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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Pots on the Green

When you think of fine art, it’s typically painting or sculpture that come to mind. You might not think pottery would fit under the label of “fine art,” but its association with practicality is misleading. The craftsmanship that goes into each bowl, platter and lantern rivals that of the most talented painter.  On June 22 and 23, join The Village …

Fireworks Extravaganza

Celebrate America’s birthday in Cashiers when The Village Green presents the seventh annual Fireworks Extravaganza On the Green, beginning at 6:30 P.M. Friday, July 5, at The Village Green Commons.    Residents and visitors to the area are invited to dine, play and dance the night away. The spectacular evening entertainment features a concert by the rhythm and blues band …

Cashiers Benefit Antique Show

The 43rd edition of the Cashiers Benefit Antique Show, the largest antique show on the Plateau, will be staged at Blue Ridge School, Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21. An astonishing 60 vendors from the United States and Great Britain will be showing their wares.   But what makes this show so successful is its emphasis on inclusivity, offering …

Summer Programs at the Library

There’s no such thing as a Summer Slumber when it comes to children staying busy at Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. The library has unveiled a full calendar of events and activities to keep young ones entertained and challenged.    The centerpiece of the season is the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Participants of all ages are invited to read as many …

Enjoy a Little Music and Dance

Summer has officially arrived in Highlands when the Friday Night Live and Saturdays on Pine outdoor concerts take the stage and folks of all ages come out to dance under the stars.  Friday Night Live performances take place at the Highlands Town Square from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Saturdays on Pine are at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Pine Street and …

Happy Trails

On July 5, you have an opportunity to hike the historic Kelsey Trail from Whiteside Mountain to the Highlands Recreation Park, thanks to the Highlands Plateau Greenway. When Highlands was founded in 1875, there was no road to Whiteside Mountain. So in 1881 Samuel Kelsey began work on a road that would end a quarter-mile from the top of Whiteside. …

Happenings at the Hudson

Now that we’re here in June, Hudson Library is in full bloom to attract everyone in the community.  We’d normally spotlight the Childrens’ Summer Learning Program, which is open to all children, regardless of whether they own a library card. This will go on all summer long and will feature special children’s programs every Friday morning at 10:30, kid’s movies …

Hip & Cool Plants

Our seventh season of the Garden Talk Salon resumes its summer schedule at 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 14, with “Hip and Cool Plants,” a tour and horticultural discussion with Mary Palmer Dargan.  These are plants suitable for Mountain Chic Gardens, perfect for the Plateau. It will include shrubs, trees, evergreens, perennials – you name it, we’ll talk about it! We …

Fire Away with the Bascom

One of the most anticipated ceramic events of the summer is The Bascom’s Annual Three Potters Symposium, held on June 15, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the Dave Drake Studio.  In its ninth year, this event hosts three talented ceramic artists from the region for a day of public demonstrations and dialogue. If a piano was a potter’s …

HIghlands Marketplace

The Highlands Marketplace is being staged from 8:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. every Saturday at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Local farmers, artisans, and growers gather to offer the freshest and most colorful selections you’ll find anywhere. Whether it’s spring lettuces, organic salves and tinctures, eggs, or handmade crafts you’ll not be disappointed.   Farmers will be offering the first fruits of …

Highlands Motoring festival

As you start to grow up, you often strive to emulate people that you find are larger, or more nationally recognized; but, all too often, circumstances might prevent you from achieving that goal.  At that point you look at what you have and what is unique, and capitalize on that.  Such is the case of the Highlands Motoring Festival.  Highlands …

Chamber Welcomes John Woods

When your surname is Woods, it seems only natural that you’d settle in the Nantahala.  John Woods, naval engineer, chemist/physicist, marketing genius, and resort manager traveled the world, stem to stern. After he married and started a family, he heard the mountains call. It was time to settle. Nothing suited him better than the woods of Western North Carolina. His …