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Life Changing: Rotarian Jane Jerry

For Jane Jerry, life in a small town is made even sweeter with service through Rotary.

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A Good Life in a Good Place

A circuitous route and long, languid conversations laced with wit and compassion brought Carolyn and Cy Timmons together and to the Plateau.

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Where Conversation Resumes: Calders Coffee Cafe

Just what the doctor ordered: Calders Coffee Cafe serves up palate-pleasing beverages, comfort food that soothes something deep inside, and healthy

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Scott Daniel Takes the helm at Highlands Playhouse

Highlands Playhouse’s Scott Daniel is ensuring everything is in place as the curtain rises on a season filled with possibilities.

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Botanical Meets Mechanical, Cover Artist Sue Steele Thomas

The lines, the curves, the irrefutable suggestion of thrumming horsepower waiting to be untethered – there are a thousand reasons for Sue Steele

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At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit thelaurelmagazine.com/recreation.

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Likeable, Hikeable Falls: Upper Middle Creek Falls

Stepping just slightly off the Beaten Path reveals hidden wonders like the hypnotic Upper Middle Creek Falls.

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Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale

Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, slated for Saturday, May 29, at the Town Ballfield, is animated by the spirit of Laurel’s

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Thank a Soldier: Memorial Day

The Memorial Day Weekend gives Highlanders a series of events to honor Fallen Heroes.

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Meander in May in Highlands

Meander in May, set for Saturday, May 22, is an invitation to discover and rediscover the unique charms of Highlands.

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Mother’s Day Flowers: The Village Green

The kaleidoscopic shapes and colors of Dahlias are on display in all their glory at the Foster Memorial Dahlia Garden, the scintillating treasure

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Live Music Is Back in Highlands

Sweet harmonies bring passion back to the seasonal soundscape of Highlands evenings.

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Art + Automobiles: FreeWheeling at The Bascom

FreeWheeling, set for May 11 through August 21, is The Bascom’s dynamic celebration of the fusion of engineering and style.

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The Risqué Month of May

Sure, the month of May is Merry, but there’s also a bit of Friskiness built in.

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Celebrate Christmas In Song, Highlands First Presbyterian Church

Kick off the Christmas season by joining your friends at Highlands First Presbyterian Church for the annual Christmas Carol Sing led by baritone Stell Huie, with Angie Jenkins at the piano.  It will take place Saturday, December 2, at 1:00 P.M.  It will be reminiscent of your childhood as you sing all the old favorite carols. Later, at 4:00 P.M., …

Cashiers NC Silver & Gold Bells Parade

Think of all the things you’d expect to see in a hometown Christmas parade. Let’s see, dogs? Check. Floats?   Check. Marching Band? Check. Santa Claus?  Of course!  The 43rd Annual Cashiers Christmas Parade has them all and some entries that might surprise you. Saturday, December 9, is the date and the theme is “Silver and Gold Bells: It’s Christmas …


A Good Olde Time for All, Highlands Christmas Parade

Hello, December and Merry Christmas everyone!  Start your holiday celebrations on a joyful note by attending the Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade on December 2.  The parade starts at 11:00 A.M. but it’s part of the fun to get there early, grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or cider at a nearby business and claim a prime viewing spot.  …

Highlands: A Destination Play-cation

If you’re a Highlands Chamber of Commerce member, you’re part of a community of businesses that work together for the benefit of all.   The Chamber has revamped, revitalized, and reinvented itself to energize not only its ranks but the community of Highlands and its residents as well. Even if you’re not a Chamber member, you will benefit from the initiatives …

Dahlia Festival Success in Highlands NC

At the end of a week where the Plateau experienced damaging winds and power outages, the Highlands Historical Society’s Dahlia Festival provided area floral enthusiasts with a much-enjoyed relief from the weather.  Despite many area gardens being drummed with heavy rains, dahlias of all sizes filled the Highlands Recreation Center.  More than 250 people toured the exhibit hall.  From huge …


Cullasaja Women’s Outreach Invests $200,000

Once upon a time, high up on a plateau, a collective of ladies felt sure their hearts had more to give. They sensed that if somehow they could combine their hopes and resources, they could make a positive difference. These goodhearted women dreamed of furthering a community that brought everyone who happened upon it, a sense of connection, closeness and …

Highlands Rotary Club: Shop with a Cop

For the past 16 years Law Enforcement Officers throughout Macon County have worked diligently to bring the true spirit of Christmas to area youngsters. In 2016 more than 350 children accompanied by officers from the Town of Highlands, Franklin and other Macon County entities, plus the U.S. Forestry Services, Marines and Army Reserves and N.C. State Troopers have shopped for …

Written in Her Trees

Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and leaf-lookers have made their way back home.  Though the pace is slowing and Mother Nature’s most spectacular show is over for the season, something else is happening that most of us probably never give thought to.  The very trees that bear such robust color in autumn are preparing to go …


Lucky Laverne of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

Things looked pretty bleak for Laverne. Despite the best efforts and care from the staff at the Jackson County Shelter in Sylva, she waited for four long months in a kennel with no interested adopters and no rescue groups willing to take her in. The odds were definitely stacked against an eight-year-old black Plott Hound mix who was suffering from …

Forever Farm

This is certainly the case at the Forever Farm. We have an amazing paid staff who take care of the day-to-day needs of our pets: cleaning, feeding, dispensing medications and many other crucial tasks. However, we utilize our volunteer base to provide another key component in that care. That all-important component is socialization. Walking, brushing, petting, any positive interaction with …

Planting Seeds of Interest

Mentoring aids in the gentle planting of seeds of interest that help to develop a desire to try new things. With some assistance, Littles become more willing and confident in their abilities to try something new. According to the BBBSWNC website, “when children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid risky behaviors, …