The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA) activities are keeping Cashiers Valley residents, visitors and tourists busy and entertained. The Summer 2011 Shoppers Guide Map, available in the shops of all GCAMA member merchants, allows visitors to check out all of the places to play, shop, eat and stay throughout the Valley.
Groovin’ on the Green, now a concert-lovers favorite during the season, continues on Friday evenings, 6:30 p.m. (rain or shine) through September on stage at the Cashiers Commons accessed off of Frank Allen Road or through the Village Green. July into September featured bands are July 29: Velvet Truckstop; Aug. 12: Les Freres Michot; Aug. 26: The Fishsticks; Sept. 16: The Carol Strickland Band; Sept. 2: Angela Reign and Band. On Sept. 9 local favorite Hurricane Creek completes the regular Groovin’ season. Food is available for purchase from a featured local restaurant at every concert or concertgoers may of course bring their own picnic- fare, beverages and snacks along with blankets or chairs.
The 2011 Groovin’ free concerts are made possible by organization and business sponsors that include RE/MAX Summit Properties, offering hot air balloon rides again on Sept. 9. Also on Sept. 9, A Taste of Cashiers adds culinary interest to the evening’s music offering featuring a variety of food choices from local eateries Ashby’s, Bellas Kitchen, Smoky Mountain Crab Shack, Wild Thyme Café and the Zookeeper Bistro. Businesses filling-out the sponsor’s role throughout the season are America’s Home Place, The Bird Barn and Gift Emporium, Blue Ridge Self Storage, The Cashiers Decorator Showhouse, Cashiers Printing, Cashiers Village Veterinary Clinic, Friends of Lake Glenville, The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association, Into the Woods, Landmark Realty Group, Midnight Farms, The Mountain Laurel Magazine, The Orchard Restaurant, Priscilla’s Decorative Touch, Rusticks, Signal Ridge Marina, Silver Creek Real Estate Group, VC for Men, Victoria’s Closet and Viviane Metzger Antiques. For the complete schedule and all general concert information, Groovin’ on the Green brochures are available in GCAMA merchant member shops and complete reviews of bands and additional information can be found by clicking on Groovin’on the Green at www.cashiersvalleyleaffest.com.
Ever wish the great shops of the Cashiers Valley could all be found in one location? Approximately 20 of these shops representing various merchandise categories will be located in GCAMA’s Merchant Market at the Cashiers Designer Showhouse, “Reflections” from Aug. 20, to Sept. 2. The Merchant Market will be located in “The Barn” on the Showhouse property. Merchant Market chairs Robin Ashemore, Bear Paw Designs and Cheri Tibbetts, Vivianne Metzger Antiques are enthusiastic about the excellent variety in participating shops that to date include A Village Garden, Bear Paw Design, Bound’s Cave, Bumpkins, Chapter 2, Cruise Planners, Details of Cashiers, Fiddlehead Designs, GG’s Consignments*ETC, Gracewear, High Hampton Inn, Midnight Farms, Monday and Martin Home, Nora and Co., The Corner Store, The Ryan Companies, Vivianne Metzger Antiques and “The Look” Jewelry.
Tibbets and Ashemore, also chair GCAMA’s Mountain Welcome program created to introduce new home buyers to the shops and activities in the Cashiers Valley. Recipients are notified by mail that a Welcome Basket from GCAMA merchants is waiting for pickup. The complete basket contains discounts, items and information from numerous local merchants.
The 2011 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is well under way according to Chair Pat Grady, Midnight Farms. Plans already in place for the third annual event scheduled for Oct. 7-9 include returning and new artisans as well as all the entertainment and attractions that remain the centerpiece of the Festival. The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association organizes the Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival to celebrate fall in the Valley for the several thousands of attendees who will visit during the Festival. Chair Grady continues to book artists/artisans from throughout the art community and the most popular bands. Early committed sponsors of the event include The Cashiers Travel and Tourism Board, The Crossroads Chronicle, The Hampton Inn and Suites, Landmark Realty, The Laurel Magazine, Macon Bank, Old Edwards Inn, RBC Bank, Webb Insurance, WHLC and United Community Bank. Sponsorships are still available in a wide range of levels.
A new GCAMA website, www.cashiersvalleyncmerchants.com is now up and running and contains all the information and contacts for GCAMA activities, functions and events. To learn more about GCAMA membership, projects, programs and events contact the association office at (828)743.1630, fax (828)743-1630 or email greatercashiersmerchantsassoc@ yahoo. com. For complete Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival and Groovin’ on the Green information check out www.cashiersvalleyleaffest.com.