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Best Decision: Highlands Rotary Club

For Highlands Rotarian Sherry Holt, serving her community has always been part of her DNA.

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Stay Awake and Adapt: Yoga Highlands

Understanding the complex relationship between Mind, Body, and Spirit can boost our mental health and our physical well-being.

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Marriage & Meatloaf: Thomas and Kay Craig

Though they were raised blocks apart, Kay and Thomas Craig took their time before they truly discovered one another. It’s a relationship made

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Time, Light and Motion: Cover Artist Rodney Byard

For Rodney Byard, the vast wild places of the Plateau (and beyond) are his endlessly surprising studio.

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Take a Snap - You Have a Shot: Winter Photo Contest

Show us the magic of Winter on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – it’s all around you. If it’s just right, we’ll put you on the cover of

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Keeping it Cold: Ice Skating in Highlands

Keeping it cool is just one of the many steps that maintains the Highlands Ice Rink’s status as a not-to-be-missed wintertime destination.

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Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be thrumming with the sounds of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, April 23-25. Use those rhythms to power your

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be a lot more enjoyable and a lot safer when you practice these sensible steps, courtesy of the Highlands-Cashiers

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Providing Warm, Safe Shelter: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

The state of abandoned local cats and dogs grows even more perilous with the onset of winter. A contribution to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane

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Dynamic Winter Exhibitions at The Bascom

A new exhibit at The Bascom takes the measure of the deep pools of artistic talent just beyond the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

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Wearable Sculpture

Elizabeth Haskins is a classic silversmith.   Even though she was steeped in the arts as a child, she didn’t latch onto her true medium until college.  At the insistence of a professor she took a jewelry-making class.  It was love at first strike.   “It was a challenge, but I loved the aspect of building small sculptures, using torches …

Living His Dream

Digital photographer Terry Barnes is not only a fine artist, but also a skilled visual entertainer.  He loves to pull the viewer into his images, excite their senses, and give them a good show as he transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.  One of Barnes’ trademarks is his wrapped canvas presentations.  That means the collector enjoys the clean look of …

Choral Workshop and Concert

On Saturday, May 7, Highlands First Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir will host a Choral Workshop, open to all interested singers in the area.   Participants will perform in a concert for the public at 7:00 P.M. that evening in the church’s sanctuary.  The event will be facilitated by Master British Composer/Conductor Philip W.J. Stopford, a close friend of First Presbyterian …


Chamber’s Sneak Peek at 2016

Throughout the year the Highlands Chamber of Commerce works overtime, making sure the Plateau is thriving with activity.   While Chamber members are busy implementing scheduled programs, concerts, outings, etc., they are also brainstorming events for the following season.  The Chamber generates a jam-packed calendar that not only appeals to visitors and residents from toddlers to seniors, but to the …

Art for a Cause

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 …

The Art of Wine

Collective Spirits Wine and Food Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary.   Be sure to Save-The-Date the weekend of May 19–21 for a fabulous fundraising festival benefitting The Bascom’s free programming and subsidized classes.  It’s the art center’s biggest fundraiser of the year and certainly the most tantalizing for your tastebuds. The Private Wine Dinners on Thursday, May 19, feature in-home …


Cashiers Library: Community Resource

You may believe that with lengthening days and gorgeous weather, people would be inclined to spend less time inside Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. Sure, people need books about gardening or hiking guides, but how on earth can the library attract patrons in this most sublime of seasons? Well, there are concrete reasons that this venerable institution remains a treasured year-round …

300 Cyclists, 10,000 Feet

Register now for the 24th annual Tour de Cashiers, slated for May 14, by visiting tourdecashiers.com.   Coordinated by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and assisted by Pisgah Productions of Asheville, Jackson County Law Enforcement and numerous local volunteers, this annual event boasts entrants from across the Southeast and as far away as Idaho. May is the perfect time …

The Green Scene

April, the month when spring announces its intention to stay by providing us with more daylight hours, more sunshine, budding trees, and gorgeous flowers, is also the time when we all kick into our spring cleaning mode.   Mother Nature is sprucing things up so it seems only natural that we would start freshening up too.  Highlanders take their spring …


A Riot of Color

Each spring a remarkable event occurs in the deciduous woodlands of the Highlands Plateau and Cashiers Valley, the emergence of the spring wildflowers.   As the first warm rays of sunlight touch the forest floor, thousands of plants awaken from their winter slumber to present an unmatched seasonal exhibit of beauty.  They decorate the forest floor with a riot of …

Why, How, What If?

When curiosity flourishes, worlds can be changed.   Why?  How?  What if?   These are questions that we ask ourselves every day here at the Center for Life Enrichment.  In fact, our classes are designed with them in mind.  Our classes, workshops, and trips cover it all.  From the arts, computers and technology, culinary, garden and nature to history, literature, …

Rotary Golf Tourney

If you enjoy a beautiful stroll on some of the most gorgeous links in the nation, mark this on your calendar – the 27th annual Highlands Rotary Golf Tournament, slated for Monday, May 2, at Highlands Country Club.   Make your reservations now by contacting registration coordinator Pat Allen at (828) 526-8784 or [email protected].   Registration starts at 9:30 A.M. …