Donna Woods and Marty Rosenfield
Us and the Snow

It took a snowstorm to reveal what had been obvious from the start – Donna Woods and Marty Rosenfield were meant to find one another.

Mathew Basford
Fisher Vineyards Wine Dinner
The Farm at Old Edwards

With its unique blend of exquisite vintages and irresistibly off-center dishes, The Farm at Old Edwards’ Top Chef Dinner, set for May 21, promises

Magical Morning Light
Cover Artist Carole Shepardson

Carole Shepardson’s clever shutter captures the magic and the mystery embedded within life on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Art and The Automobile

The Bascom revs up its Main Gallery with FreeWheeling, a dynamic show celebrating all things Automotive, May 11 through August 21.

Twilight Runs
Highlands Rotary Club

The exclusive Twilight 5K and 10K Race will wind through Highlands on Saturday, May 15. For more information or to register, visit

The Power of Music
Bear Shadow Music Festival

The music and the food and the fun times of Bear Shadow will extend across the Plateau, April 23-25. For more details (and up-to-the-minute information),

Bear Shadow Music Festival Local Love
Feel the Music and the Love at Bear Shadow Music Festival

Bear Shadow, slated for April 23-25, is showing the love for its Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, and Rabun residents with a ticket discount.


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100 Mentors in 100 Days

On August 23, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina launched its 100 Mentors in 100 Days Campaign.   Last year, BBBSWNC made 211 matches throughout the entire year, with the majority of matches being made during the fall recruitment period. Our goal is to make as many quality matches as we can in the next 100 days in Cashiers …

A Family Friendly Affair

We’ve made it through another busy summer season! With school back in session, it’s time to get the final plans in order for our 25th anniversary celebration, Sunday, October 8, from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Carpe Diem Farms.  Local favorites The Johnny Webb Band will be performing on the Pavilion stage. You are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn …

More Than a Shelter

For 30 years the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society has saved lives, provided compassionate care, and found forever homes for thousands of abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our community. But we are much, much more than just a no-kill animal shelter and adoption agency. Through our community outreach programs that make a positive difference in the lives of people as well …

The Kitchen Carry Away

Highlanders love good food.   The area is peppered with restaurants and caterers vying for the culinary spotlight. Since 2000, The Kitchen Carry Away and Catering has filled the tummies of the young and old with a menu ranging from soups and appetizers, entrees, side dishes and scrumptious desserts.  The Kitchen’s originator, Holly Roberts, built a loyal following of devoted …

Be a Friend of a Friend

One of the most common questions we are asked at the Forever Farm is, “How do you get your animals?”  It’s a question that gets to the very core of Friends For Life’s mission. Each pet who comes to us is unique, and has her or his own story. However, from a big picture perspective, our residents tend to come …

Helping People. Changing Lives.

The Literacy Council of Cashiers, established in 2006, attracts volunteers who are enthusiastic about what they do. Nancy West is one of those dedicated individuals. “I’ve always been passionate about reading and literacy,” she says. “I was a teacher before retiring and for the last 10 or 15 years, I was strictly a reading specialist.”  After moving to Cashiers in …

Leadfoot Lucy

In the early 1940s, Leadfoot Lucille, sister-in-law to my 20-something mother, was driving my mom across the Gandy Bridge, the original wooden two-laner that spanned Tampa Bay. It was the war years, and the womenfolk were in a rush to do their part, so much so that Leadfoot Lucy, lost in thought, lost something else: the sense she was born …

Historic Land, Heirloom Seeds

Winding Stair Farm, west of Franklin, has had many incarnations over the years. Owners Greg Mullins and Stacy Bredendieck were told by the Army Corps of Engineers that the name of the stream, Trough Branch, on the edge of the farm came from a history of early settlers moving animals through this valley and the stream was a natural place …

This Classic Is Calling You Home

As Sirius the Dog Star stands out in the night sky, this beautiful manor house, which sits high atop Upper Brushy Face overlooking the Highlands Country Club, outshines the many exquisite homes of the Highlands-Cashiers area.   Imagine the grand splendor of a Scottish Manor home with stone arches and rich woods.  Add large expanses of glass that frame the …

Pumpkin Crepes

Pumpkin Crepes are a delicious way to welcome fall. Abundantly orange, these crepes look like the cool season that’s coming and like the beautiful leaves in the Western North Carolina mountains. The crepes taste best with fresh pumpkin, although canned is fine, too. To make the color more vibrant, add a pinch of turmeric to the batter. These crepes can …

The Paradigm of Posture

The paradigm of posture has been turned on it’s head, finally!   And that’s a good thing. From the mid-18th century until the late 1960’s, posture was generally a sign of discipline at the dinner table and school desk. Today, we see posture influences health and methods have emerged to help people live with ease.  Fascia is the scientifically documented …

Bone Health – Things to Know!

Have you noticed that bone density problems have increased over the past 20 years?   Well, this has not gone unnoticed by chiropractors as we deal with bones day in and day out. Bone health is essential to overall health and aging well. Good bone density used to be the norm, but that’s no longer the case. More and more …