Looking to fill your social calendar? We've got the rundown on what to do and explore.
Bear Shadow Festival
April 29 through May 1
Bear Shadow Festival returns to Highlands with Band of Horses, Curtis Harding, and Susto kicking things off on Friday, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Wild Rivers, and 49 Winchester on Saturday, and finally Trampled by Turtles closing things down on Sunday alongside Jamestown Revival and Kitchen Dwellers. Additional daytime events include an afternoon of song, conversation and wine with Suzy Bogguss, Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg, a hike followed by an intimate performance by Wild Rivers and Jamestown Revival, a guitar clinic with Robert Ellis, and morning yoga. For more information, visit www.bearshadownc.com.
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts
Tuesdays through Saturdays
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts has three exhibition spaces open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Current exhibitions include “form•ative,” April 16 through July 16; “Outdoor/Public Sculpture,” April 22, 2022, through April 22, 2023; “The Bascom Photography Resident – Anna Norton,” April 23 through July 2; “Imaginary Landscapes: Stories from the American South,” May 14 through August 27. (828) 526-4949 www.thebascom.org
Kid Zone: After-School Fun
Join the Hudson Library in Highlands at 3:30 p.m. every Thursday, where kids can enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities! Kids Zone programs are free and open to the public. Programs are designed with kids in grades K-5 in mind. On the first and second Thursdays, and any time there’s a fifth Thursday, Hudson Librarian Carlyn Morenus presents a variety of STEM programs, featuring robots, 3D pens, building sets and other fun activities where the kids can really get hands-on with science and technology. The third Thursday each month is Lego Club. Kids get to build their own creations with Legos and Duplos, which are put on display in the library until the following Lego Club program. The fourth Thursday of each month is Kids Zone with The Bascom. Each program features The Bascom’s Billy Love with a different illustrated children’s book, paired with an exciting art project. (828) 526-3031 www.fontanalib.org/highlands
Adult Mental Health: I'm Covered Up: What you need to know about hoarding
Join the Hudson Library in Highlands at 2 p.m. for a presentation that examines causes, symptoms and adaptive treatment and care methods for those dealing with hoarding behavior. “I’m covered up” is not just about the physical retention of things. More importantly, it’s about emotional components that won’t allow release. A focus is placed on the aged population. (828) 526-3031 www.fontanalib.org/highlands
Bibliophiles: “The Headmaster”
Join the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library at 5:30 p.m. for Bibliophiles, a community book discussion group sponsored by the Friends of the Library, discussing “The Headmaster” by John McPhee. (828) 743-0215 www.fontanalib.org/cashiers
Italian-inspired Spring Fling
Join Old Edwards Hospitality Group for Executive Chef Craig Richards of Atlanta’s Lyla Lila—a Southern European restaurant whose menu reflects the season’s availability at The Farm at Old Edwards. Get ready to taste a springtime celebration incorporating Easter traditions from Italy and live music. $175 per person, plus tax and gratuity; for guests 21 and older. www.oldedwardshospitality.com/calendar-of-events
12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Village Green and the Literacy Council of Cashiers welcome the beginning of spring on Easter weekend with the 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 11 years and younger at 11:00 a.m. Children will be divided according to age into three separate areas near the Gazebo at Highway 64. Please bring your own baskets! The Easter Bunny will be making a visit for photos and handing out books, so plan also to bring a camera! This community event is free to all; donations are encouraged. For more information, please visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.
Met Opera: Cinderella
Join the Highlands PAC for an encore presentation of Met Opera: Cinderella at 12:55 p.m. Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. (828) 526-9047 www.HighlandsPerformingArts.com
Join the Brevard Music Center in their new, state-of-the-art Parker Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. for Stile Antico, one of the world's finest vocal ensembles, renowned for vibrant and expressive performances of music from the Renaissance. (828) 862-2130 www.brevardmusic.org
Met Opera: Turandot-Revival
Join the Highlands PAC for Met Opera: Turandot-Revival (LIVE) at 12:55 p.m. Soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini’s icy princess. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring opera, which takes the stage in the company’s dazzling, ever-popular production by Franco Zeffirelli. (828) 526-9047 www.HighlandsPerformingArts.com
Bibliophiles: “The Plot”
Join the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library at 5:30 p.m. for Bibliophiles, a community book discussion group sponsored by the Friends of the Library, discussing “The Plot” by Jean Hanff Korelitz. (828) 743-0215 www.fontanalib.org/cashiers
Midori in Recital
Join the Brevard Music Center in their new, state-of-the-art Parker Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. for Midori. Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience and breaks with traditional boundaries, which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time. (828) 862-2130 www.brevardmusic.org
Great Art on Screen
Join the Highlands PAC for a cultural night of fun with Great Art on Screen, cosponsored by The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts at 5:30 p.m. for GAOS: Tutankhamun. Marking the centenary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb with the biggest international exhibition ever dedicated to him. (828) 526-9047 www.HighlandsPerformingArts.com
Orchard Sessions: Mike Kinnebrew
The Farm at Old Edwards invites you to join them for the return of their live concert series, Orchard Sessions. Settle into comfortable seating in the magical setting of The Orchard and relax into a special evening with the sounds of well-known headliners. For a small cover charge, you will enjoy light bites and a cash bar. Online ticket sales will open to the public two weeks prior to each session; guests and members should make their purchases early. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy Mike Kinnebrew, whose passion is reflected in enthused followers throughout the Southeast. Experience this charming singer-songwriter and Highlands' favorite for yourself. www.oldedwardshospitality.com/calendar-of-events
Salon Series with Kevn Kinney
Join Highlander Mountain House for their Salon Series’ fireside acoustic show featuring Kevn Kinney at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50, visit www.highlandermountainhouse.com for more information.
Groovin’ On the Green
Dust off the lawn chairs and get the coolers ready; Groovin’ on the Green is back for 2022! This popular Friday night concert series features a variety of great regional musical talents as well as locally provided food and beverages. Bring a chair or blanket, your friends and family at 6:30 p.m. to The Village Green Commons. Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend, watch Cashiers hometown favorite Jay Drummonds rock the stage! This concert is free to all attendees who would like to sit on the lawn; donations are encouraged. To ensure that all concertgoers have a great view of the stage, ten by ten tent spaces need to be reserved and purchased in advance; all tents will be provided. Once all tent spaces are sold out, we cannot accommodate anymore. For more information, please visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.
Join the Mountain Garden Club of Highlands for their Memorial Day weekend plant sale at the Highlands baseball field on May 28th from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information visit @MGCofHighlands on Facebook.
Airing of the Quilts
May 28 through 30
Join the Cashiers Historical Society and the Cashiers Quilters Guild at CHS from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of quilts, fun and special events for the whole family. (828)743-7710 www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org