Power of Dreams

A special exhibition at the Bascom,  “Freewheeling: The Allure of the Automobile in Contemporary Art” runs from May 11–August 21. The

Chuck Leavell, The Tree Man

Bear Shadow Festival Rock Star Chuck Leavell’s long, strange journey began with the magic of Ray Charles and led through worldwide fame with

Hiking Trail
All Around Earth Day

A lower-key, more personal celebration is on tap for this year’s Earth Day, set for April 22.

How ‘bout Them Apples?

The noble apple tree finally gets its day in the sun with The Cashiers Historical Society’s Heritage Apple Day, set for Saturday, March 27

Winter Cover Photo Contest

As we’re all focused on the arrival of spring, don’t forget those memories of winter. Laurel Magazine is saving a spot for you in its Winter

Shadow of the Bear in Winter
The Secret Season

During the winter to early-spring months, the Cashiers-Highlands high-elevation Plateau comes alive during a “secret season.”


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Scaly Mountain Summer Festival

Y’all are invited to take part in our annual Scaly Mountain Summer Festival on Saturday, August 12.   The Scaly Mountain Community Association is holding this fun-filled event at the Scaly Mountain Fire Station just off Highlands Road at 169 Hale Ridge Road.  This is a great time where all neighboring communities gather to eat, drink, and get to know …

Bel Canto Hits 25

The Bel Canto Recital in Highlands will celebrate its silver anniversary on September 10 with a breathtaking performance at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Returning to perform – by popular demand – are four world-renowned singers:  Soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Nordin, Tenor Jon Jurgens and Baritone Christopher Clayton.  And, for the first time in Bel Canto history, a …

Swing into Action

Highlands United Methodist Church is looking to the links to boost its ambitious expansion program.    Golfers from throughout the Plateau will gather at Cullasaja Country Club at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 28, to get in a few practice shots before they begin their play at noon.  In case of rain, the teams will gather on September 18.  Twenty-two four-person …

Acorn’s Trunk Shows

These are the final weeks of trunk shows at Acorns at Old Edwards Inn for 2017 and you’re not going to want to miss a single one. On August 4 and 5, stop by to see the original pressed botanical artworks of Southern Botanics.  They specialize in collecting, pressing, mounting, and framing flowers, leaves, and other plant materials in the …

August at Albert

August at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library is anything but the Dog Days of Summer. The library continues its torrid pace of activities with a calendar crammed with activities for all ages.  First off, all of the children enrolled in the Summer Reading Program are invited to an All-Day Ice Cream Party in the library’s Meeting Room on Friday, August 4. …

Be An Artist with Your Harvest

Puttin’ up yummy goodies from your garden is an adventure not to be missed.  Join us for Name your Eclipse Cocktail, Puttin’ Up Your Harvest, and Cast Iron Cookery Cocktails in the Garden.  On August 4, Design your Eclipse Cocktail!  Try cordials and bitters for abundant refreshment in the coming months.  Review and pick fresh plants from the Dovecote Garden …

Scaly Mountain Blackout Party

Not in the last century have Americans had the chance to witness a total solar eclipse as seen from Scaly Mountain. On August 21, the moon will block out the sun, making visible the sun’s corona, a crown-like atmosphere, from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.  Eclipse parties are planned nationwide, but none quite like the festivities at Scaly Mountain …

Eclipse Weekend Twilight 5k

Run, walk, or stroll to the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park Saturday, August 19, for the Fifth Annual Rotary Club of Highlands Twilight 5k. This yearly event continues to draw more and more participants who look forward to racing in the cool evening air of downtown Highlands.  The Rotary Club of Highlands started this race in 2013 with the goal of raising …

Totally Eclipsed at 4118

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce has a full weekend of excitement planned for the much-anticipated total eclipse.   In case you’re unaware (really?) there will be a total Solar Eclipse on August 21.  A total eclipse is extremely rare, extremely beautiful, and the bare-eye view of totality is absolutely unmistakable to anyone in the thin path.  Around 2:30 P.M. on …

Eclipse Party at The Vineyard

There are many places in the area where you may view the 2017 Solar Eclipse, but none better than the Eclipse Party at The Vineyard at 37 High Holly, Monday, August 21, from 1:00 until 4:00 P.M.  Vineyard owner Jim Vance and Chef Tim Lundy, owner of Rosewood Gourmet, have joined forces to create a once in a lifetime event …

Over the Moon

The Laurel Garden Club’s Kitchen Tour events begin August 17 in Highlands. Festivities will kick-off with the Over the Moon Party – the hottest hoedown in town. This celestial celebration is set for Thursday evening, August 17, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Friday/Schenck Barn in the Satulah Mountain area.  Silly Ridge Roundup, with its eclectic blend of American, …

Cashiers Celestial Celebration

The Cashiers area will be a prime viewing location on August 21, for one of nature’s most wondrous spectacles, a total solar eclipse.   Residents and visitors to the area will witness a scene of unimaginable beauty as the moon completely blocks the sun turning daytime into a darkened night sky.  “It’s an experience not to miss,” said Ann Self, Executive Director …