Calendar Events for May, 2015

When: May 7th-10th
Where: Hwy 411 By-pass & Highlands Rd
What: Highlands Road Gem Show
Corner of Hwy 411 by-pass & Highlands Road. Rocks & Minerals, Rough & Cut Gems, Jewelry, Beads Supplies and more. No admission fee.
When: May 8th-10th 2015
Where: Highlands Rec Park & Civic Center
What: Mother's Day Bridge Tournament
For more information or to register call 828-526-8334 or email:
When: May 8th-9th
Where: Highlands Biological Station
What: Wildflower Whimsy
The annual emergence of the spring wildflowers in the woodlands is a remarkable event. As the first warm rays of sunlight touch the forest floor, thousands of plants awaken from their winter slumber. They decorate the forest with a riot of color and fragrance advertising their beauty to pollinators and humans alike. Soon, the leaves of the trees will fill in the canopy and rob the wildflowers of sunlight. Many of these plants, known as ephemerals for their short season of productive growth, will disappear back into dormancy, not to be seen again until next spring.
When: May 12 & 14th 6pm-8pm
Where: Center for Life Enrichment
What: 1001 IPAD Basics
Beginners class introduces new owners to the iPAD and iOS8. Call 828-526-8811 to register.
When: May 14th-16th
Where: The Bascom
What: Collective Spirits Food and Wine Festival
Exquisite private wine dinners featuring world class wines and celebrity chefs. Wine and food tasting. Gala auction and dinner. For more information call 828-526-4949.
When: Friday May 15th
Where: The Farm at Old Edwards
What: Hugh Acheson Wine Dinner
A wine dinner with Hugh Acheson $135 per person. James Beard nominee and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson returns to The Farm. Enjoy sumptuous recipes from Acheson's newest book prepared by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr with Alex Gambel Wines paired by Sommelier Curt Christiansen. Call 828-787-2625 to reserve your space.
When: May 16th 7:30am
Where: Weih and Peterkin Properties
What: Audubon Field Trip
A walk on the Weih and Peterkin Properties, Glenville area, led by Romney Bathurst and Michelle Styring. Meet at 7:30am at the Highlands Town Hall parking lot.
When: May 19th 5:00pm
Where: Harris Lake
What: Audubon Field Trip
Birds and Beer led by Romney Bathurst. Meet outside the Ugly Dog Pub in Highlands at 5:00pm to look for local birds including owls around Harris Lake, before returning to the Pub to enjoy beer and bird talk with those attending.
When: May 19th & 21st 6pm-8pm
Where: Center for Life Enrichment
What: 1002 iPAD Advanced
This class is for those who have taken the iPAD basics class. For more information or to register call 828-526-8811
When: May 21st- May 31st
Where: Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, Highlands
What: "Welcome to Mitford"
Highlands Cashiers Players performance.
When: May 22nd 6pm-8pm
Where: Town Square
What: Friday Night Live
Johnny Webb Band: JOHNNY WEBB is a fantastic Country Music entertainer from Franklin NC accompanied by four exceptionally accomplished fellow-musicians from Macon and Jackson County. Combining the experience of all five of these local men, they have accumulated around 200 years of performing experience and have several recordings under their belt They've performed collectively and separately with other groups at various functions, country clubs,night-clubs,universities and campgrounds both in and out of the area.The music of The JOHNNY WEBB and The JW.Band has come to be recognized as some of the best country music in Western North Carolina. Their laid-back yet seasoned and professional performances have given their audiences a truly exceptional musical experience with a down-home flavor and a line-up of country music songs-both old and new-that is hard to beat. Their versatility and song selections span over 50 years of music, and they are constantly updating their repertoire of songs
When: May 23rd 9:00am
Where: Highlands Baseball Field
What: Mountain Garden Club Plant Sale
Gates open at 9:00am and close and noon. Be sure to get there early for the best selection. If rained out on Saturday the sale will be Sunday May 24th from 1pm-4pm.
When: May 23rd 7:30am
Where: Gorges State Park
What: Audubon Field Trip
Birding in Gorges State Park with Curtis Smalling leading and Michelle Styring assisting. Curtis, a fun and skilled leader, is the state Audubon Director of Land Bird Conservation. Gorges S.P. offers possibilities for sighting Swainson's and Worm eating Warbler among many others. Meet at 7:30am at the Highlands Town Hall parking lot.
When: May 24th 5pm-8pm
Where: Old Edwards Club
What: Up Close and Personal
An evening with Annika Sorenstam: Old Edwards Club is honored to partner with one of the most successful female golfers in history for this evening benefitting The Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau and the Annika Foundation. Sunday May 24th, 5pm-8pm at Old Edwards club $300 per individual or $500 per couple. You will enjoy a strolling dinner reception, passed hors d'oeuvres and spirits, door prizes, and the chance to bid for some great items and experience in the live and silent auctions. Limited Space Available. Please Call 828-526-1783 for tickets and questions.
When: May 25th
Where: Highlands Biological Station
What: Pollinators and the plants that need and feed
For more information or to register call 828-526-2602.
When: May 26th & 28th 6pm-8pm
Where: Center for Life Enrichment
What: 1003 Fun with iPAD & iPHONE
A fun guide to the best applications for iPAD and iPHONE. To register for or more information call 828-526-8811.
When: May 28th 4:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Center for Life Enrichment
What: Appropriation Art
Finding meaning in Found-Image Collage. To register or for more information call 828-526-8811.
When: May 29th 10am-12pm
Where: Center for Life Enrichment
What: Private Life in Ancient Phoenicia
For more information or to register call 828-526-8811.
When: May 29th 9pm-10pm
Where: Nature Center
What: Salamander Meander
Join Herpetologists on a night search to observe some of the areas Salamanders in the wild. Registration is required. Don't forget to bring your flashlight. Coat is $5 ages 7 - adult. Call 828-526-2623 to register.
When: May 30 beginning 10:00 a.m. - until
Where: Kelsey-Hiutchinson Park, Pine Street, Highlands,NC
What: Kelsey-Hutchinson Park Grand Celebration
On Saturday, May 30th you are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication of Kelsey-Hutchinson Park! Anticipation and excitement have been growing about this community greenspace on 5th and Pine Streets in downtown Highlands, a community space for all to enjoy for years to come. You don’t want to miss this free inaugural celebration.
Family friendly programming will begin at 11 AM and run throughout the day. Enjoy live music, theatrical performance and more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the shows. Cheer on contestants at the 5k finish line, pick up some locally grown produce at the Farmers Market or adopt the newest member of your family at the Humane Society’s Stop & Adopt.
Be sure to join us for lunch at the Park. Please bring a dish to share and have a seat at the community table- a communal family style dining experience. This will be the first event of its kind in Highlands.
For information and to sign up for the 5k “Run for the Park” contact Skip Taylor at 828-200-9259 or In the event of rain or construction delays, the event will be moved to the following Saturday, June 6th.
When: May 30th
Where: Rich Gap Road
What: Audubon Field Trip
Car trip along Rich Gap Road led by Brock Hutchins. This easy, roadside birding at one of our local "hotspots" Featuring Scarlet Tanagers, possible Red-tailed Hawks, Black -throated Green warblers and much more. Call 828-526-1939 for details.

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