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Support the Green

by Ann Self

Over the decades, The Village Green in Cashiers has been the vibrant,

verdant heart of a lively community.

The Village Green is a park for the people. In 1992, the founders saved two acres at the Crossroads of Highways 64 and 107 in Cashiers from commercial development. The Village Green was established with the mission to preserve and enhance the land for civic, spiritual, academic, recreational and cultural activities. Twenty-five years later, The Village Green encompasses more than 13 acres and is the heart of the community.

The Village Green attracts thousands of visitors each year, providing a window into pleasurable pursuits and traditions that make Cashiers unique. The park is a gathering place for people of all ages, origins and economic backgrounds. People come from all over the region to enjoy the gardens, walking paths and trails, amazing public art and the expansive children’s playground. The Village Green invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts; quiet places to picnic and read; settings to celebrate with friends and family; and a variety of popular concerts, festivals, lecture series and other community events. This month, The Village Green will celebrate the completion of the Commons venue expansion, a 5800 square foot building for year-round educational, cultural and community programming as well as private event space.

Equally significant from a conservation perspective, The Village Green serves as a natural oasis. The park is an important environment to cultivate native plants and pollinators. It also provides a respite for migrating nesting birds. It truly is an integrated ecosystem where humans and nature interact.

The Village Green is conserved and maintained by a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Unlike other public parks, The Village Green receives no public funding. Operations and improvements are funded solely by donations by individuals and special fundraising events like the Cashiers Plein Air Festival, an event featuring invitational outdoor artists who capture the landscape and lifestyle of the area on canvas in July.

If you have ever enjoyed the playground, the walking paths, a concert or another cultural community event, please consider making a year-end gift to support The Village Green. You can make a secure online donation at our website, www.VillageGreenCashiersNC.com or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 2201, Cashiers, NC 28717. Consider it an investment in all the fun and interesting activities that make special memories in our area.

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