Highland Hiker Shoes, Mountain fresh Grocery, oakleaf flower and Garden, Spa Boutique at old Edwards inn, TJ Baileys, To the nines, vivace and Xtreme Threads.

Sip and Stroll

ast years Sip & Stroll was a huge success. We recommended tickets be purchased in advance. Experience the wares of of Highlands fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine & delightful edibles. Each stroller will start at the Highlands Chamber of Commerce and visitors Center to receive a detailed map and their own souvenir wine glass with special carry bag. There will be a limit of 12 merchants this year which will encourage everyone to linger awhile longer and enjoy the homemade hors doeuvres, cheeses, and of course the wonderful selections of wines. Theres also an added bonus to visiting each merchant on the map. Strollers having completed the tour will be eligible

Downtown Waiters Race

Saturday, november 10th | 2:00 pm Join us for the second annual Downtown Waiter/Waitress race held downtown at Pine Street Park beginning at 2:00 p.m. Come cheer on your favorite restaurant staff as they race through the difficult, skill-testing obstacle course for the chance to be named the best waitstaff in Highlands. | November 2012 | 15


The Holiday 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.

he Christmas season beckons each one of us to share our bounty with those less fortunate. We may have been pinching pennies, 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 remember with a gift. youve struggled to identify that perfect gift for each and every one there. your Dad has more ties than he can possibly wear. your sister has her own distinctive style that you just cant 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 objectives. A contribution to any non-profits will make

the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list. The Market will be held immediately 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, 315 Main Street. There are 14 charitable agencies participating in this years Market. Come out, enjoy a light lunch and share your blessings with others who need a helping hand. Area charities supported by the Alternative Gift Market are Big Brothers/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; Highlands Bolivian Mission; Highlands Bolivian Water Mission; Highlands Community Child Development Center; Highlands Emergency Council; international friendship Center; Literacy Council and rEACH of Macon County. for more information, call (828) 526-3376.

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AccommodAtions 4-1/2 street inn .................... colonial Pines inn ................. inn at Half mile Farm ........... Whiteside cove cottages ..... mountain Brook suites......... mountain Laurel Rest ...........

meadows mtn. Realty ........... White oak Realty ..................

Hen House ............................. High cotton ........................... martha Annes .......................

RestAuRAnt Lakeside Restaurant ............. Paolettis .................................. Pescados ................................ Rosewood market .................

Peak experience ................... scudders ................................ the summer House .............. Whole Life market ................ Highlands Fine Art .............. Highland Hiker...................... mirror Lake Antiques ...........

ARts Laurel magazine.................... mill creek Gallery & Framing . museum of American cut Glass ...................................... the Bascom ..........................

Wild thyme Gourmet........... Wolfgangs Restaurant & Wine Bistro ............................

seRvices RetAiL Alyxandras ........................... Bear mountain outfitters ..... creative concepts salon....... Highlands visitors center.... Warth construction .............. Aery chiropractic & Acupuncture ......................... High country Photo ............

ReAL estAte country club Properties ...... John cleaveland Realty......... sundrops on caney Fork......

cabin casuals ........................ drakes diamond Gallery ... dry sink ................................. dutchmans designs.............

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Highlands Christmas Parade

by Luke Osteen

f youre one of those who cars, horses, the Highlands High bemoans the commercializaSchool Homecoming Court, lotion of Christmas and longs cal politicians, and, of course, for a simpler celebration of Santa. its not uncommon for the season, mark your calenthe parade to draw over 80 endar for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, tries. Thats a remarkable acDecember 1st. complishment for a town with Thats when the 23rd incara year-round population of less nation of the Highlands olde than 2,000. Mountain Christmas Parade People begin lining Main winds down Main Street. Street early to ensure they get The parade is the perfect a good view and to chat with tonic for the overblown, incredneighbors and visitors. The paibly polished corporate exercisrade route spans three blocks, Highlands olde Mountain Christmas Parade launches the es staged in other parts of the so there should be plenty of holiday season with a healthy dose of small town cheer. country. Theres a warm, homeroom for everyone. made feel to the Highlands paif you are part of a group that rade since its staged entirely by local groups, churches, would like to be included in the lineup, contact the Highbusinesses, fire departments and bands of neighbors. its lands Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112. There all delivered with pride, sparkle and more than a little bit is no entrance fee. if youre thinking of inviting Santa to of humor. participate in your entry, please note that hes already acyoull find handmade floats, at least one marching cepted the Chambers invitation to appear in the parade. band, dancing garden ladies, dogs that amble more or Hell also be at the visitor Center immediately after the less in formation, fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, classic parade until 3:00 p.m.

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Photos with Santa

by Luke Osteen

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

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 at The Highlands visitor Center. 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 air, which makes Highlands one of the ideal spots to ask for an especially unlikely present or to appeal for clemency. youll find the Jolly old Guy at the Highlands visitor Center on Main Street (next to the Main Street inn) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. friday, november 23rd, and Saturdays november 24th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th. Hell 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 Christmas Parade, December 1st. 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. | November 2012 | 23


An Appalachian Christmas
by Wiley Sloan
An Appalachian Christmas, performed at Highlands united Methodist Church December 8th and 9th, is a celebration of cherished holiday traditions.

or 18 seasons, the Highlands Community Christian Chorale has been celebrating the beauty of the season with a variety of traditional carols, classical liturgical choral pieces and even some lighter holiday fare. This years performance will feature songs that are truly regional in nature. An Appalachian Christmas is a cantata featuring choral and instrumental arrangements by Les Scott, Minister of Music at Highlands united Methodist Church. The piece was inspired by the widowed matron of the Eller family, a family which has preserved many folk songs of the region near Hiawassee, Georgia. Even though she had raised eight hardy youngsters, she was known to all as Miss Loethe, a songwriter in her own right. An Appalachian Christmas was cobbled together from songs and accompanying readings rich in Appalachian history and culture from pioneer days until the present, from virginia to Georgia. Some of these songs, such as the reflective remember o Thou Man, or the charming Cherry Tree Carol, are as ancient as medieval times, brought here from Europe by

the first pioneers. others, such as Jean ritchies Holly Tree Carol, are as recent as the 1990s, but reflect old-time Appalachian style. All the music comes from reliable sources -- from notable folk music collectors such as John Jacob niles, the famed Kentucky folklorist; Art rosenbaum, professor of folklore at the university of Georgia; and the singing traditions of Appalachian families. An ensemble of Appalachian instruments - guitars, fiddles, banjos, and dulcimers as well as piano - will accompany the Chorale. The Chorale consists of singers from seven different churches in the Highlands and Cashiers areas who come together each year to bring this ecumenical event to Highlands. Performance dates are 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 8th and 9th at Highlands united Methodist Church. Admission is free. A reception follows the Sunday performance. The church is located at 315 Main Street. Because of its popularity, you should plan to arrive at the concert early. for more information, call (828) 526-3376.

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Highlands Tree Lighting

by Luke Osteen

K, its two days afto participate. ter Thanksgiving. The celebration starts youve spent two with caroling that everydays catching up with famones invited to join. A ily and friends or working small ceremony features off Thanksgiving Dinner readings from the Bible with a marathon round and storytelling. Cookies of Extreme Shopping, but and hot chocolate are the it just doesnt feel like perfect complement for a Christmas is less than a frosty evening. Santa will month away. be on hand to hear wishes Thats why youll want and appeals. to remember the HighThe evenings capped lands Downtown Tree by the lighting of the enorLighting, slated to begin mous tree that graces the at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, nofront lawn of the MethodWith a heady mixture of song, holiday cheer and more than a little ist Church. it all adds up to vember 24th, in front of good humor, the Highlands Tree Lighting sets the tone for a small town Christmas season. Highlands united Metha warm holiday tradition odist Church. its a party thats cherished by young unlike anything else on and old. the towns social calendar. People of every age join in the To prepare for the crowds, Main Street will be closed befun. in fact, some folks drive all the way up from Atlanta tween Second and fourth streets beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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Artists Marketplace
by Donna Rhodes

Looking for a gift thats deeply personal and absolutely one-of-a-kind? visit The Bascoms Artists Marketplace, november 23rd and 24th, at The Bascoms Studio Barn, 323 franklin road in Highlands.

ant to buy personal hand-crafted gifts for people you care about, without getting overwhelmed or exhausted by holiday shopping? This year why not avoid long lines and parking-lot chaos and become a pampered shopper at The Bascoms Artists Marketplace? regional artists whose work you have grown to love and trust have been working hard all year to bring you their finest creations in jewelry, pottery, fiber art, wood-turning, and lamps, along with a huge assortment of other fine decorative art and craft. The Artists Marketplace has become a holiday tradition in Highlands, a place where smart shoppers can take advantage of one-stop shopping, affordable prices, and unique, one-of-a-kind finds. Gift cards are okay, but the true art of gift-giving is in hand-selecting a heart-to-heart gift. Think of the true meaning of the season and imagine the Three Wise Men offering a gift certificate for an aromatic bar. Just not the same. Giving a personal and meaningful gift keeps the art in heart. So join your friends at The Bascoms studio barn november 23rd and 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and find the perfect gift to brighten a corner or warm a heart or make someones day, week and year. its what giving is all about. | November 2012 | 27


Breakfast with Santa

by Wiley Sloan

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

emember back to your childhood and youll understand the excitement that area youngsters feel as the time draws near for Breakfast with Santa at the Highlands united Methodist Church (HuMC) at 315 Main Street. yes, the children see Santa around our area several times during the holiday season but during Breakfast with Santa, they get to visit with him, up-close and personal. 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. Everyone 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, youll hear the hooves of reindeer in the distance, 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 Christmas season is the perfect way to build family traditions. Join other parents and grandparents from throughout the community for this special Christmas 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, December 5th at (828) 526-3376. Jennifer forrester, Minister of Childrens Activities 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.

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Christmas On The Green

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 decorations from Thanksgiving weekend until January 1st, 2013. one of the highlights of Christmas on the Green will be a festival of Trees. The festival of Trees celebrates one of the areas greatest industries and showcases our local businesses, 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 begins on friday, november 23rd with a visit from Santa Claus. The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association again will sponsor Santa on the Green, an opportunity for children of all ages to visit with Santa. Every year it fills me with joy to see the magical look in the kids eyes when they meet Santa, says robin Ashmore, President of GCAMA. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at the Gazebo from noon until 3:00 p.m. that day. Later on that evening will be the Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This will be the first chance to view The village Green trimmed with a multitude of

Christmas lights. Listen to holiday melodies, sing along with Christmas carolers and warm up around the fire pit for SMores and More as the switch gets turned on to light the Cashiers Christmas Tree. Christmas on the Green, will transform the heart of Cashiers into a winter wonderland where friends and family can gather to celebrate the holidays. Self comments, We hope everyone will come discover a marvelous new Christmas tradition for the community. Whether it is taking holiday photos or a stroll through the decorative paths, a visit to The village Green will certainly brighten your Christmas spirit. Jochen Lucke, village Green Board Chair, adds This is just one of the many events that The village Green offers for the greater enjoyment of residents and guests to the Highlands Cashiers Plateau. The village Green is located at the crossroads of Highway 64 and Highway 107 in Cashiers. Parking is available at the entrance near the Gazebo, off of Highway 64 East, and at the entrance to village Commons on frank Allen road in Cashiers. follow The village Green on Twitter @ cashiersgreen.

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Cashiers Cares
Contributed by Deanna Klingel

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

hink of it as an umbrella over Cashiers, sort of a local 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 Cashiers Community Center (next to the fire station). Sponsored locally by Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Saint Jude Catholic Church, 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 agency 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, Community 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. | November 2012 | 31


A Tale of Three Camels

by Wiley Sloan
Taking the long way to Bethlehem, a trio of camels somehow ended up in the Highlands olde Mountain Christmas Parade.

pectators at the 2006 Highlands olde Mountain Christmas Parade couldnt believe what they were seeing. There in the distance behind the dancing ladies of the Mountain Garden Club and the vintage Thunderbirds was a trio of camels. far from the sands of the desert were omar, noel, and Summer being led, naturally, by the Three Wise Men as they searched for the King. The camels were visiting Highlands at the request of members of the Highlands united Methodist Church. in the run-up to the Holiday Season, church members Sherry Janes and Gay Kattel were looking for unique ways to add new members to the congregation. They remembered how, as children, they were enthralled with the camels in the Christmas story. Bolstered by these long-ago memories, Sherry set out to track down camels for the parade. A long search led her to Beau and Michelle Kaye of Danielsville, Georgia. The Kayes 117-acre farm boasted a collection of goats, sheep, dogs, fallow deer, American Bison, a zebra named Zo, and fortunately for this story,

several camels. Sherry was so gracious but tenacious she convinced me that we needed to come to Highlands, remembers Michelle. i really try to limit the number of events for the camels because they truly are just our pets, but this sounded like such a worthwhile event. one visit to Highlands and we were enthralled with the beauty of the area and the friendliness of all the people, says Beau. With the Kayes onboard and the camels on the calendar, Sherry and the entire HuMC igniting Ministries Team set out to recruit the cast of actors/actresses and prepare the costumes for the parade. omar, the sole male, weighed in at more than 3,000 pounds. He wanted to be in charge. The ladies were genteel and much less headstrong. The camels were such a hit at the parade that they have become a mainstay for every parade for the past six years. youll find them striding down Main Street in the midst of the 2012 Highlands olde Mountain Christmas Parade, set for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1st.

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Mark Your Calendar

red October exhibition, thru Thanksgiving Weekend, Calderones Gallery, 3608 Highway 246 in Sky valley, Ga. (706) 746-5540. Center for Life Enrichment will present the film, W.E., co-written and directed by Madonna, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, november 3, Highlands Playhouse. rene Silvin, historical consultant, will discuss the film. fee $15, (828) 526-8811. Mountain High Dulcimer Club, noon, Monday, november 5, Highlands united Methodist Church, (828) 787-1586 or (828) 200-9532. Free Children Movies, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, november 7, Hudson Library, (828) 526-3031. Sixth annual Highlands Culinary Weekend Opening Night Celebration, 7 p.m., Thursday, november 8, Highlands Country Clubhouse, sponsored by Highlands Chamber of Commerce & visitor Center, (866) 526-5841. Eating and Drinking Tuscany Cooking Class, 12-2 p.m., friday, november 9, Cyprus open Kitchen, $100 per person, (828) 526-4429, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Farm Harvest Celebration and Barn Dance, 6:30 p.m. friday, november 9, The farm at old Edwards inn, $125, (828) 787-2625, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Schug Soiree, 6:30 p.m. friday, november 9, Lakeside restaurant, $125 plus tax/gratuity, (828) 526-9419, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Craft 2 Table, 6:30 p.m. friday, november 9, rukas Table, $60, (828) 526-3636, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Viva la France Dinner, 6:30 p.m., friday, november 9, The inn at Half Mile farm, $100, plus tax/gratuity, 1 (800) 9466822, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with andy Wilcox, 7 p.m., friday, november 9, Wolfgangs restaurant & Wine Bistro, $95 plus tax/gratuity, (828) 526-3807, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. CaDE/Plumjack Wine Dinner, on the verandah, friday, november 9, call for details, (828) 526-2338, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Home grown vs. Store Bought Panel Discussion, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, november 10, Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, free and open to the public, Center for Life Enrichment and Western Carolina university joint effort. annual Sip & Stroll, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, november 10, downtown Highlands, $35 per person, 1 (866) 526-5841, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Second annual Downtown Waiter/Waitress race, 2 p.m., Saturday, november 10, Pine Street Park, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. MollyDooker Shake up Part Two! 6:30 p.m., Saturday, november 10, Lakeside restaurant, $150 plus tax/gratuity, (828) 526-9419, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Island Fever, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, november 10, Highlands Playhouse, $15, (828) 526-2695, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Wine Dinner Life is a Cabernet! 7 p.m., Saturday, november 10, Wolfgangs restaurant & Wine Bistro, $160 plus tax/ gratuity, (828) 5263807, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Chefs Limited Menu: Chillin with Nonya, 5 p.m., Saturday, november 10, Cyprus open Kitchen, $69 per person, (828) 526-4429, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Whitehall Lane Wine Dinner, Saturday, november 10, on the verandah, (828) 526-2338, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Late Night Hang Out, Saturday, november 10, The ugly Dog Pub, Saturday, november 10(828) 526-8364, part of Highlands Culinary Weekend. Story Swap, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, november 13, The ugly Dog Pub, Highlands Writers Group, (828) 369-1927. Preregistration required. The Nog Off, In These Mountains Exhibit reception, and giving Trees, 5-7 p.m., Saturday, november 17, The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. recently released Movies, 2 p.m., Wednesday, november 21, Hudson Library, (828) 526-3031 Holiday Jewelry Trunk Show, november 21-25, Acorns Boutique, (828) 787-1887. Thanksgiving Weekend Tent Show featuring aaron Hequembourg, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., november 23 and 24, Chivaree Southern Art & Design, (828) 743-6195. annual ginger Bread House Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m., friday and Saturday, november 23 and 24. The Bascom, $45, (828) 526-4949. Participants are invited to enter their houses in a contest to be judged by popular vote. voting is Monday-friday, november 26-December 7. Winners announced 10 a.m. Saturday, December 8. Photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., friday, november 23, (and Saturdays november 24, December 1, 8, and 15, and by appointment December 22) Highlands visitor Center, (828) 526-2112. The Hard Candy Christmas art & Craft Show, 10 a.m.5 p.m., november 23 and 24, ramsey Center, Western Carolina university, Cullowhee, Adults $4, children under 12 free, (828) 524-3405. Santa on the green, 12-3:00 p.m. friday, november 23, The Gazebo of The village Green, sponsored by Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. Christmas On the green, Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. friday, november 23, The Gazebo of The village Green. Highlands Downtown Tree Lighting, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, november 24, in front of Highlands united Methodist Church. artists Marketplace, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., november 23 and 24, The Bascoms Studio Barn, (828) 526-4949. Shawn Camp and Balsam range in concert, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, november 29, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. Tickets $25, (828) 526-9047. Betsy Paul art raffle, for the Cashiers Glenville volunteer fire Department, will be held on november 30th in the afternoon. for more information, call (828) 743-0880. Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, Highlands Chamber of Commerce, (828) 526-2112. Holiday alternative gift Market, 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, December 1, Highlands united Methodist Church. There are 14 charitable agencies participating in this years Market, (828) 526-3376. an Evening with Phil roy, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1, Martin- Lipscomb Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Highlands. Admission: $20 for adults, $5 children, to benefit Literacy Council of Highlands, (828) 526-0863.

Weekly Events
EvEry MonDAy Core yoga, 8:30 a.m., Cashiers valley fusion, (828) 7439000. Hatha Level 1-2, 9:30 a.m., yoga Highlands, (828) 5268880. fundamentals of yoga-Beginners, 8:30 a.m., Cashiers valley fusion, (828) 743-9000. 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) 5268847. EvEry TuESDAy Hatha yoga-Level 1-2, 10:30 a.m., Cashiers valley fusion, (828) 743-9000. 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) 7439000. 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) 7439000. 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 Carlton Cashiers-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) 5268880. Zumba, 5:30 p.m., Cashiers valley fusion, (828) 743-9000. EvEry friDAy Mat Pilates, 9 a.m., Cashiers valley fusion, (828) 7439000. 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) 5268880. vinyasa flow yoga, 9 a.m., Cashiers valley fusion, (828) 743-9000. Bascom Community Knitters, 10 a.m., The Bascom, (828) 526-4949. Live Music, 6 p.m.-close, Hummingbird Lounge, old Edwards Inn, (828) 787-2625.

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Cover Artist Danielle Warth

by Donna Rhodes

ob Dylan once said, The songs are out there, floating in the air just floating in the air waiting for a hand to reach out and grab them. Danielle Warth shares this belief, for she paints visual songs, and she has plenty of help grabbing the inspiration. Her muse is a kind of cosmic curator of the artistic ether and keeps her supplied with beautiful figurative images. Warth says, When i work, its as if i see an image and have to get it out. its like an itch and the only way to scratch it is to start painting immediately. i have a finite amount of time to do so before the image in my head gets fuzzy. The art world equates aesthetics/beauty with the female form. Couple that with the insight that artists, no matter what their works content, are constantly generating a selfcommentary, a personal portrait. The human figure, bare and vulnerable is an icon for self-awareness, discovery, and openness. Warth says, My paintings are essentially an autobiography. i feel so naked and raw, so exposed when i share my artwork. Like someone is staring straight into my soul. i think that is why i enjoy painting nudes so much. i would like to believe that I am able to convey that vulnerability that i also feel without exploiting the subject. Warth likes working in oils. it gives her time to push the paint, reflect, fine-tune. She is fascinated with the small 44 | November 2012 |

muscles in the human face. She says, With the slightest turn of the mouth and the fine muscles around the eye, the feeling can quickly go from ecstasy to fear. or a smile can turn into disappointment. When asked how Warth imagines other people perceive her work she replies, i believe when people are brave enough to share their vulnerabilities, which are then met with the commonality of another individual, thats when the magic happens. Throughout all art forms, the truly divine moments are when someone is able to convey a thought or emotion in a way that no one else has been able to express it. As i continue to explore my own artistic journey i hope that viewers will also experience a moment of the divine. While Warth is not currently showing her work in galleries she is very active in her field of interior Design for which she received a bachelors degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her expertise in decor is amplified by her strength as a visual artist. A strong sense of color, form, line, shape, and texture is second nature to her. She is equally at home designing a superb interior as she is grabbing a superb image floating in the air and giving it life. To learn more about her process, her painting, and her design concepts contact her at or (828) 526-4929.

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The Art of Aaron Shufelt

by Donna Rhodes

dangling gobso i had an apprebet of molten ciation for sculpture silicate, like a early on. I tried a lot red-hot bite of lava, of things including rolls on one end of a photography, which i long metal rod. Aarlove, but glass, more on Shufelt stands at than anything, feels the rods other end, like the perfect methe cool end, caredium for me. fully manipulating Aaron is also a the unwieldy bead. Western grad and And so the dance is currently working begins. The ritual out of the studios is second nature to at Jackson Countys Shufelt: Turn the Green Energy Park. pipe. Defy gravity. He speaks glowingly Keep the elastic ball of the park, which is from extending a built on an old dump globular arm downsite. Decaying reward. Maintain temfuse gives off methperature. Hot. But ane gas. Thanks to not too hot. Pass the the ingenuity and liquid ball in and out diligence of Timm of the glory hole, in Muth, director of the Aaron Shufelts playful pumpkins are a perfect blend of molten sand, an artists this case a furnace park, much of that unfailing eye and a surgeons unwavering steadiness. fueled by methane. energy is now used Breathe life into it. for a blacksmithing Keep the expanding walls even, relatively thick. Then back in forge, a glass-blowing furnace, and in the future a ceramics the glory hole. ratchet up the red glow to dead-on perfec- kiln which is now waste-powered (recycled vegetable oil). tion. remove the sphere. Blow again. Aarons breath is held Aaron says, it was a great opportunity for me to be at the captive in the glass, swelling with the heat. Turn, turn, turn. GEP. it allowed me to develop myself as an artist. The park This is the ballet between artist and glass. And like a good has my back. They are interested in giving artists a hand-up. lead, Aaron knows how to make his partner gracefully folAnd Aaron has your back this holiday season. He has an low. The gap between elegance and disaster is narrow. one inspired seasonal decoration that is sure to fire up holiday tiny miscalculation and the dance can fold into fiery ruin. But conversation. His exquisite hand-blown glass pumpkins in Aarons capable hands, another work of art is about be come in a variety of colors so you can bedeck your home tapped loose from the rod and placed in a chamber to cool with them all year long. valentine pumpkins? Why not? its where it will await final touches and a gallery destination. practically a Cinderella story in the making. Art had to be written into Aarons genetic code for he See Aaron and his pumpkins and much more at the Green came from a highly artistic family. His mom, an accomplished Energy Park Monday, Thursday and friday. Email info@JCceramicist, went to Western Carolina university. Aaron grew for hours and directions. Check out Aarons fall beup in art studios thinking of professors as extended fam- ginner glass class schedule at or visit Aarily. He says, As a kid i rolled slabs for my moms clay work, ons website at

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The Bascom News

by Donna Rhodes
The Bascoms november is a cornucopia of events for the entire family.

he Bascom is the place to be Saturday, november 17th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. as three wonderful events The nog off, in These Mountains Exhibit reception, and Giving Trees coincide in a fantastic three-fer-all celebration. in the first event, the annual nog off Contest, guests will participate in a little friendly Egg nog competition, along with the sharing of family recipes. Join everyone in a toast to friends, family and community. it is free and open to the public. The second salute of the evening is to Giving Trees, with a tribute to all the non-profits on the plateau. visitors will be invited to donate to the many organizations that provide for the less fortunate during this season and all year long. Giving Trees will be on display november 17th through January 1st in the Terrace and Atrium. And the third delight of the evening is in These Mountains exhibition, viewing november 17th through January 4th in the Loft Gallery. Living on a mountain plateau in Western north Carolina is inspirational to many creative and talented individuals. We are proud to share the gifts of our neighbors. Artists within a 35-mile radius of our Art Center are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition to fill our Loft Gallery. it is with great pride that we showcase

these outstanding visual artists who are so important to the legacy and future of our regions fine art and craft. friday and Saturday, november 23rd and 24th, is the annual Ginger Bread House Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Gingerbread designers will be given all the sweets and confections they need to create their own imaginative gingerbread house. Participants are invited to enter their houses in a contest, to be judged by popular vote. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. one session is $45 per house. All ages are eligible to enter. An adult must accompany children under 10. The public is encouraged to cast their votes Monday through friday, november 26th, through December 7th. The winners will be announced at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8th. The annual Artists Marketplace at the Dave Drake Studio Barn will hang out its shingle friday and Saturday, november 23rd and 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. featuring a collection of artworks in the Studio Barn, the Marketplace is the ideal place to find affordable, one-of-a-kind creations for Christmas, hostess and new years gifts. for more information or to register for a class, workshop or event, call (828) 526-4949 or visit

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Berger Contributes to the Cause

north Carolina. He is an international exhibitor and member of local societies. His work has been displayed in many major outdoor festivals. My goal is to combine a sense of mystery, mood, and personal expression with techniques rich in vibrant color, strong shadow, and compelling composition. My passion lies in observing the intricacies of life and translating them onto canvas. i paint with oils on heavily primed and sanded canvas producing a slick surface. i begin with a dark background, painstakingly glazing over and over each area to produce the desired effect. viewers are invited to see each months raffle item on display from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday at Betsy Paul Properties, 870 Highway 64 West, Cashiers, north Carolina. 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.

he featured artist this month for the Betsy Paul Art raffle will be David Berger. Born in Miami in 1957, David Berger began painting in 1988, at the age of 32, after having a life-altering, near-death experience. He experimented with watercolor for four years when he discovered a love for oil painting. He studied the works of the old world chiaroscuro painters at the Maitland Art Center under Barbara Tiffany and Greg Kreutz, who studied under David Leffel at the Art Students League in new york. for over 18 years David has painted still life, gaining a reputation for executing extraordinary realism with his delicate lace and colorful vases. in 2009, soon after moving into his mountain home, he became inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the area. That is when he picked up his brushes and began creating landscape masterpieces. David and his wife Julie, a successful jeweler, spend the winter months at their home in the quaint seaside town of Stuart, florida, and the rest of the year they live in the picturesque mountains of Western

The Betsy Paul art raffle for the Cashiers Glenville volunteer fire Department, will be held on November 30th in the afternoon. for more information, call (828) 743-0880.

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Healing the Sacred Divide

by Luke Osteen

he path that led Jean Benedict draining it, and helps me become a betraffa to write her deeply personal ter, more authentic person. Healing the Sacred Divide: Making unlike most quest stories, Jeans jourPeace with ourselves, Each other, and ney led inward. the World, may seem to have included Bible study had shown me my spirisome detours and unexpected bumps, tual goals, but memorization and willbut looking back, theres an undeniable power had not helped me attain them. inevitability about the entire journey. What did help was participating in variJean believes that humanitys noblest ous kinds of mental training that prodream is universal peace, justice, and vide greater self-knowledge and help love. Shes convinced that this dream me tame my dragons. Along with my cannot be fulfilled without individual writing and Jungian studies i regularly psychological and spiritual maturity, and practice dreamwork, meditation, and that doing the necessary inner work to yoga. To this date, dreamwork and writmake this happen is a spiritual path that ing continue to be my primary spiritual is relevant for every seeker, regardless of practices. religious affiliation. The fruit of all this deep searching and Getting there, thats the challenge. careful listening is Jeans Healing the As a sensitive and spiritually oriented Sacred Divide. The book is a compasyoung woman, I looked to my religion for sionate balm for healing the deep divide confirmation that i was acceptable, she between our masculine and feminine halves and a roadmap for the integration says. But after decades of trying to perof a new, empowered self. fect myself according to its standards, I now i know that this is how we find finally realized it didnt have the slightest idea how to help me come to terms with God: by finding ourselves, says Jean. my authentic self. This is how we honor God: by honoring it wasnt that Jean didnt seem to be ourselves. This is how we listen to God: living a full life by all appearances, she by listening to ourselves. This is how we had made a pretty good go at being the change the world: by balancing opposperfect teacher, the perfect mother, the ing energies and opening to change. This perfect homemaker, the perfect commuis how we Heal the Sacred Divide within nity volunteer, and eventually the perfect ourselves, in our personal and work retelevision producer and college profeslationships, and in the many complex sor. ways we live together day-by-day on yet there was clearly something that this beautiful and tortured planet were she was lacking. Her quest for that aublessed to share. thentic self led her to search outside her Jean, who spends her time between church. Highlands and orlando, says of this, her third book about psychological and spirii wasnt giving up on God -- i was just trying to wake up to the realities of my tual matters, This was not a quick and Jean Benedict raffa life in the Now instead of numbing out easy write it took 19 years from start over beliefs and rituals that had lost their to finish but that seems appropriate to meaning, indulging in fantasies of future glory, and seeking me. After all, its about journeying through life to rediscover approval from religious authorities, Jean says. redirecting the individual you were born to be and somehow lost along my focus from the outer world to the inner, and from the the wayto rejuvenate that child who lived the miracle of past and future to the present, i hoped to accomplish two her life with joy and wonder every day. Thats something ill things: first, i needed a reprieve from the unrelenting bur- still be doing with my last breath! den of anxiety and guilt about never being good enough. (Healing the Sacred Divide: Making Peace with ourSecond, i craved a more intimate connection with what truly selves, Each other, and the World by Jean Benedict raffa is felt sacred to me: that which inspires, is personally mean- published by Larson Publications. its available through local ingful, elicits awe and comfort, fuels my energy instead of booksellers and online retailers.) 52 | November 2012 |


The Art of Kelley Bentley Ash

Contributed by Robin L. Blan

irds of a feather flock together at Around Back at rockys Place often to get first dibs on the new arrivals of folk artist Kelley Bentley Ash. Kellys paintings are whimsy at its best. Whether you are outfitting a room for children or one for adults, her paintings are just the ticket to make you smile... they are not only ageless, but also timeless. Kelley paints with acrylics, pastels, and crayon and uses only vintage materials, such as old Southern quilts, Grit newspapers, and recycled burlap coffee sacks, in her mixed media pieces. rockys Place saw the fun and the allure of her work over three years ago when the gallery started carrying her paintings. She is a best-selling artist for the gallery, and her work has recently taken on notoriety in other venues. Camper World snatched up her painting, for their corporate office, of Queen of the Double Wide Trailer, which features her Party Bird with a camper. Her paintings have been spotted in Paula Deans magazine adorning the walls in featured articles, and HGTv is currently working with the artist on ways to incorporate her work with what they do best...decorate! Also, a childrens book, chocked full of only her paintings as illustrations, is in the works; featured on the cover of the book will be her painting of a chick on a vintage bicycle with the title, if you have ice cream and a dream, you have everything. is her work for the birds? Absolutely! Whether her pieces are party birds, birds on parade, hot chicks, wearing hats, doing the hokey-pokey, etc., they are must-haves to liven

up any room or space. Although her signature is the Party Bird, she also paints other subjects as well. Her Party Dogs and Party Horses also have a huge following. Coupled with her animated animals and backgrounds of Seuss-like trees and sidewalks, are her words of wisdom to live by and for... Enjoy the little things for one day you may realize they were the big things. Kelley Bentley Ash is a Southern girl, through and through, and her art reflects such themes. Her church pieces carry the lyrics from gospels like ill fly Away and Amazing Grace. Her Happy Appalachia celebrates the north Georgia mountains. Kelley, her husband, an architect, and their three children, live in a modern farmhouse, modern meaning the outside skeleton is new material, but the inside is retro and vintage just like the colors and materials used to create her art pieces. Their farm is complete with a hen house, and hence, her piece with the fox, entitled Chicken Eater, reflects her daily trials and tribulations of living on a farm. But the very best way to describe this artist is to share her own reflections as worded on her painting Sweet Gravy... i love a Southern accent, i love an old friend, i love the smell of tea olive and the taste of peach tea, i love my smokin hot husband and my sweet kids, i love long hot days and early fall mornings, I love a long walk and a moon pie, i love slow talkers and quick thinkers, slow dancing and fast horses, but most of all i love God, this is my Sweet Gravy, whats yours? | November 2012 | 53


Hard Candy Christmas

The Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Craft Show, slated for november 23rd-24th at Western Carolina university, preserves mountain holiday traditions.

he Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Craft Show is celebrating its 25th year as a mountain Christmas tradition in Western north Carolina. This popular event has come a long way from its beginning in franklin, north Carolina, to the spacious ramsey Center on the campus of Western Carolina university in Cullowhee. The first show had eight craftsmen. Today youll see original work of over 100 regional artisans. The show is always the friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (this years dates are november 23rd - 24th). Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show is the hard work and dream come true for fellow artist Doris Hunter. She visits many craft shows each year to carefully pick blue ribbon artists. for generations, Christmas in the mountains has always been celebrated with apples, oranges and hard candy placed in each stocking, says Doris. i have continued this tradition by collecting a wide array of quality craft under one roof with Hard Candy Christmas! The best gifts are those that are handmade with love. This years featured Artist is Tennessee native and sculptor Debra Parker romero. She hand sculpts old World Santas, elves, fantasy figures and ornaments. Each costume is sewn

with fine fabrics with pride in every piece. As a young girl growing up in the Smoky Mountains, Debra was inspired and instructed by her grandmother, who taught her the basics of crafting. Today, her one-of-a-kind creations have been acclaimed in many national publications, and are featured at the Biltmore Estate for the holidays this year. Customers line up early for our unique heritage and contemporary crafts, says Doris. Come and look for folk art, fine art, clay and glass art. We offer a wide variety of heritage crafts like broom making, goat milk soap, and hand-loomed cotton rugs. Look, also, for hand quilting, woodcraft, gourd art and the most unique potters around. you can even order a custom quilt or rustic furniture for the cabin and meet the craftsman who will make it! for more information visit the website www. mountainartisans,net, call Doris at (828) 524-3405, or email her at Admission is $4 for a weekend pass for adults; children under 12 are free. Convenient parking is free, with concessions in the building. Bring your Thanksgiving company and Christmas list...then, have a piece of peppermint candy and a delicious apple at the ticket table and catch the Christmas spirit!

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Shawn Camp and Balsam Range at Highlands PAC

Shawn Camp and Balsam range are bringing the old-time Mountain Sound back to Highlands with a concert Thursday, november 29th, at the Performing Arts Center.

h a w n and Jazz, into C a m p a new Ameriand Balcan acoustic sam range will music expereturn a longrience. They gone part of were recently Highlands mugiven the keys sical heritage to to the city Highlands Marin Canton, north Carolina, tin-Lipscomb Performing Arts where they Center Thurswere honored day, November with an official 29th. declaration of Shawn Camp Balsam range is a bold and Day in their distinctive home county. Shawn Camp singer; a songThey were acwriter who has knowledged provided material for artists ranging from for positive community impact and their George Strait, Garth Brooks to ralph Stanley, new release Papertown. The title track and ricky Skaggs; and a multi-instrumental- is about the Western north Carolina town ist who has played with everyone from Alan and pulp. The album boasts five national Jackson to the osborne Brothers. His mu- number-one songs and more than a dozen sic sprawls across the lines of mainstream top-ten songs, and was named the numCountry, Americana and Bluegrassand ber-one album. Theyre also recent iBMA even though his songs have been recorded nominees in three categories and have the by popular mainstream artists, all of his solo 2011 iBMA Song of the year winner, Trains projects make the case that no one can do i Missed. Theyve also been voted Best oldthem better than him. Time/Bluegrass Band of 2012 in Ashevilles Camp will be accompanied by some of Mountain Xpress newspaper, and are curnashvilles finest session players -- Larry rently part of the Zac Brown Bands SouthAtamanuik (Alison Krauss), Mike Bub (5 time ern Ground Music festival lineup. They have iBMA bass player of the year), and the phe- recently finished a collaborative album with nomenal Guthrie Trapp on guitar. Balsam John Driskell Hopkins (ZBB) featuring special range is a group of Appalachian musicians guests Zac Brown, and Joey+rory. Balsam who have common respect for and love of range is blazing a huge trail in the American American acoustic music. There are Grammy music scene. and award-winning musicians in this band, Balsam range will be in concert at the and the members each have long track re- Highlands PAC on Thursday, november cords as credible, national performers; in- 29th. Tickets are $25 and are available oncluding performances at Carnegie Hall and line at or by calling the Grand ole opry. They are known for (828) 526-9047. Highlands PAC is located at creatively blending Bluegrass, folk, Gospel, 507 Chestnut Street.

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The New Wild Thyme Gourmet

by Wiley Sloan

antalizing Start the evearomas waft ning with your from the favorite wine or kitchen at Wild cocktail as you Thyme Gourmet share one of the at its new location tasty appetizers. in Town Square in i enjoy the spicy Highlands. Large Thai shrimp with red umbrellas a touch of Thai dot the terrace in chili in a ginger front of the ressauce, while my taurant. Grab a wife prefers the light bite or sip lump crab filo a libation in the purses. What is front bar. for a your favorite? more intimate Entrees include a variety meal, choose one of delicious fish of the booths or and seafood, tables in the main plus your favordining room. A ite beef or game. hint of sophistiBe sure to check cation surrounds out the Special you in this reof the day. on laxed, upscale environ. No matour last visit, ter where you sit, specials includyou will enjoy the ed a veal chop, tantalizing cuiflounder and sine upon which scallops. Each Dindu Lama Wild Thyme has and every item built its reputais delectablytion. prepared from Chef owner Dindu Lama is masterful at choosing the the freshest ingredients. The Waterfall beef, a spicy stirright spices to enhance each entre. Trained in nepal, he fry of beef tenderloin, fresh vegetables, with ginger and deftly melds key Asian techniques into Wild Thymes dis- cilantro and lime is a customer favorite as is the Salmon tinctively American cuisine. Chase away the chill of a fall with Wasabi peas. Theres nothing better than the douday with a cup of soup. Theres nothing better than their ble-cut pork chop served with an apricot-rosemary sauce. wild mushroom bisque, or their creamy red pepper soup. Complete your meal with one of Wild Thymes delicious Pair that with one of their delicious sandwiches or a ro- homemade desserts. They are well known for their multibust salad and you will be energized for the remainder of layer coconut cake and their butter scotch pudding, but the day. dont get in a rut. Ask for their weekly dessert specials. i am a sucker for the crab cake sandwich-100 percent When youve got a crowd at home, let Wild Thyme help crab with cucumber, lettuce, and tomato enhanced with you with their catering and take out menus. herb-caper mayonnaise. Another personal favorite is the Wild Thyme Gourmet is located at 343 Main Street in Salmon served over puff pastry complemented by sugar Town Square. Call ahead for reservations at (828) 526snap peas, carrots julienne in a light lemon-dill caper 4035. open seven days, lunch 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., cream sauce. Theres something for everyone here - from dinner 5:30 p.m.-til. for more information check www. great burgers (vegetarian and Angus beef), chicken, and Watch for the opening of their new restaurant, Ghangri, featuring Thai cuisine at their shrimp, and more. Come back often and try them all. Dinner at Wild Thyme is a truly memorable experience. original location, 490 Carolina Way. 60 | November 2012 |

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Highlands Annual Christmas Dinner

by Luke Osteen

he Highlands Annual Christmas ing to do the same this year. Dinner will be back at the at The Seating is by reservation only, and Hudson House of the Highlands serving begins at 11:00 a.m. and conCountry Club on Christmas Day to oftinues until 5:00 p.m. fer Highlanders and visitors the best We will begin taking reservations Christmas meal imaginable. on november 11th, Siegel says. you A complete gourmet buffet spread may call (828) 526-9419 to reserve. featuring turkey, ham, tenderloin, and Adults are $35, children under 12 are complemented by Donna Woods leg$15, and kids under five are free. endary cornbread dressing, scrumpThe Highlands Annual Christmas These joyful volunteers embody the best tious vegetables and salads, and finDinner is staffed entirely by volunteers of the season. ishing with the exquisite desserts of and has been a community tradition Martha Porter. since its founding in 2001. As always, local charities will receive the dinners proceeds. Sponsorships are available to help support the community. This year, the main recipients will be The Highlands-Cashiers Put your name or the name of your organization on the DoHospital, r.E.A.C.H. of Macon County, and Big Brothers Big Sis- nor Tree as a Star for $1000, a Present for $500, an ornaters of Highlands. ment for $250, or a Candle for $100. If we are as successful as we were last year, we may be able over the years we have received many Star donations, to add more nonprofits to that list as we did last year, says or- but we know that many Candles can light up a lot of lives, ganizer ricky Siegel. The success of last years event allowed Siegel says. for more sponsorship information, contact Marty at Lakeside us to distribute $22,000, so we were able to add the Highlands Emergency Council, The Literacy Council, The free Dental Clinic restaurant, (828) 526-9419; or Siegel at the 4 Street inn at and the free Medical Clinic to our list of recipients. We are hop- (828) 526-4464.

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Ghangri, Highlands Thai Restaurant

by Wiley Sloan

or many years you have seen the smiling faces of Highlanders as they have exited Wild Thyme Gourmet after a truly memorable meal. now that Wild Thyme has moved to its new downtown location at 343 Main Street, Dindu and his staff are offering you second exciting dining option. Their new restaurant named Ghangri offers Thai cuisineknown for its blending of disparate elements to create a harmonious flavor. Quality Thai foods include a balance of three to four fundamental taste senses in each dish or meal sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. Dont worry about the foods being too hot. Generally the spices can be adjusted to fit individual taste preferences. notice the small chili peppers beside each item on the menu to determine its level of spice. not familiar with Thai cuisine? order the Combo Combo a variety of several appetizers. youll enjoy the variety of flavors in each item. A host of salads offer a variety of unique greens as a palette for items such as minced chicken or soft boiled shrimp or seafood combos. Mint leaves,

cilantro and lime juice are included in several of the salads along with specialty dressings. The wide range of Entrees includes chicken, beef or tofu, shrimp, or seafood prepared in a variety of ways. Add brown or white rice to complement your entre. The Chefs specials include soft-shell crab, coconut shrimp, duck, red snapper and much more. Curry lovers rejoice. you have a choice of several different entrees from which to choose along with red, yellow or green curry. Ghangri prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients in everything that they do. Choose your favorite wine from their expanded wine list. feed your sweet tooth with one of Ghangris wonderful desserts. Compliment that with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The warm, cozy atmosphere of Ghangris dining room is perfect on a brisk fall evening. Embrace the cosmopolitan fare of this exciting new entry into the Highlands dining scene. Located at 490 Carolina Way, Ghangri is open for lunch and dinner six days per week. Call (828) 526-8500 to make reservations or for more information.

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Champagne: Beyond the Bubbles

tion and conviviality. Just as there was norma Jean before Marilyn Monroe, there is, however, a less glamorous story associated with champagne. This beverage, often associated with excess and frivolity, has its roots in hardship and determination. Historically, the region of Champagne was known for its wool production. As an early marketing ploy, shepherds used their bubbly wines to lure wool merchants. The bubblies brought the merchants back and created a demand for not just wool. fast forward to napoleon. The Emperor favored Mot & Chandon bubbles, and his predilection angered Barbe Clicquot, later known as veuve (widow) Clicquot. She and her cellar master took her kitchen table, sawed it in half, and created the first controlled fermentation known today as the mthode traditionelle. Today, veuve Clicquot might seem to be a brand; however, the legend began with the veuve herself. raised to be a society wife, the widow Clicquot suddenly found herself with a business to run. Her legacy was followed by odette Pol roger of the eponymous champagne house. At the end of World War ii, Winston Churchill chose her champagne to serve to the Allied troops. Hence the later creation of Cuve Sir Winston Churchill. The effervescent Donna Woods, coowner of Lakeside restaurant, shares my champagne affinity: i love bubbles! Probably veuve Clicquot is my all time go-to favorite. The story of Madame Clicquot is so fascinating which keeps me close to her brand as well. i think people are missing out by not drinking more sparkling. The acidity in champagne helps it go with so many foods; it is not just for a toast, she added. Timeless and always happy, champagne is the perfect guest at any soire. Go beyond the toast!

Contributed by Mary Ann Hardman

really love champagne. i enjoy the bubbles and the celebratory Pop of the cork. With the Thanksgiving and Christmas season approaching, champagne makes the perfect wine pairing for all occasions. Just the word champagne evokes celebra-

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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 The Bistro at Wolfgangs 460 Main Street 828-526-3807 Dominicks restaurant Wright Square #137 828-526-0527 Dustys 493 Dillard road 828-526-2762 Flip Side 30 Dillard road 828-526-4241 Fressers Eatery Helens Barn 828-526-4188 ghangri asian Fusion restaurant 490 Carolina Way 828-526-8500 Highlands Smokehouse 595 franklin road 828-526-5000

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Highlands restaurants 23 Steps Steak House - 828-787-2200 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 Paoletti - 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 Ashbys - 828-743-7889 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 Jorges Place - 828-743-4175 Micas restaurant - 828-743-5740 on the Side at Cashiers farmers Market - 828-743-4334 The orchard - 828-743-7614 rosies Caf - 828-743-0160 Subway - 828-743-1300 The Gamekeepers Tavern - 828-743-4263 Tommys Coffee Shoppe - 828-743-2010 Wendys - 828-743-7777 Zeke & Earls 828-743-2010 Zookeeper - 828-743-7711

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The Legendary Judge Jim Hines

by Donna Rhodes

ighlands is known for its to a Macon County League natural beauty and its of Women voters meeting. natural-born characters. flexing her fingers as she drew ran Shaffners tome, Heart of on her gloves, she noticed her the Blue ridge is chock full of husband peering at her over anecdotes about colorful folk, the top of his paper, a gleam but one of the most interestin his eye. ing was the legendary Judge He said, Do you know what Jim Hines. the two most useless things Among other things, Hines in the world are? And before played an important role in the she could concoct an answer, u.S. Postal Services mail delivhe said, A mans teats and ery. In 1914 and most of the the Macon County League of following decade his garage on Women voters. 4th Street served as a mini mail Good thing his family had a distribution center. tolerance and appreciation for Customers could count on his unique brand of humor, for being entertained, enlightened, as he casually resumed readand occasionally insulted when ing his paper, Bessie and her they picked up their mail, for mom fell on the floor laughing. Hines thought-filters were virWe didnt say he was riGHT tually non-existent. Hed say about everything, just that he most anything that came to had something to say about mind. And he got away with everything! And it usually it, for he was as quick to tell a contained a zinger that made joke or lavish praise, as he was you laugh or groan or at least to jerk a knot in someones tail. made you think. We could use Visitors always knew where more judges like that today . they stood with Hines and they . . as long as we arent on the liked that about him usually. other side of their bench. Shaffner says, Hines had black Shaffner adds one more hair, a handle-bar moustache, jewel to the Hines Quip Crown, and dark blue eyes that could Hines garage was next door shoot sparks one minute and to the Martin House, a poputwinkle the next. lar inn in Highlands during the But even if Hines gave some1920s and 30s. In order not Judge Jim Hines one a verbal smack, the smackto offend the refined guests ee didnt stay bruised for long. of the inn, he put up a handHines quick wit and charm were the equivalent of an undo crafted sign that read, Please dont cuss, not that we give a button. To illustrate, his daughter Bessie shares the follow- damn but it sounds like hell to the ladies on the hill. ing. one night Bessies mom strode into the living room, as To learn about more Highlands legends check out Heart Bessie tells it, All rigged-out in her no-foolishness tailored of the Blue ridge or visit the Highlands Historical Societys suit and a wide-brimmed, severe-looking hat, on her way website:

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Dont Allow Any Republicans To Be Buried in my Burying Ground

Contributed by Jane Gibson Nardy, Historian, Cashiers Historical Society

he two oldold Zachary stoest cemeterries. one of her ies in Canotes appeared shiers are called significant to the Lower Zachme. It read, ary Cemetery and Andy (nickthe upper Zachary name for AlexCemetery. They ander) Zachary are located on the was a republisame road, not can, and when very far apart. The his wife, Sara oldest cemetery is isabella Wilson the Lower ZachZachary, died, a ary Cemetery with year after Col. the first burial datJohn A. Zaching to the 1860s. arys death in Keven Hawkins 1872. she was reports that the not allowed burial in the upper Zachary Lower Zachary Cemetery was Cemetery, as originally called Lower Zachary Cemetery in Cashiers - 1981. ordered by Col. the Hawkins CemJohn A. Zachetery but at some unknown point in time started being referred to as the up- arys pre-death command. The anger over divided family per Zachary Cemetery. Why, people often ask, are there loyalties during the Civil War reached out from beyond the two Zachary cemeteries? Answers to that question vary grave and punished the descendants. in 1917 at the 9th Zachary reunion held at the Cabetween it was about politics, or it was because of the Civil War. no further explanation. Several pieces of evi- shiers Lower Zachary Cemetery, the speaker was a granddence, located at different times, can now be put together son of Col. John A. Zachary. As he related some early Zachto come up with a reasonable answer. ary tales he said, of the six sons (of Col. John Zachary) Several weeks ago, when i was going through my many living after the [Civil] War, there were three republicans. folders of bits of collected Cashiers history, i happened uncle Alfred, uncle AnDy, and uncle? (name not legupon a folder labeled Cashiers Cemeteries. i opened it up ible.) There are many examples of Andys support of the and was leafing through it, document by document, when union forces. i ran across a handwritten note from the late ruth LomSince this article is limited to 350 words, i must cut the bard oliver. for many years she studied the Zachary family story short. next time someone from the north of the Mahistory and when i was bitten by the family history bug, son-Dixon Line asks you if the South is still fighting the Civil ruth, at the yearly Zachary reunions, would pass on to me War, tell them we arent fighting but we still remember.

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A Mountain Paradise
by Wiley Sloan

tart your mornings in a comfy easychair on the front porch. follow the sun as it rises slowly over the trees to dance on the mirror-like surface of the pond. Landscape architect Hank ross joined forces with landscape designer Jim Tate to create a mountain paradise. The homes pond is fed by a nearby creek. Enjoy the sounds of gentlycascading water as it meanders around the edges of the meadow. Throughout the day you can move to various relaxation venues scattered throughout the property. Escape the heat of the day in your own secret garden a hammock underneath a variety of trees including maples, river birch, and wild cherry trees. Dip your feet into the cool waters of the gentle creek. from this quiet solitude its hard to realize that you are just a short walk to the heart of downtown Highlands. Cross the meadow, climb a gentle slope to reach the trail at The Bascom where you meander through decade-old rhododendron and mountain laurel until you reach the covered footbridge. from there you pass Highlands new post office and head two short blocks into the heart of downtown. once youve finished your errands, head back to the peace and tranquility of your picturesque cottage. The charm of years-gone-by is wrapped in resplendent cottage style that has recently been enhanced to meet the needs of the 21st century. Dont let the homes condensed footprint

fool you. Every inch of this decorator-inspired space is carefully planned for optimal benefit. Enjoy the warmth of gas logs in the living rooms stone fireplace. The rooms plank paneling and vaulted ceiling lend a lodge feeling. The eat-in kitchen with its walls of cabinets and tile counters make meal prep a breeze. The grill awaits just steps away at the back door. Let the kids gather at the island or when the whole family is ready to eat, the dining nook on the covered porch is the perfect gathering spot. Guests feel pampered in the homes guest suite with twin iron beds and private bath. you, too, feel truly special in the owners enclave. The master vanity is a repurposed Chinese altar table which has been fitted with twin copper lavatories. A tile walk-in shower makes freshening up a breeze. This is a homeowners dream. youve got the best in infrastructure a whole-house generator, added insulation, underground electrical, central heating and cooling. Home maintenance is a breeze. The home sits on two lots totaling more than two-thirds of an acre. Two additional lots surround this property too. This gem of a home wont last long. offered by nadine Paradise of Blackrock realty Group, it is something that you really should see. for more information call nadine at (828) 371-2551 (mobile) or at her office at (828) 526-0000 or go to

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Shift with the Season

be his preference, but the go life calls for many people the pace of life is something to ponder in the modern era of texting and meeting, doing business and finding time for fellowship with our family and peers. Sometimes, being retired does very little to slow folks down and get enough rest. Most Americans work so that doing less or doing nothing can be more challenging than running a marathon. Does the word retired ironically mean to be tired all over again? Theres a real need for rhythms ebbs and flows of energetic output and being at our peak level of wellness or fitness. Whitey Herzog a former manager for the St. Louis Cardinalswho had been involved in baseball for many, many yearswas astonished at the level of physical fitness of modern baseball players. Likewise he was concerned at how fragile the players were, and felt the players were too highly tuned to last for a 168-game season without getting injured the players had simply done too much training and strict dieting. He recommended the players go out once a week for a rare steak and a piece of pie to get a little juice on the bone. The players relaxed a bit and followed his advice. injuries tapered off to minor sprains and strains and the Cardinals won the World Series. in the scope of yoga Therapy, that little juice or fullness of life is called ojas (Sankrit). ojas is the nutritive cushion of well-being that is depleted in most people with symptoms ranging from sleep deprivation, attention deficit disorder, to more extreme deficits such as cancer. Therapeutic practices of yoga (lifestyle practices, rather than exercises), are scientifically applied to restore personal vitality. In autumn, what we see for ourselves and many people who are fragile from the demands of modern living, is a drying effect on the joints, skin, and thinned out nerves. We suggest that less is more to seasonally restore your ojas.

Ashby Underwood-Garner is a Rolf Structural Integration Practitioner and Yoga Therapist at Yoga Highlands. Contact her at

y husband is making his second round of espresso at 11:30 a.m. on a busy day. He says a nap would

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Knee Pain?
pain is very common and treatable. Determining the cause of the pain is the first step in alleviating symptoms and restoring knee function. your Chiropractic physician is the professional to turn to when knee pain begins! Sudden injuries from abnormal twisting, bending, or falling on the knee can result in acute and continuous pain. Tears in the meniscus (the cushions between the two large bones of the legs), and sprains and strains of ligaments on the inside as well as along both sides of the knee can become stretched and sometimes torn. Muscle weakness or imbalance can complicate recovery but these muscle imbalances can be checked with applied kinesiology. over-use injuries such as stair climbing, bicycle riding, jogging, or jumping stress joints with irritation and inflammation in the knees, resulting in severe pain. Twisting wrong on the golf course or lunging for the tennis ball can cause knee injury. often diagnosed as bursitis, tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome (pain under the knee cap that hurts when going up and down steps), iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the side of the leg), osteoarthritis, cysts behind the knee, arthritis, bursitis, and/or a simple pinched nerve can be the cause of knee pain. first and foremost, having your knee pain properly diagnosed by a trusted physician is essential in creating a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan with minimal side effects and maximum benefits and relief. After diagnosis, physical pain relief with acupuncture, hot/cold compresses, and physical therapy must begin. Also, a physical activity plan to rest the painful knee and consistently build back its strength needs to be started immediately after diagnosis. it is important to try and avoid pain medication therapy because if you cant feel the problem you compound the problem. A proper healing, nutritional and supplement plan needs to be developed in partnership with your physician. Check out your options for knee pain relief and get your treatment started today!

Contributed by Jim Johnson, DC, DACBN & Resa Johnson, DC, DACBN, Mountain Air Wellness (828) 743-9070

nee pain plagues many of us. It can be acute or chronic. With our knees being the largest joint in our bodies, and taking considerable abuse, having

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

Voyage to Alaska
To enhance your Alaska vacation, you may also want to consider adding a land tour to your cruise. To truly experience the splendor of this vast state, traveling inland is a must. By extending your vacation and taking advantage of a fully-escorted land journey through its rugged interior, you will be immersed in the culture, flavor, sights and sounds of Alaska. So, when is the best time to visit Alaska? We suggest planning your trip during the months of June, July or August. Summer in Alaska is glorious. The sun refuses to set, the salmon run upriver and people are energized by limitless daylight. The shoulder months of May and September are also becoming more popular because of lower prices and reduced crowds. Alaska is the one destination that can fill your soul with tremendous warmth while simultaneously surrounding you with earths most arctic element. Catch sight of a humpback whale or wolf pups frolicking in the snow, discover a nesting eagle high in a Sitka spruce or observe a family of brown bears foraging along a rocky beach. This is one of lifes greatest adventures. from the awe-inspiring blue ice of the massive glacial field of Hubbard Glacier to the pioneering spirit of Juneau, the gold-rush town of Skagway and the totem poles of Ketchikan, this is everything you ever imagined and traveled so far to see.

ts november, and you are probably thinking, Winter is almost here; why are they writing about Alaska? Well, if Alaska is on your list of places to visit, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about a trip for next year. While there are many choices when it comes to creating the perfect Alaska vacation, cruising is one of the most convenient and relaxing ways to go. imagine sitting on your balcony taking in the magnificence of the glaciers as you sail up the pristine coastline. With stops in charming towns and fishing villages where the scenery is breathtaking and the wildlife is abundant, Alaska offers something for everyone.

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by Donna Rhodes

emember the poem, Everything i Know i Learned from Kindergarten? After it was published, dozens of spinoffs appeared: Everything i Know, i Learned from: Musicals; friends; My Dog; My Cat; Asparagus i may be late jumping on the spin-off train, but i propose an addition to the genre, Everything i Know i Learned from The Simpsons. okay, so the Simpsons postage stamp bombed, and Homer is Bad Dad incarnate, but there is much to be said for a family that so masterfully put the fun back in dysfunctional. for anyone who has nodded off for three decades and is not familiar with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, they are characters created by the cartooning genius of Matt Groening. Each weekly half-hour Simpsons show is filled with quotable dialog to which almost everyone can relate. for example, Theres an angry mob here to see you, sir. Well, yeah! As a teacher, that happens to me every time the bell rings. or, i see youve played knifeyspooney before. i yearn to say that to a kid, just once, while pacing the aisles on cafeteria duty. Heres a personal fav among students whose sole ambition is to refine the excuse du jour, Maybe there is no moral. Maybe its just a bunch of stuff that happened. Thanks for that chestnut, Homey. But before we condemn Homer for being the inept, donut-devouring, lazy, ignorant, beer-bellied klutz that he is, let us not forget he is a devoted family man. And, among his other credits, he has been voted the second most favorite cartoon character of all time, bested only by Bugs. Plus he and his family

have a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame. not too shabby for a guy whose theme-song goes: Simpson, Homer Simpson/ Hes the greatest guy in history/ from the/ Town of Springfield/ Hes about to hit a chestnut tree. And speaking of hits, here are some favorite Homerisms, which i dedicate to my fellow teachers in history, science, English, civics, and math: Sure, the Germans have made a few mistakes, but thats why pencils have erasers. Well, we hit a slight snag when the universe collapsed in on itself. is this the end of Zombie Shakespeare? freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom! Elementary chaos theory shows that all robots must inevitably run amok. The cool thing about Homer is that he manages to defy, decry, defame, and Doh himself into infamy, yet somehow he remains loveable. There is something in that about all of us, teachers, students, white collar, blue collar, dog collar, though what it is i cant quite put my finger on. But, as Einstein once said, everyone places a sacrifice on the Altar of Stupid from time to time. Perhaps Homer is the sacrifice himself, for in his woozle-wazzle world he offers us insight and maybe even forgiveness for those pesky adolescent lapses into which we occasionally fall. So heres to Homer. He dives into the pig trough and strolls out smelling like, well, a pig trough. But its Homer and only Bugs can do it better. Thats impressive. And, as Homey once said, im not easily impressedWoW! A BLuE CAr!

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The Benefits of Functional Medicine

locating deficiencies or overages that are challenging the bodys natural function. functional medicine doesnt wait for laboratory markers to represent disease. Targeting the bodys processes that are out of alignment and gently assisting the body to take its own better course toward health can preempt or interrupt that disease process. Patient and doctor work together as a team to identify and find ways to remedy the problem before it becomes a real problem. When something goes wrong in the body, the source is generally biomechanical, biochemical, lifestyle stressors or a combination. Approaching the body as a whole system, functional medicine researches how the different organs communicate and work together. A functional medicine doctor looks for the root cause and determines the best methods and treatments to restore health. Consider the example of blood sugar elevations eventually manifesting into diabetes. Medical mainstream will not diagnose disease until blood glucose is above a certain number. Lab tests can show a pattern of elevation long before the problem becomes a diagnosable disease. Preempting a situation like this through natural treatments including diet, exercise and lifestyle choices can not only keep the patient healthy but also prevent the need for future prescription medications. Choices like this are available through functional medicine and if caught early enough, the body has time to restore its full function to remain healthy. Symptoms can be an important part of discovering the underlying cause of illness or disease. once the key issue is discovered the team can work toward restoring normal body physiology and function. Depending upon the severity of the internal imbalances, the treatment and time needed for recovery will vary. The best way for functional medicine to help you is by not allowing your symptoms to be ignored. Pursue a healthcare provider who will listen to you and acknowledge your symptoms and then search for and address the root cause of your problem. implement the prescribed treatment, nutritional, lifestyle and exercise adjustments and you will find a better formula for the rest of your life!

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

s a doctor, my patients often ask me about the benefits of functional medicine over mainstream medicine and how it can affect their health. functional medicine looks at the body as a whole, focusing on the interplay of all systems and | November 2012 | 83


Time for a Financial Checkup

the S&P 500, spent August and September 2011 hovering at its highest levels in a year. That degree of instability can do more than make investors feel uneasy. Left unchecked, an unbalanced portfolio can make it much harder to reach your longterm goals. The outcome: your portfolio may end up being too conservative or too risky for your financial goals. fortunately, its relatively painless to keep your asset allocation on target regardless of how the markets perform. regularat least annualmeetings with your financial Advisor should already be part of how you keep tabs on your portfolio, probably using one of these two approaches: Manual Control: This is probably the most common approach to rebalancing: you and your financial Advisor reviewing how your portfolio has drifted with the market and how youll resolve the resulting imbalances. you have a few options when seeking to rebalance a skewed allocation. for one, you can shore up an underweight position by directing new contributions toward the underperforming asset. Alternatively, you can sell off holdings in which you have an overweight position. A Managed Solution: Keep those priorities in mind as you consider an increasingly popular option for maintaining your desired balance in this fast-moving market: managed accounts, which are customized portfolios guided by professional money managers. Historically, steep minimum investments meant that access to these managers was limited to all but the most affluent investors. now, groups of investors can allocate their assets to teams of experienced money managers and a mix of asset types that include the familiar, such as Mutual funds and ETfs, and those that typically require individuals to make a prohibitively high initial investment. one appeal of managed accounts is that they include adjustment of your asset allocation in real time. Whether stocks post a big gain or drop sharply over a day, week or month, your portfolio will be modified and brought back in line with its target by the professionals who manage your assets, and those transactions are included in a single account fee. Asset allocation cannot eliminate the risk of fluctuating prices and uncertain returns. Professional Money Management may not be suitable for all investors. Wells fargo Advisors does not render legal or tax advice.

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

olatile financial markets are still leaving individual investors queasy about their portfolios. Theyre not just suffering from vertigo; the Chicago Board options Exchanges volatility index, which measures expected volatility in

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The Benefits of Yoga Better Breathing

more than just a work out. The physical postures (asanas) are only one component of the yoga experience but when coupled with another component like breath control (pranayama), the practice can take awareness of self to another level. Breathing is instinctive, automatic and obvious for survival but we sometimes forget how the routine task of breathing contributes to our physical health. in todays modern world, the breath can become habitually shallow and quick, reducing the bodys oxygen supply and potentially causing a decline in both lung capacity and function. As we breathe, the body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. When focused breathing techniques are used, the breath becomes deep and slow. This intentional action of focused intake and release removes waste and toxins from the body, purifying the nervous system, vital organs and blood stream. Beyond the physical, yogic breathing also relaxes the mind, aiding in self discipline, self realization, stress management and emotional balance. A Pranayama (control of life force) practice should be conducted safely under the guidance of a trained teacher and once comfortable, practiced on an individual level. Pranayama techniques vary and may not be suitable for everyone. Commonly practiced breathing exercises include the ujjayi Breath, Three Part Breathing, and viloma Breathing, naming just a few of many. The body and soul are connected by the breath. understanding this connection and practicing breathing techniques (pranayama) can provide a sense of rejuvenation and calmness that may otherwise hard to achieve during daily routines. Just five minutes of controlled breathing, three to five times a week, can change your approach to the daily grind. relax and breathe!

Mary Abranyi is the owner of Cashiers Valley Fusion and Green Mountain Realty Group. (828) 743-9000

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The Beehive

owadays 1960s did when w h e n they turned you hear their beehives the word beeinto hornets hive you think nests. Modern of a structure day beehives are in which some subdued, prachoneybees live tical, and only and raise their inches above young. But durthe head. ing the Camelot Beehive hairyears, a beehive dos are hot, was a hair style. whether youre Several months going for a vinago i was at old tage throwback, Edwards Inn and a conservative Tracy Brandes, Sarah Palin, or a Associate Direcwild Amy Winetor of Sales was house look. sporting a beeJackie Kennedy hive hairdo. I was often spotTracy Brandes was intrigued: ted with a beeit takes confihive at formal dence to wear events and dont a retro hairdo especially at work. When i asked Tracy about be surprised if you see Taylor Swift sporting one in the future. her hairdo, her reply was, i have a rule when it comes to ap- Taylor Swift has been romantically linked to robert f. Kennedy pearance at my weddings and events: do not underdress your Jr.s 18-year-old son Conor and has quickly adopted the Kennedy guests. With that said, i would do my hair in the morning and chic. Swifts style has swiftly become more casually refined, in these hot and humid summer afternoon my hair would be a with her ditching her boho-chic dresses and boots and instead frizzy mess by the afternoon. i realized that my only option was sporting preppy gear, such as a white button-down with a floan up-do of sorts with lots of hair spray! im pretty sure it started ral printed, calf-length skirt. or a retro polka-dot bikini top, with out with a Google search of fashionable updos for brunettes. equally old-school yet feminine high-waisted shorts and topping i saw a picture of Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Alba with beehives off her new style with Jackie o-style sunglasses and red lipstick. of sorts and tried to mimic it. Now if you are brave enough to try the beehive there are The beehive was invented in 1960 when Modern Salon was quite a few videos on how to do a beehive or here is advice looking for a new design for from Brandes: i think the key is to start small! I tried their next publication. Margaret vinci Heldt, a hairstylist looking at youTube videos Cashiers and Atlanta resident who owned her own salon but they were complicated Elizabeth fletcher makes event got the idea from a small so I started with a small tease planning and public relations black velvet hat that was in the back and grew it as I seem as effortless and anxietyfree as a day at the spa. Part of shaped like a bump. She got better to a size that was that is predicated on her years spent the evening in with a fun and appropriate. Wearof experience as the publisher of mannequin head and the ing a headband always helps four regional bridal magazines, rest is history. The beehive make it look polished and i bridal events spokesperson for feel that doing the beehive caught on like wildfire and federated and Belk department with just half your hair up lives on in todays hair fashstores, and guiding force behind and the other half down will ion. Everyday women wear media campaigns for exclusive make it look more modern the beehive hairdo when inns. Equally important are her and casual. So if you feel they dress up for work. Most boundless energy, effortless imagination and fanatical brave enough to sport a beemodern-day women do not attention to detail. hive dont forget the Jackie go to the extreme high o glasses. tions that the women of the Photo by Tina rowden

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Waterfall Guide Wheres the Water

Cashiers waterfalls
DriFt, turtleBaCK, rainBow & stairsteP Falls in the Horsepasture wild & scenic river area - 64 e. to sapphire; to Hwy. 281; .7 miles to gated road on left follow trail. joHns jumP 64 e. to sapphire; to Hwy 281; 4.8 miles - park on shoulder and follow path. KinG CreeK Falls Hwy. 107 s.; about 13 miles; turn right on Burrells Ford road park at campground parking. sCHoolHouse Falls in Panthertown Valley - Hwy 64 e. to Cedar Creek road; to Breedlove road park at dead-end. silVer run Falls Hwy. 107 s.; 4.1 miles from crossroads, look for gravel pull-off on left follow trails. wHitewater Falls Hwy. 64 e. to sapphire, to Hwy. 281 look for signs.

Highlands waterfalls
Bridal Veil Falls Hwy. 64, can be seen from road. Dry Falls Hwy. 64; turn at Dry Falls sign. Glen Falls Hwy. 106 s., left at Glen Falls sign. KalaKalesKies Falls Hwy. 64; just below sequoyah lake. lower Cullasaja Falls Hwy. 64 at pull-offs. PiCKlesiemer roCKHouse Falls Hwy. 28 s. to Blue Valley road; 4.3 miles - park at dirt road on right take trail - about 1 mile to falls. uPPer & lower satulaH Falls Hwy. 28 s.; both can be seen from road.

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In Memory of Sam
Contributed by Kathy Bub, Executive Director, Forever Farms

Sweet Sam lived his final days with love and a measure of peace.

oday we had to make a very difficult decision. over the last week Sam had quickly declined to where he could no longer get up, or stay up, on his own. He could not eat or drink without assistance. We could see in his eyes that he had finally given up. So, those that cared for him decided that it was time to help him over the rainbow bridge. Poor Sam probably had a very rough life. The part we know about began with his abandonment in the Pisgah national forest. He was picked up by a caring person who tried to find a home for him but ended up having to take him to the county shelter. He was fortunate to be pulled from there by a local rescue organization and placed in a boarding kennel until he could be adopted. Sam had some difficulty walking and it was assumed that he had been injured, but a cause could not be found. it was finally decided that adoption was probably out of the picture, so they asked us to take him at the forever farm. With the help of our veterinarian we began to realize that Sam had a neurological disorder of the cerebellum causing the ataxia and that it was obviously progressive. Poor Sam had probably been abandoned by his owner when he first started showing signs of the disease and could no longer hunt with the other hounds. for the last few months of his life Sam was pampered and loved. Every day he would be helped out to the field where he would sit and roll in the grass. if he got too tired to walk back to his room he would get a ride back on the Gator, or on the stretcher we bought just for him. His body may have weakened but his character stayed amazingly strong. We will miss him greatly. friends for Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the forever farm, a lifelong sanctuary for senior and special needs animals. We currently care for 170 animals and depend primarily on tax deductible donations to operate the farm and care for our animals. visit our website: and take the Visual Tour of our facility. Call (828) 508-2460 for information.

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Biological Station
Contributed by Sonya Carpenter

n 2011, the Highlands Biological foundation received a $25,000 grant from the Eckerd family foundation to create Backyard naturalists, an after-school program designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through science, art and technology. The program was created in partnership with Meet your neighbours, an international photographic initiative designed to reveal the wildlife living amongst us in an extraordinary way, and draws upon the educational resources of the Highlands nature Center. The Pilot program last spring was a huge success regarding each participantss improved observation skills and appreciation of nature, and their skills as photographers. Backyard naturalists participants from the pilot program even had their best photographs displayed in The Bascoms Mountains in Bloom photography contest this past July. The success of the pilot program led to the fall launch of Backyard naturalists on october 4th in Highlands. in fact, several of the 15 kids this fall are returning participants from the pilot program. Backyard naturalists participants learn the essentials of how to be an amateur naturalist. The program includes eight weeks of lessons, one afternoon per week, structured to promote a better appreciation and understanding of the natural world by nurturing creativity and independent observation skills. Study topics include learning about plants and animals, community interactions between species, nature journaling, illustration and a nature photography workshop. using this knowledge, the students work together to develop a blog where they can share information, photos, and discoveries. We incorporate images produced by other Meet your neighbours photographers around the world into the blog and encourage the development of similar Backyard naturalists programs in their own communities. in this way technology becomes a tool and an asset used to put students in touch with the natural world around them in ways that only beautiful close-up photography can provide. it is our hope that Backyard naturalists will have a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our participants and encourage them to get outside and explore the natural world that is as close as their own backyards. for over 84 years the mission of the Highlands Biological Station and foundation has been to foster education and research based on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau. To become a part of the Highlands Biological foundation and assist in this mission visit Highlandsbiological. org To learn more about Backyard naturalists or to sign up please visit or, or call (828) 526-2221. To learn more about Meet your neighbours, visit | November 2012 | 93


Gratitude and Balance

Contributed by Sue Blair, Carpe Diem Farms Executive Director

f you follow the life and times of and John Hartley, Leslie and ron Carpe Diem farms you may noEzerski, Kirk Wilkerson, Suzanne tice the recurring theme of gratiLawton and Henry Mendler, Judy tude and balance. In this month of and Jack Brinson, Susan and Thanksgiving the theme remains Lambert Chandler. the same. Steve Hott and his crew of We have just completed our sound technicians as well as Josh incredible anniversary celebraand Mike with Edwards Electric tion and the gratefulness list overmade the event work. Macon flows! i know that i take a risk in County EMTs gave us a sense of naming individuals for fear of forsafety and our Sherriff, robby Holgetting someone. land provided a wonderful group Number one thanks goes to of deputies to watch over us. Marjorie and Janet of Laurel MagWe reached for the stars, Jack Conway, John Michael Montgomery and Sue Blair at azine. They have given CDf a huge brought John Michael Montgomthe Meet and Greet before his evening performance at voice every month for 10 years ery to CDf and it was terrific! Carpe Diem farms. happy anniversary to them too! The final event of the evening, Highlands own WHLC radio a multi-course dinner in the magi104.5 fM, The Highlander and Legacy, The Highlands newspa- cally transformed arena was designed and orchestrated by per and all the other publications that responded to our pub- Tim Lundy and his Distinctive Designs staff. The great reveal licity volunteer, Katy Calloway. our event coordinator Patricia left attendees in awe! David Scott, songwriter and talented Shapins, Holly roberts, Mary Adair Leslie, franklin ingram, my singer performed to every ones delight. Magic and miracles, gratitude and balance remain the assistant of 21 years, Peter raoul and his friend victoria, Karen Hasbrouck our photographer, my amazing husband Jack theme of life and times at Carpe Diem farms. May your Conway, Judy Brinson, and Diane Warren. thankfulness list overflow as you gather with your friends and our thanks to everyone who attended and brought family to celebrate Thanksgiving. Carpe Diem farms is located someone else. Tracy Sponsors: Greg and Amanda Grego- five miles down Buck Creek road and has served our commury and Candy and John McKey; Pumpkin Sponsors: Kathy nities for 20 years.

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Shop With a Cop Bingo

Contributed by Jodie Cook

he rotary Club of Macon County Sheriff Highlands will partner robbie Holland, who began again with the Macon Shop With a Cop in Macon County Sheriffs Department County said, Many of the and the Highlands Police children come from difficult Department this December circumstances, where law for Shop With a Cop rotary enforcement officers are Bingo to help support the perceived as bad guys. Shop Macon County Shop With a With a Cop works to change Cop Program. that image through friendShop With a Cop provides ship and participating in a Christmas to well over 200 Christmas that otherwise Macon Country children wouldnt happen. who otherwise would have Highlands Police Chief little or no Christmas. ChilBill Harrell joined Sheriff dren are selected by law Holland in saying,Shop Highlands police Chief Bill Harrell, rotary member and Bingo caller Tay Bronaugh and Macon County Sheriff robbie Holland congratulate the enforcement officers and With a Cop is a positive exwinner of the Super Bingo Game at last years Shop with a teachers who know which perience not only for the Cop rotary Bingo night. children will be facing a very children involved but also bleak Christmas. Each child for our officers. is taken to Wal-Mart by an Begun in December 2009, officer and will have $100 to spend with only a couple of Shop With a Cop rotary Bingo has become the largest single conditions. first, they must buy something for themselves revenue stream for this program. if you cant be at Shop With and second, buy something for someone else. a Cop rotary Bingo on December 6th at the Highlands ComAfter fun and shopping with officers, children will have munity Building from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m., please make a lunch and a Christmas party where presents are wrapped donation through any law enforcement officer or Highlands after a visit with Santa Claus complete with photos. After the rotarian that small sound on Christmas morning may just party, children are taken home by the officer. be a child saying thank you.

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A Little Dirt Never Hurt

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

t is the mission of the Highlandsyears of wear and heavy rains have Cashiers Land Trust to save the caused parts of the Kelsey Trail and places we love. However, protectSatulah Mountain trails to accrue seing and managing property with forrious erosion. reclaiming these trails ever in mind can be a daunting task. and making them more sustainable recently, HCLT has begun to take a is hard work and takes much time, more active approach in managing effort, and money. recently the Culour properties. Here is a brief update lasaja Womens outreach gave HCLT of what HCLT has been doing on our a huge boost to our stewardship properties over the past year. program thanks in part to a grant Earlier this year, HCLT and the that has allowed us to purchase key A work-in-progress view of the native plants that were Highlands Plateau Greenway, with planted at rhododendron Park in March with the help of equipment and supplies so that we the aid of a grant from the Laurel can better maintain our trails. many volunteers and the Greenway. Garden Club, beautified the trailhead of course, we could not do this to rhododendron Park. without the hard work of our staff HCLT now has a beautiful message center at ravenel Park and volunteers and your generous donations. Please help us, (Sunset rock) built and donated by Tommy Chambers and was the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, ensure that the places we all funded in part by a grant from the Town of Highlands. HCLT will love remain protected and sustainable for future generations! be using this message center to help advertise our future events. The smallest donation of time or money can go a long way in This fall and using chemicals purchased with a grant from helping us achieve our goals. if you have any questions or would Mountain findings, we will be treating the hemlocks along the like to help, please contact us at (828) 526-1111, hitrust@earthKelsey Trail to ensure that these magnificent and ecologically, or stop by our office in the Peggy Crosby Community important trees remain in the Highlands area for years to come. Service building at 348 S. 5th Street in Highlands.

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Cashiers Humane Societys Silver Seniors

Contributed by David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

sually the only thing a shelloyal and gentle. ter has to do to adopt out PJ & LoLA: our resident ropuppies and kittens is simmeo & Juliet, PJ is a 10-year-old ply open the doors for business. male feline, and Lola is a nineWhile it is gratifying that people year-old female. These two cats come to shelters to adopt the are inseparable and need to be young ones, the older animals adopted together. oftentimes get overlooked. And TrooPEr: our famous that is a shame, because many Super Trooper is an eightpotential adopters dont realize year-old German Shepherd/ the benefits of a senior pet. Basset Hound mix, and is an Grace has nine years worth of gentle love to share Senior pets are already houseabsolute sweetheart. He is the with a new home. trained, and you wont have to perfect companion animal for go through all the frustration of any family. cleaning that mess on your favorite rug. Senior pets wont oSCAr: The consummate lap dog, oscar is an 11-year-old chew that expensive pair of shoes. older dogs and cats require male Shih Tzu who would love nothing more in life than to less exercise. And with a senior pet, what you see is what you be held and cuddled. get-their temperament is already well established and you nEiL: our feline counterpart to oscar, neil is a nine-yearwont have any behavioral surprises down the road. old male orange Tabby who dreams of curling up in a warm, november is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and in recognition loving lap. of this important month, combined with the 25th anniversary visit our shelter Monday through Saturday from 10:00 of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, CHHS is offering a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and meet these incredible companion ania reduced adoption fee of just $25 for all our animals seven mals. Senior pets ask for so little, and they offer so much years and older. We call these very special animals our CHHS in return. Silver Seniors: The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on SHyAnn & GrACE: A beautiful mother-daughter duo, Shy- Highway 64, 2.3 miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads beann is a ten-year-old female Siberian Husky, and Grace is a hind reid real Estate. for more information, please call nine-year-old female Malamute/Husky mix. They are loving, (828) 743-5752 or visit | November 2012 | 99


Valley Garden Club News

Contributed by Kathie Blozan

officers elected to serve the valley Garden Club: front row: Joyce Chisolm, Alice Canup, Andrea Hannon Back row: Diane DeMoye, Donna Lehn, Chris Pierson

fter a summer of wonderful field trips, a plant exchange and excellent programs, the valley Garden Club was ready to wrap up a growing season by learning what to do in preparation for cold weather. An informative program was presented by Dave Dotson on appropriate and timely pruning and planting. There is one more major project this year--the Christmas Parade float. We are going with a Gardening Angels theme and hope to delight all with a whimsical entry in the parade. if you would like further information on the valley Garden Club and its programs, please contact President Donna Lehn at (828) 743-0829.

To read more on the philanthropic efforts in Highlands and Cashiers, visit
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An Evening with Phil Roy

Contributed by Tonya Hensley, Executive Director, Literacy Council of Highlands
Legendary songwriter Phil roy shares his music in a Literacy Council concert, December 1st at the Performing Arts Center.

ith all the other exciting happenings in Highlands on December 1st, including the Highlands olde Mountain Christmas Parade, where we hand out over 500 books to children along the route,we are hosting a concert at the Performing Arts Center that evening which features songwriter and recording artist Phil roy. The concert will feature Phils new single, A Carolina Christmas, which he wrote especially for our event. i recently spoke with Phil and he is very excited about returning to Highlands. in order to get to know him better, i asked Phil about his career: What brought you to the field of arts? Early on, i was drawn to music. first toy guitar at seven, my first real guitar at nine. i started music lessons from a teacher at the local music store that same year and have been playing ever since.. What are some of the famous songs you have written? i wrote Hope in A Hopeless World which was the band Widespread Panics biggest radio single. Many others have

recorded that song -- Pops Staples, Paul young, Eric Bibb, and Marlena Shaw also released versions. Joe Cocker had a Top 10 hit with my song called The Simple Things. other artists of note that have sung my songs are ray Charles, The neville Brothers, Wyclef Jean, Mavis Staples, Los Lonely Boys and many others. Why are you interested in helping the Literacy Council of Highlands? reading and writing are like breathing and eating absolutely essential to a healthy, prosperous life. An Evening with Phil roy begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Highlands. near the end of the concert, children will be asked to join Phil on the stage for a Christmas carol singalong and a gift from Santa. Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children. Sponsorships, which include two tickets, are $100. raffle tickets for some exciting prizes, including a trip for four to Gatlinburg, are six for $20. Please call the Literacy Council at (828) 526-0863 for tickets or more information. | November 2012 | 101


Center for Life Enrichment

Contributed by Bettie S. Banks
A pair of Center for Life Enrichment offerings for november celebrate two of Highlands off-season passions gossip and food.

he leaves are falling, and frost, sprinkled like powdered sugar, glistens in the dawn light. The robins and snow birds are headed to warmer climes. Parking spaces are easily found on Main Street. The remaining residents are hunkering down for the chill and snow of winter, thinking of warming besides fires and reading good books. The Center for Life Enrichment is presenting two offerings in november to entice folks to come out, learn and enjoy. on november 3rd at the Highlands Playhouse W.E., a film co-written and directed by Madonna, will be shown by rene Silvin, who was the historical consultant for the film. The film is described as a British romantic drama and tells the story of two women, Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson. Wally Winthrop is a woman in new york in 1998 who is fascinated by the famous love story resulting in King Edward viiis abdication of the throne in 1936 and subsequent marriage to Simpson. The movie goes back and forth between the actual romance and Wallys preoccupations. yet, it is much more than that as it chronicles the slow unraveling of the Windsors imagined perfect lives.

The film has received mixed reviews, but this CLE evening is not just about the film. rene Silvin is known as a foremost authority on the Duke and Duchess and has published noblesse oblige, The Duchess of Windsor as i Knew Her. Silvin will display and discuss actual photos of the events depicted in the movie. Popcorn and beverages will be available. The movie will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, november 3rd, at Highlands Playhouse. Cost is $15. on november 10th, CLE will take part in the Culinary festival Weekend. CLE and Western Carolina university are joining hands to present a panel discussion on nutrition and dietetics called Home Grown vs. Store Bought. WCu professor Brenda Marques and a panel of students will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of buying vs. growing food. With the proliferation of modified grains, increasing use of pesticides and commercial fertilizers, as well as additives proposed to enhance health, its easy to be confused about whats being put on our tables. Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, november 10th, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center. The session is free and open to the public.

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Happy 10th Year Anniversary IFC!

Contributed by Faviola Olvera

he international Church on a food panfriendship Centry for people in need, ter celebrated its with the Literacy Coun10th anniversary with cil of Highlands to teach a community party English as a second lanSeptember 23rd at the guage classes for nonHighlands Community native English speakers, Building. it provides information Attendees enjoyed on local and governdelicious food prepared ment agencies, notary and served by El Azteca public services and Mexican restaurant, much more. danced, listened to Its mission is to music and shared some reach out to the undercelebratory birthday served local and intercake. The kids also ennational populations The international friendship Centers 10th anniversary celebration featured a piata joyed piatas, balloons with respect, compasfor the kids and food and dancing for everyone. and face painting. sion and information; founded in october to foster harmony, and of 2002 by the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches of High- to facilitate access to human services. for more information on the international friendship Cenlands, the ifC provides a variety of important services to the local and international communities of the Highlands area. ter, call (828) 526-0890, extension 252, or stop by the Peggy it collaborates with the Highlands united Methodist Crosby Center on Mondays, Wednesdays or fridays.

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The Cullasaja Mentor Organization

CWO Gives to Performing Arts

he Cullasaja Club of Highlands recently announced formation of the Cullasaja Mentor organization for the purpose of mentoring Business School students of Western Carolina university in Cullowhee. An introductory dinner was held on September 10th at Cullasaja attended by 50 participants. Pictured here from left to right are founders Dan Lyles, Program Administrator Jennifer Williams of Western Carolina university, and Wayne Jones.

tevie Hinel from the Cullasaja Womens outreach Grant Committee presents ronnie Spilton, Highlands PAC youth Theater Artistic Director, with a check for a grant awarded to the PAC youth Theater Program. The PAC Board of Directors appreciates the support and commitment the CWo gives to the Highlands Cashiers community. The PAC youth Theater Program provides the youth of the area with a comprehensive theater arts education and theater experience.

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HUMCs Red Shirt Brigade

by Wiley Sloan all ages. youngsters gather their red wagons filled with homemade cookies to pass out special Thank you gifts to Main Street merchants. Teens and young adults may be found bagging groceries and carrying packages to cars for older adults, drying cars when they exit the car wash, picking up litter on Highlands streets, and cleaning the yards of shut-ins. The residents of fidelia Eckerd Living Center and Chestnut Hill retirement facility are sure to enjoy a good old-fashioned Hymn Sing courtesy of the members of the HuMC Chancel Choir. Cards and notes of appreciation are always appreciated by our military service members who are serving throughout the globe plus packages of home-baked items really bring a smile when opened by college students who are away at school. Beth Bowser, HuMCs Associate Pastor, told me, our folks feel so blessed each and every day that we want to share those blessings throughout our community. We hope our efforts will cause others to share their faith in demonstrable ways, making Highlands an even better place than it is today. Whether you are a member of Highlands united Methodist Church or not, you can be a part of the HuMC impact Day. Call the Church office at (828) 526-3376 and tell them you want to participate. Then show up on Saturday, november 3rd at 9:00 a.m. youll join a team of members and set out to impact Highlands.

or the past several years, members of the united Methodist Church throughout the world have made a concerted effort to increase the ways that they share their faith. They set out to make a marked difference in their communities through a campaign that is entitled Change the World-rethink Church. Each church has developed unique initiatives designed to have the greatest impact in their local community. Highlands united Methodist Church members are actively involved throughout the community and in various missions in Bolivia, Bosnia, and Haiti, plus supporting various missionaries, but they wanted to do more. So, on Saturday, November 3rd, they will again don their red shirts and spread into the Highlands Community to say God loves you and I do too to all their friends and neighbors here on the Plateau. Entitled impact Day the project encompasses a multitude of opportunities for church members to interact with their fellow Highlanders. Local Chairperson Jayme Christy says, Each and every day we all help our neighbors, but impact Day is a single day each year when our Church members join together in a concerted effort to do just a little more. our first impact Day was in 2010 and we received such strong positive feedback from the community that we felt super-energized. The HuMC impact Day involves something for members of | November 2012 | 105


Hospice Helping Celebrate 107 Years

Contributed by Diane McPhail 100th birthday. for many years she did handiwork for school fundraising. She still receives letters inviting her to high school reunions in her hometown of Trenton, Mo. She laughs and says, Heavens no! Miss Helen attributes her longevity to exercise, oatmeal, chicken tenders, and eating like a bird. Giving hugs has helped her life as well. That keeps me going, she says. youve just got to do it. When asked her age, she responds, oh, i guess around 35. Steve Mills, Director of Hospice, says, you look good for 35. Miss Helen slaps her knee and lets out a long, Whooooooweee! Always spunky, Miss Helen would make it known if she did not like something. And then laugh some more. four Seasons Hospice of WnC is here to make sure things are to her liking. The Chaplain comes for prayer. The Medical Director works with her primary care physician. The job of Hospice, says Mills, is taking care of folks in whatever place they call home. Miss Helen looks at him, laughs, and says, i like youuns.

air soft as dandelion fluff, a sense of humor, contagious laugh, resilience, dedicated sense of service, and 107 years of living: Put them together and you have Hospice patient Helen King. Miss Helen, who volunteered at fidelia Eckerd until age 99, became a resident there in time to celebrate her 100th birthday. At 105 she entered Hospice, who have helped her celebrate 107 with an equal number of roses and balloons. Miss Helen does not remember her age when she married George King. But she does remember living in Pakistan with him where he worked for PanAm. The couple never had children, but fostered a 9-year-old, brought him to the states, and put him through school. She nursed my George at home for 10 years until he died at 93. She would even crawl into his hospital bed at night. Miss Helen always wore a dress and hose and often hats. A lady always wears dresses. She taught Sunday School at Highlands first Baptist for years and attended church well after her

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Scaly Mountain Womens Club

Contributed by Margie Spraggins

he women of the Scaly Mountain Womens Club met on September 12th at the Kingwood Country Club to install officers for the clubs 25th year. The club had its humble beginnings as an auxiliary of the franklin Homemakers Club. it began with a few members and by the time they broke away from franklin and began their own Scaly group, in 1987, there were 14 members. The club roster now numbers 90. Three original members are still involved today. They are Jo England, Adele Hopkins and ruby Shaheen. The ladies originally got together for fun and fellowship, but soon wanted to do more for the community. Therefore in 1990 they decided to pool their money and offer a scholarship to a local student who wanted to go to colPresident Karen Muns lege. from that time on the club as well as the number of scholarship recipients has grown exponentially. To fund these scholarships, the club has three major fundraising events and Karla Sidey.

annually: An auction in July, a Chocolate fantasy in october, where we sell everything chocolate, and monthly Saturday pancake breakfasts from May until october. We now have 10 scholarship recipients, attending either college or trade school. It is heartwarming to see these students graduate and going on and becoming positive influences in our community and beyond. Since 1990 we have funded $105,000 in scholarships. in addition, we contribute to our own communitys historical society, our Scaly fire Department, Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Highlands food Bank, fidelia Eckerd nursing Home, Highlands Literary Council and the Highlands Emergency fund. The clubs officers for the year are: President, Karen Muns; vice Presidents, Sandra fowler and Susan Bankson; Second vice President, Lydia Hall; Treasurer, Pat Leaptrot; Secretaries, Kay fussell | November 2012 | 107


Catman 2 Cat Shelter

Local felines find a respite from a dangerous world at Catman2 Cat Shelter.

idden in a grassy cove deep in a Blue ridge valley, lies a secret place any stray cat, or one surrendered by its owner, would be lucky to find. Known as the Catman2 inc., Cats-only Shelter, Adoption Center and Sanctuary, this rare facility is the only, animal shelter in Western north Carolina devoted to the sole care of cats. Its mission statement bars ever sheltering dogs within hearing distance of the cats. it is a place where a cat can relax. During the past 10 years, more than 2,000 cats have enjoyed the security and comfort of this shelter. The few not lucky enough to be adopted have a safe haven until, through the ravages of age, no longer enjoy a quality of life worth living then and only then is a cat euthanized with the blessing of our staff and the shelters veterinarian. Today more than 75 cats enjoy the comforts of home as they await that special person that will come to adopt them. What makes Catman2 unique is that it was not conceived or built by a group of people, but was built by a retired junior college biology professor who didnt have the wildest idea of having a second career when he left his teaching job after 22 years. The seed that produced Catman2 had been sown by a chance encounter when this retired teacher volunteered at a

local animal shelter.. Most of this time was spent doing odd jobs. But between them he spent time hanging out in the cat adoption area. There he found pleasure in matching cats with people looking to adopt a feline friend and a dream to help cats was born. After moving to north Carolina, he tried volunteering with local animal shelters only to learn that, at most, they kept only enough cats to satisfy the few cat lovers who donated money on their behalf. Almost all animal shelters had 90 percent dog and 10 percent cat. When he told people his dream was to build a cats only shelter it was suggested he go back to florida and he was informed that this was dog country and the only cats people wanted here were barn cats. in 2000 he invested a portion of his retirement savings, found a retired building contractor, and two years later opened the 4,000 square-foot building known as The Catman2 Shelter, a shelter without cages, an abode where cats live in a home-like environment with beds to sleep in and spacious indoor covered enclosures. it is a paradise for cats of all ages and the realization of a dream for Harold Sims, now known as The Catman. for more information about this shelter and its happy cats, visit www.

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Celebrating Hope
Contributed by Ellen Bauman

en years ago, the American Cancer Society launched a mission to have a stronger voice in the fight against cancer. Ten years ago, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action network was born and now we are the largest, most powerful, most successful movement of volunteers that have moved mountains in our goal to save more lives from the disease that takes so much from so many. And why are we seen as powerful to our lawmakers across the country? Because they know relay for Life events happen in every corner of the country and they know the power of relayers to fight back is unstoppable. ACS CAn works to encourage lawmakers and candidates to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top priority. Through ACS CAn, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results in the fight against cancer. By becoming a member of ACS CAn, volunteers will join a movement with countless other cancer advocates, survivors, and caregivers who are fighting back and demanding that cancer be a national priority for all elected officials. We have accomplished a lot together over the last 10 years. Together, we passed tobacco taxes to prevent our youth from starting to smoke. Together, we successfully pushed congress to double funding for research in 2003. To-

gether, we are working for a smoke-free nation community by community and state by state. Together, after a dozen years of hard work, we passed fDA regulation over tobacco products which is already beginning to see an impact. And together, we worked to ensure cancer patients were front and center when legislation was being formed to reform our nations health care system. When you look to the journey of cancer drugs or treatment protocols we learn without government funding cancer research just doesnt happen! We have come so far we cant stop now. imagine where we can be in the next 10 years survivors living longer, cancers detected earlier, and preventing more people from hearing those dreaded words you Have Cancer. By becoming a member of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action network (ACS CAn) you are joining a movement of people who are ready to fight back against cancer. Government must play a critical role in defeating cancer, ACS CAn will make the voice of the cancer community heard so elected officials will make cancer a top national priority. Break the silence! fight Back! Join ACS CAn today. www. and visit to learn more about Highlands relay for Life. | November 2012 | 109


Feel Stronger, Live Longer

by Donna Rhodes

rom the tiny corpuscle to the intricate mation, greater range of motion, improved solar plexus, bodies are an amazing sleep, and more. and complex system of interactive underwood says, i recently became a working parts. When everything is in balmember of The international Association of ance, we are in the zone, but as we age yoga Therapists, 3,000 hour level. i have put some of our habits and adaptations start in that many hours of one-on-one consultato catch up with us. So what do we do and tions. i am pleased that this hallmark of exwhere do we go when we seek to realign perience contributes to the wellness of my ourselves, our whole selves, with a healthcommunity in Highlands. ier body, effective eating, improved agility, underwood is equally proud of their exand focused mind? pertise in rolfing, a holistic system of maWith so many self-care choices available, nipulation of muscle and connective tissue deciding the best match for your special through hands-on work to counter balance needs is daunting. Luckily, if you live in the the effects of gravity. Among other things, rolfing helps correct posture, which affects Highlands area, your investment in personal wellness just got a whole lot easier. digestion, height, and movement. Ashby underwood and Chad Garner at The philosophy of yoga Highlands is that yoga Highlands, 464 Carolina Way, have yoga is a solo effort in addition to the class Ashby underwood practiced yoga and the rolf Method, Strucsetting. To benefit individual concerns, onetural integration, for a decade on the Plaon-one sessions in which your yoga Therateau. you dont have to travel to Asheville or Atlanta to get pist helps you manage movements, positions, breathing and top-quality care. in fact, folks from surrounding states are even diet, will keep you focused internally. Practitioners of dedicated patrons of yoga Highlands. this holistic approach of self-care cant stop singing its praises. D. Hounsel of rabun, Georgia, says, i came to the process Be the author of your own excellent health experience. of Structural integration because i wanted to be physically visit or call the underwood-Garner and mentally ready to be the best parent i could be. oth- team at (828) 526-8880 for their Winter Program. Get ready ers offer testimonials of improved digestion, reduced inflam- to sleep better, feel stronger, and live longer.

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The Art of Pat Calderone

Highlands Culinary opening event to feature an auction of this years art work by Pat Calderone.

at Calderone Krebs, landscape has been depaintings by Lausigning the rence Holden, artwork for the whimsical sculpHighlands Culinary tures by CathWeekend since its erine Christie, beginning in 2006. amazing basketry This years artby Peggie Wilwork was upscaled cox, incredible a bit to reflect the hand built, pit growth and caliber fired sculpture of the event after by Malti Turnsix successful years bull, and beautihere in Highlands. ful handmade, This year the arthealing gem work was created in stone jewelry oil and painted on by fran Gatins, canvas. The imagery and the charmshows several paring painting of ticipants checking Judith Kaiser to Artist Pat Calderone and Highlands Culinary Weekend Chairperson Laura Huerta. each other out in a name a few. Pat flirty, party, and chic is a member of atmosphere. Pat and the culinary staff thought it would the north Georgia Art Guild, and is currently the vice be fun to offer the painting as a silent auction piece at President of the Highlands Art League. Her gallery is also this years opening night Party. The painting will be dis- a working studio with art lessons available in drawing and played during the event at the Highlands Country Club on painting. Custom framing is also available. The address november 8th beginning at 7:00 p.m. The bid sheet will is 3608 Hwy 246, Dillard, Georgia and can be reached by be displayed with the painting during evening and will be phone at (706) 746-5540. The Gallery is open year round. available until 9:30, when bidders will be encouraged to usual hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Satplace their final bids with the highest bidder winning. urday. During the winter months, please call first. if you havent purchased tickets for this years opening Pat Calderone is a long time resident of the area. She has a home in Scaly Mountain as well as a lovely gallery night Celebration, dont hesitate. A chance to embrace a and studio near Sky valley on the Dillard road, next to Ed night of food, wine and fun in the beautiful mountains of West realty. Calderone Gallery displays her own paintings Highlands. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the as well as those of several other local artists including, ab- door or in advance at www.highlandsculinaryweekend. stracts by Mase Lucas, beautiful wood turnings by Donald com or by calling (866) 526-5841.

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