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Special Events 


Most events will take place at the Village Green Lewis Hall unless noted otherwise. All Special Events at the Village Green are free and open to the public

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Featured Event Speaker 



“Entertaining at Home:
An Exercise in Disaster & Delight”

Wednesday, August 31,


Noon The Chattooga Club 

1 Pavilion Way, Cashiers, NC


$100 per person, lunch and lecture



Featured Event Speaker 


JASON BELL, Blackberry Farm Design

“Honoring Tradition...Celebrating Innovation”

Monday, August 29, 2:00 pm

The Pavilion at High Hampton

1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, NC

$75 per person, lecture and a sumptuous selection of desserts

Attendance is limited.


Opening Night Party


THURSDAY, AUGUST 25th 6-9pm 

Village Green Commons, Frank Allen Road

As of August 1 this Event is Sold Out

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Cashiers Asado

The centuries old traditions of the Argentine... reimagined in the Cashiers Valley!

Join the Cashiers Historical Society and the Participants of the 25th Anniversary Designer Showhouse at the 2022 Benefactor and Patron Opening Night Party!

Hosted by Drew English and CHS Board member Philip Bradley.

The “Cashiers Asado” will feature a highly curated selection of delicious, open-fire roasted meats, succulent seafood and seasonally sourced vegetables, all prepared by our guest Gauchos!

Come and witness the immersive Asado experience on The Village Green lawn and dance the night away to the vocal jazz sounds of strings, brass and percussion!

A night not to be missed!

All ticket sales benefit the Cashiers Historical Society

Friday, August 26

2:00 pm Nellie Howard Ossi

“Making the Classics Cool Again "

In the design world, there is a strong shift back to the classics. We recently spent so much time isolated in our homes that it forced us to examine ourselves and how we live our lives.
Our natural response to find comfort, which so many of us find in traditions. We tell ourselves not to use the wedding China because it wasn't "every day" - but what else is there but every day? We finally appreciate heirlooms and the importance they bring to a space. In a time when decor has become disposable, we revisit what's stood the test of time. Breathing new life into the items of yesteryear that we have fond memories of. The classics are cool again, in a big, everyday way.

Saturday, August 27

1:00 pm Arielle McIntyre

“Ten tips to Create a Mountain Chic Garden Party”

From candlelit trails to outdoor dining under the stars, learn 10 essential tips for creating a seamless event outside for 2 or 20. Festive fire pits, Dahlia terrace dining, Canopy tents or simple string lights all play a role in success, but don’t forget the signature cocktails!

Each participant receives a mocktail to enjoy during the lecture.

Sunday, August 28

4:00 pm Ann Strub

Artist Demonstration

Ann Strub of New Orleans and Cashiers is principally a figurative/narrative artist whose work can be found at the Bascom Art Center in Highlands, NC. Ann trained at the Newcomb Art School, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the New Orleans Fine arts Academy.

Her art hangs in the New Orleans Museum of Art, Former -Vice President Al Gore, the Tabasco Co. Ochsner Hospital New Orleans, Performing Arts Center Highlands
and many private collections.

Monday, August 29

2:00 pm Jason Bell Blackberry Design The Pavilion at High Hampton
1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers

“Honoring Tradition...Celebrating Innovation”

Explore the inspiration and creativity behind the modern foothills design style of High Hampton with award-winning designer Jason Bell, Director of Design for Blackberry Farm Design. Jason will walk through how his team combined the history of classic North Carolina mountain style with contemporary updates to bring the property into the present and embody the Blackberry Farm Design hallmark of making every space feel like home. Irrefutable classics like old hickory furniture are layered with new regional art and splashes of color to fold the sense of place seamlessly into the innovation of style.

$75 per person, includes lecture and a sumptuous selection of desserts
Tickets for this Special Event are available to purchase here.

4:00 pm Carroll Rivers

Artist Demonstration

Carroll W. Rivers paints watercolors, acrylics and gouache. She has won a number of awards and her work has been accepted in many national juried shows. Her subjects come from a real love of the outdoors and are focused on the western North Carolina mountains in the summer, and Charleston, SC the rest of the year.

Carroll studied with a number of excellent teachers since she began painting in 1967. She chose watercolors for their portability and loves them for the light and life that emanates from them. She recently added gouache and pastels to her water-based mediums. Among her successes are top awards in The Rocky Mountain National Water Media Competition, The National Watercolor Society, and The Southern Watercolor Society held in SC. She has taught and shared her work success with many.

Carroll says, “Painting is a mental exercise and never loses its challenge and joy.”

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Tuesday, August 30

2:00 pm Carlton Chamblin 

“The history of shrubs in "sipping vinegars" and how to make them.”

Carlton Chamblin is a native of Birmingham, AL with backgrounds in art history and product marketing. He has taken his love of bartending and hospitality to new heights with Farm2Cocktail, a cocktail mixer and mobile bartending company.

The mixers he produces are called shrubs and were very popular during the early days of America. Shrubs are a fusion of fresh fruits, herbs, sugar and vinegars and their well-balanced sweet and tart flavor help create cocktails, mocktails and even dressings.

Carlton is dedicated to developing mixology-made-easy products using all natural ingredients. His passion is to bring out the mixologist in everyone. Visit to learn more.

4:00 pm Laura Moser Artist Demonstration

Laura grew up in North Carolina and received a BA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After spending 12 years in the advertising industry, she returned to school to study Fine Arts at the University of Houston. She had lived in Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and now Atlanta and Cashiers!

My work attempts to make sense of the chaotic world we live in, adding structure, hope, and a sense of calm to an otherwise tumultuous setting. While the pieces I create are mostly abstract, I am inspired by nature and the positive forces around me. Through my work, I hope to invoke inspiration.

Wednesday, August 31

Noon Keith Meacham, Featured Special Guest

The Chattooga Club
1 Pavilion Way, Cashiers, NC

“Entertaining at Home: An Exercise in Disaster & Delight”

Keith Smythe Meacham co-founded Reed Smythe & Company in 2019 with her beloved best friend, the late writer and entertainer extraordinaire, Julia Reed. Reed Smythe & Company has grown since its founding to become a darling of the design world and a go-to shopping destination for those seeking unexpected pieces for house and garden. Featured in AD, Elle Décor, Veranda, Martha Stewart, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, and the Wall Street Journal, Reed Smythe & Company is devoted to collaborating with artists and artisans across the South and beyond to bring one-of-a-kind goods to customers and friends. Prior to founding Reed Smythe & Company, Keith was co-founder of a children’s education company, Homer Learning, and worked in the field of education for 25 years. An amateur gardener, entertainer and floral enthusiast, Keith lives in Nashville with her husband Jon, their three children, and two springer spaniels.

$100 per person Luncheon and Lecture

Tickets for this Special Event are available to purchase here.

4:00pm Penny Pollack Artist Demonstration

Penny Pollock, an encaustic artist who chose this medium to bring together her history of working in fashion with textiles and shapes through the combining of materials and colors to produce clothing and accessories for name brand lines.

Her fascination with indigenous cultures lead her to travel the world collecting bits and pieces of tribal art created by the Maasai of East Africa, to the Berber tribes of the Sahara, to the woven and embroidered fabrics of India and Bhutan. Her collection of exotic jewelry, artifacts, relics, and spiritual talismans are ever present themes in her work.

The elements of Encaustic art are beeswax, paint pigments, and tree resin developed by the ancient Greeks with some surviving paintings hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, from 2500 years ago. Pollock’s use of this ancient method of painting started as a fascination with the technique and quickly became a tool in which she could infuse antique book pages, dried botanicals and fine pieces of cloth woven into her art. Penny lives in Highlands and winters in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Thursday, September 1

2:00 pm Sister Schubert 
"A Pan of Rolls that Changed the World for the Better"

What a privilege to have with us an icon in the food industry as well as among everyday cooks across the South and the entire country. Patricia Barnes, better known as “Sister Schubert,” is beloved for her delicious homemade bread found in your local grocery store’s frozen food section. She’s also an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. You will hear this remarkable success story and will be inspired by Sister’s approach to business and life. Inspiring a generation of Southern businesswomen with her entrepreneurial spirit, Sister has gone from humble beginnings of baking bread on her front porch to seeing Sister Schubert’s now produce 9 million rolls per day. Along the way, Southern Living magazine featured her bread and her story and then partnered with her to create a cookbook and book tour.

Now Sister is a three-time cookbook author, and with all her success, she has moved past overseeing day-to-day operations at Sister Schubert’s and on to heartfelt involvement with philanthropic work. The Barnes Family Foundation, established in 2000, has contributed to causes that Sister cares about deeply—from donations to food banks throughout the country and to opening an orphanage in the Ukraine. The business and philanthropic communities have recognized Sister’s achievements. She was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2018 and recently received the Lifetime Service Award from Yellowhammer Media.

You will never look at a pan of Sister Schubert’s Rolls the same again after hearing this chef, cookbook author, acclaimed entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Sister Schubert.

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Drew English
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Laura Sullivan

Friday, September 2

2:00 pm Drew English 

“Join Drew English, the resident gardener at the Historic High Hampton Dahlia Garden to learn about these beautiful blooms”

It’s late Summer, and that means Dahlia season all over the Cashiers Valley! These wildly diverse blooms have become as synonymous with the mountains as moss, ferns and Buttermilk Pie!

Join Drew English, the resident gardener at the historic High Hampton Dahlia Garden, as he shares his knowledge of these wonderful plants along with their history in our area and across the globe. He will also share his expertise for growing, cultivating, pruning and wintertime care for dahlia plants and tubers. It’

To wrap up his gardening talk, Drew will be taking questions and comments to help those interested in growing dahlias become more familiar with their unique growing habits. Whether you are an amateur, novice or expert, Drew’s casual approach to Dahlias will surely add skill to your gardening!

Note: Transportation will be provided from the Village Green at 1:45pm

Saturday, September 3

2:00 pm Laura Sullivan

“How Furniture Can Impact Your Health”

The seeds for Laura’s career in interior design, and now healthy furnishings, were sown at a young age. Her father renovated investment properties, teaching her to leave things better than she found them, and her mother was a nurse who taught her the value of helping others wherever she could. These values, combined with a passion for art and a love for her family and home, eventually led her to open ID.ology Interiors & Design: a high-end, all woman, award winning design firm committed to adding beauty and function, while caring for the environment and the health and wellness of each client. Laura and her husband Sean, of Living Stone Design+Build, have since opened Atelier Maison & Co. in Asheville July 2020, the area’s elevated furnishings destination focusing on heirloom quality, non-toxic, sustainable, high style furnishings. Then having recently opened a second location in Downtown Cashier’s the Atelier family is excited to be offering the same to The Plateau and being an integral part of the community.

4:00 pm Sue Fazio

Art Demonstration

Sue Fazio has a doctorate in education from Florida Atlantic university but where her passion meets the road is her wildly creative expressions in painting with oil, acrylic, encaustics, pastels and now pottery.

She and her husband (Tom Fazio -renown golf course architect) founded the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County in 1993. Since then, all of the proceeds from her work go to that club. She has taught an encaustics workshop at the Bascom Art Center for the past 8 years and loves every moment of that interaction. Sue has been in several galleries over the years and is currently represented by Diane Davant studio in Stuart Florida/the Art Cellar in Boone NC/ Anna Lea gallery in Cashiers Nc. Her greatest pride comes from her six children and eighteen grandchildren —all who are exposed and excited about being in her studio and learning new art methods every time they visit. When not in her studio at Lake Toxaway Sue is on a golf course or in her gardens.

Sunday, September 4

2:00 pm Karen Weihs Artist Demonstration

Karen Weihs earned a fine arts degree major and worked as a graphic designer and calligrapher after college until finding her passion for oil painting. Using mostly the palette knife, her design sense led her to the quality of pushing landscape work into abstraction. A sought-after teacher, she created her luminous style that led her to be called the “colorist of the south.” She and other artists opened a successful gallery in Charleston, SC, her birth city, for 17 years to its closing. Winning awards, she drew national attention to her painting and joined southern galleries and attracted serious collectors. Her work is in major collections and museums. Member of The American Women Artists, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Impressionistic Society, and the Salmugundi Club, she continues to enter completions, paint commissions, and create work for gallery yearly shows. She recently moved from Highlands, NC to Sarasota, FL with her retired restauranteur husband, Chris, to continue their interest in playing competitive croquet as partners. Still summering in the mountains, her interest in playing the sport has led her to painting onsite at special croquet events while continuing her teaching career as an art mentor for private and workshop students. For more information on Karen, follow her on Instagram @karenweihsfinearts


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