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Rotarian David Jellison

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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All Around Earth Day

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

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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

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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

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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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A Wine Encounter

Ron and Jamie Coleman, owners and wine makers of Tamarack Cellars in Washington, visited The Log Cabin Restaurant in Highlands during Grapevine Distributers’ annual Trade Wine Show in April.  Tamarack Cellars has been collecting 90+ ratings from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Advocate, and Wine Spectator since they hit the wine scene in 1998. Whether it’s the widely distributed Firehouse Red or …

Mama’s Salad Dressing

Listening to Deborah Berlin speak about her love of cooking is rather like taking a trip around the world.  Deborah, who now shares her passion worldwide for nutrition and healthy living, is also a fascinating storyteller.  Her father and mother lived in Iran while he worked for the Near East Foundation in the 1950’s.  When they moved back home to …

Sublime Surprises

When I got the assignment to visit Bella’s Junction Café I was pole-axed. I’ve lived here for decades, I know the shining stars of the Highlands-Cashiers culinary scene, and the out-of-the-way places that are just testing the waters of this most Darwinian community. I’ve witnessed the waxing and waning of places that’ve earned regional, even national, reputations. I’ve seen the …


35 Years of Masterful Music

The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival has won an international reputation for its lineup of world-class artists and budding young talents, coupled with innovative programming. This year, its 35th season, promises more of the same. In fact, the excitement starts before the season even begins. “Chamber Music in the Garden” will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday May 15. …

Just Haven’t Met You Yet

This is the first in a series of articles on the amazing pool of performing talent on the Highlands’ club and restaurant scene. First up, Cy Timmons a favorite entertainer at Old Edwards Inn. Cy Timmons, an accomplished musician who has opened for headliners like Joan Rivers and Tuck and Patty, says, “At 16 I played guitar as a hobby.  …

The Game’s Afoot

Highlands Cashiers Players is bringing to the stage one of Ken Ludwig’s best-loved plays, “The Game’s Afoot.”  This 2012 Edgar Award winning production will be performed May 19 through 22 and again May 26 through 29 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. The play is set in 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his role …


2 Outstanding League Artists

Two members of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers were recently honored by the Georgia Watercolor Society by having their works selected for the 34th Annual National Competition.   Art League President Patty Calderone’s painting, “The Poet,” was selected for the show and long-time Art League member Pamela Haddock’s “All That Glitters” was selected for the show and received an Honorable …

Winner Wonderland

Congratulations to Wanda Cooper, David Stroud and Hoyt Starkey! They were the top vote getters in our 2017 Winter Cover Photo Contest.  Hundreds of the Laurel’s Facebook family cast thousands of votes for over 60 photo entries in the annual photo contest. And the winner is…Wanda Cooper. Wanda’s beautiful photograph (left) will be featured on the cover of the Laurel’s …

What Fires His Success

When Harry Hearne and his wife Julie aren’t on the road doing art shows, they are teaching at John Campbell Folk School or getting ready for their next education or exhibition adventure. Living right down the road from Campbell in Brasstown/Murphy is a joy for Hearne. He’s right at home in a small town.  He knew early on he was …


A Bite of the Big Apple

New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!  Artistic Director Bill Patti along with Board President Scott Allbee recently spent three days in New York City auditioning actors for the Highlands Playhouse upcoming summer season.  “It was incredible,” Patti said.  “We’re talking actors with multiple Broadway credits, national tour experience, regional theatre veterans, and even some from the Radio City …

Join PAC!

It’s that time of the year at the Highlands Performing Arts Center…time to join in the fun, get first choice of concerts and select seating.   A Membership in the Performing Arts Center makes it possible for PAC to carry out its mission of providing a first class facility for organizations such as the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, the Highlands-Cashiers Players …

100 Circles ‘Round the Sun

There have been many famous Marthas… Martha Washington, White, Stewart. But in Highlands, the real star around which all other Martha’s orbit is Martha Parish. May 16 marks Martha’s own 100th circle around the sun. With great pleasure The Laurel celebrates our Martha’s artistic contributions to the Plateau. Everything she has accomplished, from running a household, gardening and landscaping, drawing …