The Fly Fishing Tournament in Highlands, North Carolina

March 7th, 2012 meadowsmtn Posted in Cashiers/Highlands NC community events, Highlands Community Events, Highlands NC, Mountain Living Comments Off

The Highlands Cashiers Plateau and the rivers headwatered here are known far and wide for trophy trout fishing. Last year The Highlands School Scholarship Fund sponsored its first Three River Fly Fishing Tournament.  Open to everyone, this fundraiser had its highly successful first edition in May of 2011.

And now we have the Second Annual Tournament, scheduled for May 17th through 19th in Highlands NC…so you know this event will be a winner.   Mark your calendar.

This competition is open to all; men, women and children at all experience levels. It is FUN and your entry fee is 100% Tax Deductible.    You can fish as a team; you can even hire a guide if you wish. You may attend “pre-tournament” activities on Thursday, including a casting exhibition/instruction/contest put on by the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. You can have your rods and reels tuned up, purchase some flies, or just relax in Highlands.  A great opportunity to see and appreciate this great out door activity.

Teams will fish one native, one hatchery-supported and one delayed-harvest stream.   More than 2,200 miles of public water will be available to fish during the tournament.   

Clinics and Casting Competition on Thursday, May 17, 2012, Harris Lake

9am – 12pm: Ladies’ casting clinic with Joan Cabe. Open casting clinic with local guides.

12pm – 4pm: One on One Coaching for Tournament participants with NC Fly Fishing Team.

12pm – 4pm: Equipment Tune Up, Highland Hiker Cabin Deck

Casting Competition, Pine St. Park

12pm – 4pm: NC Fly Fishing Team.

5pm – 6:30pm: Tying the Jack Cabe Hopper with Bill Clary  Fly Tying Clinic, Lobby at Old Edwards Inn

 Rules and Regulations:

  • Catch and release only tournament
  • Artificial flies used only
  • All team members must have valid fishing licenses and trout stamps for streams being fished in each state
  • Team must be checked out anytime after 7:30 a.m.
  • Team must be checked back in by 6 p.m.
  • Team members must adhere to honor code on quantity and length of fish caught
  • All teams are encouraged to digitally photograph catches
  • Photos will be collected at the end of each day
  • Teams must fish within the designated tournament boundary

Boundaries:   From Highlands the fishing boundary will have a northern boundary of US Hwy. 74, a western boundary of the rafting and delayed harvest sections of the Nantahala River, a southern boundary of the Hwy. 28 bridge on the Chattooga River and an eastern boundary of the Davidson River and the East Fork of the French Broad River.

A map designating all streams within this boundary will be provided to each applicant.    If you have any questions please refer to the website: http://www.highlandsthreeriver.com  for more details.   Additional information is available by contacting Steve Perry at: flygide@gmail.com     Again, this is a fundraiser for the Highlands School Scholarship Fund and is especially important to them this year.   

For more information of what’s happening in Highlands or on real estate in the mountains, call Bill Peavey at Meadows Mountain Realty at 828.526.1717 or email Bill at billp@meadowsmtnrealty.com.    Visit our website at www.meadowsmtnrealty.com for a complete look at everything Highlands.   


The American Chestnut – Returning to the Highlands Plateau?

February 26th, 2012 meadowsmtn Posted in Highlands NC, Mountain Living, The Highlands Plateau Comments Off

In the late 1920s in the mountains of western North Carolina, a blight on the American Chestnut tree, caused by an Asian fungus first discovered in New York City, wiped out this amazing species.   Before the blight, the chestnut tree had been a valuable resource for its plentiful crop of chestnuts, providing a food source for wildlife in the area and a cash crop for mountain people.    Macon County had the largest concentration of chestnuts in western North Carolina and perhaps in the country.  The absence of the chestnut tree has dramatically changed the ecology of the area.

Some older Highlanders tell many stories about eating raw, boiled and roasted chestnuts and how the livestock were fattened from the chestnut crop.     Typically the trees would grow about five or six feet in diameter and would be about 100 feet tall, but records exist of these trees growing much larger in our area.   One on record near Waynesville NC was more than 17 feet in diameter or 53 feet in circumference – a seriously large tree.

The lumber from this species was highly valuable as well because it was not only easy to work with, but it was resistant to rot.    Joe Webb, born in Highlands in 1881, designed and built dozens of log cabins in the Highlands area between 1920 and 1940 using primarily lumber from the chestnut trees.   The pre-blight wood is clear, but the wormy wood, which was created by moths and beetle infestation, is still favored today.

Now there is an effort by scientists through The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), which is a nonprofit based n Asheville, to restore the American Chestnut Tree to western North Carolina.   There is a tremendous effort underway to restore the American Chestnut Tree through a program of cross breeding of the trees with the Chinese chestnut to make the tree resistant to the fungus.    Scientists are producing trees that are more than 90 percent American Chestnut and are working on a plan to reintroduce the chestnuts back into the forest.     This of course is a long term process that will take upwards of 50 years before a large scale of regeneration takes place, but there is great hope that the next generation will have the opportunity to walk through the regenerated forest of American Chestnut Trees.  

The Foundation encourages people to plant native Chestnut seeds on their property.   The resistant seeds are available to members of the TACF.   For more information on The American Chestnut Foundation, go to www.acf.org.  For more information on the Highlands Plateau, contact any of the full time brokers at Meadows Mountain Realty at 828-526-1717 or 828-526-4101 or by email at info@meadowsmtnrealty.com.

 


Open Space A Priority in Highlands NC

February 15th, 2012 meadowsmtn Posted in Highlands NC, Mountain Living Comments Off

Highlands NC

Meadows Mountain Realty, Highlands NC Real Estate

Open space is a priority in Highlands NC. It is the natural beauty of the area that draws people to the Highlands Plateau, offering an exceptional quality of life which is centered around the outdoors. The keen sense of pride and awareness when it comes to preserving the outdoors enables the Highlands NC area to be enjoyed to its fullest.

Outdoor activities in Highlands North Carolina include golf, tennis, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and biking to name a few. The fishing, hiking and biking tend to be activities in open space, on both state and federal land, and these trails, lakes, rivers, and streams take a priority for a number of organizations in terms of preservation and protection.

One example of the attention spent on open space in Highlands NC is a favorite trail, the Dry Falls Trail, that is slated for repairs and upkeep this spring. With local and federal funding this trail will have work completed on it that will make it more user friendly, as well as safe and healthy.

Contact us today to learn more about the natural beauty and lifestyle that Highlands NC has to offer. As an experienced Highlands NC REALTOR® I have access to all Highlands real estate that is currently listed for sale as well as all the information you need to get to know our unique area.

Click here to read the press release from the US Forest Service about repairs scheduled for the Dry Falls Trail.

For more information about Highlands and Cashiers North Carolina, and for access to the HighlandsNC/CashiersNC MLS, contact Meadows Mountain Realty today, 866-526-3558 or email us today at info@meadowsmtnrealty.com.


Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

June 20th, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Cashiers NC, Cashiers NC Community Events, Cashiers/Highlands NC community events, Mountain Living Comments Off

Get ready to kick up your heels at the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival!  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd in the Village Green Gazebo and will feature musical acts by a variety of talented artists including Balsam Range and Doc Watson.   

In addition to the top-notch performances, you can enjoy delicious food and beverages, a car show, a kids’ zone, an arts and crafts show, plus a vendor area for local merchants.  The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival offers fun for the whole family to enjoy!

One of the other wonderful things about this great event is that the Cashier Mountain Music Festival is the chief fundraiser for the Cashiers Preservation Foundation.  This non-profit foundation was started in April of 2009 with the Help of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce.  With its mission to work towards enhancing and encouraging the continued success of the local schools and area non-profits, money raised by the Cashiers Preservation Foundation goes directly to those organizations.

 The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival is currently seeking sponsors for the event.  There are sponsorship levels ranging from $100 to $15,000 which all come a number of privileges.  Additionally, the festival is also looking for local vendors who would like to sell their wares at the event.  Booth sizes are 10’ x 10’ and are available for $100.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor, please visit the festival website at http://www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf/index.htm.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased on the festival website.  Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.    

For further information about this exciting event, please visit the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival website at http://www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf/index.htm, or call the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce at 828-743-5191.

   


Visit Shangri-La in Sapphire to benefit REACH of Jackson County

June 13th, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Cashiers NC Community Events, Cashiers/Highlands NC community events, Mountain Living, Uncategorized Comments Off

On Saturday, June 18th, area residents and their guests will have an opportunity to experience the beautiful, mystical way of life in the mysterious land of Shangri-La.     This Asian-based evening is the theme of REACH of Jackson County’s eighth annual fundraiser and will take place at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley beginning at 6:30 pm.   

Shangri-La will be filled with music and dancing.   The Gamelan Ensemble will feature traditional instruments and sounds from the Far East.   The evening will also feature a buffet dinner, drinks, no-stakes casino style games and a silent auction featuring many unique items from the area as well as high-adventure experiences.

REACH is hoping for a great turnout for the event.  Executive Director of REACH, Kim Roberts-Fer says, “We are asking for the public to come out for an evening of fun at Shangri-La to help assist REACH of Jackson Country with the funding of our core services.  With this past year being our toughest financially, it is our hope that you are able to support our mission.”    Throughout it’s 33 year history, this non-profit organization has been helping end domestic and sexual violence, as well as child abuse in the area.   Crisis counseling, legal assistance, community education, emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis hotline are just a few of the service offered by REACH.

Tickets for Shangri-La are just $75 per person and are available by contacting REACH of Jackson County at 828.631.4466 extension 207.   For more information of sponsorships or donations contact REACH at 828.631.4488 extension 207 or email REACH at outreach@reachofjackson.com.


Summer Fashion Show at The Old Edwards Farm in Highlands

June 7th, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Activities in Highlands, Highlands Community Events, Mountain Living Comments Off

Ladies, gather your friends and spend this Thursday at the Old Edwards Farm new Pavilion viewing the latest summer fashions from Acorns.   Enjoy champagne upon arrival and nibble on delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Johannes Klapdohr of Madison’s Restaurant.   The show will be accompanied by live Ambient Music.  Learn the newest make-up techniques with a demonstration from the Old Edwards Spa make-up artists.   Learn the basics of face shape contouring and highlighting, personal color com­bining, application techniques, eye contouring and accenting, product knowledge, and brush use.  You will leave with the knowledge to enhance your individual beauty.   

Top off your afternoon, with a shopping trip to Acorns on Main Street where you will enjoy complimentary champagne and a 10% discount off merchandise in the store and in the Spa.

Mark your calendar for Thursday June 9, 2011 at 11:30 am.    Reservations may be made by calling 828.787.2625.  


Wine and Dine on the Mountain in Highlands NC

April 21st, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Activities in Highlands, Cashiers/Highlands NC community events, Highlands Community Events, Highlands/Cashiers NC real estate, Mountain Living Comments Off

Plan your visit to Highlands North Carolina for April 29th through May 1st to kick off the 2011 culinary season with Wine and Dine on the Mountain.  

This special weekend will captivate all of your senses through fine meals, accompanied by fine wines and the artistic talents of Thomas Arvid.    Arvid has been named one of the top “25 Artists You Should Know” by US Art magazine.  His compositions of wine invite friends to appreciate the sharing of a great bottle, accompanied by tasteful food and lively conversation. 

The first event is a “Blue Jeans, Bluegrass Spring Harvest Barn Dinner” at the Farm of Old Edwards on Friday evening, featuring Whitehall Lane Wines.    On Saturday, Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro on Main Street will feature W.H. Smith Winery at a four course wine dinner at 7pm.    Finally, on Sunday, finish off the weekend with a delicious Jazz, Wine and Art Brunch at Madison’s Restaurant in the Old Edwards Inn.

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa is offering special accommodation packages throughout the spring.  This Five Star resort and spa has been named the #1 Hotel Spa in North America by Conde` Nast readers.    Seating for all events is limited.  To make reservations, call 828-787-2625 or 828-526-3807.    For additional information visit www.oldedardsinn.com/wineanddine.    

The Highlands experts at Meadows Mountain Realty can help you with all things Highlands, not just real estate but all your should know for a visit to the mountains.  Call us today at 828-526-1717 or contact us by email at info@meadowsmtnrealty.com.   


The Performing Arts Center in Highlands NC

April 13th, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Activities in Highlands, Mountain Living, The Highlands Plateau Comments Off

For the fourth straight year, the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center (PAC) Youth Theater  will perform for audiences at the end of April.     The Youth Theater is open to all area students in grades 7 through 12.    They began rehearsals in February for this year’s play “Anne Frank and Me” by Cheri Bennett.

After almost eight weeks of learning and rehearsing, the production will open on Thursday April 28th.    Evening performances are also scheduled for April 29th and April 30th plus a Sunday matinée on May 1st.    Directed by theater veteran, Dr. Ronnie Spilton, the play takes place in real-time and involves students who are studying Anne Frank.      Classrooms, school dances, teachers, and principals are all involved when an accident takes them all back in time to WWII in France.

The Youth Theater program at the PAC is funded by the Eckerd Family Foundation, the Killian Foundation, the Rotary Club of Highlands and Cullasaja Women’s Outreach.    Through the theater program, students are exposed to art, music and dance.    The program  not only teaches techniques in acting and the technical aspects of the stage, it is an effective tool for teaching social, physical and cognitive development.    Students gain self-esteem and poise which then translates into classroom academic success.      

For ticket information, call the Performing Arts Center at 828-526-9047.      For more information on the arts or any aspect of living on The Highlands Plateau, please call one of the experienced brokers at Meadows Mountain Realty at 828-526-1717.     We know Highlands!!


Spring has arrived in Highlands NC – Hooray!!!

March 31st, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Highlands NC, highlands nc real estate, Highlands North Carolina Real Estate, Highlands real estate, Mountain Living, Mountaintop NC real estate, The Highlands Plateau Comments Off

It’s that time of year in Highlands when the buds come out on the trees, the sun comes out in earnest and we roll out the sidewalks! The sleepy town we know in winter starts to stretch, opens it’s eyes and throws back the covers to see the loveliness that is Springtime in the mountains. 

Restaurants like Wolfgangs, On The Verandah and Nicks open their doors on the Spring weekends to those savvy visitors who know how nice Highlands can be this time of year. Those who have remained open all winter like Madison’s and Paoletti’s happily see more customers coming through the doors while the shop owners open up and prepare to see Main Street buzzing again on the weekends.

So whether you are planning a Spa Weekend at The Old Edwards Inn or just need a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city – Highlands in Spring will always offer that breath of fresh air and relaxation you need!

If you would like to find a special place of your own in the mountain, not just for spring, but for all four seasons, call any of the brokers at Meadows Mountain Realty at 828-526-1717 for your personal tour of Highlands real estate.   Send us an email at info@meadowsmtnrealty.com and we will be happy to prepare a package of materials to send to you about The Highlands Plateau.  


Highlands NC April Fool’s Wine Dinner Weekend at The Inn at Half Mile Farm

March 26th, 2011 meadowsmtn Posted in Activities in Highlands, Highlands Community Events, Highlands NC, Mountain Living Comments Off

Come to Highlands NC and get more than a weekend in our spectacular mountains! Relax and enjoy a sumptuous wine dinner featuring the culinary talents of Chef Todd Ginsberg and wine pairings by Sommelier Steve Pignatiello. 

The Inn at Half Mile Farm is proud to present a special April Fool’s weekend including this special wine dinner on April 2nd.  Chef Todd is preparing a tantalizing multi-course feast with each course being paired with one of the exquisite wines from Pignatiello Wine Importers.

The Inn at Half Mile Farm welcomes guests to a magnificent blend of the past and present…  Relax in the spacious privacy of beautifully decorated rooms… with fireplaces and jetted tubs. Relax on our front porch, take a relaxing walk, visit the quaint shops in downtown Highlands, or spend the afternoon on an invigorating hike. Sunrise over the mountains precedes a hot, bountiful, gourmet breakfast, and just before sunset, evening hors d’oeuvres are paired with carefully selected wines. The Inn at Half Mile Farm offers simple luxury, quiet beauty, and graceful hospitality.

You don’t want to miss the debut of Chef Todd Ginsberg and Sommelier Steve Pignatiello working together for the first time. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalized! This special April Fool’s Wine Dinner weekend starts at just $650 per couple, plus tax & gratuity. Additional nights can be added for just $195 per night. Package includes:

  • Luxurious accommodations for 2 nights at The Inn at Half Mile Farm
  • Hot, country, gourmet breakfast each morning
  • Wine & hors d’oeuvres each evening
  • Multi-course wine dinner, Saturday evening

For more information about Chef Todd Ginsberg, click here. For more information about Sommelier Steve Pignatiello and Pignatiello Wine Importers, click here. For reservations for the April Fool’s Wine Weekend and dinner, call 1-800-946-6822 or visit the Inn at Half Mile Farm.




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