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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This Takes the Cake

Kat Evans has been visiting Highlands with her family for 40 years.  One year she decided to see what the winters were like and never left.  Kat and Annelize, her partner of 8 years, raise chickens for their amazing eggs, society finches for their beautiful songs, and rescue dogs and cats for their unconditional love.  They love growing fresh herbs …

Wine Talk

I’ve been a fan of this producer of Sancerre for years and happened upon a bottle last week.      As I opened my bottle of Henri Bourgeios “Petite Bourgeios” Sauvignon Blanc (not technically a Sancerre) and poured a glass, the room was filled with aromas of lemon, gooseberry and wet stone. I sat outside to enjoy my wine under …

Adair Brothers Smokehouse

I grew up reveling in barbecue.  It was serious in my family.  My dad could wax eloquently on the great divide between North Carolina Barbecue (for those of you who aren’t Tar Heels, Eastern North Carolina Barbecue is vinegar-based, Western is tomato-based). Dad, who grew up in Greensboro, attended the Church of Eastern Barbecue. Mom, naturally, served up tomato-based barbecue that …

Interlude Concerts

The Interlude Concerts, so well attended in July, will continue for the month of August.    These concerts began years ago when Rev. Hunter Coleman of First Presbyterian Church and Father Mike Jones of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation decided to create a new ministry for Highlands.  They realized it was sometimes difficult for residents and visitors to slow down …

My First & Deepest Love

Is it nature or nurture or just plain luck that shapes a person’s destiny?  For Z. Alexander it is a marvelous conspiracy of all.  His mother, Susan, a visual artist, and father, Zorki, a musician, immersed him in the performing and visual arts early on.  At three he was already holding audiences captive.   Now, at the ripe old age of …

HCP’s Crossing Delancey

This August, the Highlands Cashiers Players debuts “Crossing Delancey” by Susan Sandler during their Eclipse Theatre Weekend.   HCP is taking part in this solar event by having special showings August 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30 P.M.  Instead of two weekends, viewers now have three weekends to enjoy this New York romance, marking the return of director Dr. Ronnie Spilton, …

Dance, Broadway & Beatles

The Highlands Performing Arts Center will present a variety of concerts in September.  Saturday, September 16, brings Taylor 2 back to Highlands. Taylor 2 is part of the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance company from New York City.  Paul Taylor (in his 90’s) was a dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He was invited by George Balanchine to be a …

Vega Quartet Residency

The Vega Quartet has been performing at the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival for many seasons.  This year, they will be in residency on The Plateau in October, offering many opportunities for music lovers of all ages to experience their talent. The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is known for cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through …

Village Square Art Show

When planning a summer trip to the mountains, think about scheduling it for the weekend of August 26 and 27 so you can attend the popular Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show.  Cool off at 4118-feet while browsing over 80 booths filled with high quality local and regionally made fine art and crafts. Rustic furniture, leather purses, blacksmithing, home …

Taylor Made

Rumors that Pat Taylor Pottery has gone out of business are greatly exaggerated.  He happily reports that when he isn’t up to his elbows in town business as Mayor of Highlands, he’s up to his elbows in clay.  You’ll have the chance to see the superb result.  His latest series of animal jugs will be featured at Smitten’s Third Thursday.  All …

Saving the Best for Last

Another sensational season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is drawing to a close, and its finale is fireworks-spectacular.  The concluding concerts will be held August 4 through 6. Zuill Bailey, David Coucheron, and the Vega String Quartet will be performing Friday and Saturday, and for Sunday’s final gala concert and dinner they’ll joined by Helen Kim on violin and …

It’s All Happening at The Bascom

For the Art Lover in you, there are exhibits, exhibits, and more exhibits!   A highlight is sure to be The Poetry and Pottery of Dave Drake, which features eight pots by the historically significant potter, Dave Drake.  Drake was born into slavery in the early 1800’s and worked his entire life as a potter in or near Edgefield, South …