What’s happening this week

Sept. 25

  • Highlands Weekly Community Dinner, free community dinner held at the Community Building in Highlands, N.C. every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
  • Town of Highlands Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at The Springhouse at Old Edwards Inn, 461 Spring Street, Highlands, North Carolina. The purpose of this Special Meeting will be to hold a joint meeting with the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Council of the Town of Franklin.

Sept. 27

  • Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Community Town Halls, Join Jackie Medland, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital President/CNO, from noon to 1 p.m. at HCH Jane Woodruff Clinic, 109 Hospital Drive, Highlands, N.C., for an HCH Community Town Hall. Updates will be shared on Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, and time will be available for your questions.

Sept. 28


The next coffee with Town of Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor is from 11 a.m. to noon at the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street, Highlands, N.C. on Sept. 28.

  • Coffee with the Mayor: The next Community Coffee with Town of Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor is Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Hudson Library, 554 Main Street, Highlands, N.C. Taylor plans to discuss the topic of animal control in Highlands. Community Coffee is a collaboration between the Hudson Library, the Town of Highlands and a sponsoring community organization. Each month, the library provides the space and brews the coffee, a community group provides the refreshments and the Mayor of the Town of Highlands, Patrick Taylor, facilitates the discussion. For more information call the Hudson Library at 828-526-3031.
  • Silly Ridge Roundup will perform at Friday Night Live from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in Highlands.
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers will perform at the Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center at 1028 Georgia Road at 7:30 p.m. They began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience. Between 1995-2000 the Squirrel Nut Zippers sold over three million albums. Their watershed album, Hot (1996) was recorded in the heat of New Orleans, fueled by a youthful hunger to unlock the secrets of old world jazz. This passion mixed with klezmer, blues and random bits of contemporary musical leanings became the bands signature style. At the time, there were few other bands inhabiting this space. The album would eventually break free of any “jazz” stereotypes and land on commercial radio, taking the band to remarkable heights for what was essentially an anti-establishment sound. Years later and through chronicles of every kind, the band has emerged from a lengthy recording hiatus, invigorated, invested, and rejuvenated. “It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival” has been the battle cry for Mathus since reforming the group in 2016. With an all-star cast of New Orleans musicians, the band breathed new life in to the old material, and inspired Mathus to return to the studio to reignite the band’s unique, enigmatic Tickets cost $25, $30 and $35.

Satulah-bration 2017 on the Summit of Satulah Mountain.

  • HCLT’s Annual Satulah-bration 2018:  In celebration of the first property HCLT conserved in 1909, Satulah Mountain Preserve, and all of the 3,000 acres of special places they’ve protected since, join the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust for their Third Annual Satulah-bration Chili Cook-Off!  Start the weekend off with a guided hike to the summit of Satulah on Friday, then join us on Saturday at the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park for a Chili Cook-Off! Hike to Satulah: Friday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chili Cook-Off: Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1-4 p.m. To learn more visit here. If you have any questions contact HCLT at info.hitrust@earthlink.net, 828-526-1111 or visit online at www.hicashlt.org.  Come out and celebrate with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust; with your help HCLT protects the quality if the air you breathe, the water you drink and healthy habitat for all who live here.

Sept. 29

  • The second annual Satulah-bration and Chili Cookoff at 10 a.m. at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands, N.C. to celebrate HCLT’s first preserved property, Satulah Preserve.

SummitFest is a day of entertainment for all ages at Summit Charter School. Pictured above is a hayride from Summitfest 2017.

  • SummitFest: Welcome the fall season with your family and friends at SummitFest on Saturday, September 29, 1 – 4 p.m. This fun-filled festival at Summit Charter School includes entertainment for all ages: hayrides, inflatables, a photo booth, face painting, karaoke, cake walk, safari walk, a pie throw and much more. Food includes hot dogs, cotton candy, tamales, popcorn, snow cones and more. Activity wristbands can be purchased the day of the event and are $15 per person/$10 for ages 4 and under. For more information, please call the school at 743-5755.

Stop and Adopt at the Hudson Library at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29.

  • Stop and Adopt at Hudson Library: Thinking of adopting a pet? Come to Hudson Library on Saturday September 29 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be set up in front parking lot of the library with adoption-ready pets for you to meet. Maybe your home will become the forever home for one of these lovely animals.
  • A Night of World Music and Dance with Kaveh Karandish & Max Karandish at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Kaveh’s music reveals his love and passion for his homeland folk-music and represents his effort for writing passionate music for those who seek deep and influential music. He simply believes in the Persian proverb that reads: “what stems from the heart will affect the heart of the audience. “ Besides musical ambitions, Kaveh holds an MD degree & has been a practicing internal medicine and cosmetic physician since 2009. He now resides & practices music & medicine in Arizona. He is grateful for the ultimate unconditional love, support and encouragement he received from his family throughout the years. His most recent album “Silent Whispers” (Released Oct 2017) is a collaborative effort with the number of world-class musicians and Grammy-nominated producer and arranger Elliot Lanam. This album once again manifests Kaveh’s powerful sonic dreams surpassing boundaries and cultures by blending different elements of musical styles with his devotion to his homeland music. At the same time, this album contains some of his most intimate and emotionally filled piano-based works. He is very excited about sharing this musical collection to his fans worldwide. He has also been a great enthusiast of film music and has enjoyed scoring numbers of short films along with parts of the soundtracks for the documentary “Iran, the forgotten glory”. A work by his late beloved brother Makan Karandish.

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