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Nearby Notes: Redecorating the past

DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE Flat Rock

Redecorating the past

Historic Flat Rock is staging the first Flat Rock Designer Showhouse at Saluda Cottages, through Aug. 29. All three floors of the circa-1836 Saluda Cottages have been professionally decorated by designers.

Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a special appearance, demonstration and book signing by nationally known garden designer and author Jon Carloftis at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 at Flat Rock's Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock. Last year, Carloftis was invited by Barack and Michelle Obama and Better Homes and Gardens to decorate the courtyard of Washington's Blair House for the Christmas holidays. Master gardener Billy Joyner will offer a free guided walking tour and lecture about the property's trees at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 25.

Showhouse tickets: $25. Tickets for the Carloftis event: $50. Details: www.historicflatrockinc.org.

ART MARKET Cherokee

Qualla Arts and Crafts open-air market

Cherokee artisans will demonstrate and sell their authentic, handcrafted artwork in Cherokee at the Indian Art Market Sept. 3-4. The popular annual event has expanded to two days this year; hours are 5-7 p.m. Sept. 4 (a Friday) and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the following day. Admission: free.

Cherokee artisans will demonstrate beadwork, basket weaving, sculpture and wood carving. Traditional Cherokee food will also be sold. Also featured: music and children's activities.

The open-air Qualla Arts and Crafts event will be at 645 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee (U.S. 441, across from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian).

Details: 828-497-3103; www.quallaartsandcrafts.com.

BILTMORE NIGHTS Asheville

Flower Carpet evenings now showcased

Spend a romantic evening among the flowers at Biltmore Estate's annual Flower Carpet event after visiting the attraction. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 27-28 or Sept. 10-11. Then stick around for soft lights, sunset views, live jazz - and an elaborate floral display - on the South Terrace. Flower Carpet hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m.

Made up of more than 100,000 plants, the terrace carpet's design takes its shape and color from a set of 1880s stained-glass windows created by artist/interior designer John La Farge. These windows, part of George Vanderbilt's vast art collection, are now on display at Biltmore's new Antler Hill Village.

The evening includes a self-guided candlelight tour through Biltmore House (5-8 p.m.). Picnic options will be available by reservation online or by phone when buying tickets. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. A dining concierge will be stationed at the event to assist with dinner reservations at one of Biltmore's restaurants: Bistro, Arbor Grill or The Dining Room.

Admission is $65 (includes a visit to the estate on the day of your Flower Carpet Evening visit or the next day). Admission includes reserved time to visit Biltmore House, plus all-day access to the gardens, Antler Hill Village and the winery.

Reservations/details: 800-411-3812; www.biltmore.com.

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