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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So Many Photos Await | Photographer Cynthia Strain

Local artistic powerhouse and dynamic presence in the life of Highlands Cynthia Strain is contemplating stepping back (just a little).

Carpe Diem Gives Thanks: Highlands NC

This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful to our herd of noble, gracefully aging horses and, of course, the people who love them. For more information, call (828) 526-4752, visit carpediemfarms.org, or stop by the farm, 544 Western Rhodes Drive in Highlands.

Cashiers Cares

Almost beneath the radar, Cashiers Cares works its mission to serve the needs of the less fortunate, while deepening the ties that bind the community. To learn more, visit cashierscares.org or call (828) 743-7158.

For the Good of All: Cullasaja Women’s Outreach

Cullasaja Women’s Outreach, an independent collective of community-minded women, listened attentively to local needs and responded resoundingly, proving that when dealt lemons, an unfailing focus on helping others can and will result in sweet outcomes.

Holiday Help and Beyond: Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry

Even before a pandemic upended lives, statistics determined that one in five people in Jackson County fall below the poverty line, which means some children and families are food insecure.

Highlands Food Pantry

Thanks to nimble leadership, a driven cadre of volunteers and an endlessly generous community, the Highlands Food Pantry and its clients have plenty to be thankful for.

Sweet Jeb: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

Sweet Jeb displays all the best qualities inculcated on Walton’s Mountain.

Paying it Forward, Little to Big: Big Brothers Big Sisters

A trio of summers in the early 1960s gave a boy the roadmap for a loving, successful future. If you’d like to provide the same gift to a young person, contact Danielle Hernandez-Juarez, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Cashiers-Highlands Program Coordinator, at (828) 339-9133.

Polio Pandemic Nears Its End: Highlands Mountaintop Rotary

Thanks to heroic efforts here on the Plateau and around the world, polio is close to being consigned to history.

A Dude Who Loved To Read: Remembering John Rymer

John Rymer’s lifelong love of education is leading to the flowering of The Literacy Council.

Life-Long and Far-Reaching – Rotarian Robert Smith

For Robert Smith, joining Highlands Rotary was an easy way to weave himself into the fabric of the community.

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation

During this season of gratitude, the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation reflects upon its deep well of community support and shapes its plans nfor an even busier future.