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Best Decision: Highlands Rotary Club

For Highlands Rotarian Sherry Holt, serving her community has always been part of her DNA.

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Stay Awake and Adapt: Yoga Highlands

Understanding the complex relationship between Mind, Body, and Spirit can boost our mental health and our physical well-being.

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Marriage & Meatloaf: Thomas and Kay Craig

Though they were raised blocks apart, Kay and Thomas Craig took their time before they truly discovered one another. It’s a relationship made

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Time, Light and Motion: Cover Artist Rodney Byard

For Rodney Byard, the vast wild places of the Plateau (and beyond) are his endlessly surprising studio.

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Take a Snap - You Have a Shot: Winter Photo Contest

Show us the magic of Winter on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau – it’s all around you. If it’s just right, we’ll put you on the cover of

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Keeping it Cold: Ice Skating in Highlands

Keeping it cool is just one of the many steps that maintains the Highlands Ice Rink’s status as a not-to-be-missed wintertime destination.

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Bear Shadow Music Festival: Highlands NC

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau will be thrumming with the sounds of the Bear Shadow Music Festival, April 23-25. Use those rhythms to power your

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be a lot more enjoyable and a lot safer when you practice these sensible steps, courtesy of the Highlands-Cashiers

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Providing Warm, Safe Shelter: Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

The state of abandoned local cats and dogs grows even more perilous with the onset of winter. A contribution to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane

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Dynamic Winter Exhibitions at The Bascom

A new exhibit at The Bascom takes the measure of the deep pools of artistic talent just beyond the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

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We’ve Gotten Really Good at “Yes, and.” – Highlands Playhouse

Highlands Playhouse has absorbed the lessons of its lost season and casts its gaze to a careful, confident future.

A New Era Folk Art: Eva Mary Shoaf

Art, like life, goes through many phases and periods.

Pens With a Purpose: The Art of Darren and Michelle Gillett

There’s a loving message embedded in every wooden pen produced by Darren and Michelle Gillett.


Painting With the Master: Artist Cynthia Kinard

Artist Cynthia Kinard’s transcendent works are testament to a lifetime of study and relentless refinement.

Taking Flight: Highlands Biological Station

Just like their human counterparts, some Plateau residents are departing for sunnier climes, while others are settling in for a long winter’s nap. To learn more, watch Baby It’s Cold Outside. You can watch the premiere on the Highlands Biological Station’s Facebook page (@highlandsbiologicalstation) on Tuesday, December 15, at 1:00 P.M. or find it afterward on the Highlands Biological YouTube …

Look Up Once in a While: Fishing the French Broad River

Chris’s French Broad River revelation should resonate with all of us, whenever we’re in the midst of nature.


Christmas Bird Count: Highlands Plateau Audubon Society

Literally a canary in the coalmine, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count suggests a dire future for the birds of North America, even here on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Forget Me Not: Gardening

Our beloved gardening writer Jeannie Chambers signs off with a final column spotlighting the cherished Forget Me Not. We won’t Jeannie, we won’t.

The Game Goes On: Bridge in Highlands

Despite a pandemic global in scope, the devoted members of the Highlands Duplicate Bridge Club still manage to get their game on.


The Trail Less Traveled – Chinquapin Mountain

Though it’s often bypassed for its flashier neighbor Glen Falls, Chinquapin Mountain offers a series of spectacles and a magnificent summit.

Lending a Helping Hand to Mother Nature – Panthertown Valley

Friends of Panthertown are holding a pair of trail-maintenance parties for this pristine jewel in the heart of Nantahala National Forest – December 2 and 12. For information, visit panthertown.org.

A Grand, Green, Meaningful Movement – Wreaths Across America

The local Wreaths Across America, set for Saturday, December 19, will honor veterans across the Plateau. For more information or to participate, contact Phil Potts at (828) 200-9753 or by email at [email protected].