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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Grab Life By the Handlebars

On May 14, the Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience rolls out again with its annual cycling challenge that takes cyclists through the scenic byways of Jackson, Macon, and Transylvania Counties.   Cyclists will race one of three routes that feature more than 10,000 feet of elevation change on steep climbs and fast descents.  The event offers adventurous athletic challenges suitable …

Dramatic Dahlias

Dahlias, native to Mexico but dearly loved in the mountains of North Carolina, begin to sprout right about now.  In order to grow, dahlias require extraordinary attention and exceptional conditions.  They crave at least eight hours of sunlight a day and dry soil.  Among their worst enemies are clouds and slugs, which stunt their growth or kill them slowly.  Should …

Happiness is a Butterfly

The Mountain Garden Club, known for their work with butterflies at Highlands School and the Eckerd Living Center, will feature plants for butterfly gardens at this year’s annual plant sale Saturday, May 28, 9:00 A.M. to noon.  As Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit …

Memorial Weekend Arts and Crafts

The Village Green in Cashiers will come alive this Memorial Day weekend as some of the region’s finest artisans converge for the bi-annual Cashiers Rotary Arts & Crafts Show.  The show takes place on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. both days, rain or shine.  While admission is free, a suggested donation of …

Pony Up for Panthertown

Friends of Panthertown is hosting a horse exhibition and silent auction at the Bald Rock equestrian community in Sapphire Valley on Saturday, June 25, from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., rain or shine.   Admission is free and everyone is invited. There is a parking fee of $10 per car and carpooling is encouraged. More than a dozen different breeds of …

Pawsitively Purrfect Party

When you first arrive at the beautiful and exquisite Country Club of Sapphire Valley, you know the night is going to be special. From the spectacular views on the Mountain Veranda to the elegant dining experience in the Sapphire Room, there is only one thing that could make this evening more perfect, Pawsitively Purrfect, as a matter of fact.  And …

Atlanta Boys Choir

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Boy Choir, currently appearing in “Captain America: Civil War,” will present a concert at Highlands’ Episcopal Church of the Incarnation at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, May 22. This concert, which is free and open to the public, will precede the choir’s international tour of British Columbia the following week. The 40 boys and 40 men who comprise …

Highlands Motoring Festival

Every year the Highlands Motoring Festival gets bigger and better, so mark your calendar now to attend the 2016 edition, set for June 9 through 12.   Known as the Festival with an Altitude, this celebration of the Automobile draws a large following year after year.  The recipient of the proceeds from this year’s festival is The Literacy Council of …

Help Military Families SOAR

We’re all indebted to and thankful for the many military personnel who serve so valiantly to keep us safe.  Of these brave individuals who put themselves in harm’s way protecting our freedom, the Special Operations Forces from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, are often on the forefront, and all too often make the ultimate sacrifice of losing their lives …

Get in the Green Groove

It’s time to start groovin’ again – Groovin’ On The Green, that is.   This event, sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association, is a Cashiers area “must do” on Friday nights.  People of all ages head to the Village Commons for an evening of great music.  These evenings promise something for everyone and the musical groups who perform …

The Genius of Stopford

Highlands First Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir and other area singers will perform in a sacred choral concert in the church’s sanctuary at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, May 7, following a choral workshop which will take place that day. The public is cordially invited to attend.  The event will be facilitated by Master British Composer/Conductor Philip W.J. Stopford, a close friend of …

Get Some Happy Feet

May and June are spectacular in Highlands for a myriad of reasons, but one of our favorites is that the longer days and warmer temperatures herald the beginning of the outdoor music concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.  Friday Night Live performances take place at the Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.  Saturdays on Pine are at the Kelsey …