Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival runs Oct. 5 to 7
The Greater Cashiers Area Merchant’s Association (GCAMA) is preparing for The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5, 6 and 7 in downtown Cashiers. The annual art, craft and entertainment festival is expected to bring an estimated 5,000-plus visitors to the Cashiers area. GCAMA organizers have added a new venue this year, The Lovin’ Spoonful in concert on the Slopes of Sapphire Valley Resort, Friday, Oct. 5. GCAMA’s Leaf Festival co-chairs Jodi Moore and Pat Grady believe the show will draw additional visitors for the festival weekend.
Now in it fourth year, The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival reaches into three area villages - Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire. The center of activity is the Cashiers Village Green and Commons located at the Cashiers Crossroads. A juried fine art and craft show is the backbone of the festival, complemented by local businesses, exhibits, food vendors and two stages of entertainment featuring regional singer/songwriters. Admission to the festival is free.
Glenville Village will present local crafters, pontoon cruises along Lake Glenville’s shoreline and a Saturday morning pancake breakfast and wagon ride farm tour. Sapphire Valley Resort presents the Festival’s “Big Cup Golf Tournament” on Saturday, Oct. 6 and has expanded their participation by providing the Slopes venue for the Lovin’ Spoonful concert on Friday evening.
The Lovin’ Spoonful burst onto the 1960s music scene to become on of the most revered groups in music history. Combining the best of folk music and rock and roll, with a touch of country thrown in, they gave us such hits as “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Daydream,” “You Didn’t Have to be So Nice,” “Nashville Cats” and “Summer in the City.” In 2006, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The current line-up features founding members, Steve Boone and Joe Butler. Gates for the concert open at 5 p.m. Opening acts include local band the Jackson Taylor Band and Atlanta based sister quartet, von Grey.
General Admission tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $50 and include valet parking, and a “meet and greet” with the band and complimentary wine and hors d’eouvres prior to the show. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.visitcashiersvalley.com.
For more information on the Leaf Festival, the Lovin’ Spoonful concert and GCAMA, call 743-5858 or 482-2525.