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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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Ingram’s Lifetime of Service

Franklin Ingram, a volunteer at the Friendship Center, the Food Pantry, the Literacy Council and Big Brothers-Big Sisters, spent his professional career in service to others. Now that he has retired to Highlands, he continues this work through his volunteer efforts. Ingram, who graduated from Duke Divinity School, served as a youth minister for EIGHT years before turning his focus …

Once Upun a Time

I bought a card for a friend who’s going through a rough patch. On the front was a picture of a beet. The caption read, “I’m rootin’ for ya!” Inside it said: “You can’t be beet.”     Yes, it was corny, but my friend’s a gluten for punishment. That’s why I’m giving her tuber the price of one: a card …

A Novel Approach to Writing

What started as a personal challenge has turned into a grand adventure for local author, Jeannie Chambers. Her first published novel, “Tunnel of Time,” is scheduled to be released December 1. Jeannie said she has always wanted to write and completed a course through the Institute of Children’s Literature in 1986 when her children were young. In 2011, she completed …


Hightail It to the Hudson Library

Ahh…there’s nothing more relaxing than kicking back next to a fire with a good book and a hot cup of tea or coffee on a dreary November day. Luckily, Hudson Library in Highlands has all of these winter essentials, and more. The library experience really begins before you even enter the building. Situated at the end of Main Street, it’s …

Home for Sale: Amenities Galore in Wade Hampton

Calmness and serenity abound as you glide past Wade Hampton’s pristine world-class golf course under decade old trees.   Traverse the gently curving drive to reach your own private paradise.  Soak in the soothing sounds of gently rippling water, and serenading birds as you stroll through the mature gardens before entering your home.   Cedar shingles, poplar bark and stacked …

Sugar-Free Pumpkin cupcakes

Easy, light, healthy and full of pumpkin, these tasty cupcakes will surely make your party better. They are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, too. To speed things up, bake the cupcakes ahead of time, freeze them and then thaw and frost them. Two frosting options are included: the vegan one and the dairy one. Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes with Creamy …


A Transformational Winter Vacation Awaits

Motivated by a mutual love of yoga and travel, fellow yogi and longtime friend Ashby Underwood and I decided to begin a neighborly collaboration in 2015 between Yoga Highlands and Cashiers Valley Fusion.  The hopes were to unite both communities through yoga and wellness so the planning began for programs both locally and abroad.  In January we led our first …

Are You Sleep Deprived and Don’t Know It?

How important is sleep?  This is not new news! The average adult American needs at least seven hours of sleep, preferably seven to nine hours per night, and a varied amount of deep and REM sleep.  The body has an amazing job at night while you’re resting. The brain and nervous system are busy at work, navigating and controlling the …

Mission Health

CarePartners (an affiliate of Mission Health) provides compassionate hospice and palliative care for patients and families served by Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. No one should have to face end-of-life decisions or a chronic illness alone. CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients with life-limiting or terminal illness. They’re dedicated to treating patients and their loved ones …


Highlands NC History: The Merit of Fortitude

Every so often I obsess on a song and listen to it a thousand times before a new oldie worms into my brain. Currently my earworm is Ron Moody’s version of “Reviewing the Situation” from “Oliver.” Check it out on YouTube.  The lyrics have a special resonance, my having recently turned 70. Think of the song as a flower, with …

Cashiers Historical Society Recognizes Its Volunteers

The Cashiers Historical Society hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, October 6, on the grounds of the historical Zachary-Tolbert House that is the lovingly-restored and maintained centerpiece of their work on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. This annual day of celebration is the society’s way of thanking the numerous board members, committee members, docents and volunteers who make the mission …

Cashiers NC History: Hampton and Halsted

Dr. William Stewart Halsted, a New York native who was the first chief surgeon of John Hopkins Hospital, was the person who gave the name “High Hampton” to the beautiful 400 acre Cashiers estate he purchased in 1890. When he died in 1922 he had increased the acreage to 2,200 acres. You wonder “How did this come about? Who was Dr. …