Rotarian David Jellison

For Highlands Rotarian David Jellison, the notion of Service Above Self resonates here on the Plateau and far beyond.

And Then There were 23

The siren call of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s cats and dogs extends far beyond the Plateau. And people respond.

28 Acres of Generosity

The Plateau’s premier conservation group has extended its domain by 28 acres, thanks to the generosity of Little Bear Pen LLC.

Becoming a Horse Dog at Carpe Diem Farms

The arrival of Jethro is an emphatic declaration that Carpe Diem Farms is happily going to the dogs.

Power of Dreams

A special exhibition at the Bascom,  “Freewheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art” runs from May 11–August 21. The

Chuck Leavell, The Tree Man

Bear Shadow Festival Rock Star Chuck Leavell’s long, strange journey began with the magic of Ray Charles and led through worldwide fame with

Hiking Trail
All Around Earth Day

A lower-key, more personal celebration is on tap for this year’s Earth Day, set for April 22.

How ‘bout Them Apples?

The noble apple tree finally gets its day in the sun with The Cashiers Historical Society’s Heritage Apple Day, set for Saturday, March 27

Winter Cover Photo Contest

As we’re all focused on the arrival of spring, don’t forget those memories of winter. Laurel Magazine is saving a spot for you in its Winter

Shadow of the Bear in Winter
The Secret Season

During the winter to early-spring months, the Cashiers-Highlands high-elevation Plateau comes alive during a “secret season.”


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Integrative Massage

On the upper level of the Falls on Main shopping center in Highlands, Creative Concepts salon has been providing the residents of Highlands with a full range of beauty services for nearly 12 years.  Family haircuts, wedding style, and makeup, manicures, and pedicures are just a few of the services these skilled stylists provide.  This year, they are welcoming a …

Personal Reflections of Yoga

I can honestly say that yoga has changed my life and I have personally witnessed it change the lives of many others over the years.  Looking back to where my journey began back in 2000, I took my first class with a friend who said I should try yoga.  I had always been physically active and enjoyed my workouts at the …

CBD Oil Products What Are My Choices?

Here we go! Are you hearing more and more about the legalization of medical marijuana and the health benefits of CBD oil?    I’ve been fielding so many questions about both, so I thought it was time to address what I’ve learned and researched and share it with you. Like anything else that pushes itself into the limelight in the …

Passion for Health & Commitment to Healing

When Cindy Barloga, BSN, RN, got out of nursing school almost four decades ago the only positions available were in Oncology.   Her first reaction was, “This is going to be so depressing.”   But she quickly learned that a cancer diagnosis was not a death sentence.  A majority of cancer patients were and are survivors, and with early detection, …

The Secret Room

Few early residents of Highlands could match the brilliance and feistiness of Dr. Charles L. Frost.  His micro-mini resumé could have read: a man of passion, mystery, honor, and adventure. Travel back to the fall of 1880 when Dr. Charles L. Frost of Hampstead, New York, hobbled into Highlands, 59 years old and in poorest of health.  He’d read about …

Status Quo

For many years, starting in 1920, the Dr. Van Epp family drove over primitive highways, from the West Palm Beach, Florida area to summer in Cashiers Valley, renting the north end of the Frank and Minnie Cole residence.  Fifty one years later, the Van Epp daughter, Soyrieta Van Epp Law, who had been a sophomore in high school on the …

Zachary-Tolbert House Kick-off

The 2019 season at the historic Zachary-Tolbert House promises to be one of its most exciting yet. Cashiers Historical Society is kicking off their season opening on May 24 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. with a welcome brunch for the volunteers who keep things running smoothly, year-round. There will be an informational morning session for those looking to volunteer …

Face Jug Pottery

The earliest examples of Appalachian face jug pottery were made by African slaves working on the plantations in the South. The slaves brought their pottery traditions with them from Africa and began creating jugs that served a personal and spiritual purpose. They were used, not only as storage vessels, but as grave markers. As an expression of self-identity, the jugs …

Juvenile Green Frog

Habitats and Habits: Green frogs are smaller than bullfrogs, but their habitats and habits are similar. They are found throughout the state with the exception of some barrier islands. Eggs are deposited as a surface mass. The tadpoles resemble those of the bullfrog but are smaller, often having a lower tail fin and lacking distinct black dots. Tadpoles may take …

Highlands Biological Station

The Highlands Biological Station begins to buzz with workshops, family activities, and academic courses in May as our summer season begins.  From one-day workshops curated for the Highlands resident or visitor to an evening search for salamanders with the whole family, the Station is an excellent place for you to visit this month.   Join us on May 24 for …

Stonecrop Ternatum

Once upon a time…well, no this isn’t one of those stories, but if it were, Stonecrop ternatum would surely be on the page somewhere.  Another name for the ternatum is woodland stonecrop. See? When you see a plant with a name beginning with woodland, don’t you see a hobbit in your future?  These little succulents are a part of the …

American Goldfinch

This is a year-round bird on the Highlands Plateau.  The American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) transforms itself in spring and is gloriously renewed just as the fairy tale sad sister was magically adorned for her prince.  Goldfinch molt twice a year, once in the fall (pictured in the inset) and again in spring. The lemon yellow body plumage contrasts with black …