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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Watercolor, Ink, & Eli

Eli Ramirez, graphic designer and watercolorist, packs her paints and pens every morning as she heads to work at the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. Her motto: “Be portable.  You never know when Nature will surprise you with a fantastic image.”  A dramatic mountainscape, a phenomenal sunrise, an oak ablaze with fall foliage, or an extraordinary play of light on …

Bingo for the Scouts

Cub Scouts and their supporters hope you will join them for Rotary Bingo at 6:30 P.M. Thursday, October 5, at the Highlands Community Building next door to the Town Ball Field on the Cashiers Highway.  You’ll have a night of fun while supporting a worthwhile cause. Highlands Cub Scout Pack 207 includes young men from first to fifth grades from …

Fall Family Fun

Part fun fair and part carnival, the Highlands School PTO’s Fall Festival is a great way to spend an evening.  On Saturday, October 28, from 5:00 until 9:00 P.M., the Highlands Rec Park will be filled with the sounds of children squealing in delight as they play games for every age.  Little bitties can play the ever-popular rubber duckie pool, …

Bid It to Win It

Highlands United Methodist Church joins forces with Scudder Auction Galleries for a night of excitement and adventure.  Enjoy the skills of renowned auctioneer Al Scudder as you bid for your favorite items.  All funds raised will go toward funding the church’s new Faith & Fellowship Center. Five years ago, a similar event kicked off the church’s expansion campaign.  Enthusiastic bidders …

Sky Valley Fall Fest

Sky Valley, Georgia, is home to one of the most beloved autumn events in the region, Sky Valley Fall Fest, being held this year on Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.  Sky Valley is the northernmost city in Georgia and its northern city limit is the Georgia-North Carolina State Line.  Situated in a scenic mountain valley on …

Chocolate Fantasy Fest

October in Highlands.  The foliage is changing, the mornings are getting crisper and the nights are becoming shorter; fall is unequivocally a favorite season for many.  However, for several of us, chocolate comes to mind.  Yes, an irresistible array of all things chocolate, made with a mélange of amazing ingredients by the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club members. Once again the …

Your Pumpkin Awaits

It wouldn’t be October in Highlands if the youth at Highlands United Methodist Church didn’t have their Pumpkin Patch on the church’s front lawn.  For the past several years these energetic young people have raised funds to support their Youth Ministries, which includes local, community-wide service projects, working with the homeless in Atlanta, the hungry in Haiti, and many other …

Leaf Festival

Thousands of leaf lookers travel through the Cashiers area every October to enjoy the wonderful hues of red, orange and yellow as the trees turn their Autumn colors.  To celebrate this annual event, The Village Green hosts the Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival in collaboration with the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants’ Association.  The festival features around 100 artisans and merchants scattered …

Goblins on The Green

Mummies and Daddies will be invading The Village Green in Cashiers along with their little witches, zombies, and superheroes for Goblins In the Green.  The ghoulishly good time will be from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. Friday, October 27, at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road near the Post Office.  “Dress in your favorite silly or scary costume and …

Highlands Marketplace

October in the mountains is glorious!  The weather gets cooler, the days get shorter, and the colors are outstanding.  When your thoughts turn to homemade soups, pumpkins, and even the holiday season, head to Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in Highlands for the Saturday morning Highlands Marketplace, open 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Local growers have all you need to …

Highlands Own Craft Show

The Town of Highlands celebrates the 35th Highlands Own Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Highlands Civic Center at 600 North Fourth Street.  Admission and parking to this event are free. Autumn is a season ripe for exploring all the bounty our area has to offer.  For many, autumn is …

Hometown Heroes

Wreaths Across America began in 1992 and was started by Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine.  Since its inception, this annual tribute to our veterans has grown to over 1,000 locations and this year, thanks to the local scouts, Highlands will be one of those sites. Volunteers across the country participate in this annual wreath-laying ceremony …