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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An Interpretive Bridge

Summer is in full swing at the Highlands Nature Center with day camps, special events, and our Zahner Lecture series each Thursday evening.  No trip to Highlands is complete without a visit to the Nature Center where you can take a stroll to the botanical garden and learn all about our local habitat.   The Nature Center acts as the …

HIstorical Events

Old Edwards Hospitality Group is sponsoring the Highlands Historical Society’s “An Appalachian Dinner” on Tuesday, August 8, at the Inn at Half-Mile Farm.   Come enjoy the serenity and charm of the recently renovated Inn and its beautiful surroundings as you enjoy a sampling of foods that were popular on the Plateau decades ago.  To buy your tickets, go to …

7th Annual Dahlia Fest

The ground is warm now, so don’t delay.   Get those dahlia bulbs in the ground so they will be blooming and beautiful for The Highlands Historical Society’s Seventh Annual Dahlia Festival, being held September 14 through 16.     The Festival kicks off with the Patron Party on Thursday evening, September 14, at the campus of The Historical Society, …

Totally Eclipsed

The Highlands Chamber of Commerce has a full weekend of excitement planned for the much anticipated total eclipse in August. 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 …

Beers, Bites, & A Bodacious Night

The Third Annual Rotary Craft Beer Night will be staged from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Thursday, September 21, at Old Edwards Inn & Spa’s Farm. Participants will enjoy a variety of local and regional craft beers and lite bites from area restaurants. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will also be served.  Revelers will also be treated to great rockin’ music, perfect …

Cashiers Benefit Antique Show

The familiar phrase is “Come Celebrate the Mountains,” and the 41st Annual Cashiers Benefit Antique Show at the Blue Ridge School will do just that, Friday through Sunday, July 21, 22 and 23.   Sixty exhibitors from the U. S. and Great Britain will offer an incredible array of antiques.  Blue Ridge School students, teacher volunteers, and show staff all work …

For the Boys and Girls

Live music al fresco! Is there anything better?   Get your tickets now for the second annual Baldaroo Music Festival, Saturday, September 16, from 4:30 until 9:30 P.M. Located at the base of Bald Rock Mountain, Fairfield Lake will be the spectacular venue for this exciting evening of entertainment featuring lots of local talent, vendors, food, and fireworks.   Headlining …

Sapphire’s Concerts on the Slopes

Spend your evening under the stars at the Sapphire Valley Concerts on the Slope, Tuesday, July 18. Beginning at 7:00 P.M. you’ll have the opportunity to see one of the most requested singing impressionists currently performing, Conner Lorre. The one word most often used to describe Conner’s voice is, “amazing.”  Audiences have said it sounds just like Paul McCartney, Frank …

Good Shepherd’s Annual Auction

On July 7 and 8, shoppers from around the state will converge on Cashiers for The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Auction and Bazaar.  All funds raised go directly to the community, benefiting over 20 local organizations. The excitement begins on July 7 with a silent and live auction at The Church of the Good Shepherd (1448 Highway 107 South).  …

Their Hands to Yours

Getting up early Saturday mornings is something to look forward to now that Highlands Marketplace is in full swing. This local market opens Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street and you’ll want to arrive early for the best selections.  Not only will you see your neighbors there shopping, but you’ll see local …

Village Nature Series

Come one, come all, for a once in a lifetime experience.   As you may have heard, this summer brings the first total solar eclipse in four decades, right over the Cashiers area on August 21. Our small town lies directly in the line of maximum totality, the path in which the sun will be completely covered by the moon.  …