A Day in the Country
by Ashley Stewart
The fresh air and serenity of the mountains hearkens back to a bygone era, when time moved slower and happiness could be found in the simplest of pleasures.
The 2019 Designer Showhouse, titled “A Day in the Country,” departs from the glitz and glamour of last year’s showhouse to focus on those simple pleasures and the things that make the mountains of Western North Carolina unique.
On July 24, the Horse Cove Social Preview Party will be a wonderful evening filled with great food, drinks, a pair of bands, a mountain cake walk raffle in which visitors can win wonderful prizes, as well as a carnival that is in the works to be on site. Ticket prices for the Horse Cove Social are $150 for single admission, $225 for couples tickets.
Black Rock Preserve on Horse Cove Road is about midway between Cashiers and Highlands. The Showhouse pays homage to that heritage with a beautiful summer cutting garden in full bloom at the front of the property.
Fourteen designers will dress up a rustic cabin and stable house on the property. A variety of vendors from all over the US, as well as some international sellers, will join mountain artisans and craftsmen. They are partnering with Eno to have a Hammock stop along the route through the 28-acre property. Orvis fly fishing demonstrations and fly-tying lessons will be held at the spring-fed pond. The Bascom of Highlands will have a 100-foot-long tent with roughly 20 local artists and artisans showing their wares as well as doing live painting and art demos. For a more intimate experience, VIP cocktail parties and lunches for groups of fifteen or more will be held after hours.
Tickets for the Showhouse are $40 at the door, and $30 online ahead of time. There will also be locations throughout Cashiers in various shops to purchase tickets for $30 ahead of time as well. The second Wednesday of the event (July 31), will be a Community Day, where anyone who has a valid Cashiers-Highlands and surrounding county driver’s license, will be able to attend the Showhouse for $10 at the door.