Life Changing: Rotarian Jane Jerry

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

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.

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.

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

At a Glance Waterfall Guide

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

Likeable, Hikeable Falls: Upper Middle Creek Falls

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

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

Thank a Soldier: Memorial Day

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

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

Live Music Is Back in Highlands

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

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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Labels Matter

Anyone who has a retail wine establishment can tell you that a label really matters.    Some wineries have created such an attractive package that they eventually put less effort into the wine itself. On the other side, of course, there are wineries that have adopted such an off-putting package that no amount of attention to the actual wine will …

A Generous Pour, And More

The Highlands Food and Wine Festival is back from November 9 through the 12, and includes a full schedule of activities and even more ways to participate.   New this year, the festival has partnered with ZeroHero and will be composting all food waste and donating it to local farms on the Plateau.  So not only is the festival fun, …

Comfort on a Platter

Scott Paxton has creativity in his blood.  Most people know him as actor, director, and co-creator of The Instant Theatre Company in Highlands; and if you’ve ever been invited to his log cabin for dinner, you know his talents extend to the kitchen.  When Scott was newly married to actress Collin Wilcox Paxton he recalls Collin had a friend who …

4118 Kitchen + Bar

4118 Kitchen and Bar fills a particular niche in the Highlands restaurant landscape. It’s carefully calibrated to foster conversation, from hushed intimacies to lively friend-to-friend-to- friend debates.  It fills the same space that in the UK would be occupied by the corner pub, a gathering spot where you and your love or you and your friends can unwind the day …

The Vega String Quartet

While the regular season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival may be over, there is still one more special event to look forward to.  The Vega String Quartet is returning for a mini residency October 13 and 14. The quartet is passionate about creating and cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. …

Guilty Conscience

The Highlands Cashiers Players are bringing the second show of their 2017-2018 season to the stage October 12 through October 22, “Guilty Conscience,” by William Link and Richard L. Levinson. It’s hard to go into detail about this production without giving away the plot.  Let’s just say it’s filled with twists, intrigue, and surprises.  It’s the story of a brilliant …

A Theatrical Investment

Kathryn Potts, daughter of long-time production stage manager for the Highlands Performing Arts Center and Highlands Cashiers Players Megan Potts, recently received The Highlands Cashiers Players’ first Education Grant.  Katy is attending Ithaca College this year as a freshman majoring in technical theater design. Katy has grown up with the Highlands Cashiers Players and her passion for theater started when she was …

Celebrating the South with Soulful Color

If Art existed as a map, Nancy Everett would poke colorful pins all over the places (mediums and styles) she’s enjoyed.  It’s safe to assume most of them are way outside the lines.  With a BFA in Art from the University of Georgia, Nancy loves to spend time exploring her creative calling.  Of course, Art never nudged out family and …

Meet the Moulthrops

The Moulthrop family of Marietta, Georgia, includes three generations of world-renowned wood turners – Ed, Philip, and Matt, each of whom has contributed his own unique style to the medium.  They are among the most celebrated and collectable contemporary wood artists worldwide.  Their work is included in numerous major collections, including the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art …

Fall Colors Art Show

October marks the end of the season for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers.  It’s the month of the annual league-sponsored Fall Colors Fine Art Show.   The Highlands Civic Center is transformed into a gallery filled with original fine art of more than 30 local and regional artists.  Paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel, as well as photographs and …

Live Via Satellite Series

The Highlands Performing Arts Center has unveiled the 2017-18 Season for the Live via Satellite Series, featuring the MET Opera and the National Theatre of London.   The MET Opera offers two operas in October.  At 12:55 P.M. Saturday, October 7, we’ll present “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini.  This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess …

Fall at the Playhouse

Greetings from the Highlands Playhouse. We had a fantastic 2017 summer and thank all of those who came out to enjoy this season’s productions with us.  We have a couple of exciting events coming up this fall that we can’t wait to share with you.  First off, on Saturday October 28 we will host our third annual screening of “The …