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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Volunteers and Foster Homes

Friends for Life has a great need for volunteers at our sanctuary for senior and special needs animals, the Forever Farm, and at our facility for nursing care and Hospice, the Pickelsimer Center.     Walking dogs, brushing cats, and simple one-on-one attention can mean the world to these animals.  If you ask some of our volunteers, you’ll hear that …

Success Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Highlands has recently expanded our number of mentor matches!  We are a division of BBBS of Western North Carolina, serving the region since 1982 and 12 years in Highlands.  As the oldest and largest mentoring program in the area, our progress is reflected in the following statistics of youth involved in the community and school-based …

More Land Every Year

2015 has been a record year for the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.  They have conserved over 400 acres of valuable land, the most ever in a single year, bringing their total acres conserved to over 3,000!   The following is a summary of the four properties HCLT conserved in 2015: Thanks to the donation of an additional 63 acres, the HCLT …

About Trout

Trout fishermen rejoice!  It’s that time of year when the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission releases trout in mountain streams, among them, the Cullasaja River.   North Carolina Wildlife Biologist Powell Wheeler, says, “It’s a non-natural thing, but something sportsmen really enjoy.”  The inland fishing industry pumps millions of dollars into North Carolina’s economy, so the effort is not only …

Hasta La Vista, Wolfie

I woke up from a terrible dream. It was one of those reality benders that keeps you teetering on the edge of death, failure, loss, or giving a speech in your underpants…the usual perils. Awake, I realized I wasn’t dying, failing, losing, or on stage in my muffin-topped Spanx, but I was still rattled.  I went to the bathroom, shaking off …

The Fat Myth

Cholesterol! Ugh, right?  What we once knew about fats and how they contribute to cholesterol is very conflicting with what we now know. Many myths exist about healthy fats, cholesterol and the detrimental effects on the heart and blood vessels.  These healthy fats and cholesterol are actually necessary for good health, including cellular production and regeneration.    Fats and cholesterol …

Dark-eyed Junco

The Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) is a type of sparrow, this forest floor dweller is slate-colored with bright white tail feathers on display during flight. One of the most populous birds in North America, the Dark-eyed Junco is a year-round resident in the Appalachian Mountains as well as a winter migrant from Alaska, Canada and Western mountains. They are winter …

Your Gem in the Forest

Soar with the eagles high atop Little Sheepcliff Mountain in this beautiful estate-style home, which is surrounded by 12 acres of flora and fauna.  Enjoy terraced gardens, hiking trails, and majestic vistas.  Sip coffee on the large stone terrace as the morning sun glimmers high above distant views of Whiteside Mountain.   Peals of laughter reverberate across the river-soaked heart-of-pine floors …

Hollywood Comes to Cashiers

Thompson Roberts Zachary, known as T. R. or Tom, wrote his will in 1916, and part of his instructions to his executors can still be observed today.   Section IV of the will reads, “It is my will and ardent desire that all my children can so divide my real property so that each of them can have a home …

Footsteps of the Ancients

This is the first in a series of three articles saluting the botanical history of the Highlands Plateau, based upon research of the Laurel Garden Club’s Land Stewards and Ran Shaffner.  Its accompanying video and pamphlet were winners of the North Carolina Society of Historians’ Paul Green Multimedia Award in 2015. 300 million years ago, continents collided…not a sudden smash-up, …

Oysters and Malbec

I had Dinner at Cyprus last week. As I was being seated, I saw a bottle of Luigi Bosca Malbec in one of the wine racks, so I knew what I was drinking with dinner.  The waiter came to give us the specials and mentioned oysters, a long running favorite of mine. We ordered the rest of our meal and begin …

Sweet Pea Hummus

Light, green and full of protein, sweet pea hummus can enhance a variety of light dishes. It can be served as a vegetable dip. It is amazing as a sandwich spread, especially with some radish or cucumber slices on top. It is sublime with roasted asparagus and quite spectacular on crackers. This hummus can be kept in the refrigerator for …