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Life Changing: Rotarian Jane Jerry

For Jane Jerry, life in a small town is made even sweeter with service through Rotary.

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A Good Life in a Good Place

A circuitous route and long, languid conversations laced with wit and compassion brought Carolyn and Cy Timmons together and to the Plateau.

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Where Conversation Resumes: Calders Coffee Cafe

Just what the doctor ordered: Calders Coffee Cafe serves up palate-pleasing beverages, comfort food that soothes something deep inside, and healthy

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Scott Daniel Takes the helm at Highlands Playhouse

Highlands Playhouse’s Scott Daniel is ensuring everything is in place as the curtain rises on a season filled with possibilities.

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Botanical Meets Mechanical, Cover Artist Sue Steele Thomas

The lines, the curves, the irrefutable suggestion of thrumming horsepower waiting to be untethered – there are a thousand reasons for Sue Steele

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At a Glance Waterfall Guide

Enjoy this sampling of area waterfalls, for a deep dive visit thelaurelmagazine.com/recreation.

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Likeable, Hikeable Falls: Upper Middle Creek Falls

Stepping just slightly off the Beaten Path reveals hidden wonders like the hypnotic Upper Middle Creek Falls.

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Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale

Highlands Mountain Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, slated for Saturday, May 29, at the Town Ballfield, is animated by the spirit of Laurel’s

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Thank a Soldier: Memorial Day

The Memorial Day Weekend gives Highlanders a series of events to honor Fallen Heroes.

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Meander in May in Highlands

Meander in May, set for Saturday, May 22, is an invitation to discover and rediscover the unique charms of Highlands.

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Mother’s Day Flowers: The Village Green

The kaleidoscopic shapes and colors of Dahlias are on display in all their glory at the Foster Memorial Dahlia Garden, the scintillating treasure

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Live Music Is Back in Highlands

Sweet harmonies bring passion back to the seasonal soundscape of Highlands evenings.

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Art + Automobiles: FreeWheeling at The Bascom

FreeWheeling, set for May 11 through August 21, is The Bascom’s dynamic celebration of the fusion of engineering and style.

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The Risqué Month of May

Sure, the month of May is Merry, but there’s also a bit of Friskiness built in.

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Celebration Destination

Looking to host a corporate picnic, family reunion, birthday party, wedding, or other special occasion event in 2016?  Look no further than The Village Green, a lovely 12.5 acre park in the heart of Cashiers.  The outdoor rustic feeling and the peaceful natural surroundings make it a picture-perfect spot for celebrations of all sizes. The Village Green has three open …

A Doctor’s Passion

When I decided to go back to school to study for my doctorate degree, there wasn’t much hesitation in my actions.  In a matter of weeks, I was enrolled in school and retiring from my 20-plus year career as a tennis professional.  I had discovered my real passion and I was finally pursuing a career based around that passion.   Since a …

Thumbing Through Titians

When I started teaching high school art I’d pass out college level art history books to my beginning students.  Believing students must be exposed to great art in order to learn how to draw well, I’d have them read about any artist whose work they found intriguing.  Sometimes, after reading, students were asked to render an apple, a flower, or …


Tracking Slatten

On a Civil War battlefield, Confederate Cpl. Jeptha P. Slatten lay on the ground, wounded but still alive.  Despite the pain of his wounds he was mentally disassociated from the violence and chaos around him and laid there pretending to be dead.  Many hours later a doctor at the nearest medical-aid station, amputated Jeptha’s wounded arm and threw it on …

Harry Moments

In the early 1900s, Highlands’ go-to doc was the highly-regarded Dr. Mary E. Lapham.  When she left to head a Red Cross Mission in war-torn Europe, the Red Cross sent a trained nurse replacement, Miss Margaret Harry, to work with the mountain folk. From 1920-28 Margaret ran a five-bed health clinic in Highlands’ Masonic Hall. Town folk were so fond …

The Future of Wine

I have seen the future in wine, 25 years into the future to be precise. There will be a new generation of wine thinkers, innovators, renegades if you will. There first step will be to adopt a totally arbitrary level of alcohol that no well-made or balanced wine should exceed.  They will be motivated by a belief that the only good …


Basil Instincts

Ken Knight of Highlands spent 30 years in the Navy.  During that time, he was constantly moving to locales far too numerous to mention.  He served in both the Vietnam War and Desert Storm.   Does he miss his travelling days?  He laughs and says, “Not at all.  I saw everything I wanted to see and some things I’d rather …

Carrot Walnut Bread

Cold winter days call for a nice fireplace and a warm slice of homemade bread. Moist and slightly sweet, this healthy, chewy bread is great for breakfast or with some soup. It is full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. The veggies can hardly be tasted in this bread, making this recipe perfect for veggie haters, as they won’t recognize the …

You Had Me at Champagne

Nothing says “romance” quite like champagne and no house epitomizes champagne like Domaine Laurent-Perrier.  On Friday, January 22, Old Edwards Inn will present a remarkable evening of epicurean creations expertly paired with Laurent-Perrier Champagne. The House of Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 and has gone on to win a host of awards throughout the years.  Domaine Laurent-Perrier is located in Tours-sur-Marne, a …


Adapting to Bears

Nicholas Gould, a North Carolina State University doctoral student, has a bear of a job…and he couldn’t be happier.   In partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the university, he’s part of a five-year black bear study ending 2018.  This is the first North Carolina study that focuses on the ecology of bears living in an urban/suburban …

Wood Duck

This adult male in breeding plumage is found on quiet wooded ponds and, in the spring, perched high in forest trees. Nests are built in tree cavities and large nest boxes. Wood Duck feed mainly on acorns and seeds. The female emits a penetrating squeal–ooEEK ooEEK—while the male call is a thin, high and extended jeweep or sweeooo, kip kip …

Rose to the Occasion

Remember the movie “Love Story,” when  Ali McGraw told Ryan O’Neal, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry?”   Well, if you’ve got roses, you’ll probably agree, since roses are the language of love, and their love story can last well after you’re gone.  Longevity is just one of their strong suits, as they’ve been around for centuries.  There …