Rotarian David Jellison

For Highlands Rotarian David Jellison, the notion of Service Above Self resonates here on the Plateau and far beyond.

And Then There were 23

The siren call of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society’s cats and dogs extends far beyond the Plateau. And people respond.

28 Acres of Generosity

The Plateau’s premier conservation group has extended its domain by 28 acres, thanks to the generosity of Little Bear Pen LLC.

Becoming a Horse Dog at Carpe Diem Farms

The arrival of Jethro is an emphatic declaration that Carpe Diem Farms is happily going to the dogs.

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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Start the Music

The 36th season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival is indeed one to remember. From June 25 through August 6, festival-goers will experience world-renowned artists and exciting special events. Many artists who will be gracing the stages in Highlands and Cashiers are familiar ones.  Over the last 35 years, the festival has earned a reputation among artists as a much …

And all that Jazz

Tyler Kittle, jazz musician and improviser extraordinaire, understands that a musician can’t rely solely on exceptional talent.  He/she must be a showman, an interpreter (for those who don’t speak jazz), a talent scout, an events planner, a booking agent, a networking specialist, an instrument repairman, an aficionado of many musical genres (that versatility factor), a publicist, and so much more. …

Heirloom Fusion

We all have them…treasures too dear to discard. They sit idly in bureaus and boxes and bags.   You can’t take Grandmother’s brooch, Auntie’s silver dollar, or Father’s military medals to Tiffany’s for some kind of curio reformation to display in your foyer.   So what do you do with them, these cherished symbols, brimming with legendary stories of your …

Art League in july

July is always a busy month for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers.   The first of two annual fine art shows, Summer Colors, will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, at the Sapphire Valley Community Center.  The show, which runs 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. both days, features talented local and regional artists exhibiting oil, acrylic and …

All Under One Roof

The Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center announced an expansion of the center at The Hit Men 2.0 Gala on Saturday, June 17, at Highlands Falls Country Club.   About two years ago at a board retreat, members began dreaming of a larger theater to accommodate their popular concerts along with necessary updates to the existing facility. Working with the current PAC resident …

How Many Trees?

As much as we talk about going paperless, we continue to stumble around in an avalanche of print-outs, business forms, handouts, cancelled checks, receipts, memos, packaging, statements, and paper trails from here to eternity.  Society is so overwhelmed by paper (and plastic) it’s numbed out to it.  Photographer Anna Norton and sculptor John Melvin are using their artistic resourcefulness to …

Fox on The Fairway

On August 3, Highlands Playhouse presents the hilarious farce, “The Fox on the Fairway” by Ken Ludwig.  Starring Holly Ruth Gale, Mark Bacon, Kelly Strand, and Samantha McHenry, this deliciously absurd comedy will have you on the edge of your seat and rolling in the aisles.   Attention Golfers and country-club members, this one is tailored for you.  Set in …

Feasts & Salons

While the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has become widely recognized as home to world-class musicians, it’s also known for its Feasts and Salon gatherings throughout the season.  Every year the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival offers an opportunity to meet interesting people and enjoy wonderful dinners or cocktail buffets in the setting of some of the area’s most beautiful private homes. …

A Run-derful Experience

Saturday, August 19, will see a record number of people participating in the Twilight 5K in downtown Highlands.  What began as a small race back in 2013 has continued to grow and 2017 looks to be even bigger.  According to organizer Derek Taylor, they have already seen a 700 percent increase in pre-registrations over last year and he foresees having …

Locally Grown

There are two signs that summer has officially arrived on the Plateau.   To be honest, more than that, but these two stand out.   First, and perhaps most obviously, school is out and visitors and residents are out and about enjoying our perfect summer days.  Second, white half-runner beans, silver queen corn, squash, and tomatoes are beginning to be …

Rock Our World

Driven by her passion for natural world beauty, Michal Mael has been in the business of semi-precious stones since the age of 10.   At 19, she travelled the world to exhibit her wares and quickly became an expert in rocks and minerals. Michal established Rock Our World (now Michal and Company) in 1999, specializing in importing and designing unique geode …