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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A Peach of a Pie

As the daughter of a soda shop owner, (Bill’s Soda Shop 1939-1972), Betty Holt was introduced to sweets early in life.  She and her mother, Anne Holt of Anne’s Beauty Salon, shared a love of desserts, but Holt says, “Unfortunately, for me, they just make me fat, so I leave them alone most of the time.”  However, one of her …

Perfect Pairing

Last month, after a day of running errands and assembling deck furniture, I thought I would indulge myself. I bought some fried chicken from Rosewood Market. The wine selection at Rosewood shows that they have a clear understanding of wine and food pairing.  So I was not surprised to find one of my favorite wines, The Domaine Larue, Saint Aubin. …

Do Good. Eat Well.

A hint of fall is in the air and Laura Huerta and her staff at Lakeside Restaurant are bringing the richness of the season into their fresh and innovative food and drink menus.    Changes are in the air, but one thing that remains constant at Lakeside are the Wednesday night “Evenings at Lakeside,” which they set aside for area non-profits …

Ristorante Paoletti

Four years ago, I reviewed Ristorante Paoletti in these pages.  That’s a challenge in itself. It’s been a Main Street Highlands institution for 33 years. It’s earned its stellar reputation through its exquisite menu, impeccable service and a wine selection that reads like a domestic offshoot of the Milestii Mici collection.  (About that selection – I know someone who comes …

Art for the Garden

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Highlands Biological Station, a unique project involving the intersection of art and science has been quietly taking place at the station, which now includes the Nature Center and the Botanical Gardens.  A conversation between artist Rosemary Stiefel and Jim Costa, Director of HBS, led to musings about the sometimes …

New Website. Same Magic.

Just in time for their new season, Highlands Cashiers Players has unveiled its new website, Thanks to the efforts of the Board of Directors and a grant from the Rotary Club of Highlands, HCP has taken their ticketing process online and tickets may be purchased online for their October production, “Guilty Conscience.” By visiting the user-friendly website you’ll discover just …

Come to The Bascom

I wonder how many visitors to Highlands know about our fabulous Bascom Art Center.   Driving out of town toward Franklin it sits on the right side of Franklin Road.  Turn in at the historic 1800s Will Henry Stevens covered bridge, moved here from Warner, New Hampshire, and you have arrived at the beautiful lush and green six-acre campus that holds the …

She Wooden Give Up

When we visited Donna Ysland in 2015, she’d just had her floor lamp epiphany. That experience launched her company Riverlights, now a thriving Western North Carolina enterprise. It has evolved from rustic furnishings and accessories to a more elegant line of contemporary functional art.   In case you missed the 2015 article, here are the CliffsNotes: She, her daughter, and …

At the Playhouse

As our 2017 season draws to a close, we would like to thank everyone who has come out to support live theatre in Highlands.  This summer has been one for the books!   “Cabaret” was a serious musical drama that enthralled and challenged audiences, and (like good theater does) served up food for thought.   “A Funny Thing Happened on …

September at PAC

On Saturday, September 16, Taylor 2 returns to the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Taylor 2 is part of the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company. Paul Taylor was a principal dancer with Martha Graham and George Balanchine, and still creates two new works a year.  The Taylor 2 company was created several years ago as an outreach program to be …

Bringing Music to the Classroom

The Vega String Quartet, a frequent participant in the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, is dedicated to educating young people about chamber music. October 13 and 14 the quartet will be back in town for a Fall Mini-Residency and their focus is, once again, on students.  The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber …

HC Art League

The September meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will feature Jackson County artist Bonnie Abbott.  Social time begins at 4:30 P.M. on September 25 in The Bascom Atrium, followed by Ms. Abbott’s presentation at 5:00 P.M. Ms. Abbott’s art career spans 42 years of full- and part-time work.  Along the way, she taught art to children and adults from …