What’s happening this weekend

August 9

August is Beer Month at the Fonatana Regional Library system.

  • Beer month at the Hudson Library: Fontana Regional Library, including Hudson Library, is stepping out of the stacks to bring “Libraries on Tap: Brewing Scavenger Hunt” to Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties throughout August. “Libraries on Tap” is a collaboration between Fontana Regional Library and local breweries.You can earn prizes by visiting our member libraries and participating breweries, and getting your Libraries on Tap card stamped. Visit any of our libraries or participating breweries for brochures, cards, and more information.In Highlands, come to Satulah Mountain Brewery, 454 Carolina Way, on Friday August 9 for Beer School. From 2 to 4 p.m. and you’ll be able to watch beer being made and get all your brewing questions answered. You can also enjoy Flight discounts all day long.To see a list of all Libraries on Tap events, please pick up a brochure from Hudson Library or any of the Fontana Regional Library locations. You can also join our Libraries on Tap Facebook page or click HERE for more details on specific events.

Groovin on the Green is every Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine.

  • Groovin’ On the Green: This week features Eat a Peach at 6:30 p.m. Friday nights (rain or shine) at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Bring a chair and your family and friends.  Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times.  Pack a picnic supper or cooler or purchase food and beverages from one of the vendors on site.  Concerts are free, but donations are encouraged and appreciated. 

Highlands Playhouse presents Always…Patsy Cline. Located at 362 Oak Street in Highlands.

  • Always…Patsy Cline: Showtimes are Wednesdays – Sundays, weekday showtimes are at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. ONLY. Tickets are $40. For more info click HERE.

Friday Night Live every Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in Highlands.

  • Friday Night Live: Each week from 6-8 p.m. at Town Square in downtown Highlands. This week featuring the Johnny Webb Band.

August 10

Saturday’s on Pine at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park from 6-8 p.m. every Saturday.

  • Saturdays on Pine: Each week from 6-8 p.m. at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands. This week featuring STIG.

August 11

Showtimes for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Highlands Playhouse.

August 15

Zahner Lecture Series are held at the Nature Center at the Highlands Biological Station.

  • Zahner Lecture Series: Highlands Biological Foundation hosts Zahner Lecture Series “Forests of the Southern Appalachians” at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Nature Center at the Highlands Biological Station.

August 16

Local author visits Cashiers Library.

  • Local author David Gates Coming to the Cashiers Library: The Friends of the Library presents guest author David Gates at the Cashiers Library Author Talks Speaker Series. Local author David Gates will talk about his book, The Way I See It, a look at his life growing up in Appalachia, becoming blind, and the determination to succeed despite his many hardships. On Friday, August 16, at 3 p.m at 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.

August 17

The Twilight 5K Race is at 6 p.m. on August 17 at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park.

  • 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.

August 22

Highlands Biological Foundation’s Zahner Lecture Series will feature Phyllis Stiles, founder of Bee City USA, giving a lecture titled “The Plant-Pollinator Love Affair That Keeps Our Planet Humming. 

  • Zahner Lecture Series: On August 22 at 6 p.m., the Highlands Biological Foundation’s Zahner Lecture Series will feature Phyllis Stiles, founder of Bee City USA, giving a lecture titled “The Plant-Pollinator Love Affair That Keeps Our Planet Humming.  This lecture is sponsored by Kim & Bill Coward. Join pollinator advocate Phyllis Stiles to learn about the plant and pollinator love affair that supports the reproduction of nearly ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species. Responsible for 1 in 3 bites we eat and the reproduction of almost 90% of the world’s flowering plant species, hundreds of thousands of species of bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, wasps, moths, birds, and flies have co-evolved with plants for their mutual benefit. Stiles will explain why they are declining and how each of us can help reverse those trends. Stiles founded Bee City USA in Asheville in 2012. Bee City USA is a national program that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants, and free to nearly free of pesticides. Phyllis joined the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 2018 after merging the Bee City USA organization with Xerces. In 2015, she was named United States Pollinator Advocate of the Year by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Today, there are about 150 certified cities and college campuses from coast to coast, all committed to enhancing and expanding pollinator habitat. Stiles’ career stretches from West Africa to the Mississippi Delta, to non-profit organizations in fields ranging from natural resource and farmland protection to civic leadership development. She enjoys hiking and trying to speak French and play her upright bass. 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, please 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.

September 27

Participants of last year’s Satulah-bration take a breather at the top of Satulah Mountain.

  • Satulah-bration 2019: Hike to Satulah Preserve from 10-2 p.m., Chili Cook-Off on Sept. 28 from  1-4 p.m. On September 30, 1909, the organization that eventually evolved into Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) officially took ownership of the summit of Satulah Mountain, their first property. From that day forward, they have cared for the summit of Satulah as a public property for all to enjoy in perpetuity.   This public park, now known as Satulah Mountain Preserve, has become a community treasure and on the last Saturday in September – the 28th this year- HCLT will host their fourth annual Satulah-bration. All are invited to this community event to honor this very special property and celebrate all the 3,000+ acres that HCLT preserves for ours and future generations.  This year’s festivities will include a hike to the Preserve on Friday followed by a chili cook-off at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday. Enter your chili in the cook off, or taste and judge your favorite, enjoy cold beer from Satulah Mountain Brewing, treats from Cake Bar and new this year- gem mining!  Purchase your bag of gems for sifting and also discover all the gems your land trust preserves in our own backyard.  Big thanks to our 2019 event sponsor- Entegra Bank. If you have any questions contact HCLT at info.hitrust@earthlink.net, 828.526.1111 or click HERE. 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.

September 28

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust staff at Satula-bration Chili Cookoff in 2018 at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands.

  • Satulah-bration Chili Cook-Off: From 1-4 p.m. at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park.

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