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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Lake Glenville Fireworks

In 1997, to celebrate the Fourth of July, Stuart Hall and his friends launched fireworks over Lake Glenville from Tom Turner’s Buck Knob Island construction barge. That year, Stuart and Co. also directed a fun boat parade of “The Glenville Navy.” The floating parade is no longer part of the festivities, but the fireworks have become one of the most …

Cashiers Designer Showhouse

The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is an absolute must-see event. July 24 through August 4, the 2019 Designer Showhouse will be an opportunity to step back in time and experience “A Day in the Country.” Black Rock Preserve on Horse Cove Road is about midway between Cashiers and Highlands. In the early 20th century, the property was a flower farm for …

Snag a Brag Bag

What do you think of when you hear Designer Purse Bingo? A chance to win fabulous purses? An opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause?  It’s all of that and more fun than you can imagine when Burlingame Country Club hosts its annual event benefiting T. C. Henderson Elementary School in Lake Toxaway. Held this year on Tuesday, August …

Rails & Tales

At the end of the 19th Century, and the beginning of the 20th, rail expansion into Western North Carolina transformed the region.  Previously relying on subsistence agriculture, the economy of WNC began to revolve around lumber, tourism and mining. Without the innovation and use of railroads, the Plateau would not be what it is today.    On Thursday, June 20, …

Awesome Camp for Awesome Kids

Come on, kids, it’s time to take a chance and do something dramatic. And Highlands has the perfect setting to do just that. Dive into theater games, acting, singing, dance, costuming, stage direction, theater basics, and so much more. Highlands Playhouse Managing Director Lance Matzke says, “We’re very excited to bring our Theater Summer Camp back this year and help …

Sapphire Valley Craft Festival

Sapphire Valley Resort kicks off its 2019 Craft Festival Season with its first show on June 22 and 23 from 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the field adjacent to the Sapphire Valley Community Center and Recreation Center.  Parking and admission are free. These craft shows are an event not to be missed, as the activities include not only an …

Highlands’ Patriotic Finest

As holidays go, the Fourth of July rivals Christmas in terms of anticipation and enjoyment. There’s just something about looking forward to a hot July day when the possibilities for fun with friends and family are endless.  Toss in the immense pride in the red, white and blue and there you have the perfect recipe for the perfect day. Highlands …

Kudos for Kitchens

The Laurel Garden Club presents its biennial Kitchen Tour on Saturday, August 17, in Highlands.  Tour some of Highlands’ most exciting and elegant kitchens in Highlands Falls Country Club.  Each of the kitchens feature state-of-the-art appliances, beautiful architecture and intuitive design. Laurel Garden Club members will greet you at the homes and be available to tell you about the history …

Diane’s your Cuppa Tea

Remember the tea parties you used to have with your dolls and stuffed bears? Sipping imaginary tea from pink plastic cups, wearing your best dress-up dress and lacy gloves?    Even the men reading this probably remember rolling their eyes while being held against their will at the too-small table in their sister’s room. On June 15 from 2:00 to …

Humane Heroes

The eighth annual signature fundraising event in Highlands for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society officially starts the social season on the Plateau!   The evening features a fantastic mountain-themed dinner and auction combined with the naming of the prestigious CHHS Humane Heroes of the Year.  Bark, Beer & Barbeque is Thursday, June 20, at The Farm at Old Edwards.  Enjoy a …

Low Country Shrimp Boil

Over the past few years, the residents of Highlands have been watching Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park slowly materialize in the heart of town on Pine Street.  It was completed in April 2017, featuring a stage pavilion, amphitheater, restrooms, an interactive fountain, a Little Free Library and the ice rink in the winter. In addition to annual color, Friends of Founders Park …

Get to Groovin’

The Village Green has unveiled the 2019 season of the Friday night summer concert series, Groovin’ On the Green.  The music is always good, the program varied with blankets and chairs all around the event lawn with happy people and their dogs. That’s what Groovin’ is all about. Great music in a stunning venue in the beautiful weather. This year …