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The Heart of a Home

by ashley Stewart

On Saturday August 17, join the Laurel Garden Club for their biennial Kitchen Tour.

Laurel Garden Club members will greet you at each of the beautiful homes in Highlands Falls Country Club. Tour some of Highlands’ most elegant and state-of-the-art kitchens. Learn about the history of the house and be inspired by the beautiful architecture and intuitive design. Celebrity chefs Bobby Lee Carey and Martha Porter will be there with tasty offerings. Demonstrations by The Cashiers Kitchen Co., Chocolate Heaven Company, and J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works will be given at the appointed kitchens.

Internationally-known Woven Sculpture artist Matt Tommey of Asheville will bring his unique works made from natural materials. This is a rare opportunity to purchase Matt’s one-of-a-kind sculpture art baskets and woven creations.

Timed tickets are $100 and can be purchased at The Dry Sink in Highlands and online at laurelgardenclubhighlands.com. Tickets include a fabulous lunch prepared by chefs at Highlands Falls Country Club and local transportation to the homes. Proceeds from the Kitchen Tour are reinvested in the Highlands community through grants to non-profit organizations, including the Highlands Biological Foundation, Highlands Historical Society, and the Peggy Crosby Center. The Club has made these grants every year since 2002 and has returned more than $170,000 to community organizations. The purpose of the Laurel Garden Club is to “aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, stimulate the fine art of gardening and enable cooperation with other organizations furthering the interest of horticulture and conservation.”

A very special thank you to the homeowners who graciously opened their homes for the Kitchen Tour and to the generous sponsors for their support – Country Club Properties, The Dry Sink, Highlands Falls Country Club, Inman Park Marble and Granite, Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream, The Laurel Magazine, Wilson Gas and Electric, and Wind River Construction.

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