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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No Place Like Holmes

“Come, Watson, come!”  he cried.  “The game is afoot.  Not a word!  Into your clothes and come!”  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may not have coined the phrase, “the game is afoot,” but it certainly brings to mind his famous detective.  When you think of Sherlock Holmes, you’re no doubt picturing a character created by Broadway actor William Hooker Gillette.  Gillette …

A Man of the Arts

Lucien Harris III was an American painter of natural subjects.  He was a self-taught artist best known for his observations of the interactions of plants and animals.  Harris worked as a naturalist painter, and was immensely influenced by his father, a highly regarded lepidopterist.   Harris was a native of Atlanta, a Navy aviator, and a veteran of World War II.  …

A Spring Opening

The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers opens an exciting art season with its first artist reception at 4:30 PM Monday, April 25, in the Atrium at The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road in Highlands. Presentation starts at 5:00 PM and will feature artist Holly Klaine, a new and emerging artist in the ALHC. This event is free and open to the community. …

Music in the Garden

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival celebrates its milestone 35th anniversary season with a special program – “Chamber Music in the Garden!” on Sunday, May 15, in Mershon Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.   Set in these stunning surroundings, in the midst of the new blockbuster Dale Chihuly glass exhibit, the international award-winning Vega String Quartet will perform “Spring” by Vivaldi; …

Drama Camp: It’s All an Act

The Highlands Playhouse is always growing and looking for ways to entertain and engage the entire community.  From the summer series of professional stage productions to the year-round, first-run movie theater, it offers something for everyone. This summer marks the return of the Children’s Theatre Camp.  This program offers campers a chance to work with a team of professional actors to …

A Can’t Miss Season

We decided to shake things up this year!  We’ve included new entertainment genres with an illusionist/mentalist and comedy and satire along with our favorites of Broadway, bluegrass, and retro-rock. The season starts off with Travis LeDoyt, who The New York Times dubbed “the best young Elvis.” He’ll perform two concerts, June 17 and 18.  Travis only sings Elvis’ songs from …

Plateau Gallery News

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts offers free exhibitions, unique education, and community outreach through workshops, classes, and lectures.  Gallery hours are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday.   Call (828) 526-4949 or visit thebascom.org to learn about seasonal programs, classes, events.  Mountain Mist Gallery of Cashiers represents some …

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 …