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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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. …

On the Fly

What previously was known as the Three River Fly Fishing Tournament has been renamed.  Due to its growth and popularity, it’s now known as Three River Fly Fishing Festival.  It truly is just that.  It’s not just about who catches the most fish, it’s a celebration of the rivers and streams that surround us, and the people who are intent …

If There Were No Chamber

If our town’s financial lifeblood is its businesses, then the group that promotes business, the Chamber of Commerce, is Highlands’ heart.  All year long the Chamber pumps out ideas, plans, and projects to keep our township vital and our community safe, beautiful, and welcoming. Think of all the things the Chamber does.  Then take a step back and imagine our …

Reach Out

The Japanese say you have three faces – the one you show the world; the one you show your family and friends; and the one you never show anyone.  If you know someone who is sexually or physically abused, chances are you are seeing only their first face. It would be too humiliating to reveal his/her true identity. Ironically a …

Surviving the Snow

Our 10-day snow event is coming to a close.  In a few more days the horses will be safe to once again traverse the hills and fields.  In the meantime, they are confined to the paddocks, stables and arena.  Injury is always a concern and more so when they can’t see where their feet are landing.   If you have …

Happenings at Hudson

Freedom of Information Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government.   Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by the American Library Association …