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Rotarian David Jellison

For Highlands Rotarian David Jellison, the notion of Service Above Self resonates here on the Plateau and far beyond.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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All Around Earth Day

A lower-key, more personal celebration is on tap for this year’s Earth Day, set for April 22.

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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

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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

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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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June Concerts at PAC

Bluegrass, Retro Rock and Broadway in June.  Be sure to get your tickets now for these three concerts.  Ticket sales have been robust.    Bluegrass is up first, with the 8:00 P.M. Sunday, June 16, Highlands debut of the internationally-acclaimed fiddler Mark O’Connor and The Mark O’Connor Band.   Mark O’Connor Band’s very first performance took place in 2015. In …

38th Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Fest

You won’t want to miss an unforgettable summer as the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival unfolds its 38th season of chamber music at its best!  Enhancing the cool mountain temperatures and fine dining, the Festival offers chamber music’s master composers curated in creative ways and performed by world-class musicians.    Concerts are held in Highlands on Friday and Sunday evenings at …

Monet’s Magic & Dinner Discussion

Great Art on Screen is sponsored by the Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom, Center for the Visual Arts. A series of 90-minute documentaries featuring great artists. The next and last installment till Fall will be on Friday, June 7, at 5:30 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center.  This screening will feature “Water Lilies of Monet: The Magic of …


Rebecca “beX” Shofner

University of Alabama student Rebecca Shofner is a self-taught artist who specializes in acrylic landscapes, figuratives, and abstracts.  A native of Madison, Mississippi, Rebecca has always had a love for all things artistic and creative. She was always incredibly intrigued by the nature found around her, from the beautiful birds to the surrounding landscape. She participated in art camps any …

Everybuddy, Let’s Rock!

From June 20 through July 6, when the stage lights go up and the music gets down, theatergoers will experience an evening of wide-open wow.  With a show-name like “Buddy,” you know you’ll be in the company of good friends and keepers of the Buddy Holly legend. But be advised… tickets are flying out the door. Reserve a seat now …

Cover Artist: Charles Johnson

As the Goddess of Spring rolls out her green carpet, photographer Charles Johnson, sets about capturing every image in her luminous art-show.  “A magical translucence, abundant April through June, is unique to spring, my favorite season,” says Johnson.  Picture a tree that is backlit, early morning sun radiating each leafling with a blast of glorious light. Johnson observes, “The light …


Spotlight on History

When we consider the story of Highlands, the slightly-unreal collection of personalities and events and circumstances embedded within its heritage, most of what we know is lore collected and preserved by the Highlands Historical Society.  And it turns out that the society itself is part of that lore. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it was chosen …

Garden Tour: Bee Happy

One of the highlights of this summer is the always popular Joy Garden Tour to benefit The Village Green in Cashiers in July. Joy Garden Tour is a biennial fundraising for The Village Green with proceeds providing the funds needed to operate, maintain and improve the 13.2-acre park in the heart of Cashiers. The Joy Garden Tour Chair Bev Seinsheimer …

Returning to the Plateau Soundscape

The Western North Carolina Singers will mark their successful return to the Plateau soundscape with a pair of concerts at The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Highlands at 4:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16.  Admission is free and everyone is invited, although donations will be accepted.  The Singers have won a devoted following with their blend …


Yoga on the Green

On six Wednesday evenings this summer, yogis of all ages will move their bodies through a series of graceful poses during a new program offering called Yoga On the Green.  It’s a day and night difference practicing yoga in the studio versus practicing yoga in outdoors. There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind on your skin, hearing the children play …

Spirituals Concert at First Presbyterian

At 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 23, the Music Committee of Highlands First Presbyterian Church will present a Spirituals Concert. Featured will be soloists from Western Carolina University’s School of Music and also from the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. Admission is free. Included in the program will be favorites such as “Give Me Jesus,” “Deep River,” “My Lord, What …

Barn Dance & Barbecue

In the mountains, it doesn’t get any better! A summer evening filled to the brim with Grammy award-winning progressive bluegrass music, savory barbecue and dancing at one of North Carolina’s favorite historic farms – it’s all at Mountain Youth Charities’ Third Annual Barn Dance and Barbecue, on Friday, Aug. 2, from 6:00 -10:30 P.M.. at Sawyer Family Farmstead in Glenville. …