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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See You at the Movies

The Christmas decorations are all packed away and you’ve set out to complete all those winter projects you’ve been putting off for a while.  Shards of sunlight shimmer as frost trims the needles of the evergreens.   The slower pace of winter is a welcome respite from the harried pace of the holidays.   Don’t let cabin fever sneak upon …

Chocolate Is the Answer

For some of us, February is a bleak slog punctuated by the splash of passion and color that’s Valentine’s Day. And there’s another happy date on the calendar that’ll banish those winter blues – the Fourth Annual Chocolate Cook-Off, set for 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.  Saturday, February 7, at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. Every February, the library is filled …

HCP’s March Medley

What would be better than going to dinner or brunch in mid-March and enjoying a play?  How about seeing four plays? Highlands Cashiers Players is going to put on its “Metaphorical Shoes” “One Day at the Christmas Party” and have the “Misfortune” of making “Funeral Plans.”   Intrigued?  These are the titles of the four one-act plays that will accompany …

Ready. Snap. Win.

Grab your camera, capture a memory, and you could become a winner. Whether you enjoy taking that just right picture depicting the serene beauty of a snowy landscape, or catching that perfect winter action shot of your children or fur friends at play, this is the time to capture those memories and share them with The Laurel. Whatever your chosen …

Favorite Winter Fun Spot

In last month’s issue, we asked you to choose your favorite spot to do some bird watching. Choices were Turtle Pond Road, Horse Cove, and the Botanical Gardens at the Highlands Nature Center. Your favorite spot was the Highlands Nature Center. Winter in Highlands and Cashiers used to mean it was time to hibernate.   No more.   Visitors and residents alike now …

Chamber’s Beginnings

In 1923, long before the Visitor’s Center, Chamber-sponsored events, and a cohesive town voice, a fledgling Highlands Chamber of Commerce was laying the groundwork for the remarkable township we cherish today.     Thanks to Ran Shaffner and the Highlands Historical Society’s Archives, founding members’ words are part of our historical record.  Here are minutes from the Chamber’s first organizational …

Rotaract Charter

Exciting plans are under way to form a Rotaract Club for young adults in Highlands. This past summer, Taylor Parrish expressed interest in becoming more involved in the community he grew up in, and approached Rotary Club of Highlands President Christy Kelly (his aunt) for ideas.   He felt that a number of others would also be interested in giving …

Planting Seeds for Reading

As we near the end of our 23rd year of service to this community, I’ve been reflecting on the past year and how thankful I am for our three new employees – Brandy McElroy, program director; Kathryn Buckley, education director; and Carol Waldroop, program coordinator.  These three ladies have immersed themselves into the heart and soul of this organization. With their …

Find the Perfect Gift

Gifts. Gifts. Gifts.  Does your head spin when thinking about what to give everyone on your shopping list? How do you find the perfect, unique present for someone, something to show you put thought and effort into the gift?  It’s simple: The Bookworm. The Hudson Library’s used bookstore is the perfect place to find just what you’re looking for.  The …

It’s a Wonderful Life

All the special animals at the Forever Farm will be warm and happy this holiday season, and hopefully know that they are safe and loved.  Some of our lucky residents over the years have been adopted into homes where they will be celebrating the holidays with loving families.   Juno is one of those adoptees.  Juno was named after the …

Hello, Dolly!

CHHS Hero Pet Dolly is a sweet five-year-old female Plott Hound/Spaniel mix found wandering as a stray in Tuckasegee in March, 2014.   She was rescued and given safe refuge at CHHS and after nearly two years, Dolly is the longest-term resident canine at our no-kill shelter. Dolly definitely has the tracking instincts of a hound, but she is actually …

A Quarter Century of Support

It’s reflection time, our annual year-end look back on all the gifts we have been given; the people who have supported our efforts, the participants old and new who affirm what we do through and with the horses.  We count our many blessings. For nearly 25 years Carpe Diem Farms has been blessed by the generosity of others.  If you are …