Zahner Lecture Series: Each summer, the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts free evening lectures at the Nature Center on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. Today, these lectures are known as the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, which serves to educate and inspire through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers. On July 25 at 6 p.m., the series will feature Adam Warwick of The Nature Conservancy. This lecture is sponsored by Monte and Palmer Gaillard and Melanie and Tom Mauldin. All are invited to participate in these free lectures, which will be held at the Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road in Highlands at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights between July 11 and September 12. For a full schedule of lectures, as well as information on other programs, click HERE or call the Highlands Biological Foundation at 828.526.2221. A free shuttle will run from Founders Park to the Nature Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- Banjo, Bluegrass, Blues at the Cashiers Library: The Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library is pleased to hosting Mary Z. Cox and Tim Gardner in concert. Thursday July 25, at 7 pm treat yourself to an evening of “Banjo, Bluegrass, Blues & Beyond” with two time Florida and North Carolina banjo champion and recording artist, Mary Z. Cox and North Carolina champion fiddler and banjo builder Tim Gardner of Cedar Mountain Banjos. Mary Z and Tim have put together an evening of fun music for all. Mary Z is a mountain dulcimer champ in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee and has lots of experience teaching clawhammer banjo and mountain dulcimer workshops and is happy to teach workshops in conjunction with house concerts, festivals and shows. She has recently release a new album with Tim, “Carolina Banjo” featuring a mix of traditional and new arrangements. Tim Gardner is an award-winning fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, banjo builder, and recording artist/engineer from the mountains of NC. He grew up in a musical family and is well-versed in a variety of styles including old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, and swing music. Tim is currently fiddling with the bluegrass band Unspoken Tradition and has performed extensively throughout the Southeast. This concert is free and open to the public. The Library, part of the Fontana Regional Library, is located at 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, across from the Post Office. For more information, call the library at 828-743-0215.
- Live Music at Town aand Country General Store: Breedlove Collective will be performing at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at Town and Country General Store, 14 Raggedy Lane, on Norton Road a mile off Hwy 64. Come on down to enjoy great music, drinks, and food.
- Local Author Tom Baker coming to the Cashiers Library: The Friends of the Library presents guest author Tom Baker at the Cashiers Library Author Talks Speaker Series at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 26. Tom Baker is a U.S. Army combat veteran from the Vietnam war and is the Founder and President of the Jackson County Veterans Support Organization. Tom has been a forester and logger in Western North Carolina for over forty years. His latest book, The Hawk and the Dove, is described as historical fiction threaded with magical realism and romance. The Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library 249 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. The Friends of the Library is offering this free speaker series to bring popular authors to the Cashiers area. Books by guest authors area available at the library.
- Scaly Summerfest: Join the fun and experience small town living at its very best at Summer Fest. This annual event is sponsored by the Scaly Mountain Community and everyone is invited. This year’s event will be held July 27, 2019 at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station just off Highlands Road at 169 Hale Ridge Road. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with something for everyone. Locally made arts and crafts such as pottery and jewelry and so much more will be available for purchase. Enjoy BBQ and beverages all day, and you can buy fabulous baked goods to take home. Activities will be provided for the kids, live entertainment, a K-9 demonstration by the Macon County Sheriff’s office and everyone can experience a ride on a firetruck and touring the firehouse. All are invited to take part in our Chili Cook-off. Prizes will be awarded for the best Chili. Summer Fest is sponsored by The Scaly Mountain Community Association; a volunteer membership 501(c)(4) organization to benefit residents and property owners of Scaly Mountain. There are still open spaces for vendors. There will be both indoor as well as outdoor spaces available for $20. Indoor spaces are limited, to reserve yours contact Robin Canady at ScalyMCA@gmail.com or 404.308.2276.
- Geology Book Talk at Hudson Library: Bill Jacobs, author of the recently released book Whence These Special Places: The Geology of Cashiers, Highlands & Panthertown Valley, will give a talk about the geology of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau at Hudson Library on Tuesday July 30 at 4 p.m. After retiring from 38 years as a lawyer, Bill Jacobs pursued his curiosity about the extraordinary landscape of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. His inquiries enabled him to identify previously unmapped relationships among the Plateau’s various rocks, and to use those relationships to better explain how geology has determined the nature and location of many of the Plateau’s special places. Bill spends the summers in Cashiers and the balance of the year at his home in Asheville. When Bill is not writing, studying or doing geology, he is likely to be found roaming about on a bicycle, up and down the mountainous landscape of his Western North Carolina home. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this free program. For more information or to request an accommodation, please call the library at 828-526-3031. Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands, is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
- Books & Bites: With Author Kristy Woodson Harvey: Fiction author Kristy Woodson Harvey will appear at Hudson Library on Thursday August 1 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the library’s Books & Bites series. Ms. Woodson Harvey will talk about her latest book, The Southern Side of Paradise. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this free event. From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother. With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist). Kristy Woodson Harvey lives in eastern North Carolina with her husband and seven-year-old son, where she is working on her next novel. Books & Bites programs, including light lunch, are sponsored by the Hudson Library Board of Trustees. For more information or to request an accommodation, please call the library at 828-526-3031. Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands, is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday.
- Combating Invasives Plants and Going Native: The Coalition for Nonnative Invasive Plant Management, will hold the fourth annual gardening seminar for the public at 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, August 2 at the Community Building next to the ballpark in Highlands. Packets of educational materials will be available for those who preregister. For information or preregistration call 828 526-2651 or register online HERE. Cost is $10 per person payable by cash or by check payable to Highlands Cashiers Land Trust. Walk-ins are welcome.
- Twilight 5K: The Twilight 5K Race is at 6 p.m. on August 17 at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands, N.C. The course is undulating, beginners or walkers will find it friendly, yet the faster runners will be challenged. Parking will be available around the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders park.
- Twilight 10K: is being added to this year’s list, dubbed “Highlands Funnest 10K.” This event will be for runners 15 years of age and up. Parts of course will be unmonitored. Course is challenging and will go up Bear Pen Mtn in the town of Highlands. Come “eat the Bear”. Race is on August 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park. Registration and check-in will start at 4 p.m. Early packet pickup at Highlands Recreation Department Friday August 16th 4-7 p.m. Please allow enough time to get checked in. Parking will be available around the park. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, blankets to join us for the evening music, starting around 7:30 p.m., it is going to be a blast!!! Glow sticks for the kids. Rarely above 80 degrees in summer. Always cool in the evening. Get out of the heat! This is your opportunity to come to “cool” Highlands N.C. and run on the plateau. Free photography this year by True Speed Photo.
The route will take runners up Big Bear Pen. To sign up for the race click HERE.